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Islamabad — Peshawar Edition

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Us intensely spying on pakistan, says Washington Post

Islamabad rubbishes ‘fears’ over security of its nukes

Pakistan draws more US scrutiny and across more categories of American national security concern than any other nation, a report in The Washington Post has said, revealing new levels of distrust. “The $52.6 billion US intelligence arsenal is aimed mainly at unambiguous adversaries, including al Qaeda, North Korea and Iran. pag e 04

The government on Tuesday rubbished the United States’ “fears” over security of its nuclear programme, following US media reports claiming that the world super power had intensified surveillance of Islamabad’s nukes. FO spokesman said Pakistan was “fully committed” to objectives of disarmament. pag e 04

ptI to support govt’s peace talks offer: Imran

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saeed ajmal, Junaid Khan save the day for pakistan

IMF board meeting to consider $6.6 billion loan for pakistan

Zimbabwe’s bowlers played superbly in the first test to reduce Pakistan to 182 for 8, before some of the gloss was taken off by a battling ninth-wicket partnership between Saeed Ajmal and Junaid Khan. The first hour was near perfect for Zimbabwe, who reduced Pakistan to 3 for 27. pag e 17

The International Monitory Fund Executive Board meeting will be held in Washington on Wednesday, where matter of granting $6.6 billion loan to Pakistan will come under consideration. The Ministry of Finance has expressed hope that the IMF Executive Board (EB) will approve the loan. pag e 02


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IMF board MeetIng to consIder $6.6b loan For PakIstan ISLAMABAD: The International Monitory Fund Executive Board meeting will be held in Washington on Wednesday, where matter of granting $6.6 billion loan to Pakistan will come under consideration. The Ministry of Finance has expressed hope that the IMF Executive Board (EB) will approve the loan, because per negotiations with the IMF mission, the government has taken many significant steps to fulfill the terms of IMF. The IMF will grant $6.6 billion to Pakistan for three years under the programme of Extended Fund Facility (EFF), for which Pakistan has already given the Letter of Intent (LoI) while Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar has also informed about it. IMF has agreed to extend the quota of Pakistan from $348 billion to $415 billion, by which Pakistan will get $6.6 billion. Under the agreement, Pakistan was bound to take several measures, and per the sources, terms of IMF including consensus between provinces and federal, fixing surplus budget of provinces up to 6 percent, less monitory deficit, search for minimum 10,000 new tax defaulters and elimination of subsidy on electricity have been fulfilled. They said the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) is searching for new tax defaulters on fast tracks and thousands of such persons have been identified also which could be bring in the circle of tax. NNI

one-on-one talKS’ offer Party furiouS over withdrawal of invitation to dr farooQ Sattar dePuty convener SayS PM ended the little hoPe of Peace MQM had KARACHI

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QM’s Deputy Convener Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui has claimed that the party declined Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s offer of a one-on-one meeting with MQM’s Dr Farooq Sattar. “The MQM is not interested in doing a photo session with the prime minister so we declined his offer,” said an MQM

statement issued on Tuesday. Dr Siddiqui said the offer was given to the MQM after their strong reaction over the cancellation of invitation to Dr Farooq Sattar to attend the special session of federal cabinet regarding law and order. He said: “This action is like putting old wine in a new bottle”. Dr Siddiqui said the MQM was the sole representative of people of Karachi and enjoyed their mandate. He said Dr Sattar was invited so he could represent the people of Karachi in the cabinet meeting. “Now he is being offered to have a one-onone meeting with the prime minister.” Siddiqui regretted the cancellation of the MQM’s invitation in federal cabinet meeting over law and order in Karachi, saying Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had changed the ray of hopes and confidence into sheer disappointment. Siddiqui said, “We were not expecting Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to ignore the MQM in the federal cabinet meeting called for the restoration of peace in

Karachi.” He said the situation of Karachi demanded facing all kind of pressures and taking concrete steps for the restoration of peace without taking into account any sort of political expediency. “Siddiqui said Pakistan’s history most peaceful period was during the tenure of Nawaz Sharif in 1992, when crime rate was zero. However, an operation was launched in Karachi in the name of criminal dacoits and land grabbers but that operation was deliberately turned against the MQM. If Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had not have succumbed to pressure and taken positive decision, Karachi and Pakistan would have been peaceful today.” He said for the last five years, the situation in Karachi had come to the verge of destruction, while the Sindh government and its machinery had completely failed. Siddiqui said the MQM demanded deployment of army in Karachi over the killing of innocent people, deteriorating law and order, extortion, kidnapping for ransom and failure of Sindh government.

democracy strengthening in country ISLAMABAD APP

President Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday said the smooth and peaceful transition of power from one democratic government to another was due to the reconciliation policy and reflected that democracy had taken roots in the country. Talking to a group of former and incumbent parliamentarians from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Balochistan who separately called on him at the Aiwan-eSadr, the president said all political forces should work together to strengthen democracy and democratic institutions in the country The president said that for the first time in the country’s history, an elected civilian president would hand over the charge to the next elected civilian president, terming it a success for democracy. Presidential Spokesperson Senator Farhatullah Babar said the delegation from KP, led by Anwar Saifullah Khan, paid tribute to the president and the for-

mer democratic government for its efforts to bring the people of KP into mainstream national politics and for removing their sense of deprivation. They thanked the president for his interest in giving an identity to the people of KP by renaming the province. The president said the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) government made serious efforts for the uplift of Balochistan province and had introduced the Aaghaze Huqooq-e-Balochistan package to address the grievances of the people of

Balochistan. Senator Sabir Ali Baloch also appreciated the president and the previous government for strengthening democracy in the country. The participants said the president’s policy of tolerance and reconciliation had helped to strengthen democracy and democratic institutions in the country. The president said that in line with the vision of Benazir Bhutto, he would continue to pursue the policy of reconciliation for political stability in the country. The KP delegation included, among others, Barrister Masood Kausar, Senator Ahmad Hassan, Arbab Alamgir, Asma Arbab Alamgir, Rahim Dad Khan, Zahir Shah, Senator Sardar Ali Khan, Lal Muhammad Khan, Karamatullah Chagharmatti, Khanzada Khan, Faisal Karim Kundi and Najmuddin Khan. The Balochistan delegation included Senator Sabir Baloch, Sadiq Umrani, Ayatullah Durrani, Zille Huma, Sardar Fateh Muhammad Hassani, Ghaza Gola and Changez Jamali.

ppp bacKtracKs FroM becoMIng party In benazIr MUrder case ISLAMABAD KASHIF ABBASI

The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) on Tuesday told the Rawalpindi Anti Terrorism Court (ATC) that it did not want to be a part of the Benazir Bhutto murder case after the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) prosecutor argued that a political entity could not become a party in a murder case. During the hearing, PPP General Secretary and counsel Latif Khosa requested the court to allow the PPP to become a party in Benazir murder case, pleading that as PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto was Benazir’s son and legal heir, therefore the PPP had the right to become a party in the case. However, pubic prosecutor

PPP General Secretary latif KhoSa refuteS rePortS of Zardari’S refuSal to Get BenaZir’S autoPSy done Chaudhry Azhar opposed the move, saying that a political entity could not become party in the case, following which ATC Judge Chaudhry Habibur Rehman told Khosa to plead his case. However, apparently fearing the rejection of his application on legal grounds, Khosa told the court that he did not want to press the application. The court consigned the application to the record room. Last week, the PPP had decided to become a party in the Benazir murder case

and had filed two applications to gain access to the case record. Khosa had also filed a separate application on behalf of a citizen, Muhammad Akram, who wanted to become a party in the case as his son was among the PPP workers killed during Benazir’s assassination in December 27, 2007. The court has accepted this application and Khosa will contest the case. After the indictment of former president Pervez Musharraf, the ATC resumed the process of recording the statements of

27 witnesses. Khosa argued that re-commencement of recording the statements of all 27 witnesses would require many months, adding that only the witnesses required by Musharraf’s lawyers for crossexamination be summoned as summoning all the witnesses would cause a delay in the case. He said he wanted to file an application to stop the recommencement. The court allowed Khosa to file the application and adjourned the case till September 17. Later, while talking to reporters, Khosa said reports of President Asif Ali Zardari’s refusal to conduct an autopsy of Benazir’s body were incorrect, adding that it was the state’s responsibility to get the postmortem done.

The MQM later sent two of its representatives to attend the All-Parties Conference. Dr Maqbool Siddiqi said that the situation of the Karachi demanded facing all kinds of pressures and to taking concrete steps for the restoration of peace without taking into account any sort of political expediency. Governor: The MQM deputy convener said the governor of Sindh was a representative of the federation and could not attend Wednesday’s federal cabinet meeting on behalf of a political party. Siddiqui said the federal government, in a statement broadcast by electronic media, contended that Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan would represent the MQM in the cabinet meeting. He said it was normal for the presidents, prime ministers and governors to be affiliated with political parties. “However, they have to relinquish their basic party membership after taking oath.” “They cannot represent parties after taking oath,” the MQM leader maintained.

PNS Aslat inducted in Pakistan Navy KARACHI STAFF REPORT

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday said the government was focusing on indigenisation in the field of defence production. The premier was present as the chief guest at the induction ceremony of the fourth F22P frigate, Pakistan Navy ship (PNS) Aslat, in the Pakistan Naval fleet. Nawaz congratulated the nation on this historic achievement and commended the efforts of engineers and workers of the PN, Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works (KSEW) and China Shipbuilding and Trading Company (CSTC). He also expressed gratitude to the Chinese government for their continuous support during all phases of the project. PNS Aslat is the first F-22P frigate of the PN which has been built at the KSEW in collaboration with the CSTC. The ship was commissioned on April 17 and inducted in the PN fleet on Tuesday after proving its combat readiness. Previously, three F-22P frigates, namely PNS Shamsheer, PNS Saif and PNS Zulfiqar have been built and delivered by China, and are an integral part of the PN fleet; a testament to the Sino-Pak friendship. Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Asif Sandila, Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer, Commander Pakistan Fleet Rear Admiral Khan Hasham Bin Siddique, Managing Director KSEW Rear Admiral Syed Hassan Nasir Shah and a large number of civil and military dignitaries also attended the ceremony.


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HILE hinting at a fullfledged operation against criminals to ensure durable peace in Karachi, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday said the Centre was ready to give a free-hand to Pakistan Rangers to restore peace in the financial hub, calling on all political players to suggest input and guidelines for permanent resolution of the Karachi problem. “The government cannot remain silent over the poor law and order in the city. If there arises any need, we will not hesitate to legislate for fixing the Karachi problem,” Nawaz said while addressing the All-Parties Conference (APC) and talking to business community at the Governor’s House. All political parties agreed that action should be taken to restore peace in the troubled commercial capital, where law and order situation affected the entire country. Addressing the participants of the APC, the PM said economic prosperity of the country was dependant on peace. “Although some parties enjoy small and other larger mandates, they should abstain from politicking on the issue of lawlessness and terrorism. Pakistan is confronted with a host of issues like terrorism and load shedding,” Nawaz said. He underlined the need for use of maximum power to overcome these challenges. “An investor cannot invest when there is an issue of law and order and under such conditions, how can we tread the path of progress and prosperity and expect growth”, he said. Prime Minister, who will preside over a curial cabinet today, arrived a day before the meeting to seek proposals from various political parties, traders and businessmen for the restoration of peace in the city. The APC was attended by the leaders

of the PPP, MQM, PML-N, PML-F, JI, JUP, JUS and Sunni Tehreek. Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan, Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Information Minister Senator Pervez Rashid and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar were also present. The PPP delegation included Qadir Patel, Senator Maula Bux Chandio and Taj Haider, while Babar Khan Ghauri and Haider Abbas Rizvi represented the MQM. Jamaat-e-Islami’s Muhammad Hussain Mehnti, Nasrullah Shajee, Hafiz Naeem, PML-N’s Irfanullah Marwat, Hakeem Baloch, Nihal Hashmi, Saleem Zia and PML-F’s Imtiaz Shaikh also attended. The ANP was represented by Shahi Syed. Speaking on the occasion, the PM said Karachi was the most important city of Pakistan and the aim of his Karachi visit and cabinet meeting was to control the law and order. He said he would not tolerate further bloodbath in the city that was the revenue engine of the country. “The holding of APC reflects that the PML-N government respects the mandate of all political parties,” he said, adding that the suggestions from political parties and other stakeholders, including businessmen, would help the government chalk out an effective strategy. Nawaz reiterated that he was not the prime minister of PML-N but the entire nation, and he would respect the mandate of respective federating units. “The problem of Karachi could be fixed only through consensus among all

the stakeholders.” Representatives of different political parties came up with suggestions in the meeting. MQM leader Haider Abbas Rizvi, while hailing the federal government’s desire to restore peace in Karachi, said since MQM enjoyed 85 percent of the city’s mandate, the killings here were an insult to their mandate. He said the MQM wanted operation against all criminals for which a multifaceted policy was necessary. He expressed his reservations over the role of police and Rangers in protecting the lives of the people, adding that several banned outfits were active in the city. He demanded that army should be at least used in the areas where the banned TTP was present. The PPP announced its support for the prime minister’s initiatives. Abdul Qadir Patel said policemen, who nabbed target killers, were murdered in broad daylight while the culprits managed to walk free easily. He said unnecessary criticism of police force had left a negative impact on its performance. He said if the army was called in Karachi, an undisputed national institution would get scandalised. PPP Sindh General Secretary Taj Haider made an interesting demand that a freehand should be given to the Sindh CM, who was the chief executive of the province. PML-N’s Irfanullah Marwat said those with criminal background were given posts of inspectors in Karachi Police. He stressed on effective planning and effective action that should be taken

indiscriminately. JI’s Muhammad Hussain Mehnti said police had all evidences at their disposal, but it was not used due to politicisation of police force and political meddling in its affairs. ANP’s Shahi Syed endorsed the statement of Mehnti and demanded the de-politicisation of police force. ST leader Sarwat Aijaz Qadri said the upcoming operation needed a captain like Naseerullah Babar, who had cleansed the city of terrorists. PML-F leader Imtiaz Shaikh suggested that action against criminals should not be publicised while police and Rangers should be given a freehand. Nawaz on his part said the federal government was ready to assist all provincial governments in tackling any situation, including law and order, as it respected their mandate. He stressed the importance of Karachi and the need to reach a consensus to resolve the law and order in the city. Police: Also, Sindh Rangers Director General Maj-Gen Rizwan Akhtar told the prime minister during a briefing that police could not be trusted in matters relating to intelligence. Akhrat informed the prime minister about “indirect political pressures” on the paramilitary force preventing it from realising its responsibilities fully. He also indicated presence of criminal elements among the political parties’ ranks. Aked about the lack of coordination between Rangers and police, Maj-Gen Akhtar said criminals managed to escape from raided sites whenever Rangers shared intelligence reports with police.

ISLAMABAD: Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly (NA) Khurshid Shah on Tuesday said the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) would not support any conspiracy to derail the democratic system in the country. Shah said the PPP had strived for and sacrificed many lives for the restoration of democracy in the country and would keep doing so without any reservations. “There can be differences between the PPP and the PML-N led government on national issues and policies but it does not mean that PPP would conspire to destabilise political or democratic institutions,” Shah said. He greeted President Asif Ali Zardari on the completion of his presidential tenure despite facing many hurdles. APP

govt to take all PossIble stePs to restore Peace In karachI: rashId

KARACHI: Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid on Tuesday said the government would take all possible steps to restore peace in Karachi. Talking to reporters on his arrival in the city‚ he said Karachi was the commercial hub and any disturbance there affected the entire country. The information minister said all the political parties‚ civil society‚ intellectuals and businessmen had a consensus to put the country on path to progress and development by restoring problems of poverty‚ ignorance‚ disease and backwardness. ONLINE

oBaMa winS SuPPort froM leaderS in conGreSS for Syria Military StriKe WASHINGTON AGENCIES

US President Barack Obama on Tuesday urged quick congressional action authorising the use of military force against Syria and won the support of leaders from both parties in the House of Representatives for limited strikes against President Bashar alAssad’s forces. Obama told congressional leaders at a White House meeting that the United States has a broad plan to help the rebels defeat Syrian government forces. After the meeting, the top two Republicans in the House - Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor - and top Democrat Nancy Pelosi said they would back military action against Syria. “Only the United States has the capability and the capacity to stop Assad and to warn others around the world that this type of behaviour is not going to be tolerated,” Boehner told reporters. “I believe that my colleagues should support this call for action.” The support came as Obama ramped up his lobbying effort for military action in response to what Washington says was a sarin gas attack by the Syrian government that killed more than 1,400 people, hundreds of

them children, near Damascus on August 21. “What we are envisioning is something limited. It is something proportional. It will degrade Assad’s capabilities,” Obama told reporters. “At the same time we have a broader strategy that will allow us to upgrade the capabilities of the opposition.” US Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel will present the administration’s case for US military action at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, which is set to begin at 2:30pm ET. Obama said on Saturday he would seek lawmakers’ approval for a possible military strike, slowing what had appeared to be plans for a swift action. He has faced stiff resistance from some lawmakers and polls show strong public opposition to US action. Support from the leaders of both parties could help Obama make his case, but many US lawmakers, including Obama’s fellow Democrats, have said they are concerned the president’s draft resolution could be too open-ended and allow possible use of ground troops or eventual attacks on other countries. The resolution authorises Obama to use military force as necessary to “prevent or deter the use or proliferation” to or from Syria

of any weapons of mass destruction, including chemical weapons. Some Democrats said the language should be more limiting to ensure it does not authorize the use of ground troops. Obama told congressional leaders he was willing to address their concerns about the authorisation. “I look forward to listening to the various concerns of the members who are here today. I am confident that those concerns can be addressed,” he said. “I would not be going to Congress if I wasn’t serious about consultations and believing that by shaping the authorisation to make sure we accomplish the mission, we will be more effective.” Along with Boehner and Pelosi, Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell and the chairs of congressional committees that deal with national security and the armed services attended the meeting. Asked whether he was confident Congress would vote in favour of a strike, Obama said, “I am.” The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Democrat Robert Menendez of New Jersey, said he was confident the resolution would pass Congress, but in amended form. “I believe that we will get there,” he said, although he added: “I think our resolution that we will ultimately see will be far more tailored than

what the administration sent us.” ‘neeD To AcT’: “At the end of the day, (it) will strike the balance between the need to act and act in a way that meets our goals and not create an open-ended, boots-onthe-ground long-term proposition,” Menendez told CNBC in an interview. Menendez, speaking on CBS News, said he wanted Kerry and Hagel to offer “the full case for the use of force” and detail “what that campaign will look like in broad terms, especially as it relates to the end result”. The committee will also hold a closed hearing on Wednesday to discuss the intelligence related to Syria, Menendez told CBS. It could then begin debate on a Senate version of the bill on Wednesday afternoon, with the aim of sending it to the full Senate for debate next week. The House and the Senate return from their summer recess on September 9. Both chambers would have to approve the authorization, and it remains unclear whether the Obama administration has the votes. While he is seeking congressional approval, Obama has said he does not actually require authorization for a strike on Syria, which has blamed the chemical attack on rebel forces. Repub-

lican Senator John McCain, who attended a White House meeting on Syria on Monday, said Obama “would seriously consider” providing weapons to opponents fighting Assad. “We discussed... increasing the capabilities and that means providing not only weapons, but the kind of weapons they need, which are anti-armor and anti-air. AK-47s don’t do very well against tanks,” McCain told CNN’s “ N e w Day”.


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AKISTAN draws more US scrutiny and across more categories of American national security concern than any other nation, a report in The Washington Post has said, revealing new levels of distrust. “The $52.6 billion US intelligence arsenal is aimed mainly at unambiguous adversaries, including al Qaeda, North Korea and Iran. But top-secret budget documents reveal an equally intense focus on one purported ally: Pakistan,” the Post reported, citing documents provided by American whistleblower Edward Snowden. No other nation draws as much scrutiny across so many categories of national security concern, the newspaper notes. A 178-page summary of the US intelligence community’s “black budget” shows that the United States has ramped up its surveillance of

Pakistan’s nuclear arms, cites previously undisclosed concerns about biological and chemical sites there, and details efforts to assess the loyalties of counterterrorism sources recruited by the CIA. “Pakistan appears at the top of charts listing critical US intelligence gaps. It is named as a target of newly formed analytic cells. And fears about the security of its nuclear program are so pervasive that a budget section on containing the spread of illicit weapons divides the world into two categories: Pakistan and everybody else.” The disclosures “expose broad new levels of US distrust in an already-unsteady security partnership with Pakistan”. They also reveal a more expansive effort to gather intelligence on Pakistan than US officials have ever disclosed. “If the Americans are expanding their surveillance capabilities, it can only mean one thing,” said Husain Haqqani, who until 2011 served as Pakistan’s ambas-

sador to the United States. “The mistrust now exceeds the trust.” The report claims that other classified documents provided to The Post expose fresh allegations of systemic human rights abuses in Pakistan. US spy agencies reported that highranking Pakistani military and intelligence officials had been aware of — and possibly ordered — an extensive campaign of extrajudicial killings targeting militants and other adversaries. Public disclosure of those reports, based on communications intercepts from 2010 to 2012 and other intelligence, could have forced the Obama administration to sever aid to the Pakistani armed forces because of a US law that prohibits military assistance to human rights abusers. “But the documents indicate that administration officials decided not to press the issue in order to preserve an already-frayed relationship with the Pakistanis.” In a statement, a spokes-

woman for the National Security Council said the United States is “committed to a longterm partnership with Pakistan, and we remain fully engaged in building a relationship that is based on mutual interests and mutual respect”. “We have an ongoing strategic dialogue that addresses in a realistic fashion many of the key issues between us, from border management to counterterrorism, from nuclear security to promoting trade and investment,” said the spokeswoman, Caitlin Hayden. “The United States and Pakistan share a strategic interest in combating the challenging security issues in Pakistan, and we continue to work closely with Pakistan’s professional and dedicated security forces to do so.” The Post agreed to withhold some details from the budget documents after consultations with US officials, who expressed concern about jeopardizing ongoing operations and sources.

Patwaris ordered to be present in respective circles

Paf’s Mirage aircraft taking off from an operational Paf air Base to participate in joint air exercise ‘Shaheen-ii’ with chinese air force to be conducted at china from September 03 to 22. PR

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IslaMabad rUbbIshes ‘Fears’ over secUrIty oF Its nUKes ISLAMABAD: The government on Tuesday rubbished the United States’ “fears” over security of its nuclear programme, following US media reports claiming that the world super power had intensified surveillance of Islamabad’s nukes. Quoting US officials, a report in The Washington Post claimed that there were “broad new levels of mistrust” in an already fragile security partnership between Pakistan and US. The report added that extensive efforts were on to gather intelligence on Pakistan as compared to past. However, a Foreign Office spokesman while responding to the query about the Washington Post report said Pakistan was “fully committed” to objectives of disarmament and non-proliferation. About the security of its nukes, the spokesman added that Pakistan had established “extensive physical protection measures, robust command and control institutions” under the chairmanship of its prime minister, who is a civilian and has recently been elected by the people of Pakistan. “While comprehensive and effective export controls regulatory regimes are in place to ensure safety and security of nuclear installations and materials”. “We follow best international practices and standards set by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Pakistan is also fully engaged with the international community on nuclear safety and security issues”. The spokesman added that the efficacy of Pakistan’s strategic export controls has been acknowledged by experts from the international export control regimes during interactions on various occasions. “Pakistan is a state party to both Chemical Weapons Convention and Biological Weapons Convention and is fully implementing the two regimes,” the spokesman said, adding that Pakistan’s nuclear deterrence capability was aimed at maintaining regional stability in South Asia. “Pakistan is fully committed to objectives of disarmament and non-proliferation. As a nuclear weapons state, Pakistan’s policy is characterised by restraint and responsibility,” the spokesman concluded. TAYYAB HUSSAIN

Federation seeks time in case against zardari’s departure ISLAMABAD AGENCIES

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Senate body says no to aggression against Syria ISLAMABAD ANwER ABBAS

The Senate’s Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs on Tuesday passed a resolution unanimously condemning possible military action against Syria. Talking to reporters at the Parliament House, Senate’s Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs Mushahid Hussain and member Haji Adeel Ahmed said the body in the in-camera session unanimously adopted a resolution condemning any military aggression against Syria by any country, including the United States. He said the body opposed any military solution of the Syrian issue and recommended that the issue should be resolved in accordance with the will of the Syrians rather than imposing any military solution upon them. Hussain added that due to various conflicts

Middle East could not afford any new war in the region that would benefit none. The body, he said, also condemned the use of chemical weapons against the innocent civilians, regardless of “whoever used it”. Adeel said the body also condemned the Pakistanis fighting in Syria against the Syrian government, adding that Syria should not be transformed into another Afghanistan. However, he noted that no official information on the Pakistanis fighting in Syria was provided to the committee. He said that after the United Kingdom, Pakistani parliament was the first ever platform where a senate’s body passed resolution on Syrian issue. He said further the committee also understood the need of adopting important measures and re-tracking the policy towards Afghanistan and suggested to maintain good terms with neighboring country in real manner.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak on Tuesday directed the Revenue Department officials to ensure the presence of all patwaris in their respective patwar circles. Patwaris who will not be present in their respective circles from the next week will be deemed to have been suspended and an inquiry will be initiated against them. He issued these directives during a meeting with the MPAs and MNAs of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and party workers. The CM also ordered the arrest of those patwaris who keep private assistants for their official duties. On the complaints of the party workers that patwaris usually sit in the houses of individuals to discharge their official duties, the CM also directed the authorities concerned to rent accommodation for them on emergency basis.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday adjourned until September 10 the hearing of a petition requesting barring President Asif Ali Zardari from traveling abroad after completion of his tenure. A two-member apex court bench, comprising Justice Khilji Arif Hussain and Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry, heard the case. During the course of proceedings, Deputy Attorney General (DAG) Imranul Haq appeared on behalf of the federation and requested the court to give him some time for filing a reply. Petitioner Shahid Aurakzai contended that President Zardari would be completing his tenure on September 8 and requested the court not to adjourn the case for long. Leaders belonging to Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) have said on more than one occasions that President Zardari would do politics and work for his party after vacating the Presidency on September 8. The bench also issued no-

tices to respondents in an appeal against the Peshawar High Court’s suo motu notice regarding bar on women from casting votes during the byelections in NA-5, Nowshera. During the course of proceeding, Athar Minallah, counsel for the appellant argued that the Peshawar High Court took suo motu over a complaint that women were not allowed to take part in the by-elections in NA-5. He continued that under the Article 184(3) and 199, the high court did not have jurisdiction to take suo motu over the issue. Minallah maintained that if an aggrieved or complainant had filed a petition regarding the barring of women from casting votes, the court could take notice of the issue. He argued that no one was aggrieved in the constituency, so the high court should not have stopped the whole election process and the results should be announced. Giving example of NA-32, he stated that elections were not barred in NA-32 Upper Dir where only one woman cast her vote.

ahSan iQBal callS for reSolvinG differenceS throuGh dialoGue ISLAMABAD/COLOMBO AGENCIES

Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal on Tuesday called for regional peace in South Asia and resolving political differences through negotiations so that resources could be diverted towards building human capital. Addressing the Sixth South Asia Economic Summit (SAES) in Colombo, Ahsan said “It will help us in implementing a regional disaster risk reduction strategy where all countries would work together to avoid disasters like floods and water scarcity.” This, he said, would minimise intra-regional hostilities and strengthen the democracies. “An economically integrated

South Asia is the answer to the growing energy scarcity. We need to think of energy corridors within this region to meet each other’s energy needs,” he said, adding “Such integration is a must to cope with the negative impacts of financial crisis and recession which is hitting our traditional trade partners, Europe and the United States of America.” The minister said that besides fostering peace in the region, “we also need to think of new ways to make South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) an effective forum”. He said the fate of SAARC Development Goals (SDGs) was not much different than that of the Millenium DGs (MDGs). “We often say that the lack of political ownership of the MDGs in

member states led to the slow progress in achieving them. However, the SDGs were our home grown solutions, yet due to lack of cooperation, we failed to achieve them,” he said, adding that more than 70 percent of the South Asians still lived with less than $2 a day. AHSAn MeeTS Sri lAnKAn PreSiDenT: Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal called upon Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Colombo on Tuesday and briefed him on the initiatives taken by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) government in different fields. “The new government is determined to curb terrorism and improve the security situation in Pakistan and also in South Asia,” he said. He said the two sides needed to work closely

to take bilateral trade from $400 million to over $1 billion adding that the Joint Economic Commission (JEC) may be convened soon to propose ways to enhance trade between the two countries and to address the issues affecting economic and commercial relations. President Rajapaksa said Pakistan-Sri Lanka bilateral relations had stood test of time. This was the first ministerial level visit to Sri Lanka since the new government assumed office in Pakistan in June. Conveying the greetings of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to the Sri Lankan leadership and people, Ahsan thanked the president for Sri Lanka’s help during the 2011 dengue outbreak in Punjab. Ahsan said the fault-lines in our societies were being targeted and ex-

ploited by outsiders to create anarchy and instability. Platforms should be created on the national and regional levels to promote interfaith and communal harmony and to mitigate the negative influences, he said. Iqbal highlighted the significance of sports in bringing the people of South Asia together. On his request, the Sri Lankan president agreed to revive cricket ties with Pakistan and said that a team would be sent to play in Pakistan soon. President Rajapaksa, felicitating Pakistan on the democratic and peaceful transition of power, welcomed the minister to Sri Lanka and said that he was looking forward to the Pakistani PM’s visit to Sri Lanka in November for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2013.

Mother of 4 arrested in lahore on blasphemy charges LAHORE AGENCIES

Police have arrested a mother of four on blasphemy charges in Lahore, police and a cleric said on Tuesday. “Police arrested a 40-yearold woman, Salma alias Fatima, on Monday and sent her to prison on blasphemy charges,” senior police official Tariq Aziz said. Aziz said local cleric Qari Iftikhar Ahmed Raza had accused the woman of distributing a pamphlet carrying “contemptuous” remarks. According to police, the cleric and the woman appeared to have argued over the distribution of food provided by charity in their area. Raza, the cleric, said Salma had been criticising the local clerics and they had urged her to stop but she refused. He added that she distributed the pamphlet containing the alleged blasphemy on Monday, after which he and other imams called the police. Residents in the area said Salma’s family had fled from their home, adding that she became deeply religious after going on haj three years ago. According to police, the mother-of-four is also a principal of a private school.

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The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) governor, on the advice of the KP chief minister KP, has appointed MPA Suron Singh as special assistant to the CM. Similarly, MPA Abdul Karim has also been appointed a special assistant to the CM with immediate effect. It was notified by the Administration Department on Tuesday.


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FTER being hit badly by the petrol bomb, the masses have now been bombarded with an increase in Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG). Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL) and PARCO have increased LPG rate by Rs 10 per kilogramme, Rs 120 per domestic cylinder and Rs 480 per commercial cylinder. The notified rates of LPG are effective from September 3. As per the afresh price list issued by the gas producers, OGDCL produced gas price per metric tonne would be Rs 104,535 with an increase of Rs 8,000 to 10,000, while PARCO’s new price per metric tonne would be Rs 104,229. The gas producers attribute the increase in domestic LPG prices with the increase in gas prices in the international market. LPG price in the international market has been escalated to $865 from $829 per metric

tonne; an increase of $36 per metric tonne. It is pertinent to mention here that winter season has yet to start while the gas mafia has already kick started its money minting game that will make LPG unaffordable for the consumers especially in hilly areas. After this increase in gas price, the LPG rate per kg would reach to Rs 120 and a domestic cylinder will be available at Rs 1,390 in Karachi, Rahim Yar Khan, Sukhar and Hyderabad. The gas price would be Rs 125 per kg in Lahore, Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Gujranwala, Gujrat, Sialkot, Okara, Attock, Mir Pur, Jhelum, Bahawalpr, Multan and Dera Ghazi Khan, while domestic cylinder will be available in the mention cities at Rs 1,450. However, new LPG rate per kg in Gilgit, Baltistan, FATA, Muzafarabad, Bagh, Naran, Kaghan, Murree and Nathia Gali would be Rs 140 per kg and a domestic cylinder will be available at Rs 1,630. LPG Distributors Association Pakistan (LPGDAP) Chairman Irfan Khokar while recording his reaction on the fresh increase

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in gas price said the biggest gas producer refinery JJVLL has suspended its production for some time due to certain reasons owing to which the LPG production would have reduced. He said that as per past practices, the government producers of LPG would again raise the price by taking undue advantage of the situation. Khokhar said that poor consumers have already been compelled to purchase gas at high rates. He said that government should take the issue seriously and devise a workable strategy to control the LPG prices. He said if government would not take appropriate action against the gas mafia then gas price may escalate further in the coming

days with the advent of winter season. Meanwhile, talking to Pakistan Today, a resident of Sector E, Husnain Abbasi said that he was a government employee and it has already been very difficult to buy costly LPG cylinders on existing price. Now after the fresh increase he would have to spent almost half of his salary on domestic fueling, he added. He asked the government to take notice of LPG price hike and take prompt action against the gas mafia which was in cahoots with the gas producers.

Fraud oF rs 3M In token tax recoverIes unveIled RAWALPINDI INP

An audit of lifetime token tax recoveries by the motor branch of Excise and Taxation Department Rawalpindi has been ordered as alleged embezzlement in the recoveries has come to the limelight. ETO (Motor Registration Authority) Syed Mustafa Haider has issued the directives. Sources revealed that the recovery of lifetime token tax of vehicles up to 1,000cc has been going on since last year and an embezzlement of approximately Rs 3 million has come to the forefront in the recoveries of July 2013. It is speculated that some officials have been deliberately making less assessment of the amount of the lifetime token tax of vehicles. When contacted, ETO Syed Mustafa Haider said that he has decided to conduct an audit of the recoveries after knowing about the wrong assessment of taxes. He said that the audit has been started which is expected to be completed within a month.

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IMagInIng a larger caPItal RAWALPINDI INP

The government is considering expanding Islamabad territory by including dozens of villages of Rawalpindi and Attock districts into the federal capital. According to sources, Prime Minister (PM) Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has ordered construction of various development projects in the city due to which the area is being expanded. Various southwestern villages of Rawalpindi including more than 18 villages of Fateh Jang tehsil Attock have been marked for the purpose. Sources said that according to the master plan of the Capital Development Authority (CDA), all villages in a 60 kilometer radius from Zero Point will be included in the capital district. A meeting was held between higher officials of Punjab Land Revenue Department and CDA in which land acquisition for the projects was discussed. However, the project is expected to be completed within three years and CDA will annually release funds to purchase land in Rawalpindi and Fateh Jang.

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Election tribunal on Wednesday will hear the petition seeking disqualification of a Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) provincial parliamentarian. The petition was filed by former Member of Provincial Assembly (MPA) Ziaullah Shah against PTI MPA Raja Rashid Hafeez from PP-11, on the grounds that the latter had allegedly concealed assets and had defaulted on loans. Shah alleged that Hafeez had defaulted on Rs 4.8 million worth of loans from Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited and concealed details of foreign currency bank accounts belonging to him and his wife. Hafeez denied the allegations levelled against him saying that Shah had suffered a defeat in the May 11 general elections and had approached the tribunal in a last-ditch bid to get his seat back.

Around 163 teachers of Rawalpindi district have sent their formal retirement requests to the Department of Education, expressing concerns with the formation of proposed district education authorities. Majority of the teachers are male and female PST teachers and 27 teachers have been issued retirement order during the last few days. Teachers are confused about the formation of the district education authorities and expressed their concerns saying that the system will resemble the education system implemented in 1962 under local government. They said that there will be no job security as this will be the first step towards privatisation. Meanwhile, teachers associations have decided to hold province-wide protests against the formation of district education authorities.


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no new tube wells for rawalpindi: Wasa rAWAlPinDi: Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) Rawalpindi will install no new tube well during the current financial year 2013-14. WASA will ensure smooth supply of water to the citizens in different areas of Rawalpindi through the existing 323 tube wells. WASA sources said it has allocated no amount for the installation of new tube wells in its budget for the current fiscal year. WASA is relying on two major reservoirs of water including Khanpur Dam and Rawal Dam to supply water to the citizens. Funds have been earmarked in the budget for supplying additional water. Presently, 230,000 gallons of water is being supplied to the citizens daily. Diminishing water levels in the two dams is said to be the major reason for not installing new tube wells in the city. ONLINE

SAVING THE EXTINCT: Men install dinosaur models outside the Marghazar Zoo. Earlier, these models were removed from Ankara Park owing to safety concerns. iNp

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State Minister for Education, Trainings and Standards in Higher Education Engineer Balighur Rehman on Tuesday said that the government would establish Federal Curriculum Commission for bringing reforms in the curriculum development at federal and provincial levels. He was addressing the launching ceremony of National Plan of Action and progress towards Article 25-A jointly organised by Ministry of Education, Trainings and Standards in Higher Education, UNICEF and UNESCO. The minister said he was in consultation with the chief ministers of all the provinces and provincial representatives from the education department would be taken onboard while establishing this commission. “The Federal Curriculum Commission would lessen the disparities among the curriculum being implemented in all provinces bringing uniformity,” he added. The minister said that the government is striving hard to initiate reforms for increasing spending on education up to 4 percent of GDP by the year 2018. “We have to initiate key reforms in terms of improving service delivery and enrolling more children into schools to transform the country”, he opined. He thanked all the political parties for giving prime importance to the education sector in their manifestos during general elections. Secretary Ministry of Education, Trainings and Standards in Higher Education, Ahmed Bakhsh Lehri said that education is important to address issues of food security, climate change, poverty and terrorism. He appreciated the efforts of the provincial authorities in formulation of the Plan of Action. UNESCO Director Dr Kouze Kay Nagata said, “United Nations institutions in Pakistan are aimed to reduce poverty and equip the citizens with the power of knowledge with focus on marginalised communities.” She said that education is the key to achieve progressive social transformation and poverty reduction can only pave the way toward sustainable national economic growth. She informed that UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has launched global initiative for education to enroll every child into school. Dr Nagata said, “This year the upcoming International Literacy Day would be celebrated worldwide with the same pledge to provide every child right his or her due right to education.” Furthermore, she stated that UNESCO has provided technical assistance for preparing the NPA and it would ensure enrollment of 25 million out of school children of primary and secondary age group.

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ATIMA Jinnah Park, famously known as F-9 Park wears a shabby look these days much to the apathy of the Capital Development Authority (CDA). Being the largest park of the federal capital and spanning over an area of 750 acres, only 240 acres has been developed which includes jogging tracks, swings, lights and benches. In the past the park attracted a large number of visitors but with everything in shambles, broken lights, swings and dilapidated jogging tracks the park

wears an eerie look. Moreover, the once beautiful landscape is now clustered with wild bushes and overgrown grass with thick moss covering the benches, as if Islamabad needs any more forests. According to a visitor Ali Ahsan, families avoid visiting the park due to its poor condition. “Wild animals such as boars frequently roam the park at night endangering the visitors. Families are especially reluctant to visit the park,” he added. He said that no one could walk on the tracks due to the overgrown grass and bushes blocking the way. Another visitor Sonia Naz said that there was no arrangement of drinking

water in the park. “There should at least be a canteen inside the premises,” she added. The visitors demanded the CDA high-ups to take notice of the situation and to restore the park to its original state. When contacted, a CDA official said that due to lack of funds the park could not be maintained properly. “No budget has been released for the maintenance of the park for the current year,” he added. He informed that the CDA chairman was interested in the beautification of the city and maintenance of the parks and relevant steps would be taken in this regard.

commercial use of residential buildings irks residents rAWAlPinDi: Commercial activities in various residential areas of Rawalpindi are not only disturbing the peace of the residents but marring the city’s beauty as well. The residents of different colonies and housing societies said that facilities like parking lots, gas, electricity and sanitation were provided keeping the needs of the residential areas in mind but commercial use of the houses is creating a mess. Many houses in Satellite Town, Scheme Three, National Market, Chah Sultan, Sadiqabad, Saddar including other areas have been turned into commercial premises creating troubles for those living around. The biggest problem being faced by the residents is of parking. Due to emergence of private schools, beauty parlours, trade and training centers, hospitals and other small businesses the residents are forced to park their vehicles away from their homes and there is always danger of being stolen. Additionally, another problem is poor sanitation of roads and streets. They said that auto workshops and factories of plastic bags and furniture are polluting the environment. The residents alleged that violation of law is not possible without the backing of administration officials. INP

Breaking the law, not so fast! ISLAMABAD APP

The capital police on Tuesday apprehended nine lawbreakers from various areas of the city and recovered hashish, 3 illegal pistols and stolen vehicle and property from their possession, a police spokesman said. According to details, SSP Muhammad Rizwan directed police officials to launch a crackdown against criminals in the city. Following his directions, SubInspector Nusrat Ali from Golra police arrested Azhar Mehmood and recovered

one 30 bore pistol from him. SubInspector Munir Khan from Tarnol Police Station arrested Khurram Shahzad and recovered stolen property worth to Rs 20,000 from his possession. ASI Mian Imran from Aabpara Police Station arrested Muhammad Furqan, Muhammad Rizwan and Tahir Mehmood and recovered 3 stolen cellular phones and cash from their possession. Moreover, the police team recovered one 30 bore pistol from them. Similarly, Sub-Inspector Ghulam Habib from Margalla Police Station held Amanullah after recovering one 30 bore pistols from him. Inspector Muhammad

Aslam recovered a car bearing tampered registration number W-9378 Karachi. Crime Investigation Agency Police Sub-Inspector Zulfiqar Ahmed and ASI Ibrar Hussain arrested bootlegger Muhammad Safeer Zahid after recovering 160 wine bottles his possession. Sub-Inspector Habib-ur-Rehman from Shahzad Town Police Station arrested a drug pusher Muhammad Ramzan and recovered 120 grams of hashish from him. Separate cases have been registered and further investigation is underway. SSP Muhammad Rizwan appreciated the performance of the officials and said

that the capital police are determined to ensure effective action criminals. GenerAl HolD UP: Police on Tuesday impounded 51 bikes and 16 vehicles during general hold up and removed black sheets from 15 vehicles and fined the owners. SSP Muhammad Rizwan instructed police officials to take strict action against vehicles being driven without documents. He also directed them to ensure strict security and patrolling in their respective areas. Meanwhile, police also apprehended five suspects during search operation in various areas of the city.


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spot report, commissioned by Indian Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) on the India-China border issue, has confirmed the government’s worst fears – the Chinese army won’t let Indians patrol the Line of Actual Control (LAC). The ground situation report, submitted by India’s National Security Advisory Board (NSAB) chairperson Shyam Saran to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Au-

analysts call for reducing tensions between Pakistan, India ISLAMABAD: Former foreign minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri on Monday regretted that India did allow the United Nations (UN) military observers or independent observers to investigate matters on the Line of Control (LoC) in the disputed Kashmir valley. Talking to Radio Pakistan, he said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was trying to resume and improve relations with India. He said all issues between the two countries should be resolved only through talks otherwise the situation could become worse. Another former foreign minister Sardar Asif Ahmed Ali alleged that India’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had always tried to create problems for Pakistan. He attributed the tension at the LoC to confrontation between the BJP and the Indian national Congress. Indian journalist Shushant Sareen said the Indian intelligentsia had appreciated the Pakistani prime minister’s statement. He said there was great domestic pressure on Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh regarding the relations with Pakistan. Political and security analyst, Professor Naheed Anjum, said most people on both sides of the Indo-Pak border wanted peaceful relations between the two neighbours. Senior Analyst Dr Rasool Bakhsh Rais said relations between the two countries could only be improved through dialogue and with the support of the people of both countries. APP

atc adjourns hearing of Mumbai case ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad AntiTerrorism Court has adjourned the hearing of Mumbai attack case until today (Wednesday). The prosecutor informed the court on Tuesday that the Law Ministry had not yet issued gazette notification about departure of Judicial Commission to India. He said the gazette notification would be submitted in the court today. ONLINE

juI-F opposes army in karachi ISLAMABAD: JUI-F chief Moulana Fazlur Rahman has opposed calling army in Karachi. In a statement issued on Tuesday, the JUI F chief, however, added that if law enforcement agencies failed to control the situation there, army could be called in for help under Article 149 of the constitution. Fazl stressed the need for consensus among political parties before launching any operation in Karachi. He expressed the hope that federal cabinet would come up with some solution to the Karachi problem. ONLINE

gust 10, 2013, underlines that the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops were not allowing their Indian counterparts to patrol the Indian perception of the Line of Actual Control in eastern Ladakh. Singh had told Saran to visit the eastern Ladakh and Siachen sectors from August 2 to 9 for reviewing the border infrastructure development and LAC situation. Saran, who had conducted a similar exercise in May 2007, has reported a grim scenario of Chinese transgressions in the Daulet Beg Oldi (DBO) sector, Depsang Bulge and Chumar. The report has been shared with the

Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS). An inter-ministerial committee headed by home secretary Anil Goswami has reportedly been set up to monitor the LAC situation and the existing empowered committee on border infrastructure development, led by cabinet secretary Ajit Seth, has been asked to remove the bureaucratic bottlenecks in Ladakh. Though the government is tightlipped about the report, Saran has indicated that the “limits of patrol” line has become the new LAC for India in certain areas of Ladakh sector.

The Chinese define the LAC in eastern Ladakh as marked on a map in then premier Zhou En-Lai’s letter of November 7, 1959, to then prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru. The Indian perception of the LAC, as marked by the China Study Group (CSG) in 1976 on the basis of the 1962 war positions, vastly varies from the Chinese one on at least 12 pockets from DBO to Chumar. However, the CSG — which comprises the foreign, home and defence secretaries, the army vice-chief and two intelligence chiefs — defined the “limits of patrolling” for the Indian Army to maintain border

peace. The patrol line is between New Delhi and Beijing’s LAC perceptions and 2-20 km short of the Indian line. Saran has reported that the Chinese have built a motorable kutcha road to a sensitive Track Junction area in the DBO sector, thus changing the position on ground and in violation of the 2005 protocol. The former foreign secretary told the PMO that Indian troops were able to go only up to the patrol line in Depsang with the area defined as “bulge” with Chinese PLA. The April 15, 2013, Depsang incursion at Raki Nullah was designed to prevent the Indian patrols from reaching Points 10, 11, 11A and 13 with Point 12 outside the patrol line. Saran and former northern army commander Lt Gen PC Bharadwaj also surveyed Pangong Tso, a saltwater lake through which runs the LAC. They found a beefed up PLA firmly entrenched in their position in the Srijap area. Saran is also concerned with the situation in Chumar where the PLA is making frequent transgressions, claiming 85 sq km of Indian territory despite the international border defining the two countries.

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KOTLI: Chief of Army Staff General Ashraf Kayani on Tuesday visited the Line of Control in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and inspected the situation in the wake of Indian violation of LoC. Security sources said the army chief met with army jawans posted at Azad Kashmir’s Nakyal sector and praised their courage and bravery. NNI

sartaj‚ Indian hc discuss bilateral relations ISLAMABAD INP

Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan TC Raghavan called on Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz on Tuesday and discussed recent tension on the Line of Control (LoC) and latest developments in bilateral relations. They also talked about the proposed meeting between the prime ministers of the two countries on the sidelines of UN General Assembly in New York later this month. Raghavan, who has only recently taken up charge in Islamabad following the departure of his predecessor Sharat Sabharwal, called the recent incidents along the LoC a “setback” in the dialogue process between

Pakistan and India, and stressed on the need of a common policy against terrorism. Aziz, while stressing the importance of resuming the bilateral dialogue process, lamented that tensions along the LoC had derailed the process and the overreaction of Indian media has not helped. He recounted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s commitment to normalising relations with India, and reiterated the incumbent government’s hope of picking up the threads from the Lahore Declaration of 1999. Aziz said both sides needed to show maturity and move forward in a positive manner to resolve outstanding issues and put in place a sustainable dialogue process. Raghavan stated that the LoC incident was a “setback” in the dialogue process, adding that

while there was a feeling in India also to continue to engage with Pakistan, the LoC incidents had raised doubts on Pakistan’s sincerity. The Indian high commissioner though felt that both countries needed to work towards forging a common policy on combating terrorism, which would help in allaying many misperceptions that existed. There is a huge speculation about a possible meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif. Pakistan has publicly said that a meeting between the two leaders will help improve bilateral relations. India has not officially responded. Sources say back-channel parleys are on to reduce the tension that led to continuous violation of ceasefire across the LoC.

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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan said his party would support the government for peace talks with the Taliban. In an interview‚ he said the government and establishment would have to be on one page to effectively handle the issue to restore peace in the country.

Khan said the entire nation should also be taken on board and the peace talks must be held through tribal leaders. The PTI chairman said Pakistan would have to pull out of the US war to end suicide attacks in the country. He warned that his party would block NATO supplies if the government failed to stop US drone attacks inside Pakistan’s territory.


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Five of a family rescued from landlord’s jail in chiniot CHINIOT: Five people of the same family were recovered on Tuesday during a police raid on a local landlord’s private jail in Chiniot. According to details, the police conducted the raid on the complaint of the captives’ relatives. The police rescued the five family members, including a couple and their three children from the illegal custody of the influential landlord. However, the accused managed to escape. The head of the rescued family told media personnel that he had taken a loan from the landlord and was unable to return it on time, after which the accused imprisoned him and his family, forcing them to work besides torturing them physically and mentally. The family demanded the authorities to provide them protection and to take action against the accused. INP

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HIEF Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has expressed his strong resolve to not compromise on violation of discipline or slackness by Supreme Court employees. Expressing his remarks while chairing a three-member bench during hearing of a case of a high court employee on Tuesday, the CJP advised the applicant to stick to his current appointment, instead of getting involved in other complex ventures. “It seems that you have no credible skills, hence it is better to relieve you of your duty”, the CJP remarked,

while dismissing the appeal altogether. MiSSinG PerSon: The Supreme Court also adjourned proceedings of a missing persons’ case and directed the Additional Attorney General (AAG) to trace out the two missing persons within a month. During the course of proceeding, AAG Tariq Khokhar appeared before the court and apprised that the DNA report of the six mutilated bodies found in Peshawar had been received. He further stated that the DNA report revealed that Naseem and Naveed were not among the six bodies found. The bench observed that there were still chances that both the missing persons were alive and could be recovered. The bench directed the AAG to trace out both the persons within a month and adjourned further hearing of the case until then. In another case, the Supreme Court bench was informed that the charge of federal ombudsman to Salman Farooqi was not given by the caretakers but by the previous elected government.

During the course of proceeding, Wasim Sajjad, counsel for Farooqi, appeared before the bench and submitted para-wise written reply. In his reply, he rejected the three allegations raised by Adil Gilani, chief of Transparency International in Pakistan and termed them baseless. Secretaries for Law Ministery, Establishment Division and president also submitted their written statements before the bench. Quoting reports by the secretaries, Sajjad said the appointment of the Farooqi as federal ombudsman was made per law and after completing due procedure. He further stated that as the petitioner alleged that the appointment of the federal ombudsman could not made as acting but the permanent, the president had the prerogative to appoint an acting ombudsman whenever he found the post vacant and deemed fit not to leave the post as such. He apprised the court that an advice for the appointment of ombudsman was

sent to the president on February 27, 2013 which was approved by the president on the very same day and that was the time when there was an elected government in place. Setting aside other aspects, he said, the appointment itself would not have any objection as the bench itself could examine the dates and the procedure of original summary and original notification submitted before the apex court. Justice Jawwad S Khawaja remarked that the matter was not as simple as being presented and the court had to see other aspects as well. He maintained that the matter was complex, else the case should have been concluded by now. The chief justice gave directions to Wasim Sajjad to read out the report of Accountant General of Pakistan Revenue (AGPR) submitted before the apex court along with the order sheet of the court and response over that on next date of hearing. Later, the bench adjourned further proceedings until September 4.

ISLAMABAD: The Capital Police have decided to conduct the chemical examination of weapons recovered from main accused of he Islamabad standoff, Sikandar. Per details, two rifles and their ammunition were recovered from the custody of accused, which have been sent to chemical examiner for inspection. Police officials have stated that report of chemical examiner is much significant because in case of positive report, accused can be convicted under terrorism act. Accused Sikandar had fired 100 rounds during the incident. ONLINE

two employees of ztbl gunned down in Faisalabad FAISALABAD: Two employees of Zarai Tarkiati Bank Limited (ZTBL) were shot dead by some unknown armed criminals on Satiana Road ere on Tuesday. According to reports, two employees of ZTBL, Manager Rana Naveed and Deputy Manager Mazhar Aziz, were heading to Satiana Bank Branch for performing their duty when two armed assailants opened unprovoked firing on their vehicle, killing them both on the spot. Upon receiving information, police rushed to the site and took the bodies into custody. Later, the bodies were shifted to Allied Hospital for autopsy. After completing medico-legal formalities, the bodies were handed over to their heirs. According to a preliminary report, Rana Naveed had an old enmity due to which both officers lost their lives. Police have registered a case and started investigation. ONLINE

nato container driver injured in attack MASTUNG: A NATO container driver was injured when unidentified armed men attacked the container on the National Highway near Mastung on Tuesday. According to police, armed motorcyclists opened fire on a Karachibound NATO container and fled. As a result, a driver sustained bullet wounds. He was shifted to nearby hospital. The victim’s identity could not be ascertained so far. The police have cordoned off the entire area. APP

QUETTA: Workers of Anjuman-e-Mazoran Balochistan flash victory signs during a token hunger strike in support of their demands outside the Quetta Press Club. oNliNe

Kp govt offers amnesty to those Malala inaugurates europe’s biggest library who escaped dI Khan jail KP chief MiniSter announceS one-tiMe exeMPtion froM arreSt and ProSecution for eScaPeeS PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT

In a bid to pave the way for rearrest of the prisoners who escaped during the Taliban attack on Dera Ismail Khan jail on July 28, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government offered amnesty on Tuesday. According to an official notification, the KP chief minister has announced onetime exemption from arrest and prosecution for escapees

(under-trial/convicts) of Central Prison, DI Khan. The notification reads, “The same shall be applicable to those prisoners only who voluntarily surrender to the local police of the nearest police station or the district administration. This incentive for voluntary surrender shall be valid for 15 days from issuance of this notification.” It also reads that those who do not surrender upon expiry of the given period would be

arrested and tried (apart from their original offences) in case FIR No 554, Dated 29th July, 2013 U/S 302 / 324 /353 /365 /427 /435/224A /120B /3 /4 / Exp/7ATA/186/148/149, Police Station, Cantt: District DI Khan. Scores of Taliban militants attacked the jail on July 28 night and helped/forced around 247 prisoners to escape. Among the prisoners were militants involved in terrorism, including attacking and killing security forces personnel, government officials and civilians. More than 50 of them, including four women prisoners and a lady constable have already returned.

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Malala Yousafzai on Tuesday inaugurated Europe’s largest library, which reportedly houses a million books. Malala said, “Pens and books are the weapons that defeat terrorism,” adding, “A city without books, a city without a library is like a graveyard.” She said, “We must not forget that 57,000,000 children are out of school and we must speak up for peace and development in Nigeria, Syria and Somalia.” She added, “We must speak

up for the children of Pakistan, India and Afghanistan who are suffering from terrorism, poverty, child labour and child trafficking.” Malala recounted her own experience at school and said she had read only seven books apart from textbooks assigned in class. She said the culture in Birmingham was very different from Pakistan and that the people she encountered here had read hundreds of books. She also said reading, knowledge and education were the only way to peace, adding that even God chose the medium of a book to send his message to the people.


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syria, the making of another afghanistan

COMMENT Wednesday, 4 September, 2013

karachi, finally some action

what is at stake?

hopefully performance will match the hype

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FTER nearly three months of inaction, and the so-called honeymoon period of 100 days about to expire, the PML-N government has finally decided that it is action time. The prime minister is in Karachi, and so is the entire federal cabinet. Despite an earlier show of temper by the MQM in response to the withdrawal of invitation to Farooq Sattar to attend the cabinet meeting on Wednesday, its representatives were present in Prime minister’s meeting with provincial leaders of political parties. In the meeting Mian Nawaz Sharif pledged “not to politicise a planned solution to restore peace to Karachi”, hoping that in this federal endeavour with the provincial government providing the lead “others would cooperate”. Today’s cabinet session is likely to set the ball rolling for a planned, intensive and targeted operation against the criminal gangs and armed militias of all political parties, whose deadly turf war has ruined peace in the country’s economic hub. As far as sound-bites go, the PM hit all the right chords: “He was not there representing the PML-N but as prime minister of the entire country… Karachi is the economic hub and unemployment will rise if the unrest is not quelled… Peace [in Karachi] is imperative in bringing foreign investment into the country.”Hopefully Nawaz will take on board all the parties with significant presence in Karachi while finalising the line of action to put an end to violence and crime in the metropolis. Karachi has suffered for far too long. While what happened there before of the present dispensation is lamentable, one cannot but castigate the PML-N’s procrastination in taking this particular bull – among many others haunting us – by the horns, in the name of ‘forging a consensus’. It is always good to lineup a cross section of people behind a government when dealing with such singularly difficult assignments as restoring peace to Karachi or taming the terrorists, but the buck in parliamentary democracy stops at the prime minister’s desk. It is part of his job description as the first among equals to take decisions and deliver. Putting it off and hiding behind the ‘consensus’ bogey is tantamount to abdicating responsibility. Now, if as expected, when the federal cabinet gives the interior minister’s ‘comprehensive’ plan ‘an all systems go’ signal, clinical precision in execution is an essential. It is also anticipated that the troika of police, the Rangers and the intelligence outfits would be wellequipped and exceptionally motivated to be up to the challenge. Above all, the operation would cut a swathe on the armed gangs of all hues, without the least consideration about their political branding. With the hype about a solution to the Karachi conundrum on a high, from now on it is the performance on the ground that would be under the microscope. One hopes that this time round all involved score better than they have in the past.

ceding turf through inaction Judiciary moves into the void

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VER three months in power and the PML-N is yet to take decisions about key appointments. While the prime minister is scheduled to visit the US this month, the post of the ambassador after the exit of Sherry Rehman in May immediately after the elections remains vacant. The government has yet to replace the High Commissioner in London, a political appointee of the PPP government. As the two political parties have yet to reach consensus on a new CEC, an ad hoc arrangement fills the gap. The absence of a NAB chief stands in the way of the initiation of proceedings in major cases of corruption and misuse of authority. There is currently no PIA chief to cure the decades old ills of the PIA. Similarly there is no CEO in Pakistan Steel Mills to help the government take decisions about the future of the terminally ill enterprise. In the case of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) a petition has led the Supreme Court to issue orders for appointment of the Chairman within ten days. The PTA carries the onerous responsibility of the establishment, operation and maintenance of telecommunications in Pakistan. It is also entrusted with the task of disposing of applications for the use of radio-frequency spectrum. The post of the chairman PTA is lying vacant since the middle of January after LHC sent home the last holder of the office declaring his appointment illegal. In his budget speech on June 12, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar had claimed that the government was expecting Rs120 billion from the proposed sale of 3G licenses. As the government faces economic crunch, it was expected to fill the vacancy at the earliest, but that failed to happen. In the absence of the chairman, the PTA’s budget has lapsed and reportedly there is no money even to pay the salaries of its staff. Besides the office of the PTA chairman, posts of three members of the Authority also lie vacant. As the plaintiff put it, the entire telecommunication sector in the country is running unbridled and without effective regulation because the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority is virtually non-existent, As a result, the government’s priority agenda of introducing the third generation cellular phone networks has hit the snag. The chief justice has remarked that due to the nonauction of 3G, the national exchequer had to bear loss of billions of rupees. He has ordered to finalise the 3G auction within two months. The government thus finds that some of the crucial decisions it was trying to postpone have now been forced upon it. The indecisiveness on the part of the government has led to the acquisition of its turf by the court. The politicians often complain about the courts interfering in their jurisdiction. They need to realise that unless they take timely decisions on crucial issues, the courts are likely to move in.

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HE use of Sarin gas in Damascus suburbs may become the trigger for American and European attack on the Assad regime. It appears though that the attack would be limited in nature, mainly to destroy the chemical warfare infrastructure of the Syrian regime. There is very high possibility that the attack won’t aspire to remove Assad from power. The removal of Assad regime might open a tinderbox, for which the Americans, the Israelis, the Saudis, the Qataris, Turkey and others may not have the appetite. Over 100,000 civilians have been killed in the Syrian civil war since it started in 2011 and over four million people have been displaced. Two million Syrians are currently living as refugees in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. The ordeal of Syrian people though doesn’t appear to be ending very soon. In this civil war, we are watching the making of another Afghanistan. A lot is at stake. Aside from the Palestinians whose whole country was gobbled by Israel, Syria is the only Arab country, which has a genuine territorial conflict with Israel for Golan Heights that were occupied by Israel in 1967. In addition to their strategic importance, the Golan Heights are an important water resource. They help sustain flows for rivers and springs in the region. The occupied sector of Golan Heights provides substantial amount of water to the Jordan River watershed, supplying about 15 per cent of Israel’s water needs. Additionally the Lake Ram is also located in the Golan Heights, so is river Yarmouk. Syria is also strategically very important in the Palestinian-Israeli equation. Since the overthrow of Shah in 1979, Iran is the only country to have taken an open position against the Israeli subjugation of Palestinian territories. Recently, Turkey has also seen a small shift in its policy towards Israel under Erdogan, inspired by his aspirations for leadership in Arab region. Over the years, Iran has acquired a land-based access to Israel via a Shia dominated Iraq, to a Shia controlled Syria and from there to Lebanon via Hezbollah. Apparently weapons, military personnel and other assistance flows from Iran via Iraq and Syria to Hezbollah and to Hamas. It was due to allies like Syria and Hezbollah that Ahmedinejad addressed a large gathering of Lebanese at the border with Israel, looking down upon Israel from the elevated Iranian Garden in Bint-e-Jubail. In his address, the Iranian president threatened Israel about the alliance of Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon (read Hezbollah) behind the Palestinian people. Therefore to overthrow the regime of Bashar AlAssad is to break the land link of Iran to Israel, and take out the only major irritant that has discomforted the Jewish state since the Camp David accord. Through the Camp David accord, the Egyptians embraced peace with Israel forgetting their old province Gaza in the control of Jewish state, in return for Sinai and the constant American military aid. Jordan, the other neigh-

bour to the east of Israel also enjoys regular instalments of American aid in return for friendly ties with the occupier of Palestinian land. The Gulf states have as well since the Egyptian-Israeli accord, shelved the Palestinian issue in return for multi-dimensional relations with the US and European nations, in the fields of military cooperation, the oil trade, shipping, transportation, construction and science and technology. When the Syrian civil war protracted and Bashar Al Assad callously continued to kill the peaceful protestors, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey started supporting the opposition and arming various groups. Jordan became the transit route for Saudi Arabia and Qatar to transfer arms, train people and provide other support to the opposition forces and militias fighting in Syria. Egypt as well declared its support for the Syrian Brotherhood during the period of president Morsi. That intervention however is now stopped. The field though has been cluttered since then. A situation similar to Afghanistan prevails in Syria today, which is a multi-ethnic society comprising upon Arab, Kurds, Armenians, Circassians, Chechens, Turkomans divided along the Sunnis, Shia and Christians. At the moment, the Syrian regime controls about 40-60 per cent. The remaining territory is controlled by dozens of militia groups, which number over 50 as per some estimates. In addition to Hezbollah, Iran has also entered the conflict. As per some estimates about 4,000-5,000 Iranian personnel are also fighting along the Syrian forces. The Iraqi Sunni and Shia are also said to be fighting on both sides of the divide, so are the Sunnis (read Salafis) of Lebanon. There are media reports about the Tunisian Salafis’ fighting along the opposition militias. At present there are about five different currents fighting in Syria. These include: i) the Salafis, ii) Al-Qaeda affiliated groups, iii) the Muslim Brotherhood, iv) the Moderates (including liberal opposition and deserted army officers), v) and the Alawite Shia. The Syrian Kurds are the sixth current, who taking advantage of the chaos, have started their own armed campaign to gain autonomy. Aside from the dozens of opposition militias, there are also regime friendly militias, known as the Shabiha and the Jaysh Al-Sha’bi. The factor that has got the Saudis, the Qataris, the Americans and the Israelis worrying is the spread of Al-Qaeda affiliated militias; e.g.

the Jabhat al-Nusra, the Ahrar ash Sham, and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in Hasaka. The Jabhat alNusra, also known as Al-Nusra front has publically declared its allegiance to Ayman Al Zawahri. After which it was declared as a terrorist group ironically both by the Syrian regime and the United States. Jabhat al-Nusra is believed to be the most powerful opposition militia. There are reliable reports that most of the weapons distributed by the Saudis and the Qataris have reached the hands of AlQaeda affiliated militias. It is in this context the countries opposed to the Syrian regime have got thinking. If the Americans and Europeans were to launch a military strike against Assad today, the beleaguered regime may not survive more than a few days. The big question though is, ‘What next’. The scenario that is most probable in post-Assad Syria is a continued civil war amongst multiple militias, the most powerful amongst which are the Salafis and the Al-Qaeda franchises. The deposed regime of Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt has provided a clue about the things to expect from an AlQaeda and the Salafi-controlled Syria with regards to Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Despite its alliance with Iran, the Syria of Assad kept a tacit peace with Israel. The Salafi and AlQaeda led Syria may not prove that friendly. In this context, the best strategy that suits the powers is to maintain a protracted civil war in Syria like that of Afghanistan – a war which doesn’t lead to loss or win of any one party – but continues keeping Syrians occupied amongst themselves to bleed Syria to death. The war may take a decisive turn, only, if Al-Qaeda affiliated groups are weakened by destroying and capturing of their weapons, and more moderate militias are strengthened. In that case the Americans and the Europeans may develop an interest to remove Assad. Till that time, we can expect them to feverishly talk about a negotiated settlement of the conflict.

The scenario that is most probable in post-Assad Syria is a continued civil war amongst multiple militias, the most powerful amongst which are the Salafis and the Al-Qaeda franchises.

The writer, a social critic and development professional working with international institutions since 1998, works for United Nations Development Programme and is currently based in Cairo. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author’s and do not represent the position of the UNDP. He can be contacted at: cairo0673@gmail.com


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Wednesday, 4 September, 2013

out of turn he who mobilises hope, wins

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INCE political parties claim to speak nothing but gospel truth, it may be opportune, as we squabble toward another general election, to raise a Biblical parallel. Which of the two fetches more votes? A sermon on the mount, with its appeal to the meek who shall inherit the m J AKBAR earth, or resurrection, which promises hope in the mess of despair? In 2009, Congress pulled off a political miracle. It managed to combine the votes of both Caesar and God. The business magnate was enthused by growth, the marginalised with welfare. Both believed that five more years of UPA would deliver India into an economic stratosphere. Today, both constituencies are lost in questions. The last alibi wandered off into a darkening twilight when a pillar of establishment, the governor of the Reserve Bank of India, D Subba Rao, publicly chastised finance minister P Chidambaram, adding, in parenthesis, that the rupee crisis owed more to profligate spending in India than to any decision taken in America, which has been the stock explanation. Chidambaram’s answer, given in Parliament, has been a list of 10 Commandments to cure an economy wheezing and gasping for life. The unsaid is so much more interesting than the said. He left out his eleventh commandment: blame predecessor Pranab Mukherjee for everything and see how far this ball travels. Elderly politicians like the thought of moving upstairs when they are tired but not quite retired. Moreover, the perks at Rashtrapati Bhavan are splendid, from staff for every need to an endless supply of excellent sandwiches. Is there anything more one could ask for? Well, yes. A President of India expects release from that horrendous trap of democracy called the blame game. President Mukherjee has superb karma, but has not achieved moksha. Blame still trots to his doorstep. What must hurt, however, is that this blame is coming from the very government Mukherjee protected, nurtured and saved time and again over eight years. Memory, in politics, is neither short nor long; it is merely convenient. The UPA seems to have forgotten that Mukherjee was for eight years the face and voice of an administration led by a dormant Manmohan Singh and a shielded Sonia Gandhi. Mrs Gandhi prevented Mukherjee from becoming president six years ago because she said, publicly, that he was invaluable in government. In the house, Mukherjee commanded sufficient respect to rebuke, without response, a querulous opposition. The PM praised each of his three budgets. If indeed Mukherjee is responsible for the gathering gloom then the PM had more than one opportunity to change his portfolio, as had been done in the past. It is true that the graph had begun to bend when Mukherjee was finance minister, from 8.5 per cent to 7.5 per cent to 6.6 per cent growth. But the bend became a slipped disc under the care of Chidambaram; growth has collapsed to 4.4 per cent while the rupee slips toward oblivion. The Chidambaram diet can be summarised: revive manufacturing, boost exports, contain deficit, increase capital expenditure in public sector units, resolve coal supply “issues”, end environment hurdles, and make land available more easily to industry. So why did Chidambaram not do any of this in July and August 2012? Ninety per cent are administrative decisions, not legislative; they do not need cooperation from the Opposition. If coal famine is killing power production, it is because of corruption. If the deficit is out of control, it is because of UPA’s spending. The environment minister sits in the same cabinet room as the FM and PM; what prevents them from solving a problem? The BJP does not determine capitalisation in PSUs. Nor can any opposition check inflation, which has gouged and maimed every family budget. There is a simple truth staring at us. The UPA’s agenda is over, and its will is exhausted. It has no answers, beyond blaming the opposition on the one side and the president of India on the other. While the first is normal, the second is startling. A government does not determine who sits in the opposition, but it does choose a stalwart for president. The crisis has moved far beyond the rupee or GDP statistics; this is becoming a crisis of the republic. Every election has a theme. 1952 established new horizons; 1957 welcomed hope; 1962 opened up a question mark; 1967 was the angry answer. 1971 saw a sudden leap of faith; in 1977 came the rage of faith forsaken. 1980 was punishment time for non-Congress parties, for their betrayal. 1984 affirmed nationalism, and 1989 indicated that corruption was a nonnegotiable liability. In the Nineties the political gains of economic revival were destroyed by the politics of identity. In a unique variation, optimism became a common strand between two antagonist governments in the 21st century’s first decade. The wheel has slipped back into a quagmire of despair. Voters live through five years of meek reality to vote, on one day, for redemption and resurrection. He who mobilises hope, wins.

Out of Turn

dilemma of striking syria Putting the cart before the horse

ARIF ANSAR

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N the aftermath of the chemical weapons attack, the American decision to punish Syria has already morphed into something larger and a mismanaged affair. The first manifestation of this was showcased when the British parliament voted down its military involvement in Syria on August 29 (Thursday). Nobody ever thought the decision to strike would put the future of US-UK ties on the pedestal in a way it did. President Obama himself appears to have run into problem with the Congress on making a case for an intervention in Syria and defining the American goals and interests at stake there. Frankly, the arguments being presented mimic previous calls of ‘cry wolf,’ when there is little domestic and global appetite for it. The decision to strike Syria revolves around the following key tangents: Building a representative alliance that involves western nations and regional countries; using the appropriate military tactics and weapons to achieve the objective; defining what the goal really is; assessing the possible reaction to the military strikes. Unfortunately, problems have emerged in each one of these realms, but they all stem from having an ill-defined goal. Forming an alliance should have been the easiest part. Many Arab nations have been urging the US for some time now to deal with Syria sternly. The Saudis, for example, have left no stone unturned to create urgency in this matter. They even approached the Russians to stop supporting the Syrians, a liaison that may have backfired according to some unconfirmed reports. Turkey is openly calling for a regime change. Then there was the time-tested partnership with

the UK that the US could always rely upon. Even with such support, something went dramatically wrong and it is connected with the failure to clearly define the objective for why a military attack on Syria was needed. Was the strike required to destroy its chemical warfare capacity, diminish the military capability of Syria, or is it the higher aim of regime change? Each one of these options requires a different set of military assets and possible consequences to deal with. For example, what happens if the conflict spreads, as many believe it would, and ground troops are needed? Most importantly, how will the mission be supported financially if things do drag out, as it did in Iraq and Afghanistan? In short, the failure to correctly understand the difference between policy, strategy and tactics, made it difficult to frame the debate correctly. Moreover, the episode represents a miscalculation to grasp the political environment. There is little appetite domestically, and amongst European allies, for another foreign military misadventure. Without a clear policy objective, it also became difficult to define an appropriate strategy, and the tactics to accomplish it. How the events unfolded suggest that the decision to strike was made before determining the precise policy goals. This technical flaw created difficulties for President Obama, and allies, to make a good case for why a military intervention was needed now. How the whole affair was attempted resembles a style that a typical American car sales man adopts in making a pitch. After spending considerable amount of time on gauging customer’s interest and other superfluous matters, the salesman tries to create urgency and attempts to rush through a deal. If the client is not worn off and is still paying attention, and thinking about whether the trade being offered has any entrapments. If everything else fails, the dealer throws in the ‘now or never’ wrench. The salesman knows very well if the customer was given time to rethink, or return another day, the deal will fall through. If there is a next time, the deal almost always has to be reframed. When President Obama did clarify what the goal was on August 30 (Friday); it turned out to be ‘none of the above.’ Obama stated the aim in Syria is ‘limited, narrow act,’ or, in other words,

a slap on the wrist. The question arises: if it was going to be a couple of cruise missiles being shot across the bow, why a need for such a ruckus? This developed confusion about the real intent behind the strikes and distrust regarding the evidence, especially in the backdrop of Iraq fiasco. Russia and China are in no mood to give the West benefit of the doubt after Libya, where they felt the mandate they agreed to was blatantly violated. This does not imply Obama administration does not know what the real objective in Syria is; it’s just that there is war fatigue. American exceptionalism usually drives many of its decisions in such matters. That approach works when the country is strong, but when it is not doing well; many unforeseen challenges emerge. Someone grossly underestimated the challenges they would face to make a public case. Ultimately, Obama had to back track on August 31 (Saturday), as the goal that was defined was not worth the costs and risks involved, and that to without the public support. Only a day earlier, the US appeared poised to launch an attack on Syria. Not because it had presented a convincing justification for it, but because it had cornered itself. First be declaring there was a red line, and secondly by making a decision before the case for it was made. This does not mean all is set and done yet. Both the US and the UK will now try even harder to make a genuine case for why a strike is needed in Syria. As they do, the policy goal might be reframed, with appropriate changes to the strategy and tactics. The reality is that military intervention in Syria is needed to degrade its military capability and to rid Iran of its only regional ally. Moreover, to dent the growing resurgence of non-state actors in Syria, which is increasingly threatening to Israel and western allies in the region. The challenge is how to go about doing this when there is little public buy-in for another regime change and a larger war. Now that the ‘cry wolf’ phenomenon may be real, no one wants to listen.

The reality is that military intervention in Syria is needed to degrade its military capability and to rid Iran of its only regional ally. Moreover, to dent the growing resurgence of non-state actors in Syria, which is increasingly threatening to Israel and western allies in the region.

The writer is chief analyst at PoliTact, a Washington based futurist advisory firm (www.PoliTact.com and http:twitter.com/politact) and can be reached ataansar@politact.com

The writer is a senior Indian journalist.


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ali zafar lands new film with ranveer singh, Pariniti chopra

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FTER two successful films Saathiya (remake) and Bunty Aur Babli, Shaad Ali directed ‘Jhoom Barabar Jhoom’. The film was one of the biggest disasters of 2007 – a critical and commercial failure. Since then, the talented director has been missing from action. Now, a day before he ties the knot with costume designer Aarti Patkar, Yash Raj Films have announced their fourth film with Ali. The movie titled ‘Kill Dil’ will feature Ranveer Singh, Ali Zafar and Parineeti Chopra. The film will go on floors in October 2013 and release mid-2014. What do you think of the Kill Dil Cast and Crew? Kill Dil will be Raveer Singh and Parineeti Chopra’s second film together, after Ladies vs Ricky Bahl. NEwS dESK

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T happens to be Vivek Oberoi’s birthday today and if we walk down the memory lane, there are some milestones in his life that we come across. Being a son of actor Suresh Oberoi acting was in his genes and it came in handy in helping him getting noticed in Ram Gopal Varma’s ‘Company’ even when he was working alongside a much-established Ajay Devgn. Vivek won Filmfare Awards for Best Debut as well as Best Supporting Actor for the same film. The films that have reaped him accolades are ‘Saathiya’, ‘Yuva’ and ‘Omkara’ which was Vishal Bhardwaj’s screen adaptation of the Shakespearean drama ‘Othello’. Vivek’s infamous phone fight with Salman Khan for his then alleged girlfriend Aishwarya Rai was made public by him by calling a press conference. As a result, he earned the wrath of Bollywood’s bad boy Salman, who nearly ruined Vivek’s flourishing film career. A slew of flop films later, Vivek landed a role in ‘Kurbaan’ in which he played Dia Mirza’s love interest who also ends up foiling the plans of a terror outfit in the US. Married to Priyanka Alva, the daughter of Karnataka minister Jeevaraj Alva, he is also a proud daddy of Vivaan Veer Oberoi. Here’s wishing Vivek a joyous birthday! ZEENEwS.INdIA

nandita is guilty of adultery, not I: om Puri’s first wife

Meera ready to star in pashto film

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HE has written quite a few TV shows and among them were Neena Gupta’s Pal Chhin. She has also directed a few episodes of Rishtey. A few years back, she directed Haat, The Weekly Bazaar and the film won much critical acclaim. But, she is in news as ’Om Puri’s first wife’. The usually reticent Seema Kapoor has been facing the rough end of the stick ever since Om Puri’s marriage with Nandita hit the rocks. When we ask for an interview, she hesitates, but eventually relents. Over hot cups of tea, she unfolds her side of the story: “The press has tried to corner me for a chat ever since Om and I ended our marriage. I never spoke up. But perhaps it is time now. Nandita has been harassing me for the longest time.” excerPTS FroM THe cHAT THAT FolloWeD: How did om come into your life? Om knew my elder brother Ranjeet (writer of Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron, Khakee, Lajja) since his NSD (National School of Drama) days in the early 70s and eventually became a family friend. One fine day, we realised that we were in love. We were very serious about our relationship and after dating for almost a decade, we finally tied the knot in 1990. But my marital bliss was short-lived. Nandita stormed into Om’s life when our marriage was just about a year old. She had met him in Kolkata for an interview, and the next thing I knew was that she was staying with him in his hotel room. Initially, I thought it was a fling. But I was wrong. It did not fizzle out. I had lost my father three months before my marriage. My mother used to feel very lonely. And I would visit her in Jhalawar (Rajasthan) quite often. In my absence, Nandita used to drop in and stay with Om. I found her letters and I even found her undergarments in Om’s cupboard. At one point, I was so disturbed that I went away to stay with my mother. I was pregnant and I didn’t want all this to have an effect on my child. But, I was so traumatised that I eventually lost the baby. Was it a miscarriage? No. I was five months pregnant and the baby died inside my womb. Sometime later, Om sent me the divorce papers at Jhalawar. My brothers, Ranjeet and Annu, were furious. But I told

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them to ‘let it pass’. If I have no place in Om’s heart, what’s the point in having a place in his house? Did he keep in touch with you after he married nandita? He was in touch with my brothers and we occasionally met in a group. Three years ago, when my mother died, he came to the condolence meet and apologised to me at the gathering. And he wasn’t feigning. He was honestly sorry...I could see it in his eyes. Om told us that once he’s out of his present marriage, he would like to stay with you... That makes me feel good. But I wouldn’t like to stay with him. Why? What’s wrong in starting afresh? What afresh! Ab toh life khatam ho gayi hai. Do you think om deserves what is happening to him now? Certainly not. Whatever happened between him and me does not call for retribution. We need to live life in a civilised manner. Did you ever encounter aggression from him in your married life? Om is not an aggressive person. He cannot raise his hand on anybody. We had many fights, but it never resulted in physical violence. Nandita blames you for Om beating her up on August 22. She says you called and instigated Om... At his age? At 64? Do you think he is a puppet in my hands? Nandita has been lambasting you in the media for quite some time now. Why do you think she is doing this? I wish I knew. But she definitely needs to meditate. There’s too much of dirt and negativity inside her. She uses the choicest of Hindi expletives. I was terribly embarrassed

when she stormed into my building and started abusing. Have you read Om’s biography written by her? It is a semi-porn book, which failed to take off. Om is not a hero. Who is interested in the bedroom life of a character artiste? Om had asked his friend Aparajita to pen the book, but Nandita went hysterical and snatched the project from her. She says Om has bought you property and given you a hefty loan... She needs to prove that. Honestly, she is talking rubbish. Nandita has alleged that Om helped you get your film script passed from NFDC when he was the chairman there. People at NFDC are laughing at her and that is why they have not taken any action against her for levelling such baseless allegations. She accuses Om and you of adultery. She and Om were in an adulterous relationship. They were having an affair when I was still married to Om. She is the homebreaker, not me. When I lost my baby, she was on a pre-marriage honeymoon with Om in Nepal. Have you abstained from getting into another relationship after the marriage broke? For such things to happen, you need to trust a person to a certain extent. Many people were interested in me, but after being betrayed by my husband, I had lost all my faith in relationships. Have you ever replied to nandita’s allegations? Not so far. But now I am going to take legal action against her for defaming me. Enough is enough. She even wrote something very derogatory about me in Om’s biography. COURTESY TOI

AKISTANI film actor Meera is to feature in an upcoming Pashto film, “Worbal” which will be shot in Murree and Islamabad. Producer of the film, Shahid Khan said that the venture has a national focus, unlike most Pashto films which usually restrict themselves to audiences from the province. “The film will prove to be a milestone for the Pakistani film industry,” he said, adding that it was great that mainstream actors were now expressing an interest to act in Pashto films. “Meera agreed to work on the project, despite having other offers of regional films,” said Khan.

Muhammad Kamal Pasha wrote the narrative of the film, while Saeed Tehkali worked on the dialogues. Tahseen Khan has been tasked the camera work. Khan said the fact that so many actors were now acting in Pashto films was a testament to their increasing standards. Other famous actors who have appeared in Pashto films include Veena and Khushbu. Last month, the Home and tribal affairs department Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) banned five Pashto films from being screened in cinemas on the grounds that they had been released without obtaining approval from the censor board. NEwS dESK

Kareena Kapoor Khan flaunts a baby bump!

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AREENA Kapoor Khan tied the nuptial knot with her long time beau Saif Ali Khan last year. And the two actors, who are professionals to the core, have been busy with their respective shooting schedules. Interestingly, the actress was spotted with a baby bump recently. And wait, before you think the actress is expecting here’s some news for you.

Bebo aka Mrs Khan sported a baby bump for her film ‘Gori Tere Pyaar Mein’ alongside her ‘Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu’ costar Imran Khan. The actress wore a pink anarkali styled salwar suit and was seen carrying a fake baby bump that made her look heavily pregnant. ‘Gori Tere Pyaar Mein’ is being directed by Punit Malhotra and is slated to release this November. NEwS dESK

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HE jury is still out on the fate of Ajay Devgn’s latest offering ‘Satyagraha’ but the actor looks far from perturbed as he enters his Juhu office. A cigarette break is on top of his mind and after a quick smoke, Ajay sat down with Mirror for a candid conversation. The Prakash Jha film detailing the fictionalised life of an Anna Hazare like figure opened to a split verdict from the critics but the actor says that he is rather indifferent to the opinion of that lot. His Himmatwala was savaged by the critics and the latest one was met by accusations of sticking to the Jha formula, a mix of contemporary politics, romance and intrigue. The question about this observation is met with a smile before the actor denies allegations

of Satyagraha being formulaic. “Bilkul nahi (Not at all)...Me and Prakash collaborate once in some three-four years. His stories are different and engaging

and he has learnt that very well,” he says. The actor accuses the critics and analysts of losing touch with the audience with their minute direction.

“You ask people within the industry, they will say things like the first half was good, the second half wasn’t. The audience always watches the film in totality. Critics are trying to sound intelligent by saying first half, second half. Kyu beech mei samosa aa gaya?” said the actor. Jha is one of Ajay’s favourite collaborators, other names in the list being Sajid Khan and Rohit Shetty. But did Himmatwala’s failure affect his relationship with Sajid? “Sometimes things go right, sometimes they go wrong. You do 10 films, out of that one doesn’t work so you move ahead and learn from your mistakes. Yes, Sajid and I did have a chat about Himmatwala to figure what went wrong, and we have our own take on it, but it stays between

us,” explained Ajay. And what about the rumours about cracks in his camaraderie with Rohit, thanks to his super hit collaboration with Shah Rukh Khan, Chennai Express? “When Rohit started Chennai Express, I was the first one to know and told him to go ahead and make it. I am making Singham 2 with him and he is like family to me. And, honestly, Rohit and I don’t even bother about all this gossip,” said the actor. But there is one collaborator Ajay Devgn can always count on: wife Kajol. When asked about rumours of her making a comeback in his next home production, Ajay said, “Yes, it is true. We have planned something very nice.” COURTESY TIO


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American movies are often very good at mining those great underlying myths that make films robustly travel across class, age, gender, culture. — Tom Hooper

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ESPITE making all possible attempts to keep their Spanish vacation hushhush, Katrina Kaif and her alleged beau failed to keep their private moments under wraps as images of the two holidaying in the European country surfaced. Nonetheless, the picture that raised a million eyebrows saw Katrina in a bikini alongside her ‘Ranjneeti’ co-star Ranbir Kapoor at a Spanish beach. Images of the two went viral, subsequently irking the British-Indian beauty. Katrina issued a press statement expressing

her angst against the media over the leaked private pictures and since then has kept safe distance from the paparazzi. However, the actress has now broken her silence on the ‘bikini’ hullabaloo. The actress said that as an actor she is prepared for interviews, press conference, and meet media on the red carpet or at a movie set. But she does hope that she is left alone in her downtime. The trip to Spain was her private space. Katrina has firmly put forth her opinion even if the paparazzi choose to disagree. ZEENEwS

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previously posed for the mag in 2007, but slammed the publication for posting the snaps online in 2010, once she found fame. Earlier, Kim had claimed that she longed to do the Playboy shot because unlike her childhood, where she always looked to please her parents, she had full right over the decision to feature naked in the mag. Kim had added that the pics from the shot will always be with her. ZEENEwS

I’d love to play a ‘bahU’ on tv: prIyanKa

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a source, Pippa and Nico were delaying the engagement announcement because “they didn`t want to take the shine off Kate Middleton and her baby”, reports people.com. If the grapevine is to be believed, Pippa will walk down the aisle next spring. She is

CTRESS Priyanka Chopra, who is busy hopping from one TV show to another to promote her forthcoming film ‘Zanjeer’, says she would love to become a `bahu` (daughter-in-law) in a daily soap someday. “I would love to play a TV bahu. The most special thing about TV bahus is that when they go to sleep they look beautiful and when they wake up that time also they look beautiful,” quipped the 31year-old. “Besides, they are loaded with jewellery all the time. So why wouldn`t I want to be a bahu of that kind,” added the actress Monday on the sets of TV serial ‘Bade Acche Lagte Hain’. Priyanka was on the sets here with her ‘Zanjeer’ co-star Ram Charan. The actress admitted she doesn`t watch TV serials but she stays updated about every show thanks to her mother and grandmother. “There are a lot of daily soap fans in my home. My grandmother, my mother, everyone watches them together. In the evening, it gets tough to talk to them at the dining table. “They know the story of every TV serial and I also get to know about them because of them as they tell me everything during dinner time,” she said. Directed by Apoorva Lakhia, ‘Zanjeer’ hits theatres Friday. ZEENEwS

“designing a ring” and also busy preparing for her D-day. There is also buzz that the springtime nuptials are likely to take place at her parents` Bucklebury home, while the ceremony will be held at the church nearby the estate. NEwS dESK

bilal Khan’s ‘dou gharhee’ released NEWS DESK

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E thought quality music, vocals and track videos had long perished with the late ‘80s and the early ‘90s. John Downer for Peter Gabriel’s “Digging In The Dirt” (1992), Nick Egan for Duran Duran’s “Ordinary World” (1992), Mark Romanek for Madonna’s “Rain” (1993) and Asim Raza/Saqib Malik for Awaz’s 1996 hit “Mr Fraudiye” (have undoubtedly set the bar for all three aforementioned components essential to make music larger than life. These video directors and artists made our “growing up” phase inspired and musical. However, with the advent of new artists and directors in the global music industry, the quality somehow deteriorated of not just the videos themselves, but of the artists too. The music buffs and Jackson lovers quit watching MTV altogether by fear of tarnishing the very image of distinct music, which they had in their minds set by the very accomplished and revered predecessors. However, the years 2000 and onwards did give us something to not just listen and see but to cherish too, owing to Justin Timberlake, Strings, Christina Aguilera and Atif Aslam to name a few, followed by the year that is

now, which sees the music industry suddenly injected with an immensely talented musician and director lot; less in Hollywood and more in Pakistan (more in South Korea too actually). We are in complete awe of ‘Coke Studio’ in bringing forth a platform to up and further the influx of young music practitioners (young with music of course and not just the age) and instilling a confidence much needed for this talented lot. Of the many we saw, that ‘Coke Studio’ introduced and entertained, 2010 hitmaker Bilal Khan caught our eye and

our complete attention (though we weren’t that wowed but impressed nevertheless) and today the young crooner is all set to release his new track “Dou Gharhee”, shot in New York and directed by acclaimed multiple award-winning director/producer Mehreen Jabbar. The song features the gorgeous Annie Ali Khan playing Bilal’s love interest. We absolutely love the shot locations, the hard-hitting music which is superb and the wardrobe, which speak volumes of not just Jabbar but the director of photography Sofian Khan’s (too many

Khans in one frame hmm…) vision of how each cut should tell a story intertwined by what the song aims to give across to the very tuned audience. Bilal is not a pro at acting, however, what abysmal he has, does it with conviction and ends up wowing us with his raw talent. We loved how Jabbar directs the crooner’s demeanour, which is a must-watch indeed. “I penned ‘Dou Gharhee’ while on tour and I wrote it in New York so it only made sense that I shoot it there as well. The sound is inspired from the top 40 sounds in American music. I discussed the possibility with Mehreen and Sofian and they got on board. The video is a story of a street musician who falls in love with another musician girl and together how they explore New York City. It was great to work with Annie on the project too and she brings a lot of professionalism to the art. I think she did a fantastic job as well as the two directors.” Speaking of Annie, she looks beautiful and exudes a charm and vulnerability suited for the role she essays in the video. “For me, the character I play in the video, represents the joy of experiencing New York for the first time. The city can be so over whelming and you just have to let go of all pre-conceived notions about

everything and embrace what comes your way and I feel the video captures that joy. I feel like saying ‘New York, New York hai’,” Annie added also while talking. With the video direction and the music being perfectly in sync with each other, we can’t help but notice the intellect with which both are taken into equal account and given importance accordingly. Hats off to the entire cast and crew for that! “Working on the video was gruelling, I won’t lie. We were a tiny crew and everyone was playing multiple roles and helping each other out. We were tired walking around the streets under the summer sun, but there was not a moment when we were not happy to be there,” Annie said further. Jabbar is hypnotic with her direction techniques; Pakistan is proud no doubt and the track itself creates magic right from the start to the very end. We were a bit sad it had to end to be honest, it sounds that good! Other than the beat breaks in between, the song composition is flawless and will instantly strikes a chord with the music buffs. We do hope Bilal knows how good he is. The serious disposition he seems to channel is in harmony with what he enacts. Final Verdict: The right track at the right time, “Dou Gharhee” is superb!


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Punjab cycling academy to start functioning in oct LAHORE: President, Punjab Cycling Association, Moazzam Khan said on Tuesdaythat Punjab cycling academy will start functioning here in October to tape fresh cycling talent and its grooming under a long term planning. "We are finalizing all the necessary modalities to launch the academy on modern lines to provide a platform to the youth to polish their skills helping them to become quality cyclists in due course of time ," he said. He said the academy will be established at cycling velodrome near Gadaffi stadium and young boys and girls belonging to different educational institutions will be selected to attend it. President, PCA said twenty five boys and similar number of girls will be invited to attend the academy in separate training sessions. "There will be no mix training session and our experienced national coaches will be imparting specialized training to the budding riders," added Moazzam , himself a former international cyclist who represented the country for six years from 198389, winning silver in tour de Dubai in 1988 besides getting notable position in Iran cycling race in 1986. He said it will be the first ever cycling academy to be set up as in the past efforts were not to establish it which resulted in the overall decline of the game. He said national coaches including Muhammad Shakeel, Nazakat Ali and Muhammad Babar will be assigned different roles to teach finer points of the game to the aspiring cycling. Moazzam said only those cyclists will be retained in the academy who has the passion to take up cycling as a sport in future. "PCA is determined to promote cycling in the province and that is why we are organizing cycle races on regular basis to attract youth to cycling,"he said adding "We will soon be conducting the meeting of our general body in which the span of these cycling races will be extended to all parts of the province ." PCA Chief said he is extending financial assistance to organize a number of cycling events to contribute in a national cause as he owes a lot to cycling.” STAFF REPORT

rashid latif meets Pcb officials

LAHORE: In pursuance to the notice by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), former Pakistan captain, Rashid Latif met the Chief operating officer, PCB. Subhan Ahmad and Legal Advisor. Taffazul Rizvi on Tuesday today at Gaddafi Stadium. " During the meeting Latif submitted certain material pertaining to banned test cricketer Danish Kaneria's matter, which will be reviewed in detail by the PCB and in case the need arises another meeting will be scheduled in near future", said a spokesman of PCB . PCB and Rashid Latif have decided that no further comments will be made on the subject for the time being, he added. STAFF REPORT

If winning isn't everything, why do they keep score? — Vince Lombardi

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VEN 24 hours before the toss, there had been uncertainty over whether this match would take place as Zimbabwe's players were again threatening a boycott over delayed payments. The Test started on schedule but Zimbabwe were hamstrung as Sean Williams decided he wouldn't play till he was paid, and their regular captain Brendan Taylor was away on paternity leave after his son was born late on Monday. Few teams have had such major distractions to deal with, and there had been concerns about whether Zimbabwe's players would be able to focus on the challenges of Test cricket. The home side's bowlers, though, responded superbly to reduce Pakistan to 182 for 8, before some of the gloss was taken off by a

battling ninth-wicket partnership between Saeed Ajmal and Junaid Khan. The first hour was near perfect for Zimbabwe. The trio of Tendai Chatara, Tinashe Panyangara and Shingi Masakadza may have little Test experience and only moderate pace, but their accuracy and movement left Pakistan hobbling at 27 for 3 by drinks. Once again, Misbah-ul-Haq walked out with his team having lost early wickets, and began more adventurously than you'd expect from him in the first session of a Test. Misbah and Azhar Ali, being his usual reliable self in the middle order, extricated Pakistan from the hole caused by the top-order's failure. After lunch, the pitch had settled down a bit, and both Misbah and Azhar reached their half-centuries.

The stand had grown to 93, and the pair was looking comfortable in the middle. This was supposed to be the big challenge for Zimbabwe - could their bowlers keep the pressure on when the conditions eased out? They didn't have to, as Misbah attempted one of those occasional, unpredictable big hits over the leg side and miscued to short midwicket. Prosper Utseya had even more to celebrate soon after, as Asad Shafiq also tried a wild slog and ended up insideedging it to leg slip for 4. Zimbabwe's bowlers could take more credit for the wickets in the morning session. The basis of their early success was a steady line and length, constantly questioning the batsmen around off stump and getting the odd delivery to swerve around or bounce awkwardly. They posed enough of a threat to give the stand-in captain, Hamilton Masakadza, the confidence to put three slips in place for much of the first hour. Panyangara and Chatara had the ball snaking both ways, and the batsmen guessing. Mohammad Hafeez had racked up the runs in the recent limited-overs matches, but his Test form has been suspect this year. The South Africa Tests had been a humbling experience for Hafeez, and there weren't many runs today either as he again poked outside off, handing second slip an easy catch. His opening partner, Khurram Manzoor, had even more at stake as he was playing his first Test in three-and-a-half years. He was cautious early on, not attempting anything flashy, and had seen off 11 overs when a big incutter from Panyangara struck him on the pads. The ball looked like it would sail over the stumps, but the umpire disagreed and Manzoor had to trudge off. Younis Khan began his innings looking for several quick singles, and he was dismissed when the ball spun back onto the stumps after an attempted forward defence. Younis had taken a couple of steps down the track after playing the delivery and could only watch the ball roll back towards the base of middle stump.

SCOREBOARd PAKISTAN 1st INNINGS 11 Khurram manzoor lbw b Panyangara 5 mohammad Hafeez c Sibanda b Chatara 78 Azhar Ali c Sibanda b Sw masakadza 3 Younis Khan b Panyangara misbah-ul-Haq* c Sibanda b Utseya 53 4 Asad Shafiq c mawoyo b Utseya 18 Adnan Akmal† b Chatara 7 Abdur Rehman lbw b Sw masakadza Saeed Ajmal not out 49 Junaid Khan c †mutumbami b Panyangara 17 4 EXTRAS: (lb 3, w 1) 249 TOTAL: (9 wickets; 89.5 overs) TO BAT: Rahat Ali FALL OF wICKETS: 1-13 (mohammad Hafeez, 6.3 ov), 2-21 (Khurram manzoor, 11.5 ov), 3-27 (Younis Khan, 13.6 ov), 4120 (misbah-ul-Haq, 46.2 ov), 5-132 (Asad Shafiq, 50.2 ov), 6-157 (Adnan Akmal, 59.4 ov), 7-173 (Abdur Rehman, 67.6 ov), 8-182 (Azhar Ali, 71.3 ov), 9-249 (Junaid Khan, 89.5 ov) BOwLING: TL Chatara 22-6-64-2,T Panyangara 19.5-2-713,Sw masakadza 22-8-40-2,E Chigumbura 2-0-15-0,P Utseya 23-1-55-2,H masakadza 1-0-1-0

Zimbabwe were cock-a-hoop at that stage, but Misbah and Azhar slowly deflated them over the next couple of hours. The frontline trio kept testing the batsmen but the odd loose ball crept in, which Misbah profited off. He didn't bat in a manner that has earned him the nickname tuk-tuk, but went for his strokes and he was rewarded especially towards the end of the morning session as Elton Chigumbura and Utseya offered some easy runs. Pakistan began in a similarly confident mode after lunch and Zimbabwe's limited attack seemed set for a struggle. Azhar had a bit of a battle through the forties, taking his time to complete the final steps of his halfcentury but Pakistan were slowly levelling the game. The responsibility on Azhar grew after the ordinary strokes from Misbah and Shafiq left Pakistan at 132 for 5, and he continued to bat sensibly. Zimbabwe's bowlers built on the advantage soon after tea, getting three quick wickets, and the innings seemed set for an early finish when Azhar nicked to the slips. Pakistan were still some way away from their previous lowest total against Zimbabwe (231), but Zimbabwe just couldn't deliver the final blows.

Australia crush Scotland by 200 runs LONDON AGENCIES

A disciplined performance from Australia's bowling contingent helped the visitors earn a crushing 200-run victory over hapless minnows, Scotland in Edinburgh. Chasing a massive target of 363, Scotland were pegged back early when Mitchell Johnson sent back opener Freddie Coleman. Coleman had no answer to Johnson’s swinging delivery and was trapped plumb in front of the wicket. Clint McKay bowled in tandem and struck two overs later to send Hamish Gardiner to the pavilion. From two for two, Matt Machan and skipper Preston Mommsen came together to put up a fight. However, their resistance didn’t last long as Mommsen was run out after a hesitation between the batsmen. At this stage, Scotland were on 27 for three in the 12th over. Machan then had Calum MacLeod for company. The duo added 42 runs for the fourth wicket and gave the home crowd something to cheer about. In a bid to excite the crowd further, Machan went after James Faulkner but did not pack enough punch in his stroke and was caught by McKay in the deep. Richie Berrington came in next. He showcased his intent by smashing a boundary off the second ball he faced. Two overs later, Faulkner sent him packing. A back-of-the-hand slower one from Faulkner deceives Berrington and the latter sticks out his bat to give an easy catch to Shane Watson at covers. An over later, MacLeod became Fawad Ahmed’s first ODI scalp. At this stage, half the Scotland side was back in the pavilion with the score at 85 in 24 overs. The next four batsmen put on a brave face and stood up to the Australian bowlers. David Murphy and Majid Haq played for the next 10.5 overs to add 24 runs to the total, while Gordon Goudie and Haq put on 39 in 34 balls. Johnson, in his second spell, struck to remove Goudie and Haq, taking the hosts closer to the inevitable defeat. They were bowled out for 162, after Johnson picked up the final wicket of Gordon Drummond.

SCOREBOARd AUSTRALIA AJ Finch c Coleman b Haq ..............................................................................................148 SE marsh c Goudie b wardlaw ........................................................................................151 SR watson c Goudie b wardlaw .....................................................................................37 mJ Clarke* not out ..............................................................................................................4 GJ Bailey not out ................................................................................................................10 EXTRAS:b 3, lb 3, w 5, nb 1)..............................................................................................12 TOTAL: (3 wickets; 50 overs).........................................................................................362 dId NOT BAT: AC Voges, mS wade†, Fawad Ahmed, mG Johnson, JP Faulkner, CJ mcKay FALL OF wICKETS: 1-246 (Finch, 38.2 ov), 2-347 (marsh, 47.5 ov), 3-347 (watson, 47.6 ov) BOwLING: I wardlaw 10-0-69-2,Gd drummond 9-1-63-0,G Goudie 9-0-75-0,Rm Haq 10-0-52-1,CS macLeod 5-0-31-0,mw machan 6-0-52-0,Rd Berrington 1-0-14-0 SCOTLANd HJw Gardiner lbw b mcKay ..............................................................................................1 FRJ Coleman lbw b Johnson ...........................................................................................0 mw machan c mcKay b Faulkner ....................................................................................39 PL mommsen* run out (watson/Clarke) ........................................................................8 CS macLeod c Clarke b Fawad Ahmed ..........................................................................24 Rd Berrington c watson b Faulkner .................................................................................6

d murphy† c mcKay b Voges..............................................................................................11 Rm Haq c mcKay b Johnson.............................................................................................24 G Goudie c †wade b Johnson .........................................................................................24 Gd drummond b Johnson ..................................................................................................8 I wardlaw not out ................................................................................................................0 EXTRAS:(b 3, lb 4, w 9, nb 1) ............................................................................................17 TOTAL: (all out; 43.5 overs).............................................................................................162 (3.69 runs per over) FALL OF wICKETS: 1-0 (Coleman, 1.5 ov), 2-2 (Gardiner, 4.2 ov), 3-27 (mommsen, 11.1 ov), 4-69 (machan, 20.4 ov), 5-79 (Berrington, 22.3 ov), 6-85 (macLeod, 23.4 ov), 7-109 (murphy, 34.3 ov), 8-148 (Haq, 41.1 ov), 9-157 (Goudie, 43.4 ov), 10-162 (drummond, 43.5 ov) BOwLING: CJ mcKay 9-2-18-1,mG Johnson 9.5-3-36-4,AC Voges 7-1-23-1,mJ Clarke 20-7-0,Fawad Ahmed 10-0-39-1,JP Faulkner 6-0-32-2 mATCH dETAILS TOSS Scotland, who chose to field OdI dEBUTS Fawad Ahmed (Australia); HJw Gardiner (Scotland) UmPIRES IN Ramage and S Ravi (India) mATCH REFEREE BC Broad (England) RESERVE UmPIRE AJT dowdalls


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I'd just as soon play tennis with the net down. — Robert Frost

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JOHANNESBURG: India's reluctance to undertake a full tour of South Africa from November appears to have dashed the hosts' hopes of cashing in on the popularity of the reigning world champions. South Africa released in July a proposed 12match schedule for a tour by India, including three Tests, seven one-day internationals (ODIs) and two Twenty20 (T20) matches. But India have belatedly invited the West Indies to tour in November and also brought forward the start of a January visit to New Zealand, greatly reducing the time available for matches in South Africa. Although India were the first country to accept a visit by South Africa when apartheid crumbled two decades ago, current cricket links appear frosty. Indian officials had runins with South African Haroon Lorgat when he was chief executive of the International Cricket Council (ICC) over various issues. And his recent appointment to a similar position with Cricket South Africa (CSA) did nothing to thaw relations. The South Africans planned an Indian tour that started with a T20 match at the Wanderers in Johannesburg on November 19 and ended with a Test from January 15 at the same venue. Reports from India suggest the schedule could be almost halved to seven matches -- two Tests, three ODIs and two T20 games. Indian officials were unhappy when South Africa released the 12-match itinerary, calling it a "unilateral" action lacking their consent. The addition of the West Indies means the 200th Test appearance by Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar could be against them in either his native Mumbai or Kolkata, and not in Cape Town against the Proteas. AGENCIES

deFence day cyclIng LAHORE: The Punjab Cycling Association is organizing defence day cycle 20-kilometre race here on September 8. The race will commence from Divisional Public School model terminating at the same point after going through some marked areas of the model town. President, PCA, Moazzam Ali Khan will be the chief guest at the closing ceremony and cash prizes will be given to first six position holders ,said Farrukh Wazir, Secretary, PCA here on Tuesday. He said the race is open to the riders having ordinary bikes and its prime objective is to promote cycling the youth. STAFF REPORT

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NDEFEATED tons from skipper Eoin Morgan (124) and Ravi Bopara (101) bailed England out of trouble to script a six–wicket win over Ireland at

Malahide on Tuesday. The record 226–run partnership left the Irish bowlers in shock after they had a firm grip on the match early on. It was a skipper's knock from Morgan ably supported by Bopara. It looked like yet another upset from the Irish side since the 2011 World Cup when England were

four down for 48. However the sensational 224-run partnership powered England from a precarious situation to a comfortable victory. It was the highest fifth-wicket partnership in ODIs beating the old record of Mohammad Azharuddin and Ajay Jadeja set against Sri Lanka in 1997-1998. Chasing a challenging target of 270, England’s innings couldn’t have gone more wayward, with Michael Carberry (10), Luke Wright (5), James Taylor (25) and Garry Ballance dismissed for a duck. With four wickets down with less than 50, it looked like Ireland were set to push the Morgan-led side out of the match. Tim Murtagh inflicted major damage upfront with three wickets. From thereon, Morgan and Bopara batted sensibly to keep the run-rate in check and once the innings stabilised, the duo went after the ordinary Irish bowling and were at ease chasing the target. Morgan completed his century similar to the way Porterfield did by hitting a six. Bopara though managed to reach his landmark maiden ODI ton towards the end of the match going after spinner George Dockrell in the 43rd over. Earlier Ireland posted a formidable total courtesy a century from skipper William Porterfield. Porterfield’s partnership with John Mooney set the platform for the eventual total. Mooney and Porterfield hit some quick runs before the skipper yorked himself off Rankin’s delivery. His 112-run innings included 14 fours and a six. Rankin then removed Mooney for 27. Coming over the wicket, Rankin pitched it up as the batsman

SCOREBOARd IRELANd 112 wTS Porterfield* b Rankin 10 PR Stirling c Ballance b Rankin 1 EC Joyce hit wicket b Rankin NJ O'Brien b Tredwell 26 GC wilson† lbw b Tredwell 2 23 KJ O'Brien c morgan b Bopara 27 JF mooney lbw b Rankin 12 dT Johnston not out mC Sorensen not out 24 EXTRAS: (b 6, lb 13, w 10, nb 3) 32 TOTAL: (7 wickets; 50 overs) 269 (5.38 runs per over) dId NOT BAT GH dockrell, TJ murtagh FALL OF wICKETS: 1-25 (Stirling, 3.5 ov), 2-36 (Joyce, 7.3 ov), 3-95 (NJ O'Brien, 20.6 ov), 4-121 (wilson, 26.2 ov), 5-161 (KJ O'Brien, 34.4 ov), 6-224 (Porterfield, 45.1 ov), 7-229 (mooney, 45.5 ov) BOwLING: ST Finn 10-1-44-0,wB Rankin 9-1-46-4,RS Bopara 7-0-41-1,BA Stokes 10-0-51-0,JC Tredwell 10-0-35-2,LJ wright 3-0-21-0,mA Carberry 1-0-12-0 ENGLANd 10 mA Carberry lbw b Johnston LJ wright b murtagh 5 JwA Taylor b murtagh 25 0 GS Balance c wilson b murtagh 124 EJG morgan* not out 101 RS Bopara not out EXTRAS: (b 4, lb 2, w 3) 9 TOTAL: (4 wickets; 42.6 overs) 274 dId NOT BAT: JC Buttler†, BA Stokes, JC Tredwell, ST Finn, wB Rankin FALL OF wICKETS: 1-11 (Carberry, 3.1 ov), 2-25 (wright, 8.2 ov), 3-25 (Ballance, 8.4 ov), 4-48 (Taylor, 14.5 ov) BOwLING: TJ murtagh 10-2-33-3,dT Johnston 7-0-34-1,mC Sorensen 4-0-24-0,GH dockrell 10-0-73-0,KJ O'Brien 4-0-410,PR Stirling 5-0-36-0,JF mooney 3-0-27-0 mATCH dETAILS TOSS England, who chose to field SERIES England won the one-off match OdI dEBUTS GS Ballance and mA Carberry (England); mC Sorensen (Ireland) PLAYER OF THE mATCH EJG morgan (England) Umpires m Hawthorne and RSA Palliyaguruge (Sri Lanka) TV UmPIRE RP Smith mATCH REFEREE RS mahanama (Sri Lanka) RESERVE UmPIRE L Fourie0

was struck well in front of the stumps. Trent Johnston and Max Sorensen then added some valuable runs for the side, taking the total past 250. Sorensen was more aggressive of the two scoring 24 off 17 balls. The England pacers were well on target with Rankin being pick of the bowlers claiming four for 46. Steven Finn was accurate and went for 44 in his ten overs even though he didn’t bag any wickets. The focus will now shift to the five-match ODI series beginning from Friday. England will surely have to regroup and assess the performance of the youngsters against the Aussies.

Parvez rasool inspired by Graeme Swann SPORTS DESK Parvez Rasool, the first cricketer to be selected in the India squad from Jammu and Kashmir, finds inspiration from England spinner Graeme Swann. "These days I am following English spinner Graeme Swann. He is very good and since we have similar bowling styles, I am inspired by him," said Rasool on Tuesday, adding that his favourite cricketer was batting legend Sachin Tendulkar. The 24-year-old was part of India A's tour to South Africa recently where the visitors won the tri-series against South Africa A and Australia A. Asked what he learnt from the tour, Rasool said: "It was a good experience and

I learnt a lot. But I still have to work on both bowling and batting. "I need to bowl to quality batsman regularly to test myself and when it comes to my batting, I need to improve on facing quality pace. I had not played much pace before South Africa. Pacers there bowled at 140-145 kmph." The off spinner also said that former India captain and tweaker Bishan Singh Bedi has played a big role in his career. "Bishan Singh Bedi has played a huge role in my career. He groomed me as a bowler. When he came to Kashmir a couple of years back and saw me bowling in the nets he told me 'you're the best spinner I have seen from Kashmir'. "Then in a match, our team was losing and the opponents had 20-odd runs to make with five wickets remaining. I took three wickets and we won the match. Bedi took more interest in me and told me that if I keep working hard, one day I will play for India. So I have to thank him a lot." The all-rounder has become a household name in his home state. Asked what is the reaction he gets when he goes back home, Rasool said: "After I returned to Jammu and Kashmir, I saw many youngsters take up the sport as there was not much cricket in Kashmir earlier. "Importantly, parents are also taking interest and pushing their kids to play cricket and build their careers in the sport. I am happy that I have played a role in influencing them. There is a lot of talent there. Facilities are less in the valley but our boys are doing well without that which shows the amount of talent we have," added Rasool.

CLARKE WILL NOT BE RESTED DURING ODIS: LEHMANN LONDON AGENCIES

Australia coach Darren Lehmann said they have no plans to rest captain Michael Clarke during their One-Day International (ODI) series against Scotland and England. Clarke has had a chronic back problem and has had to miss many of Australia’s ODI matches in the past. He missed the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 due to a flareup of his back. Although he played all the five Ashes 2013 Test matches, there were some discomfort, especially in the early part of the series. Lehmann said that they wanted to win every match and for that they will play their best possible eleven as well. "We won't be resting him. If he's fit he plays," Lehmann said. "You want to get the best team on the park each and every day but, having said that, if he's not

100 per cent fit then he won't play." Australia will play a five-match ODI series against England starting from September 6. The last match is on September 16. This is a slight contrast to England’s decision of resting five key players including captain

Alastair Cook. The return Ashes in Australia was cited as the reason by England. But Lehmann said that is not how they will go about the series, "Every time we'll be picking our best team to win that game," added Lehmann. Australia had to send back Steven Smith and Mitchell Starc back home after they suffered minor injuries. Starc joins other Australian fast bowlers like Ryan Harris, James Pattinson, Jackson Bird and Pat Cummins in the injury list. Lehmann said, "At the end of the day you have injuries. It's part and parcel of being a fast bowler. Hopefully that settles down as they get a bit older and a bit stronger." Wicketkeeper Matthew Wade said that they will go into the match against Scotland without any complacency. "We've got win as many games as we can. We haven't had that much success on this tour, we want to win all these games," said Wade.

tendulkar set to play 200th test at home NEW DEHLI AGENCIES

Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar is likely to play his 200th Test at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decided to invite West Indies to play two Tests ahead of South Africa tour, according to reports. Earlier, it was decided in the BCCI working committee meeting that the Indian board will invite West Indies to play two Tests and 3 ODIs in November to let Tendulkar play his 200th test in front of home crowd. Latest media report state that BCCI will let Mumbai Cricket Association to host the second Test. “The first Test will be allotted to either Bangalore or Kolkata while the second Test will be played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai,” a top BCCI official was quoted as saying by The Indian Express on Tuesday. BCCI will meet soon to finalise the tour fixtures. Tendulkar has played 198 Tests and would have played his 200th Test in South Africa. However, BCCI stated that the South Africa tour will be cut short. India is to fly to New Zealand in January and in July they will play five Tests in England. Tendulkar, who has retired from One-Day Internationals last year, would not want to play after the home series against West Indies.


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OGER Federer suffered a stunning upset in the fourth round of the US Open, the 17time Grand Slam champion falling to Spanish 19th seed Tommy Robredo 7-6 (7/3), 6-3, 6-4 in a last-16 match Monday. Federer's failure, on the heels of a shock second-round Wimbledon exit, thwarted a potential quarter-final match with 12-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal, in what would have been their first meeting on the New York hardcourts. "If I'm playing like this, I'm not going to beat Rafa," five-time US Open champion Federer said. Instead, it will be Robredo, in his first US Open quarter-final, awaiting the winner of a later match between Nadal and Germany's 22nd-seeded Philipp

Kohlschreiber. Robredo, who had lost his 10 prior matches against Federer, suffered seven prior fourth-round US Open defeats and matched his best Grand Slam performance by finally breaking through. "To beat Roger, it's something

amazing," Robredo said. "It's like a dream. I am so happy. It was a great day." Spanish fourth seed David Ferrer reached his eighth consecutive Grand Slam quarter-final, hitting 13 aces among his 46 winners to defeat Serbian 18th seed Janko Tipsarevic 7-6 (7/2), 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7/3) in a rematch of a 2012 US Open quarter-final. Ferrer will face the winner of a later match between French eighth seed Richard Gasquet and Canadian 10th seed Milos Raonic. In taking as many sets off Federer as he had in 10 prior losses combined, Robredo also raised

questions about the future of the former world number one, who had not missed the US Open quarter-finals since a 2003 fourth-round exit. "I'm going to feel like I beat myself," Federer said. "It was up to me to make the difference and I just couldn't. "I selfdestructed, which is really disappointing. When things came to the crunch I just

nadal FIghts bacK to reach Us open qUarter-FInals NEW YORK: World number two Rafael Nadal avoided the same fate which befell Roger Federer to reach the US Open quarterfinals on Monday with a 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 win over German 22nd seed Philipp Kohlschreiber. Nadal, the 2010 champion in New York, stayed on course for a 13th Grand Slam title and will next face fellow Spaniard Tommy Robredo, who shocked 17-time major winner Federer 7-6 (7/3), 6-3, 6-4. Second seed Nadal fired 48 winners and took his year record to 57 wins against just three defeats and his perfect hardcourt form to 19 wins. He also preserved his record this year at the tournament of not having dropped serve, although he had a rocky start to the evening against the big-hitting Kohlschreiber, who finished with 49 winners but 47 unforced errors. Nadal certainly had the 29-year-old German under the cosh throughout their last-16 tie, carving out 21 break points, converting five. "It was very tough tonight with the humid conditions, I was sweating too much," said Nadal after three hours and 12 minutes on court. "I had chances in the first set but couldn't take them. I feel lucky to be through as it was physically tough. "But as the match went on I felt more comfortable on my serve." Next up for Nadal is Robredo against whom he has a 6-0 record. "He's playing great and he has had similar circumstances like me in coming back from injury," said Nadal. "He has come back and is having an amazing tournament. He has beaten Federer so he will bring that confidence into the match." As news of Federer's stunning defeat to Robredo on the neighboring Louis Armstrong Court spread around the Arthur Ashe Stadium, Kohlschreiber sensed his chance of a shock and took the first set on a tie-breaker. But Nadal eventually broke through for a 4-3 lead in the second set to level up the encounter. The 27-year-old Spaniard kept up the barrage at the start of the third with Kohlschreiber fending off eight break points in the opening game before Nadal achieved the break in the third game. He back it up with another break in the ninth as he sighted the quarter-finals. AGENCIES

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couldn't do it. It's frustrating." Federer, 32, won only two of 16 break-point chances. "I'm delighted. Today the difference is I won the break points and he did not," said Robredo. Federer hit 45 winners but also made 43 unforced errors and managed only five aces while Robredo hit 70% of his first serves and won four of his seven break chances. Federer had made 36 consecutive Grand Slam quarter-final appearances before being upset by Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky in the second round at Wimbledon, having not departed a major before the last eight since the 2004 French Open. This was the first year since 2002 that Federer has not made a Grand Slam final. It was the first time Federer has missed the last-eight in consecutive Slams since the 2003 Australian and French Opens, just before he won his first major crown at Wimbledon later that same year. Federer, whose seventh seeding at the US Open was his lowest at a Grand Slam event since 2002, failed to match the career record of 41 Slam quarter-finals by retired US star Jimmy Connors. A rain delay of more than four hours pushed his match from Arthur Ashe Stadium to Louis Armstrong Stadium, marking the first time since a 2006 triumph over Frenchman Marc Gicquel that Federer had played at the secondary court. Federer's only defeat in eight prior Armstrong appearances came when he lost to Spain's Juan Carlos Ferrero in the third round in 2000 in his first US Open. Federer had made eight career comebacks to win after dropping the first two sets but he failed on five break points in the fourth game of the third set, which Robredo held to reach 2-2, and there was a sense a comeback chance had been squandered. "The ball from Roger, it comes like fire," Robredo said. "All the time it's so fast. You have to be trying so hard with your legs to go down and try to put the ball in." Robredo broke Federer at love in the seventh game for a 4-3 edge and they held to set up the final game, fans chanting, "Let's Go Roger" in vain hopes of willing the wilting once-king to a rally for the ages, only to watch as Robredo held again to win in two hours and 24 minutes. "I started badly," Federer said. "But I struggled throughout, which is not very satisfying. Tommy did a good job to keep the ball in play and make it difficult for me.

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PORTLAND: Suzann Pettersen shook off an early double-bogey to post a final-round 67 and win the LPGA Safeway Classic by two strokes as overnight leader Tseng Ya-ni collapsed. Pettersen finished with a 20-under par total of 268 at Edgewater Country Club on Sunday, adding a second Safeway Classic crown to the one she won in 2011 when the tournament was held at Pumpkin Ridge. American Stacy Lewis fired a four-under par 68 on Sunday to finish second on 18-under 270, completing all four rounds without a bogey. Former world number one Tseng, who took a threeshot lead into the final round, saw her bid to end a 17-month victory drought evaporate early with a double-bogey at the par-three second hole followed by bogeys at the third and fourth. The Taiwanese star, who reigned as number one for 109 straight weeks, finished with a sixover 78 to share ninth place on 276. She remains in search of her first LPGA title since March of 2012. Pettersen also made a double-bogey five at the second, but she responded with eight birdies in the next 11 holes -- including four birdies in a row starting at the fifth. AGENCIES

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Real Madrid are set to clarify Fabio Coentrao's future following reports a proposed loan move to Manchester United collapsed on Monday. Having missed out on Everton's England left-back Leighton Baines, Red Devils manager David Moyes turned his attentions to Real's Coentrao late on in the transfer window. However, United's

attempts to sign the Portugal international looked to have failed in the final hours, with the paperwork not completed. A statement was released by Primera Division officials, but was subsequently retracted. On Sunday, after Real's 3-1 La Liga win over Athletic Bilbao, coach Carlo Ancelotti had told reporters that Coentrao would definitely be staying at the Bernabeu. The Spanish giants were prepared to let the 25year-old move on, though, but only if they could bring in a replacement left-back.

Guilherme Siqueira, who was available from Granada, was their top target. By the time United firmed up their interest, Granada had agreed to loan Siqueira to Benfica - and subsequently Real decided not to sanction Coentrao's switch. Moyes' late pursuit of the defender was surprising considering the good form of Patrice Evra last season and in the early part of the current campaign. The 32-yearold France international remains United's first-choice left-back, with Alex Buttner set to stay at Old Trafford as his deputy following talks over loan deals with both Besiktas and Celtic. Upgrade to Sky Sports on Sky and get Sky Broadband Unlimited Free for 12 months The news will be greeted with dismay by United fans, who have been less than impressed with the club's dealings during the window. And it leaves Moyes in the tricky position of needing to explain to Patrice Evra why he felt another left-back was required. One theory was that Coentrao would have operated at left-back, with Evra in a more advanced role, which he played during his early years as a professional. Nevertheless, Evra's form last season and the early weeks of the current one was not that of a man who needed replacing.

LONDON: Arsenal pulled off a headline-grabbing coup on Monday's transfer deadline day, smashing their transfer record by signing German playmaker Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid for 42.4 million pounds ($66 million, 50 million euros). The move came on the day that Gareth Bale was presented as a Madrid player after leaving Arsenal's arch rivals Tottenham Hotspur for a fee of around 80 million pounds, paving the way for Ozil's exit. Ozil underwent a medical examination in Munich and Arsenal said he had signed a "long-term contract", with a reported duration of five years. "We are extremely pleased to have signed Mesut Ozil," said long-serving Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who had never previously spent more than 15 million pounds on a player. "We have watched and admired him for some time as he has all the attributes I look for in an Arsenal player." Ozil told the Arsenal website: "I am thrilled to be joining a club of the stature of Arsenal and am looking forward to playing in the Premier League." Arsenal also announced the signing 27-yearold Italy international goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano from Palermo on a season-long loan. AGENCIES


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