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President says PPP will fight for democracy, not seats Democracy will take time, sacrifice Wants to make history, not headlines Hails PM as ‘leader of all’ Tells Baloch to learn from his party Asefa will carry forward Benazir’s legacy GARHI KHUDA BAKHSH

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RESIDENT Asif Ali Zardari used the fourth anniversary of his wife Benazir Bhutto’s assassination on Tuesday to ensure supporters he would not resign in the face of numerous crises building around him and to take a jab at the Supreme Court. Addressing a huge crowd comprising tens of thousands of supporters at the Bhutto family mausoleum at Garhi Khuda Baksh, the president asked the apex court about the as yet unsolved case of Benazir’s assassination. “People ask what happened to Benazir Bhutto’s case,” he said. “I ask (Chief Justice) Iftikhar Chaudhry: what happened to Benazir Bhutto’s case?” The president said the chief justice took up petitions against the government but was not paying heed to the petition he had sent to him to seeking to revisit the Zulfikar Ali Bhutto case. He said further that some cases were visible to the chief justice, others were not. “The things that are against our prestige are important in your view,” he said. Zardari said the best way to pay tribute to slain former prime minister Benazir Bhutto on the fourth anniversary of her assassination was to foil anti-democratic conspiracies. He vowed to protect the system, disallowing the federation’s split. Continued on page 04

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Benazir’s killers BB killing probe must be brought to justice: Nawaz almost complete: PM Calls PTI ‘king’s party’ g Says govt not to influence probe into ‘memogate’ g All institutions fall under govt

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PPP leader Benazir Bhutto’s assassins must be brought to justice, PML-N President Nawaz Sharif said on Tuesday. Talking to reporters at the house of PML-N Peshawar chapter leader, Saranjam Khan, Nawaz said he was not saying this for point-scoring, but was “really concerned about Benazir’s tragic assassination”. Nawaz said the government had failed in arresting the Benazir’s murderers despite the passage of four years, adding that if the PML-N came into power, it would bring the assassins to book. Earlier, the PML-N announced bringing Benazir’s assassins out in the open and issued a 15point questionnaire regarding her killing. In the questionnaire, the PML-N asked if the president and the interior minister knew about Benazir’s murderers, why were they not making their names public? It was also asked why were the names of the investigation team not revealed and why, the people designated for Benazir’s security and leaders who attended the rally, were not questioned. The PML-N also asked why the investigations of the government had produced no result in the four years since the PPP leader’s assassination. On the memo scandal, Nawaz said it was sub-judice, adding that all those involved in the scandal must be exposed and action should be taken against them.

Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Tuesday said the investigation into the killing of Benazir Bhutto was almost complete and the Pakistan People’s Party’s central executive committee would decide whether to disclose some portions of the inquiry. Talking to reporters after offering prayers at Beanzir’s mausoleum in Naudero, Gilani said the PPP was a visionary party and pursuing the politics of reconciliation in accordance with Benzir’s vision. Gilani said that the constitution was created by Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and eventually restored by his party (PPP). The prime minister added that he had dispelled the rumours regarding the removal of General Kayani and Lt Gen Ahmad Shuja Pasha. Commenting on the PTI’s popularity, he said people with no vision were uniting under the umbrella of “king’s party”. The prime minister said the PPP was a big party and had the courage to fight conspiracies being hatched against it. To a query, the PM said there would be no confrontation between the state’s institutions if they worked within the limits defined by the constitution. He said a conspiracy had been hatched to pit the government against the judiciary, but the PPP was “big enough” to face any conspiracy. Gilani said the government did not want to affect the investigations into the memo case. To a question regarding the “memogate”, Gilani said, “I am the premier, not a judge. The court will

uncover the matter.” He said the PPP was the name of an ideology, adding that “we are committed to the people regardless of the any political season”. Expressing resolve that government wanted to take all parties along, he said efforts were made in every era to pit institutions against each other. “We are working to bring all institutions under the constitution, as deviation from the constitution will lead to clash,” Gilani said, adding that the government did not want to enter into any battle. Gilani also said that the parliament was supreme and would take decision on all issues of national importance, adding that the supremacy of parliament would be ensured. The prime minister said only the “weak-hearted” had left the PPP, “and it is good, as such people could damage the party at the time of election”. Talking to reporters in Islamabad later, the prime minister said an inquiry was underway into the memo-related London visit of ISI director general (DG). Asked whether the ISI DG had visited London with the permission regarding the memo investigations, Gilani said, “General Pasha went to Doha after informing me, but an inquiry is being made into the London visit,” he said. Gilani said future relationship with NATO, ISAF and the US would be decided by parliament. He clarified that he had never said that the government did not respect state institutions. Continued on page 04

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EOPLE from different walks of life paid rich tributes to former PM and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chairperson Benazir Bhutto on her fourth death anniversary, which was observed on Tuesday with great fervour. The day began with Quran khawani at her mausoleum where a large number of people, including party workers and office-bearers took part. People in great numbers from every nook and corner of the country were reaching the mausoleum to pay tributes to their great leader. Party workers were carrying PPP flags and chanting slogans, including “Zinda Hai BB Zinda Hai”, “Charon Soobon Ki Zanjir Benazir Benazir”, and “Jeay Bhutto”. A big public meeting would also be held to mark the occasion. The venue of the public meeting was decorated with banners and PPP flags. Around 45 welcome camps were set up besides walk-through gates and other security measures at entry points for people who come to participate in the fourth anniversary of Benazir Bhutto. Simplicity in all aspects, including seating arrangements at 700-kanal space allocated for Benazir’s death anniversary, was the hallmark at Garhi Khuda Bakhsh.n

Like other parts of the country, different programmes were held in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to pay homage to services of Benazir. The Peoples’ Doctors Forum (PDF) and Peoples’ Youth Organisation (PYO) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa organised separate seminars at the Press Club. Keynote speakers included PDF Provincial President Dr Nisar, Party Labour Wing President Anwarzeb. PPP Provincial Information Secretary Ayub Shah participated in a programme where while Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Population Welfare Minister Saleem Khan and Youth Provincial President Gohar Inqilabi addressed. To pay homage to Benazir, the PPP Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA chapters organised different. A rally was taken out from Hastnagri area and paraded on GT Road via Firdous Bazaar, Lady Reading Hospital Road and Khyber Bazaar. Small processions, which were taken out from Qissa Khawani Bazaar and Saddar also joined the main rally that was later converted into a big public meeting at Chowk Yadgar. In Nowshera, MNA Tariq Khattak and Excise and Taxation Minister Liaquat Shabab also organised Quran khawani for the eternal peace of Benazir. In FATA, Quran khawani and dua were held at the agency’s headquarters. Benazir’s death anniversary was commemorated with great fervour in Gujranwala.

Benazir’s blood not to go waste: Sherry SUKKUR: Former PM and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chairperson Benazir Bhutto’s sacrificed her life for strengthening democracy and to protect the interests of the country and its people, Pakistani Ambassador to the US Sherry Rehman said on Tuesday. She was talking to journalists at Sukkur Airport before leaving for Garhi Khuda Bakhsh to attend Benazir’s fourth death anniversary.inp

soLeMn MoURning: Mourners arrive at the Benazir Bhutto’s tomb at garhi Khuda Bakhsh. AFP

PPP worker commits suicide Aitzaz Ahsan rules out joining PTI GARHI KHUDA BAKHSH: A Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) worker, disappointed by the party’s policies and the federal government’s failure to arrest former PM and PPP chairperson Benazir Bhutto’s killers, committed suicide by hanging himself at Uch Sharif. Separately, a bid for collective self-immolation by angry Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) workers on former PM and PPP chairperson Benazir Bhutto’s fourth death anniversary was foiled on Tuesday. A caravan consisting of 25 to 30 PPP workers arrived at Garhi Khuda Bakhsh on December 26 and all were handcuffed and fettered themselves as a mark of protest. onLine

LAHORE/LARKANA: PPP leader Aitzaz Ahsan on Tuesday said he was not joining the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf. Talking to reporters at Lahore Airport before his departure to Garhi Khuda Bakhsh to attend the death anniversary of Benazir Bhutto, he said the PPP workers and the people were in a state of quandary over the inability of the authorities to expose Benazir’s killers. Opposition Leader in the Punjab Assembly Raja Riaz said Interior Minister Rehman Malik was going to expose the killers of Benazir but PPP Chairman Bilawal Zardari Bhutto prevented him from doing so as he wanted that any announcement in this respect should be made after the case was completely investigated. “If Bilawal Bhutto allows, then the interior minister will inform the people about the killers on the eve of Benazir’s fourth death anniversary,” he said. Agencies

soMBeR Respect: current prime Minister Yousuf Raza gilani pays his respects over the grave of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto. Afp

Coalition welcomes, but opposition disappointed by Zardari’s address ISLAMABAD stAff RepoRt

Hailing President Asif Ali Zardari, leaders of coalition parties on Tuesday said the president made a positive and balanced speech which augured well for democracy and the federation, while the opposition called the speech disappointing, as no issue being faced by the country was touched upon. Welcoming President Asif Ali Zardari’s speech, senior leader of Awami National Party (ANP) Senator Haji Adeel said the president spoke from the core of his heart and expressed some of his woes clearly. “The president candidly spoke about his woes about dissemination of certain disinformation regarding his illness and court’s certain interest in some of the cases and unnecessary delays in hearing of others,” Adeel said, adding that rumours about the president not fit to function as president had certainly pained the president. He said the president expressed his sorrow over certain attempts being made to tailor democracy. “The speech of the president was balanced, but simultaneously a candid expression of his feelings. The media, which expected the president to deliver a broadside against certain quarters, was disappointed,” Adeel said. Muttahida Qaumi Movement

(MQM) chief Altaf Hussain welcomed President Asif Ali Zardari’s address at Garhi Khuda Bux, saying moderate political actions were good for democracy. Kamil Ali Agha, secretary information of the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q), called President Zardari’s speech “balanced and positive”. “It was a balanced speech and his remarks about saving the federation from disintegration were very positive … he also adopted a mature approach on talking about political issues and opponents,” he said. Agha said his complaint with the judiciary was an unusual thing. “Actually, he questioned why the judiciary had singled him out … it is his personal opinion … he might have some concerns about the judiciary but I cannot comment on them,” he added. Jamaat-e-Islami’s Senator Professor Khurshid Ahmed said President Zardari’s speech was very disappointing. JUI-F spokesman Maulana Amjad said President Zardari’s speech was vague and ambiguous. PML-N Secretary Information Mushahid Ullah Khan said President Zardari’s comments had no value for the party. He called Zardari’s speech a “pack of requests.” PML-N senator Pervaiz Rashid said “last year, Zardari maligned Nawaz Sharif on Benazir’s death anniversary, but the PML-N did not agitate and this year he praised Nawaz and the party had no good feelings”.

PPP workers need no ‘distractions’: Bakhtawar ISLAMABAD: Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari, daughter of former PM and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chairperson Benazir Bhutto and President Asif Ali Zardari, said that there is no need of distractions to keep PPP workers attentive. In her message on social networking website Twitter on Tuesday soon after her father’s speech on her mother’s fourth death anniversary, she said, “Our numbers and slogans speak for themselves: ZINDA HAI BB ZINDA HAI”. Bakhtawar said, “We will never need distractions to keep our crowds attentive”. She quoted her mother saying, “Life and death is in the hands of God and that is why I have the courage to stare in the eyes of death without any fear.” App


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tendulkar wait continues but india take command forget what i said: The PM backtracks.

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Ali Aftab saeed says: New Khan Express: Too many landlords on board.

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Hashmi advises PM to dissolve parliament, hold early polls Senior PTI leader says he will send his and daughter’s resignation from the National Assembly to Nawaz Sharif soon

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ENIOR leader of the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) Javed Hashmi has asked Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani to dissolve the parliament forthwith to hold early elections. Addressing a massive rally of PTI supporters after his arrival at Multan airport from Karachi on Tuesday, Hashmi said his suggestion was “in the best interest of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani” considering numerous crises and lawlessness. “As a patriotic Pakistani and a wellwishing advisor in good faith, I strongly advise the prime minister that instead of clinging to the rule, he should immediately dissolve the parliament and hold early elections,” said Hashmi, who defected to the PTI on Saturday after ending his decades-long association with the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). “I say this in light of my 45-year political experience, as after carefully observing the scenario I can state that the masses had already pinned their hopes with Imran Khan,”

US briefs Kayani on NATo attack probe WASHINGTON: The American military has briefed Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani on its investigation into the NATO air strikes that killed 24 soldiers on the Afghan border last month, officials said on Tuesday. A report by military investigators was delivered to Kayani on Sunday by a US officer based in Islamabad, who explained the findings to the general, Pentagon spokesman Captain John Kirby said. The full report from the joint USNATO investigative team was not released publicly until Monday to allow time for the Pakistnai leadership to read the findings first, Kirby said. “We wanted General Kayani to be able to see the entire thing,” he said. ISPR DG Maj General Athar Abbas confirmed that the report had been received. “However, the report has been analysed and only after studying it can a press release be issued,” he said. Sources said a copy of the report was also handed over to president and prime minister. The army has handed over the report to the Directorate of Military Operations, said the sources. Separately, US military officials urged Pakistan to regularly disclose classified information regarding Pakistani military facilities and installations along the border with Afghanistan, US media reported on Tuesday. Commander of the US Central Command General James Mattis made the plea late on Monday following the November 26 NATO attack. “The strongest take-away from this incident is the fundamental fact that we must improve border coordination,” Mattis claimed in a statement. He also called for establishing a shared database between the two countries, saying that an increase in information could help NATO forces in Pakistan avert similar incidents. In addition, Mattis ordered ISAF to seek ways to improve its relations with Islamabad. Agencies

he said. Hashmi said that Imran Khan had personally visited him with a request to join the PTI to save Pakistan. “I asked for some time to ponder over the offer, but Imran was adamant and I had to join the PTI after a comprehensive consensus with friends and family,” he said. Earlier at Karachi airport, Hashmi said that he was not perturbed over leaving the PML-N, and would send his resignation and that of his daughter Mamoona Hashmi from the National Assembly to Nawaz Sharif in the next couple of days. He supported the creation of new provinces, including Saraiki, Bahawalpur and Potohar, saying it would lead to smaller administrative units and would resolve the basic problems of the people. He criticised the Punjab government for depriving the masses of southern Punjab of their legitimate rights. He said there were examples of hereditary politics in other countries of the world, but the capability of the leadership was a precondition. He said political parties organised around the rules of dictatorship could not practice democracy in the country.

Pay road surchage to restore supplies, Mukhtar tells NATo LARKANA: The government will not restore NATO supplies until the US-led alliance in Afghanistan agreed to pay road surcharge, Defence Minister Ahmed Mukhtar said on Tuesday. Talking to reporters in Garhi Khuda Bakhsh, Mukhtar said the government would levy road a surcharge on containers and oil tankers carrying supplies for the US and NATO forces in Afghanistan. Agencies

Gunmen kill IB official in Peshawar PESHAWAR: Unidentified gunmen on motorbikes killed an intelligence official in Peshawar on Wednesday, police said. The gunmen opened fire at the assistant director of the Intelligence Bureau when he was standing near his car, which was parked on the roadside. “Two gunmen came on motorcycles and opened fire at Sirajuddin, the assistant director of the Intelligence Bureau,” Peshawar police chief Imtiaz Altaf told AFP. “The incident occurred on the Kohat road. We don’t know who is exactly involved in this attack but we have ordered the inquiry to find out the culprits,” another senior police official Tahir Ayub said. Afp

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Balochistan ‘N’ leaders mull over PTI ISLAMABAD iRfAn BUKhARi

With Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan setting his eyes on the restive Balochistan with an announcement to hold the party’s next public procession in Quetta on March 23, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz is dogged by internal bickering in the province and its incumbent chief organizer, Khuda-e-Noor, is considering joining Imran Khan.

Although PML-N central leadership has decided to complete party organisation in provinces pending since July 27, intraparty rifts are at their peak in Balochistan and may push a number of PML-N provincial leaders and workers toward the PTI. Talking to Pakistan Today, Khuda-e-Noor said he and a number of party workers had serious reservations over the party’s policies. “I have handed over a paper carrying my concerns about policies of the Sharifs … I will wait for Nawaz Sharif’s response before taking any decision,” he added. He

said PTI leaders, including Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri and Javed Hashmi, had asked him to join the party. “If my reservations are not addressed, I may think of joining the PTI,” Noor added. Criticising the PML-N top command, he said the party had announced provincial elections on January 6, “‘but how will the election be held wihout elected or nominated provincial councils?” “Under the PML-N constitution, there must be 100 provincial councils in Balochistan to elect provincial office bearers,” he added.


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04 News PM resubmits reply over PPP ministers ridiculing SC ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani reiterated on Tuesday his highest regards for the judiciary and submitted to the Supreme Court that his government believed in the trichotomy of power, rule of law and civilian supremacy, in terms of the constitutional scheme. In compliance with the Supreme Court’s December 23 order seeking a clear stance from the prime minister on the assertions made by Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leaders in a press conference on December 1 ridiculing the judiciary and criticising the court’s order to constitute a judicial commission to probe the memo issue, Gilani submitted his reply to the court through Attorney General Maulvi Anwarul Haq. stAff RepoRt

I’m fighting fit: Zardari Continued from page 1 “We will fight any evil eye that is a threat to the federation, but our way will be that of Aung San Suu Kye,” said the president, referring to the Burmese leader known across the world for her struggle for democracy. Zardari, speaking from behind bulletproof glass and appearing relaxed and healthy, said he had spent many years behind bars but his love for democracy remained firm and steadfast. He said further that his party would continue to fight undemocratic forces but would do so following democratic norms. “We will fight for democracy, not seats,” said the president. Zardari said democracy was new to the country and needed time to mature and get to the point where it should be. He said those who said democracy was in place must know that the spirit of democracy

Pakistan, India Continued from page 24 They also decided to make a recommendation to the foreign secretaries to extend the validity of another vital pact, “Agreement on Reducing the Risk from Accidents Relating to Nuclear Weapons” for five years. The current tenure of this agreement is set to end in February next year, said officials privy to the two-day consultations at the level of experts from the two sides. “The two sides reviewed a range of existing nuclear and conventional CBMs and discussed proposals for additional measures in areas where the two countries could make forward movement,” an official said, seeking anonymity. He said the nuclear neighbours also discussed the proposal to expand the ambit of advance notification of missiles tests and also include

faisalabad dSP beats up child A boy went into shock after being allegedly beaten by Faisalabad DSP Zafarullah Niazi on Tuesday. A 10th grader, Ahsan, had gotten into a fight with the DSP’s son while playing. Following the argument, the elder sons of the DSP beat up Ahsan. On Tuesday, the DSP along with other men came and beat up Ahsan and his family members. Punjab IGP ordered an enquiry. MonitoRing DesK

the cruise missiles test in it along with the ballistic missile. Another official said there was no understanding during the senior officials’ meeting on conventional CBMs, such as removal of heavy weapons from the Line of Control (LoC) in divided Himalayan region of Kashmir along with other CBMs like the proposed agreement on advance notification of military exercises, return of citizens crossing the border inadvertently to their respective countries and also a proposed pact on averting any incidents at sea. Meanwhile, the Foreign Ministry said Pakistan had proposed moving heavy artillery away from the Line of Control. “Pakistan has proposed to India to move 120-millimetre guns some 30 kilometres (18 miles) away from the Line of Control,” foreign ministry spokesman Abdul Basit said.

four accused of BB murder being tried Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Tuesday said four of the people accused of Benazir Bhutto’s murder had been arrested and were being tried, adding that former president Pervez Musharraf would have to face the law too once he returns to the country. A private TV channel quoted Malik as saying that there was no inquiry underway regarding the visit of ISI General DG Shuja Pasha to London. MonitoRing DesK

SC to hear Continued from page 24 Asma contended that these petitions were not maintainable as the fundamental rights of the petitioners were not affected because of the memo issue, nor had they mentioned any such thing in their pleas. She said, however, that the fundamental rights of her client were affected because of these pleas as he was condemned unheard. She said it was not a matter of fundamental rights, instead a politically motivated game. She said the media was portraying his client as an accused because of the court’s December 1 order, which was passed without hearing him. The court told her that if she wanted, the media could

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be restricted, but she said she would not demand that but would produce a judicial verdict to this effect. The chief justice told her the court had not restricted her client from going abroad and did not even pass any negative remarks against him, instead calling him a very respectable citizen. Asma contended that the memo was just an assumption, thus no fundamental rights of any one were infringed upon because of it. She said being an assumption, no forum for its probe was necessary. Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, however, noted that the law gave the right to the court to probe the matter and collect evidence. “The parliamentary committee also has the same right,” Asma

would take time to take hold. “Democracy with all its qualities will take time and sacrifices, which we are willing to make,” he said. “Let us on this day rededicate ourselves to the democratic mission of… Benazir Bhutto whose life was dedicated to fighting dictatorship and those seeking to defame and dismantle democratic institutions,” the president said. He said her assassination was a conspiracy to rid the world of its best weapon to combat international violent extremism. It was a conspiracy to rob Pakistan of its best hope to establish a fully functional democracy, he added. He declared himself completely fit, saying he wanted to make history, not headlines, in the media. The embattled president, who has recently been under treatment in Dubai after the memogate controversy surfaced, seemed very

energetic during his rare speech as he sought to stand behind his prime minister. “Tailor-made democracies don’t work. I don’t pay heed to anyone except Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, as he represents parliament,” he said. He praised Gilani for remaining steadfast and said he stood by him. He said those who were now jumping fences did not have any significant achievements to their credit. “Is this to derail real democracy, or an attempt to bring in some dictator?” he questioned. “You would not find Yousaf Raza Gilani stumbling at any stage,” the president said. He added that though in terms of protocol, Gilani reported to him, but in fact the prime minister was the leader of all. He said all forces were under parliament and he always listened to the prime minister because he represented the federation and was a representative of the people through parliament. The president said

he decided to hand over all powers to the prime minister as he wanted to nurture Pakistan’s nascent democracy. He asked the people and the party workers to remain steadfast and not to be deterred by temporary challenges. “Democracy can deliver and will deliver,” he said and asked how much time had been given to the nascent democracy. “It will take time for it to flourish,” he added. He said the chapter of Benazir assassination had reopened after former US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice’s book surfaced. The president said he wanted to address the miseries of the Baloch people. “I want to resolve the matters within the parameters of the federation,” he said. “If the Baloch want to fight, they should learn from us how to fight,” he said. The president said in the same context that he gave an identity to the Pakhtuns and no one could take it back for centuries to come. Zardari also took a swipe

at the media, targeting TV talk shows in particular. He said he had advised his political leaders, party men and activists not to attend TV talk shows, which he said pitched politicians against each other. He also favoured a separate province in South Punjab and said “the people seek their rights from the Takht-e-Lahore (Throne of Lahore)”, referring to the Punjab government. President Zardari also said Pakistan had decided not to be part of any international war game. “We have decided not to join any ‘theatre of war’ that has nothing to do with us,” he said, adding that trade would rather be the top priority of Pakistan with the international community. The president also said Asefa, his daughter, would carry forward the legacy of Benazir Bhutto. The death anniversary came the same day the Supreme Court began deliberations on whether it could

A balanced address, but replete with messages No fireworks. It was expected, though the hotblooded agents of volatility had anticipated that President Asif Ali Zardari would make a confrontational speech with a strong message to the military establishment. Seen as a prelude to the president’s address in Garhi Khuda Bakhsh, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani’s media talk a day earlier had unambiguously removed the suspicions about an imminent conflict between the army and the government. The president exercised restraint, albeit his address was evidently replete with messages for both internal and external audiences. Unlike his previous politically-loaded addresses on the death anniversaries of Benazir Bhutto, however, this time the president did not train his guns on his critics, political rivals and the military-led establishment – reconciliation with all was the bottom line of his speech. However, he did explicitly refer to the judiciary and registered his protest for - he candidly stated - judicial discrimination against the government and the Pakistan

People’s Party (PPP). But the most important question that remained unanswered was: Where are Benazir Bhutto’s killers? What surprised many was Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan’s comeback with a big bang after a long hibernation. He had chosen to take a backseat for the simple reason that some toadies had encircled the party’s high command and the ideologically committed vanguards, who had weathered all difficulties, were ignored. Though late, the president finally realised and Ahsan was again seen on the stage but this time with unprecedented respect, which he deserved, to the extent that he was asked to speak even after the last speaker – the president, who is also co-chairman of the PPP. Understandably, there was a method in this proverbial madness. While there were speculations that Aitzaz Ahsan, disenchanted with the party leadership, might say goodbye to the PPP and possibly join Imran Khan’s bandwagon, the president’s decision to invite him to speak after his address was well-calculated and the message to the disappointed party leaders and workers, who would probably be thinking of quitting the PPP,

was: stay around, we respect you and you are our assets. The president, like the Sharif brothers, appeared disturbed with the rise of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) as a third but formidable political force as he consumed a considerable amount of time to speak about it. He could not skip the latest political developments with top leaders of major political parties, including the PPP, joining the PTI, and without saying that the establishment was behind the cricketer-turned-politician, he said attempts were being made to introduce “tailor-made democracies” and asked: “Is this to derail real democracy, or an attempt to bring in some dictator?” Though he often praises the prime minister, it was for the first time that he lavishly did so. “I always listened to the prime minister because he represented the federation and was a representative of the people through parliament. He remained steadfast and stood by me … he is the leader of all. You would not find Yousaf Raza Gilani stumble at any stage,” the president said to remove the doubts about the prime minister that he might leave him in the lurch. While he did not make a direct comment on the memo

controversy that had dogged his relations with the army, he took a clear position that he would defend the constitution. “Our way will be that of Aung San Suu Kyi,” the president referred to the Burmese leader, known the world over for her struggle for democracy. His argument was that nothing supra-constitution would be allowed. His reference to the constitution was unmistakably for those he thought were intriguing to remove him. Frustrated with the United States for not supporting him to resolve Pakistan’s problems like the energy crisis despite its contribution in the war on terror and rather objecting to Islamabad’s efforts to improve trade relations with China and particularly with Iran, the president said: “We have decided not to join any ‘theatre of war’ which has nothing to do with us.” His categorical policy statement was that Pakistan would enter into trade pacts with the countries of its choice. “Your own economies are in trouble. Should I care for the children of my country or look after your interests?” he asked the US, without naming it. You do it your way, we will do it our way – that much was loud and clear to all inside and outside Pakistan.

contended. She said the court was hearing the ISI’s plea, but his client was not heard and a decision was given against him. She said if the ISI’s reports were examined, Wali Khan, Benazir Bhutto and many more - including members of the superior judiciary - would be found to have been stigmatised. She said the court only had to pay attention to the law, adding that it should not be worried about the security of the country’s frontiers, as other institutions were there for the purpose. She said the control of nuclear assets should be with the president and prime minister, as the army was not the sole owner of the nuclear assets, the entire nation was. She said further that Blackberry Messages of Mansoor Ijaz did not mention the memo. She said Ijaz had pub-

lished his article in the Financial Times after his meeting with the ISI chief. When Attorney General Maulvi Anwarul Haq read out the federation’s rejoinders over the memo issue, the court asked him that if the memo was “just a piece of paper”, why was a meeting called in the Presidency over it? The chief justice observed that the Pakistani nation was a living nation, which did not tolerate the things written in the memo. He said the nation wanted there to be no compromise over the country’s interests and sovereignty. He said Benazir Bhutto was a great leader but there had been no progress in her assassination probe, despite Tuesday being her fourth death anniversary. He said a reference was filed to revisit the death sentence of former prime minister Zulfikar Ali

Bhutto, adding that the murder of former prime minister Liaquat Ali Khan was still a mystery. He noted that a reply was sought from the president over the memo issue, however he did not bother to file one, as maybe he did not deem it appropriate. He said there was no restriction on the courts to hear memo-like issues. In his arguments, the attorney general submitted that the Presidency had contradicted the alleged memo on October 29, whereas the prime minister had ordered its investigation on November 22. He said Haqqani had resigned before the meeting took place at the Presidency. To a court query, he said the memo was a matter of public interest but it was nothing more than a piece of paper, which did not infringe the fundamental rights of the petitioners. Justice

Jawwad S Khawaja responded that it would be ascertained after the probe whether the memo was just a piece of paper or something more. He said the Foreign Affairs Ministry had not contradicted the memo and had disowned it. When the chief justice repeatedly asked the attorney general that if the memo did not exist, why was Haqqani made to resign and why had the prime minister ordered an investigation into it, the attorney general stated that the court should wait for the recommendations of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security over the issue and till that time the court should not hear the case. The court then adjourned further hearing for Wednesday (today), directing Asma Jehangir to conclude her arguments by then.

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open its own investigation into the memogate scandal. Zardari struck a defiant note, but noticeably refrained from attacking the military establishment at the rally. Tens of thousands of people gathered at Bhutto’s mausoleum on Tuesday, converging outside the heavily guarded perimeter of the compound to pay their respects, beating their chests and demanding that her killers be arrested. Around 6,000 policemen, hundreds of paramilitary officers, electronic gates, aerial surveillance and sniffer dogs were ensuring security, said police. “We want revenge. Arrest Benazir’s killers,” the mourners chanted, carrying party flags and photographs of Bhutto, eulogising her and her father Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari also appealed for democracy to prevail in an editorial written in a local English-language newspaper.

BB killing probe Continued from page 1 He said first the judiciary was provoked “with a false impression that I wanted to de-notify the judges my government had restored”. “This was a conspiracy. Under the same situation, I also said on Monday that I did not want to let go of the army chief and ISI DG,” he added. The prime minister, however, reiterated that there should not be a parallel government. “When all secretaries had submitted their affidavits (with the government) and the secretary defence said that those institutions (army and ISI) did not fall under the government’s ambit, I said a state within the state was not acceptable,” he said. He defended the extension to the chief of army staff and the ISI DG, stating that generals were not changed in the middle of a war. “Under the same spirit, I had requested General Kayani to accept extension. This was not an appeal,” he asserted. To another query, Gilani said all the institutions fell under the government and their functions, whether operational or nonoperational, were also under the government. Regarding his statement submitted in the apex court regarding the press conference by former law minister Dr Babar Awan, the PM said Awan would himself respond for his conduct. Asked why the government had handed down the memo case to the parliamentary committee on national security if the memo was baseless and held no ground, Gilani said that it was not his decision and rather the civilian and military top brass was present in the meeting which took the unanimous decision. He said the nation already wanted to cut NATO supplies, but the decision was taken when the civilian and military leadership decided to. “The memo case was also referred to the committee after informing the president, army chief, and the ISI DG,” he maintained. However, late at night, a spokesman for the Prime Minister’s House called incorrect a news report run by several TV channels quoting Gilani as saying that investigation was underway into ISI DG’s visit to London in connection with the memo case. In a clarification, the spokesman said the prime minister had meant that the case was in court and sub judice.


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UNDREDS of locals from Shahdara and Cavalry Ground area lodged massive protests against the police over alleged murder of two men by the police in different incidents on Tuesday. In Shahdara, 35-years-old Muhammad Arshad, a resident Shakar Garh Area, was allegedly killed by the police in cross-firing with the robbers while a Nasir Mehmood was injured. Per details, Mujahid Squad officials deputed at police check post on Ravi Toll Plaza were performing routine checking when they signalled a passenger van to stop. A passenger of the van tried to escape with his accomplice and was chased by the police; meanwhile the two groups also exchanged fire. The men ran and hid in an empty house in the Farrukh Abad residential area and Shahdara Police also reached the spot and cordoned the area off. The exchange of fire continued. During the cross-firing, Muhammad Arshad, who ran a sanitary shop and was standing there, received bullet injuries along with another local Nasir Mehmood.

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Arshad died instantly whereas locals shifted Nasir to Mayo Hospital where doctors pronounced him as stable. Meanwhile the two men, identified as robbers Shahid and Javed were also arrested and three pistols were recovered from their possession. Only about two hours after the mishap, dozens of locals lodged protest against Shahdara and Mujahid Squad Police after placing Arsahd’s body in Farrukh Abad Chowk. Protestors chanted anti-police slogans. However top cops of City Division Police including DSP Shahdara Nasir Mehmood reached the locality where policemen reportedly baton charged the protestors in order to disburse them. Locals of the area claimed that several pro-

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Chicken prices soar to rs 195 per kg LAHORE nAUMAn tAsLeeM

The prices of chicken, which have been increasing continuously, touched Rs 195 per kg on Tuesday. At the start of this month, the price of chicken was between Rs 130-140 per kg but it started increasing some 10 days ago. It is expected that the price would increase further in the coming days, followed by a fall, again. The stakeholders of the poultry industry said the current price hike is for one or two weeks and it would come down as s o o n f r e s h stocks arr i v e . They said production of chicken has decreased due to very low prices but now once again the production would come to normal. The price of chicken is still less than beef and mutton and affordable for the poor. “The cost of breeding chicken has increased whereas its price has remained low there-

fore the farmers breed less chicken and it has caused supply gap,” said a farmer Mushtaq Ahmed. He said it has become difficult for the farmers to breed chicken at such low rates. “The price of chicken in November and December remained between Rs 130-150 per kg and we sold the stocks at ‘no profit no loss’ but resolutely the farmers avoided breeding more stocks, which caused demand and supply gap.” Pakistan Poultry Association (PPA) Punjab former chairman and Export Committee Conv e n e r Abdul Basit s a i d c h i c k e n prices never remained at one level and fluctua t e throughout the year but always stay less than the price of mutton and beef. He said beef and mutton prices had gone up by 150 percent while chicken prices had only increased by 30 to 40 pc

testors received injuries due to the charge and the police forcibly took the body of the deceased. They also claimed that the robbers had not even fired a single shot. Shahdara Police Station SHO Maqsood Gujjar while talking to Pakistan Today claimed that Muhammad Arshad had died at the robbers’ hands. He said even the family of deceased Muhammad Arshad agreed and a case has been registered against the robbers under sections 302,393/34,353,186 and 324 on the complaint of deceased’s brother-in-law namely Mushtaq Khan. Shahdara Police DSP Nasir Mehmood said it could not be ascertained whose fire had killed Arshad and an enquiry would be held, adding that the protesters were not baton charged.

Meanwhile in another incident, locals of Madina Colony also lodged massive protest at Cavalry Ground Chowk over the alleged murder of 28-year-old Muhammad Yasir at the hands of the police. Around two hundred protestors including family members, relatives and locals of Madina Colony kept Cavalry Ground Chowk blocked for about two hours and demanded detailed enquiry. Protestor chanted slogans against Barki Police and alleged that the deceased was either killed by police in an alleged shootout or the police knew who had killed him. Shahid, a cousin of deceased Muhammad Yasir, said Yasir left his home on Monday with his wife and dropped her at

Services Hospital. He said at about 3 pm, Yasir’s colleagues informed his father that some policemen from Barki Police wanted them to identify a dead body. He said his uncle Barkat contacted Barki Police, who informed him that a dead body had been recovered on the BRB Canal bank riddled with three bullets. He said Barkat along with few other relatives reached Barki Police Station and came to know that his son was murdered. He said according to police a driver of a tractor trolley saw the body and later informed the local police. He said initially Barki Police claimed that the deceased was killed by some unidentified men, adding that Yasir did not have any enemies. Iram, Yasir’s sister, claimed that the police had killed her brother and had labelled him a robber to justify their act. Barkat, deceased’s father, said he did not want to blame the police but he was sure that they knew who had killed him. Some other locals of Madina Colony said Yasir was innocent and was never involved in any misdemeanour. Meanwhile heavy contingent of police under of Barki DSP Malik Ijaz Ahmed reached Cavalry Ground and ensured the residents that an enquiry would be held. Yasir was laid to rest in a local graveyard.

Police prey on minorities’ liquor LAHORE sALAhUDin sAfDAR

“I am Zoroastrian and I bought a wine bottle from a dealer in Firdous Market after showing him my permit. Two police officials named Munawar and Raheel chased me and my husband in Defence, took our wine bottle and Rs 3,000 from us. Why?” a woman asking not be named asks Pakistan Today. The complaints of people against policemen holding them and seizing liquor despite showing the purchase permit issued to non Muslim minorities of country has increased manifolds in the recent days. In some the cases, complainants have also approached the police high ups to look into the matter but most incidences have gone unreported. Police officials have admitted that this problem exists and have asked the people to complain so that necessary action can be taken.

Factory Area Station House Officer Police Station Attique Dogar, when contacted for comment on phone, admitted that such incidents could not totally be ruled out and policemen might have been involved in such activities but he suggested whoever has the grievance must visit him in Factory Area police station. In another incident, two policemen recovered a liquor bottle from possession of a Christian boy near Main Market, Gulberg. They, without showing their identity, demanded of the boy to pay them Rs 5,000 or they would take him to the police station. However, when the boy showed them his identity of being Christian, they still took his wine bottle. The modus operandi of such policemen is that they prey in a

group of two or three and force bootleggers to inform them about buyers who can be potential target. Once the customer comes out of the shop they chase them to a suitable point where negotiations can be easy. An average citizen especially one sitting with a female would never refuse accepting the demand of policemen and hence the bottle with money will go with the cops instead of buyers. Cantt Division Superintendent Police Hashmat Kamal also admitted to Pakistan Today that there have been such cases and police would take action if citizens complain. He said eight constables were reported to be involved in blackmailing the citizens and an action had been taken against them, adding that two of them were also dismissed.

Roti, naans might become dear LAHORE stAff RepoRt

Wheat flour prices are likely to increase by Rs47 per 20-kilogram bag as Pakistan Flour Mills Association (PFMA) has approached the Punjab Food Department to revise flour prices across Punjab, Pakistan Today learn on Tuesday. PFMA North Zone representatives in their proposal asked the provincial government to allow wheat flour price equivalent to the

rate of inflation. Though, the provincial government did not accept PFMA demand completely, but Food Department had reduced issue price for 2009 wheat stock, which would be released at Rs 950 per maund. Flour millers claimed that no wheat was available in Lahore, Gujranawala, Rawalpindi and other parts of the Punjab, thus despite decrease flour prices could not be reduced. They indicate that if the government allowed wheat flour price increase a 20-kilogram wheat flour would be available at Rs 612 which is being sold at Rs 565.


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MAN was murdered while another was found dead in mysterious circumstances in two separate incidents in Sundar Police limits on Tuesday. In first incident, a textile mill worker was found murdered in the fields near Islam Nagar late at night. The deceased was identified as 28-year-old Iftikhar, resident of Nankana Sahib. The deceased sustained bullet injuries in the head and abdomen.

Police suspected Iftikhar was murdered somewhere else and the murderers had thrown his body in Sundar. In the other incident, a middle-aged man was found dead in his home. The deceased was identified as 34-year-old Muhammad Ashraf, resident of Sundar village. Ashraf was shifted to a hospital upon being found unconscious in his room. Doctors announced him dead. The deceased’s family claimed he had been tortured and intoxicated. Police said a case would be registered after the autopsy report.

FIRE: Two men were injured and valuables worth hundred of thousand rupees were reduced to ashes in three separate fire incidents in the provincial capital on Tuesday. In first incident, a fire broke out in a building owned by Mian Maqsood near Data Darbar due to short circuiting, and two labourers sustained burn injuries. Another incident occurred near Shahdra Chowk in a matches factory. The fire caused monetary losses of Rs 150,000 in the form of home appliances and machinery which was burnt in the fire. In a separate incident a house also came burned

‘Reopen vegetable market’ LAHORE stAff RepoRt

The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday directed the Model Town assistant commissioner (AC) and market committee secretary to reopen the entry and exit points of the Kotlakhpat Fruit and Vegetable Market, after demolishing the seven walls constructed by the city district government. Justice Mohmmad Ameer Bhatti heard a contempt of court petition seeking action against

the market committee secretary and Model Town AC, who had built walls at all entry and exit points of the Kotlakhpat Fruit and Vegetable Market and stopped the shopkeepers from running their business. During proceedings on the contempt petitions TMO Gulberb Town Tahir Sheikh, assistant commissioner (AC) Model Town Arfan Memon, secretary fruit and market committee Abdul Waheed and TMA lawyer Tanvir Akhtar were present in the court. Petitioners Chaudhary Yaseen and others

submitted that they were running business in the market according to rules and regulations. The LHC had already granted permission to them to continue their business, but market committee administration and city district government was creating hurdles in their business affairs. After recording arguments of both parties, the judge disposed of the petition and directed the market committee secretary to demolish the walls and not to create any hurdle for the shopkeepers.

down near Makki Masjid in Mughalpura Police precincts. CHEMICAL FILLED BAG CAUSES BLAST: A low intensity blast occurred on Gulshan Ravi double road in Sanda Police limits due to a chemical bag on Tuesday. The blast occurred outside a bank situated. The police and bomb disposal squad rushed to the place after the incident was reported to police emergency 15. Officials said the blast caused no damage and it occurred due to a chemical-filled bag. Police said the material had been forwarded to the laboratory for further analysis.

4 injured in road accidents on motorway LAHORE: At least four persons sustained injuries in collisions among six vehicles, including two trucks, due to thick fog on the motorway near Thokar Niaz Baig between the Monday and Tuesday night. The Motorway Police said that the injured were shifted to a hospital for treatment while a driver Younus was stated to be in critical condition. According to the Motorway Police, the visibility remained zero overnight due to thick fog, hence nine kilometres of the motorway, from Babusabu Interchange to Thokar Niaz Baig, were closed for all kinds of traffic. The police said that at about 10:30 am on Tuesday, the motorway was reopened for traffic when the visibility increased. stAff RepoRt

Punjab govt supports private schools: Rehman LAHORE stAff RepoRt

Provincial Education Minister Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman has said the Punjab government follows a policy of providing all-out support to private sector schools in order to achieve 100 percent literacy rate in the province. Addressing the annual prize distribution ceremony organised by Qazi Group of Schools at Avari Hotel on Tuesday, Rehman said that as per the government policy the Punjab Education Foundation (PEF) was helping 1.2 million poor students in private schools who could not afford to pay fees or buy books. The ceremony was attended by Punjab Agriculture and Livestock Minister Ahmed Ali Aulakh, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) Member of National Assembly (MNA) Naseer Ahmed Bhutta, Member of Provincial

Assembly (MPA) Ramzan Siddique Bhatti, MPA Nasir Ahmed, Amina Aulfat, Punjab Secretary Education (Schools) Aslam Kamboh, Board of Intermediary and Secondary Education (BISE) Lahore Chairman Allah Bukhsh Malik, parents, students and teachers of Qazi Group of Schools (QGS). Rehman appreciated the school where 9,000 students were said to be studying in its various branches, while several students from QGS annually secure top positions in BISE exams and scholarships. The minister gave awards to toppers, including Habibba Fatima, who secured 993/1050 marks in BISE annual examination 2011, Muhammad Shehzad, who took 988, Arsalan Ashraf, who secured 983 marks and Inam-UlHaq who got 983 marks. In the grade nine BISE exams, both Maira Muzaffar Meo and Wajahat Ali got first position by securing 456 marks each,

youth involved in 61% of road accidents: 1122 LAHORE stAff RepoRt

The Rescue 1122 on Tuesday claimed to have responded to 132,331 emergencies related to traffic accidents, 61 percent of them involving the youth, across Punjab during year 2011. This was disclosed in a briefing to Punjab Emergency Service (Rescue 1122) Director General Dr Rizwan Naseer on the Road Traffic Crashes (RTC) data by the Research Wing of the Service at his office. The data revealed that the younger age group (10-30 years) was frequently involved in the RTCs and accounted for 61 percent of all RTCs, followed by the age group of 30-50 years involved in 30 percent and people aged above 55 years involved in 9 percent of the total crashes. Moreover, bikes were involved in 55

percent, cars in 15 percent, Rickshaws in 11 percent and other vehicles were involved in 19 percent RTCs. The major causes of the accidents included over-speeding 35 percent, careless driving 34 percent and wrong turns 14 percent. Similarly, minor injuries 60 percent, fractured bones 27 percent, head injuries 11 percent and spinal injuries 2 percent, were the major injury outcomes of these collisions. Dr Rizwan Naseer expressed concern over the growing burden of RTCs on the Emergency Service and the involvement of younger age groups in these crashes. He stressed on the responsibility of parents to ensure safety of their children, adding that traffic safety rules should be rigourously followed and protective gear, including helmets and seat belts should be worn.

Sauda Abrahim stood second with 455 marks, while Atiq-ur-Rehamn and Iram Shezadi stood 3rd at 454 marks. The minister said the Punjab government was giving prizes in Punjab of Rs 400,000 to first position holders, Rs 300,000 to second position holders and Rs 200,000. The same prize would also be given to one boy and one girl in Sindh, Balochistan, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and they had been invited to stay at the CM house, giving them status of ‘state guests’ in order to motivate them to further excel in studies. About the endowment fund set up for poor students through legislation in the assembly, he said it had been started with Rs 2 billion, but it had been extended to Rs 8 billion. Students are helped in higher education and are sent to foreign universities for scientific and technical education through this programme.

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Benazir remembered LAHORE stAff RepoRt

An event of Quran Khawani in connection with the fourth death anniversary of Benazir Bhutto was held at the residence of member Federal Council and former MPA Dr Zia Ullah Khan Bangash. According to a press release issued on Tuesday, the event was attended by members of Federal Council including Atlaf Qureshi, Abdul Qadir Shaheen and a large number of party members. Meanwhile, PPP minorities’ wing also offered prayers for Benazir, according to a press statment issued by Napolean Qayyum. They vowed to stand by President Zardari through thick and thin.

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UNJAB Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said on Tuesday that Pakistan will be steered out of the crises under the leadership of Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) President Nawaz Sharif. He was talking to several Members of Punjab Assembly (MPAs) and PML-N office-bearers, including Javed Latif, Junaid Anwar, Salman Mohsin Gillani, Sardar Shafqat Baloch, Ali Haider Noor Niazi and

others. The CM said that the Punjab government was dedicated to public service and had proven that people had complete right over the natural resources. He said that a comprehensive programme was being implemented for raising the living standard of people and the provision of basic amenities to them. Earlier, the CM met Pakistan Muslim League – Functional (PML-F) Provincial President Makhdoom Ahmad Mehmood, MPA Atta Muhammad Manika and PML-N Baloch leader Sardar Yaqub Nasir, separately.

Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) Alumni are constantly giving back to their institution and in line with this tradition BSc 2002 has also set up an endowment to support deserving students at LUMS. The Class of ‘02 coordinators made zealous efforts and collected contributions from batch mates residing all over the world to fund the education of three scholars. Two of these students are being funded by the BSc 2002 Endowment fund and one through the BSc 2002 Zakat fund. To make procedures official, Umar Karim Khan, BSc ’02 and the LUMS VC Dr Adil Najam signed a MoU on December 22, 2011. GOVT LAUNCHES NATIONAL BLOOD TRANSFUSION PROGRAMME: The National Blood Transfusion Programme (NBTP) launched by the government envisaged nationwide access to safe blood transfusion through a rational, adequate and cost effective blood supply system which would be autonomous, said Haematology Department Head Prof Shahida Mohsin while addressing a seminar organised by Pakistan Society of Haematology at the University of Health Sciences (UHS) on Tuesday. DENGUE WORKSHOP HELD AT DGHS: To prevent the recurrence of a dengue epidemic in 2012, a one-day training workshop was held at the Punjab Directorate General Health Services (DGHS) for the relevant district level staff of communicable disease control (CDC). GCU EXECUTIVE BODY FORMED: The 13th executive-body of the Government College University (GCU) Lahore Library Society was formed on Tuesday for the academic session 2010-11. GCU Vice Chancellor (VC) Dr Muhammad Khaleeq-ur-Rahman administrated the new office-bearers oath at a welcome ceremony in the Fazal-i-Hussain Reading Room. UHS TO SET UP RESEARCH CENTRE: The VC University of Health Sciences (UHS) Dr Malik Hussain Mubbashar has said the university is all set to establish a state-of-the-art Institute of Research Excellence with the support of the Punjab government, in a bid to revolutionise basic medical sciences’ research. COMSATS ORGANISES INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE: COMSATS Institute of Information Technology is organising a mega event: the 3rd SAICON, an International Conference on management, business ethics and economics. The conference would be held on December 28 and 29 in PC.

Demo against gas outages, low pressure

(L) Usama Mehmood, student of o’level, pakturk international schools & colleges, topped the world in Additional Mathematics this year. (R) Rafay Mustafa receives her merit scholarship certificate from Army public school and college system chairman Maj tariq Masood. STAFF PHoTo

LAHORE: Dozens of domestic consumers protested against gas outages and low pressure at the Bund Road on Tuesday. The protesters, mostly women and children, chanted slogans against the non-availability of natural gas. They said that their routine life had been badly hit in the given situation, claiming that they had tried to contact officers in the Sui Gas Office but returned in sheer disappointment. The people demanded the government frame a comprehensive gas policy under which the gas supply must be ensured to all the domestic consumers. The protesters also suggested halting mushroom growth of the CNG filling stations all over the country. App

CJF officials sworn in LAHORE stAff RepoRt

The City Journalists Forum (CJF) was initiated on Tuesday in an oathtaking ceremony at the Lahore Press Club (LPC). Lahore Division Commissioner Jawad Rafiq Malik administered the oath, congratulating all the CJF office bearers and urging them to play their role for the welfare of the city reporters. Lahore Press Club President Sarmad Bashir and senior journalists, including Aazm Chaudhry, Naseem

Qureshi and Masood Bhaseen were present on the occasion. Answering a question, the commissioner said that a detailed report on LPC’s adjacent petrol pump, dislocation of oil shop, security and parking arrangements would be submitted and appropriate decision would be taken accordingly. The speakers, at the occasion, drew the commissioner’s attention towards the problems of the journalist colony, including illegal occupations and pending development works. The sworn in officials included

Chief Convenor Naseem Qureshi, Patron-in Chief Masood Bhaseen, Patron Farrukh Bashir, Chairman Raja Mehboob Sabir, CWC Chairman Shoaib Aziz, Senior Vice Chairman Khalid Hussain, Vice Chairman Khalid Malik, President Shaukat Ali, Senior Vice President Javed Iqbal, Vice President Imran Malik, Secretary General Asif Butt, Deputy Secretary Ghazanfar Awan, Senior Joint Secretary Yasir Habib, Joint Secretary Dura-e-Nayab, Finance Secretary Atif Shehzad and Information Secretary Dawood Khalid.


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People sick of politics of inheritance: Imran PTI chief says party striving for elimination of ancestral politics from country g Khan gaining foreign media’s attention g Guardian says Khan’s rising popularity cause for concern for US g los Angeles Times calls Karachi rally impressive, says Khan ‘has emerged as a force in the anarchic political situation of Pakistan’ g

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HE people of Pakistan are fed up with “politics of inheritance”, which has held the country hostage in the name of protection of democracy, PTI Chairman Imran Khan said on Tuesday. In an interview with an Iranian TV channel, Khan these politicians had stashed money in their off shore accounts and had assets in foreign countries. “These rulers are paying no tax and are imposed on the country,” he said adding that the

world. Therefore, they stepped up efforts to secularise Muslim societies,” he said. “It was our bad luck that western countries view us pro-west, moderate or liberal,” he added. MEDIA ATTENTION: Apart from making headlines on front pages in Pakistan in the recent months, the cricketer-turnedpolitician has also attracted the attraction of the foreign media. Newspapers abroad gave much importance to the PTI’s public meeting in Karachi which many said was one of the biggest held in recent years.Guardian reported over100,000 people attended the public meeting, which

people of Pakistan wanted to get rid of these politicians now. “I am striving to eliminate ancestral politics from the country,” he said. He said the people of all Muslim countries wanted democracy to be put in place in their respective countries. “People are sick of these corrupt and puppet rulers who want to impose foreign agenda upon them against their will and aspirations,” Khan said. He said Western countries wanted to secularise Muslim societies by extending assistance to pro-West Muslim countries. “Following the revolution in Iran, western countries felt threatened that the Islamic wave had swept entire Muslim

strengthened the perception that Khan’s strength in the political arena was increasing by the day. The newspaper said the reason for his rising popularity was his stance against corruption and the United States’ war on terror.Guardian said Khan was very popular in the urban-middle class and most of the youngsters that attended Sunday’s gathering wore western dresses. The British newspaper said Khan’s rising popularity was a cause for concern for the US because of his criticism of US policies, particularly the drone attacks in the Tribal Areas. However, the paper said it was not clear how much electoral success

he could achieve. The Telegraph, another British newspaper, said the Karachi meeting had made Khan’s position in Pakistan’s politics more prominent. Los Angeles Times called the public meeting impressive and said Khan had emerged as a force in the anarchic political situation of Pakistan. It said Khan’s campaign had gained momentum at a time when the ruling PPP was facing a lot of problems. The newspaper said “Khan’s pace shows he can win the elections”. Top Indian newspapers, including the Hindustan Time, The Hindu and the Times of India also gave prominent coverage to Khan’s massive rally in Karachi.

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The Interior Ministry has removed the name of Chaudhry Moonis Elahi, son of Senior Federal Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi, from the Exit Control List (ECL) after his acquittal of the notorious multibillion National Insurance Corporation Limited (NICL) scam. Sources in the ministry said that soon after his acquittal, Moonis moved an application at the ministry for the removal of his name from the ECL. They said the ministry allowed him a one-time travel outside country, after which Moonis left for the United Kingdom, but has not returned so far. Sources informed that after getting instruction from higher authorities, Moonis was completely dropped from the list. The NICL case is still pending before the court, however the two main accused, Chaudhry Moonis Elahi and Ayaz Niazi, have been acquitted by trial courts. In one of its recent proceedings on the case, the Supreme Court, which took a suo motu notice of the scam, expressed annoyance over Moonis’ acquittal and his subsequent departure.

$5.5b World Bank loan must be rejected, says Workers Party Says need to hold govt, wB responsible for failed projects g wB, IMf, AdB agreements must be placed before parliament for approval g

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Worker’s Party Pakistan (WPP) on Tuesday condemned the World Bank (WB) announcement that it plans to offer the government of Pakistan $5.5 billion over the next two years. It demanded the government and WB accountable for failed WB-funded projects and the pursuit of neoliberal macroeconomic policies. It such policies have left working Pakistanis impoverished and left the country indebted and incapacitated due to an annual debt repayment burden equal to 35% of the annual budget. It demanded that any new agreement between the government and the WB or

its sister institutions International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Asian Development Bank (ADB) must be placed before parliament and be made subject to full public scrutiny. It so criticised opposition parties such as the Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) that were speaking a rhetoric of ‘self-reliance’ and ‘sovereignty’ without questioning the control exercised by international financial institutions (IFIs). WPP President Abid Hasan Minto and Information Secretary Aasim Sajjad said the most insidious form of imperialist control exerted over Pakistan was that in the form of neoliberal policies and multilateral debt but mainstream political parties, media and intelligentsia ignore both the

short-term and long-term effects of the IFI-imposed policies. They said all mainstream party expect to sign loan agreements with IFIs when in power, as even the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal did the same when in power in KP between 2002-8. The WPP leaders called attention to the fact that no attempt had been made to account for the devastation caused by a number of mega water projects funded by the WB and ADB including the Left Bank Outfall Drain (LBOD), which directly contributed to the flooding of Badin and other coastal districts in Sindh. The WPP leaders said it was strange that the bureaucracy was still a willing accomplice to the WB despite its project failures.

imran’s biggest challenge lies ahead ARIf TAj Imran Khan’s agenda for reforms fascinates a lot of people in the country and a sizable educated urban middle class, especially the youth, supports his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI), which has become the biggest threat to the Pakistan People’s Party and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz ... the two largest parties in the country representing hereditary or despotic politics. That sizable educated urban middle class has been the PTI’s real power base from the beginning owing to its reforms

agenda. That middles class was interpreted as the biggest challenge to the conventional hereditary politics in Pakistan, which earlier had witnessed a number of constitutions, military dictators and democratic elected parliaments and they all remained subservient to the hereditary politicians who largely ran the governments like personal fiefdoms. Imran, whose family had never been active in politics, was a new face in politics and his reformist agenda for social justice, as signified by the name of his party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf, led many educated urban people to rally around the PTI. The educated middle class, the PTI’s support base, was interpreted to be a force to spearhead the PTI’s reformist cause and pose a serious threat to conventional polit-

ical dynasties, which, in the view of the middles class, have brought the country on the verge of disaster. That urban middle class was also interpreted as a class committed to the country with a greater degree of sincerity and commitment. The reformist agenda converged many of the middle class liberals, conservatives, seculars and religious minds to a single point — that the country needs to be saved from disaster. Bringing people from such divergent views together and keeping them intact are not a plain sailing and Imran’s reformist agenda could fall prey to the same. The challenge Imran is going to face in the upcoming days that is how to keep balance between idealistic and pragmatic politics, how to put hereditary politics to an end while playing

conventional politics and how to maintain liberal posture to the world without losing conservative support within the country. These questions have become more important when flocks of ‘electables’ representing the country’s long-time hereditary political dynasties entered the PTI’s fold. Many in the PTI fear that the educated middles class is likely to deplete in the coming days as several scions of political dynasties have taken the front seats of the PTI bandwagon. Whether Imran would be able to weld pragmatic and idealistic politicians, the electables and the middles class, the liberal and the conservatives together is yet to be seen. Imran would have to walk a tight rope in the days ahead.

Balochistan may become east Pakistan, says Senator Saifullah

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Faulty policies from current and previous rulers mean Balochistan might face a situation like East Pakistan, Pakistan Muslim League-Likeminded (PML-LM) President Senator Salim Saifullah said on Tuesday In a meeting with PML-LM Balochistan President Noor Khan Tarin, Saifullah said, “Despite being the biggest province in terms of size and resources, Balochistan was less developed and its people are still striving to obtain basic rights.” Joined by Asif Memon, who was appointed PML-LM Central Joint Secretary, the politicians discussed the country’s political situation. Tarin briefed Saifullah on the situation in Balochistan and the grave consequences of ignoring it. Tarin said 75 percent of Balochistan was dependent on agriculture but governments had neglected this to the point that Balochistan’s agriculture land had converted to desert. He said no developmental projects had been implemented in Balochistan and target killings, unemployment, hostages, bribing and terrorism had become the norm.


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USAId awards scholarships to 44 teacher-students PESHAWAR: United States awarded scholarships to 44 students on Tuesday in a ceremony held at the Regional Institute of Teacher Education (RITE) Male, Peshawar. The scholarships of Rs 20,000 per semester are being provided to students enrolled in the recently launched Associate Degree in Education (AED) and Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) (Hons.) programs in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). The USAID awarded scholarships to 44 Teacher Students from KP through its PreService Teacher Education. Beside others the ceremony was attended by KP Elementary & Secondary Education Minister Sardar Hussain Babak, Secretary Education Mushtaq Jadoon, , Director Curriculum Attaullah Khan;, USAID Senior Education Advisor Muhammad Tariq Khan; and USAID PreSTEP Chief of Party Dr Mahmoodul Hassan Butt. Addressing the students, USAID Education Advisor Muhammad Tariq Khan said, “The US government is pleased to cooperate with the Government of Pakistan to create educational opportunities throughout the country. We want to help young Pakistanis pursue their education and contribute to building a better future for their country.” STAFF RePoRT

Journalists, analysts give feedback to Abbottabad commission ISLAMABAD: Around a dozen journalists, political and defence commentators on Tuesday appeared before the Abbottabad commission and briefed the commission on their input about the US raid on the compound alleged used by Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden. The commission which met at the cabinet division under the chairmanship of Justice (r) Javed Iqbalheld an interactive session with Dr Shireen Mazari, Nasim Zahra, Rahimullah Yusufzai, Saleem Bukhari, Fahad Hussain, Dr Farrukh Saleem, Dr Maria Sultan, Saleem Safi, Brig (r) Shaukat Qadir, Air Cdr (r) Sajjad Haider, and Asif Ezdi, a retired diplomat.Commission members Ashraf Jehangir Qazi and Lt Gen (r) Nadeem Ahmed also attended the session. STAFF RePoRT

Terror accused arrested ISLAMABAD: Dr Arshad, a key accused wanted by security agencies for killing four security men in Pir Chamabl, was arrested on Tuesday. Dr Arshad, a commander of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, had been operating along with his group in the area of Pir Chamabal in Chakwal and left the place after killing four security men in November. “Dr Arshad was arrested from a village near Phularwan, Sargodha from the house of a woman”, sources told Pakistan Today, adding that some of his companions were also under police custody. Sources said that Dr Arshad was also wanted by police in connection with kidnappings of many people, including former Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer’s son Shahbaz Taseer. They said that Dr Arshad had kidnapped two people, Haji Nawaz, owner of a school, and Mudassir, both natives of Pind Dadan Khan and they were released by him after receiving ransom money worth Rs 20 million and 0.8 million respectively. Dr Arshad had got his beard and moustaches shaved off, sources said. Police had already arrested around 20 people suspecting them of having ties with Dr Arshad and his group. STAFF RePoRT

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OCKING the claims made by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) during its gathering in Karachi, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Senator Babar Awan said on Tuesday that the people who are talking about revolution must understand revolution cannot come through ‘turncoats’. “Whether the turncoats belong from Multan or from Rawalpindi, they cannot bring any type of revolution,” he said while addressing a public meeting organized by the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Rawalpindi chapter in connection with the death anniversary of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in front of Liaqat Bagh. Pointing towards Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif, the PPP leader said the so-called ‘Khadim-e-Ala of Punjab’ cannot follow the agenda of Qauid-e-Azam by singing old songs nor is it possible to follow the Qauid’s vision by singing songs of ‘Billo’. He said those who claim to be taking on the PPP should first render the sacrifices which the PPP leadership

rendered for democracy and the welfare of the country. Continuing his tirade against PTI chairman, former law minister said that the so-called leader of youngsters did not bother to pay tribute at the shrine of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah on his birthday anniversary despite being there for more than eight hours. “His attitude

makes clear to everyone how much he (Imran) respects the Quaid,” he added. He said the time had come for PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif to implement the promises made to the PPP in the charter of democracy. RUMOUR FACTORIES: Separately, addressing reference held in commemoration of Benazir Bhutto at Rawalpindi Press Club under the aegis of People’s Lawyers Forum, Babar Awan said rumour factories will cease to function in the country. He said some people are afraid that the roots of democracy would strengthen if the elected government completed five years. Separately, addressing the Chakwal Bar Council, Awan said the PPP will follow its manifesto on the Bhutto reference case and bring facts to the forefront. Addressing the Chakwal Bar Council, he said no one had taken the to come forward to plead Bhutto case, which was why I left my ministry to defend the innocent prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. He said, “The mission of my life is to bring justice to the Bhutto. He added he was sure the Supreme Court will take a decision on the Bhutto case soon.

‘N’ Gujranwala public rally… the countdown begins GUjRANWALA MUhAMMAD shAfiQUe

The countdown for the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz to show its popularity has begun as it will stage its much awaited public rally at Jinnah Stadium in Gujranwala on Saturday December 31. The PML-N has nearly shifted its political capital from Lahore to Gujranwala for the sake of its honour and restoration of its political supremacy in the country. Gujranwala is labeled the fort of the PMLN. Hamza Shahbaz, Punjab Assembly Deputy Speaker Rana Mashhood Ahmad

General elections will be on schedule, says firdous Awan

and many stalwarts of the PML-N have been on their toes for last two weeks to directly contact party workers as well as the people to convince them to be a part of its public rally at Jinnah Stadium where a minimum of 100, 000 people are expected to come. Gujranwala is a city where the PML-N clean swept last the general elections after Lahore. However, the party has been facing problems due to a lack of direct contact of its MNAs, MPAs and office-bearers with the people. Although, citizens have been witnessing unprecedented development work in the city, a socio-political phenomenon

has been lacking in the city which is now creating problems for the ruling PML-N here. The party has also been experiencing problems after being left by one of its most senior leaders, Javed Hashmi. In such circumstances, Hamza along with MNA Khuram Dastgir, is now visiting each and every union council of the city to convince the people to come to Jinnah Stadium on Saturday. The PML-N has already lost its one of the seasoned campaigners, SA Hameed who joined the PTI last month and the dent he caused in the party is being repaired these days. After getting an overwhelming ma-

jority in the last elections, the PML-N MNAs and MPAs ignored their vote bank and their contact with the people in the last three years. The masses retaliated by not participating in the part’s political activities last month due to which the PML-N was forced to cancel its rally. Now this gap is being reprimanded by party elites and half a dozen meetings are arranged daily. The party has been claiming the city as its fort in the past and it would be consolidated now. The outcome of the rally would leave its impression at the national level vis-à-vis the party’s political worth.

SUKKUR: General elections in the country will be held according to schedule in 2013, Federal Information Minister Dr Firdous Aashiq Awan said on Tuesday. She was talking to journalists at Sukkur Airport. “Political activities prior to polls strengthen democratic culture, however, attempts to create political instability under pretext of these pre poll activities will lead to problems,” Firdous said. The minister said that former PM and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chairperson Benazir Bhutto had lit the lamp of democracy with her blood due to which parliament was shining. “Future of the country lies in democracy and existence of all political parties depends on its continuity”, she said. Firdous said that the PPP believed in the power of the ballot and would hail any change brought through public vote. “The PPP government enjoys the public mandate and any change forced through unconstitutional means will never lead to stability,” she said. The minister said that Benazir had sacrificed her life for the principle of reconciliation and it had given the much needed strength to political culture in the country. The nascent democracy needed impetus and close cooperation among different political parties to strengthen democratic culture in the country, Firdous said. “The situation in the country demands unity among political workers and their parties,” she said. The minister said that mutual respect and confidence among politicians was needed to thwart international conspiracies against democracy. Firdous said that the PPP had strictly followed the policy of reconciliation and it was for the first time in the nation’s history that maximum number of standing and steering committees of the parliament were headed by opposition members. APP


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where do we stand? The tsunami, as Imran Khan’s supporters like to call his movement, has wiped the whole Pakistani nation. The waves of this tsunami are uncontrollable at this stage. If you ask anyone to single out a reason for this massive support for Imran Khan, the most common response would be: Imran Khan is an honest person. He vows to put a full stop to the corruption engulfing the nation. I am not going to go into the debate of to what extent is Imran Honest or what guarantees that he will keep his party workers, the recently added ones, away from corruption when he gets into power. In fact, my focus of writing is to point out the levels of corruption at the lower echelons: at individual levels. What right do we have when we vent our anger at our political leaders for the level of corruption they do? Do we really deserve honest leaders who can pull the

country out of this plague? What do the talk shows aim to achieve by blaming those in power for the causes of all evils in the society? I agree that the leaders of a democratic government should be held accountable for their actions to the people who voted for them but hoping that the ones elected will act as messiahs and eradicate all vile practices in the society, the foremost being corruption, without changing ourselves does not make much sense to me. You sit in a taxi and have a little chat with the driver, and the conversation would revolve around the driver’s frustration with the elected party with one statement being the centre of everything: They have taken away all the wealth and left us with inflation. I ask do these taxi drivers really deserve this freedom to complaint. During the days when there is no gas, the taxi drivers increase their

fares and use the excuse of no gas as their justification, even though they have sufficient gas for the remaining day to transport passengers to the destinations. During my days at high school, if anyone would come to me with a charity box, I would always hesitate for sometime before donating to the cause. My reluctance was due to the fact that I do not trust the youth. I have seen my friends eating the money that they collected in the name of ‘funds for the poor.’ How can a milkman who mixes water in milk expects that he will get pure medicines and dutiful people around him? According to a recent survey released by Berlin-based Transparency International in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu, bribery has become so endemic in South Asia that 40 percent had paid backhanders over the last 12 months to public servants, with police being the

largest recipients. Two thirds of Indians, Bangladeshis and Pakistanis who dealt with the police last year said they had paid bribes to corrupt officers. This sums up the sorry state in our country. If we want the next government – be it PTI or PPP or PML(N) or any other party – to make significant strides towards ending corruption, we will have to reform ourselves. The time has come that we question our own deeds and make efforts to correct them. We need to look at ourselves before pinpointing the corrupt leaders. The ones who come to power are a product of this corrupt society and look to maximise their output from their positions. So unless we rectify ourselves, even Imran Khan will fail to deliver on his promises of eliminating corruption from Pakistan. SALEH MIRZA LUMS, Lahore

Cut in nuclear budget This is apropos to the reports about cuts in the nuclear budget. As a nation we have to understand that a balance has to be enforced between our priorities for development-cum-welfare and the necessity to maintain a nuclear deterrence for our defence, given the financial limitations that refrain our conventional capabilities. This country cannot afford to allow its paid servants to live luxuriously and have our vital sensitive security institutions getting their pensions from civil budget, maintain fleets of executive jets and limousines, whilst they have vast funds at their disposal to run a corporate business empire. We must differentiate that there can be no more funds to build palatial residential societies for elite members of civil and uniformed bureaucracy, where vast majority live below poverty line and does not even have access to clean drinking water. Your report highlights the cuts in our nuclear budget during past four years by the Planning Commission, which was incidentally headed by Sardar Assef Ahmed and Dr Nadeem-ul-Haq. The former has just been welcomed to join PTI by none other than Imran Khan himself in Karachi, while the latter has served IMF all his life and all his other assets are located abroad, where his family holding dual nationality resides. How many such men or women with split loyalties hold key positions in our civil bureaucracy, our parliament, or serve as ministers and even key senior positions in vital security services of Pakistan. What does it take for men like Sardar Assef to have their conscience hibernating and awaken when it is politically convenient to do so? GULL ZAMAN Peshawar

Tsunami of change The tsunami of change is coming in this country, slowly but surely. This was proved by the hundreds of thousands of Pakistanis who came up with the slogan, “We want change, we want change” to the mausoleum of the Quaid to attend the rally of Imran Khan. Pakistan is a country where millions of people live below the poverty line but at the same time millions of rupees are spent on the expenditures of our democratic leaders. There is neither electricity nor gas. The police and judiciary at lower level are completely corrupt. The accountability bureau is dominated by those in power. Heavy taxes are imposed on the poor, making them even poorer. The rate of unemployment is rising, causing more and more people to commit suicide. All the elements needed for a change are present in this country. The only thing lacking was a proper leadership to lead the people towards a change. I neither see a change coming under the leadership of the Bhuttos nor the Sharifs. The only change I can see is under the leadership of Imran Khan. He has stood up against the status quo and for the freedom of expression and justice. Change can only come under the honest leadership of Imran Khan who has given this country the first cancer hospital. The time is not away when we can see a truly elected democracy in this country. ALI USMAN KAKVI Lahore

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peace with taliban The Americans are not ready to take the entire blame for 26 November incident wherein 24 Pakistani soldiers were killed in a Nato attack on Pakistani posts. As per the investigation report issued by the Americans, first fire came from the Pakistani side (but not necessarily from Pakistani posts) that triggered a chain of events marred with a clear lack of coordination (better say lack of trust). Pakistan didn’t participate in the investigation carried out by Pentagon. The State Department expressed regret over the loss of Pakistani soldiers’ lives but didn’t tender an apology as would be exploited by Republicans as a sign of weakness which means White House has to toe Pentagon’s line. Here in Pakistan, the army was also able to drum up enough backers to draw up a line against the American’s position. A recently held public meeting in Lahore, which was attended by clerics, including the defunct extremist organisation’s leaders, backed the army’s stance on suspension of Nato supplies and evacuation of Shamsi Base. They also warned army

yet another petrol bomb According to the reports published in the newspapers on Sunday last, another petrol bomb is ready to hit the people with its price likely to be increased by Rs 5 per litre from the first day of 2012. The federal government has been throwing such bombs on the people quite frequently without realising how much adversely these affect the people, with the prices of even essential daily use articles going up with each increase in petrol prices. Recently, I had a pleasant and welcome surprise when I went to Islamabad in connection with some work and noticed a display stall on the Main Boulevard. Couple of people manning the stall were distributing leaflets among the motorists and pedestrians who stopped there for a while for their information and motivation. The leaflet contained information about a Japanese technologybased equipment meant for use in the vehicles. According to the manufacturers and the suppliers, despite this equipment being small in size, still it could do wonders like saving fuel consumption up to 25 percent with more power and mileage, being environment friendly and economical. While there is no let up in hurling of petrol bombs by the federal government, there is no harm in giving a try to such

After the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf’s successful jalsa at Karachi, many of the youngsters of Karachi, who have been told by their elders since childhood that politics is a dangerous game to indulge in, are in a dilemma whether to support Imran Khan’s emerging PTI or the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) which has been the dominant party in Karachi for some time now. Both the parties have their positives and negatives. Youngsters look up to Imran Khan as a youth icon who has a charismatic personality and who has an attractive slogan of ‘change’. But they are also apprehensive of the fact that all the ‘old wolves’ are joining the bandwagon of the PTI now which is something similar to what happened with Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s Peoples Party in the ’70s. The same generation has also seen development in Karachi under the leadership of MQM’s Mustafa Kamal which was unheard of in the history of the city. But MQM has negative connotations attached to it, especially in the context of ethnic violence. No one knows how much of this is fact and how much is fabrication. Both the parties have commonalities as well like they talk of middle class and youth empowerment and a large section of their following is from the educated class. Both the parties provide an appealing alternative to the tried and tested PPP and the PML(N) to break the status quo. There are talks of even a silent understanding between the two parties which according to some was manifest in the fact that PTI’s jalsa was ‘tolerated’ by the MQM in Karachi in return of the facilitation they received in Multan during their jalsa on the 23 December. Whatever the facts may be, it is for the youth to decide now which party to support after weighing all the arguments for and against both the parties. MUHAMMAD ASAD ALI ASLAM LUMS, Lahore

against resumption of Nato supply lines; otherwise, they would resort to attack on Afghanistan-bound Nato trucks. Among political parties, there are many including Imran Khan who support talks with the Taliban. They point out when Americans can talk to the Taliban why not Pakistan can do the same. They fail to understand the difference between these two talks: Americans need a safe exit out of Afghanistan and a possible stake in a future setup in Kabul. It’s a different ball game when it comes to Pakistan – after 2014 Pakistan would have to confront a very highly motivated force intoxicated with not one but with two achievements: defeat of Soviets in 80s followed by defeat of Americans in a post-9/11 Afghanistan. Pakistan should think twice before making peace with Taliban – a temporary respite of today will bring a dreadful tomorrow for the whole region. Do we need to copy the Americans? MASOOD KHAN Jubail, Saudi Arab

innovative equipments which may prove to be useful ultimately. ASIM MUNIR Rawalpindi

december the 25th The 25th of December is marked and celebrated as Christmas all over the world while it is also the birth anniversary of our great leader Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. It is a unique and strange coincidence that a religious festival of the Christians and the birthday of the leader of the nation happen to be on the same day. Why they are observed on the same day? Why God chose for Pakistani nation the same day to remember their founder? The two, being random events, suggest a correlation. Maybe the ideology of Quaid about the nascent country gives us an insight into that correlation. Quaid wanted a country where everyone included minorities (Christians, Hindus etc) could lead a free and respectful life. We are living in a complex interdependent world, where the thoughts pursued, ideas evolved, and policies initiated affect each and every individual of the world. The vast variety of the people of the world in terms of origin, geography, food, dress, language and religion etc clarify His unity to be observed in His diversity. There is a single land to be lived

in. However, there are multiple faiths ranging from Islam, to Christianity, to Hinduism, to Judaism and Buddhism etc. The existence of single planet and multiple faiths is a proof of evidence in favour of cross-cultural understanding, dialogue and communication. The Abrahamic religions hold each other in great regard. Islam gives due respect to Judaism and Christianity by calling their followers as “The People of the Book”. Quran calls all human beings as the progeny of a single pair (Adam and Eve). Christians all over the world celebrate their festival with great pomp and show. They deserve our respect. Muslims living in Christian majority communities observe these two festivals with jubilation. The principle of reciprocity also guides us to honour our Christian brethren on the day of Christmas. Here in Pakistan, to help facilitate our Christian minority, we must promote tolerance and unity. I request all Muslims to give due respect to Christian minorities, who have the same rights as we do, who are also equal citizens of this state. The easy provision of employment, education, food, medicine, improvement in work conditions and such other facilities must be afforded to all Christians without any scruples attached. MUHAMMAD SALAR KHAN LUMS, Lahore

Despite living in the 21st century, Pakistan still is a country which is governed by laws and norms which are of the medieval ages. Laws which do not safeguard the poor, norms which do not promote scientific education among the young people, traditions which still consider women as secondary to men. All around the world, with time women have proved that they can work with and sometimes better than men. They entered the professions where only men were expected to work and excelled. Such extraordinary women also exist in Pakistan. They too can excel in almost all the professions. They just need to realise their potential and come forward and prove their skills. I ask the concerned authorities, and the people of this country, to stop considering women as inferior to men. Let them come forward; prove themselves so that they too can work for the betterment of this country and society. AROOSA SHAUQAT Lahore

doing nothing Along with Pakistan, gender bias is a thorn in the flesh of more or less every social system, in one or other way. It has been always realised that women have been exploited whatever they do. Their problems remain the same. There is a general perception that after getting job, all the financial and social problems are solved. However, the situation has been exactly the opposite in case of women. When men get jobs, their problems are solved, but when women get jobs, their problems only begin. In Pakistan, there is social environment that never allows Pakistani women to come out and face the society bravely; they remain restricted to their houses. There is small ratio of working women in Pakistan. They either don’t prefer to work or they don’t have access to the opportunities. There is a serious need to look into the reason why these women do not want to work as to play a vital role in the country’s economic growth and why Pakistan’s half of the population is sitting sluggish in homes. SABEEN IMAN Lahore

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ne can analyse the prime minister’s flip-flops on his stand against the military depending on which point of the political spectrum one stands. It could be interpreted, for instance, by pro-government circles that in this eyeball-to-eyeball confrontation, the other guy blinked. And, truth be told, the military high command actually was said to have been taken by surprise by the normally cool prime minister’s strong words. It prompted the army chief to come out with a statement rubbishing talk of a possible military coup. The flip-flop could also be construed, by others, as inconsistency and part of an irritating trend on behalf of the incumbent government to be happy with whatever they can get. Their immense capacity to accept anything as long as they can get out of whatever very immediate crisis they would be at a point in time has long been criticised by analysts. Another interpretation, by pro-military commenters, has been that of admonition on his earlier statement. Settle your disputes within the country, say these usual suspects, but don’t wash your linen in international public. The context: the premier’s rhetorical question about where the world’s most hunted man got a visa to stay in Pakistan from. This, say this lot, has the potential to bite the country later on. Of course, no one would find it easy to believe the premier’s side of it. That his talk of their being a state within a state was not directed towards the military but his defence ministry. Not many takers, either, for his spiel that he had to convince and cajole the army and ISI chiefs to accept their extension contracts. But such hardly plausible spin seems to the currency of anyone in politics in the country. If the prime minister genuinely felt the need for a rapprochement with the military, more power to him; no need for any unnecessary muscle-flexing at this rather sensitive time in our history. As long as the impulse to preserve the government and provide a united front internationally doesn’t take away from the larger, long term goal of correcting the civil-military imbalance in the country.

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t is the season of political rallies, so an even larger than usual turnout at the death anniversary of slain two-time prime minister Benazir Bhutto was expected. The ruling party wanted to swing for the fences and the turnout was sizeable. Though it might not have been as TV-friendly an affair as the PTI rally in Karachi from a couple of days ago, here, too, the attendees were genuine supporters, many of them having travelled from as far as KP for this annual rite. The enduring allure of the Bhutto dynasty is the stuff political anthropologists’ academic papers are made out of. It continually serves to annoy ad nauseum the more “sophisticated” of political observers. But yesterday’s posturing, as mentioned earlier, was not about the death anniversary. It was all about politics. It was the president’s first major address after returning from his treatment in Dubai, a trip that had set the rumour mills on fire. This was a show of strength and the party leadership wanted to use it well. The president’s questioning the chief justice about the status of the BB murder case was an attempt to deflect the accusation that usually surface this time of the year about an indifference to the case; the PPP’s newest stance, it seems, is that the issue is not in their control. There were the usual lines, repeated with force of late, of the party’s intention to complete its term in power. The president also invited semi-estranged PPP leader Aitzaz Ahsan to make the speech following his, where the latter swore his loyalty to the party, putting to rest rumours of his joining the PTI. But a rally stage that becomes a mutual admiration society does not win elections. The PPP has to take stock of the fact that there is much resentment against their government, especially on the economic front. True, there is a global recession. True, inflation, especially that of food and fuel, is a global phenomenon. But such defences don’t hold water in the voters’ framework; it has to be conceded that there have been huge gaps on the governance front.

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on civil-military relations far from ideal

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table civil-military relations are a pre-requisite for political stability and democratic continuity in Pakistan because the military has over the years acquired reasonable political salience. However, the elected civilian government has gained some political ground in the recent past for deflecting some, if not all, military pressure. This is not because of the increased credibility or better performance of the civilian government which continues to be abysmal. However, the complex and uncertain domestic socio-political factors and dynamics of global politics, especially the terrorism issues, restrain the Pakistan military from sweeping aside the elected political institutions and processes. The military stands a better chance of wielding influence on key policy decisions and allocation of resources from the sidelines. This saves the military from hazards of direct assumption of power and gives space to elected civilians. Civil-military relations are flexible in nature and the space available to civilians varies from issue to issue. It also depends on the context within which an issue is taken up. It is a bargaining relationship where both sides accommodate each other on reciprocal basis, although the military is sensitive on certain issues and does not like civilian interference in these matters. Governance becomes a balancing act for the prime minister. He has to balance the demands of democratic politics with the imperative of maintaining good relations with an overconfident military top brass. The military has one clear advantage over civilian leadership. The military is an integrated, disciplined and hierarchical institution with a well-defined command structure. It can deal with the civilian leaders as a cohesive entity. However, civilians are not an internally coBy Dr Hasan Askari Rizvi hesive entity with one authority structure. It is amorphous in nature comprising diverse, often conflicting, political, economic and societal groups. They complete with each other for power and influence. The civilian government is never sure that all civilian groups and parties would support it when it asserts its constitutional primacy over the military. In the present day Pakistani context when Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani took an exception to the disposition of the military and vowed not to allow a “state within a state,” not all opposition parties supported him. The PML(N) took self-contradictory position. While Nawaz Sharif declared that he would oppose direct military intervention, Shahbaz Sharif and Chaudhry Nisar Ali criticized the prime minister’s hard hitting comments about the military. Others wanted the prime minister to take action against those military officers who defy the federal govern-

ment. The virtual anarchy in the political domain enables the military to apply pressure on the civilian government. The divided political domain also becomes vulnerable to manipulation by the InterServices Intelligence (ISI). During the years of Musharraf rule, the Military Intelligence (MI) also carved a role for itself in domestic politics. This causes distortions in the political domain and fragments the already weak political and societal forces. The PML(N) is not supportive of strengthening the position of the civilian government, although it vows to oppose the military’s expanded role in the political domain. At the operational level, the PML(N) is working towards weakening the civilian institutions because it wants to dislodge the PPP-led federal government. As the PML(N) does not have the required vote in the National Assembly to remove the government, it describes the parliament as an irrelevant institution. It has gone to the Supreme Court for the memo issue and does not support the investigation by the parliamentary committee on national security. Unless the political leaders and parties (both in power and out of power) rely on civilian institutions and processes, they would never be able to assert their primacy over the military. The federal government’s position visà-vis the military is weakened because of its poor performance and the pressures of keeping the coalition together that requires some political compromises. Further, it faces strong opposition from the PML(N) and other political parties. Prime Minister Gilani’s hard hitting speech in the National Assembly was an overreaction that could have been avoided. However, he was under pressure not only by the aforementioned factors and the situational factors like the pressures built by the Supreme Court in the memo case filed by the PML(N) and the defence secretary’s statement to the Supreme Court without authorisation from the federal government. In a normal democratic political order, the defence ministry oversees the defence services and serves as the ‘proper channel’ between the federal government/prime minister and service headquarters. In Pakistan, one important consequence of ascendancy of the military in the political domain was the militarisa-

tion of the defence ministry by the induction of serving and retired military officers to key positions. During 1997-2011, Pakistan had 7 defence secretaries; all except one were retired Lt Generals. In April 2007, General Pervez Musharraf appointed a civil servant (Kamran Rasul) to this post. This civilian defence secretary was replaced with Lt-General (r) Syed Athar Ali in November 2008 on the recommendation of the army headquarters. In the first week of December 2011, Athar Ali was replaced with another retired LtGeneral (Khalid Naeem Lodhi). As a matter of courtesy, the civilian government appoints defence secretary on the recommendation of the army headquarters and the defence secretary often listens to the service bosses rather than civilian authorities. The army headquarters/army chief often interact directly with the prime minister and the president. The defence minister (Chaudhry Ahmad Mukhtar) hardly matters in the chain of command. It was not surprising that the defence secretary (Lodhi) did not feel the need of going through his civilian bosses; for filing his response to the Supreme Court whose contents surprised most people. It would be interesting to see how the civilian government deals with the defence secretary without alienating the top brass. Even if the defence secretary is removed, the military will continue to be the most formidable political player unless the political leaders join together to create a credible civilian alternative, agree among them to strengthen civilian institutions and especially the parliament, address socio-political issues. Above all, they need to redefine Pakistan’s profile from a security state focused on fighting terrorism, pursuing conflict-prone relationship with India and demonstrating miniature colonialism in its relations with Afghanistan to a state devoted to human and societal welfare as well as economic development. Such a change is going to be a difficult task as the military can find strong allies among Islamist-militant groups and far right political spectrum for a militarily strong profile of Pakistan. The main victim of this policy is going to be democracy, civilian primacy and the welfare of the people.

The writer is an independent political and defence analyst.

Regional press

Stuck on the road Daily Khabroona

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he common people are suffering in Peshawar where they have exceedingly been troubled due to the traffic mess in the metropolitan city. Nothing has been done so far to improve the traffic situation and nor does there seem to be any plan with even a slight seriousness of purpose in offing. All the big routes are afflicted with traffic jams that take hours to navigate and a simple ten-minute journey is often prolonged into hours. Plying of ‘illegal’ vehicles is also a matter of concern for both the public and the government but the concerned authorities have so far been unable to come up with a tangible solution to the problem. Public quarters have been demanding time and again that, along with developmental works in Peshawar, special focus

should be paid to the growing traffic mess as the problem is worsening day by day. Both the provincial government and the traffic police authorities have on occasion assured the public about an improvement in the situation but these assurances have proved to be nothing but empty words. The improvement has not materialised due to the apathy of the administration. The people are urging the government not to issue hollow statements but to bring an improvement in the situation on the ground. The authorities should curb illegal vehicles plying in Peshawar along with unauthorised bus stands and encroachments. It is only these practical steps that will help the situation and bring some much-needed relief to the commuters of the provincial metropolis. – Translated from the original Pashto by Abdur Rauf Khattak


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New Khan express the moral-free bandwagon of the landed elite

By Ali Aftab Saeed

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anded aristocrats are by nature conservative in their political, economic, social and religious disposition. Since a change in the status quo would cause a decline in their standing, they fight any movement for change tooth and nail. They have always been the biggest obstacle in the progress of a society. For instance, England before the Bill of Rights; France before the 18th century; China before 1949; Russia before 1917; the US before Lincoln. In Pakistan the landlords, to this day, have managed to make their way into the governing bodies of all political parties because of their constituency clout. Ashiq Husain Batalvi’s book Iqbal kay akhri do saal contains letters of Iqbal to Jinnah, in which he is clearly not happy with Jinnah for his acceptance of feudal aristocrats into the Muslim League. Iqbal insisted on promoting middle class individuals such as Malik Barkat Ali – one of only two winners from the Muslim League from Punjab in the 1937 elections. Iqbal particularly insisted that Jinnah not proceed to sign the pact with Sikandar Hayat Khan for the same reason. Jinnah paid no heed, and the rest is history. In the1946 elections, the Muslim League relied on the landed elite for its vote bank, and ultimately we ended up with the crippled Ghulam Muhammad ruling the country and toppling prime ministers at will. After Ghulam Muhammad’s exit, the landlords characteristically continued siding with the establishment. They backed Ayub Khan against Fatima Jinnah in the 1964

presidential elections. While the progressive leaders of the time – Bacha Khan, Mujibur Rahman, Hussain Shaheed Suhrawardi and others – supported Jinnah, she obviously stood no chance against the self-appointed field marshal. Ayub won, but Pakistan lost heavily. In 1971, we returned half of our God-given state back to God with a thank-you note. Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto relied on the same bunch, first in 1970 and then more extensively in 1977. While Bhutto won power, these feudal lords opposed, successfully, anything that threatened to go against their interest. Bhutto’s land reforms are a good example. While Bhutto succeeded in implementing the second wave of land reforms in 1977 against the feudal lords’ wishes, his victory was short-lived. Islam, of all things, came to the rescue. Zia overthrew Bhutto, and with Zia came the Federal Shariat Court. The land reforms were challenged, and the Shariat Appellate Bench of the Supreme Court declared the land reforms un-Islamic and therefore unconstitutional. The reforms may have temporarily clipped their wings but the infuriated landed aristocrats had had the last laugh again, with solid help from men of God and men of Justice. The feudal lords, in the meanwhile, had of course pledged their allegiance to Zia. The Lunds, the Jatois, the Junejos were now part of Zia’s cabinet, leaving middle class leaders like Jehangir Badar to get whiplashed. In If I Am Assassinated Bhutto admits that his gravest mistake was his attempt to marry the rural elite with the urban bourgeois - an impossible union – which led to his downfall. Fast forward to 2011, and the landed aristocrats and other traditional pro-establishment puppets are now falling over each other pledging their allegiance to the PTI. With the establishment realising that the popular political parties may be getting desperate to minimise its role in politics, and with Imran’s slogans against corruption getting popular, it was natural for the estab-

lishment to pave the way for Imran. Although the establishment is known to be very meticulous and painstaking in its ways, it is often enough for the generals to casually drop at get-togethers something like, “It seems Imran is coming into power.” The establishment, however, has problems of its own. One, Imran is neither tried nor tested and at any time could pull a Nawaz Sharif on the establishment; and two, Nawaz Sharif has just offered the establishment his services too by moving the Supreme Court on the memo issue. A coalition government would suit the establishment’s cause best, and so it would like the PTI to make an alliance with PML(N), something in which Imran doesn’t seem interested – at least now. PPP is not an option, and an overly depleted PML(N) would mean a very powerful Imran. The establishment is in a sense trying to make and break the PTI at the same time. Why would the resident PTI analyst break it on live TV that Shah Mehmood didn’t want Imran to receive Javed Hashmi at the Karachi airport, but Imran did so anyway? Makes no sense, unless the analyst is more loyal to Kayani than the PTI, and the PTI’s momentum – at PML(N)’s cost - is a bit too much for even its backers. The extent of the establishment’s confusion in the coming days will be directly proportional to PML(N)’s problems. What about Imran’s slogan of change that has so excited the masses though? The path to real change (Imran’s or anybody else’s) will have to start from good riddance to the feudal rubbish. It can be a bloody affair like China, industrially driven like England, or democratically directed the way Nehru did it in India. History suggests that to have them in your team and bring a change would be impossible. Imran apparently thinks otherwise. Good luck to him! The writer is a member of the band Beygairat Brigade that has recently released the single Aaloo Anday.

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USA is not our enemy it’s in our own backyard

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e are going to cut these soldiers into pieces one by one, and we will send these pieces to their commanders," a Taliban spokesman said about the 17 Pakistani troops who were kidnapped in a brazen terrorist raid on a military outpost in Tank last weekend. One soldier was killed in the raid. Nine paramilitary troops were killed and 19 injured in an attack on a garrison in Bannu the next day. But a country that is furious over American raids on a tribal region it admits it cannot control does not react the same way to attacks by the Taliban. While the US has denied the Pakistan army’s allegation that the NATO attack on a Pakistani checkpost on the Afghan border last month was deliberate, the Taliban routinely release videos in which they behead and cut Pakistani troops into pieces. Their spokesman said Friday’s attack was to avenge the killing of Taj Gul Mehsud, an operational commander who had orchestrated several attacks on Pakistani soldiers. He was killed in a US drone attack in October. But Pakistan opposes drone attacks. If we must end ties with the US after the November 26 attack that it regrets, should we not also end ties with the Taliban who have killed more soldiers and policemen since then, and want to cut many By Harris Bin Munawar more into pieces? Taliban killed three soldiers in an IED blast in Kurram Agency on December 17, another two soldiers in clashes in Orakzai and Khyber agencies on December 16, four children and two adult civilians during a search operation in Khyber Agency and one policeman in Peshawar’s Badhabir area on December 13, three policemen and a pedestrian in a gunfight after they abducted two policemen in Hangu on December 12, three Rangers troops in a bombing in Karachi on December 9; two soldiers in a battle in Kurram on December 6, and one soldier in Orakzai on November 27. Also since November 26, Taliban have blown up two primary schools for girls in Charsadda, one girls’ school in Tank, another one in Jamrud (three children were injured), and one boys school in Landi Kotal. Ten Shia men have been killed in what appear to be sectarian attacks

Man bites Dog

in December this year. The wife of a Taliban leader in Karachi arrested after a gunfight earlier this month confessed to being involved in at least nine terrorist activities planned by her husband, including the embarrassing attack on the Mehran navy base in Karachi that was popularly blamed on the US. Qari Shahid belonged neither to India nor to the US. He had been a journalist, a member of the Karachi Press Club, and an operative of our very own Jamaat-e-Islami for eight years. If we want to find our enemy, these are good clues to where we should start looking. But at a time when the Pakistani military establishment thinks the country’s security is at stake, the best allies it could find were 30 religious outfits calling for Jihad in a public gathering in Lahore last week, former friends now grouping together in Imran Khan’s party, and Hafiz Gul Bahadur who announced earlier this month he will set up checkpoints on roads to ensure private trucks are not violating the army’s embargo on supplies to NATO troops in Afghanistan. They all find common enemies in the US, India and Pakistan’s elected president. Imran Khan says terrorism in Pakistan is a result of a flawed foreign policy in the last 10 years based on an alliance with the US. There have been two ministers for foreign affairs in the last 10 years. Both of them are in Imran Khan’s party, and sat on either side of the newly popular leader at his recent public meeting. While Pakistan’s major TV channels aired that tragic joke for several hours on December 25, there were no reports of another public rally in Swat the next day. When militants took over Swat to slaughter its men and flog its women, when the government was forced to persist with a failed truce, and when fears of the militancy spilling over to the rest of the country resulted in a military operation, the lives of members of the Awami National Party were on the line. Although they have been accused of being complicit in the establishment’s policies, they were part of the only successful military operation against terrorists so far, and have lost key leaders and workers in this war. Monday’s public meeting in Mingora’s Grassy Ground – where Sufi Muhammad had started his rebellion with a speech made to gun-wielding Taliban – was symbolic of decisive victory against the Taliban. And that is perhaps why it was not aired on TV. The writer is a media and culture critic and works at The Friday Times. He tweets @paagalinsaan and gets email at harris@nyu.edu


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Tens of thousand rally against Asad g france warns Syria against ‘manipulation’ during monitors’ visit BEIRUT / PARIS

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YRIAN authorities fired tear gas on tens of thousands of Syrians who took to the streets of Homs on Tuesday against Syrian President Bashar alAssad as Arab League peace monitors began to tour the flashpoint city and the army was seen subtly withdrawing its tanks, following battles that killed 34 people. The observers want to determine if Assad is keeping his promise to implement a peace plan to end his uncompromising crackdown on nine months of revolt that has generated an armed uprising, edging the country towards civil war. Activist reports just before the monitors arrived said up to a dozen tanks were seen leaving Baba Amr, one of Homs’s most embattled neighborhoods, while others were being hidden. The opposition Syrian Observatory

for Human Rights, relaying activist reports from its base in Britain, said protesters had gathered in Khalidiya, one of four districts where there has been bloodshed as rebels fight security forces using tanks. Activists say they want to impress on the Arab League mission that it must not let its teams be hoodwinked by the state and be shown places where life is relatively normal. As the monitors arrived, tanks were seen leaving the Baba Amr district which activists say was pounded for the past four days. Hundreds have been killed in Homs in the revolt. On the border with Turkey, Syrian forces killed several men from an “armed terrorist group” trying to cross into Syria, the state news agency SANA said on Tuesday. The northern border has become the route of choice for infiltration by army defectors fighting to topple Assad. SANA also reported that said “an

armed terrorist group targeted and sabotaged a gas pipeline near Rastan in Homs province” on Tuesday. The pipeline has been attacked several times in recent months and has come back into operation after outages each time. MEETING WITH HOMS GOVERNOR: The monitors started by meeting the governor of Homs, Syria’s Dunia television channel said. An Arab League source said they intended to tell him where they wanted to go, based on requests from people in Homs who have witnessed the violence. Assad’s opponents fear that the monitors - who arrived in the country on Monday after weeks of negotiations with Arab states - will be used as a cloak of respectability for a government that will hide the extent of violence. They say tanks have been withdrawn before from restive cities such as Deraa and Hama, only to return later. Syria stalled the Arab League for

months before accepting the monitoring mission, the first significant international intervention on the ground since the start of the popular revolt inspired by Arab pro-democracy uprisings this year. The Arab mission, led by Sudanese General Mustafa Dabi, is starting with 50 monitors who arrived in Damascus on Monday and will be split into five teams of ten. About 100 more monitors are to follow soon. The teams will use government transport, according to Dabi. But that arrangement likely to fuel charges by the anti-Assad opposition that the monitoring mission will be impeded and hoodwinked from the outset. Arab League delegates insist the mission will nevertheless maintain the “element of surprise” and be able to go wherever it chooses with no notice. Parts of Homs are defended by the Free Syrian Army, made up of defectors from the regular armed forces, who say they have tried to protect civilians.

Saudi Arabia frees 7 Shia protesters

Swedish journalists jailed for 11 years in ethiopia

RIYADH: Saudi authorities have released seven Shias detained after protests in the oil-rich Eastern Province earlier this year, activists said on Tuesday. The group attended a “guidance session” by a Shia cleric before leaving prison, the same sources said. They were arrested during demonstrations supporting mass prodemocracy protests led by the Shia majority in neighbouring Bahrain, and denouncing the intervention of Saudi troops there. The protests shook the kingdom’s Eastern Province from March, with a total of 385 people arrested, of whom around 60 remain in custody, according to activists. Saudi Arabia’s estimated two million Shias mostly live in the Eastern Province and complain of being marginalised in the Sunni-dominated kingdom. Afp

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An Ethiopian court on Tuesday sentenced two Swedish journalists to 11 years in jail for supporting terrorism and entering the country illegally. “The sentence should be punishment of 11 years imprisonment,” Judge Shemsu Sirgaga told the court in the Amharic language through a translator. “This sentence should satisfy the goal of peace and security,” he added. Reporter Martin Schibbye and photographer Johan Persson were arrested in Ethiopia’s Ogaden region on July 1 in the company of rebels from the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) after entering Ethiopia from Somalia. The conviction attracted a barrage of criticism from rights groups and Sweden. Both journalists admitted contact with the ONLF and to entering Ethiopia illegally, but rejected terrorism charges including accusations they had received weapons training. Following their conviction, Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt said Schibbye and Persson were innocent and should be set free.

Meanwhile, France warned Syria on Tuesday against attempts at concealment or manipulation as Arab League monitors arrived in the protest hub of Homs after reports that dozens of protesters had been killed. “So far the Damascus regime has spared no effort to disguise the reality” of repression in Syria, Foreign Ministry spokesman Bernard Valero told journalists. “The international community will be particularly watchful for any attempt at concealment or manipulation that the Damascus regime might try,” he said. “We call for vigilance and ask that the Arab League observers be allowed to carry out their mission without hindrance,” Valero said, noting that “as the first observers arrived in Homs, the tanks left the city.” “The observers must have access to the entire city and be able to clearly and independently establish what the situation is and bring about an end to the violence,” he said.

egypt court orders end to ‘virginity tests’

SANAA: yemeni anti-government protesters call for the trial of outgoing yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh on Tuesday, as dozens of protesters were hurt in clashes. AFP

CAIRO: A Cairo court on Tuesday ordered the Egyptian army to stop forced virginity tests on female detainees. The Cairo Administrative Court ruled in favour of Samira Ibrahim, who took the army to court over the practice, slammed by rights groups as “torture.” She was one of several women subjected to forced virginity tests when they were detained during a March demonstration. Afp

South Korea, China Afghan refugee strategy a ‘big mistake’: UN hold talks KABUL

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Senior South Korean and Chinese officials held talks Tuesday to discuss the aftermath of the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il and ways to revive stalled talks on the North’s nuclear disarmament. China is the sole major ally and economic prop of the impoverished but nuclear-armed North, and is seen as one of the few countries that can influence its behaviour. South Korean vice foreign minister Park SukHwan called the previously scheduled talks timely “when security conditions on the Korean peninsula have been in focus since the passing of Kim Jong-Il”. Maintaining peace and stability on the peninsula is in the interests of both South Korea and China, Park said in opening remarks before the talks in Seoul with his counterpart Zhang Zhijun. World powers are watching the North after longtime leader Kim died on December 17 and his son Kim Jong-Un was proclaimed “great successor”. Beijing swiftly gave its backing to Jong-Un and pledged to work with the North to ensure peace and stability. Zhang called for closer communication with Seoul to address the “dynamics of the Asia-Pacific region” that were becoming “complicated and serious”. The two also agreed that the six-party nuclear disarmament talks should resume quickly and vowed to work together to maintain peace and stability, Seoul’s foreign ministry spokesman said. Cho also said Seoul’s top nuclear envoy Lim Sung-Nam will visit Washington this week to discuss ways to resume the six-party forum, after his own meeting with Beijing officials last week.

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The head of the UN refugee programme in Afghanistan on Tuesday described its strategy in the war-wracked country since 2002 as the “biggest mistake UNHCR ever made”. Almost a quarter of the population of Afghanistan is made up of refugees returning from Pakistan and Iran. Many find themselves homeless, or living in slums under tarpaulin. But Peter Nicolaus, UNHCR representative in Afghanistan, said the international community had failed to help returnees find a means of earning a living and therefore reintegrating into society. “We made a big mistake, the biggest mistake UNHCR ever made,” he said of the strategy which was implemented in 2002. “We thought if we gave humanitarian assistance then macro development would kick in.” Nicolaus said only now, 10 years after the US-led invasion and with 5.7 million refugees having returned to Afghanistan since 2002, was the UNHCR focusing more fully on the issue of sustainable reintegration. An international conference involving Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan and the refugee agency is to be held in April to present the new long term strategy. “It’s the income that counts, the livelihood. In very simple terms we need to find jobs for the people coming back,” Nicolaus said. “You can build five roads to a village and the farmers will benefit because they can go to the next town to sell their vegetables. “But the returnee doesn’t benefit at all. He has nothing to sell at the market.” Nicolaus was speaking at a distribution centre for vulnerable returnees, who were gathered on the outskirts of Kabul to receive a package of blankets, clothing, tarpaulins, wheat and coal. The UNHCR is set to help 34,500 families, or 200,000 individuals, around the country as the freezing winter sets in. But the difficulty of working in Afghanistan was underlined when the Afghan Minister of Refugees and Repatriation Jamaher Anwary stormed out of the centre because there were UNHCR banners on display but no

KABUl: Afghan women line up to receive winter supplies at a UNHCr distribution centre for needy refugees on Tuesday. AFP ministry logo. Hundreds queued for assistance outside the walled compound, clutching the necessary papers that proved they were designated as being in need of help. “I’m glad to be back in my own country but we are 20 in my family and we live in two rooms without electricity or drinking water,” Mohammad Tahar, 30, is one of the 3.7 million who have returned from Pakistan, said. “This assistance is nothing for us.” UNHCR provides cash grants for returnees of $150. The money covers transport home and is supposed to help them survive the first few months of their new lives. Three million registered Afghan refugees still live in exile, but the lack of jobs, food and shelter and the volatile security situation in many parts of the country makes it difficult for those who want to return. Although

the rate has slowed considerably, another 66,500 people came back in 2011. But the UNHCR estimates that 40 percent of all the returnees it has helped since 2002 are “not at all reintegrated”. “In Afghanistan a quarter of the population are returnees,” said Nicolaus. “This is what the donor community constantly forgets. This has been overlooked and it’s still overlooked. Nobody has taken this seriously. It’s a tragedy. “We are now - for the first time - bringing this up in the spring conference.” As he spoke dozens of boys lined up with their wheelbarrows. Armed guards were stationed at the gate and on the roof. The boys hefted the coal into the barrows in a cloud of dust. They piled the package of blankets and supplies on top and wheeled their goods away.


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Iran has signed a deal with Afghanistan to supply its neighbour with a million tons of fuel oil, petrol and aviation fuel a year, Iranian media reported Tuesday without putting a value on the agreement. The accord was signed Monday by the Afghan trade and industry minister, Anwar Ul-Haq Ahady, and Iran’s deputy oil minister, Alireza Zeyghami. Two-thirds of the export deal was for fuel oil, a category that includes diesel and fuel for agricultural, industrial and heating uses, according to Zeyghami. A quarter was for petrol and around 10 percent was jet fuel, he said. The agreement was announced as Iran is subject to Western sanctions against its oil and gas sectors over Tehran’s controversial nuclear programme. The United States and Europe are poised to increase sanctions in coming weeks. Iran’s oil ministry in February said it hoped Afghanistan would buy “all its needed (fuel) products from Iran.” But the Afghan government responded by saying it could not afford to do so and would continue to also buy from central Asia and Pakistan. Meanwhile, Iranian Vice President Ali Rahimi warned on Tuesday that no oil will be permitted to pass through the key oil transit Strait of Hormuz if the West applies sanctions on Iran’s oil exports.

Kremlin top strategist named deputy PM MOSCOW Afp

President Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday named the Kremlin official credited with designing Russia’s tightly-controlled political system as deputy prime minister in charge of a modernisation drive. The appointment of Vladislav Surkov, until now Kremlin first deputy chief of staff, comes as Russia’s rulers scramble to reassert their authority amid a wave of protests against the conduct of parliamentary elections. PUTIN DERIDES PROTESTORS, REjECTS DEMANDS: Prime Minister Vladimir Putin Tuesday belittled Russia’s protest movement as lacking clear aims or leaders and rejected their demands for a review of the results of disputed parliamentary polls. Putin’s comments were his latest warning he does not plan to be swayed by the demands of the emboldened protestors, who at the weekend staged their biggest demonstration yet against his 12 year domination of Russia. “They have no united programme, clear ways of reaching their aims which are themselves not clear - or people who could achieve something concrete,” Putin said in comments broadcast by state television. “I have difficulty imagining who from their ranks could do concrete work for the development of our state,” Putin told a meeting of his All-Russian Popular Front that rallies support for him.

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HE Indian government faced off against angry opposition parties and a popular hunger-striking activist Tuesday as it sought to push a divisive anti-corruption bill through parliament. Parliament met for a special threeday session devoted to the new legislation which would create an independent “Lokpal” or ombudsman to probe corruption among senior politicians and civil servants. “If you don’t pass this bill, the people of this country will never forgive you,” Telecoms Minister Kapil Sibal warned MPs as the debate got off to a heated start with the opposition insisting on a raft of amendments. The bill has been condemned as weak and ineffectual by critics, including veteran activist Anna Hazare, 74, who was cheered on by several thousand flag-waving supporters as he began a three-day public fast in Mumbai to press for the law to be re-

drafted. A similar protest by Hazare in August had galvanised millions of people who took to the streets of cities across India in a spontaneous outpouring of anger and frustration with the endemic graft that blights their daily lives. The main

points of contention focus on the ambit of the ombudsman’s office and its powers of investigation. The government bill offers only limited jurisdiction over the prime minister and requires the ombudsman to put any criminal probes in the hands of the government-controlled Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Hazare and a number of opposition parties want the ombudsman’s office to have its own, independent investigative team. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s administration, which has been tainted by a series of high-profile corruption scandals, has a lot riding on the new legislation as it battles against accusations of policy drift. The mass demonstrations triggered by Hazare’s campaign earlier in the year had forced a review of the bill’s initial draft and observers say any further climbdown on the government’s part would be very damaging politically. “The government is acting as if this bill is a nuisance and they just want to get it over with,” opposition leader Sushma Swaraj told parliament.

Calling the draft legislation “weak and bureaucratic” and “fraught with deficiencies,” Swaraj said the government should either accept the opposition amendments or withdraw the bill entirely. With key state elections looming, Hazare has threatened to take his protest to those regions going to the polls, and tens of thousands of his supporters have vowed a campaign of civil disobedience if the bill is passed in its present form. Many see a new national hero in Hazare, who models himself on India’s independence icon Mahatma Gandhi. But critics see an autocrat who uses undemocratic methods to force his views on parliament and offers false hopes that a single law can end corruption in Asia’s third-largest economy. The government will be keeping a wary eye on the turnout for Hazare’s Mumbai fast. His August hunger strike in New Delhi had attracted daily crowds numbering in the tens of thousands. “What is going to be passed in parliament today is a farce. This is not the bill that we want,” said Vijaykumar Pulstya, 39, who came from far-away Haryana state in northern India to support Hazare.

Palestinians chase UN, unity Iraq blocs call on Iran to mediate standoff RAMALLAH Afp

With peace talks in the doldrums, the Palestinians have fixed their sights on “international activism” and on unity between their rival factions in order to advance their cause. “We are in a truce until January 26,” senior Palestinian official Nabil Shaath told reporters at a recent briefing. “But this political ceasefire will end on January 26,” he said, referring to a deadline set by the international peacemaking Quartet, giving the parties 90 days to submit comprehensive proposals on territory and security. “If on the 26th Israel does not come up with a freeze of the settlements and talks based on the 1967 borders, we will continue our international drive,” said Shaath, who is a senior figure in the ruling Fatah movement of president Mahmud Abbas. Palestinian negotiators say they have laid out their proposals and

suggestions in response to the Quartet’s proposition and they accuse Israel of failing to reciprocate. But Israel, with the backing of Washington, has shown great reluctance to outline its proposals except in the framework of direct negotiations with the Palestinians, whom they accuse of “boycotting” the talks. The Quartet’s latest attempt to resuscitate talks and secure a deal by the end of 2012, was announced on September 23, just hours after the Palestinians submitted a formal request for full state membership at the United Nations. Both sides welcomed the loosely worded proposal, but with completely different interpretations, prompting each camp to blame the other for the failure to resume talks. “If we don’t snatch it (back) now, the two-state solution is dead,” Husam Zomlot, Fatah’s international affairs adviser, said. Many Palestinians have lost faith in the peace negotiations, which were launched 20 years ago in Madrid and led to the 1993 Oslo Accords but

since then have not managed to end decades of conflict. “Only the first five years were genuine, until the death of (prime minister Yitzhak) Rabin” who was shot dead by a Jewish extremist in 1995, says Shaath. “Since then, the peace process is dead - there has not been any progress. The settlements never stopped, the grabbing of land never stopped,” he said. “While negotiating, Israel has deepened the colonisation of the land,” Shaath said. Negotiator Mohammed Shtayeh agrees. “We have been taken nowhere,” he said earlier this month. “The political negotiation has been used to maintain the status quo.” With peace negotiations deadlocked for more than a year, the Palestinians were looking to secure a two-state solution through whatever channels they could, Shaath said. “We have no alternative but to go to the UN,” he said. “It is the only alternative. All the other options are extending the conflict forever.”

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Iraqi political blocs have held talks with Iran over a standoff sparked by a warrant for the arrest of the country’s Sunni Arab vice president that has stoked sectarian tensions, officials said on Tuesday. Charges that Vice President Tareq alHashemi ran a death squad have plunged Iraq into political crisis, and representatives of multiple parties have spoken to top officials in Tehran, according to senior political sources in Baghdad and the autonomous Kurdish region, where Hashemi is holed up. The United States, which completed a troop pullout a week ago, has long charged that Iran plays a nefarious role in Iraq by funding and supporting militias, and interfering in Iraqi politics, charges Tehran rejects. “Iraqi parties are contacting Iran to mediate over the Hashemi issue,” an official close to Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki

said, speaking on condition of anonymity. Three Kurdish political sources belonging to parties including the ruling Kurdistania alliance, meanwhile, said a senior Iranian delegation met with Kurdish regional president Massud Barzani and Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, a Kurd, in recent days to discuss the Hashemi arrest warrant. The delegation, which includes senior officials from the Iranian intelligence service and army, was headed by Sardar Majidi, the deputy chief of the Quds Force of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards, according to the sources, who did not want to be named. They said the delegation pushed for a meeting of senior political leaders, but Maliki refused to attend any meeting held in Arbil, and Barzani declined to join talks in Baghdad. Two independent Kurdish newspapers, Awene and Baas, have also reported that a top Iranian delegation visited Iraq and made the request.


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EENA Malik, who made a splash in the Indian showbiz industry last year with her sleazy stint in reality TV ‘Bigg Boss 4,’ regrets the latest controversy that stirred the country. The actress has confessed that she has made a mistake by posing topless for the magazine but has categorically denied going nude. However, according to her, the magazine cheated on her by tampering with her images. Talking to a daily, Veena said, “Yes, of course, both the images were morphed. My upper portion was covered with tattoos. I think if I could rewind this time, I would like to delete. I feel cheated. But we all make mistakes; I have made a mistake, learned from it and want to move on.” Reportedly, Veena’s father had disowned her following the news that shamed him utterly and also called in for severe action against her. Her subsequent participation in ‘Swayamwar’ forced many Islamic bodies to issue ‘Fatwa’ on her for disrespecting their community. “It has been tragic and traumatic, really sad. It has been very difficult,” the tainted actress said. Most of her actions have made news and it is believed that she is a desperate publicity seeker. Well, we really wonder if you sincerely repent for the controversy Ms Malik.

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Salman turns 46, B-town tweets wishes MUMBAI Agencies

Salman Khan, who entertained his fans this year with movies like ‘Ready’, ‘Bodyguard’ turned 46 Tuesday and celebrities took to Twitter to wish him a wonderful year ahead. This is what the celebs had to say: Sonakshi Sinha: “Happy birthday Pandeji.” Preity Zinta: “Hey Salman, Here's wishing you a very very Happy Birthday ! May all things wonderful big and small always come your way. Love ya.” Dia Mirza: “Happy birthday!!! May you continue to further your dreams and help others realise theirs health, peace, happiness always.” Farah Khan Ali: “Happy birthday to one of the most misunderstood person I know. Happiness, health, wealth success, and lots of love.” Sophie: “Wishing one of the most amazing people I have the privilege of knowing a very happy birthday.”

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Los AngeLes: Actor Matthew Mcconaughey took advantage of the christmas holidays to propose to his long-time girlfriend, Brazilian model camila Alves, the hollywood heartthrob told his internet followers. “Just asked camila to marry me. Merry christmas,” Mcconaughey, 42, said in a message posted on twitter and Whosay late sunday. Alves, 28, and Mcconaughey started dating in 2006 and have two children: Levi, age three, and Vida, who turns two next month. the star of ‘Lincoln Lawyer’ and 2008's ‘tropic thunder’ was proclaimed the ‘sexiest man alive’ by people magazine in 2005. Afp

AMrITSAr: Pakistani actress Sana and Indian singer and actor Inderjit Singh Nikku pay their respects during the filming of 'dil Pardesi Ho Gaya' inside the dargah mausoleum.

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mistakes LonDon: Actor daniel radcliffe says he learnt a lot working on the ‘Harry Potter’ franchise. The 22-year-old shot to fame playing the titular boy wizard in all seven movies and while he learnt a lot from the films, he admits it was hard to see his acting shortcomings shown publicly. “It's only recently that I've become aware of the problems people had with me in the films. It's a double-edged sword. I had the amazing privilege of working with these fantastic actors for 10 years and learning from them, but I also had we all did - the slight curse of somebody seeing, basically, our acting exercises. And, you know, people are obviously entitled to their opinions,” said radcliffe. “But we learn from our mistakes. you know, I'm at the age most actors would be when they've learned from their mistakes in private and done drama school for three years,” he added. Agencies

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E sings about peace and hope, but Gulzar Alam lives in fear. He has survived three attempts on his life and moves regularly to keep one step ahead of the Taliban. Once inspired by romance, Alam is part of a growing number of Pakistanis changing the lexicon of the song book, writing less about affairs of the heart and more about the tragedy of suicide attacks and Islamist insurgency. "O Peshawar, I watch helplessly when your lovers' blood becomes rain. Helplessly, with tears in my eyes, I read their funeral prayer," he sings in one of his greatest hits in the northwestern city on the Afghan border. Being a singer in one of the most dangerous parts of the world can be lethal. The Taliban think music is ungodly. Music shops are bombed. Dancers have been killed and singers threatened with death. In 2004, Alam was worried enough to move to Quetta, the then relatively peaceful capital of Baluchistan in the southwest. But he was hit by a speeding car, critically injured and now has a rod in his right leg and uses crutches to walk. He blamed militants and returned to Peshawar in 2008. That October, gunmen opened fire on his car on the outskirts of the city. He survived a second time. "I can see tears in people's eyes, when I sing and I want to create an awareness using my voice," Alam told AFP in the dank basement flat where he lives with his wife and six children, with no

name plaque on the gate. "We have stopped giving musical shows," he said. "I have received dozens of phone calls and SMSs threatening me to stop singing." Peshawar, the largest Pashtun city in the world and once a base for Osama bin Laden during the 1980s' CIA-sponsored mujahedeen against the Soviets in Afghanistan, has been on the frontline of a Taliban insurgency for years. More than 500 bomb attacks have killed 4,700 people across Pakistan since government troops stormed a radical mosque in Islamabad in 2007. They have maimed hundreds more, targeting government secu-

rity forces and ripping through shops, mosques and restaurants. Although there has been a drop in attacks in the eight months since bin Laden was killed at his Pakistani compound on May 2, fear remains palpable. Sitara Younus made waves on YouTube this year with her lyrics: "I am a suicide blast, I do everything by force and I rule everywhere". The song was a track from the Pashtu film "Sabar me Tamam Sho" which translates as "I have lost my patience". "Do not chase me, I am a cheater, I am a suicide blast. I have looted people's hearts," she sings, as an actress wiggles her

hips suggestively with bare arms and a relatively low-cut top. It may not have been popular among conservative Pashtuns and criticised as "vulgar", but it showed how far violence has permeated popular culture. Many artists and singers have retired. Certainly they keep a low profile. Even shopkeepers dice with death to sell music. On September 19, a motorcycle bomb killed five people and wounded 28 others at a CD market in Peshawar. Traders say hundreds of music shops have been destroyed in recent years. Amjad Naveed, a writer and producer of several low-budget, limited-distri-

bution Pashtu films, also believes that violence has ushered in a new trend of preaching peace and patience through music. "You see the trend in Pashtu music changing because of the bombings," he told AFP. "People are dying, children are dying and poets write such things when they see the devastation and singers sing it," he added. Abasin Yousafzai, a renowned poet and professor of Pashtu at the University of Peshawar, agrees. "Poets are always inspired by what happens around them. Poets and singers are sensitive people and they serve society through their poetry," he said. Neither is the trend limited to the northwest. Ali Azmat, one of Pakistan's most famous rock stars, has a hit song "Bom Phata" (Bomb Exploded) that exposes not just the violence, but the shortages and inflation facing Pakistanis today. In the video, people are shown standing by in frustration, waiting for electricity, food and water while Azmat sings about bombs exploding everywhere until a mob storms the stage, violence erupts and shots are fired. "We are killing each other, why blame others. We are each others enemies, why blame others," sings Irfan Khan, another famous Pashtu singer. Conspiracy theories run rife in Pakistan, where it is common currency to blame the Americans and the war in Afghanistan for the country's ills. But many singers believe that until Pakistanis face up to reality and take their own destiny into their hands, nothing will change. "We are a part of this society and we are trying to create awareness," Khan told AFP.

i’m not hungry for anything: Atif Aslam Qawwali festival MUMBAI Agencies

To say that Atif Aslam with his repertoire of songs like ‘Pehli Nazar Mein’ from ‘Race’, ‘Tu Jaane Na’ from ‘Ajab Prem Ki Gajab Kahani’ is one of the most sought after playback singers in Bollywood will not be far from the truth. But the singer, admits quite candidly that he did not quite enjoy the playback scene initially. “I had to change my lyrics and mould myself according to the situation,” he explains. Over the years, he learnt to strike a balance and started

MUMBAi: ‘don 2’ has been getting great audience reviews and farhan Akhat too has spoken on how he may make a ‘don 3’. Shah rukh however revealed the filmmaker was not keen on making a sequel to ‘don 2’. "we were not sure. farhan was like how many dons will I continue making! But we were not keen on making ‘don 2’ too! It happened as we loved don. likewise, ‘don 3’ may happen you never know. we have kept a scene in ‘don 2’ where there's a slight hint that is given about the sequel. everyone seems to be liking the action in ‘don 2’, so does farhan" said Shah rukh Khan. Agencies

enjoying it. Atif will next be heard in the film ‘Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya’, in which he's sung two songs. On the international front too, the singer is making headlines for collaborating with Guns N' Roses for an album. “I will be recording the album with Slash, Matt Sorum and Gilby Clarke by the end of June or July,” says Atif. Currently, Atif is in Mumbai to shoot for a new music reality show, where he will be mentoring aspiring singers from Pakistan, while Himesh Reshammiya will mentor aspiring singers from India. “I've been offered reality shows before but I gave the

green signal to Sur Kshetra, as I was told it will not be scripted,” says Atif. As opposed to Himesh, whose music is influenced by Bollywood, Atif says he has his organic folk music to offer. The singer, who's recently made his debut on the big screen with the critically acclaimed ‘Bol’, says he enjoyed the acting experience. So would he consider a commercial Bollywood film, if offered? “I will consider it, as long as it's not cheesy like other films, it should be different and contemporary. I am very choosy,” he admits, “I'm not hungry for anything, I'm just fine.”

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A three day qawwali festival was inaugurated at Al Hamra today. The festival was organised by the Pakistan National Council of Arts and the Lahore Arts Council. The performers included Allama Nazeer Chishti from Faisalabad, Asif Ali Khan Santu, and Faiz Ali Khan from Lahore and Ameer Ali Khan. The program is to continue from December 27 to December 29.

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MUMBAi: There's just about a month to go for the release of Karan Johar's ‘Agneepath’ remake, and it looks set to be the movie to beat in 2012. reportedly, tracking among audiences as well as trade analysts indicates that the Hrithik roshan starrer will, in all probability, cross the rs100 crore mark. The film, produced by KJo, has also been voted the most awaited release of 2012 in a poll by ormax Media. In the poll, ‘Agneepath’ was followed by yash Chopra's directorial project starring Shah rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma; on the number three spot was Salman Khan's ‘ek Tha Tiger’, next came Sallu's ‘dabangg 2’, and number five was Akshay Kumar's ‘rowdy rathore’. The buzz is that the satellite rights of ‘Agneepath’ have already been sold for a jaw-dropping rs41 crores, believed to be the highest ever for a Hindi film. Hrithik is still riding high on the success of ‘zindagi Na Milegi dobara’, and this movie, where he's the sole hero, will give fans that much more of him. Agencies

2012 release

MUMBAi: tired of rumours about her ‘cold war’ with co-actor ileana, priyanka decided to be friends. since the time Anurag Basu's ‘Barfee’ went on floors, and probably even before that, reports of the cold war between the film's two leading ladies made it to the headlines. And finally, tired of the rumours, priyanka chopra has decided to put an end to such gossip. the actress has made the first move to break the ice and extended an olive branch to ileana D'cruz. priyanka invited ileana, who she believes to be ‘an innocent little baby’, for a special screening of her new film at Yash Raj studios, reveal friends close to the actress. At the screening, last thursday, the senior actress even took care of ileana ‘like a sister’ said the friend. “priyanka was rather miffed with the stories about her not getting along with ileana. she did not want a repeat of the phase that she had to go through at the beginning of her career when the media pitted her against her ‘Aitraaz’ co-star Kareena Kapoor. As far as priyanka is concerned, there was no animosity between her and Kareena. she did not want the same to happen with ileana,” explained a friend of the actress. After the screening, ileana was a rather happy girl. she went back and told the ‘Barfee’ crew about how much she enjoyed the film and priyanka's company. And now the ‘Barfee’ crew helmed by Ranbir Kapoor and Anurag Basu, have demanded a screening of priyanka's film which she is only happy to organise. Agencies


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USTRALIA paceman Peter Siddle deflated a nation of a billion people when he bowled Sachin Tendulkar for 73 in the last over, but India's fluent batting helped the tourists seize control of the first test on Tuesday. With Tendulkar gliding effortlessly toward his 100th international century, Siddle sent a stinging full-pitched delivery that swung in late and bowled the 38-year-old through the gate to break a 117-run partnership with Rahul Dravid. Ishant Sharma came in as nightwatchman and survived the last three balls of the second day to see India through to 214 for three at stumps in response to Australia's first innings total of 333 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Dravid ended the day unbeaten on 68 alongside Sharma, who has yet to score, with the tourists primed to build a big total on a pitch that is offering little for the bowlers. Tendulkar and Dravid had resumed after tea on 99-2 and made hay while the sun shone, blunting an Australian attack that had been buoyed by their dismissal of Virender Sehwag for 67 shortly before

AUstRALiA, 1st innings: (overnight 277 for 6) 68 e. cowan c Dhoni b Ashwin D. Warner c Dhoni b Yadav 37 0 s. Marsh c Kohli b Yadav 62 R. ponting c Laxman b Yadav M. clarke b Zaheer Khan 31 0 M. hussey c Dhoni b Zaheer Khan 27 B. haddin c sehwag b Zaheer Khan 41 p. siddle c Dhoni b Zaheer Khan J. pattinson not out 18 B. hilfenhaus c Kohli b Ashwin 19 6 n. Lyon b Ashwin 24 eXtRAs: (lb21 w2 nb1) 333 totAL: (all out; 110 overs) fall of wickets: 1-46 (Warner), 2-46 (Marsh), 3-159 (ponting), 4-205 (clarke), 5-205 (hussey), 6-214 (cowan), 7-286 (haddin), 8-291 (siddle), 9-318 (hilfenhaus), 10-333 (Lyon) BoWLing: Zaheer Khan 31-6-77-4 (1w, 1nb), sharma 24-7-480, Yadav 26-5-106-3 (1w), Ashwin 29-3-81-3 inDiA, 1st innings: 3 g. gambhir c haddin b hilfenhaus 67 V. sehwag b pattinson R. Dravid not out 68 s. tendulkar b siddle 73 0 i. sharma not out 3 eXtRAs: (w1, nb2) 214 totAL: (for 3 wkts; 65 overs) fall of wickets: 1-22 (gambhir), 2-97 (sehwag), 3-214 (tendulkar) Bowling: pattinson 15-3-35-1 (1w), hilfenhaus 14-1-50-1 (1nb), siddle 15-2-53-1 (1nb), Lyon 14-2-53-0, hussey 5-0-15-0, Warner 2-0-8-0 crowd: 52,858 toss: Australia Umpires: ian gould (eng), Marais erasmus (RsA) third umpire: paul Reiffel (AUs) Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (sRi)

the interval. The pair dominated the hosts in a bruising session with few genuine chances but Siddle's late breakthrough was just reward for a bowler who thought he had removed Dravid for 65 a few overs earlier, only for the decision to be overturned on review. Television replays showed the paceman's foot had crept over the crease, rendering it a no-ball, and after the fiery redhead from rural Victoria had displayed his anger by spitting on the field, he came steaming back with renewed determination. "It actually felt like he did come through five k's (kilometres per hour) quicker after that which was good and I thought he showed a bit of character coming back after what happened to get Tendulkar late in the day," wicketkeeper Brad Haddin told reporters. "It was a big blow for us to get him." Having survived a tense few overs before tea, Tendulkar belted Siddle for six off the first ball of the final session with an uppercut over the slips to ignite the crowd of 52,000. By the time he trudged off the ground to warm applause, the "Little Master" had lofted another two deliveries over the slips cordon and stroked a

pair of sublime cover drives among the eight boundaries he spread around the ground. Dravid reverted to type, playing the role of straight man in the double act, reaching his half-century off 139 balls with a thick edge that fired past home captain Michael Clarke in the slips on the way to the fence. Tendulkar raised his 50 a few minutes later with a deft flick to mid-on off spinner Nathan Lyon, sparking a roar from the crowd, where one of the many banners read: "We welcome His Excellency Sachin Tendulkar to the MCG." India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who took 3-81, said Tendulkar would bounce back from another near-miss. The right-handed master batsman has been stranded on 99 international centuries since March. "It will eventually happen, so there's no point in really bothering about it," he said. Sehwag had earlier put Australia to the sword, helped along by two dropped catches. Mike Hussey grassed a diving chance in the gully early in the hard-hitting opener's innings, while Haddin later spilled an edge toward the end of his knock. Sehwag registered his 8,000th run in the seven-boundary, 83-ball innings

before Pattinson had him play onto his stumps. Opener Gautam Gambhir was out for three when he feathered an edge to Haddin off recalled paceman Ben Hilfenhaus. Resuming their innings on 277-6, Australia's tail-enders cobbled 56 runs for the final four wickets with paceman Zaheer Khan and Ashwin sharing two wickets apiece. Zaheer had Haddin caught behind for 27 to end a 72-run stand with Siddle, but Hilfenhaus and Pattinson frustrated the tourists with a 27-run partnership for the ninth wicket before Lyon joined the latter to add another 15. Ashwin ended a quick 19 from Hilfenhaus who was caught in the deep by Virat Kohli, and then bowled Lyon for six when he attempted an ill-judged sweep. Zaheer, playing his first test in five months after a long injury layoff, took 477 to finish the best of the Indian bowlers. Umesh Yadav matched Ashwin's haul of three wickets. "In the end we were happy with 330. India might be a little bit in front than us in the game but it's evenly poised tomorrow if we start this first session well," Haddin added.

India 'unbothered' by dashed Tendulkar bid MELBOURNE Afp

Sachin Tendulkar's latest setback within sight of his elusive 100th international century may have dismayed fans at the first Melbourne Test on Tuesday, but not his Indian teammates. Test cricket's greatest run-getter was bowled for 73 by paceman Peter Siddle with just three balls left on the second day of the opening Test against Australia. The wicket sent groans around the vast Melbourne Cricket Ground from the sizeable Indian contingent in the 53,000 crowd, denied the chance of seeing the "Little Master" reach the landmark on Wednesday. India reached the close in a commanding position at 214 for three, trailing Australia's first innings 333 by 119 runs with Rahul Dravid, second only to Tendulkar for most Test runs, unbeaten on 68. "It’s going to eventually happen," teammate Ravi Ashwin said after the day's play. "No point in bothering about it. We’re very happy to be in the position we are presently. "Probably one wicket less would have been nice. He played very well but eventually he got a good ball."

Babar to lead Pakistan U-19 team in SA tri-series LAHORE stAff RepoRt

The national selection committee on Tuesday announced a 15-member Pakistan U-19 team for South Africa tour in January 2012. The Pakistan U-19 team will participate in a triangular series comprising Pakistan, South Africa and Zimbabwe from January 5 to 22 and then play three youth ODIs against South Africa on January 25, 27 and 29, 2012. The team management was also named which will remain intact till the ICC U19 World Cup 2012 and the committee also announced six reserve players while the team will be led by Babar Azam. The team: Sami Aslam, Babar Azam (Captain), Syed Faraz Ali, Umer Waheed (V. Captain), Shahan Akram, Syed Saad Ali, Adnan Mahmood, Muhammad Irfan, Shahid Ilyas, Ehsan Adil, Azizullah, Zia ul Haq, Fawad Khan, Usman Qadir and Saifullah Bangash (W/K). Reserves: Imam ul Haq, Salman Afridi W/K, Mir Hamza, Muhammad Nawaz, Ghazanfar Abbas, Muhammad Farman Team Management: Haroon Rasheed (manager), Sabih Azhar (coach), Dr. Sohail Saleem (doctorphysiotherapist), Yasir Malik (trainer) and Usman Hashmi (analyst).

Aaqib returns as Pakistan’s bowling coach LAHORE stAff RepoRt

Former fast bowler Aaqib Javed has returned as the national team's bowling coach for the series against England in the UAE that starts in January. Aaqib will be part of a nine-man support staff for the series. He has been involved in coaching within Pakistan for almost a decade now, having started at the Lahore Regional Academy and then had stints as Pakistan Under-19 coach and head coach at the National Cricket Academy. He was with the national team on and off since 2009, first as bowling coach and then as assistant coach, before he was removed from that position ahead of Pakistan's tour of Zimbabwe earlier in the year. According to Cricinfo, Aaqib was part of the coaching staff when Intikhab Alam

was Pakistan's tour manager, and both were replaced prior to the tour of Zimbabwe. He is in contention to take the role of bowling coach on a full-time basis, as the PCB's search committee is believed to be interested in hiring home-grown batting and bowling coaches. Ijaz Ahmed, the former Pakistan batsman, has been named fielding coach for the series against England while Mohsin Khan will continue as the interim head coach. Aqib a member of Pakistan’s 1992 World Cup winning team was sacked by PCB after West Indies trip. Except for Col (Retd) Naushad Ali, PCB retained the rest of management which was named for the series against Sri Lanka in UAE and against Bangladesh in Bangladesh. The PCB kept Mohsin Khan as interim coach for next month's series against England as the search continues

to find a permanent replacement for Waqar Younis. Khan, 56, was appointed after Waqar quit on health grounds in September, and later helped Pakistan win a clean sweep over Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. "Khan will be the coach for the series against England next month," the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said. Pakistan plays three Tests, four oneday internationals and three Twenty20s against England in the United Arab Emirates between January 17 and February 27. Pakistan team management: Naveed Akram Cheema (Manager), Mohsin Hasan Khan (Chief Coach), Ijaz Ahmed (Fielding Coach), Aqib Javed (Bowling coach), Saboor Ahmed (Trainer), Faisal Hayat (Physiotherapist), Col. (retd) Waseem Ahmed (Security cum Assistant Manager), Umar Farooq (Analyst).


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Arsenal held by 10-man Wolves LONDON Afp

Arsenal missed the chance to draw level on points with third-place Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League after being held to a 1-1 draw by 10-man Wolves at the Emirates Stadium. The result left Arsenal in fifth place, two points behind their north London rivals ahead of Spurs' match at Norwich later Tuesday. Gervinho gave Arsenal an eighth minute lead when, following a superb through ball from Israeli playmaker Yossi Benayoun, the forward rounded Wolves keeper Wayne Hennessey. But Wolves, now two points above the relegation zone, were level shortly before half-time when a corner came out to Stephen Hunt, whose shot took a deflection before Steven Fletcher reacted quickly to head in an equaliser. In a niggly sceond half, Arsenal had a penalty appeal for handball by Christophe Berra turned down. Then, with 15 minutes left, Wolves were a man down when Nenad Milijas was sent off by referee Stuart Atwell for diving in on Mikel Arteta. Arsenal pressed for a winner, with Robin van Persie twice denied by Hennessey before the Welshman saved well from Thomas Vermaelen as Wolves held out. Tuesday's other Premier League match will see promoted clubs Swansea and QPR going head to head at the Liberty Stadium.

United ready for new year title charge: fergie MANCHESTER Afp

Sir Alex Ferguson believes Manchester United will be ideally placed to retain their Premier League title if they reach New Year's Day alongside Manchester City at the top of the table. Ferguson, who turns 70 on New Year's Eve when his team entertain struggling Blackburn, saw United draw level with City on points after an emphatic 5-0 victory over Wigan at Old Trafford on Boxing Day. It marked a remarkable recovery from United who, as recently as December 10, trailed City by five points and 17 goals prior to a 4-1 victory over Wolves. Now, following consecutive 5-0 victories, all that separates United from the current league leaders are five goals in the goal difference column -- the margin of defeat which United suffered at the hands of City in their historic 6-1 home loss to Roberto Mancini's side in October. "As I say, it's a long season," said Ferguson. "If we get to New Year's Day top, or joint top with City, then I will be happy. "I've been saying for a few weeks that somebody was going to suffer against us and we've really hit good form now and got a goal threat from all departments. "The clean sheet was a good part of the game for us and the consistency of the team is very good now. "But the injuries are mounting up for us now -- Phil Jones was down ill, Chris Smalling was ill, Rio Ferdinand called off with a back injury and Jonny Evans came off injured at half-time. We're getting our fair share." Those injuries will severely test United with Ferguson confirming that a calf strain will keep Evans on the sidelines for two weeks. "We will just have to wait and see," added Ferguson, with an eye on his team selection for the Blackburn game. "I'm hoping Smalling and Jones will recover. That will make a difference." A single point against Blackburn will take United to solitary ownership of first place at the top of the table and place intense pressure on City, who visit Sunderland 24 hours later on New Year's Day. However, for all their defensive injury concerns, there is no doubt that United seem to have found the answer to their goalscoring problems with Bulgarian forward Dimitar Berbatov, starting just his second league game of the season, claiming a hat-trick against Wigan.

Aamir Atlas to face farhan in Pakistan International Squash final LAHORE stAff RepoRt

loNdoN: Arsenal's German player Per Mertesacker (3rd l) jumps for a header against wolverhampton wanderers' during the english Premier league football match. AFP

Riaz relieved to be back LAHORE stAff RepoRt

Pakistan left-arm fast bowler Wahab Riaz has said he is relieved to be back in the Test squad for the series against England, after a six-month break from international cricket, reported Cricinfo on Tuesday. Riaz seemed to have cemented his place in the Pakistan team after an impressive introduction to international cricket but has found himself out of the national side after the tour of the West Indies in May this year. His name had come up during the spot-fixing trial of Salman Butt, Mohammed Asif and Mohammed Amir in October. The prosecution read out a written statement by security manager, Major Khwaja Najam Javed, which said Najam had found Azhar Majeed, brother of player agent Mazhar Majeed who was convicted of spotfixing, in Riaz's room in the company of Salman Butt and Kamran Akmal after midnight during The Oval Test match. At the time his name came up in the case Riaz was with the Pakistan Test squad in the UAE for a series against Sri Lanka but did not play any of the Tests and was sent home before the one-day series. "I am happy and relaxed to be selected again," Riaz told ESPNcricinfo. "I am honoured that the PCB and the selectors have kept their faith in me and supported me all the way. It was a nagging situation for me when I was out and it's obviously difficult when you are not part of the

national team despite having all the ability to represent them. "It was tough not being part of the squad for some time. But I had a firm belief that things will be cleared; I don't want to get into the details. What I know is that I am ready for yet another stint. I have kept myself fit and in form while playing domestic cricket so I don't think I will face any difficulty." Riaz's last Test match was against West Indies in May. After that he had a stint with Kent during the English domestic season and was rested for Pakistan's tour of Zimbabwe. He seemed set to return for the series against Sri Lanka but did not play a match and was subsequently left out of the squad for the tour of Bangladesh. In the meantime, he took 30 wickets for National Bank of Pakistan at an average of 24.86 in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, Pakistan's first-class competition. He also got 213 runs in eight innings at an average of 35.50. Riaz, 26, said he is working on troubling the England batsmen with pace during the Test series that starts in the third week of January. He is among two leftarm seamers in the Test squad, the other being Junaid Khan, who has taken 13 wickets in four Tests in Riaz's absence. Riaz said he had added to his game by improving his batting and wanted to help Pakistan continue their successful run. "I am fully fit and in good rhythm to carry on. I'm focusing on speed and some variation in my deliveries. I am bowling at a speed of 150 kph and am useful with the bat down the order.

AFC ‘C Certificate’ Coaching Course begins LAHORE stAff RepoRt

The second AFC ‘C Certificate’ Coaching Course for Women commenced at Football House here on Monday with 18 participants attending the activity. The 14-day course is being conducted by AFC Instructor Tariq Lutfi will conclude on January 8, 2012. This is a milestone achieved by PFF to further develop football among women. It is the second fullfledged AFC “C” Certificate Coaching Course for Women on Pakistan soil and first B license holder Kiran Ilyas will act as Assistant Instructor. PFF General Secretary Lt. Col. (retd) Ahmed Yar Khan TI (M) who inaugurated the Course said: “It is very productive activity which will add to the confidence of our women coaches equipping them with the latest knowledge of the game to supplement ongoing efforts for the overall promotion of the game.” The PFF has pinned hopes on

coaches (men and women) to unearth future stars under directives of PFF Chief. Under Makhdoom Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat, the PFF is organising such courses to get as many talented Pakistan-based men and women coaches, and AFC helped us by deputing well-known FIFA/AFC Instructors for men/women couching courses during last four years. The participants; Jamila Arif, Ambreen Hameed, Nadeem Munzoor, Arifa Sheikh, Qurat ul Ain Hameed, Samia Ishaq, Naila Rani, Nadia Bhatti, Zanib Mushtaq, Amber Nazir, Riffat Shabbir, Nazia Naz, Zoobia Latif, Rubina Shaheen, Tahira Akram, Saba Aziz, Shahida Kausar and Fouzia Saeed. The AFC ‘C’ Coaching Certificate course aims at training coaches and developing their basic techniques and skills in football. It is designed to teach the coaches to organise, direct and conduct basic coaching practices targeting especially young players.

Number one seed Aamir Atlas Khan will take on sixth seed Farhan Zaman in the final of the Pakistan International Squash Circuit No. IV 2011 on December 28 here at the Punjab Squash Complex. The semi-final matches of Circuit No. IV 2011 were played here on Tuesday with Atlas making to the final in just 18 minutes but Farhan had to fight for 40 minutes against his rival to get through to the title match. President Punjab Squash Association Malik Amjad Ali Noon was the chief guest of the day. In the first semi-final Aamir Atlas beat eighth seed Seed Nasir Iqbal 11-6, 11-6, 1-0 while Farhan halted the dream run of qualifier Muhammad Saquib Yousafin a tough fought match. Farhan lost two games before his stride to the final with score being 12-10, 11-6, 12-14, 6-11, 11-4. The final match will start at 1600 hours between Atlas and Farhan and Jahangir Khan Emeritus, President World Squash Federation will be the chief guest at the final ceremony.

lahore Garrison win in MMA Cup Polo LAHORE stAff RepoRt

As many as three matches were played in the MMA Polo Cup on Tuesday here at the Lahore Polo Club ground. Lahore Garrison beat PAF Blues by seven goals to four. The winners got their goals through Col. Mashud Akbar, Maj Omer Minhas and Maj Nauman Wasif while Tauheed Ahmad, Fahd Hadeed and Kaiser Trimzi were the losing side scorers. Taimur Ali Malik and Raja Temur Nadeem led Guard Group/Caanchi to a 5-4 win over PAF Whites. Adisseo crushed Olympia 7-2 and their scorers were Adnan Jalil Azam, Sameer Habib Oberoi and Usman Haye and for the losing side Ahmad Nawaz Tiwana and Moin Yaqub struck. The matches were supervised by Ahmed Ali Tiwana, Ahmed Zubair, Santiago Mendivil, Shah Qubilai Alam, Omar Asjad Malhi and Wing. Comd. Nausher Khan.


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Serena muscles up for another year MIAMI Agencies

Serena Williams missed the last Australian summer but she appears set to return to her powerful and potent best next month. Williams looked happy, relaxed and extremely fit as she ate lunch aboard a yacht with friends. Williams is in Miami preparing for the Australian Open, a tournament she has won five times from 11 appearances, and she will again be among the favourites in Melbourne despite a lacklustre finish to 2011. Illness forced her out of tournaments in Tokyo and Beijing in October. Her last appearance was in the US Open final on September 11 when she lost to Sam Stosur. She only played six tournaments in 2011, missing two of the four majors -the Australian Open and French Open -due to the after-effects of a pulmonary embolism. But from those six, she reached three finals and won two. "By now she knows how to manage her career and she's also got a great game," said former tour champion Nicole Bradkte, on how Williams keeps resurrecting her career from serious injuries or long lay-offs. "She has a beautiful game when it's on. She's a very clean hitter of the ball and has a very good service action so there's not a hell of a lot that can go wrong, in respect of technical issues with her game. So if she's playing well and she's confident she's very difficult to beat." Her ranking has only slipped to No 12, so with no points to defend in Brisbane or Melbourne, Williams can jump back into the upper level quite easily. "Traditionally when she's started well in January she's ended up having a strong year so that'd be her first objective," said Australian Open director Craig Tiley. "She's said before that she's got a lot of tennis in her. Especially with her age, her longevity and her success in the game, people might think it was time for her to think about something else. "But not Serena. She's highly competitive, loves to compete, loves to win. I know she's fit and raring to go. So that's good news for the Australian Open."

PHf Inter-Academy Hockey begins LAHORE stAff RepoRt

The second PHF Inter Academy Hockey Tournament started at Sialkot Hockey Ground on Tuesday. The inaugural ceremony of the event was performed by EDO Finance Tariq Zaman. On the occasion, President District Hockey Association Khawaja Khawar Anwar, Organising Secretary Ajmal Khan Lodhi assistant coach Pakistan hockey team, tournament director Amir Shafique and officials of DHA Sialkot were also present. As many as three matches were played on the opening day of the tournament with wins coming for Lahore and Sialkot while the third match remained goalless. Results: Lahore beat Bahawalpur 2-1 (full time) 0-0 (half time) Lahore: Awais-ur-Rehman 2 goals 48th minute (FG) & 51st minute (PC). Bahawalpur: Junaid Manzoor 60th minute (FG). Faisalabad vs Gojra 0-0 (full time) (draw) Sialkot beat Bannu 3-2 (full time) 0-0 (half time) Sialkot: Hammad Zafar 36th minute (FG), Amir Sohail 42nd minute (FG) & Ali Raza 53rd minute (FG). Bannu: Faheed 41st minute (FG) & Usman 45th minute (FG).

dUrBAN: Sri lankan players (l) celebrate the dismissal of South Africa's batsman Hashim Amla (r). AFP

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EFT-ARM opening bowler Chanaka Welegedera produced a career-best performance to put Sri Lanka in the ascendancy on the second day of the second Test match against South Africa at Kingsmead on Tuesday. Welegedera took five for 52 as South Africa were bowled out for 168 on a good batting pitch, giving Sri Lanka a first innings lead of 170. It also gave Sri Lanka hope of gaining their first Test win of the year, in a complete

dUrBAN: Chanaka welegedera picked up five wickets as Sri lanka took control in durban.

turnaround from the first Test at Centurion, which South Africa won by an innings and 81 runs. Sri Lanka were seven for one in their second innings at the close, with captain Tillekeratne Dilshan falling to Dale Steyn before bad light stopped play.Welegedera, whose previous best Test figures were five for 87 against Pakistan in Sharjah last month, bowled an impeccable line, slanting the ball across the righthanded batsmen, with all of his victims caught behind or in the slips. Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath took four for 49 as South Africa crashed to their lowest total against Sri Lanka. The tourists

were earlier bowled out for 338. Thilan Samaraweera made a century and Marchant de Lange took seven wickets on his debut. De Lange's figures of seven for 81 were the best recorded by any bowler in Test matches in 2011 and put him at the top of an extraordinary crop of eight bowlers who have taken five or more wickets in an innings in their first Test match this year. Samaraweera made 102 before he was last man out. He became only the second Sri Lankan to hit a Test century in South Africa, joining Hashan Tillekeratne, who made 104 at Centurion in 2002-03. Samaraweera and Herath frustrated the South African bowlers at the start of the day, adding 46 to the overnight total of 289 for seven, with Samaraweera batting watchfully to reach his 13th Test century off 265 balls. After Samaraweera reached his hundred, Herath top-edged a slog against De Lange and was caught by wicket-keeper Mark Boucher for 30. The tall, strongly built De Lange quickly wrapped up the innings, having Welegedera caught at short leg fending off a vicious bouncer before Samaraweera was caught at deep cover. South Africa reached 22 for no wicket without Graeme Smith and Jacques Rudolph looking in any trouble before Rudolph played a loose hook against Thisara Perera and was caught at long leg by a diving Welegedera. Welegedera then struck twice, having South African captain Smith caught behind for 15 and Jacques Kallis caught at second slip without scoring. Hashim Amla and AB de Villiers added 76 for the fourth wicket before Welegedera made another double strike soon after tea to plunge their innings into terminal decline, dismissing De Villiers for 25 and Amla for a fluent 54. Amla hit ten fours in an 83-ball innings.

scoReBoARD sRi LAnKA, first innings: (overnight 289-7) t. paranavitana c Boucher b De Lange 12 t. Dilshan c Morkel b imran tahir 47 K. sangakkara c Boucher b De Lange 0 M. Jayawardene b Morkel 31 t. samaraweera c prince b De Lange 102 A. Mathews c and b De Lange 30 D. chandimal c Boucher b Morkel 58 t. perera c Amla b De Lange 12 R. herath c Boucher b De Lange 30 c. Welegedara c Amla b De Lange 2 D. fernando not out 0 eXtRAs: (lb8, nb6) 14 totAL: (108.2 overs) 338 fall of wickets: 1-35 (paranavitana), 2-47 (sangakkara), 3-84 (Dilshan), 4-117 (Jayawardene), 5162 (Mathews), 6-273 (chandimal), 7-289 (perera), 8-335 (herath), 9-337 (Welegedera) BoWLing: steyn 23-5-63-0, Morkel 21-3-61-2 (4nb), De Lange 23.2-3-81-7, imran tahir 32-3-101-1 (2nb), Kallis 9-1-24-0 soUth AfRicA, first innings: g. smith c chandimal b Welegedera 15 J. Rudolph c Welegedera b perera 7 h. Amla c chandimal b Welegedera 54 J. Kallis c Jayawardene b Welegedera 0 A. de Villiers c Jayawardene b Welegedera 25 A. prince c Jayawardene b herath 11 M. Boucher c Dilshan b herath 3 D. steyn not out 29 M. Morkel b herath 0 imran tahir st chandimal b herath 11 M. de Lange c chandimal b Welegedera 9 eXtRAs: (nb3, w1) 4 totAL: (54.4 overs) 168 fall of wickets: 1-22 (Rudolph), 2-27 (smith), 3-27 (Kallis), 4-103 (De Villiers), 5-106 (Amla), 6-118 (Boucher), 7-119 (prince), 8-119 (Morkel), 9-145 (tahir) BoWLing: Welegedera 16.4-3-52-5 (3nb), perera 9-227-1, Dilshan 1-1-0-0, herath 20-7-49-4, Mathews 2-0-11-0 (1w), fernando 6-0-29-0 Match situation: sri Lanka lead by 170 runs on the first innings toss: sri Lanka Umpires: steve Davis (AUs), Richard Kettleborough (eng) tV umpire: Rod tucker (AUs) Match referee: chris Broad (eng)


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Abbottabad U-16 defeated Multan by 87 runs in the second semifinal of the PCBPepsi Cricket Stars U-16 One Day Tournament 2011 here at the Gaddafi Stadium on Tuesday. Abbottabad will now take on Quetta in the final. Faizan Ali, Junaid Khan and Sultan Mehmood bowled out Mulatn in just 38.1 overs. Scores: Abbottabad U-16 – 222-6 in 45 overs:(Muhammad Hanif 85, 105 balls, 9x4s, Mazhar Fareed 51, 79 balls, 5x4s, Khalid Kail 26, 31 balls, 2x4s, Mustafa Hanif 21*, 20 balls, 1x4, Sher Muhammad 2-35) v Multan U-16 – 135 in 38.1 overs:(Ahmer Ashfaq 28, 56 balls, 3x4s, Farhan Sarfraz 21, 31 balls, 4x4s, Usman Ali 20, 54 balls, 1x4, Faizan Ali 3-21, Junaid Khan 2-23, Sultan Mehmood 2-33) Result: Abbottabad U-16 won by 87 runs Toss: Abbottabad U-16 Umpires: Muhammad Kaleem & Muhammad Asif Jr. Official Scorer: Abdul Hameed

Mancini rues festive fixtures after City slip WEST BROMWICH: Roberto Mancini bemoaned Manchester City's Christmas fixture schedule after watching his team surrender their lead at the top of the Premier League. City were held to a 0-0 draw at West Bromwich Albion on Boxing Day and are now top by virtue of goal difference alone after rivals Manchester United thrashed Wigan 5-0. Afp

OHAMMAD Waseem thrashed Indian challenger Madan Lal 19-12 in the semifinal of flyweight category of ongoing second Benazir Bhutto Shaheed International Boxing Tournament here at the Laiquat Gymnasium, Pakistan Sports Complex, on Tuesday. Madan Lal, who defeated Haroon Khan on last Monday at the same venue, could not respond to the punches of Waseem. The remaining host boxers failed to overcome their opponents in the different weight category bouts and compromised on bronze medals. results (semifinals): Men’s light flyweight (46-49kg): Ariubold Ganselem (Mongolia) beat A.M. Amila Nuwan (Sri lanka) 16-9, Peter Mungai (Kenya) beat Mohammad Nisar(Pakistan) 18-8. Men’s flyweight (52kg): Mohammad waseem (Pakistan) beat Madan lal (India) 19-12, Benson Gicharu (Kenya) beat latipov Jasurbek (Uzbekistan) got walkover. Men’s Bantamweight (56kg): wassam Salamana (Syria) beat Ghulam Mustafa (Pakistan) 13-8, Shayimov orzubek (Uzbekistan) beat Naimatullah Khan (Pakistan) 22-14. Men’s lightweight (60kg): Ayrin Ismetov (Bulgaria) beat Mohamad dumairieh (Syria) 13-10, Gaibnazrov fazliddin (Uzbekistan) beat Joegin ladon (Philippine) 23-7. Men’s light welterweight (64kg): rahmanov Sanjarbek (Uzbekistan) beat rantna Bahadur (Nepal) 4-1 (Technically

Pakistan has immense talent in boxing: Amir Khan ISLAMABAD: British-born Pakistani boxer Amir Khan has said that Pakistan has amazing talent in boxing and it needs training and facilities. He offered his boxing facilities to Pakistani boxers who qualify for the London Olympics 2012. He also that Benazir Bhutto International Boxing Championship would prove to be a milestone for Pakistan boxing future. Khan said that he has already filed a case in International Boxing Federation against the controversial decision in his last title fight with Lamont Peterson. The decision of the case is due next year. Khan said that Haroon Khan is working hard to qualify for the Olympics. Besides Khan’s relatives and fans, President Pakistan Boxing Federation (PBF) Doda Khan Bhutto and Secretary General Akram Khan were also present there. During his stay in Pakistan, Khan will visit his ancestral house and meet friends and relatives in Lahore. stAff RepoRt Knockout), Ambomo Serge (Cameron) Chinzorig Baatarsukh (Mangolia) 26-18. Men’s welterweight (69kg): Normtov (Uzbekistan) beat Sahrouz Toradideh (Iran) 14-4, Mamadajnaov Ahmad (Uzbekistan) beat rayton okwiri (Kenya) 19-17. Men’s Middleweight (75kg): Abdullayev Shuhrat (Uzbekistan) beat Shinebayar Nardiandakh (Mongolia) 23-10, Atoev Abbos (Uzbekistan) beat Jamal Nasir(Pakistan) 21-3. Men’s light Heavyweight (81kg): rasulov elshod (Uzbekistan) beat Nisar Hussain(Pakistan) 14-2, Manaf Asaad (Syria) beat Majid Hajabbasi (Iran) 22-17. Men’s light Heavyweight (91kg): Tulaganov rustam (Uzbekistan) beat yasir Jawaid (Pakistan) 30-8, Mohammad Ghossoun(Syria) beat Nadir Khan(Pakistan) 39-5. Men’s Super Heavyweight (+91kg): Ali Salmani (Iran) beat Charles okoth (Kenya) 21-16, Soumar Ghossoun (Syria) vs ergashev Izzatullah (Uzbekistan) 18-14. finals (Thursday schedule-29-12-2011): Men’s light flyweight (46-49kg):

Ariubold Ganselem (Mongolia) vs Peter Mungai (Kenya) Men’s flyweight (52kg): Mohammad waseem (Pakistan) vs Benson Gicharu (Kenya) Men’s Bantamweight (56kg):wassam Salamana (Syria) vs Shayimov orzubek (Uzbekistan) Men’s lightweight (60kg): Ayrin Ismetov (Bulgaria) vs Gaibnazrov fazliddin (Uzbekistan) Men’s light welterweight (64kg): rahmanov Sanjarbek (Uzbekistan) vs Ambomo Serge (Cameron) Men’s welterweight (69kg): Normtov (Uzbekistan) vs Mamadajnaov Ahmad (Uzbekistan) Men’s Middleweight (75kg): Abdullayev Shuhrat (Uzbekistan) vs Atoev Abbos (Uzbekistan) Men’s light Heavyweight (81kg): rasulov elshod (Uzbekistan) vs Manaf Asaad (Syria) Men’s light Heavyweight (91kg) Tulaganov rustam (Uzbekistan) vs Mohammad Ghossoun(Syria) Men’s Super Heavyweight (+91kg): Ali Salmani Koyakhi (Iran) vs Soumar Ghossoun (Syria)

A member of the Chinese hockey team’s delegation Li Gaochao described his tour to Pakistan memorable and extended an invitation to Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) to send their national team for the Test series in April next. "Our team learnt a great deal during the 4-match Test series with Pakistan and we are going back satisfied,” he told reporters at Quaid-e-Azam International airport prior to their departure for Beijing after a week long-trip to Pakistan Monday night. Pakistan is among the top teams and has some skilled players, said Gaochao, who is also the Vice President of China Hockey Federation. Neighboring China is the first hockey team to visit in seven years which signaled the return of international sporting activities in Pakistan. The home team won the series 4-0 after matches in Lahore, Faisalabad and Lahore. He thanked PHF for making their trip a great success. "Our basic purpose to play in Pakistan and prepare for next year's London Olympic Qualifiers,” he added.

Army advance in PPfl LAHORE stAff RepoRt

Army earned a one-goal win to get three points in the 8th Pakistan Premier Football League on Tuesday. Playing against PIA, Army got the only goal of the match at the Jinnah Football Stadium, Islamabad, through its forward Muhammad Ikram in the 64th minute.

Tendulkar's dismissal a win for karma Comment RICHARD HINDS YOU would like to say you had hoped to be glued to the couch today, watching Sachin Tendulkar make his 100th hundred. That you were disappointed Peter Siddle's inswinger deprived today's (now diminished) crowd of the chance to see history. But, sometimes, you must crouch down to your full height and admit you are smaller than that. You must admit Tendulkar's death rattle brought only joy and satisfaction. That his dismissal was for you - if not several hundred million Indians - a delicious moment of cricketing karma. Twice before he removed Tendulkar, Siddle had featured in incidents that had made India's refusal to embrace the DRS seem absurd - if the sound of Michael Hussey's bat thrown into his kitbag the day before had not made that point. The first seemed non-contentious. Siddle edging the ball to M.S. Dhoni to end a tail-wagging 41. But it was the replay that provided Exhibit A for those countering subcontinental claims that DRS technology

is unreliable. It did not merely show the ball hitting the edge of the bat, but shaving a fine spray of splinters from it. The camera work was quite remarkable - unlike the balance of the notorious Joe the Cameraman, who toppled from a Segway while filming players during the lunch break. As Ian Healy put it: ''Can't bowl, can't throw, can't Segway.'' Wind forward to the final hour, with Rahul Dravid and Tendulkar cruising and Australia flying a white flag - the experimental leg-spin of Dave Warner. In this time of need, Siddle produced a wicked indipper that knocked back Dravid's famously well guarded middle stump. It wasn't Dennis Lillee taking four late wickets against the West Indies, but, at the very least, it was a heartening moment for a team under pressure. Yet, in a match supposed to be decided by human umpiring frailty, came dramatic technological intervention. The umpires who could not be asked to review the wrongful dismissals of Ed Cowan and Hussey checked whether Siddle's foot had slipped a fraction - perhaps the same fraction as the ball had missed both Cowan and Hussey's bats - over the line. Which it had.

No ball! Some had defended the advantage gained by India on the opening day. The game, you see, had a way of ''evening out''. Yet, already, Australia had been clobbered on the head by the swing and run head-on into a semi-trailer in the roundabout. In that context, fate - not to mention irate Australian fans - might have called for Tendulkar's removal to involve a dubious decision that might have been overturned, had his own board not opted to spurn the DRS (Don't Review Sachin). But Siddle producing another snorting in-dipper and extending Tendulkar's quest for his century of centuries was, in a way, more satisfying. Not an eye for an eye, simply great cricket. Even without their DRS ordeal, this series is proving an exacting test of the Australians' temperament. Cowan had led the way on the first day with a knock that prompted him to tweet (yes, quoting Twitter again): ''Ever felt like you walked through the wardrobe and ended up in Narnia?'' Never mind that some of his new teammates might be wondering (a) why they didn't also have a walk-in wardrobe at the team hotel and (b) is Narnia that little fish-

ing village south of Wollongong? Yesterday, it was Siddle's big heart and the surprising maturity of young tearaway James Pattinson that passed the temperament test. In two Tests against New Zealand, Pattinson could have been forgiven for thinking Test cricket was a doddle. Against India, it had become like finding a decent bacon sandwich in downtown Tel Aviv. Twice Virender Sehwag had been dropped from his bowling - a tough chance to Hussey at gully, a more straightforward edge to Brad Haddin that prompted Healy to observe: ''That's pain.'' A reference to Haddin's remorse? Or an observation that, once the Tasmanian wicketkeeper is fit, ''That's Paine'' into the line-up? Pattinson's response? A hostile spell in which he kept his nerve - and, as importantly, his full length, until Sehwag dragged a ball onto middle stump. As encouraging was Pattinson's response. Despite an earlier tangle with Sehwag, he ran towards the slips to celebrate. Plenty of fire, but no unnecessary brimstone. Just as there was no gloating over Tendulkar's late dismissal. Just, you suspect, a greater than usual feeling of satisfaction.


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Mullah omar removed from fBI most-wanted list MONITORING DESK The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has removed the name of Afghan Taliban supreme commander Mullah Omar from its list of the most wanted terrorists. However, the names of Ayman Al Zawahiri and Hakimullah Mehsud still remain on the list.Earlier, reports about the US establishing contacts with Omar had surfaced. The reports said the US wanted to bring the Taliban to negotiation table to end the conflict in Afghanistan. So far, several claims have been made by the US about negotiations with the Taliban, but Pakistan and Kabul have never been taken into confidence over the much speculated-about talks.

SC to hear if moved on CoAS, ISI DG Asma says apex court should have no role if PM removes anyone from his post

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EDIA reports about the possible removal of Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lt Gen Ahmad Shuja Pasha in the wake of the memo controversy echoed in the Supreme Court during the first hearing of the memo case here on Tuesday, as Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said if the matter came to the court, the court would have to decide it. During the hearing, when the chief justice, who was heading a nine-member larger bench, noted that the news about the possible removal of the army

and ISI chiefs was published and came under discussions suggesting that action had started on the memo issue, Asma Jehangir, counsel for former ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani, stated that there should be no role of the court if the prime minister removed anyone from their post(s). She said the court had no concern with the removal of the army chief and it should not interfere, as the prime minister was empowered to remove the army chief. Arguing the maintainability of the petitions filed by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Nawaz Sharif and others seeking a probe into the memo issue, Continued on page 04

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Pakistan, India to extend pacts on N-accidents, missile tests ISLAMABAD shAiQ hUssAin

Pakistan and India on Tuesday agreed to move forward on proposals to extend the two vital agreements on “reducing the risk from accidents related to nuclear weapons” and “pre-notification of ballistic missile tests”, as they concluded their two-day talks here on Conventional and Nuclear Confidence Building Measures (CBMs). Senior officials of the two countries agreed to recommend to their foreign secretaries to extend the validity of the “Agreement on PreNotification of Flight Testing of Ballistic Missiles” by five years. Continued on page 04

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