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Sunday, 1 September, 2013 Shawwal 24, 1434

Islamabad — Peshawar Edition

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PML-Q in Balochistan govt will thwart talks with Baloch rebels, Nawaz told Would-be car bomb recovered from sp’s house The Islamabad police on Saturday claimed to have foiled a terror bid by recovering a huge amount of explosive material from a car in the federal capital. According to police sources, the explosive-laden car was recovered from the house of Hamad Adil in the Bhara Kahu area. Hamad is the younger brother of SP Kamran Adil who is currently posted in Lahore. pag e 02

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Indian army kills five near Kashmir border

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The Indian army said Saturday it killed five suspected militants in northern Kashmir near the Line of Control (LoC), the heavily militarised de facto border dividing the disputed Himalayan territory between India and Pakistan. An Indian army spokesman claimed the alleged militants were infiltrating from Pakistanadministered Kashmir. pag e 02

While most rich people in Pakistan are willing to spend over Rs 200 million on custom-made SUVs and luxury vehicles, a gentleman can boast of a unique feat because he owns a Boeing 707 used for transporting VVIPs by paying just Rs 8.4 million to the Pakistan Air Force. The revelation was made in an audit report by the Defence Ministry. pag e 03


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QWP leader razaullah gunned doWn in lakki MarWat PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT

Unidentified gunmen killed Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) leader Razaullah and injured his driver in Lakki Marwat district of the troubled Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Saturday evening. A police officer at Naurang Police Station said that the QWP leader was on his way home when unidentified miscreants opened fire at his car near Gandi Chowk area, killing Razaullah on the spot and injuring his driver Momin. He said Razaullah’s car was being chased by the attackers before eventually opening fire at the stipulated time and place. The QWP leader was paternal uncle of Jamiat Ulema-eIslam-Fazl (JUI-F) MPA Anwar Hayat.

Mengal’s house attacked With grenades QUETTA OnlinE

While govt insists it’s talking Peace, taliban deny TTP sPokesMaN says MiLiTaNTs haveN’T received aNy offer of TaLks PESHAWAR AGEnCiES

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He Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on Saturday denied media reports that the government was holding peace talks with the insurgent group. Pakistani private media and most Urdu and english language dailies on Saturday ran headlines reporting the start of peace talks with the Taliban while some

said there had been initial contacts with the militants Shahidullah Shahid, main spokesman for the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) told Agence France Presse that no contacts had been made between the group and any government official. "I categorically deny the holding of peace talks on any level between the Taliban and Pakistani government," Shahid told AFP from an undisclosed location. "No contacts have even been made between us, nor have we received any offer to initiate peace talks" Shahid added. An english daily quoted Federal Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid as

saying the government was in secret talks with the TTP. "Unofficial talks between the government side and Taliban are in progress," Rashid had told the paper. Rashid said the government's main objective was to restore peace and it would do everything possible to achieve that. "We have to rid the country of the menace of terrorism for which all options would be utilized," Rashid was quoted as saying. BBC Urdu, quoting an unnamed senior government official and a Taliban commander, also reported the beginning of peace talks. "It is complete propaganda, the government must make it public if it

US drone strike kills four in NWA PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT Four suspected militants were killed on Saturday following a United States drone attack on a compound in the Mosaki village near Mirali Town of North Waziristan Agency (NWA). Ac-

Unidentified people on Saturday attacked the house of Balochistan National PartyMengal (BNPMengal) Chairman Sardar Akhtar Mengal with grenades in Railway Housing Society area of the city, media reported. According to reports, the attackers hurled two grenades at the house which exploded after crashing into trees. The BNP-Mengal chief was not at home at the time of the attack. No causality was reported. Reportedly, the residence was damaged partially.

cording to details, a US drone attacked a house allegedly occupied by militants, killing three of its occupants on the spot and injuring another, who later succumbed to his injuries. Those killed could not be identified so far, but locals said they included foreigners. Meanwhile, the Foreign Office has condemned the US drone strike. "These unilateral strikes are a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” a Foreign Office spokesman said in a statement. The spokesman added that Pakistan had

consistently maintained that drone strikes were counter-productive, entail loss of innocent civilian lives and had human rights and humanitarian implications. "Islamabad has repeatedly emphasized the importance of bringing an immediate end to drone strikes as such attacks set dangerous precedents in the interstate relations,” he said further. "These strikes have a negative impact on the mutual desire of both countries to forge a cordial and cooperative relationship and to ensure peace and stability in the region."

Would-be car bomb recovered from sp’s house ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad police on Saturday claimed to have foiled a terror bid by recovering a huge amount of explosive material from a car in the federal capital. According to police sources, the explosiveladen car was recovered from the house of Hamad Adil in the Bhara Kahu area. Hamad is the younger brother of Superintendent Police (SP) Kamran Adil who is currently posted in Lahore. Sources said the Bhara Kahu police recovered 170 kilogramme explosives from an Alto car bearing the registration number HK-505, which was parked at Adil Heights in the Kalma Town area. A senior police officer said Hamad had been taken into police custody but the police was not in a position to say anything

about the involvement of SP Kamran yet. He said the police, along with the bomb disposal squad, raided Hamad’s house following reports from intelligence agencies. The police officer said SP Kamran used to live at the house before shifting to Lahore but currently the house was being used by Hamad. During the raid, police recovered explosive material, detonators and other equipments from the car. The explosive material was concealed in the gas cylinder and a secret compartment of the car, he said. The Bhara Kahu police have registered an FIR against the Hamad. “We have started investigation. If we find evidence of SP Kamran’s involvement, we will definitely arrest him,” said the police officer. STAFF REPORT

has any proof of any such talks," Shahid said. The reports of peace talks emerged almost two weeks after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif made an offer to the extremists in his first televised address to the nation since taking office after winning elections in May. Previous peace deals have rapidly unravelled, and were criticised by the United States and at home for allowing militants space to regroup before launching new waves of attacks. The Taliban last Saturday removed a key commander for welcoming Sharif's call for dialogue. Ismatullah Muaweea, the head of the TTP in Punjab province, had said the prime minister had shown maturity.

indian arMy kills five near kashMir border SRINAGAR AGEnCiES

The Indian army said Saturday it killed five suspected militants in northern Kashmir near the Line of Control (LoC), the heavily militarised de facto border dividing the disputed Himalayan territory between India and Pakistan. An Indian army spokesman claimed the alleged militants were infiltrating from Pakistan-administered Kashmir into Tangdhar on the Indian side, 180 kilometres northwest of the region’s main city of Srinagar, when they were killed. Indian “soldiers fired upon a group of militants who were seen moving in the area during the night. Five bodies and six automatic rifles were recovered from there after firing from the militants stopped,” Col Rajesh Pandey told news agency AFP. AFP said the incident could not be independently verified. According to the Pakistani state-run news agency APP, Indian troops killed at least four men in a siege and search operation in Tangdhar area of Kupwara district. The incident comes a day after Indian police and troops claimed to have killed five other suspected militants in a forested area of Kangan, near Srinagar.

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Two civilians were injured on Saturday in Bajwat village near Sialkot due to unprovoked shelling and firing by the Indian security forces. The Indian army has also fired shells at the Warkhan and Bagh Shah Jamal posts along the Line of Control (LoC). Sources said one of the shells fired by the Indian artillery from across the international border landed on a house in Bajwat village, killing two civilians.


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141 nato containers looted, torched so far: balochistan govt QUETTA

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The Balochistan Home Ministry on Saturday said a total of 141 NATO containers and tankers were looted, torched and seven people were killed and more than a dozen wounded, while unofficial sources claimed that the number of incidents of looting NATO containers and tankers are much higher than the officially released data, Media reports said on Saturday. Sources said NATO containers and tankers have been carrying supplies for forces in Afghanistan from Karachi port to Chaman in Balochistan for about a decade, but since 2006 onward the incidents of looting and burning of containers and tankers not only started but continued rising in different parts of Balochistan mostly in Khuzdar, Mastung, outskirts of Quetta, Kuchlak, Qila Abdullah, Pishin and adjoining areas. No wonder, Nato looted goods from the containers are seen openly sold in the markets of the cities in the province. Former chief minister Aslam Raisani had admitted in the provincial assembly in July 2012 session that he was unable to provide security to NATO containers due to lack of resources.

yes To goverNMeNT’s diaLogue wiTh TaLiBaN, No To MiLiTary oPeraTioN iN karachi: asfaNdyar PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT

Awami National Party (ANP) Chairman Asfandyar Wali Khan said on Saturday that his party would support anyone who went for negotiations with the Taliban to end violence and terrorism in Pakistan. During a press conference at Wali Bagh in Charsadda, the ANP chairman said after coming to power in 2008, his party had initiated dialogue with the Taliban and Sufi Mohammad in Swat. He said the ANP had never opposed resolving the issue of terrorism and other disputes through political means. Asfandyar said that though Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has yet to host an All Parties Conference (APC), he has already declared his government’s anti-terrorism policies. The ANP chairman said the prime minister should have taken political parties into confidence before making his policies. However, he said that the ANP would support any political move of the present government for ensuring peace and ending violence and terrorism. In response to a question regarding the post-2014 situation when the United States-led troops pulled out of Afghanistan, Khan said, “Pakistan, Afghanistan and the US are the main stakeholders of the issue and should settle the matter through mutual understanding and coordinated efforts,” adding that all three needed to build trust and confidence amongst themselves. Regarding the Karachi situation, Asfandyar said only deweaponisation could ensure peace and stability in the city and that his party would favour the role of armed forces in the matter. “However, the ANP is against a military operation in Karachi,” he said.

He Government of Pakistan exploded a petrol bomb on its 180 million citizens late on Saturday night, boosting fuel prices by up to Rs 5. The Ministry of Petroleum approved a summary of increase in prices of petroleum products moved before it by the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority. The new prices took effect after midnight. The price of petrol has been increased by Rs 4.64 per litre. The new price is now Rs 109.14 per litre. The new price of high speed diesel has jumped to Rs 112.20 per litre with an increase of Rs 2.50 per litre, while Rs 4.70 per liter increase has been made in kerosene

oil which would now sell for Rs 105.58 per litre. The government had already raised oil prices by Rs4.99 per litre for August. OGRA had moved a summary to the Petroleum Ministry on Friday, proposing not to pass on the increase in international oil prices by adjusting the rate of Petroleum Levy (PL) on petroleum products to provide relief to the consumers. However, the OGRA proposal was opposed by the Finance Ministry. Vehemently criticising the Nawaz Sharif government for increasing petrol prices, several citizens Pakistan Today spoke to during a visit to filling stations said they had expected relief from the government but were disappointed by its performance thus far.

“The government is blindly following IMF’s dictations. Why do we have to suffer for the misdeeds of all previous governments?” said Sajjad Ali, a motorcyclist who was waiting to get his ride fuelled. “I have been searching for petrol since 10pm but the filling stations had put up No Sale signs. The sales started immediately after the new prices were announced,” he said. Waqar Masud, a banker, said the financial situation of the country was on tenterhooks. “There’s absolutely no business. Banks are willing to give loans but there are very few takers. With an increase in fuel prices, everything will get costlier and a day will come when even the basic utilities will go beyond our reach,” he said.

pML-Q in Balochistan govt will thwart talks with Baloch rebels, nawaz told ISLAMABAD TAYYAB HUSSAin

Baloch and Pashtun nationalist leaders have decided to jointly resist the efforts of inclusion of JUI-F and PML-Q lawmakers into Balochistan cabinet and Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) chief Mahmood Khan Achakzai has sought immediate intervention of the PM in this regard. Perturbed over the delay in expansion of Balochistan Cabinet, Achakzai has conveyed his displeasure to Nawaz Sharif, asking him to stop the "blackmailing tactics" by PML-N's Balochistan chief and senior minister Sanaullah Zehri who wanted to include PML-Q ministers in the cabinet. This move might sabotage reconciliation efforts launched by the Balochistan chief minister with Baloch militants. The JUI-F and PML-Q have been jointly ruling since year 2002 and both parties remained coalition partners during the past 11 years. A lawmaker told Pakistan Today that Achakzai on Thursday met Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and conveyed his anger over Zehri for conspiring against the Balochistan government. "Achakzai also told Nisar that the delay in cabinet formation not only was a hurdle in effective performance

of Balochistan government but also internal bickering was badly hurting performance of chief minister Dr Abdul Malik.” He also shared concerns about recent meeting of JUI-F chief Fazlur Rehman and Abdul Wasay with some federal ministers. He asked the prime minister to summon the leadership of Balochistan to Islamabad early next week and finalise the share of the coalition partners in the provincial cabinet. He also told Nisar that Zehri was playing a spoiler's role and should be snubbed forthwith. “Achakzai has decided that if these blackmailing tactics are not stopped, his party will leave Balochistan and federal governments and would sit on opposition benches," the lawmaker added. "Recent demand by Sanaullah Zehri has been to seek a share in Balochistan Cabinet for PML-Q lawmakers and he has asked the chief minister to appoint Asim Kurd Gelu as finance minister. Gelu was also finance minister in previous cabinet and has repute for corruption. His move is being strongly resisted by Baloch and Pashtoon nationalists who argue what would be justification if former ruling party, PML-Q and JUI-F, are included in the cabinet. This would not only erode the moral authority of Balochistan government but will also send very

negative signals to reconciliation efforts launched by Dr Malik with Baloch militant groups," the source added. explaining the background, the lawmaker said that after May 11 polls, the PkMAP had emerged as a majority party in the Balochistan Assembly. "Zehri, the PML-N chief of Balochistan chapter, however, included independent candidates into the PMLN fold claiming to form the government in Balochistan. The PkMAP did not object to his moves as a goodwill gesture toward Baloch leadership. However, Nawaz Sharif returned the favour to Achakzai by asking PkMAP chief to form government in Balochistan. But Achakzai preferred to give a chance to Baloch nationalist, Dr Abdul Malik Baloch, the National Party leader to become chief minister to send a goodwill gesture to Baloch nationalists," said the source. The source added that Zehri, on the other hand, was lobbying to become the chief minister soon after polls but Achakzai's move left Zehri high and dry. "Since he could not become chief minister, now Zehri is playing as spoiler which is unacceptable for us and the PkMAP lawmakers would prefer to join opposition benches rather than on treasury benches if he did not behave," the lawmaker concluded.

From Presidency to Lahore Zardari LikeLy To Live iN Lahore afTer QuiTTiNg PresideNcy To sTage a ‘PPP coMeBack’ iN PuNjaB LAHORE nADEEM SYED

President Asif Ali Zardari is due to arrive in Lahore soon after he quits the Presidency for the new president, Mamnoon Hussain. Sources in the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) said Zardari would reach Lahore on September 8 or 9. The PPP leadership expects that Zardari will make Lahore his permanent abode in order to revive the PPP in Pun-

jab, as the party is almost non-existent in the province post-May 11 general elections. Confirming the president’s arrival in Lahore, former minister and PPP provincial General Secretary Tanvir Ashraf Kaira said Zardari would spend most of his time in Punjab in the coming days and resume the PPP’s political activity in the province. Political observers and senior politicians think that Zardari’s presence in the provincial capital could improve the party’s future prospects in the political arena. Senator Kamil Ali Agha said, “The president can manage Sindh with occasional visits. However, he would have to work hard and spend time in the province to revive the PPP in Punjab,”

adding that the PPP was strong enough to stage a comeback any time. Previously, it was uncertain whether Asif would stay in Pakistan after quitting the Presidency or leave the country to avoid any litigation regarding the Swiss cases. Opposition leader Khursheed Shah and other sources have said that the president would stay back in Pakistan and indulge in active politics. However, it is reported that the president would initially shuttle in and out of the country after quitting the Presidency, waiting for the present judicial leadership to exit. Meanwhile, it is reported that the Supreme Court has barred the president from leaving the country after the expiry of his term.

need a vviP boeing 707 just for rs 8.4M? contact Paf! ISLAMABAD: While most rich people in Pakistan are willing to spend over Rs 200 million on custom-made SUVs and luxury vehicles, a gentleman can boast of a unique feat because he owns a Boeing 707 used for transporting VVIPs by paying just Rs 8.4 million to the Pakistan Air Force. The revelation was made in an audit report by the Defence Ministry which revealed that a VVIP Boeing 707 aircraft of the Pakistan Air Force was sold or Rs 8.4 million only. The sale which took place in 2008 was not in consultation with the Finance Division. The plane was sold to a private individual without an auction. Documents provided by PAF read that the Boeing 707 was in “good condition”. Neither the book value nor the purchase price of the plane was provided for the audit. According to PAF officials, the case was reviewed in the Air Headquarters before the aircraft deal and it was suggested to the Lahore Air Force base that the aircraft should be auctioned. The audit calls for the Defence Ministry to probe the sale of the plane and hold those responsible accountable. inP

sattar says 5 Corps suFFICIent to BrIng peaCe In KaraChI ISLAMABAD: Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) Convener Dr Farooq Sattar said that the present deployment of 5-Corps in Karachi was sufficient to ensure peace in the city. “I am not talking about recalling troops from the eastern or western borders for deployment in Karachi. 5Corps which is already present in Karachi is enough for maintaining law and order in the city,” Sattar said in an interview with a private TV channel. Dens of criminals are operating in the city, he said, adding that the Kuchi community must be resettled in a peaceful manner by the police, rangers or army. “I will talk to Chaudhry Nisar in this regard,” he revealed. The word Muhajir (refugee) holds much significance in Pakistan, he said, adding that calling into question the patriotism of anyone without any reason was not correct. “Those who migrated to Karachi following the Swat operation included terrorists as well and we had demanded, at that time, that refugees should be checked but this was not done,” he remarked. He demanded that those behind filing the report about the Muhajir Liberation Front needed to be exposed. Furthermore, he said the country’s economy was being adversely affected due to deteriorating law and order situation in Karachi, adding that traders were abandoning their businesses and investments were not being undertaken. A successful operation was conducted in Swat, Malakand and South Waziristan, he said, adding that Pakistan’s Chief Justice had also stated that the police and rangers had failed in Karachi. “In this situation I should demand for calling whom instead of the army,” he stated. Democracy has not failed; he said, adding that democracy was destined to succeed in the country. OnlinE


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al Qaeda affiliate urges attacks on egyptian army DUBAI AGEnCiES

One of al Qaeda's most militant affiliates has called on egyptians to take up arms against their army, saying a bloody crackdown on Islamist protesters showed peaceful methods were futile, according to an Internet statement posted on Saturday. Scores of egyptian security forces have been killed in a series of attacks by suspected Islamist militants mostly in egypt's Sinai Peninsula - since Islamist President Mohamed Morsi was deposed last month. Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood renounced violence

paKIstanI student BreaKs WorLd reCord ISLAMABAD APP

Pakistani students have bagged a plethora of As and A+s at the edexcel in Cambridge International examinations (CIe) and International General Certificate of Secondary education (IGCSe) and A Level examinations June 2013 session. In the exacting tradition of Froebel's, students have set the standards high for achievement and swept the two boards with outstanding results, said a press release issued here on Saturday. The school's star student, Haroon Tariq, has beaten the current world record and secured a phenomenal 40 As across IGCSe, O Level and A Level subjects - both the humanities and sciences such as Human & Social Biology, Islamic Religion & Culture, Physics, Chemistry, Global Development etc. This is an outstanding feat of achievement, putting Pakistan at centre-stage and in the global spotlight.

decades ago and denies any links with militants, including those in Sinai who have gained strength since President Hosni Mubarak was forced to step down in 2011. "There is nothing more right in God's religion (Islam) than those who speak of the infidelity, reneging on Islam and abandonment of religion, and call for the necessity to fight these armies, foremost of which is the egyptian army," said Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, spokesman for the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), according to the Arabic recording. "The egyptian army is part and a mere copy of these armies which are seeking in a

deadly effort to prevent God's laws from being adopted and trying hard to consecrate the principles of secularism and man-made laws," he said. Mounting insecurity in Sinai worries the United States because the area is next to Israel and the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, as well as the Suez Canal. Adnani lashed out at the Brotherhood and the smaller, Salafist al-Nour party, saying they have been co-opted to non-violence and what he called the futile secular approach to power through elections and democracy, which he said had left Muslim Brotherhood members either in jail, dead or fugitives.

Iraqi militia vows to attack us interests if syria hit BAGHDAD AGEnCiES

An Iraqi Shia militia group said on Friday it would attack US interests in Iraq and the region if Washington carries out a military strike on Syria. President Barack Obama said on Friday the United States was still in the planning process for a response to the chemical weapons use in Syria. "All their interests and facilities in Iraq and the region will be targeted by our militants if the United States insists on attacking Syria," a spokesman for the Iraqi militia group al-Nujaba'a told Reuters by telephone, without giving details. Al-Nujaba'a is an umbrella group which includes Iraqi Shia militants who have crossed into neighbouring Syria to fight alongside

troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Assad is from the Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shia Islam. The group includes fighters of the Asaib al-Haq and Kata'ib Hezbollah militias and the Mehdi army militia of anti-US Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, which was mostly disbanded after its defeat by Iraqi and US forces in 2008. Syria's war has been a delicate foreign policy problem for Iraq's Shia leadership. Baghdad is close to Iran, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's ally, but insists it takes no sides as the Syrian conflict widens a regional Shia-Sunni divide. Shia militants threatened to strike US interests in Iraq in September last year over a film about the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) that triggered protests in Libya, egypt and Yemen.

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oBaMa ready For War But WILL FIrst seeK Congress’ approVaL WASHINGTON AGEnCiES

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Former federal minister for ports and shipping and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader, Babar Ghauri has denied allegations of having a role in thousands of NATO containers going missing from the Karachi port. “I am facing allegations of getting 19,000 NATO containers out of the port. No minister can get even a single container out … only FBR gives clearance to containers,” Ghauri told reporters, adding that the Supreme Court should get the matter thoroughly investigated. “Whatever probe is done, I am ready to cooperate,” he added. Ghauri said a conspiracy was being hatched against the MQM. “We respect everyone and in return expect our rival parties to honour our mandate,” he said. He said the “downtrodden people” of Pakistan, including those living in Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Mirpur Khas and Nawabshah must not be pushed against the wall.

S President Barack Obama said Saturday he will ask the US Congress to authorise military action against Syria, lifting the threat of immediate strikes on President Bashar alAssad’s regime. Addressing reporters in the Rose garden, Obama said he had decided he would go ahead and take military action on Syria but he believed it was important for American democracy to win the support of lawmakers. The decision represents a significant gamble for Obama, who has an estranged relationship with lawmakers, especially Republicans, and he risks suffering the same fate as British Prime Minister David Cameron, who lost his own vote on authorising military action in parliament. “I will seek authorisation

for the use of force from the American people’s representatives in Congress,” Obama said. Obama said that Congressional leaders had agreed to schedule a debate as soon as lawmakers return from their summer break. That is not due to take place until September 9. There was no immediate suggestion that the House of Representatives and the Senate would be called back into session early. There had been growing expectations in Washington

that military action could even happen as soon as this weekend, but Obama’s decision means that will now not happen. Nevertheless, the president also said that he had decided that military force should be the price for what the United States says is the “undeniable” use of chemical weapons by Syria. “Our military has positioned assets in the region,” Obama said. “We are prepared to strike whenever we choose.”

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The United Nations on Saturday vehemently rejected suggestions that the world body was somehow stepping aside to allow US air strikes on Syria over an alleged chemical attack, saying its humanitarian work in the conflict-ravaged nation would continue. "I have seen all kinds of reporting suggesting that the departure of the chemical weapons team somehow opens a window for military action of some kind," UN spokesman Martin Ne-

sirky told reporters. "Frankly, that's grotesque, and it's also an affront to the more than 1,000 staff, UN staff, who are on the ground in Syria delivering humanitarian aid and who will continue to deliver critical aid," he said. UN experts arrived in the Netherlands on Saturday with evidence gathered in their investigation of a poison gas attack in Syria. Also on Saturday, President Barack Obama said he had decided the United States should strike Syrian government targets, but that he would seek a congressional vote for any military action.

SHANGHAI: A liquid ammonia leak from a refrigeration unit at a cold storage facility in Shanghai on Saturday has killed 15 people and injured 26 others, local authorities said. The leak occurred at 10:50 am local time (0250 GMT / 10:50 p.m. EDT) at Shanghai Weng's Cold Storage Industrial Co. Ltd., located in the Baoshan district of eastern Shanghai, the Shanghai municipal government said on its official Sina Weibo account. Six of those injured were in a critical condition, the govt said. AGEnCiES


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ZAD Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) President Sardar Yaqoob Khan on Saturday said the Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC) wanted a peaceful solution of the Kashmir issue. Addressing the launching ceremony of ‘Youth Forum For Kashmir (YFK)’ here, the AJK President said that the day was not far when the whole Kashmir would become a part of Pakistan. He said that the Kashmiris were sacrificing their lives for right to self-determination and their movement for liberation would continue until its logical end. Sardar Yaqoob praised the efforts of Mian Muhammad Somroo and YFK Chairman Sardar Asadullah Khan for launching the forum and hoped that YFK would also play a positive role for resolving the Kashmir issue. Speaking on the occasion, AJK Prime Minister Chaudhry Abdul Majeed said that both Pakistan and India were nuclear powers, which were the main stakeholders in the

Sikandar is of sound mind, did not attempt escape from PIMS ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT

Sikandar did not try to flee from hospital said the PIMS hospital spokeswoman where the Islamabad gunman has been admitted for treatment. Dr Aisha told reporters on Saturday Sikandar, the gunman who brought the federal capital to a standstill, is psychologically stable. According to the spokeswoman, Sikandar was being kept at the hospital because of his wound but his condition has been improving. “He is being treated by surgical and orthopaedic teams.” Dr Aisha added that police could record Sikandar’s statement and he was being provided security at the hospital. On August 15, Sikandar accompanied by his wife and two kids engaged in an armed standoff with security forces for several hours at the Jinnah Avenue. Brandishing two semi-automatic guns and firing shots in the air, Sikandar was finally apprehended following the intervention of

PPP leader Zamrud Khan. Sikandar and his wife Kanwal were injured and taken to the PIMS hospital. Kanwal was released from the hospital and was taken into custody by police.

ewa staff barred from using derogatory language against aiou vc ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court has barred the Employees Welfare Association (EWA) members of the Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) from using derogatory language against the vice-chancellor. The court in its order observed that the AIOU employees could not be permitted to misuse the benefit of the interim relief, which was given to the EWA on the plea against Vice Chancellor Dr Nazir Sangi. The judgment has come in the wake of the protest launched by a group of the AIOU employees at the main campus against the VC. The single-member IHC bench of Justice Noorul Haq Qureshi conducted the proceedings of application filed by the university management against Malik Saeed and other EWA members for allegedly using derogatory language against the VC and the administration. During the course of hearing, the counsel for the petitioner apprised the court about the alleged misbehaviour and bad conduct of Malik Saeed, who along with his companions, used derogatory language against the VC. It may be mentioned here that the Employees Welfare Association had earlier been given interim relief by the court that the management would not take any action against its members in view of their participation in the protest. APP

Kashmir dispute. The issue should be resolved peacefully, otherwise it could explode into a nuclear war, he added. He praised the Muslim leadership of Indian-held Kashmir (IHK) for their stand on the issue and sacrifices for the right to self-determination. He said that the sacrifices of Kashmiris would not go in vain. Sahibzada Sultan Ahmad Ali said that the

international organisations should have to break their silence on the oldest conflict as the United Nations had not been able to implement its own 63-year old resolutions. earlier, many speakers highlighted the different aspects of the Kashmir issue. They said that the long standing issue should be resolved in accordance with the aspirations of the Kashmiris and the UN resolutions.


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fgehf fails to develoP sector g-14 in 9 years ISLAMABAD: The Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation (FGEHF) has failed to develop sector G-14 despite lapse of nine years. Development work in sector G-14/2 and 3 is going at a snail’s pace. The survey of houses has not been completed in sector G-14/1. Thousands of allottees, including retired government employees, have expressed concern over the inordinate delay in initiation of development work in sector G-14, saying they are living in rented houses even after their retirement. They have appealed to the minister of state for housing, the housing secretary and the housing foundation DG to expedite the development work in the sector so that they could construct their homes there. OnlinE

girl burnt to death in house fire RAWALPINDI: A girl was burnt to death and five others, including a couple and three children, suffered severe burn wounds after a house caught fire due to gas leakage on Saturday. According to rescue sources, the fire erupted after a family member lit match in the house in Car Chowk, Rawalpindi. The fire spread rapidly and engulfed the entire house. Police, rescue personnel and people reached the scene and rescued the people stuck inside the house. The injured were rushed to burn unit of Holy Family Hospital where a girl succumbed to her wounds. According to hospital sources, condition of five scorched people was serious. inP

21 outlaWs arrested RAWALPINDI: Rawalpindi police claimed to have arrested 21 outlaws and a drunkard from different areas of the district with drugs, liquor and illegal weapons. Kahuta police arrested Riasat and seized 510 grams of charas, while Murree police held Hakeem Khan with 800 grams of charas. Similarly Pirwadhai police nabbed Nasir and seized 500 grams of charas from him. Suleman was booked for having 305 grams of charas. Bunni police arrested Rafaqat for having 10 bottles of liquor, while Ghulam Nabi was nabbed with 10 liquor bottles. Shahid Masih was sent behind the bars for having 10 bottles of liquor. Saleem, Arslan, Abu Tahir, Khawar Zaman, Ahsan, Waqar, Kamran, Ghulab Shah and Abbas were rounded up for carrying illegal weapons. Other accused were arrested on recovery of drugs and liquor. Meanwhile, Morgah police apprehended Raza Ahmed as he was allegedly under the influence of alcohol. APP

RAWALPINDI: A man repairs a water turbine at his home on Saturday as several areas in the city are suffering from acute shortage of potable water. OnlinE

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He Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP) is committed to safer road environment in the city, Assistant Inspector General of Police (Operations) Sultan Azam Temuri said this on Saturday during a walk. The walk was organised by ITP in collaboration with the Atlas Honda, the Roots Millennium School, the Angelique School and the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI). SSP (Traffic) Dr Moeen Masood, SP (Traffic) Asmatullah Junejo, Programme Coordinator Ayesha Jamil, Atlas Honda Regional Manager Service Kalbe Hussain Rizvi, ICCI President Zafar Bakhtawari and students from Roots Millennium School, Angelique School and people from various walks of life

participated. Temuri was the chief guest at the walk held in connection with World Road Safety Day. The walk started from China Chowk and culminated at express Chowk. The AIG said that Islamabad police is committed to bridging the police- community gap. He said that organising road safety education walk has the basic objective to inculcate traffic sense among the all segments of the society. Following the directions from Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, the AIG said that ITP started campaign in near past with focus to curb practices of driving unregistered vehicles, wheelie, under-age driving, driving without licences and ensuring lane discipline. He said that traffic system would be made exemplary in the Capital and road safety to be ensured to the citizens. AIG (Operations) said Islamabad would be made accident free city with responsible attitude of people on roads and by efforts of traffic policemen. SSP (Traffic) Dr Moeen said that ITP is taking steps to inculcate road sense among the road users and this walk is the part of same campaign. The participants of the walk also assured their full support to ITP for secure road environment in the Capital.

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PTI Central Information Secretary Shireen Mazari on Saturday said there was no dark design behind the slight delay in PTI submitting its annual financial statement to the eCP. PTI has always stood by its commitment to transparency which is why its leadership had voluntarily placed their assets on the PTI website, said a press release issued. Dr Mazari viewed that the slight delay in submission of accounts to the eCP only means that PTI wants to ensure that every minute financial detail is made transparent. The reason for the delay in submission of PTI’s annual returns is due to the exceptional voluminous work required this year as it has been a busy year for PTI unlike other political parties, she said. She added that the PTI conducted intra-party elections followed almost immediately by the general elections and then the byelections. As a result of these activities, the PTI staff and its auditors have had to deal with extraordinary amount of information and financial details, she maintained.

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Police rescue abducted boy RAWALPINDI: Police on Saturday rescued a kidnapped child and arrested four abductors and seized arms during a raid at a house. According to details, Shahzeb, a student of VIII grade was abducted some 12 days ago while on his way home from school in Sialkot. The abductees later shifted him to Rawalpindi. However, the police traced the accused and raided a house in Rawalpindi and arrested four members of the gang and seized arms from them. The boy was handed over to his parents. The police said that the accused were members of an inter-provincial gang and wanted by police in dozens of robberies, kidnapping for ransom, murders and attempted murders. inP

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ISLAMABAD: AIG (Operation) Sultan Azam Temuri and SSP Traffic Dr Moeen Masood lead the Road Safety Walk from China Chowk to Express Chowk on Saturday. inP

Decision has been taken to make new recruitment of teachers against 1858 vacant posts in all the schools of district Rawalpindi. Only 28 seats of arts subjects’ teachers will be filled through new enrolment while over 1,000 arts teachers seats are lying vacant in the schools. Most of the vacant seats will be filled of science and mathematics teachers. All the candidates for these posts will have to pass the entry test with more than 50 percent marks and those who will secure more than fifty percent marks will be called for interview. The age limit for female candidates has been set 38 years and for male candidates 35 years. The Punjab SeS Teachers Association has demanded that age limit for male candidates be also fixed 38 years.


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ORMeR ministers from the 2013 caretaker government, newly-elected federal and provincial parliamentarians and civil society representatives were on the same page in demanding clear guidelines and well-defined laws that explain the mandate, functioning and neutrality of future caretaker governments. The demand was made at a consultative forum organised by Democracy Reporting International (DRI) on Saturday. Former federal caretaker minister Dr Sania Nishtar chaired the event. The speakers highlighted that the purpose of the caretaker government was to create a conducive environment for elections, ensuring the neutrality of state machinery in order to facilitate smooth transfer of power from one government to another. However, both sides of the table-technocrats who served in the caretaker cabinets at federal and provincial level as well as the parliamentarians were candid in sharing that the caretaker set up needed to be reformed so that it lived up to the spirit of the constitutional provi-

sions envisaged in the 18th and 20th amendments. Former caretaker federal minister Dr Sania Nishtar said: “any outgoing government should communicate strategic policy decisions to the next government and in the case of caretaker government it becomes all the more important given that it is meant to be a bridge between one government and the next.” Sania Nishtar’s handover papers were widely appreciated both domestically and internationally as they set a precedent in transparency in decision-making and self-accountability. “Accountability is a central thread in governance. By making public my handover papers, I wanted to voluntarily submit myself for accountability,” she said. However, she insisted that the mechanism for accountability of public office holders needed to be in place in a systematic way as the lack thereof was a root cause of all problems. Former caretaker information minister Arif Nizami said working in the caretaker set up was highly challenging because there was lack of coordination among the key stakeholders of the system including the prime minister, president and chief election commissioner. He admitted that there was lack of transparency on part of some key institutions and it was because the limits were not well defined by law. Former caretaker law minister Ahmer Bilal Soofi said the caretaker government succeeded in smooth transition and transfer of power despite many fears which loomed over the caretaker government that the elections would be postponed on the pretext of law and order situation. He said limitations on the role of caretaker government were implicit in the constitution that’s why he advocated against taking any decisions which had

long term implications. “A code of conduct should clearly define the roles and put the limitations in place” he said. Member National Assembly from Pakistan the Tahreek-Insaf (PTI) Shafqat Mahmood said the caretakers should only focus on conducting elections and providing enabling environment for the elections. “With unrepresentative mandate, caretakers are only supposed to control the steering of government functions instead of going too much left and right” he suggested. Senator Hasil Bizanjo of the National Party said ideally they should aspire for the political maturity and democratic development to the extent where they did not even need the caretakers and had trust in the existing institutions to conduct free and fair elections. “If the eCP is strong enough and people have trust in it, we don’t even need caretakers but in the given situation we need to improve the system and have a set mandate for caretakers.” Senator Jahangir Bader of the PPP suggested that there should be clearly defined criteria for the appointment of caretaker ministers and caretakers should not indulge into any major policy decisions and controversial appointments. Prior to the 2013 general elections, the Democracy Reporting International (DRI) produced a working paper on the scope, mandate and role of the caretaker government in Pakistan. The paper presented guiding principles for the government in election period and outlined recommendations for strengthening the institution of the caretaker government by defining the responsibilities and the authority of caretaker officials. While presenting key features of the DRI recommendations, its Country Director Vladimir Pran said: “there should be a

clearly defined legislation outlining the limits of policy/decision-making authority of the caretaker government by establishing concrete criteria for decisions that go beyond ordinary matters of administration.” Other speakers including former caretaker ministers Maqbool Rahimtoola, Mussarat Qadeem, MNA SA Iqbal Qadri, Sharmila Farooqi, Shafi Muhammad Jamote, Senator Rubina Khalid, Senator Farah Aqil, Deputy Speaker of KP Assembly Imtiaz Shahid, MNA Asia Nasir and a number of MPAs from all four provinces also addressed on the occasion. All of them supported the recommendation that the parliament needs to take charge of legislative responsibility to formalise the framework for the future caretaker governments. Following up recommendations of the european Union election Observation Mission 2008 (eUeOM), the DRI paper presented guiding principles for the government in election period and outlined recommendations for strengthening the institution of the caretaker government by defining the responsibilities and the authority of caretaker officials. In post-elections context, the DRI continues to work on recommendations, building on the recent caretaker experience and initiatives to formalise basic principles of caretaker setup. The DRI’s work is in line with recommendation of the eU election Observation Mission 2013 “the mandate, functioning and neutrality of future caretaker governments be more clearly defined in the law.” This recommendation is based on International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) to which Pakistan is a signatory.

10 terrorists killed in Balochistan QUETTA APP Two commanders among ten terrorists were killed in Mand area of Balochistan on Saturday, official sources confirmed. An FC spokesman said that an FC convoy was on routine patrolling when the armed men ambushed them in Dokob area of Mand District. The personnel repulsed the attack and shot killed 10 terrorists while several others suffered injuries. Two commanders were among the dead, the spokesman claimed. Soon after the incident, FC personnel launched a search operation in the area to track down the suspects.

PISHIN: A tribal elder administers polio drops to a child during the inaugural ceremony of a three-day anti-polio campaign in the area on Saturday. inP

national security cabinet coMMittee bodes Well for Peace: seMinar sPeakers aT safMa seMiNar say The coMMiTTee shouLd PLay aN advisory roLe aNd PM shouLd Make The fiNaL decisioN LAHORE STAFF REPORT

Speakers at a seminar organised on Saturday under the banner of South Asia Free Media Association (SAFMA) termed the establishment of a cabinet committee on national security as a positive step towards peace and stability in the country and stressed that the committee play the role of an advisory body to formulate a comprehensive national security policy. The speakers agreed that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif should be the final and decisive authority regarding security matters. They said that any matter requiring consideration should be openly debated upon in the parliament. Lauding the prime minister’s decision to include both civilian and military high-ups in the proposed cabinet committee, they said that in the future, all national security stakeholders should be on the same page so that peace could be restored in the country. Allama Sidiq Azhar briefed the audience about the topic and also provided a historical background of the National Security Council (NSC), saying it was a vital initiative taken by the prime minister as the need for devising a ‘national anti-terrorism policy’ was increasing with the every passing moment. He said the gap between the political and military leadership in the past had prevented the formulation of such an institution. Former ambassador and foreign relations expert Khalid Mahmood said a cabinet defence committee was formed during Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’s government but it had cabinet ministers as members and three army heads, including the joint chief of army staff, were only invitees. He said all formalities and work on the establishment of a secretariat for the proposed cabinet committee was being done rapidly. He said the immediate responsibility of the committee was to devise a national security policy that would help formulate the country’s foreign policy. Another speaker, Dr Hassan Askari Rizvi emphasisised the need to decide the basic functions of the committee, adding that in the absence of clear direction, the committee would not be able to fulfill the needs for which it was being formulated. Regarding the legal position of the committee’s formation, he said, “Basically it is a cabinet committee and as all four supreme commanders of the army have been declared its members, the prime minister must pass an executive order or take the matter to the parliament.” He said that as the committee would have its own secretariat and would require a budget, the matter would ultimately be decided by the parliament. SAFMA member Imtiaz Alam lauded the prime minister for this initiative and emphasised that the committee play an advisory role only, with the prime minister being the decisive authority, otherwise the committee could turn into a ‘supercabinet’.

PM’s address to nation, ray of hope UzMA INTEzAR Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif’s address quenched the thirsty nation as the nation was eagerly waiting for his Address. After a long span of 14 Years, Prime Minister Address to the nation was the great opportunity for him to discuss his reservations and hopes with the public and for which he deserves appreciation. Nawaz Sharif rightly pointed out serious challenges that need solution such as terrorism that was endangering the very survival of the country and a worst kind of load-shedding that had paralyzed its economy the result of which is that investors have refused to invest in the country. The threatening insecurity and poor law an order situation is further worsening the situation. PM discusses the positive and effective measures and initiatives to mitigate the energy crises in the country and his promise that theses crises would be overcome in his constitutional tenure is a source of satisfac-

tion for the public. Massive theft of electricity and gas has also exacerbated the load-shedding problem and for which the present government has launched a campaign against power and gas theft and it would continue with full resolve. PM declared in his speech that a consensus national energy policy had been approved after incorporating input from all provinces which was an important milestone in efforts to overcome the electricity crisis. He also discusses long term measures to mitigate the electricity crisis that includes coalbased power plants with an aggregate capacity of 6600 MW at Gaddani, establishment of plants at Thar and the direction of Hydro-Power Neelum Jhelum to be completed by 2016. As far as terrorism is concerned, he admitted that our administrative organizations, our agencies and our judicial system has failed to meet the terrorists challenges successfully due to which and our judicial system has failed to meet the terrorist chal-

lenges successfully due to which the issues like jail breaking, murders and extortion occurs and the public is justified in asking the question why the government has failed to curb terrorism and not initiated the effective steps for this issues. He is of view that terrorism is the result of bad polices. Lack of proper training for the intelligence agencies and the non availability of modern weapons

to these agencies are main hurdles in diminishing terrorism in the country. He firstly expressed his desire to change the situation of inertia in the concerned organization .His speech was in fact the voice of every heart bearing and sensible person. PM in his speech is shown committed to control terrorism, through he gave the option of negotiation to terrorist and their organization but in any way, the commitment is to curb terrorist either by force or negotiation to bring peace in the country. He also gave the open option of negotiation with the political parties for a better solution of this problem and to eradicate this problem from the root. The initial steps toward the solution of load shedding and law and order situation is blow of gentle breeze for the businessmen and with surety it can be said that if government materialize theses positive and immediate steps progress and prosperity in a step ahead for Pakistan. The grave situation of corruption in the country which is having the firm roots in

the foundation of country and was growing faster is main part of PM’s speech. Regarding corruption he discussed the once enlightened organization like PIA,WAPDA and Railways which are constant in losses simply because of corruption and giving the losses of 5000 billion annually and approximately the deficit of 25 billion has occurred to the country which is huge burden on country’s economy. By his speech, his eagerness to control theses issues is shown. Prime Minister also discusses the issue of rampant killing, murders and law and order situation in Karachi and Baluchistan and makes a clear cut statement that era of senselessness and ignorance has now been ended. Baluchistan can’t be ignored .There are many challenges, Maladministration , corruption, inefficiency, nepotism and wrong decision has firm root in this province .There is no clear cut policy of handling theses issues but now the time has come to give a solution of theses problems by a clear cut policy.


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the end of March. The ANP Central election Commission (eC)/Organising Committee will be headed by Senator Mohammad Adeel who will be assisted by Senator Baaz Mohammad Khan, Bushra Gohar, Rana Mubarak, Haji Shafiq, Major (r) Masroor Baig, Dr Mohammad Akram Khan, Farooq Bangash, Sultan Mandokhel, Advocate Daud Khan and Abdul Malik Panizai. Former senator Bashir Khan Mattak will serve as the chairman of the ANP Central eC in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). Asfandyar said the central, provincial, district and union council (UC) level bodies of the party were dissolved according to the

recommendations of the party’s fact-finding committee, constituted for the reasons and those responsible for the party’s failure in the May 11 general elections. “The ANP organisations and the previous KP government have been held respon-

sible for the party’s failure in the general elections,” he said, adding that the party’s high-ups had therefore decided to give an opportunity to workers to elect new office bearers of the party. The ANP chairman said the provincial eCs would constitute district-level commissions by September 15, which would then constitute UC bodies by the end of September. The membership drive would be completed by November, UC-level organisations by December and district-level oraganisations by January, he said. On the completion of district-level organisations, provincial elections under the supervision of the central eC would be held in February, he said, adding that elections for the central cabinet would be held from March 1to March 15. Asfandyar said he hoped to satisfy the party workers by dissolving the party’s organisations and holding fresh polls for the

party offices. He said that no single person was held responsible for the party’s failure in the May 11 elections but he and other party members had already confessed their shortfalls which had led to the party’s defeat. Replying to a question, Asfandyar said the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) was mandated by people to govern the province and had the right to complete its tenure. He said the ANP would never become part of any move to destabilise the PTI coalition government in KP. However, showing disappointment over the KP gpvernment’s performance, he said the “masses are the best judge”. Asfandyar said the general election results were manipulated and the ANP candidates were not allowed to campaign, which lead to the party’s defeat but despite having reservations over the election results, the ANP had accepted them in the larger interests of the country and democracy, he said.

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CHAMAN: Afghan refugee children run after a garbage truck on Saturday in hope of finding reusable items. inP

Sri Lankan customs agents claim to have seized 250 kilograms of heroin worth $19 million from a container sent from Pakistan in what an official says was the largest-ever stock of heroin nabbed in South Asia. Customs Director Mali Piyasena says the heroin was found on Friday at a terminal in the capital, Colombo. The heroin was concealed inside 17,500 small grease cans packed into a large container sent from Karachi. Piyasena says a Pakistani national and three Sri Lankans were arrested in connection with the seizure and will be handed over to the police narcotics division after the completion of a customs investigation. He said it was the largest-ever haul of heroin seized in South Asia. Officials say Pakistan is primarily a transit country for opiates and heroin produced in Afghanistan and over 200 tonnes - estimated to be worth between $25 and $30 billion - annually passes through Pakistan “safely”. Pakistan customs officials say between 210 and 240 tonnes of heroin was smuggled from Afghanistan and reached the global market after passing through Pakistan in the year 2011.

Mission jailbreak, take 2, action! rasheed, a PrisoN escaPee who PLaNNed The di khaN jaiLBreak, says The PurPose of his grouP, aNsaraL aseer, is To reLease his feLLows sTiLL BehiNd The Bars ISLAMABAD AGEnCiES

The young Pakistani militant pounds a boxing bag, removes a pistol from its holster and fires in slow motion across sunlit fields. “After eight years in a death cell, he came out and is now back on the battlefield,” intones the YouTube video voiceover. Adnan Rasheed, the long-haired, laughing star of the video, escaped that death cell and set up an Islamist group specialising in jailbreaks, masterminding the July 30 raid on Dera Ismail Khan prison that freed 250 prisoners, including Taliban militants. A well-funded alliance of fighters armed with explosives and rocket-propelled grenades, carried out the raid with militarylike precision. Militants from the Pakistani and Afghan Taliban, the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, banned Sunni sectarian group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and al Qaeda cooperated in the jailbreak, security officials and mili-

tants have said. Several militant groups have broken up after short periods and the durability of Ansaral Aseer is not yet clear. But the story of 33-year-old Rasheed, jailed for trying to assassinate former president Pervez Musharraf, illustrates how low-ranking footsoldiers can evolve into prominent militant commanders. AN OFFICER NICKNAMED ‘TALIBAN’: As a young air force officer, Rasheed dreamt of studying in Germany, he told the militant magazine, Azan. He decided to join the Afghan Taliban after the Sept 11 attacks on the United States. His desertion earned him the nickname ‘Taliban’ and 14 days in military jail. Later, he tried to become a suicide bomber but returned to the air force, discouraged after his militant group split and also because he wanted to fight against India, Rasheed told the magazine. In 2003, angered by Musharraf’s alliance with the US, Rasheed and three other members of the air force tried to assassinate Musharraf. They were jailed, but last year Rasheed escaped with nearly 400 other inmates when militants attacked the prison. Since then, Rasheed has appeared in two videos of Ansaral Aseer, dedicated to freeing militant prisoners. In a video released in January, Rasheed can be seen sitting crosslegged under a tree with two bearded men who speak Russian and German. “My beloved brothers behind the bars ...I did not forget you.” Rasheed says in Urdu. “The purpose of this group is to make your

release possible by all means,” he says in the video. In a second video called “Death Squad for Musharraf”, Rasheed threatens to send the former president, charged with the 2007 murder of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, “to hell” and his small group of masked fighters perform push ups, leapfrogs and shooting exercises. Last month, Rasheed wrote a letter justifying the Taliban's attempted killing of Malala Yousafzai, a campaigner for girls’ education in Pakistan. So far, Rasheed's group is relatively unknown. The Taliban have other well-established sub-units, including the Tora Shpa or “Black Night” which raises cash through bank robberies and kidnappings, and the Khorasan, who torture and kill those suspected of directing drone strikes. AL QAEDA BACKING: Ansaral Aseer was funded by the Taliban and helped by al Qaeda trainers, two Taliban militants said. “Ansaral Aseer's aim is to attack the jails and sub-jails where our ‘mujahideen’ brothers are present,” a senior Taliban commander said. “Financially it is supported by a number of groups, al Qaeda provides support and training on how to use weapons to the new recruits,” he said. Militant sub-groups frequently disband or change names as loyalties shift or to confuse the security services,” said Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) Research Center official Saifullah Mahsud. The FATA Research Center tracks militant activity in Pakistan's tribal areas. The Ansaral Aseer group was unheard of, even amongst militants, before the DI Khan jailbreak, he

said. He said that the attack highlighted the militants' ability to infiltrate the security forces. A handful of fighters started to forge contacts with the police and other prison personnel, three months before the attack, a security official said. One such sympathiser opened the prison's main gate for the militants, he said. The jailbreak itself had been meticulously planned. Some fighters had donned police uniforms whereas others disguised themselves as a military convoy from the Taliban stronghold in North Waziristan.

Plain-clothed fighters cut the jails power supply and set up nine roadblocks to ambush reinforcements. Radio messages tricked the soldiers into preparing for an attack on the barracks. The tactics were so successful that the attackers did not use the seven suicide bombers they had on standby, the security official said. After the attack, the authorities said that they would beef up security around high-profile detainees. But few think that will help in deterring future raids. “We are going to see more of these attacks,” the security official said.


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HAT secret talks are already underway with the Pakistani Taliban has been corroborated by both the government and the militants. The TTP is a hydra-headed monster and there is every possibility of some of the groups holding talks with the government while others continuing on the killing spree. Those among the militant networks who claim that they are working for the creation of a world Islamic caliphate practicing sharia laws in opposition to democratic national states where laws are made by the elected parliaments might continue in the pursuit of their deadly agenda. Others might not agree to stop using Pakistan’s territory to launch attacks on other countries in the name of jihad. While al-Qaeda has considerably weakened in Pakistan, some of the terrorist groups might not agree to break links with their erstwhile mentor. Still others might refuse to cease attacks on the Shia community which they conduct as their religious obligation. Talks should however continue with whosoever is game as these provide the newly elected government some measure of breathing space. The government would however do well not to entertain any false hopes about the intentions of most of the militant groups. As the Russian proverb goes, while one might make friends with the wolf, one must have the axe ready. On Friday expressing dissatisfaction with the performance of the law enforcement agencies, Nawaz Sharif directed the Punjab government to move apace to strengthen the Punjab Counter Terrorism Department (PCTD) – the name given to the British era CID in 2010. What seems to be on the anvil is a counter terrorism force for the province. For this a ban on jobs in law enforcement agencies has been lifted and recruitment ordered within 10days. The urgency rouses hopes that the PML-N leadership realizes that the talks with the Pakistani Taliban may not guarantee an end to the terrorist attacks. As the sharp reaction to Asmatullah Muawiya’s conciliatory statement indicates, the TTP continues to be opposed to talks with the government. A TTP spokesman has in fact rejected the government’s offer while questioning the credibility of the JI and JUI-F as honest brokers after they joined the government at the centre and in the KP. While the talks continue, the government must fully concentrate on forging a consensus on the national security policy. Stress should be laid on removing the grave deficiencies in the working of the intelligence apparatus. Unless there is a qualitative improvement in their capacity of information gathering through human intelligence and electronic devices it would not be possible to cope with the terrorist threat. equally important is a qualitative improvement in the coordination between the security networks and the law enforcement agencies. To rid Pakistan of this menace, both staunch political will combined with high level of commitment and all round expertise of the law enforcement agencies are a prerequisite.

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ARTAJ Aziz has spoken at last, covering most of the foreign policy landscape while glossing over the ongoing first strategic dialogue between Pakistan and Russia in Moscow and relations with Iran, and in the national security context, lightly skipping over the reported overtures to the Taliban and the ‘what’s in a name’ ramifications of the old Defence committee of the cabinet into the Cabinet Committee on National Security by the PML-N. The prime minister’s advisor on foreign affairs and national security just about made it to the floor of the national assembly on Friday, the last day of the session, following the lawmakers’ combined walkout. The policy statement revolved mostly around Pakistan’s major diplomatic headaches, including the humiliating drone attacks, relations (if such they can be termed) with India and Afghanistan and with restarting the strategic dialogue with the USA. Syria also merited a well-deserved mention with a strong rejection of the use of force and external actors for what is clearly regime change in a ‘chemical’ equation. On Afghanistan, he termed Hamid Karzai’s recent visit as changing ‘chill into warmth’ and perhaps it was Freudian slip on his part on the Afghan president’s usual habit of ‘blowing hot, blowing cold’ on Pakistan. Though the adviser insisted there were no favourites in Afghanistan, the strategic depth idea should still be alive and well. Indeed the national policy over Karzai is as confused as it is over every issue of national importance: can he survive the post US withdrawal in 2014 or adopt the ‘take the money and run’ maxim, a wise one under the circumstances? On Kashmir, the PML-N seems to be turning back to the UN resolutions scenario, as back-track diplomacy with India having failed to deliver the Kashmiris out of their concentration camp misery and enslavement. But, when all is said and done, good relations on an equal footing and increased trade is a sine quo non for sub-continental peace and prosperity. Hence, the hawks in India also need to have their wings clipped, as the recent tragic events on the LoC starkly illustrate. The ‘contradictions and lack of consistency in the Indian attitude’ pointed out by Sartaj Aziz are a direct result of the manipulations of this species. Hopefully an expected meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting in September might help to clear the air. With mutual recriminations and lack of trust, the relations with the US have at best been bumpy these last few years. The litmus test in this regard undoubtedly will be the halting of the drone attacks on our western marches, which have only spread terror and distrust (and casualties) among the civilian population. While the adviser maintained a deafening silence on China, it is obvious that this emerging super power will be Pakistan’s closest mentor and strategic partner due to an alignment of national interests. Pakistan should also make hectic efforts to improve its relations with Iran. This would be a better option in the long run to the ultra-reactionary and ultra-conservative elements that have been, and still remain, our dubious patrons on the world stage.

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O need to be unhappy that our institutions are unravelling for this is how states are painfully cleansed by the societal evolutionary process. Our current systems and institutions are not delivering while the condition of the majority deteriorates. We are moving in the right direction, towards alien systems self-destructing rather than destruction by outside hands that prolongs the life of these mutants that mutates them further. Others see this as regression because they look at things only through the lens of alien social, political and legal norms, precepts and constructs. They don’t see that mutant institutions don’t stand a chance because they are programmed to provide for a small charmed minority, not the vast majority of poor citizens in incremental degradation. They are not programmed to provide for the majority because, lacking original thought, we ape our former colonizer. This ‘regression’ means that we are actually progressing, moving on from the colonizer’s systems and institutions to ones that work for the majority. To parade ‘success’ of this system they vaunt the democratic end of one elected government and the election of another, and the departure of one elected president and the election of another. That’s form. Where’s the substance? Has the country gone up or down in the last five years? Are the people better off? Their argument will now be: keep following form, the substance will follow. Forsooth. In the long term we are all dead. Of all our institutions, the most important are the three branches of government: the legislature-parliament, the executive and the judiciary. All other institutions come under them. All three have been unravelling by their own hand – their behaviour, their lack of understanding of democracy and their constitutional functions, and poor capacity. However, it is the third branch that we are most concerned with here, for without a functioning judiciary no society can function – leave alone a state that wishes to be taken seriously as a good ape of western-style electoral democracy. That respect is earned, not demanded regardless of station in life is axiomatic. While considering the twin concepts of contempt of court and freedom of speech, we should keep this in mind. Persons and institutions earn respect by their behaviour and performance, not by threat or fright. Judges should speak only through their judgments. The flip side is that judges are judged by their judgments, behaviour and general reputation for if people don’t respect them they won’t have confidence in their judgments. Lord Denning famously said that “contempt of court is a preserve of the judges but a jurisdiction we will most sparingly exercise: more particularly as we ourselves have an interest in the matter…we will never use this jurisdiction as a

means to uphold our own dignity. That must rest on surer foundations. Nor will we use it to suppress those who speak against us… there is something far more important: it is no less than the freedom of speech itself. It is the right of every man… to make fair comment… on matters of public interest…We must rely on our conduct itself to be its vindication.” It follows therefore that since judges cannot defend themselves it is our duty to defend them when they are unfairly criticized or their dignity eroded. echoing the same sentiment the Lahore High Court Bar Association (LHCBA) that had struggled for the restoration of the sacked judges of the superior courts, passed a resolution that, according newspaper reports, says: “The contempt law should only be used when court orders were not being implemented, not as a tool to silence dissenters.” The use of the contempt law “to usurp the right of freedom of expression” was condemned and “deletion of sections of the law allowing judges to issue contempt of court notices in order to protect the court’s dignity” was demanded. “The courts should protect their dignity through their verdicts rather than the contempt law.” Said the LHCBA president: “The bar association would set up a five-member committee to look into cases of judicial misconduct. The bar would launch a campaign of protests against judges found to have misbehaved. Lawyers would lock the courtrooms of these judges and not allow them to conduct proceedings.” This ‘contempt of bar committee’ will identify and act against judges who misbehave with lawyers and look into cases of judicial misconduct. This effectively means that the LHBCA has become the de facto Supreme Judicial Council that inquires into the conduct of judges if a reference is filed against them. Worse, the LHCBA has become policeman of judges’ behaviour. Others bars may follow. It’s Bench versus Bar. It’s “shameful” for us and them. The public perception that judges have brought this upon themselves by their rampant use of the contempt law and suo moto powers is sad. Many leading lights of the lawyers’ movement for the restoration of judges have turned. Ali Ahmed Kurd, a lawyer from Balochistan and a former president of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA), was perhaps the most vocal of the movement’s leaders, and certainly the most passionate. He said at the LHCBA meeting that, “When lawyers were protesting for judicial independence, they burned several judgments but were never held in contempt. Lawyers had fought hard to restore the judiciary, some even laying down their lives, but now the judges were seeking to restrict lawyers’ freedom.” He held the chief justice of Pakistan responsible for not taking notice of the arson and killings in Balochistan. “Only in Pakistan did judges issue contempt of court notices over minor criticism,” said Kurd. “In other countries, people had the right to freedom of expression, which included criticism of judgments.” Aitzaz Ahsan, the supremo of the lawyers’ movement and also a former president of the SCBA, said that, “once issued, judgments were public property that could be criticized by anyone… Nawaz Sharif had not been issued a contempt notice when, in 1997-98, he had publicly threatened to kick out judges who supported the PPP.” As they say, no matter how high it is raised, water eventually finds its level. Might I suggest that judges and

lawyers undertake introspection and self-analysis? The judges should ask how and why they have slid down the high pedestal they were placed on. The same Imran Khan who was telling the populace to follow the chief justice to get their problems alleviated was hauled up for contempt of court by the same chief justice for calling the judiciary’s role in the elections “shameful”. Happily, the Supreme Court has disposed of the case after Imran’s second explanation that he had called the acts of the lower judiciary “shameful”, not of the superior judiciary. Fine, but the lower judiciary is under the superior judiciary and the chief justice is the head of the judiciary. Why hasn’t he taken notice of the alleged behaviour of the lower judiciary? In doing so he would strengthen respect for the judiciary and uphold its dignity. Imran Khan’s case brought the contempt law into sharp focus. Why are Aitzaz Ahsan, Kurd and many others who fought tooth and nail for the judges on the streets, in courtrooms, in newspapers, on television and in social gatherings and got foreign awards for their pains too now so critical of the same judges? What goes round comes around very fast these days. One feels for the lawyers who successfully struggled for the restoration of the judges. Introspection and self-analysis is necessary for them too. They fought for a vital principle, the independence of the judiciary, but didn’t realize that while the principle of judicial independence is indivisible, wanting judges damage that principle first and foremost. Pakistanis saying half-mockingly, “Hire a judge, not a lawyer” betrays how much respect they have for them, the lower judiciary especially. When the judiciary loses respect and dignity by its own doings the principle of independence goes down the drain. The principle has to be cast in reality else it is lost. When principles are borrowed from colonizers and realities are crafted in foreign philosophies, the principle gets lost, especially when you piously espouse another creed, but hypocritically. While we ape alien forms we don’t know how to ape the alien’s methods of translating principles into action. So we create hollow facades without substance due to our lack of understanding of alien constructs. In addition to contempt of court and suo moto laws, the bar should also be concerned about partisanship that is so evident in the cases against Gen Pervez Musharraf, the non-implementation of Asghar Khan’s case judgment and the way the alleged corruption of the chief justice’s son has been swept under the carpet. A judiciary must not only be nonpartisan but also be seen to be nonpartisan else it will lose its respect, dignity and independence. The lawyers who became heroes during the lawyers’ movement and were also placed on a high pedestal have slipped down too. Here’s a cute idea: to get back on their high pedestal again, why don’t the same lawyers take up Musharraf’s cases to demonstrate that they struggle for principles, not people? Their earlier struggle was for the independence of the judiciary. Now it should be for due process and non-partisanship, to put the blindfold back onto the eyes of the statue holding the scales symbolizing that justice is blind and balanced. That is what makes for balance and equity. The writer is a political analyst. He can be contacted at humayun.gauhar786@gmail.com


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the call for army in karachi in exigencies, we must tread most carefully

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VeR the past some weeks, our media waves, political players and security personnel have been mulling over the idea of calling army to control the violence and bloodshed in Karachi, and to crackdown on the militant outfits (political and others) that are involved in a convoluted web of target-killing, bhatta mafia and the larger turf-war to claim the soul of that city of lights. In a country ravished with years of bloodshed, with a history of deploying the khakis to do the job of the civilian government and law-enforcement, we have gotten accustomed to the idea of discussing army interference, without fully understanding the constitutional and legal mandate behind these measures. The ‘extremeness’ of the call for army, the constitutional authority behind it, and the blatant failure of the civilian security apparatus that it demonstrates, seems to have been lost somewhere amidst the buzz of the media chatter. It is pertinent to pause and reassess how, and under what conditions, can the government call for army to act in aid of civilian power in Karachi. The authority to use military force in countering internal or external threats has been enshrined in our constitution. Specifically, Chapter 2 of Part XII of the Constitution deals with provisions relating to the “Armed Forces”. Starting from Article 243, the Constitution mandates: “The federal government shall have control and command of the armed forces” and that “the supreme command of the armed forces shall vest in the president.” As the supreme commander, the president has the authority to “raise and maintain” military forces, and “in consultation with the prime minister” appoint the chiefs of ground, air and naval forces. This, according to our constitutional framework, is

the full extent to which an “army” can be raised and maintained in Pakistan, and Article 256 of the Constitution forbids the formation of any “private organization capable of functioning as a military organization”. Within this arrangement, the constitution also lays down the broad strokes for how an external war, or internal conflict, can be entered into through the use of our armed forces. Article 245(1) of the Constitution declares: “Armed Forces shall, under the directions of the federal government defend Pakistan against external aggression or threat of war, and, subject to law, act in aid of civil power when called upon to do so” [emphasis added]. And, for clarification, the “federal government”, under Article 90 of the constitution, consists of “the prime minister and the federal ministers” and acts through its “chief executive”, the prime minister. With the structure of the constitutional framework out of the way, it is necessary to analyze the spirit of these provisions. First, let us start by recognizing that the constitution envisages two distinct areas of conflict in which the government could call for the armed forces: 1) “external aggression or threat of war”; and 2) “act in aid of civil power”. In terms of broad generalization, the first of these two (external aggression) relates primarily to the possibility of military combat with some other nation (as was the case in 1948, 1965, 1971 (and 1998?)), whereas the second part of Article 245(1) relates to a military action for internal unrest (as has unfortunately happened in KPK, Karachi and Balochistan, from time to time). But in either case, one thing is certain: the federal government (consisting of the prime minister and his cabinet) has to specifically ‘direct’ the armed forces for any possible action. Applying this paradigm to the chaos and bloodshed in Karachi, however, is a tricky exercise. To begin with, the conflict (and the ‘enemy’) resides within the geographical boundaries of Pakistan. And this, prima facie, would make the military intervention in this conflict an exercise of the armed forces “acting in aid of civilian power”. And, per Article 245(1) of the constitution, the federal government must provide specific “direction” in this regard, and even after that, the actions of the military forces will have to be “subject to the law”. This key phrase, “subject to the law”, has wide connotations in terms of the applicability of constitutional rights of the militants, the provisions of the Army Act, and also international accords and treaties signed (and ratified) by the state of Pakistan that govern the empire of

human rights and conflict resolution. This effectively means that in case of such army action, the applicable rights and law will be the regular civilian law, and not de jure belli (law of war). Any captured militants will be subjected to civilian courts, and will be afforded all rights and remedies under our constitution. On the other hand, if it is deemed that the operation in Karachi, or any involvement of the armed forces in it, is an offensive against “external elements” jeopardizing the stability of Pakistan (as has been claimed by numerous members of the parliament, including the interior minister), then conflict will have to be categorized in terms of the first part of Article 245(1), as military action “against external aggression or threat of war”. In this case, the Constitution seems to have purposefully left out the requirement of “subject to law”, making the ambit of armed forces’ activities significantly wider (once ‘directed’ as such by the Federal Government). Also, if this is in fact a conflict against external aggression, then, as is customary in all wars, the area of conflict, the enemy forces, and (most importantly) the goal of the military operation must be specifically defined – lest this becomes an unending conflict, giving the military establishment an unfettered passport to disregard domestic as well as international laws. For now, given the mixed and confused signals being sent by different elements of the federal and provincial government, it seems that the authorities as well as the people of Pakistan have no real clarity about the nature of the conflict in Karachi, the enemy that we are fighting, or the end-goal in terms of objectives. For all intents and purposes, this is a faceless enemy, residing in the unmapped streets and corners of our largest urban city, fighting for a largely undefined goal. Can we, constitutionally, be in a military conflict with this enemy? We have gotten far too accustomed to entering into areas and situations where our political rhetoric splits ends with the constitution and the law. The violence in Karachi is dreadful. The enemy is abominable. A solution to this decades old line of bloodshed must be found yesterday. But all this does not mean that we venture into constitutionally undefined areas. It is in times of exigencies that our constitutional resolve is most tested. And it is in these times, that we must tread most carefully. The writer is a lawyer based in Lahore. He has a Masters in Constitutional Law from Harvard Law School. He can be reached at: saad@post.harvard.edu

RIMe Minister Nawaz Sharif has correctly named the white elephants that are bleeding the country: the PIA, the Pakistan Steel and the Pakistan Railways to name just three. All three started as important contributors in terms of revenue yield, providing employment and good service. Unfortunately because of their size, once they began making a loss, this too was quite huge. In a political setup, the government of the day would like to have control of such companies, as plum jobs could be offered to the politically deserving, not necessarily on merit. This results in a self-inflicted wound, as it is tantamount to killing the goose. That said, the biggest and most important revenue generator is the city of Karachi, which is running at only 25 per cent of its capacity. The importance of Karachi can be gauged from the fact that fully 30 per cent of livelihood of the entire country is generated from Karachi. If the revenue is down by 80 percent, obviously the effect on the population would be disastrous. The collection of bhatta (extortion money) is also now closely identified with the MQM. Whether the MQM was the beneficiary or not, but being part of the government for the last five years, they must take their share of the blame. The 10 bodies a day that were dumped up on the streets of Karachi were responsible for the spread of fear. The parties should realize that a peaceful Karachi is much more lucrative generating maximum revenue, than at just 20 per cent. Nawaz Sharif as prime minister should concentrate on bringing Karachi back from darkness to its former status as the City of Lights – with no element of fear and of course no extortion. This should be his prime objective to jumpstart Karachi, where at the last count 1,500 industries have been closed down – a huge number in any country. These industries represent employment and revenues – and, of course, taxes. The starting of these industries can only transpire once all problems of Bhatta and criminal acts have been taken care of. Karachi has a large Memon/Khoja community that make excellent business managers – a big plus for businesses, and a large englishspeaking work force that are a must for local and foreign investment. Till now the Stock exchange has been just a casino where select punters have gambled their way to big fortunes, by manipulating the shares as and when they liked – called insider trading in other countries and certainly a criminal act! It is the world’s biggest laundry for money, and a special bill was passed allowing profits to be question-free if the funds had come through the stock market. The stock market in any country is supposed to create capital for investment in industry. In Pakistan no IPOs have been launched and all the inflows have gone into the market and stayed there. This is a criminal misuse of funds that are supposed to keep new Industries coming up. It also allows the big players to corner the markets at will. No government entity has been able to curb the criminal intent, and with the absence of any real law enforcement it is yet another institution that has been corrupted beyond recognition. This is probably the easiest problem to fix, with many in the Sharif cabinet having the expertise to diagnose, repair and rectify the problem. These are a few of the problems that need to be addressed, but, above all, the determination, and will is required. Mian Sahib has both, in abundance. Nawaz Sharif will never allow any harm to come to Pakistan, and he has the wherewithal and the experience to bring this country to a financial upturn, maybe not a Singapore, but a beginning surely. The White elephants must now become our pillars of plenty.


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LD habits die hard—and sometimes not at all. Michael Douglas was still wearing his wedding ring Friday at the 2013 Deauville American Film Festival, two days after he and Catherine Zeta-Jones revealed that they had separated after 13 years of marriage. The festival in northern France opened tonight with a screening of Douglas’ latest movie, the HBO-produced Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra. Director Stephen Soderbergh is also there in support of the film, which is nominated for 14 Emmy Awards, including nods for Best Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for both Douglas and Matt Damon. Douglas was already in Europe when reps for him and Zeta-Jones confirmed that they were “taking some time apart to evaluate and work on their marriage.” He was out on a yacht off the coast of the Italian island of Sardinia over the weekend, and then he had dinner at La Petite Maison in Nice, France, on Tuesday night with several male friends. With Douglas living at their Central Park West residence in Manhattan, ZetaJones has remained at their estate in Bedford, N.Y., where she enjoys golfing and horseback riding and frequents a local stable. They have two children together, 13-year-old son Dylan and 10-year-old daughter Carys. A source told E! News this week that Douglas spends time with the kids but primarily moved out of the Bedford mansion 18 months ago and for a time stayed in a converted barn on a pal’s property a few miles. COURTESY EO

bill o’reilly finally apologises for something

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ERE’S what you don’t see everyday: Bill O’Reilly has been forced to eat humble pie. The Fox News commentator wrapped up Thursday night’s The O’Reilly Factor by apologizing for falsely claiming to Democratic strategist James Carville that organizers of Thursday’s 50th anniversary celebration of the March on Washington did not invite a single Republican. The mea culpa came during the show’s “Tip of the Day” segment which saw O’Reilly essentially heed his own advice after he learned that Republican presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush were asked to speak at the commemoration as was Senator John McCain and Republican House Leaders John Boehner and Eric Cantor. “I said there were no Republican speakers invited. Wrong. It was wrong,” said the right-leaning pundit. “Some Republicans were asked to speak. They declined and that was a mistake. They should have spoken.” He continued: “Now, the mistake? Entirely on me. I simply assumed that since all the speakers were liberal Democrats Republicans were excluded.” And for the kicker, which no doubt brought satisfaction to his liberal critics, among them Media Matters which caught the error, O’Reilly suggested viewers “always check out the facts before you make a definitive statement.” nEWS DESk

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stellar ‘caterpillar’ in the midst of a metamorphosis has been spotted by astronomers. The light-yearlong cosmic squiggle is currently collecting material from an envelope of gas surrounding it. Astronomers are now keen to see what will emerge from the protostar, which is in a very early evolutionary stage. A previous study has called the object, which lies 4,500 light-years away in the constellation Cygnus, a ‘tadpole in an interstellar pond.’ Harsh winds from extremely bright stars are blasting ultraviolet radiation at this ‘wannabe’ star, named IRAS 20324+4057, and sculpting the gas and dust into its long shape. The culprits are 65 of the hottest, brightest known stars, classified as O-type stars, located 15 light-years away from the knot, towards the right edge of the image. These stars, along with 500 highly luminous B-type stars, make up what is called the Cygnus OB2 association. However, astronomers believe that the envelope of gas surrounding the protostar is being eroded by the radiation from Cygnus OB2. Protostars in this region should eventually become young stars with final masses about one to ten times that of our sun. If the eroding

american sheriff stops a turkey pooping…. using a gun! radiation from the nearby bright stars destroys the gas envelope before the protostars finish collecting mass, their final masses could be cut. According to spectroscopic observations of the central star within IRAS 20324+4057, the protostar is still collecting material quite heavily from its outer envelope, hoping to bulk up in mass. What will emerge from this metamorphosis remains to be seen. ‘Only time will tell if the formed star will be a “heavyweight” or a “lightweight” with respect to its mass,’ said the Hubble team. This image, released this week the Hubble’s Space Telescope Science Institute, is based on data in green and infrared wavelengths gathered by the Advanced Camera for Surveys in 2006. It also combines data from ground-based hydrogen data collected by the Isaac Newton Telescope in 2003 as part of the IPHAS H-alpha survey. COURTESY DM

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Tennessee cop fired a gun to stop a turkey from pooping on a police car, but now he’s the one who’s ankle-deep in doo-doo. Lt. Andy Jackson, a sheriff in Maury County, Tenn., found the hard way that shooting a gun to scare a turkey isn’t proper police procedure, and was reprimanded by his superior officers for using his firearm outside his training. The birdbrained controversy began June 29 when Jackson saw a turkey defecating on a department car around 7:30 a.m. He said that after other methods of getting the turkey to trot away, he fired his sidearm into the air as a warning shot. He said the area where he fired the gun is a wooded area bordering a river that is remote and unoccupied. “I felt it was very safe,” he told WKRN-TV. “I fired in that direction [towards the woods].”

Chief Deputy Nathan Johns said Jackson was reprimanded for a simple reason: “We don’t train to use our firearm to scare animals off of vehicles,” Johns told the Columbia Daily Herald. The turkey was unavailable for comment. Jackson’s turkey shoot came to light after a sheriff’s detective working under him reported the incident on Facebook. The officer, Terry Chandler, was reassigned at his own request shortly after the incident and later resigned. George said no punitive actions were taken against Chandler. “He did not accept criticism well, and he didn’t like his lieutenant [Jackson],” Sheriff enoch George said, according to UPI.com. “There were some things that happened the morning before the complaint about the shooting. I won’t get into what kind of things, but he had been talked to by his lieutenant.” COURTESY HP

Zinda Bhaag’s folklore delves into the roots of punjabi folklore

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ITH all the matkas and dholaks hitting the right spots, Sahir Ali Bagga returns more convincingly with the soundtrack of Zinda Bhaag, after a rather lukewarm effort in the Ishq Khuda music album. He seems more focused and operates in his comfort zone of Punjabi folk garnished with club music and qawalli. The 34-minute album comprises seven songs, all composed by Sahir Ali Bagga, except for Pani Da Bulbula, a remix of a song originally written by Yaqub Atif Bulbula. There are three dimensions to this album; in the first, Bagga persuasively reincarnates the brilliance of AR Rahman through the grand and uplifting treatment of Dekhein Ge. Not only that, Mohammad Hanif also provides a pertinent social commentary through his lyrics in Dekhein Ge. Bagga has also found our own parallel of Sukhwinder Singh in the voice of Jabar Abbas, whose treatment of scales is so similar to that of Singh’s, it’s difficult to differentiate between the two. In the second dimension, Bagga tilts to the more Vishal Bharadwaj side of his influences. With all due respect to the quirkiness of the melody and colloquial

lyrics, Kuri Yes Aai is one track you can’t help but compare to Bharadwaj’s recent hit Totay Urr Gaye from ek Thi Dayyan. The interesting choice of instruments, such as a heavy base line topped with a pinching use of Shehnais, Kuri Yes Aai can be termed as a very catchy tribute to Bharadwaj by Bagga.

The third, and by far the most dynamic dimension of the album, is where Bagga serves us his own rendition of contemporary Punjabi music. The best sound track of the album is a high on adrenaline, but soothing qawalli called Pata Yaar Da, penned beautifully in Punjabi by Hasan Mujtaba, and rendered to perfection by none other than Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. After Garaj Baras in Coke Studio Season 1, this is perhaps the most effective use of Rahat in recent times. Rahat’s strength in qawalli has been eclipsed by the rather half-hearted use of his voice in the semi-classical and often pop melodies of Bollywood. For fans of Punjabi poetry, the use of metaphors in this song will give you goose bumps, and above all, a very different take on longing for your beloved. The second best is undeniably, the larger than life folk tune Paar Chanaa Dae, the grandeur of which will take you into another universe, due to the entrance of a deadly combination of flutes and matkas. Apart from picking one of the most underrated, but immersive pieces of folk poetry, Bagga brings forward the raw voice of Saleema Jawad, along with Arif Lohar. Pani Da Bulbula is one Punjabi classic that has

been reinvented by a number of different artists such as Yaqub Atif and Saira Naseem, to name a few. every time it’s been revisited, it leaves an entirely different smile on your face. The composition remains the same, but Bagga has given it a more contemporary arrangement, while remaining in the realm of Pakistani film music. Saari Saari Raat and Taariyan, however, don’t match the kind of innovation Bagga has put into the rest of the album. To compile a music album for a film, especially in times when no one’s taking the medium seriously, means it’s essential for producers and composers to get the right people. The attention to detail is where Zinda Bhaag surpasses expectations. It’s been a while since we’ve seen genuine artists at work, and not the likes of Meesha Shafi, who for some odd reason has become the emblem of Punjabi folk in Pakistan. Be it the voices of Saleema Jawad or Jabar Abbas, or the piercing lyrics by Mohammad Hanif or Hasan Mujtaba, the choice of artists is what makes the album of Zinda Bhaag an entire constellation, and not just a star or two wandering somewhere in space. COURTESY SHOWBizSPiCE.COM


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He Sachal Studios Orchestra has pulled off the impossible: topping charts around the globe as a worldclass jazz ensemble, while braving threats and intimidation to breathe new life into the dying cultural traditions of Pakistan. Hand-picked from a lost generation of classical musicians who used to play in Lahore’s once-flourishing ‘Lollywood’ film industry, the Sachal Studios Orchestra has made its name with innovative and irresistible interpretations of well-loved jazz standards. Little wonder they’ve been called Pakistan’s Buena Vista Social Club, and Lahore’s answer to the Blues Brothers. Last year they sold out the Queen elizabeth Hall and reached number one in the US and UK world music charts with their version of Dave Brubeck’s Take Five. earlier this month, they joined the legendary Wynton Marsallis on stage for a nine-song set at the Marcaic Jazz Festival, in front of an audience of over 10,000 people. Now they’re cementing their success with their second release, ‘Jazz and All That’, expanding their repertoire to include some unique takes on unexpected twentieth century classics. You’ll never hear eleanor Rigby or everybody Hurts the same way again. Izzat Majeed is the heart and brains behind the project. A London-based Pakistani businessman, Majeed has been on a personal mission to rediscover and assemble Lahore’s most talented yet neglected Lollywood musicians, finding them in the most humble of places: a cellist was running a roadside tea stall, a violinist was selling vegetables from his bicycle. “They were getting on in age, they’d stopped teaching their children how to play, and they were surviving however they could,” Majeed remembers. “They’d just given up, because they didn’t see any future in music.” Some classical instruments,

like the sarangi and the sarod, had all but died out in Pakistan. Majeed was determined to revive them. After despairing of the “dismal, coffin-like cubicles” that passed for studios in Lahore he gave the musicians a place to record in 2005. Working with consultants from London’s Abbey Road Studios, he built Sachal Studios - their £2m state of the art, custom-made facilities - using his own money earned working as a fund manager and adviser to a Saudi oil minister. Once word got around that Majeed had constructed the best music studio in Pakistan, musicians started knocking on the door. If you build it, they will come! The son of a film producer, Majeed, 63, grew up in Lahore during Lollywood’s heyday, when the city made hundreds of musicals a year, their score performed by virtuoso musicians. “Our house was always full of music,” he says. “My father would call in all the greats and have an evening of them playing. It got inside me, unconsciously.” Majeed Sr also introduced the young Izzat to jazz, playing him Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong and ella Fitzgerald and taking him to see Dizzie Gillespie and Dave Brubeck live (when he was six and eight, respectively). His dual passions for jazz and classical music from the subcontinent were nurtured simultaneously. Both depend on improvisation and free movement, and for Majeed, they are two sides of the same coin. So when he was selecting and arranging songs for his classical musicians to record, choosing jazz standards was a no-brainer. Lollywood was crushed in the 1980s during the dictatorship of General Zia-ulHaq, Pakistan’s longest-serving head of state, “the father of the Taliban,” according to Majeed. An Islamic hardliner who took a dim view of cinema and music, General Zia used martial law to further his conservative be-

liefs, shutting most of the cinemas and harassing the rest out of existence. Lahore’s once thriving cultural life began to be silenced: musicians once heralded as heroes became afraid of practicing in case they offended their conservative neighbours. Three decades on, the mind set cultivated by General Zia still dominates in Pakistan. Lollywood produces fewer films a year, and without the classical soundtrack the industry was once famed for. And while the Sachal Studio Orchestra held the top spot in the world music charts in the UK and the US for several months last year, the ensemble are barely known at home. The studios latest album‘Jazz and All That’ follows the success of their first album ‘Interpretations of Jazz Standards and Bossa Nova’, released last year, which included their famous take on Bruebeck’s Take Five. The Single held the top spot on the iTunes

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OU would think, given the seemingly unending conversation surrounding her VMA performance, Miley Cyrus would be fine to spend Labor Day weekend lying low. But you’d be wrong ... after all, like the lyrics to her recent hit suggest, she can’t stop — and she won’t stop. Check out the promo images for Bangerz here! She took little time to rest after Sunday night, getting right back to work making a cameo in Mike Will Made It’s “23” video, which came on the heels of releasing the second single off her Bangerz album, the intense ballad “Wrecking Ball.” So on Thursday, we got our first glimpse at promotional pics for Miley’s album, and while they’re

nowhere near as talked about as her twerk-tastic Video Music Awards performance, they should be enough to keep the conversation going through the long weekend. Take, for example, one image, where Miley, clad in checkered leather pants and a cropped top, defiantly grabs her crotch. In another — which recalls the Bangerz album cover — she’s photographed with her back to the camera, a black dress barely covering her backside. There are, of course, more demure images too: Miley clutching a bouquet of flowers, Miley holding balloons and striking a

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world music chart in the US and UK from JulySeptember last year, and the video became an unexpected YouTube sensation. “Brubeck’s Take Five was played in every small kiosk in Lahore in the 1960s, it was always there, and it’s always lived with me,” says Majeed, “so I thought I’d make it. It was a labour of love. Then one fine day, my label rang me up to say it was number one in America on iTunes. The musicians were in heaven. They took jazz very seriously after that!” From the soaring strings and swirling flutes of the opening track, Stevie Wonder’s You’ve Got It Bad, it’s clear ‘Jazz and All That’ marks a new direction for Sachal Studios. Of course, there are the jazz standards, like their exotic yet familiar rendition of Henry Mancini’s The Pink Panther Theme with its rousing tabla introduction, and their take on Brubeck’s complex, energetic Blue Rondo à La Turk – “one of the great compo-

sitions of jazz, and very difficult”. But then there’s the ‘All That’ part of the album: surprising interpretations of The Beatles’ eleanor Rigby, ReM’s everybody Hurts and even Morning Has Broken. “eleanor Rigby has a very forceful free time – you should see the sarod playing,” Majeed says. “You can call it a jazz interpretation of eleanor Rigby.” However you want to classify it, the Sachal Studios Orchestra makes this track their own, completely – dark, lamenting and ominous. Asking Majeed to pick his favourite track is a bit like asking him to choose between his children, but he eventually settles on edu Lobo’s Bossa Nova classic, Ponteio, where bright flutes float above driving rhythms. “You can dance on that one,” he smiles. For Sachal Studios, this is just the beginning. The ensemble is looking forward to further collaboration with Wynton Marsalis at New York’s Jazz at Lincoln centre over two nights in November. As Majeed says, “there’s plenty more to do.” Regardless of the inspirational story behind the Sachal Studios project, and the challenges he’s had to overcome to make it a reality, for Majeed, it really is all about the music. “I’m not a crusader,” he says, “I just want to listen to music that really shakes my soul and feels like great fun. That’s the reason I do this. And hopefully, other people will like it too.” The world touring orchestra has taken Pakistan’s music all over the world. The first jazz album topped the world’s music charts and the late, great, Dave Brubeck’s ‘‘Take Five’’ went viral and brought Pakistan to the attention of music lovers globally. It is still growing on You Tube with over 600,000 hits. The Sachal Jazz ensemble was invited to perform at the prestigious Marciac Jazz Festival in France with the collaboration of the master of jazz, Wynton Marsalis and his wonderful musicians. The third of August will be a date remembered by all jazz fans as the concert was broadcast on the internet stream globally.


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lot of expectations were heaped on Zimbabwe as they sat on the threshold of a rare series win against a top side, but they couldn’t summon the temperament to beat Pakistan, who came from behind to win the series 2-1. While Zimbabwe’s bowlers did well to restrict Pakistan to a par score of 260, the batsmen failed to put up a fight. Pakistan, in the process got a bogey off their backs by winning their first bilateral series in ten years after the series was leveled (either 11 or 2-2) going in to the decider. The match took place on the backdrop of a payments dispute that threatened a Zimbabwe boycott. The players put the distraction aside to take the field, but the batsmen were nowhere close to competitive despite encouraging signs even in Thursday’s defeat. Brendan Taylor stuck by his faith that his side was better at chasing by putting Pakistan in to bat. The Pakistan openers, Nasir Jamshed and Ahmed Shehzad, put on their best stand of the series - 66 - to set the platform for another big score. Pakistan suffered a blow when their in-form batsman, Mohammad Hafeez, hobbled off with a hamstring pull on 12. Hafeez had been Pakistan’s attacking option at the top, but with him unavailable, it was down to Misbah-ul-Haq to shoulder the responsibility. Shehzad couldn’t replicate the fluency from the two T20s but rather than hit his way into form, chose to play a steady knock. Jamshed’s dismissal impacted the run-rate as Pakistan struggled to find momentum in the middle overs. The boundaries had dried up and in the 32nd over, Shehzad broke a drought that lasted close to ten overs when he cut Sean Williams past the keeper. Shehzad consumed 81 balls for his fifty,

PAkiSTAn inninGS nasir Jamshed c †Taylor b Chatara 38 Ahmed Shehzad c Sikandar Raza b H Masakadza 54 26 Mohammad Hafeez not out Misbah-ul-Haq* c Sikandar Raza b SW Masakadza 67 33 Umar Amin c & b Utseya Shahid Afridi c †Taylor b Chatara 7 Sarfraz Ahmed† c †Taylor b Chatara 22 0 Abdur Rehman not out eXtrAS: (lb 2, w 11) 13 260 totAl: (6 wickets; 50 overs) DiD nOT BAT: Saeed Ajmal, Junaid khan, Mohammad irfan FAll OF WiCkETS: 1-66 (nasir Jamshed, 15.3 ov), 1-87* (Mohammad Hafeez, retired not out, 22.5 ov), 2-119 (Ahmed Shehzad, 32.2 ov), 3-170 (Umar Amin, 40.2 ov), 4-195 (Shahid Afridi, 43.6 ov), 5-243 (Sarfraz Ahmed, 48.4 ov), 6-251 (Misbahul-Haq, 49.4 ov) BOWlinG: T Panyangara 10-1-62-0,SW Masakadza 10-1-65-1,P Utseya 10-0-47-1,Tl Chatara 10-1-48-3,SC Williams 5-0-27-0,H Masakadza 5-1-9-1 ziMBABWE inninGS 25 H Masakadza st †Sarfraz Ahmed b Abdur Rehman V Sibanda c Umar Amin b Mohammad Hafeez 2 BRM Taylor*† run out (Misbah-ul-Haq) 26 6 Sikandar Raza lbw b Mohammad Hafeez 2 SC Williams run out (Misbah-ul-Haq) 48 Mn Waller c Abdur Rehman b Saeed Ajmal E Chigumbura lbw b Shahid Afridi 2 P Utseya run out (Umar Amin/†Sarfraz Ahmed) 23 SW Masakadza b Saeed Ajmal 0 1 T Panyangara c & b Abdur Rehman Tl Chatara not out 1 EXTRAS: (lb 3, w 13) 16 TOTAl: (all out; 40 overs; 159 mins) 152 (3.80 runs per over) FAll OF WiCkETS: 1-12 (Sibanda, 3.4 ov), 2-46 (H Masakadza, 10.4 ov), 3-66 (Taylor, 14.5 ov), 4-68 (Sikandar Raza, 15.6 ov), 5-75 (Williams, 16.6 ov), 6-87 (Chigumbura, 22.4 ov), 7-145 (Utseya, 36.6 ov), 8-146 (SW Masakadza, 37.2 ov), 9-149 (Panyangara, 38.3 ov), 10-152 (Waller, 39.6 ov) BOWlinG: Mohammad irfan 6-0-20-0,Mohammad Hafeez 90-40-2,Junaid khan 4-1-22-0,Abdur Rehman-8-0-23-2,Shahid Afridi 6-1-29-1,Saeed Ajmal 7-1-15-2 MATCH DETAilS TOSS zimbabwe, who chose to field SERiES Pakistan won the 3-match series 2-1 PlAYER OF THE MATCH Misbah-ul-Haq (Pakistan) PlAYER OF THE SERiES Mohammad Hafeez (Pakistan) UMPiRES Rk illingworth (England) and TJ Matibiri TV UMPiRE RB Tiffin MATCH REFEREE JJ Crowe (new zealand)

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england Women complete ashes win with t20 success LONDON: England Women completed a 12 points to four Ashes win over Australia in their multi-format series with a seven-wicket Twenty20 victory at Chester-le-Street on Saturday. Australia could only manage 91 for seven in their 20 overs, with off-spinner Danielle Hazell taking two wickets for 20 runs in her maximum four overs and fast bowler Katherine Brunt, player of the match, taking one for 14 and running out Alyssa Healy. England, in reply, collapsed to 14 for three before an unbroken stand of 78 in 77 balls between Lydia Greenway (35 not out) and Natalie Scriver (37 not out) saw the hosts to victory with 22 balls to spare as they won their fifth straight match of the series. Greenway’s innings followed her England-record unbeaten 80 at Southampton and she once again proved up to the challenge of repairing an innings following the loss of early wickets. England had already won the Ashes after a five-wicket T20 victory at Southampton on Thursday. This series was sweet revenge for England who lost the World Twenty20 final to Australia by four runs and then surrendered their 50over world title to their arch-rivals in February. “This is probably the proudest one of all, as to come back after the winter we’ve had is extremely pleasing for us,” said England women’s captain Charlotte Edwards at the presentation ceremony. “We’ve just beaten the world champions quite convincingly in England; we celebrated on Thursday but we’ll celebrate hard tonight. AGEnCiES

showing the control the bowlers had over him. He perished trying to push on, lofting the part-timer Hamilton Masakadza straight to long-off. Umar Amin batted positively in the batting Powerplay, taken after 35 overs, cutting and flicking Tendai Chatara for two boundaries in an over. He used his feet to Prosper Utseya, flicking him stylishly against the turn to deep midwicket and then over extra cover before the bowler struck back with a sharp return catch. Amin’s 25ball 33 infused some life into the innings that was craving for acceleration.

Misbah had plodded to 8 off 35 balls when he finally opened up, slogging Williams to deep midwicket to pick up his first boundary. He started to find the boundary regularly after the 43rd over, shuffling across his crease and punishing the length deliveries. With Sarfraz Ahmed showing some urgency, Pakistan scored their last fifty in just 28 balls. Misbah fell to a skier to deep midwicket after scoring his 11th half-century of the year. Hafeez returned in the penultimate over to salvage as many runs as possible and, fortunately for Pakistan, was swift between the wickets

after resting his hamstring. A total of 261 was competitive but Pakistan couldn’t afford to relax, having failed to defend 245 in the first ODI. They introduced spin as early as the second over and Hafeez struck when Vusi Sibanda slogged him to deep midwicket where Amin took a running catch. Masakadza, like he did in the second ODI, showed a lot of promise with a couple of jaw-dropping boundaries off the seamers. Using the crease, he effortlessly lofted Junaid Khan over his head and the following ball pulled a six over deep square leg.

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Former Olympians and fans on Saturday mourned the “darkest day” in Pakistan’s sporting history after the former field hockey titans failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time ever. Pakistan went down 2-1 to South Korea in the Asia Cup semi-final in Malaysia on Friday, a tournament they needed to win to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in the Netherlands. Former captain Islahuddin Siddiqui said their downfall was “tragic”. “This is the darkest day in our sports in general and hockey in particular,” Islahuddin said. “This will be the first time that we will miss the World Cup, a tournament which Pakistan introduced in 1971.” Pakistan won the inaugural competition in 1971 and triumphed again in 1978, 1982 and 1994. Islahuddin said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif should address the crisis in hockey, which is the country’s national sport although overshadowed by cricket. “This federation is working since 2008 and we came eighth in the Beijing Olympics, 12th, last in the 2010 World Cup, seventh in the London Olympics 2012 and now out of the 2014 World Cup,” said Islahuddin, under whom Pakistan won their last Asia Cup title, way back in 1989. “The prime minister is addressing all the problems faced by Pakistan and this is the right time to change people at the helm because we cannot go worse than this,” he said. Three-time Olympic gold medallists, Pakistan have suffered a serious slump in field hockey. Their only triumph since 1994 was the Asian Games title in 2010. Olympian Shahnaz Shaikh said he felt heart-broken

at hockey’s downfall. “Why I am alive to see this day?” said Shaikh, vice-captain of Pakistan’s triumphant 1978 World Cup team. “It’s sad, sad and sad, we have seen this day when the masters of hockey have come to this stage.” Shaikh said the government must replace the current hockey federation leadership. “It’s time we have a change at the top, until and unless we do that it would be impossible to change our hockey fortune,” said Shaikh, also a qualified coach. Hanif Khan, a member of country’s last Olympic gold

medal winning team in 1984, said Pakistan hockey had gone back 25 years. “Now when we don’t play with the top 12 teams of the world in the World Cup, where will our team stand? They will be 25 years back at the international level,” said Khan, under whose coaching Pakistan finished seventh in the first World Cup qualifiers in July this year. Sports analyst ejaz Chaudhry said the hockey team’s failure was a “national tragedy”. “We have ruled the hockey world but the current setup of the federation has brought us at the lowest point, it’s a national tragedy,” said Chaudhry. Fans on the streets chanted slogans against the Pakistan Hockey Federation and the team. “Shame,” shouted Ali Iqbal Gujjar while recording his views on television in Faisalabad. “Our national sport has died, we must sack all those who are responsible for this.”

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bcci likely to discuss rotating uMPires NEW-DEHLI: Board of Control for Cricket in India(BCCI) is likely to discuss the possibility of rotating umpires on a session-wise basis throughout matches, said BCCI’s Educator and Umpire’s coach Vinayak Kulkarni. “We are conducting the umpires’ seminar in Nagpur, where the issue will be discussed,” said Kulkarni Retired umpire Simon Taufel who was part of ICC Elite Panel will be present in the seminar. Taufel is currently ICC’s Umpire Performance and Training Manager. According to Kulkarni there will be a suggestion proposed to have three umpires on rotation basis. The idea behind this move is to make sure that the umpires should rest for one session as he would be working as a third umpire. “Only drawback is that at time one team may end up with the same two umpires officiating more sessions while batting,” said Kulkarni. But Kulkarni said that the competency level of the umpires is more or less the same and there should not be any concerns about the neutrality and fairness. The umpires had practical sessions on handling excessive appeals and other things about how to deal with bad light conditions. Implementing new MCC Laws was also discussed. AGEnCiES

tendulkar resuMes training after hand surgery NEW DELHI: Senior Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar has started batting in the nets and is looking forward to theChampions League Twenty20 (CLT20) after recuperating from a surgery for a hand injury sustained during theIndian Premier League (IPL) this year. “Yes. I had surgery on my hand for the injury I sustained during the IPL match in May. I have already started batting in the nets since last ten days and I am looking forward to the Champions League,” said Tendulkar on Saturday when asked about news reports that he underwent a surgery in London last month. The CLT20 tournament is scheduled to be held in different Indian cities from September 21 to October 6, with the qualifiers scheduled from September 17. The 40-year-old batsman, who has retired from OneDay Internationals (ODIs) and T20 Internationals (T20Is), has not played a game since injuring his hand on May 13 when batting and retiring hurt with an unbeaten 38 against Sunrisers Hyderabad. He missed the Mumbai Indians’ last five games. In his absence, Rohit Sharma led Mumbai Indians to their maiden IPL title when they vanquished twotime winners Chennai Super Kings in the final in Kolkata on May 26. Tendulkar also announced his retirement from the IPL after the final. Tendulkar, now primed to play only Test matches, is all set to complete another milestone in his illustrious career when India visits South Africa at the end of this year. The highest run-getter and century maker in both ODIs and longest form of the game is two matches adrift of appearing in 200 Test matches. AGEnCiES

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LeX Hales cannot quite be termed an out-and-out Twenty20 specialist but it is possible that he is morphing into one. It is the short-form game that increasingly seems to consume him and it provided the stage for his most outstanding display in an inand-out summer, his 94 the basis of a comfortable england victory in the second T20 international in Chester-le-Street. The prize of becoming england’s first batsman to record a Twenty20 hundred still eludes Hales, however. He fell for 94 to the final ball of the penultimate over, as he dragged a low full toss from James Faulkner to long-on where David Warner plunged forward for a good catch. The presence of Aaron Finch has stretched england’s batting to new heights in the past two days. They have made two of their three biggest totals in england: the first 209 for 6 at the Ageas Bowl - was overshadowed by Finch’s world record score; this one grew in part from the awareness that he might just do it again. He did not, and the series was drawn 1-1. On this occasion, Finch reminded everybody that he is vulnerable as anybody in a game that does not just expose fallibility, it ensures it. He made only five before he tried to pull a shortish ball from Stuart Broad and lopped it gently to Luke Wright at mid-on. Hales is one of only two england batsmen to have made 99 in a T20 international, against West Indies on his home ground of Trent Bridge last year, the other being Luke Wright against Afghanistan in the World Twenty20 in Colombo, also last year. Hales might have missed out on a hundred again, but he left Australia a formidable total, one which never looked to be within their compass. Warner also had the capacity to cause mayhem and he took sixes off Steve Finn, Jade Dernbach and Danny Briggs in consecutive overs. When Finn failed to locate a swirling catch at long-on off Dernbach, Warner’s luck seemed in, but he fell to the next ball 53 from 42 deliveries - as he sliced to deep cover. Dernbach, whose continued selection has not been universally acclaimed, had a second decent game in a row and two late wickets completed

exemplary figures of 3 for 23. Watson had been run out early, turning ponderously after Warner sent him back and beaten by a direct hit from eoin Morgan at backward point. Shaun Marsh, some murmur, is a Test batsman who has accidentally wandered into the wrong squad; George Bailey flared briefly but he was lbw on the slogsweep to Briggs, who later bowled Matthew Wade. The daunting figure of Finch seemed to hang over the start of england’s innings. Finch had pulverised england at the Ageas Bowl on Thursday, smashing 156 from 63 balls with 14 sixes and 11 fours, a record score in T20 internationals. Only Richard Levi has reached a century faster, a ball fewer in 45 deliveries. With Finch’s innings so fresh in their memory, it was difficult for Hales and his county batting partner, Michael Lumb, to calculate what constituted a winning score: 160? 260? If he hit with the strong, blustery wind, twice that? Perhaps they were best advised to put Finch out of their minds completely and work on the assumption that somebody would knock him over for next to nothing.

An opening stand of 111 in 11.2 overs indicates that they dealt with the problem rather well. There was a frenetic edge to their strokeplay in the early overs, Lumb setting the adventurous tone, Hales, who needed a little more time to bed in, following suit. But england’s start was a resounding one. By the time that Bailey, Australia’s captain, introduced spin in the form of Fawad Ahmed, england had 74 off seven. Hales had fifty within 34 balls, his timing coming together as he progressed. His strong leg-side play was a feature, encouraged by a couple of early offerings from Mitchell Johnson, and he had one or two fortunate moments against the short ball. In a different age, he would be a stately straight driver; in 2013, he stands tall and gives it a leg-side whack, Johnson reduced to an empty sledge on one occasion as he flew over long-on for six. Hales has had a mediocre overall season for Nottinghamshire, a season which began with being barred from seeking an IPL contract by his county, but T20 increasingly is the format which engages him. Lumb accompanied him well.

EnGlAnD MJ lumb c †Wade b Fawad Ahmed 43 AD Hales c Warner b Faulkner 94 30 lJ Wright c Johnson b Faulkner EJG Morgan c Coulter-nile b Fawad Ahmed 20 0 JC Buttler b Fawad Ahmed RS Bopara not out 1 JE Root not out 1 6 EXTRAS (lb 5, nb 1) TOTAl: (5 wickets; 20 overs) 195 DiD nOT BAT: SCJ Broad*, ST Finn, DR Briggs, JW Dernbach FAll OF WiCkETS: 1-111 (lumb, 11.2 ov), 2-157 (Wright, 16.2 ov), 3-187 (Hales, 18.6 ov), 4-187 (Buttler, 19.1 ov), 5-194 (Morgan, 19.4 ov) BOWlinG: MG Johnson 4-0-32-0, SR Watson 2-024-0, nM Coulter-nile 4-0-47-0, JP Faulkner 4-0-37-2, Fawad Ahmed 4-0-25-3, GJ Maxwell 2-025-0 AUSTRAliA 53 DA Warner c Hales b Dernbach 5 AJ Finch c Wright b Broad SR Watson run out (Morgan) 7 SE Marsh b Root 13 23 GJ Bailey lbw b Briggs 27 GJ Maxwell c lumb b Dernbach 4 MS Wade b Briggs JP Faulkner c Morgan b Dernbach 5 MG Johnson not out 3 13 nM Coulter-nile c Briggs b Finn 3 Fawad Ahmed not out EXTRAS: (lb 4, w 7, nb 1) 12 TOTAl: (9 wickets; 20 overs) 168 (8.40 runs per over) FAll OF WiCkETS: 1-8 (Finch, 1.2 ov), 2-15 (Watson, 2.4 ov), 3-82 (Marsh, 9.6 ov), 4-111 (Warner, 12.6 ov), 5-113 (Bailey, 13.4 ov), 6-123 (Wade, 15.1 ov), 7-148 (Maxwell, 17.2 ov), 8-148 (Faulkner, 17.3 ov), 9-162 (Coulter-nile, 18.5 ov) BOWlinG: ST Finn 4-0-30-1, SCJ Broad 3-0-27-1, JW Dernbach 4-0-23-3, DR Briggs 3-0-25-2, JE Root 30-25-1, RS Bopara 3-0-34-0 Match details Toss Australia, who chose to field Series 2-match series drawn 1-1 Player of the match tba Umpires RJ Bailey and MA Gough TV umpire RT Robinson Match referee RS Mahanama (Sri lanka) Reserve umpire MJ Saggers

He had seen only 40% of the strike when he gave Ahmed his first international wicket, trying to slogsweep and skying a gentle catch to the wicketkeeper Wade. Wright, met by Glenn Maxwell’s offspin, needed time to settle and there was a definite sense that england’s innings was losing momentum when Wright himself addressed the issue by taking 18 from Maxwell’s second over. Finch’s misjudgment at midwicket might have contributed to one of the boundaries. Wright fell to Faulkner’s low full toss and an athletic off-side catch by Johnson. Ahmed, asked to bowl the last over, unravelled Jos Buttler, who stepped away to be bowled first ball by a slower, turning delivery. Morgan, after a leg-side six, also fell to a googly at long-on. It left Ahmed with 3 for 24 to go alongside the hype. We will no doubt discover more as england’s international summer culminates in a five-match one-day series.

PAKISTAN TAKE MALAYSIA FOR THIRD POSITION IN ASIA CUP S.PERvEz QAISER Their World Cup berth all but secured, a confident India would look to book a direct ticket to next year’s mega-event by winning the ongoing ninth Asia Cup Hockey Tournament when they clash with defending champions South Korea at Sultan Azlan Shah Stadium, Ipoh on Sunday. Both India and Malaysia have virtually qualified for the World Cup to be held at The Hague, Netherlands, after South Korea shut the door on Pakistan with a narrow 2-1 win in the first

semifinal. Pakistan, four-time World Cup champions, will be missing the showpiece event for the first time since the inception of the tournament in 1971. India entered the final for the seventh time by beating hosts Malaysia 2-0 in the semi final while South Korea qualified for the summit clash for the fifth with a 2-1 win over Pakistan in the semi final. The final will be the 70th international match between the two teams and 10th in Asia Cup Hockey. India have won 27, lost 30 and draw 12 in 69 international matches played against South Korea.

South Korea and India are facing each other in the final for the third time in Asia Cup. South Korea beat India 1-0 when two teams met first time in the final at Hiroshima in 1994. India recorded a 7-2 win over South Korea when two teams played second time in the final of Asia Cup at Chennai in 2007. India, ranked 11 in the FIH World Rankings, defeated South Korea 2-0 when two teams met in the league stage of the current championship. Pakistan take on host Malaysia in the match for the third place. This match will start at 14.30 (PST).

Pakistan have a good record against Malaysia in Asia Cup. They have won six and draw one in seven matches played against Malaysia. Pakistan scored 33 goals and conceded 10. Pakistan defeated Malaysia 4-1 when two teams met in the league phase of the current Asia Cup. INDIA-SOUTH KOREA MATCHES: Type .........M .....IW ...KW ...D .......GI ......GK Int’l .........69 ....27 ...30 .....12 .....150 ...142 Asia Cup ..9 ......6 ......2 ......1 .......32 .....14 INDIA-SOUTH KOREA IN ASIA CUP: Year Venue Result Score

1985 Dhaka india beat South korea 8-1 1989 new Delhi india beat South korea 5-0 1994 Hiroshima india drew South korea 1-1 (league match) 1994 Hiroshima South korea beat india 1-0 (Final) 1999 kuala lumpur South korea beat india 5-4 2003 kuala lumpur india beat South korea 4-2 2007 Chennai india beat South korea 3-2 (league match) 2007 Chennai india beat South korea 7-2 (Final) 2013 ipoh india beat South korea 2-0 PAkiSTAn-MAlAYSiA in ASiA CUP HOCkEY: Year Venue Result Score 1982 karach Pakistan beat Malaysia 7-0 1989 new Delhi Pakistan beat Malaysia 4-0 1994 Hiroshima Pakistan beat Malaysia 8-2 1999 kuala lumpuar Pakistan beat Malaysia 3-2 2007 Chennai Pakistan drew Malaysia 3-3 2009 kuantan Pakistan beat Malaysia 4-2 2013 ipoh Pakistan beat Malaysia 4-1


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AYeRN Munich avenged their 2012 Champions League final defeat with a 5-4 penalty shootout win over ten-man Chelsea after Friday’s UeFA Super Cup final finished 2-2 after extra-time. Bayern’s Javi Martinez produced a dramatic 121st-minute equaliser to take the game to penalties and when Chelsea replacement Romelu Lukaku missed the 10th spot-kick after the previous successful nine, the Bavarians lifted the cup at the fourth attempt. “One second changed everything, I am so happy for the players,” said Bayern coach Pep Guardiola, refering to Martinez’s equaliser. Spain’s Fernando Torres’ early strike had been cancelled out by Franck Ribery’s second-half thunderbolt while Chelsea’s Ramires was dismissed in the 85th minute as it finished 1-1 after 90 minutes at Prague’s eden Arena. Chelsea Belgian left winger eden Hazard looked to have hit an extra-time winner for Jose Mourinho’s europa League winners, but Guardiola-coached Bayern bombarded the Blues’ goal in the dying stages before Martinez struck before the final whistle. “Of course I am very happy, especially after getting the award in Monaco, I am so happy for the entire team, it was a very special occasion,” said

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man-of-the-match Ribery, who was voted european player of the year on Thursday. The Frenchman was one of the survivors from the Bayern side who lost the 2012 Champions League final to Chelsea on penalties at Munich’s Allianz Arena. Victory was especially sweet for

CIty BounCe BaCK WIth VICtory oVer huLL LONDON: Manchester City overcame a spirited Hull City 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium thanks to second-half goals from substitute Alvaro Negredo and Yaya Toure. Fresh from losing to Cardiff City last weekend, the 2012 Premier League champions were again given a fright against a promoted club before eventually claiming a second win of the season. In a lively start, Hulls should have taken the lead after seven minutes when Sone Aluko burst clean through, but he scuffed his shot wide when he could have rounded Joe Hart. The Tigers then had the ball in the net four minutes later, but Danny Graham’s clinical first-time finish from Robbie Brady’s delicious cross was rightly ruled out for offside. The hosts responded with Joleon Lescott’s header forcing a reaction stop from Allan McGregor before Robert Koren’s volley whistled just wide at the opposite end. Manuel Pellegrini brought on Negredo at half-time for Edin Dzeko and he decision was rewarded on 65 minutes when the summer signing headed home Pablo Zabaleta’s deep cross. AGEnCiES

Guardiola, who took charge of Bayern in June, following 14 titles in four years at Barcelona, against his former La Liga rival, Mourinho, back in his second stint at Chelsea having left Real Madrid the same month. “The best team lost, but that is football,” said Mourinho. The Portuguese said he was annoyed about Ramires’s dismissal for a second yellow card. “There is a passion for football and if you are in love with the game, you don’t kill a final by giving a red card like that,” he said. “For me, yes, (the player should not have been punished) because there were many other yellow cards during the match which the referee didn’t give.” Bayern’s Germany star Bastian Schweinsteiger was missing with sprained ankle ligaments. Guardiola moved Germany captain Philipp Lahm from rightback to fill Schweinsteiger’s defensive midfield role for the first-half, before Martinez took over in the second half with Lahm dropping back onto the flank. Mourinho started Brazil centre-back David Luiz, despite the Brazilian’s recent hamstring injury with Spain’s Juan Mata amongst the substitutes. Despite Bayern dominating possession, Chelsea went ahead after eight minutes when Germany winger Andre Schuerrle’s cross was volleyed into the top right corner by Torres. In the build-

up, Guardiola dubbed Mourinho “the master of quick counter-attacks” and Chelsea proved his point as Branislav Ivanovic’s throw-on was swept downfield by Hazard to Schuerrle, then Torres as the Blues covered 80 metres in 13 seconds. Both sides had first-half chances as Torres fired wide, while at the other end Ribery forced Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech into a diving save with 22 minutes gone, then Thomas Mueller hit the side netting as it finished 1-1 at the break. Bayern drew level on 47 minutes when Ribery’s right-footed shot rifled past the diving Cech, leading to the Frenchman sprinting into Guardiola’s arms and planting a kiss on the Spaniard’s forehead. Dante gifted Chelsea a golden chance to take the lead on 64 minutes when the Bayern centre-back’s slip allowed Oscar’s shot, which was saved by Manuel Neuer, before Frank Lampard fired over. Neuer could only palm Ivanovic’s header off the crossbar on 78 minutes and then got down to deny Luiz’s header five minutes from time, just before Chelsea midfielder Ramires was dismissed for a second yellow for a foul on Bayern sub Mario Goetze. When the game went into extra-time, Hazard gave Chelsea the lead when he cut inside two players from the left and fired underneath Neuer.

Dan Martin has been forced out of the Vuelta a Espana after sustaining multiple injuries in a crash on Friday’s seventh stage. Martin was taken to hospital after coming down heavily in an incident on a bad section of road in the final 10km of the run into Mairena de Aljafare. The Irishman, who rides for GarminSharp, said he hit a bump or rock in the road and had no chance of staying on his bike, and he was critical of race organisers for disregarding concerns over rider safety. His team was already in disarray, trying to get sprinter Tyler Farrar back to the front after a puncture, when the incident occurred. Martin made it to the line losing only just over 90 seconds, but he confirmed on Saturday morning that his race was over amid fears of a concussion. Martin, whose teammate Alex Rasmussen posted a picture of him swathed in bandages down his right side, told his Twitter followers: “Sad to leave the Vuelta but can’t race with these birds flying round my head. I hit a hole or rock in the road. Down I went. “Thanks so much for all the messages. Happy to say nothing broken but most painful crash ever had. “Stunned at the UCI commissaires lack of compassion. Should concentrate more on rider safety and less on UCI fundraising.”

Defending champ Murray reaches US Open third round NEW YORK AGEnCiES

Defending champion Andy Murray advanced to the third round of the US Open on Friday with a 7-5, 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 victory over Argentina’s 81st-ranked Leonardo Mayer. British third seed Murray, the reigning Wimbledon and Olympic champion as well, will next face Germany’s Florian Mayer, who advanced by defeating US qualifier Donald Young 7-5, 6-3, 6-4. Murray fired 28 winners and made just 22 unforced errors to Mayer’s 49 while scampering down shot after shot against his South American rival in a matchup at Louis Armstrong Stadium of players who were both born on May 15, 1987. “Very tough match,” Murray said. “Both of us ran a lot and it was very humid. I’m just glad I was able to put it together and pull it out in the fourth set.” Murray, who improved to 39-7 on the season, won his second Grand Slam title in July at Wimbledon and also owns crowns this year from Brisbane, Miami and Queen’s. Murray will claim his 29th

career title if he defends the Open title. The 26-year-old Scotsman became the first British man to win a Grand Slam since Fred Perry in 1936 with his triumph over Novak Djokovic in last year’s US Open final. He has now reached the third round in 22 Grand Slams in a row. The matchup turned when Mayer sent a backhand long to give Murray a break and a 3-1 lead in the fourth set. Murray broke again for a 5-1 edge and held serve to end matters after two hours and 41 minutes. Murray broke Mayer at love in the 12th game to capture the first set, the last point coming after 54 minutes when Mayer hit a forehand wide. Murray broke for a 2-0 lead in the second set when the South American sent a backhand long and again in the sixth game on his way to taking the set in 35 minutes. Mayer, who fell to 0-12 against top-10 foes, swiped Murray’s first service game in the third set and held the rest of the way to force a fourth set, denying Murray on two break points in the seventh game in the process.

— chaMP serena into us oPen last 16 NEW YORK: Top-ranked defending champion Serena Williams advanced to the fourth round of the US Open early Saturday morning with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over 78th-ranked Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan. The 74-minute victory sends Williams into a showdown against US 15th seed Sloane Stephens, who upset the 16-time Grand Slam champion in the Australian Open quarter-finals last January. AGEnCiES


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Putin rejects syria chemical weapons accusations as ‘utter nonsense’ MOSCOW AGEnCiES

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USSIAN President Vladimir Putin rejected the American evidence that Syrian forces used chemical weapons, calling the suggestion “utter nonsense.” “While the Syrian army is on the offensive, saying that it is the Syrian government that used chemical weapons is utter nonsense,” Putin told journalists in Vladivostok, according

to Russia’s Interfax news agency. He urged the United States to present its evidence to the UN Security Council and cautioned President Obama about the consequences of getting involved. “I would like to address Obama as a Nobel Peace Prize laureate: before using force in Syria, it would be good to think about future casualties,” he said. On Friday, the Obama administration published evidence it says proves the Syrian military was responsible for the at-

tack near Damascus two weeks ago. Secretary of State John Kerry said the attack killed 1,492 people, including hundreds of children. On Saturday, the US Ambassador in Moscow Michael McFaul presented that evidence to Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Rybakov. According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, Rybakov urged the United States not to use the incident to justify increasing military pressure on the Assad government.

He said Russia would regard Western intervention as “a flagrant violation of international law.” Putin said he thinks the chemical attack was a “provocation” by Assad’s opponents who wished to draw the United States and other powers into the conflict. “Common sense speaks for itself: the Syrian government forces are on the offensive, and they have encircled insurgents in some regions, and it would be utter stupidity to give up a trump card to those who have

been regularly calling for military intervention. It defies any logic, especially on the day when UN monitors came there,” he told reporters. Putin said he believes Western intervention is only aimed at helping the rebels, which he suggested have recently lost ground to government forces. “There is only one solution: to strike for them. If this happens, this would be extremely sad,” Putin said. Putin said he thinks the G20 summit, which Russia will host next week in St Peters-

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abducted afghan diplomat reaches home safely QUETTA: The kidnapped official of the Afghan Consulate, Quetta, reached his home on Saturday. Afghan Consul General Quetta Ghullam Muhammad Bahadur told reporters that Muhammad Hashim Ibrat, the kidnapped official of the consulate, reached home. “Ibrat is safe and sound,” Bahadur said. Armed militants had abducted the diplomat on July 28 from Satellite Town area of the Balochistan capital when he was on his way to office. Ibrat remained in the captivity for more than a month. However, an official of the consulate, who requested anonymity, said some important Taliban leaders were set free as a result of Ibrat’s release. “Taliban leaders were set free from Kandahar,” he claimed. The Afghan government was in close contact with Pakistan for an unharmed recovery of the diplomat. The Islamabad-based Afghan ambassador was in regular contact with the Pakistani officials to ensure the recovery of Afghan official. No group has claimed responsibility for the abduction. Incidents of kidnapping have increased in the troubled Balochistan in general and Quetta city in particular. While quoting a senior officer as having said, Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch revealed that 78 gangs involved in kidnapping and other subversive activities were operating in Quetta, plagued with sectarian violence and attacks by the Baloch insurgents. inP

attacks in southern afghanistan kill at least 18 KANDAHAR: A suicide bomber detonated his explosives near a police checkpoint and a bank in southern Afghanistan today, one of two attacks in the heartland of the insurgency that killed 18 people over 24 hours. Separately, a NATO service member was killed by insurgents in the country’s east, according to a military statement. No group immediately claimed responsibility for any of the attacks, but Taliban fighters have escalated their activity as US-led foreign forces reduce their presence in the country, having handed over primary responsibility for security to Afghan troops. Javed Faisal, a spokesman for the provincial governor, initially said the suicide bomber was in a car that was being searched by police, but later said new information indicated the bomber had been on foot. Along with the branch building of the New Kabul Bank, several small shops and vehicles were damaged. Witness Shah Wali had just stepped out of a taxi to go to the bank when the attacker struck. “I saw a man and a vehicle on the road, and while I was fixing my shoelaces I heard a loud explosion. I don’t know if it was the vehicle which exploded or the man standing there,” Wali said. Faisal said at least six people died, four of them civilians, one police officer and one private security guard. Another 24 people were wounded, most of them civilians. AGEnCiES

burg, “is a good forum for discussing the Syria problem, so why not take advantage of this?” He also praised the British vote not to join in any strike, saying it shows there are people with “common sense there.” “The British parliament’s decision on Syria is an absolute surprise to me. It shows that there are people guided by common sense there,” he said. Putin also said Russia was willing to take part in any international efforts to prevent the use of chemical weapons.

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Islamist rebels go into hiding ahead of syria strikes BEIRUT AGEnCiES

An anticipated US-led strike on Syria has not only put government forces on alert, it has also alarmed rebels, in particular Islamist groups linked to al Qaeda who worry they too are targets. The United States said on Friday it was planning a limited response to punish Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for a “brutal and flagrant” chemical weapons attack it says killed more than 1,400 people in Damascus two weeks ago. But Islamist rebels are wary, particularly experienced foreign militants who have joined their ranks and may have seen at first-hand US military campaigns and drone strikes on al Qaeda fighters across the region. Islamist forces have cleared many of their bases of fighters, vehicles and weaponry, according to rebels and sources close to Qaeda-linked fighters. “Of course we’ve been moving our fighters and equipment. Do you think we trust the Americans?” said a fighter from the moderate Islamist rebel group called Liwa al-Islam, speaking by Skype from a suburb outside the capital Damascus. “They gave Assad two weeks’ notice to clear his bases. We know we’re the real target.” Al Qaedalinked groups such as the Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) appear to be taking even

more extensive and secretive measures. “ISIL has evacuated many of its centers, mainly in northern and eastern Syria. They’ve increased security for the emirs (leaders), changing their locations and their cars - they fear homing chips could have been placed in the cars,” said a source in Lebanon who is close Qaeda-linked groups in Syria. Charles Lister, an analyst at IHS Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency center, said there was nothing to indicate Western plans for an attack on such groups in Syria right now. “But they are essentially hedging their bets. There’s too much to lose if no precautions are taken,” he said. “Syria has provided jihadists with an incredibly valuable opportunity to establish a concrete foothold in the heart of the Middle east.” Syria, which sits on the faultlines of several sectarian and ethnic conflicts in the region, has been mired in 2-1/2 years of conflict that has killed more than 100,000 people. Foreign powers have been deadlocked over action, and Western forces have grown increasingly hesitant as radical Islamist groups rose to power in an uprising that began as peaceful protests against four decades of Assad family rule. But US President Barack Obama has said chemical weapons use would cross a “red line” and has vowed to take action. SHARING TIPS ONLINE: Militants have been trading advice online about going into hiding - from tips about food stockpiling to strategic advice on pre-planning at-

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tacks to maintain operations while leaders were in hiding. Lister said lessons from attacks on militants in Mali, Iraq and Afghanistan were being shared on the Internet. Abdullah Saqr, linked to the Fateh alIslam group that has roots in Lebanon, posted some of his advice on Twitter. “Start changing your locations and finding shelters, do not move in announced or large convoys. Take the mobile phones from all your fighters and distance them from the leadership to maintain a security layer,” he wrote. “My brothers, the situation is serious, it’s not a joke. The Americans are being tricky in timing the attacks, which means it will be nothing more than a surprise attack as happened in Afghanistan or Iraq.” The Islamist source close to the Qaeda groups in Syria said fighters had already redeployed in new hideouts “away from prying eyes”, but declined to give further details. Activists in rebelheld parts of the northern city of Aleppo said they saw ISIL fighters leaving their bases in large numbers. Nusra forces worked more secretly, they said, perhaps better timing their movements at night to avoid attention. “They cleared out their main headquarters and much of the city. All they left behind were a few guards,” said an activist in Aleppo, speaking by Skype. “The others left behind were their social service and proselytizing groups. These groups cannot abandon the people.” Editor: Arif Nizami

Saudi Arabia has adopted a law criminalising domestic violence, usually targeting women and children, in a move hailed by activists who have demanded its swift implementation. The law, approved by the cabinet is aimed at protecting people from “all forms of abuse” and offering them shelter as well as “social, psychological, and medical aid,” according to its text. Violators face penalties of one month to one year in prison and/or a 5000 riyal to 50,000 riyal ($A1500-$A15,000) fine. The measures which are unprecedented for the ultraconservative kingdom - concern “any sort of physical or psychological violence,” said the social affairs ministry’s website. Women are the main victims of domestic violence with “98 per cent of physical violence committed by men against women,” it said. Saudi Arabia, which applies a strict version of Islamic law, imposes many restrictions on women, based on laws and traditions that empower male guardians. The legislation was hailed by Saudi human rights activists who said they were waiting to see it implemented. “The law represents a turning point in the field of human rights protection in the kingdom and mainly offers protection to women,” said Mufleh Qahtani, the head of Saudi Arabia’s National Society for Human Rights. “Domestic violence must be dealt with in a special way... as the victim and the aggressor often live under the same roof when it comes to a man and his wife or a father and his children. “What matters is applying the law and finding legal mechanisms for its implementation, since the final aim is to preserve the family,” he said. Another activist, Jaafar Shaieb, said the law was “an important step” to put an end to the “escalation of violence within families or even against domestic workers,” the majority of whom are Asian women. But applying the law “would take time due to administrative delays,” said Shaieb. The social affairs ministry has promised law enforcement mechanisms would be published by the end of this year.

yemeni PM escapes assassination attempt SANAA: Yemeni Prime Minister Mohammed Salem Basindwa escaped an assassination attempt on Saturday when gunmen opened fire on his motorcade in Sanaa and then fled, an aide said. Ali al-Sarari, an adviser to Basindwa, said no one was injured in the attack, which happened in the evening while Basindwa was returning home from his office. AGEnCiES


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