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CJP warns against ‘unConstitutional’ legislation ISLAMABAD APP
C hief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Saturday said that the parliament cannot legislate any law
repugnant to the constitution, injunctions of Islam and contrary to fundamental laws, adding that no one could claim supremacy over the law. “If such law is promulgated, the Supreme Court under its power of
judicial review can review it. The underlying object of judicial review is to check abuse of power by public functionaries and ensuring just and fair treatment to citizens in accordance with law and constitutional
norms,” Justice Chaudhry said while addressing a 50-member delegation of Youth Parliament at the Supreme Court. The CJP said: “The system in our country is parliamentary system. From 1973 onward
there have been National Assembly and Senate but on account of constitutional turmoil time and again there had been intervention in parliamentary system, therefore, Continued on page 04
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Pervez Ashraf formally takes charge of PM’s office
Dismiss and replace, demand patients of striking doctors
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Faisal Saleh refuses to be Raja’s minister ISLAMABAD: The Chaudhrys’ efforts to convince Pakistan Muslim League-Q Parliamentary Leader and former housing minister Faisal Saleh Hayat to join Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf’s cabinet have ended in a fiasco, as the latter is not ready to work under the controversial Raja. A reliable source in the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid told Pakistan Today that though Hayat had cast his vote for Pervez Ashraf on request of Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, Pervaiz Elahi and Moonis Elahi who visited his residence on Friday (June 22), their efforts to convince him to work in Raja’s cabinet had ended in vain. “Faisal Saleh has finally told the Chaudhrys that he would not take oath as the federal minister,” the source said, adding that now the portfolio of housing ministry would go to some other PML-Q MNA. The source said apart from intra-party differences on ministerial berths, the issue of Faisal Saleh Hayat was also the reason behind PML-Q’s staying away from the oath-taking ceremony held on Friday night. The source said that the portfolios of PML-Q ministers would be decided today (Sunday) after which they would take oath. “Senior Minister Pervez Elahi will have powers nearly equal to the prime minister though the legal hitches in his way to become deputy prime minister may take some time to be removed,” he added. stAFF rePort
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2 ‘pakistanis’ found dead on adriatic sea ferry ROME: Two would-be immigrants were found dead on a ferry that arrived in the Italian port of Ancona from Greece Saturday and a third was in a coma, media reported. The daily Corriere della Sera said in its online edition that 18 migrants hid under lorries and busses on the Superfast ferry and suffered from the extreme heat inside the hull. ANSA news agency said the migrants were inside a Hungarian lorry and died asphyxiated. Two drivers were arrested, the agency added. There were conflicting reports about the migrants’ origins, with the Corriere saying they were from Pakistan and ANSA reporting they came from Afghanistan. On Tuesday seven migrants went missing after their boat capsized off the southern Italian coast. Four others were rescued. AFP
SHC asked to order pM to write to Swiss KARACHI: An application was filed in the Sindh High Court (SHC) on Saturday seeking direction for the new prime minister to write the letter to the Swiss authorities. After making Raja Pervez Ashraf party to the case, applicant Iqbal Haider said it was clear from the Supreme Court’s judgement that every prime minister was bound to write to the Swiss authorities for the reopening of graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari. “Therefore, the court should direct newly elected prime minister to write to Swiss officials and if he doesn’t write then it should be taken as a violation of court orders,” the petitioner said. The constitutional application will be heard on Monday. AGeNCies
ICT, Rawalpindi Police at loggerheads over Malik Riaz
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The Islamabad Police has booked officials of Rawalpindi Police and Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE), who conducted a raid at the residence of property tycoon Malik Riaz to arrest him in connection with the land fraud case, Pakistan Today learnt on Saturday. The raiding team was booked on charges of obstructing ICT police officials while performing their duties outside Malik Raiz’s house. A source told Pakistan Today that a team of Rawalpindi Police and ACE, on Saturday raided the house of Malik Riaz to arrest him in the case registered against him, his son and five others in 2009. The sources said during the raid, the property tycoon was not present at home. A large number of officials of the ICT Police have been performing duties at Malik Raiz’s house since the last many days. On Saturday, when police officials tried to enter the house, the officials of ICT police deployed there resisted and even tried to arrest the raiding team. Later, according to the sources, Abpara Police registered an FIR under Section 186/353 against the raiding team.
FAISALABAD: Local residents carrying sticks and stones approach a rickshaw driver during a protest against excessive electricity load shedding on Saturday. ONLINE
POL prices likely to drop by 4 percent ISLAMABAD AGeNCies
Prices of petroleum products are likely to reduce by up to four percent in the coming month. According to sources, a decrease of four percent in the prices of petroleum products is expected as price of crude oil has reduced to $4 per barrel in the international market. Petrol price will go down by Rs 3 per litre while a decrease of Re 1 is expected in the price of diesel. Kerosene oil price will reduce by Rs 1.50 and HOBC price by Rs 5 per litre. Sources said that Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) will prepare the recommendations for the reduction in POL prices on June 27. Some analysts believe that the government was continuing slashing POL prices to appease the public in the crucial election year. On June 15, the government had cut petroleum and CNG prices that have worsened inflation and fuelled the fury of citizens over the past several months.
The prices of petrol was previously lowered by Rs 10.46 per litre, High Octane Blended Component (HOBC) by Rs 11.75 per litre, Kerosene Oil by Rs 5.26 per litre, High Speed Diesel (HSD) by Rs 6.08 per litre and Light Diesel Oil (LDO) by Rs 5.02 per litre. Along with the cut in petroleum prices, the government had also slashed the price of CNG by Rs 4.82 per kg in Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Potohar, and by Rs 4.37 in Sindh and Punjab. The petroleum minister had said in a press conference that the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) had decided to review oil and CNG prices on fortnightly basis to provide relief to the consumers.
“If the fortnightly mechanism proved successful, then the review of oil prices on weekly basis will be introduced,” he had said. The government had also fixed the price of CNG at 60 percent of petrol for a year after consulting the CNG associations.
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the standoff continues It’s helping nobody but the militants
CoMMent Humayun Gauhar says; All over a letter: What a tamasha
M J Akbar says; As a matter of fact: The rich now want money from the poor
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KP govt mulling operation in North Waziristan PESHAWAR
Something might happen before March: Imran TANDO MUHAMMAD KHAN AGeNCies
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has once again dismissed any possibility of a patch up with the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). Talking to reporters on Saturday, Imran held the opposition party responsible for the crises facing the country, saying the party had once been part of the federal government. Imran said that President Asif Ali Zardari had inducted Raja Pervez Ashraf as prime minister only to protect his corruption. He said that transparent elections were not possible with Zardari sitting in the Presidency. When asked whether he saw election in March, Imran said a lot of things could happen before March. However, he did not provide any specific details about his claim. The PTI chief only hinted that something might happen in connection with the memogate issue. He said that Husain Haqqani had sought US support against Pakistan’s army and nuclear weapons on the behalf of Zardari. He said the allegations against the ex-envoy had been proved true through a probe by a judicial commission. The PTI chief condemned an incident of shooting on a rally of Awami Tehrik in Karachi, adding that political parties were responsible for the deteriorating law and order situation in Lyari.
M P I N G up its efforts to combat militants and put a stop to their activities, the government is likely to give a green signal for a decisive military action in North Waziristan. The move is aimed at facilitating the efforts for peace across the border in Afghanistan, and in the tribal areas of Pakistan. Pakistan Today has learnt through some highly-placed sources that a decision in principle has been taken in this regard in a meeting of a high-powered committee a couple of days back in Peshawar. The committee comprises the governor and chief minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the Peshawar Corps Commander. However, the no date has yet been finalised for the military action in North Waziristan. The sources claim that the committee insisted on military action after the incident on 15 April, 2012, in which over 200 militants attacked Central Jail, Bannu, and released some 384 prisoners. The prison held some of the terrorists convicted and sentenced by the courts. Among those who escaped, Adnan Rashid was prominent. He was sentenced to death in a failed attempt on the life of former President, Pervez Musharraf. Though some 100 escaped prisoners have been re-arrested, as many as 150 of them, all hardcore militants, are now believed to be hiding in scattered areas of North Waziristan. The jail-breaking militants were tasked with targeting high profile politicians, tribal elders who are loyal to government, bureaucrats and police officers. The ruling party of the province, Awami National Party, has been a particularly favourite target for them. They say that in order to ensure safety of troops and avert terrorist acts, the administration has been imposing a weekly curfew on Sundays. The troops move from one sta-
pre-monsoon rain forecast for next week ISLAMABAD APP
A two-day rain bout has been forecast from Tuesday that would beat the oppressive heat of June to some extent after the mercury surged to almost 50˚Celsius in some parts of the country on Saturday. “The pre-monsoon rain would hit the upper parts of the country including Rawalpindi and Islamabad that will be followed by the onset of regular monsoon season from the first week of July,” Pakistan Meteorological Department Director General Arif Mehmood said. He said the pre-monsoon spell would be mild but would help bring the temperature down that would in turn have a positive impact on the human health as well as the standing crop. According to the Met Office, southwest monsoonal currents are likely to penetrate southern and eastern parts of the country from Sunday evening. Under the influence of southwest monsoon incursion, intermittent scattered rainthundershowers are likely in Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Eastern Balochistan, Sindh coast, central and upper parts of Punjab, upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and most parts of Kashmir from Tuesday to Thursday.
tion to another only on that particular day, and this has been going on for the last several weeks, some of the tribal sources informed Pakistan Today. THE NATO fACTOR: The situation in the neighbouring Afghanistan is also a factor in speeding up the government’s reaction. An attack in Kabul on a hotel the other day, killing 20 people, has pressed the government of Pakistan even further. The NATO and US forces in Afghanistan have blamed the attack on the Haqqani network, based in North Waziristan. “Afghan National Security Forces and coalition military sources acknowledge that this attack bears the signature of the Haqqani network, which continues to target and kill innocent Afghans and blatantly violate Afghan sovereignty from the safety of Pakistan,” Gen John R Allen, ISAF commander and commander of US troops in Afghanistan said. They have been calling on Pakistan for a military action in the region for some time now. Tension between the two countries, the
US and Pakistan, after the Salala incident have though apparently not subsided, there clearly seems to be some movement. The operation, a long standing demand of the US, would offer a clear indication that both countries want to move forward now. PuBLIC SuPPORT: Even though Pakistan’s military is already conducting a military operation in South Waziristan, the government is seemingly left with no option but to embark on a decisive military action against the militants. Strategies are being laid down by the security forces to achieve the objectives. However, military leadership is of the view that public support is a must before they move into the area. The armed forces intend Swat-like scenario where common men vacated the area and endorsed the military action against the banned Taliban, headed by Mullah Fazal Ullah. Tribesmen of North Waziristan, however, have pointed out the wide ranging fears among the locals regarding military action. Some well-to-do families have already shifted to safe places.
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US vows to take steps to mitigate threat of Pakistani safe havens WASHINGTON
HE US and Pakistan appear to be heading for renewed collision after a top American general blamed a bloody attack on a Kabul hotel on Pakistan-based Haqqani network and White House vowed to take “necessary steps” to mitigate the threat. “Our concern about militants using Pakistan as a safe haven from which to launch attacks against our forces is well known,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters, traveling with President Barack Obama on Air Force One to Tampa. “We’ll take steps necessary to mitigate that threat,” the spokesman said in hard comments after US commander of NATO troops in
Blast at Afghan music market, two dead KABuL: An improvised bomb exploded at a music market in an Afghan city on Saturday, leaving two people dead, officials said, a day after Taliban militants stormed a lakeside resort near Kabul, killing at least 18. The blast at the market in the eastern city of Jalalabad, close to the border with Pakistan’s militant-infested tribal areas, wounded four people, local government spokesman Ahmad Zia Abdulzai said. AFP Afghanistan General John Allen accused the Haqqani network of orchestrating a 12-hour siege on a lakeside hotel in Kabul that killed 18 people on Friday. In a statement, Allen blamed the al Qaeda-linked network just weeks after US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the US was running out of patience with Pakistan over its refusal to eliminate terror havens.
Earnest said Washington had raised the issue “both publicly and privately with the Pakistani government”. “We value our relationship with Pakistan and we’ll continue to find ways to work together to combat those terrorist groups that pose a threat both to the United States forces, but also to innocent Pakistani civilians,” he said.
QUettA: A family mourns the killing of a relative in an attack on a laundry on saturday. AfP
afghan flash floods kill over 30 HERAT: Flash floods in Afghanistan triggered by days of torrential rain have killed more than 30 people, officials said Saturday, with dozens reported missing. Waters swept through villages and parts of the city of Cheghcheran in central Ghor province early on Saturday, engulfing dozens of homes, provincial spokesman Abdulhai Khatibi told AFP. “So for I can confirm that 24 people have been killed in these floods, but some are also missing,” Khatibi said. The floodwaters also destroyed hundreds of hectares of farmland and displaced hundreds of people in the impoverished province, he said. AFP
warns PA approves Rs 57.14b CJpContinued fRom page 1 supplementary budget LAHORE APP
Punjab Assembly Saturday approved Rs 57.14 billion supplementary budget for fiscal year 2012-13. During budget approval the opposition pointed out quorum twice which the treasury succeeded in fetching the required strength in the House. Today the session was commenced with routine delay of 45 minutes against its scheduled 10 am time with Speaker Rana Muhammad Iqbal in the chair. Finance Minister Mian Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman winding up the budget debate told the
House that the supplementary amount was used under unavoidable circumstances while Rs 23.90 billion were saved and diverted for supplementary budget. He said that suggestions and proposals given by both the treasury and opposition members were given serious thought, adding that the impressive ones would be included in the next budget. He said the opposition’s reservations about supplementary grant were groundless and had no reality. The opposition on this occasion presented cut motions regarding irrigation, land revival and health sector which the House rejected with majority.
Eight settlers killed in Quetta Continued fRom page 18 hailed from Sindh and had come to Quetta for work. The owner of the shop Mohammad Shezad got injured, but escaped with his life. Police officials said the incident was being thoroughly investigated and the reason behind the deadly attack could be old enmity. A case was registered against unidentified people, however no arrests had
been made so far. No group or person claimed responsibility for the attack by the time the report was filed. “At least eight men were killed and another man was wounded,” confirmed senior police official Iskandar Tareen. Initial investigations indicated the victims were “settlers”, he said. The country’s restive province Balochistan suffers from
militancy, sectarian violence between Sunni and Shia Muslims and a separatist insurgency that also targets non-natives. Meanwhile, a man was gunned down in Faizabab area of Quetta on Saturday, police said. They said unidentified men riding a motorbike opened fire at Khudae Nazar who was on way to a bazaar in his car. He was killed on the spot.
the expectations of people attached with parliament could not be fulfilled. Parliament is required to give laws in accordance with the constitution for betterment of public at large so that laws can be made applicable.” The CJP stressed that the constitution is a complete document which answers all questions, adding that every organ of the state enjoys complete institutional independence within its constitutional domain, however, any excess or misuse of power beyond that domain becomes the subject matter of judicial scrutiny. Speaking about fundamental rights, he said, “Where any question of public importance arises with reference to enforcement of any of fundamental rights ensured by the Constitution of Pakistan; then the Supreme Court has power to make any appropriate order for enforcement of these rights.” The law applies to all, irrespective of their status, power, caste, creed and religion. No one can claim supremacy over and above the law, the CJP added. Justice Chaudhry said the youth, being a crucial segment of society, formed the basis for future development and were the face and future of the nation.
no power, no business! Continued fRom page 18 They suggested the government to utilise the services of scientists to exploit resources to overcome the current scenario. The strike and violent protests did hurt the public in other ways. A halt on business activities means that many daily wagers will sleep on empty stomachs while patients in hospitals will also face severe difficulty in purchasing medicines. Adding to the public’s difficulty was the transporters’ decision to join in the strike, putting millions of travellers in trouble. The situation was the same in the south Punjab. There were protests in Rahim Yar Khan, Bahawalpur, Haroonabad, Dera Ghazi Khan and Layyah. In Jhelum, a complete shutter down strike was observed while they also besieged WAPDA office. The situation was no different in
other provinces of the country as well. The protesters blocked main road, leading to Quetta, in Ziarat because of load-shedding for over 18 hours. Traders are on a strike for the consecutive third day in Bagh district of Azad Jammu and Kashmir. THE ENERgy MEETINg: To control the situation and increase the generation of electricity, an energy meeting was held under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Ashraf here last night at the PM House in which it was decided that the Ministry of Petroleum will ensure the supply of 28,000 tones fuel oil daily to power sector to add 1,200 MW in the national grid system. It was also decided to provide 15mmcfd to GTPS, Faisalabad, which would add another 65 mw in the national grid leading to ease up the pressure. The meeting
also discussed to provide 100 mmcfd additional supply of gas to Karachi Electricity Supply Corporation to produce 300 mw which could help KESC in reducing their off-take from the national grid of equal quantity of power, making it available to the national grid improving the supply of electricity. The allotted gas will be provided to the power sector by suspending its supply for one more day to the industrial and the captive power sectors in Punjab, thus sparing the 66 mmcfd of gas for use in the most efficient power plants to produce electricity. Similarly, 150mmcfd gas is proposed to be saved in the province of Sindh by cutting its supply for one more day from the industrial and the CNG sectors which will be used by KESC for power generation. In the meeting, it was also decided to constitute
two committees consisting of, Minister for Water and Power Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar, Minister for Information Qamar Zaman Kaira, Minister for Petroleum Dr Asim Hussain and Minister for Kashmir Affairs Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo to hold negotiations with the representative of the Punjab industries and CNG sector in an attempt to convince them to agree to one more day cutting of the gas supply in view of the acute requirement of gas in the power sector. The other committee consisting of Minister for Finance Dr Hafeez Shaikh, Minister for Religious Affairs Syed Khurshid Shah and Minister for Petroleum Dr Asim Hussain will hold talks with the governor Sindh and chief minister Sindh to take into confidence all the stakeholders for reduction of gas supply.
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Pervez ashraf formally takes Charge of Pm’s offiCe
Manmohan congratulates Pervez Ashraf
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islAMABAD: Prime Minister raja Pervez Ashraf inspects a guard of honour during a welcoming ceremony at the Prime Minister House on saturday. ISLAMABAD
EWLY-ELECTED Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf formally took over his office following a guard of honor ceremony held at the Prime Minister’s House on Saturday. A reception was held at the PM’s House, where Raja was presented the guard of honour by the armed forces to welcome him. He was introduced to the staff and other senior officials of the PM’s House after which he left for his office. Earlier on Friday, Raja along with his 38-strong federal cabinet took oath at the Presidency. In an august ceremony attended by the chiefs of the three armed forces, President Asif Ali Zardari administered oath to Raja and his cabinet consisting of 27 federal ministers and 11 state ministers.
PML-Q continues efforts to persuade faisal to join cabinet ISLAMABAD iNP
The PML-Q leadership continued efforts to persuade its parliamentary leader in the National Assembly, Faisal Saleh Hayat, to join the federal cabinet. According to details, Shujaat Hussain and Pervez Elahi contacted Hayat on Saturday to persuade him to join the federal cabinet but he did not agree. As a result, other PML-Q ministers’ oath-taking has been delayed. As soon as a decision is taken on Hayat’s joining of the cabinet, the other PML-Q ministers would be administered oath of office. According to sources, Minister of State for Housing and Works Raza Hayat Hiraj has expressed inability to join the new cabinet. According to him, he had resigned from the ministry in July last year and had voted for Raja Parvez Ashraf according to party discipline. Meanwhile, the PML-Q leadership has decided to make Talib Hussain Nikai the minister from its quota.
Meanwhile, all the 38 federal and state ministers along with three advisors to the PM were allotted their previous slots of ministries and divisions, which they had in the cabinet of Yousaf Raza Gilani. According to an official notification, three advisors to the prime minister include Rehman Malik, Dr Asim Hussian and Dr Paul Bhatti. Rehman Malik has become the senior adviser to the prime minister on interior, Dr Asim Hussain for petroleum, and Dr Paul Bhatti for religious harmony. The new federal ministers, Chaudhry Pervez Elahi has been given the status of senior minister and assigned the ministries of Defence Production and Industries; Farzana Raja as federal minister and chairperson for the Benazir Income Support Programme; Makhdoom Amin Fahim as commerce minister; Arbab Alamgir as minister for telecommunication; Hina Rabbani Khar
as foreign minister; Nazir M Gondal as minister for capital administration and development; Rana M Farooq Saeed as minister for climate change; Naveed Qamar as defence minister; Abdul Hafeez Sheikh as finance minister; Qamar Zaman Kaira as information minister ; Meer Hazer Khan Bajhrani as minister for inter-provincial coordination; Mian Manzoor Wattoo as minister for Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan affairs; Farooq H Naik as minister for law and parliamentary affairs; Farooq Sattar as minister for overseas Pakistanis; Haji Khuda Bux Rajad as minister for antinarcotics; Firdous Aashiq Awan as minister for national regulation and services; Samina Khalid as minister for national heritage; Israrullah Zehri as minister for food security; Babar Ghori as minister for ports and shipping; Sardar Umar Gurgaig as minister for postal services; Moula Bux Chandio as minis-
Gilani moves to President’s House with family ISLAMABAD oNliNe
Former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has moved to the President’s House along with his family members. A private TV channel reported on Saturday that a presidential suite of four bedrooms on the sixth floor had been set up for Gilani, who remained loyal to the Pakistan People’s Party and kept flouting Supreme Court’s orders on write a letter to Swiss authorities for reopening corruption cases against President Asif Ali Zardari. Earlier, Gilani had decided to live in Islamabad Club but changed the decision because of security concerns. Gilani will try to run the show from the Presidency, and Raja Pervaiz Ashraf will just be the public face as prime minister, and an agreement has also been reached with the new PM in this regard, according to media reports citing sources. The reports added that Gilani’s bureaucratic aides such as Nargis Sethi, Khushnud Lashari and others would continue working on their positions and thus Raja would be dependent and surrounded by the cronies of the former PM.
Abdul Qadir Gilani to contest NA-151 Multan by-polls
MuLTAN: MPA Abdul Qadir Gilani, son of former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, will contest by-elections for NA-151 Multan, left vacant after his father’s disqualification by the Supreme Court in the contempt case. According to sources, the PPP announced the decision of giving party ticket to Abdul Qadir Gilani. Abdul Qadir will resign from his MPA seat to contest the election. The Election Commission of Pakistan on Friday announced the schedule for by-election in NA151 Multan-IV for the National Assembly seat. Per schedule, nomination papers of the candidates will be received on June 25 and 26 while polling will be held on July 19. INP
ter for political affairs; Haji Ghulam Ahmed Bilor as minister for railways; Khursheed Shah as minister for religious affairs; Changaz Khan Jamali as minister for science and technology; Shaukatullah as minister for state affairs; and Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar as minister for water and power. Former candidate for prime minister Makhdoom Shahabuddin has been given the ministry of textiles, which he previously held in Gilani’s cabinet. Among the ministers for state, Abbas Khan Afridi was assigned the portfolio of trade; Dost M Mazari, telecommunication; Sardar Saleem Haider, defence; Malik Hammad Khan, foreign affairs, Sayeed Samsam Bukhari, information and broadcasting; Chaudhry Imtiaz Safdar Wadaich, interior; Malik Azmat Khan, inter-provincial coordination; Moazzam Ali Khan Gootway, food security; Rahila Baloch, science and technology; and Dr Nadeem Ahsan, overseas Pakistanis.
India’s prime minister has welcomed the appointment of new counterpart in Pakistan and said that he was “confident” of strengthening ties between the two neighbours. Pakistani MPs elected Raja Pervez Ashraf as the country’s new prime minister Friday, seeking to end a political upheaval. India chose to refrain from commenting on Pakistan’s internal crisis, sparked by judges ousting ex-prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani over contempt charges and demanding the arrest of the first candidate to be nominated as his successor. On Friday, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh congratulated his Pakistani counterpart. “Our two countries will continue to make progress in their bilateral dialogue...(and) build good neighbourly relations by strengthening their cooperation in all areas for the benefit of the peoples of both countries,” he said. Relations between India and Pakistan, which have fought three wars since the subcontinent was partitioned in 1947, have been plagued by border disputes, and accusations of Pakistani militant activity against India. The neighbours are still at loggerheads on the divided Himalayan territory of Kashmir and no closer to a full peace deal, but are channelling their efforts into increasing trade in the hope that business can bring them together. Last month, they also agreed to enhance cooperation on terrorism, human trafficking, narcotics, counterfeit currency and cyber crime.
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06 News insane man axes wife, daughters to death SHAHDADPuR: A mentallyupset man axed to death his wife and two daughters over domestic disputes and set ablaze five houses here on Saturday. According to police, Sohrab Brohi, 55, a resident of the Saleh Zardari village of Shahdadpur, was in dispute with his family over various domestic issues due to which he was mentally upset. On Saturday, Sohrab, after exchanging hot words, axed to death his wife Khair Bibi, 50, and two daughters, 30year-old Qehr Khatoon and Lal Shahzadi, 15. The accused injured himself after committing triple murder and set ablaze his house. Four houses of the neighbours were also burnt due to the fire. The police arrested the murderer and started investigation after registering a case against him. ONLINE
Sunday, 24 June, 2012
Pml-Q assures support to Pm to resolve energy crisis
Ex-Haj DG involved in corruption of 3.6 m riyals, parliamentary body tells judge ISLAMABAD AGeNCies
ML-Q leader and Senior Minister Chaudhry Pervez Elahi on Saturday said the party would ensure full support and cooperation to Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf to resolve the energy crisis at the earliest. Talking to reporters after meeting Pervaiz Ashraf who came to Elahi’s residence to thank the PML-Q for its support in the election, Elahi said the prime minister had made the promise that finding a solution to the energy cri-
sis would be his top priority. “The prime minister has said that he had convened his first-ever meeting at the Prime Minister’s House on his first day in office to discuss the energy crisis. That indicates his seriousness towards the issue,” he said. Elahi said the prime minister also told the PML-Q leadership that “Shujaat Formula” would also be discussed in the meeting on energy crisis being held to find solution to the crisis. To a question, Elahi said the PML-Q would prepare references against those members of the National Assembly belonging to the
PML-Q who did not use their right of vote in the election of prime minister on Friday. He said the members, who could not reach Islamabad, conveyed to the leadership of PML-Q while remaining members remained absent from the polling process and references were being prepared against them. Criticizing the Punjab government, Elahi said it had been made clear that the Punjab chief minister was leading the processions over the issue of energy crisis and in these protest rallies, public property, banks, government offices and other important buildings had been damaged.
The special parliamentary committee investigating the Haj corruption case has told Central Rawalpindi Special Judge Khalid Bashir in its 20 page report that former Haj director general was involved in the corruption of 3.6 million riyals in hiring of buildings for pilgrims. Former religious affairs minister Hamid Saeed Kazmi, former Haj DG Rao Shakeel and former joint secretary Aftabul Islam were present in the courtroom when the proceedings were being conducted on Saturday. NAB prosecutors Chaudhry Zulfikar and Chaudhry Azhar presented two members of the parliamentary committee Bilal Yasin and Imran Shah and two pilgrims Tayyab Qureshi and Mohammad Ali Khan as witnesses, who recorded their statements in the court. The members of the parliamentary committee presented their 20 page report to the court which was made part of the case. In their separate statements, the members said it had become clear that former Haj DG Rao Shakil had hired 87 buildings at a distance of four-and-a-half to five kilometers from Haram Sharif at higher rates and in this way there was a corruption of 3.6 million riyals. Both the pilgrims recounted the happenings of 2010 Haj and said there were no bathrooms and no arrangement for drinking water. In addition, the pilgrims were not informed about their rooms and the buildings were at such a distance that the pilgrims could not reach the mosque at the time of the prayers.
Man severely tortures grandparents for house GUJRANWALA stAFF rePort
islAMABAD: Punjab Police personnel return from the Aabpara Police station on saturday after failing to arrest real estate tycoon Malik riaz in a land fraud case. ONLINE
A grandson on Friday severely tortured his grandparents and ousted them from the house which he had fraudulently got transferred in his name. Reportedly, Nawab Din, 95, was living with his wife, Khursheed Bibi, 85, in a two-marla house in the Fatomund area near Sialkot Road. On the day of the incident, Saleem ousted them from their own house which they had built with great hardships. On resistance, he severely tortured his grandparents. He also thrashed his mother for favouring the grandparents. As the locals of the area reached the scene, Saleem locked the house and fled away. The residents shifted the elderly couple to the civil hospital. Nawab Din, talking to Pakistan Today, said that Saleem took the documents of the house from him on the pretext of getting loan from a bank, but he fraudulently transferred the house in his own name and ousted them from their own house.
US eyes return to some Southeast Asian military bases Obama administration revamping Asian strategy in response to China g Pentagon interested in more naval visits to Thai ports, greater accommodations in the Philippines g
NEWS DESK As the Obama administration revamps its Asian strategy in response to a rising China, the US military is eyeing a return to some familiar bases from its last conflict in the region, the Vietnam War. In recent weeks, the Pentagon has intensified discussions with Thailand about creating a regional disaster-relief hub at an American-built airfield that housed B52 bombers during the 1960s and 1970s. US officials said they were also interested in more naval visits to Thai ports and joint surveillance flights to monitor trade routes and military movements, Washington Post reported. The Pentagon is also seeking greater accommodations in the Philippines, including at the Subic Bay naval base and the former Clark Air Base, once the largest US military installations in Asia as well as key repair and
supply hubs during the Vietnam War. The US military either abandoned or was evicted from its Southeast Asian bases decades ago. Amid concerns about China’s growing military power and its claims to disputed territories, however, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines have cautiously put out the welcome mat for the Americans again. In response, Pentagon leaders have flocked to the region to speed up negotiations and fortify relations. The rapprochements so far have focused on limited steps, such as port visits and joint exercises, but the administration hopes they will lead to a more extensive and persistent US military presence. “Symbolically, those places are really attached to a very recent history,” said a senior US defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity. “Part of moving forward with a lot of these nations is making amends with
those symbols.” US officials said they had no desire to re-occupy any of the massive Southeast Asian bases from last century. Nor do they have the money to create new ones. So they’re looking for permission to operate from the old installations as guests, mostly on a temporary basis. “I don’t carry around a backpack with American flags and run around the world planting them,” Army Gen Martin E Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters after returning from a visit this month to Thailand, the Philippines and Singapore. “We want to be out there partnered with nations and have a rotational presence that would allow us to build up common capabilities for common interests.” The US armed forces have been allowed, to varying degrees, to visit or conduct training exercises at its old bases for several years. But talks about expanding access have taken on a
new urgency since January, when President Obama announced that the US was making a strategic “pivot” to Asia after a decade in which it was preoccupied with wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The administration has denied that its resurgent interest is designed to contain China, which has alarmed many neighbors by making expansive territorial claims in the resource-rich South China and East China seas. US officials said their primary goal in Asia was to maintain stability by ensuring freedom of navigation and free trade with the world’s fastest-growing economies, including China. But analysts said the US strategic pivot and fresh basing arrangements were necessary to reassure allies that Washington will maintain its Asian security commitments and remain an effective counterweight to China, despite looming defense cutbacks at home.
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Doctors boycott govt hospitals but work at private health facilities g YDA says its demands are justified and should be fulfilled at the earliest LAHORE
HE outpatient departments (OPDs) of the public hospitals of the provincial metropolis literally kept the patients out of the hospitals owing to the young doctors’ strike which entered its sixth day on Saturday. The blatant denial of the health facilities to the masses in the intense heat and the worst-ever power crisis, forced the people to visit private clinics and even quacks in search of medication. The people, like in the past, criticised the young doctors and the Punjab government for its inability to bridle the ever rebellious youngsters of the medical fraternity. The strike has caused immense hardships for the patients and their attendants who visit the public hospitals in thousands on a daily basis across the province. The OPDs of the Mayo Hospital, the Ganga Ram Hospital, Services Hospital, Jinnah Hospital and other public health facilities remained shut for patients in the wake of the strike by the young doctors. The young doctors have been demanding a revised service structure while their boycott of duties at the outdoor wards is a part of their pressure tactics to force the government into accepting their demands but so far, the Punjab government has remained unmoved. A number of meetings were held recently which remained inconclusive, causing the masses to continue to suffer. So far, the senior doctors have failed to persuade the protesting young doctors to resume their duties at the OPDs. Ironically and unfortunately, most of the protesting young doctors, who seem to be unfazed by the sufferings faced by the people, are working fulltime at private health facilities. The stakeholders have demanded the Punjab government to take stern action against the protesting doctors if their demands for a revised service structure are
not genuine and unacceptable. They demanded that the services of the young doctors be terminated and new appointments be made in their places as
thousands of unemployed doctors are available for the job. Meanwhile, it was learnt that the general body meeting of the Punjab Young
Doctors Association (YDA) will be called soon to decide the future course of action vis-à-vis the Punjab government’s indifferent attitude regarding the ongoing
protest. The YDA had earlier vowed to extend the strike for an indefinite period of time until their demand for a revised service structure was fulfilled.
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Defiant doctors stand by their demands LAHORE stAFF rePort
Pakistani doctors are the most underpaid professionals in the country as the salaries of doctors in Pakistan are less than what doctors earn in neighbouring countries. The Punjab government has kept Rs 17 billion in the current budget to build new hospitals and medical colleges in the province without keeping a single penny for doctors’ service structure and special salary packages in the budget. It is probable that the government planned to run these hospitals without doctors. According to statistics, there was not even a single vascular surgeon, rheumatologist or ICU specialists in the entire province but the government was not ready to accept their fault. 2, 000 doctors are estimated to have left the country in search of better salary packages last year, causing an acute shortage of doctors in the province. The YDA’s office bearers have expressed grave concern over the fact that the Punjab government was falsely projecting in the media that the doctors in the province were paid the highest salaries among the government servants. They stated that the government had allocated Rs 17 billion for building new hospitals but was not ready to give the doctors Rs 6 billion required to fulfill their demands. They added that Rs 760 million was required to raise the stipend of the 5,000 house officers and postgraduate trainees and Rs 860 million was required to raise the grade of all doctors. The rest was required to raise the HPA and NPA. They demanded the Punjab chief minister to fulfill the genuine demands of the doctors in order to settle down the unrest in the doctors’ community.
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Not expecting energy crisis solution from PM: Shahbaz Sharif LAHORE
UNJAB Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said on Saturday that he was not expecting anything good in terms of a power crisis solution from the newly elected Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf. Talking to the media outside the Punjab Assembly, Shahbaz Sharif blamed the PPP-led government for pushing Punjab into the valley of darkness, adding that the government had taken revenge from the province pertaining to the power crisis. He stated that the newly elected Prime
Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf could not resolve the energy crisis in the country as he had failed to resolve the same issue when he was the Water and Power minister in 2010. “Despite the assurance of the full cooperation of Punjab, including the announcement of two holidays a week, the Centre did nothing to solve the problem of load shedding in Punjab,” he added. He said in Punjab the electricity was available for four to five hours in 24 hours, adding that the PPP-led government was taking revenge from the entire province, including the labourers and businessmen under the pretext of load shedding.
new premier to address all issues, says Raja Riaz LAHORE APP
Punjab Assembly opposition leader Raja Riaz said on Saturday that the new prime minister will address all public issues, especially the energy crisis. He stated that Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf was a seasoned politician and fully aware of the problems being faced by the country. Riaz added that Raja Pervaiz Ashraf was a right choice for the PM’s post at the right time. He also lauded the contribution of former prime minister Yusuf Raza Gilani in defending the constitution and the democratic process. “His role in upholding the supremacy of the parliament will always be remembered,” he added. In response to a question, he said President Zardari had foiled all conspiracies hatched to create political uncertainty. He urged Nawaz Sharif to stop his efforts to derail the democratic system and to come up with positive suggestions to strengthen the democracy and improve the economy.
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New PM’s election a victory for democracy, says Faiza
New PM slap on the face of democracy: Rana Sanaullah
Pakistan People’s Party Women Wing Punjab President Faiza Malik has said the election of Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf is a victory for the democracy and the people. Talking to party workers at her residence on Saturday, Faiza Malik said the PPP had defeated all its opponents on every front and that it would continue its journey to success, which she said was troublesome for the opposition. She hoped the PPP-led government would complete its constitutional tenure and form the next government. “Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Shaheed and Benazir Bhutto Shaheed sacrificed their lives for democracy and the rights of people and the PPP workers are united for the defence of democracy,” she added. Faiza said the PPP will not allow any conspiracy to succeed against democracy. She said the PML-N wanted to topple the PPP-led government but the election of the new prime minister had proven to be a setback to it.
Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said on Saturday that Raja Parvez Ahraf’s appointment as the prime minister of the country is ‘slap on the face of democracy’. While talking to the media outside the Punjab Assembly, Rana Sanaullah said such a type of prime minister was required to hide President Zardari’s corruption. Earlier yesterday, Raja Pervez Asharf was sworn in as the Prime Minister of Pakistan. Ashraf replaced Yousuf Raza Gilani, who was disqualified by the Supreme Court of Pakistan following his conviction in a contempt of court case. President Asif Ali Zardari administered oath to the new prime minister at a ceremony in the Aiwan-e-Sadr.
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Rs 75m in loans given to kiln workers: minister LAHORE APP
Punjab Labour Minister Haji Ehsaan-ud-Din Qureshi said the department had provided Rs 75 million in interest-free micro-credit to kilns workers in two districts for the elimination of bonded labour, child labour and exploitation of workers.
Talking to a delegation of industrial workers on Saturday, he said veterinary staff had visited 154 kilns and provided treatment to 448 animals of labourers. He stated that free education, including books, stationery, transport and uniform were also being provided to 28,000 children of workers in 49 workers welfare schools of the province.
Teams constituted to measure waistlines of police officials LAHORE lAHore: traders hold a sit-in at the Faisal Chowk in protest against load shedding. INP
WB agrees to provide funds for 4,320mw Dasu project LAHORE
HE World Bank has agreed to provide financial assistance for the 4,320mw Dasu hydropower project which will be constructed in phases after the 4,500mw Diamer Basha dam project is initiated and a financial plan finalised. According to a WAPDA spokesman, Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) Chairman Shakil Durrani stated on Saturday this while chairing a meeting at the WAPDA House to discuss a report submitted by an international panel of experts. WAPDA Member (Water), Secretary
Female proclaimed oﬀender arrested LAHORE: The police arrested a female proclaimed offender on Saturday for her involvement in dozens of crimes. According to SP Liaquat Ali, the Saddar police, during a raid in its jurisdiction arrested a wanted criminal identified as Mehwish Liaquat. The detainee was among the ten most wanted criminals in the province. She was wanted by various police stations in dozen
74 kilometers downstream of the DiamerBasha project. The site of the project is situated on Korakoram Highway, about 350 kilometers from Islamabad. WAPDA’s priority is to construct the Diamer Basha dam for which land acquisition has already started and 13 contracts for offices, colonies and roads awarded. The World Bank is providing funds for preparation of a detailed engineering design. On completion, the project will generate 21.3 billion units of electricity per annum. The completion of the project will also have a positive impact on the existing hydropower stations including Tarbela, Ghazi Barotha and Chashma.
WAPDA and the general managers concerned attended the meeting. The chairman said the International Financial Institutions (IFIs) had taken keen interest in providing funds for the WAPDA projects due to the excellent Economic Internal Rate of Returns (EIRR) of the schemes. The Dasu hydropower project is part of a least-cost energy generation plan, being executed by WAPDA to harness indigenous hydropower resources of the country with a view to improve the ratio of hydropower electricity in the national grid. The project is proposed to be constructed on the Indus River, seven kilometer upstream of the Dasu village and
of cases of robberies, purse snatching and other crimes. TIPPu TRuCKANwALA CASE wITNESS MuRDERED: A man was shot dead by unknown assailants in the Tibbi police precincts on Saturday. According to police, a witness of the Tippu Trackanwala attack case, Mian Asif, was sitting outside his house when the assailants riding on a motorcycle opened indiscriminate fire on him. stAFF rePort
‘Lawyers do not accept new PM’ LAHORE stAFF rePort
The legal fraternity is set to observe a country-wide strike and Black Day on Wednesday against the ‘conspiracies’ aimed at destabilising the judiciary. The decision was taken at the All Pakistan Lawyers Convention held on Saturday during which the lawyers paid tribute to the superior judiciary and vowed to foil all the ‘conspiracies’ being hatched against the institution. Through a unanimously adopted resolution in the moot, the law practitioners announced to observe a country-wide strike and Black Day
in lower courts. The convention held at the Al Hamra, was chaired by former SCBA president Hamid Khan and attended by the bar association office bearers. He said Raja Parvez Ashraf is worker of President Asif Zardari and that the lawyers’ fraternity does not recognise him as the prime minister. He alleged that the PPP and its allies were conspiring against the Supreme Court, adding that the lawyers will not allow any conspiracy against the courts to succeed. Through various resolutions, the convention demanded an end to the price hike and the energy crisis.
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Punjab Inspector General of Police Muhammad Habib-ur-Rehman constituted teams on Saturday under the supervision of the Divisional Police Officers across the province in order to carry out the measurements of the waistlines of police officials. The committees will send their reports to the IGP within a week. According to details all the DPOs will arrange for the measurement of the police officials of operational and nonoperational duties in their respective areas and send the report to the IGP under which the continuation of their duties will be decided. After receiving these reports, it will also be decided whether the police officials will be granted further extension or not for trimming their required waistlines.
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the standoff continues it’s helping nobody but the militants
y the time the Chicago summit started, Pakistan’s relations with the US had already hit the nadir. Now these are marked by open hostility. What needs to be done is to ensure that there is no head-on collision. Any joint action by the US and Afghan forces to wipe out militants on this side of the border would be a recipe for disaster. The US is getting desperate for two reasons: An increase in lethal attacks inside Afghanistan by Taliban and Pakistan’s unwillingness to reopen the Nato routes. Islamabad maintains that US generals in Afghanistan tend to shift the burden of their military failures on the Haqqani network. Islamabad also wants the US to apologise over Salala attack and seeks an end to the drone operations as preconditions for opening the Nato routes. The US is unwilling to agree to either of the demands. The standoff between the US and Pakistan provides opportunities to militants to launch attacks both inside Afghanistan and Pakistan. The knowledge that the allied forces would be out of the country by 2014 has emboldened the Taliban. To demoralise the
civilian setup in Kabul, they are launching deadly attacks, the one on Forward Operating Base Salerno on June 1 injuring as many as 100 US soldiers being one. The attack had led Panetta to remark that Washington is “reaching the limits of (its) patience.” On Friday, US Commander in Afghanistan Gen Allen again accused the Haqqani network of orchestrating a 12-hour siege on a lakeside hotel in Kabul that killed 18 people. Inside Pakistan, while the military is fighting the TTP insurgents in several Fata agencies, their operatives are playing havoc inside Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and adjoining tribal areas. Early this month, 19 innocent persons were killed in a bomb attack on a bus in Peshawar while 33 lost their lives when a car bomb exploded in the Landi Kotal bazar. Both US and Pakistan need to display flexibility. An apology from the US would help open the Nato supply routes while a military operation by Pakistan army inside North Waziristan would remove the need for drone attacks. Both sides have to realise that a peaceful and secure Afghanistan is the sole guarantee of peace in the region. For this, the US, Pakistan and Afghanistan have to join hands to eliminate the militants. Policy makers in Pakistan have to realise that peace and stability in Afghanistan is a prerequisite for the opening of the trade-cum-energy routes from Central Asia to
India that can bring mega economic dividends to Pakistan and rid it of its decades old dependence on foreign aid and the IMF. Strong economic ties between Afghanistan and Pakistan can resolve the differences that military-cum-intelligence moves have failed to do. With the elimination of militancy, Pakistan can hope for foreign investments. Our policy makers have to realise that a country badly dependent on foreign aid cannot defend its sovereignty with the help of the army alone.
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All over a letter What a tamasha
By Humayun Gauhar
rom Jinnah the incorruptible to Zardari who defies description, from Cornelius to Iftikhar Chaudhry, from Liaquat to Raja Rental, Prince of Darkness, what a journey we have had. What a fall my dear countrymen, what a fall. If you have tears, prepare to shed them now. God has shown us the mirror. We should be ashamed of ourselves. Raja Rental is our latest punishment. We need a ‘Taubah Commission’. Let not I, but a former Indian Supreme Court judge say it: “I regret to say that the Pakistani SC, particularly its chief justice, has been showing utter lack of restraint…It has clearly gone overboard and flouted all canons of jurisprudence.” Don’t trash it just because he is Indian. It’s all very well to uphold a principle and protect an institution, but sometimes you have to protect an institution from its protectors if they fail to show moderation
and balance. Is it punch and counterpunch? In one fell swoop the odious Sehbai’s YouTube interview put the CJ, the media and the army chief on the spot. Now in one fell swoop, the SC has put the parliament-legislature and the executive on the spot and brought the system to flashpoint. If the native Sindhi is feeling raw, I can’t blame him. Does his party have no place in Pakistan’s echelons of power despite winning elections? What if Zardari changes his mind and declares, “Pakistan na khappay – Pakistan doesn’t work?” What will they do then? I only ask. I want to be educated. 1. Can a country progress without an independent but balanced judiciary? 2. Are judges the judiciary? Or are they its employees, paid by the people through their government, just as the foreign secretary is not the foreign ministry, nor the foreign minister the foreign policy? All are employees of the government, all paid by your money and mine, aren’t they? 3. Can’t judges and their judgements be criticised and questioned rationally and respectfully? 4. Can’t we also wonder about judges and their actions and ask questions on the basis that when there is smoke there must be fire? Isn’t that our democratic, Islamic and civilised right? 5. Shouldn’t justice not only be done but also be seen to be done? Therefore, should not judges, above all, and that too of the highest court, not only be honest, impartial and aloof but also be seen to be so?
Are judges above the law? Is it not axiomatic that every institution and branch of government, including and especially the judiciary, must remain in its domain and not transgress onto the domains of others? 8. Isn’t the National Assembly the people? Doesn’t God say that the people are His vicegerents? Hasn’t He devolved some of his Sovereignty on them, which is why the parliament-legislature is supreme amongst all three branches of government? 9. Thus, doesn’t the Speaker more than any other represent the people? She judged that the conviction of the PM for contemning the court did not merit disqualification. The SC overruled her. Can it? Can it overrule the judgment of the elected head of the supreme branch of government and thereby overrule the people, the vicegerents of God Almighty? Common sense says it can’t. 10. Isn’t it a cornerstone of democracy that only the people can elect and throw out their PM? 11. If the SC can ride roughshod over the executive and the parliament-legislature in one go, shouldn’t we then hand over the whole jing bang tamasha to the judiciary and be done with it? 12. If the SC cannot overrule the Speaker and sack the PM, can the Speaker charge the SC with contempt of parliament and the people? As I said, I only ask to be educated. I write on the assumption that the reader is familiar with the history and contours of the case under which the appointed SC judges
threw the elected PM out of office retroactively from April 26, 2012, when it first convicted him of contempt of court. All over a stupid letter that the government didn’t write. We the trampled spectators are now seeing the system in jeopardy. The hope that we would have a prime minister who completes his term was forlorn. Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani didn’t write the letter because the president has immunity under the constitution and he would be violating his oath to preserve and protect it by ignoring the immunity clause. There is much merit in this reasoning. He chose to remain loyal to the constitution and lose office. Suddenly, we had no prime minister, no government and no budget. All decisions taken by the executive since April 26 became illegal, even the appointment of judges. I assume they didn’t attend court till the new government was installed and the mess cleared. Else, can the Speaker not haul those judges up for contempt too? It’s too late to bleat that the allegedly corrupt Gilani was protecting a corrupt president. You should have thought about it when you elected them. It’s too late to bleat that the SC is throwing the system into jeopardy. They’re back thanks to you. Speculation is rife. Did the SC proceed on the assumption that Zardari would dig in his heels, a standoff would ensue, the court would ask the army to come to its aid and get its order enforced, the army would send the entire lot packing, appoint a caretakerundertaker government with perchance some judge to head it which would ask the SC for more time than the mandated three months to clean the mess before holding
elections? Was it a trap set for Zardari? One only asks because many people are asking. I don’t think the army chief is so naive. But whether he likes it or not, the emerging situation could likely make it impossible for the army not to intervene. I’ve always said that it is the civilian branches of government going loco over power and money tussles that throw the country into the lap of the army. If the system works well, the army wouldn’t dare intervene. If the trap theory is correct, Zardari didn’t fall into it. He decided to respect the SC’s judgment with reservations and nominate another to be elected prime minister. It was a brilliant move. He took the wind out of the trapper’s sails. Now what? The rigmarole starts all over again? Will the SC ask the new sacrificial lamb – sorry, PM – to write the wretched letter to the Swiss, he refuses, it throws him out too, Zardari gets another elected and so the musical chairs continue till elections? If the PPP wins the most seats and heads the new coalition government again, its PM will also refuse to write the letter. Zardari gets elected to another term and the music goes on for another five years. Impossible. Something will have to give. Much before that the SC could ask the army for help. Or, indeed, the army might intervene even before the SC asks it to. Of course, there’s always the possibility that they would write the letter, but I wouldn’t bet on it. The PPP is great at playing victim, not without just cause. Having achieved victimhood again, they might just decide to call elections and catch their opponents with their pants down. What a horrible sight to put before the king.
cana now. So what’s the story? The privileges of power have not changed, but the world has. If the ascent of America begins with victory in the First World War; its supremacy after the Second; and domination after the Third (also known as the Cold) War, then many of today’s contradictions also lie in the liberal ideas that America encouraged as a template for the future it hoped to control. America sought the rights of power without the problems or obvious injustice of foreign rule. It tried to fashion, particularly after 1992, what might be called the Good Empire as distinct from the Evil Empire (Ronald Reagan’s description of the Soviet Union). The thesis, broadly, was this: All nations would be equal; postcolonial nations would be formed on the basis of public will, with claims being resolved by plebiscite; the world as well as its parts would be governed by the broad principles of democracy. Confusion is the bridesmaid of change, so after the applause died down there was achievement, failure and bewilderment in roughly equal measure. The fault line of democracy is that while it offers equal rights in theory, it does not guarantee
equality in practice. Every vote has the same weight, but every voter does not possess equal weightage, whether in a municipality or the United Nations. Wealth feeds power and power reinforces wealth, both at the macro and micro levels. In countries like India, the co-existence of democracy with degrading poverty cannot be easily justified, by either idealism or intellect. But poverty is both absolute and comparative. America’s poor, famously, are better off than the middle class in most of the world. However, they do not compare themselves to sub-Saharan Africa, thank God for their good fortune, and live happily ever after. They get angry with their president when their comfort zone is threatened. No child suffers the anguish of malnutrition in Greece, and yet Greek rage at loss of standards of living has boiled over into a volatile crisis. The battles being fought across the world are over inequity, a perception of injustice. Democracy does not, unlike socialism, offer economic equality, which is impossible; but its spirit does insist on economic equity. When disparity between the top 5 per cent and bottom 50 per cent becomes obscene, the deprived
do not remain silent forever. The establishment’s traditional response has been to blame the victim. But democracy permits a victim to scream, and the Greeks are doing so pretty loudly. Europe and America are rushing to its help, as they should if they want to. It does seem odd, though, that India, where 50 times the population of Greece lives below the poverty line, should gift $10 billion to help resolve a problem it did not cause. Till two decades ago, rich nations still felt some mild moral obligation to reduce poverty through aid. They now expect aid from the poor. Miraculously, they get it. Delhi cannot find Rs 20,000 crore for Bengal, but hands over Rs 56,000 crore for Greece. Bengal’s poor can shout as much as the Greeks. Will India ever get this money back? Fact from history: Greece is still waiting for Germany to pay what it claimed as reparations after the Second World War.
As a matter of fact the rich now want money from the poor
third eye By M J Akbar
acts come in every shape, size, variety. Their survival is determined not by value but by how inexplicable they are. The human being has 23,000 genes, only “half as many as a tomato”, I am told. But humbling as this formative fact of life might be, it does not quite catch the imagination as much as the perplexity called death, particularly when death escapes the boundaries of reason: A plague decimates a continent, war murders a generation, or
an evil maniac orders a genocide. Statistics distil facts to stark simplicity. Between September 1939 and August 1945, the period of the Second World War, 27,000 people were killed each day. (This figure does not include war-related casualties like the three million-odd Bengalis who died of a famine that was a direct consequence of war policy.) There is always enough to be learnt from war, its machines and its machinations. Guess who is the largest buyer of oil in the world? If you thought it was a country, wrong. The Pentagon. America’s military consumes more oil each year than the whole of Africa. And yet, when you think about it, is this very startling? The armies of the British Empire surely drank up more oil than all the colonies they ruled. None of us were there to count, and contemporary historians had more delicious details to record, but you can safely bet that Rome alone had more chariots than the rest of the Roman Empire. It has always been thus. To the victor goes not only the spoils of war but also the far more substantial rewards of its blanket peace: A Pax Romana then, a Pax Ameri-
The columnist is editor of The Sunday Guardian, published from Delhi, India on Sunday, published from London and Editorial Director, India Today and Headlines Today.
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traffic mismanagement waning nationalism Lahore carries tremendous historical importance and is regarded as a prominent tourist hub. It also has notable significance amongst the beautiful cities of the world. However, the ever-increasing vehicular traffic on the roads of Lahore, in the last couple of decades, has been a big threat to its beauty and historical significance. The situation is getting alarming which makes one wonder as to why this traffic chaos prevails despite the existence of flyovers, underpasses and well-constructed roads. Many factors are attributed to the unprecedented traffic mismanagement in Lahore. The first and the foremost factor is the lack of competent and efficient traffic management police. There exists lesser number of traffic wardens than required at the traffic signals. This creates traffic jams for long, and leads to an unruly traffic flow. At times, the traffic wardens are merely busy in claiming undue fines from the vehicle owners, who do not even violate the traffic rules. This impedes the efficiency of the traffic police in effective regulation of the traffic flow. In addition, the failure of the Punjab government to design and implement a full fledge modern traffic management system, in lines with the foreign countries’ setup; despite many plans is another cause of traffic mismanagement. There stands a dire need for the Punjab government to take action. It should adopt concrete measures to employ a greater number of efficient and responsible traffic wardens. It should also allocate adequate funds for the traffic flow’s improvement. All these measures, if implemented prudently will ensure a smooth and hassle free traffic flow on the roads of Lahore. AIYZA JAVAID Lahore
defender of democracy The great democratic leader Fauzia Wahab's untimely death is a big blow for Pakistan and the vacuum created after her death will never be filled. She was an honest and the great lady, an outspoken secular and visionary leader and a woman of highest integrity. She fought for democracy, human rights and women empowerment. She is an iconic figure for all the lovers of democracy. Her sacrifices for her party, Pakistan Peoples Party, were matchless and would be long remembered. She is no more but her legacy remains with us. We all should continue her mission. To honour her efforts for democracy and her services rendered for fundamental human rights, the government should confer Pakistan’s highest civil award, Nishaan-i-Imtiaz, posthumously on her. DR SAIFUR REHMAN Islamabad
Fierce nationalism is the hallmark of all great powers. A sense of unity that holds individuals with conflicting interests together is nationalism, a belief in a higher ideal a grand reality and something better than petty self interest. A nation which prides itself in being a melting pot of civilisation and so multicultural relied on nationalist slogans and emblems in time of crisis. The present wave of unrest that engulfs our country owes its origin to the waning nationalist feelings. It’s not that periphery has lost hope in the centre; it’s just that we have not been persuasive enough of our good intentions. Opportunists are known for exploiting such occasions for their own self interest. Individuals who provoke the masses for subversive action are honest to no one; not even their comrades and followers and their sway is nothing but temporary. Pakistan will survive and emerge from this crisis as a more progressive and vibrant Pakistan, by weeding out the poisonous herbs. But it can only happen by reinforcing the nationalist creed which served as a foundation for our country. Our forefathers thought of having a separate country and woke the dormant population out of slumber into action. It was solely for nationalists urging that our beloved Pakistan, "a laboratory for the practice of
Islam", came into being. Stanley Wolpert writes in "Shameful Flight" of British intensions of having India as an undivided whole. A close reading of Cripps mission in 1942 aptly demonstrates their intensions. It was only for the sheer nationalism and unrelenting efforts of Quaid that Muslims were able to carve a niche for themselves and separate identity. Mammoth is the responsibility of men in khakhi for once again the nation’s survival is at stake and a deft handling of the situation will ensure a better future. A surgeon intends no harm but cancerous cells have to be removed to ensure the well being of the body as a whole. An important step would be to encourage dialogue between the civilian set up and the mil establishment. To reassure everyone that we are not usurpers rather the peacemakers, decentralisation and devolution of power accompanied by radical reforms and welfare projects of civic nature would encourage the population of the afflicted areas to co-operate and re-ignite their nationalist feelings. Most important of all, strengthen the belief that collective survival depends on willing participation of the constituents and that ultimately the fruit of progress will trickle down and change the life of downtrodden. Karen Armstrong writes in "The Battle for
a farewell lunch
Raja Riaz as pM
Managing Director, Pakistan Baitul-Mal, M Zammurd Khan hosted a farewell lunch on Wednesday at the prestigious Islamabad Club in honour of Syed Yusuf Rza Gilani, the dethroned Prime Minister of Pakistan. The media reported that the former prime minister reached the venue in a self-driven vehicle without protocol. The Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal was established in 1991 to provide social protection to the poor and marginalised segments of the society. For this purpose PBM is mandated to provide financial assistance to the destitute, widows, orphans, invalids, infirm and other needy persons. The PBM Act 1991 does not authorise the managing director to squander PBM funds on lunches and dinners for friends and benefactors. Mr Yusuf Raza should not have attended the PBM lunch. He has eaten the lunch at the expense of more deserving and needy persons. He should apologise to the nation for this lunch. The managing director has misused the funds of the Bait-ul-Mal for personal and political ends. He should be held accountable for this act of misuse of funds of an organisation created for the benefit of the destitute only. The guests of Mr Zammurd Khan did not qualify to receive benefits under the PBM Act 1991. ASGHAR MAHMOOD Islamabad
The musical chairs game played by the PPP supremo finally resulted in election of another party loyalist or a silent lamb to be sacrificed at the money altar of PPP. The appointment of Raja Riaz as PM has become a household joke played on Pakistanis by a so-called guru of politics who has little regard for the people but only cares for invoking democracy as the best revenge. Perhaps he wants to take revenge from Pakistan for his long prison term. It is said that when Allah Almighty intends to punish a person he does not strike him with a rod but turns his mind haywire so that he takes foolhardy decisions that recoil on his head. Nobody in his right senses would have ever thought to see Raja Riaz as PM of Pakistan. He has a history of emphatically promising to end loadshedding year after year and miserably failing to do so. What miracles one can expect from him except total disaster. DR MUHAMMAD YAQOOB BHATTI Lahore
tremendous discrimination! Discrimination is one of the biggest evils that exist in our country. Only the other day, regarding some research work I had the opportunity to visit the websites of more than a dozen public sector universities, including educational and academic research institutes working in the federal capital, Islamabad, and browse their human resource, adminis-
God" that the religious fundamentalism is a reaction to the modernisation and globalisation. When people are afraid that their long cherished mode of conduct is threatened by an alien lifestyle with which they cannot identify, they are bound to react in an irrational manner. Thus to root out this evil that plagues our society a more equal distribution of wealth and dissemination of benefits that modernism procures will help a great deal. At the same time the unchecked rise of corporate power and its detrimental effect on our culture and values is to be closely monitored and reigned. Another important remedial measure can be discovering and celebrating new national heroes. Individuals who have done well in their respective departments but have not had their share of limelight. And to forge a strong sense of nationhood among the people, the ordinary man in the street must have a sense of security, of belongingness of being part of a bigger whole, as being imbued with as much worth and import as anyone else, of having certain inalienable rights that would be protected and ensured by a strong benevolent governments. Only with this fundamental change can we emerge as a stronger whole and a better nation. ZOYA MAQSOOD Lahore
tration and faculty sections. I concluded that the management of these public sector institutes have not bothered to hire a single Sindhi employee there. As a face saving device, a few varsities have hired a couple of contractual Sindhi ancillary staff members but sadly one cannot find even a Single Sindhi in any important position in the administration of those varsities. So much so even the world famed varsities, such as the Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, International Islamic University, Islamabad, and NUML have not honoured the constitution of Pakistan. Ugly but true it is that there is only one vice chancellor, that of Allama of Iqbal Open University ( AIOU), Islamabad, who is Sindhi and all others are either from Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa or Kashmir. This discriminatory and oppressive policy, which was put in practice during the past dictatorial regimes and is still in vogue in various varsities, casts a gloomy shadow over the development of our nation. Indeed, discrimination against any ethnic group or religious minority is never acceptable, never excusable and never tolerable. Now is the time for action.The present elected government is required to live up to the expectations of the people by promoting social justice, equality and striving towards eradication of discrimination existing in any form, especially, against versatile Sindhi intellectuals and academicians, in various federal organisations, in particular, Islamabad-based varsities. HASHIM ABRO Islamabad
gilani’s exit Yousaf Raza Gilani’s rule was an obstruction to all that democracy ever stood for. He was devoid of ethics, political vision and respect for rule of law, so essential for a man to hold such a high office. His rule was an insult to the fair name of democracy, a system evolved after centuries to deliver to the people welfare, basic fundamental rights, security and hope for a better future. The Supreme Court gave him a chance for an appropriate exit, but he chose this dishonourable route. His family was involved in all sorts of scams unworthy of a family which by definition was the first family. What can be so worse than a reaction that the man on the street started saying that the rule of that despotic tin pot dictator Pervez Musharraf was better. He gave this country nothing but miseries, frustration, poverty, hunger and insecurity. I hope lessons are learnt by all political parties that elected public office holders are neither kings nor can they assume role of emperors, who are not subject to public scrutiny and judicial accountability. Political power comes with responsibilities which if not delivered, deprives elected office holders of any moral or legal authority to continue in office. It is better to beware the wrath of a nation driven to desperation by corruption, no electricity and poor governance, before it is too late. MALIK TARIQ ALI Lahore
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‘To Rome With Love’ explores accidental fame LOS ANGELES
OODY Allen’s provided some insight into the creation of ‘To Rome With Love’, his new film. ‘To Rome With Love’ follows a well-known American architect reliving his youth, an average middleclass Roman who is suddenly Rome’s biggest celebrity, a young couple who find themselves in separate romantic encounters and an American opera director, who wants to put a singing mortician on stage. Alec Baldwin and Penelope Cruz are among the film’s stars. Allen told reporters the theme of fame was “an accident” that had spawned from a couple ideas he had. Allen said, according to Cinema Blend, “I thought, ‘It’s a funny idea that the guy sings in the shower. It’s a funny idea that a guy wakes up one day and suddenly he is famous and doesn’t really know why. And two young people come to Rome and they’re just married, and they get involved in the situation.’” The filmmaker, who is known for having an idea drawer, said he pulled several ideas for the film from his drawer filled with his thoughts scribbled on crinkled papers, matchbooks, napkins and whatever else he could find when they came to
NiCe: elton John performs onstage at the palais nikaia concert hall. AfP
him. Allen explained that while the theme of fame may have come from his “unconscious,” he thinks about fame the way the chauffeur does in his film. “Life is tough, whether you’re famous or whether you’re not famous. In the end, it’s probably, of those two choices, better to be famous ‘cause the perks are better,” Allen said. Allen’s character in the film equates retirement to death, and Allen himself says he feels the same way. Said Allen: “There are other people that like to work all the time. I just like it.”
Helen Mirren, James Franco, Backstreet Boys and more get stars in lucky ‘13
MilAN: designers Stefano gabbana (l) and domenico dolce acknowledge the audience at the end of the dolce & gabbana Spring-Summer 2013 Menswear collection show. AFP
LOS ANGELES AGeNCies
What do New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys have in common? Besides all of the really obvious similarities, the on-again, boys-to-men bands are two of the popculture fixtures in line to receive stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next year. And those guys-10 of ‘em all together-are just the tip of the iceberg. Also in the recording category are Jennifer Hudson, Usher, Jane’s Addiction, Latin star Thalía and posthumous inductees Janice Joplin and Luther Vandross. Helen Mirren, Javier Bardem, James Franco, Viola Davis and makeup artist Rick Baker will get stars in honour of their big-screen careers, while smallscreen recognition is going to Ellen DeGeneres, Bryan Cranston, Jane Lynch, Katey Segal, Simon Baker and Matthew Perry. Comedian Steve Harvey and AM talk legend “Shotgun” Tom Kelly will get stars for radio and, last but not least, Olympia Dukakis and enduring comedic-magician duo Penn and Teller are being honoured in the Live Theatre/Live Performance category. Dukakis has also won an Oscar and a Golden Globe and been nominated for multiple Emmys, but it’s her more recent, Obie-winning stage work that will cement her legacy on Hollywood Boulevard.
treNCiANsKe tePliCe: british oscar-winning actor ben Kingsley reacts on receiving a plaque on the bridge of glory during the 20th artfilm international Film Festival. AFP
‘sterilising team’ prevent fans stealing her DNA
career in jeopardy after both post-Twilight flicks flop
Ashton Kutcher slaps $1.4m lawsuit on DMV
los ANGeles: Robert pattinson, who was looking to break away from the film franchise ‘twilight’ and graduate from being a boy vampire to a leading man, is having trouble in his career as both his movies post‘twilight’ have flopped badly. the beekman theatre on Manhattan’s upper east Side was completely empty for a screening of the film ‘bel ami’ in which the 26-year-old actor stars as a manipulative journalist who sleeps his way up the social ladder. despite boasting a fine cast pattinson romances uma thurman, Kristin Scott thomas and Christina Ricci and literary pedigree, the movie has been an embarrassing flop in the uS. “yet it has made just over 72,000 dollars which is staggeringly low, little more than one screen’s average for the twilight movies,” a source said. ‘Cosmopolis’, in which pattinson starred as a billionaire who loses his wealth, also failed to make it to the top 10, making just a measly 117,000 pounds. So far, the film-which had premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and has been directed by acclaimed filmmaker david Cronenberg - is proving to be another epic flop for pattinson. ‘breaking dawn: part 2’ will be huge when it is released in november but outside twilight, it’s just not happening for Robert. the actor is apparently unfazed by the hiccup as he is currently soaking up the party lifestyle in la with girlfriend Kristen Stewart, claiming that they were edgy films that were never going to attract large audiences. AGeNCies
los ANGeles: ashton Kutcher is suing California’s department of Motor Vehicles for 1.4 million dollars, claiming that the car folk pulled out of a reality show deal after he had already shelled out a huge amount of cash. in the lawsuit, the 34-year-old actor’s Katalyst Media, which produced ‘punk’d’ and ‘beauty and the geek’, claimed that it inked a deal with the Ca dMV back in 2010 to participate in a reality show, tMz.com reported. the show was reportedly to be of the nature that would “capture the variously humorous, emotional, dramatic, moving, humanising and entertaining situations that arise on a daily basis” at the dMV. in fact, the media company claimed that it hammered out a “formal written agreement” with the dMV to shoot footage in the summer and fall of 2011. the deal called for four initial episodes with an option of six more episodes. Katalyst had claimed that it spent hundreds of thousands of dollars gearing up for the show-only to get a five-sentence letter from a dMV honcho six weeks later, trying to back out of the deal. according to the suit, the dMV head had said that the project wouldn’t be in the dMV’s “best interests.” agencies
loNDoN: Madonna is so worried about her obsessive fans that she reportedly orders sterile wipes of her dressing room after each show on her latest world tour. according to the Mirror, the pop queen has set up a “sterilisation team” to clean away any traces of dna that she might have left behind from her hair, skin or saliva. and she is believed to have demanded that only herself and her entourage are allowed backstage and no one is allowed to even look at her dressing room once it has been made ready. “we have to take extreme care,” concert promoter alvaro Ramos, who is looking after the portuguese leg of the tour, said. “in the end it is all to protect her and make her comfortable. i do understand it but it is taken to extremeness,” Ramos added. the star also makes sure that her personal team build her changing room so there is no danger of anyone planting any hidden cameras. Madonna is currently on her Mdna world tour and has already played in israel, turkey, italy and Spain and arrives in portugal this Sunday. AGeNCies
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MilAN: a model displays a creation as part of Jil Sander Spring-Summer 2013 Menswear collection during the Men’s fashion week in Milan. AFP
MilAN: a model displays a creation as part of dolce & gabbana SpringSummer 2013 Menswear collection. AFP
Blake Lively named new face of Gucci perfume
LoS AngeLeS: Say it with me now, people: Bad has never looked so good. Disney has premiered the first look at Angelina Jolie in ‘Maleficent’, the long-awaited retelling of Sleeping Beauty’s magically gifted nemesis. The movie is billed as “the untold story of Disney’s most beloved villain,” one that dives into “the events that hardened her heart and drove her to curse the baby, Aurora.” ‘Maleficent’ has been years in the making already: First announced in January 2010 with Tim Burton attached as director, ‘Maleficent’ was little more than talk in the months that followed. “I would love to make ‘Maleficent’. It’s all new and being discussed, but I loved her when I was a little girl, she was my favourite,” Jolie told MTV News. “And Tim Burton…the chance to work with him would just be extraordinary.” It wasn’t until the beginning of 2012 that the project finally started gaining traction, with ‘Avatar’ and ‘Alice in Wonderland’ production designer Robert Stromberg replacing Burton as director and Jolie later confirming that ‘Maleficent’ would be her first acting gig in two years. Fast-forward to today and the movie is now in production, with a great first look at Jolie as Maleficent and a strong cast including Sharlto Copley and Elle Fanning lined up- not to mention a firm release date on the calendar to boot. But like Jolie did many times over the course of the project’s development, we’ll gladly repeat ourselves now: ‘Maleficent’ can’t come soon enough. AgencIeS
LOS ANgELES: Apparently ‘Gossip Girl’ star Blake Lively smells as good as she looks. Or close. Soon, we’ll know for sure: She’s the face of Gucci’s fragrance Gucci Premiere. “I admire the qualities of the Gucci Première woman and feel honoured to represent the fragrance,” the 24-year-old actress said in a statement. “It is a pleasure to collaborate with Gucci’s creative director Frida Giannini.” Giannini said: “In conceiving this fragrance I was inspired by timeless Hollywood glamour and the iconic leading ladies of Hollywood’s golden era. Blake Lively’s unique style and charisma brings that allure to life in a very contemporary way.” Gucci Premiere hits stores in the U.K. in July and worldwide in September. Lively hits the big screen this summer in Oliver Stone’s film ‘Savages’ and the small screen this fall in ‘Gossip Girl’ Season 6, the CW series’ swan song. AGeNCies
Jay Z in copyright lawsuit
‘The Amazing Spider-Man’: Swinging good or all bugged out? LOS ANGELES AGeNCies
‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ doesn’t open Stateside until July, but a handful of critics have already swung into action with their verdict on the highly anticipated reboot. And although the friendly neighbourhood webslinger has proven to be one of pop culture’s most beloved superheroes, the flick is anything but a sure bet: It’s got an untested leading man (Andrew Garfield) and a first-time big-budget director (Marc Webber). Not to mention the fact that this do-over comes just five years after Tobey
Maguire hung up his Spidey suit from Sam Raimi’s trio of Spider-Man blockbusters. So has this new webslinger spun gold? Sure looks like it: Many reviewers seem sold on the reboot, singling out its fresh cast and darker tone, with just a few holdouts dinging the flick for failing to live up to its predecessors. “Leaping back onto the screen with a new cast, crew, costume and a whole new array of daddy issues, ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ reboots the top-grossing Marvel franchise to altogether satisfying results,” praises Jordan Mintzer of The Hollywood Reporter. “Directed with emotional
depth and plenty of comedic touches, this somewhat darker depiction inserts a touching portrait of adolescent angst into an otherwise predictable dose of CGI-fueled action. “Webb’s film is slow on plot, skimpy on character development,” writes the Evening Standard’s Nick Curtis. “The ‘RealD 3D’ is fine for the flying sequences, confusing in the fights, and gives that awful cardboard-cutout look to narrative scenes. Webb saves up most of the emotional punch for a downbeat, wet-eyed ending in which Garfield and Emma Stone are superb.”
LOS ANgELES: The singer has been sued by author Patrick White of stealing portions of his writing and using them without his consent on Jay Z’s 2010 song book ‘Decoded’. White claimed his laptop was stolen in 2009. “My personal computer was compromised, resulting in my personal work to be used in Jay-Z’s book ‘Decoded’ which was released in 2010,” he explained in the handwritten lawsuit,” White wrote in a letter, reports aceshowbiz.com. “The book (Decoded) contains various expressions/colours/phrases, which correlates to my work. After contacting or attempting to contact the co-author, I got no reply,” he said. White filed the legal documents in United States District Court June 13. He’s suing for copyright infringement and invasion of property. AGeNCies
Fire breaks out on
‘Dabangg2’ sets MUMBAi: according to sources a fire broke out in the Mehboob studio in Mumbai while a scene of Salman Khan’s ‘dabanng 2’ was being filmed on Saturday evening. initial reports suggest that the fire broke out due to a short circuit. actor Salman Khan is safe, but according to an eyewitness, Salman Khan drove an injured on his personal motorbike to get him first-aid at the nearby hospital. AGeNCies
critical again; admitted to hospital MuMBAI: Rajesh Khanna has been admitted to the hospital as his health is known to have deteriorated again. The Bollywood iconic actor has been rushed to Lilavati hospital after complications in his health were reported. The actor, recently seen in a TV ad had stopped intake of food the past few days. His estranged wife Dimple Kapadia is taking care of him right now. The actor is believed to be suffering from a stomach infection. The ailing superstar Rajesh Khanna appeared on the balcony of his residence on Thursday, along with wife Dimple Kapadia and son-in-law Akshay Kumar and showed the victory sign to the waiting crowd outside indicating that all is well. Rajesh Khanna, touted as Hindi cinema’s “first superstar”, began his acting career with ‘Aakhri Khat’ in 1966 and rose to prominence with his performances in films like ‘Raaz’, ‘Do Raaste’ and ‘Aradhana’. He earned his title following 15 consecutive solo super hits between 1969 to 1972. Agencies
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Hafeez walks back to the pavilion after his dismissal during the second day of the test. AfP GALLE
UMAR Sangakkara was stranded on an unbeaten 199 even as Sri Lanka took charge of the first cricket Test against Pakistan in Galle on Saturday. The left-hander's monumental nine-hour effort saw the hosts recover from 335-5 in the morning session to post 472 in their first innings on the second day. Pakistan were tottering at 48 for five in reply at stumps with seamer Nuwan Kulasekara and off-spinner Suraj Randiv both taking two wickets each off successive deliveries. Kulasekara removed opener Taufeeq Umar and Azhar Ali, while Randiv dismissed skipper Mohammad Hafeez (20) and nightwatchman Saeed Ajmal in gloomy conditions. Asad Shafiq fell to Rangana Herath, leaving veteran Younis Khan unbeaten on 15 with Pakistan still 225
Missing 200 ‘part of game’: Sangakkara GALLE AFP
Sri Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara left the ground fuming after being stranded on an unbeaten 199 during the first Test against Pakistan in Galle on Saturday. The left-hander missed out on his ninth double-century in Test cricket partly due to an error in the scoreboard on the ground which showed him on 194 when his score was actually on 193. With last man Nuwan Pradeep at the other end, Sangakkara smashed Ajmal for a six and raised his arms in celebration believing he had reached the coveted double-century.
younus Khan plays a shot as Sri lankan wicketkeeper prasanna Jayawardene looks on (R) during the second day of the opening test. AfP
sCoreBoArD sri lANKA 1st innings (overnight 300-2): t. Paranavitana st Akmal b Ajmal 24 t. Dilshan lbw b Ajmal 101 199 K. sangakkara not out 62 M. Jayawardene b Ajmal 6 t. samaraweera st Akmal b Ajmal 0 A. Mathews c and b Ajmal 48 P. Jayawardene c Akmal b Hafeez s. randiv c and b rehman 8 N. Kulasekara c Ayub b Hafeez 0 r. Herath run out 0 N. Pradeep b Hafeez 0 extras: (b10, lb7, nb2, w5) 24 total (all out, 153.2 overs) 472 Fall of wickets: 1-63 (Paranavitana), 2-187 (Dilshan), 3-315 (M. Jayawardene), 4-335 (samaraweera), 5-335 (Mathews), 6-415 (P. Jayawardene), 7-438 (randiv), 8-439 (Kulasekara), 9-455
runs away from saving the follow-on. Sangakkara missed out on his ninth double-century in Test cricket partly due to an error in the scoreboard on the ground which showed him on 194 when his score was actually on 193. With last man Nuwan
(Herath), 10-472 (Pradeep). Bowling: Gul 27-8-76-0 (nb2, w5), Junaid 18-5-52-0, Hafeez 19.2-3-55-3, Ajmal 46-9-146-5, rehman 43-7-126-1. PAKistAN 1st innings: 20 Mohammad Hafeez lbw b randiv taufeeq Umar lbw b Kulasekara 9 0 Azhar Ali c P.Jayawardene b Kulasekara 15 younis Khan not out 0 saeed Ajmal c Paranavitana b randiv 0 Asad shafiq c P. Jayawardene b Herath 1 Mohammad Ayub not out extras: (lb2, w1) 3 total (for five wickets, 24 overs) 48 Fall of wickets: 1-17 (taufeeq), 2-17 (Azhar), 3-43 (Hafeez), 443 (Ajmal), 5-44 (shafiq). Bowling: Kulasekara 7-3-15-2 (w1), Pradeep 4-1-17-0, Herath 8-3-9-1, Mathews 2-2-0-0, randiv 3-0-5-2 toss: sri lanka, Umpires: ian Gould (eNG) and steve Davis (AUs), tV umpire: ranmore Martinesz (sri), Match referee: David Boon (AUs)
Pradeep at the other end, Sangakkara smashed Ajmal for a six and raised his arms in celebrations believing he had reached the coveted double-century. Team-mates, who saw the correct score on television, immediately signalled to Sankgakkara that he still
Saeed ajmal celebrates after the dismissal of thilan Samaraweera. AfP needed one more run -- but to no avail. Unable to get a run off the last ball of the over, Sangakkara could only watch from the nonstriker's end as Pradeep was bowled by Hafeez for no score in the next over. Sangakkara, who was on 182 when the ninth wicket fell, scored all the 17 runs in the lastwicket stand, but found himself agonisingly short of the coveted mark. Sangakkara, a 34-year-old veteran of 109 Tests, has eight double hundreds in his 29 three-figure knocks in Test cricket. The left-hander held the innings together after Ajmal claimed his sixth five-wicket haul in 21 Tests to restrict Sri Lanka when the hosts resumed at 3002. The off-spinner, who had taken both wickets on Friday, struck thrice in the morning session. Ajmal dismissed Sri Lankan skipper Mahela Jayawardene for 62, before removing Thilan Samaraweera and Angelo Mathews off successive balls soon after the drinks break.
Sangakkara’s mother little sad for his son MUMBAI
Kumari Surangana, the mother of former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara was aware that his son is not the only batsman having missed the milestone for want of partners at the other end of the wicket. In the ongoing Test versus Pakistan at Galle on Saturday, the 35-year-old Sangakkara was stranded on 199 runs when he lost all his partners at the opposite end. "Yes, I read somewhere that once the great Australian batsman, Don Bradman remained undefeated on 299 runs (against South Africa in 1931-32)", she said over telephone from Colombo. "I am also aware about Andy Flower who also could not score 200 runs (he was unbeaten with 199 runs) because all his partners were out". (Zimbabawe vs. South Africa, 2001)". "I am certainly disappointed and little sad also for Sanga, who was not able to complete his double century today. He lost his partner at that very last moment.
Howqever, am happy for whatever contribution he could make for the team. He looked tired at the end. It is all part of the game and we can not do anything", she further added. Salman, a muslim cricket-fan had wished Sanga, a "memorable 199" when the batsman was on a score of around 172. "I would have loved to see his game to-day in Galle but with prior commitements, the parents could not watch him play", the mother added. "We have been avoiding going to the ground but always watch his game on TV", she added. The mother never forgets to thank Leonard De Alwis, the former principal of Trinity School and College in Kandy, whenever her son scores hundred. It was his school principal, Mr. Leonard De Alwis who advised mother to encourage the player to pursue career in cricket. "My son was also playing tennis but his principal insisted on him to adopt this game of cricket. Sangakkara's father, Kshema (Swarnakumar) coached him in this game", the mother signed off.
The formalities of the Pakistan-India bilateral series will be finalized during the ICC Annual Conference at Kuala Lumpur beginning on Sunday (June 24). Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Zaka Ashraf after his successful visit from India had said that formalities of the Pak-India bilateral series will be finalised during the ICC Annual Conference in Kuala Lumpur. "Nothing has been finalised as yet because India will come up with a proposal at Kuala Lumpur," Ashraf said.BCCI President Narainswamy Srinivasan had promised Ashraf that he will talk with other BCCI officials before finalising an agreement with the PCB. However at the ICC Annual Conference ends on June 28 with the inauguration of the eighth ICC President, Alan Isaac, at the Annual Conference, says a press release issued here. Isaac will take over as ICC President from Sharad Pawar, who completes his two-year term at the end of the week.
dwayne bravo fined over umpire comments LEEDS AFP
West Indies' Dwayne Bravo has been fined by the International Cricket Council after criticising officials for the dismissal of Chris Gayle in the second one-day international against England. Opening batsman Gayle had made 53 in just 51 balls, when he was given out lbw to England off-spinner Graeme Swann by New Zealand umpire Tony Hill at The Oval on Tuesday. Gayle called for a review but third umpire Kumar Dharmasena of Sri Lanka, after several minutes' study, decided there was not enough evidence to overturn Hill's original verdict It seemed a close call either way as to whether the ball had hit the bat or pad first but the upshot was that Gayle's exit sparked a collapse that saw the West Indies decline from 63 without loss to 79 for four. Bravo, who top-scored for the tourists with 77, said the umpires had made a mistake following an eight-wicket defeat that gave England an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
Lee strikes before rain halts Australia BELFAST AFP
Brett Lee struck twice in the first over before rain checked Australia's progress in their lone one-day international against Ireland at Stormont here on Saturday. Ireland, inserted by Australia captain Michael Clarke, had slumped to 36 for three in 10.4 overs when, in a match where the start was delayed by a wet outfield, a fresh downpour forced the players off the field. Veteran fast bowler Lee got Australia off to the perfect start when, with the very first ball of the match, a full length, swinging, delivery bowled Ireland captain William Porterfield. New batsman Ed Joyce might have been lbw first ball but didn't linger long in any event as next ball Lee produced another excellent de-
livery that seamed away to clip the batsman's off-stump. Ireland were now nought for two off just three balls. Ben Hilfenhaus's wide put the first run on the board. Paul Stirling then struck successive boundaries off the seamer before square-driving fast bowler Pat Cummins for four as well. But Cummins dismissed Stirling for 24 with the aid of a brilliant onehanded catch by Clarke. Rain sent the players dashing for cover soon afterwards, with Niall O'Brien 11 not out and Gary Wilson nought not out. This fixture precedes Australia's five-match one-day series against England starting at Lord's on June 29, with the tourists having a warmup game, against Essex on Tuesday, in between their international assignments.
belFaSt: brett lee (2ndl) celebrates with team-mates after bowling out ireland's ed Joyce (R) during the one-day international match against ireland at the Stormont cricket grounds. AfP
belFaSt: australia's cricketer brett lee leaps into the air after bowling out ireland's ed Joyce. AfP
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kaneria to appeal life ban, acting as corrupter LONDON
sanctions''. The ICC expects the Pakistan Cricket Board to recognise it, preventing Kaneria playing domestic cricket. Kaneria was defiant. ''I'm innocent, and I'll fight to clear my name. This is an injustice. I came all the way from Pakistan thinking it would be a fair jury but it was very unfair: is that why they have done this to me, because I come from Pakistan?'' His lawyers said he would appeal. Meanwhile, Kumar Sangakkara was stranded on an unbeaten 199 as Sri Lanka were dismissed for 472 on the second day of the first Test in Galle. Pakistan were tottering at 5-48 at stumps. NO REMORSE fOR KANERIA If guILTy, SAyS Ex-gREATS: Former Pakistani greats Saturday expressed disappointment over a life ban on leg-spinner Danish Kaneria but stressed the need for tougher action against fixing to avoid such incidents in future. The 31-year-old was banned for life from any cricket under the jurisdiction of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) after being found guilty of corruption by a disciplinary panel. Essex paceman Mervyn Westfield, who was jailed in February after admitting he had accepted £6,000 to under-perform dur-
ANISH Kaneria was banned for life and branded a liar and a ''grave danger'' to the game but has vowed to appeal as the England and Wales Cricket Board handed down severe punishments at the end of county cricket's first corruption case. Mervyn Westfield, a former Essex teammate and accomplice in the scam, was suspended for five years but escaped a life ban by pleading guilty to a fixing charge, appearing as a witness and agreeing to front future anti-corruption education programs. The panel hit Kaneria with a life ban for his role as a corrupter, having decided he ''approached a number of what he saw as potential targets at Essex'' for recruitment as fixers. The case arose from events at a 40-over match in 2009. The punishments are more severe than those levied by the International Cricket Council. ''We must take every appropriate step to protect our game from his corrupt activities,'' Gerard Elias, QC, who chaired the three-man panel, said. ''We have no doubt that this is a cancer
dar academy win fourth match in a row in germany
which must be rooted out of cricket. As a senior international player of repute, he plainly betrayed the trust reposed in him in his dealings with fellow teammates, and we regard his persistent efforts to recruit spot fixers as being a seriously aggravating factor in his case.'' The ban applies to cricket in England but all boards have signed up to a ''mutual recognition of
T20 affected technique of Pakistan players, says Akhtar LAHORE
The Dar Hockey Academy clinched fourth match of the tour in a row in Germany when they beat SW Neuss, Germany by 8-2 margin. In early match Dar Hockey Academy beat krefeld club of Germany 2-1. Scorers for Dar academy: Bilal Mahmood and Salman. For their third tie in Germany, Dar HA travelled to Krefeld near the West of river Rhine. Established in 1890, it is one of the oldest hockey clubs in the country. It finished 7th in the top tier of the Bundesliga this season. As recently as 2007, it won the EuroHockey Club Champions Cup. The match was befitting the environment. A beautiful game was witnessed though there were not many goals. After a goal less but an eventful first half, two spectacular goals in the 20th and the 30th minutes of the second period, by Dar HA’s two best performers during this year’s European tour,Bilal Mahmood and Salman, made it memorable for all those present. The hosts reduced the margin in the 33rd minute via a penalty corner. sCorers: dar Hockey academy, pakistan: 8 (aamir ali 3, bilal Mahmood 2, adeel, asad, abid bhatti) Sw neuss, germany: 2 (lennard leist, philip weide).
bekele says he's back after birmingham win BIRMINGHAM AFP
Kenenisa Bekele said he was "100 percent back" after running the third fastest 10,000 metres time in the world this year on Friday. Bekele, the reigning Olympic 5,000m and 10,000m champion, and the world recordholder over both distances, was running his first 10,000m of the year. He finished strongly to win in 27 minutes 02.59 seconds, a time he hoped would be enough to book his spot in the Ethiopian team for the Olympics.
ing a Pro40 match between Essex and Durham in 2009, had named Kaneria as the link between bookmakers and players. A statement issued by the ECB panel described Kaneria as "grave danger to the game of cricket" and branded him a "liar". Former Pakistan captain Aamir Sohail said he was disappointed at another Pakistani punished for fixing. "I am disappointed, but not shocked," Sohail told AFP. "We are now accustomed (to) it. But it is high time now that we should think seriously about it and avoid such happenings in future. Kaneria becomes the third Pakistani to be banned over fixing. Former captain Salim Malik and Ata-ur Rehman were banned for life after a Pakistani match-fixing inquiry in 2000. Rehman's ban was overturned on appeal in 2003. Pakistan was also in the spotlight for fixing when three of its players -Salman Butt, Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif -- were banned by the ICC and later jailed by a UK court in 2010 for fixing specific parts of a Test match. Sohail said Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) needs to be more vigilant. "It (PCB) swallowed up what came up in the past," said Sohail, referring to the match-fixing in-
Former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar believes Twenty20 cricket has caused immense damage to Pakistani cricketers affecting their techniques and also posing fitness issues for players. "I think T20 cricket has not been good for our players and their techniques have been affected negatively and too much of T20 cricket is also posing fitness issues for them," he said here. The former pacer who retired during the 2011 World Cup said he would advise players to focus on one-day and test cricket despite the lure of money in T20 cricket. "I know there is lot of money involved for players in the shorter form but I would advise them to focus on one-day and tests because that is the real test for a cricketer and improves his fitness and techniques." Talking about reports about making a comeback for Pakistan, Shoaib who remained a controversial figure in Pakistan
Three of the four Kenyan Olympic champions prevailed over their rivals in the last day of competition for the London Olympics at the Nyayo National stadium on Saturday. The only exception was the women's 1,500 metres champion Nancy Jebet Lagat who decided to forgo the race won by the women's indoor 3,000m champion Helen Obiri. No explanation was given for Lagat's absence. Asbel Kiprop (1500m), Brimin Kiplimo (3,000m steeplechase) and the women's 800m champion Pamela Jelimo prevailed in an actionpacked day which saw several new faces announce their arrivals on the national stage. They were joined by world champions David Rudisha, Ezekiel Kemboi
and Vivian Cheruiyot. Cheruiyot, the double world 5,000m and 10,000m champion in Daegu, won the women's 5,000m, finishing just ahead of Sally Kipyego to complete her dream of making a double representation in both distance races in London. "I am capable of doubling up in London," Cheruiyot said. "I hope I am going to do wonders. I know both Dibaba (defending champion in both 5,000m and 10,000m) and Defar (5,000m bronze medallist) of Ethiopia will be there but I am ready to face them again." World youth 3,000m champion Isaiah Kiplangat Koech obliterated a strong field to win the men's 5,000m in an impressive time of 13:09.80, edging out Olympic bronze medallist Edwin Soi (13:11.11) and Thomas Longosiwa (13:11.28) to the tape. Both the 800m specialists Rudisha
and Jelimo enhanced their Olympic medal potential by dominating their respective races and winning by over 20 metres against their next challengers. "The last three years were so bad for me. Many people had ruled me out. Now I have won the ticket to defend my title in London. I have to believe in myself," said Jelimo, who was competing in her first major athletics trials in four years. The 22-year-old, who won the world indoors in Istanbul in March to announce her comeback after a long layoff, has responded well after losing to the Ethiopian Diamond League 800m leader, Fantu Magiso in Rome in May. Olympic and world 1,500m champion Kiprop left it late in his race but made up lost ground to finish third and take the last qualifying place behind world silver medallist Silas Kiplagat and Nixon Chepseba, the 2011 Diamond League winner, who was second.
Three-wicket Parnell leads South Africa to final HARARE AFP
Wayne Parnell spearheaded a much improved South Africa attack as they defeated Zimbabwe by six wickets Saturday in the final mini-league match at a noncap Twenty20 tri-nations tournament. Zimbabwe failed to build on a bright start in perfect mid-winter conditions at Harare Sports Club and made only 124-6 off 20 overs while South Africa reached 130-4 with 14 balls to spare. South Africa, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh finished with eight points each after two wins and two losses and the Asian Tigers were eliminated as they had the poorest net run rate. So South Africa
and Zimbabwe clash at the same venue Sunday for the third time within five days with each team having beaten the other in a warm-up tournament for the ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka during September and October. Parnell put a poor start to this week behind him with figures of 3-16 off four overs, including a maiden, and his first victim was Zimbabwe dangerman Hamilton Masakadza (36) before a big, lively crowd. Leading tournament run getter Masakadza struck a half-volley into the covers where Farhaan Behardien took a low catch off the first ball of a crucial eighth over. A couple of balls later and Parnell struck again with Malcolm Waller out for a duck in his first appear-
Six share lead after tight third-round
cricket said he had thought about it. "I thought I should try to play for my country again but fitness issues have stopped this from happening as doctors have advised me against returning to international cricket," he said. Shoaib said he intended to pay back Pakistan cricket by scounting out and grooming new talent for the country. "I want to do something for Pakistan cricket and I think I can do that by scouting out talent from every nook and corner and neighbourhood of the country because I know this is huge talent in our country and it just needs to be tapped properly," he said. The former pacer said that he was saddened by the recent life ban reports of Danish Kaneria and the involvement of Pakistani players in spot fixing issues. "If we had not lost Mohammad Aamir and Mohammad Asif to the spot fixing scandal we could have won the 2011 World Cup it is sad we are losing players like and I always say greed leads to a person's downfall," he added.
Kenyan olympic champions prevail in trials NAIROBI
quiry in 2000. "PCB should have thought hard about things and now we cannot afford any such thing." Another former captain Rashid Latif -- known for his fight against match-fixing -- said he has no remorse. "If he (Kaneria) was guilty then there should be no remorse or disappointment," said Latif. "Anyone involved and found guilty should be punished and the talk of forgiving players like Butt, Asif and Aamer (is) wrong," said Latif. "In fact I would suggest that (the) assets of these players should also be checked." Former paceman Sarfraz Nawaz, however, termed Kaneria's life ban as harsh. "A life ban is harsh, it should have been two to five years," said Nawaz. "This latest case has increased our responsibilities to avoid any such incident in the future." Kaneria's ban could all but signal the end of his career as most of cricket's leading nations, including Pakistan, have signed up to a doctrine of the "mutual recognition of sanctions" put forward by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in a bid to stamp out corruption. Kaneria took 261 wickets in 61 Tests for Pakistan. He also had 15 wickets in 18 one-day internationals.
ance of the week after edging the second ball he faced to wicketkeeper Dane Vilas. Unbeaten Graeme Cremer (36) and Stuart Matsikenyeri (22) helped lift Zimbabwe to 124 runs on a slow, gripping and turning wicket, but it was never going to be enough, bar a South African collapse. Big hitter Richard Levi got the Proteas off to the perfect start with 54 runs off 30 balls -- including four sixes and four fours -- and the dismisssal of captain Hashim Amla for a duck hardly affected the run chase. Justin Ontong (24) and Behardien (19 not out) scored many of the runs that ensured no shocks this time for a South African team beaten by Zimbabwe and
Bangladesh during the week. A six from Albie Morkel won the match and a South African team missing rested stars AB de Villiers, Jacques Kallis, Morne Morkel and Dale Steyn and injured Johan Botha will start favourites to win the final. SCORES: Zimbabwe 124-6 (20 overs) (H. Masakadza 36, G. Cremer 36 not out, S. Matsikenyeri 22; W. Parnell 3-16) v South Africa 130-4 (17.4) (R. Levi 54, J. Ontong 24, F. Behardien 19 not out) South Africa win by six wickets Note: South Africa and Zimbabwe qualify for final and Bangladesh eliminated after the three teams finished with eight points each and placings were decided by net run rates.
Brazilian Adilson Da Silva posted a fiveunder-par 67 Saturday to share the third round lead with five other players at the inaugural Volvik Hildesheim Open J Golf Series. Thirteen-time Asian Tour winner Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand, Asian Tour rookie Javi Colomo of Spain and local hopes Park Jun-Won, Lee In-Woo, and Park Boo-Won joined him with totals of 208 as the $300,000 event headed to an exciting finish Sunday. Overnight leader Mo Joong-Kyung, also of South Korea, is a single shot behind the leaders after he posted 73 to take a share of seventh place at the Hildesheim Country Club in Jecheon, South Korea, He has the same score as Thailand's Pariya Junhasavasdikul and Thanyakon Khrongpha, and fellow South Koreans Ma Soo-Kil, Byun Jin-Jae and Kim Dae-Hyun. The 40-year old Da Silva, who has won multiple times on the Sunshine Tour in southern Africa, believes that he can also start winning on this region's elite circuit. "It will mean a lot to me if I win my first Asian Tour title tomorrow. I've been working really hard these past few years and I hope that they'll pay off," he said, according to a press release from organisers. "The course is in very (good) conditions and it's a perfect day for scoring. Hopefully, I can put in some really low numbers tomorrow," he added. Colomo, meanwhile, thanked his wife for providing inspiration as posted three-under-par 69, promising to reward her with a trip to New York if he wins the event, that is jointly sanctioned by the Asian and Korean Tours. "My wife Christina has been great all week," said the 28-year-old. "This is a physically demanding golf course and she has never complained. She has been a great source of comfort and inspiration and the only thing I need to do is to win it for us tomorrow."
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pakistan into beach Volleyball final HAIYANG oNliNe
Oman’s prospect of winning a medal in the third Asian Beach Games being organised in the Chinese city of Haiyang went astray after they lost to Pakistan 2-1 (16-13, 9-12, 14-16) in the semifinal. According to the information received here, while it was an easy victory for Pakistan, they had a tough time against the Wael Abdelattycoached side. Qatar won the gold after beating Bahrain in the final 2-0 (12-14, 18-24). The Oman squad comprised Jaber Al Yaqoob, Nasser Tamtami, Moosa Al Dughaishi, Hani Al Dughaishi, Said Hamad, Assad Al Hassani, Hisham Al Wahaibi, Mahmood Al Harthy and Mazen Al Dughaishi. Pakistan is too strong but our boys played really well. Though we did not win any medal, we can return with our heads held high because we have been in a brilliant form ever since this started and it will certainly help us for the World Beach Handball championship which the Sultanate is hosting next month,” Wael said. Meanwhile, hosts China outpaced rivals Thailand to top the medals table at the Asian Beach Games as it wrapped up yesterday, ending the third edition of an event featuring some obscure seaside sports. The hosts won 14 gold medals and 35 overall medals, compared to 13 golds and 29 overall for Thailand at the event, which saw more than 2,000 athletes gather at China’s eastern seaside city of Haiyang. Athletes from 45 Asian countries including Japan, Kazakhstan and Yemen competed in the event that showcased beach sepaktakraw — a cross between volleyball and soccer — and beach kabaddi, a highly physical mix of tag and wrestling. Among the more mainstream sports at the seven - day event were sailing and beach volleyball, with athletes in those sports honing their skills ahead of the 2012 Olympic showdown later this summer. In beach volleyball, Indonesia boosted its hopes for London by beating Kazakhstan for the men’s title, while Thailand defeated China to take the women’s gold medal.But it was the more obscure sports that wowed the crowds in Haiyang. In sepaktakraw, Thailand dominated, winning all four gold medals on offer, while Iran won the championship in men’s kabaddi and India took the women’s title. Other sports at the Asian Beach Games included powered paragliding, where athletes wearing a propeller on their back sit on a seat below a paraglider, and take to the skies to show off their flying and landing skills. The next Asian Beach Games will be hosted by Thailand in 2014, organisers said.
gDAnSK: german forward Miroslav Klose (c) celebrates after scoring during the euro 2012 football championships quarter-final match germany vs greece on June 22, 2012 at the gdansk Arena. AFP
Sparkling Germans a step Klose to Euro Cup GDANSK AGeNCies
Germany manager Joachim Low described Greece as 'survival artists' prior to kick-off, but it is Low's countrymen who know how to survive, and how to prosper, in international competitions. For the 20th time in 28 tournaments, Germany are in the semifinals. That's what you call a record, and whether it be England who meet Germany
next Thursday in Warsaw, or Italy, it will be the Germans who are favourites. Displaying the sort of adventure, both in selection and style, that has made even previously hostile neutrals warm to them, Low's side gave a convincing account of themselves last night. Greece did score twice, which will encourage optimism in Germany's next opponents, but then they could have conceded several more. If there were German faults,
they were wastefulness in front of goal in the first half, and being susceptible to counter attack. Roy Hodgson will have noted that. But it was the overall impression of fluid movement, personified in Mesut Ozil, that will linger. That and two volleys, from Sami Khedira and Marco Reus, which came from their dreams. Captain Philipp Lahm also scored a 20-yard belter, the only routine goal being Miroslav Klose's close-range
header. Greece goalkeeper Michalis Sifakis was at fault as Klose nodded in his 64th international goal, and he was maybe partly culpable on Lahm's opener, too, but defeat was hardly his responsibility. Low had forecast wave after wave of German attack crashing on to 'Greek rocks' and that was what transpired. It must not be forgotten that Greece played without their captain and key man Giorgos Karagounis.
Wimbledon 2012 curtainraiser: Who’ll be number one? SportS thiS Week ALI AKBAR The Wimbledon tennis fortnight is the climactic sporting event of the English summer. It also bisects the tennis season, with the Australian and French Opens already done and the US Open, Masters and the Davis Cup Finals in store. Few will argue that the Championships, as the British like to call them are the crowning glory of the tennis year. In the olden days, the Wimbledon Champion was automatically considered the world champion, although with the advent of computer rankings, that is no longer the case. Maj. Wingfield, the British army officer who invented the game in the 1870s, marketing it in a cardboard box, could never have dreamt that “Sphairistike” as he named it, would have evolved into such a mega worldwide extravaganza, with players competing in front of a worldwide audience, with a king’s ransom at stake. Tennis was taken across the Atlantic to the USA, reportedly, by Mary Outerbridge and to India and the far reaches of the British Empire, by the English. The first All India
tennis Championships were played at the Lawrence Gardens Lahore around 1880 and the District Commissioner in distant Gilgit built one in his backyard at about the same time. The sport really took off after the First World War with the emergence of Bill Tilden and the French musketeers. But it was television in the 1960s and 70s which catapulted the sport to the preeminence it now has. The winner of this year’s Wimbledon will earn close to a million pounds as well as about another 10 million in endorsements. But, to the champions vying for the crown, the money has little or no significance. They already have more than enough. It is the competition amongst their peers, mano a mano, that drives them, the urge to play the perfect match and to raise the trophy at the end of two weeks of frenzied competition. The sleepy little village of Wimbledon comes alive for the two weeks in late June and early July, as the world’s tennis community and media converge on the verdant triangle that is the All England Club. Residents rent their houses to the players at exorbitant rates and go off on holiday. The cricket club across the road uses its grounds as a parking lot, earning over a million pounds in the fort-
night. The Wimbledon courtesy cars shuttle from the Gloucester Millennium and the Copthorne Chelsea to bring the players and their support groups as well as the media to the grounds. The strawberry and cream stalls do a roaring business, dipping a handful of strawberries in cream with a powder of sugar at sky high prices. The champagne flows in the restaurants. It is a garden party, with the world’s best tennis thrown in for good measure. It is the goal of most players to survive the first week of the Championships. That means that they are in the round of sixteen on the second Monday. Of course, the top players like Federer, Nadal and Djokovic are almost always there. Federer has hardly missed a Grand Slam semi final in the past seven years, perhaps the crowning achievement in his peerless career. But now, with his confidence shaken by the relentless retrieving and counter attacking of Nadal and Djokovic, he must consider himself an outside shot at the title. The form player of the moment is Rafael Nadal, followed by the Australian Open winner and current number one Novak Djokovic. Nadal seems to have unraveled the mystery of the Djoker’s game, which inflicted six straight defeats on him in
2011. He now has three straight wins over Novak. Wimbledon 2012 men’s event is particularly intriguing because three players have the chance of becoming number one in the world should they win the title and should their rivals cooperate by losing early. The permutations are given below: After removing last year's Wimbledon points we will have this ranking: Djokovic 10.280; Federer 9.075; Nadal 8.860. The points available are: 2,000 for the winner, 1,200 for the runner-up, 720 for the semifinalist. This means that Roger can grab the first spot only if he wins Wimbledon and Djokovic does not get to the final. Let's say that Roger wins over Rafa in the final (and Nole gets to the semis) the ranking would be: Federer 11.075, Djokovic 11.000, Nadal 10.060. What about Rafa? The King of Clay can also become world number 1 if he wins Wimbledon and Djokovic does not get to the semis. Let's say that Rafa wins over Roger and Nole gets to the quarters. The ranking will be: Nadal 10.860, Djokovic 10.640, Federer 10.275. Of course, Djokovic could foil all this by winning and defending the 2000 points he
earned from last year’s win. Players with an outside chance of winning include the much improved Tsonga, Thomas Berdych, John Isner and Milos Raonic although the last two might yet be a year or two away. In the women’s event, it will be the new world number one Maria Sharapova who should be the favourite. She has recently completed her career Grand Slam in Paris, is healthy after years of injuries and has the game to back up her ranking. The Williams sisters will be itching to have a go at Maria, as will last year’s champion Kvitova. Australian Open Champion Victoria Azarenka will also be eyeing the Venus rosewater dish as will the big serving aussie Sam Stosur. Keep an eye out for Serena Williams, although Venus will also fancy her chances. After all, the rose water dish is named after her! Our own Wimbledon hope, Aisam Qureshi, will again be in the reckoning although one does not see beyond the quarters or at best the semi finals for Aisam and Rojer. But stranger things have happened and with a bit of inspired tennis and the vagaries of the draw, we might yet see a major title for Aisam.
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federer still hungry for success LONDON
Roddick racks up 600th victory
OGER Federer insists he is still hungry enough for grand slam glory and will do whatever it takes to break Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal's grip on the top prizes. For years, Federer reigned supreme at Wimbledon, winning the grass-court grand slam six times, while also enjoying huge success at most of the other major events. The Swiss star amassed a record 16 grand slam crowns and occupied the world number one ranking for a total of 285 weeks. But those halcyon days must seem like a distant memory to the 30-year-old, who heads into Wimbledon, which starts on Monday, without a grand slam title to his name since the 2010 Australian Open. That barren sequence includes successive Wimbledon quarter-final exits as Djokovic and Nadal have run amok, winning nine grand slams between them since Federer last lifted a major trophy. Such is Nadal and Djokovic's stranglehold on the sport that they have made the last four grand slam finals a private battle for supremacy. Having won so much in his illustrious career and with other priorities now -- Federer is a father to young twin daughters -- it has been suggested that his appetite for success has started to fade. But Federer is adamant he is still willing to put in the hard work required to keep up with, and ultimately defeat, Djokovic and Nadal. "My confidence is very good. I've won many tournaments, so many matches the last year or so that I feel perfect in this regard," Federer said on the eve of his 14th
EASTBOuRNE: Former world number one Andy Roddick racked up his 600th career victory on Friday, a timely tonic ahead of Wimbledon where he has been runner-up three times. The American did it the hard way, however, having to play twice in one day at the windswept southern English coastal venue of Eastbourne. First he beat Italy's Fabio Fognini 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 before making Saturday's final when Belgian opponent Steve Darcis retired 6-3, 3-1 down in their semi-final as Roddick reached his landmark moment. "There's a lot of times when you make plans where you draw the perfect scenario and you draw up a script and it doesn't work out," said the American, who will be seeded 30 at Wimbledon which starts on Monday. "That's probably 90 per cent of the time in sports. This week has worked out. Regardless of what happens, I'll go into Wimbledon with some wins behind me and some confidence on a surface I'm very comfortable on, so I feel like I got my game back a little bit this week," he told www.atptour.com Prior to Eastbourne, Roddick had been sidelined from March to May with a hamstring injury. He returned in time for the European claycourt season where he lost all three of his round-robin matches in Dusseldorf as well as making a first round exit at the French Open. He also slumped to a first round loss on grass at Queen's to Nicolas Mahut. As a wildcard in Eastbourne, he has made Saturday's final, where he will face defending champion Andreas Seppi. AFP Wimbledon appearance. "I'm match fit and I'm match tough right now. That's also key going into a grand slam. "The hunger is obviously big. I don't think I need to elaborate too much on that. "I've explained many times how hungry and motivated I am to be playing, playing at this high level, wanting to win the big tournaments." Federer's last grand slam final appearance came at the 2011 French Open and he arrives at Wimbledon on the back of a lacklustre semifinal exit against Djokovic at Roland Garros and then a surprise loss to Ger-
man veteran Tommy Haas in the Halle final. He is currently ranked third in the world, yet could regain the number one spot if he wins Wimbledon for a recordequalling seventh time. Moving level with Pete Sampras is a significant motivation, but Federer, seeded third, is more concerned with breaking the Djokovic-Nadal duopoly. "They've done amazing the last years," Federer said. "Obviously Novak stood out the most because of his amazing streak last year but then Rafa was able to defend his French Open title.
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williams sisters not the retiring type says Serena LONDON AFP
Former Wimbledon champion Serena Williams has hit back at suggestions that she and sister Venus could be ready to retire from tennis. After over a decade as the sport's most dominant forces, both Serena and Venus head into Wimbledon, which starts on Monday, without a grand slam title between them since 2010. The American sisters are both in their 30s now and have never hidden their desire to pursue off-court interests in fashion and show business. That, combined with a decline in their performances, has led to a belief they could be ready to call it quits. Venus, 32, has struggled to recover from Sjogren's syndrome, an autoimmune disease that causes fatigue and joint pain, and the five-time Wimbledon champion will be unseeded at the All England Club for the first time since 1997 after dropping to 55th in the world rankings. Serena, 30, remains a powerful force, but she hasn't won a grand slam since her fourth Wimbledon triumph in 2010 and her first round exit from the French Open against Virginie Razzano last month ranked as her worst ever result at a major. Even so, Serena is adamant she and Venus love the sport too much to contemplate retirement. "I have no intention of stopping and I don't think she (Venus) does either. We're definitely connected at the hip (in that respect)," Serena said.
Paszek beats Kerber for Eastbourne title EASTBOURNE AFP
‘england t20 vision intact after Kp exit’ NOTTINgHAM: England Twenty20 captain Stuart Broad is confident his side can mount a successful defence of their World Twenty20 title in Sri Lanka this year despite the absence of Kevin Pietersen. Star batsman Pietersen, man of the tournament when England won the World Twenty20 title in the Caribbean two years ago, recently quit all limited overs internationals after officials refused his request to carry on playing T20s while opting out of 50-over one-day games. England play their first T20 match since SAborn Pietersen's one-day retirement when they face the WI at Nottinghamshire seamer Broad's Trent Bridge ground on Sunday. AFP
Tamira Paszek saved five match points to beat fifth seed Angelique Kerber 5-7, 6-3, 7-5 on Saturday to win the Eastbourne grass-court event and claim her first WTA title since 2010. Austrian Paszek, ranked 59th, spent two and threequarter hours in fighting for the third title of her career after starting the week at the Wimbledon tun-up with just two match wins this season. It was her first title since Quebec in September, 2010. Number eight Kerber missed out on her third trophy of 2012 after finally finding fitness after a series of injuries this season. The men's title will be contested between wild card Andy Roddick and holder Andreas Seppi of Italy.
eaStbouRne: tamira paszek of austria poses with her trophy as she celebrates winning her women's final singles match against angelique Kerber of germany on the eighth day of the aegon international tennis. AfP
Italy ready to test England’s mettle StatS corner S. PERvEz QAISER England will look to maintain their unbeaten record under Roy Hodgson when they take on Italy in the last quarter-final of 14th European Cup at Olympic Stadium, Kiev on Sunday (June 24). This match will start at 11.45 hours (PST). Roy Hodgson led England to first place in Group D but now faces an Italy side also unbeaten at this tournament, having finished runners-up in Group C. After drawing against France in the opening match, England recorded narrow victories over Sweden and Ukraine. Italy, after holding holders Spain to a draw, picking up another point against Croatia before edging through with a 2-0 triumph
over Ireland. This will be 23rd international match between the two teams and second in European Cup finals. Italy took nine attempts to beat England for the first time, Fabio Capello scoring in a 2-0 home friendly victory in 1973. The Azzurri nevertheless hold a slight head-to-head advantage with a record of winning nine, drawing six and losing seven in 22 matches played against England. England scored 28 and conceded 26 goals in these matches. Although the nations first played in 1933 they did not meet in a competitive fixture until 1978 World Cup qualifying, trading 2-0 home wins – but it was Italy who made it to Argentina. The Azzurri have won four of their six competitive meetings, England just one.
The quarter final meeting will be first for ten years and only once before have they met in the European Championship final tournament, Italy winning 1-0 in 1980 to eliminate England. Italy have only been knocked out at the quarter finals of a major tournament on two of the nine occasions that they have reached this stage – both times on penalty kicks, In 2008 European Championship v Spain and In 1998 World Cup v France. In 10 quarter final matches at the European Championships or World Cup finals, including one replay, Italy have conceded only four goals – and never more than one in a game. England have lost seven out of 10 quarter-final games at major tournaments, with 1966, 1990 and 1996 the only exceptions. England have posted four wins
and one draw under Roy Hodgson and are now looking to reach only their second European Championship semifinal since 1968. England have won two and lost two in four previous quarter finals played in the European Championship. Italy, on the other hand, have won two and lost two in four previous quarter finals. When Italy finished fourth in 1980 and reached the semifinal in 1988, there was no quarterfinal stage. Both Italy and England scored the opening goal in each of their first three games, with Germany the only other team to have managed to do so. The Azzurri remain unbeaten in competitive games under Cesare Prandelli, winning nine and drawing four in 13 matches.
eUroPeAN CUP FootBAll: ITALy V ENgLAND: HEAD TO HEAD: INTERNATIONAL MATCHES: Played: 22 Italy won: 9 England won: 7 Drawn: 6 Goals for Italy: 26 Goals for England: 28 EuROPEAN CuP MATCHES: Played: 1 Italy won: 1 England won: Drawn: Goals for Italy: 1 Goals for England: 0 MEETINg IN EuROPEAN CuP fINALS: Date Venue Stage Result Score 15-06-1980 Turin First round Italy beat England 1-0
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eight settlers killed in quetta
no poweR, no BuSIneSS! businessmen across punjab pull down shutters in protest against electricity load shedding
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Eight people, including a policeman, were killed and one man was left injured in a deadly armed attack here on Saturday. Police said unidentified armed men opened indiscriminate fire on a laundry shop in the Sariyab area in the outskirts of Quetta. As a result, five people were killed on the spot and four others sustained critical injuries. Another three died of their injuries at a hospital. Police said the attack was carried out by two men on a motorcycle, who sprayed a volley of bullets on the shop while the people inside were having lunch. Most of the deceased were said to have Continued on page 04
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ROTESTING against the outrageous load shedding in the province, the traders and business community on Saturday observed a complete shutter down strike in Punjab. Business activities in major cities, including the provincial capital Lahore, industrial hubs Faisalabad, Sialkot, Gujranwala and many other cities and towns across the province came to a halt as the business and traders community joined together on the call of the All Pakistan Traders Union to observe the strike. Markets remained closed while there were widespread protests. In Rawalpindi, markets of the city
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and cantonment area remained closed during the protests, while in some areas traders and general public vented their anger by burning tyres, blocking roads and chanting slogans against the government. The police, however, brought the situation under control and reopened the roads. Lahore, Faisalabad, Multan, Vehari, Mailsi, and Sialkot faced the same situation. The people protested by burning tyres and damaging private and public property. Many cars of the passers-by were also damaged in Lahore. Many urban areas are facing severe lack of services and amenities that depend on electricity. Chief among them is water, which has gone scarce due to extreme power outages. With the sweltering heat, the demand of water automatically rises
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up. People have been forced to make alternate arrangements as government provided amenities have failed in delivering. The leaders of the business community said that all traders expressed unity for making the protest successful and they thanked their community for cooperation. They claimed that some of governmentâ€™s representatives misled traders community as they posted banners against traders unions. They said that the government has elected Raja Parvez Ashraf as prime minister who was corrupt and was involved in rental power plants case. Our country had enough resources but government was not interested in ending power the crisis, they claimed. Continued on page 04