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2 policemen, woman among those killed in fierce clashes on Saturday KARACHI
KARACHI: Residents of Lyari transport on a handcart the body of a victim of the ensuing clashes between gangsters and the police on Saturday. inp
Talks between US, Pakistan fail: NYT WASHINGTON AFP
High-level talks on ending a diplomatic deadlock between the United States and Pakistan have ended in failure over Pakistani demands for an apology from the United States, The New York Times reported Saturday. The newspaper said US special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan Marc Grossman left Islamabad on Friday night with no agreement. The departure followed two days of discussions aimed at patching up the damage caused by a US air strike last November that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers on the Afghanistan border, the report said. The United States refuses to apologize for the strike. The United States and Pakistan disagree
about the precise sequence of events in the deadliest single cross-border attack of the 10year war in Afghanistan. Pakistan denies shooting first, and has accused the Americans of an intentional attack on its troops. The administration of President Barack Obama had been seriously debating whether to say “I’m sorry” to Pakistan’s satisfaction — until April 15, when multiple simultaneous attacks struck Kabul and other Afghan cities, The Times said. “What changed was the 15th of April,” the paper quotes an unnamed senior administration official as saying. US military and intelligence officials concluded that the attacks were directed by the Haqqani network. That swung the raging debate on whether Obama or another senior US official should go beyond the expression of regret that the administration had already given, and apologize, the paper said. Without the apology, Pakistani officials say they cannot reopen the NATO supply routes into Afghanistan that have been closed since November, the report said. The United States, in turn, is withholding from Pakistan between $1.18 billion and $3 billion (2.26 billion euros) of promised military aid. The continuing deadlock does not bode well for Pakistan’s attendance at a NATO meeting in Chicago in three weeks, assuming it is even invited, The Times said. US administration officials acknowledged Friday that the stalemate would not be resolved quickly, the paper noted.
T least 11 people, including two policemen, a gangster and a woman, were killed on Saturday in the ongoing battle between law enforcement agencies (LEAs) and criminal gangs for Karachi’s troubled Lyari area, a stronghold of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP). The operation started after President Asif Ali Zardari ordered authorities to purge the area of criminals ahead of the general elections in 2013. At least 19 people have so far been killed during two days of violence and more than 50 others have been left injured. The operation is being led by Criminal Investigation Department (CID) chief SSP Chaudhry Aslam. The FC, police and Elite Force is taking part in the Lyari operation. Lyari has turned into a battlefield and routine life in the town has come to a standstill. Shops and markets in the area have been closed down and people have been forced to remain inside their houses amid frequent exchange of heavy gunfire between LEAs and criminals.
On Saturday, residents of Lyari staged a protest demonstration at the main football ground against the operation and chanted slogans against LEAs. They claimed that the LEAs had started looting their houses in the name of operation. They demanded President Zardari look into the matter and stop the operation in the PPP stronghold. Some leaders of the Peoples Aman Committee (PAC) have announced their disassociation with the PPP. Zaffar Baloch, Habib Jan and Uzair Baloch were among those who announced their disassociation with the PPP. Office-goers found it impossible to reach work, while the Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) postponed exams in all six centres set up in Lyari. Among those killed, at least nine people, including a Station House Officer (SHO), a woman, a policeman and the brother of a notorious criminal Mullah Nisar were killed in the jurisdiction of Kalakot police station. Killings also took place at Cheel Chowk, Afshani Gali, Gabol Park and Nawa Lane. Kalakot police SHO Azam Gopang refused to take part in the operation and relieved the charge of his police station. At Afshani Gali, Jogi Chowk, mis-
creants equipped with sophisticated weapons attacked an armored personnel carrier (APC) of police and killed Civil Lines SHO Fawad Khan. Kalakot police head moharir Waheed confirmed the killing. He said the miscreants fired rockets at the APC due to which the wind screen of the APC broke, after which they opened blatant fire and killed the SHO. Waheed said an ASI of Civil Lines police station, Iftikhar and a head constable (HC) of Kalakot police, Syed Intizar Ali Shah, were also injured in the attack. He added that three men were also killed in Nawa Lane and were identified as Akhtar, Luqman and Wahid Bux. Waheed added that two men, including a HC, were gunned down at Cheel Chowk. Another man, who was identified as Muhammad Azeem, was also killed at Cheel Chowk. Separately, a woman and a man were shot dead near Gabol Park. “Two others, including the brother of notorious Lyari gangster Mullah Nisar, Mullah Sohail and Akhtar Hussain were killed during the operation in Afshani Gali,” Waheed concluded. Continued on page 04
no bounty on Hafiz Saeed: Munter LAHORE
tual interests, respect and trust. Munter said there was trust deficit between both countries but it could be bridged through people-to-people contacts and continuous dialogue. He appreciated the role of media in Pakistan and said that in Hafiz Saeed case, there was a bit of misjudgment by the media. The US ambassador said the bounty was not for Hafiz Saeed rather it was for establishing any contact between Jamaatud Dawa and Mumbai attacks. He said there have been talks among US, Pakistan and Afghan delegations for peace in the region.
US Ambassador Cameron Munter has said that the US had not set any bounty on Jamaatud Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed. Speaking at the second annual dinner of American Business Forum (ABF) on Saturday, he said the SC decision against Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani was an internal matter of Pakistan and the US respected every institution of Pakistan. “The relations of US and Pakistan are improving and many seniors from the US have come to Pakistan in recent days and relations are getting normal,” he said. Munter said despite differences of both countries in the recent months, the situation was improving and things would hopefully get better. He said the US had not fixed any head money for Hafiz Saeed, rather the announcement was made by the Reward for Justice Programme. Per the announcement, the person who provided any information regarding terrorism in any country of the
world and this information led to the arrest of terrorists would be rewarded, he added. To a question regarding trilateral talks of Pakistan, Afghanistan and the US, he said Washington and Islamabad were the supporters of dialogue and the real stakeholders i.e the Afghan government and Taliban would themselves resolve their issues bilaterally. He said the US was firmly committed to its partnership with Pakistan, a relation built on a foundation of mu-
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Shahzain Bugti surrenders to police QUETTA: Nawabzada Shahzain Bugti, provincial president of the Jamhoori Watan Party (JWP) and grandson of late Baloch leader Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti, on Saturday surrendered himself to police for arrest along with his companions. The arrest warrants of the JWP leader were issued after the Supreme Court of Pakistan cancelled his bail on April 7, 2012. Talking to reporters, he said, “We did not commit any crime.” “All cases, especially the arms recovery case, made against us are baseless and have no legal ground.” He said on one side the government was making tall claims of withdrawing all cases against Baloch leaders, but on the other false and baseless cases were being lodged against them. Shahzain rejected expressed grave concern over the baseless cases against Baloch leaders. He claimed that intelligence agencies kidnapped his counsellor Advocate Mukesh Kohli so that no one could follow my petition in arms recovery case. However, “We would continue our struggle for our rights,” he said. “We respect and honour the decisions of the court, even though we would follow up our cases to proof ourselves innocent in false cases.” To a question regarding talks with Balochistan Home Minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Zehri, Shahzain Bugti confirmed that no talks have been held with the home minister. STAFF RePoRT
Nawaz’s statement an attack on SC: Kaira ISLAMABAD
EDERAL Ministers Qamar Zaman Kaira and Farooq H Naik have said that the statement by Nawaz Sharif was an attack on the Supreme Court and an attempt to influence it before the issuance of a detailed judgment in the contempt case against the prime minister. Addressing a joint press conference, Naik said it was also an attempt on the part of Nawaz Sharif to divert the court’s attention from the Mehran Bank Scandal. The minister expressed the hope that the court would
not come under any influence. He said the supreme court in its verdict of April 26 did not disqualify the prime minister nor his membership of the National Assembly. He said powers rested with the NA speaker, chairman of the Senate and chief election commissioner to disqualify a member of the parliament. Naik said Nawaz, his colleagues and the SC registrar were in a hurry to send Yousaf Raza Gilani home, but he could not be sent to Multan without completing the legal processes. The law minister said a privilege motion would be moved in the National Assembly against the registrar for his
writing of letter to the speaker and the election commission. Kaira said after the apex court verdict in the contempt case, certain opposition leaders and some TV anchors were continuously talking against the reality. He said the PPP was not the party that attacked the Supreme Court, rather it accorded due respect to the judiciary. Kaira said nineteen years ago, Nawaz attacked the Supreme Court and he had once again launched an attack on it. He said all political leaders, including Imran Khan, had spoken of devising their course of action after detailed judgment, but “Nawaz and Chaudhry Nisar have a divergent view point”.
Gilani still PM, will continue to work with him: US WASHINGTON: The United States on Friday night said it continued to work with Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani and believed he remained leader of the Pakistani democratic government, after a brief sentencing and conviction in a contempt of court case. “There was a court decision, he was given a 30 second sentence, I believe, and he remains the Prime Minister of Pakistan,” State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said, responding to a question at the daily briefing. She said, “And, as such, we continue to work with him (Prime Minister Gilani) and Ambassador Grossman did meet with him in Pakistan.” Marc Grossman, who is special US envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan, also met with President Asif Ali Zardari and Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar during his visit, aimed at repairing the strained ties between two countries and moving forward in the light of Pakistani parliamentary guidelines. APP
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KARACHI: Policemen escort a mourning colleague after gangsters shot dead a police officer during a search operation in Lyari on Saturday. OnLine
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Saudi Arabia received Bin Ladens on ‘humanitarian grounds’ JEDDAH
india holds talks over fuel exports to pakistan BATHINDA ReuTeRS
India has held talks over exporting refined fuels to its neighbour Pakistan, the head of Hindustan Mittal Energy said on Saturday, at the opening of the company’s new refinery close to the border between the two countries. Moves to stimulate trade flows and liberalise restricted investment rules have emerged as the key driver of peace efforts between the neighbours, whose fragile ties were shattered when Pakistani militants attacked the Indian city of Mumbai in 2008. “There were government-to-government discussions. A delegation from Pakistan came but nothing has been finalised,” said S. Roy Choudhury, chairman of Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd (HPCL) <HPCL.NS> and Hindustan Mittal Energy. “Any decision has to make economic sense,” he added. Pakistan said last month it was close to removing gasoline from a list of banned imports from India. It allowed diesel imports in 2009, but no Indian supplies were sent in the face of preferential prices offered by allies such as Kuwait. “We have significant refining ca-
pacity to enable us to export petroleum products,” Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said at the official inauguration of the Bathinda refinery. Industry experts say fuel exports by India to Pakistan could be difficult as India’s own fuel demand is rising, and Pakistan uses fuel of lower specification than what is being produced in Bathinda and other Indian refineries. The $4 billion Bathinda refinery, located 100 kilometres from the border with Pakistan and 175 kilometres from the city of Lahore, is operated by Hindustan Mittal Energy, a joint venture of state-run HPCL and Mittal Energy, owned by billionaire Lakshmi Mittal. Hindustan Mittal Energy is in talks with Kuwait and Saudi Arabia for long-term crude supplies, Choudhury said. The refinery will help to meet fuel demand in the India’s northern region, which is short of refined products. India’s current refining capacity is close to 4.3 million barrels per day (bpd), including Bathinda’s 180,000 bpd. The plant may eventually double capacity to 360,000 barrels per day, said Mittal, also chairman of
steel giant ArcelorMittal. India’s oil minister S. Jaipal Reddy said in January the country was examining a proposal to export petroleum products and gasoline to Pakistan. India decided to permit foreign direct investment from Pakistan this month, in the latest sign of thawing economic ties between two nuclear-armed foes that have fought three wars since their independence from Britain in 1947. India and other emerging markets are boosting refining capacity to feed rising regional demand, while their counterparts in the United States and Europe restructure or shut plants as fuel sales slow. The country, which imports around 80 percent of its oil demand, needs appropriate retail prices of fuel, the prime minister said. “We also need to rationalize prices and at the same time ensure that the poor and needy are shielded from the effects of such a rationalization,” said Singh. India’s fuel retailers sell cooking gas, kerosene and diesel at below market prices set by the government, and threatened to hike gasoline prices this month in the face of mounting losses.
AUDI Arabia has allowed the three widows and children of slain AlQaeda chief Osama bin Laden entrance into the kingdom on humanitarian grounds, a Saudiowned daily reported on Saturday. Citing a senior Saudi official, the London-based Asharq al-Awsat said the kingdom “dealt with bin Laden’s wives on humanitarian grounds,” adding that authorities were confident that they and the children “were not involved in” the operations of the extremist group. The widows — two Saudis and a Yemeni — arrived on Friday with their 10 children, after being expelled from Pakistan, Mohammed Naji Allaw, head of the Yemeni non-governmental group Hood, told AFP. Saudi Arabia has kept totally silent on the issue and so far has not officially confirmed their arrival. Yemen’s ambassador to Islamabad, Abdo Abdulrahman, however told the newspaper “bin Laden’s family arrived in Saudi
Arabia on Friday morning ... on a private plane provided by the bin Laden family.” He said Amal al-Sadaa, the Yemeni wife who fathered five of bin Laden’s children and is said to have been his favourite, left Pakistan on Yemeni travel documents and “could return to Yemen” after a brief visit with her husband’s extended family. The senior Saudi official told the daily Saada was granted “a visitor’s visa to pass through Saudi Arabia.” Allaw told AFP on Friday that preparations for Sadaa’s return to Yemen were already underway. Hood, which deals with human rights cases in Yemen, especially those concerning children, has been tasked by the widow’s brother, Zakaria Abdulfattah al-Sadaa, with looking after her case. Last week, family lawyer Atif Ali Khan said Sadaa and her children might be sent to Yemen after Saudi Arabia. The United States declined to comment on the deportation. “We see that as a matter between the Pakistanis and the Saudis,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said in Washington.
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Haqqani hints at life threats to him in Pakistan ISLAMABAD
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ORMER ambassador to the US Hussain Haqqani on Saturday said there were threats to his life in Pakistan so he could not appear before the Memo Commission but he said he was ready to record his statement through a video link. Talking to a private TV channel, he said after the memo scandal, some elements declared him traitor of the country, however he said the threat to his life was a reality. “The second reason for not coming Pakistan is bad health and my doctors have advised me rest,” he said. “The lawyers who showered the murderer of Salmaan Taseer with rose petals did not have their licences cancelled… even a retired judge, Justice Khawaja Sharif became his lawyer. I do not want to take the risk of coming
to Pakistan where some fanatic could gun me down by declaring me traitor of the country and one of the retired judges would take the killer’s case to the court,” Haqqani said. He said he should get the same right which Mansoor Ijaz was given. “The Supreme Court allowed him to go abroad on January30. There is not any case against him .The people belonged to the party of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto should also be dispensed of the justice.” He said, “I thought after the incident of May 2, the US will adopt a hard stance to ask Pakistan that what was Osama was doing in Pakistan and under whom arrangements he was staying there. But some people did not like my opinion and I was trapped in the memo scandal. I did not say that I would never come to Pakistan. I would travel when my doctor allows me to,” he added.
Battle for Lyari Continued fRom page 1 CID Chief SSP Chaudhry Aslam told Pakistan Today that the operation was still going on and LEAs had cleared many areas of Lyari from criminals. He said LEAs had cleared Nawa Lane, Cheel Chowk and Afshani Gali and established its pickets. He said two cops and three gangsters had been killed in the operation, adding that several innocent people had also fallen prey to the violence. “I will not give a deadline for completion of the operation but I am hopeful that the operation would be concluded in a couple of days.” Additional Inspector General (AIG) Sindh Akhtar Ghor-
chani said that the criminals had sophisticated weapons and LEAs were facing difficulties in the operation. He said the criminals had the support of banned outfits and some anti-state elements, “but we will complete this operation soon”. “We have put extra force on alert and if needed send it to Lyari to complete operation,” he said. TV channels, meanwhile, reported that the police were being helped by the Arshad Pappu gang and they were actively participating in the “search operation”. Uzair Baloch told a private TV channel that the search operation was in fact an attempt to hand over Lyari’s control to the Arshad Pappu gang.
Militants blow up makeshift school in Landikotal LANDIKOTAL INP
KARACHI: Police use water canon to disperse protesting employees of NCHd during a demonstration outside Karachi Press Club on Saturday. OnLine
no silver bullet to destroy alQaeda: Panetta ABOARD US MILITARY PLANE AFP
US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Friday there is “no silver bullet” to completely destroy alQaeda but argued that killing Osama bin Laden helped set the network back. Panetta spoke to reporters aboard a military plane on his way from Latin America, where he visited Colombia, Brazil and Chile to bolster bilateral military cooperation and regional security ties. “Having been involved in the operations, even before we did bin Laden, it’s clear that there is no kind of silver bullet here to suddenly being able to destroy alQaeda, and that includes even going after bin Laden,” he said. “But the way this works is that the more successful we are at taking down those who represent their spiritual and ideological leadership, the greater our ability to weaken their threat to this country and to other countries.”
Taliban reject safe passage agreed in islamabad moot ISLAMABAD o N LI Ne
The Afghan Taliban on Saturday rejected the trilateral forum agreement in Islamabad to give a safe passage to those militants willing to talk to the Afghan government. In a message, Taliban Spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid called the decision a US tactic to surrender jihadis. In the wake of the Karzai’s administration quest for holding direct talks with the Taliban and the desire of Washington to resume the stalled talks with them in Qatar, the high-level delegation from the US, Afghanistan and officials from Pakistan met on Friday to discuss the challenges and opportunities in reconciliation as well as peace in Afghanistan and other issues.
The meeting of the trilateral forum also known as core group agreed to form a sub-group at UN level to coordinate activities at New York and another group would comprises of experts to find out ways and means to provide the negotiable Taliban with safe passage including delisting their names from the UN terrorists’ list. Mujahid said the US and its allies were engaged in self-deception by applying such tactics in the face of their defeat. “The US and its allies have so far not recognized mujahideen, who are not fighting for positions or greed. Rather we are doing jihad as an independent nation and representatives of Pakhtuns for freedom.” “The US is on run and on the verge of defeat and
it is trying to secure its status quo in the world,” he said, “as according to the meeting in Islamabad the Mujahideen would surrender in the name of reconciliation.” He said they (the US and its allies) should not expect anyone from among the mujahideen to surrender. “We have not yet reached to the stage of holding peace talks with the international community. The focus is on initiation of CBMs before the talks for peace, consensus in this connection is in developing process but so far even implementation of the measures have not been started,” Mujahid said. Releasing Taliban leadership detained Guantanamo military prison was one of the important conditions of Taliban for CBMs.
pakistan tipped off US on bin Laden: Wp WASHINGTON AFP
Pakistan’s intelligence service believes it deserves credit for helping US spy agencies locate the hideout of Osama bin Laden, who was killed by US commandos nearly a year ago, The Washington Post reported. “The lead and the information actually came from us,” an unnamed senior official with Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate (ISI) told The Post. The al-Qaeda founder and 9/11 mastermind was killed on May 2 last year in a secret US Navy SEAL op-
eration in a walled-off compound in the Pakistani garrison town of Abbottabad, north of the Pakistani capital. Washington and Islamabad are now working to repair their relationship, which was badly damaged by the revelation that the world’s most wanted man was living a stone’s throw from Pakistan’s elite military academy. “Any hit on al-Qaeda anywhere in the world has happened with our help,” The Post quotes one of the Pakistani intelligence officials as saying. The other official, who
said he had been intimately involved in the hunt for senior al-Qaeda operatives, including bin Laden, said the ISI provided the CIA with a cellphone number that eventually led to an alQaeda courier using the nom de guerre of Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti, the paper said. The officials said that in November 2010, they turned over the number to the CIA, along with information that it had last been detected in Abbottabad, the report said. The ISI said it did not know then that the number was Kuwaiti’s, but that CIA
analysts did, without however relaying that information back to the Pakistanis, The Post noted. “They knew who the number belonged to,” the paper quoted one official as saying. “But after that their cooperation with us ended.” “It is the story of an extreme trust deficit and betrayal,” complained the other ISI official, the paper pointed out. However a US official disputed the ISI version, The Post said. “The fact is, our knowledge of the number didn’t come from them telling us about it,” the paper quoted the US official as saying.
A building temporarily being used as a girls’ primary school was blown up by militants in Landikotal on Friday. According to sources in the political administration of Khyber Agency, militants planted explosive in the girls’ primary school building located in Sheikh Malkhel area of Landikotal and blew it up at around 2am. The building comprising four classrooms, a hall and boundary wall was completely destroyed after the blast, the sources said. Around 75 schools, mostly girls’ primary schools have been destroyed so far by the militants in Khyber Agency, among them 25 institutions in Landikotal alone.
indian politician jailed for four years for bribery NEW DELHI AFP
A former top leader of India’s main opposition Hindu nationalist party was jailed for four years on Saturday for accepting a bribe to swing a fake arms deal in a media sting operation. Bangaru Laxman, former chief of the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), was secretly videotaped accepting the bribe from journalists pretending to be arms dealers 11 years ago. The sting footage was aired on television channels nationwide, creating a political storm for the then BJP government, headed by former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Additional Sessions Court Judge Kanwaljeet Arora sentenced the 72-year-old Laxman to four years “rigorous imprisonment” and imposed a 100,000 rupee ($2,000) fine on the politician under India’s anti-corruption act.
4 killed, 10 injured in charsadda grenade attack CHARSADDA oNLINe
At least four people, including three children were killed, while 10 others injured in a hand grenade attack during a marriage ceremony in the Chato Korona area of Charsadda here on Saturday. According to police sources, unknown men hurled a hand grenade during a marriage ceremony, as a result of which four persons including three children died. Ten others were injured in the attack. The injured were shifted to District Headquarter Hospital for treatment. Police said that the attack was motivated by an old enmity.
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Parliament can undo SC verdict: Khosa LAHORE
UNJAB Governor Latif Khosa on Saturday said parliament could undo the Supreme Court verdict as court orders fall under parliament’s jurisdiction. Addressing a “meet the press” programme at the Lahore Press Club, he said people who were a product of martial law did not know about the significance of democracy and the constitution. “Nawaz Sharif talks about an independent judiciary and a free media but it were PML-N workers who had attacked the daily Jang office and opened fire on it and journalists were attacked by PML-N activists at Muslim League House on Davis Road when they took out a rally against the incident,” he added.
He said, “During the recent period of Chhotay Mughal-e-Azam, journalists were treated harshly at the Punjab Assembly.” He said until today the walls of the Supreme Court testified a PML-N attack on the building. “We know how much they respect the Supreme Court,” he said. He said huge amendments had been made to the Contempt of Court Act 1976 and 11 A were added to it in the Nawaz period. “The same law existed in Nawaz and Musharraf eras and it still exists in the country today but the law under which the prime minister has been convicted does not exist at all,” he added. He said the PPP had always respected the judiciary and PPP workers were asked not to raise any slogan and do anything to ridicule the judiciary after the verdict. “We still have the right to appeal,” he added. He said there was no emergency in the country which prompted the
Supreme Court to issue a short order. “It should have been better if the complete decision of the court had been announced,” he added. He said only the people could elect a prime minister and they had the right to remove him. He said, “The Punjab chief minister does not accept the president and his brother Nawaz Sharif is against the prime minister. Does it happen anywhere in the world?” He said on the day when the Supreme Court announced its decision, people positively responded in the evening in the favour of the PPP candidate who won by-elections in Multan. “The Sharif brothers are asking for removing the prime minister because he was following the constitution,” he added. He said the PPP believed in the people and transparent elections and always wanted to strengthen the country. To a question, he said it was not men-
tioned in the short order that the prime minister had been disqualified. He said, “If the prime minister writes a letter to Swiss courts, it will degrade the entire people of Pakistan, parliament and the armed forces because under the constitution the president has immunity.” He said the PML-N always wanted to come to power through backdoors but it would not happen now as the people were fully aware and the media was vibrant. He said former minister Babar Awan and former law secretary Masood Chishti stabbed the PPP in the back. The governor said the court focused its full attention towards making cases against the leadership of PPP during last four years. The behaviour of the court was inappropriate, which should be mended. The court should fix its affairs. Later, he announced Rs 2 million for the extension of the Lahore Press Club cafeteria.
Imran urges Gilani to immediately cede office ISLAMABAD oNLINe
ISLAmABAd: PPP activists burn tyres on Islamabad expressway during a demonstration on Saturday against the Pm’s conviction. OnLine
SHC says plea against Gilani for working as pM maintainable KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Saturday accepted as maintainable a constitutional petition against Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on continuing his duties after his conviction in the contempt of court case. The high court will begin hearing the petition from Monday. The constitutional petition filed by Maulvi Iqbal Haider sought from court to stop Gilani from functioning as premier of the country. Haider’s plea says Gilani could not run the affairs of the country after the ruling of the Supreme Court convicting him of contempt of court. inp
‘n’ to decide on reference against pM on 30th ISLAMABAD oNLINe
The PML-N would decide to forward the ineligibility reference against Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani to the National Assembly speaker during the Executive Committee meeting on April 30. Ahsan Iqbal told Online that the Nawaz Sharif had instructed the PML-N leadership to contact civil society, lawyers, traders and media to pave the public opinion before forwarding the reference to the speaker. He said this was decided in a meeting of PML-N, which was held under the chairmanship of Nawaz Sharif. He said the consultation would also be made with the general council of the party.
A convicted criminal is clinging to pM’s office: Ji chief LAHORE NNI
Jamaat-e-Islami chief Munawar Hasan has said a convicted criminal’s clinging to the office of the prime minister was setting a novel and shameful precedent in the country. He has counseled Yousaf Raza Gilani to immediately resign as a facesaving measure and announce elections because he and his cabinet did not have any constitutional status now nor was anybody bound to obey their orders. Talking to different delegations at Mansoora after his return from Quetta on Saturday, Hasan said ridiculing the judiciary and mocking at its decisions was in the PPP’s nature. Gilani’s claims of loyalty and protection of the constitution were ridiculous as he had been making a mockery of the apex court decisions for the last four years. The JI chief also blamed the PML-N, saying it was equally responsible for the present mess in the country. He said the PML-N had not only provided the convicted man an opportunity to enter parliament but had also provided the PPP a free hand by staging a walk out. Hasan said practically, there was no government in the country at present and if the situation continued, disorder and anarchy would prevail. He advised Gilani to at least have mercy on himself if not the country and bow to the SC decision, giving up stubbornness adding that the government could not last long and time would soon come when millions of people would be on roads to demand his resignation. The JI chief also slated the Presidential Ordinance for whitening the black money and said at a time when the PPP government was on its way out, the ordinance was only a trick to protect the loot and plunder of the national wealth by the ministers. He also slated Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar’s complaint of the US not stopping drone attacks and said the government making the country a battle front and causing the killing of nearly 40,000 innocent people on the US’ dictation could not befool the masses by shedding crocodile tears. He said if the nation wanted to protect the country’s integrity and sovereignty, it must change its attitude. The PPP had made the country a slave of the IMF and the World Bank by burdening it under huge loans. The masses who had tried the PPP and the PML-N time and again should now be wise enough not vote for them.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf Chairman Imran Khan has said that Yousaf Raza Gilani was no longer a prime minister and he should immediately step down from his post. Speaking to media on Saturday, Khan reiterated that nobody could remain the prime minister after being convicted by a court of law. “Those who are busy supporting Gilani are afraid of being convicted too for their deeds,” he said. “They know it would be their turn after Zardari.” Khan on Thursday dubbed Gilani’s conviction in contempt case a gift by an independent judiciary. The PTI chairman called upon the PM to immediately step down. He claimed that he would arrange massive show in Islamabad in response to PPP demonstrations against the SC ruling. “I challenge the PPP, take as many people as you can to the streets against the Supreme Court, then I will show you how
massive a rally you arranged,” Khan added. He said he would show the rulers what the people’s will was. The PTI chief said that the government had nothing to do with the people as it was busy in making fortune. Imran Khan said the government was hiding corruption in the name of democracy. Meanwhile, Khan made former foreign minister Khursheed Kasuri his adviser on foreign affairs. Besides being an adviser to the PTI chairman, Kasuri will also chair the PTI Kashmir committee.
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ppp, pML-Q mull bringing 21st amendment for new provinces LAHORE INP
The Pakistan People’s Party and Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid are contemplating bringing 21st amendment in the constitution aimed at changing the method of carving out new provinces. According to sources, both parties who are anxious to create the Seraiki province before the general elections and are considering bringing 21st amendment in the constitution aimed at altering the existing procedure for creating new provinces. Sources said the two coalition partners shared this plan regarding the 21st amendment among themselves, adding that the ruling party would also consult other allies soon.
Chief justice to get international Jurist Award LONDON APP
SWAT: Former militants sing national songs during a ceremony at Khawazakhela Petam on Saturday. OnLine
Three killed in two incidents in Karak KARAK
PM’s disqualification not mentioned in verdict: Shujaat
Three men died and three were seriously injured in two separate incidents on Saturday. Police sources said in the first incident a car going from Kundi to Teri, Banda Daud Shah tehsil, met with an accident in Mardankhel area and two young men Hadaytullah and Shahid died on the spot while their two colleagues identified as Qadir Khan and Arsal Khan sustained critical injuries. The bodies and the injured were immediately shifted to civil hospital Teri where the doctors stated the conditions of injured serious. They were later referred to a hospital in Kohat. The sources said the incident occurred as the motorcar overturned due to over speeding. Meanwhile, in the second incident a retired bank manager Nawab Khan resident of Taki Mithakhel was washed away by seasonal water nullah while he was crossing it after torrential rain with his nephew on motorcycle. Both were stranded in the water and the local people tried to save their lives but could not save the manager. His motorcycle was also washed away by the gushing water. Arshad was taken to district headquarter hospital from where he was relieved after first aid. The local people said the cause of the accident was absence of a culvert on the water channel and demanded that a culvert be constructed on the nullah in the under construction road. Meanwhile dozens of houses in Shamshaki, Dora Algadda and Walay Banda partially damaged by the heavy downpour but fortunately no lose of life has been reported. It was also learnt that dozens of cattle and hundreds of hens and chicken were killed by the rain coupled with hailstorm in the hilly areas of Zarakhel, Channikhel, Daraki Banda and Kandokhel. A big portion of lands have been eroded by the gushing water in Ghundi Mir Khankhel and Badeen Khel areas.
ML-Q President Shujaat Hussain has said the PML-N leadership is interpreting the Supreme Court verdict the way it wants to as it is not written anywhere in the verdict that Yousaf Raza Gilani is no more the prime minister. Talking to reporters on Saturday after visiting the Lahore Museum along with Gandhara Art Peace Mission from Korea, Shujaat said all including the government were bound by the verdict of the Supreme Court. He said an appeal against the verdict was being filed, final decision on which the question of Gilani remaining the Prime Minister or not will arise. He said contempt of court of should be imposed on PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif when he had stormed the Supreme Court and humiliated it. He said the people still remember the attack on the Supreme Court when the name plates of the judges were also removed from the Punjab House, and Shahbaz Sharif was asking the attackers on loud-
speaker to return to Lahore after having qeema-filled naans. To a question, Shujat said the Supreme Court had not charged Gilani with corruption or embezzlement, adding that Nawaz should not use the judiciary’s name for political purposes. He said Nawaz had a habit of causing confrontation between the constitution and institutions and wanted to exploit the
opportunity for his political gains. He said well-known money laundering and Hudaibia Paper Mills cases were lying in the cold storage along with evidence. In response to a question, Shujaat said elections should be held when they were due. Nawaz was in habit of turning political opposition into personal enmity and had repeatedly confronted during his tenures not only with the judiciary but with the army and the media. He said Nawaz referred to the constitution and law every now and then and then asked whether he could mention any article of the constitution which allowed him confrontation with any institution or attacking the Supreme Court. Earlier, Shujaat visited the Lahore Museum with the Korean delegation. Members of the delegation thanked Shujaat for his hospitality and said they were very happy to see that their scared places were being well kept and maintained in Pakistan. Later, the delegation visited Gandhara Art Gallery and performed their religious rites in front of the statue of Buddha. Mowahid Hussain Shah, Imran Masood, MPA Amna Ulfat and former MPA Shazia Chand were also present.
The International Council of Jurists (ICJP) has conferred the prestigious International Jurists Award, 2012 on Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, in recognition of his contributions to the administration of justice. A spokesman for the association said on Saturday that the award ceremony is scheduled to be held in London on May 28th in which the award will be presented by Chief Justice of United Kingdom Rt Hon Lord Phillips in the presence of chief justices, law ministers, members of the parliament, bar leaders, law teachers and journalists from different countries who have been invited for the prestigious occasion. The award is a regular feature of the International Council of Jurists and some of its earlier recipients include International Court of Justice President Justice Rosalyn Higgins; Chief Justice of United Kingdom Rt. Lord Phillips, Chief Justice of Canada Justice Beverley McLachlin; International Court of Justice Vice President Justice Awn S AlKhasawneh. The Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry had put up resistance against former military dictator, Gen Pervaiz Musharraf and became the inspiring icon for the historical movement of the restoration of the judiciary. He was deposed by the military dictator in March, 2007 when he refused to relinquish the post. Pakistan witnessed a historical lawyers’ movement after Musharraf sacked the chief justice.He was restored on July 20th, 2007 and was again sacked along with other judges of the superior judiciary on November 3rd, 2009 when Musharraf imposed emergency in the country. Iftikhar Chaudhry and other judges were reinstated by the democratic government in March, 2009. Iftikhar Chaudhry was also awarded The Medal of Freedom, by the Harvard Law School Association in 2007.
pM to attend nATO summit in US ISLAMABAD oNLINe
Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani would participate in the upcoming NATO summit on the future of Afghanistan in Chicago on the special invitation of the US President Barack Obama, who is hosting the event. Earlier, Pakistan had boycotted the Bonn conference on Afghanistan as a mark of protest following the Salala check post attack which had killed 26 Pakistani soldiers. Well-placed sources told Online
on Saturday that the US President Obama had invited his Pakistani counterpart President Asif Ali Zardari to participate in the 2-day high level gathering through his special representative for the region Marc Grossman; however the president suggested that prime minister should represent the country in the summit. Sources maintained that though, the invitation was directly addressed to the president but president Zardari has named the prime minister for the participation in the NATO summit.
“Following the conviction of the Prime Minister by the apex court, President Zardari has directed to send him to the summit in a bid to convey a strong massage to the opposition that Gilani is still a powerful prime minister,” they added. Sources said a meeting between the prime minister and the US president could also took place during the sideline of the summit.. Leaders from all around the world are gathering in the summit starting from May 20 and being hosted by President Obama. “Since, President Obama is
hosting the event; therefore he wanted the participation of Pakistan to make the event successful for the future of Afghanistan,” sources said. Sources claimed that President Obama’s move to specially invite the Pakistani President is a bid to defuse the tension between both the allies following Salala check post attack. The Pakistan leadership ,however had already conveyed a strong message to Washington that until apology on Salala check post attack, Pakistan would not proceed further in terms of Pak-US relation.
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By 9 o’ clock, City of Lights to fall into darkness ■ Sindh govt, businessmen decide to close down all markets, shops by 8:30 pm KARACHI
HE Sindh government and the traders’ community of the city have mutually agreed to close down all business activities in the metropolis by 8:30 in the night and not to allow any shop to remain open after 9:00 pm. Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah held a meeting with the business community of Karachi on Saturday to discuss the time of closing shops in light of the National Energy Commission’s recommendations. On April 12, the chief minister had also held a meeting with various business associations in which they had discussed their views regarding the 8:00 pm closure time. The business community has expressed displeasure over the 8:00 pm closure time and informed the chief minister that the metropolitan is an economic hub and the retail markets here have usually operate until late hours of the evening. They had expressed concern over as well as registered com-
plaints regarding the deteriorating law and order situation, and the chief minister took immediate notice of all the complaints. The business community appreciated the efforts of the provincial government and thanked the chief minister for his prompt directives to the police, resulting in visits to various markets by Karachi Additional Inspector General of Police Akhtar Gorchani. The businessmen stressed upon the need of Rangers personnel for vigilance along with the police as discussed in the previous meeting as well. “This issue is not political and we must work together to resolve this national crisis of energy,” the chief minister said. He apprised the businessmen community that the need to ensure early closure was to meet the energy shortage, which is only possible when the whole community takes steps to save it. He appreciated the sagacity of the city’s businessmen who, regardless of the inconveniences to them, are willing to cooperate with the provincial government for early closure of shops. The chief minister, Sindh
Power Minister Shazia Marri, Rashid Rabbani and Zubair Motiwala held a detailed discussion with representatives of the business community, including Siraj Qasim Teli, Majeed, Javed, Meer Ateeq and Idrees. The businessmen informed the chief minister that they had constituted a committee of likeminded traders and were focusing on creating a healthy business atmosphere with a positive attitude. They assured that no negative elements would be allowed to foil the business environment or create rifts among traders. The participants of the meeting suggested that keeping in mind Karachi’s economic importance and current crisis, any time for early closure be announced in light of ground realities. It was decided that 8:30 pm would be considered as the closure time, but no shop would be allowed to remain open after 9:00 pm. Siraj Qasim Teli suggested that a committee comprising representatives of the business community would be constituted to ensure the implementation of the decision and requested the chief
minister to ensure that no representative of the administration would needlessly harass the traders, since the business community is willing to take the responsibility of implementation of the announcement. It was also decided that complaints regarding harassment would be communicated to the competent authority. The power minister suggested
that the implementation committee be approached if there is any complaint regarding non-implementation of the decision. The business community also raised the issue of the Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) and registered their problems about notices issued by the power company to various cottage industries on the pretext of excessive load.
The chief minister asked the business community to provide him with the details of the issue and ensured them that he would take necessary steps to address the issues regarding the KESC. He appreciated the role of the business community and expressed his satisfaction over their willingness to close shops early in the national spirit to address the challenges of energy.
SHC admits MQM’s defamation lawsuit Two ‘pakistani ■ anchorperson deliberately distorted facts: Barrister farogh naseem Taliban’ get life sentences KARACHI
The Sindh High Court (SHC) admitted for hearing on Saturday the defamation lawsuit filed by Dr Farooq Sattar, Deputy Convener of the
Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Coordination Committee, against a TV channel’s anchorperson. The hearing of the case shall start from May 15. In the petition, Sattar’s counsel Barrister Farogh Naseem submit-
ted that the host of a programme on a television channel had distorted facts to smear the political image MQM chief Altaf Hussain deliberately. “The anchorperson persisted in making baseless allegations in spite
of clear and unequivocal statements to the contrary by the main characters involved in the infamous Asghar Khan case,” it was stated. “The unfounded allegations have hurt the sentiments of millions of supporters of Hussain.”
■ Pia hijacker remanded to police custody until May 4 ■ Bhoja air management files petition at SHc against registering fir of plane crash KARACHI ImdAd SoomRo
all cnG stations in the city remained closed on Saturday due to the gas holiday in the province. OnLine
The Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC)-I awarded life imprisonment to two militants of the banned organisation Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan in a case of kidnapping for ransom. According to the prosecution, Qari Amin al Haq and Fazal Rahim had kidnapped Muhammadi Gul, a local businessman, from the Sohrab Goth area. Police arrested the accused men with the assistance of the Citizens-Police Liaison Committee and recovered the abducted man, after which a case was registered against the Taliban who had demanded Rs 2 million as ransom. After hearing the final arguments, ATC-I Judge Bashir Ahmed Khoso awarded life imprisonment to Haq and Rahim. PIA: The same court remanded into police custody on Saturday Javed Ansari, the alleged accused who threatened to hijack a domestic Pakistan International Airline (PIA) flight on April 27, until May 4. The suspect, a passenger in the Bahawalpur-bound flight, was arrested by the police on the complaint of Airport Authorities that he had threatened to hijack the plane during the flight. The flight had returned to the Karachi airport soon after take-off, when the alleged accused reportedly misbehaved with an airhostess and threatened to hijack the plane of the national airline. The Airport police registered a case under Section 402B of the Criminal Procedure Code and Section 7E of the AntiTerrorism Act. BHOJA AIR: The management of Bhoja Air filed a constitutional petition in the Sindh High Court (SHC) against the registration of the First Information Report (FIR) of the airline’s plane crash. In the petition, the management submitted that the registration of the case against Bhoja Air was against the basic human rights and illegal as well. The petitioners added that in the past, many airplanes had crashed, but no such case was registered against any airline.
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Qaim flays Nawaz’s ‘disqualified PM’ mantra KARACHI APP
INDH Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah has criticised the statements of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif on not recognising the prime minister and threats of resorting to protests as well as a long march. He was addressing a press conference at the Chief Minister’s House on Friday night along with the provincial ministers. Shah was of the view that the final judgement [on PM’s contempt of court case] was pending with the Supreme Court and before the decision, it is improper to give opinions that he has been
disqualified and Sharif does not recognise the prime minister. He exhorted the PML-N to look into the democratic values and avoid any stance in haste as they cannot derive any benefits. “Such acts can be harmful for the country,” he cautioned the elder Sharif brother. Stating that there is also a provision for appeal in the SC case, the chief minister said that Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani is popular among the people and has served the people for more than four years now and also fulfilled the commitment of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) with the masses. Shah thanked the allied parties for extending support in a difficult situation like in the past. Replying to a question, he said that
if one is talking of resorting to an act violating the law, then “we have the right to take action in accordance with the law”. “We will move ahead in accordance with the constitution and the law as well as democratic values,” he added. To another question, Shah said that Sharif has not given any reason and at once said that the prime minister is disqualified and that he does not recognise Gilani as the prime minister or the cabinet. “We are democratic and have rendered immense sacrifices for this democracy,” he said. “For the cause of democracy, rule of law, rights of the people and constitution, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Benazir Bhutto and a large number of PPP workers have rendered their lives.”
Shah said the PPP has not come to the power through backdoors and has fulfilled all democratic and constitutional provisions. “The elections of the president and the prime minister were carried out in accordance with the constitution and democratic values.” The chief minister said that in the elections, the prime minister got a unanimous vote which means he has the confidence of the entire assembly and the 180 million people of the country. “It is a constitutional requirement that the prime minister should serve the full five-year term,” he said. Shah said the detailed judgement of the SC has not been announced and that there was only a short order. “The SC has not given a clear view and has spoken of likely repercussions,” he added.
He said the party that enjoys the majority wants to take the opposition in confidence but attempts are being made to destabilise the federal government. “The PPP would not tolerate any such unconstitutional moves.” Shah, also the provincial chief of the PPP, said the general elections would be held according to the scheduled time. “The elections would be conducted in a free, fair and independent manner as has already been declared by the president and the prime minister.” Provincial ministers Agha Siraj Durrani, Murad Ali Shah, Nadir Magsi, Saifullah Dharejo, Ali Mardan Shah, Ayaz Soomro, Shazia Marri, Ali Nawaz Shah and Special Assistants to Chief Minister, Waqar Mehdi and Siddiq Abu Bhai were also present at the press conference.
Queen elizabeth ii’s diamond jubilee celebrated
additional inspector General Sindh akhtar Hussain Gorchani lays a floral wreath on the coffin of the police inspector who was killed in the Lyari operation on Saturday. OnLine
‘Distribution of wB’s woman slashed by husband lies helpless rs 27bn as per nfc’ at JPMc KARACHI
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A female patient was found lying in the corridor of the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC)’s main building. According to her mother, the woman was slashed with a sickle by her husband, causing serious wounds on her head and neck as well as her limbs. She and her family are from Sanghar and belong to the lower caste of Hindus called Bheel, working as agricultural workers in Gadap Town. The incident took place on April 18, but the police are reluctant to register the First Information Report against the accused husband. The mother of the woman said that the police had arrested the accused on the day of the incident and kept him in the lockup overnight, but they released him the next day. Now the Gadap Town police have asked them to produce a medico-legal certificate for the registration of the case, but it has not been issued by the JPMC authorities. The woman was treated in the neurosurgery ward and discharged by the doctors at the JPMC after a few days. The family is poor and illiterate, and the woman’s uncle, who was also at the hospital, lost his mobile phone when someone snatched it among other valuables one night. The woman has a 14-month-old boy who is suffering from starvation because of non-availability of mother’s milk. Her mother has been providing the boy powered milk, but the child is anaemic and weak. The family is in dire need of help, and they also need legal support from the police, which has so far been denied.
Federal minister and Higher Education Commission (HEC) Chairman Dr Javed Leghari called on Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah at the Chief Minister’s House on Saturday. The chief minister said that after the National Finance Commission (NFC) Award, the devolution of federal ministries to provincial departments and the decision of the meeting of the Council of Common Interests, the administrative control of universities has been transferred to provincial governments. The HEC chairman informed the chief minister that under the United States Agency for International Development programme, an amount of $127 million (Rs 11.56 billion) has been granted for the energy, water and agriculture sectors. He said that the task of the water centre project would be assigned to Jamshoro’s Mehran University of Engineering and Technology. He apprised the chief minister that the World Bank has provided an amount of $300 million (Rs 27.3 billion), which would be distributed and allocated according to the NFC formula. Also under the NFC, funds are being provided for the HEC scholarship programme for students as well, he added. He also informed the chief minister about the issues of the University of Sindh and the educational institutions of Shaheed Benazirabad.
The British Deputy High Commissioner in Karachi, Francis Campbell, hosted a reception on Friday evening to celebrate the diamond jubilee of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. UK High Commissioner Thomson and Deputy High Commissioner Campbell welcomed the guests. The reception at the British Deputy High Com-
mission premises was attended among others by Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad, Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah, UK High Commissioner in Pakistan Adam Thomson, federal and provincial ministers and members of the diplomatic corps. Speaking on the occasion, Ebad said that the President of Pakistan had especially asked him to represent him at the Queen’s birth anniversary and dia-
mond jubilee party. He said the United Kingdom is an important country all-weather friend of Pakistan, which is an ally and a friend of the country. “Over the years the relationship between the two countries has gone from strength to strength,” he added. The governor stated that this year marks the 60th year of Queen Elizabeth II as the head of Commonwealth, which has been an important symbolic and unifying role.
woman strangled to death KARACHI: A woman was murdered allegedly by her husband in the Mauripur area on Saturday. Mauripur police said the mother of three, identified as Nahid Bibi, wife of Shah Hussain, was strangled by her husband at their residence located near Hanfia Masjid in Mauripur. The alleged murderer, Hussain, son of Akbar Hussain, was stated to be on the run. The body of the deceased was shifted to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC). No case was registered until the filing of this report, as the police were waiting for the post-mortem report. STAFF RePoRT
Aik Hunar, Aik Nagar ■ aHan organises ‘Handmade Pakistan exhibition’ at London High commission KARACHI STAFF RePoRT
AHAN – Aik Hunar Aik Nagar – organised an exhibition to display rural handmade products of Pakistan at the London High Commission for Pakistan, United Kingdom. The event ‘Handmade Pakistan Exhibition’ marked the first occasion when AHAN exhibited
handicrafts from Pakistan under its brand name “Handmade by AHAN” in UK. The products on display at the exhibition represented a small segment of the vast range of handmade products ranging from regional hand embroidery, Ajrak, patch work (Rilli), accessories (apparels, home decor), lacquer art, silver jewellery and leather.
This was the first time that AHAN, a public limited company operating as subsidiary of Pakistan Industrial Development Corporation under the Production Ministry, displayed the rural crafts of Pakistan in UK with the hope of opening further avenues for export of such products, benefiting the poor rural artisans and craft persons in the country.
The exhibition was extremely successful with dozens of visitors turning up to buy and inquire about the unique products and the stunning handiworks. Amongst the most appreciated products were embroidered truck-art cushions from Balochistan, Sindhi Ajraks and Rillis, beaded jewellery from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and lacquer items from Sillanwali.
rotaract club of Karachi Bay President athar ali Khan, Vice President Mehak Qazi and General Secretary Hasan Saeed held a medical camp for the residents of Shamspir island. Medicines were donated by opal Laboratories’ tariq ikram, atco Laboratories’ Saeed allahwala and Dr Samrina Hashmi of the Pakistan Medical association (PMa). STAFF pHOTO
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■ the musician says an indo-Pak coke Studio is on the cards; ‘if things finalise on time, recordings will start in august in Dubai’ THE TIMES NEWS NETWORK PIYALI dASGuPTA
OHAIL Hyatt is not only the man behind the famous Coke Studio, but also one of the finest musicians in Pakistan today. Hyatt has consciously tried to be away from the media, so when our reporter tried to get in touch with him over the phone, we were told that he would avoid giving interviews. But things looked very different when we actually caught up with him at his studio residence in the Defence Housing Authority in Karachi. He warmly welcomed us and spoke at length about his musical journey, rediscovering eastern classical music and the promotion of upcoming talented singers in Pakistan. Sitting relaxed in his studio room, Hyatt looked cool in his orange tee and shorts. He took us around his studio and pointed out that things were scattered all around, as work was in progress. “The entire team is busy with the post-production work of the Coke Studio Season 5 collection. Just a few days left for the new season to be released. Most probably, the promo should begin from the first week of the next month and it should be on air by mid-May,” he said. Hyatt said that it was untrue
that he tries to avoid the media. Too much work stress does not leave him any time to socialise or give interviews, he explained. Talking about his musical journey, he said that it has been a long one. He strongly believes that you would do whatever it takes to achieve that which you want the most in your life. “I was totally from a different era of music. I remember when I started playing music, I was more influenced with the western kind,” he said. He had no idea about the kind of music in Pakistan. However, he added, the popularity of listening to western music did not click much among the general mass in Pakistan. “It was only after I left my band ‘Vital Signs’ that I realised exploring the music industry in Pakistan and more. And Coke Studio was the way to reinvent and rediscover the field of music here,” he said. Today, he said, Coke Studio is transcending societal barriers to reinvent itself. It is almost like a palette of raw talents with uniqueness, he added. Hyatt said, “Coke Studio has become a global name and is not only popular in Pakistan, but also in other regions. We are pleased to see the overwhelming response of audience from all over the globe. Hence, we have tried to create new, innovative kind of music in
every season.” Talking about the idea of rediscovering and exploring new talents in Pakistan, he said, “I have explored all boundaries. We have picked up raw talents from all corners, from musicians to singers.” The main philosophy of Coke Studio, he said, is based on eastern values; hence, “we have tried to revive the old traditional songs and Sufi songs into modern songs.” He said, “We have a talented pool of house band members like Kamran Mannu Zafar on bass guitar, Asad Ahmed on guitar, Babar Ali Khanna on dholak, Javed Iqbal on violin, Omran ‘Momo’ Shafique on guitar, Rachel Viccaji and Zoe Viccaji on backing vocals and so on.” Their effort is to make different music that is refreshing and soulful at the same time, he said, adding that they try their best not to repeat music that has already been played in a season. Hyatt said, “The Season 5 collection will include various artists like Bilal Khan, Fareed Ayaz & Abu Muhammad and many more. In Coke Studio clips, you will observe that the beauty of every song is that we try to highlight not only the singers, but also the musicians.” He talked about this from personal experience, because as a band member, he always missed being in the limelight while the singer received all the attention.
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“In Coke Studio, I have tried to change the format and you will see that we have always focused on every musician and singer in every song,” Hyatt said. He said that bass guitarist Mannu has done an incredible job in a qawali number, but Hyatt was saddened after watching the final shoot because Mannu was not focused in that. When asked about the selection criteria, he said, “Our major attempt every season is to focus on some of the dying languages of our country – Balochi, Sindhi, Urdu, etc. Coke Studio has offered a huge platform to all traditional artistes, especially folk singers who were fading away.” Coke Studio has given these artistes the right exposure, so now they are in demand and are globally known by all, he said. “We have also combined traditional singers with modern singers, which has been the main highlight of every season,” he added. Are there any plans to collaborate with Indian artists? “Yes, talks are going on. We are soon planning to do a combined series for our next season, in which we shall include Indian and Pakistani singers and musicians.” He said that it would be a great blend of music from both countries. If things get finalised on time, the shoot might probably be started in August, and the recordings would take place in Dubai, he added.
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follow your oath The oaths for various appointments including that of president, prime minister, governors and army chief as given in the constitution clearly spell out that they would uphold the constitution of Pakistan and keep the national interest above their personal interest. This oath is taken by an individual at the time of his/her appointment to a key post in the presence of entire nation. Unfortunately, the constitution does not lay down any punishment for those who violate the oath which is taken as a solemn pledge with Allah, the Supreme Authority. After taking the oath, one sees that person (especially at the helm of affairs) doing
awam ki adalat? nothing in the national interest but embarks on a path of loot and plunder to build his own empire destroying the very foundation of the country. Not only he himself does it but his entire family and his/her coteries also join him/her in this loot and plunder. The case in point is the conduct of our Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani after hearing the verdict on his well contested case (given full chance by seven honourable judges of the Supreme court to his lawyer). His smile on hearing the sentence and later his speech in the parliament was tantamount to yet another contempt of the court. His continuance
in the office is also a clear violation of the constitution. The constitution lays down that the convicted person cannot be a member of the assembly and if one is convicted as an assembly member, he/she not only loses his/her seat but is debarred from contesting election for next five years. His supporters are taking out processions condemning the judgement which is definitely on the behest of their leaders. Is he doing all this for the national interest or personal interest? Where is his oath of protecting the constitution and keeping national interest above his personal interest? He is destroying the
institutions by sticking to his coveted post on which he stands disqualified now. If he feels that he has been wronged, he should first resign and then contest his case in the court. He talks of being elected by 180 million of Pakistan. It is a wrong statement. Out of eight crore registered voters only 40 percent exercised their polling right and out of that 38 million voters were bogus. So he is wrong in his claim. Let the fresh elections be held under fair system to see who the genuine representatives of 180 million people are. MUHAMMAD AZHAR KHWAJA Lahore
free books and uniforms The decision of distribution of free books and uniforms is a good and appreciable step of the government. However, it needs to be reviewed. On the occasion of “Sub Kah Do”, I want to draw the attention of the government high-ups that the free books and uniforms are being sold at shops in different cities. I appeal to the concerned officials to uproot the menace of corruption from the process and make it transparent. MINHAJ SHAfIQ Karachi
Help others smile Last night, I went to sleep thinking how much we hurt people everyday without even knowing we did it. It is never justified to hurt someone. At the end of the day, in the heart of our hearts, there should be a regret for all our sinful acts throughout the day. And this is not something just typed for the sake of writing a letter. Bullying is the most culpable and sinful act that can ever be. I have been a victim myself and trust me, it hurts. But yet again, it helped me grow stronger. Every now and then, we see people being bullied and leading lives of misery and we do not really bother. Life is not predictable. You never know what trouble befalls you and when. Just one simple act of love from us can help someone smile. Is it not worth it? Shedding a tear for someone is far different from shedding a tear because of someone. Do not be the cause of someone's damp eyes. All of us, at our own personal level, should take at least one moment out of our moribund lives to help someone feel good. Is it too much to ask for? I guess not! KAINAT SHAIKH Karachi
a request to cJP Honourable Chief Justice of Pakistan, my brother was working as chief engineer for the company undertaking mining at Reko Diq. The case against the company has not only placed our future at stake, considering the dearth of employment opportunities, but has also closed the door of development and opportunities direly needed in the underdeveloped province. Employees have lost their jobs and their families suffer in these inflationary times adding to the grievances of the already aggrieved people of Balochistan. With estimated $3.3 billion investment at stake and 83 percent of employees at Reko Diq from the province of Balochistan, the ongoing litigation has aggravated to the sufferings of people as several employees including my brother have lost their hard earned jobs not to mention the overall economic and financial opportunity lost for the most backward province of Pakistan. I, therefore, request the Honourable Chief Justice of Pakistan to dispose of the case early in the best interest of the people of Balochistan and Pakistan. QADIR MAGSI Quetta Send your letters to: Letters to Editor, Pakistan Today, 4-Shaarey fatima Jinnah, Lahore, Pakistan Fax: +92-42-36298302 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Letters may be edited for length and clarity. It would be appreciated if letters were addressed to Pakistan Today exclusively.
The term “awam ki adalat” is increasingly being used in TV programmes and even by politicians in the National Assembly in contradiction to the role of superior courts. This wrong trend has been accentuated in the wake of the latest judgement by the Supreme Court in punishing the Prime Minister Mr Yousaf Raza Gilani in a historic decision of contempt of court. The PM has gone on record to address the Speaker of the National Assembly in a mode as if she can sit over the judgement of Apex Court as a final arbiter and interpreter of constitution and the law which is not right as Supreme Court is the final arbiter and interpreter of constitution. There are no two opinions on this cardinal issue. The Khulfa-i-Rashideen appointed the Qazis but they were subject to the decision made by the Qazis even in their own cases. When a dispute arose in the election of George W Bush and Algore as to who had got maximum votes it was the US Supreme Court judges who decided the issue between the contending parties.The PM is not right by imagining that he can get away with slogans and rose petals showered by his party workers while he has become a common criminal now after being punished by the Hon’ble Supreme Court. He must realise the seriousness of his position and not complicate his case by playing to the gallery packed by his cohorts. If he has an iota of self respect he ought to resign forthwith and spare the nation of his histrionic addresses that do not convince the people of Pakistan. DR MUHAMMAD YAQOOB BHATTI Lahore
our brave solders
Give peace a chance What a tragedy of this nation that none of the political leaders, except Mian Nawaz Sharif, has announced that they will visit Gayari sector to show solidarity with the troops. We all know there cannot be any survivors but they can at least heal their wounds by showing concern for these brave soldiers who have sacrificed their lives in the most difficult conditions in fighting the enemy and weather. It is not about the death of 139 soldiers but the honour they have earned. They lie buried under heavy snow and all efforts to trace their bodies have met no success yet. Imagine the condition of 139 families, the agony, the pains,
their hue and cry and children eager to see their beloved fathers. We are all busy in the hustle bustle of life. We are worried about defence budget, we are not happy with the ISI and we are worried about their plots. Soldiers serving in Siachen were not born there. They have no personal enmity with the Indians. It is because of us that they are there; only to protect us and our motherland. Let us salute these brave soldiers who have laid their lives and those deployed in the highest glaciers. They are there to keep us safe here. LT COL (retd) MUKHTAR AHMED BUTT Karachi
sibility, however, it’s a clear message for Afghan-Pak Taliban that game is not yet over. Americans are not going to let Taliban to take over Kabul to make Afghanistan a launching pad for terrorism across the globe. Though the agreement forbids Americans to use Afghan soil for attacks on neighbouring countries but same time it gives them right to take action against a third party interference in Afghanistan – means status quo to continue between the US and Pakistan. Regardless of any strategic partnership, peace may remain elusive for Afghanistan unless a basic mistake is cor-
rected. Having only a Pashtun President is not going to satisfy the political aspirations of Pashtuns (who are around 42 percent of the entire population). Afghan government has to give Pashtuns due share in governance, otherwise, Taliban will continue to exploit the nationalism for their own interests. A wide range, open-minded political agreement with Pashtuns is the key to isolate Taliban. Pakistan also needs to review its position vis-à-vis Americans presence in the region. They are not going back this time! MASOOD KHAN Jubail, Saudi Arabia
Lahore railway station blast is a major blow to the Pakistani government and law enforcement agencies. People had moved from air to train due to the recent Bhoja tragedy and subsequent near misses by Shaheen airlines. Now even the trains are risky. The recent incident had killed innocent civilians. The blast site and platform 2 is the space for Awami Express which is mostly used by poor of Pakistan, even they are not spared with these terror acts. It seems that all our transport networks are being deliberately targeted. SSP Railways Police has said that security at the station was infallible and satisfactory, despite the fact that there were 16 to 17 CCTV cameras installed at the station and all of them were inactive. Satisfactory security outcomes are like this? It is high time our security should be taken seriously. ZEESHAN AHMED Karachi
Traditionally, women are considered as an asset of males of the family. So these males are responsible for taking decisions of their lives. In most cases, males do not allow their sisters or daughters to go to schools or universities. Additionally, some families do not like their daughters to study in co-education institutes thus depriving them of higher education. Parents do not want girls’ education. Co-education is not acceptable in an Islamic country. The courses for women should include subjects relating to their needs in life: beliefs, rituals, domestic duties and rights, raising children, solution of domestic problems, rules of Purdah, nursing, home economics, budget, sewing, embroidery, industrial skills such as carpet, poultry, preservation of food and so on. Every government talks about the importance of female education but none of them has given attention to it. In Multan, the plan of a separate women university and women medical college was
announced yet these plans have not seen the light of the day. Initial step is the decentralisation of decision-making, which means government should develop partnerships with NGOs and the private sector to hand over responsibility effectively to achieve universal primary education. It can improve education administration. The most important factor in improving education in Pakistan is to spread awareness amongst the rural population about the necessity of education for girls. Then annual research should be conducted to compare figures and to learning achievement across schools, districts and regions over time. Last but not the least, no society can progress by restricting more than half of its population in the abyss of ignorance and a maze of undue limits. If Pakistan followed the path forged by other pioneers of education reforms, it could expect to start seeing results within two years. WAJIHA KHALID Lahore
they are not going back There are many critics especially in Pakistan who feel that it was the US who abandoned Afghanistan in late 80s to its fate and that was the sole reason for all the evils we are today witnessing in the region. Recently drafted Strategic Partnership agreement between Kabul and Washington stipulates that Americans can keep their military presence in Afghanistan for another decade after the battle-zone soldiers withdrawal scheduled 2014. Though Americans’ main task would be to train and support the Afghan forces to take over the country’ security respon-
The moral that we can gain from the courage of the relatives and family members of the soldiers who are buried under the snow after an avalanche hit them at Siechan is so high and noble that I feel proud being mother of a solider. I salute to the mothers, daughters and sisters of those soldiers buried under snow for their courage and tolerance on the occasion of “Sub Kah Do”. SAMIA KHAN Sailkot
Lack of education is adversely affecting girls Education is the right of every human but unfortunately in Pakistan women are still deprived of education. For a prosperous society a role of an educated woman is very important. Education is the only tool that can break this intergenerational cycle of oppression, abuse, and poverty of women. It has the power to transform societies. Educated women are more aware of their rights. A greater participation of educated women in the economy and political process would lead to a better world today as well as future generations. Today, Pakistan is far from meeting its international education obligations. One in ten of the world’s primary age children who are not in schools live in Pakistan, placing Pakistan second in the global ranking of out-of-school children. According to UNESCO, meanwhile 30 percent of Pakistanis live in extreme educational poverty having received less than two years of education. In Pakistan, there are about 19.5 million children of primary age group, out of
which 6.8 million are out of school and 60 percent of these are females. At least, seven million children are not in primary schools. That’s around as many people as live in the city of Lahore. Three million will never see the inside of a classroom at all. In Pakistan, girls face some of the highest barriers in education. It has been estimated that nearly 62 percent of out of school girls are unlikely ever to enrol in schools as compared to 27 percent of boys in the country. 43 percent of women faced religious discrimination at workplace, educational institutions and neighbourhood. Pakistan is committed to spending at least 4 percent of GDP on education. Major cause of women illiteracy is the increase in population, which is playing a negative role in this deprivation of female education. A family having more number of children and less income will prefer to educate the boys of the family, while the girls will be given embroidery or sewing skills.
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12 comment recipe for disaster No-holds-barred?
rovocative statements from the opposition followed by an equally stronger response from the PPP indicate that henceforth it is just touch and go. Unless better sense prevails, one might see a replay of the no-holds-barred struggle characterising the 90’s and leading to a similar denouement. That this should happen at a time when parliament was in the process of reclaiming its rightful turf is all the more unfortunate. It all started with the short order passed by the Supreme Court sentencing Gilani in the contempt case without specifically de-notifying him. Instead of waiting for the outcome of the appeal being prepared by Gilani’s legal team, Nawaz Sharif declared the prime minister a usurper. He maintained that his continuation in the office was unconstitutional, illegal, and unethical and that all orders given by him after April 26 were null and void in the eyes of the law. Not to be left behind, Ch Nisar maintained that Gilani had sneaked into the parliament house to deliver a speech when the opposition had boycotted the proceedings. He vowed that a stranger like Gilani will not be allowed to enter the house at the next sitting. Nawaz Sharif has threatened to use all options including protest in and out of parliament as well as long march. In a tit for tat response, Chief Minister Sindh has threatened to march on Lahore. This is a recipe for disaster. What needs to be recognised is that every citizen has a right to take recourse to all legal remedies before a punishment is carried out. Even a death sentence cannot be executed till the disposal of the final appeal. The PML(N) should have waited, as Imran has decided to do, for a few more weeks. The Supreme Court has initiated the process of implementing the verdict by sending copies of its short order to both the National Assembly Speaker and the Election Commission of Pakistan. Gilani needs to consider meanwhile if a simultaneous confrontation with the Supreme Court and opposition is in the benefit of the system.
Uncompromising Something’s gotta give
he parliamentary review to ensure credibility to the new rules of engagement with the United States doesn’t seem to have made any headway towards normalisation of relations between the two countries. The sticking point remains Washington’s reluctance to apologise over last year’s airstrikes at Salala checkpost which resulted in the killing of 24 soldiers. The issue figured prominently during a meeting between President Zardari and an American delegation led by special envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan Marc Grossman in Islamabad on Friday. The president was quoted as having told the visiting delegation that after Pakistan had followed the democratic course for reengagement with the United States to be based on mutual respect, it was now Washington’s turn to help Islamabad in reaching a closure on Salala. Not unexpectedly, Grossman did not go beyond offering his regrets. The issue of drone attacks also came under discussion at a time when the US had already refused to negotiate on it, leaving Pakistan to push for alternatives that could satisfy its security concerns. Mr Zardari very rightly pointed out that since drone strikes were highly counterproductive in the ongoing war on terror, both countries should consider setting up a framework of mechanism to find out an acceptable alternative. The interaction at the presidency was followed by meetings of sub-groups which were reportedly confined to exchange of notes on the resumption of Nato supplies, counterterrorism cooperation, CSF reimbursements revival of strategic dialogue and Kerry-Lugar assistance. That the United States has reneged on its earlier commitment to tender an apology over the Salala attack is understandable in the wake of President Obama’s domestic political compulsions. But then without showing flexibility or trying to find a mutually agreeable way forward, it cannot expect the democratically elected government of Pakistan to re-open the Nato supply routes in total disregard of the parliamentary recommendations.
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Sunday, 29 april, 2012
it’s ‘it’ No closure
By Humayun Gauhar
hen I heard the verdict against the prime minister in the contempt of court case, Akbar Allahabadi’s verse came to
mind: Muzzakar kay liyay ‘he’ hai, mouannas kay liyay ‘she’ hai; Magar Hazrat mukhannas hain, na heeon mein na sheon main. It’s a parody on the English words ‘he’ and ‘she’, while ‘mukhannas’ refers to eunuchs. for male it is ‘he’, for females ‘she’; But esquire is sexless, neither in the ‘hees’ nor the ‘shes’ The verdict is neither he nor she. It’s ‘it’. Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani was convicted, but his punishment was detention in court till the judges choose to ‘rise’. It lasted 39 seconds. Having given their short order, the judges collected their wigs and gowns, rose and left, leaving the defence counsel speechless, to have his say later in a press conference. We are moving towards trial in media rather than by media. What can I say? Why didn’t the judges go the whole hog, sentence the prime minister to six months and say that as a convict he is no longer eligible to be a member of parliament and thus no longer prime minister? It would have been clear and we would have gone on with our wretched existence. Instead, our confusion has been further compounded. If the judges just wanted to make a token example of the high and mighty by showing them that they are not above the law, they only made our uncertainty more uncertain. If they sidestepped the issue of eligibility and threw the ball into parliament’s court, then we are in for the long haul and much errant nonsense. Perhaps the bench divided, resulting in something for everyone – punish the prime minister without really punishing him. The contempt case was a sideshow. The real show is to get President Zardari thorough the Swiss courts and make him return the $60 million that he and his wife stole from the people. Not a bad thought, but why depend on a foreign court? Why not order the Lahore High Court to start the retrial of the case that the Supreme Court had asked it to years ago? That court had found Zardari and Benazir guilty of corruption, but because of a taped telephone conversation between a judge adjudicating the case and a government official, it was rightly declared a mistrial by the Supreme Court, which asked the High
Court for a retrial. It didn’t throw the judgment out. Why has that been hanging fire for years? Why throw the ball into the Swiss court instead? The prime minister’s refusal to write a letter to the Swiss authorities to reopen corruption cases against President Asif Zardari despite repeated orders by the Supreme Court over two years led to the contempt. Gilani’s reasoning is not without merit: the president has immunity under the constitution while in office. By writing the letter, he would be violating his constitutional oath to preserve and protect the constitution by violating its Article about immunity. Those opposed to the Prime Minister’s contention dug up history: two of Islam’s greatest caliphs had presented themselves before a court. They forget that it was a court of their own state, not a foreign court of a nonMuslim country. Those great caliphs would never have countenanced going to a foreign court nor been sent there by their own court. Forgotten is something more important: the concept of immunity does not exist in Islam. To provide constitutional immunity to certain state office holders in an Islamic republic is a violation of the faith. What is needed is an amendment of the constitution, instead of tying ourselves into knots. The net result is that convicted prime minister or not, new prime minister out of this National Assembly or not, the letter will not get written so long as there is a People’s Party led government headed by a People’s Party prime minister. Q.E.D. Our confusion gets further compounded while urgent cases remain pending and Pakistan hurtles into incremental chaos. This is what happens when a country is being led in every branch and at every level by hollow men, more interested in creating optics, enhancing their importance and expanding their jurisdictions than in solving the people’s basic problem of abject deprivation. Such people are themselves mukhannas ‘its’. It would be unfair to write about the verdict until one has read the full judgment. But the question cries out: why did the Supreme Court reserve judgment in the first place? One would have thought that they did because they wanted to deliberate before arriving at a conclusion and release the full judgment the same day as the verdict was handed down. After all, this is not a case of Gangu Taili committing contempt. It is the Prime Minister of Pakistan for God’s sake. Not good for the country or the democratic process that is evolving in fits and starts and which all today’s protagonists made such a big deal of in President Musharraf’s time. We are told that the judgment was delivered to the Speaker of the National Assembly that elects the prime minister and to the Election Commission last Friday, but I haven’t seen it yet. How can the prime minister be removed? 1. He can be persuaded to resign by the president or his party for the greater good to avoid a tamasha. No surprise that many in the People’s Party are preening their feathers for the job, but
only the one who pleases the president will wear this crown of thorns. 2. Being an ex-convict, does he attract the article in the constitution pertaining to ineligibility? The Election Commission can determine this but only if the Speaker of the National Assembly refers the matter to it. The Speaker can only do so if parliament asks her to. And then she can take a month to decide. 3. He loses a no-confidence vote, which is up to the opposition that doesn’t have the numbers. What are the prime ministers options? He can buy time, but only for a time. It seems difficult how he will get out of this one for long. He has made a defiant speech in the National Assembly saying that he will not leave office unless the Speaker asks him to. He can buy time by: 1. Going into an intra-court appeal, which means to another bench in the Supreme Court comprising other judges. It is unlikely that another bench will embarrass its brother bench even if the prime minister’s appeal has merit. But the PM could buy a lot of time in so doing. 2.He asks the National Assembly for a vote of confidence which he will get. 3.He calls elections; the People’s Party plays victim-victim at which it is champion, and wins. However, that doesn’t get rid of his conviction so whether Gilani can contest or not is moot. 4.He gets super defiant and asks parliament to ratify his Executive Order restoring the sacked judges. Parliament refuses to do so and the judges are out again. That would mean war, serious war, between the three branches of government. The National Assembly, representing the will of the people, elects the prime minister and only the National Assembly can throw him out. Parliament is the only institution higher than the Supreme Court and that is where the PM can and should go. It is about time parliament stamped its authority on the state instead of being a rubber stamp. It would make for a head-on-clash between the legislature and the judiciary but it’s also about time that we clearly demarcate the boundaries of the jurisdictions of the three branches government. It’s not the Durand Line. Let’s determine who runs the country, the executive, the legislature or the judiciary or all three together within their strictly demarcated domains. Just when the country needs stability most, the three branches of government are busy destabilising it like Mafiosi in turf battles. But they’re not Mafiosi, they’re institutions that some ignoramuses call ‘pillars of the state’, forgetting that an Islamic state has only two pillars, God and the people, His vicegerent. They should realise that they’re preparing the ground for yet another extra-constitutional intervention that people will welcome. But this time it may not be led by a four-star general. The writer is a political analyst. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
the afghanistan quagmire Daily Khabroona
n the past few days, Afghanistan saw an increasing number of their countrymen being killed at the hands of foreign troops, along with another tragic and sad episode of desecration of Quran by the foreign troops. But no step has been taken on the part of Afghan government to help stop such occurrences. The silence of Afghan government further embitters the enraged masses. When America attacked the region, it pretended that militants were carrying out excesses against Afghan common people but even after a lapse of ten years, action against the former is of lesser degree than against the latter. These are the acts that have forced the Afghans to
rise against foreign troops. America, in fact, does not want to see peace flourish in the region and is attempting to somehow change its defeat to success. The ignominy that it has faced in the region has created problems for America on the foreign and domestic fronts and it is now in damage control mode. It is in this vein that when innocent people are killed, America apologises in order to take away from its image as an oppressive force. There is no other way out for America now, except to change their policies for the region. Any obstinacy would further spell out negative results not only for America but for the Afghan government as well. – Translated from the original Pashto by Abdur Rauf Khattak
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Sunday, 29 april, 2012
indian threat moves to space The changing nature of Pakistan’s external threats
PoliTact By Arif Ansar
s the saga of Prime Minister Gilani’s contempt case continued, some other crucial developments were taking place in the region. The first ever Bangladesh-US security dialogue was initiated on April 19th in Dhaka, the same day the country bowed out of its cricket tour to Pakistan even after assurances. Coincidentally, India lunched its Agni-V long-range ballistic missile, which it claims to be an Inter Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM), on April 19th as well. While the domestic political scene of Pakistan is moving excruciatingly slow, the nature of its external security environment remains as dynamic as ever and is shifting from the realms of land, sea and air, to the final frontier, the space. After the April 19th Agni-V test, India launched the RISAT-1 radar imaging satellite on April 26. RISAT-1 usefulness will be in disaster prediction and for agriculture, forestry and defence purposes. However, Chinese media has called it a spy satellite. Not long ago, in 2009 India had acquired Israeli manufactured RISAT-2 that has night scanning capability. The capabilities of these satellites make them instrumental in monitoring the moves of unfriendly neighbours such as Pakistan and China 24/7. Reportedly, India has the world’s highest number of remote sensing satellites (11) in orbit and is a leader in the remote sensing data market. These recent moves are part of Indian focus to modernise its military based on cutting edge warfare strategies and tactics, such as the Network Centric Warfare (NCW). This ambition was reflected in the comments made by Indian Army Spokesman Colonel Jagdeep Dahiya, as he talked about the large-scale military exercise Shoorveer (Brave Warrior) that is presently ongoing, "Battlefield transparency and operational plans based on realtime situational awareness will be enhanced using intelligence, sur-
veillance and reconnaissance (ISR) inputs from Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Drones), radars and satellites," he stated. Space based assets have become an integral part of a strategy to maintain a control and dominance over land, sea and air. All leading world powers are in the process of developing technologies for its surveillance, through Space Situational Awareness (SSA) and Anti Satellite (ASAT) capabilities. Mainly because the geospatial intelligence, missile defense systems, global positioning and targeting mechanisms used by ground and air forces, are dependent on these satellites. India has also shown interest in developing Anti Satellite (ASAT) weapons. According to the Indian media, this focus developed after China's 2007 use of an ASAT weapon to destroy an old satellite. The Director General of Indian Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) VK Saraswat had stated in 2010, "India is putting together building blocks of technology that could be used to neutralise enemy satellites. We are working to ensure space security and protect our satellites. At the same time we are also working on how to deny the enemy access to its space assets." Moreover, India performed its latest test for Anti Ballistic Missile System in February. The nation successfully tested the interceptor defence shield, which detects and destroys incoming ballistic missiles. DRDO jointly developed the system’s tracking and fire control radar with Israel and France. India is the fifth state to achieve this missile defence technology. While India conducted its Agni-V test and launched RISAT-1 satellite, Pakistan successfully tested a nuclear capable-intermediate range ballistic missile Hatf IV (Shaheen-1A) on April 25th. The exact range of the missile was not announced. A few unconfirmed media reports have claimed the range to be around 4,500 km. On April 26th, Pakistan had also commissioned its first fast attack craft, PNS Azmat, built in cooperation with China. “Its immense firepower coupled with stealthy features makes it a real versatile platform which would not only prove vital for ensuring effective presence in our area of operations, but would bring a new dimension of operation of
stealthy platform of this tonnage,” Admiral Muhammad Sandila of Pakistan Navy stated at the commissioning ceremony. The key word in Pakistan’s strategy to counter Indian space advancements is ‘stealth’. While Pakistan’s space program (SPARCO) and capabilities have remained highly secretive and limited, the country has focused on developing stealth missiles and technologies to avoid detection by Indian missile defence system. This, in addition to concerns of Chinese getting access, were perhaps the reasons US was emphatic about the return of its stealth Black Hawk helicopter that went down in Abbottabad during the Osama operation. In October last year, Pakistan tested a stealth cruise missile, Hatf VII (Babur). The Hatf VII is speculated to be a copy of American Tomahawk cruise missile. A few of these missiles had crashed in Pakistani territory in 1998 when US targeted militant camps in Afghanistan, in retaliation for attack on its embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. Hatf VII has a range of about 700 km and is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead with multiple tube missile launch vehicle (MLV). MLV considerably increases the targeting and deployment options. The country is also reportedly working on a stealth version of its fighter jet J17 Thunder. Pakistan has adopted a strategy similar to Russia, to counter the controversial American missile defence system being deployed in Europe, and other regions of the world. Russian ICBMs are equipped with Multiple Independently Targeted Reentry Vehicles (MIRV), which makes the Anti Ballistic Missile Systems (ABMs) ineffective. Commander of the Russian Strategic Missile Forces Lieutenant General Sergey Karakayev stated in May 2011 that the new Russian RS24 ICBMs will become ‘invincible’ as they will be capable of overcoming any missile defence system for the next 15 or 20 years. In short, the scope of PakistanIndia rivalry that was once limited to land, sea and air, have now clearly entered the domain of space. Although major world powers are against militarisation of space, they are nonetheless not reticent in outdoing each other in space, the final frontier. It is not a matter of choice but survival.
A disappointing climax The court doesn’t victimise or compromise
By Saad Rasool
n juggling, right before the actor catches the objects, there is a moment when all the pieces are in the air. And with bated breath, everyone – including the juggler – waits in anticipation of whether the pieces will land safely, or will there be a fumble. The judiciopolitical saga of the PM’s contempt proceedings has just experienced such a moment. But surprisingly, at the end of it, no one is really sure whether the conclusion has been a moment of triumph for the juggler, or a fumble of embarrassment. The short-order of the Supreme Court has been announced. And a cursory glance at the electronic and print media will reveal that it has not been well received by either side of the political and legal divide. For one it is too little, while for the other it is too much! And regardless of which interpretation is correct, the judicial currency (which, in effect, is the moral authority of law) has taken a hit. Let’s get the facts out of the way first. The short-order of the apex court, does two things: 1) it finds the PM “guilty” and holds him “convicted” for contempt of court under Article 204(2) of the Constitution (and the Contempt of Court Ordinance), and 2) it sentences him to “imprisonment”. The first of these – conviction itself – has two parts: 1) the PM has been convicted “for willful flouting, disregard and disobedience” of court’s directions in the NRO case, and 2) the court goes a step further to declare that this disobedience “is substantially detrimental to the administration of justice and tends to bring this Court and the judiciary of this country into ridicule.” The second part of the judgment – sentencing – also has two parts: 1) the court punished the PM “with imprisonment till the rising of the Court”, and 2)
the order expresses that a restraint has been shown in prescribing this light sentence because, the judges “note”, this conviction is “likely to entail some serious consequences in terms of Article 63(1)(g) of the Constitution” (disqualification). In other words, the court reveals its mind in almost saying that ‘even though the crime itself deserved a graver sentence, we have decided to go easy since the convict is the PM and this decision will have political ramifications for him’. This carefully drafted shortorder, prima facie, seems a reasonable one. In fact, it can be argued that the judiciary has exercised wisdom in coming to a conclusion that upholds the law and protects the sanctity of judicial orders, while still making sure that the Chief Executive of our country is not handcuffed on the front-page of all local and international media. Still, both sides of the legal and political gulf seem unhappy with the outcome. The PM’s camp (and therefore, by extension, the PPP, its supporters and the allies), while holding their stance that the Prime Minister is not guilty, are criticizing this order on the basis that it goes beyond the ambit of the ‘charge’ against the accused. Aitzaz Ahsan has gone to all lengths in explaining that the PM was never tried for ‘scandalising the court’, and therefore a conviction in this regard falls outside the parameters of law, and violates the fair trial requirements of Article 10A of the Constitution. (Though it should be pointed out that the charge mentions Article 204 of the Constitution, which includes ‘scandalising’ the court). On the other hand, elements in the opposition parties and a certain segment of the media, is disappointed that the court showed restraint in the sentencing just because the convict is the prime minister. They would rather have seen handcuffs and a possible wrapping-up of the existing political dispensation. A few have gone as far as calling this restraint of the court a new ‘doctrine of necessity’. (That’s okay because the bigwigs of media are beyond the reaches of contempt law).
In the larger scheme of things, it is less important which side one agrees with. The worrying part is that a large fraction from all sides of the political divide, views the court’s judgment as either victimisation or a compromise. This would not be a problem in societies that have stable institutions and an entrenched sense of constitutionalism because a decision of the court, so long as it is within the ambit of the law, should not be concerned with the socio-political consequences (Fiat justitia ruat caelum – let justice be done though heavens may fall). In Pakistan, however, at a time when all institutions (including the judiciary) are searching for legitimacy, public acceptance of a court judgment that has political consequences, matters a great deal. And our restored judiciary has been conscientious of this fact over the past some years (asserting its relevance and legitimacy by taking on issues of ‘public importance’ through the exercise of suo moto powers). The binding authority of law, and of court orders, is a moral authority. Unlike the executive, the courts do not have an army or administrative machinery at their disposal to enforce their verdicts. It is only the impartiality and correctness of the court that lends it the necessary moral currency to makes it binding on all others to follow judicial pronouncements. People must see the court has unbiased and unflinching, because of which the executive will have to implement the court’s orders, lest they face the wrath of the electorate for judicial disobedience. And this moral currency erodes if the court is seen as victimising by one side, and compromising by the other. Right or wrong, the rhetoric from either side – of doctrine of necessity or of judicial martyrdom – resonates with the masses who are unable to nuance between civil, criminal or judicial contempt. It damages the legitimacy of the court. And if all sides of the partisan divide and its supporters are alienated by judicial verdicts, it could undo the moral authority of law, and squander the gains of the lawyer’s movement for restoration of judiciary.
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After having won accolades playing the romantic hero in ‘London Paris New York’, Ali Zafar is all set to try his hand at some hardcore action buff. Buzz has it that the actor has been pencilled in to play one of the leads in the Hindi remake of the Tamil action flick ‘Vettai’, and will essay the role played by Madhavan in the original. Zafar is training for the action sequences to prepare for his part. When asked about the venture, Ali diplomatically replies, "I can only comment on it in due time." He, however, adds, "I would love to explore the action genre. In fact, I used to create and write comic books as a child. Action gives me a high." Meanwhile, the actor is looking forward to David Dhawan's ‘Chashme Buddoor’, remake of the 1981 cult film. "I have just completed the film. I've seen the original, and though I have enacted Farooque Shaikh's part in my own way, I've retained the character's earthiness," he smiles. Zafar has also sung a few numbers in the comedy flick. "But why only sing? Didn't I write, compose and sing for ‘London Paris New York’? I believe in being versatile," he says. Talking about that film, was he comfortable doing the intimate scenes? "The scenes were shot in extreme close-up, so my discomfort did not come across on screen!" he laughs. "The kissing scene was done by somebody else too," he grins. Ah, finally a confession. NeWS deSK
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yes to action new yorK: freida Pinto attends the ‘trishna’ premiere during the 2012 tribeca film festival. AFp
waSHinGton: Kate Upton and cnn's Piers Morgan arrive at a red carpet event hosted by Google and the Hollywood reporter, on the eve of the annual white House correspondents’ association dinner. AFp
LImA: A model presents a creation by a Peruvian designer during the 2012 Peru moda Fashion Week. AFP
eDinBUrGH: colin firth, nicole Kidman and Stellan Skarsgard pose for photographs during a media call for their film ‘the railway Man’. ReUTeRS
Grandeur holds exclusive fashion exhibition NEWS DESK Grandeur CEO Neshmia Ahmed organised an exclusive fashion exhibition in which different designers participated. Among the designers who set up their stall, Talha Patel’s sterling silver stole the show. His unique modern designs with real stones and silver were very popular at the show. Ladies thronged at his stall and he was by far the biggest seller. Abeera Jay’s label launched in 2010 and includes both, prêt & couture. Her latest summer collection is all about colours,
cuts and contemporary embroideries. Hira Arif is the brand launched by Hira Arif, that brings its spring collection 2012. The collection includes casual line with different cuts and designs also designs formal wear with unique style and cuts. Rabiah Patel’s The Label now includes both prêt & culture. Since four years this label includes a wearable range of casuals and semi-formals. The SM by Sana collection is all about making practical for real women. Its silhouettes suit a variety of body types. Touche by Sumaiya Iqbal
has introduced prêt for the first time. The collection consists of both Eastern and Western clothing and also a fusion of both with an interesting colour palette. Umama Farrukh’s latest collection consists of beautiful daywear. Zarghoon by Naureen Naqvi brings the latest spring collection of casual wear and semi-formals with unique designs and prints. Dazzing Duo is a dynamic combination of Zaraafat, hand crafted accessories and Naseem Ali fashion accessories that bring contemporary, unique jewellery, clutches and bags.
mumBAI: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is a hands-on mummy to baby daughter Aaradhya. The actress plans all her outings, professional and personal, around the baby's timings. Says a friend of Aishwarya, "Last week, Ash and Abhishek went out for dinner with close friends to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary, but they returned home before their baby's next feed. They went for only a couple of hours to a nearby venue to save commuting time." Recently, when she was busy with an ad commitment in the afternoon, the baby's sleep timings were strictly adhered to. "even when she went to dubai for an endorsement appearance last month, she took her little one along. Her interviews were held in a suite next to her own so that she could keep a check on the baby. Though Ash has a nanny for the baby she prefers to do everything herself," says a source. every year, Ash and Abhishek go out on a holiday abroad on their anniversary, but this year they were in the city. But we are sure they'll make up for that when they go to Cannes next month with the baby. AGeNCIeS
KARACHI: Grandeur CEO Neshmia Ahmed organised an exclusive exhibition in which different designers participated. PR
gruelling schedule mumBAI: akshay Kumar seems to have been facing dancing dilemma off late. akshay Khiladi Kumar is sweating it out on the sets of ‘rowdy rathore’, his forthcoming action comedy directed by Prabhu Deva. However dancing in the heat is what is killing him more than executing the high octane stunts. akshay is being trained by none other than Prabhu Deva himself and meeting Prabhu Deva's dance expectations is no joke. akki is slogging it out to catch with up Deva and his dancing. akshay blogged, "waiting for Sonakshi madam! Prabhu sir is truly killing us, making us dance like true South indian which is why Sonakshi Sinha is hiding." it is not the first time that Prabhu Deva has made an actor nervous. Dancing queen Madhuri Dixit too had said, "i was nervous when i was told, i'll be dancing on Prabhu Deva's tunes in ‘Que Sera Sera’, song from ‘Pukar’. i got cold feet. i wasn't sure if i could execute what he taught. He is a fantastic dancer." Looks like Prabhu, the choreographer is quite a task master otherwise why would Salman Khan who generally doesn't bother even changing his expressions did a full fledged jalwa in ‘wanted’. AGeNCIeS
Abhishek’s ‘Bol Bachchan’ eyes
July release mumBAI: Bollywood star Abhishek Bachchan, who is currently busy shooting his comedy flick ‘Bol Bachchan’, says he is excited that the film will hit screens on july 6. The film, which is inspired by Amol Palekar starrer 1978 film ‘Gol maal’, is being directed by Rohit Shetty and stars Bachchan and Ajay devgn in the lead role. “Back on the sets of Bol Bachchan. Few more days and it’s a wrap on the film. Releases 6th july. excitement is becoming!” Bachchan posted on Twitter. Bachchan, 36, had met with a minor accident last year while shooting for the film in jaipur last year. After his stint as an action hero in ‘Players’ and ‘Game’, Bachchan will be back in comedy with ‘Bol Bachchan’ after three years. AGeNCIeS
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F her panned performance on ‘Saturday Night Live’ was the first stumble of Lindsay Lohan’s long-awaited career comeback and alleged bar dust-ups were the second, a threeepisode guest spot on ‘Glee’ might have been strike three. A source said Lohan was six hours late to work on the show and her “diva” behaviour irritated cast and crew alike. “One of her demands has to do with her trailer size,” said the spy. “The cast is already worked to death and then she puts everything behind. She is a diva!” Lindsay’s tardiness was initially hinted at by cast member Dot Marie Jones, who tweetedthen deleted-“Gonna be a long day!! Some ppl show up late and just throw a wrench in things. Not cool! I’d rather be an hour early (I was) than 5 minutes late.” The troubled actress was also slammed for arriving unprepared. When Lohan did ar-
mumBAI: Neil Nitin mukesh poses during a promotional event for Volkswagen. AFP
rive hours late, she was in no mood to act and even had not prepared her script or remembered her lines. When her rep was contacted to get a confirmation, he did admit that she was late but said that it was because there was a miscommunication regarding the timings. According to some sources, when Lindsay Lohan came to the set, she just did not want to be there. She did not want to work, kept forgetting her lines and even kept disappearing from the set. She even had a “million demands”. In the show, Lindsay Lohan is playing the character of a celebrity judge, who has come to McKinley High to analyse the teams there. Alongside her, Perez Hilton and Rex Lee are also cast as celebrity judges and both of them were also irked by her attitude on the set. Lohan has recently been steered clear of her probation by a judge in California and in the courtroom, LiLo vowed on leading a more sober life. However, it seems that it will be quite some time before she really does lead a decent life again.
Adam Levine calls Jennifer ‘aggressive’ flirt LOS ANGELES AGeNCIeS
Adam Levine, whom Jennifer Love Hewitt had publicly set her sights on before she began cozying up to her 'Client List' co-star Colin Egglesfield, has said that he is impressed by the actresses determination. Then single Hewitt said on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' that she always has her eyes out. "I just read two days ago that Adam Levine is single again. I'm just saying," Us magazine quoted her as saying. She even joked that Levine would "probably never speak to me" after professing her love on national TV. "I heard about that. That was aggressive," Levine said on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show'. "It was really sweet and flattering. Beautiful life, you know, when a beautiful woman says nice things about you," he said. When the show host offered to set them up, Levine laughed and said, "I'm cool". The musician, after all, is still recovering from his recent breakup with Sports Illustrated model Anne Vyalitsyna.
Rolling Stone overhauls album ranking, Kanye stars LONDON ReuTeRS
Three Kanye West albums have made it on to the latest edition of Rolling Stone magazine's authoritative ‘500 Greatest Albums of All Time’ list, placing him among the greats of popular music. The new ranking, which combines a 2003 list (updated in 2005) with a later survey of the 2000s, saw two Radiohead records join the elite club, while long-established names including Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan also had albums added. Rolling Stone has published the list, along with details of the albums and several new recording histories based on firsthand accounts. The big beneficiary was US hiphop star West, who saw 2005 album ‘Late Registration’, ‘The College Dropout’ (2004) and ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ (2010) make it to the top 500. Canadian band Arcade Fire's Funeral is among the 30 additions, as is British act Arctic Monkeys for their 2005 hit ‘Whatever People Say I Am’, ‘That's What I'm Not’. Radiohead features twice -- for ‘Amnesiac’ (2001) and ‘In Rainbows’ (2007), Jay-Z is added for ‘The Black Album’ (2003), Lil Wayne makes it with ‘Tha Carter III’ (2008) and the late Amy Winehouse for ‘Back to Black’. The Beatles feature no less than four times in the first 10; at number one (‘Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band’), three (‘Revolver’), five (‘Rubber Soul’) and 10 (‘The White Album’).
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We've followed their adventures with excitement, secretly wished to have their superpowers, good looks or charm. Kid or adult, these fictional characters have been at the centre of thousands of comic book pages, film reels, television shorts, pop culture and the like for half a century. Let's wish these superheroes a very happy 50th birth year. Spider-Man: Created in August, 1962, by Stan Lee and writer-artist Steve Ditko, Spiderman became the first ever teen superhero. Peter Parker was a character many teens identified with, also dealing with issues such as loneliness, social awkwardness, girl issues and rejection. One of the most commercially successful superhero franchises of all time, Spider-Man was adapted on screen by Tobey Maguire with Andrew Garfield taking over the spider suit in the to-be-released reboot ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’. Thor: Based on the thunder god from Norse mythology, Thor debuted in August, 1962 with the sci-
Around the world with Adnan Sami adnan Sami has taken off to the UK on the first leg of a world tour that will also see him travelling to the US, canada, africa, Scandinavia, far east and the Middle east over the next four months. His first concert was at London’s famous wembley stadium. “i will be back in india by the end of the month. i’ll take a break, then fly off to another country. Going around the world at a stretch will be tiring and tedious which is why i thought of taking a break for a couple of weeks in between,” says the singercomposer. Meanwhile, adnan has been working on an album for yash raj films Music that should be out by the end of next month. titled ‘Press Play’, the singer says that each of the nine songs belong to a different genre, which is why he didn’t want to label his album after any one track or have it pegged as a romantic, Sufi or pop compilation. “i have sung a Sufi song; it’s extremely trippy. i’ve always loved that music but this is the first time i’ve tackled the genre. it’s one of my favourite tracks,” says adnan, who has also attempted another first with this album, a Punjabi number. “i have lots of Punjabi friends and i speak the language with them. they always ask me when i would sing in Punjabi. i
finally have and it’s a pretty outrageous song, with an up-beat tempo,” he adds. the 38year-old is also gearing up for his acting career, having zeroed in on two scripts. “the Bollywood film is likely to roll post summer,” he says, adding that it will have elements of romance and comedy. “it’s not slapstick, but situational comedy. and no, i won’t produce it, i’m just the actor.” NeWS deSK
ence fiction title ‘Journey into Mystery #83’. Banished to earth by the king of Norse gods, for being too arrogant, Thor finds his place among the mortals, finally being part of the super-group ‘The Avengers’. The Hulk: The man best known for his anger issues, The Hulk is the emotional and impulsive monster of an alter ego of Dr Bruce Banner. The Hulk has been represented in various media from television series to three films-‘Hulk’ (played by Eric Bana), ‘The Incredible Hulk’ (with Edward Norton) and he will appear in ‘The Avengers’ played by Mark Ruffalo. James Bond (of the film series): The first film adaptation from Ian Fleming's James Bond series of novels, Dr No, premiered in British theatres in October, 1962. Now, fifty years later, James Bond, the womanising, deadly yet affable British MI6 agent has come to stand for class, style, and suavity. Portrayed first by Scottish actor Sean Connery, 007 has since been played by George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Pierce Brosnan and currently, by Daniel Craig who will return onscreen with the new Bond film, ‘Skyfall’.
Avoid promotions if they bother you:
Imran Khan mumBAI: Actor Imran Khan has a piece of advice for people who complain of film promotions going over-the-top - if too much promotions bother, just ignore them. “If something bothers you, like I say that some ads bother me, I put the television off. So, if people think that promotions are getting out of hand, they don't have to pay attention, they don't have to watch the film,” Imran said at the mTV power 1 Youth forum event. “It's ultimately someone's freedom and it's their way of promoting the film. They are taking nothing away from you,” he added. Imran said as an actor, it is his responsibility to support the producer and participate in a film's promotions. “I think it is ultimately the personal choice. There is a producer, who is investing crores of rupees in a product. As an actor, it is my responsibility to make sure that this guy gets his money's worth," he said. Last seen in ‘ekk main aur ek Tu’, Imran is currently busy preparing for Vishal Bhardwaj's 'matru Ki Bijli Ka mandola' opposite Anushka Sharma. The film will also see Pankaj Kapoor and Shabana Azmi together on screen. AGeNCIeS
store Jeuni launched NEWS DESK After many multi-designer fashion stores, a multi-designer furniture store, Jeuni was launched in Lahore where buyers can get a variety of designer furniture under one roof. At Jeuni different top furniture designers along with emerging furniture designers will now have the opportunity to exhibit their furniture creations. The launch of the store was attended by many designer furniture lovers such as furniture designers Ayesha Khurram, Amina Saeed, fashion models Natasha Hussain, Amna Babar, fashion designer Saim Ali, filmstar Resham, makeup artists Babloo, Khawar Riaz, and many others. Interior designing services are also available at Jeuni by furniture designer Amina Saeed. The launching was organised by Amir Mazhar of Savvy PR and Events.
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ashton urges ‘irreversible’ Myanmar reforms YANGON AFP
The EU’s top diplomat urged Myanmar to make its political reforms “irreversible” and called for an end to bloody ethnic conflict after talks with pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Saturday. Catherine Ashton’s visit for meetings with the newly-elected opposition leader and the reformist regime follows the recent suspension of European Union sanctions against the long-isolated country to reward political changes. It also comes amid a political stalemate as Suu Kyi and her party refuse to take their seats in parliament over a dispute about the swearing-in oath -- an issue Ashton said she hoped would be resolved to allow reforms to progress. “This is a process of change. I hope that we will see all the elements come into place to make it an irreversible process that can move forward,” she said at a press conference. “On that journey there will be many things that need to be done, many things that need to be worked out,” the EU’s high representative for foreign affairs added. Myanmar, which languished for decades under a repressive junta, has seen a thaw in its relations with the international community since a controversial 2010 election brought a civilian government to power -- albeit one with close links to the military. The European Union has responded to what it said were “historic changes” by suspending for one year a wide range of trade, economic and individual sanctions, although it left intact an arms embargo. In a first step towards establishing a full diplomatic mission, Ashton on Saturday opened a new EU office in Yangon that will mostly oversee the management of aid programmes but also have a political role. The top diplomat, who will hold talks with President Thein Sein in the capital Naypyidaw on Monday, told reporters that she would “welcome the way in which he is moving forward” and “urge him to do more” at the meeting. A major concern for the West is the fighting raging between the military and ethnic minority rebels in northernmost Kachin State, despite the government’s insistence that it wants peace with the country’s various armed groups. “The killing has to stop,” Ashton said. “It is important and the president will be the one -- I hope, when I discuss with him -- to tell me how he sees that going forward.” The former army general has ushered through a broad range of changes since coming to power last year, including welcoming Suu Kyi’s party into the political mainstream and freeing political prisoners. But in an early sign of tension with the regime, Suu Kyi and other members of her National League for Democracy (NLD) party -- who won seats in a historic April 1 by-election - declined to attend a new session of parliament on Monday.
jejRe: men dressed as warriors fight on Saturday during a battle between Christian knights and heathen Icelandic Vikings, as hundreds of role players fought together in Lejre, the Land of Legends, south of Copenhagen. AFp
Roadside bomb ‘kills 10 policemen’ in Afghanistan g
Gunmen kill two guards in attack on governor KABUL
EN policemen were killed after a roadside bomb ripped through their patrol vehicle in central Afghanistan, an official said Saturday. The bomb struck their pickup truck in the restive Chak district of Maidan Wardak province on Friday, ministry of interior spokesman Sediq Sediqqi told AFP. “Yesterday afternoon a local police vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb that unfortunately left all ten local police dead,” he said.
The Taliban immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but put the death toll at seven. “The roadside bomb was planted by our mujahideen in Chak district of Wardak yesterday,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told AFP. Earlier on Saturday, two gunmen hiding pistols in their shoes snuck inside a provincial governor’s high-security compound in southern Afghanistan killing two guards in a fierce gun battle. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying their main target was the provincial Governor Tooryalai Weesa.
“After killing two bodyguards, the attackers seized their rifles and opened fire on other bodyguards, injuring one,” Weesa told AFP, confirming that he was not hurt in the incident. The attackers were eventually killed, Kandahar government spokesman Zalmay Ayobi told AFP. Security forces also found a vehicle laden with explosives abandoned outside the compound. The insurgents somehow made it through the tight security at the compound with pistols tucked in their sandals, Weesa said, and the gun fight that ensued lasted for about 30 minutes before the attackers were subdued.
tehran police in new dress code crackdown TEHRAN AFP
Police in Tehran are conducting a new crackdown on women wearing mandatory headscarves improperly or in “vulgar” dress, the city’s police chief said, according to media reports on Saturday. Such operations, which see police screening foot and vehicle traffic at major junctions and shopping centres, are conducted fairly often in Iran. The latest one was ordered days ahead of the May 4 second round of parliamentary elections, and as the onset of warm spring weather prompts Iranian women to don lighter clothing. The police chief, Hossein Sajedinia, said the crackdown was “asked for by the people,” the Fars news agency reported. Women wearing “bad headscarves, bad dress, and model-type women in vulgar dress” would be stopped, he said. Typically, such women are fined or detained in police stations until relatives collect them hours later with more modest clothing. Sajedinia said that companies importing “illegal clothes” that do not comply with Islamic dress standards would be given a warning or closed.
Clashes as Malaysians rally for clean elections KUALA LUMPUR AFP
KuALA LAmPuR: malaysian police drag away a protestor during an anti-government rally on Saturday. AFp
Malaysian police fired teargas and water cannon Saturday as thousands of protesters took to the streets of the capital to demand sweeping electoral reforms ahead of widely expected polls. Protesters marched to Independence Square in central Kuala Lumpur, defying a lockdown and a ban on gatherings in the area that had raised questions about a pledge by Prime Minister Najib Razak to expand civil liberties. The otherwise peaceful rally was disrupted when hundreds of protesters angry at being denied access to the square trampled razor wire, pushed aside barricades and were met with teargas and chemical-laced water. National police spokesman Ramli Yoosuf said at least 222 people were arrested but expected the figure to rise. The fracas marked the second straight year that police clashed with a pro-democracy rally organised by the election reform pressure group Bersih. A protest march last year was crushed by police with 1,600 people arrested. Bersih and the political opposition are demanding far-reaching reforms by Najib to end what they say has been decades of manipulation
by the ruling coalition aimed at keeping itself in power. “The message we are sending to Najib is that we must have clean elections!” opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim shouted to a crowd just before the clashes began. Najib denied any electoral bias. “We do not want to be elected through cheating. We are a government chosen by the people,” the official Bernama news agency quoted him as saying. Bersih demands a thorough vetting of the voter roll following revelations of widespread phantom or duplicate voter registrations, a complete overhaul of the national Election Commission, which it accuses of bias, and other reforms. Criticism of the harsh response to last year’s rally stung Najib, who shortly afterward implemented a series of political reform steps to shore up voter support. But he faces fresh criticism after the government banned rallying at the square and allegations of harassment of activists in recent days. “Despite all the talk of ‘reform’ over the past year, we’re seeing a repeat of repressive actions by a government that does not hesitate to use force when it feels its prerogatives are challenged,” Human Rights Watch said in response to the clashes at the square. Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said “despite claims to the contrary, the government
fully respects peoples’ right to peaceful protest”. “Overall... this afternoon’s protest passed off without major incident,” he said in a statement. Police estimated at least 30,000 people participated in the rally, while independent Malaysian media put the number at more than twice that. As white teargas smoke filled the air and drifted down nearby streets, riot police quickly forced back the protesters who had entered the square and regained control. Nearby, protesters retaliated by throwing empty water bottles at police. An AFP reporter saw a police car that had been turned on its side and its windshield smashed, with streaks of blood visible on the pavement. “We want peace, we want justice for our country. We don’t want to make any trouble,” said housewife Carmen Yap, 42, her eyes watering and bloodshot from the teargas. The crowd had mostly dispersed by late afternoon. Protesters, many dressed in the yellow of the Bersih clean-election movement -- Bersih means “clean” in Malay -- had marched toward the square but were thwarted by a lockdown that included about 2,000 armed police. After last year’s rally was crushed, public outrage moved Najib to set up a panel to explore electoral reforms.
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Saudi arabia recalls ambassador to egypt in lawyer row RIYADH AFP
Saudi Arabia has decided to recall its ambassador to Cairo and close its diplomatic missions in Egypt after protests outside its embassy over an arrested Egyptian lawyer, state news agency SPA said Saturday. The embassy as well as consulates in the Mediterranean cities of Alexandria and Suez were closed. An official spokesman, quoted by SPA, said the measures were decided in response to demonstrations outside its missions in Egypt and threats following the announcement of the arrest of the Egyptian lawyer in Saudi Arabia. The protests were “unjustified,” the spokesman said, adding that Saudi and Egyptian employees of its diplomatic missions had been threatened. “Hostile slogans were shouted out and the immunity of the diplomatic representations was violated, contrary to all international regulations,” the spokesman said. He said the violence had led to the suspension of diplomatic and consular services for Egyptian workers and Muslim pilgrims headed for Islam’s holiest sites, located in western Saudi Arabia. On Tuesday, hundreds of Egyptians protested outside the embassy demanding the release of an Egyptian human rights activist held by Saudi authorities who claim he possessed banned drugs. The protesters chanted slogans against the Saudi regime as they called for the “immediate” release of Ahmed Mohammed al-Gizawi, who was arrested on arrival at Jeddah airport on April 17. The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information, an Egyptian organisation, said Gizawi was detained following a sentence of one year in prison and 20 lashes delivered against him in absentia for criticism of the Saudi government.
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Sudan rejects Security Council role in South row KHARTOUM
UDAN on Saturday ruled out UN Security Council involvement in efforts to end weeks of border clashes with South Sudan, which said it repelled an attack by Khartoum-backed rebels. “Sudan confirms that it rejects any efforts to disturb the African Union role and take the situation between Sudan and South Sudan to the UN Security Council,” Foreign Minister Ali Karti said after a month of deadly clashes which have raised fears of a wider war. The African Union itself, in a decision last Tuesday, asked the Security Council to endorse its demand that the
two Sudans halt hostilities in 48 hours, start talks within two weeks and complete a peace accord in three months. But Karti -- while expressing full confidence in the AU’s role -- said in a statement that Security Council involvement would “give priority to a political position which was announced before and has a hidden agenda.” He did not elaborate. The South Sudanese army said on Saturday it had repelled an attack by rebels backed by Sudan outside Malakal, capital of the South’s Upper Nile State. “It was Sudan-supported militias that attacked SPLA (South Sudan army) positions” on Friday, Colonel Philip Aguer told AFP. He said his forces re-
pulsed the attack, with an unknown number of casualties. But the rebels claimed in a statement that the “South Sudan Democratic Army (SSDA) launched Operation Ending Corruption and surrounded Malakal... and captured its surroundings.” Aguer said South Sudan’s forces had detained three rebel fighters and one vehicle. The Security Council on Thursday started talks on a resolution that could allow sanctions against Sudan and South Sudan if they do not meet the AU demands to end their fighting. A resolution drafted by the United States backs the AU decision and calls for the two sides to “immediately” halt hostilities and pull their forces back into their own territory.
The text says the Security Council would review the rivals’ implementation of AU demands and could “take appropriate additional measures” under Article 41 of Chapter VII of the UN charter that allows for sanctions but not military force. On Tuesday, the AU’s security body adopted a roadmap calling for an end to fighting, including aerial bombardments. “Since they (Sudan) cannot bomb us, they are arming and sending militias and mercenaries now,” South Sudan government spokesman Barnaba Marial Benjamin said. The roadmap also urged both sides to withdraw troops from the other’s territory, stop supporting rebel groups and refrain from making “inflammatory” public statements.
egypt’s elBaradei unveils new party CAIRO AFP
Leading Egyptian dissident Mohamed ElBaradei on Saturday unveiled a new party he said was aimed at rescuing last year’s uprising from a “tragic” transitional period under the ruling military. The former UN nuclear watchdog chief and Nobel Laureate said the goal of his new Constitution Party was to “to rescue the great January revolution that has diverted from its course.” ElBaradei, who had considered standing in next month’s presidential election but ultimately decided against it, called the military-led transitional period since the uprising ousted president Hosni Mubarak in February 2011 “tragic.” “When we undertook the revolution, we did not imagine the situation we are in today, nor the tragic transitional period we are living today,” he said at a news conference. The outspoken dissident and critic of the ruling generals said the economy had deteriorated while the elected parliament was not fully representative of all Egyptians. He also criticised next month’s presidential election, which will be held before a new constitution defining the leader’s role is in place. “For these reasons, and others, we decided the time has come to start organised political work,” he said.
jeNIN: Palestinian and foreign peace activists release balloons carrying leaflets calling for the revival of the Arab Peace Initiative, seeking to end Israeli occupation and establish an independent Palestinian state, during a rally marking the 10th anniversary of the initiative in the West Bank village of Faquaa on Saturday. AFp
Syria condemns Turkey for nATO talk DAMASCUS AFP
The foreign ministry on Saturday accused Turkey of provocation with its talk of asking NATO to help protect its border with Syria, saying such action went against the UN-backed peace plan. “Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Foreign Minister Ahmed Davutoglu continue to make provocative statements aimed at aggravating the situation in Syria and harming bilateral ties,” foreign ministry spokesman Jihad Makdisi said. “It is disturbing that Erdogan threatened to bring
in NATO to protect its borders with Syria. This demonstrates a lack of a genuine commitment to the terms of the (Kofi) Annan plan and policies of good neighbourliness.” Makdisi also accused Erdogan of hosting armed groups “that do not believe in the political process”. On April 9, four Syrian refugees and two Turks, a policeman and a translator, were wounded in the Kilis refugee camp in southeastern Turkey when they were hit by gunfire from across the border. When asked on April 12 what Turkey’s response would be to conflict spilling over the Syrian-Turkish border, Erdogan responded by saying that “we have several options.” “First of all, there is an option of invoking Article
5 of the NATO treaty,” he said of NATO clause which stipulates that an attack against a NATO member is considered an attack against all members. NATO action, however, requires unanimous support from members of the North Atlantic Council, the decision-making body of the group. Davutoglu too said Thursday that Turkey is considering “all possibilities in order to protect national security” if the violence continues to bring tens of thousands of Syrian refugees into its territory. The media interpreted this as a possible declaration of a buffer zone along the 560 mile (910 kilometre) Syria-Turkey border for sheltering refugees.
UKRAine pROBeS BLASTS AHeAD OF eURO 2012 DNIPROPETROVSK AFP
President Viktor Yanukovych on Saturday visited Ukraine’s industrial heartland after a wave of blasts injured dozens of people ahead of the Euro 2012 football tournament. The unclaimed attack came after tensions over the fate of jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko drew calls from some European leaders to strip the ex-Soviet nation of the prestigious event ahead of the June 8 kickoff. Yanukovych, taking personal charge of the blasts probe, held a closed security meeting at the scene and announced a twomillion-hryvnia ($250,000, 190,000 euros) reward “for information that will
help solve the crime.” “We must do all we can to find the criminals and establish the motives of the crime and its aim,” he said at the start of the meeting, adding that investigators from neighbouring countries were also taking part. He visited victims in several hospitals, meeting patients including a 16-year-old girl who suffered most in the blasts, his office said, adding that doctors operated on her and managed to save her sight. “Our main task today is to prevent such a thing happening again,” Yanukovych said, warning that “it’s possible that we are talking about an attempt to destabilise the situation in the country.” On Saturday, 22 victims remained in hospital, with four in a serious condition,
the health ministry said, putting the total number of injured at 30 as opposed to the 26 reported by the emergencies ministry. One male victim had to have an arm amputated, a spokeswoman for the city’s health department told the Interfax news agency. The rare attacks have shocked Ukraine, which has witnessed no major acts of terror in its modern history and where political violence is rare. “A terrorist attack in Dnipropetrovsk: who needs this?” the mass-circulated Komsomolskaya Pravda daily asked. “A tram stop blew up into the air, and passersby bandaged the wounded,” wrote the Segodnya daily. “There was panic in Dnipropetrovsk and people were weeping on the streets.” The attacks came as the
nation puts the finishing touches on its preparations for Euro 2012, an event it is co-hosting with Poland and is hoping to use to showcase the strides it has made since the Soviet era. Although Dnipropetrovsk is not a host city in the country’s first major international sports event, it lies on the route of a tour the trophy will be taken on, visiting the city of one million on May 21. Europe’s football governing body UEFA has said it is confident Ukraine will be able to ensure security, although Donald Tusk, prime minister of co-host Poland, said: “This issue needs to be treated with the utmost seriousness.” The head of the Football Federation of Ukraine Grigory Surkis told AFP he be-
lieved the blasts aimed “to torpedo the tournament in Ukraine at all costs and compromise our country in the eyes of the international community.” Some suspect a political motive since Dnipropetrovsk is the home town of Yanukovych’s arch-foe, the 2004 Orange Revolution leader Tymoshenko, who is serving a disputed jail term that has strained Kiev’s ties with the European Union.The blasts rang out on the same day that she publicised photographs of bruises and scratches she says were caused by prison guards forcibly hospitalising her at a local clinic against her will. She has now been on hunger strike for more than a week and has appealed to be allowed to have treatment abroad for chronic back pain.
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No conflict between coach, selectors: Qasim LAHORE
Wajid Ali (Wapda) and Attique Ch (Wapda) reached the final of Men Singles and Palwasha Bashir (NBP) and Sara Mohmand (NBP) reached the Women Singles Final of the 14th All Pakistan Aamer Hayat Khan Rokhri Badminton Tournament 2012. ReSuLT Men Singles Semi final: wajid ali (wapda) beat Shabbar Hussain (wapda) by 21-11, 21-17; atique ch (wapda) beat Hashir Bashir (wapda) by 21-15, 21-18 women Singles Semi final: Palwasha Bashir (nBP) beat Mehmoona ameer (Punjab) by 21-7, 21-9; Sara Mohmand (nBP) beat Ghazala Siddique (Punjab) by 217, 19-21, 21-16 Men Singles Quarter final: wajid ali ch (wapda) beat Shoaib Hafeez (Punjab) by 21-9, 21-8; Shabbar Hussain (wapda) beat waqas ahmed (wapda) by 19-21, 21-12, 2119; attique ch (wapda) beat Subhan Jameel (Punjab) by 20-10, 20-18; Hashir Bashir (wapda) beat Kashif Sulehri (nBP) by 17-21, 21-18, 21-19 Men Doubles Quarter final: rizwan azam & Kashif Sulehri beat P.a nabeel & Muhammad akhtar by 21-15, 21-17; Zafar tasneem & Hashir Bashir beat Muhammad Masood & tahir Khan by 21-15, 21-14; Shabbar Hussain & tahir ishaq beat Zohaib Qamar & Shoaib Hafeez by 21-9, 21-23-21, 21-13; attique ch & Muhammad waqas ahmed beat Haroon Khan & Hayat Ullah by 21-9, 21-17 women Doubles Semi final: Palwasha Bashir & Sara Mohmand beat Bisma idrees & Sumaira Sittar by 21-9, 21-9; Ghazala & fareeha (Punjab) beat nida & Salma (railway) by 21-14, 21-18 Mixed Doubles Semi final: rizwan azam & Sara Muhmand beat nabeel & Bisma by 16-21, 21-13, 21-18; attique ch & Palwasha beat Hafiz irfan & Ghazala Siddique by 23-21, 21-17
QBAL Qasim, Pakistan's chief selector, has said that there are no points of conflict between the national selection committee and coach Dav Whatmore. Qasim was referring to media speculation about a possible disagreement prompted by Whatmore working with discarded Test players at the National Cricket Academy earlier this week. He said that communication between the selectors and the coach is important, though, and will help both parties avoid a clash in strategy. Acording to Cricinfo, Pakistan's cricketers have not had any assignments since March's successful Asia Cup campaign, and will next be in action again only a month from now in Sri Lanka. Whatmore, who had taken over coaching the team only before the Asia Cup, has used the break to collect data on players around the country. He had worked with players like Mohammad Yousuf and Kamran Akmal at the NCA, prompting talk of potential comebacks. The selectors, meanwhile, have named 12 fast bowlers to be supervised by Whatmore at the NCA. The list includes promising youngsters, as well as players like Mohammad Sami and Iftikhar Anjum who have been out of the national set-up for a couple of years. "I am in contact with Whatmore on a constant basis and I don't think
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we are facing any points of conflict at the moment," Qasim said. "He [Whatmore] is new in Pakistan and wants to understand the system and wants to see what [players] we have. There is no harm in this, [in fact] we are helping him in this regard by giving him players [the 12 fast bowlers] to assess. This is the part of his strategy." "I know players who are out of contention are there, practising with him. There is no harm in this, but we should ensure no communication gap crops us, sparking a clash with our [the selection committee's] strategy."
Pakistan have been in fine from over the past 18 months, losing only the ODI series to England in the UAE during this period. It was important to keep moving ahead, Qasim said. "Our vision is quite clear, we have to look forward. "But our doors aren't shut on players who are on the fringes. There is always a criterion for every player [to make their way back into the team]. If they have fallen out of contention but are the part of coach's strategy, then we will definitely will consider them with an open mind. We cannot decide that XYZ player is finished and won't return."
Railways, Punjab, Wapda win in 2nd PHF U-21 Girls Hockey Championship which is in progress at National Hockey Stadium, Lahore. Asif Hashmi, Chairman Evacuee Trust Property Board was the Chief Guest and announced Rs 200,000 for the PHF Women Wing. ReSuLTS: railway beat Pak-Board 7-0 (full time) 2-0 (Half time) railway: Zakia nawaz 2 Goals 27th & 39th minutes (Pc), Mayira Sabir 3 Goals 30th & 42nd minutes (fG) & 44thminute (Pc) & Maria anwar 2 Goals 60th minute (fG) & 70th minute (Pc). Punjab (w) beat Balochistan 7-0 (full time), 3-0 (Half time) Punjab (w): tehmina 6th minute (fG), afsha 3 Goals 25th& 26th minutes (fG) & 43rd minute (Pc) & iqra Javed 3 Goals 37th & 47th minutes (fG) & 51st minute (Pc). waPDa beat Punjab (c) 1-0 (full time) 0-0 (Half time) waPDa: iram Shahzadi 38th minute (fG).
Ramdin, Samuels return for Windiesâ€™ england tour ST JOHN'S
Road events of the 10th Women National Cycling Championship From 1-3May, 2012 will be held at Kasur. As a part of the Championships the Road events will be organized at Kasur in two sessions, morning and evening at Ganda Sindh Wala Border where the road is safe and smooth for the riders. The event is being held in fullest cooperation and with collaboration of DCO Ahsan Waheed and District Sports Officer Kasur Akbar Murad. Ahsan Waheed will be the chief guest and give start to the race at 8.00 A.M. The track events will be held at Velodrome Lahore on 2nd May at 4.00 P.M. and the final track events will be held on May 3. The Closing Ceremony will be held at velodrome on 3.5.2012 at 4.00 P.M.
West Indies recalled wicket-keeper Denesh Ramdin and big-hitting batsman Marlon Samuels for their three-Test tour of England next month while also summoning uncapped paceman Shannon Gabriel. Ramdin replaces Carlton Baugh while Samuels has returned from a stint in the Indian Premier League to take over from opener Kraigg Brathwaite. Both Baugh and Brathwaite featured in the three-Test series against Australia which finished on Friday. "We are going to England early in the season, where the conditions tend to favour the quick bowlers more than the spinners," said Clyde Butts, the chairman of the West Indies selectors. "Young Gabriel continues to impress the selectors in both regional and A-Team
cricket, and we feel it is a good time to introduce him. We feel he will be an asset to the team in England and has a bright future in West Indies cricket." Off-spinner Shane Shillingford, who
became the first West Indian spinner since Lance Gibbs in 1966 to claim a 10wicket match haul in the third Test against Australia, keeps his place in the squad. "Shillingford has bowled very well against the Australians and we expect a lot from him in England," added Butts, after Australia won the thid Test in Dominica on Friday to clinch a 2-0 series win. "We have got to continue to build for the future and we believe that Barath and Powell have bright futures in the game. "We also feel this way about Kraigg Brathwaite, but he too, has lost some of his conviction and the selectors also feel playing him in the A-Team against IndiaA will give him the chance to regain that confidence." Samuels gets a place despite missing the Australian series to play in the IPL where controversial teammate, and former West Indies skipper, Chris Gayle is still involved.
WEST INdIES 15-mAN SQUAd FOR ENGlANd TOUR: Darren Sammy (captain), Kirk Edwards (vice-captain), Adrian Barath, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Narsingh Deonarine, Fidel Edwards, Assad Fudadin, Shannon Gabriel, Kieran Powell, Kemar Roach, Denesh Ramdin, Ravi Rampaul, Marlon Samuels, Shane Shillingford SCHEdUlE may 5-7: Sussex v West Indies - Hove 10-13: England Lions v WI - Northampton 17-21: 1st Test - Lord's 25-29: 2nd Test - Trent Bridge June 2-3: Leicestershire v WI - Grace Road 7-11: 3rd Test - Edgbaston 13: Middlesex v West Indies - Lord's 16: 1st One-day Intâ€™l - The Rose Bowl 19: 2nd One-day International - The Oval 22: 3rd One-day International - Leeds 24: Twenty20 International - Nottingham
Clarke keeps lid on great Aussie expectations ROSEAU AFP
Michael Clarke celebrated a year in charge of Australia with a 75-run victory over West Indies in the third and final Test, but insisted his team is far from the finished article. Since succeeding Ricky Ponting as skipper, Clarke has built an impressive record with nine wins, three draws and just two defeats in 14 Tests. "A lot more grey hairs, but I've really enjoyed it," said Clarke, after Australia wrapped-up their Caribbean series 2-0. "I've been very lucky to have some other great leaders around me, wonderful support staff who have played a part in me having success. And the captain is only as good as his stock. "Come our next tour to England, the one-day series, we'll be looking to continue to play some really good
cricket and keep Australain cricket in the right direction." Clarke has been through the mill during his time in charge, with a series of great highs and embarrassing lows. He led Australia to an impressive 4-0 home win over India, scoring 626 runs at an average of 125.20. He also became only the third player after Don Bradman and Wally Hammond to have made a triple century and a double century in the same series. But he also saw his team bowled out for just 47 by South Africa in Cape Town, before squaring the series in Johannesburg just days later. Then came the shock defeat to New Zealand in Hobart in December last year. Those ups and downs have forced Clarke not to get too carried away by making predictions over what the future may hold for Australia.
"Cape Town showed us how quickly things can change for the worse and then to be able to pull off a win in Jo'burg -- and we're talking about a very strong Test team in their own back yard -- so to be able to level that series was a great learning curve for us. "And we continue to learn, especially, from those two games, Cape Town and Hobart. "I still think we're a way off the number one spot. We have a lot of improvement to become the number one team. It's not just about one series or one summer. It's about consistency over a period of time." Australia's South African coach Mickey Arthur praised the contributions of Matthew Wade, who made a maiden Test century here and spinner Nathan Lyon, who was his team's leading wicket-taker in the series with 13. Ed Cowan also won plaudits from
Arthur after the opener made a battling 55 in the first innings of the final Test. "It's been excellent for the development of a lot of players who haven't played out of Australia before. I'm thinking of the likes of Matthew Wade, Ed Cowan, Nathan Lyon," said Arthur. "I think we've played solid cricket, we've had a lot of young players that are playing in these conditions for the first time and I think they all go back to Australia better players. "We go back to Australia with a lot of answers as to where we're going as a squad and I'm very, very happy that we're just creating depth within our structures because with the amount of cricket we play these days there's going to be injuries and we've got guys that are going to be matchhardened and ready to step up to the plate."
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nadal cruises, raonic routs Murray in Barcelona BARCELONA
Sharapova into semis after Stosur marathon
Bank al-falah beat UBL in Bankers t-20 League LAHORE STAFF RePoRT
First Bankers T-20 Cricket League match Bank Al-Falah VS UBL played at Model Town Green Cricket Ground. Bank Al-Falah batting first 204/6 after 20 overs. Yaseen Cheema batting well 92, Safdar Ali 47, Syed Salman 27 & Yousaf Iftkhar 20 runs. UBL bowling Muhammad Naeem 2/38, Tayyab Raza 2/40 & Imran Kashif 1/44 wickets. In reply UBL batting 186/7 after 20 overs. Tahir Gulzar 46, Amir Khan 26, Imran Kashif 20 & Tayyab Raza 29 runs not out. Bank Al-Falah bowling Yaseen Cheema 2/20, Basit Ali 1/17, Rashid Rouf 1/15, Babar Ali 1/26 & Yousaf Iftkhar 1/8 wickets. Anees-ur-rehman Siddiqui, Masood Umpire & Waqar Ahmad was the scorer. End of the match Chief Guest Iftkhar Hameed give away man of the match award to Yaseen Cheema. Former First Class Cricketer Ejaz Ahmad is also present.
Japan hammer champ relishes olympic challenge TOKYO
Rafael Nadal served up back-to-back finishing aces on Friday as the Spaniard's claycourt juggernaut headed closer to a seventh title at the Barcelona Open with a 6-2, 6-2 thrashing of Janko Tipsarevic. Nadal's quarter-final win in 83 minutes, with five breaks of serve, helped the French Open champion take his record here to 33-1, with 32 straight wins. Top seed Nadal will play compatriot Fernando Verdasco, the 2010 winner when Nadal did not compete due to injury, after Kei of Japan was forced to retire from their quarter-final with a side-strain in the first set.
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ARIA Sharapova needed more than three hours to complete a marathon three-set comeback against US Open winner Sam Stosur to reach Saturday's semi-finals at the Stuttgart WTA clay-court tournament. With Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka, Petra Kvitova and Agnieszka Radwanska all in Saturday's semi-finals, this is the first time since Wimbledon in 2009 that the world's top four players have reached the last four at a WTA tournament. Having won the first set tie-breaker, Stosur served for the match at 5-4 in the second only for Sharapova to hit back to claim a 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (7/4), 7-5 victory after three hours, one minute on court. The world number two hit 11 aces, compared to Stosur's seven, and as the quarter-final finished at just before 2300 local time, the Russian said recovery was her main concern. "She has a great serve and she served as well as she ever has against me," said Sharapova, who faces thirdseed Kvitova in Saturday's semi-final after the Wimbledon champion's 6-4, 64 win over Germany's Angelique Kerber. "It was pretty difficult to play against her, so I am very happy with the win. It's not over until the last point has been played and you've shaken hands. "She had her chances to win, so I am just happy to have reached the last four. I have a second chance now and I intend to use it." Stosur was in philosophical mood after a high-quality match when the only break point came in the third set. "It sucks to lose, but when you play as well as I did tonight, you can't be too hard on yourself," she said. "It was a
StUttGart: russia's Maria Sharapova returns the ball to australia's Samantha Stosur during their quarterfinal at the wta Porsche tennis Grand Prix. AFp very good match, we both played well and there wasn't much in it. Towards the end of the third set, she started serving very well and put me under pressure to get the only break point. "The last game was the cherry on top for her winning at 40-0 with some very good serving." In the other semi-final, top seed and world number one Azarenka will play fourth-seed Radwanska of Poland. All of Radwanska's four losses this year have come at the hands of Azarenka and having also reached the semi-finals here last year, the Polish number one said it takes a special effort to beat the world's top female player. "You have to be at the top of your game and play some great tennis to beat her," admitted Radwanska. Azarenka needed nearly three hours to see off German wildcard Mona Barthel 6-4, 6-7 (3/7), 7-5 as her big-hitting opponent smashed down 13 aces. Having already beaten ex-world
number one Ana Ivanovic and seventhseed Marion Bartoli on the way to the quarters, Barthel put up another battling performance to take the match to three sets. This was Azarenka's fourth win over the 21-year-old German this year, but she had to work for it. "She keeps producing some great tennis and she showed again today why she is a tough one to beat," said Azarenka. "Her serve is definitely up there with the best, after more than twoand-a-half hours she was still blasting down aces. I have been saying for a while she is one to watch." Radwanska booked her place in the semis by beating French Open champion Li Na of China 3-6, 6-2, 6-3. The Chinese struggled to cope as Radwanska raised her game with a series of drop shots and strong returns in the second set before carrying her improved form into the third.
Japan's world hammer throw champion Koji Murofushi has said he is thrilled at the chance of competing for a second Olympic gold this year, and may even continue his career until the next Games. "It feels great and thrilling that I can throw in London. My life has never been so full as now," the 37-year-old told Japanese media in San Jose, California, where he has been preparing for his fourth Olympics. He said that he aimed to compete at the 2013 world championships in Moscow, and held up the prospect of taking part in the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. Asked if he would compete in the Games in Brazil, he responded: "I will think about it after London. I think I can make that challenge depending on how I do." He referred to his father Shigenobu, who earned the nickname the "Iron Man of Asia" after winning the hammer throw gold medal at the Asian Games five times and remaining in competition until the age of 41. The senior Murofushi held Japan's national record for 23 years until his son broke it. "I have the Iron Man's blood in my veins. I am following in his footsteps," said the younger Murofushi, who won the world title in Daegu, South Korea, last year with a throw of 81.24 metres. Murofushi, now an assistant professor of sports science at Chukyo University in Nagoya, also has two world championship medals in his collection -- the 2001 silver and the 2003 bronze. He won the gold medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics after he finished second to Adrian Annus but the Hungarian was disqualified for refusing a doping test. His personal best is 84.86m he recorded in 2003.
Punjab win to join Indian League mid-table scrum CHENNAI CRICINFo
Kings XI Punjab were disconsolate after their previous match, when they leaked 32 runs in the final two overs of the chase to gift victory to Mumbai Indians. Three days later, they were faced with the same situation, but this time there were no goof-ups as they upset Chennai Super Kings and silenced the crowd at the MA Chidambaram Stadium. Punjab seemed to have scored too little after choosing to bat first, ending on 156 after 20-year-old opener Mandeep Singh made his first half-century of the season. They lost 6 for 27 towards the end of the innings, which meant there was no late flourish, leaving Chennai the happier side at the halfway stage. When Faf du Plessis confidently strode down the track to hammer Punjab's quick bowlers, Chennai were galloping along at nine an over. With Chennai possessing a line-up that had hitters down to No. 10, the game was slipping away but Punjab didn't lose faith. They caused a Chennai collapse to match their own - 5 for 38 - to scrap their way back into the game. Of Piyush Chawla's IPL performances this season, most people only remember the caning he received at the hands of Robin Peterson and Ambati Rayudu, but he has also been one of the most economical bowlers of the tournament. He showed that the Mumbai mauling was an aberration, with a superb spell in the middle that put the brakes on Chennai. He had Suresh Raina stumped, getting a delivery to slant past the outside edge, and then had Ravindra Jadeja slicing to cover to finish with 4-0-20-2. Still, Chennai had two power-hitters, Dwayne Bravo and Albie Morkel, in the middle after 15 overs, and the target was 58 away, certainly not beyond their reach. Both had choked Punjab with the ball, and were now seemingly ready to finish the job with the bat. Azhar Mahmood then showed off his Twenty20 experience, bowling a mix of slower balls and yorkers in the 16th over to stifle Chennai. Praveen Kumar followed up with a series of low full tosses, which also proved hard to put away. Parvinder Awana, the least experienced of the lot, also kept his
cool, regularly find the blockhole and following the batsmen as they backed away. With 32 needed off the final two overs, Praveen stuck to the low-full-toss strategy, and though Bravo smacked a straight six, he holed out three deliveries later. An insideedge for four brought it down to 17 off the last over, with Mahmood given the responsibility of bowling it. He was spot-on, dismissing Morkel first ball and dishing out the yorkers. Chennai were nearly out of it, with 11 needed off two deliveries. The batsman Nuwan Kulasekara then backed away from the stumps, Mahmood followed him but Kulasekara shuffled across towards off and the ball went down leg to the keeper. They scrambled a run, and expected a wide to be signalled. There wasn't one, though, much to Chennai's consternation. R Ashwin had a heated argument with Praveen Kumar, but there was no change in the umpire's decision, and the game was finally Punjab's. Mahmood had been instrumental to changing the game earlier on as well, removing
both set openers, du Plessis and S Badrinath. MS Dhoni promoted both Jadeja and Wriddhiman Saha ahead of himself, but neither could make an impact. Dhoni himself was run-out in 14th over, charging out after under-edging a ball and not realising it was right next to the keeper. With Chennai at 88 for 5, not only had Punjab fought back, they were ahead. It hadn't seemed that they would topple Chennai when they wasted the start provided by Mandeep, who wilted under the heat and humidity of the afternoon. He had begun well, avoiding the slogs and heaves that are integral to Twenty20, and favouring inside-out drives to provide the initial acceleration. He faded, though, managing only one boundary in the 11 overs after the Powerplay. Punjab's captain, David Hussey, also decided to demote himself, sending Mahmood and David Miller ahead of him, another move that didn't work. That left Hussey only four overs to bat at the end, and needing to
swing from ball one, he failed. Punjab seemingly ended well short of a total to challenge Chennai, but their bowlers got it right to pull off an unlikely victory. SCORES: Kings XI Punjab 156 for 8 (Mandeep 56, Morkel 3-29) beat Chennai Super Kings 149 for 8 (Mahmood 3-35) by seven runs dElHI OPEN GAP AT TOP WITH BIG WIN: Just in case there had been any doubts about it, Delhi Daredevils showed they are the team to beat this season by thumping pre-tournament favourites Mumbai Indians. Two of their high-profile new recruits, Mahela Jayawardene and Kevin Pietersen, contributed half-centuries while Virender Sehwag made his third successive fifty to power Daredevils past 200. Even the return of the world's best Twenty20 bowler, Lasith Malinga, couldn't prevent Daredevils from reaching the second highest total of the season. Mumbai's batting has been their biggest frailty this season, and their top order failed
again. The game seemed virtually over in the fourth over of the chase with Mumbai at 19 for 3 before Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik resurrected Mumbai hopes with a fast-paced 96-run stand. Their chances were finally finished off by unheralded leftarm spinner, Shahbaz Nadeem, who continued his golden run this season by removing Rayudu and the dangerous Kieron Pollard off successive deliveries in the 16th over. Daredevils dominated right from the beginning with Jayawardene and Sehwag putting on a 135-run opening stand. Jayawardene ripped into his Sri Lanka colleague, Malinga, in the third over, taking 15 off it with three boundaries. The Daredevils openers feasted on some wayward Mumbai bowling, flicking full tosses off the pads and slashing the wide ones. Jayawardene was the early aggressor, outscoring Sehwag before the captain opened up against RP Singh, slashing over point and flat-batting a six over long-off. Mumbai should have had Sehwag on 40, when he skipped down the track to Robin Peterson, only for Karthik to fluff the stumping. Sehwag made Mumbai pay by ransacking Pollard for two fours and two sixes in an over which cost 23. There were more worries for Mumbai as Pollard later walked off with an injured shoulder after attempting an almost impossible catch at point, though he returned later to bat. There was no let-up even after the openers departed as Pietersen and Ross Taylor added 41 in just 2.4 overs. Pietersen brought out his signature switch hit, off his namesake who pulled off the same shot in Mumbai's last game. A boundary to extra cover in the final over brought up the 200 and dented Mumbai's hopes of revenge for the humiliating defeat at home last week. Mumbai tried their sixth new opening partnership in eight matches, and this one flopped as well. Aiden Blizzard went for a duck in his first game of the season and bigger blows quickly followed. Morne Morkel got Sachin Tendulkar to chip a catch to midoff and Irfan Pathan sent back Rohit Sharma, who holed out to mid-on for 12. SCORES: Delhi Daredevils 207 for 5 (Sehwag 73, Jayawardene 55, Pietersen 50*) beat Mumbai Indians 170 for 9 (Rayudu 62, Karthik 40) by 37 runs.
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U-turns left, right and centre over the past seven days
ROW Z DIARIES KUNWAR KHULDUNE SHAHID HE end of April is always the hub of sporting drama. We have a huge match, followed by a gargantuan matchup and then another massive moment… and so on, and so forth. It’s because European leagues are reaching their climax, the UEFA Champions League is looking for its finalists, F1 is up and running, the playoff dogfight is boiling up in the NBA, tennis players are playing dirty little games with an eye on Roland Garros and Wimbledon and then there’s the IPL as well (for those who care; although considering that our players don’t get to be a part of it, none of us should care). And so, in complete synchrony with the April pigeonhole some of the leading sportsmen and teams pulled out season defining – and for some epoch defining – triumphs. Of all the ‘massive’ moments over the week, it would be hard to
Samir steers new Mexico into ncaa west tennis semis LAHORE STAFF RePoRT
Pakistan’s future hope Samir Iftikhar steered UNM Lobos team thrash Air force Falcons 4-0 and guided his team to the semifinals of the NCAA in Mountain West Tournament being held at Aztec TennisCenter San Diego California. UNM will have to bring out everything out of their armory to tame hosts San Diego and avenge their 3-4 loss in neck and neck battle. In the regular season Samir beat Rickey Baylon of San Diego State University in a nail-biting 3 setter 7/5, 6/7 6/2. In the other Semifinal Boise State University will play University of Las Vegas and The best regional University team will qualify for NCAA Play offs.
earmark the one that should sit at the top of the pile. In the end we might have to narrow it down to Rafael Nadal’s triumph at Monte Carlo and Chelsea’s win over Barcelona in the Champions League. Nadal conjured up his eighth – yes eighth – title on the bounce at Monte Carlo, which should’ve been THE tennis highlight in most other cases. However, as things turned out the fact that he stopped Novak Djokovic from doing one over him for the eighth – yes eighth – consecutive time, eventually became the talking point – and rightly so. Although Djokovic was miles away from what he normally is nowadays, owing to his grandfather’s death a week back, one can’t stress how much Nadal needed that win. No-Djo had completely blanked Rafa over the past 18months – which included two final wins on clay (Rafa’s realm) last year as well – and now after the triumph on Sunday the Spaniard would be assured that he’s the man to beat on clay. And in my humble opinion had he had even half of that assurance in Melbourne this year, he would not have missed THAT backhand pass at 4-2, 30-15 in the fifth in the final. While Rafa’s victory last Sunday had more to do with psychological
barrier removal, and stopping a monotonous landslide, Chelsea Football Club, pulled off one of the most astounding away performances against what is touted as the ‘greatest team of all time’, at one of the most intimidating arenas and the most crucial of times possible. 2-0 down (2-1 on aggregate) and a man down – thanks to John ‘Ironman’ Terry’s brain going on a walkaround – it would have taken the performance of a lifetime to find a way out of that labyrinth. And in my opinion Chelsea conjured up exactly that. It was the quintessential team performance, capped off by a Fernando Torres goal; I mean you can’t possibly write such scripts – Gary
Neville’s ‘ecstasy moment’ would bear testament to that. And now the Blues have to outdo Bayern Munich on the German side’s home turf to culminate their long yearn for the Holy Grail of European football and in turn guarantee that they’d be a part of the competition next year. For, let’s be honest, their league exploits aren’t exactly helping that particular cause. (Understatement alert) Bayern Munich wouldn’t be easy to beat at the Allianz Arena. In fact this current Munich side would be hard to beat at any given arena. Why they’d be harder to beat for Roberto Martinez’s men than the mighty Catalonians is because they don’t have a monotonous game plan – unlike the Spanish champions. Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben on the wings, with one of the best strikers in Europe – Mario Gomez – leading the line, the German side would have much more versatility in attack than the tried and tested – albeit unbelievably effective over the recent past – monotonous Barca play. Munich are in the final, after pulling off an amazing away performance of their own in Madrid, and are favourites to lift the trophy at home. A detailed preview of the final would be there on the eve of the match in Saturday’s football column. Real Madrid, after losing out on a dramatic penalty shootout, ended up being on both ends of the ‘massive result’ scale this week. Their win at the Nou Camp on Saturday, which has surely sealed the La Liga title, has signaled the change of guard in Spain – and Pep Guardiola’s departure from Barcelona has possibly rubberstamped that. However, for Madrid, the high of Saturday was coupled with the low of Wednesday, where going into a shell cost them a place in the final. Amidst all the U-turns in football and tennis, Sebastian Vettel Bahrain expedition has somewhat taken backstage. With his first victory of 2012, the two-time F1 Champion has shushed the noise of him feeling the pressure and of falling short of his own pretty high standards. The German built on an early lead from the pole and had an intriguing dual with Kimi Raikkonen. The Finn started 11th, and eventually caught Vettel after half distance before the latter pulled away after the final pit stops. Vettel and Red Bull now have their respective title defences back on track, Nadal looks good to dominate the clay season like he is accustomed to, Chelsea are one step away from winning the Champions League after enduring possibly their worst season in recent memory and Barcelona would neither win the La Liga, nor the Champions League this year – what an absolute monster of a week it was…
Zaka puts weight behind Misbah LAHORE STAFF RePoRT
Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Zaka Ashraf has reiterated that he has no plans of changing Misbah-ul-Haq as the captain of the national team. “We have not decided about the selection of the captain,” reports quoted him, as saying. Ashraf’s statement comes after speculation in the media that the PCB may opt for three different captains for Tests, ODIs and T20s. Misbah too has had to fend off questions from the media and most recently said: “I don’t want to just play Test cricket. I want to lead the team at the World Twenty20 as well but obviously that’s up to the selectors. As far as people calling my batting too defensive is concerned, I play according to the situation. I’m the captain and I
have an added responsibility.” “When I made my debut, people called me old and said I have little future in the
game. But I’ve been able to prove them wrong with my performances. Now I’m confident of doing the same,” the 38-year-old added. Comments from new coach Dav Whatmore and former captain Younis Khan last week, have added to the buzz circling the PCB headquarters. Khan reportedly expressed a desire to the lead the team again if offered the role while Whatmore had backed another former captain, Shoaib Malik, to lead Pakistan in T20s on the back of his recent titlewinning performance in the Super Eight T20 Championship held in Rawalpindi. Pakistan’s selection committee is set to announce the squad for the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka in a few days, and if tradition is to go by, there maybe a few surprises in the offing, despite Ashraf’s remarks.
Belight Gohar aims to serve the special LAHORE STAFF RePoRT
Nawaz Gohar, former special badminton champion, who turned badminton and cricket coach, is carrying his dream of training special children as a mission. Gohar despite being handicapped due to polio, kept his spirits high and became the champion in badminton and also played cricket despite his disability and had now become a badminton and cricket coach. “I have spent all of struggling but I kept my spirits going on. I was around five years old when I was hit by the polio epidemic. But a badminton player inspired to the game and since my child-
hood I played badminton and became the champion. “I got rid of the clutches ad the game gave me ample strength which is not only keep me active in the game but have also started transfer the
knowledge to youngsters who are also having the same problem. Speaking about the problems, Gohar said that first there is no separate ground or sports facility for the disabled people where they could go and play freely. “Its hard to mingle with the normal people and train with them. All we need is a place where young children could be given training to cope with the hardships of the life. “Second there is no special fund for the disabled persons grooming and there should also be academies for them where they could practice because it would make them overcome their disability,” he maintained. He also has urged President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza
Gilani to provide him job and a ground where he may train the disabled children free of cost. He said that disabled persons were bringing laurels to the country and recently 75 disabled players went to Athens and won 57 medals which was a great honour for the country. “A huge budget is being spent on normal players but the result is not satisfactory while on the other hand, disabled players without good financial aids, striving hard and earning good name for the country,” he claimed. He also urged the parents of physical handicap and MR children to send their handicapped children to the grounds which will help in improving their health and removing their disability.
Punjab grab win in U-22 football LAHORE STAFF RePoRT
Punjab grab win in the National U-22 Football Championship-2012 being played at Bahawalpur while the other match of the day ended in a draw on Saturday. Punjab beat Wohaib 3:1 at the Dring Football Stadium. Punjab got its goals through Naeem Raza (FW) 2 Goals in the 12 and 37 Minutes and Muhammad Atif (FW) 1 Goal in the 81 Minute while it was not clear who scored from the losing side. Sindh and Baloch FC (Noushki) played a goalless draw at the same venue.
Super Series ranking tennis from 5th KARACHI STAFF RePoRT
The Sindh Tennis Association will organize the 9th Pizza Hut Open Super Series Ranking Tennis Championship from May 5 at Karachi Club Tennis Courts. Pizza Hut is the sponsor of this prestigious week long championship , Karachi club is the host and a total prize money is 75000 will be given to the winners. The events which will be contested includes men s singles, ladies singles, juniors under 17 singles (boys/girls),under 15 boys & girls, under 13 boys & girls, under 11 boys& girls under 9 boys& girls, men s doubles, under 15 doubles, mix doubles, & seniors 45 plus doubles. The entries should be sent to M. Khalid Rehmani, Secretary STA at cell; 0300-3607209 or email, email@example.com, or to Saqib Hussain at Karachi club.
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The Return of the Prodigal? SpORtS thIS WEEk
HE return of the prodigal? Perhaps, yes. One had thought that Mohammad Yousuf, one of the very finest batsmen that Pakistan has produced, was dead and gone – albeit strictly in cricketing terms. But there once again, was Yousuf, having a fitness test conducted by new coach Dav Whatmore. One hopes that Whatmore can squeeze a couple of years more out of the man who had more time to play his shots than almost anybody else. Yousuf’s career numbers are really impressive: 90 Tests (scoring 7530 runs at an average of 52.29) and 288 ODIs (scoring 9720 at 41.71). This compares favourably with Ricky Ponting and approaches Tendulkar. And, on paper, Yousuf is younger than either of the above. The question remains whether Yousuf’s hand-eye coordination has been eroded by time, not having played at the highest level for two years. That is a long time to be away from the cutting edge of a sport. Whether Yousuf’s technique and temperament can hone itself back to that edge is a million dollar question. It would also be an early test of Whatmore’s motivational and coaching skills. Whether Whatmore’s fielding coach can wring some more athleticism out of him in the outfield, could be the coach’s ultimate challenge. The other question that arises is as to why Yousuf, one of the world’s best, albeit one of the world’s worst fielders, was sidelined for two years following the disastrous Australian tour under his captaincy. Granted, his captaincy was an unmitigated disaster, but the punishment should have been given to Ijaz Butt, who made such an inadequate choice. Yousuf is no captain material, but no one will question that his batting is out of this world. So why, in spite of the captaincy issues, was one of the world’s great batsmen forced out of the game? The selectors have a lot to answer for. Talking about coaches, this scribe tried on several occasions to contact Whatmore but all calls remained unanswered. It seems the coach of coaches may be in need for some coaching in public relations. This column tries its best to stay above these petty matters, but there are plenty of others who would not take this kindly at all. NAdAl, dOmINATION OvER dJOKER The European clay court season has started with Rafael Nadal winning the Monte Carlo Open for the umpteenth time, beating a listless N o v a k Djokovic in the finals. Djokovic was certainly off colour, having suffered a family bereavement. He stated at the end of the match that he had no emotional energy left. It is doubtful however, whether he could have beaten Nadal on the Monte Carlo clay, so dominant has the Spaniard been at the event. Roger Federer was conspicuous for his absence, preferring to save his strength for the French Open as well as to work on his game. Federer has long since given up the race for ATP points and is now focusing on winning major events.
Dr ejaz looks to open sports psychology centre at GCU LAHORE STAFF RePoRT
Pakistan is one of those countries where sports psychology is none existence but Dr. Ejaz Mughal, who has specialized in the field sees a very bright future in it. In an interview, he said being the first sport psychologist of Pakistan he wants to raise the sports research center in the country. At the age of 40, Dr. Ejaz Asghar Mughal became the first Pakistani to get PhD in Sport Psychology and was also the youngest PhD Doctor in the field of Sport Psychology. Now working at the G.C University Lahore as a faculty member, and he is very enthusiastic about his subject and wants to improve Sport Psychology area at National level. He pointed out that Sports Psychology is an area of study which is concern with the behavior of sportsman. “It’s a compulsory part of athletes training in Europe, normally they worked 60% on psychological skills and coping strategies to improve the per-
He would dearly like to win the French or Wimbledon as well as the Olympics. This amounts to a lot of tennis to be played this summer and at 30-plus, Federer is looking to preserve his energy. Another significant player missing from the draw was the giant American John Isner. Already having defeated Federer, Djokovic and Nadal this year, the 6 ft 9 inches tall Isner is one of the most feared players in any draw. The angle and power he gets on his serve makes it almost unplayable when he is in the groove. He now has the ground stroke power and control that makes him a complete package. Isner is a threat on any surface. Significantly, he beat Federer on clay over five sets in Davis Cup. The surface suits his game because his serve kicks high and wide and the opponents topspin balls are right in his strike zone. Isner has preferred to stay back in the USA and train for the French Open. He will play a couple of events prior to the French and will be there with a big chance to go deep into the draw, perhaps even win the whole thing. The same goes for Wimbledon and the Olympics. In Barcelona, the next stop on the clay circuit, Nadal and Murray are cruising through the draw and look to be meeting in the finals. Aisam Qureshi and partner Rojer have also won their initial match, 10-8 in the deciding tiebreak. They were subsequently edged out by the Polish team of Fyrstenberg, Matkowski for a place in the semifinals. This match, had Aisam gotten through it, could have been a huge momentum builder for a team that has been having a subpar season. PAKISTAN TENNIS IN A BlACK HOlE In local tennis, it was business as usual, with the evergreen Aqeel Khan cruising to yet another title in Lahore, defeating his usual opponent, younger brother Jaleel Khan in the finals. The brothers are both over thirty years old now and still there is no replacement in sight. Many experienced onlookers cite the reason for this to be what they call, the “Black Hole” of the first decade of this century when tennis was riddled with incompetence, favouritism, and nepotism. It might take another decade to bring tennis back to what it was in the 1990s and before. The new administration has good leadership at the top, but the PTF is still being run by the same people from the dark decade, the ones who value their badges and use the sport for income enhancement. The sooner this issue is addressed, the better off Pakistan tennis will be.
formance without the help of all four domains psychological, physical, physiological and sociological. “In Pakistan no one has worked on this area yet, which is the main cause of decline in performance of athletes,” he maintained. “The future is very bright because without the help of psychological area we can’t enhance the performance of athlete. It’s an integral part of an athlete training. Unless we will start psychological skill training from initiation stage
will not be able to produce performance athlete those able to cope with situation related problem.” “The sports trainers are unaware of the benefits. Maybe they don’t know about my presence in Pakistan,” he added. “That was why I plan to raise the research center to analyze the performance of athlete and to work at the talent development stage in grooming the athletes through psychological skill. “With the help of GCU Vice Chancellor, I plan to develop a department of sports sciences and physical education, MS / M. Phil, BS Hons 4 year program and Diploma in Sports Physiology. “In 2007, I applied for the Diploma in Sport Psychology at University of Leipzig Germany and during the stay there I got opportunity to present a proposal to start PhD in the field. “And now they are, despite reservations about Pakistanis, up to help us promote the area of sport sciences in Pakistan, in this regards we are in a process to sign MOU between the University of Leipzig and G.C. University Lahore,” he concluded.
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Nawaz Sharif involved in laundering $32b: Malik interior minister says president, pM and senior army officials on terrorists’ hit-list
ISLAmABAd: Interior minister Rehman malik shows evidence of PmL-N chief Nawaz Sharif’s alleged money laundering during a press conference on Saturday. OnLine
pM says needs no permission to enter parliament Gilani says he restored constitution, won’t violate it g Will challenge his conviction in court g
LAHORE STAFF RePoRT
Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said he did not require permission from the opposition leader to enter the National Assembly because he was a unanimously elected prime minister and a member of parliament. He was talking to a lawyers’ delegation at the Punjab Governor’s House on Saturday. Gilani said the finality of the contempt case had yet to come and the case was still sub judice, adding, “We will appeal, challenging the conviction and it is well known that proceedings under the appeal are considered the continuity of the original case. The PPP leadership did not raise the question regarding the Mehran Bank scandal since the matter is still sub judice.” The prime minister said he would uphold the supremacy of the constitution come what may, because the PPP had restored the constitution and could
not violate it. “The president of Pakistan enjoys immunity under Article 248,” he said, adding that how could he write a letter to Swiss authorities for opening cases against an elected president. “I followed the advice not to write a letter (to Swiss authorities) as the constitution provides immunity to the president,” he said. He said he, as the prime minister, had the legacy of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto. “We respect our institutions including the judiciary, because under instructions of BB, we led a campaign for restoration of the judiciary,” he maintained. The prime minister said though cases were registered against him in anti-terrorist courts, he was strictly following the law of the land and the constitution. Gilani said Nawaz Sharif was desperate because after losing popularity, as bye-election in Multan proved, his apprehensions were well founded. “Nawaz also has apprehensions that the PPP is going to pres-
ent a people-friendly budget for the fifth time as well as PPP’s focus on creation of a Seraiki province,” he asserted. He said, “Under the Charter of Democracy (CoD), the PPP favoured a third time prime minister only for Nawaz Sharif. Had we not favoured this, Nawaz would have been irrelevant in national politics.” Referring to the NRO, the prime minister said the first NRO was under which Nawaz went into an exile after an agreement that he would not take part in politics for 10 years. “First, Nawaz vociferously denied the existence of the agreement but later confessed that it was not 10 years but five,” Gilani added. Gilani mentioned that he was the longest serving prime minister and the president had addressed the joint session of parliament for the fifth time which was unprecedented in the history of Pakistan. “It is a matter of pride that at present there is no political prisoner in the country and the media is free,” he said.
NTERIOR Minister Rehman Malik on Saturday alleged that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif was involved in money laundering. Addressing a news conference ‚ he said proof against Nawaz would be placed before the Supreme Court and National Accountability Bureau (NAB). Malik said a commission may be formed to investigate the alleged involvement of Nawaz in money laundering. He further alleged that Nawaz signed an NRO with former president, late Farooq Ahmed Leghari and as a result the elected government of Benazir Bhutto’s was unconstitutionally dismissed in November 1996. Malik alleged that Nawaz was a defaulter of Rs 6 billion and signed an NRO with Farooq Leghari when investigation was initiated in this regard. He asked the PML-N chief to reveal from where he had got $32 million. Malik added that Nawaz signed the second NRO with Pervez Musharraf and went abroad after signing an agreement and violated the Charter of Democracy (COD) he signed with Benazir Bhutto in year 2006. He said he would bring evidences against Nawaz in parliament as well. Malik added that the president, prime minister, JUI chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman and senior authorities of the Pakistan Army were on the hit list of terrorists. Talking to reporters after at-
tending a high-level meeting at the Interior Ministry on law and order in Gilgit-Baltistan with the GB chief minister, he said different sort of solutions and suggestions were taken into account to curb the insurgency in GB. Curfew was removed after the clearance of intelligence. About the cooperation provided by armed forces, he said, “I am thankful to army chief General Ashfaq Kayani for equipping the security personnel. Now, situation in GB is quite favorable for any kind of positive activity.” People who are under the custody of law and enforcement agencies would be freed if not found guilty, he said. “Terrorist would be tackled with iron hands. Flight schedule to Gilgit has been revised and the three extra flights have been induced to facilitate the people.” Asked about the causes behind the current insurgency in GB, he said the situation was going to improve in the next few days. There are, he added, foreign hand and agencies involved in all these riots. “These are the agents, which are responsible for the bloodshed in Balochistan now they want to spread their activities to the rest of country.” He said during his meeting with the Indian delegation n appeal was made to release Sarabjeet Singh and “we told the Indians to ask for appeal in written and their request would be considered as per the law”. He said a peaceful Afghanistan was in the interest of both of the countries. “The Haqqani network is operating from Afghanistan,” Malik said. Meanwhile, PML-N leader Pervaiz Rasheed asked Rehman Malik to approach the courts if he had any evidence against Nawaz Sharif.
no protocol for ‘convict pM’ in punjab ISLAMABAD INP
The Punjab government has decided not to extend protocol facilities to Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani during his visit to Punjab after his conviction by the Supreme Court in the contempt of court case. Meanwhile, the Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Nisar Ali Khan has decided not to engage in consultations on the appointment of the chief election commissioner with Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani after his conviction by the Supreme Court. Sources said Nisar told Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leaders Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif in Lahore
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on Friday that the prime minister contacted him over the telephone and again during the National Assembly session and spoke about the appointment of the new chief election commissioner. The PML-N leaders told Nisar that as Gilani had been convicted by the Supreme Court and the party did not recognise him as prime minister, the leader of the opposition should not consult him over the appointment of the chief election commissioner. Nisar also took the Sharifs into confidence over his telephonic interaction with Fazlur Rehman, Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao, Salim Saifullah and Senator Mir Hasil Bizenjo and informed them that the opposition parties would devise their course of action over the situation arising after the conviction of Gilani in their meetings soon.
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