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army chief says any step taken in violation of constitution would be unacceptable RAWALPINDI StAff REPoRt
RMy chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has said that the army would support any political steps allowed under the constitution to resolve the problems of insurgency-hit Balochistan province. Gen Kayani said this in a policy statement on Balochistan made before his departure to Moscow on a four-day official visit. The army chief said that support would be extended to a political solution to the Balochistan problem, provided that the solution was in accordance with the Constitution of Pakistan. Kayani said any steps taken in violation of the constitution would be unacceptable. “[The] army fully supports any polit-
ical process, as long as it is within the Constitution of Pakistan”, said the statement released by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). Kayani’s comments follow in the shadows of former Balochistan chief minister and Balochistan National Party President Sardar Akhtar Mengal’s recent statements made in the Supreme Court during a visit to the country after a self-imposed exile of three years in London. Visit to Russia: During his visit to Russia, the army chief will have several high-level engagements with the Russian political leadership in addition to dialogue with his counterpart on expanding relations between the two militaries. Kayani’s visit follows the cancellation of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s trip to Islamabad, scheduled for Oct 2-3, and
coincides with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Viktorovich Lavrov’s two-day visit to Islamabad (Oct 3-4) on the invitation of Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar. Lavrov is scheduled to call on President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, besides holding bilateral consultations. Gen Kayani’s visit was in the planning for months, but has received additional focus because of the cancellation of Putin’s visit to Pakistan, which would have been a landmark trip because he would have been the first Russian president to visit Pakistan.A senior defence official has described the army chief’s visit as a major breakthrough in Pak-Russia defence ties. A diplomat at the Foreign Office, meanwhile, said that engagement with Russia was meant to “safeguard national interests as well as deepen consultations”.
Thar coal to fuel future power projects ISLAMABAD APP
AHMEDABAD: Indian police personnel run out of the police station that was set on fire during a protest against an anti-Islam film on Wednesday. afp
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aNp to move SC against ppp-led Sindh government over Karachi violence ISLAMABAD AnWER ABBAS
The gap between the Awami National Party (ANP) and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has suddenly widened, as the ANP has decided to approach the Supreme Court against the Sindh government over its failure to control law and order in the country’s financial capital, Pakistan Today learnt on Wednesday. Sources told Pakistan Today that after pulling out of the ruling coalition in Sindh, the
ANP had decided to adopt a hostile policy towards the PPP-led provincial government, of which the Muttahida Qaumi Movement is a major stakeholder. The ANP is not only considering the recent passage of the local bodies ordinance from the Sindh Assembly as a heartbreaking betrayal from the PPP, it also has other reservations, especially those related to the law and order in Karachi. A source in the ANP said the party leadership had decided to drag the PPP to the Supreme Court, following which it would file a petition in the apex court against the Sindh government for contempt of court for not implementing the decisions of the apex court. The application would be filed by Senator Shahi Syed, ANP Sindh president, through emi-
nent lawman Syed Iftikhar Gillani in the coming week. Under the petition, the ANP would adopt the stance that despite directive and clear directions by the SC during the hearing of the suo motu case on Karachi violence, the provincial government had wasted almost a year and failed to adopt any sufficient measures to halt the bloodshed that has claimed hundreds of lives so far, a clear contempt of court. The apex court wrapped up the proceedings in remarkably short order on September 14 last year, concluding the case after only 10 days of hearing at the Karachi Registry of the Supreme Court. It asked Advocate General Abdul Fattah Malik to submit a daily report to Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali and Justice Sarmad Jalal Osmany on the cases and issued directions to improve the law and order in the city. The ANP top brass is also considering walking away from the ruling PPP coalition before the next election and has decided not to contest the coming polls in coalition with the PPP. The sources said backdoor negotiations between the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and ANP were underway smoothly and several things had been finalised that may result in an ANP-PML-N coalition in the coming polls, however, some points were yet to be finalised.
The government on Wednesday decided that it would only use the coal reserves in Thar for future power generation, while converting existing power plants for coal-based power generation. The landmark policy decision was taken by Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf while chairing a meeting of the Thar Coal and Energy Board at the Prime Minister’s Secretariat here. The meeting was informed that the Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company (SECMC) and the Engro Corporation were working on an integrated coal mine and a power project with an estimated cost of 1.3 billion dollars at Block 2 of Thar Coal Project. The project would mine approximately 6.5 million tonnes coal annually, besides constructing a power plant of 1200 megawatts. The prime minister also decided in principle to provide a sovereign guarantee to the SECMC, a joint venture of the Government of Sindh and the Engro Power, and directed the Ministry of Finance to make required arrangements. Ashraf said that in the present financial situation, there was little space for providing sovereign guarantees. However, this is a strategic decision which has to be taken for meeting the growing energy requirements of the country, he stressed. The Sindh government had requested the federal government that the conversion of existing 800 MW and new 600 MW power plants at Jamshoro be designed on Thar Coal specifications. The prime minister directed the Ministry of Water and Power to sign within a week a Coal Off-Take agreement between GENCO and SECMC for the Asian Development Bank financed conversion of the existing 800 MW and new 600 MW thermal power projects at Jamshoro. “The history will not excuse us if we do not take correct decision in time,” the prime minister said. “Today we have laid the foundation of an energy policy, which is based on our indigenous resources and will lead to savings of huge foreign exchange presently being spent on the import of fossil fuels to run our thermal power plants,” he said. In addition, this policy decision will ensure energy security that has been eluding us for such a long time, he added.
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4 police officials injured in India urges Asian unity militant attack in Matani in battle against pirates PEsHaWaR: Four police officials were injured and at least four militants were killed in Peshawar’s neighbouring Matni area on Wednesday. According to sources, the militants attacked a security checkpost and a police station in Matani, injuring four officials, including an assistant sub-inspector (ASI). The security forces retaliated, killing four militants An armoured personnel carrier of the security forces was also damaged in the attack. All injured were taken to Lady Reading Hospital. AgEncIES
Terror bid foiled second day in a row PEsHaWaR: Police foiled yet another terror bid by defusing a 10 kilogramme bomb in the Bara Sheikhan area on Wednesday. According to details, the police found the bomb attached to a bicycle parked near a flour mill located in the Bara Sheikhan area of the provincial capital. Following the discovery, the bomb disposal squad (BDS) was called in. The BDS personnel defused the bomb after hectic efforts of three hours. Police said the bomb would have caused huge losses had it exploded. BDS chief Shafqat Malik told the reporters the miscreants had installed three systems in the bomb. If one system fails to work, the others would ensure the explosion. He said that timely action had foiled the terrorists’ plans. On Tuesday, two bombs weighing 5kg were found and defused from the same locality. InP
3 soldiers killed, 14 hurt in Tharparkar road accident MitHi: Three soldiers died and at least 14 others were injured on Wednesday in a road accident in Tharparkar district of Sindh. According to local police, the incident took place near Islamkot town of the Tharparkar on IslamkotWarwai road where an army vehicle overturned due to speeding. Police said three soldiers died on the spot while at least 14 others suffered injuries as a result of the deadly accident. Four of the injured were shifted to Hyderabad in critical state. The soldiers were deployed on the border between Rajasthan, India and Sindh. onlInE
Blasts damage school, house in Nowshera and Khyber Agency NoWsHERa/BaRa: Unknown miscreants blew up a government school building and a residential house with explosives on Wednesday, but no human loss was reported in both incidents. According to police, anti-literacy miscreants had planted explosive device in Adamzai Government Boys High School in Nowshera which exploded with a big bang. As result of the blast, two rooms and the boundary wall of the school was damaged but no causality or injury was reported as the building was vacant at the time of the explosion. According to Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS), five kg explosives were used in the blast. In a separate incident, a bomb planted beside the wall of a house at Saddu Khel area of Landi Kotal in Khyber Agency went off causing partial damage to the building. However, no loss of life was reported. InP
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SOUTH WAZIRISTAN AGENCY: A jirga of the Burki tribe discusses the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s proposed rally to the agency on Wednesday. iNp
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India called Wednesday for greater regional unity to combat the threat of piracy in Asia’s busy shipping lanes as it hosted a 17-nation meeting of maritime security officials. “India strongly believes that mutual collaboration alone is the most effective way of ensuring the security and safety of oceans,” Defence Minister A.K. Antony told heads of coastguard agencies from across Asia gathered in New Delhi. “The Indian government remains committed to the security of the Indian Ocean region by implementing international relations and cooperative mechanisms with (Asian) nations.” Officials at the four-day meeting include coastguard chiefs from India’s rival Pakistan as well as from China and Japan, who are locked in a standoff over Tokyo-controlled islands on key shipping lanes in the East China Sea. The meeting comes amid warnings that Somali pirates — under pressure from navies trying to combat their hijackings off east Africa — could try to extend their range into the Indian Ocean. Pirates pose particular problems for the Maldives, an Indian Ocean archipelago of 1,192 tiny coral islands best known for its upmarket beach resorts. “Top priority must be accorded for the creation of safe and secure oceans,” Antony added.
Half of rural population experienced poverty over last decade: report ISLAMABAD StAff REPoRt
About half of the rural population in Pakistan experienced poverty during the last decade, said the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics (PIDE) in its latest Viewpoint series titled, “Rural Poverty Dynamics in Pakistan” launched on Wednesday. PIDE launched this report on the signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between PIDE and Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF). The MoU was aimed at institutional collaboration with PPAF regarding short term internship opportunities for students of PIDE, by enabling sharing of research, trainings and knowledge through library exchanges and borrowings. The report said that a large proportion of the population lived around the poverty line. While speaking on the occasion, PIDE Vice Chancellor Dr Rashid Amjad said that this report would help policymakers understand the dynamics of poverty in Pakistan. He was of the opinion that poverty alleviation strategies should focus on addressing the unemployment of working age population and minimizing shocks from natural disasters and economic recession. PPAF Chief Executive Officer Qazi Azmat Isa was of the opinion that this agreement would strengthen both institutions in analyzing poverty and addressing it through concrete actions. The PIDE Viewpoint posits that the poverty debate overlooks the dynamism of poverty in
the country as it focuses only on its levels and trends. According to the PIDE’s Pakistan Panel Household Survey (PPHS) that covered the same rural households in its three rounds conducted in 2001, 2004 and 2010, poverty reduction has not been sustainable in Pakistan and shows wide fluctuations in its distribution. A large proportion of the population lives around the poverty line and is very sensitive to any micro and/or macro shocks (positive or negative), which pushes it into poverty or pulls it out of it. This dynamism of poverty, however, has been overlooked in the cross-sectional datasets around which the poverty debate in the country mainly revolves. Cross-sectional datasets, like the HIES carried out by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics, no doubt contribute towards monitoring the progress in poverty reduction overtime but such static measures of households’ standard of living do not necessarily provide a good insight into their likely stability overtime. The PIDE Viewpoint suggests that the poverty reduction trends in the past show a high mobility of population into or out of poverty in rural Pakistan. This mobility leads to a higher proportion of population experiencing poverty over time than what the cross-sectional data might suggest. However, it is not all gloom and doom as the analysis also shows that a much smaller proportion of the population, fewer than five percent, experiences chronic poverty, that is remains poor for a long period of time. Thus, an analysis of the poverty dynamics is important to uncover the true nature of the well-being of the population.
Case against protest by 26 journalists withdrawn QuEttA StAff REPoRt
On the direction of Balochistan Governor Nawab Zulfiqar Ali Magsi, the local police have withdrawn the case against 26 journalists for protesting in front of Governor and Chief Minister Secretariat on Wednesday. Quetta Police registered a case against 26 journalists on Monday, for their protest in front of the Governor House and Chief Minister Secretariat against the targeted killing of ARy reporter Abdul Haq Baloch in Khuzdar. The registration of a case against the journalists sparked country-wide protests against the police who instead of arresting the killers, registered a case against protesting journalists. Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani and Governor Magsi condemned the police action. On Tuesday, the protesting journalists gave a 24-hour deadline, threatening with strong protests if the case was not withdrawn till Wednesday evening. On Wednesday evening, Balochistan Information Minister yunis Mullazai met with Balochistan Union of Journalists (BUJ) President Esa Tareen and handed over the letter of withdrawal of the case. BUJ president thanked the governor and chief minister for their timely action and demanded action against the police officials who registered the case.
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US women to stage hunger strike against drone attacks code Pink activists gather in islamabad to join march led by imran Khan into South waziristan
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Judge to announce ruling on cleric’s bail plea on 11th ISLAMABAD onlInE
District and Sessions Judge Raja Jawwad Abbas on Wednesday reserved his decision on the post-arrest bail application of Khalid Jadoon Chishti, the prayer leader of Mehra Jaffer mosque who is accused of tampering with the evidence against blasphemy accused Christian girl Rimsha Masih. The judge would give his ruling on October 11, the next date of hearing. During the hearing on Wednesday, the cleric’s counsel Wajid Ali Gilani said that the Islamabad High Court (IHC) had issued a restraining
order against Rimsha’s trial until October 17, but not against granting bail to his client. Moreover, Rao Abdul Rahim, the counsel for Hammad Malik, the prime accuser in the blasphemy case against Rimsha, and Islamabad District Attorney Mehfooz Paracha also said that no restraining order had been issued against granting bail to Chishti. Furthermore, the judge recommended the petitioner to consult with the IHC over details on the restraining order against Rimsha’s trial. Police had arrested Jadoon on September 1 after Hafiz Zubair, a member of the Mehra Jaffer mosque, had accused him of altering the evidence against Rimsha.
group of middle-aged American women are considering mounting a hunger strike outside the US embassy in Islamabad as part a campaign against CIA drone attacks in the Tribal Areas, the Guardian said on Wednesday. Thirty-five activists from Code Pink, a US anti-war group, have gathered in Islamabad as they prepare to attend an unprecedented march and political rally by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf in South Waziristan Agency. Despite the publicity surrounding the event, doubts persist over whether it will actually take place. Authorities have expressed reservations over the safety of the march, even though the Pakistani military has long claimed its operations in the area have brought a semblance of security. Medea Benjamin, the veteran activist leading the Code Pink delegation, said: “Frankly, it’s a win-win situation for us, whether we get into Waziristan or not. We are going because we are challenging the Pakistani government to allow us to go to a place that has been off limits but needs to be seen. And if they try to stop us, it will be clear they do not want the world to see what is going on there.” The US women met retired generals, ambassadors and even a former head of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) on Tuesday in Islamabad
and discussed tactics to publicise their cause, the paper said. Those included mounting a hunger strike outside the US embassy in Islamabad. Medea said the group was still considering the idea. “It was something a couple of members of the group brought up, but we wanted to wait until we got here to see how appropriate that might be,” she said. On Wednesday, the women met people from North Waziristan who said they were victims of the US drone campaign, having lost relatives to missile strikes by the remote-controlled planes. They will also hold meetings with Pakistani and US government officials. The group includes Mary Ann Wright, a former US diplomat and army colonel who condemned her country’s covert drone campaign as Barack Obama’s “personal execution device”, in reference to the US president’s weekly meeting at which he is reported to choose targets for missile strikes. The PTI march is due to take place this weekend. Organisers hope to spend Saturday night in a town outside the Tribal Areas and then move on to Jandola, just inside the border of South Waziristan, where the rally will take place. The Taliban have given mixed signals over the march. In August, a spokesman said Khan would be targeted because he was a “liberal”, but other reports have said the Taliban would support the march.
‘Terrorists’ launch cross-border attacks from safe havens in Afghanistan: Pak Army RAWALPINDI nnI
The Pakistan Army on Wednesday told a visiting Afghan military delegation that “terrorists” launched cross-border attacks from their safe havens in Afghanistan and that intelligence about their bases had been shared with the Afghan authorities. The Afghan army delegation, headed by Major General Afzal Aman, visited the General Headquarters of the Pakistan Army for a meeting to discuss the Pak-Afghan border situation in view of cross-border attacks. The meeting was held on the invitation of the Pakistan Army to discuss the situation. The Afghan delegation was told that the problem stemmed from terrorists’ safe havens in Afghan provinces of Kunar and Nuristan, about which intelligence had been repeatedly shared with the Afghan authorities. An army statement said the issue of alleged crossborder artillery fire by Pakistan into Afghanistan was discussed in detail. Responding to the Afghan government’s statements about Pakistani rockets fired into Afghanistan, the statement said Afghan military officials were told that the Pakistan Army only fired when its border villages or posts were physically attacked by terrorists in a large number from their safe havens. Military Operations Director General Ishfaq Nadeem Ahmad said there was absolutely no possibility of indiscriminate firing by the Pakistan Army. Other border related issues also came under discussion, the statement added. Both sides agreed on continuing bilateral interactions to enhance bilateral border coordination and reduce space for detractors. General Nadeem thanked the Afghan delegation for accepting the invitation for the meeting. He reiterated Pakistan’s stance that a peaceful, stable and united Afghanistan was in the interest of Pakistan.
US film protests bring boom for flag makers RAWALPINDI AfP
As religious activists railed against a USmade anti-Islam film, Naveed Haider’s print works went into overdrive, running off hundreds of US flags for angry protesters to burn at demonstrations. Weeks of protests in Pakistan over the crudely made “Innocence of Muslims” have killed more than 20 people and caused serious damage to major cities, but for Haider business is booming. When the mobilisation against the US film began, “I knew the tills would start ringing”, said the manager at Panaflex printers, housed in a dilapidated building in Rawalpindi. “Whenever we have these demonstrations, I make 10 times as much money as normal,” he told AFP in a tiny room that stank of ink, as two huge rollers spat out Stars and Stripes. Sold for between 120 and 1,500 rupees ($1.25 to $16) depending on size and quality, the flags have been snapped up for demonstrations against the film in recent weeks, and Haider watched in delight as his products went up in smoke day after day on the TV news.
The boom in the flag market has accompanied a surge in anti-American feeling in Pakistan, which has been battered and bruised by Taliban violence and US drone strikes since joining Washington’s “war on terror” in late 2001. So much so that the United States has replaced traditional rival India as enemy number one in public opinion — at least according to the flag-sellers. “It’s been a long time since I sold an Indian flag,” said shopkeeper Nadeem Mahmood Shah as people piled into his Rawalpindi store to stock up on American flags, as a few tattered old samples fluttered outside. In Shah’s shop 1,500 rupees will get you a three-square-metre Stars and Stripes in cloth, with a guarantee it will catch light with no problems — a key concern for protesters, particularly with TV cameras around. For Asim, a waiter in a seafood restaurant, burning the US flag has become a vital part of any protest. He has set four alight in a month. “It brings me such pleasure,” said the rangy 22-year-old. “It’s not a crime, but a means of expression like any other.” Protests against the film have led to more than 50 deaths across the Muslim
world since the first demonstrations erupted on September 11. Pakistan experienced the worst of the violence when nationwide rallies mobilised more than 45,000 in September. At least 21 people were killed and 229 wounded, mainly in clashes with police. Last month, Railways Minister Ghulam Ahmed Bilour placed a $100,000 bounty on the head of the filmmaker, calling on the Taliban and Al-Qaeda to join the hunt and help accomplish the “noble deed”. Most young flag-burners are attached to political or religious groups. Jamaat-e-Islami, one of the country’s largest religious parties, actually provides its members with American and Israeli flags “so they can voice their anger”, explained Sajjad Abbas, a party official in Islamabad. “We have arrangements with printers and we supply them with the cloth,” he said. A well-drilled setup like this enables political groups to make their statement as cheaply as possible and to quickly exploit even the smallest spike in tension with the United States. Jamaat-ud-Dawa, blacklisted by the United Nations and the United States as a front for terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba,
says it has a “special team” dedicated to making US and Israeli flags for demonstrations. “They end up costing us 50-60 rupees each,” said Asif Khurshid, one of the group’s officials in Islamabad. The Majlis-e-Wahadatul Muslimeen, a Shia party active in recent protests, utilises its student wing to organise the flags with partner printers. “We turn out 500 an hour,” boasted
Mazhar Shigri, group spokesman in Lahore. The group’s “flag cell” is now preparing a major publicity stunt: a US flag 500 metres long and 60 wide, which will be laid out in October in a busy street, for the ultimate Muslim insult of being trodden under foot. Shigri revels in the plan: “All the cars and pedestrians can defile it as they pass over.”
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AKISTAN People’s Party (PPP) stalwarts on Wednesday gathered in Karachi as the ruling party appears to have rolled up sleeves to bring an end to the lingering issue of implementation of the Supreme Court’s NRO verdict, which remains pending as a letter still needs to be written to Swiss authorities for reopening of graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari. According to party sources, President Zardari chaired a high-level “consultative” meeting late on Wednesday that was attended by PPP bigwigs like Prime Minister Raja Pervez
Ashraf, Federal Law Minister Farooq H Naik, Wasim Sajjad and other senior leaders from the federal and provincial governments. Issues topping the agenda of the meeting included the much-awaited letter to the Swiss government and the political hustle and bustle in Sindh in wake of the Sindh Assembly’s passage of the Sindh People’s Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, Sources said Naik and Sajjad briefed the meeting on ways the party could deal with the issue of writing letter to Swiss authorities, as the apex court had set October 5 as the deadline for the government to submit a final draft of the letter. According to the sources, the meeting discussed the “strategy to write letter to the Swiss authorities”. President’s spokesman Farhatullah Babar, however, refrained from confirming that any such strategy had come under discussion in the meeting. Official sources said the prime minister met the president at Bilawal House where the two leaders discussed de-
tails of the president’s recent attendance at the United Nations session in New york. Zardari told the PM that he had vociferously raised the issue of the anti-Islam film at the UN session. The president also apprised the prime minister about his meetings with world leaders on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session. Raja Pervez Ashraf briefed the president about the current situation in the country, the law and order, particularly in Balochistan and the energy situation. The sources said the meeting also discussed at length the political crisis arising out of the enforcement of the SPLGO 2012 in Sindh and took some important decisions to deal with the challenges to be faced in the future. Before his arrival at the Bilawal House, the PM met Governor Ishratul Ebad Khan at the Governor’s House. Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah was also present. During the meeting, Ebad briefed the PM about the SPLGO 2012 and its short and long-term benefits for the development of grassrootslevel democracy in the province.
PPP, PML-Q to field joint Give up Sadiq candidates in elections or we know the LAHoRE APP
The PPP and the PML-Q, while maintaining their alliance, will field joint candidates in the upcoming by-elections as well as in the general elections. The Punjab PPP President Imtiaz Safdar Warraich and PML-Q leader Kamil Ali Agha announced the decision while briefing reporters after a meeting of the leaders of the two parties held at the residence of Deputy Prime Minister Pervaiz Elahi. Religious Affairs Minister Khursheed Shah, federal minister Rana Farooq Saeed, state minister Warraich, Haider Zaman Qureshi and MPA Aamir Dogar represented the PPP, while Shujaat Hussain, Elahi, PML-Q Parliamentary Leader in the Punjab Assembly Chaudhry Zaheeruddin, Moonis Elahi, Agha, Raja Basharat, Nasir Gil and Tariq Bashir Cheema represented the PML-Q in the meeting. Warraich said both sides discussed in detail all the seats and the candidates for the upcoming by-election to be held in Lahore, Sahiwal, Sialkot, Gujranwala, Gujrat, and Jhelum, adding that joint candidates would submit their nomination papers on October 8. He said both parties had
also pledged to defeat the PML-N in the elections by taking all decisions with mutual consensus and also launching a joint election campaign. PML-Q’s Agha said both parties were very serious and sincere in maintaining their alliance, and had discussed the election alliance in a cordial manner. To a question, he said the meeting discussed the alliance for general elections in general and the by-elections in particular, as the by-elections were round the corner. He said the meeting had developed a consensus over the joint candidates for the by-election. However, he said the parties’ leadership would make an announcement to that effect. To another question, Agha said the meeting did not consider any proposal for contesting the polls under a single election symbol, elaborating that in politics, the parties made election alliances but contested elections under their respective symbols. To a query, Warraich said besides the PML-Q, the PPP could make an election alliance with its other coalition partners in the general election as well. However, he said the PPP top leadership would take an ultimate decision in this regard.
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LaHoRE: Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah on Wednesday warned that the Punjab government would order the police to enter the Governor’s House and arrest former Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) chief Tauqir Sadiq in case the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) does not hand him over. “According to our information, Tauqir Sadiq is present in the Governor House,” he told reporters. The Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered immediate arrest of the former OGRA chief, who faces allegations of massive misappropriations during his tenure in the office. Officials of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) told the court that they had searched for Sadiq at all locations known to them, and according to their information, the absconding official was staying in Lahore. Reportedly, Sadiq is a close relative of PPP General Secretary Jahangir Badar. On the other hand, the Governor’s House dismissed Sanaullah’s remarks as baseless. In a statement, the governor accused the Punjab government of patronising thieves and robbers, adding that such remarks “have only exposed the face of the provincial government”. InP
AKcAKAlE: Smoke rises from the explosion area after several Syrian shells crashed inside this turkish town on Wednesday. afp
Dual nationality issue, accountability bill to dominate upcoming parliamentary sessions ISLAMABAD AnWER ABBAS
The upcoming sessions of the Lower and Upper Houses of the parliament are likely to witness heated battles between the government and opposition parties over the issues of dual nationality lawmakers and Public Office Accountability Bill. According to details, President Asif Ali Zardari has summoned the National Assembly’s session tomorrow (October 5, 2012) at 10am,
and the Senate session on Monday (October 8, 2012). Sources privy to the National Assembly Secretariat said that during the upcoming sessions of the parliament, the government had decided to table the long-awaited Drugs Regulatory Authority Bill, 2012, before the expiry of the Drugs Regulatory Agency of Pakistan Ordinance on October 15 in order to give legal cover to the regulatory body. On the other hand, the accountability bill is also likely to be tabled in the upcoming sit-
tings of both the Houses, as negotiations between the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N) on the issue have remained successful to a large extent and most of the points in the bill’s draft have been finalised. The bill was first introduced in the National Assembly under the title of “the Holder of Public Office Accountability Bill 2009”. It was forwarded to the NA Committee on Law and Justice in April 2009. While
India’s poor on month-long march to New Delhi NEW DELHI AfP
Tens of thousands of poor Indians began a 350-kilometre (220-mile) march to New Delhi on Wednesday to protest over the plight of marginalised communities excluded from the country’s development. The gathering left the central city of Gwalior and is set to reach India’s capital at the end of the month, the organising activist group Ekta Parishad (Unity Forum) said. “Some 35,000 people have started off from Gwalior and by the time they reach New Delhi we expect the number to swell to 100,000,” Parishad spokesman Aneesh Thillenkery told AFP. Organisers said the group came from across India and included casual labourers, small farmers, fishermen, itinerant workers and the un-
employed. Participants in the rally carried green and white flags and blocked a major road in Gwalior. “Our plan is to cover 27 kilometres on the first day of the march,” Thillenkery said. “In all, we will walk through five states and we will follow national highways where we will eat, rest and sleep.” The planned route will take the rally through the cities of Agra, Mathura and Faridabad before reaching Delhi. The trek is the second since 2007 when 25,000 poor and debt-ridden farmers travelled the same route on foot to press for land rights. The clash between India’s industrial expansion and its agricultural communities has become a test of how the government deals with the development that is transforming Asia’s third largest economy. “We demand that agricul-
ture land must be used exclusively for farming,” Thillenkery said. “When the poor want land, the central government says it is up to state authorities to decide, but it acquires land for use by corporates.” Some 73 percent of India’s billion-plus population live off the land, but major industrial projects — seen as vital by the government to create jobs — are frequently delayed or even abandoned due to land acquisition problems. India’s economy has boomed in the last 20 years since liberalisation reforms in 1991, leading to the perception of a “shining” country emerging from decades of poverty. Foreign companies and India’s powerful conglomerates have invested heavily, selling vast quantities of cars, luxury goods and Western lifestyle products to the growing middle classes.
the committee approved it in 2009, the PML-N strongly opposed it on a number of occasions, and the bill could not be passed due to disagreement between the two major parties in the parliament. The Supreme Court’s ruling against dual nationality holders in the parliament has deprived about a dozen lawmakers of their seats. In the upcoming sessions, the issue is likely to arouse heated debates between the government and the opposition parties.
Government reduces electricity price, virtually ISLAMABAD AgEncIES
The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) on Wednesday expressed remarkable generosity by making electricity cheaper by 5 paisas per unit. According to a notification issued by NEPRA, the electricity price has been reduced under fuel adjustment for the month of August. However, the consumers of Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) were exempted from the notification, and would not be able to reap the benefits of this reduction. This surprise relief in electricity prices has come for the first time in the last two years.
Syria shells kill five inside Turkey ANkARA AfP
Syrian shells killed five people in a Turkish town near the border Wednesday, prompting Ankara to contact the UN over the incident, which it said went “too far.” “Five people, including a mother and her three children, were killed. We also have nine wounded,” said Ab-
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dulhakim Ayhan, mayor of Akcakale, where the shells exploded after being fired from Tall al-Abyad just across the border in Syria. The incident marked the second time that fire from Syria killed people inside Turkey since the uprising erupted against the regime in Damascus in March 2011. Turkey quickly contacted the United Nations
over what Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay said was an incident that “is very serious and goes too far.” Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu contacted UN chief Ban Ki-moon and the UN’s Syria peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi over the incident, his office said. The minister cleared his schedule and chaired an emergency meeting at the
foreign ministry to deal with the incident, it said. Although fire from Syria has hit territory inside Turkey on several occasions since the uprising began against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, Wednesday’s attack marked only the second time that people have died as a result. In the previous attack,
two Syrian nationals were killed on Turkish soil in April from stray bullets fired from the Syrian side. The town of Akcakale, close to the border with wartorn Syria, has been fired on several times over the past few weeks. Turkish officials have advised residents to stay away from the volatile border, and more than 100 schools have
remained closed in the region over the past two weeks because of the violence. On September 28, mortars smashed into buildings in Akcakale, wounding one person, with Turkey warning that it would respond if there was a repeat attack. On Wednesday, the town mayor said that “there is anger in our community against Syria,” adding that
stray bullets and shells had panicked residents for the past 10 days. A week ago, the Turkish army deployed artillery and anti-aircraft missiles along the border in the region. Since late July, Syrian rebels have seized control of at least three key border crossings with Turkey and others on the eastern border with Iraq.
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Islam leaflet campaign in London ‘to build bridges QUEttA: Activists of Pashtoonkhwa Students organisation hold a demonstration against Balochistan Public Service commission chief at Jinnah Road on Wednesday. iNp
3 policemen acquitted in fort Munro rape case DERA gHAzI kHAN onlInE
A local court of Dera Ghazi Khan acquitted four suspects held in Fort Munro rape case on Wednesday. Additional Session Judge Rana Abdul Rashid announced the decision a day after the affected women refused to identify the five arrested suspects, three being security personnel amongst them. All the five women told the court that the accused had their faces covered. They said they had given the earlier statement under pressure from the local administration and Border Military Police. Fort Munro is a hill station of south Punjab located in Dera Ghazi Khan district, the site where five women were criminally assaulted by a group of border force and civilian collaborators.
group of London Muslims are knocking on doors in a bid to “restore” the image of Islam, according to a BBC report. The group said the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) had been tarnished by an American anti-Islam film and further damaged by the violent reaction by some Muslims globally. Members said they hoped talking and handing out leaflets about Islam could make a small difference. One member, Hazik Rahman, said he was trying to “build bridges”. Rahman said: “Well first of all the film and the cartoon, they were wrong, but also the reaction to it was extreme and violent; we’re trying to build bridges here and engage in debate.” He said he was aware knocking on doors and asking people to talk about religion was not always well received. Rahman said: “Some people do
open up and we have long discussions but, yes, some are not keen. Ataul Mujeeb Rached, imam at the London Mosque in Southfields, said he saw it as his duty to correct the image that had been created. He said: “Some people have done something that is incredibly offensive to us, but instead of killing people, burning houses, we should use peaceful means to present to the world the true picture of Islam.” One of the residents who answered the door, Bronwen Murray, said: “It’s probably not going to have a widespread effect because I think people are set in their beliefs. “If you thought the Muslim people were intolerant, the reaction to this film just reaffirmed that… but you may change some minds.” The Ahmadiyya Muslim Association is hoping to distribute 12,000 leaflets initially. The organisation is holding an exhibition entitled “Muhammad - A Mercy for Mankind” on 24 October at Wandsworth Town Hall.
2 killed in Quetta violence QuEtta: Two people, including a woman, were killed in a firing incident in Quetta on Wednesday. According to officials, unidentified men opened firing at a tailor’s shop in Arif Street Burma Hotel, Sariab Raod Quetta killing the two on the spot. The bodies were taken to Civil Hospital. The assailants fled after the incident. The man killed in the incident was identified as Saeed Ahmad, who belonged to Bangulzai tribe and was a resident of Burma Hotel area. However, the name of the woman killed in the incident could not be ascertained. Police have registered a case against the assailants and have started investigation. StAff REPoRt
Barack Obama and his wild, drug-taking roomie NEWS DESk A play based on US President Barack Obama’s college days at Columbia is being staged at the Waterloo East Theatre in London until November 4. Provocatively titled The President and the Pakistani, the play by Rashid Razaq revisits Harlem, 1981, when “Barry” Obama was living with his alleged party-loving, drug-abusing, illegal alien Pakistani friend, Sohale Siddiqi. “They had an odd-couple relationship,” says Razaq, a reporter for the London Evening Standard, showing a picture of the pair sprawled on a mustard yellow sofa, a leather-jacketed and polosweatered Obama kicking back with an impressively moustached, skinny Pakistani. In the play, Siddiqi has been renamed Salim “Sal” Maqbool; in Obama’s 1995 autobiography, Dreams From My Father, he was recreated as a composite character named Sadik, mentioned in only a few pages. “Sal is a cokehead”, says Razaq, who admits he has never spoken to the person on whom the character is based. “He has manic, nervous energy while Barry is the stable, secure, sensible guy. But there is a real closeness between them and hopefully that comes across.” At heart, Razaq’s play is a studied 80s bromance. But what would Siddiqi himself make of it? Obama’s former room-mate, who now works for Getty Images and lives in Seattle, says the reports of his drug use have been wildly overstated: “I was never in ‘rehab’,” he said, “I simply curtailed drugs.” It is true, however, that in the late 1990s, as state senator of Illinois, Obama wrote him “a personal reference, stating that he knew me” when Siddiqi was applying for jobs in the dotcom industry. Their lives had naturally drifted apart by that point, but a solid bond remains. Siddiqi still refuses a steady stream of press requests to talk about his old friend, including the offer of $50,000 to talk to one anti-Obama film-maker just a few weeks ago.
“The portrayal of ‘Sal’ as a clingy and dishonest roommate is completely off the mark and makes me cringe,” he said referring to the script of the play. “Obama was exceptionally kind and considerate of others which I considered to his own detriment – the play got that part correct,” he says of his time spent living with the president in a shabby apartment on East 94th Street. It was a lease that Siddiqi, who was an illegal immigrant when he met Obama (having overstayed his tourist visa), had lied to win, despite the cockroaches, “like plump dates”, scuttling across the apartment floor. Siddiqi confirms that the young Obama, a high school pothead, “was lighthearted and fun-loving for the first half of our cohabitation and grew serious
later”. He himself, meanwhile, was preoccupied with “assimilating to my new environment [US], getting rich legally, socialising with friends, meeting women. Our cohabitation was on a temporary basis with me hoping to move to more comfortable surroundings and he wanting to live closer to Columbia.” Does it matter if the play is inaccurate? “It wasn’t about showing [Obama] doing drugs and making it shocking and sensational,” says Razaq. “Without it sounding sinister, he has just been a very ambitious, driven guy and we see the beginning of that in this play.” We are talking in the compact, cheaply refurbished west London studio where his cast of two, Syrus Lowe and Junaid Faiz, are rehearsing. Mild-mannered but sure-footed direction
comes from Tom Attenborough, son of Michael Attenborough (artistic director of the Almeida theatre, London) and grandson of actor and director Richard. “All theatre is a political act to some degree. We’re just grabbing it by the balls,” he says. Emphasising his right to artistic licence, he says he drew inspiration from Obama’s own book and scoped David Maraniss’s biography, Barack Obama: The Making of the Man, published earlier this year, for further detail. When we meet “Sadik” in Dreams From My Father, he is ushering Obama into his flat as a woman in her underwear cuts up lines of cocaine on the kitchen table. In Maraniss’s doorstop of a book, Obama first meets Siddiqi at a New year’s Eve party in San Francisco, the young,
gangly, would-be president greeting his future roommate with pitch-perfect Urdu, asking: “How are you, Boss?” It was a phrase he had picked up from his best buddies at Occidental College in California – Pakistani students Imad Husain, Hasan Chandoo and Wahid Hamid who, like Siddiqi, were part of Karachi’s wealthy elite. So close were the group that Obama went to Pakistan with them for a three-week holiday in 1981, staying with Hamid and Chandoo’s families. Maraniss argues in his book that the group has distanced itself from Obama for fear of hurting his presidency, but they remain friends: “The Pakistanis were a fun-loving bunch,” he laughs, talking on the telephone from Washington DC, “but they were intellectuals.” Despite their party harder reputations, the three went into highly paid corporate finance: Husain is a Boston-based banker; Hamid works for one of the world’s biggest private equity firms in Dubai; and Chandoo – who is recorded to have fundraised some $50,000 to $100,000 for Obama’s current campaign – is a financial consultant, living with his family in upmarket Westchester, New york. Camp Obama plays all this down, fearful of the Pakistani Muslim connection being used to taint their candidate. “A friend of mine did wonder if the play was about Pakistan now,” says Syrus Lowe, who plays the young Obama, as we discuss the irony of one of the president’s hallmark foreign policies: the covert US war against Pakistan, waged entirely through drone attacks. Lowe says he likes to think Obama is “dropping those drones with a bit more conscience” than the average US president might. Maraniss is less circumspect. “The Pakistanis, in my mind, didn’t shape him in any way but made this transitionary period of his life comfortable for him, as he was still learning what it was to be African American. They could see his ambition more clearly than other people; it was to them that Obama first said he wanted to be president one day.”
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‘Hire more brawn!’ Senate body directs new inductions in the capital police
HE Senate Standing Committee on Interior, on Wednesday, directed the Islamabad police to meet a shortage of its personnel through new inductions, to ensure improved security in the Federal Capital. Chairing a meeting, Senator Talha Mahmood said that Islamabad was the capital city and an adequate police staff was needed to provide a peaceful and secure atmosphere to its residents. He said that a survey of Katchi Abadis should be completed at the earliest and a report in this respect should be presented within a month. The meeting, which was attended by Senators Fateh Muhammad Hasani, Begum Najma Hameed, Shahi Syed and Mukhtar Ahmad Dhamrah, was given a detailed briefing by the Additional Secretary Interior, the Chief Commissioner Islamabad, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and the Deputy Commissioner Islamabad. The committee was informed that out of the total 9,733 police personnel in the Capital, 26 percent were deployed for the security of the Diplomatic Enclave and VIPs. The IG apprised the meeting that vehicles dedicated for VIP duty could not cross their designated limits, which was 11 to 15 km. He said that a survey of Katchi Abadis, aimed at compiling data about their inhabitants, would be examined by police stations concerned. The survey is expected to be completed within a month, he added. He said that the police personnel had to perform 12 to 16 hours of duty and the reason behind this was a dearth of staff. He further said that the Crime Investigation Department (CID) of the Islamabad police was equipped with modern telecom gadgets, which was helpful in tracing and nabbing criminals. He said that 463 retired army personnel were working in the Islamabad police on contract due to a ban on new recruitment however the ban would be lifted soon. The IGP said that under the Aghaz-e-Haqooq-e-Balochistan package, 22 Balochis were employed in the Islamabad police which was more than the actual quota of the province.
26% police force guarding VVips ISLAMABAD StAff REPoRt
The Senate Standing Committee on Interior, on Wednesday, took strong exception to the absence of Secretary Interior at the meeting and decided to send a notice to her in this regard. A meeting of the committee was held on Wednesday with Senator Talha Mehmood in the chair. The committee was told that 26 percent of the total 9,733 police personnel at the federal
capital had been deployed at the diplomatic area and for the security of VVIPs. IG Islamabad Bin yameen told the committee that security squads deployed for the VVIPs did not go beyond 11-15 kilometres within the limits of the federal capital, while police officials performed duties for 12-16 hours. He said that the overall security situation in the federal capital had improved considerably since 2008. He said that the strength of the police in Islamabad was very low and should be increased on a prior-
ity basis. The committee members appreciated the performance of the police and agreed that the strength of the police should be enhanced. The Senate body took notice of the blockage of traffic at police check posts and asked CDA, Federal Police and the district administration to evolve a joint strategy to address the problems of commuters. The committee recommended that duty hours of the police should be reduced and private security guards should also be scrutinised thoroughly.
hearing of petition against new Ephedrine case: LHC extends bails of Hanif cDa chairman adjourned ISLAMABAD StAff REPoRt
Islamabad High Court (IHC), on Wednesday, adjourned a hearing of a petition filed against the appointment of a new chairman of Capital Development Authority (CDA), till Thursday. An IHC single bench comprising Justice Muhammad Anwar Kashi, took up a petition filed by the former chairman CDA Farkhand
Iqbal against the appointment of a new chairman. Counsel for the petitioner told the court that the government had inducted a new officer as chairman of CDA after they had filed the petition therefore, he would file a new petition after the appointment of the new chairman is notified. The court observed that the petition had been filed therefore the counsel should present his arguments on it. The counsel for the peti-
tioner requested the court that he had not made preparations in connection with the hearing therefore, he should be allowed some time. The court, while allowing him time, put off the hearing till today. Former Chairman CDA Farkhand Iqbal had taken up a plea in his petition that a chairman was appointed for five years while the government had dismissed him before his term was over without assigning any reasons.
fSc students want their egg prices go exam papers re-checked up by 40% ISLAMABAD StAff REPoRt
Students have rejected the results of HSSC part one of the Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (RBISE), saying that their papers were not checked properly. Showing dissatisfaction over the paper checking, students said that comparisons of previous records of some students showed that the paper checking was fake and unjust. “Students who had achieved A grades in Matric got up to 10 marks in some papers, that clearly indicated that their papers were not properly checked this time,” protested a
group of students. According to a survey conducted by INP, the majority of protesting students are from F Sc pre-medical group. HSSC students requested Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and concerned authorities of the board to have their papers rechecked. Meanwhile, many candidates of Matric supplementary examination of the RBISE showed concerns over not getting their roll number slips. A large number of students were seen at the board office, waiting to get their roll number slips only one day before the exams. “We have to submit Rs 220 in the bank to get duplicate roll number slips,” said a group of candidates.
RaWaLPiNDi: The price of eggs has increased by more than 40 percent in the market during the last two months, raising the price from Rs 70-80 to Rs 100-108 per dozen. As winter is setting in, the price of eggs is likely to increase with each passing day as its consumption increases in the cold weather. Eggs are used in a variety of food products from biscuits and cakes to pasta and mayonnaise and are considered an important ingredient for homemade dishes. Consumers complained that the authorities concerned, were least bothered to check the sharp increase in egg prices and have given a free hand to the poultry industry to fix the prices on their own. StAff REPoRt
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Lahore High Court’s Rawalpindi bench, on Wednesday, extended the interim bails of Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz (PML-N) MNA Hanif Abbasi, former Director General Health Asad Hafeez and the owner of a pharmaceutical company till October 17. Hanif’s attorney, Sardar Ishaq, told the bench that records of the ephedrine quota allotment had already been submitted. He said that the case was being heard in the Supreme Court and therefore the High Court should wait for the verdict of the apex court. Legal Director of the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) Akhtar Abbas told the Rawalpindi bench that ANF was not responsible for the allotment of ephedrine quotas but it was responsible for conducting investigations if the quota was being used illicitly. He told the court that it was important to arrest Hanif for investigations and sought his physical remand for the same purpose. Abbas claimed that Hanif had submitted counterfeit documents. Justice Sagheer Ahmed showed his displeasure over the ANF officer’s claims and asked the officer to produce evidence for his claims. Investigation officer Imtiaz Shaikh told the court that all the distributors were contacted but no one had submitted proper records. Moreover, he said that one of Hanif’s distributors was investigated regarding the quota but he had failed to produce any records. During the hearing, Justice Sagheer passed critical remarks over the performance of the ANF prosecutor. Later, the court adjourned the hearing till October 17. The Supreme Court has extended the interim bail of the main accused including the Textile Industry Minister Makhdoom Shahabuddin and former Prime Minister yusuf Raza Gilani’s son Ali Musa Gilani in the ephedrine case till October 11.
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Islamabad 07 HEC & provincial govts to undertake collaborative eﬀorts for quality education ISLAMABAD
he Higher Education Commission (HEC) has said that provincial governments and Azad Jammu & Kashmir have agreed to undertake collaborative efforts to enhance quality education in the higher education sector of the country. This was decided during the 11th meeting of the Steering Committee of provincial secretaries held at HEC Islamabad which was presided over by Prof. Dr. S. Sohail H. Naqvi, Executive Director HEC, on Wednesday. The meeting was attended by Dr.
Ijaz Munir, Secretary Higher Education Punjab, Ms. Farah Hamid, Secretary Higher Education Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Mr. Sher Khan Bazai, Secretary Higher Education Balochistan, Ms. Aftab Inayat, Additional Secretary Education & Literacy Sindh, Muhammad Mumtaz Khawaja, Additional Secretary AJK, Ghulam Mujtaba Kayani, Advisor HEC, and Mr. Fida Hussain, Director General HEC Islamabad. The provincial secretaries and representatives pointed out various issues related to quality assurance, financial management and governance of universities post 18th amendment. The meeting was called to deliberate on post 18th amendment roles and
responsibilities of the federal and provincial governments in the higher education sector. The committee reviewed the legal perspective as annunciated in Part I and Part II of the Federal Legislative List in the Constitution and subsequently held detailed discussions on the current and future role of provincial governments in matters related to funding of the higher education sector, quality assurance system and university governance. It was decided that draft policy papers would be prepared on these issues, taking into consideration relevant experiences of various countries, and to meet regularly every six weeks
to move these issues forward. The committee appreciated the previous role of HEC for the development and improvement of higher education in the country and pledged to work together on evolving a national model that would ensure continuity of reform and improvement in the higher education sector. Detailed discussions also took place on the expansion of the existing four-year Bachelor (Hons) programs in colleges that have received an enthusiastic response from students. It was also agreed that a bridge program would be developed to allow existing BA/BSc graduates to obtain the four-year honor degree. There was broad consensus that
the true spirit of the 18th amendment and uniform standards should be observed in the higher education sector of the country. In consultation with provincial governments, a paper on funding councils at the provincial level would be prepared by HEC so that effective financial management of the higher education sector may also be introduced at the provincial level. In addition the best practices would be adopted in this regard. It was also decided that the meeting would be organized on a regular basis on rotation at the provincial headquarters. The next meeting would be held in Peshawar during the mid of November 2012.
holy Family hospital’s mS gets house eviction notice RAWALPINDI StAff REPoRt
UP AgAInSt PRIVAtISAtIon: WAPDA employees hold protest against the possible privatisation of the authority, also demanding an increase in salaries. ONLINE
Roots School System holds training for faculty Millennium School teachers specialists in modern teaching methods and to define their roles as leaders to enable them to take responsibility of their respective domains. The training faculty used their qualifications, subject expertise and field-based experience to create new knowledge and enduring concepts that shaped practices
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Roots National Institute of Teachers Training and Education (RNITTE) held a two day workshop, aimed at capacity and skill building of faculty members and the related staff of Roots School System (RSS), which ended on Wednesday. The training was held under the Qualifications, Curriculum & Assessments Pro-
of teachers’ education, as well as personal and professional development. RNITTE invited many guest speakers for the motivational and informative session. Professor Rizwan Taj, Head of Psychiatry PIMS Islamabad, addressed the audience regarding stress management on the first day of the workshop.
Due to the lack of action by concerned authorities against the unlawful allotment and occupation of residences in allied hospitals’ colonies, Medical Superintendent (MS) Benazir Bhutto Hospital (BBH) has sent a notice to MS Holy Family Hospital (HFH) to vacate the BBH MS residence within 14 days. According to the notice, MS HFH Capt (r) Dr Fayyaz has been ordered to vacate the residence specified for MS BBH within 14 days, or else Dr Fayyaz would have to pay 60 percent of his salary as rent. Sources said that MS HFH, Dr Fayyaz had been allotted the residence while he was serving as an additional MS BBH and has been using the MS residence after being appointed as the MS HFH. MS BB Hospital, Dr Asif Qadir Mir has been deprived of government residence. MS HFH Dr Fayyaz has illegally occupied the BBH MS residence on the pretext of his daughter, a post graduate trainee at the same hospital. On the other hand, MS HFH has allotted the residence specified for MS HFH to MS District Headquarters Hospital Rawalpindi, Dr Sher Ali Khan. When contacted, MS BB Hospital, Dr Asif confirmed the allotment cancellation notice of the government residence to MS HFH, adding that he had taken notice of a house specified for Grade-19 officers in the Doctors’ Colony of BBH, allotted to a junior officer, Javid Aslam Bhatti, who worked in the office of the Rawalpindi Medical College and Allied Hospital Principal Dr Musadaq Khan. Dr Asif said that action would also be taken against doctors residing with families in doctor hostels, and added, “No act against the law would be tolerated at any cost”.
gramme (QCAP 2012-13) of RSS. The program had been specifically structured to enhance leadership capacities. Training was conducted by leaders of Roots Millennium Schools, who had been associated with the system for over five years. Q-Cap was structured to start the new academic session with passion and enthusiasm and to review RSS’s curriculum guidelines and policies. The program aimed to make Roots
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ATIONAL Humanitarian Network (NHN) on, representative network of more than 180 national NGOs working in humanitarian sector, on Wednesday expressed grave concern over the plight of millions of flood affectees and sluggish flood response in Balochistan, Sindh and South Punjab. The network stressed upon the government and humanitarian agencies to take urgent actions to provide food, shelter, drinking water, emergency support and hygiene facilities to the affectees in rain affected areas of Sindh, Punjab and Balochistan. In a statement, NHN expressed their biggest concern about the upcoming winter, fearing that thousands may face severe hardship for lack of shelter and proper clothing. Similarly poor water and sanitation facilities may result in outbreak of epidemics. NHN also added that while it appreciates the government’s resolve to tackle disasters without seeking international support, it stressed that this requires higher
levels of preparations, an agile array of disaster management authorities and timely action to avert human catastrophe. NHN expressed regret that so far the government has been unable to meet this challenge. There are also concerns over stagnant pools of standing water spread over hundreds of kilometers that has paralyzed life in the flood affected areas that will cause serious health and hygiene affects and making mobility to flood affected areas difficult. Ill planned dewatering from certain areas as causing flooding in adjacent areas and thus affecting more people. NHN regretted that in spite of last two years of devastating floods, the response has been inadequate and slow, leaving thousands of people still marooned in flooded areas. NHN is also worried that inundation of vast swathes of agriculture land will deprive thousands of families from their source of livelihood and push them to the quagmire of poverty. People in these areas were still scrambling to recover from disastrous flood of 2010 and were already facing economic hardship. This year’s floods have virtually perished them and their recovery needs a well coordinated rehabilitation package. NHN called for urgent ac-
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tion to recover these lands and provide needed financial and technical support to farmers to cultivate next crop. Furthermore, NHN called for compensation money to be provided to families who have lost houses, livelihood resources and other assets. NHN also explained that in absence of appeal by the government, aid agencies are not providing support to humanitarian organizations to reach out to millions of flood affectees hence national NGOs are unable to play their role in relief operations. In spite of this constraint, national NGos are taking every possible effort to extend their modest support to flood affectees through their own meager resources. NHN also regretted that humanitarian coordination at the provincial and the district level is not functioning and disaster management authorities are not involving civil society in emergency response activities and sole reliance on bureaucratic machinery, which could be heavily influenced by political and other local power structures. NHN demanded immediate and focused action to restore and strengthen flood resistance structures, canal and river infrastructures and other early warning systems to avoid similar humanitarian crisis in future.
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rasmussen wins fifth and final year as naTO chief
40 dead as bombs tear through heart of Syria’s Aleppo ALEPPo
NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Wednesday won a fifth year at the helm of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, leaving him in place to help oversee a difficult withdrawal from Afghanistan. “Following a process of consultations, Allies approved today Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen’s fifth year in office, thus extending his mandate until July 31st 2014,” the alliance said in a statement. Rasmussen, 59, served as Danish prime minister from 2001-09 and is NATO’s 12th secretary-general. The statement announcing the extension of his single 4-year mandate said the allies would support Rasmussen “in his dedicated work to carry forward NATO’s tasks, missions and objectives, based on consensual allied decisions.” The alliance, headquartered in Brussels, was set up in 1949 as the United States bolstered Western Europe at the onset of the Cold War with the then communist Soviet Union Its now 28 member states vow to defend each other in case of external attack and in 2001, after the 9/11 attacks on the United States, NATO intervened to force the Taliban from Kabul as part of the global war on terror. It had been expected that Rasmussen would get an extension as NATO prepares for the difficult process of handing over security responsibility to Kabul and withdrawing from Afghanistan by 2014. On Monday, the secretary general said he would finalise next year the main lines of NATO’s future mission in Afghanistan so as to be well prepared for the withdrawal and handover. NATO defence ministers meet in Brussels next week to discuss the alliance’s role in Afghanistan after 2014 which will likely focus on training, advice and assistance. NATO heads agreed in May at a Chicago summit to launch an assistance mission post-2014.
HREE car bombs tore into the heart of Aleppo Wednesday, killing at least 40 people and wounding 90, mostly soldiers, a watchdog said, as television broadcast scenes of devastation in Syria’s commercial capital. In parts of the capital, meanwhile, troops were deployed in large numbers and set up many more roadblocks than usual, AFP correspondents said, even as Syria peace envoy Lakhdar Brahimi readied a fresh bid to end the bloodshed. Two car bombs exploded in quick succession around Aleppo’s Saadallah al-Jabiri Square near a military officers’ club and a hotel. A third bomb went off soon afterwards at the nearby Bab Jnein district at an entrance to the Old
City, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and a military source said. “A medical source said that at least 40 people were killed and 90 injured,” said the Britain-based Observatory. “Most of them were regime troops.” Official television channel AlIkhbariya said 31 people were killed and dozens wounded in “three terrorist explosions” in the city. The government blames the violence that has rocked Syria since March last year on “terrorists” it says are armed and sponsored by foreign powers. Near the officers’ club, part of the facade of a hotel was destroyed by the force of the blasts, an AFP correspondent at the scene said, adding that a two-storey cafe collapsed completely. “We heard two enormous explosions, as though the gates of hell were opening,” Hassan, a 30-year-old man who works in a nearby hotel, told AFP. “I saw thick smoke, and I helped a
woman on the pavement whose arms and legs were completely dislocated,” said Hassan, who gave only one name. At least two buildings collapsed completely, and bloody corpses were laid out on the rubble, the footage showed. The bombings were the deadliest in Syria’s raging civil war since August 28, when a car bomb targeted the funeral of two government loyalists in a Damascus suburb, also killing 27 people. Bombings have increasingly become part of the unrest ravaging Syria, which began in March last year as peaceful protests for reform but has since morphed into an armed insurgency, with more than 31,000 people killed, according to activists. Aleppo, with a population of 1.7 million people, has been one of the focal points of the conflict since midJuly, when the army promised the “mother of all battles” to clear the city of rebels.
Members of the topless protest movement Femen rallied at the Louvre Museum in Paris on Wednesday and hung a sign on the Venus de Milo in support of a Tunisian woman allegedly raped by two policemen. Seven members of the group founded in Ukraine stripped off their tops — slogans such as “NO = NO” painted on their torsos — and stepped inside the barrier around the ancient Greek statue. They hung a sign on the statue reading: “Rape me I am immoral”, in reference to the young Tunisian woman facing possible indecency charges in connection with the rape. Standing before the armless statue, the women chanted: “We have hands to stop rape” as tourists snapped away with their cameras. After a few minutes, a member of staff arrived and removed their sign. The women left quickly without incident. Protest organiser Inna Shevchenko, a 22-year-old who recently fled to France from Ukraine fearing persecution after cutting down a cross with a chainsaw, led six French women in the protest.
Saakashvili rejects giving up Georgia presidency tBILISI AfP
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili’s party on Wednesday rejected calls for him to resign following the stunning opposition election victory that will transform Georgia’s political landscape. The victory of the Georgian Dream coalition of billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili in parliamentary polls will give Georgia a new government and may cool tensions with its top foe Russia which cautiously welcomed the result. Saakashvili had gracefully conceded a surprise defeat in Monday’s vote and promised to facilitate the formation of the next government, a rarity in an exSoviet region used to revolutions and autocrats who cling to their chairs. But the opposition leader, who may himself become prime minister, has already called on the president to resign immediately — a demand that Saakashvili’s party warned could cause confrontation. “Speaking about snap presidential polls today shows disrespect to the Georgian people and violates the constitution,” the outgoing chairman of parliament from the ruling party, David Bakradze, told a news conference.
nigerian troops swarm after 40 killed in student massacre kANo AfP
Nigerian soldiers moved house to house on Wednesday in an urgent bid to hunt down attackers responsible for the massacre of 40 people who were shot or had their throats slit in a student housing area. The raid in the early hours of Tuesday near a polytechnic university shook the town of Mubi, located in Nigeria’s volatile northeast, where Islamist extremist group Boko Haram has carried out scores of previous attacks. Last week in Mubi, Nigeria’s military conducted a high-profile raid targeting the group, killing a senior Boko Haram figure and arresting 156 suspected members. Motives for the gruesome off-campus attack however remained unclear, with some officials suggesting the massacre may have been linked to a recent student election. Police have given an official death toll of 25, saying at least 22 of the victims were students. A school official said Wednesday that the death toll was at
least 40, but he could not immediately say how many were students. “Based on accounts from locals, at least 40 people were killed in the attack,” the official from the polytechnic school said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak publicly. “Twenty-five were the ones taken to the morgue. At least 15 of the victims whose families are in Mubi were taken away by relatives.” Abubakar Ahmed, head of the Red Cross in Adamawa state, where Mubi is located, said troops were going door-to-door looking for suspects on Wednesday. Police spokesman Mohammed Ibrahim said security forces had blanketed Mubi, a commercial hub and university town located near the border with Cameroon. “There’s a heavy deployment of soldiers, police and (secret police) personnel in Mubi following the killings,” he said. “They are combing all parts of the town in the hope of tracking down the killers.” According to Ibrahim, the attackers knew their victims and called
them out by name in a student housing area off-campus of Federal Polytechnic Mubi, an ethnically mixed school with several thousand students. Victims were shot or had their throats slit, he said. Residents said it seemed the victims were both Muslim and Christian, but police had not commented as is often the case in Nigeria, where ethnic and religious divisions regularly lead to unrest. The town had already been under a 3:00 pm to 6:00 am curfew in the wake of last week’s raid, and it remained in place on Wednesday. The suggestion that the killings were linked to the student election raised questions over how and why the dispute would have turned so violent. There were suggestions of ethnic tensions between the mainly Muslim Hausas and predominately Christian Igbos involved in the vote, and a spokesman for the National Emergency Management Agency said some of the victims were candidates. At the same time, Boko Haram has
continually widened its targets and its attacks have become increasingly sophisticated. Nigerian officials have been seeking to show success in the fight against Boko Haram with a number of raids and arrests. There had been a lull in major attacks in recent weeks. The Islamist extremists have been blamed for more than 1,400 deaths since 2010 as part of their insurgency in northern and central Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation and largest oil producer roughly divided between a mainly Muslim north and predominately Christian south. Maxwell Dukku, a spokesman for Adamawa’s deputy state governor, said he would be surprised if the killings were linked to the student elections, while adding he had no further information on who was behind them. “This kind of tragedy has never happened before,” he told AFP. “Investigations are ongoing. There have been no arrests so far ... We really don’t know why this has happened.”
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10 Comment The arab american vote Dedicated to the legacy of the late Hameed Nizami
Matters, especially in a close election
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ec and parliamentarians Politicians have only themselves to blame
t is time for the political class to realize that there is an independent and powerful Election Commission in place. Accustomed to the toothless commissions of the past as the politicians are, there is a tendency among many to ignore, decline to cooperate with or even defy the EC. Last week the Attorney General asked the Chief Election Commissioner to proceed in the matter of the 11 recently disqualified dual nationality holders in accordance with what he called the relevant provisions of the 1973 Constitution rather than the decision of the apex court. The EC however proceeded to de-notify them. That the federal government was unhappy and unwilling to cooperate with the EC on the issue became further clear when the NA secretariat declined, for the second time, to obtain fresh affidavits from lawmakers to the effect that they did not hold foreign nationality, as directed by the EC. The secretariat raised a technical objection maintaining that it was the business of the EC itself to collect data of the sort. As many as 393 lawmakers have failed to file statements of assets and liabilities despite the expiry of the official deadline. They include important federal and provincial ministers as well as legislators from nearly all political parties. This is an example of the customary non seriousness displayed vis a vis the directives of the EC. The delay would make the EC’s job of scrutinizing the papers difficult as the Commission is expected to pay full attention to preparations for the elections. While politicians frequently criticize the courts for having enhanced their own powers at the expense of other institutions, most political parties insisted during a consultative session with the EC to conduct the elections under the supervision of officials inducted from judiciary. Are there no honest people outside judiciary? Why shouldn’t the EC hire DROs, ROs and AROs from civilian bureaucracy? There is a need on the part of the EC to welcome new ideas. At the same time it has to be firm when it comes to enforcing the existing rules and regulations including the constitutional bar to contest elections on dual nationality holders. Those who disagree with the restriction had the opportunity during the last more than four years to strike it down through a constitutional amendment. They have to blame themselves for failing to do it. Multiple centers of power, exercising authority under the constitution in their respective realms, are a guarantee against the concentration of power in one person or a single institution. On hopes the EC will act as a body which listens to all but takes decisions with complete independence.
Washington Watch By Dr James J zogby
rab Americans matter. Well integrated into all spheres of American life, Arab Americans are teachers, medical professionals, auto-workers, and first responders. In communities across the country the Arab American business community is a key to local prosperity. Arab Americans are also a bridge to their countries of origin, providing critical political and business insights into developments unfolding in the MENA region. And Arab Americans have been termed "the weak link in America's civil liberty chain" - because the rights of the community are sometimes put at risk by aggressive unconstitutional law enforcement practices. In an election year, in several areas of the country, the Arab American vote also matters. This is well known in Michigan; where the community is recognized as a key constituency. The importance of Arab Americans has recently been established in northern New Jersey where they played a significant role this year in helping long-time friend Congressman Bill Pascrell win a tough primary contest. The community is also courted in key districts in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Illinois, and Florida. And Arab Americans are growing rapidly - immigration data shows that over 500,000 Arabs were admitted as legal immigrants in the past decade, almost 900,000 in the past 20 years. As our experience and our polling over the past two decades make clear, Arab Americans vote like most Americans, but with an edge. They are concerned about the economy and its impact on their families. They want our country
to be safe and secure and they want their rights as Americans to be protected. They care about the quality and affordability of health care and our institutions of public education. But, because of their affinity to the Middle East, they are also deeply concerned, as all Americans should be, with the conduct of our foreign policy in that important part of the world. Throughout the 1990's, when we first began to measure Arab American voter attitudes, the community was nearly evenly divided between those who identified as Democrat and those who identified as Republican. It was during George W Bush's tenure that this began to change, culminating in 2008 with an Arab American landslide for Barack Obama. As our first 2012 poll demonstrates, Arab Americans still favor President Obama, but with a level of support that may be somewhat lower than it was four years ago. But while Arab Americans may be disappointed with President Barack Obama's failure to deliver on early promises of change in foreign and domestic policies, this has not translated into support for his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney. These are some of the findings of a mid-September poll of Arab American voters commissioned by the Arab American Institute (AAI). The poll, conducted by JZ Analytics, surveyed 404 voters nationwide and had a margin of error of five percent. What the AAI poll found was that Obama leads Romney, 52 percent to 28 percent, with five percent of Arab Americans supporting minor party candidates and 16 percent still undecided. This lead, while healthy, shows that the president still has a ways to go to duplicate the 67 percent to 28 percent lopsided margin he held over John McCain in 2008 among Arab American voters. This gap of 15 points between the president's performance among Arab American voters in 2012 and 2008 can be important in a close election. If President Obama doesn't win these voters back it could represent a potential loss of over 100,000 votes in five battleground states. The economy is far and away the most important issue for eight in 10 Arab Americans, followed by foreign policy and health care. When asked "who will do the better job" on a range of domestic and foreign policy concerns (including: the economy, health care, taxes, civil liber-
ties, resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and outreach to the Arab and Muslim Worlds), Obama easily bests Romney in every area - although it is worth noting that the president receives his lowest rating on dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. There has been some slippage in the number of Arab Americans who identify as Democrats - down to 46 percent from a 2008 high of 54 percent. The Republican numbers are also down to 22 percent, from 27 percent in 2008. The GOP slide continues a trend since 2000 when Arab Americans were almost evenly divided between the two major parties. Today, as in 2008 and 2010, the community favors the Democratic party by a two-to-one margin. It is also worth noting that there is an increase in the number of Arab Americans who now identify as independent - 24 percent in 2012 - and among voters in this group the president is under-performing in 2012. The poll also helps shine a light on some personal concerns of Arab Americans. Forty percent of the community says that since 9/11 they have experienced some form of discrimination because of their ethnicity and a somewhat larger percentage say they fear that this phenomenon may become an even greater problem in the future. This problem is experienced by all sub-groups within the community, but is most acutely felt by younger Arab Americans (18-29) and those who are Muslim. This concern with discrimination, however, has not caused them to deny their ethnicity with more than six in 10 saying that they describe themselves as "Arab American" and eight in 10 maintaining that they are proud of their ethnic heritage. Arab Americans also appear to feel more economically secure than their fellow Americans and more confident about the future. More than six in 10 say that they feel secure in their jobs, with onehalf expressing some confidence that their children will have a better life. The bottom line is that while not a giant, Arab Americans are a community that is worthy of note - especially in a close election. The writer is President of the ArabAmerican Institute.
a realistic paradigm shift Recalibrating Russo-Pak relations By Malik Muhammad Ashraf
few weeks ago, Asian Development Bank – the major financier of Diamir Bhasha dam – reportedly refused to provide finances for the project maintaining that since the dam was being built on a disputed territory, the bank needed green signal from India to go ahead with its commitment. That indeed was a very frustrating and worrying development for a cash-strapped and energy deficient Pakistan. However, this setback which threatened to scuttle the prospects of this vital multi-purpose project ever taking off proved ephemeral. A new ray of hope has emerged from Russia. As revealed by media, Russian President Vladimir Putin, who was scheduled to visit Pakistan in October, and among other things he wanted to discuss with the Pakistani leadership was the prospects of Russia providing entire finances amounting to US$13 billion for the construction of the dam on the basis of government to government funding. Mr Vladimir Putin in his meeting with President Zardari at Santana, Kazakhstan, on the eve of SCO Summit has already indicated Russian willingness to support trans-regional economic and trade cooperation and projects like transmitting electric power from Tajikistan to Afghanistan and Pakistan and building of a gas pipeline between Turkmenistan-
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Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI). These developments are a ranting proof of the success of the efforts that the present government has unfurled to build regional linkages and choreograph a new relationship with Russia. Pakistan is also striving to have its status as observer changed to a full member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). A closer and incisive look at the benefits that could accrue to Pakistan by joining SCO merits due consideration. The SCO, launched on 15 June, 2001, comprises Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. It succeeded the Shanghai Five Mechanism that was established with the purpose of strengthening confidence building measures and disarmament in the border regions of the member states and to resolve border disputes among them. According to the Charter of SCO the main purposes of the organization are: strengthening mutual trust and good neighborliness and friendship among member states; developing their effective cooperation in political affairs, economy, trade, culture, education, energy and environmental protection; working together to maintain regional peace, security and stability and promoting the creation of a new international political and economic order. SCO abides by the basic principles of the UN Charter that stipulate respect for each other’s independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity and non-interference in each other’s
internal affairs. In January 2004, in view of the burgeoning phenomenon of terrorism and extremism, the SCO decided to set up Regional Anti-Terrorism Structure (RATS) with the purpose of enhancing cooperation among the member states to deal with terrorism, separatism and extremism. SCO is unique in the sense that it is based on a new model of state-to-state relationship that derives its strength from cooperative configuration rather than binding them into a formal alliance like NATO. The resolve of SCO to fight the menace of terrorism, promoting regional peace and security and working for shared economic prosperity are very much in harmony with what Pakistan is looking for and needs desperately. The major initiative on part of Pakistan to strengthen its credentials for full membership of SCO was unfurled by President Zardari during his visit to Russia in mid-May last year when he offered Russia to use Pakistan’s territory to gain access to the Southern Seas and Russia reciprocated with re-affirmation for Pakistan’s full membership of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. President Zardari, after his meeting with the President of Kazakhstan before the SCO Summit, had also repeated his offer of allowing the Central Asian states to use Pakistani ports for quick and better connectivity with the world. The presence of the giants like Russia and China in the SCO along with
Central Asian states, rich in natural resources, promise infinitesimal opportunities for peace and economic prosperity of the region. The economic linkages evolved through the SCO forum will also strengthen prospects of regional security. Pakistan presently faces an existentialist threat from terrorism and religious extremism and the member states of the SCO are also victims of this menace in varying degrees. Making a common cause and fighting collectively to stop it in its tracks stand a better chance of success and Pakistan can contribute to this effort as well as benefit from it tremendously. Pakistan is also confronted with a severe energy crisis. The materialization of TAPI and other trans-regional power and gas projects could help her tide over the problem and nudge the process of economic revival. Pakistan presently is also engaged in diversifying its exports and finding new and easily accessible markets for its products. The Shanghai Cooperation Organization states, making almost one fourth of the world population with geographical proximity and easy accessibility, constitute a very lucrative market for its exports. Similarly, it can attract the required investments in the energy and infrastructure sector in which some of the SCO countries have a comparative advantage. The strategic location of Pakistan in the region and its economic potential can also help the SCO members to exploit their economic prowess
to the maximum. With the prospects of Afghanistan and Iran also joining the Organization in the near future, SCO is likely to emerge as a very strong regional organization. The SCO also has an international dimension. One of its purposes is to work together to promote and create a new political and economic world order. In the prevailing global environment wherein a sole super power supported by its western allies is feverishly engaged in fashioning a new world order chiseled to its own perceptions which in certain cases has created more threats for the world peace and security, the role of SCO in firming up the new world order and eliminating the vulnerabilities of this region to foreign intervention, assumes greater significance. Regional organizations like Shanghai Cooperation Organization are perhaps the best forums to strengthen regional security and preserving world peace. The efforts by the present government to recalibrate relations with Russia and seeking full membership of SCO are commendable steps designed to make amends for its past follies in the arena of foreign relations. Pakistan is moving in the right direction. This realistic and visionary paradigm shift in the conduct of foreign relations also enhances foreign policy options for Pakistan in the changing geo-political environment and addressing its security concerns. The strategy has already started paying dividends.
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Junk food: an addiction I would like to turn your attention towards the new trend and addiction of junk food among kids and youngsters. This junk food has just become the soul of kids and youngsters. School kids enjoy junk food in their recess timings where youngsters eat it all the day. The kids and youth prefer having junk food as their lunch and dinner meals. Parents are getting careless about this issue every passing day. In fact, they recommend their children to go have ‘KFC’ on their way back to home as there might be no lunch. Junk food is extremely unhealthy and causes several diseases. Junk food has decreased the intake of natural and precious food items in our human bodies, which can cause a lot of problems in the near future. That’s why different diseases nowadays can be seen especially in the young adults and the children. Parents need to start being cautious about this and try to give their children, regardless of how old or young they are, healthy foods and a proper diet which will help them grow in a healthy way and they don’t have to run to the hospital every second week. Teachers and institutions should start raising awareness and check how healthy their cafeteria food is. FATIMA MOTALA Karachi
The jewel in the crown Tarbela dam is a jewel in the crown of Pakistan’s agriculture. It increased canal supplies by 25 percent. The total cultivated area in the country increased by about 13 percent from 19.5 million hectares before Tarbela to 22 million hectares presently. 20 million acres are yet lying barren and are waiting for another dam like Tarbela. With the example of a dam like Tarbela why do we stand paralyzed into inaction? Should we wait 15 years or even more before another dam like Tarbela comes to our rescue? ENGR KHURSHID ANWER Lahore
a welcome development In an already stressful environment in a country where the electronic media is hell bent on feeding its viewers with scrolls and breaking news on murders, kidnappings and extortions as a first morning dose every day on television, NUST School of Leadership has taken the initiative titled ‘Shabash Pakistan’ to rekindle the people’s traits on patriotism, nationalism and enlightened moderation. The well timed initiative is extremely appreciable and reaffirms beliefs of many Pakistanis that despite all their economic woes under these trying circumstances, there are people in our polity that definitely want res-
urrection of this country notwithstanding the fall outs of over a decade war on terror and extremism. As a first step, the initiative focused the young students of NUST wherein around 250 students were afforded interactive exercises and activities on patriotism and nationalism aspects. As per the news, Umair Jaliawala, a trainer, has even conducted the first session in line with the initiative. The fact that the initiative was launched from a youth platform wherein undergraduate and graduate students were targeted initially indicates the initiative’s sincerity and resolve to deliver. I can assure those
who are the real rulers? We have a government in power which happens to be that of PPP. We have numerous issues and they are multiplying by the hour. I won’t mention them as the space is limited here but suffice to say that everyone knows while some issues have assumed gigantic size or problems with no solution in sight. But my question is who rules Pakistan? Is it the President or the PM or their government machinery? To me it seems that there is some hidden power, some kind of junta which controls the affairs and cooks up the plans. This group is legally very competent and very calculative. They abide by the Constitution of Pakistan and have done wonders to play with the terms therein. Whatever they suggest or do has far deeper ramification on us as a country. I love Zardari and PPP but Zardari does not have intelligence to coin all these things himself. Nor do I see any one intelligent enough around. Raja sahib and the lot have bagful of financial corruption cases against them. Altaf Bhai too has the same background and secondly he is running the show through remote control which is unique in itself. Who are the true leaders in Pakistan? Who rules and runs the show? Who is making Pakistan go down the drain bit by bit? Politicians are shouting on frivolous matters and anchors shout loud. Someone is visiting NW or SW and so on and that sounds strange. These are frivolous things in nature, if one were to look at all this candidly because there is some other agenda going on at the background. AMJAD H MIRZA Lahore
Outbreak of diseases Sindh province faces constant challenges of pervasive poverty, population explosion, poor infrastructure, recurring natural and man-made disasters due to organized corruption and inefficiency and dwindling provision of development assistance. Due to the non-availability of drinking water because potable water is available only in the paid documentaries and advertisements, people often suffer from gastroenteritis and other water borne diseases, which are very much common in the rural and remote areas of the province. Nowadays, due to
who have taken the initiative that as the time goes by more and more philanthropists and likeminded people will join the initiative to make it a greater success. We definitely need more initiatives to the likes of ‘Shabash Pakistan’ to manoeuvre our energies to strengthen our patriotism and nationalism streaks. And who could be the best in furthering these causes, the Pakistani youth, tomorrow’s flag bearers and ambassadors that can change our nearly charred images in the comity of nations. It is time that we, especially the youth, started owning the responsibility to make Pakistan, our Pakistan, a state
ruthlessly slow relief work in various monsoon rains caused flood-affected areas in Sindh, there is an outbreak of cholera and gastroenteritis, among others, which have claimed many lives, in particular, those of children, pregnant women and elderly people. The incumbent rulers are there, it appears to be, only to rule and relish but they have no concern with the monsoon rains -flood victims who are in a state of misery and fright and dying premature death due to gastroenteritis and other ailments in the areas. However, the humanity caring INGOs and other bodies such UNICEF, WHO, ICRC, Qatar Charity etc are appealed to rescue the rain victims in the province. HASHIM ABRO Islamabad
Stop drone attacks in Pakistan The United States started drone attacks in Pakistan in 2004 in the name of war on terror. It resulted in thousands of casualties in the country. The attacks increased significantly during the Obama administration as compared to the Bush government. According to the statistics of the New American Foundation, 1,861 to 2,856 people have been killed in 309 strikes from 2004 to 2012. While another research by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism shows that a total of 2,496 to 3,209 people have been killed, of which 482 to 832 were civilians, 175 children, while total number of injured were 1,196 to 1,318. According to the Bureau, there were 52 strikes under the Bush administration, while 282 during the current Obama government. A total of 334 drone attacks have been carried out since 2004. The condition is alarming. The series of drone attacks is being referred to as ‘drone war’ against Pakistan These drone attacks are increasing antiAmerican sentiments among the people of Pakistan. These attacks are adversely affecting the so-called war on terror. I appeal to the Pakistan’s government that it should raise its voice at international forums and organizations against these illegal attacks are killing its innocent people. These attacks are against human rights and the UN charter. Pakistan should use diplomatic pressure to restrain US from carrying out drone attacks. SHER MUHAMMAD KHAN Multan
as envisioned by Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. We must fulfil our national responsibility to speak and take action on events that tantamount creating differences, infatuate religious hatreds, armed interactions rather than dialogues and becoming intolerant on happenings that otherwise generate violent reactions within our society. It is a cumulative effort and we must contribute in whatever manner we can to make this and such future initiatives that can help rally this nation on a single platform to take this country out of woods. ENGINEER JAVED IQBAL Islamabad
melting glaciers The prestigious Science journal of 17 August, 2012, has published a paper on climatology and its effect on the Himalaya’s glaciers. A panoramic view of East Rongbuk glacier on the north side of Mount Everest has been displayed for views in 1921 and 2011 which shows that over 90 years, the glacier’s vertical height has dropped by 100 meters i.e., more than one meter annually. This is an alarming state of affairs for our dams in northern areas depending on glaciers and snowmelt in summer. The rainfall area starts below Tarbela dam while the flood waters generated by rainfall collect below Tarblea for which there is no dam downstream to store the flood waters as Kalabagh dam is placed on backburner or buried as per the prime minister while the whole nation suffers from this disastrous decision. The above quoted article in the Science journal must be taken note of by our policymakers as to what would happen when the glaciers feeding our rivers are gone making our dams upstream high and dry. Even now our wizards in govt ought to realise the dire need of Kalabagh dam below Tarbela dam. DR MUHAMMAD YAQOOB BHATTI Lahore
not such a good idea I bought a reconditioned car that I thought was within my means but, unfortunately, I ended up having it stuck at the mechanics instead of having it running on the roads. I am an owner of an imported used Allion 1500 cc which was purchased about six-seven months ago. Recently, I have been facing suspension problems in my car. This probably may have occurred due to the bumpy roads of our city which have potholes and craters as a norm. In any case I took my car to the mechanic and was informed that there was a suspension issue as the shocks were totally worn out and needed to be replaced. So when I visited the market to buy new shocks, I was informed that the shocks for my car are not available in Pakistan. Moreover, as this car was imported, there is no parts vendor available who sells these parts in Pakistan. Now my car is stuck for the past one month and every week I am told that the shocks will be available next week. What am I suppose to do? ALAMGIR KHAN Karachi
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Cameron Diaz not keen to marry
CtrEss Cameron Diaz has confessed she was never interested in getting married. “it just wasn’t the thing i was drawn to. i certainly didn’t want it in my 20s. Or my 30s,” digital spy quoted Diaz as saying. however, the 40year-old said she is not opposed to the idea of marriage and having children if she meets the right man. “We’ll see! i want someone who takes care of themselves, who’s strong. to hear people are engaged in life like that is exciting to me.” “i don’t need to have the children in my life to be a part of my literal flesh. And anyway, there’s still a possibility of that, i ain’t that old. i’m feeling very... capable,” she said. Diaz recently denied rumours that she is dating actor tom Cruise. coURtESy toI
Success not bound by age: Kate Walsh
CtrEss Kate Walsh says success can come to people even late in their careers and that they should not give up. the 44year-old, who is known for her role as Dr. Addison Montgomery in “Grey’s Anatomy”, says she used to live a tough life herself before a breakthrough in her career, reports contactmusic.com. “Age is just a number. Unless, that is, you live in hollywood, where there’s the notion that if you haven’t hit it big by your 20s, you may as well hit the road,” Walsh wrote in an article for harpar Bazaar magazine. “i never dreamed that one day i would land my breakout role at the ripe old age of 36,” she added. AgEncIES
Spice Girls to reunite for last gig?
r i t i s h pop group spice Girls is likely to reunite for the last time to perform at the launch of its West End musical. they are in secret talks to perform on the launch night of Viva Forever! the new West End musical based on their songs, reports dailystar.co.uk. the group was formed back in 1994. Measures of their success include international record sales, a 2007–2008 reunion tour, merchandising, record-breaking achievements, iconic symbolism such as halliwell’s Union Jack dress, representing “Girl Power”, a box-office film, spice World, and their internationally recognised nicknames. the group became one of the most successful marketing engines ever, with their global grosses estimated at $500–800 million between 1996 and 1998 and the group earning up to $75 million per year .the group including Victoria Beckham, Melanie Chisholm, Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton and Geri halliwall is likely to take the stage Dec 11. AgEncIES
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W O by two, Louis Vuitton’s models glided down a row of elevators on to a giant checked runway, as designer Marc Jacobs unveiled Wednesday a look fed by conceptual art and the house’s 125-year-old damier motif. For his spring-summer line, unveiled in the courtyard of the Louvre on the final day of Paris Fashion Week, Jacobs cited as chief inspiration Daniel Buren, a French contemporary artist who helped him created the set for the show. “His work is very graphic but it always moves me,” the designer told reporters after the show, which was a clean break with the French house’s recent lyrical outings that have featured a life-sized train or a twirling carousel. “After the romance of the train and storytelling, this felt like something that was
very powerful without really having a story,” said the New yorker, who has worked in the past with artists including Japan’s Takashi Murakami. Buren is best known for a group of 260 columns of varying heights set on a black-and-white grid that have stood since 1986 in the Palais Royal gardens a stone’s throw from the Louvre, and which directly influenced the show. In sartorial terms, Buren’s aesthetic translated into linear silhouettes — “a perpendicular block” cut at three levels: short, mid-calf or long. “It’s very straight and the the only curve is the sleeve and that’s that,” said Jacobs. For the first time, he eliminated the house’s “LV” monogram, replacing it with a check which both references Buren’s work and the Louis Vuitton damier, which the firm trademarked as a signature pattern in 1888. AfP
PARIS: A model presents a creation by Talbot Runhof during the Spring/Summer 2013 ready-to-wear collection show on Wednesday. aFp
Eva Longoria’s pal jokes about ‘love for toyboys’ Eva Longoria’s friend has made a quip about her penchant for toyboys. The 37year-old actress has a series of affairs with younger men. Her marriage to Tony Parker, 30, ended in divorce and her relationship with Eduardo Cruz, 10 years her junior fizzled out after 16 months. Eva has revealed that she is now dating 25year-old football player Mark Sanchez. “The one thing I appreciate about Eva is that, no matter what grade a dude is in, she doesn’t discriminate on who she’s dating,” Contactmusic quoted her pal George Lopez as saying. George also revealed he never sees the ‘ Desperate Housewives’ star on Sunday nights anymore as she is too busy watching her beau play football. “She’s very intense. She disappears on Sundays now,” Contactmusic quoted Lopez telling E! News. It is also said that the lovebirds are taking their relationship seriously and are planning of moving in together in Manhattan. coURtESy toI
OT so long ago, when rumours about the growing closeness between Shah Rukh Khan and Priyanka Chopra started doing the rounds, King Khan, on his wife’s diktat perhaps, started maintaining a healthy distance from PC. The two, who got along famously, started avoiding each other and even refused to comment about each other. In fact, SRK and Gauri’s entire group of friends gave PC the cold shoulder, allegedly on Gauri’s behest who was not at all comfortable with their bonding. That was a few months back. Things clearly seem to be changing now. After giving a superb performance in ‘Barfi!’, when Priyanka was asked how she prepared for the role of an autistic girl, Priyanka gave due credit to King Khan. PC, who had given measured answers all this while about Khan tweeted. “Also thank you SRK for lending me all your My Name is Khan research, you gave me perspective on Jhilmil..owe you another one..love always(sic).” And now SRK seems to be reciprocating the warmth and love, that too on public platform. The superstar congratulated Priyanka on the release of her debut single ‘In My City’ as the song got included on the top 100 list on itunes. SRK chided PC for a discount on the album and wished her good luck on her debut album. But strangely enough deleted the tweet later. Priyanka too, on her part, after thanking SRK, quietly deleted the post. While they are back to talking terms is quite evident, but what baffles us is the fact that they still want to hide their friendship from the world. If they took to a social networking site to wish each other, why was there a need to delete the posts later? nEWS DESK
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SRIDEVI IS ABSOLUTE MAGIC IN ENGLISH VINGLISH
F T E R watching English Vinglish, you will thoroughly welcome her return. At 49 years old Sridevi still has it! Gauri Shinde shines in her directorial debut. She displays a fine control of her filmmaking craft, say critics. “One needs to applaud the endeavor because films like Paan Singh Tomar, Kahaani, Vicky Donor, GOW 1 and 2, Barfi!, also last week’s OMG - Oh My God! and now English Vinglish, hi-concept films all, take the unconventional route, yet enlighten and entertain, both. Sure, masala movies are great fun, but a film like English Vinglish breaks the monotony, shatters the unwritten rules of the game and scores brownie points. Cinema is rapidly changing and one can connect with viewers across the globe even without making the usual mainstream Hindi movie. English Vinglish proves it!” writes Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama. “In line with Cheeni Kum and Paa, English Vinglish is as beautifully crafted as the earlier two films. All three films deal with poignant issues, yet present them with a near perfect balance of comedy, drama and emotion. you will laugh along with the characters and you will also be emotional with them, which draws you closer to the narrative and in this case Shashi’s journey. Here full credit has to go to Gauri Shinde, who also wrote the story and screenplay. Without being too preachy, or overdramatised, as mentioned the narrative is perfectly balanced. With only a 2 hour and 10 minute running time, the editing is crisp and credit here has to go the Hamanti Sarkar. What is quite a simple and universal concept was written and edited so well, that it provided so many extra layers to the film,” says Anjum Shabbir, BollySpice.com. “Far more often, though, English Vinglish is traditional Bollywood escapism, a lightly enjoyable trifle featuring exuberant musical interludes, an extremely chaste approach to conjugal relations and extramarital temptation, and a crowdpleasing wrap-up that allows the lead character to be all she can be while still respecting family values,” writes Joe Leydon, Variety.com.
SRIDEVI BACK WITH A BANG
Katrina-aishwarya still at cold war?
“English Vinglish is unimaginable without Sridevi. Correspondingly, I don’t think Sridevi could’ve got a more cohesive script to return to movies. This is unlike what the actress has done in the past. Think of Sridevi and you recall films Like Himmatwala, Chaalbaaz, Nagina, Mr. India, Chandni, Lamhe, Khuda Gawah, Laadla and Judaai. But the supremely talented actress also has non-glam roles like the one in Sadma to her credit. She returns to the big screen in a role that’s sans the frills, spectacle and theatrics and yet wins hearts. She’s stellar, in terrific form, immersing herself in this character, playing her age… so much so that after a point you forget you’re watching someone who has immortalized
so many characters. What you carry home, and in your heart, is Shashi, a woman who is snubbed by her children and husband on various occasions for her lack of English-language skills, but overpowers her apprehensions and insecurities and emerges triumphant eventually,” says Adarsh. “After a 15 year hiatus and still remembered fondly for her last powerful performance in Judaai opposite Anil Kapoor and Urmila Matondkar, Sridevi ruled the late 80s and early 90s. After watching English Vinglish, you will thoroughly welcome her return. At 49 years old Sridevi still has it! Unlike her on and off screen, glamorous avatar, here she is presented as a simple down to earth mother. Her portrayal of Sashi is sensitive and uplifting, with Sridevi really managing to get under the skin of the character. Not once do you associate her with any of her previous roles or persona. As far as comebacks go, in comparison to Madhuri Dixit’s comeback (Aaja Nachle) and Karishma Kapoor (Dangerous Ishhq), this is by far the best comeback vehicle – an author backed role, in a beautifully crafted film, which not only does justice to the actress herself, but also her fans,” feels Shabbir. “Disarmingly charming in a manner that recalls Audrey Hepburn, Sridevi plays Shashi, a thirtysomething Pune wife and mom whose culinary expertise and other homemaking skills are routinely taken for granted by her husband and two children. Worse, her spouse and kids repeatedly tease her about her inability (or unwillingness) to master English, which they see as yet another sign of her tradition-bound mindset,” says Leydon.
OTHER PERFORMANCES “French actor Mehdi Nebbou is just right. Even when he’s speaking in French, the expression that he conveys says it all and that is the hallmark of a fine actor. However, when he speaks in French, subtitles in English were essential for the viewer to decipher or decode and would have ad-
JESSiCA ALBA IT’S known that Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Katrina Kaif don’t quite share the best equation. And the two actors have successfully managed to avoid meeting each other until now. But on the sets of the ongoing Dhoom:3 shoot in Chicago, they ran into each other. And sources tell us that the cold war between the two still continues. A source close to the film reveals, “Aishwarya dropped in on the sets to meet Abhishek (husband Abhishek Bachchan), who is shooting for the film. She had come with their daughter, Aaradhya, to spend some time with him.” The source adds, “Since Katrina is also shooting for the movie, the day she landed, Aishwarya was there too.” So what happened when they met? Our source says, “They just exchanged a cursory polite smile. They didn’t speak. It was pretty much like how it was in the past, when the two never interacted.”Going back into the past, interactions between Katrina and Aishwarya have always been restricted. The reason for this is believed to be both actors’ alleged romantic relationships with Salman Khan. Even at public events or award functions, neither has ever taken the initiative to break the ice. In fact, a couple of years ago, when a news channel asked Katrina to wish Aishwarya on her birthday, the actor changed the topic and refused to give a statement. coURtESy Ht
juggles career and motherhood Actress Jessica Alba has admitted that she doesn’t find it easy to strike a balance between motherhood and her career. She says she makes sure her two daughters always come first. Mother to Honor, 4 and Haven, 1, the Hollywood star recently said, “I don’t think I balance it very well. I feel like I’m always compromising something, but my kids’ happiness is my topmost priority. Everything else is secondary, and I just try to do my best.” Alba added that having children also made her less critical of herself and even though she is fine with the fact that her body has changed a lot since she became a mother, she doesn’t let it affect her. “I don’t really care about my body image anymore because it just doesn’t matter now that I have children. Instead, I focus on my health, feeling strong, and making sure I’m up and running so I can spend that all-important time with the girls. Becoming a mom has definitely made me feel more confident and secure than I ever did in my 20s. Even though I can’t ever get down to my pre-baby weight before having Honor, my jeans don’t zip up the same way, and things just hang differently, I feel completely comfortable in my skin and my idea of perfection has changed,” she added. AgEncIES
joined considerable value to those extremely significant sequences. Amitabh Bachchan is simply fantastic in a cameo. Wish there was more of this legendary actor! Navika Kotia, enacting the role of the daughter, is first-rate, but it is the child actor, Shivansh Kotia, Sridevi’s son, who is endearing and steals your heart with his adorable antics. Sulbha Deshpande is admirable,” feels Adarsh. “Sridevi’s classmates, each of them, pitch in neat performances. Right from the taxi driver from Pakistan to a South Indian guy to a Mexican nanny and of course, the English teacher, everyone stands out in their respective parts,” adds Adarsh.
DIRECTION “Gauri Shinde shines in her directorial debut. With a diploma in filmmaking from the New york Film Academy, she displays a fine control of her filmmaking craft, from the script, to drawing excellent performances from her cast, to the look and feel of the film. Unlike many of the Bollywood films shot in New york and abroad generally, Gauri manages to capture real middle-class, immigrant, diaspora life in New york. Further, her characters and dialogues are real and unlike the cliches we have become accustomed to,” says Shabbir.
CONCLUSION “On the whole, English Vinglish is a remarkable motion picture. It’s amusing, emotional, heartrending and also insightful. An inspiring film with an overwhelming message. A mustwatch for every parent, every child. Strongly recommended!” says Adarsh. “Overall an extremely praiseworthy film. Excellent performances, especially from Sridevi. A beautifully crafted film. One for the entire family and universal audiences. Easily one of the best films of the year! To the team of English Vinglish: encore, encore!” concludes Shabbir. coUREtSy Ht
Catherine Zeta Jones, michael Douglas to renew wedding vows Actress Catherine Zeta Jones and husband Michael Douglas reportedly want to renew their wedding vows in a private ceremony. The couple, who got married in 2000, faced tough times with Douglas suffering from throat cancer and Zeta Jones seeking a rehab to cure Bipolar II disease. Now, they wish to forget the bad old times and strengthen their marriage. ‘’They want to put a few difficult years behind them. It will be a private affair in Bermuda,” dailystar quoted a source as saying. They have two children, Dylan Michael Douglas , 12 and Carys Zeta Douglas, 9. AgEncIES
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US daredevil to perform million volt show two women shake hands as they pose for pictures in an art installation entitled “Rain Room” during a photocall at the Barbican in london. the ‘Rain Room’ is a 100 square meter field of falling water which visitors are invited to walk into. As the visitor walks through the rain stops around them, giving them an experience of how it might feel to control the rain. afp
Pilot fakes imminent plane crash before marriage proposal
A Chicago man took unusual marriage proposals to new heights when he faked an impending plane crash before asking his girlfriend to marry him. Commercial pilot Ryan Thompson took his girlfriend, Carlie Kennedy, for a ride in a small aircraft to view the Chicago skyline. What Kennedy didn’t know was that Thompson had concocted an elaborate and terrifying prank as a prelude to his marriage proposal. Midway through their flight, Thompson told Kennedy that the plane was experiencing a serious malfunction and asked her to read the emergency instruction manual. “At that moment, I genuinely thought something was wrong with the plane, and that we were going to crash,” Kennedy, 28, told the Chicago Sun-Times. As the plane appears to be descending out of control, Kennedy reads the phony emergency instructions, which instruct the passengers to begin the, “Ring Engagement Procedure.” Kennedy still thinks she’s reading a genuine emergency response plan and continues reading the next step of instructions, which say,” “Determine if he is a good mate,” and “Note: He will always love and honor you.” “I genuinely did believe that we were going to die,” Kennedy told ABC News. “I felt like our lives depended on me making it through that checklist.” Amazingly, Kennedy not only accepted the proposal from Thompson, 31, but said she wasn’t even upset with him over the prank. “I was never angry, not even for a second,” she told the Sun-Times. -nEWS DESK
Josh Sheehan of Australia performs the opening jump in the Botanical garden of Sydney in front of the Harbour Bridge and the opera House to announce the final stage of the Red Bull X-fighters World tour.
Why we are so rude online
ENNIFER Bristol recently lost one of her oldest friends—thanks to a Facebook fight about pit bulls. The trouble started when she posted a newspaper article asserting that pit bulls were the most dangerous type of dog in New york City last year. “Please share thoughts… 833 incidents with pitties,” wrote Ms. Bristol, a 40-year-old publicist and animal-welfare advocate in Manhattan. Her friends, many of whom also work in the animal-welfare world, quickly weighed in. One noted that “pit bull” isn’t a single official breed; another said “irresponsible ownership” is often involved when dogs turn violent. Black Labs may actually bite more, someone else offered. Then a childhood pal of Ms. Bristol piped up with this: “Take it from an ER doctor… In 15 years of doing this I have yet to see a golden retriever bite that had to go to the operating room or killed its target.” That unleashed a torrent. One person demanded to see the doctor’s “scientific research.” Another accused him of not bothering to confirm whether his patients were actually bitten by pit bulls. Someone else suggested he should “venture out of the ER” to see what was really going on. “It was ridiculous,” says Ms. Bristol, who stayed out of the fight. Her old buddy, the ER doctor, un-friended her the next morning. That was eight months ago. She has not heard from him since. Why are we so nasty to each other online? Whether on Facebook, Twitter, message boards or websites, we say things to each other that we would never say face to face. Shouldn’t we know better by now? Anonymity is a powerful force. Hiding behind a fake screen name makes us feel invincible, as well as invisible. Never mind that, on many websites, we’re not as anonymous as we think—and we’re not anonymous at all on Facebook. Even when we reveal our real identities, we still misbehave. According to soon-to-be-published research from professors at Columbia University and the University of Pittsburgh, browsing Facebook lowers our self control. The effect is most pronounced with people whose Facebook networks were made up of close friends, the researchers say. Most of us present an enhanced image of ourselves on Facebook. This positive image—
and the encouragement we get, in the form of “likes”— boosts our self-esteem. And when we have an inflated sense of self, we tend to exhibit poor self-control. “Think of it as a licensing effect: you feel good about yourself so you feel a sense of entitlement,” says Keith Wilcox, assistant professor of marketing at Columbia Business School and co-author of the study. “And you want to protect that enhanced view, which might be why people are lashing out so strongly at others who don’t share their opinions.” These types of behavior—poor self control, inflated sense of self—”are often displayed by people impaired by alcohol,” he adds. The researchers conducted a series of five studies. In one, they asked 541 Facebook users how much time they spent on the site and how many close friends they had in their Facebook networks. They also asked about their offline lives, including questions about their debt and credit-card usage, their weight and eating habits and how much time they spent socializing in person each week. People who spent more time online and who had a high percentage of close ties in their network were more likely to engage in binge eating and to have a greater body mass index, as well as to have more credit-card debt and a lower credit score, the research found. Another study found that people who browsed Facebook for five minutes and had strong network ties were more likely to choose a chocolate-chip cookie than a granola bar as a snack. In a third study, the professors gave participants a set of anagrams that were impossible to solve, as well as timed IQ tests, then measured how long it took them to give up trying to solve the problems. They found people who spent more time on Facebook were more likely to give up on difficult tasks more quickly. A Facebook spokesman declined to comment. Why are we often so aggressive online? Consider this recent post to this column’s Facebook page, from someone I don’t know: “Why should I even bother writing you? you won’t respond.” -nEWS DESK
czech forest golfers make an extreme sport of game A club roughly hewn from a freshly chopped cherry branch, a tennis ball and a buddy to play with is all it takes to make golf an extreme sport that would test the skills of even top professional players. Over the last decade, a group of Czech “forest golfers” have pioneered a novel approach to this gentleman’s sport in the wilds of Bohemia on terrain that would usually be out of bounds on a regular golf course. “The idea was born when two friends at a summer camp decided to introduce the kids to golf,” says Jiri “George” Rehor, a teacher and veteran forest golfer. The sport has caught on, with dozens of Czechs competing up to nine times a year at forest golf tournaments played across the
republic, including both singles and team events. On a sunny September Sunday morning in a lush forest in Uvaly just east of the capital Prague, about 20 extreme golfers are testing their skills on a rough 10-hole course crossed by a yawning ditch. Most have come equipped with clubs made of walnut, sour cherry or other harder types of wood, a tennis ball or two and snacks Forest golfers held their first tournament in 1999.”We’ve been playing full seasons and had fixed rules since 2000,” says Rehor. There’s no age limit. Sunday players at Uvaly range from young children, their parents to players over 60 and all play by the motto “fun that we’re dead serious about”.-AfP
FTER being buried alive, nearly drowned and frozen in an ice cube, US magician and daredevil David Blaine is going electric — a million volts of electricity aimed right at him for three days. Starting Friday in New york, he’ll stand on a pillar without sleep or food for 72 hours with nothing but a special metal suit protecting him from being zapped. In the past, Blaine, 39, has been buried, trapped in ice, trapped in a glass box, and spent ridiculously long periods submerged underwater or hanging upside down. He says his latest feat will take him to new limits of endurance. “I don’t think I’ll ever, ever top this,” he told journalists Tuesday.He will be standing on top of a 20-foot (six-meter) column surrounded by seven metallic orbs called tesla coils that will stream the electricity. For the first time in his many public stunts. AfP
‘Stoner dog’ epidemic rise in hospitalized pets
OLORADO veterinarians have a message for medical marijuana users: Don’t get your dog stoned. Marijuana is toxic in a dog’s system, they say, and has even resulted in some canine deaths. “There are huge spikes in the frequency of marijuana ingestion in places where it’s become legal,” veterinarian Dr. Debbie Van Pelt told local CBS affiliate WTSP. “They basically have lost a lot of their fine motor control, they have a wide-based stance and they are not sure on their feet.” Before medical marijuana was legalized in Colorado, local vets say they saw only a handful of cases of dogs exposed to the substance per year. But now, those numbers have more than quadrupled. The vets say most of the dogs are getting high from medical marijuana edibles left out in the open by their owners. Marijuana edibles are cookies, brownies and other foods prepared with a butter laced with THC, the psychoactive ingredient in pot. “We need people to realize it is potentially toxic and potentially fatal to their pets,” Van Pelt said.-nEWS DESK
84-year-old woman rescued after car crashes into ocean
N elderly woman escaped almost certain death after a group of strangers bravely dived into the ocean to save her after her car crashed into the water. The Portland Press Herald reports that 84-year-old Ursula Nixon lost control of her car, driving through two fences and submerging her blue Nissan into Maine’s Portland Harbor. “It looked like it was barreling pretty fast,” Michael Wells, one of the rescuers, told the paper. “I saw it go over the edge and then water splashed up.” Katie Nelson was first in the water, climbing on top of the sinking vehicle and then through the car’s rear window to pull Nixon out to safety. Nearly 30 individuals joined in the rescue effort. No one was seriously hurt, though several people were treated on site for hypothermia. Police are still investigating the exact cause of the crash. “Her only worry when she got out of the water was did she hurt anybody,” Wells told the Herald.-nEWS DESK
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Spin kings set for battle royal
ORMER champions Pakistan and hosts Sri Lanka clash in the first semi-final of the World Twenty20 in Colombo on Thursday, banking on the quality spinners in the two camps. The pre-match focus revolved around Sri Lanka's unorthodox spinner Ajantha Mendis and Pakistan's prolific Saeed Ajmal, both of whom have been the highest wicket-takers for their respective teams in the competition. While Mendis has taken nine wickets, Ajmal has eight. Mendis achieved the best figures in Twenty20 internationals with six wickets for eight against Zimbabwe in the preliminary league and remains the trumpcard
for the hosts despite conceding 40 runs in four overs against England in Super Eights. Pakistan had 18 overs of spin during their 32-run win over Australia on Tuesday as Ajmal was ably supported by Shahid Afridi, 20-year-old left-armer Raza Hasan and skipper Mohammad Hafeez. Sri Lanka has the added bonus of sling-arm fast bowler Lasith Malinga, who grabbed a career best 5-31 against England and remains one of the most destructive wicket-takers in the game. Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene said he was confident about his team reacting well to Pakistan's challenge. "We have played each other quite frequently and it's been a good contest," Jayawardene told reporters on Wednesday. "They've got some quality spinners but we just need to make
sure that we execute our things well against them. "Both Ajmal and Mendis have shown how good they are in this competition. It's going to be a big game for everybody, not just for those two guys. It's a huge game for both sides." The semi-final is a repeat of the 2009 final in England when Pakistan beat Sri Lanka at Lord's to win the title. The hosts will also depend on a seasoned batting line-up led by Jayawardene to win their first major tournament since the 50-over World Cup in 1996. But the seasoned skipper was not looking too far ahead. "We need to get to the final first before thinking of the title," he said. "We may not have won too many finals but getting there itself shows that we have played consistent cricket." Pakistan captain Hafeez played down the hype around spinners.
Press round on dhoni after india exit NEW DELHI AfP
Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni faced calls to quit Wednesday after his team's exit from the World Twenty20, with pundits lining up to condemn his tactics as well as the misfiring top order. "Every captain's term has a shelf life and after five years at the helm, Dhoni's seems to have come to an end," said the Mail Today in a blistering review of his "mind-boggling decision-making" during Tuesday's game with South Africa. "The entire match was littered with his mistakes," it added. Although India scraped a onerun victory over the Proteas in Colombo, they fell well short of the run rate required to reach the semi-finals. Much of the criticism levelled at the captain revolved around the dropping of spinner Harbhajan Singh, who had been the team's most economical bowler. The Times of India accused him of committing "a major captaincy gaffe" by dropping a player who fin-
ished with figures of 4-12 when India crushed England in the opening round. "Dhoni will have much answering to do about why he didn't play veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh on a wicket on which Pakistan played four spinners against Australia with much success," said the paper. "The Proteas are as bad players of spin as anybody in the world." Dhoni has been one of the most successful captains in Indian history, leading the team to victory in the inaugural World Twenty20 in South Africa in 2007 and at last year's 50-over World Cup. He also steered them to the top of the Test rankings. DHoNi iNsists oustED iNDia Not sHaMED: Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni wants his team to return home from the World Twenty20 with their heads held high despite failing to make the semi-finals for the third time in a row. The one-run win over South Africa in Tuesday night's last Super Eights match in Colombo left the 2007 champions level with Australia and Pakistan on points, but a poor net run-rate ended their campaign.
pietersen back in England fold after ECB deal CoLoMBo AfP
Axed England batsman Kevin Pietersen is set to play international cricket again after reaching an agreement with the England and Wales Cricket Board, the ECB said on Wednesday. "The ECB and Kevin Pietersen confirm that agreement has been reached concerning a process for his re-integration into the England team during the remainder of 2012," the ECB said in a statement. "Upon completion of the programme, the England selectors will consider Kevin for future matches." The 32-year-old star batsman was cast into international exile in August after sending text messages to touring South Africa players that contained criticism of then England captain Andrew Strauss during the Test series. He missed out on England's failed World Twenty20 title defence in Sri Lanka and was not also selected for the upcoming tour of India. The ECB confirmed reports that Pietersen had apologised to Strauss for what he admitted were "provocative" messages to the South African players. "Pietersen has apologised to Andrew Strauss and wishes to express to all those who support England his regrets at the im-
cOlOmbO: england batsman Kevin Pietersen (l) leaves a hotel after a press conference. afp pact the recent controversies have had on the England team," the statement continued. "He now wishes to put the events of the summer behind him and to focus on regaining his place in the England team.
Gayleâ€™s female guests arrested
cOlOmbO: raza hasan shares a light moment with teammate umar Gul during an icc Twenty20 cricket world cup practice session. afp
cOlOmbO: Sri lankan cricketer ajantha mendis bowls during an icc Twenty20 cricket world cup practice session. afp
CoLoMBo: Sri Lankan police arrested three British women who were socializing early Wednesday in the hotel rooms of West Indies cricket players including star batsman Chris Gayle, police and sources said. The women were later released on police bail and ordered to report when requested at a local police station, said an official who declined to be named, adding that they had not been charged. Police bodyguards protecting players at the World Twenty20 tournament arrested the three Britons at the luxury Cinnamon Grand hotel in Colombo. "Ministerial Security Division (MSD) guards assigned to protect the players carried out the arrest and the three women were handed over to the Kollupitiya police station for further investigations," police said in a statement. Hotel sources said the women were guests of Gayle and his teammates Andre Russell, Fidel Edwards and Dwayne Smith. AfP
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pakistan move to third spot in T20 ranking LAHoRE StAff REPoRt
South Africa has lost its number-one position in the ICC T20 Championship table after failing to qualify for the semi-finals of the ICC World Twenty20 Sri Lanka 2012. Defeats against Pakistan, Australia and India in the Super Eight stage meant it has slipped four positions to fifth spot. The number-one position has now been taken over by Sri Lanka, which has only lost one of its five matches in the tournament so far. Mahela Jayawardena’s team won all three matches in the Super Eight stage. This successful run has provided it a jump of three places. This means Thursday’s semi-final between Sri Lanka and Pakistan will be a match between the number-one ranked and number-three ranked sides in the world after Mohammad
Hafeez’s team moved up two places as a result of its two wins in the Super Eight stage. Pakistan trails second-ranked India by two ratings points. India missed out on a semi-final spot in the ICC World Twenty20 Sri Lanka 2012 on a Net RunRate. Reliance ICC T20I Championship (as on 3 October, after the Super Eight stage of ICC World Twenty20 Sri Lanka 2012) RaNk (+/-) tEaM RatiNg 1 (+3) Sri Lanka 129 2 (+1) India 120 3 (+2) Pakistan 118 4 (-2) England 118 5 (-4) South Africa 117 6 (+1) Australia 111 7 (+1) West Indies 111 8 (-2) New Zealand 97 9 (-) Bangladesh 85 10 (-) Ireland 82 11 (-) Zimbabwe 44
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District Level developing interesting encounters
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As the Punjab youth Festival 2012 is squeezing to competitions among the winners of the lower levels, the District Level is developing interesting encounters among towns and localities of the different parts of the province. On Wednesday, there has been competition in 22 districts in both sports and nonsporting events and in all 65 sporting games and were held and around 44 non-sporting events were contested. A total of 2630 players took part in these events and 754 won their competitions with flying colours. In Lahore around 763 took part in 20 events and 60 won their matches and as the general public events developed interesting competitions, the events of school and colleges gave colour the event with hockey badminton, chess and cricket matches coming to an end. In Chess Iqbal Town and Data Ganj Bax Town qualified for the final and in the title game Iqbal Town’s Amir Karim moved past Murtaza Faisal of Data Ganj Bax Town while Shahzad Agha of Samanabad Town was placed third. In cricket tape ball Aziz Bhatti Town beat Ravi Town by 30 when the winners made 110 runs and claim the title. Earlier, in the first semi-final Aziz Bhatti Town beat Nashtar Town. The losing side got 43 runs and Aziz Bhatti Town reached the target for the loss of six wickets and in the other semi-final, Ravi Town beat Samanabad Town. Ravi Town achieved the target of 45 runs with three wickets to spare. In football, Nashtar Town beat Wagha Town 3-0, Aziz Bhatti Town beat Shalimar Town 2-1, Iqbal Town moved past Gulberg Town on penalty shoot-out 4-3, Samanabad defeated Nashtar Town 2-0 and Data Ganj Bax Town outclassed Ravi Town 3-1. In karate 55 kgs weight class, Mohammad Hafeez (Ravi Town) defeated Mohammad Usman (Data Ganj Town), in 65 kgs Waqar Wakeel of Ravi Town beat Data Ganj Bax’s Mubashar and in 65-plus kgs Asghar of Ravi Town overpowered Junaid of Data Ganj Bax Town. In the badminton event held at Iqbal Park Sports Complex, Iqbal Town beat Wahga Town 2-0, Ravi Town beat Data Ganj Bax Town 2-0, Shalimar Town defeated Aziz Bhatti Town 2-0, Iqbal Town outplayed Samanabad Town 2-0, Nishtar Town beat Gulberg Town
PCB bans Rehman for indefinite period LAHoRE StAff REPoRt
HE Pakistan Cricket Board on Wednesday banned test cricketer Abdur Rehman for indefinite period of time after ECB banned him for three months for taking a prohibited substance, cannabis. “He is out of champions league and cannot play any level of domestic cricket,” said a spokesman of PCB here on Wednesday while reacting on the ban imposed on the cricketer by the ECB. “We have asked the ECB to send us all the details and information regarding his case and once we get all the documents we will decide his case and till than he is banned to play cricket,” he added. Meanwhile ECB announced on Wednesday that Somerset CCC’s unqualified cricketer, Rehman, who was tested positive for a prohibited substance, cannabis has accepted a
twelve-week suspension from cricket for his doping offence. Laboratory analysis of a sample provided by. Rehman at the LV= County Championship match on 8 August 8, between Somerset and Nottinghamshire confirmed the Adverse Analytical Finding for cannabis, which is a prohibited substance under the ECB’s Anti-Doping Rules and the World Anti-Doping Code. Rehman’s period of suspension will run until midnight Friday December 21st, 2012. Somerset CCC Chief Executive Guy Lavender said on Wednesday : “Somerset County Cricket Club fully supports the action taken
by the ECB. The club does not condone the use of illegal drugs in any circumstances and all Somerset players are made fully aware of this policy on a regular basis. Rehman said: “I apologise to my family, the PCB, the ECB, Somerset County Cricket club, my teammates and my fans. “It was an error of judgement on my part that will cost me dearly and I would like it to be a lesson to all others in sports and elsewhere. “I will do my best to stay fit and focused during my suspension and godwilling will be available for selection for the India series should the PCB see it fit for me to be selected.” Rehman, the 32year-old left-arm spinner, failed the drugs test on Aug. 8 during a county championship match against Nottinghamshire, the ECB said in a statement.
2-0. In the Semi Final, Ravi Town beat Nishtar Town 2-1, Iqbal Town defeated Shalimar Town 2-0. In non-sporting events of dress designing Nadia Rafiq of Samanabad was the winner while Faiza Naseem of Gukberg and Shazia Khawar Shalamar Town were second and third while in cooking Khadija Qudsia of Iqbal Town took the top honour, Zainub Bibi of Shalimar Town was second and Sidra Urooj of Iqbal Town got the third place. Malik Tahir Sarfraz, secretary Social Welfare was the chief guest and gave the prizes to the winners. The Painting competition that was held at Government Home Economics College for Women under the supervision of Dr Samia Kalsoom in the Art Department of the college, the staff of the Art and Design department organized the event. The Essay Writing competitions were held at Punjab College for Women Gulberg. The Intermediate students were given the topic, Her Fard hay Millat k Mukaddar ka Sitara and for the topic given to the Degree level students was Muslim World and the Cross road. Iram Amjad and Ruqayya Shamim won the positions in English while Rubina Tahir and Uzma Aziz were the winners in writing the Best Urdu essays. In other parts of the province like Rawalpindi there were 322 participants in 12 event and 58 were the winners and at four districts of Gujranwala there were 333 participants and 129 winners and in Hafizabad alone 147 contested in three events - of cricket, naat khani and qirat - and 68 got the honour. In Faisalabad’s five districts active participation was seen in 23 events where 869 contested but 324 reached the podium and here Faisalabad city was the most energetic in the festival activities, witnessing 528 participants in three team and two individual events while two general categories and 199 were the winners. Similarly, 306 took part in events at Sahiwal and 158 and at Bahawalpur and Dera Ghazi Khan 18 and 19 showed their skills in individual events and four and seven were the winners. In Mandi Bahauddin, District Population and Welfare Department organized Healthy Baby Competitions in which the winning babies at tehsil level were given the gifts and prizes. At Hafizabad: DCO Sohail Ahmed Khan distributed the cheques among the winners in Dress Making and Cooking competitions.
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17 Sports mike Tyson barred from entering nz
cOlOmbO: Pakistan cricketers stretch during an icc Twenty20 cricket world cup practice session ahead of their semi-final match against Sri lanka in colombo. afp
The New Zealand government on Wednesday blocked former heavyweight boxing champion and convicted rapist Mike Tyson from entering the country. Tyson had originally been granted a visa, despite opposition from Prime Minister John Key, to visit in November for a charity event. But associate Immigration Minister Kate Wilkinson said the visa has now been cancelled after the show sponsor, the Life Education Trust, made clear it "no longer wants to have any involvement" with Tyson's visit. "Given that the Trust is no longer supporting the event, on balance, I have made the decision to cancel his visa to enter New Zealand for the Day of the Champions event," the minister said. Wilkinson said the original decision to grant Tyson a visa was "a finely balanced call" and the letter of support from the Trust was a significant factor in approving the application. Tyson was sentenced to six years in prison in 1992 for raping an 18-year-old woman and under New Zealand law anyone sentenced to more than five years in jail is denied a visa, although this can be waived in certain circumstances. Key had described the Tyson visa decision as "a line ball call". He said he did not understand the rationale behind allowing Tyson into the country and said he would never approve a visa being granted to someone with a serious conviction such as violence against a woman. "I can see it from both sides, maybe it was a long time ago, but in my view they are very, very serious issues," he said. Life Education Trust chief executive John O'Connell told Fairfax Media his board had initially turned Tyson down and the letter of support was written by a well-meaning volunteer. "We are a charity that works with children and their self-esteem and relationships with others. Clearly there is a brand values disconnect, we believed, between being involved with Mr Tyson," O'Connell said. "Certainly the rape conviction was the key thing."
pCB chief seeks input from former cricket greats on ppL LAHoRE StAff REPoRt
Chairman, Pakistan Cricket Board, Mohammad Zaka Ashraf has sought input from former cricket greats, Sunil Gavaskar and Wasim Akram on the proposed Pakistan Premier league in near future. PBC Chief who is in Sri Lanka to watch the ongoingT-20 World Cup held meetings with the former Indian batting master, Gavaskar and Wasim to seek their expertise on the PLL which PCB is planning to organise at a suitable time in near future, said a spokesman of PCB said on Wednesday. Zaka Ashraf discussed in length the holding of the PPL with Gavaskar who assured his all out support to make the event a big success. “ It is a good step for the development of cricket in Pakistan and the holding of PPL will be a step forward for bringing interna-
tional cricket to Pakistan,” said Gavaskar. PCB Chairman invited Gavaskar to visit Pakistan who accepted the invitation and also assured him (Zaka) that he will endeavour to bring former test cricketers to Pakistan to discuss the holding of PPL. It may be mentioned here that PCB Chief is making strenuous efforts for the resumption of international cricket in Pakistan and he has planned to organise PPL to ensure the participation of foreign cricketers in it. Zaka Asrhaf had a similar meeting with former Pakistan captain ,Wasim on the organisation of PPL and promotion of cricket in Pakistan. “Wasim also assured the Chairman that he would put up his suggestions for the holding of PPL and termed it (PPL) a positive effort for bringing back international cricket to Pakistan,” he added. The Chairman asked the former pace bowler to help develop cricket in Pakistan
,specially the grooming of pace bowlers at National Cricket Academy. “ Wasim offered his services for the training of upcoming bowlers at NCA and assured the Chairman that he would be glad to play any role as far as development of cricket or training of young cricketers are concerned “. PCB Chief had a productive meeting with the Chief Executive Officer of International cricket council, Dave Richardson who accepted his invitation for visiting Pakistan in coming months, most likely in November. Zaka Ashraf discussed the current Pakistan cricket scenario with the ICC official and highlighted the steps and efforts being made for the resumption of international cricket in Pakistan. “It’s been a long time to visit Pakistan and I will like to visit Pakistan to see cricket development and to discuss cricket related affairs with PCB Chairman,” said Dave.
pakistan need new strategy
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Pakistan need to rethink their strategy for today’s World Twenty20 Super Eight game against undaunted Sri Lankans after being lucky to move to the semi-final of the World T20. Pakistan coach
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Dav Whatmore without elaborating expressed his belief: "We need to rethink a few things, that's for sure, and that will be done,". "We have had some reasonable performances just recently. But they have played very well in the last three weeks or so, in the warm up games and also in this tournament. So there is no room for mistakes now. iMRaN CoNgRatuLatEs tEaM: Former Pakistan captain Imran Khan has congratulated national cricket team for qualifying for semi final of T20 World Cup as well as victory against Australia. In a message on Wednesday, he said that Pakistan's victory has brought a message of happiness for the nation. He said that Pakistani players showed their best performance, adding, by following the same spirit our national team could bring the world cup to Pakistan. gREEtiNgs to tEaM FRoM PM: Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has congratulated the Pakistan Cricket Team for qualifying into the semi final of the T20 World Cup match and defeating Aus-
tralia in a crucial match in Colombo on Tuesday. In his message of greetings to the Manager and Captain of Pakistan Cricket Team, the Prime Minister praised the out standing performance of the players.The Prime Minister expressed the confidence that Pakistan Cricket Team would continue its present performance and bring laurels to the country. PakistaN outPLayED us: BaiLEy: Australia captain George Bailey could not explain his team’s batting collapse, but merely admitted: “Pakistan outplayed us. The ball turned more, they used spin against us well. I wanted my top-order batsmen to do the majority of the scoring, but they didn’t.” Though Australia qualified for the semi-finals from Group 2 despite losing to Pakistan by 32 runs in their final Super Eight match, Bailey conceded his team’s weakness against spin remains a concern. “We worked hard on it but it did not show today. Tactically Pakistan played a shrewd game. We have good players of spin. We managed to beat
them in Dubai too. However, we have to overcome this shortcoming,” he added. Bailey said getting off to a good start was vital in T20 cricket. He said: “Twenty20 is all about momentum. We did not play well in the first six overs and hence could not reach the target. They took the catches well and fought hard.” MoMENt oF Joy: The moment South Africa reached 121 runs against India, the streets in Pakistan echoed with life-threatening gunshots fired, apparently by jubilant cricket lovers. Tuesday was no exception when the green shirts defeated the apparently confident Australians by 32 runs in a make-or-break tie in Colombo and later when South Africa opened up doors of semi-finals for the Pakistan team. As soon as the Pakistani side appeared victorious, various city neighborhoods started echoing with ear-splitting aerial firing that sometimes have been lethal for the bystanders or passersby or in some cases the shooter himself.
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Djokovic eases into Beijing quarter-finals BEIJINg AfP
ORLD number two Novak Djokovic enjoyed a convincing straight-sets win against unseeded journeyman Carlos Berlocq of Argentina on Wednesday to progress to the quarterfinals of the China Open. The 25-yearold Serbian maintained his unbeaten record at the Beijing tournament by dismantling the player ranked 50th in the ATP standings 6-1, 6-3. Djokovic won the first set in only 25 minutes and raced to a 5-0 lead in the second, only to lose three games carelessly before wrapping up the match. The former world number one has won the event on the two occasions he has entered, in 2009 and 2010, but missed last year because of injury. The number one seed will play Austrian Jurgen Melzer in the next round. Melzer knocked out sixth seed Alexandr Dolgopolov in three sets. In the women's draw world number two Maria Sharapova made light work of her second-round match, progressing to the last 16 with ease. The Russian number two seed defeated Romania's Sorana Cirstea, ranked 29th in the WTA standings, in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2. "I thought I served really well today, much better than the first round," the winner of four Grand Slam
beiJinG: novak djokovic plays a shot before winning his second round men's singles match against carlos berlocq at the china Open. afp singles titles said. "She (Cirstea) is someone that likes to be aggressive, get the first shot and hit it really hard. I was happy I took her time away. It was important to try to take that away from her," Sharapova added. The 25-year-old will face Slovenia's Polona Hercog, 90th in the rankings, in the third round. There was a shock in the last 16 when the 69th-ranked Romina Oprandi of Switzerland beat former world number one Ana Ivanovic in straight sets to progress to the quar-
ter-finals. Oprandi, who received a late entry after Serena Williams withdrew just two days before the start of the tournament, defeated the eleventh seed from Serbia 6-4, 6-3. "I really struggled to find my rhythm out there today, especially on the forehand," the world-number-12 Ivanovic said. "The ball was coming without much pace and I wasn't really efficient moving forward and taking advantage of that," she added. "It was the unforced errors that made a big difference."
LAHoRE A 14-member Indian Golf Team mostly comprising senior golfers, arrived in Lahore yesterday through Wagah land route and were given a rousing reception by their hosts in Lahore led by Shoaib Bokhari who alongwith other accomplished golfers of Lahore have hosted this event with support from Royal Palm Golf and Country Club and Lahore Gymkhana Golf Club. The Indian golfers will compete against a fourteen member Lahore Golf Team who will play under the team label, "Together We Golf". The golf players from India comprise an interesting mix of business and industry leaders who regard golf as their passion and consider this occasion as the luckiest moment of their lives and though the competition is likely to produce a contest of good, quality golf, winning or losing is not too important and the whole aim is to build friendships over three days of memorable golf rounds. To get a feel of the golf playing environment in Lahore, the Indians play a practice round on Thursday at the par 72 awesome Royal Palm Golf Course, and as this is a norm for all kinds of international golf events, the golfers from across the border will go through the exercise, measuring up the golf course and getting a feel of the challenges so that they are ready for day one of the competition. The first day of the competition will be on Friday at the Royal Palm Course and the teams play the alternate shot format. Thereafter the teams move to Lahore Gymkhana Golf Course to play the remaining two rounds on Saturday and Sunday. On day two contest format will be best ball and on the final day it will be singles. The winning team gets the glittering trophy.
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World number two Maria Sharapova made light work of her second-round match at the China Open in Beijing on Wednesday, progressing to the last 16 with ease. The Russian number two seed defeated Romania's Sorana Cirstea, ranked 29th in the WTA standings, in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2. "I thought I served really well today, much better than the first round," the winner of four Grand Slam singles titles said. "She (Cirstea) is someone that likes to be aggressive, get the first shot and hit it really hard. I was happy I took her time away. It was important to try to take that away from her," Sharapova added. The 25-year-old will face Slovenia's Polona Hercog, 90th in the rankings, in the third round. Elsewhere Wednesday there was a shock in the last 16 when Romina Oprandi of Switzerland beat former world number one Ana Ivanovic in straight sets to progress to the quarter-finals. Oprandi, who received a late entry after Serena Williams withdrew just two days before the start of the tournament, defeated the eleventh seed from Serbia 6-4, 6-3. "I really struggled to find my rhythm out there today, especially on the forehand," Ivanovic said. "The ball was
beiJinG: maria Sharapova of russia plays a lefthanded shot during during her second round women's singles match against Sorana cirstea of romania at the china Open. afp coming without much pace and I wasn't really efficient moving forward and taking advantage of that," she added. "It was the unforced errors that made a big difference." Ivanovic's compatriot Jelena Jankovic was also knocked out, losing to Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro 7-5, 6-4.
US Open Champion Andy Murray posted a comfortable straight-sets win over Lukas Lacko of Slovakia to earn a place in the quarter-finals at the Japan Open tennis tournament on Sunday. The top-seeded Olympic champion from Britain, who won the title last year, needed only 56 minutes to secure a 6-1, 6-2 victory in the second round. With the win, Murray set up a quarterfinal meeting against Beijing Olympic doubles gold medallist Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland. Wawrinka squandered three match points in the second set leading 6-3 in the tie-breaker before beating Jeremy Chardy of France 7-6 (7/1), 6-7 (6/8), 75 in two hours 37 minutes. "For sure, it wasn't easy in the second set, especially after having three match points in the tie-break," said Wawrinka, 27, who fired 19 aces. "you need to be ready to still play the third set and to fight. It was really tough for me, but at the end I managed well. I was playing really good in the third set," he added. As for the match against Murray, Wawrinka said: "He is playing great, he won the Olympics, he won the US Open and he always plays great here." "It's going to be tough, for sure. It's always tough to play against top five, top four players. you need to focus on what you are going to do and try to play your best game," he said. In the first round action, Juan Monaco of Argentina whipped Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 6-2, 6-1, while third seed Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia outclassed Bangkok finalist Gilles Simon of France 4-6, 6-3, 6-1.
beiJinG: ana ivanovic of Serbia watches the ball during her second round women's singles match against romina Oprandi of Switzerland at the china Open tennis tournament in the national Tennis center of beijing. Oprandi went on to win 6-4, 6-3. afp
Mercurial pakistan face stern Lankan test today Greenshirts’ win-loss ratio: 67 percent statscorner S. PERvEz QAISER The first semifinal of the ICC Twenty20 World Cup 2012 will be played between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo on Thursday (Oct 4). This day/night match will start at 18.30 hours (PST). It will be the 10th Twenty20 match between the two teams and fourth in the T20 World Cup. Pakistan have won six and lost three in nine previous Twenty20 matches played against Sri Lanka. Having won two and lost one in three outings, the former world champions also have a good record against Sri Lanka in the Twenty20 World Cup. Pakistan defeated Sri Lanka by 23 runs when two teams met last time in a Twenty20 match at Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium, on June 3, 2012. HigHEst iNNiNgs totaLs: Pakistan recorded their highest total against Sri Lanka at Jo-
hannesburg on Sept.17, 2007. In the same match, Sri Lanka made 156 for nine in 20 overs – and that remains their highest against Pakistan. LoWEst iNNiNgs totaLs: Pakistan were bowled out for 95 in 17.4 overs at Hambantota on June 1, 2012 for their lowest against Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka's lowest against Pakistan is 99 in 19.2 overs at the same ground on June 3, 2012. HigHEst iNDiViDuaL sCoREs: Kumar Sangakkara's unbeaten 64 at Lord's on June 21, 2009 is the highest individual score for Sri Lanka against Pakistan. The record of highest individual score for Pakistan against Sri Lanka is held by Shoaib Malik, who made 57 at Johannesburg on Sept 17, 2007. BEst BoWLiNg PERFoRMaNCEs: Umar Gul's four for 13 at Kings City on October 11, 2008 is the best bowling performance for Pakistan against Sri Lanka. Kaushalya Weeraratne who took four wickets for 19 runs in the same match to record best bowling for Sri Lanka. HigHEst MaRgiNs oF ViCtoRy: Pakistan recorded an eight-wicket victory over Sri Lanka at Lord's on June 21, 2009 – their highest margin
against Sri Lanka in terms of wickets. Their 52 runs victory at Colombo on August 12, 2009 is the biggest against the same in terms of runs. Sri Lanka's five-wicket win at Kings City on October 13, 2008 is their best against Pakistan in wickets-fallen terms, and in terms of runs their best is 37-run victory over Pakistan at Hambantota on June 1, 2012.
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19 No political cell in ISI, SC told Thursday, 4 October, 2012
Court says Defence Ministry not taking asghar Khan case seriously enough ISLAMABAD tAyyAB HUSSAIn
HE Ministry of Defence on Wednesday maintained its stance in the apex court that there was no “political cell” operational within the Inter-Services Intel-
ligence (ISI). The statement was produced during the proceedings held in the Air Marshal (r) Asghar Khan Case in which Khan alleged that money was distributed among politicians by the then InterServices Intelligence (ISI) chief Lt General (r) Asad Durrani on orders of the then president Ghulam Ishaq Khan and then chief of army staff General (r) Mirza Aslam Baig. A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and comprising of Justice Jawwad S Khawaja and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain, was hearing the case pertaining to the petition. The petitioner had accused the ISI of
financing politicians in the 1990 elections to create the Islami Jamhoori Ittehad (IJI) to prevent former PPP chairwoman Benazir Bhutto from winning the polls. Referring to the statement of the Defence Ministry, the chief justice remarked that it had been submitted in a statement in year 1997, a year after the petition was filed, that a political cell existed in the agency. The court also summoned both the defence and interior secretaries to appear before the bench today (Thursday). The court subsequently directed Commander Shahbaz, the official representing the ministry, to submit a reply after it had been signed.
Shahbaz told the court that the ministry had confirmed the information with the intelligence agency before submitting its response. Expressing its displeasure over the absence of Interior Secretary Siddique Akbar, the bench issued summons for both the interior and defence secretaries. After a short break in the hearing, Shahbaz told the court that Defence Secretary Lt Gen (r) Asif yasin Malik could not appear before the court due to his professional engagements, as he had gone to conduct a survey of the airport. Upon hearing the response, the chief justice remarked that the defence ministry was not taking the matter seriously
KARAcHI: Women supporters of Jamaat-eIslami shout anti-US slogans during a protest against the anti-Islam film on Wednesday. afp
enough, adding that the ministry did not understand what it meant to appear before a court of law. During the hearing, Asghar Khan’s counsel Salman Akram Raja read out different statements submitted with the court and argued that the ISI had disbursed money for political operation. However, the chief justice remarked that it was important to produce evidence pertaining to those who had received the money. Salman Raja argued that the officials of the ISI had admitted distributing money which was tantamount to violating their oath. Later, the bench adjourned the proceedings until Thursday.
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Rasmussen wants Islamabad to resolve issues regarding fight against terrorists in border region WASHINgtoN onlInE
Pakistan amongst top 20 happiest countries isLaMaBaD: Pakistan ranked 16th amongst 151 countries of the world on the Happy Planet Index (HPI) 2012, beating India and the United States who ranked 32nd and 105th, respectively. Costa Rica was termed the happiest country, followed by Vietnam and Colombia. The HPI was calculated using life expectancy, experienced well-being and ecological footprint (per capita) of the countries with data collected from various sources including UNDP and Gallup. The index was compiled by New Economics Foundation (NEF). The life expectancy and experienced well-being of Pakistan was found to be mediocre, but the ecological footprint was termed “good”. The total HPI of Pakistan was calculated to be 54.1. Israel landed just one spot above Pakistan, having “good” life expectancy and experienced wellbeing, but a “poor” ecological footprint. Bangladesh was higher up on the scale at 11, with the first two factors rated as “mediocre” and the footprint as “good”. India was found to have mediocre life expectancy and well-being and a “good” ecological footprint. However, its total HPI amounted to 50.9. Afghanistan was ranked 109. The only reason why the US scored low was its ecological footprint which was worse than the “poor” category. The life expectancy and experienced well-being were, however, ranked “good”. onlInE
SC suspends Shehnaz, gives Malik 7 days for info on dual national MPs g
Serves notice on ppp Mpa regarding his alleged Canadian citizenship ISLAMABAD StAff REPoRt
The Supreme Court on Wednesday gave Interior Minister Rehman Malik seven more days to submit a list of parliamentarians having dual nationalities, as the apex court suspended the National Assembly membership of Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PMLQ) MNA Begum Shehnaz Sheikh, who allegedly holds Australian citizenship. A three-judge bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, was hearing a case pertaining to lawmakers holding dual nationalities. During the hearing, no one appeared on Sheikh’s behalf despite the fact that the court had issued notice to her. Umar Cheema, the reporter who broke the story, also testified before the court and alleged that Sheikh was an Australian national and possessed
two passports. He further alleged that PPP MNA from Okara Rai Ghulam Mujtaba Kharral possessed Canadian nationality. The chief justice said the fact that no one appeared on Sheikh’s behalf implied that she was not interested to pursue the case. The chief justice observed that a notice had also been issued to the National Assembly secretary in this regard. The bench subsequently directed Sheikh to submit a reply on the matter in three days’ time and ordered MNA Capt (r) Rai Ghulam Mujtaba Kharral to submit his reply over the allegation that he was a Canadian national. Meanwhile, the chief justice observed while hearing the dual nationality case that Interior Minister Rehman Malik needed some time to confirm certain information about the members of parliament who enjoyed dual nationalities. During the course of the hearing, the interior minister apprised the bench, “I don’t have a compiled list of dual national parliamentarians”. However, he told the court that he could assist the court in this regard. He also urged the court to take cognisance of the fact that a petition had been filed by proclaimed offender (PO) Mahmood Akhtar Naqvi, who had later sought refuge in the court premises.
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Malik said a proclaimed offender’s application should not have been admitted by the court as the authorities had also provided information about the PO. He said Naqvi had violated Article 5 by concealing information from the court and he was wanted in some case. Malik said he had no specific or confirm information about any dual national and rather he had made a statement on basis of “heresay”. However, the chief justice said he had only been asked to assist the court in the larger public interest. He asked the minister to submit any detail about the dual national members of the parliament (MPs) per his media claims. He said if the minister thought it appropriate, he might provide the sensitive information in an in-camera hearing. Malik, however, said he had no proper information, adding that he had come to know about the dual nationality of MPA Dr Tahir Ali Javed. The minister assured the court to provide information on his return from the US tour. “I give you an honest commitment that whatever comes to my knowledge, I will submit it with the court ... I have been fighting against extremists, Taliban ... I am now going to the US leading a Pakistani delegation for talks,” he added. Editor: Arif Nizami
NATO has said relationship with Pakistan is a bit problematic reason being unresolved issues regarding stepping up fight against terrorists in the border region of the country. “The border region is really a big challenge. Whenever we engage with the Pakistani government and military, we encourage them to step up fight against terrorists and extremists in the region. It remains an unsolved problem,” NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said in an interview with Charlie Rose show of PBS News. He, however, pressed for a strong partnership with Pakistan to find a solution to these issues. Undeterred by the recent spurt in insider attacks in Afghanistan, he said, “Taliban will miscalculate the situation if they think their situation will be better by the end of 2014, because they will be faced with a very strong and capable Afghan security force.” “They will not be in a stronger position. When we (will) stop our combat mission, a very capable Afghan security force will take over. We are building up the number of Afghan security forces and by 2014, we will have 352,000 Afghan forces. And more importantly, quality-wise they will be very capable,” the NATO secretary general said. He said he was very “impressed” by seeing Afghan forces in action during his last visit to the country. Asserting that NATO’s security transition in Afghanistan remained on track and there was no change in its strategy, Rasmussen said NATO had outlined a clear roadmap for a gradual handover of responsibility to the Afghan security forces. “We have 50 countries in our ISAF coalition — 28 NATO allies and 22 partners – and we have agreed on a roadmap according to which we will gradually hand over lead responsibility to the Afghans,” he said. Rasmussen stressed that the attacks will not derail its strategy in Afghanistan, but termed them as matter of “great concern”. “People ask, and legitimately so, why is it that we send trainers to help the Afghans and they turn their weapons against the very same trainers? These insider attacks threaten to undermine trust and confidence between foreign troops and Afghan security forces,” he said. Rasmussen said NATO commanders on the ground had introduced some temporary measures to prevent the attacks under which NATO forces would not conduct joint operations with Afghan security forces. “But these are prudent and temporary and I would expect these joint operations to be resumed as soon as the situation allows. And the timetable is still realistic, despite these temporary measures,” he said, adding that he expected joint operations to be resumed as soon as the situation allowed. “The fact is that we continue partnered operations at the level of battalions and above. So basically, we continue the strategy to train and educate Afghan security forces. There’s no change of strategy,” he said.