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Islamabad — Peshawar Edition

Thursday, 1 August, 2013

Ramadan 22, 1434

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Kerry arrives, seeks fresh start with pakistan

petrol bomb comes crashing through

A new set of players but the same lingering issues are confronting John Kerry on his first visit to Pakistan as US secretary of state: the fight against extremism, American drone attacks inside the country and the war in Afghanistan. The Obama administration hasn’t sent its top diplomat to Pakistan since 2011, and Kerry’s trip is a chance for the former senator to get to know the newly elected prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, who came to power in Pakistan’s first transition between civilian governments. page 04

islamabad: The federal government has issued a notification regarding a mammoth hike in the prices of petroleum products. According to the summary, the new prices of petroleum products would come into effect on August 1. Petrol price has been raised by Rs 2.80 per litre and diesel price by Rs 4.59 per litre. Following the increase, petrol would be sold at Rs 104.50 per litre and high-speed diesel at Rs 109. 76 per litre. The price of kerosene oil has also been increased by Rs 4.69 and it would now be sold at Rs 101.28. The price of light diesel has been increased by Rs 3.95 per litre. Online

no evidence yet of‘shady’ It software deal at Kse

savour the win, afridi urges fans

Preliminary enquiry into the allegations of massive financial irregularities in the Karachi Stock Exchange (KSE) has revealed that the former managing director of the country’s biggest bourse, Adnan Afridi, was not involved in any malpractice as being propagated by some vested interests, sources told Pakistan Today on Wednesday. page 16

Shahid Afridi Thursday urged Pakistan to savour their one-day and Twenty20 wins over the West Indies and forget allegations of fixing. Pakistan beat the West Indies 3-1 in the five-match one-day series, and clinched both the Twenty20s on the tour which finished on Sunday. But the wins were clouded by controversy after The Mail on Sunday claimed the one-day matches could be probed by an anti-corruption unit. page 20

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Khosa sees cec’s resignaTion vindicaTion of ppp’s sTance LAHORE STAFF RePORT

Chief Election Commissioner Fakhuruddin G Ibrahim’s resignation has vindicated the Pakistan People’s Party’s (PPP) decision of boycotting the presidential elections, PPP Secretary General Latif Khosa said on Wednesday. He said the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) announcement regarding the holding of the presidential election on July 30 instead of August 6 did not leave a level playing field for PPP’s Raza Rabbani as it would have been impossible for him to undertake his election campaign within just two days. Khosa also referred to the Lahore High Court Bar Association that on Tuesday had decided to proceed against those who were responsible for undermining the constitution and the independence of the judiciary. He said the CEC had reportedly opposed the changing of the presidential election schedule but the other three members of the commission had sided with the decision as they were obviously under the influence of the PML-N leadership. “It is because of their resistance that the ECP could not undertake the constitutional obligation which specifically stated that election schedule once announced cannot be altered by any organs of the government come what may,” Khosa argued. He demanded the other members of the ECP also resign because the commission as a whole had failed to perform its constitutional obligations.

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dejecTed faKhru bhai calls iT a day! cec reSignS from office after apparent diSpleaSure with Sc deciSion ISLAMABAD

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OLLOWING severe criticism from a majority of opposition parties over alleged vote-fraud in May 11 election and abdicating authority to other state institutions regarding rescheduling of presidential election, chief election commissioner (CEC) Fakhruddin G Ebrahim on Wednesday resigned his post, only a day after the country got its new president elected. With only a year in office, the CEC failed to mention any profound and logical reasoning for his premature departure from the national election watchdog. “In accordance with Article 215(3) of the constitution, I hereby resign from the office of the chief election commissioner of Pakistan,” the CEC said in his resignation. The presidential spokesman confirmed receiving the resignation. The retired justice, commonly known as Fakhru bhai, took charge of his office on July 23, 2012 as the CEC for a tenure of four years. His appointment had become all the more eventful in the annals of history, as it was a unique occasion that the government, opposition and all political

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parties reposed their utmost confidence while nominating him as the CEC. Interestingly, Ebrahim, who is known and respected for his integrity, principles and professionalism, has a history of resigning from various posts. He was appointed as the attorney general for Pakistan by then prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in 1971, but he tendered resignation on July 5, 1977 after General Zia imposed Martial Law. Later, Ebrahim was appointed the Sindh governor by Benazir Bhutto in 1989, but he again resigned in 1990 once Bhutto was removed as prime minister. Ebrahim again resigned as the caretaker law minister in 1996 after developing differences with president Sardar Farooq Leghari. The recent polls of May 11 became controversial and led to massive criticism of the CEC and his colleagues. Later, the media also joined the lamenting after the Election Commission’s inability to stand to the apex court’s pressure over rescheduling of the presidential election. Ebrahim submitted his resignation the very next day of presidential election, which was conducted on Supreme Court’s order, a move which apparently annoyed the CEC.

AnAlysts: Though the CEC did not mention solid reason of his resignation, some analysts termed the move part of a covert effort by the Punjab government to get the local body polls delayed. Since there would be no chief election commissioner, the local body election would be delayed for some time, analysts opined. However, reliable sources in the ECP told Pakistan Today that the CEC was displeased with the Supreme Court’s decision to change the presidential elections schedule form August 6 to July 30. The sources said the CEC was of the view that the Supreme Court decision was tantamount to meddling into the independence of the Election Commission’s authority. Per sources, the CEC made an effort to persuade members of the commission for not obeying the Supreme Court order, but three of the four members did not support him. “The CEC had also written a note declaring the court decision as an attack on the independence of the ECP, however, despite repeated attempts, he failed to get the note endorsed from ECP members. And after being disappointed, the CEC decided to tender resignation,” the sources added. The presidential election was originally fixed by the ECP to be held on August 6 and the commission had earlier rejected the government’s request to change the date of the poll. However, the

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The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Wednesday rejected Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan’s allegation that the May11 general elections were the “most rigged” elections in the history of Pakistan as baseless and unwarranted. An ECP official said Khan was given access to the polling record of NA-122 because of a petition filed by him. Meanwhile, following the Supreme Court’s orders, the ECP has established a special wing for the upcoming local bodies (LB) elections and four grade17 officers would be part of the special setup. The ECP has also issued a notification in this regard. According to the notification, the newly-established wing would be responsible to coordinate with the four provinces to hold the LB elections on time. On July 18, the ECP dispatched letters to the provinces with instructions on holding the LB elections.The letters instructed the provinces to formulate a uniform legislation for the LB elections besides maintaining similarity in the mechanism adopted for the purpose, to ensure the elections be held simultaneously across the country.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued a contempt of court notice to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan for his remarks against the court in his July26 press conference. The PTI chairman has been summoned before a three-member judge bench of the apex court on Friday. The hearing will be presided over by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. While holding a press conference on July 26, Imran Khan had termed the role of judiciary and Election Commission during May 11 elections as shameful. Khan had also termed the General Election 2013 worst in terms of rigging and mismanagement. He also stated that the PTI has accepted election results, but not election rigging. On July 29, Imran Khan expressed lack of trust in the judiciary and alleged that the judiciary/SC have a hand in rigging the recent elections. On July 30, he stated that judicial officers acting as returning officers remained the most controversial in general elections. He

also said that the double standards of the judiciary have come to surface as his candidates were knocked down on technical grounds. PTI officials said that if Imran Khan was charged by the apex court then he could face disqualification as a member of the parliament. The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has

been directed to produce before the court a record of Imran Khan’s press conference. The Supreme Court also issued a notice to Attorney General of Pakistan to come up with relevant records related to Imran Khan’s press conference. PTI leader Hamid Khan is expected to appear before the court for the hearing.

ruling PML-N moved the SC, which decided in favour of ruling party. The main opposition PPP boycotted the presidential election as a result, saying the SC and ECP deprived it of the right to campaign. After the judgment of the Supreme Court, opposition parties strongly criticised the ECP and SC, demanding the CEC resign. “I was appointed through a consultative process by the last parliament. However, in my humble opinion, the newly elected members of the parliament should have the opportunity to forge new consensus and choose a new chief election commissioner. This will also allow the next chief election commissioner sufficient time and opportunity to prepare and lead the Election Commission for the general elections of 2018,” the resignation submitted by Ebrahim said. The CEC further stated that in the performance of professional duties, he had done his utmost to hold true the democratic values, the dictates of his conscience and the commands of the constitution. “I am proud that the Election Commission acted without fear or favor and strived to create as level a playing field as was possible. Despite personal threats and even brazen gun attack on my family - I quietly stood firm against those forces who first tried to derail and then delay the 2013 Elections.”

Terror war will be losT wiThouT naTional policy, says imran ISLAMABAD nni

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan has said terrorist attacks like the one on Dera Ismail Khan prison were likely to grow in number unless the federal government devised a national counter-extremism policy. Speaking to Voice of America, Khan demanded Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif fulfill his commitment to present a national security policy without wasting further time. “The Taliban influence is increasing because radicalisation is increasing, because extremism is growing and there is no proper policy of dealing with the various forms of terrorism," he said. "There needs to be a national level policy and something like homeland security [in the US], where all intelligence agencies pool their intelligence and a coherent policy comes across, with all stakeholders on board – unless that happens, we are going to lose this war,” Khan said while replying to a question. However, Federal Minister Ahsan Iqbal dismissed criticism that Prime Minister Sharif’s administration was not making efforts to confront the militants. “We are trying to deal with the situation. The prime minister has had consensus with the security agencies. Now we are evolving a consensus with the political parties. Very shortly, the prime minister will have a meeting with all political parties. We want to have a national strategy on security so that we can address this issue with fullest national resolve,” VOA quoted Iqbal as having said.


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cci approves naTional energy policy council giveS one-month deadline to water and power miniStry, provincial govtS to reSolve differenceS over the appointment of federal adjuSter ISLAMABAD

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IVING a nod to the muchawaited National Power Policy 2013, the Council of Common Interests (CCI) on Wednesday gave a one-month deadline to the Water and Power Ministry and the provincial governments to resolve their differences over the appointment of a federal adjuster for adjustment of power theft recovery, Pakistan Today learnt. The CCI meeting was chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and was attended by Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak and Balochistan Chief Minister Abdul Malik Baloch. A source, who attended the meeting, told Pakistan Today that the provincial governments of KP and Sindh had raised serious reservations over the federal government’s proposal in the national power policy for appointment of a federal adjuster. “By appointing a federal adjuster, the federal government aims at adjusting at least Rs 225 billion from the share of the provinces in the National Finance Com-

islamabad: Prime minister Nawaz sharif chairs a meeting of the provincial chief ministers at Prime minister's Office on Wednesday. inP

mission (NFC) which are outstanding and liable to the KP and Sindh governments who had failed to recover the amount from subscribers. The provincial governments of the KP and Sindh have severely opposed to this proposal. Under the federal government’s proposal, the KP government may lose Rs 100 billion while the Sindh government may lose another Rs 125 billion from their NFC shares as they have failed to recover the power theft amounts,” the source said. The source added that both the chief ministers had informed the prime minister that their governments could not recover the amounts but they promised to renew efforts in this regard. “Finally, the prime minister directed the Water and Power Ministry and the provinces to reach an agreement and resolve the matter within a month’s time,” the source added. The prime minister congratulated the members of the CCI for

consensus approval of the power policy. During the meeting, the prime minister said it was the PML-N government’s policy to arrive at consensus decisions, a fact which, he said, was evident from the approval of the current power policy. “We respect the mandate of all the provincial governments and will support them in their endeavours initiated for the welfare of the people,” Nawaz said, adding that the country was passing through a critical phase and therefore there should be greater unity and discipline among all. About the no-confidence motion in AJK, the prime minister said, “We have to set principles of governance in our country. The no-confidence motion in AJK was not supported by the PML-N due to our principled stand for stabilising the provincial governments,” Nawaz said. He stressed the need for learning from each other’s experiences and expertise.

“Each province should share its success with other provinces so that it can be replicated. We can overcome our shortcomings and improve our governance through sharing and working closely with each other,” he said. Later, the report of the technical committee on power policy was presented before the CCI, which unanimously approved the national power policy with a few additions. The committee report had incorporated the Sindh government’s demand for developing coal and wind corridors with the facilitation of federal government. The technical committee also proposed integrated utility courts for dealing with electricity and gas thefts and rationalising penalties for such crimes in light of principles of jurisprudence. Both the proposals were approved by the CCI and made part of the National Power Policy. The meeting also discussed the transmission and distribution difficulties faced

energy woes: FurIous crowd attacKs grId statIon In Kohat

Govt set to hike power tariff, withdraw subsidy power miniSter unveilS energy policy, SubSidy to be reduced by next year through tariff rationaliSation ISLAMABAD STAFF RePORT

Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif has said the new energy policy envisaged measures to end load shedding‚ bringing down generation cost and making necessary investment in the infrastructure to attract investment in the energy sector. Addressing a news conference after approval of the national energy policy by the Council of Common Interests‚ he said the subsidy being paid on electricity would be reduced by the next year through tariff rationalisation. Asif said new rates would be announced in a few days while new tariff for commercial and industrial consumers would be applicable from the first of August and change

in tariff for domestic consumer would take effect from first of October this year. He‚ however‚ made it clear that new rates would not be applicable to those consuming up to two hundred units a month. The minister said through tariff rationalisation‚ efforts had been made to put burden on those who had the capacity to pay. He said the country would have to confront circular debt worth Rs 600 to Rs 700 billion again next year if no tariff rationalisation was done. He said due to payment of circular debt worth Rs 480 billion‚ peak generation of hydel power and other measures introduced by the government‚ the system produced 16,170MW of electricity the other day, which was highest in the history of the country. He said it would be an effort of the government to maintain electricity generation at 15,000MW so as to bring down the duration of load shedding. The minister said as of Wednesday, 5,900MW of electricity was being generated through hydel sources and 7,900MW by IPPs. He said the average generation was 15,300MW against a demand of about 18,000MW. He said there had been a clear decrease in load shedding during Ramadan

by the provinces of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan. The prime minister assured them that the federal government was ready to provide adequate funding and assistance for effective distribution of electricity to the provinces. The meeting also discussed energy efficiency and conservation measures. Nawaz said conservation of energy needed homogeneous implementation by all provinces so that steps taken to conserve energy could have a balanced effect on the entire country. About the vast opportunities of hydro power production in his province, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister said huge investment opportunities were available in his province and his government had already started two run-of-the-river projects in Kohistan district. He asked for the federal government’s assistance to further explore such opportunities. The prime minister assured Khattak of complete support of the federal government and asked him for identification of more such projects for optimum utilization of hydro resources. The Sindh chief minister said wind resource in the coastal region of Sindh needed to be explored to provide cheap electricity and would suffice the energy needs of the province. The Balochistan chief minister stressed upon the need for provision of electricity to Balochistan from Uch-2 Project to cater to the power needs of the province. Among others Minister for Overseas Pakistani and HRD Pir Syed Sadaruddin Shah Rashidi, Minister for SAFRON Lt Gen (R) Abdul Qadi Baloch and Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Muhammad Yousaf attended the meeting.

and now it was at the level of 8-9 hours to 12-13 hours a day. "When our government took office, the shortage was at 5,000MW and has now reduced to 3,000MW." He said in the last 20 years, more power was produced through oil and hydel power generation was ignored and now Pakistan was "number one in producing power from oil". The minister said steps were under consideration to regulate the use of electricity in markets and business centres in evening. "The waste of electricity is getting out of control as it is used for illumination of buildings and for lighting streets." He said 1100 megawatts could be saved by early closure of markets in evenings while 700-800 megawatts would be saved with use of six million imported energy savers, which would arrive by September. About rioting in Bannu, Khawaja Asif said two feeders in Kaki and Mandan were shut down as power losses due to theft reached 93 percent and 92 percent in these areas. The power for these two feeders would not be restored if those stealing power did not clear their arrears and agreed to pay bills in the future, the minister added.

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An angry mob stormed a grid station and broke its main door on Wednesday while protesting against power outages in Kohat. Local residents attacked the grid station located on Rawalpindi Road, saying 20-hour-long electricity load shedding during the holy month of Ramadan was unjust. They demanded an end to unannounced load shedding on priority basis.

Shias to protest against killings on Friday wahidi SayS nawaz Sharif haS loSt govt’S writ in hiS initial dayS ISLAMABAD STAFF RePORT

The Shia Ulema Council on Wednesday gave a call for staging rallies on Friday against the Shia genocide. Addressing a news conference at the National Press Club, Shia Ulema Council Central General Secretary Allama Ashfaq Wahidi criticised law enforcement agencies for their failure in foiling the Dera Ismail Khan jailbreak. He said that hundreds of terrorists remained in the city for 2-3 hours but security forces

criticiSeS Kp government for failure to foil diK jailbreaK kept their eyes closed. He said the terrorists killed five Shia prisoners and used sophisticated weaponry; however, the law enforcement agencies avoided intercepting them, despite their presence in the city for hours. He criticised the worst law and order situation across the country, adding that the terrorists remained in the city for at least three hours and administration and security forces came into action after four hours. Wahidi also lashed at the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government for the fail-

ure to foil the terrorist attack. “Is this the change the KP government promised during the elections?” He also questioned that how come it became possible that terrorists gathered around 150 men from various areas, and reached DI Khan Jail passing all check posts and latter on escaping safely. Wahidi demanded that the KP chief minister unfold the conspiracy behind the attack. “The nation demands answer of its questions now,” He urged. The Shia leader also came hard on the prime minister, saying that Nawaz Sharif had lost his government’s writ in his initial days, despite his promises to control and eradicate terrorism. He was of the view that during the first 50 days of the Nawaz Sharif regime, the terrorists had already conducted their 55 acts of terror-

ism. “How many targeted operations have been conducted by the government against the terrorists,” Wahidi questioned, adding that how many terrorist networks have been busted under the current regime. Addressing the rulers of the country as well as the chiefs of the security agencies, he maintained that it was not a wave of sectarianism, but a few terrorists backed by hidden hands were committing the terrorism. The Shia leaders announced that on Friday all Shia organisations and their Sunni allies would take out protest rallies across the country. Elaborating further he mentioned that during the rallies of Yaum al-Quds the protest demonstrations would be staged against Shia genocide, target killings and Suicide bombings.

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new set of players but the same lingering issues are confronting John Kerry on his first visit to Pakistan as US secretary of state: the fight against extremism, American drone attacks inside the country and the war in Afghanistan. The Obama administration hasn’t sent its top diplomat to Pakistan since 2011, and Kerry’s trip is a chance for the former senator to get to know the newly elected prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, who came to power in Pakistan’s first transition between civilian governments. Kerry arrived in Islamabad on Wednesday evening, and planned meetings Thursday (today) with civilian and military leaders, including Sharif. Senior administration officials travelling with Kerry told reporters that while relations with Pakistan have grown touchy in

recent years, there is the prospect of resetting those ties with Sharif’s government and working together on major issues — counterterrorism, energy, regional stability, economic reforms, trade and investment. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorised to publicly discuss Kerry’s agenda. The US wants to help strengthen the role of the civilian government in Pakistan, where the military long has been dominant, and wants Sharif to tackle rising extremist attacks inside his country. Suspected Islamist militants killed at least 160 people during the new government’s first month in office. Sharif’s government has not articulated an alternate strategy. The US also wants Pakistan to pressure leaders of the Afghan Taliban to negotiate with Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s government, renounce violence and sever ties with Al-Qaeda. Adding to Kerry’s problems is the recent collapse of US-Taliban talks before they began at the insurgent group’s political office in Doha, Qatar, and Karzai’s decision to suspend talks with the US over a bilateral security agreement. Without such a deal, the US will not be able to keep

troops in Afghanistan after the US-led NATO combat mission ends at the close of 2014. Kerry planned to for better relations between Islamabad and Kabul. Karzai has announced his intent to visit Pakistan soon, but previous bilateral meetings have yielded little. Kerry has a long history of dealing with Pakistan. As chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Kerry was a main sponsor of a 2010 law that boosted US assistance to Pakistan to $1.5 billion a year until 2014. The Obama administration enlisted Kerry to help arrange the release of a CIA contractor who was arrested in Pakistan after killing two men in 2011. Drone strikes are another point of contention. Washington says it needs to attack dangerous militants with drones because Pakistan’s government refuses to engage them militarily. Pakistan contends the drone strikes are a fresh violation of its sovereignty, and they have increased widespread anti-American sentiment in the country. The United States has reduced the number of drone attacks against militants in Pakistan and limited strikes to top targets. These moves appear to have appeased

RaWalPiNdi: Us secretary of state John Kerry being received by director General (americas) ministry of Foreign affairs, dr sohail Khan on his arrival at Noor Khan base Chaklala on Wednesday night. Online

Pakistan’s generals for now, US officials said. But some officials worry about pushback from the new civilian officials, including Sharif, who wants the attacks ended.

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QUETTa: Police personnel stand near the bullet-riddled vehicle belonging to a tribal elder mir Rauf at Prince Road. Three people were killed and five others injured in the incident. inP

Islamabad could be the next target of terrorists ISLAMABAD Online

Following the deadly attack on Dera Ismail Khan prison that left six police personnel dead and dozens of terrorists free, intelligence agencies have warned that the federal capital could be the next target of terrorists. Quoting security officials, media reports on Wednesday said Islamabad’s international airport, farmhouse of former military dictator Pervez

Musharraf and Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi could be targets of attacks. Security arrangements have been tightened in order to avert any act of terrorism at Benazir Bhutto International Airport in Islamabad. Police patrolling has been increased within the premises of the airport while special commandoes have also been deployed for rapid action in case of any mishap. The intelligence report said the farmhouse of former president and

army chief Pervez Musharraf in Chak Shahzad could also be a target of terrorists. The security of Musharraf’s farmhouse has also been tightened. The main prison in Rawalpindi, Adiala Jail, is also a reported target of terrorists where high profile members of TTP are detained. Intelligence report feared that DI Khan and Bannu-like attacks on Adiala Jail could be carried out. The report said terrorists had been freely using

no case more agonising than missing persons’: CJP ISLAMABAD Online

Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Wednesday said the cases of missing persons were more painful than any other case being heard by courts. He said this while hearing cases of missing persons on Wednesday while heading a three-member bench. While hearing the case of

missing person Tasif and Military Intelligence Maj Haider from Rawalpindi, the bench termed the issue as an individual and directed police to take action according to the law. The court also ordered submission of report within 10 days. The CJP said the deprivations and afflictions of the people were intolerable and honest and sincere police officials should be appreciated for providing their untiring efforts for

recovery of missing persons. In his remarks on Fazal Rabbi case, the CJP directed conducting impartial and independent investigations in order to find out the clues into the case and how Fazal went to the US. The court also heard the case of missing person Khairul Rehman, while Amina Masood Janjua also appeared in court. The proceedings were adjourned later.

mobile phone in connivance with jail staff, which was facilitating criminals in return for alleged financial benefits. “A warden’s mobile has been detected using 250 SIMs,” the report cited a probe. The intelligence report recommended redirecting mobile phone signal towers so that signals could not spread over jail. The Punjab government has deputed elite commandoes in all jails across the province following threats of attacks from terrorists.

islamabad: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday presided over a high-level meeting attended by Chief of Army Staff Gen Ashfaq Kayani and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) DG Maj Gen Zaheerul Islam that discussed and finalised vital points for discussion with US Secretary of State John Kerry. The meeting also exchanged views and consultations on recent incidents of terrorism, besides Pak-Afghan relations and situation at the borders. The meeting was also attended by Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan, Adviser to PM on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Special Assistant to PM Tariq Fatimi and Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif. A one-on-one meeting between Army Chief General Ashfaq Kayani and PM Nawaz was also held. The two leaders decided to raise the issue of drone attacks with the US as per the government policy. New priorities of Pakistan relations with the US were also chalked out in the meeting. During the meeting, the army chief apprised the prime minister of his recommendations on issues of strategic importance. The two also decided that Pakistan's civil and military leadership take an integrated and unified stance during its dialogue with the US. inP

indian troopS martyr Six KaShmiri youth islamabad: Indian troops martyred six more youth in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday. The youth were killed during the ongoing military operations in the Keran and Machil areas of the district, KMS reported. However, Indian Army officers claimed that the martyred youth were militants, who were killed during fights on Monday and Tuesday in the areas. In a separate incident, massive protests rocked Doda region in Jammu and Kashmir against the killing of a class 10 student by members of the Indian army-backed village defence committees. In another incident, two civilians, including a woman, were killed and another injured near Omara Morh in Udhampur when a rashly-driven Indian Army vehicle ran over them. APP

There have been 16 drone strikes in Pakistan this year, compared with a peak of 122 in 2010, 73 in 2011 and 48 in 2012, according to the New America Foundation, a US-based think tank.

Letting PTI form government in KP was a mistake: Fazl

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Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Wednesday said it was a big mistake to have let the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) form government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. In a telephonic conversation with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the JUI-F chief said criminals and militants were roaming free while the common people were restricted to their homes. Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan insurgents armed with mortars and grenades had launched a major attack on the Central Prison in Dera Ismail Khan on July 29. Twelve policemen were killed in the attack, while at least 248 prisoners escaped. Referring to the aftermath

of the jailbreak, Fazl said the provincial government had imposed a curfew in order to hide security loopholes. The JUI-F chief added that the curfew had posed considerable difficulties for the citizens as it made all kinds of movement to and fro the city impossible. Lamenting the recent security lapse in the province, he said it was due to the fact that the PTI was allowed to form government in KPK. Earlier in the day, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) leader Rana Sanaullah called for the resignation of KP Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak over the jailbreak. He had also asked PTI Chairman Imran Khan to reveal who was responsible for the attack and the provincial government's plan to compensate for the damage done.

Khan refuses To meeT Kerry aT us embassy islamabad: An open critic of the US drone attacks inside the country’s territory, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan has refused to visit the United States embassy to meet US Secretary of State John Kerry. According to the party, US diplomats have contacted Khan to arrange his meeting with Kerry, who was due in the country on Wednesday evening. However, Khan has refused to meet the US secretary of state at the embassy, saying he would meet him anywhere but the US embassy. In his meeting with Kerry, the PTI chief is likely to raise the issue of the war against terrorism and concerns over the drone attacks in the tribal belt of the country. Online


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AKISTAN Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan has warned that his party would resist if the rulers tried to rig the by-elections scheduled to be held on August 22. “In case of any kind of rigging in the by-elections, our party would offer strong resistance as it would be tantamount to depriving the voters of their real democratic representatives,” said Imran Khan while addressing an iftar party arranged by Dr Shehzad Waseem, the advisor to PTI chairman on Foreign Political Parties, in his honour at his farmhouse.

Referring to the disqualification of his party’s candidate Ayla Malik from NA-71, he said that through a calculated attempt their leaders are being kept away from contesting the by-elections. However, they would win the game with massive public support demonstrated during the last general election, he maintained. Besides Imran Khan, the Iftar party was attended by President Awami Muslim League Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, PTI Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi, President Makhdoom Javed Hashmi, MNA Dr Shireen Mazari, Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Shafqat Mehmood, Fauzia Kasuri, Ayesha Gulalai, Shehryar Afridi, Saifullah Khan Niazi, Naeemul Haq and Sardar Azhar Tariq. On the occasion, the PTI chairman also praised the effective role played by the party leader Dr Shehzad Waseem in running the election campaign of Javed Hashmi for the NA-48 constituency and securing the big victory for him on May 11. He hoped that this time too he along with other party leaders and workers would mobilise all-out support for the

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RAWAlPInDI: Rawalpindi Division Commissioner Khalid Masood Chaudhry has directed Additional District Collector General (ADCG) Ali Randhawa to take steps for jamming mobile phone service in Adiala Jail. Step has been taken on persistent complaints about growing tendency of use of mobile phone among the prisoners of jail. ADCG has directed Assistant Commissioner Sadar Rawalpindi Zahid Sohail to convene the meeting of jail administration and mobile companies and evolve strategy to jam mobile service. It has been learnt that mobile companies’ towers have been installed close to jail building and efforts will be made to jam mobile service inside jail from these towers. If such efforts don’t succeed then measures will be taken to remove mobile tower. Online

6 shos suspended for poor performance IslAMABAD: Six station house officers (SHOs) at various police stations of Islamabad have been suspended over poor performance and bad reputation, police said. Islamabad SSP Dr Rizwan reviewed the performance of various heads of police stations and ordered to suspend six amongst them over their poor performance and bad reputation. The suspended police officers include: Kohsar police SHO Ghulam Muhamamd Baqir, Bara Kahu police SHO Sattar Shah, Golra police SHO Mehar Munawar, Tarnol police SHO Jamshed Khan, Ramana police SHO Asjad Bukhari and Shalimar police SHO Sajjad Haider Shah. These police officers have been directed to report at police line headquarters. SSP Muhammad Rizwan has directed all police officials to accomplish their responsibilities in a dutiful manner otherwise strict disciplinary action would be taken against them. APP

securiTy TighTened aT airporT amid Terror ThreaT IslAMABAD: Security has been beefed up at the Benazir International Airport due to terror threats, sources said late on Tuesday night. Sources said that the intelligence agencies have provided information about potential terror attack on the airport. Additional contingents of police and commandos were deployed at the airport while SSP operations also visited the facility to review the security arrangements. On late Monday night, militants launched an audacious attack on Dera Ismail Khan’s Central Prison, Pakistan’s one of the most guarded detention facilities, freeing 243 inmates. Online

support in favour of PTI. He also said that he would make an effective struggle for the holding of local bodies’ elections in the federal capital, represent the local citizens in parliament and raise voice for the protection of their genuine rights.

success of Asad Umar in the by-elections. While speaking on the occasion, PTI candidate for NA-48, Asad Umar said that their party will retain the NA-48 constituency with a big margin and urged the party workers to mobilise every segment of the society to muster public

a lEssON FOR THE aUTHORiTiEs: Children study at an open air school in Sector F-6. Online

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National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq on Wednesday said that Pak-Qatar friendship group in the National Assembly would be activated soon. While talking to Sayyar Abdul Rehman Moawada, ambassador of Qatar at parliament, he suggested early establishment of Qatar-Pak friendship in Qatari National Assembly. Whereas, Qatari ambassador assured the Qatar would extend all-out support to Pakistan in addressing the energy shortages. Sadiq said that Pakistan cherishes its historic brotherly relations with Qatar and wants them to be taken up to new heights through parliamentary cooperation between the legislatures of both the countries. The speaker said that parliamentary diplomacy was an excellent way of bringing two nations more closer which were already tied in eternal religious and historic bonds. He said that Pak-Qatar friendship group in National Assembly of

Pakistan will be activated soon. He suggested for early establishment of Qatar-Pak friendship in Qatari National Assembly. Expressing his satisfaction over the economic cooperation between Pakistan and Qatar, the Speaker said that Qatari investors should take advantage of up-coming business opportunities in Pakistan and invest in various sectors especially the energy and manufacturing sectors. He said that Pakistan requires support of brotherly country “Qatar” for meeting the energy scarcity. Qatari Ambassador Sayyar Abdul Rehman Moawada thanked the speaker for his remarks and congratulated him on his election as speaker. He said that Qatar attaches immense importance to its brotherly relations with Pakistan. He said that the incumbent Qatari leadership was keen to further enhance ties with Pakistan. He said that Qatar would extend all-out support to Pakistan in addressing the energy shortages. He agreed for frequent interaction between parliamentarians of both the countries.

62 filtration plants in twin cities supplying contaminated water: report ISLAMABAD inP

Most of the filtration plants in twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad installed by the respective authorities to provide clean drinking water to the residents are providing contaminated water. According to a report of the Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR), 40 of 53 filtration plants of WASA in various areas of Rawalpindi, including Dhok Kala Khan, Sadiqabad, Sixth Road, Satellite Town, Bani Chowk, Dhok Ratta, Mohanpura, Darya Abad, Gowalmandi, Rawal Chowk, Rahimabad, Khayabane-Sir Syed, Bagh Sardaran and Commercial Market are supplying contaminated water. Similarly, 22 of 33 filtration plants in federal capital installed by the Capital Development Authority (CDA) are providing tainted water, while five of the filtration plants are closed down. The filtration plants that are supplying dirty water are situated in sectors I-9/4, I-10 Markaz, F-6/1, G-6 Aabpara, G-7/4, G-9/2, G-9/3, G-10/2, I-9 Tuesday Bazaar, I-10/1, I-10/4, G-10 Markaz, F-10/1, G-8/2, Ministers Colony, Parliament House, President Secretariat Colony, Parliament Lodges, Masjid Noor Qadeemi G-7/3, Aabpara Bazaar and Margalla Town. The report reveals that around two lakh children die every year due to different diseases caused by drinking contaminated water. The report warns that if the supply of contaminated water continued through the filtration plants, different diseases may spread among the twin cities residents.


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cda files applicaTion wiTh secp To geT new company regisTered IslAMABAD: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has filed an application with the Securities Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) to get registered a new company with the name of the Pakistan Avenue Development Limited. According to a CDA official, the initial summery formed to get registered the company has been changed. In the initial summary, it was proposed that CDA will hold 51 per cent shares of the company to retain control of the company, while 49 percent shares would be sold. Now, the CDA has decided to hold all the shares of the company. Working capital of the company would be Rs 100 million. Similarly, it was proposed in the initial report that Board of Directors of the company would be consisting of the CDA chairman, Cabinet Division and Communications secretaries but according to the new summary, CDA chairman would be chairman of the board of directors (BoDs), while Engineering and Estate Management members would be members of the BoDs. inP

33% represenTaTion soughT for women in local govTs IslAMABAD: The National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW) Wednesday urged the government to ensure at least 33 percent reserved seats for women along with representation on farmers, workers and nonMuslim seats and allowing them to contest on general seats in local bodies. The commission, in a meeting here, also recommended principles to be adopted by all the political parties in provincial assemblies for women’s meaningful representation. The NCSW said that the local bodies’ elections should be held on party basis. Steps should be taken to hold the elections in FATA and women should be given adequate representation. The councillors should be treated equally regardless of their election on reserved or general seats. The reserved seats should be on the basis of joint electorate. The women councillor should be paid travelling and daily allowance for participating in the meeting of local body assemblies or any other (official) meeting. APP

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anf foils bid To smuggle heroin To bangKoK IslAMABAD: The Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) on Wednesday foiled a bid to smuggle heroin to Bangkok after recovering 46 capsules from the stomach of a passenger. According to ANF sources, the custom officials at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport, on suspicion scanned the body of a passenger who was leaving for Bangkok through a private airline. The passenger was shifted to hospital where 46 capsules filled with heroin were recovered from his stomach. The accused was taken into custody by the ANF and investigations were started. inP

20 vehicles issued TicKeTs for TinTed windows IslAMABAD: Islamabad Police on Wednesday removed black papers from 20 tinted glass vehicles and also seized 6 kilogrammes of hashish, four pistols and liquor, a police spokesman said. According to details, Islamabad SSP Muhammad Rizwan has directed all police officials to ensure effective security and patrolling measures in their respective areas. It has been also asked to take strict action against vehicles being driven without documents, professional beggars and criminal elements. In compliance of these directions, Islamabad police launched crackdown and impounded 127 bikes and 11 vehicles during general hold up. Black papers were removed from 20 tinted glasses vehicles and 45 suspects were arrested during search operation in various areas of the city while 11 beggars were also arrested. Meanwhile, SubInspector Shams Akbar from CIA police arrested drug pusher Riaz Chohan and recovered 6.5 kilogram hashish from him. ASI Khuram Shabeer from Sihala police arrested a thief Muhammad Shaukat and recovered stolen property from him. APP

Programme on Immunisation (EPI), district health managers have been directed to properly manage the immunization drives following the set strategy. He said they have been asked to ensure 100 percent coverage during the national anti-polio drives to vaccinate all children to protect them from the crippling disease. He added such directives have been

issued after receiving complaints from the citizens that district health teams mostly miss the children during the antipolio drives. He said due to law and order situation, health teams could not continue anti-polio drive in Swat that resulted increase in polio cases in the area. He, however, said that now after improving the situation polio drops were administered to children in Swat in the recent polio eradication drives. He added that the government has planned to immunise maximum number of children in Swat during every polio

eradication drive. Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) Dr Wasim Khawaja said polio was a highly infectious viral disease, which mainly affected young children. The virus is transmitted through contaminated food and water, and multiplies in the intestine, from where it can invade the nervous system, he added. He said initial symptoms of polio included fever, fatigue, headache, vomiting, stiffness in the neck, and pain in the limbs. In a small proportion of cases, the disease causes paralysis, which is often permanent, he added.

Prices of edibles still inflated despite start of last ashra conSumer at g-7 SayS itemS at SaSta bazaarS are unhygienic and are being Sold at higher rateS ISLAMABAD APP

The prices of fruits and vegetables are still unchanged in ‘Ramazan Sasta Bazaars’ of the federal capital despite the start of last ashra.

According to rate list issued by Islamabad Capital Territory Administration (ICT) on Wednesday for four Sasta Bazaars of the federal capital, the prices of fruits and vegetable have remained stable. Rates of daily bazaar, banana are being sold at Rs 80 to 120 per dozen, mangoes Rs 55 to 90 per kg, apples at Rs 95 to 220 per kg, dates at Rs 130 to Rs 135 per kg, black berries Rs 55 per kg, Rs 48 and lemon Rs 100 per kg. While the prices of vegetables, tomatoes are being sold at Rs 68 per kilogramme, potatoes Rs 28 per kg, onion Rs 44 per kg, lady finger at Rs 30 per kg, turnip Rs 26 per kg, peas Rs 100, chicken Rs 142 per kg. Consumers said that Ramadan Sasta

Bazaars have failed to attract citizens of the federal capital due to substandard items on high prices. Zahid Shah, a consumer at G-7 Ramadan Sasta Bazaar, said that all items in the Sasta Bazaars are unhygienic and are being sold at higher rates. “If the government really wants to provide relief to masses, it should adopt check and balance policy against price control magistrates,” he added. Another consumer Tahir Awan called for adopting proper mechanism and taking appropriate measures to check vendors from overcharging and selling substandard fruit and vegetables. The prices of commodities have not been decreased despite the initiation of the last Ashra of Ramazan, he added.


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dUbai: An international rights group condemned the sentencing of a Saudi Arabian website founder to be whipped 600 times and jailed for seven years for violating Islamic values, saying it undermined the kingdom’s stated support for religious debate. A court in Jeddah handed down the sentence on Raif Badawi, who started the ‘Free Social Liberals’ website to discuss the role of religion in Saudi Arabia, Saudi media reported on Tuesday. “This incredibly harsh sentence for a peaceful blogger makes a mockery of Saudi Arabia’s claims that it supports reform and religious dialogue,” said Nadim Houry, deputy Middle East director at US-based Human Rights Watch. The United States said it was deeply concerned about the case. “We believe that when public speech is deemed offensive, be it via social media or any other means, the issue is best addressed through open dialogue and honest debate,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told a briefing on Tuesday. AgencieS

morTar aTTacK Kills 6 sTaTe servanTs in syrian capiTal damasCUs: Six people were killed and more than 20 others wounded on Wednesday when a mortar shell struck a bus carrying workers of the state-run Scientific Research Center in the capital Damascus, the state-run SANA news agency reported. The mortar was fired by armed “terrorists” at the Damascus’ district of Barzeh Wednesday morning and struck the worker bus, SANA said, adding that the attack also led to big material losses. The opposition activists said that the Barzeh area was subject to intense shelling coupled with intense fighting between the government troops and the armed rebels. Activists also reported heavy government troops’ shelling on several rebellious suburbs in the southern rim of Damascus. Witnesses said heavy black smoke blowing over the southern part of Damascus countryside. In the central province of Homs, the state-run media said the army had inflicted hefty tolls among the armed rebels during a series of operations carried out against rebels’ strongholds in the city. The army on Monday recaptured the strategic district of Khalidieh in Homs and apparently pressed forward to take over other rebellious areas in the restive province. AgencieS

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for 28 years and has crushed dissent in the past while maintaining tight control through his Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) and a network of business, government and military allies. Earlier on Wednesday, the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), said it had won the general election, stepping up its battle with Hun Sen’s CPP, which has also claimed victory and rejected accusations of electoral fraud. Yim Sovann, a lawmaker and spokesman for the CNRP, said it had won 63 seats in the 123-member parliament, with the CPP getting 60. “This is according to figures of votes we collected from various provinces and this needs to be investigated,” he told Reuters. The government announced on Sunday that the CPP had won 68 seats, a sharp fall from its previous tally of 90 but beating what it said was the CNRP’s 55. The National Election Committee (NEC) has yet to release official results and says it does not expect to do until mid-August. REtURn FROM EXIlE: The CNRP was formed last year from the merger of two opposition parties. Long-time opposition leader Sam Rainsy returned from exile

on July 19 to galvanize its campaign after a royal pardon that removed the threat of jail for what he called trumped-up charges relating to criticism of a new border the government agreed with Vietnam. That pardon was recommended by Hun Sen, apparently under pressure from aid donors demanding a free and fair election, analysts said. Sam Rainsy has demanded an inquiry into the election with U.N. involvement, alleging in particular that up to 1.3 million names were missing from the electoral rolls. The government has rejected that. The United States and European Union have expressed concern about irregularities but both have said an investigation should be conducted by the NEC. Hun Sen said his party was ready to talk to the NEC and the opposition about the alleged irregularities. However, the Foreign Affairs Ministry told foreign countries not to meddle. “The spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation would like to urge foreign diplomatic missions not to play a role to support the opposition party,” the ministry said in a statement. US-based Human Rights Watch

called on Wednesday for an independent investigation, saying senior CPP officials appeared to have issued fake voting documents to supporters and had allowed some people to vote in more than one place. “The multiple voting scheme suggests the possibility of systematic election fraud by the CPP and raises serious questions about the credibility of the election,” Brad Adams, its director for Asia, said in a statement. “Since the National Election Committee and local election commissions are under the ruling party’s control, influential governments and donors should demand independent investigations into these and other credible allegations of election-related irregularities,” he said. Even by the government’s own figures, Sunday’s vote was Hun Sen’s worst election result since Cambodia returned to full democracy in 1998 after decades of war and turmoil that included the 1975-79 “Killing Fields” rule of the Khmer Rouge. Prolonged wrangling over the result and a weakened Hun Sen could raise uncertainty over policy in the small but fast-growing Southeast Asian country that has built up a thriving garment sector and forged economic ties with China and Vietnam.

Zimbabwe votes in third Mugabe-tsvangirai showdown HARARE AgencieS

Zimbabweans voted in large numbers on Wednesday in a fiercely contested election pitting veteran President Robert Mugabe against Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, who has vowed to push Africa’s oldest leader into retirement after 33 years in power. With no reliable opinion polls and amid allegations of vote-rigging, it is hard to say whether Tsvangirai will succeed in his third attempt to oust 89-year-old Mugabe, who has run the southern African nation since independence from Britain in 1980. Both sides are forecasting landslide wins but in a country with a history of election violence the big question is whether the loser will accept the result of a poll dogged by logistical problems and reports of intimidation and irregularities. Mugabe, who rejects past and present charges from critics of vote-fixing and intimidation by his ZANU-PF party supporters, has said he will concede if defeated. “I’m sure people will vote freely and fairly,” he told reporters after casting his ballot in a school in Harare’s Highfields township. “There’s no pressure being exerted on anyone.” Polls opened on time at 0500

GMT (1:00 a.m. EDT), with long queues of people braving unseasonably cold weather to stand in line from well before dawn. At one polling station in the eastern province of Manicaland, a key swing region, the queue of voters, many wrapped up in blankets, stretched for a kilometer (0.6 miles). “I got up at 4 but still couldn’t get the first position in the line,” said sawmill worker Clifford Chasakara. “My fingers are numb but I’m sure I can mark the ballot all the same. I’m determined to vote and have my vote counted.”

“WAy tO CHAnGE”: In Harare, the epicenter of Tsvangirai support, the mood was excited and upbeat. A large turnout, especially in cities, is likely to benefit the 61year-old and his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party, analysts say. “We are here to vote and I’m convinced Harare will lead the way to change,” John Phiri, a domestic worker in his 30s, said in a polling station in the upmarket Mount Pleasant suburb. Casting his vote at a Harare high school, Mugabe’s rival Tsvangirai said he

expected to win “quite resoundingly”. Around 6.4 million people, or half the population, are registered to vote. Results are expected well within a five-day deadline intended to prevent a repeat of problems seen in the last election in 2008, when big delays led to serious violence. The threat of unrest remains at the back of people’s minds but the atmosphere was markedly lighter than five years ago, with both party leaders preaching peace and tolerance. The pair met at State House late on Tuesday in the presence of African Union (AU) monitoring chief Olusegun Obasanjo, an AU official said. Details of the meeting - an unusual encounter on the eve of an election - were not immediately known. Asked at a news conference on Tuesday whether he and his ZANU-PF party would accept defeat, Mugabe was unequivocal: “You either win or lose. If you lose, you must surrender.” “sO FAR sO GOOD”: His comments were in marked contrast to the acrimony of what he described as an “energy-sapping” campaign, and may help to ease fears about a repeat of the turmoil that broke out in 2008 after he lost the first round of voting. Around 200 Tsvangirai supporters were killed then before South Africa bro-

kered a power-sharing deal that stopped the bloodshed and stabilized the economy, but established a unity government criticized as fractious and dysfunctional. Western observers have been barred from the elections, leaving the task of independent oversight to 500 regional and 7,000 domestic monitors. Obasanjo, a former Nigerian president, said there were no grounds at the moment to suggest the elections could not be declared credible. “So far so good,” he told reporters after visiting a polling station in Harare. The monitors’ verdict is crucial to the future of Zimbabwe’s economy, which is still struggling with the aftermath of a decade-long slump and hyperinflation that ended in 2009 when the worthless Zimbabwe dollar was scrapped. The United States, which has sanctions in place against Mugabe, has questioned the credibility of the poll, pointing to a lack of transparency in its organization and pro-Mugabe bias in the state media and partisan security forces. However, if the vote receives broad approval, there is a chance Western sanctions may be eased, allowing Harare to normalize relations with the IMF and World Bank and access the huge investment needed to rebuild its dilapidated economy.


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the process after June 30. However, it has come up with the renewal of gray book while the policy regarding renewal of pink book (registration book of prohibited bore weapons) is still lying with the ministry. Cur-

interior miniStry high-upS unaware of what govt iS going to do with pinK booKS rently, the National Database and Regulatory Authority (NADRA) is only renewing licences issued under gray book. Interestingly, according to citizens, there is no fixed fee and NADRA is charging fine in

the name of late fee for the days when renewal was officially banned. However, Nadir Shah, in-charge of NADRA weapons licence branch in F-7, denied this charge. He, however, declined to brief Pakistan Today about the fee structure. Talking about ambiguous policy, Shah said, “Yes, this is a serious issue. As daily a number of people come here to renew their licences. But, I can’t do anything as ministry didn’t allow us to renew those licences issued on pink card. We are only renewing gray card licences.” The high-ups of the Interior Ministry are unaware of what the government is

going to do with the pink books. “I can tell you about the renewal of pink book and fee structure after getting information from the officer concerned,” said spokesman of Interior Ministry, Joint Secretary Umar Hameed Khan. “I have been visiting this office for the last two month to get my license renewed, but all the time, I was asked to come after few days. Earlier, I was told that after June 30 my licenses would be renowned… but now I’m being asked that temporarily pink card could not be renowned,” said Ali Azmat, a resident of Bhara Kahu. People complained against the ministry’s ambiguous policy. “We have no idea, why the government is discouraging genuine licence holders. Despite having genuine licence, we are running from pillar to post to get our licences renewed,” said Najeeb Ali. People were of the view that in the absence of a valid licence they could not carry weapons, as they could not convince police officials deputed at check posts and pickets.

us regrets loc violence, supports efforts for pakistan-india rapprochement WASHINGTON APP

The United States views violence along the Line of Control (LoC) in the disputed Kashmir region as deeply regrettable and would fully support efforts towards rapprochement between the South-Asian neighbors, Pakistan and India, a senior US official said. “There has been violence along the LoC in disputed Kashmir for many decades now, and that is highly regrettable,” Asia Pacific Security Affairs Acting Assistant Secretary for Defence Peter Lavoy said. He was responding to a question at a Pentagon briefing in wake of the recent episode of cross-LoC Indian firing which killed one Pakistani soldier earlier this week. Referring to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's statement on improving relations with India, Lavoy said the US government supports any efforts for improvement in political or economic ties between the two countries. At the same time, Lavoy noted that it was up to the countries in the region to manage their own relations. “Pakistan and India are the countries that are most directly affected by the Kasmir dispute and they both need to sort it out as part of maintaining bilateral ties,” he said.

sheikhupura constable in critical condition after self-immolation attempt SHEIKHUPURA APP

A constable in uniform set himself ablaze after pouring kerosene oil on himself in Sheikhupura on Wednesday. Reportedly, Inspector Arif Shah, posted in Hafizabad district, and with his fatherin-law Ali Hassan, had gotten a false case registered against the constable. He approached senior officers for justice but to no avail. The dejected constable later attempted self-immolation. People present on the scene doused the fire and took the constable to hospital from where he was referred to a hospital in Lahore in critical condition. Meanwhile, DPO Hamayun Bashir Tarar ordered an inquiry into the incident and deputed an ASP as the inquiry officer.

naTo container set ablaze in mastung QUETTA Online

An empty NATO container on its way from Chaman to Karachi was set on fire by unidentified miscreants in Mastung on Wednesday. The container was intercepted near Chotto area of Mastung, sprayed with bullets and later set ablaze by two armed motorcyclists, Levies sources said. Firefighters were called from Quetta but the container was completely damaged.

QUETTa: FC personnel patrol the roads as security was tightened in the city for Youm-e-shahadat-e-ali (as) on Wednesday. inP

Zawahri vows al Qaeda to free Guantanamo inmates DUBAI AgencieS

Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri slammed US treatment of hunger striking inmates at Guantanamo Bay and said the group would spare no effort to free them, according to an audio recording posted on the Internet on Wednesday. Zawahri also said Shi'ite Hezbollah's intervention in the conflict in Syria was an attempt to promote Iranian hegemony over the country. "The (hunger) strike by our brothers at Guantanamo unmasks the true ugly face of (the United States of) America," Zawahri said in an audio recording posted on an Islamist website and whose authenticity could not be verified. "We pledge to God that we will spare no effort to free all our prisoners, on top of whom are Omar Abdel Rahman, Aafia Siddiqui, Khaled

Sheikh Mohammed and every oppressed Muslim everywhere ...," he added, referring to prominent Islamist militants held by the United States. He did not elaborate on what al Qaeda intended to do, but militants have in the past kidnapped Westerners and sought to trade them for jailed comrades. Al Qaeda has also claimed responsibility for simultaneous raids on two Iraqi prisons last week in which they said more than 500 inmates had been set free. And in Pakistan, Taliban broke 250 prisoners out of a jail on Tuesday. Some 166 men, most of whom were rounded up in counter-terrorism operations since the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, are currently being held at a US military base in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. Many have been on hunger strike to protest their indefinite detention, with some being force-fed.

Zawahri also denounced Washington's use of drone strikes targeting Islamists, saying it was a sign of the defeat of US campaigns in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen. Drone strikes have been widely criticized by rights groups who say the strikes often miss their targets and hit civilians. "These spying planes will not protect you from defeat, but rather are a sign of your failure and the repeated failure of your government," Zawahri said, addressing US President Barack Obama. "You are leaving a legacy of hatred and demands for vengeance from you over your crimes," he added. Zawahri, whose Sunni Muslim network adheres to an austere view of Islam that views Shi'ite Muslims as infidels, also condemned the involvement of Lebanese group Hezbollah in Syria's civil war, singling out its leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah. "It has become clear to the Muslim nation that he (Nasrallah) is but a tool in the Safavid, rejectionist project which seeks to impose the authority of Shi'ite jurisprudence ... on the nation of Islam through slaughter, repression, torture and by supporting one of the most corrupt, tyrannical and criminal regimes," the al Qaeda leader said.


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The security forces killed eight terrorists on following an attack on a checkpost in Sorgharlate area of Darra Adam Khel early on Wednesday. Sources said over sixty terrorists equipped with heavy weaponry attacked the checkpost. The security forces successfully repulsed the attack and killed eight of the attackers. During the exchange of firing‚ two security personnel were also martyred and five injured.

another senior doctor kidnapped in Quetta QUETTA APP

Unidentified armed men kidnapped a senior doctor, Assistant Prof Dr Muhammad Ahmed, of the Bolan Medical College Hospital from Quetta’s Airport Road on Wednesday. Police sources said he was on his way home when the armed men intercepted his vehicle and took him away on gunpoint to some unknown destination. "Four armed kidnappers forced the doctor to board their vehicle near Shaik Manda area on the Airport Road," the police said. A case has been registered against the unidentified abductors.

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The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday said the hard-earned money of the poor had been wasted on ill-planned projects, as it sought details of the 96th Board of Trustee meeting of Employees Old Age Benefit Institution (EOBI) and information on the conditions investment was made by the institute. A three-member bench of the SC presided over by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry took up the EOBI case for hearing on Wednesday. The CJP said, “A sum of Rs one billion and 8.7 million was payable by Eden Housing. Robbery was committed on the rights of the poor. Money of the poor was spent and in return a few pieces of paper were handed over to them.” Justice Jawad S Khawaja remarked that the people deposited money by staying famished, but it was spent in throwaway manner. Irfan Qadir, counsel for DHA, appeared in court and said that a sum of Rs 260 million had been deposited and the remaining was being deposited. “The prevailing situation is that the accounts stand frozen and we have to pay the salaries to poor employees. To whom we should talk about it. Please resolve this problem of ours and allow us to pay salaries to the employees out of our accounts,” he prayed. Eden Housing also made such a request and the court remarked that whoever had to make such a request should file it in writing. At the inception of hearing, Muhammad Bilal advocate, counsel for EOBI told the court that NESPAK report had not been received so far. Justice Jawad remarked, “The EOBI matter comes before all. Where is the report? Show this report to us. From where does the money flow into EOBI and where is it spent?” Ayub Sheikh, the EOBI chairman, told the court that pre-audit system that was abolished by the previous chairman had been restored. “Departmental proceeding has been initiated against the persons found responsible.” The hearing of the case was later adjourned until today (Thursday).

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HE Supreme Court sought explanation on Wednesday from the secretary finance within 24 hours on withdrawing Rs 42 billion from the universal support fund (USF) through an executive order. A three-judge bench led

by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry was hearing the case of awarding 3G licenses. The Supreme Court also directed the attorney general office to seek comprehensive report pertaining to all the development on the issuance of 3G licenses from the ministry of information technology. The chief justice observed that awarding 3G licenses would generate substantial amount of revenue to the national exchequer and no delay would be permitted. The court also issued notices to the secretaries cabinet and finance regarding alleged delay in awarding 3G licenses. Ali Raza, counsel for the petitioner, informed the bench that despite SC's clear directions to the IT ministry some

eight months ago for submitting its reply within 10 days, no response had yet been received by the department. Raza further told the court that the ministry of finance had withdrawn 44 billion rupees from universal services funds through an executive order. On this, Justice Jawwad S Khawaja remarked that how the government could withdraw funds from universal services funds as it had no prerogative for doing so. The counsel also informed the court that the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) was lacking a chairman and members of the board for the last eight months. The chief justice showed his resentment over the non-appointment of chairman and members of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA)

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A Birmingham mum, locked in a notorious Pakistani prison with her baby, has revealed the precious nine-month-old is the only thing keeping her sane. Khadija Shah, 25, from Small Heath, was forced to return to the unsanitary and cramped conditions of the Adiala Jail after giving birth to her daughter Malaika in October last year. Now they share a cell. The mother-of-three faces death penalty after claims that she tried to smuggle £3.2 million of heroin into the UK in May 2012. But despite being fearful that her baby could be struck down with any number of diseases reported to be rife in the prison, scene of a major tuberculosis outbreak last year, she is desperate to

keep her close by. “If Malaika was not here, I would be crazy because things are very hard,” Khadija reportedly said. “She keeps me strong,” she was quoted by UK newspaper Daily Mail as saying on Wednesday. A spokesman for human rights charity Reprieve said there had been “no further movement” in getting Khadija to trial, confirming an uncertain future for her and the baby. They blamed the plodding pace of Pakistan’s legal system. “I am still breastfeeding,” Khadijah was reported as saying. “Every three months Prisoners Abroad give me some money for basic food items and Pampers for the baby, who I keep clean.” “She likes to play with empty wrappers of food items. I usually try to keep our surroundings

clean, too.” Speaking last year, Khadija said her daughter was being repeatedly bitten by mosquitoes, had developed severe diarrhoea and had not received inoculations. Her older children, Ibrahim, six, and Aleesha, five, were flown back to the West Midlands after originally being locked in the prison with their mum. Khadija, who has not seen them for over a year now, said she spoke to them on the phone every two to three days. “They miss me, but never ask me where I am,” she reportedly said. “I ignore things. I ignore what’s happening to me.” She was arrested at Islamabad Airport last May. She has always protested her innocence, claiming that she agreed to transport suitcases as a favour for men she had only recently met, and said that she had no idea what was inside.

saying how the organisation was being run without its head and executive body. It further directed the federation to complete formation of the board and its chairman as soon as possible. Ali Raza informed the bench that the PTA employees were facing financial crisis as they had not been paid salaries by the department for the last couple of months. Justice Jawwad S Khawaja showed disappointment over vacant posts of high officials in the PTA and remarked that no one seemed interested in the department. The CJ remarked that transparency must be observed in bidding of 3G licenses otherwise it would be deferred by the court. The court adjourned further hearing till today (Thursday).

cellular phone services suspended for youm-e-ali processions islamabad/KaRaCHi/laHORE: The government on Wednesday instructed cellular services operators to suspend services in various cities of the country, including Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Karachi, Quetta, Lahore, Multan and Sialkot, as part of security arrangements for Youm-e-Ali (RA). The services remained suspended in Lahore between 4am and 8pm, Rawalpindi 4am and 6pm, Gujranwala 3am and 1am and in Sargodha from 2pm and 4pm. The cellular services were also jammed in Jhang, Sialkot and other cites. Foolproof security arrangements were made on the occasion of Youm-e Shahadat of Hazrat Ali (RA) as large rallies were taken out and procession and gatherings were organised across the country. Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) sources said the government directed suspending the cellular phone services temporarily in various cities. inP


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HAT will be the consequences of the controversial presidential poll on the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP)? Hit by controversy after controversy, genuine questions were being asked over the efficacy of the ECP and the Chief Election Commissioner Fakhuruddin G Ebrahim to handle the upcoming bye and local body elections without further controversy. The first casualty appears to be the honourable ECP CEC himself, who resigned on Wednesday. His grievance was that the terrain of the ECP was encroached by the Supreme Court (SC) in its decision to bring forward the presidential poll and his position became untenable after his attempt to set aside the SC notification was brought down by three other ECP members. On the political turf, the result was that the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), the second largest party in the National Assembly (NA), decided to boycott and other political parties, including the Awami National Party (ANP), the Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) and the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) continued to ask questions and demand the resignation of ECP officials. The ANP information secretary accused ECP officials of failing to perform their duties and protested against a “system which creates hurdles for parliamentarians using their right to vote.” He said the ECP had violated the code of conduct and then the SC had interfered and given a faulty judgment without listening to all parties. Only 40 out of 103 senators exercised their right to vote for the new president and this should ask serious questions over the trust in the process that elected the new president. Some of the fault must be shared by the government, whom stood to lose nothing if it held the presidential polls by August 6. The current dispute is one of those unnecessary controversies that could have been avoided had the ECP and government acted more smartly. When the ECP CEC tried to stand up to the SC, his fellow members told him “the ECP should have taken the stand during the hearing.” That the ECP CEC had failed to issue such instructions earlier merited questioning. With the ECP CEC Fakhuruddin G Ebrahim already having resigned from his post, there is a need to take stock of what has gone wrong with the “new and reformed” ECP. The hope was that the permanent, independent institution of the ECP would help increase the credibility of elections. It appears that the CEC, despite his personal integrity, was unable to assert himself in the ECP. Is the reason for that is the formula to appoint four provincial members the problem? The complaints over the general elections are yet to have been resolved as critics have begun to complain of the ECP’s “surrender to the SC”. With the next round of bye elections and local bodies polls around the corner, it remains to be seen if the ECP – minus the current CEC – will be up to the task?

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HE Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government’s failure to stop the terrorists from attacking the jail in Dera Ismail Kan (DIK) to get their comrades released is too blatant to be covered up through lame excuses. The jail housed scores of militants, including some of the most wanted killers belonging to banned organizations. Others released by the attackers had targeted personnel of the law enforcement agencies and innocent people in FATA and adjoining districts. The heavily armed TTP activists set free about 50 militants and over 200 criminals. In the process seven persons were killed. The personnel of the intelligence and LEAs had to often risk their lives to apprehend the criminals who are now free to once again indulge in killings. The negligence on the part of the KP government has brought to naught all the good work done by the LEAs. Besides, it forced the people of DIK to pass through the trauma caused by bomb and rocket blasts and an hours-long curfew. One can understand that the chief minister took over office less than two months back. What is more he has inherited a police force whose efficiency is not up to the mark. One had expected that he would be upfront about the DIK affair. He has instead hinted at the involvement of ‘hidden hands’– a familiar excuse that has been used too often to cover up personal and institutional shortcomings. He has also wrongly accused the intelligence agencies which at least this time provided concrete and actionable information ahead of the incident. We are told that on July 27 a federal agency dispatched a letter marked ‘most urgent’ to commissioner, deputy commissioner, deputy DIG, district police officer and SP Dera Ismail Khan central jail, warning them about the impending attack on jail. The letter was followed next day by a demarche from National Crisis Management Cell to KP Home Secretary, Provincial Police Officer, Additional Chief Secretary FATA, IG FC, IG Prisons and Commandant Frontier Constabulary, informing them all that a TTP group had reached the vicinity of DIK. To reinforce the urgency of the matter, officers were again warned through text messages on Sunday to take appropriate security measures. The claim by the CM who also has the portfolio of home ministry that he was not shown the intelligence report indicates how weak his grip is on the provincial bureaucracy. The claim by Imran Khan that the incident took place because there is no provincial security agency in KP to provide real time intelligence is preposterous. The failure in KP was not due to lack of timely intelligence but due to inefficiency and cowardice on the part of the DIK jail authorities and police for which the ultimate responsibility has to be borne by the chief executive of the province.

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OST countries with parliamentary democracies have a three-tier system of governance, with local governments being a pivot of the whole system. The constitution of Pakistan also envisages a three-layered system of governance in the country comprising federal, provincial and local governments. But it is painful to note that while the federal and provincial governments have been functioning un-interrupted both under civilian and military rules, it were only the latter who installed systems of local governments during their rules, though not as envisaged in the constitution but with the sole purpose of building support for their regimes at the grass-root level and to undermine the political parties. The elected governments that interspersed the military regimes remained criminally oblivious to this constitutional requirement. The consequence of this willful breach of the constitution by the so-called elected governments is that the state of Pakistan has, to a great extent, failed to provide the required services to its citizens and building a responsible relationship with them. Ayub Khan created a system of basic democracies which he ultimately turned into an electoral college for the election of president in 1964. General Zia through Local Government Ordinance 1979 created a system of local government under which elections were held in 1979, 1983 and 1987 on non-party basis. He provided enormous funds to the local governments. In 1985, he held general elections on non-party basis for the national and provincial assemblies and pursuing a policy of appeasement, started the tradition of allocating Rs5 million to each and every member of national and provincial assemblies. The latter governments enhanced it to Rs50 million. The PML-N government has however

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curtailed it to Rs10 million in the budget for 2013-14. The local governments during Ayub and Zia era, however, operated under the patronage and supervision of the Deputy Commissioner and Commissioners and therefore remained under the strict control of the provincial governments. The model of local government originally crafted by the National Bureau of Reconstruction during Musharraf era was probably the boldest initiative that conformed to the system envisioned in the constitution. It enhanced the powers of the elected officials of the local government and abolished the office of District Magistrate and Divisional Commissioners. This step also finally fulfilled the constitutional requirement under article 175(3) for separation of judiciary from executive at the district level. However, the PML-Q government installed by Musharraf defanged the system by changing some of its features and initiating a process of recentralisation of some of the development departments. Due to resistance from the legislators who had developed a vested interest in having development funds at their disposal and the most powerful occupational groups like DMG and Police, who had a big stake in ascendancy of bureaucracy over the elected representatives at the local level, Musharraf acquiesced to these changes dictated by political expediencies. Regrettably, the moment democracy was restored as a result of 2008 elections, all the provincial governments abandoned the system and revived the archaic and colonial system of district administration. None of the parties ruling the provinces, in spite of crying hoarse from every convenient roof top to rub in their democratic credentials, never bothered to hold local government elections. What a shame? Thanks to the petitions filed by the citizens in the Supreme Court and its consequent order to the provinces to hold local government elections by September that a ray of hope has been rekindled to empower the people at the grass-root level to manage their own affairs. Article 140A (1&2) stipulates” Each Province shall, by law, establish a local government system and devolve political, administrative and financial responsibility and authority to the elected representatives of the local governments. Elections to the local governments shall be held by the Election Commission of Pakistan.”As is evident from this article the local government system envisaged by the constitution demands devolution of full powers to

the local government, including development projects and the local administration, free from strangulating control of the provincial governments. In pursuance of the Supreme Court order, all the provinces are in the process of enacting laws to establish local governments in their areas of jurisdiction. The media reports in this regard indicate that all the provincial governments are probably contemplating a system of local government which gives the provincial governments authority to control them. If it is so, the provincial governments will only be fulfilling the constitutional requirement rather than actually putting in place an effective system of local government benefiting the people at the grass-root level. The local government system can deliver only when social sectors are completely decentralised and service providers made accountable to the local elected officials; the local administration is run by the elected representatives meaning that the police and district bureaucracy is under their control; sufficient funds are allocated to the them and the dubious practice of giving development funds to the legislators is done away with. It is encouraging to note that the federal government seems willing to devolve more powers to the local bodies. It is a good omen for the future of local governments in the country. In a briefing given by the Punjab chief minister on the proposed document for holding local government elections in the province, the prime minister directed the CM to devise a local government system which might devolve maximum powers to the grass-root level, resolve problems of the people and ensure prosperity. It is essential that all the provinces are mindful of the article 175(3) which stipulates separation of judiciary and executive while devising the local government systems. This will also help in eliminating the ‘thana culture’ as promised by the prime minister and Punjab chief minister. Perhaps, it would be advisable to the PML-N government to convene a meeting of chief ministers of all the provinces with a view to evolve consensus on the adoption of a uniform system of local government which grants maximum autonomy to the locally elected officials in dealing with development and law and order, free from the debilitating impact of the archaic and colonial legacy of the district administration. If Nawaz Sharif can pull this through, he will be remembered in the history as a great benefactor of Pakistan. The writer is an academic.

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pollution in urban areas Environmental pollution is the introduction of contaminants that cause instability, disorder, harm or discomfort to the physical systems or living organisms. Mega cities of Pakistan are facing major apprehension for air pollution due to climbing population and traffic. Lahore is a junction point of national highway system with a lot of heavy traffic. Level of total suspended particulates (TSP), PM10, SO2, NOx and ozone were reported to be highest in Lahore. Emissions from vehicles are a key factor for these pollutants. Research on air pollution and pregnancy outcomes has gained momentum in the last two decades and a clear link has been established between increase in air pollution and increased abortion rate. The health effects of particulate part of exhaust include an aggravation of bronchitis with preexisting respiratory illness. Long-term exposure causes damage to lung tissue, which contributes to chronic respiratory disease, cancer, and premature illness and death. Particulate matter has a health risk even at concentrations that are below established air quality standard levels. It is heterogeneous in nature and greatly varies in chemical composition.

Angiogenesis is the development of new blood vessels from pre-existing capillaries. Angiogenesis is activated in the female reproductive system during ovulation, corpus luteum formation, embryogenesis and embryo implantation. Angiogenesis is vital for embryonic development, and disruption of this process can be a powerful mechanism of abortion or teratogenesis. Particulate matter was collected from tailpipes of the auto rickshaws. The sample solutions were applied on developing chorio-allantoic membrane (CAM) by using five-day old fertilised eggs. In control samples, the blood vessels were arranged in a tree-like branching pattern with an equal distribution, covering the entire area of the CAM. However, in groups treated with sample solutions there are disorganised vascular architecture with increased number of disoriented vessels, marked thinning of the major blood vessels, and fading of the secondary blood vessels. There was a disturbance of the complete vascular network of the CAM. So it was concluded that exposure to particulate matter solution exhibited inhibition of angiogenesis process and exposure during pregnancy caused harmful effects on the developing fetus. KHALEEQ ANWAR, PROF DR MUHAMMAD ASHRAF UVAS, Lahore


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HE year 2011 will be marked in history as the Arab Awakening, triggered by people from all ages and walks of life in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen and Libya demanding legitimate rights in life: “Bread, Social Justice, Dignity and Freedom,’’ the need for accountable leaders and constitutions that guarantee equal treatment for all and prohibit discrimination because of sex, religion or race. In Western terms, people demanded governance in an inclusive manner without favoring one group over another. The Muslim Brotherhood failed to recognize that Egyptians will no longer live in servitude, under the thumb of any leader who claims that he is president for all while favoring his own party. This triggered the end of Mohamed Morsi’s rule. Essam El-Errian, member of the guidance council of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, wrote in The New York Times, 11 February, 2011: “We aim to achieve reform and rights for all: not just for Muslim Brotherhood, not just for Muslims, but for all Egyptians.” Despite such promises, the Egyptian people saw little reform and worsening economic conditions, with bread shortages, electricity outages, a lack of job opportunities, price hikes in basic consumer items and deteriorating security conditions in the streets. Islamization of the society began in an unprecedented manner, with political decisions under a religious guise. This infuriated many Egyptians, many pious by nature. Unfulfilled promises led to frustration over the regime’s continuous denial of its undemocratic , theocratic rule and the 30 June demonstrations – with more than 20 million gathered in all provinces of Egypt demanding the ouster of President Morsi. More than 33 million Egyptians led by a group called Tamarud, Arabic for “rebellion,” signed petitions demanding the regime’s end. Clearly, democracy does not stop at the ballot box. Egyptians denounced an authoritarian regime that was polarizing and mismanaging the country, chanting the famous lines of Abu Qassem El-Shabi, “When people cry for freedom and life, oppression shall vanish and the shackles of tyranny shall end.” When the Egyptian army responded to the millions of Egyptians, it was to secure the country and establish an inclusive approach that can guarantee civilian transition of power, deliver viable economic reforms, and secure law and order. What is happening in Egypt does not concern only Egyptians. It matters a great deal to the US, the West and indeed the world. Egypt has long been an anchor of stability in the Middle East and can influence the rest of the Muslim world. Egypt had been a partner in building regional peace and stability in the re-

gion, committing to peace with Israel in compliance of Camp David Accords in 1978 and playing a role in the liberation of Kuwait in 1991. No wonder that President Barack Obama chose to give his first speech addressing the Muslim world from Cairo University in Egypt rather than Turkey in 2009, when he emphasized that “for over a thousand years, Al-Azhar has stood as a beacon of Islamic learning, and for over a century Cairo University has been the source of Egypt’s advancement.” The US president highlighted that ‘’no system of government can or should be imposed upon one nation by any other, while emphasizing that “America respects the right of all peaceful and law-abiding voices to be heard around the world, even if we disagree with them.” This last point underscores pragmatic policies, with attention to national strategic issues. Egypt is the largest country in the Arab world, and how it evolves politically and economically will have enormous impact on the regional stability, serving as a template for other countries in the region. Hence, in this context, the US needs a strong Egypt that can play a pivotal role in the region. Egypt controls the Suez Canal, a major shipping route through which more than 4 million barrels of oil pass each day. Current events in Egypt immediately prompted US oil prices to jump to more than $100 per barrel. Any unrest in Egypt will disrupt oil supplies with serious repercussions for global trade. Closure of Suez Canal and the SUMED pipeline, with a capacity of 2.3 million barrels per day, would cause severe economic disruptions in oil markets. Oil tankers would be diverted around the southern tip of Africa, the Cape of Good Hope, adding about 6.000 miles, not to mention time and costs, to transit. Egypt’s evolving political situation will also have an effect on other countries in the region. Saudi Arabia, the Emirates and Kuwait rushed in on 10 July, after Morsi’s ouster, to provide $12 billion in assistance to Egypt. The immediate assistance to Egypt reflected a welcome note on the end of Muslim Brotherhood rule in Egypt. A senior leader of the Muslim Brotherhood had threatened UAE citizens that “they would become slaves of the Persians,’” and in the case of Kuwait, people were relieved to see the end of government by the Brotherhood, which had supported Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein during the invasion of Kuwait while Egypt was part of the US-led coalition forces that liberated Kuwait in 1991. In fact the Gulf Cooperation Council, including Qatar, is pledging support for a stable transition in Egypt, a rational policy considering that Morsi’s regime was getting closer to Iran, playing the Shiite card to destabilize regimes in the Gulf region and Saudi Arabia. For Iran, the collapse of the Muslim Broth-

erhood regime means the dissipation of dreams to establish Iranian-style Islamic governments, strengthening its regional power in the Middle East while supporting Hamas which was collaborating with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. Iran lost a major channel by which it was sending arms to the Syrian regime through the Gaza tunnels, which the Army in Egypt is currently closing down. Indeed, the cards of the Middle East have been reshuffled, with Iran dealt a new hand. The power game is changing, tilting towards reconfiguration of the Middle East. In retrospect, Turkey seems to lament the fall of the Muslim Brotherhood regime in Egypt, which perhaps dashed some high hopes of resurgence of an Islamic bloc under AKP-led Turkey. Also, the ability of 33 million Egyptians to oust regimes may threaten Turkish ability to control its own young protestors in Istanbul and Ankara who demand to be heard and live in a secular country as was founded by Ataturk. Egypt will set the pattern in view of the power of the people who favor accountable leaders that are inclusive, transparent and capable of building a new system that can restore the country’s economy, achieve social justice, in a pluralistic society where there is rule and order and sustainable institutional democracy, with women’s rights respected and all citizens treated equally. After all, what happens in Egypt resonates in the entire region. Expectations are running high among the region’s people for more constructive engagement with the United States and Europe. Indeed, the 30 June Egyptian popular uprising is presenting to the world that elections alone cannot guarantee freedom. The lessons of Egypt should be taken to heart by other democratically-elected governments who might be complacent. What happened in Egypt is not a coup, it is the power of the people, Muslims and Christians, in Egypt who yearn to live together in peace and harmony and have equal rights as citizens. The rebellions also showed the importance of accountable and competent governance in sustaining popular support. The current roadmap in Egypt, endorsed by the rebellions, demonstrates that Islam is compatible with pluralism and secular democracy, showing a model that the world could embrace. Ambassador Sallama Shaker is a visiting professor of Middle East and Islamic Studies at the Yale Divinity School and MacMillan Center. She has held a number of positions in the Egyptian government, including assistant minister of foreign affairs for the Americas; deputy minister for cultural and education relations; and Egypt’s ambassador to Canada. She has published books and articles on foreign relations, peace and development in the Middle East. This article also appeared on the YaleGlobal.

ENEZUELA has announced that it is ending efforts to improve ties with the United States after the Obama administration’s nominee for the role of ambassador to the United Nations labelled the country “repressive.” Samantha Power, who is widely known for her strong stance on human rights, vowed to contest “the crackdown on civil society being carried out in countries like Cuba, Iran, Russia and Venezuela.” For obvious reasons, Power is selective in who she chooses to criticise. The likes of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Yemen and the United Arab Emirates, all of whom have presided over major crackdowns on dissent in recent years, warrant no mention, which is not surprising given the US government’s staunch support for the regimes in question. Regarding Saudi Arabia, Washington’s attitude towards democracy is best expressed by William M. Daley, Obama’s chief of staff during the Arab uprisings, who said that “the possibility of anything (like the revolution in Egypt) happening in Saudi Arabia was one that couldn’t become a reality.” Daley explained that “for the global economy, this couldn’t happen”, referring of course to the importance of Saudi oil, which was described by the Council on Foreign Relations in 2003 as the primary reason for US support for the monarchy. An unsurprising claim, in light of the US State Department’s description in 1945 of the Gulf’s oil reserves as “a stupendous source of strategic power and one of the greatest material prizes in world history.” Returning to Latin America, the hypocrisy is again breathtaking. Condemning Venezuela as “repressive”, Power neglects to mention that the “most dramatic setback”, according to Americas Watch, for human rights in Venezuela came in 2002 when a coup d’etat, allegedly supported tacitly by the United States, removed Chavez from office and “dissolved the country’s democratic institutions.” It is also worth noting that the US supported enthusiastically the Caldera and Perez administrations which preceded Chavez’s Bolivarian Revolution, both of which were vastly more repressive than the current ‘revolutionary’ government. Also strikingly absent from Power’s remarks was any mention of Colombia, the United States’ closest ally in the region, which according to Americas Watch, “presents the worst human rights and humanitarian crisis in the Western Hemisphere.” This year’s annual report claims that “over the past decade, the Colombian army committed an alarming number of extrajudicial killings of civilians”, carried out in “a systematic fashion”, during which time the army was the highest recipient of US military aid in Latin America. Most of the killings occurred under the presidency of Alvaro Uribe, whom President Bush described in 2006 as “a personal friend” and “a strong believer in democracy and human rights.” Under Obama, Colombia has continued to receive more military aid than any other country in the hemisphere, with Mexico, whose well-documented record of “extrajudicial killings, disappearances” and “widespread torture” is not much better, coming second. This practice- of giving military aid to the Hemisphere’s worst human rights abusers- runs throughout history. A 1979 study into Amnesty International’s reports on torture revealed that 25 of the world’s 36 most prolific torturers between 1945 and 1975 received military aid and training from the United States, with Latin American regimes accounting for “more than 80%” of the most urgent appeals for victims of torture at the time. The military aid policy continued through the 1980s with the Reagan administration’s backing of the Contras in Nicaragua. According to a 1985 report by Reed Brody, who later became a spokesperson for Human Rights Watch, “the contras used American advice and dollars to terrorize the population of Nicaragua and hardly a word about it was printed in the United States.” Thousands of civilians were “assassinated, raped, tortured and mutilated” by forces who, in the words of President Reagan, were “the moral equivalent of our founding fathers.” In 1984, the World Court found the United States guilty of the “illegal use of force” against Nicaragua, and demanded that the government cease their sponsorship of the Contras and “pay Nicaragua reparations.” The US rejected the verdict and continued as before. In his Address to the Nation two years later, Reagan justified his administration’s ongoing support for the Contras by condemning the Nicaraguan government, without irony, as “a command post for international terror” which sought to “subvert and topple its democratic neighbours.” The “democratic” neighbours referred to were the military regimes in El Salvador and Guatemala, both closely allied to the United States. Their records are not pretty. Under Reagan, and then Bush, the Salvadoran army was the biggest recipient of US military aid in the Hemisphere, killing tens of thousands of people during the country’s thirteen-year internal conflict. According to the New York Times’ top reporter in the country, some of the “worst massacres of civilians” were carried out by battalions trained by the United States, indicating “a whiff of secondary American responsibility.” In Guatemala, the American-backed military massacred nearly 200,000 people during a civil war instigated, at least in part, by a CIA-sponsored coup in 1954. Atrocities peaked in the early 1980s under the rule of General Rios Montt, “a man of great personal integrity” according to President Reagan, whose conviction for genocide was overturned on a technicality earlier this year. An Americas Watch report in 1985 said that the Reagan Administration “shares in the responsibility for the gross abuses of human rights” perpetrated in the country, an accurate perception in light of the US government’s provision of millions of dollars of military aid to Guatemala during “one of the bloodiest periods of the conflict.” Investigate journalist Allan Nairn reports that “the Guatemalan military would pursue (villagers) using US-supplied helicopters and planes. They would drop US 50-kilogram bombs on them, and they would machine gun them using US-supplied heavy-calibre machine guns.” Asked if he should face trial, Rios Montt is alleged to have replied “if you’re going to be put me on trial, you have to try the Americans first.” Today, Latin America is politically freer, but the horrors of the past, and more specifically the American role in them, have not been forgotten, as we have seen during the recent protests in Guatemala and Chile. Many Latin Americans will thus consider Samantha Power’s comments about Venezuela’s “crackdown on civil society” ideologically driven and hypocritical, in light of the American record in the region. This is with justification, as her narrow choice of “repressive” govts, limited solely to unfriendly regimes, indicates. Latin Americans understand this hypocrisy better than anyone. They know their own history too well to fall for it again. The writer is an assistant at the Campaign Against Arms Trade. This article also appeared on Counterpunch.


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ARAN Johar is sporting a dapper hairstyle for his role as Khambatta, the main villain in ‘Bombay Velvet’. The film went on floors last week in Sri Lanka and KJo canned a few scenes along with his poster-boy coactor, Ranbir Kapoor. Of course, the acting experience was different for Karan. One hears from the filmmaker that during the very first scene that he canned with Ranbir, he did a great job of mouthing his dialogue and getting his expressions spot on. But when RK Jr and KJo were rehearsing, the two of them burst into peals of laughter as they both took time getting used to each other as actors. Previously, Karan has been a producer of Ranbir’s films. But this time, their equation was different. When Karan tried to maintain a serious expression and say his dialogue, Ranbir just could not stop laughing. Director Anurag Kashyap also joined the boys and there was a solid round of guffawing before the shooting got underway. cOURTeSY TOi

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FTER her much-publicized breakup with John Abraham, Bipasha Basu has reportedly found new love. The ‘Raaz 3’ actress is allegedly dating actor Harman Baweja, and both were seen leaving for a holiday in Goa. According to onlookers, both Bipasha and Harman seem quite smitten with each other. Also if sources are to believed, both are very serious about each other and are contemplating marriage. However, both are little hesitant to talk about their relationship in public and are waiting for Harman to finally create a name for himself in Bollywood with his next release. While Harman was reportedly seeing superstar Priyanka Chopra, Bipasha too has had her share of flings with modelactor Dino Morea and John Abraham. We hope this time Bipasha finds long-lasting love with Harman. cOURTeSY TOi

Can you really forgive if you can’t forget? — Sarah Jessica Parker

minaj laughs off dj Khaled’s wedding proposal WAs It All jUst A DREAM? After DJ Khaled’s shocking marriage proposal
 to Nicki Minaj nearly broke the Internet last week, Khaled dropped a new song on Monday that (kind of) cleared things up. “I Wanna Be With You,” features his alleged intended, Nicki, alongside Future and Rick Ross on a song that’s scheduled for inclusion on Khaled’s upcoming album, Suffering From Success. Khaled’s now legendary proposal on MTV offered a few clues that might have tipped off listeners to the fact that the ultimate hip-hop hype machine was doing his usual thing, including his use of a phrase describing why he and Minaj were perfect for each other: “We got the same symptoms, we’re both suffering from success.” Minaj finally broke her silence on Monday while talking to Funkmaster Flex, putting a pin in the whole charade. “I was shocked just like the rest of the world and I was cracking up laughing with the rest of the world ‘cause Khaled is a master at what he does,” Minaj said, adding that she

hasn’t talked to Khaled about the gag yet. “Nobody in my real life took it seriously. Everybody just hit me like, ‘LOL. Yo, Khaled is crazy.’ Khaled is my brother and Khaled was not serious with that damn proposal, ya’ll,” she said. “Please let it go. He was kidding. He’s not attracted to me, he doesn’t like me. We’re brother and sister.” Minaj also blew up the stunt as a promotional gag to draw attention to the album. “It was just another

way for him to kinda give the world a glimpse on the feeling of this record,” she said. Nicki does her part on the track, laying out a hard, detailed (and expensive) prescription for the kind of man she needs in her highflying life. “I wanna be where the commas will be,” she raps on her verse. “But I need a hood n—-a with the law man degree/ Get that limited edition Audemars Piget/ It could be in a pivoted position, gotta pardon the fee.” cOURTeSY mTV

darling daddy: Brad Pitt accompanies his children at Tokyo airport, Japan.

Zac efron in John F Kennedy ain’t no love story! assassination flick ‘parkland’ ed sheeran shoots down swift marriage rumours

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AC Efron is diving into one of America’s most heartwrenching tragedies: the JFK assassination. The first pics have surfaced of the Hollywood heartthrob starring in the upcoming drama Parkland have hit the web, courtesy of USA Today, and the shots show Efron looking appropriately sober as his character gets caught up in the events surrounding the murder of President John F. Kennedy. The film portrays the terrible events of that day from the point of view of the physicians at Parkland Memorial Hospital who treated the commander in chief on the morning of Nov. 22, 1963 shortly after he was shot in Dealey Plaza. Efron play Jim

Carrico, a young surgeon who is part of the emergency response team. Carrico was the first doctor to examine the wounded Kennedy after he was rushed to Parkland and he stayed by the president’s side until Kennedy was pronounced dead. Parkland, as it turned out, was also the same hospital where the president’s killer, Lee Harvey Oswald, was brought after he was captured and shot in the stomach by Jack Ruby while in custody. Marcia Gay Harden plays the trauma unit’s head nurse while Billy Bob Thornton and Paul Giamatti are aboard in the respective roles of Secret Service agent, Forrest Sorrels, and Abraham Zapruder, the witness who

inadvertently recorded the assassination on 8mm film. Parkland, written and directed by Peter Landesman, is set to premiere at the Toronto Film Festival before its scheduled Sept. 20 release. The flick marks the latest effort by Efron to distance himself from the teen idol image he cultivated six years ago in the High School musical movies. After costarring with Nicole Kidman in 2012’s thriller The Paperboy, the 25-year-old garnered solid acclaim starring in the indie drama, At Any Price, which hit theaters in April. Up next for Efron is the romantic comedy, Are We Officially Dating? and a comedy with Seth Rogen, Townies, due out next year. cOURTeSY eO

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both single by the age of 30. “I don’t know where that comes from, it’s usually from a source and it’s usually from someone who doesn’t know the person,” Sheeran explained. But even though wedding bells might not be in Swift and Sheeran’s future, that doesn’t mean a similar deal hasn’t been made by the redhead. “That story isn’t true. I do have one of those pacts with a friend actually — my next door neighbor but it’s [for when we’re] 40,” he admitted. “We got the pact from ‘Friends,’ “ Sheeran said, referring to an episode where four of the show’s characters made similar commitments. “We watched ‘Friends’ and we were like ‘oh that sounds like a good idea’ but I don’t really want to reproduce with you right now.” neWS deSK


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Not everybody is perfect, and I don’t think we should be looking for perfect people —Simon Cowell

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E’S rarely seen without a cigarette in his hand on a night out. And now Simon Cowell has revealed just how much he loves his nicotine sticks in a tell-all interview on Chelsea Lately on Tuesday night. The 53-year-old music mogul insisted that smoking was ‘associated with nice things’ during the chat with host Chelsea Handler, who immediately shot back, ‘Like sex?’ Cowell then replied: ‘Completely. And in fact sometimes while I’m having sex, I’m actually thinking I want to hurry up and finish so I can have a cigarette!’ Chelsea then told a shrugging Cowell: ‘That’s a wonderful thing you might want to think about sharing with your next victim!’ During the interview, Cowell added that he has been on a health kick over the past few months. He said: ‘I had to go on a health kick because I have to balance smoking and drinking, which I do like. And then on the other side I exercise and then I have vitamin shots. ‘Like last night for example, I had a litre of injections being poured into me through a drip and at the same time I was having a couple of vodka and sodas. So it kind of makes it bearable!’ Cowell was on Chelsea Lately to promote the upcoming return of The X Factor USA in September, but admitted that he

often finds the process of searching for the next big thing more than a little gruelling. When Chelsea asked Cowel if the array of ‘untalented people’ who audition for the show cause him to have ‘a drinking and drug and cigarette problem?’, he replied: ‘Probably, yes!’ He added: ‘It is total, utter torture sitting there for 10 hours a day trying to find one good person. And you’ve got all these awful singers coming out... “Why are you here?” and they’re like, “I’m blessed,” and you’re like,”You’re not. You’re really, really not.” ‘ Undoubtedly one of the most successful acts ever to find fame on The X Factor is boyband One Direction, who auditioned

as solo artists before they were put into a group. On the origination of 1D, made up of Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne, Cowell said: ‘I liked them all individually, but for whatever reason, nerves or whatever, they didn’t make it through to the next round. But I liked these boys and I thought you know what, let’s give them another shot. ‘They’d never met each other before, they had 10 days to do the next performance and when I saw them 10 days later, they were amazing. ‘But with these five, you can’t tell them what to do. They just do whatever they want. They make all their own decisions.’ neWS deSK

pakistan falls to the zombies country’s first undead flick to hit screen soon

not-so-living like he’s-dying: Kris allen matures into fatherhood

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HE trend of horror movies has always been over the top all over the world and also in Pakistan with such horror flicks like Zibah Khana, Zinda Laash and Siyaah. However the news is that Pakistan’s first Zombie movie Walking Dead is all set to release! Directed by our very own independent film-make Usman Mukhtar. The movie has been filmed in Dubai and has Dubai Based actors in it like Nidhi Jha, Nadia Williams and Nitin Mirani in lead roles, Walking dead is a

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collaborative project of Usman Mukhtar and Muse Dubai. this Zombie Thriller comedy is expected to be released in the coming two months, The screenplay of this movie have been written by Shahana Khan.

The co-founder of Muse Dubai, Roha Daud, appreciated Usman’s work and said, “A zomcom in particular, hasn’t been shot on this scale locally, making it a great collaboration between South Asia and the Middle East,

based on talent”. Accroding to Rehaab Daud, the CEO of Muse Dubai: “Although the film industry in UAE is steadily growing, I haven’t heard of any [movies] being made in this genre”. neWS deSK

the wolverIne slashes It out at the sIlverscreen

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S if Kris Allen didn’t have enough to brag about at his 10-year reunion. The winner of American Idol’s eighth season welcomed a son Tuesday with wife Katy O’Connell, the first child for the high school sweethearts. They tied the knot in 2008. “Happy Day!!!! My little stud was born today. Oliver is here people!” Allen, 28, tweeted tonight. The proud papa also posted an Instagram pic of himself in hospital scrubs, writing, “My outfit for the day. The best outfit ill ever [wear] #bestdayofmylife.” Oliver Neil Allen arrived weighing 7 pounds, 7 ounces, upon arrival and measuring 20 3/4 inches long, Allen’s rep told Us Weekly, which first reported the baby news. Allen revealed that he and Katy were

HE atomic bombing of Nagasaki seems more likely to conclude an action film than begin it, but then The Wolverine, the latest in the Marvel Comics-inspired X-Men series, is nothing if not ambitious. And confounding my own lacklustre expectations, the ambition pays off. This represents a vast improvement on the last outing for Hugh Jackman’s retractable-clawed mutant, in 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine. It is really rather good. Naturally, it comes chock-full of stuff you shouldn’t try at home, starting with the use of a manholecover to protect a chap from a nuclear explosion. \The protected man is a Japanese soldier, who takes advantage of his good fortune to build another kind of fortune, becoming his country’s richest business mogul, and sending from his death bed — the most high-tech death bed you’ve ever seen, I might add — for his war-time saviour. This, of course, is the immortal and ageless Wolverine, otherwise known as Logan, who is holed up in the back of the American beyond, with not much to do except exact re-

expecting a son just a couple weeks ago, saying his wife was already buying daddyreminiscent clothes for the little guy, including a few fedoras. The “Vision of Love” singer broke his wrist in a car accident on New Year’s Day and required multiple surgeries on his hand—but the close shave ultimately gave him a great opportunity to make a big announcement. “Thank you @ford for equipping me with a car that kept my whole family @katyallen @ZorroPup and the little one we have on the way safe,” Allen tweeted at the time. “Yes I got in a really bad wreck tonight and yes I’m having a lil baby. #gonnabeadaddy.” neWS deSK

venge on hunters for using poisontipped arrows against grizzly bears. But when a feisty Japanese girl (Rila Fukushima) turns up and invites him to meet the old man he saved in Nagasaki, the real fun begins. In Japan, Logan is sucked into a fight for control of the old man’s business empire, involving his ruthless son and sexy granddaughter, not to mention a villainess (Svetlana Khodchenkova) who appears to have even greater superpowers than our hero, not least a kind of killer halitosis. Inevitably, this being the Far East, the battle for supremacy also includes plenty of martial arts, which might be as good a way as any to mark the anniversary of Bruce Lee’s death, 40 years ago last week. All these action sequences are splendidly done, in particular a thrilling fight on top of a 300mph bullet train. The director is James Mangold, better known for the Johnny Cash biopic Walk The Line than for anything featuring superheroes, but here he gets to play with actual rings of fire, and enjoys himself hugely. As for Jackman, he looks more than ever like mid-period Clint

Eastwood, and is only slightly more talkative. This is a relief, since dialogue never exactly sparkles in the X-Men films, and it’s not about to start here (though I was interested to learn that it is a bad omen to leave chopsticks upright, because they evoke incense sticks burning at a funeral). The sophistication lies in the fight and chase sequences, not the script. ‘Go f*** yourself, pretty boy’, is about the closest Logan comes to a witty riposte. But all credit to Jackman, who still manages to convey a man suffering from a kind of existential itch — and heaven knows it’s not easy to scratch any itch when you have claws. Behind those claws, what this is, essentially, is an old-fashioned damsel-in-distress story, the damsel being the fragrant heiress, Mariko (Tao Okamoto). But what good is a damsel in distress without a Prince Charming to fall in love with her? Happily, Logan obliges, with only the briefest of troubling flashbacks to his dead girlfriend Jean (Famke Janssen). cOURTeSY dm


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8 adolf Hitler presides over the opening of the berlin Olympic Games. 8 mTV makes its debut at 12:01 am. The first video shown is Video Killed the Radio star by the buggles. 8 iraq pulls out of talks with Kuwait 8 Germany declares war on Russia in WW i

‘If you live among wolves you have to act like a wolf’ — Nikita Khrushchev

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ITH their brightly coloured robes, ornate thrones and legions of flunkeys attending every whim, they seem every bit the archetypal African kings.

Nigeria's traditional Monarchs may have been stripped of their powers half a century ago, but they appear to have lost little of their regal pomp and splendour as this fascinating series of portraits shows. Photographer George Osodi

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toured the west African country extensively for a series of photographs entitled 'Kings of Nigeria' which is due to be exhibited at London's Bermondsey Project in October. As a well-known and celebrated Nigerian photographer, Mr Osodi was granted rare access to the palaces and throne rooms of these hereditary rulers who now serve as living repositories of Nigeria's enormous cultural heritage. He told Al-Jazeera: 'There are frequent clashes among different ethnic groups… Lots of people have lost trust in their identity. I felt it was important that we see this diverse culture as a point of unity instead of seeing it as something that should divide us as a nation. 'The easiest way I could approach this was to look at the monarchy structure in the country because they are closer to the people than the governors.' While their ancestors ruled over vast tracts of Africa, following the abolition of the monarchy in 1963 the regional monarchs were stripped of all their constitutional powers. But far from fading into obscurity, they mostly remain popular leaders and are held in great regard by their hundreds of thousands of loyal subjects. And despite lacking any formal powers they continue to wield considerable influence and serve as unofficial intermediaries between their subjects and the Nigerian government. neWS deSK

Next time your child asks why they have to eat broccoli, you can give them the reason – thanks to scientists who made people eat it every day for three months. They discovered that a chemical found solely in the vegetable helps maintain the health of the tiny ‘batteries’ which power the body’s cells. This, it is thought, helps ward off health problems including cancer and heart disease. Scientists from the Institute of Food Research in Norwich ran detailed blood tests on men and women before and after they ate the vegetable. Nineteen volunteers ate 400g of broccoli a week – three florets a day – alongside their normal food for three months. Another 19 ate a ‘superbroccoli’ called Beneforte, which is bred to be extra-rich in glucoraphanin, a plant chemical. The final group ate peas. Eating the glucoraphanin-rich broccoli led to improvements in the various chemical reactions that go on inside mitochondria, the ‘batteries’ in cells. They also have several other vital functions, which all need to be in balance for good health. While researchers believe the same benefits could be obtained by eating normal broccoli, there’s some bad news if you’re not a fan of it – they think you’d need to eat three times as much. neWS deSK

the hunt For earth-lIKe planets

Astronomers last month detected a planet 63 light years from Earth passing in front of its star. On this distant world, daytime temperatures soar to 2,000 degrees while 4,500 mph winds drive storms that rain glass. It’s doubtful that planet HD 189733B is a candidate for life – at least as we know it – outside our solar system. So in the meantime, the quest for something more Earth-like continues. “Planets are absolutely everywhere,” said Nate McCrady, associate professor of astrophysics at the University of Montana. “There are 2 billion planets in our galaxy alone. There’s got to be something else out there.” Through a project dubbed Minerva, the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UM will soon join the hunt for rocky exoplanets with a $1.1 million grant from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Along with Harvard and Penn State universities and the California Institute of Technology, UM will gain unfettered access to groundbreaking technology in a revolutionary field of science. It’s a program McCrady dubbed a game-changer. “We’ve got this opportunity now to be involved in one of the hottest fields in astrophysics, if not science as a whole,” said McCrady. “To be involved in a major scientific question like this is a major opportunity. The question of whether we’re alone is a big one.” Project Minerva will include an observatory built from four telescopes dedicated to the detection of rocky Earth-

6,000-year old ‘halls of The dead’ discovered

Ancient 'halls of the dead' pre-dating Stonehenge are being heralded by archaeologists as the first monuments of their kind to be found in the UK. The two earth long barrows were uncovered on top of Dorstone Hill in Herefordshire and are thought to date to about 3,800BC, almost 1,000 years before the famous stone circle in Wiltshire was built, according to Professor Julian Thomas, of the University of Manchester. Archaeologists who have spent a month excavating the mounds say they have removed fine examples of flint weapons and tools, thought to have been buried in the barrows when first created or later left as offerings to the dead. Professor Thomas said the site was the only one of its type in the UK where 'the halls of the living became the halls of the dead', with the long communal halls first 'ritually' burned and then covered over with soil and turf to form the large barrows. He said: 'With this phenomenon of deliberately burning down buildings, tending the fire over a period of days, the argument is that you burn these down when the head of the family dies. 'Here, no new house has been built, but instead they have shovelled up the remains into these barrows and enclosed them with turf. He added: 'It's a very important site.' Among the finds are two stone axe-heads, a flint hand knife and an arrowhead, with some of the raw materials used in their construction pointing to origins hundreds of miles away from where they were found, according to the dig team. 'It's a very important site, firstly because for the first time we have the fabric of an early Neolithic hall being incorporated into the building of a funerary monument. 'Also, because of the preservation of the remains of the structure including evidence of carpentry, we are going to be able to say rather more about the character of these early Neolithic buildings.' Dr Ray said the fact more burial chambers and artefacts had been left at the site hundreds of years after it was first created showed its national importance. 'These subsequent finds show that 1,000 years after the hall burial mounds were made, the site is still important to later generations living 200 miles away - a vast distance in Neolithic terms,' he said. 'For example, the axe and knife may not have been traded, but placed there as part of a ceremony or an ancestral pilgrimage from what is now East Yorkshire. cOURTeSY dm

like planets orbiting nearby stars. Harvard University will build a spectrograph to help detect the minute wobble of planets as they pass around their star. “When you’re looking for rocky planets, they tend to be smaller planets, and they send out the smallest signals,” McCrady said. “You’re looking at a very small signal, and this ability is on the cutting edge of technology.” neWS deSK


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Cricket is having a huge impact in Afghanistan. And I want to see them playing in the upcoming World Cup. –Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd

we have won bacK respecT: ajmal

pcb owes rs 30m to players laHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board is facing a financial crisis of sorts because of the restrictions placed on the acting chairman, Najam Sethi to exercise his powers. Reports quoting sources in the Board said that the most pressing issue was the disbursement of nearly 30 million rupees to the players as part of their dues for central contract retainers and their fees for the recent tour of the West Indies. “The board has to pay out nearly 30 million rupees to the players who have not received their monthly retainers for central contracts as yet plus the fees and other bonuses for their victories in the West Indies,” the source said. “The other major problem is that on June 30th the contracts of nearly 60 employees lapsed and they have not been renewed as yet,” the source added. He said in both cases the acting chairman wanted to give approval for the disbursement of the 30 million rupees and also renew contracts but the Islamabad High Court judgment restrained him from doing so. “We are fearing a strong protest from the affected employees because their salaries have also not been released as yet and Eid is just around the corner,” the source stated. Confusion reigns in the PCB affairs as according to former captain Rashid Latif, the constitution of the Board does allow the Board of Governors to take relevant decisions on budgetary and other matters in the absence of a chairman. “I don’t know what is the problem? If the court judgment restrains Sethi from exercising his powers than why can’t the BG members take the necessary decisions,” he said. STAFF RePORT

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AKISTAN spinner Saeed Ajmal has pointed out that the win against the West Indies has earned them a great respect after the dismal performance in the recent Champions Trophy in which Pakistan failed to win a single game in England. Pakistan bounced back in the West Indies, winning the ODI and T20 series, he said on his return on late Tuesday night. Reflecting on the tours on arrival in Pakistan, senior players urged fans to savour the team’s recent success and forget the past. “We didn’t give our best in the

Champions Trophy,” Saeed Ajmal said on arrival in Lahore. “But we have won back the respect and had a strong comeback. They (West Indies) were playing at home and were stronger and it wasn’t easy to beat them as you have seen how close the games were. But we worked hard, every player did well and the collective efforts led to the team’s win.” When put under the spot by a journalist who stated with a touch of cynicism that the victories came against an underperforming West Indies team, Ajmal smiled and said, “Do appreciate us sometimes”. Four players - Umar Akmal, Misbahul-Haq, Mohammad Hafeez and Ahmed Shehzad remained in the West Indies to feature in the Caribbean Premier League.

Savour the win, Afridi urges fans paKiStan cricKet team bacK home after wi tour

LAHORE STAFF RePORT

All-rounder Shahid Afridi Thursday urged Pakistan to savour their one-day and Twenty20 wins over the West Indies and forget allegations of fixing. Pakistan beat the West Indies 3-1 in the five-match one-day series, and clinched both the Twenty20s on the tour which finished on Sunday. But the wins were clouded by controversy after British newspaper The Mail on Sunday claimed the one-day matches could be investigated by the sport’s international anti-corruption unit. The Pakistan cricket team on Wednesday returned home after West Indies tour. Eight players including Saeed Ajmal, Nasir Jamshed, Assad Ali, Zulfiqar Babar, Junaid Khan and others arrived at the Lahore airport while Shahid Khan Afridi, Hammad Azam and Umar Amin landed at the Karachi’s Jinnah International airport. The team won ODI series against West Indies by 3-1 and the T-20 series by 2-0. Zulfiqar Babar expressed resolve that the team would show the same good performance in the upcoming series against Zimbabwe. Asked about the claims of fixing, Afridi said: “I don’t know about any allegations, but I would say ‘Savour the win when you have done well and forget any other thing’.” Team manager Naveed Cheema denied the allegations. Pakistani cricket has an unenviable history of corruption and fixing. Three international players served jail terms in England for arranging no-balls to order during the Lord’s Test of 2010. “These are baseless allegations and anyone can investigate,” said Cheema. “The discipline of the players was exemplary and that showed on the results.” Afridi said Pakistan’s wins were much-needed after a lacklustre tour of South Africa and a poor Champions Trophy performance earlier in the year.

After losing 3-2 to South Africa earlier this year, Pakistan beat Scotland and Ireland in closely fought contests before heading to the Champions Trophy. Pakistan bounced back strongly in the West Indies, taking the ODIs 3-1 and sweeping the T20s 2-0, maintaining their unbeaten ODI series record in the Caribbean in the last 20 years. Shahid Afridi too spoke on the significance of the victory. “This was a much-needed win,” Afridi said in Karachi. “We played well as a team and won. It was needed after the performances in the Champions Trophy and South Africa. We wanted this win and I am sure that this will help improve the image of the team as well as the players. When you play well it erases the bad memories.”

When asked about the allegations of fixing in the West Indies ODI series leveled by the Mail on Sunday, Afridi said he was unaware of the report. “Who says so? Where has it appeared?” Afridi asked. “I don’t know, really. But I must say savor this win when you have done well and forget other things.” After their Champions Trophy exit, Pakistan dropped experienced players like Shoaib Malik, Imran Farhat and Kamran Akmal and opted for youth. Their batting woes did resurface for a while but they closed out the ODI series with two impressive chases, led by their captain Misbah-ul-Haq. Umar Amin and Haris Sohail did well with the bat, while the 34year old left-arm spinner Zulfiqar Babar had a dream debut in the first T20. Umar Akmal marked his return after a year with 175 runs at 58.33 in the ODIs. He was relatively safe behind the stumps - save for missing a run-out that helped West Indies tie the third match - effecting ten dismissals including two stumpings. Ajmal, who picked up 10 wickets including 8 in the ODI series, praised the contributions of the youngsters. “We have seen a lot of youngsters coming in and we have given them the maximum opportunities in this series. I am hopeful about our future and backing them to stand on their own feet. We are looking forward to keeping up winning the momentum.” Pakistan next assignment is an away tour to Zimbabwe for two Tests, three ODI and one Twenty20, a visit that was postponed from December last year. Zimbabwe Cricket is yet to release the itinerary, but ESPNcricinfo understands that Pakistan are expected to depart in the third week of August. Pakistan will then host, in the UAE, South Africa in October-November followed by Sri Lanka in December. Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal has insisted that their win in West Indies has earned the ‘respect’ back for their team.

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Umar Gul, the Pakistan fast bowler, has admitted he felt disappointed watching his teammates play without him, but added he was not worried about the time he has lost due to injury. Gul is currently at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore,

undergoing rehabilitation following knee surgery. His return for the upcoming Zimbabwe tour remains unlikely, and he is eyeing the South Africa series in October after regaining full fitness. Gul sustained the knee injury in March during the second ODI against South Africa in Centurion and has

been sidelined since. He travelled to Australia for surgery and after six weeks of rest, began his rehabilitation. He, however, has restricted himself to the gym and bowling from a spot along with minor jogging. “I don’t want to press for a hasty return,” Gul was quoted by ESPNcricinfo. “According to the doctor, I could have started training after a four-week gap, but I don’t want to take risks and would rather take my time to recover.” This isn’t the first instance of Gul being forced to sit out due to injury. He faced a career-threatening situation when he was diagnosed with three stress fractures of the back during India’s tour of Pakistan in 2004 and missed over a year of cricket. His present knee injury had ruled him out of the final Test against South Africa earlier this year. He came back to play the first two ODIs, but missed the rest of the series, the Champions Trophy and the recent West Indies tour. “I am not worried about my lost time though it is a tough phase sitting out,” said Gul, who is currently Pakistan’s most experienced bowler with 47 Tests and 116 ODIs.


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Australia could bring back Warner but I don’t see that making too many inroads into the England attack. –Former England all-rounder Dominic Cork

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AKISTAN great Wasim Akram believes England’s James Anderson is the best bowler currently operating in world cricket. The 31year-old Anderson has taken 13 wickets in the first two Ashes tests to help England into a 2-0 lead over Australia ahead of the third test at the Lancashire paceman’s Old Trafford home ground starting Thursday. Anderson, whose tally of 320 test wickets places him third on England’s alltime list behind Ian Botham and Bob Willis, is currently only equal fifth with Australia’s Peter Siddle in the International Cricket Council’s test bowling rankings, which are led by South Africa quick Dale Steyn. But Akram, arguably cricket’s greatest left-arm fast bowler, who took 414 wickets in 104 tests at a mean average of 23.62, was in no doubt of Anderson’s standing among his peers. “Jimmy Anderson is leading from the front. For me he is the best bowler of this

world cup clocK TicKing for proTeas CaPE TOWN: If the under-performing Proteas required a reminder of the urgency to remedy their one-day woes, it certainly landed on their doorstep when the draw for the 2015 Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand was announced on Tuesday. The stop-watch is certainly now on for captain AB de Villiers, coach Russell Domingo and selection head Andrew Hudson to firstly formulate a gameplan and strategy, and secondly, stick with a group of players that are able to adapt to it in order for the Proteas to head Down Under with any sort of confidence of capturing a maiden World Cup crown in 18 months’ time. Some of the problem areas are De Villiers’s captaincy, the form of Faf du Plessis, a spate of wides, and substandard fielding. South Africa’s group draw for the 2015 showpiece is at least favourable, despite them being teamed with defending champions India and former title-holders Pakistan and West Indies.AgencieS

arThur earns seTTlemenT money mElbOURNE: While Pakistan was all about earning respect, there was another man who earned some of it back - at least in monetary terms. Mickey Arthur, widely ridiculed for achieving little else than ‘Homework-gate’ with Australian team, has now earned his settlement with Cricket Australia. Arthur was controversially sacked right before the high-profile Ashes series, despite finding favorable remarks on his yearly performance evaluation. The decision meant , as Arthur put it, he is ‘unlikely to find a top level coaching job anytime soon’. After lengthy conciliation talks at the Fair Work Commission in Sydney, Arthur and CA emerged on Wednesday confirmed an agreement had been reached. A long, and often ugly severance battle had Arthur setting his financial demands around AUD 4 million, but ultimately settled for ‘significantly’ less. He said, it was more about restoring his ‘dignity, and respect’ rather than money. AgencieS

era,” Akram told BBC Sport on Wednesday. “He does it consistently, with the new ball and the old ball.” Akram and Pakistan teammate Waqar

Younis formed a highly effective fast bowling partnership in the late 1980s and early 1990s, with their command of reverse swing often proving too much for even the

world’s best batsmen. In Anderson, Akram said he recognised an equally skilled exponent. “Jimmy is up there with me and Waqar because of the control he has,” said Akram, who played for Lancashire between 1988 and 1998. “He was always good with the new ball, but with the old ball he is intelligent,” Akram explained. “He bowls five away-swingers, then one inswinger and takes a wicket.” Although Anderson’s career average of 29.66 is more expensive than Steyn’s 22.65, Wasim said the Englishman had the edge. And that was despite Steyn having 33 wickets in five tests at just 12.56 apiece in 2013 compared to Anderson’s haul for the calendar year, which currently stands at 32 in seven at 23.12 “I have seen Dale Steyn bowling with the old ball and he only bowls one delivery – the inswinger to the right-hander,” added Akram. “Steyn is one of the best in the world as well, but Jimmy is slightly ahead because he does a lot more with the old ball.”

IPL Spot Fixing: Delhi Police hunts for Dawood, Shakeel NEW DELHI AgencieS

The Delhi Police is hunting for fugitive don Dawood Ibrahim, his aide Chhota Shakeel and eight bookies, three of them in Pakistan, in connection with the spot-fixing scandal in Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket matches, an official said Tuesday. S.N. Srivastava, special commissioner of police (special cell), said: “Apart from Dawood Ibrahim and Chhota Shakeel, we are still hunting for eight bookies. Three of them — identified as Javed Chotani, Salman and Ahtesaam — are Pakistan-based, while five belong to different cities of India.” “We have a man as witness who has identified Dawood’s voice in two separate telephonic conversations,” said Srivastava. After confirming Dawood’s link in

the fixing scandal, we managed to get a non-bailable warrant against him and Shakeel from a court in Delhi, he said. In a charge sheet filed in a Delhi court Tuesday, we have referred to about 12 voice samples as proof, along with phone conversations of accused and their cell phone ownership documents along with other evidence, he said. Chotani was the mediator between Dawood and other bookies as he was in constant touch with the don, added the officer. Bookie Ashwini Aggarwal, also known as Tinku Mandi, was named in the charge sheet as the main link between Indian bookies and the underworld, he said. “Tinku Mandi and Chotani were in constant touch with Dawood. They were talking to Sunil Bhatia and Ramesh Vyas as mediator. Bhatia and Vyas were working as hawala operators,” said

Srivastava. Police filed a 6,000-page charge sheet, along with a summary of 577 pages, in court in the IPL-6 spot fixing case. The formal set of charges named 39 accused, including Dawood, Shakeel and Rajasthan Royals cricketer S. Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan, in the scandal unearthed in May. “Till now, 29 people have been arrested in the IPL spot fixing case. Twenty-one of them are on bail, while eight are in judicial custody. Now we are hunting 10 more accused whose named we have mentioned in the charge sheet,” said Srivastava. According to Srivastava, they have mentioned Dawood’s name in the first column of the charge sheet which has annexures that include transcripts of phone conversations, voice sample reports, forensic reports and confessional statements.

dominant sri Lanka make it 4-1 KANDy AgencieS

South Africa suffered a fifth successive sub-standard batting performance in Sri Lanka to concede the final match in the series - a dead rubber - to opposition who have shown their superiority. Throughout the 12-day contest, Sri Lanka batted with more authority and bowled with more intent and just to emphasise that, they did both even better

Wednesday despite resting three senior players. Tillakaratne Dilshan followed up his century in the previous match with 99 and shared in a second-wicket stand of 163 with Lahiru Thirimanne who found confidence with a half-century, while Kumar Sangakkara racked up milestones. He overtook Misbah-ulHaq as the leading run-scorer in ODIs this year and become the top-scorer for Sri Lanka in a bilateral series with 372 runs.

ScOReBOARd Sri lanka innings Tm dilshan b mclaren 99 mdKj Perera c de Kock b morkel 9 HdRl Thirimanne c duminy b Phangiso 68 Kc Sangakkara not out 75 Ad mathews c miller b Tsotsobe 23 nlTc Perera not out 17 extras (lb 8, w 8) 16 Total (4 wickets; 50 overs) 307 did not bat ld chandimal, AK Perera, SmSm Senanayake, RAS lakmal, BAW mendis Fall of wickets 1-13 (mdKj Perera, 4.2 ov), 2-176 (Thirimanne, 33.4 ov), 3-212 (dilshan, 38.6 ov), 4257 (mathews, 45.2 ov) Bowling: m morkel 10-0-78-1, ll Tsotsobe 10-2-52-

1, R mclaren 10-0-47-1, F Behardien 4-0-28-0, jP duminy 7-0-46-0, Am Phangiso 9-0-48-1 South Africa innings Q de Kock b Senanayake 27 Hm Amla lbw b Senanayake 18 jP duminy lbw b dilshan 15 F du Plessis c Sangakkara b nlTc Perera 6 AB de Villiers c mathews b mendis 51 F Behardien c mathews b lakmal 1 dA miller c Sangakkara b lakmal 0 R mclaren c mathews b mendis 29 m morkel b mendis 0 Am Phangiso not out 18 ll Tsotsobe b lakmal 3 extras (w 11) 11

Total (all out; 43.5 overs) 179 Fall of wickets 1-35 (de Kock, 5.4 ov), 2-60 (Amla, 9.5 ov), 3-61 (duminy, 10.4 ov), 4-69 (du Plessis, 13.2 ov),5-85 (Behardien, 19.3 ov), 6-85 (miller, 19.5 ov), 7-137 (de Villiers, 32.1 ov), 8-137 (morkel, 32.5 ov),9171 (mclaren, 42.4 ov), 10-179 (Tsotsobe, 43.5 ov) Bowling: RAS lakmal 5.5-0-24-3, Ad mathews 4-0-320, SmSm Senanayake 10-2-29-2, Tm dilshan 10-0-41-1, nlTc Perera 5-1-17-1, BAW mendis 9-2-36-3 Toss Sri lanka, who chose to bat Sri lanka won by 128 runs Series Sri lanka won the 5-match series 4-1 Player of the match Tm dilshan (Sri lanka) Player of the series Kc Sangakkara (Sri lanka) Umpires RA Kettleborough (england) and RR

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piTch baTTles all parT of The game for cooK lONdON: England captain Alastair Cook said on Wednesday that adapting to different conditions was all part of the game, amid suggestions that pitches for the Ashes series had been prepared to order. Cook’s men are 2-0 up with three to play heading into the third test against Australia at Manchester’s Old Trafford starting on Thursday. At both Trent Bridge and Lord’s, where Ashes-holders England won the second test by a colossal 347 runs, pitches were bare and dry, aiding reverse swing and spin – two areas where the hosts are considered to have an advantage over their arch-rivals. Old Trafford has long had a reputation for taking turn and so should suit England offspinner Graeme Swann, joint leading bowler in the series thus far with 13 wickets. Indeed, England have added leftarm spinner Monty Panesar to their squad. It was at Old Trafford where England offspinner Jim Laker took a test match record 19 wickets for 90 runs against Australia in 1956. However, the tourists were convinced the pitch had been doctored, with former Australia legspinner Bill O’Reilly, covering the series as a journalist, saying: “Good god, I’d get 12 wickets on that excuse for a wicket without bothering to remove my coat!” Two days out before this year’s Ashes test at Old Trafford, brown patches were visible on the pitch. “Old Trafford is notorious for having a wicket that is not aesthetically pleasing if I could put it that way,” Cook told reporters.

Zim, india To maKe changes for fourTh odi bUlaWaYO: India have remained tight-lipped about their intentions but Zimbabwe expect to face a changed team when the two sides meet in the fourth one-day international in Bulawayo on Thursday. The Indians have already taken an unassailable 30 lead in the five-match series, having shown a strong desire to win by naming the same XI throughout the tour so far. However with the series already decided, Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor anticipates a few new faces in the Indian line-up over the next two matches at Queens Sports Club. AgencieS


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paKisTan, india in same saff cup group laHORE: Arch-rivals Pakistan and India were clubbed in the same group when the SAFF Cup 2013 draws were unveiled in Kathmandu. Pakistan will face India in their opener on September 1 at 2:45 pm PST, while Nepal will meet Bangladesh in the second game of the day at 5:45 pm PST, informed an official of the Pakistan Football Federation. India, the six-time champions, will defend their title. India’s crowns came in 1993, 1997, 1999, 2005, 2009, 2011. Sri Lanka won it in 1995, Bangladesh in 2003 and Maldives in 2008. In 1997 Pakistan picked bronze after beating Sri Lanka in the play-off for the third place. In the 2005 edition in Karachi Pakistan lost to Bangladesh 0-1 in the semi-final. Although Pakistan have been placed in a strong pool, it did not disturb the Greenshirts’ coach Zavisa Milosavljevic. “Yes, the group is tough but we are also a tough side,” Zavisa said ‘ “All the boys are motivated and I really expect that we will qualify for the final,” said the coach, who returned from his homeland Serbia on Monday after undergoing the pro-license course. Ahead of the SAFF Cup Pakistan will play two international friendiles against Bangladesh in Dhaka on August 13 and 16 and a game against Afghanistan on August 20 in Kabul. Zavisa said that the matches against the South Asian countries would help him form a good combination for the Nepal assignment. “You know, these matches will not affect our SAFF Cup goal but will rather help the players get ample exposure and will also help me to create the best line-up,” said Zavisa. STAFF RePORT

burj banK conducTs ramadan cricKeT KaRaCHi: Burj Bank Limited conducted the first edition of its Ramadan CSR Cricket Tournament at DA Zamzama Club, DHA, Karachi on Saturday. This tournament provided a unique opportunity to the resident boys from leading orphan homes to interact with each other & to share memorable moments of happiness during the Holy Month of Ramadan. The teams participating in this tournament included SOS Rising Stars (from SOS Village Karachi), Edhi Reds & Edhi Blues (from Edhi Foundation) whereas the employees of Burj Bank also participated in these matches. Employees of Burj Bank along with their families and accompanying children from both SOS Village & Edhi Foundation were present throughout the night to support the cricketing teams. The tournament kicked off after Namaz Taraweeh and was concluded before Sehri as Burj Bank staff distributed exciting Eid Gifts to all the participating teams and accompanying children. At the closing ceremony, Mr. Ahmed Khizer Khan, President & CEO of Burj Bank said that the tournament was an effort by Burj Bank to provide a quality development & entertainment opportunity to the underprivileged children of the society. AgenceiS

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WasHiNGTON: British star Heather Watson returned to action with a win at the WTA Citi Open in Washington DC on Tuesday. Playing her first match since a first-round defeat at Wimbledon last month, the British number two came from a set down to beat qualifier Alexandra Mueller 6-7 (5/7) 6-4 6-3 in two hours and 10 minutes. Watson blew a mini-break lead as she lost the first set on a tie-break but she put that setback behind her by levelling the match in the second. She broke her American opponent’s serve in the third game of the decider only for the world number 499 to hit back immediately. However, from 2-3 down Watson reeled off four straight games to seal her place in the second round. She finished with 14 aces on the slick hardcourts of the US capital. The 21-year-old will next face fourth seed Alize Cornet after the Frenchwoman defeated Yanina Wickmayer 6-1 6-3. AgencieS

robson screamed through nightmare wimbledon WASHINGTON AgencieS

For anyone observing Laura Robson as she watched the Wimbledon men’s final earlier this month they would have been quite justified in thinking she was watching a slasher horror film. Alone. On a stormy night. Her hands were sweaty. She could not text her friends. At times she was down on her knees in front of her television in her flat in London. And when the nerves got really, really bad, the only image she could see of British compatriot Andy Murray’s 6-4 7-5 6-4 victory over Novak Djokovic was through the fingers of her hands, which were covering her eyes. “I was so nervous, I was sitting in my living room and I was sweating,” Robson told Reuters after her 4-6 7-5 6-2 victory over Japan’s Ayumi Morita in the first round of the Southern

California Open on Tuesday. “I was trying to text my friends and my palms were so sweaty. I was on my knees in front of the TV and I couldn’t watch. I was peeking through my fingers as well. “It was so, so good.” The 19-year-

old Robson, who had suffered disappointment when she crashed out of the Wimbledon fourth round to Kaia Kanepi, felt her Olympic silver-medal winning mixed doubles partner had control of the final but was wary of the danger Djokovic posed.

Tsonga wiThdraws from monTreal masTers mONTERal: Next week’s Montreal Masters has lost Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to a knee injury which has kept the world No 8 inactive since Wimbledon, the tournament announced on Wednesday. “I am sorry that I won’t be able to play in Montreal, a tournament and a city with friendly fans that I really appreciate,” two-time semifinalist Tsonga said in a statement. “I need to continue to rehab my knee that I injured at Wimbledon. I hope to be ready for the US Open at the end of August. I will see you soon.” Tsonga has not played more than a month since joining what turned into an injury exodus at the All England Club. He withdrew hurt in the second round during a match with Ernests Gulbis. The tournament could find itself also missing Roger Federer, depending on the Swiss player’s decision regarding the back injury he has dealt with in recent weeks. But there is apparent good news for ATP number 10 Stanislas Wawrinka, who had to quit a match last week in Gstaad with back injuries. AgencieS

PresIdenTs CuP musT AdoPT ryder PoInTs: PrICe AKRON AgencieS

For the biennial Presidents Cup to survive, it requires an overhaul of its points system to make it more closely contested and should adopt the structure used by the Ryder Cup, says International captain Nick Price. A total of 34 points is on offer at the Presidents Cup, which pits a 12man team from the United States against a line-up of international players from outside Europe, while 28 points are available at the Ryder Cup,

where the U.S. take on Europe. In Price’s opinion, fewer points give the stronger team less of an advantage as the weakest players do not compete as often, and he believes this would help the Internationals improve a dismal record of just one win against the U.S. in nine editions. “In order for the Presidents Cup to really go to the next level, it’s got to become more consistently competitive,” Zimbabwean Price told Reuters at Firestone Country Club ahead of this week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. “That is what’s lacking. Until such

time as that happens, I don’t want to say it’s going to flounder but it’s not going to get to the next level. And everything needs to get to the next level to survive.” Price, a veteran of five Presidents Cup as a player, has long felt that the Ryder Cup format of four fourball matches and four foursomes encounters on each of the first two days before the concluding 12 singles is more desirable. “When you’ve only got four pairings and you’ve got 12 guys to choose from, that’s a lot easier because you take your best players,”

said the 56-year-old, a three-times major winner. “American players have always been a little bit anti at the Ryder Cup, saying, ‘Oh, the Europeans are sitting out those players because they are not playing very well.’ Well this is the glass half-full, half-empty syndrome. “The Europeans, they put out the eight best players they can against the strongest golfing country in the world. It would be really interesting to see if the Ryder Cup was played under the Presidents Cup points system what the outcome would be.”


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I’ve lost lots of matches against Novak Djokovic and vice versa, but we’ve never had a problem. People have their opinions. It’s not my place to respond. –Rafael Nadal

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SAIN Bolt believes he is capable of breaking his 100 metres world record, and is targeting “something special” by breaking the 19-second barrier for 200m. Bolt set his record times of 9.58 seconds and 19.19secs at the World Championships in Berlin four years ago. And, speaking ahead of this year’s event in Moscow, the Jamaican superstar and six-time Olympic gold medallist insists those times can be beaten. “Yes, of course,” he said when asked about the 100m record. “It would require a technically almost perfect race, and for the weather conditions to be good but I’m focused on getting myself in a physical condition where I’m capable of doing it. “The 200m world record would be the one I’d really love to break again, to see if it’s maybe even possible to get it under 19 seconds. That would be

drug cheaTs ‘will pay The price’: bubKa baRCElONa: IOC presidential candidate and pole vault great Sergei Bubka says the spate of recent high-profile doping cases in track and field shows global drug-testing efforts are working and cheaters “will pay the price.” The former Olympic gold medalist and six-time world champion says he was disappointed by the positive tests involving sprinters Tyson Gay, Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson but takes heart that the antidoping system “works.” Bubka says “of course some positive cases are unpleasant” but “you will pay the price if you go the wrong way.” The Ukrainian, who is also a vice president of the IAAF, says athletes should know by now that they should avoid taking supplements because they might contain banned substances. AgencieS

something special. “There’s still a lot more to come from me. My objective is to continue to win gold medals in my sport, all the way up to the 2016 Olympics. If I can do that and along the way continue to win gold medals and break records, then I will have proven myself and achieved what I have always set out to do.” Bolt will travel to Moscow as the reigning champion over 200m, but not over 100m after being disqualified from

the final in Daegu in 2011 for a false start. “I don’t think about it any more,” the 26-year-old added in a Q&A on behalf of sponsors Puma. “At the time it was very disappointing, because I was in great shape and knew that if I had started and run well I would have got a gold medal. But that’s behind me now. I learned from it and moved on. Right now, I’m only focusing on Moscow and preparing well for that.”

KHAN PARTS WAYS WITH MANAGER VALI BIRMINGHAM AgencieS

suareZ undersTands our sTance: rodgers liVERPOOl: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers claims Luis Suarez “totally understands” the club’s refusal to entertain any offers for the striker. Arsenal have had two bids rejected, the last one of £40million plus £1 which they believed would trigger a sale clause. Liverpool have always maintained they merely had to inform the player of offers of that magnitude and have been steadfast in stating Suarez is not for sale. They believe they are owed a degree of loyalty from the 26-year-old after standing by him during the race row with Patrice Evra which saw him banned for eight matches and during his current suspension of 10 games for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic. AgencieS

Amir Khan has parted company with long-term business manager Asif Vali by mutual consent. Vali, a minibus company owner from Bolton, has been a central figure in Khan’s management team since the 26-year-old turned professional. He departs Premier Consultancy UK, the sports management company founded in 2005, after overseeing Khan’s business affairs for the past eight years. “I would like to sincerely thank Asif for all his hard work and wish him the very best for the future,” Khan said. Khan won two world titles while working alongside Vali, but lost his WBA and IBF light-welterweight belts with successive defeats to Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia. The Olympic silver medalist is hoping to regain a version of the world title against IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander with negotiations over

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RZEsZOW: Norway’s former world road race champion Thor Hushovd won the third stage of the Tour of Poland on Tuesday after the peloton covered 226km between Krakow and Rzeszow after two opening stages in Italy. Australia’s Mark Renshaw and Steele Von Hoff took second and third while Poland’s Rafal Majka of Saxo-Tinkoff retained the leader’s yellow jersey and will carry a four second lead into Wednesday’s 231.5 ride from Tarnow to Katowice. British rider and 2012 Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins continues to struggle this season and finished the day 49th overall and already 23min 43secs adrift of Majka. Following a rest day on Monday after two days in the Dolomites, 35-year-old former Tour de France green jersey winner Hushovd showed he had lost none of the strength in his legs and indicated to the Swiss BMC team that the three year contract he signed with them recently should yield positive results despite his age. AgencieS

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a contest later this year ongoing. Vali has been criticised in the past for way he has handled Khan’s business affairs, most notably by Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn in the build-up to the victory over Paul McCloskey in 2011.

“I would like to wish Amir and his family the very best for the future,” Vali said. “I have enjoyed my time working with them and plan to remain in boxing as I explore new exciting ventures.”

QUiTO: Ecuador striker Christian Benitez has died suddenly in Qatar at the age of 27, his agent Jose Chamorro said Monday. Speaking to Ecuadorian Gama TV, Chamorro claimed Benitez, known as “Chucho”, had suffered a heart-attack. He had complained of abdominal pains and was transferred to a hospital, where he died on Monday, Chamorro said. Benitez, who was top scorer in the Mexican league last season with Club America, had just signed for Qatari outfit El-Jaish and had travelled to the club to undergo a medical before completing his move. Ecuador’s interior minister Jose Serrano took to Twitter to pay tribute to the player, who also turned out for English side Birmingham City for one season. AgencieS

XAvI quesTIons bALe PrICe TAG BARcELONA AgencieS

Barcelona midfielder Xavi is unsure whether Real Madrid are right to be chasing Gareth Bale for a fee reported to be in the region of 100 million euros. The Tottenham forward has been Madrid’s object of desire throughout the summer, but Xavi does not appear to share Real’s valuation of the Welshman, and confessed he had barely watched him in action. “I don’t know what Bale is worth. Honestly, I haven’t seen him play a full match,” said Xavi. He also was confident his team-mate Cesc Fabregas would shun a move to Manchester United in favour of staying on at the Nou Camp. The two players reported for pre-season

training on Monday after receiving an extended break due to their participation in the Confederations Cup, and Xavi insisted he saw no signs that the former Arsenal man was unhappy at Barcelona. “I think he is relaxed. He has a contract here and the story is just based on assumptions. He is working with the group and is in perfect shape, I think he is very motivated. We will see what happens but I think he is relaxed and ready for the coming season with Barcelona.” The Barcelona vice-captain admitted the sudden resignation of Tito Vilanova for health reasons had had a big impact on the squad, but declared they are all committed to working with his successor Gerardo Martino. He said: “The situation with Tito is one of the saddest things to have ever happened to this club. It was a real blow for us but we

have to move on. We are excited about working with Martino and we will try to adapt to his ways as quickly as we can. “Our first impressions of him have been very good. He has a winning mentality, and despite our sadness at what has happened with Tito, things are going well for us right now. “Martino is working on improving our pressing in attack. He wants us to recover the dynamism which we lost last season. We are hungry to continue making history, and we have a coach that shares that winning spirit.” Neymar made his Barcelona debut last night, coming on for 12 minutes in a 22 draw with Lechia Gdansk, and although he failed to make an impact on the game, Xavi is certain the Brazilian will be a hit at the Catalan club. “Neymar is destined to do great things,” he said.


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HE police managed to re-arrest 42 prison escapees on Wednesday, following the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants’ July 29 attack on Dera Ismail (DI) Khan Central Jail. A lady police constable taken away by the TTP militants during the attack was also brought back by the law enforcement agencies. “The law enforcement agencies have succeeded in arresting several suspected militants from Kulachi tehsil,” DI Khan Commissioner Mushtaq Jadoon told Pakistan Today. Jadoon said a search operation and raids were being conducted to arrest the escaped prisoners still at large. Keeping in view the need of the citizens, a two-hour relaxation was made in the curfew, he said, adding that restoration activities were in progress inside the jail, as the militants blasted the locks of some barracks and set fire to the records and other

things inside the jail. According to the commissioner, the security guard had opened the main gate of the jail when the militants attacked. In response to a question, Jadoon con-

firmed action against policemen and jail officials responsible. He said the jail superintendent, deputy superintendent police and station house officers (SHOs) of three police stations were

suspended and put under interrogation. A committee of elders from the city visited the central jail on Wednesday. According to a delegation member, Yaseen Qureshi, “The jail is in ruins. The militants have set on fire the jail record and damaged various barracks.” Meanwhile, the KP government is also considering certain steps to avoid a DI Khan jail-like incident in future. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Shaukat Yousafzai said a high-level committee was being constituted to hold an enquiry. Action was taken against the district police officer and several other officials concerned. The TTP militants have confirmed the escape of their accomplices belonging to Quetta, Kurram Agency, Dera Ismail Khan and other parts of the country. The majority of the escaped prisoners were hardcore militants who were involved in terrorist acts and sectarian violence. Former member of the provincial assembly and leader of the banned Sipah-e-

Sahaba Pakistan, Khalifa Abdul Qayyum was also in the jail but he was not released by the militants during the attack. An official said Qayyum was under investigation in this respect. nAWAz, KHAttAK DIsCUss DI KHAn jAIlBREAK: Meanwhile in Islamabad, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif met Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak at the Prime Minister’s Office to discuss the attack and the jailbreak in Dera Ismail Khan. The prime minister stressed the need for ensuring joint efforts among the provinces and the federal government to avoid recurrence of such incidents in the future. Nawaz told the chief minister that the federal government was ready to provide all possible assistance to the provinces and expressed hope that the provincial government would take measures to address the issue. He hoped that the terrorists, who escaped, would be arrested soon and the culprits would be punished according to law.

chaudhry sarwar appointed punjab governor sana’s ‘teeli pehalwan’ LAHORE STAFF RePORT

President Asif Zardari on Wednesday appointed Chaudhry Sarwar as the new governor of Punjab. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday sent a summary to the president recommending Sarwar for the post. Sarwar is a British citizen who arrived from the United Kingdom and met Nawaz on the offers of two alternative posts, high commissioner to the UK or the Punjab governor. “Everything that I have learnt in my time in Britain – the knowledge and how to run institutions – I can use it for the benefit of Pakistanis,” said Sarwar, 60. “I can be a bridge between overseas Pakistanis and Pakistanis here and work for the betterment of both.” BACKGROUnD: Originally from Pakistan’s Toba Tek Singh district, Sarwar was elected as MP for Glasgow Govan in the 1997 general election, becoming Britain’s first Muslim MP. He was suspended from holding office within the Labour Party in 1997 when he was charged with election offences, but he was acquitted in 1999 and the suspension was lifted. This was probably because he played a crucial

role in bringing to justice the killers of Glasgow schoolboy Kriss Donald. The killers had fled to Pakistan, which has no extradition treaty with Britain. Through his political connections, Sarwar was able to get agreement on a one-off, no conditions attached, extradition

treaty. The killers then faced trial and were convicted for the murder. His nomination by Gordon Brown for a life peerage in the 2010 Dissolution Honours was blocked by the House of Lords Appointments Commission on the advice of HM Revenue and Customs, but the objections have since again been lifted. Sarwar has estimated assets of £16 million, mainly from the family’s wholesale cash and carry business, United Wholesale Grocers, which Sarwar and his brother founded in 1982. The brothers split the business in 2002, with Sarwar forming United Wholesale (Scotland) while his brother retained the previous name. On June 21, 2007, Sarwar announced he would not contest the 2010 general election. His son, Anas Sarwar, succeeded him as MP for the Glasgow Central seat. His son Athif Sarwar was accused of an £850,000 missing trader fraud in United Wholesale (Scotland) Limited while he was managing director in 2003. In 2011, the Court of Criminal Appeal overturned Athif’s earlier conviction in 2007 for the fraud. Sarwar was a remunerated director of the company, but never accused of involvement in the alleged fraud.

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Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah on Wednesday demanded Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak step down in the wake of the Dera Ismail Khan prison break incident, wondering what “teeli pehalwan” was doing for his province’s law and order. The PML-N leader was apparently referring to Khattak’s lanky stature. His words took even the prime minister and PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif by surprise, who asked his brother Shahbaz Sharif to rein in Sana from making provocative statements. On the other hand, KP Information Minister Shaukat Yousafzai said Rana Sanaullah’s “mental screws” need to be tightened and that the statement would cost the Punjab law minister dearly. Talking to reporters on Wednesday, Sana said PTI Chief Imran Khan should tell the people of Pakistan who

was responsible for the attack and how would the provincial government compensate the damages. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sharif directed Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to bar Sanaullah from making controversial statements. In the meeting of Council of Common Interests on Tuesday, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Rana Sanaullah should have avoided the statement demanding resignation of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister.

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