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Sunday, 3 November, 2013 Zil Hajj 27, 1434 Rs 25.00 Vol IV No 126 16 Pages Islamabad Edition
Imran Khan says no NATO supplies from KP until US stops drones STORY ON PAGE 04
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Pakistan will not let US drone strike ‘kill’ peace talks: Rashid
Chaudhry Nisar ali KhaN InterIor MInIster
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Imran says no NATO supplies from KP until US stops drones
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Security high alert in KP after TTP chief's killing
PTI CHAIRMAN SAYS PARTY WILL MOVE RESOLUTIONS IN NATIONAL, SINDH AND PUNJAB ASSEMBLIES
SAYS DRONE STRIKE JUST BEFORE PEACE TALKS HAS UNMASKED ANTI-PEACE FORCES
QURESHI CONTACTS KHURSHEED SHAH TO WIN PPP SUPPORT AGAINST DRONES
PeshaWar stAFF rePort Security in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was put on high alert hours after the chief of banned militant group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, Hakimullah Mehsud, was killed in a US drone strike in North Waziristan. In an attempt to prevent a possible backlash from Taliban militants, security was increased at all sensitive government installations in the provincial capital of Peshawar, including in its Cantonment areas and the localities adjacent to tribal regions. Blockades were also set up at all entry and exit points of the city where searches of passers-by were underway. There was also a step up in random snap checking being conducted in Peshawar. Security agencies were put on high alert in the region whereas the number of personnel deployed at security check posts was also increased. PoIice patrolling was also increased in Peshawar in addition to the monitoring of all routes leading to the provincial capital. Mehsud was killed in a US drone strike in the North Waziristan tribal region on Friday and his death has been confirmed by US and Pakistani intelligence sources.
CCUSINg the United States of sabotaging Pakistan’s peace initiative with the Taliban by killing Hakimullah Mehsud, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Saturday decided to suspend NATO supplies through Khyber Pakhtunkhwa until the US stopped using drones to target militants in the tribal areas. Announcing the decision at a press conference after a meeting of PTI’s top leadership, Imran Khan demanded an end to drone attacks and said his party
had decided to adopt democratic means by seeking political support for the decision. “NATO supplies must be stopped and remain so till such time that the federal government is able to stop drones and give a clear commitment about the efforts for structured dialogue for peace. The CM of KP has decided to call an emergency session of the provincial assembly to pass a resolution and to build up support with all other parties for this purpose. It is imperative for the KP government to get passed a resolution in the provincial assembly on an emergency basis to stop NATO supplies. The people of FATA and KP have been
devastated by the over nine years,” he added. Experts view the move a major decision. If the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government blocks the NATO supplies, this may trigger a major constitutional crisis. “The PTI will move resolutions in the National, Sindh and Punjab provincial assemblies to block NATO supplies. The KP Assembly will pass a unanimous resolution. I will move a resolution in the National Assembly on Monday,” Imran Khan said. He said that the only condition to talks with the TTP was an end to drone attacks. “But just before the talks began, we saw this drone strike taking place which is a part of
KP govt halting NATO supplies may result in its ouster: legal experts lahore MIAn ABrAr The decision by Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan to block the NATO supplies through Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) has triggered a constitutional debate with experts suggesting that the provincial government can not change foreign policy decisions which are a domain of the federal government. Talking to Pakistan Today, top experts Hasan Askari Rizvi and Babar Sattar noted that Khan’s decision was a vital step which may end up in the removal of the KP government by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and imposition of the governor’s rule in the province. Eminent defence analyst Rizvi told Pakistan Today that any move by the KP government to block the NATO supplies may trigger a major constitutional crisis. “If PTI’s KP government fully implements its decision to block the NATO supplies, this decision may land it into a face-to-face situation with the federal government. In the past, no provincial government has ever
defied the federal government in Pakistan. Rather, the federal government has removed provincial governments in any situation threatening its domain,” said Rizvi. He said that it also depends upon the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif whether he succumbs to the political pressure being built by Imran Khan or he sticks to his commitments with US President Barack Obama during his recent visit to US. “If the federal government agrees to PTI’s decision to move resolutions in assemblies, there would be no crisis. But if it opposes this move, it would lead to a constitutional crisis as foreign policy is a federal subject and provincial government can not defy a major foreign policy decision taken by the prime minister,” he added. Moreover, Dr Hasan Askari Rizvi said that the PTI can get its resolution passed from the KP Assembly but it would not be able to do so in other assemblies. “These resolutions would be the first flash point between the PTI and the PML-N. It would have constitutional and legal implications,” he said, stressing again that foreign policy
was a sole domain of the federal government. He added that parliamentary resolutions are of recommendatory nature and these are not binding on the government. He added that Pakistan was already facing isolation in the international community and any decision to block the NATO supplies would leave it sunk further in it. “This would prove the assertions of our enemies that the state of Pakistan is hands in glove with the terrorists,” he concluded. Another top legal expert, Babar Sattar differed with Dr Rizvi; stating that the decision by the KP government would not lead to any constitutional crisis. “I think that the communications passing through the country do not fall under the constitution and rather it falls under the federal legislative list. So there would be no constitutional crisis,” he asserted. Sattar said that the federal government may also move court against the decision by the provincial government in defiance of its decisions. He said in legal terms, it is not a provincial subject. However, Imran Khan’s decision was not an emotional move
and rather a part of his election manifesto. “Political decisions are not necessarily taken under the law but these are for pursuing their political agenda. The PTI had made this pledge in their election manifesto. So it’s obvious that they have to take their political decisions,” he added. Asked whether he agreed with the argument of Imran Khan that halting drone strikes was a judgment by Peshawar High Court (PHC) chief justice, Sattar said if Khan wanted to to get the verdict implemented, Khan should move a contempt of court petition with the PHC. “Imran should file a contempt petition with the PHC, stating that the federal government is not implementing the judgment.” However, he added that personally, he believed there could be no court decision as bad as this made by the PHC. “Foreign policy is not a domain of judges and rather it’s with the federal government to take any such decision,” he said, adding that this was a political decision to block the NATO supplies and it should be seen in the same view.
“greater plot” to derail the peace process.” To a question as to how a provincial government could take a decision contrary to the federal government’s policy, Imran Khan explained that their decision was well within legal means available. He said that the recourse of blocking the NATO supplies had been approved by the Peshawar High Court in its decision on drone strikes and it had called on the government to do all it could, including approaching the United Nations. Khan also said that whenever Pakistan took a step towards peace, the US had sabotaged the efforts. “When the government decided to hold peace talks with the TTP, an army general was targeted in Malakand. A few days later a church in Peshawar was targeted but the Taliban denied involvement in the attack. Now when the government was about to invite the Taliban for formal talks, the US killed their leader. It’s very clear now who is fomenting terrorism in Pakistan,” he said. Shortly after the press conference, the PTI issued a press release on its website, saying, “We call for an immediate All Parties Conference which must support our decision of stopping NATO supplies, given the disruption of the dialogue process.” Separately, PTI Senior Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi talked to PPP leader Khurshid Shah on the phone and urged to hold a joint meeting on Monday to review the situation. Both discussed the agenda with reference to peace talks during their contact. They agreed on holding talks with other opposition parties with regard to peace talks with the TTP on November 4 besides exchanging views on evolving joint strategy.
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Hakimullah killing pits Pakistan against US NISAR ACCUSES US OF SABOTAGING PEACE PROCESS WITH TALIBAN
INTERIOR MINISTER SAYS EFFORTS TO DETRACK PEACE PROCESS WOULD BE FAILED
PLEADS TTP NOT TO KILL INNOCENT CITIZENS TO AVENGE HAKIMULLAH’S KILLING
SAYS PAKISTAN HAS DECIDED TO TAKE UP MATTER BEFORE PERMANENT MEMBERS OF UN SECURITY COUNCIL
told a press conference. He said the drone strike was an ambush. He, however, said that the efforts to de-track peace process would be failed. He said the drone strike has forced Pakistan to review its relations with the US, adding that Pakistan has also decided to take up the matter before permanent members of the UN Security Council. “The Foreign Office and ambassadors have been activated to approach the permanent members- P-5 member states of UN Security Council to take them into confidence over the strike.” “Our ambassador will brief them on our concerns, with specific reference to the setback caused to the peace
ERMINg Friday’s drone strike a deliberate effort to sabotage the peace process, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Saturday said Pakistan will review its relations with the US. “At a time, when a delegation was about to leave for the tribal areas to initiate talks with the Taliban a drone strike killed Tehreek-e-Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud with whom we were supposed to talk.. The government of Pakistan does not see this attack as an action against an individual but an attack on the peace process,” the minister
Pakistan protests peace talks ambush with Olson US ENVOY SUMMONED TO FO, SERVED WITH A DEMARCHE islaMaBad stAFF rePort Terming drone strikes counter-productive to Pakistan’s efforts to bring peace and stability in Pakistan and the region, the Foreign Office on Saturday said that it had summoned the US ambassador and registered Pakistan’s concerns with him. “In order to register our concerns, the US ambassador was called to the Foreign Office by the foreign secretary to register our protest over the recent drone attacks,” a statement from the Foreign Office read. The statement added that the government has condemned drone strikes whenever they have taken place per their publicly stated policy whereby drones strikes violate Pakistan’s sovereignty, violative of international humanitarian laws, besides being counter-productive to Pakistan’s efforts to bring peace and stability in Pakistan and the region. “In accordance with our publicly stated, consistent policy, Pakistan has condemned drone strikes
FO SAYS GOVT DETERMINED TO CONTINUE WITH PEACE PROCESS WITH TERRORISTS whenever they have taken place, including the two recent drone attacks that took place on Thursday and Friday.” The statement added that the latest strikes, which reportedly killed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Hakimullah Mehsud, will have a negative impact on the government’s initiative to undertake a dialogue with the Taliban. “The government, however, is determined to continue with these efforts to engage with the TTP, to bring an end to the ongoing violence and make them a part of mainstream politics within the parameters of our constitution.” The statement followed a press briefing by Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar where he said that the US ambassador would be served a demarche over “ambushing peace talks” with the Taliban. The statement dilated on the government’s decision to instruct Pakistan ambassadors in the capitals of the P-5 member states to call at an appropriate level to brief the host governments on Pakistan’s concerns, with specific reference to the setback caused to the peace process initiative by the latest drone attack.
PAKISTAN WILL NOT LET US DRONE STRIKE 'KILL' PEACE TALKS: RASHID ISLAMABAD: The Pakistani government said Saturday it would not allow the death of Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud in a US drone strike to derail proposed peace talks. Federal Information Minister Pervez Rashid told reporters in Islamabad that the government wanted to press ahead with its plan to negotiate with Mehsud’s Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). “We can say that this time drone struck the peace talks but we will not let the peace talks die,” Rasheed said. He said the process of peace should not stop despite the TTP chief’s death. Mehsud was killed in a US drone strike in North Waziristan agency Friday evening, throwing the talks process into doubt a day after the government said it was taking steps to initiate dialogue. Rashid said Pakistan was committed to peace through talks despite losing 40,000-50,000 civilians, soldiers, and police to militant violence. “So I am sure that the other party will show the same spirit which we had shown,” he said. Opposition politician Imran Khan condemned the drone strike as an attempt to “sabotage” peace efforts, and called for the federal government to block NATO supplies going through the country. However, when asked by reporters, Rashid said blocking NATO supplies will not end drone strikes. “We blocked NATO supplies in the past after (the incident at) Salala. Drone strikes did not stop then, and will not stop now,” he said. When asked if the strike signified a failure of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s recent visit to the US, Rashid rejected the notion. “They are two separate, unrelated things. They should not be looked at in this way.” APP
process by latest drone strike,” the interior minister said. He said that after the All Parties Conference (APC) the US envoy had assured Pakistan that it would not target TTP during the dialogue process. Nisar revealed that when he met US Ambassador Richard Olson and asked him to halt drone strikes, the latter said that the US would abstain from attacking TTP members but it would not desist from targeting Hakimullah. “I specifically asked Olson not to target Hakimullah yet the US went ahead with the strike,” said Nisar. “Why did the US target Mehsud on the eve of talks when there had been a numerous opportunities to target him. Hakimullah crossed into Afghanistan several times and if we have this information the US must have it too?” “I want to request Taliban not to react on latest drone strike by killing innocent citizens. Islam does not allow anyone to
take lives... We want peace through dialogue. Though, military operation is not a big deal for the government but we want to resolve the issue through dialogue.” He said that he wanted to give message to those who have scuttled the peace process that Pakistan was a peace-loving country. “On the eve of 9/11 Pakistan was a peaceful country. Nine to 10 individuals who attacked the twin towers were not Pakistani, but in reaction the US turned this country upward down. What sin have we committed. We lost more than 24,000 lives. We tried to make some sense and started the process of dialogue, but the US has scuttled the dialogue process.” The minister said a cabinet meeting has also been called to discuss the future course of action as soon as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif returns. He also said all political forces which supported peace process would be taken into confidence.
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HAKIMULLAH, OTHERS GET SECRET BURIAL AS TTP VOWS REVENGE KHAN SAID SAJNA EMERGES AS STRONGEST CONTENDER FOR TTP CHIEF’S SLOT PeshaWar
EMAINS of banned militant outfit Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan chief Hakeemullah Mehsud and others were buried at a secret place in North Waziristan on Saturday. Mehsud along with his aide Abdullah Mehsud, bodyguard Tariq Mehsud, uncle and other persons were killed in a US drone strike on Friday. Soon after his killing, militants announced his funeral prayers on Saturday at 3pm. However, later all victims were buried secretly. The TTP showed no reaction on the killings, but some local commanders threatened to take revenge. Mehsud’s spokesman, Azam Tariq said,
PEOPLE IN MIRANSHAH AND SURROUNDING AREAS BEGIN VACATING AREA “We have been engaged in negotiations amid continuous drone strikes.” He said they would attack the government installations throughout the country. Amir Nawaz, TTP commander in Wana, denounced the killings and said attacks would be launched not against the US but also its supporters in the region. He, however, did not disclose names and identity of those extending support to the US in the region. People from Miranshah and its surrounding areas are leaving their homes for safer places. The displacement started after a pamphlet was circulated by pro-government commander Hafiz gul Bahadur’s shura. He accused the government of violating promises and commitments, which according to him were compelling them to
KhAN SAID SAJNA change their minds. Without explaining further, the shura has told the people to vacate their homes. CANDIDATES FOR NEW TTP ChIEF: On the other hand, militant commanders associated with the TTP have held meetings at two places to decide
Mehsud’s successor. The meeting held in North Waziristan Agency, attended by militants from northern districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, agreed on Khan Said alias Sajna’s name. But a meeting held in Nooristan, Afghanistan, refused to accept Sajna as new commander. This meeting was attended by the militants from Swat, Dir and Bajaur. NWA-based Sajna belongs to Shabikhel clan of Mehsud tribe. He is said to be the mastermind of July’s Dera Ismail Khan jailbreak. Rumours run riot about rifts among TTP ranks after Mehsud’s death. Taliban sources said that Hafiz Saeed, who presently heads the TTP in Orakzai agency, also emerged as a possible candidate for the highest post. Saeed, 33, who received religious education at one of the main ‘madrassas’ in Karachi, led the Taliban fighters in the mountainous Tirah valley in Khyber Agency. He had been very close to all Mehsuds and enjoys respect among the Taliban leaders because of his religious credentials and his prowess as a fighter. If the Mehsuds endorse Saeed’s
nomination, he could easily secure the TTP leadership, a Taliban leader had earlier said. The Swat Taliban chief, Mullah Fazlullah, was also on the list of possible contenders. Currently leading his Malakand fighters in eastern Afghanistan, Fazlullah in a recent video had announced allegiance to Hakimullah Mehsud and also agreed to his dialogue policy. A Taliban commander had also included the name of Omer Khalid Khurasani, the TTP leader in Mohmand Agency, in list of the possible candidates. However the Taliban leaders are of the view he has little chances to get the slot. Some reports mentioned the name of Qari Walayat Mehsud, identified as a first cousin of Hakimullah, as a possible candidate for the position. However, Taliban leaders say they have never heard of Walayat. Many Taliban use alias to hide their real names such as Hakimullah Mehsud whose real name was Jamshed Mehsud. Taliban had said that the central ‘shura’ or council can also nominate any other person.
Afghan Taliban condemn Security meeting condemnS drone Strike Hakimullah Mehsud's killing islaMaBad InP
The Afghan Taliban on Saturday described the killing of Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud as “a big loss” and urged Islamabad to prevent any further US drone strikes. Mehsud, who was under a $5 million US government bounty, was killed when a drone targeted his car in the North Waziristan tribal district of Pakistan, near the Afghan border. “The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan strongly condemns this terror act by America and describes the martyrdom of Mullah
Hakimullah Mehsud as a big loss,” the Taliban said in a statement, using the group's formal name. “America cannot create a vacuum or achieve their evil goals by martyring mujahideen.” “The Islamic Emirate
calls on the Pakistani people and government to make more effort than at any other time to prevent such brutal attacks by the American invaders,” said the statement. The Pakistani Taliban, known as the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), is an umbrella group founded in December 2007 following a deadly military raid on the radical Red Mosque in Islamabad. The TTP officially swears allegiance to Mullah Omar, the leader of the Afghan Taliban, who ruled Kabul from 1996-2001, but the two groups are separate, with independent command structures.
A security meeting on Saturday condemned the US drone attack that killed Hakeemullah Mehsud and termed it as an attempt to sabotage the peace process. Advisor to the Prime
DEPUTY SPEAKER’S VEHICLE KILLS THREE RAJAN PUR: At least three people were killed on Saturday when the vehicle of Punjab Assembly’s Deputy Speaker Sher Ali gorchani ran over a motorcycle. gorchani was going to Rajan Pur from Jam Pur in a convoy when his vehicle crashed with a motorcycle which resulted in the deaths of Sarwar gul Muhammad, his four-years-old son and another person. onlIne
Tribesmen open fire on Us drone after Hakimullah killed MiraNshah AGenCIes
Tribesmen opened fire on a US drone over the troubled tribal areas Saturday where Taliban commander Hakimullah Mehsud was killed by a drone strike a day earlier, residents and officials said. Mehsud, who had a $5 million US government bounty on him, died along with five others on November 1 when a US drone fired two missiles at a vehicle in a compound in the village of Dandey Darpakhel, five kilometres north of Miranshah, the main town of North Waziristan. His death came as a major blow to the militant network and cast doubt over proposed peace talks, with fears of reprisals. Local residents said that dozens of tribesmen and militants had opened fire on a US drone which was flying low in the same area where the Taliban chief was killed. “Tribesmen and militants were firing with light and heavy guns for an hour,” Tariq Khan, a shopkeeper in Miranshah told AFP. A security official in Miranshah confirmed the firing. The official and residents said Mehsud was buried late on No-
vember 1 along with the four others killed – his bodyguard, driver, uncle and a commander, according to a senior Taliban source. The usually busy Miranshah bazaar opened on Saturday but shoppers stayed at home. “Local people are scared. The death of Hakimullah Mehsud has created uncertainty. Everyone is talking about Taliban revenge,” Khan said. Nisar Khan Dawar, a grocery store owner in the same bazaar said he had not received a single customer on Saturday. North Waziristan is one of seven semi-autonomous tribal regions along the Afghan border, which Washington considers to be a major hub of Taliban and al Qaeda militants plotting attacks on the West and in Afghanistan. Mehsud’s death represents a success for the CIA’s drone programme targeting suspected militants at a time when it is under intense scrutiny over civilian casualties. It is the second significant blow to the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in a month, following the capture of another senior commander by US forces in Afghanistan. Security expert Rahimullah Yusufzai told AFP it
was unclear whether the TTP has anyone in its ranks capable of filling the gap left by the charismatic Mehsud. “His death will weaken the movement. Although they will soon appoint a new chief it is to be seen how effective the new person will be in controlling things,” Yusufzai said. After a bloody six-year TTP insurgency which has left thousands of soldiers, police and civilians dead, the government has been edging towards talks with the militants. Mehsud’s death came just a day after the government said the “process of dialogue” with the Taliban had started but no formal talks had taken place. The militants said they had had no contact from the government. Saifullah Khan Mehsud of Islamabad’s FATA Research Center, an expert on Pakistan’s tribal belt, said the killing of the Taliban commander would disrupt the peace process in the short term but could ultimately prove beneficial. “Of course for the time being there will be perhaps… a call for an end to the dialogue process, but in the long run a divisive figure like Hakimullah Mehsud not being
there will make the environment more conducive for peace negotiations.” Mehsud took control of the TTP after a bitter fight for the leadership following the death of founder Baitullah Mehsud in a drone strike in August 2009. Hakimullah Mehsud was widely reported to have been killed in 2010 but later resurfaced. Seen as a hardliner, he oversaw some of the TTP’s most high-profile attacks including the attempt to kill schoolgirl education activist Malala Yousafzai in October last year. The United States charged him with terrorism after seven Americans were killed in a suicide attack at a CIA base in Afghanistan in December, the deadliest attack on the agency since 1983. Since 2004, the United States has carried out hundreds of missile attacks from unmanned aircraft targeting suspected Taliban and al Qaeda linked militants in the tribal areas. The number and identity of casualties is hard to determine as the tribal areas are off limits to foreign journalists and aid organisations, but the Londonbased Bureau of Investigative Journalism estimates deaths at between 2,500 and 3,700.
Minister on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi, Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani and officials of security and intelligence agencies at-
tended the meeting. The meeting was given a comprehensive briefing on the law and order situation and security and intelligence agencies were ordered to maintain a security alert and ensure protection of all sensitive places and installations. The meeting discussed the possible
reaction of the TTP who have vowed to avenge the killing and took some important decision. Sources privy to the meeting said the security agencies were asked to further beef up the security of embassies, consulates and foreign nationals across the country.
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WashiNGToN InP A US businessman has said he had told federal investigators the location of Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan years before his killing and is now seeking a $ 25m reward. A letter obtained by a foreign news agency from a Chicago-based law firm representing Tom Lee says the 63-year-old gem merchant reported the location of bin Laden's Abbottabad compound in 2003. The letter sent by the Loevy & Loevy law firm to FBI Director James Comey in August says a Pakistani intelligence agent told Lee that he escorted bin Laden and his family from Peshawar to Abbottabad. According to the letter, Lee shared the information with Customs and FBI agents telling them that the Pakistani agent “was a member of a family that Lee had done business with for decades,” the letter said, and the agent and his family opposed bin Laden. A request to speak with Lee and Michael Kanovitz, the lawyer who signed the letter, was made to the law firm. The FBI did not comment. Bin Laden was killed in May 2011 during a US Navy Seals raid in Abottabad. US officials said the Abbottabad house was not built until 2005 whereas Pakistani officials have said that he moved there in the summer of that year. The letter said Lee made “numerous attempts” to claim his reward but received no responses. “Lee precisely identified the whereabouts of the most notorious terrorist of our era, a man responsible for the World Trade Centre attacks," the letter said. Lee told the grand Rapids Press in an email that he could not understand why the government waited to act. "It disturbs me, and it should disturb every American, that I told them exactly where bin Before that. The last known location of bin Laden was in the Afghan mountains of Tora Bora in 2001, whereas the CIA believed he had taken shelter in the lawless tribal areas of Pakistan.
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HE US special envoy for Afghanistan said Friday that an earlier attempt to reconcile with Taliban figures willing to respect a new Afghan constitution would have saved lives and weakened insurgents, hastening the peace process in Afghanistan. Speaking on Friday in London, James Dobbins said an earlier move might have prevented a Taliban resurgence and would have lessened its force. ''I think we made several mistakes back in 2002,'' he said about the era just after the successful US-led invasion
toppled the Taliban in response to the 9/11 attacks on the United States, which were planned by al-Qaeda leaders based inside Afghanistan. ''I think it was probably a mistake to delay a serious at-
tempt at reconciliation until 2011.'' Dobbins, who is the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, spoke after talks with Britain's Foreign Office. He said there should have been
an early effort to integrate Taliban members who were ''willing to come over, to operate under the new dispensation, willing to accept the constitution as it was evolving at the time. Those initiatives would have been better if they had been taken earlier.'' The envoy also said the 2003 invasion of Iraq shifted US attention away from Afghanistan at a crucial time, giving the Taliban time to regroup and raises funds. ''The decision to move onto Iraq ultimately made it more difficult to turn attention back to Afghanistan once the situation there deteriorated,'' he said. ''So by 2005, 2006 it was clear that much more needed to be done in Afghanistan and we simply didn't have the resources to do so.'' Despite these setbacks, he said Afghanistan has made progress in recent years. Hopes for peace talks have diminished with the Taliban refusing to talk directly to Afghan President Hamid Karzai, his government or its representatives.
QUETTA: hazara Shias prepare for burial of six coal miners on Saturday who were gunned down by Sunni terrorists in Mach on Friday. InP
NATO REDUCES SCOPE OF ITS AFGHANISTAN PLANS: REPORT PENTAGON OFFICIALS SAY THEY WANT SOME COMMANDOS TO REMAIN TO CARRY OUT COUNTERTERRORISM MISSIONS Brussels InP
FTER months of tense negotiations over the size and role of a postwar presence in Afghanistan, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) officials say they are planning a more minimalist mission, with a force consisting of fewer combat trainers and more military managers to ensure that billions of dollars in security aid are not squandered or pilfered. The shrinking ambitions for the postwar mission reflect fears that the United States Congress and European parliaments might cancel their financial commitments amounting to more than $4 billion a year, the largest single military assistance program in the world, unless American and NATO troops are positioned at Afghan military and police headquarters to oversee how the money is spent in a country
DIPLOMAT DESCRIBES CONTINUED FINANCING OF AFGHAN FORCES AS VITAL TO AVOID POLITICAL CHAOS AND BLOODSHED POST-2014 known for rampant corruption, the New York Times reported. The reduced scope is also a result of conflicting interests among military and political leaders that have been on display throughout the 12-year war. Military commanders have advocated a postwar mission focused on training and advising Afghans, with a larger number of troops spread across the battlefield. Political leaders in Washington and other NATO capitals have opted for smaller numbers and assignments only at large Afghan headquarters. Any enduring NATO military presence in Afghanistan “is tied directly to the $4.1 billion and our ability to oversee it and account for it,” a senior NATO diplomat said. “You need enough troops to responsibly administer, oversee and account for $4 billion a year of security assistance.” The senior diplomat who, like other military officials, spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the alliance’s deliberations described continued financing of Afghan secu-
rity forces as vital to avoid political chaos and factional bloodshed after NATO’s combat role ends in December 2014. “It’s not just the shiny object, the number of troops,” he said. “Perhaps much more meaningful is, does the funding flow?” NATO has endorsed an enduring presence of 8,000 to 12,000 troops, with twothirds expected to be American. That is well below earlier recommendations by commanders, but senior alliance officials say larger numbers are unnecessary given the more limited goals now being set by political leaders. The postwar plan depends on a security agreement between the United States and Afghanistan concerning the number, role and legal protection of American troops. But one lesson of the war in Iraq is that domestic politics in the war zone and in Washington can scuttle a security deal, resulting in zero American troops remaining. Afghanistan’s desire to assure the continued flow of billions of dollars in assistance is one reason American and NATO officials are expressing guarded optimism that an agreement will be reached. A traditional Afghan council is expected to meet in the coming weeks to pass its judgment on the proposed United States-Afghanistan bilateral security agreement. The NATO personnel overseeing the security aid would be assigned to Afghan ministries and military
headquarters, where they would review payments to make sure the money went to its intended purposes, like fuel, supplies and training. Under the new plans, NATO military personnel would be assigned only to the headquarters of the two security ministries, defense and interior; to the six Afghan National Army corps headquarters; and to the similar number of national police headquarters. They would also be well represented in army and police training institutions. With that more restricted mission in mind, NATO has approved outlines for a smaller force than commanders advocated. Military officials still hope the current plans will allow them to carry out a substantial mentoring mission from the larger headquarters and training centers, and some said the emphasis on financial accountability was overstated. Pentagon officials say they want at least some American commandos to remain to carry out counterterrorism missions, unilaterally or in coordination with Afghan forces. Allied military personnel who support a larger deployment say the United States and NATO have an obligation to send foreign advisers into the field with tactical-level units to ensure that forces armed by the coalition operate at standards deserving of financial support from other countries.
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PRISONERS’TORTURE AGAINST ISLAMIC INJUNCTIONS: CJP JUSTICE IFTIKHAR SAYS RIGHT TO HUMAN DIGNITY IS INVIOLABLE IRRESPECTIVE OF THE CRIME islaMaBad
HIEF Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has said it is instructed to treat a prisoner as a free individual in Islam with the exception of being confined to prison. He said this in his address at the inaugural session of one-day workshop “Prisoners Vulnerabilitylacking awareness” at the Federal Judicial Academy on Saturday. He went on to say this purpose can be achieved by providing prisoners opportunities for trade and business. They can also render services for teaching. He said Islam addresses every sphere of our lives and guides mankind with logical solutions in virtually every system of administration. He said Islam considers imprisonment as a case of last resort and in many circumstances imprisonment is not used as a punishment. However, there
SAYS IT IS TIME FOR URGENT REMEDIAL PRISONS REFORMS
are number of offences for which imprisonment has been prescribed but the torture and inhuman treatment of the prisoners are completely against the injunctions of our religion. He observed that right to human dignity is inviolable irrespective of the type of crime one commits and one should not be tortured or treated cruelly or inhumanely under any circumstances. He said the old and dilapidated structure of prisons does not fulfill the objectives of prisons. Therefore, it is the need of the time to take urgent remedial steps in prisons reforms, he stressed. He underlined the Supreme Court is fully geared to enforce fundamental rights enshrined in the Constitution which entail rights of the prisoners. He noted prisoners being the members of our society deserve better facilities. They are in jails for the wrongs committed by them, but it does not imply that they should be deprived of their fundamental rights.
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QUETTA: A family heads for a warmer area on Saturday as the mercury dipped in various parts of the country. InP
TEhRAN: Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Consular, Parliamentary and Expatriates' Affairs Hassan Qashqavi said on Saturday that an Iranian delegation consisting of the interior and foreign ministries’ officials will be visiting Islamabad to talk about the recent terrorist attack against the country's border guards. After a meeting with the Iranian parliament's national security and foreign policy commission, he said that there is a possibility for dispatching a delegation to Pakistan over the recent terrorist attacks by the members of outlawed Jeishal-adl movement, affiliated to the Jandullah group. The terrorists fled into Pakistan after killing 14 border guards and injuring six in Saravan border region in Sistan and Balouchestan province. InP
bomb dEfUsEd in hUjra of formEr PPP ministEr MARDAN: A bomb planted in the hujra of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) former minister Rahim Dad Khan was defused on Saturday. As per media reports, as soon as Rahim Dad Khan entered into his hujra he noticed a 10 kg bomb planted in a black coloured bag. He informed the police immediately about it and the bomb disposal squad reached the spot and defused it. onlIne
THAI OPPOSITION RALLIES AGAINST AMNESTY BILL BaNGKoK AGenCIes
EVERAL thousand Thai antigovernment protesters gathered in Bangkok Saturday after lawmakers approved a controversial amnesty that could allow fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra to return. Opponents say the legislation, which was passed by the lower house on Friday but still needs the approval of the Senate, will “whitewash” past abuses, including the killing of unarmed protesters. Some 3,000 protesters joined the rally held by the opposition Democrat Party by early Saturday evening, police said,
with attendance expected to swell as the weekend goes on. Demonstrators chanting “government get out!” and waving flags gathered for a third night in the Thai capital as political tensions flared in the turbulent kingdom. “People doing wrong and then issuing laws to pardon themselves - it's impossible. It makes Thai law look meaningless," said 42-year-old protester Anong Niamtiang, who had driven to Bangkok from central Supanburi province with friends to take part on Saturday. Thaksin, who was toppled in a military coup in 2006, remains a hugely divisive figure in Thailand. Thaksin’s younger sister Yingluck Shinawatra is now prime
minister. An attempt by him to return to Thailand could inflame tensions in a country with a history of political violence. There are doubts that the Democrats can mobilise the same number of supporters as during previous bouts of political unrest. Supporters of the legislation say it will draw a line under years of turmoil, culminating in mass pro-Thaksin “Red Shirt” protests in 2010 that left more than 90 people dead in a military crackdown. As well as pardoning people involved in political protests since 2004, the amnesty will also cover those accused of crimes by organisations set up after the 2006 coup, according to a copy of the bill.
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Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt – Abraham Lincoln
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SECURITY BEEFED UP IN ISLAMABAD AFTER MEHSUD’S DEATH REPORT
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ANOTHER FALLS VICTIM TO DENGUE, TOLL IN PUNJAB MOUNTS TO NINE raWalPiNdi
a killing that The bite of death! may reap more deaths!
OLLOWING the reports of killing of Hakimullah Mehsud, the chief of outlawed Tehreek Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in a US missile strike in North Waziristan Agency, the security has been heightened in the federal capital to avert any untoward incident, officials said Saturday. Strict identity checks were ensured in red zone and its adjoining areas including President House, Prime Minister House and
the Parliament House. The tight security arrangements have been made in the federal capital like other cities of the country after contradictory reports poured in regarding the assassination of Hakimullah Mehsud in a missile strike in North Waziristan. Police, on directives from interior ministry, further stepped up checking at all security pickets besides thorough monitoring on all exits and entry points of the city. According to Umar Hameed, the spokesman of the interior ministry, the death of Taliban chief Mehsud could not officially be confirmed; hence, the reports are being garnered in this connection. However, the intelligence sources feared potential terrorist attacks, as Taliban leaders confirmed death of Hakimullah, chief of TTP in Friday drone attack in North Waziristan.
Dreadful dengue virus continues to take more lives as another man died of dengue fever during treatment on Saturday.
As per details, Ahmed, 27, suffering from dengue fever was under treatment in Holy Family Hospital where he expired during treatment. With the recent death, toll mounted to nine due to dengue fever in Punjab. According to Health Department figures, 52 new dengue cases were reported across Punjab so
far this season. Doctors have advised people to use anti-mosquito spray, keep windows of their houses closed, and cover all food items and water pots to avoid the disease.
You better go home! SHO, INVESTIGATION OFFICER SACKED IN MURDER CASE OF DAUGHTER-IN-LAW OF ISLAMABAD FORMER IG islaMaBad onlIne
Islamabad inspector general (IG) has dismissed from service the then Station House Officer (SHO) Inspector Sajjad Bokhari
and investigation officer Sub Inspector Muhammad Rashid for registration of murder case of daughter in law of Islamabad former IG in Shalimar Police Station. Well placed sources said Islamabad former IG
Police Binyamin had got registered the murder case of his daughter in law Wahida alias Palosha in his respective district by misusing his powers while Wahida was murdered in Peshawar. Sister of slain daughter in law of Islamabad former IG had raised this case in Supreme Court. Islamabad IG Binyamin was also transferred following the change of government.
SPOTTING ThE COLOUR: Citizens fancying newspapers flashing TTP chief Hakimullah Mehsud’s death. ONLINE
rda, wasa, tma ordered to clean up nullah leh brinks RAWALPINDI: Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA), Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) and TMA Rawal Town have been ordered to expedite the work on removal of garbage, solid waste and building material from the brinks of Nullah Leh. Rawalpindi Commissioner Khalid Masood Chaudhry directed the authorities to take all possible anti dengue prevention measures. He said that the government institutions should invite the public representatives and work under their supervision. The RDA, WASA and TMA officials have also been directed to repair all leaking water pipelines and ensure sanitation in the city to prevent the spread of dengue virus. InP
happy dewali! with love, mamnoon islaMaBad onlIne
“On this auspicious occasion I sincerely wish that may the celebrations of the day bring more festivity and happiness in the lives of all those who commemorate this day.” This was the greeting President Mamnoon Hussain extended to the hindu community on the eve of Dewali festivity to be celebrated today (Sunday). He said that the government was committed to continue efforts for the
uplift and welfare of the minorities and to safeguard fundamental rights, safety, honour, life and properties of the minorities. “In this effort we are guided by the golden principles of our religion, the vision of our founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah and the Constitution” he maintained. He called upon the Hindu community to continue making their valuable contributions for the prosperity of Pakistan and for promoting inter-faith harmony. Indeed such events should serve to rededicate ourselves to continuously strive in the path of good and noble. “Let us pledge ourselves on this occasion that we would struggle collectively for establishing a pluralistic society in which every citizen is allowed to participate for the development of the country irrespective of caste and creed” he urged the people.
The knives are not ready yet! RAWAL TOWN TMA’S SLAUGHTERHOUSE STILL INCOMPLETE AFTER SIX YEARS raWalPiNdi InP
The slaughter house of Rawal Town TMA, which is under construction at a cost of Rs 40 million, could not be completed so far, despite the lapse of six years. As per details, floor and cabin in the slaughter house are still under
construction, the Building Department has demanded additional Rs 1.146 million from the government to complete the task. The construction work on the project was started in 2007-08 and its cost was then estimated at Rs 40 million but the cost increased due to the inflation and delay in the completion of the project. It is pertinent to mention here that the slaughter house is functional under the management of Rawal Town TMA. When contacted, TMA’s TO (I&S) Wasiqullah Qureshi said that only the construction of ground floor and cabin for goats remains that would be completed very soon. He said that the Building Department had completed its work and it might be demanding some outstanding bills now.
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Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool, a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor – Sholom Aleichem
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blood brothers TURKEY HELPING TRANSFORM PAKISTAN’S SOCIETY, ECONOMY: CDA CHAIRMAN islaMaBad InP
URKEY is a brotherly Islamic country which has been doing best to transform Pakistan’s coming generations, society and the economy.
This was said by Capital Development Authority (CDA) Chairman Nadeem Hassan Asif on Saturday while speaking as chief guest at the Third Eye Exhibition organised by PakTurk International Schools and Colleges Islamabad at F-9 Park. Lauding the economic cooperation and support during natural disasters, he said that Turkey is utilising all her resources to make Pakistan a developed country. CDA chairman said that provision of affordable and quality education as well as project based learning opportunities to the Pakistani children is having a very positive and long-term impact.
The city head said that this exhibition will help students get exposure, confidence and understand life beyond what our eyes can see. Nadeem Hassan Asif visited all the stalls and took keen interest in the items displayed by the students; he also appreciated the intellectual ideas of some of the students. He observed that human values and philosophies with an artistic touch have a healthy impression on lives. He asked many questions and appreciated the representation, description, definitions and explanations offered by young scientists. On the occasion, PakTurk Chairman Unal Tosur, MD Fasih Celik, Education Director Kamil
POLICE IN ACTION!
36 SUSPECTS ARRESTED
Ture and Deputy Head of Mission of Turkish Embassy Alperen Uyar said that expos help students find opportunity and interact with other bright young minds. They said that we will continue to empower the next generation of
Pakistani scientists, engineers, doctors and entrepreneurs. Participation in science expos is highly beneficial which has encouraged is to focus on such events to ensure a brighter future for Pakistan, they said.
ISLAMABAD: The capital police arrested 36 suspects during a search operation in Shehzad Town situated on the outskirts of Islamabad on Saturday. Police carried out raids in Shehzad Town and arrested 36 suspects. Moreover, 100 bottles of alcohol, three pistols and 10 bullets were recovered from the suspects’ possession. The Capital police also impounded 26 motor bikes without proper documentation. Islamabad has also witnessed terrorist attacks in the past and the Capital police is on high alert to prevent any other act of terrorism. InP
Int’l conference on Imam Hussain (AS)’s martyrdom today
ThE REFLECTIONS OF PEACE: A family enjoying a day out at Rawal Lake. SAjjAd ALI
RAWALPINDI: Sixth annual international conference on the martyrdom of Hazrat Imam Hussain (AS) will be held at the Rawalpindi Arts Council (RAC) on Sunday. The conference will be presided over by Anjuman Almi Tahreek Panjtan Pak Chairman Sahabzada Peer Dr Azmat Ullah Sultan Qadri. Political and religious leaders and scholars from different schools of thought, diplomats, and people from different walks of life will attend the conference. APP
CDA to auction 56 commercial plots ISLAMABAD: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has decided to auction 56 commercial plots in different sectors of the federal capital to generate revenue for expediting the development work in the city. The auction of the plots was approved in a meeting of the civic authority presided over by its Chairman Nadeem Hassan Asif. It is the first time in the history of the civic authority that it is selling this much number of commercial plots at a time. Meanwhile, the CDA board also approved waiving of eight percent departmental charges for the Bari Imam Complex Project and asked the Auqaf Department to spend it on the project. InP
‘Dengue in Trouble’ drama organised at RAC RAWALPINDI: Rawalpindi Arts Council has intensified antidengue campaign launched by the Government of Punjab to overcome dengue virus. In this regard, an informative drama titled ‘Dengue in trouble’ was staged on Saturday. The drama was written and directed by Imran Younis Rushdi while Taskeen Victor, Amin Shahzada, Shahid Bhatti and Kashif were among the caste of drama. The participants were of the view that the information provided thorough dramatic performance would be remembered for long time. A special information desk has been set up in the premises of the arts council where pamphlets are being distributed to the visitors. Apart from drama, an antidengue walk was also arranged which was led by Resident Director Waqar Ahmed. The walk was started from arts council and ended at Murree Road. Addressing to participants of the walk, Resident Director Waqar Ahmed said that the government and people can defeat the dengue virus by joint efforts. He said that anti-dengue campaign would be successful under the dynamic leadership of Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif. The literature containing information about dengue virus and its prevention was also distributed among participants at the end of the walk. InP
CDA, HIS to hold Chrysanthemum and Autumn Flowers Show ISLAMABAD: A three day Chrysanthemum and Autumn Flowers Show will be held at the Rose and Jasmine Garden from November 29, 2013 to December 01, 2013 organised by the Capital Development Authority (CDA) and the Islamabad Horticulture Society (IHS).Various amateurs and floral societies as well as government, semi-government and autonomous bodies are set to present their floral master pieces. A schedule for the flower show can be obtained from the management of IHS. stAFF rePort
Roots College organises concert for quake victims
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To promote peace and human rights, Roots College International Millennium Flagship Campus in collaboration with International Human Rights Commission-IHRC organised a magical concert of celebrities from Lebanon, Turkey & Pakistan hosting Viviane Murd,
Ersin Fakizad, Qayyas Band, Shaoib Ali Khan and many more as support for earthquake victims of Baluchistan. The concert’s objective was to institutionalise Peace Day and to support the people who are affected in the area of Baluchistan. The star studded evening at the Millennium Campus exhibited a beautiful synergy between diplomacy and music. It was an honour to
have Viviane Mrad, Ersin Faikzade, Ameer Sohaib and Qayaas, perform for an elite gathering of dignitaries and students. A joint venture by the Millennium Campus and the International Human Rights Commission (IHRC), inviting these global icons and also carry the titles of ‘Ambassadors for goodwill’, who represent the religious, racial, and ethnic diversity of the human family.
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Drone attacks subvert the rule of law - we become judge, jury, and executioner - at the push of a button. –Mark McKinnon
‘miles to go before i sleep’ On terrorism, war, lies and deception
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mehsud’s elimination Pakistan government must remain on guard
HE inflexible and ruthless militant TTP honcho, Hakimullah Mehsud has been killed in a drone strike. Under his watch, the TTP had conducted some of the most gruesome operations. In the attack on Parade Lane mosque 36 persons including 17 children were killed. Attacks on minorities including Christians, Ahmadis and Shias intensified. Military installations, assets and army personnel became the favourite target, leading many to suspect that the attacks were being conducted on the behest of foreign enemies. A day before Mehsud’s death, the TTP spokesman Shahidullah Shahid had once again called for the release of each TTP killers incarcerated in Pakistani jails and the withdrawal of troops from the tribal areas to prove the government’s serious intent about talks, knowing well that no government could ever do that. The TTP Shura has now elected Khan Said Sajna aka Khalid as the new chief. Sajna being a nominee of Waliur Rehman group was expected to be appointed second in command after Wali died in a drone strike in May this year. Hakimullah however selected his own confidant Latifullah Mehsud, rejecting Wali’s favourite. Latifullah being the next in command may have replaced Hakimullah if he had not been captured by the US while in Afghanistan to negotiate a deal with the Afghan intelligence. Abdullah Behar who was his replacement died alongside Hakimullah Mehsud in the Friday’s strike. Keeping in view the differences in the TTP, also reflected in the voting pattern, it remains to be seen if the new chief is accepted by all groups. Pakistan had no role in the killing of the TTP chief. The militant leader’s keenness for publicity was responsible for putting him in the crosshairs of the US security agencies. In November 2009 Mehsud owned that he had orchestrated the attack which killed seven CIA officers and contractors in Khost. A few months later Faisal Shehzad, sentenced in the attempted Times Square bombing case, confessed to having received training and funds from the Pakistani Taliban in Waziristan. Washington subsequently announced a reward of $5million for information leading to Mehsud’s arrest. He had already survived a drone attack. What happened on Friday therefore was not unexpected. While his death might initially lead to calls for revenge, the departure of a hardliner might make negotiations with the militants easier in the long-run. The government needs to act carefully. It would not be in Pakistan’s interest if the incident was to lead to deterioration in relations with the US.
hit by high inflation The poor are feeling the pinch
HE inflation in the country has hit a rapid upwardly mobile trajectory. Its pace at 9.1 per cent up from the previous year in the same month in October 2013 touched its highest level in 16 months. It comes on top of 7.4 per cent spike in September. This month-on-month increase is now a phenomenon that underlines the inflationary pressures due to unrelenting increases in the prices of utility services and other essential goods. The authority that determines the increase and decrease in prices of a basket of 487 goods and services – the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) – has determined that in October, the commodity group covering prices of housing, water, electricity, gas and fuels was up by 9.5 per cent over the same month last year. The weight of this particular group in the Common Price Index (CPI) basket is about 29.4 per cent. At the same time, the prices of perishable food stuff, the PBS reported, surged rose by 18.6 per cent while the clothing and footwear group rose by 14.6 per cent. For the ongoing fiscal 2013-14, the government had set the inflation target at eight per cent, but independent economists paint a far gloomier picture: forecasting it to soar to double digits, at around 12 per cent. And, what the experts believe falls in the zone of ‘alarming’, the month-on-month inflation in October when compared to September rose by two per cent. Whichever way one looks at it, these statistics are scary. And these are not mere statistics: the price increases so sharp impact lives, especially of those that are already on the fringe. While more and more are people being pushed down the poverty line by unchecked inflation sparked by the upsurge in fuel and energy rates, the attitude of the hierarchy is sort of ‘couldn’t care less’. The leading lights of the government are on an unending binge of foreign tours. The PM has spent most of his five months in office abroad, the finance minister rarely steps in on home soil, the Punjab CM has his own set of foreign destinations spanning across continents in a continuous jet-setting environment. All this when the poor are feeling the pinch, its snowball impact pushing millions of them down the poverty line – more fodder for the seminaries that indeed are the assembly lines for producing those deadly militants who have held the entire polity hostage. It was about time government stepped on to the plate to stem this unchecked rot.
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RONES are in the news. Various foreign agencies have put the number of civilian deaths in the hundreds, even thousands. But hot in the wake of Nawaz Sharif reporting to Washington, our government gave a fatwa: drones have killed only 67 innocents. With so much lying going around, one doesn’t know whom to believe, but nowadays one is tempted to believe any government the least. Not that 67 is a small number. The death of one innocent human being is tantamount to the killing of humanity – 67 murders are totally unconscionable. But 67 puts the US in a less bad light, though it doesn’t decrease the even worse bad light shining on the terrorists who have killed some 45,000 innocents purportedly in retaliation to drone strikes. Our satraps have done their loyal duty by the hegemon. Their tragedy is that no one believes anything they say. The late actor/broadcaster Peter Ustinov put it succinctly: “Terrorism is the war of the poor. War is the terrorism of the rich.” Here is another symbiotic relationship, a Yin-Yang, a materialistic dialectic of perpetual conflict, hegemony the thesis, resistance the anti-thesis, war the thesis, terrorism the anti-thesis. One is state terrorism; the reaction to it is non-state terrorism. I have always said that non-state terrorism is a product of state terrorism. Often, intelligence agencies deliberately perpetrate a terrorist act and plant evidence of someone else having done it to justify action against the falsely implicated to target him. They are called false flag operations that I have written about earlier – do a dastardly act and plant the flag of another on the debris to implicate him. Sometimes hegemons or would-be hegemons set up terrorist groups themselves, as it is suspected that the TTP might be a product of the US intelligence working in tandem with Afghan intelligence to justify action against Pakistan if, for example, we are unable to prevent the TTP attacking NATO vehicles taking soldiers, arms and equipment out of Afghanistan. Friday’s killing of the leader of the Taliban by a US drone strike doesn’t lift the suspicion. Such people are dispensable in the context of the larger doctrine of destabilising a country to justify action against it. It has put paid to any negotiations, will increase terrorism in Pakistan and destabilise it further in the face of the inept leaderships infesting this country. False flag operations are as old as the hills. For lack of cogent evidence except the incredible, many US commentators continue to suspect that 9/11 may have been a false flag operation. Case in point: a hijacker’s near undamaged passport is ‘discovered’ in the debris of the World Trade Center while two huge jetliners got vaporised. So too the Abbotabad operation that is supposed to have killed Osama bin Laden: no incontrovertible evidence has been furnished that it indeed was Bin Laden. That those who ask questions are summarily dismissed as ‘conspiracy theorists’ reinforces suspicions that the authorities concerned have no answers. “False flag terrorism occurs when elements within a government stage a secret operation whereby government forces pretend to be a targeted enemy
while attacking their own forces or people. The attack is then falsely blamed on the enemy in order to justify going to war against that enemy.” When it is incontrovertibly shown that the claim that Saddam possessed WMD to ‘justify’ an attack on Iraq was false, they get brazen. Wikipedia says that, “False flag operations are covert operations conducted by governments, corporations, or other organisations, which are designed to deceive the public in such a way that the operations appear as if they are being carried out by other entities… The name is derived from the military concept of flying false colours; that is, flying the flag of a country other than one’s own. The term comes from the old days of wooden ships, when one ship would hang the flag of its enemy before attacking another ship in its own navy. Because the enemy’s flag was hung instead of the flag of the real country of the attacking ship, it was called a ‘false flag’ attack.” The US President James Madison said: “If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.” Hermann Goering, put it better: “Why of course the people don’t want war… But after all it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship… Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.” Former British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook put it best: “The socalled Al Qaeda that we see are actually Kharjees along with Mossad, CIA and RAW led and trained mercenary gangs like TTP who pose as Islamic Jihadists and create justification for global information war and propaganda to launch a new war against another Muslim country. “The truth is there is no Islamic army or terrorist group called Al Qaeda. And any informed intelligence officer knows this. But there is propaganda to make the public believe in the presence of an identified entity representing the devil only in order to drive TV watchers to accept a unified international leadership for a war against terrorism. The country behind this propaganda is the US.” Go ahead. Call Robin Cook a ‘conspiracy theorist’. He died while hiking in the Scottish Highlands. One wonders. Dr Kelly – who could have shown that the assertion of the British government that Iraq had WMD was false – also died walking in a park. Now do you understand why I have stopped walking on roads and in parks or cricket grounds? They could be teeming with intelligence operatives and wild boars. For more on false flags read the essay ‘Want to Know’ from ‘Truther’ of October 11, 2013. Suffice it to tell you that General Tommy Franks said that if the US is attacked again “the Constitution will likely be discarded in favour of military form of government.” Farfetched? Perhaps, but if the NSA that is actually running America can cynically
tap the phones of foreign heads of government, anything is possible. There is no gainsaying that they don’t tap Obama’s phones too and certainly Nawaz Sharif’s. Privacy is a thing of the past. Why, even one’s neighbours are invading one’s privacy, peering over one’s boundary walls and brazenly taking photographs. Ask me. The truth is far more bizarre than fiction. Seymour Hersh, the American Pulitzer Prize winning journalist says about the Obama-get-Osama caper in Abbotabad that the ‘independent’ report contains “facts” provided by the US administration that “will not hold up under scrutiny.” When I said this after the Abbotabad incident I was called – you guessed it – a ‘conspiracy theorist’. By extension, Seymour Hersh must be a conspiracy theorist too. “The Pakistanis put out a report,” says Hersh, “don’t get me going on it. Let’s put it this way, it was done with considerable American input. It’s a bullshit report.” So much for our clapped out judges, and tired old diplomats, who comprised the Commission. When some suggest that the US could have taken control of the 9/11 aircraft from the ground, they were scoffed at. America has the codes of every plane made in America. If they can sit miles away and control unmanned aircraft and fire Hellfire missiles, why can’t they take control of manned commercial jetliners? America has now made a surveillance drone the size of an ant. They can make a blind person ‘see’ by applying a band on his limb and use his skin as ‘eyes’ – my world-class ophthalmologist who also makes worldclass ‘kheer’ or rice pudding as good as she gives eye injections should please note. They have learned how to bend light and thus cloak things like bombers, jetfighters, tanks and ships and probably even soldiers and spies, like the ‘Klingons’ cloak their spaceships in ‘Star Wars’. Fiction turned to fact, what? Dr Atta ur Rahman told me all this – not the ‘kheer’ of course. Ask him. He is writing about such things in my daughter Mashaal’s magazine ‘Blue Chip’. With such high scientific and technological capabilities America can do things that we Third World simpletons versed in the humanities – subjects for those who can’t study, Oxford’s PPE being the worst – cannot even begin to understand. I’ve always exhorted you to think. Please, for God’s sake, THINK. Reclaim your abdicated mind from the mullah and the propagandist. Don’t always take every report of every government at face value. Tear down the veil and see what lies beyond. The tip of the iceberg tells you nothing about the iceberg. You have to dive deep into the freezing ocean and see for yourself. Don’t reduce yourself to a mindless robot lapping up propaganda by governments and sections of the media. Don’t let your perceptions be managed. Why labour the point? My mind is tired with all the lies, my heart sickened. Let younger people take up the baton. I have other things to do and “miles to go before I sleep.”
Don’t always take every report of every government at face value. Tear down the veil and see what lies beyond. The tip of the iceberg tells you nothing about the iceberg. You have to dive deep into the freezing ocean and see for yourself. Don’t reduce yourself to a mindless robot lapping up propaganda by governments and sections of the media.
Humayun Gauhar is a political analyst. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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This enemy of peace in the world today is unlike any we have seen in the past, and our military is learning from, and building on, previous successes while carrying peace and freedom into the future. –Mark Kennedy
sunday, 3 november, 2013
the vote is for 2014, not 1947 Young India’s attention is locked into the future
URING a week when we pondered over the iron man of India, Sardar Patel, and remembered the iron lady, Mrs Indira Gandhi, a question kept flitting through my thoughts. Did the great Sardar dismantle the princely order of the British Raj only so that it might be replaced by a princely order of an Indian Raj? Both Patel and Mrs Gandhi were undiluted nationalists, but the Sardar was not encumbered by any ism M J AKBAr other than nationalism. Mrs Gandhi selected a limp form of socialism as her security blanket when the electoral temperature dropped for the Congress in 1969. Her weakpink socialism provided the temporary warmth of false comfort. A highlight of her programme was the abolition of commitments made by Sardar Patel in 1947 to princes who surrendered their treaty rights with the British to join the Union of India. And then, when the political weather turned icy in the wintry Emergency of 1975 and 1976, Mrs Gandhi turned her own party into a princely order, by opting for dynasty. The Nehru-Gandhis once belonged to the Congress; the Congress now belongs to the family. The idea of dynast, however, had such rare power that it went viral and infected other strains of Indian socialism, particularly the Ram Manohar Lohia school, which once took its ideology a little more seriously than it took God. The most lurid examples of reverse takeover are the parties led by Mulayam Singh Yadav and Lalu Yadav. Their sperm-antics have had significant consequences, not just for them but also for the larger politics of north India. As the credibility of socialists gets punctured repeatedly in the north, the non-Congress space is being filled by BJP. The socialists lost the game early in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan; they could now be marginalised in UP and Bihar. In theory, democracy provides an egalitarian opportunity base for merit to flourish and mediocrity to wither. A dynastic dispensation imposes entitlement on democracy. If pushed, dynasty seeks relevance through sentimental history. Rahul Gandhi wants legitimacy for his personal ambitions in the assassinations of his grandmother Mrs Indira Gandhi and father Rajiv. If the sacrifice of ancestors was sufficient to propel anyone to power, then surely the articulate Gopal Gandhi, great-grandson of the one Gandhi who was a Mahatma, deserves a look-in? Those who milk the past, whether that icon be Mrs Gandhi or Sardar Patel, are missing the bigger point: young India’s attention is locked into the future. Confidence in economic growth has snapped. Rising prices and falling incomes are the visible sides of an economy falling south. While their parents feel helpless, the young are beginning to feel hopeless. They want to believe in India, which is why they are so deeply incensed by the betrayal evident in the careless indifference of the UPA government. Their anger across the country is palpable to everyone except occupants of gilded cages in the Delhi zoo. Narendra Modi is the flavour of this season not because he is building a statue of Sardar Patel, but because he is the outsider who has laid siege to Delhi. He is voice and beneficiary of this rage. Whenever Delhi’s sniffy elite responds with contempt — as when a cabinet minister dismisses Modi as a mere chaiwallah — it only increases the multitude behind Modi. After all, there are more Indians earning their livelihood through tea and labour than sons of a class that has passed its sell-by date. Modi has walked into the void of governance created by the UPA; the space is his to fill to the extent he is able to. The best one can say about the spat over Patel and Jawaharlal Nehru is that, for a change, the debate is on a civilised subject. But not a single vote will be cast in 2014 about who would have been a better prime minister in 1947. The vote will be about who can be the best prime minister for 2014. Modi is lucky. He is facing a double vacuum. Dr Manmohan Singh has faded out, but Rahul Gandhi is not being permitted to fade in, since the Congress leadership is uncertain about the consequences of a head-to-head comparison. It is perfectly reasonable for a political party on the dipping end of public support to raise its drowning spirits by clutching at a straw. Hence the floater that Modi has peaked too early; elections are still six months away. The objective answer lies in the Diwali depression visible in the shops. A recent survey showed that 57 per cent respondents believed this is the worst Diwali in a decade. As for the next six months, 77 per cent thought the economy would remain as bad or get worse. Such a trend might ease, but will not disappear. India is not a happy nation. That should make any ruling party deeply unhappy.
the silver bullet Our educational curriculum and culture must change
URING my Masters degree, I had the privilege of taking a course with one Professor Roberto Mangabeira Unger, who is one of the founding scholars of the Classical Legal Studies movement. Specifically, Professor Unger, one of the greatest legal minds of his generation, taught ‘Progressive Alternatives’ – a course designed to encourage students to deconstruct the modern-day institutional structure of our society, and propose alternative socio-political paradigms that might result in ‘better’ governance and society. In one such class, the topic being discussed was ‘Education’, its contours and objectives. When the debate had raged on for a few hours, and all sorts of ideas – from the sublime to the ridiculous – had been discussed, I raised my hand to ask Professor Unger a simple, but pointed question: “What is the purpose of Education?” The learned professor pensively paced around the auditorium for a while, stopped, looked straight at me and answered: “Mr Rasool, the purpose of education is to recognise a tonguetied prophet in every child.” Keeping aside its blasphemous connotations, this statement embraces the collective idealism of every society and puts forth a hope that every single individual, if educated in the ‘correct’ way, has the potential – even destiny – to change the fate of humanity. This naturally begs the question: are we living up to the promise of education in our society? Do our schools encourage students to ‘untie’ their tongues, and unshackle their brains, in order to reach their fullest potential? Are our curriculums conducive for higher learning? Will our children grow up to imbibe the ideals of a perfect society? Will our project of education open their minds to pluralistic thought? To tolerance and equality? Will they grow up to further the frontier of thought? Will they be citadels
of intellect, and bastions of moral courage? The short answer, to the extent of Pakistan, is: No. The problem, in this regard, exists at two distinct levels. First, the curriculum of educational institution across Pakistan disseminates an intolerant, narrow-minded and biased (even bigoted) idea of history, politics, religion and even sciences. And two, compounding the issue, the ‘culture’ in most of our leading educational institutions stuns debate, discourages political speech, deters the dissemination of avant-garde ideas, and prohibits questioning beyond the prescribed circumference of faith. The first of these two issues – curriculum review – is legal in nature, and thus easier to resolve. Under our now (amended) constitutional scheme, each province has the power to review the curricula being taught in schools within its territorial jurisdiction, and prescribe the subject matter for classroom study. Owing to a lack of jurisprudence on the issue, there is lack of clarity in regards to the extent to which the government has jurisdiction and power to dictate the curriculum of private schools (which, for example, are teaching the O and A Levels curriculum, prescribed by University of Cambridge). In exercise of this review power, the province of Punjab, for example, has passed a Punjab Curriculum Authority Act, 2012, responsible for periodic curricular review of textbooks of schools across Punjab, along with Punjab Textbook Board Ordinance, 1962 (for the printing of the prescribed textbooks), and a Punjab Private Educational Institutions Promotion and Regulation Ordinance, 1984, entailing some (limited) powers relating to the curricula review of private schools in Punjab. And since the curriculum is determined and reviewed through legal instruments, and the resulting executive authority, the process of review and overhauling is simply a question of political will. In this regard, to ensure eradication of bias and bigotry from the minds of our students, a clear break from the past is needed; an embracing of a curriculum that embraces pluralism, that does not vilify other religions or nationalities, that does not portray the militant of the Afghan war as heroes, that does not idolise dictator generals as saviours, that does not preach hatred against people of other nationalities and races, and instead encourages the questioning of the age-old ideals of glorified martyrdom. All this can be done with the stroke of a pen – a singular incident of legislative will, coupled with a concerted exercise of executive authority. The second issue – discouraging the free-
dom of thought and expression – is cultural in nature, and thus perhaps harder to ‘fix’. Educational institutions, all across Pakistan, seem to be pursuing a policy of chilling political speech and participation of students in our national discourse. Student petitions to hold vigils, to organise rallies, to endorse causes, and support movements is discouraged on campuses. The administration and faculty of even the most liberal educational institutions are afraid of scratching at controversial issues. Discussing the blasphemy law is taboo. Teaching comparative religions is forbidden. Saadat Hasan Manto and D H Lawrence are perverts. And questioning the insidious twofaced policies of our intelligentsia is heresy. Our educational institutions have lost sight of the fact that the endeavour of education necessarily entails a conscious effort to engage with and participate in the ongoing national discourse; that student bodies, all through history, have been the engine of social progress and political development. And that without such participation by students in our socio-political debate, we will be producing a generation of doctors, engineers and lawyers, all of whom are disconnected with the pulse of modernism, and inert as to the growing and grave trends in our society. This impotence of moral and social conscience will also spell the death of political evolution and institutional progress, without which no country or generation can ever hope to achieve its fullest potential. For the longest time, we have been told, by politicians, social workers, and intellectuals, that education is the silver bullet against militancy, intolerance and extremism. That with education we will be able to overcome the menacing problems that our nation faces today, and graduate to a life in the promised sunlit uplands of democracy. But if Al-Qaeda members are being arrested from the graduate schools of Punjab University and NUST, if lawyers are showering rose petals at Mumtaz Qadri, if political science students from Karachi University are suspects in ethnic target killings, then we must concede that our educational curriculum and institutions are failing in eradicating the evils of our society. The silver bullet is just a myth. And those of us who still have faith in the future of this country, are simply deluding ourselves. To stem the rot and cure an already cancerous malady, our educational curriculum and culture must change. And it must change yesterday! Saad Rasool is a lawyer based in Lahore. He has a Masters in Constitutional Law from Harvard Law School. He can be reached at: email@example.com, or Twitter: @Ch_SaadRasool
Modi is lucky. He is facing a double vacuum. Dr Manmohan Singh has faded out, but Rahul Gandhi is not being permitted to fade in, since the Congress leadership is uncertain about the consequences of a headto-head comparison.
Mobashar Jawed Akbar is a leading Indian journalist and author. He is the Editor-in-Chief of The Sunday Guardian. He has also served as Editorial Director of India Today.
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jimmy fallon and harrison ford gEt matching Earings
This is like a story straight from summer camp. Jimmy Fallon will do a lot to provide entertainment and memorable moments for viewers of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon—like getting his ears pierced, for example. And although witnessing the late-night TV host undergo the entire process at a parlor with a professional would still be entertaining to watch, Fallon made sure to up the ante by having one of his celebrity guests from the show do the deed. And that’s where Harrison Ford comes in. “Harrison Ford pierced my ear on our show tonight. #ThereWillBeBlood,” the funnyman teased on Instagram with a photo, and showed proof that it actually happened by strutting a bright red feather earring on his left ear. But that’s not all! The 71year-old actor, who was photographed with a coat and sanitary gloves on, put the cherry on top of the entire scenario by also wearing the matching earring to Fallon. Aw, twinsies! neWs DesK
‘I’d rather be the king of kids, than the prince of fools’ — Jack Black
thor: thE dark world
S N ’ T it interesting how quickly life goes back to normal after a massed attack by aliens? In both Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World, the general public seem to have largely forgotten the most astonishing event in the entire history of the planet. Here’s Chris O’Dowd (when do you sleep, man?) having dinner in an elevated restaurant with scientist Jane Foster (Portman) as if the world didn’t nearly end during last summer’s The Avengers. He’s probably right to be so blasé. Minutes later, Jane, squeeze to the god of Thunder, is doing something weird among whirling vortexes in a distressed part of London. Shortly after that the Dark Elves of Svartalfheim begin tearing up eastern reaches of the city. Near-oblivion is now a weekly event. There was some controversy about what was good and what was bad about Kenneth Branagh’s Thor. Sensible folk thought the god-out-of-Asgard stuff on Earth was an absolute hoot, whereas the mythical messing about in the astral plane
came across like Masters of the Universe on Ice. More serious sorts felt the exact opposite. In The Dark World, the stuff in Asgard is slightly sillier than before. Tom Hiddleston’s excellent Loki lurks in captivity. Anthony Hopkins continues to offer his bargain-basement Lear. Poor Idris Elba – a kind of eternal toll-gate monitor – still has the most uninteresting role in all the Marvel universe. Chris Helmsworth’s giant Thor drops by at weekends. Happily, the jokey stuff on earth is every bit as funny as before. There’s a balance to be struck here. We love seeing the extravagant Thor in mundane surroundings, but send him down the pub too often and you risk turning him into a Fast Show creation. Here, he is allowed just enough silliness – strap-hanging on the tube, cramming into a small car, hanging his hammer on a coatrack – to satisfy our comic needs, but not so much that he loses proper heroic status. This is very decent mid-ranking Marvel. We look to Captain America: The Winter Soldier with some enthusiasm. neWs DesK
channo’s and Salman khan’s flicks to clash
a 110 crorE dEal for sallU? According to Indian media reports Eros International has bought the distribution rights to Salman Khan’s upcoming film ‘Jai Ho’. The buzz is that the 47-year-old actor and his brother Sohail Khan have inked a Rs 110 crores deal, that provides distribution right to Eros in both India and overseas markets. The film’s director Sohail was in talks to sell the rights for two months. Eros won the bid after beating other contenders in the race including Disney UTV and Fox Star Studio. The production house has previously acquired the rights of Salman’s Blockbuster hits ‘Wanted’, ‘Dabangg’ and ‘Ready’ and has produced Anil Sharma’s ‘Veer’. neWs DesK
FATIMA BHUTTO CHURNS OUT ANOTHER PROMISING BOOK
David Arquette heads to his hot spot night club in West Hollywood, Calif. on Halloween wearing a Bozo the Clown costume for a Halloween bash.
Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel is populated by unforgettable characters. Strong women characters, poetic language that the Indian reader subconsciously, rather absurdly, believes would sound thrilling in Urdu (like a lyric from a classic Bollywood film miraculously found in translation), and a plot that careens towards a grand blood-spattered disaster: The Shadow of the Crescent Moon, Fatima Bhutto’s debut fiction work is like many other recent novels that have emerged from Pakistan. Indeed, the reader is apt to wonder if, by some inexplicable fictional twist, she has wandered into a mashup of Mohsin Hamid’s Moth Smoke and The Reluctant Fundamentalist set this time in Waziristan because Punjab has, well, been done to death. “We tell a lot of stories in Pakistan but we don’t really talk about a certain group of people, we always talk about ‘people like us’,” Bhutto says at a meeting at her publisher’s office in Delhi. “Not much has been
written about the way turbulence affects women and those who we’ve pushed to the periphery,” she says revealing that much of the book’s material emerged from her journalistic work. “I wrote a column for a Pakistani newspaper for two years and I travelled a lot; I went to Quetta, to Afghan refugee camps in Peshawar, to Chitral, anywhere that I could reach. It’s all those journeys that made up the research for the book,” she says. You are ambivalent about the meeting. Fatima Bhutto’s new book is interesting; some of her characters like the grieving Mina who gate crashes funerals of the young dead are unforgettable and certain vignettes — of Ghazan Ali and Inayat and their children “fishing for brown trout in the icy streams of the northern valleys”, and Aman Erum’s long trek to the US embassy in Islamabad — stay with the reader, but the book isn’t engaging in the all-consuming way of the instant classic like, by all accounts, Bhutto’s earlier work of non fiction, Songs of
Just recently Salman Khan’s much talked about MENTAL was yet again in the news, and it was not due to any controversy as such but because of the change of its title to JAI HO. But that is old news and only time can tell how beneficial will this change proves for the film, but seems like one title change has inspired another one. The film that we are talking about is Reliance Entertainment’s next venture directed by Neeraj Pandey, now titled Total Siyappa. The Ali Zafar and Yami Gautam starrer was earlier titled Aman Ki Asha and the reason for the change of title is best known to the makers. It is just a coincidence or destiny that both Salman Khan’s Jai Ho and Ali Zafar’s Total Siyappa are slated to release just a week apart. While JAI HO releases on 24th January, Total Siyappa will see a 31st January release. Let’s now hope that both the films have a good destiny (outcome to be exact) at the ticket window too!neWs DesK Blood and Sword: A Daughter’s Memoir, was. You feel a twinge of irritation then, a distaste at the realisation that you’ve chosen to meet Fatima Bhutto not because of her new book but because of who she is, her family’s spectacularly violent history (her grandfather, the prime minister of Pakistan, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was hanged by General Zia-Ul-Haq, and her father Mir Murtaza was gunned down after he split with his sister Benazir Bhutto, who was herself assassinated in 2007), and because of the cult of celebrity that immediately sweeps articulate, good looking women writers into an asphyxiating embrace. The aura of blood-tinged glamour and her beautiful bones might make Bhutto irresistible to socialites, the success of whose soirées depend on the cachet of the guest of honour, but serious Indian readers who suddenly find themselves shaking their heads towards the end of the book will feel the writer has been let down by her editors. neWs DesK
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‘I’m happy to be alive, I’m happy to be who I am’ — Michael Jackson
arTs sunday, 3 november, 2013
jEmima catches up with hugh
grant at halloween ball
H EY might have split more than six years ago, but it seems Jemima Khan is still best of friends with her ex Hugh Grant. The 39-year-old editor, who recently ended her short-lived romance with Russell Brand, was seen attending the UNICEF Halloween Ball at One Mayfair in London on Thursday night alongside Notting Hill star Hugh. Jemima, who had taken inspiration from Oscar-winning movie Black Swan for her all-black tutu ensemble, looked in good spirits as she posed up next to Hugh, 53, inside the bash. However, while Jemima appeared to have gone all out with her spooky look, Hugh seemed to have left his outfit planning to the last minute. Clearly having forgotten the dress code, Hugh topped off his look with a frilly cat mask, smiling somewhat bashfully as he smiled for photographers. Jemima dated Hugh from 2005 to 2007 when they split, but remained friends. recently revealed that Jemima and Russell, who first started dating in June, had split, with the socialite apparently deciding that he wasn’t boyfriend material. A source told the Daily Star newspaper: ‘They do get along great and have a lot in common, but she doesn’t
MAN EXPOSES PRIVATES, PROPOSES TO GIRLFRIEND
Justin Bieber steps out onto his hotel balcony, much to the delight of his fans in Rio.
Vikings even more brutal than previously thought From the 9th Century to the 11th Century, marauding Viking warriors laid waste to a broad swath of Europe, and in the process often took slaves for physical labor and sex. Now researchers from the University of Oslo in Norway say they’ve found new evidence suggesting that when their Viking masters died, slaves were beheaded and buried along with them. Elise Naumann, an archaeologist at the university, and her colleagues reached this conclusion after analyzing the skeletal remains of 10 Viking-era bodies originally discovered decades ago in Flakstad, Norway. The researchers paid particular attention to graves that contained the remains of two or more bodies — but only one head. “We were curious about the Flakstad double burials,” Naumann told The Huffington Post in an email. “They are poorly documented, and the definition of double burial was doubted at the time. It was thus strange that only one
skull was retrieved from each double burial, but postcranial bones from two or three individuals.” To determine the relationship between those buried in the group graves, Naumann’s team analyzed the bones of the headless skeletons for nitrogen and carbon isotopes that can reveal dietary history, USA Today reported. The analysis indicated that the people who left headless remains had subsisted on a diet noticeably different than the diets of the people who were buried with their heads intact. Researchers also tested the the skeletons’ mitochondrial DNA and found the bodies were probably not related to each other. The bottom line? According to Naumann, the findings suggest that the headless bodies belonged to slaves of low social status who were killed and given to their dead masters as grave gifts. This theory is based in large part on documented cases of Viking sacrifices from the past. “Slave sacrifice (or
think he’s mature enough for her to consider a serious relationship. And until he proves otherwise, she has said she can only see him on a casual basis.’ Russell first revealed his romance with Jemima in a lengthy piece in The Guardian in early September, in which he admitted to being ‘presently beleaguered by a nerdish, whirling dervish, and am eschewing all others.’ But he said at the end of the month during a gig in Atlanta that he is most definitely ‘single’. neWs DesK
slaves as grave gifts) is documented both archaeologically and in certain written sources,” Naumann told HuffPost Science. “The most famous of the latter is the account of the Arabic traveler Ibn Fadlan, documenting a Viking Chieftain burial [in which] a young slave girl was selected to be killed and buried along with her master.” Jette
Arneborg of the National Museum of Denmark told USA Today that it was wrong to read too much into the research, arguing it that “does not give an unequivocal answer on social status.” But Naumann has stood by the research, saying that she hopes it will lead to more research on multiple graves from the Viking era. neWs DesK
A Tennessee man who is accused of exposing himself to a woman followed up on his display by proposing marriage to his victim with a plastic ring. Police in Murfreesboro, Tenn., arrested Sean Williamson, 25, on Oct. 24. Victim Elonda Nicole Jackson told police that Williamson forced his way into her car Oct. 21 and demanded a ride. She cooperated. During the ride, the suspect allegedly exposed himself and told Jackson that they were going to have sex, the Tennessean reported. He then pulled out a purple, plastic ring and proposed to her, according to the police report. She declined. It is unclear how Jackson managed to rid herself of the suspect. She later filed a report with police. Although the two had only met the day before, Jackson told WGNS radio that the suspect had some pretty far-out theories about their relationship. “He started saying I was his wife [and] that the two little girls I had belonged to him,” she told WGNS radio. “He was, like, the baby I was carrying belonged to him.” Jackson also said that Williamson told he was going to take her to talk show host Jerry Springer. neWs DesK
fossil breathes new life into ‘kraken’ debate Did a giant kraken troll the Triassic seas, crushing ichthyosaurs and arranging their bones into pleasing patterns? It sounds like a Halloween tale, but researchers who first suggested the existence of this ancient sea monster in 2011 say they now have more evidence backing up their controversial theory. Not only have they discovered a second example of strangely arranged bones, they’ve found a fossil that appears to be the beak of an ancient squid or octopus. “This was extremely good luck,” said Mark McMenamin, a paleontologist at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts who presented his findings here Wednesday (Oct. 30) at the annual meeting of the geological Society of America (gSA). “This was finding the needle in the haystack, really.” [See Images of New ‘Kraken’ Fossils & Lair] Still, the kraken theory has not gained widespread acceptance. “A kraken isn’t really necessary,” said David Fastovsky, a paleontologist at the University of Rhode Island
who attended McMenamin’s gSA presentation and penned a response to the evidence for the Paleontological Society. “Everything can be explained by much less exotic means.” McMenamin caused a splash when he and his colleagues first floated the idea of the kraken at a gSA meeting in 2011. The evidence: A bizarre arrangement of vertebrae of the ichthyosaur Shonisaurus popularis found in BerlinIchthyosaur State Park in Nevada. S. popularis was a school-bus-size, flippered marine reptile that lived during the Triassic period, 250 million to 200 million years ago. The bones of one of these ichthyosaurs were found in a strange linear pattern. McMenamin and his colleagues argued that they were arranged there by a giant cephalopod (an octopus or squid) playing with its food. This hypothesis isn’t quite as out there as it may seem: Modern octopuses are known to manipulate bones, shells and other debris to form middens, concealing the entrances to their dens. And today’s giant squid are known to battle
it out with sperm whales, as evidenced by tentacle scars found on whales and squid found in whale stomachs. The bone arrangements could be the earliest evidence of cephalopod intelligence, McMenamin said. [Release the Kraken! giant Squid Photos] Still, the idea engendered a lot of backlash. glenn Storrs, the curator of vertebrate paleontology at the Cincinnati Museum Center, summed up the skepticism to LiveScience in 2011, calling the weird bone arrangement “circumstantial evidence.” Now, McMenamin has more. First, he argues, the arrangement of bones could not have been made by natural processes like currents or mud compaction. The shape of the bones is such that there is “virtually zero” probability that currents could have nudged them into that arrangement, McMenamin told a crowded auditorium of geoscientists at this year’s meeting. “You always go from a more ordered to a less ordered state, not the other way around,” he said. neWs DesK
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They practice until they get it right, we practice until we cant get it wrong. — Dr.Seuss
DELIVERS SERIES WIN IN RUN-FEST
sunday, 3 november, 2013
Pakistan's foUrth biggEst win ovEr africa
s.Pervez Qaiser Pakistan's 66-run victory in the second one day international at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Friday was their fourth biggest in terms of runs against South Africa in one day international cricket.Pakistan's 182-run victory at Port Elizabeth on December 11,2002 was their biggest over South Africa while 141-run win at Durban on February 7,2007 is the second biggest. The 67-run victory at Sharjah on March 3,2000 is Pakistan third biggest over South Africa. ** Shahid Afridi became Pakistan's joint third most capped player against South Africa by appeaing in this match. It was Shahid Afridi's 34th match against South Africa. Abdur Razzaq and Mohammed Yusuf also played the same number of matches. Younis Khan holds the record of playing the highest number of matches for Pakistan with 39 matches while Inzamamul-Haq is second with 37 matches. ** Jean-Paul Duminy became the 14th South African and 127th batsman overall to scoer 3000 or more runs in one day internationals. The left hand batsman from Strandfontein, Cape Town reached this milestone during his 25-run knock. It was his 97th innings of 106 match in one day international cricket. ** Ryan McLaren recorded his second best bowling performance in one day internationals by taking four for 34. His best bowling is four for 19 against the same opponent at Birmingham on June 10,2013. ** Shahid Afridi received his 31st man of the match award in 364 one day internationals. It was his second such award in matches against South Africa. His first against South Africa came at Faisalabad on October 23,2007. PAKISTAN'S BIGGEST WINS AGAINST SOUTH AFRICA: Runs.......................... Venue .................. Date 182 ........................... Port Elizabeth ...... 11-12-2002 141 ........................... Durban ................ 07-02-2007 67 ............................. Sharjah................ 28-03-2000 66 ............................. Dubai .................. 01-11-2013 42 ............................. Lahore................. 05-10-2003
T is an indictment of how skewed the contest between bat and ball has become that for 2961 ODIs, no batsman broke the 200-run barrier and now three have done it in the last 467 matches. Rohit Sharma was the latest entrant to the club, after Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag, and he hit 16 sixes - a world record - during a ransacking of Australia in the deciding match of a series that bowlers on both sides will be glad to leave behind. Incredibly, Australia lost because they were out of wickets and not time. India hit 19 sixes as they racked up 383; Australia replied with 326, the ninth time in 11 innings that a team passed 300 this series. And though they lost by a sizeable margin in the end, they did not lose the six-hitting contest. Australia's 19 blows over the Chinnaswamy Stadium's tiny boundaries helped smash the record for the most sixes in a one-day international. India and New Zealand had hit 31 in Christchurch in 2009; India and Australia hit a numbing 38 today. Vinay Kumar's 1 for 102 in nine overs were the worst figures by an Indian in an ODI; two Australians were close to owning the record for the quickest 50 by an Australian, and James Faulkner's 57-ball 100 was his country's fastest century. It was hard to make sense of it all. The madness began with Rohit. For a batsman to have the opportunity of making a double-century in 50 overs, stars need to align, and they did today. Apart from the playing conditions that already favour run-making, George Bailey put India in on an easy-paced pitch and a Lilliputian outfield, the weather was cool and the humidity low, and Australia had sent home Mitchell Johnson, then lost Watson to injury in the middle of his spell, while their remaining bowlers sent down a variety of pies. Rohit had the necessary luck too, when on 120 he was dropped at deep square leg by the substitute Moises Henriques, who parried the ball over the boundary to worsen the six count. Rohit might have felt the need to compensate his team and the crowd for running out Virat Kohli, the hottest batting talent in India at the moment, for a duck. He
and MS Dhoni plundered 167 runs off 94 balls for the fifth wicket. India scored 151 in the last ten overs, of which 101 came in the last five. Rohit had gone past 100 off 114 balls. And then he went past 200 off his 156th delivery. It was difficult to recall that Rohit had played the supporting act during his sixth century stand in 19 innings with Shikhar Dhawan, their third such opening partnership of this series. And that he had to overcome a testing period, when Dhawan was trapped lbw in the 19th over and Kohli run out in the next. Despite India having gone past 100 in 15.1 overs, a whole new level of carnage began from the 26th, when Rohit waylaid the spinners, launching Xavier Doherty and Maxwell repeatedly into the stands between square leg and long-on. When the quicks returned, they repeated their errors of bowling both sides of the wicket, and Rohit continued driving and flicking over the leg-side boundary, while also driving fours and sixes between point and long-off. His smooth stroke-play was in contrast to Dhoni's brutal blows, which included a helicoptered six that flew over the roof at long-on. At the start of the final over, Rohit was on 197. He brought up his double by driving Clint McKay over the cover boundary, and sent the next one over midwicket to claim the record for most sixes in an innings.
sCoreBoArD InDIA rG sharma c sub (MC Henriques) b McKay....................209 s Dhawan lbw b Doherty....................................................60 V Kohli run out (Coulter-nile/†Haddin) ...........................0 sK raina lbw b Doherty .....................................................28 yuvraj singh c †Haddin b Faulkner ...................................12 Ms Dhoni*† run out (sub [MC Henriques]/†Haddin)....62 rA Jadeja not out.................................................................0 eXtrAs: (lb 5, w 7) .............................................................12 totAl: (6 wickets; 50 overs) .............................................383 DID not BAt: r Ashwin, B Kumar, r Vinay Kumar, Mohammed shami FAll oF WICKets: 1-112 (Dhawan, 18.6 ov), 2-113 (Kohli, 19.5 ov), 3-185 (raina, 29.3 ov), 4-207 (yuvraj singh, 33.5 ov), 5374 (sharma, 49.3 ov), 6-383 (Dhoni, 49.6 ov) BoWlInG: CJ McKay 10-0-89-1,nM Coulter-nile 10-0-80-0, JP Faulkner 10-0-75-1,sr Watson 5-0-26-0,XJ Doherty 10-074-2,GJ Maxwell 4-0-32-0,AJ Finch 1-0-2-0 AustrAlIA AJ Finch lbw b Mohammed shami ...................................5 PJ Hughes c yuvraj singh b Ashwin.................................23 BJ Haddin† b Ashwin...........................................................40 GJ Bailey* run out (yuvraj singh/V Kumar/†Dhoni) ....4 AC Voges b Mohammed shami .........................................4 GJ Maxwell c Jadeja b Vinay Kumar ................................60 JP Faulkner c Dhawan b Mohammed shami...................116 sr Watson c Mohammed shami b Jadeja.......................49 nM Coulter-nile c Kohli b Jadeja .....................................3 CJ McKay b Jadeja ...............................................................18 XJ Doherty not out..............................................................0 eXtrAs: (lb 1, w 2, nb 1) .....................................................4 totAl: (all out; 45.1 overs) .................................................326 FAll oF WICKets: 1-7 (Finch, 1.2 ov), 2-64 (Hughes, 12.1 ov), 3-70 (Bailey, 15.2 ov), 4-74 (Haddin, 16.5 ov), 5-132 (Voges, 21.6 ov), 6-138 (Maxwell, 22.2 ov), 7-205 (Watson, 28.2 ov), 8-211 (Coulter-nile, 30.1 ov), 9-326 (McKay, 44.6 ov), 10-326 (Faulkner, 45.1 ov) BoWlInG: B Kumar 8-1-47-0,Mohammed shami 8.1-0-52-3,r Vinay Kumar 9-0-102-1,r Ashwin 10-0-51-2, rA Jadeja 10-073-3 MAtCH DetAIls toss Australia, who chose to field serIes India won the 7-match series 3-2 PlAyer oF tHe MAtCH rG sharma uMPIres nJ llong (england) and s ravi tV uMPIre AK Chaudhary MAtCH reFeree AJ Pycroft (Zimbabwe) reserVe uMPIre r subramanian
PROBABLY THE BEST I HAVE PLAYED: ROHIT SHARMA BANGALORE: The previous time Virat Kohli was run out for a duck, Rohit Sharma went on to get his maiden ODI century. More than three years later, Rohit ran Virat Kohli out for a duck, and went on to get a sensational maiden double-century, becoming only the third batsman to score a double-century in ODIs. All three are Indians. After the innings, Rohit could laugh the run-out off. "It happens," he said. "It's a part and parcel of the game. No hard feelings there. I am sure he is going to get a hundred in the next game." Rohit said this was "probably" the best he has ever played. "getting a 200 in ODIs is a wonderful feeling," he said. "When I went out to bat, I never thought I'd get a 200. The idea was to stay on the wicket. We know it is a small ground, runs are easy to come by once you are in. I just wanted to stay in and capitalise later." Along the way, Rohit broke Shane Watson's record for the most sixes in an innings, hitting 16 of them, going from 100 to 200 in 42 balls. "Yeah, it's coming off really well," Rohit said. "I am in a good nick. Just wanted to carry on from the last game. Disappointed to not get a hundred in the last game, but I wanted to make sure that once I got my eye in I play big. As you play, records will happen. I just want my team to win. It will be a wonderful feeling then." Moving up to open the ODI innings for India has been a turning point for Rohit, and he has been insisting all this is just the beginning. He repeated the sentiment here. "Again, it's really coming off well since Champions Trophy," he said. "I want to keep the momentum going and carry on the good work." AGenCIes
MALIK, RAZZAQ LIKELY TO BE RECALLED IN PAKISTAN'S T20 SQUAD TO FACE AFRICA lahore stAFF rePort
Experienced Pakistan allrounders, Shoaib Malik and Abdul Razzaq will return to the national team for the Twenty20 series against South Africa, according to a source in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). A reliable source close to the PCB selection committee told PTI on Friday that it had been decided to recall the two senior players. "Razzaq will get a chance to play for Pakistan in the T20 series for the first time since September, 2012, when he played in the World T20 championship in Sri Lanka," the source said. He said the selectors had decided to test out the two seniors in the T20 series and if they perform well they would also be considered for the One-Day International (ODI) series against Sri Lanka which follows in December in the UAE.
"The selectors are also feeling the pressure over the constant failure of the batsmen and once the turmoil in the PCB is sorted out there will also be serious discussion on whether Misbah-ul-Haq should be retained as captain of the one-day side," the source stated.
The selectors have also decided to add left-arm spinner Zulfiqar Babar and pacer Ehsan Adil to the T20 squad. Pakistan plays two T20 matches against South Africa later this month. Pakistan cricket team and its batsmen have come in for scathing criticism after flopping in the second Test and first two ODIs against South Africa. "If Pakistan don't have the services of Misbah and Saeed Ajmal, this team can't even win against Bangladesh," an upset former captain Wasim Akram told a television channel. Wasim sarcastically advised the selectors to pick veteran all-rounder Shahid Afridi purely as a bowler and make him bat lower down the order.
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Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan. â€“Tom Landry
sPOrTs sunday, 3 november, 2013
trip into the unknown for new Zealand dhaKa
kanpur to host final west indies odi KANPUR: International cricket will return to Kanpur after a four-year gap as the BCCI picked green Park stadium to host the final ODI between India and West Indies scheduled for November 27. In the original itinerary released on October 15, the BCCI had listed both Baroda and Kanpur as likely venue for the game. It is understood that the a team of BCCI officials, including its game development manager Ratnakar Shetty, operations manager Suru Nayak and, initially, along with West Indies team manager Richie Richardson, had conducted a recce of green Park and were satisfied with the facilities and the ground. Taposh Chatterjee, the central zone member on BCCI's ground and pitches committee, is expected to visit Kanpur early next week to finalise the pitch preparations for the match. Even though green Park is equipped with floodlights, the decision about whether the match could be played under lights would be taken later. It is not entirely clear exactly why Kanpur was picked ahead of Bardoa in the absence of any official media release from the BCCI. A team of BCCI officials had visited Baroda to conduct an inspection, but Sanjay Patel, the Bardoa Cricket Association secretary, who also is the BCCI secretary, could not be reached for a comment. The previous time Kanpur played host to an international was in 2009, for the second Test of Sri Lanka series in November. green Park is the only Test venue in India not to be owned by the concerned state association (Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association) - it is owned by the state government. The last time green Park came close to hosting an international match was in December 2012 when it was a favourite to host the Test match against Australia but was ruled out after Cricket Australia was dissatisfied with the dressing room as well as the team hotel following an inspection. AGenCIes
EW Zealand will go into the third ODI against Bangladesh without ever playing or even training at the Fatullah Cricket Stadium. Ross Taylor said this will be the first time in his international career that his first visit to the ground is on the day of the match. The visitors had earlier scheduled all their training at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur. Even when the Twenty20 fixture was set for the Sylhet Stadium on November 6, before the ground was ruled not to be ready, New Zealand's plan was to train in Mirpur before the day of the game. As a result, they will have to rely on statistics from the current Bangladesh domestic campaign because the playing surface there was relayed before the start of the 2013-14 season. There have been 12 Dhaka Premier League matches, three of which featured former New Zealand players Jacob Oram and Scott Styris. Taylor spoke to Oram who has played just one game there for Gazi Tank Cricketers, where he earned the Man-of-theMatch award for picking up three wickets. "I have never been there," Taylor said. "This is the first time in international cricket where I will turn up at the ground on the day of the match. Jacob Oram played a club game there couple of weeks
ago. He said its low and slow, they got 180odd, the second team got out cheaply. We expect the bounce to deteriorate as the day goes on, but the opposite can happen too." Taylor added that New Zealand will have to play a lot better to make it 2-1 and said it was important they could head to Sri Lanka in a better frame of mind. "Every time you're 2-0 down you have disappointment, and your confidence takes a hit. We have one more game in the series so we want to make it 2-1, which sounds better than 3-0. If we can get momentum and confidence from tomorrow and hopefully take it to Sri Lanka." Shane Bond, the team's fast bowling coach, admitted on Friday that Bangladesh have done things better than New Zealand in all areas of the game. "We have been outplayed," he said. "I think with the ball we have been good in patches but probably not for long enough. Bangladesh have created a couple of good partnerships and we have always felt that 230 was a good score and they went beyond that both occasions so we knew that it was going to be a tough chase." "Bangladesh have bowled well up front so we have never been able to generate a strike rate, the run-rate slant, and then we have put struggled to put partnerships and wickets have fallen in clumps and as a result we lost the games." Bond said that a defensive mindset can creep into a side after conceding a series but added that New Zealand are a good
enough side to start playing better cricket. "I think when you get beaten, you can sometimes be afraid of losing and forget about playing to win, like when you go into a shell and play defensively, "We talk about learning from the last series and what we would do differently. But that doesn't change the fact that if the opposition still
outplays you, you get beaten. We have got a good side. We just need to play better." Despite the scoreline, Taylor backed the side's younger players. The opening pair of Hamish Rutherford and Anton Devcich have struggled, but there have been promising signs from the allrounders James Neesham andCorey Anderson.
leimer Takes GP2 cHamPiOnsHiP aBu dhaBi AGenCIes
Fabio Leimer secured the GP2 Drivers' Championship title in a dramatic race at Abu Dhabi as Alexander Rossi secured his maiden win in the series. The 24-year-old Swiss driver finished fourth at the Yas Marina Circuit and now has an insurmountable lead over Sam Bird, who stalled from second on the grid, with one race remaining. The initial start was aborted when Nathanael Berthon, Adrian Quaife-Hobbs and Gianmarco Raimondo all stalled on the grid leading to an extra formation lap. As the lights went out the second time around their was heartbreak for Bird who saw his championship hopes all but evaporate as he stalled and was left helpless on the grid. At the front Jolyon Palmer had stormed from third on the grid to lead at the first corner from Rossi and Fabio Leimer, but there was to be more drama further back when Jon Lancaster challenged Tom Dillmann into turn six. The Hilmer driver hit the kerb on the inside of the chicane and was catapulted into the air,
dyson to miss tUrkish EvEnt Simon Dyson has pulled out of next week's Turkish Airlines Open as the fallout from his disqualification for a "serious breach" of the rules in Shanghai intensifies. The Englishman's withdrawal comes after he was summoned to appear before an independent disciplinary panel to answer a charge of deliberately tapping down a spike mark on the line of his putt during the BMW Masters last week. Possible penalties range from a reprimand to expulsion from the European Tour, but the prevailing belief among other players is that he is more likely to be suspended for several months. Dyson's name was missing from the final entry list for the Turkish Airlines Open, which begins on Thursday in Antalya, when entries closed on Friday. The 35-year-old is currently 68th on the Race to Dubai European Tour standings, and his season is now over as with no further events he cannot now qualify for the season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, which is for the top 60 only. Dyson released a statement earlier this week vehemently denying that he deliberately cheated, saying he had made an "accidental mistake". sPorts DesK
landing on the head of the Frenchman who had to push the car off his helmet. That incident led to the safety car being deployed and gave Bird, who had been pushed into the pits and restarted, the chance to catch up to the back of the train. RUSSIAN TIME took advantage of the time in the pitlane to change him from mediums to the supersoft tyre in an effort to pass the backmarkers quickly. However, his progress was slow when
the race restarted on lap four and Bird was in at the end of lap eight to move onto the medium tyre once more. At the front both Palmer and Rossi opted for long first stints, with the American the first to pit after 18 laps. Caterham changed just the rears on his car as he stayed on the more durable medium Pirelli tyre. Two laps later Palmer pitted and went onto the supersoft compound - meaning he keeps a fresh set of mediums for Sunday's Sprint Race. The
stop from Carlin was good, but with Rossi setting the fastest lap of the race following his stop, Palmer fell behind the American. The safety car was called for again with seven laps to go when Mitch Evans tried to pass Sergio Canamasas at the final corner. The Kiwi dived to the inside of the Caterham driver only for the Spaniard to turn in and the resulting contact forced the Arden man to park his car next to the pitwall. That left a final sprint to flag as the race clock ticked towards the one hour limit. Marcus Ericsson dived past Leimer for third, meaning that Bird who was running tenth, only needed ninth to keep the title fight alive. His Pirelli's were finished, however, and lack of traction meant he couldn't challenge Daniel Abt ahead of him, leaving Leimer and Racing Engineering to celebrate the Drivers' Championship. "I still can't believe it, it's just amazing, because GP2 is the strongest category apart from Formula 1, and there are not many people who can say they've won this championship! I'm really, really happy, and I'm focussed on tomorrow because there is still another race and I want to finish on the podium," the newly crowned Champion said.
Johnson three clear at Hsbc shaNGhai AGenCIes
Dustin Johnson remains the man to catch at the WGC-HSBC Champions in China after an amazing third round 66 featuring 10 birdies and two double bogeys. Despite racking up a six at the par four 10th, Johnson looked all set to maintain or likely increase his overnight five-shot lead when he stood on the 18th tee after clocking up 10 birdies on day three at the par 72 Sheshan International GC. But that five-shot advantage was reduced to three over defending champion Ian Poulter when the American pushed his tee-shot into water and carded a seven. After earlier rounds of 69 and 63 that left the seven-time PGA Tour winner on 18-under. Johnson raced to the turn in just 30 after birdies at three, five, six, seven, eight and nine but, amazingly, found his lead cut to just a shot on the back nine. That was after he had double bogeyed the 10th after two duffed chips came back to his feet and Poulter - playing three groups behind - had matched Johnson's outward 30 and followed that with another birdie at 10 and an eagle from 15 feet at the par five 14th. Poulter, who is looking to become only the second player after world
number one Tiger Woods to defend a WGC title, parred 15 and 16 and, after a first bogey of the day at 17, he two-putted for birdie at the last to post 15-under. With Johnson reeling off four straight birdies from the 13th, that left Poulter five back again but Johnson's closing double bogey renewed the Englishman's hopes of defending the title he won at Mission Hills 12 months ago. Graeme McDowell moved into third place on 14-under - four back after a bogey-free 64 which included an eagle two at the 16th while first-round
leader Rory McIlroy, US Open champion Justin Rose and Canada's Graham DeLaet now share fifth place on 12-under. Rose finished with four birdies in the last five holes to match DeLaet's 65 while McIlroy, after a slowish start, came home in 32 to finish the day six behind leader Johnson. The low round of the day came from Ryder Cup hero Martin Kaymer. After a disappointing Friday 74 the German bettered it by 12 shots on Saturday, his 62 which featured 10 birdies from the second to the 16th setting a new course record.
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sunday, 3 november, 2013
barca down Espanyol thanks to sanchez strike Madrid
ARCELONA extended their lead at the top of La Liga as they overcame stiff resistance from Espanyol to win the Catalan derby 1-0 at the Camp Nou. Alexis Sanchez scored the only goal of the game midway through the second-half
when he tapped home Neymar's pinpoint cross to score for the third consecutive game. However, it was another frustrating evening for Lionel Messi as he failed to score for a fourth consecutive La Liga match. Barca now lead second-placed Atletico Madrid by four points and Real Madrid by nine with both sides from the capital having played a game less. "Our circulation of the ball was a bit slow in the
o'nEill PoisEd for irEland job Martin O'Neill is on the verge of accepting the Republic of Ireland manager's job and wants Roy Keane as his assistant. O'Neill has been out of work since being sacked by Sunderland in late March, but the former Northern Ireland international is now poised to succeed giovanni Trapattoni. Veteran Italian coach Trapattoni left his position in September after Ireland's World Cup hopes had ended and Noel King took charge for the final two qualifiers against germany and Kazakhstan. Former Celtic boss O'Neill was immediately put forward as a leading candidate to replace Trapattoni, along with ex-boss Mick McCarthy and Keane. It is understood that O'Neill wanted time to think about the possibility of becoming an international coach, but he held talks with Football Association of Ireland officials on Friday. The exact terms of a contract have yet to be discussed, but O'Neill expressed his interest in taking the job and an announcement could be made in the next few days. The FAI is keen to appoint O'Neill before the home friendly with Latvia on 15th November and the players meet up for a training camp on Sunday 10th November. O'Neill is also hoping to name former Ireland captain Keane as his No.2, with his long-time assistant John Robertson currently recovering from a heart attack. sPorts DesK
rowsell to race for gold Joanna Rowsell will race for the gold medal in the women's individual pursuit this evening after qualifying fastest on the second day of the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Manchester. The 24-year-old Briton stopped the clock over the 3km distance in 3:34.341 and will face Australia's Rebecca Wiasak, who was 1.3 seconds slower, in the final. Scotland's Katie Archibald qualified third fastest in 3:37.215 and will race Poland's Eugenia Bujak for bronze shortly after 7:10pm. In the women's omnium, Laura Trott finished sixth in the first event, the flying lap. Canada's gillian Carleton won in a time of 14.410 seconds. Day two will also feature the men's keirin, women's individual sprint, men's points race, men's individual pursuit and the conclusion of the men's omnium. sPorts DesK
first-half, but Espanyol also only had one chance," said Barca boss Gerardo Martino. "In the second-half we were more dynamic and it was also hard for the opponent to be chasing the ball for the full 90 minutes." And despite a slightly flat performance overall, Martino was delighted to round off a busy week with a 100 percent record. "In the past six days we have played three games, including a Clasico and a derby and deserved to win all three. We scored six goals and conceded just one and even that was in stoppage time. "Our play hasn't always been excellent, but we have played in the Barcelona way and deserved to win the games." The hosts were almost back to full strength after resting a host of first-team regulars for the 3-0 win over Celta Vigo in midweek as Gerard
Pique, Javier Mascherano, Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Neymar all returned, whilst Martin Montoya deputised for the injured Adriano at left-back. However, the toll of five games in 13 days appeared to affect the Spanish champions as their build-up play was laboured in the first-half and they caused Espanyol very few problems. Kiko Casilla was forced into an early save from Alexis Sanchez after nice work by Iniesta and Messi. But it was the visitors who had the best chance of the half when Victor Sanchez sneaked in behind Dani Alves and Victor Valdes had to race from his line to turn the midfielder's effort behind. Barca did come to life just before the break as Iniesta's volley from the edge of the area was parried by Casilla before Alves struck the post from similar range.
BNP PARIBAS MASTERS - PARIS - FINAL
oman thrashed by Pakistan in asian hockey
macklin teams up with moore
Beholder became the first Juvenile Fillies' winner to go on and land the Breeders' Cup Distaff at Santa Anita on Friday night. The winner and defending champion Royal Delta were expected to be involved in a speed duel up front but that never materialised and Authenticity cut out the early fractions. It soon became clear that Royal Delta was struggling and after taking up the running turning for home under Gary Stevens, Beholder dashed clear for a wide-margin success, the winning rider's first at the Breeders' Cup for 13 years. Stevens said: "She was a little fractious going into the gate and a little anxious. I was afraid she might over-break but she settled and broke beautiful. This is the best race she's ever run. I was hoping that Authenticity would carry the lead a little farther but (Beholder) moved up nice, went by her easy and the really opened up." Winning trainer Richard Mandella said: "We trained her this way (to run from off the pace.) We've just never had to use it before. She's so naturally fast, you don't have to train that into her and she's made the lead so easily in many of her races. Today, she had to come from off of it and she did it - and boy do I love it. I've been lucky enough to have many good mares in my years of training, but this mare might have to be the best of all." Royal Delta is heading into retirement and her trainer Bill
PARIS: Rafael Nadal ended home interest in the Paris Masters with a 6-4 6-1 quarter-final win against the last Frenchman standing, Richard gasquet. Top seed Nadal, appearing at the indoor event for the first time since 2009, was made to work hard during a tight opening set. The boyhood rivals - born a fortnight apart in June 1986 - exchanged early breaks before Nadal made his move by breaking again to love in the seventh game. The Spaniard went on to close out the first set in 34 minutes and dominated thereafter, breaking three more times to improve his career record against gasquet to 12-0. World No.1 Nadal will play his countryman David Ferrer in the last four after the defending champion came from a set down to defeat Tomas Berdych 4-6 7-5 6-3 in the last match of the day. Sixth seed Berdych served up a treat to take the opening set 6-4 courtesy of a solitary break but Ferrer responded immediately to move 3-0 up at the start of the second. Berdych rallied to level at 4-4, only to then surrender his delivery when 6-5 down and serving to stay in the set. World No.3 Ferrer broke again for a 3-1 advantage in the decider and went on to close out victory in two hours and four minutes. Nadal leads the head-to-head with Ferrer 20-4 and won their most recent encounter, this year's French Open final, in straight sets. AGenCIes
TOKYO: Pakistan beat Oman 8-0 in their Asian Hockey Champions Trophy match in Tokyo. It was a one sided affair as Pakistan led 3-0 at half time and scored another 5 in the second half. Skipper Mohammad Imran scored a hattrick for the winners. Other scorers were Dilbar (2), Salman Hussain (2) and Mohammad Tauseeq (1). Pakistan will play China next on Sunday. AGenCIes
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Mott said of her run: "She's had three hard campaigns. I've been very blessed to have a lot of good horses and it's difficult to have more than two good campaigns with any horse. This mare has come back and won Grade I's this year and I see no reason why she wouldn't be champion older mare. "She didn't win the Breeders' Cup, but she's been good to us. She's won two championships and maybe three, and won a couple of Breeders' Cups. It's not a bad career."
Matthew Macklin has confirmed that former rival Jamie Moore has agreed to train him and will be in his corner when he returns to the ring in December. The pair were involved in an epic British title fight seven years ago when Moore stopped his rival in the tenth round of a brutal contest. Having retired in 2010, Moore has since gone on to a career in training and will now join forces with Macklin as the 31-year-old bids to finally end his long wait for a world title. Macklin was soundly beaten in three rounds by the outstanding gennady golovkin in his last outing at the end of June, but still feels he has plenty to offer the middleweight division. Having already had unsuccessful world title shots against Felix Sturm (which resulted in a controversial split decision loss) and Sergio Martinez, as well golovkin, the Birmingham-born fighter feels Moore could be the man to help him make the final step. His comeback fight will be against American Willie Nelson in Atlantic City on December 7 and Macklin is looking forward to working with his former foe. sPorts DesK
Federer and Djokovic set up Paris showdown Paris AGenCIes
Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer will play each other for the first time this year after both won their quarter-final ties at the Paris Masters. Djokovic swept into the semi-finals with a rapid-fire 6-1, 6-4 win over Stanislas Wawrinka, while Federer came through a second set wobble to edge Juan Martin del Potro 6-3, 4-6, 6-3. It will be the 30th meeting between the two, but the first since Djokovic defeated the Swiss great in the ATP World Tour final in London a year ago. World number one and top seed Rafael Nadal, meanwhile, stayed on course for a record sixth Masters Series title in the same year as he swatted aside the uncertain challenge of French number one Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-1. His semi-final opponent will be titleholder and fellow Spaniard David Ferrer who came from a set down to oust Tomas Berdych 4-6, 7-5, 6-3. Djokovic, Paris Masters champion in 2009, said that Federer was having a strong finish to what had been a disappointing season. "Roger is probably experiencing the worst season that he had in last 10 years, but he's still a player to beat in every tournament, because he's Roger Federer, because he has won 17 Grand Slams, and we all know how successful a career he has," the Serb said. "You cannot underestimate him, although maybe he's not at the form where he was when he was No. 1 of the world. But I have been watching his matches in Basel last week and here. I think he's playing really well." Fifth seed Federer had lost for the third straight time to the towering Argentine in the final of the Basel tournament on Sunday, on what was home turf for him. But with Del Potro looking decidedly leg weary from his marathon efforts in recent weeks that have seen him win 15 out of his last 16
matches, Federer was in commanding form from the start. He broke serve to lead 3-1 and had little difficulty pocketing the first set from there in just 30 minutes, leaving his opponent welded on the baseline with a succession of deft drop shots. Del Potro tried hard to make a fist of it at the start of the second set, at one point leaping over the net onto his opponent's side after failing to chase down another Federer drop shot. The end looked in sight for the South American, but he fought off a series of break points and then summoned up a huge effort in the 10th game to finally take Federer's serve, levelling the set scores in the process.
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back PaGe obama, maliki vow to fight al qaEda sunday, 3 november, 2013
US PRESIDENT ASKS MALIKI TO PASS ELECTION LAW SO NATIONAL POLLS CAN TAKE PLACE ON TIME EARLY NEXT YEAR WashiNGToN AGenCIes
US President Barack Obama and Iraqi leader Nuri al-Maliki Friday discussed how to “push back” against al Qaeda after the resurgent group whipped up the deadliest surge of violence in the country in five years. Obama welcomed Maliki to the Oval Office nearly two years after the last soldier left Iraq, but as fears mount that al Qaeda will send the country spiraling back into civil war. “We had a lot of discussion about how we can work together to push back against that terrorist organization that operates not only in Iraq but also poses a threat to the entire region and to the United
States,” Obama said. But he did not offer specifics of US aid. Before the visit, US officials privately hinted that they were willing to offer increased intelligence help to Iraqi forces battling extremist fighters – many of whom have crossed into the country to flee violence that is rending neighboring Syria. Amid some criticism that the United States left Iraq to fend for itself after an eight year occupation, Obama said that he appreciated Maliki’s work to honor the sacrifice of 4,500 US troops that were killed in the war by building a “prosperous, inclusive and democratic Iraq.” Some Maliki critics in Washington feel the prime minister has not done enough to include all of Iraq’s minorities in the political system and has therefore fostered a well of sectarian resentment that has offered an opening for extremists. After an hour and a half of talks, Obama also encouraged Maliki to pass an election law so national polls can take place on time early next year, and stressed the need for a peaceful solution to the Syria conflict and the nuclear showdown with
Iran. Maliki said he hoped that the United States would help rebuild Iraq and stressed his government’s commitment to a strategic agreement governing their relations following the US withdrawal. He admitted that
democracy in Iraq is “fragile” but committed to hold elections on time next year. October was Iraq’s deadliest month since April 2008, with 964 killed and another 1,600 wounded, according to data from the
Iraqi ministries of health, interior and defense. The vast majority of those killed were civilians. Maliki has a wish list of US military hardware, including attack helicopters to go with already ordered fighter jets to help his ill-equipped military battle insurgents. But he did not say whether Washington had agreed to his requests. In a joint statement issued after the talks, both sides agreed on the need “for additional equipment for Iraqi forces to conduct ongoing operations in remote areas where terrorist camps are located.” The statement also noted that both delegation is backed the need for “aggressive political outreach” to isolate and defeat The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, an al Qaeda front group. That vow could hint at a new Iraqi effort to engage Sunni tribes in a bid to convince them to turn against al Qaeda, as they did under the US troop surge strategy in the latter years of the occupation. Before the talks, hundreds of anti-Maliki demonstrators massed outside the White House, denouncing the Iraqi government over the murder of 52 Iranian exiles in Camp Ashraf in Iraq on September 2.
train runs over passengers in southern india; at least 8 killed NEW DELHI: A speeding express train rammed into a group of people in southern India Saturday, killing at least eight after they leapt from another train following fears of a blaze, reports said. Scores of people were also reportedly injured in the accident at Gotlam station in the state of Andhra Pradesh. The victims were crossing the tracks on foot after getting off another train in panic following rumours that a fire was racing through the carriages. “The passengers of the Alleppey-Dhanbad Express train pulled the (emergency) chain and got down. The Raigarh-Vijaywada train running on the other line ran over them,” railway spokesman J.P. Mishra told an Indian television channel. Most local media reports put the number of dead at eight, but the NDTV news network said as many as 10 people had been killed. Local officials were not immediately available for comment. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy assured the injured would receive the best medical treatment, while offering his condolences. India’s dilapidated railway system has a notoriously bad record, with hundreds of accidents reported annually. In 2012 a government report said that almost 15,000 people were killed every year on India’s railways. It described the deaths as an annual “massacre” due to poor safety standards. AGenCIes
KhARIAN: Chief of Army Staff general Ashfaq Parvez Kayani talks to a soldier during a visit to field exercise Azme Nau 4 on Saturday. onlIne
sectarian clashes kill 55 in north yemen SANAA: The death toll in four days of clashes between rival Muslim clans in north Yemen rose to 55 on Saturday, one of the clans said, as the Yemeni government tried to broker a ceasefire in a region that lies largely outside its control. Shia Houthi rebels launched an attack on the town of Damaj, held by their Sunni Salafi rivals, on Wednesday. The army said earlier a ceasefire had come into effect on Friday afternoon, but a Salafi spokesman then said clashes had continued on Saturday, and that in all 55 Salafis had been killed by rockets and tank fire. Yehia Abuesbaa, the head of a presidential committee tasked with ending the fighting in Damaj, said a ceasefire was now expected to come into effect on Sunday. He said the Houthis had sought the release of six of their followers who had been kidnapped by pro-Salafi fighters from a third group, the Al-Ahmar clan, in the neighboring province of Omran. The six had been freed following the intervention of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, Abuesbaa said. The AlAhmar clan includes both Sunnis and Shias and its members are key figures in the Sunni Islamist Islah party. AGenCIes
Malaysia summons US, Australia over spy row CHINA AND INDONESIA HAVE ALREADY DEMANDED EXPLANATIONS FROM AUSTRALIA Kuala laMPur AGenCIes
Malaysia summoned the heads of the US and Australian missions in protest at spying allegations, its foreign minister said Saturday, as a row over a vast US-led surveillance network deepened in Asia. China and Indonesia have already demanded explanations from Australia over reports that Canberra’s missions were being used to monitor phone calls and collect data as part of American surveillance. The dispute erupted in the region this week following a story in the Sydney Morning Herald, which reported a top-secret map leaked by fugitive intelligence analyst Edward Snowden
that showed 90 US surveillance facilities at diplomatic missions worldwide – including in Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand. Widespread reports of US National Security Agency spying based on leaks by Snowden, including that the agency was monitoring German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s phone, have already sparked a major trans-Atlantic rift. Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman said his country on Friday summoned the US and Australian mission heads to “hand over a protest note in response to the alleged spying activities carried out by the two embassies in Kuala Lumpur”. The US was represented by its deputy mission chief Lee McClenny, as the ambassador was out of town, the minister said in a statement, without giving details of what transpired. Anifah on Friday also met his Australian counterpart Julie Bishop on the sidelines of a regional meeting in Perth, expressing “deep concern of such reports (of alleged Australian spying activities) which have caused
considerable anger amongst the Malaysian public”. “He further stated that such activities are not done amongst close friends as it could severely damage existing relations,” the statement said, adding both ministers would work together “to manage the situation and to avoid it from affecting the close bilateral relations”. US Secretary of State John Kerry this week admitted US spying has sometimes gone too far. Indonesia has also summoned both its Australian and US ambassadors, while China has called for “a clarification” from both sides. Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa described the reported spying activities as “just not cricket”. The reaction from other Southeast Asian nations mentioned in the Sydney Morning Herald report was more muted, however, with Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar seeking to downplay the issue. Washington has been seeking to improve ties in Asia in recent years to counter growing Chinese dominance.
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india to launch maiden mission to mars on 5th NEW DELHI: Indian media reported on Saturday that the Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) launch authorization board has cleared the launch of India’s maiden mission to Mars Mangalyaan on Tuesday November 5 from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh state. ISRO spokesperson said that the 56 hour countdown for take-off will start early morning on Sunday and ISRO will ignite its giant 45-meter rocket on Tuesday, launching India’s maiden journey to Mars. The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket and satellite are fully dressed up and ready at India’s space port in Sriharikota. The two ships SCI Yamuna and Nalanda which were delayed due to bad weather have reached their destination in the Pacific. These ships will monitor the health of the rocket and satellite. The launch of Mangalyaan satellite, which was scheduled for October 28 initially, was postponed due to bad weather in the Pacific Ocean. The Mangalyaan mission will cost Indian Rs 450 crores and will study the Martian atmosphere. onlIne