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Iran cannot shelve Ip gas project unilaterally: abbasi

Pakistan on Thursday urged India to resume the composite dialogue for resolution of all outstanding issues including the lingering Kashmir dispute. Foreign Office Spokesperson Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry in his weekly briefing said, “Pakistan wants resolution of Kashmir dispute through dialogue.� page 04

Petroleum and Natural Resources Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Thursday said Iran could not shelve the multibillion dollar gas pipeline project unilaterally. The project aimed at providing 21.5 million cubic meters of gas per day to Pakistan from next year. page 12

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Even peace may be purchased at too high a price. –Benjamin Franklin



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Film about civilian deaths in drone strikes released WASHINGTON AGENCIES A film highlighting civilian deaths in US drone strikes was released in America on Wednesday, a day after drone survivors shared their tales with US lawmakers on Capitol Hill. The film — “Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars” — also shows emotional protests against the strikes in cities across the world, from Islamabad to Johannesburg. The filmmaker, Robert Greenwald, travelled to Pakistan to review the effects of US unmanned weapon that strikes from the sky and also interviewed some victims. The film was released a week after two prominent rights groups — Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch –– reported that US drone attacks sometimes “killed civilians indiscriminately in clear violation of the laws of war”. The reports also claimed that the drones “may (also) have targeted people who were not legitimate military objectives or caused disproportionate civilian deaths”. The Amnesty report said the US may have committed war crimes and should stand trial for its actions. The film begins with the story of Tariq Aziz, a 16-year-old soccer fan who attended an anti-drone conference in Islamabad in 2011 because he was concerned about the deaths in his area. Seventy-two hours later, he was killed by a Hellfire missile fired from a US drone as he drove to pick up his aunt from a wedding. No explanation has been given for his death, other than an unproven assertion that he was a ‘terrorist’. Greenwald also narrated Tariq’s story at a congressional hearing on Tuesday, insisting that the victim was an innocent civilian who was killed because a drone could not distinguish between a civilian and a terrorist.



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ONTrAry to its earlier stance on holding local bodies’ elections in three provinces by December 7, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) announced on Thursday of filing a review petition in the Supreme Court, which earlier directed it to conduct elections on the dates proposed by three provinces. However, ECP has announced holding elections only in Balochistan province on

December 7, while it will file a Civil Miscellaneous Application (CMA) in the SC to request the court for granting more time to conduct elections in other provinces. On Last Friday, Supreme Court had directed the ECP to hold elections on the dates given by the three provinces. Sindh had requested ECP to conduct elections on November 27 while Punjab and Balochistan had requested for December 7. However, the ECP said that Punjab and Sindh provinces have not yet completed delimitation process, while they have also yet to submit notified copies of elections rules. “We are going to hold LB elections in Balochistan on December 7… while we will seek the SC’s directions regarding Punjab and these two provinces are yet to complete delimitation process and we (ECP) also yet to complete arrangements,” ECP Secretary Ishtiak Ahmed Khan told a press conference. He

said holding LB elections was a gigantic task and it required time. “The scope and activity in the LB elections will be two times bigger than the general elections… in general elections there were 70,000 polling stations but this time this number will cross 100,000. Whereas, this time we required over 500 million ballot papers against the 200 million used in general elections,” Khan said. He said for holding LB elections around 1 million government officials would assist the election staff. On Monday, Elections Director General Syed Sher Afghan had told a press conference that the ECP would announce the final election schedules for holding polls in Sindh on November 1 and in Punjab and Balochistan on November 5. However, Khan said the ECP would conduct election in Balochistan on December 7, and will go to the Supreme Court to seek

sindh pa approves amendments in sindh Local govt act MQM, PML-F, PML-N AND PTI VOICE OPPOSITION KARACHI STAFF REPORT

The Sindh Assembly, dominated by the Pakistan People’s Party, passed a bill by a majority vote on Thursday, approving amendments in the Sindh Local Government Act 2013. The bill was strongly opposed by the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, the Pakistan Muslim LeagueFunctional, the Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. The bill, which topped the Sindh Assembly’s agenda, would create approximately 30 amendments to the local government act. This includes an expansion in the population base used for forming town and municipal committees, and electing mayors and deputy mayors through an open show-of-hand rather than a secret ballot. Opponents of the bill contended that the amendments

had not been discussed with other political parties and as long as they had not been examined in detail, the bill should not be tabled. However, Education Minister Nisar Ahmed Khuro pointed out that the bill had already been presented by Sikandar Mandhro. Shehryar Mahr of the PML-F

walked out of the assembly, but the speaker of the assembly said the announcement of the election schedules was drawing near and therefore the bill was hurriedly passed by a majority vote. Earlier on Monday, the MQM had challenged the PPP’s local government act in the Supreme Court.

its guidance regarding Punjab and Sindh. Talking about KP and FATA, the secretary said the ECP was ready to hold elections there as soon as the respective governments passed election laws and complete other necessary arrangements. The secretary said the Pakistan Printing Corporation was unable to print over 500 million ballot papers in one month and have sought four months for the process. Whereas, the ECP need time to get the procurement of material process completed. “In CMA we will put all the things before SC to seek its guidance,” Khan said. He said that in order to minimize chances of rigging, ECP has decided to use magnetic ink for the first time in LB polls history. Secretary ECP said that notification for LB elections in Balochistan would be issued on November 6 and polling would be held on December 7.

FORMER PREMIER ACCUSES AJK PM MAJEED OF RS 5 BILLION FRAUD MIRPUR: Former AJK prime minister and front-line leader of AJK’s incumbent Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Barrister Sultan Mahmood Chaudhry on Thursday advised the AJK government to immediately move for the recovery of the plundered Rs 5 billion within next 10 days belonging to the people of Mirpur in the wake of the region’s largest scam in the name of online advertisement business ‘Click’. Addressing a news conference at Kashmir Press Club (KPC), Sultan Mahmood named the scam as “Double Mujawer – rather Triple Mujawer Scandal” in a view of the exceptionally attractive 300 percent profit of the business which swept the money of over Rs 5 billion belonging to the local population who launched it in the scam. Describing AJK Prime Minister Ch Abdul Majeed as the principal accused, Barrister Sultan accused him of patronising the scandal. He pointed out that despite the AJK Supreme Court and the AJK High Court had declared the online advertisement business Click unlawful, the prime minister ordered the Director Industries Department (DID) AJK to register the fake entrepreneur M/s Naxes Services (Pvt) Ltd. INP

KP ASSEMBLY PASSES LOCAL GOVERNMENT BILL PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly passed the KP Local Government Bill 2013 by a majority vote on Thursday paving a legislative way for local bodies elections in the province. The bill, which the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) claims is designed to transfer authority to the lower level in a real sense, was introduced into the

assembly for debate on October 5. The law finally passed on Thursday, despite opposition from the various members of the parliament on abolishing union councils and instituting elections for village councils on nonparty basis. The new bill will see elections of the district and tehsil councils on party basis while village councils will be elected on non party basis. According to the bill, the KP government

will allocate about 30 per cent of Annual Development Program (ADP) funds to local bodies. Provincial minister for local government Inayatullah Khan announced that the provincial government will give each village council Rs2 million, which they may use to generate their own revenue. The new set-up Inayatullah Khan had previously stated that the “local governments will be different from the previous one. Earlier,

the dictator used it to manipulate power and authority while our system will empower the villagers.” A schedule for the devolution of power to lower levels can be viewed here. Under the new set up, a village council has been introduced, with each council comprising 2,000 to 10,000 people. Those villages which exceed the required population will be divided into two councils, while those with too small a community will be added with another

council. In cities, the city blocks will considered as council. Khan said that population will be decided under the 1988 census. The village council will be elected on non-party basis while the district and tehsil councils will be elected on a party basis. According to Khan this was done “with the purpose of not changing the natural system of the villages.” The provincial assembly also passed the Right to Information Act 2013 on Thursday.

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rIME Minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday said dialogue with the Taliban had started and hoped that it would progress within the constitutional framework of the country. The prime minister was talking to British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg in London. The two leaders discussed issues of mutual interest and Nawaz apprised Clegg on talks with militants, relations with India, the energy situation and economic reforms, a press release from the Pakistan’s High Commission said. Nawaz said the government could not wait while innocent people and members of law enforcement agencies were killed on the streets of Pakistan. He said his government was strengthening its counter-terrorism forces and intelligence agencies to

imran warns of BloCking nato suPPliEs if dronEs not rEinEd in LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has said the latest drone strike in Miranshah that killed five people, the first after the return of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from US visit, has proved that the US gave no importance to Pakistan and its demands regarding an end to the strikes. Addressing a press conference on Thursday, Khan warned the government of blocking NATO supply route if the US missile strikes were carried out in the future. He also announced that a resolution to demand the closure of NATO supplies would be tabled in the KP Assembly if the missile attacks continued. The PTI chairman alleged that the US wanted a master-slave relation with Pakistan, which was not possible at all. He also lashed out at the government for begging before international powers, IMF, donor agencies for aid and making the country a beggar. TTP DEMANDS HALT TO DRONES: About negotiations with Taliban, Khan said insurgents had only put the condition of end to missile attacks in Tribal Areas for initiation of talks. He urged the federal govt to initiate the dialogue process and vowed that the PTI would itself hold talks if the PML-N govt further demonstrated its reluctance in this regard. Moreover, Khan said increase in prices of petroleum and electricity put a heavy burden on the people. STAFF REPORT

make them fully capable of rooting out extremism and terrorism from the country. The PM also briefed Clegg on the recently promulgated Protection of Pakistan Ordinance, explaining how it was specifically designed to deal with terrorists threatening the people and the state. relatIoNs WItH INdIa: On Pakistan-India relations, Nawaz said he had made sincere efforts to resolve all outstanding issues with India. “We have made India bashing a non-issue in Pakistan but unfortunately, Indian politicians are still engaged in unwarranted Pakistan bashing,” he added. On the reduction of energy subsidy, the prime minister said some segments of society were not happy with partial withdrawal of subsidy on electricity, but the direction of the present government was correct. NeW eNergY ProCess: He said over the next three to four years, new energy projects would start generating several thousand megawatts of electricity

which would significantly reduce the demand-supply gap as well as the cost of electricity. Clegg said he and his government admired Nawaz’s economic reforms and pro-active approach of reaching out to India before and after the elections.


The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) government on Thursday informed the parliamentary leaders of the opposition parties that the government had opened dialogue with the leadership of the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) through backchannel. However, following some initial success, the talks had hit snags due to some “impractical demands” put forth by the militants, Pakistan Today has learnt through reliable sources. The revelations were shared during an informal sitting by a government official privy to the talks process. Separately, the government took the opposition parties into confidence partially on the initial dialogue process at a briefing held at the chamber of National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq. The briefing was a follow-up of the all parties conference (APC) held on September 9 on the subject. Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan briefed the participants on contacts made with the Taliban. Leader of the Opposi-


tion in the National Assembly Khurshid Shah, PTI Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi, MQM’s Farooq Sattar, PML-Q President Shujaat Hussain-Q, JUI-F leader Abdul Ghafoor Haidri, Aftab Sherpao of the QWP, PML-Z chief Aijazul Haq and AML chief Sheikh rashid Ahmed attended the briefing. According to the sources, Nisar told the parliamentary leaders of opposition political parties that the talk process with the Taliban militants had been started through some interlocutors and the government would soon hold a follow-up meeting to take them on board over the negotiations. He said the process had initially derailed due to terrorist attacks on senior army officers and on a Peshawar church. He said there were around 57 militant groups of which 37 were supporting the dialogue process while some hardliners were setting tough preconditions for talks. The interior minister said the procedure, agenda and venue for the proposed talks were being finalised and he would brief the political parties in the next meeting. Nisar said the government enjoyed support of all political parties

for the initiative and it wanted to move forward the peace process with sincerity. No future attaCks from ttP: Separately, in an exclusive sitting with Pakistan Today, a source in the government revealed that some of the hardliner groups within the Taliban were putting some tough preconditions. “After some initial success in the talks with the Taliban through interlocutors, there is a stalemate now. The TTP leadership has agreed to cease fire and it has been conveyed to the government no immediate attacks would be made against the army or the government officials. However, the government would have to reciprocate this gesture with getting drone attacks halted,” the source said, adding that this was the reason the prime minister, during his US visit, had focused on convincing the US President Barrack Obama to stop drone attacks. “Moreover, Pakistan also raised the issue in the UN to win world support over the issue.

Hakimullah wants comrades ‘adjusted’ in armed forces SOURCES SAY TTP CHIEF WANTS HIS MILITANTS TO EARN‘LAWFUL LIVELIHOOD’ PESHAWAR SHAmIm SHAHId Besides demanding a huge amount in compensation and release of arrested militants, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Hakimullah Mehsud has asked for placement of all his aides in security forces. Through some highlyplaced sources, Pakistan Today has come to know that Hakimullah Mehsud has made this suggestion to some mediators who were brokering dialogue between the government and Taliban. Representatives of two religious groups who are facilitating the dialogue process have confirmed the reports pertaining to adjustment of gun-totting loyalists of Mehsud in security forces. The sources said the message of Hakimullah Mehsud had already been forwarded to the government. The government is

Clegg assured the prime minister that the UK would fully support Pakistan’s case for GSP Plus in the EU market. Clegg also appreciated the recently introduced economic reforms agenda by the Pakistan government.

consulting high-ups and policy makers of civil administration and law enforcing and secret agencies in this respect. However, leaders and

stalwarts of religious groups have endorsed suggestion of Mehsud regarding adjustment of militants in law enforcing agencies. There are

conflicting reports about the strength of militants associated with banned TTP and its affiliated groups and factions. Certain official circles believe that the estimated strength of militants ranged from 35,000 to 40,000 throughout the country. Whereas leaders of pro-banned TTP religious groups believe that it was not more than 25,000. According to sources, the banned TTP chief had made the suggestion with a view to enable the militants earn “lawful livelihood”. Some of the mediators, mostly from religious groups, believe that adjustment of these militants was possible in military and paramilitary troops and police force as well. They said militants from tribal regions could be easily adjusted in Frontier Constabulary and Khasadar and Levies Forces. The sources informed that the Taliban had already demanded huge compensation in return of property and human losses and release of all accomplices, imprisoned in various jails. The high ups from both armed forces and secret agencies are yet to respond to the demands.

Though we were not very effective in the US but a significant achievement has been made as the international community and human rights organisations are supporting Pakistan’s view,” the source added. IrrItaNts IN dIalogue: The source added that the TTP leaders also failed to agree on a basic agenda for talks as some wanted drone attacks to stop while others wanted imposition of Sharia in Pakistan. “We have conveyed to the Taliban that Pakistan’s constitution is very much Islamic and under its provisions, no law against the Sharia could be passed. Now if they have some reservations against some specific laws, this could be discussed and the matter could be resolved,” the source added. The PML-N leader said the government believed that the Taliban must have faith in the political process which was restored after a constitutional struggle. Moreover, the source added, the TTP needed to understand that Pakistan and Afghanistan were two different states and no Pakistani had the right to meddle into the internal affairs of its neighbouring state. “We understand that the Taliban have allegiance with their supreme leader in Afghanistan and they are pro-Afghan Taliban. But being Pakistanis, they can’t demand the US’ exit from Afghanistan and they need to understand this technical flaw will damage the country diplomatically,” the source said.

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paKIstan urges IndIa to resume composIte dIaLogue ISLAMABAD



AKISTAN on Thursday urged India to resume the composite dialogue for resolution of all outstanding issues including the lingering Kashmir dispute. Foreign Office Spokesperson Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry in his weekly briefing said, “Pakistan wants resolution of Kashmir dispute through dialogue.” “Pakistan believes that third- party mediation can also be productive in this regard,” he added referring to

fo sees nothing wrong in seeking third party mediation to resolve Kashmir dispute Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s plea to the US for playing its role as a mediator. He said prime minister’s advisor on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz will visit India on November 10 to attend the Asia-Europe summit in New Delhi. The spokesman said Pakistan was focusing on

Asma’s Kamran wins SCBA presidency g


Kamran murtaza bags 1,032 votes to become new presIdent asIf cheema eLected as new generaL secretary wIth 913 votes LAHORE STAFF REPORT

The candidate of Asma Jahangir’s Independent Group, Kamran Murtaza on Thursday was elected as the president of Supreme Court Bar Association for the year 2013-14. Murtaza secured a total of 1,032 votes against the candidate of Hamid Khan’s Professional Group Amanullah Kanrani who obtained 874 votes. According to unofficial results, Murtaza and Kanrani secured 436-392 votes respectively from Lahore, 219-118 from Islamabad/rawalpindi, 115-141 from Karachi, 28-16 from Abbottabad, 37-26 from Bahawalpur, 61-59 from Multan, 64-55 from Peshawar, 55-36 from Quetta, 5-19 from Sukkhar and 12-12 from Hyderabad. The third candidate for the president’s slot, rab Nawaz raja bagged a total of 58 votes from all polling stations. The slot of secretary was also

notched by the Independent Group as its Asif Mahmood Cheema got 913 votes. His rivals Azmatullah Chaudhry and Mian Aslam secured 584 and 292 votes, respectively. Abdullah Kakar was elected as the vice president from Balochistan seat by getting 1048 votes in one on one contest with Jahanzeb Khan Jadoon who bagged 767 votes. Professional Group succeeded in bagging only one seat in the bar’s new cabinet as its rana Naeem Sarwar was elected vice president from Punjab. Muhammad Sadiq Hidayatullah and Syed Sardar Hussain had already been elected unopposed as vice presidents from Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, respectively. raja Muqsit Nawaz Khan and raja Ghazanfar Ali Khan have also been elected unopposed as additional secretary and secretary finance, respectively. A total of 18,824 voters cast their votes.

establishing ceasefire on Line of Control (LoC) and in this regard, certain steps have been taken including communication between the two Director General Military Operations through hotline and sectoral flag march. He said Pakistan was committed in implementing decisions taken during the meeting of both prime ministers recently in New york. On drone attacks, the spokesperson said Islamabad has forcefully raised this issue at all international forum including the United States. He maintained that these attacks amount to violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty

and international laws. When asked about Iran-Pakistan (IP) gas pipeline project, the spokesperson said Pakistan will pursue all the energy related projects including the gas pipeline project in view of its growing energy requirements. regarding Dr Shakil Afridi, Chaudhry said his fate will be decided by Pakistani courts as currently he was facing legal process. He said Pakistan has been making sincere efforts to repatriate Dr Afia Siddiqui. On the issue of tapping Pakistani phone calls, he said Pakistan raised this issue in the United States in June and has been in touch with the US authorities. He said Pakistan deems these acts as illegal. On a question about new Saudi policy, he said Pakistani embassy in riyadh has done tremendous work in regularising the status of its citizens in Saudi Arabia. The FO spokesman said significant success has already been achieved and Pakistan was still committed to minimise the damage due new Saudi laws.




The government may continue facing a lack of quorum and subsequent adjournment of the House until March 2015 as it did on Thursday if it did not switch over to a reconciliatory mode. Another day, another embarrassment for the ruling Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz in the Senate as it could not maintain quorum in the absence of what could be best described as an agitating opposition. The opposition parties boycotted the proceedings in protest against the statement of Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan made a day earlier and the Chief Whip Islamuddin Sheikh alone showed up in the House just to point out the quorum immediately after the proceedings began. Senate Chairman Nayyer Hussain Bukhari adjourned the session until 10am on Friday owing to the continuing lack of quorum, even after it

restarted. On Wednesday, the House also witnessed chaos over the statement of the interior minister. According to the party’s position in the Senate, the ruling PML-N has only 16 senators while the main opposition party – the PPP – has 39 members and also has the support of a considerable number of senators from other smaller opposition parties to give tough time to the ruling alliance. It is difficult for the PML-N to run the House without support of the opposition and it may continue until March 2015 when half of the senators would retire and the PML-N would gain a good bit of the vacant seats. Twenty-one PPP senators will retire in March 2015 and eight of them are from Sindh where the party has the strength to regain seats. However, it would be hard for the PPP to regain three seats in Punjab due to its poor attendance in the provincial assembly. The PML-N is likely to

gain Senate seats in Punjab and Balochistan in the 2015 Senate elections as the party has 310 of the 368 seats and 22 of the 64 seats in the Punjab and Balochistan assemblies respectively. Leader of the Opposition in the Senate Aitzaz Ahsan on Thursday said senators would submit a privilege motion against Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan if he did not issue an apology over presenting incorrect information about the number of deaths in terrorism related incidents in the Senate on October 30. The opposition had staged two walkouts when Nisar refused to withdraw his reply to a question about the number of deaths in terrorism-related incidents which the opposition believed was based on incorrect information. Talking to reporters outside the Parliament House, Aitzaz said senators would submit a privilege motion in the Senate against Nisar if the interior minister did not issue an apology over his reply.

petrol price slashed by 48 paisas per litre…

thanK you pm!

IslamaBad: The federal government approved a slight slash in petrol prices on Thursday, however an increase in prices of diesel and kerosene oil was also notified. The Finance Ministry overlooked proposals by OGrA for cut in prices of the petroleum products, and changed POL prices differently, insiders said. The price of petrol has been slashed by 0.48 paisas per liter only while diesel and kerosene prices have been increased by rs 2.18 and 0.67 paisa per litre, respectively. A rs 2.67 per liter cut has been notified in the price of Hi-Octane, the sources added. The Oil and Gas regulatory Authority (OGrA) had sent a proposal for cut in petrol price by rs 2.48 per liter and increase in diesel price by 0.18 paisa, but the Finance Ministry did not give heed to the suggestion and fixed the prices otherwise, the sources said. They said the government would now be earning rs 2 on every litre of petrol bought by the inflation stricken masses. AGENCIES

gag order on Lucman for anti-geo campaign MONITORING DESK The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has barred Ary News anchor Mubashar Lucman from propagating against Geo News channel of the Jang Group. Per details, IHC Chief Justice Mohammad Anwar Khan Kasi has also summoned two other people besides Lucman to appear in court on December 2, and submit their written replies on charges that they have allegedly launched a smear campaign against the private broadcaster. The restraint order also restricts Ary News from airing or printing anything against Jang Group.

fresh violence at India riots site kills 4 NeW delHI : India stepped up security on Thursday after a fresh outbreak of violence killed four people in the same region hit by deadly communal clashes last month, a police officer said. The villagers were killed overnight close to Muzaffarnagar, 105 kilometres (65 miles) northeast of capital New Delhi, where mobs last month burnt houses during Muslim-Hindu riots that left 50 people dead and forced hundreds to flee. The Uttar Pradesh state government deployed around 500 paramilitary troops to Muzaffarnagar early Thursday as a precaution, while eight people were arrested in the overnight violence, the officer said. “Last night, four people died in nearby villages, including a woman. They were separate incidents,” the senior district police official told AFP on the condition of anonymity. “It seems like it is more of a domestic dispute. We are probin the matter.” It is unclear whether the latest violence is liked to communal tensions in and around Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh state, which has a history of religious and caste-based clashes. According to police, the first incident involved clashes between two groups of people from neighbouring villages over a land dispute, while a woman was killed by a different group of villagers in a separate incident. AGENCIES

Baradar likely to have little influence in Afghan peace former taLIban commander couLd exhIbIt unwILLIngness to meet afghan peace deLegatIon ISLAMABAD SHAIQ HUSSAIN

Pakistan has agreed to accept Afghanistan’s request for access to Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the senior leader of Afghan Taliban, but diplomatic circles believe that the former deputy to Taliban supreme commander Mullah Omar is unlikely to prove beneficial to the Afghanistan reconciliation process. Moreover, diplomats privy to developments on the Afghan reconciliation front see slim chances of Baradar showing willingness to meet the delegation of ‘High Council for Peace’ from Kabul. The peace council is the top body in Kabul formed by Karzai government to reach out to the Taliban for peace negotiations. Pakistan accepted the request of Afghanistan to have access to Mullah Baradar at the recent trilateral summit in London between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Afghan President Hamid Karzai. The office of the President Karzai on Wednesday announced that a delegation of high peace council would travel to Pak-

istan to meet Baradar. However, the diplomatic circles in Pakistani capital say that having been away from the Taliban move-

diplomatic circles in pakistani capital say that having been away from the taliban movement for so many years, baradar was unlikely to be given any important position by the taliban anytime soon ment for so many years, Baradar was unlikely to be given any important position by the Taliban anytime soon. “It is not likely that Mullah Baradar would be of any major help for the facilitation of Afghanistan reconciliation process because he has been in prison for years and away from his leadership for long and hence any assumption of important office on his part would take time. That means he will be away for some time from the decision making process in the Taliban ranks,” a diplomatic source said, seeking anonymity. Another diplomat who spoke on condition of anonymity said

it was not yet clear whether Baradar would be willing to meet the delegation of high peace council from Kabul. “Baradar knows that the Karzai administration is on its way out and that the real party to talk to is the United States and not the Afghan government, so I think he would be less inclined to see the Afghan delegation,” he said. Nonetheless, he said he could not say anything about that meeting in concrete terms and only time would tell whether that happened or not. To a query at his weekly press briefing on Thursday, Foreign Office spokesman Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry said, “Pakistan had released Mullah Baradar to facilitate peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan. He is free to meet and contact anyone to advance the peace process.” “As for the Afghan High Peace delegation, we have so far received no confirmation of its visit to Pakistan,” he said. Asked whether Baradar would be allowed to travel outside Pakistan and whether he was staying in Pakistan at his own will, Aizaz said, “He is free to meet and contact anyone to advance the peace and reconciliation process. He is in Pakistan.”

phc cJ questions mullah baradar’s release PesHaWar: Peshawar High Court Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan on Thursday questioned the release of leading Afghan Taliban commander Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar who was still in custody of law enforcing and secret agencies. “Under what law has the Afghan Taliban commander been released?” Justice Dost Mohammad Khan remarked while hearing the case pertaining to missing persons. The PHC chief justice said, “Neither the president nor the prime minister have the power to release of Baradar. The government should explain why it arrested Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar in the first place,” he questioned. He said before his release, Baradar had to be produced before a court of law. In fact, the chief justice observed that Baradar had been released per foreign pressure. “We are facing threats from secret agencies of foreign countries but our secret agencies are extending cooperation to these foreign

agencies against us,” he remarked. referring to the recovery of Vice Chancellor of Islamia College University Prof Mohammad Ajmal Khan, Chief Justice Dost Mohammad suggested constitution of traditional tribal jirga of elders from both North and South Waziristan. “Political Agents and Field Commanders of both the agencies will be part of the jirga,” he proposed, adding that the jirga should initiate steps for early and safe recovery of the abducted academician, otherwise the court would review the performance of armed forces. regarding whereabouts of missing persons, the additional attorney general informed the court that a task force with the defense secretary as its head had already been constituted. A report by the task force would be presented before the court on next hearing, he said. The hearing was later adjourned until November 10. SHAmIm SHAHId

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A smart man makes a mistake, learns from it, and never makes that mistake again. But a wise man finds a smart man and learns from him how to avoid the mistake altogether. –Roy H. Williams





AKISTAN continues to support terror operations, a former top Pentagon official and an eminent defence analyst has told the US Congress. "They support


terror operations in India with terrorist organisations. They support the Haqqani network and the Taliban in conducting operations against the United States and NATO and Afghanistan. They've got blood all over their hands with the casualties," General (r) Jack Keane said on Wednesday. Currently the chairman

of the board of top US think tank, the Institute for the Study of War, Keane said during a Congressional hearing that he did not expect much from the current regime. “This is a regime that is dominated by its military, who puts its military self above the state. We've got a weak


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civilian government, fundamentally corrupt. The economy is in the tank. We've got a raging insurgency. We've got an escalating nuclear power,” Keane said. Stating that terrorist safe-havens are a big issue, Keane recommended that US forces be permitted to target the Haqqani network inside Pakistan. “My recommendation to mitigate that risk is to permit targeting of the Haqqani network in those sanctuaries in Pakistan, and then you bring down Haqqani's operational network and certainly raise the morale of the ANSF

forces to the point where they think they have a chance,” he said. Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said for Afghanistan to achieve security and stability, Pakistan is going to have to play a stronger and more positive role. "Extremist groups like the Taliban, al Qaeda and the Haqqani network have used areas in the Pakistan border as insurgent sanctuaries to conduct militant operations inside Afghanistan, without much resistance from the Pakistani intelligence and military forces, if not outright collaboration," she said. "Because Pakistan is vital in establishing stability in the region, we must work with the government, but we must not continue to give billions of dollars in aid to Pakistan and hope and pray and wish that the prime minister will work with us. We must ensure that Pakistan is meeting certain benchmarks in its fight against these insurgent sanctuaries within its borders, or else Pakistan should not receive further US funding," the Congresswoman said.

PoliCE arrEst 18 ovEr nanga ParBat tourists’ killing ISLAMABAD AGENCIES

PESHAWAR: A lawyer casts his vote during polling of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) election on Thursday. INP

‘magnIfIcent deLusIons’ of us-paKIstan reLatIons ISLAMABAD AGENCIES


VEN as an ambassador to the United States, Husain Haqqani was one of the most eloquent critics of Pakistan’s military, the country’s most powerful institution. Haqqani, once derided at home as Washington’s ambassador to Pakistan for his pro-Western views, has taken a step further, accusing the government of directly supporting militant groups in his latest book “Magnificent Delusions”. Now a professor of international relations at Boston University, he was ambassador to the United States from 2008 to 2011, a turbulent time in US-Pakistan relations that culminated in a raid by US special forces in May 2011 that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. Haqqani resigned in November 2011 and left Pakistan after becoming involved in a scandal surrounding a secret memo that accused the army of plotting a coup and sought help from the United States to rein in the military. Haqqani, who has denied any connection to the memo, spoke to Reuters by telephone from the United States about his book and his views on US-Pakistan relations.

Q: Why do you believe Pakistan supports militant groups? A: As far as terrorism is concerned, Pakistan was the conduit of weapons and training for the war in Afghanistan against the Soviets. After that, Pakistan switched it to India, especially in Kashmir. And that is the point at which the United States said “You are engaging in terrorism”. The Pakistani response was “But we started it together”. The problem is that the “pro-jihadi” narrative has become so mainstream that it is very difficult for any government to … put all fighters out

of business. But Pakistan would not find peace without putting all of them out of business. Q: Why is this happening now? A: The whole idea of building a nation around religious nationalism has backfired. What has happened is that religious nationalism has only produced extremism. If Pakistan were to be an Islamic state, the question arises “What kind of Islamic state?” We are now in a virtual civil war between various sects and militias attached to these sects who don’t tolerate each other. Q: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif just concluded talks with US President Barack Obama during his visit to the United States. What do you think they really talked about behind closed doors? A: There is a Groundhog Day quality to Pakistan-American discussions, especially since the end of the antiSoviet war in Afghanistan. Each time there is a change in government in Pakistan or in the United States there is a build-up of hope that maybe this time we will resolve it. That is why I titled my book “Magnificent Delusions”. Everybody is just deluding himself. The big American delusion is that America gets leverage with Pakistan by

giving it military and economic aid. It doesn’t. It just improves its access but it does not give it leverage because the Pakistani establishment does what it thinks is in Pakistani interests. They do not allow an honest debate about what is in Pakistan’s national interest. They do not allow people like me to argue that our policies are not in our national interest. On the other hand, the Pakistani delusion is that Pakistan is going to succeed with the kind of policy it pursues. In fact, what America needs to do is prove to Pakistan that its policies will fail instead of buying time with a little bit of aid. Q: What do you expect to happen now that US forces are leaving Afghanistan and Washington’s focus shifts to other parts of the world such as Syria? A: Pakistan needs to think and plan for the day when America will lose interest in Pakistan and the region. Pakistan’s best options … are to find peace with its neighbours and have ambitions that are realistic, not delusional. If Pakistan is able to switch this focus from fighting to economic development … then perhaps even an American abandonment will not be such a big problem for Pakistan.

Police in the northern districts of Gilgit and Diamer on Thursday said that they have arrested 18 perpetrators involved in the Nanga Parbat tourists’ killing. Senior Investigating Officer Muhammad Naveed said that among the suspects arrested four culprits are those who shot at the tourists at Nanga Parbat base camp while others were involved in planning and executing it, warning that seven are still at large. The suspects revealed that their original plan was to kidnap the trekkers but the plan went foul when one of the Chinese resisted and one of the terrorists shot him dead. On his death the terrorists sprayed bullets at all the other tourists, an investigating officer said. The officer further said if the kidnap had worked it would have been almost impossible for them to escape with the hostages because of the difficult terrain. Another senior official of the local administration said extremists from Diamer district had linked up with the Pakistani Taliban and travelled to the tribal areas along the Afghan border for training. This group was launched as an extension of the Pakistani Taliban in the northern region, the official said. Naveed also confirmed that some of the suspects arrested in connection with the Nanga Parbat attack had links with the Pakistani Taliban. The 11 victims of the attack were identified as one American with dual Chinese citizenship, three Ukrainians, two other Chinese, two Slovakians, one Lithuanian and one Nepalese. A Pakistani guide was also killed in the incident.

azam hoti to faCE ConsEquEnCEs for asfandyar Bashing PESHAWAR ONLINE The Awami National Party (ANP) has suspended the party membership of its prominent leader Azam Hoti and demanded the Election Commission Pakistan (ECP) terminate him as senator, sources said on Thursday. According to the sources, the top party leadership demanded the ECP terminate Hoti’s Senate membership in accordance to the request sent by the ANP. ANP Vice President Haji Adeel said the ECP should decide to remove Hoti from the Senate’s seat as the party sent intimation regarding the cancellation of his party membership. It should be mentioned that Senator Azam Hoti facing the consequences of leveling several allegations on ANP chief Asfandyar Wali and Afrasiab Khattak. Hoti also threatened to reveal the personal life and affairs of Asfandyar Wali as the ANP chief. Meanwhile, ANPs’ Haji Adeel said the opposition would take strict decision if Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali did not apologise over his behaviour in Senate’s Wednesday session. The ANP vice chairman alleged that the federal government was not serious in continuing the senate session as they were not in majority in the House.

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gloBal ProsPErity indEx: Pakistan rankEd 132 of 142 CountriEs T NEWS DESK

HE annual Legatum Prosperity Index has released its rankings for 2013, declaring Norway to be the most prosperous country, while putting Pakistan near the bottom with a rank of 132 in a total of 142 countries listed. The London-based Legatum Institute is an independent non-partisan public policy organistation that promotes research and programmes to help countries make their societies free and prosperous. About the annual signature publication in 2008, LI’s press release states: “The Legatum Prosperity Index™ is a unique and robust assessment of global wealth and wellbeing, which benchmarks 142 countries around the world in eight distinct sub-indices: 1. Economy 2. Education 3. Entrepreneurship & Opportunity 4. Governance 5. Health 6. Personal Freedom 7. Safety & Security 8. Social Capital.”

The index now covers more than 96% of the world’s population and 99% of the world’s GDP. The 2013 report indicates that though global prosperity has risen over the past five years, many countries including Pakistan, are facing stagnation. While the US and UK have slipped in their rankings, Bangladesh (103) has overtaken India (106) in overall prosperity. Pakistan – 132 LPI’s Pakistan profile suggests that Pakistan slipped from 107 in 2009 to 132 in 2013, but this is partly due to the addition of 32 new countries in the 2012 Prosperity Index. Most of the data used is from 2012 while some is older. Breaking down its overall rank, Pakistan’s faring in each sub-index is as follows: Economy – 107 The report uses data from 2005-2009 and shows the five-year term’s GDP percapita growth rate (1.6%) to be lower than in the rest of the world (2.2%). Compared to the global average, the

number of people employed (50.7%), expectations from the economy and job prospects also showed a negative trend. The percentage of exports that make up high-tech goods (1.8%) were much lower than in other countries (9.2% average), as was the size of foreign direct investment. The inflation rate for 2012 was listed as 9.7%, against the world average 6.2% Curiously enough, the percentages of Pakistanis saying they had basic access to food and shelter, confidence in financial institutions and satisfaction in their living standards were always close to the global average. Entrepreneurship and Opportunity – 100 Pakistan claimed its best position in this particular sub-index. This was despite the fact that only 49% of people considered the country to be a ‘good place’ to start up a business when the number was 70% in the rest of the world. The number of secure internet servers

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per one million people was also staggeringly low, as was the country’s internet bandwidth. Governance – 123 Predictably, most people (84%) were dissatisfied with the government’s efforts in addressing poverty, while a similar number (79%) believed elections in the country to have been dishonest. Confidence in the military and judiciary was high though and low in the government. More than 77% people believed the businesses and government to be corrupt. Education – 124 Around 60% of the survey respondents children have an opportunity to learn and the quality of education is satisfactory. The country ranked very poorly in terms of gross secondary and tertiary enrollment rates, though. Health – 110 The most stark difference was health expenditure per person in dollars, which was close to 69 in Pakistan but 1226 on average in the rest of the world.

Life expectancy was 55 against the global 60, but sanitation and satisfaction with environmental beauty were much lower. Safety and Security – 140 Only Chad and Congo could beat Pakistan in being the least secure places to live and work. Saudi Arabia was ranked 131. As expected, civil war casualties were high in Pakistan. Sixty percent of people said they did not feel safe walking alone at night, whereas around 10% said they had been assaulted or had their property stolen within the past 12 months. Personal Freedom – 135 Barring a handful of countries (such as Yemen, Sudan, Iraq and Egypt), the Index declared Pakistan to be among the worst countries in terms of personal freedom. Compared to over 70% in the world, only 36% people in Pakistan said they were satisfied with the freedom of choice available here. But compared to the world average (68%), a slightly higher number of people (70%) said the country was a good place for ethnic minorities to live in. Social Charity – 130 People in Pakistan turned out to be more charitable and helpful to strangers than in the rest of the world. A higher percentage of them happened to be married and religious too. But compared to other countries, Pakistanis did not think their friends and families were reliable or that people could be trusted in general.

PESHAWAR: Firefighters douse a blaze in the Benevolent Fund building on Thursday. INP

ISLAMABAD INP The Free and Fair Election (FAFEN) on Thursday released a report on the increase of registered crime cases in 88 district police stations from February to May 2013. The report stated that the time period saw a total 24 percent rise in forced marriages registered cases, in February registered cases were 324 but in May the number mounted to 403. In this regard, Faisalabad had the maximum 43 forced marriage cases recorded, Rahimyar Khan followed by 39 cases and Vehari with 31 cases. FAFEN governance monitors reported that a total of 985 FIRs of women related crimes were filed. Of these, around one-fifth (219) were cases of rape which went up to 46 percent as compared to February when 150 such cases were recorded. The period also saw an increase of three percent rise in honour killing cases. According to the FAFEN report, a total of 33,705 cases were recorded about various other crimes. Two fifths of these cases were of crimes pertaining to property and one-fifth of crimes involved physical harm. Six percent were of threat and fraud crimes and two percent of the crimes were committed against women.

senator waqar’s London mansIon becomes taLK of town SENATOR BOUGHT PROPERTY FOR AROUND £12M IN 2005 MONITORING DESK


mansion on a super-expensive street nicknamed ‘billionaire’s row’ has become the UK’s most valuable repossession after going on the market for £30 million. The house, named Dryades, is located in the centre of The Bishops Avenue, a leafy street in northern London. But the property, owned by a Senator Waqar Ahmed Khan, has been seized by Deutsche Bank after a lengthy high court battle, a report in Daily Mail’s online edition said. The 8,000 square-foot home has now been put on the market by the bank for a staggering £30m, but plans are already in motion to knock the existing house down and replace it with a


giant new home. Planning permission has been granted by Barnet Council for a 46,000square-foot replacement, which could more than triple the present value of the property. The proposed home would boast 21 bedrooms, 14 bathrooms and 12 reception rooms when completed. It will also have an acre and a half of gardens, despite being minutes from the busiest parts of London. The replacement for Dryades will have a staggering 63-metre frontage, and plans are in place for staff quarters, an orangery and a huge centrally-positioned staircase which is reached by walking through a grand vestibule. Other facilities will include an

underground level containing a car park, swimming pool, sauna, gym, steam room, billiards room, cinema, bar and bowling alley. Its value could approach £100m mark when completed - making it one of Britain’s most valuable new residences. The property was bought for around £12m in 2005 by the family of Pakistan’s former privatisation minister Senator Waqar Ahmed Khan as they looked to invest in the London property market. In 2007, it was used to secure a £50m loan with Deutsche Bank, but a lengthy ‘debt and possession’ dispute between both parties resulted in the family losing the home earlier this year. The receivers, Eddisons, have appointed the Knight Frank estate agency to sell

Dryades, with the property advertised for £29.5m. It is currently boarded up and its gardens are unkempt. Grant Alexson, head of Knight Frank’s Hampstead office, called Dryades ‘an exceptional opportunity’. He said, “The house, which is currently quite modest, is set in 1.5acres of prime land on The Bishops Avenue.” “The value is in the planning permission. A piece of

land like this is worth a lot more if you can build on it.” “It would be the largest home on The Bishops Avenue and one of the largest new homes in the UK. It is an exceptional opportunity to buy one of the finest pieces of land on The Bishops Avenue and it is likely to appeal to an international client.” “It has just come onto the market and there is already a lot of interest.”

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fight tErrorism with EConomiC growth IslamaBad: Social and economic development was a key to counter terrorism, therefore government prioritised economic uplift of the country. This was said by Special Assistant to Prime Minister Syed Tariq Fatemi Thursday while addressing the concluding session of the ‘7th regional Workshop for Police Officers, Prosecutors, and Judges on Countering Terrorism’. The workshop was held between October 28 and 30 at Serena Hotel in Islamabad with the cooperation of the United Nations and the Centre on Global Counter Terrorism Cooperation. More than 50 participants, including police officers, prosecutors and judges from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka attended the event. Fatemi assured international community of Pakistan’s continued and unswerving commitment to fight terrorism. Highlighting the sacrifices made by Pakistan in combating terrorism, he stressed that no faith or religion condoned acts of terrorism. Citing the globalised nature of the threat, he emphasised on developing effective international and regional cooperation towards countering terrorism. He stated that the regional workshop hosted jointly by Pakistan and the United Nations was a commendable effort in this regard. The UN Counter Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate executive director and the director of the Centre on Global Counter Terrorism Cooperation greatly appreciated the Government of Pakistan for hosting the regional workshop. ONLINE

nEwBorn kidnaPEd IslamaBad: An unknown woman abducted a newborn baby from Pakistan Institute of Medical Science (PIMS) Islamabad on Thursday morning. As per details, a woman, hailing from Abbottabad who was shifted due to labour pain gave birth to a baby on Wednesday night. Another woman who claimed to be the maternal aunt of new born stayed with the mother of the child for the night. Later in the morning she disappeared along with the baby. The police registering a case against the accused started search for her and the abducted newborn. INP

DOWN WITH DENGUE: A dengue patient kept under mosquito net at PIMS hospital. INP




h e residents of twin cities of rawalpindi and Islamabad have been advised to properly dispose of solid waste at their houses to prevent access to egglaying female mosquitoes. According to health experts, people should avoid water storage practices and take other special preventive measures to protect themselves from dengue virus. They said mosquitoes breed primarily in containers like earthenware jars, metal drums and concrete cisterns

used for domestic water storage, as well as discarded plastic food containers, used automobile tyres and other items that collect rain water. Dr Sharif Astori of the Federal Government Poly Clinic (FGPC) said that dengue is a mosquitoborne infection, which in recent years has become a major public health concern. He said dengue fever is a severe, flu-like illness that affects infants, young children and adults. He added the spread of dengue is attributed to expanding geographic distribution of the four dengue viruses and of their mosquito vectors, the most important of which is the predominantly urban species Aedes

Aegypti. He said the rapid growth of urban population is bringing ever greater numbers of people into contact with

walk all ovEr dEnguE rbIse stages antI-dengue waLK RAWALPINDI APP

rawalpindi Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (rBISE) Thursday held a walk to create awareness among the general public about dengue fever. People from different walks of life including staff of rBISE participated in the walk, arranged on directives of the Punjab Government. The participants of the walk were carrying banners and posters extolling precautionary measures against dengue virus, urging citizens to maintain cleanliness in and around their homes. The walk, which started from rBISE office Morgah and culminated at Attock Oil refinery, was led by rBISE’s Chairman Dr Jawad Haider Sherazi. Speaking on the occasion, rBISE Chairman Dr Jawad Haider Sherazi briefed the participants on the efforts of rBISE and their participation to

eradicate the dengue epidemic. He said that it was the responsibility of every citizen to play his/her role for controlling dengue and protecting citizens from this dangerous disease by adopting all precautionary measures and taking steps for ensuring cleanliness and letting no place wet or stagnant water

anywhere around them. To eradicate the dengue epidemic, comprehensive Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), an action plan is being followed and weekly reports are also being submitted to the city district government of rawalpindi as well as government of Punjab, he added.

this vector, especially in areas that are favourable for mosquito breeding like household water storage is common and where solid waste disposal services are inadequate. Dr Astori said dengue viruses are transmitted to humans through the bites of infective female Aedes mosquitoes. He added that mosquitoes generally acquire the virus while feeding on the blood of an infected person. He said after virus incubation for eight to ten days, an infected mosquito is capable, during probing and blood feeding, of transmitting the virus to susceptible individuals for the rest of its life. He said the virus circulates in the blood of infected humans for two to seven days, at approximately the same time as they suffer from fever. He added the clinical features of dengue fever vary according to the age of the patient.

iqBal tEaChings rEvisitEd IslamaBad: A three-day workshop titled ‘Towards understanding Iqbal in 21st century’ organised by Iqbal International Institute for research and Dialogue (IIIrD) of International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) concluded at Faisal Mosque campus of the university. The workshop was attended by teachers of various colleges of Islamabad and suburbs. The workshop was aimed at making teachers of the different subjects familiar with the teachings of Iqbal. renowned scholars and experts on Iqbal studies delivered lectures in the workshop on various topics. The concluding ceremony was attended by IIUI President Dr Ahmed yousif Al-Draiweesh, Vice President (Academics) Dr Mumtaz Ahmed, former Vice President Sajidur rehman, emirates scholar Dr Zafar Ishaq Ansari, IIIrD Director Coordination Dr Talib Husain Sial and participants of the workshop. Speaking on the occasion, Dr AlDraiweesh said Iqbal was a true lover of Muslim Ummah and staunch supporter of its unity, his thoughts are needed to be applied in present era as we need to forge unity. He also suggested that an international conference should be conducted by IIIrD on teachings of Iqbal, in which prominent scholars should be invited. APP

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BustEd! 10 LawbreaKers arrested; 2.1 Kg hashIsh and stoLen Items recovered IslamaBad: Capital police on Thursday arrested 10 lawbreakers and seized 2.1 kilogram hashish, 1.5 kilogram opium, weapons and cash from them, a police spokesman said. As per details, Senior Superintendent of Police Muhammad rizwan had directed police officials for effective crackdown against criminals, bootleggers and drug pushers in the city besides ensuring their arrest. Sub-Inspector (SI) Abdul Gahfoor from Secretariat Police Station arrested a drug pusher and recovered 1.10 kilogram hashish from him. Assistant SI (ASI) Sikandar Hayat from Margalla Police Station arrested accused Baqir Ali and recovered stolen articles from him. ASI Muhammad Arshad arrested Ashiq and recovered on 9mm pistol along with ammunition from him. SubInspector Nusrat Ali from Golra Police Station along with police team arrested an accused female Asma and recovered 1.1 kilogram hashish and 1.5 kilogram opium from her. ASI Muhammad Hanif arrested two accused Shaukat and Umer Hayat involved in theft case. SubInspector Tasdiq Hussain from Bani Gala Police Station recovered one 12 bore gun from an accused Sohail Shahzad. Sub-Inspector Habibur rehman from Shehzad Town Police along with police team raided at gambling den and arrested 3 gamblers red handed identified as accused Farhan, yousaf and Muddasar. Police team recovered electronic equipment and gambling tools from their possession. Separate cases have been registered against the accused and further investigation is underway. APP

twin cities dwellers drool over fried items ISLAMABAD



h e demand of fried food items is on the rise as the winter season is about to touch its peak after rain in twin cities of rawalpindi

and Islamabad. With the advent of winter, the demand of fish most favorite item of winter has increased manifold and fish outlets in different areas of rawalpindi were crowded with customers, a considerable rush is being witnessed at fried food outlets. Men, women and children come to these outlets to hit the cold with fried fish which is favorite dish of everyone. Various kinds of fish including Simon, Pamphlet, Black raho, Mushka, Mahsher

and Lobsters are being served at the stalls and fried fish is available at rs 300 to rs 600 per kilogram. Nowadays, vendors are also being witnessed selling fish on handcarts, bicycles and makeshift stalls from rs 200 to 380 per kilogram in every nook and corner of the town. The people have started enjoying the traditional local winter items like ‘Doodh Jalebi’, ‘Gajar ka Halwa’, chicken corn soup, Kashmiri tea, fried fish, Samosa, Pakora, vegetable rolls, hot coffee and other items which are high in demand particularly nowadays. It is also witnessed that the shopkeepers prepare and cook these traditional food items in substandard cooking oil openly, which is prohibited by the department concerned.


fIve hoteLs chaLLaned for vIoLatIng food, sanItatIon Laws In bLue area IslamaBad: The Administration of Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) has conducted surprise checking of hotels in the Blue Areas and imposed fines of rs 23,000 for failing to comply hygiene and sanitation laws. As per details, Food Assistant Director Muhammad Afzal conducted surprise checking of hotels and bakeries including Afghan Darbar hotel, Jahangir Hotel, red Onion hotel, Bolan Saltish and Savor Foods and imposed fines. Muhammad Afzal informed that 20 broken and filthy utensils were also confiscated and disposed of on the spot, according to a press release issued by the ICT Administration. He said the campaign against adulterated food was yielding good results and hygiene and sanitation conditions at the food outlets has been improved to a satisfactory level. However, the campaign would continue to ensure strict implementation of food laws and all the food outlets are directed to observe the food and hygiene laws in letter and spirit. APP

vroom, vroom! raWalPINdI: Girls students of Fatima Jinnah Women University rawalpindi (FJWU) will be provided motorcycles by the Punjab Government. Punjab Government has decided to provide motorcycles to all girls students from January of this year all over the province. The pilot project for supplying the motorcycles will be started from FJWU. At the initial stage 80 motor cycles will be provided. Motorcycles which run on battery will be provided in the wake of growing prices of petroleum products. No licenses will be needed to drive these motorcycles. Government of Punjab will impart training to the girls students to drive motorcycles. ONLINE

JUST FOR FUN: Models pose for a photo at the launch event of Fun City at Centaurus Mall. INP


The Supreme Court (SC) has directed authorities concerned to initiate criminal proceedings against Anjum Aqeel, former Member of National Assembly of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), in the National Police Foundation (NPF) corruption case. The apex court on Thursday issued its verdict in the NPF corruption case and declared that the agreement between the Police Foundation and Anjum Aqeel was based on corruption.

The court ordered Aqeel to pay the price of 126 canals and 88 plots of land. It further ordered to confiscate the property of former PML-N MNA if fails to pay the amount. The auditor general of Pakistan was also ordered to prepare a comprehensive investigation report of the matter and submit it in the court within 90 days.

English languagE PoEts EnCouragEd in Pal’s EvEnt ISLAMABAD APP

Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) organised a `Mushaira’ to encourage English language poets and gave them a platform to present their literary works in front of the renowned intellectuals and academics of the twin cities. Addressing the ‘Mushaira’ as chief guest, PAL Chairman Abdul Hammed said Pakistani English literature is no doubt of world dam. “A large number of internationally known English writers hail from Pakistan and despite the fact that English is not a local language, the people take keen interest in it”, he commented. The Mushaira was presided over by famous poet Dr Alimghir Hashimi and young writer Hamza Hassan Shaikh conducted the moot. Abdul Hammed said it is a deplorable fact that Pakistani English writers are more appreciated abroad than within the country. Activities relating to the promotion of English literature are also held rarely and the opportunities to appreciate and represent our English writers are meager in the country, he continued. He said PAL published bi-annual magazine Pakistani Literature which focuses on the representation of Pakistani English literature scenario and also translations of selected writings from Pakistani languages. “The aim of this effort is to promote Pakistani Literature world-wide and also encourage young talent to adopt English in their literary expressions”, PAL chairman said. Poet from twin cities of rawalpindi and Islamabad Farheen Chaudry, Mehwish Khan, Idrees Azad, Ahmed Mehmood Zaman, Ilyas Babar Awan, Hassan Sawan, Omer Adil, Asim Usmani, Amen rathor, Dr Moira Inayat, Muhammad Qasim Hassan, Mohammad Shinawar, Hanif Hanfi, Munir Fayyaz, Mufti Jamil ud Din, rizwan Omer and Dr Ehsan Akbar presented their poetry on the occasion.

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Art is a step from what is obvious and well-known toward what is arcane and concealed. –Khalil Gibran


COMMENT Friday, 1 November, 2013

Politics and statistics

the challenge in Balochistan Dr Malik the best choice at the helm, but will he succeed?

‘N’ hoist by its own rhetoric petard


HE PML-N is being haunted by the stand it had taken in the past. It overemphasized the issue of drones by irrationally linking it to the rise in terrorist attacks. It accused the previous government of criticizing drone attacks publicly but supporting it in private. The issue continued to be blown out of proportion even after the formation of the PML-N government. An example is the written answer submitted before a National Assembly sitting on Aug 27 which pointed out that 400 civilians have died in 339 drone attacks since 2004. There was no mention of why the year 2004 was chosen as a base year or whether the civilian casualties were on the increase or otherwise. The purpose was to produce a casualty figure big enough to shock the listeners and heighten the negative perception. The focus of the response was on how the present government was different from the previous one, for it disapproved of the attacks and termed them a violation of the country’s sovereignty. Soon after Nawaz Sharif returned from Washington a perception was created that there might be a moratorium on drone strikes during the talks with the militants which the US had approved. As relations of the PML-N leadership with the US are improving, Nisar wanted to deemphasize the negative perception of the attacks when he spoke in the senate. He therefore selected 2008 as the base year and maintained that more than two thousand terrorists have been killed since 2008 while only 67 innocent civilians have died in these attacks. The statistics are presumably correct but the sudden volte face was bound to create apprehensions. While in London on Wednesday a confident Nawaz Sharif declared that anything which hurts Pakistan’s sovereignty will not be accepted. Till recently drone strikes in Waziristan were referred to as an ‘attack on Pakistan’s sovereignty’ by the PMLN. Hours later a US drone strike left three dead in Miranshah. Despite Sharif’s high-sounding rhetoric, he is not likely to react differently from Gilani after similar incidents. There is a need to be realistic. Drone strikes are bad. But much worse are the terrorist attacks that have killed nearly 50,000 civilians and 5,000 soldiers besides bombing mosques, churches, shrines, schools, the Sri Lankan cricket team and a five-star hotel and attacking military establishment and destroying highly prized air force and navy assets. The emphasis must be on annihilating terrorist outfits. Once that is accomplished, there would be terror threat and drone strikes will become redundant anyway.

the ttP’s real face Exposed, but where are its apologists?


HAT many had suspected finally stands exposed. Islam and Sharia, and establishing a Khilafa on the lines of medieval-age monarchies, was just a ruse. The TTP and its band of nearly 70 other terrorist organizations, making it a conglomerate without compare anywhere else in world, were guns for hire, pure and simple. We should have acknowledged it after the attack on the GHQ, the Kamra and Mehran bases and the attack on the Sri Lankan team. Now this is so ‘in-your-face’ that it cannot, should not be ignored. Here is why. The TTP’s second in command Latifullah Mehsud was captured by the US forces in Afghanistan on a tip-off when he was being ushered to Kabul in an Afghan army convoy to hold talks with Hamid Karzai’s intelligence apparatchiks. Why was this ‘enemy’ of the Karzai (whom the Taliban mother organization, the original Afghan variety, calls ‘a US agent’) government by extension for being a facilitator and supporter to the Afghan Taliban hobnobbing with the Afghan intelligence? He was there, it is reported, to fine-tune in secret talks the Taliban commitment as a proxy of the Afghan government to unleash attacks with intent to destroy and devastate the Pakistani state, its soldiers, civilians, assets, installations and interests! It has been three weeks and a bit since Mehsud was captured, on Oct 5 to be precise, by the US forces and everybody from the TTP’s many apologists amongst the politicians to the Pakistani government and establishment, has remained eerily quiet. So has been the otherwise shrill electronic media, with the only reports emanating from The Washington Post and The New York Times. If anything, there is a need on the part of the supporters of dialogue with this implacable hydraheaded enemy that has already wreaked more havoc and destruction on this hapless nation than ‘Enemy No 1’ India to take a serious note of this development. What a travesty: despite being attacked by India through terrorists, Pakistan’s plight owing to its image is such that it neither can raise its voice in protest nor can it retaliate in the same manner. And now the Afghans are at it. The moral of the story: what you can do unto others, others can also find ways to do unto you – especially if they are better resourced. So beware, Pakistan’s security establishment, the anvil and hammer plan is already at work. No prizes for guessing the entity on the anvil!



N account of his credentials Dr Abdul Malik Baloch was by all accounts the best choice as chief minister of Balochistan at a time of dire need to initiate the process of reconciliation in the province. The PPP led government failed to win the heart and minds of the Baloch despite initially enjoying sufficient goodwill as well as being in control of both the centre and the province. The failure was perceived by some as an outcome of the party’s inability to secure the cooperation of military leadership. Whether Malik succeeds depends on two factors. First, the availability of support from Nawaz Sharif, who owing to his majority in the National Assembly has more clout than the PPP’s prime minster. Second, and this is an important factor, probably a realization in the military that this perhaps is its last chance to return to the barracks in the province with its respect intact. yet, all said and done, both factors are uncertain. A medical graduate and an enlightened politician, Dr Malik brings with him administrative experience of two tenures as a provincial minister and of working on several standing committees of the senate. In a province dominated by tribal chiefs, Malik is one of a handful of Baloch middle class politicians who have made a mark on mainstream politics. A former BSO chairman and chief of the largest Baloch nationalist party in the provincial Assembly, he can talk to Baloch insurgent leaders who are known to him personally. Much will depend on whether he is allowed a free hand. How much support is Dr Malik receiving from the federal government? The PML-N leaders have frequently harped on the ‘sacrifice’ they made by not putting up party’s provincial president Sardar Sanaullah Zehri for the slot of the chief minister. They maintain they have done the nationalists a big favour. The attitude betrays a thinking that could create problems in the days to come. In fact the PML-N leadership should thank Dr Malik for resolving its headaches by accepting the offer. The band of tribal chiefs the PML-N has collected together in a bid to form government are more of a liability than an asset. They comprise mostly ruthless Sardars with a primitive mindset who have joined politics in pursuit of power and pelf and are habitual turncoats. With Sardar Sanaullah Zehri as chief minister, the province would have been no different from what it was under his predecessor Aslam raisani.

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For four months Dr Malik managed quake-affected areas”, said Gen Baloch. Will the federal government support the province with a three member cabinet on account of the reluctance on the part the chief minister as he tries to resolve the of the high and mighty Sardars to join the issues considered highly vital by all nacabinet. Zehri fumed and fretted and re- tionalist parties: forced disappearances mained inconsolable even after he was and an end to the kill-and-dump policy? The Baloch insurgents are following in compensated with the office of special assistant to the prime minister with the sta- the footsteps of the extremist militants. tus of a federal minister. The others were They kill people indiscriminately, attack loath to join till they got the cabinet slots railway lines and target security agencies. of their choice. The cabinet was ex- The military agencies in return resort to forced disappearances and extra-judicial panded, quite belatedly, on October 14. Four quakes hit Awaran and Kech dis- killings. Five bullet-riddled bodies were retricts of Balochistan within less than four covered on the day Dr Malik took over. The weeks. The first two which respectively message delivered was that irrespective of measured 7.2 and 6.8 on the richter scale whichever party is in power the policy of were particularly devastating and affected forced disappearance, killing and dumpfive adjoining districts also. The first one ing would continue undeterred. While the was the country’s deadliest since the devas- scale of the latter has come down, there is tating Kashmir tremor of 2005. The popu- no respite to forced disappearances. Earlier this month, Balochistan Home lation of Awaran is scattered over more than 21,000 square kilometres of remote and Department revealed that 595 dead bodrugged terrain with roads being nonexistent ies were found in the province during the in most of the area. According to Balochis- last three years. The figure is however tan chief secretary Babar yaqoob, “Over 80 challenged by Bibi Gul Baloch, chairperper cent mud-houses have collapsed or have son of the Baloch Human rights Organibeen badly damaged in Awaran.” The sation, who claims that 15,000 dead Awaran deputy commissioner rashid bodies have been dumped in different Baloch said, almost all houses and shops in areas of Balochistan since 2009, some of the town and nearby villages had been de- them mutilated beyond recognition The issue has brought down the presstroyed or damaged. It was difficult to correctly estimate the number of the dead on tige of the state in the eyes of the common account of the inaccessibility. By Septem- Baloch. Two successive governments ber 28, the official toll from Awaran and with democratic credentials failed to put an end to the horror. Kech alone was put at Even the Supreme 515. Two more earthCourt which could quakes were yet to remove with ease shake the area and inIn the absence of support two prime ministers flict more casualties. failed, beyond pointNeither the provincial nor the from the federal government ing an accusing finfederal government and cooperation from the ger at those involved in disappearances has enough resources military in recovering the and extra judicial to reconstruct the destroyed homes. The missing persons and ending killings. This leads the alienated section chief minister rethe extrajudicial killing, the of the population to quired a hefty packlook outside for help. age of at least rs 40 future of Balochistan Early this week billion for reconstruction and develgovernment looks murky. a long march was initiated from Quetta opment. He called to Karachi to protest on international over the issue. Oragencies to help. ganised by ‘Voice of But Awaran was considered by the army as a ‘sensitive area,’ the Baloch Missing Persons’ it was meant and hence a no-go. Offers of help from for- to “draw the attention of the international eign aid agencies including the ‘Doctors community to the issue of missing perSans Frontiers’ were rejected outright. The sons because all institutions in the counregion was considered out of bounds even try, including the higher judiciary, have for the UN agencies. Keeping in view the failed to ensure their recovery or stop the scale of the human misery it was callous to practice of dumping of mutilated bodies.” The two issues have put the new govstop the foreign doctors from providing help when the state was incapable of look- ernment in an awkward position. Last ing after an enormous number of ill and in- month BNP-M chief Akhtar Mengal maintained at a press conference that the “present jured as well as expecting mothers. The military mindset led National Dis- government is either helpless or involved in aster Management Authority (NDMA) the killing of Baloch people.” If helpless, he headed by a retired Maj Gen to reject outside said, it should quit and publicly announce help. What was particularly perturbing was its weakness before the state institutions. In the absence of support from the fedthe stand taken by the PML-N leader and federal minister Lt Gen (retd) Abdul Qadir. eral government and cooperation from the That he supported the NDMA stand clearly military in recovering the missing persons indicated that Dr Malik’s repeated plea for and ending the extrajudicial killing, the fuinternational help did not have the federal ture of Balochistan government looks murky. government’s support. “The authorities conAziz-ud-Din Ahmad is a political cerned must have genuine reasons for not allowing international NGOs to get into analyst and a former academic.

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seeds of mistrust As a number of world leaders are upset with their phone tapping and other espionage activities of the US’ National Security Agency (NSA), Indian Prime Minister is having a relaxed time – as per news reports he doesn’t have a personal mobile phone or email account. But most of the other leaders are not that lucky such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s phone was being bugged for about a decade, interesting revelations are creating waves about other leaders and officials as well. European and South American countries are sending their officials to Washington to discuss this breakdown of trust among allies. While most of the world’s powerful capitals are feeling the heat on what’s happening with them for decades, we don’t hear any hue and cry from

the Britain. As the US is already allied with the UK (and few other English speaking countries) under Five Eyes agreement which permits intelligence sharing and cooperation, therefore, it will not be surprising if Angela Merkel’s conversation with her ministers or her husband coming under discussions not only in Washington but in London as well. But the other news item which caught my attention was start of the phone-hacking scandal trial involving rupert Murdock’s now infamous News of the World newspaper. If NSA activities are ethical and supported by the UK, then why bother with the practices of the News of the World – let these agencies and media moguls tap into public bedrooms to know if someone is planning to attack the US. MASOOD KHAN Jubail, Saudi Arabia

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Can Pakistan survive sans aid? In the context of PM’s US trip


drone attacks. As long as the US continues to call its actions a ‘war’ against terror, the drone strikes will remain an instrument of fighting this war – it is unlikely that there will be a shift from war to law enforcement against terrorists. War spawns more war – as the spread of Al Qaeda franchises and the turmoil in the Middle East indicates. As part of its reality determining exercise Pakistan must factor in external involvement in using the Pakistani soil for terrorist attacks in China’s Sinkiang province, the recent Iranian report that the Pakistan-Iran Pipeline project may be abandoned, the incident of the killing of Iranian border guards on the Iran-Pakistan border, the Pakistani judiciary’s concern over petroleum smuggling from Iran and its investigation into 1900plus missing containers or at least their lethal contents in Karachi (an incident promptly denied by the US ambassador in Pakistan) and finally the series of attacks on the trains in Pakistan – very vulnerable soft targets – and the implications of such activities. There is also the political infighting and the inordinate delay in some policy decisions that could lead to a coordinated intelligence estimate of the multiple threats and a decision making tier that could develop responses to the overall threat picture that spells out the reality. In an article in The Indian Express (Pakistan Today, October 30, 2013) ‘Divided We Stand” Mr Bruce riedel casts doubt on the ability of the political government in Pakistan to control the military and the ISI in support of its efforts to help the peace process in Afghanistan. He calls Pakistan’s efforts ‘subterfuge’. While discussing drone strikes he says, ‘America is waging a clandestine war in Pakistan from bases in Pakistan’ and that pressure on ‘Al Qaeda in Pakistan’ will continue beyond 2014 unless Pakistan delivers on peace talks and ‘allows American counter terrorism operations’ to keep Al Qaeda in check. He mentions the growth of the Pakistan nuclear arsenal – ‘fastest growing in the world’ – probably to indicate that this will come up once the US logistics have moved out. He ends by saying that ‘ Washington will be watching very closely to see if Sharif’s choice of Pakistan’s chief of the army staff (COAS) suggests Pakistan is prepared to cooperate in Afghanistan or remains wedded to the Taliban”. How, who or why is not explained. Mr riedel has accurately indicated the thinking and mood in Washington. Pakistan’s leaders should note that illusions and desires do not mix with hard realities. Once faced with reality it’s time to bite the bullet.

N the aftermath of PM Mian Nawaz Sharif’s USA visit much is left to be desired. The USA has refused cooperation on three major strategic issues of vital import to Pakistan: Pak-Iran Gas pipeline, civil-nuclear agreement and access to American markets with tax rebates like the ones granted to Bangladesh by several western countries. Instead Pakistan is warned of severe consequences on going ahead with the Pak-Iran gas pipeline project without offering attractive alternatives. OmER ZAHEER mEER The US also advocated the Indian stance with regard to terrorism while ignoring Pakistan’s genuine demands backed up by evidences shared through official channels, of dismantling the Indian terror infrastructure in Afghanistan wreaking havoc in Pakistan. Despite all this humiliation and that too for a country which has sacrificed over 40,000 civilian and 7,000 plus security personnel for the US by importing home its “War on Terror”, by aligning itself with it, there is still a powerful segment of our intelligentsia claiming that Pakistan cannot survive without the American economic and military assistance. Hence, we have no option or control over our relationship with the US. This is a carefully crafted stance, one that is less frequently examined with out of the box critiques. This reminds me of my research paper delivered at PINA (Pakistan Institute of National Affairs) hosted by Mr Altaf Hassan Quraishi with participants of the likes of Mr Mushahid Hussain Syed, Sartaj Aziz, Khurshid Kasuri, etc. Let us examine if this myth hammered down the sub-conscience of an entire nation actually holds merit. It can then act as a starting point to work out our options and review the strategic ploys we can employ to ensure deliverance of our strategic interests from the Pak-US relationship. Part 1: us’ economic assistance to Pakistan: Pakistan has incurred material losses of over $ 100 billion as a result of alliance with the US in the war on terror. To date, Pakistan has received a meager $15 billion of which $10 billion relates to the Coalition Support Fund (CSF) reimbursements for expenses incurred by Pakistan in the US-led war. The CSF expense reimbursements are at the mercy of US bureaucracy which routinely rejects up to 40 per cent of the claims already spent by Pakistan without providing any evidence or explanation for rejection, simply terming them ‘suspicious’. It is worth mentioning here that the US officials often claim the total ‘monetary assistance’ during this period to be $25 billion but this seems to include humanitarian assistance for flood victims which mostly included provision of products of US corporations and was part of an international community initiative. Even more importantly it includes claimed funds spent directly through the USAID with Pakistan having no knowledge of the purpose, amount and utilization. In all probability these funds were used to further American interests rather than assisting Pakistan’s ailing economy. Another major makeup of the figure quoted by American officials includes reimbursements of CSF expenses already incurred by Pakistan for the US. In simple terms, Pakistan’s state has received economic assistance from the US amounting to $5 billion only against its losses of $100 billion over the last 12 years. The largest economic assistance package announced in this duration was the Kerry-Lugar-Berman Bill (KLB) of 2009 promising $1.5 billion per annum for 2010-2014 totaling $7.5 billion. As per the last available figures at the time of writing, the actual payments received officially by the government of Pakistan to date under “KLB” amounts to just $485 million – 6.47 per cent of the total package and 8.08 per cent of the promised disbursements till 2013. Even out of this meagre cash-flow, heavy fees were paid to ‘experts’, leaving even lesser to be actually spent. This makes the tall claims of ‘heavy’ economic assistance seem like a petty joke with a nuclear-armed-nation of 180 million. An additional $1.6 to 2 billion approximately is claimed to have been spent through the USAID and the NGOs, over which Pakistan’s government has no control and knows nothing about as to the purpose, deliverance or usage. rather than actually assisting its’ non-NATO ally substantially, the US focus seems to be on data-crunching and generating media frenzy using distorted facts to psychologically subjugate Pakistan’s decision-making brains. For the sake of argument, let us assume that the entire 100 per cent was actually paid and that too formally to the government of Pakistan and not through the USAID. An assumed full payment to government of Pakistan of the entire KerryLugar assistance would still amount to 0.64 per cent of the total GDP of Pakistan. Now let us take a minute and ask ourselves which country in the world would fail with having to let go of about half a percent of its total GDP? And let us not forget the possible strategic and economic benefits of an independent foreign and economic policy. This therefore dispels the myth that Pakistan cannot survive without US’ economic assistance. The necessary steps required for an economic revival are, using an economic stimulus and efficient management policy eradicating the rampant corruption instead of pursuing the IMF dictated ‘austerity’ and privatization policy currently been pursued by the incumbent government.

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hard realities Illusions and desires do not mix with it


EALITy is a brick wall that you have to face sooner or later. Even brilliant leadership when faced with the reality of a situation has a difficult time making decisions that must be made. Mediocre or poor leadership delays this moment of truth for as long as it can with disastrous consequences. Several recent occurrences have defined the contours of the hard reality that Pakistan and its leadership must face in order to set a navigable course for the nation. Leaders must remember that what they decide to do must be preceded by a careful analysis to determine what can be done with the capacity available. After all even deterrence has to be backed by a capability that can respond, should deterrence fail – for without this perceived capacity deterrence is not meaningful. A recent report by the New York Times indicates that an important Tehreek –e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leader was arrested by the US while on his way to meet with Afghan intelligence (NDS). The report suggests that the arrest has thwarted an NDS attempt to forge links with the TTP. This is not how the event is being perceived in Pakistan because it has been saying for a very long time that the CIA-NDS and rAW are directly or indirectly supporting the TTP. There is also a perception that the arrested TTP leader was actually on his way to the Indian consulate in Jalalabad obviously under NDS patronage when he was arrested by the US who thought he was an Afghan Taliban. Predictably the Afghans are furious and the Indians are silent. Whatever may be the truth Pakistan’s stance that the TTP is getting support from across the border has been vindicated and the perception that the TTP was created to bring the Pakistan Army to the western border areas and keep it involved denying sanctuaries and support to Afghan Taliban, has gained ground. Pakistan must now factor in this reality in its considerations. The activation of the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir by India and Indian statements pointing the finger at Pakistan not just for the increased militancy in the Indian Held Kashmir (IHK) but also for the rise of home grown terror all across India with organizations like the Indian Mujahideen (IM) and Islamic Students Union (ISU) actively involved. This terrorism is probably a response to Indian policies in IHK and the activities of extremist

Hindu organizations. India could rethink its policy of destabilizing Pakistan internally or it could increase the level of such activity by blaming Pakistan for its internal problems. In any case this is another reality that Pakistan needs to be fully aware of with all its implications. There are going to be many epicenters of terrorism if cooperation on a regional basis does not take place. recently there have been a series of violent incidents across Pakistan. The murder of senior Pakistani military personnel in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attack, the church bombing in its western Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province (KPK) and more recently coordinated bomb attacks in the urban areas of Sindh and a bomb blast in Quetta (Balochistan) are all indicative of a coordinated policy to exploit Pakistan’s vulnerabilities and create new ones. The TTP leadership senses weakness when it sees mounting political pressure on Pakistan’s government to adopt the dialogue option especially when political leaders demand a pullout of the military from the western insurgency infested areas and threats to act against the US/NATO by blocking the supply routes. This is evident from the TTP leader’s statement that Pakistan backing off from a dialogue (that has not yet started) would be considered a betrayal and would lead to consequences. The reality of the environment in which this dialogue will proceed must be understood to determine the chances of its success. Linked to this appraisal of the environment must be a realistic consideration of the US policy on drone attacks in Pakistan. All the facts indicate that there may be a temporary respite or reduction in the number of attacks but that these will be resumed (after the US pullout is completed) in support of stabilization operations that will continue in Afghanistan. The TTP has demanded an end to such strikes as a condition for dialogue. A US congressman has muddied the waters further by stating that Pakistan has capacity to stop drone strikes if it really wanted them to stop. Earlier a story in the US media (timed with the Pakistani prime minister’s visit to Washington) had alleged that the Pakistan government was complicit in the

Which country in the world would fail with having to let go of about half a percent of its total GDP? And let us not forget the possible strategic and economic benefits of an independent foreign and economic policy.

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mikE tyson worriEd aBout Chris Brown

I do enjoy animated movies. –Nicolas Cage

shah rukh khan invitEs mEdia for his Birthday

annE hathaway throws diva BEhaviour at Charity EvEnt



Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson is worried about R&B singer Chris Brown, who entered the rehab following a fight with a man this weekend. Tyson, who has overcome his own anger management problems, believes Brown, 24, needs to pull himself together, reported E! News. “I’m worried about him, because he’s really a sweet kid. I like and admire that little guy,” Tyson said. “(But) if keeps getting (involved in) these violent cases, they’re gonna put him somewhere where that’s all they do is assault people,” Tyson said during a radio interview with 95.5 PLJ Morning Show. “Chris should know this... if you’re not humble in this world, this world will thrust humbleness upon you.” Tyson also said flat-out that the 24-year-old singer needs to “get it together” and keep his emotions in check in order to avoid further run-ins with the law. “He needs to understand that eventually if you keep doing that stuff that people will turn on you. I can’t even believe that I’m saying this,” he said. Brown decided to enter rehab after he was arrested for allegedly punching a man in the face in Washington, DC. He is due back in court on November 25. AGENICES

daniEl radCliffE to Play British olymPiC mEdalist

CTRESS Anne Hathaway reportedly threw a lot of tantrums at a charity event by sending a long list of requirements before agreeing to come there. The 30-year-old recently visited Pink Party Gala in Santa Monica Oct 19 and did not speak to anyone properly, reports “She was so rude and acted like a b***h to a few people she did speak to. She just sat there rolling her eyes all night,” Touch magazine quoted a source as saying. “Everyone was asked not to talk to her,” the source added. The event staff was sent a mail by administration to be careful the mail read: “I know in the past our hosts have mingled in the party, but each person is different. We are trying to respect her space.” COURTESy TOI

Kate Hudson’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Halloween bash

Miley Cyrus, Lindsay Lohan party together

Pop star Miley Cyrus and troubled star Lindsay Lohan were spotted hanging out together at a club. 27-year-old Lohan, who has been keeping a low profile since she walked out of a California rehab facility after serving a courtordered 90-day treatment stint for substance abuse issues, stopped by Cyrus’ table for a chat with the 20-year-old and ended up sitting with her and then leaving the club with the pop star, reported Us magazine. Cyrus showed up at the club after making a brief appearance on TV show Saturday Night Live to announce her upcoming tour. AGENICES


CTRESS Kate Hudson and her singer fiancé Matt Bellamy hosted a ‘Game of Thrones’ themed Halloween bash. Hudson, 34, and 35-year-old Bellamy opened up their Pacific Palisades home, which was decorated to look like a ‘Game of Thrones’ set, for the star-studded bash and dressed up like the characters from the fantasy series, reported Us magazine. The actress’ mother Goldie Hawn and her longtime partner Kurt Russell came dressed in traditional German at-

tire. Hollywood heartthrob Bradley Cooper arrived on a motorbike dressed as a gorilla, with his girlfriend Suki Waterhouse. Also attending the party were new parents Fergie and Josh Duhamel, who dressed up as iconic Elvira from the 1988’s horror movie, ‘Elvira, Mistress of the Dark’ and ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ character Riff Raff. Jessica Alba, her husband Cash Warren, Johnny Knoxville, Larry David, Martin Short, Russell Simmons and Chloe Sevigny were also among the guests. AGENICES

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan carries on the tradition of inviting media on his birthday this year too. He turns 48 Saturday, and has planned a sit-down gathering with journalists at his home. Shah Rukh stays with his family at his palatial bungalow, Mannat, located at Bandstand in Bandra here. “I feel very weird when people celebrate my birthday with great enthusiasm every year. So, you all (reporters) are invited. Come to my home. We will sit down, have cold drinks and chat and all,” Shah Rukh said here Wednesday at the launch of a jewellery lounge by Lista Jewels. Meanwhile, the actor, who was last seen in Rohit Shetty`s “Chennai Express”, is busy shooting for Farah Khan`s “Happy New Year”. Slated to release next year, the film also features Deepika Padukone, Boman Irani and Sonu Sood.

karEEna, farhan tEam uP for thE first timE

Kareena Kapoor Khan and Farhan Akhtar. Yes, you heard right. These two actors are reportedly teaming up for Dev Benegal’s new film that goes on the floor next March. Farhan has been a part of exciting pairings in the past with girls like Deepika Padukone (Karthik Calling Karthik — 2010) and Sonam Kapoor (Bhaag Milkha Bhaag —2013). His sister Zoya, too, has offered him a cameo with Priyanka Chopra in her upcoming film. However, it would be truly interesting to see him romance Bebo. COURTEST TOI

‘Dhoom 3’ my toughest role so far: Aamir Khan MUMBAI

Former ‘Harry Potter’ star Daniel Radcliffe is all set to play Sebastian Coe, Olympic gold medalist distance runner. Radcliffe will star as the athlete-turned-Olympic tsar in the film ‘Gold’, written by Oscar winning ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ scribe Simon Beaufoy and Will Davies, said the Hollywood Reporter. The film is being directed by James Watkins, who directed Radcliffe in horror movie ‘Woman In Black’. The story is about Coe’s world-famous rivalry with fellow athlete Steve Ovett in the years leading up to the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games. ‘Gold’ is based on the acclaimed book ‘The Perfect Distance’ by Pat Butcher, who also acts as a consultant on the project. AGENICES



AMIR Khan, who has played a variety of roles in his 25-yearold career, says ‘Dhoom 3’ is his toughest role so far. In the last couple of years, the 48-yearold star gave hits in the form of ‘Taare Zameen Par’, ‘Ghajini’ and ‘3 Idiots’ and his role in each of them was as different as chalk to cheese. But he said: “I think `Dhoom 3` is my toughest role so far. I have never played anything like this before.” “Every film is challenging, but this was a tough role. I had a great time working in the film,” Aamir told reporters Wednesday at the trailer launch of the film. In terms of preparation, the actor had to work-out a lot for ‘Dhoom 3’. “I am playing a gymnast in the film. I also went for circus training for the film. There was a lot of hard work for the film. I followed a strict diet.” The actor plays a negative role in director

Vijay Krishna Acharya`s sleek and stylish thriller -- but says not to compare it with the typical villain of the big screen. “I liked the story and I was amazed after reading the script. I am not playing a typical Hindi cinema villain in `Dhoom 3`. I don`t want people to feel I am playing a villain,” said Aamir.

Abhishek Bachchan, his co-star in the film, was also present at the event. “`Dhoom 3` is much more edgier. I wouldn`t call Aamir villain of the film,” said Abhishek who featured in the earlier two parts of “Dhoom” that started in 2004. Also featuring Katrina Kaif and Uday, the film will come out Dec 20.

‘dhoom 3’: aamIr the magIcIan and KatrIna the acrobat MUMBAI: Fans of Aamir Khan and the ‘Dhoom’ series, who were eagerly looking forward to ‘Dhoom 3’, were in for a treat as the first trailer of the film was launched on Wednesday. Touted as one of the biggest films of the year, ‘Dhoom 3’ produced by Yash Raj Films will see Aamir play an antagonist for the first time. The leading lady of the action thriller- Katrina Kaif- looks fab in a chiselled look as she amazes audiences with her acrobatic stunts in the trailer. Aamir and Katrina, who are paired opposite each other for the first time, share a rather unique yet a sizzling hot chemistry. It would be interesting to see the duration of screen space they have with each other, but they may sweep audiences off their feat. AGENICES

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There is geometry in the humming of the strings, there is music in the spacing of the spheres. –Pythagoras

ARTS Friday, 1 November, 2013

india’s srishti rana CrownEd miss asia PaCifiC world 2013

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ISS India runner-up Srishti Rana has won the coveted title of Miss Asia Pacific World 2013 in Korea, Wednesday. “This is a dream come true! I am very proud of myself right now and still can’t believe that I have won the crown,” said the 21-year-old, who thanked god, family and friends, among others, soon after the victory in a statement. This is the second time in a row that an Indian face has won the Miss Asia Pacific World crown. Last year, India’s Himangini Singh Yadu won the same title. A graduate in Bachelor in Journalism and Mass Communication, Srishti was crowned Wednesday in Korea by Himangini. Miriam George from Egypt and Evgenia Klishina from Kazakhstan were placed second and third in the pageant. Apart from winning the crown, Srishti who was dressed in designer-duo Falguni and Shane Peacock’s gown also won best national costume award depicting the national bird of India - peacock. The 21 year-old is the fourth Indian, after Zeenat Aman, Dia Mirza and Himangini Singh Yadu, to win the crown.


Madonna`s “not ashamed” of nude images from her teenage years that recently surfaced online, her representative Liz Rosenberg has said. According to a UK website, Rosenberg said that the 55-yearold singer has acknowledged in past interviews that she did pose nude for art classes when she was a model and that she feels that she`s never done anything she`s ashamed of. The photos taken by photographer Herman Kulkens in 1977, shows the then 18-year-old University of Michigan student posing fully naked both on her own and with another female model, the New York Daily News reported. The pop diva was paid just 10-dollars-an hour for the photo shoot, and some of the images were published by adult magazines such as Playboy and Penthouse in the 1980s. The full set, currently owned

by American financier Jeremy Frommer, is set to go under hammer on November 9 at

A scintillating concert was held here yesterday against the backdrop of the majestic Mohatta Palace, featuring the Bollywood playback singer, Mika Singh and his band OCP – Out of Control Punjabis, organised by HUM TV. The much-awaited, invitation-only event was jampacked with fans of Mika Singh of all ages who expressed their appreciation and enthusiasm by clapping, waving and dancing on the periphery of the lawn. World-famous violinist and music director who has given Bollywood a number of hits, Ravi Pawar, opened the event with his instrumental rendition of ‘Aao gay jab tum sajna’. He was followed by Akasa Singh, Mika’s lead vocalist who sang ‘Jugni.’ Bushra Ansari, looking as young as ever, appeared on stage to introduce Mika Singh in her witty style. Singh then emerged on stage singing ‘Tu teray agal bagal hai’ followed by ‘Lal meri pat’. Then he broke into a medley – the first of many to come – in which he sang both Pakistani and Indian famous numbers in a hiphop style. Constantly interspersing his singing with banter and little bits of information about himself, not to mention his adulation of Mehdi Hasan Sahib and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Sahib and his admiration for Atif Aslam and Ghulam Ali, he sang a Medley of ‘Dekha jo tujhay’, ‘Aray aray, mein toh gaya rae’ and ‘Hawa hawa’. Singh’s rendition of ‘Mauja hi mauja’ had the audience screaming for more as he sang the number while break-dancing and gyrating about on sage. Bits and pieces from songs like ‘Apni toh jaise taise, Pyar ki Pungi baja kar, ‘Rani tu mein raja’, ‘Oh meri Zohra jabeen’, ‘Bara mahinay mein bara tareeqay say’, ‘Allah hu, Allah hu’, ‘Sweety tere pyar’, ‘Sona sona’ with words improvised by him in between to make it more Pakistan-relevant continued to mesmerise the audience. His display of his dexterity with all the instruments being played on stage, had the audience eating out of his hands while his tribute to Mehdi Hassan – his hip-hop version of ‘Ranjish hi sahi’ – Dev Anand, Shashi Kapoor and (Yeh sham mastani) brought back memories of yesteryear. Among pieces from other popular numbers pelted out by the singer were “Singh is king’, ‘Tera honay laga hoon’, “Ibne Batuta’ , ‘Long drive pay chal meray soniyae’, ‘Laila ho Laila’ and ‘Dil jo pyar ka diwana’. Fulfilling all requests hurled his way, he finally ended his non-stop performance of nearly two-and-a-half hours with the ever popular ‘Subha honay na dae’ bringing the magical evening to a close. NEWS dESK

MUMBAI AGENICES TV actor Kushal Tandon feels `Bigg Boss 7` host Salman Khan was biased towards Tanishaa Mukerji and lashed out at him last week for wrong reasons. Kushal, 29, who was dismissed from the reality show after he became aggressive with housemate Andy, says he did not do anything wrong and always stood for his good friends in the house. “I was a huge fan of Salman. I did not expect that Salman Bhai will do this to me. But I also understand his emotions. He is emotional like me and I could relate to him. It was his personal decision but he was biased towards Tanisha. I haven`t done anything wrong,” Kushal said. Salman had slammed Kushal for being rude to housemate Tanishaa and his attempt to escape the reality show house over a fight during a task last weekend. Kushal says he took the fight with Andy because he disrespected women -Gauhar Khan and Pratyusha Banerjee - in the house during the luxury budget task `Ignore the obvious`. “When somebody says bad things about my friends, I am not going to listen to him. Andy said wrong things about Pratyusha`s character and Gauhar`s personal stuff. I stood for them. When Armaan (Kohli) curses women and later apologises to them then that act is fine in the house,” he says. Kushal, also known for his proximity towards Gauhar, says she has become his friend for life after the show. Gauhar also left the show with him. “Gauhar is now more than a good friend to me. She left the house because she felt Bigg Boss was doing injustice to me. Apart from Gauhar, other contestants like Pratyusha and Kamya had also packed their bags with me. But they didn`t come out because of their contract. Gauhar still left with me,” he says. The `Ek hazaro me meri behna hai` actor says he might return to the show if audience wants him back. “After coming out of the house, I spoke to many people and they said they are with me and support my decision. If my audience want me then I will be back on the show again and that day I will think that I will win the show. I don`t think my acts on the show will tarnish my image and I won`t get any work in the future,” he says.

‘hIJrat’ maKers promIse entertaInment T HE sudden rebirth of Pakistani cinema this year has encouraged film-makers to dapple in various themes. Debutante producer-director Farooq Mengal is another one to partake in this adventure, with his first film Hijrat. Known in the drama circuit for producing and directing serials, Mengal’s film takes on the crucial subject of internallydisplaced Afghan refugee camps, with an added love story. Model-turned-actor Asad Zaman, who is also making his debut with this film, plays the role of Murad – a young, happy-go-lucky person who finds himself thrown into the world of the internally-displaced where pain and agony is a normal, daily experience. It is under these circumstances that he falls in love with a field doctor Jia, played by model Rabia Butt, and is exposed to a different side of life. Zaman highlights that while the film addresses serious social and human rights issues, it is meant for sheer entertainment. “The film is complete entertainment,” says Zaman, who plays the lead in the film. “It’s about a guy who is interested in having a good time and eventually finds out how unpredictable life is. But there isn’t one particular angle to

his journey. The lesson is that one should not lose hope.” The film also stars veteran actor Nadeem Baig, Salma Agha and Mareeha Safdar. The music has been composed by Sahir Ali Bagga and the film will include songs by Ali Azmat, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Imran Aziz and Abida Parveen. Considering the big names, it seems that Mengal managed to put together a great team and Zaman acknowledges that. “It’s a team effort for sure; there was instant chemistry [on the

sets],” he says. Quetta-based director Mengal seems to have been working on the script and pre-production of the film for nearly a decade. The film has already shot its first spell in Quetta and is all set to shoot the second in Europe. It is aiming for a spring release next year, depending on whether the distributors are able to accommodate in terms of dates. However, production is expected to complete by early next year. The first look of the film was released last week, and the Hijrat team is happy with the response it has received. Mengal is hopeful the audience will enjoy this feel-good story as well as Butt and Zaman’s chemistry. “This will be something that all audiences will enjoy. The intention is to make this something fun and spontaneous,” says Mengal. As far as the revival of Pakistani cinema is concerned, it seems there is finally a ray of hope for those with projects like these. “We have a re-birth of sorts taking place. It was over before but now there are so many projects happening. New talent is getting a chance and even we are giving it our best,” says Zaman. “Film has always remained a huge medium that is looked at with seriousness,” he adds. NEWS dESK

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It’s really tough to get ten wickets in the game, so that’s why the totals are really close together. Back home, you get lower scores, guys really running through batting line-ups — AB de Villiers DUBAI AGENCIES


N a day when 701 runs were scored in the IndiaAustralia ODI in Nagpur, fans of the 50-over format were reminded of the drama of a low-scoring thriller, as South Africa nudged out Pakistan by one run in a tense game. However, if AB de Villiers has his way,


a Bowl-off BEtwEEn two aggrEssivE attaCks

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zaheer abbas, abdul qadir keen on becoming PCB chairman LAHORE STAFF REPORT

Former Test legends Abdul Qadir and Zaheer Abbas have expressed interest in the job of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman, after a court ordered elections for the post be held next month. Cricket administration in Pakistan has been rocked by months of wrangling between the courts and the PCB after thenchairman Zaka Ashraf was thrown out in May over his “dubious” election. The latest twist came on Tuesday when the Islamabad High Court on Tuesday briefly suspended caretaker chairman Najam Sethi and ordered elections for the post to be held by the end of November. Abbas, a swashbuckling batsman in the 1970s, leg-spinner Qadir and former opener Mohsin Khan have all said they are ready to run. “I will contest the elections,” said Qadir, who took 236 wickets for Pakistan and was also a former chairman of selectors. “I have the ability to run Pakistan cricket with honesty, know cricketing matters well and have the experience for the post.” Former captain, manager and chief selector Abbas earlier this month said he would consider running, while Khan said he has the experience for the job. “If I am given the honour of serving as chairman, I would certainly bring about change”, said Khan, who was replaced as coach by Dav Whatmore in March last year despite guiding Pakistan to a 3-0 clean sweep of then-world No 1 Test team England. The turmoil at the PCB began after the International Cricket Council (ICC), the world governing body, demanded measures to end political interference in the sport. To comply, Ashraf — who had been appointed by then-president Asif Ali Zardari — stood for election to the job and won, but was ousted following a legal challenge which argued that the process had been flawed.

it’s unlikely there will be any more tight matches in the series. De Villiers hoped the win would act as a catalyst for South Africa, creating more consistent one-day form for a team that has struggled to hit the high notes they find with ease in the longer format. “you need a win like this sometimes to turn things around,” de Villiers said, while admitting he does not know why the batting line-up continues to fail. “We are not getting partnerships going; not playing well together as a batting unit. I believe we will get there.” Graeme Smith’s return has added some stability but South Africa’s middle order is still shaky. Technique, although something that cannot be altered overnight, in the UAE conditions and against a crafty spin attack is still being exposed even as the bowlers continue to save the team blushes. Pakistan are in the same state. Their bowling attack is capable of putting the team in positions of advantage that their batsmen continually squander. They will have to find a way to play their former countryman Imran Tahir and keep runs flowing while the South Africa seamers are in operation. For now, it remains a contest that resembles a bowl-off between two aggressive attacks feasting on two limp line-ups. In a game ruled by batsmen, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, although both teams would prefer to score more runs. FORM GUIDE: Pakistan LWWLW (last five completed games most recent first) South Africa WLLWL TEAM NEWS Pakistan (likely) 1 Nasir Jamshed, 2 Ahmed Shehzad, 3 Mohammad Hafeez, 4 Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), 5 Umar Amin/Asad Shafiq/Sohaib Maqsood, 6 Umar Akmal/Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), 7 Shahid Afridi, 8 Sohail Tanvir, 9 Wahab Riaz, 10 Saeed Ajmal, {11 Mohammad Irfan South Africa (likely) 1 Graeme Smith, 2 Quinton de Kock, 3 JP Duminy, 4 Faf du Plessis, 5 AB de Villiers (capt & wk), 6 David Miller, 7 Ryan McLaren, 8 Wayne Parnell, 9 Morne Morkel, 10 Lonwabo Tsotsobe, 11 Imran Tahir

iqbal qasim terms Pakistan coach dav whatmore ‘useless’


Pakistan’s former chief selector, Iqbal Qasim has described the national team’s Australian coach Dav Whatmore as “useless”. The former Test spinner, who resigned as chief selector in May, told PTI that Whatmore had added no value to the team or Pakistan cricket. “From what I have seen he is there only for a job and he has no interest in the future or well being of Pakistan cricket,” he said. Qasim said he foreign coaches have always failed to deliver because they towed the line of the captain to ensure job security and had nothing to add to the team. “Whatmore also just says or does what the captain wants and he is contributing nothing to our cricket,” he said. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is reportedly paying Whatmore a monthly salary of around rs 1.6 million with other perks and benefits. The Australian’s contract is due for review early next year and indications are that the PCB will not retain him after he completes his two-year term. “Local coaches do speak up and make their point which is not the case now,” he said. Qasim felt that the selectors need to be given final authority in selection matters. “The captain and coach should be independent while deciding on the playing XI but the squad should be prerogative of the selectors. Unfortunately in the past there were many instances where we were overruled,” he said.

bowlers help bangladesh to series win DHAKA AGENCIES

After their famous 4-0 win against the same opposition at home in 2010, another clean sweep beckoned for Bangladesh after they wrapped up the second ODI by 40 runs. Bangladesh defended 247 and their decision to bat first was vindicated despite concerns over the spinners’ effectiveness with a dew-laden ball. Bangladesh made the two new balls count. Mashrafe Mortaza, who took three wickets, bowled two good spells to make sure New Zealand’s required run-rate never went down. Offspinner Sohag Gazi took the other new ball, and like Mashrafe, tied down the batsmen at first before picking up three wickets. Mominul Haque was Mushfiqur rahim’s golden arm, removing the McCullum brothers. When they began their chase of 248 run, Hamish rutherford was the first to go, chopping a Mashrafe delivery onto his stumps for 1, repeating his score from the first match. Anton Devcich and Grant Elliott were removed off successive deliveries a little while later, the former popping a catch back to Gazi and the latter getting stuck on the crease to Abdur razzak, and falling leg-before. As the chase began to gather pace, the visitors pinned their hopes on the captain Brendon McCullum to make his first significant score on this tour. It remained that way, as he fell just when his partnership with ross Taylor was starting to worry Bangladesh.

After the second drinks break, McCullum went back to a Mominul delivery that didn’t turn much, missed it and was given out legbefore. In the next over, Tom Latham was run out thanks to rubel Hossain’s throw after Taylor sent him back after completing the first run. James Neesham was caught off a short ball from Gazi, caught by a diving Naeem Islam at square leg. Gazi picked up the crucial wicket of Taylor just after he had smashed a six at the end of the batting Powerplay. That wicket the eighth falling with the score on 158 spelled the end of New Zealand’s resistance in this series, as Bangladesh waited for the inevitable. Kyle Mills and Nathan McCullum held things up for a while before Nathan McCullum holed out at long-on in the 46th over. The end came when Tim Southee missed Mashrafe’s straight ball in the 47th over. Bangladesh, on the other hand, were off to a better start with the bat, but none of their batsmen pushed on for a big score. The New Zealand bowlers were accurate and controlled their bowling variations. The Bangladesh batsmen had to be patient, but were often frustrated as they could not get on top of the medium-pacers. Brendon McCullum set planned fields, packing the off side and to his credit, he was backed by the bowlers and the fielders. Corey Anderson and Neesham both took four wickets, after Southee and Kyle Mills restricted the Bangladesh openers with tight spells with the two new balls. Their tidiness in the first 35 overs paid off when Bangladesh lost three quick wickets after the


36th over, at the start of the batting Powerplay, Bangladesh’s scourge. It set them back for the last nine overs during which they added only 63 runs and lost four wickets. Mushfiqur, Naeem and Nasir Hossain fell in the space of eleven balls, which took them from 169 for 3 to 173 for 6. All three dismissals were soft and the shots played, particularly that of Mushfiqur and Naeem, were unnecessary. The top and middle-order batsmen threw away good starts. The openers, Tamim Iqbal and the debutant Shamsur rahman began steadily with a stand of 63. Tamim was the enforcer, but the debutant Shamsur was relatively sedate during his 25. Tamim drove stylishly through the covers and

BANGLAdESH Tamim Iqbal b Anderson 58 Shamsur Rahman st †Latham b NL mcCullum 25 mominul Haque c NL mcCullum b Anderson 31 mushfiqur Rahim*† c †Latham b Neesham 31 Naeem Islam c †Latham b mills 16 Nasir Hossain c BB mcCullum b Neesham 3 mahmudullah c & b Anderson 21 Sohag Gazi c devcich b Anderson 26 mashrafe mortaza b Neesham 14 Abdur Razzak not out 4 Rubel Hossain b Neesham 2 EXTRAS: (b 5, lb 5, w 4, nb 2) 16 TOTAL: (all out; 49 overs) 247 FALL OF WICKETS: 1-63 (Shamsur Rahman, 16.5 ov), 2-110 (mominul Haque, 25.4 ov), 3-136 (Tamim Iqbal, 31.4 ov), 4-169 (mushfiqur Rahim, 36.3 ov), 5-171 (Naeem Islam, 37.1 ov), 6-173 (Nasir Hossain, 38.2 ov), 7-221 (mahmudullah, 45.3 ov), 8-240 (mashrafe mortaza, 46.6 ov), 9-240 (Sohag Gazi, 47.1 ov), 10-247 (Rubel Hossain, 48.6 ov) BOWLING: TG Southee 10-2-45-0,Kd mills 10-1-47-1,NL mcCullum 8-0-42-1,JdS Neesham 10-0-53-4, Corey J Anderson 9-1-40-4,Gd Elliott 2-0-10-0 NEW ZEALANd AP devcich c & b Sohag Gazi 19 Rutherford b mashrafe mortaza 1

Gd Elliott lbw b Abdur Razzak 14 LRPL Taylor c mahmudullah b Sohag Gazi 45 Corey J Anderson c †mushfiqur Rahim b mashrafe mortaza 37 BB mcCullum* lbw b mominul Haque 14 TWm Latham† run out (Rubel Hossain) 0 JdS Neesham c Naeem Islam b Sohag Gazi 8 NL mcCullum c mahmudullah b mominul Haque 25 Kd mills not out 27 TG Southee b mashrafe mortaza 0 EXTRAS: (b 1, lb 10, w 6) 17 TOTAL: (all out; 46.4 overs) 207 FALL OF WICKETS: 1-5 (Rutherford, 2.3 ov), 2-45 (devcich, 12.6 ov), 3-45 (Elliott, 13.1 ov), 4-106 (Anderson, 26.6 ov), 5-130 (BB mcCullum, 32.5 ov), 6-131 (Latham, 33.1 ov), 7-143 (Neesham, 37.3 ov), 8-157 (Taylor, 39.5 ov), 9-194 (NL mcCullum, 45.4 ov), 10-207 (Southee, 46.4 ov) BOWLING: mashrafe mortaza 8.4-0-43-3,Sohag Gazi 10-0-343,Rubel Hossain 9-1-47-0,Abdur Razzak 9-0-35-1,mahmudullah 6-0-24-0,mominul Haque 4-0-13-2 mATCH dETAILS TOSS Bangladesh, who chose to bat OdI dEBUT Shamsur Rahman (Bangladesh) UmPIRES REJ martinesz (Sri Lanka) and Sharfuddoula TV UmPIRE Anisur Rahman mATCH REFEREE BC Broad (England) RESERVE UmPIRE mahfuzur Rahman

his only six, down the ground off Southee in the ninth over, was his best shot. Mominul struck five boundaries, one of them straight down the ground and another flicked through midwicket. But he fell to a trap, pulling a slower ball from Anderson to Nathan McCullum at deep midwicket. Soon after, Tamim got stuck in the forties for 18 balls, before reaching his 25th ODI fifty off 75 balls. He was finally dismissed by inside edging Anderson’s slower ball onto his stumps, after

missing on several wild swishes. As the sun set below Mirpur’s horizon, the home crowd looked disappointed that the batsmen failed to capitalise, but the mood changed as the evening wore on. Batting is an area that still needs improvement, but with an inspired bowling performance such as this, Mushfiqur need not give himself and the rest of the batsmen the hair-dryer. With cricket being one of the unifying factors in the country, celebrations are expected everywhere.

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shafiq congratulated on election for asian office LAHORE: President of the Pakistan Olympic Association (POA), Lt-Gen (Retd) Syed Arif Hasan has congratulated Mr Muhammad Shafiq, President, Pakistan Handball Federation over his unanimous election to the prestigious office of the Secretary General of the Asian Handball Federation. “It is a great honour for Pakistan and POA that Mr Shafiq has been elected to the second highest position in the game of Handball in the continent. “Shafiq is an outstanding member of Pakistan’s Olympic Family and has served the cause of Pakistan sports and the Olympic Movement in this country with great distinction. I am positive that the POA as well as the rapidly growing sport of Handball shall benefit tremendously from the experience and dedication of Shafiq.”, said the POA President. Mr Muhammad Shafiq was elected as the Secretary General of the continental Handball Federation in its recent Congress held at Doha, with 38 Asian nations out out of 44 attending the meeting. Shaikh Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah President Asian Handball Federation presided over the Congress. Shaikh Ahmad, who is also President of Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) and Associations of National Olympic Committees (ANOC), was elected President, Asian Handball Federation unopposed. For Shiekh Ahmed to have asked Shafiq to be on his team speaks volumes of the respect that Shafiq has with the Head of Sports of the Asian Continent as well as the Head of all the National Olympic Associations of the world (ANOC). Not just this but shows the respect he has in the complete Community of Handball. Shafiq has previously served the AHF as Chairman of the Under-developing Countries Commission from 2004-2009 and also as Chairman, Youth and School Commission from 2009to date. In Pakistan, apart from Handball, he has been very effective in promoting sports as Director Sports, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad since 1990. STAFF REPORT

Panesar makes Essex move permanent

Johnson released from india tour for ashes prep MUMBAI



USTrALIA have enhanced their Ashes options while reducing the tourists' chances of closing out the ODI series against India by choosing to send Mitchell Johnson home early from the subcontinent, with the intention of aiding his preparation for the first Test against England in Brisbane. Johnson's early departure from India will allow him the chance to play in two Sheffield Shield fixtures before the Gabba Test, and one match before the national selectors name their squad on November 12. "Mitch has performed very well in India," the team performance manager Pat Howard said. "However, we believe it is best for his preparation ahead of a busy summer to have

him return home to increase his bowling loads in preparation for the Ashes Test window." Though Johnson has impressed consistently in limited-overs fixtures for Australia in England and India since he missed selection for the last Ashes bout, it remains to be seen whether he can replicate white-ball form with the red. The reinstated Test bowling coach Craig McDermott can be expected to spend plenty of time with Johnson upon his arrival home from India, working to make sure he has a chance of bowling consistently well in Brisbane and beyond. Australia's pace bowling order of preference has been shuffled due to injuries suffered by James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc and Jackson Bird, but there remains some scepticism about Johnson's ability to bowl with the sustained intensity and accuracy demanded by the diligent approach of Australia's pace-

men in England. To that end, he will now be available for the Shield match for Western Australia against South Australia at the WACA ground from November 6. That match will allow McDermott and the selectors to gauge Johnson's first-class bowling before finalising the Brisbane squad. If selected, he will then be able to build further into form against the redbacks in the return fixture at Adelaide Oval the week before the Gabba Test. If Australia's Ashes prospects have been enhanced by a better lead-in for Johnson, their odds of winning the ODI series in India have now lengthened appreciably. Johnson has been Australia's most dangerous bowler across the series by a distance, even during Wednesday night's rousing Indian chase of 351 to win in Nagpur. Nathan Coulter-Nile can be expected to come in to the team for the series decider in Bangalore.

DYSON FACES DISCIPLINARY PANEL SPORTS DESK Simon Dyson has been summoned to appear before a European Tour disciplinary panel. The hearing has been called after the yorkshireman was disqualified from last week's BMW Masters for signing for an incorrect score. Dyson was in joint-second place at Lake Malaren in Shanghai when he was thrown out of the tournament after an incident during his second round which he had "no recollection of" according to officials. The 35-year-old failed to add a two-

shot penalty to his card on the eighth hole when he touched the line of his putt after marking his ball, an incident which was noticed by a television viewer. Having reviewed the incident, European Tour officials concluded that further action was required under the Tour's code of behaviour and disciplinary procedure, which states: "3. Serious Breach. If, at the conclusion of an investigation into an alleged breach of the code by a member, it is evident that a serious breach of the code may have occurred, then a disciplinary hearing shall take place before an independent disciplinary panel."

LONDON: Monty Panesar's future has been resolved after Essex revealed that the left-arm spinner had signed a twoyear contract. Panesar, who endured a troubled 2013, spent the final months of the season on loan at Essex and took 14 wickets in six County Championship matches. Currently in Australia on England's Ashes tour, Panesar, who was courted by several clubs, has now made his move to Chelmsford permanent and will seek to rebuild his career. "I loved playing for Essex last season," Panesar said. "In the short time I was there, I was made to feel very welcome, both in the team and around the club. AGENCIES

Under European Tour regulations, the three-person panel will comprise an independent lawyer, an ex-member of the European Tour or current player on the European Senior Tour and an experienced sports administrator. If Dyson is found guilty of a serious breach of the code, the Tour's statement added that it can impose sanctions which range from "a reprimand, a censure, a fine, a suspension of membership, a suspension from participation in one or more tournaments or for a given period, or expulsion from the European Tour, or otherwise as the panel shall determine."

hills thrilled with Chris form A view from connections of the European challengers in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita on Friday. Trainer Charlie Hills is confident Chriselliam will make her presence felt in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita on Friday. The daughter of Iffraaj was a shock winner when claiming Group One glory in the Fillies' Mile at Newmarket last month, showing smart acceleration to pick up top-class filly Rizeena on the run to the line. She is set to face 13 rivals in California, with Richard Hughes keeping the winning partnership intact. Hills said: "I'm very pleased with her and the way she came over on the trip. "She seems to be in top form. She lost eight kilos, but has put that back on - plus another four. "We've always liked her from the word go, really. "She trains pretty good at home and while she had a couple of starts where she didn't show what we thought she could do, she managed to put it all together at Newmarket. "She beat some of the best that day and if she can keep on improving and handle the track hopefully she will be thereabouts." SPORTS dESK

CLEVERLY FIGHTS FOR THE COMMONWEALTH CRUISERWEIGHT TITLE ON RETURN SPORTS DESK Nathan Cleverly will return to ring action as a cruiserweight after confirming he will fight for the vacant Commonwealth title against Daniel Ammann at the Copper Box Arena on November 30. The 25-year-old lost his WBO light-heavyweight crown after suffering the first defeat of his professional career against russian Sergey Kovalev in August. But the Welsh boxer, whose future was shrouded in uncertainty following the setback, has revealed he is eager to resume his career and is motivated by the prospect of becoming a two-time world champion. "I'm ready to return and I can't wait for November 30th at the Copper Box Arena and show that Nathan Cleverly is back," he said. "I've got the hunger and desire back and I want to be a world champion again. I miss having the belt around my waist,

but it's not just about the belt. "I didn't want to let my fans down, who have supported me in my career, my family down and more importantly I didn't want to let myself down by going out on a loss, I knew deep down that I wanted to fight again and I just needed time to focus on what I wanted to do. "I was on a high for so long winning the British, Commonwealth and European titles in quick time and then winning the world title and making five successful defences. In five years I had 15 championship fights and I felt invincible. "The loss to Kovalev has brought me back down to earth and made me realise what I want and that is to be world champion again. The thought of winning a second world title now really excites and motivates me, but the road back will be hard and I'm looking forward to testing my character and resolve." Cleverly's next opponent, Aus-

tralian southpaw Ammann, has a record of 29 victories in 35 fights and heads into the contest at the former Olympic venue off the back of an eight fight unbeaten run. Cleverly believes the durable Ammann will offer a stern examination of his world title credentials as he looks to make an instant impression on the cruiserweight division. "It's a good test for me on my return and the opportunity to win the Commonwealth title is a big motivator and will open doors for me," said Cleverly. "Ammann is a proper cruiserweight and has even fought at heavyweight, he's been around a long time and will have plenty of experience. He looks like a big, rough, tough, Aussie and I'm not expecting an easy fight. "The main thing for me is to show that I'm back in business and ready for my new campaign in the cruiserweight division and I want to put on a good show for the fans and press."

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real madrid destroy sevilla in league clash MADRID



ArETH Bale scored twice and Cristiano ronaldo notched a hat-trick as real Madrid thrashed Sevilla 7-3 on Wednesday in their league clash. Bale was making his first start at the Santiago Bernabeu and made an immedi-

ate impact as he put the hosts 2-0 up within half an hour. ronaldo then added a third, but Sevilla fought back through an Ivan rakitic penalty and Carlos Bacca. Bale then set up Karim Benzema and ronaldo to put real 5-2 ahead before rakitic replied once more with a stunning strike for Sevilla, although he was to blot his copybook by missing a penalty later. ronaldo went on to complete his hat-

sPurs through to lEaguE CuP quartErs LONDON: Tottenham Hotspur edged Hull City 8-7 in a tense penalty shoot-out to reach the League Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday, while Manchester City overcame Newcastle United after extra time. Hull had lost 1-0 to Spurs in the Premier League on Sunday and they came within a whisker of exacting swift revenge on their return to White Hart Lane. Icelandic midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson was one of eight players brought into the Spurs team and he made a stunning impact in the 16th minute, flummoxing his marker with a neat drag-back and then arrowing a sumptuous shot into the top-left corner from 25 yards. Secondchoice Spurs goalkeeper Brad Friedel made a less favourable impression, however, gifting Hull an equaliser in the 53rd minute. Liam Rosenior's low cross from the right was hooked back across goal by the sliding Curtis Davies and Friedel inadvertently fumbled the ball into the net for an own goal. AGENCIES

trick and Benzema rounded off the scoring after Sevilla had been reduced to 10 men when Stephane Mbia was sent-off with 14 minutes remaining. Xabi Alonso also made his first appearance of the season as a second-half substitute to round off a fine evening for Madrid. real boss Carlo Ancelotti had made four changes to the side that lost 2-1 to Barcelona at the weekend with Benzema restored to the number nine role between ronaldo and Bale in attack. And the Frenchman proved his worth in the move for the opener as he raced onto Isco's pass before cutting the ball back for Bale to fire high into the net on his favoured left foot. Bale was credited with his second of the evening on 27 minutes

when his free-kick took a huge deflection off the arm of Alberto Moreno and looped into the net past the helpless Beto. Five minutes later it was 3-0 when Isco was unnecessarily dragged down inside the area by Fernando Navarro. ronaldo stepped up to fire home and celebrated with a military salute in a mocking response to Sepp Blatter's description of him as a "commander" last week. yet somehow Sevilla were back in the game before half-time when firstly Sergio ramos was harshly penalised for a push on Diogo Figueiras and rakitic converted the resulting penalty. And two minutes later Vitolo ghosted past Alvaro Arbeloa on the right and squared for Bacca to roll into an empty net.

ufone’s shabbIr wIns pm goLf open 2013 LAHORE STAFF REPORT

hesjedal confesses to doping Giro d'Italia winner Ryder Hesjedal has confessed to doping after allegations by fellow rider Michael Rasmussen. Rasmussen claimed in his autobiography that he taught Hesjedal how to take the banned bloodbooster erythropoietin while he was a mountain bike rider in 2003. Hesjedal, who won last year's Giro d'Italia, admitted he doped 'more than 10 years ago', but insists he was not a long-term user. A statement from the Garmin-Sharp rider read: "I have loved and lived this sport but more than a decade ago I chose the wrong path. "Even though those mistakes happened more than 10 years ago, and they were shortlived, it does not change the fact I made them and I have lived with that and been sorry for it ever since. SPORTS dESK

Golfers from all over Pakistan flocked to rawalpindi for the much anticipated Prime Minister Golf Open, each looking to win laurels and respect of their fellow golfers. Professionals were seen two days prior to the tournament practicing and taking in the feel of the course in their practice rounds. The tournament kicked off on the 22nd of Oct and the fervor of each golfer participating was clearly evident. Day 1 ended with Pakistan No.1 M. Shabbir Iqbal leading the elite golfers closely followed by Pakistan No.2 & a member of the Ufone team Matloob Ahmed. The two fought it out over the three day tournament with Shabbir continuing to increase the gap between the 1st and 2nd position alas he ended the tournament 15 under par (-15) and Matloob who secured 2nd position was 5 under par (-5). Speaking about his win Shabbir said “ I am fortunate to have held the No.1 position for a number of years and till date I feel the pressure from other professionals in each tournament we participate in. Winning the Prime Minister Open is indeed a moment of pride for me but at the same time I am extremely excited that Ufone too decided to give me rs.100,000/- for this memorable win. Ufone has played an active part in golf over the last year and has encouraged each member of Team Ufone to bring out our best on the course”. “Before the tournament, Ufone an-

simona sEals sEmis sPot Top seed Simona Halep defeated Alize Cornet in a tight two-set match to claim a spot in the semi-finals of the Garanti Koza WTA Tournament of Champions in Sofia, Bulgaria. Halep came through 6-4 6-4 against the seventh seed in the round-robin competition to claim her 50th match win of the year, with the result not showing the close nature of the contest as Cornet repeatedly fought back before the Romanian edged her out. "It was a really hard match - she played really well and really aggressively," Halep told "I was a little bit nervous and it was a very physical match - I was getting tired - but I just tried to focus on every point, and my serve helped me a lot in the end today. "I'm really happy to win the match today." By securing victory against France's Cornet, along with becoming the first through to the semi-finals, Halep became only the fourth player to reach a half century of victories this year behind Serena Williams (78), Agnieszka Radwanska (56) and Petra Kvitova (51). Roberta Vinci currently has 49 match wins and could also make it to 50 in Fed Cup this weekend. In the other matches, 4th seed Samantha Stosur came through 6-3 6-3 against fifth seed Elena Vesnina, while Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova defeated Elina Svitolina 6-2 6-4. SPORTS dESK

nounced to us that they would be giving away a cash prize to each of those who secure the top 3 positions in the tournament which encouraged me to focus harder on my win, hence Matloob too will be given a cash prize for his great performance.” “Ufone is the only organization in Pakistan to take such a big leap in the sport of Golf, in July this year Ufone organized a children’s golf clinic at the Karachi Golf Club which I participated in as a coach and was overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of the children. We as golfers look forward to the development of the sport and an honored to be a part of such a positive initiative.”


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Phf declines to defend asia gold LAHORE: The Lt-Gen (Retd) Arif Hasanled Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) has said, apparently the PHF does not want to defend its gold at the Asian Games 2014 at Incheon. The POA press releasse says, it had invited, among many other National Federations, the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) on Oct 21, 2013 as the deadline for the Asian Games 2014 at Incheon for entry by sport was approaching. The POA wanted to ascertain the willingness of the National Federations concerned and also measure their medal prospects. Despite the invitation letter and two subsequent reminders, says the POA press release, the PHF has failed to respond to the invitation. The refusal/avoidance of the meeting with the POA and non-provision ofits willingness is tantamount to the PHF conceding that it does not intend to participate at the Incheon Games. “The OCA and the organizing committee of the Incheon Asian Games 2014 shall only accept entries by the POA led by Lt. Gen. (Retd) Syed Arif Hasan, for it is the bona fide National Olympic Committee recognized by the International Olympic Committee,” said the POA Director General, Mr Khalid Mahmood. “The Pakistan hockey team had won gold at the 2010 Asian Games at Guangzhou. That, and Pakistan hockey’s Asian record, suggests that it definitely is a medal prospect. The PHF is foregoing that because it has aligned itself with the illegal, unrecognized POA. This is politics which is likely to hurt Pakistan hockey very badly. “Already the present dispensation at the PHF has denied the Pakistan team participation in the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Glasgow. The PHF must remember that its ultimate loyalty and responsibility should be Pakistan hockey and its betterment – and not politics at its cost”. STAFF REPORT

nadal wins, defending champion ferrer sees off rosol PARIS AGENCIES

rafael Nadal moved into the third round of the Paris Masters with a straight sets victory over fellow Spaniard Marcel Granollers. Nadal is appearing in Paris for the first time since 2009 having missed the last three years with injury, but the top seed looked to be feeling right at home despite being pushed to a 7-5 7-5 victory. Nadal could manage just two breaks of serve, but crucially they both came at 5-5 in each set to enable him to then serve out on each occasion. Granollers, who could only get in 58 percent of his first serves, forced just a single break point that Nadal saved, although he did make it hard work for the World No 1. Nadal took an hour and 42 minutes to seal the victory, which sets up a third round meeting with Poland's Jerzy Janowicz. World No.3 David Ferrer opened his Paris Masters title defence with a three-set win against Lukas rosol. The Spaniard, who enjoyed a first-round bye, came through 6-0 2-6 6-3 in one hour and 27 minutes at the Palais Omnisports. Ferrer preyed on the inconsistency of rosol's game, hitting 18 fewer unforced errors than his Czech opponent. He will face 15th seed Gilles Simon in the third round after Simon saw off his fellow Frenchman Nicolas Mahut 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-3) in a match lasting just short of three hours. John Isner, a semi-finalist two years ago, will take on second seed Novak Djokovic in the third round after a 7-6 (7/3) 4-6 6-3 success against Polish qualifier Michal Przysiezny. Isner, the 11th seed, fired 27 aces and 47 winners over the course of three tight sets. Nicolas Almagro, the 12th seed from Spain, also made it through to the third round thanks to a 6-4 6-3 win against Croat Ivan Dodig. Almagro's next assignment is against seventh seed Stanislas Wawrinka. The Swiss player, chasing a spot at the

season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in London, was a 6-3 36 6-3 winner against Spanish left-hander Feliciano Lopez. Fourth seed Juan Martin Del Potro, fresh from lifting the title at the Swiss Indoors on Sunday, defeated Croat Marin Cilic 6-4 76 (7/3). Cilic, who sent down 19 aces, was playing in his first tournament since Wimbledon after serving a four-month doping ban.

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yrIA’S entire declared stock of chemical weapons has been placed under seal, a watchdog said Thursday, as peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi wrapped up a Syria visit to muster

support for peace talks. “All stocks of chemical weapons and agents have been placed under seals that are impossible to break,” Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons spokesman Christian Chartier told AFP, adding the seals were “tamper proof”. “These are 1,000 tonnes of chemical agents (which can be used to make weapons) and 290 tonnes of chemical weapons,” Chartier said in The Hague. The OPCW said in an earlier statement that Syria’s declared chemical arms production equipment had been destroyed. Inspectors had until Friday to visit all of Syria’s chemical sites and destroy all production and filling equipment in accordance with a timeline laid down by

the Hague-based OPCW and backed by a UN Security Council resolution passed last month. The resolution, which requires the arsenal to be completely destroyed by mid-2014, was agreed by the US and russia to avert military strikes on Syria after deadly chemical weapons attacks outside Damascus in August. The West blamed those attacks on President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, which said rebels had carried them out. OPCW head of field operations, Jerry Smith, told the BBC his team had “personally observed all the destruction activities”. “They are not now in a position to conduct any further production or mixing of chemical weapons.” The inspectors had visited all 23 chemical weapons sites except two in areas

considered “too dangerous,” Smith said. “But the contents (of those two) were moved to other sites that we did visit. Therefore we have visited and seen the destruction of all Syria’s declared chemical weapons capability.” The statements came as Brahimi met in Damascus with opposition members tolerated by the regime. He has been travelling the Middle East since mid-October to garner support for proposed peace talks, dubbed Geneva II. He is due to travel back to Beirut on Friday. regIme WarY, oPPosItIoN dIvIded: The Syrian leg of the tour is the most sensitive, as the veteran Algerian diplomat needs to persuade a wary regime and an increasingly divided opposition to attend.

His meetings on Thursday were with 15 political, civil society and NGO personalities, including former information minister Mohammad Salman, who now describes himself as an opponent of the regime, an AFP journalist said. Brahimi also met Mahmoud Merhi, who leads the tiny Gathering of Democratic Civil Forces, which groups Syriabased dissidents. On Wednesday, Brahimi met with Assad for less than an hour, during which the president criticised foreign interference in his country. “The Syrian people are the only ones who have the right to decide on Syria’s future,” state media quoted Assad as telling Brahimi.

senate body recommends stopping work on neelum Jehlum hydro project SAYS INITIAL COST OF PROJECT WAS RS 11B BUT IT WAS INCREASED TO RS 28B ISLAMABAD ONLINE

LONDON: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif addresses the participants of World Islamic Economic Forum on Thursday.

nsa infiltrates communication links between yahoo, google WASHINGTON INP

revelations from Edward Snowden’s documents continued, as the latest documents stated that the US National Security Agency (NSA) has secretly broken into the main communication links that connect yahoo and Google data centers across the globe. By tapping those links, the agency has positioned itself to collect hundreds of millions of user accounts, many of them belonging to Americans, the documents say. According to a top-secret accounting, the NSA’s acquisitions directorate sends millions of records every day from internal yahoo and Google networks to data warehouses at the agency’s headquarters at Fort Meade. In the preceding 30 days, the report said, field collectors had processed and sent back 181,280,466 new records, including “metadata,” which would indicate who sent or received emails, text, audio and video files. The infiltration is especially striking because the NSA, under a separate program known as PrISM, has front-door access to Google and yahoo user accounts through a court-approved process. The MUSCULAr project appears to be an unusually aggressive use of NSA tradecraft against flagship American companies. The agency is built for high-

nsa accused of peepIng on the pope VATICAN CITY: Nothing is sacred when it comes to espionage—not even the pope’s privacy. At least that’s what Italy’s newsmagazine Panorama says in an investigative “exclusive” in which they lay out the widespread habit of eavesdropping on Italians by the National Security Agency (NSA), including honing in on the Holy See. The Datagate saga has been of particular interest in Italy since the revelation that some 46 million calls were subject to American tapping during the period between December 10, 2012 and January 8, 2013. Italians, perhaps, are more tolerant than other nations to stateside snooping given the extent to which interception is an assumed aspect of the Italian culture. It

tech spying, with a wide range of digital tools, but it has not been known to use them routinely against US companies. In a statement, Google’s chief legal officer David Drummond said that the company is outraged at the lengths to which the government seems to have gone to intercept data from our private

doesn’t help that, according to a recent poll by La Repubblica, most Italians believe that any surveillance by the United States would have likely been aided by complicit Italian authorities. In 2005, Telecom Italia, Italy’s largest phone provider, complained to the government that it could not keep up with the warrants demanding parallel phone lines, according to an official complaint filed at the time. The allegations of Vatican spying also prompted a relatively quick response from the NSA, who flatly denied the allegations of Holy See spying as “false”. But the Vatican’s ambassador to the Holy See Carlo Marie Vigano is expected to clarify the issue with the NSA through informal channels. AGENCIES

fiber networks, and it underscores the need for urgent reform. A yahoo spokeswoman said, the company has strict controls in place to protect the security of data centers and we have not given access to our data centers to the NSA or to any other government agency.

The Senate Committee on Water and Power grilled the NTDC MD over violation of PPrA rules in award of contract of Neelum Jehlum hydro project to a Chinese firm and recommended that mobilisation over the project be stopped until any further recommendation. The Senate Standing Committee on Water and Power said initial cost of the project was estimated at rs 11 billion that had been escalated to rs 28 billion which was very unfortunate and injustice with the poor masses of the country. The committee said contract of the project ordered to the Chinese which was the single bidder and it was against the PPrA rules to award a contract without bidding. During the meeting, held under the chairmanship of Senator Zahid Khan, on Thursday, officials of the Planning Commission said the Ministry of Water and

Iran offers rs 11 power tarIff per unIt ISLAMABAD: Federal Water and Power Secretary Saifullah Chattha on Thursday said that Iran has offered Rs 11 power tariff per unit to Pakistan. During a meeting in Dubai, Federal Water and Power Minister Khawaja Asif held negotiations with Iranian authorities regarding electricity import. He said both sides discussed different issues pertaining to power import in details and decided to continue the negotiations regarding the project. The secretary also said that during the meeting of the Standing Committee on Water and Power that Kahwaja Asif and Petroleum Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi would visit Iran in December. He said, however, final date in this regard is awaited. ONLINE

Power had not firm commitment of financing which was directed by the ECNEC. The Planning Commission said the ministry gave its verbal commitment to ECNEC regarding the financing. “The Ministry of Water and Power said it has local as well as foreign funding of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for the project while the situation was contrary to it,” the officials said. Water and Power Secretary Saifullah Chattha said the project would be completed by December 2015 but Khan said the project could not be completed until December 2016. Earlier, the body criticised NEPrA’s tariff mechanism, saying NEPrA should

maintain the tariff throughout the year and in case power was generated from a cheaper resources such as hydro from water, relief should be given to the poor consumers. The committee asked NEPrA Chairman Naeem Khawaja to give details of average of hydro power generation in June to August. The legislative body recommended the chairman give a break-up of the cost incurred by power distribution companies. The NEPrA chairman apprised the parliamentary panel that the purchase price of all companies was the same however delivery service cost of each company was different. “Power tariff will automatically decrease if the line losses are cur,” Khawaja said.

Kenyan president sets up name-and-shame anti-graft website NAIROBI AGENCIES

Kenya’s presidency on Thursday launched a website allowing users to report corruption directly to the head of state in a bid to tackle rampant graft and improve the country’s reputation. “The president is committed to clean government and this site advances his intention to act strongly against corruption,” a spokesman for President Uhuru Kenyatta, Manoah Esipisu, said. The website allows users to remain anonymous and to upload video, audio recordings or other documents, with a drop down menu providing a long list of civil service or government departments to complain about. A mobile telephone service to receive graft complaints from the public by SMS text message has also been set up. Kenya is ranked 139 out of 176 countries by the campaign group Transparency International on its global corruption perceptions index. The Transparency International said early October that while bribery remains high in Kenya, only seven people in 100 reported it or complained. Over a quarter of poll respondents felt “no action would be taken if they reported” an incident. Many victims were also reluctant to complain because bribing an official is in itself an offence. The country’s police force was rated the

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government branch most likely to demand a bribe. Kenyatta’s office said hours after the website’s launch that “corruption reporting has started off quite well with a good number of well documented incidences being submitted”. It is not the first website in Kenya set up to tackle corruption. Last year, an activist, Anthony ragui, set up an “I paid a bribe” site, posting accounts of demands by corrupt officials and the schemes people used to escape them. The website,, gives a running total of all the bribes paid submitted to the site, but also lists positive stories of honest officials. recent stories on that website include a man being asked for a “little something” by Nairobi traffic police because his car had hit a bird, and another in which a driver was asked to pay a fine because he had stopped to check for a puncture in a street where the officer said stopping was not allowed. Kenya has been mired in multiple corruption scandals since independence in 1963, but despite political promises to crack down on graft, highlevel suspects have seldom faced justice. Two key corruption scandals include the Goldenberg affair in the 1990s — when $1 billion dollars was lost from the central bank through false gold and diamond exports — and the Anglo Leasing case in 2002, which involved overpaying government tenders for passport machines.

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