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Rs 17.00 Vol III No 242 19 Pages Lahore Edition
Thursday, 28 February, 2013 Rabi us Sani 17, 1434
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go back to governorâ€™s House, altaf asks ebad
Chuck Hagel takes over as US defence secretary
Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain on Wednesday advised Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ebad to withdraw his resignation and resume his responsibilities. Altaf called Ebad from London and asked him to reconsider his resignation in light of requests made by people belonging to the business community, religious scholars and from different walks of life, a statement from the party read. page 02
Chuck Hagel took over as the US defence secretary on Wednesday after a painful, prolonged and divisive nomination battle in the Senate that finally ended on Tuesday. He scraped together enough support to win Senate confirmation by a 58 to 41 vote. Until the very end, he had to overcome fierce opposition from pro-Israel groups and a filibuster led by fellow Republicans who neither forgot nor forgave his withering criticism of the George W Bush administrationâ€™s handling of the war in Iraq. page 04
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NAvy offICer AttACked, CrItICALLy wouNded
PML-N has been running the government with the help of turncoats. It has weakened democracy. — Chaudhry Pervez Elahi
Ashraf to Nisar: It’s time we discuss who will be PM PRAISES ALL POLITICAL PARTIES FOR ENSURING COMPLETION OF PARLIAMENT’S FIVE-YEAR TERM
Karachi: A senior naval officer was critically injured when unidentified men opened fire on his car at Gate 15 of Karachi port, police said on Wednesday. Police said Lieutenant Commander Azeem Hussain was immediately shifted to Pakistan Navy’s PNS Shifa Hospital after the attack. Doctors said Hussain had received four bullets, terming his condition as critical. He has been shifted to a ventilator, they added. Sources said Hussain was an investigation officer in the Mehran Base attack case. Online
PervAIZ eLAHI eLeCted PML-Q HeAd IN PuNjAb
RIME Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Wednesday wrote to Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, asking him to forward three nominations of his choice to evolve consensus over the appointment of caretaker prime minister. The letter has set off the consultation process between the prime minister and opposition leader under the 18th constitutional amendment. In case of failure in achieving consensus, the matter would be handed over to a parliamentary committee comprising equal number of lawmakers from both sides of the political divide. However, if the committee too fails to evolve consensus, the matter would be sent to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) which would nominate the caretaker PM. “As you know, the National Assembly will be achieving the milestone of completing its tenure by the middle of next month. It will be a historic achievement signifying the maturity and sagacity of the political parties in the country. This singular achievement will go a long way in strengthening
democracy and establishing supremacy of the will of the people of Pakistan,” said Ashraf in his letter. He said that all political parties, within and outside the parliament, and national institutions deserved special compliment and praise for their continued support to the democratic process during the last five years. The country was now poised for general elections with the likely dissolution of the National Assembly on the expiry of its term, he added. “It is imperative that we initiate the process under Article 224 of the Constitution to arrive at a consensus on the appointment of care taker prime minister, who could uphold the national interest and ensure free, fair and transparent elections in the country,” he added. The PM said that the people of Pakistan rightly expected the treasury and opposition to rise to the occasion and agree upon the most “suitable person” as caretaker prime
LahOrE: Pervaiz Elahi and Zaheeruddin have been elected unopposed as the president and general-secretary of the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid in Punjab respectively. According to media reports, the Election Commission of Pakistan had directed all political parties to hold intra-party elections for ensuring their participation in the upcoming general elections. The PML-Q held the intra-party elections on a provincial level in Lahore. Online
3M CHILdreN to be eNroLLed IN four yeArs iSLaMaBaD: Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) Chairwoman Farzana Raja on Wednesday said three million children aged between five and 12 years in the beneficiary families would be enrolled in schools during next four years to secure their future. “Under this initiative, up to three youngest children of each deserving family will be supported through an additional quarterly cash transfer of Rs. 600 per child subject to at least 70 percent attendance,” Farzana Raja said. The initiative has been taken under ‘Waseela-e-Taleem’ programme with the assistance of the British government, as nine million BISP beneficiary children were unable to attend primary education due to financial constraints, she said. App
Go back to Governor’s House, Altaf asks Ebad ALTAF TELLS EBAD PEOPLE WANT HIM TO RECONSIDER HIS RESIGNATION
LHC dismisses petition against Zardari’s presidency LAHORE Online
Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain on Wednesday advised Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ebad to withdraw his resignation and resume his responsibilities. Altaf called Ebad from London and asked him to reconsider his resignation in light of requests made by people belonging to the business community, religious scholars and from different walks of life, a statement from the party read. Matters have been at a head after Ebad departed for Dubai earlier in the week on account of his health, but not before he had sent his resignation to the president. The move came in wake of MQM’s decision last week to quit the coalition government led by the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and sit in the opposition. The PPP said that back channel talks were underway to get the MQM to reverse their decision. Altaf told Ebad that although he had tendered his resignation voluntarily, there
minister and pave the way for holding general elections in an impartial, fair and transparent manner. “Let us enable the people of Pakistan to express their will in an exemplary environment and ensure smooth transition of power to the next elected government,” the prime minister said. “I would be grateful if you could forward your nominations at the earliest so that we may arrive at a consensus on the caretaker prime minister, prior to the dissolution of the National Assembly on the expiry of its term otherwise we will be constrained to proceed further in the matter as per Article 224 (A) of the constitution,” he concluded.
was a persistent demand from members of the business community, religious scholars, and people belonging to different spheres of life that he should be asked to take his resignation back. The MQM chief further told Ebad that Interior Minister Rehman Malik too had
conveyed messages from President Zardari and other government personalities that even though the MQM was free in its political decisions to sit in the opposition, yet Governor Ebad should be asked to continue in the larger interest of Sindh and Pakistan.
The Lahore High Court has dismissed a petition seeking an order to bar Asif Ali Zardari from functioning as the president of the country. Jamaat-e-Islami leader Farid Piracha had filed the petition, contending that Zardari had been disqualified in light of a recent Supreme Court judgment that barred the president from engaging in political activities. LHC Justice Nasir Saeed Sheikh observed that the order sought by Piracha could not be granted as another petition on the same issue was pending adjudication and its maintainability had not been decided as yet. He then dismissed Piracha’s application. The petitioner had claimed that Zardari had been persistently carrying on political activities as the head of the state as well as the leader of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party. He said a full bench of the Lahore High Court had on 12 May, 2011 suggested that the president should disassociate himself from the post of chief of the PPP, but he had been consistently disobeying the court’s order as well as the constitution.
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Nawaz Sharif’s popularity has received a big boost in Sindh and people there have pinned a lot of hopes on him. — Raja Zafarul Haq
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Pipeline must not remain pipedream KHAMENEI TELLS ZARDARI NOT TO BE COWED DOWN BY US OPPOSITION TO IP GAS PIPELINE TEHRAN
RAN’S supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday told the visiting Pakistan President Asif Zardari that a much-delayed $7.5 billion gas pipeline project must go ahead despite US opposition. “The Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline is an important example of Tehran-Islamabad cooperation, and despite hostilities towards the expansion of ties we must overcome this opposition decisively,” Khamenei told President Zardari. The gas pipeline project is strongly opposed by Tehran’s archfoe Washington. “Accessing safe energy source is the first priority for any country including Pakistan. In this region, the Islamic republic is the only nation that has safe energy resources and we are ready to provide Pakistan its energy needs,” the all-powerful Khamenei said. The pipeline project has run into repeated problems, including Pakistan’s difficulty in finding funds and opposition to the project from Washington, which has slapped Iran with a raft of sanctions over its nuclear activities. The Pakistani media reported last year that Zardari would visit Iran in mid-Decem-
ber 2012, when a final agreement was to have been signed, but the visit was delayed. In 2010, Iran and Pakistan agreed that Tehran would supply between 750 million cubic feet (21 million cubic metres) and one billion cubic feet per day of natural gas by mid-2015. ahMaDiNEJaD, ZarDari: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told Zardari that, “building the gas pipeline between Iran and Pakistan is a great and important event, and it serves the two nations’ interests,” the president’s office reported. “I believe that building this project is very beneficial for both sides and we support all the work carried out so far,” Zardari said in talks his Iranian counterpart. “The international and regional players have tried in vain to prevent an expansion of Iran-Pakistan ties but the people have learnt how to act against enemies of Islam,” he was quoted as saying. Islamabad has said it will pursue the project regardless of US pressure, saying the gas is needed to help Pakistan overcome its energy crisis that has led to debilitating blackouts and suffocated industry. Iran has almost completed the pipeline work in its territory, but Pakistan has not yet started construction of 780 kilometers (490 miles) of the pipeline on its side, which is said to cost some $1.5 billion. Earlier on Wednesday, Iranian and Pakistani oil ministers inaugurated construction of the 781-kilometre long Iran-Pakistan (IP) gas pipeline on Pakistan’s soil. An Iranian-Pakistani joint contractor has been commissioned to begin construction of the gas pipeline. The Iranian oil minister and his accompanying delegation agreed with their Pakistani counterpart to
TEHRAN: President Asif Zardari calls on Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is also seen in the picture.
set up a joint contracting company between the two countries in a bid to complete the construction of the IP gas pipeline in next 15 months. Sanctions-hit Iran finally agreed to finance one third of the costs of laying the pipeline through Pakistani territory to Nawabshah, north of Karachi, with the work to be carried out by an Iranian company. Pakistani officials in mid-December said Iran had promised a $500 million loan and that Islamabad would meet the
rest of the cost. “There are impediments in view of the US opposition to the project but we are determined to complete it to meet our fast-growing energy requirements,” said one government official on condition of anonymity. Tehran has been strangled by a Western oil embargo that has seen its crude exports halve in the past year, while Pakistan has an acute need for energy and plans to produce 20 per cent of its electricity from Iranian gas.
Iran has the second largest world gas reserves after Russia and currently produces some 600 million cubic metres a day, almost all of which is consumed domestically due to lack of exports means. The only foreign client is Turkey, which buys about 30 million cubic metres of gas a day. Tehran also plans to sell its gas to two other neighbours, Iraq and Syria. The three countries agreed in 2011 to build a pipeline, with the work already started on the Iranian side.
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PEShaWar: A senior tribal journalist who ISLAMABAD: A large number of vehicles line up at a CNG filling station for refuelling on Wednesday. Online
MnAs slam government for out-of-turn appointments, patronising banned outfits SAY FATA SECRETARIAT A HUB OF CORRUPTION ISLAMABAD AnweR AbbAS
Legislators in the Lower House of parliament on Wednesday grilled the government for thousands of out-of-turn appointments in Sindh, giving extraordinary media coverage to leaders of banned outfits, influence being exerted by the PPP, President Zardari on the upcoming polls and immigration of thousands of Hindu families to India. The eighth sitting of the 50th session of the National Assembly opened with NA Deputy Speaker Faisal Karim Kundi in the chair. Kundi chaired the sitting for an hour, while the remaining session was presided over by the NA speaker and the members of panel of chairpersons. A calling attention notice about the
power breakdown on the night between February 24 and 25, a motion under rule 259 regarding law and order, and the Capital University of Science and Technology Bill 2012 were deferred. Welcoming the appointment of Engineer Shaukatullah as the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governor, Awami National Party member Bushra Gohar hoped that the move might prove positive in improving the situation. Pointing out that the FATA Secretariat had become a hub of corruption, she said the governor should take notice of the issue and should get recovered the millions of rupees after holding an impartial audit. The ANP legislator pointed out that the media was paying extraordinary attention to the heads of banned outfits and these people were being invited in various programmes on almost a routine basis, demanding that the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) should take strict notice of the situation. Syed Zafar Ali Shah criticised the growing number of towers of cellular com-
panies, saying the rays being emitted from them were hazardous for human health, but nobody seemed to regulate them. He said he had informed the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in writing that the Sindh government had imposed ban on government hiring on one hand, but on the other, thousands of people had been employed out of merit. He said in his district, junior officers were being appointed on senior positions, President Asif Ali Zardari was trying to influence the coming polls and the PPP was involved in political victimisation of its opponents. Shahzia Marri of the PPP flayed Shah for his remarks against the PPP and accused him of “destroying” Sanghar district. Khawaja Saad Rafique of the PML-N expressed his dissatisfaction over the poor performance by parliament, saying in the last five years, the parliament failed to give a solid performance, and no great expectations remained from it. Ghaus Bukhsh Mahar demanded the Sindh government issue a clarification
over the statement by one of its ministers, who after the blast at Hajan Shah’s shrine, said the pre-election situation was being worsened to create no-go areas in Sindh. MQM’s Khawaja Sohail Mansoor raised objections to the continuous absence of minister for interior, calling it an insult of the House. Upon this Khurshid Shah assured that the minister would be called into the House. Advocate Usman Khan stressed on developing road infrastructure in Gwadar, saying it was necessary if the government really wanted to get benefits from the strategic asset. He also demanded the House take the nation on board over who in actual terms would benefit from the Gwadar port. Syed Asif Husnain grilled the treasury benches over the continuous abductions, kidnappings for ransom, forced conversions and marriages of Hindu minority members, especially females, adding that such things had forced a number of families to leave for permanent residence in India.
was also the president of Miranshah Press Club was shot dead by unidentified men on Wednesday evening. An official at Miranshah said that Malik Mumtaz was going home in his car, when he came under fire by unidentified armed men boarding a car. The incident occurred at Chasham Bridge, he said, adding that nobody had claimed responsibility of the attack but the Taliban were the main suspects. Associated with Jang Group for a long time, Malik Mumtaz had been facing threats for last several months. Mumtaz became the second journalist who was mysteriously shot dead by unidentified men in North Waziristan. On December 3, 2005, another journalist Hayatullah was abducted from Mirali, and his bullet-ridden body was found on June 16, 2006. He remained a hostage for over six months. Another tribal journalist from North Waziristan, Rahmatullah Darpakhel, was also abducted and held in captivity for a few months before he made out free. Almost all agencies and regions of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) have already been declared dangerous for journalists. Majority of tribal journalists have already abandoned their homes and shifted to Islamabad, Peshawar and other cities and towns. Over a dozen tribal journalists have become victims of violence and terrorism since 2005. Tribal Union of Journalists (TUJ) President Nasar Mohmand expressed severe concern over the mysterious assassination of Malik Mumtaz, and termed it a failure of the government. He said the TUJ would hold an important meeting for chalking out the strategy for the safety and protection of its members. StAff RepORt
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No Afghan will be allowed to cross into Pakistan without legal documents from March 8. — Interior Minister Rehman Malik
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sC gives govt, eCP March 4 deadline to give voting rights to expats CJP SAYS NO LEGISLATION NEEDED TO GIVE VOTING RIGHTS TO OVERSEAS PAKISTANIS ISLAMABAD Online FAISALABAD: Government CNG buses have been parked outside the DCO office in protest against non-availability of CNG. inp
naB recovers rs 41.2m in cash, weapons from police oﬃcer’s home PESHAWAR
National Accountability Bureau (NAB) officials on Wednesday raided the house of the detained Central Police Office Budget Officer Javed Khan and seized Rs 41.2 million cash along with weapons of various bores. According to official sources, there is a probability that some serving and retired police officers will be scrutinised for their involvement in
Mehsud elders resent being ignored in APC by juI-f ISLAMABAD
the weapons purchase scam after what appears to be vital information, which the arrested official has revealed during investigation. The NAB Khyber Pakhtunkhwa media cell spokesman Col Waheedullah said NAB SP Inayat Khan along with local police and other officers raided Javed Khan’s house and recovered Rs 41.2 million cash, adding that they “also found a Kalashnikov and some pistols during the raid.” He said the arrested offi-
in the weapons purchase scam which has caused a huge loss to the national exchequer. At this stage we are probing further, before making any arrests,” Waheedullah said. “I cannot name officers at this stage but it is likely we will be making more arrests soon, and there are names of some high ranking officers as well but we have to be absolutely certain that these officers were involved before taking them to task,” he said, replying to a query.
The Supreme Court (SC) has rejected the reply filed by the director general (DG) of Intelligence Bureau (IB) in the IB Secret Funds case, and ordered him to file a new reply within 24 hours. A three-member SC bench led by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry took up the case for hearing on Wednesday. Informing the court about
the details of the letter, Attorney General (IG) Irfan Qadir said the reply by the DGIB had been filed under the court’s orders. The CJP remarked that the language used in the letter was insulting, adding that the DGIB had not signed the reply. He has neither solicited opinion from the law ministry nor it has any reference with regard to the ministry, he added. The AG said, “If you say, then we can withdraw the reply and file a new one. However, this reply has been
KARACHI: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Wednesday rejected a review petition filed by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) regarding the electoral delimitation of Karachi’s constituencies. A larger bench of the Supreme Court led by Justice Anwer Zaheer Jamali resumed the hearing of the Karachi law and order suo motu implementation case at the apex court’s Karachi registry. Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali said that the delimitation of constituencies had nothing to do with census, adding that census was required to increase or decrease the number of National Assembly or provincial assemblies’ seats. Justice Khilji Arif Hussain said that it was the ECP’s responsibility to ensure that transparent elections were conducted. The court remarked that the Election Commission secretary and the Sindh chief secretary had already assured of implementation of the courts directives. inp
of vote to the overseas Pakistanis was being devised and one more meeting would be held to give final shape to the procedure. Chandio asked the court to grant more time so that its order could be implemented in letter and spirit. The court said that it had no objection over allowing
filed in consultation with the law ministry.” The CJP observed, “This reply carries your signatures rather the DGIB’s. The reply should be filed under the DGIB’s signatures and then we will deal with him.” The AG requested the court to allow him some time and then he would file the reply after obtaining new instructions. He also withdrew the reply filed in the court. The court, while giving him another 24 hours, adjourned the hearing of the case until today.
more time, but added that the overseas Pakistanis should be given voting rights as soon as possible. The SC said the government and the ECP had time until March 4 to formulate procedure for granting voting rights to the overseas Pakistanis. The hearing of the case was adjourned until March 4.
Chuck Hagel takes over as US defence secretary WASHINGTON
SC rejec ts Dg’s reply in IB Secret Funds case
Expressing concern over the All Parties’ Conference (APC) being convened by the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) on February 28 to evolve consensus on holding formal talks with the Taliban, the elders of Mehsud tribe said on Wednesday that JUI-F chief Fazlur Rahman had neither invited them nor the elders of other tribes for the conference. Talking to INP, Malik Haji Mohammad Mehsud welcomed the decision to convene the APC to restore peace in the country and pave way for peace talks with the Taliban, but questioned how the traditional tribal jirga could be asked to hold talks with the militants when elders of the tribal region were not invited to attend the APC. Mehsud said the tribal jirga held under the auspices of the JUI-F in December last year in Peshawar was not convened to evolve consensus for holding peace talks with the Taliban. “Fazl claimed that the declaration of the tribal jirga would be put before the participants of the APC,” he said, adding that the jirga was actually convened to discuss the current status of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).
cer and the contractor, Arshad Majeed, had revealed critical information during interrogation including names of many other serving and retired police officers, who will also be included in the interrogation. Javed Khan and Majeed were arrested by NAB last week for alleged misappropriation in a seven billion rupees weapons purchase deal. “I would say the information extracted from the accused has revealed that both serving and some retired police officers also have a role
HIEF Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar M u h a m m a d Chaudhry has remarked that all measures should be taken to grant voting rights to overseas Pakistanis, and no legislation is needed in this regard. He was presiding over a three-member bench of the Supreme Court (SC) while hearing various petitions on Wednesday. Deputy Attorney General (DAG) Shafiq Chandio appeared in the court and said that a joint meeting of Attorney General Irfan Qadir, officials of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and respective ministries had been held under the court’s orders, adding that a mechanism aimed at granting right
Delimitation of constituencies: SC rejects eCp’s review petition
Chuck Hagel took over as the US defence secretary on Wednesday after a painful, prolonged and divisive nomination battle in the Senate that finally ended on Tuesday. He scraped together enough support to win Senate confirmation by a 58 to 41 vote. Until the very end, he had to overcome fierce opposition from pro-Israel groups and a filibuster led by fellow Republicans who neither forgot nor forgave his withering criticism of the George W Bush administration’s handling of the war in Iraq. He will have to confront an even tougher challenge: slashing $46 billion in military spending, about 9 percent of the defence budget, by the end of September. Hagel, a former two-term senator from Nebraska, will be forced to make some snap decisions about which military programmes to preserve and which to sacrifice. Already, defence officials have said they may have to
furlough up to 800,000 civilians, drastically scale back training and keep ships in port, including an aircraft carrier strike group that was bound for the Persian Gulf. In a statement after the vote, Hagel said he was honoured and promised to “work closely with Congress to ensure that we maintain the strongest military in the world”. Pentagon officials already had to face questions about whether their new boss was a wounded duck. US DicTaTiON: Speaking after assuming charge, Hagel said the US must forge partnerships with the international community as Washington alone cannot lead in addressing the world problems. “I’ve always believed that America’s role in the world ... has been one that should engage the world. We can’t dictate to the world. But we must engage in the world,” Hagel said. “No nation, as great as America is, can do this on their own. We need to continue to build on the strong relationships that we have built,” he said, addressing an audience.
eCp gives clean chit to six ‘fake degree-holding’ senators CITES LAW THAT BARS TAKING ACTION AGAINST FAKE DEGREE-H OLDERS AFTER SIX MONTHS OF CRIME BEING COMMITTE D ISLAMABAD StAff RepORt
Taking a plea of “law”, the Election Commission of Pakistan on Wednesday revealed that it gave clean chit to at least seven lawmakers who contested last general elections on the basis of fake degrees. In a press release, the commission said under Section 76 of the Senate Election Act 1975, no prosecution for an offence under Section 58 shall be commenced except (a) within six months of the commission
of the offence. The commission said due to the law, no action was taken against six fake degree-holding senators. They include Israrullah Khan Zehri, Mir Mohabat Khan Mari, Rehana Yahya Baloch, Nawabzada Muhammad Akbar and Dr Israr Hussain. Israrullah Khan: The commission said the time taken to verify his degree was consumed for a period of more than six months, as such, following the dictates of law, the commission closed the case on August 11, 2011 due to the legal bar referred above. Mir Mohabat
Khan Mari: The ECP said the case was also closed on January 31, 2012 on the same ground. Rehana Yahya Baloch: The case was closed on May 21, 2012 on the same ground. Senator Wali Muhammad: The commission said the case was closed on December 15, 2010 on the ground that he returned as Senator in 2009 when the condition of BA degree was not compulsory. Nawabzada Muhammad Akbar: Defending the lawmaker, the ECP said he contested the Senate Elections in 2009 when the condition of possessing a graduation degree was not compulsory. Dr Israr Hussain: The ECP said it had been pointed out by the petitioner Senator Haroon Akhtar Khan that he had approached a sessions court for prosecuting Senator Dr Israr Hussain and cognisance
of the offence had been taken up by the court, therefore, he did not want to proceed any further and desired to take back the petition. The case was disposed of on January 7, 2011. The ECP added that it did not take action against two female fake degreeholding lawmakers as they submitted their resignations. They included Shumaila Rana and Shabina Khan. The case was closed by the chief election commissioner on January 15, 2011 due to the resignation. The press release added that the ECP derived its jurisdiction from the constitution and law, as well as directions issued from time to time by the Supreme Court of Pakistan. “The Election Commission was directed by Supreme Court to initiate action against all such persons who
were accused of commission of corrupt practices; of committing forgery and of using, as genuine, documents which they knew or at least had reason to believe to be forged.” “The Election Commission shall ensure that the investigations in these matters are conducted honestly, efficiently and expeditiously and shall depute one of its senior officers to supervise the same.” It said the sessions judges to whom these trials would then be entrusted, had also been directed to conclude the same without any delay, “in consonance with the spirit of the Elections laws as displayed, inter alia, by the Provisos newly added to subsection (1-A) of section 67 of Representation of the People Act, 1976 through the Amending Act No IV of 2009 promulgated on November 2,-2009”.
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BDUL Aleem Khan has won the intra-party polls of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf to become the president of the Lahore chapter. According to details, three major contestants were in the race for the most coveted slots for the Lahore
president which will have long-term impact in the future politics of the PTI as well as in the upcoming general elections. Aleem Khan, who was elected an MPA in Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid, joined the PTI ranks after the successful political congregation in the metropolitan which attracted hundreds and thousands of people at Minar-e-Pakistan. His critics have been campaigning on being the most recent
BEING A HEAVY METAL, ARSENIC IN PESTICIDES, FACTORY WASTE HAS CONTAMINATED THE GROUND WATER EVEN AT 750 FEET BELOW GROUND LEVEL LAHORE wAleeD mAlHi
More than 65 percent of the people living in Lahore are consuming water contaminated with arsenic, Pakistan Today has learnt. Recently, the Water and Sanitation Authority has started using the deepwell digging technique to ensure supply of clean water to the citizens, however, the outdated water pipes have made this exercise futile. According to an Environment Protection Department (EPD) survey, 253 of 392 tube wells are pumping out water contaminated with arsenic which implies that the contaminated water shares pipes with the arsenic-free supply. Arsenic in drinking water is a hazard to human health. The safe arsenic level set by the Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) is 50ppb.Arsenic is a semi-metal. It is
worker of the party, saying that he had joined after the rest had laid the foundation. However, the realpolitik as it is, Aleem Khan got elected, silencing all his critics including those supporting Mehmood ur Rasheed. Aleem is also renowned for his financial muscle and his financial input in the party. However, the lead of around 200 voters got him elected as the Lahore president with his supporters cheering and celebrating after
DISEASES CAUSED BY ARSENIC CONSUMPTION INCLUDE SWELLING, CANCER, VOMITING, DIARRHEA AMONGST OTHERS
odorless and tasteless. It enters drinking water supplies from natural deposits in the earth or from agricultural and industrial practices. Consumption of arsenic can cause thickening and discoloration of the skin, stomach pain, vomiting; diarrhea; numbness in hands and feet; partial paralysis; and blindness. Arsenic has been linked to cancer of the bladder, lungs, skin, kidney, liver, and prostate. Groundwater is one of the most important sources of drinking water and is not present in abundance in nature. The contamination of groundwater with arsenic is one of serious problems encountered in developing countries. Thus there is a rising need to map the level of arsenic concentration, trend of arsenic flow and the temporal changes that occur in concentration level. Groundwater in Lahore is being contaminated by raw sewage irrigation and land disposal of industrial effluents and through the use of
deep soakage pits and heavy application of fertilizers and pesticides. The present study was an effort to map arsenic concentration at a district level that might lead to a broader understanding of its regional presence and significance. India and Bangladesh has been reported to suffer a lot from arsenic contamination problems. Under the World Health Organization (WHO) standards, the permissible level of arsenic in drinking water for Pakistan is 0.05 mg per liter (50ppb) which is said to be safe. “We admit that due to interconnection of all WASA tube wells with each other, dilution could take place which diminishes the level of arsenic in the system caused by any particular tube well,” a WASA official asking not to be named told Pakistan Today, adding, “We are drilling at 750 feet depth to tap into the clean water supply but arsenic is heavy so it is found at that level also.”
hearing the news. “We have worked day and night to support Aleem Khan and our labour has finally paid off. The results have shown the people have put their trust in this leader,” a supporter said. Abdul Rasheed Bhatti got elected as the general secretary of the PTI Lahore wing. Prominent among the losing candidates for the slot of the president include Mian Mehmood ur Rasheed and Farooq Amjad
Mir. Jamshaid Iqbal Cheema, Abdur Rasheed Bhatti, Shoaib Siddiquee, Mian Haamed Meraj, Nazir Chohan, Farrukh Javed Moon and other office bearers of Unity Group also got a lead and won many seats of district and towns of Lahore by defeating groups. Leaders and workers of PTI gave a memorable reception to Aleem Khan by dancing and distributing sweets outside the PTI Upper Mall Office. Addressing the occasion, Abdul Aleem Khan said that once again Imran Khan had shown that he was a man of word and intraparty elections would further strengthen the party and increase the confidence of common men on PTI. He said that he himself would visit the residences of those who had been defeated and would offer full cooperation in the larger interest of the party. He said that success of Unity Group was a proof of it that no one was new or old in the party and everyone was united to achieve the goal set by Imran Khan. “Masses will also make an upset in the coming general elections by giving mandate to PTI,” he said. Other leaders, including Jamshaid Iqbal Cheema, Abdur Rasheed Bhatti and Haamed Meraj also addressed the occasion and said that workers of PTI had placed their trust in Abdul Aleem Khan and he would come up to the expectations of the voters. Nasrullah Moghal, Naseem Zohra, Sheikh Aamer, Sheikh Mujeeb Ullah and a number of workers were present on this occasion and gave a warm welcome to Abdul Aleem Khan and his companions.
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LAHORE: A Railway worker smokes inside the Lahore Station, where it is banned. MuRTAZA ALI
LAHORE: A 75-year-old man stabbed his wife to death over a petty dispute and later handed himself over to police. According to details, accused Latif, 75, exchanged hot words with his wife over domestic issues and then silt his 65-yearold wife Shahnaz’s throat with a sharp-edged weapon. The accused said that his anger had led to a mental disorder and he had committed the crime, adding that he was anguished over what he had done and had destroyed his life in this world and the next. StAff RepORt
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sZH doctors observe strike against ‘salary cut’ LAHORE
OCTORS of Sheikh Zayed Hospital Lahore on Wednesday observed strike for over one and a half hour following a rumour that their salaries are being cut down to bring them equal to other public sector hospitals of Punjab. The federal government had devolved the SZH to Punjab government recently under the
constitutional amendment made for provincial autonomy. The salary package of SZH doctors is almost double from the other public sector hospitals in Punjab. SZH Chairman Dr Zafar Iqbal has reportedly assured the doctors that he would negotiate with the Punjab Health Department over their salaries, adding that they would be paid their salaries according to their prevalent salary structure. After seeking assurance from the SZH chairman, the doctors called off their strike.
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LHC issues notices on petition seeking Dr Asim Hussain’s disqualification LAHORE StAff RepORt
The Lahore High Court (LHC) has sought reply from the parties concerned on petition seeking disqualification of Petroleum Minister Dr Asim Hussain from contesting Pakistan Medical and Dental Council and (PMDC) elections. Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah of LHC took up the case for hearing on Wednesday. Counsel for YDA while giving arguments before the court said Election Board of PMDC had introduced amendments in election laws to support their favorites while
it was feared that candidates who met the merit would be barred from participating in the elections due to these amendments. He told the court that Dr Asim Hussain on one hand was holding post of vice chairman of PMDC and on the other hand he was taking part in the elections again. He prayed the court to declare Dr Asim Hussain disqualified for contesting PMDC election because he was holding a political office. He also requested the court to issue orders to PMDC election board to enact election laws as per set procedure. The court issued notice to the parties concerned on this petition and sought reply from them within a week.
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A man named Muhammad Imran, resident of Flaming Road, was sitting with his friends named Muhammad Babloo, Yasir butt, and Mental Butt and drinking alcohol when a fight started and Mental Butt opened fire. Imran died on the spot while Yasir and Bablu were injured. FirE: Three shops caught fire on Hall road, including a mobile shop and computer shop. Goods worth millions turned into ash. The shopkeepers protested against WAPDA for not repairing the electricity wires which caused short circuiting. DEaD BODY rEcOVErED: Per details 50-year-old widow woman’s dead body was recovered from the area of Gujjarapura, South Cantt. Report said that a woman named Nusrat Bibi was living with her sons named Muhammad Buta, Muhammad Abbas and Waqas 14. Muhammad Abbas returned to his house last Tuesday night and saw that his mother was dead and his younger brother Waqas was missing too.
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LAHORE: Health Parliamentary Secretary Dr Saeed Elahi has said that it has been decided that all the blood banks of Punjab would be streamlined for the provision of healthy blood and no blood bank would be operated without license. He said that this decision would be a milestone for eradication of fatal diseases like Hepatitis C and AIDS. He was presiding over a meeting of Punjab Blood Transfusion Authority (PBTA) on Wednesday. Dr Asad Ashraf, Health Additional Secretary Dr Anwar Janjua, Health DG Dr Nisar Ahmad Cheema, PBTA Secretary Dr Jafar Saleem, Col Maqbool Azam of CMH Lahore, Punjab AIDS Control Programme Director Dr Salman Shahid and other members attended the meeting. Elahi said that all government and private blood banks in the province would be registered under Safe Blood Transfusion Act 1999. StAff RepORt
two PML-Q MPAs resIgN froM PA LAHORE: Two MPAs of Punjab Assembly belonging to Pakistan Muslim League-Q Forward bloc have resigned on Wednesday. According to reports, Khalid Sargana and Yaqoob Sheikh have submitted their resignations to the Punjab Assembly Secretariat. Sources in the assembly secretariat said Pakistan Muslim LeagueFunctional MPA Asma Mamdoot had also resigned. StAff RepORt
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To create is to resist, to resist is to create. — Stephane Hessel
Thursday, 28 February, 2013
Holocaust survivor stephane Hessel passes away
TéPHANE Frédéric Hessel was a diplomat, ambassador, writer, concentration camp survivor, former French Resistance fighter and BCRA agent. Born German, he became a naturalised French citizen in 1939. He participated in the editing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948. In 2011, he was named by Foreign Policy magazine to its list of top global thinkers. Hessel was born in Berlin, the son of Helen (Grund), a journalist, and writer Franz Hessel, who inspired the characters of Jules and Kathe in Henri-Pierre Roche's novel Jules and Jim (Kathe was called Catherine in the subsequent film adaptation by François Truffaut). His paternal grandparents were Jewish immigrants who joined the Lutheran church, and his mother was from a Christian familyHessel emigrated to Paris with his parents in 1924. Having received his baccalauréat when 15 years old, he was admitted in 1937 to the école Normale Supérieure. He became a naturalized French citizen in 1939, before being mobilized later that year into the French army in Saint-Maixent-l'Ecole.
EarLY LiFE aND War : Refusing to adhere to the Vichy government of Marshal Philippe Pétain, Hessel fled to London and joined General Charles de Gaulle's group of Resistance fighters in 1941, returning to France, to organize Resistance communication networks in advance of the 1944 Allied invasion of France. He was captured by the Gestapo and later deported to the Buchenwald and Dora concentration camps, where he was tortured by waterboarding. Hessel, Forest Yeo-Thomas and Harry Peulevé escaped execution at Buchenwald through the help of Eugen Kogon and Alfred Balachowsky, who exchanged their identities with three prisoners who had died of typhus. Hessel tried unsuccessfully to escape from Dora, but was able to avoid being hanged in reprisal. He later escaped during a transfer to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, and went to Hannover, where he met the advancing troops of the United States Army. After the war, Hessel was involved with Eleanor Roosevelt in editing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. In 1962, he created the Association for Training in Africa and Madagascar (AFTAM) and became its first president. In August 1982, Hessel was appointed for three years to the Haute Autorité de la communication audiovisuelle, the French regulatory agency for audio-visual communication. Hessel continued to hold a diplomatic passport, having been named an "ambassador for life". He was a member of the French division of the International Decade for the Promotion of a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World and was a founding member of the Collegium International and served as vice president. He was a member of the Commission nationale consultative des droits de l'homme and the Haut Conseil de la coopération internationale. In 2003, along with other former Resistance fighters, he signed the petition "For a Treaty of a Social Europe" and in August 2006, he was a signatory to an appeal against the Israeli air-strikes in Lebanon. The appeal, made by the French member organization of European Jews for a Just Peace, was published in Libération and other French newspapers. In 2004, he was awarded the North-South Prize by the Council of Europe. That same year, he participated in the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the National Council of Resistance of 15 March 1944, which urged the younger generations to live by and pass on the legacy of the Resistance and its ideals of economic, social and cultural democracy. On 14 July 2006, Hessel was made Grand Officier de la Légion d'honneurh having already been given the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit in 1999. Hessel called for the French government to make funds available to provide
housing for the homeless and denounced the French government's failure to comply with Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at the Place de la Republique on 21 February 2008. On the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 10 December 2008, Hessel received the UNESCO/Bilbao Prize for the Promotion of a Culture of Human Rights. Hessel also received the United Nations Association of Spain Peace Prize Award 2008. On 5 January 2009, Hessel criticized the Israeli military attacks in the Gaza strip, saying "In fact, the word that applies—that should be applied—is 'war crime' and even 'crime against humanity'. But this word must be used carefully, especially when one is in Geneva, the seat of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, who may have an important opinion on that issue. For my part, having visited Gaza, having seen the refugee camps with thousands of children, the manner in which they are bombed appears as a veritable crime against humanity." In 2011, Hessel was named by Foreign Policy magazine to its list of top global thinkers "[f]or bringing the spirit of the French Resistance to a global society that has lost its heart. TiME FOr OUTraGE In October 2010, his essay, Time for Outrage! (original French title: Indignezvous!), was published in an edition of 6,000 copies It has sold more than 3.5 million copies worldwide and has been translated into Swedish, Danish, Basque, Catalan, Italian, German, Greek, Portuguese, Slovenian, Spanish, Croatian, Hebrew, and Korean. Translations into Japanese, Hungarian, and other languages are planned. In the United States, The Nation magazine's March 7–14, 2011 issue published the entire essay in English. Hessel's booklet argues that the French need to again become outraged, as were those who participated in the Resistance during World War II. Hessel's reasons for personal outrage include the growing gap between the very rich and the very poor, France's treatment of its illegal immigrants, the need to re-establish a free press, the need to protect the environment, importance of protecting the French welfare system, and the plight of Palestinians, recommending that people read the September 2009 Goldstone Report. He calls for peaceful and non-violent insurrection. In 2011, one of the names given to the Spanish protests against corruption and bipartisan politics was Los Indignados (the outraged), taken from the title of the book's translation there (¡Indignaos!). These protests, in conjunction with the Arab Spring, later helped to inspire other protests in many countries, including Greece, UK, Chile, Israel, and Occupy Wall Street which began in New York's financial district, but has now spread across the United States and numerous other countries. Ongoing protests in Mexico challenging corruption, drug cartel violence, economic hardship and policies also have been called the Indignados.
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Saudi Arabia has been funneling Croatian arms to Syrian opposition groups via Jordan, helping the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA) and al Qaeda linked jihadi groups score a string of tactical victories over the winter, even as international powers intensify efforts for a political solution to the two year civil war. A report in the New York Times on Monday quoted “American and western officials” regarding Saudi efforts to break the bloody stalemate that has allowed (Syrian) president Bashar al-Assad to cling to power”. The report came as US secretary of state John Kerry and Soviet foreign minister Sergei Lavrov met in Europe to agree on a political way out of the crisis that has taken more than 70,000 lives, according to UN figures. Just hours before the talks, Lavrov criticised elements in the Syrian opposition for blocking negotiations by making unrealistic demands. Analysts now believe recent military gains, with the help of Saudi funded arms, are behind opposition intransigence. Mr Kerry also hinted at a more active US participation in the proxy war should negotiations fail. “We are determined to change the calculation on the ground for President Assad,” he said after talks with British foreign secretary William Hague. USUaL SaUDi WaY: Saudi Arabia, along with Qatar and Turkey, has been the staunchest opponent of the al-Assad regime that has ruled Damascus since 1970. Saudi petrodollars have been crucial in funding wahabi insurgencies since the time of the anti-Soviet jihad in Afghanistan, when its intelligence agency partnered with Pakistani and American counterparts to raise the Afghan mujahideen. In years following the Soviet withdrawal, these soldier-clerics became the founding fathers of al qaeda and the Taliban. The growing trend of anti-shia militancy in Pakistan is traced to groups nurtured under extremist wahabi indoctrination in Saudi funded medressas spread across the country. Saudi opposition to the Assad regime stems from the latter’s close links to Iran’s shia government. And Riyadh, supported by GCC monarchies, especially Qatar, has leveraged the antiregime uprising in Syria to expand its own influence in the region. But Saudi influence comes with the spread of extremist, al qaeda like, Salafi tendencies, which in Syria’s case can be seen by the rising power of the Jabhat al-Nusra, or al-Nusra front. Since opposition rebels have steadily gained ground – most potent among them being alNusra – Riyadh’s gestures have run in opposition to foreign powers trying to broker peace. “A negotiated settlement in Syria is inconceivable”, said Saudi foreign minister Saud al-Faisal last month, even as the war entered a prolonged stalemate and civilian casualties mounted. The alleged Croatian arms transfer, which includes “a particular type of Yugoslav-made recoilless gun, as well as assault rifles, grenade launchers, machine guns, mortars and shoulder fired rockets” is supposed to be channeled only to secular groups in the opposition.
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TEHRAN: World powers and Iran have ended their two-day meeting on Tehran's nuclear programme in the Kazakh city of Almaty without breakthrough, a Western official said. Saeed Jalili, Iran's chief nuclear negotiator said on Wednesday all sides agreed to meet in the same city on April 5-6 after first gathering their nuclear experts for consultations in Istanbul in March. The six powers - France, Germany, the United States, China Russia and Britain - offered at the talks to lift some sanctions if Iran scaled back nuclear activity that the West fears could be used to build a bomb. Tehran, which denies seeking nuclear weapons, did not agree to do so and the sides did not appear any closer to an agreement to resolve a decade-old dispute that could lead to another war in the Middle East if diplomacy fails. But Iran said the talks were a positive step in which the six powers tried to "get closer to our viewpoint". The proposals had been discussed in various forms at three previous meetings in the past year. "What we witnessed during the past eight months, they studied and reviewed what we offered and tabled in Moscow," Jalili told Al Jazeera. "While we listened, their response was more realistic to what we had before, and it was closer to the expectation of the Islamic Republic of Iran. "Therefore, to it's own entity we considered it a positive step." AGenCieS
VATICAN CITY: Pope Benedict XVI has held the last audience of his pontificate in St Peter's Square on the eve of his historic resignation as leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics. Tens of thousands of pilgrims carrying banners saying "Thank you!" flooded St Peter's Square on Wednesday to bid a final farewell to the 85year-old Pope who abruptly cut short his pontificate by declaring he was too weak in body and mind to keep up with the modern world. "Thank you, our creator, for this weather considering we are in winter," the Pope said. "I feel I can keep you in my prayers ... and entrust you all to the Lord so that we have full knowledge of his will through spiritual intelligence and knowledge." The Pope recalled moments of "joy and light" during his papacy but also times of great difficulty. AGenCieS
KABuL: Taliban fighters have poisoned and killed 17 people, including 11 policemen and six civilians, in an overnight attack on a post manned by a government-backed local police in eastern Afghanistan. Details of Wednesday's pre-dawn attack on an Afghan Local Police (ALP) checkpoint were still not clear, as officials were investigating how the fighters breached security at the post in Ghazni province. Ghazni deputy provincial council head Abdul Jamhe Jamhe said the fighters somehow infiltrated the post and poisoned those inside the compound before launching the assault. "Initial information shows they were first poisoned and then shot, but we have to wait for the final report of our investigative team," Alishah Ahmadzai, ALP national commander General, said. Musa Khan Akbarzada, a provincial governor, said 11 of those killed in Andar district were members of the government-backed ALP group and the remaining six killed were civilians who were friends of the local police. He said there was a conspiracy of some sort but declined to confirm if there was poison involved. Al Jazeera's Sue Turton, reporting from the capital, Kabul, said some arrests had been made in connection with the incident. "The police deputy chief says they have now captured two men they believe poisoned and killed all those at the checkpoint. They've been arrested and an investigation is ongoing," she said. AGenCieS
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Rumours about delay in election are baseless. — Sumsam Bokhari
nEws Thursday, 28 February, 2013
sherry urges Pakistan and us to foster mutual trust WASHINGTON
A K I S TA N ’ S Ambassador to the United States Sherry Rehman on Tuesday underscored the need for Pakistan and the US to foster mutual trust and move forward with clear goals of peace, security and development at a time when important transitions are taking place in the region and up to 2014. In a speech to the Atlantic Council, Sherry advocated Pakistan’s case for greater trade access to the US as one of the pivots that could underpin the relationship over the long-term. “At the same time, Islamabad and Washington have been able to restore their bilateral relationship after a stressful 2011 year and now multiple working groups on vital strategic issues of common concern are back working together.” However, the Pakistani envoy noted that the immediate impact of 2014 NATO drawdown from Afghanistan was on everyone’s mind in Islamabad. She underlined the importance of the upcoming developments in the region saying “there can be no drawdown for Pakistan” as it had to live in the region. She said Islamabad was pursuing a policy of its own regional pivot, which did not see Afghanistan as its strategic backyard and aimed at transforming Pakistan into a hub of trade and economic cooper-
PAKISTAN’S ENVOY TO WASHINGTON SAYS THE TWO COUNTRIES MUST MOVE FORWARD WITH CLEAR GOALS OF PEACE, SECURITY AND DEVELOPMENT IN THE REGION ation for Central and South Asia. “It is very important to use the opportunity to bridge the gaps we may be facing in terms of understanding what we are looking for, where we are headed and what gains we can make as strategic allies together,” Sherry said of Pakistan-US ties at the widely-attended event, moderated by South Asia director of the council, Shuja Nawaz. Sherry, who spoke in the backdrop of 2011 troubled bilateral relationship, particularly noted the need for bridging what she called the “cognitive disconnect”. “Since 1980s the two countries have not drifted strategically apart so much as the fact that they have not been speaking to each other consistently about expectations and limits to each other’s capacity.” “We need to understand each other better because we need to work together.” Referring to imminent transitions in Afghanistan, she said, “There is a bandwidth of possibility and policy options between the two countries that we can leverage to achieve a great deal in the region as it transitions.” “That transition is of great importance to us we have a clear strategic goal of se-
curing and winning the peace together. This is very important. Pakistan has the most to lose from an unstable Afghanistan, and will support all Afghan-led roadmaps to a negotiated peace settlement. What we will not do is play favourites or treat Afghanistan. Pakistan has learnt important lessons from the past. We hope our other partners also use strategic lessons from history to navigate important policy frameworks for the way forward.” S h e said the two count r i e s needed to address the neuralgia of dis-
trust that had built since US abandonment of the region in the aftermath of 1989 Soviet pullout from Afghanistan. In this respect, she cited the importance of maintaining predictability, trust and confidence in the relationship. The ambassador also spoke of Pakistan’s sacrifices and sufferings in the fight against terror as well as the colossal economic losses in investment and business activity due to prolonged conflict on its western border, saying the narrative in Washington must take into account these repercussions. Regarding the contentious issue of drone operations that the US launches to target suspected militant targets in the Tribal Areas, Sherry said using the unmanned aerial vehicles inside Pakistani territory was not a good idea. She reiterated Islamabad’s position that drone strikes breached the country’s sovereignty and international laws and risk having diminishing returns for the United States in terms of its image and fuelling militancy.
SHANGLA: A view of the snow-covered landscape in this hill station on Wednesday. Online
kArACHI AIrPort CoNtrACt to us fIrM uNder Probe: defeNCe seCy iSLaMaBaD: Defence Secretary General (r) Asif Yaseen on Wednesday said they are probing the matter related to the contract given to a US firm for construction of a compound at Karachi airport. In a meeting of the National Assembly’s Standing Committee for Defence, the secretary said the tender for the contract was released in the UAE. He said the intelligence agencies had nothing to do with the electoral process, and such institutions were only to make the security measures more effective. He also said the educational institutions running under the administration of the Defence Ministry did not receive any assistance from the government. However, the body recommended that the ordinary teachers of such institutions should be regularised. The body members questioned why PIA flights do not fly from Pakistan to the US. At this, the secretary observed that the flights were stopped after the 9/11 incident. Now flights fly from Pakistan to Ireland as an interim measure, he added. Online
rAIN LIkeLy IN PuNjAb, kP ANd gb ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) on Wednesday forecast widespread rain/thunderstorm with snowfall over the hills in Punjab, Islamabad, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Kashmir and GilgitBaltistan during the next 24 hours. Rain is likely in the upper parts of KP and Punjab including Islamabad with isolated heavy falls in Rawalpindi and Gujranwala divisions, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan during next 24 hours. According to the synoptic situation, a westerly wave is affecting Upper parts of the country and likely to persist during next 24 hours. In Sindh and Balochistan, mainly cold and dry weather is expected in most parts during next 24 hours. The lowest minimum temperatures recorded during the last 24 hours were Parachinar -6 C, Drosh and Malamjabba -4C , Kalat -3C, Quetta -2C, Gupis, Kalam and Astore 1C. The chief amount of rainfall in last 24 hours was Parachinar 66 mm, Bannu 50, Sibbi 47, Dir 46, Okara 38, Mianwali 34, Sahiwal 32, Kohat 28, DI Khan 27, Bhakkar 26, Joharabad 24, Saidu Sharif 23, Rawalpindi 21, Lower Dir, Pattan 20, Cherat and Chakwal 19, Mangla, MB Din 18, Islamabad and Rawlakot 17, Peshawar 16, Jhelum, Noorpur Thal and Risalpur 15, Sialkot 14, Faisalabad, Kotli and Muzaffarabad 13, Murree 12, Sargodha 11, Zhob, DG Khan 10, Balakot 9, Kakul 8, Quetta, Gujranwala 7, Kalat 6, Barkhan, Bahawalnagar and Jhang 5 mm. The snowfall recorded was Drosh 2 feet, Kalam, Chitral and Malamjabba 1 feet. App
world unemployment figures set to rise in 2013: Ilo ISLAMABAD App
Unemployment is on the rise as economies around the world lose jobs and a record 202 million people could be unemployed across the world in 2013, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) has said. Five years on from the onset of the financial crisis, the fragile recovery is threatened by “incoherent monetary policy” in the US and Europe, the ILO said, according to The Guardian. According to United Nation’s agency’s latest report, Global Employment Trends 2013, six percent of the world’s workforce
were without a job in 2012. The number of jobless people around the world rose by four million in 2012 to 197 million. Young people were the worst affected: nearly 13 percent of those under 24 were unemployed. Some 35 percent of all young unemployed people have been out of work for six months or longer in advanced economies, up from 28.5 percent in 2007. “This is a massive waste of the lives of young people and their talents would damage the people themselves and their societies, even if stability were not to be affected,” said ILO chief Guy Ryder. The situation is being exacerbated by “incoherent monetary policy”, in the
world’s largest economies (the G20), the ILO said. “In comparison with the crisis years of 2008 and 2009, the stance of monetary and fiscal policies in G20 countries has lost coherence, thereby increasing uncertainty and limiting policy effectiveness to support the recovery,” the report said. The global economy is expected to show a modest gain in 2013, with output up 3.6 percent compared to 3.3 percent in 2012. But this fragile recovery is threatened by political uncertainty on both sides of the Atlantic that threatens recovery worldwide, the ILO added. In the US, the recovery is being chal-
lenged by negotiations over the debt ceiling, and spending cuts associated with the fiscal cliff. In Europe, a modest recovery is dependent on the ability of political leaders to “establish credible policies to promote fiscal integration of Euro-area economies”.“Incoherence between monetary and fiscal policies adopted in different countries and a piecemeal approach to financial sector and sovereign debt problems, in particular in the euro area, have led to uncertainty weighing on the global outlook,” said the report. “Investment has not yet recovered to pre-crisis levels in many countries. The indecision of policymakers in several coun-
tries has led to uncertainty about future conditions, and reinforced corporate tendencies to increase cash holdings or pay dividends rather than expand capacity and hire new workers.” The world’s advanced economies were the epicentre for the financial crisis and have been the hardest hit, accounting for half of the total increase in unemployment of 28 million since the onset of the crisis. But developing economies are now being hit by the double dip in some of the world’s advanced economies, said the ILO. Advanced economies lost another 1 million jobs in 2012, while three million were lost in other regions, especially hard hit were east Asia, South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
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Promotion of cultural activities has an important role in national unity. — Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf
Thursday, 28 February, 2013
PIA employees protest against non-payment of allowances ISLAMABAD Online
Employees of the Pakistan International Airlines have refused to proceed on international flights in protest against not having received allowances. The protest has resulted in cancellation and delay of several out-bound flights, including PK 775 that was due to leave for UK on Wednesday. The protesting employees said no international flight would be allowed to take off unless and until their demands were fulfilled.
FAISALABAD: Passers-by look on as a rickshaw driver threatened to committ suicide on Wednesday after jumping from an electricity pole over alleged highhandedness of the traffic police. Online
INdIAN govt gets fLAk for fAke terror CHArges AgAINst MusLIMs NEW DELhi: As investigators continue their search for clues into the recent Hyderabad blasts, the Indian home ministry came under fire from MPs in Lok Sabha complaining how flawed terror probes in the past had led to innocent Muslims spending years behind bars. As member after member stood up to echo similar concerns, Minister of State for Home Singh insisted that the law did not “discriminate on basis of colour or religion” but conceded that it was “unfortunate”. The Home Ministry, however, insisted that there were provisions in law to seek redressal for such cases from the appropriate courts. A day after being released from jail, Bangalore journalist Muthiur Rehman Siddiqui, who was arrested on vague charges of “waging war against the nation”, hit out against the investigation agencies and media. Speaking at a press conference, Siddiqui, who spent six months in jail said, “The way we were arrested and the way we were treated shows there is a need for sensitising the investigating agencies towards minorities”. Siddiqui, 26, who was working with an English Daily, also hit out against the media for failing to report accurately. inp
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PtI elections an example for other parties: khan ISLAMABAD
A K I S TA N Tehreek-eInsaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Wednesday congratulated the PTI workers on the completion of the second phase of intra-party elections, stating that the PTI workers had set a new model of true party polls in line with true democratic norms. “It is no doubt a historic day in the political history of the country. You have rekindled the democratic process in Pakistan. You have set a new tradition,” Khan said while addressing PTI workers. By participating in the party election passionately, Khan said the PTI workers had demonstrated a new example for other parties. “You have made it clear to other political parties who are pursuing politics of family dynasties, telling them that the party polls are not held behind closed doors, rather the polls are held openly and enthusiastically,” he added. Criticising dynastic politics, he said
traditional political parties held dummy election just to deny opportunity to their workers to get elected for any major office. “The so-called politicians are afraid of true party election and that is why they are afraid of the PTI. They are happy to hold dummy elections and getting elected the people of their choice against major offices,” he said, adding that such politicians were actually dictators who wanted to keep control on their parties. The PTI chairman added that traditional political parties would never be democratic, as the top leadership of these parties had dictatorial mindset. Calling upon the party workers to gel together, Khan said all those who had won or lost the election should now work in harmony, as all of them
were following the same ideology. Referring to incidents of violence against journalists during the party election in Gujranwala, he said those found involved in the shameful incident would be dealt with by the party’s election commission and a committee was investigating the matter. “The party’s ECP would take to task anyone involved in the violence a g a i n s t media personnel,” he added.
KOLKaTa: A major fire engulfed a warehouse-cum-office complex in a market in Kolkata, the capital of the eastern Indian state of West Bengal, leaving 18 people dead and several others injured, officials said on Wednesday. Joint Commissioner of Police Javed Shamim said the dead included a woman. Fifteen people have so far been rescued from the inferno. The fire was detected in the wee hours of Wednesday when the victims were fast asleep, police said. The injured were rushed to state-run NRS and Medical College hospitals. Fire services minister Javed Khan said six people were brought out from the burning godown in an unconscious state by the firemen, who were trying to find if others were trapped inside. He said 26 fire tenders fought the blaze for over three hours to bring the situation under control. Firemen and police personnel cordoned off the area to facilitate fire fighting operations. The cause of the fire and the extent of damage were under investigation, police said. Khan, who rushed to the spot and personally supervised fire fighting operations, said there was no fire safety arrangement in the market and blamed the market authorities for the lapse. “We will take action against the market authorities for not having any fire safety arrangement”, the minister said. Online
only JI can bring real revolution in Pakistan, says Munawwar MULTAN SHeikH HAq nAwAz
Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Amir Syed Munawwar Hassan has said that his party would bring a real revolution in the country which would surely change the lives of the poor. He claimed that JI had practical solutions for all problems faced by the country. “We believe in a revolution by vote not by bloodshed”, he said during an exclusive interview with Pakistan Today. Hassan said that corruption, poverty, lawlessness and bad-governance were the prominent features of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) government. He added that the country was passing through its most critical phase in the past five years and the people of Pakistan needed to stand united against the corrupt who had
come into power through a “so called democratic system”. Hassan said that the JI would not accept any partial caretaker government and if such a scenario did occur, it would be protested in every possible way. He stated that any delay in the elections would create an immense crisis in the country and would cause an already distorted image of the country to worsen internationally. Speaking on the deteriorating law and order situation in Balochistan, Hassan said there was a direct role of agencies that were behind the targeted killings in the region. The JI chief further went on to criticise the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for not being able to complete the basic requirements for holding free and fair elections. He speculated that the delay was due to pressure being imposed on the ECP.
He said that the process of delimitation should be completed before the upcoming elections in order to expose the actual mandate of the people of Pakistan. He insisted that the ECP and government should satisfy all political parties in relation to the impartiality of their role in the upcoming elections .He added that all governors of the provinces must be changed. Hassan clarified that a greater electoral alliance of different political parties seemed to be impossible currently; however efforts were in progress which might prove to be fruitful. “We are in favor of a greater alliance of the religiopolitical parties but we are not very optimistic as our past experience has not been very encouraging”, he said.
electricity shortfall has ended, claims Power Ministry ISLAMABAD Online
The Ministry of Water and Power on Wednesday claimed that electricity shortfall in the country had ended. According to a spokesman of the ministry the production of electricity was 8,000 megawatts while the demand was 7,875 megawatts. The country experienced a national blackout on Sunday with no power in most parts of the country including Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Quetta and Azad Kashmir.
eCP issues final list of electoral symbols ISLAMABAD Online
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has issued the notification of the final list of electoral symbols for the upcoming general elections. According to the notification, the number of political parties is 227 whereas that of electoral signs is 193, therefore the ECP needs more electoral symbols. Sources are of the view that the signs denoting dog, donkey, and lota have been eliminated from the list of electoral signs. They said the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf applied for the sign of a cricket bat. Earlier, the ECP allotted the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-F the sign of a closed book instead of an open book on the ground that the political party had tried to secure more votes, as the sign denoted Holy Quran.
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In politics it is necessary either to betray one’s country or the electorate. I prefer to betray the electorate. –Charles de Gaulle
the developed baloch?
The failure of the Mirani Dam must be a watershed moment for planners
Thursday, 28 February, 2013
back to square one? Doctrine on India remains unchanged
URING the last two years a perception had gradually developed about a change in the military’s thinking vis-a-vis the relations with India. It now appears that more was being read into the signals emanating from the army than was justified. Gen Kayani’s remarks while visiting Siachin on April 18 last year praising “peaceful coexistence” with India as being vital for the welfare of both countries was taken by some as a sign of change in the traditional military mindset. In January this year a mention in the new army green book of the threat from internal militancy as the greatest security risk was interpreted as a paradigm shift in the army’s thinking. It was maintained that the army had admitted for the first time that the real threat is emanating internally and along the western borders and not from India – previously considered as enemy number one. The perception was unrealistic. There is in fact no fundamental change in the military establishment’s thinking where Pak-India ties are concerned. India still remains an existential threat, though terrorism is no less. Normal relations could only be restored when there is some positive movement on resolving the thorny issues that include Kashmir, Siachen and the Sir Creek etc. If the signs from the army were meant to gauge whether its Indian counterparts were willing to show a reciprocal flexibility, the result must have been discouraging. The Indian army continued to be adamant on defence-related disputes. Finally it blew the incident of the beheading of an Indian soldier out of all proportion unmindful of the consequences for the ongoing peace talks which were stalled once again. A number of statements by Pakistan’s foreign minister and diplomats had led some to conclude that the notion of strategic depth had been abandoned. We find now that the doctrine is still intact. There can be no two opinions about Pakistan’s security concerns requiring a friendly Afghanistan after the departure of the US troops. The question is whether the aim is to be achieved through diplomatic means or with the help of security agencies and military pressure. One understands that the APC’s initiative on talks with terrorism has the backing of the military. Hopefully any agreement brokered with the TTP would be strictly within the ambit of the constitution and writ of the Pakistan government. The political parties must not give undue concessions to seek guarantees of peace during the elections. The army’s support for timely elections should allay fears regarding interference from powerful circles in the first ever peaceful and orderly transfer of power to the next elected government. Whether it would put an end to the uncertainty is another matter. The past record of broken promises will take time to be completely erased from memory.
the new us defence secretary Still not much of a slack for Pakistan
S President Barack Obama has had a difficult time in office in his first term, and it seems he is not going to have it easy the second time around too. With Congress under strong control of the Republicans, the US president, a Democrat, will have to maneuver his way through extreme opposition and time delaying tactics, putting him at a disadvantage when it comes to financial and legislative decisions. However, executive decisions like the appointment of new Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel have also faced opposition from the Republicans in Senate. Even though Chuck Hagel is a Republican, and a Vietnam War hero, his own party members turned against him when Obama nominated him for the post. His nomination that was to be confirmed some 12 days ago was delayed by Republican filibuster, and later his whole political career was put under a microscope with questions regarding his stance on US relations with India, Israel and Iran. Agreed that mere his nomination was enough to risk the ire of the opposition, his outstanding track record and considerably open foreign policy was a sure bet to invite the Republicans to stand against one of their own. Heading Pentagon is not going to be easy, particularly so when he will be the chief military strategist during the US withdrawal of forces from Afghanistan. The outgoing Pentagon chief Leon Panetta was one of the staunchest supporters of drone strikes, and Chuck Hagel follows the same trajectory. He, like his predecessors, would be forced to follow official line of the US establishment, which has favoured drone strikes in many conflict areas, including Paskenta. Not a good news for Pakistan, though. However, what Islamabad can get out of his confirmation is that Mr Hagel’s statement that India finances trouble in Pakistan brings an issue that it has been consistently pointing out to Washington right back to the discussion table. The 2014 drawdown date of ISAF forces from our western border might appease the pacifists but there are quite a few hawkish elements on Pakistan’s both eastern and western borders. A nexus between the both, in a decades-old war torn country on that, is not what Pakistan would or should easily let go. Another point of contention between the Republicans and the Democrats was Hagel’s stand on Palestine and Israel, though that seems to have been contorted by the Republicans to make it look more like an anti-Israel one. However, now that he is in the driving seat he should focus on improving America’s image, particularly in the countries mired in different conflicts.
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N Monday, February 18, 2013, some 19 men from Turbat in Balochistan travelled over 2,000 kilometres to set up a hunger camp at the Charing Cross, just outside the Wapda House complex. Why did they come? Honestly, if it were not for the fact that this was a column written nine days into the hunger strike, I would have said: ‘Please ask them yourself’. The matter appears rather simple: the Mirani Dam was inaugurated on the Dasht River by General Musharraf to much fanfare in 2007. Promises were made that it would irrigate over 33,200 acres of land and thus ‘develop the people of Balochistan’. While plans were being hatched between the servants of our ‘visionary’ state and the Saudi sheikhdom for leasing these ‘future’ irrigated fields, disaster struck. On June 26-27 the people suffered what they had predicted: the dam created a flood. As the region was hit by torrential rain, the dam was unable to control the flow of the water and a flood was created upstream of the dam. Over 36 people died while 250,000 were rendered homeless as homes were swept away, date palm fields were flooded and the karez system, the indigenous mountainous irrigation method, was destroyed – the very practice that is such lauded in our geography textbooks. Over 50,000 acres of arable land were rendered unusable: flooded and without irrigation source in the future. Experts had promised that the water level would never cross 245 feet above sea level. The backflow flood defied the ‘expert’ prediction and reached 271.4 feet above sea level, causing destruction in Nodez, Nasirabad and Kech. Experts, unconcerned with their earlier technical failures, still claim that the Mirani Dam is a “success” for “surviving an unprecedented flood”. The criterion for success being that the concrete structure survived, without regard to what became of the people. The suffering of the people suggests that the Mirani Dam story is being told wrong. Compensation calls from the affectees were ignored until protests started. A survey was initiated and initial compensation of around Rs1billion was paid to those affected up to 264 feet above sea level. However, those from 264 to 271.4 feet above sea level were still ignored. This constituted a total of over 13,000 families, 35,000 acres of arable land and over 500,000 date palms. Frustrated and in deep poverty, the affectees began to campaign in their local area, but no one heard their demand for compensation. In a last ditch effort, over a dozen of the men decided to set up a hunger strike camp
outside the Wapda House in March 2012. After a six-day hunger strike, an agreement was secured from the Wapda Member (Water) for a meeting in April 2012 to discuss the compensation issue. Promises were made that the Makran Commissioner and members of the committee would conduct another survey within a month and give out compensation in a short period. The short period continued till 5 December, 2012, when Wapda, the Planning Commission and the government agreed to pay compensation for up to 271.4 feet above sea level in a four-tiered package. This included two packages of cash compensation for the destroyed houses and date palms worth around Rs4.3billion. Additionally, the government agreed to initiate a project to rehabilitate the destroyed karez system and committed building a new 300 feet spillway in case of another flash flood. The promise was that Rs900million compensation for destroyed houses was to be released immediately. This of course never happened and two months later, after being ignored by senior officials in the Balochistan government, Wapda and the Planning Commission, the flood affectees decided to send another delegation to set up another hunger strike camp. And so began the current story. WAPDA only met them once in nine days, sent a letter to the Planning Commission and claimed its job was done. Journalists came, but never gave them enough column space. A number of journalists promised to come when approached, but then never came. Frustrated, a people’s tribunal was organised under the rain while the Lahore Literary Festival was under way, but none of the dignitaries attending it agreed to take out 15 minutes to visit the camp. Supreme Court lawyer Salman Akram Raja and a left-wing political party attended but that was it. During the tribunal, one of the affectees took out a newspaper and showed a front page photograph of the Metro Bus model on the Charing Cross and read out the caption: ‘The Metro Bus cardboard replica on Charing Cross looks beautiful in the rain.’ “Why does it not show us who were sitting through the rain, just a few meters from it? Two of our men got sick in the rain. But the media wants to show us we are not important? Is the Pakistani media trying to send out a deliberate message that the Baloch do not matter?” Later, on Monday, two of the men were then dispatched to the Planning Commission to begin negotiations. Planning Commission officials accused them of being “instigators” for merely pleading that an agreed upon compensation be released to flood affectees six years after the floods. As it stands, an agreement to release the Rs4.3billion promised seems unlikely as bureaucrats continue to wrangle with the question of “who is to pay” the compensation. The 18th amendment has become the new tool for federal bureaucrats to absolve themselves for even that which is in their power: water and power projects are still a federal subject as per the constitution. But deeper suspicions remain fixed on the so-called restoration project planned. While the Mirani Dam was under construction, it emerged that the 33,000 acres plus area supposed to be made cultivable was being shown around to Saudi and UAE-based sheikhs. The then Water and Power Minister Naveed Qamar had touted it to the Arab kingdoms and locals were being offered Rs 600-
1,000 per acre per year to ‘lease’ their land to the Arabs, with Gwadar Port ensuring that all the produce was dispatched to their homelands immediately. The question is: if the dam does become functional at some point, however unlikely it may be, will any cultivable lands be corporatised or deliver something for locals? WAPDA still maintains that the “Mirani Dam was vital for the socio-economic uplift of backward areas”. However, the fact that the Gwadar Port was handed over to China after the dismissal of the Balochistan government reaps of the same logic: Balochistan’s resources to be exploited while Baloch people are labelled as slaves to sardars (clarification: Turbat has no sardars). We are fed a simple narrative again and again: that the solution to the Balochistan question lies in ‘developing Balochistan and the Baloch people’. The question to ask is what is the narrative of development that goes into Balochistan, what are the types of projects built and how they affect local Baloch populations. The spectacular failure of the Mirani Dam should be a watershed moment for planners. Locals remember that when the Mirani Dam was being made, one of the DESCON engineers on the project, cursed General Musharraf for building a dam in an area without rain. A few months later, when there was a flash flood after torrential rains hit the area during dam’s construction phase, he cursed General Musharraf for making a dam which would be unable to sustain the floods. Locals had delivered the same warning when the dam construction started: they pointed to rain patterns, water flows, irrigation patterns and flood histories to say that the dam would cause devastation. The developmentalist narrative says: experts comment based on knowledge, locals comment based on myths. The Mirani Dam floods joins the list of a growing catalogue of irrigation projects in Pakistan that reverse this binary, including the Chashma Right Bank Canal in Southern Punjab and the Left Bank Outfall Drain in Sindh. Experts have myths, locals have knowledge, is the Mirani Dam lesson. But six years after the floods, WAPDA still does not mention any adverse effects of the floods in its official press releases. The reason is simple: WAPDA cannot admit a dam has failed. They would be out of job. And dams continue to be touted as a solution to “the water shortage in Balochistan”. Over 46 new dams are planned in the province, a number of which have already raised controversy, including the Shahdikot Dam in Pasni and Hingol Dam in the Lasbela district. The important lesson from the Mirani Dam is that WAPDA’s Vision 2025 plan for Water Resource Development Programme must be revisited and revised. So does our understanding of what development in Balochistan shall be. As the hunger strike camp outside the Wapda House in Lahore continues, WAPDA officials would be better served if they stepped outside their grandiose office and began to listen to what the men from Turbat have to share with them. They are sitting just outside their office gate. The writer is the general secretary (Lahore) of the Awami Workers Party. He is a journalist and a researcher. Contact: email@example.com
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thieves at the airports I boarded PK364 on Feb 25 from Karachi for Islamabad, checking in one soft bag and a carton. At Islamabad, when the porter put my bag on the trolley, I saw that the zip and lock of my bag was broken, and it was tied with a brown string. Lodging the complaint with the PIA staff present at the lounge, I was asked to open the bag and check the contents. As feared, my gold and silver jewelry pouch was missing. A formal complaint was lodged with PIA but after more than 24 hours, I have not heard from any one. Though I did tell them that they could catch the culprits very easily as the ASF guy as you enter the lounge is the only one to see through the scanner what each bag contains. He must then be sending a word to his partners at the loading side where they had the time to identify my bag, break the lock and the zip, take the pouch out without disturbing any other item, then tie the bag with a string. The footage of my bag being scanned between 3 to 3.30 pm would be at the entry point. They could identify the
guy who was on duty and get to the gang. But this takes efforts and willingness to catch a thief. If the whole system is involved (which seems to be the case as nobody has responded despite that the case having been referred to the highest authorities) then there is no hope for me to get my valuables back. This apparently is not the first case, many such cases of bags being opened and stuff stolen have been reported. The response of PIA staff at Islamabad airport was the best: “You should not carry valuables in check-in baggage”. I think they should put up written instructions as well as make it known to all passengers travelling by PIA that please do not carry any valuables in your bags as our staff is most untrustworthy (rather we have thieves as employees). I am very disturbed; the feeling that your baggage is so unsafe and can be stolen within the airport area is actually very distressing. Who can one approach? This is a big game with big players. Can anybody do something to catch the thieves? TASNEEM AHMAR Director Uks, a research, resource and publication centre, Islamabad
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Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced. –John Keats
Thursday, 28 February, 2013
Collapse of Iran sanctions flynt leveRett AnD HillARy mAnn leveRett
drones and the end of strategy Consequences for the American body politic miCHAel bRenneR
RONES are the latest step in the application of high-tech electronics to armaments. The much heralded Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA) first appeared on the world stage in the Gulf War of 1991where precision-guided smart weapons were used with devastating effect. The ability to identify, target and strike with unprecedented accuracy objects on the battlefield – or behind it – with relative impunity is a systemic change no less consequential for it being less dramatic than some other of history’s military breakthroughs. Now, drones – or, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) – have come front and centre. That is due to their role in American counter insurgency and “war on terror” applications as well their controversial application in killing US citizens abroad without due process. “Signature” strikes that produce casualties among innocents add to the controversy. That concern folds into growing anxieties about the widespread use of drones for domestic surveillance and policing. Is the drone phenomenon yet another example of technical innovation driving changes in how we do things without a full and open debate of its consequences? The answer seems to be an unequivocal ‘yes.’ Predictably so. Our modern age is strongly biased in favour of invention which is a priori taken as a sign of and instigator of progress. Doing things more efficiently, more reliably and at less risk is what the era of technology is all about. Coming up with accurate measures of how those aims are actually being met is more difficult. But the burden is always on those who question innovation rather than on those promoting it. That logic is evident in the push for maximum development and deployment of drones. In the military sphere, the process already is far along. The United States currently has roughly 1,700 drones on active duty with many more in the pipeline. They run from the tiny WASP reconnaissance craft (a foot long with a range of three miles) to the formidable Predator/Reaper, a potent weapons platform firing Hellfire missiles. It is the latter that have become prominent in the public mind. They are used on a regular basis as the prime weapon in the search and destroy strategy for locating and liquidating suspected Taliban and residual Al-Qaida in Afghanistan and Pakistan. They play a similar role in Yemen and Somalia. Surveillance operations are carried out in several other places. Throughout the greater Middle East, and now across broad swathes of Africa, the United States is deepening its military engagements without answering the question: “what for?” Indeed, it seems
as if the question no longer is even being asked. The war against classic Al-Qaida has expanded progressively to cover local spin-offs who do not share the original model’s interests, goals or capabilities. At the next stage, the coverage is extended to encompass all radical salafist groups hostile to the United States whether or not they are violent jihadis. By following the implicit logic of this progression, the United States has placed itself in the position of seeing Islamic fundamentalism itself as somehow “the enemy”. That loose category embraces hundreds of millions of Muslims all across the Islamic world. Moreover, since the significance of being categorised as “the enemy” is tinged by the perceptual link with classic Al-Qaida (and the horrors of 9/11), the assessment of the threat that those groups pose to the United States is skewed toward the dire end of the continuum. That means, in turn, that the objective of American policy is scaled upwards to their elimination since the stake implicitly has become the security of the homeland and tolerance for uncertainty is zero. Here is where the availability of means comes into play. With the widespread use of military force to attack directly and kinetically this broad based “enemy,” feasibility seems at first glance to have ceased being a compelling constraint. The enormous financial cost of the Iraq and Afghanistan adventures, with little to show for them, has counteracted somewhat the impulse to intervene – especially in a period of austerity. The human cost in casualties incurred also has reached its politically acceptable limit insofar as public attitudes are concerned. Consequently, Washington finds itself cross pressured by two powerful logics. On the one hand, it has escalated its “war on terror” by definition and by geography. On the other, its pool of resources of every type is dwindling. What to do? Fortuitously, drones have dropped from the heavens to serve as the Deus ex machine that makes all things possible – including the squaring of circles. In the vision of the White House, where the president (ever fond of faddish ideas)and his advisers are enamored of high tech solutions for their strategic problems, and the Pentagon, where organisationally rewarding missions seemingly no longer have to be abandoned for want of resources, drones are being embraced with boundless enthusiasm. They hold out the promise, in their star struck eyes, of allowing the United States to prosecute the “war on terror” indefinitely at acceptable cost. Manpower needs are sharply reduced. Precision surveillance and strikes allow us to decapitate the leadership of hostile groups while degrading their overall manpower. Political costs among the local governments are kept down thanks to the light footprint of a few discrete bases as opposed
to those required by a massive occupation. The rate of action can be ratcheted up or down as circumstances shift without having to make wrenching decisions about deployments. Or so it is said. This all sounds terrific for policymakers who prefer not to ask the basic questions as to what this is all about. There are a few practical issues short of that big question: What happens if the bad guys acquire the means to shoot down the highly vulnerable drones? What about the local effects of collateral damage among civilians that appear inescapable and play into the hands of the insurgents? Does the risk of collateral damage rise as commanders are made over confident about the accuracy of smart bombs based on technological optimism? What does this latter mean for the moral authority of the United States supposedly engaged in a long-term contest for “hearts and minds?” Can you really neutralise a popular based insurgency through ”surgical strikes’ in the light of sobering counter evidence from Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen and several other past places e.g., Vietnam? The biggest question, though, remains what the point of the exercise is? Can the United States ever be made 100 percent secure against terrorist attack? Is there sound evidence for believing that such a hypothetical attack would originate from the Hindu Kush, the Saharan desert or the parched earth of Yemen? How do our global missions in the “war on terror” relate to the country’s wider strategic interests over the longer term e.g., do they have anything to do with the challenge of accommodating the rise of China’s power and influence? As the Chinese entrench themselves via major infrastructure projects, contracted rights to natural resources, and outright gifts – our presence is announced mainly by shooting people. However justifiable that may be in certain cases, despite the appreciation that it evokes among a minority of locals (e.g., in Mali), isn’t it self-evident who is going to win the contest for long-term influence? How do the unsavoury methods we are employing, from an ethical perspective, impact Americans’ self- image and self-esteem with what consequences for the American body politic? These questions are far harder to come to grips with than the technical issues of utilising drone technology. They demand a kind of thinking much more complicated than the usual mental fare the tactically focused Washington mind is accustomed to. Credible answers depend on cultivating a strategic perspective. All of that requires a maturity of outlook that is not discernible. Michael Brenner is a Professor of International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. This article was also carried by Counterpunch.
ESTERN policymakers and commentators wrongly assume that sanctions will force Iranian concessions in nuclear talks that resume this week in Kazakhstan - or perhaps even undermine the Islamic Republic’s basic stability in advance of the next Iranian presidential election in June. Besides exaggerating sanctions’ impact on Iranian attitudes and decision-making, this argument ignores potentially fatal flaws in the US-led sanctions regime itself - flaws highlighted by ongoing developments in Europe and Asia, and that are likely to prompt the erosion, if not outright collapse of America’s sanctions policy. Virtually since the 1979 Iranian revolution, US administrations have imposed unilateral sanctions against the Islamic Republic. These measures, though, have not significantly damaged Iran’s economy and have certainly not changed Iranian policies Washington doesn’t like. Between 2006 and 2010, America got the UN Security Council to adopt six resolutions authorising multilateral sanctions against Iran also with limited impact, because China and Russia refused to allow any resolution to pass that would have harmed their interests in Iran. Beyond unilateral and multilateral measures against Iran’s economy, the US has, since 1996, threatened to impose “secondary” sanctions against third-country entities doing business with the Islamic Republic. Secondary sanctions are a legal and political house of cards. They almost certainly violate American commitments under the World Trade Organisation, which allows members to cut trade with states they deem national security threats but not to sanction other members over lawful business conducted in third countries. If challenged on the issue in the WTO’s Dispute Resolution Mechanism, Washington would surely lose. The Obama administration now issues blanket waivers for countries continuing to buy Iranian oil, even when it is questionable they are really reducing their purchases. Still, legal and reputational risks posed by the threat of US secondary sanctions have reduced the willingness of companies and banks in many countries to transact with Iran, with negative consequences for its oil export volumes, the value of its currency and other dimensions of its economic life. Last year, the European Union - which for years had condemned America’s prospective “extraterritorial” application of national trade law and warned it would go to the WTO’s Dispute Resolution Mechanism if Washington ever sanctioned European firms over Iran-related business - finally subordinated its Iran policy to American preferences, banning Iranian oil and imposing close to a comprehensive economic embargo against the Islamic Republic. In recent weeks, however, Europe’s General Court overturned European sanctions against two of Iran’s biggest banks, ruling that the EU never substantiated its claims that the banks provided “financial services for entities procuring on behalf of Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missile programmes”. The European Council has two months to respond - but removing sanctions against the banks would severely weaken Europe’s sanctions regime. Other major players in Iran’s economy, including the Central Bank of Iran and the National Iranian Oil Company, are now challenging their own sanctioned status. The administration is taking its own steps to forestall a Sino-American conflict over sanctions. Besides issuing waivers for oil imports, the one Chinese bank Washington has barred from the US financial system for Iran-related transactions is a subsidiary of a Chinese energy company - a subsidiary with no business in the US. However, as Congress enacts additional layers of secondary sanctions, President Obama’s room to manoeuver is being progressively reduced. Therein lies the looming policy train wreck. If, at congressional insistence, the administration later this year demands that China sharply cut Iranian oil imports and that Chinese banks stop virtually any Iran-related transactions, Beijing will say no. If Washington retreats, the deterrent effect of secondary sanctions will erode rapidly. Iran’s oil exports are rising again, largely from Chinese demand. Once it becomes evident Washington won’t seriously impose secondary sanctions, growth in Iranian oil shipments to China and other non-Western economies (for example, India and South Korea) will accelerate. Likewise, non-Western powers are central to Iran’s quest for alternatives to US-dominated mechanisms for conducting and settling international transactions - a project that will also gain momentum after Washington’s bluff is called. Conversely, if Washington sanctions major Chinese banks and energy companies, Beijing will respond - at least by taking America to the WTO’s Dispute Resolution Mechanism (where China will win), perhaps by retaliating against US companies in China. Chinese policymakers are increasingly concerned Washington is reneging on its part of the core bargain that grounded Sino-American rapprochement in the 1970s - to accept China’s relative economic and political rise and not try to secure a hegemonic position in Asia. Beijing is already less willing to work in the Security Council on a new (even watered-down) sanctions resolution and more willing to resist US initiatives that, in its view, challenge Chinese interests (witness China’s vetoes of three US-backed resolutions on Syria). In this context, Chinese leaders will not accept American highhandedness on Iran sanctions. At this point, Beijing has more ways to impose costs on America for violations of international economic law that impinge on Chinese interests than Washington has levers to coerce China’s compliance. As America’s sanctions policy unravels, President Obama will have to decide whether to stay on a path of open-ended hostility toward Iran that ultimately leads to another US-initiated war in the Middle East, or develop a very different vision for America’s Middle East strategy - a vision emphasising genuine diplomacy with Tehran, rooted in American acceptance of the Islamic Republic as a legitimate political order representing legitimate national interests and aimed at fundamentally realigning US-Iranian relations. Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett are authors of Going to Tehran: Why the United States Must Come to Terms with the Islamic Republic of Iran, and teach international relations, he at Penn State, she at American University. This article also appeared on Al Jazeera.
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I don’t mind living in a man’s world as long as I can be a woman in it. — Marilyn Monroe LITERATuRE OF RESISTANCE: Ali Dayan Hasan, Basharat Peer, Lyse Doucet, Mohammed Hanif and Selma Dabbagh.
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kIPLINg redIsCovered‘beyoNd your HeArt ANd Nerve ANd sINew’ Graduation speakers burned out on Rudyard Kipling’s “If” will soon have some fresh options, thanks to a trove of newly discovered Kipling verse to be published for the first time next month. The three-volume “Cambridge Edition of the Poems of Rudyard Kipling,” edited by Thomas Pinney and released in the United States on March 31, will include more than 50 poems uncovered by Mr. Pinney in recent years, including several found in the papers of a former head of the Cunard cruise line and one discovered during the renovation of a Manhattan townhouse, according to a statement from Cambridge University Press. The newly discovered poems include comic verse written during a crossing from Adelaide, Australia, to Sri Lanka (and most likely read aloud to passengers), an 1889 salvo against media intrusion called “The Press” and a Christmas poem called “Across Our Northern Uplands,” written after Kipling had moved to Vermont and “was still full of enthusiasm about life in America,” as the press put it. The Cambridge edition, billed as the first complete edition of Kipling’s verse, includes more than 500 previously uncollected poems, with perhaps more to come. “There is a treasure trove of uncollected unpublished and unidentified work out there,” Mr. Pinney, an emeritus professor of English at Pomona College, said in the statement. “I discovered another unrecorded item only recently and that sort of thing will keep happening.” Mr. Pinney also predicted a resurgence in the scholarly fortunes of Kipling, who, thanks to such poems as “The White Man’s Burden,” has often been dismissed as an apologist for British imperialism. “Kipling has long been neglected by scholars probably for political reasons,” he said. newS DeSk
It was the best of times RANA HUSSAIN TAHIR kOSHAL
MIDST the turmoil that engulfs our nation, the people of Pakistan need to create times for themselves that stand out in the history of the country as the renaissance of our homeland. The advances made in times such as these take the country forward in giant strides. The two-day Lahore Literary festival may just have been an event that lasted only 48 hours; but it was an event that will go down in the city’s history as a milestone, at par with the half-a-century old Pak Tea House era. Lahore, with its deep, mystical culture has always fired the imagination of writers from across the world. From heroines like Anarkali and Umrao Jan, from authors like Bapsi Sidhawa to Bano Qudsia, from places like the Badshahi Mosque and the Heera Mandi, from heroes like Baghat Singh, from poets like Faiz Ahmad Faiz and Hafeez Jalandari, Lahore has been the epicenter of cultural activity since its inception.
Razi Ahmed, the co-founder and CEO of the LLF, then, has rightly said that the Lahore Literary festival pays homage to this great city. In the midst of the Shia killings, amid the bullet-riddled bodies found in Karachi and Balochistan, among the innumerable suicide bombings and under the US drones, LLF was a silent yet potent protest against the dark that threatens to overcome our nation. Although the festival aimed at promoting writers, artists, books and reading of those books, it somehow seemed to defy this rampant chaos. Never-ending queues, jam-packed halls, standing ovations and Mohsin Hamid’s wit made the citizens of Lahore forget how difficult life had been for the last decade. It is a difficult undertaking to invite foreign authors like Victoria Schofield and William Dalrymple in a country at war with itself, to attract almost 30,000 people in two-days and to gather the tolerant in a time when tolerance is deemed un-Islamic is a magnanimously difficult undertaking, but Razi Ahmed and Nusrat Jamil have succeeded brilliantly.
HOW TO GET FILTHY RICH IN RISING ASIA: Mohsin Hamid in conversation with Chiki Sarkar.
enters record books for maximum kisses Reality TV star turned Bollywood actor Veena Malik has apparently broken a Guinness world record of maximum kisses in a minute. And the actress claims to have broken Dabangg Salman Khan's record of receiving maximum number kisses in a minute. "I made it...flattened Dabang khan's GUINNESS record of 108...recvd 137 kisses in a mint...AND u got it all wrong it waz on my HAND!!! Salman was kissed by 108 children as part of a show, Guiness World Records – Ab India todega. But the Pakistani import, who is best remembered for her romance with Ashmit Patel in Bigg Boss 4, received 137 kisses by the contestants of a reality show on birthday, her which was on February 26. newS DeSk
Mingling with authors, artists, thinkers and books, people seemed to be at a rather strange mental peace. Booklovers met, had pictures taken and got books signed from writers whose creativity could make gods envious. It gave them a chance to ask these demigods what had triggered their imagination and what their inspirations were. Sipping the wonderfully tepid coffee, in rather chilly weather, for a while it seemed to these booklovers that the whole world, with all its troubles, was far away. Nothing seemed to be worrying them apart from the fact that they were always on the watch, hoping to see their favorite authors and artists. Bookstalls of the finest booksellers in the country made Alhamra’s Hall II a booklovers’ paradise. Hundreds of books, one on top of the other, with bindings bright to the eye and soft to the touch and the smell of the untouched books seemed soothing to the mind. It would be an understatement to say that LLF was a success. It is likely to become the largest annual event of the city and will encourage our local writers and literary artists, along with promoting Pakistani and regional literature around the globe. Perhaps next year missing faces like Kamila Shamsi and Ayesha Siddiqua will show up to discuss their work. One can even hope that by the time LLF 2014 is scheduled, fresh Pakistani writers would have been encouraged to showcase their own work. As Socrates said, “employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for.” LLF is the one such opportunity for young readers and writers to learn from each other and grow together.
CLeAN bILLIe joe? LOS ANGELES: Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong said alcohol and prescription drug abuse forced him into rehab last year after sessions when he would black out and have no memory of what he had done. "I couldn't predict where I was going to end up at the end of the night," Armstrong, 41, the lead vocalist and songwriter for the California punk rock band told Rolling Stone magazine in an interview. "I'd wake up in a strange house on a couch. I wouldn't remember how. It was a complete blackout," he said, opening up about years of addiction to drink and prescription drugs. Green Day canceled their fall tour last year and postponed other dates after Armstrong entered treatment for what was described at the time only as "substance abuse." Armstrong said he decided finally to seek help after an onstage rant at the IHeartRadio music festival in Las Vegas in September 2012, where he angrily smashed his guitar after being told the band needed to wrap up their time on stage. Referring to the Las Vegas incident, Armstrong said "I remember tiny things." "The next morning, I woke up. I asked (my wife) Adrienne, "How bad was it?" She said, "It's bad." I called my manager. He said, "You're getting on a plane, going back to Oakland and going into rehab immediately," the singer told the magazine in an advance excerpt released on Tuesday. The band said in December that it would return to the road in March and Armstrong thanked fans for their support. Green Day, formed in the late 1980s, has sold more than 65 million records worldwide, won five Grammys and produced hit albums such as 1994's "Dookie," and 2004's "American Idiot." They are due to kick off their tour in Chicago on March 28. newS DeSk
Family Guy’s coming to life: Misogyny or retrograde? NEWS DESk What’s a little boob humor before an audience of millions? The debate raging loudest over Seth MacFarlane’s Oscar performance is whether it was unabashedly misogynistic or just pleasingly retrograde, like an old Playboy cartoon come to life. For insiders it was probably a little of both. The cutaways featuring the actresses named in the opening song were prerecorded, meaning the women were likely in on the joke at the expense of their anatomy. But they probably weren’t privy to the script for the rest of the show, with repeated references to their appearance, weight, supposed sexual history (and future) and digs about professional tenacity being tantamount to nagging. A lot of the provocative topics were actually typical award show fodder, so maybe it’s hard to come up with a way to make that stuff seem fresh. Oh, wait: no. (Andy Samberg, as host of the Spirit Awards for IFC on Saturday, did some nudity
stuff too, only he took the male stars to task for not showing enough. See? Easy.) Naming Mr. MacFarlane as a host, a choice designed by the Academy and the show’s producers to appeal to young men, may have come at the expense of the broadcast’s biggest audience, women. Margaret Lyons breaks down why the patter that Mr. MacFarlane and his writing team came up with wasn’t innocuous. “This wasn’t an awards ceremony so much as a black-tie celebration of the straight white male gaze,” she writes in the New York Times. Yes, they were just a collection of one-liners, “but after 30 or so years, this
stuff doesn’t feel like joking,” she adds. “It’s dehumanizing and humiliating, and as if every single one of those jokes is an ostensibly gentler way of saying, ‘I don’t think you belong here.’” Nine women and 30 men won Oscars on Sunday, she notes. “Actual gender equality is a ways away, but I’d settle for one four-hour ceremony where women aren’t being actively degraded.” In The New Yorker, Amy Davidson writes that “the ceremony engaged in a political fight involving women, and took the dumber side. Movies, and what women do in and to them, are better than the Academy seemed to realize.”
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If you can dream it, you can do it. â€” Walt Disney
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discontent with homosexual stereotypes in bollywood: rohit bal
A S H I O N ' S most flamboyant, the gay community's most iconic Rohit Bal has dominated collective consciousness for years. And now the fashion designer with the famous curls and even more famous candour, has trained his sights on Bollywood. Not on any ordinary styling assignment, but on a self-styled mission to purge the industry of what he says are depressing caricatures of his kind. And he is preparing to tackle the beast with a book and a film. In a conversation with TOI, the 51year-old fashion designer said, "Bollywood makes gays appear feminine, idiotic and abnormal. I strongly resent it. We need to portray the true lives of gays in India." Gudda, as he is fondly called, is writing two books. "One is a pictorial, which is more about my craft than about
I do not believe in the oscars: sunny National Award winning actor Sunny Deol, who is busy promoting his film " I Love New Year", is contented with Indian audience and doesn't feel the need to go to the Oscars. "What is the need for Indians to go to the Oscars? (Indians ko Oscar jaane ki zaroorat kya hai?). Aren't we happy here? Make the Indian audience happy. We have a population of 130 crore, is it not enough?" Sunny Deol told reporters during the theatrical trailer release of "I Love New Year" Monday. In his 30 years' acting journey, the 56-year-old bagged two National Awards for "Ghayal" and "Damini" and says they came as a surprise to him. "Everybody has an individual take on it. I am not a believer of these things (Oscars). I was surprised when I got the National Award. I was like how the hell did I get it?" Media shy Sunny talked candidly at the event and said: "Everything is manipulated these days. Things are such that we ourselves give the news and read the other day." Known for his action roles, the actor's "I Love New Year" is a romantic comedy. "As an actor I want to do everything. With comedy, it gets gentler... in action, it's much about fighting. My fans should also see the other side of me," he said. Codirected by Vinay Sapru and Radhika Rao, "I Love New Year" also features Kangna Ranaut in the female lead and is slated for an April 26 release. newS DeSk
guitarist dan toler of Allman brothers band dies in florida
double lives all around me. I see parents ostracising their kids because they are gay. They force gay men to get married and their children to lead double lives. It is really sad." While everyone from Shah Rukh Khan to Abhishek Bachchan has played characters that get into a bit of gay role playing purely for 'comic relief' Gudda insists, his film will be shorn of stars. "No star has the real courage to play a gay character. If they do, no one will accept them," he says. Troubled by the way the community continues to be portrayed in he entertainment industry, Gudda says that using the medium of cinema to explore the real concerns of the gay and lesbian communities is better than participating in candle-light marches. "The gay march is a once-in-a-year activity and it's more like a celebration. Only a genuine film will help me reach millions of people," he says. newS DeSk
bowIe dAvId mania is back to best on new album
notaBle tweetS raza rUMI
#Islamabad was misty close to the sunset. Aankhon me bheege bheege se lamhe liye huay.. (Wish I could go for a walk)
Thank you Academy, Tony, the cast and crew. What a ride #Argo has been for us all! #Oscars
Guitarist Dan Toler, who played in the Allman Brothers Band in the late 1970s and 1980s, dies of Lou Gehrig's disease at his home in Sarasota, Florida on Wednesday Toler died on Monday and was in his early 60s, the manager, Glen Halverson, said. Toler and his late brother, drummer David "Frankie" Toler, played in several groups, including Dickey Betts & Great Southern. Dan Toler was part of the Allman Brothers Band from 1979 to 1982 and was featured on the group's albums "Enlightened Rogues," "Reach for the Sky" and "Brothers of the Road." "His ability to make people laugh and feel good and happy was amazing," the Sarasota Herald Tribune quoted his friend and former bandmate Chaz Trippy as saying. "That smile of his is just a force of life and, God, how he loved playing that guitar." Toler announced in 2011 that he had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a degenerative nerve diseased better known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Funeral arrangements were pending, Halverson said. newS DeSk
fashion. The other, is about the world of fashion seen through my eyes," he says, adding that both should be ready in a few months. It is the latter, which is the preamble to his film. "Both the book and the film, when it is made, will be based on my perceptions about gays and not anything else and an intense love story." Gudda rues the fact that there are many in the fashion fraternity who are yet to come out in the open. "This is really so unfortunate. There are people who still haven't come out in the open. The moment we feel closeted, the world gets closeted for us," he says. Never the one to shy away from his sexual orientation, Gudda's many boyfriends have enjoyed their place in the sun as much as he did. But he admits, that the biggest challenge here is winning parental approval. "But for me it was never a problem because I came from a liberal family. But I see people living
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DeepIka paDUkone Thrilled to see both Kai Po Che and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani trending all day today :-)â€?congratulations team UTV!
Miley and Liam Spotted SEPARATELY Catching Rides With Mystery Companions ON THE SAME NIGHT!
LONDON: David Bowie's first album of new music in a decade sees the influential musician back to his best, critics said in reviews rushed out on Tuesday, two weeks before its release. "The Next Day", which hits stores in Britain on March 11 and a day later in the United States, could even be the "greatest comeback in rock'n'roll history", according to The Independent's Andy Gill. As well as a series of glowing reviews, this week also saw the launch of the second single from the 14-track album called "The Stars (Are out Tonight)", accompanied by a surreal video starring the Starman himself and Tilda Swinton as his wife. In it the middle-aged couple's daily routine is upset by the arrival of a group of mysterious, androgynous celebrities next door who enter their dreams and reawaken old desires and fears. "They burn you with their radiant smiles/Trap you with their beautiful eyes" read the lyrics on Bowie's official website. As befits an "event" album with so much hype surrounding it, several newspapers gave The Next Day a track-by-track analysis. "David Bowie's The Next Day may be the greatest comeback album ever," said Gill in his five-star assessment. "It's certainly rare to hear a comeback effort that not only reflects an artist's own best work, but stands alongside it in terms of quality," he added. Neil McCormick of the Telegraph also gave the record top marks, calling it "an ... emotionally charged, musically jagged, electric bolt through his own mythos and the mixed-up, celebrity-obsessed, wartorn world of the 21st century." Even in an age when veteran musical comebacks are a daily occurrence, the fascination with Bowie appears to be huge. Music magazine NME is dedicating a six-page cover feature to the singer, while the Victoria and Albert Museum in London is staging a major exhibition looking at his music, art and groundbreaking fashion. More than 26,000 tickets have already been sold to the show, which opens on March 23. Alexis Petridis, writing in the Guardian, argued that, while containing references to Bowie's past work, it largely avoided becoming a sonic memoir of a stellar musical career. And he said that the secrecy surrounding the making of the album, and genuine media surprise when it was announced on Bowie's 66th birthday last month, risked overshadowing the quality of the music itself. "That doesn't seem a fair fate for an album that's thought-provoking, strange and filled with great songs," he said. "Listening to it makes you hope it's not a one-off, that his return continues apace." Songs singled out by critics included "Valentine's Day", couched, according to Gill, "in one of the album's most engaging pop arrangements", and "Dancing Out In Space", described by Will Hodgkinson of The Times as a "nightclub smash". "You Feel So Lonely You Could Die", the penultimate track, provides the climax which McCormick calls "fantastic, a lush companion piece to Ziggy's Rock'n'roll Suicide that drips vitriol in place of compassion." Now that the album is complete, the question on many fans' lips is whether Bowie will return to the stage to perform live. The singer himself has dodged the limelight altogether since the comeback, but guitarist Gerry Leonard told Rolling Stone magazine that he thought it was "5050" that Bowie would tour. newS DeSk
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It’s easy to see 100 million users as an accomplishment for a company, but I think the truth is that it's an accomplishment for our community. — Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom
doctors finding more cases of advanced breast cancer in younger women
PILot PLANs 10k-MILe fLIgHt, Powered by PLAstIC trAsH A pioneering British pilot is planning to fly from Sydney, Australia, to London on a plane powered by plastic trash. Jeremy Rowsell hopes to get his singleengine Cessna 172 to London in six days, making 16 stops to collect more fuel made from discarded plastic, the Telegraph reports. The diesel fuel, made from "end-of-life" plastic waste that cannot be recycled is a recent innovation that has been tested in cars but has never been used in flight. "Aviation leads technology in many instances, why not do it once again with this fuel?" Rowsell says. "If this plan works, it would solve some major environmental problems all at once.” newS DeSk
DVANCED breast cancer has increased slightly among young women, a 34-year analysis suggests. The disease is still uncommon among women younger than 40, and the small change has experts scratching their heads about possible reasons. The results are potentially worrisome because young women's tumors tend to be more aggressive than older women's, and they're much less likely to get routine screening for the disease. Still, that doesn't explain why there'd be an increase in advanced cases and the researchers and other experts say more work is needed to find answers. It's likely that the increase has more than one cause, said Dr. Rebecca Johnson, the study's lead author and medical director of a teen and young adult cancer program at Seattle Children's Hospital. "The change might be due to some sort of modifiable risk factor, like a lifestyle change" or exposure to some sort of cancer-linked substance, she said. Johnson said the results translate to about 250 advanced cases diagnosed in women younger than 40 in the mid-1970s versus more than 800 in 2009. During those years, the number of women nationwide in that age range went from about 22 million to closer to 30 million -- an increase that explains part of the study trend "but definitely not all of it," Johnson said. Other experts said women delaying pregnancy might be a factor, partly because getting pregnant at an older age might cause an already growing tumour to spread more
quickly in response to pregnancy hormones. Obesity and having at least a drink or two daily have both been linked with breast cancer but research is inconclusive on other possible risk factors, including tobacco and chemicals in the environment. Whether any of these explains the slight increase in advanced disease in young women is unknown. There was no increase in cancer at other stages in young women. There also was no increase in advanced disease among women older than 40. Overall U.S. breast cancer rates have mostly fallen in more recent years, although there are signs they may have plateaued. Some 17 years ago, Johnson was diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer at age 27, and that influenced her career choice to focus on the disease in younger women. "Young women and their doctors need to understand that it can happen in young women," and get checked if symptoms appear, said Johnson, now 44. "People shouldn't just watch and wait." The authors reviewed a U.S. government database of cancer cases from 1976 to 2009. They found that among women aged 25 to 39, breast cancer that has spread to distant parts of the body -- advanced disease -- increased from between 1 and 2 cases per 100,000 women to about 3 cases per 100,000 during that time span. The study was published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. About one in 8 women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime, but only 1 in 173 will develop it by age 40. Risks increase with age and
c e rtain gene variations can raise the odds. Routine screening with mammograms is recommended for older women but not those younger than 40. Dr. Len Lichtenfeld, the American Cancer Society's deputy chief medical officer, said the results support anecdotal reports but that there's no reason to start screening all younger women since breast cancer is still so uncommon for them. He said the study "is solid and interesting and certainly does raise questions as to why this is being observed." One of the most likely reasons is probably related to changes in childbearing practices, he said, adding that the trend "is clearly something to be followed." Dr. Ann Partridge, chair of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's advisory committee on breast cancer in young women, agreed but said it's also possible that doctors look harder for advanced disease in younger women than in older patients. More research is needed to make sure the phenomenon is real, said Partridge, director of the breast cancer centre at the Harvard-affiliated DanaFarber Cancer Institute. The study shouldn't cause alarm, she said. Still, Partridge said young women should be familiar with their breasts and see the doctor if they notice any lumps or other changes. newS DeSk
Instagram surpasses 100 million users googLe gLAss Is Here! While Apple iWatch rumors continue to slog their way through the blog-osphere, Google has upped the ante. Google’s Glass is not a rumor, it’s real. In addition (according to Google) you can get one by the end of 2013 by entering and winning a special contest. At least, Google calls it a contest. There are some unique rules. First, you have to pay $1,500 for your Glass, if you win. Also, you have to travel to New York, San Francisco or Los Angeles to pick your prize up. (UPS is not available.) If that isn’t enough, you have to come up with a really creative idea about how you will use your Glass. If you need help coming up with ideas, Google has released a video entitled How it Feels [through Glass] that provides a behind-the-lens view of the Glass experience. newS DeSk
It's official: More than 100 million people are sharing filtered photos of their five-course dinners and cats sleeping on windowsills. Instagram today announced the milestone, reporting that in two and a half years, the popular image-sharing service has surpassed 100 million users. "It's easy to see this as an accomplishment for a company," co-founder Kevin Systrom wrote in a blog post, "but I think the truth is that it's an accomplishment for our community." In a nostalgic post, Systrom returned to Instagram's first offices: a couple of rented desks in a co-working space on a pier overlooking the San Francisco Bay. He remembered a "particularly unforgiving and chilly fall" evening in Oct. 2010. The Giants were playing the Phillies half a mile away, and only a few thousand people around the world were using Instagram.
Yahoo bans telecommuting, outrage ensues Marissa Mayer is making huge waves at Yahoo by banning telecommuting at the company—employees aren't happy, and most pundits are on their side. A sample of the reactions to Mayer's new policy, which AllThingsD revealed last week: "Mayer is trying to put together a 21st century technology company using 19th century workplace mentalities," writes Steve Woods on Technorati. "Expect a wave of attrition at Yahoo!, as some of their most important employees are lured by forward-looking companies using cutting-edge technologies to build a
close tribe across great distances." But Mayer used to work at one of those companies—Google—and sources tell AllThingsD she was unhappy with Yahoo employees who were slow to arrive at work and quick to leave at 5pm. She tried to lure them back into the office with perks, meetings, and stricter performance reviews before resorting to this new policy. (An informal survey by AllThingsD finds that most other tech companies support telecommuting.)
As does Virgin. Airline chief Richard Branson weighs in on the controversy, calling the move "perplexing" and "a backwards step." He writes, "Working life isn't 9-5 any more. The world is connected. Companies that do not embrace this are missing a trick." But, though studies have found work-at-home employees to be more productive, they are also less innovative, one expert explains to the New York Times. "If you want innovation, then you need interaction. If you want productivity, then you want people working from home." And other big companies, including Bank of America and Zappos, have recently made their telecommuting policies stricter. And at ZDNet, Andrew Nusca supports the move. After all, it "befits a chief executive hired with explicit orders to disrupt a company's stagnating culture," he writes. "Like many mature Internet companies, [Yahoo] has seen malaise set in as it maintains existing businesses, rather than pursuing new ones." This is a way to make the company, once again, "a place where the brightest minds on the Internet [convene] to create and innovate." newS DeSk
bLoody seA LAMPrey rePortedLy CAugHt IN jersey wAters
t's probably not what your average fisherman hopes to catch. A photo of a bloody lamprey caught in New Jersey waters went viral online this week. Someone with the username jlitch posted a photo on Reddit of a lamprey he says his friend caught. To see the photo, click here or watch the second video below. (Editor's note: Image may be too graphic for some readers.) The photo has not been authenticated. The user posted extra photos here as more "proof" the fish is real. It appears the lamprey was shot using a bow and arrow. Its size also may be a matter of perspective related to the camera, as some Reddit commenters note. Lampreys are eel-like creatures and are parasites who feed on the blood of other fish. newS DeSk
PoLAr beAr dAy
he polar bear is a species threatened by the loss of sea ice and increased pollution. Sponsors established International Polar Bear Day on Feb. 27 to call attention to the situation and ask people to help reduce carbon emissions. The polar bear is the world’s largest land-based carnivore. Adult males normally weigh from 800 to 1,200 pounds, with females slightly smaller at 300 to 650 pounds. The largest polar bear ever recorded was a male weighing 2,209 pounds. Since 2008, the U.S has listed the polar bear as a "threatened" species under the Endangered Species Act, a designation that means it is likely to become endangered within the foreseeable future. In Canada, polar bears have a similar status, listed as a "Species of Special Concern." To call attention to the problem, Polar Bears International and other groups and zoos observeInternational Polar Bear Day each year on February 27. Biologists estimate there are 20,000 to 25,000 polar bears in the world, with 60 percent of those in Canada. newS DeSk
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Abbott in odI squad as cover for injured Morkel
Fast bowler Kyle Abbott has been added to South Africa’s one-day squad for the series against Pakistan, as cover for the injured Morne Morkel. Morkel had picked up a hamstring injury during the course of the second Test and is still recovering. As a result of that injury, Abbott was called up to the Test squad too, for the third match, and impressed with a nine-wicket haul (including seven in the first innings) on international debut. He is also part of the squad for the two Twenty20s that precede the one-dayers. “Morne Morkel’s recovery is still a work in progress,” Cricket South Africa selection convener, Andrew Hudson, said. “And we consider it prudent to provide extra depth to our fast-bowling resources.” Abbott had a fine season in domestic cricket, prompting his initial call-up for the Test. He finished the first-class tournament as the leading wicket-taker, with 49 wickets at an economy rate of under three an over for Dolphins. When he got the Test call-up, Hudson had said Abbott “swings the ball nicely” and he did showcase those skills in the Test: bowling in the mid-130s, he kept it around off stump and consistently got the ball to zip away from the right-hand batsmen on a Centurion pitch with variable bounce. Subsequently, six of his seven firstinnings victims were out edging to the slip cordon or gully. South Africa and Pakistan play the T20s on March 1 and 3, and the five-match ODI series is scheduled to begin on March 10. Their other fast-bowling options in the oneday squad include Dale Steyn, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Rory Kleinveldt and Ryan McLaren. SpORtS DeSk
bell anchors england to solid first day against NZ XI QUEENSTOWN: Ian Bell stroked an unbeaten century as England amassed an impressive 357 for seven at the end of the first day of their match against a New Zealand XI in Queenstown on Wednesday. Bell (127 not out) anchored the innings after England lost three wickets before lunch, with Kevin Pietersen dismissed for 14, as the visitors were reduced to 81 for three. All three wickets fell to Otago allrounder Jimmy Neesham. Bell joined captain Alastair Cook, who fell shortly after for 60, before the Warwickshire righthander combined with Joe Root (49) and with test wicketkeeper Matt Prior (41) to solidify the innings. The four-day match is the only warm-up England’s test team will receive before their three-match series against New Zealand begins at Dunedin’s University Oval on March 6. England pace bowlers James Anderson and Steve Finn were both rested for the match at Queenstown Events Centre, while opening batsman Nick Compton and pace bowler Graham Onions were included to give them match practice ahead of the test series. Neesham finished the day with figures of four for 65 in 17 overs. AGenCieS
Initial tests performed in Melbourne have confirmed that Jackson Bird has a bone stress injury of the low back – Australia’s team doctor Peter Brukner
t20s gIve PAkIstAN A CHANCe to fIgHt bACk DURBAN
AKISTAN have a chance to hit back after a trouncing in the Test series when they meet South Africa in the first of two T20 internationals at Kingsmead on Friday. The tourists were outclassed in the Tests, losing all three matches, but can be reasonably optimistic about their prospects in the shorter forms of the game with the T20 games followed by five oneday internationals. Only five of South Africa’s current Test players are in the T20 squad — Faf du Plessis, who has been appointed captain in the shortest format, AB de Villiers, Robin Peterson, Rory Kleinveldt and fast bowling discovery Kyle Abbott. The change of emphasis in South Africa’s approach is underlined by the fact that national coach Gary Kirsten handed the T20 reins to Russell Domingo, his assistant coach, before a three-match series against New Zealand earlier in the season. South Africa won that series 2-1. Pakistan will be boosted by the inclusion of the experienced duo of Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Malik. Opening batsman Mohammad Hafeez takes over as T20 captain, although Test skipper Misbah-ul-Haq will resume the leadership for the one-day internationals, which start in Bloemfontein on Mar.10. The Akmal brothers, Kamran and
Umar, who were not part of the Test squad, are others who could add impetus to the T20 side. Whereas South Africa’s greatest strength is in their number oneranked Test team, Pakistan are likely to be lifted by the infusion of new players after a morale-sapping experience in the Test series. “It will be good to have some new players for the one-day games... the new players will come with fresh minds and a
positive attitude,” Misbah said after the final Test ended in three days on Sunday. By contrast, Domingo said South Africa faced a “much tougher” challenge in the T20s, describing his team as “a work in progress” with young players being tried out with a view to the next World T20 in Bangladesh next year. SQUaDS: South Africa: Faf du Plessis (Capt), Kyle Abbott, Farhaan Behardien, Henry Davids, Quinton de Kock (wkt),
Imran tahir named in invitational side to play Pakistan
Bowling line-up a dilemma: Arthur CHENNAI AGenCieS
The coach Mickey Arthur has conceded that in hindsight Australia might have made a mistake by not picking two spinners on a Chennai pitch that crumbled as the Test wore on. However, Arthur said that even after the match, it was difficult to assess what difference a twin spin attack would really have made, given that most of Australia’s wickets came from pace and Nathan Lyon ended up with match figures of 4 for 244. The question of whether to include Xavier Doherty as a second spin option for the Hyderabad Test will be one of the major discussion points for Australia’s selectors over the next three days. Another will surround the workload of James Pattinson, the most dangerous of the fast bowlers in Chennai, where he finished with six wickets for the match, the first time an Australian fast man had claimed so many in a Test in India since 2004. The team management are conscious of Pattinson’s propensity to break down and having bowled 33 overs in hot conditions in Chennai in his return to international cricket after suffering a rib injury, they will consider the best way to handle him over the fourTest series. Regardless of whether Pattinson plays in Hyderabad, there will be debate over the makeup of the attack, and Arthur said the spin question would not be easy to answer. “That’s going to be the million dollar question,” Arthur said. “It’s easy in hindsight having a look at how the wicket ended up, you probably would have liked two spinners on there, however, our quicks took most wickets. We didn’t get a massive return from spin
in this game. I thought James Pattinson was outstanding, so it’s a difficult dilemma. “I think going to Hyderabad we’ll have to look at conditions before we make a proper decision. Looking at the way it ended up probably two spinners [would have been good] but our quicks were the most likely out there, so I am not sure which way really.” One thing Doherty would provide if selected is the ability to turn the ball away from the six right-handers that make up India’s top and middle order.
natHan lyon StrUggleD to Make an IMpaCt In CHennaI anD retUrneD wItH FIgUreS oF 4 For 244 Monty Panesar was effective in that regard during the Test series in India late last year, although with 596 firstclass wickets at 30.22, Panesar has a vastly superior record in the long form to Doherty, who has 122 victims at 44.56 and is not renowned as a big spinner of the ball. But the vast majority of Lyon’s Test wickets have been right-handers - 47 as compared to 18 left-handers - and Arthur said that on difficult pitches turning the ball in to the batsman and making him play was not a bad thing. It remains to be seen whether the Australians decide they need spinners turning the ball both
AB de Villiers (wkt), Rory Kleinveldt, Ryan McLaren, David Miller, Chris Morris, Justin Ontong, Robin Peterson, Aaron Phangiso, Lonwabo Tsotsobe. Pakistan: Mohammad Hafeez (Capt), Nasir Jamshed, Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal (wkt), Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Irfan, Wahab Riaz, Umar Gul, Ahmed Shehzad, Umar Amin, Zulfiqar Babar, Asad Ali, Junaid Khan.
ways. “I think on wickets like this balls turning into you are just as effective, because you’ve actually got to play,” Arthur said. “You can’t leave balls alone. Balls coming into the bat on wickets that have crumbled are almost as tough to play. Ideally you want both, and I did a lot of looking at the England series and they used Panesar a lot. “You use the left-armer a lot more in the first innings here because you get a lot more control from your left-armer. But when the wickets start breaking up, your off-spinner to the right handers becomes dangerous because you’ve got to keep playing him all the time. Ideally, it would be nice to have the pigeon pair.” Lyon, Doherty, Arthur and the captain Michael Clarke were all part of a conference on the field after the loss in Chennai where Shane Warne, who is commentating on the series, discussed spin with the group. Some words of advice from Warne would have been especially useful for Lyon, given that Warne also struggled in India during his career. Arthur said the first Test had been a steep learning experience for Lyon. “I think he has learnt from this game that you have got to be really consistent in conditions like this in order to put the batsmen under any sort of pressure, but I think he will grow and he will learn from this game,” Arthur said. “It will be interesting to see how he pulls up after this Test match and in terms of information and preparation and everything he worked extremely hard coming into this Test match. Only he knows how he will approach things if he plays in the next Test match and how that is going to go.”
cENTUriaN: Cricket South Africa (CSA) have named a South African Invitation XI which will play the touring Pakistanis in a one-day game next Wednesday (6th March). As the match comes in the middle of the domestic Twenty20 comeptition, Stephen Cook will captain a side made up of players who represent the Dolphins and Lions franchises. Nevertheless, it contains four players Imran Tahir, Quinton de Kock, Chris Morris and Vaughn van Jaarsveld with international experience. For the latest cricket odds open an account with bet365 today and qualify for up to £200 in free bets. “Once again this match provides opportunities for players to show what they can do at a higher level and also to enjoy the special experience of playing against an international team,” coach Vinnie Barnes said. “We have seen a number of players taking advantage of matches both for South Africa A and the Invitation sides to earn places in the Proteas’ set-up. “You don’t have to look further than Kyle Abbott for a good example of this. It is really heartening to see the excited feedback I get from players when they are offered this opportunity.” AGenCieS
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Australia need Raffa Nadal here in Chennai on the clay – Shane Warne
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‘wANted to bAt tILL tHe eNd’: dArreN brAvo ST GEOrGE’S: Darren Bravo, who scored his maiden ODI century in the first ODI, played yet another matchwinning innings in the third that earned him the man-of-the-series award. Bravo came into the crease at the fall of Ramnaresh Sarwan in the 12th over and stayed unbeaten on 72 as West Indies won by five wickets. “Today was the ideal opportunity for me and I went out there with that one goal in mind,” Bravo said. “I just wanted to bat to the end and I knew if I was there at the end we would win the match and win the series 3-0.” Bravo overcame his indifferent form during the limited-overs series in Australia with an unbeaten 72-ball century in the first match of the series. Although he failed in the second, his innings in the third match took him to the second position the run charts for the series. “In the first match I played really well and got my first hundred. In the second match Sarwan did the job by batting through to the end and he got a great hundred. Today we lost a few quick wickets and key wickets as well, so it was a matter of me buckling down and looking to take it all the way to the finish.” Although, West Indies took the series 3-0, Bravo said the wins didn’t come easy as Zimbabwe “never sat back and surrendered - so we had to make sure we played well and played smart against them.” In the absence of Chris Gayle, Bravo, who has been in the ODI set up since 2009, had extra responsibility of steering the innings in these matches. He said he would look to repeat the success he has had with the new approach in the future. “After coming back from Australia, where we didn’t do very well, it was just a matter of me believing in myself and looking to make the most of the opportunities,” he said. “I went out and backed myself and looked to execute the game plan. It was a matter of understanding the situation and doing what was required for the team. AGenCieS
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EST Indies easily won their third and final one-day internation al with Zimbabwe in Grenada on Tuesday to complete a 3-0 series cleansweep. Darren Bravo stroked an unbeaten 72 from 103 deliveries to lead his team to a comfortable five-wicket victory with 22 balls to spare after Zimbabwe were restricted to 211 for nine from their 50 overs. The tourists made a solid start with opener Vusi Sibanda making 41 and Brendan Taylor 39 before West Indian left arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul ripped through the middle order, capturing three wickets. Chamu Chibhabha provided Zimbabwe with a glimmer of hope when he blasted an unbeaten 48, featuring three fours and two sixes, but the West Indies had few problems reaching their target. Opener Kieran Powell, who scored half-centuries in the previous two matches, laid the platform for the West Indian reply with a solid 42 from 52 deliveries before Bravo took over, adding a half century to his hundred from the first match to finish the series with an average of 172. The two teams will play a pair of Twenty20 fixtures in Antigua this weekend before tests in Barbados and Dominica.
t. mawoyo lbw b narine
v. Sibanda c Deonarine b best
H. masakadza b DJ bravo
b. taylor c powell b permaul
R. Chakabva b permaul
m. waller lbw b permaul
C. Chibhabha not out
t. mutombodzi run out
n. mushangwe b DJ bravo
k. Jarvis c and b best
C. mpofu not out
extras (lb-4 w-9)
total (for nine wickets; 50 overs)
fall of wickets: 1-23 2-30 3-85 4-104 5-128 6-139 7-157 8-160 9-201 bowling: k. Roach 7-3-15-0 (w-1), t. best 9-0-38-2 (w-3), DJ bravo 10-1-58-2 (w-2), S. narine 10-1-41-1 (w-2), v. permaul 10-0-40-3, n. Deonarine 4-1-15-0 west indies innings k. powell c waller b mutombodzi
R. Sarwan c and b mutombodzi
Dm bravo not out
n. Deonarine c mutombodzi b masakadza
k. pollard run out
DJ bravo c masakadza b Jarvis
D. Ramdin not out
extras (lb-5 w-7) total (for five wickets; 46.2 overs)
Did not bat: k. Roach, S. narine, t. best, v. permaul fall of wickets: 1-46 2-83 3-120 4-121 5-167 bowling: k. Jarvis 10-1-54-1, C. mpofu 8.2-0-39-0 (w-3), n. mushangwe 10-1-31-0, t. mutombodzi 10-0-35-2 (w-2), m. waller 1-0-7-0, H. masakadza 6-0-38-1 (w-1), C. Chibhabha 1-0-6-0 Result: west indies won by five wickets
Amla and clarke battle for no.1 Test batting spot CENTURIAN AGenCieS
South Africa batsman Hashim Amla and Australia captain Michael Clarke have continued their dogfight for the numberone batting position on the Reliance ICC Test Player Rankings for batsmen. Both the batsmen excelled in the Centurion and Chennai Tests, which meant both they gained ratings points and as such retained their pre-Test rankings. Amla has earned eight ratings points following his knock of 92 against Pakistan and became only the 27th batsman in the history of the game to break the 900-rating points barrier, a benchmark for the top batsmen. Amla, who has been twice shortlisted for the ICC Cricketer of the Year Award, is the fourth South African to achieve this rare feat after Jacques Kallis, Graeme Pollock and Dudley Nourse. The 29-year-old from Durban, who celebrates his 30th birthday next month, is now at a career-best 903 ratings points and in 25th position on the all-time batting ratings list. Clarke, who was the 26th batsman to break the 900-point mark after the Boxing Day Test against Sri Lanka, got scores of 131 and 30 in the Chennai Test against India. For this effort, he received five ratings points, which, in turns means the gap between the top two batsmen in the world opened from six to 11 ratings points. However, Amla has no more Tests before October while Clarke has three more Tests against India to reclaim the number-one batting rank he surrendered to the South African on 4 February after the Cape Town Test. The latest rankings were released on Tuesday after India’s eight-wicket win over Australia in Chennai and South
Africa’s innings and 18 runs win over Pakistan at Centurion. There has been some reshuffle in the batting table following the Centurion and Chennai Tests. South Africa’s AB de Villiers has moved up a place to third, India’s Sachin Tendulkar has jumped three places to 17th spot, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has charged up 15 places to 21st, Virat Kohli of India has gained 10 places and is now on a career-best 25th position. In the ICC Player Rankings for Test bowlers, India’s Ravichandran Ashwin has been rewarded for his match haul of
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12 for 198 with a leap of nine places which has put him in a career-best 11th spot. There has been no other change in the top 10 of the bowlers’ table, which is still headed by South Africa’s Dale Steyn with his teammate Vernon Philander in second place. Philander has gained six ratings points to finish at 890 and trails Steyn by 15 ratings points. Other bowlers outside the top 20 to make upward movements include James Pattinson in 21st (up by 13), Ravindra Jadeja in 63rd (up by 22), Rory Kleinveldt in 70th (up by six) and Rahat Ali in 81st (up by 39).
Bangladesh’s pre-tour misery continued after Shahriar Nafees’ hand injury ruled him out of the Test series against Sri Lanka. Nafees told the chief selector, Akram Khan, of his lack of confidence in gripping the bat comfortably. He will be replaced by Mohammad Ashraful who has scored two centuries this domestic season. Ashraful is making a comeback into the Test side after 15 months. “Shahriar Nafees had a freak accident at home couple of days ago, so he has withdrawn from the tour,” coach Shane Jurgensen said. “He will be border-line for the first Test, so we want to ensure that we go into the Test series with a settled group, so Mohammad Ashraful will replace him.” Nafees injured his left palm while trying to clean his bat with a sharp object on Monday and required stitches. Physio Vibhav said on Tuesday that Nafees would be fit in time for the first Test, but the decision remained with the batsman. “As far as Shahriar Nafees is concerned, I don’t think it [the injury] would be a big problem,” Singh said. “His stitch should be removed in seven days time and he can start batting after 10 days. We just need to alter his training schedule.” The physio’s schedule would have meant Nafees being ready to bat on March 7, the day before the first Test, but it is clear the Bangladesh management are unwilling to travel to Sri Lanka with a player unlikely for the practice match before the Test. Already, Tamim Iqbal’s wrist injury means he could be rested for the three-day game in Matara to have him fully fit for the Test. Nafees’ replacement has also created some confusion. Ashraful was not in the 25-man preliminary squad, having been kept out due to his inconsistency. Captain Mushfiqur Rahim however said that the batsman’s experience in Sri Lanka and his recent centuries in the BCL and BPL have given him confidence. “We need someone like him in the side because we have plenty of newcomers like Anamul Haque, Mominul Haque and Marshall Ayub,” Mushfiqur said. “He has also made runs in Sri Lanka and is currently in decent form, so I hope his confidence will be better and he can be a positive to the side.” SpORtS DeSk
Chennai knock dhoni’s best: Chappell chENNai: Former Australia captain Greg Chappell has rated MS Dhoni’s double-century in Chennai as his best in Tests. Dhoni’s knock of 224 tilted the scales in India’s favour, according to Chappell, and helped them to a 1-0 lead in the four-match series against Australia. “He has played several memorable knocks in one-day cricket, but this was the best I have seen him play in Test matches,” Chappell told The Times of India. “I have seen him smack a yorker-length delivery from James Anderson for a six. It requires special talent. His success on a crumbling Chennai track stems from his ability to strike the ball hard on pitches where the ball tends to keep low. Had he scored just 124, the match would still have been in the balance. The manner in which he attacked a tiring Australian attack, shielding the tailenders, truly makes him a match-winner.” This was India’s seventh win in the last 21 Tests, five of which have come against West Indies and New Zealand. India lost eight consecutive overseas Tests, and conceded a series at home to England for the first time in 28 years. Chappell accepted that the Indian team looked average on their tour of Australia last summer but maintained that Dhoni’s captaincy shouldn’t be under doubt. “It is true that the Indian team under Dhoni looked below par during their tour Down Under, but he has answered his critics in the best possible way. In my book he remains the best man to lead India in all forms of the game. “At a time when players all over the world are struggling to cope with their workload, it is amazing how Dhoni manages to play every game with the same intensity. That he has done it successfully now for five years speaks volumes about Dhoni’s fitness, mental strength as well as his commitment. India are lucky to have him.”AGenCieS
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“I was in a few good positions and probably should have scored a couple, but I was in the right positions. I was probably fresh because I haven’t played. – Manchester City midfielder Jack Rodwell
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Indian team gets permission to take part in snooker series in Pakistan LahOrE: Pakistan Billiard and snooker Association said on Wednesday that the Indian team has been granted the necessary clearance from the Ministry of Interior for participation in Indo-Pak snooker being played from March 7-10 at Karachi. “The PBSA is grateful to the Federal Minister of Interior Rehman Malik who granted time out of his busy schedule to our President, Alamgir A. Shaikh in Islamabad and issued the instructions for issuance of Visas to the Indian players for their travel to Pakistan to participate in the above Snooker Series, said a spokesman of PBSA here on Wednesday. The PBSA highly appreciates the prompt and kind gesture of the Honorable Minister of Interior for providing the assistance which will go a long way in promoting sports and also bilateral relations between India and Pakistan, he added. Furthermore, the Federal Minister also announced the Pride of Performance award for Muhammad Asif, World Snooker Champion for his outstanding achievement in Bulgaria, he added. StAff RepORt
Abbas shows belief in Pakistan team LahOrE: Despite Pakistan`s disappointing performance in the threematch Test series against host South Africa, former Pakistani batsman Zaheer Abbas has said he feels that the visitors could still bounce back in the limited overs series. Abbas said the batsmen performed horribly in the Test series and it appeared as if the team didn`t prepare for the series at all. He said the team needs to be strong not only in the bowling and batting department, but should also perform well in fielding in order to beat a top team like South Africa. However, Abbas said Pakistan has been playing well in ODIs and also in T20s in recent past and therefore he expects the team to perform well in the coming T20 and ODI series. But he was quick to add that the team must now look forward and forget the Test performance to keep their morale high. Pakistan will be playing two T20 matches and a comprehensive five-match ODI series against South Africa, which begins March 1. StAff RepORt
registration date extended LahOrE: The Lahore Region Women Representative PCB Women Wing Ms Nooshin Haneef has extended the registration of Club and Institutions for participation in the 7th Regional InterDistrict Cricket Championship (Seniors) 2013. The clubs can now report before March 1 at Kinnaird College Sports Department to register your team. Further details can be had at 0332-4114807 and 0423-7521039. StAff RepORt
Haas sneaks through at delray beach DELraY BEach: Second seed Tommy Haas was handed a place in the second round of the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships after Igor Sijsling was forced to retire. The German had just levelled the match at 5-7 6-4 when the Dutchman, who had an awkward fall in the second set, withdrew because of an ankle injury. Top seed John Isner also advanced as he beat Canada’s Jesse Levine 7-6 (7/3) 5-7 6-4. South African sixth seed Kevin Anderson advanced in straight sets, beating Tim Smyczek of the United States 6-3 6-4. But fourth seed and former champion Kei Nishikori suffered a muscle injury in the first set against Ivo Karlovic and had to retire. Another former champion, Ernests Gulbis, booked his place in the second round, beating James Blake 6-1 6-4. The world number 109, who won here in 2010 but had to qualify this time, needed just 73 minutes to seal victory. AGenCieS
djokovIC MAkes wINNINg stArt IN dubAI DUBAI AGenCieS
ORLD number Novak one Djokovic had no problems in advancing into second the round of the Dubai Tennis Championships but fifth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga crashed out. Djokovic, playing in his first tournament since claiming his third consecutive Australian Open title last month, eased past fellow Serbian Viktor Troicki 6-1 6-4. The 25-year-old broke his opponent on four occasions to underpin his 13th victory in 14 matches over Troicki and remain unbeaten this season. “That was a great match, especially in the first set, considering the fact I haven’t played an official tournament for three, four weeks,” said Djokovic to the ATP Tour website. “I wanted to be extra focused on the court today because I also knew he has a big serve.” There was no such joy for Frenchman Tsonga, a winner at the Marseille Open last week, as he slumped to a 7-6 (7/3) 62 loss to compatriot Michael Llodra. “I was in France yesterday. I just arrived. It was tough to have a good reaction,” said the world number five, who was broken on three occasions to lose for the first time against Llodra. Janko Tipsarevic’s recent miserable run continued today as the sixth seed was dumped out 6-0 7-5 by former world number three Nikolay Davydenko. Tipsarevic has now lost in the opening round of his last three tournaments. Juan Martin del Potro was on the brink of becoming another seed to suffer an early exit, but he battled back to edge out
Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus. The fourth-seeded Argentinian trailed 3-1 in the final set and also had to save three match points on serve before sealing a 4-6 6-4 7-6 (7/4) triumph. Del Potro knew he had a lucky escape, saying: “He fights like me every point and we had fantastic rallies.
“I’m so glad to beat him tonight in Dubai. I played fantastic forehands to keep playing this match.” Third seed Tomas Berdych routed American wildcard Rajeev Ram 6-1 6-3 in 54 minutes, while Victor Hanescu advanced after Bernard Tomic withdrew from their clash while trailing 3-2 in the
first set. Marcel Granollers thumped Spanish countryman Albert Montanes 6-3 6-1, Tobias Kamke was a 4-6 6-4 6-4 winner over Mikhail Kukushkin and Dmitry Tursunov also hit back from losing the first set to storm past Jan Hajek 4-6 6-1 6-2.
naDal BreezeS tHroUgH In aCapUlCo ACAPuLO: Rafael Nadal’s impressive comeback continued as the top three seeds advanced into the second round of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco. The Spaniard, seeded two here, has been winner and runner-up of the two tournaments he has played since returning from a knee injury earlier this month. And he continued his fine form with a routine 6-2 6-2 win over 20-year-old Sebastian Diego Argentinian Schwartzman. There were also easy wins for Nadal’s compatriots David Ferrer and Nicolas Almagro, who are seeded one and three respectively and have won the last five Acapulco titles between them. Ferrer was a 60 6-3 winner over Croatia’s Antonio Veic, while life was even simpler for Almagro who just mis ed out on the double-bagel, beating wildcard Cesar Ramirez, the 476th-ranked Mexican, 6-0 6-1. Three seeds fell, though, headed by number four Stanislas Wawrinka. The Swiss was handed a tough draw against Italy’s Fabio Fognini and slipped to a straight-sets defeat, losing 6-2 7-6 (7/3). Meanwhile number six Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil lost 4-6 6-4 6-4 to Russia’s Andrey Kuznetsov, and seventh-seeded Frenchman Benoit Paire lost out 4-6 6-3 6-4 to Paolo Lorenzi of Italy. There were also wins for eighth seed Horacio Zeballos, Spaniards Tommy Robredo and Daniel Gimeno-Traver, and American Wayne Odesnik. The top women’s seed, Sara Errani, had life almost as easy as her male counterpart as she beat Alexandra Cadantu of Romania 6-3 6-2. The other seeds in action today - Alize Cornet, Francesca Schiavone and Romina Oprandi - all won in three sets, beating Catalina Castano, Grace Min and Alexa Glatch respectively. Other winners included Eugenie Bouchard and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez. AGENCIES
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India is unquestionably one of the world’s biggest growth areas for golf, so I’m really looking forward to teeing up in the Avantha Masters. – Colin Montgomerie
Pakistan suffer touseeq blow ahead of Azlan Cup LAHORE
AKISTAN hockey team suffered a blow ahead of its participation in the Azlan Shah Hockey its when Cup centre upcoming half Muhammad Touseeq Arshad was ruled out of action for three months following a back injury. “It is a big setback for us that Touseeq got that serious nature injury during team’s final preparations for the event,” said chief manager and coach, former Olympian Akhtar Rasool Chaudhary said while taking to journalists Wednesday after a practice session of the team at blue turf of the national hockey stadium. Azlan Shah Cup will be played from March 9 at Ipoh. He said Kahsif Shah has replaced the injured centre half. “An MRI revealed a serious injury in his (Touseeq’s) back and doctors have advised him three months rest after which a final evaluation will be made regarding his recovery,” said the team official. The team official said Kashif was the best choice among the standby players and it is hoped that he will fill the void demonstrating a much higher level of game during his responsibilities as a half line player. He said injuries are the part of the game and such things happen on and off. He rejected the belief that
Benazir Bhutto women challenge cricket Trophy LAHORE StAff RepORt
The second edition of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Women Cricket Challenge Trophy will be played from March 4 here at Gadaffit Stadium. The six teams have been divided into two pools, top team of each pool will qualify for the final of the event being held under the supervision of Pakistan Cricket Board and Zarai Taraqyati Bank Ltd. The final will be played on March 7. For the first three days, two matches a day have been scheduled. And all the matches will be televised live by a private tv channel. Entry for families and female spectators at the Gaddafi Stadium is free, said a spokesman of PCB here on Wednesday. The participating teams have been placed in two Groups, Group A includes Punjab Sindh, Balochistan while Group B consists of ZTBL, Federal Capital and Khyber Pakhtoonkhawa. ThE SchEDULE: Mar 4: Punjab vs Sindh, ZTBL vs Federal Capital Mar 5: Sindh vs Balochistan, ZTBL vs CPC Mar 6: Punjab vs Balochistan Mar 7: Final ThE TEaMS: Balochistan: Nahida Bibi (captain), Sabahat Rasheed, Sukhan Faiz, Maham Rafique, Ramin Shamim, Shamaila Qureshi,
Madiha Rajput, Rida Hussain, Hafza Amjad, Saima Maqsood, Anjum Amin, Farah Naeem, Asha Khan, Kalsoon Hanif. Federal Capital: Madhia Rasheed, Fareeha Mahmood, Marian Hassan Shah (captain), Areeb Shumaim, Huma Shafiq, Ayesha Furqan, Alia Riaz, Noreena Khalil, Fazila Ikhlaq, Naila Nazir, Hina Shafiq, Diana Baig, Sadia Khaliq ,Hina Azam. KPK: Zainab Khan, Reema Khan, Badrunissa Shaukat, Omaima Sohail, Mehwish Tariq, Mahlaqa Mansoor, Shakeel Naz, Mariam Bukhari, Saba Khurshid, Faiz Khalid, Salma Faiz (captain), Sidra Jan, Maria Gulnaz. SINDH: Sana Taj, Ayesha Zafar, Muneeba Ali, Sana Urooj, Ayesha Amjad, Noureen Afsar, Aimen Anwar, Arman Khan, Sajda Shah, Javeria Rauf, Areeba Hanif, Summaiya Siddique (captain), Kainat Imtiaz Masooma Junaid. Punjab: Aisha Qazi, Komal Feroze, Sidra Amin, Iqra Nawaz, Erum Javed, Waheeda Akhtar, Sidra Nawaz, Bakhtawar Iqbal, Sana Gulzar, Elizebath Barkat, Marina Iqbal (captain), Mariam Shafiq, Namra Imran, Kanwal Francis. ZTBL: Sana Mir, Nain Abidi, Bismah Maroof, Nida Dar,Javeria Khan, Batool Fatima, Qanita Jalil, Asmavia Iqbal, Sadia Yousaf,Almas Akram, Zeba Manzoor, Sania Khan, Kanwal Naz, Rabiya Shah.
KARACHI: The winners Advance Telecom team standing with former test captain Rashid Latif and Prof Sirajul Islam Bukhari, president KCCA, at ‘Dr. Mohammad Zaki Khan Memorial T20 Tournament’ final, played at Landhi Gymkhana Ground.
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Mughalpura XI outplay baqa jillani club without Touseeq Pakistan’s defence will be weak. “The team management will definitely be working on this aspect to beef up the defence,” he added. injury his termed Touseeq ‘unfortunate and at wrong time’ as the tournament was to be played in a few days time. “It (suffering injury) was beyond my control but certainly I am
very much upset with it.” Touseeq said he would make a come back after getting full recovery from the injury which will keep him away from hockey for three months. Kashif said he would put in extra ordinary efforts to justify his inclusion in the side. “It is going to a tough event as world’s best teams are taking part and I would do my best to rise to the occasion”.
LahOrE: Mughalpura XI has outplayed Baqa Jillani club by 8 wickets in the 28th M Yaseen Akhter Memoroial Cricket Event played at Iqbal park ground the other day. Fine bowling by NAsir Ali and Haris Bashir were the main feature of the match Scores: Baqa Jillani 118 all out. Usman Hameed 27, Imran Sadiq 23. NAsir Ali 4/12, HAris Bashir 4/28, Umair Bashir 1/13. Mughalpura XI 120/2. Ali Raza 58, Mehboob Alam 50. Sajjad 1/12, Faizan ¼. StAff RepORt
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eliminate root causes of violence against Hazara, sC orders govt ISLAMABAD App
RGING the government to eradicate the root cause of attacks against the Hazara community, the Supreme Court of Pakistan has said that under Article 9 of the constitution, it is the responsibility of the state to provide safety and security to its citizens. A three-member bench comprising Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan and Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed resumed the hearing of a suo motu notice taken on the latest attack on the Hazara community in Quetta. During the course of hearing, the CJP remarked, “The people of Quetta or Balochistan cannot be confined to their houses and there is a need to show efficiency to root out the causes behind these incidents.” He said there was a dire need to
formulate long-term planning to bring peace in Quetta as “Quetta used to be one of the most peaceful cities of Pakistan”. Balochistan Additional Advocate General Azam Khattak told the court that the authorities were making arrangements to ensure scanning and checking in the area, adding that the security for Hazara Town had also been beefed up. When Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed enquired whether scanners were installed in the area, Khattak replied that scanners were being brought and would be installed upon arrival. Justice Ejaz Afzal said scanners should be provided on emergency basis wherever they were needed. The CJP enquired whether the victims had been given the compensation or not. Khattak replied that “work is being done and the matter will be resolved in a week’s time”. Senator Abbas Komeli also submitted his statement before the court which was accepted by the bench. He said the Hazara
community was not demanding any targeted operation against anyone, adding that the real culprits behind the attacks should be brought to justice. In his statement, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) MNA Nasir Ali Shah said the people of Quetta were proud to be Pakistanis. “We do not want compensation. We only want peace in Quetta. We want that the culprits be dealt with iron hands,” he stated. In its order, the bench stated that the law enforcement agencies and the local administration had not succeeded in identifying the root-causes of the incidents so far. The court further said that despite warnings, no steps had been taken and compensation was not provided to the victims, adding that the government should pay the compensation on priority. Later, the court directed the Balochistan inspector general of police, chief secretary, inspector general of Frontier Constabulary, and the Balochistan home secretary to submit a comprehensive report on the incident and adjourned the hearing until March 6.
APEX COURT SAYS GOVT TOOK NO STEPS DESPITE SEVERAL WARNINGS
ORDERS GOVT TO PAY COMPENSATION TO VICTIMS ON PRIORITY
PMl-n to move EcP against MQM PML-N LAWMAKERS SAY PML-F DESERVES OPPOSITION LEADER’S SLOT IN SINDH ASSEMBLY
MQM LAWMAKER SAYS ECP WILL DECIDE FATE OF PML-N’S REFERENCE
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US senator’s remarks about India’s anti-pakistan activities cause a stir INDIAN EMBASSY CONVEYS ITS ANNOYANCE OVER TWOYEAR-OLD REMARKS NEW DELHI Online
The Indian government has just been annoyed by two-year-old remarks of US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel about India’s alleged anti-Pakistan activities in Afghanistan. In a sharp rebuttal to Senator Hagel, the Indian Embassy in Washington DC said, “Mr Hagel’s remarks are in sharp contrast to the viewpoint of the Obama administration that has always been in praise of India’s developmental role in Afghanistan and in fact has been pressing New Delhi to do more in Afghanistan.” Two days ago, a video of a 2011 speech made by Hagel was uploaded by an online paper. He said, “India for some time has always used Afghanistan as a second front, and India has over the years financed problems for
Pakistan on that side of the border.” “And you can carry that into many dimensions, the point being the tense, fragmented relationship between Pakistan and Afghanistan has been there for many, many years,” he added. The video of Senator Hagel’s speech was sent by the office of Republican Senator John Cornyn to top leaders of the Indian-American community. “In light of our shared interest in the USIndia relationship, thought you would want to see this,” said the email sent by Cornyn’s office with the video. As Nebraska senator for two terms from 1997 to 2009, Hagel was a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He has frequently travelled to South Asia and voted in favour of the India-US civilian nuclear deal. iNDiaN rESPONSE: On Wednesday, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid downplayed Hagel’s alleged remark, saying the US defence secretary nominee had made no such statement. “He has made no such statement. You are talking about some lecture given in a university two years ago. I cannot react to something he said about two years ago,” Khurshid told reporters out-
side the Indian parliament. Earlier in the day, Khurshid said the Indian Embassy in Washington had conveyed New Delhi’s concern in this regard. “What we had to say, we have said it through our High Commission. At this point in time, we don’t require to say anything further officially. We welcome the new political developments there. But we will not speak further on the discussions that are presently on there until it comes to us in a formal manner,” he added. Meanwhile, Indian Information Minister Manish Tewari said India had always played a positive and developmental role in Afghanistan “I think Chuck Hagel should check these facts,” he added. Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Yashwant Sinha on his part disapproved Hagel’s alleged remark, and asked the Congress-led UPA government to give a fitting reply to the US. “It’s very serious if a person like Chuck Hagel has such views. We ask the government to give a fitting reply to the US on this,” he said. Hagel, a former Republican senator, would succeed Defence Secretary Leon Panetta, who is stepping down after four years as CIA Director and Pentagon chief.
The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is going to file a reference against the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) in the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), Pakistan Today learnt on Wednesday. MQM leader Khawaja Izharul Hasan, however, put the ball in the ECP’s court by saying that let the “independent” body decide the fate of any such reference. The PML-N has recently made electoral alliance with the PML-Functional and the National People’s Party (NPP) in Sindh. On Wednesday, the office-bearers of the PML-N, the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) and the Sindh United Party (SUP) met Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice (r) Fakhruddin G Ebrahim. The leaders included Liaquat Jatoi, Mamnoon Hussain, Irfanullah Marwat and Elahi Bukhsh Soomro of PML-N, Muhammad Hussain Mehanti of JI and Jalal Mehmood Shah of SUP. After the meeting, Jatoi told reporters they had discussed issues ranging from the deployment of army at every polling station in Sindh to PML-N’s reservations over MQM’s sitting on opposition benches in the Sindh Assembly. The PML-N leader said his party would file a reference in the ECP in a few hours against the MQM’s quest for “manipulating” the interim setup in Sindh through grabbing the leader of the opposition slot. The 18th Amendment has made it mandatory for the government to take the leader of the opposition in the federal and provincial assemblies onboard while forming the interim setup. The reference, which according to Jatoi was to be filed within two hours of his presence at the EC Sindh office, could not be filed until the filing of this report.
anp decides to rejoin Sindh govt KARACHI: The Awami National Party on Wednesday decided to rejoin the Sindh government. The decision was taken in a meeting of a special committee of the Pakistan People’s Party and the Awami National Party in Karachi in presence of Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah. It was decided that ANP members will sit on the treasury benches in the Sindh Assembly from today (Thursday). The ANP had parted ways with the provincial government after the approval of the Sindh Peoples Local Government Act. Online
However, PML-N leader SM Nehal Hashmi said that his party would file the reference. “I, however, have no idea whether or not they have finalised it,” he said. It was Dr Badar Channa, another PML-N leader, who said the reference was in the making and would be tabled in the ECP on Thursday (today). MQM rEacTiON: MQM’s lawmaker Khawaja Izharul Hasan said the PML-N was afraid of going into polls as it first unanimously got the CEC appointed and was now making him controversial. “Let the PML-N negate our position in their dreams, but MQM is a reality,” he said. The MQM leader said an “independent” ECP would decide the fate of PML-N’s reference. “PML-N through staging sit-ins and other actions is putting undue pressure on the Election Commission that we believe may risk transparency of election,” he added.
SC asks about jurisdiction in adiala Jail case ISLAMABAD App
The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the petitioner of the Adiala Jail missing persons’ case to explain the jurisdiction under which the court was bound to hear the case. The directions were given by a three-judge bench, comprising of Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Chaudhry, Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan and Justice Azmat Saeed, during the hearing of missing persons’ case. The CJP said that first of all the bench had to see its jurisdiction in the case and after that the counsel could go further in his arguments. Tariq Asad, the petitioner, said the anti-terrorism court declared the said people in-
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nocent, but they were still kept in custody and were declared terrorists. The CJP directed the petitioner to clear the jurisdiction in the next hearing and adjourned the case until February 28. Earlier, during the course of proceedings, the bench was informed that the release of the suspected missing persons would be against the safety and security of the state, so the board, formed for the purpose, had decided not to release them. Attorney General of Pakistan Irfan Qadir informed the bench that a medical examination of the said prisoners had also been completed. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Secretary Nasir Jamal presented a report in which he stated that 2 prisoners were involved in attack on security forces.