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Rs 17.00 Vol III No 362 19 Pages
Friday, 28 June, 2013
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pakistan, IMF talks begin today
reopening of swiss cases pits ppp against govt
Pakistan would formally request for a $5 billion fresh loan package from the International Monetary Fund in policy level talks likely to begin from today (Friday). Finance Minister Ishaq Dar would lead the Pakistani team and Frank Jeffery would lead the IMF delegation. Sources said Pakistan would formally request for a fresh loan of three to five billion dollars from the IMF, as already announced by the finance minister. page 16
The treasury and opposition benches exchanged barbs on Thursday over trying former dictator Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf for treason, with the Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarians (PPPP) taking a U-turn over their support extended to the Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N) over the matter only three days ago. page 03
sC rules out Musharraf’s arrest, for now
Kp to be country’s power house in 5 years: Imran
The Supreme Court on Thursday gave its word that former military dictator Musharraf would be given a fair trial under the law, as it refused to order his formal arrest in petitions seeking high treason trial of Musharraf.
Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Thursday said Khyber Pakhktunkhawa government would generate sufficient electricity in the next five years to meet energy demand across the country. page 02
Better Indo-pak ties will benefit afghanistan: Us
Daughter says nelson Mandela very critical
Any improvement of ties between New Delhi and Islamabad will automatically improve the situation in Afghanistan, US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan James Dobbins said on Thursday. Dobbins also said there was no prospect of any agreement with the Taliban unless they decided on severing ties with all terror groups, including al Qaeda. page 04
Nelson Mandela's condition is "very critical" and "anything is imminent", his daughter Makaziwe Mandela has said. "I can reiterate that Tata [father] is very critical, that anything is imminent, but I want to emphasise again that it is only God who knows when the time to go is," she told broadcaster SAFM on Thursday. She said Mandela was responding to touch. page 07
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N rs 3.591tr finanCe NEWS Friday, 28 June, 2013
LHC vaLidates LegaLity of amnesty sCHeme for veHiCLes
BiLL gets tHe nod rs 327 billion supplementary Grants also approved for 2012-13 ISLAMABAD
The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday suspended the verdict of Islamabad High Court (IHC) where it had declared the Amnesty Scheme for Vehicles illegal. During the hearing‚ the court ordered officials not to harass the owners of vehicles‚ who bought their cars under the amnesty scheme. The court also barred recovery of such vehicles forcibly.
giLani denies murder aCCused is His nieCe MULTAN NNI
Police sources on Thursday claimed that a case had been registered against Hina Gilani, reportedly a niece of former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, for allegedly torturing a servant to death. However, in a press release, the former premier denied he had any relationship with the accused. The family of the dead servant, Jamil, nominated three persons in the report, including Hina Gilani and her husband. The police have also arrested the man who recommended the servant for the job. A spokesman of former prime minister Gilani strongly contradicted the news report on television channels saying that Hina Gilani was not related to Yousaf Raza Gilani. The spokesman said media should not project her as his relative.
ITH a lackluster resistance from the number-weak opposition benches, the PML-N government got the Finance Bill 201314 approved from the Lower House of parliament with a majority vote. With the passage of the bill, which has an outlay of Rs 3.591 trillion, the government also succeeded in providing legal cover to its decision of collecting one percent increase into the General Sales Tax (GST) from June 13 – the day the government had introduced the finance bill in the National Assembly. Moreover, in a smart move, the government also provided protection to the GST collected from June 13 to June 22 for which the Supreme Court had ordered submitting the amount with the SC registrar. Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar moved the bill with a number of amendments incorporated into the original budget document. The House also rejected majority of amendments proposed by the opposition with a majority vote. About 21 recommendations proposed by the Upper House had been incorporated into the bill. Winding up the debate on the finance bill, Dar said it would be in national interest that the GST collected since June 13 be submitted to the exchequer rather than the middlemen benefiting from it. “Yes, we collected GST from June 13 until June 21. However, with the Supreme Court’s decision made on June 21, we submitted to the verdict and suspended the operation on June 22. But the businessmen would be charging the GST from consumers since June 22. So it would be a better decision that the GST be added to the exchequer rather than the business community who would benefit in such a case,” he added. He categorically said the government had refused to give in to the pressure by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to impose more taxes for its bailout package to Pakistan. “The IMF demanded levying new taxes of Rs 475 billion but we flatly refused to bur-
Govt provides leGal cover to enhanced Gst collected since June 13
den our people. Programme or no programme, we shall not impose further taxes,” Dar said while responding to the observations raised by the members over the finance bill. “The IMF programme should be on our terms. Tax collection target of Rs 2,007 billion is a ‘tall order’ but we shall achieve it by increasing the tax net and stopping tax theft,” he added. He said the data for tax collection already existed, adding, “What we need is an effective connectivity. We have also increased the amount of fine to be charged and the period of imprisonment for tax evaders.” The finance minister clarified that perks and privileges of speakers and the chairmen of the Senate as well as the members were being adjusted to the same level as were before 2010 and 2012 respectively. “We are going to the same old position and there should be no confusion. We need to set good examples. At least the people should feel that we are not getting any extra benefit on their hard earned tax money,” he added. The minister said the government honoured the SC’s decision regarding the collection of GST from June 13. “But, this tax is still collected from the consumers and is not coming to national kitty.” He also rejected the notion that a onepercent increase had resulted in an increase of four to five percent in tax collection. He also clarified that the government had not introduced any mini-budget, saying the proposals in the finance bill were not passed just like that… the final shape came into being after inclusion of the members’ recommendations as well as those coming from the Senate. Dar said currently the tax collection rate was even lesser than the inflation rate and this was the failure of the economic policies of the previous government. He said no tax had been imposed on pilgrims. “Rather it is the income tax effect on the operators which was imposed in previous year’s budget to the tune of Rs 2,500. We have only proposed to increasing it to Rs 5,000 and we are discussing it with the operators.” The finance minister asked the opposition not to play politics on the budget.
“When the country is in such a serious financial crisis, we need not to play politics. The government is trying its best and we need support from everybody. Let us work hard for at least three years, thereon we shall have time for politicking.” He also clarified that a number of kitchen items were already exempted from tax to facilitate the poor. Earlier, Syed Naveed Qamar said the clause in the bill concerning wages will create discrimination among the salaried class. “This matter should have been discussed at the Finance Committee,” he added. PTI leader Shah Mahmood Qureshi said imposition of GST from June 13 was unconstitutional and the Supreme Court had endorsed the opposition’s stance in its decision. He said the government did not heed to the opposition’s suggestions and its measures would put an extra burden on the poor. Moreover, government’s figures had raised many questions and even the IMF was not satisfied with them. Syed Asif Hasnain of the MQM said the previous government did not impose GST on the demand of the people and it was good decision. “The budget has been prepared on the dictation of the IMF” and claimed that GST would range from 4 percent to 19 percent. Sheikh Rasheed of the Awami Muslim League said salaries should be increased by 15 percent and the government should have burning issues on its agenda such as the provision of electricity, water, gas and provision of edibles on economical rates to relieve the poor. He also demanded that all incomplete projects in his constituency be completed. Dr Azra Fazl Pecheho and Dr Arif Alvi argued that elite should be taxed and not the poor, adding that more people should be benefited from loan facility on housing, and a realistic policy regarding power tariff increase should be adopted. Dr Nafeesa Shah described the budget as “jugglery of figures” and “tyranny of taxes”. She said most of the taxation will directly affect the poor, fearing that such a tax regime would result in leakages. She said measures proposed in the finance bill will also affect the banking sector. SA Iqbal Qadri opposed retrospective amendments for tax collection and defined it as “injustice to the poor people” He also sought the chairman’s ruling on the points raised by him in the House. Amjad Khan Niazi termed the budget “a jugglery of words”. He claimed that the budget was prepared on the dictation of the
IMF as indirect taxes were being imposed instead of direct taxes which he said would result in price hike. He also objected to bringing FATA and PATA into the tax net and claimed that more people would be inclined towards militancy if poverty increased. “Let us facilitate the farmers and the peasants, control load shedding and revive industry.” Sahibzada Tariqullah praised certain measures for the youth, the education sector and cutting non-development budget but called upon the government to introduce a judicious taxation system. He objected to the proposal of giving authority to the FBR to access online accounts of individuals. SUPPLeMeNTARY GRANTS APPROVeD: The National Assembly also approved 121 supplementary demands for grants and appropriations for the year 201213, worth Rs 327,812,025,000. The finance minister moved the demands of supplementary grants which were approved by a majority vote. The supplementary grants were approved for the Cabinet Division, the Climate Change Division, the Commerce Division, the Communication Division, the Defence Division, the Defence Production Division, the Economic Affairs Division, the Finance Division, the Higher Education Commission, the Foreign Affairs, Housing and Works, the Human Resource Division, the Industry Division, the Information and Broadcasting Division, the Inter-Provincial Coordination Division and the Interior Division. The other divisions for which the supplementary grants were approved included, Kashmiri Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan, Law and Justice, District Judiciary Islamabad Capital Territory, Senate, National Food Security and Research Division, National Harmony Division, National Heritage and Integration Division, National Regulation and Services Division, Overseas Pakistanis Division, Parliament Affairs Division, Petroleum and Natural Resources Division, Ports and Shipping, and eth Postal Services. In addition, grants were also approved for Privatisation Division, Professional and Technical Training Division, Religious Affairs Division, State and Frontier Regions Division, FATA, Textile Industry, Water and Power, Planning and Development Division, Information Technology and Telecommunication Division, Petroleum and Natural Resources, the Water and Power Division.
KP to be country’s power house in 5 years: Imran ISLAMABAD APP
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Thursday said Khyber Pakhktunkhawa (KP) government would generate sufficient electricity in the next five years to meet energy demand across the country. He assured that the PTI would establish an exemplary government in KP which will be a model of good governance for other provinces. He said the PTI government
would eliminate class-based education system in KP and introduce a uniform education system. “Through a uniform education system we can build a strong and united nation to face all internal and external challenges Pakistan has been facing,” he said. Khan said PTI’s provincial government would establish an independent accountability institution to ensure transparency and accountability in KP. Talking to a private television channel, he said there was an urgent
need to devise a national policy to counter terrorism in the country. The PTI chief said for the sake of Pakistan, his party would fully cooperate with the present government on issues of national interest. He said implementation of rule of law was the only solution to all problems. Khan said no one was above the law and every one was accountable according to the constitution of the country. Khan also endorsed a recent statement made by Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief
Altaf Hussain. He said he supported Altaf Hussain’s statement in which he said “the Titanic of Muslim Ummah was sinking”. “Altaf is correct in saying that if we do not fix ourselves, we are heading towards destruction,” said the PTI chief. Commenting on Tahirul Qadri, Khan said Qadri’s concerns regarding the Election Commission of Pakistan turned out to be correct, adding that the 2013 elections were the most rigged elections in the country’s history.
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Friday, 28 June, 2013
reopening of swiss cases pits PPP against PmL-n govt
govt to use Lng to generate PoWer
ppp infuriated over pml-n attempts to reopen swiss cases
LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Thursday said the government would opt for LNG and other available resources to generate electricity on war footing. Chairing a high-level meeting held to review measures to tackle the prevalent energy crisis, the Punjab chief minister said load shedding was the biggest issue faced by the people and there was no option but to resolve it as soon as possible. He said the government on its part was making sincere efforts to overcome the energy crisis and it will be able to generate ample electricity within minimum possible time. Shahbaz said people had reposed overwhelming confidence in the PML-N leadership and they would come up to their expectations. “If there is electricity, the future of the country will be bright.” The Punjab chief minister said the government had allocated Rs 22 billion for phasing out the energy crisis, adding that energy projects would have to be implemented through public private partnership in this regard. He told the meeting that he had held a fruitful meeting with a Turkish company and soon they would invest in Pakistan’s energy sector. APP
iHC says fueL adjustment in eLeCtriCity BiLLs LegaL ISLAMABAD: Setting aside an earlier Islamabad High Court (IHC) decision, the IHC division bench on Thursday said levying of fuel adjustment charges in electricity bills was legal. In November 2012, a single bench of Justice Shoukat Aziz Siddiqui had declared the receipt of fuel adjustment charges illegal. However, later power supplying companies challenged Justice Siddiqui’s decision before the division bench, which on Thursday declared the single bench’s decision null and void. The division bench, comprising Chief Justice Anwar Kasi and Noorul Haq N Qureshi, ruled that the government had mandated adjusting charges in electricity bills. In its 35-page judgement, the division bench directed the government to take stern measures to eradicating electricity theft. Earlier, while hearing a petition jointly filed by 700 industrialists, including those associated with the CNG sector, the cement industry and the steel mills, Justice Siddiqui had ruled that NEPRA could not charge the customers in the name of “adjustment”. However, on Thursday, the IHC division bench allowed the government to continue with the practice and disposed of the case. Now fuel adjustment would be charged in the bills from August to November 2012. STAFF REPORT
ISLAMABAD TAYYAB HUSSAIN
HE treasury and opposition benches exchanged barbs on Thursday over trying former dictator Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf for treason, with the Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarians (PPPP) taking a U-turn over their support extended to the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) over the matter only three days ago. The PPPP lawmakers looked visibly disturbed over the government’s pledge to reopen Swiss cases against President Asif Zardari and tried to return the favour to the ruling party. Addressing the National Assembly session, Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah said the PML-N and PPP were working together. However, he said the recent statement by the PML-N government reflected that their patience was running out and the government was going for re-opening the Swiss cases, which were closed by courts. Shah said the court had itself ended the cases and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif himself had expressed regrets in this case. He said the PPP government did not raise the issue of Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf as it did not want to demoralise the military. Shah said past mistakes must be set aside if they wanted to move forward together. PPPP chief Makhdoom Amin Fahim asked the government to shun “the policy of double standards” on trying former dictator for November 3 emergency rather than 1999’s coup d’état. JUSTICe FOR ALL: However, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan responded in kind, stating that the government was not adopting double standards in dealing with the high treason case and rather it was only following the Supreme
nisar says nawaz never reGretted filinG of swiss cases
Court’s orders. He also said Nawaz never regretted filing the Swiss cases. Speaking on a point of order in the National Assembly earlier, Fahim said his party had announced full support to the government in this regard but the government’s decision to try the dictator for November 3 emergency reflected that the government wanted to save some individuals. “This is unacceptable. Justice should be across the board. We condemn it as the abettors of the dictator are equally responsible as is a dictator who on October 12, 1999 overthrew an elected government and imprisoned an elected prime minister,” he remarked. “Has the criminal act of overthrowing the elected government on October 12, 1999 been pardoned,” he argued. Sheikh Rashid Ahmed of the Awami Muslim League (AML) called for trying all the dictators under Article 6 of the constitution who abrogated the constitution since 1956. He said the incident of October 12, 1999 had resulted into the dissolution of the National Assembly and an elected prime minister was arrested. He welcomed the decision of the government to handover the probe of Musharraf case to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and said the judges had punished their fellow judges for the emergency of November 3, 2007. He said the government would have to charge 623 people and the court had given only three days to the government to take action while the government had sought 30 days. He advised the government to go slow over the matter as it had enough time for the matter. Mahmood Khan Achakzai of Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) said terrorism was a serious matter as the corps commanders meeting for the first time used the term of “enemy from within” regarding terrorism. He said the armed
forces needed to be provided moral support and the Nation Assembly should pass a unanimous resolution in condemnation of terrorism and extending full support to the armed forces. Regarding Musharraf’s trial, Achakzai said the government had submitted its viewpoint with the apex court regarding the matter. He said almost all political parties had supported the military intervention of 1999 and his party was the only political outfit that opposed it. Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan said the Supreme Court had asked the government to give its opinion over a case against Pervez Musharraf for abrogating the constitution of Pakistan and detaining judges of the higher judiciary after imposing emergency on November 3, 2007. He said a 14member bench of the Supreme Court had decided that only one person was involved in acts of November 3, 2007. “We have responded on this case. There was no question about action against abrogating the constitution from October 12, 1999 or from 1956 or so on”. He was of the view that 99.9 percent of the army had nothing to do with martial laws and rather a few people were involved in such practices that damaged the image of the entire army. “We will not accept any insult against Pakistan Army,” he said, adding that Pakistan army jawans had given huge sacrifices for the nation and were “the bravest of the brave”. “None of us likes to insult this institution,” he added. “Linking activities of an individual with the whole institution is unjustified,” he remarked. He informed the House that the government had constituted a four-member committee of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to investigate the high treason issue. On the issues of Karachi violence, the interior minister said the federal government was all forthcoming to help the provincial government in maintaining peace in the city, however, added that it could not cross the constitutional limits. He said the government was ready to take onboard all political parties to resolve the issue, however, the political parties of Sindh should develop consen-
sus among themselves and the provincial government should also come with clear stance on the issue. Nisar urged the provincial government to call a special session to debate the current situation of Karachi and come with consensus policy. He said he would visit Karachi next month and hold meetings with Sindh governor, chief minister and political parties to help find a solution to the issue. The minister, however, made it clear that measures would be taken under limits of constitution and the federal government would not interfere in matters of the provincial government, “as we want to follow the law and constitution”. He said the federal government was ready to assist the provincial government in intelligence sharing and help it through the security agencies that fell under the federal government. The minister said no doubt the Ranger, Frontier Constabulary (FC) and police were under the Interior Ministry, however, “he cannot directly order Ranger,s FC and police as these departments were under respective provincial governments.” Nisar said, “We need to make a comprehensive proactive policy to check militancy in the country. We don’t have proactive policy to come down hard on militants.” He reiterated that federal government would call a meeting soon to discuss the security situation and come up with a joint strategy to drive the country out of security crisis. He apprised the House that there was no national security policy on ground, “so we have to overhaul the policy to tackle menace of terrorism and law and order”. In response to Swiss cases, the interior minister said it was a legal case and the government had not initiated any action on this. The Supreme Court (SC) took notice of the matter and a reply would be submitted according to law and the constitution, he said. Nisar said facts should not be mutilated and clarified that the PML-N excused for including a section proposed by PPP in the Charter of Democracy (CoD) to ensure that both parties would withdraw cases against each other after coming into power.
NAWAZ MEETS ZARDARI ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday held a meeting with President Asif Ali Zardari and discussed the overall situation of the country. Both the leaders discussed various important national issues, including the possible expansion of the federal cabinet. They also discussed political‚ economic and law and order situation besides issues of national security. NNI
SC rules out Musharraf’s arrest, for now court says due process of law will be ensured in treason case
reserves JudGement in petitions seekinG musharraf’s trial for hiGh treason
raf’s counsel Raja Ibrahim Satti read out the reply of his client over the stance of the government in the case, stating that there should be no impression that the Supreme Court is either a complainant or interested in the investigation or trial under High Treason Act. Through his lawyer, Musharraf contended that he is not afraid of the trial under High Treason Act provided he would have a right of fair trial by an impartial tribunal without any external interference and all the legal and factual pleas, defences and remedies in accordance with the law shall be available to him. After hearing Musharraf’s stance, the
The Supreme Court on Thursday gave its word that former military dictator Pervez Musharraf would be given a fair trial under the law, as it refused to order his formal arrest in petitions seeking high treason trial of the former president. A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Justice Jawwad S Khawaja and comprising Justice Khilji Arif Hussain and Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan was hearing identical petitions seeking treason trial of the former military strongman. During the hearing of the case, Mushar-
court observed that due process of law would be ensured in the case. Justice Khilji Arif Hussain said the law was equal for all citizens and the former president was entitled to a fair trial. During the hearing, the court rejected the plea of Hamid Khan, counsel for one of the petitioners, seeking order for Musharraf’s formal arrest citing that no charges had been put before it against the former president Hamid Khan contended that as the government has decided to initiate trial of the former president, he should be formally arrested. Justice Khilji observed that unless a complaint was lodged against the former president, the apex court could not pass orders for Musharraf’s arrest. Earlier, Attorney General Munir A Malik apprised the court that a timeline would be set for the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) team tasked to conduct an enquiry into the acts of the former military
ruler that led to the imposition of emergency in the country on November 3, 2007. He also presented a copy of directive to form an investigation team with reference to initiate treason trial against Musharraf. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had ordered the interior secretary to form an investigation team that will conduct the enquiry into Musharraf’s November 3 actions. A four-member FIA committee has been constituted to interrogate Pervez Musharraf under Article 6 of the constitution. Giving his observations, Justice Khawaja remarked that the era of kangaroo courts was over and time had come for truth and constitution to reign supreme. “There were several kangaroo courts in the country but there time is over now. Time has come that truth and constitution will reign supreme. We will interpret Article 6 of the constitution for the sake of defence of the constitution. Movement forward is real and appreciable. Nothing
was done during the previous regimes and six years lapsed this way,” he said Musharraf’s lawyer Satti said that he did not expect justice from the incumbent executive and judiciary. “Munir A Malik, who was leader of the lawyers’ movement during the judiciary issue is now the attorney general (AG). The chief executive of the country is affected by the October 12 steps. Who will administer justice in this situation?” The court said ends of justice would be met for the sake of supremacy of law and constitution. “Injustice would not be done with anyone. We are ready to initiate proceedings the way you want.” Satti said the SC’s name should not come anywhere in his client’s case, otherwise the trial being conducted against him would be considered influenced. The court reserved its judgment after hearing the arguments from all parties and would announce it at any opportune time.
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NEWS Friday, 28 June, 2013
Cameron arrives tomorrow ISLAMABAD ONLINE
UK Prime Minister David Cameron will arrive tomorrow (Saturday) on a two-day visit to Pakistan. He would be accorded a warm welcome at Noor Khan Air Base by senior officials. During his visit, he would meet President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and other senior officials of the Foreign Ministry.
During the visit, the UK PM will be discussing the strengthening of bilateral UK-Pakistan relations, the importance UK attaches to the UK and Pakistan’s mutual interests in promoting stability in the region and the Afghanistan situation. According to sources, the Pakistani leaders would brief the UK PM about Pakistan’s initiatives for peace and stability in Afghanistan and country’s commitment for elimination of terror.
Better indo-Pak ties will benefit afghanistan: us us special envoy dobbins says no prospect of any aGreement with taliban unless they sever ties with all terror Groups, includinG al Qaeda
Fo denies direct contact with taliban for Doha talks a says pm nawaz believes in talks with ttp, ready to enGaGe in dialoGue ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
Foreign Office spokesman Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry has denied reports about direct Pakistani contacts with the Taliban regarding Doha talks. During his weekly briefing in Islamabad on Thursday, Chaudhry said Pakistan was happy about the dialogue between Afghanistan and Taliban. He said in his visit to Islamabad, US Special Representative James Dobbins updated Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif regarding recent developments in Doha between Afghanistan and the Taliban. Regarding Nawaz and President Hamid Karzai’s telephonic conversation, he said both leaders discussed the Afghan
peace process. He said Pakistan had always maintained its stance to facilitate all steps necessary for the Afghan reconciliation process and would continue its role as a facilitator in the future. To a question, he said Nawaz believed in talks with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and was ready to engage them in dialogue to resolve internal security threats. Regarding Saudization policy, the spokesman said Pakistan had taken many steps to regularise its citizen’s stay in Saudi Arabia, including holding job fairs and correction of their documents. He said Pakistan had also sought an extension in the deadline set by Saudi authorities in this regard. Chaudhry said the prime minister would undertake an official visit to China in the first week of the coming month. He said dates for the visit would be determined through diplomatic channels. He said during the visit, various agreements in the field of energy and setting up an economic corridor between the two countries would be signed. The FO spokesman said civil nuclear
deal was an ongoing process between Pakistan and China and both countries would continue the process. Regarding Minister Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal’s visit to China, the spokesman said total focus of his visit was economic. He said US Secretary of State John Kerry would visit Islamabad next month and dates were yet to be finalised. However, the spokesman said the visit of British prime minister to Pakistan could not be confirmed. Chaudhry said bodies of Chinese tourists killed in Nanga Parbat incident had been sent to their country, while those of the other countries would be sent today. He said Pakistan was carrying out intensified investigation and some of the culprits had been identified. To a question about presence of terrorist in Northern Areas, Chaudhry said the Foreign Ministry was not in a position to comment on that. However, “our unity on the issue of terrorism will ensure the security to foreigners and our countrymen”, he added.
NEW DELHI ONLINE
NY improvement of ties between New Delhi and Islamabad will automatically improve the situation in Afghanistan, US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan James Dobbins said on Thursday. Dobbins, who arrived in New Delhi to brief Indian officials on the proposed talks with the Taliban as part of stabilising war-torn Afghanistan, also said there was no prospect of any agreement with the Taliban unless they decided on severing ties with all terror groups, including al Qaeda. “We certainly agree that there is no prospect of improvement in relationship with the Taliban or any agreement with the Taliban unless they assure terrorism is...addressed,” the US diplomat said, adding that the Taliban had to do much more before an agreement was reached. “In an agreement, they need to improve on cessation of hostilities, respectfully attend the constitution and go about severing of all ties with al Qaeda and
similar terrorist organisations,” Dobbins said. “Any improvement in Indo-Pak ties will almost automatically improve the Afghanistan situation,” he said. Dobbins added that he had gathered an impression during his two meetings with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that “improvement in relationship with India is very high on his (Nawaz’) list of priorities”. Maintaining that India had an important influence in Afghanistan, Dobbins said, “It is important that India understand our views and we understand India’s views.” The US ambassador had met Nawaz on Wednesday and discussed developments in Afghanistan, including the proposed peace talks to be held in Qatar. He said there was certainly “no pre-condition” for the peace talks and the US did not expect that the Taliban will stop hostilities just because they were talking. “Certainly there is no precondition. We do not expect them to stop firing just because they are talking. The objective of the talks is the diminishing of violence and ultimately an enduring peace. But that is not going
to come quickly. So there is certainly no pre-condition for just talking.” “Frankly, I anticipate that the Taliban will continue to try and negotiate from a position of strength. They will continue to mount attacks. Probably the Taliban want the pressure to continue. They want to continue to make it look like the US is retreating as a result of that pressure,” he said in response to a query about continuance of attacks by the Taliban in the recent months. Emphasising the importance of the peace talks for a lasting peace, Dobbins noted that while the Afghan forces were leading in combat operations for some time and performing well, he did not think that it was “going to lead to an immediate diminishing of violence”. To a question about the possibilities of peace amid the Taliban continuing attacks, Dobbins said, “I don’t anticipate that the beginning of negotiations will end the war. I do hope that the negotiations will automatically contribute to the end of the war. But that is by no means certain. That is simply something that we are trying.” The Afghan Taliban had opened an office in Qatar last Tuesday in a step towards talks as the US-led NATO combat mission prepares to leave Afghanistan in 2014 despite a resilient Taliban insurgency 12 years after they were ousted following the 9/11 attacks.
govt bans all fresh arms licences ISLAMABAD: The Interior Ministry has banned issuance of fresh arms licences. However, the ministry’s notification issued on Thursday says all cases duly approved and where fees were deposited before June 20 will be processed. But, it added, there would be ban on issuance of all fresh arms licences where fee had not been deposited. The competent authority has approved to continue computerisation of already issued licences, besides entertaining renewal of already issued computerised cards and cases of inheritance. APP
Pia passenger dies of heart attack midair ISLAMABAD: A passenger died after suffering a heart attack on Wednesday while travelling in Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight from Islamabad to London. According to a PIA spokesman, a passenger identified as Akram Raja suddenly turned sick in PIA flight PK-785 while going to London from Islamabad. The PIA plane made an emergency landing in Poland’s city Warsaw for medical assistance to the sick passenger but he could not survive and expired there. The deceased passenger is said to be a British citizen and PIA is arranging to move his body to London. STAFF REPORT
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sub-inspector mehmood butt suspended for neGliGence was charged with Safdar’s murder, was attacked with knives and daggers by Safdar’s brothers Muzammal and Ramzan while he was being escorted to the courtroom for his hearing from Bakshi Khana in police custody. Iftikhar was seriously injured when the assailants attempted to slash off his face and limbs. The injured was
immediately rushed to Mayo Hospital where doctors have stated his condition to be critical. The assailants’ enmity with the victim could be traced back to 2012 when he murdered Safdar. A case was registered against him in the city’s Shafiqabad Police Station. Iftikhar, originally a resident of Burewala, had been imprisoned since then and was brought to the court for hearing. Fear gripped the Session Courts as those visiting the courts rushed out of the premises to avoid an untoward incident. The police arrested the assailants and registered a case under Section 7 of the
Anti-Terrorism Act and Section 324 of the Pakistan Penal Code at Islampura Police Station. Before the incident occurred, the security had been beefed up in the city’s courts in wake of the terrorist attack on a senior judge of the Sindh High Court, Justice Maqbool Baqar. Lahore CCPO Chaudhry Shafique Gujjar had also visited the Session Courts and monitored the security situation at the courts. Moreover, Lahore DIG Operations Rai Tahir has also remained adamant at ensuring a safe environment at the courts. He had said that 30 percent additional force had been deployed for the security of judges and courts, including Lahore High Court, Sessions Courts and Civil Courts, while additional patrolling vehicles would ensure the security of the courts. “A comprehensive strategy is needed to combat terrorism in the city and the police is trying its best to maintain law and order situation in the provincial capital,” the senior police official has said. However, it remains a fact that a large contingent of police deployed at the courts and the policemen escorting the victim were unable to prevent the assault. Nevertheless, taking action against the police’s negligence, Sub-Inspector Mehmood Butt has been suspended from service. Later in the day, District and Sessions judge toured the vicinity and ordered for better security arrangements at the courts.
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prisoner implicated in a murder case was assaulted by his rivals in the premises of the Sessions Courts in the presence of a heavy police contingent on Thursday. Iftikhar, who
Opposition walks out against property tax on 5 marla houses
measLes is under ControL: edo LAHORe: City District Government Lahore in collaboration with the Punjab Health Department has succeeded to control measles in the provincial capital, said Health Executive District Officer Dr Zulfiqar Ali Chaudhry talking to the journalists in the city on Thursday. Chaudhry claimed that no death of any child residing in the city was reported due to measles since two weeks. He said that a special antipolio campaign would be lunched in the city from July 1 in which the children up to five year would be administered anti-polio drops. APP
railways to show improvement soon: railways minister
Pakistan Railways (PR) Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique has said the performance of Railways would be far better by the end of present government’s tenure. Talking to the journalists prior to his departure for Rawalpindi by a rail car early Thursday morning, the minister said that railways had become stagnant and the management has realised that there was no alternative other than working hard for the revival of this vital state entity. The minister said it was his high priority that all trains operated with complete facilities including fans and lights in working conditions as well as cleanliness in all bogies and platforms.
Opposition in the Punjab Assembly Thursday staged a walkout against property tax on five marla houses in the proposed Punjab Budget 2013-14. Opposition members from PTI, PML-Q, PPP, JI and Zia League came out of the assembly, urging the government to withdraw the tax. Talking to journalists, Opposition Leader in the Punjab Assembly Mian Mehmood-ur-Rashid termed imposition of property tax on five marla houses a cruel act and said it was not just with the people. He said during budget discussion they had suggested the government not to levy the tax. Later, the opposition members returned to the house.
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anf seizes narCotiCs, arrests tWo
vCs urge govt to notify Pm’s task forCe T ISLAMABAD APP
LAHORe: The Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) on Thursday seized 36 kg hashish and 14.40 kg opium. On the directions of ANF director general, ANF arrested two men; Waqas-ul-Hassan Abbas s/o Muhammad Shabbir r/o Chak No 3, District Mandi Bahauddin and Asad Ullah Haider s/o Ghulam Ali r/o 184 Mohallah Zaheerabad Colony, Chunian, while they were making their way with narcotics on a Toyota Hilux Single Cabin Pickup bearing registration No BB-3690 near Petroleum Service, Bahawalpur Road, Jahanian, Khanewal and seized narcotics. The ANF registered the case under CNSA against the accused and have started an enquiry. ONLINE
HE Vice Chancellors’ Committee at the conclusion of its 13th twoday meeting on Thursday urged the government to notify the already agreed Prime Minister`s Task Force comprising of relevant stakeholder at its earliest to further strengthen higher education sector. Heads of 146 public and private sector universities attended the annual meeting presided over by Vice Chancellors’ Committee Chairperson Engr Syed Imtiaz Hussain Gilani, following the themes ‘consolidate, cooperate and contribute’. The committee said that the mandate of the Task Force would include reviewing HEC’s performance and evolving a working mechanism between federal and provincial governments for undertaking collaborative efforts to
further strengthen higher education sector. They opined that any change or initiative in higher education should be based upon the recommendations of the Task Force. The meeting engaged the heads of different public and private universities in deliberations upon the prevailing issues faced by the higher education sector and the way forward for it. They were of the unanimous view that provincial higher education councils should focus on improving quality of colleges while primary and secondary school commission should be established as autonomous bodies in line with HEC in all provinces. WITHDRAWAL OF TAX ReBATe: The committee members expressed their concern about the withdrawal of tax rebate previously given to teachers and researches. They stated that this will cause brain drain and the efforts and resources invested in higher education will go down the drain. They stated that the 75 percent tax rebate be revived to ensure that researchers and teachers play a productive
and efficient role in changing the economic landscape of the country. The vice chancellors also recommended that private higher education institutions which were being run under trusts on a non-profit basis should be exempted from taxes. The committee of the vice chancellors appreciated the higher education allocations to the sector and termed it a very positive change in the education sector. They hoped that investments in education continues to rise in this democratically-elected, educationfriendly government`s term. The Vice Chancellors were of the view that the higher education sector has been a growth engine for socio economic development of the country and higher education institutions have started to play pivotal role for the well-being of Pakistani people and industrial growth through strong university-industry linkages. The VCs noted that the universities have shown tremendous progress in the last decade and the HEC reforms were being
recognised globally and followed by the other countries. The main factors for the excellent contribution by this organisation were its autonomy and its capable and highly qualified leadership, they said. STATUS QUO DeMANDeD: Recognizing the excellent performance of HEC as autonomous federal organisation in the last decade and revolution it has brought in the higher education sector, the VCs were of the opinion that HEC status quo should remain and its functions may also protected under the 18th Amendment. Addressing on the occasion, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) Chairperson Dr Javaid Laghari in his detailed presentation highlighted HEC’ achievements, current budget allocation for higher education sector and provincial harmony. Commenting on the increased budget allocation in the 2013-14 federal budget for higher education sector, he appreciated fulfillment of commitment by the new democratic government as per its manifesto 2013.
Tehmina brings ‘Happy Things in Sorrow Times’ LAHORE PRESS RELEASE
Tehmina Durrani, bestselling author and activist, debuts her fourth book, Happy Things in Sorrow Times, at the Pakistan National Council of Arts in Islamabad at 4 pm on Saturday. Durrani’s latest thought-provoking book, published and distributed nationwide by Ferozsons, is the story of Afghanistan’s long war experience. Set against the backdrop of the ongoing war, Happy Things in Sorrow Times is a delicately-wrought tale—told from the hopeful heart of an Afghan child—of love, hardship, separation, loss and fear. The book is a treatise against war and it emphasizes the importance of caring for Afghanistan’s damaged young citizens long after U.S.-led forces leave the country next year. The highly anticipated Happy Things in Sorrow Times is Durrani’s first book in 15 years. She has illustrated it herself, with 30 watercolor paintings based on her personal visits to refugee camps in both Afghanistan and Pakistan. These pictures will also be exhibited at the book launch in Islamabad. Happy Things in Sorrow Times has been hailed by
awardwinning author Khaled Ahmed, who has likened it to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the Lewis Carroll classic. Durrani’s book launch in Islamabad will be moderated by Rashed Rahman, editor of Daily Times. Ahmed Rashid, the globally-renowned authority on Afghanistan, and publisher Zaheer Salamat of Ferozsons are also scheduled to speak at this exclusive event. Durrani’s previous works include My Feudal Lord (1991); A Mirror to the Blind, the authorized biography of iconic social reformer Abdul Sattar Edhi published in 1995; and the novel Blasphemy, which was released in 1998. Her first book has been translated in 39 languages and sold in 72 countries.
A FINE ART: A man teaches the Lahore Zoo’s elephant to paint while the tourists watch in amazement. mURTAzA ALI
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A world without nuclear weapons would be less stable and more dangerous for all of us. â€” Margaret Thatcher
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UTTARAkHAND: Posters of missing people, caused by the flash floods and landslides, are placed on a gate as an Indian Air Force helicopter lands at a base in Dehradun, in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, India. AgENcIES
daugHter says mandeLa very CritiCaL CAPe TOWN: Nelson Mandela's condition is "very critical" and "anything is imminent", his daughter Makaziwe Mandela has said. "I can reiterate that Tata [father] is very critical, that anything is imminent, but I want to emphasise again that it is only God who knows when the time to go is," she told broadcaster SAFM on Thursday. She said Mandela was responding to touch. "I won't lie, it doesn't look good. But as I say, if we speak to him, he responds and tries to open his eyes. He's still there. He might be waning off, but he's still there," she said. "I think for us, as his children and grandchildren, we still have this hope because when you talk to him he will flutter and try and open his eyes." Also on Thursday, President Jacob Zuma's office released a statement saying Mandela's condition had improved during the night. One granddaughter, Ndileka, described him as "stable" and thanked wellwishers from around the world for their support. PReSIDeNT CANCeLS TRIP: Zuma said he had cancelled a planned daytrip on Thursday to Mozambique, where he was to attend a regional summit. "I cancelled my visit to Mozambique today so that I can see him and confer with the doctors. He is much better today than he was when I saw him last night," he said. "The medical team continues to do a sterling job. We must pray for Tataâ€™s health and wish him well. AgENcIES
divisions tHreaten to paralyse egypt CAIRO
GYPT'S President Mohammed Morsi has said that the polarised state of the country's politics was threatening democracy and could plunge the nation into chaos. In an address to the nation from Cairo on Wednesday, he acknowledged that he made errors but also blamed unspecified "enemies of Egypt" for damaging the democratic system that sprung out of the uprising of 2011. "Political polarisation and conflict has reached a stage that threatens our nascent democratic experience and threatens to put the whole nation in a state of paralysis and chaos," said Morsi. "The enemies of Egypt have not spared effort in trying to sabotage the democratic experience," he added. A prominent opposition leader criticised the speech, saying it did not offer a detailed road map for national reconciliation, and saying the idea of opening a dialogue was a repeat of earlier promises that never materialised. In a statement issued on Thursday, former foreign minister Amr Moussa also criticised President Mohammed Morsi for not offering a "clear" economic recovery plan and blaming the nation's woes on street protests and strikes. Hours before his speech, clashes between Morsi supporters and opponents killed at least one and injured about 230 people in the city of Mansoura, north of Cairo where Islamist supporters clashed with their opponents. Earlier in the day, Egyptian military brought in re-
inforcements of troops and armour to bases near Egyptian cities ahead of expected June 30 protests, which will mark a year since Morsi took office. 'I have made mistakes' The speech began promptly as scheduled, when Morsi, from the Muslim Brotherhood, offered greetings ahead of the major Islamic holiday of Ramadan, starting in about two weeks. "I stand before you as an Egyptian citizen, not as the holder of an office, who is fearful for his country," he said before saying he would review his first year in office. "Today, I present an audit of my first year, with full transparency, along with a road map. Some things were achieved and others not," Morsi said, without elaborating. "I have made mistakes on a number of issues." At one point, Morsi apologised for fuel shortages which have caused long lines at gas stations and have increased frustration and anger at the government. He also apologised to the nation's youth for not doing enough to involve them in the new political system and ordered cabinet ministers and provincial governors to appoint assistants under the age of 40. Thousands of anti-Morsi demonstrators gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square, which played a key role in the 2011 revolution, to watch the speech. Those organising protests for Sunday - the anniversary of Morsi's inauguration - say he must go because he has mismanaged the country, given a monopoly on decision-making to the Muslim Brotherhood and his Islamist allies and has encroached on the judiciary.
DAkAR: Obama's arrival in Dakar marks the first leg of a three country tour, that also includes South Africa and Tanzania, on a trip where he is expected to focus on deepening economic cooperation with the continent. Obama's itinerary is subject to change as concerns rise over the ailing health of South Africa's former president and icon Nelson Mandela. On Thursday, Obama is expected to tour Goree Island, a former slave trading hub off the coast of the capital Dakar, as well as meet the Senegalese President Macky Sall. Senegalese political analyst Fernand Tona told the German press agency DPA that Obama's visit represented a "gold medal" for Senegal as a functioning democracy. "But we shouldn't just presume that Senegal's economy will be boosted as a result of closer ties between Senegal and the United States," he said. "Senegal would need to pass a lot of reforms in order to attract more American investors. There are still some serious problems in this country." AgENcIES
texas Carries out 500tH exeCution TEXAS: The US state of Texas has executed its 500th convict since it resumed carrying out capital punishment in 1982. Kimberly McCarthy, 52, was put to death on Wednesday evening for the murder of her 71-year-old retired college professor Dorothy Booth in 1997. McCarthy was declared dead by lethal injection at 6:37pm (23:37) GMT in the Walls Unit prison in the small town of Huntsville, prison officials said. "As the lethal drugs began to take effect her last words were 'God is good,'" the Texas Department of Criminal Justice said in a press release. McCarthy stabbed Booth with a butcher's knife and beat her with a candelabra before, police said, she cut off Booth's finger to take her wedding ring. 'RAcIAL DIScRIMINATION': McCarthy, who is black, received two last-minute reprieves in January and April due to allegations of racial discrimination during the selection of what became her all-white jury. But after a Texas appeals court refused to reopen the case, she ran out of both options and time. "If there was something to appeal, I would," her attorney Maurie Levin told the AFP news agency. "For procedural reasons, the claims were never reviewed on the merits" she said. AgENcIES
snowden asylum request 'could take months' WASHINGTON AgENcIES
A decision on whether or not Edward Snowden, the whistleblower who is facing charges of espionage in the US, will be given asylum in Ecuador could take months, officials say. Richard Patino, the country's foreign minister, said on Wednesday during a state visit to Malaysia that it took two months for the country to make a decision in the case of Julian Assange, the founder of whistleblowing website Wikileaks, and that Snowden's case would take at least as long from the time the request was filed. Snowden is currently in hiding in the transit area of the Sheremetyevo airport near Moscow, the Russian capital. Also on Wednesday, a senior US
politician issued a strong warning to cut ties with Ecuador if that country takes him in. Robert Menendez, the chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said that he would seek to end the preferential treatment for goods if the South American nation offers political asylum to Snowden. Menendez said he would lead the effort to prevent the renewal of Ecuador's duty-free access to US markets under the Generalised System of Preferences programme, and also to block the renewal of the Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act, both of which expire at the end of next month. Ecuador exported $5.4 billion worth of oil, $166m of cut flowers, $122m of fruits and vegetables and $80m of tuna to the US under the Andean trade programme in 2012.
Ecuador said that pending its decision on Snowden's request, Washington should argue its case for extraditing the former National Security Agency contractor back to the United States. Chuck Hagel, the US defence secretary, also called on Russia for his extradition on Wednesday, telling the US media
that Snowden's leaks of classified information on widespread US surveillance programmes had been a "serious security breach" that damaged US national security. DIPLOMATIC SPAT: Russia says that since Snowden is in the transit area, he has not technically entered the country and hence cannot be extradited. Snowden had arrived at the Moscow airport from Hong Kong. Hong Kong, a semi-autonomous Chinese territory, said an earlier US request to arrest Snowden while he was there did not fully comply with its legal requirements. But Jay Carney, the White House spokesperson, lashed out at Beijing, saying its failure to "honour extradition obligations" had dealt a "serious setback" to efforts to build trust with China's new
president, Xi Jinping. Meanwhile, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, has said he would "almost certainly" grant political asylum to Snowden. "If he asked us for it, we would think about it and we would almost certainly give it to him, because political asylum is an international human rights institution to protect the persecuted," Maduro said. The US has been seeking Snowden's custody since he leaked details of secret US government surveillance programmes. There was no sign on Wednesday of him registering for onward flights out of Russia. "They are not flying today and not over the next three days," an Aeroflot representative at the transfer desk at Sheremetyevo said when asked whether Snowden and his legal adviser, Sarah Harrison, were due to fly out.
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17 Cng stations in 3 km radius: sC Wants to knoW WHy T ISLAMABAD APP
HE Supreme Court on Thursday sought report from the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) over setting up of 17 CNG stations within the radius of only three kilometers in Gujranwala district. The SC also took strict notice of a CNG station in La-
hore’s Johar Town which was set up adjacent to a school building ignoring all rules and regulations. A three-member SC bench, comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry and Justice Iqbal Hameedur Rehman, resumed the hearing into a suo motu case regarding illegal award of CNG licences on a large scale by the previous regime. The bench noticed that there was a cluster of CNG stations on
the GT Road even though there was a severe shortage of gas in the country. The chief justice said, “It seems as if there are no rules and regulations for establishing CNG stations in the country.” During the course of the proceedings, OGRA Chairman Saeed Ahmed Khan categorically stated that after taking charge in February last year, he had not issued even a single licence for establishing a CNG station.
The CJP questioned the OGAR chairman about the total number of CNG stations in the country, upon which he was informed that currently there were 3,395 functional CNG stations throughout the country. "Explaining the CNG programme, the OGRA chairman said then government had started a programme in 2001 to promote CNG in the country as there was one million cubic feet of extra gas available daily at that time. “Therefore, the govern-
ment at that time had decided to convert CNG stations to eliminate pollution and making Pakistan green,” he added. Khan further said the programme continued from 2001 to 2008 during which licences were granted to many people. The CJP remarked that issuance of hundreds of thousands of licences resulted in abundance of CNG stations on the GT Road and even in some residential areas, where many stations were set up in violation of rules. The CJP expressed satisfaction over the role of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to uncover the facts, however, he said the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had not come up to the court’s expectations. Later, the bench sought a report from OGRA regarding the 17 CNG stations within a radius of three kilometers and a station adjacent to a school building and adjourned further hearing until July 5.
3, including would-be suicide bomber killed in kachlak blasts QUETTA: At least three people, including a would-be suicide bomber, were killed and several others were injured in two separate bomb explosions in Kachlak area near Quetta on Thursday. According to police sources, unidentified men planted an explosives device inside a mosque located in Kalikateer in Kachlak area which went off, killing two men on the spot and injuring many others. Fayyaz Sunmbol, the deputy inspector general of Quetta Police, said the bomb explosion had killed at least two men and injured another five. An old mosque was also damaged in the blast. In another blast, a would-be suicide bomber was killed when the detonator he was carrying, went off before hitting his target. Talking to reporters, SSP Mehmood Notizai said the person killed in the blast was a suicide bomber, adding that he was killed when his detonator went off prematurely. The SSP said the suicide bomber might be going to hit his target. “It was a suicide blast,” a witness said. Security forces cordoned off the area after the blasts, and the bomb disposal squad gathered evidence from the sites. Rescue teams took the deceased and the injured to Civil Hospital in Quetta. INP
QUETTA: A security personnel retrieves the turban of a suspected suicide bomber from high tension electricity wires following an explosion in kachlak in which only the attacker was killed on Thursday. ONLINE
The Prime Minister’s Revenge MONITORING DESK HEN General Pervez Musharraf vaulted to power in a 1999 military coup, the man he overthrew was hurled into a cell in a 16th century fort near Islamabad. Some months later, Nawaz Sharif, the deposed Prime Minister, was convicted on what his supporters say were trumped-up charges. He was sentenced to life behind bars. It was only later, at the insistence of the Saudis, that he was released and dispatched into exile. In his absence, Musharraf became Pakistan’s absolute ruler. According to a TIMA magazine report, now the tables have turned. The vanquished has returned to power, and his onetime tormentor faces the prospect of taking up a spot in the cell he vacated. Sharif recently became Pakistan’s first third-time Prime Minister. After barely a month in power, he told Parliament this week that his government will prosecute Musharraf for “high treason” for violating the constitution when the then military ruler imposed a state of emergency in November 2007. Sharif’s move has arched eyebrows and set off some jitters. In a country where the army has ruled for nearly half of its history, no general has been thrown behind narrowly spaced bars for abuses of power. The prospect of Musharraf, one of Pakistan’s longest-serving army chiefs, becoming the first in jail has raised in some observers’ minds a fear of a destabilizing confrontation between the new civilian government and the powerful generals. The Karachi Stock Exchange, which had been cresting at record highs since the May general elections, plunged at Sharif’s announcement. For Sharif, holding Musharraf to account for his actions represents an oppor-
tunity to entrench civilian power. In the 1990s, both of his governments were thwarted by military interventions. During his seven years in exile, Sharif’s aides say, he reflected on the faltering course of Pakistan’s attempts at democracy, and when he returned to the country in 2007 he resolved to prevent future military coups. Sharif’s party sees Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as a model: a socially conservative party that modernized the economy while successfully taming threats to democracy. But critics say Pakistan is currently faced with a formidable array of challenges — crippling electricity shortages, deadly terrorist attacks, a torpid economy — that are more deserving of Sharif’s attention. “Mr. Sharif should follow Nelson Mandela’s example,” says Mushahid Hussain,
a leading opposition Senator. “He should forgive General Musharraf, call for a Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and press ahead with solving the big issues facing the country. Instead, he seems to be starting where he left off last time.” Musharraf’s return to Pakistan this year, after his own four years in self-imposed exile to London and Dubai, seems to be have been doomed from the moment he stepped off the plane in Karachi. The welcome he craved, hoping to leverage his much publicized Facebook following, failed to materialize. Soon after, the courts began beckoning, forcing him to appear before judges he had sacked when he imposed the state of emergency. In April, Musharraf was denied bail in one of the other cases he’s facing, causing him to flee the courtroom to evade arrest. The next day, Musharraf was placed under
house arrest at his agreeable 2-hectare villa on the outskirts of Islamabad. His attempt to run for election ran into trouble after he was disqualified from standing. And on Tuesday, Musharraf was named the “prime accused” in the murder case of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. The current high command of the Pakistan army had quietly urged Musharraf to not hazard the journey back from exile. Their point was that it would not only damage him but would also taint the institution, possibly dragging other members of the army into his legal quandary. Musharraf didn’t listen to them then, and isn’t listening to them now. Some weeks ago, before the recent elections, some of Musharraf’s former army colleagues visited him, urging him to seek a way to leave the country before a new government took power. The onetime commando bristled at the suggestion. “I’ll face the charges,” Musharraf told them, according to a source knowledgeable about the meeting. By digging in his heels, Musharraf has put his successors in the army in a difficult position. Under the current army chief, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Pakistan’s soldiery has adjusted to a lesser, and less conspicuous, role in the running of the country. Democracy has proceeded, with one elected government replacing another for the first time in Pakistan’s six-decade history. But during the past five years, the army has jealously guarded its influence over foreign and defense policies. Now, Sharif holds both portfolios. Kayani may face some pressure from within his ranks to intervene on Musharraf’s behalf. During his three-hour-long meeting with Sharif after the elections, Kayani broached the topic of Musharraf’s fate with the newly elected PM. The army
has discreetly laid on security for Musharraf at his villa. But it has resisted any public intervention, perhaps wary of provoking a backlash. With just a few months left until his retirement, Kayani may not want to taint his legacy with a risky move. Another powerful man who is retiring this year is Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry. In 2007, he was sacked twice by Musharraf, and reinstated both times by a popular lawyer-led movement. Since his most recent restoration, he is seen by the local media as a moral crusader and deferred to by Sharif’s party. The new government has appointed Munir Malik, one of Chaudhry’s former lawyers, as the new attorney general. It’s hard to determine if the authorities are motivated by bringing the powerful to account, or simply by revenge. But when Sharif appointed Musharraf army chief in 1998, the pair got on famously. “They’re both cultural Lahoris,” says Hussain, the senator, who was a Sharif minister and later a Musharraf aide. “They have the same love of friendships, music and films.” A mere month before the coup, the Prime Minister and the army chief visited the mountains of Skardu together, breaking into a duet at one point. They even rowed together in a boat. Since the coup that pitted them against each other, they’ve also shared similar fates. An ignominious fall from power, legal miseries, gilded but suffocating exile in the Gulf and London (where their apartments are just a mile apart), and the excruciating sight of watching the other’s political fortunes soar as their own plummet. “If they weren’t in politics,” says Hussain, “they would have been great friends.”
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BaLoCHistan assemBLy aPProves Budget 2013-14 T QUETTA APP
HE Balochistan Assembly unanimously approved the provincial budget for fiscal year 2013-14 here on Thursday. The session was chaired by Speaker Mir Jan Jamali. Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch tabled deficit budget for 2013-14 on June 20. Dr Baloch moved a total of 51 demands for grants, including 42 pertaining to non-development expenditures and nine to annual development programme. The total amount of 42 demands for grants pertaining to non-development expenditures was Rs 117.348 billion and amount of nine other relating to de-
rs 15.23 billion and rs 8.18 billion have been allocated for health and enerGy sectors, respectively
velopment schemes was Rs 43.91 billion. No cut motions were presented by any member of the assembly. It merits mentioning here that with an increased of allocation from 4.22 percent to 23.13 percent, Rs 34.89 billion have been earmarked for education while compared to 13 billion in the previous budget, Rs 16.23 billion for
law and order. Rs 15.23 billion has been allocated for health, Rs 7.87 billion for agriculture, Rs 8.17 billion for communication and works, Rs 8.18 billion for the energy sector. At least Rs 1.48 billion have been allocated for fisheries, Rs 2.67 billion for livestock, Rs 160 billion for natural resources and Rs 4.66 billion for irrigation. It was first annual budget presented by Dr Malik-led coalition government of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party and National Party. Parliamentary leader of PML-N Sanaullah Zehri, PkMAP lawmaker Abdul Raheem Ziaratwal, JUI-Fazl lawmaker Abdul Wasey and PMLQ legislator Jaffar Mandokhel were also present. Later,the session was adjourned until Friday (today).
SWAT: Soldiers return to their vehicles after an operation against suspected militants in Rehman Abad area on Thursday. ONLINE
government to be empowered to grant perks to lawmakers, says zahid Hamid ISLAMABAD APP
Federal Minister for Science and Technology Zahid Hamid on Thursday informed the National Assembly (NA) that the government had presented an amendment to the law for restoration of powers of the federal government to provide additional privileges to incumbent lawmakers. Speaking on a point of order, Hamid said the government's amendment was aimed at reviving the 2010 law for grant of privileges to lawmakers. “We are going back to the 2010 law and the government, rather than finance committees of National Assembly and Senate, would have the right to grant privileges to lawmakers,” he added. Earlier, former NA speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza said media was wrongly portraying that she, as speaker of NA, had availed perks and privileges. “This house has the authority to grant privileges to any of its members. Let me clarify that no perks and privileges were given to former speakers. I, as speaker, saved millions in government funds under my austerity campaign,” she said. She further said no lifetime perks had been awarded to former speakers and only a vehicle and a secretary of Grade-17 had been approved for former speakers if they visited the federal capital. “This is not about individuals but about the institution. No medical facilities have been allowed to any former speaker,” she added. Rejecting media reports as misleading, Mirza said perks to lawmakers were the lowest in Pakistan in the region. “Even Afghanistan gives more perks to its lawmakers,” she said, adding that she was one of the highest taxpayers in NA.
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swiss letter controversy a drama to conceal real issues, says kaira
MQM referendum says no to PPP coalition MONITORING DESK
LAHORE: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Punjab Secretary General Tanvir Ashraf Kaira on Thursday said that talk of reopening of Swiss cases on the part of government was a plan to divert public attention from more pressing issues in the country including the ongoing trial of Pervez Musharraf and noncommittal attitude of the government over the energy crisis and talks with IMF. Talking to Pakistan Today, he said “It is better if the government concentrates on these issues instead of consuming its energies on ageold cases, wasting more resources and time.” He said that it appeared as if the government was returning to vendetta-based politics of 1990s. Kaira was confident that nothing would come out of the new controversy. He was even more confident about the fact the Swiss cases could not be re-opened no matter how hard the Pakistani government tried. Meanwhile, the Presidency also denied any secret letter written to Swiss authorities. The Leader of Opposition Khursheed Shah also decried the government effort to politicise the issue again. STAFF REPORT
The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM)’s country-wide referendum on the question if it should join the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) in the Sindh government got a resounding “no” from party workers and supporters, sources said on Wednesday. “Almost 80 percent people voted against joining the government and this was expected,” claimed an MQM member, adding that a majority of the people who voted felt that the MQM’s coalition with the PPP in the last government had severely hurt the image of the Karachi-based party. The MQM conducted a referendum on 21 June, Thursday, to gather views from the party workers and sympathisers if it should join the government, after the PPP formally invited it in the provincial government. However, officially, the MQM is reluctant to comment on the results of the referendum as yet. The outcome was supposed to be announced a day after the polling, but due to the murder of MPA Sajid Qureshi and his son in North Nazimabad last Friday, it was postponed. “We will soon declare the result of the referendum, which will also be our decision if we would continue in the
opposition or sit on the treasury benches,” said deputy convenor of the party Engr. Nasir Jamal. Jamal further said that the party was all set to announce the results but the tragic death of the MPA forced them to delay the announcement, adding that the party will strictly go by the people’s choice. “The country-wide referendum was not an exercise in futility. We will make our decision based on the broad spectrum of opinions we gathered though the referendum,” he added. However, analysts say that the MQM’s decision is likely to depend on the extent to
which the PPP would go to accommodate the party in the government. From the treatment of Lyari gangs to the share of city’s development funds, there are a host of enticing issues that can win the MQM’s heart, if only the PPP is ready listen. The PPP’s opposition leader Khurseed Shah, while talking in a TV talk show on 20 June, had predicted that the MQM’s referendum will be in Sindh government’s favour. Analysts say that this remark is a strong indicator that some solid backdoor negotiations are underway between the PPP and the MQM.
A video message purporting to show two Czech women hostages in Pakistan has demanded the release of Dr Aafia Siddiqui, a neuroscientist and a Pakistani national jailed in the United States, in return for their freedom. Antonie Chrastecka and Hana Humpalova, both 24, were kidnapped in March. They speak in the video message, against a background of photographs of Aafia, the Pakistani neuroscientist who was given an 86-year sentence by a US court in 2010 for shooting at FBI agents and soldiers in Afghanistan. The sentence was upheld by an appeals court last year. "We appeal to our families and our president and all Czech people and the European Union to make every effort for cooperation," Humpalova reads in the video, saying it was shot on April 16, a day after the Boston Marathon bombings. "Our health is in good condition but our life in risk." The video also showed close-ups of the two women’s passports and a sign saying, "Our Demand is only: release Dr Aafia". It made no mention of the identity of the kidnappers. The authenticity of the video could not be verified. The Czech Foreign Ministry said it was analysing the tape. Czech television station TV Nova said it was given the video by a person calling herself Orna Moshe. It was also posted on a Facebook page which was set up under that name on Sunday. The two women were kidnapped in Balochistan. There had been no news on their fate since they disappeared and no group had claimed responsibility for the abduction. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan claimed the responsibility for the kidnapping of a Swiss couple in 2011, saying they could be freed if Aafia was released. The couple escaped after eight months in captivity. The Swiss government denied paying any ransom.
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On the mountains of truth you can never climb in vain: either you will reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers so that you will be able to climb higher tomorrow. –Friedrich Nietzsche
descent into chaos the state’s failure to tackle terrorism has taken a heavy toll
COMMENT Friday, 28 June, 2013
security: Could it get any worse? video of czech women, failed suicide attack add to security woes
HEN one begins to think that the security situation in the country can get no worse, more bad news is invariably on the way. An online video appeared on Thursday of two Czech women kidnapped from Quetta in March this year beseeching the US government to release of Dr Aafia Siddiqi in exchange for them. The video appears to have been shot on April 16, a day before the Boston bombing, and fears are that a link could be suggested between the Boston attack and militants in Pakistan. Earlier in 2011, the Taliban had kidnapped a Swiss couple and made the demand of releasing Dr Siddiqi. In Quetta again, a police official was killed in a suicide bombing gone bad. These events have hit Pakistan after a bad week in terms of terrorism in which the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed an attack on the Sindh High Court judge Maqbool Baqar and the killing of 10 foreign tourists near the Nanga Parbat base camp. The question of how prepared Pakistan is to tackle terrorism has been yielding a big NO, with revelations that CCTV cameras in Karachi’s red zone are non-functional – creating more fear of the ineffectiveness of the law-enforcement agencies. Amidst the clamour, the good news is that Interior Minister Ch. Nisar Ali Khan is due to brief Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the newly-proposed National Security Policy in the next meeting of the federal cabinet. The new policy is likely to cover all security segments in 10 to 15 points and shall hope to revamp the country’s whole security system. The domain it shall cover includes: issues related to diplomatic community, society, extremism, content of textbooks, funding for law enforcement agencies, criminal justice, protection of witnesses and judges, eradication of state’s enemies, protection of foreigners as well as revamping of police system. The policy will also define the role of intelligence agencies to ensure better internal and external security of the state. Such a policy should eventually come through a parliamentary committee and require consultation of all stakeholders. After the PTI, the Sindh government has also called an All-Parties Conference for consultation on the worsening law and order situation. The MQM chief Altaf Hussain has called, “Pakistan a sinking titanic,” and the repercussions of such statements should be considered. But more importantly the question is: how does the government propose to handle such sensitive issues? Surely the decision to suspend the deputy commissioner and other police officials for the attack on the Ziarat residency is counter-productive. The real negligence lies with the centre and law enforcing agencies. Everyone is looking to the PML-N government to step up its game and handle the situation. The continuing killings and mayhem have created an atmosphere of fear. The honeymoon period for the government has been forced to end and it is necessary that it take the relevant action immediately – or else risk the situation spiraling out of control.
giving musharraf justice treason case must fulfill highest standards of law
ITH the PML-N government having taken the bold decision to try former dictator Gen. (Retd) Pervez Musharraf for treason, the critics of the decision have began to squeal that Sharif is “out to take revenge.” While such claims are disingenuous and the charges against the once mighty general are serious enough to merit the treason charge, Sharif knows that any trial of the former commando is likely to receive intense scrutiny. While the PML-N officials have continued to defend the decision, the military has maintained its silence on the trial against its former supreme commander. In part, it shows that the military is now willing to dispense with its chequered history of interfering in civilian matters. While this may be a glad tiding, the trial of Musharraf must fulfill the highest standards of justice. In this regard a committee of three high court judges has been formed to investigate the treason charges against Musharraf. The Supreme Court has also been told that the FIA has been ordered to conduct an inquiry into Musharraf’s action on and after November 3, 2007. The SC, playing its part to ensure a clean trial, is set to form a special court to try the case. The apex court has already withheld its judgment on the three independent petitions asking for a treason trial against the former general and shall hopefully release the order soon. The federal interior minister framed the charges to include that Musharraf had put the constitution in abeyance, imposed a state of emergency, removed dozens of superior court judges and also allegedly detained them. He said a 14-member bench Supreme Court judgment held only one person was responsible for the acts. This suggests that the case shall remain focused on Musharraf – and not extend to his aides. Prime Minister Sharif has expressed his resolve not to do “Victors’ Justice” against Musharraf – and rather to follow the “highest standards of rule of law” in the trial. This is a welcome desire and the procedure adopted as yet does not appear to be rushed in any way. Attempts by the few that remain in the Musharraf camp to inflame the army are condemnable. The case against Musharraf is not framed as a case against the institution of the army, as Interior Minister Ch. Nisar has correctly asserted. Sharif knows he cannot do with Musharraf what Gen. Zia-ul-Haq did to the deposed Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. Such is the balance of the equation between the civilian and the military establishments. He must ensure that no lacunas are left for critics to exploit the situation and personal bias is let out of the dispensation of justice. Sharif has taken a bold and brave step to try the former dictator. The trial will send out a clear message to the powers that be – but to ensure that, Sharif needs to make certain that the trial is a fair one.
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HE tragedy at Nanga Parbat could have been averted had the federal government and agencies been more focused on the terrorist threat. They accused the TTP of terrorist attacks but failed to mobilize the state’s machinery against it. The PML-N leaders avoid naming the TTP as if it does not exist. In their parlance, it is ‘hidden hands’ who are conducting the brazen attacks. Even when Ehsanullah Ehsan publicly owns an attack, the government pretends it has not heard him. Terrorist have conducted some major attacks in the districts adjoining Gilgit-Baltistan while Gilgit city itself has bled profusely on account of serial sectarian killing. The region which borders the Indian controlled Kashmir on the one side and Sinkiang on the other is of strategic importance. Those entrusted to look after the national security, however have failed to realise the consequences of taking the terrorist attacks in the area lightly. In February 2012, 10 to 12 gunmen disguised in military fatigues flagged down four public transport vehicles on the KKH in Kohistan district. They checked the ID cards of the passengers, then dragged out sixteen who were suspected to be Shia, made them stand in a line and showered them with bullets. An anti Shia orgnisation, Jundullah, owned the attack. No serious attempt was made subsequently to locate and arrest the killers. The fact that they could get away with their crimes emboldened the sectarian terrorists. Six months later the same gang comprising again of 10 to 12 killers in army uniform stopped three vehicles near Lulusar Lake on the alternate Kaghan route to Chilas through Kaghan valley and then onwards to Gilgit. Once more the travelers’ ID cards were checked. Some were told to bare their backs to find any signs of Muharram flagellation. Over twenty considered to be Shia were gunned down in cold blood. Again instead of making any serious attempt to bust the murdering bunch, the then federal interior minister Rehman Malik announced cash compensation for the families of the victims to hush up the matter. The
media duly reported the killings and demanded an end to the tragic happenings. The PML-N which constituted the major opposition party was expected to raise the matter in the Parliament. As usual it maintained a discreet silence. The ease with which the killers managed to evaporate in thin air after both the incidents indicated that they were from the area as any outsider was liable to be immediately recognised and questioned by the local population. Mansehra district, where Lulusar Lake is situated, is known for camps where terrorists groups have been trained in the past. Terrorist attacks in the Kohistan district are thus by no means unusual. The terrorists who killed ten foreign tourists were reportedly dressed as Gilgit Scouts. This indicates it is the same group which had conducted two attacks on the Shia travelers. Jundullah was in fact the first group which had owned the Nanga Parbat killings, only to be followed by TTP who claimed the attack was conducted by its newly created affiliate Jundul Hifsa. The IGP G-B Usman Zakaria has told the media that the identity of the attackers has been finally established. They were 16, all locals belonging to Diamer Valley, Mansehra and Kohistan. Besides the ten foreigners, they also shot one of the two Pakistani porters. He was presumably a Shia. “It is a major breakthrough … it happened because of the rigorous day and night efforts of all the agencies working on the case,” claimed Zakaria flanked by G-B chief secretary Munir Badini. Had these agencies acted with an equal sense of urgency when the earlier incidents took place the hapless foreign trekkers might have been safe today and Pakistan’s reputation abroad would not have sunk without trace. The G-B chief secretary has reports that the assailants had received training in FATA and had links with some banned outfits. Besides Arab, Uzbek and Chechen terrorist groups who are considered the fiercest of the lot affiliated with the TTP, Uighur separatists also have presence in Waziristan. What is more they have influenced the local insurgents. Baitullah Mehsud’s predecessor Abdullah Mehsud had kidnapped two Chinese engineers, one of whom was killed during a rescue operation. The killing of the foreign mountaineers has elicited a strong condemnation from other countries. The Chinese too have run short of patience. Beijing has publicly asked Islamabad to “guarantee the safety and legitimate rights of Chinese citizens in Pakistan.” Foreign tourists had stopped coming to Swat following the Taliban insurgency in the picturesque valley. They are discouraged from entering the Neelum valley. Gilgit-
Baltistan meanwhile continued to draw tourists and trekkers on account of its reputation for peace. The Nanga Parbat killings have tarnished the area’s image. Five of the world's 14 eight-thousanders, including the K2, the second highest peak in the world, are in G-B or in its vicinity. The 8,126-metre Nanga Parbat is the second highest peak in Pakistan after K-2 and the 9th highest mountain in the world. In summer, it attracts hundreds of foreign mountaineers and trekkers because of its breathtaking terrain. What is more trekking expenses here are far less expensive in comparison with China and Nepal. According to president Pakistan Tour Operators’ Association Amjad Ayub, 250,000 people of the region depend on tourism. There are around 150 tour operators working in GilgitBaltistan who provide guides, cooks and logistics to the tourists. The local tourism industry has gone belly up for years to come. Kari Kobler, a Swiss expedition organizer told Deutsche Welle: "This has changed the entire situation… This was bad for Pakistan." Kobler is now considering cancelling an expedition to the area planned for the year 2014. The company "Hauser Exkursionen" felt the need to respond to the shootings right away. It had planned a trip for July 8. "But that doesn't make any sense now," says Eberhard Andres. He said there had already been a number of tours planned for the year 2013. Pakistan's fascinating mountain ranges had been considered exclusive among trekkers and a good alternative to established routes in Nepal. "Word got round that people did not feel threatened there." Terrorism put an end to international sports events in Pakistan. The 2009 attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team ensured that no foreign cricket team would come to play in Pakistan for years. The New Zealand team cancelled its December 2009 tour. The 2011 Cricket World Cup was to be cohosted by Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, but in the wake of the attack on the Sri Lankan team the ICC were forced to strip Pakistan of its hosting rights. The headquarters of the organising committee which were originally situated in Lahore were shifted to Mumbai. Pakistan was supposed to hold 14 matches, including one semi-final. Eight of Pakistan's matches were awarded to India, four to Sri Lanka and two to Bangladesh. Bangladesh also put off a scheduled tour by Pakistan due to security concerns after this attack. And now the bell tolls for Pakistan’s tourism industry for the same reason: the state’s failure to contain terrorism. The writer is a political analyst and a former academic.
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Chemotherapy for vets The human need to consume has put remarkable pressure on food stuff from animals. Meat and milk consumption has increased. According to data, the global percentage of animal abortion during the period between 1988 and 2003 varied from 7.5 to 12%. In Pakistan incidence rate of abortion varied from 6.8 to 23% between 1990 and 2009. N caninum is the most important cause of bovine abortion and fetal death thus causing major economic losses to the dairy and beef industry. Keeping in view the importance of the disease the present proposed study was designed to record the seroprevalence of Neospora caninum infection in dogs, cattle and humans by using milk and serum samples. Overall seroprevalence of N. caninum in dairy cattle detected by means of cELISA was found to be 43.4%. The assessment of milk samples from lactating cows were determined for Neospora caninum antibodies by Iscom ELISA (SANOVIR® Sanova Biotech AB, Uppasala, Sweden) and showed a good level of
agreement (r²=0.9959) between the two ELISA. In addition to this an epidemiological study was conducted in dogs of different breeds and age groups. The serum samples of dogs were analyzed by cELISA showed a seropositivity of 23.5%. Moreover, the current study described the seroprevalence and transmission of neosporosis in humans. A selection of 52 samples was analyzed for the presence of N. caninum antibodies. The serostatus of the humans towards neosporosis was determined by using antigen coated IFAT slides and conjugate (VMRD, Inc., Pullman, Washington USA). Overall low prevalence (1.9%) of N caninum antibodies was reported in this study, indicating, no strong evidence of N. caninum infection in humans. Furthermore, in vitro drug trials was conducted to access the efficacy of three drugs Clindamycin, Diclazuril and Sulfadiazine, Diclazuril has best inhibitory effect against N caninum tachyzoites in cell culture. MUHAMMAD MUDASSER NAZIR, AZHAR MAQBOOL UVAS, Lahore
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The mountains are calling and I must go. –John Muir
Friday, 28 June, 2013
the judiciary’s love for power pml-n government must beware of judicial overreach
kerry's challenge netanyahu and israel’s intent is under question
DR. JAmES J. zOgBY
ECRETARY of State John Kerry returns to the Middle East this week as part of his continuing effort to launch Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. It will be his fifth visit in just three months and, despite the Secretary's best efforts, prospects for a breakthrough remain bleak. While the Palestinian side remains in some disarray (more on that later), Kerry's real challenge, I believe, will be to get Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to be more honest about his real intentions. That will not be an easy lift, since being forthcoming has not always been Netanyahu's strong suit. In fact, during his career he has been known by friends and foes alike to be a bit of a dissembler and a manoeuvrer. During Netanyahu's first term as prime minister, then President Bill Clinton found dealing with him to be quite maddening. I recall the famous comment of Uri Avnery, the Israeli peace activist and former member of Knesset, upon hearing that Clinton had invited Netanyahu to negotiations at the Wye Plantation, remained, "Netanyahu will either say 'No' and not go; or he will say 'Yes' and not agree to anything; or he will go, agree, and not implement what was agreed upon". Avnery's observations were on target. Netanyahu chose the third option. With his return to the post of prime minister, in the early days of President Obama's first term, Netanyahu found himself being pressed by the new and quite popular US president to agree to a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict. This was a tall order for Netanyahu, who during his time as Israeli spokesperson at the Madrid Peace Conference refused to refer to the Palestinian delegation by that name, instead insisting on referring to them as "Jordanians". But, as he has been known to do, Netanyahu bowed to Obama's pressure and delivered a speech in which he appeared to accept the two-state outcome. In the weeks and months that followed, his behaviour spoke otherwise. After a few skir-
mishes with Obama over settlement construction and Palestinian home demolitions and a major confrontation over the US President's declaration that the basis for Israel-Palestinian negotiations should be the 1967 borders with "land-swaps"— which Netanyahu won, with the backing of a fawning US Congres – no further efforts were made to advance peace until now. Both Obama and Secretary Kerry began the President's second term with a renewed push to start negotiations leading to a two-state solution noting that with the growth of settlements and other construction in the occupied territories time was clearly running out on the possibility of creating a viable Palestinian state. Netanyahu has maintained the appearance of being a willing partner in this endeavour, urging the Palestinians to come forward to negotiate with him, as he famously insists, "without preconditions". But there are clear signs that these appearances are deceiving. Just last week Netanyahu's gamesmanship was exposed following the issuance of a joint statement after his meetings with his Polish counterpart. The statement read, in part, "the two governments [Israel and Poland] agree about the urgent need for progress toward a two-state solution" adding that both Israelis and Palestinians should avoid "unilateral steps...[that] are not helpful for achieving a sustainable peace". Sensing that this would be interpreted by his far-right governing coalition as a repudiation of new settlement construction, Netanyahu quickly dissociated himself from the statement, with his spokesperson claiming the Israeli side had not reviewed it beforehand. In the past two weeks, members of Netanyahu's governing coalition have made it even more clear how challenging Kerry's mission will be. Israel's Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon (a member of the LIKUD party) was quite blunt, declaring that "there was never a government discussion, resolution, or vote about a twostate solution... if you will bring it to a vote... you will see forces blocking it within the party and the government". And going further, Netanyahu's minister of economy, Naftali Bennett, speaking before a meeting of West Bank settlers stated that "the attempt to establish a Palestinian state in 'our land' (sic) has ended". He went on to liken the Palestinian presence to "shrapnel in the butt", noting that it was uncomfortable, but it was something you learn to live with, instead of risking an operation to remove it. Netanyahu, facing a storm of criticism for these comments, responded that he, alone, makes foreign policy. He went on to restate his commitment to seeking a "negotiated solution where
you'd have a demilitarized Palestinian state that recognizes the Jewish state" – adding, as he does, that as part of this arrangement he will insist on control over air, water, and land rights, security arrangements in the Jordan Valley, and control over all of annexed "Greater Jerusalem" etc. This, one supposes, is his interpretation of "negotiations without preconditions". Even with Netanyahu's claim that he, alone, makes foreign policy and despite the deal-breaking terms he insists upon, Deputy Minister Danon's observation that the Israeli government has not and would not support a Palestinian state because "it was not the policy of the government" must be seen as deeply troubling. If a peace agreement is negotiated by Netanyahu and rejected by his government, because, as Danon makes clear, it is not something to which they have ever agreed, then where are we? Who is Netanyahu fooling, his cabinet and government, or the US President and secretary of state? This is what John Kerry will have to discern as he attempts to move forward. As I have already noted problems abound on the Palestinian side. But it must be noted that their fractured polity and other dysfunctions are a function of living for more than four decades as a captive people under occupation. The notion advanced by President George W. Bush that the Palestinians must first establish themselves as a functioning democracy before they could have a state was and remains bizarre. Given their circumstances, the progress Palestinians have made is significant, but it will always be incomplete since their reality is distorted by their lack of freedom. What is required for there to be a peace agreement is not that the Palestinians first perfect their state. What must come first is an Israeli withdrawal from the occupied territories. Security arrangements will, of necessity, accompany such a withdrawal, but these will require international peacekeeping forces—something the Israelis have always rejected. Peace will also require an international effort at investment, reconstruction, and resettlement, and support for institution-building. All of this will take time and significant effort. But first, the Israelis have to support the notion that there should be an independent sovereign Palestinian state on land occupied in the 1967 war. And this, it appears, is a goal to which, the Netanyahu government has not yet committed itself. Uncovering whether or not this Israeli government has any intention of moving forward and ending the occupation will be Secretary Kerry's challenge. The writer is President, Arab American Institute
IKE a carnivorous animal that cannot change its man-hunting ways once it gets a taste of human flesh, a human being who once gets the taste of power will similarly not let go of it easily. Our judiciary is a case in point. How else can you explain the Supreme Court's taking suo motto notice of the GST tax, the pricing of petrol, ordering the immediate TAUSIF KAmAL appointment of the PIA chief, declaring the postings and transfers of hundreds of civil servants null and void, and chiding the brand new government to act ‘democratically’ – when it was barely a day old. As everyone knows that our whole justice system, from the lowest 'kutchery' courts upwards is a cesspool of corruption and inefficiency, with a black hole of pending cases. Yet our apex judiciary, abdicating its own duty to put its own house in order, rushed helter-skelter to take notice of the GST tax imposed by the government, as if it was in a contest with the government for control of executive power. People have a right to ask exactly what all this judicial overreach and arbitrariness and all the Supreme Court notices and orders have actually achieved for the country or its people? Have they made any difference in the lives of the ordinary people? Have they economically benefited the people? Have they made the country more safe and stable? Have they made the availability of essential commodities, electricity and other basic items easier and less expensive? Has the overall economy of the country improved? Has the security situation in Balochistan and Karachi improved after its suo motto intervention? Of course, the answer will be in the negative on all counts. On the other hand, the situation on the ground has undeniably further deteriorated in all of the above areas where the Supreme Court has intervened. The judiciary has wasted the country's precious time and limited resources on myriad frivolous, non-productive suo motto notices, hearings, inquiries, petitions such as the Memogate or the NRO. We all remember only too well how the judiciary in its pursuit of the NRO case put the government's stability and the state's viability at grave political risk, only for the Swiss court to correctly dismiss it. Judiciary's role in such commercial cases as the privatization of Steel Mills etc, and what may be deemed as tortuous interference in international contracts having binding arbitration clauses such as the Reko DiqTCC and Turkish Powerboat rental cases might result in huge economic losses for our cash deprived nation. In the process the rule of law and the bedrock principle of separation of powers of the three branches of the government, embedded in our constitution, has been dealt a severe blow. Many of the country's key institutions like the police, FIA, FC, NAB and other law-enforcement agencies and institutions and bodies like OGRA have been undermined. Terrorists have been let loose in reign of murder and mayhem in the land, and the country's security situation has worsened as a result of judiciary's interference in governance. To stifle the voice of the people, to silence any criticism in the media and to preempt any public debate or discussion over the excesses committed by it, the judiciary can use the contempt of courts powers under Article 204 (2)(b) of the constitution of Pakistan to silence all and sundry who dare question it. In no other democratic country anywhere in the world, a court of law can use its contempt powers outside the courts premises in order to abridge that most fundamental of human rights, the right to free speech and expression. And as all of us have by now come to shockingly realize that through the ad nauseum invoking of the controversial 'suo motto' Article 184(c)(3) of the constitution, our apex court has been ruling on any matter under the sun at its pleasure, from the price of samosas to the price of CNG and electricity etc to the transfer of civil servants, to remove an elected head of the government etc. – all under the pretext of 'enforcement of fundamental rights' or as a 'matter of public importance'. Therefore, as a first step, the parliament should scrap this root-of-theproblem Article 184 (c)(3) of the constitution, the source of all judicial intervention, and discard the equally outrageous Article 204(2)(b). Our people should know that neither the 'suo motto' nor the 'contempt of court' provisions in their present shape or form exist anywhere in the world. Such sweeping, anti-democratic articles were surreptitiously and spuriously inserted in the constitution to be subsequently used as authoritarian tools or ploys by the courts for the sole purpose of suppressing the elected representatives and will of the people. In addition, the elected parliament must modify other relevant provisions in the constitution and laws and insert appropriate new provisions that would deprive a politically ambitious and authoritarian judiciary of the legal tools to play an imperious or usurping role of a super executive and super parliament, completely unchecked by any one and accountable to no one. New provisions in the constitution and laws must clearly stipulate that the sole function of the apex court is to apply and interpret the constitutions and laws only in actual, adversarial cases that come before it on appeal from lower courts. The constitution should expressly state that the judiciary shall have no business interfering in or encroaching upon or advising the executive and legislature on matters relating to governance, execution or implementation of laws or legislation of laws. Perhaps, not content with its relentless daily intrusions and indeed marauding of the previously weak, submissive and inept government and its eventual derailment, it seems that this judiciary is now eyeing the new PMLN government as its prey. If Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his PML-N are not careful and fail to nip this judicial hazard in the bud, the danger is that he and his party will meet the same fate as did the last government of PPP and Yousuf Raza Gilani. This judiciary with its fire stoked by a pliant and self-serving media and vested, parsimonious interests do not seem prone to stop lording over the elected government and the people's parliament on its own volition. The writer is a Juris Doctor, and an Attorney at Law, based in Houston, Texas, USA.
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Capitalism is an evil, and you cannot regulate evil. You have to eliminate it and replace it with something that is good for all people and that something is democracy. –Michael Moore
arts Friday, 28 June, 2013
WiLL.i.am sues ProduCer over CoPyrigHts
Bachchan and devgan team up in ‘satyagraha’ P
RAKASH Jha's next, 'Satyagraha', will see Amitabh Bachchan and Ajay Devgn teaming up after 'Aag' (2007). The movie revolves around the conflicts between a father (Big B) and son (Ajay), set against the backdrop of a mass movement against corruption. Says the director, "This film reflects people's resentment against corruption and injustice. If we take a look at the headlines that have shaken the nation, we will see that citizens' power has made all the difference." Though Amitabh and Ajay have worked together previously, this is the first time they are playing father and son. Says Jha, "Mr Bachchan prepares for his role, while Ajay is spontaneous. Both are a pleasure to work with." The film also stars Kareena Kapoor, Manoj Bajpayee, Arjun Rampal and Amrita Rao. Says Siddharth Roy Kapur, Managing Director, Studios, Disney-UTV, "This film is the voice of the Indian youth, who are courageous enough to stand up for their rights. It is a gritty venture that gives an entertaining insight into the politics of power, love and relationships." Satyagraha, by Prakash Jha Productions and UTV Motion Pictures, releases August 23.
UP FOR gRABS: Elvis’ cadillac to be auctioned! Will.i.am is taking legal action against Pharrell Williams over the latter's new creative brand "i am OTHER" – claiming that he owns the copyright to the phrase "I AM" and that Pharrell's logo is "confusingly similar," according to official court documents obtained by Rolling Stone. In his notice of opposition, Will.i.am argues that Pharrell would be using his "i am OTHER" brand on clothing and other items in a manner similar to the goods that bear his own "I AM" logo. "The registration of the mark . . . is likely to dilute the I AM mark and the WILL.I.AM mark," the document reads. Lawyers for Pharrell and "i am OTHER" filed an answer to Will.i.am's notice of opposition, denying all such claims. NEWS DESK
Girls rejoice! Backstreet Boys are back! T
HE Backstreet Boys made the rounds on Wednesday with appearances on early and late talk shows in New York City to promote their new album. The all-grown up five-piece band that consists of A.J. McLean, Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson, Howie Dorough and Brian Littrell made an appearance on NBC's morning The Today Show and later appeared on CBS's The Late Show with David Letterman. The band formed in Florida in 1993 and will release their eighth studio album titled In A World Like This on July 30. In April the Backstreet Boys received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles surrounded by their growing families and a throng of fans. The boyband enjoyed immediate success with the 1996 international debut of their self-titled album and over 20 years have sold more than 130 million records worldwide. The group, which is the top selling boy band of all time, also will have a
documentary about them released next year. As a measure of their international fame, the band's worldwide hit single I Want It That Way topped the singles charts in more than 25 countries. The bandmates have been busy lately with a May tour in China supporting the new album. The group will perform in more than two dozen shows in August and September in the U.S. and are also scheduled to tour Japan in October. The Backstreet Boys resumed as a full quintet after Kevin agreed last year to rejoin the group. The bandmates also have been expanding their families lately with 35-year-old A.J. and wife Rochelle welcoming daughter Ava in November. Howie and his wife had their second child in February. Kevin recently announced that he and his wife Kristin are going to have another baby in a photo he shared on Twitter showing her displaying a baby bump with the Easter bunny. NEWS DESK
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What is comedy? Comedy is the art of making people laugh without making them puke. –Steve Martin
ARTS Friday, 28 June, 2013
anniston’s no longer bride-to-be! J
ENNIFER Aniston and Justin Theroux are no longer talking about wedding plans according to RadarOnline. Aniston reportedly doesn't want to move out of Los Angeles while Theroux desperately wants to move to New York City. Classic tale of two cities! Their on again, off again wedding plans have dragged on for a while. A few days ago it looked like the wedding was simply being postponed, while back in May it seemed as if they were going to happily move into a "dream home" in Bel Air. Theroux allegedly isn't keen on that plan as he can't stand living there. So what's next for the two? RadarOnline claims that Theroux proposed a bi-coastal living situation, in which they would live half the year in New York City and half in LA, but unfortunately, Aniston wasn't having it. With the former "Friends" star unwilling to go back to the home of Central Perk, this relationship might be heading for the pit.
SRK’s surreptitious clinic visit Ooh La La! Britney launches new single While folks were busy clamoring over new music for Kanye West and JayZ, Britney Spears dropped her newest single. Spears' uber-poppy track, "Ooh La La," premiered on "On Air With Ryan Seacrest." The Grammy Award-winning pop star is releasing "Ooh La La" as a bundle with the debut single from new artist, G.R.L., titled, "Vacation." The fresh material will be featured on the soundtrack for "The Smurfs 2," the sequel to the live action/animated film that raked in over $560 million at the worldwide box office in 2011. NEWS DESK
In a surprise visit that brought South Bombay nearly to a standstill, actor Shah Rukh Khan visited a clinic in the Navsari building at Fort around 5 pm yesterday. Wife Gauri Khan, who we were made to be believe was in London all this while, was present with her husband. Amidst reports of the couple planning a third child through surrogacy, this unscheduled visit to the doc was enough to get us curious. When TOI investigated further, we were rather surprised to find the real cause. SRK was only visiting eyespecialist Dr Burjor P Banaji for a regular eye check-up. Incidentally, Banaji also happens to be the doctor who treated the late Balasaheb Thackeray. SRK's appointment lasted for nearly 45 minutes, and the superstar, quite graciously clicked pictures with the clinic staff. From what we could gather, SRK complained of burning sensation in the eye. "A mild concern which inevitably strikes when you get closer to 50," said the good doctor. NEWS DESK
uPside doWn no more! jaCk joHnson in WitH neW song
‘Eye to eye’ makes the world watch P
AKISTANI artist Taher Shah's new song Eye to Eye has taken the Internet by storm. Dressed in an immaculate white suit, Taher's piercing blue eyes and luscious curls have you transfixed as he sings his heart out about love being transferred from one soul to another all through eyes. As he sways from side to side, with the paparazzi snapping away, Taher sings about sensational eyes, emotional eyes, colourful eyes, fabulous eyes, his eyes, my eyes, your eyes and everybody's eyes. The singer even has a special message for his fans about his song, "I wrote the lyrics with the vision to love one's especially express and convey the feelings of one marvelous love to each other with "EYE TO EYE" because I sincerely believes in "EYES" true love and encourages it (sic)," posted Taher on Twitter. Call the video weird, the lyrics truly heart-warming, doesn't matter. The Lyricist, Singer, Producer and Video Director of EYE TO EYE is rocking the current music scene. The song was originally released two months ago and has been airing on different music channels in Pakistan. However, the video has caught the attention of Twitterati in the last two
days. Alveena@ After watching taher shah. Ankhen coma mey chali gai thi
for 15 minutes. Maut Ka Farishta: That is it. Eye to Eye by Taher Shah is
now playing on repeat. To hell with the mid-term. NEWS DESK
Jack Johnson is really your man: Fresh off of saving Bonnaroo, he's surging forward with a charming new video for "I Got You," filmed with a buddy on a bright Hawaiian day. Emmett Malloy directed the clip, which is debuting exclusively on HuffPost Entertainment. He's the man behind multiple Johnson projects, as well as videos and documentaries for Oasis, Blink 182, Metallica, Ben Harper and Lit. In the "I Got You" visuals, Johnson is seen working through his song on public transit, in fields and even while skateboarding (tiny vinyl board, natch). "My friend Emmett Malloy directed this video with me," Johnson told HuffPost Entertainment. "We shot it on an old wind up 16mm camera, that we used to shoot our surf films on. We drove around Oahu and made it up as we went. It was a fun day and hopefully that translates in the video." Johnson is set to embark on the "From Here to Now to You" Tour, the proceeds of which will be donated to over 75 hand-picked charities through the All at Once Campaign. This year's organizations will be chosen for their work on sustainable local food and plastic-free projects, and the tour itself is designed to minimize its environmental impact. Open secret: Johnson has donated his tour profits to charity since 2008. NEWS DESK
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InFotaInMent Friday, 28 June, 2013
gLamorous CHinese HoteL to Be BuiLt in quarry Construction has begun on a luxury fivestar hotel being built INSIDE a 100-metre deep, water-filled abandoned quarry in China at the base of the Tianmenshan Mountain. The £345million cave hotel in the Songjiang District has been designed by British-based firm Atkins and will have 380 rooms over 19 storeys - two of which will be underwater. The rest of the InterContinental Shimao hotel will be built into the mountainous landscape and guests will be able to do watersports on the lake and use the nearby cliffs for rock-climbing and bungee jumping. It is expected to take around three years to build and guests could be staying in the resort by 2015 - with rooms likely to cost around £200 a night. The two underwater floors will have an aquarium with glass walls that look out onto an underwater restaurant and guest rooms. A swimming pool and a sports centre will also be built inside the hotel as well as several restaurants, a banqueting hall and conference rooms for business meetings. Although the guest rooms will vary in size, they are expected to start from around £200 a night. Atkins has designed the structure to blend in with the landscape using an eco-friendly green roof planted with various trees. Li Xuyang, a senior manager for Shimao Group told Shortlist: ‘Two stories will be built underwater, 17 will be within the cave and two more will be above ground. NEWS DESK
futuristiC us drone takes on tHe seas While X-47B is for non-operational use, its precision navigation algorithms will be used to create the first operational carrier-based unmanned aircraft. The United States Navy launched an unmanned aircraft from a modern carrier flight deck for the first time ever Tuesday. The unmanned aircraft was the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System demonstrator, and its first-ever launch from a modern aircraft carrier represents how manned and unmanned aircraft on carrier flight decks will be merged in the future. A mission operator aboard the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) controlled X-47B, showing off how well it works within a carrier environment. It landed back at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland. "This historic event challenges the paradigm of manned carrier landings that were first conducted more than 90 years ago," said Rear Adm. Mat Winter. "In that challenge though, comes a respect and admiration for all those naval aviators – past and present – that have ensured the value of the Navy aircraft carrier/carrier air wing team. NEWS DESK
Every day sees humanity more victorious in the struggle with space and time. — Guglielmo Marconi
newly discovered ‘suPer-eartHs’ which could harbour life!
nearby solar system is packed with up to seven planets including three 'super-Earths' that may be capable of supporting life, say scientists. The planets orbit Gliese 667C, one of three stars bound together in a triple system 22 light years away in the constellation of Scorpius. Astronomers believe they fill up the star’s habitable zone - the orbital region just the right distance away to permit mild temperatures and liquid water. Three of the new worlds are categorised as 'superEarths', meaning they have between one and 10 times the mass of the Earth. If, like the Earth, they are rocky and possess atmospheres and watery lakes or oceans, they could conceivably harbour life. Because Gliese 667C is part of a triple system, anyone standing on one of the planets would see three suns in the sky. At night, the two companion stars would be as bright as the full moon on Earth. Because Gliese 667C is part of a triple system, anyone standing on one of the planets would see three suns in the sky. At night, the two companion stars would be as bright as the full moon on Earth. Previous studies had identified three planets orbiting the star, including one in the habitable zone. The other planets were discovered after astronomers revisited previous data and made new observations using a range of telescopes. Lead scientist Dr Guillem AngladaEscuda, from the University of Gottingen in Germany, said: 'We identified three strong signals in the star before, but it was possible that smaller planets were hidden in the data. 'We re-examined the existing data, added some new observations, and applied two different data analysis meth-
ods especially designed to deal with multiplanet signal detection. 'Both methods yielded the same answer: there are five very secure signals and up to seven low-mass planets in short-period orbits around the star.' Gliese 667C is smaller, fainter and cooler than the sun, having just over a third of its mass. As a result, its habitable zone - where conditions are warm but not scalding hot - is relatively close in. This is helpful to astronomers because the limits of current technology make it hard to detect smaller Earth-like planets in more distant orbits. The astronomers believe the star’s habitable zone is full - there are no more
stable, long-lived orbits available within it that could contain other planets. If the Earth circled the sun at the same distance, it would be far too hot to support life. But much milder conditions may exist on planets orbiting close to dimmer, cooler stars such as Gliese 667C. Since low-mass stars make up around 80 per cent of the stars in our galaxy, the Milky Way, astronomers hope they might provide a rich harvest of other potentially habitable close-orbiting planets. 'The number of potentially habitable planets in our galaxy is much greater if we can expect to find several of them around each low-mass star,' said co-researcher Dr Rory Barnes, from the University of
Houston we have a problem! CHInese astronaUts retUrn from space as Us looks on A space capsule carrying three Chinese astronauts has landed safely in northern China after a 15-day trip to the country's prototype space station. The Shenzhou 10's descent module landed by parachute in Inner Mongolia on Wednesday with the three crew members said to be in 'good health'. It was the second manned mission to the experimental Tiangong 1 space station - launched in 2011 - with China hoping to have a permanent space presence by 2020. The Shenzhou 10 spacecraft is China's fifth manned space mission since 2003 and the 15-day mission was the longest time a manned Chinese spacecraft has been in orbit. It beat Shenzou 9's mission time by two days. China Central Television showed the re-entry of the capsule, dangling from an orange parachute, and its landing on flat grasslands shortly after 8 a.m. China time. The astronauts began emerging about 90 minutes after landing, helped out of the nose of the capsule by workers in white jumpsuits and into waiting chairs, smiling and waving to the TV camera. The Shenzhou 10 was commanded by Nie Haisheng, with Zhang Xiaoguang and female astronaut Wang Yaping also on board. Yaping is China's second female astronaut to ever complete a space mission. While in space, the three astronauts beamed the first ever live science class from space to 60 million schoolchildren across the country. The 50-minute televised physics lecture was on the effects of weightlessness. After emerging from the capsule, Haisheng said: 'Space is our dream, the fatherland is our home. 'Thanks to all compatriots who supported us and best wishes for the wealth and success of our fatherland and the ever greater happiness of our people.' Wang Yaping added: 'I hope all our young friends may wish beautiful dreams and may their dreams come true. 'This mission made me realise two dreams: my dream of flying to outer space, and my dream of being a teacher," she told CCTV. 'If you have a dream, you can succeed.' At a news conference in Beijing, Wang Zhaoyao, director of China's manned space program, said the mission went 'perfectly'. The Shenzhou 10 spacecraft was launched on June 11 from a remote site in the Gobi desert in China's far west. Plans call for a working space lab, the Tiangong 2, to be put into orbit in two years, which will then be replaced by a
three-module permanent station in 2020. The future station will weigh about 60 tonnes, which is slightly smaller than NASA's Skylab of the 1970s and about one-sixth the size of the 16-nation International Space Station. China was barred from participating in the ISS, largely because of U.S. objections over political differences and the Chinese program's close military links. Alongside the manned program, China is developing the Long March 5 heavier-lift rocket needed to launch the Tiangong 2. It also plans to send a rover to the moon, possibly followed by a crewed lunar mission if officials decide to combine the human spaceflight and lunar exploration programs. The Global Times, a tabloid published by the same company that puts out the official Communist Party newspaper the People's Daily, echoed some criticism among the public about the expense of China's space programme. 'Currently, China's passion to develop space technology mainly lingers at the government level. 'Some even blame the government for political vanity and question whether the money couldn't be spent improving people's livelihoods,' the paper said in an editorial, published before the landing. Beijing insists its space program is for peaceful purposes but the U.S. Defence Department has highlighted China's increasing space capabilities. It recently claimed that Beijing is pursuing a variety of activities aimed at preventing its adversaries from using space-based assets during a crisis. NEWS DESK
Washington in the US. 'Instead of looking at 10 stars to look for a single potentially habitable planets, we now know we can look at just one star and find several of them.' The findings, released by the European Southern Observatory, are to appear in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics. Although the planets are far too small to see with a telescope, they could be detected by looking for the effect of their gravity on the star. The gravitational 'tug' of an orbiting planet makes a star 'wobble' which in turn causes its light wavelength to fluctuate. By measuring these tiny changes astronomers can calculate the planet’s orbit and mass. NEWS DESK
tHe veneraBLe ‘kaLaCH’ does it again
Submerging an AK 47 gun and firing it underwater appears to make it work better, according to high speed footage. In an experiment posted online, a team put one of the automatic machine guns into an water-filled aquarium and filmed it using a high-speed camera. When the footage was slowed down, they discovered that not only does the weapon still fire while under water, it actually reloads itself faster. The AK47 assault rifle is based on a gas recoil system. It uses the hot expanding gases of a bullet being fired to automatically rechamber the next round, Gizmodo reports. The gas flows up through the chamber and back to the gun’s bolt, which forces it back. The video was uploaded on the Smarter Every Day channel on YouTube. The film shows the hosts build a tank to put the rifle in and then modify the gun to allow it to be fired via a long piece of string. They then remove the stock, build a replacement in the static underwater rig, then attach the gun to it, Geek reports. After first testing the gun outside of the tank, the AK47 is placed in to the water-filled aquarium and is fired, forcing the tank to explode. Surprisingly, the gun still works perfectly after the experiment. The team show the two high speed videos of the gun firing, slowed down, and played side by side. The gun appears to fire better under water, because, they conclude, the chamber reloads faster because H2O can not be compressed. However, although the gun's mechanisms operate more efficiently underwater, the speed at which the bullets are released is slower. NEWS DESK
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SPORTS Friday, 28 June, 2013
don’t Write us off, says ajmaL LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Pakistan’s star spinner Saeed Ajmal believes that the Pakistan team has enough blood running in its body to stand tall once again. The Pakistan cricket team failed to win even a single match in the recently-concluded Champions Trophy. Worse! The team couldn’t even bat through the full quota of 50 overs, thus prompting many to raise question mark about its batting abilities. However, Ajmal said that his side has enough ability to bounce back from the current rut. “Don’t write us off. We know people are very disappointed with our performance in England but we will make amends by performing better in the coming series,” Ajmal said. He added “The players were disheartened and upset with what happened. We let down our supporters in England. But the team’s future is not bleak and we are capable of performing much better in the upcoming series.” “It’s not that the team didn’t try. Every player gave his best to lift the side. The conditions were very difficult and unfortunately we just didn’t click as a unit. On the other hand, the teams that adapted well achieved good results in the tournament. We will learn from our mistakes and bounce back quickly,” Ajmal reasoned. Ajmal conceded that Pakistan’s tour to West Indies will be a tough tour as the hosts are in good form and have some quality players in their ranks. In his words, he said “West Indies have a good one day squad with some top players. I am looking forward to bowling to their quality players like Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels.” Let’s hope that Pakistan, indeed turns it around with the bat in the coming future. For if they do so, the world knows how lethal their bowling can be. And with both the departments doing well together, they will definitely turn out to be a side to watch out for!
I think he has a chance of beating Froch if he fights the right tactics. Like I said, Froch can be out boxed. I think he’s shown that. –Joe Calzaghe
misBaH Wants CHanges IN TEAM FOR WEST INDIES SERIES pakistan captain feels no player should take his place in the national side for Granted LAHORE
AKISTAN skipper Misbah-ul-Haq is not averse to the idea of making some changes in the squad ahead of team’s tour to the West Indies as he dropped hints that axe may fall on nonperforming players. Pakistan suffered humiliation of losing all three group matches in the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 and Misbah said if the selectors feel that changes are required, they were right. “Nothing wrong in this. No player should think his place in the national team is confirmed if he does not perform up to expectations,” Misbah, who is yet to return to country, said in an interview. “I will be coming home soon and will take part in the deliberations for the selection of the squad for the coming tours
to West Indies and Zimbabwe,” he added. Not only the players, including Misbah, but head coach Dav Whatmore
is also in the firing line of the critics but the board is expected to retain the same team management for the West Indies
Sethi’s appointment challenged LAHORE
sethi, a senior Ashraf. journalist, was appointed The IHC judge, by pakistan prime Minister Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui The appointment of had earlier stopped acting Pakistan Cricket nawaz sharif to temporarily fill the post left vacant by ashraf. Ashraf from performing Board chairman Najam the IHC judge, shaukat aziz his duties, and had Sethi has been siddiqui had earlier stopped directed the Ministry of challenged in the ashraf from performing Inter Provincial Islamabad High Court his duties, and had directed Coordination (IPC) to with the petitioner the Ministry of Inter appoint an interim claiming that the provincial Coordination chairman. Sethi, 65, decision was politically (IpC) to appoint had recently served as motivated. an interim the caretaker chief According to reports, chairman minister of Punjab Abdullah Tahir, an amateur STAFF REPORT
cricketer, yesterday filed a petition against Sethi’s appointment which he claims was in violation of the PCB constitution. Interestingly, the plea was filed in the same court where a complaint was filed against Sethi’s predecessor, Zaka Ashraf, leading to his suspension from the Chairman’s post. The Transparency International Pakistan (TIP) had also termed the nomination contrary to PCB’s constitution. Sethi, a senior journalist, was appointed by Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to temporarily fill the
and oversaw the May general elections in the province. Tahir has requested the court to declare the appointment as illegal, and pass an order for recruitment of a professional from the relevant field. The court will decide on July 1 whether or not to admit the petition for hearing.
tour, where Pakistan will play five ODIs and two T20 matches. Misbah said despite the debacle in England, the team had the potential to do well in future events. “We are lacking in consistency that is our main problem. If we can overcome this problem, we can beat any side in the world,” he said. As the selectors prepare to announce the final squad for the West Indies tour, flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi, and other players turned up for fitness tests at the National Cricket Academy, in Lahore on Wednesday. Following Pakistan’s terribly show in England, the players are yet to return from London, giving rise to speculations that it was done to avoid angry reaction of disappointed fans and supporters. Misbah, vice-captain Mohammad Hafeez and some other players are among those who are still in London. But Misbah said that players had taken prior permission from the cricket board to remain in London after the Champions Trophy. “Players had planned their vacations before the tournament and these speculations are baseless that due to fear and scare we did not return home,” Misbah asserted.
PCB seeks clearance from sindh govt for ramadan t20 Cup LAHORe: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has asked for security clearance from the Sindh provincial government for conducting a national T20 championship during the month of Ramazan. Recent terror attacks in Sindh, in Pakistan’s biggest city, have forced PCB to have second thoughts. “We have now written to the concerned departments in Sindh asking for their input and basically clearance for the tournament as we need to have top level security arrangements for it,” a senior PCB official said. It is the first time the PCB has announced it would be holding a Ramazan T20 Cup which has been a private affair in the past. But commercial interest and huge crowds that tournament attracts, has caught the attention of the PCB. “The problem is that the Board has already sold the broadcasting rights for the Ramazan event and the new Chairman Najam Sethi has also said it is important to have the event to show to the international community that cricket goes on in Pakistan,” one official said. On Wednesday a bomb blast targeted the convoy of the acting Chief Justice of the Sindh Court on the busy Burns Road in Karachi. Although he escaped, there were nine casualties. Interestingly, the Board is also considering disciplinary action against its director-general of cricket Javed Miandad for adopting a different stance on the event. “The Board is not happy that Miandad called up some departments and encouraged them to write letters to the Board asking for the Ramazan Cup to be called off on grounds of security issues in Karachi and shortage of players. “Two leading banks raised a hue and cry over the tournament insisting they couldn’t field a strong team as most of their top players were either on Pakistan duty or playing in England. But the Board has allowed the participating teams to field guest players from their regions,” a source said. STAFF REPOR
WEST INDIES MEET SRI LANKA IN TRI-SERIES OPENER
West Indies and Sri Lanka get the TriNation One-Day International Series underway on Friday at Sabina Park, with India enjoying an additional 48 hours to bask in the glory of their Champions Trophy triumph. Both teams have points to prove after being steamrolled by the champion One Day International side over the previous
fortnight in England. For the Sri Lankans, this fixture marks just the second time that they are playing an ODI at major international cricket’s westernmost venue. The only other occasion came at the 2007 World Cup when Mahela Jayawardene’s unruffled unbeaten hundred led his side comfortably past New Zealand in the semi-finals, only for them to be upended by hat-trick-seeking Australia in the final three days later in Barbados. West Indies were the first to feel the weight of India at their best at the Champions Trophy at the group stage of the competition before missing out on the last four agonisingly when Kieron Pollard’s dismissal just before the rain came down at Cardiff left the Caribbean side trailing South Africa on the Duckworth-Lewis System.
While no-one wants to have to return to the sometimes bewildering formulae and calclulations necessitated by the Duckworth-Lewis method, it will be no surprise if batting second and then staying ahead of the par score becomes a priority during the seven matches of this tournament. An increasingly crammed international itinerary, coupled with the scheduling of the money-spinning Indian Premier League at a time when the West Indies would usually have been in action on home soil, means that this event follows the pattern of recent years with the almost ever-present threat of showers accompanying a series. Yet whatever the conditions overhead, it is the situation on the ground that Ottis Gibson wants his team to focus on. Despite the acute disappointment of the manner in which they missed out on a
place in the Champions Trophy semifinals, the head coach of the T20 world champions asserts that the players under his care “are taking more responsibility and are starting to believe a lot more” that they can go all the way in major competitions. Having retained the same squad from the Champions Trophy, with the exception of Ramnaresh Sarwan and Jason Holder, the West Indies will again be looking to Chris Gayle to provide the firepower and momentum at the start of their innings. The additional motivation for the imposing opening batsman being that he will be performing in front of his fellow Jamaicans. Despite the tag of cricketing bridesmaids increasingly becoming a millstone around the necks of the Sri Lankans, captain Angelo Mathews dismissed speculation as to his team’s mood after falling short again at the
Champions Trophy. “We have played some really good cricket, beating England and Australia. Confidence is pretty high,” he noted, adding that the absence of Tillekeratne Dilshan through injury will give one or two fringe players an opportunity to shine. In such a short tournament — the first non-bilateral series played in the region by ICC full-member nations since Pakistan and Zimbabwe toured together in 2000 — there is little room for manoeuvring in the event of early setbacks. FIXTUReS: JUNE 28 - WEST INDIES vS SRI LANKA - JAmAIcA JUNE 30 - WEST INDIES vS INDIA - JAmAIcA JULY 02 - INDIA vS SRI LANKA - JAmAIcA JULY 05 - WEST INDIES vS INDIA - TRINIDAD JULY 07 - WEST INDIES vS SRI LANKA - TRINIDAD JULY 09 - INDIA vS SRI LANKA - TRINIDAD JULY 11 - FINAL - (TO BE PLAYED IN TRINIDAD)
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This is a real credible fight that a lot of people will take notice of in America. They have seen a lot of Beltran and they like what they see. – Ricky Burns
iCC BLasted for ‘ignoring’ vote disPute LONDON AgENcIES
ays after India’s triumph at the Champions Trophy, the international cricketers’ association announced it would refer a disputed ICC election to an ethics officer for investigation because cricket’s governing body was “ignoring” vote fixing allegations. With cricket also embroiled in a match-fixing case in India - which came soon after the vote dispute Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations executive chairman Paul Marsh on Thursday said the International Cricket Council was now hoping the vote controversy “will go away.” FICA, which represents players from six of the 10 test-playing countries, says it has evidence that test captains were pressured by their national associations - and apparently indirectly by the Indian cricket board - to vote for India’s Laxman Sivaramakrishnan as a player representative on the ICC cricket committee. Sivaramakrishnan won a revote over former FICA chief
tanvir pulls out of Peterborough side LAHORE: Pakistan pacer Tanvir Ahmed has pulled out of the Peterborough Town side and returned back home, reported Peterborough Telegraph. Peterborough Town’s plan to hire an international player for Saturday’s top-of-the-table clash with Northants League Premier Division leaders Finedon has not materialised. The city side were hoping to have Pakistan player Tanvir Ahmed in their side for the clash of the big guns at Bretton Gate but he has flown home. Ahmed was playing for Town in 2010 when he was called up to the Pakistani Test squad for the first time at the age of 32. He’s taken 17 Test wickets since in five appearances for his country. STAFF REPORT
executive Tim May, who later resigned from FICA. “The evidence is strong and we expect it to be acted upon,” Marsh said, without detailing any of the evidence. The ICC had said on May 9 it was considering a request by FICA to investigate allegations of improper influence, believed to be by the powerful Board of Control for Cricket in India, which allegedly pressured other national boards to get their
the investigation of his son-in-law, an IPL team official, goes on. FICA said on Thursday it had met in London last week during the Champions Trophy and had decided to pursue an investigation into the vote through the ICC’s ethics officer because the ICC “has refused to follow its own processes for dealing with allegations of unethical behavior.” “FICA has tried
captains to change votes for May to votes for Sivaramakrishnan. But since then, Indian cricket has been rocked by match-fixing allegations in its Indian Premier League. A former test player and the son-in-law of the BCCI president have been implicated. BCCI president Narainswamy Srinivasan has stepped aside while
all we can to get the ICC to refer this matter to the ethics officer themselves,” FICA’s Marsh said, “however, after more than six weeks of no action we are left with no choice but to refer the matter ourselves. “Sadly this is yet another example of the poor governance practices that exist in cricket. The ICC should be taking these
allegations incredibly seriously.” FICA also released a statement it said was supported by players from the six countries it represents; Australia, England, New Zealand, South Africa, Sri Lanka and West Indies. India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe players are not represented by FICA. The player statement came after meetings with teams at the Champions Trophy in England and Wales, FICA said. In the “statement of unity,” the players said they “expect cricket’s administrators to ensure our great game is managed off the field to the same high standards of dignity and integrity as those to which we are committed.” FICA said the players’ statement also had been sent to the ICC. Any possible investigation into the Sivaramakrishnan-May vote was overshadowed by the IPL investigation, which has led to the arrests of players and officials, including India test bowler Shantakumaran Sreesanth. Chennai Super Kings team principal Gurunath Meiyappan, the son-in-law of Srinivasan, has been released on bail after being arrested on suspicion of being in contact with illegal bookmakers.
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PCB looks beyond seniors for the upcoming tours LAHORE: After Pakistan’s early exit from the Champions Trophy, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to extend the selection pool of players and shift focus towards youngsters ahead of picking a squad for the upcoming tours of West Indies and Zimbabwe. According to Cricinfo, ten cricketers, including Shahid Afridi, underwent fitness tests conducted by a panel of doctors and coaches at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore. The change in leadership of the PCB, in the form of Najam Sethi for the suspended Zaka Ashraf, has seen a changed persona of the board. The new interim chairman publicly dismissed the culture of “sifarish” [unmerited recommendation] and ordered selection strictly on merit to produce immediate results. He asked the selection committee and coaches to take more responsibility from now on. The selection panel was given an additional five days to pick a squad for the West Indies limited-overs tour, and justify each selection before sending it to the chairman for approval. The panel, led by Iqbal Qasim, thereafter formed an extensive pool to be tested. The intentions are clear as selectors have been given a free hand to replace the older players with youngsters. They may now think beyond the likes of Imran Farhat, Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akmal, who fared poorly in the Champions Trophy. Haris Sohail, who suffered an ankle injury earlier this year, and Raza Hasan, who had major surgery on his spine, are back in contention, along with Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shahzad. Umar was also seen with the wicketkeeping gloves along with coach Dav Whatmore, which means he may be selected as the wicketkeeper in the squad. Mohammad Irfan and Nasir Jamshed, automatic selections over the last eight months, were also asked to undertake fitness tests. Top-order batsmen Sohaib Maqsood from Multan, Sharjeel Khan from Hyderabad, left-arm spinners Zulfiqar Babar and Abdur Rehman, and legspinner Usman Qadir, all featured in a threehour fitness test. Pakistan suffered three straight defeats in the Champions Trophy with their batting being their major woe. They failed to cross 200 - bowled out for 170 against West Indies, 167 against South Africa and 165 in a rainaffected match against India to get eliminated from the group stage. Only captain Misbah-ul-Haq hit two half-centuries, while the other senior batsmen Mohammad Hafeez, Farhat, Malik and Kamran performed poorly. STAFF REPORT
RANKIN REVEALS ASHES AMBITION LONDON AgENcIES
Former Ireland paceman Boyd Rankin says the chance to play test cricket lay behind his decision to switch nationalities and play for England. Rankin, who made 52 one-day international appearances for Ireland, changed allegiance last year and, having established himself with county side Warwickshire, the 6ft 8in fast bowler was called into England’s ODI squad for the first time earlier this season. He made his England debut in Tuesday’s five-run Twenty20 loss to New Zealand at
The Oval and although he ended up on the losing took a wicket with his fourth ball on the way to figures of one for 24. The 28-year-old appears to fit England’s model of wanting to field tall fast bowlers and the fact he has been included in the side for this weekend’s Ashes warmup match against Essex suggests the selectors are looking at Rankin as an international bowler for all formats. If he were to play test cricket, he’d follow in the footsteps of fellow former Ireland international Eoin Morgan, England’s captain on Tuesday and set to lead the side again in Thursday’s second and final T20 against New Zealand at The Oval. “I made the switch mainly due to the fact that I want to play test cricket, which I can’t do with Ireland. That is my ultimate aim,”
Rankin said. “For me, I feel that is my best form of the game. “I have played quite a lot of T20s and ODIs with Ireland so playing the shorter forms of the game are not new to me. “I just want to reach that peak. “I’ve been playing for Ireland since I was a young boy so it was a big decision to make but I thought it was the right move at that stage in my career. “I’m pleased I’ve been involved a little with the ODI and T20 set-ups and now this fourday game coming up.” And he admitted that facing Australia, in the Ashes test series that starts next month, was something he’d contemplated. “Yes, I have but I haven’t put too much thought into it. “I’m just trying to concentrate on day-in, day-out
stuff at the moment. Obviously, it would be a great opportunity. “The ball feels as though it is coming out all right at the moment but I’m just trying to keep my head down and keep working hard. “Hopefully, the Essex game gives me a chance to impress and see what happens. “It is nice to be included in that and hopefully I can put on a good show and push the guys who have the spots at the moment.” Rankin added: “I’ve been working hard on my fitness. I’ve lost a bit of weight and gained some strength,” he said. “I feel like I’m the fittest I’ve ever been. Bowling feels easier on the body, whereas a few years ago it felt more like hard work. “I’m pretty pleased where I am.”
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There’s no doubt the Irish Open is on my golfing bucket list. It’s an event that I’ve never really competed in. It’s an event I would love to win and I would love to add it to my CV. – Graeme McDowell
tevez Proud to Be juve’s numBer 10
LONDON: Carlos Tevez spoke of his pride after being handed the iconic number 10 shirt upon signing a threeyear contract with Juventus. The Argentinian completed a move to the Serie A champions last night following four seasons with Manchester City, and even before completing his medical in Turin he was pictured on the balcony of Juve’s headquarters holding a number 10 jersey aloft. The shirt - made famous by Michel Platini, Liam Brady and Roberto Baggio - has been unclaimed since veteran striker and former Bianconeri captain Alessandro Del Piero left Turin for Sydney FC last summer. Tevez’s transfer fee has not been disclosed but it is reported Juve have paid City an initial £10million, rising to £12million with add-ons. The 29-year-old told juventus.com: “I’m absolutely aware of the great effort Juventus Football Club has made to bring me here. “I feel the responsibility of wearing this number and I am aware of the great responsibility of representing Juventus and playing for the club so this number is certainly a great challenge. “Top players have worn it before and I was number 10 with Boca (Juniors) before, and (Diego) Maradona played in it too, so the great responsibility is now that I’m going to play in this great club so certainly the greatest challenge is to do my best. AgENcIES
rory embracing irish open challenge
serena foCused ON WINNING WIMBLEDON LONDON
NEW YORk:Rory McIlroy has a full complement of clubs for this week’s Irish Open, but admits the pressures that come with the tournament have left him feeling “suffocated” in the past. The final round of the US Open a fortnight ago saw McIlroy throw one club in frustration and then lean so hard on another that he bent the shaft out of shape on his way to a quadruplebogey eight on the 11th hole. The offending nine iron has since been repaired as the world number two seeks to do the same to his reputation in a season which has yet to produced a victory and saw him walk off the course midway through the second round of the Honda Classic, where he was defending champion. “The club throw, I hit the fairway on the fifth hole and had to play my second shot left-handed,” said McIlroy, whose tee shot rolled off the sloping fairway onto the bank of a water hazard. “It was unlucky, it was frustration, whatever you want to call it. “And then on 11 I hit my tee shot in the water and dropped and hit my third shot in the water. I just got frustrated. It definitely wasn’t the right thing to do. AgENcIES
HE prospect of the Wimbledon final being a ‘grudge match’ between Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams has fallen by the wayside. When Williams takes her seemingly invincible game out to Court One for a second-round meeting with Caroline Garcia, she will do so with the knowledge the most obvious threat to her title chances has been eliminated. Sharapova tripped and tumbled her way out amid the storm about the state of the Wimbledon courts, meaning the pair will not be able to settle their off-court differences of recent weeks on the grass. That is unlikely to bother merciless winner Williams, who has been doing nothing other than taking care of her own affairs. “I’m just here to focus on the tennis,” she said. “I’m here to play Wimbledon, the premiere tournament in the world, of the year. That’s what’s most important.”
federer vows to be back for eighth title LONDON: Roger Federer insists he remains capable of winning a record eighth Wimbledon title despite suffering a shock second round defeat to Sergiy Stakhovsky on Wednesday. Centre Court witnessed one of the greatest upsets of all time on Wednesday evening as Federer lost 6-7 (5/7) 7-6 (7/5) 7-5 7-6 (7/5) to the unseeded Ukrainian, who has only made the second round at SW19 once before and is currently ranked 116th in the world. The defeat brought to an end Federer’s incredible run of 36 consecutive appearances in grand slam quarter-finals. Last year the Swiss upset the odds to equal Pete Sampras’ record of seven titles at the All England Club. Given that he will be 32 the next time the championships come around, many have already started speculating that
Federer has past his best, but the 17time major winner laughed off such talk on Wednesday night. When asked whether it felt like the end of an era, Federer bluntly replied: “No. I still have plans to play for many more years to come. “It’s normal for people to feel different after losing early all of a sudden. “I’ll be okay. I’m very happy about it. I wish [my run] wasn’t going to end here today [Wednesday]. “But I don’t think that’s something fans are going to mourn, and neither am I. “I can’t panic at this point, that’s clear. I just have to go back to work and come back stronger really. “It’s hard to do sometimes, but usually I do turnarounds pretty good. “There’s still a lot of tennis left. “I’ll appreciate what I’ve achieved when I’m retired and that’s not right now.” AgENcIES
seLf-defenCe seminar for PunjaB PoLiCe LAHORE: The officials of Punjab Police went through a comprehensive Self Defence Seminar here Thursday with an aim to harness their skills of protecting their and the people’s lives. President of Pakistan Kickboxing Federation Anwar Mohiuddin and famous Defenc Technologist Muhammad Shahbaz Mirza held a Hand to Hand Combat and Self Defence seminar with the collaboration of Punjab Police Training Wing last day. Addressing CEO of leading security agency Shahbaz Mirza
said: “In the age of modern and small weapons, importance of hand to hand combat and self defense can not be
denied. Kickboxer Anwar Mohiuddin said, in developed countries hand to hand combat and self defense is a major part of the professional training not only the law enforcement institutions but private security agencies as well. AIG Police Syed Abid Qadri said, “I advise more proficiency in self defence not only the jawans but officers too. He also said all necessary steps will be taken to get professional services of Anwar Mohiuddin for Punjab Police. STAFF REPORT
djokoviC seeks to avoid federer fate LONDON AgENcIES
Roger Federer was making his way home today as top seed Novak Djokovic was bidding to avoid joining him on the Wimbledon casualty list. After Rafael Nadal bowed out at the firstround juncture on Monday, seven-time champion Federer was last night stunned by Sergiy Stakhovsky on Centre Court. The Ukrainian, ranked 116th in the world, won the second-round clash 6-7 (5/7) 7-6 (7/5) 7-5 7-6 (7/5), ending Federer’s incredible run of reaching 36 successive grand slam quarter-finals. Asked how he might reflect on the victory in his old age, Stakhovsky said with a smile: “I can definitely tell my grandkids, I kicked the butt of Roger Federer. “I still have no feelings what I accomplished. I’m still somewhere lost. “I’m sorry. I cannot really explain. It’s hard for me. “I don’t feel nothing actually, I would say, because I don’t really feel it yet. Maybe tomorrow is going to be better.” The result also left Federer in a state of disbelief. “It’s always a disappointment losing any match around the world, and particularly here,” he said. “I’ve had some great moments here, but also some tougher ones. “I can’t have them all. It was a tough loss today. I appreciated all the standing ovation and all the ovation I got leaving the court, no doubt about it.” Federer was not the only big name to exit the championships, with sixth seed JoWilfried Tsonga forced to call time three sets into his meeting with Ernests Gulbis because of knee and wrist problems. Hurting, he trailed by two sets to one. Tsonga was one of a remarkable number of injury victims on the third day, with Nadal’s conqueror Steve Darcis, Marin Cilic, John Isner and Radek Stepanek also either forced to quit matches or unable to start through injury. Bernard Tomic also retired after getting hurt in the men’s doubles, putting today’s second-round singles match against James Blake in some doubt.
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So I’m going to play Andy (Murray) in two days. Now I prefer to enjoy it, to relax, to go have a great dinner because I deserve it, with a chocolate cake with ice cream. –Tommy Robredo
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the first Australian to don the famous Green Jacket, with Day finishing outright third and Leishman sharing fourth place with Woods.
Woods’ elbow ‘good enough’ for open MUIRFIELD: Tiger Woods is optimistic his injured elbow will be “good enough” for next month’s Open Championship at Muirfield. Woods made the assessment in a press conference ahead of this week’s AT&T National at Congressional, which the American world number one is hosting. Woods has been advised to rest and receive treatment on an injury he first suffered during his victory in the Players Championship in May. He aggravated the problem by hitting out of heavy rough at Merion during the US Open. “It wasn’t a single shot that did it. It was just playing there and it didn’t feel good early in the week and I played through it, but it progressively just got worse,” Woods said. “I’m listening to my docs, not touching my clubs, and we’re treating it. Eventually I’ll start the strengthening process, start hitting balls and get it up to speed for the British.” AgENcIES
Pedrosa wants happy assen return AMSTERDAM: Dani Pedrosa returns to the sight of his first grand prix victory this weekend hoping another Dutch TT success can help him maintain his lead in the MotoGP World Championship. Repsol Honda rider Pedrosa, 27, has been in the form of his life so far this season, and holds a seven-point advantage over Yamaha’s reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo. But Pedrosa has had to watch Lorenzo eat into his lead with back-toback victories in Italy and Catalunya, and will not want his fellow Spaniard to get any closer in when the historic Assen track hosts a round of the world championship for the 65th time. Pedrosa, a solid second last time out in Barcelona, has never won a top class race at a track dubbed ‘the cathedral of speed’, but is inspired by memories of his triumph in the 125cc class way back in 2002. AgENcIES
Leishman finished in the top 10 of his next two events as well but has suffered a dip in form since, but Scott and Day could well be in contention for victory on Sunday judging by their past record. Scott has finished third in the tournament for each of the last two years, while Day was eighth last year and finished second when the US Open was held at Congressional in 2011 albeit eight shots behind runaway winner Rory McIlroy. World number two McIlroy is playing the Irish Open on the European Tour this week, while world number one Woods has been advised to rest and receive treatment on an elbow injury. Woods suffered the injury during his victory in the Players Championship in May and aggravated it by hitting out of the heavy rough at Merion during the US Open won by Rose.
England women eye Ashes boost from Pakistan series LONDON AgENcIES
England batter Lydia Greenway believes limited-overs success against Pakistan will be the perfect preparation ahead of the Ashes. Charlotte Edwards’s side will play two one-day internationals and two Twenty20 matches against Pakistan next week before Australia visit in August. “We know Pakistan are a good team,” said Kent left-hander Greenway. “If we can play the sort of cricket we want to play, we can then transfer that and get momentum for the Ashes series.” Pakistan, who lost all three of their matches in the World Cup in February, visit Louth on Monday for the first oneday international before another 50-over clash at Loughborough on Wednesday. The two Twenty20 internationals
Real Madrid have confirmed the signing of playmaker Isco on a five-year deal from Malaga. Isco, 21, has long been linked with Madrid and the arrival of new coach Carlo Ancelotti, who was unveiled as the successor to Jose Mourinho on Wednesday, has accelerated the transfer. “Real Madrid incorporates a new project with one of the best Spanish football players,” the club said in a statement. “Francisco Roman Alarcon - Isco - plays at the Bernabeu for the next five seasons.”The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but reports in Spain suggest the fee will be in the region of 27 million euros. Isco recently starred as Spain’s Under-21 team retained the European Championship, scoring three times in their successful campaign in Israel.
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wAtCh It LIve ESPN Wimbledon 2013
STAR CRICKET 2nd T20: England vs. New Zealand
gerrard exCited By LiverPooL’s neW Boys
ITH Tiger Woods and Justin Rose absent due to injury and fatigue respectively, the spotlight falls on a trio of Australians at this week’s AT&T National. Adam Scott, Marc Leishman and Jason Day have been paired together for the first two rounds, bringing back memories of their brilliant performances at this year’s US Masters. Scott famously won his first major title at Augusta nine months after blowing a four-shot lead with four holes to play in the Open at Royal Lytham, the 32-year-old beating Angel Cabrera on the second play-off hole. But Leishman and Day could easily have been the ones celebrating becoming
will both be played in one day on 5 July, again at Loughborough. While the men’s team were banned from talking about the Ashes earlier this summer, Greenway admits excitement is growing in the women’s ranks for the visit of the Aussies. For the first time, the Women’s Ashes will be decided over all three formats of the game with the highest points total after one Test, three one-day internationals and three Twenty20s winning the series. It’s an innovative concept, and one which Greenway hopes boost exposure of the women’s game. “It’s important we take care of the Pakistan series first but the new Ashes format is very exciting for us, Australia and women’s cricket in general,” said the 27-year-old. “Hopefully it can generate a bit more
He was the winner of the prestigious European Golden Boy award in 2012, and last season played a major role as Malaga reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League - losing narrowly to eventual finalists Borussia Dortmund - and finished sixth in La Liga. Isco made 45 appearances in all competitions for Malaga last term, scoring 12 times, and made his senior Spain debut against Uruguay in February. “Imagination and speed are some of the qualities that define this midfielder... a recent champion with Spain at Euro Under-21 and at age 21 already capped by the senior team,” Madrid’s statement added. “[He is] a player with enviable technical quality, chutzpah and imagination.” Malaga also confirmed the deal in a statement on the club website, which read: “Malaga Football Club has reached a transfer agreement with Real Madrid for Francisco Alarcon Suarez ‘Isco’.
public interest and make for a really exciting series. In the past we have only played a one-off Test match and that is a hard situation to be in but this opens it up and will make it really interesting. “Involving all formats of the game is a really good representation of women’s cricket. Twenty20 is exciting and the two longer formats are a truer test of cricket so combining the three formats is a really good idea.” England have named uncapped trio Natasha Farrant, Natalie Sciver and Lauren Winfield in their squad for the Pakistan series, and 20-year-old allrounder Sciver is desperate to play a key role in the big summer ahead. “It’s great to be called up,” she said. “Learning from people like Lydia, Charlotte Edwards and Sarah Taylor is an experience like no other.
“Malaga CF would like to thank ‘Isco’, and his family, for his commitment, involvement and flawless performance.” Madrid president Florentino Perez first revealed the agreement with Malaga in a radio interview last night, in which he confirmed the player would be presented “next week after the medical”.
LONDON: Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is excited by the club’s quartet of new signings and hopes they will improve the Reds’ chances of returning to the Champions League. Manager Brendan Rodgers has already done deals for Manchester City defender Kolo Toure, Sevilla midfielder Luis Alberto, Celta Vigo forward Iago Aspas and Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet. More additions are expected, with Rodgers likely to offload a number of others after selling Andy Carroll to West Ham, with Liverpool interested in Shakhtar Donetsk’s £20million-rated midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Gerrard hopes the new arrivals will allow his side to bridge the gap between their seventh-place finish last season and fourth. AgENcIES
mt green Lions PrevaiL over tigers LAHORE: Model Town Greens Lions beat Green Greens Tigers by 10 runs in the Greens Cricket Summer Camp U-19 2013 Tournament match. Greens Lions batting first, made the 152 runs, Khaleeq Hassan 82runs, Zawar Ahmad 20runs, Saqib Afzal 20runs, Babr Saleem 4 Wkts, Zaman Zafar Bullers 3Wkts, & Jaffar Chishti take the one wkts Greens Tigers all team out at 142 runs, Fahad Jamil 30runs, Nabeel Liaqat 3 Rins, Awais Ahmad 21 runs, Samraz Ullah 3wkts, Hamza Nawaz, Taha Jamil & Saqib Afzal Take 2 wkts each. STAFF REPORT
CondoLenCe LAHORE: The officials of the Sports Board Punjab on Thursday condoled the sad demise of Director Sports, Jalil Ahmed Chohan’s mother who passed away. Her funeral prayer were offered in the evening at Punjab Employees Cooperative Housing Society, Bahawalpur. The officials prayed for the eternal peace for the departed soul and courage for Jalil Ahmed Chohan. STAFF REPORT
New coach Ancelotti was asked about the former Valencia man yesterday at his press conference. The Italian said: “From what I have seen of him, it’s clear he has a lot of quality. “Spain’s Under-21 side has a lot of great players and he is one of the best.
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25 foreign tourists arrive brushing aside threats ISLAMABAD APP
ROUND 25 foreign tourists, including mountaineers and trekkers, on Thursday reached the capital to carry out their tourism mission disregarding the threats emanated following the Nanga Parbat tragedy in which 10 foreign climbers had been killed. “The incident targeting foreign tourists is condemnable. But our spirit is high. We will continue our mission,” said one of the for-
eign tourists talking to media at Chaklala Airport. All of the foreign tourists flew from Islamabad to Skardu to carry forward their activities in various parts of the mountainous region. The tourists came from different countries, including Ireland, Canada and Czechoslovakia. Consequent to the efforts by the government, Pakistan continues attracting foreign tourists to the land. In 2012, around one million foreigners reached Pakistan due to the diverse culture, landscape and people.
3 paKIstanI MoUntaIneers anD tHeIr CooK MIssIng DIAMER: Three Pakistani mountaineers and their cook have gone missing in Diamer after the Gilgit-Baltistan massacre. According to media reports, after the murder of foreign mountaineers, three Pakistani mountaineers, Naseerud Din, Karim Hayat, Sher Khan and their cook Essa Khan had gone missing Family members of the lost mountaineers said that they were in contact with them before the GB incident and they were present at Nanga Parbat base camp. However, after the incident they were out of contact and their families had received no information about them. Sher Khan is the nephew of famous Pakistani mountaineer Nazir Sabir, who was the first Pakistani to conquer Mount Everest. ONLINE
Musharraf’s election proposer is now in sharif’s cabinet LAHORE NADEEm SYED
Newly appointed federal minister Riaz Pirzada seconded or proposed former president Musharraf when the former dictator sought his re-election from the parliament in 2007, showing he was one of the trustworthy associates of the military ruler. Pirzada took oath as federal minister on Thursday after he failed to make it to Sharif’s cabinet in the first batch owing to some personal reasons. Sources said his name was included in the first list but he could not make it at the eleventh hour. It is an interesting coincidence that his induction comes at a time when the country is ablaze with the sound and fury of debates over Musharraf’s trial following Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s undertaking that the former military chief would be tried for treason under Article 6 of the constitution. Sharif’s speech on the National Assembly floor triggered a storm in the country for all its destabilising signs. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif the other day, on the floor of Punjab Assembly, said Musharraf was being tried for imposing emergency in the country in 2007 and not for toppling Nawaz Sharif’s government on October 12, 1999. “He detained judges in 2007 to ensure his
safe passage to the Presidency through reelection,” Shahbaz Sharif added. Interestingly, Pirzada was a part of the team that worked for Musharraf’s “safe passage” from the country. Already, federal minister Zahid Hamid had to part with the Law Ministry portfolio in the cabinet for his closeness to Musharraf, especially after it became known that it was in fact Hamid who was the moving spirit behind the 2007 emergency. At present, the premier has not allotted the coveted Law Ministry to anybody else, probably in the hope of assigning it to Hamid again, when the controversy subsides. A political leader recalling the story of Musharraf’s re-election described an interesting incident. “It was a tense day with lawyers on the move. They had even surrounded the Election Commission’s office knowing Musharraf was due to submit his papers there. Musharraf’s political team wanted the filing of nomination papers to go through in a smooth and trouble-free manner. So all those who proposed or seconded him, from all provinces, were ordered to gather at the Presidency instead of going to the commission’s office on their own; and hence face embarrassment at the hands of agitated lawyers. From the Presidency, we left for the Election Commission office on a bus. Riaz Pirzada was sitting next to me,” he said.
no payment to media houses, advertising agencies from secret fund: sC ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
ISLAMABAD: Foreign tourists talk to reporters at the airport before departing for Skardu on Thursday. NNI
afghan nationals being hunted for deportation PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT
In the wake of frequent terrorist acts in Peshawar and its surrounding areas, law enforcing agencies initiated a crackdown against Afghan nationals residing illegally in the region. According to officials, so far 70 Afghan nationals including four clerics have been arrested since Wednesday. The crackdown against Afghan nationals is underway at scattered areas throughout Peshawar. However, a large number of people
have been netted out from Faqirabad, Afghan Colony, Hayatabad and Dalazak Road. The crackdown, according to officials, started soon after a meeting between Peshawar based Afghanistan Consul General Syed Mohammad Ismaelkhel and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Information Minister Shaukat Ali Yousafzai. Ismaelkhel on Wednesday called on Yousafzai and diverted his attentions towards miseries of Afghan nationals. The consul general had informed the provincial minister that Afghan nationals were being harassed and terrorised by policemen and personnel of
other law enforcing agencies. In this respect, Yousafzai had assured the Afghan diplomat of looking into the matter. Police officials said cases under the Foreign Act have been registered against all Afghan nationals and they could be deported to their country. According to officials, the crackdown against Afghan nationals was started keeping in view frequent acts of violence, especially target killing in the area. Officials believe Afghan nationals are involved in terrorist acts and therefore, all arrested Afghans are being interrogated before they are produced before a court of law for deportation.
The Supreme Court (SC) has directed the AGPR not to pay media houses and advertising agencies from the secret fund, and ordered audit of all secret funds, barring Inter-Services Intelligence and Intelligence Bureau, within 30 days. A three-member bench of the SC presided over by Justice Jawwad S Khawaja heard the secret fund case on Thursday. The court also directed the AGPR to make payments of all the outstanding dues and bills to media houses per law except the summaries approved on March 15 and March 19 during the last days of the PPP government. Payment of all the dues be made to all advertising agencies except the one against their ads, the court further directed. “Bills wherein legal and constitutional objections are involved with regard to their payment be dealt in conformity with the law,” court further ordered.
Justice Jawwad S Khawaja remarked, “Notices have been issued again to the institutions which are not ready to get audit their accounts under the AGPR. Secret funds can be audited or otherwise, this will be decided finally on July, 8.” Counsel for APNS Azhar Siddique and Accountant General of Pakistan Tahir Mehmood appeared in the court. The court was told by the AGPR that one advertising agency had been blacklisted with reference to payment of bills, as several objections had been raised on payment of bills. “The payment of two other summaries amounting to Rs 950 million and Rs 1.45 billion has been stopped. It can take 30 days to audit these summaries. Nineteen government departments are presenting their matters for audit now. We are authorized to audit all funds except secret funds of IB and ISI and we are doing it. The government has abolished secret funds of several institutions,” the AGPR said. The hearing of the case was adjourned until July 30.
pakistani paedophile gang jailed for life in UK
Five members of a British Asian paedophile gang were jailed for life on Thursday for grooming vulnerable underage girls for sex. The gang’s five-month trial heard that they exploited at least six troubled girls as young as 11 in the English city of Oxford, plying them with drugs before forcing them to
perform sex acts. Brothers Akhtar and Anjum Dogar were handed life terms by a judge at London’s Old Bailey court along with Kamar Jamil and brothers Mohammed and Bassam Karrar. Two more defendants, Assad Hussain and Zeeshan Ahmed, were jailed for seven years each. Four of the victims, who were abused between 2004 and last year, had lived in state-run
children’s homes. The trial heard that the girls, aged between 11 and 15 at the time of the abuse, were repeatedly and violently raped, beaten and in one case forced to have an abortion at the age of 12. They were sometimes driven across the country to have sex with other men. Several were gangraped. The men — who were all of Pakistani origin except the North
African Karrar brothers — were found guilty last month of a catalogue of crimes including rape, trafficking and organising prostitution. Judge Peter Rook told the Dogar brothers they had committed “extremely grave crimes” as he jailed them for a minimum of 17 years each. “You targeted the young girls because they were vulnerable, underage and out of control,” he said. “You
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would build up their trust and provide them with drink, drugs and the attention which they craved.” “From a misguided loyalty to you, they were reluctant to tell the authorities what was happening to them.” The court heard of the lasting psychological scars inflicted on the girls, one of whom had considered suicide. One girl told a friend that she submitted to the abuse because she
just wanted to be loved. The family of one victim said in a statement on Thursday that the men “took her from us and we will never get those lost years back.” Police and social services were forced to apologise after missing several chances to catch the gang. The trial followed the jailing last year of nine Asian men who had similarly abused vulnerable girls in the town of Rochdale, northwest England.