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Leader of the opposition in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah on Wednesday said the Pakistan People’s Party has persuaded Rana Bhagwandas to head the National Accountability Bureau. Talking to reporters outside the Parliament House, he said, new name would be provided if any legal complication arises in this regard. “We have persuaded Rana Bhagwandas for his appointment as the chairman NAB, while Justice (r) Sardar Raza has not been contacted so far in this regard.” page 02

Former US deputy secretary of state Richard Armitage on Wednesday said while Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was condemning drone strikes and was demanding the US to stop them, in reality Pakistan could stop the drones if it actually wanted to. In an interview, Armitage said each time the Government of Pakistan spoke about drone strikes and did nothing about it, it incited public opinion in Pakistan, but it did not do anything to resolve the issue. page 02

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hAqqANi ACCuSeS ABBottABAd CommiSSioN of CoNCeAliNg fACtS WASHINGTON: The former Pakistan ambassador to the United States has reacted strongly to published claims by the Abbottabad Commission regarding issuance of visas to US officials, particularly the suggestion that as ambassador he issued visas without authorisation or was responsible for CIA agents coming into Pakistan in large numbers. In a statement, Hussain Haqqani said that the US Navy SEALS who found Osama bin Laden did not come with visas and the entire controversy over visas has been manufactured to distract attention from the two vital questions. “The first question is why Pakistan’s bloated security agencies failed to find OBL for nine years and the second, how were the US SEALS able to come into Pakistan without detection by our security forces,” he said. The former ambassador said that the Commission interviewed him on December 19, 2011 when he was a virtual prisoner because he had been forbidden to leave the country. “I informed the Commission that I did not have access to official records for visas at the time but the Commission has not recorded that point in its report,” he said. Haqqani added that the figures for visas were provided by officials at the embassy and the Foreign Ministry after he had resigned and to say that these came from me is an absolute falsehood. In any case, Haqqani said, if anyone is given a visa that does not make that person invisible within Pakistan. “Entry of that person is still recorded at the airport and he can be followed like thousands of Pakistanis and foreigners are followed by intelligence agencies,” he said. “Why did the intelligence agencies fail to track down those who were issued visas is another question that has been ignored,” he added. The former ambassador cited the example of CIA contractor Raymond Davis who stayed in Pakistan for three years on visas that were issued and renewed in Islamabad. Staff report

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Indian Border Security Force (BSF) shot dead a Pakistani woman near the international border on Tuesday evening. On Wednesday, BSF Deputy Inspector General (DIG), RPS Jaiswal told reporters that a Pakistani woman, in her mid-30s, kept approaching the Indian border fence despite BSF warnings following which she was shot. He added that the BSF had told Pakistani Rangers about the incident but they refused to accept her body.

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HE Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the authorities concerned to present before it the expenditures incurred on the return of former OGRA chairman Tauqeer Sadiq as well as the action taken so far against his abetters. During the hearing of the OGRA scam case on Wednesday‚ the court directed the prosecutor general to inform the court who helped Sadiq flee Pakistan when his name was on the ECL. Justice Jawad S Khawaja remarked, “Who are behind the appointment of Tauqir Sadiq as OGRA chairman and what action has been taken against those who facilitated

him to flee from the country.” “What action has been initiated against those found responsible in facilitating him to escape from the country. A report be presented before us in this regard,” Justice Jawad S Khawaja gave these remarks while heading the two-member bench. National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Prosecutor General of KK Agha told the court, “Action is being taken against those who facilitated Sadiq to flee the country. The prevailing situation is this that approval from NAB chairman is required for filing reference. No NAB chairman has been appointed so far, therefore, reference could not be filed.” He further told the court that Sadiq was brought back to Pakistan a day ago and he was produced before an Accountability Court (AC). The court has given a 14day physical remand. Justice Jawad S Khawaja said, “Some influential people helped Sadiq flee the country despite placement of his name on the Exit Control List (ECL). We have come to know that some influential political figures facilitated his escape.

Sadiq was present in NAB headquarters when his warrants were issued. Warrants were torn apart. Where does the matter stand now?” Agha said, “Inquiry was held over why interference occurred during investigation. The internal inquiry of NAB has been finalised. But the inquiry against those found involved in helping Sadiq in fleeing the country has not been concluded.” Justice Khawaja said, “Punjab National Highway Police, FIA and the influential persons who facilitated Tauqir Sadiq in escaping the country be included in the investigations.” Agha told the court that significant headway had been made in the inquiry being conducted against officers of the Punjab National Highway Police, FIA and other departments who helped Sadiq flee. The court sought a report from NAB over the expenses incurred on Sadiq repatriation. “It should also be informed in the report who would pay the expenses,” the court ordered. The hearing of the case was adjourned until July 24.

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The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) spent a massive amount of four million rupees to bring back former OGRA chairman Tauqir Sadiq from the United Arab Emirates, the main accused in Rs 82 billion OGRA scam. Sources said the former chairman of NAB had refused to issue warrant of arrest for Tauqir Sadiq when he was in Pakistan and tore apart the note sent to him by NAB officials requesting permission for arresting Sadiq. The sources further said former interior minister Rehman Malik also did not cooperate with NAB in the arrest of the former OGRA chairman. They said the amount was spent on travel expenses, boarding and lodging of NAB officials in Dubai and necessary details would be submitted in the Supreme Court. They also said that the amount could be recovered from the former NAB chairman. NAB has also sent letters to inspectors general of police of the four provinces for the arrest of all those involved in OGRA corruption case. It is expected that the arrests would start after the appointment of the new chairman.According to reports, people belonging to Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were involved in the case.

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Former US deputy secretary of state Richard Armitage on Wednesday said while Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was condemning drone strikes and was demanding the US to stop them, in reality Pakistan could stop the drones if it actually wanted to. In an interview, Armitage said each time the Government of Pakistan spoke about drone strikes and did nothing about it, it incited public opinion in Pakistan, but it did not do anything to resolve the issue.

When asked about the Abbottabad Commission report stating that the raid to kill Osama bin Laden was ‘an act of war’ by the US, Armitage brushed it aside, saying he did not care what the report indicated, and that it was not a US report. He said it was not an act of war and that the US went after and took out a terrorist. According to the Abbottabad Commission report, the Americans had been asked to stop drone strikes because of the civilian casualties they caused. “It was easier to say no to them in the beginning, but ‘now it was more difficult’ to do so,” former

DG ISI Ahmed Shuja Pasha has been quoted as saying in the report. The report further quotes Pasha to have said; “Admittedly the drone attacks had their utility, but they represented a breach of national sovereignty. They were legal according to American law but illegal according to international law.” Armitage also said that despite the negative public opinion in Pakistan of the US, almost any Pakistani, if given the opportunity to come to the United States, would “do it in a heartbeat” – implying that the relationship was very complex.

Leader of the opposition in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah on Wednesday said the Pakistan People’s Party has persuaded Rana Bhagwandas to head the National Accountability Bureau. Talking to reporters outside the Parliament House, he said, new name would be provided if any legal complication arises in this regard. “We have persuaded Rana Bhagwandas for his appointment as the chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB), while Justice (r) Sardar Raza has not been contacted so far in this regard.” He said that it should be investigated that how the Abbottabad Commission’s report was leaked out. During the PPP regime no national secret was leaked out while in the first month of the PML-N government such secrets have been revealed. Meeting on national security should not be delayed as it is a national issue, and it should not be linked to Imran Khan. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to China, instead of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, was meaningful, he added. To a question, he said that it is wrong statement by government that they have paid the circular debt of the PPP. The PPP also paid outstanding dues of former president Pervez Musharraf’s regime.

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Zardari’s security chief assassinated PRESIDENT SAYS BILAL SHEIKH WAS NOT ONLY TRUSTED COMPANION BUT WAS LIKE SON TO HIM KaRaChi

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HREE people, including the chief security officer (CSO) of President Asif Zardari, were killed and another 10 sustained injuries when a suicide bomber blew himself up near the CSO’s vehicle at Guru Mandir on Wednesday. According to details, Bilal Sheikh stopped near a fruit shop at Guru Mandir to buy fruits when a suicide bomber blew himself up. Sheikh, his driver, Imran Zaidi, and a fruit vendor, identified as Shakil, died on the spot and 10 others, including six policemen, were injured. The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has condemned the killing and announced a day of mourning on Thursday (today). Black flags would be hoisted at the party offices and workers would wear black armbands. However, public transport, shops, petrol pumps and CNG stations would remain open. Sheikh’s bullet-proof vehicle (AJF7830) and two police mobiles were damaged. The blast caused stampede and people who were busy buying essentials ran for their lives. “At least three people, including Bilal

PPP CONDEMNS KILLING; ANNOUNCES TO OBSERVE DAY OF MOURNING TODAY Shiekh, were killed and 10 others, including police personnel, were injured in a bomb blast at Guru Mandir,” East Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Tahir Naveed said. “It is yet to be confirmed that whether it was planted or a suicide blast,” he said, adding, “Although we have found a head and body parts of the suspected suicide bomber, but still there are many things which suggested that it could be a planted explosive device.” “Sheikh’s driver stepped out of vehicle to buy fruits and forgot to close the door when the explosion took place,” he said, adding, “Sheikh was injured after ball bearings hit him,” Naveed said. “There are three possibilities behind the attack,” he said, adding, “Terrorists are targeting all important personalities and Sheikh could have been targeted for serving the president.” “The other thing is that he was attacked in 2011 by Lyari gangster Shahid Bikik but there could be a third possibility which could not be disclosed until investigation is completed.” “It was a suicide attack,” Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Functional Crime Unit (FCU) chief Raja Umar Khitab said. “As it was confirmed that Sheikh never used this route for travelling and a suicide bomber was following him,” he

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KARACHI: Relatives of Bilal Sheikh, chief security officer of President Asif Zardari, mourn his murder. online

added. “Attackers knew that he changes his route and that’s why they used a suicide bomber,” he added. “I have inspected the body but it does not contain ball bearings,” Khitab said, adding, “Sheikh was killed due to shock waves of the explosion as the attacker was too close to him.” “At least six kilogrammes of explosives were used in the attack,” the Bomb Dis-

posal Squad (BDS) said in an initial report. “The suicide bomber clipped the suicide material with his chest by using a jacket. A large number of ball bearings were used in the explosive material,” the report read. Sheikh survived an attack on May 29, 2011. An FIR was registered against Lyari gangsters under Sections 147, 148, 149, 353, 324 of the Pakistan Penal Code and 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act. In April 2012,

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A tug of war has erupted among the leadership of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), with the party’s Chief Election Commissioner Hamid Khan challenging the ruling of PTI Chairman Imran Khan over dual offices of some officebearers of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government. Hamid Khan had issued a notification on Tuesday removing Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak from his party office of the secretary general. He also removed Asad Qaiser, speaker of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, from the PTI post and Shaukat Yousafzai, the provincial health minister, from his position as the general secretary of the party in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. However, party chief Imran Khan intervened only a few hours later, announcing that only the central executive committee had the authority to take decision on the matter and other major issues. The situation took another turn on Wednesday when Hamid Khan issued a rejoinder to Imran Khan’s statement. “This is with regard to the press release issued by the Central Media Cell in response to the decision taken by the Central Election Commission of the party regarding vacation of party offices by those who have assumed public responsibilities.” Hamid claimed that Imran Khan’s press statement had been issued in complete ignorance of the party’s constitution. “Under Article XVII of the PTI’s Constitution captioned ‘Qualification of Election to Party Office’; it is clearly stated that in case of challenges with regard to qualification, the party’s Election Commission will adjudicate in such matters where disputes arise regarding qualifications of party office-bearers to continue in their respective offices while also being holders of public offices”. The statement said that the decision announced by the General Election Commission regarding the vacation of party offices by those holding public offices was final and had come into force as of Tuesday, July 9. “Decision has also announced nominating people to perform the functions of the vacated positions pending the announcement of the election schedule. The decisions of the Central Election Commission, being an autonomous institution under the PTI constitution, are final and do not need any confirmation,” Hamid Khan concluded.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan, who reached Britain two days ago for specialised treatment of his spine injuries and to meet his two sons, was spotted at a royal ball hosted by Prince Charles and his wife Camilla in support of charity, the Elephant Family, the other day. Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper published photographs of Pakistan’s popular opposition leader wearing a black tuxedo exchanging pleasantries with the royal couple. Among other guests were models Cara Delevingne and Jerry Hall. Prince Charles is famous for embracing all manner of exotic outfits on his trips abroad. Both he and the Duchess of Cornwall sported animal masks at the ball. Camilla kept strictly to the theme in a sparkling elephant mask, while Charles opted for a golden design featuring a prancing tiger. The charity was founded by the duchess’s brother, Mark Shand, and is Britain’s biggest funder of the endangered Asian elephant. An official statement released by the PTI had earlier said that Khan was suffering from great pain from his injuries following a fall during an election rally in Lahore, and was travelling to Britain to consult specialist doctors. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had announced to host an all-parties conference to discuss the current security situation in the country and evolve a national policy to counter terrorism but the proposed moot has

Shahid Bikik and his three accomplices were arrested for carrying out the attack. ZARDARI MOURNS KILLING: Meanwhile, President Asif Zardari has described the killing of Sheikh as one of the saddest days of his life. The president said Sheikh was not only a trusted companion but was like a son to him. The president appealed to the PPP workers to protest peacefully.

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One of the main reasons for Pakistan Tehreeke-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan to proceed to London is to meet his children, who had declined to visit him in Pakistan due to security concerns, Pakistan Today has learnt. Per an understanding reached between Imran and his former wife Jemima Khan at the time of the separation, Khan’s children will visit their father in Pakistan every other year. According to this understanding, it was the children’s turn to come to Pakistan. But according to party sources, Khan’s former wife was not inclined to send them here due to the deteriorating law and order hence Imran took time out to see them. Imran left for the United Kingdom last Monday on a two-week visit for his medical checkup and family engagements. Khan, who had a fall from a forklift before the general elections, is still nursing his injuries and will undergo medical checkup with a prominent expert in London. This would be his first foreign visit after the rise of the PTI at the national level after the May 11 elections. It is learnt that Imran is not fully fit. “The tour will provide him the happiness of the company of his children as well an opportunity to seek medical advice from the UK,” a PTI leader said.

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hit snags because of Khan’s visit to Britain among other reasons. PTI’s senior leaders Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Makhdoom Javed Hashmi will now be representing PTI in the proposed moot.

Five members of a family were killed on Wednesday for unknown reasons in Mann village, which lies under the jurisdiction of Saddar police station. The assailants entered the house of a labourer Amjad, where they slaughtered his wife Rehana, and three daughters Hansa,Zohra and Zunera. Amjad was shot and killed. Locals rushed to the crime scene after hearing the gunshots and discovered the murdered victims. Some people believe that Amjad himself slaughtered his family after which he took his own life. However, the police are investigating the matter from different angles. The bodies of the deceased have been shifted to DHQ hospital for autopsy.

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HE Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has increased the size of the Sindh cabinet by including nine new ministers. Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad administered oath to the new ministers at the Governor’s House on Wednesday. Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah was also present. According to details, the PPP had invited the MQM one month ago to join the Sindh cabinet but the MQM did not reply. The PPP leadership decided to expand in the cabinet after disappointed by the attitude of the MQM. Syed Awais Muzzaffar Tapi, President Asif Ali Zardari’s close aide, will hold the portfolio of the Local Bodies and Housing, Town Planning and Rural Development

KARACHI: Newly inducted members of the Sindh provincial cabinet are administered oath of their offices by Governor Ishratul Ebad Khan. Staff pHoto

with additional charge of Public Health Engineering. Jam Mehtab Daher will hold the portfolio of the Food Ministry, Ali Mardan Shah Population Welfare with an additional charge of Trade and Commerce, Mukesh Kamar Chawala will own the portfolio of Excise and

Taxation along the with an additional charge of Forest and Wildlife, Ghayan Chund will hold portfolio of Minority Affairs, Dost Ali Rahmoon will carry the portfolio of Zakat and Ushar, Javeed Nagpori will own the Kachi Abdai (Slungs) Ministry, Jam Khan Shoro will hold

the portfolio of Livestock and Fisheries. Elected on special women’s seat Robina Saddat Qaimkhani will hold the portfolio of Special Education, Women Development and Social Welfare. According to the notification, the chief minister appointed two new advisers.

Allegedly fearing for their lives, drivers of containers loaded with returned logistics and supplies of the US-led allies, on Wednesday disappeared after abandoning their vehicles at the border town of Torkham. Confirming the reports of the drivers’ disappearance, a Customs official in Torkham impounded the vehicles and apprehended three men, including employees of a private custom clearing agency, in this regard. The official

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said drivers of all four vehicles left their vehicles in the parking area and disappeared during the night between Tuesday and Wednesday. Per details, four containers, loaded with military jeeps and mini-trucks, reached Torkham late on Tuesday evening. The drivers parked the vehicles to get clearance from the Customs Department for their journey towards Karachi. However, the department had shut down for the day so the process was adjourned until Wednesday (today). When the official could not find the drivers on

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Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Chief Minister Pervez Khattak on Wednesday said that no political interference will be tolerated in government departments. Khattak, a member of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), said that the party was working towards providing facilities and justice to the people by bringing change in the retrogressive system. While talking to a delegation of PTI at Bannu, Khattak also discussed the government’s efforts aimed at eliminating corruption and bribery in government departments and social sectors including police stations and land revenue offices. Referring to a proposed local bodies system, the CM talked about a move towards transferring powers to the village level. He also mentioned that PTI has decided to award ticket of PK 70 Bannu by-election to Malik Adnan.

police fail to arrest gangsters in Rojhan ROJHAN: Punjab police failed to arrest members of the notorious Chhotu gang who managed to escape along with abducted police officials in Rojhan. Nine police officials were kidnapped from two checkposts following a rocket attack on one of the posts in the Kachi Jamal locality on Sunday. Dera Ghazi Khan Regional Police Officer Akhtar Umer stated that the hostages are being held at the islands of the Indus River which is making the bloodshed-free recovery process difficult. online

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The Supreme Court has suspended the membership of two MPAs, Shaukat Aziz Bhatti and Khawaja Islam, over fake degrees, while it reserved the decision over the degree of Samina Khawar Hayat. The three-member bench of SC resumed hearing in the fake degrees case on Wednesday. Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry presided over the bench. During proceedings, the CJP said the constitution of the coun-

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Department of Jails Punjab (DJP) has sought regular schedules from the session courts for execution of the death row convicts. Media reports said that the list sent by jail authorities also includes schedules of hardened prisoners awarded multiple death penalties. The report states that 7,164 out of 77,900 convicts dwelling in 88 Pakistani jails have been awarded the death sentence by various courts. In Punjab, 65 prisoners including 2 women are on death row, with most of these convicts confined to Rawalpindi jail. The government has restrained the implication on death penalty which was temporarily suspended on orders of the president of Pakistan. The premier has already rejected mercy appeals of 65 prisoners, including the two convicted women.

try was made in 1973. “Now the implementation on Articles 62 and 63 must be ensured. Why did the Election Commission not use its authority so far in this regard by disqualifying the members of parliament having fake degrees?” Waheed Anjum, counsel of Shaukat Aziz Bhatti, told the court that his client had submitted his postgraduate diploma, not the degree of BA. Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed asked the lawyer if Bhatti had submitted equivalent certificate with diploma. The lawyer of Samina Khawar Hayat, Tariq

Mehmood, said the trial of the degree in respect of his client was already in the court, so the SC should dispose off the case and wait for courts’ decision. The representative of Higher Education Commission told the court that Riphah University had declared the BBA degree of Samina fake. The chief justice asked if Samina had shown in her nomination papers that she acquired the degree of BA in Home Economics. To this, the court was told that the VC of Preston University had also announced her degree bogus.

QUETTA: One suspect was killed and another two were arrested in a targeted operation launched in Dasht area of Mastung district on Wednesday. Official sources said the Anti-Terrorist Force (ATF) along with other law enforcement agencies, carried out a targeted operation in Dasht following a tip-off, in which an exchange of fire took place between the law enforcement personnel and the armed men that left one suspect dead while two were arrested. The sources said the dead and the arrested suspects belonged to a banned outfit that was stated to be involved in targeted killings of policemen, Shia pilgrims, and Levies officials in the area. The security officials also recovered a large quantity of arms and ammunition and took the criminals to an unidentified location for interrogation. Staff report

Wednesday morning, he brought the matter in the notice of the political administration. Later, the he also impounded the vehicles and detained three men for further investigations. The detainees included two workers of a private customs clearing agency. The official said efforts for finding the drivers, with help of transporters association and owners of the containers, were underway. Local drivers and shopkeepers believe that the drivers of the vehicles disappeared after receiving threats from unidentified militants.

The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday directed the additional attorney general (AAG) in NICL case to set the priorities first as how to run matters related to recoveries, land and appointment. A three-member bench, led by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Chaudhry, took up the NICL case for hearing. The CJP said, “We have been told nothing what proceedings has been initiated with reference to appointment of former chairman NICL Ayyaz Niazi. Recoveries amounting to Rs 420 million are yet to be made in Lahore land case. He also said, “Mohsin Warraich fled from the country and FIA initiated no proceedings to bring

him back in the country nor was any action taken in connection with cancellation of bail. Addressing AAG Shah Khawar, the CJP remarked, “We had asked you on previous hearing that government be told that the officers who are facing contempt of court proceedings are being promoted. This creates ridiculous situation. The case has been fixed since the last two years but nothing has been done so far.” Shah Khawar told the court the cases in respect of the persons who are facing contempt of court proceedings be run. The court directed AAD to inform it under what priorities the matters related to recoveries, land and appointments have to be run. The hearing of the case was adjourned until July 25.

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KARACHI: A boy buys a cap from a stall as they are in high demand in the month of Ramadan. online

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Six moRe deNgue CASeS RepoRted KARACHI: As many as six more dengue viral fever cases were reported in Karachi taking the number of patients to 398 from January 2013, said Dengue Surveillance Cell Sindh. Dr M Shakeel, Focal Person for Dengue Surveillance Cell Sindh, said 409 dengue fever cases were reported in Sindh province this year so far and 398 cases were reported in Karachi only. He said three dengue patients died owing to the disease in Karachi since January 2013. He said 10 dengue patients were still admitted to different hospitals of the city and six new cases had been reported in Karachi on July 9. online

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T least four persons were killed and several others injured in a fresh spate of violence in different localities of the metropolis on Wednesday. The police arrested an alleged target killer as well. According to police, unknown gunmen opened fire at a man in Baldia Town Sector IV injuring him severely and fled the scene. The injured identified as Raza Khan, 32, was rushed to a hospital where he succumbed to wounds. A bullet-riddled and tortured body of a man whose identity has not been ascertained yet was recovered from Methadar locality. Police found dead bodies of two dairy farm employees in Malir Cantt. The deceased were kidnapped and later shot dead after torture, police said. The bodies were shifted to Jinnah Hospital for medico-legal requirements. Meanwhile, firing incidents continued across the city during which more than a dozen persons were reported injured. The injured were shifted to various hospitals of concerned areas. SSP East Imran Shaukat said that during a raid police arrested an alleged target killer involved in eight incidents of target killing from Gulistan-e-Jauhar area of the city. The accused confessed killing some of the political activists and also his affiliation with a political party.

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah has directed the law enforcement agencies to take possible steps to restore peace in the holy month of Ramazan. Shah stated this while chairing a meeting regarding law and order in the city here on Wednesday. Director General Rangers Rizwan Akhter, Inspector General Sindh Police Nadeem Baloch and Additional Inspector General Ghulam Qadir Thebo were present in the meeting. The meeting discussed the issue of violence in the city and its solution, especially in the month of Ramazan. The chief minister said no compromise will be made on security issue and whoever found guilty would be dealt with iron hand. DG Rangers Rizwan Akhter informed the chief minister that strict security checks were ensured at all exit and entry points leading to the restive area and 15 pickets had also been set up at various points. Akhtar also briefed the CM about the overall law and order situation in the city. inp

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Medics set another example of criminal negligence as a doctor in Civil Hospital Karachi late on Tuesday night operated the right leg of the patient while she required surgery in the left. According to the details, Najma Begum, 25, was admitted to the hospital for her surgery in the left leg but the doctor mistakenly placed a rod in her right leg during the operation. The family members of the patients staged protest against the alleged negligence of the doctor and demanded immediate action against him. After arrival of media teams’ in the hospital, the medical staff escaped from the counter and wards.

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The Pakistani government, corporate sector and the people have come together in a new initiative to ensure environmental safety to curb the menace of pollution collectively for a healthy and clean Pakistan. Speaking at the 10th Annual Environment Excellence Awards 2013 held recently here at a local hotel, they urged policymakers, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and other local and foreign agencies related to environment protection to expedite public awareness among the citizens and to ensure the implementation of environmental laws and protection of natural resources as part of their utmost responsibility. They said that increasing deforesting and industrial pollution have resulted in an increase in floods in the country due to the rapidly melting glaciers. As a result, the country suffered precious lives and destruction of infrastructures at massive level. Supported by energy update, the environment excellence award ceremony had been annually organised by National Forum for Environment and Health (NFEH), in which 75 renowned companies received awards at a ceremony attended by socialites and renowned chairmen, CEOs,

and heads of public and private sectors organisations. On the occasion, Senator Abdul Haseeb Khan said political will was needed to ensure proper legislation and consequently its implementation throughout the country which would be a major milestone towards the greater awareness and climate protection efforts being currently undertaken in society. The legislation could pave the way towards betterment of climate safety measures which would ultimately ensure clean air and clean water for everyone, he added. He further said that a large section of society was aware about the basics of environmental safety issues but they were not playing their playing their due role individually or collectively. Therefore, a sense of responsibility should be inculcated among the masses to make efforts on their own to reduce pollution by protecting the environment. Former federal minister of petroleum and natural resources Sohail Wajahat Ali said that people should be educated first to prepare them mentally for a clean lifestyle, which in turn would educate them to protect their environment from hazardous elements that were known to have negative effects on the health of human beings. He said the concept of “prevention is better than cure” should be taught at the

most basic level, because by doing so the nation could achieve the dream of clean environment without losing its resources, including health and money. Furthermore, he said that people should introduce recycling of garbage for energy instead of dumping it and causing air pollution. The availability of dust-bins at public places should be ensured at any cost while the process of plantation of trees should be increased in order

to reduce pollution. Karachi Commissioner Shoaib Ahmed Siddique said that environmental laws did not exist in the country and that its legislation was also difficult and challenging, but it could be achieved if awareness drives are initiated by environmental protection agencies and NGOs in collaboration with the local government. He said there was a

need of organising seminars and conference frequently on the mentioned topic and to educate the masses about the hazardous impact of pollution on their own and children health. Meanwhile, NFEH Chairman Kaiser Waheed said local bodies were very important for the implementation of environmental laws in the country which would result in availability of clean water and air for every citizen. The government should make effective its ministries and departments at federal, provincial and district levels in order to intensify efforts related to climate safety. He mentioned that NFEH had played a tremendous role in launching awareness drives in connection with environmental protection throughout the country which included seminars, teachers training programmes, journalism workshops and publication of environment magazines. Publicity Channel CEO Naeem Quershi said different national and international NGOs and environmental agencies were working aggressively towards ensuting environment protection in the country but multinational companies and private sector firms were also playing a vital role in this regard. Moreover, he said that corporate sector through their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects have greatly invested their time and money in climate protection, which was being encouraged through the National Environmental Excellence Award.

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S Consul General in Karachi Michael Dodman and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Gregory Gottlieb joined Hyderabad Commissioner Jamal Mustafa to launch construction work of three US-funded buildings at universities across the province of Sindh. These state-of-the-art buildings were being constructed at Shah Abdul Latif University in Khairpur, University of Karachi and the University of Sindh in Hyderabad. Emphasising the long-term commitment of the US government to improving education in Pakistan, the US Consul General Dodman said, “The three new buildings will serve as a milestone in cooperation between the United States and Pakistan for improving the teaching profession. By better preparing teachers, we are ensuring a better future for the children of Pakistan. The ground breaking today here at the University of Sindh is ceremonial and the construction is already happening at the other two campuses.” Over the next two years, USAID would provide $40 million for the construction of 16 new faculties of education buildings throughout Pakistan. All the newly constructed buildings would be modern, eco-friendly, equipped with Wi-Fi and media libraries. Also more than 2,500 students and 200 faculty members would use these facilities every year.

These new buildings would be used for two new teacher education programmes that the USAID and the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan designed in 2010. It is a twoyear Associate Degree in Education (ADE) and a four-year Bachelor of Education (B.Ed. Honors). USAID is currently working with 110 universities and teacher training colleges across Pakistan to initiate these programmes at the earliest. Additionally, the USAID was cooperating with the government at various levels to improve policies and planning to address the need for qualified teachers. On the occasion Hyderabad Commissioner Mustafa acknowledged the US contributions. “I am confident that a fundamental and far-reaching change has come in teacher education

with the new degree programmes introduced with USAID support and better-equipped universities and colleges through our partnership with the US government. Today’s ground-breaking of new faculty of education buildings at three of our best universities is a testimony of our continued efforts and commitment to the improvement of education in our province.” The construction of new facilities was part of a comprehensive US education assistance programme for Pakistan. It should also be mentioned here that since 2009, the US had rebuilt and rehabilitated more than 600 schools, sponsored 10,000 university scholarships and training for 12,000 teachers, and had also expanded the network of English teaching skills for more than 5,000 lowincome students.

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KARACHI: Stressing the need for economic and social empowerment of women in the country, renowned fashion designer Rehana Nisar said it is highly admirable that women are taking a stand for their rights and getting involved in different professional fields of life. She was speaking at the launch of her first RN Fashion flagship store at the Emerald Tower with a fashion show featuring Fouzia Aman, Sana Khan, Saima Haroon, Abeer Adeel, Falak Sheikh and others, along with the showstopper Mathira. RN Fashion had been branded as a new sensation among the emerging designers of the city. Rehana had created a special line of dresses to cater to professional females. The brand had participated in shows catering to different age groups and had hosted sold out exhibitions at the brand owner’s studio-cum-residence. “Every day is a day where the beauty and courage of the women should be celebrated,” she opined, before inaugurating the store. nni

KARACHI: The KESC on Monday communicated its decision of not carrying out load shedding during the peak timings of Sehar, Iftar and Taraveeh during the month of Ramadan. The utility decided this after guarantees by the concerned gas companies of providing uninterrupted gas supply during the said timings. The KESC spokesman talking to reporters stated that during the month of Ramadan, the corporation would not carry out load shedding in the residential and commercial areas from 06:00 PM to 11:00 PM, similarly citizens would not have to face inconvenience from 02:00 AM to 07:00 AM during Sehar. Government entities have also assured the power utility of the payment of all outstanding dues. The KESC has also appealed to Ishaq Dar regarding the payment of at least Rs 10 billion which the ultility says will enable it to continue providing electricity without hindrance, to the city at the mentioned timings. Staff report

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GYPT’S prosecutor ordered the arrest on Wednesday of the leaders of ousted President Mohamed Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood, charging them with inciting violence in a clash that saw troops shoot 55 Mursi supporters dead. A week after the army toppled Egypt’s first democratically elected leader, bloodshed has opened deep fissures in the Arab world’s most populous country, with bitterness at levels unseen in its modern history. Brotherhood spokesman Gehad ElHaddad said the announcement of charges against leader Mohamed Badie and several other senior figures was a bid by authorities to break up a vigil by thousands of Mursi supporters demanding his reinstatement. This week’s unrest has alarmed Western

donors and Israel, which has a 1979 peace treaty with Egypt. Washington, treading a careful line, has neither welcomed Mursi’s removal nor denounced it as a “coup”, which under U.S. law would require it to halt aid including the $1.3 billion it gives the army each year. The Brotherhood’s downfall has however been warmly welcomed by three of the rich Arab monarchies of the Gulf, who showered Cairo with aid to prop up the collapsing Egyptian economy. Kuwait promised Egypt $4 billion in cash, loans and fuel on Wednesday, a day after Saudi Arabia pledged $5 billion and the United Arab Emirates offered $3 billion. The Brotherhood leaders were charged with inciting violence in Monday’s shootings, which began before dawn, when the Brotherhood says its followers were peacefully praying. The army says terrorists provoked the shooting by attacking its troops.

Haddad said the Brotherhood leaders had not been arrested and some were still attending the protest vigil at Rabaa Adawiya mosque. The charges against them were “nothing more than an attempt by the police state to dismantle the Rabaa protest”. “What can we do? In a police state when the police force are criminals, the judiciary are traitors, and the investigators are the fabricators, what can one do?” In addition to Badie, prosecutors ordered the arrest of others including his deputy, Mahmoud Ezzat, and outspoken party leaders Essam El-Erian and Mohamed El-Beltagi. Khairat El-Shater, another senior leader, was held last week. The prosecutor also ordered 206 Brotherhood activists arrested after Monday’s violence to be detained for a further 15 days on accusations of involvement in the killings. It released 464 others who had been detained, on bail of about $300 each.

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Accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is due in court on Wednesday to face charges in the worst mass-casualty attack on U.S. soil since 9/11, a crime that could bring the death penalty. The 19-year-old ethnic Chechen was charged late last month with killing three people by setting off homemade pressure-cooker bombs, assembled by him and his older brother Tamerlan, in a crowd of thousands of race spectators on April 15, and later shooting dead a university police officer. That shooting, and a later gun battle with police in the suburb of Watertown, Massachusetts, led to the death of 26-yearold Tamerlan Tsarnaev and a day-long lockdown of most of the Boston area as police searched for Dzhokhar. He was found, badly wounded, hiding in a boat in a backyard. The marathon attack injured about 264 people, with many losing legs. The biggest challenge for Tsarnaev’s attorney, public defender Miriam Conrad, will be sparing him the death penalty, observers said. “I suspect that Miriam

will start tomorrow by trying to change his image and make him look like the normal, average, clean-cut young kid,” said Walter Prince, a former federal prosecutor in Boston who is now a partner with the law firm Prince Lobel. He is not involved in the case. Security was tighter than usual on Wednesday outside Boston’s U.S. District Courthouse, which is also the site of the ongoing murder and racketeering trial of mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger, now in its fifth week. Police set a line of metal barriers around the front of the fog-shrouded waterfront building, and uniformed officers with dogs were patrolling its perimeter. In addition to well over a dozen police cars and trucks, a Boston Police boat was moored close to the building’s side entrance - the normal entry point for suspects in custody. BRIEF APPEARANCE: Tsarnaev’s appearance will likely be brief, with Conrad perhaps entering a not guilty plea on his behalf, Prince said. Conrad declined to comment ahead of the proceeding. According to court papers, Tsarnaev scrawled a note on an inside wall and beams of the boat in which he hid.

RAMADAN OVERSHADOWED: Egyptians have hoped the start of Ramadan, the Muslim fasting month, would cool passions, but it has been overshadowed by rancor. Thousands of Brotherhood supporters braved brutal summer heat to maintain their outdoor protest vigil despite the fast, clustering in tents to protect themselves from sun during daylight hours when Islam forbids eating food or drinking water. Some milled about, others staged small marches. A list was posted at the camp bearing the names of the more than 650 people arrested following Monday’s “massacre”. Despite the violence that followed Mursi’s removal, the interim authorities are proceeding with the army’s “road map” to restore civilian rule. On Tuesday they named 76-year-old economist Hazem elBeblawi as acting prime minister.

BEIJING: Flooding in western China, the worst in 50 years for some areas, has triggered a landslide that buried about 30 people, trapped hundreds in a road tunnel and destroyed a high-profile memorial to a devastating 2008 earthquake. Meanwhile, to the north-east, at least 12 workers were killed when a violent rainstorm caused the collapse of a workshop they were building at a coal mine in Jinzhong. The accident on Tuesday night came amid heavy rain and high winds across a swath of northern China, including the capital, Beijing. There was no immediate word on the chances of survival for the 30 or so people buried in Wednesday’s landslide in the city of Dujiangyan in Sichuan province, but rescue workers with search dogs rushed to the area, the official Xinhua news agency said. State-run China Central Television said hundreds of people were trapped in a road tunnel between Dujiangyan and Wenchuan – the epicentre of the earthquake five years ago that left 90,000 people dead or missing. Authorities were not able to make contact with the people, the report said. Mudslides and flooding are common in China’s mountainous areas, killing hundreds of people every year. agencieS

SAudi ARABiA to expel foReigNeRS floutiNg RAmAdAN RIYADH: Foreigners living in Saudi Arabia caught eating or drinking in public during Ramadan will be fired from their jobs and expelled from the country, the foreign ministry said Tuesday, one day before the Muslim holy month of fasting began. “Non-Muslim residents in the kingdom must not eat or drink in public during Ramadan, in respect to the holiness of Ramadan and the feelings of Muslims,” said a statement by the interior ministry published by the state-run SPA news agency. The statement said those who chose to flaunt the tradition “will be subject to deterrent measures that include terminating their employment contracts and expelling them from the kingdom.” Oil-rich Saudi Arabia, which applies a strict version of Islamic sharia law, is home to eight million foreigners, mostly Asians. Ronald Garcia Domingo, a Philippine national who has lived in Saudi Arabia for the past nine years, said foreign residents like himself were well aware of the rules -and consequences of breaking them- in their adopted country. agencieS

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The opposition Syrian National Coalition on Wednesday denied Russian allegations that rebel fighters fired a projectile laden with the nerve agent sarin at a suburb of Aleppo in March, saying U.N. inspectors should be allowed to investigate the attack. Separately, a Western diplomat said senior U.N. officials would head to Damascus soon to discuss ways of breaking the deadlock on access for a U.N. chemical weapons investigation team that has so far been unable to visit Syria. “The Free Syrian Army strongly condemns all usage of chemical weapons against a civilian population and denies Russia’s allegations about the FSA using chemical weapons in Khan al-Assal, Aleppo,” Khalid Saleh, a spokesman for the coalition, said in a statement. “Only the Assad regime has the knowhow, capability and willingness to use these weapons,” Saleh said, referring to Syrian Pres-

ident Bashar al-Assad. “The coalition and supreme military council have asked for the U.N. monitors to come to Syria to investigate the use of these weapons and the Assad regime refuses to allow them to do so,” he said. Russia’s U.N. envoy Vitaly Churkin on Tuesday said Russian scientific analysis strongly indicated a projectile containing sarin that hit Khan al-Assal on March 19, killing 26 civilians and military personnel, was fired by rebels. The government and rebels have blamed each other for that incident, as well numerous other alleged chemical attacks. Both sides deny using chemical weapons themselves. “The usage of chemical weapons is inconsistent with the guiding principles and goals of the Syrian revolution,” Saleh said. “Targeting civilians indiscriminately to achieve political gains is a common characteristic of the Assad regime.” Russia, along with Iran, is Syria’s closest ally and chief arms supplier. The United States

has cast doubt on the Russian analysis of the Khan al-Assal incident and, along with France, called for full U.N. access to Syrian sites where chemical weapons use was suspected. CHEMICAL PROJECTILE FELL SHORT?: Speaking on condition of anonymity, a senior Western diplomat also expressed skepticism about the Russian claim that the rebels were behind the Khan al-Assal attack. He dismissed the idea that Assad’s government was willing to let the U.N. team investigate Aleppo because it was certain the rebels were responsible for the March 19 chemical attack. He said available evidence suggested the Syrian army carried out the attack. “What they hope will be discovered there is lots of soldiers who were poisoned by chemical weapons, which is true,” the envoy said. “But our information suggests that that was because the projectile ... fell short and landed in an area where there were Syrian troops, not that the opposition had done it.”

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AKISTAN is supporting and facilitating peace process in Afghanistan and currently relationship with Afghanistan has improved. These views were expressed by the Foreign Affairs Ministry special secretary while briefing the Senate’s Standing Committee on Foreign, Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan Affairs presided over by Senator Haji Adeel The committee discussed in detail the Afghan peace process with particular reference to talks with the Taliban and role of Pakistan in opening the office of the Taliban at Doha. Adeel and other members observed that peace process is important, however

steps should be taken to improve security situation with in the country also. He said that Pakistan has suffered a lot because of terrorism. He said, “We should not compromise on our national interests.” The committee chairman also said the matter was of national significance and needs detailed discussion. He decided to take up the matter in presence of the advisor to the PM on Foreign Affairs and secretary of the ministry. Earlier, the committee was given a detailed briefing on talks with the Taliban and role of Pakistan in peace process. The special secretary informed the committee that Pakistan is playing the role of a facilitator for positive and constructive engagement. It was stated that Pakistan supports an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace

process. The PM has extended an invitation to the Afghan president and the latter has extended invitation to the former for a visit. The committee through a resolution strongly condemned the brutal killing of innocent mountaineers from China, Ukraine, Lithonia and Slovakia at Nanga Parbat base camp. The committee expressed its deep sympathies with the government and families of the deceased. The perpetrators of this barbarous act, the committee observed, wanted to defame Pakistan and derail its relation with the friendly countries through such acts. Pakistan, itself a victim of terrorism, denounce it in all its forms, the resolution says. The Committee urged up on the government to track dawn the culprits of this gruesome acts and award them exemplary punish-

ment. The resolution was moved by Senator Sehar Kamran which was unanimously passed by the Standing Committee. The committee expressed dissatisfaction over the fact that no senior official/officer from the Foreign Office had visited the embassies to condole the killing of mountaineers. Senator Haji Adeel, Senator Sehar Kamran and other members were of the view that senior officers of the Foreign Ministry should have visited the embassies to register their condolences over the tragic incident. “we have some social norms and values to express our sympathies on such occasions”, Senator Sehar Kamran said. The committee also expressed its dismay over the firing incident on Naqeebullah Ibrahim Khel, 3rd secretary of the Afghan Embassy in Islamabad and directed the In-

terior Ministry to ensure security of the diplomats. The body also held further discussion on Pakistanis detained in Indian jails and Indian prisoners in Pakistani jails. The committee expressed its satisfaction that counsellor access has been extended to Indian prisoners in Pakistani jails and expressed the hope that Indian authorities would reciprocate and will extend counselor access to all Pakistani prisoners in Indian Jails. The meeting was attended by senators Jahangir Badr, Farhatullah Babar, Sehar Kamran, Mushahid Hussain, Sughra Imam, Babar Khan Ghauri and Abdul Ghafoor Haideri. Senate’s Special Secretary Amjad Pervez, the special secretary to the Foreign Affairs Ministry and other officials of the ministry were also present.

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The Lahore High Court on Wednesday reserved judgement in a case against former Punjab caretaker chief minister Najam Sethi for allegedly refraining the Punjab Text Book Board (PTBB) from taking part in an open competition for manuscript and textbook publishing. The petitioner, PTBB General Secretary Akhtar Sherani, through his counsel Hafiz Tariq Nasim, pleaded that Sethi, in his capacity as the chairman of the Pakistan Publishers and Booksellers Association (PPBSA), on June 12, 2012 had submitted an application to then chief minister Shahbaz Sharif that the PTBB be refrained from developing manuscript for its own books but no action had been taken on it when Sethi himself became the caretaker chief minister. Sethi acted on a similar application from the PPBSA vice chairman on April 14 and restrained the PTTB from working in open competition, providing an edge to private publishers for absolute monopoly. The counsel further informed the court that earlier, bids were invited through proper advertisements in national newspapers from private publishers and agencies, including the PTBB on open competition. Nasim argued that it was a clear violation of the established norm that “no one can be a judge of his own cause”. After hearing detailed arguments from both sides, Justice Ayesha Malik reserved the judgement.

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Owing to increased demand of water for irrigation, industry and public use, the per capita water availability in the country is expected to be reduced to 858 m3 by 2025. Pakistan’s estimated current per capita water availability of around 1,066 M3, already places it in the “high water stress” category. Pakistan is facing a serious water problem today and the gap between demand and supply seems to be widening. Currently, over 35 percent of Pakistan’s population does not have access to safe drinking water, said Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) Director Lubna Naheed. She said the quality of drinking water supply is poor, with bacterial contamination, arsenic, fluoride and nitrate being the factors of major concern. The vast majority of the population does not have access to safe drinking water, due to which incidence of waterborne diseases is in-

creasing rapidly. High population growth rate, urbanisation, industrialisation and new environmental constraints are aggravating the problems, she said. It has been estimated that water, sanitation and hygiene related diseases cost Pakistan’s economy about Rs 112 billion per year, in terms of health costs and lost earning. Pakistan Council of Science and Technology (PCST) Chairperson Dr Mudasar Israr said appropriate legislation was required to ensure compliance with Pakistani standards for drinking water

by individuals and institutions. She said serious research efforts to develop and test simple technologies for sustainable availability of safe drinking water are required on an urgent basis. Dr Israr said the project for establishing water treatment plants in all union councils was still under implementation and needs to be expedited on a fast track basis. Development of inexpensive desalination techniques for converting the brackish groundwater into safe drinking water needs to be pursued urgently, she said.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday deferred the decision on the petition filed by 16 judges for withdrawing their applications in the Judges Petition Review case. The seven-member bench under the supervision of Justice Jawwad S Khwaja resumed the hearing of the case. The other members of the bench were Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, Justice Khilji Arif Hussain, Justice Saqib Nisar, Justice Ijaz Afzal Khan, Justice Athar Saeed and Justice Iqbal Hameedur Rehman. Justice Khwaja said he would decide the case after considering the review petition. One of the applicants, Justice (r) Tariq Mehmood told the court that the short verdict did not elucidate whether stoppage of pension would be implemented from the past or from the future. He said the three judges gave the decision that paid pension would be taken back, adding that they were withdrawing their applications as it was not implemented from the past. Justice Nisar said every applicant had the right to take back his application at any time.

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Twenty-seven Pakistanis detained in an immigration centre in the Malaysian state of Melaka are set to be released within the next few days, and expected to return back home before Eidul Fitr. Efforts to secure their release were led by Pakistan High Commissioner to Malaysia Shahid Kiani and community welfare counselor Azhar Hashmi who visited the the Machap Umboo Immigration Detention Centre in Melaka last Friday. Kiani was told by the camp authorities that 27 out of 33 Pakistanis detained at the centre are ready for deportation. Meanwhile four were under investigation, out of which two have pending court cases. The commissioner spent three hours with the Pakistani detainees and assured them that they would be provided with full legal support and assistance by the mission and arrangements for their release would be scripted. Of the 27 detainees, 13 are without valid travel documents and their applications are being processed for issuance of emergency passports. The remaining 11 who have valid passports are likely to be flown back to Pakistan within the next few days with efforts to arrange their air tickets already underway. Meanwhile, Kiani has instructed the community welfare wing of the mission to double its efforts and provide quick and timely counselor access to the Pakistanis detained in immigration camps and jails. Currently, there are 130 Pakistanis detained in Malaysia for immigration violations and other offences.

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RIME Minister Nawaz Sharif has said peace and security were of paramount importance for economic growth, as both were intertwined. “Pakistan has suffered long at the hands of terrorism and we cannot afford inaction anymore. Curbing terrorism is my government’s top most priority,” the prime minister said. Meeting parliamentarians from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) at the Prime Minister’s Office on Wednesday, Nawaz reiterated the resolve of his government to eliminate terrorism, saying they had no option except vigorously pursuing a well-planned and coordinated strategy to find a meaningful solution to the problem of terrorism. Expressing the utility of dialogue, the prime minister said, “The window of dialogue should be kept open all the times.” “FATA parliamentarians are the real stakeholders and their input and consultation for finalising road map for peace in the region is a must.” Expressing pity over lawlessness and economic backwardness prevailing in FATA due to terrorism, the prime minister said he wanted to give peace as a gift to the people of the region. Enumerating the sacrifices that Pakistani civilians and law-enforcement agencies’ personnel had rendered in the war against terror, the prime minister said, “We salute those who laid down their lives in the fight against terror and those who withstood the onslaught of hardships of time without getting intimidated in the process.”

Nawaz said the people of Pakistan had shown their utmost resilience in their hour of adversity and it was this national character and unrelenting hope for peace that would help “us defeat the forces of terror”.

The meeting also discussed various proposals and recommendations put forward by FATA parliamentarians to bring the area into the national mainstream. Responding to their suggestions for the

uplift of FATA, Nawaz expressed the resolve of his government to institute such policies and projects in the area that helped the people to play their role at the national level. The FATA parliamentarians ex-

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In the past few years, the Swat valley has been occupied by Islamic insurgents, undergone a bruising counter-offensive by the army and then flooded by waters that washed away acres of fruit orchards and steeply terraced fields. In October last year, the valley which lies about 250 km (155 miles) north of the capital Islamabad was again in the global spotlight when Islamic gunmen shot schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai. Now, as villagers try to piece together shattered lives, the military is coming under pressure to talk peace with the Taliban, a ruthless Pakistani offshoot of the Islamic radical movement of the same name in neighbouring Afghanistan. Civilian Pakistani leaders elected in May want to open a dialogue with the homegrown militants set on overthrowing the nuclear-armed state. They say the local people are fed up with the violence and that any talks will be legitimized by US efforts to promote peace with the Afghan Taliban. But the powerful military, which has spent years chasing the Pakistan Taliban into ever-more remote hideouts, is in no mood to negotiate with militants who have killed thousands of soldiers and who they say cannot be trusted. Some villagers back that stand. “(The Taliban) doesn’t accept the government’s writ, they are not faithful to the constitution, how can a political party talk to them?” said Abdul Rehman, an elder in the village of Kalam, a former tourist hotspot high in the Swat valley and ringed by snow-capped peaks of the Hindu Kush. The village is famous for repelling Taliban attacks. “We forced them away, first on our own, then with the help of the army,” Rehman told Reuters during a visit organised by a UN organization funding flood relief work in his village, which is set among pine forests and walnut orchards. The debate over whether to open peace

talks with the Pakistani Taliban has taken centerstage in the country as US troops withdraw from Afghanistan after a 12-year war against the Afghan Taliban. The military leaders are at pains to distinguish between the Afghan Taliban, to which Pakistan maintains ties and which they argue can be seen as fighting against occupation, and its local imitators who they see as domestic terrorists. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his prominent rival Imran Khan both offered to talk to the Pakistani militants while campaigning for May’s federal and provincial elections. While Sharif won the federal elections, Khan’s party emerged victorious in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the province that includes Swat Valley and remains a hotbed of Pakistani Taliban activity. The information minister in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa told Reuters that the provincial government had called a meeting of other political parties and stakeholders to prepare for peace talks. “TIME FOR POLITICIANS”: “The United States has opened up a Taliban office in Qatar and is holding negotiations with them, and we are being told to continue to fight and die,” Khan said last month during a visit to Peshawar, the province’s violence-blighted capital.

“For the last nine years we have relied on the army to bring peace, but instead the situation got worse,” he said. “It’s now time for politicians to resolve the issue.” Khan’s party, the Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaf (PTI), says the violence in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is a reaction to US drone strikes and pro-Washington policies by the army, and that talks are the only answer. But there is no easy solution. Most of the militants seek refuge in the neighbouring Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) - districts strung along Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan and run by central writ - and the provincial government cannot control the process. Sharif’s federal government can only do so much. The military largely has a free hand regarding internal security, and influences foreign policy, especially relations with neighbours. It is the army, its intelligence agencies and the Taliban itself who will decide whether to talk or fight. The Pakistani Taliban has shown interest in talks, but has stepped up attacks after a series of drone strikes on its leaders and also because it doubts the ability of the civilian leadership to convince the military to allow negotiations. “If we felt that the PTI government or the Nawaz Sharif government were in a

position to take a serious step towards peace talks and can oppose the intelligence agencies, then we can seriously think about peace talks,” the group’s then spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan said in a video released in June. So far, the military has shown no inclination to relax an offensive many officers feel they can win. “We have to take the fight to them,” said a regional commander flying a helicopter over Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Just before the elections, army chief Gen Ashfaq Kayani made it clear he would not talk to the militants unless they lay down arms and accept Pakistan’s laws. “There is no room for doubts when it comes to dealing with rebellion against the state,” he said in an April 30 speech. POST-WAR HUNGER: Locals in Swat said there was good reason to mistrust the militants. A previous peace deal gave the Pakistani Taliban the breathing space it needed to take power in the valley and then extend influence into neighbouring districts just 100 km from Islamabad in 2009. That summer, worried by the creeping proximity of Taliban territory to Islamabad, the army launched a full air and ground assault and government forces regained control in a month. But the operation displaced 2 million people, and later, many returned to nothing but dead livestock and flattened orchards. Floods that ripped through Swat the next year made things worse, destroying many of the tightly packed terraces where corn and wheat grow along steep mountainsides. Acute malnutrition among children has jumped by more than a third. Saifullah Khan Mahsud, an expert on the situation in FATA, says the army believes it has the Pakistani Taliban on the back foot and is biding time for a fatal blow in border areas like North Waziristan, where the militants and other global groups are holed up. “At the end of the day it is the military stance that is going to prevail,” he said.

pressed confidence in the leadership of the prime minister and further hoped that Pakistan would be able to surmount several challenges it faced under his visionary leadership.

mAN killS wife, dAughteR foR ‘hoNouR’ KHANEWAL : A woman and her daughter were killed while two girls received severe injuries in the name of ‘honour’ in Khanewal on Wednesday. Farasat, daughter of Hayat, resident of village Qitalpur, married according to her choice. Her sister Aasia also wanted to marry according to her will. But Hayat was not pleased with their decision. He opened fire on his wife and three daughters when they were sleeping. As a result, his wife and 10-year-old daughter Mahwish were killed on the spot while Farasat and Aasia sustained severe injuries. They were rushed to the hospital where they are in a serious condition. The accused has not been arrested yet. online

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An oil market in Faisalabad caught fire late on Tuesday night, engulfing more than 30 shops. Rescue sources said that the incident took place when a fire broke out in a godown of the oil market located in Karkhana Bazar, blowing up oil drums. Fire fighters reached the site and extinguished the fire after a three-hour long struggle. However, more than 30 shops were gutted. According to the initial probe report, the incident occurred due to a short circuit.

man’s nose, lips cut off DERA GHAZI KHAN : A man was shifted to hospital in a critical condition on Wednesday after rivals cut off his nose and lips over a marriage dispute. According to hospital sources, Mohammad Nasir, resident of Paega area of Dera Ghazi Khan, was attacked by a rival group who cut his nose and lips with a knife. Nasir was shifted to District Headquarter Hospital for treatment. Police have registered the case and started investigation. online

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HE recourse to the IMF was simply inevitable. Pakistan borrowed nearly $8 billion from it under the standby facility during 2008 and began repayments in 2011. The amount together with interest must be repaid by end 2014. Almost $5bn must be paid between March 2013 and end 2014. That the government would be back in the IMF parlour was a foregone conclusion. What the PML-N failed to do was to prepare the public opinion for the challenges emanating from this decision. Instead it took recourse to rhetoric like breaking the begging bowl. This happened not only during the election campaign but also after winning the elections when it was repeatedly claimed that the PML-N government would not borrow on terms that run counter to national interest. Important government leaders continued to claim that they would be ‘looking the IMF in the eye’ and not take dictation and only accept financing based on our home-grown recipe. There should have been no doubt that the common man was going to be made to bite the bullet on account of the tough conditionalities that the IMF was likely to impose. There was going to be a hike in power charges affecting practically all. With subsidies on energy withdrawn and a devalued Pak Rupee the natural short-term outcome would be an upsurge in inflation amidst an environment of low growth and inadequate employment generation. The direct and indirect impact of the hike in the GST rate was bound to lead to a universal rise in prices of goods and service charges. The Fund would demand that the clauses of the previous programme that Islamabad failed to meet should be treated as ‘prior actions’ before it is prepared to loosen its purse strings. Before a formal loan approval by the IMF Board, Pakistan will have to take fiscal actions, implement an energy plan that is acceptable to the lenders, reverse the present monetary policy direction and commit to restrain provincial expenditures via the centre’s oversight. The last is going to be nothing short of a Houdini act in view of the constitutional amendments that safeguard provincial autonomy and the fact that two provinces are being ruled by the opposition parties. There was therefore a need to prepare the general public for the harsh impact of the terms. This was never done. The Finance Minister has now asked the heads of 16 European diplomatic missions to persuade the IMF to extend a $7.3 billion loan programme instead of the $5.3bn offered by it. What is likely to stand in the way is Pakistan’s past performance. European representatives on the IMF’s executive board will not take kindly to any leniency to a prolonged user of the Fund’s resources with an abysmal record of failing to complete 10 of 11 programmes, hence being labelled as a “one-tranche country”. What is more the fund is already overstretched in Europe. It remains to be seen if the suggestion receives serious attention.

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MIDST reports that the United States is considering a full troop withdrawal by mid2014, the Afghan Taliban have started playing hard ball on the diplomatic front to protest against the fracas over its Qatar office. Reports suggest that the Taliban have closed their Doha office, opened to facilitate peace talks, at least temporarily to protest against demands to remove a sign that identified the movement as the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. The Taliban had chosen to put up its old white flag against Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s protests against the name and flag. The decision has come at an inopportune time for the Afghan government, which was recently told that the US government was considering the option of a full troop withdrawal while the Pakistan government has also talked up concerns over attitudes from across its western border and said that the situation could spiral into a civil war. A report printed in The New York Times has suggested that President Obama is “frustrated by his dealings with President Hamid Karzai” and is “seriously considering speeding up the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan and to a “zero option” that would leave no American troops there after next year”. While the US commitment to leaving Afghanistan by the end of 2014 has been known, the exact perimeters of the withdrawal are only now coming into light. The US has not been happy with Karzai’s trigger happy response to the process of talks that was due to begin in Qatar and pressure from the Afghan president to reach a “longterm security deal” over the number of US troops and funds available to Afghanistan after the US withdrawal. In a recent videoconference between Obama and Karzai, the Afghan president was said to have accused the US of trying to negotiate a separate peace with the Taliban and Pakistani government. While Obama insisted that “American lives were also being lost”, it is the Afghan government that appears increasingly more cornered. The option of a complete US troop withdrawal is scary, as it could mean the Taliban could sweep Afghanistan once again. Perhaps the US is using the option as a negotiating tactic with the Afghan government, but an Iraq-type situation may come about, where a long-term deal was not reached as no compromise was agreed. The ‘Zero Option’, as it is being called, is now gaining more credence in the corridors of the US government as Pakistani officials have warned a prolonged civil war in Afghanistan may ensue if the Afghan reconciliation process fails. The question really is: is the US using a pressure tactic or proposing something feasible? Put in a tight corner, Afghanistan may go on attack against Pakistan. The fear that a civil war could ensue is a serious one and the US needs to keep it in mind, but Pakistani officials also need to be wary not to be seen as being behind the closure of Qatar office by Taliban.

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UNJAB made a Faustian bargain with the Taliban in 2010. The last spate of bombings in Punjab’s capital stretched across 2009. This included the R A Bazaar blast in March 2009 (40 dead), the Moon Market blast in December 2009 (75 dead) and Data Darbar in June 2010 (five dead). Instead of facing the threat head on, the selfproclaimed Khadim-i-Aala was memorably referred to as the “ostrich of Punjab” for “hiding his head in the sand”. Where the provincial governments of Pakistan’s three other provinces had no qualms “fighting the Taliban threat” without success, the Khadim-i-Aala chose a different strategy. In January 2010, Shabbaz took to national television to address the Pakistani Taliban and asked them “to refrain from any terrorist attacks in Punjab”. Later, at a gathering at the Jamia Naeemia in Garhi Shahu, whose former head Sarfaraz Naeemi was killed in a suicide bombing on June 12, 2009, Sharif continued to say, “The PML-N has refused to accept external dictation and stood strong before [General Pervez] Musharraf. If this is the stance of Taliban, then they should not carry out terrorism in Punjab.” The statements were taken by more experienced observers as reminiscent of the 1997 government of the Sharifs when they attempted a constitutional amendment aimed at declaring Nawaz Sharif the ‘Ameerul Momineen’ and pointed to the close links that the PML-N had developed with the Taliban in the Zia era which continued through the 1990s when the Taliban government in Afghanistan was viewed as a favourable ally by the PML-N. But Shahbaz’s strategy in his public statements was not based on a one-sided agreement. The logic offered to the Taliban was, “You scratch my back, and I’ll scratch yours.” The PML-N government’s promise was not to touch the extremist groups which use Punjab as a base, and in return it would get a ‘safe’ Punjab. Taliban and Lashkare-Jhangvi strongholds in both Southern and Central Punjab were left

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untouched as the Awami National Party (ANP) continued to let the military and other security agencies attack Taliban strongholds in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and suffer the loss of hundreds of party workers and dozens of leaders. Shahbaz Sharif’s offer was met with three years of calm. So as Quetta, Karachi and Peshawar burned, the citizens of Lahore could sleep well in the knowledge that their Khadim-e-Aala had kept the ghost of the Taliban at bay. Despite the massive securitisation of the city, Lahore has felt invincible throughout the war with the Taliban. In part because of the way extremist groups have become something like Punjab’s abusive lover. The PML-N government has been known to fund extremist groups, including the Jamaat-udDawa (JuD) and the Tehreek-eKhatam-e-Nabuwat, and fight elections alongside the Shia hating Ahl-e-Sunnah wal Jammat, whose leader Ahmed Ludhianvi contesting election for MNA in his Jhelum hometown only recently stated that he “did not want the votes of Shias”. The head of the LeJ Malik Ishaq remains under police protection in Bahawalpur from where he is both given a stipend from the government and allowed to address press conferences calling for Pakistan to be declared a “Sunni state”. Hidden behind the Sunni state garb of course is the idea that only the Deobandi school of thought can remain dominant – which is why the TTP was targeting shrines, including the Data Darbar and Sakhi Sarwar, to weed out the Barelvi school of thought next. The terrorism in the Punjab has always come from within – a product of the beasts its ruling party has cultivated to secure its vision of State-hood. This is why the younger Sharif still has no qualms calling on the Taliban to treat Punjab ‘separately’ and drawing on links between the Taliban and themselves. Of course both have retained the same chief patron for a long time: Saudi Arabia. And if nothing else is left to unify them, the Saudi connection always comes in handy. By ensuring that the Deobandi madrassas and training centres, , including one in Muridke in the outskirts of Lahore, that provide a recruiting base for the Taliban remain untouched, the Punjab government had hoped that its bargain with Satan would keep their beloved Punjab untouched. The same is the reason why its Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan has refused to name either the Taliban or the LeJ as being behind any attack and continued to tow the ‘peace talks’ line. And so the silence remained until Nawaz Sharif’s constituency in Lahore was bombed. A bomb went off in the hustling, bustling Old Anarkali food street and took five

dead with it. The hallmarks were all of earlier attacks on the city’s marketplaces by the Taliban. But as one could remember from the response to the Moon Market attack: Lahore is a city that does not believe the Taliban could attack it. Widespread theories were circulated in the gossiping circles that the attack was “orchestrated by Blackwater”, and got then newspaper editor and now Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf hawk Shireen Mazari in a tiff with the US Consulate for publishing such accusations as fact. The theory was bought by the chattering classes despite the Taliban claiming the attack. The theory gained more credence when the Shahbaz Sharif appeal to the Taliban was heard. Similarly, the police response to this recent attack has been to anonymously claim that the attackers were from Balochistan. In terms of arrests, they have picked up more Afghan and Pakhtun food street workers than members of banned extremist organisations. The Khadim-e-Aala has issued directives from China asking “lawenforcement agencies to utilise all resources to track down the assailants”. But whom are they chasing? Both Lahore and the Punjab government are still not clear. Unfortunately, while the silly statements by the Punjab chief minister could be taken as “representing his constituency” in the last government, a similar policy this term around shall be taken with much more venom in the other provinces, since the PMLN now makes the federal government. The “Punjab first” sloganeering and attitudes of the Sharifs can no longer work if they are to restore people’s confidence in the federation. While the Anarkali attack may dispel notions that the Taliban only attack the other three provinces, it is the attitude of the PML-N towards the war with the Taliban that is the critical problem. On the one side, it is parties either based in the Punjab (PML-N, PTI) or traditionally close to the Taliban (JUI-F, JI) that are driving forward the “peace talks with the Taliban” agenda. On the other side, the Taliban appear to have the provincial capitals of all four provinces now in a hostage situation. The choices in front of the PMLN government are difficult – however, the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif shall be well advised not to take the “hide your head in the sand” solution preferred by his younger brother. It is not a bargain in which you can ever succeed. The writer is the general secretary (Lahore) of the Awami Workers Party. He is a journalist and a researcher. Contact: hashimbrashid@gmail.com

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A thai take on Skmt I am a Thai national. While living in my country, I have read various humanity-serving international charity organizations. I had great desire to visit Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital due to its fame all over the world. Fortunately, I got the chance to visit Pakistan. It was a wonderful experience of my life to visit Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital. I was amazed to see state-of-the-art facilities being provided by Shaukat Khanum Cancer

Hospital to the needy and poor, specially the handling of kid patients during chemo procedure. All its departments are fully equipped with modern facilities and offered great care by medical and other staff. The hospital has offered me an unforgettable experience. Lastly, I hoped that my donation will benefit cancer patients for their free treatment. I congratulate people of Pakistan for establishing such a humanitarian project. VORADA CHAROENSUK Thailand

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HOSE who had given up too soon on Egypt and the “Arab Spring” received a jolt this week from the Tamarrod movement. The Egyptian people’s resilience and resolve as manifested in massive and sustained demonstrations were a wonder to witness. As events unfolded in Tahrir Square and beyond, Egypt once again established that it is the “big stage” that can hold the world’s attention. The organisers of Tamarrod were, no doubt, aided by the public’s outrage over President Morsi’s moves toward authoritarian rule and his party’s efforts to monopolise the reins of state power. But the protest movement’s ability to organise this growing unrest into a massive petition drive and nationwide protests has been remarkable. Critics have condemned the military’s decision to intervene and depose the elected head of state, calling it a “coup” with some in the US, including President Obama, going so far as to question a continuation of US assistance programmes. But before making a snap judgment, it might be best to listen to the millions of demonstrators who were calling on the military to act and who have celebrated the downfall of the Morsi government. It might also be wise to take note that the generals did not name one of their own as interim president. Instead they turned authority over to the Chief Justice of the country’s Supreme Constitutional Court. We will see, in the weeks to come, how committed the military is to their “road map” back to an elected civilian government. Whether this is a “coup” or a “course correc-

tion” will ultimately be decided not by their action on July 3rd, but by the degree to which rule of law is restored, rights are protected, and civilian rule is established through a new constitution and elections. In a real sense this is not a “Second Revolution” as much as it is a continuation of the process that began two-and-one-half years ago. Whoever said ‘you don’t get do-overs in politics’ got it wrong. What the Tamarrod movement has done, with the support of the military, is given the Egyptian people another opportunity to redo their revolution. But demonstrations alone don’t make change. Organisation, strategy, and the ability to implement that strategy are critical to success. This time, instead of rushing into new elections, the sequencing of events will be important. First the constitution must be amended—this time by a body that is representative of the character and demographics of the Egyptian people. The fact that the military has invited the participation of liberals and conservatives, Christian and Muslim leadership, young people and women is a hopeful sign of the inclusiveness that will be needed if the aspirations of all the people will be reflected in what is to be the country’s charter document. This time, the leaders of the protest movement must join with the existing political parties or form a party of their own that can turn their petition and mobilisation successes into electoral victories. The structure they created to collect 22 million endorsements and to turn out and effectively administer mass nationwide demonstrations was no small feat. But now this must be converted into a permanent structure that can be effective in organising and turning out voters and representing their interests. That was what was missing the last time. With the dissolution of the Mubarak-era NDP, the Muslim Brotherhood was left as the country’s only remaining effective political structure, thus enabling it to win a series of elections in rapid succession. And this time, Egypt’s leaders, both civilian and military, must focus on the needs of the people. Our polling, before and after the downfall of President Mubarak, established the fact that the principal concerns of the majority of Egyptians were and remain economic. The only political concerns they raised were “corruption and nepotism” reflecting their frustration with wealth and power being con-

centrated in the hands of a few, at the expense of the many. The Brotherhood appeared not to understand this reality. Instead of immediately turning their attention to economic development and job creation, they focused on consolidating power, imposing their agenda, and punishing critics. This was surprising given their supposed business acumen and reputation as social service providers. In their failure to focus on meeting people’s needs and their failure to develop a more inclusive approach to governing, they ended up redefining “nepotism and corruption” to mean the Brotherhood. If this “second act” is to succeed, Egypt’s people will need to see immediate signs of change. The promised interim government of technocrats will need to be made up of respected and competent figures. The committee charged with amending the constitution will need to be inclusive of all segments of society and parties, including the Muslim Brotherhood. Between now and elections, those who want a different outcome, must undertake the hard work of organising for political power. And beginning now, efforts must be made to address the country’s dire economic conditions. While long-term planning and structural reform is a must, “quick fixes” should be considered as a way to buy needed time. Here is where the resources of the military, Egypt’s business community, and friends of Egypt can be helpful in designing and implementing a short-term jobcreation and benefits programme that, in the term used during America’s Great Depression, can “put a chicken in every pot”. Change is never easy and is most often messy. If the events of the last two years have demonstrated anything it is that the Egyptian people want change, they feel empowered to demand change, and, when it is not forthcoming, those in power will be held on a short leash that can be pulled back. I was pleased that our last poll was able to define the political context leading up to the June 30th demonstrations. I only wish we could predict the future with the same precision as we are able to take a snapshot of the present. What is clear is that Egyptians are finding their way through uncharted waters. They have made a “course correction” giving themselves a second chance. This time, we can all hope they get it right. The writer is President, Arab American Institute.

CCORDING to media reports the US and the Pakistan military engaged in a prolonged and arduous process of negotiations that led to the roadmap for the peace process in Afghanistan – the roadmap that is now being followed through Doha. President Hamid Karzai’s objections to some preliminary steps in Doha seem to bear out this assertion – he wanted to be recognised as a party and not sidelined. If all this is true then the perception that it is the military in Pakistan that calls the shots on national security issues gets reinforced. This will continue to be the situation till the newly elected government gets structures in place that coordinate intelligence to get a finished national intelligence estimate that can then be used to develop options for a national coordinated response. How this is done is a challenge for the government but it can be and should be done as soon as possible because the simultaneous problems that the country faces simply cannot be resolved by meetings and ad hoc measures. The need is for decision making and policy formulation and policy implementation. The discussions with the Taliban are with the Afghan Taliban – the segment that is fighting the US and NATO presence in Afghanistan. These discussions will revolve around the prisoners in Guantanamo, the Constitution of Afghanistan, the Afghan National Security Forces and the make-up of the political and other institutions in Afghanistan. A successful conclusion of the dialogue could lead to a smooth exit for the US/ISAF from Afghanistan and political space for the Taliban. How this arrangement endures over a period of time will be an Afghan problem but it could have considerable impact for Afghanistan’s neighbours and those with economic interests in Afghanistan and beyond. The post-2014 US policy for greater South Asia will be an important factor – as will be Pakistan’s stability. Pakistan’s problem is the insurgency in its western areas spearheaded by the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) but also being waged by a multitude of other smaller groups with their own interests and agendas. The TTP combine gets inspiration and support from others that see a destabilised Pakistan with exploitable vulnerabilities as being in their interest. Militant groups with sectarian, ethnic and separatist groups based within Pakistan have loosely aligned themselves with the TTP as well as politically sponsored criminal mafias within Pakistan. The result is a pattern of violence that defies any rational interpretation and that creates the image of Pakistan as an unraveling state incapable of cohesive focused action that cannot be economically viable unless its internal security problem is decisively addressed.

Like most such situations this is basically a struggle for control and power using religion and social divides to further a strategy. Pakistan has to face its demons and eschew the mindset that they feed upon. This brings us back to the question of a national response based on the threats identified in a national intelligence estimate. A successful reconciliation process in Afghanistan may help but will not resolve Pakistan’s problems. Pakistan has to do this on its own. To do this Pakistan’s foreign policy must reduce external threats including support to those destabilising Pakistan internally. The economic policy must address the energy issue and give the nation a blueprint for recovery. The internal security situation must be addressed through a thought out strategy that has all the stakeholders on board and works to integrate the country. This will require some bold and drastic decision making. This can only happen if the downgraded National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) is made into a National Intelligence and Counter Terrorism Authority that has the mandate to coordinate all intelligence activity to produce a National Intelligence Estimate. A National Security Adviser (NSA) in the absence of a National Security Council and a secretariat of experts is of no use. The Defence Committee of the Cabinet (DCC) could be upgraded into a National Security Committee of the Cabinet (NSCC) with prime responsibility for decision making based on the response options developed by the NSA and his secretariat staff. The military will have to support this structure with its own organisational strength. These steps will give the civil-military relationship much needed stability and institutionalise policy formulation and implementation. Spearhead Analyses are collaborative efforts and not attributable to a single individual.

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TING will hold 10 concerts in New York City this fall to benefit The Public Theater arts organization. The singer announced Tuesday that he will perform at the 260-seat Anspacher Theater in the Public Theater from Sept. 25 through Oct. 9. The 61-year-old will sing songs from his new album, “The Last Ship,” out Sept. 24. He also will talk about the creative process behind his play with the same name. It premieres next year. The Public Theater is an arts organization and venue in New York City. Sting says in a statement the venue “was a natural fit to perform this material.” A limited number of free seats will be given to fans the day of each performance. Ticket prices range from $250 to $2,500. coUrteSY Hp

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ULTRY beauty Bipasha Basu is all set to make her debut on small screen and join the club of film stars who have worked on TV. According to reports, Bipasha will feature in the Indian version of the show America’s Next Top Model. She will be the mentor of the aspiring models. “Bipasha will be the mentor and will be part of the grooming and motivation sessions for the aspiring models. She will be part of the entire show and auditions of the models have already started,” a leading daily quoted a source. The shooting is likely to begin in August and will continue for about three months. In 2009 also, there were rumours about Bipasha’s debut on television with the same show. Well Bipasha, better late than never! coUrteSY toi

Ambition is a dream with a V8 engine — Elvis Presley

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ENNIFER Lopez was “homeless” just months before she had her big break. The 43-year-old superstar was cast as a Fly Girl dancer on the sketch comedy show “In Living Color” in 1991. But before she took on her first major gig in Hollywood, Lopez reveals she was living rough. Lopez and her mother often argued about the life decisions she made, but the star couldn’t help but live out her dreams. “My mom and I butted heads. I didn’t want to go to college — I wanted to try dance fulltime,” she explained to W magazine. “So she and I had a break. I started sleeping on the sofa in the dance studio. I was homeless, but I told her, ‘This is what I have to do.’ A few months later, I landed a job dancing in Europe. When I got back, I booked ‘In Living Color.’ I became a Fly Girl and moved to L.A. It all happened in a year.” Lopez has two children of her own with estranged husband Marc Anthony. The star believes she will instill a strong work ethic in her fiveyear-old twins Max and Emme through leading by example. “I think a lot about teaching my kids to work hard. I’ve learned something about kids — they don’t do what you say; they do what you do,” Lopez explained. “I watched my parents. My dad worked nights, and I was aware of how much he was doing for us. My mom was a Tupperware lady and also worked at the school. I always felt that I couldn’t let them down. And I had a natural discipline from early on. I was always training for something.” coUrteSY cnn

It was only a matter of time before the story of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks got adapted for the big screen. The idea of one man taking on the world’s government with the aid of thousands of anonymous informers seems to capture the zeitgeist of the 21st century so well, that it is perfectly suited for a movie adaptation – or several. Director Alex Gibney’s We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks is only the first of several – Laura Poitras, Ken Loach, Craig Ferguson, even Steven Spielberg are all working on documentaries or adaptations of the story, with Spielberg’s The Fifth Estate having just wrapped. Some have the blessing of Assange himself, while others do not. We Steal Secrets falls in the second category. While Gibney worked in cooperation with Assange initially, the working relationship broke down when the WikiLeaks founder asked for $1 million for his interview. Gibney, however, doesn’t pay his subjects. He explained for the Guardian: “[Assange] then came up with an outrageous idea: ‘How about you spy on the other interview subjects and report back to me, because I want to know what they’re saying.’ I said, ‘No. I can’t do that for you. I don’t work for you.’ [Assange] said in a huff, ‘I don’t work for you, either.’” That would explain Assange’s conspicuous absence in the first WikiLeaks film to be released. Still, the film does its job as an expose. With footage of Assange from another documentary-maker, Mark Davis, and testimony from one of Assange’s Swedish accusers, Daniel Domscheit-Berg, as well as hacker Adrian Lamo – there are more than enough details to fill the documentary. As for the accuracy of Gibney’s portrayal, it has been disputed in an annotated transcript, published by WikiLeaks. They deny the $1m bargain and dispute Gibney’s sensationalist narration and editing. They describe the film’s title as “irresponsible libel” (it’s actually the NSA director Michael Hayden who says “we steal secrets”, the “we” being the US government). Gibney, however, is satisfied with his work. In the end, it seems like the upcoming film adaptations will fall along the entire spectrum between the pro-Assange and the opposing camps. The main point, quite apropos, is that there is a lot of information still to be revealed. coUrteSY cM

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IR Elton John has spoken about the reality of his appendicitis - admitting it could have killed him.

The singer, who on Tuesday was forced to cancel his upcoming headline gig in London’s Hyde Park, as well as his European tour, told The Sun: ‘I’m lucky to be alive.’ The 66-year-old, who described himself as a ‘ticking time bomb’, discovered his appendix abscess was potentially-fatal after he was forced to leave the stage during a concert on Friday due to agonising stomach pain – which he initially thought was down to food poising. Speaking to the newspaper, he said: ‘I was a ticking time bomb. I guess I could have died at any time.” ‘I feel so lucky and so grateful to be alive. I played nine gigs and the White Tie and Tiara Summer

Ball in agony.’ It wasn’t however until last Friday when playing in Halle Germany that eventually the pain became too much and he was forced to leave the stage halfway through his performance. After medical tests revealed it was in fact an abscess, the father-of-two was given medication to reduce the swelling, as well as drugs to prevent a risk of septicemia. The singer, who is currently resting at his home in Windsor, is expected to undergo surgery in the UK in the next few weeks when doctors are sure they have reduced toxins around the inflamed appendix sufficiently. Doctors have advised him to cancel all forthcoming shows from his current tour, including the Hyde Park show this Friday which is part of the Barclaycard Presents British Summer

Time Festival – he was expected to top a bill which also features Elvis Costello and Ray Davies. The singer’s spokesman said Sir Elton will not return to touring until fully recovered from the surgery and the damage caused by the abscess. He went on: ‘Elton is incredibly disappointed to postpone these tour dates. To know that he made such super-human efforts and continued to perform to thousands through his illness only confirms his dedication to his European fans. ‘He is eager to be back on top form and return to play the remaining shows starting in early September 2013.’ Sir Elton John is expected to recovered enough to be one the acts, alongside Arctic Monkeys and recent number one Robin Thicke, who will make up a crossgenerational London iTunes festival in

srK speaKs out aBout neW addItIon to the faMILy Amidst all the noise that has been going around, the sweetest is the one made by our new-born baby, AbRam. He was born prematurely by several months but has finally come home. Gauri and our whole family have been dealing with his health issues for a long time now. As a family our silence on this subject has been because of the personal nature of emotional strife that we have been going through due to his health. We wish to make a special mention and thank Dr. Jatin Shah for his expertise and contribution. We also wish to thank all the other doctors, nurses and medical staff who have made his life possible. As trying were the

times, we never lost hope that life always brings with it. Just to put the record straight there was no sex determination for our child. The baby was born much before the speculations of ‘sex determination’ and other ‘issues’ pertaining to the same were being raised in the media by some organisations. Suffice to say his coming home puts to rest completely false and at times insensitive claims of sex determination and alleged illegalities. We also apologise to all those other doctors and hospitals who had to face unwanted scrutiny and questioning by some parties. Our son is a surrogate baby and the entire process is bound by strict confidentiality. We would appeal to all, to allow us to cherish this private moment as a family. It seems unfortunate that I have to explain/clarify so many aspects for our new-born baby. coUrteSY toi

not duMB at aLL! duMB and duMBer sequeL on the anvIL EFF Daniels plays very smart on “The Newsroom,” but he’s also beloved for playing very dumb. On “Late Night,” the actor confirmed that the longawaited “Dumb and Dumber” sequel is actually happening. He anticipates filming will start in September of this year. “It’ll be the 20th anniversary of the first one next year when it’s released,” he said of the sequel. “I’ve seen the script. It’s hysterical. We’re middle-aged. We’re not pretending we aren’t. We’re

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middle-aged and we’re still that stupid.” Last month, the fate of the sequel was in jeopardy when Warner Bros. dropped the project after sitting on it for almost a year. But Universal Studios stepped in and picked it up. The film, which will of course star Jim Carrey as well, is called “Dumb and Dumber To.” In The New York Daily News, Daniels gave all the credit to Carrey for the movie even happening. “Jim has been against all sequels, and you know, understandably so,” Daniels said. “But he turned 50

and that will mellow you out, and suddenly he’s going, ‘Let’s have some fun.” He went on to say that for the Farrellys, who wrote the original, it was important that this not be a “money grab.” At least according to Daniels, they succeeded. He described the script as “painfully funny.” For now, fans can enjoy the more intellectual side of Jeff Daniels on “The Newsroom.” Season 2 kicks off on Sunday at 10 p.m. ET on HBO. “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” airs weeknights at 12:37 a.m. ET on NBC. coUrteSY Hp

September. The singer who confirmed the news on Tuesday, before the announcement about his appendicitis, said he believes the festival has a younger following than his normal audience. He said: ‘I think it’s great that Apple makes these concerts accessible to everyone. For me, it’s a real thrill to play for young audiences - they’ve got so much energy and they all seem to know my songs!’ The singer will debut his first album for seven years at the festival, which takes place at London’s historic Roundhouse venue – where he has played some ‘memorable gigs’ in the past. The Rocket Man singer and indie group Arctic Monkeys will join further acts on the line-up including Robin Thicke, Tom Odell, John Legend, Pixies, The Olms and No Ceremony. coUrteSY dM

heartwarming! Mayer buys his fan a guitar EAH, we’d probably have the same reaction if we were gifted a guitar by John Mayer. Julie Fermin’s wildest dream came true at Rudy’s Music Shop in New York City Friday when Katy Perry and John Mayer happened to pop into the store shortly after Fermin and her two friends. According to salesperson Brad Tretola, the three pals were browsing the acoustic guitars when they became aware of the couple’s presence and begin to squeal with excitement over their chance encounter with their music idols. And after Tretola told Mayer he had a few fans in the shop, the “Gravity” singer casually joined in on the girl’s conversation. “Katy and John treated them so kindly, they were such sweethearts!” Tretola tells E! News. “Katy told one of the girls, ‘I love your earrings.’” After the elated fans snapped a pic with the superstars, John asked if any of the girls played guitar, and Fermin told Mayer she did. The aspiring musician then showed Mayer the acoustic guitar she’d been testing out and said she had to wait on her dad to see if they could afford the pricey piece. John proceeded to look at the guitar, glance at the price tag and continue to chat a bit more before leaving, but little did Fermin know, he secretly purchased the guitar on his way out of the store. Gordon French, the shop’s manager, says Mayer paid as he was exiting the shop and politely asked him not to tell the girls until after he and Katy left. Upon learning of Mayer’s generous purchase, the girls began to scream and jump for joy over the extravagant gesture. “John Mayer bought me this guitar! This is my guitar now!” Fermin squeals in the adorable video. Tretola also noted how the guitar could have been worth $20 or $20,000, but it was John’s simple gesture, and particularly the fact he did not want any recognition, that left Tretola in awe of the musician. Talk about a real-life teenage dream. coUrteSY eo

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Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made — Otto von Bismarck

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8 In the U.S., Confederate forces led by Gen. Jubal Early begin the attack on Washington. 8 U.S. forces break the 95-day siege at An Loc in Vietnam. 8 Jews are expelled from Little Russia by order of Czarina Anne 8 The United States and Vietnam established full diplomatic relations.

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With its matted hair and bald patches it resembles a much-loved toy somewhat past her prime. In fact this creature is the best-preserved specimen of a woolly mammoth ever found – whose prehistoric prime was 39,000 years ago. Even clumps of the animal’s distinguishing hair are remarkably intact after being trapped in glacial ice until she was discovered in Siberia earlier this year. She is now to go on public display in Yokohama, Japan. But while the public can get a remarkable glimpse of our planet’s past, scientists will be continuing tests that could give the extinct species a future. Experts who found the female mammoth in May also discovered a sample of its blood inside ice beneath the carcass – which scientists claim may be used to regrow one of the animals, which last walked the earth around 4,000 years ago. Preserved muscle tissue was also found from the creature, which was aged between 50 and 60 when she died, according to the Russian team who made the discovery on islands off the northern coast of Siberia. Semyon Grigoriev, from the North Eastern Federal University in Siberia, said: ‘We were really surprised to find mammoth blood and muscle tissue.’ He hailed it as ‘the best-preserved mammoth in the history of paleontology’. Parts of the carcass are especially well preserved because they remained entirely frozen for thousands of years – including the hair. However, the upper torso and two legs, which were entombed in the soil, have been gnawed by prehistoric and modern predators and almost did not survive. It is the first ever well-preserved sample of blood from a woolly mammoth and has reopened the debate over the morality of Jurassic Parkstyle projects to restore extinct creatures to the planet The blood and other samples have been made available to South Korean scientist Hwang Woo-suk’s private bioengineering laboratory. The laboratory has confirmed it is working with other mammoth DNA samples in a bid to return the extinct Siberian mammoth. The eventual plan is to plant an implanted egg into a live elephant for a 22-month pregnancy. The hope is that at least one living cell of the mammoth was preserved ‘although even with such well-preserved remains, this may not be the case’. Earlier this year a group of scientists from around the world met for the TEDx conference in Washington, sponsored by National Geographic. The group were discussing the possibility of bringing 24 animals back from extinction, also known as ‘de-extinction’. The animals included the dodo bird, the Carolina Parakeet, last seen in 1904 in Florida. coUrteSY dailY Mail

The Afghan girl, picture shot by National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry. Sharbat Gula was one of the students in an informal school within the refugee camp; McCurry, rarely given the opportunity to photograph Afghan women, seized the opportunity and captured her image. She was approximately 12 years old at the time. She made it on the cover of National Geographic next year, and her identity was discovered in 1992.

une 11, 1963, Thich Quang Duc, a Buddhist monk from Vietnam, burned himself to death at a busy intersection in downtown Saigon to bring attention to the repressive policies of the Catholic Diem regime that controlled the South Vietnamese government at the time. Buddhist monks asked the regime to lift its ban on flying the traditional Buddhist flag, to grant Buddhism the same rights as Catholicism, to stop detaining Buddhists and to give Buddhist monks and nuns the right to practice and spread their religion. While burning Thich Quang Duc never moved a muscle. This is a famous picture, taken in 1930, showing tho young black men accused of raping a white girl, hanged by a mob of 10,000 white men. The mob took them by force from the county jailhouse. Another black man was saved from lynching by the girl’s uncle who said he was innocent. Even if lynching photos were designed to boost white supremacy, the tortured bodies and grotesquely happy crowds ended up revolting many.

This is probably the most famous picture you know. This is the picture of a student who tries to stop the tanks in Tiananmen Square standing in front of them. The tank driver didn’t crush the man with the bags but shortly after, the square filled with blood. The photo showed the Chinese that there is hope. However, China is still controlled by a communist regime.

Adolf Hitler visits Paris with architect Albert Speer (left) June 23, 1940

heIL hItLer! the taLe of gerMan ‘sWastIKa forests’ Blame it on the larches. Brandenburg native Günter Reschke was the first one to notice their unique formation, according to a 2002 article in the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper. To be more precise, however, it was the new intern at Reschke's landscaping company, Ökoland Dederow, who discovered the trees in 1992 as he was completing a typically thankless intern task: searching aerial photographs for irrigation lines. Instead, he found a small group of 140 larches standing in the middle of dense forest, surrounded by hundreds of other trees. But there was a crucial difference: all the others were pine trees. The larches, unlike the pines, changed color in the fall, first to yellow, then brown. And when they were seen from a certain height, it wasn't difficult to recognize the pattern they formed. It was quite striking, in fact. As he was dutifully accomplishing the task he had been given, the intern suddenly stopped and stared, dumbfounded, at the picture in his hand. It was an aerial view of Kutzerower Heath at Zernikow -- photo number 106/88. He showed it to Reschke: "Do you see what this is?" But the 60-by-60 meter (200-by-200 foot) design that stood out sharply from the forest was obvious to all: a swastika. Reschke is actually a fan of his native Uckermark region of northeastern Germany, extolling its gently rolling hills, lakes and woods, as the "Tuscany of the north." But what the two men discovered in 1992 in that aerial photograph thrust this natural idyll into the center of a scandal. Reschke chartered a plane to fly over the area, and indeed, a neatly delineated swastika was clearly visible. The local forester, Klaus Göricke, set out to uncover the origin of the troubling larch formation, and he found out that the trees had been there for a long time. By measuring the trees, he came to the conclusion they had been planted in the late 1930s. That means that for decades, during every spring and autumn, a massive swastika took shape in the Kutzerower Heath -- surviving the Russian occupation, Communist rule in East Germany and the fall of the Berlin Wall without ever attracting notice. The fact that it went undiscovered for so long was in part due to the short period of time each year that it was visible. Furthermore, it could only be seen from a certain altitude, and the airplanes that headed north out of Berlin were already much too high for passengers to see the swastika in the forest. Private planes, on the other hand, were forbidden in East Germany. It didn't take long for rumors to spread about how the swastika

got there in the first place. A local farmer claimed that he had planted the trees as a child, with a forester paying him a few cents for each seedling he put in the ground. Others reported that it was put there as a sign of loyalty after a nearby villager had been taken to the Sachsenhausen concentration camp by the Nazis because he had secretly been listening to the BBC. Still another version holds that a local Nazi leader ordered the trees planted on the occasion of Hitler's birthday. Finally, the Berliner Zeitung newspaper reported that it was planted in gratitude to the Reich Labor Service for building a street in Zernikow. Whatever the truth may be, the story began to make waves well beyond the region. French reporters suddenly appeared in Zernikow, eager to fly over the heath to see the swastika for themselves. The daily Le Figaro published an article on the forest formation that reportedly led then-French President François Mitterand to call his German counterpart, Roman Herzog. Soon thereafter, the German president began pressuring the local forestry office to get rid of the offensive symbol. The effects were immediate. In 1995, forestry workers armed with chainsaws made their way to the copse of larches and cut down 40 trees. They reported back to their supervisors that the symbol was now unrecognizable, and the commotion surrounding the Kutzerower Heath

quickly subsided. But the forestry workers were badly mistaken. It took five years before their error was discovered, but in 2000, the news agency Reuters published photos of a bright yellow and clearly visible swastika in the forest near Zernikow -- even if the edges were a bit frayed. And the media response was once again immense. Even the Chicago Tribune wrote about it, noting that the swastika forest was not helpful for a region that had already become notorious for racist violence. In fact, officials started becoming increasingly worried that the place could become a pilgrimage site for neo-Nazis. This prompted the Agriculture Ministry of the eastern state of Brandenburg to plan drastic measures. In 2000, Jens-Uwe Schade, a ministry spokesman, told Reuters that the intention had been to cut down all the trees in the area. But the BVVG, the federal office in charge of property management, blocked the plan because ownership of some of the property was in dispute and only gave the green light for state forestry officials to cut down 25 of the trees. This was done on the morning of Dec. 4, 2000. Forestry workers had to be very careful about choosing which trees to cut down and about making sure that the swastika was no longer visible. They also had to cut the stumps just a few centimeters above the ground so that they could no longer be viewed from the air. However, planting swastikas in forests wasn't something that only happened in the Uckermark. As Jens-Uwe Schade already explained in 2000, this had become "a fad among National Socialist foresters" during the Nazi period. For example, already in the early 1970s, US soldiers complained to the government of the state of Hesse after finding not only a huge swastika on the southern slope of a spruce forest near a place called Asterode, but also the year "1933" formed by larches. A similar symbol reportedly caused a major stir in Jesberg, in northern Hesse, when it was discovered in the 1980s. And, in 2000, a professor of folklore found a swastika of evergreen Douglas firs planted backwards in a deciduous forest in Wiesbaden. In fact, reports soon started emerging about tree swastikas all over Germany. In Sept. 2006, the New York Times also reported on a complete forest near the remote village of Tash-Bashat, in Kyrgystan, shaped as a swastika. The origins of this swastika in reverse measuring some 180 meters (600 feet) across were also shrouded in legend and uncertainty. coUrteSY der Spiegel

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FTER a four-and-a-half hour rain interruption, Sri Lanka had ten wickets available over a truncated 26 overs to chase 178. India needed to restrict Sri Lanka to 167 or below to make the final ahead of West Indies. In an ideal Twenty20 world, this was a situation loaded in favour of the chasing side. The Queen’s Park Oval pitch, with patches of green spiced up by all the rain, was an ideal Test bowler’s paradise, though. And Bhuvneshwar Kumar used it to perfection, ending the chase early and taking India to the final with a spell of 6-18-4, his best international figures. Bhuvneshwar got the ball to do so much, even survival became a lottery, leave alone a chase that began at an asking rate of close to seven an over. Some moved in, some moved away, some hit a green patch and bounced extra, with Bhuvneshwar’s impeccable control forcing the batsmen to play at almost everything. It was only his 16th ODI, but Bhuvneshwar has already built up a reputation for striking early in his spell. Again, he did not disappoint. Upul Tharanga flashed to the slips in Bhuvneshwar’s second over, Kumar Sangakkara got a first-ball shocker of a legbefore decision, Mahela Jayawardene could

First, I’m glad that the institution of having a Boxing Day Test has been restored, and secondly, being biased, I’m very happy that the match will be staged in Durban. –Shaun Pollock

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not keep a cut down, and Lahiru Thirimanne hit an airy drive. In no time, Sri Lanka were 31 for 4, and India already had the final within their sights. Of course, it was the asking rate that made the batsmen play all those strokes, but against the combination of Bhuvneshwar and the pitch, the attempts were doomed to fail. The spinners found generous help from the pitch as well, and made sure there was no fightback from the Sri Lanka lower middle order. The margin of the win showed just how futile a T20style chase can be on a difficult pitch. This pitch was so difficult it forced even the usually flashy Rohit Sharma to play the survival game. A battered and struggling Rohit fought the conditions, his own lack of touch, and a disciplined Sri Lanka attack but still hung in to build a base for India. But we will never know what could have been in this Rohit knock as the rain terminated India’s innings at 119 for 3 in 29 overs. Though the normally free-flowing Rohit’s grind wasn’t easy on the eye, it was far more refreshing to see him unwilling to fall to a soft dismissal, though he benefited from a dropped catch off Lasith Malinga when on 11. Despite West Indies losing both their games on the same ground after choosing to bowl, Angelo Mathews had no hesitation in doing the same. And his attack bowled far better than West Indies had, which was highly commendable, considering they had sent down 41 overs a day ago against the hosts.

Scoreboard PoRT of SPAIN: Virat Kohli has praised the Indian team for showing character by brushing aside early losses in the tri-series to finish on top of the table and qualify for the final. India beat Sri Lanka by 81 runs under the D/L method and the two teams will play each other again in the final on July 11. “To bounce back like this and finish at the top of the table is a commendable effort. I am very proud of the team,” Kohli said. “We have shown a lot of character. When three good teams are playing in the tournament, anything can happen. We were never bothered about the rain delays. Our performance showed what happens when one executes their plans properly.” The match against Sri Lanka was a must-win game for India and they struggled early in their innings on a difficult pitch. Kohli, who shared a 49-run stand with Rohit Sharma for the second wicket, said the team had a game plan of conserving wickets. India were on 119 for 3 when rain ended their innings. “When Rohit and I were playing, we just wanted to play ourselves in. It paid in the end, because we had wickets in hand, and it worked in the D/L calculations in our favour,” Kohli said. “Then the bowlers responded beautifully. Full credit to them.” agencieS

wARNeR ReleASed fRom ASheS NoTTINGHAM: Australia have released batsman David Warner from the Ashes tour of England to join up with their A squad in Zimbabwe and South Africa, Cricket Australia said on Wednesday. Warner was suspended last month for punching England batsman Joe Root in a Birmingham bar following a Champions Trophy match between the teams. He was banned until the first Ashes Test but was not named in the team for the match which started at Trent Bridge on Wednesday. “David has trained hard and been very supportive of the team and his teammates during the past few weeks but his preparation for the first Test was not ideal,” national selector John Inverarity said. “He is in need of match practice and runs in the longer format and the Australia A games in Zimbabwe and South Africa will provide him with the best possible opportunity.” Warner will return to England to join the Ashes squad when he has had enough match practice. Steve Smith, who was named in the team for the first Test after being called up from the A tour of England, will stay on with the Ashes squad for the full fivematch series. agencieS

india rg Sharma not out 48 S dhawan c Jayawardene b Mathews 15 31 V Kohli* lbw b Herath 12 Kd Karthik† b Herath 4 SK raina not out eXtraS (b 1, lb 3, w 3, nb 2) 9 total 119 did not bat M Vijay, ra Jadeja, r ashwin, b Kumar, i Sharma, Ut Yadav fall of WicKetS 1-27 (dhawan, 6.2 ov), 276 (Kohli, 20.3 ov), 3-111 (Karthik, 26.6 ov) boWling rMS eranga 6-0-27-0, lHd dilhara 80-40-0, ad Mathews 5-1-5-1, Sl Malinga 3-1-7-0, HMrKb Herath 6-0-322, bMaJ Mendis 1-0-4-0 Sri lanKa WU tharanga c raina b Kumar 6 c dpMd Jayawardene Vijay b Kumar 11 Kc Sangakkara† lbw b Kumar 0 ld chandimal st †Karthik b Jadeja 26 Hdrl thirimanne c Kohli b Kumar 0 ad Mathews* c †Karthik b Jadeja 10

Cricket in UAE buoyed by Pakistan’s return DUBai agencieS

Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) CEO David East has told Gulf News that the announcement of Pakistan’s series against South Africa to be played here in October will have a positive effect on the game locally. Two Tests, five one-day matches and two Twenty20 games will be played in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah from October 14 to November 15. It kicks-off an unprecedented winter of cricket in the UAE with T20 World Cup qualifiers in November, Pakistan’s series with Sri Lanka in December and the U19 World Cup in February. Since a terrorist attack on Sri Lanka’s team bus in Lahore in 2009, Pakistan have played the majority of their home matches in the Emirates.

“It must always be Pakistan’s intention to return their cricket back to home soil, but while that can’t happen we are literally just around the corner.” Gulf News quoted East. “We are delighted to be able to support them during a difficult time and it provides us with the opportunity to host some big matches in the UAE, which supports the whole community. “It’s the most logical place to meet because of a similar broadcast timings with Pakistan, the UAE is also very safe and there is a large expatriate community. Local interest is huge and I’m sure this will have an impact at grassroots level. “In many ways it makes absolute sense, but that has to be considered in the

context of the difficulties Pakistan are experiencing at home. We’re pleased to be able to assist in staging this cricket in the best and most appropriate way possible,” he added. Meanwhile, ECB administrator Mazhar Khan insisted the UAE was ready for what will be its busiest international cricket season to date. “All the venues are preparing to cater for the hectic schedule and we’re confident that we can deliver. For the U19 World Cup we are looking to use the Sevens Stadium and ICC Global Cricket Academy pitches in order to distribute the load.” Maqbul Dudhia, general manager of sports and entertainment at Dubai Sports City pledged to make tickets — details of which have yet to be announced — “as affordable as possible”.

b bMaJ Mendis ashwin 13 lHd dilhara c 6 †Karthik b i Sharma c HMrKb Herath 4 Vijay b i Sharma rMS eranga not out 2 Sl Malinga c Jadeja b Yadav 7 11 eXtraS (lb 6, w 5) total 96 fall of WicKetS 1-14 (tharanga, 2.1 ov), 2-14 (Sangakkara, 2.2 ov), 3-27 (Jayawardene, 6.6 ov), 4-31 (thirimanne, 8.3 ov), 5-56 (Mathews, 13.6 ov), 6-63 (chandimal, 15.6 ov), 7-78 (Mendis, 18.6 ov), 8-84 (Herath, 21.1 ov), 9-87 (dilhara, 23.2 ov), 10-96 (Malinga, 24.4 ov) boWling b Kumar 6-1-8-4, Ut Yadav 4.4-0-28-1, i Sharma 4-0-17-2, ra Jadeja 5-0-17-2, r ashwin 5-0-20-1 Match details toss Sri lanka, who chose to field points india 5, Sri lanka 0 player of the match b Kumar (india) Umpires nJ llong (england) and pJ nero tV umpire JS Wilson Match referee JJ crowe (new Zealand) reserve umpire n duguid

fAwAd Ahmed iS Now AuStRAliAN offiCiAlly MELBoURNE: Pakistan-born legspinner Fawad Ahmed on Wednesday officially became an Australian citizen at a citizenship ceremony conducted by Minister Brendan O’Connor at the Commonwealth Parliamentary Offices here. After getting the news last week that his citizenship application was successful, Wednesday’s ceremony completed the fulfilment of a dream for the 31-year-old Ahmed. “It is a great day for me and it has been a dream of mine to become a citizen of Australia ever since I arrived here at the beginning of 2010,” rejoiced Ahmed. “Thank you, Minister Brendan O’Connor, Minister Chris Bowen and everyone in the Parliament for all their help.” he said. “And thank you, the great people at Cricket Australia, Cricket Victoria and Melbourne University Cricket Club for the support. This would not have happened without them,” Ahmed said. agencieS

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NGLAND roared back in the final session following a feeble batting display as wickets tumbled on a dramatic opening day of the first Ashes test against Australia at Trent Bridge on Wednesday. Australia, huge underdogs in the series, enjoyed the perfect start when fiery fast bowler Peter Siddle took five wickets and England collapsed to 215 all out shortly after tea. However, Steven Finn removed Shane Watson and Ed Cowan in successive balls and James Anderson dismissed Michael Clarke and Chris Rogers before Australia lurched to the close on 75 for four. Steve Smith, on 38, and Phil Hughes, seven, were the not out batsmen. England captain Alastair Cook won the toss and chose to bat in overcast conditions. James Pattinson’s first ball of the series was a wild short-pitched wide and the fast bowler struggled to find his line as the ball swung extravagantly in the air. Cook and Joe Root had to survive the odd unplayable delivery, but they looked comfortable until the skipper, on 13, drove loosely at a wide ball from Pattinson and nicked a

India, SL final face off today sPoRts DEsK India and Sri Lanka meet yet again, this time in the final of the Tri-Nation Series at Queen’s Park Oval on Thursday, amid increasing speculation that Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be back to the lead the World Cup and Champions Trophy holders. Dhoni sustained a right hamstring strain while batting against the West Indies in his team’s first match of the tournament on June 30 at Sabina Park in Kingston and an announcement was made the following day that he was ruled out of the rest of the competition with uncapped batsman Ambati Rayudu being flown in as his replacement. However India’s most successful captain ever has remained with the squad, and while there has as yet been no official word from the touring party, his presence on the field in pre-match warm-ups and in full team uniform during and after the final preliminary fixture against the Sri Lankans on Tuesday increase the likelihood that he will be back as at the helm for the final. Stand-in captain Virat Kohli

hinted as much at the toss ahead of the comprehensive victory over Angelo Mathews’ side when he expressed hope that Dhoni had been recovering well enough to be

able to play if they had gotten through to the final. Should he be passed fit, it is expected that Murali Vijay will make way for the man increasingly regarded as the finest international captain in the contemporary game. or without Dhoni though, India are bracing for a much tougher Sri Lankan challenge than what transpired on Tuesday when fastmedium bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar produced the outstanding figures of four for eight and engineered the demolition of the 1996 World Cup winners for just 96. TeAms: India (from): Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Murali Vijay, Amit Mishra, Vinay Kumar, Ambati Rayudu. sri lanka (from): Angelo Mathews (captain), Kusal Perera, Upul Tharanga, Kumar Sangakkara, Lahiru Thirimanne, Mahela Jayawardene, Jeevan Mendis, Ajantha Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Lasith Malinga, Sachithra Senanayake, Rangana Herath, Dilhara Lokuhettige and Shaminda Eranga, Suranga Lakmal.

PCb to revamp code of conduct for officials, players LahoRE Staff report

The acting Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, Najam Sethi has promised to make all affairs of the board more transparent and to have a new code of conduct for players and officials. Sethi, after chairing a meeting of the Governing body, said that the new code of conduct was being prepared and would be soon put in place. “The reason for having a new code of conduct is to ensure that everything functions smoothly in our cricket set up and there are no illegal

or unconstitutional decisions,” Sethi said in a news conference. Sethi also made it clear that he wanted to have more transparency in PCB affairs. “I don’t think there is any need to hide things from the people. All matters and decisions should be transparent.” The Sindh high court yesterday issued a notice to Sethi, directing him to only work in the sphere and take decisions allowed to a interim head of the board. But Sethi said he was working as per orders of the Islamabad high court, which had given him 90 days to hold re-elections in the board and

recognise things. “I am only using the powers given to me by the IHC,” he pointed out. “As far as the Sindh high court order is concerned we are waiting for the detailed order to look into it,” he added. Sethi also said that the Governing board had discussed the budget besides other key issues at its meeting and also asked him to fly to the West Indies. “I will be going to the West Indies on the wishes of the Governing board as it wants me to be there and see first-hand the team affairs and how it is working,” he said.

catch through to wicketkeeper Brad Haddin. The Australians joyously celebrated the wicket of Cook, who scored 766 runs in the last Ashes series, but the situation was tailor-made for the phlegmatic Jonathan Trott. He greeted Siddle to the attack with successive fours and also dispatched debutant spinner Ashton Agar’s first ball in test cricket to the extra cover boundary. Root, opening for the first time in tests, struck six neat fours in a patient 30 but he was deceived by the first ball of Siddle’s second spell, a rapid full-length yorker which crashed into his stumps to end a secondwicket partnership of 51. England took lunch on 98 for two but Kevin Pietersen, returning to the side after injury,

nibbled at a Siddle outswinger in the first over of the second session and was caught by Clarke at second slip for 14. Trott struck eight sweetlytimed fours and was two runs short of his fifty when he carelessly dragged a wide Siddle delivery on to his stumps to leave England in trouble at 124 for four. FLUENT PARTNERSHIP Jonny Bairstow and Ian Bell shared a fluent 54-run partnership for the fifth wicket before Bell, on 25, limply hung his bat at a Siddle outswinger and edged a catch to Watson at first slip. Matt Prior swatted a wide ball from Siddle straight to Hughes at point to give the bowler his eighth five-wicket haul in tests and send the few pockets of Australian fans in the crowd into raptures.

Scoreboard england first innings 13 a.cook c Haddin b pattinson J.root b Siddle 30 48 J.trott b Siddle 14 K.pietersen c clarke b Siddle i.bell c Watson b Siddle 25 J.bairstow b Starc 37 1 M.prior c Hughes b Siddle S.broad c & b pattinson 24 1 g.Swann c Hughes b pattinson S.finn c Haddin b Starc 0 J.anderson not out 1 extras (b-6 lb-5 w-8 nb-2) 21 215 total (all out, 59 overs) fall of wickets: 1-27 2-78 3-102 4-124 5-178 6180 7-213 8-213 9-213 10-215. bowling: pattinson 17-2-69-3 (1nb 2w), Starc 17-

5-54-2, Siddle 14-4-50-5 (1nb 1nb), agar 7-1-240, Watson 4-2-7-0. australia first innings 13 S.Watson c root b finn 16 c.rogers lbw b anderson e.cowan c Swann b finn 0 M.clarke b anderson 0 38 S.Smith not out p.Hughes not out 7 1 extras (lb-1) total (for four wickets, 21 overs) 75 to bat: b.Haddin, p.Siddle, J.pattinson, M.Starc, a.agar. fall of wickets: 1-19 2-19 3-22 4-53. bowling: anderson 10-0-25-2, finn 8-0-37-2, Swann 3-0-12-0. england won the toss and chose to bat

kaneria asked to pay 2,00,000 pounds for ‘pursuit of justice’ LAHoRE: Problems continued to multiply for Pakistan’s disgraced legspinner Danish Kaneria, who has now been ordered to pay 2,00,000 pounds in costs by the disciplinary panel of the England and Wales Cricket Board. “My lawyers in London have been told by the ECB panel that I have to pay the total costs of 200,000 pounds which cover all legal costs for the ECB hearing held last year and the appeal proceedings this year,” Kaneria was quoted by a website. “My lawyers are now looking into our next line of action which includes the option of approaching the High Court or going to the Court of Arbitration for Sports,” he said. Kaneria, whose international cricket career came to a halt in August 2010 after a spot-fixing scandal broke out in English county cricket in September 2009, was banned for life from playing in England by the ECB disciplinary commission last year in June which found him guilty of corruption and cheating. The panel said Kaneria posed a grave danger to the sport and said he had attempted to lure other players into spotfixing. The ECB disciplinary panel had, earlier this month, dismissed Kaneria’s appeal against a life ban from cricket. Staff report

England were tottering on 185 for six at tea and Stuart Broad lifted them past 200 with five meaty fours in his innings of 24. The fast bowler skied a catch back to Pattinson, Bairstow was bowled for 37 by a swinging full-length delivery from Mitchell Starc and Finn was caught by Haddin off Starc for a golden duck. Swann prodded Pattinson meekly to Hughes at cover and England had lost their last four wickets for two runs in the space of 14 balls. Watson started Australia’s reply aggressively with three boundaries but he fell for 13 attempting a fourth, smartly pouched by Root at third slip off Finn. The tall fast bowler’s next delivery was also wide and full, tempting Cowan into an injudicious drive that sent the ball flying low to Swann at second slip. Clarke strode out at 19 for two and he lasted only six balls before Anderson produced a peach of a delivery which held its line and clipped the top of off stump. The England crowd suddenly came alive and Trent Bridge was abuzz as Smith and Chris Rogers set about repairing the damage. Smith took the attack to the bowlers and the experienced Rogers, playing his first test for five years, supported him sensibly until he was trapped lbw by Anderson for 16.

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SoLIHULL: After sweeping the T20 series 2-0, Pakistan Women comprehensively beat the hosts in the one-off ODI in Solihull. Ireland Women painstakingly played out just over 40 overs, but failed to pass 100. Pakistan strolled to the target of 95 in half those overs, with Javeria Khan leading the way with an unbeaten 51. Ireland were struggling after being put in to bat, crawling to seven off as many overs, and losing their top three. Iram Javed, the right-arm seamer, accounted for two of those wickets, including that of the captain Isobel Joyce. agencieS

Scoreboard ireland WoMen cMa Shillington c bismah b iram 3 iMHc Joyce lbw b Sumaiya 4 eaJ richardson c bismah b iram 0 MeMo Scott-Hayward st batool b nida 18 MV Waldron lbw b asmavia 17 l delany c & b nida 6 ra rolfe st batool b nida 4 KJ garth run out (Sadia) 25 eJ tice run out (Javeria/batool) 3 SM Kavanagh st batool b Sadia 3 l o’reilly not out 0 extras (b 2, lb 3, w 6) 11 total (all out; 40.2 overs) 94 fall of wickets 1-7 (Shillington, 5.5 ov), 2-7 (Joyce, 6.2 ov), 3-7 (richardson, 7.1 ov), 438 (Waldron, 16.2 ov), 5-52 (delany, 21.2 ov), 6-53 (Scott-Hayward, 21.6 ov), 7-66 (rolfe, 29.1 ov), 8-72 (tice, 31.4 ov), 9-90 (Kavanagh, 38.5 ov), 10-94 (garth, 40.2 ov) bowling: Sumaiya Siddiqi 7-2-18-1, iram

Javed 7-2-16-2, asmavia iqbal 6-2-10-1, Sadia Yousuf 6.2-1-19-1, nida dar 10-2-183, bismah Maroof 4-2-8-0 pakistan Women Javeria Khan not out 51 Javeria rauf lbw b o’reilly 16 nahida Khan lbw b garth 7 nain abidi not out 13 extras (lb 3, w 7) 10 total (2 wickets; 20 overs) 97 did not bat asmavia iqbal, bismah Maroof*, nida dar, batool fatima†, iram Javed, Sumaiya Siddiqi, Sadia Yousuf fall of wickets 1-42 (Javeria rauf, 11.2 ov), 2-56 (nahida Khan, 14.1 ov) bowling: KJ garth 7-0-24-1, iMHc Joyce 50-17-0, l delany 1-0-5-0, l o’reilly 3-0-18-1, eaJ richardson 2-0-14-0, eJ tice 2-0-16-0 toss pakistan Women, who chose to field Series pakistan won the one-off match

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Formula 1’s ruling body, the FIA, has announced an immediate ban on anyone other than marshals and team personnel in the pitlane during qualifying and races following the incident during the German Grand Prix. Formula One Management cameraman Paul Allen suffered broken ribs, a broken collarbone and concussion after he was hit by a loose tyre from Mark Webber’s car which fell off following a botched pitstop. He is expected to make a full recovery. As well as the new personnel restrictions, with the only exception being approved members of the media allowed on the pit wall, the FIA is also fast-tracking a reduction in pitlane speed limits and the mandatory wearing of helmets for team members involved in pitstops. A statement issued by the FIA said that its president Jean Todt had requested the World Motor Sport Council approve the changes, which had already been planned for 2014, immediately. SportS deSK

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As much as Zach Johnson loves everything about the John Deere Classic, he readily admits that past success will count for nothing when he launches his title defence in the opening round at the TPC Deere Run. Johnson triumphed last year with a birdie on the second hole of a suddendeath playoff to edge out fellow American Troy Matteson, and he has posted sub-70 scores in his last 16 competitive rounds on the par-71 layout. “Fortunately I have had some success here, but I am trying to put 2012 behind me,” the 37-year-old said on the eve of the tournament. “It’s not like just because I won, I’ve got a three-shot lead going into Thursday so I frankly have to put it behind me, and that’s going to be my approach. SportS deSK

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AEL Monfils of France defeated compatriot Paul-Henri Mathieu 7-6 (0), 6-4 to advance to the second round of the Mercedes Cup on Tuesday. Monfils fired 16 aces to set up a clash with sixth-seeded Florian Mayer, who defeated another German, Andreas Beck, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1. Victor Hanescu rallied to beat Dmitry Tursunov of Russia 3-6, 6-3, 76 (7) in two hours, 25 minutes. The Romanian will next face Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci, who defeated seventh-seeded Lukas Rosol of the Czech

viNCi BeAtS quAlifieR At pAleRmo Second-seeded Roberta Vinci struggled past qualifier Giulia GattoMonticone 7-6 (6), 6-3 in the first round of the Italiacom Open on Tuesday. Vinci will next play 2011 runner-up Polona Hercog of Slovenia, who beat Eva Birnerova 6-4, 6-1. Last year’s runner-up Barbora Zahlavova Strycov is also safely through after she defeated Kristyna Pliskova 6-4, 6-4. Two seeded players were eliminated with sixth seeded Irina-Camelia Begu losing 7-5, 7-5 to Renata Voracova, while Dinah Pfizenmaier beat eighth seeded Karolina Pliskova. Fourth-seeded Klara Zakopalova progressed with a 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 victory over 2009 winner Flavia Pennetta. SportS deSK

Republic 6-4, 6-4. It was Rosol’s third consecutive loss. Nikolay Davydenko of Russia rallied to beat Spain’s Daniel Munoz-De La Nava 6-7 (6), 6-3, 6-4.

Also Tuesday, Leonardo Mayer of Argentina rallied to beat Spain’s Pablo Andujar 3-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5) over two hours, 55 minutes.

begu CRAsHes OuT Of ITAlIACOm OPen John Rooney, younger brother of England striker Wayne, has signed for Bury after a successful trial. The 22-year-old spent two years in the USA with New York Red Bulls and Orlando City before a short spell with Barnsley last season. Rooney, who began his career with Macclesfield, impressed during the opening weeks of pre-season and was offered a 12-month deal by Kevin Blackwell. SportS deSK

sPoRts DEsK Irina-Camelia Begu was the highest seed to fall during the first round action at the XXVI Italiacom Open. The Romanian sixth seed bid farewell to Palermo after one hour and 32 minutes of play produced a 7-5 6-2 win for Renata Voracova. The 29-year-old Czech will face home wild card Corinna Dentoni in the second round with Italian favourite and top seed Sara Errani waiting for Barbora

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Zahlavova-Strycova following the Plzen native’s 6-4 6-4 victory over Kristyna Pliskova. Pliskova’s eight-seeded twin sister Karolina will also go no further after slipping to a 7-5 7-5 defeat to Germany’s Dinah Pfizenmaier, who will take on Anabel Medina Garrigues. The Spaniard beat Kristina Barrois of Germany 6-4 4-6 6-2 while her seventh-seeded compatriot Silvia SolerEspinosa can look forward to facing Mirjana Lucic-Baroni after the Croatian

beat Mariana Duque Marino 6-3 6-3. Czech fourth seed Klara Zakopalova dismissed former world number 10 Flavia Pennetta 6-2 2-6 6-3 to book a match against Bruneck-born Karin Knapp, who made light work of Brazil’s Teliana Pereira on her way to a 6-3 6-2 win. Elsewhere, Polona Hercog beat Eva Birnerova 6-4 6-1 to meet second seed Roberta Vinci after last year’s US Open quarter-finalist beat fellow Italian Giulia Gatto-Monticone 7-6 (8/6) 6-3.

WBO light-heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly (26-0) will defend his title against one of boxing’s fastest rising stars - Russian Sergey Kovalev (21-0-1). Cleverly will enjoy home advantage, yet many are touting this fight as the Welshman’s toughest test to date. While Cleverly has amassed an impressive unbeaten record, ‘toughest test’ is likely an understatement in the minds of those who are familiar with Kovalev’s track record. It may be more realistic to say that Cleverly faces a daunting, uphill battle in which the champion is unlikely to prevail unless he is able to stylistically adapt for this opponent. On the surface, Cleverly/Kovalev is an appealing style match-up, featuring two habitual brawlers, neither of whom have often been seen to take a step in reverse. From a spectator’s perspective, the action should excite. However, a slugfest would not seem to favor the home towner, whose hands are not as heavy as those of Kovalev. Russian born Kovalev, who resides in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has raised a few eyebrows this year with knockouts of toplevel contenders in his two most recent fights. In January and June respectively, Kovalev floored Gabriel Campillo and Cornelius White three times each en-route to third round knockouts. SportS deSK

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pakistan slip to eighth place in fih ranking LAHoRE: Pakistan has slipped to eighth place in the new-released ranking by the International Hockey Federation. The new FIH men’s ranking was released on Wednesday after a very poor show in Hockey World League round 3 in Johor Bahru now Pakistan lost its sixth position and are now standing at number eighth in the World. Below are the current World Ranking positions. The Ranking is updated after any major international events — approximately 3-4 times per year. Staff report Rk. 1 2 3 4 5 6 6 8 9 10

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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is contemplating a series-based deal with broadcasters for the forthcoming matches in this season. Pakistan are scheduled to play two Tests, five ODIs and two T20s against South Africa in Sharjah and Dubai, from October 14. They are also scheduled to play Sri Lanka in the UAE, although the two boards have not confirmed the dates. The PCB is yet to finalise a broadcasting deal after its fiveyear contract with TEN Sports, worth $140 million, ended last month. However, the PCB incurred a loss of nearly $80 million on this deal, following the cancellation of bilateral series against India between 2009 and 2011. The broadcasting deal is one of the major sources of income for the PCB and, with no series against India scheduled until 2020, these could be testing times for the board as it may be hit by a financial

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ARmStRoNg lAwSuit getS go-AheAd AUSTIN: A Texas judge has refused Lance Armstrong’s request to dismiss an insurance company’s lawsuit seeking $3 million in bonuses it paid him from 1999 to 2001. Nebraska-based Acceptance Insurance Holdings sued Armstrong, saying he cheated by using performanceenhancing drugs to win the Tour de France. Armstrong’s attorneys argue the statute of limitations for fraud and breach of contract claims expired by 2011. The company says the clock didn’t start until Armstrong admitted to doping last January. Travis County Judge Darlene Byrne on Monday denied Armstrong’s request to dismiss. Armstrong’s attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The lawsuit is one of several pending against Armstrong, including a federal case seeking to recover more than $40 million paid to Armstrong and his team by the U.S. Postal Service. agencieS

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RITISH cycling star Mark Cavendish had urine thrown at him by a spectator during the 11th stage of the Tour de France on Wednesday, his team have confirmed. The incident happened during the 33-kilometre individual time-trial from Avranches to Mont-SaintMichel in Normandy, a day after Cavendish was blamed for a collision that sent Argos rider Tom Veelers crashing to the ground in Saint-Malo. “Probably some spectators were not very pleased with what happened yesterday and they yelled to him and then one other idiot threw urine at him,” Omega Pharma team CEO Patrick Lefevere told AFP. “Mark is not upset, but he is really disappointed because he thinks he didn’t deserve this.” Cavendish escaped without punishment following the clash with Veelers, which happened during a sprint for the line won by German rider Marcel Kittel.

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crunch following a long-standing budget-deficit. In 2011-12, the deficit was nearly 700 million Pakistani rupees. The PCB’s Governing Board, in their emergency meeting at the National Cricket Academy, has decided to appoint the former ICC president Ehsan Mani as

their advisor on their television deal. “We are yet to issue a tender for the broadcaster after finishing our five-year deal last month,” a PCB spokesman told ESPNcricinfo. “It requires a specific procedural time and systematic restructuring of the bidding process and

finalising the deal. But we have an alternative, i.e. to go with a series-byseries deal - in case we need that for any of our upcoming home series - before going into a long-term deal with a broadcaster.” The interim setup of the PCB may also be affecting its chances of securing a long-term deal. The suspension of Zaka Ashraf as chairman led to a delay in the PCB budget this year and the process of renewing the broadcasting deal was also delayed as a result. The PCB’s functions were on hold for almost a month, until the appointment of interim chairman Najam Sethi. The Islamabad High Court has ordered Sethi to hold elections within 90 days but has not given a detailed order. Although the PCB refused to comment on its internal functioning, it has confirmed that the bidding process for a broadcaster is currently on hold, with various other issues taking precedence. It is likely the board may look to secure a six-year deal next year, once a more stable administrative setup is in place.

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“The power of sports and play has developed exceptional skills in children and bring together people of all ages and castes and creed. I feel that Right To Play and Karachi Youth Initiative are achieving this goal together through the power of sports and play” said Sheeraz Waheed, MPA NA-254 and the chief guest at the School Level Cricket Tournament held at Karim Ground, Korangi 4 area. The purpose of holding a Cricket Tournament was to create an opportunity for the children of government schools of

the area to have a platform where they can showcase their skills, meet new people and promote the concept of team-work and respect for each other, all important life skills taught through the Right To Play methodology. The School Level Cricket Tournament witnessed the presence of 110 children, 150 local youth, 16 trainers from Right To Play, 5 partner school Head Masters, Mistresses and teachers, and 2 government officials. Government Boys High School K Area and Government Boys High School KTS played the match with one team having Yellow label and the other Red. The Yellows won the match by 10 runs.

KARACHI: Overnight rain during the second innings of the match spoiled Water and Power Development Authority’s hopes for a first win in Tuesday’s encounter against Pakistan International Airlines, after umpires called it off at the Advance Telecom Ramadan T20 Cup’s pool A match played in the National Stadium, Karachi. WAPDA scored 151 in their 20 overs after being put in to bat. However, PIA’s chase lasted only eight deliveries before rain interrupted play. PIA got an early breakthrough in the first innings, as medium-pacer Anwar Ali got the wicket of opener Shoaib Nasir in the first over. Sohaib Maqsood, batting one down, then shared a 77-run second-wicket partnership with Iftikhar Ahmed, to revive the innings. Maqsood hit 10 fours and three sixes during his 60-ball 86 as WAPDA reached a score of 151 for 8 in 20 overs. Ali was the pick of the bowlers for PIA, ending with figures of 4-022-2. Both teams were awarded a point each. Water and Power Development Authority 151 for 8 (Maqsood 86, Ahmed 19, Ali 2-22) v Pakistan International Airlines 8 for 0 with no result. Staff report

eASt ZoNe CluBS ASked to SuBmit plAyeRS LAHoRE: The East Zone cricket Association has asked its clubs to submit the names of their two top players with two photographs for participation in the upcoming Seniors Inter-District Cricket Tournament till July 15 to secretary of East Zone Habib ul Hassan Shah. The practice matches will be played in Ramadan. Staff r epo rt

pitCheR’S SeleCtioN tRiAlS LAHoRE: The Pakistan baseball team has qualified for next XVII Asian Games 2014 which is being held in Incheon, South Korea from September 19 to October 4, 2014. Syed Khawar Shah, Executive Director West Asia Baseball Federation of Asia/Secretary General Pakistan Federation Baseball, has said that the Pakistan Federation Baseball is holding trials for the pitchers on August 08 at Sports Complex of University of Central Punjab at 10 am. Five best Pitchers will be selected. The PFB will provide training to these pitchers for participation in the Asian Games 2014. The players interested in the trials must register before the day of trials. Staff report

puNJAB BAdmiNtoN eleCtS New pReSideNt LAHoRE: General body meeting of the Punjab Badminton Association was held at Lahore in which the house unanimously elected Adil Abdullah Khan Rokhri as president of PBA. Earlier Shahrez Abdullah Khan Rokhri resigned from the seat of President PBA in this meeting the house unanimously accepted his resignation and elected Adil Abdullah Khan Rokhri as president. Staff r epo rt

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URGE GOVT TO FORM PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE TO REVIEW ELECTION-RELATED ISSUES recent polls, they had forwarded 50 recommendations “as there are plenty of grey areas direly seeking the reforms”. Gahler said the EU Election Mission Observers arrived in Pakistan on March 3 and stayed here until June 4, during which the observers monitored the recent elections in 184 constituencies. He said the observations were made independently without any pressure after which a detailed report was prepared. The European Union Observer Mission chief said the mission had found no evidence of any interference by the intelligence agencies in the electoral process

during the recent polls. “The mission has no evidence of any interference in the electoral process by the intelligence agencies. However, certain institutions have crossed their limits in the

discharge of their duties.” Gahler ruled out the suspicion of rigging in elections in Pakistan. However, he criticised the Election Commission of Pakistan for not properly meeting its responsi-

bilities. Hitting hard at the ECP, Gahler said polling staff was changed minutes before the end of the polling. He said the ECP had not fulfilled its responsibilities, as number of candidates had not been given an equal opportunity to contest in the recent polls, adding that nomination papers of some of the candidates had been accepted from one constituency and were rejected in another. He urged the government to form a parliamentary committee to review electionrelated issues aiming at improving the electoral process. Applauding the role of NADRA‚ Gahler said measures to promote women’s participation in the electoral process was required. He said allegations of rigging began pouring in after polling ended whereas the process of declaring official results was extremely slow. “The ECP should have taken the responsibility of all such procedures,” he said.

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womAN StoNed to deAth oN pANChAyAt’S oRdeRS DERA GHAZI KHAN A woman was stoned to death in a village in Dera Ghazi Khan region after a panchayat held her guilty upon finding a cellular phone from her possession. The mother of two, Arifa Bibi, was stoned to death by her uncle and relatives at the orders of a pancahayat, a local political and justice system, when she was found using a cell phone, her two cousins told a local television channel. “She was buried without informing her other relatives,’’ her cousins said. Police registered an FIR against three members of the panchayat, but no one has been arrested so far. online

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As the Taliban announced their decision to shut down their political office in the Gulf state of Qatar, which was opened last month for peace talks with the US and Afghan governments, the White House has said it will pursue other peace efforts if the Doha process does not yield any result. “If this effort, the Doha office effort does not succeed, we will pursue other means and other avenues for peace, because ultimately peace in Afghanistan de-

pends on reconciliation between Afghans,” the White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said on Wednesday. Carney acknowledged that from the very beginning they knew this would be a difficult process. “It has been a difficult process and will continue to be,” he said. “We’re still trying to move it forward despite the difficulty in the process,” said the State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki. “The opening of the Taliban office just a couple of weeks ago, of course, was intended to facilitate negotiations with the Afghan High Peace Council. We believe misunderstandings arose in context of the opening should not stand in the way of moving forward on reconciliation if Taliban wishes to do so, and we’ll continue to support and reiterate our call to

move forward,” she said. She added though Taliban had closed their office in Doha, “we will continue to work through the bumpy road, and are hopeful to get the peace process back on track”. “There is no schedule for the resumption of talks with the Taliban,” she said. The White House also said the decision on how many US troops to leave in Afghanistan will not be imminent. “But it is leaving open the possibility the US will not leave forces there after combat troops depart in 2014,” Carney said. He said the so-called “zero option” was still on the table. He said the US would have clear objectives for its mission in Afghanistan after the longplanned drawdown. He said those objectives could be met with a residual force or through other means.

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The Indian Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that lawmakers should be thrown out of office if they are convicted of a serious crime, a judgement hailed as a major step towards cleaning up the political system. The Supreme Court said state and federal lawmakers will be forced to quit politics and will be barred from contesting future elections if they are convicted of a crime that carries a sentence of at least two years in jail. “If a person has no right to vote (if convicted of a crime), he has no right to contest,” Judges AK Patnaik and SJ Mukhopadhyay ruled. Some 160 lawmakers from various parties in the national lower house of parliament are facing a range of criminal charges and more than 1,400 politicians from state legislatures, according to campaign group the Association for Democratic Reforms. “This is a milestone for Indian politics. If you are convicted of a crime from now on, you don’t have the right to be in politics,” said the association’s national coordinator Anil Bairwal. “It’s a significant step towards cleaning up politics,” Bairwal, who was in court to hear the decision, said. The ruling comes as Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s government has been rocked by a series of graft scandals involving mobile phone licences, coalfields and the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi among other issues. Millions of people took to the streets in cities across India last year to protest at the scandals amid seething anger at perceived endemic corruption in politics and the wider public sector. The ruling could have a significant impact ahead of state and national elections which are due by May next year, Bairwal said.

NepRA approves decrease in electricity tariff by Rs 1.15/unit isLaMaBaD online

The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) has approved a decrease of Rs 1.15 per unit in power tariff for power companies on account of fuel adjustment. According to details made available, the decrease has been approved for the month of June, and would not be applicable to KESC consumers.


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