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Strife-torn areas cannot be left at terrorists’ mercy: CJP
2 witnesses refuse to identify Shahrukh Jatoi
Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Monday remarked that strife-torn areas could not be left at the mercy of terrorists. A three-member bench of Supreme Court (SC) led by CJP Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry took up the petition filed by Senator Ibrahim against assigning of civil powers to the army in FATA. PAGE 18
At least 11 more people, including a political worker, were killed in separate incidents of firing and violence in various areas of the metropolis on Thursday. Per details, a 19-year boy, Khalid, was shot dead while he was standing outside his house in Sarjani Town. Another man, Imran Haider Naqvi, was gunned down by unknown miscreants in Gulbahar Colony. PAGE 04
Pay your dues, IESCO tells Rehman Malik STORY ON PAGE 04
Power secretary accepts inability to curb power outages
Postmortem time for Pakistan
Federal Water and Power Secretary Rao Sikandar has accepted his inability to address power outages in the country, especially in Balochistan, and assured that the situation would improve soon. While briefing the Senate sub-committee on Finance and Revenue, the secretary acknowledged that Balochistan had not been given its due share in power. PAGE 04
Losing the test series 3-0 and the one-day series 3-2, the Pakistan cricket team would undergo a postmortem when they got home, said captain Misbah-ul-Haq in Benoni on Sunday. “We started poorly, especially in test matches, and although we improved in the second test, we have made mistakes in our batting throughout the tour,” Misbah said. PAGE 15
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Delimitation after announcement of election schedule is illegal. — Barrister Naseem Farogh
ISLAMABAD: Caretaker Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso inspects the guard of honour at Prime Minister’s House after taking oath of office on Monday.
Tuesday, 26 March, 2013
KHOSO’S NOMINATION AS CARETAKER PM CHALLENGED IN SC LAHOrE: Nomination of Mir Hazar Khan Khoso as caretaker prime minister (PM) has been challenged in the Supreme Court’s (SC) Lahore registry. The petitioner, Barrister Zafarullah, submitted it was the prerogative of elected representatives to appoint a caretaker PM. The petition further said the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) being a government institution cannot appoint a premier for it is a negation of democratic norms. The ECP chief is a retired judge while a retired judge has also been nominated as the caretaker PM, added the petitioner. The petitioner prayed the court to nullify subclause 3 of clause 9 of Article 224 of the constitution and withdraw ECP’s authority to nominate a caretaker premier in addition to nullifying Khoso’s nomination. OnLinE
PPP TO START CAMPAIGN FROM APRIL 4, SAYS KAIRA ISLAMABAD: Pakistan People’s Party Central Information Secretary Qamar Zaman Kaira has said the party will start its election campaign on the 4th of the next month from Garhi Khuda Bakhsh. In an interview, he said the PPP Sindh will organise an event on the death anniversary of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto on April 4. He said PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari will be a part of the election campaign. However, Kaira added that due to security reasons, he will not participate in every public meeting. PPP leader Nazar Muhammad Gondal said Amin Fahim, Yousaf Raza Gilani and Raja Pervez Ashraf will be running the election campaign. inP
KHOSO SWORN IN AS 6TH CARETAKER PM ISLAMABAD
uSTICe (r) Mir Hazar Khan Khoso took oath as the sixth caretaker chief executive of the country, with President Asif Ali Zardari saying the formation of caretaker government though constitutional means had strengthened democracy. The oath-taking ceremony was attended by leaders of various political parties, senators, National Assembly speaker, former parliamentarians, ministers and diplomats. Former prime ministers Yousaf Raza Gilani and Raja Pervaiz Ashraf and services chiefs also attended. The caretaker prime minister is about 84 years old and serious questions have been raised by commentators over his ability to run the affairs of the country, as the eco-
ANALYST DOUBTS HEALTH, CAPABILITIES OF 84-YEAR-OLD KHOSO nomic and governance issues of Pakistan are at a critical stage. “We don’t know about his health condition as health deteriorates at such an old age. We also don’t know about his mental calibre. So it is difficult to pass a comment over his abilities to perform,” said noted analyst Hassan Askari Rizvi while talking to Pakistan Today. He added that the caretakers usually did not have to take policy decisions and we should also not expect a retired judge to take drastic steps. “He would have to make sure that the polls are held smoothly and bureaucracy observes impartiality,” he added. Khoso is the sixth caretaker prime minister after Ghulam Mustafa
Khan Jatoi who served from August 6, 1990 elevated as additional judge on March to November 6, 1990, Mir Balakh Sher 31, 1985. Khoso was made a permanent Mazari from April 18, 1993 to May 26, judge of the Balochistan High Court on 1993, Moin Qureshi from July 8, 1993 to March 31, 1987 and appointed the chief October 19, 1993, Malik Meraj Khalid from justice of Balochistan High Court on DeOctober 6, 1996 to February 17, 1997 and cember 13, 1989. He retired as the chief jusMuhammad Mian Soomro from November tice of Balochistan High 16, 2007 to March 24, 2008. Justice (r) Court on September Mir Hazar Khan Khoso was born on 29, 1991. After September 30, 1929 in Village taking oath, Azam Khan of Jaffarabad district Formation of Khoso called in Balochistan and graduated on President from university of Sindh in a constitutional Asif Ali 1954. He passed LLB in caretaker Zardari and discussed government has matters of nastrengthened tional interest. The meeting democracy. was held at the President House. The president congratulated the caretaker PM and assured him of full cooperation. DEMOCRATIC TRADITION: Zardari said the new democratic tradi1956 from university of Karachi. He tion had brightened the future of democjoined the legal profession in 1957 and racy in Pakistan and hoped that the enrolled as an advocate of High Court of caretaker government would ensure free West Pakistan Karachi Bench in 1959 and fair general election. Khoso said he and advocate of Supreme Court of Pak- would try his best to come up to the existan in 1980. He was elevated as an ad- pectations of the nation and hoped that ditional judge of Balochistan High Court democracy would keep growing in the on June 20, 1977 to June 1979 and again country in the days to come.
BNP MIGHT PARTICIPATE IN UPCOMING ELECTIONS: MENGAL KARACHI
Balochistan National Party (BNP) chief Sardar Akhter Mengal on Monday said his party might take part in the upcoming the elections and a final decision in this regard and on possible electoral alliances would be made in a party meeting on Tuesday. Talking to reporters after his arrival at Quaid-e-Azam International Airport from Dubai after more than four years of self exile, the former chief minister of Balochistan said no party or individual should be forced to boycott elections. Responding to a question on the call made by Balochistan’s disgruntled nationalist groups for boycotting polls, he said “no decision should be imposed on any-
one”. “The situation in Balochistan cannot be termed good,” said Mengal. He said he had come to Pakistan for a short period in October last year to attend a hearing in the Supreme Court on forced disappearances in Balochistan. During his brief visit, he said he had also presented a six-point agenda
on improving the situation in the violence-hit province. He said the six points were extensively discussed and shared with the political leadership of the country, hailing from both, the opposition and treasury. “Although the agenda was agreed upon verbally, there has been no improvement in the situation in the province despite passage of quite some time,” said Mengal. Mengal was accorded a warm welcome by his party workers and leaders at the Karachi airport.
BNP-M WORKER GUNNED DOWN IN KHUZDAR QUETTA: A Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-M) worker was shot dead in Khuzdar on Monday. Police said Manzoor Mengal was at his medical store when unidentified armed men opened fire on him and fled from the scene Mengal died on the spot. Police shifted the body to hospital for autopsy. When contacted BNP-M leader Sardar Akhtar Mengal, who reached Karachi on Monday from Dubai after ending his five years selfexile, said that the killing of his party activist by hired assassins was a message that he should stay away from upcoming elections. He said that the BNP-M was a political party and had raised voice for the rights of Balochistan at all democratic forums, adding, “We had called party meeting on Tuesday in Karachi to discuss upcoming elections that whether the party should take part or not.” SHAHzADA zULfIQAr
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All options, including initiating dialogue with Taliban and use of power to crush terrorists, should be used to restore peace in the region. — Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf
Tuesday, 26 March, 2013
Nawaz promises‘economic explosion’if voted into power MANSEHRA
He frontrunner in the general election race, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif attracted tens of thousands on Monday to a rally at which he promised development and economic revival. Sharif travelled to Mansehra, a stronghold of his party, where supporters packed a huge stadium. Two police officials estimated the crowd at up to 30,000, in contrast to the hundreds who greeted former military ruler Pervez Musharraf on his return to Pakistan Sunday after four years in exile to contest the polls. Opinion polls are notoriously unreliable in Pakistan, but indicators suggest Sharif is likely to emerge the biggest winner from the general election on May 11, which will mark the country’s first democratic transition of power. The stadium was decorated with large portraits of Sharif and banners reading “Tiger of Pakistan, we love you” and “Welcome
Last time we carried out nuclear explosions. Now we will carry out economic explosions
prime minister of Pakistan, pride of Pakistan”. The PML-N’s election symbol is a tiger and the rally featured a live tiger in a cage. Many voters are disillusioned with the outgoing Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) government, saddled with allegations of corruption and mismanagement. Security and the economy have worsened over the last five years. Pakistan became a nuclear power in May 1998 during Sharif’s second term as prime minister. He was ousted by Musharraf the following year. “Last time we carried out nuclear explosions. Now we will carry out economic explosions,” Sharif told the crowd. Militant attacks and violence against the Shia Muslim minority have raised fears about security for the polls in the nation of 180 million. Sharif ordered a bullet-proof screen around his podium to be removed, a move greeted with loud applause. But security was extremely tight with police commandos patrolling with AK-47s and a buffer zone ringed with barbed wire
MANSEHrA: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz President Nawaz Sharif addresses a public meeting on Monday.
around the stage. As premier, Sharif earned praise for economic reforms and for building a motorway from Peshawar to Lahore in the east. He promised that if his party was elected a third time, he would build a motorway from Lahore to Karachi. “I am not fond of power, I only want to see my country progressing and my people pros-
No one to take care of Punjab yet LAHORE umAiR Aziz
Punjab — the country’s largest province— is yet to get a caretaker chief minister as the committee tasked with selecting the man for the job remained unable to achieve a consensus over the issue on Monday. This leaves one day (Tuesday) for the government and opposition legislators to select one name for the top slot before the matter is sent to the election Commission of Pakistan to undergo the exercise. The committee has Rana Sanaullah Khan, Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman and Iqbal Channer from the government’s side, while Zulfiqar Gondal, Shaukat Basra and Chaudhry Zaheeruddin are the opposition members. The committee has been deliberating for days to finalise a name from amongst a list proposed by both sides. Names of Justice (r) Amir Raza Khan and Khwaja Zaheer have been proposed by the government, while Najam Sethi and former LHC CJ Syed Zahid Hussain Bukhari are the opposition’s nominees. After long hours of deliberations and their inability to finalise a name, the committee decided to include more names in the list and sought legal opinion on the matter. The law department secretary along with his team of legal experts visited the committee and briefed them on how the law did not allow including new names in the list already proposed by the government and opposition parties. A senior law department official said on condition of anonymity that the committee was tasked with finalising one name from the list proposed and they could not include new names. “even the election commission will finalize one name from the already proposed candidates and cannot make fresh additions,” the official added.
Sources privy to the development revealed that the PPP did not want a retired judge as the chief minister, as had been done in the Centre and other provinces as well, besides terming the government’s nominees “clearly” biased. The government, however, has reservations against one of the nominees having contempt proceedings against him. Talking to Pakistan Today, PPP’s Shaukat Basra said reservations had been handed over to the government side in “black and white”. “The government has nominated candidates who have an open bias for us,” he added. PML-N’s Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman said the PPP was being unreasonable in its demands, as “we consulted all big political parties in Punjab before proposing the names, something which they [PPP] haven’t done”. “The caretaker CM is going to look after the day to day working of the government. The people’s major concern at the point is that free and fair elections should be conducted. We will have another meeting today [Tuesday] and hopefully try to finalize a name, because we understand that all eyes are on us,” he added. Zaheeruddin said all four names were discussed in depth and hoped that the committee would agree on a name by Tuesday. He said talks were moving forward positively and the committee would meet again at 11am today (Tuesday). PMLN leader Rana Sanaullah said the opposition had raised unsubstantial objections over the names proposed by his party. He said the PML-N believed all four nominees for the post of caretaker chief minister were respectable. The former Punjab law minister said he was hundred percent sure that an agreement would be reached on the names proposed by PML-N, as all parties, except the opposition, supported their nominees.
SC moved for placing Musharraf’s name on ECL ISLAMABAD OnLinE
Lal Masjid’s chief cleric Abdul Aziz moved the Supreme Court (SC) seeking placement of former president Pervez Musharraf’s name on the exit Control List (eCL) and registration of a treason case against him. The petitioner
submitted that Musharraf was behind the massacre of several innocent people and students in the Lal Masjid operation and was involved in other heinous crimes. Such a person, he prayed, should not be allowed to take part in political activities. The petitioner has made the interior minister and the federal government respondents in his petition.
per,” he told the crowd. Sharif first became prime minister in 1990 but was sacked three years later on corruption charges. He returned to power in 1997 after an election but was ousted in the 1999 coup by Musharraf and was sent into exile in Saudi Arabia in 2000. He returned in November
2007 just before the February 2008 general election, won by the PPP on a wave of support following the assassination of its leader Benazir Bhutto in December 2007.Mohammad Afzal, a student aged 18, said he would vote for Sharif. “Only he can save us from load shedding (chronic power cuts) and control inflation,” Afzal said.
SAMBrIAL: rescue personnel use a crane to rescue a buffalo which fell into a well in Badiana village on Monday. inP
PTI moves in on Bahawalpur kill NAWAB SALAHUDDIN ABBASI MULLING TO MERGE PARTY WITH PTI ISLAMABAD: In what can be dubbed a major political achievement for Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaf (PTI), Bahawalpur National Awami Party (BNAP) chief Nawab Salahuddin Abbasi is mulling merging his party with the PTI, aiming at clean sweeping the upcoming elections in Bahawalpur region, Pakistan Today has reliably learnt. A senior BNAP leader said on condition of anonymity that a silent meeting was held between PTI Chairman Imran Khan and BNAP chief Nawab Abbassi on Monday during which it was decided that the BNAP would be merged with the PTI in order that candidates belonging to major political parties could be defeated during upcoming elections. Sources said Abbasi and Khan were likely to make the announcement in this regard on Tuesday (today). The BNAP leader said a committee had been formed
under the command of BNAP’s senior party leaders for working out the modalities of the merger with PTI leadership. “Nawab Abbasi found the PTI programme of change similar to that of the BNAP for the people living in Bahawalpur region, so he decided with the consent of the party leadership to merge his party with the PTI,” the sources said. They were of the view that Abbasi was considered the kingmaker in the entire Bahawalpur division, as around 17 candidates supported by the Abbasis during the general elections of 2008 won seats for National and provincial assemblies, adding that Abbasi also was elected member national assembly (MNA) four times. They said Abbasi was likely to be given an important assignment in Bahawalpur region by Khan. However, the sources claimed that BNAP chief had not set preconditions for joining the PTI and it was purely based on a principled stance of both political parties. Despite repeated attempts, Abbasi did not respond to confirm the information gathered by Pakistan Today.
PAKISTAN PUSHED INTO DARKNESS IN LAST 5 YEARS: IMRAN MIANWALI nni
Pakistan Tehreeke-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Monday said Pakistan was pushed into darkness over the last five years. Addressing a public gathering in his hometown, Khan called upon the people to shun the current system of tyranny. “We need to change ourselves first before changing the country,” he said. “Who will make those accountable who plundered the nation’s wealth?” he asked. He said the PTI would wage jihad against the injustices. He said after coming into power, the PTI would spend public’s money on the people, adding that Rs 40 were being charged as tax for just one litre of petrol. Khan promised the masses that he would protect their tax money. The cricketer turned politician said people were unwillingly leaving Pakistan to fulfill their families’ desires. Khan said he would make a Pakistan where the people would not need to go abroad for employment.
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PML-Q will surprise everyone by sweeping the upcoming elections. — Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain
NEWS Tuesday, 26 March, 2013
ECP directs removal of State Bank deputy governor ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
He federal government has sought a reply from the governor of the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), after the election Commission of Pakistan (eCP) directed the immediate removal of SBP Deputy Governor Ashraf Mahmood Wathra, who had recently been appointed to the SBP board on his advice. “The Finance ministry wrote to the SBP Governor on Monday asking him to provide comments within 48 hours, as the
deputy governor was appointed on his recommendations,” said Finance Ministry spokesperson Rana Assad Amin. Amin said that Anwar had written to the Finance Ministry: while recommending Wathra’s appointment as deputy governor, Anwar had said he had interviewed Wathra and found him “fit and proper” for the post. Former prime minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf had appointed Wathra for a threeyear period on March 5. Wathra was made head of the banking section and given the portfolio earlier handled by the other deputy governor, Kazi Abdul Muktadir.
Before Wathra’s appointment, the post had been vacant for almost a year due to the Finance Ministry’s reluctance in accepting the individuals nominated by the central bank for the post. Though the federal government has the authority to appoint deputy governors, the recommendations are traditionally made by the SBP governor. Ashraf Mahmood Wathra is a banker and was serving as the senior executive vice president at National Bank of Pakistan, heading the Overseas Banking Group and the Americas region before his appointment
as the SBP deputy governor. However, the eCP fears that Wathra could obstruct the process of screening loan defaulters, which would allow such persons to contest general elections on May 11. NBP, the bank with which Wathra has been extensively associated with, has been in the news during the past five years on charges of sanctioning loans to individuals backed by ruling parties, allegedly without even securing collateral. The election Commission sprang into action on the matter following a petition filed in the Supreme Court of Pakistan by
Dr Mubashir Hasan. Dr Hasan has pleaded that the apex court empower the eCP, alleging in his petition that Wathra could obstruct the screening process. SBP Governor Yaseen Anwar has been asked to explain his position on the matter within 48 hours, after a letter was sent by the eCP to Finance Secretary Abdul Khaliq, directing the removal of the deputy governor within two days. SBP spokesman Syed Wasimuddin has said that the central bank has received the letter and replied accordingly, without giving any further details.
PPP, MQM challenge delimitation of constituencies in SHC KARACHI STAFF REPORT
KArACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement supporters protest against the delimitations in the city on Monday. STAFF PHOTO
JI to introduce green light and diesel for farmers ISLAMABAD APP
The Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) has announced that it will introduce green light and diesel system for agriculture-related fuel consumption. These items will be provided to farmers at 50 percent subsidised prices, the JI said in its manifesto. After coming to power, the JI would also introduce solar energy tube wells and abolish all undue taxes related to agri inputs such as seeds, fertilisers and pesticides to bring down their prices. An effective export strategy will be devised for export of farm products for the benefit of growers, it added. The JI said that uncultivated and arid-state lands would be distributed among landless and poor
US hands over Bagram prison to Afghans BAGRAM nni
The American forces in Afghanistan on Monday handed over full control of a key uS-run detention center, the Bagram prison, to the Afghan Defense Ministry, putting an end to a source of tension between Kabul and its main ally Washington. An official ceremony was held in Bagram prison, located next to the Bagram airbase, the main u. S. military bastion 50 kilometers north of Kabul. The handing over of the facility was scheduled to take place during the uS Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s first tour to Afghanistan earlier this month but the program was canceled for unknown reasons.
cultivators with irrigation facilities on the condition that the same would be brought under cultivation. The manifesto said that agriculture would be declared tax-exempted; however, tax would be levied on agricultural income exceeding a fixed amount. The taxation formula would be devised in such way that it would not in affect the poor farmers and workers. It also announced that interest on all previous agricultural loans would be waived while interest-free credits would be provided to farmers on easy terms. An Islamic insurance system (takaful) will be introduced for proper management of crops, it added. The manifesto said that agricultural inputs would be provided to farmers through the Zarai Taraqiati Bank and the dues would be recovered from the recipients through cheques or in cash at the time of harvesting or sale of produce.
IHC gives stay order in favour of Hashoo Group ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday restrained the Capital Development Authority (CDA) from auctioning a plot situated adjacent to Marriot Hotel. The plot is being used by the hotel for the last many years, but the CDA abruptly cancelled agreement with the hotel management and decided to auction the plot on Tuesday (today). On this, the Hashoo Group filed a petition in IHC. Hearing a petition filed
by Hashoo Group, Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui granted stay order and directed the CDA not to auction this plot until the court’s final decision. The hotel, under open space agreement with the CDA, has been using the 3acre plot for parking purpose. However, the CDA cancelled the agreement and decided to auction it. The authority was about to auction the plot for construction of another five star hotel, however, for the time being the court directed CDA not to auction this plot.
Police, intelligence agency personnel brawl in Sukkur
The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) have approached the Sindh High Court (SHC) against the recent move of the election Commission of Pakistan (eCP) aimed at changing several electoral constituencies in the city. In this regard, deputy convener of the MQM Coordination Committee Dr Farooq Sattar along with Barrister Farogh Naseem filed a petition with the SHC and challenged the move on grounds that “Illegal and unconstitutional changing of several electoral constituencies only in Karachi by the eCP was unjustifiable.” Later, while talking to media persons outside the SHC, Dr Farooq said that the MQM had raised legal and constitutional issues in the petition as the new delimitations had been done after the announcement of the election schedule. He said that the party had prayed before the honourable court to stop the operation on the notification issued
by the eCP and to declare it null and void. Dr Farooq said that new delimitations of constituencies could not take place after the announcement of the election schedule. If these constituencies were being redrawn under section 10 – A of the Delimitation Act, suggestions should have been taken from all stakeholders, and the process should have been properly advertised, he added. Furthermore, Dr Farooq said that the action of the eCP had raised questions about its integrity. He said that the people of the metropolitan have been punished by changing the constituencies as they were providing constant support to the MQM. Moreover, Dr Farooq said that the altering of electoral boundaries was an attempt to steal the mandate of the MQM, while adding that the electoral rolls were also not being displayed in Karachi even after the door-to-door verification process. Speaking on the occasion Barrister Nasim said that the SHC was approached for the implementation of the order of the Supreme Court of Pakistan
(SCP) regarding fresh delimitation of electoral constituencies according to existing law. Altering of constituencies in the metropolitan were in violation of the order passed by the SCP. Meanwhile, a large number of MQM workers and supporters held a protest demonstration outside the SCP’s office in the city against the delimitation of the city’s constituencies. Addressing the participants, MQM leader Waseem Aftab said the delimitation of Karachi’s constituencies’ after the announcement of election schedule was in violation of the Constitution of Pakistan. He further said that if the notification for the delimitation was not withdrawn then the state institutions would be held responsible for the situation that could arise in the metropolitan. Meanwhile, PPP Sindh President Qadir Patel also submitted a plea against the delimitation of his own constituency (NA-239). While talking to media persons he said that his party was not against delimitation process, but his party was not notified before starting the delimitation of his constituency.
MONItORING DESK Police and intelligence agency personnel entered into a nasty brawl on Monday, when the intelligence men tried to get one of their colleagues released from the police lock up, a private TV channel reported. Police said a sensitive organisation’s personnel broke into the police station to get Saleemuddin, who was taken into custody over a dispute relating to the ownership of a plot of land, released. This resulted into a nasty brawl in which both parties beat each other up, the channel said.
PPP to contest polls against PML-Q: Mukhtar ISLAMABAD inP
Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader and former federal minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar announced that his party would challenge Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) across the country in the upcoming polls. Speaking to reporters after attending the oath taking ceremony of the caretaker prime minister, Mukhtar said he had already been given a PPP ticket to contest against the PML-Q in Gujrat. His comments suggested that PPP’s alliance with the PML-Q is most likely over.
Power secy accepts inability to curb power outages ISLAMABAD OnLinE
Federal Water and Power Secretary Rao Sikandar has accepted his inability to address power outages in the country, especially in Balochistan, and assured that the situation would improve soon. While briefing the Senate sub-committee on Finance and Revenue, the secretary acknowledged that Balochistan had not been given its due share in power and of the 1,400 megawatts of its quota, only 450 megawatts were being provided to the province, leading to an adverse situation. He said the Ministry of Water and Power held a meeting with the Ministry of Finance and Petroleum and decided to ensure smooth supply of 25,000 metric tonnes of furnace oil per day to power generation plants. He said 100 megawatt had already been added to the system and by the end of this month, another 1,300 megawatt would be added to the national grid soon. Sikandar said the circular debt had increased to Rs 414 billion and prevailing culture of over billing by one department to the other was the key
reason behind it. He added that issues related to outstanding amount of GST with the FBR had been resolved and soon this amount would be released to the Ministry of Water and Power. He said various cases worth Rs 100 billion had been handed over to NAB. The secretary apprised the legislative body that Rs 100 billion were outstanding with the private sector, Rs 150 billion with government departments and 89 billion were owed by other departments. The sub-committee strongly annoyed the unnecessary delay in submission of report regarding development work on 29 projects in Balochistan by WAPDA officials. Senator Fateh Muhammad Hasni warned that if this mechanism was repeated and WAPDA officials did not brief the committee in next meeting, the committee would take strict action. “Officials are using different delaying tactics for the last six months, which is very unfortunate and would not be tolerated further,” Hasni said. The committee also directed officials of the Finance Department to allocate minimum amount in PSDP for unfunded projects of the Nation Highway Authority (NHA) in order to keep them alive.
2 witnesses refuse to identify Shahrukh Jatoi KARACHI STAFF REPORT
Two witnesses have refused to identify Shahrukh Jatoi in the Shahzeb Khan murder case. An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC), led by Judge Ghulam Mustafa Memon, took the case for hearing on Monday. The investigation officer presented two witnesses, Shahryar and Aamir, in the court but the two deviated from their earlier statements and refused to identify Shahrukh Jatoi. They took the plea that they were not present on the scene at the time when the murder took place and they did not see what had happened therein. Shahzeb, 20 was gunned down in a posh area of Karachi on December 25, 2012. Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry had taken a suo motu notice when the police failed to arrest the accused even after a lapse of a week. The case was later transferred to the ATC.
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If I had a link with former president Pervez Musharraf, I would have gone myself to receive him at the airport. –Arbab Ghulam Rahim A BETTEr USE? Gypsies make use of a banner used in a political campaign to make their tent. muRTAzA ALi
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I hoPE KhoSo wILL rEMAIn IMPArTIAL
LAHOrE: Pakistan Muslim League-Like Minded (PML-LM) leader and former Sindh chief minister Arbab Ghulam Rahim Khan hoped that caretaker Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso would remain impartial and would not lose his credibility. Addressing a luncheon hosted by party leader Chaudhry Abdul Qadir on Monday, Rahim said that newly elected caretaker PM was a fair person and he would surely play his role to hold free and transparent general elections in the country. He expressed dissatisfaction over failure of leaders of major political parties to choose caretaker PM and this led the matter to be decided by election commission. The PML-LM leader denied having any link in return of former president Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf saying if it had been so then he would himself have been present at airport to receive him. inP
I hAvE doUBTS on KhoSA
LAHOrE: Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) has expressed serious reservations over the newly nominated caretaker Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khosa. Addressing a gathering on Monday, JI Secretary General Liaquat Baloch said that Khosa’s past was ‘iniquitous’ because he remained involved in various activities which were ‘objectionable’. The JI leader said that his party wanted to proceed with agenda regarding resolution of issues through free and transparent election in the country. Baloch claimed that JI had chalked out a strategy to wipe out corruption and mismanagement. inP
Bomb hoax at LdA spreads terror
He Bomb Disposal Squad sealed the Lahore Development Authority (LDA)’s building while the police cordoned off the area after the news of possible presence of a bomb in the building spread on Monday. According to details, a woman called LDA officials in the morning, telling about the presence of a bomb
planted in LDA’s building. LDA’s building, which is generally occupied by a number of people, was evacuated after the news. The LDA officials called the police and informed about the bomb threat. The police reached LDA’s building and cordoned off the area while the bomb disposal squad initiated a search operation. The squad, after a two-hour operation, declared the building to be safe. The bomb disposal squad mentioned in its report that the building
was safe, declaring the news to be false. Although, the squad had given its clearance, the LDA officials remained petrified from entering their office and headed back home instead of continuing with their work. A similar call was received on Monday morning alerting the customers at the Ambassador Hotel for a possible presence of poison in the hotel’s food. The rescue teams reached the venue after hearing the news and upon probing into the matter came to know that the news was false.
LHC seeks report for not regularising 400 contractual employees LAHORE APP
The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday sought detailed report from the Punjab government in two days for not regularising the services of 400 School Health Nutritionists in line with the existing policy. The petitioners, through their counsel Hafiz Tariq Nasim, pleaded that they were inducted into service in 2008 on a three-year contract in grade
17 by a selection committee on merit after qualifying a written test and interviews. The posts were advertised properly in national newspapers and all laid down rules and regulations were fulfilled. The counsel argued that the term of their contract was further extended from 3 to 5 years but all of sudden their term was curtailed to one year without any show-cause notice and personal hearing, whereas the services of all contractual employees of different
departments, serving in grade 17 and 18, were regularised in accordance with the chief minister’s policy and they were exempted from Punjab Public Service Commission. Nasim said that in an identical case, School Health Nutritionists have been directed to appear before PPSC, which he pleaded was discriminatory. After hearing the detailed arguments,Justice Aysha Malik sought report in two days and fixed the hearing for March 27.
drUg AddICT ‘BUrnS QUrAn’ LAHOrE: A mentally challenged man, Ghulam Husain, allegedly put the Holy Quran on fire in Shahdara Town precincts on Monday afternoon. As the news spread in the colony, the locals barged in Husain’s house and started beating him. A local, Akram Bhatti, rendering himself to be an eye witness, called the police, which after reaching the venue arrested the accused and registered an FIR against him under Section 295-B. The police also recovered pieces of the burnt Quran. According to the police, the accused was not mentally challenged but was a drug addict. Husain committed this act in a perturbed state after not being able to score his drug, the police sources said. Husain’s father runs a video game shop in the locality. RAnA HAidER
PIC nEEdS MorE CArdIAC SUrgEonS LAHOrE: The Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) is in need of surgeons as only five doctors are available to perform cardiac surgeries while the number of cardiac patients is growing. Eight to ten cardiac surgeries are done daily while the cardiac patients are provided treatment almost free of charge, said PIC Chief Surgeon Prof Abdul Waheed on Monday. He said that heart diseases were increasing in the country. He said that the PIC was established in 1989 when the population of Lahore was 3.5 million, which had now grown to around 8 million. “Only a 17-bed emergency department is available in the PIC while some 1,600 patients visit it every day. Around 1,000 of them get medicines for cardiac ailments regularly,” he added. The hospital has 337 beds where four modes of treatments are being performed: angiogrphy, angioplasty, pacemakers and by-pass surgeries. The annual budget of PIC is about Rs 1.5 billion and it provides medicines to 45,000 registered patients free of cost, he added. APP
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LAHORE Tuesday, 26 March, 2013
I have serious doubts on Khosa. His past is iniquitous as he has been involved in various activities which are objectionable. –Liaquat Baloch
‘PUnJAB UnPArALLEL In EdUCATIon SECTor’ LAHORE
He Punjab has the highest teacher presence in percentage terms than any of the 22 countries in which DFID provided financial support. Teacher absenteeism has been reduced from 20 percent to less than eight percent in a matter of less than two years. This was disclosed in a report of a thinktank called “Reform”. The report will be formally released in a lecture by an eminent British educationist, Sir Michael Barber, at
the Lahore university of Management Sciences (LuMS) today. World Bank Dr Jim Yong Kim, in his foreword for the report, appreciated the efforts of the leadership and commitment of the Punjab Government for achieving such palpable improvements. The report indicated that in August 2011, only 22 percent of schools were being visited each month by district administration authorities to check on the situation, whereas in November 2012, 96.2 percent of all schools of the province were being visited by the authorities each month for spot checking and monitoring.
LhC asks for more details on case on elimination of vIP culture LAHORE OnLinE
Lahore High Court (LHC) has adjourned hearing until March 27 of the petition filed by Hafiz Saeed seeking elimination of VIP culture from the country. Justice ejazul-Hassan took up the case for hearing on Monday and sought more arguments on the maintainability of the writ. Counsel for Hafiz Saeed argued that VIP culture in the country ran contrary to the Islamic teachings and the constitution. VIP culture was giving rise to a sense of deprivation among the citizens and was an encroachment upon the fundamental rights, he contended. He said exploitation and coercion could not be uprooted unless VIP culture was eliminated. He prayed the court to order for elimination of VIP culture from the country.
girl approaches police for protection against torture LAHORE inP
A 10-year-old girl, perturbed by her step mother’s torture, approached Islampura Police Station for help on Monday. According to the police, Fatima appealed for protection against her mother’s torture. However, she refused to tell her address and telephone number fearing her parents would take her back home. The police shifted the girl to edhi Home and started investigations.
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No foreigner has a place asking another people, another country, to change their constitution. –Hamid Karzai
Tuesday, 26 March, 2013
Cyprus seals last-minute bailout deal NICOSIA
YPRuS has clinched a lastditch deal with international lenders for a 10 billion euro ($13bn) bailout that will shut down its second largest bank and inflict heavy losses on uninsured depositors, including wealthy Russians. Final backing was received at around 01:00 GMT on Monday, after marathon talks between President Nicos Anastasiades and heads of the european union, the european Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund - hours before a deadline to avert a collapse of the banking system.
The plan, swiftly endorsed by eurozone finance ministers, will spare the east Mediterranean island a financial meltdown by winding down Popular Bank of Cyprus, also known as Laiki, and shifting deposits below 100,000 euros ($129,000) to the Bank of Cyprus to create a “good bank”. Deposits above 100,000 euros, which under eu law are not guaranteed, will be frozen and used to resolve debts, and Laiki will effectively be closed, with thousands of job losses. An eu spokesman said no levy would be imposed on any deposits in Cypriot banks. A first attempt at a deal last week collapsed when the Cypriot parliament rejected a proposed levy on all deposits.
A senior source involved in the talks said Anastasiades had threatened to resign at one stage if he was pushed too far. eu diplomats said the president, flown to Brussels in a private jet chartered by the european Commission, had fought to preserve the country’s business model as an offshore financial centre drawing huge sums from wealthy Russians and Britons. “The liabilities paid off and whatever remains will come directly out of the bank accounts of the uninsured depositors,” Al Jazeera’s Jonah Hull reports from Nicosia. ‘Casino economy’ The key issues in dispute were how Cyprus would raise 5.8
billion euros ($7.5bn) from its banking sector towards its own financial rescue, and how to restructure and resolve the outsized banks. The eu’s economic affairs chief Olli Rehn said there were no good options but “only hard choices left” for the latest casualty of the eurozone crisis. With banks closed for the last week, the Central Bank of Cyprus imposed a 100-euros ($130) per day limit on withdrawals from cash machines at the two biggest banks to avert a run. French Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici rejected charges that the eu had brought Cypriots to their knees, saying it was the island’s offshore business model that had failed.
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“To all those who say that we are strangling an entire people ... Cyprus is a casino economy that was on the brink of bankruptcy,” he told Canal Plus television. The euro gained against the dollar on the news in early Asian trading. Analysts had said failure to clinch a deal could cause a financial market selloff, but some said the island’s small size it accounts for just 0.2 percent of the eurozone’s economic output - meant contagion would be limited. The abandoned levy on bank deposits had unsettled investors since it represented an unprecedented step in europe’s handling of a debt crisis that has spread from Greece, to Ireland, Portugal, Spain and Italy.
ALEPPO: Syrian rebels take position inside a building during fighting with government forces on Monday. AGEnCiES
CApE tOWN AGEnCiES
South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma has said that 13 South African troops were killed in clashes with the Seleka rebels on the outskirts of Bangui, the capital. The announcement, which came on Monday, raised questions about the future role of South Africa’s 200soldier contigent it sent to Central African Republic in January to support the government troops after the rebels launched an offensive in early December. Late on Sunday, the leader of the rebels who took over the capital declared himself president and pledged to keep a power-sharing government in place in compliance with a January peace deal. A spokesperson for the Seleka rebels announced Michel Djotodia’s claim a day after the rebels toppled the President Francois Bozize. “The current prime minister remains in place and the cabinet will be slightly reshuffled,” said eric Massi, the spokesperson. “Bangui is under our control and calm but we have things to do on the ground in terms of security. Looting must be stopped.” The peace deal in January created a power-sharing government composed of rebels, civilian opposition and Bozize loyalists. The rebels, who have accused Bozize of breaking the peace agreement, raided Bangui on Thursday. Bozize was believed to have fled to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Al Jazeera’s Nazanine Moshiri, reporting from the the Kenyan capital of Nairobi, was told by a DRC government spokesperson that Bozize was not in the country.
Syrian opposition to ssume Arab League seat DAMASCuS AGEnCiES
The Syrian opposition will take over their nation’s vacant seat at the Arab League, a high-ranking league official has said, a day ahead of a summit of Arab leaders in Doha, Qatar. “The opposition has been invited to the Arab summit and will occupy Syria’s seat at the Arab League,” the official told the AFP news agency on Monday, requesting anonymity. The pan-Arab bloc had already suspended President Bashar al-Assad’s membership and recognised the coalition as the legitimate representative of
the people of Syria. The Arab summit takes place on Tuesday and Wednesday. Syrian opposition leader Mouaz alKhatib said he would address the summit. Khatib resigned on Sunday as head of the National Coalition, but the opposition bloc rejected his resignation. “I have decided to give a speech in the name of the Syrian people at the Doha conference,” he wrote on his Twitter account. “This is a matter that has nothing to do with the resignation, which will be discussed later.” The National Coalition has been recognised by dozens of states and organisations as the legitimate representative of
the Syrian people. Syria ‘destruction’ Nizar al-Heraki, Syria’s opposition ambassador to Qatar, told Al Jazeera that he will be arriving in Doha along with Khatib from Cairo on Monday evening. He said the reaction to Khatib’s announced resignation was “very strong.” He did not directly say whether Khatib will back off on his decision or not, but that the opposition leader “will see if the international community will fulfill the promises it made.” Khatib on Sunday said he wanted to resign so he could “work with a freedom that cannot possibly be had in an official institution”.
BURMA COMMUNAL RIOTING SPREADS NAypyIDAW AGEnCiES
Mosques and houses have been ransacked in central Burma, the latest in a series of incidents since sectarian violence broke out in Meiktila town. About 300 people attacked a mosque and destroyed Muslim-owned shops and houses in Oh The Kone town, about 50km (31 miles) from Rangoon, reports say. This comes after more troops arrived in Meiktila, where at least 30 people have reportedly died since Wednesday. An argument sparked violence between Buddhists and Muslims in the town. Aside from Oh The Kone, it was also reported that a mosque was torched in Tatkone town, 80km from Meiktila, over the weekend. A
mosque and 50 houses were also said to have been torched in nearby Yamenthin town. It was not immediately clear who was behind the violence. No casualties have been reported from these towns so far. The violence in Meiktila, triggered by what reports say was an argument that started in a gold shop, has displaced at least 9,000 residents, according to reports. A local lawmaker told BBC Burmese on Friday that scores of mostly Buddhist people accused of being involved in the violence had been arrested by police. President Thein Sein, opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the speaker of parliament’s lower house on Sunday issued a joint declaration in the face of the deadly communal violence. The declaration calls for the rule of law to be
restored in Meiktila, the rapid return home of thousands of displaced people and seminars and workshops on how to prevent further communal violence in the country. The uN secretary-general’s special adviser on Burma, Vijay Nambiar, visited villagers displaced by the conflict on Sunday. Buddhist and Muslim religious leaders also spoke out on Sunday, urging respect for the law and community harmony. This incident is the worst sectarian conflict since the violence that hit Rakhine state last year, where nearly 200 people were killed and tens of thousands forced from their homes. The conflict that erupted in Rakhine involved Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims, who are not recognised as Burmese citizens. Scores of Rohingyas have fled what they say is persecution in Burma in recent months.
“For the past two years, we have been slaughtered by an unprecedentedly vicious regime, while the world has looked on,” Khatib said in a statement released on his Facebook page. “All the destruction of Syria’s infrastructure, the detention of tens of thousands of people, the forced flight of hundreds of thousands and other forms of suffering have been insufficient for the international community to take a decision to allow the people to defend themselves,” he added. Khatib was picked as head of the coalition after it was formed in November. He was seen as a moderate bulwark against the rising influence of al-Qaeda-linked forces fighting in the revolt against Assad.
John Kerry makes surprise visit to Kabul KABuL AGEnCiES
The uS secretary of state has arrived in Kabul on an unannounced visit, and will hold talks with the Afghan president, an official has said. John Kerry arrived in Kabul on Monday for a 24hour visit, and will discuss a host of issues with Afghan presdient Hamid Karzai, including reconciliation talks with insurgent groups, according to the official.
“He will make clear that the uS will have an enduring commitment in Afghanistan that will last beyond transition and that there were always be bumps on the road,” said the official. They will also discuss upcoming elections and the transfer of security responsibility to Afghan forces as foreign troops prepare to leave. His visit coincides with the handover of a major detention centre to Afghan officials.
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Repressive tactics cannot subdue Kashmiris’ struggle for freedom. — Syed Ali Gilani
NEWS Tuesday 26 March, 2013
AnP leadership in tatters over ticket rows PESHAWAr: Amidst serious security threats, leaders of former ruling Awami National Party (ANP) have become embroiled in internal rifts with various party stalwarts over the awarding of tickets ahead of general elections. Fearing escalation of rifts, the ANP parliamentary board is delaying the announcement of nominees despite the completion of decisions two days ago. According to details, soon after the ANP parliamentary board meeting in Peshawar, and following a leaders’ meeting with Afsanyar Wali Khan in Islamabad, party loyalists have revolted in various regions. Trouble started when ANP’s senior stalwart Ihrar Khattak from Nowshera resigned from district presidency in protest against parliamentary board’s decisions. He maintained membership of the party but announced to stay away from the election campaign. Khattak’s major disagreement with the party leadership was allegedly over the awarding of tickets; he felt that tickets had been awarded to wrong persons. Late Sunday evening, outgoing MPA from Peshawar Atifur Rehman, denouncing his replacement by ANP’s provincial General Secretary Arbab Tahir on PK 5, said that he would contest for two seats; the first, his current seat and second, for a national assembly seat. He announced to run for both seats as an independent candidate. Another ignored MPA Aurangzeb Khan has remained silent over the parliamentary board’s decisions. He is the older brother of late MPA Alamzeb Khan who was a victim of a terrorist act in February 2009. Besides Peshawar and Nowshehra, ANP stalwarts from Swat have also opposed the nomination of former members of parliament who had allegedly remained absent from their constituencies during the last five years. Moreover, ANP dissidents have also constituted a committee with senior party leader Shah Alam Khan for deciding the future course of action. In Buner, former MNA Istiqbal Khan was replaced by former district council nazim Abdul Rauf Khan on NA-28. Earlier, Istiqbal made attempts to switch to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) in exchange for a ticket but is now currently holding talks with leaders of Jamiat-ulUlema-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F). So far JUI-F has declared Maulvi Aleemur Rehman as its candidate from NA-28. Moreover, there have been reports of unrest in Swabi where two former MPA with an MNA were replaced by newcomers. Pervez Khan was replaced by a former banker Sarwar Khan on NA-13, Mukhtiar Ali was replaced by Ashfaq Khan on PK-33 and Sikandar Irfan was replaced by Mohammad Islam on PK35. Former MNA Haji Rahman Ullah Khan was named a candidate on NA 12 whereas his son former MPA Amir Rehman will be the party’s candidate on PK-32. Some of diehard ANP stalwarts, particularly those who were ignored in awarding of tickets, are unhappy with such decisions. Some of them are planning to contest polls in personal capacity or joining other parties. Moreover, there are tensions in ANP ranks in Mardan where former MPA Ahmad Bahadar was replaced by a newcomer Ali Khan. Ahmad Bahadar vocally opposed the decision along with a large number of aides. Ahmad Bahadar’s opposition is likely to cause problems for former chief minister Amir Haider Khan Hoti who is contesting on both national and provincial Assembly seats from his native Mardan city. STAFF REPORT
Three men gunned down in faisalabad fAISALABAD: Three people were ambushed and killed by their rivals on their way to a court near Balochni, according to reports on Monday. According to police, the victims were identified as Anwarul Haq, Naveed Ahmed and Wasim. The attackers managed to flee from the scene soon after the incident. Police shifted the bodies to Kharyanwala hospital for autopsy. Sources said that the incident was a result of an old enmity. OnLinE
Strife-torn areas cannot be left at terrorists’ mercy: CJP JUDGES TAKE EXCEPTION TO REMARKS AGAINST ARMY BY PETITIONER’S COUNSEL
SAY NOTHING WOULD BE SAID AGAINST ARMY WITHOUT EVIDENCE deal with terrorism, so why it cannot be implemented in FATA?” he said. “Karachi is under the occupation of the MQM and it can do whatever it wills,” he added. “The army is conducting operation in Balochistan and the army chief cannot go to Karachi,” he further said. The judges took exception of the remarks, saying, “You are giving a wrong statement, as the army chief and CJP were in Karachi on March 6.” Counsel for the petitioner said, “It is possible he may have been allowed to come to Karachi at that time.” Raja Muhammad Irshad, counsel for intelligence agencies, wondered and regretted the statement of Ghulam Nabi, saying the army chief had been insulted and the learned counsel was giving a false statement. “The army chief goes everywhere and nothing exists in Karachi as is being portrayed. The army has to remain extremely careful in exercising civil powers.” Ghulam Nabi said innocent people were being killed in FATA. “No decision
HIeF Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Monday remarked that strife-torn areas could not be left at the mercy of terrorists. A three-member bench of Supreme Court (SC) led by CJP Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry took up the petition filed by Senator Ibrahim against assigning of civil powers to the army in FATA. At the inception of hearing of the case, counsel for Senator Ibrahim, Ghulam Nabi, termed several provisions of FATA regulations to be in conflict with the law and constitution. He said it was laid down in the law of evidence that proceedings would be initiated against the accused under evidence. On the other hand statement of army personnel had been declared evidence in the FATA regulation, he argued. “One law is in place in the country to
has been taken so far against those who were “lifted” during 2008. Guests of wedding party were targeted here. 374 persons were killed. An 8 years old child was dubbed terrorist and was killed.” He further argued that laws were being enacted in Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Syria, Iraq and Pakistan to take action against those working against uS interest. “The situation is the same in Balochistan, Karachi and Lahore, therefore, how is it just to accord civil powers to military institutions in FATA. No such law is in place at international level,” he contended. Irshad said, “Army personnel are being butchered. Army personnel are being killed
daily.” The CJP barred Ghulam Nabi from passing remarks against the army without evidence. “Raja Irshad will evolve report and present it to the court on what situation prevails therein.” “We can not tolerate such type of talk against the army. Strife-torn areas cannot be left at the mercy of terrorists. The special powers, including calling in the army, are assigned under specific situation per constitution. eighteen army personnel were targeted a day ago and the situation would worsen if the army returns from FATA. Sacked dead bodies are being discovered daily in Balochistan. You say peace prevails therein? Please tell the court if peace was there from April 12, 2008 until now and we will order the withdrawal of the army.” Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed said miscreants wanted FATA and PATA not to remain part of Pakistan. “Suicide attacks have become a routine matter. The petitioner seems more of a lawyer for the miscreants.” Justice Gulzar Ahmad said they could not leave the country at the mercy of miscreants. “Only one incident has occurred in Lahore but in other areas, such incidents occur daily.” The CJP then directed Ghulam Nabi to complete his arguments by today (Tuesday) and adjourned the proceedings.
3 killed, 2 injured as roof of Landikotal house caves in pESHAWAR APP
At least three children were killed and another two were injured when the roof of a dilapidated house caved in due to heavy rainfall in Landikotal tehsil of Khyber Agency on Monday. According to the political administration, the incident occurred in Sathekhel Shinwari areas where the roof collapsed due to continuous rains in the tehsil. Local residents and officials of the political administration rushed to the spot and took the injured to hospital.
100-member EU delegation to observe polls BAHAWALPUr: Camels dance during Pakistan Day celebrations organised at the Bahawalpur Garrison on Monday. inP
Iraqi Shia leader urges disciples to make Pakistan strong HUSSAIN SAYS HE HAS CONVEYED HIS CONCERN ABOUT SAFETY OF SHIAS THROUGH PAKISTANI MINISTERS WHO VISITED HIM IN NAJAF NAJAF inP
Grand Shia leader Ayatollah Sheikh Bashir Hussain Al-Najafi has called his followers and other sects in Pakistan to work for the cause of Pakistan, making it strong and prosperous. The country should be a land of peace for each of its citizen. A single drop of blood should be considered more important than anything else, he said while talking to a visiting Pakistani media delegation at his school on Sunday. He said he felt highly upset over the killing of people in Pakistan suicide at-
tacks and bombings. Leaders and the government in Pakistan should be duty-bound to provide peace and security to their people, he added. The Shia scholar was born in Jalandhar, India in 1942. Later, he migrated to Pakistan after independence. He got his early Islamic education in Lahore before moving to Najaf for higher education. Since then, he is settled in Najaf, devoting his all energies for promotion of Islamic teaching in Iraq. He said further the people in Pakistan should avoid any step that could harm the country, its integrity or national identity. While recalling that Pakistan came into
being after great sacrifices, he said the country should be first priority while going for other world purists. The cleric lamented that the government in Pakistan could not deliver in term of providing peace and security to the people. The people, belonging to any sect, should look into their work and deeds as well, ensuring positive contribution in the national development. They should search their soul, to see as to how they are fair to themselves. “We should live according to the teaching of the holy Quran to ensure our ultimate success here and hereafter,” he asserted. About peace in Pakistan, he said the intelligence network should fulfill responsibility to expose the culprits and those foreign agents who were behind bombings. He said he had conveyed his concern about the safety of Shias through the government officials and ministers who visited him in Najaf.
International observers have started contacting the Foreign Office for monitoring of the upcoming general elections. The european union has sent the Foreign Office a list of 100 personnel who would stay in Pakistan for four to six weeks in order to monitor the general elections. The application demanding clearance of the delegation has been sent to the government institutions. The visa clearance and travel plan will be issued to the international observers for monitoring the election campaign. They will also be briefed with regard to security. An important meeting will be held between officials of the Interior and Foreign Ministry in this regard on March 27.
2 soldiers hurt in Bajaur Agency blast BAJAuR AGENCy OnLinE
At least two security personnel were injured in a remote-controlled bomb explosion in Mamoond tehsil of Bajaur Agency, officials said on Monday. The officials said the blast took place in Dama Dola area of the tehsil, adding that a large contingent of security forces rushed and the site and cordoned off the area. “The injured were shifted to hospital and a search operation is being carried out in the area,” they said. A suicide attack on a security checkpost on Saturday killed at least 22 soldiers and injured several others near Miranshah.
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PPP has a long history of sacrifices. — Latif Khosa
UK Border Agency has a mammoth backlog LONDON mAjid KHATTAK
Britain’s border officials need over two decades to clear their backlog of 320,000 immigration cases, a parliamentary report warned on Monday. Incompetence and foot-dragging is cited for the sheer number of claims, which the critics claimed were equivalent to the population of Iceland. In a stunning report, the uK’s Parliament Home Affairs Committee also said the army of foreign criminals on the streets was growing, with the total of almost 4,000. uK Border Agency (uKBA) has been criticised after it announced that the backlog would take another 24 years to clear. The audit into the work of the
uKBA, which was dubbed not fit for purpose six years ago, found 321,726 outstanding cases involving immigrants. These included 28,500 current asylum cases, 4,000 immigration cases and 181,541 people placed in a so-called Migration Refusal Pool. The group comprises migrants who arrived legally but could not be found after their work or study visas expired. Officials said many of the migrants had gone home - a view disputed by the MPs, who say the lack of proper border checks may mean ‘tens of thousands’ were still there. They were highly critical of the slow pace at which officials were clearing the backlog. Between July and September last year, it was reduced by only 3,430 – or 1 percent. This is despite officials writing off
74,000 cases held in the separate ‘asylum controlled archive’ over that period. Keith Vaz, chairman of the Home Affairs Committee said in the report that hardly any progress was being made in clearing the backlog, while Immigration Minister Mark Harper also accepted that uK Border Agency was a ‘troubled organisation’ Keith Vaz, the Labour MP, holds former uKBA chief executive Lin Homer, Britain’s most senior female bureaucrat, responsible for much of the debacle. In the report, MPs concluded she was guilty of a “catastrophic” failure of leadership during her time at uKBA. The committee recommended that senior uKBA staff must not be paid bonuses until there was evidence that the backlog was being ‘substantially’ reduced and new backlogs were not emerging.
Tuesday 26 March, 2013
SC demands detailed report on Sadiq’s arrest, repatriation ISLAMABAD OnLinE
He Supreme Court has summoned all relevant documents and details of OGRA’s implementation by accountability court of the verdict against former OGRA chairman Tauqeer Sadiq. A two-member bench headed by Justice Jawad S Khawaja on Monday said the court wanted to see whether legal procedures were being adopted. Justice Khawaja said a favourable environment was being created before the arrival and appearance of Sadiq in the witness box and “there are also a considerable number of doubts in the case-file of NAB’s prosecutor general”. The judge said deliberate problems were being created in the case. The court expressed its displeasure at the incomplete
measures being taken for the return of Sadiq to Pakistan. Briefing the court, NAB said all relevant steps were being taken to ensure Sadiq’s return to Pakistan, citing the available extradition accord between Pakistan and the uAe, which had so far cost Dirham 60,000, while efforts to get Sadiq declared a proclaimed offender were almost complete. Khwaja Haris said the culprit would only be handed over to Pakistan after comple-
tion of all legal procedures. Haris said the next review of the case by the uAe courts was to be held on April 15, and any lacunas in documentation or failure to decide the issue could result in release of Sadiq by the uAe authorities. Adjourning the next hearing until April 3, Justice Khawaja ordered immediate implementation of confiscation of Sadiq and his associates’ property and submit a report to court at the earliest.
Service tribunals be made independent of govt: SC ISLAMABAD OnLinE
fAISALABAD: Lawyers stand on a police armoured personnel carrier during a demonstration on Monday in favour of setting up of a Lahore High Court bench in the district. inP
The Supreme Court (SC) has ordered giving financial autonomy to the services tribunal and keeping it out of the influence of the government. A three-member SC bench presided over by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry took up for hearing the case of appointments of chairmen in federal and provincial service tribunals. The SC ordered that legislation be made within 30 days on this matter and the appointment of chairman and members of service tri-
bunals would be considered nullified if the legislation was not made. “The appointment of chairmen of all service tribunals should be made in consultation with the CJP,” the court ruled. A petition was filed in the SC that no consultation was being made with the CJP in connection with the appointment of chairmen of federal and provincial service tribunals and the law was being breached that way. Financial sovereignty was also not being accorded and due to this, the tribunals were not taking their decisions independently. The court had earlier reserved the judgment and announced it on Monday.
Nawaz Sharif in the driving seat in battle to be PM NEWS DESK For some, the 17 miles of road and flyovers built for the exclusive use of a fleet of red buses that zoom above the gridlocked streets of Lahore is a shocking extravagance. In a country where only 35% of children are in secondary school and poverty is a reality for many, it is easy to think of other ways to spend £220m. But for Nawaz Sharif, the frontrunner in the battle to become Pakistan’s next prime minister, the country’s first mass transit project is worth every penny – if it staves off competition from the country’s wily president and a famous ex-cricket star, according to a report in The Guardian. Despite the chorus of doubters, the opening last month of the Metro Bus in the capital of Punjab, which is controlled by Sharif’s faction of the Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N), was a massive hit. Passengers damaged buses as they fought for the chance to fly across the congested city in air-conditioned comfort for a heavily subsidised 15p a ride. “People were just craving something like this,” said Ahsan Iqbal, a senior PMLN leader working on a general election campaign that kicked off kick off with the dissolution of parliament on Saturday night. “It has become the symbol of a new Pakistan. People are experiencing a new way of life that is much closer to developed countries, and that gives them a good feeling.” enthusiasm for grand projects comes after a calamitous five years for the ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), led by Asif Ali Zardari – a surprise president who was swept to power on a tide of sympathy in 2008 after the assassination of his wife Benazir Bhutto.
Apart from being the first government in Pakistan’s history to fulfil a full term, the PPP has little to brag about. Continuously buffeted by terrorist violence, corruption allegations and crippling energy shortages, the PPP has been unable to deliver real economic growth, let alone the motorways and infrastructure that Sharif touts. But while the PPP’s vote is likely to be wiped out in much of urban Pakistan, Zardari still has some cards to play as his party’s prime minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf goes to the polls. Zardari – whose term as president expires in September – is a ruthlessly pragmatic politician with a track record of doing whatever is necessary to keep his party in power. The PPP is thought to have deep reserves of electoral strength in parts of rural Punjab and Sindh where its “feudal” landlord allies maintain a tight control on votes. Through the president’s political heir apparent, Oxford graduate Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, 24, the PPP maintains a connection to the Bhutto name, harking back both to Benazir and Bilawal’s grandfather Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. The party has also lavished more than $1bn in welfare handouts on 5.2 million people through its scheme branded the “Benazir Income Support Programme”. “People at the grassroots know what we have done for them, they don’t believe what the media is saying,” said Taj Haider, general secretary of the PPP in Sindh. “Living standards in the poorest areas have gone up and people are getting better prices for their crops.” Cynics say the Metro Bus is less about tackling urban congestion and more the dramatic political rise of Imran Khan, the country’s beloved former cricket captain, who emerged as a major threat to the PML-
N in late 2011 by holding an enormous rally for his political party, the Pakistan Tehreeke-Insaf (PTI), on Sharif’s home turf. About 100,000 people took part in the Lahore “jalsa”, creating speculation that what Khan calls a political tsunami would sweep Pakistani politics and break the corrupt, dynastic rule of the two established parties. Perversely, Khan could actually be the best chance the deeply unpopular PPP has for clinging on to power, if his appeal to urban young people simply succeeds in cutting into the PML-N vote bank in the towns and cities of Punjab. After the Khan rally, PML-N panicked. It feared its cruise to power on the back of the PPP’s many failures was in jeopardy and so went into overdrive. The party used its control of the government of Punjab, home to 60% of Pakistanis, to push through as many eye-catching schemes as it could – nearly all of which have been criticised for wasting money. Free laptops were given to students, a “youth festival” was held where thousands of young people set world records for the formation of giant flags and, most significant of all, the Metro Bus was built in 11 months. At the party’s manifesto launch in Lahore last Friday, Sharif promised to turn Pakistan into an “Asian tiger”, with new infrastructure and a government with “zero tolerance for corruption”. “Our political philosophy revolves around economic progress,” the two-time former prime minister said. “If a country is economically strong, it is able to solve all the
problems, whether law and order or political extremism.” The period of hyperactivity appears to have paid off, with the PML-N now the favourite to win the largest number of seats after Pakistanis go to the polls in the first half of May, even if an outright majority is probably beyond it. The party enjoys a substantial lead in the latest opinion polls. Most analysts believe Khan will be lucky to get 20 of the 342 seats in parliament. “He peaked too early and gave the PML-N time to rejuvenate its base,” said Cyril Almeida, a newspaper columnist. “People go to his rallies because he is a rock star in Pakistan. He doesn’t have the party machine
to actually turn out the voters and bring them to the polling booth on election day.” Sharif’s desire for improved diplomatic and trade relations with India and a reduced role of the army in national life has won over some liberal-minded Pakistanis who were once suspicious of the religious leanings of a man who tried to introduce Sharia law in the late 90s before a military coup sent him into exile in Saudi Arabia. The PML-N is smarting from accusations that it has struck cynical electoral deals with sectarian terrorists based in the Punjab. The bombing of apartment blocks in Karachi on 3 March that killed 48 has been widely linked to the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LJ), a Punjab based Sunni extremist group. The LJ’s leaders in Punjab have been left largely untouched by Sharif’s provincial government. even if a reported “seat adjustment” deal has not been struck, Sharif is “supremely aware that he is fishing for votes in the same waters” as the LJ, said one diplomat.
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In seeking wisdom, the first step is silence, the second listening, the third remembering, the fouth practicing, the fifth teaching others. –Solomon Ibn Gabriol
A hero of the land Remembering Bhagat Singh
Tuesday, 26 March, 2013
what is Musharraf up to? The disgraced former military dictator wants to play politics
O Pakistani citizen can be forced into exile under law and Musharraf is therefore within his right to return and take part in politics. One is not sure though whether the real motive behind his return is to contest the elections or something else. The former military ruler has insignificant following. While he might have a large number of admirers on the Facebook than Imran Khan as he claims, few took the trouble to come out of the world of virtual reality to receive him at the Karachi airport. Fewer are likely to turn up at the polling stations. The gathering at the airport was, in the words of the NYT report, “unremarkable”. The reason is simple. Musharraf is widely disliked for overthrowing an elected government, perceived involvement in Banazir’s murder and the killing of Akabar Bugti. Mushrraf is also remembered for policies that have left a legacy of power and gas shortages. While he claims to be as popular as Ayub Khan, former army officers have demanded his court martial for providing bases to the uS and launching the Kargil offensive without consulting the army high command. Musharraf’s strong point is his foreign contacts. He has managed during the last four years to create a support group of well to do Pakistani expatriates who are willing to finance him. Any perception of a hopeless political future for the former military ruler is likely to dampen their enthusiasm over time. The reports regarding Musharraf’s Saudi benefactors having softened the PML-N leadership’s stance towards him appear to be plausible. The Sharif brothers, who castigated the PPP government year after year for ignoring to seek Interpol help to bring him back to face trial for treason, have suddenly assumed silence over the issue. During his latest umrah, it suddenly dawned on Nawaz Sharif that it was against Quranic teachings to deprive a person of his homeland. Musharraf’s claim that he is coming back to organise the APML is somewhat disingenuous. Parties are organised before the announcement of elections. Once the election process has started, the leadership is fully absorbed in the activity and has little time for anything else. Musharraf’s earlier attempts to woo the PML-Q to adopt him as its chief failed four years back. Subsequently, he tried to forge an alliance with Imran Khan getting a similarly discouraging response. In between, he was reportedly hobnobbing with MQM dissidents without producing any results. His recent overtures to MQM have been rebuffed. Some who had initially helped Musharraf form the APML later got disenchanted and left him. As things stand Musharraf is to fight elections while facing the double whammy of terrorist threats and cases pending in the courts.
Military operation in nwA Terrorists won’t let up, so should we
F terror attacks are anything to go by, it is quite clear the terrorists have no intention of letting go of their arms and violent ways, peace talks offer accepted or not. They didn’t stop their attacks even when they had put the offer of talks for peace on the table. However, with time they have changed their tactics knowing fully well that the public won’t support their cause if they kept targeting the innocent. So a change of target was deemed necessary and what better target than security forces who fit their idea of an enemy or friend of an enemy. The recent suicide attack on security personnel has left 22 dead and scores of injured with some in critical condition, raising fears of more casualties. How the troubled region has become a particularly favourite area for the terrorists to attack the security forces, can easily be inferred from the number of attacks on security personnel, security establishments and check posts during the past few years. Only last year, a number of soldiers were beheaded in a gruesome manner. The searing question is not about the ability of the terrorists to strike where or who they want, but how come after every drone strike Islamabad claims that that many foreign terrorists were killed and yet it has failed to launch a military operation in NWA to clean the area of all terrorists once an all. The badlands on Pakistan’s western border have long been associated with providing safe havens to the terrorists, both of domestic and international variety. An operation in the South Waziristan had cleared the area of many militants, who then sought sanctuaries in the North Waziristan, the home of the Haqqani Network, a terror network with vast resources both in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and the one suspected of having links with Pakistan’s agencies, thus putting the standing of the country right at the edge of a precipice. With the international media portraying, and rightly so, the North Waziristan as a hub of international terrorism, Pakistan cannot afford to go easy on the militants and turn its head away, believing there is nothing wrong. That time is way past, and with the uS and NATO winding up its operations by the end of next year, it would in no way justify having this monster grow up in our backyard as it would ultimately turn its attention inwards and tear apart the society and leave the country reeling under some deeper wounds, wounds that might make it impossible to heal in time. One stitch in time saves nine, or so they say. Military operation in NWA should be priority number one.
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TRANGe, there was no meeting or seminar to remember Bhagat Singh who still lives in the memory of every Indian. I was still in a primary school when the revolutionary Bhagat Singh was hanged 82 years ago, to be precise on March 23, 1931. even though more than eight decades have passed, the feeling of his loss has not lessened. An uproar against the British united the country and so strong was the feeling that nobody was willing to name his son (Hans Raj Vohra), who betrayed his comrades and agreed to be the official witness. Hans Raj was a close companion of Bhagat Singh and spilled the beans as soon as he was arrested. Although his version is different, he said that since Sukhdev, one of the persons who were hanged along with Bhagat Singh, told everything to the police, Hans Raj told the British the whole thing in detail, where the revolutionaries would make the bombs and where some among them were located in the country. Although he had not forgiven his father for making a written request to the tribunal saying that his son was innocent and that he had nothing to do with police officer John Saunder’s murder, he knew his father was a sincere patriot who had devoted his life to the cause of independence. His father’s filial affection at times had embarrassed Bhagat Singh the revolutionary. But he knew the harrowed look in his father’s eyes was his way of saying sorry. Bhagat Singh had chided his son through a letter. He wrote to Hans Raj, saying: “I have not been able to understand how you could think it proper to submit such a petition at this stage and in these circumstances…You know that in the political field my views have always differed with those of yours. I have always been acting independently without having cared for your approval or disapproval.” Head jail warden Charat Singh indicated to him that the time allotted for the mulaqat (meeting) was over. But Bhagat Singh lingered. His family’s love had overwhelmed him. He was pensive. Charat Singh told him to hurry up. His relatives embraced Bhagat Singh one by one. He touched his mother’s feet. It was a gesture of reverence but it brought tears to everyone’s eyes. His sisters sobbed
openly. Bhagat Singh was greatly upset. “Stay together,” were his last words to them. Then he folded his hands and left. On his way back to his cell he saw Sukhdev and Rajguru still standing behind iron bars, forlorn and lonely. Despite Charat Singh asking him not to, he stopped to chat with them. It will be any day now, he told them. The last meeting with his family was indicative of it. They nodded in assent. Back in his cell, Bhagat Singh touched his kurta which was damp with the tears of his family. Little Kultar, his youngest brother, had wept incessantly. As he clung to his older brother and said goodbye he had sobbed, “Life will not be worth living without you.” His innocent, grief-stricken face haunted Bhagat Singh. As the cell door closed behind him, he reached for his pen and wrote him a letter in urdu, the language he normally used in personal letters. The letter to Kultar was done. He hoped his words would soothe his brother. But what about the millions of people who believed in him? After writing to his brother, Bhagat Singh reached for a notebook he maintained. It was neither a personal account nor a record of his reactions. He just jotted down his favourite passages from the books he was reading. They were passages, mostly in english, by thinkers like Aristotle, Plato, Descartes, Hobbers, Locke, Rousseau, Trotsky, Bertrand Russel, Karl Marx and engels. Among the Indian authors he read were Rabindranath Tagore and Lajpat Rai. Bhagat Singh was also fond of poetry. He would recite even from Wordsworth, Byron and Omar Khayyam. But his favourite was Ghalib whom he quoted frequently. The meeting with his family had shaken him emotionally but Bhagat Singh took it in his stride and immersed himself once again in his books. As the news of his execution spread, the nation went into mourning. There were processions throughout the country. Many went without food. People wore
black badges and shut down their businesses to express their grief. The British stayed indoors. Among the Indian political leaders, Jawaharlal Nehru was the first to pay his tributes. Nehru said that Bhagat Singh was a clean fighter who faced the enemy in an open field. He was a young boy full of passionate zeal for the country. He was like a spark that grew into a great flame in a short time and spread from one city of the country to the other, illuminating darkness everywhere. Mahatma Gandhi was profuse in his praise for the courage of the executed heroes. He said: “Bhagat Singh and his companions’ death seem to have been a personal loss to many. I join in the tributes paid to the memory of these young men…” But these words were lost on many people who were angry with Gandhiji for not having done enough to save Bhagat Singh and his comrades. Faced with public’s ugly mood, Congress leaders tried to come up with several explanations for their failure to rescind the sentence. But nothing worked to soothe the frayed tempers of the public. For the past three years, we the Indians and the Pakistanis have been celebrating Bhagat Singh’s birthday at the very crossing where he was hanged. We have been lighting candles and garlanding his life size photo at the site. We have recalled the hanging of Ashfhaqullah, who went to the gallows with the Koran dangling from his neck, by reciting one of his couplets which reflected his patriotic sentiments, not religious. Kuchh aarzoo nahi hai, hai aarzoo to yeh Rakh de koi zara si khak-e-watan kafan mei Translation: I have no desire, if at all there is one, It is that someone should place the earth of my country in the coffin. The writer is a senior Indian journalist.
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Corporal punishment A school is a sacred place where a child is nurtured and groomed. It is where his personality is polished and the world is made familiar to him. However, he must not be familiarised to this society through the society’s ways. To be simpler, he should be taught through peace and not through the evil deeds inherited in our country such as corporal punishment. Physical punishment is a social evil related to schooling that has surfaced to be a major cause of disinterest for education. This has let many children to reach their final destination either directly or indirectly. Directly, as in some students at school might be beaten harshly or are forced to carry out certain strenuous exercises which might cause cardiopulmonary failure or nervous breakdown, resulting in death. Indirectly, as in some oppressed victims of corporal punishment might get so frustrated that they end upon thinking about suicide. Suicide cases in the youth have been reported in our society. Punishing little children, especially in schools through hitting or making them carry out strenuous exercises, can never be the correct conduit to become a developed society.
Children are entitled to care, security and a good upbringing. They should always be dealt with respect and venerated. Brutally punishing them deters their innocence at the very moment, and illustrates to them at such an early age how cruel the world could be. The teachers should be repeatedly guided on how to help the students in building up a good future, instead of encouraging them to destroy it. They should be given counseling to understand that children will be children and adults should not expect otherwise; they are innocent and completely unfamiliar to this world full of agony. They are quite incapable of bearing pain at this very tender age. However, their capabilities should never be underestimated and they should always be given a chance to improve themselves through love, instead of a cane. Children are like buds. These buds must not be dealt with wrath or anger, but they should always be fed through love and affection. This is something that boosts their confidence and when they as buds bloom to display their magnificence and distribute their fragrance all around, the society is sure to succeed. MUHAMMAD IBRAHIM TARIQ Lahore
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I hate books; they only teach us to talk about things we know nothing about. –Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Tuesday, 26 March, 2013
Lawmakers or lawbreakers You can’t expect others to follow law when you don’t follow it yourself
discrimination it is Why are the blacks in the US still ‘the others’? FATimA zubAiR
OMe five decades ago, Malcolm X wrote in his autobiography, “Thicker each year in these ghettoes is the teenager I was-with the wrong kinds of heroes, and the wrong kinds of influences.” Malcolm X is a much celebrated Afro-American figure as he personified the challenges facing the black population living in the uS. His words delineate the true predicament of the black youth as to why they find themselves inextricably lured in the web of crime till today. At the same time we must be alive to the fact that the media myths, regarding black population, have played a part to convolute the common sense and positive thinking of the people about blacks. For instance, the hype in recent years that all urban blacks are drug addicts has been proved nothing more than a fallacy, and detached from facts on ground. While blacks have made tremendous leaps over the years, some of their woes remain untouched. According to the 2009 FBI Hate Crime Statistics, crimes targeting the black natives in the uS were 71.5 percent of the overall hate crimes committed, and 69.8 percent in 2010. It is essential to discuss black issues today because they face many of the same problems as they did in the past. Issues like the rise in black crime in the uS, and discrimination against blacks on the colour of their skin – the two of which are intertwined – have not quite interred with time. uS being the White Man’s land, one must begin first with the onus on the white population for the problems facing the black people. It is believed that it is the American common man’s fault that “they let the ghettoes exist and that invariably engender lethal criminals” (Malcolm X, 1965). In the decade of 1960’s, FBI made the observation, that every year there was a 10-12 percent rise in crime in the ghettoes of the black population. And the fact, that the rise in population of black negroes from 1965’s 22 million to today’s 42 million (uS Census Bureau 2012), only explains the broader and more dangerous implication of black crime. In addition to the common layman’s fault in compounding the black issues, there is an equally potent evidence why the scourge of black problems hit the uS hardest. Antony Marx made a research on the absence of discriminatory laws, like Jim Crow and Apartheid, in Brazil which boasts a sprawling black populace, like the uS or South Africa. He concluded that owing to the very political and strategic concern of uniting the whites in the wake of both Civil and Boer wars, this discrimination against blacks was an opportunity, a means to an end. In addition to the whites letting the ghettoes exist, American leaders are responsible for the disparate progress and development within the uS. The North-South gap. The reason behind the rapidly populating northern ghettoes back in the day in the uS was the exceedingly racial environment in the south – as well as the crime of lynching prevalent in these areas. Factors such as employment, education and voting rights in the north were obvious attractions for the blacks who aspired for a better life. Today, it is recorded that by the age of 20, 21.4 percent of blacks will enter the prison as compared to a meager 1.4 percent of whites. And the number of blacks in prisons is usually eclipsed from the voting turnout, black participa-
tion in local businesses, literacy rate and even the crime statistics. Hence, an unfair representation of their numbers is the consequence. Considering these figures – and the discrimination that they entail – by merely ensuring the safety and security for all, in the south as in the north, the white man could have done away with the impending danger of intensification of northern black crime in the future. The deplorable kismet the blacks had to put up with can be attributed in large part to the northsouth disparity within the uSA. Thirdly, the violence and injustice against their race has not fully left the memory of the blacks. After the year 2000, the uS internal migratory trend has been southward. A surprising change with a rather dejecting cause. It is the disenfranchisement of blacks and the desire to redeem their lost cultural link to the south that explains this demographic shift. The loss in identity of the blacks can be ascribed to their 400 years of oppression at the hands of white masters. In fact, the surname of Malcolm X, ‘Little’, is also a scar on the African identity that once wasan attempt to dislodge the African identity from black slaves back in the day by attaching the slave master’s name with the slave in order to strip him from all links to his roots. Blacks being really conscious of identity and honour retaliated against this attempt at their acculturalisation and therefore got involved in the crime world. I see this altered migratory trend, and the escalating criminal tendency as manifestations of nothing but a frustration at the loss of identity. Malcolm X writes, “… the Southern Negro, facing the honestly snarling white man, rose up to battle the white man for his freedom long before it happened in the north.” And this explains the long history of black struggle to gain respect and recognition in the sight of all – be it through violence, or peaceful protest and political engagement. Blacks have come a long way regaining their lost identity, but with little success. This failure and frustration at discrimination and hatred against one’s race, translates inevitably into a criminal mindset, and these destructive potentials gain predominance in a population. Where on one hand the American whites’ culpability in Afro-American quandary is evident, equally or more so is the indolence of the blacks. It is a famous jargon in the creative writing discourse, that, a person must be discour-
aged if he can be. Blacks should have worked side by side with whites, without letting the racial bias impede their constructive potential. The blacks should have built ‘within themselves a greater awareness that along with equal rights there had to be bearing of equal responsibilities’ (Malcolm X). To have the will to educate one’s mind and strive to proceed through peaceful means is a lot more rewarding than resorting to violent sabotage to get one’s demands met. This applies to Pakistan as much as it does to others. And we have seen this in Martin Luther King’s example. Following nonviolence, he gave the nation hope. And it is this very ‘hope’ that is wanting when injustice is perpetrated. We see that his struggle bore the fruits in the shape of Barack Obama becoming the uS president through peaceful elections. Whatever myths are associated with Obama coming into power, the fact of blacks being respected more than they were in the past is self evident. Yet, this newfound so-called respect and recognition has failed to rescind the tribulations faced by the black population in its entirety. Their grievances will only be resolved once they are addressed. The white and black ghetto dwellers, and those living outside, need to ensure that the problem of rising crime is curbed through an enduring alliance. An effective system of correspondence with nearby police authorities, educational system, health provision and other necessary arrangements will help alleviate the crisis, especially in the ghetto areas. Ebony, in March 1976, published an article that addressed this problem with the idea of “micro level” and “macro level” solutions. Micro level remedies pertained to families taking responsibility of youth and the macro level solutions touched upon the need to ensure security by taking effective administrative measures. The responsibility of one’s condition is always best shouldered by the people who are undergoing the ordeal, because if they have the best questions to ask about their condition, then the best answers to those questions will also arise from the same population. More importantly, when the reality on ground will not be mocked at by the false hypes and flawed statistics, only then the real progress in respect of ‘the others’’ troubled status can be guaranteed. The writer is an undergraduate student, and can be reached at email@example.com
SHAKEEL HAidER SAyyEd
eMOCRATIC values are taking roots in Pakistan as it is evident from the successful completion of a democratic government and by the role of media, judiciary and civil society in the past few years that have consistently kept an eye on issues of transparency and accountability and helped save democratic process from derailing. A number of values vital for survival of democracy in true spirit have started to set in. Transparency and accountability of public representatives is an essential ingredient of western style of democracy that we follow. True to this spirit, one very positive development towards this direction is election Commission’s stance for adopting new kind of nomination forms chalked out in the light of Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution of Pakistan. The new nomination forms would be helpful in sifting lawmakers from lawbreakers at the very first step of entry into political contest. By questioning integrity of candidates through information about such things as academic qualifications, tax returns, loan default etc, it would indeed be helpful in sensitising all the political parties including those who appear to oppose it, to the significance of transparency in establishing credibility of candidates and parties themselves, and would have long term effects on strengthening the role of lawmakers. Accountability of lawmakers is considered a cornerstone which serves to provide firm basis to democracy to sustain and survive, because the laws that they make for the public have to be respected by themselves first. As the dictum goes “leaders lead by example”, it is more relevant in the case of democracy. until and unless people’s representative will set examples of clean records, they would not be able to pursue the people they represent to abide by the laws they make. As we follow paradigm similar to Westminster style of democracy we also need to follow the process of accountability of public representatives. In Britain , there are numerous examples of holding parliamentarians, cabinet members and even the prime minister accountable, sometimes on very small issues which in Pakistan might be seen so little as to easily get away with. The tradition and practice of accountability has to start with the first step of fielding the right candidates and not merely electables, and sifting at the time of filing of nomination papers is an important step in this direction. You cannot have clean water if the source is not clean, so the election Commission has taken the first step of cleansing at the source. Political parties have all the reasons to rejoice as they can now field candidates with cleaner background and it will be easier for them to shun the responsibility of many of the loan defaulters and non-tax paying party members whom it was otherwise hard to sift due to party loyalties or other obligations. Now the answer is simple if they don’t fulfill the criteria set by election Commission, political parties may look for alternative candidates. Taxation constitutes an essential part of national income which in turn is used for providing services and facilities to the public. everyone with taxable income is required to pay the taxes. Whereas, unfortunately in Pakistan, recent studies showed that 70 percent of lawmakers did not file their tax returns. Most of the time when our parliamentarians are questioned by media about filing tax returns, a very common reply is that “our taxes are deducted from the salaries at the source”, whereas even for a salaried person filing tax return is mandatory by law, regardless of deductions at the source. To be an active politician you simply can’t thrive on salaries; you have got to have a substantial source of income. Majority of our politicians come from agricultural or industrialist backgrounds. Those with agricultural income try to get away by saying that agriculture income does not fall in the tax net. I am afraid that’s not the case, most of them give their lands on lease, called ‘theka’, to other people who cultivate the land and pay a fix amount on yearly basis. Now the FBR needs to clarify whether ‘theka’ is categorised as agricultural income or rental income as big landlords usually also rent out equipment like thrashers, tractors, tube wells etc to the cultivators who could not afford to buy them. When a person earns a certain amount of income, the income tax laws require him or her to submit a statement of wealth in which one has to show all the movable and immovable wealth with reference to the previous year to explain the sources and also reasons for gain or loss. Parliamentarians may be thankful to former Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz as during his tenure they were successful in abolishing wealth tax which was mandatory to people having more than one million rupees worth of movable and immovable wealth after excluding one residential property regardless of its cost. It was a tax that targeted all wealthy people who were not paying any income tax because of exemption of agricultural income. Our politicians usually complain that media grills only the politicians and never asks these questions from civil and military bureaucrats and big media magnates. This is no logic as to why politicians should not be questioned or held accountable. In fact everyone should be held accountable. But again the drive has to come from the leaders, more so from the lawmakers. People elect their representatives to protect their rights, not to set examples of anyone above the law in any respect. Lawmakers can hope to implement laws only if they abide by them.
To be an active politician you simply can’t thrive on salaries; you have got to have a substantial source of income.
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A ARTS Tuesday, 26 March, 2013
Styles surprises Swift lookalike with b’day wish
OLLYWOOD actor Harry Styles stunned a fan, Alice Cousins who looks just like his ex-girlfriend Taylor Swift, by sending her a birthday card on Twitter. The card read: Hope you have a really lovely day. Have fun. It was Cousins’ 21st birthday. “You’ve literally made my birthday day. Shaking like a leaf,” tweeted Cousins. Fellow fans were so jealous that they bombarded her with abuse. One wrote to Styles, “When it was my birthday, I tried so damn hard for you to tweet me”. nEwS dESK
The Croods settles at top of US box office
NIMATED movie “ The Croods,” the story of a prehistoric family seeking a new home, debuted at the top of box office charts with $44.7 million in weekend ticket sales in the United States and Canada. The 3D family film from “ Shrek” and “Madagascar” creator Dreamworks Animation dethroned two-time champion “Oz the Great and Powerful,” which slipped to third place. The Walt Disney Co prequel to “The Wizard of Oz” earned $22 million during its third weekend, according to studio estimates released on Sunday. In between the two family films, thriller “Olympus Has Fallen” about a White House under terrorist attack took in $30.5 million from Friday through Sunday. “The Croods” was produced by Dreamworks Animation and distributed by 20th Century Fox, a unit of News Corp. “Olympus Has Fallen” was released by privately held FilmDistrict. nEwS dESK
Attenborough in care home
RITISH actor-filmmaker Richard Attenborough, who is battling ill health, has been moved into a care home here. The 89-year-old is wheelchair-bound after a 2008 fall, and in 2012, he sold off the $18.4 million home he shared here with his wife Sheila Sim after deciding it was not “practical” to keep the mansion. Sim was moved to a care home after she diagnosed with senile dementia, and now Attenborough has joined her in the facility, reports contactmusic.com. “The family home has been sold and he has been at a care home with his wife since then,” their son Michael told Britain’s Sunday Mirror. nEwS dESK
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. — William Morrow
Mark Twain’s fan mail
Ne spring day in 1909, a little boy found his mother’s magazine clipping — the portrait of a man bearing “the aureole of sunny hair” — and asked her this was God. She chuckled with equal parts amazement and amusement, and got to writing the man in question a letter to recount the delightful incident — not only because of its inherent charm, but because her son had intuited a shared cultural sentiment: The man pictured was Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain — one of the most revered men in all the land. Over the course of his prolific career, Twain received countless letters from his adoring readers and, occasionally, his critics. Two hundred of them, written according to the style of he era’s wonderfully quaint epistolary etiquette, are collected in Dear Mark Twain: Letters from His Readers (public library) — a magnificent, remarkably researched book by Twain scholar R. Kent Rasmussen, featuring adulation, criticism, and a range of audacious requests Clemens received between 1861 and his death in 1910 from correspondents spanning school children, businessmen, farmers, political activists, con artists, teachers,
and housewives. Most stirring of all, however, is the fan mail Twain received — a timeless testament to the soul-stirring power of earnest gratitude. A small sampling: On April 18, 1894, Twain heard from a young lawyer named Henry E. Barrett: Dear Sir: — It seems that this world would not be satisfying unless one person were allowed to express gratitude and thanks to another. It has struck me as wrong that I should go on and not say to you what I feel. From my boyhood, when I was kept from play by my interest in “Tom Sawyer” and “Huck Finn,” till now, your books and stories have given me more genuine pleasure than those of any other author. I think so often of the many pleasant hours you have given me and have made up to me the lack some times of pleasant companions. Mr. Clemens, please accept this in the spirit that it is sent for the intention is good. My wishes are that you may for many years continue to cheer the sorrowful and make burden bearing easier. Yours Respectfully, Henry e. Barrett. COuRTESy bP
Reagan’s daughter pens lesbian novel Bertrand Russell’s
He may have received a lukewarm reception from publishers, but Patti Davis has been undeterred about getting her new novel — centered on a lesbian love story — out into the world. Davis, the 60-year-old daughter of former President Ronald Reagan, has self-published her new work, entitled Till Human Voices Wake us, as an e-book. It is currently available online for $2.99. On Amazon, the book description: In the empty days after her son’s death, left alone in her grief by her husband, Isabelle Berendon falls in love with the unlikeliest person in the world: her sister-in-law. Though some of Davis’ earlier works have been based on her life and that of her famous family, she told the New York Post that this new
book is entirely a work of fiction. “This is not me. None of it is autobiographical,” she said. According to the Independent, Davis had a hard time convincing publishers to take on her new novel — so much so that she eventually decided to self-publish. “Maybe this non-autobiograph-
ical novel was too much of a departure for publishers to wrap their heads around,” she said. “Most writers have books they have labored over for years and long to put out into the world. ‘Till Human Voices Wake us’ is one of those books.” Davis — who for many years struggled with a drug addiction and in 1994 infamously posed naked for Playboy magazine — was dubbed the “black sheep” of the Reagan family when her father was president. In more recent years, Davis has opened up about being the rebellious child, expressing regret that she had been quite so defiant as a youth. “Decades later I would look into my father’s eyes and try to reach past the murkiness of Alzheimer’s with my words, my apology, hoping that in his heart he heard me and understood,” she wrote in a January 2012 post for Town & Country magazine, according to Politico.
HUM DEKHAIN GAY
Faiz Ahmad Faiz
hum dekhain gay lazim hai ke hum bhi dekhain gay woh din ke jis ka wadah hai jo loh-e-azl pe likha hai hum dekhain gay
we shall see it is necessary that we shall also see that day which has been promised which is written with god’s ink we shall see
jab zulm-o-sitam ke koh-e-garaan ruii ki tarah urd jain gay hum mehkumoon ke paun talay yeh dharti dhard dhard dhardkay gi aur ehl-e-hukum ke sar uper jab bijli kard kard kardke gi hum dekhain gay
when the mountains of cruelty and torture will fly like pieces of cotton under the feet of the governed this earth will quake and over the head of the ruler when lightening will thunder we shall see
jab arz-e-khuda ke kabay se sab but uthwaaiy jain gay hum ehl-e-safa mardood-e-haram masnad pe bithaaiy jain gay sab taaj uchalay jain gay sab takht giraaiy jain gay
when from god’s mecca all the idols will be shattered us people standing in the mosque will be elevated to a higher platform all the crowns will be tossed all the thrones will be toppled
bas naam rahay ga allah ka jo ghayab bhi hai hazir bhi jo nazir bhi hai manzar bhi uthay ga analhaq ka naara jo main bhi hun aur tumbhi ho aur raaj karay gi khalq-e-khuda jo main bhi hun aur tum bhi ho
then only god’s name will remain who is both absent and present who is both the observer and the view itself when the anthem of truth will be raised who i am and you are as well and the people of god will reign who i am and you are as well
hum dekhain gay lazim hai ke hum bhi dekhain gay hum dekhain gay
we shall see it is necessary that we shall also see we shall see
10 commandments of teaching “Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.” British philosopher, mathematician, historian, and social critic Bertrand Russell endures as one of the most intellectually diverse and influential thinkers in modern history, his philosophy of religion in particular having shaped the work of such modern atheism champions as Christopher Hitchens, Daniel Dennett, and Richard Dawkins. From the third volume of The Autobiography of Bertrand Russell: 1944-1969 comes this remarkable micromanifesto, entitled A Liberal Decalogue — a vision for responsibilities of a teacher, in which Russell touches on a number of recurring themes from pickings past — the purpose of education, the value of uncertainty, the importance of critical thinking, the gift of intelligent criticism, and more. It originally appeared in the December 16, 1951, issue of The New York Times Magazine, at the end of the article “The best answer to fanaticism: Liberalism.” Perhaps the essence of the Liberal outlook could be summed up in a new decalogue, not intended to replace the old one but only to supplement it. The Ten Commandments that, as a teacher, I should wish to promulgate, might be set forth as follows: n
Do not feel absolutely certain of anything. Do not think it worth while to proceed by concealing evidence, for the evidence is sure to come to light. Never try to discourage
thinking for you are sure to succeed. When you meet with opposition, even if it should be from your husband or your children, endeavor to overcome it by argument and not by authority, for a victory dependent upon authority is unreal and illusory. Have no respect for the authority of others, for there are always contrary authorities to be found. Do not use power to suppress opinions you think pernicious, for if you do the opinions will suppress you. Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric. Find more pleasure in intelligent dissent than in passive agreement, for, if you value intelligence as you should, the former implies a deeper agreement than the latter. Be scrupulously truthful, even if the truth is inconvenient, for it is more inconvenient when you try to conceal it. Do not feel envious of the happiness of those who live in a fool’s paradise, for only a fool will think that it is happiness. COuRTESy bP
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Read obituaries. They are just like biographies, only shorter. They remind us that interesting, successful people rarely lead orderly, linear lives. — Charles Wheelan
ARTS Tuesday, 26 March, 2013
Kutcher wants to keep his relationship private
Koirala to work with brother on B’wood projects M
ANISHA Koirala to work with brother Siddhartha once she is back in India Siddhartha Koirala, who is actress Manisha Koirala’s younger brother, is currently in New Jersey with the family to support Manisha during her treatment for cancer. The actress is in New York with her parents, while Siddhartha and his wife and daughter Yamini are in New Jersey. Siddhartha, who is best known for his role in critically acclaimed film Anwar, says that he will work with Manisha on Bollywood projects once her treatment is over and she is back in India. “We will always be together. We will be working on projects and will make films together once she is back,” he said. They also plan to start a film production unit at their academy in Nepal. “We are planning to start a film production unit in Sushila Arts Academy, Nepal (a cultural academy run by the
Koirala family), so the Academy will start making films soon,” he informed. Siddhartha has in the past co-produced Paisa Vasool with Manisha, which also starred the actress. When asked about how his sister is coping, he said that she is recovering well. “It is not yet the correct time for me to say anything as the treatment is still going on. And frankly, I don’t want to talk about her illness. All I will say at the moment is that she is recovering well,” he said. The family is dealing with her illness with a strong mind and heart and they are taking things as they come. “I really have not taken time out to contemplate and reflect about what we are going through at this moment. We are just experiencing it. When it is all over, I will sit back and reflect on it,” he added.
CTOR Ashton Kutcher says he will do every possible thing to keep his relationship with girlfriend Mila Kunis private. The couple started dating in July last year after Kutcher’s six-year-long marriage to actress Demi Moore failed. Kutcher has now learned the importance of not bringing his personal life under limelight. “You know, I’ve learned the hard way how valuable privacy is. And I’ve learned that there are a lot of things in your life that really benefit from being private. And relationships are one of them,” he said. “I am going to do everything in my power to have this relationship be private,” elle magazine quoted Kutcher as saying. Kutcher, 35, says people will continue guessing about his relationship but he will prefer privacy. “People will fill in the blanks however they want. There are some things that are better left private. Someone once told me, ‘If anyone wants to be rich and famous, let them be rich first and see if they still want to be famous’,” he said. nEwS dESK
Pamela Anderson’s Malibu home on sale NEWS DESK “Baywatch” star Pamela Anderson has put her three-bedroom home here on the market for $7.7 million. The actress has owned the property since 2000, and she has spent a small fortune turning it into an eco-home, adding sustainable teak decor and solar panels, reports femalefirst.co.uk. If the house goes for the current market price, Anderson will make huge profit, as she had re-
portedly paid $1.8 million for the place 13 years ago, according to property website RealeStalker.com. The Malibu Colony property was designed by architect Philip Vertoch in the late 1950s. Anderson previously put the place up for rent in 2011 for $75,000-a-month and she placed it on available for lease in 2012. Last week, Anderson posted photos of the home on her Twitter page in a bid to speed up the sale.
Britney introduces boyfriend to sons NEWS DESK
INGeR Britney Spears has introduced her new boyfriend David Lucado to her sons Preston, 7, and Jayden, 6. The 31-year-old started dating Lucado after calling off her
CAPRIANI’S EX-LOVER WARNS BROOK NEWS DESK
CTReSS Kelly Brook has received a warning from boyfriend Danny Capriani’s ex-partner Jasmine Waltz, that she will not be treated good by him for long. According to Waltz, who hooked up with Capriani for a night before he patched up with Brook again, the footballer has a tendency to treat women according to his mood, reports thesun.co.uk. “He is the least likely guy I know to have a proper relationship. I have experi-
enced it first-hand. One minute he was crazy about me and then the next he was trying to hook up with other girls,” Waltz said. “I don’t know Kelly, but I would warn her that Danny is not the man to be with if she is looking for a long-term, committed partner,” she added. Waltz even went on to say that she feels sad for Brook. “Kelly should know that in my eyes, Danny has no way of holding down a serious relationship. I feel sorry for Kelly and am pretty sure he is the kind of animal she cannot tame,” she said.
engagement to Jason Trawick in January. She is serious about Lucado and wants him to know her kids. “Her family first made sure that Lucado is a good person before they let Spears get closer to him,” femalefirst quoted a source as saying. “The boys think of Lucado as a good friend. It was a big step, she’s very excited,” the source added. Following her split from Trawick, the singer was said to be focusing on her sons who are from her marriage to Kevin Federline. Spears is also busy creating new songs inspired by Preston and Jayden, and hinted she will release them in the future. “I’m at the studio recording a new song for my boys. They are going to freak out when they hear it. So excited,” Spears posted on her Facebook page.
NOTABLE TWEETS MUSHARRAF A FAROOQI
#LetterFromAYoungCritic for Tik-Tik, The Master of Time. #Quote “I also have the special ability of reading a book in less than three days”.
The advent of spring always reminds me of this line: “I want to do with you what spring does with cherry trees.” #Neruda #poetry
Award for the worst DJ ever: The Butt of the #IK jalsa. Would give my LED to find out what #SMQ had to say ($#&%@) about him. Unplugged #PTI
FAYES T. KANTAWALA Ali Sethi’s singing/song is all kinds of amazing...makes me sad I sound like a whoopie cushion when I sing
SHAZAF FATIMA lemongrass tea without sugar is very very lemony. and quite karwa.
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INFOTAINMENT Tuesday, 26 March, 2013
Man charged with drinking $100K worth of old whiskey
Fifty-two bottles of well-aged whiskey disappeared between his lips, police said, and now it's time for a western Pennsylvania man to settle up. John Saunders, the former live-in caretaker of a Pittsburgh-area mansion, faces criminal charges for allegedly drinking more than $100,000 worth of the owner's whiskey. Owner Patricia Hill found nine cases of whiskey hidden in the walls and stairwell of the centuryold Georgian mansion built by coal and coke industrialist J.P. Brennan after she bought it in 2012. The Old Farm Pure Rye Whiskey was produced in the early 1900s by the nearby West Overton Distilling Co. "My guess is that Mr. Brennan ordered 10 cases . pre-Prohibition," said Hill, a New Yorker who bought the house to convert it into a bed-andbreakfast. "I was told by his family that family members used to greet him at the door each day with a shot of whiskey." Scottdale police told The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that Saunders drank dozens of bottles whiskey valued at $102,400 by a New York auction house. nEwS dESK
The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart. –Buddha
reincarnated kids needed for reality show
He future of reality TV could be kids who think they've had past lives. A Los Angeles production company is currently holding a nationwide casting call for children who claim to have, or have had, past life memories for a new reality series, "Ghost Inside My Child," scheduled to air on the Bio Channel later this year. A pilot episode of the series aired a few months ago, with three kids who had gone through various steps of recovering memories of their alleged past lives. Now, producers Joke Fincioen and Biagio Messina -- who are married to each other -- are looking for other families with kids who, as the request states, "have inexplicable memories and experiences of another life." "We were pregnant at the time when the idea first came to us," Fincioen told The Huffington Post. "We thought what would we do if this happened with our daughter? It really was a phenomenon. We wanted to tell these parents' stories without trying to prove or disprove them." Messina said the "my kid has a past life scenario" can't help but raise questions. "I don't know what I'd do if my daughter turned out to be Grandma Messina," he told HuffPost. "What do you do? Ignore it? explore it? Hope it goes away?" Fincioen and Messina have worked on other reality shows like "Beauty And The Geek" and "VH1 Scream Queens," but the idea that small children can remember details about a life they should know nothing about fascinates both of them. "These kids are going through something and we're try-
ing to figure it out," Messina told HuffPost. "A kid will say something about their life and we research it to see if it pans out." One case from the first show that still haunts them concerns James Leininger. At the age of two, Leininger reportedly started having terrifying nightmares of his death. ultimately, the family came to believe that he was the reincarnation of James Huston, a fighter pilot who died in World War II at Iwo Jima. Amazingly, Leininger not only knew the name of Huston's ship without prompting -- the Natoma Bay -- but other details as well, such as the names of his shipmates. As part of the show, Fincioen and Messina arranged a meeting between Leininger and a member of Huston's family, a woman now in her 90s.
The woman felt a connection with this young kid and, now, they hope to do similar bits of "closure" with the new crop of past life preteens, but only those who can pass a rigorous screening process. "We need to make sure the parents are of sound mind and can handle TV," Messina said, adding that he wants to eliminate stories that are fabricated or kids whose tales of past life seem obviously prepped. There is another criteria to which the reincarnated rugrats will have their alleged past lives explored: access to documentation. "It would be difficult to find out if the kid was an egyptian pharoah," Messina said. Parapsychology researcher Loyd Auerbach, who has helped the producers with reincarnation research said there are
Babies shouldn't get solid foods until 6 months old
woman faces jail for stealing meatballs
WUHAN: David Beckham slips while kicking a ball during a visit to Wuhan zall football club. AGEnCiES
A housekeeper at the U.S. Military Academy could go to military prison after she allegedly stole a frozen bag of meatballs from a West Point, N.Y. mess hall. In January, supervisors caught civilian Estelle Casimir, 56, toting a garbage bag in a dining hall section she wasn't assigned to, The Journal News reported. When she revealed the stolen meatballs -- meant for that night's dinner -- military police arrested her on larceny and possession of stolen property, both federal charges. Casimir, from Newburgh, N.Y., pleaded not guilty on March 15 at her arraignment, the Associated Press reported. She maintains that she "found the bag in a trash container" and was on her way to throw them out. Watson Services, the food services company West Point uses, suspended Casimir, pending the case's outcome. Court papers say she's since been looking for housekeeping work, according to Journal News. The 56 year old will return to court in April. If convicted, the maximum penalty is a $1,000 fine and one year in a military prison on each count. nEwS dESK
two major ways to tell if a child may have legitimate memories of a past life. "Children like these seem to exhibit adult-like behavior and use vocabulary and speech patterns beyond their years," Auerbach told HuffPost. "Also, look for statements like, 'I used to be...'" On the other side, parents should make sure to analyze possible sources of information that may have inspired a child's "past existence." "Sometimes, kids pick up things from watching TV," he said. "Also, if a child claims to be a dead grandparent, it's possible they heard people talking about the dead relative or saw pictures." Cases like Leininger's are rare, but Auerbach said that the original soul seems to have died from a traumatic death 15 months before the child's conception. But since there have been no widely accepted scientific studies supporting the existence of reincarnation, the casting call and proposed series is attracting the attention of skeptic organizations like the James Randi Foundation, an organization that works to, among other things, expose paranormal and pseudoscientific frauds in the media. Organization president D.J. Grothe said that the show and the casting call is problematic for a variety of reasons, the main one being that there is no compelling evidence for reincarnation. "unfortunately, people use anecdote and stories as proof of these supernatural claims, and this is not dissimilar to ghost stories, or accounts of supposedly accurate psychic readings people will tell," he told HuffPost by email. He also has problems with the idea of going to family members of deceased people and telling them that a kid just might be a dearly departed loved one.
Sun's activity to peak with 'solar maximum' in 2013 NEWS DESK The sun should roar back to life sometime in 2013, producing its second activity peak in the last two years, scientists say. Our star has been surprisingly quiet since unleashing a flurry of flares and other eruptions toward the end of 2011. But this lull is likely the trough between two peaks that together constitute "solar maximum" for the sun's current 11year activity cycle, researchers say. "If you look back in history, many of the previous solar cycles don't have one hump, one maximum, but in fact have two," solar physicist C. Alex Young, of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., said today (March 22) during a NASA webcast called "Solar MAX Storm Warning: effects on the Solar System."
"That's what we think is going to happen," Young added. "So we've reached one of those humps, and we think that eventually activity will pick back up and we'll see another hump — a double-humped solar maximum." Before the twin peaks scenario began to gain adherents,
many researchers had predicted that solar maximum for the current cycle, known as Solar Cycle 24, would come this May. But given how quiet the sun is at the moment, the second hump will likely occur later than that, and it could last into 2014, scientists have said. nEwS dESK
A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found many mothers are feeding babies solid foods earlier than the recommended age of six months, according to the Cleveland Clinic. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends solid foods are introduced to infants no earlier than six months of age. “Solid foods were being started before 4 months in about half of those kids,” said Dr. Deb Lonzer, a pediatrician from the Cleveland Clinic, who did not participate in the study. “And in about 10 percent of them, it was actually being started in the first four weeks of life.” CDC researchers questioned more than 1,300 mothers, and found 40 percent were introducing solid foods before 4 months old. The top three reasons for doing so included “My baby was old enough;” “My baby seemed hungry,” and “I wanted to feed my baby something in addition to breast milk or formula.” “They get information from so many sources, from friends, to relatives, to the Internet, that they’re not exactly sure what to do,” Lonzer said. “And they figure, “Hey I may as well try some solid foods. Maybe the baby will sleep better and be happier that way.” The AAP recommends holding off on solid foods until at least six months of age to be sure the baby is developed enough to handle them. Babies may have trouble swallowing solid food before 6 months old, and researchers said introducing solid foods any earlier could increase the risk of some chronic diseases – as well as cut short the benefits of breastfeeding. Lonzer said she agrees with the AAP. “Solid foods are going to be lower in the good nutrition, and may be higher in calories,” she said. “So there’s a chance we’re causing more obesity in babies; it can cause allergies or eczema; there may be a link to diabetes.” Lonzer said if you have a fussy baby who never seems satisfied, don’t turn to solid foods – call your pediatrician. “So, if you have a baby who is under 6 months and is taking in enormous quantities of breast milk or formula or really seems unsatisfied with feeding or who is fussy all of the time, it may have nothing to do with feeding,” she added. “It may be a variety of other behavioral or even medical issues.” nEwS dESK
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Our backs are to the wall but there is no way in our dressing room are we going to give up, that’s what test cricket is about, that’s why it’s called test cricket – Graham Gooch
Postmortem time for Pakistan
Tuesday, 26 March, 2013
Kirsten encouraged by series win SOUTH AFRICA’S 5-MATCH ODI SERIES WIN AGAINST PAKISTAN WAS USEFUL PREPARATION FOR THE YEAR AHEAD, ESPECIALLY FOR THE CHAMPIONS TROPHY JOHANNESBuRG AGEnCiES
South Africa’s five-match Momentum ODI series win against Pakistan was useful preparation for the year ahead, which includes the ICC Champions Trophy, according to head coach Gary Kirsten. “This was a good stepping stone for us in terms of where we want to go,” Kirsten said after the Proteas wrapped up a 3-2 series victory in Benoni on Sunday. “I’ve been very encouraged by our players that haven’t played much one-day cricket for us before, and they’ve shown us they’re capable of playing at international level. “It’s good to have competition for places and it has created depth in our cricket.” Kirsten singled out Farhaan Behardien, who had only two ODI’s under his belt before the series, and David Miller, who had been in and out of the side, and said they had made an impact. He was also encouraged by all-rounder Ryan McLaren, who enjoyed a fantastic series. “To have a sixth bowler in your team is crucial and Farhaan Behardien had a bowl and made an immediate difference,” Kirsten said. “You need a guy to take pace off the ball, who bowls wicket-to-wicket and is slightly different from the other seamers, and it is a big factor for us.” While Jacques Kallis would be available for the Champions Trophy, which will be hosted by england and Wales in June, and other major ODI tournaments, Kirsten believed the veteran all-rounder was of more value to the Test side and the five-day format would remain his priority. “It’s been important for us to look for someone to step into Jacques’ place and Ryan McLaren has done a fantastic job. “We’ve given him a bit of a run and he’s proved he’s got the skills on the bowling side.
OSING the test series 3-0 and the one-day series 3-2, the Pakistan cricket team would undergo a post-mortem when they got home, said captain Misbah-ul-Haq in Benoni on Sunday. “We started poorly, especially in test matches, and although we improved in the second test, we have made mistakes in our batting throughout the tour,” Misbah said. “We go back and reflect on the performances and see what we need to do for the future.” Despite fighting back twice to level the five-match one-day series, Pakistan’s batting let them down badly in the fifth and final deciding match. “It was a key moment when we dropped AB de Villiers (with his score on one), but it happens in cricket even though those catches should stick at this level. “But we can only blame ourselves for the way we batted and that is what cost us the game.” While most of the batsmen got starts,
none of them went on to a big score as Kamran Akmal topped the innings with 48 runs. “We should have made at least 250 and it was poor shot selection and irresponsible batting,” he said after Pakistan were bowled out for 205 and
they lost the final deciding match by six wickets. There were some positives to take back after their arduous tour, especially the team’s ability to bounce back twice in the series. “The team showed a lot of character
Pakistan’s performances disappoints every one LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Former cricket greats reacted with disappointment Monday to Pakistan’s tour losses in South Africa, urging the game’s authorities to tackle underlying problems by setting higher standards. Pakistan lost the five-match, oneday series 3-2 in Benoni on Sunday, following their 3-0 rout in the Tests. They managed to win the Twenty20 series 1-0 only after the first match was washed out. Pakistan’s perennial batting problems haunted them once again and none of their batsmen managed to post a century in the one-day series. Skipper Misbah-ul Haq was the leading one-day series scorer with a total 227. “The overall tour was disappointing,” batting legend Zaheer Abbas was quoted by a foreign news agency. “It’s now up to the PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) to set higher standards for the batsmen.” Pakistan suffered a 211-run defeat in the first Test in Johannesburg
before fighting hard to go down by four wickets in the second in Cape Town. They lost the third in Centurion by an innings and 18 runs. Abbas said the poor Test performance was reflected in the oneday matches. “until our batsmen learn to score in Tests, they will not be up to standard in one-days,” he said. “Batsmen should know that
scoring 30 or 40 will not keep them in the team, so they must learn that scoring the first 30 is the most difficult. If you do that then you must go on and play a big innings, which on this tour they failed to do.” But Abbas defended under-fire coach Dav Whatmore. “Whatmore guided Pakistan to the Asia Cup win and then the series against India, in India, so we have to keep patient with him,” said Abbas, a member of the committee that picked Whatmore as coach in March last year. Former captain Rashid Latif called on the team management to analyse the tour impartially to resolve underlying problems. “Players should know how to play in various formats,” said Latif, adding that Misbah and senior batsman Younis Khan were at key junctures in their careers. “I think the situation is alarming for both Misbah and Younis,” said Latif. “Misbah has scored runs but time is running out for both and they must analyse their careers before the 2015 World Cup.”
SA players ready for IPL battle JOHANNESBERG AGEnCiES
The latest edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is fast approaching and the more than 20 South Africans who are on the books for the various teams will once again be eager to test their skills against some of the best players in the world. The IPL starts on April 3 when the Kolkata Knight Riders, with Ryan McLaren and Jacques Kallis in their ranks, take on the Delhi Daredevils, Johan Botha, Roelof van der Merwe, Gulam Bodi and Morne Morkel’s team. The 76-match tournament ends with the final on May 26 in Kolkata but much of the early interest will focus on bizhub Highveld Lions’ all-rounder Chris Morris, who was signed for an impressive $625 000 by the Chennai Super Kings.
Morris was hardly known outside South Africa before his big-money signing and he will be feeling the pressure that comes with his hefty price-tag but he will be under the mentorship of coach Stephen Fleming, one of the most astute men in cricket, which can only benefit Morris. The vagaries of the competition means that only four foreigners can play at any one team which means that more than one South African might find themselves doing little more than dragging themselves around India attending net sessions in various cities. Highveld Lions’ wonderkid Quinton de Kock will hope that he does not fall into that category. The 20-year-old De Kock has been one of the stars of South Africa’s RAM SLAM T20 Challenge tournament this year with his record-breaking innings
of 126 against the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras being a stand-out moment. The wicketkeeper/batsman was picked up for just $20 000 by the Sunrisers Hyderabad, a new franchise this year, but he will have his work cut out forcing his way into a team which has the likes of Dale Steyn, JP Duminy (if fit), Australia’s Clint McKay and Cameron White, Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara and West Indian Darren Sammy to choose from. AB de Villiers will be plying his trade with the Royal Challengers Bangalore and he is one of the South Africans who have made a real impact in IPL cricket, few will forget the astonishing 23 runs he hammered off a Steyn over in Bangalore last year. De Villiers seems tailor made for IPL cricket and his inventive batting could well see him end as one of the tournament’s leading
run-scorers. One benefit of this year’s IPL is that it will provide valuable match practice for a number of South Africans who will come into contention for the Proteas squad which will compete in the 50-over ICC Champions Trophy, which starts in england in June. One player who could well further his claims for a recall to the Proteas squad is all-rounder Albie Morkel. Morkel seems to have become something of a forgotten man with regards to national selection but the Proteas are still casting around for a finisher. Morkel has shown during the RAM SLAM T20 that he is still capable of some fearsome hitting late in an innings and he is a key part of the Chennai Super Kings’ squad. He is often entrusted with the new ball despite a feeling that his bowling is not quite up to international standard.
because even when they were down, they were able to fight back and win matches,” he said. “I think we can get some of the positives from the tour, but South Africa are very tough opposition in their own conditions.” Mohammad Irfan, the tallest man in cricket, had made a good impression during his debut test in South Africa but Misbah said he had a lot of work to do if he wanted to play all three formats of the game. “Irfan has to work hard on his fitness if he wants to play test cricket, but the way he performed, especially in the ODIs, is a huge factor for us. “We need to look really carefully at playing him in tests because with his physique, it could be dangerous for him. “He is calm in pressure situations and in terms of temperament he has no problems, it is only work on his fitness that needs to be done. Misbah said his side were looking forward to meeting South Africa again for the Champions Trophy and they would go home and start discussing the future and work towards their next battle.
AB leaves clear odI stamp
BENONI: Before this Pakistan one-day series, AB de Villiers reclaimed all the responsibilities he had wanted to be rid of for the New Zealand series and he has ended the international summer having firmly stamped his authority on the Proteas ODI side. It had been a confusing period before the series with New Zealand when De Villiers gave up the keeping in order to captain, was then suspended and didn’t captain in a series South Africa lost. However, he took on all these responsibilities before this series. And the result: he’s kept beautifully and has batted with aplomb. As for his captaincy? That improved throughout the series, but by his own admission, needs a bit of work. There’s a lot of tinkering with field placings and numerous bowling changes, which while not bad, are something his teammates are not quite in tune with - yet. AGEnCiES
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It very seldom works out like that as a batter so it was nice to do the job again for the team – Peter Fulton
Tuesday, 26 March, 2013
FULTON MAKES HISTORY AS KIWIS TAKE CONTROL AuCKLAND
NGLAND were struggling to avoid a series defeat in New Zealand, after Peter Fulton made history of his own with hundreds in each innings of the final Test. Fulton (110) followed his maiden century three days ago at eden Park with an increasingly brutal display, including 14 fours and five sixes in the Kiwis’ 241 for six declared on the fourth afternoon. His stand of 117 in 101 balls either side of lunch with Brendon McCullum (67 not out) was an embarrassing passage of play for england in which the short straight boundaries at this peculiar ground took a relentless hammering. The tourists were left needing to bat four and a half sessions to rescue a third successive draw - and in notional pursuit of a world-record 481, with three still to go they were 90 for four. Captain Alastair Cook, on the back of a rare first-innings failure, took it upon himself to try to put things right on a pitch still favouring the batsmen - but was gone by stumps after a painstaking 43 from 145 balls. There was no hiding place for england’s bowlers on Sunday, Monty Panesar suffering in particular as New Zealand extended their lead in the sixhitting contest here to 16-1. england set out with hopes of either bowling New Zealand out cheaply, or alternatively restricting the run rate.
Haplessly, they achieved neither as Fulton and then McCullum made a mockery of Sunday night’s stumble to eight for three by the hosts. Fulton and Dean Brownlie, who had batted out seven successive maidens on Sunday, were soon operating at a very different tempo. The tall opener tucked into James Anderson and Stuart Broad from the outset as england went full in search of elusive swing and were regularly driven. england’s misery was compounded
Watson admits batting form a concern SHANE WATSON ENDURED A LEAN SERIES IN INDIA BY HIS STANDARDS © BCCI
YOUNIS KHAN’S PLACE IN THE ONE-DAY SIDE IS COMING UNDER INCREASING SCRUTINY BENONI
important times for the Australians. But bowling has also generally been responsible for the many injuries that have prevented him from playing even half the amount of Tests he could have. He missed all of the 2011-12 home summer of Tests due to calf and hamstring problems, and played only half of Australia’s home Tests in 2012-13, again due to a calf injury. However, Watson intends to slowly start building up his bowling workload during the second half of the IPL, and hopes to be in a position to bowl unrestricted during the Ashes, which starts in July. “One thing I have realised is how much I do miss bowling, and it has been a plan over the last two or three months to get my body to a position where I can get back into bowling again, and hopefully hold together for the cricket we have coming up,” Watson said. “There is no doubt coming here as a specialist batsman has not worked out anywhere near where I wanted it to. “It didn’t work in that regard, but in the end I am an allrounder, I love being an allrounder. At times it has been hard not to bowl knowing what I can contribute to the game. I know I won’t always be able to score runs or take wickets, but if I’m an allrounder, I’ve got more [of a] chance to contribute to the team’s performance and success. I have to stay on top of my body so that I can play the amount of cricket I want to.”
SCOREbOARd England won the toss and chose to bowl new zealand first innings (443) England first innings (204) new zealand second innings (overnight 35-3) 110 P. Fulton c Root b Finn 0 H. Rutherford c bell b broad 1 K. williamson b Anderson 3 R. Taylor lbw b broad 28 d. brownlie c bell b Panesar 67 b. mcCullum not out bj watling c Cook b Panesar 18 Extras (lb-10, b-4) 14 Total: (for six wickets dec. 57.2 overs) 241 Fall of wickets: 1-4 2-5 3-8 4-82 5-199 6-241 did not bat: T. Southee, b. martin, n. wagner, T. boult bowling: Anderson 17-6-59-1, broad 17-5-54-2, Finn 13-1-57-1, Panesar 9.2-4-53-2, Trott 1-0-4-0 Engalnd second innings 43 A. Cook c brownlie b williamson 2 n. Compton c watling b Southee 37 j. Trott c watling b wagner i. bell not out 8 0 S. Finn c Southee b williamson Total: (for four wickets, 52.1 overs) 90 Fall of wickets: 1-2 2-60 3-90 4-90 bowling: boult 11-5-20-0, Southee 10-3-24-1, martin 17-6-35-0, wagner 8-6-6-1, williamson 6.1-4-5-2 Previous results: First test - match drawn Second test - match drawn
and edged behind. Cook and Bell retreated to near strokeless defiance, the captain’s crawl attended by a partner who took 19 balls to break his duck and then added just six more runs from another 70 deliveries. For england, though, the wickets column was the only one that still mattered. When Cook edged a drive at part-time offspinner Kane Williamson for a sharp catch at second slip by Brownlie, and then nightwatchman Finn went in similar fashion in the final over, that too was none too clever.
Fragile, spineless batting AGEnCiES
NEW DELHI Shane Watson has conceded that he risks being dropped unless he can find a way to start scoring big runs again, after yet another disappointing series with the bat. Watson, who was the acting captain in the final Test in Delhi, managed only 99 runs at 16.50 during the Indian tour. This continued a long, unproductive batting stretch, where in the past two years he has made 627 Test runs at 24.11, and has not posted a century. His lack of runs was even more noticeable during this series because he had chosen not to bowl in an effort to stay fit and string together as much cricket as possible after an injury-plagued couple of seasons. Before the series, the captain, Michael Clarke, said that as a specialist batsman, Watson would face competition from a much larger pool of players for a place in the team, as compared to when he plays as an allrounder. “There is no doubt that I need to score runs,” Watson said at the end of the Indian tour. “As a batsman who’s batting in the top four at the moment, I need to score runs. unfortunately, during this series I’ve scored nowhere near the [amount of] runs that I’ve wanted to, to be able to contribute to the team’s performance. “There’s no doubt cricket’s a performance-based game. If I’m not scoring runs or taking wickets, then you can’t expect to be picked. There are no secrets about it. You can’t hide behind anything, apart from your performance. In this series I’ve not performed anywhere near where I’ve wanted to. I’m looking forward to being able to continue to play and hopefully get some continuity with my game over the next few months, and be in some good touch when the selectors announce the Ashes squad.” Watson’s case for being part of the XI for the first Ashes Test will be strengthened by the fact that he is expected to be bowling again by then, and his medium-pace has a habit of providing breakthroughs at
when Broad hatched a plan against Fulton, but saw a trademark flick off his pads put down by Anderson at short midwicket. Fulton escaped on 31, having already brought up the 50 stand with a drive down the ground for four off Anderson. It was not until england switched to Panesar that a breakthrough came, Brownlie up the wicket in the slow leftarmer’s first over but not quite getting enough on his attempted hit over the top and very well-caught by Ian Bell at a deep and wide mid-on.
If that brought fleeting hope for the tourists it was a cruel illusion. Fulton and McCullum went into overdrive, the former breaking a succession of 27 dot balls from Panesar by passing his 50 with a fierce drive down the ground for his 10th four. He swept another boundary off the next ball, and celebrated immediately with his first straight six - at the start of five-over spell which cost Panesar, and england, 52 runs. Fulton completed his 162-ball hundred with a straight six from the crease into the north stand off Broad in early afternoon. There was minor respite at last when he pulled Steven Finn to long-on, but McCullum inflicted a little more pain - and passed his 50 in just 45 balls - before he was satisfied. New Zealand’s innings finally closed with nine england fielders positioned on the boundary, to both McCullum and BJ Watling. When the tourists began their last stand, the contrast was extreme - all the more so after Nick Compton was caught behind pushing forward at Tim Southee in the second over. The other conspicuous variable was that, as in the first innings, New Zealand were able to swing the ball much more than their opposite numbers. Wicketkeeper Watling missed a much tougher chance to see off Cook for just a single, diving low to his left off Southee, and it took the introduction of Neil Wagner after tea to break the secondwicket stand when Jonathan Trott tried to drive the left-armer from round the wicket
even in the final match of the tour, Pakistan’s concern was the same as in their first match: the batting was not up to standard. This time it was not the fault of the pitch or the bowlers. Despite the inconsistent bounce, the return of Morne Morkel, the fire of Dale Steyn, the discipline of Lonwabo Tsotsobe and the committed fielding of their opposition, Pakistan’s line-up still conspired to entangle themselves. Mohammad Hafeez and Imran Farhat fell to a plan but everyone else from Kamran Akmal to the tail caused their own downfall. either they picked out fielders, like Shahid Afridi did, or they chanced an arm like Akmal and Shoaib Malik. “That’s the one area which really let us down,” Misbah-ul-Haq said. “When you look at the scorecard, everybody got starts like 20s or 30s but no-one converted and made that into 70s or 80s. If the six main batsmen keep doing that, the team can’t do well. The way we started, we felt 250 would have been a good total but the shot selection was not good and there were a lot of irresponsible shots. We can only blame ourselves. The way we batted was unacceptable.” For a while, especially during the Test series, Misbah explained the batting collapses by making reference to the conditions. He said Pakistan’s line-up had not been exposed to pace and bounce in a while and that they needed a longer period of adjustment. He was not simply making excuses. Pakistan had not faced a challenge as tough as South African pitches since they played in england in 2010 so he made a valid point. They had only one tour match before starting the Test series, which obviously was not enough, and they made noticeable improvements as that went on. The same strips are not as tough a prospect as the Test matches but with two new balls and late-season surfaces
which can go up and down, they still require some analysing before a batsman settled in. That’s why in the final throes of the tour, Misbah still harked back to the difficulties of “adjusting to conditions, especially for the batsmen.” It was a rare occurrence when someone gave themselves time to assess and play themselves in. Misbah himself did it twice, Kamran showed glimpses, Younis Khan tried and mostly failed and Hafeez could not even try because the bowlers had his number. Younis, and Hafeez in the opening role are two points of debate that came up throughout the series. Indications are that Younis, despite his 7,000 one-day runs, will be forced to make way for a younger batsman like Asad Shafiq and may have played his last match in coloured clothing for Pakistan. Similarly talk is rife that Hafeez will be asked to bat at No. 3 and more will be invested in Nasir Jamshed to partner Imran Farhat or Kamran Akmal
at the top. Misbah would not be drawn on whether those are two of the changes Pakistan would consider ahead of the Champions Trophy but he hinted something would have to give before then. “We will have to go and look at conditions, which teams we are going to play, all of those things and then see what we need for the future.” One thing that does not need tampering with, according to Misbah, is the team’s culture. Despite their return of just three wins from nine matches across all formats on the tour, Misbah could draw some positives from the outing. “We started poorly in the Tests but we tried to come back. We made mistakes like we did today, especially in batting but the team showed some character. “They showed that even when they are down they can fight back so overall there were some positives. In South African conditions, with such a tough opposition, the team did well especially in T20s and ODIs.”
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Many people like me, but not everybody – Mario Balotelli
SPORTS Tuesday, 26 March, 2013
Lucky Star Club outplay Prince Club LAHORE: Lucy Star Club Has outplayed prince club by 3 wickets in the 28th M. Yaseen Akhtar Memorial Cricket Tournament played at LCCA ground. SCOReS: Prince Cub (101) all out in 19.2 Overs. Mobashir Yaqoob 11, Siddiq Khan 16, Muhammad Mushtaq 16, Sameer Akram 14, Sadam-ul-Haq 15. Muhammad Bilal 3/12, Jehanzaib 2/7, Shani 2/18, Muhammad Tanzeem 1/26, Naeem ul Haq 1/18. Lucky Stars Club (102 /7). Noman Ishaque 29, Muhammad Tanzeem 10, Muhammad Aziz 19. Saeed Khan 2/26, Siddiq Khan 2/27, Sadam ul Haq 2/14, Sameer Akram 1/14. STAFF REPORT
Bata fC & Usmania win in district football LAHORE: Bata F.C and usmania F.C breezed into the semi finals of the Lahore district football championship after registering victories in their respective quarter final ties here on Friday at Model Town and Faisal Town Football grounds. Bata eliminated universal Cargo F.C 82. From winners Zahid ul Islam, usman Mukhtar, Mudasar Mukhtar struck two goals each while Anwer Sohail & umer Mukhtar produced one apiece from the losing side. usmania scored hard earned 1-0 win over Real Lahore with Hassan scoring the lone goal of the match in the 18th minute. STAFF REPORT
wapda win national judo title LAHORE: Wapda team retained the title of the National judo championship securing five gold and four silver medals at Peshawar on Monday. Wapda players enjoyed superioty by gathering 115 points by demonstrating all time performance and techniques.,said the information made available here. Army took the second place with 112 points with four gold and similar number of silver medals and two bronze medals.Navy gained the third place having won one gold and three bronze medals to muster 42 points in the event organized by Pakistan Judo Federation and Khyber Pakhtoonkhawa. In all 110 players with 24 technical officials belonging to eleven teams includingKhyber Pakhtunkhwa , Punjab, Balochistan, FATA, Islamabad, Army, Wapda, Navy HeC and AJK participated in the competition in which bouts were held in -50, -55, -60, -66, -73, -81, -90, 100, +100 Kg and Open Weight categories. Muhammad Zakria, Director General, Iranian Consulate in Pakistan, Peshawar along with Senator Haji Ghulam Ali were the chief guests on the occasion and gave away the prizes. PJF also provided international standard judo mats to affiliated provinces for the further uplift of the game. STAFF REPORT
fatima XI win Pak day women hockey match LAHORE: Fatima Jinnah XI outplayed Begum Rahna Liaqat Ali Khan XI 3-1 in an exhibition match which was organized as a part of Pakistan day celebrations here on Monday at the outer ground of national hockey. Asma Ashraf, Amna Ghaffar and Nimra Afzal shared one goal apiece from winners while Amna Mir scored the only goal of the losing side as Fatima Jinnah XI took 1-0 lead at break. Punjab Women hockey association organized the match. STAFF REPORT
djokovic overpowers Somdev in Miami MIAMI
OVAK Djokovic made swift progress through to the fourth round of the Sony Open in Miami after dispatching Somdev Devvarman for the loss of six games. Djokovic, who started the year by retaining his Australian Open crown in Melbourne, was too strong for the Indian, who did not possess the tools to trouble the world number one. Djokovic broke in the opening game and again for 5-2 before claiming the opening set. Devvarman refused to throw in the towel but he was powerless to prevent Djokovic from claiming a further break in the second on his way to a 6-2 6-4 win in 69 minutes. The Serbian has lost just one match in 2013, to Juan Martin Del Potro in Indian Wells, and he will look to maintain that impressive statistic against Tommy Haas in the last 16. Veteran German Haas, seeded 15, on Sunday edged out Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3 6-2. David Ferrer had few alarms in advancing, beating Italian Fabio Fognini 6-1 7-5, and the third seed will next meet Japanese Kei Nishikori. Nishikori took advantage of opponent Xavier Malisse struggling with his string tension as he moved through 6-2 7-5. Seventh seed Janko Tipsarevic progressed after gutsing out a threeset win over big-serving South African Kevin Anderson. Anderson claimed the opener but the match drifted firmly in Tipsarevic’s direction when he won the second on a tie-break and he ran
SHARAPOVA HOLDS ON TO BEAT VESNINA MIAMI: Third seed Maria Sharapova ousted fellow Russian Elena Vesnina 6-4 6-2 despite facing nine break points at the Sony Open in Miami on Sunday. Sharapova will meet Klara Zakopalova in the fourth round following her 6-2 7-6 (7/4) win over Maria Kirilenko. Sixth seed Angelique Kerber and 11th seed Nadia Petrova went out, however. Kerber was thrashed 6-4 6-0 by Sorana Cirstea while Petrova lost 7-6 (9/7) 6-4 to Jelena Jankovic. Cirstea, who will face Jankovic in the fourth round, said: “I didn’t have any expectations coming into this tournament because I’ve never played that well in Miami. “But I’ve been fighting the best I could and working my way through every single match, and it’s working. When you work so hard on everything, it’s nice to see the results coming.” Eighth seed Sara Errani breezed past Simona Halep 6-1 6-0 to secure a last-16 meeting with 12th seed Ana Ivanovic, who overcame two-time major winner Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3 6-3. Roberta Vinci, seeded 15, battled from a set down to advance with a 5-7 6-4 6-4 triumph over Carla SuarezNavarro. The Italian will take on Alize Cornet in round four after the French 32nd seed toppled Lauren Davis 2-6 6-3 6-2. AGENCIES
through the decider to go through 4-6 7-6 (7/5) 6-0. In the other completed third-round
clash, 11th-seeded Frenchman Gilles Simon beat Grega Zemlja 6-4 6-4. He will play Tipsarevic next.
Second phase of national U-16 hockey camp begins LAHORE: Camp commandant of National u16 hockey camp, former Olympian Tahir Zaman said on Monday that 5-a-side hockey is a new experience for home players and they are showing rapid progress in the fastest version of hockey being played on short playing field. “It is going to be a good experience for our side to take part in the 5-a-side Youth Cup in Singapore from April 4-7 and we are confident that we will be getting good results in the event,” he said here after a training session of the second phase of the camp along with coach, former Olympian Rehan Butt. He said this format of hockey in which three halves of play will be played with each session of 12 minutes, players require to achieve unlimited stamina and mental toughness to cope with the pressure of high-pace game. The first phase of training was held at Sialkot and thirty players attended and for the second phase 16 have been retained from which a final up of ten players will be selected for the voyage of Singapore. Tahir Zaman said they are confusing on improving the attaching and defensive skills of the players and this objective is being achieved through trial matches. “It (practice matches) is the best way to gage the individual talent of every player for picking up a talented combination,” he said adding “ through this format of the game we will be able to groom quality players for our junior and senior hockey teams because they will be more agile and fit, both mentally and physically , to deliver to best of their abilities.” Coach, Rehan Butt said they will be selecting the team on merit so that every deserving player may get his due place in the side. “It is thrilling version of high paced hockey and only those players matching highest standards of mental and physical fitness will be selected,” he added. He said the tournament demands highest fitness level of players as the team will be playing two matches in a day. “ I think it is the best way to groom our next generation of hockey by imparting them latest coaching points. STAFF REPORT
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The day I signed my contract with Liverpool, that’s one day I will never forget because Liverpool was my favourite team when I was younger and it was a dream come true – Sami Hyypia
Kiradech comes alive on the Asian Tour AGEnCiES
Molinari back in the swing of things KIALA LUMPUR: edoardo Molinari believes his new swing is only at 30 per cent capacity despite finishing second in the weather-shortened Maybank Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur. Molinari switched coaches in December after missing three months following wrist surgery and missed the cut in his first five tournaments this season. But the Italian found form in sweltering conditions in Malaysia, carding a closing round of 67 to finish 12 under par and just one behind winner Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand, in an event reduced to 54 holes after daily delays due to thunderstorms. “Felt so good to be in contention again after 18 months,” Molinari wrote on Twitter. “New swing is only 30 per cent of where I want it to be but I’ve never hit the ball so well.” The 32-year-old has not won on the european Tour since the second of his victories in 2010, the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles, helped persuade european captain Colin Montgomerie to name him as a wild card for the Ryder Cup that year alongside brother Francesco. But teaming up with Sean Foley, who also coaches the likes of Tiger Woods and Justin Rose, looks to have paid dividends. “It’s mixed emotions because I’m very happy to have a good week for the first time in a long time,” Molinari added. “The swing changes are starting to pay off which is surprising because I thought it would take a lot longer, but I’m disappointed because I had a lot of chances on the back nine. “The 18th is only the second fairway I missed all day which is very disappointing. I felt if I birdied the last I might have won outright because it puts a lot of pressure on the guy coming up behind.” Aphibarnrat handled that pressure superbly, returning to the 16th fairway after a two-hour storm delay with a one-shot lead, only to promptly hit his approach to three feet for a birdie and then save par from 12ft on the next. That allowed the 23-year-old former junior world champion the luxury of taking six on the 634-yard 18th to complete a closing 70, sealing a wire-towire victory and the first prize of £303,000. AGEnCiES
raised the bar higher and is setting his sights on joining the exclusive Major winner’s club, much like his namesake. “I’ll try to win a Major event. I cannot say when it is but I’ll try my best. I just play for fun. I don’t have any routine. I’m happy with the name, John Daly of Asia. He won a Major event and I’m proud someone has called me that,” said Kiradech. Kiradech’s early season success has seen him notched two top-five finishes and a win in only three starts on the region’s premier Tour, which is celebrating its 10 season in 2013. The Thai will also be making his maiden appearance at The Open
Championship after he won the International Final Qualifying - Asia in Thailand earlier this month Kiradech’s quick rise since his amateur days where he was crowned World Junior Champion on two occasions can be credited to the unity and close bond he shares with his fellow compatriots. “The Thai pro golfers, we stay like family. Boonchu Ruangkit, Thaworn Wiratchant, Prom Meesawat, and Thongchai Jaidee, they all provide valuable advice to the younger generation,” said Kiradech. “Boonchu and Thongchai teach me a lot and have always stressed not to put too much pressure on myself.
Di Resta keen to put Sepang woes behind SEpANG AGEnCiES
Paul Di Resta has drawn a line through a wretched weekend following a Malaysian Grand Prix that proved to be of “extreme disappointment” for Force India. Despite possessing a quick car to start this season as the team have undoubtedly made progress since last year, Di Resta’s woes began in qualifying on Saturday when he was caught out by the weather. Starting from 15th, the conditions again played a part early in the race as teams switched from wet to dry tyres, with Force India opting to stack their cars. Team-mate Adrian Sutil, however, suffered a problem that cost Di Resta behind him 23 seconds, dropping him to 18th. But the 26-yearold powered his way back through the
Tuesday, 26 March, 2013
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KuALA LuMpuR IRADeCH Aphibarnrat believes his ‘birth’ on the Asian Tour has made him the winner he has always wanted to be following his win at the Maybank Malaysian Open. Despite having to battle the elements and a thyroid disease, the 23-year-old Thai showed he can match up against the best in the world when he outplayed the likes of Major winners such as South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel and Ireland’s Padraig Harrington as well as Ryder Cup star edoardo Molinari of Italy to lift the Seagram Trophy. With his winner’s prize cheque of uS$458,330, Kiradech propelled to the top of the Asian Tour’s Order of Merita position where he is determined to be in when the season comes to a close at the end of the year. “It’s the Tour (Asian Tour) where I was born. I’m 24 this year and I’ve got another 20 years to play. I’ll try to win as much as I can. I’ve three Tours to play on now (Asian Tour, Japan Tour, european Tour) and my focus will be to win the Asian Tour Order of Merit,” said Kiradech Dubbed Asia’s John Daly due to his physique and style of play, Kiradech has
field, including passing Sutil, and was running 11th when an issue with the front-left wheel nut effectively ended his race at the second stop. A few laps later Sutil retired with the same problem, ensuring the team left Kuala Lumpur empty handed when they should have had both cars in the top 10 given their pace. “The wheel nut issue was something that did not show up all weekend, but it hurt us quite badly,” Di Resta said to Press Association Sport. “We did a whole winter’s testing with the new nut and nothing showed up, so why here? Maybe the heat. I guess the design office is going to be busy now. “I was probably looking at seventh place, without the first stop in which I lost all that time, so what happened is pretty frustrating given how quick we were over the weekend.
“At least wheel nuts can be fixed for China whereas performance can’t be fixed that quickly, and performance was a big highlight of what we achieved over the weekend. “All I can do now is put a stroke through the weekend, cross it off, but with the positive we showed what we could do with our performance in the race.” Just a week after the team’s best points finish in the opening grand prix in Australia, with Sutil seventh and Di Resta eighth, to leave Malaysia with nothing was a bitter blow for team principal Vijay Mallya. “It was really looking good until the wheel nut failed, and this is the new wheel nut we have on the car for 2013,” Mallya told Press Association Sport. “It is something, with all the delicate equipment on board a Formula One car you would not expect an otherwise robust part like a wheel nut to collapse on you.
LAHORE: Lahore Whites imposed massive 9-wicket defeat over Sargodha Veteran and Chaudhary Sports beat Lahore Shaheen by 72 runs as two matches were decided in National Veteran cricket cup here on Monday. At Race Course Park Cricket Ground, Sargodha Veteran batted first reached 183/7 in 30 overs. Muhammad Nawaz 46, Majeed Shani 44, Muhammad Hafeez 20 & Ashraf Bashir 16 runs. Lahore Whites bowling Javeed Hayat 2/16, Mohtasham Rasheed 2/28, Asif Karmani 1/16 & Asim Sheikh 1/33 wickets. In reply Lahore Whites answered with 184/1 in 17.4 overs. Former Captain Pakistan Cricket captain, Saleem Malik 88 not out and Mohtasham Rasheed 66 led their side to success. Sargodha Veteran bowling Muhammad Nawaz 1/38 wickets. Javeed Ashraf and Qaisar Waheed were the umpires and Abdul Hameed was the scorer. At the Race Course Park Cricket Ground-II. Chaudhary Sports posted 262/6 in 30 overs. Babar Butt top scored with polished 108 followed by Shahid Ali 78, Abid Sheikh 23& Raza Khan 22 runs. Lahore Shaheen bowling Muhammad Javeed 2/29, Amir Rizwan 1/33, Muhammad Anees 1/35 & Muhammad Irshad 1/42 wickets. In reply Lahore Shaheen were dismissed at 190 all out in 29.4 overs. Malik Javeed 38, Agha Sohail Zafar 35, Muhammad Javeed 26 & Amir Rizwan 28 runs not out, Chaudhary Sports bowling Muhammad Khan 3/21, Wasi Shah, 3/30, Chaudhary Shafqat Hussain 2/25, Shahid Ali 1/17 & Naseer ul hassan 1/31 wickets. Masood Khan and Ijaz Ahmad stood as umpires & Azhar Hussain was the scorer. STAFF REPORT
Model Town greens win LAHORE: Model Town Greens won by 96 runs in the Nazar Mohammad Cricket Tournament match here at the Model Town Ground on Monday. Scores: Model Town Greens 236 for eight. Weahab Dar 65, Kamran Younus 64, Danial Sheikh 32, Lukman Butt 24. Mohammad Imran 52 for two. Khurrum three for 43. Lahore Club all out at 140. rauf Wayn 47, usman Liaqat 14, Akbar Ali four for 29,Hasan Dar, Kamran Younus and Aamer Hayat shared one wicket each. STAFF REPORT
Pak to host West Asia Baseball Cup in Oct LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Pakistan will host the 11th edition of West Asia Baseball Cup in October at Lahore with a number of foreign countries taking part. This was stated by President, Pakistan Federation Baseball, Shaukat Javed at a news conference here on Monday after presiding over a general council meeting of the body attended by all the affiliated units of PFBB, barring Pakistan Army. Also present was Secretary, PFBB. He said invitations have been extended to a number of countries and they are confident that that they will confirm their participation in due course of time. “We organized the same event at Lahore in which Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Iran participated alongside the hosts Pakistan,” he said . PFBB President said the meeting took
important decisions for the further uplift of the game by fixing the dates of a number of national level events and approving the participation of Pak teams in the international events abroad. He said the house granted affiliation to Higher education Commission. Shaukat Javed said a major amendment was made in the PFBB constitution and voting rights of the its all affiliated departments were withdrawn and only provinces will be eligible to have voting rights in the elections of the body.
He said the amendment was made in order to keep the federation away from the pressure of Pakistan Sports Board not to interference in the affairs and elections of PFBB. “We are taking every measures to bring our constitution in line with the constitution of International Olympic Committee to fully follow the charter of IOC. PFBB chief said their affiliated units, Army, Wapda and HeC praised the decision of amending the constitution.
He said inter departmental baseball championship will commence here from Tuesday at Punjab stadium. “The competition focuses at promoting baseball among departments.” Shaukat Javed said the national championship will be held at Lahore with Punjab Group of Colleges sponsoring the event. “The event will help in identifying thirty to forty outstanding players to attend a training camp to select Pakistan team to take part in the West Asia baseball championship”, he asserted. He said Games ruling body, the international baseball federation has offered PFBB to organize the first Islamic women baseball championship in December to give fresh boost to the ongoing efforts for developing baseball among at international level. “ It is a new concept and we will be paying attention to organize the event by inviting female teams from all the Islamic countries across the globe “,he said.
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Kerry urges Kayani to help speed up Afghan peace process US SECRETARY OF STATE, ARMY CHIEF HOLD CRUCIAL MEETING IN AMMAN ISLAMABAD SHAiQ HuSSAin
ISLAMABAD: Policewomen lift a Pakistan People’s Party supporter following a clash between different factions of the party outside the Election Commission office on Monday. OnLinE
PPP factions slug it out at ECP SCUFFLES BREAK OUT BETWEEN GHINVA BHUTTO AND NAHEED KHAN’S GROUPS ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
The election Commission of Pakistan (eCP) on Monday allotted the symbol of an arrow to the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) as its election symbol. However, the decision over the name of the party was withheld by the commission. A three-member bench of the commission – headed by Justice (r) Riaz Kayani – resumed the hearing into the case. The PPP was represented by Amin Fahim, Latif Khosa, Farooq H Naik and Masood Kausar. Ghinwa Bhutto, chairwoman of the PPP-Shaheed Bhutto (PPP-
SB), had requested the eCP to register her party as the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and had asked that the symbol of sword be allotted to her party as its election symbol. estranged PPP leaders Naheed Khan and Safdar Abbasi had also filed a request for the registration of a new party, called the PPP, and had also requested for arrow as their party’s symbol. The eCP on Monday allotted the ‘arrow’ symbol to the PPP while deferring its decision over the registration and name of the party. Naheed and Abbasi started protesting after the announcement in the court room while a heated argument and scuffle occurred between the supporters of Naheed and the PPP outside the eCP premises. A PPP leader, Shahzadi Kausar Gilani beat the supporters of Nahid. During the scuffle, Naheed’s assistant, Mohammad Asif fell unconscious. Later, the police intervened and ended the clash. However, no arrests were made. Speaking to reporters after the decision,
former law minister Naik said they would contest the upcoming elections under the platform of the PPP Parliamentarians and that the commission had made a fair decision on the issue. Fahim said the public trusted the PPP and that the sign of an arrow as the PPP’s election symbol was their right. During arguments before the eCP, Jehangir Badr and Khosa also argued against each other under a preplanned strategy. Badr stressed that he was the secretary general of the party and was appointed on the post by Zulfikar and Benazir Bhutto while Khosa stressed that he was the secretary general of the party. There was an heated exchange of words and the commission sent Badr to the adjacent room. However after the verdict, both leaders said they had no differences but they wanted to secure the PPP’s name, its historic arrow symbol and save it from going to Ghinva Bhutto and Naheed Khan.
S Secretary of State John Kerry has sought Pakistan’s assistance for accelerating the ‘sluggish’ Afghan reconciliation process, asking for Islamabad’s role in bringing the Afghan Taliban to the table of negotiations with American and Afghan authorities. Kerry asked for Pakistan’s vibrant role in the Afghan reconciliation process during his first meeting with Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Kayani in Amman, Jordan on Sunday night. Kayani is on a scheduled visit to Jordan and Kerry met him in Amman as he is also on a trip to the Middle east. According to diplomatic sources, the uS secretary of state acknowledged the key role Pakistan could play for the success of the Afghan reconciliation process. “Secretary Kerry was of the view that Pakistan should use its “good
offices” to bring the Afghan Taliban to the table of negotiations with the American and Afghan officials so that the sluggish reconciliation process in Afghanistan could gain pace and move forward,” said a source, seeking anonymity. He said the Obama administration was eager to restart the peace dialogue with the Mullah Omar-led Afghan Taliban that collapsed in March 2011 after continuing for some months and it (Obama administration) believed that Islamabad could play a key role in impressing upon the Taliban to join the Afghanistan reconciliation process. The source said General Kayani told the uS secretary of state that Pakistan would take all possible steps and extend cooperation to Kabul and Washington for bringing back lasting peace and stability to Afghanistan. “Both leaders also agreed on enhancing the anti-terrorism cooperation during their
meeting in Amman,” the source said. Another source, who also asked not to be named, said the uS secretary of state assured General Kayani that the uS would continue with its cooperation with Pakistan in various fields, including economy, defence and energy sectors and it would not abandon its key ally in the South Asian region. The ISPR also issued a statement on Monday on the crucial meeting between General Kayani and Secretary Kerry. “Both discussed the reconciliation process in Afghanistan and security issues concerning South Asian region,” the statement said. According to sources, Kerry, who also paid an unannounced visit to Kabul on Monday, wanted to make a trip to Islamabad as well but he decided to put that off until the formation of new government in Pakistan after the upcoming elections in May this year.
POL prices to be slashed from 1st ISLAMABAD: The government is expected to cut the price of petroleum products from 1st April. According to sources, petrol price is expected to come down by Rs 1.50 per litre, diesel by Rs 1.20 per litre, kerosene oil
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by Rs 3.75 per litre and high octane diesel by Rs 6 per litre. The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) will recommend a summary on new oil prices to Petroleum Ministry on March 30. inP