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EEliNG the heat from the long march announced by Tehreek-e-Minhajul Quran leader Dr Tahirul Qadri, Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Friday contacted the leadership of major coalition partners and opposition parties and assured them of the government’s resolve to protect the democratic process against all odds. Ashraf phoned Pakistan Muslim league-Nawaz (PMlN) chief Nawaz Sharif and Awami National Party (ANP) President Asfandyar Wali Khan to assure them that no one would be allowed to derail the democratic process in the country. The prime minister also met Pakistan Muslim league-Quaid (PMl-Q) President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and Deputy PM Pervez Elahi, seeking their support to help reinforce the democratic order in the country. “Both leaders (Raja Pervez Ashraf and Nawaz Sharif) dis-
MQM files petition seeking exemption for Altaf Hussain in contempt hearing
The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Friday filed a petition in the Supreme Court to seek exemption for party chief Altaf Hussain from appearing in the apex court on January 7. The petition was submitted at the SC’s Karachi Registry by Qazi Khalid Ali and Farogh Nasem. According to the petition, Altaf’s admirers believed his life would be at risk if he came to Pakistan and Dr Farooq Sattar wanted to appear before the apex court on Altaf’s behalf. The petition further states that the political leadership of the country had
been at risk during the last five years which was evident from the assassination of Benazir Bhutto and Bashir Bilour. The apex court had issued a contempt of court notice to Altaf and his party’s deputy convener Dr Farooq Sattar on December 14 over the former’s derogatory remarks against the SC judges. The notice was issued during the hearing of a case on Karachi’s law and order. The chief justice had stated that he had read the text of a speech made by the MQM chief and had found it to be offensive and threatening. The language used in the speech was tantamount to an attempt to obstruct justice, he had said.
cussed the political situation prevailing in the country ... They agreed that democracy was the way forward and the people of Pakistan would not allow any attempt to derail the democratic process in the country,” said a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s House. The telephonic contact would bring about a sigh of relief in the PMl-N camp, as the Sharif brothers have been much perturbed over the recent developments. They think that the onslaught by Qadri was a spanner thrown in their work as they had taken almost all “bigwigs and electables”, including close comrades of General Pervez Musharraf., into their party who could help the PMl-N win the next elections. “Talking to Ashraf, Nawaz said Pakistan had lived with the horrors of so-called slogans of revolutions and long marches. He said that the best way to ascertain the people’s wishes was through the ballot,” the statement said. The prime minister said the restoration of democracy owed itself to arduous struggle of political forces
in the country and the system needed continuity to evolve. He said it was a sign of political maturity that all political forces were on the same page as far as the need for continuity of the democratic system was concerned. “The prime minister said the government was committed to holding of fair, free and transparent elections in the country per law and constitution. He assured Nawaz that all necessary steps would be taken to achieve this objective,” the statement added. Meanwhile, the prime minister also telephoned Asfandyar Wali Khan and discussed with him the prevailing political situation. During the telephonic conversation, Asfandyar Wali Khan said, “Our goal is to establish sustainable democracy in the country.” Reiterating his support for the present coalition government, Asfandyar said any attempt to create hurdles in the democratic process was unacceptable. Responding to Khan’s remarks, Ashraf said the government considered elections
as a national trust and was committed to hold them according to the constitution. Deputy Prime Minister Pervez Elahi and Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain also met Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf at the PM House and discussed the political situation prevalent in the country. The leaders of PMl-Q assured the prime minister of their unstinted support to the PPP-led coalition government and conveyed their firm commitment to strengthen democracy in the country. Talking to the PMlQ leaders, the prime minister said a consensus among political forces over the need for continuity of democratic process would augur well for the country’s stability. The PM said the democratic process was vital as it incorporated interests and aspirations of various stakeholders. Ashraf added that the country was looking forward to the general election and the government would ensure that they were fair, free and transparent as per constitutional provisions.
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Malala discharged from hospital
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Malala Yousafzai has been discharged from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB) as an inpatient to continue her rehabilitation at her family’s home in Birmingham. The 15-year-old, who was shot by the Taliban for campaigning for girls’ education, is well enough to be treated by the hospital as an outpatient for the next few weeks. Malala is being shifted to the three bedroom
house allocated by the Government of Pakistan to her family in Birmingham. The government has also already appointed Ziauddin Yousafzai, father of Malala Yousafzai, as Education Attaché (BS-19) in Consulate of Pakistan, Birmingham, UK. The tenure of his office shall be initially for three years, extendable for a further period of two years. According to hospital sources, Malala was still due to be re-admitted in late January or early February to undergo cranial reconstructive surgery as part of her long-term re-
covery and she would visit the hospital regularly to attend clinical appointments. Dr Dave Rosser, medical director of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, said, “Malala is a strong young woman and has worked hard with the people caring for her to make excellent progress in her recovery. Following discussions with Malala and her medical team, we decided that she would benefit from being at home with her parents and two brothers.” “She will return to the hospital as an outpatient and our therapies team will continue to
work with her at home to supervise her onward care,” Dr Dave said. Officials at the hospital said over the past couple of weeks, Malala had been leaving the hospital on a regular basis on ‘home leave’ to spend time with her father Ziauddin, mother Toorpekai and younger brothers, Khushal and Atul. During those visits, assessments had been carried out by her medical team to ensure she could continue to make good progress outside the hospital. Malala was admitted to the QEHB on Monday October 15 after being flown from Pakistan.
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PIA Kuwait-Lahore flight makes emergency landing in Iran KARACHI: A Pakistan international Airlines (PiA) flight had to make an emergency landing in iran due to a technical fault on Friday. According to details, the technical fault emerged in PiA flight PK-206 with 180 passengers on board, which flew for lahore from Kuwait. The pilot after detecting a defect in the plane landed it at Karman Jan Airport, iran. Despite the emergency landing, all passengers remained safe. After removing the fault, the plane flew for its destination. inp
20 militants killed in forces’ Jamrud assault PESHAWAR: At least 20 militants were killed and 14 others injured when security forces backed by fighter jets targeted their hideouts in Jamrud tehsil of Khyber Agency on Friday. Officials said the forces acted on a tipoff and targeted militant hideouts in Dwatoyee area of Jamrud with the help of fighter jets. As a result, five dens were destroyed and 20 of the occupants were killed. The toll could not be independently verified due to inaccessibility to the area. However, tribesmen confirmed the aerial strikes in an area dominated by Kokikhel Afridi tribe. Officials said militants hiding in the area were involved in recent terrorist acts in Peshawar and its surrounding areas. staff RepORt
Police gun down Swabi attacker
PESHAWAR: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Nawaz Sharif offers Fateha for the departed soul of former senior minister Bashir Bilour after condoling with his brother Ghulam Biiour on Friday. INP
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PESHAWAR: A man alleged to have been involved in the recent killing of seven charity workers in Swabi was killed on Friday in an exchange of fire with security forces while his accomplice managed to escape, officials said. The suspected terrorist, who was holed up in a house in the Gar area of Maneri Bala in Swabi district, was among those who had attacked and killed the seven workers on Tuesday, said Swabi District Police Officer Abdur Rashid Khan. The DPO claimed that a motorcycle and a pistol that had been used in the killings had also been recovered from the suspected attacker. Swabi police officials said the two suspects were riding a motorcycle when they were stopped by security forces at the Pir Tab area on suspicion. instead of stopping, the two opened fire on the police and took refuge in the house of one Fazl Dad in Gar. The police and the suspects were exchanging gunfire as a result of which an explosion took place and one of the men was killed. The man’s accomplice however managed to flee the scene. A search operation was underway to arrest the absconding suspect. Online
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The Supreme Court directed the Sindh Police on Friday to arrest the killers of Shahzeb Khan within 24 hours otherwise be ready to face the music. The court also directed the police to submit the charge sheet (challan) of the case at the Registrar’s office on Saturday (today). A three-judge SC bench, headed by Chief Justice iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and comprising Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Azmat Saeed, heard the murder case. Shahzeb, the only son of his parents, was shot dead on December 25 in Karachi because of a petty argument. During the hearing, the bench showed annoyance over the absence of the Sindh iG and the Sindh advocate general. Sindh Additional
iG Muhammad Rafiq was present in the court and so was directed to arrest the killers “or to come to the court on the next date of hearing, January 7, without uniform”. Rafiq and Additional Advocate General Kasim Mir Jat informed the bench that the Sindh iG and the AG could not come due to the cancellation of their
flights. Referring to a previous case, the chief justice said, “The iG was saved in the last case but tell him he will not be pardoned this time,” adding that he should have appeared in person. During the course of hearing, a DVD of the interview of Sikandar Jatoi, father of Shahrukh Jatoi, the accused in the case, was also played in the courtroom in the presence of the Sindh police. Sikandar’s interview was recorded by a private TV channel. The father of accused claimed that his son, Shahrukh left the country the night between December 24 and 25. After seeing the interview, the bench observed that the police were reluctant to carry out investigations. The bench remarked that if an anchorperson could approach Sikandar, why had the police failed?
Six of a family killed in Kohistan PESHAWAR staff RepORt
At least six people, including a woman, were killed when unidentified armed men attacked a house in Kohistan’s Palas Valley late on Thursday night. Reports from the far-flung valley revealed that rivals from another village attacked the house of Mohammad Afzal and his relatives. The intruders, equipped with automatic weapons, killed six people, including the brother and two cousins of Afzal. locals confirmed the number of deaths in the attack. However, the Hazara commissioner said in his estimation three to four people had died in the attack. He said teams of police officials had been dispatched to the area for the confirmation of the attack. Afzal had allegedly made movies of women during a wedding ceremony and later released them to the general public. He also claimed that two of the women had been killed by their relatives. However, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa information Minister iftikhar Hussain contradicted such reports.
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nawaz Sharif backs AnP proposal against terrorism: iftikhar Hussain PESHAWAR
AKiSTAN Muslim leagueNawaz (PMl-N) chief Nawaz Sharif has said that the general election would be held on time and no conspiracy to delay the polls would be allowed to succeed. Talking to reporters on Friday at the residence of Federal Minister for Railways Ghulam Ahmad Bilour, he said his party wanted the promotion of clean and fair politics and end to hypocritical politics. Nawaz said the postponement of general election would not be accepted in any case. However, he feared that the path adopted by Tahirul Qadri would create anarchy in the country. “People are being misled in the name of islam as they are being asked to sell their belongings just for participating in the long march,” he said.
The PMl-N chief said his party would not allow a few people to snatch the rights of millions of people. He also criticised the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Pakistan Muslim league-Quaid for supporting Qadri’s long march. Nawaz stressed on the need for joining hands by all political forces to prepare a joint strategy to steer the country out of the prevailing crises. Terrorism can only be defeated with unity. He was of the view that all institutions should be taken on board over the country’s security situation. The PMl-N chief said the manifesto of his political party was progress and development of Pakistan and provision of employment opportunities to the youth. Earlier, Nawaz condoled with Ghulam Ahmad Bilour over the death of Bashir Bilour. later talking to reporters, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Minister for information Mian iftikhar Hussain
claimed that Nawaz Sharif backed the Awami National Party’s (ANP) proposal on terrorism which was to develop a joint strategy with consultation of all political parties with the sole agenda of peace and eradication of terrorism. He further said the ANP had given its central leader Azam Khan Hoti the task to consult all political parties and discuss the proposal to frame a joint strategy for establishment of peace and eradication of terrorism. He urged the federal government to hold meaningful talks with Taliban militants. He, however, said if negotiation efforts did not yield any positive results, eventually a decisive action would have to be taken against terrorists by launching a military operation. “All three frontline states, including United States, Afghanistan and Pakistan, should evolve a joint strategy for complete elimination of terrorism from this region,” he stressed.
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ECP bans election ads at public expenditure ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday imposed a complete ban on advertisements in print or electronic media bearing any political party logo, political party name, images of political party leaders and/or directly or indirectly promoting any political party or candidate. The ECP issued directives to the federal and provincial governments to ensure its implementation in letter and spirit. it said that as the forthcoming elections are approaching, there are frequent advertisements appearing in the print and electronic media which highlight the achievements of the incumbent federal and provincial governments and that these advertisements with party symbols are being used to promote political parties by placing party symbols and images of party leaders therein. Such advertisements should not be promoting party interests at the expense of public money and thus are against the norm of a “level playing field”, which cannot be allowed to continue as it would amount to misuse the resources from the public exchequer for their own self-interest. staff RepORt
APCNGA says energy crisis engineered to meet objectives ISLAMABAD nni
The All Pakistan CNG Association (APCNGA) on Friday said the on-going CNG crisis was artificial and had been engineered to boost imports of petrol, lPG and lNG to benefit certain lobbies at the cost of the masses. Adviser to Prime Minister on Petroleum Dr Asim Hussain is the biggest obstacle in resolution of the crisis and should resign immediately said APCNGA Chairman Ghiyas Abdullah Paracha. Speaking at a press conference on Friday, Paracha said the CNG sector has no alternatives and therefore gas load shedding should be stopped, gas prices and taxes should be brought at par with other gas-consuming sectors, otherwise APCNGA will start a protest movement from January 8.
A peaceful demonstration will also be carried out in islamabad in which transporters and masses will participate, said Paracha. Paracha said politicians and bureaucracy was directly involved in the longest CNG crisis in the country’s history which has made life miserable for 180 million people of the country. He said the government had notorious objectives and delayed resolution of the problem for two and a half months under the pretext of policy guidelines and later came up with the idea to close CNG filling stations, banning use of the economical fuel in private vehicles and introducing costly liquid gasses. The ECC sub-committee formed to resolve the issue was not allowed to work and later they were forced to announce a pricing that was not sustainable, he said. Paracha said the government wanted to divert attention of masses from their failures by keeping
them busy and confused. it wanted to promote petroleum, lPG and lNG mafias and justify purchase of a scrap lPG terminal on inflated rates. The energy crisis would have been resolved earlier if Dr Asim, who is a Canadian national, focused on its resolution but he wanted to destroy the CNG sector hurting millions, Paracha added. “A just and legal distribution of natural gas would have saved a lot of foreign exchange presently being wasted on addition petroleum imports,” said Paracha. Paracha further said Dr Asim should come up with a clarification for forcing companies to appoint local agents of his choice for the iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project which had delayed the whole matter. “Why Byco has been exempted from tax for 20 years and why refiners are being forced to open lCs with PSO and what was the wisdom behind Bakri Oil which has resulted in a NAB probe,” questioned Paracha, seeking answers.
Around 150 clerics back Qadri’s long march ISLAMABAD: Around 150 religious scholars from around the country backed the long march announced by Pakistan Awami Tehrik leader Tahirul Qadri. Clerics and spiritual heads of various shrines across the country including Pakpattan Sharif, Sakhi Sultan Bahu shrine, Manki Sharif and Uch Sharif, called on Qadri and announced support for his long march, scheduled to be held on January 14. Talking to the delegation, Qadri warned that elections without reforms will be an agenda to dismember the country. nni
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Responding to Pakistan Army’s Green Book, the country’s “internal threat” Hizbut Tahrir has called on sincere officers in the armed forces to work with it to get rid of “alleged traitors” in their lines, as the group believes it is time to openly come to the fore before it is too late. “We are the ones Pakistan Army chief General Ashfaq Kayani called ‘amorphous enemy’ in his speech at the 98th Midshipmen Commissioning term and 7th SSC Officer’s class in Karachi,” an email to Pakistan Today from Hizbut Tahrir (HuT) headquarters’ said. “Earlier, we requested the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), which is another threat for traitors within the armed forces, to reject talks with the authorities and side only with Khilafah Rashida over Pakistan and Afghanistan.” “Khilafah would establish correct footing for Muslim armed forces as assets available to islam’s foreign policy, along with political means.” “The Khilafah state would establish massive
and comprehensive industrialisation to establish military superiority in weaponry and would help unify all Muslim lands as one state under one Khalifa. The Khilafa would end all occupation on Muslims soil, like the Jewish state and indian occupation of Kashmir.” “it will eject all hostile actors, such as American presence in Pakistan and will call to other nonhostile, non-Muslim states by inviting them to islam and rejecting oppression of America and its man-made system.” “So HT calls on sincere officers in the country’ armed forces to work hand in hand with us to rid of these traitors and establish Khilafah in its place,” the e-mail added. Backing its argument, the HT alleged that in the final year of his service, General Kayani was working hard to change the mentality of the armed forces so that after his departure, the war of ‘fitna’ remained in its place. “As it was not enough for him to set a stage for a face-change of political traitors, he has indulged himself in making sure that he is succeeded by military traitors.” “in a significant revision to green book, General Kayani enshrined America’s
war of fitna as an inviolable part of the military doctrine, as the US has been earlier pressurising Pakistan to change its india-centric policy and declare the ‘internal threat’ as the biggest threat to the security of the country.” “To change this doctrine and to change focus of our armed forces from india to our own internal tribal territory, General Kayani used the incidents of Abbottabad and Salala attack, as these incidents in reality proved that our actual enemy was the US, but the army chief used these incidents as an excuse to further ignite the war of fitna and burn our sons in the armed forces and the citizens in this war.” “HT reminds all those who care about islam, its people and Pakistan that this change in doctrine will serve to open a new chapter of humiliation and slavery of Pakistan by non-Muslim states.” “We have requested the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), which is another threat for traitors within the armed forces, to announce rejection of surrender talks and express stance of siding only with Khilafah Rashida over Pakistan and Afghanistan.”
“it is difficult to understand that any of the Taliban would even consider such a peace plan after having sacrificed so much time, effort and the money and spilling so much blood.” “By all accounts, the root and branches of the peace plan seek only to safeguard the US wavering rule in the region and that of its puppets in the Afghan government.” “There is no doubt that this plan is an insult to countless Pakistani and Afghan civilians who have lost their lives in their service to protect islam and would be despicable affront to thousands of martyrs and tens of thousands of mujahideen who made the US and his allies kneel and search for a hasty exit from Afghanistan.” “The TTP’s only valid political goal is the reestablishment of the Khilafah Rashida, which entails giving the bayah to the Khaleefah who will rule in accordance with the Quran, Sunnah, ijama Sahaba and Qiyas and any other political outcome, short of this goal is null and void.” “Only the complete implementation of islam in all walks of life is sought and partial implementation is rejected in all its forms.”
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An alleged Pakistani al Qaeda operative accused of planning attacks in the United States, Britain and Norway was extradited to America. The British Home office on Thursday said that Naseer was a resident of Manchester in Northern England and was extradited to America where he is accused of terrorism offenses. His case is now a mat-
Prof. Khurshid concerned over paradigm shift in military doctrine ISLAMABAD inp
Jamaate islami Naib Amir and former Senator Professor Khurshid Ahmad expressed serious concern over the radical change in the military doctrine in Pakistan, shifting focus from external threats to internal threats “While there is no denying that terrorism has become a serious challenge, the counter-terrorism strategy suggested by the Parliament in the form of two resolutions (October 2008 and May 2011) and a detailed report of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security (2009) has been totally neglected by the government,” Ahmad pointed out. He emphasised that the suggested paradigm shift in the military doctrine must be carefully reviewed to assess how far it follows the guidelines of the Parliament and to what extent it represents a departure from them. Prof. Khurshid expressed fear that the government was failing in its duty to lay down clear parameters for the military doctrine in light of the constitution and resolution of the Parliament, leaving vital matters to the Armed Forces whose professional input was essential, but the final decision, he said, ought to be made by the civil authority as laid down in the constitution.
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ter for the US authorities. Abid Naseer, 26, flew out of Britain from luton Airport near london under US custody. He is due to face a federal judge Monday on charges of joining a failed al Qaeda plot to bomb the New York. Naseer was originally arrested in 2009 along with 10 other Pakistani men over a suspected Manchester bomb plot. They were released without charge after prosecutors cited inadequate evidence, and ordered to be deported. Despite Naseer being an al
Qaeda operative who posed and still poses a serious threat, he could not be returned to Pakistan as his safety there could not be guaranteed, said an immigration judge. Two months after his release in July 2010, Naseer was arrested again on a US warrant linked to the New York case. According to American prosecutors, Naseer was a go-between for three men convicted of traveling to Pakistan for militant training, then plotting an attack to set off suicide bombs in New
York City’s subway in 2009. The plotters admitted to communicating with an al Qaeda organiser in Pakistan named Ahmad. US authorities say Ahmad was in turn communicating with Naseer, who likewise visited Peshawar. Federal prosecutors said in a statement that upon returning to the United Kingdom, Naseer sent messages back and forth to the same email account that ‘Ahmad’ was using to communicate with the Americanbased al Qaeda cell.
Granting visa to Miandad doesn’t change dawood’s status: govt NEW DELHI aGenCies
The government on Friday made it clear that the issuance of visa to former Pakistani cricketer Javed Miandad, a relative of underworld don Dawood ibrahim, does not reflect any change in the status of the Mumbai serial bomb blasts case’s mastermind as far as india is concerned. Miandad’s son Junaid is married to Mahrukh, the daughter of Dawood, who is wanted in india in connection with the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts
case. “There has not been any change as far as Dawood ibrahim is concerned. His position remains exactly the same,” a top government source said. The remarks came amidst criticism by BJP and Shiv Sena over the issuance of visa to Miandad. The source said Miandad, whose son married the fugitive terrorist’s daughter, was not on india’s negative list and added that he was given a visa in April 2011 also. However, he did not come last time. The former Pakistani captain has
been granted an indian visa that will allow him to watch the final one-day match of the ongoing limited-over cricket series between the two countries in New Delhi on January 6. However, Miandad cancelled his visit this time as well. According to indian security agencies, Dawood is believed to be staying in Karachi where he had fled to after the serial bomb blasts. Asked why he gave visa to Miandad, home minister Sushilkumar Shinde shot back “i have not given visa. My officer or my mission must have given”.
HE United States could keep between 6,000 and 15,000 troops in Afghanistan after the 2014 NATO withdrawal from the country, an American news channel reported in the light of options proposed by top US Commander in Afghanistan. Citing American officials the CNN said US commander Gen. John R. Allen has submitted three options to Pentagon. The plans have been created with input from Defense Secretary leon Panetta’s office, the Joint Staff, the US Central Command, and the White House - would give President Barack Obama options based on what he is looking to do in Afghanistan. The plans are awaiting official approval from Panetta. Meanwhile, The New York Times, quoting unnamed US officials, reported each of the three plans contains with it a risk factor An option of 6,000 troops would probably pose a higher risk of failure for the American effort in Afghanistan, 10,000 would be medium risk and 20,000 would be lower risk, a US official said, according to a report in the newspaper. Explaining the options, a CNN account said the lowend option calls for 6,000 to 6,500 troops that would be strictly for countert-
mobile phones are weapon of terrorism, says rehman malik ISLAMABAD app
Federal interior Minister Rehman Malik Friday said that mobile phones were now a weapon of terrorism as all improvised bombings were conducted through them. Speaking in the Senate and later outside the Parliament House, he said elections will not be delayed and will be held on time as per the constitutional provisions. The minister said that mobile phone services were suspended in different cities on Chehlum of imam Hussain after taking all the provinces into confidence. “Mobile phones are now a weapon of terrorism as all improvised bombings were conducted through them.” He said that suspension of mobile phone services helped avoiding blasts. The minister suggested that legislation should be done to ban illegal mobile phone SiMs sell as it has become a weapon of committing terror, adding the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has been written a letter in this regard.
errorism operations: hunting down Taliban and al Qaeda members and cells still operating around the country. This plan would require mostly Special Operations Forces, with a limited number of support troops and only a very small amount of training assistance for Afghan forces. The mid-range option, involving around 10,000 troops, would still have the main focus on counterterrorism operations, but it would have a bigger training footprint for Afghan forces, with most of the focus on Special Operations troops and a limited amount of conventional troop training. While the 15,000troop option would bring in a greater number of conventional troops for training Afghan Security Forces, as well as a bigger support element in addition to the counterterrorism forces. American defense officials say planning for the post2014 troop presence is still not complete, but it is very close. Currently, the US has 66,000 troops in Afghanistan. The US expects next week’s visit of Afghan President Hamid Karzai to involve conversations discussing these options. A senior Defense official told CNN the United States is expecting the Afghan government to allow legal protections for US troops who remain in Afghanistan after the NATO mission ends in 2014.
FO refrains from verifying Mullah Nazir’s death ISLAMABAD Online
Refraining from verifying the death of Taliban warlord Mullah Nazir in a US drone strike in South Waziristan, the Foreign Office spokesman on Friday said the issue of drone attacks had been raised at with the United States. in his weekly briefing to the press, FO spokesman Moazzam Ali Khan reiterated the stance that Pakistan condemned US drone attacks on its soil, adding that the matter was raised in talks between the senior leadership of both countries. Calling Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar’s visit to Saudi Arabia successful, Khan said the relations between the two countries were exemplary. To a question about iran’s nuclear installations, the spokesman said the matter could be resolved in a peaceful manner. Khan said the issue could not be solved with the imposition of sanctions. Speaking about a conference of clerics being planned in Afghanistan, the spokesman said Pakistan was in contact with Afghanistan over dates for the conference. He said Pakistan supported reconciliation process in Afghanistan. Khan also said President Asif Ali Zardari would not be attending the third Pakistan-india cricket match in india.
India moving toward more female police officers NEW DELHI aGenCies
india’s interior minister has ordered each police station in New Delhi to beef up the number of women officers to facilitate complaints from women. it is the latest in a string of changes that follow the fatal gang rape of a student that shocked the nation. interior Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Friday said each police station in Delhi should have 10 female constables and two female sub inspectors. “We will be posting these women very soon according to this order by diverting staff from other places and making them
available in Delhi,” police spokesman Rajan Bhagat said. Currently, females make up 7% of police forces, he said. New recruits will be selected in the next three to four months, and training will take an additional nine months, he said. Bhagat denied that the new directive was implemented solely because of the rape, but its implementation is aimed at helping women. The directive is necessary because “we need overall more women in the police station as other women feel more comfortable with female officers,” he said. “if all women complaints are attended to promptly situations like that of the gang-raped
medical student may have been avoided.” The interior minister also said he is working with security officials to strengthen laws regarding rape and assault. in the state of Haryana, about 80 miles northwest of Delhi, officials will make public the profiles of rapists online. The state will publish the names, addresses and case numbers of convicted rapists on a website that anyone can access. “in doing so, we hope to curb crime against women,” said laik Ram Dabbas, director of the state crime records bureau. The police expect to approve the measure and the website could be active this month, Dabbas said.
“By making these names and profiles public we think crime can be curbed, as in india people are sensitive to public embarrassment and once the public is aware of such people roaming around their area they will become more careful,” Dabbas said. The men accused in the gang rape that led to the death of the 23-year-old indian woman were formally charged with murder, rape and kidnapping in a New Delhi court Thursday. The attack on the woman, who died last week from her severe injuries, has appalled and enraged many indians, prompting widespread debate over the way the country
handles sexual assaults and the treatment of women in indian society. Numerous protests have taken place, new laws have been proposed and senior lawyers in the court district where the accused men have been charged say they will not represent them. Police submitted charges against five suspects before a new fast-track court in Saket, a southern district of New Delhi, said Suman Nalwa, deputy police commissioner of a special unit for women and children. He said authorities were waiting for the outcome of a bone marrow test before deciding whether a sixth suspect in the attack, believed to be a minor, will be charged as a juvenile or an adult.
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Govt determined to fight terrorism‚ extremism: Kaira Information minister says govt needs media support to counter militancy, extremism ISLAMABAD nni
iNiSTER for information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira on Friday said that the government was determined to root out terrorism and extremism from the society. Addressing the concluding ceremony of a four-day training workshop for radio broadcasters‚ he said efforts were underway to promote tolerance in the society. The four-day training workshop was organised by intermedia Pakistan, Danish international Development Agency, Aks and Search for Common Grounds Pakistan. it was attended by 26 broadcasters from private FM and Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation radio stations in 25 districts of the country. The information minister said that Pakistan had suffered great losses due to terrorism and extremism. He lauded the role of media, particularly radio, in combating terrorism. “The government and its institutions can only fight with the individu-
als, groups or networks, but it needs the media’s support to defeat the terrorist mindset,” Kaira said. The minister said that the government had taken all possible steps to help the families of martyred journalists who had sacrificed their lives while performing their duties during the war on terror. He further said that radio had played an important role during the operation in Swat, Waziristan and
FATA areas as it reached every locality without electricity. He said the radio presenters and broadcasters should form public opinion persuading them to accept terror war as Pakistan’s own war and guide the people as this menace could not be eliminated until this mindset was defeated. He said the extremist mindset was promoted by the foreign powers to fight against the USSR but after
islaMabad: a woman lights a candle during a vigil on the second death anniversary of former punjab governor salmaan taseer on friday. STAff PhoTo
Court orders FIRs against SSP and DSP ISLAMABAD staff RepORt
The islamabad additional session’s judge (west) has ordered the registration of FiRs against SSP Yaseen Farooq and Margalla DSP for transgressing authority in a land dispute case involving Rs 40 million. The petitioner Rana Saeed filed a 22-A application in the Sessions Court presided by Additional Session’s Judge Raja Khurram and contended that the SSP, despite iHC’s orders, had changed investigations of a case where a cheque, given in a land deal, had bounced at the bank.
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He alleged that the SSP and Margalla DSP Rashid Niazi had transgressed the investigation and favoured the accused. The judge ordered the registration of an FiR against the police officers. Talking to Pakistan Today, Rizwan Abbasi, the counsel for Rana Saeed said, “The SSP had changed the investigation officer so we approached the iHC and the court suspended the SSP’s orders, directing him not to change investigator.” Despite the iHC’s order, the SSP handed the investigation to ‘trusted’ investigators, who ultimately gave a decision in favour of the accused, he said.
Judge Raja Khurram said, “i am of the firm opinion that SSP Yaseen Farooq and DSP Rashid Niazi transgressed their authority and flouted iHC’s orders.” When contacted, DSP Rashid Niazi said there was an issue between two parties over purchase of land at Pindbagwal. He said that Rana Saeed had received Rs 30 million in cash and a cheque worth Rs 14 million in advance for transferring the land, but didn’t transfer it. The DSP claimed that he had completed the investigation on merit. Meanwhile, the SSP and DSP challenged the Session Judge’s order in the iHC.
achieving the goal, those forces left the region leaving the nurseries in Pakistan to promote the fundamentalism. Kaira assured the radio broadcasters and presenters of all-out support to help resolve their issues. He said that the repetitive coverage of isolated incidents of violence was counter-productive and gave undue advantage to elements seeking to harm the society. He said reporting of crises, emergencies and violence should be balanced and based on evidence and added that the disproportionate coverage of violence created unnecessary public confusion. Kaira stressed that media persons could not be considered as independent if they were working with a gun to their heads. He said media in Pakistan was enjoying unprecedented freedom, while the government was committed to ensure more freedom for media and protection of journalists’ rights. Kaira said the training provided to broadcasters in the workshop would enhance their capacity in radio for peace building. it would enable them to cater to the needs of their audiences in a more constructive manner, he added.
Pakistan to continue supporting Kashmiris: fazl ISLAMABAD nni
Special Committee of the Parliament on Kashmir Chairman Maulana Fazlur Rehman has said Pakistan would continue its support for the Kashmiris’ right to self-determination. He said the United Nations had accepted this right in its January 5, 1949, resolution on Kashmir, calling upon india and Pakistan to hold a plebiscite in the State of Jammu and Kashmir to determine the Kashmiris’ aspirations. He said both Pakistan and india had accepted this resolution and had promised to extend this right in a plebiscite. He said, “india knows that Kashmiris will never give a decision in its favour because it has occupied the state against their wishes, and is delaying the plebiscite on one pretext or the other.” The Kashmir Committee chairman said the United Nations and other international bodies such as the NonAligned Movement have also accepted the right of self-determination as fundamental. The struggle for this right has been declared genuine and not terrorism, he said. Pakistan honours UN resolutions and is duty bound to implement them, he added. Rehman said Pakistan desires peaceful relations with its neighbours, which is why it has initiated dialogues with india, however it will not ignore the Kashmir cause or leave it in a lurch.
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RaWalpindi: sunni tehreek supporters hold a rally in favour of Mumtaz Qadri, the self-confessed assassin of former punjab governor salmaan taseer, on friday. INP
Artisans mesmerize visitors with craftsmanship at Lok Virsa ISLAMABAD app
HE glimpses of rural folk and traditional heritage four provinces including remote parts of the country have mesmerized visitors with their craftsmanship at lok Virsa here on Friday. The on-going Pakistan Week, organized at lok Virsa at Shakarparian has provided a colourful and fascinating opportunity to the residents of the federal capital for seven consecutive days. Besides other attractions, exhibition on cultural heritage is a major feature of the Pakistan week celebrations. Over hundred master artisans are seen actively demonstrating their works in artistically designed cultural pavilions, putting their creativity in arts, crafts and innovation. The crafts on display are embroidery (including Multani, Ba-
hawalpuri, Hazara, Swat, Balochi & Sindhi embroidery) block printing, lacquer work, Khussa making, pottery, tie and dye, doll making, khaddar weaving, truck art, wood carving, wood work, papier mache, namda & gabba, metal work, Shawl weaving, zari work, motikari, traditional carpets, blue pottery, Ajrak, wax printing, stone work, wooden spoon making, pattu weaving and many others. Both male and female practitioners were afforded an equal opportunity to showcase their talent and get due recognition. The most prominent among them are Rehana Anees in Sindhi embroidery, Fahmida Malik, Munaza and Musarart in Punjabi embroidery, Fouzia Naheed in doll making, Ambreen in traditional toys, Sadaf Aziz in Motikari, Anam Nawaz in Multani Tanka, Tasleem Bibi in Hazara Phulkari, Sultana and Haji Bibi in Hunza embroidery. These female artisans stand out
rampant beggary plagues twin cities ISLAMABAD: The increasing number of beggars on chowks, traffic signals, mosques, and markets in the twin cities puts the efficiency of authorities to question. Beggars crowd in every marketplace, in front of every mosque and at every traffic signal including Peshawar Chowk, Jinnah Super Market, Karachi Company, Super Market, F-10 Markaz, Commercial Market, Raja Bazaar, Saddar, and Zero Point. Residents expressed concern as most beggars are children under the age of 15 who are vulnerable and could easily be involved in anti-social activities. A group of residents at Peshawar Morr said many children are dropped there in the morning to beg and are picked up late at night. These beggars, including Afghan girls, surround visitors and ask them for money, they said. No authority had so far stepped up to curb these practices, they added. Another group of residents in Commercial Market said it was hard to shop or eat in restaurants and stalls as beggars swarmed all over the place asking for alms. They said the beggars tactfully exploited their emotions by telling heart-rending stories. inp
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not only for their excellence but also propagate their ancient arts by imparting it to the future generations. Male artisans are also equally good in showing their art work. Zulfiqar Ghazi specializes in the famous Kashmiri art of "papier mache". Haji Habib ur Rehman from Punjab is the master artisan in truck art. While Deedar Ali in "patti" weaving (woven strip made from sheep wool) from Gilgit Baltistan is also at work, demonstrating his workmanship. Talking to this scribe, lok Virsa's executive director Khalid Javaid said "Pakistan with its rich and varied heritage has a craft tradition of more than 9,000 years dating back to the Mehergarh civilization in Balochistan, when reveals the earliest evidence for pottery production". He said, the indus Valley civilization of Mohenjodaro in Sindh and Harappa civilization in Punjab (5,000 B.C.) indicates impressions
of woven cloth production from cotton and wool. The dominant historical influence still to be seen in the form, design and colour of Pakistani handicrafts is essentially islamic, a fusion of Turkish, Arab, Persian and the indigenous Mughal traditions," he added. He further highlighted that Pakistan is known for some of the most varied and beautiful handicrafts of the world. Whether it is the elaborate dress of a bride or a simple household utensil, it is designed and created so artistically that it becomes an object of art. The different regions, towns and cities specialize in their own particular handicrafts. This is why there is so much diversity and variety in the crafts of the country, he maintained. The Pakistan Week celebrations will continue till Jan 7 at lok Virsa complex, Garden Avenue, Shakarparian daily from 11am to 6pm.
The Capital Development Authority (CDA), in collaboration with the city administration, has selected two new sites for relocating slum dwellers of Sector i-11. A senior CDA official said the CDA would evacuate Afghan refugees dwelling in the Sector i-11 slums within a week. He said all registered Afghan refugees would be shifted to their designated camps in Kot Chanda, Peshawar. Moreover, Pakistanis settled there in the guise of refugees would be sent back to their native towns. People from tribal areas would be shifted either to Rawat or Sangjani, in the suburbs of the capital, where they would be allowed to stay till May 30. The official said the CDA was going to convene a final meeting of all stake holders including the iCT Police, administration, Traffic SSP, officials of secret agencies, iESCO officials and others to finalise arrangements for people from tribal areas. Earlier, the National Assembly Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat had directed the CDA to have Sector i-11 slums vacated by January 15. MNA Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry had said that criminal elements had taken shelter in slum areas by calling themselves Afghan. He said the connivance of CDA officials in the matter had also been reported. Talking to Pakistan Today, a senior police officer said there was no option except shifting Afghan refugees to their designated camps in Kot Chanda. “Residents of the Afghan Basti pose a security risk and they must leave the area by January 15,” he added.
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To prevent Dr Qadri’s long march to the capital, the city administration has imposed Section-144 banning any rallies or public gatherings in the district. According to sources, the administration has not granted Awami Tehrik Chief Dr Tahir ul Qadri permission to hold a public rally in the federal capital on Jan 14 and has asked him to restrict his rally to the F-9 Park. The administration stated that large public gatherings could not be allowed in the high security zone at DChowk. Sources said that Dr Qadri has refused to hold his rally in F-9 Park and said that he would hold his rally outside the Parliament House.
HEC to continue promoting extra-curricular activities: chairman ISLAMABAD nni
Higher Education Commission (HEC) Chairperson Dr Javaid R laghari said the HEC would continue to promote extra-curricular activities throughout the country. He was addressing a ceremony held to celebrate the HEC’s 2nd position in the 32nd National Games recently held at lahore. The HEC won second prize with 29 gold medals, 62 silver and 74 bronze medals, with a total 165 medals and 2,935 points during the national event. HEC players performed brilliantly and helped their department gain positions at the event. The HEC chairperson said, “We are very pleased that the HEC team, which includes best sportsmen from universities, has reached new heights of success by securing 2nd position in the 32nd National Games. it is proof that in addition to improvement of the quality of higher education and research, the HEC is
also focusing on extra-curricular activities including debates and sports.” HEC Acting Executive Director imtiaz Hussain Gilani also lauded the players’ excellent performance. He mentioned that this is a great achievement as the HEC has improved its position from 7th to 2nd
in national games. Since its inception, the HEC has paid special attention to the promotion of healthy activities in university campuses throughout the country. These steps include organising more than 55 inter-varsity championships, special incentives for players and sport officials, per-
formance based scholarships, development of sport facilities in universities and the establishment of 51 fitness centres throughout the country. The establishment of the Pakistan University Sports Board as the largest sports’ setup has also been greatly helpful for the promotion of university sport activities.
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projects of the Architecture Department focused on the development of an authentic design for the twin cities. NCA Director Omar Tarar said in the age of globalization, creativity was commonly regarded as a key to enhancing the quality of life. “The NCA provided a unique educational, urban and cultural setting to cultivate students' latent potential by providing them sufficient latitude to experi-
PPP workers at national, provincial and district levels will celebrate the 85th birth anniversary of former prime minister and founder of Pakistan People’s Party, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in a befitting manner today. By forming the PPP in 1967, Bhutto laid the foundation stone of a democratic process in the country. He gave Pakistan a constitution which was passed unanimously by the National
Assembly and he also initiated the nuclear programme. Zulfikar Ali Bhutto served as the country’s president from 1971 to 1973 and as prime minister from 1973 to 1977. Radio Pakistan will broadcast a special transmission titled "Zinda Hey Bhutto Zinda Hey" today to pay homage to the founding chairman of the PPP. Bhutto's personality, his revolutionary struggle for democracy and his services for the country and the nation will be highlighted in the special transmission on Pakistan Television Network.
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08 News Chavez fights ‘severe’ lung infection CARACAS: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is being treated for “respiratory deficiency” after complications from a severe lung infection, his government has said. “Chavez has faced complications as a result of a severe respiratory infection. This infection has led to respiratory deficiency that requires Commander Chavez to remain in strict compliance with his medical treatment,” Ernesto Villegas, the Venezuelan information minister, said on television on Thursday night. The statement pointed to a deepening crisis for the ailing 58-year-old president, who has not been seen or heard from since his December 11 operation in Cuba, and raised the possibility that Chavez might be breathing with the assistance of a machine. But the government did not address that question and did not give details of the president’s treatment. Chavez’s government expressed confidence in his medical team and condemned what it called a “campaign of psychological warfare” in the international media regarding the president’s condition. Officials have urged Venezuelans not to heed rumours about Chavez’s condition. in its latest statement, the government didn’t point to any particular rumours but said “this campaign aims ultimately to destabilise the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela... and end the Bolivarian Revolution led by Chavez”. Venezuela’s opposition has demanded that the government provide more specific information about Chavez’s condition. Chavez has undergone four cancer-related surgeries since June 2011 for an undisclosed type of pelvic cancer. He has also undergone chemotherapy and radiation treatment. He was re-elected in October to another six-year term, and two months later announced that the cancer had come back. aGenCies
Fatah holds first mass rally in Gaza in years GAzA: Hamas, which governs Gaza, has allowed the West Bank political party, Fatah, to celebrate its 48th anniversary by staging a rally in Gaza City for the first time since its forces were ousted following a brutal civil war. Supporters carrying the distinctive black and yellow flags of late Palestinian president Yasser Arafat’s group arrived on Friday in a steady stream to the venue. Many Palestinians living outside of Gaza City arrived overnight, lighting fires and starting the celebrations early. Cars cruised the streets with waving Fatah and Palestinian flags. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas last month allowed Hamas supporters to celebrate their movement’s founding in a rare rally in the West Bank. The moves appear to be an attempt by the two sides to mend relations after years of division and mistrust. After decades of dominance, Fatah lost a 2006 parliamentary election to Hamas, the largest Palestinian armed group. Following the democratic election results, the US and israel labelled Hamas a “terrorist organisation” and Fatah became the Western-backed political party ruling the West Bank. A year after the election, Fatah’s forces were routed by Hamas in a civil war and ousted from the Gaza Strip. Fatah’s power in the West Bank has been reduced by persistent internal struggles and its influence has waned. aGenCies
buenOs aiRes: a child looks through the window of a wooden carriage car on the historic subway system, line a. the city government has announced that the almost 100-year-old wooden carriages will be replaced by modern units. AGENCIES
Sunni Iraqis continue anti-government rallies BAGHDAD
H O U S A N D S of Sunni iraqis have continued to protest in Fallujah and other in iraqi cities against the Shia-led government in Baghdad. Protesters after Friday prayers in the province of al-Anbar, the heartland of iraq’s Sunni population, demanded the release of prisoners and the end to allegedly sectarian policies. The government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki released fourteen female prisoners a day earlier, but the measure did not seem to have defused tension. “According to organisers of the protests and authorities in the Sunni community, the prisoners range be-
tween 40 to 50 thousand people, including men and women,” Al Jazeera’s Omar al-Saleh, reporting from Fallujah, said. “The government says this figure is not accurate. it puts the number of female prisoners at 900 and accuses them of criminal activity and terrorism charges,” he said. Protests have been going on for days. The rallies were sparked by the arrest on December 20 of bodyguards of iraq’s finance minister, a Sunni, and have spurred allegations that the government was using antiterror legislation to target the Sunni minority. iraqi authorities had called for an end to what a senior official said were illegal and illegitimate protest rallies in Sunni-majority provinces including Salaheddin, Nineveh and Anbar. Protesters are demanding an end
Syrian violence escalates: deadly bomb strikes fuel station
to what they see as the marginalisation of iraq’s Sunni minority, which dominated the country until the USled invasion of 2003 that toppled Saddam Hussein. “The crisis has been going on for years. Since the US invasion in iraq, the Sunni community says they have been marginalized. So not it has reached the peak. They give examples of targeting their leaders, including the finance minister and the vicepresident,” al-Saleh said. They say they want justice, equality and fair representation in state institution. Echoing slogans used in popular revolts that brought down leaders in Egypt, Yemen, Tunisia and Yemen, protesters have also called on Maliki to step down. Alaa Makki, head of the Sunni iraqiya bloc in parliament, said the government has a “last chance for
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At least 11 people were killed and 40 wounded when a car bomb exploded at a crowded petrol station in the Syrian capital Damascus on Thursday, opposition activists said. The station was packed with people queueing for fuel that has become increasingly scarce during the country’s 21-month-long insurgency aimed at overthrowing President Bashar al-Assad. The semi-official al-ikhbariya television station showed footage of 10 burnt bodies and Red Crescent workers searching for victims on the site. The opposition Revolution leadership Council in Damascus said the explosion was caused by a booby-trapped car. There was no immediate indication of who was responsible for the bombing in the Barzeh al-
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Balad district, whose residents include members of the Sunni Muslim majority and other religious and ethnic minorities. “The station is usually packed even when it has no fuel,” said an opposition activist who did not want to be named. “There are lots of people who sleep there overnight, waiting for early morning fuel consignments.” it was the second time that a petrol station has been hit in Damascus this week. Dozens of people were incinerated in an air strike as they waited for fuel on Wednesday, according to opposition sources. in northern Syria, rebels were battling to seize an air base in their campaign against the air power that Assad has used to bomb rebel-held towns. More than 60,000 people have been killed in the uprising and civil war, the United Nations
said this week, a much higher death toll than previously thought. Despite gains in other parts of Syria by rebels seeking to topple Assad, he has largely kept his grip on the capital. But Damascus has been targeted by a number of large bombings, many of which appear to target government buildings. Some have been claimed by the opposition group Jabhat alNusra, which the US has designated a terrorist organisation. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Thursday’s blast. Masakin Barzeh is a middleclass neighborhood northeast of downtown that is home to many government employees. The UN says more than 60,000 people have been killed in Syria since the start of the uprising in March 2011. The conflict has since evolved into a civil war.
reconciliation”. “This is the last chance for correction of all the [political] environment in iraq, the political system and the judiciary system,” he said. “They [the protesters] are waiting for the government to send somebody there, representing the governmental concerns.” The latest protests came a day after a car bomb explosion killed at least 27 Shia Muslim pilgrims in the town of Mussayab, south of Baghdad, as worshipers from around the world thronged iraq’s shrine city of Karbala to finish mourning rituals for a revered figure in Shia islam. Thursday’s attack came despite a massive security operation mounted to safeguard the millions of pilgrims traveling to and from Karbala for the conclusion of Arbaeen commemorations.
Congolese rebels have threatened to walk away from this week’s peace talks to end their nine-month revolt unless the government signs an official ceasefire, a demand Kinshasa dismissed as unnecessary. The rebel March 23 Movement, preparing for talks on Friday in Kampala, capital of regional mediator Uganda, said government troops had reinforced positions in the east of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and warned it would resist an offensive. “if Kinshasa continues to refuse to sign a ceasefire, M23 is going to ask its delegation to return to DRC. We will wait and when they say ‘we’re ready to sign [a ceasefire]’ we’ll go back,” Jean-Marie Runiga, head of the rebels’ political wing, told reporters in Bunagana, a border town under rebel control. The first attempt at peace talks to end the ninemonth rebellion in Congo’s volatile east failed last month amid threats and accusations. A government spokesman dismissed the rebel demand. CEASEfIRE REjECTED: “There’s no point in a ceasefire. When did we declare war?” lambert Mende told the Reuters news agency by telephone. “This group wants permission to kill Congolese without the army reacting, and we will never accept that. if they attack us, attack the people, the army will defend the people.” Negotiations began last month
after regional leaders secured a rebel pull-out from the city of Goma in Congo’s eastern North Kivu province. The front lines have been quiet since, although the talks quickly stalled in a climate of deep mistrust. Foreign powers fear the conflict could spark another regional war in a borderlands zone that has suffered nearly two decades of turmoil. Neighbouring Uganda and Rwanda are accused by a group of UN experts of supporting the rebel campaign. Successive cross-border conflicts have killed and uprooted millions in the Congo basin since the colonial era, driven by political and ethnic divisions and competition for minerals. UN BLACKLISTED: At first, M23, named after a 2009 peace deal for eastern Congo, said it had taken up arms because the Kinshasa government failed to honour its side of the bargain, under which rebel fighters were integrated into the army. it later broadened its goals to include the “liberation” of all of Congo and the removal of President Joseph Kabila. M23 is led by Bosco Ntaganda, a Tutsi warlord indicted by the international Criminal Court. This week the United Nations blacklisted M23 along with another Congolese rebel group. “We need encouragement from the UN, not sanctions,” Runiga, flanked by fighters, said. Nestled in lush green hills less than a kilometre from the Ugandan frontier, Bunagana fell into rebel hands last July after government soldiers fled.
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N an effort to repair ties between Washington and islamabad, Ambassador to the United States Sherry Rehman on Thursday asked for greater US trade access for her country. She also stated Pakistan’s position on American drone strikes, claiming they are counterproductive and reverse gains made in their relationship. in an opinion piece, the Pakistani envoy sought the new US
Congress’s help in materializing the elusive trade initiative whilst underlining Pakistan’s commitment to the fight against terror. The ambassador also highlighted to American lawmakers the elected government’s democratic and antiterror achievements over the past five years. “i appreciate US Ambassador to Pakistan Richard Olson’s words that al Qaeda has largely been eliminated in the region due to joint Pak-US efforts, and hope that this will trigger a more meaningful conversation on ending U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan,” she wrote in a
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piece posted by The Hill Congressional daily. She also addressed the case for enhanced trade access to the US market. The envoy pointed out that think tank studies have shown that the impact of greater market access to Pakistan on US jobs will be negligible while the economic impact on the Pakistani side will be enormous. “it will spur economic activity, generate employment, give the country’s enormous youth cohort an avenue to earn a living, and above all, give ordinary Pakistanis a stake in an enduring Pakistan-US relationship,” she said. ISLAMABAD: Defence Minister Syed Naveed Qamar on Friday said consultation over the caretaker setup would be held with the opposition on March 17 and no such talks were possible before that date. Talking to reporters outside the Parliament House, he said there was no such thing as “good or bad Taliban” and all terrorists should be eliminated. The minister said Pakistan had so far released 26 Taliban prisoners. Qamar said the Abbottabad commission’s report was being reviewed, after which it would be decided whether to make the report public or not. He said the establishment was not backing Tehreek-e-Minhajul Quran (TMQ) chief Tahirul Qadri, adding that it was Qadri’s right to protest, however, nobody could be allowed to violate the constitution. inp
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Economic growth should be top priority in next decade: survey ISLAMABAD
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A survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan shows that 42 percent of Pakistanis believe that economic growth should be the most important goal of the country for the next 10 years. A ‘nationally representative’ sample of men and women from across the four provinces was asked about what the goals for Pakistan should be for the next decade. in their response, 42 percent claimed that a high level of economic growth is the most important goal for the country whereas 38 percent believe having strong defence forces is a major goal. Around 14 percent believed the most important goal is giving people more say in how things are done at their jobs and in their communities and only 5 percent believe that the most important goal is to try and make the cities and countryside more beautiful. The study was released by Gilani Foundation and carried out by Gallup Pakistan, the Pakistani affiliate of Gallup international. The recent survey was carried out among a sample of 1,200 men and women in rural and urban areas of all four provinces of the country during October 4 to 19, 2012.
During 2012, Pakistan continued to suffer under different types of violence, including target killing, bombings and drone attacks, which resulted in death of as many as 6,059 people in the country. According to the data compiled by a think-tank, Centre for Research and Security Studies (CRSS), revealed that almost 15 percent decline in violence was noticed during 2012 as compared to 2011. The report said that in total 389
bombings and suicide attacks that took place in the county in 2012 as many as 937 people were killed, including 709 civilians, 130 security persons and 102 militants. While in 56 landmine explosions some 65 people were killed in 2012. Similarly, 49 drone attacks were conducted on Pakistani soil which claimed 345 lives in last year. The study also informed that approximately 1,564 people were killed in 1,324 incidents of target killings in Karachi and various areas of Balochistan, whereas 618 bodies were found from across the country in 2012.
in Karachi alone, as many as 991 people were dead in 791 violent attacks. Among these, 917 were civilians and 74 security forces officials. Similarly, target killings in KP surged by 42 percent with police, paramilitary and prominent political personalities being prime targets. As a whole, 6,059 persons died during 2012, as a result of 2,536 incidents of violence. likewise, some 309 rocket and mortar attacks were also reported during 2012 due to which 263 people, including 117 security forces personnel, lost their lives. The report also read that terrorists had blown up some 116 schools in KP and FATA.
ASSAM: While india continues to mourn the death of the Delhi gang-rape victim and demand for stringent anti-rape laws have grown louder, a senior Congress leader, accused of rape, was beaten up badly by angry women in a remote village in Assam. The Congress leader, identified as Bikram Singh Brahma, was publicly beaten up by angry villagers, particularly women, when he admitted to raping a local woman some time back. irked with his confession, a group of women then assaulted, slapped and stripped the Congress leader in full public view. The visuals of this shocking incident was also aired on the local news channel. The man has been detained by the police and an investigation into the case has begun. The case comes as an embarrassment for the ruling Congress government in the state and may even cast a shadow on the approaching panchayat elections. inp
Wave of severe cold, dense fog to continue for next 24 hours ISLAMABAD: The Metrological Department on Friday forecast that the wave of severe cold would continue over the northern parts of Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and GilgitBaltistan during the next 24 hours The Met Office said dense foggy conditions would continue to prevail in plain areas of Punjab, including islamabad, Peshawar, Dera ismail Khan, Sukkur and larkana divisions, adding that mainly cold and dry weather was expected in most parts of the country. However, cloudy conditions with light rain/snowfall were likely in Malakand division. inp
Indian patients take shelter in public toilets NEW DELHI Online
On the coldest day in Delhi, many patients were forced to sleep in a public toilet outside the All india institute of Medical Sciences (AiiMS), the biggest hospital in india, local media reported on Thursday. Amongst those who took shelter in the toilets was a 6-year-old child who
had lost both his eyes due to cancer and has been coming to the hospital for treatment since the past three years from Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh. Since the child had not been given a bed, he had to face the bone-chilling cold with his father, every night in a public toilet. The father-son duo however, is not alone in the suffering. With temperatures in the indian capital dipping
drastically, about 20 homeless people take shelter in this public toilet every night. They cook their food and sleep there and most of them are getting their relatives treated in AiiMS. The Delhi government has arranged about 150 shelters for the homeless, but with around 300,000 people on the streets of Delhi, all shelters are already saturated. These people outside AiiMS say
they would rather stay on the footpath or this toilet than the government-run shelters, due to the extremely unhygienic conditions and congestion there. last year too, public toilets had been used as a shelter by the homeless patients and their relatives. The police had then removed the homeless from there, but with nowhere to go, the cold has forced them to take shelter there yet again.
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10 Comment Cooperation vs confrontation Dedicated to the legacy of the late Hameed Nizami
how democracy holds answers to the shenanigans of a maverick cleric
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make the report public
By Arif Nizami
Or no one will believe the Commission
t took CiA 15 long years to finally catch up with Osama bin laden. OBl was not found in the “hole” from which former US President George W Bush had pledged to smoke him out, but living comfortably in a large house in the cantonment city of Abbottabad. The discovery stunned many Pakistanis who had been used to hearing angry denials from government and security officials whenever any foreigner talked about the possibility of OBl being somewhere in Pakistan. initially, PM Gilani welcomed Osama’s killing as a great victory. Then suddenly, without any explanation, he withdrew the statement. This led to a widespread public demand for enquiry. The issue was taken up in a joint session of Parliament where a resolution was passed to set up an “independent commission to fix responsibility and recommend necessary measures to ensure that such an incident does not recur”. The way the Commission was set up raised many eyebrows. The leader of the Opposition was not consulted in violation of the spirit of the resolution. The initial statement did not detail the Commission’s terms of reference. Neither did it set a timeframe for the investigation. it was unknown whether or not the Commission would be authorised to fix responsibility for the Abbottabad fiasco. The Commission has taken 18 months to prepare a report which has now been submitted to the PM. it was expected that the Commission would concentrate on how the much wanted foreigner managed to sneak into Pakistan in violation of the country’s sovereignty. Further, how could the man with a truckload of wives, children, grandchildren and dependants move from place to place and father four children, two born in public hospitals, without being detected. it dismayed many when the focus shifted to an altogether different issue. The Commission showed more interest in how the US found OBl in Abbottabad. it ordered the trial of a Pakistani doctor who had helped in the discovery of OBl. it also sought help of legal experts on international affairs to ascertain whether the US military operation was conducted under the UN’s charter or not. Within a month of the initiation of the enquiry, a member of the Commission told an Australian Radio that the iSi and military were not aware of Osama bin laden’s presence in Abbottabad. This was widely construed as an attempt to influence the enquiry. The Commission was set up at public demand and after a parliamentary resolution. The questions raised by the presence of OBl in Abbottabad continue to disturb many Pakistanis. What is more is that public money has been spent on the preparation of the report. The report should therefore be made public. in case it is not, a perception of there being some sort of cover up is likely to be created.
Candid Corner By Raoof Hasan
he inevitable has happened. Nawaz Sharif and Asif Ali Zardari are now on the same page, at least on Tahirul Qadri’s threats. The PMl-N and the PPP have become natural allies in the developing scenario. Nawaz probably feels that with the PPP-led coalition teetering under its own weight and general elections round the corner, any move to postpone the polls is meant to hurt him. Even before the polls are held, he sees himself as the presumptive prime minister. Sharif is not sure whether Qadri is a foreign agent or an establishment’s pawn. But surely, he feels that there are forces within the ubiquitous establishment who want to block him. Why does the PMl-N supremo has a threat perception despite protestations to the contrary by the military? The iSPR, the public relations wing of the military, has clearly stated that the army in the past five years under General Kayani has supported democracy and would continue to do so. it has no truck with Qadri or his proposed long march. There is a long history of Nawaz’s uneasy relations with the military top brass. As the record speaks for itself, during his two terms as prime minister, he never could get along with all the five military chiefs. He sacked General Jehangir Karamat and in the process of sacking General Musharraf got sacked himself. Going by its ethos, PMl-N is a prostatus quo party. But even while in the opposition, it has come out hard on the military top brass and its policies. Nawaz and his opposition chief in the National Assembly, Chaudhry Nisar Ali, had spared no opportunity to castigate the army. The PMl-N being a Punjab based party, this did not sit well with the military. Thankfully, in the past year or so, better sense has prevailed amongst the PMl-N
leadership. its criticism of the military has become somewhat muted and far apart. in this context, perhaps there is a feeling in the PMl-N ranks that Qadri has been launched from nowhere just to block Nawaz. The Sharifs’ confidant, Punjab’s law Minister Rana Sanaullah, known for his acerbic remarks, has very aptly amplified this feeling. According to him, “First the establishment floated the imran Khan balloon which was deflated by the PMlN. Now it has inflated the Qadri balloon, which will also be pierced.” Qadri has a lot of skeletons in his cupboard. Apart from being a perjurer, his Canadian citizenship is haunting him. With the exception of MQM, no other political party is entirely supporting his agenda. The PTi, after its initial enthusiasm for him, is now somewhat muted in its support. Expedient politics par excellence, the Choudharys of Gujrat first called on Qadri and later claimed that it was a personal visit. The rest of the political spectrum is vociferous in its criticism of the maverick cleric. Nawaz has correctly spelt out the irony that the government’s own coalition partners, the MQM and the PMl-Q, were backing a movement against their own government. Unsurprisingly, they want to extract their pound of flesh from their senior coalition partner. The MQM wants Karachi to remain its closed shop. The election commission’s moves to revisit the demarcation of constituencies and the voters lists in the metropolis on the orders of the Supreme Court are anathemas to its interests. Already under criticism from Sindhi nationalists and the resurgent PMlFunctional under the new Pir of Pagara for introducing a two tier local bodies system, the PPP can ill afford to further alienate its constituency in the province. The Choudharys of Gujrat are somewhat miffed for not being consulted on the appointment of Manzoor Wattoo as the party president and Ahmad Mahmud the governor in the province. The PPP rightly contends that these matters fall under its own domain. The Choudharys, on the other hand, consider Punjab as their citadel. The prime minister also feels that the establishment is not backing Qadri. The cat will be, however, out of the bag as soon as Qadri embarks on his threatened long march. Conspiracy theorists – in abundance amongst the commentrati – wonder who provided the cleric with money and the organisation to put up such a massive show
in lahore a fortnight ago. Qadri claims that he has garnered his own resources and generated donations to fund his operation. But no one believes him and rightly so. So far as the military is concerned, it is too busy fighting an existential threat to Pakistan. After being fixated on india as the archenemy, it has finally acknowledged that this is not the only threat. According to a military doctrine published by the army, insurgency in the tribal areas and on the western borders as well as terrorist attacks by militant outfits on individuals and institutions are the biggest threats to Pakistan’s sovereignty. Coupled with this, as a precursor to a drawdown of NATO forces from Afghanistan next year, the military leadership is engaged in sensitive negotiations with the Taliban to bring them to the negotiations table. Although adventurism bordering on Bonapartists tendencies within the intelligence apparatus cannot be entirely ruled out, this is hardly the time for the military to engage in internal or external war games. The PPP-led coalition’s record on governance has been dismal. There are concerns about a faltering economy across the board. And the military is no exception on this count. But, on the other hand, the civilian government has enjoyed an excellent rapport with the GHQ, unprecedented in the checkered history of the country. There are elements in the country that perhaps genuinely feel nostalgic about the Ayub and Musharraf eras. They contend that democracy is not good for stability and economic growth. However, a vast majority does not subscribe to this shortsighted view. A civilian government calling general elections will be a first for Pakistan. if polls are held on time, it will certainly strengthen democratic institutions. Not everyone likes it. in this context, Qadri is perceived as a saboteur of democracy, not its saviour. if Nawaz and Zardari want to walk the talk, they should be seen on the same page. For starters, formal talks to chalk out a caretaker setup and other modalities of holding general elections on time should be held without further delay. The Punjab Assembly passing a unanimous resolution condemning the proposed long march of Qadri’s outfit, Tehreek-e-Minhaj-ul-Quran, is perhaps symptomatic of a change of heart that democracy is not all bout confrontation but cooperation as well. The writer is Editor, Pakistan Today
A coalition of the absurd the middle course is out for pakistan
here is little doubt that the incumbent parliamentary system cannot remedy the woes of the people which are multiplying by the day. They crave for a change – a change that would make them a direct stakeholder in the working of the state and which they are able to influence. The prevalent corrupt system works by exploiting the captivities that have been passed on from generation to generation. Principally, these include the deprivations in the fields of education and economic survival. While genuine education is a rare commodity, it is economic captivity that forces the people to vote the way they are ordered to because their survival depends on maintaining the goodwill of the political mafias they are dependent on. Be it the rural or the urban sector, this is the exploitative mechanism by which people are returned to the assemblies to form the governments in islamabad and all of the provincial capitals. Come Tahirul Qadri – the latest harbinger of the elusive ‘change’ that people have been craving for. Within a few days of addressing a mammoth gathering at Minar-ePakistan grounds, he is flanked on the one side by the mercurial MQM and, on the other, by those inveter-
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ate survivors under all circumstances, the Chaudhrys of Gujrat. Both these parties have shared the bed with dictators and ‘democrats’ alike to advance their vested interests. MQM rules Karachi, yet there is extortion and murder which, today, tethers on the verge of a bloodbath while to the Chaudhrys goes the indisputable distinction of forging alliances with everyone sans principles. What boggles the mind is that both these parties have now joined forces with Tahirul Qadri to topple the incumbent government of which they are still a part, by leading a march to islamabad. How on earth could you be involved in a movement to remove a government of which you are a partner? if ever one were looking for a reason that has brought the country to the present miserable state, it can be found in its abdominal and unprincipled politics where the self takes precedence over all other considerations. Nearing the next elections, the noose seemed to be tightening around the PMl-Q neck because of increasing defections while the MQM was fighting a battle for its own survival both internally and on a foreign front where its leader is allegedly being investigated for the murder Dr imran Farooq. Having provided the much-needed shield to the corrup-
tion of the incumbent government by becoming a part of their loot spree, it required the ultimate in Machiavellian parlance for these two political outfits to have joined forces with someone who comes with a commitment to change what they have been and remain a symbol of. Understandably, the two leading parties are visibly disturbed over the development which has gained in intensity within a short span of time. Their leaders are variously critical of the prospect of a long march as ‘undemocratic’ and ‘sponsored’. While the former does not stick as all kinds of peaceful protest is an inherent right of the people, one would need irrefutable evidence to accept the latter charge. if, however, Tahirul Qadri is using the widespread frustration among the people to advance his political interests, it would fall within the given parameters of politics as has been practised in the country. in my last column, i had called him a ‘potential game changer’ which he just might become if the sitting government and its depleting allies do not address the issue of reform on an emergency footing. On a different front, the army has given a hint of shifting its operational priorities rating the internal security challenges as a major threat to the country’s sovereignty. Simultane-
ously, the military command has advised the government to devise a strategy to respond to the militants’ offer for a dialogue which is generally perceived as an indication of their growing vulnerability under the army’s ceaseless assault. The question that arises is whether it is at all advisable to go for a dialogue with the militants at this stage? The recent upsurge in inhuman militant activity, including the beheading of 21 levis soldiers, the sectarian attacks in Balochistan and multiple other incidents of brutal violence, perpetrated by the TTP and its allied bands, leave little scope for any such dialogue which should also be viewed in the context of the past failures in enforcing agreements with them signed in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2008. in the absence of a comprehensive strategy to deal with the growing spectre of militancy and violence, and now nearing the next elections – a prospect that may be jeopardised depending on which way the Tahirul Qadri bandwagon progresses – there is little scope and time for the government to undertake any meaningful initiative in that direction. But there are a few things that should be clearly understood. Pakistan’s “friend-some-enemy-some” Taliban policy has failed in delivering the desired results as, indeed, it could not
have. Terrorism is a reprehensible phenomenon that must be crushed with the full might of the state without distinguishing between the socalled ‘friendly’ and ‘enemy’ elements within their ranks. They are all fighting the state of Pakistan and eliminating them should be the top priority of any operation that is envisaged. There is no middle course and no effort should be unleashed to find one as the spectre, if allowed to hibernate, would come back with increased ferocity and destruction. Pakistan has suffered immensely because of this duality in approach which, if allowed to linger, would cause irremediable damage to the state and its institutions. it is the danger within that Pakistan should fear the most – both on the political and militancy fronts. The former can be addressed through undertaking a comprehensive programme of reforms preceding the next elections and the latter will require a focussed and all-encompassing strategy with a backup mechanism which is clinical with no let up till all the short- and long-term objectives have been sealed. The middle course is out for Pakistan. The writer is a political analyst. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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unnecessary financial burden Muhammed Hussain Syed, the Administrator, Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC), has recently notified to create a nonbudgeted post of Director General (Foreign Coordination) exclusively to deal with already notified responsibilities entailing ‘arrangements of foreign visits’ as well as recently added responsibilities such as to ‘make all arrangements of lodging, boarding, protocol, conveyance and etc for the visiting foreign dignitaries in close coordination with relevant KMC, provincial and federal government departments’. i am sure that an official arrangement must be underway to benefit a blue eyed retiree to appoint as a consultant in the department which is either a blatant favouritism or sheer nepotism. is this feasible for a cash-strapped organisation which has also failed to disburse monthly salary for the month of November 2012, paid in December 2012, to its thousands of employees and could not manage to remove its financial backlog for many months on account of pension and post-retirement dues for which payment seekers have been going from pillar to post. it is the time to disburse monthly salary and pension on time and release funds to the KDA hospitals and medical laboratories so that they could continue their services to the employees halted for couple of months. it is the time to curtail a hefty expenditure being incurred monthly on POl for official vehicles. Almost all officers use their POl quota on their domestic use instead of official use for which the quota is sanctioned. The Audit Department is responsible to scrutinise whether journey performed was official or otherwise but it has done nothing with this scrutiny. it is time to keep a watchful eye on the misuse of financial resources of KMC and officers living beyond their known means of income. The priority should be given to settle monthly salary and pension instead of rehiring a retiree or retirees on the pretext of consultancy. Attention is also paid to those cases where applicants are hired on contractual basis without any requisition by the department. i request the Administrator, KMC, and the Chief Officer, KMC, to look into the matter or else recently added tax on the pretext of municipal charges would not suffice. A carrot and stick approach must be adopted. JAWED AHMED KHURSHEED Karachi
…for free, fair and transparent elections By Dr Muhammad Aslam Khan Naru
ne of the most important turning points in Pakistan’s checkered history was the valiant and vibrant movement, led successfully by the lawyers’ community, to restore the honour of the judiciary in 2007, which has been a landmark achievement in the history of the subcontinent. The support given by the newly emerging civil society and the role of the media will also be remembered as a major contribution in the annals of history. Albeit all this, the doors of justice remain closed for the forgotten builders of the nation — the working people of Pakistan. And, the agenda of the movement, however, remains unfinished until the foundations of a strong and dynamic democratic society are established. We have a long way to go to salvage the country from apparently an imminent disaster. Nonetheless, the environment of hope for a bright future for the coming generations is in the offing as we can notice the public opinion is surging against the so-called democratic system and imperialism. The people of Pakistan strongly desire to emancipate themselves from the corrupt and putrid system of governance. it is evident from the ever increasing momentum in public unrest and the recent mammoth public response to Dr Tahirul Qadri. This demonstrates the burning desire of the people for a political change. A qualitative change that should make people master of their destiny rather than to bring back in power the same corrupt people who have been ruling the country for the last 65 years. These people are part of the problem, not the solution. Allow me to recount briefly some of the events of the recent past of our checkered history. Each time people have registered protest against bad governance of our rulers, their untiring struggle and sacrifices have been rendered fruitless by those who rose to control the reins of power. We are witnessing the same, rather worse, current regime which controls the reins of the government as a result of the February 2008 general elec-
tions. The successive regimes, both civilian and military, with strong federalist and authoritative orientation, centrally controlled and lacking people’s participation, have, time and again, failed the people and the country. Two decade-rule of Zia and Musharraf and the bad governance of current regime have brought the country and its economy to a disastrous point. The political leaders, so-called champions of democracy, while in office, remained true to their class interests. A feudal-hari relationship between them and their nominated, sycophant and nincompoop courtiers is central to their leadership style, where jiyalas don’t figure anywhere. All this failed to articulate democratic values. Holding an election alone, in a milieu of feudal and colonial value system, is not the solution of our ill-fated society. We need to transform the society and become a catalyst to uproot the value system impregnated with dishonesty, corruption, immorality, absence of rule of law and good-governance. Democracy is a culture and way of life that requires the adoption of an entire value system. Now i come to elections, the central point of this article. i intend to convey my viewpoint with the hope that it can become the theme of discussions among the knowledgeable concerned citizen of Pakistan and become the vanguard of democratic movement. in the past, elections have not brought any healthy and qualitative change in our society because it has been a luxurious privilege of our wealthy classes. Nevertheless, election must be held and it should be free, fair and transparent. in the urban centres, the people are relatively freer than in rural, feudal strongholds where the people display the stress of centuries of long subjugation to a culture of forced obedience and servitude. Hence the ensuing helplessness does not permit them to exercise their right to vote freely. To ensure free, fair and transparent elections, to monitor the enormous sums of money spent in the campaign, to prevent bribes and kickbacks to the election officials, to stop massive buying of general voters, and to improve general security during
elections, the following proposals are to be considered for debate and discussion: There should be complete ban on conventional way of campaign — public rallies, posters, loudspeakers etc. Each candidate for National and Provincial Assembly should deposit with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) rupees one million and half million respectively as election expenditures. ECP would make arrangements for debates on close circuit TVs among the candidates in each constituency. The topics of debate should be issues like foreign affairs, agriculture, education, health care, security and sociopolitico-economic problems etc. The ECP would distribute slips showing an individual’s voting details taken from the official voters lists 10 days ahead of Election Day to all voters at their homes. All polling stations must be located not more than a 10minute walking distance from the voter’s home. A complete ban on transport. The ECP would make arrangements for the transportation of the handicapped voters. The agents of candidates should not be allowed to gather and harass the voters at polling stations. The polling staff would be appointed by ECP. No reception camps of candidates should be allowed at the polling stations. A new vote counting method should be evolved which is acceptable to all the candidates. international/national observers should have access to polling. The entire election operations must be supervised by the Supreme Court of Pakistan/Pakistan Army. in this way, i hope a major part of our population of middle class and intelligentsia from the civil society, such as professionals (lawyers, doctors, professors, working class leaders etc), would be able to contest elections making our assemblies representative of all sections of our society. The writer is a member of Central Committee, Pakistan Peoples Party-Shaheed Bhutto. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
urns out that a former military man, once close to Pervez Musharraf, wants to contest the elections. Now, since the man was considered the eyes and ears of the generalissimo, he was instrumental, amongst a couple of others, in setting up the PMl-Q. The same league, however, refused to give him a ticket for the National Assembly seat of Nankana Sahib in the upcoming elections. Bruised, he went over to the PTi, who refused to comply either. Finally, he made his way to former nemesis PMl-N, whose chief, surprisingly, was willing to give him the ticket. Till someone within the league, presumably holding one hell of a grudge, asked his boss that if they could take him, why not drop all pretence and take the whole of the PMl-Q? So they took the ticket back. How the mighty have fallen!
ot a peep recently out of imran Khan. is it because of the cold? Quite possibly; it does hit the elderly the hardest. But no, the reason, apparently, is his sons, who visit him every Christmas break. He would rather spend some quality time and ease up on the politics front for a bit. Understandable. For feedback, comments, suggestions and, most importantly, tips, contact us at email@example.com
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H Singer kesha admits bisexuality
ingER Kesha has revealed she is bisexual and loves people regardless of their gender. The 25years-old 'die young' singer, who once said she had a sexual encounter with a ghost, doesn't care about gender and loves women as much as men, reported daily Mail online. "i don't love just men. i love people. it's not about a gender. it's just about the spirit that exudes from that other person you're with," Kesha said. The singer said that she wanted to speak out about her sexuality to stand up for others, who are bullied because of their sexual orientation, as well as for her brother, who is bullied in school for having a speech impediment. "i am all about standing up to gay, lesbian, transgender bullying, but it is also about my little brother. He is 13 and he gets made fun of because he has a stutter. neWs desK
OllYWOOD loves political dramas and the next to get a biopic could be outgoing secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton as a script focusing on her younger days features in the list of favourite future films. Written by Young ii Kim from South Korea and dubbed 'Rodham', the screenplay follows a 20something Hillary. The film focuses at Hillary when she is the youngest attorney on the House Judiciary Committee working to impeach President Richard Nixon while her boyfriend Bill Clinton is trying to launch his political career in Arkansas, the Politico reported. "There's this incredible irony that she worked on the impeachment process that was used against her husband," Kim said while referring to Clinton's impeachment scandal involving former White House intern Monica lewinsky. "But it's also really a journey of a woman who was torn between her personal desires and her professional ambition
both literally pulled her thousands of miles apart, because Bill did not want to leave Arkansas, and she did not want to leave Washington, DC." The script came fourth on Hollywood's all-important Black list, an annual poll of nearly 300 film executives about their favorite scripts. Films that have made to the list include Oscar-
winners 'The Social Network' and 'The King's Speech'. Kim, 39, said he got the idea after he saw a photo of Hillary in the Situation Room with President Barack Obama and others watching the raid to kill Osama bin laden in May, 2011. "That photo... made me remember another photo. There was this photo of Hillary when she was in her 20s with coke-bottle glasses and long, hippie hair. And it was those two images that really made me realize that this would be a great way into this story just to focus on a moment in her life when she's in her 20s, and she doesn't know what she wants to do with her life." Kim left his job in venture capital post September 11, 2001 attacks to chase his dream of becoming a screenwriter. Hollywood veteran Richard Arlook has signed on to manage Kim. United Talent Agency's Jenny Maryasis, who helped discover lena Dunham, is the agent on the script as is veteran Barbara Dreyfus. Arlook said the next step in the process is to get funding. NEwS DESk
Steve Jobs bio film set for April release
The first film based on the life of legendary Apple co-founder Steve Jobs will be released in April, according to a distribution deal for "jOBS" announced on Thursday. The "biopic" starring Ashton Kutcher as Jobs, who died in 2011, will premier later this month on the closing night of the Sundance Film Festival, according to independent distributor Open Road Films. Written by Matthew Whitely and directed by Joshua Michael Stern, "jOBS" focuses on the Apple co-founder's life from 1971 through 2000. A deal was announced for the film to be distributed in North America by Open Road, which is owned by major cinema chains AMC Entertainment and Regal Entertainment. "jOBS is certain to resonate with audiences and we are thrilled to partner with Five Star Films to bring this film to theaters," said Open Road chief executive Tom Ortenberg. Sony Pictures is backing a its own Jobs film based on the biography of the Apple co-founder's life written by Walter isaacson. NEwS DESk
Cameron Diaz loves reading about herself Actress Cameron Diaz reportedly loves to read news and gossip about herself online. The 40year-old is time and again seen in coffee shops, where she connects her iPad to free wi-fi there and reads everything written about her. "She's always surfing the web in here, and has been. looking up Hollywood gossip about herself and reading movie reviews and news featuring her name," thesun.co.uk quoted a cafĂŠ-goer as saying."Cameron's also not shy of sharing Skype calls with pals while sitting over her coffee and doesn't mind turning herself into the centre of attention," he added.Diaz will soon be seen in Joel and Ethan Coen's new movie Gambit, which also features Colin Firth and Alan Rick NEwS DESk
lindsay lohan undergoes total makeover for 2013
indsay Lohan, who just two days back looked really rough, stepped out looking like a totally different person on Thursday in London. The 26year-old troubled actress showed up at London's fancy nozomi restaurant wearing a black fur jacket, TMZ.com reported. Lohan had a bad time last year, with numerous lawsuits and her movie 'Liz and dick' not performing well, and critics slamming her performance as Elizabeth Taylor. The 26-year-old troubled actress showed up at London's fancy nozomi restaurant wearing a black fur jacket, TMZ.com reported. neWs desK
Naomi Campbell 'injured and mugged' in Paris
aoMi Campbell suffered a leg injury after she was violently attacked and robbed on a Paris street last month, according to sources. The 42year-old supermodel was knocked over and robbed by goons, as she tried to hail a cab, the new york Post reported. Campbell suffered a torn ligament in the incident and reported the matter to the French police. it is not known what the robbers stole from her, but it's believed that they were targeting the expensive jewellery that she might have been wearing. Her billionaire boyfriend, Vladimir doronin, immediately flew her to Vail, Colorado, by private jet, where she was treated by J. Richard steadman, one of the top orthopaedic surgeons in the world. Campbell has been using a wheelchair and crutches to get around following the attack. The source said that she has not spoken publicly about the assault nor told friends at the request of French police. doronin reportedly has upped security around Campbell, as a precaution.neWs desK
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you're best known for your role as luc Deveraux. why do you think this character became more popular than everything else you've done? i am not sure that this is the case. i have enjoyed this character, and i have appeared as him four times, so perhaps the frequency of appearance leads to the perception of popularity. i think a number of other characters have shown staying power as well. Five films so far as a villain (the latest one included). what's the attraction? i am an actor, i enjoy playing roles. it is always dependent on the script and story line. you've worked in several films with both Scott Adkins and Dolph lundgren. Doesn't familiarity breed contempt in your case? Why should it? They are great guys and i enjoy working with them. who do you think is competition right now? You know, i love movies. i love watching movies and seeing other people's performances. in my mind you don't compete, you do what you do and hope people like it, and you appreciate what others do. Save for JCVD (a mock biopic based on you) and a voiceover in kung Fu Panda 2 (Master Croc), you've barely moved outside the action genre. why's that? Welcome to the Jungle, a really fun comedy is just about
I kNow A loT oF PeoPle IN BollywooD: JeANClAuDe VAN DAMMe Jean-Claude Van Damme, much like his contemporaries, Sylvester Stallone and Jackie Chan, has had a busy, eventful career. At his peak, Van Damme, also known as the Muscles From Brussels, gave his career-best hits as an action star. As an actor, he is coming into his own only now. letâ€™s ask the actor about his life as an action star and about the co-stars in his latest film.
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Hugh Hefner wants a baby at 86? Playboy mogul Hugh Hefner reportedly wants to have a baby with his new wife Crystal Harris, who is 60 years younger to him. The 86-year-old and Harris, 26, married in a small ceremony at the Playboy Mansion in Hollywood on New Year's Eve, reported Daily Star. "Crystal is desperate to have Hugh's baby. She thinks it would be the most beautiful way imaginable to show him how much she really loves him. "Hef is
insisting he's still man enough for the job, telling family and friends at the wedding he's still up for it. He wants to show the world that age shouldn't stop you doing anything," a source said. Hefner was previously married to Mildred Williams and Kimberley Conrad and has two children with each of his ex-wives. it is the first marriage for Harris, who recently opened a lingerie store, Femme Fatale, in Studio City, California.
PeoPle ARe STIll BuyINg ADele'S 21 Turns out Adele ruled 2012, too – and set a record while she was at it. The British singer's "21" was the highest-selling album in the US for the second consecutive year, according to 2012 sales figures released by Nielsen SoundScan on Thursday. That's a first in the SoundScan era. Adele sold 4.4 million copies of the album in 2012 after selling 5.8 million in 2011. She crossed the 10 million threshold in November and was only rivaled by Taylor Swift, whose "Red" was second on the list. if her album sales continue apace in 2013, `21' will move into the top 10 list for sales since 1993, when SoundScan began current tracking methods. Gotye scored the year's top-selling song with "Somebody That i Used To Know" featuring Kimbra. The song was downloaded a record 6.8 million times. Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" was next at 6.5 million. Both songs are the first to cross the 6 million digital sales mark, while fun. came close with 5.9 million downloads of "We Are Young" featuring Janelle Monae. Forty-one songs crossed the 2 million download mark, helping drive digital and overall sales to a new high even as album sales began to drop again after a momentary gain. A record 1.65 billion music units – combining physical albums, digital albums and digital songs – were sold in 2012, fueled by an increase of 9.1 percent in total digital sales and a 14.1 percent increase in digital album sales. Overall, however, album sales declined 4.4 percent. That continues a downward trend since 2004 that was only briefly halted by last year's 3 percent gain – mostly due to the surprise success of "21." Only two genres showed album sales gains in 2012. Rock gained by 2 percent and country, fueled by the format's assault on the top 10, jumped 4.2 percent. Swift led a record five country artists into the top 10, selling 3.1 million copies of "Red" in just over two months. Other country artists on the list included Carrie Underwood's "Blown Away" at No. 7 (1.2 million) followed by luke Bryan's "tailgates & tanlines" (1.1 million), lionel Richie's duets album "Tuskegee" (1 million) and Jason Aldean's "Night Train" (1 million). One Direction nearly matched Swift's sales total, but did it by placing two 2012 releases in the top 10 – "Up All Night" placed No. 3 with 1.6 million sold and "Take Me Home" was fifth with 1.3 million. NEwS DESk
to be released, so the answer is i am stretching my legs. People constantly criticise Stallone for not ending the Rocky or Rambo series while at the peak. what are your reasons for sticking around with the franchises that made you famous? Frankly, my role in Universal Soldier 4 is not central, and i enjoyed participating in the franchise, as well as the direction John Hyam's has taken the franchise. Otherwise i don't think you have seen me reprise roles very often. As for Stallone, my take on it is that people still very much enjoyed Rambo and Rocky so i personally would not criticize his choices, he has an excellent sense for what an audience wants. Think Hollywood lacks real action heroes? with gadgets and gizmos taking over hardcore action, think the old-school heroes have a future? i think it is all about the story and the quality of a film. Tastes change over time, sometimes returning to earlier times. One has to find good scripts, good co-stars and make a good film. its not genre-specific or group-specific. Most of your films are either VoD (Video on Demand) or DVD rental favorites. But they rarely, if ever, fare well at the box-oﬃce. why do you think that is? i don't think that is correct. in the 80s and 90s, i did very well at the box office. i then went through a period where a lot of films were done as direct-toDVD. i have now gone back to theatrical releases, i enjoy them more. let's see what the box office says.
Int’l Dramas In our culture LAHORE
iRST it was Saas Bahu story, now it is a non-traditional love story. No matter how you put it we as Pakistanis are being bombarded by foreign media and culture. Our culture is facing immense and increasing pressure to either get with the program or get out of the system. Yes it is true, in this global village we are part of a world economy and be it our products or services or entertainment we must compete. But unfortunately being part of the global village all the countries in the world tend to keep their values and culture intact and in fact they try to impose and expand it to others. On the other hand we are not only losing our own culture but adapting to a mix culture of unknown land and unknown consequences. Now it may seem that i represent an extremist nationalist point of view that says no to indian Dramas and Films because apparently india is our sole and born enemy, but in fact the sect of society i represent is more of a moderate Pakistan. Yes i watch all such programs but how many of educated people like me have the opinion to watch the program and at the same time maintain our own culture. if i watch indian dramas i do not go around talking in Hindi and imitating Hindu wedding culture into ours. i watch it for entertainment purposes only and sometimes even to make fun of the rituals and screenplay of drama by itself, i mean seriously how many women in india or anywhere in the world go to bed dressed like a bride with all their jewelry on them and i am may not know much about indian culture but i don’t think there are a lot of people getting or giving divorce day in and day out of their lives after all there are values and culture in each and every society. The point to make out of all this is that we were, we are and we will always be in a cultural war run by TV channels and news channel all across the board. We have to take a stand as Pakistanis and Muslims and decide for ourselves as to the extent of our participation in this war. Unfortunately instead of proactively participating in this war and sending our own troops in we have retaliated and are enjoying the fruits of war which we think the enemy left behind. But in fact enemy left this for us so we forget our own values and culture. We have seen numerous talk shows and discussions in past few weeks about the influx of Urdu dubbed dramas imported by local channels from foreign countries like Turkey or Spain. The problem isn’t that our public is being exposed to such dramas, but issue is our illiterate public is being exposed to such culture in their language and they are not able to make a decision on their own as to whether to follow this or condemn this situation. it is human nature, be it man or women to be attracted to opposite sex
you have quite the fan following in India (even in small cities) and people are more likely to be familiar with your work than with those of your peers. what do you think you're doing right? i think i am very fortunate that people enjoy my work. you were reported to be besotted by Aishwarya Rai and have liked her film Devdas the most. How true? i think she is quite a good actress. The same report said you were keen on working with Amitabh Bachchan. Are you really that familiar with Bollywood and our stars? If yes, what's keeping you from working in Bollywood? i know a number of the people in Bollywood and i like them very much. Nothing is keeping me from working with them, other than schedule and commitments. Have you seen Bollywood action films? Fancy any favorites? Every time i pick something, i later remember that i should have also mentioned something else as well. There are some really neat films that have been done, and i think there will be many more to come. Plan on visiting India sometime soon? i do tend to get around, so don't be surprised if i show up. Salman Khan wants to work with Tabu and Naseer in ‘Radhe’ Sohail Khan, at Salman Khan’s
specially when portrayed so glamorously there is no Muslim or Hindu or Christian value in it, it is a human nature instilled in every human being by God, Allah, Jesus etc. So if our pubic is exposed to such shows shouldn’t at least our channels, owner of media groups, government and even the educated class take a notice of this and ensure that only people who really understand what’s the purpose and origin behind these shows be exposed to it and not the general public. Majority of our population lives in rural areas, a vast majority doesn’t even know how to read or write, a vast majority probably has never been outside their village but when they are exposed to this vulgarity on Pakistani air waves they may generate an opinion in both extremes. One could be their use of this culture in personal lives, which causes our value system to collapse, other could be to come out violently against these shows and cause massive destruction because we know how getting these illiterate people exposed to face book and YouTube has turned out. Making an intentional issue out of nothing is part of our culture. Not condemning the acts by itself but our people don’t understand that at the end of the day its not YouTube or Face book that is uploading contents it’s the people and denying such services will cause our people and youth to suffer and nothing more. Getting back to the point of international entertainment being portrayed as Pakistani on our TV channels, it is imperative to know that these dramas appear in our Prime Time and cause families, children, youths and adults to be ashamed of watching such things together. Have we reached a point that we are so numb to our culture and values that we will disregard our rich history and values for an hour of entertainment?
insistence, has sounded out Tabu and Naseer for his remake of Murugadoss’s Stalin Could Salman’s next, Radhe, give his image the kind of makeover he so seems to desire? The Sohail Khan directorial, which is a remake of southern hit, AR Murugadoss’s Stalin (2006), will see Khan play a good Samaritan – a far cry from the roles he has been essaying to the hilt of late. According to a report in TOi: And to give the film a certain gravitas, the actor has reportedly sounded out both Tabu and Naseeruddin Shah to share screen space with him. When contacted, Sohail said, “(The actors) have not confirmed yet.” A source close to the film told TOi, “Before leaving for Dubai, Sohail spoke to Tabu and Shah for two important roles in the film.” Elaborating on Sohail’s unusual choice, the source said, “it was at Khan’s insistence that Tabu and Shah were contacted. Khan felt that the supremely talented duo could give the film a touch of class. Also, the film sees him as a military officer who sets out to reform society and Sohail, needs cerebral actors.” initial reports suggest Tabu will play Khan’s sister in the film, while it is not clear what Shah will be portraying. incidentally, Radhe will be the first film with Khan and Shah in it. As for Tabu, this will be Salman’s fourth film co-starring the actress. The first three being , Hum Saath Saath Hain, Biwi No 1 and Jeet. CouRTESy ToI
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Infotainment 14 NASA celebrates stunning discoveries made by Mars rovers Spirit, Opportunity
iNE years ago today, NASA’s Jet Propulsion laboratory began their missions to Mars. On January 3rd, 2004 NASA’s first Mars rover, which was named Spirit, reached the Red Planet. Nine years later, the program is still going strong with a total of three rovers on Martian soil. Spirit first landed on Mars at a geographical location known as Gusey crater. The robotic rover was contained in landing gear that consisted of many airbags. After bouncing across the terrain, the rover finally came to a stop, left the airbags behind, and began its journey. Spirit did not remain alone for long, just three weeks after landing on the Red Planet the first Mars rover was joined by its twin, which was named Opportunity. Opportunity landed on the other side of the planet and together the two began making scientific history. The rovers’ initial mission was supposed to last just 90 days. NASA had sent Spirit and Opportunity to conduct tests and determine if water was or ever had been on Mars. After the initial 90 days were up, the rovers remained on Mars and have been studying the environment ever since. Their most significant discovery to date was that Mars used to be much warmer and wetter than the current environment. Spirit, the first rover on Mars, is
no longer optional. in 2009, the rover got stuck in loose soil around “Home Plate,” a large rock on the planet. NASA engineers could not get the rover out of the hole so they changed Spirit’s mission to a stationary research project. This continued
until the end of March 2010 when Spirit went into low-power hibernation to get ready for winter on Mars. NASA never heard from the rover again. The Spirit mission was officially concluded on May 25, 2011 after the engineers tried once again
to contact the rover. Spirit’s twin, Opportunity, has remained active, however. in fact, except for breaks during the winter, the rover has been constantly running for almost nine years. in August 2012, Opportunity was joined by a new rover, the much larger and more sophisticated Curiosity. Though much of NASA’s attention has been on Curiosity lately, Opportunity has continued to make some significantly scientific discoveries. Currently, the older of the two rovers is studying an area of Mars that scientists think may have contained microbial life in the past. After almost nine years on Martian terrain, Opportunity is starting to wind down a bit. With the addition of Curiosity, NASA’s JPl has ensured that the robotic rover missions will not die out once Opportunity concludes like Spirit. Curiosity is powered by a nuclear battery, which will keep the rover going for much longer than the two year mission it is currently on. Curiosity is currently studying an area of Mars known as Gale Crater. Once it has canvassed this area, it will climb to the peak of a Martian mountain known as Mount Sharp. Curiosity is just 2,200km from where NASA lost communication with Spirit. Curiosity is not likely to stay the newest rover for long. NASA plans to send a similar rover to Mars by 2020. neWs desK
Companies trick hackers with fake data
Company pulls drug for lou gehrig’s disease
N experimental drug that showed promise of becoming the first effective treatment for lou Gehrig’s Disease is being pulled by its manufacturer because it performed miserably in a major drug trial. Biogen says its drug, dexpramipexole, did nothing to improve the condition of patients or extend their lives, reports Reuters. The only drug used to treat amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Rilutek, offers only a modest benefit to patients, most of whom die within two to five years of diagnosis. “As a physician who has treated people with AlS, i hoped with all my heart for a different outcome,” says a top Biogen researcher. “While these results were not what we expected, we hope these data will provide a foundation for future AlS research.” Biogen had been on a roll, with its stock rising 25% last year alone, but today’s news sank shares by more than 3%, reports Bloomberg. neWs desK
FTER a rock from Mars was discovered in the Sahara desert, scientists investigated it for a year—and they’re fascinated by what they’ve learned. At an estimated two billion years old, the rock is older than most Martian meteorites and holds more water, the AP reports. And it offers an opportunity for scientists to study the planet without having to drop by. “Here we have a piece of Mars that i can hold in my hands,” says an expert at the University of New Mexico. So how did the rock get here? Experts think a giant object, such as an asteroid, hit Mars and knocked rocks into space. Some 65 have now been found on Earth, typically in the Sahara or Antarctica, and this one, dubbed “Black Beauty,” is the secondoldest known Martian meteorite that formed from a volcanic eruption. Scientists know it’s from Mars thanks to chemical analysis. The rock’s high water content points to interaction with water when the planet was mostly dry. Future tests will establish how long the rock floated in space and how long it had been sitting in the Sahara. neWs desK
Iceland teen fights to keep name of ‘light breeze’
iTH corporate espionage on the rise, a number of companies are taking a somewhat unconventional approach to cyber security. instead of focusing on guarding their valuable data, they’re mixing it with a whole bunch of fake data, hoping to trick hackers into elaborate wild goose chases, the Washington Post reports. “We’re taking the hackers’ strengths and we’re making it their weaknesses,” says an iT officer at one company using the technique. “They get caught up in this cycle of fake information.” it’s one of a number of inventive techniques companies are taking that they refer to as “active defence.” At their most aggressive, these manoeuvres can be fairly controversial, like knocking offending servers offline, which officials say may be illegal. “Companies are tired of playing defence,” says one cyber security professional. “They want to feel like they actually can fight back.” neWs desK
Martian rock found in Sahara thrills experts
Milky Way: home to 100b+ planets Scientists have done a sort of “cosmic census,” completing a new study that finds the Milky Way galaxy is home to 100 billion alien planets—and maybe even many more than that. “It’s a staggering number, if you think about it,” says the lead author. “Basically there’s one of these planets per star.” The researchers figured the estimate by studying Kepler32, a five-planet system that, they say, is representative of many such systems in the galaxy, Space.com reports. The planets orbit around the most common type
of star in the galaxy, and they are similar in size and orbit pattern to other planets spotted orbiting around the same type of star. “This is as close to a Rosetta stone as anything I’ve seen,” says a co-author. “It’s like unlocking a language that we’re trying to understand—the language of planet formation.” Scientists only estimated the number of similar planet systems, meaning that their estimate is probably rather conservative; the lead author estimates there could actually be 200 billion planets in the galaxy. NEWS DESK
HE unusual lawsuit of the day comes from iceland, where a 15-year-old is suing the government to keep her given name of “Blaer.” The problem, as the AP explains, is that it’s not on the list of 1,853 approved names for girls. it translates into “light breeze,” and Blaer’s mom said she had no idea it wasn’t on the list when she bestowed it. As a result, Blaer is referred to as “Stulka,” meaning simply “girl,” on all her official documents. Other nations, including Denmark and Germany, have similar lists, the rationale being to preserve the native language. neWs desK
Feds clear Google of search bias Google is resolving the FTC’s antitrust probe into its business practices today after 19 months, the AP reports. As part of the settlement, Google will voluntarily license patents deemed “essential” to its rivals in the mobile phone industry, including Apple, Research in Motion, and Microsoft. The investigation was cantered on allegations that Google was abusing its internet search dominance, and the company also agreed to remove content from other websites in its search results upon request.
Google had already scaled back that practice, known as “scraping,” even though it says it’s legal under copyright law’s fair-use provisions. The FTC said today that antitrust regulators found no evidence that Google gives itself an unfair edge in search results; rivals had accused it of highlighting its own services while burying links to others. Bloomberg calls the settlement “a blow to competitors,” and the New York Times calls it a “victory for Google.” neWs desK
1 in 24 admit falling asleep behind wheel
big CDC survey finds that 1 in 24 Americans admit to nodding off while driving at least once, reports AP. What’s worse, officials think the number is probably higher because people often don’t remember doing so. Men are more likely to fall asleep, as are those ages 25 to 34, and Texans in general, for reasons that aren’t explained. Add it to the list of road dangers, along with people driving too fast or too slow, going the wrong way, texting, driving while drunk or stoned, driving with a lapdog, and, of course, making espresso in the car. neWs desK
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dHONI rueS tOP-Order FAILure
Pakistan bowlers did a great job, says Misbah KOLKATA
iSBAH-Ul-HAQ, the Pakistan captain, said a total of 300 was on the cards after the platform Pakistan openers had set but the pitch was not an easy one to score on, especially for new batsmen. He, however, praised the bowling attack for another efficient performance. "The bowlers are really doing a great job, especially Junaid who is moving it both ways and asking questions of the batsmen," Misbah said. "irfan has his height, Gul also bowled well today, and Ajmal and Hafeez always deliver for us. "We have the edge in the quality of our bowling. indian batsmen are struggling for quite a long time. But i think our bowlers
exploited the conditions better. Normally we get flat pitches here in india. But both the pitches - in Chennai and Kolkata - were challenging for batsmen," he said. Misbah also singled out Nasir Jamshed for special praise and said the batsman has matured well during the tour. india had their second successive toporder batting collapse but unlike the first ODi in Chennai, where their lower order came to the rescue, Pakistan's bowlers didn't give the hosts a second chance and completed a big win to take the series. MS Dhoni rued the failure of his batsmen after the bowlers had brought india back into the match. Pakistan had appeared set for a huge total after a 141-run opening stand, but india's bowlers struck regularly in the second half of the innings to limit their target to 251. india's openers made an edgy start, but were still in the middle by the 10th over and had put up 42 on the board. However, just like the previous game, a wicket opened the floodgates and the team was reduced to 95 for 5 in 26 overs. There were no lower-order stands of note this time and while Dhoni stayed unbeaten, the team was all out for 165. "last 30 overs we needed 180, so if you put 100 off 20, then you can get 80-90 off last 10 with five fielders inside the circle," Dhoni said. "But the key is to have wickets in hand and we never were in a position. "Virat [Kohli] has scored runs for us, but one of the top three needs to play with the middle order, that will make it easy, not that they aren't trying, but it happens." The batting failures in the two matches have meant that india have neither been able to put up a competitive total nor be in a position to chase one down. Dhoni said there was experience in the batting but all have struggled to find form on tracks that
Misbah makes the Pakistan team work Comment The Pakistan team's dominance in the ongoing ODi series against india has come as a surprise for me. i feel the host team looked jaded after playing too much cricket. india’s 85 runs slump to yet another series defeat with a pathetic display is nothing less than a surprise. it’s another low for the struggling indians who suffered an embarrassing Test series debacle against England at home. i did not expect such wins. it was a battle of nerves and Pakistan did better to win it. On the contrary, the indian players were tired. They have played too much cricket recently and have not performed to the potential. The role of Misbah-ul-Haq as captain is a laudable factor as he led Pakistan's team work. Pakistan has done exceptionally well. Nasir (Jamshed) and (Mohammed) Hafeez were particularly brilliant with the bat while bowlers like Umar (Gul), Junaid (Khan) and (Saeed) Ajmal did
not let the famed indian batting line-up open their hands. it was a daunting task to suffocate the indian batsmen but Pakistani bowlers succeeded. Pakistani bowlers maintained an accurate line and length and none of the indian top order batsmen could fire. i feel the india are under additional pressure due to playing at home. Naturally there is additional pressure to perform in front of a home
crowd and it tends to increase when india and Pakistan play each other. india was under pressure but we must give credit to the Pakistani team which has performed really well. indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is facing severe criticism but as a captain alone he cannot win matches. A captain is as good as the team. Bowlers and batsmen have to perform. it was due to Dhoni's unbeaten century that india managed to get a decent score in the first match and in the second match also he batted well. looking at the current form of the Pakistan team, i think this team can go for a whitewash. Pakistan can clean sweep the series in Delhi and if it happens, it will be a blessing for Pakistan cricket. We are deprived of international cricket at home and in such circumstances a win against a top team like india will boost Pakistan cricket. i urge india to reciprocate by touring Pakistan in near future. i would love to see the indian team playing in Pakistan. Pakistani people are cricket crazy and they want to see the great cricketing battle between the arch-rivals.
have helped bowlers but also rewarded batsmen who showed patience. "The bowlers brought us back into the game," Dhoni said. "The spinners in the second half of the first innings bowled well and the faster bowlers made most of the bounce available off the pitch. But when we went into bat, we lost too many wickets." "initially there was something for fast bowlers, then it became flat, but there was something for the spinners. There
was turn in the first as well as second innings, but after 25th over the ball started doing a bit for the faster bowlers, even with the old ball. So there was everything for everyone. There were runs for batsmen too. it was a good ODi wicket." Dhoni also conceded that the team was finding it difficult to win matches with part-time bowlers in view of the amended ODi rules which stipulate five fielders inside the circle for full 50 overs. "We are
used to play with part-timers. Now it's difficult for part-timers to bowl with five players inside the circle. if there's dew, then you don't get turn as well. With the new rules, you've to assess whether six batsmen are enough or seven." "What we're looking at is somebody who can fill in the gap -- a genuine allrounder to bring in the balance in the side. lower-order contribution is also very important especially when you're chasing."
McGrath inducted into the ICC Cricket hall of fame LAHORE staff RepORt
The international Cricket Council today inducted Glenn McGrath into the iCC Cricket Hall of Fame during the lunch interval of the third Test match between Australia and Sri lanka in Sydney. McGrath becomes the 68th male member of the Hall of Fame and joins fellow 2012-13 inductees West indian Brian lara and England’s Enid Bakewell in being recognized by the iCC and the living members of the Hall of Fame. While lara and Bakewell were inducted in September at the lG iCC Awards, McGrath was inducted at his home ground of the SCG by the iCC President, Alan isaac, along with Cricket Australia chairman Wally Edwards in
front of a large and appreciative crowd. A fourth and final inductee of 2012-13 will be announced later this year. McGrath, who was born in in Dubbo, New South Wales in 1970, represented Australia in 124 Test matches
between 1993 and 2007 claiming 563 Test wickets at an average of 21.64, and he is still taken more Test wickets than any other seam bowler currently in the game or retired. Australia won 22 of the 30 Ashes Test matches that he played, with the side losing just four matches when McGrath was part of the bowling attack. McGrath was part of the Australian side that won three successive iCC Cricket World Cups – 1999, 2003 and 2007 and he still holds the record with the most wickets in iCC Cricket World Cup competitions, with 71 scalps and his figures of 7-15 against Namibia are the best in the competition’s history. When McGrath retired from the game in 2007 he had represented Australia in 250 ODis, claiming 381 wickets
at an average of 22.02 while he took over 800 first-class wickets in his career. McGrath said of his induction: “i am delighted to be inducted into the iCC Cricket Hall of Fame and to be considered amongst the greats of the game. To be honoured alongside the likes of Don Bradman, Dennis lillee and Michael Holding who were all my heroes when i was growing up is something i could never have dreamed of when i first started playing cricket. “i have to thank my family, my team-mates, my coaches and all those who have supported me throughout the years to help mold me into the cricketer that i became. i took great pride every time i donned the Baggy Green and i now take great pride in being inducted into the iCC Cricket Hall of Fame.”
Australia rue runouts despite taking lead SYDNEY aGenCies
Australian blew the chance to take an iron grip on the third test against Sri lanka on Friday and instead scrabbled to a 48-run first innings lead after reaching 342 for six at the close of the second day's play on Friday. Phil Hughes and David Warner got the hosts off at a canter on a glorious morning with half centuries in a partnership of 130 as Australia looked to build a big total in their bid to sweep the series 3-0. Two run outs, including one for Mike Hussey in his final test, and a couple of soft dismissals, however, left Sri lanka bowling at Matthew Wade, who had survived a good few scares to reach 47, and Peter Siddle (16) when stumps were drawn. Australia captain Michael Clarke also made 50 but will probably remember the day more for having given the call for the risky single that saw Hussey dismissed for 28 by Dimuth Karunaratne's direct hit. "Today we could look back and feel we
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sCORebOaRd austRalia WOn the tOss and ChOse tO bOWl fiRst sRi lanKa fiRst inninGs 294 austRalia fiRst inninGs d. Warner c prasad b dilshan e. Cowan run out p. hughes c Chandimal b herath M. Clarke c Karunaratne b herath M. hussey run out M. Wade not out M. johnson c Chandimal c pradeep p. siddle not out extras (lb-5, w-7, nb-3)
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could have been in a better position, it would have been nice to have a couple of wickets less," said Hughes, who hit a stylish 87, told reporters. "But that's the position we're in now, 40-odd run lead and we're well balanced in this game." Sri lanka, who made 294 in their first innings, showed considerably more fight than they had in the innings and 201 run defeat in Melbourne last week and they were only a couple of dropped catches from being right back in the match. "A
total (for six wickets, 88 overs) 342 fall of wicket: 1-36 2-166 3-195 4-251 5-271 6-307 to bat: M. starc, j.bird, n. lyon. bowling: lakmal 20-4-63-0, pradeep 14-0-83-1 (w-5, nb-3), prasad 11-0-53-0 (w-2), Mathews 2-0-11-0, dilshan 19-2-58-1, herath 22-3-69-2 sri lanka: Mahela jayawardene (captain), tillakaratne dilshan, dimuth Karunaratne, lahiru thirimanne, thilan samaraweera, angelo Mathews, dinesh Chandimal, dhammika prasad, Rangana herath, nuwan pradeep, suranga lakmal australia lead the three-match series 2-0.
number of young players have come in and shown that they've got some guts and the desire to play at this level," coach Graham Ford Said. "On the other hand... we might have been in a better position. Although we're still in the game, we could have been in quite a powerful position." Hughes and Warner, who hit a pugnacious 85, had plundered runs in the opening session against a patched-up pace attack in almost perfect batting conditions. The only wicket to fall before
lunch was that of opener Ed Cowan, who gave a precursor of what was to come when he ran himself out for four. Sri lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene finally introduced spinner Rangana Herath after the break and the most prolific wicket-taker in test cricket last year almost had an immediate impact with a strong lbw appeal against Warner. it was turned down and a TV appeal showed the ball was turning too much to hit the leg stump but half an hour later the opener was heading back to the dressing room. The 26-year-old, who had reached his half century off just 37 balls, could not resist a slash at a Tillakaratne Dilshan delivery only for the ball to balloon up into the air for Dhammika Prasad to take the catch backtracking at long-on. Hughes had shown that for all the rebuilding of his technique he could still cut the ball like few other batsmen but on 87, traditionally considered unlucky for Australian batsmen, he tried another and was caught behind off Herath.
now, flintoff plans to open fish and chips shop LONDON: Former England captain Andrew Flintoff is so unconvinced with the quality of fish and chips shops in london that he is now planning to open his own. The cricketer-turned-boxer is in talks with TV producers about a news series, where he runs a chippy in london with wife Rachael, the Daily Mail reports. Flintoff isn’t impressed with the quality of fish and chips shops down south, and he wants to open his own up in london selling market-fresh fish, a source said. The sourced added that Flintoff would be front of house but his wife Rachael, who has a background in catering and events, would run the business. aGenCies
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South Africa complete innings victory CAPE TOWN
OUTH Africa completed an innings victory over New Zealand on Friday in a result which was never in doubt after the visitors collapsed to 45 all out before lunch on the opening day of the first test. Dean Brownlie's maiden test century helped New Zealand to 232 for five at lunch on the third day after S Africa had declared their first innings closed at 347 for eight on Thursday. However five wickets fell for 23 runs in a lower order collapse in the second session and the New Zealanders ended up 27 runs short of making the world number one side bat again. Brownlie, who had been brought into the team as a replacement for Ross Taylor who opted
new zealand first innings 45 (V. philander 5-7) south africa first innings 347 for eight declared (a.petersen 106, h.amla 66, j.Kallis 60, ab de Villiers 67) new zealand second innings 0 M. Guptill c amla b steyn 51 b. McCullum lbw b peterson 15 K. Williamson c petersen b Kallis d. brownlie c peterson b Morkel 109 d. flynn c de Villiers b Kallis 14 bj Watling c smith b philander 42 22 j.franklin b steyn 0 d.bracewell c petersen b philander
8 j.patel b steyn t.boult not out 2 C.Martin run out 0 12 extras (b-1 lb-8 w-3) 275 total (all out, 102.1 overs) fall of wickets: 1-0 2-29 3-118 4-155 5-229 6-252 7252 8-265 9-274 10-275 bowling: steyn 30-6-67-3, philander 24-8-76-2 (1w), Morkel 21-6-50-1 (1w), Kallis 11.1-3-31-2 (1w), peterson 16-6-42-1 new zealand won the toss and elected to bat Result: south africa won by an innings and 27 runs
out of the tour after he was replaced as captain by Brendon McCullum, resumed on day three with wicketkeeper BJ Watling, who was on 10. The duo were resolute in the morning session and a frustrated Proteas' outfit were forced to watch as Brownlie reached his century with a big six over long-off from the bowl-
ing of Robin Peterson. South Africa eventually got their man in the penultimate over before lunch as Brownlie cut a Morne Morkel delivery straight to Alviro Petersen on the point boundary having made 109. Watling and James Franklin continued to frustrate the Proteas in the first hour following the break as they
royal Palm Annual wAPDA in final of women golf from today LAHORE staff RepORt
The Royal Palm Annual Golf Championship will commence from 5th January(today)at the par-72 Royal Palm Golf Course and will be contested over two days of competitive golf.it is a 36 holes event and the participants who have registered as the eligible ones number 81. Col(r)Jameel Khalid, Director Golf Operations at Royal Palm stated that inspite of the non sunny days and chilly weather the fairways are looking exceedingly good and the lie of the ball will definitely be to the liking of the contenders,some of whom are extremely eager to have a crack at the prestigious Royal Palm Champions title. Sardar Murad Khan is the reigning champion and again a part of the competitors line up,still hungry for continuing his reign.inspite of the presence of a few really sharp contenders,it can be predicted that Sardar Murad would not be easy to beat.He has definitely stuck to his practice routine and stated that,"i do value the importance of participation in this title bearing championship and would love to give it a full try over the two rounds". Sardar Murad may be planning his own strategy for dominance in this championship,but the chances of some fearsome competitors cannot be overlooked.The top ones amongst the expected front runners are Shoaib Bokhari,Faisal Malik,Waqar Saigol,Mohsin Zafar and his son Mahad Zafar,Asad Amin Sheikh,Tariq Misbah,Raza Ali Khan,Abbas Ali Khan,Hussain Hamid ,Shoaib Shams and the ever improving Faisal Sayid. in gross competitions such as this event,the double digit handicappers do not stand a chance but if some talented one can spring a surprise,it adds loads of excitement to the occasion.While the chances of such an eventuality are slim,yet the ones under focus will be steady players like imran Miraj,Sharjeel Awan,Abdullah Sharif and Dr Mohsin Anwar. The long hitters who can push the ball through the air for 260 yards or more are bound to be in an advantageous position as the roll is minimal. Once the tee shot is effectively through on the par 4's and fives,all they have to do is to supplement it with a crisp fairways shot.These two shots supplemented by a responsive putter can give the top contenders decent scores which ultimately add up to excellence. The tee off will be at 10am on Saturday (today) at the Royal Palm Golf Course.
national netball postponed LAHORE staff RepORt
The 11th edition of the National Men’s netball championship which was scheduled to be held from January 15 at islamabad has been postponed owing to unavoidable circumstances. “Now the event will be played from February 18 at islamabad's Pakistan Sports Complex " ,said Mudassar Arain, Secretary, Pakistan Netball Federation here on Friday.The final will be played on February 21.
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looked to avoid an innings defeat. Three dropped catches had marred the hosts fielding display on day two and Franklin was next to be given a reprieve as ro Petersen grassed his second chance of the innings at gully. A double-strike by Vernon Philander shortly before the drinks break crippled the New Zealand innings though, as Watling edged to first slip and was out for 42. Doug Bracewell was caught at gully for a duck to reduce the Black Caps to 252 for seven and Jeetan Patel (8) was clearly rattled by the fearsome pace of Dale Steyn before eventually chopping on to his stumps. The final two wickets fell in quick succession, as Franklin too played onto his stumps for 22 having lasted 103 minutes to leave New Zealand on the brink at 274 for nine.
Pakistan, india teams arrive in delhi for third odi NEW DELHI aGenCies
The indian and Pakistani cricket teams arrived here this evening amid tight security cover for the inconsequential third and final ODi to be held at the Feroze Shah Kotla ground on Sunday. The two teams arrived here by a chartered flight from Kolkata and were taken straight to the team hotel by two separate buses under tight security arrangements. indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, however, was conspicuous by his absence as he was not in the bus along with his team-mates. Both the teams are slated to practice at the Feroze Shah Kotla tomorrow. Down 0-2 in the three-match series, india have already lost the rubber and would look to redeem some pride by winning the third and final match here.
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WAPDA beat Pakistan Army 3-0 to move into the final of the 1stWomen Challenge Cup women hockey tournament here on Friday at the outer ground of the national stadium. in another match Punjab got rid of Sindh with a fine 3-0 victory. WAPDA has now ten points from three victories and one drawn game , out of total four matches played so far. Pakistan Railways with seven points after winning two matches, one drawn and one loss, have already qualified for the final which will be played on January 6 after tomorrow’s Saturday rest day. Punjab will take on Pakistan Army in a classification match for the third place. Wapda and Army played a goalless first half as the long term possession of ball by either sides confined the game to mid field. After a dull first half, Wapda got into action to stamp their supremacy. Azra Nasir struck a field goal in the 33rd minute as Aqeela Naseem netted their second goal in the 49thminute off a short corner with Azra adding her second goal in the 69stminute off a mid field move. Bushara Nazir scored two minutes before the close of the first half
reception in honour of Pak cricket team LAHORE staff RepORt
as Punjab gained 1-0 lead over Sindh. Asma Ashraf scored Punjab’s second goal after converting a penalty corner
in the 56th minute. Bushara contributed her second goal in the 61stth minute.
Pakistan Cricket Board will hold a reception in the honour of its team after its return from india after winning the one-day series. “The reception will also be participated by a two member delegation of Bangladesh Cricket Board “,said the sources in PCB here on Friday. “ The aim of visit of delegation of Bangladesh led by its President, Nazmul Hassan is convince the PCB authorities to send their players in the Bangladesh Premier league set to start from January 18. PCB has taken a decision in principle not to send its players to feature in BPl after BCB refused to send its team to Pakistan later this month, backing out from its second such commitment.
Miandad calls oﬀ India tour following visa controversy LAHORE staff RepORt
Former Pakistani cricketer Javed Miandad has called off his proposed visit to india amidst controversy over granting him visa to watch ongoing india-Pakistan ODi series. Notably, Miandad was scheduled to arrive in New Delhi on Saturday after visa clearance to watch the third indiaPakistan ODi match slated on Sunday. A Pakistan Cricket Board PCB official said that the board did not want the
focus to move away from cricket to other matters. Ever since news came out that Miandad, whose son Junaid married the fugitive Mumbai don Dawood ibrahim’s daughter Mahrukh in Dubai in 2005, a controversy broke out in india over government giving him visa for the visit. Opposition parties like BJP and Shiv Sena were red-faced over this and vehemently criticised the government for allowing visa to the former Pak cricketer. Reacting to the reservations of the opposition parties, Minister for External
Affairs, Salman Khurshid, on Thursday defended the decision to grant visa to Miandad saying, “Miandad was not on the 'negative list' of those not to be given visas. No Pakistani ViSA gets cleared without MHA clearance. inputs from all agencies were taken into consideration before this move. it is an internal proce-
dure.” Minister of State for Home RPN Singh had said, "He is a well known cricketer. His visa application papers were in order and valid and that is why the government has decided to give him visa." There had been reports before a series in 2005 that a request for a visa by the batting great was turned down by the indian government.
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17 Sports radwanska to face wickmayer in Auckland final
Murray unable to swear by curse-curbing pledge BRISBANE aGenCies
Top seed Agnieszka Radwanska overcame blustery conditions and a dogged Jamie Hampton in the semi-finals of the Auckland Classic on Friday to set up a title clash against Belgium's Yanina Wickmayer. The Polish world number four had to dig deep in the year's first tournament to edge out the 70th-ranked American 7-6 7-6. "i've never been in a final in my first tournament of the year, so it's a good start, and i'm going to do everything in my power to win that match tomorrow," Radwanska, who is yet to drop a set at the tournament, told reporters. "Winning a title is a great thing, especially at a tournament i haven't played before." Third seed Wickmayer reached her third Auckland final in four years after winning a final set tiebreak against eighth-seeded German Mona Barthel.
Poulter ready for return to action AuGuSTA aGenCies
ian Poulter is the first of Europe's Ryder Cup heroes into action in 2013, but this week's Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Hawaii is his only appearance until late February. Part of a PGA Tour winners-only 30-strong field at Kapalua, the 36-year-old has been playing down his chances in the buildup to the £3.5million event - £686,000 of it to whoever comes first. "i wouldn't be picking me in any fantasy pick or bet this week even with my own money. Slapping it," the Englishman said on Twitter. "it's been a good Christmas." Poulter, who qualified with his second World Golf Championships victory in Shanghai in November, had a hectic end to last season and after this trip will not be playing competitively again until the first round of the Accenture Match Play in Arizona on Feb 20.
NDY Murray has succeeded in reaching the semi-finals of the Brisbane international but the U.S Open champion has fallen short in a pledge to curb his habit of swearing on court. Moreover, he has toned down the promise itself. last month, the Briton said he wanted to clean up his act after repeated warnings for unsavoury language, but audible obscenities have been uttered in his opening matches in Brisbane against Australia's John Millman and Uzbekistan's Denis istomin. Spectators at Pat Rafter Arena have clearly heard Murray barking the occasional swear word, something the world number three has done throughout his career to let off steam when dissatisfied with his own performance. Murray defeated istomin 6-4 7-6 on Friday to book a semi-final against Japan's Kei Nishikori, who trumped Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov by an identical scoreline. The other semi-final on Saturday will feature Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov against Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis. Dimitrov beat Austria's Jurgen Melzer 6-3 6-2 after Baghdatis had taken out France's Gilles Simon 6-3 6-4. "Obviously, me saying 'shit' or whatever is bad and wrong, and it's something i want to try to stop doing," Murray was quoted as saying last month. However, he declined to make the same promise ahead of his clash against Nishikori. "i don't really know how that will go, to be honest," Murray said. "A lot of times i get asked after matches about it. it can get picked up on the microphone or whatever. No-one has mentioned anything to me (in Brisbane) yet but the microphones at the Aussie Open are all around the court, so we'll see." Murray denied his attempt to tone down his
Azarenka suffers setback ahead of Open defence BRISBANE: Victoria Azarenka's Australian Open preparations were complicated on Friday when "a bad pedicure experience" forced the world number one to withdraw from her Brisbane international semi-final against Serena Williams. Thirty minutes before the match against her American opponent, the defending Australian Open champion announced she would be unable to compete after undergoing a minor procedure to fix an ingrown nail that infected her right big toe. "it's been there for about 10 days," the 23-year-old Belarussian told reporters. "it's just been getting worse a little bit," she added. "i don't know in medical terms, but i had to get a piece (of nail) out of my toe because it was jamming into me and got infected. "it's something that's very just really unfortunate, but i had to do that. it was just jamming underneath into the skin. i was trying to minimise the pain with taping and everything. "Yesterday it got worse. it got really infected and got really red, so we had to go and see the doctor. He had to open it. That's what i had to do." Azarenka had won her first two matches at Brisbane without any signs of discomfort but the eagerly-anticipated showdown against the third-ranked Williams failed to materialise. "it just got infected from a bad pedicure experience," she said. "i had somebody who gave me infection. They cut a little bit too much and it got infected. And then from as much as we do, as much exercise, it's just been jamming into it and it's created an infection inside. Created a little piece of nail to go in and always be hurting me. "Actually the doctor said it happens a lot. Never happened to me, so it's something that i am definitely going to prevent for the next time. "i tried everything. We tried medication with taping, and i was playing through the pain for quite a while. "You know, it's just something that i had to do to make sure that i can be fully recovered and ready for Australian Open. it's the compromise i had to take. "it's just very unfortunate timing, because i was really looking forward to playing. But the health is definitely something that's more important." Despite the setback, Azarenka expected to be fully fit when the Australian Open begins in Melbourne on Jan. 14. "The procedure has been done and the worst already passed by. it just needs some time to get it better." Williams will now meet either Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova or Ukraine's lesia Tsurenko in the Brisbane final on Saturday. aGenCies language was because he felt more of a role model after winning the Olympics and U.S Open in a breakthrough 2012. He claimed worse levels of swearing from other players went undetected because it was not delivered in English. "Where it (the pledge to stop swearing) came from was when i got asked a ques-
tion," he said. "i was doing an interview over the phone. i got asked about swearing on the court. i said 'obviously i don't mean to do it. i don't want to do it. Sometimes you get frustrated and you do and obviously i will try to stop.' "i didn't make any promises or guarantees that i was going to.
McIlroy could opt out of Rio 2016 AuGuSTA aGenCies
World number one Rory Mcilroy has revealed that he may not play in Rio in 2016 when golf returns to the Olympics. The 23-year-old would be eligible for selection by either Great Britain or ireland, but may opt out instead to avoid offending anyone. Speaking in a BBC documentary, the Ryder Cup star said: "Whatever decision i make, whether that's play for ireland, play for Britain, not play at all maybe just because i don't want to upset too many people...." Asked if not playing was a genuine possibility, Mcilroy added: "For sure it's definitely an option. "i've got three options; i either play for one side or the other or i don't play." in September last year, Mcilroy released an open letter on his Twitter account in response to quotes attributed to him which said he felt "more British than irish". "i am in an extremely sen-
sitive and difficult position and i conveyed as much in a recent newspaper interview," he wrote at the time. "i am a proud product of irish golf and the Golfing Union of ireland. i am also a proud Ulsterman who grew up
in Northern ireland which is part of the United Kingdom. That is my background and always will be. "i receive great support from both irish and British fans alike and it is greatly appreciated."
Stander dies after accident JOHANNESBERG aGenCies
South African mountain biker Burry Stander has died in a road accident while on a training ride. The 25-yearold, who finished fifth at the london Olympics, was killed in a collision with a taxi in Shelley Beach, the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) confirmed. Stander was a two-time Olympian, having also competed in Beijing in 2008. SASCOC president Gideon Sam said on www.sascoc.co.za: "This is indeed terrible news to start 2013 with. "Burry was the epitome of an Olympic athlete; talented, ultra-competitive but at the same time extremely humble and a true gentleman. "SASCOC, the cycling fraternity and the entire South African sporting community mourns his passing and sends our prayers to his wife and family. "i'm totally shattered because athletes of Burry's calibre are not easily replaced. it's an enormous loss to the entire cycling family. "i've said this time and again but it is really time to work even harder at protecting both our runners and cyclists who used the roads daily to do their training." Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius paid tribute to Stander. He tweeted: "Absolutely devastated by the tragic news of Burry Stander's passing. A South African icon and sporting great. RiP my friend."
The age of the hawkeye DOHA ali aKbaR
“You cannot be serious. Chalk flew up!”John McEnroe’s immortal harangue at the umpire at Wimbledon many years ago, will sadly, never be repeated. Because this is the age of Hawkeye, the electronic line calling system that has rendered umpire baiting all but extinct. This hack had the opportunity to sit down with the Hawkeye people at a Desert Safari during the ongoing Qatar Open ATP event and gleaned some facts about the system that never fails. Hawkeye was the invention of a British scientist who had gotten tired of
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seeing blatantly inaccurate umpiring decisions. So he decided to do something about it. What it culminated in was a system where ten cameras are placed, five on each side of the court. Any three of the five are enough to provide triangulation that provides the precise location where the tennis ball bounced. if a player feels like the call he has received is wrong, he can make a maximum of three incorrect challenges to Hawkeye. And Hawkeye will tell you to the accuracy of within three millimeters whether the ball was in or out. More importantly, according to the players, Hawkeye provides consistency in line calling, something the players prize above all else. The tennis
Hawkeye is different from the cricket system although the company is the same. The cricket system uses the cameras already in place for broadcasting while in tennis, ten dedicated cameras are fixed. So, John McEnroe, your umpire sledging days are over. But hold on. Not quite. The ATP Masters series where McEnroe plies his trade these days, does not have Hawkeye. And McEnroe is still in his element. He is the major draw card and any McEnroe match without tantrums is not complete. Hawkeye costs a pretty penny. About five million rupees a day. So a good sponsor with deep pockets, is essential! USUAL SUSPECTS IN THE SEMIS:
On Center Court, the usual suspects came through into the semi finals. Davydenko plays Ferrer while Gasquet takes on the surprise package, Daniel Brands. Brands, a qualifier, easily defeated Gael Monfils to make his first semi final on the AT Tour. A tall man with a powerful, aggressive game, Brands is on the comeback trail after reaching a high ranking in the 1960s a couple of years ago. Davydenko is a former top four player on his way back from injury. He looked formidable in dispatching the italian Bolleli for the loss of onloy two games and could prove a match for Ferrer. Brands is in with a good chance against Gasquet, who looks slightly short of his best.
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Sports 18 briSbAne: victoria Azarenka addresses a press conference while Andy murray reacts to a lost point against denis istomin.
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Arsenal target m’vila could exit rennes LONDON aGenCies
Rennes midfielder Yann M'Vila has reignited speculation over a move to Arsenal by questioning his future at the ligue 1 club. The 22-year-old was linked with the Gunners in the summer transfer window and has now stated there is "no doubt" he will move on should he receive an appealing offer. "i am at Rennes at the moment so let's see what happens," said M'Vila, quoted on skysports.com. "if the club receive a good offer and i like the destination then i will go, there is no doubt about that. Until that happens, nothing can be said."
Joe cole returns to west Ham LONDON aGenCies
rooney ruled out of liverpool clash LONDON aGenCies
Wayne Rooney has been ruled out for another two weeks. Rooney sustained a minor knee injury in training on Christmas Day and Sir Alex Ferguson initially expected the striker to be back in a fortnight. However, it now seems he will be missing for longer - and will sit out next week's clash with liverpool. "Wayne is still injured," said Ferguson. "it is not serious but it is going to take longer than we thought, probably another two weeks. He won't be fit for liverpool." Rooney was expected to have been back in training by now and Ferguson cannot exactly work out why it has not happened. "He got a little kick behind his knee and he is still feeling it," said Ferguson. "Hopefully another couple of weeks will sort it out. "Nonetheless, it is a loss. You always want your best players available." There was some good news, though, with Ferguson revealing winger Nani, who has been absent for two months with a hamstring problem, will take a major step forward in his recovery. "He starts training today [Friday]," he said. Ferguson also explained the reason behind Darren Fletcher's recent absence. After battling back from a chronic bowel condition, Fletcher played four times in a fortnight at the end of last month. However, the midfielder's only appearance since came as a last-minute substitute in the Boxing Day win over Newcastle. "The grounds have been really heavy, which has not suited Darren," said Ferguson. "The pitch at Old Trafford seems to have collapsed in the last two weeks. "We have had six great years out of it. They have done a fantastic job but we are going to have to change it during the summer."
family, practice leave federer ready for another slam SINGAPORE aGenCies
Weeks of practice and family time have left Swiss maestro Roger Federer fit and refreshed ahead of what the 17-times major winner believes could be an unpredictable Australian Open in the absence of old foe Rafa Nadal. Federer, 31, opted to skip his usual Australian Open warm-up tournaments in the Middle East this year and instead spent it working on his game and parenting, all part of a shorter 2013 schedule that he hopes will extend his career but has left him hungry for matches. "i am very happy that the year is starting. it's a bit of a different preparation for the Australian Open this year but i'm confident i am mentally refreshed, which i am, and physically i am fine and that i will play a good Australian Open," Federer told reporters in Singapore on Friday. "i have been practising really hard the last few weeks and didn't play a leading up tournament this year just because i thought practice is very important for me coming up in the next year, year-and-a-half." The world number two's last match on Tour was
Cole first made his name in English football at the Boleyn Ground from 1998 to 2003 before sealing his bigmoney move to Chelsea. After a successful spell at Stamford Bridge, where he won eight major trophies including three Premier league titles, the England international became Roy Hodgson's marquee signing at liverpool in 2010. However, Cole failed to settle at Anfield and even spent last season on loan at ligue 1 outfit lille. Cole made a total of 42 appearances for liverpool until the Reds decided to payoff the 31year-old's contract to allow him to sign for the Hammers on a free transfer in the newly opened transfer window. Cole has signed a 18 month contract with the Hammers and will wear his old No. 26 shirt. "it is a great move for me," Cole said on the West Ham website.
bojan wary of ‘unstoppable’ barca BARCELONA aGenCies
back in November when he was defeated in the final of the ATP Tour Finals in london by Serbia's Novak Djokovic. With only some exhibition matches in South America since, some questioned the move to go straight to the Australian Open but Federer, who won the last of his four Australian Open titles in 2010, said rest was required. "it
is key to always have a healthy schedule, it is difficult to do as they (the tournaments) are spread out basically from January to October-November," he said. "it is hard to say i'm going to take one or two months off and practice hard while there are 10 to 15 new tournament winners on the Tour and you are sitting at home."
A product of the Barcelona youth academy, Bojan was regarded as the next big thing to emerge from the club since lionel Messi when he made his first team bow in 2007. However, a string of injuries and poor form resulted in the forward's failure to establish himself in the Catalan side's starting 11, before Bojan left for Serie A side Roma in the summer of 2011.
Sturridge could outdo Suarez: Rodgers LONDON aGenCies
Sturridge, who has established himself as one of England's brightest young talents, only joined liverpool recently. it is believed that a primary factor in the move between the two rivals was Sturridge's frustration at being continually deployed down the wings instead of a more central position, although the 23-year-old denied the assertion in the immediate aftermath of the move. luckily for the striker, Rodgers appears keen to give him that licence as the Northern irishman indicated that Suarez could be instructed to play in a support role if he feels it would be in the best interests of the team. The new liverpool buy would have to work quite hard to establish his credentials, though, as Suarez has been in superb form this season. The Uruguayan interna-
tional has already scored 15 Premier league goals. On Wednesday, he also combined excellently with Raheem Sterling to terrorise the Sunderland defence during liverpool's 3-0 win at Anfield. But the ex-Chelsea coach understands that Sturridge could be at his deadly best as a main striker and feels Suarez might have to adapt to accomodate his new team-mate. "For the common good of the team [Suarez could be moved]," Rodgers told the Guardian. "i spoke with luis at length on it a number of times. This has been in the plan for a few months. "When he played at Ajax he played in behind as a No10, in between the lines, and he played as a reverse winger from the left side so he wasn't quite out wide - he was tucked in round the corner. "Wherever he plays he will make the same movements and he will find the space because he is a world class player."
"Daniel's best position is as a central striker. i have said that 4-3-3 will become richer because of the type of players. There is not one way to play 4-3-3. "You can have one up and two wingers,
a floating nine like luis Suárez, you can have one like Daniel Sturridge central, two in and around him narrow with full backs bombing on. "The principles of your game are based on your players.
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19 Senate accords nod to recommendations on tax amnesty bill ISLAMABAD staff RepORt
islaMabad: prime Minister Raja pervaiz ashraf talks to pakistan Muslim league-Quaid leaders Chaudhry shujaat hussain, Chaudhry pervez elahi and Monis elahi during a meeting at prime Minister’s house on friday. oNLINE
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Chief Justice of Pakistan iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Friday said he enjoyed backing of none but Almighty Allah and lawyers of the country. Speaking at a ceremony in Gujranwala, he said a decision to reopen the Kohistan video case would be taken soon. The CJ said the judiciary was informed about the killing of relatives of the boys who had appeared in a Kohistan dancing video. He said the people had reposed confidence in the judiciary through the social media. Justice iftikhar said democracy was restored in the country due to the sacrifices rendered by lawyer.
blast kills two in Peshawar PESHAWAR Online
At least two people were killed in a blast in Peshawar on Friday, a private TV channel reported. According to police, the blast took place in Peshawar’s suburban area of Sialkhor where a bomb was planted near an electricity poll. The bodies were taken to a nearby hospital for medico-legal formalities.
Corps Commanders meeting distances itself from Qadri’s long march ISLAMABAD
HE military leadership on Friday resolved to continue with its fight against terrorism and declared that it was the government’s discretion whether or not to accept the ‘peace talks’ offered by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). The military commanders who gathered for the 156th Corps Commanders’ meeting at GHQ Rawalpindi discussed in detail the offer for dialogue recently made by TTP chief Hakeemullah Mehsud. “The meeting undertook a comprehensive review of the routine professional matters and security environment in the country,” an iSPR statement said on Friday. However, a security official privy to the development said on condition of anonymity, that the main issue on the military commanders’ agenda was the TTP truce offer and the issue was deliberated upon at length. “The army leadership was of the view that it must be decided by the government whether the talks with TTP should be held. The military commanders reiterated their commitment that its fight would continue against the terrorists that were bent upon harming the peace and sta-
bility of the country,” he said. He said the army leadership also observed that it needed to be adjudged whether the TTP leadership, which had been involved in gruesome acts of terror and had earlier broken several accords, was serious in its bid to hold peace dialogue. The source said the army commanders said they would continue with their duty of protecting the country against internal and external threats. He said the army senior commanders also discussed the “long march call” given by Tehreek-e-Minhajul Quran chief Dr Tahirul Qadri on January 14, reiterating the stance that the army had nothing to do with it and
those who saw such a linkage were mistaken. Another security official said the corps commanders’ reviewed in detail the country’s internal and external security situation. “The latest situation on country’s eastern and western border was reviewed by the meeting of senior army commanders, especially the cooperation with the US-led NATO forces as well as Afghan army along the Afghan border,” he said. The army leaders, he said, also held discussions on the ongoing peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan with the Taliban, as well as the role that Pakistan could play for its success.
Cracks in the ruling coalition stood exposed on Friday as the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) was left stranded by its three major coalition partners as senators of Pakistan Muslim league-Quaid (PMl-Q), Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Awami National Party (ANP) opposed the tax amnesty scheme being introduced by the PPP government. Despite being alone and equipped only with misguided calculations, the PPP got the recommendations passed from the House with a majority as the opposition did not bother to challenge the ruling of the chair and did not demand a count over the voting either. ishaq Dar, leader of the opposition in the Senate, also facilitated the PPP government as he looked very friendly towards the treasury benches throughout the session. He did not even challenge the Senate chairman’s ruling for counting over the recommendations despite the fact that some of the PMl-N back-benchers demanded a vote count. Senate Standing Committee on Finance Chairperson Nasreen Jalil said that MQM was opposed to the Tax laws (Amendment) Bill 2012 and the committee had passed the recommendations with a majority of four against two votes. She added that the Senate is supporting thieves and dacoits to get away with the law through this bill and is giving around three million corrupt people amnesty through it. As Finance Minister Abdul Hafeez Shaikh rose from his seat to move the motion for putting the recommendations of the Senate Standing Committee on Finance to the House for voting, it was the ANP members who decided to object and decided to stage a walk out from the House in protest to the voting on the bill. The bill has already been opposed by the ANP and they will not become part of the voting procedure on this bill, said Senator Abdul Nabi Bangish of the ANP as he led his party members’ walkout. it was evident later that the walkout was pre-determined as it facilitated the PPP to get the recommendations over the bill passed. Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed of the PMl-Q followed, saying that his party was opposed to the bill which violated fundamental rights of the people of Pakistan.
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Prime minister assures military of government’s complete backing in war against terrorism
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Pervez Ashraf on Friday urged the armed forces to redefine military strategies and doctrine to tackle the threats to national security and sovereignty, assuring that the government would stand by the military to provide a strong support in the war against terrorism. Addressing the 14th National Security Workshop at the National Defence University (NDU), the prime minister said today’s complex and multi-faceted concept of national security was neither a pursuit of the military alone, nor was its management the exclusive domain of a selected few. Assuring the government’s support to the armed forces in the war on terror, he said national security institutions must improve intelligence gathering and establish effective coordination among
civil and military institutions to attain optimum results. “Threats to Pakistan’s national security stem mainly from nonstate actors who are targeting the state’s symbols and institutions in a bid to impose their agenda. it is an enemy that is nameless and faceless,” Ashraf said. “We are living in a world undergoing dynamic changes,” he added, “where traditional notions of security and sovereignty are being constantly redefined. There is a need to come to grips with the implications of this flux in intra-state and international relations.” Elaborating, the PM said effective pursuit of national security goals required developing a strategic framework that encompassed all elements of national power. “it must focus on the complex ways in which national, regional and
global factors impinge upon the security outlook of a country. The key imperatives of a comprehensive national security paradigm include sustainable socio-economic growth, political sovereignty and stability, rule of law, food security, stable state institutions and technological advancements,” Ashraf remarked. Recognising and praising the sacrifices made by security forces to defend the motherland, he was of the view that the need of the time was to work on a strategy that could comprehensively tackle the menace, adding that “we have to redesign and redefine our military doctrine to achieve this objective”. Urging both parliament and the security forces to stay on the same page, the PM said no military action could succeed alone, as the political will and support
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of the people were critical to its success. Ashraf added that the entire nation and parliament stood behind their armed forces in their struggle to secure the future of our children. “The present democratic government can rightfully take pride in the fact that it gave political ownership to the war against terrorism. The Swat Model, as it globally came to be known, represents the finest example of a combination of political strategy and modern warfare,” he said. The prime minister said for a country to be able to protect its national security, it was incumbent that every institution worked within its constitutional ambit. “Political stability is critically linked to national security,” he remarked. Ashraf stated that economic diplomacy was an integral part of the foreign pol-
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icy. “The grant of GSP plus status to Pakistan by the European Union bears testimony to our efforts in seeking concessions to enhance international trade relations. The forces of doom and gloom thrive in an environment of chaos, uncertainty and instability. We need to guard against all such forces, which are out to derail the system so assiduously put in place after a protracted struggle.” Commenting on the media, Ashraf said the media was crucial to building consensus on broad contours of national security. “i have unflinching faith in the people of Pakistan. They have always risen to the occasion. We will defeat the forces of darkness who cast evil designs on our culture, values and a way of life. i have no doubt about it,” he added. STAff REPoRT
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