The Supreme Court (SC) has directed the government to review the recent hike in power tariff and withdraw the notification, otherwise the court will pronounce its order on Friday.
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US government shutdown chokes Washington
Pakistani passport among worst for travel: survey
India’s military is fighting the biggest group of infiltrators in Kashmir to cross from Pakistan in years, a top Indian general claimed on Wednesday. Some 30 to 40 heavily-armed fighters have crossed the Line of Control dividing Kashmir between the rival nations in the Keran sector and are holed up for the past nine days in thick forests in the area, Lieutenant General Gurmit Singh told a news conference. PAG E 03
The first US government shutdown in 17 years has put a choke hold on Washington, with the White House and Republicans digging in for an extended struggle with no way out in sight. National monuments were barricaded on Tuesday, US war cemeteries in Europe closed, and hundreds of thousands of federal workers were sent home without pay. PAG E 04
A Pakistani passport is among the worst to travel on as the country’s citizens can only enter 32 countries without a visa, according to a survey. Pakistan shared its ranking with Somalia in the list of some 200 countries surveyed by Henley & Partners, beating only Iraq which ranked 92nd and Afghanistan, which came in last. India ranked higher than all three countries at 74. PAG E 04
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Thursday, 3 October, 2013
Phc bAnS SAle, PurchASe oF AFGhAn SImS PESHAWAR STAFF RePORT
The Peshawar High Court on Wednesday imposed a ban on roaming and sale and purchase of subscriber identity modules (SIMs) of Afghan companies and directed the authorities concerned to meet their responsibilities in this respect. PHC Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan on Wednesday announced this decision while hearing a case pertaining to the use, sale and purchase of Afghan mobile SIMs. Referring to involvement of National Data and Registration Authority (NADRA), the chief justice said, “It lacks credibility.” He said Afghan SIMs were being used in 90 percent of criminal acts, adding that the authorities had failed to meet their responsibilities. The PHC chief justice said, “The country doesn’t need such foreign investment which goes contrary to very interests of the country.” Senior lawyer Latif Afridi welcomed the PHC decision, saying Afghan SIMs were used in extortion. He said the authorities concerned and management of private telephone companies needed to go for an early implementation of the decision.
PtI oPPoSeS Drone StrIkeS, wAr on terror ISLAMABAD KASHIF ABBASI
Criticising the government for not curbing terrorism in the country, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Wednesday announced to hold a national conference to discuss ways to eliminate terrorism. Addressing a press conference, PTI clerics, led by Religious Affairs President Saad Khurshid Khan Kanjo alleged that the federal government was not in a serious mood to implement the resolution unanimously adopted by political parties in allparty conference. He said that instead of implementing the resolution, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was spending time abroad, which showed his lack of interest. Kanjo urged the government to quit war on terror and shoot down drones, which according to him were a rootcause of terrorism in the country. He said that war against terrorism could not be won through force because military action was not a solution to the problem, adding that the government should immediately start dialogue with the Taliban, which is prerequisite for peace. He also said that at least now the federal government should take steps to counter terrorism as it had affected the country, particularly Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He said that his party chairman had been saying for the last many years that war on terror was not Pakistan’s war and now almost all political parties were saying the same things.
Govt hAS untIl FrIDAy to revIew Power PrIce hIke sC warns govt of arbitrary order on friday if it doesn’t withdraw notifiCation
Minister says govt intends to review its deCision
HE Supreme Court (SC) has directed the government to review the recent hike in power tariff and withdraw the notification, otherwise the court will pronounce its order on Friday. The order was issued by a threemember bench of the SC presided over by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on a statement given by Khawaja Asif during the course of hearing of power load shedding case on Wednesday. Asif had told the court in his statement that the government intended to review the notification related to hike in power tariff. The CJP remarked, “Issuing notification on hike in power tariff without the recommendations of NEPRA stands to no justification. If the government has to drop nuclear bomb in the shape of inflation on the people then it should tell clearly that it will have to be tolerated by the people at every cost.” “If the court does not interfere then how will law and constitution be adhered to? Powers to determine power tariff in respect of all distribution companies rests with NEPRA. The September 30 notification has not been
issued by NEPRA, as it has expressed ignorance about it. Where does the notification stand?” “There is no control over those who are using electricity through kunda system, nor are the electricity bills being recovered. The entire burden is placed on the shoulders of the people paying bills. Power theft will escalate if the government fails to control power tariff hike.” “Gas is provided to the industries at subsidized rates and the industrial sector earns profit at double the rate. There should be a uniform policy for everyone. Good and bad people are present in every society but the others have to be tolerated for the sake of a few people.”
Justice Jawwad S Khawaja remarked, “Whosoever pays bill has to suffer for those who steal electricity or acquires electricity through kunda system. The burden of those who don’t pay bill is shifted to the shoulders of those who pay bills. The government has to protect the consumers. No subsidy is allowed in Islamabad because people here are honest. The ratio of subsidy will be higher in those cities where recovery level is low.” Justice Gulzar Ahmad said no one could supply electricity other than KESC in Karachi. “Power distribution companies supply electricity throughout Pakistan. There is no choice for the people of Karachi.” Attorney General (AG) Munir A Malik appeared before the court during the course of hearing and said that nine companies had complained that less recovery was being made, therefore, tariff be enhanced. “The NEPRA is an autonomous body and it does everything on its own.” The CJP remarked, “The September 30 notification was not issued by NEPRA.” But the AG said NEPRA had issued the scheduled notification. The CJP inquired what was the difference between August 5 and September 30 notifications? The AG said the August 5 notification stood
SUPREME COURT ORDERS IMMEDIATE LB POLLS CJP says various taCtiCs being adoPted to avoid holding of loCal bodies eleCtions ISLAMABAD ONlINe The Supreme Court has ordered the federal and provincial government to hold local bodies polls with immediate effect under Article 140-A. While hearing the case relating to LB elections in the provinces, the chief justice directed all provinces to give a date for holding local bodies elections to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in consonance with the Article 140-A of the constitution of Pakistan. During the course of the hearing, the Centre and provinces told the court about the progress made in this regard. ECP DG Sher Afghan said no request was received from any of the provinces relating to the holding of local bodies elections. Balochistan has carried out the demarcations on the basis of old census on which elections could not be
SC DECLARES DHA-ETPB LAND SALE AGREEMENT VOID ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Wednesday declared the agreement between the Defence Housing Authority (DHA) and the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) null and void. In a suo motu case relating to the ETPB land of billions of rupees being sold for peanuts, the three-member SC bench, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, declared the agreement void and also ordered for initiating criminal proceedings against ETPB Chairman Asif Hashmi and others. The court also directed the authorities concerned to appoint a new chairman. During the proceedings, the SC directed the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to complete investigation into the case and submit the report to the Registrar’s Office. The chief justice observed that the ETPB had entered into the illegal agreement with closed eyes, adding that in accordance with the constitution and law trust land could neither be sold nor exchanged with any other land. INP held, he said. Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry remarked that it seemed the provinces did not want to hold local bodies elections. He warned that if the constitution was not abided, then the governments should get ready to face the result. “Various tactics are being adopted for not holding local bodies elections,” the CJ observed. Justice Gulzar Ahmad observed that surprisingly, the law also went away with the local bodies. The Sindh advocate general stated that the demarcations would be completed on
November 4, adding that “we are very much near the LB lections and cannot even think of not holding the LB elections in the province”. The Punjab advocate general said the demarcations across the province had been completed. The Supreme Court in its order said if Article 140-A was not implemented, the court would pass its order over non-implementation of the constitution and ordered the federal and provincial government to hold LB polls immediately. Later, the hearing of the case was adjourned until October 7.
Issuing notification on hike in power tariff without the recommendations of NEPRA stands to no justification. If the government has to drop nuclear bomb in the shape of inflation on the people then it should tell clearly that it will have to be tolerated by the people at every cost IFTIKHAR MUHAMMAD CHAUDHRY Chief JustiCe of Pakistan determined. The CJP remarked that the federal government could not exercise the powers of NEPRA. The NEPRA chairman said, “Different tariff was sought in respect of nine distribution companies. The tariff determined by the government recently is even less than our belief.”
PIA chAIrmAn, cAA mD to be APPoInteD by 5th, Sc tolD ISLAMABAD APP
The Supreme Court was told on Wednesday that the appointment process for chairman of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and managing director (MD) of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) would be completed by October 5. Atique Shah, additional attorney general (AAG), told a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chuahdry that in the result of advertisement, 258 applications had been collected for the office of CAA MD and 24 nominees were in the run for the PIA chairmanship. Complying with apex court's orders, a commission had been formed that scrutinised the names of candidates, he added Raja Basheer, counsel for PIA, informed the bench that the commission would select three names and the prime minister would finalise one of them. To a query, he informed that the CAA secretary was holding the office of acting PIA chairman. The chief justice remarked that transparency must be kept in mind while appointing both officers and directed the AAG to file compliance report on the next date of hearing. The bench adjourned further hearing of the case for two weeks.
The ultimate aim of the ego is not to see something, but to be something. –Dr Allama Muhammad Iqbal
CHAUDHRY LIKELY TO GET COVETED NAB CHIEF’S SEAT naMe of forMer bureauCrat alMost final as PM, oPPosition leader agree not to aPPoint forMer Judge as nab Chief
shah rules out striking a deal with PM
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RIMe Minister Nawaz Sharif and Opposition leader Khurshid Shah on Wednesday narrowed down their differences over the appointment of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman and both of them agreed not to appoint a former judge and rather pick a former bureaucrat for the slot, Pakistan Today has learnt on authority. "Both the politicians have agreed that no retired judge should be appointed as NAB chief, as judges had a tendency of being against politicians.” This would be the first time that the opposition and government unanimously agree on shifting focus from retired judges to former bureaucrats for appointing NAB chief. In the past, the opposition and treasury had never agreed over NAB
chief’s appointment. “Both leaders also agreed that a toothless personality should be given the job so as to keep politicians safe from NAB's influence," a source quoted a politician privy to the development as saying. The source added that
during the meeting, the prime minister proposed two new names for the slot both former bureaucrats - Abdur Rauf Chaudhry and Shaukat Durrani. "The prime minister and the opposition will meet today to finalise the name
Two soldiers were killed on Wednesday in a roadside bombing in Balochistan’s Awaran district near the epicentre of a devastating earthquake earlier last week. The military said the soldiers were distributing humanitarian aid when their vehicle hit the roadside bomb in Mashkay area of the quake-hit district. “We are there to provide relief for the local people. We will continue the relief work for our Baloch brethren even if attacks continue,”
entIre nAtIon StAnDS by Army: coAS GYARI: Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani Wednesday said that those who sacrificed their lives for the motherland would not be forgotten. The COAS said this while paying rich tributes to the Gyari martyrs at a special ceremony at Gyari Sector. The army chief vowed to continue efforts for the recovery of the remaining bodies of the martyrs. He said 133 bodies, out of 140 who went missing in an avalanche a year ago, had so far been recovered. He said some experts had recommended Gyari to be declared as collective grave of the martyrs. He lauded the untiring efforts‚ dedication and devotion of the troops who succeeded in accomplishing this difficult task of retrieving the bodies of the martyrs. The army chief said the entire nation stood by the armed forces of Pakistan in performing their sacred obligation of defence of the country. Earlier‚ the chief of army staff laid a floral wreath at the monument of the Gyari martyrs and offered fateha. The ceremony was also attended by the heirs of martyrs and officers and soldiers of Pakistan Army. ONlINe
arMy vows to Continue relief work even if attaCks Continue
said Major General Samrez Salik, who oversees the relief operations. The blast also left four others injured. Responsibility: According to a foreign news agency, separatist militant group the Balochistan Liberation Front (BLF) claimed responsibility for the attack. “We claim responsibility for Wednesday morning attack on troops near Mashkay. We will step up such attacks in coming days,” Allah Nazar Baloch, head of the BLF said. The renewed threat by ethnic Baloch rebels adds a layer of complexity for re-
lief efforts in the earthquake hit regions of the province. “They (army) are directly involved in the large-scale killings of Baloch men,” alleged Nazar. “They want to crush us and make money from the disaster relief.” Separately, army units came under fire in five other incidents throughout the day. The army has been facing difficulties in providing relief to the quake victims due to the security situation in Awaran. Last week, two rockets narrowly missed a military helicopter and there have been several attacks on convoys carrying aid.
On September 30, a convoy of the chief minister of Balochistan Dr Abdul Malik Baloch escaped a rocket attack in Awaran as he was on his way to a camp office set up to carry out relief efforts. In a statement on Wednesday, the chief minister strongly condemned the bombing in Mashkay. According to the chief minister, Awaran has had no government for the past decade, which has led to miscreants trying their best to compromise relief efforts in the area. In a media briefing on Tuesday, Baloch admitted that there were difficulties in carrying out relief activities in the quake-hit areas of the province. He has already made an appeal to Nazar to cooperate with aid agencies in order to provide support to earthquake survivors.
India alleges ‘big Kashmir incursion’ from Pakistan side Pakistan arMy rubbishes indian ClaiM SRINAGAR AGeNCIeS India’s military is fighting the biggest group of infiltrators in Kashmir to cross from Pakistan in years, a top Indian general claimed on Wednesday. Some 30 to 40 heavily-armed fighters have crossed the Line of Control dividing Kashmir between the rival nations in the Keran sector and are holed up for the past nine days in thick forests in the area, Lieutenant General Gurmit Singh told a news conference. India says rebel incursions have been rising in Kashmir over the past year, feeding an armed revolt there, but these groups were usually made up of five or six people.
“The army is fighting the largest group of infiltrators including some special troops on the Line of Control with Pakistan in Indian territory. It’s one of the longest operations in Kashmir,” said Singh, who leads the Indian army’s 15 corps that is responsible for operations in the Kashmir Valley. Singh denied Indian media reports that the insurgents had taken over a village in the Keran sector and said the military was fully in control of the situation. “The operation is being carried out in a calibrated manner … We are not rushing through as rushing through will mean the risk of (our) own casualties.” The army has killed 10 to 12 of them, he claimed. On Tuesday night, it claimed that another group of 10 men had tried to cross over to join the militants holed up some 200 to 300 metres on India’s side of Kashmir.
Both leaders agreed that a toothless personality should be given the job so as to keep politicians safe from NAB's influence
of new NAB chief and most likely Abdur Rauf Chaudhry will be appointed the new NAB chief," the source added. The source said the prime minister had asked for feedback of Chaudhry and if there was no negativity in the profile and his service record, he would be appointed the new NAB chief today (Thursday). There are four cases of corruption pending in the NAB against the prime minister, while a graft case is also pending against the opposition leader and both wanted that the anti-crime watchdog chief sit on these files. "So it is almost final now. Neither Justice (r) Ijaz Chaudhry nor Justice (r) Mian Ajmal will be appointed the NAB chief. Shaukat Durrani's name is also not likely to be finalised. However, if the nomination of Abdur Rauf hits any snag, Durrani may succeed in a last minute debate," the source added. earlier in the day, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Leader of Opposition Khurshid Shah held talks over the appointment of NAB chairman. During the meeting, Nawaz Sharif proposed dropping the names of Justice
Bomb kills two soldiers in quake-hit Balochistan district blf ClaiMs resPonsibility, threatens More attaCks against arMy
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PAKISTAN ARMY DENIES: The Pakistani military denied accusations of Pakistani soldiers being involved in a reported clash on the Indian side of the Line of Control (LoC). “We totally deny this baseless allegation. This is a blatant lie. No such thing happened,” a spokesman for the Inter-Services Public Relations said. The latest fighting was taking place as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif pledged in New York last weekend to work towards strengthening a 10-year-old ceasefire that has frayed in recent months. But they failed to announce any concrete measures to advance peace talks that have been slow to recover since 2008 when Pakistanbased militants attacked India’s financial centre Mumbai for three days and killed 166 people.
SOURCE (r) Mian Muhammad Ajmal and Justice (r) Ijaz Chaudhry and presented two new names of Chaudhry Rauf and Shaukat Durrani for the coveted position, the source added. Talking to reporters later, Khurshid Shah denied any deal with the prime minister over the appointment. Shah said if he had struck any deal with the government, the appointment of NAB chief would have been made much earlier. He described the meeting with the PM "positive" and said they discussed two new names for the slot. Shah said four names that included two retired judges and two former bureaucrats were discussed. The opposition leader said Nawaz would hold consultation with his team over the four names in this regard. The next meeting will be held today (Thursday), Shah said, adding that “Our continued engagements clearly reflect that both the leaders were serious for the early appointment of NAB chairman.”
SuIcIDe bomber kIllS eIGht At chAmAn borDer CHAMAN AGeNCIeS
A suicide bomber on Wednesday killed eight people and injured 16 others at the Chaman border crossing between Afghanistan and Pakistan. “It was a suicide bombing. We have found the severed head on the blast site,” local border force commander Colonel Haider Ali said. The official said at least one Frontier Corps paramilitary soldier was among the dead. He said the bomber had arrived at the border from Afghanistan. Local police confirmed the attack following which the Pak-Afghan border was closed. Chaman is a small border town in Balochistan and is one of the two main crossing points for supplies for American and NATO troops fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan. Balochistan is also home to a local separatist insurgency. Apart from a longrunning nationalist movement, there has also been an alarming rise in sectarian terrorism in the province recently, with ethnic and religious minorities often targeted by militants. Levis officials said the blast occurred near Bab-e-Dosti (Friendship Gate) in custom house on the Afghan side of the border where a suicide bomber blew himself up while people were standing in queue to enter into Pakistan. They said most of deceased were Afghan officials and citizen while one Pakistan national was also among those killed. Another five FC personnel were left injured.
PAkIStAn to releASe Four InDIAn PrISonerS LAHORE INP
As may as four Indian prisoners languishing in different Pakistani jails on charges of ‘illegal stay’ are set to be freed after a federal review board ordered their release. Dil Bagh Singh, Sunil and two other Indians have completed their terms but are still being held in jail. An interior ministry official on Tuesday informed the review board comprising two judges of the Supreme Court that the government was taking steps to repatriate the prisoners who had completed their sentences.
You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand — Woodrow Wilson
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US GOVT SHUTDOWN CHOKES WASHINGTON WASHINGTON
He first US government shutdown in 17 years has put a choke hold on Washington, with the White House and Republicans digging in for an extended struggle with no way out in sight. National monuments were barricaded on Tuesday, US war cemeteries in europe closed, and hundreds of thousands of federal workers were sent home without pay, after dawn revealed the wreckage of America’s latest paralyzing political crisis. President Barack Obama accused conservatives in the House of Representatives of waging an “ideological crusade” by making government funding conditional on gutting his landmark health care law. His top foe, Republican House Speaker John Boehner, meanwhile claimed Obama was pursuing a “scorched earth” policy by refusing to negotiate, as the rhetoric hit new heights and hopes for a swift end to the standoff faded. The president was in feisty form at a White House event marking the rollout of a key portion of Obamacare, which turned
into an extended taunt at Republicans for failing to halt implementation of the sweeping law. “This Republican shutdown did not have to happen – I want every American to understand why it did happen,” Obama said. “They have shut down the government over an ideological crusade to deny affordable health care to millions of Americans.” It was the morning after on Capitol Hill, where late night brinkmanship sent America into its first government shutdown in 17 years when the money ran out at midnight. Boehner, who effectively chose to side with the uproarious Tea Party faction of his party rather than risk his job by attempting to pass a straight funding resolution stripped of political poison pills, lit into the president. “Washington Democrats have slammed the door on reopening the government by refusing to engage in bipartisan talks,” he wrote in an opinion piece in USA Today. The political paralysis remained unbroken as the Senate followed through on Majority Leader Harry Reid’s promise, rejecting the House’s demand that the two chambers appoint formal negotiators to thrash out a deal. So far at least, Boehner is dancing on
precarious political ground. A Quinnipiac University poll found voters, by a margin of 72 percent to 22 percent, oppose the shutdown of the government as a way to derail Obamacare. The New York Daily News tabloid had a more blunt summation: “House of Turds” its front page read, in a swipe at Republicans modeled on the hit Netflix political mini-series “House of Cards.” Thousands of federal workers trekked into town only to clear their desks and be told they were not “essential” to running the US government machine. Young aides trooped out of the White House, leaving Obama with only a skeleton crew on hand. Perplexed tourists were turned away from monuments and museums on the National Mall secured behind barriers and tape reading “Police Line: Do not Cross.”
But one hardy group was made of sterner stuff – an ageing band of the socalled Greatest Generation showed up at the World War II memorial and refused to be denied entry. Those visiting their dead comrades in France, Belgium, Italy and elsewhere were turned away, as funding dried up for American cemeteries in 20 foreign fields. Another symbol of hard-won freedoms – The Statue of Liberty in New York – was off limits to disappointed tourists. The military and border patrol were kept at full strength, but the Pentagon was due to stand down almost half of its 800,000 civilian employees. Warring lawmakers, exhausted by Monday night’s political theatrics, stirred under the serene Capitol Rotunda, but early hopes that a compromise would emerge once the shock of the shutdown had hit
proved premature. House of Republicans sought to pass a trio of measures funding popular parts of government, including veterans benefits and museums. The plan appeared to be an attempt to shame Democrats who say they will not negotiate with “a gun to their head” with the government closed. “That proposal shows the utter lack of seriousness that we’re seeing from Republicans,” said White House spokesman Jay Carney. All three bills were defeated, heaping more pressure on Congress to end the stalemate. Democratic leader in the Senate, Reid, added: “We won’t be forced to choose between parks and cancer research… or the FBI.” Democratic tactics were designed to thwart every Republican attempt for a facesaving exit and to force an eventual climbdown by Boehner. Obama warned that the shutdown could have disastrous consequences for America’s sluggish economic recovery. “We know that the last time Republicans shut down the government in 1996, it hurt our economy. And unlike 1996, our economy is still recovering from the worst recession in generations,” the president said.
Indian cabinet repeals move Altaf tells MQM supporters to to shield convicted MPs prepare for difficult times NEW DELHI AGeNCIeS
India’s government took a U-turn Wednesday on a move to protect convicted lawmakers after ruling Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi blasted the policy as “nonsense” in comments that opened up a rift with the prime minister. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s cabinet approved an executive order last month intended to overturn a Supreme Court ruling that national and state lawmakers convicted of serious crimes should be ejected from public office. Following a cabinet meeting, Information Minister Manish Tewari acknowledged Gandhi’s opposition, and said that “under those circumstances the decision was reconsidered” and the order, also called an ordinance, had been taken back. The ordinance was decried by the main political opposition as unconstitutional, and con-
demned by anti-corruption activists who questioned the government’s commitment to battling growing graft in India ahead of elections next year. The Congress party had earlier moved a bill in parliament to protect lawmakers, but was unable to pass it. The bill will also be withdrawn in the upcoming winter session of the national assembly. Gandhi, number two in the Congress party and chief election campaigner for Congress, dismissed the executive order last week as “complete nonsense” while Singh was on a US visit. Singh met Gandhi, the new generation of the Gandhi-Nehru political dynasty, at his home on Wednesday morning for about 30 minutes, where the young leader reportedly apologised for the bluntness of his comments. Amid speculation about his future, Singh stated there was “no question of resigning” as he returned from meetings with US President Barack Obama and Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif.
STAFF REPORT KARACHI
MQM chief Altaf Hussain on Wednesday appealed to his supporters to prepare themselves mentally and physically for difficult times if they sincerely considered him their leader. An MQM statement issued from the party’s London secretariat quoted Altaf as appealing to all ethnicities specially the muhajirs, the Urdu-speaking concentrated mostly in the urban centres of Sindh. Altaf said the Sindh government and the administration were carrying out
actions against the MQM on the basis of fabricated, false and baseless allegations. “Their actions indicate that the government of the Sindh has decided to wipe off muhajirs from the face of the earth,” the MQM chief said. He said they had tried once again to show that the muhajirs were supporters of India. “In order to substantiate their false claim, they have said they found Indian-made weapons when they arrested MQM’s
workers.” The MQM chief lamented they had tried this by accusing MQM of Jinnahpur conspiracy and publishing a false report about the Muhajir Republic Army in the past. He said their action was highly condemnable. Altaf said this was 21st century. It was the age of information technology. “even kids can see through their treacherous plan. What they want to achieve by baseless and fabricated allegations.”
Pakistani passport among worst for travel: survey MONITORING DESK A Pakistani passport is among the worst to travel on as the country’s citizens can only enter 32 countries without a visa, according to a survey. Pakistan shared its ranking with Somalia in the list of some 200 countries surveyed by Henley & Partners, beating only Iraq which ranked 92nd and Afghanistan, which came in last. India ranked higher than all three countries at 74. Many intervening positions were shared by
several countries, showing India ranked much higher than other nations. The report said Pakistanis had access to only 32 countries without a visa, while Afghans could access just 28. The Visa Restriction Index 2013 was released by Henley & Partners to rank countries based on the visa-free entry enjoyed by their citizens. The firm analysed visa regulations around the globe to determine the results. “Pakistan, Somalia, Iraq and Afghanistan re-
main in the bottom four places of the ranking, which means that citizens of these countries enjoy the least freedom of travel,” the firm said in a statement. Contrary to popular perception that an American passport can get you anywhere, Finland, Sweden and Britain tied in first place as their citizens can travel visa-free to 173 countries. Americans can travel to 172 countries without visa. In contrast, Indians can travel visa-free to 52 countries.
SECTARIAN BLOODSHED GRIPS MYANMAR RAKHINE AGeNCIeS
Sectarian bloodshed has forced women and children to flee to forests in western Myanmar after Buddhists have killed at least five Muslims. Security forces patrolled villages on Wednesday in Rakine State, where more than 800 Buddhist rioters torched homes and attacked local Muslims a day before. “We are doing all of this just out of our desire to protect our own religion,
because we heard that a Muslim man in Thandwe abused Buddhism,” one rioter told Al Jazeera. The violence left at least four men and a 94-yearold woman dead, a police official said. Four Rakhine Buddhists were injured in clashes and a fifth was missing, while 59 houses and a mosque have been torched since tensions flared on Saturday, police said. “The police are merely shooting into the air and not doing enough to prevent the
violence,” a resident told Al Jazeera. The religious bloodshed coincided with President Thein Sein’s two-day tour in the violence-racked area as part of his first official visit to Rakhine state since a wave of violence erupted there last year. About 250 people have been killed and more than 140,000 left homeless in several outbreaks of interreligious violence around the country since June 2012, mostly in Rakhine.
beStSellInG uS Author tom clAncy DeAD At 66 WAsHinGton: Tom Clancy, the famous American writer whose spy and military thrillers became worldwide best-sellers and inspired several Hollywood hit films and video games, passed away at a Baltimore hospital on Tuesday at the age of 66, his New York publisher announced. The cause of death wasn’t immediately announced. Clancy authored 28 books in all, including ‘The Hunt for Red October‘, ‘Patriot Games‘ and ‘Clear and Present Danger‘. He always employed political intrigue and military tactics to string out fast-paced, thrilling narratives. The admiration and fan-following he earned within the US armed forces with his books helped him get those crucial insights which informed his writings. Before he became a writer, Clancy used to run a small independent insurance agency. Later as a writer, his tremendous book sales enabled him to join a group of investors who bought the baseball team Baltimore Orioles in 1993. Many of his books were not only bestselling works in themselves but had also inspired numerous movies and video games of massive appeal. AGeNCIeS
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motorwAy PolIce ShowS muScleS! islAMAbAD: Dacoits and motorway police exchanged fire near Jhang Bahatar on motorway (M-1) early in the morning near on Wednseday. One dacoit killed whereas two dacoits managed to escape from the scene. As per details, a car belonging to Allied Bank Vice President Sher Dil Khan was reported missing from the jurisdiction of I-9 Police Station. At about 8pm the said car entered the motorway, the officers of motorway police tried to stop the car at different locations but the dacoits fired at the police officers. Superintendent of Police Faisal Malik and PO Muhammad Nauman while chasing the vehicle burst the rear tyres of the car. The dacoits immediately stopped the car and started firing at the officers. In the meantime SPO Rafaqat Ilayas and PO Muhammad Ramzan also reached on spot, while during exchange of firing one dacoit identified from his NIC as Masoom Khan s/o Mauladad Khan was killed. PR
DrIvInG School DrIveS PolIce crAzy islAMAbAD: Driving school set up in Islamabad Traffic Police headquarters has been closed down. Additional strength of police has also been withdrawn from media office. Acting Senior Superintendent of Police Asmat Ullah Junejo said gym had been closed since long and driving school was no more responsibility of traffic police. Therefore, decision had been taken to withdraw the police strength deployed for unnecessary purposes to meet the deficiency. Four out of six policemen have been withdrawn from the duty at the media centre. ONlINe
ItP to Get A DAy oFF! ISLAMABAD ONlINe
Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP) to improve performance of personnel has decided to grant one day holiday in a week. Acting Senior Superintendent of Traffic Police Ismatullah Junejo while addressing to the ceremony in traffic police office announced 1-day holiday in a week for all personnel. He said this decision has been taken to give relief to police employees in their private life, while schedule regarding this decision has been also issued.
FRIENDS IN NEED ARE FRIENDS INDEED! Korean government testifies hands that serve are holier than lips that pray, donates a cheque of $ 200,000 for earthquake victims ISLAMABAD
Korean government and people stand with their Pakistan people in this hour of need.” This was said by Republic of Korea Ambassador excellency Dr Song JongHwan while donating a cheque of $ 200,000 to Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) for the Balochistan earthquake victims on Wednesday. The donation cheque was handed over by to the PRCS Chairman Major General (R) Muhammad Nawaz Khan at the PRCS National Headquarters in the presence of PRCS Secretary General Dr Mahboob Sardar and Assistant Secretary General Ateeb Siddiqui. Korean ambassador said the donation is a token of love from the Korean nation to their Pakistani people who are badly hit by the earthquake. He said that Pakistan and Korea enjoy long lasting economic and friendly relations. The ambassador appreciated the efforts of the Red Crescent for the vulnerable. General Nawaz thanked the Korean ambassador for their generous support and hoped that the donation would help in alleviating the sufferings of the quake victims. “The help reflects that the whole Korean nation stands with the Pakistani brethren in this critical time and this would help the society to better serve the victims,” he added. He told the ambassador that as the quake hit the area, the PRCS immediately dispatched non-food items to support 7,000 Balochistan earthquake victims while health teams have dropped life-saving medicines in the affected areas. The non-food items were also sent there included family tents, blankets, tarpaulin sheets, stoves, kitchen sets, hurricane lamps, mosquito nets, CGI sheets, shelter tool kits, Jerry Canes and hygiene kits.
PRCS chairman said that keeping in view of the magnitude of the disaster, the PRCS has decided to double the support and will help 14,000 victims. He said that the PRCS will continue supporting the victims and more relief in terms of household and health will be provided on need basis. He said that the PRCS stands with the victims of the earthquake and will stay in the area till the rehabilitation. He said that the national headquarters is coordinating with Balochistan branch and will provide all support especially for shelter and health. He said four teams are working round the clock and so far hundreds of the injured have been provided medical care. The PRCS assessment teams from national headquarters and Balochistan branch are in the affected areas and reaching to the victims with relief and health facilities. KoReA’s nAtionAl FoUnDAtion DAy CelebRAteD: To mark the National Foundation Day of the Republic of Korea Armed Forces Day and the 30th
anniversary of diplomatic relations with Pakistan, the Korean embassy in Pakistan hosted a reception. Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanvir Hussain was the chief guest. In his welcome address Ambassador of the Korea Dr Song Jong-hwan expressed condolence over the deaths in the recent earthquake that hit the Balochistan Province. “Korea will support and is committed to help Pakistani friends in difficult times,” he added. Sharing history of the day, he said the Koreans celebrated the day when first Asian Korean kingdom was established some 4346 years ago. This is the day for Korean people to remember the sacrifices of their brethren and achievements of their ancestors. He recalled one of the speech delivered by Qaudi-e-Azam Ali Jinnah in which he had said that Pakistan would set certainly friendly relationship and cooperate with other nations. He said that Korea always supported the people of Pakistan and this year they celebrated 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations and people relations.
lAw beGetS Free treAtment ‘Hospital management will try its level best to facilitate lawyers as much as possible’ RAWALPINDI ONlINe
Quaid-e-Azam hospital management has announced to provide medical facilities to the lawyers on special discounted rates. Quaid-eAzam Hospital chief executive Dr Shaukat Bangish while expressing his views in a ceremony held in Rawalpindi High Court Bar Association (RHCBA) that lawyers of twin cities would be provided best medical facilities on discounted rate. He said management of hospital will also try to provide every possible help to the lawyers in emergency cases. He said hospital management has taken the decision for lawyer’s community in wake of their positive role in the society. Dr Shaukat said hospital management will try its level best to facilitate lawyers as much as possible. On this occasion RHCBA President Taufiq Ahmed thanked hospital management for announcing the favours for lawyers community.
wInInG ISn’t thAt eASy! RAWALPINDI ONlINe
election tribunal has accepted the petition against PTI Member of Punjab Assembly Raja Rashid Hafiz for hearing, which would be held today (Thursday). Rashid Hafiz won the general election on the ticket of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf from the constituency PP-11 Rawalpindi, but his opponent PML(N)’s Zia Ullah Shah filed a petition against him for his disqualification in the election Tribunal. He took the plea in his application that MPA has to repay the debt of Rs 10.4 million to SNGPL. In addition to this he owns two companies and foreign currency account, which he concealed from the election Commission in his declaration of assets. So Rashid Hafiz was not eligible to contest the elections. Raja Rashid Hafiz also filed an application stating that the contents of his opponent’s petition were baseless so the case against him should be disposed off, which was turned down by the election Tribunal Judge Wamiq Javed.
The measure of a life, after all, is not its duration, but its donation. — Corrie Ten Boom
Thursday, 3 October, 2013
BOOK YOUR ANIMAL ONLINE! T
He purchase of sacrificial animals is no longer a difficult task in Pakistan as cattle farmers have modernised their mode of business in order to facilitate the buyers. Big names in cattle farming having reputation of rearing heavy-weight sacrificial animals are aggressively running their advertisement campaigns through SMS, Facebook, Twitter and other social networking and video websites. People have started purchasing animals as eid is approaching near. Some businessmen are providing online services on different websites to facilitate people at their doorstep. Ali Tahir, an employee of an online cattle business, said a large number of buyers have been getting aware of the online cattle purchasing services in and outside the country. He said online trend have been flourished tremendously as increasing number of orders are placed every next year. Zahid Ali, a resident of F-6 who purchased two goats from the online goat market, said that he had been drawn to the online markets due to
SOME BUSINESSMEN ARE PROVIDING ONLINE SERVICES ON DIFFERENT WEBSITES TO FACILITATE PEOPLE AT THEIR DOORSTEP
option of paying a price based on the actual weight of the animal. “In the traditional cattle markets, the customers are seen haggling over the prices of the sacrificial animals. The animal dealers normally demand ten times higher prices,” he added. In the online gallery, details such as the weight, number of teeth, age, photo, price and the name of animal are placed to help customers select the animal of their choice. The animal price may be a little higher but this is often compensated by the option of having the animal delivered to you. If the animals are not the same as shown on the website, buyers have the option to cancel the purchase deal, said Zahid Ali. “In today’s busy life, it was very difficult to go to market for buying sacrificial animals but now anyone could choose animal of their choice while sitting at home,” Naeem, a businessman, said. Owner of a website Qasim Shah said if the banking sector gives us the payment option, the market would groom quickly.
ISLAMABAD: Senator Nuzat Sadiq inaugurating Peace My Right Festival organized by Islamabad Crescent Lion Club. PReSS ReleASe
DeleGAtIon vISItS bAhrIA unIverSIty islAMAbAD: A delegation from the three different universities in Turkey visited Bahria University to attend the Vice Chancellor’s Forum in Islamabad. The delegations included erzurum Technical University Rector Prof Dr Muammer Yaylali, Dr University of Sirnak Rector ebubakir Ceylan, and Hakkari University Rector Prof Dr Ali Akmaz. During the visit the delegation met the Bahria University Rector Vice Admiral (R) Shahid Iqbal and other senior management of the university. Various areas of academic interest were discussed during the meeting with the senior management of Bahria University. The delegation showed keen interest in developing strong linkages with the university and engaging in exchange activities at student and faculty level, joint research, curriculum development and resource sharing. The meeting was followed by signing of MoU for academic collaboration with all three universities from Turkey. Bahria University now holds partnership with 25 Universities around the globe and 5 universities in Turkey, expanding its circle of global partnerships. PReSS ReleASe
SPecIAl eDucAtIon, SPecIAl IrreGulArItIeS RAWAlpinDi: Special audit in respect of accounts of all special children institutions in Rawalpindi has been ordered in the wake of complaints of financial irregularities. Punjab Special education Secretary Ambrin Zia has taken notice of the reports related to gross financial irregularities in the accounts of special children institutions throughout district Rawalpindi and issued orders for immediate special audit of the accounts of these institutions. In the first phase special audit with respect to accounts of institutions including Slow Learners Rawalpindi, Deaf School Swan Rawalpindi and Special Children School Taxila will be conducted. Punjab Special education Secretary has also taken notice of local purchases made by the institutions of special children saying purchases is domain of district officer office and the institutions can not make purchases on their own. ONlINe
heAD conStAbleS APPoInteD AS muhArrArS RAWAlpinDi: Head constables have been appointed as moharrar in all the police stations of Rawalpindi. A few days earlier Rawalpindi central police officer had issued orders for appointing head constables as moharrar in all the police stations in place of assistant sub inspectors (ASIs). In compliance with these orders, head constables have been inducted as moharrar in all the 30 police stations in Rawalpindi division. It may be recalled that Punjab former Inspector Gerenal Haji Habib ur Rehman had appointed ASIs as moharrars in all the urban police stations across the province. ONlINe
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. –John F. Kennedy
REAGAN WAS ‘BIGGEST JIHADI’ OF PAST CENTURY: MUSHAHID PMl-Q leader says forMer us President Covertly inJeCted $5 billion in undoCuMented Military assistanCe to ProMote violenCe in Pakistan-afghanistan region ISLAMABAD
eNATe Defence Committee Chairman Mushahid Hussain Sayed on Tuesday termed former US president Ronald Reagan the “biggest non-Muslim jihadi” of the past century who, he claimed, had covertly injected $5 billion in undocumented military assistance to promote violence in the Pakistan-Afghanistan region. The PML-Q secretary-general made these sarcastic remarks while addressing a seminar held on Peace building in Pakistan, organised by DANIDA and Search for Common Ground. The seminar presented two studies on the different perceptions about conflict in Pakistan. The findings indicated, among
other things, a public perception that US policies in South Asia and the Middle east instigated more conflicts than any other factor. Poverty was observed to be the number one reason for conflict while the role of media and political leadership in conflict management were also came under discussion. In his closing remarks, Mushahid further highlighted reasons for what he believed to be “an injection of culture of violence” into Pakistan and Afghanistan region. "The 'Culture of Kalashnikovs' was a 'gift' of the 'joint jihad' of the West and the Muslim World against the Soviet evil empire," he said. In this vain, he first stressed upon the geo-political factors that trace back to the Afghan jihad days when U.S and NATO forces nurtured networks for flow of fighters and arms.
Mushahid also emphasised on Pakistan’s own political culture as being another factor. He said this political culture was characterised by political tribalism that was essentially intolerant, undemocratic and believed in zero sum games. “A particularly clannish worldview that clings to the notion of I-win, you lose which will always lead to divergent ways that sustain conflicts and violence.” He also stated that people of Pakistan had an ingrained tolerance that was an essential part of their ethos and therefore,
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conflicts in Pakistan had arisen from attempts to purposefully ignite intolerance by vested interests. “Take the example of Afghan refugees,” he said. “Pakistan is the only country in the world that has peacefully hosted such a large population for such a long time.” He also added that no sectarian clashes were ever observed in the aftermath of sectarian-targeted violence to which people responded effectively united as one community, irrespective of their diverse affiliations.
PAk-AFGhAn lAwmAkerS to PreSS theIr GovtS to reSolve ISSueS ISLAMABAD STAFF RePORT
Pakistani and Afghan lawmakers on Wednesday vowed to press their governments to adopt measures to resolve mutual issues, to remove trust deficit and to bring closer both the neighboring countries. Addressing a joint press conference after concluding the 10th round of two-day Pakistan-Afghanistan Parliamentarians Dialogue, MNA Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao, flanked by Mirwais Yasini visiting Afghanistan’s first deputy speaker of the Wolesi Jirga, declared the talks pleasant, productive and useful. While briefing media, Sherpao said lawmakers from both sides reached a consensus in resolving the mutual issues and to remove the existing trust deficit. He said MPs from both countries agreed on enhancing people-to-people contact, to end blame games and mistrust, to force their parliaments to play pro-active role in over-sighting and redressing issues, to adopt effective measures to curb terrorism, to develop an understanding based environment between Pakistan and Afghanistan in post-US scenario. Sherpao said lawmakers from both countries agreed that relevant friendship groups in the respective parliaments should be facilitated to lead the dialogue process to improve bilateral ties, adding that next meeting would take place in the Parliament House.
AFGHAN SOLDIER ACCUSED OF KILLING 3 AUSTRALIAN COMRADES CAPTURED IN PAKISTAN ISLAMABAD AGeNCIeS
Former Afghan National Army sergeant Hekmatullah was captured by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence in February and recently deported to Afghanistan, Defense Force Chief Lt. Gen. David Hurley said. “Overnight, he was deported to Afghanistan where he is expected to face trial” charged with three murders, Hurley said in a statement. “We have been relentless and determined in our efforts to pursue those who have murdered and wounded our people,” he added. Hekmatullah allegedly fired 10 to 15 shots within a patrol base north of the Australian military headquarters at Tarin Kowt on Aug. 29. He is accused of killing three Australian soldiers and wounding another two as they were playing cards, then fleeing. An Australian Defense Department inquiry said last week that security before the attack was too weak given the Afghan army’s open access to the administration area where the shooting occurred and the Australian soldiers’ relaxed disposition. Many Australians were not wearing body armour. Three Australian soldiers are expected to be disciplined over the security gaps. No motive for the shooting has been revealed.
QUETTA: Locals buy Iranian petrol from a roadside vendor on Wednesday as the city faced acute fuel shortage at filling stations. NNI
nawaz, singh Talk makes sense S RAHMAN
HeRe is no alternative to dialogue for peaceful co-existence and likewise there is no gainsaying the fact that agreement between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh, for ensuring a ceasefire at the Line of Control (LoC) is a very sound step in the direction of peaceful co-existence between two old warring neighbours. Those who don’t understand the worth of this meeting must try to objectively evaluate this Pak-India PM’s interaction and they must keep in mind that such discussions always tend to lessen the severity of longstanding conflicts, even if they are deemed to be of informal nature by some people. In the Pakistan-India context, such efforts carry lot of significance. As explained by Pakistan’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Masood Khan, issues between both the countries were discussed during the PMs’
meeting and it was also agreed upon to further the process of Pak-India deliberations at all important levels to find out additional ways
and means for the resolution of disputes. And Kashmir was not excluded at all, as is being falsely projected by a handful of ill informed
people. even the Indian media has reported that the meeting of the top political leaders of the two countries continued beyond their expected schedule and lasted for more than an hour at the Palace Hotel where the Indian Prime Minister acted as host. According to the Indian media, the breakfast meeting was converted into full-fledged talks. Now this is quite significant particularly because this report has come from the (Indian) media that has seldom shown a soft corner for Pakistani governments. In this backdrop, it won’t be inappropriate to describe this meeting as a ground-breaking meeting. It was not only ground-breaking but ice-breaking as well, given the exchange of smiles and heartiest pleasantries between Nawaz Sharif and Dr Manmohan Singh that gave the impression of an innate desire among the two states’ peoples and leaders to have total relief from conflicts that have eaten into the vitals of economies of both the countries. While addressing the UN General Assembly a day earlier, PM Nawaz
Sharif has already stated that major portion of the resources of two countries could not be utilized by the people due to the heavy defence expenditures. Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Syed Jalil Abbas Jilani who was present in the meeting along with Indian PM’s National Security Adviser (NSA) Shiv Shankar Menon said the two prime ministers had “extremely positive” talks as they expressed the willingness and commitment to improving bilateral relations. And, according to Menon, “My impression is that it was a useful and constructive meeting.” Now, let us analyze these statements to arrive at the right conclusion as to what transpired during the meeting or what hopes we can pin on Indo-Pak leaders’ talks. As per the press briefing given by Foreign Secretary Jilani to international media, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif called for the resolution of all outstanding issues including the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, foreign interference in Balochistan, Siachen, Sir Creek and water issues.
To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence. –Mark Twain
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MUSLIM FREE SCHOOL IN UK CLOSES AFTER INSPECTION A MONITORING DESK
Muslim free school accused of imposing strict Islamic practices, such as segregated classrooms, has closed following an inspection by Ofsted, BBC reported on Wednesday. The BBC said that Ofsted's findings were so damning that the acting head of Al-Madinah, in Derby, had little choice but to shut it down immediately. The school said the move was due to a "health and safety issue" but expected it to reopen in the "very near future". Ofsted said it could not disclose its concerns until the inspection ended. It added it had "made some findings and shared them with the principal". The second day of the inspection is taking place later. In a statement on the school's website titled "short term closure", interim principal Stuart Wilson said: "Owing to a health and safety issue, I have taken the
decision to close the school... until I am confident that all children are safe on site. "As parents, you will be informed directly, and on the website, when you are able to send your children back to school... "Assuring you that we have your chil-
dren's best interests at heart." In a series of newspaper reports unnamed former staff members of Al-Madinah, which opened as a free school in September last year, had alleged that girls were forced to sit at the back of the class-
room. Unnamed female staff members Funding Agency - from which the school have also claimed they were forced to con- gets its public funding - is investigating alform to a strict dress code including wear- leged financial irregularities. In a statement, ing a head scarf or hijab - whether or not the Department for education said it was already investigating the school before the althey were Muslim. iMMeDiAte inspeCtion: When it legations became public. It said: ''We discussed the opened Al-Madinah claimed to be the problems with Ofsted and it first Muslim ethos, all-through launched an immediate in[reception, primary and secOfsted's spection. We are waiting ondary] free school in the ﬁndings were for Ofsted's final report country. The school's first and considering all head teacher, Andrew so damning that legal options." The Cutts-Mckay, left the the acting head of school's closure is school after less than a al-madinah, in derby, likely to be embarrassyear in the job. Last ing for education Secweek, the interim princihad little choice retary Michael Gove, pal told the BBC that he but to shut it down who introduced free had not received any comimmediately schools in 2010 in an efplaints from colleagues refort to raise standards in edgarding the dress code and that ucation. Free schools are state pupils were not being segregated, funded but operate outside local educawith girls and boys being treated equally. Ofsted is not the only organisation with con- tion authority control and can be set up by cerns about Al-Madinah. The education parents and community groups in england.
ex-eobI heAD, otherS InDIcteD For corruPtIon KARACHI ONlINe
An anti-corruption court has indicted former eOBI chairman Zafar Gondal, Col (r) Asad Ali, his wife Nighat, daughter Maham, former Sindh caretaker minister Iqbal Dawood Pakwala in a corruption case. The accused have pleaded not guilty. They are charged with buying land at inflated rates to the tune of more than Rs 2 billion from Nighat Asad and Maham Mirza in Deh Mehran in Malir against survey No 536 and 537. The real value of this land is Rs 20 million. The chairman and eOBI DG had been bribed in this regard. Further proceedings in the case will take place on the next hearing.
DID GAnDhI AnD JInnAh AlmoSt Set uP leGAl PArtnerShIP? NEW DELHI INP
“A logbook at Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad maintains the record of letters sent to Gandhi between the years 1895-97. In this logbook, there are two letters from a certain MA Jinnah, and they are dated 21 January and 23 March, 1897,” Ramachandra Guha said. The historian launched Gandhi Before India, the first book of his two-volume biography of Mahatma Gandhi, published by Penguin India. While the contents of the letter are not available, Guha says he pieced together "this curious information", based on existing documents in the public domain. Jinnah's return from London in 1897, his visit to hometown Karachi and his struggles in Bombay to establish himself as a lawyer are facts well established. Also documented are Gandhi's correspondences with the lawyer Kalihar Khan, based in India from where Bapu wanted to get an Indian lawyer to assist him, as well as his letters with a Durban merchant Parsee Rustomjee in South Africa. "Jinnah was a brief less lawyer in Bombay in 1897. Gandhi had been a brief less lawyer five years ago in the same city. Gandhi was looking for a partner and Jinnah was out of work. Jinnah was Gujarati, so was Gandhi. Gujaratis in South Africa were both Hindus and Muslims," Guha said. "Could it be that 50 years before India and Pakistan were formed, Gandhi and Jinnah almost established a legal partnership in South Africa?" Guha wondered. The just launched book, claims Guha, is "the first thorough account of crucial formative years in the life of the Mahatma". Covering the period from October 1869, the year of the Mahatma's birth until his return to India from South Africa in July 1914, the tome details his upbringing in 19th century Gujarat. Vivid details of Gandhi's student years in London right up till the two decades, he spent in South Africa have been written at length. Guha said this crucial phase of Gandhi's life, which was instrumental in shaping the Mahatma from a runof-the mill lawyer has very often got short shrift in existing literature.
QUETTA: Patients wait for doctors in the OPD of Civil Hospital on Wednesday as medical and paramedical staff at all government hospitals in the city continued with their strike against the kidnapping of senior cardiologist Dr Munaf Tareen. INP
40pc hike in militant attacks after APC: report seCurity forCes showed unannounCed restraint in fata against Militants after aPC ISLAMABAD INP An unprecedented hike in anti-state violence has been observed during last month, according to a report by the Conflict Monitoring Center's. 284 people, including 190 civilians, have died during last month in anti-state violence. The security forces lost their 39 personnel while 47 militants were also killed, most of them in retaliatory firing by security forces. 497 people including 406 civilians and 84 security forces personnel were injured. Security forces have also beefed up their operations against militants and arrested 270 suspects from different parts of the country while the militants kidnapped 18 people during September. The CMC recorded 215 violent incidents, including 126 militant attacks and 89 security forces actions, during last month and it was for the first time in 2013 that recorded number of violent incidents
highest nuMber of deaths oCCurred in boMbings
crossed over 200 figure. A 40 percent hike was recorded in violent incident. The militants increased their violent attacks while security forces increased their intelligence driven targeted operations during the month which resulted an overall increase in total number of recorded violent incidents. The report which monitors only anti-state violence and counter insurgency operations by Pakistani security forces states that out of 126 militant attacks during the month, 49 were recorded in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 35 in Balochistan, 26 in FATA and 16 in Sindh. The militants killed 278 people including 189 civilians, 39 security forces personnel and eight pro-government volunteers while 42 of the militants were also killed in retaliatory actions by the security forces. It was noted that 98 percent of all insurgency related deaths during September occurred in militant attacks and only two percent died in security forces actions. According to CMC's
US DRONES MUST STOP BEFORE PEACE TALKS BEGIN: TTP The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on Wednesday insisted US drone strikes in the country's northwest must stop before they start considering peace talks with the government. The main political parties last month backed a government proposal to seek negotiations with the militants. TTP spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said any ceasefire must include an end to US drone attacks in the Tribal Areas. "A ceasefire alone is not sufficient. The stoppage of drone strikes is essential, otherwise – if drones continue to strike – we will not accept the ceasefire," Shahid said. The government publicly criticises the strikes as counterproductive and a violation of sovereignty. MONITORING DeSK sources, security forces showed an unannounced restraint in their operations in FATA against militants after the All Party Conference. Another reason is that during the month it was observed that major focus of security forces was on intelligence driven search operations in mainland Pakistan instead of FATA. The CMC recorded 89 security forces actions against the militants during the month of September 2013 and only six of them took place in FATA. Pakistani security forces conducted 29 actions against militants in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 24 in Punjab, 19 in
Baluchistan, 7 in Sindh, two each in Islamabad and Gilgit Baltistan. Punjab was major focus of intelligence driven operations of the Security Forces from where 143 suspected militants, their handlers and sympathizers were arrested during the month. According to CMC's sources, the al Qaedaaffiliated militants had planned a wave of attacks in Islamabad and major cities of Punjab including Lahore and Rawalpindi. The forces thwarted the plan and huge amount of ammunition, communication equipment, explosives and other material was seized.
I am not only a pacifist but a militant pacifist. I am willing to fight for peace. Nothing will end war unless the people themselves refuse to go to war. –Albert Einstein
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mQm protests too much wearing victimhood on its sleeve, always looking for special treatment
remember the east India company? the iMf is no diﬀerent
He law and order situation in Karachi was going out of control by the end of August. The MQM Senator Nareen Jalil had in a letter called on the apex court to do something to stop the deterioration in the city. When the issue landed up in the NA, the MQM demanded handing over the megapolis to the army, a proposal no other party was willing to support. Finally a consensus emerged among the parliamentarians for an across the board targeted operation in Karachi conducted by the police and the Rangers. When the crackdown started on September 8, most criminals had already left the city. This led the agencies to go after them in other provinces. A number of them were arrested from various places in the Punjab. The Karachi Rangers and Police are now extending the dragnet to the interior Sindh, starting from Hyderabad. The operation in Karachi is generally considered to be evenhanded. A number of alleged target killers and extortionists who were hiding in Punjab belonged to a religious organisation based in Karachi. Others were connected with the Lyari gangs or the former Aman Committee. A few belonged to the banned organizations. During the five year tenure of the PPP led coalition the three partners accused one another of patronizing criminal elements involved in target-killings, land-grabbing and extortion. It was widely expected that during the ongoing targeted operation criminals affiliated with these parties will also be brought to justice. The PPP didn’t protest when one of its sitting MNAs from Lyari was arrested. The ANP has urged a vigorous action against the criminals irrespective of their party affiliations. The MQM on the other hand invariably protested whenever action was taken against anyone having connections with it, forgetting that all are equal before law. The party takes the unreasonable stand that since it enjoys the ‘mandate’ in Karachi, any action against its members is unacceptable. The arrest of an MQM activist on a murder charge and alleged recovery of weapons from a party office have again elicited a strong reaction from it. Instead of proving its innocence in the court where the matter will soon land up, the MQM maintains that a conspiracy is afoot against it and the ongoing ‘media trial’ is a part of it. While the police and the Rangers were within their right to conduct the raid on the MQM office, it was indiscreet on the part of their officials to hold a press conference regarding this particular case when they had scrupulously avoided naming the parties of the suspects arrested earlier. This would remind some of DG Karachi Rangers’ statement about the missing containers carrying weapons and then going back on the claim. What the agencies need to do leave the media spotlight to the politicians and concentrate on preparing watertight cases so that the criminals regardless of political affiliation are brought to justice. And that they scarcely ever do.
talks with the taliban but only after three preconditions are met
FTeR the flurry of three bombings in a week in Peshawar and Charsadda that left seven scores dead and around 200 wounded, the image of Therik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and its equally deadly franchises was in the gutter. To the extent, their holier-than-thou apologists amongst the parties of the right and the self-righteous too had to go into a hiding of sorts. Such was the tidal wave of revulsion and fury across the country that the very same PML-N and the PTI that would froth at the mouth if anything other than talks, and that too without preconditions, were ever mentioned, began laying down conditions and talking of employing violent means to tame the beast. Just as in Swat in 2009, it seemed the tipping point had arrived for an all-out action against the TTP with the full state might and resolve of the people behind it. With that in sight, despite the dithering of the PML-N and the PTI governments, the Pakistani ulema, the clerics – the representatives of the religious seminaries that have been the breeding ground of the TTP rank and file – decided to appeal to the government and to the Taliban to observe a complete ceasefire until the process of talks is concluded. Meanwhile, the KP assembly too has urged the government to initiate dialogue with the TTP post haste. Naturally the TTP spokesman has jumped at the ulema’s suggestion and welcoming it said, as newspaper reports quote: “it would reconsider the stance if the government was ready for a break in fighting.” And, also said the TTP spokesman: “We are ready to proceed with the APC suggestions and willing to have peace.” But the APC suggestions are now water the bridge. The TTP’s thirst for blood and gore has seen to it that the narrative of ‘no preconditions’ as articulated in the APC’s insipid resolution, has transformed into preconditions on the Taliban – as enunciated by Imran Khan: “action will be taken against the Taliban if they refuse to obey the constitution and the parliament.” The realisation on Imran’s part, much belated as it is, with regard to allegiance to the constitution being nonnegotiable is most welcome. But the least the Taliban must do is commit on three things: abiding by the constitution which enjoys national consensus, abjuring the use of force and violence and not using Pakistan’s territory as a springboard for launching attacks in another country. But keeping in view several statements by the TTP leadership with regard to their objectives in Pakistan and abroad, in general the TTP’s worldview, there is scant hope that the talks, if they take place at all, shall be successful. Despite that since the KP Assembly has unanimously voted for talks, and the PML-N too favours this course, let the government go for it – but strictly within the above mentioned parameters. And whenever the Taliban sincerity is in the least doubt, the government and the armed forces must be coiled like a spring to launch another operation Rah-eNijat – to rid the country of this menace just like Swat.
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HeN Friedman and Savage (1948) put forth their behavioural theories, they discussed behaviours that contradict traditional finance assumptions of rational individuals. Always seeking to maximize the utility of their money and being risk-averse, they used examples of buying lottery tickets and insurance, in which expected utility is low but people participate in their purchases. One wonders of their joy only if they knew about the IMF sponsored economic plan of the current Pakistani government. economic experts have been lambasting the outgoing PPP government’s economic policies as amongst the worst in the country. That was until the present government unfolded its own plans, dictated by the IMF’s terms for a $6.7 billion loan package. The government pleaded its case for the borrowing, citing it as absolutely ‘necessary’ to pay back a previous IMF loan. It also rightly stressed the importance to clear the circular debt of the energy companies to ensure ‘maximum’ supply of electricity. However, this was largely achieved by borrowing from the local market which to a large extent crowded out private sector businesses. Finding it insufficient, the government also printed currency worth Rs804 billion in just two and a half months – about the same time taken to accept the IMF programme. This along with the SBP purchasing over $125 million from the open market to ‘build’ its dollar reserves during the two months (July and August 2013) created immense pressure on the rupee which for the first time in history went over PKR108.7/$. As a result over Rs330 billion has been added to the national debt just due to currency devaluation. This of course has increased the future debt servicing costs too. While anti-public actions of the IMF programme like increasing the power tariffs by gradually removing subsidies and devaluation of the currency, causing high inflationary pressures, are being implemented in the name of economic reforms de-
spite the dire situation of the industry, the much needed structural reforms in the taxation system are being ignored. The rich and the powerful practically still enjoy a taxfree income stream while the poor and middle-class is being milked unjustly through indirect taxation. Throughout the world the focus is on maximizing the direct taxation as indirect taxation always results in inflation and unjust taxation. To elaborate the point, a rich person would be paying the same amount of indirect tax on fuel or groceries as a poor or a middleclass person resulting in higher tax-to-income percentage for the less affluent. With terrorism already paralyzing Pakistan's economy, these are certainly not the best reforms one would expect from a properly prepared and prudent economic team. Consider the current economic situation of Pakistan:
Economic experts have been lambasting the outgoing PPP government’s economic policies as amongst the worst in the country. That was until the present government unfolded its own plans, dictated by the IMF’s terms for a $6.7 billion loan package. The rupee is in a constant fall, already declining by 2.5 per cent every month, inflation is rising at an alarming rate, power cuts have yet to be reduced significantly for industry (power supply for home consumers has improved but only at the cost of industry), industry is struggling against power crisis and increasing production costs, GDP growth is forecasted at about two and a half percent while fiscal deficit is expected to cross nine per cent. Now examine the major effects of the ‘reforms, as panned out by the
government so far: Constant devaluation of currency and increased interest rates resulting in even higher inflation, resulting reduced purchasing power leading to stagnant or reduced revenues for business and public exchequer, rounds of layoffs fuelling already serious crime rate and militancy, power crisis (not just electricity but also the gas load ‘management’) and inflation forcing more industries to shift abroad while further increasing unemployment and an even greater piece of national budget going to debt servicing. What is actually needed is to extend the tax base by not only widening the numbers in existing tax classes but also bringing in the ‘forbidden’ areas of agriculture especially big landlords in the tax net. It’s a pity that over two thirds of Pakistan’s population is associated with agriculture, yet there is no tax on it. even where tax net exists, there are many famous cases where people were never taxed. There is a famous case of a ‘biryaniwala’ brought into the tax net only after he bought property worth millions. An extensive focus in this direction with proper incentives, powers and training for implementation officers can actually yield much more effective results at much less economic cost and hardship than the current IMF programme. Another area to improve upon is inducing proper checks and balances and ensuring the system is followed in all financial dealings. The power companies’ circular debt payment is already viewed with suspicion due to the lack of the above. A sum of over Rs500 billion was paid to several power companies in haste without any audit and checks as to the accuracy of the bills. Furthermore, no material concession was successfully implemented even if negotiated at all. To given an idea of how material this was, it is about 75 per cent of the total amount the IMF will be lending to Pakistan over the entire duration of its programme. Saving and restarting investment and economic activity requires political will to take tough decisions and introduce reforms that may not necessarily be anti-public. Unfortunately, Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif’s government has so far showed no sign of doing so. They better start doing it now as I still remember what an influential friend in London once told me: conquering countries by wars is just too expensive but making them slaves economically is a most effective and a proven way. Remember the lessons of the east India Company. They aren’t so ancient. The writer is a leading economist who is also a qualified chartered accountant, financial analyst and anti-money laundering expert. He can be reached on Twitter @OmerZaheerMeer
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killer power tariff hike The government has increased the power tariff by a maximum of 40 percent which will break the proverbial camel’s back. All this is because of the government’s policy of generating thermal power from imported costly fuel and not exploiting the cheap hydel power at a cost of 1.5 rupees per unit. The political leaders are stubbornly opposing the Kalabagh dam which would have assured us cheap power and abundant irrigation water. The politicians are following
criminally wrong policies that are driving the nation to hellish conditions. Was Pakistan created to place our destiny in the cruel hands of grossly incompetent leaders who are least concerned with people’s woes, while they themselves are living in ivory towers divorced from the masses? They are rushing headlong to destruction. The rulers are oblivious of the hardships of masses struggling to have two square meals in a day, what to say of health and education for their children. DR MUHAMMAD YAQOOB BHATTI Lahore
Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me. –Carol Burnett
Thursday, 3 October, 2013
Asserting power nawaz sharif clears haze about vital issues
Finding peace through art “there may be mercy for the dead; there is none left for the living.”
S the world’s focus remains on the unfolding events in Syria and the Middle east, history was made for South Asia as Nawaz Sharif and Manmohan Singh, the Prime Ministers of Pakistan and India, respectively, met while attending the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. Given the history of these two countries even a routine meeting at that level is reason to rejoice. To most Americans, these two nuclear powers have a history of a difficult and often violent relationship, having fought three wars with one another over the disputed region of Kashmir. President Bill Clinton referred to this region as “the most dangerous place in the world”. This perpetuates the stereotype that India and Pakistan are two nations standing a constant level of readiness for war with one another. The reality is far more complex. There are a number of areas of cultural cooperation and even synthesis between Indians and Pakistanis. An excellent example of this, which created pride in the South Asian community of Washington DC, was the performance last week of my play Noor at the Katzen Arts Center at American University with an all Indian, Pakistani, and Afghan cast and an Indian director. With Indians and Pakistanis having recently exchanged gunfire across the Line of Control in which lives were lost, and Afghans and Pakistanis blaming each other for the violence in their areas, the production of Noor became a symbol of South Asians being able to work together in a spirit of harmony and unity. Noor tells the story of three young Muslim men who are faced with the kidnapping of their younger sister, Noor, by unidentified soldiers during Ramadan. As the brothers grapple with how to rescue Noor while preserving their honour, they undergo the same crisis within Muslim society that is occurring throughout the world as literalism, mysticism, and modernity clash. This play is an exploration of the differ-
ent reactions of the three brothers, all drawing from their interpretations of Islam, and their attempts to bring Noor home. Amidst the national and political turmoil today, it is the disruption of the family itself which proves the most shattering. If we descend below the surface of this near global violence and examine the lives of the nuclear family, we will find mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, merely trying to survive with their dignity and honour intact. As Daoud, one of the three brothers, reminds us in the play, “There may be mercy for the dead; there is none left for the living.” Noor is about of one those families; a family struggling to keep itself and their faith intact while dealing with corrupt bureaucrats and an unjust system seemingly imploding on itself. This family could be found in Kabul, Karachi, Baghdad, or Damascus, in any urban centre undergoing this chaos. This viewpoint gives us an insight into the lives of ordinary people in order to make the “other” comprehensible. The cast were so successful in embodying the Muslim characters and their struggles today that after one performance a Pakistani journalist asked Sridhar Mirajkar, from south India and playing Daoud, if he was from Karachi. The distinguished director Manjula Kumar, who is also a director at the Smithsonian Insti-
Amidst the national and political turmoil today, it is the disruption of the family itself which proves the most shattering. If we descend below the surface of this near global violence and examine the lives of the nuclear family, we will find mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, merely trying to survive with their dignity and honour intact.
tute, took on the play with passion and commitment. earlier she had staged my play The Trial of Dara Shikoh. Pakistanis were well represented. Ali Imran, the APP journalist, was convincing as a Sufi Sheikh and Mossadaq Chughtai, a well-known community leader, hosted a reception for the entire production afterwards. Ali’s powerful dialogue in which he explains that God is ‘Noor’ or Light and embraces all with His love was a reminder of the universal message of Islam. The performances were sold out events and prominent academics, state department officials and leaders of the interfaith community were spotted in the audience. The panelists included Imam Talib Shareef, who heads the oldest mosque in Washington DC, the Reverend Carol Flett who represents the Bishop of Washington’s interfaith initiative, Dr Abderrahim Foukara, Washington Bureau Chief for Al Jazeera Arabic, Ari Roth Director of Theater J and Dr Rosa Jalal, the wife of the Indonesian Ambassador. This same spirit of brotherhood and dialogue can be found in the 2012 performance of Noor in northern Iraq at the American University of Sulaimani, directed by the American professor Peter Friedrich – who was at hand as moderator of a panel after the play in Washington DC. Despite the turbulent history of this war-torn region, a young Kurd in the play, Mahdi Murad, wrote to me not with bitterness or anger but with love in his heart: “As I am writing you this e-mail, my eyes are full of tears… if you could have seen the audience, you would have known that almost everyone lost someone very close to them in a war. I say a war because there have been many of them since the day we were born. However, none of us have had the opportunity to cry for the people we have lost. We, Kurds and Arabs in the Noor cast, are joining hands together to shed the light of the life of every single person of our country. We gather together to shed our last tears to the sad events our people have experienced so far. We cried for all these things, but most of all, we cried for every Noor in every home, wherever she was.” In this message, Mahdi reflects the ultimate message of the play, the Sufi saying suhl-i-kul or “peace with all”—peace across borders, religions, sects, communities, and within families. Daniel Futterman, the hero of the film A Mighty Heart and Academy Award-nominated screenwriter, wrote of Noor: “Listen in rapture to the voices of modern Islam. I am in awe of this tremendous, important work.” The writer is the Ibn-e-Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University and the author of The Thistle and the Drone: How America’s War on Terror Became a Global War on Tribal Islam (Brookings 2013).
N an interview with the Wall Street Journal in New York, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif while expressing the resolve to continue exploring prospects for the success of dialogue with TTP as decided in the APC, made it crystal clear that the Taliban would have to accept the constitution of Pakistan and lay down their arms. That should be enough to silence the critics who have been hurling unrelenting opprobrium at the government for its alleged policy of groveling to the TTP and pressing ahead for talks with them without any clear agenda or were MAlIK MuHAMMAD ASHRAF outrightly rejecting holding of dialogue with them due to their refusal to accept the constitution of Pakistan. It is pertinent to note that the resolution passed at the APC for trying dialogue with TTP as the first option did not preclude the possibility of use of force and establishing the writ of the state, in case the well-intentioned overtures of the government failed to achieve desired results. The prime minster was also bitterly critical of drone attacks which he said violated territorial sovereignty of Pakistan and also a great hindrance in starting a dialogue with the TTP. He impliedly suggested that despite the killing of high ranking army officers in Upper Dir and attack on a Church in Peshawar, which the Taliban have disowned, he was prepared to give a chance to the peace offensive. The position taken by the prime minister has certainly strengthened his credentials as a statesman of high caliber who understands the complexity of the situation and makes calculated decisions instead of reacting impulsively to the events that have the potential to undermine the peace efforts, but at the same time remains determined to establish the writ of the state. That is how state affairs should be conducted. The prime minister was also very candid on the Pak-Iran gas pipeline issue which the US has been opposing ever since it was conceived and an agreement signed with Iran. He unequivocally stated that Pakistan would go ahead with its commitment as it direly needed gas to keep its industrial machinery running. That reflects his unfaltering determination not to entertain any pressure against the interests of Pakistan. This clear-cut statement by him removes all doubts about the feasibility and implementation of the project, which besides its economic benefits will also be helpful to Pakistan in building regional linkages in line with its current narrative on foreign policy. The prime minister also spoke at length about relations with India and his desire to see the settlement of all disputes with India including Kashmir, an end to arms race between the two countries and revival and enhancement of trade relations between the two countries to their mutual advantage. His rationale for these desired goals is beyond any reproach. What is noteworthy about his discourse on this issue is that he remains committed to the settlement of the Kashmir issue in conformity with the UN resolutions. His initiative on relations with India needs to be supported and the detractors of his endeavours in this regard must realise that Pakistan, and for that matter both the neighbours, cannot afford the continuation of hostility between them. It is in the interest of their socio-economic development as well as peace in the region dictated by the changed geo-political realities. It must be given a chance to succeed. On Afghanistan he reiterated Pakistan’s stance to support dialogue between the US and Taliban and Taliban and the High Peace Council of Afghanistan, which Pakistan has been actively engaged in facilitating. The US has publicly acknowledged Pakistan’s role in the holding of Doha talks. Relations with Kabul have also have been recalibrated and the ambience of mistrust between the two countries diluted to a great extent. The release of the Taliban leaders, including Mullah Baradar, by Pakistan has been hailed as a serious and sincere gesture by Karzai and High Peace Council of Afghanistan. These are all encouraging portents and point towards the success of the Nawaz government in setting the ball rolling in the right direction. Peace in Afghanistan is also inextricably linked to peace in Pakistan. A peaceful settlement in Afghanistan would go a long way in helping Pakistan to control terrorism and religious extremism within its own territory. The prime minister also emphatically dispelled any doubts on difference of opinion between his government and the military establishment. He said that the government and the military were on the same page in regards to the new initiatives on Afghanistan, relations with India and dialogue with TTP as these had been firmed up through a consultative process with all the stakeholders Nawaz Sharif also admitted the existence of some irritants that affected PakUS relations and expressed his desire to get them out of the way to strengthen bonds between the two countries. However he minced no words about the undesirability of the drone attacks and his resolve to take up the issue with President Obama during their ensuing meeting in October. It is hard to take an issue with his considered view that the drones not only violated the sovereignty of Pakistan but were also counterproductive in their impact by creating more terrorists. Nawaz Sharif has been very vocal on this issue during his election campaign and since assuming responsibility as prime minister of Pakistan has advocated this stance vociferously at any available forum. The issue, unfortunately, again, is linked to the conflict in Afghanistan and the overall US strategy to tackle terrorism. Pakistan’s continued insistence on ending drone attacks through diplomatic channels – the only option available to pursue the matter – and its efforts for reconciliation process in Afghanistan are the right moves to deal with this thorny issue. The prime minister chose the right occasion and forum to spell out clearly his vision and strategy to deal with the foregoing issues for the global and domestic elements which certainly has removed the haze that surrounded the policy initiatives of his government to resolve them.
It is pertinent to note that the resolution passed at the APC for trying dialogue with TTP as the first option did not preclude the possibility of use of force and establishing the writ of the state.
The writer is an academic.
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Big news in the fashion world this morning. French luxury company Louis Vuitton says Marc Jacobs is stepping down as creative director of its flagship brand. Jacobs, 50, is one of the biggest names in the fashion industry. Under his 16-year tenure, Louis Vuitton became the most lucrative fashion house in the world, the Associated Press notes, taking the brand from a luggage house to a global fashion power. He is one of the most exciting and respected designers in the business. Women's Wear Dailyreports that Jacobs is exiting his job to focus on an IPO for the Marc Jacobs brand, which could come some time in the next three years. Speculation had been that Jacobs might go to Coach. Now, WWD reports today that Nicolas Ghesquière, formerly of Balenciaga, is a frontrunner for Jacobs' job. NeWS DeSK
I have no aspirations of world domination through the pop charts - None at all. –Anne Hathaway
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OCA-COLA Pakistan has announced the return of Pakistan’s most anticipated music platform, Coke Studio, which is all set to launch a brand new sixth season of exciting talent, diverse musical influences and dynamic performances this October. This years Coke Studio will witness a fusion of Eastern, Western, and regionally inspired music for which the platform has come to be known. However, this season goes deeper in its journey, exploring the international influences on Pakistani music. Coke Studio’s cross-genre Pakistani music talent will be joined by international musicians trained in both contemporary and orthodox instrumentation. Speaking about the show, General Manager Coca-Cola Rizwan Khan said that’ At Coca-Cola we pride ourselves on being at the forefront of new and dynamic innovations and we can say with confidence that Coke Studio is precisely that. With this season Coke Studio embraces and espouses an even more global entity, fusing it in harmony with Pakistan’s heritage. We are all looking forward to
bringing another groundbreaking season of the show to the nations.’ In this evolutionary step, Coke Studio Season 6 will incorporate global music influences spanning from Fez, Morocco to the Balkans, the Ottoman, and Kathmandu, Nepal. With the added dimension to its sixth season, Coke Studio endevours to make Pakistani music more accessible to a global audience, while at the same time encouraging international artists to adopt, and integrate Pakistani music influences into their own compositions. Coke Studio Season 6 has been recorded, and shot in 8 different countries with the input from close to 3,000 people who were involved in creating the show. Coke Studio Season 6 features the following artists: Abrar-ul-Haq, Alamgir, Ali Azmat, Asad Abbas, Atif Aslam, Ayesha Omar, Fariha Parvez, Moazzam Ali Khan, Rostam Mirlashari, Rustam Fateh Ali Khan, Saeen Zahoor, Sanam Marvi, Sumru Ağıryürüyen, Umair Jaswal, Zara Madani, Zeb and Haniya, and Zoe Viccaji. The Coke Studio houseband for Season 6 features Asad Ahmed on guitars, Babar Ali Khanna on dholak, Jaffer Zaidi on keyboards, Kamran ‘Mannu’ Zafar on bass, Louis ‘Gumby’ Pinto on drums, Sikandar Mufti on percussions, and drums, Omran Shafique on guitars, and Zoe Viccaji and Rachel Viccaji on backing vocals. Coke Studio Season 6 will also feature guest musicians from Italy, Morocco, Nepal, Norway, Serbia, and Turkey. NeWS DeSK
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PCITURES BY MURTAzA ALI
No, this is isn't a Pretty Little Liars plotline. Actor Brant Daugherty came face to face with a robber after taping Dancing With the Stars on Monday, Sept. 23. The TV star, 28, was approached by a man with a gun outside his apartment complex in California. "It was a complete random occurrence of events and it led up to one of the worst nights of my life— after having such a great night last week on the dance floor," Daughterty tells People. Daugherty was forced to fork over a pair of workout pants, two T-shirts, a toothbrush and his cell phone. The mugger also made off with a pair of Latin dance shoes. "I would love to see the look on his face when he opened the bag up, expecting I don't know what, jewels and riches," he jokes to Access Hollywood. Petra Murgatroyd's partner filed a police report, though cops have yet to track down the criminal. In the meantime, Daugherty is trying to maintain a sense of humor. NeWS DeSK
MAN ATE RAW MEAT FOR FOUR YEARS! Derek Nance has a bone to pick. Constantly. For the last five years Nance has eaten only raw meat from animals he slaughtered. He consumes almost the entire carcass -- the innards and fat included. The nearly exclusive flesh diet makes us queasy, but Nance believes it cured his own nausea condition. Five years ago, Nance was vomiting constantly. He began to experiment with several diets, including vegan. Then he went to the other extreme, excluding almost anything without a heartbeat, as part of his own interpretation of the Paleo diet (also known as the caveman diet). "I've physically gotten stronger and more physically robust," he told The Huffington Post. And no expiration dates for this committed carnivore. Rotting meat is OK. Someone else's rancid is Derek's USDA choice because it's probiotic, he told Vice.com in a story that sparked viral interest in the 30-year-old Kentuckian. Dad doesn't approve, but his vegetarian girlfriend understands. A father of four, he also admitted to HuffPost that his
eating habits "kind of led up to" his previous marriage ending in divorce. It's complicated. Nance's unusual meal plan (lamb is his preference) has been documented from time to time over the past few years. A 2012 YouTube entry shows him
cracking open a lamb leg that's been aging in the fridge and sucking out the marrow. "I wash it all down with a good cup of blood," he says, and does so. But perhaps our favorite raw video comes at the beginning of "Extreme Animal Obsessions," a short film posted on Vimeo in 2011. Spotting rabbit roadkill, Nance slices a piece and eats it right off the knife. At least one dietitian has a beef with Nance's lifestyle, even if he occasionally indulges in an avocado or coconut. "Although in theory this may seem like a sensible diet, particularly when removing sugar and salt, it has eliminated several food groups like dairy and grains, which provide essential nutrients such as calcium, vitamin D, magnesium and phosphorus in dairy and B vitamins, fiber and antioxidants in grains," Joy Dubost of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics told HuffPost in a previous report on the Paleo diet. COuTReSy HP
You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving. –Robert Louis Stevenson
loveleSS lIFe For woulD-be burGlAr
This burglar's probation is so tough, he's not even allowed to steal kisses. Jeffrey Hoadley, of Carroll, Neb., was ordered by a judge Friday to not have any romantic relationships during his probation after being convicted in a burglary plot, The Norfolk Daily News reported. Hoadley helped plan the break-in of an auto parts store that took place last December, when he was 21. Hoadley and his accomplice, Michael Larkowski Jr., both went to the store, but Hoadley backed out at the last minute while Larkowski burglarized the establishment alone. Hoadley pleaded guilty in June to attempted burglary, according to the Associated Press. “You have a moral compass," Judge Mark Johnson told Hoadley last week. "Something in you turned away.” He was sentenced to three years probation, during which time he is prohibited from dating. Why the mandate for loneliness? "You need to focus on you," said Johnson, sounding, as Jezebel's Dodai Stewart points out, like Oprah. He also has to pay an $1,800 fine and serve 120 days in jail at the end of the sentence, unless it's waived. Larkowski was slapped with a 2-4 year prison sentence. Johnson's order isn't the most bizarre sentence a judge has handed down. Last year, an Oklahoma teen convicted of manslaughter was sentenced to go to church regularly. NeWS DeSK
arTs Thursday, 3 October, 2013
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OM Hanks is sending encouragement Zac Efron's way. Asked about the Parkland star's recent trip to rehab, Hanks— who produced the ensemble drama about the action at the Dallas hospital where John F. Kennedy died after being shot in Dallas—called seeking treatment a "courageous step to take." "I'm not hip about [Efron's exact situation]," Hanks told E! News during the press junket for his latest film, Captain Phillips, "but I think anybody who says, 'Hey, maybe I should go work on this,' more power [to him]." Efron broke his silence following his rehab revelation (first reported by E! News) just last week, posting a pic from a trip to Peru he just took with his dad and thanking fans for their "support these past few weeks." His Parkland costar Marcia Gay Harden presaged Hanks' sentiment at HBO's Emmys party, telling us that, in her eyes, Efron "is a total hero." "Him seeking help encourages other people with addictive issues to seek help. It's brave of him," she said. Speaking of bravery, in his new movie, Hanks plays sea captain Richard Phillips, whose boat was hijacked by Somali pirates in 2009—a real-life episode that the actor happened to mention to one of his friends
in high places a while back. "I don't want to brag, but I was talking to the president on the phone," Hanks told us, putting on a mock-humble tone, "and he said, 'What's up next, Tom?' I said, 'Well, boss, I'm doing a thing that actually you figure in.'" "'Oh yeah, I remember that, yeah, pirates, had to deal with pirates," the two-time Oscar winner continued, feigning President Barack Obama's response. "Economy's going down the tubes, two wars, [and] I had to deal with pirates.' "One of the things that comes across the man's desk." NeWS DeSK
May the Lord have mercy! Meet the giant asian hornet What's the buzz about giant Asian hornets? They'll kill you painfully and thoroughly -- and they've been reported in the U.S. Climate change might be contributing to a global rise in insect numbers. As if that weren't bad enough, some of the bugs that appear to be benefitting from that population surge are giant Asian hornets that are killing people unfortunate enough to disturb them. According to The Guardian, at least "28 people have died and hundreds have been injured in a wave of attacks by giant hornets in central China." The hornets, also known as Vespa mandarinia, have reportedly "chased [victims] for hundreds of meters... and stung [them] as many as 200 times." The venom from the stings can cause anaphylactic shock and kidney failure, the Guardian reported (as if you wouldn't die
from sheer terror). Imagine getting stung 200 times by one of these: Chances are, you won't be, since these are queens, but the run-of-the mill variety of Vespa mandarinia are also pretty terrifying. The average stinger on a giant Asian hornet measures
about a quarter-inch. But before we "turn Earth over to the wasps," as Gawker suggested, let's stop and consider that normal-sized stinging insects already do plenty of damage. For starters, there's the killer bee swarm deaths that are periodically reported in the United States. Swarming bees have also killed pets and animals as large as horses. And lets not forget insect pests of the non-bee variety. Crazy ants, an invasive species that's making inroads in the southern U.S., not only bite -- they also destroy electrical wiring. If humans can live with these pests, then giant Asian hornets shouldn't present too much of a challenge, right? We might soon find out: The hornets were reported in Illinois last year. In 2013, cicada killer wasps were also spotted in the region. NeWS DeSK
Jennifer Garner rocks an LBD at Calvin Klein's 2013 Save the Children Benefit at Cipriani in NYC.
‘RISHTAY KUCH ADHOORAY SAY’entertainMent for the household ‘Rishtay Kuch Adhooray Say’ is quite amusing. I was surprised at its uncanny resemblance with the Indian soap titled ‘Sasural Simar Ka’. Some time later I found out that the rights to the concept have been purchased hence we get to watch a very dramatic albeit unbelievable story on our television screens every week. The story revolves around a household with an Amresh Puriesque father whose strictness knows no bounds. His very presence brings about panic in the house. He loves his two daughters, Geeti and Kiran but that does not imply in any way that he spoils them or is lenient with them. His relationship with his wife is another story. Theirs is
the relationship of a master and his slave. He jumps at every opportunity to belittle his wife and doesn’t put any trust in her at all. This character in itself is quite dramatic. Not all righteous people are so rigid. If a person has values that doesn’t imply in any way that he doesn’t know how to shower his dear ones with love. Naturally, with such an attitude his wife has become quite submissive. She plays no part in making the decisions at home and although she is very protective of her daughters, she can never convey their wishes to their father. Geeti and Kiran start off unlike many other onscreen sisters.
They are not at war with each other and come across as loving sisters, all that is about to change since they have been put into a very tight spot by their own parents. Geeti goes off to meet her mentor, the maestro Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan when things take a wild turn back home. In an overly dramatic episode, a grandmother falls sick and wishes to see her grandson married that very day. The family comes to Geeti’s house with a Qazi wanting their son and the heroine to get married. The father is unaware of his elder daughter’s absence and the mother puts Kiran in Geeti’s place while the nikah takes place. The most amusing part was that no one noticed the change of
brides, no one wished to see the brides face and nobody noticed where Kiran was the whole time. Very conveniently Geeti strolled in after everyone had left only to find out that her younger sister was now married to her fiancé. The story cannot get any weirder and although the plot was not a new one, I stayed glued to the screen only because of Isra Ghazal’s impeccable acting. The woman has proved once again that her skills are unmatched. The panic on Isra Ghazal’s and Yumna Zaidi’s faces flooded out of the television screens. The two have great on screen chemistry between them. I wonder how the leading lady, Sohai Ali will be able to match up to them. NeWS DeSK
spOrTs Thursday, 3 October, 2013
RINIDAD and Tobago eased to a eight-wicket win over Chennai Super Kings in the final Group B match of the Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) 2013 at the Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi on Wednesday. With this win Trinidad top the group B. Lendl Simmons (63 off 41 balls) and evin Lewis (38 off 35 balls) stitched an opening stand of 79 in 61 balls which took Trinidad and Tobago to the position of strength. Getting early wickets was the need of the hour for Chennai Super Kings. The first ball from Ravichandran Ashwin was a floater that beat Trinidad and Tobago opener Simmons after pitching. The ball took the edge of the bat and flew between ‘keeper MS Dhoni and a wide first slip.
The IPL is just pure, intense. You don't need all the other stuff. I don't believe in coaches in international cricket. — Shane Warne
Brett Lee with the ODI World Cup trophy in Sydney to mark 500 days till the 2015 World Cup. AGeNCIeS
suPer kings to toP grouP evin Lewis, the other opener, took his chances in the powerplay overs. Albie Morkel’s wide delivery was hit over point for a boundary as Lewis kickstarted his aggression. Lewis used the pace of Morkel’s delivery which went past fine-leg for a boundary. The aggressive southpaw then executed a pull shot which raced across the outfield for a boundary. The third boundary of the over was a fortuitous inside-edge that went for a boundary towards fine-leg. Simmons was playing a measured knock but he didn’t leave the opportunity to punish Ashwin when he strayed on the pads. Simmons helped the ball towards fine-leg for a boundary. Dhoni introduced Ravindra Jadeja in the sixth over. The left-arm spinner bowled quicker through the air thus presenting Lewis with a short ball that was help yourself delivery. Lewis carted
him for two boundaries through the covers. Simmons took Jadeja apart in the 10th over carting him for a slog-sweep over mid-wicket for a six. The next delivery was hit over long-on for a massive six. To compound Chennai’s matters the next ball was threaded in the gap between backward point and covers. Lewis was out leg-before in the 11th over off Suresh Raina but the opening partnership of 79 off 61 balls had already taken Trinidad to the position of strength. Simmons played in a carefree manner taking his chances and helping Trinidad in chasing the runs in under 17.4 overs. He thumped his compatriot Jason Holder over mid-wicket for a huge six. Simmons smashed Ashwin for a flat six over long-off but was dismissed off a half-tracker on the ball that followed. Trinidad will now face Mumbai Indians at Delhi on Saturday while Chennai travel to Jaipur and have a gargantuan task of dismantling Rajasthan Royals on their home turf.
SCOReBOARD CHeNNAI SuPeR KINGS 1 MeK Hussey b Rampaul 27 M Vijay b Simmons 38 SK Raina c Rampaul b Simmons 25 MS Dhoni c Simmons b emrit 2 DJ Bravo c †Ramdin b emrit 3 RA Jadeja run out (Ottley) 4 JA Morkel b Rampaul 3 S Badrinath run out (Simmons/†Ramdin) 9 R Ashwin run out (Stewart/†Ramdin) 0 JO Holder c Simmons b emrit 0 MM Sharma not out 6 eXTRAS: (lb 3, w 3) 118 TOTAl: (all out; 19.4 overs) FAll OF WICKeTS: 1-7 (Hussey, 1.4 ov), 2-62 (Vijay, 8.1 ov), 378 (Raina, 10.6 ov), 4-84 (Bravo, 12.2 ov), 5-88 (Jadeja, 13.4 ov), 6-102 (Dhoni, 16.5 ov), 7-106 (Morkel, 18.2 ov), 8-116 (Badrinath, 18.6 ov), 9-117 (Holder, 19.2 ov), 10-118 (Ashwin, 19.4 ov) BOWlING: S Badree 4-0-24-0, R Rampaul 4-0 -31-2,KyG Ottley 2-0-17-0, RR emrit 3.4-0-21-3, lMP Simmons 2-0-102,SP Narine 4-0-12-0 TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 63 lMP Simmons c Sharma b Ashwin 38 e lewis lbw b Raina 11 DM Bravo not out 1 KyG Ottley not out 6 eXTRAS: (b 5, lb 1) 119 TOTAl: (2 wickets; 15.1 overs) (7.84 runs per over) DID NOT BAT: D Ramdin*†, N Pooran, SP Narine, RR emrit, ND Stewart, S Badree, R Rampaul FAll OF WICKeTS: 1-79 (lewis, 10.1 ov), 2-116 (Simmons, 14.2 ov) BOWlING: R Ashwin 4-0-24-1,JA Morkel 2-0-18-0,RA Jadeja 20-30-0,SK Raina 4-0-16-1,JO Holder 2-0-17-0,DJ Bravo 1.1-0-8-0 MATCH DeTAIlS TOSS Trinidad & Tobago, who chose to field POINTS Trinidad & Tobago 4, Chennai Super Kings 0 PlAyeR OF THe MATCH tba uMPIReS BF Bowden (New Zealand) and C Shamsuddin TV uMPIRe HDPK Dharmasena (Sri lanka) MATCH ReFeRee RS Mahanama (Sri lanka) ReSeRVe uMPIRe K Srinath
PCb revises domestic calendar to meet ﬁnancial viability LAHORE STAFF RePORT
The Pakistan Cricket Board has announced a domestic calendar in which two first-class tournaments - the Quaid-e-Azam trophy and the President's Trophy - will run simultaneously. The two List A events, like the first-class tournaments, will also be held concurrently. The Super eight T20 Cup has been scrapped to make way for an 11-team departmental Twenty20 cup. The calendar has been chalked out to make the season financially cost-effective, and regional and department tournaments being played at the same time will allow more young players to
feature for the regional teams. In previous years, players from various departments would feature in regional teams, making it difficult for other players to break into the side. The structure of domestic cricket in Pakistan has been inconsistent and revamps have occurred every two years over the last decade. However, this year, the tournament formats have been retained and the schedule adopted to accommodate simultaneous firstclass and List A tournaments. The Quaid-e-Azam trophy, the country's premier first-class tournament will have 14 regional teams, while the President's Trophy will have 11 departmental teams playing a round-robin league phase.
Ajmal apologises for his remarks: Dav whatmore lAHoRe: Pakistan coach Dav Whatmore says Saeed Ajmal has apologised for his remarks that the only differences between the Australian coach and his two Pakistani predecessors are the salary package and language barrier. Ajmal told the TV sports channel Geo Super late Tuesday that former Pakistan internationals Waqar Younis and Mohsin Khan handled the players very well during their coaching stints, while Whatmore - a former Australia Test batsman who has previously coached Sri Lanka and Bangladesh - "doesn't have the knowhow of our language." "It's just the difference of money which we are giving to (foreign coaches), otherwise there's no difference," he said, defending the credentials of homegrown coaches. STAFF RePORT Earlier story on page 18
EXPLOSIVE MUMBAI THRASH PERTH, KNOCK OUT OTAGO DELHI AGeNCIeS
Mumbai Indians boast of some of the biggest hitters in T20 cricket in their line-up and they fired in unison to storm into the semi-final of the Champions League, achieving their target in just 13.2 overs. The target was 150, but in order to topple Otago on net run rate, they needed to achieve it within 14.2 overs. The strategy was clear and Dwayne Smith and Rohit Sharma made it look ridiculously simple against a Perth Scorchers attack that failed to contain a determined top order. It meant that the semi-final line-up had three IPL teams in it. The scenarios were clearly spelt out for Mumbai ahead of the game as to what they required to keep Otago out of the semi-final race. It's common for captains to prefer to chase in such situations and Rohit decided to do just that. The required rate for qualification was over ten an over and Mumbai approached it as a 14-over game. Sachin Tendulkar wasn't in the best of form but he was sent to open anyway. There was the possibility that this would be his last match for Mumbai in the event of them failing to qualify. He fell for a second-ball duck, flicking to deep square leg and there was a hush around the Kotla as he walked back. Smith provided the big hits starting from the second ball of the innings, which he slogged over mid-on before dispatching another over the rope at long-on. Scorchers had three left-arm spinners in their line-
up, including the experienced Brad Hogg, but their onedimensional spin attack was demolished by a rampaging Smith. Flighted deliveries were slogged and smashed over the covers and anything dropped short was pulled over the leg side at breakneck speed. The flatter and quicker deliveries kept him quiet on occasion but Scorchers were guilty of bowling the wrong lengths. The left-arm seamers, Joel Paris and Jason Behrendorff, came in for similar punishment. Paris' first over leaked 19, with an effortless six by Rohit over fine leg followed by an outside edge past the wicketkeeper. Hogg bowled two long hops, the first of which was smashed by Smith over deep midwicket. The second was pulled flatter, but Behrendorff timed his jump to perfection at deep square leg to pull off a sharp catch to send back Smith for 48. Another hush enveloped the ground as Smith walked back but Rohit was in sublime form at the other end. He ensured the run-rate stayed above ten an over, slogging the spinners and launching Paris several rows over long-off to speed towards his fifty. At the end of ten overs, Mumbai raced to 117 for 3 and held the edge. Kieron Pollard had moved to a relatively pedestrian 12 off 12 balls but two solid blows in an over off Behrendorff eased any pressure that may have crept up. Tension started to build in the dugout when Pollard was bowled in the 13th over with Mumbai still needing 13 off 11. Ambati Rayudu sealed the win with consecutive sixes and Mumbai qualified with an over to spare. Scorchers were already knocked out of the
competition but their batsmen did their bit to make it difficult for Mumbai. Two half-century stands pushed Scorchers to what looked like a competitive 149 on a typically slow Kotla track. The openers Ashton Agar and Simon Katich added 55, helped by some ordinary fielding and catching by Mumbai. Sam Whiteman, making his T20 debut, and Hilton Cartwright added a half-century stand in just 30 balls after Mumbai pulled things back with quick wickets.
SCOReBOARD PeRTH SCORCHeRS AC Agar b Ojha 35 SM Katich b Ojha 13 HWR Cartwright b Coulter-Nile 28 SM Whiteman not out 51 AJ Turner lbw b Coulter-Nile 0 MJ North c Pollard b Coulter-Nile 3 TIF Triffitt b Dhawan 1 JP Behrendorff not out 1 eXTRAS: (b 5, lb 7, w 3, nb 2) 17 TOTAl: (6 wickets; 20 overs) 149 DID NOT BAT: JS Paris, GB Hogg, MA Beer FAll OF WICKeTS: 1-55 (Agar, 9.2 ov), 2-56 (Katich, 9.5 ov), 3-114 (Cartwright, 15.3 ov), 4-114 (Turner, 15.4 ov), 5-130 (North, 18.3 ov), 6-143 (Triffitt, 19.3 ov) BOWlING: Harbhajan Singh 4-0-31-0,NM Coulter-Nile 4-0-19-3,R Dhawan 4-0-301,KA Pollard 3-0-26-0,GJ Maxwell 3-0-14-0, PP Ojha 2-0-17-2 MuMBAI INDIANS DR Smith c Behrendorff b Hogg 48 SR Tendulkar c Whiteman b Behrendorff 0 GJ Maxwell c Hogg b Behrendorff 10 RG Sharma not out 51 KA Pollard b Hogg 23 AT Rayudu not out 14 eXTRAS: (lb 2, w 4) 6 TOTAl: (4 wickets; 13.2 overs) 152 DID NOT BAT: KD Karthik†, NM Coulter-Nile, Harbhajan Singh, R Dhawan, PP Ojha FAll OF WICKeTS: 1-16 (Tendulkar, 1.6 ov), 2-34 (Maxwell, 3.6 ov), 3-72 (Smith, 6.2 ov), 4-137 (Pollard, 12.3 ov) BOWlING: MA Beer 4-0-34-0, JP Behrendorff 3-0-31-2,JS Paris 2-0-36-0, GB Hogg 3-0-26-2,AC Agar 1.2-0-23-0 MATCH DeTAIlS TOSS Mumbai Indians, who chose to field POINTS Mumbai Indians 4, Perth Scorchers 0 TWeNTy20 debut SM Whiteman (Perth Scorchers) PlAyeR OF THe MATCH RG Sharma (Mumbai Indians) uMPIReS BF Bowden (New Zealand) and HDPK Dharmasena (Sri lanka) TV uMPIRe C Shamsuddin MATCH ReFeRee RS Mahanama (Sri lanka) ReSeRVe uMPIRe K Srinath
spOrTs Thursday, 3 October, 2013
mIAnDAD oFFerS to SteP Down AS DG LAHORE: Director General PCB, Javed Miandad has offered to stand down from his post here on Wednesday. Talking to newsmen he said that he was not desperate to keep his post and could easily earn a living through coaching any team anywhere in the world. According to Geo News, he said that if his resignation meant the retention of some of his colleagues in the PCB, he would be happy to resign. He further said that the post of DG was created by former PCB chief Ijaz Butt to acknowledge his achievements and use his experience for the betterment of cricket in Pakistan. STAFF RePORT
huSSey rAISeS concernS About teAm culture NEW DEHLI: Michael Hussey has revealed he arranged a formal meeting with former Australia coach, Mickey Arthur, to express concern about the direction and culture of the Australian team as early as the West Indies tourin 2012, and also conceded that his concerns hastened thoughts of retirement. During the Caribbean trip, on which the tourists won the Test series 2-0, Hussey met with Arthur to outline his worries about the way the team was progressing, foreshadowing the dire results that would occur in India and England following his retirement. A few of Hussey's points of trouble included the development of an insular team environment where players looked out for themselves and their own positions rather than pulling together for the team, and also the emergence of a tense, unhelpful atmosphere in the dressing room. In his autobiography, Underneath the Southern Cross, Hussey writes that he did not feel his concerns were adequately addressed. "While I was in the West Indies, I became concerned at a deeper level about how I was enjoying being in the team," Hussey wrote. "My view was always that in cricket you have to be genuinely happy for your team-mates' success. If it wasn't happening, was it the team culture or was it just a few players? I was a bit nervous about that, and organised a meeting with Mickey. "I sat down with him and and got all my concerns out in the open. 'We need to foster a culture that makes them want to think about other people and play for the team,' I said. 'Get them out of [that] insular thinking and bring in team activities. It's about caring for each other. There's too much insular thinking; about number one only.' "Did Mickey see it as something that could be improved? In our chat, I don't think anything I said went in. Mickey definitely listened, but he was in tunnel vision mode too. He had specific things he wanted to focus on, and anything from left field didn't register. I walked away from the meeting thinking I was glad to have got it off my chest, but it didn't go anywhere. "It was understandable how Mickey had his specific plans, and Michael [Clarke] too, but for me it was a big early warning sign that this team had problems ahead of it. We were fostering an environment where guys only cared about their positions and didn't think about the team. The dressing room became just as stressful and tense as [it was] out in the middle. It should be a sanctuary, where you can let go and have a joke with your team-mates. Our dressing room wasn't relaxed or calm, or conducive to good play. I didn't enjoy that tension, and I'm sure some of the guys weren't enjoying it." Through the period of Clarke's captaincy and Arthur's coaching tenure, Hussey enjoyed some of the best run-scoring form of his career, but his memoir is dotted with instances of reservations about the direction the team was taking, particularly due to several of the dictates of the Argus review. Hussey also recalls how Clarke's position as a selector, a post he has now relinquished, created an atmosphere in which players were fearful of consequences should they put a single step wrong in the dressing room. Issues with the Australian team's direction and the attitudes of individual players were to bubble to thesurface in India earlier this year following Hussey's international retirement. His earlier worries were borne out in the homework saga, David Warner's misbehaviour during the Champions Trophy in England, and thesacking of Arthur immediately before the Ashes. AGeNCIeS
Cricket the world over, I don't think, will ever know how different things would be without Kerry Packer. â€” Tony Greig
whAtmore mAkeS 'no DIFFerence' to PAkIStAn: AJmAl LAHORE
aeed Ajmal, the Pakistan spinner and one of their senior players, has suggested that Dav Whatmore has made "no difference" in his time as coach of the team. Ajmal praised Whatmore's predecessors, Mohsin Khan and Waqar Younis, and said that a higher salary and an inability to communicate in the same language were the most noteworthy aspects of Whatmore's 18-month tenure. Pakistan have not won a Test series since Whatmore, a former Australia international and World Cup-winning coach with Sri Lanka, took charge in 2012. That was on the back of Pakistan whitewashing england in the UAe under Mohsin but, ahead of their return to the region to host South Africa, their most recent result was a 1-1 draw with Zimbabwe. Whatmore last week described defeat to Zimbabwe in the second Test as "embarrassing, upsetting and disappointing" but expressed confidence in the team. Whatmore was born in Sri Lanka and grew up in Australia Ajmal said: "There is no difference, just that we are paying more to him,
otherwise there is no difference. that bad. We had our coaches, we Waqar handled us better. He used to have our language." Ajmal, who is ranked the stress on fitness and he used to say that if your fitness is good then you fourth-best bowler in Test cricket, are 80 percent okay on the ground was inspirational when Pakistan but if it's only 20 percent then you beat england in the UAe last year and he claimed 11 wickets in Harare cannot do anything on the ground. "Mohsin did well. He would last month to give Whatmore his scold in front [of the team] if anyone maiden Test win as coach. His form is not taking wickets or a batsman is will be crucial against South Africa, not scoring, irrespective of if he is who beat Pakistan 3-0 at the start of senior or junior. If a junior was not 2013, and he stressed that it was the performing then he would say that if players on the pitch, rather than you don't, then you will not be able Whatmore, who had to fix Pakistan's poor recent record. to keep your place. "I am not saying that I am not "Dav is a foreign coach, he doesn't know our language much, satisfied, he is a good coach and but he is a coach and has done helped Sri Lanka lift the World Cup," Ajmal said. coaching for various "I am happy in every situation, countries and has if there is a trouble then it's helped other dav is a okay, I laugh and smile and teams win, even if there he is not foreign coach,
are hard times then it is inevitable, this is my lifestyle ... I don't have any problems [with] who is coming in as coach and, for me, more important is what reaction he has on my performance. He helps us get everything on what the batsmen are doing wrong. He tells us instantly what we have to do. He can't go [on to] the field. His job is to tell us what to do."
he doesn't know our language much, but he is a coach and has done coaching for various countries and has helped other teams win, he is not that bad.
hassan, Mangal seal eight-wicket win for afghanistan
Afghanistan did one half of their job in their pursuit of a 2015 World Cup berth as they beat Kenya by eight wickets in Sharjah, thanks largely to Hamid Hassans' 4 for 19, and Nawroz Mangal's unbeaten 52. Kenya won the toss and elected to bat first, a decision they would come to rue. In the first over, Hassan removed Irfan Karim, followed soon by Obanda's wicket in the 4th over. Kenya lost wickets like they were going out of style as some tight bowling from Hassan and Shapoor Zadran kept them in check. In fact, only three batsmen were able to pass double figures, with Maurice Ouma top-scoring with a doughty 24 off 48 balls. Hiren Varaiya's wicket in the 38th over signaled the end of Kenya's innings, where they finished on 89. Afghanistan's reply, in contrast, was calm and considered as they cantered to 79 without any wicket. Mohammad Shahzad holed out to Dhiren Gondaria of the bowling off Varaiya in the 16th over, followed by Hashmutallah Shadi
SCOReBOARD KeNyA IA Karim b Hamid Hassan 2 AA Obanda lbw b Shapoor Zadran 3 MA Ouma c Rahmat Shah b Hamza Hotak 24 CO Obuya lbw b Hamid Hassan 1 RR Patel c Mohammad Shahzad b Shapoor Zadran 3 DM Gondaria b Hamid Hassan 1 RG Aga st Mohammad Shahzad b Samiullah Shenwari 18 NN Odhiambo c M Shahzad b Samiullah Shenwari 5 SO Ngoche b Hamid Hassan 8 HA Varaiya c Shapoor Zadran b Rahmat Shah 11 e Otieno not out 2 eXTRAS: (lb 3, w 7, nb 1) 11 TOTAl: (all out; 37.5 overs) 89 FAll OF WICKeTS: 1-2 (Karim, 0.6 ov), 2-12 (Obanda, 3.2 ov), 3-13 (Obuya, 4.1 ov), 4-20 (Patel, 5.5 ov), 5-23 (Gondaria, 8.6 ov), 6-37 (Ouma, 15.1 ov), 7-49 (Odhiambo, 23.1 ov), 8-69 (Aga, 29.3 ov), 9-71 (Ngoche, 30.4 ov), 1089 (Varaiya, 37.5 ov) BOWlING: Hamid Hassan 10-2-19-4,Shapoor Zadran 5-0-16-2,Hamza Hotak 6-2-16-1,Mirwais Ashraf 4-1-5-0,Rahmat Shah 1.5-1-7-1,Samiullah Shenwari
7-0-14-2,Mohammad Nabi 4-0-9-0 AFGHANISTAN Mohammad Shahza c Gondaria b Varaiya 33 Nawroz Mangal not out 52 Hashmatullah Shaidi c Karim b Varaiya 0 Asghar Stanikzai not out 3 eXTRAS: (b 2, w 5) 7 TOTAl: (2 wickets; 17.5 overs) 95 DID NOT BAT: Mirwais Ashraf, Mohammad Nabi*, Shapoor Zadran, Hamid Hassan, Samiullah Shenwari, Rahmat Shah, Hamza Hotak FAll OF WICKeTS: 1-79 (Mohammad Shahzad, 15.2 ov), 2-80 (Hashmatullah Shaidi, 15.6 ov) BOWlING:NN Odhiambo 4-0-13-0,e Otieno 5-1-21-0,RG Aga 5-0-19-0,SO Ngoche 2-0-28-0,HA Varaiya 1.5-0-12-2 MATCH DeTAIlS TOSS Kenya, who chose to bat POINTS Afghanistan 2, Kenya 0 ODI DeBuTS Hashmatullah Shaidi (Afghanistan); DM Gondaria (Kenya) list A DeBuT DM Gondaria (Kenya) uMPIReS RSA Palliyaguruge (Sri lanka) and BB Pradhan (Nepal)
being removed for a three-ball duck. But by then, Afghanistan had done enough, as they were able to knock off the remaining 9 runs to seal an emphatic eight-wicket win, with 32.1 overs to spare.
If Afghanistan win their next match against Kenya on October 4, then they guarantee themselves a spot in the 2015 World Cup. If not, they will then have to travel to New Zealand for another chance at qualification.
Football is an incredible game. Sometimes it's so incredible, it's unbelievable. — Tom Landry
Thursday, 3 October, 2013
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ARCeLONA needed a secondhalf goal from Cesc Fabregas to claim a narrow 1-0 Champions League win over 10-man Celtic in Glasgow on Tuesday that leaves the Catalans top of Group H. The Spanish champions dominated possession but failed to test goalkeeper Fraser Forster in the opening 45 minutes with Celtic's Georgios Samaras having the best chance of the half.
This match has been the most demanding that we have had to play so far because of the rival and the competition and Victor Valdes made very important saves for us as well MARTINO barCa Manager
But it was a moment of madness from skipper Scott Brown that cost Celtic dearly as the midfielder was shown a straight red card in the 59th minute as he appeared to direct a sly kick at Neymar after tripping the Brazilian superstar. However, Celtic recovered well from Brown's dismissal and substitute James Forrest forced Victor Valdes into a fine save before Charlie Mulgrew headed just wide. But, moments after creating the best chance of the match, substitute Alexis Sanchez, only on the pitch for two minutes, crossed for former Arsenal man Fabregas to nod home and gain revenge for their defeat at the same venue last season. It means Barca top Group H on six points after AC Milan and Ajax finished 11 and handed Celtic, who prop up the group looking for their first point, a rare home defeat in the Champions League. Barcelona manager Gerardo Martino, whose side have made a 100 percent start to their season, said Celtic had been their toughest opponents to date. "This match has been the most demanding that we have had to play so far because of the rival and the competition and Victor Valdes made very important saves for us as well," said Martino. "But we managed to combine long balls with our one-touch game and that managed to make us more dynamic and unpredictable." Celtic manager Neil Lennon felt the decision to send Brown off was soft. "If there was any contact it was minimal. I
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think there was a lot more going on in the game that merited heavier punishment," Lennon said. "It was a game-changing decision. Obviously it is very difficult playing against Barcelona with 11 players but with 10 it is even more difficult but we played very well tonight." Barcelona, who were missing Lionel Messi, Javier Mascherano, Jordi Alba and Carles Puyol through injury, had opted for Neymar, Fabregas and Pedro Rodriguez up front while Celtic manager Neil Lennon retained faith in the same starting 11 that were unlucky to lose 2-0 to Milan in the San Siro a fortnight ago. even without the injured Messi, who scored a hat-trick in their opening 4-0 win over Ajax, Barcelona showed their class
OZIL - INSPIRED ARSENAL SINK NAPOLI LONDON: Mesut Ozil's first goal for Arsenal inspired his side to an impressive 2-0 win over Napoli that maintained their 100 percent start in the Champions League on Tuesday. Ozil, signed for a club record 42.5 million pounds from Real Madrid on transfer deadline day, had promised to add more goals to his undoubted creative talent and the German midfielder was as good as his word with a superb strike to break his Arsenal duck early in the first half at the Emirates Stadium. He turned provider soon after, setting up French striker Olivier Giroud for his sixth goal of the season to effectively kill off Napoli with just 15 minutes gone. Arsene Wenger's side have now taken six points from their first two Group F fixtures, while also surging to the top of the Premier League with five successive wins. It is a remarkable transformation since a shock opening day defeat against Aston Villa prompted a furious reaction from the Emirates faithful. Wenger had no reason to fear the boo-boys on another encouraging night for his emerging team and he was even able to leave England midfielder Jack Wilshere on the bench for the first 60 minutes. "The first half was amazing, absolutely fantastic. Everything was in there. All that you dream to see when you come to watch football," Wenger said. "I felt that we played at a good pace, technically very direct and finished with great goals." Napoli boss Rafael Benitez added: "You have a team like Arsenal with this level and this quality sometimes they can play well and it is hard to beat them." Arsenal's early-season form has prompted suggestions that a title challenge could be brewing in north London. AGeNCIeS
early on as their slick possession football forced two early corners. However, it was a fast break from the Hoops that created the first real opportunity after just five minutes. Kris Commons played in Samaras who, from a tight angle, forced keeper Valdes to turn his shot out for a corner that Mikael Lustig headed well wide. Andres Iniesta then got sight of the Celtic goal but the influential midfielder saw his strike sail over without troubling Fraser Forster. Barca continued to ping the passes about but it took until the 41st minute for them to muster up their first real opportunity. Daniel Alves sent an inviting ball into the box from the right that Neymar prodded narrowly wide. Xavi Hernandez then tested Forster with a curling free-kick from wide on the left that the 'keeper made a meal of and was relieved to see go out for a corner after coming off his shoulder. The game changed when skipper Brown was ordered off in the 59th minute. The Celtic midfielder's sly kick at Neymar on the deck after tripping the Brazilian 25 yards out as he raced towards goal was spotted by French referee Stephane Lannoy, who had no hesitation in handing him a straight red card. Moments after coming on, Scottish international Forrest nearly had Celtic in front when his fierce halfvolley was acrobatically turned over by Valdes after the 'keeper saw it late. Valdes was then caught napping at the resultant corner but Mulgrew had his head in his hands after he nodded wide of the unprotected goal.
MELBOURNE: Australian Open organisers on Wednesday boosted prize money for the 2014 Grand Slam to Aus$33 million (US$31 million) and said they expected all of the world's top 100 men and women to play. The cash pool will be hiked by Aus$3million, after a Aus$4 million jump in 2013 to record levels, when organisers reacted to threats of a boycott from players pressing for a greater share of revenue. "We said it last year and we still believe it -- these incredible athletes deserve every cent and we will continue to do everything in our power to make the life of an international professional tennis player more worthwhile," said Tennis Australia chief Craig Tiley. The January tournament, the opening Grand Slam of the season, is expected to attract all the world's top players, led by Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova. Tiley said he was particularly looking forward to the return of Nadal, who missed last year's event through injury but who has bounced back this year with nine titles so far, including the French Open and US Open. "Rafa has had an incredibly successful year and has to be a major contender to win the Australian Open for the second time," he said, adding that US great Pete Sampras will attend as a guest to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first of his two Australian Open titles. AGeNCIeS
Ms. Noorie zaman receiving second second prize from Salman Siddique at the end of Punjab Golf Tournament held at Lahore Gymkhana. PR
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Top seed Juan Martin del Potro survived a stiff test to beat Marcos Baghdatis 4-6, 64, 6-3 in the first round of the Japan Open on Tuesday while defending champion Kei Nishikori flirted with disaster before squeaking through. Nishikori, who became the host
country’s first winner of the $1.43 million event last year, had to dig deep to overcome Austria’s Jurgen Melzer 67, 7-5, 6-2 under a closed roof in rainswept Tokyo. Former US Open champion Del Potro looked rusty in his first match since a shock second-round exit at the New York slam last month. But the giant Argentine shook off the
cobwebs and the effects of a 37-hour flight to the Far east with some typically meaty hitting after dropping the first set. The world number seven, a finalist in Tokyo in 2008, secured the crucial break in game eight of the decider after a period of sustained pressure on the Baghdatis serve. Del Potro closed out the match with a thunderous forehand down the line to win in a shade over two hours. But Baghdatis, runner-up to Roger Federer in the 2006 Australian Open final, made del Potro sweat, firing 17 aces, several of them to fend off break points. “I knew playing Marcos was the worst possible first round,” del Potro told reporters. “He’s unseeded. Nobody wants to play him early in the tournament. He plays very well on hard courts and indoors — the conditions we had today. “He served well and hit a lot of aces. But I played well in the important moments. I feel ready to go far in the tournament.” Del Potro, who next faces fellow Argentine Carlos Berlocq, heads the field in the absence of Wimbledon champion Andy Murray, who pulled out to undergo minor back surgery.
OVERTAKING FEDERER NOT MY MAIN GOAL BEIJING: Rafael Nadal said on Tuesday he will look back on his career with pride even if he doesn’t eclipse Roger Federer’s record 17 Grand Slam titles. The world number two currently has 13 and has been in sizzling form this season after longterm injury. He is also closing in on the top spot in the world rankings, currently held by Novak Djokovic. Tennis legends Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras reportedly said the Spaniard could overtake Federer before the 27-year-old finishes his career. “If that happens or that not happens, the only thing I am sure is when I am going to leave this tour, I am going to be very happy about what I did,” Nadal told reporters in Beijing in response to questions about the comments from Agassi and Sampras. Nadal believes he would need to sustain his form — and crucially his fitness — for the next four years if he is to better Federer’s Grand Slam achievements. “I tried everything in every practice, in every match. I gave everything. When you try your best every day, that’s all that you can do. I think I did. So that’s why I am going to be happy,” Nadal said after he won his opening game at the China Open against Santiago Giraldo 6-2, 6-4. The second seed and 2004 champion in Beijing will now face German Philipp Kohlschreiber in the second round. AGeNCIeS
Thursday, 3 October, 2013
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