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Promises on priority: Party says it wants Pakistan to be secure World at a glance

PML-N swears by anti-terror policy 9 arrested over attacks in

Turkey near Syria border
Several big-ticket
istan Muslim League-Nawaz Authorities detained deeper into the conflict.
(PML-N), which is set to nine Turkish citizens Harsh accusations from
form the next government
in Pakistan, will frame a na-
tional policy to counter ter-
leaders bite the dust believed to have links to the
Syrian intelligence agency
in connection with two car
both sides signaled a sharp
escalation of already high
tensions between the two
rorism after consulting all ISLAMABAD: Many stalwarts bombs that left 46 people former allies. “This incident
political parties and stake- of Pakistani politics, including dead in a Turkish border was carried out by an or-
holders, a close associate of former Prime Minister Raja town, officials said on Sun- ganisation which is in close
party chief Nawaz Sharif Pervez Ashraf, bit the dust in day, as Syria rejected allega- contact to pro-regime
said on Sunday. the polls that saw a large num- tions the country was be- groups in Syria and I say
ber of people exercising their hind the attack, reports AP this very clearly, with the
“We have to make Pakistan vote for a historic democratic from Ankara. Syrian mukhabarat,” said
a secure nation. This is the transition. The bombings marked Interior Minister Muam-
duty of the government and of The biggest upset was of the biggest incident of mer Guler. Among the nine
all state institutions. A national Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) cross-border violence since people detained overnight
policy will be made on (terror- Ashraf, who suffered a humili- Former Pakistan PM Raja the start of Syria’s bloody was the mastermind of the
ism) after consultations with ating defeat in Rawalpindi-II Parvez Ashraf and cricketer- civil war and have raised attack and more were ex-
all parties and stakeholders,” (National Assembly-51), Geo turned-politico Imran Khan fear of Turkey being pulled pected, Guler said.
said Pervaiz Rashid, a member News reported.
of the Senate, or the upper As per unofficial and initial In a shocking result, Awami
house of parliament. results, Pakistan Muslim National Party (ANP) chief As-
“The PML-N will implement League-Nawaz (PML-N) can- fandyar Wali Khan suffered an
this national policy,” he told re- didate Raja Mohammad Javed upset defeat in Charsadda’s
porters after a meeting of the Ikhlas won the seat. NA-7 constituency at the hands
PML-N’s leadership in Lahore. Other top leaders of the PPP of Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl
Rashid said it was “too early” also lost their seats. Those who candidate Maulana M Gohar
to talk about the PML-N form- were defeated included former Shah, who won with 53,492
ing a coalition at the centre. information ministers Qamar votes. Chaudhry Anwar Ali
“Let the final results come Zaman Kaira and Firdous Cheema, a veteran politician
in. After that, we will work with Ashiq Awan, Punjab president who has been winning elec-
every political party, whatever of PPP Manzoor Ahmad Wat- tions since 1985, ran out of luck
their number of seats (in par- too, former Public Account this time. Contesting on a
liament), to solve Pakistan’s Committee chairman Nadeem PML-Q ticket, Cheema lost the
problems.” Afzal Gondal, and Bushra 2013 election to PML-N candi-
“Let the final results come Aitzaz, wife of Barrister date Zulfikar Ali Bhatti.
in. Once the results are final, Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan. Cricketer-turned-politician
the government will automat- PPP’s central leader and for- Imran Khan, in a setback, lost
ically be formed,” Rashid said. mer federal minister Nazar from a Lahore constituency In this May 1, 2013, photo, client Danny Thomas, left, hugs
Analysts said that the PML- Muhammad Gondal and against PML-N candidate Sar- Anthony Cymerysin Hartford, Connecticut, United States.
N was expected to form the Tasleem Qureshi were also dar Ayaz Sadiq. Khan’s loss in For 20 years, Cymerys has cut hair for the fee of a hug. AP
government at the centre with among the losers. Lahore was seen as a major up-
the support of independents Similarly, both of Gilani’s set and a psychological defeat
and smaller rightist parties like
the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, set-
sons, Ali Musa and Abdul
Qadir, lost in polls from their
for the party.
However, the Pakistan Bangladesh toll nears 1,200
ting the stage for a third stint IN NAWAZ’S NAME: Supporters of former Pakistani prime minister and head of the Pakistan Multan constituencies. Abdul Tehrik-e-Insaf chief won from
as premier for Nawaz Sharif. Muslim League-N Nawaz Sharif celebrate the party’s victory a day after landmark general was kidnapped by suspected Mianwali in Punjab province, More than two weeks corpses were still at a near-
Rashid said the PML-N was elections, in Lahore on on Sunday. AFP Taliban terrorists last week Peshawar and Rawalpindi. after an eight-storey by school ground for identi-
prepared for talks with other while he was campaigning. PTI building collapsed in the fication. “We are preserving
parties on all issues confronting Bangladesh capital, the tissue suitable for DNA tests

The ‘Lion of Punjab’ has a lot to live up to

Pakistan. “We were in contact ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| death toll approached 1,200 of the unidentified bodies,
with these political parties ear- US hails results Sunday, said officials, re- many of which have also
lier and these contacts will con- ports agencies from Dhaka. been buried,” he said. Res-
tinue,” he said. The PML-N re- ISLAMABAD, PTI: Nawaz cian, Sharif has made an as- cricketer-turned-politician Im- Sharif’s last term as Prime US President Barack Oba- Tarekul Alam of the Dha- cuers say the stench of de-
spects the mandate of all parties Sharif, called the “Lion of Pun- tounding comeback after being ran Khan’s “tsunami” as his Minister ended in 1999 when ma has congratulated Pak- ka district administration’s caying bodies was still
elected to the parliament and jab” who has promised to toppled in a 1999 coup, jailed Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf had then Army Chief Pervez istan on completion of control room told Xinhua strong in the rubble of the
will accept whatever role they restart peace process with India and exiled for seven years. a projected win of only 34 seats. Musharraf carried out a blood- polls, and said his adminis- that the confirmed death Rana Plaza that crumbled
want to play in national politics, and is set to be elected for a third While votes from Saturday’s The 63-year-old has prom- less coup. tration is ready to work “as toll stood at 1,126 at 3 pm. April 24. Rescuers have
he said. The PML-N is ready to stint as Prime Minister, is seen elections were still being count- ised to transform the country’s In a dramatic fall from grace, equal partners” with the The control room was set pulled out alive 2,438 peo-
take all elected political parties as someone who can fix Pak- ed on Sunday, he declared vic- economy, end graft in state- Sharif ended up in jail, convict- new government, reports up near the building site at ple, including a female gar-
on board to transform Pakistan istan’s bleeding economy but is tory at the Pakistan Muslim owned enterprises, build a mo- ed of hijacking charges for try- PTI from Washington. Savar on the outskirts of ment worker named Resh-
into a developed country, he considered soft on the Taliban. League-Nawaz headquarters. torway from Lahore to Karachi ing to stop a plane carrying Dhaka to coordinate rescue mi, a seamstress buried for
added. A steel tycoon-turned-politi- He managed to navigate and launch a bullet train. Musharraf from landing. ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| operations. He said 63 16 days in the debris.

US town has Indian killed in Malaysia

Pope Francis declares 800 Israel looks to stop
as a mayor Italian martyrs saints Russia from selling » An ethnic Indian was
killed by unidentified as-
sailants on Saturday night
in Malaysia’s Kedah state,
pistol, fired several shots at
the victim hitting his face
and right arm. “This caused
the victim to lose control of

NEW YORK: A four-year-old

US boy, who hasn’t even
VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis
on Sunday proclaimed as saints
missiles to Syria PTI reports from Kuala
Kulim district police
the car, which skidded for
about 70m to the left road
shoulder where he died,” he
passed kindergarten yet, is some 800 Italians killed in the JERUSALEM: Israeli Premier Russian and Israeli officials chief, Supt. Ghuzlan Salleh said. Thangaraja worked as
calling the shots as mayor in a 15th century for refusing to Benjamin Netanyahu is “fully have said the two leaders are said the victim, identified as a shop assistant for a used
small town in Minnesota. convert to Islam, and said determined” to try to halt to meet shortly, with Russia’s K Thangaraja, 31, was driv- goods business. Ethnic Indi-
Robert Tufts was selected many Christians were still be- sales by Russia of advanced Interfax news agency quoting ing his car on Saturday ans comprises eight per
mayor last year of Dorset, a ing persecuted for their faith. missiles to Syria when he vis- Putin’s spokesman Dmitry night, when two men, be- cent of Malaysia’s 28 million
town in Minnesota, which has He made his first appeal as its Moscow for talks with Peskov as saying the visit was lieved to be armed with a people.
a population of a mere 22 pope against abortion, saying President Vladimir Putin, a being planned for next week.
people. life must be “respected from minister said on Sunday. “Netanyahu and Putin will
Residents say that Tufts is a the moment of conception” A reported Russian plan to discuss the Russian arms
“ball of fire”, and while the kid and throwing his support be- sell Damascus S-300 missile sales to Syria, in particular the
may not have the academic hind an Italian group pro- batteries “worries us at the sale of advanced S-300 anti-
credentials for the job, they moting legal protection for highest level and the prime aircraft missile systems,” Is-
claim he’s got the chops – and embryos. minister is fully determined rael’s Haaretz newspaper re-
the mouth – to run the town, The Vatican seemed at pains that this contract should not ported on Friday, adding that
reported New York Daily not to allow the first canonisa- be fulfilled,” Energy and Wa- the Israeli premier would also
News. tions of Francis’ two-month-old ter Minister Silvan Shalom, a seek to raise the Iranian nu-
“He’s amazing. He’s just papacy to be interpreted as LAUDED LADY A church is decorated with a poster of Mother member of the security cabi- clear issue.
completely amazing,” said anti-Islamic, saying the deaths Laura Montoya at her hometown in Colombia on Sunday as net, told public radio. Israel twice last week car-
Kathy Schmidt, whose family of the ‘Otranto Marytrs’ must Pope Francis beatified her at a ceremony in Rome. AP “Such a sale to Syria would ried out air strikes near Dam-
has lived in the area for four be understood in their histori- alter the balance of forces in ascus, attacks a senior Israeli
generations. cal context. Otranto Martyrs, we ask God tians in parts of the West Asia, the region and these weapons source said were aimed at pre-
“He’s right in your face and The Italians were killed in to sustain the many Christians including Coptic Christians could fall into the hands of venting the transfer of sophis-
well-spoken. You can’t imagine 1480 during the siege of Otran- who, today, in many parts of who have been caught up in Hezbollah,” the Lebanese ticated weapons to Hezbollah.
what a ball of fire he is,” said to, on the southeastern Adri- the world still suffer violence, sectarian strife in Egypt. militia ally of Syrian President US Secretary of State John
Schmidt. atic, by Ottoman Turks who and give them the courage to A booklet handed out to par- Bashar al-Assad and Israel’s Kerry has warned that the
According to a radio station, sacked the city, killed its arch- be faithful and to respond to ticipants said the “sacrifice” of arch-foe Iran, Shalom said. sale of S300s to Damascus
the mayor can sing and dance bishop and told the citizens to evil with good,” Francis said be- the Otranto Martyrs “must be Should Syria obtain the ul- would be “potentially desta-
with the best of them, he surrender and convert. When fore more than 70,000 people placed within the historical tra-modern Russian weapons, bilising” for the region.
guides his citizens safely across they refused, the Ottoman in St Peter’s Square. context of the wars that deter- which can destroy aircraft or Russia however refuses to
the street, big stick in hand. commanding officer ordered He did not mention any mined relations between Eu- guided missiles, “action by rule it out however, saying
He is also an expert fisher- the execution of all men aged countries, but the Vatican has rope and the Ottoman Empire countries seeking change in that it has to honour existing Singer Britney Spears attends 102.7 KIIS FM's Wango
man, and knows how to dole 15 or older, most by beheading. expressed deep concern re- for a long period of time”. Syria would become much contracts. Tango 2013 held at The Home Depot Center on Saturday
out advice about the best bait “While we venerate the cently about the fate of Chris- Reuters more difficult,” he added. AFP in Carson, California, United States. AFP
to use.
Tufts was chosen as the
mayor at last year’s “Taste of
Dorset” festival. The small Vox populi Israel PM rapped for bed
town selects its leader through

Britons want queen to step down if she is too ill

a draw during the popular Officials close to Israel’s Netanyahu’s office initially
event. prime minister says he defended the decision, say-
Campaigns don’t cost much will use alternate sleeping ing that the prime minister
in Dorset – just $1 will get your arrangements when travel- had a busy schedule ahead
name in the hat. You don’t LONDON: Queen Elizabeth II turnaround from March when make a good king – a 13 per of Cambridge, was also rated a ing after receiving a sky- of the flight and needed to
even have to live there. should step down from the 51 per cent thought she should cent increase since May last high 79 per cent in terms of high bill for installing a cus- be fresh for important
At one point, a five-year-old British throne and allow her carry on even if she were ill year. Only 23 per cent still her contribution since the roy- tomised bed on a recent meetings in Britain. But
from Chicago was running the son Price Charles to become and other members of the roy- have doubts about his abilities, al wedding while colourful flight to London, reports following a public uproar,
town. king if ill-health prevents her al family had to take over considerably lower than 37 younger brother Prince Harry AP from Jerusalem. officials close to Netanyahu
Dorset became a dot on the from performing her public many of her duties. per cent last year. managed a decent 72 per cent. Channel 10 TV said Ne- said he had been unaware
map nearly a century ago, duties, a survey has revealed. The poll comes in the wake However, there still seems YouGov questioned 1,945 tanyahu spent $127,000 of of the cost, and once in-
sprouting up around a railroad While a majority 53 per of an announcement earlier to be very little support for his adults on May 9 and 10 for its public funds during a five- formed, he ordered the
that passed through the area. cent of voters still believe the this week that the Queen’s son wife Camilla, the Duchess of latest sample survey. hour flight to attend Mar- bed be cancelled on all
The community allegedly 87-year-old monarch should and heir, Prince Charles, will Cornwall. PTI garet Thatcher’s funeral. future flights.
lost its town status years ago rule for life, only a minority of take her place at this year’s Only 16 per cent believe she
“when they took away the zip 43 per cent said she should Commonwealth Heads of should become Queen, 46 per
code,” said Schmidt. continue even if she was too ill Government meeting in Sri cent prefer the title of Princess MARVIN ® By Tom Armstrong
Decisions about Dorset are to continue. Lanka – a biennial conference Consort and 11 per cent be-
made by the businesses that The gueen has been ruling she has not missed since 1973. lieve she should have no title
operate there – meaning that since 1952. She has also cancelled a few at all.
the mayor does not have too Significantly, a solid 48 per other official engagements af- The younger generation of
many responsibilities, said the cent believed she should stand ter being briefly hospitalised royals remain largely popular,
report. down in those circumstances in March for a stomach bug. with 85 per cent saying Prince
Dorset describes itself the and allow the throne to pass to Public opinion also seems William – the second in line to
“Restaurant Capital of the her heirs, The Sunday Times to simultaneously indicate a the throne – makes a positive
World” because it has the most survey conducted by YouGov surge in popularity for Prince contribution to the royal fami-
restaurants per capita. this week found. Charles, as 50 per cent of ly.
PTI Queen Elizabeth II The latest figures mark a those polled said he would His wife Kate, the Duchess