12TT01B.qxd 5/11/2013 11:37 PM Page 1 c m y b 123 vol. 133 no. 130 | sunday, may 12, 2013 chandigarh | new delhi | jalandhar | bathinda | srinagar | www.tribuneindia.com | 32 pages | ~5.00 Sunday Specials Pak votes amid bombs & bullets Sibal to look after Law, CP Joshi Railways 24 die as blasts rock Karachi, Peshawar | Clashes in Baloch | Turnout expected to be 60% Tribune News Service The gravy train The Railways is riddled with corruption. Unless efforts are made to put it back on track, there may soon be no option but to privatise it. PERSPECTIVE P13 GM Bill — Food for thought The Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India Bill has triggered a hot debate on the regulation and safety of genetically modified crops. KALEIDOSCOPE P14 Islamabad/Lahore, May 11 Defying Taliban death threats and violence that claimed 24 lives, millions of Pakistanis today voted in a landmark General Election that marked the first democratic transition in the country's 66-year history. The Election Commission extended polling by an hour to accommodate large numbers of voters who were still present at polling stations and officials said they expected the turnout to be around 60%. A staggering 75,000 security personnel, including 5,000 troops for sensitive polling stations Talibandominated restive areas in northwest, were deployed to ensure smooth conduct of the exercise. Long queues and chaotic scenes were witnessed outside thousands of polling stations across the country Sharif, Imran win ■ Pakistan ex-PM Nawaz Sharif wins from Sargodha in Punjab province. He got 19,125 votes, defeating PTI’s Noor Hayat, who only secured 6,065 votes ■ PTI chief Imran Khan wins from Peshawar constituency in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, defeating ANP’s Ghulam Bilour PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif casts his vote in Lahore on Saturday. — AP/PTI EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH NAWAZ SHARIF with Raj Chengappa, Editor-in-Chief, The Tribune Group of Newspapers, in Lahore despite threats of attacks by the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, which said it would target the elections as they are part of the "infidel" system of democracy. The turnout remained strong throughout the day despite a string of gun and bomb attacks in Karachi, the country's largest city, and across Khyber- P 11 ■ With 15% votes counted, Sharif’s PML-N is leading in 114 seats followed by Imran Khan’s PTI Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan provinces. The attacks killed at least 24 persons and injured dozens. A total of 4,670 candidates are in the fray for the 342- member National Assembly while nearly 11,000 are running for the four provincial assemblies in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, Sindh and Baluchistan. The main contenders are the PPP which has been ruling , the country, PML-N led by former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf headed by cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan. The PML-N and Khan's party were the only major political forces that were able to conduct a nationwide campaign after the banned TTP warned that it would target leaders and rallies of the secular-leaning PPP , Awami National Party and Muttahida Qaumi Movement, which were part of the outgoing coalition. continued on p20 more reports on p20 Like China, we too can upgrade border infra: Antony MiG 29-K commissioned into Navy Ajay Banerjee Tribune News Service First among sequels What’s common between classics like Pride & Prejudice, Gone With the Wind and the James Bond and Harry Potter series? They all have spawned sequels by different authors Today’s issue consists of 32 pages, including eight-page Spectrum. Goa, May 11 Defence Minister AK Antony today said India has the right to build and develop its border infrastructure and would continue to shore up its capabilities. “As China has the right to improve, increase and strengthen infrastructure and other facilities on its ■ New-age fighter aircraft MiG29-K was commissioned into the Navy in the presence of Defence Minister AK Antony at INS Hansa ■ Antony said the Navy's indigenously-built aircraft carrier would be launched on August 12 this year Defence Minister AK Antony in the cockpit of a MiG-29K jet. PTI land, India has the right to develop its own infrastructure. Over the years, the Indian Air force and the Army ■ INS Vikramaditya (purchased from Russia) will arrive before the end of 2013, said the Defence Minister have increased their capabilities. That process will continue,” Antony said. The Defence Minister c m y b was addressing mediapersons after commissioning the MiG 29-K, the first ship-deck based super-son- ic jet fighters for the Navy. Antony’s statement comes nearly a week after the face-off with China ended in northern Ladakh on May 5. The two sides had agreed to pull back their troops to their earlier positions along the Line of Actual Control (LAC). continued on p19 Raised incursion issue with China: Khurshid P19 New Delhi, May 11 Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today handed over the additional charge of the Ministry of Law and Justice to Kapil Sibal and asked CP Joshi to look after the Railway portfolio following vacancies caused by the resignations of Ashwani Kumar and Pawan Bansal. President Pranab Mukherjee accepted the resignations of the two ministers who were forced to put in their papers by the party leadership in the wake of allegations of bribery and interfering with the CBI probe in the Coalgate scam. Sibal is currently holding the portfolio of Telecommunications while Joshi is the Road Transport and Highways Minister. On his part, the former Law Minister Ashwani Kumar maintained that he had resigned to put an end to unnecessary controversies even though the Supreme Court did not make any adverse remarks against him in the CBI coal blocks allocation case in the wake of the Executive having perused a report. Addressing an impromptu press conference at his official residence, the former Law Minister said: “My conscience remains clear and my stand will be vindicated.” “I tendered my resignation to the Prime Minister yesterday while thanking him for Prez accepts Bansal. Kumar’s resignations ■ President Pranab Mukherjee accepted the resignations of PK Bansal and Ashwani Kumar, who were forced to put in their papers by the party leadership on Friday Kapil Sibal CP Joshi ■ Sibal is currently holding the portfolio of Telecommunications while Joshi is the Road Transport and Highways Minister ‘My conscience is clear’ Former Law Minister Ashwani Kumar on Saturday said he had resigned to put an end to unnecessary controversies. “My conscience remains clear and my stand will be vindicated,” he said. giving me the opportunity to be a part of his team. I have done so to put an end to unnecessary controversy in a matter which is before the Supreme Court and in which no adverse comments have been made against me in any manner whatsoever. continued on p19 Bansal to be quizzed Soon P2 Cabinet rejig likely P2
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