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Banned LJ bombs bus carrying Shia pilgrims from Iran, 13 killed g Seven security personnel among 9 killed in militant attacks in Khyber Agency g
t least 22 people, including 13 Shias, were killed in Quetta and Khyber Agency’s Bara tehsil on thursday when a car bomb tore through a bus carrying pilgrims in the troubled Balochistan province and militants staged several attacks in the tribal agency in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. the banned Lashkar-e-Jhangvi claimed responsibility for the attack in Quetta and said it was a suicide attack targeting Shias.
Reports said the bus attacked in Quetta was carrying Shia pilgrims from taftan, Iran and was targeted near a fruit market in the provincial capital’s Hazarganji area. the dead included two women and two policemen escorting the bus, while over two dozen people were injured in the blast. Some claimed that the blast was a suicide attack, but officials denied, with Quetta Capital City Police Officer Mir Zubair Mahmood saying the bus had been targeted with an explosives-laden car parked along the road in Hazarganji. He said the bus was carrying around 50 Shia
pilgrims of the Hazara community from taftan to Quetta. the Bomb Disposal Squad said a remote-controlled bomb of around 50 kg had been used in the attack. DIG Investigation Hamid Shakeel confirmed that passengers were pilgrims and were returning to Quetta after performing pilgrimage in Iran. Locals said the bomb blast was so intense that it engulfed the bus in flames, forcing it into a ravine 50 feet below the road. People from the surroundings rushed to help the injured, while rescue officials also arrived at the scene some time later.
An emergency was declared in all hospitals of Quetta. Quetta has been rife with sectarian violence in recent months and Shias of the Hazara tribe have specifically been the target of hardliner Sunnis. Several dozens have been killed over the past few months, but officials have only been paying a lip service and no assassin has been brought to the book so far. In several chilling incidents, Shias have been hauled off buses, identified and shot dead in cold blood. two such incidents occurred in September 2011 and in February 2012. On April 14 this year gunmen riding
a motorcycle in Quetta killed eight Shia Muslims in two attacks just minutes apart. Such “sport” killing of Shias has blemished the government’s already tattered image and brought condemnations from around the globe. Continued on page 04
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Sherry tells uS senators apology will help resolve supply lines issue haste makes waste
The country we love to hate g
Anti-US sentiment on the rise in Pakistan NEWS DESK
vEN though the US has designated a bigger chunk of civilian aid for Pakistan in efforts to bolster goodwill in the country, it seems that money has not been well-spent. Despite the uptick in aid, antiU.S. sentiments continue to be on the rise in Pakistan. the spate of recent events that have contributed to turbulent relations between the two countries also seemed to have had an indelible impact on public perceptions. According to the Los Angeles times, a new poll released this week by the Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project found that about 75% of Pakistanis regard the US as an enemy. three years ago, 64% of Pakistanis surveyed said they viewed America as an enemy. A growing number of Pakistanis also feel that improving relations with Washington isn’t a major priority, the poll found. Last year, 60% of Pakistanis surveyed said strengthening ties with the US was important; this year only 45% said they feel the same way.
the US channels hundreds of millions of dollars in military and economic aid to Pakistan every year. Much of that aid is supposed to target Pakistan’s biggest needs, such as the country’s crippling power crisis and its weak education system. Nevertheless, the poll results indicate that Pakistanis haven’t been swayed by the assistance. About 40% of Pakistanis surveyed said they think that US economic and military assistance actually has a negative effect on their country. Only 12% said they believe that economic assistance from Washington helps solve Pakistan’s problems. Relations between the US and Pakistan are at their lowest point since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the US Anger over American airstrikes that mistakenly killed 24 Pakistani soldiers last November was preceded by the secret US commando raid that killed Osama bin Laden in the military city of Abbottabad in May 2011, which Pakistanis viewed as a blatant breach of their sovereignty,- and the killing of two Pakistanis by a CIA contractor in the eastern city of
Lahore in January 2011. those events have served as rallying cries for a Pakistani population that for years has viewed Washington as arrogant and untrustworthy. the Obama administration’s heavy reliance on drone missile attacks as a primary tactic against Islamic militants in Pakistan’s tribal northwest has further intensified Pakistan’s animosity toward the US Pakistanis view the drone attacks as violations of their country’s sovereignty and charge that they kill civilians as well as militants. According to the Pew survey, only 17% of Pakistanis surveyed said they support US drone strikes as a tactic against Islamic militants based in Pakistan. Pakistanis also appeared less willing to back the use of their own military against Islamic extremists. Among the Pakistanis surveyed, only 32% supported the deployment of Pakistani security forces against extremist groups, a sizable drop from 53% three years ago. the survey was based on 1,206 face-to-face interviews with Pakistanis between March 28 and April 13.
Resumed NATO supply in Pakistan’s interest: Jilani ISLAMABAD STaff rEPOrT
the restoration of NAtO supplies to Afghanistan is in the interest of Pakistan as well the US and there has been some progress in talks with the US on this important matter, Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani said on thursday. talking to reporters, Jilani said the restoration of NAtO supplies was necessary for pulling out foreign forces from Afghanistan, which was in the interest of Pakistan as well. He hoped that foreign forces’ withdrawal from Afghanistan would lead to stability in the country and would augur well for the regional peace and stability. Pakistan, he said, was engaged in talks with the US on tendering a public apology over the Salala incident and there had been some positive indications from Washington in that regard. to a question on recent cross border attacks from Afghanistan on Pakistani checkposts, Jilani
said Pakistan had serious concern over the safe havens of terrorists across the border in Afghanistan and it had taken up the matter with the Afghan authorities. He said, “We hope that the Afghan government will take all necessary measures to prevent militant attacks on Pakistani border posts.” to a query, he said he would leave for New Delhi for the foreign secretaries’ talks on various outstanding issues with India on July 3 and during the meeting, he would also raise the vital issue of surge in cross Line of Control (LoC) firing incidents from the Indian side on Pakistani soil. He said the visit of Indian foreign minister to Islamabad was scheduled for July 18, but it had been put off due to some internal political developments in India. On the Foreign Office briefing to the Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on thursday, he said the prime minister was briefed on Pakistan’s relations with regional and other nations. “the prime minister was given a detailed briefing on various aspects of the foreign policy,” he said.
quETTa: Volunteers search the wreckage of a destroyed bus after a bombing on the outskirts of the city on Thursday. at least 13 Shia pilgrims were killed and several others injured in the attack. afP
Pakistanis love Tsunami Khan! ISLAMABAD
MILITARY MOST FAVOURABLE INSTITUTION
The military remains the most highly rated institution in Pakistan – 77% say it has a good influence on the country, nearly the same percentage (79%) as last year. However, the military’s ratings have slipped somewhat from a high of 86% in 2009. Large majorities also rate the influence of the media (68%) and religious leaders (66%) as good. In the past year, however, positive reviews of the media have declined eight percentage points. Roughly six-in-ten give the court system high marks. The courts’ ratings have been relatively constant over the years, except for a dip in positive reviews in 2011. As has been true in past surveys, few (24%) say the police are a good influence. Ratings of the national government are also very low – just 24% of Pakistanis believe it plays a positive role in the country. President Zardari receives even more negative reviews. Only 12% believe he has a good influence, while 84% say it is bad. Pakistanis who identify with Zardari’s party, PPP, are more likely to give him high marks, though they are still divided – 44% say his influence is good, 48% say it is bad. Attitudes about Zardari are particularly negative in Punjab (96% bad influence) and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (95%).
Pakistan tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman, Imran Khan is the most popular leader in Pakistan with a 70 percent approval rating. According to a survey from PEW Research Center, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif is not far from Khan and has 62 percent votes in his favour. While the PML-N president may only be 8 points behind Khan, Sharif held an approval rating of 79 percent in 2009. With little change from last year, only 14 percent view President Asif Zardari favourably. the President has seen a significant drop over the years, as his approval rating stood at 64 percent in 2008. Recently disqualified prime minister, Yousuf Raza Gilani, proves to be somewhat better with 36 percent popularity. Around 89 percent describe the national economic situation as bad; 85 percent held this view in 2011. An overwhelming majority rate unemployment, crime, terrorism and corruption as very big problems. About 87 percent are dissatisfied with the country’s direction, compared to
92 percent last year. More than 50 percent rate Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry as favourable. Ratings for both the army chief and the chief justice have slightly slipped since 2010. Former military ruler General Pervez Musharraf received relatively poor ratings with only 39 percent approving of the ex-president.
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ARTS & eNTeRTAiNmeNT
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Wary Sri lanka eye elusive Test series win
Coming in from the cold: Pakistan needs a policy change pronto.
cOmmeNT dr James J zogby says; Double standards much?: Say No to anti-Semitism, but Islamophobia is fine…
Mubasher lucman says; I am still around: The other side of the story.
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Sharmeen duped me: acid victim LAHORE
t is apparent that one cannot just be popular and not get involved in controversies. this is exactly what has happened to Pakistan’s first Oscar winner, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, who has been accused of not providing financial compensation to one of the characters in her documentary that catapulted her into a celebrity status overnight in Pakistan and abroad. Her documentary “Saving Face” deals with the victims of acid attacks in the country and an attempt to provide them medical help through medication and plastic surgery. the documentary was aimed at showing harrowing effects of this crime on the victims. the story revolves around two such women, Zakia and Rukhsana, and Dr Mohammad Jawwad who came to Pakistan to perform plastic surgery on these women. Ironically, it is Rukhsana, hailing from Muzaffargarh, a district in South Punjab, who has filed a case against Chinoy in the Multan sessions court. She claims that she only agreed to appear in her documentary after she was offered monetary compensation, but Chinoy did not fulfill her promise and has not contacted her after the release of her documentary, let alone giving her what she was promised. What Rukhsana is claiming in her suit is not a trivial amount of money. She claims that she was promised a five-marla (126 square-metre) house, Rs3,000,000 and plastic surgery in compensation for her role in the film. But she has been given nothing at all. She has also accused Chinoy of being the main cause behind her eviction from her house. Rukhsana claims this happened because of her working in the documentary and that she is now forced to live a nomadic life with her children.
Sharmeen Chinoy has strongly denied all the allegations, claiming they were baseless. She gave her side of the story and spoke out against her on the social media website twitter. Ms Chinoy, on her part, does not appear to level any allegations against Rukhsana though it is quite clear that she thinks of her as a victim. Chinoy claimed that Rukhsana was not promised anything by her, but by a donor who had watched the documentary. It was he who had promised her a house only. No monetary compensation was offered as it would have made here even more vulnerable to being exploited by her husband and her inlaws. Pertinent to note is the fact that she still lives with her husband who committed the crime in the first place.
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Sheikh Rashid lands into detention at Houston HOUSTON OnlinE
US authorities detained former minister and Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rashid for over five hours at Houston Airport on Wednesday night. In reaction to Rashid’s illegal detention at the airport, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United State Sherry Rehman registered a strong protest on thursday. Sherry called the incident “a violation of diplomatic ethics”, adding that it is uneth-
ical to detain any political leader for investigation at the airport. the US immigration authorities released Sheikh Rashid after the protest by the Pakistani ambassador. Sheikh Rashid told the media that the immigration staff took his two mobile phones into custody and copied all the data on the phones, including phone numbers. He said the staff had told him that the investigation was being carried out under directions from Washington. During the entire episode the staff dealt with him very politely, Sheikh
Rashid added. He said that he had a multiple-entry US visa and that he would leave for Dubai after two days.
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04 News ethnic cleansing of Shias continues Continued FRom page 01
Meanwhile, at least nine people, including seven personnel of security forces, were killed and several others injured in three terrorist acts in Bara tehsil in Khyber Agency. those killed included a captain of Frontier Corps and two volunteers of peace lashkar. the most tragic terrorist act of the day occurred at Al Haaj Market in Bara where a vehicle of security forces was targeted by militants with an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). the official said seven personnel, including a captain were killed and four others injured. two hours before of the attack, a patrolling party of security forces was targeted by militants with an IED at Qambarabad. three personnel of security forces were injured in the attack. Early on thursday, volunteers of a peace lashkar were targeted with a similar IED at Sheen Qamar area. the volunteers, Abdullah and taj, were killed on the spot.
Taimur Azmat gets additional charge of establishment division ISLAMABAD aPP
Information and Broadcasting Secretary taimur Azmat Usman has been assigned the additional charge of the Establishment Division. According to the notification, Usman, a BPS-22 officer of the secretariat group, would hold the new charge immediately in addition to his present duties until further orders.
OGRA suggests another decrease in POl prices ISLAMABAD aGEnCiES
the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) on thursday recommended a reduction in petroleum prices by up to Rs 6.44 per litre. the OGRA has dispatched the summary to slash the prices of petroleum products to the Petroleum Ministry. the OGRA summary sent to the prime minister recommends cutting down: petrol price by Rs. 5.02 per litre; hi-octane by Rs 6.44, high-speed diesel by Rs 2.48 and the price of light diesel by Rs 2.86. If implemented it would be a record second time reduction in POL prices in two weeks. CNG prices are also expected to come down by Rs 2 per kilogramme with reduction in petroleum prices.
Friday, 29 June, 2012
Gen Allen’s meeting with Kayani ‘productive’: Pentagon WASHINGTON OnlinE
ENtAGON has said that ISAF commander Gen John Allen’s meeting with Pakistan army chief Gen Ashfaq Kayani had been “very productive”. Gen Allen had visited Islamabad on Wednesday to discuss military-to-military cooperation and issues creating friction between the two sides over the last few months. Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said the visit was aimed at continuing dialogue with Pakistan on all critical issues. “this is an effort to continue the dialogue we had with Pakistan on a range of issues affecting the US Pakistani relationship,” he said while talking to reporters in
an off-camera chat. He, however, reiterated that no agreement had been reached yet on the ground supply routes from Pakistan. “Without getting into specifics of our discussion with Pakistan, I think there is reason for optimism here. We are reaching a point in our relationship with Pakistan that suggests that things are settling down a bit,” he remarked. George Little was quick to point out though that some of the issues were still unresolved. “I am not saying that all the issues are behind us, some of the issues are out there, but important thing is we continue to talk with Pakistan on ground supply routes and a range of other issues related to the bilateral defense relationship,” he said. Expressing hope for a positive outcome, he said
nAB asked to act against corrupt civilian, military officials ISLAMABAD OnlinE
the National Assembly’s Standing Committee for Railways has asked the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to take stern action against corrupt individuals responsible for the crisis facing Pakistan Railways. A meeting of the standing committee was held in the Parliament House on thursday under the chairmanship of Ayaz Sadiq. the meeting was attended by its members from the Ministry of Railways and the high-ups of NAB. During the meeting, the standing committee asked NAB to take action against corrupt officials, without distinguishing between civilian and military officers. the committee chairman said that NAB arrests only the civilians and does not act against the men in uniform,
adding that such double standards should be eliminated. He further alleged that three retired army generals – General (r) Javed Ashraf Qazi, General (r) Saeed Zafar and General (r) Butt – had been involved in illegal activities at Royal Palm Club. He added that investigations were being carried out against an army brigadier. He said that General (r) Javed Ashraf Qazi, during his stint as Railways’ minister, had imported 69 locomotives along with spare parts from China, adding that 80 percent of those spare parts went out of order by 2009 because they had not been brought into use, resulting in the purchase of more spare parts at a cost 500 times higher than the price of engines. All this caused a loss of Rs 1.8 billion to Pakistan Railways, he said. the standing committee also praised NAB’s performance in investigating cases of monetary corruption.
Abbottabad Commission fails Continued FRom page 18
the questionnaire had suggested that the US spies could not have dared to move freely in Pakistan had PM Gilani acted on the advice of the Pakistan Army and the ISI and refrained from issuing visas to thousands of officials of private US security and intelligence agencies. the commission has already completed its process and it has inspected the place of the incident while views of experts and statements of various officials involved with
the investigation have already been received.the commission has recorded statements of the heads of military and civil intelligence agencies, Director General Military Operations, former ambassador of Pakistan to Washington, present and former foreign ministers and foreign secretaries, and the family members of Osama bin Laden and other people killed in the operation. the commission has also held interactions with some politicians who had provided the commission some useful material.
PTI, JI to jointly pressurise govt LAHORE OnlinE
the Pakistan tehreek-e-Insaaf and the Jamaat-e-Islamai on thursday agreed to build pressure on the government. In a joint press conference after a meeting of PtI Chairman Imran Khan and JI Amer Munawar Hassan, both leaders said they discussed minimum agenda on which the parties already agreed. Both leaders expressed the resolve to protect the Supreme
Court of Pakistan. they said they were worried that the government and corrupt elements might harm the apex court like they did a few days ago, referring to Malik Riaz-Arsalan Iftikhar case. the PtI chairman dispelled any possibility to form an alliance with the forces of status quo sitting in parliament. However, he avoided to comment on whether both the parties were going to make an alliance in the next general election.\ He said he didn’t see general elec-
tion taking place in the near future, however, he considered new polls the only way of getting rid of the crises gripping the country. Munwwar Hassan and Imran Khan demanded that a list of those killed in the US drone attacks be published, besides demanding a halt to the attacks.Both leaders agreed that there should be no role of armed forces in forming a government in the country. Hassan said that both the JI and PtI were already united on some issues.
Pakistan and US were moving towards a more routine system of dialogue. “I think, the basis for some kind of an agreement on the GLOCs is there and is real and we hope that we reach a resolution on it. It has been over seven months, and we obviously want to get through this issue and be able to use ground supply routes in Afghanistan,” he pointed out. He vehemently denied reports that Gen Allen’s visit to Islamabad was a “last ditch effort” to resolve ties with Pakistan. “We are not viewing our ongoing discussions with the Pakistanis as last ditch efforts. We are committed to continuing discussions with Pakistan not only on supply routes but on a broad range of issues,” he argued. Responding to another question
regarding attack by ttP militants in Dir that killed 13 Pakistani soldiers, he regretted the incident. “We deplore any attack on our Pakistani partners. the ttP poses a threat to both Pakistan and to the United States,” he said. “We take aggressive action against terrorists on the Afghan side of the border. We will continue to do so. Whether it is the Haqqani network or the ttP, whether it is al Qaeda, we will take decisive action on the Afghan side of the border,” he assured. “It is important for the United States and Pakistan to work closely with each other on issue of insurgents that cross the border and that is what we have called for in recent weeks with respect to safe havens in Pakistan,” Little recalled.
No ‘slanging match’ with Pakistan: Krishna NEW DELHI: Refusing to debate the issue of 26/11 suspect Abu Jundal Hamza with PM’s Adviser on Interior Rehman Malik, Indian External Affairs Minister SM Krishna has said that India does not want to get into “any kind of slanging match” with Pakistani dignitaries. “We do not want to get into any kind of a slanging match with any distinguished persons from Pakistan,” Press trust of India quoted Krishna as telling reporters on the sidelines of an event to attract investments into Afghanistan. Krishna was asked for his reaction on Malik’s rejection of Indian Home Minister P Chidambaram’s claim on “state support” to the terrorists involved in the 2008 Mumbai attack. OnLIne
lhc grants bail to Shahabuddin until July 3 RAWALPINDI: the Lahore High Court (LHC) Rawalpindi bench on thursday granted interim bail to former federal minister for health Makhdoom Shahabuddin until July 3 in the ephedrine quota case. A two-member LHC bench of Justice Aijaz Ahmed and Justice Ali Baqir Najfi heard the bail plea of Makhdoom Shahab. the petitioner was of the view that it was the health DG not the minister who had the power to sanction the chemical quota, adding that he had not been named in the case. He asserted that a conspiracy was being hatched to block his way to become the PM, accordingly, his plea should be granted. Granting him interim bail until July 3, the court ordered him to submit surety bonds worth Rs 100,000. OnLIne
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It takes a silver bullet to kill anti-Taliban peace lashkar chief g
bazidkhel Qaumi lashkar leader Faheem-ur-Rehman had already survived 7 attempts at his life PESHAWAR
ESHAWAR and its outskirts saw widespread unrest as the news of assassination of chief of a pro-peace lashkar, Bazidkhel Qaumi Lashkar, Faheem-urRehman, and three of his associates, under mysterious circumstances spread out and wide on thursday. the bullet-ridden dead bodies of Faheem and his friends, Altaf Bacha, Haji Niaz Muhammad and Rahim Lala, were found in a white coloured Prado on Ring Road near Dalazak Road Chowk in the outskirts of Peshawar on Wednesday morning around 7 am. Police officials claim that they were shot around 10-12 hours earlier. they also say that they were murdered at some other place and their bodies were shifted to this place later on. Police authorities have confirmed that two police officials were missing who
were accompanying Faheem and his associates who were on a journey from Peshawar either to Islamabad or thandyani, a tourist destination in Abbottabad. But through some highly placed sources, Pakistan today has come to know that they made it neither to Islamabad nor thandyani. they were instead picked up by some unknown persons in between Peshawar and Nowshehra. Faheem, who has been a staunch supporter of peace, was no stranger to attempts at his life. He had already thwarted at least seven attempts on his life, the last being on June 12 in which two police guards were killed. the whole episode smells of something not being right as the news of his death had already reached his native village, Bazidkhel, a small village adjacent to Badhabher town, by midnight while the police came to know about it almost seven hours later. What is even more astonishing is the fact that the vehicle in which their bodies were found was parked opposite to a police
check post on the Ring Road, one of the busiest roads of the city. His relatives have confirmed that Faheem’s and his aides’ contact with them terminated when they left Peshawar. the higher-ups are not divulging in providing any information as to the circumstances leading to their deaths or who they suspect were involved in this heinous act. Still, many believe that it could be the work of someone close to him, someone they could trust enough to go with them without any struggle. In the last five years, militants from both banned Lashkar-e-Islam and tehreek-etaliban Dara Adam Khel chapter had failed in all seven attempts, including three suicide attacks, against him. Only the people known to him well could have done so in the wellprotected areas of Peshawar. Forensic and police experts say that Faheem and his aides were brutally tortured by the kidnappers. the experts be-
Katju’s crisp riposte to Haider g
indian judge, Pakistani senator battle it out in the blogosphere LAHORE STaff rEPOrT
Justice Markandey Katju’s opinion piece in The Hindu on issues of jurisprudence and Pakistan’s judiciary on June 21 and the subsequent blogs that he wrote at various Pakistani sites have stirred up quite a storm, inspiring many a comment in defence of the chief justice and Pakistani judiciary. The original piece was titled, ‘Pakistani Supreme Court has gone overboard’, and it contained a dissection of the Supreme Court verdict in the contempt of court case, concluding that ‘the Pakistani Supreme Court has flouted all cannons of jurisprudence’. His subsequent blog in a Pakistani newspaper under the heading ‘Judicial responsibility and organs of state’ not just further elucidated his views on the jurisprudential issues. Senator Iqbal Haider’s counter in another English newspaper under the title, ‘Has SC really gone overboard in Gilani case’ has drawn one final response from Justice Katju. This is what Senator Haider had to say: “The latest judgment by the Supreme Court to disqualify Mr Yusuf Raza Gilani under Article 63 (i)(g) has attracted a lot of controversy and some severe and unjust criticism… where many argue an elected prime minister could only be removed by a vote of no confidence in Parliament and not by any order of the Supreme Court. “…They are unabashedly accusing the present Supreme Court for the acts of former judges who were used by dictators and governments and who never exercised any independence. “…They are mainly using an opinionated article by a former Indian judge, who happens to be a friend of mine and has my greatest respect, but unfortunately is not well informed about the details and merits of the Gilani case. This campaign is highly
derogatory and looks to be well coordinated because some vested interests feel threatened by the independence and the uprightness of the chief justice and the court he leads, despite the nefarious conspiracy that was recently unleashed against him but died its premature death as it was malicious and a perverted attempt using black money, bribes, criminal intent and coercion.” Here is how Justice Katju, a former judge of India’s Supreme Court with a most distinguished record, responded: “I have already said what I had to say, and I have nothing further to add. “I have read Senator Iqbal Haider’s article and I find that he has not dealt with the issues I raised in my article… and earlier on a blog. And was it fair on his part to call my views opinionated? I could have replied that in fact it is Senator Haider’s view which is opinionated, because he is a practising lawyer and so has to keep the judges happy, but I refuse to go down to that level. “He writes that Mr Gilani [Syed Yousuf Raza] should have appealed to a larger bench of the Supreme Court against his conviction. In my opinion that would have been futile because it seems that all the judges of the Pakistan have become docile before the chief justice, and the proof of that is that there was not a single dissenting opinion of any judge. “Under our common system of justice, the chief justice is only the first among equals, and is not their superior, but it seems that all the Judges in the Pakistan Supreme Court are kowtowing before the chief justice and have become servile before him, otherwise why was there not a single dissenting opinion? “Senator Haider is not correct when he says that Mr Gilani did not take the plea of the president’s immunity. In fact that was his main plea. “However, I am not going to enter into this debate any further because instead of dealing with the jurisprudential issues I have raised, some people are bent upon going onto a personal level by describing my views as ‘opinionated’ etc.”
lieve that Faheem and his associates made hectic efforts to escape and resisted the torture during captivity. Interestingly, police and civilian leaders have kept silent on this incident whereas on second day of Faheem’s death, activists of banned militant Lashkar-eIslam have taken the responsibility of his and his associates’ murder and will release a video of his killing in a couple of days. taking advantage of the situation, militants of the banned outfit have started terrorist activities in Bara Khyber agency. Some experts believe that Faheem was made a “scapegoat” in a tug of war between various law enforcing agencies, engaged in the war on terrorism but who have their own objectives and goals to achieve, some of which don’t necessarily align with that of the other agencies. they safeguard their own interests through chiefs and commanders of traditional tribal peace lashkars and militant groups.
05 Sherry tells US senators apology will help resolve supply lines issue WASHINGTON SPECial COrrESPOndEnT
Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States Sherry Rehman met Senator Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader, in his Chamber Wednesday afternoon and discussed Pakistan-US relations. Senator McConnell was joined in the meeting by Senator Rand Paul. According to the Pakistani embassy here, the Pakistani envoy also met with Senator Risch. “Both sides agreed on the importance of overcoming the current stalemate in the bilateral relationship urgently and to work for robust and even keeled relationship based on mutual respect,” the embassy said. Senator Mitch McConnell and Senator Rand Paul in addition to conveying their concerns over the conviction and continued detention of Dr. Shakeel Afridi, urged Pakistan to open the GLOCs to facilitate supplies to US/ISAF and to take action against Haqqani Network involved in attacking US/ISAF from their sanctuaries on Pakistani territory.
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The railways’ slow death PAGe 06
hASTE MAKES WASTE Two killed as pedestrian bridge collapses g CM takes notice, Rauf Construction Company’s owner Khalid Rauf arrested g
large part of a pedestrian bridge constructed on the Harbanspura Ring Road collapsed on a truck that was passing underneath it, killing two people on thursday. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has taken notice of the incident. the debris destroyed the truck completely. traffic from airport to Harbanspura was suspended. After the accident, rescue teams reached the spot and removed a dead body and a critically injured person after four hours. the driver of the truck, identified as Rana Sajjad from Sargodha, passed away on the spot while the seriously injured passenger passed away on the way to the hospital. Lahore commissioner Javaid Rafiq Butt, police and other law enforcement agencies reached the incident site. Meanwhile, the CM ordered immediate enquiry into the matter and also ordered that a report be presented to him within that day. He con-
stituted an investigating team comprising chairman of MIt, C&W secretary, chief engineer south and dean of UEt. “Strict action will be taken against those responsible for this accident,” the CM said while talking to the reporters at the incident site. Police arrested the owner of Rauf Construction Company, Khalid Rauf, on direction of the chief minister. Shadman Police handed Rauf over to the Anti-Corruption Cell where he will be investigated further. Investigations are underway regarding usage of substandard construction material in making of the bridge, police sources said. INITIAL REPORT: Initial reports by the investigation team revealed that the pedestrian bridge was constructed in haste and with low quality, substandard material. the welding and the bolts were also weak which led to the collapse of the bridge. the team also raised questions regarding the quality of the other projects undertaken by the said company.
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Stop the drama, Parliament is the mama: badar LAHORE aPP
Pakistan People’s Party Central Secretary General Jahangir Badar said the parliament was the mother of all institutions and there was no concept of democracy without the parliament. talking to People’s Labour Bureau workers on thursday, he said the PPP deserved credit for ensuring the supremacy of the parliament by restoring the constitution in its real form. He said the parliament was free and playing its role in determining the foreign policy. He said the democratic powers in the country were united and tackling the conspiracies hatched against democracy and the democratic process. Badar said the PPP was leading the country on the road to progress under the leadership of President Zardari. He hoped the PPP will win the next elections with a prominent margin to form the next government.
Governor’s house prepares for Pm’s arrival
Public hospitals will not lay out the red carpet for VIPs PmA calls for cm’s involvement in initiative for ending ViP treatment, demands acceptance of doctor’s demands as ydA continues strike g
HE Pakistan Medical Association has announced that privileged patients will no longer receive vIP treatment in the private wards of the public hospitals. the association also demanded the Punjab Chief Minister to get personally involved in the negotiations in this regard and to accept the genuine demands of the doctors’ community. the PMA also warned the government against any vindictive action taken against the doctors by the government, saying the PMA will oppose any such actions at all forums. It also announced to hold protests at the press clubs of all the districts of Punjab and said a provincial convention of the association is also being called in which all the associations of the doctors will be invited. the PMA also condemned the bureaucracy for presenting false figures in the media regarding the doctors’ salaries. the association’s doctors said the PMA had always played its role in resolving issues but that the bureaucrats were deliberately making
their attempts fail. they said the draft of the service structure had been made by the PMA, YDA and MtA collectively and that the responsibility of the strike lay with the provincial health department, who instead of seriously negotiating the issues, were only trying to complicate the situation. the doctors added that the bureaucracy had presented false figures regarding the financial impact of the demands of the doctors. they also condemned the character assassination campaign held against the doctors’ community by the provincial health department. the doctors who participated in the meeting included Society of Surgeons General Secretary Prof Hammad Naeem Rana, MtA President Prof tehsin Sahi, MtA General Secretary Dr Moazam Naqvi, Academy of Family Physicians President Dr Mian tariq Mahmood, Family Physicians President Dr Aftab Iqbal, Dr Khyzar Gondal, Dr tariq Rehmani, Rana Sohail, PMA President Dr Ashraf Nizami, PMA Joint Secretary Dr Salman Kazmi. Meanwhile, YDA continued its strike on the 11th day, causing hardship to the patients.
Shalimar Garden, lahore Fort not in danger anymore
Newly elected Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf will arrive on Friday on his maiden, two-day visit to the city. During his stay at the Governor’s House, he will meet with members of the assembly and office bearers and will listen to their problems and work out a strategy to strengthen the party’s presence in Punjab. the PM will also address a meeting of the MPAs from Punjab assembly and will chair two different meetings. All the final arrangements have been completed for the PM’s arrival at the Governor’s House.
hajj training starts from monday LAHORE OnlinE
the training of the pilgrims intending to go on Hajj under the government scheme, will start from Monday, followed by a training programme for group leaders on 30th June, at the Haji Camp. Hajj Director Saeed Ahmed Malik said the Hajj training programmes in 25 cities of Punjab will be held under the supervision of the Hajj Directorate in Lahore. He also advised the intending pilgrims to attend the training programmes and start learning the rituals for Hajj to perform these rites accurately. the trainings will be held on 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 10th, 12th, 13th, 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th July across Punjab.
LAHORE: Residents of Mushtaq Colony, Shah Jahan Park Pakistan Mint held a protest demonstration against Water and Sanitation Authority for depriving them of their share of drinking water and supplying it to a private housing society instead for bribery. they claimed that the tube well was installed for their colony but instead it was supplying water to the private housing society that was bribing the WASA staff to ensure its water supply, which is short due to power outages. “We have visited the SDO but to no avail. Every day we are told that an action would be taken but nothing is done,” said Nasir Akram, a resident of the locality, adding “I have to walk a long distance every day in the heat to get water for my family and so does every one in the locality. We are being treated unfairly.” they requested Chief Minster Shahbaz Sharif to take notice of WASA’s incompetence. STaff rEPOrT
the UNESCO World Heritage Committee has recognised the success of Pakistan, along with Philippines, in improving the conservation of sites that had been inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger. the sites in Pakistan included the Lahore Fort and the Shalimar Gardens. the committee observed that successful measures had been taken to remove the threat to the brilliant palaces, mosques and gardens of Lahore. It inscribed this outstanding testimony of Mughal civilisation on the World Heritage List in 1981. Problems, including urban encroachment, had warranted the inscription of the site on the World Heritage List in Danger in 2000, at the request of the Pakistani government. the committee noted that many of the site’s monuments have since been restored. Better drainage and planning have also improved the preservation of the site’s external walls and solved problems of dampness. the List of World Heritage in Danger is designed to inform the international community of threats to the outstanding universal values for which a property has been inscribed on the World Heritage List and to encourage corrective action.
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Majeed, who worked for the Railways for over 40 years, visits the station daily only to see more and more trains getting delayed as corruption eats through the strong walls of the station g His friend, Bilal, was the station master on the eve of the Partition
ALKING around the station one day this summer, I met Abdul Majid. He was an old man with hennaed hair and heavy plastic spectacles. He wore a sparkling clean shalwar kameez, and sat on a magnificent throne raised on a mahogany dais above platform 1. Above him was a plaque with the message ‘Our objective- Speed Cum Safety.’ Abdul Majeed told me that he had retired from the Pakistani Railways ten years earlier, but chose to come to the station and sit in the information booth by choice. “I spent forty years in the Railway Department,” repeated Majeed, lowering his face shyly. “I come back to this station because I love these railways of Pakistan- to them I have dedicated my life- and because my colleagues are my best friends.” I remarked to Majeed how many of the older men in the Pakistani railways seemed to regard the running of the railways almost as a sacred duty. “I think we should,” replied Majeed. “I always took my duty as a sacred duty, just like my religious function. I never came to the station without washing myself, just as I prepare for my prayers in the mosque.” I asked him how the railways had changed in the forty years he had been part of them. “Sahib,” said Majeed. “It’s not only the railways. the change is in the general sphere of life.” “In what way?” “In the shape of corruption, in the shape of requirements, in the shape of evils, in the shape of thinkings, in the shape of harassment, in the shape of sabotages. Now the young men are not so dutiful, I think. there has been big change.” “You think corruption has eaten into the railway system?” “Sahib, you can imagine. When I was working as a station master, people used to adjust their watches by the passage of trains. Now we adjust our watches from the public. today there is no punctuality. Yesterday’s train arrives today and today’s train arrives tomorrow. No one thinks to mention it when a train comes in ten or twelve hours late. things are very bad.” Abdul Majeed, it emerged, was born in the half of the Punjab which is now part of India. Expelled from his ancestral village in early September 1947 at Partition, he and his family were made to walk to a refugee camp in the Monsoon rains. there were no facilities for drinking water or for even the most basic sanitation. Soon cholera broke out. “In the camp my mother died at about 14
hours due to cholera,” said Abdul Majeed, eyes still lowered. “the same day my father died at 2 am.” “So you lost both your parents on the same day?” “Yes. We buried our mother that evening, then buried our father on the morning of the 9th of October.” “You had to bury them yourselves?” “Yes we buried them ourselves near a mosque, offering our religious prayers. I was just fifteen years old. the following day we were made to walk to the new place from where we had to catch a train. In the crowd, my younger brother was separated from the rest of us. I never saw him again. In the morning, when the train passed the Beas River I looked down and saw hundreds of corpses scattered in the river bed from point to point, being eaten by crows, dogs and kites, giving bad smell. After many hours we eventually crossed the Pakistan border from Atari at about fifteen hours. We were stunned when people said Pakistan Zindabad [Long Live Pakistan!]. they welcomed us and gave us food and water. We had not eaten for four or five days. then we thought, we are still alive.” the longer I stayed at Lahore, the more I realised quite how cataclysmic Partition must have been. Pakistan’s birth pangs had also been India’s Holocaust. Everyone you met had their story: fiftyyear-old tales of exile, death, massacre and bereavement flowed from their lips as readily as if it were new gossip. the most horrific were told to me by Majeed’s elderly friend, Khawaja Bilal who had had the unenviable job of being the station master of Lahore in 1947. “I have been coming to Lahore Station since I was a student,” Khawajah Bilal told me as we sat on a bench outside what had once been his station master’s office. “Before Partition took place the station was a landmark of beauty. the platforms were clean and the carriages were spotless. the people were calm and quiet. the staffers were well dressed. the uniforms they wore were immaculate. the buttons were polished; the braid was golden and shone under the lights. All that ended with Partition.” “What happened?” I asked. “On the 14th of August I was on duty. We heard an announcement that Partition had taken place. Soon after that the killing started, the slaughter began. Everywhere we looked we saw carnage and destruction of human life. there was no law and order, even when the soldiers came and made a barricade with barbed wire outside the station. Despite their presence, many were being killed on the platforms, on the bridges, in the ticket
halls. there were stabbings, rapes, attempts at arson. I had my charpoy in the station master’s office: I didn’t dare go back to my house. But at night I could not sleep because of the screams and moans of the dying coming from the platform. In the morning, when the light came, bodies would be lying everywhere.” “One morning, I think it was 30th of August, the Bombay Express came in from Delhi via Bhatinda. there were around two thousand people on this train. We found dead bodies in the lavatories, on the seats, under the seats. We checked the whole train, but nobody was alive except one person. there had been a massacre when the train stopped at Bhatinda. the sole survivor told us he had approached the train driver, an Englishman, who gave him refuge. He hid the man in the watertank by the engine. When the Sikhs arrived they could not see him so they went away and he survived. Only one man out of two thousand. After that every train that came from India was attacked. We used to receive one hundred trains a day. there were corpses in every one.” Listening to these horror stories it was clear that for the people of India and Pakistan the horrors of Partition were not just the stuff of history, consigned to the memories of a few old men: for most people they were still livid scars, unhealed wounds which were still poisoning relations between Hindu and Muslim, India and Pakistan, more than half a century later. When Lord John Lawrence broke the earth on the future site of Lahore Railway Station in February 1859, the silver shovel he used bore the Latin motto ‘tam bello quam pace’- better peace than war. the motto was appropriate because the railways did play a vital part in creating a peaceful, united India. the irony was that less than a century later, they were also the instrument that made its irreparable division feasible. the biggest migration in human history was only possible because thousands of people could be moved from one end of the country to another by rail. It was two way traffic, and the slaughter which resulted was on a scale so unimaginable, and the wounds created were so deep, that to this day India and Pakistan are still the most bitter enemies. today the old main line from Lahore to Delhi, once the busiest line in India, is now the hardly used. these days only one train a week passes from Lahore Station down the line to Pakistan- and that is largely empty. Based on the travel writings by William Dalrymple.
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DEADLY SYRIA VIOLENCE, Turkey sends missiles to border DAMASCUS
WIN bombs exploded outside the Palace of Justice in Damascus on thursday as deadly violence raged across the country and turkey deployed missile batteries along its border with Syria. With fighting in the 16-month-old revolt increasingly focusing on the capital, world powers were preparing for a crucial meeting on ways to end the conflict and to discuss a plan by peace envoy Kofi Annan for an interim government. the meeting in Geneva, only agreed after wrangling between Moscow and Washington over the agenda and the guest list, is to be attended by some regional gov-
ernments but not by rival Middle East heavyweights Iran and Saudi Arabia. Russia poured cold water on Saturday’s meeting, with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov saying Moscow backs a political transition in Syria but rejects Western pressure for the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad. three people were wounded when the bombs exploded in the car park outside the court complex in central Damascus, state media reported. A police source told AFP that two magnetic bombs exploded in two judges’ cars and that a third was being defused. State television showed footage of heavy smoke rising from the site as firefighters battled the flames. Elsewhere, violence killed at least 69 people, including 38 civilians, on thursday after one of the
bloodiest days of the 15-month revolt left nearly 150 dead, a watchdog said. Eighteen civilians were killed in the northern Damascus suburb of Douma when troops surrounded it and clashed with rebel fighters, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, adding that 12 were from the same family. thursday’s death toll also included 23 soldiers and eight rebels, said the watchdog, adding that that regime forces, backed by helicopters, pounded several areas of the eastern city of Deir Ezzor. Of the more than 15,804 people killed since the uprising against Assad’s rule broke out in March last year, nearly 4,700 have died since April 12, when a UNbacked ceasefire was supposed to have taken effect, the Observatory says. On Wednesday at least 149 people were killed – one of the bloodiest day of the conflict – said the Observatory. turkey, meanwhile, has sent missile batteries, tanks and troops to the border with Syria as a “security corridor,” after Syrian shot down a turkish military jet last on Friday, media reports said. there was no official confirmation, but state-run tRt television showed dozens of
military vehicles loaded with army personnel reportedly on the move for the volatile border, in a convoy that included low-altitude air defence systems and anti-aircraft guns. About 30 military vehicles accompanied by a truck towing missile batteries left a base in the southeastern province of Hatay for the border, about 50 kilometres (30 miles) away, the Milliyet newspaper reported. the turkish Phantom F-4 jet was downed by Syrian fire over the eastern Mediterranean in what Prime Minister Recep tayyip Erdogan said was a “heinous attack” in international waters. Diplomats
at the United Nations revealed on Wednesday that Annan is proposing setting up a Syrian transitional government to include representatives of both sides in the conflict. the proposed interim authority would exclude officials whose presence might jeopardise the transition “or undermine efforts to bring reconciliation,” according to a summary given by one UN diplomat. “the language of Annan’s plan suggests that Assad could be excluded but also that certain opposition figures could be ruled out,” said another UN diplomat.
Putin tells russia to be ready for economic crisis MOSCOW afP
WaShinGTOn: Supporters of uS President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare legislation celebrate after the uS Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the affordable healthcare act, outside the Supreme Court on Thursday. AFP
british police serve extradition notice on Assange LONDON
ChInA vows To oPPose MILITAry ProvoCATIon BEIJING
British police on thursday served an extradition notice on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has taken refuge in Ecuador’s embassy in London requesting aslyum. Scotland Yard said they had served a “surrender notice” on the 40year-old Australian requiring him to attend a police station, adding that failure to do so would make him further liable to arrest. Assange faces extradition to Sweden over sex crime allegations, having exhausted his options under British law when the Supreme Court overturned his appeal against extradition earlier this month. Fearing Stockholm would pass him on to the United States, he sought refuge at Ecuador’s embassy in London on June 19, asking the South American country for political asylum. Scotland Yard has “served a surrender notice upon a 40-year-old man that requires him to attend a police station at date and time of our choosing,” a spokeskan said. “this is standard practice in extradition cases and is the first step in the removal process. “He remains in breach of his bail conditions. Failing to surrender would be a further breach of conditions and he is liable to arrest.” It is understood that officers from Scotland Yard’s extradition unit delivered a note to the embassy saying Assange has to present himself to a nearby police station at 11:30am (1030 GMt) Friday, the domestic Press Association news agency said.
China on thursday said it would resolutely oppose any military provocation in its territorial waters, remarks which appeared to be directed at the United States, vietnam and the Philippines. China’s military has established routine naval patrols in the South China Sea, “indisputable territory” of the nation and a matter of “national sovereignty,” defence ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng said. “We will resolutely oppose any military provocations,” Geng said in statements posted on his ministry’s website. “the determination and will of China’s military to safeguard national sovereignty
and territorial integrity is unwavering.” Geng’s remarks came as the United States launched the largest-ever “Rim of the Pacific” naval exercises in Hawaii, involving 22 nations, including the US, India, Russia, Australia and the Philippines. China was not invited to participate or observe the exercises. tensions in the South China Sea have intensified recently with vietnam and the Philippines both accusing China of increasingly flexing its military muscle in the region, despite a pledge from all claimants to avoid actions that could further stoke tensions. Both the Philippines and vietnam have also sought to shore up relations with the United States to counter China’s increasingly vocal assertions over the region that also includes key international shipping routes.
President vladimir Putin on thursday ordered his government to put aside billions of dollars in next year’s budget to protect the country’s vulnerable economy in case of a new economic crisis. Putin, who has in recent months faced unprecedented street protests against his rule, said Russia’s main priority was to ensure economic stability despite its dangerous dependence on energy exports. “We must take into account any scenarios for the world and Russian economies and have the instruments and possibilities to react,” he told the government and members of parliament in an unusually stark warning of danger. “therefore I ask you to put into the coming year’s budget enough reserves to realise anti-crisis measures, if, of course, the need arises,” he said in comments published on the Kremlin website. Putin did not give figures but Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said the government would already in 2012 have the right to spend 200 billion rubles ($6 billion) on anti-crisis measures. Siluanov had told Financial times earlier this month that Russia was ready to build up a chest of $40 billion in the next years to combat the effects of an economic crisis as Moscow nervously eyes developments in the eurozone. Putin admitted that the government’s highcost programme of improving infrastructure in Russia, modernising social services and reforming the military now needed to be implemented in “complicated conditions”. “the world economy is going through a period of turbulence and we need to be ready for any crisis,” he told the meeting on Russia’s budget policy to 2015. “Our main task is to preserve stability of the macroeconomy and the budget. It’s clear that the main risk is the high dependency on the fluctuations on global energy markets.” Economic Development Minister Andrei Belousov said that in the first quarter this year Russia enjoyed growth of 4.9 percent and growth was seen to be 4.0 percent in the second.
Floods kill 27, displace 900,000 in northeast India MAYONg: A villager moves his belongings on a banana raft from his half submerged house in flood waters at the flood affected area at Mayong village in Morigoan district, some 80 kms from guwahati, on Thursday. AFP
At least 27 people have died and 900,000 others have been forced to leave their homes as monsoon rains swamp wide areas of the northeastern Indian state of Assam, officials said on thursday. A state government spokesman said 21 of Assam’s 27 districts were hit by flash floods which began last weekend as the rains lashed the tea and oil-rich Indian state. “So far, 27 people have died in separate incidents including five who were killed when their boat sank,” Assam Agriculture Minister Nilamoni Sen Deka told AFP in Guwahati, the state’s largest city. He also said the Brahmaputra river was overflowing its banks in many places.
Deka said an estimated 900,000 people had been displaced from their homes due to the flooding. “Most of the displaced people have been forced to take shelter on raised platforms and in tarpaulin tents,” Deka added. “All major rivers are running menacingly high with breaches reported in many places,” added Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma as rescuers set up 1,500 temporary shelters for people stranded. In nearby Bangladesh, the death toll from a series of flash floods and landslides rose above 100 on thursday. the annual monsoon, crucial to India’s food production and economic growth, arrived over the tropical country earlier in the month. Indian agriculture gets 60 percent of its precipitation from the rains and a bad monsoon can spell financial disaster for the country’s 235 million farmers.
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Friday, 29 June, 2012
Double standards much? Say no to anti-Semitism, but islamophobia is fine…
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coming in from the cold Pakistan needs a policy change pronto
By Dr James J Zogby
akistan has painted itself into a corner for too long. It has to come in from the cold now. the policy towards terrorism requires a radical change to preserve whatever is left and to improve the image of the country. that the world has developed a zero tolerance for terrorism should be clear from the way the Saudi authorities arrested Zabiuddin alias Abu Jundal and extradited him to India. the knee jerk reaction to reject any information regarding terrorist activities coming from New Delhi as antiPakistan propaganda has to be avoided. Rehman Malik needs to look at whatever evidence is sent after the completion of Zabiuddin’s interrogation. Maybe it can help in reaching the masterminds of the Mumbai terrorist attack. A persistent state of denial would lead to the perception that the government is hesitant to identify them. On India’s part, Home Minister Chidambram should keep his impatience under control and let the interrogation be competed and collated with other relevant data before claiming that some state actors from Pakistan were behind the Mumbai attacks. Pakistan should seize on any opportunity that brings it back into the loop vis-à-vis talks on Afghanistan. Kabul’s new envoy for peace Salahudin Rabbani has urged Islamabad to help revitalise talks with the taliban. He has conceded that Pakistan alone has the clout to help kickstart the peace move. there is a need to hold in-depth talks with the new chairman of the Afghan High Peace Council when he comes to Islamabad. Pakistan has to work devotedly and sincerely for the restoration of peace and security in Afghanistan as its own peace and security, and to a considerable extent the future of its economy, depend on it. Karzai should meanwhile rein in those in Kabul who are bent upon marring relations between the neighbours through irresponsible statements. Unless Pakistan and US jointly find a way out of the present state of confrontation, both will be losers in human and material terms. An apology from Washington has to be worked out to allay sentiments in Pakistan. this should be followed by opening of the Nato routes. the two countries also need to join hands to bring the menace of extremism and militancy under control. Pakistan needs Washington’s help to eliminate the ttP elements operating from Afghanistan. Washington requires Pakistan’s support to get rid of the Haqqani network. Both goals can be achieved through cooperation between the US and Pakistan.
By Mubasher Lucman
alph Nader is without a doubt one of truly transformational figures in contemporary American history. We drink cleaner water, breathe purer air, drive safer cars, and are better protected at work and at play, because of the movement he led. Ever the innovator, Ralph has taken on a new challenge: to force open discussion about topics that had previously been considered “off-limits” by “main-stream media, legislative bodies or the electoral arena”. His project, called “Debating taboos” sponsors televised debates bringing these controversial issues into the public square. this past week, I participated in one of these, on the topic—”Is there a double standard in the response to anti-Semitism against Arab Americans compared with the response to anti-Semitism against Jewish Americans?” Some who had been invited to participate in the discussion declined. they acknowledged that “anti-Arabism” and Islamophobia are a problem but dismissed Nader’s formulation of the topic as “utterly misconceived”, “misleading and even tendentious”. they argued that the word “anti-Semitism” can refer only to Jews. In reality, however, Nader has a point since historically the animus that has inspired bigotry directed against Arabs and Muslims, on the one side, and Jews, on the other, has been cut out of the same cloth. It was a largely Western phenomenon that emerged in full force with the emergence of the modern state system in Europe and was directed against two Semitic peoples - one which the West found living within its midst and which it identified as an internal threat; and the other which the West confronted as an external challenge, but which it similarly defined as a threat. As a result, both groups suffered a history of vilification and dehumanisation enduring persistent and systematic
campaigns of intense violence. Jews were segregated, tormented, targeted, and forced to endure repeated pogroms, leading to the horrors of the Holocaust. the dehumanisation campaigns against Arabs, on the other hand, were used to justify imperial conquest, the colonisation of Arab lands, and efforts to eradicate their identity in the Maghreb and their dismemberment and dispersal in the Levant. three decades ago, I collaborated in a study of political cartoons and other forms of popular culture - comparing the depiction of Jews in tsarist Russia and pre-Nazi Germany with those of Arabs in the US in the 70’s and 80’s. In both content and form, the treatments given to each of the two groups were virtually identical. the two most prevalent German and Russian depictions of Jews paralleled the two most common images of Arabs projected in US cartoons. the fat grotesque Jewish banker or merchant found its counterpart in the obese oil sheikh, while the image of the Jewish anarchist, communist, subversive terrorist, morphed into the Arab and now Muslim terrorist. they differed only in attire. Both were seen as alien and hostile. they were accused of not sharing Western values, being prone to violent conspiracies, being lecherous usurpers of “our” wealth - and therefore threats to Western civilisation. to Nader’s point - it is a sad but true fact that while it has become unacceptable to publicly express or manifest bigotry against Jews, anti-Semitism against Arabs - and increasingly, by extension, against Muslims - remains a part of our popular culture and our political discourse. For several reasons, this type of bigotry against Jews has become unacceptable. For one, the collective memory the horror of the Holocaust looms large. then there is the fact that we have developed a familiarity with the rich diversity within the Jewish community and are aware of the many contributions Jews have made to our common heritage. Images of Jews of all types are present in our popular culture. Finally, there is the reality that Jewish community organisations with many allies across the ethnic, religious, and political spectrum have made it clear that there is a price to pay for public manifestations of bigotry. (It has not gone away, to be sure. Rather, its proponents have become marginalised and gone underground). Arabs and Muslims, on the other hand, are still portrayed as more violent, less humane, not sharing our values, less rational, more prone to anger, and less trustworthy than the rest of us. And
these notions are fuelled on a daily basis by our popular and political cultures. Hollywood, in particular, has an Arab and Muslim problem with negative stereotypes abounding. But our political culture is no better. For more than a decade now, some political leaders have been engaged in poisonous discourse targeting Arabs and Muslims - culminating in recent years in the mass movement to block the building of an Islamic Community Centre in lower Manhattan, a rash of referenda and legislation to block the imposition of Sharia law in over two dozen states, and declarations by presidential candidates insisting that Muslims would have to take special loyalty oaths before allowing them into public service. And it has been revealed that many in our military and law enforcement agencies have received deeply flawed and biased training about Arabs and Muslims. And while this hate has had devastating consequences for Arabs and Muslims - in crimes against their persons and rights, discrimination, and profiling - the purveyors of the hate have received nary a slap on the wrist. Racist books like Raphael Patai’s “The Arab Mind” continued to be used to train our military through the end of the Iraq war. Hate-mongers like Michael Savage and Ann Coulter remain on the air and retain cult-like followings. Obsessed anti-Arab and anti-Muslim writers and bloggers are quoted by presidential candidates, law enforcement agencies, and hate criminals, alike. And it is clear that there is a double standard at work in all of this. Ask yourself what the reaction would be if Arab Americans wrote books about Jews like those written by David Horowitz, Daniel Pipes, and Robert Spenser - what would we call them? What would the reaction be if Herman Cain had suggested that American Jews or Mormons or any other religious group be required to take a loyalty oath before serving in government? And what if an Arab billionaire made and distributed millions of copies of movies charging that there was a massive and violent Jewish conspiracy to take over the West, would presidential candidates be lining their campaign coffers with his millions as they are with Sheldon Adelson? the bottom line is that Nader is right to have encouraged this debate because there is a shameful double standard and it must end. And the sooner Americans address this problem and correct it, the better our country will be. The writer is President of the ArabAmerican Institute.
I am still around The other side of the story
esterday, I gave the news. today, I am the news. What a transition. Interestingly, a couple of months back I had written a column about unethical reporting on social media. Little could I imagine that soon I would be its most celebrated victim and that the mainstream media would jump in and join the bandwagon in haste. What happened in the infamous Malik Riaz interview is now common knowledge and I guess millions have seen the video and commented on it. Millions may have seen it but I have not. that’s right. For the last two weeks or so, I have not seen the television nor read any newspapers out of serious depression. I even stayed away from the social media except for on a few occasions. I do however get frequent reminders by friends and family who tell me what’s on. the best comment that came out was on a facebook page when a young lady from USA commented, “I can’t imagine all those who voted for our corrupt politicians to shout them-
selves hoarse and point out to a television show in mock horror whence they themselves have voted in the biggest corruption ever….” Maybe it is not a fair comment but it does give me some respite in a jungle of hateful and abusive remarks. Sadly all those so called sensible journalists that teach us ethics of journalism on television never even once asked for my point of view, or my side of the story. So much for impartiality and fairness. I did give my own version on the same medium as I felt that I owed it to my children, family and most specially my viewers who have been loyal to me over the years. they tell me each setback makes you a better man. I am not sure if one wants to be a great man at this cost? Something that disturbs me is how the on-screen and off-screen tapes were edited and combined to give a false impression about what transpired. Obviously, it does not matter now as some have made up their minds, while
others may not appreciate the fine difference. Moreover, another thing that baffles me was the barrage of articles and comments praising a thief who stole the footage to upload it on Youtube. I respect the great cause but how in the world can anyone justify theft for any reason whatsoever. So much for our broadsheet ethics. Sadly, I still belong to the school of thought which does not allow me to condone robbers and thieves. When I uploaded my version on Youtube, I did ask some probing questions of my peers. to date, no one has answered them or taken up my challenge. What some television anchors made out to look like crafted chatter off-the-screen is nothing compared to what actually transpires in their own shows. Any journalist who has spent a few years in the field will vouch for the fact that this is neither out-of-the-ordinary or unethical. Sadly, the biggest scoop of the day was made to look like the greatest scam of the year. Quotes were edited to give false im-
pressions; a harmless phone call was made to appear as dictation by the federal government whilst a detailed text message by someone in the opposition was forgotten as a child’s remark, for that suited them. What actually transpired that day is a story that I shall definitely tell but before that I must ruefully explain how my children were harassed in shopping centres, my friends laughed at and my viewers made to duck in shame and, for a while, it seemed the entire world would collapse. If it were not for faith in God, my loved ones and my special friends who came in large numbers and provided me with strength and support, I would never have been able to rise above the state I was forced into. I still believe that the issue was blown unfairly out of proportion and that my own colleagues went around in circles, not being able to decide where to begin. I am not passing on the buck as none of that matters to me now but it left some deep scars to serve as a painful re-
minder for years to come. In hindsight, some great things happened. I must confess having been robbed off the status of a solo anchor actually saved me for my cohost of the day and I never got along. Heaven forbid, if I had been alone, I am sure I would have been at ease and comfort and then there would have been no respite for me whatsoever. A harmless joke on the day comes back to haunt me as some took it very seriously. On the fateful day, nothing went right for me. A small car accident, a ticket on the motorway, losing some neck ties and then boardroom arguments that turned unpleasant and so much more. However, before I tell my version of the infamous Malik Riaz interview, I just wish to remind those so-called honourable newspapers that published front-page news that I had run away from the country that they were wrong in their reporting: I am still around. (Part 1 of a series of articles)
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Split loyalties No political party, including members of parliament, have a license to compromise state sovereignty just to keep their numbers intact by allowing individuals who have renounced their loyalties to Pakistan and signed an oath pledging all their loyalty to another state to hold public office. As it is, this powerful lobby discriminates against those citizens holding just a Pakistani nationality for promotions and foreign postings. All our political parties, which include PPP, PML(N), PtI, PML(Q), MQM, JUI(F) and ANP who intend to amend, or support such a move, are guilty of denting our sovereignty. Such individuals for whatever reasons they may have, cannot and should never be allowed to hold any public office, whether elected or paid. Let these individuals desirous of holding public offices renounce their pledges and sign a fresh oath of loyalty to Pakistan, overriding any other pledge that they may have undertaken, prior to being eligible to hold any public office of significance. these sensitive services include all those regular employments which are considered essential services, or are liable to be declared as such, which include service in law enforcement, judiciary, armed forces, civil servants, foreign service, national airline, NADRA, State Bank etc. We cannot allow Quaid’s Pakistan to become a Banana Republic, where such men plunder or conspire against the state and then depart with their loot, evading any accountability. If Pakistan wants to be an independent, self-respecting sovereign state, it should never allow men with split loyalties, with no stakes to decide the fate of our motherland. Any such move is tantamount to making Pakistan a slave to direct foreign influence through men who have pledged their allegiance to a foreign state. It is against the basic foundations of our constitution. ANEELA CHANDIO Sukkur
doctors on strike this is apropos of the news item about the strike of Young Doctors in Punjab and the deadlock in negotiations between the government and Young Doctors Association (June 27). It is very unfortunate that people from this respected profession are protesting for their demands. there is a close relation between rights and duties. Doctors must demand what is possible instead of simply putting forward a long list of “unrealistic demands”. they have already been provided certain incentives by Punjab Government last year. the worst thing is that the medical superintendents of public sector hospitals have failed to safeguard the rights of poor patients coming from far-flung areas who were denied treatment in these public sector hospitals for the last 10 days or so.
why the silence? this letter is with reference to beheading of security personnel by tehreek-e-taliban Pakistan (ttP). this is not the first incident of this nature committed by the taliban rather they have committed this savagery several times before. the most despicable part of this event is that the taliban not only owned up to the beheading but also invited the media to see and broadcast their perverted philosophy to the world. there is no denying the fact that it is a criminal and savage incident and must be condemned by any person who calls himself a human being. But unfortunately, large sections of the political world, the media, the legal community and the ulema have maintained a deafening silence about such actions. the enormity of the crime isn’t adequately conveyed by such terms as ‘war crimes’ or ‘human rights violations’. there is a dire need to pay attention to the rising acts of taliban savagery and they need to be condemned by all factions of society. Letting the taliban’s cruelty be lost in the din of Pakistan’s recurring political crises would be disastrous. Staying mum and silent on these inhumane acts is nothing but a greater source of shame, which should be changed if one is to recognise the harsh reality of militancy in the country. A’AYAN HUSSAIN Rawalpindi (II) After a spectacular display of judicial activism by the Pakistani Supreme Court during last few weeks, we witnessed an outstanding act of journalistic activism on June 25. that afternoon, all of a sudden all tv channels were in the grip of only one breaking news that President Zardari has commuted the death sentence of an Indian spy Sarabjit Singh who was
I am of the considered opinion that government should treat all their employees in a similar manner across the board. Doctors are not the only professionals affected by inflation. Pharmacists, statistical officers, health educators, psychologists etc are equally affected. Why is the government then only looking to cut a deal with the doctors only? these “young doctors” are playing into the hands of a few senior doctors who want to blackmail the government through these tactics. It is fact that this strike is putting the rights of vulnerable patients at stake. the medical profession is a noble service and the YDA should behave responsibly should make only just and reasonable demands. these health managers of public sector hospitals have failed to safeguard the
earlier convicted in the 1990 bomb blast case. that was enough for the rightwing media mongers and religious parties to create havoc on electronic media. Most of the tv talk shows competed with each other to condemn the president’s humanitarian act to release a prisoner who has already spent 21 years in jail. By late evening, the president’s spokesman clarified that Sarabjit Singh’s sentence had not been commuted but another Indian spy Sarjit singh was being released. Keeping aside the mix-up of the spies’ names which kicked the rightwingers into a frenzy, I have only one question for these religious parties and their media-mongers who must have spent a sleepless night on June 25: why was there was no hue and cry and condemnation when the Swati taliban attacked Pakistani army posts last Sunday in Upper Dir wherein scores of soldiers were killed and injured. Later, the taliban released a video showing the remains of 17 beheaded Pakistani soldiers. Why the religious parties maintained a pin drop silence on the Dir atrocity. What should we call this – hypocrisy, double standards or simply can’t afford to even pay lip service to condemn our own ‘blue-eyed boys’. MASOOD KHAN Saudi Arabia
‘A new judiciary’ A section of the English language press (Pakistan Today of 28-06-2012) has reported a statement of Federal Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira that it is being planned to put in place a new judiciary. He has further said that the parliament was supreme as it had created the constitution and it had the power to create a new one. He conveniently forgets that the 1973 Constitution was created by a constituent assembly while the present assembly is legislative in nature. It can make
rights of the common man. I believe that Medical Superintendents of public sector hospitals being doctor themselves have more sympathy for members of their fraternity rather than for the poor patients. It is also my considered opinion that there can be no improvement in public sector hospitals unless we appoint non-doctors as head of the institutions. A majority of the doctors working at public hospitals also have private practices and some even go to private clinics during their official duty hours because there is no accountability of doctors in the country. Moreover, the government should solve the problems of other professionals of the health department besides doctors. FAROOQ BASHIR BUTT Lahore
amendments but not a new constitution and these amendments would again be subject to judicial review. Perhaps, the PPP wants to have a pliant judiciary and not an independent one. But will the lawyers community and the civil society permit this? DR MUHAMMAD YAQOOB BHATTI Lahore
comedy of errors? On 26th June , news were flashed all over the media that the Aiwan-eSadr had pardoned Sarabjeet Singh and converted his death sentence into life imprisonment. there were celebrations across the border and rightly so. But on 27th June, it was clarified that the orders for the release of Surjit Singh were issued instead. One felt sorry for the family of Sarabjeet Singh . this comedy of errors emanating from the Aiwan-e-Sadr and our irresponsible media is nothing new for us Pakistanis . We have gotten used to such jokes. One would like to know the public at large is taken simply as fools by design or due to incompetence? SALMAN BABAR Lahore
let’s not splurge the Election Commission has announced the new code of conduct for polls in accordance with a Supreme Court judgment that calls for limiting expenses while campaigning by candidates. the notification states that no candidate should exceed the election expenses limit of rupees 1.5 million. this is a step in the right direction by the Election Commission, but the story does not end here. Several other steps need to be taken as well. the issues of dual nationalities, fake degrees, declaration of assets and the like also need to be taken seriously. If the Election Commission is
indeed able to implement these steps, it will be able to make the election process free and fair and that is key for the continuation and strengthening of democracy. TARIQ HUSSAIN KHAN Karachi
The right fuel this is with respect to the recent news in the publications regarding the introduction of the Euro Emission Standards by the government. the fact is that this new policy of the government is not being fully implemented in the country mainly due to the unavailability of Euro IIcompliant fuel in the market. the auto manufacturers are already adopting Euro II standards in all locally produced models. But, what about the commercial vehicles that constitute a huge part of the overall traffic? the commercial vehicles are still not Euro II-compliant because they run on diesel, and the Euro II-compliant diesel is currently not available in the local market. the reason behind this is that oil refineries in the country are not equipped to produce refined diesel. this obviously means that the produced diesel does not meet the Euro II standard. Even though the auto makers may have put catalytic converters in passenger cars, yet the commercial vehicles are still emitting harmful substances, which are polluting the environment. In order to protect the environment from harmful exhaust emissions, the government needs to pay attention towards the availability of Euro IIcompliant diesel in the local market. For that, the oil refineries need to be revisited and outfitted with necessary equipment to produce Euro II Diesel, so that commercial vehicles are also compliant with Euro II standards. ALAMGIR KHAN Karachi
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faces flak for suicide song ‘Princess Die’ MELBOURNE
ADY Gaga is courting controversy after debuting her latest song ‘Princess Die’. the ‘Born this Way’ hitmaker unveiled the song during her performance in Melbourne. Before breaking into the song for her fans, Gaga said: “this song may or may not be on my next album. the song is a little bit sad”. “And I am going to play it because...actually I am excited and impressed with how many super fans I have”, she added. the 26-year-old singer told her fans that the piano ballad reflected the most “deep and personal thoughts” she’s ever had. the song, which was uploaded to Youtube soon after the show, is her darkest yet and deals with suicide. Although Gaga stressed that the song had nothing to do with Princess Diana, she spelled out the title just in case there was any confusion the lyrics do touch on details of the princess’s life. the end of the song, the
chorus of which is “Princess Die, I want to see her cry”, is clearly about Diana’s tragic death in Paris in 1987. the 26-year-old singer may or may not include the dark song in her third stillin-the-making studio album. the glum song is nowhere influenced by the singer’s mood. the fact that Gaga is testing the waters with the song while on tour suggests she is very aware of its controversial themes and the potential for backlash. Chris Wagner, the communications director for Lifeline, said the song sent a worrying message to Gaga’s fans.
“Lifeline is very concerned about the nature of the song, particularly as it clearly describes the method of suicide and talks in depth about suicide,” he said. “It doesn’t actually have any message of hope, of help seeking, or anything of a positive nature whatsoever. We understand artistic licence and we get artistic expression, but celebrities need to recognise that they’re role models for young people in the community. Young people often live and breathe by the lyrics to the songs of their favourite stars.”
‘Spice Girls’ pick Angelina Jolie to play Posh in flick LOS ANGELES aGEnCiES
Angelina Jolie will make a jolly good victoria Beckham in ‘Spice Girls the Movie’, or so feel Posh’s former band mates. If the musical is adapted for the silver screen, Geri, Mel C, Mel B, Easy v and Baby Spice have already picked out those stars who they’d like to play them. According to British vogue, Mel B wants actress Zoe Saldana to play her, Mel C hopes that ‘Friends’ legend Courteney Cox will portray her while Geri Halliwell has set her sights on Cameron Diaz. Baby Spice Emma Bunton has opted for Kate Hudson while the lot of them agreed that Angelina Jolie will make a great victoria Beckham. “We are so proud of what we achieved as a group when we look back. Who knows where it will go next?” the Mirror quoted Beckham as saying. “It would be great if it could become a film. I think we’ll see how it goes, but it would be great,” Beckham added. the musical’s press conference was held at London’s St Pancras Hotel, the very same hotel where 16 years ago the girls had filmed their debut ‘Wannabe’ video.
CHRIS HEMSWORTH hopes to win appreciation for acting lOndOn: actor Chris hemsworth’s physique has helped him to start his acting career and he hopes his histrionics will interest the audiences. “it’s helped me get a job, sure. But you hope it’s not the only thing that helped,” femalefirst.co.uk quoted hemsworth as saying. The 28-yearold says he finds some other actors’ pre-shoot rituals strange. “i worked with a guy once who would chant, ‘i’m beautiful and i have a secret, i’m beautiful and i have a secret’,” he said. aGEnCiES
Scarlett Johansson JESSICA BIEL may get $66k compensation over nude photo hacking nEW YOrk: Scarlett Johansson should get more than 66,000 dollars from the hacker who leaked sexy snaps that were meant for former hubby Ryan Reynolds, prosecutors said in a federal court filing. US attorneys in los Angeles said hacker christopher chaney also should pay 7,500 dollars to singer christina Aguilera and 76,767.35 dollars to actress Renee Olstead, a star on the hit Abc Family show ‘The Secret life of the American Teenager.’ Federal prosecutors made the restitution request in a 19-page filing ahead of chaney’s expected sentencing July 23. They mentioned victim mila Kunis but did not recommend money for the ‘black Swan’ star, noting there was “no evidence that nude photos of mila Kunis were stolen or posted by defendant.” The nude pics of Johansson that flooded the internet last year showed the ‘Avengers’ star posing naked in a bathroom mirror and lying topless in bed. “i know my best angles,” the 27-year-old told Vanity Fair. chaney pleaded guilty to felony wiretapping and unauthorised access of a computer in march in a plea deal that spared him other charges. The Aguilera photos hacked from her stylist’s email account showed the 31-year-old singer wearing little more than silver pasties. Photos swiped from Kunis, 28, leaked around the same as Johansson’s. One was an innocent shot of Kunis in a bathtub with only her head showing. Another was an explicit shot of an unknown man. aGEnCiES
was nervous about punching Kate Beckinsale lOS anGElES: Actor Jessica biel says she did not want to punch her ‘Total Recall’ co-star Kate beckinsale while shooting the movie. The actress was worried because beckinsale’s husband and director len wisemen was present on the sets of the 1990`s sci-fi remake, reports contactmusic.com. “i was so fearful of hitting her. i was thinking, ‘Please don’t let me hit this woman in the face! her husband is watching!` And then i hit her,” biel told empire magazine. beckinsale said: “i like the fact that there’s this fight between Jessica and i and it doesn’t end up that some one’s sleeve is ripped off. This was as if it was two guys - and yet it was us kind of madly apologising to each other.” The 30-year-old biel plays female protagonist melina while beckinsale portrays the evil lori. aGEnCiES
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ESPItE reports that the ‘Firework’ pop star is in talks to play Freddie Mercury’s girlfriend, Mary Austen, in Sacha Baron Cohen’s upcoming biopic about the late Queen frontman, Perry says she won’t be somebody for Cohen to love in the movie. “there’s something about the internet that’s sort of funny-it’s that nothing is true on there,” the chart-topping hitmaker said at the Hollywood premiere of her new documentary concert flick, ‘Katy Perry: Part of Me’. the buzz began earlier this month when a British tabloid the Mirror claimed Perry was hoping to land the gig. “there’s been no formal offer,” she told us. “Although I do like the association and I like the company because I think Sacha Baron Cohen is hilarious.” But she said, “I have to take a catnap first before I do anything.” She said: “I’m gonna unplug, take my hair extensions out, feel my head again. I’m gonna unplug and recharge, if that makes any sense. I’m gonna go away. I’m sure you know it’s time for me to go away.” the star has revealed that she’s planning to go on hiatus after she finishes plugging ‘Katy Perry: Part of Me’ to clear her head. She told Mtv: ‘I’m going into hiding. I want to go and write songs in the woods or something. A longtime Queen fan, Perry even dressed as Mercury to her 24th birthday party. Mercury died in 1991 at age 45 of AIDS-related pneumonia. Although Perry’s only major acting credit is a guest role on ‘How I Met Your Mother’ and a part voicing Smurfette in ‘the Smurfs’, mega-producer Harvey Weinsten has said he would love for Perry to play Marilyn Monroe in a Broadway musical adaptation of his award-winning film ‘My Week With Marilyn’. ‘Katy Perry: Part of Me’ follows the singer’s life on and off-stage and documents her split from Rus-
1 2 4 1 cENTURY cITY: Liam Hemsworth accepts the Breakthrough Award onstage at Australians In Film Awards & Benefit Dinner. AFP 2 NEw YORk: Blake Lively attends the ‘Savages’ premiere. AFP 3 NEw YORk: Taylor Kitsch attends the ‘Savages’ premiere. AFP 4 NEw YORk: Oprah Winfrey and actor Hugh Jackman attended a special screening of Walt Disney Pictures’ new film ‘The Odd Life of Timothy Green’. AFP
James Bond tops as No.1 movie spy Los Angeles: James Bond has been voted as the best movie spy of all time. The iconic MI6 agent, currently played by Daniel Craig, 44, got 39 percent in a LoveFilm survey, the Daily Star reported. US action hero Jason Bourne - alias Matt Damon, 41 - polled 21 percent in runner-up spot. George Smiley in ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’ played by Gary Oldman, 54, was third with 7 percent. AgENcIES
sell Brand. Plans for the Mercury film were first announced in September by producer Graham King. the film cast ‘the Dictator’ star Sacha Baron Cohen as Mercury. the producers also secured the rights to several of Queen’s classic songs, including ‘You’re My Best Friend’, ‘We Will Rock You’, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and ‘Another One Bites the Dust’.
Pak singers denied visa, ‘Cocktail’ music launch cancelled NEWS DESK A group of Pakistani singers who have lent their voices for upcoming film ‘Cocktail’, were denied visa in India. the movie stars Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone and Diana Penty. If all had gone well, the singers would have been part of an event in Mumbai to officially launch the music of the film. terming it unfair, producers Saif Ali Khana and Dinesh vijan have decided to do away with the music launch. the event was scheduled for this month. “Among the four singers, Arif Lohar is one of the biggest names in Punjabi folk music and Javed Bashir is the lead singer of the Pakistani band Mekaal Hasan,” reports a tabloid. Sources close to producer Dinesh vijan told the tabloid, “the producer thought it is very unfair to these Pakistani singers, if they weren’t given their due in front of the Indian media. So they decided to entirely do away with the music launch.” ‘Cocktail’, which releases on July 13, is produced by Saif’s production house, Illuminati Films. the music of ‘Cocktail’, composed by Pritam, is making waves all over India. Songs like ‘tumhi Ho Bandhu’, ‘Daaru Desi’, ‘Yaariyan’, and ‘Second Hand Jawaani’ is indeed an interesting cocktail of melody, lyrics and romance.
After smoking fiasco, fresh trouble for
RANBIR KAPOOR! MUMBAI: Actor Ranbir Kapoor, who had been photographed smoking on the sets of his upcoming film ‘Yeh Jawani Hain Deewani’ in Rajasthan last month, has placed himself in fresh trouble. Ranbir Kapoor was served summons by a local court in Udaipur following the smoking incident, and was supposed to appear before the court on June 26. However, the actor failed to turn up for the aforementioned hearing. The local court in Udaipur has now asked Kapoor to appear before it on July 26. The actor has been booked for violation of Rajasthan Prevention of Smoking Act. In case the charges against Ranbir are proved to be true, he might have to undergo six months of imprisonment or pay a penalty. AGENCIES
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Wary Sri Lanka eye elusive Test series win
cOlOmbO: Pakistan cricketer Umar Gul (l) with teammates Junaid Khan (c) and mohammad Sami (R) look on during a practice session at the Sinhalease Sports club (SSc) Ground. AFP COLOMBO
RI Lanka are determined to prevent a Pakistan resurgence as they seek their first test series win in three years when the second match starts in Colombo on Saturday. the hosts will start as firm favourites at the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) after thumping Pakistan by 209 runs with a day to spare in the first test in Galle to take the lead in the threematch series. Sri Lanka have not won a test series since defeating New Zealand 2-0 at home in August 2009 and have struggled to make an impact after world bowling record holder Muttiah Muralitharan quit the five-day format in 2010. the islanders have lost five series and drawn three since the success against New Zealand -- twice allowing the opposition to bounce back after winning the opening encounter. In 2010, Sri Lanka beat India in the first match in Galle -- Muralitharan's final test appearance -- before losing the third game at the P. Sara Oval in Colombo.
then in March-April this year, the hosts triumphed over England at Galle, only to see Andrew Strauss' men win the second and final test at the P. Sara Oval and retain their number one ranking. veteran skipper Mahela Jayawardene was wary of slipping on the proverbial banana skin again. "We have to be positive," he said. "there are two more matches to go and we need to put the Galle match behind and keep improving. We need to be a lot more consistent with bowling, batting and fielding. "A lot of hard work is required going into the next test. We need to handle the conditions at SSC very well. We need to try and get on top of the opposition and keep the pressure." the SSC has proved a happy hunting ground for Sri Lanka, where they have not lost a test since 2004, and have won six of their last 11 matches. the hosts are likely to play an unchanged side unless seamer Nuwan Pradeep, who took one wicket in Galle, is replaced by either thisara Perera or Dilhara Fernando. Fernando was drafted into the squad for the second test in place of left-arm seamer Chanaka Welegedara, who missed
cOlOmbO: Pakistan cricket coach dav whatmore (R) gives instructions to player mohammad hafeez (l) during a practice session at the Sinhalease Sports club (SSc) Ground. AFP the Galle match due to a shoulder injury and was subsequently ruled out for the rest of the series. Pakistan, meanwhile, will welcome back captain Misbah-ul Haq, who was banned for the Galle test after his team's slow over-rate during the final one-dayer in Colombo on June 18. the tourists need Misbah's calming influence as skipper and also his presence in the middle-order after they were shot out for 100 and 300 in Galle on a spinfriendly pitch. Pakistan were let down by poor umpiring at Galle -- the Decision Review System (DRS) is not being used in the series -- but they have themselves to blame for their first defeat in 10 tests. the batting failed spectacularly in the first innings and only veteran Younis Khan (87) and young Asad Shafiq (80) provided any real resistance in the second. Mohammad Hafeez, who led Pakistan in Misbah's absence, said the second innings performance in Galle gave him confidence the tourists would do well in the remaining two tests. "I liked the way the boys fought it out on the last day when the conditions were
tough," he said. "these are positive signs for the team. All is not lost yet." Pakistan will once again bank on their spinners, who claimed 11 of the 14 Sri Lankan wickets to fall to the bowlers at Galle, with prolific off-spinner Saeed Ajmal picking up seven in the match.
TEaMS: PAKISTAN (fROM): Misbah-ul Haq (capt), Mohammad Hafeez, taufeeq Umar, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Mohammad Ayub, Asad Shafiq, Adnan Akmal, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rehman, Mohammad Sami, Faisal Iqbal, Junaid Khan, Afaq Raheem, Aizaz Cheema. SRI LANKA (fROM): Mahela Jayawardene (capt), tillakaratne Dilshan, tharanga Paranavitana, Kumar Sangakkara, thilan Samaraweera, Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews, Prasanna Jayawardene, Suraj Randiv, Rangana Herath, Nuwan Kulasekara, Nuwan Pradeep, thisara Perera, Jeevan Mendis, Dilhara Fernando. UMPIRES: Ian Gould (ENG) and Simon taufel (AUS) MATcH REfEREE: David Boon (AUS).
Ashes on Aussie minds ahead of england Odis LONDON afP
England and Australia play the first of a five-match one-day international (ODI) series at Lord's here on Friday but the tourists are already looking to their return trip for next year's Ashes. Australia allrounder Shane Watson has played in two Ashes test series defeats and is desperate to emerge victorious. "After being involved in two Ashes losses now, it is a burning desire inside me to be a part of a successful Ashes series," Watson said. "Any time you play against England you want success. It is the ultimate rivalry and the ultimate challenge for an Australian cricketer, to play against England and win. "I haven't been a part of that in test matches and now is a time to be able to put some things in place so we can have some success when we come back here during the Ashes." Australia are the world's top-ranked ODI side but England come into this match on the back of six straight home series wins in the 50-over game and a run of six wins in as many completed matches. England's recent success has been built on their toporder batsman, with Ian Bell filling the gap as opener created by Kevin Pietersen's limited overs retirement by scoring a hundred against the West Indies at Southampton earlier this month. the hosts are likely to play five specialist bowlers, with tim Bresnan at number seven and medium-pacer Watson believes that if Australia can make early inroads there is an opportunity to put England's middle-order under pressure. "For England to be able to go in with four frontline quick bowlers is a very good thing for them against our batting line-up -- but if we are able to make inroads into their batting early they may be one short," Watson said. "We see it is very important for us to have success here is to try and make early inroads. that has been one of England's strengths over the last period of time, to be able to score heavily.
New ICC chief defends technology U-turn KUALA LUMPUR afP
ORLD cricket's new chief executive thursday defended an embarrassing U-turn over appeals technology and said he wouldn't drag powerful India "kicking and screaming" into accepting it. David Richardson, who succeeded Haroon Lorgat at the International Cricket Council's (ICC) helm, admitted nearly all players and umpires backed the Decision Review System (DRS), which checks whether batsmen should be given out. But, signalling a softly-softly approach towards the ICC's richest and most influential member, Richardson said he wouldn't try to force India to lower its staunch opposition to the technology. the ICC was left red-faced at annual talks this week when chief executives proposed mandatory DRS in tests and one-day internationals, only for the board to reject the move and leave it as a decision for the two competing sides. India was the only country to publicly oppose universal use of the ball-tracking and thermal-imaging system, and wields strong influence over the board owing to the revenues from its huge fan-base. "the point is that the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) need to make that decision for them-
KUAlA lUmPUR: New icc Alan isaac, speaks during the icc Annual Press conference. AFP selves," Richardson told a press conference. "It's never good to take anyone kicking and screaming to do anything. "the introduction of technology has always been controversial... but slowly but surely that's changed and I think we're pretty much at that point where everyone is accepting, certainly at international level. "I don't think (the decision is) negative at all. We'll be seeing DRS used in the majority of series going forward and there would be no sense in forcing anything upon anybody." the South
African took up his post alongside new president Alan Isaac of New Zealand, who assumes the reins from India's Sharad Pawar, at the conclusion of five days of talks in Kuala Lumpur. the two are tasked with steering the sport through a tricky period as it tries to recover from some damaging spot-fixing scandals and rationalise the demands of its three competing formats. the ICC has also been urged to implement farreaching reforms in an independent review which damningly termed the body a "members' club", and recommended a more inclusive board and membership rules. But talks on the reforms, which are also opposed by India, made little progress in Kuala Lumpur. And Richardson sounded an ominous note when he said nothing would change without the current board's approval. "the bottom line is the ICC board determines policy for the ICC going forward," Richardson said, although he denied that dealing with India would be his main preoccupation as chief executive. "I don't think will involve any special negotiations with India," he said. "A lot is made of that but there are 10 full members and I think our task is a lot more simple and a lot more practical than these high-level talks you might imagine." the ICC also unveiled a new post of chairman and decided to relegate the presidency to a ceremonial
role after Isaac's term finishes in 2014, measures which were "coincidentally" proposed in the independent review, Isaac said. But Isaac, Richardson and outgoing chief executive Lorgat all warned against expecting quick progress towards the more contentious reforms,
which will be discussed at the next board meeting in October. "I think it would be unfair of any of us to expect overnight change," Lorgat said. India's deep suspicion of DRS stems from their 2008 test series with Sri Lanka, when the technology was on trial and a number of reviews went against them.
new bosses for world governing body KUALA LUMPUR: Cricket's world body inaugurated a new chief executive and president thursday and announced a new post of chairman in a small step towards reform after the sport was urged to modernise. Former South African keeper David Richardson succeeded Haroon Lorgat as the International Cricket Council's (ICC) chief executive, after his compatriot's four-year term ended, and New Zealander Alan Isaac became the body's new president. "We take over the game in extremely good health but obviously lots of challenges," Isaac, the former chairman of New Zealand Cricket, told a press conference. the ICC was forced into an embarrassing U-turn this week after its chief executives recommended mandatory use of decision review technology, only for the move to be rejected by its India-dominated board. the body also made only slow progress towards wide-ranging structural reforms urged by an independent review, which damningly called it a "members' club" skewed towards cricket's leading nations. the new post of chairman, and reducing the presidency to a ceremonial role in 2014, were recommended in the review. But more contentious talks on changing the board's structure and membership rules were put aside. Mandatory decision review technology and internal reforms are strongly opposed by India, which provides the bulk of cricket's revenues due to its huge fan base -- and wields corresponding influence on the all-powerful board. Cricket is also trying to recover from damaging spot-fixing scandals which left four players in jail, and rationalise its three competing formats in a crowded international calendar. afP
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PCB, BCCI officials fail to decide bilateral series dates
hughes leaves NSw for South Australia SYDNEY
Former test opening batsman Phillip Hughes has left New South Wales to sign a three-year deal with South Australia, the South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) said thursday. Hughes, 23, who has played 17 tests for Australia averaging 34.58 with three centuries, was the youngest player to score back-to-back hundreds in the same match, in his second test against South Africa in Durban in 2009. Hughes, currently playing in England with Worcestershire, missed out on a central contract with Cricket Australia last week and said he was looking for a fresh beginning with South Australia. "the next two years are the most critical in my cricket career and I'm not going to leave any stone unturned to make sure I put myself back into contention to play again for Australia," Hughes said in a SACA statement. "Missing a CA contract this year is not the end of the world. In fact, in lots of ways it's a new beginning." Hughes said the opportunity to play for Worcestershire in recent months had given him the chance to refine his skills and passion for the game. "the organisation, their support of me and my ability to focus a hundred percent on my game has been a real eye opener and my form with the bat has obviously benefited from it," he said. "that's what I expect the move to Adelaide to also do for me, and I can't wait to get there and settle in."
HE much-anticipated resumption of bilateral cricketing ties between Pakistan and India appeared to have hit a snag again as officials from both the boards failed to agree upon confirmed dates and venues for proposed matches. After positive signals from the Indian Cricket Board, the PCB was hoping that one or two matches would be played in December to signal the resumption of bilateral ties, which have remained suspended since the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. PCB officials had indicated that they were hopeful that dates and venues would be finalised during the ICC meeting in Kuala Lumpur. "Unfortunately Indian board officials rejected prospects of the matches
had, from the outset, told PCB that they couldn't send their team to Pakistan at any time in the future because of the security situation in the country. PcB, SLc AgREE TO ExcHANgE PLAyERS fOR DOMESTIc T20: the PCB has signed an agreement with Sri Lanka Cricket under which the two boards have agreed to allow their players to take part in the domestic t20 premier leagues of both countries. the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, Zaka Ashraf said from Kuala Lumpur that the document was signed on Wednesday. "Under this agreement we will allow our players to go and play in the Sri Lankan premier league and Sri Lanka have agreed to permit their players to come and play in Pakistan when we launch our premier league," Ashraf reported to have said. However sources said that under the contract both boards could give clear-
ance to their players for the leagues but could not force them to go and play in either country. While Sri Lanka will hold its premier league from August 10, Pakistan is yet to announce dates for its league which is slated sometime in November this year. the PCB chief also said that he was interested in signing a similar exchange contract with the Bangladesh Cricket Board. "But since the Bangladesh Premier League is not slated this year we have plenty of time to negotiate with them." Ashraf also said that he had spoken to officials of other boards and had got positive response from the South African, Australian and England boards. "these boards have assured us that whenever we launch our domestic premier league they will see if they can make their players available for it," Ashraf said.
hits Salman to open Pandora’s box? Rameez back at mohsin LAHORE
Pakistan's disgraced batsman and former captain Salman Butt is likely to make some startling disclosures related the spot-fixing case, which saw him jailed and banned from all cricket. Reports coming fom close quarters of Butt said that the former test opener has decided to expose the names of some bookmakers and few players who were actively involved in spot fixing racket. "Since he is aware that his international career is more or less over he now wants to also expose others," one source said. Butt after returning to Pakistan last week had pleaded innocence but admitted he committed a mis-
Pakistan lodge complaint over poor umpiring LAHORE STaff rEPOrT
Pakistan has formally lodged a complaint over poor umpiring decisions in the first test against Sri Lanka at Galle, at a time when the International Cricket Council executive board has decided against making the Umpires Decision Review System (UDRS) compulsory in all tests. Clearly buckling under pressure from the Indian cricket board's strong opposition to the UDRS, the ICC board on Wednesday decided to stick with the current system of allowing boards to decide themselves on having the UDRS in a bilateral series. Presently Sri Lanka being the home board has not implemented the UDRS in the series against Pakistan although when Pakistan hosted the SL last year in the UAE they had enforced the UDRS technology with the help of sponsors. "Pakistan team manager Naved Cheema and coach Dav Whatore formally lodged a complaint over the umpiring with match referee David Boon after the test ended," reports attributing from the Pakistan team quarters said. England's Ian Gould and Australian Steve Davis were guilty of giving at least 10 to 12 contentious decisions in the Galle test most of which went against Pakistan who were outclassed in the match.
being played in Pakistan or at neutral venues and said Pakistan could come and play in India but for that also dates would be finalised later on," reports quoting source said. "PCB's top officials also discussed revenue sharing with the Indians in Kuala Lumpur if Pakistan went to India for the matches as India has yet to compensate Pakistan for the cancelled test tour in 2009," the source said. He said the PCB officials had also brought up some other issues related to the proposed matches but the BCCI president, N Srinivasan made it clear that his board needed more time to finalise things and would get back to the PCB after government clearances. "the PCB officials though feel the meeting was a step in the right direction and the positive vibes from BCCI officials remain," the source said. the source said the BCCI officials
take in not informing the ICC anticorruption authorities about approaches made to him to fix matches. Butt insists that while his agent, Mazhar Majeed made approaches to him but he never did any spot-fixing and is innocent. Interestingly, another source said that Butt has also decided to cash in on his high demand in the media even during his ban period. "He apparently has negotiated a big amount to give a press conference and exclusive interview rights to a broadcaster," the source said. Butt had also appeared as an expert on a Pakistani television channel during the 2011 World Cup which led ICC asking the PCB to ban him from all media appearances.
blue turf installation work starts at NhS LAHORE STaff rEPOrT
After the cancellation of first installer’s contract, the work on the much-awaited blue turf has finally been started by the second bidder here at the National Hockey Stadium. the Sports Board Punjab cancelled the contract of Swallow Internationals which failed to complete the task on the given deadline of June 15, 2012. the second lowest bidder, tS Builders which were allocated the contract has started the work on world’s biggest hockey arena by cleaning the asphalt surface to make it ready for laying international standard shock pads on which the blue-coloured desso turf will be laid. Workers were seen busy in cleaning the surface besides marking the arena to ascertain the condition of the asphalt. Fazle Mateen Qureshi, Chief Executive tS Builders told media here on thursday that they are happy to have the contract and they will endeavour to
lay a state of the art turf which will meet all the international standards. “It is world’s biggest hockey stadium and it is a big honour for us to install a blue synthetic turf on it and we will do our best to complete it in trend setting way in minimum time period,” he said. “We have done the initial inspection of the arena and have also inspecting the asphalt base. We are taking the samples of the surface for lab tests just to ensure whether it is fit to lay the shock pads and the turf or not. It would take about a day or two to test the samples but in the meantime we would work on other things on the base of the stadium and hopefully complete the work before time,” he said. He said he will flying to Holland to meet desso’s manufacturers to order the turf and the shock pads. “We will be aiming to execute the work as early as possible because the rainy season is fast approaching and it is not possible to work during rainy days as it can damage the material,” he said. He expressed his gratitude to SBP for allocating them the project.
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Former Pakistan test captain Rameez Raja has backed the decision to remove Mohsin Khan as the chief coach of the national team and made some scathing remarks about him on his twitter page. Rameez reported to have said, 'when a person is not capable of even walking straight under the influence of liquor the Pakistan cricket Board took the right decision to remove him'. Rameez's hard hitting remarks came after Mohsin appearing on the Geo super channel and claimed that Rameez was behind the move to oust him as coach despite his successful record. Mohsin also claimed that Rameez had influenced the PCB Chairman to appoint Australian Dav Whatmore as coach in his place. Rameez though said that he had no role to play in the PCB decision to bring in Whatmore. "Mohsin was removed because of his own actions. the decision to remove him was totally that of the PCB and I had no role to play in this," he clarified. Interestingly, Rameez was an advisor to the committee appointed by the board to scout and recommend a new coach. the committee that included former test players Intikhab Alam, Zaheer Abbas and Colonel (retd) Naushad Ali after a long delay eventually recommended Whatmore for the job although insiders say Rameez also had a big role to play in this. Mohsin was removed as interim coach after leading Pakistan to series wins over Sri Lanka and Bangladesh and a historic whitewash of England in the test series earlier this year. Whatmore's initial foray into Pakistan cricket has not been so successful as after a tight Asia Cup title win, Pakistan has drawn a t20 series and lost the ODI series in Sri Lanka and were also humbled in the first test in Galle.
Fixing row boosted graft fight, says Lorgat KUALA LUMPUR afP
ORLD cricket's outgoing chief Haroon Lorgat thursday admitted spot-fixing scandals were a low point of his tenure -- but insisted the sport was now in better shape to fight corruption. Lorgat, who handed over to new International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive David Richardson in Kuala Lumpur, said the sport's response to its worst betting controversy in years would act as a deterrent to cheats. "It's a lowlight, but in the manner we responded we demonstrated we will not tolerate any form of corruption and that we're going to pursue it to a logical conclusion," the South African told AFP. three Pakistani players were jailed in England over the spot-fixing
affair after they were caught arranging no-balls to order during the 2010 test series against England. During its annual talks, the ICC also ordered all its members to uphold a lifetime ban slapped on Pakistan's Danish Kaneria by English authorities over a separate scam which left English player Mervyn Westfield in prison. the reappearance of cheating, which has also been alleged in several other competitions and international series, badly damaged the image of a sport which was left reeling by a series of similar scandals at the turn of the century. But Lorgat said the prison terms and the reforms made by domestic bodies, including the adoption of new anti-corruption codes, had left cricket better placed to battle corruption. Mohammad Aamer, the young Pakistani caught and jailed for
deliberately bowling no-balls in England, has also appeared in a cautionary video warning players about the consequences of spot-fixing. "there's a far greater appreciation from (players) to be responsible and to respond to approaches that they might face," Lorgat said. "I think the positive out of that scandal is that we've dealt with it and strengthened our processes. Part of that is the education process that we've also improved upon." Lorgat said he considered last year's successful one-day World Cup in South Asia as one of the best achievements of his four-year term. But he warned not to expect quick progress towards reform of the ICC, which has been strongly criticised over the power exercised by India, it's main revenue-provider. "I think it would be unfair of any of us to expect overnight change," he said.
KUAlA lUmPUR: New chief executive of the icc, david Richardson, speaks during the icc Annual Press conference as former icc chief executive haroon lorgat (R) listens. AFP
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DONETSk: Spanish players celebrate at the end of the penalty shoot out of the Euro 2012 football championships semi-final match. AFP
Rising Stars were held to a goalless draw by vehari Club in the 5th National InterClub Women Football Championship2012 on thursday. Playing at Satellite town, Higher Secondary School Ground, Bahawalpur under the supervision of Punjab Football Association, Young Rising Star WFC Layyah did what it has in its powers to turn the tide but vehari WFC stood like a wall abd neer allowed the rivals to get to their goal.
djokovic a fan of roof, lights, action LONDON afP
Wimbledon may have built its reputation on being an uniquely grasscourt Grand Slam tournament but defending champion Novak Djokovic is happy to play it under a roof, with the lights burning bright. top seed and world number one Djokovic gave the Centre Court roof the thumbs up on Wednesday after beating America's Ryan Harrison 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 to reach the third round. With the roof closed after three hours of rain had brought a halt to action on the outside courts, Djokovic was delighted to get a second chance to play the late night entertainer. "It's hard to prepare for that because you play an indoor match on the Centre Court maybe once every couple of years. 2010 was my only match under the roof aside from tonight's match," said Djokovic. "It is quite different. I think the lights were really good. the attendance was fantastic. the crowd enjoyed it. It was a spectacular match from a player's point of view. "Sometimes it's good for a change to be under the roof. It makes it more interesting as well I think, if you go to the late hours." Djokovic's match with Harrison ended shortly before 10pm (2100GMt) and he goes on to tackle either Czech veteran Radek Stepanek or Germany's Benjamin Becker for a place in the last 16.
Sharapova, Serena into Wimbledon third round LONDON afP
PORTRUSh: danish tennis player caroline wozniacki attends the 2012 irish Open held on the dunluce links at the Royal Portrush Golf club. AFP
Former champions Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams took drastically different routes into the Wimbledon third round on thursday. top seed Sharapova, the 2004 champion, had to dig deep to clinch a gritty 7-6 (7/3), 6-7 (3/7), 6-0 victory over Bulgaria's tsvetana Pironkova, a semi-finalist in 2010 and quarter-finalist last year. Sharapova, playing her first tournament since her maiden French Open triumph, had recovered from 5-2 down to take the first set and had just broken to move 3-1 ahead when the tie was suspended due to bad light on Wednesday evening. On the resumption, Pironkova belied her ranking of 38 to level the tie as the Court One crowd sensed an upset. It was the first set the 24-year-old had snatched from the Russian in four meetings, but Sharapova took her 2012 three-set record to a perfect nine from nine by racing through the decider. She will next face taiwan's Hsieh Su-Wei as last year's runner-up tries to reach the Wimbledon final for the
third time. "I started so slow today, but I guess it's more important how you finish," said Sharapova after sweating for over two hours. "She loves playing on grass and came out firing. I was a bit tentative and just couldn't get much rhythm. "But I tried to focus on my game and I'm happy I really stepped it up in that third set." Four-time champion Williams reached the third round
with a 6-1, 6-4 demolition of Hungarian qualifier Melinda Czink. Sixth seed Williams faces Chinese 25th seed Zheng Jie, who she beat in the 2008 semi-finals, for a place in the last 16. "As the tournament goes on, you tend to play a little better," said Williams, who fired 10 aces, hit 22 winners and conceded just seven points on her own serve in her 61-minute win. "It
wimbledON: Russia's maria Sharapova serves during her second round victory over bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova. AFP
wimbledON: US player Serena williams celebrates her second round victory over hungary's melinda czink. AFP
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Aisam, Rojer cruise into second round at Wimbledon FROM ALI AKBAR
HERE is good news and bad news for Pakistan tennis. Aisam Qureshi is through to the second round of the men's doubles. the bad news is that there will be no Pakistani at the Olympics event later in July-August. Aisam and partner Jean-Julian Rojer cruised past the English pairing of Josh Goodall and James Ward in the first round of the doubles event. It was a tight contest in the first set, with Ward and Goodall taking it into the tie-break where they had an initial mini break. But Aisam and Roger picked up the pace and after the first tie break, Goodall was broken in the first game of
the second set. the writing was then pretty much on the wall with the English pair wilting under the pressure imposed on them by the eighth seeds. For Aisam and partner from now on the challenge will get will have tougher. It would be premature to comment on the pair's chances in the tournament as the challenge that they faced was not stiff enough to form any judgment. the first set was not totally convincing and the opponents had lost the will o fight in the final two games. the duo will now be looking to build on this performance and should take a lot of confidence from their first outing. that neither player dropped their serve is a positive that should bid well for the future matches. PTfâ€™S fAILURE: the PtF had been making some noises in the local press
about requesting a wild card for Aqeel Khan and Aisam for the Olympics. But Aqeel has no AtP points and he and Aisam have not played together on the tour even though they have combined well for the Davis Cup. Had the two even played some Challengers together, it is quite possible that Aqeel could have earned some points and qualified for the Oympics. He is a big talent and it is only because of the lack of resources that he has been unable to make a bigger mark internationally. Most of the favourites advanced in the initial rounds at Wimbledon, with Roger Federer particularly impressive in his straight set win over one time practice partner, Italian Fognini. Rain has delayed many of the matches and Novak Djokovic has just taken the court against
was great to be back on Centre Court. It's amazing and I served really well." Kei Nishikori, the 19th seed, became the first Japanese man to reach the third round for 17 years by beating France's Florent Serra 63, 7-5, 6-2. Nishikori had already made history earlier this year when he became the first Japanese man to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals in 80 years.
the rising American Ryan Harrison. Harrison had beaten the taiwanese Asian number one Lu in the first round. Harrison looks strong in the initial stages, matching the world number one shot for shot. But Djokovic has the gift of finding his opponent's weakness and dismantling his game. THE INDIAN SOAP OPERA: the Indian team of Bhupathi and Bopanna also went through comfortably, in the shadow of the Olympic Games doubles controversy which threatens to cast a pall on India's chances at the Games. India's top ranked player Leander Paes has refused to play with a lower ranked player while Bhupathi and Bopanna have refused to play with Paes, saying that they are a team and intend to play together. Stay tuned as the drama unfolds.
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Fabregas sends Spain into Euro 2012 final DONETSK afP
wz blues, Nz whites victorious in lRcA league LAHORE STaff rEPOrT
West Zone Blues and North Zone Whites won their group matches of LRCA U-16 League. At New Ittefaq Ground West Zone Blues beat North Zone Blues by 10 wickets. ScORES: NZ Blues 175/9 in 40 overs, Asif Iqbal 33, Chand Ali 26, Ismail Khan 3/22, Usman Bukhari and Ali Raza shared 2 wickets each, WZ Blues 176/0 in 26 overs, Safeer Azam 101*, Awais Mughal 50*, Safeer Azam was announced man of the match. In another match at Model town Greens Ground, North Zone Whites beat West Zone Whites by 52 runs SCORE: NZ Whites 244/9 in 40 overs, Abubakkar Khan 81, M Umer 30, Mubshar Ahmed 3/33, Zeeshan Ameer and Haris Ashfaq shared 2 wickets each, WZ Whites 190/10, Aqib Amjad 32, Faisal Ali 30, Zahid Aalam Butt and Muhammad Aadil shared 2 wickets each. Abubakkar Khan was announced man of the match.
PAIN reached their third consecutive major tournament final after overcoming neighbours Portugal 4-2 on penalties in the first Euro 2012 semi-final in Donetsk on Wednesday. After an attritional game finished 0-0 following extra time at Donbass Arena, Cesc Fabregas swept home the winning spot-kick to put Spain in the final. Xabi Alonso and Joao Moutinho both saw their opening penalties saved, but Portugal blinked first when Zenit Saint-Petersburg centre-back Bruno Alves slammed his side's fourth penalty against the crossbar. Fabregas stepped up and, just as he had done in the penalty shootout win over Italy in the Euro 2008 quarter-finals, the Barcelona man held his nerve, steering the ball into the bottom-left corner to send Portugal home. "We are so happy to have reached another final. I don't know if that has ever been done in history," Fabregas told Spanish television channel telecinco, his voice cracking with emotion. "they told me I was going to take the second kick, but I said: 'No, I want to take the fifth one.'" Reigning world and European champions Spain, who are bidding to become the first team in history to win three major competitions in a row, will face either Italy or Germany in Sunday's final in Kiev. "We were stronger in extra time, but overall it was a fairly even contest," said Spain coach vicente del Bosque. "It was tough. We took a while to get into our stride. the Portuguese were very well organised. Germany and Italy are equally strong." It was a deeply disappointing end to the tournament for Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo, who had threatened to fire his side into only their second major final but who did not even get a chance to have his say in the shoot-out. "If I had to choose a way of losing, I wouldn't choose this," said Portugal coach Paulo Bento. "But you have to lose some way. Spain are a great team and we can leave the pitch with our heads held high." A surprise inclusion in Spain's starting line-up, Alvaro Negredo was at the source of the game's first
chance, with Alvaro Arbeloa side-footing over after the Sevilla striker was crowded out in the Portuguese area. Portugal's match-winner against both the Netherlands and the Czech Republic, Ronaldo was a spectator in the first 10 minutes, but gradually his influence grew. After fluffing a free-kick into the base of the wall from a tight angle on the left, he lashed a half-volley high over the crossbar from the edge of the area and then drilled a left-shot nar-
rowly wide of the right-hand post. As in the quarter-final win against France, Spain struggled to find holes in their opponent's defence, and it was a surprise to see Alonso club a long ball forward in the 29th minute. It produced a sight of goal, however, with Andres Iniesta bending a shot narrowly over the bar after Negredo had chased down Alonso's pass, held off Fabio Coentrao, and worked the ball back to the edge of the area.
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DONETSK: Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo will have to wait another two years to see if he will grace a major final for only the second time after Spain edged his side 4-2 on penalties in their Euro 2012 semi-final here on Wednesday. However, many will question what happened in the penalty shootout as he stood like a spare part - a disconsolate one at that - as Cesc Fabregas put away the winning penalty leaving him as Portugal's fifth penalty taker superfluous to proceedings. Even more strangely, both centrebacks had preceded their captain to the penalty spot, though Bruno Alves's first attempt was cut off in its prime as Nani ran up and told him to go back. Alves was eventually to go fourth and miss opening the way for Fabregas to squeeze his winner over the line. Portuguese coach Paulo Bento, though, was unrepentant about marking Ronaldo down in fifth. "If it had been 4-4 and he had taken the last penalty, we'd be talking in a different way. It's about strategy and we'd defined that before," said Bento. Ronaldo was phlegmatic about the defeat, though, the disappointment was etched all over his face. afP
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Poland's capital Warsaw geared up thursday for its last Euro 2012 kick-off, with Germany playing Italy at the city's National Stadium for a place in the competition final. About 30,000 foreign fans are expected to arrive in the city for the key match, including 20,000 Germans and 3,000 Italians, organisers said. Some 6,000 police officers will be out in force to keep order, including 28 German and 10 Italian spotters expert in monitoring fans. "Poland has never hosted such a match," a face-off between two giants of European football at an important stage of a tournament, noted the Polish daily Rzeczpospolita. "Our preparations are complete," Poland's Euro 2012 chief Marcin Herra said thursday, with the rush including an extra 20 charter flights and 85 small planes due to land at Warsaw's Chopin airport. "For air traffic controllers it'll be a real challenge. the airport is 100 percent ready to welcome this traffic," Herra said. Poland's state railways PKP meanwhile have added extra cars to trains leaving Germany, with one to be pulled by a locomotive painted in the black-red-gold colours of the German flag. An immense red-and-white Polish flag and a giant banner with the words "thank You" in 16 languages will be unfurled thursday night at the stadium, according to reports. "Let's celebrate this last day of Euro 2012 in Poland. there's reason to celebrate," Polish Sports Minister Joanna Mucha said thursday, pointing to a thumbs up for Warsaw from foreign fans. Around 1.1 million people have stopped by the Warsaw fanzone for ticketless supporters since the competition started on June 8, organisers said. A recent survey by Polish independent pollster PBS pointed to high levels of satisfaction among 1,000-plus foreign supporters surveyed on June 8 and 16 in the Polish capital.
Kenyan police probe stabbing of steeplechase champ NAIROBI: Kenyan police on thursday quizzed world 3,000 steeplechase champion and London Olympic hopeful Ezekiel Kemboi after a reported car jacking in which a woman was stabbed, officials said thursday. Police said that Kemboi had told them his car was stopped by two men late Wednesday in his hometown of Eldoret, some 315 kilometres (195 miles) west of the Kenyan capital, before they launched a bungled assault. "Kemboi said they pounced on him, demanding money, and when they were told he had no money, one of them suddenly pulled out a sharp object trying to stab him," said local police official Charles Jamanda. However, the 30-year-old athlete -who is also a police officer -- said that in the fight, a nearby woman called Anne Njeri was stabbed in the chest. "Kemboi said he dodged the object, which in turn stabbed Njeri," Jamanda said. Kemboi, the 2004 Olympic champion, told local media that the lady was "part of the gang" that had tried to attack him, claims dismissed by Njeri's family. Njeri was admitted to a hospital in Eldoret. afP
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David Beckham's dream of playing in the Olympics he helped secure for his hometown came to an end on thursday after he was left out of Great Britain's squad for the Games. In a surprise announcement, Beckham confirmed he had not made the final 18-man squad as one of coach Stuart Pearce's three over-age players for the London sports extravaganza. Pearce had travelled to the United States to assess Beckham's form for the Los Angeles Galaxy last week before making his decision. "Everyone knows how much playing for my country has always meant to me," Beckham said in a statement. "So I would have been honored to have been
part of this unique team GB squad. "Naturally I am very disappointed, but there will be no bigger supporter of the team
than me. And like everyone, I will be hoping they can win the gold. "As a Londoner I was really proud to have played a small part in bringing the Olympics to my home town ... and I can't wait for the Games to begin and will enjoy every moment along with the rest of Great Britain." British media reports said the three over-age players chosen by Pearce were Beckham's former Manchester United team-mate Ryan Giggs, Manchester City defender Micah Richards and Welshman Craig Bellamy. Beckham, 37, had spoken repeatedly of his desire to play in an Olympics staged in London despite accusations from critics that his participation would devalue the football tournament. the former Real Madrid star was widely expected to be granted at least a
place in the squad as reward for his role in helping London win the Olympics at the 2005 International Olympic Committee vote in Singapore. the football superstar's presence on the campaign trail is often credited as being one of the key factors in tipping the vote London's way during the final few days of lobbying. Beckham's presence in the Olympic team had looked assured after he was included in a 35-man shortlist earlier this month. He had also accompanied the Olympic Flame from Athens back to Britain and carried it after it was lit before the torch relay got under way. However British Olympic officials had insisted Pearce would have a free hand in selecting his squad and would not come under pressure to select Beck-
ham, who would have generated box-office appeal for the football tournament. "We have been very clear from the outset, it's absolutely Stuart's choice and he is totally free to make the selection of the team he believes will put in the best performance," British Olympic Association chief Andy Hunt said. "It's as simple as that." Beckham's exclusion won backing from Pearce's former England team-mate Peter Shilton, who told Sky Sports the midfielder was past his best. "I've not been watching David play in the States but it's a different level of football over there," Shilton said. "Stuart Pearce wants to do well and win the tournament. to do that you must win so many games in so many days and the older you get the less you can do that.
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Indian prisoner Surjeet Singh, along with 315 fishermen, was handed over to the Indian authorities at Wagah border on thursday. Indian spy Surjeet Singh was freed from Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat Jail early on thursday after serving 27 years in prison since he was arrested on charges of spying. With a smile on his face, Surjeet hugged his Pakistani lawyer who was waiting for him before being taken away for completion of formalities to enable him to cross into India. He was welcomed by his immediate family members from Ferozepur and around 300 villagers at the Wagah Border. After his arrival at the Wagah Border, he told anxious reporters that he was extremely delighted to return home to reunite with his family members after 30 years. Surjeet also confessed that he had been sent to Pakistan to spy for the Indian Army.“I will never return to Pakistan again,” Surjeet, who has a grey flowing beard, told reporters in Punjabi with his head and finger indicating a firm “no” gesture.
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the Abbottabad Commission probing the May 2 incursion into Pakistan by US Special Forces on an alleged hideout of Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad has missed its deadline of May 2012 to finalise its report and it appears the report is unlikely to be completed by July due to “unhelpful” attitude by former Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, Pakistan Today has learnt. Osama bin Laden was killed on May 2, 2011, by Navy SEALs of the United States Naval Special Warfare Development Group, also known as DEvGRU or SEAL team Six. the operation was ordered by US President Barack Obama and was carried out in a Central Intelli-
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gence Agency-led operation. the fivemember commission, headed by former senior judge of the apex court Javed Iqbal, was reconstituted on June 21, 2011, and despite lapse of over a year, the commission has failed to finalise its report. A spokesperson of the commission told media on May 2 this year that the report would be finalised on May 21 and it would be submitted to Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry within a week after it is finalised. But till date, the commission has failed to do so. “the report could not be finalised and is unlikely to be finalised by next month as well because Yousaf Raza Gilani did not submit his response to the commission. though the new prime minister has also been issued a notice, we are yet to receive a response from him,” a source in the
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commission told Pakistan Today. the source added that the commission wanted to get input from the then chief executive of the country as other stakeholders had given their input about the matter. However, he added, the former PM did not respond. “Other than the prime minister, the commission had also sent its questionnaire to CIA, which has also not responded,” the source added. Reportedly, the commission had questioned Gilani why he had authorised the then Pakistan Ambassador to US Husain Haqqani through his principal secretary, Nargis Sethi, to issue visas to 4,000 Americans bypassing scrutiny process by the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and other related organs of the state. Continued on page 04