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Capital’s IGP finally comes under the hammer
IHC orders Interior Ministry to send Bin Yamin packing in 24 hours DSP, SHO suspended for not arresting Musharraf
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ISLAMABAD: Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddique of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday ordered Interior Ministry to take action against Islamabad Inspector General of Police (IGP) Bin Yamin Khan for his failure to ensure the arrest of former President General (retrd) Pervez Musharraf after the cancellation of his interim bail on April 18th. The court directed the interior
secretary to submit report before the court within 24 hours that what type of action has been taken against the police chief after court orders. On Tuesday, a report, prepared by Additional Inspector General (AIG) Operations Sultan Taimuri, was presented before the IHC in which Secretariat DSP Idrees Rathore and Secretariat SHO Qaisar Gilani were held responsible for Musharraf ’s escape from the court. It was informed in the report that the DSP had been suspended for his
negligence whereas show-cause notice has been issued to the SHO. However, SSP Operations Yaseen Farooq and SP City Captain Ilyas were declared innocent in the case. The inquiry report further stated that SSP Operation Yaseen Farooq had ordered arrest of Pervez Musharraf but Secretariat DSP did not deploy additional force to make the arrest possible. Moreover, SP City Captain Ilyas was on a two-day course. Deputy Attorney General submitted
before the court that DSP was the main responsible for Musharraf ’s escape from the court and he has been suspended by the interior ministry. Justice Siddique remarked that interior secretary was directed to take action against IGP Islamabad but the police was trying to throw all the responsibility on the DSP. The court, however, observed that the Islamabad IGP was the main responsible for all the issue but his failure has not been mentioned in the report. The court observed that
the DSP was busy in sale and purchase of his plot so how could he perform the duty at such time, adding that the low-rank officials were held responsible for the failure just to save the skin of police chief. Justice Siddique observed that Khan had lied to the courts and that he was not eligible of holding the post of IGP. The court ordered the interior secretary to take action against Bin Amin Khan within 24 hours, adding that no leniency should be shown to him.
Mush passes the buck to Shaukat Aziz
The Capital Development Authority on Tuesday asked representatives of different political parties to abide by the laws introduced by the Election Commission of Pakistan for carrying out political campaigns. “For Capital Development Authority there is no discrimination between candidates or political parties. Page 02
Rangersoccupycommunity schooltolaunchtheirown In an unfortunate development, the Rangers have occupied the 8-DRB Community School in the desert area of Cholistan. The school was an initiative of the Cholistan Development Authority (CDA) which had launched a five-year literacy project “Literate Cholistan Project (LCP) in 2010, under which 75 community schools were established in Cholistan. Page 05
WAPDAcommittedto constructionofKachhiCanal The Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) is committed to complete the underconstruction Phase-I of Kachhi Canal Project at the earliest despite financial constraints and difficult law and order situation in the project area. Page 09
NoEideeforShahrukh, AkshayinPakistan Distributors and exhibitors in Pakistan have abandoned Shah Rukh Khan–starrer ‘Chennai Express’ and Akshay Kumar-starrer ‘Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai 2. Both were slated to release on the day of Eid, August 8, in the country, but distributors have decided against buying the film. Page 10
ISLAMABAD: An abandoned car filled with arms and explosives was found near the Chak Shehzad residence of former military ruler Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf on Tuesday. The Suzuki Alto car was taken into custody by security personnel as probe into the incident went underway. Former president Musharraf is facing life threats from the TTP who had set up a special death squad to target him. –AGENCIES
Punjab Chief Minister Najam Sethi presided over a meeting of the provincial cabinet here today which granted approval to conducting a new survey of property throughout the province. The cabinet decided that a notice will be published in the newspapers for public awareness before starting the survey. Page 04
SC asks Musharraf to file application for visiting ailing mother in Dubai Moves pleas for lifting freeze on assets, bank accounts
ISLA MABA D: Po licem en ins pec tin g th e exp los ives remov ed fro m a ca r fo un d nea r t he Ch ak Sh ah zad farmh ou se of fo rmer pres ide nt Pervez M us harraf. –ONLINE
Bilalwal fears for Multiple blasts rock life, won’t lead polls Quetta, Karachi
To assist campaign Says killers of BB now after him
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KARACHI: PPP Chief Bilawal BhuttoZardari will be assisting in the party’s election campaign, but not leading it, the party chairman said in a video message to party workers on Tuesday. “I wanted to contest polls living amongst you; I wanted to launch the election campaign in the streets of my country alongside my workers…but we are at war against (a) mindset,” Bilawal said. “The murderers of Quaid-e-Awam and Benazir Bhutto Shaheed now want to eliminate us as well.” This is Bilawal’s first public speech since April 4, the death anniversary of his grandfather and PPP founder, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. “One day I will also lead the election campaign of PPP like Shaheed Bhutto and Shaheed BB. Until that time I am assisting my elders in the campaign but not leading it,” said the party chairman. Speaking about South Punjab, which is a major part of the party’s manifesto, Bilawal criticised the PML-N provincial government. “Where are those people who claim to have given rivers of milk and honey to the Punjab? Can’t they see the development and prosperity of people of south Punjab?” “You had time to do politics on a metro bus scheme worth 70 billion but forgot the poor people of the Punjab,” he added. The PPP chairman seemed optimistic about the party’s future in Sindh in the coming polls. “I have faith that the people of Sindh will vote for the PPP. The PPP led
government has given the largest amount of development projects in the history of Sindh,” he said. Bilawal also said the party was putting its faith behind veteran leaders. “Yes, we will win from Sindh because we have veteran politicians like Syed Qaim Ali Shah, who served the people of Sindh selflessly. Yes we will win because we have great workers like Syed Khursheed Shah, who knows how to face all sorts of crises. And yes, we will win because we have jiyalas like Amin Fahim, who united the party in its most difficult times.” Bilawal also mentioned other leaders including former prime ministers Raja Pervez Ashraf and Yousuf Raza Gilani, Makhdoom Shahabuddin, Qamar Zaman Kaira, and Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar. The PPP chairman also vowed to sweep polls from parts of the country other than Sindh and south Punjab. “And remember that Peshawar, Quetta and Lahore are also dear to me like Larkana. InshAllah, we will make Lahore and Peshawar the fortes of the PPP,” he said.
QUETTA/KARACHI: At least five people were killed and more than two dozen injured as multiple blasts rocked Quetta and Karachi on Tuesday, police said. At least a dozen people were injured in four coordinated blasts in Quetta. Police said the civilians were injured in an explosion close to a police station in Gwalmandi Chowk area. Officials said the bomb was planted on a cycle. A second blast rocked Killi Shabo area of Quetta after a bomb planted in a Nullah exploded. There were no fatalities reported. One person was injured in another blast in Gurdat Singh road area of Quetta after a road side bomb exploded. The fourth explosion took place at Nichari road in which three people were killed and several others were injured. In Karachi, a bomb exploded near the election camp of a political party, leaving two people dead and several others injured. The blast took place at Peoples Chowrangi after which several shops were closed down. –AGENCIES
ISLAMABAD: Lawyers of former president Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf ’s told Supreme Court Tuesday that orders for proclamation of emergency were given by former prime minister Shaukat Aziz but the whole blame is being put on Musharraf. Opening the arguments before a 3-member SC bench, Ahmad Raza Kasuri said the applications related to objections on the bench and constitution of full court bench be decided first of all. However, the court asked another counsel of Musharraf Ibrahim Satti to complete his arguments. Satti argued the caretaker government had already said that it had no powers in treason case. He said his client’s name to the exit control list was in violation of the Constitution and his fundamental rights. Satti argued that “Musharraf’s mother is seriously ill at Dubai. He may feel need to proceed to Dubai to inquire about her wealth. The court observed: “If any such situation prevails then file an application and we will give decision after reviewing it.” Resuming his arguments after interval, Satti said the court also made mention of senate resolution. Legislating is the domain of Senate and any resolution passed in terms of personal matter has no meaning. The court directed Ibrahim Satti to provide copies of law points to all parties. The hearing of the case was adjourned till today (Wednesday). Meanwhile, an Anti-Terrorist Court Tuesday ordered Musharraf to be made part of the investigations into former premier Benazir Bhutto’s assassination. It was the first time on Tuesday that the former military ruler appeared before the anti-terrorist court over Bhutto’s murder. Musharraf was driven to the court in Rawalpindi from his plush villa on the edge of Islamabad where he is
serving a two-week arrest order. Musharraf is accused of conspiracy to murder Bhutto. It is one of a barrage of legal cases he is fighting in the courts since returning home last month after four years in selfimposed exile. Despite a heavy police and paramilitary presence, scuffles broke out between lawyers and Musharraf supporters, who threw stones and beat each other with sticks outside the court building. About 150 lawyers shouted in protest against the former president, while two dozen supporters chanted “Long live Musharraf!” Musharraf spent around 15 minutes in court and then another 15 minutes with his lawyer, before being driven back to Chak Shahzad residence on the outskirts of Islamabad which has been declared as a sub-jail. During the hearing, the court issued a notice to the FIA and sought a reply on the next hearing over the petitions submitted by Musharraf against his declaration as a proclaimed offender and seeking resumption of his frozen assets and bank accounts. The court adjourned the hearing till May 3. –AGENCIES
Guarantors’ helpsought ISLAMABAD: Former President Gen. (retd) Pervaiz Musharraf has finally sought the help of the concerned guarantors and his former institution to help him get out of the country on the pretext of his mother’s ailing health, informed reliable sources. Refusing to reveal the details for fear of reprisals from the courts, sources believe that former president is likely to present doctors’ notes as well to the courts. Reports from several civil and military agencies are likely to help his cause, added the sources. –STAFF REPORTER
Baloch troika evolves a perk-sharing formula
There are blazing Twenty20 innings and there are ones like Chris Gayle played on Tuesday at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. Pune Warriors captain Aaron Finch had won the toss and asked Royal Challengers Bangalore to bat, but his decision came a cropper as Gayle slammed an unbeaten 175 off 66 balls, in the process breaking a spate of records, to power the hosts to 263 for 5. Page 11
ISLAMABAD: Failure to understand the complexities of federal bureaucracy has finally led caretaker Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso to consolidate his personal position in his home province by lining up all the federal ministries, authorities and corporations to focus on infrastructure development, jobs creation and energy allocations instead of caring about the elections. Sources close to PM’s House revealed that they have been asked to line up all the federal ministries on
daily basis for a meeting with the caretaker prime minister. Latest in this regard was the directives from Mir Hazar Khan Khoso for the Establishment Division to speed up recruitment against 2800 vacancies of Balochistan quota. Sources revealed that a quota has been decided between the federal and Balochistan caretakers while a nominal share is likely to go Balochistan Governor Nawab Zulfiqar Magsi. The troika of caretaker prime minister, caretaker chief minister Barozai and Governor Magsi have also decided to get their due share from the multi-billion
rupees projects of National Highway Authority. The PM has already held several meetings with NHA high ups, top guns of water and power ministry and establishment division. Sources revealed that failing to understand real motives of caretaker prime minister and his close aides, several federal secretaries including Nargis Sethi have decided to take a back seat. PM’s House spokesperson Tuesday said the PM has directed the establishment division to widely publicize recruitment against vacancies available in the federal government on Balochistan quota so
that maximum people can be accessed for transparent recruitment to these positions. The PM directed the Establishment Division that in case the response to the advertisement issued by the respective departments was not adequate the date of extension for filling of vacant posts may be extended by 10 days and the post be re-advertised in local media in Balochistan to attract maximum response, added the statement. He gave these directions during a high level meeting at the PM’s House while reviewing the progress made by the Establishment Division for
recruitment to over 3000 vacancies available in the federal government against the Balochistan quota. The PM was also informed that the vacancies include position in all tiers in government departments of the federal government. Mr Khoso also directed the NADRA to develop software which should carry complete information and database about the demography and population in Balochistan. This software, the PM said would be beneficial for purpose of reference in future planning and recruitment in the federal as well as provincial governments.
CMYK WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 2013
Handicapped not even accounted for in election fever SHANEL KHALIQ
ISLAMABAD: As one of the most awaited elections in the history of Pakistan approach, an unprecedented political activism can be seen. Candidates are actively campaigning for their parties and drawing room discussions everywhere are contemplating as to who will take charge of the next elected parliament. However, certain marginalised groups continue to be marginalised despite the entire electoral hullabaloo. According to World Health Organisation statistics, disabled people account for nearly 10 percent of the entire world population. In Pakistan, the 1998 National Census revealed that disabled people account for 2.45 percent of the population. Special Institute Talent
Exchange Program Programme Director Abia Akram said that the discrepancy between the two figures was because a large number of disabled people were not even accounted for in Pakistan. “Families hide members with disabilities which results in inaccurate figures in census that are carried out,” she said, adding that these people were not only neglected by the state but also by the non-government organisations. “There is a dearth of research on disabled people in the last 10 years and hence statistics are unauthentic and old,” she said. Abia Akram, who is also the Global Coordinator for Women with Disability, told The Spokesman that a few cosmetic measures have been taken to support people with disabilities, however, there was still a long way to go in this regard. The lack of accurate data and research is a
hindrance in understanding the real situation in regard to social and political inclusion. NADRA has started issuing Special National Identity Cards for these people since 2010 and according to their statistics, 0.8 million of such cards have been issued. However, there is no data to show how many of these have actually registered as voters for the upcoming elections. According to Abia Akram, the process for acquiring a special identity card involves getting a disability certificate first which in itself requires a long and tedious procedure. STEP itself is a cross disability organisation, founded by disabled people themselves, and is aiming for inclusion of disabled people in mainstream society. In order to achieve this, they are working on projects that will help employers to employ disabled people in their organisations and help
create a more comfortable work environment for such people. In light of the forthcoming elections, Abia Akram says that their organisation is campaigning for the inclusion of disabled people in the electoral process. “We are asking the Election Commission to train and sensitize the staff at polling stations in order to deal with the disabled people in a respectable and dignified manner and also to take care of their needs,” she said. Accessibility issues include lack of wheel chairs and specially designed ramps at the polling stations. Furthermore, there is also nothing to cater for the needs of visually impaired persons as well. Abia also said that focus groups and research conducted by their organisation has shown that even a large part of the educated persons with disabilities do not cast their vote mainly due to
accessibility issues. She said that voting was only the first step; inclusion will come when all relevant stakeholders realise the importance of this issue, particularly parliamentarians. Pakistan is a signatory to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities that states the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities will be upheld and no discrimination will take place at any front. Despite this, not much attention has been paid and social attitudes continue to discriminate against these people and prevent them from enjoying their fundamental rights and privileges. Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s recognition of these marginalised people in their manifesto for the upcoming elections is a positive and commendable step in this regard and it will hopefully trigger other parties and stakeholders to take note and follow suit.
No room for fake degree holders in our party: AQ Khan
EC releases Rs450m for printing of ballot papers, permanent ink ISLAMABAD: Election Commission of Pakistan has released Rs 450 million for printing of ballot papers and permanent ink. According to sources, the ECP released Rs 300 million on Tuesday for printing of ballot papers to Printing Coprration and Rs 150 million to Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research for permanent ink. The ECP has also reprimanded senior officials of PCSIR for non issuance of tender for permanent ink despite that only 18 days are left till elections and directed for pacing up of work in this regard and said no further delays would be tolerated. ONLINE
ISLAMABAD: Tehreek-e-Tahaffuz Pakistan Chief Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan Tuesday said that his party has issued tickets to educated, patriotic people rather than fake degree holders and disloyal persons. He said this while talking to NA-49 candidate of his party, Dr Rafique Ahmad Ghuncha and party joint secretary information, Rohail Akbar here. Qadeer said that ruler’s lust for gaining personal interests have pushed the nation back into darkness, adding that these looters are again demanding votes from public. Chief of Tehreek-e-Tahaffuz Pakistan stated that corruption of rulers has made them rich but it has adversely affected masses. “Former governments have increased sense of deprivation among masses while condoning problems of people”, he mentioned. He mentioned that murderers of Benazir are walking freely Zardari league has buried vision and mission of Bibi, adding he said that he (Zardari) is using stature of late Benazir for his own fishy interest. Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan concluded that May 11 would be day of victory from these traditional so called politicians. ONLINE
Capital police to learn SC judges’ stance in judges detention case ISLAMABAD: The Capital Police has decided to make contact with the Registrar of the Supreme Court within few days to know the viewpoint of the apex court’s judges in the judges detention case. The police has also asked the applicant of the case, Chaudhary Aslam Ghumman, to provide evidences to the police regarding the judges detention case to proceed further in the case. It is pertinent to mention here that former president Pervez Musharraf had imposed emergency in the country and afterwards the judiciary was deposed from their posts and were kept under house arrest. Later former prime minister Gilani released them through an executive order. ONLINE
40 arrested; Rs2.9m valuables recovered ISLAMABAD: The Industrial Zone police have arrested 40 outlaws including 11 absconders during last one and half month and recovered stolen valuables worth Rs 29,00,000, stolen car, laptop, mobile phones, gold ornaments and six pistols from their possession. SP (Industrial Area) Muhammad Ishaq Warraich said that special teams were constituted for effective crackdown against outlaws and proclaimed offenders in the area following the directions from SSP Islamabad Yaseen Farooq. He said that DSP M Ashraf Shah monitored all efforts of these teams working under supervision of Station House Office I-9 police station. Owing commitment of policemen, he said that Industrial area police arrested 40 outlaws including six proclaimed offenders and five court absconders during last 45 days. ONLINE
PML-N ‘s former federal secretary information Sardar Aurangzeb addressing a press conference after joining PPP. ONLINE
The grill of a bridge where the weekly bazaar is arranged has been damaged, set to invite an accident at anytime. THE SPOKESMAN
Mind the gap, CDA tells parties about campaigns
Efforts being made to prevent Avian Influenza
Candidates asked to direct supporters not to paste stickers, posters on traffic signals, sign boards and street direction boards OUR STAFF REPORTER
I SL AMABAD: The Capital Development Authority on Tuesday asked representatives of different political parties to abide by the laws introduced by the Election Commission of Pakistan for carrying out political campaigns. “For Capital Development Authority there is no discrimination between candidates or political parties. All political parties and candidates contesting in the upcoming national elections from two constituencies i.e. NA-48 and NA-49 of Islamabad must abide by the rules and regulations of the Election Commission and CDA bylaws during their
AIOU announces fee concession to volunteers ISLAM ABAD: Allama Iqbal Open University has announced to grant fee concession to the students who will join to serve as volunteer basis under “Learn, earn and re-learn” programme. Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Nazir Ahmed Sangi expressed these views while addressing the opening ceremony of 3day workshop of the student counselors and field Workers of University here on Tuesday. Addressing the student counselors, Dr. Sangi said “Learn, earn and relearn” programme has been designed to help individuals in obtaining experience, work skills and achieve education goals. While addressing the students, he said that AIOU is working on a vision to promote and ensure equal access to quality education to the students living in far-flung and rural areas of the country. ONLINE
election campaign,” said Munir Ahmad Chaudhry, CDA Administration member, in a meeting with representatives of political parties for the two constituencies of the capital. This meeting was held on the directions of CDA Chairman Syed Tahir Shahbaz to bring the election campaigns of political parties in accordance with the CDA bye-laws. Munir Ahmad requested the candidates to cooperate with the CDA staff and follow the rules and regulations devised by the CDA. He said that future legislators must act upon the laws and should advertise at specified locations, as per prescribed size determined by the ECP. He asked the candidates to direct their
supporters not to paste stickers and posters on traffic signals, sign boards and street direction boards as it causes difficulty for the commuters, especially the visitors. He said that the candidates contesting both the constituencies of the federal capital were Islamabad-based so they should cooperate with the civic body to maintain the beauty and architectural grace of their city. The CDA official said that the candidates and their supporters should remain in contact with the Municipal Administration director in order to run their campaign according to the CDA bylaws which is in favour of both the CDA and the political parties.
ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Science and Technology is taking measures and recommendations to counter the threat of pandemic Avian Fluenza and in this regard a five-member committee has been constituted. This was said in a meeting chaired by Dr. Sania Nishtar, who was given an additional charge to act as focal person and coordinator of the federal government for healthrelated issues. The minister said that adequate surveillance reporting and case management is required to counter the threat posed by the pandemic influenza. She expressed her concerned about lack of coordination and ownership especially, after the devolution of the Ministry of Health under 18th Amendments. ONLINE
Pak-Thai relations to become stronger ISLAMABAD: Senate Chairman Nayyer Hussain Bokhari on Tuesday said that Pakistan accorded high priority to its relations with all South East Asian countries, particularly Thailand. “We want to further strengthen our relations in different spheres including legislature, trade and tourism,” he said while talking to Thailand’s Senate delegation led by President Nikom Wairatpanich here at parliament house. It is pertinent to mention here that Thailand’s Senate delegation is on 3 days visit to Pakistan at the invitation of the Senate chairman and will have important meetings including that with the President Asif Ali Zardari. The Senate chairman said that exchange of Parliamentary delegations as well as people to people contacts at various levels such as business, students and tourists can help further strengthen our relations. He reiterated that consultation and exchange of ideas at legislative level will enhance our understanding about each other and provide bedrock for increasing cooperation at government level. He told the delegates that Pakistan’s Parliament has taken this initiative to have constant interaction with Parliaments of other countries to enhance understanding, learn from each other and seek cooperation for mutual benefits and to achieve shared objectives. ONLINE
A vendor has arranged strawberries beautifully on his push-cart in the federal capital. —ONLINE
First issue of Pakistan Academy of Letters’ literary journal published ISLAMABAD: The first issue of Pakistan Academy of Letters’s literary journal “Pakistani Literature” has been published. It contains translations into four international languages, including French, Arabic, Chinese and Turkish, said PAL Chairman Abdul Hameed. Hameed said that translating Pakistani writers into foreign languages was an uphill task. “One of the most significant and primary purposes of the Pakistan Academy of Letters, a formal and systematic translation bureau, has been outsourced for all four languages. He said that Pakistani languages which are our collective heritage and spirit of this nation, which gives birth to the deep rooted cultural ethos and rhythm of unity stands apart and portrays our distinct identity. Hameed said that this issue of Pakistani
Literature includes creative works of prominent Pakistani writers from all schools of thought. All Pakistani languages are also represented there. The issue includes works of thirty five prose writers and forty one poets of Urdu, Punjabi/Potohari, Sindhi, Pushto, Balochi/Brahvi, Khowar and English. He said that the Pakistani Literature, like other regular publications of PAL, aims to promote literary works produced in various Pakistani languages. Works in translation introduced through this journal, along with original writings in English have been well received in the past by readers all over the world. The Urdu works of Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi, Asghar Nadeem Syed, Azra Abbas, Hameed Qaiser, Mansha Yad, Musarrat Kalanchvi, Ada
Jafarey, Allama Muhammad Iqbal, Amjad Islam Amjad, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Ijaz Kanwar Raja, Injila Hamesh, Majeed Amjad, Partau Rohilla, Sarwar Kamran, Sumaira Baqer, Syed Jamal Naqvi have been translated by Prof. Sajjad Sheikh, Muhammad Shanazar, Asif Farrukhi, Syeda Tazeem Imran, Riaz Ahmed, Attiya Shirazi, Ikram Azam, Rasheed Akhtar and Tashna Barelvi. The works of Mir Tanha Yousufi, Parveen Malik, Qamar Abdullah, Sheeraz Tahir, Faqir Muhammad Faqir, Farheen Chaudhry, Muhammad Junaid Akram and Nasreen Anjum Bhatti, from Punjabi/Potohari, have translated by Safdar Wamiq, Muhammad Shanazar, Muhammad Zulfiqar Ali, Mir Tanha Yousufi, and Attiya Sherazi. The Sindhi works of Ali Baba, Amar Jaleel, Ibrahim
Khalil Manzoor Kohyar, Saleem Korai, Hassan Dar, Khadim Mangi, Mohammad Ali Manjhi and Shaikh Ayaz have been translated by Asif Farrukhi, Shah Muhammad Pirzada, Abdul Haleem Shaikh, Balach Hussain and Jam Jamali. The work of Aseer Mangal, Qalandar Momand, Rahat Zakheli, Zaitoon Bano, Ajmal Khattak, Ameer Hamza Khan Shinwari, Azam Khan Azam and Syeda Hassina Gul from Pushto has translated by Prof. Dawar Khan Daud, Imtiaz Ahmed Sahibzada and Pervez Sheikh. The work of Ghani Parwaz, Hakim Baluch, Mohammad Tahir, Murad Sahir, Saba Dashtiyari, Waheed Zaheer, Mir Gul Khan Naseer and Noor Khan M. Hussani from Balouchi/Brahvi has translated by Ghani Parwaz, Hakim Baluch
Dr. Nimat Ullah Gichki, Mohammad Najeeb, Khuda Bukhsh Shakaib and Noor Khan M. Hassani. The work of Muhammad Ismail Wali from Khowar has been translated by him. Orignal English writings and prose by Bapsi Sidhwa, Mohammad Ali, Nilofer Sultana, Raja Tridiv Roy, Rashida Alvi, Sarmad Sehbai, Sumaira Baqer, Taimur Sabih, Uneeza Kanwal, Reginald Massey, Abdul Hameed, Syeda Saleha, Zulfikar Ghose, Muneeza Shamsie, Amjad Hussain, Noon Meem Rashid, Rasheed Akhtar, Amra Raza, Athar Tahir, Ejaz Rahim, Foqia Hayee, Jam Jamali, Javed Iqbal, Khawaja Waqas Ahmed, M. Saleem-ur Rehman, Muhammad Shanazar, Rasheed Ahmed, Reginald Massey and Safdar Bhatti also published in this journal.
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The few female hopefuls for NA MOHAMMED RIZWAN
LAHORE: In his youth PTI chairman
Imran Khan was a playboy personified. He had everything that is the envy of millions in this world – the looks, fame, money and well…women chasing him from California to Karachi. He is leading one of the three top political parties and is a serious contender to run the country. At 60, he is still surrounded by forty and fifty something women who make the core of his party’s women wing. This crowd is anything but conservative…a cheerful and playful lot. Khan’s US bashing aside, no one who has ever attended even one meeting of the party, can say that Khan or his party is a retrogressive lot. But a look at his list of candidates reveals that the party is not gender sensitized at all. Out of 250-odd national assembly candidates that he picked…only four women could make the cut on the general seats. The number is far below his arch rival Nawaz Sharif ’s PML-N that fielded eight women candidates for the national assembly while PPP took the lead by awarding NA tickets to 14 women. From KPK and FATA, PTI has not awarded party ticket to a single woman leaving it an all-male affair. In Punjab, where Khan’s party has the most number of women that make party’s women wing, only Dr Yasmin Rashid, who is unfortunately running against no less a person than Nawaz Sharif from NA 120, Zartaj Gul from NA 172 and Hina Manzoor from NA 54 are contesting. The fourth woman
DERA GHAZI KHAN: Zartaj Gul, standing in the middle with the black Burqa, belongs to the Wazir tribe from FR Bannu. She is contesting the elections from NA 172, the tribal area of DG Khan and is the first woman to do so. Her husband Akhwand Humayun Raza is also a candidate from PP244, the area’s provincial constituency, and both have a PTI ticket. Zartaj is 28 year old and did her master’s from NCA Lahore. Najma Shaheen Khosa was PTI's candidate here first but PTI rescinded her ticket. from PTI is Naz Baloch who is contesting from NA 240 – an MQM territory. Hina Manzoor is up against Malik Ibrar of the PML-N who is a front-runner in the constituency and Zamurd Khan of PPP who is also a tough one to beat. So in all likelihood, there is little chance that any of these women could make National Assembly. So Khan’s party will be left with only those women who would enter the parliament on reserved seats. In PML-N, the Sharif’s, despite their all conservative look, have awarded tickets
to Sumera Malik from NA 69, Ghulam Bibi Bharwana from NA 88, Saima Akhtar Bharwana from NA 90, Saira Afzal Tarrar from NA 102 and Tehmina Daultana from NA 169 – all electables and elite but women nonetheless. From Sindh and Balochistan PML-N has fielded Dr Raheela Magsi from NA 223, Marvi Memon from NA 237 and Zubeida Jalal from NA 272 – again none of them is grassroots politicians and they also look susceptible against their powerful rivals, but they are at least women. Sumera Malik and
Ghulam Bibi Bharwana are incumbents and would be tough to beat and are expected to retain the seats. So is the story with Saima Akhtar, Tehmina Daultana and daughter-inlaw of former president Rafiq Tarrar – Saira Afzal Tarrar. Put together with reserves, the PML-N might enter the parliament with the largest women group. PPP has fielded 14 women – Shazia Aurangzeb from NA 9, Yasmeen Fatima from NA 50, Hajjan Allah Rakhi from NA 102, Firdous Ashiq Awan from NA 110 and 111, Bushra Aitzaz from NA 124, Samina Ghurki from NA 130, Nasira Mayo from NA 138, Sumera Mushtaq from NA 142, Shafiqa Rao Sikander from NA 144, Natasha Daultana from NA 168, Khadija Amir Warran from NA 184, Faryal Talpur from NA 207, Fehmida Mirza from NA 225 and Shazia Marri from NA 235. Since the overall PPP political capital looks to be in a downfall, many of these women might not make the assembly but in any other situation and time they all were a force to be reckoned with. However, still candidates like Samina Ghurki, Bushra Aitzaz, Firdous Ashiq Awan, Shafiqa Rao Sikander, Faryal Talpur and Fehmida Mirza are expected to either win the seats or to go down fighting if they lose. And then there are candidates like former foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar who surely held the winning ticket but withdrew in favour of male protagonists who could not contest the 2008 elections due to compulsion of BA degree.
Malik Riaz gets another bureaucratic blow SAEED MINHAS
ISLAMABAD: One of the top bureaucratic emissaries hahbaz Sharif hates that the PTI is far ahead of the PML (N) in social media, particularly on Facebook and Twitter. When it comes to Imran Khan, he would do anything to beat the PTI political upstarts. Shahbaz got flabbergasted when he was told as the Punjab CM that Imran Khan had crossed half a million mark on Twitter. He got more worried when told that Imran Khan was primarily relying on his social media machinery to energize his young cadres. Incensed, he deployed a whole team of official IT experts to build his Facebook and Twitter accounts. Khadim-i-Aala wanted to be Twitteri-Aala also. He registered himself as the Chief Minister (@CMShehbaz) on Twitter. Legally, he should have changed his account after the end of his tenure. But then this goes along well with the PML (N) culture of sycophancy. Big brother Nawaz Sharif is still addressed as Prime Minister by the likes of Tariq Fatmi and many other sycophants. Shahbaz also continues to be addressed as the CM. All of this has fetched Shahbaz 95000 Twitter followers. Not bad but the figure is still far behind Imran Khan. But then Shahbaz is at least more social media savvy then Bhaijan Nawaz, who simply refuses to get into this twitter crap. One reason is that it is already too late. If he too fails as kid brother Shahbaz, this, he thinks, might dent his image as the great leader whose electoral sign is tiger. How would a Tiger look if it only has 8970 followers, which is precisely the number that he has on one of his two accounts on Twitter. Like most luminaries, he has zero followers but the great leader has not shared his great wisdom with his followers. He has not written a single tweet to date. Nawaz Sharif, actually, did try to follow Imran Khan when convinced by his advisors. He gave consent to a Twitter account if he did not have to bother about writing or reading it— typical Mian Sahb, always hated
anything to with such frivolous pursuits. Thankfully, he is politically correct in explaining on this Twitter account that “This account is run by campaign staff of former Prime Minister of Pakistan & PML(N) President Nawaz Sharif. Tweets from the PML(N) President are signed ~ NS.” He has got over 5240 followers on this account and only follows his brother, daughter and two party accounts. Incidentally, only two tweets have been issued in his name in nearly a year. The first one is his wishes for Ramadan, issued last July and then his pledge that, “Hum andheron ko roshni se badlein ge.” Interestingly, the only follower to comment on that is Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ): ASWJ NEWS [REGASMB]@ASWJNEWS1 Dec @pmlnawazsharif Ahlesunnat Waljamat Pak Ki Taza Tareen News Updates Hasil Karne K Liye FOLLOW ASWJNEWS Likh Kr 40404 Pr Send kre Now this may be just a coincidence and no wonder Mian Sahb hates such technical crap. Given a choice, he may just like to listen to the good music of Tallat Mahmood or Rafi. But then he got into this trap largely because of the persuasion by his daughter, Maryam Nawaz Sharif. She is the most active PML (N) family member on Twitter, often referred to as ‘Baji’ by most party followers. She introduced herself on Twitter as “A satiated, contented soul, ardent in its pursuit of goodness... MA Eng.Lit & PhD politics (ongoing). A proud daughter & a poetry lover. Cradle to grave PMLN!.” Not bad at all. The only issue is: why mention “PhD” when it’s “ongoing”? She is generally modest in her tweets—sensible without being brash, though she is a little prone to changing her photographs every now and then. And as a married person in a conservative society, it seems odd that she does not mention her husband and children at all.
Syed Ali Abbas Zaidi @Ali_Abbas_Zaidi 30s
sacrificed his life to prevent greater carnage but we must hold accountable his senior commanders
Mum-ness by "concerned" citizens when ANP, PPP and MQM are attacked ex
Ahad abbasi @Ahad_Abbasi 33m
@FawadKhalid Elections 2013: Imran Kahn is playing cricket, MQM Counter Strike, Musharraf Temple Run,n Zardari just finished playing GTA
Hamid Mir @HamidMirGEO 53s
Terrorists are active again to target the election activity in Pakistan.We must not retreat.We must fight.Save democracy save Pakistan.
Ammar Rashid @AmmarRashidT 2m Rabid lawyers are going to turn the tide of public opinion in favour of Musharraf. Let the law run its course FFS.
Nadeem F. Paracha @NadeemfParacha 49m Faisal Sherjan @fsherjan 5m Does a Pakistan really exist outside of Punjab?
Faisal Sherjan @fsherjan 37s
Salute bravery of #FC soldier who
@NadeemfParacha Bloody good question! On evidence of last 3 weeks the answer is NO. Electioneering only possible in Punjab.
of property tycoon Malik Riaz has finally been asked to leave Commissioner Islamabad’s charge and report to the finance ministry. One of Malik’s second lieutenants, IG Islamabad Bani Amin has so far been clinging on to his job despite orders of PM House and the rage of the Islamabad High Court. Commissioner Islamabad Tariq Peerzada, who almost celebrated his coveted posting as chairman CDA in last week of March, was sent packing by the courts. Due to his connections with the property tycoon, Peerzada was given a surprise by the caretaker PM as he was informed only after issuing the transfer notification. Mir Hazar Khan Khoso had to cut a sorry figure when he failed to transfer IG Islamabad a few weeks back even after issuing orders and appointing another officer in his place. Therefore, Peerzada was not given any chance to maneuver this time, informed sources. Malik Riaz had to digest the transfer of all his major SHOs from Islamabad’s urban and rural areas’ police stations in the last week. Sources believe that with the transfer of Peerzada from the office of commissioner Islamabad, Malik had to call off many of his designed land occupations. “This situation might remain in place till the parameters of a new set up emerge in the federal capital and the country,” revealed sources working the Bahria famed magnate. Since the departure of the Peoples’ Party government in March this year, every move from Malik Riaz to maneuver with the federal capital’s bureaucracy and police officials seems to have hit a
stonewall. Sources claim that Malik Riaz believes that all these hurdles are not the making of caretakers but are orchestrated by those judicial centers who feel betrayed by him. Therefore, he is hoping that no matter who grabs power in the center or provinces, his nexus with the DHA people will ultimately salvage him from any huge wrap ups. “Fortune seems to have gone on vacations for Malik Riaz,” commented one of his close associates, seeking anonymity. His purported US $ 45 billion adventure with Abu Dhabi group and then with a Hollywood playboy have all fallen apart, he added. With one mainstay of Malik gone, sources close to Establishment Division believe that fate of IG Islamabad, Bani Amin, would have to be decided within the next 24 hours. Bani Amin is believed to have irked the Islamabad High Court for not acting in a responsible way with regard to arrest of Gen. (retd)
Musharraf. Sources informed that Establishment Division has been asked to implement the previous orders of caretaker Interior Minister Malik Habib to appoint Capt. (Retd) Zafar Iqbal from FIA as IG Islamabad. Zafar had gone on an official tour after waiting for his new posting for a couple of days and is expected to return in few days. The interior minister is believed to have asked the Establishment Division to call him back immediately and satisfy the court orders in letter and spirit. PM House spokesperson informed the media that Prime Minister Justice (R) Mir Hazar Khan Khoso has approved the following transfer/postings. Mr. Shahid Rashid, presently posted as Secretary Information Technology, is transferred and posted as Secretary Ministry of Industries on the retirement of Mr. Zafar Mehmood. Mr. Zafar Qadir, presently OSD, is posted as Secretary Ministry of Information Technology. Mr. Abdul Khaliq, OSD, is posted as Special Secretary Finance. Mr. Fazal Abbas Maken, presently working additional secretary at the PM’s Secretariat, is transferred and posted as Additional Secretary Religious Affairs. Mr. Hassan Raza Zafar, Additional Secretary PM’s Secretariat, is posted as Additional Secretary Commerce. Mr. Tariq Peerzada, Chief Commissioner Islamabad, is transferred and posted as Additional Secretary Finance. Mr. Jawad Paul, presently posted at NIPPS Lahore, is posted as Chief Commissioner Islamabad. Mr. Muhammad Asif Sheikh, presently posted at Establishment Division, is posted as Additional Secretary EAD.
A confinement in a wishful paradise MIRZA KHURRAM SHAHZAD ISLAMABAD: General Pervez Musharraf 's plush villa, which has been converted into a jail for him, is indeed a dream palace, which was conceived when he visited Morocco. The architect of the farm house, who designed and supervised the construction and its recent renovation, says Musharraf had a desire to build the Villa in a Morocco country style and he made it possible after a lot of hard work. Musharraf is these days confined in two rooms of the villa, which according to its creator Hammad Hussain must be the master bedroom and one attached room, measuring 15x18 feet each. The farm house has four bedrooms which have world class facilities with attached bath rooms equipped with modern imported sanitary fittings. The master bedroom is used by Pervez Musharraf and wife Sehba, another room is reserved for Musharraf 's mother, one room is dedicated for children, either son or daughter, who visit with their spouses and then another room is reserved for other family guests. The palace has a dedicated lounge for bridge games, another lounge for family gossips, a drawing and dining well decorated with Musharraf 's pictures, medals and trophies, a swimming pool measuring 60x18 feet, a badminton court, a jogging track spread over 5 acres of the whole land piece, terrace with a superb view of lawn, a separate annex for some out of family guests, six servant quarters, an office for the
administrative staff and a reception to deal with the official guests. The boundary wall, which lost its around 80 feet portion on the second day of Musharraf 's detention, has a 3 feet width and 8.5 feet height with additional three feet height of razor wire and an overall cover of green sheets installed at the wall for security purpose. The farm house also has 400 trees of citrus fruit, mango, guava and pear fruit in its orchard, developed to fulfill Capital Development Authority's (CDA) requirement to maintain the farm house as an agriculture area. The plot was bought by Musharraf from the famous Nishtar family at a
price of approximately 2,75,00,000 rupees in 2003. The Nishtars had an agriculturalplot of 20 acres in the farms schemes and they sold out 5 acre portion to Musharraf. When Musharraf left Pakistan in 2010, the palace came in the use of his personal staff who had worked with him as Chief of Army Staff and President. There was an action against the palace two years ago when Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry resettled in his chair after the formal exit of Abdul Hameed Dogar, but CDA failed to find anything illegal at the house. According to CDA rules, the farms should not have a constructed area
more than 12,500 sq feet and this house has been built on the same amount. However, CDA inspection team found a shed of an Australian cow, which was gifted by a friend of Musharraf, illegal and Musharraf ordered the demolition of the shed and gifted the precious cow to another friend. Hammad said that the building is state of the art in its own nature and has a unique design which is rare in Pakistan. "It was General Musharraf 's personal desire to build the house in Morocco country style. He brought some pictures with him when he went to Morocco on his official visit and advised me to follow the design in pictures," Hammad Hussain told The Spokesman. He said that at the time of building, security of the house was not kept in mind and it was made a very attractive and beautiful countryside farm house. "Initially, the boundary wall was only six feet high, however, when General Musharraf retired and his security concerns enhanced, he ordered to raise the walls higher," he said. "Then we raised it to a further 2.5 feet higher and a razor wire measuring three feet was installed above it," he said. Asked whether there is any specific security gadget installed inside the house, Hammad said he would prefer not to talk about it. To a question about any secret escape route inside the villa, Hammad said: "I would not like to answer such questions because I am not supposed to reveal personal protection measures taken by the owner of the house."
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 2013
Govt likely to ratify Hague Child Abduction Convention Rangers nab 15 more suspects in Karachi KARACHI: Rangers on Tuesday nabbed 15 suspected criminals in two separate targeted actions in the city, according to a spokesman of the paramilitary forces. The spokesman said that eight suspected criminals were arrested in the action in Bismillah Market. Different types of arms were recovered from the suspects. In another action in Banaras area, Rangers nabbed seven more suspects. The Sindh police completed its targeted actions in Korangi, Mehran Town and Bilal Town. According to a senior police official, some 200 police commandos took part in the action in which several suspects were arrested while a large number of arms and ammunition along with explosives material. ONLINE
ISLAM ABAD: Amid increase in number of cases of what is called as ‘international child abduction’ in the wake of growing trend of cross-cultural marriages, the government has vowed to ratify long pending the Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction that provides intergovernment arrangements to resolve such issues that have been neglected for long now. Adopted on October 25, 1980, the Hague convention deals with parental child abduction by providing a mechanism of cooperation between central authorities of the signatory countries to expedite the procedure for the return of the child to the country of her/his habitual residence. “We will examine
divorce and broken families – mostly arranged and in some cases forced marriages. The participants were told that last year 40 such cases have come up from the UK where one of the parents of Pakistani-origin brought the child to Pakistan. Similarly, the officials of the US Embassy said they were also witnessing an increase in the number of such incidences. Besides UK and the US, such cases have been reported in Norway, Denmark and Netherland besides many other countries where a large number of Pakistani expatriates live. The moderator, Majid Bashir, a former civil judge, said that the Hague Convention was based on a presumption that, except in special circumstances, the wrongful retention of a child across international boundaries was not in the interest of the child and that the return
it. We genuinely believe that this convention should be adopted,” said Ahmer Bilal Sufi, the interim law minister, in his concluding speech at the final consultation on the subject at a local hotel. Organised by SACH, a non-government organisation in collaboration with the British High Commission, the day-long consultation – final of the series of discussions – was attended by officials of the relevant departments of the British High Commission, British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, US Embassy, legal experts, officials of ministries of law and justice, human rights, interior and the Police Department. As the number of Pakistanis settled in foreign countries has increased during the past few decades such cases are also increasing due to burgeoning incidents of
of the child to the state of habitual residence was in the interest of the child. The convention also vindicates the right of the child to have contact with both parents. And, the determination of the issue of custody is made by an appropriate higher court. Such a return order is designed to restore the status quo and deprive the wrongful parent of any advantage that might otherwise be gained by the abduction. A return in such cases is not a custody order. It is an order that the child be returned to the jurisdiction which is most appropriate for the future of the child. Ministry of Human Rights Secretary Shaigan Sharif Malik said that he gives his commitment that they would be ratifying this convention soon. “I will play my role. It is an issue of children rights and we are serious about them,” he said.
Students try hand at singing
Ministry orders cancellation of weapon permits LAHORE: Reviewing security plans before the upcoming general elections, Interior Ministry on Tuesday ordered to terminate permits of all weapons across the country. After the orders from the ministry, no one will be allowed to carry weapons outside his/her place while the candidates would also need to get prior permission from the authorities to have personal security guards. The ministry has directed all the inspectors general of all provinces to take action against people carrying weapons. ONLINE
US delegation calls on General Khalid Wynne RAWALPINDI: Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs Dr Peter Lavoy along with Ambassador Richard Olson called on Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Chairman General Khalid Shameem Wynne, according to a release issued by the ISPR on Tuesday. The US delegation remained with General Khalid Wynne for some time and discussed matters related to mutual interests. The release said that the geo-strategic situation of the region with an emphasis on Afghanistan was also discussed during the meeting. ONLINE
Shoaib Siddiqui appointed Karachi commissioner KARACHI: Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui has been appointed commissioner for Karachi and a notification in this regard has been issued here on Tuesday. Shoaib Siddiqui, an officer of grade 21, was performing job of additional secretary at the President House. Earlier, Karachi Administrator Hashim Zaidi had additional charge of the post. ONLINE
Passing out ceremonies at Baloch, FF regiments RAWALPINDI/ABBOTTABAD: Impressive passing out ceremonies of 1000 smartly turned out SPD Security Soldiers were held at the Baloch and Frontier Force Regimental Centres in Abbotabad, according to a press release, issued by the ISPR on Tuesday. Strategic Plans Division Security Director General Maj Gen Muhammad Tahir and Infantry Director General Maj Gen Khalid Mehmood were the respective chief guests at the ceremonies. Addressing the successful trainees, the chief guests pointed out the security threats being faced by Pakistan, both internally and externally, and highlighted responsibilities and challenges ahead. They urged the trainees to discharge their duties with utmost commitment, dedication and pride. ONLINE
PTI accelerates election campaign in NA 118 LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf candidate from NA 118 Hamid Zaman along with provincial candidates Yasir Gilani from PP 137 and Mian Mahmood Ahmed from PP 138 met notables at Badami Bagh. They also attended a corner meeting at Yusuf Tarqa and Hameed Park, Lajpat Road. The candidates shared the party manifesto with the attendees and convinced the voters to vote for change. The candidates also shared their plan for the local government system and how it will benefit the masses. ONLINE
WORLD BOOK DAY: A woman buying books from a roadside stall in Lahore. ONLINE
Punjab cabinet orders first property survey in 12 years LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Najam Sethi presided over a meeting of the provincial cabinet here today which granted approval to conducting a new survey of property throughout the province. The cabinet decided that a notice will be published in the newspapers for public awareness before starting the survey. Provincial ministers, advisor on taxation and revenue, chief secretary, provincial secretaries and concerned officers were present. Secretary excise and taxation gave a briefing to the meeting regarding property tax issues while secretary housing informed about the matters pertaining to WASA. Addressing the meeting, Najam Sethi said that survey of property should be conducted every five years for evaluating the value of property as no such survey was conducted in last 12 years. He said that new survey of property is essential for assessment of the current value of property. He said that property survey to be started from April 26 will continue till June 30. He said that there is also a need to create public awareness regarding the new survey of property and people should be
informed through the press before launching the survey. The chief minister also underscored the importance of further improving tenancy laws and directed that practical measures should be taken for this purpose. He said that 5-marla houses will continue to remain exempted from the payment of property tax. He said that property survey should be conducted in a transparent manner and thirdparty audit should also be conducted of the process. He said that action plan evolved for property survey should be fully implemented and effective monitoring of the survey should also be ensured. The chief minister further directed that effective measures should be taken for improving efficiency of all WASA institutions. He said that outsourcing of the recovery of WASA tariff should also be considered. He said that a business plan should be evolved for the capacitybuilding of WASA. He said that there is need for immediate, midterm and long-term measures for building public service capacity of WASA. He said that funds have been provided to WASA for the purchase of new
Women to play role in PTI campaign LAHORE: President PTI Lahore Abdul Aleem Khan has said that women would play an important role in the electoral campaign of Tehrik-e-Insaaf. He asked the party workers to visit door to door to pass on the message of Imran Khan as Lahore has become the fort of PTI and no one should remain in dreams that those would come again who ruled for the last 30 years in 5 terms but did nothing. He criticized the n. league workers on removing the banners and posters of PTI and said that no pressure would be entertained and PTI workers would reply in the same tune. Haleema Aapa, Monazza Hassan, Ayesha Khalid, Saloni Bokhari and a number of PTI female workers were present who expressed their determination to work in NA 122 where Imran Khan contesting. Abdul Aleem Khan also addressed the function of Tabdeeli Razakars where he called upon Nawaz Sharif to accept the challenge of Imran Khan to sit before him for debate on camera. He said that if N. League has anything to do for the nation, Nawaz Sharif should make it public and refrain from leveling baseless allegations. Abdul said that Shahbaz Sharif has started to accept defeat. ONLINE
generators and other requirements and now it is its responsibility to ensure supply of water to the citizens of all areas. He said that in case of shortage of water due to load shedding or any other reason in any area, water should be supplied through tankers. The chief minister set up a committee headed by Provincial Minister Arif Ejaz for formulating and submitting recommendations regarding capacity-building of WASA and improvement of recovery of tariff as well as other matters. The chief minister directed that a special campaign should be launched for the recovery of the arrears of WASA. The meeting also considered various proposals for conducting property survey and improving efficiency of WASA. Secretary Housing, while giving a briefing on the performance of WASA and other issues, informed that a complaint cell is functioning for addressing the complaints of the people concerning WASA and immediate notice is taken of such problems. The MD of WASA informed the meeting about the water supply situation in the provincial metropolis. ONLINE
ISLAMABAD: Preston University of Islamabad on Tuesday organised an inter-university singing competition. The referenced event was held at the Shah Latif Bhattai auditorium, H-8/1 as part of ‘Spring Splash 2013. The competition was divided into two categories male and female while the Universities, which participated in the female category of the Competition, were university of Peshawar, Institute of Space Technology and Preston University Islamabad, Karachi. The universities, which participated in the male category of singing competition, were Quaid Azam University Islamabad, Arid Agricultural University Rawalpindi, University of Peshawar, Federal Urdu University Islamabad, and Institute of space Technology and Preston University Islamabad, Kohat, Lahore campuses. In the Female category, Nosheen Qayyum of Preston University Islamabad beat her competition from other universities out and out by her brilliant singing skills. Second position was grabbed by Mehwish Iqbal of Preston University Karachi. Haadia Sultan from the university of Peshawar was paced in the third position. In the Male category, Suban Ali Niazi of Preston University Islamabad outclassed his counterparts from other competing universities by his superb performance. Hammad from Quaid Azam University also performed very well and bagged second position. ONLINE
Petition against sub-jail status for Mush farmhouse ISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court has admitted a petition challenging the sub-jail status given to the farmhouse of former military ruler Pervez Musharraf. Advocate Muhammad Ashraf Gujjar has challenged the notification issued by Chief Commissioner Islamabad in this regard. The IHC while admitting the petition has issued notices to Chief Commissioner Islamabad, Inspector General of Police, Station House Officers Secretariat Police Station and SHO Chak Shahzad town. The hearing was later adjourned till April 29. ONLINE
Obscene songs rule election camps ISLAMABAD: Election camps have turned into source of perpetual nuisance for the residents of G-6/1-1. Indian songs continue to blare the whole night long from these camps in terribly high-pitched sound unnerving the inmates of the sector. As soon as the evening draws close, the election camps besieging our sector undergo transformation into battle camps. “Abusive and indecent remarks continue to echo and re-echo within these camps, making way to our residences and ears. Obscenity-filled laughter bursts all of a sudden and then its aftershocks shake the foundations of decadency,” said a group of residents. Sound system has been installed in the camps to transmit the vulgarityridden songs in every nook and corner of the sector. “The youths sitting at these camps engage in endless wrangling with us if we go for imploring them to stop the obscenity in the name of election campaign.” ONLINE
KARACHI: Laborers dragging a cart loaded with cloth to earn living for their families. ONLINE
Police recover vehicles, arrest three car-lifters
KARACHI: A worker preparing a boat at Fish Harbour.ONLINE
ISLAMABAD: National Highways and Motorway Police has recovered 04 stolen vehicles and arrested three car-lifters As per details, a citizen informed Motorway Police through NH&MP Helpline (130) that a white colour Hiace van No.LHO-6600 has been stolen from Ranipur last night and requested for help in recovering the said van. On this information the NH&MP got alerted all its patrolling officers. After few minutes the NH&MP officers DSP Asadullah Rauf, PO Skindar Ali Chana and JPO Muhammad Yousaf succeeded to stop the said Van through commando action on GT Road in the area of Kandyaro and arrested 01 culprit namely Tanveer Abbas son of Abdur Rasheed resident of Gujranwala and took the hiace van in to their
custody. In the second incident, a citizen, namely Asif Pakhral, the resident of Rawalpindi, informed the Motorway Police that a white Suzuki van No. RI-404 model 2012 has been stolen from the Jurisdiction of City Police Station Rawalpindi and requested for help to recover the said Suzuki Carry Van. On this information the Motorway Police alerted all its patrolling officers. After few minutes the NH&MP officers DSP Younas Ansari, PO Asif Mehmood Khattak and PO Altaf Niazi succeeded to stop the said Suzuki Carry Van through commando action on Motorway (M-1) in the area of Burhan and arrested 02 culprits namely Altaf son of Fazal Rehman and Muhammad Afzal son of Aurangzeb resident of Abbotabad and took the
carry van in to their custody. In third incident, local police informed Motorway Police that a white Suzuki pickup No. RIS-1953 model 2010 has been stolen from the Jurisdiction of westridge Police Station Rawalpindi and requested for help to recover the said Suzuki pickup. After few minutes the NH&MP officers SPO Muhammad Khan Toor and Abdur Razak saw a said pickup on M-1 in the area of Hazro, which was parked on hard shoulder and no one was present there. The NH&MP officers took the pickup into their custody. In 4th incident, NH&MP officers SPO Nadeem Tahir and SPO Qamar Raza were on routine duty on GT Road in the area of Okara, they saw a Suzuki Carry Van No.LEE-5266, which was parked on hard shoulder and no one was present there. ONLINE
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 2013
Ballots to be airlifted to 14 Balochistan districts QUETTA: The Election Commission of Pakistan ECP has approved shipment of ballot papers to 14 sensitive districts in Balochistan via air routes. It may be recalled that the ECP had declared 75 per cent of polling stations in 14 districts, including Quetta, Khuzdar, Mastung, Kharan, Panjgur, Gwadar and others as sensitive. The ECP had contacted the Defence Ministry for the shipment of ballot papers to these areas by air routes. Sources told a private TV channel that the proposal has been approved and now C-130 planes would carry ballot papers to Quetta, Gwadar and Jacobabad. From Quetta onward, these packages would be airlifted to Mastung, Kalat, Kharan, Khuzdar, Awaran and other areas. The same facility would be used to transfer ballot papers to Zhob, Musa Khel, Barkhan, Kohlu and Dera Bugti. –ONLINE
Two wounded in Mardan District Courts blast MARDAN : At least two men were injured in a cracker blast that targeted District Courts building in Mardan, officials said on Tuesday. According to local police, unidentified miscreants lobbed a shopping bag containing cracker bomb in the parking of court building, which resulted injuries to two persons. –ONLINE
Terror bid foiled in Peshawar PESH AWAR: Police on Tuesday foiled a terror bid in Peshawar and defused a bomb in Matni, the outskirts of the city. According to police, explosive material was planted in Gulshanabad area within the jurisdiction of Matni police station. On the information, Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) was called in. The BDS personnel timely responded and foiled terror bid by defusing the bomb of weighing five kg. –ONLINE
80-year-old man held for marrying child SHAHKOT: Police have arrested 80-year-old Najeeb on the charges of marrying an 11-year-old girl on Tuesday. Police said Najeeb had solemnised Nikah with Kiran by making offer of handsome money to her father in Chak 68 Faisalabad. On the complaint, the police arrested Najeeb along with relative Shabbir and registered a case under the Child Marriage Act while the cleric and others present on the occasion managed to flee. –ONLINE
Convention held at GIK Institute SWABI: International Mechanical Engineering Convention, organised at Ghulam Ishaq Khan (GIK) Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology and attended by various student delegates, concluded the other day. The three-day convention was organised by American Society for Mechanical Engineering (ASME), GIK Institute chapter. –STAFF REPORT
SWAT: (L) Two of the former militants involved in minor crimes, who had surrendered their arms, presenting music at the completion of their rehabilitation programme. (R) Peshawar Corps Commander Khalid Rabbani addressing them at a special ceremony. –ONLINE
World Book and Copyright Day
‘Today’s students have limited knowledge’ ABDUR RAZZAQ PESHAWAR: A day-long summit in connection with “World Book and Copyright Day” was held on Tuesday at Sahibzada Abdul Qayyum Hall, University of Peshawar, where the speakers highlighted the importance of book reading and urged the teachers and students to protect books and libraries for the coming generations. The seminar was organised by Peshawar University Librarians Association. Vicechancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Rasul Jan was chief the guest, while other faculty members and a large number of students from various departments were also present on the occasion. Students of the Department of Library and Information Sciences displayed placards inscribed with different slogans about the importance of books and libraries. Speaking at the seminar, Rasul Jan said universities were playing a vital role in the field of knowledge, adding that these institutions were considered as industries for promotion of education in the country. He mentioned that in neighbouring country, India, more books were studied by the teachers for a single subject while in Pakistan he did not observe the same trend, adding that in Pakistan students mostly followed one book for their studies and that was why they did not have enough knowledge as compared with other nationals. He said the celebration of the day reminded the importance of books but unfortunately no one took interest to aware people from all walks of life to read books,
adding that teacher and students should also take keen interest to benefit from libraries. Assistant Prof Muhammad Ismail, the chairman of Department of Library and Information Sciences (LIS), said the Copyright Act in Pakistan was not exercised properly and that was the reason people use to violate the law, adding that mostly foreign authors’ books were copied illegally. He said government had made regulatory bodies and sometime because of international pressure those bodies took action against those who were involved in such immoral practices. To a quarry, he said whether the Copyright Act practiced properly in the country so it would help the educational institutions in eradicating the culture of cheating in during examinations, adding that the authors would easily convey their actual ideas to the readers and no one would be able to create illegal copies of other ideas and work. He cited that in Pakistan there were about 250 public libraries which could not fulfil the needs of the masses and that was the reason behind low literacy rate in the country. Naheed, a student of LIS, talking to The Spokesman, said such programmes were fruitful for the students. She added libraries lacked updated books and that was why students mostly using internet for studies materials. She said libraries had importance and government should install internet facilities and also provide updated editions of all kind of books in libraries so that the students as well as general people could frequently visit them.
NADRA office attacked SIBI: Several people were injured in a cracker blast that targeted an office of the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) in Balochistan’s Sibi town on Tuesday, officials said. Unidentified motorcyclists lobbed a hand grenade at the office leaving several injured and partially damaging the building. Police personnel deployed at the
building fired shots at the assailants who managed to escape unharmed. A huge contingent of Frontier Corps personnel reached the site and the wounded were immediately shifted to District Hospital Sibi. Miscreants have been attacked NADRA and other government offices in different areas of Balochistan. –ONLINE
Peaceful polls promised GHALANAI: Arrangements have been made for foolproof security for elections and the polling process would be stopped in case of worsening law and order situation. This was stated by Mohmand Agency Political Agent Dr Amber Ali Khan while talking to local journalists here at his office in Ghalanai on Monday. He said that elections would be held in the area in a peaceful environment and no any candidate will impact on voters. “Security arrangements have been made for the election, polling stations have been shifted from those areas where there no population” the political agent said. He said that Levies and Khasadar forces would deployed on the security duties in each polling stations while FC would also patrol in the area. Dr Amber in the border areas with sparse population polling stations will be shifted to alternative places. –STAFF REPORT
Only PML-N has the vision: Nawaz
FAISALBAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif has said his party is contesting election with a vision of making Pakistan a peaceful‚ selfreliant and progressive. Addressing election gathering in Dijkot on Tuesday‚ he said a national health insurance programme would be launched to take care of the most vulnerable people in society. Nawaz Sharif has vowed that Pakistan would scale the peaks of progress in their next government. “Power loadshedding was nonexistent in our days. Instead of a shortfall there was a surplus to the extent that even India was
trying to buy electricity from us. In those days Pakistan commanded respect from the world,” said the PML-N leader. He said power loadshedding and gas shortage has crippled daily life of people while high inflation‚ unemployment and poverty had brought society to its knees. Nawaz Sharif said PML-N would ensure access to safe drinking water across Pakistan including far-flung areas. He urged the masses to reject corrupt leaders through power of vote. Nawaz expressed that PML-N aims to restore Pakistan’s lost status and include its name in the list of progressed countries. –ONLINE
PTI Attock leader joins JUI-F OUR STAFF REPORTER
ATTOCK: PTI leader Sardar Mumtaz Khan of Basal, a candidate for PP 19, has announced to join the JUI-F, claiming that the PTI leadership ignored him and did not award ticket to him. He was addressing a press conference. JUI-F Punjab General-Secretary Qari Attique-ur-Rehman, Malik Hameed Akbar, Syed Amir Zaman and other prominent personalities were also present on the occasion. Sardar Mumtaz said that he had been cheated by the PTI leadership, as it ignored merit and his reputation in the area. He claimed that he decided to join JUI-F as it was a religious party and striving for the promotion of Islamic ideology and Islamic system in the country. Sardar Mumtaz said that he
would remain loyal to the JUI-F and would expect the same in return. PP-15 candidate Hameed Akbar and Qari Attique, who is contesting polls from NA-57,
also spoke on the occasion. Qari Attique ensured Mumtaz that his party would extend full cooperation to him in the general elections.
Sardar Mumtaz Khan Basal announces his decision to join JUI-F. –ONLINE
Rangers occupy community school to launch their own
Community school at 8-DRB, Bahawalpur was providing free education to 132 children Rangers started the venture without legal approval of CDA ATHAR LASHARI
BAHAWALPUR: In an unfortunate development, the Rangers have occupied the 8-DRB Community School in the desert area of Cholistan. The school was an initiative of the Cholistan Development Authority (CDA) which had launched a five-year literacy project “Literate Cholistan Project (LCP) in 2010, under which 75 community schools were established in Cholistan. This school was established in February 2010 with two female teachers. It is important to note that theses community schools focused on providing education to Cholistani girls; that is why female teachers were appointed in these schools. The community school in 8-DRB was established in the old building of government primary school, established in 1992, which never became functional because no teacher was appointed in the institution; therefore, it was used by the locals. The CDA started the community school with 60 children in the two damaged rooms of the primary school. In 2011, the National Rural Support Programme (NRSP) intervened and helped the community by upgrading the school building, besides providing funds for the third teacher and some furniture. In January 2013, the students’ strength was 132 with a majority of girls, but the Rangers
occupied the school and started constructing a new building without intimating the CDA. All this became possible after Bahawalpur DCO Dr Naeem Rauf allowed the Rangers to start their educational project while the Revenue Department granted them 100 kanals of land adjacent to that school. According to the Cholistan Development Authority Act 1976, no other government department have the authority to allocate land in the region to anyone. Hence, it is an open violation of the law. In the beginning, it was announced that the Rangers would ensure
providing quality education with cheep and nominal fees, but from first month of admission (April), the tuition and other monthly fees are Rs 2,200 and Rs 600 which is unbearable for the poor Cholistani community which have no income sources. According to Zahid Malik, the project officer of Rangers Public School 8-DRB, they had no idea that there was already a functional community school in the building and the both the DCO and the EDO Education had allowed them to start their project. “We are going to deliver quality education to the poor Cholistani community but we have to pay our staff and meet other
expenses; therefore, we decided to take Rs 2,200 as admission fee while the monthly fee is Rs 600”, he added. According to Zahid, in case school strength increases, they will think to reduce per month school fee. The ground reality is that the children of the community school are forced to attend their classes under the shadow of a tree, with the month of June just round when the temperature shoots up to 55 degree Celsius in Cholistan. According to former nazim of Union Council Fort Derawar Rai Sharif, the approval given by the DCO is illegal as the CDA managing director is the only competent authority. “The Rangers
Public School is a good initiative for quality education but the Cholistani people are poor and resource less and are not able to pay hefty fees; therefore, the Rangers should provide free education,” Rai demanded. According to CDA Managing Director Javed Akhtar Mehmood, he has no idea what the situation is on the ground. “It can be confirmed that the Rangers did not contact me to get permission,” he added. On first contact, it was found that Brigadier Muhammed Saleem Qadir was busy in reciting the Holy Quran in his office at 10:30am; therefore, he was unable to talk with The
Spokesman on the issue. Later on, Brigadier Saleem said the Rangers had taken initiative for the better education of Cholistani people. “After some months, we will begin reducing the fees and provide free education to the poor,” he added. He further stated that the Rangers had no funding for schools and the fees were necessary to meets the expenses concerning the new building and staff salaries. In this scenario, the local community has demanded the Rangers and the government that education should be free for the inhabitants of remote areas where there are no income generation resources.
(L) Plaque showing the laying of Rangers Public School’s foundation stone in September 2012. (C) The community school in 8-DRB is one of the 75 institutions established by Cholistan Development Authority. (L) The students and female teachers of the community school are forced to stay in open air in the desert area where the day temperature crosses 50 degree Celsius mark in June. –STAFF PHOTO
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 2013
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Due to the Imran phenomenon, the once alienated youth has become active in politics which could be an encouraging thing for a country like Pakistan which is facing the challenge of religious radicalisation in the youth as well
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Buying the media On Monday, the Supreme Court (SC) did a great job for the cause of transparency in the media by releasing the first part of a list of journalists and media companies that fetched the benefit of the secret fund disbursed by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting during the last two years of the last government’s tenure. The case before the court not only challenges the rationale for the existence of the secret fund - which is actually public money - but it also invited the attention of the SC towards the use of any such fund for the benefit of a sitting government. Expectedly, when the left-over portion of the list is also made public, the full view of the situation will be quite revealing. There is a difference between “in service of the State” and “in service of the government”. Even if it is considered that the service of the state is a top priority of any sitting government, the existence of the secret fund and its utility for the same cannot be justified. In principle, the image building of Pakistan, if it is needed to be done, should be done by the government transparently. Secondly, the reliance of any sitting government on the secret fund to build its image is uncalled for. It is an open secret that under the ruse of publicising the performance of a sitting government, the projection of political personalities is done. The country requires actual performance by a sitting government rather than media publicity done to delude people into believing in its performance. If journalists are open to accepting the money doled out by any sitting government, they are equally vulnerable to accept the same, by implication, from other quarters including national and foreign intelligence agencies, NGOs and business tycoons to fulfill their objectives. Yet, it is heartening to know that journalists are themselves active against the black sheep in their ranks. If the dining and travelling of journalists is in the broader public interests, why is the money paid from the secret fund? It raises some pertinent questions. There is a general perception that the smokescreen of dining and travelling of journalists at State expense is being used to hide the heads under which the funds were actually spent. The SC should also look into this aspect of the matter. It has become a norm for governments to spend public money for cultivating journalists to do their partisan bidding. This practice should end. It is expected that the SC will delete the head of secret funds once and for all. The lid on the can of worms the SC has half-opened so far should be opened fully. It is not clear whether the government that misused public funds and the media persons and organisations that benefitted from the largesse will be punished for their crime or not. Still the proceeding in the case will have a positive impact on the media and the decision of the SC will act as a deterrent against any such malpractice in the future.
Returning from a local rally of Imran Khan in Chakwal in November 2011, my friend and I discussed the overall prospects for Imran in Pakistani politics. I was not very optimistic but my friend, who is a serious admirer and supporter of Imran, was very optimistic and enthusiastic about Imran and his politics. My friend has got a good sense of appreciating and embracing new ideas in advance while I usually remain skeptical about new things, looking too cautiously into things before settling on any conclusion or taking a position. I was arguing at the time that Imran cannot create a space on the national scene because he is doing politics on the same ground where Nawaz Sharif already has an edge: the rightist or semi rightist front. So, I argued at that time that if Imran has to make his place then he first has to reduce the space of Nawaz Sharif, otherwise his chances were not that good. Our discussion continued during the journey and we reflected on many aspects but could not reach a concrete conclusion. We also discussed that the Peoples’ Party would not be affected very much by the Imran factor as it has its fixed vote bank and PPP voters were less likely to support a person who seems to have strong religious leanings. However, as elections approach, quite a strange thing has happened on the national political scene. Rather than reducing the influence or power of Nawaz Sharif, Imran Khan has actually replaced the power and position of People’s Party in many areas, particularly in the Punjab. When Imran started his second spell (and his second bowling spells in cricket were considered more successful than the first one), leaders of the PPP were happy that at least there was someone who could pose a challenge to the
Sharifs in the Punjab where the PPP had lost its support in recent years. It was assumed quite naively by many leaders of PPP that Imran would reduce the votes of Nawaz Sharif and it would result in the victory of the PPP. This view was aired from many quarters that Imran was not likely to win but he would play a spoiler role for Nawaz Sharif. As People’s Party was in power at that time, they could not foresee the scene after the dissolution of their government. They took it for granted that the election campaign could be launched without any presentable figure. But once elections were announced it became clear to the
phenomenon of Imran Khan. So the rise of Imran could actually be nature’s way of dealing with such situations: when a space occurs in politics, it is filled by the next one in the row. Just recall the results of elections in 2002 when the leaders of the two mainstream parties both Benazir and Nawaz Sharif were out of the country, how that vacuum was filled by MMA, an alliance of religious parties. The rise of Imran can be understood more clearly in that backdrop. In the political culture of Indo-Pak, strong personalities count more than political parties. So when PPP was left without any such personality, that space was
As elections approach, quite a strange thing has happened on the national political scene. Rather than reducing the inﬂuence or power of Nawaz Sharif, Imran Khan has actually replaced the power and position of People’s Party in many areas, particularly in the Punjab party that they had no strong personality in their ranks to run a national campaign. The demise of Benazir has actually left the party without any such figure, and Bilawal is too young to take on this role. The tragic demise of Benizar Bhutto left Pakistan and the PPP without any national leader equal to a stature of Nawaz Sharif. The fact ignored at that time has now become obvious that no election campaign can be effectively run without strong national level personalities. So this space has been filled by Imran Khan: the demise of Benazir has actually given rise to the
filled by Imran Khan. He has become a national leader who is equally challenging, quite effectively the other leader on the scene. And quite ironically now it is People’s Party which has lost its ground and votes in the Punjab rather than Nawaz Sharif. There are many constituencies in Punjab where there is one to one contest between PML-N and PTI. And it seems that Imran has quite successfully attracted the sympathies of voters of the right and left alike. In addition, many known leaders of both the big parties have joined Imran without any hesitation. Consider the case of Javed
Hashmi. He would not have joined People’s Party but he had no problem going with Imran Khan. The same can be said about the leaders of PPP who have joined Imran Khan. The long struggle of Imran Khan has finally borne fruit and now he has become a national level leader. It is true that nature has paved the way for him but beside this, other factors have equally contributed in his rise because the generation coming of age after the 1990s had totally different ideals before them. You just talk to some youth in the street in the main cities of the country and you will be reminded about this change in thinking. I have been to some main cities of the Punjab recently and I found that the youth are not very much in favour of the old guard, whether it is the PPP, or Nawaz Sharif or other such parties in the play for long. The main concern of the youth is that both big parties were given enough time but they did not deliver as they had promised. Similarly, both the parties have lost on an important front of credibility and now it is not easy to convince people on the basis of the same beaten and repeated slogans. In this situation, the emergence of Imran Khan as a national leader could be a positive sign for the country. In addition, due to the Imran phenomenon, the once alienated youth has become active in politics which could be an encouraging thing for a country like Pakistan which is facing the challenge of religious radicalisation in the youth as well. In this scenario, it is important for all the political parties to remember an important fact of politics that you cannot depend on feeding the same old slogans to the people forever, but you have to perform first and only then can you regain the trust of the people. THE WRITER IS A DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANT BASED IN I SLAMABAD
Exploring agents of influence in the Boston attacks CHRIS FLOYD Without wishing to indulge in deep-fried conspiracy gobbling at this point, I will say that the revelation about the FBI’s prior involvement with one of the suspected Boston attackers, apparently going on for years, is of great interest. Even more so in the light of the fact that a very large number of the terrorist attacks and attempted terrorist attacks in the United States over the past two decades have turned out to have had significant FBI involvement, often in the form of outright provocation by FBI infiltrators, egging on and sometimes even planning attacks that were later “foiled” - by the FBI. (For more on FBI entrapment cases see, for example, Jeffrey St. Clair’s Agency of Fear.) This doesn’t mean that the FBI or other government agencies were “behind” the events in Boston; sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, and sometimes people do bad things without government prompting. But the consistent pattern of prior FBI involvement, in various degrees and at various stages, with people and groups that later go on to attempt or carry out violent actions cannot be ignored, and should be more thoroughly explored in this case. Particularly considering the fact
A very large number of the terrorist attacks and attempted terrorist attacks in the United States over the past two decades have turned out to have had significant FBI involvement, often in the form of outright provocation by FBI infiltrators, egging on and sometimes even planning attacks that were later “foiled” - by the FBI the agency at first denied having any contact with the suspect — until her mother outed them to the media. From CBS News: ‘Although the FBI initially denied contacting Tsarnaev, the brothers’ mother said they had in an interview with Russia Today. Zubeidat Tsarnaeva said her son got involved in “religious politics” about five years ago, and never told her he was involved in “jihad”. She insisted the FBI ‘knew what he was doing on Skype’ and that they counseled him ‘every step of the way’. Tsarnaeva went on to say that ‘they were controlling him, they were controlling his every step… and now they say that this is a terrorist act’. That may or may not be true; certainly if I were the parent of someone in this situation, that’s what I would want to believe. But the now-established involvement of the FBI, as well as the probable involvement of both the American and Russian intelligence agencies withTamerlan Tsarnaev, should not be ignored when the reasons and roots behind the Boston attack and its bloody
I also request our beloved army that please don’t support a person just because he has headed the institution. Think about Pakistan rather than a single person and let others do their work independently.
aftermath are explored. That said, it is of course very likely that these connections will be ignored, as the well-worn narrative of “good boys turned bad by Islam” hardens into conventional wisdom. This narrative might be the truth in this case - but it also works to the advantage of so many powerful forces. This is true not just for those opposing immigration in the United States (that bloody shirt is already being waved frantically by many American politicians and other high-toned peddlers of racial and ethnic enmity), but even more so for all those in power structures around the world who profit - politically and financially from the vast engines of a military-security complex gorging on the fear of Islamic terrorism. (Other kinds of terrorism particularly the far more constant and far more murderous attacks of state terrorism - don’t bother them too much). Most immediately, this incident will greatly strengthen the military-security apparatus in the United States and Russia, helping further demonise Muslims in
participate in the IPL and Sri Lankans are not going to be able to play matches in every stadium. It’s a pity that the IPL – that is supposed to be a festival of cricket – has repetitively been dragged into the mud due to political issues.
ATIF HUSSAIN LAHORE
Rising above diﬀerences
Khakis come to Mush Rescue Well said Amir Mateen, this article is really awesome. Musharaf is the big enemy of our land. He made huge blunders during his reign such as Lal Masjid, Akbar Bugti’s murder for which he should be punished. We should be strong, support the judiciary and try to push our caretaker government to file a case of treason against Musharaf.
The Sri Lankan players are going to miss a few IPL matches that were to be played in Chennai. The governing council decided to keep Sri Lankan players out of Chennai on orders from Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa. This was taken in view of the security concerns in Tamil Nadu over the atrocities against Tamils in Sri Lanka during the war against Tamil Tigers that ended in May 2009. I thought the whole point of sports was to help bridge differences, and bring people together but sadly that is not the case in reality. Pakistanis aren’t allowed to
SAAD ALI ISLAMABAD
Feedback from the web
Nawaz Sharif hides from media A Canadian journalist, working for the Star newspaper, once interviewed Nawaz Sharif when he was the prime minister. He wrote down that he had ‘never seen a person as deeply shallow as the Pakistan's prime minister’. It is this shallowness the man wants to hide from the media and hence no media appearance. HAMID RAZA
general for the American apparatchiks and Chechens in particular for the Russians - especially all those opposed to the brutal rule of the Kremlin and its satrap in Chechnya. But every political power structure that feeds on fear - and which ones do not? - will benefit from the crime spree in Boston, whatever its origins. Again, these are just speculations, drawing on the few facts that are known at present, and putting them in the context of recent history. Perhaps the Tsarnaev brothers were lone operators: tormented individuals emerging from the brutal and brutalising background of invasion, repression, violence and murder that characterises modern Chechnya, who then internalised this violence and hatred, and sought, in anguish, ignorance and error, to expel it by directing it outward toward some generalised enemy, a demonised Other. Perhaps not. Perhaps other psychological factors were at work that we know nothing of at the moment. Perhaps not. Perhaps some agency or other of some
Nawaz Sharif as a two- time prime minister has not attended any international conferences; given any lectures in any international or local university or given any interview to any foreign TV channels in the last five years. Nawaz Sharif has never written a column in any newspaper. He has not written any book though he had time when he was in exile. NASIR
This is the best time for Pakistan Well in the end, Mr Tahir Malik is building up a soft image of Pakistan. To some extent he is right, in what he wants to describe. But how can he neglect those political leaders who are acting feudal lords. They can easily turn and twist national politics according to the international agenda setters. Dragging Musharraf to the court is a part of the same agenda, although he was an acting puppet.
military-security apparatus somewhere seized on these troubled individuals and turned them toward the agency’s own ends, with results that were either intended or else slipped far beyond the agency’s wishes or control. Perhaps not. But I think there are deeper contexts to the case - whether these are restricted to the twisting of individual psyches by the greater geopolitical and cultural forces that have done so much pointless violence to us all, and in particular to the direct targets of massive power structures, such as Chechnya or, latterly, the Muslim world at large, or whether there are more specific involvements of military-security apparatchiks in the development of this murderous tragedy. Yet, as already noted, we will almost certainly see none of these deeper contexts explored in the earnest postmortems - by politicians, pundits, academics and selfappointed “experts” of every stripe - in the weeks and months to come.
We cannot change until we are not able to educate our nation. Changing mindsets is a hard task. It can take ages to unlearn old practices and relearn new ones. It’s just a little thought of mine
the most votes in Punjab in 2008 and got 70k votes in 2002 while his opponent (the winner) got 71.5k. I would say he is as good at practicing it too. ARIF IQBAL
Aleem Khan down but is he out? Just read the "Staff Reporter" Lahore in one of the leading newspapers every day and the "Commerce Reporter" in the same newspaper, you will get the tactics and methods of blackmailing and corruption by Aleem Khan and Bhatti respectably. SALIM RAZA KHAN
Ayaz Amir check-mated? "But we do know that our friend is better at writing and talking about politics than practicing it". He secured
Will I be blamed for the Boston bombs? Very well written piece! It made me feel the pain you are going through and reminded me of a short story by a Palestinian writer (just forgot his name). I feel that you should have mentioned the tax and other issues being faced by people living in Boston these days and also the conspiracy theories being discussed by the media in US. Regardless, it is a very good article. AAMIR FARAZ Please email your letters to firstname.lastname@example.org or post them to our address in Islamabad.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 2013
Democracy pitfalls Elections are actually the most horrendous aspect of democracy government was unwilling to address economic problems that continue to constrain economic growth. They made no real effort to persuade its disparate coalition members to accept much-needed policy and tax reforms FARAKH SHAHZAD because members were more focused on retaining their seats in upcoming elections. Economically, trouble The tragedy of democracy is that looms ahead for Pakistan with its elections are a part of it, despite the small tax base, poor system of tax fact that all sorts of bad governance collection, and reliance on foreign aid, and an undemocratic approach are with no real prospects for sustainable spawned by the electoral exercise. A politician, it is said, thinks of the next economic growth. What the PPP has to lure the voters election; a statesman, of the next generation. We think that democracy is their celebration of completing five years in office. Meanwhile, they did can change a lot of things, but we're nothing to resolve the real problems being fooled, because democracy is of a common man. Hollow slogans not just elections. Elections are like “Bhutto lives!” and “Democracy is actually the most horrendous aspect the best revenge” will not help them of democracy the most mundane, in defending the indefensible. trivial and disappointing aspect. The 2008 elections which ‘The winter will ask you what you catapulted the PPP and PML-N into have been doing all the summer’. dominant positions were contested This Chinese proverb dates back to a on three major issues: the Red time when people had to save food and fuel to survive in the cold. But the Mosque Operation in Islamabad (July 2007), restoration of Pakistan’s saying is standing like a rock in the superior court judges deposed by way of almost all political parties Musharraf (March 2007) and the ahead of the May polls. Major assassination of the former Prime political stakeholders are bitten by a Minister Benazir Bhutto (December rough-rule that in electoral politics 2007). In the 2008 elections, the PPP you cannot play a card twice. greatly benefited from the sympathy Therefore, if you try to tender the vote for Benazir in Sindh. While in same old coins in the new game, the ploy will surely amount to cheating. It urban Punjab, the PML-N exploited the anti-Musharraf sentiment is because fake promises like fake aroused by his decision to conduct a degrees are destined to backfire. military operation in the Red Mosque The polling industry is filling the and the dismissal of judges of the airwaves with sweet slogans, superior judiciary. manifestos and beautiful promises Unlike the two preceding elections underscored by huge amounts of in 2002 and 2008, the May 2013 money earmarked for the day. American anthropologist Peter Singer elections will see issues that are more pressing and relate to the domestic had condemned the sadistic role of money in buying elections. He wrote, economy. The parties will need to ‘I'm not overly alarmist about it, but I stand above rhetoric to win people’s hearts as the public is now sick of do think there are some worrying signs. Like the growing accumulation their lies. These elections will decide the direction of Pakistan’s future of wealth by a very small proportion political trajectory and will be the first of the population, plus elections in the US are much more dominated by opportunity for the electorate to replace or retain a civilian money than anywhere else calling government. itself a democracy’. The rise of the PTI as a third major What do all the leaders of major force on the political landscape has political parties in Pakistan have in made the electoral environment more common? First, they all oppose the competitive. The 2013 elections will current US drone strikes in the be a three-way contest unlike the twocountry. Stating public opposition to way fights between the PPP and US drone strikes has become a prePML-N in the past. requisite for Pakistani politicians The most interesting aspect of these hoping to succeed in the May elections is that there are no ordinary elections, reflecting public outrage over the strikes. Second, they have all voters; just enemies and lovers. Powerful political idols in every pledged to end the energy crisis constituency have wide following and which has crippled the national economy. Interestingly, none of them they can win the votes from any political platform or even as have any ideas how they will do that. For instance, will they build Kalabagh independents. They are more Dam which can generate electricity as enterprising and in demand by all parties. They have no qualms about cheaply as three Rupees per unit as changing loyalty overnight. When compared to an average rate of these shady characters shift their fourteen Rupees per unit being allegiance a few weeks before polling charged by independent power day, it becomes quite clear how the producers (IPPs). We hear that, faced with a plethora government is virtually up for sale. Many voters, once seen burning of internal and external challenges, a tyres on the roads to protest the peaceful transition of power through power outages, are gearing up to vote free and fair elections is essential for strengthening democratic institutions for the PPP or the PML-N under the in Pakistan. The election process will influence of the local lords of these parties. I fail to understand whether it carry the political debate forward is the beauty or the ugliness of this from the ‘restoration and survival of the political system’ to a ‘performance indigenous brand of democracy. based accountable system’. THE WRITER IS A FREELANCE During its term, the PPP JOURNALIST
Electoral questions in Swat ECP knows it too well that for any political party the election campaign starts much before the election dates. So far, the targeted parties have not been able to openly campaign due to a lack of security, so how does the election process seem fair?
ZEEBA T. HASHMI
from the area, making it livable once again. Military action was effective for some time, but apprehensions Years ago, I was in Swat valley as a about security of the locals and steps child, frolicking around with to restore livelihood still remain a colourful blossoms around me, happy faces to greet me, the faraway source of discontent among the people, making them lose their trust purple mountains to tease my even in the most vocal political childhood curiosity. Years later, I couldn’t find the same innocence. A parties who have been targeted by sense of gloom lurks in the hearts of the TTP operatives. At the moment in Swat, ANP and men who suffered the worst possible bloodshed, leaving permanent scars PPP have been on the direct hit list of the TTP. Two years ago, the house for generations to come. The repair of a local political activist was and mending will take a long while after the bloody TTP tenure and the attacked by the TTP in firing which continued for several hours, yet no military operation. The horrors of help was provided despite several Mingora Chowk are still fresh in calls of help to the higher-ups which people’s minds with memories of resulted in the death of several of decaying bodies left hanging by the his family members. Stories of such bloody regime of the TTP. brutalities are still on the rise. For the people of Swat, the Political activists especially those suffering is not over. who have affiliations with secular ‘We remember Maulana Fazlullah’s house in the middle ridge parties remain on the direct hit list. ‘Each of these political activists over River Swat,’ said a man in have either been directly hit or have Mingora. According to locals, he seen their family members had gained quite a lot of popularity initially as his sermons were mainly murdered by the TTP right before their eyes,’ said a prominent young based on religious preaching, but people started suspecting him as his advocate. In circumstances like views got violent with the preaching these, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has not treated of jihad. Their request to jam his Swat, Malakand and FATA with radio frequency fell on deaf ears, fairness in terms of providing them and before any action could be with security like they have done in taken, it was already too late. The the Punjab and also in Balochistan. Nizam-e-Adal fiasco and the TTP ‘This is a ridiculous decision for takeover of the entire area didn’t cause any alarm bells in the capital. security sensitive areas, and Swat is not out of danger yet. ECP knows it It was only after the international well that for any political party, the media picked the story of a large election campaign starts much number of IDPs did the before the election dates. So far, the establishment announce operation Rah-e-Rast to restore order to Swat. targeted parties have not been able to openly campaign due to a lack of The operation was successful and security, so how does the election the TTP operations were removed
process seem fair?’ Despite the fact that there have been a lot of sacrifices made by the politicians and the military, there remains a sense of discontent among the locals. These apprehensions are linked to the resettlement and compensation of the IDPs and the missing people. According to an estimate, the main rehabilitation process came from outside sources or through self-help basis, whereas help from the government was about 5 percent. The UAE, China and other international donors seem to have contributed more towards reconstructing girls’ schools. The development index is now slightly better in terms of women’s education, but the situation still remains volatile. On the subject of missing persons, there seems to be no official data, but local perceptions estimate it between 10,000-12,000 people who have not been traced since the operation. Some of them have been recovered dead. There have been horrifying tales of how prisoners suspected of being operatives or members of TTP have been tortured or killed during interrogation. It must be kept in mind that most of the captured prisoners had not been linked with the TTP. There were reports of how villagers were kept hostage or forced to join TTP recruiters at gunpoint, leaving them with no choice or else their family members were threatened. ‘We doubt the army’s intention, the main TTP leaders are still roaming free, while those who were either forced to join or were
benign members, are being tortured, killed or still languishing in secret jails while not a single mastermind has been caught or let loose due to a lack of evidence,’ says one local resident. It seems that the lack of interest of the provincial government in resolving the issues of the residents has dimmed the political enthusiasm of the people of Swat. According to them, the locals do see a ray of hope in PTI’s tsunami, but their ticket distribution to an outsider prompted a protest by Swatis in Mingora during the PTI’s procession, propelling a panicked Imran Khan to cancel tickets to seats in all Malakand Division. He cited “lack of merit” as the main reason, thus failing to earn their trust in the region. The lack of trust in political parties due to wrong distribution of tickets will give a chance to Muttahida Deeni Mahaz. This is what happened during Musharraf ’s tenure. It must be noted that some parties that have formed such an alliance are already banned sectarian parties like SSP and LeT that have renamed their parties to be able to contest the elections. ‘We have seen enough bloodshed, and are still suffering from the psychological impact of being crushed by both the army and the TTP. We do not foresee peaceful balloting this time, but we have learnt to become resilient.’ The locals sound dismal but nothing can be predicted at this stage. ZEEBA T. HASHMI IS AN INDEPENDENT WRITER
The FBI Boston-Chechnya charade PEPE ESCOBAR
The Boston bombing was a major blowback. That much is certain. The question is: what level of blowback? It could have been a covert op gone real bad. It could have been blowback from former ''freedom fighters'' - in this case ethnic Chechens - reconverted into terra-rists. It could have been straight blowback for United States foreign policy targeting Muslims, whether dispatching them to Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib or Bagram, extraordinarily renditioning them, or target assassinating them. The FBI, predictably, is not admitting any of these three options. It sticks to a convoluted screenplay worthy of those cocaine-fueled Hollywood nights in the 1980s; a couple of bad guys who ''hate our freedoms'' because... they do. As I've written elsewhere in a sort of preamble for this article, there are intergalactic holes in the story of the Tsarnaev brothers. Now we also know - via their mother - that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was monitoring elder brother Tamerlan for at least five years. In a subsequent interview to CNN's Piers Morgan, the mother actually talked, significantly, about ''counseling”. At the same time, the FBI was forced to admit it had in early 2011 accepted a ''foreign government'' (code for Russia) request to take a closer look on Tamerlan. This, apparently, they did - and found nothing terrorist activityworthy. So what happened afterwards? Some IQ above 50 in the FBI must have noticed they now had access to a precious ChechenAmerican asset. So Tamerlan became an FBI informant. They could play him like a fiddle like so many patsies before. Yet if they didn't, the FBI can rightfully be accused of devastating incompetence (that
Washington is about to join the glittering ranks of Mubarak-era Egypt, Bahrain and Uganda. As that nasty little piece of work, Senator Lindsay Graham, put it, now ''the homeland is the battlefield' would not be a first). Because what the FBI is saying is that they had no clue their asset was working on a bomb, was trying to test-drive it, or was carrying a suspicious backpack to the Boston marathon. What the FBI will never say is when was the last time they monitored/controlled/harassed Tamerlan. Remember, this is the same FBI that gave us The Fast and The Furious-style Iranian cum Mexican cartel plot to kill a Saudi ambassador, debunked in a matter of days. Tamerlan, of course, may have out-FBI-ed them all (not that hard) - and after years of being monitored/harassed started working as a double agent. Apparently he left the US for Russia for a long period - January to July 2012. Nobody knows exactly what he did; the FBI would love to prove he was engaged in terrorist tactical training. Still, if he was indeed a valuable asset, he could have been sent on a mission to infiltrate Chechen jihadis led by Doku Umarov in neighboring Dagestan. Sibel Edmonds has brought to light the extremely cosy relationship, since the 1990s, between Washington and Chechen terra-rists - a taboo issue in US corporate media. The FBI has the power to impose on the US and the whole world a far-fetched ''young evil Chechens'' screenplay. So let's develop an alternative, credible scenario and see where that takes us. Instead of two bad (foreign) guys, totally Americanised, who suddenly were inoculated with rage ''against our freedoms'' by some jihadi indoctrination, mostly online, let's see who really profits from what happened in Boston. The Boston Globe was forced to ''disappear'' the information of a counter-terrorist drill -
including bomb-sniffing dogs - taking place during the marathon. Picture the FBI telling its asset Tamerlan he would be part of the drill. Although a tough guy himself, his family could easily have been threatened if he did not cooperate. So Tamerlan was handed a black backpack with a fake pressure-cooker bomb inside and told to drop it in a determined place - as one of the procedures included in the drill. And it's here that we have to be extra careful; there's no conclusive evidence to establish whether this was supposed to be only a drill, or was the bomb designed to explode. Let's assume tough guy Tamerlan and his impressionable brother Dzhokhar were actually responsible (no FBI in the picture). After so much planning there had to be an immediate escape route - as in transportation, passports, money, plane tickets. There was nothing. Dzhokhar went to school, worked out in the gym, socialised, sent Twitter messages. There are absolutely no witnesses saying the brothers dropped the bombs. They did it because the FBI says so. And from there onwards, it's holes galore. They robbed a Mercedes at a gas station and let the driver go away - not without telling him that they were the marathon bombers. Dzhokhar and the Mercedes manage to escape from a major gunfight, by-passing a massive police barrage but not without the Mercedes running over Tamerlan whose body was enveloped in explosives. Dzhokhar leaves a blood trail but he is not tracked by any dogs. And then there's the juicy martial law test drive; a whole city totally shut down, at immense cost, because of a fleeing teenager.
Watch out, America, this is just the beginning. What is certain is that the Tsarnaev brothers were not jihadis; only Murdoch gutter media addicts will swallow it. Just take a look at this jihadi website, quite well established, and fully representative of what is known as the Caucasus Emirate Islamic insurgency. They ask very good questions. And they thoroughly debunk depicting the brothers as hardened jihadis. Few paramilitary outfits in the industrialised West are as sinister as the Craft. Craft was responsible for the drill. Its symbol is a skull not dissimilar to the Marvel character The Punisher. Its motto is a subtlety-shy: ''No matter what your mother told you, violence does solve problems". US corporate media simply vanished with any trace of Craft operatives swarming the marathon site; talk about a media blackout. Alternative media though was not intimidated. A conclusive treasure trove of photos showing Craft operatives at the marathon site have been released, complete with combat wear, black backpacks, tactical gear, and even carrying a radiation detector. So how did the FBI react to it? By imposing an absolute blackout. Total photo censorship, as in ''other photos will not be deemed credible'' only photos and footage showing the Tsarnaev brothers. Craft is untouchable. The problem is that everything touching Craft in this scenario is troubling. 1) Their invisibility - corporate media sheepishly bowing to the FBI and never even mentioning them. 2) Their ''security'' expertise - your army of mercenaries gets paid a fortune and all your hyper-trained tough guys loaded with high-
tech gear cannot find a couple of amateur bombers. 3) The sinister possibility that this was a black ops produced by Craft. If we stick to reality, not Marvel comics, all the Boston bombing evidence points to something very close to the modus operandi of that dodgy galaxy of al-Qaeda franchises. Based on the collected evidence of the brothers' history and behavior - no military or sabotage background - it also suggests they were not experienced enough to pull that off by themselves. But it's perfectly sensible to envisage a copycat al-Qaeda op then attributed to a couple of fall guys - something that Craft at least in theory could easily design. So this is where a realistic scenario leads us: an FBI/Craft false flag op which, 1) may have gone terribly wrong, thus the necessity to find two sacrificial lambs in a matter of hours; or 2) the sinister possibility this was designed as a little entrapment game to produce the exact same results - leading to further by now almost complete militarisation of US civilian life. The writing is on the (bloody) wall. The final vestiges of the rule of law are disappearing even as a bipartisan panel had found that George W Bush elite functionaries were all, indisputably, implicated in torture; and that torture was systematic, even though it never led to thwarting any terror plot. Washington is about to join the glittering ranks of Mubarak-era Egypt, Bahrain and Uganda. As that nasty little piece of work, Senator Lindsay Graham, put it, now ''the homeland is the battlefield'.' And you're an enemy combatant if we say so. (OPEDNEWS.COM)
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 2013
US Army warns of steeper reductions in troop numbers WASHINGTON: Senior Army officials are warning they may have to cut as many as 100,000 more soldiers over the next decade unless the automatic spending reductions forcing the military services to slash their budgets are stopped. Army Secretary John McHugh tells a Senate committee Tuesday the losses would undermine the service's ability to be prepared for wartime missions. He says the Army is already planning to trim its ranks by 80,000 active duty troops due to previously planned budget reductions approved by Congress in 2011. –AGENCIES
Parleys on to free foreign hostages: Afghanistan
Taliban say the captives are in good health
PULI ALAM: Afghan village elders were locked in talks with the Taliban on Tuesday in a bid to free 10 foreign and one Afghan hostage being held captive by the militia for a third day, officials said. The Taliban, who are fighting an 11year insurgency against US-led NATO troops and the Afghan government, said earlier the captives were in good health and had been moved to a “safe area”.
The militants seized the eight Turks, a Russian, a Kyrgyz man and an Afghan after their civilian helicopter made a forced landing due to bad weather on Sunday in a rugged eastern district part-controlled by the insurgents. It was the largest abduction of foreigners in almost six years and highlighted Afghanistan’s continuing insecurity as NATO troops prepare to pull out. Talks between village elders and the
Wakil told AFP the hostages were fine apart from one Turk, who apparently suffers from heart problems and was sent medicine through the negotiators. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told AFP that the captives “have been moved to a safe area, they have no health problem and they are fine”. Speaking by phone from an undisclosed location he said they were still in Afghanistan.
Taliban have “so far made good progress and we are optimistic for a good outcome”, said Din Mohammad Darvish, spokesperson for the government of Logar province south of Kabul where the helicopter came down. “It’s a bit early to say when the prisoners will be released,” he added. Abdul Wali Wakil, head of the elected provincial council, confirmed that a group of elders was holding negotiations.
US rejects nuke status for DPRK
Car bomb targets French Embassy in Libya TRIPOLI: A car bomb targeted the French Embassyin the Libyan capital early Tuesday, wounding two French guards and a Libyan teenager in an attack that President Francois Hollandedenounced as an assault not only on France but all countries engaged in the fight against terrorism. Two years after the country's civil war, Libya is struggling to maintain security, build a unified army and reining in militias, which include rebels who fought to oust the country's longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi in 2011. –AGENCIES
EU has no right to buy oil from rebels: Syria BEIRUT: Syria said on Tuesday the European Union had no right to buy crude oil from the opposition, after the EU eased an embargo to help those fighting President Bashar al-Assad. In a letter to the United Nations Security Council, Syria said no party "can take any measure that would prejudice the sovereign rights of states over their natural resources ... for the benefit of the opposition ... which represents foreign interests." –AGENCIES
France legalises gay marriage PARIS: French lawmakers have legalized same-sex marriage after months of bruising debate and street protests that brought hundreds of thousands to Paris. Tuesday's 331-225 vote came in the Socialist majority National Assembly. France's justice minister,Christiane Taubira, said the first weddings could be as soon as June. Opponents of the law say France is not ready to legalize adoption for same-sex couples, and polls show a France sharply divided on the issue. Thousands of police mobilized ahead of the vote, preparing for dueling protests around the National Assembly building and along the Seine River. –AGENCIES
UK man jailed for selling fake bomb detectors LONDON: A British court has convicted a millionaire businessman for selling fake bomb detectors that did not work and were based on a novelty golf ball finder. James McCormick made an estimated 50 million pounds ($76 million) from sales of his detectors to countries including Iraq, Georgia and Saudi Arabia. Prosecutor Richard Whittam said the devices, which sold for up to 27,000 pounds ($41,000) each, claimed to be able to find explosives and drugs under water and from the air. He said that in fact they "lacked any grounding in science" and were no better than trying to detect explosives at random. –AGENCIES
There are sometimes fears that hostages can be smuggled across the porous border into Pakistan, where the Taliban and other militants have rear bases. The Mi-8 helicopter, carrying Turkish road engineers and with a Russian and Kyrgyz crew, landed in Azra district, not far from the Pakistan border. Asked what would happen to the group, Mujahid said.” –AGENCIES
DHAKA: Hundreds of Bangladeshi journalists belonging to Federal Union of Journalist (BFUJ) and Dhaka Union of Journalists attend a grand rally in front of the National Press Club demanding the release of the Daily Amardesh acting editor Mahmudur Rahman, who was detained on April 11 and sent to jail on April 17 in connection with a case fifilled over publication of a report on the Skype conversation. –WIRE SERVICE
Syria using chemical arms, says Israel JERUSALEM: Syrian government forces have usedchemical weapons - probably nerve gas - in their fight against rebels trying to force out President Bashar alAssad, the Israeli military's top intelligence analyst said on Tuesday. Brigadier-General Itai Brun made the comments at a Tel Aviv security conference a day after US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on a visit to Israel that US intelligence agencies were still assessing whether such weapons had been employed. US President Barack Obama has called the use of chemical weapons a "red line" for the United States that would trigger unspecified US action. "To the best of our understanding, there was use of lethal chemical weapons. Which chemical weapons? Probably sarin," Brun said in the most definitive Israeli statement on the issue to date. Photos of victims showing foam coming out of their mouths and contracted pupils were signs deadly gas had been used, he said. Forces loyal to Assad were behind the attacks on "armed (rebels) on a number of occasions in the past few months, including the most reported incident on March 19", Brun said. The Syrian government and rebels last month accused each other of launching a chemical attack near the northern city of Aleppo. On Monday, Hagel said the use of chemical weapons by Assad's forces would be a "game changer" andthe United States and Israel "have options for all contingencies". Hagel met Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Tuesday, a day after flying in an Israeli military helicopter over the occupied Golan Heights on the edge of the fighting in Syria that has
entered its third year. "This is a difficult and dangerous time, this is a time when friends and allies must remain close, closer than ever," Hagel, in remarks to reporters before his talks with Netanyahu, said about the United States and Israel. Discussions between Syria and the United Nations on a UN investigation of possible use of chemical weapons have been at an impasse due to the Syrian government's refusal to let the inspectors visit anywhere but Aleppo, diplomats and UN officials said last week. UN diplomats said Britain and France had provided Ban's office with what they believed to be strong evidence that chemical weapons also had been used in the city of Homs. Israel, which has advanced intelligence capabilities that it shares with its Western allies, has voiced concerned that parts of Syria's chemical arsenal would end up in the hands of jihadi fighters or the Lebanese guerrilla group Hezbollah, with which it waged a 2006 war. Israel leaders have cautioned they will not allow that to happen. In an attack it has not formally confirmed, Israeli planes bombed an arms convoy in Syria in February, destroying anti-aircraft weapons destined for Hezbollah. Brun, who was speaking at the annual security conference of The Institute for National Security Studies at Tel Aviv University, said Israel's military was studying a number of future scenarios facing Syria. "More likely, as time goes by, are the scenarios of chaos and anarchy, or that of (Syria) breaking up into cantons. These pose major challenges for Israel. The chance of a different central government still exists, but it is growing less likely with time," Brun said. –AGENCIES
Italian president begins talks on new coalition ROM E: Italy's president launched urgent talks that could lead to the naming of a prime minister on Tuesday after two months of post-election stalemate that has weighed on a stagnant economy and alarmed Rome's partners in the euro zone. After an angry and emotional blast on Monday at the very parliament that handed him an unprecedented and unwanted - second term as head of state at the weekend, 87-year-old Giorgio Napolitano began a rapid round of consultations on Tuesday. No party leaders were invited to the meetings with the Senate and house leaders of all the parliamentary groups, which Napolitano wants to wrap up within the day, suggesting that a governmentcould be in place by the weekend. Hopes that a government can be formed quickly gave a further boost to financial markets on Tuesday, with the yield on 10-yearItalian government bonds dropping below 4 percent and the spread, or risk premium over German bonds, narrowing further. –AGENCIES
SEOUL/GENEVA: North Korea insisted on Tuesday that it be recognized as a nuclear weapons state, a demand the United States promptly dismissed as "neither realistic nor acceptable". After weeks of tension on the Korean peninsula, including North Korean threats of nuclear war, the North has in recent days begun to at least talk about dialogue in response to calls for talks from both the United States and South Korea. The North's Rodong Sinmun newspaper rejected as unacceptable the US and South Korean condition that it agree to dismantle itsnuclear weapons and suspend missile launches before talks can begin. "If the DPRK sits at a table with the US, it has to be a dialogue between nuclear weapons states, not one side forcing the other to dismantle nuclear weapons," the newspaper said, referring to the North by its official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. The United States swiftly rejected Pyongyang's claim of nuclear status, while NATO foreign ministers condemned its pursuit of ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programs and called for "credible" talks to be held on denuclearization. "North Korea's demand to be recognized as a nuclear weapons state is neither realistic nor
acceptable," Thomas Countryman, US Assistant Secretary for International Security and NonProliferation, told Reuters in Geneva. Countryman, who is heading the US delegation to two-week talks on the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), told reporters on Monday: "It is important that the world respond calmly but deliberately without changing our emphasis that the goal of the world to which North Korea is committed is a denuclearized Korean peninsula. –AGENCIES
Possible radioactive traces found from North Korea N-test V I EN NA : Radioactive gases that could have come from North Korea's nuclear test in February have unexpectedly been detected, a global monitoring body said on Tuesday, possibly providing the first "smoking gun" evidence of the explosion. But the April 9 measurement - almost two months after Pyongyang said it had carried out the underground detonation - gave no indication of whether plutonium or highly enriched uranium was used, it said. –AGENCIES
Japanese lawmakers visit shrine amid criticism, protests TOKYO: A group of 168 Japanese lawmakers on Tuesday visited the notorious Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, a move that will further harm mutual trust between Japan and its neighbors. It marked the first time that the number of lawmakers visiting the shrine exceeded 100 since October 2005, according to local media. Senior Vice Finance Minister Shunichi Yamaguchi, Senior Vice Environment Minister Shinji Inoue and policy chief of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Sanae Takaichi were among the worshipers. Their visit followed donations by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and three cabinet ministers' weekend visits to the shrine, which honors convicted war criminals together with the country's war dead during World War II. Analysts said the number increased because more conservative parliamentarians, mainly from Abe's LDP and the Japan Restoration Party, won the general election held last December. The lawmakers pay visits every year to the Yasukuni Shrine during its spring and autumn festival, as well as the anniversary of Japan's surrender in World War II on Aug. 15. The shrine, a symbol of Japanese militarism in World War II, kicked off a three-day spring festival on Sunday, when Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso visited it after Abe offered a sacrifice in the name of "prime minister." Also on Sunday, Keiji Furuya, chairman of the National Public Safety Commission, paid a visit to the shrine in his capacity as a cabinet member. –AGENCIES
India can do better than Modi or Rahul T. M. KRISHNA
Watching this presidential style battle being played out in the media on an everyday basis has only further increased my disappointment in us as a society. Urban India is intoxicated by these two people, and the so-called ‘real India’ is being manipulated by the same individuals
S the whole country views on television and reads in every newspaper the battle between Mr. Narendra Modi and Mr. Rahul Gandhi, I am only worried that we have actually come to this. We don’t care anymore about thought, kindness, honesty, action, responsibility, courage, leadership. We have one person who refuses to answer any question on the blood on his hands as Chief Minister and another who is being projected as a mature philosopher when we actually need a dynamic leader. Recently at one of his many public appearances, Mr. Modi was asked whether he would take moral responsibility for the 2002 riots, to which he replied that he had already answered questions about the riots numerous times. But the same man has over the last few months been willing to answer time and again the
same questions about his developed Gujarat. Every time Mr. Modi’s name is discussed, the riots are a part of the narrative and the criticism is that we are trapping him within that event. But why not? Any person with some human essence must ask those questions time and again. Whether or not he was party to the violence is up to the courts to decide, but he was the Chief Minister of the State and has refused to say that he should have acted differently. How can we ever ignore that? In fact we should not. In my travels I have always met so many middle class Indians who think Mr. Modi is the Bill Gates of Indian politics. ‘Go to Gujarat and see the transformation, development, bridges, roads, IT companies, the speed of decision making and you will realise why he is the right person for us’. When I hear these statements I am filled with sadness that we as a society can easily erase people from our minds. We say
that the courts have not convicted Mr. Modi, but we readily accuse someone else as being a criminal even when no verdict has been proclaimed. Essentially, economic growth seems to erase all sense of human decency. I am also told that ‘after all the Muslims have also voted for him’. Honestly, I don’t care if all the Muslims in the world voted for him. I care that people died, not Muslims, Christians or Hindus. I am not aware of the voting patterns of Gujarat, that’s for psephologists. But I am aware that reasons for a minority community to behave in a certain way are usually driven by the behaviour of the dominant group. The “dominants” manipulate and coerce the weak to act in certain ways. The positive economic changes seen in the lives of the majority also influences the behavioural pattern of the minority. I am not saying these are the reasons but let us just keep this in mind. We as human beings are built to
empathise and feel for others. Let us not lose sight of this basic quality of humanity in the dream of economic comfort or seeming political “stability”. I would rather be poor than inhuman! Mr. Modi, I will not stop asking you this: ‘Will you take moral responsibility for the riots?’ You owe this country an answer. While this is one end of the political narrative, there exists another in the form of a smart, genuine young man who needs to know what he is doing. Someone has to tell Rahul Gandhi that he is not a philosopher and India doesn’t need one in him! We need a strong individual who is honest and willing to show courage. He need not constantly mention the problems of the political and bureaucratic class. We are only too aware of its failings, and are constantly made aware of them. We do not need a “magic wand” but someone with a will to change things and has not until date shown any will. Mr. Gandhi has
floated thoughts on “what ails Indian society”. So, what next? There seems to be a stupor hovering over him, a cloud of inertia and intellectual lethargy. The country can ill afford a slumber of ideas, courage and determination in a man who is meant to be waking the nation up. What one misses in Mr. Gandhi is not earnestness of intent, not sincerity, but a crucial breaking of the trust barrier, a totally convincing breakthrough in winning the nation’s trust. He can fight all his political battles with Mr. Modi or anyone else but first he must be willing to fight the battle of his life for this country. Unless the nation sees him do that how can it entrust its future to him? His advisers don’t seem to see that the absence of a trust breakthrough in Mr. Gandhi is what Mr. Modi is cashing in on and substituting with his own brand of “I can do it” in surplus. India needs a good human being at its helm but also a proactive person with
serious, practical ideas of how to change this nation. We have in him an exhaustingly long prologue; what we need now is the main action. Watching this presidential style battle being played out in the media on an everyday basis has only further increased my disappointment in us as a society. Urban India is intoxicated by these two people, and the so-called “real India” is being manipulated by the same individuals. The end result is that India seems to have reached a political cul-de-sac. What other options do we have? We can not only look for other options but can actually force a change from these two. It is up to us to demand decency and human empathy, responsibilityowning from Mr. Modi and courage and determination from Mr. Rahul Gandhi. If neither have it in them then they don’t deserve our votes, and nor do their parties, bereft as they are of ideas for change. (The Hindu)
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 2013
Power giants splurge billions on hydropower projects
Have spent massive sums to utilise micro hydro power resources on non-existent large and medium size hydropower projects
ISLAMABAD: The power sector giants, despite strengthening the private investors in order to utilise micro hydro power resources with power generation capacity of up to 3000MW, spent billions of rupees over non-materialised mega and medium size hydropower projects. The federal government has been purchasing Hydel electric power on an average rate of Rs 1.50, thermal from independent power producers (IPPs) at the rate of Rs 17, alternative energy through wind resources up to Rs 19 to 22 per unit, while private sector involved in micro hydro power
projects has been offering power tariff up to Rs 6 per unit, that could be more cheaper than thermal and other alternative resources. However, the public sector is not willing to purchase up to 50 MW Hydel power from the private sector due to which more than 45 small hydropower projects are ready to be implemented and have accumulated power generation capacity of 3,000 MW which has been thrown out into hot waters. Well-placed sources in the power sector informed that public sector power purchasing and distribution companies including main purchase, Central Power Purchase Agency (CPPA) are not ready to purchase
electricity power from those private power generation companies, who have been interested to generate up to 50 MW small Hydel power projects. The sources said more than 45 micro Hydel power projects having accumulated capacity of 3,000 MW couldn’t be executed because of nonavailability of public sector power purchasers including CPPA, which is also not ready to purchase hydropower from private sector. Currently, Pakistan has been facing a massive energy crisis, where public sector power generation companies as well as IPPs involved in thermal power generation could not minimize the visible demand and supply gap.
According to statistics issued by the Ministry of Water and Power, accumulated power generation capacity of the country has been recorded up to 21,000 MW, while the average power generation in summer season has been observed at not more than 12,000 MW and in winter season up to nine to 10,500 MW. Reasons for drastic power shortfall have been notified by energy managers including less availability of surplus water in major reservoirs, shortage of fuel for thermal power generation and severe financial constraint in the power sector. While speaking with “Daily Spokesman”, Hydro Electric Power Association (HEPA) President
Zulfiqar Abbasi said that Energy Policy 1995, more transparent and proven as investor-friendly, was opposed and denied by the previous government and another policy was introduced in year 2002. He suggested that Energy Policy 2002, be revised in the light of policy of 1995 to attract investors to contribute towards effective solutions for energy shortage in the country with an extra incentive to the small hydropower producers as well. He demanded to establish a Federal Hydro / Coal Development Board consisting of experts, from all the provinces including Azad Jammu and Kashmir, assigning a target to generate
Chinese entrepreneurs visit ICCI
Egypt’s iMF loan accord unlikely before fourth quarter, EFg says CAIRO: Egypt is unlikely to reach a loan accord with the International Monetary Fund before the fourth quarter, exposing the local currency to more pressure, investment bank EFGHermes Holding SAE (HRHO) said. The $4.8 billion loan agreement requires the government to take 'tough, unpopular economic decisions,' EFG-Hermes analysts Simon Kitchen and Mohamed Abu Basha wrote in an e- mailed report dated yesterday. Talks between the Arab nation and IMF officials this month in Cairo and Washington ended without a deal, disrupting a bond rally. Egypt’s attempts to secure IMF assistance over the past two years have failed as political turmoil that followed the 2011 uprising prompted successive governments to renege on two initial agreements with the Washington-based lender. Under an IMF-backed program, Egypt will seek to enact economic measures, including a reduction of energy subsidies, a step governments under the deposed President Hosni Mubarak had failed to take. 'The government has done little in implementing meaningful fiscal reforms thus far,' EFG-Hermes analysts wrote in the report. –AGENCIES
Punjab governor assures reduction in power outages LAHORE: Governor Punjab Makhdoom Ahmad Mahmood has promised to curtail load shedding from April 24th. The promise was made by the Governor Punjab while talking to the Chairman of Pakistan Industrial & Traders Association Front (PIAF) Malik Tahir Javed in a meeting held in Governors House here on Tuesday. Governor Punjab said that he was well aware with the troubles being faced by the business doing people due to electricity load shedding and making out his all efforts to resolve the issue. He urged the PIAF Chairman to forward a set of proposal to improve law & order situation. He said that issues of business community would be eliminated on priority basis as business community was the backbone of the economy. –ONLINE
cement exports increase 22.79pc in 3 quarters ISLAMABAD: Cement exports from the country during first three quarters of current financial year posted 22.79 percent growth as compared to the same period of last year. Cement exports from the country during JulyMarch, 2012-13 reached to US$ 421.121 million as compared the US$342.959 million of corresponding period of last financial year. According the data of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics about 6,220,995 metric ton cement exported during last nine months of current financial year as compared to 6,245,332 metric tons in same period of last FY. On month on month basis, the cement export witnessed 13.13 percent increase during March 2013 as compared to same month of last financial year, the data revealed. In month of March, 2013 about 544,250 metric tons of cement worth US$ 44.40 million exported as against 655,960 MT worth US$ 39.24 million of same month of last financial year, it added. –ONLINE
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6,000 MW at least during the next five years through hydro and coal (through one window facility). HEPA appealed to the federal government to ensure that the 18th Amendment should not obstruct future power generation ventures. Abbasi suggested that all national banks, commercial banks, development finance institutions may be directed by the Ministry of Finance and State Bank of Pakistan to finance hydropower and coal-based projects on top priority basis, with less interest rates, so that end product may become competitively cheaper. At this moment banks are not willing to provide loans to hydropower and coalbased power projects.
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KACHHI: The WAPDA chairman visiting Kachhi Canal Project. —STAFF PHOTO
WAPDA committed to construction of Kachhi Canal STAFF REPORT ISLAMABAD: The Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) is committed to complete the underconstruction Phase-I of Kachhi Canal Project at the earliest despite financial constraints and difficult law and order situation in the project area. This was stated by the WAPDA chairman during his visit to the project. Speaking on the occasion, he said that Kachhi Canal is a mega watersector project, which is of immense importance for development of irrigated agriculture in the country, particularly in Balochistan. Kachhi Canal project is of immense importance for Balochistan, as it would enable the province to draw its share of water from the Indus irrigation system. He added that the project would irrigate
more than 700,000 acres of land in a phased programme in Balochistan. WAPDA is making all out efforts to provide water to Dera Bugti district of Balochistan province through Kachhi Canal during this year to initially irrigate about 55,000 acres of barren land in the area. This will help alleviate poverty by boosting agriculture produce in the province, he said. The chairman said that the projects, like Kachhi Canal, are vital for socio-economic uplift in the backward and far-flung areas, thus require commitment and hard work. He expressed the hope that all officials, who are associated with Kachhi Canal Project in one way or the other, will put in their extraordinary efforts coupled with national zeal to help complete the project. Expressing satisfaction over
the pace of work on the project, the Chairman directed the project authorities to maintain close yet effective coordination with all stakeholders of the project including the contractors and local administrations, adding “It would help expedite work to achieve the targets according to the schedule”, he maintained. Earlier, the Chairman, during his two-day visit to the project, inspected various sites, stretched over hundreds of kilometers in Balochistan and Punjab provinces, and witnessed the on-going construction activities. WAPDA Member (Water), General Manager (Central) Water, Project Director, representatives of the contractors and other officials concerned were also present on the occasion. It was briefed that the
construction work with an accelerated pace is continuing on all sites of the project. The volume of construction activities can be gauged from the fact that more than one thousand heavy construction machines are simultaneously working on various sites. The main Kachhi Canal is 500km long with a capacity of 6000 cusecs while the length of branch canals, distributaries and minors is about 1500km. The total command area of the canal is 713,000 acres, however, the first phase, currently under-construction, will irrigate about 102,000 acres of barren land in remote areas of Dera Bugti, Naseerabad, Bolan and Jhal Magsi districts in Balochistan, boosting agricultural produce in the area. Benefits of the project have been estimated at Rs 5 billion per annum.
PSO buys 700,000 tonnes of HSFO at higher premium SINGAPORE: Pakistan State Oil has purchased 700,000 tonnes of fuel oil for delivery from April to July at more than $7 a tonne over its last purchase due to a supply shortage of low-density blending components in Asia, traders said on Tuesday. The state firm purchased its entire tendered requirement of 520,000 tonnes of high-sulphur fuel oil at a premium of about $21 over the Middle East benchmark on a free-on-board (FOB) basis, versus a premium of around $14 a tonne in a transaction earlier this year, traders said. Pakistan had to pay the higher price as it typically requires lower viscosity 180-
centistoke (cst) residual grade fuel oil with a density of 0.96, traders said. “The market has been tight on density, and obviously there is a certain premium attached to the final transacted price,” a Singapore-based trader said. “But they are also buying the oil at a time when the flat price is down under $600 that creates plenty of incentive for any buyer, despite the prevailing premium attached.” Fuel oil prices for the benchmark 180-cst grade, have fallen more than $67 since midFebruary when they hit their highest levels for the year so far, Reuters data showed. The drop in outright prices has mainly
been driven by the deep dive in crude oil benchmarks triggered by uncertainty over oil demand growth from the world’s largest consumers, the United States and China. Brent crude, which was trading under $100 on Tuesday, has fallen more than 10 percent since early April. “The upside to the lower (outright) price is that we should see more demand emerging from countries like Pakistan where a low price point entry is extremely important,” a Middle East based trader said. Pakistan also purchased 180,000 tonnes of low-sulphur fuel oil at a premium of $113 over the Middle East benchmark. –AGENCIES
ISLAMABAD: A delegation of Chinese entrepreneurs, Custom officials and representatives of Chinese embassy in Pakistan led by Li Shui Hua, Deputy Secretary General, CPC Kashgar Prefectural Committee visited Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) here on Tuesday. Speaking on the occasion, Li Shui Hua said that China and Pakistan has unique friendly and time-tested relations which were further strengthening with the passage of time. He said that Kashgar has a unique importance for China due to its geographical location and rapid development as well as it offers great trade opportunities for Pakistan. Li Shui Hua said that direct flight between Islamabad and Kashgar would be started in a couple of months which would bring people of both the countries closer to each other. He was of the view that Kashgar Special Economic Zone has attracted a large number of international business community and investors as well as it offers very good opportunities to Pakistani entrepreneurs. He invited Pakistani businessmen to increasingly participate in Kashgar and other trade fairs held in China from time to time for exploring new opportunities of enhancing bilateral trade and investment. Zafar Bakhtawari, President ICCI
said that relationship between Pakistan and China were based on mutual trust and unanimity of views that were strongly supplemented and supported by the people and businessmen of both the countries. He said that development of Kashgar city was not only a positive sign for China but also for Pakistan being an important trading hub that provides enormous opportunities of increasing bilateral trade volume between Pakistan and China. Bakhtawari was of the view that establishment of direct air link between Kashgar and Islamabad would ultimately further improve bilateral relation between China and Pakistan. He said that establishment of new Guangzhou city on Karakorum Highway near Kashgar city is not only in the best interest of Pakistan but also for Central, South and East Asia. ICCI President further maintained that bilateral trade between Pakistan and China was stood around $12billion which should be increased up to $25billion in coming years because there were tremendous opportunities of enhancing cooperation in various fields between both the countries. He suggested that a rail link between Kashgar and Islamabad should also be established along with upgradation of road link between two cities as Pakistan was always keen to deepen its relations with China in all areas.
Russia to build eight wheat silos in Egypt-MENA CAIRO: Russia will build eight silos in Egypt to store Russian grain for reexport to Africa, the Egyptian agriculture minister was quoted as saying on Sunday. 'Egypt will be a market for Russian wheat, either for marketing in Egypt if it needs it, or for export to African states,' Salah Abdel Momen said in comments reported by the state news agency. He said the agreement was reached during a visit by President Mohamed Mursi to Russia last week. The Russian side would finance the silo construction, he added, giving no further details. –AGENCIES
LCCI wants govt to stop discriminating in power provision LAHORE: The Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Tuesday urged the government to shun discriminatory attitude in provision of electricity and gas to the industry in Punjab to avoid Civil Disobedience like situation that is brewing up because of its non seriousness to control power outages. The LCCI President Farooq Iftikhar was presiding over a meeting of Chambers of Commerce and Trade and Industrial Associations in Punjab on Tuesday. Othe speakers included: LCCI Vice President Mian Abuzar Shad, Zonal Chairman FPCCI Azhar Saeed Butt, President Sahiwal Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chaudhry Zahid, former LCCI President Mian Anjum Nisar, Vice Chairman Steel Re-Rolling Mills Association Mian Murad Ashraf, Director Farmers Association Tariq Bucha, Chairman Tanners Association Agha Sadain, Chairman Kitarbund Road Industrial Association Mehmood Ghaznvi, Chairman Engineering Component & Machinery Association
of Pakistan (ECMMA) Rehmatullah Javed, Chairman Ferozeour Road Industrial Association Saadatullah, Sheikh Mohammad Ayub of Textile Processing Mills Association, Chairman Chemical and Dyes Association Khawaja Khawar Rashid and a large number of other trade and industry representatives. The participants were of the view that the non availability of electricity and gas had pushed the trade and industry to the verge of collapse while bankruptcies and flight of capital were becoming order of the day. A number of industrial units had already shifted their operations while many others were planning either to close down or to go to other countries. They said that the business community in Punjab was unable to understand the logic behind the power outages when they were paying all their dues regularly while in other parts of the country the recovery is far beyond satisfaction. The trade and industry representatives said that the
government should share short-term and long term solution of the ongoing energy crisis with the private sector as unscheduled loadshedding had destroyed production schedules. He said that construction of big dams including Kalabagh Dam and various other dams is the only solution to this problem. He said that developing other modes of energy through wind and solar sources can be
of tremendous help in dragging us out of this predicament. Speaking on the occasion, the LCCI Vice President Mian Abuzar Shad said that business community should not be treated as money making machine and should be provided electricity and gas as they contributing to the revenue to the maximum. He said that the business
community should not be pushed to civil disobedience as it would cause undue damage to the business atmosphere. Meanwhile, the President of the Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Indutry (LCCI) Farooq Iftikhar, Senior Vice President Irfan Iqbal Sheikh and Vice President Mian Abuzar Shad have congratulated newly elected President of Lahore Press Club Arshad Ansari, Secretary Shahbaz Mian, Vice President Javed Farooqi, Treasurer Afzal Talib and Governing Body Members. In a Press statement issued here Thursday, the LCCI office-bearers said that newly elected office-bearers of Lahore Press Club have vast experience and are well aware with the issues being faced by the country. They hoped that newly elected office-bearers of LPC would not only continue to plan their role for betterment of the country but would also keep striving to solve the issues being faced by the business community.
CMYK WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 2013
Mallika Sherawat says no to item songs, glam roles
Sonam kapoor to share screen with dad anil
MUMBAI: Mallika Sherawat may be known for her bold roles and glamorous item numbers but the actress now wants to do performance-oriented films. Mallika, who is featuring in an upcoming reality dating game show The Bachelorette India- Mere Khayalon Ki Mallika said: "Now I want to do performance-oriented roles. I don't want to do glamorous roles and item songs. It is a conscious decision that I have taken. I do get lots of offers for item songs and glam roles but it is a deliberate choice not to do it. ‘In an image overhaul, Mallika will be seen in a complete desi avatar in her upcoming film Dirty Politics, where she essays the role of Anokhi Devi, based on Jodhpur's Bhanwari Devi, who was killed under mysterious circumstances after her alleged relationship with politicians. The film directed by KC Bokadia, stars Om Puri, Jackie Shroff, Anupam Kher, Ashutosh Rana in key roles. In her last release Kismat Love Paisa Dilli, she played the role of a girl-next-door. The film bombed at the box office. -SHOWBIZ DESK
MUMBASI: Ever since Sonam Kapoor became an actor, she has perennially been asked one question - when will she be seen on screen with her father, Anil Kapoor? Now, the father and daughter will finally be seen together on the big screen. The appearance, however, will not be for a film, but for a music video for the upcoming short-film collective, Bombay Talkies. The filmmakers have shot a special song, featuring several leading Bollywood actors. Sonam and Anil are among the ones featured. Bombay Talkies has four short-film segments, each directed by Karan Johar, Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee and Anurag Kashyap. The video is expected to run either with the opening or the end credits. In it, the women will be dressed in golden costumes, while all the men will be in formal tuxedos. The song is choreographed by Vaibhavi . Bombay TalkiesAnil says, "I don't know how they (the makers) will present the video ultimately, but I don't think we will be together in any frame. -SHOWBIZ DESK
NO EiDEE FOR SHaHRukH, akSHay iN PakiSTaN Distributors and exhibitors shun bollowood stars' movies to promote 4 local films Pakistani films Josh, Ishq Khuda, War and Mera Naam Afridi, will show in place of Indian films SHOWBIZ DESK
MUMBAI: Rumour has it that Shah Rukh Khan and Akshay Kumar’s upcoming releases, ‘Chennai Express’ and ‘Once Upon a Time In Mumbaai 2’ respectively will not see a theatrical release across the border. Both films are slated to release on 8 August, which is incidentally also the day of Eid, but distributors and exhibitors from Pakistan have decided against buying the films. The decision comes close on the heels of Pakistani filmmakers trying to protect their interests, and promoting local films over their Bollywood counterparts. A leading distributor in Pakistan, Abdul Rashid confirmed the news, by saying: “Yes, we are not releasing ‘Chennai Express’ and ‘Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai 2’ in Pakistan. Our government wants to protect the interests of the Pakistan film fraternity.We don’t mind rescheduling the two films to August 15. But piracy would have reduced the business prospects of the two films by then.” Reportedly, four other Pakistani films ‘Josh’, ‘Ishq Khuda’, ‘War’ and ‘Mera Naam Afridi’ – will release in place of SRK and Akshay’s films. This will surely lead to losses for the Indian film fraternity. Revealed a source: “Theatres in Pakistan generate maximum revenue from Hindi films. So it is really sad that this time, they did a volte face. UTV and Balaji tried reasoning with the filmmakers, but to no avail.” The source adds that the losses will be in the range of Rs 20 crore. Balaji Motion Pictures,
makers of ‘OUATIM 2’ feels that this is a sad situation indeed. CEO of Balaji Motion Pictures Tanuj Garg commented on the issue, saying: “Though we have not yet received any official notification from the Pakistani authorities, if this is true, it will surely be really sad. In fact I feel that this is really amazing and bizarre that an industry that thrives on Bollywood films can take such a decision. If you look at the Pakistani market there has been a revival, thanks to Bollywood films. But all the same, if we do receive a notification, we will need to discuss this matter, since you cannot just blackout any film for your indigenous cinema, though you have all the right to revive it through better means.”
Mustafa Zahid replaces Strings in Shootout at Wadala Gupta still adores Strings and will certainly use them for his next project
SHOWBIZ DESK MUMBAI: The Lahore-based rock star Mustafa Zahid, the lead vocalist of Roxen and a regular with Mahesh Bhatt, has reason to rejoice. After being associated with Vishesh Films in Murder 3, Blood Money and Awarapan, the 29-year old has managed a successful breakthrough in the Balaji camp. Balaji and Sanjay Gupta's keenly awaited multi-starrer Shootout at Wadala is his starting point. What is interesting about his association with Sanjay is that the latter has, in the past, always incorporated tracks from the Pakistani band Strings. He has opted for Mustafa this time round. ‘Strings had come up with a smashing title song for Zinda, Zinda Hoon Main. The song was a chart-buster and further to that, Sanjay Gupta also repeated them in Shootout at Lokhandwala (2007) for Aakhri Alvida. It was almost a given that the association was for keeps, pretty much demonstrated yet again when Gupta and Strings got together for music sittings during the making of the Shootout at Wadala soundtrack,’ informs a source. In
Mohsin Hamid on 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist'
Juggun gets engaged LAHORE: Famous model and actress Juggun Kazim has got engaged to Feisal H. Naqvi, and has planned to marry him soon. Juggun Kazim is a known drama artist and morning show host. She has been ruling millions of hearts with her unusual acting skills. Now, she has announced her engagement to recognized political writer Feisal H. Naqvi. Juggun Kazim has a son from her estranged husband whom she divorced in 2004 after one year of marriage. Since then she has focused on her career and brought up of her son and now it’s really great that she is moving ahead in her life, and got engaged to Feisal H. Naqvi. We congratulate Juggun Kazim and Feisal H. Naqvi and wish them happiness always. -SHOWBIZ DESK
John’s fight against circus cruelty SHOWBIZ DESK MUMBAI: According to the latest reports, Bollywood hunk John Abraham has sent a letter to Jayanthi Natarajan, the Minister of Environment of Forests, on behalf of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) urging her to ban the use of animals in circuses around India. The 40-year-old actor, who has a very soft heart when it comes to animals, reportedly pointed out the cruelty they face in circuses. The animals are badly beaten and forced to perform unnatural and confusing tricks against their will. Moreover, he mentioned that the poor animals are forced to do things such as riding bicycles, standing on their head or
jumping through rings of fire. Animals have severely restricted access to food, water and veterinary care even when they are not performing. Dogs are crammed and are rarely let out and kept in dirty cages, and birds are confined to small cages so that they cannot fly. Elephants are kept chained by their legs while horses are kept tethered on short ropes. Stuff like whips, clubs, hooks and other weapons including ankuses,which are heavy steel-tipped rods are often used to inflict pain on elephants and other animals in order to entertain the public. The government of India has reportedly banned the use of bears, monkeys, tigers, panthers, lions and bulls in performances.
One Direction named Britain’s richest boyband LONDON: One direction has been declared as Britain`s richest boyband with a combined wealth of a whopping 25 million pound. The former contestants of ‘The X Factor’ UK, has clinched the top slot at the Sunday Times Rich List 2013. The
boyband has pushed JLS band to the second position with a combined wealth of approximately 24 million pound, reported Ace showbiz. The publication`s other list declared Paul McCartney at the top spot. The former member of legendary band `The Beatles` seized the top spot in the musician`s category with 680 million pound. Oscar-winning singer Adele grabbed the top spot in the Young Musician Rich List with a fortune of 30 million pound. Cheryl Cole managed the second spot in the same category with a 14 million pound wealth. Leona Lewis and Katie Melua shared the third place with a wealth of 12 million pound.
fact Gupta is believed to have been happy to host the band in India and had all the right intentions to get something smashing yet again for his mega action-drama. However the right song did not materialize. After a while, Gupta started hunting afresh and that's when Mustafa Zahid's name was strongly recommended by a senior official from the Balaji management. Mustafa ZahidRemarks the source, "Mustafa's past work speaks for itself. Once Gupta started work with Mustafa, he was impressed with his Yeh Junoon composition, which was eventually used for picturising a romantic sequence between John Abraham and Kangana Ranaut. In fact, Mustafa's song, being the only mellow romantic number on the soundtrack, is a real clutter-breaker and stands out." Another source close to the film provides a contrary view, "Mustafa has not replaced Strings. Both the tracks were to be a part of the film but things changed on the film and only Mustafa's track was retained by Gupta." Adds the source, "Gupta still adores Strings and will certainly use them for his next project. But for now, Mustafa is the flavour."
Jamie’s geeky make-over for Spider-Man 2 NEW YORK:Hollywoodhunk Jamie Foxx as you’ve never seen him before. The actor has undergone a geeky make-over to star in the new SpiderMan film, which was shooting inNew Yorkthis weekend. Jamie plays nerdy engineer Max Dillon, who’s struck by lightning while working on a power line and transforms in super villain Electro. He certainly looked the part on the set - hiding his chiselled good looks under a ridiculous comb-over and goofy fake gnashers. The 45-year-old didn’t seem to mind the glamming down for the role giving onlookers a giggle on Sunday as he danced around between takes, mimicking Michael Jackson’s famous Moonwalk. We’ve already seen a sneak preview of what Max looks like after he turns into Electro. Jamie was snapped on set last week in glittery blue bodypaint, hiding under a giant parka. -SHOWBIZ DESK
NEW YORK: Mohsin Hamid, author of the novels "How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia" and "The Reluctant Fundamentalist," which was shortlisted for the 2007 Man Booker prize, has invited all his fans for the video chat. New York Times reported A film adaptation of "The Reluctant Fundamentalist" opens Friday in L.A. and New York. It's director Mira Nair's interpretation of Hamid's novel and stars Riz Ahmed, Liev Schreiber, Kate Hudson and Kiefer Sutherland. While the movie is bringing Hamid to the US from his home in Lahore, Pakistan, it's not his only current creative project. In March,
Riverhead published his latest book, "How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia." Vaguely and satirically modeled as a self-help book, it's a strongly voiced story of a poor village boy who wants to get ahead. "I think there's an appropriate voice for each story, and it takes me years" to find it, Hamid told The Times in March. "It's like being a character actor. I just try speaking like the voice I want to do, until I find it." Hamid attended Princeton and Harvard, and has lived in London and California as well as Lahore. We'll ask him about all those things, about his new book, and about his experience working on the screen version of "The Reluctant Fundamentalist."
Adele and Barbra Streisand bond over cooking LONDON: Singer Adele has been bonding with Barbra Streisand over cooking and the pair speak regularly to swap recipe tips. The 'Someone Like You' hitmaker, who has seven-month-old son Angelo with fiance Simon Konecki, bonded with the veteran singer ahead of their performances at the Oscars earlier this year, reported Contactmusic. ‘Adele has got heavily into her cooking during her break from music to have her son and Barbra has always been fanatical about what goes into her food. They have been swapping notes about meals ever since they met,’ a source said. The pair discovered their shared love for food after Adele enjoyed dinner at Streisand's house, which was cooked by the 70-yearold superstar's personal chef, who specialises in healthy versions of regular meals. "Adele finds her company very reassuring because she has been through the whole global fame thing and knows what it's like." -SHOWBIZ DESK
CMYK WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 2013
Indian Premier League
Record-breaking Gayle hammers 30-ball century BANGALORE: There are blazing Twenty20 innings and there are ones like Chris Gayle played on Tuesday at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. Pune Warriors captain Aaron Finch had won the toss and asked Royal Challengers Bangalore to bat, but his decision came a cropper as Gayle slammed an unbeaten 175 off 66 balls, in the process breaking a spate of records, to power the hosts to 263 for 5. Pune never even came close and ended on 133 for 9 to hand RCB victory by a whopping 130 runs. With that, the home team went back to top of the IPL 6 leaderboard. Rarer has the cricket ball been bludgeoned with such precision, authority and panache. It was just that special an innings from Gayle. The West Indian opener was aggression personified from the start of his innings, driving the first two balls of the second over, bowled by mediumpacer Ishwar Pandey, for boundaries through the cover before a brief rain shower interrupted play. On resumption 35 minutes later, Gayle took three more fours off Pandey. The fifth over of the innings saw Gayle pummel medium-pacer Mitchell Marsh for 28 runs: the first two deliveries flew for sixes over longon and extra cover, the third was sliced over point for four and after a dot the last two balls were also swung for big sixes. Off the sixth ball, Gayle reached his half-century in 17 balls to give Marsh the most expensive over in the season. The seventh over cost 17 as leftarm spinner Ali Murtaza was carted for a four and two sixes. Gayle then trained his attention on Finch, whose decision to bowl himself for some parttime spin broke the record set off Marsh moments before. After getting
on strike for the second ball, Gayle struck Finch for 6, 6, 4, 6 and 6 to make it 29 off the over. This took him to 95 off just 27 balls. With the record for quickest T20 century in sight, Gayle played a dot ball and then took a single. Tillakaratne Dilshan scrambled off strike to let Gayle face a free hit from Ashok Dinda, and that was just the invitation Gayle needed to drill the ball out of the stadium. Symonds' record had been smashed by four deliveries and the Bangalore fans rose in unison to applaud an audacious, ballistic century. At that stage, the breakdown of Gayle's special innings was: 11 sixes, eight fours, four singles and seven dot balls. Dilshan (33) was a mere spectator in a record opening stand of 167 in 13.4 overs. Gayle was not finished, and collected a further five sixes to break
the record of most sixes in an innings (16) by one. Three of those came in Murtaza's second over which cost 28, with Gayle reaching 150 in 53 balls. The next record broken was the highest score in T20s, as Gayle surpassed Brendon McCullum's 158 not out set at this same ground in the inaugural match of the IPL in 2008. AB de Villiers played a special cameo of 31 in just eight balls, helping RCB take 52 off the 17th, 18th and 19th overs. Gayle broke Graham Napier's record of most sixes in an innings when he smoked the first ball of the final over long-off, but Dinda did well to curb RCB with the wickets of Saurabh Tiwary and Ravi Rampaul. Pune had to start their chase with an asking rate of 13.2 and the pressure of trying to scale a mountain told soon enough. Robin Uthappa departed without a run on the board as he topedged a reverse sweep against Murali Kartik to short third man and the second wicket fell at 28 when Finch drilled Rampaul to Kartik at mid-off. Jaydev Unadkat collected two wickets in his first over as Luke Wright and Yuvraj Singh both top-edged to fielders inside the circle, leaving Pune at 42 for 4. Steven Smith (41) and Marsh (25) swung their bats in vain as Pune's innings limped to a close. Gayle capped a memorable night with two wickets in the 20th over, breaking out into his Gangnam jig to leave RCB and its legion of fans grinning from ear to ear. Brief score: Royal Challengers Bangalore 263-5 (C Gayle 175, T Dilshan 33, AB de Villiers 31, Dinda 248) Pune Warriors 133-9 (S Smith 41, R Marsh 25, Gayle 2-5, Rampaul 2-21, Unadkat 2-38). –AGENCIES
STUTTGART: Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova poses next to a Porsche 911 in southern Germany on Tuesday. Sharapova will be the first global ambassador for German car manufacturer Porsche. –AGENCIES fir
Nadal to begin Barcelona Open against Berlocq BARCELONA: Rafael Nadal will start his campaign at the Barcelona Open against Carlos Berlocq after the Argentine beat Daniel GimenoTraver 7-5, 6-4 on Tuesday to earn the right to face the second seed. Nadal, the world number five who stands behind compatriot and three-time losing finalist David Ferrer in the seeding at the Real Club de Tennis insists his focus is on this tournament and not his preparation for next month's French Open at Roland Garros. Having lost for the first time in 10 years at Monte Carlo on Sunday, in a final reverse against world number one Novak Djokovic, Nadal said: “He needs to improve his physical condition ahead of a tilt at an eighth French Open crown”. But even so, his focus right now is merely on winning an eighth title in Catalonia. "I play Barcelona, that's my schedule. Roland Garros is very far (away)," said the 26-year-old. "I will try my best now to play a very good week in Barcelona, it's a tournament that I love. "We have Barcelona, then we have Madrid, then we have Rome. I have enough time (before the French Open)." –AGENCIES
Wimbledon hikes prize money by record 40 percent Tennis LONDON: Wimbledon organisers moved to justify a staggering 40 percent rise in total prize money on Tuesday that will make the pot at this year's championships the biggest ever in tennis. Players at this year's grasscourt grand slam, which starts on June 24, will receive a total of £22.6m ($34.45 million) with the men's and women's singles champions each pocketing £1.6m ($2.44 million). Last year's Wimbledon singles champions earned £1.15m – 39 percent less. “These are significant increases and we have made them because we wanted to and not because we had to,” All England Club chairman Philip Brook told reporters at a news conference on Tuesday that also outlined a redevelopment of the site including putting a roof on Court One by 2019. “We understand and appreciate the difficulties for all players reaching the top echelons of our sport. It's a long and expensive road to the top and it's getting longer.” Asked if the rises were justifiable during a harsh economic climate in which many
people struggled just to afford tickets for the prestigious tournament, he said Wimbledon had to compete with other major sporting events. “I know the economic climate is difficult, I accept that, but the world that we live in is a world where we are competing with other international tennis events and we also keep an eye on what is happening in other sports. “We do think that this was a moment in time when we could respond to a subject that has been spoken about a lot over the last 18 months and we have chosen to make these increases this year because we feel it's the right thing to do. “Fans won't pay the price (through ticket increases),” he added. “It's an affordable increase in terms of our overall operations here. “We've had early discussion about 2014 ticket prices and there won't be any significant change to how we look at that.” Brook said there had been no pressure from the world's leading players but said the increases reflected calls for more prize money for the lesserranked players who are often packing their bags after the early rounds. Qualifying rounds: Players who lose in the opening three rounds at
Wimbledon this year will be the chief beneficiaries of the prize money rises with increases of between 62 and 64 percent. Those who fail to survive a single match in the main draw at the championships will be rewarded with a £23,000 cheque, up from £14,500 last year. “We started last year focusing the prize-money increases on those that lose in the early rounds or qualifying,” Brook told Reuters. “These are not players who are superstars (but) players who are finding their way and not making a lot of money.” A women's singles player who bows out in the first round without winning a game will still be rewarded with a cheque that is close to the average annual earnings in the UK. With a 6-0, 6-0 demolition usually lasting less than 45 minutes, Wimbledon officials were quick to defend their generosity. Richard Lewis, chief executive of the All England Club, said the public should recognise that the riches enjoyed by the likes of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic through prize money and sponsorship were not available to rank and file tour players. “It's not just the top players, we have to make the sport
attractive to the next generation of talent and that means that players ranked 50 to 100 or 100 to 200 need to know that they can make a good living.” Even defeat in the qualifying rounds will be tempered by a 41 percent rise with £12,000 going to players who fall at the last hurdle before the main draw. Doubles players will also benefit form the increased prize money with the winning pair sharing £300,000 as against £260,000 in 2012. Outlining a new master-plan to upgrade he facilities at the All England Club, Brook said a roof over Court One, like the one installed over Centre Court in 2009, would help to maintain Wimbledon's place among the elite tournaments. Designing a retractable roof on the 11,500-capacity court would be ‘complicated’, however, Brook said. “The design process will take two years and then, in view of the fact that the Centre Court roof took three years to construct, we are looking at 2019 for it to be working.” Other plans included three more show courts on the north side of the grounds, enhanced practice facilities and more landscaping of the south-west London site. –AGENCIES
ICC urges Salman and Asif to share fixing information DUBAI: ICC chief executive David Tuesday urged Richardson disgraced Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif to accept their guilt and share information on fixing to start their rehabilitation. Former captain Butt, along with fast bowlers Asif and Mohammad Aamer, was banned by the International Cricket Council in 2011 after being found guilty of deliberately contriving no-balls in return for money in the Lord's Test in England the previous year. Butt received a 10-year ban, with five years suspended, and Asif was barred for seven years, with two suspended. Aamer was banned for five years – the minimum punishment in the ICC code. All three along with their agent Mazhar Majeed were also jailed by an English court in 2011. The three players were released last year. The Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) last week rejected appeals from Butt and Asif. Aamer did not appeal after pleading guilty at his criminal trial. Richardson urged the players to share any fixing information they have with the ICC's Anti-Corruption and Safety Unit (ACSU). "I am certain that both Butt and Asif have information that can be of great assistance to the ACSU and its ongoing fight against corruption in cricket," he said. "I would, therefore, urge them, without any further delay, to start the process of rebuilding their lives and reputations by apologising for their actions and meeting with ICC's ACSU officials to come clean about what actually happened." Richardson said the players' guilt had been established at three different forums. "The guilt of these men has now been established on three separate occasions, in three separate sets of proceedings, first, before the independent AntiCorruption Tribunal, then in the
ICC chief executive David Richardson speaks to the press on Tuesday. –AGENCIES English criminal courts, and now, finally, in the CAS," he said. Richardson, a former South African wicket-keeper batsman, said Butt and Asif must now accept their guilt. "The time has now come for them to stop misleading the public, especially the supporters of the Pakistan cricket team, and to publicly accept their parts in this corrupt conspiracy," he said. The ICC anti-corruption tribunal had also directed that the trio undergo rehabilitation through the Pakistan Cricket Board or serve their full bans. Richardson warned that fixing remained the biggest threat to the game. Pakistan's reputation in international cricket was further tarnished when leg-spinner Danish Kaneria was banned for life last year after an England and Wales Cricket Board panel found him guilty of paying money to Essex county team-mate Mervyn Wsetfield to underperform in a 2009 match. Kaneria's appeal against the ban is being heard in London. The ICC was forced to form its anti-corruption unit in 2001 after the game was rocked by match-fixing scandals resulting in life bans for former South Africa captain Hansie Cronje, India's Mohammad Azharuddin and Salim Malik of Pakistan. –AGENCIES
English Premier League
Van Persie treble fires Manchester United to 20th title MANCHESTER: Robin van Persie hit a first-half hat-trick as Manchester United cantered to an unprecedented 20th English league title with an emphatic 3-0 victory at home to Aston Villa on Monday. Manchester City's 3-1 loss at Tottenham Hotspur a day earlier had handed United a chance to regain the title and Alex Ferguson's men needed no second invitation, swamping Villa to claim the championship with four games to spare. Van Persie, United's number 20, was the man who brought United their 20th top-flight crown, netting inside 90 seconds and then scoring a breath-taking volley before completing his hat-trick 12 minutes before half-time. "I am very happy, but it is weird. I had to wait so long for my first title. It is a great feeling," van Persie told Sky Sports. "This is our 20th title. It is deserved." With 13 Premier League titles, United manager Ferguson and veteran midfielder Ryan Giggs, creator of two of van Persie's goals, have now each won as many English league crowns as Arsenal. Eternal rivals Liverpool, meanwhile, now trail United by two championships on the all-time honours board. "I'm delighted for all the players, for myself, the staff and the supporters," said Ferguson. "You can go on and on about losing the title (last season), but
at the end of the day, our consistency for the last 20 years is unbelievable. "The focus of the team was good, they focused on the challenge of City and came up trumps." Wayne Rooney, who was making his 400th appearance for United, said the achievement partially atoned for the pain of losing last year's title to City on the season's final day. "When you lose the title, it is hard to take," he said. "It wasn't a nice feeling last time. We have all dug in deep and done fantastic to put us in this position. "You can never take anything for granted in football and thankfully it is now done." Villa never threatened to poop the party and remain under threat from third-bottom Wigan Athletic, who could suck Paul Lambert's side into the relegation zone if they win their game in hand. "I am proud that my lads kept on going and credit to them, especially against the best team in the country," said the Villa manager. The evening's outcome was never in doubt from the moment, just one minute and 23 seconds into the game, when van Persie put United in front. Rafael da Silva's delivery from the right appeared over-hit, but Giggs rescued it by volleying a cushioned cross across goal for the Dutchman to tap in from barely a yard. A chant of 'Championey!' rang out from Old Trafford's Stretford End as
United continued to press, Rafael hitting the post with a crisp strike from 20 yards. Villa threatened to spoil things when Christian Benteke
side-footed over from Andreas Weimann's pass, only for van Persie to double United's lead with a strike to rival any goal scored in Europe this
season. Rooney floated a 40-yard pass behind the Villa defence and van Persie met the ball first time with a technically immaculate volley from
Manchester United's Japanese midfifieelder Shinji Kagawa (R) shoots over the goal bar during the English Premier League match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Traff ffoord in Manchester. –AGENCIES
outside the box that rocketed past goalkeeper Brad Guzan and into the net. "It was a great ball from Wayne, so the only thing I had to do was guide it right and hit it properly and it went in great, but more important was the result," said van Persie. Ferguson agreed, calling it "the goal of the century". "It was marvellous – the technique with his head down, over the ball, and just perfect timing," said the Scot. "It was a magnificent strike." On a night rich with symmetry, van Persie's third goal arrived in the 33rd minute. Shinji Kagawa freed Giggs, who unselfishly squared to van Persie, and the former Arsenal striker neatly sidestepped Guzan before lifting the ball into the roof of the net. With 24 goals, United's £24 million ($37 million, 28 million euros) man now leads Luis Suarez by a goal in the top scorers' chart, to further blacken the Liverpool striker's mood after he was charged by the Football Association for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic on Sunday. Van Persie further illustrated his value by heading off the line from Weimann early in the second half, while David de Gea saved smartly from Benteke and Karim El Ahmadi. Kagawa spurned a glorious chance to make it 4-0 when he blazed over the bar, but by then the match, like the title race, had long been decided. –AGENCIES
THE SPOKESMAN - RAWALPINDI/ISLAMABAD
Fouzia withdraws from poll after Mush’s ouster KARACHI: Dr Fouzia Siddiqui Tuesday said the ouster of dictator Gen Musharraf was her ‘unopposed win’. She said she is grateful to Allah, the Almighty, as she had challenged dictator Musharraf and he was ousted from the election arena and defeated even before any vote was cast. She said she has withdrawn her nomination from NA-250 Karachi as she considers it her unopposed winner. Dr Fouzia said her decision to fight election was not in favour or against any political party. She said she does not belong to politics. –ONLINE
APRIL 24, 2013
War of words between PTI, PML-N heats up MOHAMMED RIZWAN
LAHORE: As polling day draws to a close the war of words between the two closest rivals for throne is getting intense with Imran calling Sharif a paper tiger who is running away from having a public debate on national issues on television. On Tuesday, Sharifs chose to attack Khan through younger family politicians Hamza
Shahbaz, the son of former Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz, the latest political entry from Raiwind who addressed a press conference to challenge Khan. The Sharifs cousin duo said it was not Sharif who is running away, it was Khan who shied away from confronting Sharif in NA 120 Lahore and instead opted to contest from NA 122, a relatively
safe seat. “If Imran is running away from contesting election against Nawaz Sharif, how will he come on a TV debate to face my father,” Maryam told newsmen. Moreover, Hamza claimed some PTI leaders were shunning the party and joining the PML-N. PML-N spokesman Senator Pervaiz Rasheed also came down hard on the PTI leader,
BOSTON: Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev could face the death penalty after being charged on Monday for his alleged role in the attacks that left three people dead and 200 wounded. The 19-year-old was said to be alert as he was arraigned in his hospital bed on charges of using and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction, and malicious destruction of property by means of deadly explosives, the US Department of Justice said. The charges came as Boston marked the one-week anniversary of the twin marathon bombings with a moment of silence observed across the nation, including the White House to the New York Stock Exchange. –AGENCIES
LAHORE: PPP senator and barrister Aitzaz Ahsan Tuesday said former military ruler Pervez Musharraf can’t be a hero to the nation anymore and it’s the responsibility of the federal government to take action against him under Article 6 of the constitution. Talking to media persons at the Lahore High Court premises, Aitzaz said rather than obstructing the decisions of the Supreme Court, the orders need to be implemented. He said the lawyers should adopt nonviolent measures in the Musharraf case because such measures have undermined the prestige of the judiciary. Moreover, he said that all the leaders of all political parties were the same and Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) should treat them equally. –AGENCIES
Rumours about delay in polls baseless: Malik Habib ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Malik Muhammad Habib Khan on Wednesday said that general elections will be held on time. Talking to reporters here, the minister urged the people not to listen to the rumours about postponement of polls. He expressed concern over law and order situation in Karachi. He said that security agencies are on high alert to ensure peace and order. He said that he would hold meetings with all stakeholders for holding of fair polls and ultimately restoration of peace across the country. –ONLINE
Mudhyana also allowed to contest polls LAHORE: Lahore High Court (LHC) has allowed former MPA Aslam Mudhyana to contest upcoming elections here on Tuesday. He had been declared ineligible by returning officer and election tribunal. He had filed a petition against his ineligibility in LHC full bench. Aslam Mudhyana stated in the court that all cases against him were lodged on political basis, adding that he was not convicted in any case. Meanwhile, the full bench of LHC also allowed Rana Farooq Saeed, candidate for NA-79 and PP-59 for contesting polls. He was blamed of being a defaulter. –ONLINE
ECP fails on voting of overseas Pakistanis ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan seems to have failed to reach any conclusion regarding adult franchise for expatriates. The Law Ministry expressed willingness for a Presidential ordinance in this regard,but the ECP has only a grace period of 16 days left. This condition persists despite ready willingness on behalf of USA, UK, and Western Europe to facilitate Pakistani expatriates there with voting rights for their Pakistan. However there are some exceptions in this regard, by Saudi Arabia, UAE and Gulf States, who have regretted such facility for Pakistanis there. –ONLINE
who was seeking security against his own partymen. Punjab, Pakistan’s most populous province which is traditionally a PML-N stronghold, is slated to be the battleground between the two parties. And while the war of words between the two is not a novel phenomenon, its intensity and frequency appears to be on the rise with the coming general election fast approaching. -
US preaches impartiality
Boston bomb suspect charged, could face death
Aitzaz urges lawyers to adopt non-violent ways
questioning his role in the lawyers’ movement. “Imran should not be talking about political ethics. He is alleging that Nawaz Sharif fears facing him. Where was Imran hiding during the lawyers’ movement?” Rasheed asked. Referring to an incident where PTI workers protested outside Khan’s residence, the PML-N spokesman said the PTI chief was perhaps the only political leader
Olson says no support for any individual or party
RAWALPINDI: Lawyers thrashing the APML activists outside an anti-terrorism court during the hearing of a case against former president Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf. –ONLINE
Govt denies new deal with IMF
Adviser says caretakers have no mandate to negotiate with the Fund
ISL AMABAD: The caretaker adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance and Economic Affairs, Dr Shahid Amjad Chaudhry on Tuesday categorically denied signing any loan agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) during the economic team’s recent visit to Washington. The team was invited from Pakistan to attend the spring meetings of IMF and World Bank held this week. “IMF was encouraging in its comments about Pakistan’s economy and expressed an interest in engaging with the to be elected government,” he told a press conference on his return in Islamabad. He said Pakistan’s economy has recorded a remarkable performance and is on its path to a recovery. The GDP growth during the current financial year is expected to be at four per cent. Even though the fiscal deficit faced by the country in the financial year 2012-13 is to expected to be from 6.9 to 7.3 per cent, the caretaker and the new government would not have faced the adverse effects of the balance of payment, he added. However, Pakistan is going through an energy crisis and the caretaker prime minister has issued directives to release Rs 20 billion for the purchase of oil, he said. The economic delegation from Pakistan included FBR Chairman, Secretaries of Finance and Economic Affairs division and
Governor of State Bank of Pakistan. The delegation engaged with the IMF on three issues with respect to the choices that the new government would have in negotiating loan agreements with the Fund. If any loan arrangements are struck with the new government, the Fund has agreed that they would suit the elected government and the economy, he said. The repayment period would be somewhere between five to ten years as it would allow the government to handle the repayments more flexibly. “It was also agreed that other International Financial Institutions (IFIs) like the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank would be willing to discuss their programmes with the newly elected government,” said Dr Shahid. The third issue that was discussed, he said dealt with the additional requirements needed to meet social and educational protection by the new government. Pakistan has never defaulted on a single penny and has made all its debt repayments well in time, he claimed. “We didn’t sign any agreement with the IMF and it’s just a misconception of the press,” he said. He added that it was not the mandate of the caretaker government to negotiate or pen any agreement with the IMF but the right of the next government. “We will keep the economy of the country on track till we hand over everything to the new government,” he said. –AGENCIES
15 sail through
NATO container comes under fire in Jamrud AHMAD NABI
KH Y BER AGENC Y: A NATO container was partially damaged when unknown militants opened fire on it on Tuesday at Jamrud, sub-division of Khyber. However, 15 containers carrying NATO forces goods crossed into Pakistan via Torkham. Official sources said a long container bearing registration no.TLR-088 and carrying Allied Forces goods back to Karachi port, was first intercepted and then attacked by unknown militants who opened indiscriminate fire. The trailer was partially damaged, however, no casualty was reported. Soon after the incident, the Jamrud administration officials rushed to spot, collected evidences for investigation and launched search operation in the area, sources said. The remaining containers were allowed to move towards Karachi after clearing by the Pak custom officials, sources said. After the official announcement of withdrawal in 2014, the NATO forces have been sending dozens of containers, loaded with Allied Forces goods, on daily basis to cross into Pakistan for its destinations somewhere in Europe. It may be mentioned that Pakistani security forces have assured NATO of providing complete security to its containers carrying goods. The Pakistani government is being paid in dollars for shipment of these containers to foreign destination through its land.
Case ﬁled by newspaper owners
SC seeks details of outstanding dues ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC), while hearing the case filed by owners of the newspapers in connection with stay order on the payment of outstanding dues, has issued directives that the column wise details of outstanding dues be resubmitted and reasons for not making payment of these dues be explained. A 3-member bench of SC headed by Justice Jawwad S Khawaja took up for hearing Hamid Mir case Tuesday. Tariq Sohail told the court that he had filed 2 CMEs. The amount has not been returned during the period from 2008 to 2012. The court inquired as to why amount had not been returned during the four years. Justice Khilji observed “most of the matters which have been mentioned in the details and informed to court pertain to MEDAS but no mention has been made about the period, therefore, it cannot be ascertained to which period these dues relate to.” Justice Jawwad remarked “court
be told in respect of expenses and dues on column wise pattern. There are a lot of newspapers, which are coming to our knowledge today.” The counsel said “we want that media house related dues be paid as soon as possible.” Justice Jawwad remarked “we will correct the system so that no corruption remains and no one is disturbed. This all will take place. Allow us to do some work. We want the matter is made transparent to the maximum extent. This is in your favour. This is an issue for us all. If the dues are just then they should be paid. Nothing has moved hither and thither. If we are provided column wise details it will be better. We sit here for hearing but no information is made available. We have to hear other cases and we want to reach some conclusion. We will not allow that we give date of hearing on every other day and adjourn the hearing. The hearing of the case was adjourned till May 2. –ONLINE
ISLAMABAD: To suppress various rounds, rumours-making American Ambassador to Pakistan Richard Olson has finally issued a statement to declare no sympathies for any political party in the upcoming elections. Emphasizing the neutrality of US government, Ambassador said : The US affirms that it is solely up to the people of Pakistan to determine their future leadership. The US is backing democracy, and the strengthening of Pakistan’s civilian institutions through the electoral process. We do not support any particular political party or individual candidate. We look forward to continuing to build our bilateral partnership with the government elected by the voters, regardless of the results.” Air was full of suspicion with regard to recent visits of American delegations and expected meeting between Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaque Parvez Kayani and Secretary of State John Kerry in Brussels today. Olson has rested his argument of US-impartiality on Quaid-e-Azam’s remodeled quotes without any citation. Olson quoted Quaid as saying that “You have to stand guard over the development and maintenance of democracy, social justice, and the equality of manhood on your own native soil. With faith, discipline, and selfless devotion to duty, there is nothing worthwhile that you cannot achieve.” Avoiding the oft repeated a quoted reference of Quaid towards ensuring Muslim identity, Ambassador Olson has hoped that “May Pakistan prosper and fulfill the ideals that Quaid-eAzam envisioned for the people of
this country.” In a statement issued to the media by US Embassy in Islamabad, a day after high powered US delegation including President Obama’s special envoys for Af-Pak, Richard Olson is quoted as: “On behalf of my government and the people of the United States of America, I would like to congratulate the government and people of Pakistan on the democratic process leading up to the 2013 general elections.” Highlighting the importance of upcoming elections, he said: “Along with many other countries which count Pakistan as a friend, the US looks forward to witnessing timely, transparent, free, and fair elections on May 11.”
Karzai threatens Pakistan ahead of Brussel meeting KABUL: Afghan President Hamid Karzai left Tuesday for talks in Brussels with Secretary of State John Kerry and Pakistani Army Chief General Ashfaque Parvez Kayani aimed at reviving faltering efforts to bring peace to his country. Karzai’s office says patience is running out with Pakistan. “Pakistan has not taken practical measures towards the Afghan peace process so far. Afghans are running out of patience,” Karzai’s spokesman Aimal Faizi said Monday. Kerry said Monday the aim was to “try to talk about how we can advance this process in the simplest, most cooperative, most cogent way” to satisfy Pakistan’s and Afghanistan’s interests and end up with “a stable and peaceful Afghanistan”. –AGENCIES
Acid thrown on 3 women in Multan MULTAN: Two people have thrown acid on three women, a mother and two daughters, in village Nauranga on the outskirts of Multan. Police said they have arrested one suspect and the injured were shifted to Nishtar Hospital. Police said Altaf and Naveed had some enmity with Aziza Mai and the accused wanted to avenge. “On Tuesday morning, they went to her house and threw acid on her.” Police also said when her daughters tried to save their mother, the accused also threw acid on them. One accused Altaf has been arrested and the other accused Naveed is on the run. More than 150 acid attacks cases have been reported in the past twelve month despite passage of a new law by Pakistani Parliament. Dozens of people, mostly women, are disfigured every year by one of the most brutal forms of domestic violence in a country where women are often treated as second-class citizens. Few have faith in the Pakistani courts, but campaigners say the conviction rate for acid attacks has tripled since tough new penalties were signed into law in late 2011, which introduced a minimum sentence of 14 years in jail and a fine of one million rupees ($10,000) for those found guilty of throwing acid. –STAFF REPORTER
40 dead as Iraqi forces clash with protesters KIRKUK: Clashes on Tuesday in north Iraq between security forces and anti-government protesters allegedly infiltrated by militants left 40 people dead and about 70 injured, top army officers said. The clashes are just the latest violence between security forces and demonstrators in recent months, and will likely further increase tensions between protesters and the government. They broke out around 5:00 am when security forces entered an open area in Hawijah, west of Kirkuk, where demonstrations have been held since January, and the highranking officers said. One of the officers, a brigadier general from the division responsible for the area, said the operation was aimed at Sunni militants from a group known as the Naqshbandiya Army, and that security forces only opened fire after they were fired upon. A second officer said that 34 Kalashnikov assault rifles and four PKM machineguns were recovered at the scene. Two soldiers were killed and seven wounded in
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the operation, they said. The remainder were some combination of protesters and militants, according to the army officers. The violence came just hours after United Nations envoy Martin Kobler called for restraint on both sides in Hawijah, where tensions have been ratcheting up. “I encourage the Iraqi security forces to exercise the utmost self-restraint in maintaining law and order and the demonstrators to continue to preserve the peaceful character of the demonstrations,” Kobler said in a statement. Protesters have taken to the streets in Sunni-majority areas of Iraq for more than four months, calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and decrying the alleged targeting of their minority community by the Shia-led authorities. Tuesday was not the first time that the demonstrations have turned deadly — security forces killed a protester in the north Iraq city of Mosul on March 8, and eight demonstrators near Fallujah, west of Baghdad, on January 25. –AGENCIES