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Energy crises, security situation hit growth target 

SBP report puts GDP growth between 3.5-4pc projected; average inflation rate may remain within target


KARACHI: The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has said that the country is likely to miss its growth target for the current fiscal year due to, among other factors, energy crisis and law and order issues that led to frequent business breakdown. “The SBP projects real GDP growth will remain in the range of 3.5 per cent to 4 per cent for the full [fiscal] year,” the central bank assessed in its reports

for Financial Year 2013 on the ‘State of Economy’, on Pakistan’s economy for July – December FY 13, released on Saturday. The government had set up a target of 4.3 per cent growth when it announced the national budget in June 2012, thus the report indicated the economy was already facing external and internal problems. “The frequency of nationwide outages and law and order incidents in the main cities of the country has reduced the number of working days in the first half of the

fiscal 2013,” the reports said. Some of the positive developments experienced by the economy in quarter 1-FY13 could not be sustained during the second quarter. Although the current account still posted a surplus in the first half of FY13, the second quarter posted a deficit. The reports mentioned that persistent structural problems continue to burden the economy. Within agriculture, cotton and rice crops remained below target, whereas

sugarcane performed well. The wheat crop is likely to be below target despite the increase in support prices in November 2012. Pakistan’s manufacturing sector, on the other hand, has posted an improvement, and is likely to continue with this trend. Heavyweights like POL and steel manufacturing have shown strong growth. The aggregated numbers show the government has borrowed less from the banking system this year, but there has been a sharp shift away from

commercial banks to SBP during Q2FY13. The report mentions increase in FBR revenue collection, current expenditures of the federal government and Pakistan’s domestic debt which has increased by Rs 691 billion in the first half of FY13 compared to Rs 854 billion in the first half of FY12. However, Pakistan’s external public debt actually fell by US$ 1.9 billion during the half year (of which US$ 1.3 billion was owed to the IMF). Textile exports and remittances witnessed

Habib survives ouster?

SNEAK PEEK Anti-measles campaign in Punjab from June

Ministers barred from statements

Punjab Minister for Health Salima Hashmi has said that negligence in routine immunization coverage is the major cause of spreading measles. She said strict measures are being taken to remove the loopholes of the immunization coverage.She expressed these views while talking to media after inaugurating computerized token system for the convenient of the patients at the Govt Shahdra Hospital on Saturday. Health Secretary Arif Nadeem, MS Dr Abid Kareem, Project Director Dr Ijaz Ahmed Sheikh and other senior doctors were also present on this occasion. Page 02

Polyclinic lacks sufficient medicine The Federal Government Services Hospital, also known as the Polyclinic, is considered to be facilitating the poor patients of the capital and its surrounding areas but the current situation there is that the hospital lacks sufficient medicine for its patients.On the other hand, the staff, instead of facilitating the patients, is not cooperating with the patients and their attendants, The Spokesman has learnt. Abdullah, a patient admitted in the Polyclinic for a minor surgery, told The Spokesman that the doctor advised him some medicines after his surgery, which were supposed to be available in the dispensary but the dispenser provided only half of them. Page 04

Festival ends with message of peace The three-day Besakhi festival, one of the main religious events of Sikhism, ended at Gurdwara Panja Sahib, as the pilgrims celebrated the gathering with full zeal and enthusiasm. ‘Bhog’, the most important and last ritual of Besakhi, was performed on the last day of the festival. Caretaker Federal Minister for National Harmony and Religious Affairs Shehzada Jamal Nazar was the chief guest on the occasion. Page 05

Salman to co-produce canadian film ‘Dr. cabbie’ Salman Khan’s Being Human Productions will soon present an off-beat film, Dr. Cabbie, which is being helmed by acclaimed Canadian director Jean-Francois Poulliot. The film that revolves around the life of an unemployed doctor-turned-cab-driver, boasts of an illustrious cast that includes actors like Vinay Virmani, Adrianne Palicki, Kunal Nayyar and Lillete Dubey among others. Page 10

PcB bans umpires Ghauri and Siddiqui over spot-fixing The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Saturday slapped a ban of four years on international umpire Nadeem Ghauri after a sting operation by an Indian television channel found him willing to spot-fix. The PCB integrity committee found him guilty of being willing to accept money for favourable umpiring decisions. Page 11

increase. On the inflation front, SBP still feels the average inflation rate for the year will remain within target. With a caretaker government paving the way for general elections in May 2013, domestic investors are understandably reluctant to take a long-term view. So while this uncertainty cannot be denied, the government must prioritize addressing stubborn structural problems in public sector enterprises and the energy sector; similarly, concrete steps are required to enhance revenue collection in an equitable manner.


Interior Minister explains his position to PM Khoso enhances security for politicians


BALI: Over 100 passengers had a miracle escape as their jet missed a runway on landing and crashed into the sea. –WIRE SERVICE (STORY ON PAGE 8)

Army to supervise printing of ballot papers

Peshawar bus blast kills nine OUR STAFF REPORTER PESHAWAR: At least nine people were killed and eight injured when a bomb ripped through a passenger coach in a marketplace on the City’s outskirts. The blast hit a passenger coach as it passed through the Matni Bazar area. Hospital officials confirmed at least nine people had been killed by the bombing. “We received eight bodies, while one of the injured died during emergency treatment at the hospital,” said Shiraz, the emergency in-charge at the Lady Reading Hospital. “Nine people have been injured including a child and woman while four out of nine are stated to be critical.” Bomb disposal official Abdul Haq said an estimated four to five kilograms of explosive material was used in a timed device planted on the roof of the vehicle. Haq said the timed bomb was detonated as the bus reached Matni Bazar. The blast also destroyed a number of shops in the marketplace. Eyewitnesses said the passenger coach was carrying about 18 passengers traveling from Scheme Chowk to Sherkara when the explosion ripped through the vehicle. Senior Police official, Shafiullah Khan, said the blast destroyed the back of the bus and ripped the roof apart as it was traveling to Sherkara area near FR Peshawar.


The driver and cleaner of the vehicle, however, remained unhurt. “We had boarded passengers from Scheme Chowk, mostly from the Adezai and Sherikara area, and when we reached Matni Bazar a huge explosion occurred and destroyed the vehicle,” said Jehangir, the driver. “We don’t know what happened but we did not have anything in the coach which could have caused the blast…even the gas kits of the coach were also safe. We don’t know if anyone targeted the passengers,” he said. Shafiullah Khan said it was still unclear who the target of the attack was. No militant organization has taken responsibility of the attack. Tehrik-eTaliban Pakistan (TTP) denied any involvement in the attack. “It is not our policy to target civilians or public places”, TTP spokesperson Ihsanullah Ihsan said. Early on Saturday another blast shook Peshawar when an explosion occurred in the store house of Budhbair police station. “The blast happened when explosive in the storehouse of the police station went off ”, said Shafiullah, Superintendent of Peshawar rural police. No casualty was reported, however due to the explosion four houses and at least fifteen vehicles were damaged.

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan has decided that Army will supervise the printing of ballot papers for the coming general elections. According to the ECP, the printing and delivery of the ballot papers would be carried out under the direct supervision of the Army so as to block theft of the ballots and ensure credibility of the elections. The Army, Printing Corporation of Pakistan and Security Printing Corporation have accordingly been conveyed of the decision by the ECP. Troops would be deployed at Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad stations where the printing would be carried out. The printing of the ballot papers would start as soon as the list of final candidates is published and the candidates are allotted symbols by the ECP, as the election tribunals would be disposing of the applications against acceptance and rejection of the nomination forms by April 17.

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Justice (R) Mir Hazar Khan Khoso has barred the interim federal cabinet from issuing political and personal statements for an indefinite period as Interior Malik Muhammad Habib Khan Saturday met him to explain his position on issuing statement in support of PML-N Chief Nawaz Sharif. As per the press release by the PM’s House, the interior minister apprised the prime minister that the statement ascribed to him regarding a political leader was made with good intensions. However, his expression has created an impression which was not intended, he said. The Interior Minister informed the prime minister that he has reached out to all political parties and has maintained contacts with them without any discrimination with a view to maintain a conducive environment. However, the sources said the PM has barred his cabinet members from issuing political statements for an indefinite period so as to avoid further complications. Mr Khoso said the mandate of the caretaker government was not only to ensure

free, fair, transparent and credible elections but also to maintain a conducive environment for the upcoming general elections. He said it is necessary that the caretaker government and its machinery not only conducts itself impartially but also seen to do so. The Interior Minister had come under intensive criticism from certain political parties over the statement it made in support of PML-N Chief and they have demanded his removal. The prime minister said the caretaker government is obliged to conduct the affairs of the government in the run up of elections where no one can raise questions about its probity. He said he expects the caretaker government to focus their energies on holding general elections and devote themselves to making necessary arrangements in this regard. Separately, Prime Minister Justice (R) Mir Hazar Khan Khoso has directed the Ministry of Interior and the provincial governments to make arrangements for provision of security to political leaders as well as candidates. The PM’s House said the instructions to the effect have already been issued.

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Interior, Malik Muhammad Habib Khan called on Prime Minister Justice (r) Mir Hazar Khan Khoso at PM House on Saturday. –ONLINE

SC turns down Musharraf ’s response 

Demand of full bench minus CJ rejected  Court Registrar says inappropriate language used against CJ


ISLAMABAD: A new tug of war seems to have erupted between the former military rulers Gen (Retd) Pervez Musharraf and Supreme Court as former dictator’s written response to the court stand rejected by the registrar for using inappropriate language about the chief justice of Pakistan. The reply submitted on behalf of the former president by his counsel, Ahmed Raza Kasuri requested that a full court bench be formed and the Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhamamd Chaudhry should not be part of it. Supreme Court, however, has returned the former military ruler

Musharraf ’s reply in the treason case by raising technical objections and for using inappropriate content. In his written response, former military ruler had expressed mistrust in Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry and implicated the superior judiciary in his decision making regarding imposition of emergency in 2007. The response has also questioned the legality of Supreme Court’s intent in hearing such a petition which only federal government can initiate. Since court has taken it upon itself to go ahead with such a sensitive matter, the counsel for the former president believes, Supreme Court is interfering in the executive jurisdiction of the

government thus ignoring the basic tenants of the Constitution. Musharraf has requested the Supreme Court to constitute a full bench minus Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry to hear the treason case against him. It was stated in the reply that the federal government has a right to establish a treason case and if the Supreme Court directs the federation to do so then it would be interfering in the administrative matters. The Registrar raised objections on the reply and returned it, stating that the paragraph pertaining to the Chief Justice was inappropriate. Justice Jawaaz S Khawja and Justice Khilji Arif are hearing the case. Earlier, the bench included Chief Justice Iftikhar

Musharraf summoned for 23rd in BB case RAWALPINDI: Hearing Benazir murder case, Anti-terrorist Court summoned all accused, including former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, for its upcoming hearing on April 23. Although, Musharraf has already been summoned in the case twice, but he failed to appear for Saturday’s hearing after which the judge issued summons for him and the other accused. The hearing of the case was subsequently adjourned to April 23. The ATC had indicted Musharraf in the case in February 2011, and in August the same year he was declared a proclaimed offender and his property was attached because of his absence. –AGENCIES Chaudhry but on the first day of hearing, CJ had voluntarily dropped himself out of the bench to avoid any conflict of interest.The former military ruler made the request in his reply submitted to the apex court in

the case calling for proceedings against him under Article 6 of the Constitution. Ahmad Raza Kasuri said that the case involved a number of constitutional and legal complications.


Polyclinic lacks sufficient medicine  

Sta not cooperating with patients and their attendants A doctor points out lack of planning


ISLAMABAD: The Federal Government Services Hospital, also known as the Polyclinic, is considered to be facilitating the poor patients of the capital and its surrounding areas but the current situation there is that the hospital lacks sufficient medicine for its patients. On the other hand, the staff, instead of facilitating the patients, is not cooperating with the patients and their attendants, The Spokesman has learnt. Abdullah, a patient admitted in the Polyclinic for a minor surgery, told The Spokesman that the doctor advised him some medicines after his surgery, which were supposed to be available in the dispensary but the dispenser provided only half of them. “The dispenser told my brother that the remaining four medicines were not available and could be purchased from any private medicine shop outside the hospital,� he said. Haji Shafiq, whose daughter is admitted in the hospital for a maternity case, said that it has become a trend in the hospital that the staff sends back the patients without giving them proper medicine. “It has been three to four times since last week when the staff gave me only few of the medicines mentioned in the prescription as they said the dispensary is suffering from shorts of medicines and I had to buy the remaining medicines from a private medicine shop which turned expensive for me,� he said. A doctor on duty while requesting anonymity said that the situation occur due to lack of planning of the hospital management as neither the concerned staff inform the authorities about the shortage of the medicine nor the administration pay concern over the issue. He said the situation also irks the doctors as well when the patients turn to them with complaints. “The patients turn back to us by complaining that the medicines we advised them in the prescription are not available

in the hospital so we should advise them any other alternate medicine, but most of the time the alternative medicine is also not available which off course disturb the patients as well as the us,� the doctor said. Karimuddin told The Spokesman that he visited the hospital dispensary to get some medicine for his younger brother with a prescription of the concerned doctors, but the dispensary staff refused to give him medicine by telling that he must have a signature of the same doctor on the prescription who advised him the medicine. “The doctor advised the medicine on the official latter pad of the hospital where name of the doctor was also mentioned but still the staff told me that I must have a signature of the doctor on the prescription otherwise they will not provide me the medicine,� he said. When he turned back to the doctor to get his signature, he was out of his office, so he bought the medicine from a private store in Blue Area, he said. Ali Ahmad, a lecturer in a private college, said that he also suffered the same situation and followed a notice displayed in front of the dispensary mentioning the doctors to be contacted in either emergency or for complaints, but all in vain as he could not meet the doctors. “It was mentioned in the notice that the patients having complaints should contact the incharge of the dispensary in room-31, but when I approached there, his room was locked,� he said. Disagreeing with the situation, Dr Shairf Astori, spokesperson of the hospital, said that shortage of the medicine was not only for Islamabad but in all over the country, however Polyclinic was the only hospital which provides 80% medicines to its patients as compare to other government hospitals of the capital. Although the hospital have 1200 to 1000 medicines in its formulary and all are available currently. “Only those medicines are not available which the doctors advise out of the formulary,� he said.

Over 400 alumni attend young moot OUR STAFF REPORTER

A woman presenting traditional Indonesian dance during Asean Food Festival 2013 organised by Indonesian Embassy at Diplomatic Enclave. ONLINE

CDA to take action in H-9 ISLAMABAD: Capital Development Authority Chairman Tahir Shahbaz has directed the Estate member to take action against encroachments on the state property in H-9 sector. He also directed the member to remove all encroachments and out illegal occupants from the sector, adding that it has tarnished beauty of the city. He directed the official that steps against the elimination of the illegal occupation and the encroachments should be carried out independently and impartially. ONLINE

ISLAMABAD: US Ambassador Richard Olson, addressing the International Young Alumni Conference, on Saturday said that more than 400 alumni of the US exchange programmes from Pakistan, Afghanistan, India and the United States present at the gathering were the future leaders of South Asia. “I hope you will work together to find solutions to the regional challenges you will face,� he told young alumni. The conference is one of the largest US governmentsponsored young alumni gatherings in Pakistan. The theme, The Faces of change, the changes we face, is meant to inspire students to make positive changes in their communities and equip them with tools to make those changes. The students from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India are all alumni of the US government-sponsored exchange programmes. Ambassador Olson emphasised US commitment to cultural exchange. “When I look around at you, I see how much we have in common: love of education, service to our communities, friendship. It is these common threads that will help us build better relationships among our countries and our peoples,� he said. In Pakistan, the US exchange programme is the largest program in the world, with over 1,000 students and professionals traveling to the US each year. In addition to the flagship Fulbright programme, the US government also sends more than 200 undergraduates to the US each year for a semester of study. The exchange programme alumni are encouraged to make positive changes in their home communities when they return to Pakistan. The exchange programmes are just one part of the comprehensive US education programme for Pakistan, which includes building or rehabilitating more than 850 schools; launching new degree programmes in education at 90 colleges and universities; and expanding English skills for more than 5,000 low-income students.

WOMEN’S EXPO: Visitors taking interest in handbags at Convention Centre. THE SPOKESMAN

Public transport route demanded IS L AM A BAD: Non-approval of the public transport route upto Islamabad Railway Station has aggravated transport problem for the local passengers. The previous government, decision was taken to make the railway station functional during and train service was launched from Islamabad to Lahore and Karachi but the railway authority had to suspend service for Karachi temporarily due to less interest of the passengers. This service is continuing on the route to Lahore but it is not responsive, as it has failed to attract passengers. The main reason behind ever squeezing interest of the passengers is stated to be non-plying of public transport on this route. Announcement was made in this regard but no practical measures have been taken for approval of route. The citizens are of the opinion that launching of the railway service upto Lahore is a good move but it costs heavily to them, as they have to pay taxi fare to reach the railway station from their residences equal to the railway fare upto Lahore. ONLINE

Exhibition ISLAMABAD: Various Kashmiri products have been exhibited at the Convention Centre. Kashmir Council’s Standing Committee Chairman Sardar Saghir Ahmed inaugurated the council’s stall at the business expo on Saturday. The stall was set up by the vocational centres under the administrative control of Council Secretariat. ONLINE

Buzzing Bellows

Art deals with haunt, humour aesthetically 

Abid Hasan’s solo exhibition opens at Gallery 6


ISLAMABAD: Abid Hasan’s solo exhibition titled “Buzzing Bellows� opened on Saturday at the Gallery 6. Abid, an established interior designer, painter and a visiting faculty member at Saudi Arab where he teaches drawing, learnt to play with effects of chemicals on silver leaf almost 15 years back. Since then, he has been experimenting with this laborious technique and using this chemical process to create his paintings. He covers canvas with a thick layer of silver leafs and blocks out certain areas by wax or paper, depending on the texture and imagery he wants to create, and then apply oxidizing chemicals. This results in surfaces with interesting textures. Following this, paints are applied in a number of ways to finish the painting. His compositions are glistening, intense, energetic, lively and reflective of an inner powerful voice that cannot remain unheard. These astonishing, enticing hues visually demonstrate the magnificence of making statements in an enchanting and colourful way, which shows the sensitive spirit that lives within the artist. In Buzzing Bellows, he deals with the under current whisperings, hounding bellows and outrageous happenings that are taking place all over the country. One sees haunting worries in paintings titled red tide rising, weeping blood, endangered-my homeland, going nowhere. At the same time, there is humorous satire in siyasi adakar or monarchy and hope in give peace a chance and in resilience.

Very interestingly, all these have been done by Abid in his unique style that whether composition deals with haunt or humour, it remains aesthetically appealing. It was pretty evident that the viewers of his artwork will be moved as his pieces posses the capacity to shake one’s soul gently into a specific awareness. The paintings of Abid could be labelled as having value as they are artworks worthy of individual attention. Commenting on his work, Abid stated that there was sadness, frustration, outrage and uneasiness in these uncertain times when several stakeholders – politicians, institutions and even media are complicit in hiding the truth. “I am painting a world in chao, I am painting of what the present looks and feel like to me and what the consequences of our actions are likely to be,� he said. However, one consideration remains extremely critical in giving the finish to the composition and that is the presence of iridescent light. “For me, it is important that the painting must remain aesthetically attractive and does not create negative vibes or a sense of gloom in the house it is hanged,� he said. Commenting on Abid’s work, Dr Arjumand Faisel, the curator of the gallery, said that Abid paints with bright vibrant colours that feed the soul, knowing that “we need these colours.� This reflects his imaginative intelligence and skilful ability to execute even the depressing situations with stimulating vibrancy and aesthetics. “What could be more wonderful for an artist that audiences experience a positive stimulation by his art and a strong desire to acquire it,� she said.

Transparency, savings

Pension disbursement project launched

Visitors taking keen interest in dresses during an exhibition of Shabano and Sidra collection in the capital. ONLINE

Damn-e-Koh — where beauty intrigues heart and mind 

Lack of transportation restrains many visitors to come to the scenic spot


ISLAMABAD: Though Damn-e-Koh is a tourist spot amid lush green hills of Margalla in the federal capital where natural and man-made beauty intrigues the heart and mind of every visiting individual, some steps by the Capital Development Authority are still needed to add to the beauty of the place and also for facilitation of the visitors. As soon as one starts the journey through a vehicle on a carpeted road from the base of Margalla Hills, there is the Islamabad Zoo on the left side and a tuck shop a few steps ahead on the left. All the way through to the Daman-e-Koh, a number of naughty monkeys welcome you to the serenity of the natural environ of the area. It is the beauty of Damn-e-Koh that everyone who visits the federal capital must wish to visit the place but the issue which restrains many from visiting the scenic spot is a lack of

transportation facilities provided by the CDA for tourism spots. Although the high-ups of the authority time and again claim to promote tourism by introducing proper transport for recreational spots, no headway has been made in this regard by the civic body. Due to this, many people who do not have their own cars cannot visit the place. “Despite having a wish to visit Damn-e-Koh, I cannot go there because the fares of cabs are unaffordable,� said Rafiq Ahmad, a visitor. He stressed the tourism organisations and the civic body to introduce transport facility for the places like Daman-eKoh and Pir Sohawa, saying it was not possible to visit the area with family members in the absence of proper transport. In order to add to the visitor’s entertainment, the CDA had also decided to start a chairlift at Damn-e-Koh but failed to do so, as the environmentalists raised concerns on the project. A CDA spokesman told The Spokesman

that the said project was feasible and environment friendly, adding that deliberation on the subject was underway. However, everyone wants to visit the beautiful spot through which one can see almost all the prominent places of the federal capital. Afzal Tariq, a young visitor from Gujrat with his family, said, “It is a wonderful place to hang out with families where a cool breeze is blowing across all the time and natural environment with fresh air fills my lungs. The view is marvelous and the atmosphere is so peaceful and tranquil. With so many places to venture and wildlife that will entertain you for hours, it’s a must see for all living in Pakistan,� he added. Daman-e-Koh is a midpoint for tourists on their way to the higher viewpoint of Pir Sohawa, which is located at the top of Margalla Hills at an elevation of about 5000 feet. Geologically, it is a spur, off shooting from the main Margalla Hills which comprise the


Margalla National Park. Daman-e-Koh is a viewpoint in the north of Islamabad at the foot of, and in the middle of the Margalla Hills. This extraordinary garden has two wings known as the ‘north’ and ‘south’ viewpoints and is accessible by a zigzag road or by feet via a number of walking tracks. Car parking facility is provided close to the Northern Spot where a cafe and some small tuck shops cater to the needs of guests. A restaurant is located on the Southern Spot overlooking the city. The Southern Spot is the main attraction as it provides a panoramic view of Islamabad where telescopes are installed for keener observers to have a birds’ eye view of the city. A board displaying basic information about Islamabad is installed for the people coming from outside the city. There is a view of the Faisal Mosque, the newly-constructed Seventh Avenue and Rawal Lake, which pose a nice glittering view in the southeast.

ISL AMABAD: In collaboration with the Employees' Old-Age Benefits Institution, the NADRA has launched the Pension Disbursement Project on the directives of President Asif Ali Zardari for all pensioners, enrolled with the institution. Pension shall be disbursed to EOBI pensioners holding NADRA’s Smart National Identity Card. NADRA Chairman Tariq Malik said that it was the first time that EOBI pensioners will receive pensions through SNIC with the live biometric verification performed at NADRA e-Sahulat franchisees across Pakistan. This will bring transparency in pension disbursement and result in financial savings. He said that the EOBI pensioners will have option to withdraw their pension from additional 5000 e-Sahulat locations across the country without any stress. The SNIC system is designed to disburse the pension close to the pensioner location and facilitate them to avoid long queues or wait. To facilitate the pensioners, NADRA and EOBI agreed to offer the SNIC free of cost and the process shall be done in the executive category. Moreover, this disbursement system will not only minimize pensioners’ miseries in acquisition of their pensions but also enable EOBI for effective management of the cash disbursement, online verification and proof-of- life at the time of transaction and 24/7 technical & operational supports. NADRA with its e-Sahulat facilities has successfully distributed the first pension in Lahore and Islamabad on March 7, 2013. ONLINE



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Braveheart Bakhtiar tak on PPP Goliaths in RYK MohaMMed Rizwan

LAHORE: Like his father Makhdoom Rukunnuddin, the icon of Makhdoom family of Mianwali Qureshian, a mango›orchard dwelling just a few miles up north of Rahim Yar Khan, Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar is a man with a big heart. s the Caretaker governments› in Islam abad and the provinces have failed His to father in his youthful heyday had a charming personality. He was a evolve a uniform policy for ›the bureau member of Lahore Flying Club cratic reshuffle, the officialdom hasregular been and soon was allowed to go solo by thrown into a tailspin. his instructors. One of the TV Babus wait for the postings and transfers heartthrobs Sehrish Khan fell for the anxiously. Some are using their connections charms to get chosen postings. Establishment › Secre and aura of the elder Makhdoom tary Taimoor Azmat, we are told, is eyeing theand both started going out together. post of Sindh Chief Secretary. This of course Ruknuddin one day offered a ride in his twin›seater Cessna suits the PPP as he is known to › have her culti andpost off they went. Soon after vated the Presidential camp during › his Makhdoom was air›borne, he lost ings there. contact with the ATC and a frantic The Nawaz Leaguers are upset over what they think is unfair and Ahmed Mehmood, and that too searchshould started. off› vice›president and formeron his sleeve. reshuffling. It made sense that the two Grade 22 officers be After remainingPML›Q on a PML›Q ticket, has surprised Khusro has decided to challenge of state for foreign affairs, radar s sent back to Islamabad as there was no posting for them in for the 15 minutes, Makhdoom minister many. hashedecided to take on two veryboth Shahabuddin and Ahmed plane re›appeared but only after province. But why send about a dozen grade 12 officers? › These offi thatthe local political observers strong Makhdoom Mehmood s son, despite the fact But in the Indian air space for candidates cers were considered as pro›PML (N) and Najam Sethi, remained they think, know Khusro say that he has very he would basically be on his own The episode made Mustafa Mehmood, son of Governor obliged the Chaudharies by not posting them anywhere 15 in minutes. the Makhdoom Ahmed Mehmood, without any party vote bank andcarefully calculated the odds again no province. The Nawaz camp fumes over the retention of headlines a brother the of next day however Punjab him and he is banking upon the support. His uncle Makhdoom oneItknows how Khusro Bakhtiar sfrom NA 195 and his uncle Makhdoom PTI leader Dr Yasmeen Rashid by the Punjab government. › retali dealt ates by spreading rumours about Sethi. The grapevine mother goes that the with the waywardShahabuddin, who is PPP South Shahbuddin is the most prominentincumbency factor on Makhdoom elder Punjab president from NA 194. For a of Makhdooms of Mianwali Shahbuddin s seat, while on 195 he Makhdoom. Sethi family is enjoying the luxuries of power with an extra relish. aligning himself with Rais Munir, t Qureshian. any his son, the bold and lesser mortal contesting against There was hardly any need for the family to move from Today, their house leader of Rais family who a given of them in Rahim Yar Khan isThe a family, in the past, has current Khusro decided to 8 Club Road, the official residence of the CM. › It beautiful was even more il Bakhtiar, has one always ready to settle old scores w illustrious names to national big deal. But Khusro is not an some ordinary to goassolo logical when the Sethis moved to 7 Club Road within days theyon a mission far dangerous Makhdoom Ahmed Mehmood. Also, Makhdoom Hameeduddin, man as he carries his father s politics name thanhopping, his father took up. The young found the second residence more comfortable. This house Makhdoom Nooruddin, Makhdoom Khusro must have calculated the Ara for a short period, keeps everybody amused. The Sethis always and general Punjabi vote from the Imaddudin and Makhdoom loved power and the perks that come with it even if they are for a which can go to him if the few weeks. But then you never know. The last time Najam was in Khusro has decided to challenge Rukunuddin. On the other hand, constituency family of Mustafa Mahmood, the Rais otherMunir, a close associate of Farooq Leghari s Caretaker Cabinet, he tried his › best for the care both Shahabuddin and Ahmed Punjabi biradri, makes an alliance taker government to be extended for at least two years. Mehmood s son, despite the fact that heopponent wouldof Khusro, hardly needs Another factor that would introduction. Ahmed Mehmood is Khusro. the Many wonder about the logic of posting Nasir Khosa as the son of Makhdoom Hasan Mehmood come into play is the wooing of the Finance Secretary. The gentleman is known to specialize in basically be on his own without any party and nephew of Pir Mardan Shah Gopang settlers in the constituency finance, which should have been the requirement as he will need vote bank and support. His uncle Khusro Pagara. His family has never lost thisis considering awarding to do the spadework for the upcoming budget. Also, he retires in Makhdoom Shahbuddin is the most prominent provincial Jamaldin Wali seat in their life despite assembly tickets to a few weeks, which will cause further instability in the budget› Gopangs having illustrious opponents like Rais and that would ensure the making process. But why post him here in the first place, one may elder of Makhdooms of Mianwali Shabbir and Rais Mehboob Ahmed small tribal support. ask. Maybe because of his lordship bigwig brother or maybe he However, even after counting all from Bhong. However, Khusro s was obliged by the Cabinet Secretary. It was odd that Qureshian. the Chief decision to challenge both his these uncle factors in favour of Khusro, Secretary was found calling on the daughter of the Iron Lady

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The text of interview with ANP President Asfand

armed forces. If Afghanist ethnic grounds. In that case ganized if

was of the view that presence of first time in history of the province. he second and final part ofple are supporting them by staying can hold elections in such a situa provinces are made on the linguistic people of More 450 schools were blown up in meetings is not a gauge The political ownership is than a real Amir Mateen s interview ›of silent. As T you have no right to say that elec and ethnic basis how you will keep popularity. in blasts in the province excluding thing in such wars. The operation in fandyar Wali Khan is given below:

cannot be held because there › is vi them in a unit. FATA and all these schools haveAmir: beenFormation of Hazara province Swat and Bunair succeeded because lence in Pakistan. Secondly I am do you foresee about the talk of town recently. Amir: What What is or repaired. You have › was also wit to it. As Amir: What measures should beof giving political ownership rebuilt and ANP] the prime target of › the v Afghanistan particularly in post con stance on creation of new far as FATA is concerned only › nessed Pash the road network in ›my your taken to control the terrorist activities lence and terrorism but I am › deman American withdrawal from the country; provinces contest in the country? It is toons are not residing there stituency. but there So we are going to if they are not eliminated totally? ing that elections should be held general our per said that you want what do you think will happen? and elections on basis ›of generally Asfandyar Wali: You will alsoare people from entire Pakistan why elections should not be held i I have been ›high integration of FATA with KhyberAsfandyar Wali: formance any from the world. So there is need of and we are not making agree with the fact that there is always parts of the country. that the Pakhtunkhwa [KPK] but you are lighting this fact everywhere other alliance with any other party. Let the political ownership for start a hardcore element among them › collective [Tal impression that once America orAmir: NATODo you favor role for India against the creation of Hazara which is their favorite of operation in FATA as there › people is no decide sig iban] while there are some elements Afghanistan? forces leave Afghanistan everything province. party. nificance of the stance of one or two which become emotional after hearing Asfandyar Wali: Afghanistan has would be all right and there would be We have not said Amir:How would you comment on Asfandyar Wali: political parties. speech of some Maulana. The› dia included in SAARC and SAARC i no KPK problem in the country. It been is totally FATA should be merged with the allegations of corruption that against Amir: logues can bring change in stance ofWhy government did not take not just Pakistan. SAARC includes wrong. the we have said that people of FATA Let me make it clear to ANPalso led in government of KPK ›as but Trans the emotional elements while › initiative it is dif for it when ANP was India audience of Radio Pakistan in Nepal Sri Lanka Maldives should be asked their opinion huge on the parency International in its report power? ficult to bring change in stance of the now ISAF Afghanistan also. Why we shoul front of you that so long as the issue. If they want a separate province claimed that the province faced worst Asfandyar Wali: We did it in our hardcore elements. if India constructs a road and Afghanistan all object the three or annexation with KPK it is Pakistan up to corruption? Amir: Previously you were ofprovince. the in Afghanistan. If Afghan do not evolve an acceptable › hospital for both Wali:We challenged them we have no objection on forces Amir:But you were in power› in Asfandyar cen view that dialogues cannot be initiated that why China is constructin mula right and concrete exit says policy options. As for Hazara province is the report. The international the agencies tre also and ANP was also responsible with them [Taliban]? Gwadar Port would Islamabad give there of concerned Haz will be no change in situation work in a strange way. This report was the movement for› the for it. Asfandyar Wali: No we held talks this right to Kabul to object to C Afghanistan and the region. Departure ara province started after the NWFP released at a time when there were Wali: We discussed the with them for the first time inAsfandyar Swat roleNATO in construction of Gwadar Por of International forces of ISAF was renamed as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. talks about formation of Hazara issue with everyone. Unfortunately and Dir. I have stated earlier and we object to the things for and they US after 2014 will create › Wea should vac If they hate KPK to that extent The Transparency ›Interna some wants still believe that talks should be people held say as to why ANP province. which of we ourselves are ready to Like me you are also student should not forget the demographic › uum. di tional conducted 98 percent interviews to the make others target of the terrorists with the elements which accept accept is others’ objection or we are history and know better that vacuum vision includes from So areas The of the Hazara region. It when itof is facing threats itself. it of is Hazara Division. writ of the state and the supremacy ready give the same right to ot always filled by extremists not by to the Haripur district that consists of Ghazi agency He [TTP spokesman] has kept me at lowest in› popular the Constitution. The people the who mindset. are make such demands to moderates. The vacuum created We by should the and Srikot itythe ratings. When I questioned about it areas which are Pashtoon recently said that democracy › is tar asking the Pashtoons to surrender others that departure of international forces will be we are ready to fulfil dominated areas. Abbottabad is 100 they responded that the ratings have getthe as it is the system of› non›believ their weapons are not aware of they There make the same demand from us. been released popular Hindko speaking while filled by the extremist elements. ers.possi So the political leaders who claim on the basis ›of percent psyche of Pashtoons. This is › not I admit that I had strongly argued is need that this aspect should be kept Mansehra Bafa and Ugi are Pushto ity in Punjab. They should instead that they are democratic people ble. The torture should be condemned Afghanistan should be made a in view. speaking is my rating in areas of Mardan or areas. Toorghar district should at least gather at one check platform. and we are prepared to talk if they are such aof SAARC. Now it is member fully Pushto speaking area ›and Amir: Bata There is possibility ofmember Similarly what will be the Why action is not being Peshawar. taken ready for it but if you do notAmir: condemn of SAARC situation as civil war continued after but the platform of SAARC gram is also 100 percent Pushto ratings of Baloch leader we are quite aware about popularity their torture and you do not accept when the writ not being Geneva Accord. The ideal situation is used according to its area. They hate Akhtar Mengal in Hafizabad ›or speaking Ha (Taliban) ideas regarding democracy? of the government the Constitution capacity. If durable peace in that all the three forces you to the extent that they roonabad? As far as allegations › Pakhtunkhwa of cor Asfandyar The operation is and rule of law then there will be need Wali: Afghanistan is the objective then mentioned should devise a have stood are it is the against its name and › ruption agen are concerned I think of exhausting other options. underway in Orakzai and Khyber just India and Pakistan but Iran a comprehensive exit policy but do you demanding easiest job to hurl accusations against separate province. What Amir:You are of the view that › cies. Pash other bordering countries should a in would happen to the Pashtoons see in such a possibility particularly Amir:But it is without political › others. own toons never surrender their weapons. be involved and entire region shou the current situation? is Amir: Whether ANP has not ›re these areas if the Hazara province ership in an isolated way. Is there any way to end the use of be taken on board. Wali: I am saddened by the duced itself to some pockets created as NAP out from KPK? Secondly Asfandyar Asfandyar Wali: All the major › po IEDs and suicide jackets to eliminate Amir: It the role of media as it has started a depends on the relations has provided provision for under of Wali Khan › constitution was giv litical entities are responsible to leadership give the unending violence? between Pakistan and India but th campaign against politicians and making a province. They may make a ing a national look. the ownership. Asfandyar Wali: It is unfortunate no significant improvement in politicians themselves do not was spare province by following the constitutional Asfandyar Wali: After dissolution Amir: that everyone condemns the ›drone at You have been chairman of relations of Pakistan and India du any opportunity of defaming each procedure if they can. The Constitution NAP there was a gulf of differences Standing policy tacks. ANP was the first party which Committee on foreign of pastcountry five years. Issue of awarding other. the provision and out of › the con The intelligentsia of the of provinces and has naturally in the it interests is entered in Bajaur Agency of FATA by National Assembly but in status isonly defaming the politicians and the of Most Favored Nation (MFN stitution if some every as political party deviated from its it is only possible stated that you remained inactive taking a procession against the drone India remained bone of contenti of the country. On to the other in Musharraf takes over to parliament make it line. I am lucky as ANP won seats kind and of mobilization on your part attacks in spite of tear›gas any firing during the last five years. You we other hand next parliament will have three federating units of the possible. country in was missing. baton›charge. No one can contradict the part of ruling alliance. to in discuss the exit policy of also foreign Amir: This issue is prevailing all Wali:I was attacked2008 elections. me in this regard. You condemn Asfandyar drone play any proactive role in this re troops the provinces as there is demand of from Afghanistan. If we Amir:my But my question is specifically andare later attacks as you think that ›they vio they [terrorists] chased Asfandyar Wali: I played an devalue our politicians and provinces in Punjab; issue is ourselves very Punjab. sonpeople who was going to college. › about A vehi lation of airspace and innocent role it. I raised this q theis parliament on what moral important basis Asfandyar cle with it 150 kilogram of explosive was Wali:ANP holds big much present in Sindh and there are killed in them. Yes I agree before Manmohan Singh as to why and demand and standing the same parliament meetings in Punjab also. I want to of separating Pashtoon and seized but question arises whether the land in this connection. Afterwards returns to zero whenever the political leadership will situation hold talks quote an incident when I was Baloch belts in Balochistan. What I suffered a serious heart attack. boundaries are sacred for us or not. bothare the countries Pakistan and I with ISAF and Afghanistan. There be the formula or principle addressing a Bar in Punjab. I should was Amir:are I was aware of your illness Amazingly most of our politicians start some ground realities we have to moving in a positive directi regarding formation of new provinces asked to deliver speech in English. but why not ready to condemn the violation of illness was kept secret. non›state actors carry out such as the which would be acceptable and accept. viable Afghanistan is a reality Asfandyar Wali: It was known toWhen I started my speech a lawyer our land boundaries when rogue › ele activities which take all the eff Britishers say ’You can’t wish it away’ it all the provinces? was sitting before me was for saying all and I even called back my who family ments from Arab world and also Tajiks zero level and both the countries is very much there. If Hazara province to his colleague amazingly thatAsfandyar Wali: fromonly abroad as my son was studying are staying at our land. So why back to the beginning. I had urged Amir: you think that Taliban is created on the excuse that KPK isDo for Asfandyar Wali also knows English. So abroad and his mother was with him. drone attacks are condemned and Manmohan Singh that both the should future and people of Hazara are be part and parcel of the I want to say that there is a Pashtoons perception Amir:is Arenot you leaving some model presence of foreigners at our soil countries should not take such setup in Afghanistan? notthat Pashtoons then there are Saraiki [in Punjab] regarding Pashtoons good governance in KPK? condemned. You have to see if of a drone incidents as obstacles but as irr Asfandyar Wali:Definitely they speaking and Balochi speaking people they are ignorant. There is an issue of Asfandyar There were only attack kills more innocent people or a Wali: Amir:In should be part of the future setup. If the a end I would like to in Punjab also. finding good candidates in the six universities in the province up to suicide attack kills more people. The you in KPK the contest usuall ’Talib’ to that become Amir:I think no one at masses level says that he is ready elections as you cannot find good 2008 while ANP led government in the drone attack should be condemned to the be among two or three the part of political process happened I will be vote› to the formation of new province › candidates more uni if you do not have objects and the collateral damage of › these at has established five parties but now Pakistan Tehrik›e› first person to welcome him. Several in Punjab only the outgoing bankwere in a certain area. It is province matter of versities in the province. There tacks should be condemned but there ismedia very ask much there. Do you think government to the in print and electronic fact while that every constituency in Pakistan in Punjab objected people only 46 is need of condemning the presence of colleges in the province make any difference in the me if election is possible in will prevailing move. winning candidates. Nearly 65›70 the government established 46 has more foreigners at our land. dynamics situation of violence. I reply to that of it KPK is politics? Wali: Let me complete. a There were only three › result col of election depends uponAsfandyar Amir: In fact differences› ofcolleges. politi matter of fact that there› areAsfandyar no struc Wali:To predict or If we talk about Sindh urban aareas candidate while 30›35 percent in my constituency before 2008 cians did not suggest a clear leges way for assess as to which party will win turedare political entities in Afghanistan depends on a political party. are So Urdu we speaking and rural areas the government has established action against the terrorists while but there while Pakistan has well structured › many seats polit is a very difficult ana divided in Sindhi and Baloch people. If have two not been able to find proper more new colleges including was unity among people for an four action is almost ical entities Afghanistan ›is and facing prob impossible in Pakist provinces are formed on that principle candidates in Punjab. Afrasiab and colleges against the terrorists after death of for women as only education PTI is facing a political entity. It has lem of civil war while Pakistan then we should decide that a new other leaders of the party visited can pave way for progress of a nation. ANP leader Bashir Ahmad Bilour. do no politics in Pakistan. It has en only terrorism; Afghanistan› has or demarcation of all the provinces Khushab that A Mother and Child hospital has been recently and they said Asfandyar Wali: Very few people in or politics of KPK. It is all righ ganized army while Pakistan› has shouldbut be I made on linguistic and theythe addressed big public rallies established outside Peshawar for support them [Taliban] but› lot of peo

SUNDAY, APRIL 14, 2013

PML-Q names 19 provincial candidates FBR issues conflicting tax data about Fazl KARACHI: Federal Board of Revenue has posted conflicting data regarding tax details of former National Assembly member and Jamiat Ulem-e-Islam-F Fazlur Rahman. The efficiency of the FBR could be gauged from the fact that according to its fact sheet posted on the Election Commission of Pakistan’s website Fazlur Rahman paid taxes worth Rs 21,207 in the year 2010, Rs 41,962 in 2011 and Rs 44,533 in 2012 from NA24, a private TV channel reported. Contrary to this, details posted about him from NA-25 reveals that the JUI-F chief paid tax worth Rs 27,208 in the year 2010, Rs 46,832 in 2011 and Rs 57,064 in 2012. The contradiction in just one single account has raised eye brows of many, who are now questioning the transparency and efficiency of scrutiny done by these institutions. ONLINE

LAHORE: The Pakistan Muslim League-Q has announced its 19 candidates for the provincial assembly after the seat adjustment with the Pakistan People’s Party. Addressing a press conference on Saturday, former deputy prime minister Ch Parvez Elahi said that the PML-Q would announce candidates from other

constituencies soon. He said that Asad Hafeez would contest elections from PP-129 Sialkot, Azeem Noori Ghuaman from PP-131, Bao Mohammad Rizwan from NA-128, Bilal Mustafa Shirazi from PP-127 and Sardar Waqas Hasan Mokal from PP-180. He also announced that Rao Zahid Qayyum from PP-181, Pir

Mukhtar Ahmed from PP-182 Kasur, Sardar Asif Nakai from PP183 Kasur and Mohammad Mumtaz Khalid would contest elections from PP-184 Kasur. Malik Sarfraz Bhatti would contest election from PP-185, Dr Azhar Mehmood from PP-186, Pir Ghulam Mohiuddin from PP-189 Okara, Dr Shaharyar Mokal from

PP-192, Ahmed Shah Khaga from PP-229 Pakpatan, Rana Ghulam Qadir from PP-231 and Bilal Mustafa Gardezi from PP-272. Ch Riaz would contest elections from PP-274, Ch Ahsanul Haq from PP-275 and Dr Mohammad Afzal Khan from PP-276. The names of other candidates would be announced soon. ONLINE

Memon calls Sheerazi brothers blackmailers KARACHI: Pakistan People’s Party leader and former Sindh minister Sharjeel Memon on Saturday called Sheerazi brothers as turncoats, saying they would be wiped out in the general election. Talking to media here, he said that both Ayaz Sheerazi and Shah Hussain Sheerazi would be defeated in Thatta, accusing them of blackmailing various governments. Earlier this week, Sheerazi brothers announced their decision to quit the PPP one month after re-joining. Memon claimed that the PPP would clean sweep from all constituencies. To question, he played down the importance of 10-party opposition alliance in the province and said that the People’s Party would remain in hearts of the common people. ONLINE

KARACHI: Mohajir Qaumi Movement Chairman Afaq Ahmad addressing a press conference at his residence. ONLINE

Eunuchs protest against a policeman LAHORE: The police arrested a fellow policeman for allegedly harassing eunuchs at a wedding dance party in Gulberg. The eunuchs on Saturday protested outside the police station at Ghalib Market and shouted slogans against the police. They alleged that they had attended a dance party at a wedding ceremony and a drunken policeman harassed and assaulted them during their dance performance. On the complaint of the eunuchs, the police arrested the accused. The investigation officer said that investigations were being carried out and the criminal would be brought to book according to the law. ONLINE

TDAP visa condition on exporters opposed ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Association of Automotive Parts & Accessories Manufacturers, opposing TDAP’s restrictions on local exporters who applied for exhibiting at a US Auto Fair, has sought authority’s support for participation of local auto engineering companies in the show. PAAPAM Chairman Munir Bana and vice chairman Usman Malik expressed disappointment over poor performance and lack of support from the TDAP is only considering companies that have a valid visa for the US.ONLINE

LAHORE: A visitor looks at drawings during 7th Toyota Dream Car Art Contest. ONLINE

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso chairing a meeting to review projects initiated by Ministry of Communication, at P M House on Saturday. ONLINE

PCP urges for impartial media role during elections ISLAMABAD: Free, impartial and responsible media reporting should be ensured during the upcoming elections to create awareness, disseminate information of actual circumstances and build opinion among masses for selecting suitable representatives of the parliament. These views were expressed by the participants in a seminar on democracy and ethical reporting of elections, organised by the Press Council of Pakistan on Saturday. The seminar was participated by senior journalists, anchor persons, reporters, civil society representatives and officials of election monitoring organisations. Speaking on the occasion, PCP Chairman Raja Shafqat Abbasi said the next elections would be quite important for the future of the country and media has to play a pivotal role in this regard. He said ethical code of reporting should be strictly followed by the media practitioners. He said besides reporters it is time to involve desk staff, senior editors and policy board of media organisations to prepare a concrete strategy for reporting elections. “Code of ethics should be strictly followed while reporting elections so that the clear picture would be unveiled to common people who have the right to get up to date knowledge of current circumstances in the country”, he stated. ONLINE


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Bar Council has expressed its concern in respect of hearing and disposal of appeals by the election tribunals due to very limited time given in the election schedule, especially in respect of cases transferred from one tribunal to another. In a letter to Chief Election Commissioner Fakharuddin G Ibrahim, the Pakistan Bar Council has demanded the Election Commission of Pakistan for extension of time at least for some more days, for hearing and disposal of appeals by the election tribunals especially in transfer cases, sources told The Spokesman. The Pakistan Bar Council said that valuable rights of contestants in general elections may not be hampered; otherwise there is irreparable loss to contestants for being deprived of their fundamental right to contest elections. Pakistan Bar Council has demanded this in view of numerous difficulties and hardships being faced by the candidates, so it is necessary to give sufficient time to defend their candidature which is constitutionally people’s right and their future representatives in the National Assembly and provincial assemblies given by the constitution.

Anti-measles campaign in Punjab from June 

Minister says negligence in routine immunization coverage is major cause of spreading measles

LAHORE: Punjab Minister for Health Salima Hashmi has said that negligence in routine immunization coverage is the major cause of spreading measles. She said strict measures are being taken to remove the loopholes of the immunization coverage. She expressed these views while talking to media after inaugurating computerized token system for the convenient of the patients at the Govt Shahdra Hospital on Saturday. Health Secretary Arif Nadeem, MS Dr Abid Kareem, Project Director Dr Ijaz Ahmed Sheikh and other senior doctors were also present on this occasion. Salima said that the Health Department as well as the government was taking every step to control the measles menace. She said that free treatment facilities were being extended to the measles affected children in the hospitals. She disclosed that the Punjab government was planning to launch a mass anti-measles campaign throughout the province in the month of June on which Rs 3.5 billion would be spent. Salima said that she herself was a mother and she can realize the concern of the mothers regarding the health and lives of their children. She said

Four children die of measles LAHORE: Four children died of measles outbreak in the Mayo Hospital on Saturday, raising the death toll across Punjab to 40 despite free immunity vaccination from the government. According to sources, four children, aged between two to four years and identified as Aman, Malaika, Emaan and Subhan, died at the Mayo Hospital. The victims, belong to Baghbanpura, Ravi Road and Malipura localities of Lahore. The sources that great responsibilities would be the next elected government with regard to control maternal mortality rate for which the government has to plan provision of better healthcare facilities to the women and children. The minister said that malnutrition, poverty and non-availability of basic civic facilities directly affect the health of women and children. Earlier, Salima inaugurated the newly introduced computerized token system for the patients in the

Musharraf ideological ally of MQM, says Sattar 

PBC acquires more time for appeals

said that 17 children were attacked by measles during the last 24 hours, adding that from 30 up to 35 children are being admitted to hospitals every day. The Health Department has founded a special department to provide immunity vaccination against the scourge of measles. Following the latest deaths, Punjab’s death toll over measles reached 40. As many as 8350 children have been affected by the disease. ONLINE hospital. She said that computerized token system would be introduced in other public hospitals in phases. She said that this system would end favoritism in the hospitals and every patient would avail facility of medical checkup by a doctor on his turn. Salima visited different departments of the hospital. She also inquired from the women patients in OPD about the medical facilities being extended in the hospital. ONLINE

Two killed, 3 injured in Karachi

Says no electoral alliance or seat adjustment with APML

KARACHI: The Mutahida Qaumi Movement has acknowledged that former president Pervez Musharraf is their ideological ally but there is no electoral alliance or seat adjustment with his All Pakistan Muslim League. In an interview with the state-run radio‚ conducted by senior journalist Amir Matin‚ MQM Deputy Convener Dr Farooq Sattar said that Musharraf might be a dictator but he has a right to go to the people on the basis of economic performance during his tenure. Asked why MQM‚ which claims to be a democratic party‚ supports Musharraf‚ he said that the MQM has good relations and friendship with him. He said Musharraf wants a seat from Karachi but MQM was telling him that he has‚ any way‚ friends in Karachi and he should contest from some other place. To a question, he said that MQM has fielded its candidates in different parts of the country and it would give better results in urban Sindh in the coming elections. He said that the MQM does practical politics and that was why PPP leaders

including Nabeel Gabol and Fehmida Shah have joined the party. Those joining the party are convinced that they would get same respect as they got in PPP during lifetime of Benazir Bhutto. Asked whether those joining MQM were doing so because of attraction of the party or disillusionment from their own party‚ Sattar said people like Nabeel Gabol believe that it was MQM that was translating the slogan of ‘Roti‚ Kaprra aur Makan'. He said it was because of practical politics of the party that MQM flag was now seen even in Nawabshah and Jacobabad. When asked the reason behind frequent threats hurled by MQM during the last year for leaving the coalition government‚ he said they have been protesting against injustice. He said just 30 billion rupees were spent on development in urban Sindh in five years as compared to 670 billion spent in the PPP constituencies but the results were nowhere visible. He said MQM supported PPP for the sake of democratic‚ political and economic stability and to tackle challenges of terrorism and law and order. ONLINE

Rangers opening shops during search operation in Lyari. ONLINE KARACHI: At least two people were killed while three sustained injuries during firings and violent acts here on Saturday. Police sources said that 12 suspects were arrested during search operation from New Karachi area. The police also recovered a tortured body of unidentified person from Link Road in Gulshan Hadeed area and was shifted to Jinnah hospital. Another person was shot dead while

resisting robbery thefts and shifted the body was moved to Jinnah hospital that could not identified yet. In another instance, three people sustained injuries during the cross firing between two rival groups in Ghosyia area of Liyari Agra Taj colony, while police arrested 12 suspected during patrolling from Khamiso Ghoot area and recovered arms and drugs from their possession. ONLINE

‘Non-state elements behind political, democratic instability’ 

CJ says extra-constitutional interventions tainted constitutional history with successive coup d’états and dissolutions of elected governments

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has said that all institutions have to work together in order to bring harmony and peace to the country. Addressing a delegation of the PAF Air War College, Karachi, on their visit to the Supreme Court on Saturday, he said that the rule of law which is the basic trait of a democratic society can only be achieved through the collective and collaborative commitment of all national institutions.

The chief justice said that the extraconstitutional interventions tainted Pakistan’s constitutional history with successive coup d’états and dissolutions of the elected governments. Resultantly, non-state elements became active and created an atmosphere of political and democratic instability, he said. He said that there had been several instances of constitutional deviations and subversions in the history of Pakistan. “We have to ensure that rule of law and respect for fundamental rights

which are the central components of a democratic government must prevail in the country,” he said. He said the democratic governance promotes development, peace and security. He held the country was faced with challenges of terrorism, extra-judicial killings, nepotism and corruption. It is high time that all the institutions join hands in bridging institutional gaps and removing rifts in order to turn Pakistan into a true welfare state. He observed the constitution is the

supreme law of the land and all the three organs of state, i.e. the executive, legislature and the judiciary are its creation. Therefore, it is the foremost duty of these organs to work for the protection of this sacred document. The constitution has clearly defined the role and powers of every organ of state and this trichotomy of power aims at strengthening democracy by ensuring a system of checks and balances. He stated that the Supreme Court was the apex court in the judicial

hierarchy of Pakistan and was the court of ultimate jurisdiction. It is the final arbiter of disputes and the protector of constitutional norms and guarantees. The Supreme Court, in a number of judgments, has stressed the need for adherence to the constitutional norms, rule of law and due process requirements in order to establish a system of civilized governance in the country. He also said that the Pakistan Air Force was one of the best air forces of the world. He remarked that no

nation can afford to forget its heroes and the nation certainly remembers, and commemorates to this day, the services rendered by the gallant fighter pilots of the Pakistan Air Force. “We are proud of brave warriors like flight lieutenant Rashid Minhas and squadron leader MM Alam and all other fighter pilots who sacrificed their lives and secured a decisive victory during the 1965 war, especially at a time when Pakistan was faced by a better equipped enemy,” he said. ONLINE


ATTOCK: (L) A faithful Sikh changing the cover of pole. (R) A prayer leader performing rituals at Gurdwara Punja Sahib. -ONLINE/STAFF PHOTO

Besakhi celebrated Four injured as bomb targets Rind’s supporters GANDAWA: At least four people were injured in an explosion in the Gandawa area of Jhal Magsi district of Balochistan, Levis officials said. They said that a convoy of supporters of former Balochistan MPA Sardar Yar Mohammad Rind was on its way from Shoran to Gandawa when a roadside bomb exploded in the Beeburg wah area. As a result, four persons sustained injuries who were moved to Gandawa hospital. Local administration along with heavy contingent of LEAs personnel reached the site of the suspects. Further probe was underway. –AGENCIES

FC arrest two suspected criminals; seize arms QUETTA: The administration of Frontier Constabulary Balochistan has launched search operation in the area of District Kuttchi and apprehended two suspected criminals while also recovered arms, ammunition and exploded material from them. According to FC officials, the FC personnel and the deputy commissioner launched a search operation in the area and recovered seven APMs, two ATMs, one kilogramme of g explosive material, 60 meters prima card, two pistols, one 12 bore gun and four riffles from them. Later on, they shifted the suspected criminals for further interrogation. –ONLINE

Motorway Police foil smuggling bid PESHAWAR: The National Highway and Motorway Police (NH&MP) foiled a bid to smuggle heroin to Punjab while also apprehended two criminals and recovered narcotic worth of billion rupees. According to the NH&MP, the patrol police while performing duty stopped a suspected trailer and upon checking they recovered 69 kgs of heroin and 59 kgs of other narcotics, including opium from its concealed parts. –ONLINE

Anti-polio campaign in Zhob from tomorrow ZHOB: A three-day polio campaign would be launched in Zhob district of Balochistan from Monday (April 15). This was announced by Deputy Commissioner Zhob while inaugurating the anti-polio campaign in Government Primary School. To protect the children from the crippling disease, scores of more than 54,000 of below age children would be administered polio drops during these days, he said. He further claimed that all arrangements has been finalized as 138 mobile teams ,41 fixed centers, and 5 transit points have been established in this regard while foolproof security would also be provided to anti-polio workers. –ONLINE

Sherpao blasts misuse of public property I S L AM A BA D: The chief of Qaumi Watan Party (QWP), Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao has said that former MNAs had installed electricity transformers at their homes and they are using these transformers in election campaign now. He demanded of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to take notice of this misuse of public property. Sherpao expressed these views while talking to Online on Saturday. Sherpao said that Awami National Party (ANP) has ignored the people of District Swabi during last five years as candidate of ANP faced defeat from here in 2008 elections. –ONLINE

Tirah IDPs get food package

Festival ends with message of peace 


Sikh pilgrims from India for people-to-people contact


ATTOCK: The three-day Besakhi festival, one of the main religious events of Sikhism, ended at Gurdwara Panja Sahib, as the pilgrims celebrated the gathering with full zeal and enthusiasm. ‘Bhog’, the most important and last ritual of Besakhi, was performed on the last day of the festival. Caretaker Federal Minister for National Harmony and Religious Affairs Shehzada Jamal Nazar was the chief guest on the occasion. Speaking on the occasion, the caretaker minister said that the government and the nation of Pakistan were striving hard to give the minorities settled in Pakistan their legitimate rights. The minister further said the protection and consideration that was given to the sacred places of Sikhs in Pakistan had no parallel elsewhere in the world. His arrival to the special occasion in Punja Sahib confirmed that the Sikh pilgrims coming from outside the country

were their special guests and they really knew how to give the due respect and honour to the guests, Jamal said. At the end of the ceremony the chief guest of the occasion was given a special gift of Saropa (shawl). On this occasion, other speakers, including Sikh pilgrims, said that it had been nice visiting Pakistan and they felt as if they had come to their own homeland. “After coming to Pakistan they felt and realised how loving the people of this country are.” They added that the way Government of Pakistan had been taken care of the religious places of Sikhs could not be expressed in words as it was remarkable. They further said that they were returning with very unforgettable memories. Meanwhile, the Sikh pilgrims, who had come to attend the event, returned on the last day in different groups towards Lahore from where they will travel back to India. One of these Indian visitors Santosh Lachat Nagar told The Spokesman that his

father Nihal Singh was a head master in Faisalabad before the partition. The elderly woman in a very sorrowful tone said that she did not exactly remember Lyallpur (now called Faisalabad), but her father used to tell her about the stories of her village in Faisalabad and she was so upset that she could not see his father’s native town after visiting Lahore and Hassanabdal. She said it quite possible that she might not come here again and this would not have happened if the governments of both the countries had made issuance of visas easy. She added that it would have enabled her to see the home town of her forefathers. Similarly, other Sikh pilgrims proposed to the government of both the countries that the two people should come closer and mutual trust must be developed so that the people from both the sides could cross the border regularly, thus enhancing people-to-people contact.

KHYBER AGENCY: The AlKhidmat Foundation FATA with support of Lahoot Foundation distributed food packages among the Internal Displaced Persons (IDPs) of Tirah valley of Khyber Agency the other day. Speaking on the occasion, Jamaat e-Islami (JI) Khyber Agency deputy chief and a candidate for NA-46 Shah Faisal Afridi said the Al-Khidmat Foundation will extend every possible assistance to the Tirah IDPs and will never leave them in time of need. The tribesmen have been made displaced in their country because of faulty policies of the government, he accused. He further said that innocent tribesmen blood has been shedding to bag dollars from America, adding tribal are loyal to their mother land and sacrifice their lives for the sake of country. He demanded of the government to grant status of IDPs to Tirah affectees beside with Swat like IDPs package for them. Al-Khidmat Foundation FATA President Awal Gul Afridi said that since first day the foundation has initiated its aid to the Tirah IDPs by providing transportation facilities to their destinations and non-food commodities to them. He asked the philanthropists to come forward and donate for the Tirah IDPs.

No AJK CEC for the last six months 

AJK Council joint secretary did not forward summary to Pakistan PM OUR STAFF REPORTER

MIRPUR: Due to the lack of interest shown by the president and the prime minister of Azad Kashmir, no appointment has so far been fill the important slot of chief election commissioner (CEC) of the state for the last six months. The summary for the appointment of CEC sent by the AJK president has not been received by the Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Council chairman, who is the Prime Minister of Pakistan so far, as the AJK Council joint secretary did not forward the summary. And surprisingly, the AJK president could not do anything against the aforementioned joint secretary. On the other hand, Caretaking Prime Minister of Pakistan Mir Hazar Khan Khoso has ordered the quarters

concerned to send the summary for filling the post of AJK CEC to the Prime Minister’s House within two days. Despite the fact that the important slot is vacant for over six months, the joint secretary kept the summary for the last one and a half months; that is why Prime Minister Khoso has summoned him to clarify his position. It is worth noting that in spite of several requests made by the president and the prime minister of Azad Kashmir to send the appointment summary to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, no action was taken by the AJK Council joint secretary Kashmir Council. In this scenario, the Azad Kashmir government had written a letter to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, who has ordered the bureaucrat to report to him along with the summary within two days.

PML-N accuses ECP of double standards LAHORE: PML-N central leader senator Pervaiz Rashid has said that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is pursuing double standards with reference to PML-N leadership. “Directives issued by ECP for withdrawal of additional security in respect of Mian Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif are unjust and one sided. It is matter of surprise that ample security is being provided by the government to the politicians of lower rank all over the country but ECP is pursuing double standard with reference to PML-N leadership”, he said this in a statement issued here Saturday. He went on to say the level at which the security cover is needed to these two leaders need not to be explained as the responsibility rests with the state to provide protection to Nawaz Sharif being the former prime minister, head of the largest political party of the country and former chief minister. This responsibility increases manifold in the very perspective that

life bid has been committed once on the former prime minister. He warned if any incident is met by these leaders in consequence of such move by ECP then ECP, President Asif Ali Zardari and the caretaker prime minister will be directly responsible for it. He stressed that holding of fair and transparent election should be the priority of ECP rather than the security of Sharif brothers. Unfortunately it is not being done so, he added. “The ECP has failed to ensure implementation of its transfer orders in the federal departments, government of Sindh, PEMRA, NADRA, Radio Pakistan, NAB and PTV so far nor it looks serious on this account,” he alleged. –ONLINE

ATTOCK: A horse rider hits his target in a tent pegging competition. –ONLINE

PML-N’s Hameed Akbar Nawani declared ineligible 

Two of his brothers – Rasheed Akbar and Saeed Akbar - allowed to contest polls  Aqil Shah, Qaisrani also declared eligible

RAWALPINDI/PESHAWAR: An election tribunal in Rawalpindi on Saturday declared Hameed Akbar Nawani, a candidate of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) for PP-48, ineligible to contest MAY 11 general elections. The tribunal resumed hearing of petitions against nomination papers of candidates. The papers of Hameed Akbar Nawani were rejected owing to the corruption charges against him. But it accepted the papers of Rasheed Akbar Nawani and Saeed Akbar Nawani – Hameed’s brothers and PML-N candidates from NA-74 and PP-49 respectively. The tribunal dismissed the appeal against Dr Nelson Azeem. Furthermore, the tribunal accepted the papers of MQM’s Raja Ijaz Hussain for NA-55, PP-11 and PP-12,

while All Pakistan Muslim League (APML)’s Fakhra Zainab Zaida was declared eligible to contest from PP-11. On the other hand, KhyberPakhtunkhwa’s former sports minister Syed Aqil Shah and PML-N leader Mir Badshah Qaisrani‘s appeal had been accepted, entitling them to contest in the upcoming general elections. Shah was arrested on April 4 after being proven guilty of possessing a fake degree and was fined along with a one year jail sentence. He had appealed against his one year jail term sentence in the Peshawar High Court (PHC). The case was prematurely adjourned, when Shah’s counsel asked permission to produce a PHC judgment which reportedly states only the unrecognised university should be held responsible for

PTI nominee for NA-54 faces loan default charges RAWALPINDI: An election tribunal of the Lahore High Court has summoned a candidate of Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaf (PTI) from Rawalpindi on April 15 (Monday) for hiding facts of having an account in the Barclays Bank of 13.45 million rupees. A petition was filed against Syed Shahid Pervaiz Gilani, who has applied for the PTI ticket from NA-54. According to the petition, the PTI candidate, who is owner of Rawalpindi College of Commerce, is a defaulter of Punjab’s Social Security Department of Rs 400,133 for the last three years. The petition said while filing his nomination paper, Shahid Gilani did not declare his account in the Barclays Bank of Rs 13.45 million. The petition stated in his nomination papers, the PTI candidate has declared an annual income of Rs600,880 which amounts to Rs 50,000 per month approximately with an annual tax return of Rs44,088 in 2012. The candidate’s average annual income in the last three years is Rs46,038 per month. However, the petition stated the candidate has two cars leased in 2013, a Honda and a Corolla, questioning that with seven college going children, how does the candidate budget the cost of living, children's education, monthly leases of two cars and politics. The twomember tribunal comprising Justice Rauf Ahmed Sheikh and Justice Mamoonur Rashid will hear the appeal against the eligibility of PTI candidate on Monday. –ONLINE failing to meet the Higher Education Commission’s (HEC) criteria for running a university. That is why in the light of the

evidence, it was decided that Shah would not be disqualified. On the other hand, Qaisrani was alleged of holding fake degree. However, after

the election tribunal hearing, the allegation was declared null and void and he was permitted to contest the elections. –ONLINE

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SBP’s sound decision The business community and industrialists have been demanding a cut in the bank rate, as they believe that an economic boom is linked with a lower mark-up. During the last two years, the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has already brought down the policy rate from 14 percent to 9.5 percent, a reduction of 4.5 percentage points. SBP has done well to keep the policy rate of 9.5 percent for the next two months, as any further cut in the bank rate is likely to discourage savings, which are already lowest as compared with other countries in the region. Of course, interest rates are very low around the developed world; near-zero in nominal terms and negative in real terms. This is part of a deliberate policy by central banks to discourage savings and encourage borrowing/spending. It has also been seen as a way of boosting the stock market and thus creating a wealth effect for individuals, and boosting confidence of big business in developed countries. While it might make sense in the context of developed countries, lowering the policy rate further is not a good idea for Pakistan. In developed countries, the citizens get a handsome pension on retirement, and the government also pays dole to the unemployed. But in Pakistan, in the absence of such plans, people have to save for old age or stormy day. But they would have little incentive to save if the interest is very low; or if inflation rises much faster than the interest one earns on his savings. This forces the potential savers to turn to other riskier alternatives i.e. stocks, bonds, or funds. In the late 1990s, when the interest rate was low, people had started investing in shares of companies listed on the stock exchange. Since they were not shrewd investors, they became victims of the big investors’ manipulations. During the last one and half decade, our economic managers envisaged that economy be driven by consumption rather than investment; and SBP had started reducing the policy rate in the late 1990s. Since 1998 commercial banks reduced interest on “term deposit accounts” and brought it down to 4 percent from 9 percent over a period of four years. Borrowers whether industrialists, businessmen, credit card holders or those availing auto-financing facilities paid 9 percent against earlier rate of 20 percent per annum. Former Governor State Bank of Pakistan Dr. Ishrat Hussain was the architect of this policy and he believed that there would be compulsory savings from regular installment payments on account of loans given to consumers. But credit expansion through credit cards and injudicious extending of loans amounts to “creating money”. And in economic terms “when a lot of money chases a few goods”, the result is inflation that erodes the incomes of the fixed income groups. On the other hand, inflation fattens feudal lords and industrial robber barons due to ever-rising prices. The experience indicates that the thesis of consumption as the engine of growth does not hold good in a developing country like Pakistan. And promoting consumption through incentives of lower rate of interest in a country with very low rate of savings and investment is not desirable.

The dying giant of traditional politics ASHRAF TAHIR In the rural heartland of Talagang, village Dhurnal possibly represents a typical conservative society. Violence is rampant here, especially involving age-old family enmities, and there is regular news of women being killed for “honour”. The local folklore takes pride in the killing spree of a famous Ayub-era Robin Hood character named Mohammed Khan. In this day and age, women cannot vote, which effectively reduces the voting population to 4 600, the total number of male voters. Till 2005, a local Malik cum transporter, Malik Toha, swept all elections since the early 1980s (local bodies of 1982, National Assembly 1985, ‘88, ‘90, ‘93, ‘97 and 2002). Only in the local elections in 2005 and then in 2007, did he face defeat at the hands of the resurgent middle class families. In a male-only electorate of 4 600, where he used to get over 3000 votes, he now draws less than a 1000 votes. There is a deeper change affecting his village and there seems to be a shift in the fear people felt of him. In the more liberated mood of the village, the youth now intend to vote for the PTI, although the local PTI representative has not yet reached Dhurnal village for political campaigning. There is no denying that kinship and patronage play a fundamental role in rural Pakistan, but in the last ten years, there seems to be a slow but sure change in patterns. Many small towns and villages along the main roads now enjoy connectivity, college education has expanded to a sizable chunk of the youth and low cost private schooling in Punjab is providing education to half of the total enrolled students, providing employment to a large number of female teachers. All of these social, economic and cultural factors and the emergence of a youth-based platform have created a space which was not there in previous elections. These changing times have started making old political leaders outdated in their appeal and message. In Chakwal alone, a dozen or so political stalwarts seem to have lost all options just because no political party considered them worthy of

Undoubtedly, kinship and patronage play a fundamental role in rural Pakistan, but in the last ten years, there seems to be a slow but sure change. The elections might not fit the cast prepared by the traditional power players and media pundits who echo their vested interests representing them in these times. Sardar Gulam Abbas, a local influential l had known and a popular figure, joined the PTI but instantly noted a very different youth- based culture in the party, quite contrary to his tastes. He was lured away by PML-N and was left in the wilderness. PTI also did not show much interest in taking him back under the pretext that they considered it against party’s discipline to be negotiating with other political parties when he held the senior and responsible post in the party strategy committee. And it is not just Abbas. In Chakwal, Malik Salim Iqbal, Faiz Tamman, Majeed Malik and many other independents no longer seem relevant at all.

ideologues and workers weakens the parties but strengthens their leaders who like to develop their personal styles of rule and consider the party their family property. Although the ECP did put a stipulation of intra party elections, this was a done as a token by some parties and did not mean a more democratic order rose to the top in mainstream parties. There is enough experience to be gleaned from the past with organisations of the left, right and centre contesting for the people’s attention. Even in civil society, there is over thirty years’ of development work at the community level. More recently, we have gone through two rounds of successful local bodies’ elections at

So why does the collective national experience not inform the policy and the politicking of the major parties? Why are parties bent on repeating the same formula of awarding tickets to local influentials and the unpopular landed elite? The moot question for this election is whether this new undercurrent will be strong enough to uproot traditional politics led by the landed elite. It is quite probable that things are changing and political parties across the ideological landscape need to mend their ways too. True, the PTI has brought a youth-based participatory politics to the small towns but unless the PML-N, the PPP, and to a smaller extent the JUI, do not stop recruiting the rich into their parties, the role and influence of the party workers will not become relevant to the electorate. If workers within a party are weak and ineffectual this will eventually be reflected in the party. In the short term, the disempowerment of the party’s

the grassroots level. So why does this collective experience not inform the policy and the politicking of the major parties? Why are parties bent on repeating the same formula of awarding tickets to local influentials and the unpopular landed elite? The media in Pakistan is partially to blame for this state of affairs and strengthening the traditional politics in the country. The media pundits have not kept abreast with significant changes in society and continue to harp upon a discourse steeped in an outdated framework that they are familiar with. Their understanding of electoral politics boils down to information coming from their sources in the wellentrenched power elite and voter breakdowns and predictions based

on earlier elections. They mirror the jor tor calculus informing the leadership of entrenched political parties, and actually reinforce the hold of traditional power players by doing so. They are either illinformed or lazy when it comes to understanding new trends and factoring in the collective experience of the public in recent years, whether it is the Rule of Law movement or the popular response to national disasters. They treat the electorate as a lifeless mass of loyal voters with no capacity to learn or grow. Another factor not well studied is the role of educated women voters. Unlike the 1990s, Pakistan has seen a great expansion of private universities and colleges. Gone are the days when Punjab had less than ten universities in all. Now Islamabad-Rawalpindi alone has over 30 universities with very large enrolment (the International Islamic University, Islamabd has 28000 students). More than half of these students are girls, with an open and liberal outlook and political orientation. If recent political rallies are any guide, it is quite likely that they will vote too and in a manner different from their moms, who did not have a college education and were mostly restricted to their house, toeing the political line of their husband. Sitting with my young cousins who are all less than 30 years of age and planning on collectively voting for the PTI, I heard them talk about what fun election day would be. ‘I will vote for PTI, photograph it on my cell and upload it on Facebook immediately, since this is my first time at the polls!’ said one of them enthusiastically. The coming elections might not fit the cast prepared by the traditional power players and media pundits who echo their vested interests. Their outdated analyses and calculations in the air are likely to be swept away by the winds of change blowing across the land. ASHRAF TAHIR WRITES ON SOCIAL POLICY ISSUES

Sectarianism and the new Egypt RANNIE AMIRI It was former Egyptian President Husni Mubarak who famously said during a 2006 interview with Al-Arabiya television, ‘Shiites are 65 percent of the Iraqis… most of the Shiites are loyal to Iran, and not to the countries they are living in’. Mubarak, worried over the influx of Iraqi Shia fleeing sectarian persecution in the aftermath of the 2003 war, co-opted scholars of Cairo’s prestigious Al-Azhar University to counter the perceived threat. As the Egyptian daily AlMusry Al-Yaum reported in its July 2008 headline, “Ministry of Interior Calls Scholars to Train State Security Investigation Officers on Combating the Shiite Ideology.” Dr. Mohammed Abdel-Moneim al-Barri, professor of Islamic Culture, revealed that the Interior Ministry asked him and other scholars at Al-Azhar to lecture security officers on how to oppose the feared “spread” of Shiism. He was complicit with the designs of the regime, in effect, by instructing personnel at the notorious Mazra’a Tora prison where political detainees were jailed and tortured. Al-Barri was apparently ignorant of the landmark 1959 fatwa by Al-Azhar head Mahmoud Shaltoot which affirmed the Jaafari (Shia) school to be as religiously correct as any of the Sunni schools. After the revolution deposed Mubarak, hopes were raised for a thaw in the chilly - if not icecold - relations between Egypt and Iran. The visit by newly-elected President Muhammad

Whither democracy Applauding the mere completion of parliament’s tenure is a simplistic view on the feudal-dynastic democracy in Pakistan. Nero must have surely authored such a Dyslexic and dysfunctional strain of democracy. Pakistani brand of a sham democracy not only facilitated shameless loot and plunder of the

Capitulating to the extremist, sectarian, bigoted policies of Salafist parties will only further alienate Mursi from the historically open, tolerant Egyptian people and inevitably herald his downfall Mursi to Tehran in August 2012 as part of the Non-Aligned Movement summit was the first by an Egyptian leader since diplomatic relations were severed after the Islamic Revolution and Egypt’s recognition of Israel. Unfortunately, Mursi and his Muslim Brotherhood failed to capitalise on their election victory at home and have become increasingly estranged from the electorate. The clampdown on free speech, allowing Al-Azhar clerics to vet proposed laws, circumventing the judiciary and overly close relations between the Brotherhood and their Gulf patron, Qatar, are some of the many reasons. Squandering golden opportunities for real and meaningful reform after decades of corruption caused any goodwill Mursi may have had to quickly fade. As a consequence, he has been forced to rely on an ever-narrowing base of support. Witness the rise of the Salafis. This is ironic, considering the contempt Salafis have for both the Muslim Brotherhood and Al-Azhar. It too is reflective of the posture held by their Gulf patron, Saudi Arabia, and the rivalry between the House of Saud (global sponsors of Salafi movements) and Qatar (global sponsors of the Muslim Brotherhood, with the exception of Syria). Capitalising on their new-found standing and small-yetgrowing numbers (capturing a surprising 25

country but also allowed power to an overwhelming majority of the parliamentarians who turned out to possess false academic qualifications, tax evaders, bank loan defaulters, dual nationality holders and thoroughly corrupt in nature. To crow about completing the number of days is absolutely absurd when the state has been driven towards an economic meltdown and abject anarchy. Again, for the record, it is not the first time that parliament has completed its five-year term. It was under Musharraf that an elected parliament completed its tenure (2003-08) for the first time. MOHAMMAD HAMZA KARACHI

TB spreading like fire Tuberculosis is once again spreading like wild fire throughout the world. Nine million people a

percent of the vote in the 2011 parliamentary elections) their influence is now unmistakable. As Mubarak manipulated Al-Azhar for his purposes, the Salafis have been given the opportunity to do similarly. As the Washington Post reported in December 2012: Al-Azhar leaders say they didn’t want the role [to pass judgment on the religious merits of national laws] but were pressured to accept it by adherents to a puritanical, Saudi-influenced school of Islam known as Salafism, whose clout has surged in Egypt’s newly democratic era. ‘The Salafis want to make Azhar a part of the political system, which we are against’, said Abdel Dayem-Nossair, an adviser to al-Azhar’s grand sheikh and a member of the assembly that wrote the new constitution. ‘We don’t like to put the law in terms of a religious dogma that says “this is right” or “this is wrong”.’ Songs have been banned and media personalities threatened at their behest. Mursi’s overtures toward Iran, tepid as they may be, enraged Salafi parties who harbour visceral antiShia and anti-Iranian sentiment. With diplomatic channels opening and ties warming, Iranians have expressed a desire to visit Egypt, a nation desperate for renewed revenue from the devastated tourism sector, the lifeblood of the economy. Tourism Minister Hesham Zaazou told Al-Sharq Al-Awsat that

year contract the airborne bug, while a further two million die from it. One quarter of HIV/Aids fatalities actually die from TB. The disease mainly impacts the Third World, with Asia, in particular China and India, having the most cases. However, it is Africa where the death toll is highest. The most alarming feature of this disease is the emergence of a drug-resistant strain of TB. TB is a chronic or acute contagious disease caused by a bacterial infection. A rise in “virtually untreatable” tuberculosis poses a dire global threat. The case of drug-resistant TB are exponentially rising, while many first choice anti-biotics are no longer effective against several strains of the Tuberculosis bacterium. Today an even more aggressive strain of TB, called extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis, which is resistant to even more types of anti-biotic has been detected across 84 countries.

Iranian tourists were indeed welcome - but only in certain sites and cities. They would be prohibited from visiting Cairo and its mosques however, and permitted only to travel to Luxor, Aswan, Abu Simbel and the Red Sea resort of Sharm al-Sheikh. A group of 50 Iranians made the first journey to these destinations. These restrictions did not placate the Salafis, however. Vice president of the Salafi Dawah, Yasser al-Borhami, called for an outright ban on contact with Shia Muslims or Iranians. ‘The Salafi Dawah has decided to counter the Shia tide in Egypt’, he said. The movement plans on holding seminars to educate Egyptians on the “danger of Shias” and has expressed their extreme displeasure with Mursi for ignoring their call to prevent any Shia or Iranian from setting foot on Egyptian soil. Waleed Ismail, leader of the Coalition for the Defense of the Prophet’s Companions and Household remarked, ‘The Friday after next, we will protest outside the [Muslim Brotherhood’s] Guidance Bureau in Moqattam to send a message to President Mursi that we do not want Iranian tourism in Egypt, and that we shall never accept his rule so long as he seeks to … turn Egypt into another Syria or Iraq’. Small protests have already erupted with the disturbing sectarian chants of “Egypt is Sunni,”

The danger posed by growing resistance to anti-biotic is as big a risk as terrorism or nuclear war. The global epidemic is growing and becoming more dangerous. FAROOK ARAIE LAHORE

A massive loss Sir Robert Edwards, who passed away on Wednesday, will always be remembered worldwide for his pioneering work on in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment, which has helped millions of couples have children all over the world. His groundbreaking research enabled the birth of the first IVF baby, Lois Brown, in 1978 — also called “first test tube baby”. For millions of couples,who had lost all hopes to start a family, Edwards’ path breaking research, along with that of his colleague Patrick

and, “No Shiites in Egypt”. The religious underpinnings of these beliefs are beyond the scope of this article. Of more significance are the implications they hold for the Muslim Brotherhood, who have acquiesced to demands of groups like the Nour Party and the Salafi Dawah. Lamentably, the Brotherhood has adopted a similar tone. Essam El-Erian, vice chairman of the Brotherhood-affiliated Freedom and Justice Party echoed, ‘Egypt of Al-Azhar, Al-Awkaf [religious endowments], Salafists, Muslim Brotherhood and Sufis will preserve Sunni Egypt…’. The Coptic Christian minority has also voiced alarm over recent developments affecting their community and the level of discourse. Under intense pressure and despite an economy in shambles, Minister Zaazou announced this week the suspension of all incoming flights from Iran pending reconsideration of the tourist program. Capitulating to the extremist, sectarian, bigoted policies of Salafist parties will only further alienate Mursi from the historically open, tolerant Egyptian people and inevitably herald his downfall. This is the unfortunate state of the new Egypt. Or … is it the old?

Steptoe, brought happiness and joy. Today IVF treatment is used worldwide and has successfully resulted in more than five million babies. Bob Edwards was a Nobel laureate, who was honoured with this prestigious award in medicines in 2010 for research that triggered significant advances in infertility treatment. He was always motivated by his belief, that “the most important thing in life is having a child.” People will always remember this visionary scientist for his effort to successfully change the lives of millions of people around the world. His death is a great loss to us all. We all hope that his legacy will live on with all the IVF work being carried out throughout the world and which will be further improved. SARAH ALI ISLAMABAD


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Malik saga - thriller all the way Wow. What an article. And what comments. "Great work Amir Mateen", as if you have said something we did not already know. We are in the habit of being amazed at reading something we all knew but wanted somebody else to say or do something about it. So what do we do after reading this? "Well done Amir Mateen" and go back to our stinking lives? Long Live Pakistan. SHERO ISLAMABAD

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RememberingLangah Taj Langah, passed away recently but will be remembered for his uprightness and for his support of Seraiki sub-nationalism decided to establish a political front for Seraiki Identity and defend the national rights of Seraiki people. Taj Langah, along with Riaz Hashmi, an advocate, and others established the Seraiki Sobah Mahaz and helped bring the discrimination against AAMIR HUSSAINI southern Punjab and the question of a Seraiki province to the limelight. I was in Lahore last week when a During that period of military friend informed me that the dictatorship, although Taj President of Pakistan Seraiki Party, Muhammad Langah was not part of Taj Muhammad Langah, had passed away. That was sad and very shocking the Movement for the Restoration of news to me but I could not attend his Democracy, he never extended his support to General Zia and seconded namaz-e-janaza in Lahore where I the stance of the democratic alliance had gone for my medical check-up. on dictatorship. In 1989,Taj I met Taj Muhammad Langah for Muhammad Langah, along with the first time after a seminar held in other comrades, founded the Pakistan Lahore on the Seraiki national Seraiki Party and from that day until question where I had raised many his last breath, he played a crucial role questions. When I wanted to speak in promoting the Seraiki cause in the about the national question in the region. context of Marxist philosophy, Taj His entire life was devoted to the Muhammad Langah stopped me Seraiki cause. He was a democratic from saying anything and said, ‘I am and non violent politician and never the teacher of many Marxists. Don't guided his party members and teach me’. supporters toward militancy. I admit that my first interaction Although I have many reservations with Taj Langah was not very pleasant. Only later, after I studied his on his puritanical position and nationalist ideas on the question of role in Pakistani politics and his sub-nationalities and the Seraiki honesty and commitment to province (since I always linked the principled politics came to my national question to the class knowledge, that I felt much respect question), I admit that I learnt a lot for him in my heart. about the issue from him. Taj Muhammad Langah was a During General Musharaf’s young student in England where he dictatorship, his party joined the was exposed to Marxian politics so popular at the time all over the world. Alliance for the Restoration of Democracy (ARD). He and his party After he returned home, he joined workers were never tempted to join Shaikh Rasheed’s group and got the APDM which was a ploy to involved in leftist politics and mass disintegrate the democratic resistance campaigning. He participated in the and in this way they saved themselves founding meeting of the Pakistan People’s Party and won the confidence from falling into the well of darkness. He was a regular reader of my of the founding chairman of the party, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. Later, in 1970, he columns published in daily Khabarain from Multan, and contested election for the national encouraged me a lot. I met him at the assembly against former chief minister of Punjab, Mumtaz Dultana, residence of a friend where a reception had been organised for a and got a large number of votes but member of the Scottish parliament. lost to Daultana due to an Taj Langah seemed very hopeful of arrangement with Bhutto. the turn of events and the issue of Taj Mohammed Langah was never southern Punjab. He was expecting given a party ticket again by the the approval of the bill for the new Pakistan People’s Party. He did not lose heart and continued working for province in the National Assembly but I had expressed my reservations the party. He refused an offer to join and my suspicion about the the Muslim League when Ghulam intentions of the leaders of the PPP. Mustafa Khar was chief organiser The last time I saw him was at a sitand Hanif Ramay was deputy chief in at Nawan Shehar Square in Multan organiser. where he made an emotional and It was in 1974 when Bhutto very radical speech. He warned those opened the gates of the Party to political and other forces who were feudal and capitalist classes that opposing the Seraiki soobah and middle class candidates and those from the working classes had to give asked the youth to launch a movement for direct action. But later, way to them. It was then that leftleaning members began leaving the he revived his non-violent tone and rejected militancy. party. Khursheed Hasan Mir from Taj Muhammad Langah was a great Rawalpindi was the first senior and nationalist activist who served the well known member to do so. He people of the Seraiki region to his last founded his own Awami Jamhori breath. He never changed his line or Party (People’s Democratic Party Pakistan) and invited Taj Langah to his tactics to benefit himself or his party, thus resisting the opportunism join him, which he did. Later, he that was introduced by General Zia ul was nominated the first deputy Haq to politics. He remained a general secretary of the Awami principled politician who always Jamhoori Party. spent money and did not make When General Zia took over the money through politics. His home country and sacked the government was reserved for party activities and of Pakistan People’s Party, was a second home to the party imprisoning Bhutto and after a two workers. year trial hanging him, the Awami I would like to end by saying that Jamhoori Party disbanded and most Taj Muhammad Langah was a very workers returned to the PPP. But Taj important chapter in the politics of Muhammad Langah was not one of Pakistan and that chapter has now them. In that period, there was a been closed. circle of intellectuals, journalists, political workers, and writers which THE WRITER IS A FREELANCE COLUMNIST

Educating the British Council Despite many cases of Pakistani students conned by institutes in UK where education has become an industry, the British Council and British High Commission have failed to take measures to alert students and taken on the role of a “procurer”


Education is a business. No one knows this better than the universities in the United Kingdom (UK). Even if business is done by observing legal provisions and following ethical principles, it serves some purpose. Issuing degrees of low academic/research quality to overseas students and deleting the definitions of key terms from the bylaws of the universities are not only a disservice to the cause of education but they are also a disgrace to the name of education. Imparting education is a full-fledge industry in the UK. Educational institutes are business empires now, with a college or a university making the existence of a town or city possible. Reportedly (and this includes the information leaked by internal sources), almost every year, the British Council in Pakistan issues letters to several Pakistani students on behalf of the British High Commission, making at least three statements: first, we are dismayed to learn of your disappointing experience at this or that college/university; second, we are unable to take any action on this matter as this is not within our authority; and third, thank you for alerting us to this issue. Pakistani students who are keen on studying a course at a UK’s university suffer at the hands of less-than-honest British professors. This happens because every next lot of Pakistani students remains oblivious of the bitter experience of the previous batch. Secondly, this also happens because neither the British High Commission nor the British Council issues any alert to Pakistani students whether or not they should seek admission to a particular college or university. In this regard, the British High Commission acts like a procurer with less than honest intentions. In the relationship between a university in the UK and a

Pakistani student, it gets its share in the form of the student visa fee but then it is responsible for nothing more. The second part of “procuring” in this business is the British Council which entices Pakistani students into studying in the UK but then it is responsible for nothing more. When informed of any incident, both bodies just express their dismay and withdraw. If someone asks the British Council the meaning of ‘thank you for alerting us to this issue’, it observes complete silence. The point is this: what does the British Council do when it is alerted by a former overseas student? Does it take any action or does it keep mum? To such questions, the British Council remains mostly non-responsive, but if it replies at all, it is a reiteration of its earlier statements: ‘we are unable to take any action on this matter as this is not within our authority’. The question is: if the British Council is devoid of any authority, why does it get “alerted” to the issue? The broader question is this: how does the British Council correlate its two statements written in one letter? That is, if the British Council is not authorised to take any action, why does it get “alerted” so regularly? To such questions, the British Council never replies nor does it issue any advisory statement to overseas students. It is a courtesy of The Frontier Post which published my ‘Open debate challenge to the British Council’ in its Peshwar/Islambad edition on 10 April 2013. There I challenged the two claims made by the British Council in its correspondence with me: first, the UK has an excellent reputation in its Higher Education sector, and second, the UK takes the pastoral welfare of undergraduate and post-graduate students very seriously. If the UK has such an excellent reputation in its Higher Education sector, why does an overseas student lodge a complaint and identify grave

loopholes in the education system? Several examples can be cited when the UK’s Higher Education sector rectified its faults and improved its system (to help the British Council declare the “excellence” of the education sector) at the cost of time, money, energy and career of overseas students. There are the cases where overseas students took pains to gather evidence and made written complaints to their respective universities on the compromised quality of the courses. Their complaints were upheld but they were given degrees of one level lower to what they had sought admission for. The question is simple: if a system improves because of the efforts made by an overseas student, why should the reward (monetary benefit owing to the qualitative improvement) earned by the university be fetched only by the university? Why should a complainant have no share in the gain of the university and why should the complainant be content with the loss of his/her time, energy, money and career? Does a complainant do all that to let the British Council claim an excellent reputation of its Higher Education sector? Another question is this: why are the bylaws of the UK’s universities devoid of key definitions such as “compensation”, “types of compensation”, “reasonable and proportionate compensation”, “substitution of a degree”, etc? This is despite the fact that the definition of a “complaint” is given and the word “compensation” is mentioned several times in the bylaws. Another question is this: why do the bylaws of UK’s universities use “should” instead of “shall” in important legal provisions? Against their claim of excellence, what are the universities afraid of? Why do they construct their bylaws that necessarily favour the university and disfavour a complainant? There are several universities in the

UK where a two-step system of investigation into a complaint (about the provision of low quality education/research) is considered an internal university process. If a complaint is upheld, the university takes at least six months to complete its first stage of enquiry. In the meantime, the complainant is disengaged from studies and kept waiting. The next stage of review takes at least another three months to finish the university’s internal process of enquiry. Why is this duration not mentioned in the bylaws of the university? In fact, by applying delaying tactics, a complainant is made an example for others who intend to report any similar grievance. The first priority of an overseas student is always to compromise as much as possible to get the degree concerned, and lodging a complaint is the last option. It is because an overseas student cannot afford (in the context of both time and money) to keep on waiting and filing review petitions at one forum or another. Against this background, one laughs at the second claim of the British Council that the UK takes the pastoral welfare of undergraduate and post-graduate students very seriously. If such is the level of seriousness, one wonders what would be considered non-seriousness. If the British Council does not defend its claims publicly, it means that the counter-claims made by this writer are authentic. Similarly, if the British Council does not describe the meaning of its oft-repeated statement ‘thank you for alerting us to this issue’ publicly, it means that the way it is being interpreted by this writer is correct. Observing silence is no solution, especially when these questions are asked by a former overseas student. No law prevents the British Council from defending its claims and explaining the meaning of its own statements. THE WRITER IS A FREELANCE COLUMNIST

Corporate India versus indigenous people GRAHAM PEEBLES Consistent with the unjust, decaying economic model of our deficit times, the commodification of everything and everyone proceeds apace in India. The commercialisation of the land is shattering the lives of millions of India’s poorest, hungriest most malnourished people, who are being murdered and raped, violently displaced and falsely arrested as huge multi-nationals, financially favoured and militarily armed by the Indian government, ravage the land. The state has more or less abandoned rural people (70% of the population) and turned the countryside over to corporate India. Mineral extraction, dam building, infrastructure projects, water appropriation and industrial farming make up their burgeoning business portfolios. The acclaimed author and political activist, Arundhati Roy makes clear that the land and everything inside it, is now owned ‘by the corporations, every mountain, every river, every forest, every dam, every water supply system’. Add to this the telephone networks and the media, and some say the judiciary, and the world’s largest democracy looks rather less democratically sparkling clean. Indeed, to the persecuted people in the forests and the urban poor crying out for justice, democracy is a city fable of little significance and no reality. Land sympathetically and sustainably nurtured by Adivasi families for generations (the original or native people), is being violently taken from them in what Arundhati Roy describes as ‘the biggest land grab since Christopher Columbus’. In varying degrees of intensity, conflict and resistance is taking place

A perverse idea of development that whilst feeding corporate coffers, is destroying the lives of millions of indigenous people and causing devastation to the natural environment throughout the areas affected by the land appropriation, although Roy suggests the violence is even more widespread, ‘all across India there is insurrection, there is a bandwidth of resistance’ - made up of various marginalised groups. Massive numbers are being displaced, villages destroyed, women raped, hundreds, as Human Rights Watch (HRW) state, ‘have been arbitrarily arrested, [and imprisoned] tortured, and charged with politically motivated offenses that include murder, conspiracy, and sedition’; charges manufactured and enforced under one or other of the draconian laws passed by the world’s largest democracy, to stifle dissent and confine the troublesome poor to the shadows. Mira Kamdar, Senior Fellow at the World Policy Institute says, the nation’s oldest and most marginalised people are ‘completely cut off from the economically vibrant, rapidly growing India of the country’s major cities’, and, due to the industrialisation of the environment, are facing a major threat to their livelihood. They are sidelined, intimidated and, labeled “Maoist (or Naxalite) terrorists” by the government, a call reinforced by the screaming ubiquitous 24-hour news media. They are relentlessly victimised, targeted. Roy states, “in the name of development”: A perverse idea of development that whilst feeding corporate coffers, is destroying the lives of millions of indigenous people and causing devastation to the natural environment. Within some of the poorest states of India,

from West Bengal and Chattisgarh in the Northeast, to Karnataka in the Southwest, (taking in Orissa, Andra Pedash, Jharkhand, Utter Predash, and Manipur) sits a treasure trove of minerals worth trillions of dollars. A huge area incorporating large tracks of ancestral Land, where Adivasi who number around 150 million (half the population of the USA) and Dalit groups have lived for millennia. Rich in bauxite, iron ore and uranium, this area is an Aladdin’s cave of minerals, which India’s corporations, and the one percent beneficiaries of a decade of economic growth, see as theirs by right. A right assumed by wealth and power, as Arundhati Roy, speaking on BBC Newsnight 3/06/2011 puts it, ‘the middle and upper classes in India have ascended into outer space from where they look down on the (rural) poor and ask, what’s our bauxite doing in your mountains, what’s our water doing in your rivers?’ To facilitate easy access to “their bauxite”, corporations need the land to be cleared of obstacles - indigenous people and their homes. According to Ashish Kothari, author of Churning The Earth, ‘In recent years the country has seen a massive transfer of land and natural resources from the rural poor to the wealthy. Around 60 million people have been displaced (although some put the figure much higher) in India by large-scale industrial developments’. The millions of mainly Dalits and Adivasi, made homeless and destitute, forced to “re-locate” to the slums and shanty colonies of small towns

and mega cities, where they are also unwelcome, are patronisingly promised their plight serves a greater good, that of employment-generation. But as Roy makes clear in Capitalism A Ghost Story (CGS), ‘by now, we know that the connection between GDP growth and jobs is a myth. After twenty years of “growth”, 60% of India’s workforce is self-employed, 90% of India’s labour force works in the unorganised {unprotected, unregulated} sector’. Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) in India fall into a bureaucratic chasm, with neither local nor national government taking responsibility for them. There is, the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC) states, ‘no central government agency responsible for monitoring the situations and numbers of people internally displaced by armed conflict or generalised violence in India’, and although the government occasionally publishes figures of IDP in camps, there is no ‘monitoring of the number of people in displacement outside camps, including in urban areas’. Official figures they conclude are ‘therefore likely to underestimate the scale of the actual situation’. In the resource-rich areas of central and eastern India, where large scale mining and infrastructure projects are taking place, fast economic growth, HRW reports, ‘has been accompanied by rapidly growing inequality’, and ‘widespread displacement of forest-dwelling tribal communities’. And, despite the fact that India is bound by the United Nations Guiding

Principles on Internal Displacement, which places IDP under the protection of the state, entitling them to the same rights as everyone else, ‘the government has yet to enact comprehensive laws to protect, compensate, and resettle displaced people’, caused by “development”, who number in the millions. A violent undemocratic river of greed and indifference is attempting to drown the indigenous people of Eastern and Central India. The Adivasi and Dalit people, living in the vast Dandakaranya forest are, Arundhati Roy (CFDI), states, ‘being surrounded [by government forces], they are cut of from their resources, they can’t come out of the forest, they are dying of malnutrition [so intense it has been described as ‘nutritional aides’]’, all of which constitutes genocide by attrition. To their great credit, and indomitable will, these ancient peoples are fighting back, waging a tribal uprising against the range of security forces deployed against them; the military and paramilitary the Salwa Judum militia and Special Police Officers (SPO). Security personnel that operate it would seem under a cloak of impunity, particularly, HRW relate, ‘for abuses committed … in Jammu and Kashmir, the northeast, and areas in central and eastern India’, where ‘members of security forces implicated in serious rights abuses continued to enjoy impunity, in large measure, due to India’s laws and policies’. (MORE ON NEXT PAGE)

SUNDAY, APRIL 14, 2013

US looks to China to defuse N Korea tensions

Kidnapped Italian journalists freed in Syria

ROME: Italian Foreign Ministry said four Italian journalists who were kidnapped and held in Syria earlier this month have been released. The Italian reporters were taken hostage on April 5 in northern Syria, close to Turkish border, the Foreign Ministry said earlier. Italian interim Foreign Minister Mario Monti, who is also the country's caretaker prime minister, said in a statement on Saturday that he was grateful for all the institutions that "made possible the successful outcome of this happening, complicated by the particularly dangerous nature of the context." Monti also expressed gratitude to local media for "responsibly complying with the request to adopt the utmost discretion," looking at journalists' safety as the priority, according to the statement, providing no further details. –AGENCIES

Kerry meets Chinese president, says present situation is very critical, urges China to work on challenging issues like North Korea and Iran’s defiant attitude, Syria and global economic crisis

BEIJING: US Secretary of State John Kerry met the president and top officials of North Korea’s key ally and aid provider China on Saturday to press them to rein in a defiant Pyongyang, seeking Beijing’s help to defuse soaring nuclear tensions. The current situation on the Korean peninsula is at a “critical time”, Kerry told President Xi Jinping

as he arrived to seek Beijing’s intervention in the crisis. “Mr President, this is obviously a critical time with some very challenging issues,” Kerry told Xi in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. “Issues on the Korean peninsula, the challenge of Iran and nuclear weapons, Syria and the Middle East, and economies around

relationship was “at a new historical stage and has got off to a good start”. Earlier, Kerry met with China’s foreign minister Wang Yi after flying in from talks in South Korea with President Park Geun-Hye, where he offered public US support for her plans to initiate some trust-building with the North. The Korean peninsula has been

the world that are in need of a boost.” Beijing is Pyongyang’s sole major ally and its key provider of aid and trade, and is seen as having unique leverage over the government of Kim Jong-Un, which has issued repeated threats of nuclear war. But Xi did not refer to the Korean peninsula in his opening remarks at the meeting, instead saying that the US-China

Syrian troops kill 12 rebels in ambush

Iranian president to visit Africa TEHRAN: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will visit Niger, Ghana and Benin in the following days, Press TV reported Saturday. Ahmadinejad will start his tour by visiting Niger's capital Niamey on Sunday, the report said. During his three-day visit, the president will hold talks with his African counterparts and ink new agreements to develop economic and political cooperation with the African countries, the report said. This will be Ahmadinejad's last visit to Africa as president, as his term ends in two months. Iranian officials said the Islamic republic's policy toward establishing relations with African countries is strategic, emphasizing that Iran is ready to share experience in technical, engineering, scientific and technological fields with African states. –AGENCIES

Kenya’s president hold unity talks with former PM NAIROBI: Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto on Saturday held unity talks with the country's opposition leaders to create national cohesion in the East African nation after hotly contested general elections. A statement issued after the meeting said both Kenyatta and Ruto met with former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and ex-Vice- President Kalonzo Musyoka who conveyed their message of goodwill to the president and his deputy saying they wished them well in running the country. "In light of the recently concluded general election that was closely contested, the talks also touched on the need to bring Kenyans together and unite the country," the statement said. –AGENCIES

Indonesia’s crash plane, crew fit to fly JAKARTA: An Indonesian Lion Air plane, which overshot the runway and crashed into sea while trying to land at an airport in Bali on Saturday afternoon, and its crew were fit to fly, a senior official of the budget airlines said. Though all 101 passengers and seven crew members aboard the plane survived the accident, at least 44 people rescued from the plane got treatment for their injuries, some of them were in serious conditions, according to three local hospitals. Speaking at a press conference held at the Lion Air office in Jakarta, Lion Air spokesman Edward Sirait said that the ill-fated Boeing 737-800 produced in 2012 was delivered to the airlines last month. "That plane arrived in Jakarta on March 28 from its production center. –AGENCIES

engulfed by escalating military tensions and dire threats of nuclear war ever since North Korea conducted a rocket test last December and a nuclear test in February. –AGENCIES

TORONTO: Students learn about the habits of hawk during the 7th Annual Green Living Show at Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto. –WIRE SERVICE

Illegal immigrants entering US after 2011

US Senate agrees on deportations WASHINGTON: Senators crafting an immigration bill have agreed that foreigners who crossed the US border illegally would be deported if they entered the United States after December 31, 2011, a congressional aide said on Friday. The legislation by a bipartisan group of senators would give the estimated 11 million immigrants living in the United States illegally a way to obtain legal status and eventually become US citizens, provided certain measures are met. But of the unauthorized immigrants, those who entered after the December 2011 cut-off date would be forced to go back to their country of origin, said the aide, who was not authorized to speak publicly because the bill is still being negotiated. "People need to have been in the country long enough to have put down some roots. If you just got here and are illegal, then you can't stay," the congressional aide said. The lawmakers - four Democrats and four Republicans - are aiming to unveil their bill on Tuesday, one day before the Senate Judiciary Committee is to hold a hearing to examine the legislation. Senators and congressional aides have said that most major policy issues have been resolved. But some details still need to be worked out, said sources familiar with the negotiations. Support has been growing among lawmakers and the public for immigration reform since President Barack Obama was re-elected in November with help from the Hispanic community. The last time US immigration laws were extensively rewritten was in 1986 and those policies have been blamed for allowing millions of people to enter and live in the country illegally, while also resulting in shortages of high-skilled workers from abroad, as well as some low-skilled wage-earners. Under the bill being crafted, security

would first be improved along the southwestern border with Mexico. At the same time, the threat of deportation would be lifted for many who are living in the US illegally. Within 13 years of enactment, those immigrants could begin securing US citizenship. The bill would increase the number of visas issued for high-skilled workers and create a new program to control the flow of unskilled workers. It would also make it harder for US citizens to petition for visas for their extended families. Meanwhile, Immigrants in New York are digesting the details that are emerging about the Senate's immigration reform bill. One provision: it will likely take 10 years for people in the United States illegally to get their green cards. Some who would benefit from immigration reform, like 22-year-old Alondra, an architecture student at City Tech, says that’s too long. “It seems very impractical,” Alondra, who requested we don’t use her last name, said. “Besides impractical, very inhumane. We’ve been waiting for so long for this.” But others, like 33-year-old Antonio, who came from Trinidad five years ago and overstayed his visa, see things differently. He says there are certain things immigrants who don’t have legal status want, and a green card isn’t necessarily one of them. “I think they don’t care how long it takes to get a green card or to get citizenship,” he said. “Basically all they want is just to be able to drive, and work, and travel out of the country.” Another important part of the bill, which Republicans are pushing, is improving border security. 24-year-old Max Ahmed is a native of Pakistan, who came to the U-S when he was 11, and has gotten a temporary work permit under the deferred action program. He sees tightening the border as a waste of resources. –AGENCIES

Mubarak’s retrial adjourned as judge recuses CAIRO: Ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak's retrial was indefinitely adjourned on Saturday after the presiding judge withdrew from the case and referred it to a lower court, triggering angry protests in the courtroom. Judge Mustafa Hassan Abdullah announced his decision to recuse himself minutes after the retrial opened at a Police Academy on the outskirts of Cairo, citing "embarrassment" over the proceedings, according to state-run news agency MENA. Abdullah said he referred the case to the Court of Appeal amid shouting in the courtroom, where the 84-year-old former dictator had earlier been flown in by a helicopter to face the retrial over the charges linked to nearly 900 protesters' death during the 2011 uprising against his 29year-old regime. The judge "submitted a medical report to the head of Cairo Cassation Court stating that he has medical problems with his eyes," Mubarak's lawyer Farid El Deeb was quoted as saying in the media. Egyptian law requires a judge to recuse himself publicly. Abdullah was presiding over the retrial of Mubarak, his two sons Alaa and Gamal, fugitive businessman Hussein Salem, ex-interior minister Habib el-Adli and six of his top aides. –AGENCIES

BEIRUT: Activists say a Syrian government airstrike on a town in the country's northwest has killed at least 12 civilians. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights activist group says the air raid struck the town of Saraqeb in Idlib province on Saturday. The Observatory says four of the dead were members of the same family. The regime's air power is its biggest advantage in the civil war, and it has used its warplanes to try to check rebel advances. Government air raids also frequently hit civilian areas. Earlier this week, Human Rights Watch accused President Bashar Assad's government of committing war crimes by indiscriminate and sometimes deliberate airstrikes against civilians, killing at least 4,300 people since the summer. Syrian government troops trying to relieve a besieged military base in the country's northwest ambushed a rebel checkpoint Saturday, killing at least 12 opposition fighters, activists said. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the government forces surprised the rebel fighters on the outskirts of the village of Baboulein in Idlib province. The Observatory, which relies on a network of local activists on the ground, said many opposition fighters were also wounded in the attack. Rebels have wrested much of the countryside of Idlib and other provinces in northern Syria from regime forces, although government troops still control many military bases in the region from which they launch attacks on opposition-held areas. Observatory director Rami AbdulRahman said the assault Saturday was part of government efforts to resupply the embattled military base at Wadi Deif outside of the town of

Maaret al-Numan, which is just north of Baboulein on the Damascus-Aleppo highway. Rebels have been trying for months to capture the large base at Wadi Deif, from which regime troops regularly pound the now largely abandoned town of Maaret al-Numan with artillery fire. The regime must push convoys through rebel-held territory to prevent the base from running short of troops and supplies. On Thursday, activists said rebels shot down a helicopter carrying food and supplies to the base, killing the pilot and three other soldiers. In the northern city of Aleppo, a government air raid on the disputed Sheikh Maqsoud neighborhood killed at least three people and wound 16 others, the Observatory said. It added that doctors treating the wounded said many showed symptoms of inhaling toxic gas, such as severe vomiting and irritation to the nose and eyes. –AGENCIES

Russia not to support UN resolution on Syria MOSCOW: Russia will vote against a new draft UN resolution on Syria, the Foreign Ministry said Saturday. The document, prepared by a number of countries and to be voted soon at the UN General Assembly, is "obviously biased and full of conflicting terms," said the ministry in a statement. The resolution blames only the Syrian government for the crisis, completely ignoring external military, logistical and financial support for the opposition and terrorist activities of armed opposition groups, said the ministry. –AGENCIES

Japan issues false North Korea missile alarm instead of quake alert TOKYO: A Japanese official mistakenly issued a pre-prepared alert announcing the launch of a North Korean ballistic missile instead of sending a message concerning a recent earthquake in western Japan. A reported 87 airport offices in Japan received emails on Saturday saying that North Korea had launched a ballistic missile. The messages were sent by mistake, the country’s transportation ministry later explained. An official at the Osaka aviation bureau was going to send out a letter asking if any of the region's airports had been damaged by the 6.3-magnitude earthquake that earlier hit the western part of the country, injuring dozens. Instead, the official mistakenly dispatched a pre-prepared alert about a North Korean missile launch. At least one domestic flight was delayed due to the false alarm, though the mistaken email was retracted six minutes after it was sent, AFP reported. This wasn't the first time Japan has raised a false alarm about a North Korean missile launch: On Wednesday, the Japanese city of Yokohama sent a message to its Twitter account's 40,000 followers saying that North Korea had launched a missile. –AGENCIES

Corporate India versus indigenous people Continued from Page 7 S well as trampling on a range of international treaties, the Indian government is vandalising the constitution in support of Indian businesses, as they attempt to clear tribal land of millions of people, and extract the treasures sewn into the fabric of the Earth. Taking something for nothing and with armed government support, it’s a dream come true for the multi million rupee corporations that, as Arundhati Roy (CGS), puts it, ‘have managed to muscle their way to the head of the spigot that is spewing money extracted from deep inside the earth’. Like the Bauxite, which runs through the mountains of Orissa, which to the corporations and futures traders, is estimated to be worth $4 trillion (extracted). To the Adivasi the bauxite is an ecological keystone, its value rests in it being in the mountain, because as Arundhati Roy (NN) tells us, it ‘makes the mountain a porous reservoir, which


holds water, that irrigates the plains’, sustaining hundreds of thousands of people. To the people who live on the land, in harmony with the environment, the bauxite outside the mountain is worthless - they will not benefit in any way from the minerals being extracted, nor indeed will the people of India generally. Corporations, who are exempted from all manner of taxes and offered a range of government “incentives” to rape the land, pay only a nominal “royalty” to the government of India. Such government negligence and indifference fits hand in glove with an obsessive desire for economic development and accelerated growth divorced from social justice. Destructive (government) policies pursued for the last two decades are at the root of the intense suffering being caused to millions of Adivasi and Dalit people, not just in the Dandakaranya forest but also in towns and cities across India. They are seen as a refuge of the past, to be swept aside, eradicated, lest India’s image as a financial destination of choice and the

great shopping center of Asia be tainted in western centres of corporate power. Government policies that are condemning hundreds of millions to extreme poverty, fueling growing levels of cataclysmic inequality, and feeding a system of injustice and division, that traps the poor into greater and greater poverty and destitution, whilst concentrating more wealth and power with the wealthy and powerful. Employed to justify a range of social violations, legal and illegal, from austerity measures, to the violent destruction of ancient ways of life, abuse and displacement of population, development along with its partner in crime , “growth”, have become the golden chalices of the age. Fused together, they determine the policies of corporate-governments throughout the developed world and dictate the approach of developing nations – whose economic plans are fashioned by international agencies offering conditional support, dressed up as aid, who are themselves little more than agents of corporate power. Growth and development,

pseudonyms for profit and more profit, are the lead players of market fundamentalism, a system like all totalitarian ideologies, which is destructive, divisive and (often) violent in its methods and impact. It is a model of civilisation that promotes separation and inequality, which seeks to reduce mankind to think in limited and limiting material terms, and sees everything and everybody as a commodity to be exploited until utterly spent. Every corner of every city, town and village viewed as a market, everyone a banded consumer. Crude by any standards, such subtleties of “development” fuel the corporate political machinery that is violating the lives of millions of India’s most vulnerable people in the forests of central and eastern India. Out of step with the new time that speaks of cooperation, unity and social justice, the “Neo Classical” model has served its purpose and had its day. It does not meet the needs of the overwhelming majority of the people of India or the world. It has hold of the minds of men, restricting the

possibilities for change to its own limited paradigm. It is a model, which has quashed the imagination of the unimaginative who deny even the possibility of a fair and just alternative. As British Prime Minister David Cameron, in his myopic manner, recently proclaimed - “There Is No Alternative” (TINA), the Financial Times 7/03/13 report. No alternative to what Prime Minister? To inequality and injustice, competition and division, to conflict and suffering? The poisonous river of consequences flowing from “TINA” - neatly packaged in shiny corporate/political propaganda and sold to us as the only show in town, it must be confined to the past and allowed to die. As Arundhati Roy speaking on Democracy Now, makes clear, ‘People [we] have to begin to formulate some kind of vision and that vision has to be the dismantling of this particular model, in which a few people can be allowed to have an unlimited amount of wealth and power, both political and corporate. That has to be dismantled’ and ‘a new imagination beyond

restricting ideologies, neither communist nor capitalist’, explored. Such crippling ideological rhetoric (as Cameron’s) closes down the intellectual space in which openminded investigation can flourish as Gillian Tett, Assistant Editor of the Financial Times, puts it, ‘the way the elite stay in power is not merely by controlling the means of production the money, but by controlling the cognitive map - the way we think’. A system that grows out of and perpetuates injustice and suffering, as market totalitarianism does, is one for which an alternative is not only required, it is essential for the health of the planet, the wellbeing and survival of humanity, indeed “there is no alternative”. A pragmatic alternative rooted in principles of goodness, sharing, justice and freedom - the birthrights of every man, woman and child, which if imaginatively modeled and simplistically applied, offer a just and fair alternative. One that, if mankind is to flourish and not simply persist, is, I suggest, our only choice. (Counterpunch)

SUNDAY, APRIL 14, 2013

‘100MW of potential 350K MW energy used under AEDB’ ZEESHAN JAVAID ISLAMABAD: While the country has been facing prodigious power outages due to failure of Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) and virtually nothing being done about power generation either from Hydal or thermal resources, another autonomous body Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) practically did nothing for visible contribution of alternative energy in national grid system. According to a research approved by International Financial Institutions (IFIs) including Asian Development Bank (ADB) and World Bank (WB), the country (Pakistan) has total potential of power generation more

than 350,000MW through alternative energy resources including wind, solar, small hydro and Bio Mass, however since the establishment of AEDB, which was formed in the rule of former president Gen (R) Pervaiz Musharaf in 2002, claimed a nominal contribution of only 100MW renewable energy through wind resources during more than one decade. The AEDB, which claimed itself as autonomous body but administered by ministry of water and power even the appointment of CEO AEDB has been under the authority of federal minister of water and power, although the autonomous bodies are normally controlled by cabinet division, either regulatory or non-regulatory bodies. Interestingly, till the formation date

of AEDB, a single policy about renewable energy was introduced in 2006 and approved by than federal minister water and power Liaqat Ali Jatoi, which was yet to be fully implemented, while the secretary AEDB Anwar Ali claimed that an updated policy of RE was also drafted in 2010 but still pending in Council of Common Interest (CCI). The present Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Arif Alaudin, who was the former chief of another autonomous body Energy Conservation (ENERCON), has been running the business without any stream-line concrete policy despite knowing the fact that Pakistan is enriched in renewable energy resources. The progress of AEDB could be

gauged by the fact that only 100MW has been generated through wind energy during last 13 years despite the potential of country in wind resources up to 50,000MW only by Gharo Kethi Bandar corridor. At the end of calendar year 2011, AEDB chief while speaking with scribe exclusively claimed that 12 wind power projects with generation capacity of 1,000 megawatts (MW) and estimated cost of $1.6 billion would be operational in 2013, besides 10 other wind power projects of installed capacity of 550 MW in 2012. However the secretary AEDB seemed blank to answer about such unrealistic huge claims. The AEDB during year 2011 also claimed that infrastructure development process on more than 10

projects of generating alternative energy from the wind resource by different independent power producers (IPPs) is being continued on war footing basis and is likely to contribute more than 550 MW to the national grid till mid or 3rd quarter of the upcoming New Year 2012, but could to materialized the commitment. A senior official of WAPDA on condition not to be name informed “The Spokesman” that normally a mega hydro power project require not more than five to seven years for completion, while AEDB except playing with financial closing of companies did nothing despite to know gap between power supply and demand across the country up to 4,900 MW in starting summer, which could treacherously

increased up to 6980MW during peak summer season. According to AEDB statistics, 45 Wind Power Projects of around 3200 MW capacity are under process, while Sindh government also leased around 26,000 acres land to AEDB for 18 projects with cumulative capacity of 906 MW, which are at various stages of development. One project of 49.5 MW by FFC Energy Limited has been completed and is supplying energy to the national grid. Construction for M/s Zorlu Enerji Pakistan Ltd. of 56.4 MW has been completed, while three other projects of 50 MW each, namely M/s Three Gorges First Wind Farm Pakistan Ltd., Foundation Wind Energy-I Ltd and Foundation Wind Energy –II Pvt. Ltd are under construction.


JPMorgan's lukewarm results put Dimon under more pressure

KEsC complains about short supply of gas, ssGC refutes

KARACHI: Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) Saturday complained of short supply of gas for its planned eight hours of loadshedding effective from Saturday in the industrial areas here, while SSGC promptly refuted any cut in supply to KESC. KESC spokesman said that SSGC has slashed supply of gas to 120 MMCFD (million million cubic feet per day), which has compelled them resorting to eight hours of loadshedding in the industrial areas effective Saturday. He claimed that KESC during the last one year made payment of Rs35 billion as against purchase of gas worth Rs34 billion. He further said that KESC had sent several times the draft agreement for payment of outstanding amount in two years, which was rejected by the SSGC Board. Contrary to this, SSGC spokesman said that gas supply to KESC has not been slashed, as 120 MMCFD of gas being supplied to KESC for the last four months consistently. SSGC spokesman demanded from KESC to make payment of the total outstanding amount of Rs46 billion immediately. –ONLINE

First Women Bank will continue to support female entrepreneurs ISLAMABAD: Shafqat Sultana, President of First Women Bank Ltd (FWBL), Saturday, said that growing tendency of exhibitions was very encouraging, which was one of the best tools to empower women with little opportunities. Shafqat Sultana said this while inaugurating Islamabad Expo 2013 organised by Islamabad Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IWCCI). Such events generate economic activity, bring talent to limelight and encourage women–led businesses as national prosperity is closely linked to the success of its women. Sanaullah Aman, Member CDA, Shahina Waheed of UNIDO, Arfa Iqbal of TDAP, IPALMO, SMEDA, representatives of Khushhalibank Ltd., Italian Development Cooperation Agency, multinationals, educational institutions, diplomats, former president IWCCI Samina Fazil, President IWCCI Farida Rashid and others were also present on the occasion. –AGENCIES

G20 to consider cutting debt to well below 90 percent/GDP: document DUBLIN: Financial leaders of the world's 20 biggest economies will consider next week in Washington a proposal to cut their public debt over the longer term to well below 90 percent of gross domestic product, a document prepared for the meeting showed. The proposal, prepared by the co-chairs of the G20 Working Group on the Framework for Growth, follows agreement of the leaders of G20 countries in June last year to set ambitious debt reduction targets beyond 2016, when, under an earlier agreement from Toronto in 2010, debt was to stop growing. "The co-chairs proposed that: 'over the longer-term, G20 members should gear their fiscal policy towards achieving a debt level that is well below 90 percent of GDP,'" a document prepared for European Union delegates for the meeting said. "We take note of the proposal made by the co-chairs on fiscal objectives as a good basis for discussion," said the document, endorsed by EU finance ministers on Saturday and seen by Reuters. The European Union itself, however, has a more ambitious debt ceiling of 60 percent of GDP for its 27 members and will suggest a lower target for the G20 would be better, too. "Our experience with...the 60 percent of GDP reference value shows the importance of a more ambitious debt anchor. Such a debt anchor is needed with a consolidation path that is carefully calibrated to sustain the recovery," it said. " –AGENCIES

DAVID HENRY AND DAN WILCHINS PMorgan Chase & Co Chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon, who came through the financial crisis relatively unscathed, is suddenly looking a little less secure. The top U.S. bank by assets reported tepid firstquarter results on Friday. Income in its biggest businesses - investment banking and consumer lending fell, excluding accounting adjustments. Outstanding loans grew by just 1 percent, and profit margins on lending narrowed. Stock and bond trading revenue fell. Every bank chief executive suffers from similar headwinds, but Dimon is also facing a shareholder vote next month at JPMorgan's annual meeting that could push the board to strip him of his chairman's role. A group of investors behind the proposal says the bank needs to separate the roles of chairman and CEO so that the board can provide more oversight of management. That follows a similar proposal in 2012 and comes after the bank posted $6.2 billion of derivatives losses last year that came to be known as the "London whale" trades. The losses were recorded by an investment office whose head reported to Dimon. JPMorgan's stock has lost some of the premium valuation it used to enjoy over the shares of other big banks. Worse still for Dimon, the bank's relationship with regulators has deteriorated in recent years, and JPMorgan's board blames that in part on the CEO, two sources familiar with the matter said. "If the board wants to send a message that they want to restore regulatory confidence in the company, it will name an independent chairman," said Michael Garland, who oversees corporate governance for New York City Comptroller John Liu, one of the pension fund investors backing the shareholder proposal. Garland said the trading loss showed that Dimon needed better oversight from his board of directors. Dimon was not available for comment. While Dimon's reputation as one of the best risk managers in the business may have taken a hit, and his pay was cut in half for 2012, he still has strong support from investors and the bank's directors. JPMorgan's board, for example, said last month that it "strongly endorses" keeping Dimon as both CEO and chairman. "I think he's safe," said Alan Villalon, a senior research analyst at Nuveen Asset Management, which has $120 billion of assets and owns JPMorgan shares. Dimon has been working to repair his relationship with regulators as well. In his annual letter to shareholders this week, he said, "I feel terrible that we let our regulators down."


LAHORE: LCCI on Saturday decided to expedite work for promotion of trade between Pakistan and United States through utilization of all available tools including collection of data of tradable items, a strong liaison with US Ambassador and exchange of trade delegations. – PR

LCCI for promoting Pakistan-US trade 

Will expedite work for trade promotion

LAHORE: The Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Saturday decided to expedite work for promotion of trade between Pakistan and United States through utilization of all available tools including collection of data of tradable items, a strong liaison with US Ambassador and exchange of trade delegations. The decision was taken at a meeting of PakAmerica Business Council, jointly addressed by the LCCI Senior Vice President Irfan Iqbal Sheikh and Convener of the Council Sheikh Muhammad Irfan. Honrary Consul of Spain Zaheer Islam, LCCI Vice Presibent Mian Abuzar Shad, former President Mian Muzaffar Ali, former Senior Vice President Malik Tahir Javaid also spoke on the occasion. The LCCI Senior Vice President urged the US ambassador to play his role for promotion of trade and economic activities between the two countries. He also sought his help for provision of civil nuclear technology to enable Pakistan to overcome energy shortage, the country been facing for the last many years. The LCCI Senior Vice president said that the United States should help Pakistan in overcoming the energy shortage as it is a frontline ally in its war against terror. He said that the provision of civil nuclear technology to Pakistan would not only strengthen relations between the two countries but would also cement their economic ties. “Pakistan has more than 35 years of experience in running nuclear power plants. With trained professional manpower and a strong nuclear safety and security system, Pakistan fully qualifies for participation in civil nuclear cooperation at the international level,” the LCCI Senior Vice President said.

“We urge the US Ambassador to extend cooperation to Pakistan as its economy is passing through a very bad patch only because of power shortage.” Speaking on the occasion, the Convener of Pak-America Business Council Sheikh Muhmmad Irfan appreciated US Consulate for keeping strong liaison with the LCCI. He said that the United States is a good market for Pakistani importers and exporters therefore, the businessmen should tap this potential. He said that the US administration should take immediate measures to grant duty-free access to Pakistani merchandise that would ultimately strengthen Pakistan economically. Pakistan needs extra-ordinary cooperation from the United States. Besides this there exists a vast scope for US investors to make investment in several sectors including power, textile, food, livestock, diary and petroleum etc. The US administration must convince the potential investors to put their money in joint ventures with Pakistanis. He said that it goes without saying that America tops among the major trading partners of Pakistan and there are many areas including political, social, economic, defence and etc., in which both countries collaborate and cooperate with each other. A significant volume of Pakistan’s exports find their way to US markets and likewise Pakistan imports fairly large amount of goods from America. Considering the historic relations of both the countries and the critical role of America in the economy of Pakistan, the LCCI wishes to expand these ties for the mutual benefit of the two countries. Executive Committee Member Mian Zahid Javed, Mudassar Masood Chaudhry, Mahmood Ghaznavi Nasir Hameed and others were also present in the meeting.

East Asia, Pacific economies are engine of global growth: WB STAFF REPORT ISLAMABAD: Driven by strong domestic demand, economies of developing East Asia and Pacific continue to be an engine of global growth, growing at 7.5 percent in 2012 -- higher than any other region in the world, says the World Bank in its latest analysis of the regional economy. A communiqué issued by World Bank maintained that as the global economy recovers, the report, released today, projects that regional growth will rise moderately to 7.8 percent in 2013 and ease to 7.6 percent in 2014. “The East Asia and Pacific region contributed around 40 percent of global growth in 2012, and the global economy continues to rely on the region’s growth, with investor confidence surging and financial markets remaining solid” said World Bank East Asia and Pacific Vice President Axel van Trotsenburg. Fiscal and monetary policies to boost consumption and investment helped sustain growth in 2012 across the region, with middleincome countries performing particularly well. Developing economies excluding China grew 6.2 percent in 2012, up from 4.5 percent in 2011. In China, growth slowed to 7.8 percent in 2012 due to rebalancing efforts, while real disposable income of urban households rose by more than 9 percent, supporting household consumption, which contributed 4.4 percentage points to GDP growth. China is projected to grow 8.3 percent in 2013 and 8.0 percent in 2014.


Pakistan to hold talks with iMF, WB for securing bailout package ISLAMABAD: A high-level team of the country’s economic managers will leave for Washington on April 18 to hold talks with the IMF and the World Bank to seek a critical bailout package for the country’s ailing economy, reported a private TV channel. The delegation which will include governor State Bank of Pakistan, Chairman Federal Board of Revenue and secretary Ministry of Finance will hold talks with officials of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank from April 19 to April 21. A spokesman of the finance ministry said that upcoming talks are very crucial in the context of current macroeconomic situation, adding the issue of getting a new loan package from the IMF could also come under discussion. “Approaching IMF for assistance is not insulting,” the spokesman said, adding the IMF was established to help countries in need of financial assistance. It may be mentioned that Pakistan’s foreign exchange reserves are running critically low mainly due to low foreign inflows and high debt payments. –AGENCIES

State Life convention at Bhurban

‘State Life has paid Rs 24.36 billion to 13,552 families’ 

Achieved record income of Rs 89.71 billion in 2012


ISLAMABAD: “State Life Insurance Corporation of Pakistan in the year 2012;has paid total amount of Rs.24.36 billion against all claims, thus providing financial protection and savings to thousands of valued policyholders and their families nationwide. This was stated by Mr. Shahid Aziz Siddiqi, Chairman State Life while talking to the media persons on the occasion of State Life Convention 2013 held at Bhurban Murree. Executive Directors Mr. Mukhtar Hussain Soomro, Ms. Talat Waseem, Mr. Izqar Khan& Mr. M.Rashid and senior corporate executives were also present on the occasion. He said that State Life in the year

2012had secured record total premium and investment income of Rs.89.71 billion up from Rs. 75.77; showing an unprecedented increase of 18%, while the total premium has increased from Rs. 45.03 in 2011 to Rs. 53.913 in 2012; showing an increase of 20%”. Mr. Shahid Aziz Siddiqui said that State Life is a public sector organization which is not a burden on the national exchequer. In fact State Life is playing a pivotal role in providing financial protection to millions of families through life insurance. The Marketing force of State Life has also extended financial protection to 750,867 new families nationwide during the year 2012. The No. of Individual Life Policy Holders has increased from 3.8 million in 2011 to 4.4 million in 2012.Chairman State

Life also informed that Corporation’s Life Fund which is the key indicator of its financial stability has now reached to Rs.315 billion.Further, he said that State Life is the only Life Insurance Company that is distributing 97.5% of its Actuarial surplus to policy holders as compare to the private life insurance companies, in the year 2012. State life has expected to distribute Rs. 29.80 Billionas Bonus on with profit policies to its policy holders in 2013; based on the actuarial evaluation of 2012 and it would be after the official approval by the State Life’s B.O.D’s. Replying to a question Mr. Shahid Aziz Siddiqui informed that State Life recently has entered an agreement with NADRA to offer life insurance to CNIC Smart Cardholders. Under a two-year contract, Nadra will pay the

premiums on behalf of the cardholders and nominees/ next of kin of card holders will have the benefit to avail the cover of Rs. 100,000/- for an accidental death. Mr. Siddiqi said that a strategy is being chalked out to redress the

policyholder’s grievances and for this purpose; State Life has set up the centralized Data Center at its principle Office in Karachi. However, he added that there is a sharp decline in the complaints from the policyholders and their families.


Jackie Chan wins Best Director trophy

Kendall Jenner wants to be Victoria’s Secret angel

KARACHI: Jackie Chan beat competition away and was selected as the Best Director at the 9th Huading Awards, held at the Kowloon Bay International Trade & Exhibition Centre for his superhit “Chinese Zodiac.” Hollywood’s beloved Hong Kong superstar has received many shiny trophies and accolades around the world in his decades of acting, such as multiple People’s Choice Awards. But the actor was all smiles at the event because this is his first ever best director award in Hong Kong. The award is all the more special because Chinese Zodiac is the action star’s 100th movie. “Mr. Nice Guy” reportedly said he probably got lucky because the award doesn’t come easy. Media outlets also quote him as having said that he does not intend to direct again because he finds it too difficult and that “Project A” (1983) took seven years and he does not know how many more years he may have. Last year, the “Rush Hour” star reportedly said Chinese Zodiac would be his last action movie, because he now wants to explore other genres. The best film award went to “Cold War”, while Nicholas Tse was selected Best Actor for "The Bullet Vanishes." -SHOWBIZ DESK

LOS ANGELES: Reality TV star Kendall Jenner dreams of becoming a Victoria`s Secret model. The ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’ star, who is the younger half-sister of Kim, Kourtney and Khloe, already has a successful career in modelling. The 17-year-old recently attended a private viewing of ‘Nomad: Two Worlds’, a photography exhibition by Russell James, which included images of the brunette. At the event, she revealed that working with Russell, who is also the Victoria`s Secret ad photographer, had given her big ideas. "It`s always been kind of a dream of mine. It`s something I`d love to do," she told. -SHOWBIZ DESK

‘I want to be comfortable on my wedding day’

Saif yearns to fight Tarantino-style MUMBAI: Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan is reportedly a big fan of Hollywood Oscar-winning director Quentin Tarantino and his unique action films. Perhaps he really enjoyed the bloody fighting sequences of Tarantino’s recent superhit ‘Django Unchained’ because Indian media report that he proposed that the shooting battles in his upcoming “Bullet Raja” could be made to look similar. It would be pretty entertaining to see the ‘Agent Vinod’ star fighting like Jamie Foxx or Christoph Waltz. The same source claims that Saif Ali Khan is pushing for a stylised gun scene in the movie because he thinks it would further enhance the role he plays in the film, not to mention make him look hunkier. While Saif Ali Khan shoots for Tigmanshu Dhulia's Bullet Raja with the gorgeous Sonakshi Sinha, his lovely bride Kareena Kapoor is busy on the sets of Satyagraha with Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgn and Arjun Rampal. -SHOWBIZ DESK

Iron Man 3 waits for Iron Lady SHOWBIZ DESK

LONDON: Iron Man 3 cast and crew have decided to wait in respect for the Iron Lady as the London premiere of the third highlyawaited installment of their superhero franchise clashes with Margaret Thatcher’s funeral date. Marvel Studios and Director Shane Black made the respectable decision to delay the UK premiere by a day because they expect royal traffic jams and great emotional upheaval on the funeral day of the only female to hold Britain’s highest political post. It would have been logistically difficult to manage two crowd-

drawing functions on the same date. Now the premiere will be held on 18th April at Leicester Square. But, to fans’ intense relief, the delay has not ticked Hollywood heartthrob Robert Downey Jr. and Oscar-winning co-actress Gwyneth Paltrow off the attendees list! Iron Man 3 will see Tony Stark face off suit-less in a mission of revenge against Chinese super villain the Mandarin. It will contain the answer to the question on everyone’s minds “Does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?” The superhero flick will release in 3D on 3rd May.

Salman to co-produce Canadian film ‘Dr. Cabbie’

Mumbai: Neha Dhupia elegantly dressed in a sari for Baisakhi celebrations.

No dieting talk for Drew Barrymore SHOWBIZ DESK

MUMBAI:Salman Khan’s Being Human Productions will soon present an off-beat film, Dr. Cabbie, which is being helmed by acclaimed Canadian director JeanFrancois Poulliot. The film that revolves around the life of an unemployed doctorturned-cab-driver, boasts of an illustrious cast that includes actors like Vinay Virmani, Adrianne Palicki, Kunal Nayyar (of The Big Bang Theory fame) and Lillete Dubey among others. Talking about the film, Salman Khan says, “Dr. Cabbie is the story of an Indian immigrant and it has an inherent universal appeal.” The actor feels that audiences will be able to identify with the film, and has full faith in the cast. Director Jean-Francois also says, “This is a timeless story which is humorous and heart-warming. It blends social issues and the journey to find one’s place in the world”. The film is scheduled to launch later in 2013. -SHOWBIZ DESK


Commando — A one man army SHOWBIZ DESK t's been such a long time since we saw a true blue Bollywood actioner that Commando doesn't need to be anything other than what it is: a string of explosive sequences strung through a story which exists only for the purpose of showing one man, muscles rippling, scything through a mob. Again and again. To that end, Vidyut Jamwal is perfect. Unlike the so-called action heroes we have right now, straining past the mid-40s line, struggling to appear credible, Jamwal looks as if he was born to do this. The opening sequence has some jawdropping moves (a disclaimer at the beginning tells us that he has done all the stunts, barring a few scenes in the end, himself: in one, he flips himself totally off the ground while horizontal) which instantly tells us that this man could be the real legatee of the Sty Stallone-Arnie-Diesel-Statham tradition. In other words, when he hits someone, they stay hit. Jamwal plays an Indian army commando who breaks free from beyond the China border after capture and much third degree torture. His one aim now is to 'clean up the dirt

MUMBAI: After having tied the knot onscreen several times, actress Neha Dhupia now wants to have a simple wedding in real life. "I am not quite sure if I want to have a grand wedding. In the film industry we are getting married every two months, be it in the media, in films or on the ramp. "I feel that the day when I actually get married, I will be too bored and end up in a very simple and plain outfit for the D-day," Dhupia said. The 32-year-old actress walked the ramp at the ongoing India International Jewellery Week for Gitanjali's Wedding Carnival designs and looked like a bride in a Pam Mehta peach and green lehenga, which she teamed up with a kundan necklace, earrings, maangtika and a statement ring. "This is the first time I have worked with Pam and I must say I love what I am wearing. I have had a long standing association with Gitanjali and I just love the designs," she said. Asked what she would choose on her Dday, Dhupia said, "My wedding outfit will depend on where I am getting married, if the weather is too hot and cold. I don't want to be decked up in jewellery from top to bottom because there is also the heavy lehenga, elaborate make-up. I would not want to be weighed down by the jewellery. I want to be comfortable on my wedding day." Dhupia will be next seen in Jimmy Shergill's Punjabi production Rangeelay, which is slated to release on May 16. Besides that, the actress is also doing Renzil D'Silva's Ungli, which also features Sanjay Dutt, Emraan Hashmi and Randeep Hooda.

LONDON: Actress Drew Barrymore says she won't talk about exercise and dieting because she would "fail that conversation". The 38-year-old, married to art dealer Will Kopelman, gave birth to daughter Olive in September last year. "I'd rather kill myself than get into a bikini right now! I take care of myself, but I'm never going to be the person who talks about diet and exercise. I would fail that conversation," InTouch magazine quoted Barrymore as saying. The actress says she tried to sport a goatee during pregnancy. "I got a wonderful little goatee, and it was red! I also got hyperpigmentation on my cheeks," she said. The actress, producer, and amateur cosmetic maker recently admitted that facial fuzz was an unexpected side effect to her recent pregnancy. "I got a wonderful little goatee -- and it was red! I also got hyperpigmentation on my cheeks," the actress revealed to In Touch Weekly. So she sought microdermabrasion for her cheeks, and as for that 'stache? Cover-up. "If I was going off to a desert island, concealer is the one thing I'd want to take. It's the only product that I couldn’t make it without!" she said. Obviously, pregnancy affects much more than the face. And since Barrymore only gave birth to her daughter Olive with husband Will Kopelman in October, the mag had to ask her about her postbaby physique. But while most celeb moms race to regain their original shapes, Barrymore isn't in competition with herself.

Kelly Clarkson planning Christmas album LONDON: Pop star Kelly Clarkson will be releasing her first Christmas album later this year. The 30-year-old singer said the album is her most favourite project, reported Daily Star. "It`s probably my favourite album I`ve ever made. It`s so good," she said. Clarkson is collaborating with acclaimed producer Greg Kurstin, who also produced her Grammy-winning album Stronger, as well as country music legend Ronnie Dunn. She is no stranger to recording holiday tracks. She sang a duet with `The Voice`s` Blake Shelton for his Cheers, It`s Christmas album, and she also appeared on his US holiday TV special. -SHOWBIZ DESK


within'. In other words, the guys who make it impossible for the good guys in the armed forces function politicians, and goons who want to become politicians. Fortunately for him, and us, Jamwal doesn't get too much speaking time. Having said what he has to, he gets down the real business of decimating the bad guys, one by one. Commando Karanveer Dogra comes to the rescue of damsel in distress Simrit (Chopra) who is on the run from the evil, cruel AK

(Ahlawat). This AK is quite a piece of work. He is constantly on his phone, guffawing at Santa-Banta jokes, snarling at the cowering good folks of the Punjab village he lives in, and leering at the spirited Simrit. If Jamwal is just right for his part, Ahlawat who left a sizeable impact in Gangs Of Wasseypur and who has been biding his time in bit parts till now, carves out a lovely old-style Bollywood villain, all costume and bluster and grinning menace.


Chinese Grand Prix

Hamilton grabs pole in Shanghai SHANGHAI: Lewis Hamilton Saturday roared to his first pole position for Mercedes, in a qualifying session at the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai that was dominated by tyre strategy. The Briton, who has been struggling with an allergy and went home early from the track on Thursday, left it late in the final session to grab pole ahead of Kimi Raikkonen of Lotus, the winner last month in Australia. In warm and dry conditions, the electric Hamilton, who was fastest in all three qualifying sessions, clocked a best time of one minute 34.484 sec, compared to Raikkonen's 1:34.761. Ferrari's Fernando Alonso was third fastest. Nico Rosberg, Hamilton's teammate, whose win in Shanghai last year was his first victory, qualified in fourth, ahead of the Ferrari of Felipe Massa. The Brazilian will line up on the third row with Romain Grosjean of Lotus. Surprise-package Daniel Ricciardo of Toro Rosso and Jenson Button of McLaren rounded out the top eight. Red Bull's reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel could only qualify in ninth, but he will have a free choice of

SHANGHAI: Lewis Hamilton drives during qualifying for the Chinese GP on Saturday. -AGENCIES tyres for the race after failing to log a time in the third and final session. Under the rules most of the other drivers will have to start on soft tyres after using them in the third session of qualifying. Nico Hulkenberg of

Sauber was 10th on the grid. Vettel's team-mate Mark Webber, whose strained relationship with the German has put both men in the spotlight, waved to the crowd meekly after bowing out in only the second

PCB bans umpires Ghauri and Siddiqui over spot-fixing OUR STAFF REPORTER LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Saturday slapped a ban of four years on international umpire Nadeem Ghauri after a sting operation by an Indian television channel found him willing to spot-fix. The PCB integrity committee found him guilty of being willing to accept money for favourable umpiring decisions. His colleague Anis Siddiqui has been banned for three years. The private India TV channel aired footage last year in which a number of umpires faced questions from undercover reporters asking if they would give decisions in return for cash. Ghauri, 50, is a former international player, who officiated in five Tests, 43 one-day and four Twenty20 internationals. The PCB said in a statement that Ghauri “straight away agreed to extend undue favours for material gains, therefore, he cannot be cleared to officiate matches for a

Nadeem Ghauri period of four years.” However, it noted that Siddiqui “resisted their undue demands repeatedly, but finally conceded to them on their persistence.” The umpires caught up in the sting including the two from Pakistan, three from Sri Lanka and Nadir Shah of Bangladesh. “Today's decision

reiterates the commitment of the PCB to keep our great sport free of all corrupt practices,” the PCB statement added after reaching a decision during a meeting of the integrity committee. The allegations were broadcast only days after the final of the World Twenty20 tournament in Sri Lanka. The PCB studied the raw, unedited footage of the operation from India TV, besides evidence from the ICC and investigated it with the help of the Punjab Forensic Science Agency. “The PCB has a zero-tolerance policy for corruption or indiscipline,” PCB chairman Zaka Ashraf said. “We are committed on creating awareness amongst our players and officials with regards to the possible pitfalls, and are determined to adopt all vigilance and security parameters, which are in line with the laid out procedures of the ICC. Today's decision reiterates the commitment of the PCB to keep our great sport free of all corrupt practices,” he added.

qualifying session after his Red Bull simply ground to a halt. He will start Sunday's race at the back of the grid after race stewards ruled there was insufficient fuel in his car for a sample and the car could not be driven back

to the pits, as required. Red Bull said a problem with a fuel browser was to blame. "I've been healthy the last two weeks and then I came here and felt ill," said Hamilton, whose previous two outings for Mercedes since defecting from McLaren saw him qualify third in Australia and fourth in Malaysia. The 28-year-old, the 2008 world champion, has reportedly been suffering a pollen allergy. "Of course it worries you a bit, but I've been getting plenty of rest and this is the best day I've had for a few days now. Tomorrow should be even better." Vettel, along with Button, opted to run medium rubber in the final session, putting him in strong contention for the race despite his lowly placing. The German says that he hopes he will not have to pit as early as his rivals, who will start on the quicker but faster-wearing soft tyres. "Generally I think we saw yesterday on soft tyres everyone was struggling, so were we. I had to make them last so we decided to do something different. We didn't set a lap time at all so we have a choice to go either way tomorrow." -AGENCIES

Indian Premier League

Rohit, Karthik lead Mumbai Indians to 3rd win MUMBAI: Even as Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar take their time to bed in as an opening combination, Rohit Sharma and Dinesh Karthik carried Mumbai Indians to their third win in four games and the top of the table in the Indian Premier League on Saturday. Tendulkar finally arrived, in particular with four consecutive boundaries off Ashok Dinda, but the openers fell in quick succession, equalled the most expensive IPL figures by going for 63 runs in his four overs. Mitchell Johnson, then, did the exact opposite by swinging his way through the Pune Warriors top order, which all but sealed the win. With a mix of swagger and desperation, Tendulkar finally got going with his 44 off 29, but Ponting continued to struggle and finished with yet another effort at under a run a ball, taking his tournament tally to 48 at an average of 12 and a strike rate of 73. Around him, though, Tendulkar caused mayhem, especially with Dinda, one of the five bowlers used in the first five overs. Left-arm spin, though, worked for

Pune: Aaron Finch began the innings with a three-run over, and Yuvraj Singh got Ponting first ball when introduced in the eighth over. Finch accounted for Tendulkar, who holed out at long-on, in the next over, and Mumbai were 60 for 2 in the ninth over. They now needed a bit of rebuilding which Karthik and Rohit did but without sacrificing the scoring rate. Karthik equalled the highest rungetter of the tournament with a pulled four off Yuvraj in the 12th over, and then claimed the orange cap with an inside-out four next ball. However, just when the two looked set for the final flourish with a 55rup stand, Karthik fell to the first ball after the second timeout. Mitchell Marsh, introduced just then, came up with the perfect offcutter first up. Brief score: Mumbai Indians 183-3(S Tendulkar 44, D Karthik 41, R Sharma 62, AJ Finch 1-11, Yuvraj Singh 1-13) Pune Warriors 142-8(R Marsh 38, Yuvraj Singh 24, T Suman 23, M Johnson 3-33). -AGENCIES

Djokovic gambles on ankle in Monte Carlo

TOKYO: Li Zijun of China performs in the women's individual free skating at the World Team Trophy figure skating competition on Saturday.-AGENCIES

MONTE CARLO: Novak Djokovic tested his damaged right ankle on Saturday with a quick exhibition hit with Andy Murray in front of the famed Monte Carlo Casino before deciding to take a chance and play in the ATP Masters 1000 starting on Sunday. The Serb world number one rolled his ankle last weekend as he led his nation into the Davis Cup semi-finals over the USA, then flew back to his Monte Carlo base for intensive rehab and treatment after a scan showed no ligament damage. Djokovic takes the top seeding at the most picturesque venue in the sport as he heads the

field with Murray second. Missing from the non-obligatory event will be number three Roger Federer (pre-planned training break) and Spain's David Ferrer (thigh injury). Multiple champion and king of clay Rafael Nadal will be bidding for an unprecedented ninth straight title in the principality where he continually dominates. The Spaniard ranked fifth and seeded third flew in after a three-week rest in the wake of his Indian Wells title last month, the climax to his comeback to tennis after a seven-month pause for knee injuries. -AGENCIES

Hafeez set to join Caribbean Premier League

OUR STAFF REPORTER LAHORE: Pakistan T20 captain Mohammad Hafeez has become the fourth international ‘franchise player’ to join the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Twenty20 Tournament. The other international cricketers who have committed to playing in the league – and have been assigned icon or ‘franchise player’ status as well – are Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist and Ross Taylor. Hafeez, who has played 43 T20I matches for Pakistan, is ranked No. 2, behind Shane Watson in the ICC rankings for all-rounders. He has led Pakistan in 14 T20 games, his most recent being the second T20 against South Africa in March, where he scored 86 off 51 balls and became the first Pakistan batsman to score 1,000 runs in the format. “The 2010 World T20 allowed me the experience playing T20 in the Caribbean and I am looking forward to playing there once again,” Hafeez said. “The people in the West Indies love their cricket and I am sure the fans will get behind their teams. I also hope that cricket fans back in Pakistan and around the world will follow me during this first CPL season.” The CPL is scheduled to begin on July 29 and runs till August 26. The tournament involves six franchise countries across the Caribbean: Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Lucia and Trinidad & Tobago. The teams will all have one local and one international franchise player each. The players have not been assigned teams yet.

Zimbabwe batsman Ervine puts club cricket before Tests HARARE: Middle-order batsman Craig Ervine has opted to play club cricket in England rather than Tests for Zimbabwe and will miss this month's series against Bangladesh. Zimbabwe Cricket spokesman Lovemore Banda told Reuters on Saturday that Ervine, the team's leading run-scorer on their recent tour of West Indies, had turned down a short-term international contract in order to play league fixtures. "It's disappointing not to be a part of this coming series," the batsman said on his Twitter account. "In life tough choices have to be made and this is one of them." It is likely the 27-year-old Ervine will earn more money playing club cricket in England. Ervine, who has scored 174 runs at an average of 29.00 in four Tests, does not have a central contract with Zimbabwe Cricket. Older brother Sean, who signed a three-year contract extension with English county Hampshire this month, missed the two-Test series against West Indies after turning down a place on the tour. Zimbabwe will also be without injured trio Tino Mawoyo, Regis Chakabva and Chris Mpofu for the two home tests against Bangladesh. Pakistan-born batsman Sikandar Raza Butt is in line to make his debut in the first Test in Harare that starts on Wednesday while former captain Elton Chigumbura is set to return after being dropped. Squad: Brendan Taylor (captain), Sikandar Raza Butt, Tendai Chatara, Elton Chigumbura, Michael Chinouya, Graeme Cremer, Kyle Jarvis, Timycen Maruma, Hamilton Masakadza, Shingirai Masakadza, Keegan Meth, Natsai Mshangwe, Tinotenda Mutombodzi, Richmond Mutumbani, Ray Price, Vusi Sibanda, Prosper Utseya, Brian Vitori, Malcolm Waller, Sean Williams. -AGENCIES

Jason leads as Tiger falters at 77th Masters AUGUSTA: A Masters second round that tested how top golfers handle adversity Friday saw Tiger Woods stumble, Jason Day take the lead and teen Guan Tianlang make the cut despite a rare slow-play penalty. Day, hoping to be Australia's first Masters champion, shot a four-under par 68 to stand on six-under 138 and take a onestroke lead over countryman Marc Leishman and Fred Couples, trying at 53 to become the oldest major winner. "It's a hard course out there," Couples said. "They put most of the pins in, I thought, really hard spots." Breaking Australia's Masters jinx, a hex best known by the frustrations of Greg Norman's near-misses, weighs on Day's mind as he looks down on the rest of his rivals as the weekend looms. "Obviously there's a lot of pressure on my shoulders, being from Australia and no Australian has ever won the event," he said. Top-ranked Woods took a share of the lead late before a demoralizing setback at the par-5 15th when his ball hit the flagstick and went into a water

hazard. He shot a 71 to stand on 141, among 26 sub-par players within five of the lead. "I thought I played really well, a round that should have been in the 60s," Woods said. "I played really well." Woods, a 14-time major champion chasing the all-time record of 18 majors won by Jack Nicklaus, seeks his first major title since the 2008 US Open and first Masters victory since capturing his fourth green jacket in 2005. Guan Tianlang, the 14-year-old Chinese schoolboy who became the youngest player in Masters history, became the first player in a major to be assessed a slow-play penalty since France's Gregory Bourdy at the 2010 PGA Championship. "I respect the decision they make," Guan said. After being warned and having his pace timed, Guan was given the penalty stroke for a bogey at 17, putting him on the eventual cut line and forcing him to wait until the last group finished to know if he would play on the weekend. Guan finished on 75 in the second round and on four-over 148 for

36 holes, right on the limit that included 61 players within 10 strokes of the lead. A day after 45 players fired par or better, wind and tougher pin positions over the 7,435-yard layout kept the world's top golfers struggling simply to hold their positions. "It was tough. There were a few pins tucked away," Leishman said. Couples, the 1992 Masters champion, has teased age history at the Masters before in recent years, leading after the first round in 2010 only to finish sixth and leading after the second round last year only to share 12th. The oldest champion in major golf history was Julius Boros, who was 48 when he won the 1968 PGA Championship. The oldest winner in Masters history was Jack Nicklaus, who won his 18th and final major crown at age 46 at the 1986 Masters. Argentina's Angel Cabrera, the 2009 Masters winner, birdied five of the last six holes to fire a 69 and stand two off the pace at 140 alongside Americans Jim Furyk and Brandt Snedeker. At 15, Woods struck the flagstick with his

AUGUSTA: Tiger Woods of the United States hits a shot on the 14th hole during the second round of the 2013 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club -AGENCIES third shot and saw it roll into the water. After a penalty stroke, he repeated the shot and then made a tap-in bogey. Woods was in a group at 141 that


included Australian Adam Scott, American Jason Dufner, South Korean K.J. Choi and Englishmen Lee Westwood, Justin Rose and David

Lynn. Only Woods among them has ever won a major. A pack on 142 included 2011 Masters winner Charl Schwartzel of South Africa, 1985 and 1993 Masters champion Bernhard Langer of Germany, Spaniards Sergio Garcia and Gonzalo FernandezCastano, Aussie John Senden and Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, the 2011 US Open and 2012 PGA Championship winner whose round of 70 included an eagle at eight. "Digging in and grinding it out was pleasing for me," McIlroy said. "The eagle on the eighth really got me going. A 70 was a good score today. You had to be really disciplined." Dustin Johnson was a victim of tougher conditions; playing the last five holes in six-over after having led by two strokes. Among those who missed the cut were South Korean Yang Yong-Eun, American Webb Simpson, Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell, South African Louis Oosthuizen and Ireland's Padraig Harrington – all past major winners. -AGENCIES



cJ takes suo motu on security of ex-PMs, others ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has taken a suo moto notice of unprecedented security arrangements for the former prime ministers Raja Pervez Ashraf and Yousuf Raza Gilani, former interior minister Rehman Malik, former Sindh chief minister Qaimi Ali Shah and speaker and deputy speakers of the Sindh Assembly. Notices have been issued to both the former prime ministers, Rehman Malik, Qaim Ali Shah, Attorney General, Sindh Advocate General and the Inspector General of Sindh police. The CJ has sought reply till April 16. The Supreme Court has also sought notifications and other details relating to the approval of security arrangements. Meanwhile, the Awami National Party (ANP) has decided to formally lodge a protest against the Election Commission’s decision to withdraw security of its candidates. –AGENCIES

APRIL 14, 2013

Ministry refuses to let go dismissed MDs 

Babus resisting ECP orders in all provinces


Zuhair Siddiqui and MD Sui Northern Gas pipeline Limited (SNGPL) Arif Hameed from their lucrative slots, as the commission feared that both would influence the upcoming general elections through gas schemes. Ahead of fast approaching general election, the ECP wrote a letter to the Petroleum Ministry following an application submitted by a citizen requesting to send both babus packing. A deputy director in the ECP on Saturday when contacted told that the ECP had received a letter from

ISLAMABAD: Defying the Election Commission of Pakistan's order to remove managing directors (MDs) of both state owned gas utilitiesSNGPL- & SSGCL, Petroleum & Natural Resources Ministry has declined to remove them from top slots, sources said on Saturday. The ECP in a strong worded letter Friday ordered Petroleum Ministry to immediately remove both managing directors (MD) of Sui Southern Gas Company Limited (SSGCL) Haroon

Petroleum Ministry. "Since the ECP members were not present in the office Saturday so the ECP after analysing the reply letter in detail would decide what to do most probably on Monday.”. He also told that now the ECP if thinks the ministry's justification is satisfactory then it will automatically avoid further action but if it considers the Ministry's response insufficient to its satisfaction level then the ECP will write to the caretaker premier, viewing the gravity of the matter ahead of general

Witness identifies buyer of boats

ISLAMABAD: Chairman, National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Fasih Bukhari said NAB has presented names of a number of defaulter candidates to the Election Commission of Pakistan. In an interview with state-run TV channel on Saturday‚ he said these candidates‚ who also include some important names‚ have been convicted by courts. He said it is now up-to the Election Commission as to what decision it takes regarding these candidates as the task of NAB is only to provide information about the candidates. Fasih Bukhari said that some of the candidates are also lodging appeals in their cases. He said NAB's jurisdiction is restricted only to those cases‚ in which convictions have taken place. –ONLINE

KARACHI: Three new caretaker ministers of Sindh cabinet were sworn in Karachi on Saturday. The new ministers are: Jaffar Khawaja‚ Hassan Ali Sharif and Shuja Junejo. Sindh Governor Dr. Ishratul Ibad administered the oath to the ministers. Two advisors and two assistants to the provincial chief minister also took oath of their offices. –ONLINE

Afghanistan accuses Pakistan of rocket attack KABU: Afghan officials say at least two women have been killed and two more injured after rockets fired from Pakistan hit an area in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Kunar. Wasefullah Wasefi, a spokesman for the provincial governor, said the missile attack took place in the early hours of Saturday and seven missiles landed in the Marawara district. He added that one of the projectiles struck a residential building in the region, killing two women and injuring two others. Afghan security forces have launched an investigation into the incident. –AGENCIES

PESHAWAR: A view of site of blast which occurred due to short-circuit in a store. –ONLINE

Russia, US expel each other’s envoys MOSCOW: Moscow said on Saturday that Washington had dealt a severe blow to relations by barring 18 Russians from the United States over alleged human rights abuses, and in retaliation it banned 18 Americans from entering Russia. US President Barack Obama's administration had on Friday issued a list of 18 people subject to visa bans and asset freezes in the United States under the Magnitsky Act legislation passed by Congress late last year. "Under pressure from Russophobic members of the US Congress, a powerful blow has been dealt to bilateral relations and mutual trust," a Russian Foreign Ministry statement said. The mutual blacklisting could dim hopes voiced publicly by both sides of rehabilitating a relationship increasingly strained since President Vladimir Putin returned to the Kremlin last May. Obama's national

Abbas Town suspects remanded till 20th KARACHI: Aslam Mehsud and his apprentices, members of the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), were presented before an AntiTerrorism Court here. The criminals who are allegedly responsible for the Abbas Town attacks on March 3 have been remanded till April 20. On Friday, the Sindh CID claimed to have arrested four members of TTP including the alleged master mind of the Abbas Town blast. According to officials, Aslam Mehsud, Abbas Khan, Rasool Khan and Ali Zaman, who belong to the TTP’s Khan Zaman Group, were arrested by the CID from Sultanabad, within the limits of Manghopir police station. The officials also recovered 125 kilograms of explosives along with a Kalashnikov assault rifle, eight handgrenades and three pistols from their possession. –AGENCIES

2 more bullet riddled bodies found in Awaran QUETTA: Police found two unidentified bullet riddled bodies in the area of Awaran on Saturday. Upon receiving secret information, Police reached on the spot and found two bodies. Later on, Police shifted them to hospital for autopsy. After completing legal formalities it was kept in morgue for identification. –AGENCIES

ordered the caretaker governments in Sindh, Balochistan and Punjab to change the top bureaucrats who are likely to influence the general elections. They include chief secretaries of Balochistan and Sindh, KP inspector general police and others. They have not been removed yet while Islamabad IGP Bani Amin is still performing duties despite that caretaker Interior Minister Malik Habib Khan had announced to remove him for his partisan track record based on rampant corruption.

Mumbai attack case

Defaulter candidates referred to EcP: NAB chief

3 more ministers inducted into Sindh cabinet

election in the country. Sources said despite forwarding a summary to the caretaker prime minister, the ministry had preferred to simply send a reply to the ECP through a letter. And, the ministry in its reply letter had made it clear to the ECP that since both top slots are tenure basis so it is unable to immediately remove them from their respective offices. Moreover, the Ministry in its reply has said since the allegations levelled against both the MDs are baseless so they cannot be removed from their offices. The ECP has

security adviser is to have talks on Monday with senior officials in Moscow - the highest-level face-toface contact since the US president began a second term in January. The Foreign Ministry listed 18 Americans subject to visa bans and asset freezes under a retaliatory law Putin signed in December that allowed such steps against Americans deemed to have violated thehuman rights of Russians abroad. That law also banned the adoption of Russian children by Americans. The Americans barred from Russia include two officials from President George W. Bush's administration who the ministry said were linked to the "legalization and application of torture" - David Addington, a former chief of staff of Vice President Dick Cheney, and John Choon Yoo, a former Justice Department lawyer. –AGENCIES

Palestinian PM finally steps down RAMALLAH: Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad formally presented his resignation to president Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday, a Palestinian official said. "Fayyad met Abbas for half an hour in the president's headquarters in Ramallah in the West Bank and officially handed him his written resignation," the official said. Abbas and Fayyad have been at loggerheads as criticism of the prime minister's economic policies has mounted in the ruling Fatah movement, but Washington has lobbied hard for the US-educated economist to remain in post. Late on Friday, US Secretary of State John Kerry telephoned Abbas to press him to find common ground with his prime minister, Palestinian officials said. Rumours that Fayyad would either resign or be told to step down by Abbas have been rife in recent weeks after longstanding differences between the two men came to a head over the finance portfolio. Finance Minister Nabil Qassis announced on March 2 that he was standing down. –AGENCIES

Militants blow up election office in NWA MIRANSHAH: Militants blew up the election office of an independent candidate in North Waziristan tribal agency on Saturday, adding to security fears ahead of historic national polls next month. No one was hurt in the bombing, but the bombing is likely to fuel concerns that violence will mar the national and regional elections on May 11. “Militants blew up the election office of Kamran Khan with explosives at around 5:00 am,” an intelligence official said, adding that all three rooms of the office were destroyed. Residents confirmed the bombing and said an adjacent mosque was also damaged in the blast. Khan is a former legislator from North Waziristan who supported the outgoing government led by the PPP, the official said. Nobody immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. Meanwhile, the Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) on Saturday defused a bomb outside the compound of JUI-F candidate Fazl Ali Haqqani in Swabi. According to police, unidentified terrorists had planted explosive material in a pressure cooker outside the compound. A passerby informed police about the suspected object. The BDS personnel reached the scene and defused the bomb. An official of the BDS said that around five kilogrammes of explosives were concealed in the presser cooker that could have caused large-scale destruction upon explosion. –AGENCIES

FIA investigator barred from testifying

RAWALPINDI: A witness Saturday identified one of seven men charged with involvement in the 2008 Mumbai attacks as the person who had bought inflatable boats used by the terrorists involved in the assault on India’s financial hub. Prosecutors said the witness, whom they did not name for security reasons, had identified accused Shahid Jamil Riaz during proceedings conducted behind closed doors at Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi by anti-terrorism court judge Chaudhry Habib-ur-Rehman. The witness told the judge that Riaz and 10 other people had bought 11 boats, saying they were to be used for fishing. The witness told the judge he had never seen these persons returning from sea with any fish. A total of four private witnesses testified during the hearing. Another witness told the judge that he had sold the accused a Yamaha boat engine for Rs. 1.6 lakh and yet another witness said he had sold the accused six pumps, prosecutors said. The witnesses also identified 10 men, including Amjad Khan and Atiqur Rehman, who were allegedly involved in planning and executing the Mumbai attacks on November 26, 2008 that left 166 people dead. These ten men were earlier declared “proclaimed offenders” or fugitives by the antiterrorism court.

LHC notes discrepancies in NAB, ECP data OUR STAFF REPORTER L AH ORE: A full bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Saturday ordered NAB and FBR to update their records of the contesting candidates. The court issued a written order in the case pertaining to the implementation of Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution on nominees hoping to contest the coming general election. The bench, headed by Justice Ijazul Hasan took notice of the discrepancy in the data provided by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). The court’s six-page-long written order said the ECP had

Wali for India, Iran role in Afghanistan 

Wants to end presence of foreign militants  Fears rise in extremism after NATO pullout


ISLAMABAD: ANP Chief Asfandyar Wali Khan says everybody condemns drone attacks, but there is need of condemning the presence of foreigners in our land. In an interview with Amir Mateen for Business Plus and Radio Pakistan, he stated that very few people support Taliban‚ but lot of people are supporting them by staying silent. On operation in FATA, the ANP chief said the political ownership is a

real thing in such wars. “Only Pashtoons are not residing there‚ but there are people from entire Pakistan and from the world. So‚ there is need of collective political ownership for start of operation in FATA‚ as there is no significance of the stance of one or two political parties. On Afghanistan, he said as long as the ISAF‚ Pakistan and Afghanistan do not evolve an acceptable formula - right and concrete exit policythere will be no change in situation of Afghanistan and the region. “Departure of NATO troops after

2014‚ will create a vacuum.” As per him, vacuum is always filled by extremists and not by the moderates. “There is need that this aspect should be kept in view.” On talks with Taliban, Wali said: “Definitely‚ Taliban should be part of the future setup. “If a 'Talib'‚ says that he is ready to become the part of political process‚ I will be the first person to welcome him. Talking India role in future Afghan setup, Wali candidly said if durable peace in Afghanistan is the objective then not just India and

“The ten proclaimed offenders were either trainers or facilitators of the accused who launched the attacks in Mumbai,” chief prosecutor Chaudhry Zulifqar Ali said. One witness told the court that Amjad Khan had obtained from him a “port clearance certificate” for Al-Hussaini, a fishing boat used by the terrorists. Amjad Khan was also involved in purchasing the inflatable boats, another witness said. Though chief prosecutor Ali identified the four private witnesses as Hamza Bin Tariq, Muhammad Ali, Mohammad Saifullah Khan and Umer Draz Khan, he refused to go into details of their individual testimony for security reasons. All the witnesses belong to the port city of Karachi. Additional director Altaf Hussain of the Federal Investigation Agency, who played a key role in probing the Mumbai attacks, was present during the hearing but the judge did not allow him to testify as a defence lawyer argued that Hussain should record his statement after the private witnesses. Prosecutors said the crossexamination of the four private witnesses could not be conducted as the main defence lawyers did not attend the hearing. The judge adjourned the case till April 27, as the four witnesses are expected to be cross-examined. –AGENCIES

Pakistan but Iran and other bordering countries should also be involved and entire region should be taken on board. Wali very smartly avoided a direct answer when he was asked about PTI success in upcoming election. “PTI is a political entity. It has a right to do politics in Pakistan. It has entered in politics of KPK. It is all right. How many seats‚ it will win and how many seats other parties will win‚ will be clear on May 11. Part 2 of transcript of interview on page 3

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provided the court with data on 24,094 hopefuls whereas NAB had conveyed the details of 23,599 candidates. The court pointed out discrepancies between the information provided by the two departments over declaring 500 candidates and their family members as defaulters. Moreover, the bench summoned details on the candidates whose names appeared in the list of defaulters from Wapda, SNGPL, PTCL and other departments. The bench, in its interim order, directed the Federal Board of Revenue to add a column of defaulters in its records and to publish all the details on its website within three weeks.

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