Tuesday, 1 October, 2013 Zil Qa’ad 24, 1434 Rs 17.00 Vol IV No 92 16 Pages Islamabad Edition
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no LB polls this year, eCp ready to tell sC
sC asked for guidance on honour killing, Qatal-e-amd
Owing to what it called insufficient timeframe and inadequate resources to complete process for smooth holding of local body polls, the ECP on Monday decided to inform the Supreme Court that conducting local government (LG) polls was not possible this year. According to details made available by ECP sources, the electoral body has decided to submit a written reply today. page 02
Attorney General (AG) Munir A Malik has filed a reply in the Supreme Court (SC) pertaining to pardon in the name of Allah, compromise and Qisas, besides praying the court to provide guidance on 18 points. The AG said in his reply, “The court has already given several decisions on pardon in the name of Almighty Allah, compromise and Qisas. page 02
Cease fire in the name of allah, clerics urge govt, ttp Nawaz to make Taliban strategy on return Another drone strike in NWA kills 3 stories on page 03
Land reforms can lead to a green revolution: CJp
Funding potential of capital market untapped
Hearing the land reforms case on Monday, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said land reforms were in the larger interest of farmers and could bring about a green revolution in the country. “This is such a case wherein thousands of people can evince interest in opposing and supporting it. How much land is lying arid in the country? If it is cultivated, it will benefit the farming community.” page 06
Haunted by the rupee’s historic fall against the greenback, the dollar-hungry government is yet to tap the funding potential of the country’s well-performing capital market. According to KSE management, the country’s vibrant stocks market has the potential to provide the cash-strapped government with funds in excess of $3.39 billion or Rs 347 billion. page 12
Democratic nations must try to find ways to starve the terrorist and the hijacker of the oxygen of publicity on which they depend. –Margaret Thatcher
Tuesday, 1 October, 2013
SC diSqualifieS PMl-N MPa iN fake degree CaSe ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday disqualified Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) lawmaker Iftikhar Ahmed Khan in a fake degree case. A three-member bench, headed by Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, heard a petition filed by Iqbal Ahmed Khan Bislana against decision of the Lahore High Court (LHC) regarding fake degree case of the PP-81 Jhang MPA. Khan appeared before the court along with his council Akram Sheikh. On the occasion, the court gave him some lines of English to read which he failed. After which the court disqualified him for holding a fake degree. The Higher Education Commission already declared his degree fake, however, the court called him to appear. oNLINe
PTi MPa’S reMarkS Trigger uProar iN kP aSSeMbly PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly on Monday witnessed a hullabaloo on the Peshawar church blast over the remarks of a minority MPA of the PTI. The House echoed with slogans of “shame shame”. The entire opposition shouted slogans against the minority MPA of PTI, Sooran Singh when he pointed out that following the Peshawar church blast, the opposition had gotten into point-scoring om the issue. In response, PPP’s MPA Nighat Orakzai shouted at Singh. oNLINe
SC adjourNS ib SeCreT fuNdS CaSe for oNe week ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Monday adjourned the hearing into the Intelligence Bureau (IB) secret funds case for one week. A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and comprising Justice Jawwad S Khwaja and Justice Gulzar Ahmed heard the case regarding the usage of IB secret funds to topple the Punjab govt in 2008-09. During the proceedings, former IB director general Col (r) Iqbal Niazi and Major (r) Fareed Jadoon filed their confidential replies before the court. The SC kept the replies secret and directed the attorney general for Pakistan to go through the replies in the Registrar’s Office. AG Munir A Malik said funds worth Rs 400 million had been withdrawn from the secret funds of IB, however adding that it would be premature to say what these funds were used for. The court observed that in a reply filed by Asad Kharal, it was alleged that a famous columnist and journalist was awarded Rs 3 million from the IB's secret funds at that time. The SC also directed the former IB DG to go through the application filed by Kharal and file a para-wise reply. Later, the court adjourned further proceedings for one week. app
No lb PollS ThiS year, eCP ready To Tell SC ECP LIKELY TO TELL APEX COURT POLLS CAN’T BE HELD THIS YEAR OWING TO INSUFFICIENT TIME, INADEQUATE RESOURCES ISLAMABAD MIaN aBRaR
wing to what it called insufficient timeframe and inadequate resources to complete process for smooth holding of local body polls, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Monday decided to inform the Supreme Court that conducting local government (Lg) polls was not possible this year. According to details made available by ECP sources, the electoral body has decided to submit a written reply today (Tuesday) with the SC pertaining to the Lg polls issue, accusing the provincial governments for complacency in completing delimitations and other process imperative for holding the polls. A three-member bench of the apex court would today take up the matter of a five-year delay in holding the local government polls by all four provincial government in violation of the constitutional provisions. The local government system is imperative in delivery of rights and curbing lawlessness at grassroots level and resolving of public issues at remote level. However, major political parties of the country have always have resisted local body polls while dictators have held polls to deliver goods at grassroots levels. During the last hearing of a case regarding delay in holding local body polls, Chief Justice iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry had warned that if the provincial governments and islamabad Capital Territory (iCT) authority failed to hold local government elections after Muharram, it might ask them to hold the elections under the old system. However, a top office-bearer of the election watchdog said it was difficult for the election body to comply with the court's orders due to complacency by the provincial governments who looked reluctant to hold
the polls. Only the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government, led by Pakistan Tehreek-e-insaf (PTi), looks prepared to hold the polls while the governments of Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan appear reluctant. All four provincial governments also did not hold local government elections during their past five-year rule since 2008. The Awami national Party (AnP), Pakistan Muslim League-nawaz (PML-n) and Pakistan People’s Party looked adamant to hold the local body polls. "At least one month is required to complete delimitation in all four provinces. Moreover, the election schedule would also take another month while at least one month would be needed to give candidates time for canvassing, and another month would be needed for election tribunals to hear the appeals against the ECP decisions. This would mean that elections would only be possible in January or February next year," the source added. The sources said a province required 90 days for legislation, delimitation and completion of rules, adding that no province had taken necessary measures to hold Lg polls, while the provincial governments had also failed to inform the ECP about their intentions and preparations. During the last hearing, the apex court had directed the additional attorney general and the advocates general of all the provinces to file replies after which it
AG seeks SC’s guidance on honour killing, Qatal-e-Amd
ISLAMABAD: Attorney General (AG) Munir A Malik has filed a reply in the Supreme Court (SC) pertaining to pardon in the name of Allah, compromise and Qisas, besides praying the court to provide guidance on 18 points. The AG said in his reply, “The court has already given several decisions on pardon in the name of Almighty Allah, compromise and Qisas. If a new decision is needed any more, it will be limited to “Qatal-e- Amd” or it
will apply to every case of Qisas. In case of confession of crime, repentance is pre-condition to compromise agreement. Does the criminal stand exonerated from crime in return for Qisas? What free will of party affected by deal on compromise implies?” A three-member SC bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry had given remarks on compromise in case of a murder that pardoning the killer in the case of deliberate murder was Fasad Fil Arz. The court had sought guidance from Shahid Hamid and Mushtaq Gondal advocate besides directing the AG to file reply. The AG has submitted reply through Additional Attorney General Tariq Khokhar and raised question related to 18 points, besides seeking court’s guidance on this count. The guidance has been sought on the points concerning honour killing, Qatal-e-Amd, Qatal-e-Khata, decisions given in the past, release of hundreds of condemned prisoners and other points. Staff RepoRt
At least one month is required to complete delimitation in all four provinces. Moreover, the election schedule would also take another month while at least one month would be needed to give candidates time for canvassing, and another month would be needed for election tribunals to hear the appeals against the ECP decisions. This would mean that elections would only be possible in January or February next year soUrCe would examine other options to enforce the constitutional provisions, particularly Article 140-A. A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, while hearing the local bodies' elections case, had said it could not allow anyone to make the constitution non-effective. The court asked the counsels to provide the details of old local government polls of their respective provinces. The chief justice said that the masses at the grass roots level must be allowed to participate in the democratic setup. "This is only be possible if the local government polls are held," he added.
Americans love to fight. All real Americans love the sting of battle. –George S. Patton
Tuesday, 1 October, 2013
Cease ﬁre in name of allah, clerics urge govt, ttp DEOBANDI CLERICS SAY SOME ELEMENTS WANT TO CLOSE DOORS TO PEACE ISLAMABAD Staff RepoRt
ROMinEnT clerics from the Deoband school of thought have urged the government and the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) to declare ceasefire in the name of Allah and his messenger Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). in a joint statement issued here after a crucial meeting, held
Nawaz To Make TalibaN STraTegy oN reTurN
under Salimullah Khan on Monday, the clerics called upon both parties to halt armed action until the outcome of the peace negotiations. They said the country was in a civilwar like situation and some elements wanted to close the doors for peace. They expressed satisfaction on the decision by the government, the military and the Taliban about ending the civil war through dialogues. They also said that bloodshed was not the solution to any problem. The meeting was attended among others by Mufti Rafi Usmani, Maulana Mufti Taqi Usmani, Dr Abdul Razaq Sikandar, Maulana Fazl Muhammad, Qari Hanif Jalindhari, Syed Adnan
Three people were killed and one was injured in a US drone attack in north waziristan on Monday. Sources said missiles were fired at a residential compound in Char Khel area of Boya, a region close to the Afghan border. witnesses said the spy aircraft were still hovering over the targeted area spreading fear among the lo-
cals. The victims could not be identified so far. On Sunday, drone strikes killed four men in Darga Mandi area of the same agency. US spy aircraft have been consistently targeting north waziristan and a large number of people has been killed in these attacks since the beginning of the year. Pakistan has been opposing drone attacks in its territory and also raised the issue at the ongoing Un general Assembly session.
Meeting reviews relief eﬀorts for quake victims ISLAMABAD
On the directions of Prime Minister nawaz Sharif, interior Minister Chaudhry nisar Ali Khan on Monday chaired a meeting to review the Balochistan earthquake relief work. The nDMA chairman, the ERRA Dg, the nADRA chairman and senior officials of the PM Office attended the meeting. The nDMA chairman informed the meeting that as per initial assessment 5,000 families are affected and around 125,000 houses are partially or completely damaged due to the earthquake. The Pakistan Army, the FC and civilian administration are working round the clock to distribute the relief goods. He also said that the terrain of the area was very inaccessible and there are difficulties in reaching out to the affectees. The meeting was informed that Prime Minister’s Relief Fund for Balochistan Earthquake Affectees has been established and donations can be made to this fund in all scheduled banks. Moreover, a total of nine aid collection points in various cities have been established i.e. five in Karachi, six in Lahore, one each in Rawalpindi, islamabad and Quetta, where the people can donate items. nisar, while briefing the media, said that unfortunately 375 deaths and 815 injuries have been recorded so far. As per directions of the PM each and every household is to be reached out and in this regard initial supply of at least one month ration is to be delivered to each affected family. He said that an estimated 18,000 food packs have been delivered in Awaran and almost the same number was en route. There are medical
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said the Taliban had disowned the latest devastating blast in Peshawar that led to killing of over 40 people on Sunday. Talking to reporters, he said a strategy would be formed regarding the Taliban after he returned to Pakistan. He expressed concern that terrorism was being exported to other countries from Pakistani soil, adding that terrorism was being promoted in Pakistan from abroad as well. The prime minister said terrorism was not only the problem of Pakistan, but of many countries. However‚ he said peace was essential for the people of the region. He said there were many poor in both Pakistan and India and both should nations should concentrate on their betterment. Nawaz said he conveyed Pakistan’s concerns to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during their meeting in New York on Sunday. He said he discussed various issues, including Balochistan unrest, and informed his Indian counterpart about Pakistan’s concerns. Nawaz said he urged Singh to resolve all issues between Pakistan and India through talks, as peace was the only way forward for both the countries. He said he presented Pakistan’s principled viewpoint in the UN general assembly. Nawaz added that in his talks with the Indian prime minister‚ he insisted on solution of all problems through dialogue. He said he informed Dr Singh about Pakistan's security concerns.
ttp doesn’t need oFFiCe: sartaJ aziz ISLAMABAD: Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Monday said the Pakistani Taliban did not need any office as the government was to hold talks with them inside the country. Speaking to reporters, he said the issue of Afghan Taliban was different from Pakistani militants. “Militants name their representative and decide when and where to meet, you may consider the venue of talks your office,” Aziz said. He said there were various places, where meetings could be held for peace talks. Aziz expressed sorrow over Sunday’s Peshawar blast and said the city was an easy target of extremists as it was located near volatile tribal region. oNLINe
Three killed in nwA drOne sTrike, FO issues MAndATOry sTATeMenT PESHAWAR/ISLAMABAD
PM ABSOLVES TALIBAN FROM QISSA KHAWANI BOMBING; SAYS HE CONVEYED PAKISTAN’S SECURITY CONCERNS TO INDIAN PM
Kakakhel, Maulana Muhammad Hasan, Maulana Mukhtaruddin and Maulana Abdul Baba Shah Mansoor. PTI TO CALL COUNTER-TERRORISM MOOT: Meanwhile, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-insaf (PTi) has decided to convene a national conference on October 5 to discuss ways to eliminate terrorism. A spokesman of the PTi said that imran Khan will chair the national conference, which will be attended by intellectuals and religious scholars. “The government is yet to implement the resolution unanimously adopted by all-party conference (APC),” he said, hoping that the PTi moot would play a significant role in elimination of militancy.
pakistan navy providing reLieF in QUake-hit areas KARACHI: Pakistan Navy continues to utilize all its resources to provide relief to the earthquake victims of Balochistan. All efforts are being made for swift provision of relief & rescue support to the earthquake affectees. In addition to the 4,000 kg relief goods already dispatched via PN fokker and helicopters, approximately 4,500 kg of relief goods were dispatched through two additional sorties of PN Fokker during last two days. The relief goods contain dry ration, medicines, drinking water and more than 200 family sized tents. PN helicopters are still carrying out rescue operations and pulling out dead and injured people of the quake hit areas. The injured are transported to the PN Hospitals at Ormara and Karachi for better medical treatment. pReSS ReLeaSe
teams on the ground with 52 doctors, 71 paramedics and 41 ambulances. China has donated 3,350 tents and 20,000 blankets along with generators, water purification plants and life saving drugs. The minister directed the officials to proceed to Balochistan and prepare a consolidated assessment and rehabilitation plan that would be presented immediately to nawaz on his return from abroad.
FO CONDEMNS ATTACK: Meanwhile in islamabad, the Foreign Office issued a routine condemnation of the attack. A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs read that these unilateral strikes are a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and that Pakistan has repeatedly emphasised the importance of bringing an immediate end to drone strikes. in his Un address on Friday, nawaz had said that drone strikes result in “ca-
sualties of innocent civilians and is detrimental to our resolve and efforts to eliminate extremism and terrorism from Pakistan.” The Prime Minister said that he has urged the United States of America to cease these strikes, so that we could avert further casualties and suffering, a call that seems to have gone unheeded in washington. However, the government’s statement released on Monday remained rooted in its oft repeated stance that drone strikes are counter-productive, entail loss of innocent civilian lives and have human rights and humanitarian implications. “Such strikes also set dangerous precedents in the inter-state relations.” The statement added that the strikes also had a 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.”
If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right. –Henry Ford
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Manmohan willing to trust, give nawaz a chance SALMAN KHURSHID SAYS INDIA WILL VERIFY ACTIONS ON GROUND BEFORE TAKING ANY STEP FURTHER NEW YORk aGeNCIeS
indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who met his Pakistani counterpart nawaz Sharif despite strong criticism from opposition back home, wants to "trust" the Pakistani prime minister and give him a chance to "walk the talk" on stopping ceasefire violations and terror activities against india. indian External
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inter-Services Public Relations (iSPR) Director general Major general Asim Bajwa on Monday said no one would be allowed to loot caravans carrying relief goods for earthquake affectees. Briefing reporters in his office, he said the Pakistan Army has right to defend itself in case of disruption rescue operation. “Any attack from the terrorists on relief and rescue operation conducted by us would be treated as assault against army,” the iSPR Dg added. He said that Pak Army is only doing rescue and relief operation in the calamity hit Baluchistan. He said that the earthquake played havoc in Awaran district on large scale where some 100,000 people were dislodged out of which 476 persons were dead and 435 were injured. Similarly about 20,000 houses were damaged. Almost all the affectees have been provided first aid at least one time. He said that there is no truth in the reports that the people had refused to take the relief goods owing to fear of terrorists. These kinds of news items were totally baseless, he added.
Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said that while "seeking to trust" nawaz Sharif, india will "verify" the actions on the ground before taking any step further on resuming the stalled dialogue process. in an interview, Khurshid said the "bacteria" of anti-india terrorism rooted in Pakistan must be eliminated whether "it is state-sponsored, state-controlled, statemandated or state-encouraged" and should not be allowed to grow and destroy the "sapling" of "creative constructive relationship". "Our prime minister wants to give him (Sharif) a chance, wants to trust him. But as he (Singh) has said we have to verify," said Khurshid while defending Singh's meeting with nawaz despite opposition BJP contending that it was not the right time as Pakistan
was engaging in ceasefire violations. noting that nawaz had taken over as prime minister of Pakistan recently, he said there was a "reasonable element of hope that this discussion will not go waste and it will lead to some improvement and something concrete in the future". in the hour-long meeting with nawaz Sharif on Sunday on the sidelines of UngA, Singh made it clear that ending ceasefire violations on the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir was a precondition for resumption of bilateral dialogue. Khurshid, who was part of the indian delegation, said Singh had "free, frank and friendly discussion" with nawaz and flagged every issue of concern, including Mumbai attack, Jamaatud Dawa and its chief Hafiz
Balochistan CM’s convoy escapes rocket attack in awaran QUETTA: A convoy of Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch came under rocket attack in the province's eathquakestricken Awaran District on Monday morning. No injuries reported in the incident. The chief minister was on his way to the camp office in Awaran, which was set up to carry out relief work in the quake-hit region, when a rocket fired by unknown militants landed at a distance from the convoy. Dr Baloch was accompanied by several provincial secretaries at the time of attack. A heavy contingent of security personnel reached the scene and cordoned off the area and security was further tightened during the chief minister's visit. INp
KARACHI ASSASSIN HONED SKILLS BY SHOOTING AT DOGS The Karachi police on Monday arrested an alleged target killer, who besides confessing to three killings also admitted that he had been practicing his shooting skills on stray dogs, a private TV channel reported. “The hitman, who was apprehended from the Mehmoodabad area has admitted to killing at least three people, including two policemen,” said Senior Superin-
tendent of Police (South) Munir Shaikh. The shooter, whose face was covered with a piece of cloth, made the confession before reporters. “I became a sharpshooter by practising headshots on running dogs using handguns. We were tasked with making a kill with only a single shot. That's how I got started,” the veiled assassin said. MoNItoRING DeSK
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Saeed, and LoC firing during the meeting. Rejecting BJP's opposition to the meeting, Khurshid said, "we owe it to our nation. Trust but verify. You can turn it (the statement) around. we can verify and then trust. now, i think, what our prime minister has done is that he has kept verify and trust in parallel." He said Singh made it clear that "while we trust you (Sharif), we must continue to verify." This is why, he said, "Our PM has chosen among various alternatives that has been suggested by Pakistan. He has preferred his own view which is -- now this should be done at the level of DgMO. And the good thing is Pakistan's acceptance." He did not elaborate about the suggestions made by Pakistan but sources said they had wanted a committee of
The relief you voTed for iS here! ELECTRICITY TARIFF RAISED BY RS 5.89 PER UNIT
PETROL PRICE SOARS TO 113.25 PER LITRE, DIESEL TO COST RS 116.95 A LITRE managing the fiscal deficit. Lagarde had noted with appreciation the steps initiated by the Government of Pakistan with regard to introducing the tough but essential actions to stabilise the economy. The Nawaz government had earlier increased the electricity tariff for the agriculture sector besides cutting down subsidies. This was done as a requirement for the initial reimbursement of the IMF loan.
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Criticising narendra Modi, indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Monday said the BJP leader's attack on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over the purported "dehati aurat" remark showed that he did not like village women and likened him to a "parrot" who makes utterances without verifying facts. Khurshid said there is nothing wrong in being a "dehati aurat" (village woman) and Modi was out of touch with ground realities. " Modi does not like 'dehati aurat'. Of course he does not like dehati aurat. why should we think of a dehati aurat being a pejorative term," he told PTi in an interview in new York. He was reacting to Modi's remarks that Singh had been insulted by Pakistan Prime Minister nawaz Sharif by purportedly comparing him with "dehati aurat" in the context of his voicing concern over cross border terrorism during his meeting with US President Barack Obama. A Pakistani journalist, who first attributed the "dehati aurat" comment to Sharif, later denied that the Pakistani Prime Minister had used such a word.
foreign secretaries to be set up to address LoC violations. Khurshid's attention was drawn to some positive statements made by nawaz Sharif about the relationship after taking over as prime minister in May and asked whether india wanted him to "walk the talk" on it. "Absolutely, there is no question about it. He has to walk the talk. The real taste of the pudding is in eating," he replied. Talking about the take-away from the meeting, he said it was to ensure that "temperatures" were kept at the "right level for the sapling of the bilateral relationship". Asked about the fate of the dialogue process which was at a standstill in the wake of ceasefire violations, Khurshid said the talks were suspended "because of circumstances. it was not destroyed."
HE Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz government, which promised prosperity and progress as part of its election manifesto, on Monday approved a simultaneous hike in electricity tariff and POL prices, jacking up power prices by up to Rs 5.89 per unit and petroleum prices by up to Rs 4.69 per litre with effect from October 1 (today). The increase in electricity and POL tariffs is one of the requirements of the loan deal the government struck with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) recently. Just six days ago, Prime Minister Sharif had assured IMF chief Christine Lagarde about his government’s commitment to implementing the structural reforms and meeting the growth and inflation targets in line with his overall vision of reforming the economy. Meeting Lagarde on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly summit in New York, the prime minister underlined the priority areas of his economic policy including broadening the tax system, privatisation reforms in the public sector entities and
The hike would be applicable to people consuming 201-300 units of electricity, while those consuming 301-700 units of electricity would be subjected to a raise of rs 3.67 per unit
NEW PETROL PRICES: Sources in the Ministry of Petroleum said petrol price had been raised by Rs 4.12 and that of diesel by Rs 4.69 per litre. Now a litre of petrol and diesel will be available to the consumers at Rs 113.25 and Rs 116.95, respectively. The price of kerosene oil, which is consumed for cooking in remote areas where liquefied petroleum gas is not readily available,
Sarabjit Singh's lawyer Awais Sheikh takes refuge in Sweden AMRITSAR INp
Awais Sheikh, counsel for indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh who was murdered in Lahore's Kot Lakhpat jail on May 2, has taken permanent refuge in Sweden following his alleged abduction bid near Lahore a day before Sarabjit's death. while talk-
was increased by Rs2.14, taking it to Rs 108.13 per litre against existing Rs 105.99. Consumers of light diesel oil, which is mainly used for industrial purposes, faced a hike of Rs 2.81 to Rs 101.24 per litre from Rs 98.43. The price of high octane blending component, used in luxury cars, rose by Rs 5.57 to Rs 143.90 per litre compared to existing Rs 138.33. NEW POWER TARIFF: Earlier in the day, the government raised power tariff by up to Rs 5.89 per unit. The hike would be applicable to people consuming 201-300 units of electricity, while those consuming 301-700 units of electricity would be subjected to a raise of Rs 3.67 per unit. Following the hike, those consuming 201 to 300 units will have to pay Rs 14 per unit instead of the earlier Rs 8.11. Similarly, consumers using 301 to 700 units will be paying Rs 16 per unit instead of Rs 12.33. There was also a sudden increase in electricity tariff for the textile industry. The increase in electricity tariff is expected to affect economic growth, as power consumption makes up a large part of the basket of items used to calculate inflation. The central bank, by raising the interest rate, has already taken a step which is expected to have a higher inflationary pressure in the coming months. Authorities concerned have issued a notification for the power tariff hike.
ing to Times of india over phone from Sweden on Monday, Sheikh said, "Sweden has granted me permanent stay along with my family and has also provided me all facilities and security after taking note of my abduction and physical torture." He claimed that his life in Pakistan was under constant threat from people and organ-
isations that were inimical to india-Pak friendship. Sheikh had claimed that some people had tried to abduct him and his son while they were going to buy land for a farmhouse near Lahore. He also told the indian newspaper that the alleged abductors dumped both of them on the highway, a little after their abduction. Sheikh also mentioned that a
letter written by the chairperson of Human Rights Commission Pakistan, Zohra Yusuf on May 3 to then caretaker chief minister of Punjab najam Sethi for providing security cover to him and his family was blatantly ignored. "During my stay in Pakistan after the abduction attempt, there were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested but i did not give myself up to despair," he said. Sheikh did not inform as to what he was doing in Sweden except that he was just settling in the new place. However, he said that his family felt secure in Sweden.
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The SPeCial TreaTMeNT IHC summons Poly Clinic ED over shifting arrested magistrate to hospital ISLAMABAD: islamabad High Court (iHC) on Monday summoned Poly Clinic executive director on Tuesday along with record of medical treatment of Farrukh nadeem, a serving magistrate in islamabad, who has been arrested by police on the charges of receiving bribe of Rs 1.5 million in a land transfer case. A single member bench of the iHC comprising, Justice Shoukat Aziz Siddiqui issued the directive on a plea against shifting of magistrate from jail to hospital on the recommendation of medical officer. The court in its order questioned to furnish the details of disease, on which the arrested magistrate was shifted from Adilala Jail to the hospital and observed that whether the treatment of the nabbed magistrate was not possible by the jail doctor. Counsel for petitioner alleged that Farrukh was shifted from jail to hospital on the basis of favouritism and requested for action on the said act of hospital administration. app
81,224 PakiSTaNi PilgriMS reaCh Saudi arabia ISLAMABAD: A total of 81,224 Pakistani pilgrims have so far reached Saudi Arabia, an official of Ministry of Religious Affairs and interfaith Harmony said Monday. He said as many as 56,769 government Scheme and 14,455 Private Scheme pilgrims have so far reached Saudi Arabia for performing the sacred religious obligation. He said the Hajj operation was going smooth. The operation to airlift over 143,368 pilgrims to Saudi Arabia would be completed on Oct 9, 2013. He urged the Pakistani pilgrims to obey Saudi laws, ensure patience and observe cleanliness during their stay in Saudi Arabia. Pakistani women pilgrims should also ensure wearing Abaya. A pilgrim, having any problem must contact Pakistan Hajj Mission for prompt redressal of problems, he concluded. FIVE PAKISTANI PILGRIMS DIED: A total of five intending Pakistani pilgrims, have so far been died in Saudi Arabia, said an official of the Ministry of Religious Affair and interfaith Harmony on Monday. He said the pilgrims, who have left to perform Hajj have been buried in Saudi Arabia in consent with their heirs. app
FiVE-DAY district wide campaign of the city government started on Monday to administer antipolio drops to more than 695,000 children aimed at protecting them from the disease causing life-long disability. Around 1,365 polio teams will remain actively engaged during the campaign with the spirit to make door-todoor visit in all tehsils and union councils of the district so that not a single child under five-year of age remain unattended. The health authorities have set up 76 polio centers in urban areas in order to facilitate the citizens and serve them at their doorsteps. District Programme Coordinator (DPC) Javaid iqbal told APP that special instructions have been issued to the staff deployed at the polio centers to keep them vigilant, adding “no negligence in this regard will be tolerated.” “The Health Department officials have been directed to remain vigilant, particularly in those areas where polio-virus was found during the last year’s campaign,” he said and added that all possible steps have been taken to make the campaign successful. Replying to a question, he said sufficient quantity of vaccine is available and the polio teams would reach every nook and corner of the district to achieve the task. The DPC urged the citizens, particularly the parents, to come forward and play their role for the elimination of the crippling disease from society. “The parents should cooperate with the special teams so that the set target could be achieved,” he said.
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Ambassador of Federal Republic of germany Dr Cyrill nunn called on Federal Minister for interior and narcotics Chaudhry nisar Ali Khan on Monday and discussed matters pertaining to geopolitical situation in the region. The federal minister underlined the importance of Pakistan’s relations with germany and said the ties are based on mutual respect and understanding and Prime Minister nawaz Sharif has always been very positive about strengthening already good relations with germany. The minister said the government is committed to bring peace and stability in the country and would leave no stone unturned in this regard. He added that the political forces, civil and military leadership are on one page regarding the
strategy to deal with security situation in the country. The ambassador appreciated the efforts of All Parties Conference (APC) and measures in Karachi that the government has taken to bring peace in the region. He said the PML-n with its strong mandate holds a good chance to bring peace and prosperity in the country. The ambassador also shared the various programmes that his government was carrying out in Pakistan particularly referring to the capacity building of civil armed forces. The minister appreciated germany’s continued institutional support to Pakistan for capacity building of its law enforcement agencies, EU market access as well as its development and humanitarian assistance. The minister assured the ambassador that Ministry of interior will provide
security and all kind of support to german businessmen willing to invest in Pakistan
and hoped that germany would continue to work closely with Pakistan.
peF gives top priority to girLs’edUCation: raJa anwar
Education Foundation (PEF) is giving top priority to the promotion of girls education particularly of the poor and making great efforts in this regard, said PEF Chairman
Raja Anwar on Monday. Speaking as chief guest at a ceremony held to award certificates to high achiever girl students; he said PEF was encouraging the poor families to send their girls to partner schools where their educational expenses were met by the
foundation. People First- a UAE based Human Resource Consulting Firm has given certificates of appreciation to 21 female students of various low-cost private schools attached with PEF under its public private partnership model of free education for the poor. The students have secured more than 90 percent marks in their matriculation exam, 2013. People First Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Asma Bajwa, PEF-DMD (HR) Aamir iftikhar, Director (EVS) Maliha Batool,Addl.Director (north) Syed naveed Abbas, students, parents and heads of partner schools attended the function. PEF Chairman Raja Anwar said, “we believe that a girl student is the best agent of change in our society; therefore, PEF is encouraging the poor families to send their girls to partner schools where their educational expenses are borne by the foundation.” Due to the great efforts and support given by PEF in shape of monthly fee and text books, girls ratio is 52 percent in 1.4 million PEF beneficiary students enrolled in 3300 partner schools in Punjab, he added. He said that the foundation is a
proud national symbol and emblem of soft image of Pakistan as it ensured equal educational opportunities for the nonMuslim deserving students, as well. Educating girls is an important step in overcoming poverty and genderinequality. Education plays an important role to give girls strength, courage and confidence and they can become confident leaders of tomorrow. it should, therefore be a part of any strategy to address the gender-based discrimination that remains prevalent in many societies. Bajwa, in her speech, impressed upon the girls to give priority to learning and make education their priority agenda in life as it helps in attaining socioeconomic empowerment. An educated woman is the best asset of the country who can help transform the nation of 180 million vibrant people into shinning example of success. Anila Mehmood and Amina noor also addressed the participants and highlighted importance of education. Later, Raja Anwar and Asma Bajwa distributed certificates among the students.
A girl accompanied by her ‘friend’ sitting at a local park in the capital. INp
islAMAbAd Tuesday, 1 October, 2013
laCk of ParkiNg faCiliTieS aT iSlaMabad airPorT irkS viSiTorS ISLAMABAD app
Lack of proper parking facilities at Benazir Bhutto international Airport creates problems for visitors as they have to wait for a long time to park their vehicles. The airport management failed to provide proper parking facility despite taking high parking charges from general public. Space reserved for official staff is more than the space allocated for general public parking. Usman Ali, a visitor on Monday told APP that he had to wait for half an hour to find a space for parking. The airport management is only focusing on entry charges and parking fee instead of facilitating the visitors, he added. Shokat Azeem, another visitor told that management was collecting Rs 40 for each vehicle and Rs 20 for every person visiting airport without providing any additional services as each ticket proclaimed that each person is responsible for their own vehicle in case of theft and or damage. The visitors demanded the authorities concern to take effective measures to solve the parking and huge fee problem. An official of airport management said that there is a massive rush at airport due to hajj flight departures as a large number of people come to see off the hujjaj adding that they had imposed entry tickets to control the growing number of visitors as there was not enough space to accommodate them.
food STreeT Near liaquaT bagh oN The CardS RAWALPINDI INp
The district administration is in consultation with TMA and other relevant institutions have proposed to construct a food street in place of a model subsidised bazaar behind Liaquat Bagh. The new idea is under consideration after the failure of the sasta bazaar, which was constructed at the cost of millions of rupees. The homework on the project is expected to be completed soon. The food street will be constructed on modern lines and keeping the culture of Pothohar and Punjab in mind, while recreational facilities for kids will also be provided there. The hotels and catering services will be offered to install their stalls in the food street so that variety of food could be provided to the visitors.
lhws woN’T work wiThouT SalarieS RAWALPINDI oNLINe
non regularisation of service and non payment of salaries since the last five months have forced the Lady Health workers (LHw) to resign from their job. As many as 22 lady health workers from Bakkar Mandi unit Rawalpindi have tendered resignation from their service due to non disbursement of salaries since the last five months. “we have to do additional duties daily and even then we have neither been regularized nor has salary been paid to us since the last five months. Therefore we are constrained to resign from the service, said a group of LHw. Over 53,000 LHw are working in all over Punjab and 784 among them are posted in Tehsil Rawalpindi. The LHws launched campaign ahead of budget for the current fiscal year to press their demands for regularization of service and enhancement in the salaries. They suspended protest movement on the assurance held out by the government for acceptance of their demands in the budget for the ongoing fiscal year but government has not delivered its promise. The LHws have demanded of chief minister Punjab to take notice of the injustices being meted out to them and issue orders for regularization of their service and enhancement in salaries otherwise they will be forced to tender resignation en-masse.
27thiop For woMen teaChers ConCLUded
TeNder NoTiCe reiSSued for graveyardS RAWALPINDI oNLINe
ISLAMABAD pReSS ReLeaSe
District government has reissued the tender notice in connection with construction of boundary walls including provision of other facilities of 37 graveyards of the district. Details said, development measures for graveyard will cost more than Rs 40.61 million. Previous tender was cancelled due to boycott of government contractors who argued on the less rate of contact. Under previous project, estimated construction cost of Dhok Rata, Eid gah and Khayaban graveyards was Rs 7 million which has now raised up to Rs 8.57 million. Rs 10 million will be spent on13 graveyards of Pothohar town while Rs 3.8 million will be spent on 5 graveyards of Rawalpindi cantonment.
eighT Nabbed iN broThel raid RAWALPINDI oNLINe
Sadiqabad Police raided on a brothel and nabbed eight criminals including six girls from Dhoke Kala Khan the other day. Following receiving secret information that obscenity business is on rise in the area Of Dhoke Kala at Awan Market Police obtained search warrants and arrested six women and two men red-handed from brothel. Later on, Police registered the case and started thorough investigation and shifted the girls into women police station for further interrogation.
A two-week long 27th islamic Orientation Programme (iOP) for women teachers arranged by Dawah Centre for women, Dawah Academy of international islamic University islamabad (iiUi) concluded on Monday. The programme was attended by 35 female teachers belonging to various cities of the country while guests of honour of its concluding ceremony was Vice President (AF&P) Sahibzada Sajid ur Rehman and Vice President (Academics) Dr Mumtaz Ahmad while in-charge Dawah centre for women, Shugafta Omar was also present on the occasion. Dr Mumtaz Ahmed, in his address said that role of women for disseminating islam’s message was neglected in the history of sub-continent and now it’s our responsibility to give them due place for accomplishment of the purpose. He congratulated Muslim women for service of islam while naming the world known female islamic scholars. “if we want our nation among the ranks of successful
nations, we would have to work for women empowerment in our society” he added. Addressing the participants, Sahibzada Sajid ur Rehman said misconceptions about islam are due to inappropriate knowledge about our religion. He said that islam gives core importance to education of women, adding that no society can excel until an educated woman has an opportunity to play her vital role in society. Rehman said teaching and training are in instinct of a woman and they should utilize this granted blessing to develop an educated and harmonious society. Earlier, Shugfta Omar briefed the guests and participants about the performance and achievements of Dawah Centre for women. She apprised that so far, centre has arranged 85 training programmes including Hajj training programmes which were duly appreciated by Ministry of Religious Affairs. Before that, Faryal Ambreen, coordinator of programme gave an overview of the programme. At the end, certificates of programme completion were distributed among the participants.
oldieS day Today ISLAMABAD: The United nations’ (Un) international Day of Older Persons is being observed today to recognise the contributions of older persons and to examine issues that affect their lives. The theme of the 2013 commemoration, “The future we want: what older persons are saying” has been chosen to draw attention to the efforts of older persons, civil society organizations, United nations organizations and Member States to place the issue of ageing on the international development agenda. international Day of Older Persons is a special day for older persons or senior citizens all over the world. in many countries, politicians make speeches, particularly those responsible for government departments that focus on senior citizens, at this time of the year. Some radios, televisions or newspapers publish interviews with senior citizens on various issues such as achievements they made to create a better society. in 1991 the Un general Assembly adopted the United nations Principles for Older Persons. in 2002 the second world Assembly on Ageing adopted the Madrid international Plan of Action on Ageing to respond to the opportunities and challenges of population ageing in the 21st century and to promote the development of a society for all ages. Un Secretary-general’s said on his message for 2013 that “The global community has reached a critical moment in our collective efforts to address poverty and usher in a better future. The 2015 deadline for achieving the Millennium Development goals is fast approaching while discussions on shaping a vision for development beyond that date are intensifying. in this effort, we must address shifting demographics, especially the needs and concerns of the world’s increasing number of older persons.” “By 2050, the number of older persons will be twice the number of children in developed countries, and the number of older persons in developing countries is expected to double. This trend will have profound effects on countries and individuals,” he said. app
What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal. –Albert Pike
Tuesday, 1 October, 2013
kp ig announces targeted operations in sensitive areas DURRANI SAYS NEW SECURITY PLAN DEVISED FOR VIOLENCE-STRICKEN PROVINCE PESHAWAR
new security plan for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has been devised and it has been decided that a targeted operation will be launched in sensitive areas of the province, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Inspector General of Police Nasir Khan Durrani said on Monday. The KP IG urged the public to cooperate with the police and other law enforcement agencies, adding that their identities would not be revealed. The Peshawar superintendent of police (SP) said investigation had been continuing and progressing, adding that some suspects had been taken into custody. Besides, he said, the chassis and the
registration number of the car involved in the bombing had also been found. The SP said security had been increased in the provincial capital to prevent recurrence of such incidents. The city plunged into gloom on Monday in the aftermath of the human loss caused in devastating bomb blasts in the city within a week. Shops and other business establishments remained closed to express solidarity with the bereaved families. Business activities in Qissa Khawani Bazaar and Khyber Bazaar were shut on the appeal of the traders, who also held a protest demanding security and compensation to them within seven days. A powerful remote-controlled car bomb struck the historic Qissa Khwani Bazaar, killing 42 people and injuring hundreds. The dead also included 18 from the same family from Charsadda. The Qissa Khawani Bazaar bombing was the third in the series. The first blast occurred at the Kohati Gate church while the second one took place in a running bus carrying secretariat employees to their destinations.
qiSSa khawaNi blaST TargeTed PubliC, NoT PoliCe STaTioN
PESHAWAR: Traders of Qissa Khawani Bazaar raise their hands in prayer following Quran Khawani on Monday for the victims of Sunday’s car bombing which killed 43 people. INp
PESHAWAR: The investigation report into the Qissa Khawani Bazaar attack that claimed the lives of at least 42 people clarified that the nearby police station was not the target of the bomb. The purpose of the blast was to create a state of chaos among the general public, the report stated. Investigations also uncovered that the white Toyota Corolla XLI that was used in the attack was stolen, and it entered Qissa Khawani through the Khyber Bazaar. Confirming what initial investigations revealed, the report said the bomb was remote-controlled and contained 200 kilogrammes of explosives. “Phosphorus was mixed with the explosives, which triggered the fire,” AIG Malik said. “Artillery shells were also used in the device to inflict maximum casualties.” At least 42 people – including 17 from the same family – were killed and 100 wounded when the massive car bomb tore through the crowded bazaar around 11:10am September 29. The fatalities included seven women and eight children, some of them aged five to 12. Medics at the Lady Reading Hospital (LRH) confirmed the casualty figure. BACKgROUND: This was the third attack in a week in Peshawar. On September 22, two suicide bombers attacked the All Saints Church compound and two days later a bus carrying government employees was bombed on the edge of Peshawar. In all, over 100 lives were lost in the two attacks. Furthermore, it was the fourth blast in Qissa Khawani Bazaar in the past five years, including two suicide attacks which left DSP Gulfat Hussain and SP Hilal Haider dead. Apart of that, there have been several blasts in the adjacent markets, including the one in Dhaki Nalbandi which had killed senior minister Bashir Bilour and the other in Dhaki Dalgaran which had left Peshawar police chief Malik Saad dead. Staff RepoRt
OVER 8,500 HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS REPORTED IN 20 MONTHS ISLAMABAD app A total of 8,648 incidents of human rights violation have been reported in the country between January 2012 and Sept 15 this year, according to a document of the Ministry of Law, Justice and Human Rights submitted to parliament. The document shows that 239 rights violations have been recorded in Islamabad, 1,599 in Punjab, 3,768 in Sindh, 1,552 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 1,490 in Balochistan during the period. These include 90 incidents of acid burning, 72 of burning, 481 of domestic violence, 860 honour (karo-kari) killings, 1,564 kidnappings, 20 minority-related issues, 141 cases of missing persons, 1,233 police-related and 112 prisonrelated violations, 344 rape/gang rapes, 260 sectarian violence/targeted killings, 268 sexual assault/harassment, 493 cases of violence against children and 535 against women and 2,175 miscellaneous violence. Of the 90 acid burning cases, three have been reported in Islamabad, 60 in
Punjab, 18 in Sindh, eight in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and one has been reported in Balochistan. Of the 72 cases of burning, three have been reported in Islamabad, 36 in Punjab, 27 in Sindh and File Photo
six in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Of the 481 cases of domestic violence, seven have been reported in Islamabad, 78 in Punjab, 154 in Sindh and 242 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. No case of domestic
violence has been recorded in Balochistan from Jan 2012 to Sept 2013. Out of the 860 cases of karo-kari, two have reported in the federal capital, 97 in Punjab, 667 in Sindh, 44 in KP and 50 in Balochistan. Of the 1,564 incidents of kidnapping, five have taken place in Islamabad, 230 in Punjab, 731 in Sindh, 303 in KP and 295 in Balochistan. Out of the 20 minorityrelated violations, six have been recorded in Islamabad, four in Punjab, two in Sindh, six in KP and two in Balochistan. Of the 141 cases of missing person, five have been reported in Islamabad, nine in Punjab, two in Sindh, 78 in KP and 47 in Balochistan. Ninety-three police-related violations have been reported in Islamabad, 233 in Punjab, 44 in Sindh, nine in KP and 854 in Balochistan. Of the 112 cases of prisons-
related violence, four have been recorded in Islamabad, 81 in Punjab, 15 in Sindh, 12 in KP.Out of the 344 cases of rape/gang rape, 11 have taken place in Islamabad, 241 in Punjab, 91 in Sindh and one in Balochistan. No such case has been reported in KP. Of the 260 cases of sectarian violence/targeted killing, six have been reported in Islamabad, 19 in Punjab, nine in Sindh, 216 in KP and 10 in Balochistan. Out of the 268 cases of sexual assault/harassment, four have taken place in Islamabad, 75 in Punjab, 157 in Sindh and 32 in KP. Of the 493 cases of violence against children, four have been recorded in the federal capital, 88 in Punjab, 89 in Sindh, 201 in KP and 111 in Balochistan. Out of the 535 cases of violence against women, 10 have been reported in Islamabad, 199 in Punjab, 78 in Sindh, 219 in KP and 29 in Balochistan. Of the 2,175 cases of miscellaneous nature, reported between January 2012 and Sept 15 this year, 76 have taken place in Islamabad, 149 in Punjab, 1,684 in Sindh, 176 in KP and 90 in Balochistan.
Study history, study history. In history lies all the secrets of statecraft. –Winston Churchill
news Tuesday, 1 October, 2013
laNd reforMS CaN lead To a greeN revoluTioN: CjP ISLAMABAD oNLINe
EARing the land reforms case on Monday, Chief Justice iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said land reforms were in the larger interest of farmers and could bring about a green revolution in the country. “This is such a case wherein thousands of people can evince interest in opposing and supporting it. How much land is lying arid in the country? if it is cultivated, it will on one side afford benefit to the farming community
and on other side will bring improvement in national economy,” the CJP said. The Supreme Court ordered the federal and provincial governments to give advertisement in the media for inviting applications from the persons who were aspirant to become party in land reforms case. The court also allowed the farmers to become party in the case. Abdul Hafiz Pirzada advocate appeared in court at the inception of the hearing, praying that he wanted to become party in the case on behalf of farmers, therefore, he be allowed to do so. The court allowed Pirzada to become
party, as his plea was not opposed by petitioner Abid Hassan Manto. The court observed, “As the matter involves public interest, therefore, it will be better to run advertisement in the newspapers on this count.” Manto and Pirzada asked, “who will bear the expense?” The court remarked, “The federal and provincial governments will bear the expenses in this regard. State-owned media can also do this job. Advertisements should be published in at least two newspapers.” The court later adjourned proceedings for two weeks.
how much land is lying arid in the country? if it is cultivated, it will on one side beneﬁt the farming community and on other side will bring improvement in the national economy
aTC orderS MuSharraf To aPPear iN bugTi CaSe
The Anti-terrorism Court has ordered former president Pervez Musharraf to appear on October 22 in the Akbar Bugti murder case. Additional Judge Tariq Kasi while hearing the Bugti murder case ordered the former president to come to the court on next hearing of the case. Other nominees in the case, former interior minister Aftab Sherpao and Shoaib nosherwani were present in the court. Listening to the officials of the Crime Branch who presented report relating to the absence of the other nominated accused in the case, the court issued directives for the personal appearance of the former president in the next hearing.
MuSharraf'S ‘why i reTurNed To PakiSTaN’ To hiT book SToreS SooN MONITORING DESk Former military dictator Pervez Musharraf is reportedly set to pen down another book titled, ‘why i returned to Pakistan’, narrating the dictator’s purpose of returning to the land in order to ‘salvage the country from the crises. Sources said that according to Musharraf, Pakistan was facing uncertain, flammable, volatile and disfigured anarchy, which the rulers seemed to be helpless in controlling; hence he decided to return to the country. The book is set to make its entry into market soon and it also covers Musharraf’s interactions with various global leaders and his close associates who have known to have advised him against returning to Pakistan. Musharraf is currently imprisoned in his farmhouse in the capital islamabad, which has been legally converted into a sub-jail, while he undergoes trails for numerous indictments including Benazir Bhutto and Akbar Bugti murder cases, and illegal confinement of superior courts’ judges.
PESHAWAR: Awami National Party leader Mian Iftikhar Hussain participates in a protest on Monday against continuing violence by Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan in the province. INp
RAFIQUE DETERMINED TO IMPROVE PAKISTAN RAILWAYS LAHORE Staff RepoRt Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique on Monday stated that a new train would not be launched in the current fiscal year, adding that all controversial contracts would be terminated. In a press conference at the Railway Headquarters, Rafique presented a report pertaining to his 110-day reign as federal minister, stating that the 50 per cent decrease in ticket prices had significantly increased the revenue of the Railway Ministry. He added that three months earlier the Railway Ministry was forced to face a loss of Rs 100 million per day, which had now been decreased to Rs 80 million. The minister said that the overall property holdings of the Pakistan Railways had been computerized, and action was being taken against
those who had illegally occupied them. While concluding the press conference, Rafique said the
branding of trains and railway stations would be handed over to a multinational company to increase the ministry's earning.
PM yeT To SubMiT aSSeT deTailS To eCP ISLAMABAD INp
Prime Minister nawaz Sharif has demanded more time to submit the details of his asset in with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). According to a statement issued by the PM’s House on Monday, the prime minister could not submit his assets’ details as he was on foreign visits and would submit the details within the next two days after he returned home. Earlier, the ECP ordered all elected parliamentarians, who had won the May 11 general elections, to disclose the details of their assets to the ECP before September 30 under the constitutional and legal requirements. The ECP had also sent letters to parliamentarians as a reminder to submit the details before the end of the deadline, warning them that otherwise their assembly membership could be suspended. Following the orders of ECP, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif submitted his asset details on Friday which were not disclosed to the media. The deadline of submitting asset details has expired but around 700 parliamentarians have yet to submit the details of their assets.
The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone. –Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
cOMMenT Tuesday, 1 October, 2013
a test of leadership’s mettle
beyond skirmishes on the loC-ii The Composite Dialogue, from its genesis at Male till now
Need to build on Sunday’s breakthrough
LMOST every major dispute was mentioned during the parleys between nawaz Sharif and Manmohan Singh to reassure public opinion back home that the two prime ministers were not oblivious of their national concerns. But there was unanimity on one issue: the peace process cannot move forward till the ceasefire was restored on the LoC. Of the different options that have reportedly been discussed to ensure the ceasefire, an agreement was reached over handing over the responsibility to the Directors general of Military Operations of both Pakistan and indian Army. The DgMOs have been tasked with suggesting "effective means to restore the ceasefire and a way forward to ensure that that it remains in force and in place." while no timeframe had been set, it is hoped that the task would be completed at the earliest. According to Pakistan’s foreign secretary, the DgMOs had also been asked to investigate all incidents along the LoC and ensure that there was no recurrence. This will require more interaction among the two military officers which could, if there is a will, lead to reduction in incidents that have derailed the peace process. Border incidents that took place in January this year led to reprisals and counter reprisals and in the process nullified most of what had been achieved through talks spread over years. There was a deterioration of relations on all fronts. Talks on the wullar Barrage were put off, the Pak-india hockey series was canceled, and bilateral cricket between the two countries has been consigned to a state of limbo and Pakistani singers were denied visa for ‘Cocktail’ music launch. The CBMs have remained unimplemented; the promise of enhanced trade could not be materealize while the trust deficit was further aggravated. The border clashes that erupted in August were even more ominous as the two armies exchanged fire along the Kargil stretch of the mountains where the ceasefire had held since november 2003. There were several civilian casualties. The agreement to give the charge of ensuring ceasefire to DgMOs is welcome but much more needs to be done to put the relations between the two countries on an even keel. Pakistan is desperately fighting the existential threat from the terrorists ensconced in the tribal areas. it badly needs to mend its relations with india to be able to fully concentrate on this threat. Unless there is a guarantee of its eastern border being peaceful Pakistan will find it difficult to assemble a force sufficient enough to neutralize and keep under control the Tribal Agencies. india too needs to realize that its own security would be jeopardized in case Pakistan is not able to eradicate the terrorist virus. There is a need to build on the agreement reached on Sunday in the next few months. nawaz Sharif strongly believes in peace and amity with india. what remains to be seen is if he is able to assert his leadership, allowing none to derail the peace process.
kP bureaucracy, police take initiative Welcome move, as PTI stays in hiding
ESHAwAR be damned, or for that matter the whole province or even the country. That’s what Pakistan Tehreek-i-insaf’s (PTi) policy has been ever since it came into power in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province. instead of going after those who have held the city hostage to terror for the last week, killing more than 140 people and injuring hundreds, the party still wants to negotiate with the terrorists. The party’s chairman imran Khan has even reiterated that Taliban be allowed to open offices. As if letting them kill innocent citizens needed any official approval. Three terror attacks within a week speak volumes about how deep the provincial government of PTi is concerned with the people’s security. This combined with the PTi’s chief’s statements of appeasement and his complete lack of condemnation of any killings carried out by the Taliban, are clearly in contravention of the so-called progressive and modern image. Things get even worse when one looks at how the federal government and its coalition partners are handling the issue of terrorism on the same lines as the PTi. Both the AnP and the PPP have been critical of how the PTi has failed in providing security to the people. Asif Ali Zardari has termed the blast “most barbaric, inhuman and reflecting the depraved mind of the militants”, and, rightly so, called for “a collective national response to uproot the extremists from our midst”. Senator Farhatullah Babar said that the state had “abdicated” its authority by declaring the militants as “stakeholders” in the peace process, adding that allowing them to open offices amounted to equating “the terrorists, murderers, rapists and dacoits with judges, lawyers and other segments of the society”. Political leadership, particularly the one in power, being in favour of going lenient on militants would be devastating for the country. Even more worrisome is the attitude of the JUi-F, which has made the issue a power play and wants the PTi government in the province removed for having failed to protect the citizens, conveniently forgetting that its chief is in the forefront along with the PTi for initiating peace talks with the terrorists – most of which are graduates of its madrassas. The KP bureaucracy and police – apparently without any PTi blessing – is about to launch a targeted operation in Peshawar and other parts of the province. Provincial bureaucracy and security agencies will participate in the operation while the political leadership, as usual, appears to be in hiding. The operation, though belated, is good news. However, it was none other than the political leadership in whom the public reposed their trust by voting them into power. Unless the PTi changes its course, and shun appeasement and is seen to be leading the operation wholeheartedly, it would be too much to expect a demoralised police force to be able to perform miracles.
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FTER the 2008 elections in Pakistan brought into power President Asif Ali Zardari’s Pakistan People’s Party, which was also committed to peace with india, the progress achieved through the backdoor channel could not be pursued further as india did not have faith in Zardari’s most positive overtures. The Mumbai tragedy then derailed the process for years and it was revived only after a long time. This period witnessed a paradigm shift in Pakistan’s position from sticking to Kashmir as a ‘core issue’ to moving ahead in other areas, including trade. The cabinet headed by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza gilani approved the proposal in 2012 to grant the MFn status to india and further liberalizing the visa regime. The responsibility for the failure to sign the accord on Kashmir agreed between Manmohan Singh and gen Musharraf and partially wasting the opportunity to move ahead with President Zardari lies more with the indian prime minister. He was too cautious to seize a historic opportunity for a cause that has otherwise been dear to him. Once again, he has floundered in response to Prime Minister Sharif’s positive overtures, knowing well that those who were responsible for the Mumbai mayhem are most possibly behind the LoC provocation – perhaps not exactly the Pakistan army, which is too busy with the principal threat to Pakistan’s security (by its own creation, the terrorists or jihadis) and preoccupied with the fight going on in the border regions of PakistanAfghanistan. it must be noted that india’s threshold of patience broke down after Pakistani terrorists’ enacted bloody mayhem in Mumbai for over two days in front of live cameras and shouting reporters and anchors with gruesome live footage aired round the clock. The urge for peace after decades of animosity gave way to revenge and venom. it was the most difficult challenge for the Manmohan government to keep patience under tremendous public pressure. On the other hand, Pakistan continued to fumble by first getting into denial mode, initially not even accepting the identity of the sole surviving terrorist Ajmal Kasab, and then dragging its feet over the investigation and not showing persistence in the trial of the attack’s alleged handlers and planners, even as the fifth anniversary of 26/11 draws nearer. Post-26/11, india is struck with its legitimate demand for some visible movement in the trial of the Mumbai carnage accused being tried in Rawalpindi. if the core issue for Pakistan was Kashmir, holding back forward movement on any other count, even keeping SAARC hostage to bilateral disputes for decades, it is now india that insists on its core issue of cross-border terrorism and says that the dialogue process and terrorism cannot go together, even though it has been insisting on peopleto-people contact and the liberalization
of trade. Quite cynically, the two sides have continued to rotate rigidity and flexibility with equal ease as and when the other side shifts to the other end of the spectrum. it seems the subcontinent’s bilateral diplomacy is an instrument for keeping perpetual stalemates with snail-pace movement to allow some modicum of civility while keeping them within the outmoded national consensuses and precluding any out-ofthe-box thinking. Rather than moving in a spiral mode, the talks have been fated to move in the same vicious circle. whatever progress is made in a round is not concluded on crucial issues in round after round of talks and is invariably reversed. what is quite disgusting is that the parties renege on their promises and go back to square one as a new process is initiated. Even if some breakthroughs are made, as between former prime ministers Benazir Bhutto and Rajiv gandhi on Siachin and between gen Musharraf and Mannmohan Singh on Kashmir, these are not taken forward and ratified. This shows, perhaps, that keeping conflict simmering and airing animosities suits the genius of conflicting nationalisms and powerful establishments living in regional Cold war times regardless of the aspirations of peace and amity among the peoples of the subcontinent. Pakistan and its powerful establishment must realize the folly of creating a highly intractable, devious, violent and divisive mass of terrorist and extremist outfits as an instrument of its foreign and security policies in the misconception of creating ‘strategic assets’. These over six dozen religiously extremist, sectarian and violent organizations have
The year 2014 will throw up the greatest challenge for peace and cooperation: will there be statesmen on both sides who will take hold of the opportunity and not squander it? now turned into self-perpetuating monsters who have their own worldview, means of living, and anarchist agendas and are ideologically committed against the nation-state. invariably, all of them, including the large chunks of Lashkare-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed, have become autonomous and turned their guns against their erstwhile masters. instead of remaining the ‘strategic assets’ of the Pakistani security establishment, they are freelancers in the market of global terrorism. indeed they fight among themselves over sectarian and factional dividends of warfare and expand their fiefdoms at each other’s cost across the Afghanistan-Pakistan border regions and beyond. But they agree to subvert the Pakistani state, its constitution, democracy and all state institutions and are mostly aligned with Al-Qaeda and the Afghan Taliban. The strategy to use them to keep and create ‘strategic depth’ in Afghanistan and run subliminal warfare in india or ‘liberate’ Kashmir has backfired. internal terrorism and
religious extremism has become the principal security threat to Pakistan’s existence, as Chief of Army Staff general Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has been repeatedly insisting and rejecting any justification whatsoever for the existence of this phenomenon. given the possibility of the destabilization of at least the south-eastern Pakhtun belt of Afghanistan after the withdrawal of most of the US-led iSAF troops from Afghanistan in 2014, Pakistan is left with no option but to clear its own territory of all kinds of terrorists without harboring the misconception of good or bad Taliban if it wants to preempt the Taliban’s surge from swaying its own Pakhtun belt and mainland Pakistan. All terrorist sanctuaries have to be wiped out and the writ of the state has to be extended to every nook and corner of Pakistan’s territory. This will require cooperation with the international community for a smooth transition and reconciliation in Afghanistan on the one hand, and a historic peace agreement with india and the installation of a comprehensive, uninterruptible and productive institutional framework, including the highest levels of security mechanisms to jointly fight terrorism, to resolve all differences peacefully and promote all-sided cooperation in the best interests of the South Asian region. On the other hand, india and its noless-powerful establishment that must shed its old fixations about Pakistan and the baggage of Partition, and understand objectively how Pakistan is embroiled with its own contradictions and trying to find a way out of the mess it has created over the last few decades. instead of jumping to join any move against Pakistan or exploiting any opportunity to pay back in the same coin, as in Balochistan or across the Af-Pak border to cause trouble in Pakistan’s backyard, india must offer Pakistan a quid pro quo—helping Pakistan keep its northwestern frontier stable coupled with a joint strategy to keep Afghanistan stable in exchange for an end to india-specific terrorism and conflict on the eastern border, including a settlement over Kashmir as envisaged by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and general Musharraf. The iSAF’s withdrawal of forces in 2014 from Afghanistan demands a regional consensus to keep Afghanistan peaceful, united and stable. it can, for narrow tactical gains, also offer numerous possibilities for proxy wars by regional players, the Central Asian states, india, iran and Pakistan in particular. given the historic rivalry between india and Pakistan, Afghanistan could become yet another destabilizing arena of sub-continental stupid rivalry. But that must be avoided so as to not let a more horrendous specter engulf the broader South-western and South Asian regions. instead of excluding india, Pakistan must bring it on board and the latter must appreciate the sensitivities of Pakistan on its South-western border. This will require a strategic dialogue both at the highest political and military levels, covering all aspects of strategic equations and the legitimate interests of both countries. Time is running out: both sides must abandon the old paradigms of animosity and bury the hatchet. The year 2014 will throw up the greatest challenge for peace and cooperation: will there be statesmen on both sides who will take hold of the opportunity and not squander it? The first part of this two-part article appeared on Monday under the title Beyond skirmishes on the LoC-I. The writer is secretary-general of the South Asia Free Media Association and editor of South Asian Journal.
If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced. –Vincent Van Gogh
Tuesday, 1 October, 2013
The Chinese dream October 1 is the 64th anniversary of the founding of the Peoples Republic of China
The b word Let’s talk about breasts
inKTOBER has arrived. This is the time when we’re reminded constantly about the ‘B’ word. it’s a word we mostly fail to look in the eye; we sweep it under the rug because we’re culturally programmed not to acknowledge it, and never to address it. The ‘B’ word, however, is one that might save a woman’s life. The ‘B’ word titillates the collective horror of the older generation that has dubbed it unspeakable, but that state of mind is the one we need to shun. And it’s about time we started talking about breasts. Every year October is marked as breast cancer awareness month, and Pakistanis need to take up this opportunity to start discussing one of the most prevalent forms of cancer. The nation has one of the highest rates of breast cancer within Asia where one of every nine women is at risk. Around 40,000 die annually because of the disease which is largely controllable if caught early. The subcontinent’s history is painted with poets describing, celebrating, and singing praises to the female form. However, in present times there’s neither poetry nor prose dedicated to the subject. One of the biggest barriers to ridding women – young and old – of the disease is the fact that we refuse to talk about it. The biggest problem is that females within our culture are objectified and sexualised to a point where simply discussing one’s breasts would land one into a makeshift moral jail. Our social setup is one where moral policing often makes it impossible to tackle real problems. However, we need to disregard
the moral police and start exchanging sentences, paragraphs, and volumes about breasts and the disease – that is the only way to tackle the pandemic. How do you prevent a disease from occurring or spreading? Take the example of dengue in Pakistan; people go to great length to discuss preventive methods, possible medications, even tootkas which may or may not work. we discuss the life out of the subject because we don’t want it to spread, we don’t want it in our houses, we don’t want to be inflicted. But no one’s honour is being extinguished at the hands of a mosquito. And therein lies the difference. Take that into the context of breast cancer. For instance, how can we expect women to perform self-exams (which can actually help a woman figure out if something’s not right) when they don’t know what to do? Perhaps they’re going about it the wrong way or maybe there’s more information that they don’t have access to. Talking is the only way to get the information out and running. if breast cancer is detected early there’s a 90 percent chance of survival. we turn a blind eye to that chance of survival in favour of abstaining from any kind of helpful discussion on the matter. The spread of good information isn’t the only thing we need on our agenda. There’s a dire need to also address the myths and misinformation relating to breast cancer. And guess how that happens: by talking. The Scottish government undertook a campaign that tried to bring the real picture to light. The campaign took pictures of women who had breast cancer and turned them into an advertisement. women who had no idea how to spot breast cancer in its early stages could see the pictures and act to save their lives. Different symptoms were illustrated through the help of the campaign. Most women do not perform regular self-exams. They don’t always know what to look for even when they do. The ads were aimed at helping women recognise different symptoms. Although the ads were constructed in a non-sensationalist way they were still a bold step for the western world. And while expecting similar initiatives out of Pakistan is out of the question, we’re also light years away from having an alternative set in place. The closest we do come to addressing breast cancer are the efforts that are undertaken
by ‘The Pink Ribbon Campaign’. The organisation has been around for a decade and has made a mark in terms of bringing important information to women around the country. Their most recent efforts target the youth and aim to sensitise young girls to different facets of breast cancer. The organisation reports that this form of cancer is increasing within young women – a girl as young as 19 could have the disease. For the past few years the Pink Ribbon people have taken to different colleges and universities under the HEC and talked about everything from prevention to cure. what we need is an amplification of efforts such as this one. in Pakistan we have women more worried about the stigma attached to their cancer than helping the ones related to them figure out how to steer clear of it; better yet manage it once it becomes a reality. A mother would most likely worry more about her daughter’s lack of marriage options because of the breast cancer, and not think twice on whether she’s passed on the cancer gene (which can be tested for) to the daughter. This has basically perpetuated a mentality where we can only discuss cancer in the aftermath of the chaos it brings. we need to stop waiting for a diagnosis and start talking before the onset of the disease. The trouble is that even after prognosis all people really do is discuss the predicament a woman is in – there’s no mention of what went one with the woman’s breasts before she realised she had cancer. we will go at lengths to discuss how life has changed – loss of hair, loss of energy, loss of family in some cases – but we cannot talk about how it got to that point. During Pinktober it would be a pleasant change if people stopped acting like simply having breasts was a taboo. we have to stamp out our obsession with shushing out and covering up the ‘B’ word. women have breasts, sometimes women get sick because of said breasts, and women should get together and have a chat about that. At the end of the day, it will be conversations of a very private and personal nature that make any real difference. The writer is a journalist based in Lahore. She can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org. She tweets @luavut
inCE my assumption of office as Chinese Consul general in Karachi more than 3 months ago, i have had extensive contacts with Pakistani officials, party leaders, religious dignitaries and friends from business, media, friendly organizations in Sindh and Balochistan. i have also participated in many functions such as the celebration marking the independence Day of Pakistan in Quaid-e-Azam Square, Karachi. i truly feel the outMa yaou pouring of fraternity from the Pakistani people every day and everywhere. i am deeply impressed by so many touching stories about our two countries and two peoples. Over the past 62 years since the establishment of diplomatic ties between our two countries, China-Pakistan relationship has always been rock-firm and full of vitality, regardless of any change in both domestic and international situations. People acclaim our relationship as being “higher than mountains, deeper than oceans, stronger than steel and sweeter than honey” and our two countries as “good neighbours, good friends, good partners and good brothers”. They are not only the revealing of deep emotions of the two peoples but also the true reflection of the all-weather friendship and all round cooperation between the two countries. China-Pakistan friendly relations are based on both convictions and actions. we always respect each other, treat each other with sincerity and enjoy a high degree of mutual trust. we always share the same destiny, stand together in both good and hard times and treat each other as brothers. China-Pakistan friendship is a priceless fortune for both countries and should be well treasured and well nurtured. we have every reason to have it further consolidated and strengthened. The furtherance of China-Pakistan relations accords with the common aspirations and fundamental interests of the two peoples and is conducive to promoting peace and development in the region as well as the world. At present, the growth of friendly cooperation between the two countries is embracing new opportunities. not long ago, only within six weeks, premiers of both countries concluded successful exchange of visits. Leaders of both sides reached wide-ranging consensus on deepening our bilateral relations, which arouses our greater expectations, confidence and strength. we are delighted to see that exchange and cooperation in various fields between China and provinces of Sindh and Balochistan are increasing in both width and depth. The two sides are having robust commerce and trade. Chinese enterprises, with the aim of win-win cooperation and bringing benefits to locals, are intensifying investment and initiating more cooperation projects, covering such areas as energy, resources, infrastructure and finance. The people-to-people exchanges are also dynamic. More and more Pakistani friends go to China to pursue business, attend fairs and other exchange programmes, playing a positive role in promoting mutual friendship. The Chinese Confucius institute in Karachi University is about to open soon. Looking forward, we see a vaster room and potential for mutual friendly cooperation. The Consulate general is ready to work actively with friends from all walks of life in Sindh and Balochistan so as to achieve more outcomes in growing our friendly exchanges and pragmatic cooperation. Under the strong leadership of Communist Party of China, the country has made tremendous achievements in all its endeavours. nowadays, the Chinese people are embarking on the ‘Chinese Dream’ to achieve the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. The Chinese dream internally aims at accomplishing country’s prosperity, national renewal, and people's welfare and happiness, and externally pursues unswervingly a strategy of opening-up and mutually beneficial cooperation and a path of peaceful development. The Chinese dream is a dream to share common prosperity and peaceful development with the rest of the world and it will bring to all countries opportunities instead of threats. The ‘Chinese Dream’ will benefit not only the Chinese people, but also the people of the world. According to statistics released by the iMF, since breakout of the global financial crisis, China has contributed to nearly one-fourth of the global economic growth. The purchasing power released by Chinese market will reach 64 trillion Yuan by 2020. in the next five years only, China is expected to import 10 trillion US dollars of goods, invest 500 billion US dollars overseas and have over 400 million tourists abroad. That will provide massive opportunities for global development. Against the background of a gloomy recovery of the world economy, the newly elected Chinese government has ensured the consistency of macroeconomic policy by making consistent efforts in coordinating growth, adjustment and reform. China maintained its growth rate in the first half of this year at 7.6 per cent, which still ranks on the top of all major economies in the world. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang assured the world during the just-concluded ‘Summer Davos’ in Dalian of China that in the future, China will keep tapping potential domestic demand, unleashing innovation, motivation and reform dividends and will upgrade the Chinese economy, in order to let the achievements of reform and development better serve the people and provide confidence and positive signs for the stability and prosperity of the world economy. Pakistan is a great nation with huge potential for development and a bright future. People of Pakistan are working hard on their ‘Asian Tiger Dream’ to achieve a vigorous economic and social development. The ‘Chinese dream’ and the ‘Asian Tiger Dream’ are closely related and are highly complementary to each other. The proposal of building of China-Pak economic corridor presents a broader prospect for bilateral cooperation, which will certainly bring about more tangible welfare for both countries and their peoples. The building of China-Pakistan economic corridor will link our two countries much closer. The blueprint of economic corridor made up of numerous highways, rails, pipelines, cable lines, prosperous commerce and trade will undoubtedly come true in the near future through our joint efforts. Let us seize the opportunity and work closely for a new chapter for ChinaPakistan strategic partnership of cooperation, for a better future of the common progress of our two countries and the region at large. The writer is Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Karachi.
You can spend a lifetime, and, if you're honest with yourself, never once was your work perfect â€” Charlton Heston
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Jason Sudeikis & Olivia Wilde attend the global Citizen Festival.
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Miley Cyrus' frequent nudity and constant twerking don't sit well with everyone. But, in Miley: The Movement, an MTV documentary airing on wednesday, Oct. 2, the 20-year-old singer says defiantly, "i don't apologize for anything." And if you thought Miley's provocative performance the 2013 MTV VMAs was a "hot mess," you're not entirely wrong. "it's a strategic hot mess," she explains of her crotchgrabbing, eyebrow-raising antics onstage. "if i wanted a raunchy sex show, i wouldn't have been dressed as a damned bear." (As you will remember, she was in a teddy bear onesie for the first portion of her and Robin Thicke's performance, but she then stripped down to nude-colored latex lingerie.) "How many times have you seen this play out in pop?" she asks. "Madonna's done it. Britney [Spears has] done it." "i'm onto the next one," the "wrecking Ball" singer says, adding, "Yes, i am very comfortable with my sexuality." The former Hannah Montana star laments that she "had to do something that didn't feel like me for so long." And the former Disney girl wanted to say goodbye to the squeaky clean image she used to try and maintain. "i just needed to let go of the past in a way," she says, "so i felt like i could be the bad bitch i am." not convinced? Pharrell, who worked closely with Miley on her upcoming album Bangerz, says she's more than just the image she's been presenting in these past months. "i'm telling you, the world thinks they know this girl but my thing to you is, don't be fooled," he says. "So when people are going, 'why is she twerking? why is she doing this?' Because she is a byproduct of America."NeWS DeSK
Could it be the lost fortune of Saddam Hussein? Or Muammar gaddafi? Officials in Russia are searching for the owner of about 16.75 billion that are just stacked on pallets at the Sheremetyevo Airport. A handful of people have tried to claim the cash, which was flown to Moscow in August of 2007 without a recipient listed on the shipping documents, but so far no one has been able to convince authorities that they are the rightful owners. Other possible explanations include the idea that the money belongs to the Russian mafia or corrupt politicians. Russian law enforcement agents haven't seized the stash because they don't have any grounds to at this point. NeWS DeSK
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Russell Brand's relationship with Jemima Khan ended as quickly as it began. Just 15 days after the British comic boasted that he was "eschewing all others" to be with the new Statesman editor, Brand announced they're no longer seeing each other during his stand-up show in Atlanta on Saturday, Sept. 28. "i'm currently single," said Brand, who capped off the U.S. leg of his Messiah Complex world tour. The 38-year-old then locked lips with several fans who were seated in the front row. Prior to dating Khan, Katy Perry's ex-husband was rumored to be seeing nicola Schuller. He'd previously been linked to Alessandra Balazs and isabella Brewster. Asked if he would ever tie the knot again during a June 10 appearance on Today, the Paradise star replied, "Yes, i would, as a matter of fact. i really liked being married." Let's hope his next union works out better than his last! After all, Perry is still recovering from the demise of their 14-month marriage. in a recent interview with Billboard, the singer said she wrote the track"By the grace of god" in the wake of their divorce. "That song is evident of how tough it really was at a certain point. i asked myself, 'Do i want to endure? Should i continue living?'" she told the magazine. "All the songs are real-life moments. i can only write autobiographically. i put all the evidence in the music. i tell my fans if they want to know the real truth about stuff, just listen to the songs." NeWS DeSK
Birds oF a Feather! working with LiL wayne an honor: hiLton
t's been seven years since Paris Hilton made her mark in the pop music world with "Stars are Blind," and now, she's about to make her big return. On Tuesday, Hilton will release her new single and video "good Time," featuring Lil wayne. it's the first cut off her upcoming album, slated for a 2014 release. "i love being in the studio. Music has always been a huge passion of mine," Hilton said. "So to be having my new single out with Lil wayne, it's just such an honor, and i'm so excited for the world to hear it." Hilton revealed that she's more excited than nervous for fans to hear her long-in-the-works material. "i've been recording this album for about a year and a half now," Hilton revealed. "After being in ibiza i was so inspired i met so many amazing DJs and producers, so people kept sending me different songs and making this album and i'm so proud of it." it wasn't until she became reacquainted with Cash Money CEO Birdman on the set of the
"Tapout" video [the two originally met at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards in Miami] that Hilton's vision really started to take form. "we ended up meeting up after the video and i played him some of my songs and he loved them and signed a deal together," Hilton said. "it's so exciting. i love working with him. He's so smart and so creative and inspiring and i just look up to him so much as a businessman and what he's created, and i think it's perfect to be part of the Cash Money family." And it seems that the Cash Money family, which includes wayne, Drake and nicki Minaj, are equally as excited to have Hilton on board. "They've been so supportive and amazing. i love working with everybody," Hilton said. "Everyone's just very hard working and very passionate, and it's fun to be working with really cool people who i really respect." NeWS DeSK
People stay married because they want to, not because the doors are locked’— Paul Newman
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Meet the desi version oF the Jerry springer show
ERRY Springer Show is an American Show containing adult content and is aired on nBC. it features controversial issues revolving around sex, infidelity and other taboo topics with often brawls erupting on the sets. The controversial show is watched by millions across the globe and remains a popular show. its popularity has influenced many shows in different countries. Pakistan has also been influenced by this show. How? in the following we cover programs which have been made and aired on similar lines in Pakistan. Maachis This was the first talk show of this kind to hit the local television. it was hosted by ZQ who has never been anything apart from a
successful model. The show invited guests faced with problems such as extra marital affairs, involvement with office secretary, philandering husbands etc. The show was marked with ZQ shouting at the top of her voice and provoking both sides. Audience comments and questions
were also taken in which were nothing less scandalous. The main difference between the original show and this desi rip off was that original show featured real people and not actors as Maachis.The show ran for some time, then returned again with a second season. Khawaja
question is, if Earth and Venus formed in similar ways, how come the Earth has a Moon and Venus doesn't?’ Professor Stevenson added that he isn’t convinced by the theory but said it was an ‘interesting possibility’. One major flaw in the theory is the geological similarities between samples found from Earth and the moon. These samples lend themselves more to a the ‘giant impact’ theory which suggests that the moon formed when a planet, around the size of Mars, collided with Earth around 4.56 billion years ago. This collision divided Earth into two unequal parts. The smaller of these condensed into the moon.
The best simulations of this process suggest that about 80 per cent of moon ought to have come from the impactor and 20 per cent from the Earth. Another controversial new theory suggests a giant explosion equivalent to 40 billion atomic bombs, originating from the Earth's core, somehow led to the formation of the moon. Planetary scientist wim van westrenen believes this violent event took place approximately four-and-a-half billion years ago. Van westeren said that taken at face value, the findings suggest that the moon was once part of the Earth that was blasted into space by an enormous explosion from the Earth's fiery core. NeWS DeSK
Four years after the original Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs stormed theaters, Sony’s $78 million sequel Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 topped the chart once again, earning $35 million in its first weekend. The film opened in an ultra-wide 4,001 theaters, and it notched a strong $8,748 location average. The first Cloudy scored $30.3 million in its debut frame on the way to a $124.9 million finish. Most prognosticators were expecting Cloudy 2 to finish above the $40 million mark — in the same range as Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania, which opened last September with $42.5 million, the best September debut in history. Cloudy 2 finished a bit below that, but it still notched the fourth best September bow of all time behind Transylvania, insidious Chapter 2 ($40.3 million), and Sweet Home Alabama ($35.6 million). The film benefited from a lack of animated competition in the marketplace. Planes, the last animated title to hit theaters, debuted nearly two months ago, and moving ahead, Cloudy should endure quite well due to a dearth of family films in October. The next kiddie flick entering theaters is the Thanksgiving-themed Free Birds on nov.
ex-pope blasts richard dawkins Dawkins is used to criticism, but it's not every day the award-winning scientist is slammed by the pope he once called a "leering old villain in a frock." Dawkins, an internationally acclaimed evolutionary biologist and author, is well known for his critical treatment of religion. And, it was recently revealed that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVi took a jab at one of Dawkins' best known (and hotly debated) books, The Selfish gene, as part of a letter written to atheist mathematician Piergiorgio Odifreddi. Excerpts of the 11-page letter, which discussed a variety of topics, were reprinted by italy's La Repubblica newspaper Tuesday with the permission of the former pope, Reuters notes. The message included passages slamming Dawkins' 1976 book on the theory of natural selection as "science fiction." "There is, moreover, science fiction in a big way just even within the theory of evolution," Benedict wrote. "'The Selfish gene' by Richard Dawkins is a classic example of science fiction." Vatican insider, italian newspaper La Stampa's English-language
has now sort of became a morality judge who sits on a panel, listens to live calls of girls, calls them on the show and does her analysis of their problems. She even goes to the houses of these girls and indulges in solving their problems. More often than not, the problems are outrageous and Morality Judge Maya equally outlandish as she barges in the private lives of people and takes control. in the end, all i would say is that such desi spin offs of Jerry Springer Show are not suited for our culture and environment. we should avoid showcasing such shows and should not ridicule problem stricken people/invade their privacy in the name of morality. if such shows have to be aired in any case then real people should be invited rather than actors.NeWS DeSK
cloudy with a chance of meatballs’ duels with competitors
did earth thieve away venUs’ Moon? Earth has one moon, Uranus has 27 and and Saturn has over 50. Venus, however, has none. A wild new theory presented at a Royal Society conference is claiming that Earth may have stolen its only moon from Venus. The theory, put forward by a Caltech University professor, suggests that Earth pulled Venus's moon out of Venus' orbit and into our own. Dave Stevenson, professor of planetary science at Caltech, told the Origin of the Moon conference in London that the moon’s size shows that this could have been possible. He noted that our moon is much larger compared to our planet than other satellites are to their planets. ‘So the
naveed Ki Adaalat Khawaja naveed served in judiciary of Pakistan and when he started his show ‘Khawaja naveed Ki Adaalat’ it was assumed that he’s presenting the solutions of family related problems of general public in the country and once again it was assumed that real people would be featured in the show. However, this assumption proved to be wrong once again as actors were seen in the show. Featuring a court room listening to cases being brought in, same shouting and emotionally charged theatrics were seen in this show as well due to which it could never rise beyond sensational masala. Maya Khan’s Morning Show on Express Maya Khan who is infamous for her raid on a public park, had resurfaced some time back. She
site, notes that Benedict's letter was in response to a book by Odifreddi that was particularly critical of Catholicism, as well as religion in general. Odifreddi had called theology science fiction -- a remark that led Benedict to retort that "science fiction is present in many sciences," according to Vatican insider. in a blog published by The Telegraph, historian Tim Stanley notes that Benedict's decision to "[take] a swipe at Richard Dawkins is revealing. Perhaps he, too, is tired of the old man. Truly, he can test the patience of a saint." Meanwhile, guardian blogger Andrew Brown writes that Dawkins' book, which has inspired spirited debate for decades, is "a very fine piece of pop science writing indeed." "what sells is not the stuff about science, but the stuff about human beings," Brown writes. "'Science fiction' may not be the right term for the book but it does capture the sense in which its hold on the imagination depends on the parts that aren't science but dazzling metaphor." NeWS DeSK
Katie Holmes flies solo without Suri for this weekend's global Citizen Festival in New York City.
1. Thus, Cloudy, with its “A-” CinemaScore grade, should have no trouble playing to parents and children for weeks to come. Last weekend’s champion, Prisoners, locked up another $11.3 million in its second frame, with a 46 percent drop from its $20.8 million debut last weekend. warner Bros.’ $46 million revenge thriller, which stars Hugh Jackman and Jake gyllenhaal, has now earned $39 million. Despite great reviews, though, the drama is facing serious competition from other well-reviewed adult fare such as Rush and Don Jon (and next weekend’s gravity), which could limit its final box office potential. That said, Ron Howard’s Formula One racing drama Rush raced off with a rather lackluster $10.3 million in its expansion from five theaters into 2,297 locations. The Universal-distributed film, which stars Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl, marks a major decrease from Howard’s last sports drama, Cinderella Man, which punched up $18.3 million in its 2005 debut. For Hemsworth, Rush (obviously) started off slower than both Thor and The Avengers, but it also under-performed compared to his non-superhero vehicles The Cabin in the woods ($14.7 million) and Red Dawn ($14.3 million).
spOrTs Tuesday, 1 October, 2013
SuNriSerS eliMiNaTed afTer waShouT AHMEDABAD: The match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Brisbane Heat has been abandoned due to persistent rains at the Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad. This means Sunrisers Hyderabad have no chance of qualifying for the semi-final as they finish with six points in their four matches. The rains hit the match between Titans and Trinidad and Tobago in the second innings of the Titans’ innings. There was only one cover which covered the wicket. The outfield was unprotected which meant that it was a very difficult task for the ground staff to clear to make the conditions fit for the play. The Trinidad and Tobago team have moved into the second position courtesy of a narrow six-run win. If they avoid losing by a big margin against CHennai they can still qualify for the semi-final considering their superior net run-rate. Chennai Super Kings are placed at the top with 12 points with three wins in three matches. aGeNCIeS
argeNTiNa beaT PakiSTaN To ClaiM 3rd SPoT iN SojC JOHOR BARU: Argentina has sealed the third position after crushing Pakistan 3-0 in a penalty shootout at the Taman Daya Hockey Stadium on Sunday. Argentina with their calmed nerves overwhelmed the green shirts in penalty shootout after having a thrilling completion during the allotted time but the two teams failed to find the goal. Pakistan had got couple of chances to score a goal, first in the 11th minute when Muhammad Dilber was put through by Muhammad Suleman but hit his shot straight into the pads of Argentina keeper Tomas Matias. And second was in the 45th minute when Pakistan were awarded the first penalty corner of the match in the 45th minute but Muhammad Tousiq sent his drag flick over the bar. Same was the case for Argentina, who missed some easy chances of goal in both the half. aGeNCIeS
yu-SliM ClaSh wiTh Model TowN Club iN fiNal
LAHORE: The final of 10th M Siddiq Memorial cricket event will be played between YU-slim club and Model Town club on Oct 19 at LCCA ground. The match will start at 9:30 AM. while prize distribution ceremony will be held at 4:30 PM. YU-slim club has reached into the final for 1st time. Model Town club has won the event 5 times, Shining club has won 2 times, while Model Town greens and Anwer Sports have won the event one time each. Staff RepoRt
Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records. — William Arthur Ward
T&T STay iN CoNTeNTioN wiTh d/l viCTory AHMEDABAD
RiniDAD & Tobago remained in the hunt for the second semifinals berth in group B, after rain halted a Titans surge as the match approached its crescendo. Titans needed 36 to win from three overs, with an imperious AB de Villiers at the crease and Sunil narine already bowled out, but Titans had lost six wickets en route to 153, and that meant they were six runs adrift of the Duckworth-Lewis par score after 17 overs. T&T's victory was founded on a scintillating 109-run stand for the second wicket between Evin Lewis and Darren Bravo, which came in 64 balls. They hit 188 for 6 despite an indifferent finish to the innings, and thanks largely to narine and Lendl Simmons, who took 4 wickets for 41 in seven wickets between them, that total proved sufficient. Their victory means that three teams, including Titans, remain capable of progressing to the semifinals alongside Chennai Super Kings. Lewis struck 70 off 35 deliveries, prospering most conspicuously on the off side, where he hit each of his five sixes and five of his seven fours. Bravo was his more conservative foil and contributed only 38 from the other end, but he ditched the innings-anchor role as the death overs approached and finished with 63 off 44, having hit four sixes and five fours. Morne Morkel's first-up maiden proved to be a red herring, as Lewis' ferocious progress during the Powerplay belied both captains' reluctance to bat first. Lewis got his big offside strokes humming in Morkel's second over, lofting the third ball over cover, before depositing two consecutive deliveries well into the stands. Bravo found the middle of his own bat in the next over, flaying an errant Marchant de Lange for three fours through the offside, and in three overs the
tRINIDaD & toBaGo LMp Simmons b de Lange 0 70 e Lewis c Richards b van der Merwe 63 DM Bravo b de Lange 11 N pooran c van der Merwe b Davids ND Stewart c †Mosehle b de Lange 23 6 D Ramdin c Mosehle b Morkel 8 Sp Narine not out 1 JN Mohammed not out 6 eXtRaS: (lb 1, w 5) 188 totaL: (6 wickets; 20 overs) DID Not Bat: RR emrit, R Rampaul, S Badree faLL of WICKetS: 1-4 (Simmons, 1.4 ov), 2-113 (Lewis, 12.2 ov), 3-145 (pooran, 15.1 ov), 4-164 (Bravo, 17.3 ov), 5-171 (Ramdin, 18.4 ov), 6-179 (Stewart, 19.2 ov) BoWLING: M Morkel 4-1-29-1,M de Lange 4-0-38-3,RR Richards 2-0-26-0,D Wiese 3-0-26-0, H Davids 3-0-31-1,f Behardien 1-0-12-0,Re van der Merwe 3-0-25-1 tItaNS H Davids b emrit 42 31 Ja Rudolph c emrit b Simmons 7 HG Kuhn c Lewis b Badree 4 Re van der Merwe c Bravo b Simmons 23 aB de villiers not out f Behardien c Lewis b Narine 29 0 D Wiese c Badree b Narine 11 M Mosehle not out 6 eXtRaS: (lb 2, w 3, nb 1) 153 totaL: (6 wickets; 17 overs) DID Not Bat: M Morkel, M de Lange, RR Richards faLL of WICKetS: 1-65 (Davids, 6.4 ov), 2-79 (Kuhn, 9.1 ov), 3-88 (Rudolph, 10.3 ov), 4-88 (van der Merwe, 10.4 ov), 5-137 (Behardien, 15.3 ov), 6-137 (Wiese, 15.5 ov) BoWLING: R Rampaul 3-0-31-0,S Badree 3-0-33-1,Sp Narine 4-0-23-2, RR emrit 3-0-31-1,ND Stewart 1-0-15-0,LMp Simmons 3-0-18-2 MatCH DetaILS toSS titans, who chose to field poINtS trinidad & tobago 4, titans 0 pLayeR of tHe MatCH e Lewis (trinidad & tobago) uMpIReS BNJ oxenford (australia) and RJ tucker (australia) tv uMpIRe S Ravi MatCH RefeRee RS Mahanama (Sri Lanka) ReSeRve uMpIRe pG pathak
pair had lifted T&T's run rate from two per over to almost 10. The team would maintain that breathless pace until both men were out. As T&T's strokemaking grew bolder, the Titans' attack became equally meek. Left-armer Rowan Richards sprayed it around the crease to travel at 13 runs per over, and Henry Davids' erratic offbreaks fared little better, as he
went at more than 10. Roelof van der Merwe brought Titans' some respite from the onslaught, conceding only four runs from his first two overs - in which he ironically dismissed Lewis with his only poor ball - but Bravo adopted Lewis' hyperaggression after his partner's demise and sent van der Merwe thrice into the stands in his next over. T&T should perhaps have made more of the foundation Bravo and Lewis had provided them. Two-hundred seemed likely to be eclipsed at 145 for 2, but
yuvrAj bAck in liMiTedOvers squAd NEW DEHLI aGeNCIeS
Yuvraj Singh has made a comeback to india's limited-overs squad for the Twenty20 and first three ODis of the home series against Australia. There were four changes made to india's last first-choice ODi squad, the one that won the Champions Trophy in England. Yuvraj replaced opener M Vijay, Dinesh Karthik lost out to his Mumbai indians team-mate Ambati Rayudu, the injured irfan Pathan made way for Mohammed Shami, and Jaydev Unadkat's left-arm seam was preferred to Umesh Yadav's erratic-at-times pace. Yuvraj's last ODi was against England in Dharamsala in January 2013. He was dropped from the squad for the Champions Trophy and did not feature in the Zimbabwe series either, when india had rested several first-choice players. However, following a fitness programme in France, he has shown a return to top form in List A cricket. He was the leading run-getter for india A in the limited-overs series against the touring west indies A, with 224 runs from three matches, including one hundred and a fifty at an average of 74.66. He also scored a half-century for india Blue in the Challenger Trophy, a domestic 50-overs tournament. A fit Yuvraj is seen as a bigger asset than Karthik. Karthik had a decent run in England and in Zimbabwe, but he failed to reach 50 in the triseries in the west indies. in effect, Karthik has
lost out to Rayudu, who scored 101 runs off 163 balls at an average of 50.5 against Zimbabwe. Two other changes from the Champions Trophy squad mostly explain themselves. Vijay struggled in west indies, and irfan is injured. Yadav, though, remains a curious case. He cannot have been considered unfit because he played the Challenger Trophy last week. He cannot have been rested because he is just coming out of a break. The selectors have either begun to look at him as a Test-only prospect or it was his performance in the Champions Trophy that has got him the axe: four wickets and an economy rate of 5.55 in a mostly low-scoring tournament. His economy rate in the west indies tri-series hovered around the same mark. His career economy rate also stands at over six, and an average of 41.58 doesn't do him any favours. The seam-bowling replacements, Shami and Unadkat, played all the five ODis in Zimbabwe, and have been retained. Mohit, who played two of them and was Man of the Match in the first of them, was expected to replace Vinay Kumar, but the Karnataka quick has retained his place. Vinay went at 6.03 in the recently concluded Challenger Trophy, although he did pick up eight wickets in three matches. Batsmen Karthik, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane, seamer Mohit and spinner Parvez Rasool missed out from the team that played Zimbabwe.
Bravo's dismissal brought two more in quick time, and the Titans quicks found the consistency that had eluded them for much of the innings. Henry Davids set Titans off apace in response, as he hit two sixes and six fours in a 24-ball 42, but a stutter in the middle overs, in which Titans lost four wickets for 23, surrendered much of that momentum. De Villiers hit 23 from 13 to resurrect the chase alongside Farhaan Behardien, but the Ahmedabad crowd were denied a thrilling finish by a shower that quickly worsened to a torrent.
I went to a fight the other night, and a hockey game broke out. — Rodney Dangerfield
spOrTs Tuesday, 1 October, 2013
uae juMP To SeCoNd PlaCe, IN HUNT FOR WORLD CUP SPOT DUBAI
niTED Arab Emirates leapfrogged into second place on the world Cricket League Championship table with a resounding win over namibia, giving themselves a shot at direct qualification into the 2015 world Cup. UAE, who were placed fifth on the table before their two wCL matches against namibia, edged netherlands out of the second place with a higher number of wins - nine against netherlands' eight victories. The race for the second place, however, is far from over. Afghanistan are currently fourth on the table with 15 points and two games in hand. what UAE's victory has done is clearly define Afghanistan's goal for the last two matches: they need wins against Kenya on October 2 and October 4. A loss in any match or an abandoned game would end Afghanistan's chances of direct qualification. UAE's win over namibia on Sunday was their second successive victory with a margin of more than 100 runs. in the second game, namibia, who chose to bowl, made a good start, dismissing Mohammad Azam for 6 off the third ball of the match. Shaiman Anwar, who has
made a habit of helping UAE recover from poor starts in recent List A games, did the same again, constructing a 75-ball 57 and adding 81 runs for the second wicket with Saqib Ali. Anwar is now the leading rungetter in the wCL Championship, with 625
wicket stand between Mohammad Shafiq and Rohan Mustafa helped them stage a small recovery, taking the team to 177 for 5 in the 45th over. Ahmed Raza and Mustafa then added some quick runs after Shafiq fell to push the team total past 200.
runs from 14 games at an average of 52.08. His UAE team-mate Khurram Khan also leads the run charts of the iCC intercontinental Cup. UAE lost a few quick wickets after Anwar was out and a steady 45-run, sixth-
imam-ul-haq not fazed with burden of being inzamam-ul-haq's nephew LAHORE
afghanistan aim for back-to-back wins against kenya to qualify for iCC world Cup 2015 DUBAI aGeNCIeS
Afghanistan can reach the world Cup for the first time if they clinch back-to-back wins over Kenya in Sharjah on wednesday and Friday. with 15 points from 12 matches, Afghanistan are currently in fourth place in the eight-team world Cricket League. Leaders ireland, with 24 points, have already made sure of their place in the iCC world Cup 2015 leaving the United Arab Emirates (18 points) and Afghanistan as the only two teams left in contention to grab the second and final automatic qualifying spot. The UAE on Sunday defeated namibia by 135 runs at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in their last group game to move into second spot in the table and eliminate third-placed netherlands (also 18 points) from the direct qualification race by virtue of having won more matches. Afghanistan now must beat Kenya in their remaining one-day internationals on October 2 and 4 to pick up maximum points and seize second spot from the UAE. while the top two sides qualify automatically for the 2015 world Cup, being played in Australia and new Zealand, the bottom six teams in the world Cricket League will receive a second chance to advance at next year’s qualifier in new Zealand, when they will lock horns with Hong Kong, nepal, Papua new guinea and Uganda for the final two spots in the flagship 50-over tournament. On Sunday, the UAE’s Shaiman Anwar again led with the bat, with a knock of 57 making him the highest run-getter of the tournament (625 runs from 14 innings) and helping his side to a total of 215 all out.
Being the nephew of former Pakistan captain and batting maestro, inzamam-ulHaq, may well be a source of undue burden on imam-ul-Haq. if there was any pressure on the left-handed middle order batsman from Lahore, it did not manifest itself as the young batsmen announced himself at the age of 16 to the world of cricket in the Under-19 Asia Cup in 2012, averaging 45 from five games including three consecutive fifties and an 88 in his first game against india, as Pakistan went on to share the trophy with their neighbours. Currently at the age of 17, he has played three First-Class games scoring 98 runs in total. He has also played three Twenty20 games with 23 runs to his name and recently took part in the Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) emerging player training program in Lahore where he spoke exclusively with PakPassion.net on a variety of topics including the
SPORTS DESk Trainer Charlie Hills remains confident Kiyoshi will prove a major force as a threeyear-old after signing off her juvenile campaign with a creditable third in Saturday's Cheveley Park Stakes at newmarket. The daughter of Dubawi looked set to dominate the fillies' juvenile scene after a breathtaking display in the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot, but she has failed to come
If we feel she needs a prep run (before the Guineas) then we will, but it's too early to say at this stage LaMBoUrn trainer
pressure of being the nephew of inzamam, the successful Under-19 tour of England, his views on his fellow Under-19 players, as well as his goals for the upcoming domestic season. To many observers, having one of Pakistan’s premier batsman, inzamam as your uncle would be a cause of stress but imam believes that he can put his uncle’s experience to good use in the development of his own cricket. “i feel very proud to be his nephew. He has always been very supportive. He guided me when i was playing in the Under-19 world Cup and he was also of immense help recently in England. whenever i have any issue, i go to him for guidance and he helps me out. i use the fact that i am related to him as a positive thing. if i do well, it's great and if i don't, i try to find out the errors and improve on them. The fact is that he just wants me to play positive cricket. whenever i am lacking, i take his advice, but i have not had any discussions with
namibia pacer Christi Viljoen, used in short bursts throughout the UAE innings, struck off successive deliveries to dismiss Raza and nasir Aziz in the penultimate over. UAE's innings ended for 215 in the next over when Louis van der westhuizen dismissed Mustafa and Shadeep Silva. namibia started cautiously but faced a double blow when Silva bowled van der westhuizen and Stephan Baard off successive deliveries in the fifth over. Xander Pitchers and wicketkeeper Jaen Kotze tried resurrecting the chase, but once Pitchers fell for 29, with the score at 46 for 3, namibia collapsed. They lost their last eight wickets for 34, even as Khurram Khan and nasir Aziz missed out on hat-tricks in the 24th and 32nd over respectively. UAE coach and former Pakistan bowler, Aqib Javed praised Anwar and Mustafa for their performances and said that the team had planned to achieve this result. "As usual, Shamin Anwar has done really well and today he becomes the highest run-getter. i'm glad the Khurram Khan is the highest run-getter in the iCC intercontinental Cup and Shaiman is in the wCL Championship," Javed said. "i think that we have some good batsmen for the UAE and today Rohan Mustafa, the youngster, was brilliant. i think his improvement in the last six to eight months is amazing. i think he will be a key player for the UAE in the coming years." namibia coach Doug watson said the side's poor batting form was the main cause of their loss: "There's probably more pressure on them than us, with what they had to play for, but i think there was pressure anyway because of how poorly we played in the first wCL Championship game. it was a much better performance today, and again, the fielding and bowling was brilliant - it was the batting that let us down."
voges flies home from Champions league NEW DEHLI aGeNCIeS
him regarding my technique.” The failure of the Pakistan Under-19 team at the world Cup in Australia last year was a cause of major disappointment for Pakistan supporters. imam’s personal run tally in that tournament wasn’t anything to write home about as he ended up with 78 runs from six games at an average of 15.6 and to add insult to injury, india and Bangladesh also beat Pakistan in the tournament.
hiLLs keeps Faith in kiyoshi up with the goods in two subsequent appearances at group One level. That said, she has been far from disgraced, finishing third in the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh and occupying the same position over six furlongs in the Cheveley Park. Hills feels his filly will benefit from stepping up to a mile next year,
with the 1000 guineas her obvious target. "She ran a creditable race. we felt there was enough pace on early on in the race and the ground was plenty lively enough, but you can't take anything away from the winner (Vorda)," said the Lambourn trainer. "She hasn't been disgraced. Since
Australia's plans for the forthcoming limited-overs tour of india have been complicated by the news that the middle order batsman, Adam Voges, has flown home from the Champions League due to a back complaint. Having been ruled out of the Perth Scorchers' final match in the tournament against Mumbai indians on October 2, Voges returned to western Australia early, alongside another injured batsman, Liam Davis. "Voges has an ongoing lower back complaint, and has returned to Perth for further investigation and management," the Scorchers said in a statement. while Voges will attempt to be fit in time for the departure of the national squad at the end of this week, his injury could leave the selectors thinking more widely about possible replacement batsmen. The captain, Michael Clarke, is already expected to withdraw from the trip due to a chronic back condition.
winning at Royal Ascot she's been placed in two group Ones and hasn't got much to find. "we'll pack her up for the winter now and obviously we'll be looking to step her up in trip next season. She's crying out for a mile, really. "There is plenty of stamina on her dam's side and her sire (Dubawi) gets staying horses as well, so we'll look forward to the spring. Hills is hopeful Classic-winning filly Just The Judge can return to her best form next season following her disappointing effort in the Sun Chariot Stakes, in which she beat just one horse home. He said: "She just ran a typical race for a filly who has had enough for the year. For whatever reason she ran very flat. "The ground was probably quick enough for her as well, but Sheikh Fahad (owner) has confirmed she will stay in training next year, so we'll look forward to that. "we'll certainly be looking to start her off over a mile and a quarter and she might even go further than that later on. "She obviously had a big six weeks early this season, finishing second in the guineas, winning the irish guineas and then third in the Coronation Stakes and that probably took a bit of the sting out of her."
A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be. â€” Wayne Gretzky
Tuesday, 1 October, 2013
david ClaiMS Play-off CheSSoN hadley ClaiMS Two ShoT viCTory SPORTS DESk Tour rookie Chesson Hadley held his nerve to claim the season-ending web.com Tour Championship by two strokes. Hadley carded a final round of 69 to finish ahead of Brendon Todd, Brad Fritsch, John Peterson and Scott gardiner. Hadley had started the final round at Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida a shot behind gardiner. But three birdies in the opening five holes saw Hadley move clear and although he struggled over the back nine he was able to claim his second win of the year. Hadley dropped four shots coming home but two birdies held off the challenge of Todd, Fritsch and Paterson - who carded rounds of 65, 66 and 67 respectively. gardiner, though, endured a disappointing day as his challenge ended with a twoover 72. "This is incredible. i have no idea what happened," Hadley told pgatour.com. "it was blackout golf out there today and i was just trying not to puke on myself on the way in, even though i tried to."
lee hoPeS To SigN off froM The briTiSh SCeNe iN STyle SPORTS DESk Lee Selby will target European and world titles if he wins the British featherweight belt outright against Ryan walsh. The welshman puts his British and Commonwealth belts on the line against walsh on the undercard of Scott Quigg's world title clash at the 02 Arena, live on Sky Sports. Selby has already beaten the likes of Stephen Smith, John Simpson and Martin Lindsay in recent years and plans to push himself beyond the domestic scene. "This will most probably be my last domestic test," said Selby. "i will have won the Lonsdale belt outright when i win this fight and now it is time to look towards European and world level. "it is a natural progression once you have won the Lonsdale belt outright. There isn't much point continuing to fight for it when you can move on to the European stage. i am the mandatory challenger for the European belt so i want to win that next."
WIN AT ST ANDREWS LONDON
ngland's David Howell won his first tournament for more than seven years with a play-off victory over American Peter Uihlein in the Dunhill Links Championship. Howell carded a final round of 67 at St Andrews to set the clubhouse target and then watched as overnight leader Uihlein missed from 15 feet for a winning birdie on the 18th. Both men made pars at the first playoff hole - the first - but Howell rolled in a 10-foot downhill birdie putt on the
18th green to claim his first title since the BMw Championship at wentworth in 2006. Uihlein, who had been two shots clear going into the final round after following Friday's 60 at Kingsbarns with a 65 at St Andrews on Saturday, recorded a closing 69 as he and Howell finished one ahead of ireland's Shane
Lowry (68) and England's Tom Lewis (64). Lewis began the week 155th on the European Tour's Race to Dubai with only the top 110 in three weeks' time keeping their card for next season, but a share of third place will be enough for the 22year-old to retain his playing rights. Lowry had briefly led by two after playing his first 11 holes in six under par, but paid the price for dropped shots at the 13th and 15th. Frenchman Thomas Levet had made a blistering start, birdieing the first five holes and six of the first seven, but he could not maintain that momentum and eventually signed for a 69 and a share of seventh place.
wAtCh It LIve TENSPORTS ROYALS V OTAGO
aligarh Club, MughalPura whiTeS MaTCh waShed ouT LAHORE: The match of 16th Tauseef Trophy cricket championship between Aligrh club and Mughalpura Whites has washed out due to heavy rain at Model Town Aligarh ground on Monday. When Aligarh club has scored 155/7 in 34.3 overs then rain had started and further no match will continued. In this match Aligarh club has secued 8 while Mughalpura Whites has secured 7 points. The match between Aligarh and Servis club will be played on Oct 11 at Aligarh ground Scores: aligarh club 155/7 in 34.3 overs. M arif 53, Mubashar Ijaz 41, Imran Nazir jr 20, Bilawal Rana 13, Khalid Mughal 11(no). Naeem 3/30, Nasir 1/26, Zia ahmed 1/32, Riaz ud din 1/20, Zain ul Husnain 1/18.
1ST haNif MohaMMad MeMorial eveNT will STarT froM oCT 5
tsonga registers straight-sets win over gael MonďŹ ls TOkYO aGeNCIeS
Jo-wilfried Tsonga continued his dominance over gael Monfils to reach the second round of the Japan Open. Tsonga, the no 2 seed, registered a 6-3 7-6 (10-8) victory to extend his record to four wins in five matches against his compatriot. Tsonga fired down 11 aces but saw Monfils save three match points before he was able to secure his place in the next round. Sixth seed nicolas Almagro also won in straight sets although he was made to work hard by Benjamin Becker. Almagro eventually overcame the challenge of the german qualifier 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-3). Alexandr Dolgopolov had no such problems as he brushed aside Daniel Brands 6-3 6-1 in his opening match. Jarkko nieminen eased past Juan Monaco in straight sets in the day's last match. nieminen won successive points on Monaco's serve to clinch the first set on a tie-break, then broke in the first game of the second and went on to wrap up a 7-6 (7/4) 6-1 win.
The 1st Hanif Mohammad Memorial cricket event will start from Oct 5. The opening match will be played between Rising stars and New Union club at Allama Iqbal Institute ground. The 20-20 overs match will start at 9:30 AM. Mr Javed ALi Ex secretary LCCA will be the chief guest. In this event after permission of PCB 34 clubs of East Zone are participating. At that day at 12:30 PM the other match will be played between Tauseef Club and Gulberg Eaglets. in both matches Messers Shafiq Ahmed and Imran Ali will be he umpires.
Model TowN greeNS, NaTioNal gyM fiNal oN oCT 19
The final of 28th M Yaseen Akhter Memorial cricket Event will be played between Model Town Greens and National Gym on Oct 19 at LCCA ground. The match will start at 1:00 PM, while prize distribution ceremony will be held at 4:30 PM. Model Town Greens has marched into the final after 11 years while National Gym has qualified for final first time. Model Town Club and P&T Gym have won the event 4 times each, while Model Town Greens, Imperial club, Servis club and Apallo club have won the event 2 times each. The cantonment Gym, Ludihana Gym, Raja club, Dharmpura Gym, Shalimar Gym ,Dharampura Sports,Mughalpura Whites, Cooperative bank, Shining club, Punjab club and Universal club have won the event 1 time each. Staff RepoRt
lAMpArd hAils MATA ATTiTude LONDON
row since his arrival from Valencia in 2011, but has not begun the new campaign as a regular starter and has been told to adapt his Frank Lampard has praised Juan Mata game by manager Jose for showing the right character to Mourinho. he has fight for his place at Chelsea. Mata The Spaniard has been Chelsea's player of the been a vital has responded well season for player ever since to the challenge and two made a crucial years he came to contribution off the in a substitutes' bench the cub against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday as he helped Chelsea battle back to earn a 1-1 draw in the Premier League. "if you are not playing, and we have all been there, you have to stay and train well, keep the right attitude. Juan has done that." Frank Lampard "He played well, linked the play, put in the ball for the goal," said team-mate Lampard. "His attitude has been first class. aGeNCIeS
Every player understands there is a lot of competition, especially in midfield. "if you are not playing, and we have all been there, you have to stay and train well, keep the right attitude. Juan has done that." while Chelsea dominated the second half at white Hart Lane until Fernando Torres' late sending-off, Lampard was impressed by Spurs in the opening 45 minutes. Andre Villas-Boas' men have made a strong start to the season after spending heavily in the summer and Lampard believes they must be considered title contenders, although he says the key will be how they deal with the rising pressure of expectation. "They're a very good team," said Lampard in the Daily Mail. "They are going to be looking at winning the league. "That's what you have to do when you spend that money. we've lived for the last eight years with that pressure, year in year out, and that's what Tottenham have to deal with if they want to win the league. "You have to get a level of consistency and it's not easy. it's a difficult league."
torres CoULd FaCe Longer Ban For Jan vertonghen CLash LONDON: Chelsea striker Fernando Torres could find himself handed an extended ban if the Football Association decides to act over his clash with Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen. Torres was sent off in the 1-1 draw at Tottenham in the Premier League on Saturday after he picked up two yellow cards. The first of those was for a trip on Vertonghen, but referee Mike Dean took no action against the Spaniard when he raised his hands to the defender immediately afterwards. If Dean's match report confirms he did not see the incident, the video will be passed to the FA's new independent disciplinary panel, who must decide if the striker's actions constituted violent conduct. If the panel so decrees, Torres will have his one-match ban - which he will serve when Chelsea visit Norwich on Sunday - extended to four matches. Meanwhile, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho believes he is now getting the best out of Torres after an improved performance from the striker against Spurs. Torres has started Chelsea's last two games after being left out for Samuel Eto'o for several games and Mourinho feels better fitness is the key to the Spaniard's improvement on the pitch. aGeNCIeS
Tuesday, 1 October, 2013
Syria at uN compares militant turkey to lift ban on onslaught to 9/11 attacks islamic headscarves ANkARA aGeNCIeS
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YRiA’S foreign minister on Monday compared what he described as an invasion of foreign terrorists across his country to the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, remarks that washington dismissed as offensive and disingenuous. in a speech to the annual meeting of the Un general Assembly in new York, Syrian Foreign Minister walid alMoualem also said that “terrorists from more than 83 countries are engaged in the killing of our people and our army under the appeal of global Takfiri jihad.” “There is no civil war in Syria, but it is a war against terror that recognizes no values, nor justice, nor equality, and dis-
Shahi Syed says Tappi is the real CM of Sindh kARACHI
there is no civil war in syria, but it is a war against terror that recognizes no values, regards any rights or laws,” nor justice, nor equality, Moualem said. The United nations says more and disregards any c lSyria, than 100,000 people have been aim killed in Syria’s 2-1/2 year conflict. it to fight rights or laws
began in March 2011 when the government tried to crush pro-democracy protests and eventually became a fullscale war. now more than half of Syria’s 20 million people need aid. “The people of new York have witnessed the devastations of terrorism, and were burned with the fire of extremism and bloodshed, the same way we are suffering now in Syria,” Moualem said, referring to the September 11 attacks that brought down the world Trade Center and damaged the Pentagon. “How can some countries, hit by the same terrorism we are suffering now in
terrorism in all parts of the world, while supporting it in my country?” he said. The US mission to the United nations responded angrily, saying Moualem’s comment was “as disingenuous as it is offensive,” adding that his statements “have no credibility.” “The fact that the Syrian regime has shelled schools and hospitals and used chemical weapons on its own people demonstrates that it has adopted the very terrorist tactics that it today decried,” said Erin Pelton, spokeswoman for the US mission.
Us senate rejects house budget, shutdown imminent
AnP Sindh President Senator Shahi Syed on Friday called Owais Muzaffar Tappi, a close aide of former president Asif Ali Zardari, “the real chief minister of Sindh”. Talking to reporters, Syed expressed grave concern over the security of his key party workers, adding that Tappi did not want to provide them security. He said in Sindh, Tappi enjoyed the powers of CM as all his orders were followed by the administration. The AnP leader said party workers were being targeted. He demanded Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah resign as he had failed to restore peace in Karachi. He said the AnP would quit the provincial government if the killing of AnP workers continued.
The United States was just hours from a potentially devastating shutdown of key federal government agencies on Monday as lawmakers failed to agree stopgap budget measures. with eight hours left before a midnight (0400 gMT) deadline, a vote by the Democrat-led Senate to reject the Republican lower house’s latest bill put paid to hopes of compromise. Both sides blamed the other for the impasse, which will trigger a freeze in spending that President Barack Obama has warned could have catastrophic effects on the shaky economic recovery, and cost thousands of jobs. As hundreds of thousands of government employees faced the prospect of being
sent home for the first time in 17 years, both sides threatened to tough it out. “we are not going to negotiate on this,” a stern-faced Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told reporters after the Senate rejected efforts by the House to link a spending bill to a delay of Obama’s health care law.
“we are not changing ‘Obamacare,’” Reid fumed, adding that the House should pass a spending bill with no politically motivated riders. Despite the long odds, Obama said he was not giving up hope for a deal to avoid a shutdown. “i am not at all resigned,” Obama told reporters, but he insisted he would not negotiate under the threat of a federal work stoppage or of defaulting on US debt. “There’s not a world leader, if you took a poll, who would say that it would be responsible or consistent with America’s leadership in the world for us not to pay our bills,” the president said. Obama said he expected to speak later Monday to leaders of Congress, where the mood has been fractious and combative for days.
Turkey on Monday announced it would lift a ban on women wearing headscarves in most public offices, following other measures critics say are aimed at islamising the staunchly secular country. in a major speech to introduce political reforms, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that, with a few exceptions, civil servants would be allowed to wear headscarves after a long-standing ban is overturned. However, the ban will remain in effect for judges, prosecutors, police and military personnel, he added. The lifting of the ban was part of major political reforms announced by Erdogan in order to enhance the rights of
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minority groups including Turkey’s 15 million Kurds. The headscarf controversy reveals the rivalry in Turkey between religious conservatives, who form the bulk of Erdogan’s islamicrooted Justice and Development Party (AKP), and secular opponents. Secularists, particularly those in the army, see the headscarf as a symbol of defiance against the strict separation of state and religion, a basic tenet of modern Turkey. Erdogan’s government was hit by a wave of nationwide unrest in June that threw up the biggest challenge to his decade-plus rule. Protesters called Erdogan a “dictator”, accusing him of islamising the predominantly Muslim but staunchly secular country. Critics say that Erdo-
Car bombs across Baghdad kill at least 51
it was the first public criticism by a senior iranian official of Friday’s landmark first contact between leaders of the two countries since the rupture of diplomatic relations in the aftermath of the 1979 islamic revolution. “The president took a firm and appropriate position during his stay” in new York for the United nations general Assembly, general Mohammad Ali Jafari said in an interview with the Tasnimnews.com website. “But just as he refused to meet Obama, he should also have refused to speak with him on the telephone and should have waited for concrete action by the United States.” The public criticism came despite appeals earlier this month by both Rouhani and supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei for the guards, who have long seen themselves as guardians of the values of the revolution, to steer clear of politics. Jafari said that washington should respond to the good will shown by Rouhani in new York by “lifting all sanctions against the iranian nation, releasing iranian assets frozen in the United States, ending its hostility towards iran and accepting iran’s nuclear programme.”
A wave of car bombs struck Shia neighborhoods of Baghdad on Monday morning, killing at least 51 people and wounding dozens, officials said, the latest in relentless violence roiling iraq in recent months. The deadliest of the day’s bombings was in the eastern Sadr City district, where a parked car bomb tore through a small vegetable market and its parking lot, killing seven people and wounding 16, a police officer said. That was followed by 10 parked car bombs, which went off in quick sequence in the neighbourhoods of new Baghdad, Habibiya, Sabaa al-Bour Kazimiyah, Shaab, Ur, Shula as well as the Sunni neighbourhoods of Jamiaa and ghazaliyah — all striking outdoor markets or parking lots. Those attacks killed a total of 144 civilians and wounded 139, according to police offi-
india court convicts Lalu prasad in 1990s graft case PATNA aGeNCIeS
An indian court convicted a regional government ally of corruption on Monday, making him one of the first politicians set to be disqualified from parliament under new rules barring criminal MPs. Lalu Prasad Yadav, a former federal minister whose Rashtriya Janata Dal party supports the ruling coalition, was found guilty along with 44 others of conspiracy and cheating over a scam which first
came to light in 1996. The conviction means Yadav is liable to be kicked out of federal parliament, following a recent Supreme Court ruling that national and state lawmakers be disqualified if they are found guilty of a serious crime. Low-caste figurehead Yadav was chief minister of india’s poorest state Bihar when some $6 million of public money allocated for buying cattle feed was allegedly siphoned off. “Lalu was found guilty of criminal conspiracy, corruption and cheating,” AK Singh, a lawyer for
the Central Bureau of investigation (CBi) which led the trial, told reporters. Yadav did not say anything to media as he was escorted by police from the packed special CBi court in the city of Ranchi in the state of Jharkhand, which was part of Bihar until 2000. The veteran politician was taken to prison before sentencing by the CBi court on Thursday, a police official in Ranchi said. He could face between four and seven years in jail, according to local media reports. The 66-year-old, known for his
gan’s rule has left Turkish society more polarised than ever, with opponents of the AKP government openly voicing concerns that Turkey is sliding toward conservative islam. in 2004, his party attempted to submit a controversial amendment on banning adultery but had to back down amid criticism from opposition parties and women’s groups. Last year, Erdogan provoked outrage when he likened abortion to murder. Secularists were also alarmed when parliament in 2012 approved his education reform that allowed for religious schools to raise what he described as “a pious generation.” More recently, Turkey’s parliament passed legislation curbing alcohol sales and advertising, the toughest such measures in the republic’s history.
often amusing oratory in parliament, was born into a cow herder’s family and is an outspoken critic of the elite. He has always denied any wrongdoing. The Congress-led government of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh drew up an executive order last week to negate the decision and shield convicted lawmakers from being ejected ahead of national elections next year. But Congress party scion Rahul gandhi called the order “nonsense” in a startling move that left the government red-faced.
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cers. Medical officials confirmed the causality figures in Monday’s attacks. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media. iraqi militants often target crowded places such as markets, cafes and mosques, seeking to inflict huge numbers of casualties. Attacks in different parts of iraq — including two suicide bombings in the country’s relatively peaceful northern Kurdish region — killed 46 people on Sunday. no group immediately claimed responsibility for the latest attacks but they bear the hallmarks of al-Qaida’s local branch in iraq, known as the islamic State of iraq. “Our war with terrorism goes on,’’ interior Ministry spokesman Saad Maan said. “Part of the problem is the political infighting and regional conflicts ... There are shortcomings and we need to develop our capabilities mainly in the intelligence-gathering efforts.’’