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MoU prohibits US from shipping weapons by land through Pakistan but no restriction on shipment of weapons for Afghan army ISLAMABAD
AKISTAN and the United States on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to regulate the shipment of NATO troops’ supplies to and from Afghanistan through Pakistani soil, an important development that also prompted the Obama administration to announce the release of $1.1 billion to Islamabad under the frozen Coalition Support Fund (CSF). With the signing of new deal on NATO supplies, hundreds of trucks and vehicles carrying food, oil and other non-lethal goods would once again start crossing the Afghan border after months of suspension by Islamabad, which took this decision in retaliation to American air strikes on its border posts in November last year that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers. Pakistan had decided on July 3 to reopen the NATO supply routes after an apology came from US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the death of Pakistani soldiers. The two sides, however, took some more weeks to finalize and subsequently signed the new agreement. The MoU has also formalized the informal arrangement made by Islamabad and Washington during the tenure of former President Pervez Musharraf after 2001 that allowed the US led international coalition to ship supplies to Afghanistan through Pakistani border for years. The deal now signed with US would also be expanded to agreements with the other NATO states. US Charge d’Affaires Richard Hoagland, who signed the agreement on behalf of the United States with the Additional Secretary Rear Admiral Farrukh Ahmed at the Defense Ministry, Rawalpindi, dubbed the new deal as a “concrete very positive step”. He lauded the new agreement as a demonstration of “increased transparency and openness” between the two governments. He said, “Of course it’s clear to our political leadership in both capitals that we have a number of other issues to work on. Washington, he said, would release $1.1 billion in aid to Pakistan following the signing of the new deal. The new agreement, which will end on December 31, 2015, will be applied to NATO supplies that will arrive afresh in Pakistan and not to the thousands of containers that remained stuck in the country for well over seven months but now would cross the border into Afghanistan under the old arrangement. The two sides could, however renew the Mou under mutual agreement for the subsequent periods of year after it ends on December 31, 2015. The MoU prohibits the US from shipping weapons by land through Pakistan, as demanded by parliament but the shipment of weapons for the Afghan army has been allowed. The deal would also give a right to Islamabad to refuse or reject any shipment and special radio chips would be fitted to containers for their monitoring. Currently, the NATO supplies remain suspended after their reopening for a brief period as the militants carried out attacks on them in the Khyber Agency. The government is also finalizing a security plan that would task the police with providing security to NATO trucks in settled areas whereas the Frontier Corps (FC) would carry out security arrangements in the Tribal Areas. The US has also agreed to extend financial assistance to Pakistan for the repairing of the damaged roads after those being used for years by the heavily loaded NATO trucks and tankers but for that both sides would sign another MoU most likely in September, this year.
ISLaMaBad: deputy uS ambassador to Pakistan, Richard hoagland, and head of Pakistani delegation Rear admiral Farrukh ahmed exchange documents after an agreement ceremony on Tuesday. AFP
New contempt law not free of flaws: CJP Federation asks SC to refer matter to high courts g Court says matter of appropriate public importance
Petroleum prices go up by Rs 7.67 per liter LAHORE MuhaMMad azaM
Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Tuesday rebuffed the government’s assertion that new Contempt of Court Act was free from flaws. A five-judge bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and including Justice Shakirullah Jan, Justice Khilji Arif Hussain, Justice Jawwad S Khawaja and Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani, resumed hearing in 27 identical petitions challenging the Contempt of Court Act, 2012. Abdul Shakoor Paracha, the federation’s lawyer in this case, requested the Supreme Court to refer the petitions to high courts instead of taking them up directly. Justice Khawaja asked whether a new Pandora box should be opened by referring the matter to five high courts. Paracha said parliament has complete right of legislat i o n under the constitution and this author-
ity could not be challenged. He termed the petitions as non-hearable. Paracha moreover argued that the new contempt of court law did not in any manner restrict the powers of the judiciary. The chief justice said democracy would continue if dictatorship was not supported. The court also reprimanded the attorney general for his inference during the hearing and asked him to wait for his turn. Justice Shakirullah Jan in his remarks said the Contempt of Court Act was a discriminatory law which gave protection only to a particular class of society. When Abdul Shakoor Paracha said the opposition leader in the parliament started making speeches over the remarks of the judiciary, Justice Jawwad Khawaja said the opposition leader expressed his own views. In his arguments, Shakoor said the “new law has not alleviated the judicial powers”. Justice Shakirullah Jan said the basic rights had been violated by giving privilege to the elite class in the new law, which was why the newly-endorsed law was discriminatory. Chief Justice of the Supreme Court asked the federal government’s counsel if this matter was not of national importance, everyone should know that one of the prime ministers of Pakistan, Yousaf Raza Gilani, was convicted and disqualified over contempt of court. He told Shakoor that the lawyer himself accepted that Section 12 of the contempt of court law was faulty, then how could the federal government say the law was not a matter of people’s concerns. The chief justice told the lawyer of the federal government that not only the common people, but the Pakistan Bar Council had also challenged the new law.
Following frequent hikes in electricity tariffs for load shedding-marred citizens, the government took away the little ease motorists enjoyed for a month by raising POL prices on Tuesday, approving a raise of up to Rs 7.67 per liter for the next 15 days until August 15. The price of petrol has been increased by Rs 7.66 per litre, diesel by Rs 4.58 and HOBC by Rs 7.64 per litre. Kerosene oil has gone up by Rs 4.64 per litre. A hike in CNG price is also likely to follow and a raise of between Rs 6 and Rs 7 per kilogram in expected in Region I and II. The new prices will come into force after midnight Wednesday. In June, the government had provided a major breather to motorists by slashing POL prices by up to Rs 11.75 per litre. Back then, the price of petrol had been lowered by Rs 10.46 per litre, High Octane Blended Component (HOBC) by Rs 11.75 per litre, kerosene oil by Rs 5.26 per litre, High Speed Diesel (HSD) by Rs 6.08 per litre, and Light Diesel Oil (LDO) by Rs 5.02 per litre. Besides POL prices, a major cut in CNG prices had also been notified, with a Rs 4.82 per kg cut for Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Potohar, and a Rs 4.37 reduction for Sindh and Punjab. Although many had called the unprecedented reduction an election stunt and attempt to gain political mileage, the people had generally welcomed the much needed fall in price of some commodity. However, it was not the end of the people’s joys, as the government again issued a notification on June 30 for reduction in POL prices by up to Rs 6.44 per litre and CNG prices by Rs 4.59 per kg. Petrol had fallen by Rs 5.02 per litre to Rs 84.49, while the diesel price plummeted to Rs 97.21 a litre. But the merriment did not last long. The falling trend of POL prices was reversed on July 15 when the government raised the price of petrol by Rs 1.41 per litre and that of CNG by Rs 1.29 per kg.
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Dr Afridi met US spies long before Osama’s assassination: report WASHINGTON: Dr Shakil Khan Afridi has been in jail since just a few weeks after the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, and a new report obtained by CNN sheds some light on just what he is alleged to have done. Not long after his arrest, officials told CNN Afridi was charged with treason for helping the CIA locate bin Laden in his compound in Abbottabad through a fake vaccination campaign. Bin Laden was killed in the subsequent US raid on the compound in May last year. But a report recently filed with a Pakistani appeals court alleges that Afridi’s contact with “American spies” began long before the vaccination event. In 2008, Afridi met the head of the Save the Children organization in Pakistan, the report says, and that man introduced the doctor to a woman named Kate. She is described as tall, blonde-haired, blue-eyed and in her mid-30s. The report says Kate was Afridi’s first “handler”. Between meeting with Kate and the time of his arrested, the report says, he had three other handlers: Toni, Sara and Sue. He met with them more than 20 times in a span of two years, it says. They would pick him up at prearranged locations, make him lie down in the back seat of a car and cover him with a blanket, it says. The actual meetings took place in converted truck containers that had air conditioning, television and food. At one point he was given some type of radio and a laptop to communicate with, the report says. It says the effort against bin Laden began for Afridi in January 2011, when the handler named Sue asked him to start a campaign against hepatitis-B in different areas, including Abbottabad, where bin Laden lived before he was killed. Sue told Afridi to go personally to Pathan Street, where bin Laden’s compound was in Abbottabad, and to keep the radio on in that area, the report says. Afridi was instructed to bring kits and empty bottles back to Islamabad after every vaccination. But even after encouragement from another health worker, no one at the bin Laden compound agreed to be vaccinated, so the CIA could not get DNA to compare to samples of bin Laden family DNA it already had. “Despite insisting by the staff of the campaign, members of the house refused to get vaccination,” the report says. The doctor, according to the report, admitted receiving a total of $75,800 from handlers for the vaccination effort. Just days after bin Laden was killed, Sue told Afridi to flee Pakistan and go to Afghanistan, where he could be protected, the report says. He elected not to leave Pakistan. He was arrested, tried and convicted of treason. He was sentenced to 33 years in prison and fined $3,500. He is not appealing his conviction. ONLINE
Country, democracy defamed by corrupt govt: Nawaz
Corruption and bad governance of the incumbent government has given a bad name to the country as well as democracy, PML-N President Nawaz Sharif said on Tuesday. Talking to Chaudhry Zafar Iqbal from Mandi Bahauddin, Nawaz said the government did not want to implement the constitution and law of the country and was doing everything according to its own wishes due to which the state’s institutions had weakened. Nawaz said prolonged and unscheduled power load shedding had brought the economy on the verge of destruction and unemployment had increased. He said power load shedding would end if corruption was eliminated from the country.
ISI chief leaves for US to demand end to drones
President inaugurates first ever Road Safety Institute ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari in a ceremony on Wednesday said that roads play a vital role in the socio-economic development of a country however this expansion also poses a great challenge to the safety and security of the traveling public. He was addressing a ceremony held at the Aiwan-e-Sadr to inaugurate the first ever state of the art “Road Safety Institute” of National Highways and Motorways Police. He said that road safety is important in Pakistan, adding that there is an urgent need for educating and equipping people regarding road safety measures. He appreciated efforts of the National Highways and Motorways Police and the Federal Minister for Communication Dr. Arbab Alamgeer, for their untiring efforts in establishing this first ever Road Safety Institute in the federal capital. aGENCIES
Doctors end strike in Quetta QUETTA: Doctors ended their protest strike on Tuesday after the abducted doctor safely reached home. Unidentified armed men had kidnapped Dr Din Mohammad of the Bolan Medical College Hospital from Lakpass area near Mastung ten days ago. On a call of the Pakistan Medical Association, doctors had boycotted the OPDs for an indefinite period in protest against the abduction of the surgeon causing great inconvenience to patients. Kidnapped doctor reached home on late Monday night after the captors set him free. aPP
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PESHAWAR: People offer Namaz e Istasqa (special prayer for rain) at Eidgah on Tuesday. INP
NTeR-SeRvICeS Intelligence (ISI) chief Lt General Zaheerul Islam has left for Washington to hold talks with his CIA counterpart David Petraeus, the first meeting between the spy chiefs amidst persisting tension between the two countries. The ISI chief would hold talks in Washington on August 1-3 with his CIA counterpart, a military statement said. US drone strikes in Pakistan are
expected to be a major issue. It is the first time in a year that the ISI chief is touring the US, signaling a thaw in relations since the US raid in Abbottabad that killed Osama bin Laden in May last year. “This will be a service-to-service bilateral visit,” the statement said. The short statement gave no other details, but a senior Pakistani security official earlier said that the chiefs of the two spy agencies would discuss counter-terror cooperation and intelligence sharing. During his visit, General Islam would also demand an end to US drone attacks on Pakistani territory, a security official said. General Islam is also expected to drive down to Capitol Hill to meet top Congressmen, in particular the members of the intelligence and foreign affairs committees. He is expected to “strongly articulate” the viewpoint of ISI to the US lawmakers, who, of late, have been strongly critical of the spy agency’s role in the war against terror. Sources familiar with the preparations of the ISI chief’s visit told media that Gen Islam would demand an end to drone strikes. “In lieu, he is likely to offer taking action against terrorist networks and deploying F-16s in the tribal areas, but would seek greater intelligence sharing from the US,” they said. For the past a few years, the US has been reluctant in sharing intelligence information with Pakistan given its past experience that such information ultimately lands in the lap of the terrorist network or helps them take preventive actions. Pakistan has denied such allegations.
SC adjourns Riaz contempt hearing until 9th
MONITORING DESK The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected the oral petition of property tycoon Malik Riaz in which he had asked for immunity from appearing before the court in the contempt of court case, DawnNews reported. A three-member bench headed by Justice Shakirullah Jan heard the case. Riaz’s Attorney Dr Abdul Basit pleaded that the case’s hearing should be adjourned as the apex court had not announced the verdict regarding the new contempt law case yet. The court accepted the attorney’s plea and subsequently adjourned the hearing until Aug 9. Riaz had been issued a show-cause notice on June 13 for hurling allegations at Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry during his press conference of June 12.
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US hits out at Asian nations over religious freedoms China says US report on religious freedom ‘unjustified’, interference in internal affairs g Report also mentions Pakistani case of Aasia bibi g
SC stops JIT from further inquiry into Arsalan case ISLAMABAD NNI
The Supreme Court of Pakistan has stopped the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) probing the Malik Riaz-Arsalan Iftikhar scandal from advancing inquiry until further order. The stay order has been issued by the Supreme Court until August 2. During hearing of Arsalan Ifitikhar case in Supreme Court, Zahid Bukhari on part of Malik Riaz raised an objection over the airing of a video in the court, asking what was the authenticity of the video? “How did the counsel for Arsalan Iftikhar came to know about this,” Zahid consulted. He advocated that the action had badly affected the case of his client. At this, Justice Jawad S Khwaja said the issuance of stay order until
August 2 would not create any colossal problem. Justice Khilji Arif while directing Zahid Bukhari, said, “Let the court do its job. Please avoid uttering such words which may cause trouble for you.” Raising his objection on the video, NAB Prosecutor General KK Agha said how did Arsalan Iftikhar get access to the Supreme Court video. However, the Supreme Court rejected the objections raised by Agha. The apex court said in its judicial order that the court noted the objections raised by the learned counsel Zahid Bukhari on part of Malik Riaz. “When the court issued prohibitory order, he also raised objections. The reply to these issues is very simple. The learned counsel is not conscious of the reality that the court had issued notices in this regard.”
He United States warned the world was sliding backwards on religious freedoms Monday, slamming China for cracking down on Tibetan Buddhists and hitting out at Pakistan and Afghanistan. As the State Department unveiled its first report on religious freedoms since the start of the Arab Spring, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said it was a “signal to the worst offenders” that the world was watching. “New technologies have given repressive governments additional tools for cracking down on religious expression,” Clinton told a US think-tank, adding that pressure was rising on some faith groups around the globe. “More than a billion people live under governments that systematically suppress religious freedom,” she stressed. “When it comes to this human right — this key feature of stable, secure, peaceful societies — the world is sliding backward.” The 2011 International Religious Freedom Report noted that last year governments increasingly used blasphemy laws to “restrict religious liberty, constrain the rights of religious minorities and limit freedom of expression”. In China “there was a marked deterioration during 2011 in the government’s respect for and protection of religious freedom in China,” the report said. This included “increased restrictions on religious practice, especially in Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and nunneries”. “Official interference” in traditional Tibetan religious practices had “exacerbated grievances and contributed to at least 12 selfimmolations by Tibetans in 2011”. China’s has not yet given an official response, but a Xinhua commentary said there was “no justification” for the criticism and accused the United States of “blatantly interfering in the internal affairs of other countries”. “The US action will only backfire by creating more suspicion and distrust rather than fostering mutual understanding and improving relations with other countries,” said Xinhua. China and North Korea, where the report
noted that religious freedom does not exist in any form, along with Myanmar are among eight nations designated as “countries of particular concern” for failing to accept religious rights. They are accompanied by eritrea, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Uzbekistan. Highlighting the situation in Indonesia and Afghanistan, the report recalled the case in Pakistan of Aasia Bibi, the first Christian woman to be sentenced to death for blasphemy in the country. And while in Afghanistan the constitution says that followers of other religions are free to worship as they please it also maintains “that Islam is the ‘religion of the state,’” the report said. The Afghan government’s “failure to protect minority religious groups and individuals limited religious freedom”, it insisted. Much of the focus of the 2011 report however was on the countries involved in the Arab Spring, where popular uprisings have ousted autocratic leaders. Despite gestures by egypt’s interim military leaders towards greater inclusiveness, sectarian violence had increased, the report said, denouncing “both the egyptian government’s failure to curb rising violence
newsone website hacked over ‘inadequate coverage of Rohingya killings’ NEWS DESK The website of private Tv channel NewsOne was hacked in an attempt “to open the eyes of Pakistanis as well as the media personnel” towards the killings of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, reported a news website on Tuesday. However, the site has been recovered now. A screenshot of the website provided by ProPakistani said, “When an actor in India dies every channel including yours covers it till he is buried and even after that. But thousands of Muslims are being killed in (Burma) and our Muslim sisters are being raped and dying with hunger and no one gives a damn.” The hacker requested that the media give more coverage to the Burma killings, so that the United Nations (UN) takes action against it. The hacker ended his message with advice to the administrators saying that the website is insecure and should be made secure to protect it from Indian hackers who may try to hack it on August 14. He also informed them that no harm was done to the website.
against Coptic Christians and its involvement in violent attacks”. Clinton, who visited egypt earlier this month, said she had had “a very emotional, very personal conversation with Christians who are deeply anxious about what the future holds for them and their country”. egypt’s new leader, President Mohamed Morsi, who emerged from the Islamic Brotherhood to become the country’s first democratically-elected president, had vowed in their talks “to be the president of all egyptians”. But Christians were asking “will a government looking explicitly to greater reliance on Islamic principles stand up for non-Muslims and Muslims equally?” Since this is the first time that egypt has been in this situation. “It’s a fair question,” Clinton said. The report also warned that european nations undergoing major demographic shifts have seen “growing xenophobia, anti-Semitism, anti-Muslim sentiment, and intolerance toward people considered ‘the other.’” It complains of a “rising number of european countries, including Belgium and France, whose laws restricting dress adversely affected Muslims and others”.
Hanif Abbasi closes his pharmaceutical company RAWALPINDI INP
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) MNA Hanif Abbasi on Tuesday announced closing down his pharmaceutical company over the interference of the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) into his business regarding the ephedrine case. Talking to reporters, Abbasi said he was in the business for the last 22 years, but had never indulged in any kind of corruption. The PML-N lawmaker said the constant investigation had badly damaged his business and now he had no money left to pay the salaries to his employees. He said his
employees had been harassed by the investigators. “Political differences apart, I was subjected to unfair treatment,” he said, adding that he would approach the court for bail and he was hopeful that justice would be done. Abbasi said his company had been allotted a quota of 500 kilogrammes, and the fact had also been brought forward in the ANF probe. He alleged that in connivance with the ANF, Sheikh Rashid was subjecting him to political vendetta. He said he would soon bring facts out in the public. Meanwhile, traders joined by the PML-N workers staged protests at three separate places in the city against the registration of case against Hanif Abbasi.
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04 News Darkness prevails over 600m Indians Three national grids collapse, leaving major cities like New Delhi, Kolkata and Lucknow without power
porters that the monster outage, which struck around 1:00 pm (0730 GMT) in the middle of the working day, was caused by states drawing power “beyond their permissible limits”. There appeared to have been a domino effect, with the overloaded northern grid drawing too heavily on the eastern grid which in turn led the northeastern network to collapse. An area stretching from the western border with Pakistan to the far northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh next to China was affected, with the huge cities of New Delhi, Kolkata and Lucknow suffering without supplies. “Half the country is without power. It’s a situation totally without precedent,” said vivek Pandit, an energy expert at the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry. Power was gradually flickering back in some areas several hours after the crisis struck and
Power Grid Corp. chairman R N Nayak promised that the problems would be rectified by 7.00pm (1330 GMT). “Our message to people is ‘they are in safe hands, we have been in the job for years’,” Nayak told reporters at a news conference during which he apologised for the disruption. In New Delhi, the metro train system came to a standstill for a few hours and traffic lights went out, causing chaos for a second day after a failure on the northern grid on Monday which caused the worst outage in more than a decade. On the streets, people seethed over the lack of air conditioning, crashed computer systems and missed deliveries. “I had been waiting for a shipment of stock to arrive since morning and now I’m told it will be delayed indefinitely,” said furious Delhi businessman Anshul Aggarwal.
haqqanis, isi doing much more together than mere talk: report
French Muslim workers sacked for fasting during Ramadan
A ShOPIaN: Kashmiri Muslim women weep during the funeral of a local youth who died in mysterious circumstances at a police camp on Tuesday. AFP
Kerry sees realisation of gains in Pakistan WASHINGTON
stories about accusations regarding Afghanistan-based insurgent initiatives in Pakistan.” The US strategy on Afghanistan, the former Democratic presidential candidate said, “has to continue to reflect the interconnectedness of the region’s challenges—from Central Asia and Iran to India and Pakistan.” “As I have said a number of times before, but I believe it even more so now, that what happens in the region, in the region as a whole, will do more to determine the outcome in Afghanistan than any shift in strategy. Pakistan, in particular, remains central to that effort.” The seasoned lawmaker welcomed the fact that recent developments with Pakistan have led to the re-opening of critical NATO supply lines. “Despite many of our frustrations and setbacks, serious
policymakers on both sides understand that we have more to gain by finding common ground and working together on areas of mutual concern— and those are clearly from fighting terrorism to facilitating economic development. “I think we also need to point out that Pakistan has suffered grievously at the hands of al Qaeda, the Taliban and affiliated terrorist groups. Some 38,000 Pakistani citizens and more than 6,000 Pakistani army and security forces have died from terrorist incidents since 2001. Pakistan is also facing a massive economic and energy crisis, and political infighting and election-year politics complicate efforts to address deteriorating situations and none us are unfamiliar with those kinds of dynamics even here at home.
Acknowledging that Pakistan has suffered grievously from terrorist attacks in recent years, influential American Senator John Kerry has noted that serious policy makers in Islamabad and Washington realize that both countries stand to gain more from finding a middle ground on contentious issues and cooperative ties. “It’s no secret that last year was a very challenging one in our relationship in the U.S.-Pakistan axis,” he noted at the confirmation hearing for US ambassador-designate to Pakistan Richard Olson. The senator, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee was frank in noting that “many Pakistanis believe that America will simply
once again abandon the region as we did after the fall of the Soviet Union.” Continuing, he claimed, this “is one reason why Pakistan continues to hedge its bets and rely on certain insurgent groups for strategic depth.” Islamabad has rejected such suggestions, saying it has no desire to treat Afghanistan ad Pakistan’s strategic backyard and that it does not seek to hedge on any group for influence in Western neighbor, wracked by years of wars, conflicts and insurgencies. Kerry also hinted at the two-way cross-border activities by militants in Pakistan and Afghanistan. “The result has been a counterproductive back and forth—point and counterpoint—that undermines what really ought to be a more cooperative relationship – and we see that in today’s newspaper
Wife of muslim convert ‘terror trainee’ charged
reopening of supply route a win-win situation for Taliban
NEWS DESK The wife of a white Muslim convert accused of travelling to Pakistan for terrorism training has been charged with a terror offence, the Daily Mail reported on Tuesday. The paper said Ayan Hadi, 30, who is pregnant, is due to appear before magistrates in September accused of withholding information about the preparation of acts of terrorism, the Old Bailey heard. Her husband, Richard Dart, has been charged with travelling to Asia for terrorism training. His barrister, Frida Hussain, told the preliminary court hearing that Hadi was ‘to be added’ to the prosecution and a date set for a possible trial next year would be affected by the birth of the child. “She is pregnant and her due date is February 27,” she was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying, adding that she also suffers a lifethreatening condition linked to her pregnancy. “She will not be in a position to focus on her preparation (for court),” she added.
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The Taliban have expressed delight over the reopening of NATO supply route to Afghanistan which was blocked after a US airstrike on a Pakistani check post which killed 24 soldiers, according to a media report. According to the report, Taliban insurgents have
illegally received millions of dollars from security firms in Afghanistan for not attacking the trucks carrying supplies to the forces fighting in the war-torn country. “Stopping these supplies caused us real trouble,” a Taliban commander who leads about 60 insurgents in eastern
Ghazni province said. “earnings dropped down pretty badly. Therefore the rebellion was not as strong as we had planned.” Another Taliban commander said: ���We are able to make money in bundles, therefore the NATO supply is very important for us.” NewS DeSK
massive power failure hit India for the second day on Tuesday, as three national grids collapsed, blacking out more than half the country in an unprecedented outage affecting over 600 million people. Hundreds of miners were trapped underground in the eastern state of West Bengal when the lifts failed, metro services were stopped temporarily in the capital and hundreds of trains were held up nationwide. “The north, northeastern and the eastern grids are down but we are working and we will have them restored shortly,” Naresh Kumar, a spokesman at the Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd, told AFP. Federal Power Minister Sushilkumar Shinde told re-
The dreaded Haqqani network has emerged as the “most ominous threat” to the already fragile US-Pakistan ties as American officials believe the terror group has an “ongoing relationship” with the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), and that the two were doing more than just talking, an American media report said on Tuesday. A senior Obama administration official said that the US thinks the Haqqani network has an “ongoing relationship” with the Pakistani spy agency ISI, according to the New York Times. The US and other Western officials, citing intelligence reports, say the ISI and Haqqanis “do more than just talk.” Pakistani intelligence allows Haqqani operatives to run legitimate businesses in Pakistan, facilitates their travel to Persian Gulf states and has continued to donate money, the NYT said.
Senior Haqqani figures even own houses in Islamabad, where their relatives live unmolested, the report alleged. At a time when the US readies to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, recent terror attacks like the June 1 assault on Camp Salerno near the border with Pakistan orchestrated by the Haqqani have “cemented the group’s standing as the most ominous threat to the fragile AmericanPakistani relationship,” officials from both countries say. The paper said a “new boldness from the Haqqanis that aims at mass American casualties, combined with simmering political tension, has reduced the room for ambiguity between the two countries.” A commonly held view inside the Obama administration is that the US is “one major attack” away from “unilateral action against Pakistan – diplomatically or perhaps even militarily,” according to a senior official.
syria rebels overrun aleppo police stations, kill 40 NEAR ALEPPO/WASHINGTON aFP
Syrian rebels attacked key military targets and overran two police stations in Aleppo, killing 40 officers, a watchdog said, as the pivotal battle for the commercial capital raged on Tuesday. Clashes between the rebels and loyalists of President Bashar al-Assad were also reported in the capital Damascus, the eastern city of Deir ezzor and Daraa in the south, cradle of the more than 16-month uprising. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Aleppo
was on Tuesday rocked by the fiercest fighting of a military offensive on rebels in the city, which came after the government had warned of a looming “mother of all battles.” Rebels used rocket-propelled grenades in pre-dawn attacks on a military court, an air force intelligence headquarters and a branch of the ruling Baath Party in Aleppo, said the Observatory’s Rami Abdel Rahman. Later, “hundreds of rebels attacked the police stations in Salhin and Bab al-Nayrab (neighbourhoods) and at least 40 policemen were killed during the fighting,
which lasted for hours,” Abdel Rahman told AFP. The police chief was among those killed at the Salhin station in the south of the city, while three vehicles were destroyed, he added. The attacks came as the UN observer mission said government forces were using helicopters, tanks and artillery to fight the rebels, while appealing for both sides to protect civilians in the city of 2.7 million people. Through the night, government troops had shelled the neighbourhoods of Salaheddin, Marjeh, Firdoss, AlMashhad, Sakhur, Al-Shaar
and Ansari, before the army and rebels clashed at dawn in Al-Meesr and Al-Adaa. A security official in Damascus told AFP on Monday that the army had regained some of Salaheddin but it was facing “a very strong resistance.” The rebels, however, denied that the army had advanced even “one metre” (yard). “The fierce fighting in Aleppo shows how crucial this city is for a regime that does not want a Benghazi in Syria,” said Abdel Rahman, referring to the coastal city secured by Libyan rebels as a base in their fight to bring down strongman Moamar
Gaddafi. Gunmen from loyalist Arab tribes in Aleppo, including the al-Berri family, had joined the fray and were fighting alongside the army. “All of this links back to calls by Syrian media and talking heads on some Lebanese satellite stations that loyal Syrian citizens should take up arms and fight with the regime troops,” Abdel Rahman added. Rebels on Monday seized the strategic Anadan checkpoint, some five kilometres (3.8 miles) northwest of Aleppo, securing a direct route to the Turkish border.
France’s main Muslim body on Tuesday angrily condemned a town council’s decision to sack four summer camp workers for fasting during Ramadan as “arbitrary and discriminatory.” The four workers, who had been employed temporarily by the town of Genevilliers in the Paris suburbs to help run a sports camp in southwestern France, were dismissed on July 20, the first day of Ramadan, after being told they were endangering children’s safety by not eating or drinking between dawn and dusk. They are now planning to contest their dismissal through France’s labour courts, and the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM) said on Tuesday that it was considering suing Genevilliers council for discrimination. In a statement, the Communist mayor of Genevilliers defended the decision to suspend the employees on health and safety grounds after an official who visited the camp noticed that they were not eating or drinking at lunchtime. “They did not respect the terms of their contract in a way that could have endangered the physical safety of the children they were responsible for,” the statement said. “This lack of nourishment and hydration could have resulted in these employees not being in full possession of the means required to ensure activities at the camp were correctly and safely run, as well as the physical safety of the children in their charge.”
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H e Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has termed the unprecedented electricity load shedding “a national and humanitarian issue” and has said it is willing to resolve the issue through consensus. “The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa electricity generation is much more than its consumption, therefore, it must be exempted of electricity load shedding,” the provincial information minister, Iftikhar Hussain said during a press conference on Tuesday. He said constitutionally there was no justification for WAPDA or the federal government to go for hours-long electricity load shedding in this province. Referring to a recent statement by
PML-Q President Shujaat Hussain regarding the NFC Award, Hussain said, “We considering energy crises a national issue, therefore, we are determined to help in resolving it.” However, he said such type of matters could easily be addressed through other sources including foreign grants and assistance. The provincial information minister said there was capacity of 22,000 mega watts of electricity generation but due to unavailability of gas and furnace oil, the generation capacity had decreased by 50 percent. He alleged that the Power Control Authority Islamabad was responsible for illegal, unconstitutional and immoral electricity load shedding in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. On Such grounds, he said it was high time the authorities concerned dissolved WAPDA and let the provinces look after electricity transmis-
sion and distribution. Hussain said WAPDA had included FATA and Azad Kashmir when calculating electricity consumption for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. “WAPDA needs to review its electricity load shedding schedule.” The provincial minister said the APC convened by the ANP would only discuss one point – the electricity load shedding. “Therefore, they are requesting all political forces to attend.” He said after consulting leaders and representatives of all political forces, the party would announce the future line of action. Meanwhile, the provincial government had also shown concern over federal government’s attempts for the revival of the education Ministry on the pretext of curricula. “Such acts on the part of the federal government are contrary to the 18th Amendment and would not be tolerated.”
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The National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) is preparing a complaint to lodge with the Press Trust of United Kingdom (PTUK) against The Sun for publishing a fake news item, just to defame Pakistan. “There is a procedure to sue the newspaper for defamation. First a complaint has to be lodged with ombudsman at the National Press Trust of the UK and then they can further proceed,” NADRA Chairman Tariq Malik said on Tuesday. “We are waiting for a report of the Joint Investigation Team and as soon as we receive their findings we would finalise the complaint and send it to Ministry of Interior for further progress,” he said. Malik said the authority was expected to complete the complaint by this week “provided we receive JIT’s report in time”. Interior Minister Rehman Malik had said per inquiry the story in British tabloid, The Sun, about alleged passport scam was a conspiracy to bring Pakistan a bad name. A case has been registered against Ali Asad, main accused in the alleged passport scam and the British government has been asked to deport him. The facts gathered during investigations have also been sent to the British newspaper through Pakistan High Commission in London. Further investigations are in progress.
Ex-AG’s absconded killer again nabbed in Dubai
At least eight people were killed and over 20 injured in a collision between two vehicles on Tuesday. According to sources, a passenger coach coming from Larkana collided with a speeding truck coming from the opposite direction near Macch, district Bolan in Balochistan. As a result of the accident, seven persons including drivers of both vehicles were killed on the spot, while an injured passenger succumbed to wounds later while being shifted to the hospital. The injured persons were rushed to Civil Hospital Macch, where nine people with serious injuries were transferred to Civil Hospital, Quetta. The deceased hailed from different areas of Shikarpur, Jacobabad and Larkana districts.
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quETTa: Injured people are being treated in the hospital after a truck and a passenger bus collided with each other near Mach on Tuesday. ONLINe
Court separates Afghan elopers after ex-husband appears
Absconder Roohullah, involved in the murder of a former attorney general, was rearrested on Monday in Dubai through Interpol. According to a private Tv channel on Tuesday, the accused had fled to Dubai from Rawalpindi District Headquarters Hospital two days ago. He is expected to be brought to Pakistan anytime. A joint committee formed to investigate the circumstances behind Roohullah’s escape was asked to submit its report within two days. At least 14 signed cheques and one telephone directory were recovered under the pillow of Roohullah in the hospital.
4 more peacocks die in Tharparkar, toll rises to 124 in 23 days
A judge on Tuesday separated a runaway Afghan couple who married for love after a disabled man appeared in court purporting to be the woman’s first husband. It was an about turn for the judge, who last week appeared to accept that Mariyam and Hewad married legitimately by ordering that they be protected and given accommodation together in Peshawar. Mariyam and Hewad, both 22, said they fled Kabul last month to wed in the leafy town of Abbottabad. The woman said her parents wanted her to marry her dead sister’s husband and that if she is sent back to Afghanistan she would probably be murdered for marrying someone of her own choice. On Tuesday, her mother and brother appeared in court with the 48-year-old man in a wheel chair claiming he was her real husband. Her mother Raazia, 65, told AFP that Mariyam had consented to the match and married him six and a half years ago. Two years later, the man had a stroke and has been left partially paralysed, she said. “The court should hand over the girl to us, we will not kill
her,” Raazia said. Judge Dost Muhammad Khan referred the matter to a family court, ordering Mariyam into a women’s shelter and sending Hewad for questioning. The case should be decided “within 40 days”, said Khan, who intervened personally after media reports said the woman’s life was
in danger. Hewad, who like many Afghans goes by one name, also told AFP last week that he faced serious threats from Mariyam’s family. “I am sure they can harm me here and if we are sent back to Afghanistan, they will simply shoot us,” he said.
Another four peacocks died of rani khait disease on Tuesday, despite tall claims by the Wildlife Department, poultry experts and provincial government of taking steps to overcome it. With the death of four more peacocks in Mitthi area of Tharparkar, 23-day death toll mounted to 124. According to details, the dreadful disease continued to claim lives of costly peacocks as authorities were unable to control it. Livestock and poultry experts were of the opinion that all efforts were being put to overcome the disease and it was hoped that situation would improve in next few days. Meanwhile, local people said hens and cocks affected of the disease were the major cause of spreading it and they should be disposed of first.
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PPP to follow policy come what may! L ISLAMABAD aPP
eADeR of the House in Senate Muhammad Jehangir Bader on Tuesday reiterated that Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) would continue its policy of reconciliation in the light of vision given by Shaheed Benazir Bhutto for strengthening of democracy and democratic institutions in the country. Concluding debate on the presidential address to the joint sitting of the parliament, he said PPP believes in democracy and its leaders had rendered supreme scarifies for flourishing and promotion of real democracy in the country. It was the political acumen of
President Zardari that he promoted a culture of reconciliation when the country was passing through a critical juncture of its history in 2007, he said, adding that the politics of reconciliation was the need of the hour to unite the country, masses and avert collision among the state institutions. Lauding all the members for taking parts in the debate, Bader said the president made a history by addressing the parliament for five consecutive years. However, he said the opposition members only directly criticised his personality in their speeches. Bader said the president in his addresses had out rightly pointed out towards holding of free, fair and transparent elections in the country. The PPP considers masses are main source of power in democracy and it would respect the people’s mandate, he added. Bader reiterated that the PPP would continue its struggle to raise the living standard of the people and put the country on track of progress and prosperity. He said
Asif Ali Zardari was the first president in the country’s history who himself surrendered his power to the parliament. Regarding foreign and economic policies, he said the foreign policy was revisited under the guidelines given the parliament and the president had mentioned 11 points in his address for revival of economy. He assured the House that PPP would not disappoint the people and would continue efforts for their betterment as it did in past despite so many challenges. earlier, PML-N lawmaker Syed Zafar Ali Shah criticised the government and said the presidential address that he said lacked any clear guidelines towards independent foreign and economic policies. He was of the view that government was completely failed to deliver and remained engaged in confrontation with other institutions during the past three years. He said the Supreme Court referred back all ordinances promulgated by General Musharraf to the parliament by realizing its supremacy and the parliament had also thrown
away all such ordin a n c e s promulgated by the dictator. Hamza while taking part in the debate said the country had economically collapsed and the government was printing currency notes to bridge the deficit which was causing inflation.
‘Flyover projects at sixth road to start soon’ RAWALPINDI aPP
Rawalpindi Division Commissioner Imdad Ullah Bosal has said that construction work on mega projects within Rawalpindi city would be started soon. These include Sixth Road flyover, Peerwadhai Road flyover and some underpass projects. The commissioner while chairing a meeting directed the departments concerned that solid steps should be taken to shift utility services from the proposed sites of the projects so that construction work could get underway. The meeting was attended among other notables by Superintendent engineer (Se) Punjab Highways, Director Development Commissioner Office and representatives of Pakistan Telecommunications Limited (PTCL), Islamabad electric Supply Company (IeSCO) and Sui gas. Imdad Ullah issued special instructions to the authorities concerned that shifting of utility services from the proposed sites should be completed within the shortest possible time. He added that these projects would ensure smooth traffic flow on main city roads, namely Benazir Bhutto road and Peshawar road, and would help facilitate citizens considerably.
Load shedding gets on RCB residents’ nerves RAWALPINDI
Madar-e-Millat remembered ISLAMABAD aPP
Nation commemorated the 120th birth anniversary of the Madar-e-Millat Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah on Tuesday with great respect and reverence. various social and political organizations arranged activities to mark the day in a befitting manner. Fatima Jinnah who was born on July 31, 1893, was an active political figure in the movement for independence. She is commonly known as `Khatun-e Pakistan’ (Lady of Pakistan) and `Mader-e Millat’. Talking to APP, executive Director Lok virsa, Khalid Javed said Fatima Jinnah was a role model for the Muslim women of South Asia as well as of whole Asia and we must teach our children about the contributions of such figures. He said Lok virsa had dedicated a whole gallery to Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah with her historical pictures, sculptures in her traditional attire as well as glimpses of her contributions through images in different events of life. The gallery has displayed historical collection of the pictures of Fatima Jinnah, Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah and Begum Rana Liaquat Ali, highlights of the cultural significance of all the provinces as well as the passed women friendly legislation and pictures of women parliamentarians. People from different walks of life visit the National Heritage Museum of Lok virsa to get glimpses of history that visualizes the role of Fatima Jinnah in artistically designed pavilions to leave a more deep impression on the minds of people. Renowned literary figure, Professor Fateh Malik said Fatima Jinnah played an important role in the Pakistan Movement and was the primary organizer of the All India Muslim Women Students Federation. Fatima Jinnah actively participated in national politics after the creation of Pakistan and death of her brother. She continued to work for the welfare of people till her last breath.
ig police block on the anvil ISLAMABAD: Islamabad Chief Commissioner Tariq Mahmood Pirzada has constituted a committee to expedite preparation of revised PC-1 for the construction of Inspector General of Police Block. The committee headed by Development/ Finance Director, ICT, Rana Akbar Hayat included DIG Headquarters and officials from CDA which would review the construction work of IGP block adjacent to the newly constructed building ICT Administration and Judicial
Complex, G-11/4 Islamabad. The chief commissioner has directed the committee to finalise the revised PC-1 of the project by next Monday for approval from the eCNeC and Planning Division. The IG police block is being constructed at an area of 17,000 squares feet. Construction work on project of IG Police Block is in progress and roof of basement of IG Police Block is almost completed and columns would be erected by end of Ramadan. aPP
Parts of Rawalpindi Cantonment Board (RCB) including Afshan Colony and its adjoining areas faced acute water shortage accompanied by prolonged load shedding. The situation is causing immense problems for the residents in the holy month of Ramadan. The residents complained that some parts of the Cantonment Board were not getting adequate water supply, and that the problem was reemerging every year. People were seen rushing towards water filtration plants to collect water for their needs. The authorities concerned only issued verbal statements and did less to address the issue.
RaWaLPINdI: Traffic stuck before Iftari on Benazir Bhutto Road during a protest demonstration. ONLINe
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RaWaLPINdI: Members of Punjab Chemist association and shopkeepers of Bohar Bazaar stage a protest demonstration in support of MNa Muhammad hanif abbasi. ONLINe
Plan finalised to respond to floods crisis ISLAMABAD
midst scorching heat and melting humidity in the air of federal capital, a quite artistic, colorful and rich art show by amateur student-artists turned the atmosphere serene, tranquil and pleasant for visitors of the show at National University of Modern Languages (NUML) Islamabad, on Tuesday. The “Summer Art Show” was arranged by the Department of english Studies (Graduate Studies) for their talented students to expose their talents and other side of potentials in extra-curricular activities. Students from different departments of the university participated in the “Summer Art Show” and displayed their paintings, sketches, calligraphies, drawings and art work to decorate the panoramic world of old civilizations, modern societies, nature, emotions, passions, aspirations and reality. A wide range of paintings depicting
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The government, aid agencies and local partners have collectively developed preparedness plans to respond to flood crisis. According to aid agencies, limited stocks to respond to large scale flooding was a problem and they had asked the government for immediate assistance in this regard. The main purpose is to save as many lives as possible in case of a catastrophe. They said that investment was important to ensure long term rehabilitation programmes for people to help Pakistan build strong communities. The agencies added that ample relief supplies were available for immediate response but more funds were required to reach far flung areas. Aine Fay, chair woman of the Pakistan Humanitarian Forum and country director for Concern Worldwide, said that the possibility of large scale flooding in the monsoon season could not be ruled out. She said that the international community should be prepared to aide Pakistan if there is a call for assistance. The humanitarian community would support the government’s effort in developing and implementing a flood preparedness plan at both federal and provincial levels this year. Saving lives and livelihoods must be at the heart of all preparedness plans.
ISLAMABAD: “Aao Mil Ke Hasein,” a book published by the National Book Foundation (NBF) hit book stores in the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. The book attracted a good number of buyers on its day of launch. This book is a collection of traditional folklore, anecdotes and quotes. Sources for the content have been taken from Asian countries like Japan, Pakistan, Iran, Indonesia, vietnam, China and Malaysia. It is a translated version of the original tales authored by Ashfaq Saleem Mirza. The stories have been passed on from generation to generation, which is evident from the richness of the text. The stories are humorous in nature and are based on life morals and important subtle messages. The stories are good depictions of the cultures in which they originated and help in understanding alien customs effectively. The book is short and direct, which makes it an easy and enjoyable read. The
translated version of the book is in Urdu. The publication is primarily meant for children and young adults, but can prove attractive for people of all age groups. ESSAy cOMpETITION ON ‘ScIENcE AND pEAcE’: National Academy of Young Scientists (NAYS) will organise essay competition “Science and Peace” in collaboration with Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF), in first week of August. The main objective is to promote peace through scientific endeavors and to promote science and the application of scientific knowledge for the welfare of people. Talking to APP, NAYS President Aftab Ahmed said the essay competition will also help to recognise technology, uncovering the real causes of conflicts, the introduction of safe, scientifically proven technologies for national security and global peace and to encourage the people, to adopt these tools to claim sovereignty over their lives. He said the winning essays will be published in NAYS e-newsletter. aPP
Don’t watch TV more than two hours a day! ISLAMABAD aPP
Children should not watch Tv more than two hours a day as it could get them fat, say experts. Researchers from University of Montreal, Canada, found that every extra weekly hour watched could add half a millimetre to kids’ waist circumference and reduce muscle fitness, BBC health reported. Children who increase the number of hours of weekly television they watch between the ages of two and four years old risk larger waistlines by age 10. The study tracked the Tv habits of 1,314 children. experts say children should not watch more than two hours of Tv a day. Researchers found that the average amount of television watched by the children at the start of the study was 8.8 hours a week. This increased on average by six hours over the next two years to reach 14.8 hours a week by the age of four-and-a-half. Watching more television displaces other forms of educational and active leisurely pursuits. Fifteen per cent of the children in the study were watching more than 18 hours per week by that age, according to their parents. The study said the effect of 18 hours of television at 4.5 years of age would by the age of 10 result in an extra 7.6mm of waist because of the child’s Tv habit. As well as measuring waist circumference, the researchers also carried out a standing long
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jump test to measure each child’s muscular fitness and athletic ability. An extra weekly hour of Tv can decrease the distance a child is able to jump from standing by 0.36cm, the study said. The researchers said that further research was needed to work out whether television watching is directly responsible for the health issues they observed. Dr Linda Pagani, study co-author from the University of Montreal,
said it was a warning about the factors which could lead to childhood obesity. “The bottom line is that watching too much television - beyond the recommended amounts is not good,” Dr Pagani said. The study said that habits and behaviours became entrenched during childhood and these habits might affect attitudes to sporting activities in adulthood.
the beautiful yard of Old Italian Houses, Old egyptian Markets, Young Horses running on the sea shores, landscapes, blossoming flowers, water falls, sketches of old wrinkled faces and different sides and mood of human faces painted in pastel and charcoal were great source of attraction for the students, faculty members and staff members. Students who displayed their art work included Aysha Rauf, Bilal Qureshi, Saba Shaheen, Rabia Qamar, Faizan Ahmed, Noshaba and Fariha and many others. The show was inaugurated by the Rector NUML Maj Gen (R) Masood Hasan. The Rector along with DG Brig. Azam Jamal and other officials of the university saw all the art work and appreciated the students for their multi-dimensional skills. Speaking on the occasion, Rector NUML Masood Hasan said this was really a source of pride and inspiration that students were participating in such extra-curricular activities along with their studies and it would never let them to give up in their life.
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More blessed TO GIVE THAN RECEIVE n Altruism increases manifold during Ramadan by assuring circulation of wealth in
society, majority believes that their Zakat should be used to alleviate poverty ISLAMABAD
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He holy month of Ramadan with all its blessings and fruits is promoting a trend of philanthropy among people, impelling them to think of the needy and orphans, and providing assistance in terms of finance and food. Disbursing charity in terms of cash, food or kind words is one of the main hallmarks of this holy month and a majority of philanthropists, civil society organizations and the affluent come forward to help the needy by giving alms and charity. “It is in the month of Ramadan that we can earn a lot of blessings by giving charity to the less fortunate and doing other charitable deeds”, Anwar Siddiqui, a lecturer said. “We can purify our souls by offering prayers during fasting and purify our wealth by sharing it with those who deserve it”, he said. Giving charity and alms to the poor, orphans and widows has become part of a tra-
dition for Muslims, especially on events of happiness, sadness and on other normal occasions. But the month of Ramadan strengthens this culture in particular and invokes the spirit of helping others in different ways to receive blessings from Allah. During Ramadan, philanthropists, civil society organizations and common people, are observed arranging Iftars outside hospitals, in prisons, shrines and other places on a daily basis. “Good deeds like feeding the hungry, financing the education of under-privileged people and helping orphan children, pays a great reward especially during this month, so we must inculcate values of sacrifice and charity among children from the very beginning”, Kamran Asghar, a philanthropist said. “Charity is deep-rooted in our religious teachings and compulsory charity (Zakat) is the third pillar of Islam that every Muslim ought to follow”, he said. Amina, a house wife said, “Ramadan is the time for us to seek forgiveness of our wrong doings from Allah Almighty. We must take care of the poor and needy in our fami-
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lies and neighbours by sharing our food during Iftar and giving them alms”. Ramadan is the best time to donate in the way of Allah and Islamic teachings encourage one to sow his farm only to reap harvest in the Hereafter. The majority believes that official Zakat Managed Funds should be used to alleviate poverty. According to a survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan, nearly half of all Pakistanis (44%) say that the Zakat fund should be aimed at general alleviation of poverty, where as the remaining propose more specific targets such as health (19%), education (18%) and providing shelter (18%). This survey was carried out among a sample of 2698 men and women in rural and urban areas from all provinces of the country, during May 2010. As the spirit of Ramadan invokes a feeling of camaraderie, sacrifice and suffering; bringing people from all walks of life together in their human-ness, one hope that it permeates all levels of society and encourages peace and love among all Pakistanis.
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Foreign News 09 Kuwait MPs boycott revived parliament amid crisis KUWAIT CITY aFP
Kuwait parliament failed Tuesday to hold its first session after it was reinstated by a court ruling as a majority of MPs boycotted the meeting amid a lingering political crisis. Speaker Jassem al-Khorafi adjourned the session for next week after only six MPs of the 50-member house and several cabinet ministers turned up for the meeting boycotted by both pro-government and opposition lawmakers. Opposition MPs declined to attend saying the parliament was illegitimate while pro-government members stayed away because of the government’s refusal to pledge that it will not dissolve the house again. elected in 2009, the progovernment parliament was dissolved in December following youth-led protests. New polls were held in February in which the Islamist-led opposition scored a massive victory. In an unprecedented ruling on June 20, the constitutional court nullified the legislative polls, scrapped the elected parliament and reinstated the 2009 assembly. Khorafi said he would invite MPs for another meeting next week and, if there was no quorum, he would refer the issue to emir Sheikh Sabah alAhmad al-Sabah to take “appropriate action.” The emir is expected to dissolve the assembly again and call new elections, the fifth since June 2006, amid speculation the government was preparing to amend the electoral constituency and voting systems. The government has not explicitly said it will change the electoral system but Information Minister Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah alSabah said on Monday the cabinet would look into the matter, without giving a date or details. The opposition, however, has threatened in a petition to would boycott any forthcoming election if the electoral system was changed. Around 35 members of the scrapped 2012 parliament and thousands of people have signed the petition which also calls for dissolving the reinstated parliament soon. Several opposition MPs have vowed to stage protests if the electoral system is changed. Kuwait’s opposition had also demanded deep political reforms including a multi-party system, a full parliament system and an elected government.
aTaREB: a Syrian boy jumps off a destroyed armoured vehicle in this northern town 25 kms east of Syria’s second largest city aleppo on Tuesday. AFP
Pentagon chief in Cairo for talks with Tantawi, Morsi CAIRO
S Defence Secretary Leon Panetta arrived in Cairo on Tuesday for a lightning visit to the longtime Middle east ally to reaffirm US support for egypt’s democratic transition, an AFP reporter said. The Pentagon chief is due to meet Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, the head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, or SCAF, and newly elected Islamist President Mohamed Morsi. “In the past year, I’ve maintained very close contact with Field Marshal Tantawi. My message has been consistent. We strongly support an orderly, peaceful, legitimate transition to a democratic system of government,” Panetta
told reporters accompanying him shortly before landing in Cairo. Panetta is visiting Cairo two weeks after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in the egyptian capital. His trip comes amid a tense power struggle between the military, which held power after the popular uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak, and the president, a former member of the Muslim Brotherhood. For the first time since the ouster of the monarchy in 1952, egypt’s head of state has not emerged from military ranks. But Panetta praised the way the then ruling military handled the elections which brought Morsi to power. “The SCAF’s show of support for a secure, free and fair presidential election last month is a critical step in this process,” he said.
Panetta will also meet Morsi and “urge the egyptian government to continue the transition to full civilian rule to provide for as broad a coalition as possible within the government.” “The egyptian people should be proud of the progress that has been made on the road to democratic transition. I’m looking forward to meeting with President Morsi,” he said. Washington insists that the new leadership respect peace accords concluded with Israel, and has expressed concern over security problems in the Sinai peninsula. Israel has repeatedly called on Cairo to improve security in the lawless region with which it shares a border, as does the Gaza Strip. Panetta’s Middle east tour will also take him to Israel and Jordan.
Arafat’s widow lodges legal top Putin foe navalny charged with embezzlement suit over poison claim MOSCOW aFP
The widow and daughter of Yasser Arafat on Tuesday launched legal action in France over claims that the veteran Palestinian leader died of radioactive polonium poisoning, their lawyer said. Suha and Zawra Arafat lodged a civil suit for murder against persons unknown with investigating magistrates in the Paris suburb of Nanterre, said lawyer Pierre-Olivier Sur. Yasser Arafat died at a military hospital near Paris in 2004. Allegations that the Nobel Peace Prize laureate was poisoned were resurrected earlier this month after Al-Jazeera news channel broadcast an investigation in which experts said they found high levels of polonium on his personal effects. Polonium is a highly toxic substance which is rarely found outside military and scientific cir-
cles, and was used to kill former Russian spy turned Kremlin critic Alexander Litvinenko, who died in 2006 shortly after drinking tea laced with the poison. Suha Arafat has said she backs exhuming her late husband’s remains from his mausoleum in the West Bank town of Ramallah. Arafat, who led the struggle for Palestinian statehood for nearly four decades, died in a French military hospital after being airlifted there for treatment from his Ramallah headquarters. At the time of his death, Palestinian officials alleged he had been poisoned by long-time foe Israel, but an inconclusive Palestinian investigation in 2005 ruled out poisoning, as well as cancer and AIDS. Israel has consistently denied the allegations, accusing Suha Arafat and Palestinian officials of covering up the real reasons for the former leader’s death.
Russian investigators on Tuesday charged popular protest leader Alexei Navalny with embezzlement in an old case that may put one of President vladimir Putin’s most vocal critics in jail for 10 years. The Investigative Committee said in a statement that Navalny would also be barred from leaving Moscow during a probe into the opposition leader’s time as an unofficial adviser to a small deal struck by a regional government in 2009. The charismatic 36-year-old corporate lawyer by profession looked pale as he came out of closed hearings during which the charges against him were expanded substantially to include some of Russia’s gravest business crimes. “Something absolutely absurd and very strange has happened because they have completely changed the story behind the charge,” the prominent anti-corruption blogger told reporters. “I cannot imagine how the investigators can prove this. But probably they will prove it.” Navalny was already a cult figure with Russia’s growing Internet community for his campaign against state corruption when he helped spearhead the wave of protests that rocked the Kremlin in winter months.
Yemen forces, gunmen clash outside ministry SANAA: A firefight erupted Tuesday between Yemeni security forces and gunmen, dressed in police uniforms, who had been surrounding the headquarters of the interior ministry, witnesses said. The gunmen, who were previously working unofficially in Yemen’s police department, had been surrounding the ministry’s headquarters in Al-Hasaba district of Sanaa since Sunday, demanding that they be enrolled back into the impoverished country’s police force. The exchange of fire using Kalashnikovs was heard intermittently throughout the late morning hours, witnesses said. The gunmen had served unofficially among the ranks of Yemen’s police when it was led by Mohammed Abdullah al-Qawsi during the rule of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, security sources told AFP. aFP
3 African migrants stabbed in presumed Tel Aviv hate attack TEL AVIV: An attacker stabbed three eritrean men in a south Tel Aviv video store on Tuesday in what police said they were initially treating as a racist attack. “All three people that were stabbed were taken to hospital with light to moderate injuries,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP. “A suspect who was in the video shop at the time fled the scene. Police are searching for him.” He did not give a physical description of the suspect, adding that police were currently examining CCTv footage and interviewing witnesses. An eyewitness told an AFP photographer that the assailant was of Israeli appearance. Rosenfeld said that while not ruling out other motives the main police avenue of investigation was that it was a hate crime. “That’s the main direction, as all three of them were stabbed,” he said. “If it had been just one of them stabbed it could have been an argument between them.” aFP
Mali govt denounces ‘dark-age practice’ of stoning BAMAKO: Mali’s interim government Tuesday denounced the execution by stoning of an unmarried couple by Islamic extremists in the north of the country, describing it as a “dark-age practice”. “The government learned with indignation and astonishment of the stoning to death of a couple in Aguelhok by the extremists occupying northern Mali,” read a statement from the communication ministry. “At the same time as it expresses its sympathy to the families of the victims, the government severely condemns this dark-age practice and assures that this act will not go unpunished.” The statement said goverment “reiterates its determination to continue to do everything to rapidly free the occupied zones in the north of Mali.” The hardline Islamists on Sunday placed an unmarried couple in holes in the ground and stoned them to death in front of about 200 people, in the first reported sharia execution since they occupied the north about four months ago. aFP
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10 Comment who is sovereign in Pakistan? Dedicated to the legacy of the late Hameed Nizami
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mutual expectations The spy chiefs have a lot to sort out
hile Lt-Gen Zaheerul Islam pays his maiden visit to Langley as the ISI chief, Islamabad and Washington are publicly discussing what they expect from one another. Rehman Malik wants Washington to call off the drone attack, share drone technology and intelligence with Pakistan. Ambassador Sherry Rehman has already underlined the need on the part of ISAF to go after the militants who have launched attacks inside Pakistan’s tribal areas from the Afghan side. Washington wants action against the Haqqani network, LeT leadership and release of Dr Shakil Afridi. The issues are highly important and unless they are seriously addressed the relations between the two countries would further deteriorate. Some of these are likely to turn up during the talks. It is, however, unrealistic to think that the visit would produce any dramatic results. Crucial policy decisions are taken by political authorities rather than the spy chiefs. The most important issue facing the two countries is lack of mutual trust. Mistrust reached unprecedented heights after the Salala killings, virtually turning the erstwhile allies into adversaries. Islamabad perceives drone attacks as undeclared acts of war. The American officials maintain that the ISI is covertly aiding the insurgents. An example of the level to which the ties have degenerated is the undiplomatic rebuttal by some ISAF official in Afghanistan of a recent statement from Ambassador Rehman. A write up in the NYT maintains that the US is “one major attack” away from unilateral action against Pakistan — diplomatically or perhaps even militarily. This is a dangerous situation for both countries, more so for Pakistan. It is time both turn back from the brink. The DG ISI travelled to hold talks with Gen. Petraeus when Pakistan and the US were preparing to sign an accord on Nato supplies. The moves should be seen as attempts by Pakistan to mend the ties. The US needs to realise that while drone strikes might have eliminated some of the key al-Qaeda figures, they have also caused the deaths of innocent people leading to widespread resentment all over Pakistan. The sentiment has helped the militants to make fresh recruitments. A way out has to be found by Washington with the help of Pakistan. Islamabad has to realise that there is a need to get rid of the militants of all hues and colours to ensure peace and stability at home and in the region. Both sides have to enter into a give and take to put an end the cross-border attacks along the entire Pak-Afghan border. The US and Pakistan have no alternative but to join hands to eradicate extremism and militancy.
depends on who you ask…
overeignty is an imprecise concept because its operationalisation in the form of institutions and processes is a complex affair. It is easy to say that sovereignty belongs to the people or to God Almighty. They key issues are where would sovereignty be located in a state? How would you create institutions and processes for management of sovereignty? The location of sovereignty may vary from a state to state, depending on the nature of the political system and the constitution. A democratic political system talks of representative governance and the people exercise sovereignty through their elected representatives. This means that sovereignty is located in the elected legislature. The elected representatives maintain close contact with the people in their constituencies who are sovereign in theoretical terms. The parliament does not become all powerful because it shares power and authority with other state institutions under the constitution and law of the country concerned. However, being the representative of the people the parliament has precedence over other state inBy Dr Hasan Askari Rizvi stitutions. In Pakistan, the theoretical formulation and location of sovereignty has caused controversies for two major reasons. First, at the operational level the supreme political power and authority has been used by different institutions. Second, there is a widespread tendency among the political class to view sovereignty as a textbook concept and it is often employed for advancing partisan political agendas. Historically speaking, sovereignty was located in the constituent assembly and national assembly during 1947-58 and different political parties and key officials com-
peted with one another to strengthen their hold over power of the state. During the periods of four military rules, the chief martial law administrator and his top brass controlled the sovereign authority of the state because their words were law and the people generally accepted their commands. During Zia-ul-Haq’s military rule, Zia and his close military associates co-opted orthodox religious clergy. The orthodox clergy and militant Islamic groups gained a lot of power and authority during the years of Zia’s military rule. Sovereignty returned to elected parliament during civilian elected rule. However, since 2009, the elected parliament and the executive are facing a challenge to their authority from the Supreme Court. This is in addition to the traditional pressures from the military. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court has publicly rejected the notion of primacy or superiority of the elected parliament, arguing that the Supreme Court has the power to make sure that all institutions of the state stay within the framework of the constitution This raises a fundamental question if the Supreme Court has unlimited power to reprimand every state institutions and functionary, restrained only by the conscience of the judges, its words become constitution and law. This implies that the judges exercise the sovereign authority of the state which negates the preamble of Pakistan’s constitution that stipulates the exercise of state authority and power by the representatives of people. The preambles of all regular constitutions of Pakistan (1956, 1962 and 1973) assign sovereignty all over the universe to God Almighty. The people exercise this authority as a sacred trust within the limits prescribed by Him. This exercise of power and authority is to be done through the chosen representatives. This means that authority and power of the state is located in the elected parliament, making it the salient institution as compared to the bureaucracy, the military and the judiciary, although these institutions have their domains of authority under the constitution and law. One key issue in Pakistan is how to determine that a law or executive action does not violate the teachings and principles of Islam. Most religious leaders wanted this power to be assigned to a committee of religious scholars. However, the parliament decided to retain this power with itself. Alternatively, the law or executive action can be challenged in the High Courts or the Federal Shariat Court (established by General Zia’s military government) or the Supreme Court. The Council of Islamic Ideology is a recommendatory body only. This means parliament is not sovereign by itself but sovereignty is located in it for
the purpose of exercising power and authority under the sovereign status of state. No other state institution has this status which needs to be respected by other state institutions. The superior judiciary has the power to interpret the constitution but while doing this it needs to acknowledge the privileged position of the parliament as given by the constitution. The superior judiciary needs to examine if it is not entering the domain of the elected executive and elected parliament by its actions like fixation of sugar price (September 2009) or lifting price ceiling for samosa (July 2012) and transfer of officials. Both the elected political leadership and the superior judiciary have to observe restraint and show deference towards each other. The other problem is that a large number of people in Pakistan are extremely sensitive about sovereignty when it comes to interaction with India, the US and other western countries. However, when Pakistani Taliban and other militant groups violate Pakistan’s sovereignty by launching armed attacks on state institutions, functionaries and citizens, they stay quiet. If drone attacks violate Pakistan’s sovereignty, the attack on the institutions and personnel of Pakistan state by militant groups is also a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty. All states are sovereign but the exercise of sovereign rights in international politics depends on internal political cohesion and economic strength of a country. Further, a country must be positively linked with the international system in order to assert its independent and sovereign status. Sovereignty is not protected by aggressive posture towards the outside world but by positive engagement with the rest of the world and peace at borders. The modern communication technologies and voluntary acceptance of international obligations have also diluted the classical notion of sovereignty. The current confrontation in Pakistan on the exercise of the ultimate authority is a dangerous power struggle between the elected and non-elected state institutions. Both sides can pull together arguments in their favour. This debate is similar to the debate on military rule. Some people have supported military rule in the past and perhaps would like the military to return to power because they despise political leaders. This controversy about military rule did not solve Pakistan’s internal political, social and economic problems. The same is expected to be the consequence of the current confrontation between the executive and the judiciary. Internal divisions will accentuate. The writer is an independent political and defence analyst.
The double disappointment The Congress and the BJP – India’s neither-nor?
By Kuldip Nayar
he president in India is only a constitutional head. He or she draws authority from the elected parliament and state assemblies. Yet the office became a point of contest because both the Congress and the BJP, the two main political parties, wanted to test the waters before the 2014 general elections. The Congress has proved that its support, including that of allies, is intact. Its candidate Pranab Mukherjee, former Finance Minister, has become India’s 13th President. The BJP showed, however, chinks in its armour and balloted only half of the polled votes. P A Sangma, a northeast tribal leader, was its candidate. Yet the results of presidential election should not be the basis of assessment for next parliamentary polls
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because elections to the Lok Saba are 22 months away. True, the Congress has lost a lot of ground since the 2009 elections in which it secured 207 seats and formed the government. The party’s image has been tarnished by several corrupt deals which have come to light in the last couple of years. The Congress has also been hit by the adverse fallout of sliding economy and the rising living cost. If the Congress could improve economy and bring down prices, it might be in the reckoning. Public memory is short and therefore the voters can be influenced by the atmosphere obtaining at that time. It might be indeed difficult for the party to repair numerous dents on its machinery. Were the Manmohan Singh government to give a sense of direction and shed indolence which has crept in governance, the Congress would count. The party’s advantage is that its rival, the BJP, has not benefited from the Congress loss. BJP leader L K Advani has been frank enough to admit that his party too has not endeared itself with the people. People reeling under the rigorous conditions have wanted relief, not a mere statement after statement to analyse how the nation went wrong without the party offering any concrete proposal for improvement. The argument that the BJP is not in the government to make the difference is only a lame excuse which does not
impress the electorate. And all the time the party lives in the shadow of the RSS which speaks too often to emphasise that the power lies with it. By appointing bumbling Niting Gadkari as party chief and then persisting with him for the second term may have satisfied the ego of Mohan Bhagwat, the RSS chief, but it has not gone down well, either with the BJP followers or the party’s well wishers. Since both the Congress and the BJP look like the parties of yesterday, engrossed in their petty quarrels and pettier politics, they may not improve upon their present strength in the Lok Sabha. The BJP may, however, do slightly better. But even this may not happen if there is any truth in the news that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who is always on his ego trip, is the BJP candidate for the post of prime minister in 2014 elections. It is not because of the Muslims’ opposition to him, but because India cannot hold its head high in the comity of nations if its prime minister is a person whose hands are soaked with blood. Modi did not have even an iota of sensitivity to say sorry or apologise for his complicity in the killing of Muslims. With Modi as the prime ministerial candidate, no political party will touch the BJP. With this being the case, the party may well be all by itself in the next parliament which looks like a
hung house. even the present complexion of the BJP-led front, the National Democratic Alliance, may collapse. Let the BJP be not under any illusion. Modi’s candidature is like blowing the bugle of Hindutva which a secular India cannot accept. When it comes to the Congress, its leading allies are with it because of the government’s handouts. It is not a secret that both Mualayam Singh’s UP and Nitish Kumar’s Bihar have come around after huge financial packages that the Manmohan Singh government has promised. Worst is the use of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to threaten some chief ministers who were not toeing the line on the presidential election. One specific example is that of Nagaland’s chief minister. Sangma, although after losing, has made certain allegations. The government or the media cannot dismiss them as an expression of frustration after defeat. Sangma has said on record in public that “economic packages have been given in a big way. Why was Bihar given Rs 57,000 crore and Uttar Pradesh Rs 27,000 crore? There were threats. Be it Mayawati, Mulayam Singh Yadav and chief ministers of Nagaland and Sikkim—‘there are cases against you, so vote for us’.” even the age-old ally of the Congress, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), led by central minister Sharad Pawar, has
been found asking a price. He does not want inquiry into the NCP-held portfolios of irrigation in Maharashtra. In the past decade, the state has spent Rs 42,500 crore on several projects but has failed to increase the area under irrigation by more than even five per cent. Moreover, an amount of Rs 75,000 core is required to complete pending projects, which have been languishing from periods ranging from five years to three decades. The Congress has unabashedly done everything to placate Pawar. It is no surprise to see that the Manmohan Singh government is cajoling other allies to keep the coalition going. The Congress does not realise that it is further losing its stock and enabling the BJP to be more acceptable, although the latter too offered packages and used CBI to keep its flock together when it was in power. Acts of omission and commission by both Congress and the BJP have made the regional parties larger than their size. They too are increasingly conscious of their importance. The 2014 elections may be fought regionally. Both the Congress and the BJP will have to look for regional leaders in their ranks. Regrettably, the country is short of leaders. This is its tragedy. The writer is a senior Indian journalist.
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The media and the courts Justice is best conducted as an in camera affair
By Waqqas Mir
ustice Scalia of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) is a man worthy of admiration. He is a man consistent in his views even if you might disagree with them. He is also a man who has clearly defined views on most things affecting the superior courts. One of those things is the access that media has to the courtroom. Justice Scalia has consistently opposed the idea of television cameras in his courtroom. His reasoning is simple: what people will talk about on the evening news will be divorced from context and will be based on sound-bites. One of his major concerns is that such a practice will lessen the respect that SCOTUS commands in the US. SCOTUS consistently ranks higher than US Congress and presidents in terms of popularity with the people. Preserving this respect is important. The Honourable Supreme Court of Pakistan does not allow Tv cameras inside the courtroom. Yet the media coverage still manages to divorce things from context. This suggests that the level of maturity of the media in general can make an enormous amount of difference. every remark made by justices in the US does not interfere as “breaking news”. The Pakistani media — electronic in particular — has saddled itself with responsibilities that no one ceded to them. It is as if they feel duty-bound to create an issue out of every simple statement made by the Supreme Court. Consider an example: last week, a justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan made the remark that laws in conflict with the constitution can be struck down. Now that is Law 101. It is the most
basic principle that sub-constitutional legislation conflicting with the constitution can be declared unconstitutional. Yet the media felt obligated to flash it on our screens till it was guaranteed to haunt lawyers and non-lawyers alike. What this divorced-from-context reporting does is that it affects the reputation of the Supreme Court. It already is seen as an activist court. And no court wants to see itself labelled one way or the other — be it liberal or conservative. However, the media’s obsession with every sentence uttered by the justices harms not just people’s understanding of the law but the court’ s reputation — the Supreme Court would not want to be seen as shaking the earth around Islamabad every day. Now this is not meant to suggest at all that free speech should be curtailed. The media should continue doing its job of reporting from the court — but it can and must do it in a more responsible manner. The media needs to educate itself about these things. One way of doing that is to start inviting legal academics instead of inviting only those lawyers who argue before the court or retired judges from particular political parties. Academics do not have a vested interest in creating sensationalism or positioning themselves a certain way. This is not meant to suggest that all lawyers do this but a certain number do. Academics can put things in context and that will do the people of Pakistan a lot of good. It will also help people understand that a lot of what the Supreme Court does and why it does it. The responsibility of educating the people about the role of the Supreme Court also rests with ordinary people who understand the law and constitutional politics — lawyers and non-lawyers alike. Blogging is one way that now allows people sitting in their homes to educate the masses. If enough level-headed folks can come together and start a sane blog about the Supreme Court, then things will take a turn for the better. The reason that educating the people about the Supreme Court in any country is important is because what the Supreme Court says will eventually affect us and our lives. And superior courts do keep an eye out for how the public reacts to cer-
tain rulings. But if we leave it to the electronic media, then the people can never react in an informed way since the electronic media hardly explains anything of relevance to the common man. Our democracy is nascent and everyone with a modicum of responsibility in this country feels they know what this democracy should look like. That is not necessarily a bad thing. Democracy is richer when it is inclusive of different voices. However just because you have a loud voice does not mean you should drown out the rest. The electronic media in Pakistan has certain leanings and certain shortcomings. Its understanding of law is not flattering and its efforts to improve its shortcomings are lacking in vision. By holding the media accountable in the court of public opinion, we the people can compel it to change its ways. The media values free speech and so do all rational human beings. However the media’s patience for any speech that does not congratulate it is sadly lacking. In a recent statement, a prominent journalist has said that the Pakistani media is “supra-liberal” — it just depends how selective you are in your assessment I suppose. If you want to forget Shias, non-Muslim minorities, the extremist narrative in general then yes maybe condemning drone attacks makes this media a supra-liberal one. How one defines a liberal in Pakistan is a puzzle I have not yet solved. However what even relatively newly minted lawyers like me know is that in the long run it will be the media that will hurt the respect and esteem of Pakistan’s courts. It is up to us to correct this — not just because we care about the courts but our more important duty is to educate the public when we know they are being needlessly misled. This is our democracy and the courts, whenever influenced by public opinion, should clearly see the difference between the voice of the citizen and that of the media. But they won’t be able to hear us unless we start talking. The writer is a Barrister and has a Masters degree from Harvard Law School. He can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @wordoflaw
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quack attack Through your esteemed newspaper, I want to divert attention towards the serious issue of people being fooled by fake amils claim to cure people by indulging in many exploitative and criminal activities such as giving them amulets, extorting money on different pretexts, harassing them, and staging different occultish farces. More and more people have become susceptible to this trend as they believe in the spiritual powers of these quacks and amulets. Many people are subjected to so many strains and stresses in Pakistani society (inflation, hunger power shortage, water shortage, gas shortage, bad law and order etc,) that it is no wonder that they look for any avenue to provide them with relief and solve their problems. Our authorities should take serious steps against these fake amils, pirs and babas as their exploitation is often very extreme and serious. Moreover, the government should provide appropriate psychological counselling at public health centre for people suffering from different issues so that they don’t feel the need to go to these fakers in the first place. FATIMA GUL Lahore
yet another energy conference The president has yet again taken note of loadshedding, and yet again called another energy conference. This vicious cycle will continue until the structural problems of the current system are not solved. One long-term solution could be induction of hydel power into the system. At the time when the IPPs were inducted, it was foolishly thought that oil prices would remain static and no long term hydel project was initiated. even now all will not be lost if construction is started of the only dam that can be commissioned in less than five years to overcome shortages of power and water and to revive the economy of Pakistan. Bhasha dam will be too little too late, at best a replacement for Mangla and Tarbela dams which will have lost considerable capacity for storage and generation by then. ENGR KHURSHID ANWER Lahore
Where the real power lies Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry told one of the petitioners challenging the contempt of court Act 2012 not to link the matter with the prime minister as the NRO implementation case was already pending before he court while adding that the judiciary was trying to bring democracy back on track and that difficulties would smooth out in time. I agreed with the CJ’s remarks because the majority of representatives in the assemblies have never studied the Constitution of Pakistan and in reality these representatives are no where near the true representatives of the masses. They do not represent the different segments of the society - majority of the people of Pakistan are living in rules areas, they are illiterate, poor and deprived of the basic necessities of life. The people they represent are the landlords, pirs, sardars and chaudhries. There are about 200 political families that have been ruling the country sine its inception. The more important question is if the PPP-led coalition also claims that it is protecting democracy, and the judiciary also claims to putting democracy back on track, then why have the two institutions been on opposite ends of the issue? Why has the NRO implementation been the bone of contention between the executive and the judiciary? When the NRO was prepared by a uniformed government servant, ruling the country under the pressure of Uncle Sam and UK, was it made for restoring democratic rule in Pakistan? Why has the Supreme Court not taken to task those responsible for making an unethical deal with the PPP leaders? Why is there no suo moto or petition against those who arrested the judges and humiliated them? The PPP was always considered to be an anti-establishment party but it has learnt its lesson that anti-establishment politics is not going to allow them to survive in Pakistan. The present PPP government has been all out to please the US and the khakis to remain in power at the cost of their supporters and voters’ miseries. In the land of the pure, the debate pertains to which state organ is supreme the judiciary, parliament or the constitution? And who is sovereign? The people’s will? Such debates are useless because in reality, the power centre is still the establishment. To make the people the real power and democracy truly representative, we have to ensure that all state organs and institutions work within their ambit. S T HUSSAIN Lahore
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12 the best oF hollywood belles McCartney paid 1 pound for olympics ceremony
eInG the famed musician Paul McCartney is, the Olympics must have had to shell out the big bucks to get him to perform for the opening ceremony, right? You might be surprised at what the Beatle's paycheck came out to be. If you're thinking in the millions, you're going to have to bring that figure way up down. McCartney was paidâ€”wait for itâ€”only one pound, or $1.57, for his performance at the Olympics opening ceremony, according to The huffington Post, but even that wasn't anticipated. All performers were aware that their services would be donated to the event, but the fee was a way to make the Olympics contract binding. NEWS dESK
vidya is a good friend
ne aspect of life that Vidya Balan is very particular about his her friends. The actress with great pride says, "My friends and I share an unspoken bond. They have known me before I stepped into the industry and achieved stardom." Vidya says that what is most beautiful about her friendship is the understanding that they share. "There have been days when I have been travelling and busy shooting for months and have not been able to meet them. Or I have had free time and they have been busy. But never once is there a complaint. Because we know that we are always there for each other and are just phone call away." Vidya further said, "I value my friends and vice versa. Such bonds last a life time and I have been very lucky in that aspect of life." COuRTESy TOI
i need better roles: asin
OuTh import Asin, who has carved a place for herself in Bollywood, still craves for better roles that are written well. After making a successful debut opposite Aamir Khan in 2008 blockbuster 'Ghajini', she followed it up with films like 'Ready', 'housefull 2' and 'Bol Bachchan'. But she feels more is yet to come. "I am happy I have come this far here (Bollywood) on my own without godfathers, grandfathers or millionaire boyfriends. It is rare for an artist to get acceptance by the north as well as the south audiences, and I have thankfully managed that," Asin told PTI in an exclusive interview. "But one measures ones success based on what one has achieved so far in comparison to what one is capable of. And I feel I am capable of much more and for that I need better written roles. I just hope that comes my way," she said. With the huge success of 'Bol Bachchan', it seems comedy is a lucky genre for Asin but the actress denies it saying it is all about making the right choices. NEWS dESK
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kristen did not have sex with sanders
A producer friend of Kristen Stewart's has defended her in a bizarre series of tweets, claiming that her affair with Rupert Sanders was not sexual. Giovanni Agnelli took to twitter claiming that the whole story is being blown out of proportion by the "manipulative media," the Daily Mail reported. "I'll say right now what the manipulative media isn't saying... Kristen Stewart did not have any type of sex with Rupert Sanders," he tweeted. Stewart had worked for the Italian producer Agnelli in his film 'Welcome to the Riley's'. "The spin that keeps growing
on this story is staggering. There was NO on set affair. Stop printing LIeS," he posted. Agnelli, who is single, told his Twitter fans that he thought of Kristen as his 'sister'. "If one of your friends in real life was hurting, and lots of people were being cruel. Wouldn't you ask them to please stop? Honestly," he wrote. "If you've ever used the word Trampire you're a mindless pathetic piece of s***," he posted. He also hinted he knew Kristen's whereabouts following a 'twitition' by her fans pledging their support to her following the affair. "Please don't ask how or where she is, or what she thought. Just know this: She saw the twitition, and the support video tonight. Thank you," he added. NewS DeSK
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13 on and oFF the red CarPet johnny depp, vanessa Paradis record a duet
f you happen to be going through Paradepp withdrawal, here's something to scratch that itch for at least a few minutes. Despite splitting up earlier this year, Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis are still in perfect harmony (well, she sings and he whispers) on "Ballade de Melodie nelson," a cover of the Serge Gainsbourg song to be found on from Gainsbourg to Lulu, Lucien "Lulu" Gainsbourg's new tribute album to his late father. So, when did the now separated parents of two come together to make this musical memory? A rep for the album confirmed to e! news that Depp and his ex recorded the track in Los Angeles in or around february 2011. So, theoretically, there may not have been any signs of trouble in Paradis at the time. NEWS dESK
Marlon brando’s eco resort now open
Hollywood sweetheart Anne Hathaway still can’t get over the “pinch me moment” that her latest onscreen endeavor has fetched her. The versatile actress, who’s earned the sobriquet of being cerebral at the same time oozing tons of spunk and creative urge to go to tremendous lengths to suit a particular role, spills the beans on the rigors of attaining a more svelte figure, Christian Bale and Bollywood in an interview. excerpts: The Hollywood movie buff relates to you mostly as the star of The Princess Diaries and Devil Wears Prada. Were there any apprehensions before bagging the role of Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises? It was funny for me because when I got my start, I kind of got my big break with The Princess Diaries and during the press rounds for that everyone asked me: ‘Did you always want to be a princess growing up?’ And the truth was, ‘no I wanted to be Catwoman’. And I think a lot of women feel that way. The fact that I am actually her is such a dream come true. It’s such a pinch me moment. And the fact that I am Catwoman in Chris Nolan’s Gotham to Christian Bale’s Batman is unbelievably cool. It was absolute joy and disbelief when I found out that I was going to play Selena. How was the experience of working with Christian Bale? It was amazing. Really heady to be in this company. One of the things that I love about working with Christian and this franchise is that it does feel like an ensemble each time. Christian is the leader of the actors and he is so lovely, so I haven’t really thought about it to be honest. You have also shed a lot of weight for Les Miserables. What are the challenges involved in constantly remolding your physique to suit the character? I’d always thought I was pretty healthy and I always thought I had worked hard in the gym. It turns out that what I thought was ‘hard’ is actually is light to moderate in Catwoman’s world. However, I never really felt any real pressure in trying to reinvent a movie character. The pressure was felt in trying to impress Chris and in trying not to make him regret hiring me. Your view on Bollywood films. I would have to be living in a hole not to know about Bollywood. I haven’t seen very many films, but I do know that your film industry is exploding now, right? It’s huge! COURTeSy TOI
he dream of late movie legend Marlon Brando has finally been realised as an eco resort that he had wanted to create on a private island in Tahiti will open for business at the end of next year. Brando had bought 12 small islands north of Tahiti, called Tetiaroa, after filming Mutiny on the Bounty there in the early 1960s. he spent three decades island hopping and even opened a hotel there, but he dumped his dream of creating an eco resort after his son Christian killed Dag Drollet, the boyfriend of Brando’s daughter Cheyenne, on Tetiaroa in 1990. Brando’s estate executor Mike Medavoy gave permission to Tahitian developer Richard Bailey to build an eco-friendly hotel on one of the main islands after the movie star died in 2004. The project was given clearance by Brando’s heirs, who will benefit from the resort’s profits, the Sydney Morning herald reported. NEWS dESK
liberty ross forgives husband for cheating
OBeRT Pattinson was so upset by girlfriend, Kristen Stewart’s infidelity that he has reportedly left the house that he shared with his Twilight co-star in Los Angeles. Robert Sanders’ wife, Liberty Ross has, though, been more forgiving. “She is prepared to give Rupert a second chance,” the Telegraph quoted one of Ross’ friend as saying. “She accepts that it was just one of those silly flirtations,” the source said. The 41year-old was photographed with the American actress, 22, whom he had directed in the movie Snow White and the huntsman. Sanders had cast her as Snow White and, the model, 33, as her mother. his father, Michael Sanders, 76, a retired surgeon, said that things like this that Stewart described as her ‘momentary indiscretion’ happen and they get blown out of proportion. “This girl’s a pretty young thing and if you’ve been gadding around for five months, or what have you, you’re bound to get a bit friendly. This kind of thing gets blown out of all proportion,” he added. NEWS dESK
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Infotainment 14 The woman who changed her brain F you or anyone you know has a learning disability, you will be riveted by this story. As a child growing up in Toronto in the 1950’s, Barbara Arrowsmith-Young suffered from multiple cognitive defects. She read and wrote words backwards, and was unable to tell time. A kinesthetic deficit affected how she perceived the left side of her body, so that she was constantly bruised but felt no pain. In fact, the author was so accident-prone that her mother believed it would be a miracle if her daughter survived past the age of five. The 1950’s was a tough period for any child who had difficulty learning. The term “learning disability” was not coined by educator Samuel Kirk until 1960. It was not until the 1970’s that the term reached public awareness. If you were dyslexic or had a quantitative deficit that limited your ability to process numbers, you were labeled “stupid” and your mother was probably told that you were not “applying yourself.” Ms. Arrowsmith-Young got the strap in first grade because her teacher believed that her learning problems stemmed from willfulness. She says, “I wanted to do it right but no matter how many times I tried to do it normally, the numbers and letters were reversed. I would have meltdowns in grade one and cry uncontrollably.” When the author’s mother was told that her daughter had a mental block in her head, Ms. Arrowsmith-Young thought that she literally had a wooden block in her head! When someone said it was raining outside, she could create a picture or diagram but she could not understand the sentence from a linguistic point of view. She was unable to grasp an idea like “the house is larger than the dog” or “my uncle is my father’s brother.” She says, “I would have trouble drawing that. It was like a life sentence.” Not only did she struggle academically. Ms. Arrowsmith-Young became socially isolated because she could not understand conversations among people. “I learned how to smile and be very quiet because I didn’t want people to know that I couldn’t understand,” she says. When it came to sports, she was always the last one picked for a team because she was unable to tell how far her body was to a moving object. This compounded her sense of failure. Lacking the ability to understand, the author developed strategies to compensate for her deficits. “I had a close to verbatim auditory memory and photographic visual memory so I memorized everything and hope I had made the right match,” she says. Her success rate varied from 80 percent to 10 percent; however, her teachers assumed that if she could score 80 percent one time, she must have been lacking will or not making an effort the rest of the time. Her mother, a former home economics and nutrition teacher devised flash cards with numbers and letters. De-
another player disqualified from olympics for racist tweet
termined to learn, Ms. Arrowsmith-Young says that she “became a workaholic in first grade ... eventually I mastered reading and numbers.” The prospect of entering high school became overwhelming. Not only would this academically-challenged student have to navigate traveling between classrooms, she would be dealing with more complex subjects and teachers with multiple teaching styles. “I felt I had hit a wall and couldn’t get past it,” she says. One night she slashed both wrists with a razor blade, thinking that she would go to sleep and not wake up the next morning. She says, “But I had not cut deeply enough and berated myself. I was a complete and total failure.” Barbara ArrowsmithYoung was all of 14 years old. The pain of living with multiple cognitive and kinesthetic defects intensified as she forced herself through Toronto’s educational system. In 1977, she contemplated suicide again. “This time I was going to get it right. I knew where to stand on the subway platform,” she says. Fortunately, it was around this time that she discovered The Man with a Shattered World, Aleksander Luria’s book about a soldier who had a bullet in the left side of his brain. Ms. Arrowsmith-Young realized, “This man is describing my life. All the things I couldn’t do he couldn’t do.” Case in point: The soldier could not tell time. Nor could she. Luria’s seminal book led her to research neuroplasticity, the concept that the brain does grow and change with the right kind of stimulation. In one study, rats placed in an enriched environment had more complex brains than rats in standard or impoverished environments.
Their brains had more neurotransmitters, glial cells, and blood vessels. They had more dendrites to enhance transmission. Wondering if it would be possible to create an activity or task to stimulate an area of the brain in humans, she designed her first cognitive exercise. A friend would call out the time — 2:44 or 5:15, for example — and Ms. Arrowsmith-Young would draw it on the image of a blank watch face. As she became more skilled, she discovered an improvement in the part of her brain that processed relationships. She says, “The first thing I noticed that when I was watching 60 Minutes, I was able to interpret what I had seen. Prior to doing the clock face exercise, my friend had to explain each story to me!” This “aha!” moment gave her confidence. “The power of his work is that it is changing the cognitive capacity to understand by stimulating that area of the brain so that it becomes stronger,” she says. After the clock face, Ms. Arrowsmith-Young went on to create different exercises for specific cognitive deficits. This, in turn, led to her founding the Arrowsmith School in Toronto which has expanded to 35 programs in the United States and Canada. Two new Arrowsmith programs will soon be launched in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia. To date, some 4,000 students have been helped. Ms. Arrowsmith-Young believes, “This should be a normal part of the curriculum in grade school. If every child entering grade one would be doing cognitive programs for part of the day, children would never have this emotional turmoil and stigma of being called learning disabled.”
Inspirational quotes from Olympians With the Olympic games underway, who better to turn to than the best athletes in the world to motivate you up off the couch and onto the court or into the pool? “I wouldn’t say anything is impossible. I think that everything is possible as long as you put your mind to it and put the work and time into it.” — Michael Phelps, gold medalist in swimming in 2008 and 2004 and bronze medalist in 2004 “I am building a fire, and everyday I train, I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match.” — Mia Hamm, gold medalist in women’s football in 2004 and 1996 and silver medalist in 2000 “When anyone tells me I can’t do anything, I’m just not listening anymore.” — Florence Griffith-Joyner, gold medalist in athletics in 1988 and silver medalist in 1988 and 1984 “The first thing is to love your sport. Never do it to please someone else. It has to be yours.” — Peggy Fleming, gold medalist in figure skating in 1968 “I’m trying to do the
best I can. I’m not concerned with tomorrow, but with what goes on today.” — Mark Spitz, gold medalist in swimming in 1972 and 1968 and silver and bronze medalist in 1968 “It’s all about the journey, not the outcome.” — Carl Lewis, gold medalist in athletics in 1996, 1992, 1988 and 1984 and silver medalist in 1988 “you have to train your mind like you train your body.” — Bruce Jenner, gold medalist in decathlon in 1976 “Each of us has a fire in our hearts for something. It’s our goal in life to find it and keep it lit.” — Mary Lou Retton, gold, silver and bronze medalist in gymnastics in 1984 “Nothing can substitute for just plain hard work.” — Andre Agassi, gold medalist in tennis in 1996 “Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.” — Wilma Rudolph, gold medalist in athletics in 1960 and bronze medalist in 1956
Swiss soccer player was expelled from the Olympics on Monday for his threatening and racist message on Twitter about South Koreans. The comments by Michel Morganella came hours after Switzerland lost to South Korea. Morganella “discriminated against, insulted and violated the dignity of the South Korea football team as well as the South Korean people,” Swiss Olympic team chief Gian Gilli said through a translator at a news conference. He said the player was stripped of his Olympic accreditation. Morganella is the second athlete kicked off a London Olympics team for offensive Twitter comments, following Greek triple jumper voula Papachristou. He posted the message after playing in the 2-1 loss against South Korea on Sunday. He said in the tweet that South Koreans “can go burn” and referred to them as a “bunch of mongoloids.” The 23-year-old player later released a contrite statement through Swiss Olympic. “I am sincerely sorry for the people of South Korea, for the players, but equally for the Swiss delegation and Swiss football in general. It’s clear that I’m accepting the consequences.” NEWS dESK
Man shoots fireworks from his bottom
n what appears to be a party trick gone awry, an Australian man suffered severe burns after he put fireworks between his buttocks and set them off. The New Zealand Herald reports that paramedics near Darwin, Australia were called to the scene on Saturday night, but the unidentified man had already taken himself to the hospital to be treated for injuries to his posterior and genital area. “What must of (sic) seemed to be a great idea at the time has backfired, resulting in the male receiving quite severe and very painful burns to his cheeks, back and private bits,” Senior Sergeant Garry Smith said. Police believe alcohol could have been a factor in the firecracker-fueled accident. The 23-year-old man was later taken to a specialist burns unit at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. Smith added that there’s a lesson to be gleaned from the man’s injuries. “Apparently [the firecrackers] are not designed for that particular placement,” Smith said, according to The Daily Mail. NEWS dESK
woman tries to break in to prison
woman in southwest Ohio has been arrested for trying to sneak into a county jail and telling authorities to arrest her. Deputies with the Butler County Sheriff’s Office arrested 36-year-old Tiffany R. Hurd when she was caught trying to climb over a barbed-wire fence at the rear of the Butler County Jail in Hamilton, near Cincinnati. WeWS-Tv reports the Sunday morning arrest came after jail staff told Hurd to leave the property, but she told them to arrest her. Deputies then repeatedly asked Hurd to leave, but she refused and attempted to climb the fence again. Deputies say she was intoxicated. Hurd was arrested on misdemeanor charges of criminal trespassing and disorderly conduct. She is now at the county jail and is scheduled to be arraigned Monday. COuRTESy huFFINGTON POST
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Pakistan need to endeavour hard LONDON
AKISTAN hockey teams manager, former Olympian, Akhtar Rasool has urged the team members to go all out for a` must win `against Argentina in the their second match of London Olympics hockey tournament here tomorrow, Wednesday at the river bank hockey stadium. “It is a make or break match for us and we must exhibit our full talent and potential to beat Argentina to remain in contention in the mega event,” he said. Akhtar a former celebrated centre half of Pakistan team said after a 1-1 draw against Spain a decent win against Argentina will help the team to progress ahead in the event. “We need to play a better brand of hockey against Argentina by committing lesser mistakes and to speed up attacks besides beefing up our defence and I look forward to all the team members to follow my time to time advise in the field,” he asserted. The former Pakistan captain said the composition of the Pak team is quite good as it is a blend of experience and youth and called upon the players to go a collective winning act to help restore the image of the team. “We did good against Spain but we lacked in many ways, specially in the second half, and we should endeavour to overcome mistakes and to execute the match plans of the team management through precision and hard work,” he maintained. Pak team manager said the young
germany edge team gb to eventing team title LONDON: Germany defended their Olympic eventing team title on Tuesday by a whisker from Great Britain with New Zealand taking bronze in the concluding jumping session at Greenwich Park. World champion Michael Jung's clear round on Sam after equally foot-perfect displays from Dirk Schrade and Sandra Auffrath gave the winners in Beijing four years ago an unassailable lead in the closing jumping session. That left Britain, featuring Zara Phillips, the granddaughter of Queen elizabeth II, and the Kiwis, led by charismatic veteran Mark Todd, to fight it out for the runners-up honours. The home favourites duly nabbed it when Todd knocked a fence down while British anchor Tina Cook went clear to the delight of the capacity 20,000 crowd including Prince William and wife Kate, Prince Harry and former British Prime Minister John Major. "Gold would have been brilliant, silver's fantastic," Cook told the BBC. Germany, favourites to prevail after holding the lead after the opening dressage and Monday's cross country, ended up with a total of 133.70 points, with Britain on 138.20 and New Zealand on 144.40. aFP
players must learn from the experience of some veteran players including captain, Sohail Abbas, Rehan Butt, Shakeel Abbasi and Wasim Ahmad to perform to a highest level. “They (junior players) are very com-
mitted and they are a useful part of the team and my only desire is to see these players (juniors) gelling with the seniors and through this combination we can easily shatter the confidence of a much fancied opponents,” he added.
To a question, Akhtar Rasool, said each match of Olympics has its own significance and no opponent can be taken easy as such a thought can ruin the chances of a team in a particular match. “After a draw against Spain we have to
China hits back at ‘biased’ critics of ye BEIJING aFP
The father of Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen and the country's anti-doping chief have hit out at "biased" suspicions over her record-breaking performance at the Olympics, reports said Tuesday. Ye captured the women's 400m individual medley title in a world record time, but her victory was marred by suspicions of doping after the head of the World Swimming Coaches Association said the achievement was "impossible". Her father told Chinese news portal Tencent the swimming team had gone through an especially rigorous anti-doping regime and attributed her victory to a
combination of hard work and guidance from Chinese coaches. "A lot of different people had to provide all kinds of help for this result to be possible," said Ye Qingsong, urging doubters to "look at her (drug) test results". "It's normal for people to be suspicious," he added, saying "Western media has always been arrogant, and suspicious of Chinese people." China's anti-doping chief Jiang Zhixue said in London on Monday that Chinese swimmers have undergone nearly 100 drug tests since they arrived in Britain for the Olympics. "I think it is not proper to single Chinese swimmers out once they produce good results. Some people
are just biased," he said. The schoolgirl timed 58.68sec in the last 100 metres, a whisker off US winner Ryan Lochte's time in the men's competition, and her final lap was quicker than the American champion. The achievement was briefly among the top 10 most talked-about subjects on Sina Weibo -- China's answer to Twitter -- on Tuesday. Most of those posting praised Ye's achievement, although some hit out at foreign media for spreading doubts. "Accusing us of doping as soon as we break a world record clearly shows the small-mindedness of British media," wrote one user of Sina Weibo, China's most popular social media website.
more than two million spectators for london games LONDON: More than two million spectators watched the first three days of the Olympics, local organisers LOCOG said Tuesday. Some 856,000 fans, including crowds for football and a "conservative" estimate of 500,000 for the men's cycling road race, watched on Saturday, with a further 900,000 turning out on Sunday, LOCOG said. A further 370,000 spectators took in the action on Monday when no football matches took place. Attendee rates for the three days were 86 percent, 92 percent and 88 percent respectively. The London organisers have been dogged by questions about empty seats at several venues despite overwhelming pre-Games demand from the British public. LOCOG insist the problem lies with unoccupied accredited seating which is reserved for officials. Around 3,800 tickets were retrieved from international sports federations and put on sale to the public on Monday, LOCOG said. aFP
Tearful French boxer Beccu claims Games robbery LONDON aFP
london: britain's zara Phillips competes in the team Show Jumping phase of the eventing competition of the 2012 london olympics. AFP
be fully focused in our future matches and as the tournament progresses we will come across mighty opponents and the task becomes equally difficult but a much improved level of confidence with undying spirit can be the keys to success.”
French light flyweight Jeremy Beccu blasted judges after losing a controversial decision to Kazakh opponent Brzhan Zhakypov in the first round at the Olympics on Tuesday. The 21-year-old was beaten 18-17 by an opponent, who looked as if he had accepted defeat as he stood wiping his eyes, awaiting the score. "I knew I had to also fight against the judges," said Beccu, who stood in the middle of the ring with his hands on his hips after the decision. "It's really unfair. I should have won. Nobody can convince me otherwise." France head coach Jean Savarino was seething. "I'm angry, the decision is not fair. However, the result is there, it's just another injustice."
london: Jeremy beccu (l) of france and birzhan zhakypov (R) of Kazakhstan await the verdict following their light flyweight (49kg) boxing match of the london 2012 olympics. AFP
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Saudi Arabia judoka Wojdan Shaherkani was given the go-ahead Tuesday to fight at the Olympics after a row over the wearing of a hijab was resolved, the International Olympic Committee told AFP. The Saudis had threatened to pull the fighter out of the Games if she was forced to compete with her head uncovered. However, a compromise had been found. "We can confirm the International Judo Federation (IJF) and the Saudi National Olympic Committee, under the auspices of the IOC, have reached an agreement whereby the athlete can compete," said a spokeswoman. "The judo federation will allow her to wear something on her head which will not compromise her safety and which I think they use for competitions in Asia. It is a solution that is acceptable to all parties." The 18-year-old heavyweight, part of a twowoman team sent from the conservative kingdom to an Olympics for the first time, was last week ordered by IJF president Marius vizer to step onto the mat with her head uncovered. Judo applies strict safety rules and any covering on the head is deemed to present a risk to the fighter's health. Saudi Arabia only agreed to send a women's team to London on condition that their two athletes respect a strict dress code. Having earlier refused to comment on the IOC's statement, the IJF later confirmed that they would allow the fighter to take part wearing a different head covering, although they refused to stipulate what exactly that would be. "The International Judo Federation (IJF) and the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee are pleased to announce that they've agreed on a solution to ensure the participation of female judo athlete Wojdan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shaherkani at the Olympic Games," said the statement.
london: Picture showing a tennis court covered for protection from rain during the london 2012 olympic games tennis matches at the All england tennis Club in Wimbledon. AFP
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Top Olympics tweets @judmoo "Russian team tennis kit. I'm thinking raspberry ripple. Hoping @TursunovTales will be wearing this v Deliciano tmrw. X" - Andy Murray's mother Judy Murray, commenting on the Russians' garish kit -- and looking forward to continuing her crush on Spanish player Feliciano Lopez @Surreypolice "Lost: 1 pair lucky Oakley Sunglasses. Owner: @L_ArmiTstead. If found, pls hand them in. She'd like them back for the #TimeTrial on Weds... - Police appealing for the return of Briton Lizzie Armitstead's eyewear after the silver medallist in the women's road race misplaced them @cmagsflyer "Can someone please hook up @FranklinMissy's mom and dad with some better tickets?!?! She had binoculars." - US swimmer Christine Magnuson, who narrowly missed qualification for the Games but is tweeting anyway, complaining about poor seats for Missy Franklin's parents @TomDaley1994 "gutted so sorry everyone but we tried our best and you can't afford to miss a dive at this standard - bring on individual!" - British diver Tom Daley, one of the faces of the Games for the host nation, bemoans his fourth place with partner Pete Waterfield in the 10m platform event. aFP
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eReNA Williams moved into the third round of the Olympics with a 6-2, 6-3 victory against Urszula Radwanska just
weeks after beating the Pole's older sister Agnieszka in the Wimbledon final. Serena, 30, defeated Agnieszka in three sets to win her fifth Wimbledon title earlier this month and the American fourth seed had no intention of seeing her bid for singles
gold derailed by a family vendetta on Wimbledon's Court One here on Monday. Williams, a two-time doubles gold medal winner with sister venus, quickly established control against the 21-year-old as she broke in the second game and added another break to seal the first set. Radwanska, ranked 44th, had no answer to the 14-time Grand Slam winner's ferocious groundstrokes and booming serves in the second set either. Serena finished with eight aces and 26 winners in her one hour and 13 minute victory and she will play Russia's vera Zvonareva in the last 16 in a repeat of the 2010 Wimbledon final. The American won easily on that occasion, but she insists Zvonareva could pose a serious threat to her gold medal hopes. "It's a Wimbledon final rematch so it's a tough match for me," Serena said. "She's playing so well, moving well, doing everything great. "It's not an easy tournament. Playing someone tough so soon, it's going to be a good challenge for me."
Venus crushes Wozniak to keep gold bid on track LONDON aFP
venus Williams underlined her desire for a fourth Olympic gold medal as the American raced into the third round with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Canada's Aleksandra Wozniak at Wimbledon on Tuesday. venus hasn't won a Grand Slam since 2008, but the American has always thrived at the All england Club and is clearly determined to emulate her singles success at the 2000 Sydney Games. The 32-year-old, who has also won two doubles golds with sister Serena,
was far too powerful for Wozniak and took just 63 minutes to set up a last 16 clash with German seventh seed Angelique Kerber, who reached the Wimbledon semi-finals earlier this month. When venus, a five-time Wimbledon champion, crashed out against elena vesnina in the first round of the grass-court Grand Slam last month, the result was seen as further evidence of the American's struggles with Sjogren's syndrome, an auto-immune disease which leaves her fatigued and with painful joints. But she has looked back to her ferocious best over the last two days in south-west
London. She crushed French Open finalist Sara errani in the first round and Wozniak, the world number 54 who is actually ranked 15 places about venus, was clearly out of her depth on Centre Court. When Wozniak began the match with a double-fault, venus immediately smelled blood and pressured her opponent into surrendering her serve twice to take the first set. venus was equally merciless in the second set, breaking three times to secure a smooth passage into the last 16.
no dramas as murray downs nieminen LONDON: Britain's Andy Murray progressed to the third round of the Olympics without any drama as the world number four defeated Finland's Jarkko Nieminen 6-2, 6-4 on Tuesday. The 25-year-old, who hit 26 winners to Nieminen's six, will face cyprus's Marcos Baghdatis in the last 16 in a rematch of this year's late-night Wimbledon third round clash. Murray laid down an early marker in a match played under the centre court roof due to rain, breaking world number 41 Nieminen in the first game and then hammering home his avantage with a second break for a 4-1 lead. With the first set in the bag, Murray looked to finish off Nieminen and a break in the opening game of the second set put him within sight of victory. Wimbledon runner-up Murray had too much grasscourt class for the Finnish lefthander and he easily served out the win to keep his bid for a first Olympic gold medal on track. Murray's last meeting with Nieminen, at the French Open earlier this year, had prompted former Wimbledon champion Virginia Wade to call the Scot a "drama queen" after he appeared to exaggerate the effects of a back injury before suddenly storming back to win in four sets. aFP
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He head of amateur boxing's governing body sees the Olympic debut of women's boxing as one of his major achievements. Now he plans to do more. Wu Ching-Kuo, president of the International Amateur Boxing Association, said Saturday he wants to see more female boxers at the Rio Olympics in 2016. AIBA plans to ask the IOC to increase the sport's overall athlete allocation so women's boxing will have more than London's 36 fighters in three weight classes in Brazil. Although Wu is unsure of his chances of success, he is in good position to do that lobbying as a newly elected member of the IOC's executive board. "The IOC will look at the performance, the result of women's boxing," Wu said after the opening session of men's boxing at exCeL. "And as president of AIBA, if it's really positive, I certainly have the duty and the responsibility to fight for more, because we now have three gold medals for the women and 10 for the men." After decades of steady growth and nearly a quarter-century of sanctioned amateur competition, supporters of women's boxing say their sport was more than ready to join the Olympic program when the IOC approved it for London in 2009. Yet the IOC wouldn't increase the sport's overall athlete allocation because of its efforts to limit the total number of Olympic athletes to about 10,000, forcing AIBA to trim its men's
Phelps bids to put gold hunt back on track LONDON aFP
Swimmer Michael Phelps seeks to salvage his London Olympics gold medal bid on Tuesday when he goes in the 200m butterfly final. The 27-year-old American slumped to a shock fourth in the men's 400m individual medley dominated by Ryan Lochte and then had the unusual sensation of having to settle for silver in the 4x100m freestyle relay. That medal took Phelps' Olympic career total to 17, leaving him just one short of the all-time biggest career haul of 18 won by Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina. But gold is the only colour that really counts for Phelps, who won an extraordinary eight in Beijing four years ago. victory on Tuesday would also make Phelps the first man to win the same swimming event at three successive Games. Australia's James Magnussen has a lot to prove as he tries to shrug off a painful relay loss - a defeat which swimming-mad Australia found hard to stomach - when he starts his bid for the 100m freestyle title. Magnussen, 21, arrived in London as the overwhelming favorite in the blue riband sprint after bursting on to the international stage with a World Championships triumph in Shanghai last year. But Magnussen failed to produce the goods in the 4x100 freestyle relay won by surprise packages France on Sunday and must now hope for a confidence-restoring performance against a field that includes world record-holder Cesar Cielo. "I'm aware he's one of my main competitors," Magnussen said of the big Brazilian. "My biggest competitor is myself and my head space." France's Camille Muffat and US teen sensation Missy Franklin will go head-to-head in the women's 200m freestyle final as they both attempt to win a second gold at the London Games, although Franklin must do so from lane eight.
field to accommodate the women. Boxing eliminated the featherweight class for men, trimming down to 10 weight classes, and reduced the overall men's field to 250 of the 286 boxers allowed. Those accommodations still forced women's boxers to fit themselves into three widely spaced weight classes, leaving many longtime amateur stars without a chance to compete when they couldn't qualify at flyweight, lightweight or middleweight. "It's not enough, but it's a very good beginning," Wu said. "Once we start, we can ask for more, but our performance must be very good." That's not likely to be a problem w h e n women finally take the Olympic ring next weekend for several sold-out sessions of competition. Women's boxing has evolved rapidly over the past 24 years since Sweden formally sanctioned the amateur sport in 1988. The first
world championships were held in Scranton, Pa., in 2001, and the sport has grown into a popular pursuit worldwide, with even Syria and Afghanistan holding their first national championships last year. Yet the women still fight discrimination in many corners of the world. Cuba, a longtime men's amateur boxing powerhouse, refused to send a women's team to the Olympics, while the sport's safety has been questioned for decades. "When we broadcast the competition to the world, everybody will fully realize that women's boxing is not dangerous," Wu said. "It's for skill, and if there is danger, in the AIBA, we look after boxers' safety." Amateur boxing appears on an upswing after decades of corruption and decline, and its advocacy for women's boxing is just one part. The sport's much-derided computerized scoring system is on the way out after the Olympics, to be replaced by more traditional judging, while the men's boxers are expected to begin fighting without headgear.
British judo chief blasts Games failure LONDON aFP
British Judo Association (BJA) president Densign White slammed the country's fighters and club coaches on Tuesday for the failure of the hosts' team at the London Olympics. Four days into the judo competition, eight Britons have competed so far but only one has won a fight. Seven others lost in the first round, including one of Britain's best medal chances, euan Burton, who lasted just 45-seconds in the under-81kg division against Canada's Antoine valois-Fortier. Although there are still three days left and veteran four-time european champion and seven-time world medallist Karina Bryant is yet to fight in the women's heavyweight category, the current results make for a sorry sight. And White blames the athletes themselves and their club coaches for refusing to train at the British Performance Institute in
Dartford, east of London. The facility was built by Dartford Council and leased by the BJA with the view to providing a centralised training venue where the country's best fighters could all practise together. However, many fighters opted to remain with their personal coaches. "That's what we tried to get away from after the team didn't get any results in Beijing," White told AFP. "But we didn't get buy-in from players...everybody wants to train with their own coach in their environment." Just a year ago White, himself a former British Olympic judo fighter, sacked high performance coaches Patrick Roux and Margaret Hicks following the failure to win a medal at the World Championships and he blamed the pair for not delivering on their obligations. "One of the reasons why Margaret and Patrick lost their jobs is because they said we need to centralise, but they didn't do it," added
White. "every six months they came up with a different excuse, but what are we waiting for? If we know what to do, then we should just do it. "I feel a huge sense of frustration and huge disappointment. "If I was leading high performance it would be no compromise and I'd be saying to the athletes 'ok stay there (in your clubs) but you're not going to be selected'. "I'd take the risk of them taking me to court, I'd cut off their funding and tell them when you turn up to this place that's when you'll get your money back and get selected, and until you do that your careers are over. "And then concentrate on the people who want to do it and if it takes another five or six years to bring through those 16 and 17 yearolds and work with a new set of athletes, to find the next generation, it might not work for Rio (which will still stage the 2016 Games) but we've got to look to 2020."
stats corner S. PERvEz QAISER After drawing the first match with Spain, three time champions Pakistan will play their second match against Argentina in the 2012 London Olympic Games at Riverbank Arena on Wednesday (August 1). This group A match will start at 23.30 hours (PST). This will be the fifth match between Pakistan and Argentina in Olympic Hockey. Pakistan has a perfect record against Argentina. They have won all four matches against the South American team. Pakistan which currently ranks eighth in the FIH World Ranking are one of the most decorated teams in world level competition, boasting eight Olympic medals (including three gold medals) and six World Cup medals (including four gold medals). But unfortunately Pakistan has slid away from the international podiums. Their last top-three finish was the 1994 World Cup (gold). Pakistan finished eighth at the Beijing Olympics in 2008,. They stood last at the 2010 World Cup and ended a disappointing sixth at the Commonwealth Games the same year. ROAD TO LONDON: The Green Shirts regrouped to win the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, grabbing the only automatic Olympic berth for Asia ahead of Malaysia, India and Korea. Pakistan has since been plagued by recurring internal problems and erratic team selection. Several senior players were suspended, leaving an inexperienced team to go to the recent Azlan Shah Cup where they lost to Olympic opponents New Zealand, Korea, India and Great Britain triggering a new shuffle to the line-up. STAR TO WATCH: Penalty-corner specialist Sohail Abbas, the top goal-scorer in the history of game, was on the team for the Azlan Shah Cup, but at 36, is far from the record-breaking form of his glory days. He will however play at London, as the captain. Abbas who was born on June 9, 1975 has scored 345 goals in 345 international matches since making his debut against India in 1998 veterans Shakeel Abbasi, Rehan Butt and Mohammad Waseem were also named to the extended 20-man squad for the Olympic Games. All wellknown on the international scene, with appearances on the FIH All-Star Team (2008 and 2010 for Butt, and 2006 for Abbasi), their experience will be important for their younger teammates.
PaKISTaN-aRGENTINa IN OLyMPICS: yEaR VENuE ROuNd RESuLT SCORE 1968 mexico group match Pakistan beat Argentina 6-2 1972 munich group match Pakistan beat Argentina 2-1 1988 Seoul group match Pakistan beat Argentina 3-1 1996 Atlanta group match Pakistan beat Argentina 5-0
Table tennis star Ding into London semis LONDON: World champion Ding Ning ended the hopes of one of table tennis's brightest stars to reach the semi-finals of the Olympics at her first attempt on Tuesday. The left-handed loop-attacker won 15-13, 11-6, 11-6, 11-4 against Japanese fifth seed Ai Fukuhara, a former child prodigy who is known for her appearances in table tennis video games. "I have prepared enough," said Ding. "I am quite satisfied with what I have done and I feel confident." China won every individual table tennis medal at Beijing 2008, a dominance which was called "devastating" by the sport's top administrator and prompted a rule-change limiting each country to two men's and women's singles players. Other nations have been sensing a renewed opportunity at these Games, and Fukuhara might have
capitalised better upon that had she converted one of her six game points in the first game. Four of those came in a sequence from 10-6, and the fourth came after a crafty tactical time out taken by the Japanese at 10-9. But the pause brought no halt to the recovery of Ding, who remained unmoved. She was also flexible in her tactics, once retreating to send up seven consecutive monster lobs and winning the rally, and she deftly adapted her left-handed rhythms to draw the over-aggressive Fukuhara into mistakes. even some of the Chinese may have been sad to see the end of this special Japanese woman, though. Fukuhara speaks fluent Mandarin and once played table tennis with President Hu Jintao in aid of Chi- london: Adrian Crisan (l) of Romania shakes hand with timo boll of germany after their men's table tennis men's singles match at the london. AFP nese-Japanese relations. aFP
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He Pakistan cricket early last year saw a light of hope with the change of command at the helm when Chaudhary Mohammad
batsmen can prosper at Headingley, Rudolph says LEEDS aFP
South African batsman Jacques Rudolph says batsmen can prosper at Headingley, where the second Test against england starts on Thursday. Rudolph, who spent five years playing for Yorkshire, whose headquarters are at the ground, said on Tuesday: "There is a very strong perception that Headingley is more of a bowler'ss wicket but in my experience when the sun is out it is a very nice place to bat." With rain and showers predicted during the Test, Rudolph said overhead conditions could play a "massive role" and influence the decision of the captain who wins the toss. "But once you get used to the swing and a little bit of seam movement you can get yourself in . . . you can go big." Rudolph said the South Africans expected england to bounce back after losing by an innings and 12 runs in the first Test at the Oval, a match in which the england bowlers took only two wickets in the only South African innings. "england are the number one team in the world and we expect a strong fightback from them," said Rudolph. "They've done really well in their own conditions in the last couple of series they have played over here. We are prepared for what we are going to face on Thursday." Rudolph said South Africa would take confidence from having won their last two Tests against england at Headingley, with several of the current squad having been involved in the games. Rudolph said he had matured as a person and a batsman during his stint with Yorkshire. He said he had considered a permanent move to england before family ties drew him back to South Africa, where good form in domestic cricket earned him a return to the international scene last November after five years out of the Test team.
even though when they were given a chance they failed badly and rather faltered on several occasions. It was under his term the Champions Trophy was shifted from Pakistan and then the World Cup matches were also given to the co-hosts. Not forgetting the time the major damage to Pakistan cricket was done on March 3, 2009 when a friendly country’s cricketers came under attack. It was the incident that changed the whole scenario of Pakistan sports. And it all happened under the chairmanship of none other that Ijaz Butt who in his own self believes that he did the job as a PCB chairman with honesty and tried his best to revive international cricket in Pakistan, particularly the series against India. In fact his tenure is regarded as black days for Pakistan cricket. But Mr Butt has again returned to haunt Pakistan cricket with his ambiguous statements. One is not clear about the motives he carries but an initial observation suggests that he wants limelight at the cost of Pakistan-India cricket ties. Mr Butt wants India to pay for the cancelled series of his tenure. Is he feeling
Zaka Ashraf took charge of the Pakistan Cricket Board. With that change things started to get into its proper shape, which was most intently an end to an old and faggot way of running cricket in the country. It was under an old guard like Ijaz Butt, the Pakistan cricket portrayed a gloomy look of rusty and dull mindedness. But for the last one year and so, since Zaka Ashraf took over positive vibes started to come from across the cricket world about Pakistan. even though there has been no return of international cricket to Pakistan that is due to the reasons beyond control. But the most important thing that had happened in Zaka Ashraf’s tenure is the melting of ice between the two major rival countries – Pakistan and India - who have returned to the talking table. Realising the importance of Pakistan and India cricket, the BCCI and particularly the New Delhi government allowed the revival of series and the two rival foes would be meeting this coming December in a three-match ODI series and two T20 games. But there are some who are grinding their own axe to stay in the limelight
jealous of the marvelous job of Zaka Ashraf of putting the two countries’ cricket on the path of revival with his hectic efforts. He should realize the delicacy of the situation under which the series is gong to be played. It would be the first bilateral series between the two countries in five years. A spokesman of the PCB has made it clear that Pakistan would not be discussing sharing of revenue generation for the series as its only interest was to see bilateral cricket ties revived. But Mr Butt is insisting to gain what he has failed to achieve. He should also realize the spot-fixing scandal that too goes under his belt which damaged Pakistan cricket more as much his term. Has he not been related to the defence minister Ahmad Mukhtar, the Pakistan cricket would not have suffered that much. Ijaz’s presence in the board gave signals around the globe that the country’s richest sporting organisation was without imaginative solutions, and without any understanding of what today’s professional sports administration requires.
India clinch SL ODI series COLOMBO aFP
India defeated Sri Lanka by six wickets in the fourth one-day international in Colombo on Tuesday to gain an unbeatable 3-1 lead in the fivematch series. virat Kohli hit an impressive 128 not out and Suresh Raina made an unbeaten half-century as India achieved a 252-run target with more than seven overs to spare in the daynight match. earlier, part-timer Manoj Tiwary grabbed four wickets to help India restrict Sri Lanka to 251-8. The legspinner, playing his first match of the series, finished with 4-61 off 10 overs to boost his team's hopes of clinching the five-match series. India currently lead 2-1. Opener Upul Tharanga (51), Lahiru Thirimanne (47) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (42) were the main scorers for Sri Lanka, who were comfortably placed at 152-2 in the 32nd over. Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin took two wickets and parttime spinner virender Sehwag one in the day-night match. Sri Lanka made an impressive start after electing to bat, with Tharanga and Dilshan adding 91 for the opening wicket. Fast bowler Ashok Dinda broke the stand when he removed Dilshan, who was caught behind after cracking seven fours in his 48-ball knock. Tharanga, who pulled Dinda for the first six of the match, fell soon after completing his half-century, stumped by skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni off Ashwin. He also hit four boundaries in his 73-ball knock. Dinesh Chandimal (28) and Thirimanne put on 50 for the third wicket before Tiwary struck in his opening over, having Chandimal caught by Irfan Pathan at square-leg. Off-spinner Sehwag got a big wicket when he had skipper Mahela
Pakistan Under-19s improved on their already impressive bowling performance in the first one-dayer to rout Australia Under-19s for 139, setting up a sevenwicket victory that clinched the threematch series. A succession of useful contributions from the top-order batsmen allowed the visitors to reach the target with 15.2 overs to spare. Pakistan had dismissed Australia for 187 in the first match, after choosing to
field, and Babar Azam asked the hosts to bat once again. Australia reached 14 before losing their first two wickets in the space of three runs. The promising Kurtis Patterson was run out for a duck. They slipped to 53 for 4 before Cameron Bancroft and Travis Head had a 52-run partnership. However, they too fell in quick succession and after that the end was swift. Fast bowler Zia-ul-Haq claimed 3 for 20 in seven overs, while Azizullah and ehsan Adil conceded less than two runs per over. Australia's bowlers struck at regular
Wahdat eaglets outplay baghbanpura greeners LAHORE STaFF REPORT
Wahdat eaglets has moved into the 2nd round of 1st Malik Asghar Dogar Memorial cricket event when they outplayed Baghbanpura Greeners by 3 wickets played at Bara Dari Dharampura ground the other day. Fine unbeaten century by Sher Baz Khan was the main feature of the match. Scores: baghbanpura greeners 162 all out. Riaz ud din 43, faiz Ahmed 28, m Rasheed 26, qamber 18. Ali tipu Sultan 3/23, Sher baz Khan 2/23, nAveed zia 1/37, m Ali Shah 2/40, qaiser Ashraf 2/19. Wahdat eaglets 166/7. Sher baz Khan 113(no) including 6*6, 13*4, imtiaz 10, Ali tipu Sultan 10(no). Rasheed 2/30, Waseem butt 2/36, Hafiz Salman 2/25, Riaz ud din 2/34.
Sri lanka hire ex-iCC chief lorgat SCOREBOaRd SRI LaNKa: u. Tharanga st dhoni b ashwin 51 42 T. dilshan c dhoni b dinda L. Thirimanne b ashwin 47 d. Chandimal c Pathan b Tiwary 28 M. Jayawardene c dhoni b Sehwag 3 a. Mathews c Kohli b Tiwary 14 J. Mendis b Tiwary 17 T. Perera c Raina b Tiwary 2 R. herath not out 17 L. Malinga not out 15 Extras (lb2, w13) 15 Total (for eight wickets; 50 overs) 251 Fall of wickets: 1-91 (dilshan), 2-102 (Tharanga), 3-152 (Chandimal), 4-155 (Jayawardene), 5-190 (Mathews), 6-213 (Mendis), 7-218 (Perera), 8-219 (Thirimanne). Bowling: zaheer 6-0-36-0 (w3), Pathan 6-0-27-0 (w1), dinda 6-0-28-1 (w2), Kohli 2-0-7-0, Sehwag 8-1-38-1 (w1), ashwin 10-0-46-2, Tiwary 10-1-61-4 (w6), Sharma 2-0-6-0.
Jayawardene caught behind for three to reduce Sri Lanka to 155-4. Sri Lanka made two changes from the side which lost the last match by five wickets, bringing in Thirimanne
INdIaL G Gambhir b Malinga 0 34 V Sehwag c sub (Senanayake) b Mathews V Kohli not out 128 RG Sharma lbw b Pradeep 4 MK Tiwary lbw b Mendis 21 SK Raina not out 58 EXTRaS: (lb 2, w 6, nb 2) 10 TOTaL: (4 wickets; 42.2 overs) 255 did not bat MS dhoni*†, IK Pathan, R ashwin, z Khan, aB dinda Fall of wickets 1-0 (Gambhir, 0.5 ov), 2-52 (Sehwag, 9.2 ov), 3-60 (Sharma, 12.4 ov), 4-109 (Tiwary, 23.4 ov) Bowling: SL Malinga 8-1-41-1, NLTC Perera 6-0-51-0, ad Mathews 6-1-18-1, N Pradeep 8-0-52-1, hMRKB herath 7-044-0, BMaJ Mendis 6-0-37-1, TM dilshan 1.2-0-10-0 Toss: SRI LaNKa Result: Indian win by six wickets. umpires: Kumar dharmasena (SRI) and Bruce Oxenford (auS) TV umpire: Tyron Wijewardene (SRI) Match referee: Chris Broad (ENG)
and debutant paceman Nuwan Pradeep in place of injured Kumar Sangakkara and Isuru Udana. India replaced leg-spinner Rahul Sharma with Tiwary.
Pakistan bowlers set up another win GOLD COAST
Critics and many former Test players have expressed their shock over Ijaz’s recent ill-timed statements. “Zaka is doing a wonderful job for Pakistan cricket. Ijaz should keep his mouth shut. And he should not try to spoil the cricketing relations between the two countries,” they said.
intervals but they needed to knife through the Pakistan line-up to pose a challenge and they were unable to do so. All of the top five batsmen got past 20 and Saad Ali raised the tempo, scoring 36 off 33 balls to secure victory in the 35th over. "We started quite well at the top with Peirson and Bancroft and we were quite aggressive but unfortunately in the batting side of things there wasn't many positives after that," Patterson said after the defeat. "The bowling was good early on, we bowled quite patiently but at the
end of the day 139 is just not really enough. "We have gone two games in a row now where we have massively underachieved and especially today as the pitch was even better, to only get 140 on a flat wicket is really under par and we need to particularly work on our play to spin as well as our play to pace as well." Brief Scores: - Pakistan Under-19s, 140 for 3 in 34.4 overs (Ali 36*) beat Australia Under-19s 139 all out (Bancroft 47, Zia-ul-Haq 3-20) by seven wickets.
Sri Lanka's cash-strapped cricket board has appointed former International Cricket Council chief executive Haroon Lorgat as an advisor for three months, the board said on Tuesday. South African Lorgat, 52, who quit the ICC in June after serving as CeO for four years, will assist in improving the "governance and administration" of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), a release from the board said. "Mr. Lorgat has a wealth of knowledge and experience and we are delighted that he has agreed to work with us to improve the governance and administration of our cricket," SLC president Upali Dharmadasa said. "Mr. Lorgat is a seasoned administrator and I am excited that with his expertise we can work towards building a strong and sustainable future for SLC."
golds out of this world for 'alien' Agnel LONDON aFP
France's rising swimming star Yannick Agnel has admitted his gold medals in the London pool have left him feeling like an "alien" as he adjusts to life as an Olympic champion. Having anchored the French team with a stunning display in the 4x100m freestyle relay to touch out US sensation Ryan Lochte and claim gold on Sunday, Agnel underlined his growing status with victory in the 200m freestyle final on Monday. It prompted French President Francois Hollande to come down from the stands to meet Agnel in the mixed zone to tell him how "very proud" France were of their new Olympic hero.
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Protests over outages persist in Punjab, KP
TaXILa: an angry mob smashed the windows of a hotel owned by a lawmaker belonging to the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz during a demonstration against electricity load shedding on Tuesday. INP
Over 80m voters registered in new electoral lists: CEC
ISLAMABAD STaFF REPORT
Chief election Commissioner (CeC) Fakharuddin G ebrahim on Tuesday announced that a total of 80.436 million voters had been registered in the new electoral list with the help of National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA). Addressing a news conference in Islamabad on Tuesday‚ the CeC said that the voters could correct any mistakes in the electoral lists before the announcement of the general elections. He said that any person could verify his information by sending an SMS to 8300. The CeC said that with the issuance of the voters’ list‚ the first phase of electioneering had started in the country. He said that an effort had been made to make the rolls transparent. He said that people over the age of eighteen were eligible to cast vote. To a question, he said that changes could still be made in the electoral lists. He said that only the voters with computerised National Identity Cards would be allowed to cast vote. The CeC said that uncontroversial elections were the only way out of the present crisis. He claimed that nobody would be able to object to the final electoral lists. “We want to hold such an election which nobody could dispute. The election Commission has competent workers. We have papered the electoral lists without any fear,” he said, adding that the CeC staff had made house-to-house visits to verify voters. The eCP secretary, while answering reporters’ questions, said the electoral lists included the names of four million Pakistanis living abroad. He said that the computerised ID card issued by NADRA was mandatory to participate in the election process.
ROTeSTS against power outages continued in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Tuesday, with the residents taking to the streets after being unable to bear with the load shedding anymore. In Lakki Marwat, residents protested and set fire to a NADRA office and vehicles present outside. The raging mobs burnt tyres, pelted stones, smashed the signboards and blocked roads, while venting their anger. Police resorted to aerial firing in a bid to disperse the crowd and later rounded up at least 17 demonstrators for breaking the law. Despite being an ally of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party, Awami National Party workers in Charsadda also staged protest demos against power outages at Tehsil Bazar and voiced slogans against WAPDA. Load shedding protests in Punjab turned violent in several areas as residents expressed anger over 12-18 hours of power outages. Residents of Qasba Phularwan, pestered by unabated load shedding and the apathetic attitude of the authorities, continued their demos for the second day, when enraged protesters tore off signboard of a local police station, broke its electricity meter, torched tyres and chanted slogans against the government. Protesters in Sargodha blocked the Bhera interchange of the Lahore-Islamabad Motorway to register their protests. Protests were also staged in Multan, Gujranwala and several other cities across Punjab. Reports said the power shortfall had reached 4,839MW on Tuesday. The energy Management Cell said 13,615MW were being generated while the demand hovered around 18,454MW.
President Zardari under fire in Senate g
PML-N says president’s speeches reflect bias ISLAMABAD ONLINE
Criticising the speeches made by President Asif Ali Zardari publicly, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) senators on Tuesday said being the president, Zardari was not only the supreme commander of Pakistan Army but also a symbol of unity among the state institutions, but his biased speeches had faded out the dignity of president’s office. Participating in a debate during the Senate session that was chaired by Chairman Nayyar Hussain Bukhari, PML-N’s Syed Zafar Ali Shah said the president’s speeches depicted that he was a representative of PPP’s workers only, as Zardari clearly stated that next provincial governments in all four provinces would be setup with his consent only. “The democratic system could not run smoothly following the prejudiced mindset of the supreme commander and people were forced to knock the judiciary’s door against oppressive approach of the rulers,” he added. “The president should be impartial and represent the country, not his party. He should never pass any statement which spreads anxi-
ety,” Senator Syed Zafar Ali Shah said. He said Zardari’s statements during public address pertaining to the next provincial governments and appointment of Raja Pervez Ashraf as the prime minister spoke volumes of his credibility as a president. Highlighting ambiguities in the country’s foreign and economic policy, Shah said the government failed to give explanation about the foreign policy in the last four-and-a-half years and ineligible people had been running the country’s finical affairs. He said the government failed to provide relief to the masses amid skyrocketing hike in commodity prices, as the government utilized all its means to confront the apex judiciary. “If we do not respect the constitution today then the door will remain open for any dictator to derail the democratic system,” he added. PMLN Senator Hamza challenged President Asif Ali Zardari to declare his assets publicly, adding that President himself was a “big problem”. He said former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani was sent home by the SC for refusing to write a letter to Swiss authority to reopen graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari and the current PM Raja Pervez Ashraf
ensure fundamental rights in balochistan, sC orders govt g
Govt says authorities committed over Balochistan situation ISLAMABAD aPP
A composite statement signed by secretaries interior, defence and others showing commitment to implement judicial orders on Balochistan situation
was submitted before the Supreme Court on Tuesday. The statement was submitted by Advocate General Balochistan Amanullah Kinrani before a three-judge bench comprising of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Jawad S Khawaja and Justice
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was repeating the same mistake. Hamza added the country’s economy was on the verge of disaster, but the incumbent government was not learning from the past. “This Senate session was summoned to swear in Rehman Malik. He has once again occupied the seat of the interior minister, but the law and order in the country is still at its worst,” he said. Questioning the high headedness of the government over the killing of innocent people in the US drone attacks,
Hamza lamented that thousands of people were killed in such attacks but the government failed to take concrete measure despite issuance of statements against the attacks. Meanwhile, Leader of the House Jehangir Badr encouraged the treasury and opposition benches to participate in the debate about the president of Pakistan, saying the opposition targeted the president only, instead of taking part in the debate.
Khilji Arif Hussain in response to its earlier direction. The bench noted in its order that solemn commitment was made before the court over the law and order situation in Balochistan and it was expected that the commitment would be fulfilled by the provincial and federal governments. The bench said that it was the duty of state to look after all its citizens and there should be no distinction. The concerned authorities in federal and provincial governments were directed to ensure full enforcement of fundamental rights of the residents of the province. earlier in the proceedings, Amanullah Kinrani produced the signed document and apprised the court that it was signed by secretaries interior and defence. Besides, the authorities decided to hold daily meetings till final resolution of the issue. Upon bench’s insistence, Inspector General Frontier Corps Obaidullah Khattak also signed the document. The chief justice told him that he was the vital man in resorting law and order situation in the province with abundant resources. The
IG FC replied that the issue required to be dealt in the larger context and said that his force could not act without a requisition by the provincial government. Chief Secretary Balochistan Babar Yaqoob Fateh Muhammad apprised the bench that they were making all out efforts to bring normalcy in Dera Bugti and other adjoining areas. He said the literacy rate in Dera Bugti was 6 percent which was among the lowest ones throughout the world. He apprised that it was also decided that five District Management Group (DMG) officers from Pakistan’s pristine bureaucratic setup, Central Superior Services (CSS), would be sent to Balochistan on training whereas 10 percent Police Service of Pakistan (PSP) officers, also from CSS, would be inducted from the province which was principally agreed by quarters concerned and they would be submitting their final recommendations within short time. To bench’s query, he replied that Dr Din Muhammad Bangalzai, who was abducted by unknwon persons, had returned with efforts of tribesmen.Hearing was adjourned till September 3.
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