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Electric communication will never be a substitute for the face of someone who with their soul encourages another person to be brave and true. –Charles Dickens
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iNdiaN PresideNt JoiNs aNtiPaKistaN Chorus NEW DELHI: Indian President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday slammed Pakistan, saying state-sponsored terrorism from across the border could not be accepted. On a four-day state visit to Belgium, Mukherjee said India wanted peace with Pakistan but there could be no compromise with its own territorial integrity. He also dismissed Pakistan's contention that "non-state actors" were behind the terror acts in India, saying they were not coming from heaven, but from territory under the control of the neighbouring country. Mukherjee said terror infrastructure in Pakistan needed to be brought down. "Terrorist activities must be curbed. And state-sponsored terrorism can never be accepted. Therefore, repeatedly we are saying, please dismantle the terrorist outfits which are located in your area," he said in an interview to Euronews. Mukherjee said non-state actors who perpetrated terrorism was a word used by Pakistan. INP
Child Killed, 5 iNJured iN iNdiaN guNfire KOTLI: A minor child was killed and five others were injured when Indian forces opened unprovoked firing from across the Line of Control (LoC) on Friday. The injured were from the civilian population of Azad Kashmir at Tata Pani Sector of Kotli district. Kotli Deputy Commissioner Masoodur Rehman told the state-run radio that Indian forces violated the ceasefire and fired indiscriminately at Goi village near the LoC. He said the shooting claimed the life of a minor child. The ceasefire violation comes shortly after the prime ministers of both countries met in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session. The prime ministers vowed new arrangements to ensure the ceasefire agreement along the LoC holds. INP
will KayaNi be the New JCsC Chief? NEW JCSC CHIEF WILL BE IN CHARGE OF PAKISTAN’S NUCLEAR ARSENAL, WILL ALSO DECIDE ON ACTION AGAINST TERRORISTS ISLAMABAD AGENCIES
ne of Pakistan’s most powerful men, General Ashfaq Kayani, is likely to stay head of the military with a new title when he steps down as army chief next month, government and security sources said, taking over some of the duties of his successor. The expected move comes at a time when violence is on the rise in Pakistan, tension boils with arch rival India over disputed Kashmir and as Prime Minister nawaz Sharif seeks to shore up a stable government just months into his job. And for the United States, it would mean continuity in Pakistan’s approach ahead of a pullout of most foreign troops in neighbouring Afghanistan at the end of 2014. There has been speculation over who will take over as chief of the army, which has ruled the nuclear-armed South Asian nation for more than half of its history since independence in 1947, when Kayani steps down. Sources and aides close to Kayani said Sharif wanted to make him head of a revamped and more powerful Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (JCSC). One senior intelligence official said Sharif planned to overhaul the JCSC, a largely ceremonial office, into a “central defence body” by restoring its command over the entire military establishment and giving it additional powers. “The new JCSC chief will be in charge of the nuclear arsenal. He’ll decide on action against terrorists,” said the source, adding that new powers included the right to promote, post and transfer key military officers. “Basically, the JCSC office will be what it was always supposed to be. The overall boss.” Sharif has a history of bitter relations with the army but is keen to preserve a semblance of continuity at a time when Pakistan is struggling to contain a growing Taliban insurgency.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif plans to overhaul the JCSC, a largely ceremonial office, into a ‘central defence body’ by restoring its command over the entire military establishment and giving it additional powers SENIOR INTELLIGENCE OFFICIAL
But keeping Kayani in a powerful role would entrench the army once again as the real decision maker in Pakistan, with the civilian government playing second fiddle. Military officials did not return repeated calls seeking comment. The government’s spokesman said he also could not comment until an official announcement on Monday when the current JCSC chief is due to step down. “THE DEVIL THEY KNOW”: Kayani’s post had already been extended for three years in 2010 – to the discontent of some climbing the ranks below him. Sources close to Sharif said he was unlikely to give him another extension, which would allow movement in the top ranks. “The JCSC chairmanship is the most likely option for Kayani,” said a close Sharif aide. “He’s an expert on the Pakistani insurgency. He understands the war in Afghanistan.” Under Kayani’s command, the army has launched several offensives against al Qaeda and Taliban-linked militants in the tribal regions on the Afghan border. In response, militants have extended their attacks to major cities across Pakistan. Pakistan is trying to bury the legacy of military rule and this year, for the first time, a civilian government completed its full
term and stood aside for Sharif’s team to be elected. Sharif has a difficult relationship with the army, and picking Kayani’s successor will be a defining moment of his second term. Kayani was once intelligence chief to Pervez Musharraf, the army chief who overthrew Sharif in 1999. Lieutenant General Rashad Mahmood, chief of general staff, has emerged as a possible successor and a Kayani favorite. Other possible candidates include General Tariq Khan, considered pragmatic on US relations, and Lieutenant General Haroon Aslam, the most senior official after Kayani. “nawaz wouldn’t want an overly strong army chief and if Kayani plans to stick around in uniform, then he would prefer someone close to him,” a senior retired army officer said. “Rashad is the man.” either way, Kayani is widely expected to stay on in one form or another. “He won’t simply retire and disappear quietly,” one Western diplomat in Islamabad said. The relationship with the Americans is also key. “Kayani has a good rapport with the Americans and has worked closely with them in Afghanistan,” the prime minister’s aide said. “For Sharif and the US, it’s better the devil they know.”
Nawaz mulls New CJCsC with KayaNi MONITORING DESK Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday held a meeting with Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani in which the two leaders discussed the appointment of a new chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) as the incumbent joint chief Gen Khalid Shameen Wynne is set to retire on Saturday (today). No successor has been named as yet because of which speculations have mounted. The decision appears to have narrowed down between two choices; a joint chief from either the army or the navy. If the army retains the office, the next CJCSC will most likely be Lt Gen Haroon Aslam, currently the most senior general in the army, while Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Asif Sandila could be the next man if the position goes to the navy. Prior to the visit, Nawaz and outgoing CJCSC Gen Khalid Shameem Wynne visited the Kahuta Research Laboratories located on the outskirts of the federal capital. The prime minister was briefed over the country's nuclear and missile programs. Earlier during the day, General Lloyed Austin, Commander CENTCOM, also called on General Wynne.
Peshawar ChurCh attaCK was iN aCCordaNCe with shariah: ttP MONITORING DESK While denying that any of its factions was involved in the suicide attack on the All Saints Church in Peshawar two weeks ago, the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) said the attack was justified according to Shariah. TTP spokesman Shahidullah Shahid told BBC Urdu that several groups were linked with the organisation because of their similar ideological thinking but these groups carried out terrorist attacks independently. “All groups have been given freedom to attack our common identified enemy. If any of these groups violate the TTP’s code, they are tried by a Taliban court of law,” he said.
Nawaz vows to pursue policy of minimum credible deterrence PM SAYS PAKISTAN NOT INVOLVED IN ANY REGIONAL ARMS' RACE ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
Pakistan’s strategic capability will continue to follow its policy of credible minimum deterrence, Prime Minister nawaz Sharif said on Friday. While on a visit to the national Command Centre (nCC) of the national Command Authority (nCA), and a weapons' storage site, the prime minister also reiterated that Pakistan wanted peace in the region and was not involved in any arms'
race. The policy of following minimum deterrence had first been adopted by former president Pervez Musharraf and since his departure, this policy is being pursued. nawaz was accompanied by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Khalid Shamim Wynne. Strategic Plans Division (SPD) Director General Lt Gen (r) Khalid Ahmed Kidwai, other senior military officers, scientists and engineers were also present. Welcoming the prime minister, Kidwai highlighted that the nCC was a highly secure and fully protected facility. The premier was also briefed on the indigenously developed strategic command, control and support system, which was s designed to facilitate decision mak-
ing at the nCC. nawaz was given a demonstration of the state-of-the-art connectivity of countrywide strategic assets which was an exclusive network ensuring effective control over the strategic assets by the nCA. The prime minister commended the skills, expertise, professionalism and dedication of individuals as well as the organisations involved in the development of the nCC and the requisite support systems. He later visited a technical site where he was briefed by the commander army strategic force command. nawaz expressed complete satisfaction over the safe, secure and fool-proof security architecture in place for the physical safety and security of the country's strategic assets.
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A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. –George Bernard Shaw
CoP Killed, two hurt iN KP violeNCe PESHAWAR: One policeman was killed and another two were injured in separate incidents of violence in Charsada and Peshawar on Friday. Officials said unidentified men opened indiscriminate firing on a police constable in Ghunda Karkana village in Charsada district. As a result of the indiscriminate firing, constable Sajjad Khan was killed on the spot. In Peshawar, the militants attacked a police mobile vehicle with an improvised explosive device (IED) in Pishtakhara area on Bara Road. The vehicle was destroyed and two policemen were injured. In a bid to foil any untoward incident in Peshawar and its surrounding areas, there is tight security at all entry points to all markets in the city. STAFF REPORT
JourNalist released after beiNg KidNaPPed iN south waziristaN MIRANSHAH: Gunmen released a journalist Friday a day after he was kidnapped in one of Pakistan’s tribal areas on the Afghan border, a relative said. “Armed men released Lal Wazir and dropped him near Azam Warsak Bazar today,” his uncle Ibrahim Wazir said. Lal Wazir, 38, who works for a local newspaper in the South Waziristan town of Azam Warsak, was taken from a shop by six masked gunmen on Thursday. “Lal is currently unable to speak to anybody but he arrived back home in safety,” his uncle added. A local official confirmed the release. “Nobody has claimed responsibility or contacted the family,” Wazir said. AGENCIES
INP The meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Khurshid Shah wherein both were to discuss the appointment of new National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chief fixed for Friday could not be held due to the PM’s visit to Kahuta Research Laboratories.
GOVT WITHDRAWS POWER TARIFF INCREASE NOTIFICATION ISLAMABAD KASHIF ABBASI
OWInG before the Supreme Court and the people’s reaction over the unprecedented increase in the power tariff, the government has withdrawn the recently issued notification. A three-member SC bench was informed on Friday that the federal government had decided to withdraw the recently-issued notification for an increase in the power tariff. The federal government informed the bench that it had asked the national electric Power Regulatory Authority (nePRA) to re-determine the electricity tariff in pursuance of the court’s orders. On September 30, the Pakistan Muslim League-nawaz government, whom the poverty-stricken people of the country voted into power so that they could bring some relief to them, had shocked electricity consumers by announcing an unprecedented increase of Rs 5.89 per unit on consumers of 201-300 units of electricity
NEPRA TO RE-DETERMINE ELECTRICITY TARIFF IN PURSUANCE OF SC’S ORDERS and Rs 3.67 per unit on consumers of 301700 units of electricity. This increase in electricity tariff was one of the requirements of the loan deal struck between government and the International Monetary Fund. However, the SC, while hearing a human rights case related to unprecedented load shedding on October 1 took notice of price hike and directed the government to review it. The bench, led by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry resumed the hearing into the case. During the hearing, seeking the attention of Attorney General Munir A Malik, the CJP said the court was not against anybody but wanted to know under which law and procedure the federal government had issued the notification for the increase in the power tariff. To this, the attorney general said the government had decided to withdraw the notification and now the nePRA would decide the new prices after taking into account Rs 150 billion subsidy. The court observed that nePRA
Meanwhile, Shah said they did not want to give “political colour” to the issue of appointment of NAB chairman. Talking to reporters in Lahore‚ Shah said he had held five meetings with the prime minister on the matter and would hold more meetings to bring an uncontroversial figure in NAB. He said both the government and the opposition were holding consultations on the name of four
personalities who enjoyed good reputation. According to sources, all consultations between the government and the opposition have been completed through the backdoor channel and both sides have agreed upon the name of Federal Tax Ombudsman Ch Abdul Rauf as NAB chief. Formal announcement in this connection is expected soon, the sources added.
sKyPe, viber baN: siNdh goverNmeNt writes a letter to iNterior miNistry MONITORING DESK A day after it suggested a proposal to ban four instant messaging phone applications including Skype, WhatsApp, Viber and Tango among other communication services, the Sindh government on Friday sent an application to the interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan requesting him to approve the ban. The application, which has been sent to the interior minister, said that since the targeted operations on miscreants had started in Karachi, the miscreants had started to rely on Viber and other free call and text services for their communication. The application stated that the services need to be banned for the next three months in order to oversee the completion of the targeted operation. Earlier, Chaudhry Nisar had said that he was against the ban and had maintained that he was the one who had done away with the tradition of suspending mobile services in the country. “I will go through the Sindh government’s application in favour of the ban to see how much weight it carries,” he had said. RELATED STORY ON | PAgE 05
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was not given the full authority to perform independently and questioned what would be the repercussions of the power tariff hike. “Industry is being given gas subsidy… what does it mean to a farmer of the country?” the CJP asked. To this, the attorney general said the federal government had set a lower electricity tariff as compared to the tariff proposed by nePRA. The court, while recalling the earlier statement of Minister of Water and Power Khawaja Asif, who while attending to the Rental Power Project had said the federal government had no authority to influence the decisions of nePRA, Chief Justice Chaudhry asked Asif what happened now and why had the federal government increased the power tariff? Justice Jawwad S Khawaja said the government instead of devising a strategy to recover Rs 441 billion from defaulters was burdening consumers who were paying their electricity bills regularly. Meanwhile, nePRA Chairman Khawaja naeem told the court that power distribution companies had dispatched electricity bills to consumers per the new notification. To this, the court ordered that all those bills should be withdrawn and adjourned the hearing for two weeks.
PetitioN ChalleNges CoNfisCatioN of ComParative religioN textbooKs LAHORE: A Public Interest Litigation was filed at the Lahore High Court on Friday that challenged the provincial government’s decision to confiscate and ban Comparative Religion textbooks from a branch of a private school. The issue was triggered after a television show appeared to be critical of the content that was being taught to grade 7 students in two subjects, ‘Science;’ and ‘Comparative Religion’ at the private school. The TV show which aired on September 16 reportedly prompted the Punjab government to form a committee for the review of the case which led to the confiscation and banning of all the material found objectionable. A petition filed at the Lahore High Court by an advocacy rights lawyer Saad Rasool challenged both the banning of the two subjects and the confiscation of textbooks and study materials. The petition also challenged the legality and the validity of the banning process. Rasool said, “it’s a larger issue – one that pertains to the fundamental right to education, right to intellectual ideas and even censorship.” He also questioned the process whereby it’s determined what content is Islamic. The principal of the school issued a letter on Sept 17 clarifying the stance of the school. The letter stated that the subject called “Comparative Religion” had to do with the “history of religion”. The letter maintained that the aim of teaching that subject was to impart information about Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism and Hinduism. Shah added that the subject of Islamiat was never abandoned. The school, in its clarification also stated that the content found objectionable – a chapter on human reproductive system, was never meant to be taught to the class, despite being present in the book. However, a committee comprising of the secretary schools, chairperson Punjab Textbook Board and chairperson Education Minister took the decision to confiscate the books and materials on the two subjects from all shops. According to the school administration, as many as 120 books have been confiscated. STAFF REPORT
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If I am walking with two other men, each of them will serve as my teacher. I will pick out the good points of the one and imitate them, and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself. –Confucius
US threatens sanctions over Iran gas project WASHINGTON INP
AKISTAn could face tough US sanctions if it goes ahead with the multi-billion gas pipeline project with Iran, a top American diplomat has said. The Obama administration is having discussions in this regard with Pakistan, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Windy Sherman told lawmakers at a Congressional hearing on Friday. "On Pakistan, we have had those discussions (on Iran-Pak gas pipeline) and will continue with the Pakistani government. My own assessment is it's not going anywhere anytime soon," Sherman told members of the Senate Foreign Relations Com-
mittee. "But they (Pakistan) certainly understand where we are and what our sanctions require should it proceed," she said. "So we will keep vigilant about not only what Pakistan may do, but any country that is going to have to confront the sanctions that the United States and the international community has at its disposal," Sherman said in response to a question from Senator Robert Menendez, chairman of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee. "Last week, Pakistan's prime minister said he intended to move forward with a natural gas pipeline deal with Iran that was agreed to by the previous government with Pakistan," Menendez said, adding, "If that were to take place, it would be in clear violation of our Iran sanctions regime."
MILITANTS WON'T KEEP ARMY AWAY FROM RELIEF EFFORTS IN BALOCHISTAN: ISPR RAWALPINDI: Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Major General Asim Bajwa said on Friday that security forces will continue with their relief work in the earthquake affected areas, despite facing security hazards and unabated attacks from militants. Maj Gen Bajwa claimed that militants had fired twice on troops in the Dandar area of Kech District on Friday and at least five times the day before in Mashkay, an area worst hit by the September 24 earthquake. He added that the attacks had claimed the lives of six security personnel while six others sustained injuries. Condemning the attacks, DG ISPR said that the security forces will continue to work to provide relief to the people. STAFF REPORT
Iran bill allows men to marry adopted daughters MONITORING DESK According to a story published in The Guardian, Iran has passed a law, which if approved by the Guardian Council, would allow men to marry their adopted daughters once the child reaches the age of 13. Human rights activists have expressed dismay that the bill opens the door for men to use the law to marry their own adopted daughters if the court rules that it's in the interest of the child. In Iran girls under the
age of 13 can still be legally married, but it requires a judge's approval. Shadi Sadr, a human rights lawyer with the Londonbased group Justice for Iran said that law essentially legitimises child abuse. "This bill is legalising paedophilia," she said. "It's not part of the Iranian culture to marry your adopted child. Obviously incest exists in Iran more or less as it happens in other countries across the world, but this bill is legalising paedophilia and is endangering our children and normalising
this crime in our culture." Iranian officials are arguing that the law has been enacted out of practicality since adopted girls are forced to wear a hijab around their fathers. 'With this bill, you can be a pedophile and get your bait in the pretext of adopting children,' Sadr said. Whether or not the law will get the final stamp of approval by the country's Governing Council is still a question but the outcry among activists has been vocal. Underage marriage is a real concern in the country
5 killed in Egypt as Brotherhood protests against army-backed rule CAIRO: Five people were killed in clashes on Friday as supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi took to the streets of Cairo and other cities to demand the end of army-backed rule. The marches were the most ambitious attempt by the Muslim Brotherhood to press its demands since August 14, when authorities smashed two proMorsi sit-ins in Cairo and then declared
a state of emergency and imposed a curfew. An Egyptian army vehicle fired live rounds in the direction of Brotherhood supporters who had been pushed away from Cairo's Tahrir Square by security forces, a Reuters witness said. Four people were shot dead in clashes in the southern city of Assuit, medical and health sources said. It was not clear which side they were on. Medical
where it has been reported that there were 42,000 children between the ages of 10 and 14 who were married in 2010. In 2012, the Legal Affairs Committee of the Majles (the Iranian parliament) told the press that they regard the law that prohibits girls below the age of 10 from being married off as "un-Islamic and illegal." In August of this year, a court in India's capital stirred up controversy when it said marriage with an underage girl was permissible under Indian Law.
sources in Cairo said a Brotherhood supporter had died from a gunshot wound in clashes in the capital. Onlookers threw rocks at the pro-Morsi protesters, who hurled them back. Riot police earlier fired tear gas to push back the march. Thousands of protesters headed toward the site of a former Brotherhood protest camp in northeast Cairo which was crushed by security forces in August. By late afternoon, protesters had retreated from the area. Members of the Brotherhood, which has been banned by court order, tried to reach the presidential palace but were turned back by police. AGENCIES
Frozen by shutdown, US warns of ‘catastrophic’ default WASHINGTON AGENCIES President Barack Obama demanded an end Thursday to a three-day government shutdown he decried as a reckless “farce,” piling pressure on Republicans to climb down first on a budget impasse. The US Treasury meanwhile warned of “catastrophic” consequences if there is no deal within weeks to raise the country’s debt ceiling, and the IMF’s chief said navigating a way out of that next crisis was “mission critical.” And late Thursday the White House announced that because of the shutdown Obama was scrapping plans to attend two summits next week in Asia – an APEC summit in Indonesia and
an East Asia summit in Brunei. The tour had been designed to advance a central thrust of Obama’s foreign policy. The trip had already been truncated, as Obama canceled tail-end stops in Malaysia and the Philippines. He traveled earlier Thursday to the Washington suburbs to lambast Republican House Speaker John Boehner, who emerged from a White House meeting late on Wednesday complaining that the president would not negotiate with him. “Take a vote, stop this farce and end this shutdown right now,” Obama said during a fiery speech in the Maryland suburb of Rockville, which is home to many federal workers laid off in the shutdown. Branding the crisis a “reckless Republican shutdown,”
Obama said that Boehner could reopen the government and get hundreds of thousands of people back to work “in just five minutes” by passing a temporary operating budget with no partisan strings attached. “Speaker John Boehner won’t even let the bill get a yes or no vote, because he doesn’t want to anger the extremists in his party,” Obama said. The government ran short of funds on Monday, after Congress failed to pass a budget, forcing authorities to send
all non-essential workers home and to close museums, monuments and national parks that are all popular with tourists. The Democratic-led Senate had turned back repeated Republican efforts to pass a budget while defunding or delaying Obama’s health care law. The law dubbed Obamacare is a centerpiece of his political legacy and reviled by Tea Party conservatives. The talks at the White House between
The talks at the white House between Obama and congressional leaders made no progress, and there is no sign that the dispute will be solved before dragging into a second week
Obama and congressional leaders made no progress, and there is no sign that the dispute will be solved before dragging into a second week. The crisis rattled Wall Street on Thursday, where the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 136.66 points (0.90 percent) to 14,996.48, amid ongoing jitters from the shutdown and nervousness about a looming battle over Congress’s responsibility to raise the $16.7 trillion US statutory borrowing limit. If there is no resolution before October 17, the government could begin running out of money to pay its bills and an unprecedented US debt default could result. But Republicans are again demanding concessions on Obamacare before voting to raise the debt ceiling, raising fears of
unpredictable consequences, which the Treasury said in a report Thursday could plunge the United States into deep recession and rock global markets. “In the event that a debt limit impasse were to lead to a default, it could have a catastrophic effect on not just financial markets but also on job creation, consumer spending and economic growth,” the report said. “Credit markets could freeze, the value of the dollar could plummet, US interest rates could skyrocket, the negative spillovers could reverberate around the world, and there might be a financial crisis and recession that could echo the events of 2008 or worse.” International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde said finding a way out of the debt limit dead end as soon as possible was “mission critical.”
FFC ACQUIRES AL HAMD FOODS
LAHORE PRESS RELEASE In a landmark economic development, FFC Pakistan has acquired Al Hamd Foods Ltd. Stakeholders and investors keenly observed the signing of acquisition documents by company secretary FFC in a graceful ceremony. The ceremony was attended by ChaudhryKhursheed CEO Al Hamd Food, Lt Gen Naeem Khalid Lodhi (r) CE & Managing Director FFC, Rashid Khan and other key officials.
This acquisition adds Pakistan’s first state-of-theart Individually Quick Frozen (IQF) Fruits and Vegetables plant to FFC’s already diversifying business portfolio. Having pioneered in fertilizer, financial and energy businesses of national significance, FFC is set to create headways in food processing technologies. At one end, this forward integration is attributed to food security. On the other end, it promises gateways of global access for Pakistan’s agricultural produce.
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Every child should have a caring adult in their lives. And that’s not always a biological parent or family member. It may be a friend or neighbor. Often times it is a teacher. — Joe Manchin
ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain awards gold medal to NAB Assistant Director Waqas Rafiq for securing first position in NAB Training Course. INP
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sPaCe teCh is the New Normal SUPARCO CELEBERATES WORLD SPACE WEEK IN 11 CITIES ISLAMABAD APP
World Space Week is observed annually from Oct 4-10 to raise awareness about space technology and promote its peaceful usage amongst students and the masses. Students of different schools, colleges and universities of twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad participated in the World Space Week (WSW) activities on Friday at Institute of Space Technology (IST). Pakistan Space and Upper Research Commission (SUPARCO) is celebrating WSW in 11 major cities of Pakistan including Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Quetta, Peshawar, Multan, Faisalabad, Bahawalpur, Larkana, Gilgit and Abbottabad. “In federal Capital, IST is celebrating the event and has planned various activities to mark the event,” said IST Deputy Director Raza Butt. On the first day of WSW celebrations, Space Technology bilingual declamation competition, Space Technology Bilingual essay writing competition, Space Painting, Sketching Competition, Space Model Display Competition and Space Theatre was organised at IST. “Besides, e-poster designing competition, aero modelling competition, paper plane competition, water rocket competition, glider competition, and astronomy night are also the part of space week,” he added. Raza Butt said exhibition and family fair will also be organised on the occasion which comprises kids arena, food and book stalls, planetarium, UAV Lab visit, posters display, space models display, IST Satellite Lab visit, satellite models display and painting and sketches display.
PRESIDENT URGES NAB OFFICERS TO FOLLOW RULE OF LAW ONLY ISLAMABAD
nAB is mandated to carry out across-theboard transparent accountability and its officers were expected to discharge their duties with honesty and integrity.” This was said by President Mamnoon Hussain while addressing at the certificate award ceremony of the newly inducted investigation officers of nAB on Friday The president urged the investigating officers of national Accountability (nAB) to never get influenced by any other consideration but by the rule of law alone. The president said the corruption destroys the very fabric of human societies, social institutions and undermines the
Your conduct should never be influenced by any other consideration but by the rule of law alone value of work and dignity of human beings. He said to combat the menace of corruption, the role of investigators was more critical and crucial, and stressed that an investigating officer should be thorough and impartial. “Your conduct should never be influenced by any other consideration but by the rule of law alone,” the president said to the new officers who attended a seven-month training. President Mamnoon pointed that the investigators were often blamed for delays and for leaving loopholes. He hoped that they would take on all challenges with
the strength of character and would keep the national interests as the foremost priority. He advised the young officers to continue the pursuit of excellence in their future life and make an inspiring impact on the world around. The president said that the path which the new officers had chosen would demand continuous hard work, commitment and high degree of determination. He expressed confidence that the new nAB officers would be able to successfully negotiate any difficulty with the similar zeal, dedication and commitment that you had displayed so far. “For the success and
credibility of your organisation, it is imperative that you know your strengths, capabilities and also the limitations so that by capitalising on your strengths and minimising your limitations, you are able to perform your duties efficiently with sincerity and correct orientation.” nAB Deputy Chairman Admiral (R) Saeed Ahmed Sargana said nAB was pursuing the three-pronged policy based on awareness, prevention and enforcement. He said the nAB officers had undergone rigorous training to handle the issues relating corruption, and expressed confidence that young officers would leave no stone unturned to eradicate this menace from the country. He also mentioned media’s vibrant role as a catalyst in highlighting the issues of corruption. Later President Mamnoon awarded medals and certificates to the meritorious officers.
HERE’S YOUR HAT, WHAT’S YOUR HURRY? EXTRAORDINARY SENDOFF TO YOUNG ARGENTINIAN ENVOY MUSHAHID CALLS FOR STRONG DIPLOMATIC OFFENSIVE TO WIN WORLD SUPPORT FOR PAKISTAN ISLAMABAD MIAN ABRAR
Diplomats, politicians, entrepreneurs and journalists got together at a lavish dinner hosted by young intellectual and a member of the academia Faisal Mushtaq to bid farewell to Imtiaz Ahmed, the newlyappointed ambassador of Pakistan to Buenos Aires, Argentine. Prior to his new assignment, Imtiaz Ahmed was serving in the ministry of foreign affairs as director general, China. His appointment at such a young age not only
thrilled his host to throw him an exceptional banquet but also it lured seasoned diplomats and politicians to join the occasion. eminent journalist-turned-politician Mushahid Hussain Sayed was the chief guest while Argentine Ambassador Rodolfo J MartinSaravia, along with his spouse and Cuban Ambassador Jesus Zenen Buergo Concepcion, PM Secretariat Joint Secretary Saleem Ranjha, Pakistan’s Ambassador to Poland Khalid Memon, MOFA China Desk Director Mahmood Akhtar, Iqra University Chancellor Hunaid A Lakhani, newly elected ICCI President Shaban Khalid and others also attended the dinner. Mushahid Hussain Sayed felicitated the envoy on his new assignment, expressing skeptism why a diplomat having served in South Korea, having a command over Japanese language and also had led the China desk of ministry of foreign affairs as director-general, had been asked to serve in Latin America. Mushahid called for a strong diplomatic offensive to win world support
for Pakistan. “I know Imtiaz well. He is a workaholic and has exceptional skills of diplomacy. He should have been asked to serve in Asia rather than Latin America,” he argued, adding that new assignment would prove to be a leap forward in his career. He said Argentine and Pakistan had many similarities and both have identical views on major international issues. “Pakistan and Argentine are members of the coffee club in the United nations. Both have border disputes and both have always supported each other on border issues. We have supported Argentine the way it supported us on Kashmir,” he said, adding that the people of Pakistan are indebted to the Catholic Church which had launched exceptional services across the subcontinent to provide education to children on humanitarian basis. He said that Cuba was also a role model for Pakistani government in the sectors of health and education and it was amazing to note how a small island had defied the might of the United States of
America in Latin America region. Offering his heartfelt felicitations to Ambassador Imtiaz, Faisal Mushtaq said that he had served a great deal in further cementing Pakistan-China relations as DG (China) and hoped that his new assignment would help further build and cement bilateral ties between Pakistan and Argentina. He said due to the support from Ambassador Imtiaz, thousands of Pakistani students were learning Chinese language in Roots School System which would help bridge the people of China and Pakistan to a great deal by removing the language barrier. Lauding the services of Ambassador Rodolfo, Faisal Mushtaq said that he was amazed to see the commitment of the Argentinean envoy who had been not only serving the cause of cementing Pakistan, Argentine relations but also was heading the diplomatic corps for the past nine years as dean of Diplomatic Corps and had pressed for the cause of Pakistan to the diplomatic community of the world. Ambassador Rodolfo congratulated Imtiaz Ahmed on his new assignment and said that there was a great potential in further nurturing the Pakistan-Argentine ties. He said there were many similarities
between the state and the people of both the countries despite the fact that both were thousands of miles away which confirmed a fact that distance could not become a hurdle in relations between people and friends. He urged for exploring new avenues of bolstering people-to-people contacts and hoped that Argentinean investors would visit and invest in Pakistan as there were lots of opportunities awaiting. expressing his gratitude to Faisal Mushtaq for extending good wishes for his new posting, Ambassador Imtiaz said that the government of Pakistan was indebted to the young entrepreneurs like Faisal who were sharing the cause of cementing bilateral relations with friendly countries. He said that as DG in MOFA, he was happy to see the contributions made by Roots School System in bringing closer the people of Pakistan and China. He said as an ambassador to Argentine, he would focus on expanding trade and cultural ties between Argentine and Pakistan. He hoped that the services of Faisal Mushtaq and other entrepreneurs would help the government of Pakistan in bolstering bilateral relations with other friendly countries including Argentine.
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CDA TO SPEED UP ROADS, SIGNALS REPAIR ISLAMABAD
BLACKSMITHS MAKE FAST BUCKS ISLAMABAD
Capital Development Authority (CDA) Chairman nadim Hassan Asif has approved a sum of Rs 8 million for carrying out repair of roads in federal capital which have been damaged during monsoon rains. The repair and renovation work of the roads will be completed within one month. CDA officials said that the roads in federal capital were adversely affected during monsoon season and in certain areas they were washed out. The roads passing through I-9, I10 and I-11 sectors were worn and torn completely, he added. CDA chairman has directed members engineering wing that repair work be carried out of roads wherever they are found damaged in any sector in federal capital so that beauty of city could be maintained. Officials said that the repair work will be conducted with the machinery owned by CDA. He said that civic body has also started road construction in different areas of the city and CDA would repair all dysfunctional signals as well.
The sale of slaughtering and cooking equipments is witnessing unprecedented surge in the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi in the wake of forthcoming eid-ul-Azha. The people started preparation for the eid-ul-Azha, particularly people are buying crockery, knives and sharpening old knives in full swing. Blacksmith workshops are overworked in various markets of the twin cities. Hundreds of knives of all shapes and sizes lie next to them on the floor. every Blacksmith expects to sharpen between 2,000 and 4,000 different knives in the last week before the eid. The street vendors are witnessed to sell the variety of slaughter
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tools and also offering their services to sharpen the rusted slaughter equipment. Some of the vendors are visiting various streets with knives sharpening equipments. A mobile blacksmith Suhail Ahmed said that this was the time every year to make good money, adding that “I worked on 200 knives daily and this number may increase to about 800 in the coming days.” Meanwhile, the sale of slaughtering and cooking instruments are witnessing unprecedented surge in the twin cities. A number of stalls are being established in different markets and localities for sale of knives and steel bars. A shopper said that street vendors and stallholders were charging double price of butchery equipments, adding to hold the services of butchers was another difficult task.
BLACKSMITHS EXPECT TO SHARPEN BETWEEN 2,000 AND 4,000 DIFFERENT KNIVES IN THE LAST WEEK BEFORE THE EID
ISLAMABAD: Sacrificial animals arrive at cattle market as the preparations for Eid-ul-Azha are in full swing in the country. ONLINE
Senate committee directs authorities concerned to fasten the development work in I-16 sector ISLAMABAD: The Senate’s Functional Committee on Government Assurances on Friday expressed concern over the non completion of development work in the I-16 sector of the Capital. The committee directed the Capital Development Authority (CDA) and Islamabad electric Supply Company (IeSCO) to redouble their efforts for speedy development work in the sector. The committee met at the Parliament House under the chairmanship of Senator Saeed Ghani with a view to ensure the completion of all development work at the earliest. The committee meeting was attended by Senators Kalsoom Parveen, Col (r) Syed Tahir Mashhadi, Interior secretary and other officials of related departments. During the committee meeting, it was observed that the pace of development in the sector remained very slow and desired results could not be achieved within the stipulated period. There was a general impression that delays in development work resulted in increased project costs. “The sooner we finish it, the better it will be,” said the Committee Chairman Senator Saeed Ghani. The IeSCO chief executive informed the committee that the company installed nine transformers in the I-16 sector but three of them were stolen. He said he was ready to install all transformers but security was the major issue at the site. The committee asked the IeSCO chief executive to complete work and report to the committee in its next meeting. Briefing the committee, CDA chairman informed that work was under progress in the I-16 sector and construction of police station building would be completed as soon as possible. APP
HELL ON WHEELS! VC NOT OFF THE ISLAMABAD: The increasing trend of one-wheeling continues on various roads of the twin cities creating a mess for the populace as the bikers perform wheelies with removal of silencers and rods of their bikes. Bikers are witnessed performing stunts particularly on the express highway and Murree road during heavy traffic which was dangerous for all. Shafaq a lady doctor said these young bikers are a social nuisance but many of these bikers belong to influential families and their parents use their influence and money to secure their release if caught by the police. She said that some daredevils remove their silencers while performing wheelies. Many people apply their brakes when they see these stunts-men dangerously close to their vehicles, she added. A senior citizen Muhammad Hussain said that young men continue to fall off their bikes and die while performing wheelies or some other dangerous stunts on the busy roads of Rawalpindi and Islamabad despite a ban on the practice by the Punjab government and Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) administration. APP
mobile PhoNes: the New mode of iNterNet exCess ISLAMABAD: Recent reports have shown that 85% of users around the world name mobile as their first choice, making it the preferred channel for accessing the Internet. Further findings revealed that not only does the vast majority prefer to go online via their mobile devices but 11% also choose them at home as an alternative to turning on their personal computers, Live Science website reported. The reason for mobile devices’ massive popularity is that they allow users to stay connected at all times and in all places, but the results also show a tendency for multiple device utilisation. Users are likely to combine browsing on smartphones with Internet activities carried out via PCs and tablets. PCs are used as a complementary device by 6% of respondents, while tablets are used by 0.48%. Communication with friends is still the most popular activity for mobile Internet users, as stated by 61%, followed by entertainment at 35%. The survey also found that demand for media and financial services was still high, with these categories scoring 31% and 23% respectively. APP
IHC suspends orders for registration of FIR against AIOU VC ISLAMABAD APP
The Islamabad High Court Friday suspended the orders of Justice of Peace Islamabad for registration of a criminal case against Allama Iqbal Open University Vice Chancellor Dr nazir Ahmed Sangi. A single member bench of IHC comprising Justice Riaz Ahmed Khan, issued the directive while hearing a plea filed by Dr nazir Ahmed Sangi, through his counsel Barrister Afzal Hussain, seeking the nullification of the order passed by Justice of Peace Islamabad in petition under Section 22-A Criminal Penal Code for registration of FIR against him. During the course of hearing, counsel for the petitioner apprised the bench that the application did not reveal any cognisable offence done by nazir Ahmed Sangi and only the court concerned could take cognisance of the matter. It may be mentioned here that an employ of the university, Sarzeb filed a petition under section 22-A Criminal Penal Code before Justice of Peace Islamabad for registration of a criminal case against the vice chancellor on the basis that the application along-with the comments filed by the vice chancellor.
KOHAT: Deputy Chief of the Air Staff Air Marshal Jamshed Khan with graduating officers during the graduating ceremony at School of Logistics PAF Base. PR
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Failure is not a single, cataclysmic event. You don't fail overnight. Instead, failure is a few errors in judgement, repeated every day. –Jim Rohn
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India announces warm-up for world’s biggest election IN NOVEMBER POLLS, INDIAN VOTERS WILL CHOOSE MEMBERS TO SIT IN STATE ASSEMBLIES NEW DELHI
nDIA will hold five state elections in november and December, authorities said on Friday, kicking off a contest that is expected to boost the profile of Hindu nationalist opposition leader narendra Modi ahead of a general election next year. The polls, set to begin on november 11, are seen as a warm-up for the national elections, which will be the world's biggest democratic exercise. Both polls will test the
popularity of Modi's promise of economic growth and clean governance at a time India is suffering its worst slowdown in a decade. His party is trying to unseat the ruling Congress party, which has been weakened by a string of corruption scandals, high inflation and stuttering growth after nine years in power. However, it is counting on its record of support for the rural population, which makes up two-thirds of India's population. Modi is now using elections in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Delhi and Mizoram to build a presence among voters unfamiliar with his promises of efficient governance and probity. He has drawn large crowds across the country, and regularly polls as India's most popular politician. In several states he has been campaigning against the Congress party's Rahul Gandhi, the fourth generation of the
modi is a divisive figure. Critics see him as a dangerous right-wing autocrat they say failed to stop deadly religious riots in the state he governs, Gujarat, in 2002. But his growing fan base sees an incorruptible leader capable of turning the economy around and making india a global super power Gandhi-nehru dynasty that has dominated Indian politics since independence from
the British in 1947. In the november polls, voters will choose members to sit in state assemblies. But there is a larger prize at stake: history suggests the results are likely to indicate the outcome of the general elections in those states, which together account for 73 of the 543 elected seats in the lower house of parliament. Modi is a divisive figure. Critics see him as a dangerous right-wing autocrat they say failed to stop deadly religious riots in the state he governs, Gujarat, in 2002. But his growing fan base sees an incorruptible leader capable of turning the economy around and making India a global super power. Modi denies any wrong during the riots that killed at least 1,000, mostly Muslim, people. A Supreme Court investigation failed to find evidence that he had fanned the violence. Until now, Modi, who
25 millioN ChildreN out of sChool iN PaKistaN ISLAMABAD: Almost 25 million children, of whom seven million are aged between three to five years, and adolescents are out of school in Pakistan, a report said. The poor state of education in the country is evident from Pakistan's position on the Education Development Index, as the country is ranked at 113 of 120 countries on the index. The Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child (SPARC) in its annual report, The State of Pakistan's Children, reveals that children in Pakistan have to cope with a lack of educational opportunities, poor health conditions, a near absence of protection for poor and vulnerable children. Miserable conditions in juvenile jails and continued employment of children in hazardous occupations are other issues being faced by the children in the country. Almost 225,000 annual newborn deaths are reported in Pakistan, the report pointed out. Violence against children remains culturally entrenched as children in Pakistan have to cope with physical violence, abuse, trafficking, recruitment in armed conflict and acid attacks. It says that there were 3,861 cases of child sexual abuse, reported from different parts of the country in 2012, and 5,659 cases of violence against children were reported from January to October 2012. The report also highlights the ineffectiveness of the current legislation on child and bonded labour and also emphasises the lack of concrete measures towards enacting comprehensive child labour legislation. According to the report, Pakistan lacks adequate facilities to deal with children who come in conflict with the law. APP
safma slams siNdh’s ProPosed baN LAHORE: South Asian Free Media Association and South Asia Media Commission have expressed dismay at a proposed ban on messaging applications by the government of Sindh province. In a statement, SAFMA Secretary-General Imtiaz Alam and SAMC Secretary General M Ziauddin, SAFMA-Pakistan President Nusrat Javeed and Media Commission-Pakistan Arif Nizami called the proposal a violation of fundamental rights of citizens. The Sindh government’s proposal to ban messaging apps including Skype, Viber and WhatsApp for three months as a security measure is only kneejerk reaction to so serious an issue as terrorism, which requires serious thinking and measures to counter, the media watchdogs’ leaders said. Citing the YouTube ban which is in place for more than a year now, they said that such mindless measures yielded nothing but depriving people of a source of information. Taking away freedom from citizens should never be an option, they said. PRESS RELEASE
was popular enough to win three straight terms to govern Gujarat, has been untested outside his home turf. "DREAM TEAM, NOT A DIRTY TEAM": Modi's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is expected to retain control of two of the states being polled in november, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, both headed by popular BJP leaders contesting for a third term. It is also expected to snatch Rajasthan from Congress. That would add to the momentum he built at crowded rallies up and down the country since he was anointed the party's candidate for prime minister on September 13. The outcome of state elections in India usually hinge on local leaders and issues, but analysts say Modi will try to capitalize on any victories for momentum in the run-up to next year's national poll.
SUKKUR: A Sindh Wildlife Department official shows falcons seized from smugglers who wanted to sell the birds to buyers in Karachi. PPI
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HE row provoked an extraordinary intervention from Benazir Bhutto’s son, who dismissed critics as “burgers” – using a derogatory expression for affluent youngsters with little grasp of the hardships faced by ordinary Pakistanis. The proposals would see users blocked from using Skype and Viber, and the provincial government of Sindh, which includes Karachi and its 20m population, says the move may be extended to WhatsApp and Tango. Youtube has already been banned across the country for more than a year in protest at blasphemous content. Cell phone services are frequently disabled during religious festivals to prevent
terrorists using mobile networks to detonate bombs. This week, the government of Sindh announced plans to block messaging services for three months. Sana Saleem, co-founder of Bolo Bhi, an internet campaign group, said the ban was the wrong way to tackle terrorism. “It doesn’t work,” she said. “The government is saying its intelligence agencies are not working, we can’t protect you, so we are going to block everything. “It represents a collapse of government.” She added that such a move may not be technically possible and so far Islamabad’s Interior Ministry,
which would have to give final approval, has played down prospects of a ban. Even so, many Pakistanis took to social media to vent their anger at proposals they said would prevent them communicating with friends and relatives. Their complaints brought a dismissive outburst from Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the son of Benazir Bhutto and whose party controls the Sindh provincial assembly. He tweeted: “Dear Burgers, Sorry abt Skype/Viber/Whtsapp. Excuse us while we catch some terrorists and save some lives. SMS for 3months. Sincerely BBZ.” He said the government lacked the technology to monitor Skype messages and a ban was the only way to protect the population.
Even by its own standards of misery, Pakistan has been hit hard by a wave of attacks this year. Karachi has been particularly badly hit, with sectarian and political killings.
The government is saying its intelligence agencies are not working, we can’t protect you, so we are going to block everything...It represents a collapse of government SANA SALEEM CO-FOUNDER BOLO BHI
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Education... has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading. –GM Trevelyan
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KP CM, chief secretary at loggerheads over administrative matters CM DIRECTS CABINET MINISTERS TO REFER DIRECTLY ALL SUMMARIES AND OTHER ADMINISTRATIVE ISSUES TO HIM INSTEAD OF THE CHIEF SECRETARY PESHAWAR
HE already tense and uncertain situation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa further complicated the political environment when the chief minister and the chief secretary disagreed over the disposal of important administrative matters including summaries and files under the existing mechanism. Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak and the chief secretary appeared to be at loggerheads over summaries and administrative files being sent to the former through the latter. The secretaries of various departments are reluctant to do the task they are given to perform. Sources said the chief
CHIEF SECY ORDERS SECRETARIES TO SEND ALL ADMINISTRATIVE FILES AND SUMMARIES ACCORDING TO THE EXISTING MECHANISM THROUGH HIM
minister issued a notification to all his cabinet members to refer directly all summaries and administrative files containing appointments, postings, transfers and other administrative issues to him instead of the chief secretary. This move infuriated the chief secretary who in turn issued a notification to the secretaries to send all administrative files and summaries according to the existing mechanism through him, the sources said. The administration secretary is upset over the issuance of two notifications simultaneously, one by the chief minister and other by the chief secretary. The sources said the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf central leadership is active to end differences between the chief minister and the chief secretary. In this respect hobnobbing amongst
WASHINgTON: The Atlantic Council’s South Asia Centre is organising a discussion with Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on October 9. The discussion is titled ‘Pakistan’s continuing economic challenges’ and it would be moderated by Dr Bharath Gopalaswamy, deputy director of the South Asia Centre. Several months into a new administration, Pakistan’s economic troubles are still being overlooked. Although Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has made the energy crisis one of his top priorities, energy shortages and circular debt in the energy sector continue to hinder Pakistan. Similarly, financial devolution from the central government to the provincial government has created difficulties in managing the national economy. Domestic problems are not the only source of economic challenges for Pakistan. Lack of regional economic integration and trade barriers, particularly with India and the United States, create additional difficulties in Pakistan’s economy. Dar will discuss these challenges and the way ahead for Pakistan. PRESS RELEASE
Pml-N mPa tortures traffiC wardeN for stoPPiNg his vehiCle FAISALABAD: A member of the Punjab Assembly from the PML-N, Naeem Gul, tortured a traffic warden for stopping his vehicle on Friday. Police said the traffic warden was tortured by the PML-N lawmaker for stopping his vehicle. The traffic warden was taken to the RPO office in injured condition. The injured traffic warden told the police that he had stopped the vehicle because of a protest in the area. He said the lawmaker got infuriated and tortured him. INP
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high-level figures are in progress in Islamabad and Peshawar. This is not the first time that a high-level official has been in trouble with the chief minister. Earlier, CCPO Liaquat Ali, Home Secretary Azam Khan, and IGP Ihsan Ghani have had problems with Khattak. The sources said Peshawar CCPO Muhammad Ali Babakhel had also had differences with the chief minister over the law and order. Khattak had asked Babakhel to take action against criminals. However, Babakhel declined and went on a leave instead. The appointment of a new CCPO is also lingering and drawing criticism. The sources said none of the police officials is willing to take responsibilities in view of the existing law and order in the provincial capital.
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KP GOVT STARTS WORK ON BANNING SALE, PURCHASE OF AFGHAN SIMS In accordance with the Peshawar High Court’s decision, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has initiated steps to ban the sale, purchase and use of Afghan-made subscriber identity modules (SIMs). Through official sources, Pakistan Today came to know that the Home and Tribal Affairs Department has prepared a summary for the implementation of the PHC’s decision. The summary is now pending before the chief secretary and after his approval, the federal government will be approached for further action.
The PHC has recently ordered banning the sale, purchase and use of Afghan-made SIM cards. These SIM cards, according to the court decisions, are used by people involved in extortion, kidnapping for ransom and other criminal acts. not only common traders and businessmen but even people from doctors, teachers and lawyers have confirmed receiving demands for extortion. On such grounds, the PHC ordered the ban. Sources said implementation of the decision in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is easy but it would need maximum efforts in the adjoining Federally Administrative Tribal Areas.
PESHAWAR: People throng a sacrificial animals market on Friday as the country prepares to celebrate Eidul Azha. INP
Azam Hoti expelled from ANP for remarks against leadership HOTI SAYS HE STANDS BY HIS DEMAND OF ASFANDYAR WALI’S OUSTER FROM PARTY PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT The organising committee of Awami National Party (ANP) Friday expelled its senior leader Senator Azam Khan Hoti for what it called levelling “baseless” allegations and using foul language against the senior leadership of the party, including Asfandyar Wali Khan. According to a press statement issued from Bacha Khan Markaz, central office of the ANP, Hoti’s basic party membership has been revoked.
Reacting to the decision, Azam Khan Hoti said he would fight back and expose the "incompetent and mindless party leadership." The party’s provincial organizing committee, headed by Bashir Khan Matta, terminated Azam Hoti from the party for violating the party discipline. However, it is now an open secret that his outburst against the ANP chief Asfandyar Wali Khan and demand for party chief’s resignation were the main causes for his unceremonious ouster. “Azam Khan Hoti has been expelled from the party for violating the party discipline and adopting unacceptable attitude towards party’s high command,” the ANP provincial spokesman Sadaruddin Marwat said. Azam Khan Hoti, speaking to media in Mardan, said that he would stand
by his demand of Asfandyar’s ouster from the party and would not give up his principled stand. He said that he would announce his future strategy in the next 48 hours and added that he was expecting the same decision from the “directionless party leadership”. Last week, a show cause notice was served to the senior Hoti – father of former Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister Ameer Haider Hoti and brother-in-law of party chief Asfandyar Wali Khan. The controversy emerged in the party last month when a statement was issued by Azam Khan Hoti wherein he had held the party leadership responsible for the overwhelming defeat in May 11 general elections and also levelled other allegations.
direCtor of Ngo KidNaPPed iN Quetta QUETTA ONLINE
Unidentified gunmen kidnapped the director of a non-governmental organisation (nGO) in Quetta’s Railway Colony on Friday. According to initial reports, the armed men intercepted Director noor Muhammad’s vehicle near Railway Colony when he was on his way to work and forced him to sit in their car and took him away to an undisclosed location. Police reached the site and cordoned off the area and began search for the kidnapped director. Further details regarding the incident are yet to be ascertained.
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The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership. –Harvey S Firestone
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the so-called foreign hand What about the Tehriks, Lashkars and Jaishs?
the New york summit Singh got what he wanted
eSPITe devastating attacks that killed over 150 innocent people in a week followed by incidents of terrorism on an almost daily basis in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the government remains stuck to the tack of talks with the TTP. This is indicated by the remarks made by Sartaj Aziz on Thursday. As the Peshawar Church attack came on the eve of nawaz Sharif’s departure for new York to address the United nations General Assembly, the government circles believed the motive behind it was to create embarrassment for Pakistan. Since the TTP refused to own the attack, the finger is now being pointed at the so-called foreign hand behind the ongoing violence. It would however be unrealistic on the part of the government to lose focus on account of the ongoing blame game between India and Pakistan after the incidents along the LoC. The possibility of Indian security agencies’ involvement in some of the incidents of the sort cannot be ruled out, particularly in Balochistan. However it must not be forgotten that the ongoing terrorist activity in the country is homegrown and is routinely owned by organisations like the TTP, LeJ, the Swat Taliban and the Punjabi Taliban. Recently the Mohmand chapter of the TTP acknowledged the attack on the under-construction Ghalani dam. On Thursday, the TTP again owned an attack on a compound in Orakzai killing 13. The government seems to be determined to go ahead with the talks. It has now reversed the long standing ‘ideological position’ in support of capital punishment in the wake of the TTP threat of reprisals. While the reason given is the opposition by the eU to capital punishment, most people consider the excuse as no more than a fig leaf as the PML-n, which has been twice in power before its present stint, had been aware of the eU’s position on the issue all along. The government has in fact changed its position to keep the dialogue alive. It needs now to urgently initiate the talks and find if the militants are genuinely interested in peace. One expects the government however not to compromise on the constitution and instead it should persuade the militants to cease violence forthwith, drop the demands to recall the army from tribal areas and release its prisoners. The army cannot presently be withdrawn from FATA or Swat where it has established the writ of the state after great sacrifices in life and treasure. Similarly terrorists charged with committing heinous crimes or awarded punishments by courts must not be set free. Rehman Malik often complained of a foreign hand behind the terrorist acts to cover up his own ministry’s failings. He however was an equal failure in to presenting any solid evidence that could convince the independent observers. One expects a better performance from Ch. nisar Ali Khan. It won’t do ignoring the public acknowledgments by the TTP and its allies of their horrendous attacks as well as confessional statements recorded and evidence produced before the courts and instead attributing their misdeeds to the so called foreign hand.
No longer the family silver Yet it must not turn into a loot sale for favourites
He day, or is it the night, of the IMF is back to haunt us. After the dubious ‘feast’ of the doling out of a few billion dollars, mainly to pay off its maturing earlier loans and interest thereon, comes the harsh moneylender’s bill. And from the look of things it will be quite a heavy, perhaps even a back-breaking bill, this time. Within months, as a consequence of the IMF’s usual unrealistic preconditions and diktat, the rupee has broken all previous records of cringing before the dollar, the electric power rates on the other hand have hit the roof along with simultaneously raising product of petroleum prices, and all over town the talk is again of privatisation. It is that season when the panacea for all the economic ills plaguing our tottering economy are being ‘read’ in this one word by our financial shamans and soothsayers. Pakistan’s experience with this shortcut mode of raising desperately needed funds is hardly an enviable one. During the first round of privatisation in the 1990s, Mian nawaz Sharif presiding, there was much criticism of the exercise centred round the cliché that that the ‘family silver’ was being sold off. This objection, however, no longer applies at the present juncture. Thanks to the ravages of our leaders of various hues but one mindset, nadir Shahi, the family silver has now turned into junk. The public sector enterprises (if such disasters can be termed thus) have become billions-guzzling white elephants, mired in corruption, lacking in deserving personnel of merit and swamped by hordes of political appointees. They are indeed ripe for the sacrifice of a profitable sell-off. The main objection, however, revolves round the transparency and credibility of this emergency last-ditch measure. In the 1990s, much controversy was stirred up due to the ‘loot sale’ at hugely undervalued prices of some high– profile institutions to favourites. But the die is cast. Under the IMF structural benchmarks, the government has directed the Privatisation Commission to put up the ‘for sale’ sign on 31 public sector enterprises immediately, with 65 to follow by end 2013, by divesting 26 percent shares and management control to the purchaser(s)of these bloated and unmanageable institutions. At the same time the ministry of finance issued a statement to the effect that ‘in the process the interests of the employees were to be protected at all costs’. It is clear that reorganisation can only begin with massive lay-offs and forced golden handshakes, and the government’s resolve will be severely tested. The familiar vultures and the fat cats are gathering and drooling at the prospects of a (financial) killing. But now, in the presence of a vibrant media and other societal watchdogs (not to mention the courts), any succumbing to crony capitalism and plutocratic favouritism might cost the government dear. To avoid any embarrassment or worse, transparency must not be compromised at any cost this time around.
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AWAZ Sharif after a weeklong sojourn abroad is back in Islamabad to the usual grind of being the prime minister of Pakistan, where the crisis created as a result of steep hike in petroleum prices and electricity tariff has snowballed in his government’s face. Trying to achieve mutually exclusive objectives of not further burdening the already hapless common man and meeting the IMF conditionalities at the same time, the PML-n government seems to be clueless. Similarly despite getting a mandate from the APC held early last month there is no visible strategy in place to initiate a dialogue with the TTP. In a 24/7 news cycle Sharif meeting his Indian counterpart only last Sunday in new York on the sidelines of the Un General Assembly, is already old news. nonetheless the meeting was a watershed not necessarily to improve relations between the two South Asian neighbours but by virtue of putting Pakistan on notice. Pakistan has been told to keep the LoC (Line of Control) in Kashmir incident-free. The onus is on Islamabad to prove its peaceful intentions and that it is not the enfant terrible of the region, as painted by its estranged neighbour. Manmohan Singh did not mince his words about Pakistan during his stay in new York. On three different occasions before he met nawaz Sharif he labelled Islamabad as “the epicentre of terrorism”. While meeting the US President he repeated his lament requesting Barack Obama to restrain Pakistan. Despite this obvious provocation Sharif met Manmohan Singh along with an unnecessarily large retinue of ministers – all smiles and double handshakes. It is interesting to note that in the past new Delhi has always rejected any moves for third party mediation with Islamabad. Owing to its peculiar interpretation of bilateralism, it is particularly allergic to the US playing any overt role to bring the two nuclear powered neighbours closer. not to hurt Indian sensibilities, President Obama meticulously avoided meeting nawaz Sharif.
Some time ago new Delhi had conveyed to Washington that meetings with Indian and Pakistani leaders should not be lumped together. The Indian point of view was implicitly accepted. When the US Secretary of State John Kerry visited new Delhi a few months back, he studiously avoided visiting Islamabad to touch base with the newlyinducted government. It was privately conveyed that this was not meant as a snub to Pakistan but was in deference to the Indian wishes. Kerry did visit Islamabad a few weeks later. Similarly Obama met Singh but chose to invite Sharif to Washington later this month. Apparently it is a misconception that Manmohan Singh is a lame duck prime minister, it transpires now. Indian general elections are still six months away. And six months is a long time in politics. Of immediate concern for the Congress led UPA coalition is to win the elections in four of the states due soon. It will be a miracle if it can just hold on to the two where the UPA already is in power. When the then Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee visited Islamabad to attend the 12th SAARC Summit in 2004, he was just a month away from announcing general elections. Yet as a result of successful talks with his host Musharraf, Islamabad Declaration was signed which was termed “as a model of highminded diplomacy”, by Michael Krepon, the co-founder of the US based think tank, The Stimson Institute. Hence now just because Manmohan Singh is in the twilight of his term, lack of progress in the new York parleys on bilateral issues important for Pakistan cannot be condoned. The Indian side merely concentrated upon reviving a mechanism at the level of DGMOs (director general military operations) of the two armies to stop incidents on the LoC and to bring to book perpetrators of the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack. They got what they had wanted. As if to assuage public opinion at home our spokesman while briefing the media after the meeting (and after the Indian spokesman had already said his piece) disclosed that issues such as Kashmir, Sir Creek and alleged Indian interference in Balochistan were also discussed. Shiv Shankar Menon, the Indian national security advisor, however rejected any Indian intervention in Balochistan.
Pakistan has been told to keep the LoC in Kashmir incident-free. The onus is on Islamabad to prove its peaceful intentions and also that it is not the enfant terrible of the region.
The writer is Editor, Pakistan Today.
R Ghulaam Mujtaba, that Karachi dude who has his face plastered over billboards all over Karachi and, for that matter, the internet, had quite an experience the other day. He was flying from Islamabad to Karachi and was sitting in the foremost chamber of the plane when he was asked to make room for the first family. He refused to move.
It is interesting to note that the Indian side simply refused to follow the usual practice of holding a joint briefing after such meets. In this way not only new Delhi was successful in giving its own spin to the parleys, it was also able to dominate the news cycle with its peculiar interpretation of events. no timetable has been set for resumption of the stalled composite dialogue on contentious issues closer to Islamabad’s heart. Obviously it has been made amply clear that progress is contingent upon the success of the renewed mechanism to monitor incursions on the LoC. And of course the onus has been placed on Islamabad to deliver on that score. notwithstanding who is the perpetrator, Pakistan is liable to be blamed even for an indigenous incident in Indian held Kashmir. Similarly the so-called non-state actors in Pakistan, ensconced in our badlands, will have double incentive to upset the apple cart on the LoC. new Delhi simply cannot outgrow the perception that such incidents take place with the encouragement if not actual connivance of the Pak Army. The South Block – the home of the Indian MeA (Ministry for external Affairs) – maintains, and the Indian top brass echoes the mantra that in Pakistan the army calls all the shots. no doubt the military in Pakistan is the most important stakeholder. And the democratic principal of civilian control over the armed forces is yet an elusive dream over here. nonetheless Pakistan is a functioning democracy – a fact arrogantly rejected by the so-called biggest democracy in the world. An Indian army commander has alleged that the Pakistani troops might be involved in an ongoing battle in the Indian held Kashmir. This is less than a week after the new York meeting between prime ministers of the two countries. Déjà vu: we will see more of the same in days to come. Sidebar: Prime Minister nawaz Sharif chose to stay at the luxurious Palace Hotel in Manhattan where a suite starts from no less than $10,000 for a night. Previously president Zardari would reside at Barclays Intercontinental, perhaps equally expensive. Why our leaders cannot lead by example by staying at the PIA owned Roosevelt Hotel also located on Madison Avenue? Maybe because it is less luxurious and somewhat dilapidated!
‘I’ve paid for this seat and I’ve got a boarding pass on me,’ he reasoned. It’s the president’s family, said the flight staff. Well, our man threatened to call a press conference the moment the flight lands, upon which the PIA guys eased up. Threatening to hold a press conference is now better than saying you know so-and-so.
SIF Zardari has applied for extra protection for himself in, perhaps the correct fear, that the Taliban might want to harm him. But he also wants to arrange his party’s affairs in the Punjab. Which would be tough to do. As it is, the jiyalas in the province are all but waiting for him with garlands in anticipation of his imminent arrival. But he’s nowhere to be seen. Too tall an order, Mr (former) President?
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Many politicians are in the habit of laying it down as a self-evident proposition that no people ought to be free till they are fit to use their freedom. The maxim is worthy of the fool in the old story who resolved not to go into the water till he had learned to swim. –Thomas B Macaulay
saturday, 5 October, 2013
a good week for diplomacy By any measure, the previous week was a big one for diplomacy at the United Nations
n Tuesday, President Obama set the tone for the week delivering an important and potentially far-reaching speech before the General Assembly. In his remarks, he reflected on the challenges America faces in attempting to protect its core interests and project its values in a rapidly changing and dangerous world. The speech deserves to be read in its DR JAMES J ZOGBy entirety since it represents the most thoughtful statement to date of the president’s reflections on how protecting America’s interests and realising American aspirations must be tempered by recognition of the limits of power. A few writers saw the speech as an effort to craft an “Obama Doctrine”. In fact, it was anything but a new “doctrine”. Instead of framing hard fast answers, the president asked tough questions. It was a humble speech, underscoring that recognised that force cannot always advance progress in democratisation; that we live in a world of “imperfect choices” and “unintended consequences” which must always be factored into any discussion of the use of force; and that after more than a decade or war, Americans have developed a “hard earned humility” regarding foreign interventions. Mr Obama acknowledges all this, noting that although “we’ve worked to end a decade of war”, his administration must still contend with the mess left behind by the mindset of “perpetual war” – specifically citing the lingering controversies emanating from the failure to close Guantanamo, the continuing use of drones, and the nSA’s intrusive electronic spying programme. The speech, however, was not a pacifist manifesto since President Obama acknowledged that even with these complicating considerations, there were still times when America would need to act in defence of its core interests, or to stop a humanitarian catastrophe. And there would be times when the “credible threat of force” might be required to transform a situation or avert a crisis. And there was no suggestion that America was withdrawing from the world, or, more specifically, the Middle east. More than one half of the speech was focused on his continuing commitment to the region – focusing on: the need to end the slaughter in Syria; a way to engage Iran; resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; and continuing US support for egypt. But there was more to the week than a speech, no matter how instructive it may have been. Throughout the past several days the US and Iran flirted with each other, sending repeated positive signals about their commitment to turn a page to work to address concerns relating to Iran’s nuclear program. The P5+1 meeting ended on a positive note, with all sides acknowledging a change in tone and the promise of more constructive talks in the future. Analysts and commentators, however, looking for a quick hit story were initially disappointed with the failure of Obama and Rouhani to meet or to provide the media with a photo of a handshake. But that disappointment was cast aside on Friday by news of a late-Friday surprise phone call between Presidents Obama and Rouhani in which it was reported that the two leaders agreed to focus their efforts on not only the nuclear issue, but on other regional matters – most notably achieving a negotiated settlement to the conflict in Syria. There was also news about progress on a Security Council resolution on Syria that would press the Syrian government to comply with the agreement to surrender their chemical weapons’ stockpile. The US and its allies may have wanted the resolution to be tougher and to say and do more to punish the Assad regime. But given the realities of the Council, the fact that a consensus was reached that may hasten the removal of chemical weapons is itself important. To have moved in just a few weeks’ time from a war footing to constructive engagement on two explosive issues has to be seen as a “good week”. There were, to be sure, critics who responded in full force. The president’s speech was denounced as a muddled celebration of weakness, and a surrender of leadership. The Security Council resolution on Syria was dismissed as toothless, since it did not include an enforcement mechanism. The outreach to Iran was derided as naïve and dangerous. And there were those who suggested that credit for the week should not go to Obama, but to President Putin and President Rouhani. But the critics were wrong. It was smart for the president to recognise and seize on openings when they occur. Credit, of course, must be given to the Iranian and Russian leaders. But there can be no denying that Obama, by not behaving as George Bush might have was able to wring the best out of what was a bad situation; replace hollow boasting and absolutist proclamations with a commitment to dialogue based on mutual respect; and put us on the path to the resolution of some, though by no means all, problems, without risking involvement in a destabilising new war. The test of how successful this week has been will come as we move forward. If Syrian disarmament proceeds apace; if the resolution of the chemical weapons issue moves us closer to a Geneva Summit; and if the slight thaw with Iran promotes serious progress on addressing their nuclear programme – then this will be remembered as a very good week, indeed.
life under drones in Pakistan A conversation with Madiha Tahir
AdIhA TAhIr is an independent journalist who worked in Pakistan for two years covering conflict, culture and politics. her work has appeared in Foreign Affairs, The Wall Street Journal, Democracy now, and BBC and PrI’s The World. In July she gained some notoriety for surprising NSA recruiters at the University of Wisconsin with tough questions about the nature of the NSA. She is currently finishing a short documentary called “Wounds of Waziristan” about the stories of those directly impacted by the drones in Pakistan. PAul GoTTInGER: Most of the uS drone strikes in Pakistan are happening in north Waziristan along the border of Afghanistan. Could you give us some background on the culture and the way of life there? MADIHA TAHIR: The dominant ethnic group in the area is the Pashtuns, who are fairly marginalised in Pakistan. In north Waziristan the states services are much less visible than in most of the rest of Pakistan. It’s an area that is governed by a different set of rules than the rest of the country. For example, the Pakistani constitution does not apply in the tribal areas (formerly known as the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, or FATA). The people in this area didn’t even have the right to vote until 1996, and it was only in this last election that political parties were allowed to function. The area is still largely governed by 1901 British regulations where people are legally subject to collective punishment policies. It’s really just colonial rule that the Pakistani state has inherited from the British. The line the Pakistani state uses to justify governing the region like this is that they want to preserve Pashtuns by not interfering into their life. However, this is nonsense because since the time of the British the area has been governed quite heavily. There are draconian laws, and the state intervenes in every aspect of people’s life. The people of the area have no way to ask for redress: the courts don’t function. So when the Pakistani military conducts operations and kills people, there is no ability to seek justice. Traditions like the jirga (a traditional system where elders gather and make decisions) have been thoroughly appropriated by the state for a long time. One example of this would be a tribe’s malik (their elder or tribal leader). A malik usually receives payment by the government for his services of keeping the tribe in check. He then doles out this money to people in his tribe. The control the malik has over money has a large affect on the societal structures of the tribe. This whole process has been taking place since the time of the British. PG: What do people make of the Taliban
presence in the area? MT: People’s attitudes toward the Taliban are complicated. On the one hand everyone that I spoke to was incredibly angered by the presence of the US in Afghanistan. People were angered not just by the simple fact of the US presence, but specifically what the US is doing there. Things like the night raids have angered a lot of people. People may or may not agree with the broader cause of the Taliban, but they are deeply angered by the conditions that the US occupation has created there. A lot of the groups have splintered within the tribal areas: there is a lot of infighting. As a result the social structure where age and hierarchy went together has broken down. Suddenly you have young boys who are part of these insurgent groups gaining power in a way that they didn’t before. This creates strains on tribal loyalties, family, and kinship loyalties, and people get stuck in the middle of the infighting. There are multiple levels of violence. The Pakistani military is killing people, insurgents are killing people, and on top of that you have drones. PG: Does all of this represent a major change in the Pakistani government’s policy toward the Tribal Areas since the “War on Terror” has begun, or is this something that is more or less a continuation of previous policies? MT: The Pakistani state has not provided these people with any services for a long time and has viewed this area as not part of Pakistan proper. The area is geographically and politically on the margins. The Pakistani state has also used the area as a staging ground for its own uses: the current US war in Afghanistan, the assistance of the US in the funding and creating the Mujahideen in the 1980s, and fighting with India in Kashmir are all examples of this. So the Pakistani state and the Pakistani military, which has the upper hand in all of this, has been using the area for its own ends for a very long time. This was just ratcheted up after the start of the US “War on Terror”, but the Pakistani state hasn’t been able to control the area as well as they thought they’d be able to. PG: Can you talk about the victims of drone strikes and the effect drones have on the people of the area? MT: Drones strikes have been going on now for almost a decade, in 2014 it will be 10 years. There is an entire generation that has grown up under the eye of the drones in Waziristan. People tell me there are multiple drones that hover during the day, but they usually tend to strike at night. You
never know when they are going to strike, and that has created an incredible amount of psychological stress. Psychiatrists I’ve spoken with told me drones cause a different kind of stress than the stress caused by insurgent groups. They said the difference between the two is that with the insurgents you have a sense, whether it is true or not, that you have control. The thought is ‘as long as I stay out of your way, I don’t get killed.’ With the drones there is nobody on the other side. Clearly there is someone on the other side, but it’s not something that can be dialogued with. And you don’t know at what point you’ve been market, or why you’ve been marked, and when you are going to meet your death. This creates incredible, acute stress among people of the area. PG: Is there a political solution possible in Waziristan? MT: The US has to leave, but they also have to stop funding the Pakistani establishment, and they have to start taking the Pakistan civilian government seriously. The tribal areas also need to be incorporated into Pakistan. How this is done is up to them, but the services of the state need to be extended to that area. There is a whole range of sociopolitical issues, which need to be resolved. They will require money and also will among political leaders, but this is impossible as long as the United States continues its meddling, occupation, and funding of the Pakistani political establishment. PG: What do Americans most need to understand about the drones in Pakistan? MT: People who I’ve talked to who have been directly impacted by drone strikes simply want the US to leave and for the bombing to stop. They don’t care about distinctions about if the CIA is bombing them or if it’s the military. If you’re standing in Waziristan these distinctions don’t matter. These people simply want the bombs to stop—end of story. I also would connect the drones to the nSA surveillance that is happening in the US. The US watches everyone and has the power to determine who lives and who dies. Drones are surveillance technologies. There is a particular ideology that is imbedded in the surveillance state, which is that if you have the data you understand things. This idea that if you watch someone go to some certain place then you know that they are X, but in actuality you don’t know very much. Paul Gottinger is a writer from Madison, WI where he edits The White Rose Reader. he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Madiha Tahir with colleagues in Lahore, May 2008. FILE PHOTO
The writer is President, Arab American Institute.
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Beauty is only skin deep. I think what's really important is finding a balance of mind, body and spirit. –Jennifer lopez
Besharam’s earnings fall to a meager Rs 7 Crore
ARTS saturday, 5 October, 2013
hulK hogaN sPoofs miley! wears maN-thoNg, rides wreCKiNg ball
A Hulk Hogan pulled a Miley Cyrus! No, the 60-year-old wrestler didn't just stick his tongue out—he stripped down and rode a wrecking ball! Mr. Hogan didn't get completely naked à la the 20-yearold Queen of Twerk, but he did wear a man-thong, smack his own butt and um, tantalize, the viewer. Why, exactly? Press, baby! The Hulk puts his own spin on Miley's "Wrecking Ball" music video moves in an ad for Hostamania, his new website hosting company. But instead of shedding a tear and licking a sledgehammer, he kicks a pesky dude in the face and proceeds to ride his wrecking ball in a slightly less ladylike manner than Ms. Cyrus. He's not naked (he's got on the man-thong, a tank top and yellow boots), but he does wear a colorful feather boa for good measure. He also gets in some solid fist pumps, spins to give us a 360 view of his behind and takes the opportunity to spank himself. NEWS DESK
weddiNg Crasher striPs NaKed, waves lettuCe
Nicole Richie spending quality time with her dog at a Studio City park.
BHINAV Kashyap's second directorial venture Besharam made an opening collection of Rs. 21.6 crore on Gandhi Jayanti, the day of its release. However, the Ranbir Kapoor-starrer could not maintain the momentum on Thursday. The earnings at ticket windows dropped to Rs. 7 crore on the second day. The reasons for the significant slip in collections could be either a bad word of mouth or the fact that Wednesday was only a midweek holiday and the weekend is yet to come. The film that also stars Pallavi Sharda, Rishi Kapoor and
Neetu Kapoor in pivotal roles, was not received well by the critics either. But going by the first day earnings at box office, the filmmakers may hope for a surge during the weekend. The major contribution for day one collection came from Mumbai (Rs around 7.17 crore). The movie collected Rs. 5.18 crore from Delhi and UP jointly. Abhinav Kashyap's second directorial venture did decent business overseas as well. The eanings averaged at NZ$6,537 ( Rs. 3.36 lakhs) for New Zealand and £58,494 ( Rs. 58.80 lakhs) for the UK. It earned A$14,646 (Rs 8.51 lakhs) in Australia. NEWS DESK
23 years of Yasmeen Jiwa Internationally acclaimed Pakistan’s pioneering fashion designer Yasmeen Jiwa, popularly known as YJ, presented her latest collection at her flagship store located at Clifton. The collection, categorized as Lace, Chundri & Bridal represents YJ’s sophisticated and elegant designs revealing her artistry, love for fashion and over two decades of invaluable experience and innate aesthetic sense. YJ is known for the use of pure fabrics and her intricate and delicate embroidery work, which one
rarely sees nowadays YJ's overall design philosophy is to make you feel beautiful and comfortable any time of the day with a harmonious balance. Her signature offers a mix of pure silks and chiffons, with intricate work keeping the modern Pakistani woman in mind. The line mainly specializes in embellishment sequences and thread work with a touch of vintage handcrafts such as dabka, kora, Sitara and ghotta added with the artistry and expertise of Yasmeen Jiwa. YJ bridal is for any bride who
wants to feel unique and beautiful on their most important day. YJ’s specializes in hand embroidery intricate “kaam”, which one does not usually see anywhere else. Any bride can get the colors of their choice; YJ bridals color palette ranges from rich deep hues to cool pastels. YJ’s bridal line has received international success as orders are made from all over the world- countries include Europe, the US, and Canada. “Own your fashion sense, never give into trends,” said Yasmeen Jiwa. NEWS DESK
THe miley-sineAd feud HeATs up
A couple in Lincoln, Neb., had a wedding on Sunday they won't forget -- although they probably wish they could. That's because a naked man crashed the nuptials in order to wave lettuce, WOWT.com reported. The alleged buttbaring buttinsky -- later identified as Kevin Gill -- stopped his truck outside of the church and started waving lettuce around, telling witnesses he wanted to feed the animals. Police said the suspect drove 150 feet away in his truck, then came back. This time, police say he he was stark naked when he exited his truck, 1011now.com reported. When police arrived, they say Gill had left the scene by driving the wrong way on the street. He was arrested on suspicion of indecent exposure, the Columbus Telegram reported. NEWS DESK
HE Miley Cyrus-Sinéad O'Connor feud is getting extremely heated! The 46-year-old songwriter has written a second letter to the 19-year-old Twerk Queen (far more scathing than the concernedsounding original!) after Cyrus dissed her by comparing her to Amanda Bynes on Twitter, writing, "Before Amanda Bynes…. There was…." along with a photo of O'Connor's tweets. "Miley… Really? Who the f--k is advising you?" O'Connor writes in a letter posted on her Facebook. "Because taking me on is even more f--kin' stupid than behaving like a prostitute and calling it feminism. You have posted today tweets of mine which are two years old, which were posted by me when I was unwell and seeking help so as to make them look like they are recent. In doing so you mock myself and Amanda Bynes for having suffered with mental health issues and for having sought help." "I mean really really… who advises you?" O'Connor continues. "[H]ave you any idea how stupid and dangerous it is to mock people for suffering illness? You will
yourself one day suffer such illness, that is without doubt. The course you have set yourself upon can only end in that, trust me. I am staggered that any 20 yr old woman of the 21st century could behave in such a dangerous and irresponsible manner as to not only send the signal to young women that its ok to act like prostitutes but also to the signal that those who have suffered or do suffer mental health problems
are to be mocked and have their opinions invalidated. Have you no sense of danger at all? or responsibility? Remove your tweets immediately or you will hear from my lawyers. I am certain you will be hearing from all manner of mental health advocacy groups also. It is not acceptable to mock any person for having suffered." Yikes! And that's only half of it. "It is most unbecoming of
you to respond in such a fashion to someone who expressed care for you," O'Connor writes, referencing the cautionary letter she penned yesterday specifically directed at Cyrus. "And worse that you are such an anti-female tool of the anti-female music industry. I hope that you will apologise to Amanda Bynes and to any person who has been wounded by your mockery of those who have suffered. And I hope that you will wake up and understand that you in fact are a danger to women." "Furthermore you posted a photo of me tearing the pope's photo .. as if to imply insanity.. by doing so all you have achieved is to expose your staggering ignorance," O'Connor added. "I suggest you read The Philadelphia Report, The Boston Report, all the reports which will illuminate for you why that action of mine remains sane and valid. By mocking it you mock every child who suffered sexual abuse at the hands of priests and had it covered by the Vatican. You could really do with educating yourself, that is if you're not too busy getting your tits out to read." NEWS DESK
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our virtues and our failings are inseparable, like force and matter. When they separate, man is no more. –nikola Tesla
21 years of marriage for ameriCa’s first CouPle!
Happy Anniversary, Barack and Michelle Obama! Today marks the couple's 21st wedding anniversary, and while it's unclear how the pair will be celebrating in light of the government shutdown, there's no doubt these two have nothing but love for each other. Last year, the duo's milestone 20th anniversary fell on the day of the presidential debate, when Barack faced off against Mitt Romney, but the couple still found time to appreciate each other, sharing sweet sentiments on Twitter. "Twenty years ago today, I married the love of my life and my best friend," the president tweeted on Oct. 3, 2012. "Happy anniversary, Michelle. —bo" And Michelle wasn't shy about sharing her sentiments, reciprocating her hubby's love shortly after. "Happy 20th anniversary, Barack," she tweeted. "Thank you for being an incredible partner, friend and father every day. I love you! — mo" Neither Barack nor Michelle have made any mention of their anniversary on social media this year, understandably so, considering there are a few other pressing matters currently going down in Washington, D.C. But the couple has never played coy when it comes to discussing their happy marriage in the past, and Michelle recently opened up to Vogue magazine about the life lessons she's learned from her hubby. "I've learned that from my husband, that sort of, you know, ability to not get too high or too low with changes and bumps in the road…to do more breathing in and just going with it. I'm learning that every day," she said. NEWS DESK
ArTs saturday, 5 October, 2013
Britney’s latest single gets banned in the UK
HERE'S no denying it, Britney Spears' new music video "Work Bitch" is very racy. In fact, it's too steamy for audiences in the United Kingdom. According to British media reports, the 31-year-old's video is banned before 10 p.m. after it was deemed too sexy and provocative for daytime airings on music channels, including MTV and The Box. "While the video has gone down a storm online, it's a bit too much to play on TV," a source told The Mirror. Channels are reportedly calling for Spears to release a "clean" edit of the video to broadcast before 10
p.m. that is suitable for all audiences. According to a source, the word bitch cannot be said on TV before 10 p.m in the U.K and Brit's "Scream and Shout" with will.i.am was also recut when it debuted. A rep for Spears could not immediately be reached for comment. Maybe it's the itty-bitty outfits showing off Brit's enviable and sexy figure? Or perhaps the scene where the pop princess is whipping some woman? It could be the language, she does say bitch 19 times in the track. Whatever the reason for the ban, Brit is too hot for Brits. NEWS DESK
Jason Biggs & Jenny Mollen go for a stroll in NYC.
Clouds on alien planets mapped for first time Scientists have created the first-ever cloud map of a planet beyond our solar system. Although the roughly Jupitersize Kepler-7b lies far closer to its star than scorching-hot Mercury does to the sun, astronomers using NASA's Kepler and Spitzer space telescopes have determined that clouds exist high up in the western portion of the exoplanet's atmosphere. "By observing this planet with Spitzer and Kepler for more than three years, we were able to produce a very low-resolution 'map' of this giant, gaseous planet," study lead author
Brice-Olivier Demory, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said in a statement. "We wouldn't expect to see oceans or continents on this type of world, but we detected a clear, reflective signature that we interpreted as clouds." One of the first five exoplanets confirmed by the Kepler spacecraft, Kepler-7b orbits only about 5 percent as far from its star as Earth does from the sun. Kepler's visible-light observations revealed a bright spot in the western hemisphere of the planet. Researchers orginally thought this patch may have been heat, but observations by Spitzer changed their minds. Spitzer's infrared eyes revealed that Kepler-7b's temperature was between 1,500 and 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit (820 and 980 degrees Celsius) — surprisingly cool for such a close-orbiting planet, and too cool for heat to be the source of the mysterious brightness. NEWS DESK
RUSH – an expeRience
y heart was throbbing all 60 seconds of every minute that was passing while I had one hand clutching the collar of my shirt, the other one clutched the mostcomfortable-recliner-ever, or, perhaps, it was the film which raced my blood along with its plot. I couldn’t label myself as a Formula 1
diehard fan, nor had I entered the auditorium cheering the movie. It was just plain and candid – the mood and the interest in watching a new release especially that it was being presented by Summit Entertainment Pakistan. We had seated the guests and I had enjoyed the fresh-from-the-oven pizza piece like everybody else. The flick
hadn’t taken its toll until the first few ‘settling down’ minutes had passed. Suddenly I was enchanted, the plot had begun to grip me much more than I could have imagined. This wasn’t what my empty mind had signed up for… The story wasn’t plain rivalry, nor was it plain competition. It was beyond both; rivalry and competition. It was where destiny had come into play, where animosity had a newer definition. The ‘cars’ were truly ‘bomb on wheels’, rather it was ‘life’ itself set on wheels – any day could have been their last. It was passion which overturned decisions. It was beyond simple calculation, refined moments and peaceful living – it was Fate. Lauda’s fate didn’t measure nor did it stood still. The water was no more a blessing when his car went down in flames, when the assistants were trying, struggling desperately to unhook his belt to set him free but were rendered helpless. The flames had their stay. The all-time precision master and winner had combustion nearly killing him – while it was Hunt, James Hunt, who knew no stopping; among his speed he grew a heart. A heart which felt for the injured one, the rivalry was now complicated. He had won but
victory wasn’t all, it wasn’t easy. Lauda was in-between life and death, with every moment slipping like grains of sand, he ‘heard’, while his lungs struggled for breath. Hunt was not just a rival, he was a living excitement, an obsession, a force-field which raced and set wheels on fire. The skin peeled while the blood oozed, Lauda bore, and he bore the pain because that was the sole connection to the force-field which pulled him to the track. His wife had nothing but tears to shed and wait, wait for the right decision to be made. It was human life; fighting: on the track and in the Intensive Care Unit. Hunt stood true to his name, with everbrewing passion and flame which remained buoyant right there in his icy grey eyes and free-flowing hair. Lauda was nothing but accuracy. How long will it last? Destiny had already seemed to answer, but the game wasn’t over yet – passion lingered. One last race for the World Championship was all it was going to take. James was true to his instincts, for he desired nothing more but what life had to offer ‘each day’. He lived in the moment because it would pass and maybe it passed too soon at the age of 47, but he had ‘lived’ and
there were ‘no regrets’. Lauda had learned, to know more, to realize how much Hunt was a favourite; because Hunt was enviable. While skin grafting and lung vacuuming became worst procedures – life had taken its charge on both of them – instinct had instilled them both with zeal and intensity – it wasn’t just a car or a machine, it wasn’t the accelerating needle or the roaring engine – it was the heart: racing, sending gushes of blood and emotions to every nerve-ending of a human skin and soul. And so, emotions bled. I couldn’t move. I wouldn’t dare to move. I remember realizing my throbbing heartbeat. This was a masterpiece right in front of my eyes. I hadn’t entered for a favourite character, favourite car or a steamy romance. It was reality as much true and as much close as Howard had wanted. There was no ‘Thor’ or Chris Helmsworth, there was no advertising strategy working on me, there was a character and the movie was a living piece, it breathed and it exhaled. I stepped out with one desire – to hopefully put feelings into words. Rush was an experience – an unforgettable one – and I was intoxicated. ANAM RAHEEL
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The era of playing aggressive cricket and to have the mid-on up is gone. You now try to read the mindset of a batsman. — Mahendra Singh Dhoni
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Narine is key for bowling-reliant trinidad and tobago: david williams
NEW DELHI: Trinidad and Tobago coach David Williams exuded confidence that his bowlers would produce another impressive performance against Mumbai Indians in their Champions League T20 semifinal clash in New Delhi on Saturday and said off-spinner Sunil Narine remains his trump card. Williams said 'mystery' spinner Narine's four overs always play crucial role in his team's success, hence benefiting the other bowlers. "The opposition always looks to play Narine out and not give him a wicket. So, his four overs are very crucial and it puts a lot of pressure on the batting side. They try and take the advantage off the other bowlers and lose wickets in doing so," Williams said at the pre-match press conference in Delhi on Friday. The bowling remains T&T's strong point is evident from the fact that only thrice they have lost a T20 game after posting more than 150 runs on the board. "We have three bowlers — Samuel Badree, Ravi Rampaul and Narine — who were part of the World Twenty20 winning West Indies side. With 12 overs up their sleeves among themselves, we are generally confident of defending 150160," the coach said. After thrashing Chennai Super Kings by eight wickets in their last group game, T&T will take on Mumbai in the second semi-final and Williams said they were confident of toppling the former champions and IPL title holders. He said they were happy to be playing on the Kotla track rather than the seaming Jaipur pitch. "This pitch is more like home. We're accustomed to that sort of low bounce and skiddy pitch and we prefer to play the big game here," he said. AGENCIES
taKe royals to fiNal JAIPUR
AJASTHAn Royals entered the final of the Champions League T20 (CLT20) 2013 after beating the Chennai Super Kings by 14 runs in the first semi-final at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Friday. In what seemed to be a game lost for Chennai, Ravichandran Ashwin revived their innings with a splendid 28-ball 46 to take CSK close to a victory. In what was pitted to be a battle of the coolest captains, Rahul Dravid emerged victorious over Mahendra Singh Dhoni with a number of interesting moves while batting as well as bowling. The Sawai Mansingh Stadium, for a change, witnessed a good crowd as the two Indian Premier League (IPL) sides were set to play in what could have possibly been Rahul Dravid’s last competitive match. Dhoni, who was leading a T20 side for the 100th time in India, won the toss and elected to field. With due expected to play a role in the match, Dravid too admitted that they would’ve opted to field had they won the toss. Although the pitch was devoid of grass, it was hard and quick with the ball coming on quickly to the bat. Taking that into account, Chennai brought in Chris Morris in place of his countryman Albie Morkel. Rajasthan, on the other hand, replaced Ashok Menaria with Dishant Yagnik. In a bid to chase 160, Chennai got off to a hesitant start. The running between the wickets was especially por. While Murali Vijay ran out Michael Hussey by remaining stranded at the crease when there was a run, he took his chances with Raina at the other end when there was none. However, the second time around, he was lucky. nonetheless, luck was to run out soon as a direct hit by Sanju Samson from extra cover found Vijay short of the crease bringing an end to his struggling stay at the wicket. By the end of the powerplay overs, Chennai were 41 for two. Dravid, too used bizarre tactics to outfox MS Dhoni and his men as he introduced six bowlers in the first seven overs. From thereon, Rajasthan bowlers dominated the proceedings as Chennai batsmen looked scratchy were reeling at
61 for five. Raina hung around for a while looking good even as wickets continued to tumble at the other end. He scored four boundaries in his knock of 29 runs before getting dismissed by Pravin Tambe. Tambe finished with figures of three for 10 from his four overs. Ravichandran Ashwin, in company of Morris helped Chennai go past the 100run mark. earlier, a brilliant 56-ball 70 by Ajinkya Rahane had taken the home side to 159 for eight in their 20 overs. He laced his innings with six boundaries and two sixes. Dravid’s innings didn’t last long as his defence was beaten by a Chris Morris yorker after he had shown vintage class with a square drive that resulted in a boundary. Rajasthan’s win also provides cricket fans another chance to watch Dravid in action. If Mumbai Indians win the second semi-final, it could well be an opportunity to have Sachin Tendulkar and Dravid for the final time on the field together.
SCOREBOARD RAJASTHAN ROyALS 5 R Dravid b Morris 70 AM Rahane c Sharma b Bravo K Cooper c Badrinath b Sharma 14 11 SV Samson c Ashwin b Holder SR Watson c Holder b Morris 32 11 BJ Hodge b Holder STR Binny c Jadeja b Bravo 5 0 DH yagnik c Holder b Bravo 1 JP Faulkner not out 1 R Shukla not out EXTRAS: (lb 1, w 7, nb 1) 9 159 TOTAL: (8 wickets; 20 overs) DID NOT BAT: PV Tambe FALL OF WICKETS: 1-14 (Dravid, 2.4 ov), 2-29 (Cooper, 3.6 ov), 3-62 (Samson, 8.4 ov), 4-121 (Watson, 15.1 ov), 5-149 (Hodge, 18.1 ov), 6-155 (Rahane, 19.1 ov), 7-157 (yagnik, 19.3 ov), 8-157 (Binny, 19.4 ov) BOWLING: RA Jadeja 3-0-19-0,MM Sharma 4-0-37-1,CH Morris 4-0-25-2, JO Holder 4-0-35-2,DJ Bravo 4-0-26-3,R Ashwin 1-0-16-0 CHENNAI SuPER KINGS MEK Hussey run out (Cooper/†yagnik) 9 M Vijay run out (Samson) 14 29 SK Raina c sub (AL Menaria) b Tambe S Badrinath st †yagnik b Tambe 8 3 MS Dhoni* lbw b Shukla DJ Bravo lbw b Tambe 3 2 RA Jadeja c †yagnik b Watson CH Morris not out 26 R Ashwin c Binny b Faulkner 46 JO Holder not out 0 EXTRAS: (lb 1, w 3, nb 1) 5 TOTAL: (8 wickets; 20 overs) 145 DID NOT BAT: MM Sharma FALL OF WICKETS: 1-13 (Hussey, 2.5 ov), 2-33 (Vijay, 5.4 ov), 3-51 (Badrinath, 8.1 ov), 4-54 (Dhoni, 9.2 ov), 5-61 (Bravo, 10.4 ov), 6-70 (Jadeja, 11.6 ov), 7-72 (Raina, 12.3 ov), 8-145 (Ashwin, 19.4 ov) BOWLING: STR Binny 1-0-2-0,JP Faulkner 4-0-36-1,SR Watson 4-0-34-1,R Shukla 3-0-21-1,K Cooper 4-0-41-0,PV Tambe 4-0-10-3 MATCH DETAILS TOSS Chennai Super Kings, who chose to field SERIES Rajasthan Royals advanced PLAyER OF THE MATCH Tambe (RR) uMPIRES BF Bowden (New Zealand) and BNJ Oxenford (Australia) TV uMPIRE S Ravi MATCH REFEREE RS Mahanama (Sri Lanka) Reserve umpire CK Nandan
Kirsten urges young cricketers to play spinners like ms dhoni NEW DELHI: If a bunch of 12 or 13-year-olds get a chance to interact with the most successful coach of the Indian cricket team, it's a class they would never want to bunk. It was no different for the 100-odd school cricketers who got a chance to attend former India and current Delhi Daredevils chief coach Gary Kirsten's coaching clinic where he spoke about some of the technical aspects of the game. In the camp organised by the GMR group, Kirsten spoke on various aspects of batting and said when it comes to facing spinners, there are no peers to India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. "Watch MS Dhoni's batting carefully. How he gets behind the ball when he plays spinners. Apart from stepping out for hitting sixes, he always takes spinners on the backfoot. He always gets low while defending or attacking on backfoot. There are many good players of spin bowling in India but he is one of premier players," Kirsten told the school cricketers while showing Dhoni's stance and technique. "Batting is a side-on game and will always remain that. You have to remain side-on in order to hit the balls on both sides of the wicket. At the end of the day, if you are batting, you have to score runs. You have to develop a technique. No point hitting a glorious cover drive or a wristy flick and then get out," were some of the words of wisdom from Kirsten. If batting is all about being side-on, how did Shivnarine Chanderpaul get so much success with that unusual chest-on stance. AGENCIES
AFGHANISTAN SECURE WORLD CUP BERTH SHARJAH AGENCIES
Afghanistan secured their passage to Australia and new Zealand in 2015 by beating Kenya comprehensively for the second time in succession in Sharjah, sealing their maiden World Cup qualification. They finished second in the World Cricket League Championship - nine wins in 14 matches and joined Ireland as the second Associate team in the 2015 World Cup, while the remaining two spots for Associates will be decided by a qualifying tournament in new Zealand in 2014. Afghanistan had to beat Kenya to prevent UAe from gaining qualification and their bowlers delivered once again. Having dismissed Kenya for 89 on October 2, Afghanistan skittled them for 93 today, ensuring their batsmen had a facile target to achieve their World Cup goal. They did it in 20.5 overs to reach their third global tournament, having appeared in the World Twenty20s in 2010 and 2012. Before their wickets began to tumble, however, Kenya had been stifled: their run rate was less than one during the first 15 overs. Karim Sadiq provided Afghanistan their first wicket, trapping Irfan Karim lbw
in the sixth over for 3 off 27 balls. The second came one over later, with Mohammd nabi bowling the debutant Gurdeep Singh for 1 off 23 deliveries. Gurdeep, at 15 years and 258 days, was the second youngest player to appear in an ODI. Morris Ouma had just struck the innings' first boundary, off the last ball of the 16th over, when he lost his partner Collins Obuya the next ball. Their
partnership of 9 had taken seven overs, leaving the innings with no momentum. Kenya then had their largest stand - 53 between Ouma and Rakep Patel for the fourth wicket - but after that was broken when Patel missed a cut off Hamza Hotak, there was no more resistance. Ouma followed for 39 an over later - run out by Samiullah Shenwari - and Hotak and Hamid Hassan made short work of the lower
order. Afghanistan took seven wickets for 24 to dismiss Kenya in 43.3 overs. It was Kenya's third sub-100 score against Afghanistan in five days; they had been routed for 56 in the Twenty20 on September 30. needing only 94 to join cricket's elite at the World Cup, Afghanistan's chase began poorly when they lost the opener Mohammad Shahzad for 1 in the second over. They scored slowly too, but their
bowlers had given them the luxury of being able to do so while seeing off the new ball. By the time the umpires took the players off for lunch, nawroz Mangal and Asghar Stanikzai had taken the team to 24 for 1 in nine overs. Mangal found the long-off boundary in the first over after the resumption, which went for nine runs to give Afghanistan impetus. However, they were jolted severely in the 11th, Shem ngoche bowling Stanikzai with the first ball and trapping Mangal lbw with the last to reduce Afghanistan to 34 for 3. Any worries of a collapse, however, were allayed by Mohammad nabi and Hashmatullah Shaidi, who shared a 62-run stand for the fourth wicket to kill the contest. nabi was aggressive, scoring at nearly a run a ball and accelerated towards the finish with two huge sixes. He sealed the World Cup berth with a smash to the midwicket boundary. They will join Pool A at the World Cup along with Australia, Bangladesh, england, new Zealand, Sri Lanka and another qualifier. Afghanistan's progress means that netherlands, UAe, Scotland, Kenya, namibia, Canada, Uganda, Hong Kong, nepal and Papua new Guinea will have to compete for the last two Associate berths.
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Those were the great days when plenty of amateurs could spare time for cricket. –Frank Woolley
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uK gets first muslim bodybuildiNg ChamPioN
T the end of each day's play, long after the players have left the Jawaharlal nehru national College of engineering Ground in Shimoga, around 200 people gather outside the West Indies A pavilion. These are mostly volunteers only a few of them as college employees are paid extra for this - waiting for their work in the day to be accounted for. One by one, a certain committee's name is called up on the microphone. "Sight-screen committee," you can hear, "today was okay, but in the 27th over, just before lunch, you let a man cross the screen as the bowler was running in. You can get better tomorrow." There are 18 such committees formed only for these six days. There is a food-for-players committee, there
is a food-for-others committee, one committee looks after the police's needs, and another committee liaises with the BCCI and Karnataka State Cricket Association. Some of these 200 volunteers are either college students, doctors, board officials or friends. except for the college workers who have been paid extra to work here, nobody is getting paid. This is only the fourth firstclass match the city is holding, and the second for this particular venue. Shimoga isn't quite the seasoned pro, but it doesn't want to leave much to chance. Over the last three days, the committees and the volunteers have been rewarded with healthy crowds, but the actual cricket has fallen prey to a slow and flat pitch. When, at 11.04am on the final morning, Mohammad Kaif flicked one past midwicket, India A had successfully avoided the follow-on. The pitch was not going to break up, and this match was re-
duced to a glorified net session. The lower order enjoyed it and batted without pressure or direction. By the time the last India A wicket fell, only 47 runs separated the two teams, and there was only a day and 14 overs left to force a result. India A had no incentive to go for quick runs. West Indies A - missing Fidel edwards, who bowled just four overs couldn't find enough in the pitch to blast their way through the lower order. nor was there a brilliant innings to watch because of the slowness of the pitch. At least in Ranji Trophy, the teams still continue to fight for first-innings points. Here the ceasefire was declared after a little over halftime. The only way to get close to a result was a follow-on or some really inept batting. A-team cricket is meant to prepare you for international challenges through simulation, but if it is played on dead pitches, half of it tends to
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LONDON: Zack ‘King’ Khan, has won top national title of bodybuilding across the United Kingdom and became the first Muslim champion at the age of 33. ‘King’ Khan of Sheffield was a former boxer who diversified his attention on weightlifting following an injury which toured him to the World competing personality. The boxer-turned-bodybuilder weighs 310lbs have fitness fanatic with 32inch thighs and daily intake of 5,000 calories lead him to win UK’s title after three-year returned followed by an injury after winning International Federation of Body Builders title in 2009. He spends hours in the gym with tough exercises for maintaining his physique as it is not just a game of diet which keep his muscles in peak condition. The British champion observes the laws of his Islam faith and said that he has never missed Friday prayers but always felt challenging condition in Ramadan month when he has to consume the 5,000 calories he needs each during the hours of darkness. He said that the hardest challenge of combining his faith and his career comes during Ramadan, when he has to consume the 5,000 calories he needs each during the hours of darkness. Khan is currently present in Las Vegas for the Olympia Fitness and Performance Expo weekend. AGENCIES
James believes in Seve Trophy SPORTS DESK
player," James told Sky Sportsas we caught up with him at Rockliffe Hall - where he is Mark James feels that a strong showing at participating in the english Senior Open. the Seve Trophy could very well help a "He already knows his good players, but player earn a Ryder Cup slot. James, who someone might stand out and that could captained the european Ryder Cup team at make the difference between a wild card the infamous Brookline match in 1999, be- and not a wild card but it is generally obvilieves that Paul McGinley will already ous who the good players are." James adknow the make-up of much of his side for mits it is a shame that most of Great Britain the match with America at Gleneagles next and Ireland's top performers have opted out of playing in the biennial match. "A year. But he feels a strong showing in the lot of them live in Florida, so Seve Trophy clash in France this week it is not really enticing to could swing a decision if it came i just come over, so you down to the wire. "It does allow think the can understand it," he Paul McGinley the chance to said. "That is the see who is a very good match venue is great, it way it is and it gives is a great centre for the younger players a chance to show golf and should their mettle. "It has be a fitting been the same every time the Seve Trophy venue has been held, players have not played that week and it is just not an attrative proposition - but that is down to the players.
mClAren sTill CHAsinG AlOnsO SPORTS DESK McLaren are still trying to sign Fernando Alonso for the 2014 season. Although the Spaniard delivered an emphatic assurance that he will partner Kimi Raikkonen at the Scuderia next year when he faced the press two weeks ago at the Singapore GP, it's understood the Woking outfit are refusing to concede defeat in their ongoing bid to rehire the two-times World Champion. Alonso's single season at McLaren in 2007 ended in bitter acrimony and a swift divorce, but team boss Martin Whitmarsh has publicly confirmed he wants to re-sign the Spaniard following a dismal campaign in which Sergio Perez has failed to impress alongside Jenson Button. "I am told by a credible source that their efforts are very much continuing to
get him in the car for 2014," Sky F1 columnist Mark Hughes revealed during coverage of Friday practice for the Korean GP. It had been thought that, were Alonso to be lured back to McLaren, it would be for the 2015 season when the team will once again join forces with Honda. While Button has signed a contract extension for next season, Perez's future with McLaren remains clouded in doubt, with the Mexican's seat for next season still not guaranteed even if, as is expected, Alonso opts to remain at Ferrari. That remains the most likely option, although speculation suggests that Alonso, who is currently contracted until the end of 2016, is free to leave because Ferrari have broken the agreed terms by hiring Raikkonen even though the double World Champion has a veto.
The logic is that Alonso - a proud man and aware of how his leaving Ferrari now a team-mate rather less malleable than Felipe Massa is coming on board might project to the wider world - will stay put and take on the challenge Raikkonen will provide. Then there's the fact that although next season brings wholesale rule changes, McLaren will be seeing out the final year of their Mercedes contract. Might a move in 2015, when Honda power is on tap, make more sense? By then Alonso may have bettered Raikkonen and with his reputation enhanced further, the chance to embark on a new challenge with his former team and escape the Maranello cauldron might be too tempting to resist. Such a move might appear unlikely but F1 is a world where unlikely things can happen.
be less intense than a Ranji Trophy match. The only batsman who managed to dictate on the pitch was Abhishek nayar, becoming the sixth half-centurion to fail to get to the century. He fell to a reversesweep when on 89 off 88. He said the pitch was "difficult to score runs on, though there isn't much happening there. It's a slow pitch so I think sometimes having more sporting pitches may give results. But I also felt both teams batted pretty well". When nayar fell, following VA Jagadeesh's dismissal for 86, India A were 12 short of making West Indies A bat again. That task was duly achieved, and after that everybody sort of went through the motions. Wicketkeeper Uday Kaul managed to stick around for a half-century. Miguel Cummins managed to produce a yorker to consign Zaheer Khan to a golden duck, but the big crowd didn't have much else to write home about.
SCOREBOARD WEST INDIES A 1ST INNINGS 406 INDIA A 86 VA Jagadeesh b Cummins G Gambhir c FH Edwards b Permaul 11 CA Pujara c Powell b Miller 25 7 V Sehwag st †Walton b Permaul 89 AM Nayar lbw b Miller M Kaif c Deonarine b Fudadin 26 u Kaul not out 64 11 Parvez Rasool c Johnson b Deonarine 11 BA Bhatt c Miller b Cummins Z Khan b Cummins 0 15 Mohammed Shami c †Walton b Fudadin 14 EXTRAS: (lb 4, nb 10) TOTAL: (all out; 131.1 overs) 359 FALL OF WICKETS: 1-44 (Gambhir, 12.5 ov), 2-104 (Pujara, 39.5 ov), 3-114 (Sehwag, 42.6 ov), 4-213 (Jagadeesh, 65.5 ov), 5-245 (Nayar, 78.2 ov), 6-273 (Kaif, 95.2 ov), 7-304 (Parvez Rasool, 110.4 ov), 8-321 (Bhatt, 117.3 ov), 9-321 (Khan, 117.4 ov), 10-359 (Mohammed Shami, 131.1 ov) BOWLING: FH Edwards 4-0-30-0,ML Cummins 25-7-58-3,V Permaul 32-8-88-2,N Deonarine 25-3-66-1,NO Miller 31-490-2,AB Fudadin 14.1-3-23-2 WEST INDIES A 2nd INNINGS 18 KC Brathwaite not out KOA Powell not out 9 EXTRAS: (lb 1) 1 28 TOTAL: (0 wickets; 14 overs) TO BAT CAK Walton†, KA Edwards*, AB Fudadin, FH Edwards, LR Johnson, ML Cummins, N Deonarine, NO Miller, V Permaul BOWLING: Z Khan 5-2-6-0,Mohammed Shami 4-2-160,Parvez Rasool 3-2-1-0,BA Bhatt 2-0-4-0
baNgladesh wiN 52Nd iNt’l team matCh LAHORE: The second round of the 52nd Amateur Golf Championship of Pakistan,in progress at the Lahore Gymkhana Golf Course produced enough sparks,in the contest for International Team Match, that left the host team in agony and the team from Bangla Desh rejoicing and all smiles as they emerged victorious, capturing the International Team Title.Bangla Desh were poorly placed,far behind Pakistan B Team at the end of the first round but on the second day the Bangla Deshi youngsters,Mohammed Sajib Ali and Mohammed Sagor took control of the situation and through consistent excellence,found their way to glory on the Pakistani soil.On the first day Sajib Ali had a dismal round of 81,but yesterday he displayed champion like form to manage a round of 70. His team mate remained steady in both rounds with scores of 74 on the first day and 73 on the second day.The Bangla Desh team aggregate was 298.Pakistan A Team comprising Waseem Rana and Ghazanfar Mehmood ended up runners up with a team score of 301.The Pakistan B Team came third ,their team score being 303. In the individual title race the game still favours Naeem Rana of Peshawar,at the close of the second round and though he is ahead of the other competitors, the rivals continue to breathe down his neck.Sardar Murad of Gymkhana and Taimur Khan of Peshawar are just one stroke behind and all determined to move ahead with some exemplary performances. THE LEADERBOARD POSITION STANDS AS FOLLOWS; Naeem Khan(Peshawar)70+75=145; Sardar Murad(Gymkhana)73+73=146; Taimur Khan(Peshawar)75+71=146; Salman Jehangir(Gymkhana)75+74=149; Ali Hai(Karachi)80+69=149; Mubariz Ahmed(Islamabad)73+77=150; M. Rehman(Royal Palm)76+75=151; Mohsen Zafar(Royal Palm)72+80=151. During the second day Ali Hai gave a wonderful performance with a round of gross 69. He was at his playing best.Sardar Murad was brilliant all through the second round with five birdies but a slight miscalculation on the closing hole messed up his score and prevented an under par round.Mubariz is playing meticulously and is causing ripples as a youngster of talent. In the Inter Association Team Match,the Sind Team and Punjab Team are tied at a score of 451.The Pakhtoonkhwa Team is at a score of 457. STAFF REPORT
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Positive thinking is the key to success in business, education, pro football, anything that you can mention. –Ron Jaworski
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beckham ‘lost focus’: ferguson LONDON
ORMeR Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson said that his one-time star midfielder David Beckham had “lost focus” following his marriage to pop star Victoria Adams of the Spice Girls.
Ferguson, who retired as United manager at the end of last season following a trophy-laden stint of nearly 27 years in charge at Old Trafford, oversaw the early years of football icon Beckham’s career. But relations between the pair became increasingly icy with Beckham, who would become england’s most-capped outfield player, leaving United in 2003 to join Span-
good Night for eNglish teams iN euroPa league PARIS: Tottenham, Swansea and Wigan, with a first ever European victory, all registered Europa League wins on Thursday to stay on course for the knockout rounds. Spurs shrugged off hostile weather conditions in Russia to deny Anzhi Makhachkala 2-0 and tighten their grip on Group K, going four points clear. Jermain Defoe celebrated his call-up to the England squad earlier in the day for this month’s final batch of World Cup qualifiers with the first goal. Set up by Lewis Holtby he struck from inside the box after the half hour mark, rifling the ball into the roof of the net. That left the striker one goal shy of Martin Chivers’ European club record tally of 24. Nacer Chadli doubled up five minutes later for his second goal since arriving from FC Twente. Again Holtby was involved, playing the ball out to Kyle Walker, with the right-back slipping the ball across to Chadli to sweep home. The game, played on the Ramenskoye pitch in the Moscow suburbs 1,100 miles away from Anzhi’s home stadium due to the conflict in Dagestan, turned more in Anzhi’s favour after the break, but they were unable to find a way back. AGENCIES
Nadal battles baCK to see off fabio fogNiNi BEIJINg: Rafael Nadal was given a massive scare by Fabio Fognini before reaching the semi-finals of the China Open with a 2-6 6-4 6-1 win. An upset appeared to be on the cards as Fognini moved into a 6-2 4-1 lead. However the Spaniard came storming back in impressive fashion - with the match ultimately hinging on the seventh game second set. Fognini saved five break points before finally succumbing to Nadal's power - although the world No 19 did himself few favours by rushing his shots. From 4-1 down, Nadal rattled off five games on the bounce - including the crucial seventh game - to level the match before he raced through the decider. AGENCIES
ish giants Real Madrid. Ferguson, in an interview printed on Wednesday, said Beckham and his wife saw a change in their “celebrity status” after marrying and expressed astonishment at the player’s later decision to join the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2007, then little known outside the United States. “As a young kid when I got him at 12 years of age his great desire was (to play) some of the best football,” Ferguson said. “He was a fantastic trainer, practised all the time. At night-time he would come by with the schoolboys and practise with them. And he was in that collection. And then of course, his life changed, when he married the girl (Adams) from The Spice Girls, yeah,” the Scot added. “He got drawn into the — that celebrity status, you know? And for me, I’m a football man, “He lost the focus. And when we sold him to Real Madrid, he did well.” “I couldn’t believe that he goes to LA Galaxy,” said Ferguson. “If I was going to go, I would be making sure he would go to the best, and Real Madrid was the best, and United.” However, an admiring Ferguson also said: “But he reinvented himself. He goes and plays for the english national team for a couple more years. He goes and plays for AC Milan (in the) european Cup. He’s unbelievable. He really is.” Beckham retired from playing football professionally aged 38 at the end of last season following a brief spell with F r a n c e ’s Paris St Germain.
ZURICH Ukraine’s World Cup qualifier at home to Poland next week will be played in front of supporters after FIFA temporarily went back on its ruling that the match be staged behind closed doors. FIFA said the ban had been lifted under the so-called “suspensive effect” after Ukraine appealed. It added there was not enough time for the appeals committee to hear the case before the match on October 11. A similar ban on Peru supporters for their home qualifier against Bolivia on October 15 was also
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lifted pending appeal. “Only once the FIFA appeals committee has had an opportunity to decide on the appeals will FIFA communicate further information on the two cases,” FIFA said in a statement. In Peru’s case the appeal could backfire because they may have to play a more important game behind closed doors. Peru and Bolivia have both been eliminated, making their match effectively a friendly. Ukraine’s supporters were involved in “several racist and discriminatory incidents” during the 9-0 win over San Marino in a qualifier, FIFA said. The FARe (Football Against Racism europe) observer at the match reported that local fans displayed neo-nazi banners and made “monkey noises”.
YEONgAM: Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton set the pace in first free practice at the Korean Grand Prix on Friday as injury-hit Finn Kimi Raikkonen walked away from a late crash. Hamilton, whose debut season with Mercedes is in danger of petering out after disappointing results in the past two races, was quickest with a time of 1min 39.630sec. That was just 0.037sec ahead of world championship leader Sebastian Vettel and 0.186sec better than Vettel's departing Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber. Lotus driver Raikkonen, fourth in the title race, was eighth quickest but the Finn spun off towards the end of the session and slammed into a wall. The Ferraribound Raikkonen appeared to walk away unharmed but the incident will spark fresh concern over his longterm back injury which flared again last month in Singapore. There were heads in hands in the Lotus pit after they watched images of Raikkonen careering into the concrete wall. Asked by one of his engineers what happened, the famously terse Raikkonen replied sardonically over the team radio: "I hit the wall." Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg was fourth quickest, ahead of McLaren's Jenson Button in fifth, followed by Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and Lotus's Romain Grosjean. Sergio Perez of McLaren and Alonso's Ferrari teammate Felipe Massa rounded out the top 10. AGENCIES
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Baby-faced assassins Milos Raonic and Kei nishikori both roared into the quarter-finals of the Japan Open on Thursday to remain on course for a repeat of last year’s final. Third seed Raonic, beaten by local hero nishikori in the 2012 final, overpowered Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-4, 6-3, as bright sunshine returned to Tokyo Bay and the roof was finally opened on centre court after a wet start to the $1.43 million event. Fourth seed nishikori sent Spain’s Feliciano Lopez packing with a 7-6, 6-0 victory, extending his winning streak on the Ariake hard-court to 10 in Japan Open and Davis Cup competition with a swashbuckling display. never remotely threatened, world number 11 Raonic did not face a single break point and put Chardy out of his
misery with his 17th ace after 76 minutes. “I feel so comfortable on this court I almost don’t have to think,” said the Canadian, coming off his fifth career title in Bangkok last weekend. He faces lucky loser Lukas Lacko in the last eight. “Lukas has nothing to lose. He made the draw in a fortunate situation and made the most of it. He’s dangerous so I’ll have to play very tight and disciplined.” Slovakian Lacko beat qualifier edouard Roger-Vasselin 7-5, 6-4 to boost his earnings for the week to $32,000 so far since winning the coin toss to replace injured Frenchman Michael Llodra in the main draw. nishikori took seven minutes less than Raonic to advance, taking the first set tiebreak 7-4 with an ace down the middle before dishing out the dreaded “bagel” to Lopez in a 21-minute second set. He completed the job with a thundering forehand return. “I didn’t feel happy at all about winning
a second-round match,” said world number 13 nishikori, who became the host country’s first Japan Open winner last year. “Probably because I’m the defending champion — I know there’s a long way to go. “It’s my home court,” added the 23-yearold. “I went through some of the biggest mental trauma of my career this summer but I’ve sorted my head out and I’m finding my rhythm again.” nishikori burst onto the scene as an 18-year-old by winning in Delray Beach as a 244th-ranked qualifier in 2008, becoming the first Japanese man to win an ATP title since Shuzo Matsuoka in 1992. He plays Spain’s nicolas Almagro in the last eight after the sixth seed thrashed Argentina’s Horacio Zeballos 6-4, 6-2. Top seed Juan Martin del Potro safely reached the quarter-finals, before former Tokyo champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga suffered a shock second-round defeat.
dJoKoviC, sereNa through to Quarters BEIJINg: Novak Djokovic remained on course to reclaim his China Open title as he progressed to the quarter-finals on Thursday, while women’s top seed Serena Williams also edged into the last eight. The top seeded Serb needed three sets to defeat Fernando Verdasco 7-5, 2-6, 6-2, while Williams claimed victory over Maria Kirilenko in two unconvincing sets, with the scores finishing 7-5, 7-5. Djokovic took the first set of his second round match with relative ease, his Spanish opponent took the second set 6-2. He started brightly in the third and again in the final game. In the women’s tournament, Serena Williams was forced to summon extra strength at the end of each of her two sets as her Russian opponent became increasingly aggressive. Kirilenko was poised to claim the first set at 40-0 up with the score at 5-4 in her favour, but after missing three set points, Williams stepped up a gear to overturn the scoreline. Williams then broke Kirilenko’s serve before closing in on victory in the third-round match. AGENCIES
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YOUTHS BURN CHURCH, RIOT IN KENYA’S MOMBASA AFTER IMAM KILLED MOMBASA
Malala Yousafzai picks up another award as Nobel beckons LONDON
OUnG Muslims set fire to a church, burned tires and clashed with police in Kenya’s main port city of Mombasa on Friday, after the killing of an Islamic cleric his followers blamed on security forces. Sheikh Ibrahim Omar’s death ignited religious tensions in the commercial and tourism hub in east Africa’s largest economy, two weeks after Islamist militants killed at least 67 people in a raid on nairobi’s Westgate shopping mall. The imam was shot dead in Mombasa on Thursday night, police said. He preached at a mosque that has in the past been linked to the Somali al Shabaab Islamists who claimed responsibility for the shopping center attack. Omar was found dead in a car hit by more than a dozen bullets, television images showed. Youths torched a Salvation Army church and temporarily blocked the main road into the city, a Reuters witness said. Kenyan police in riot gear fired gunshots and teargas to break up the crowd. The worst of the running battles with police took place in Mombasa’s downtrodden Saba Saba neighborhood, where traders shuttered their shops and residents
Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban for campaigning for girls’ schooling, added another award to a growing list on Friday. She was given the RAW in WAR Anna Politkovskaya Award, named after the Russian investigative journalist who was shot dead seven years ago next Monday. Malala is also among the favourites for the nobel Peace Prize, which will be announced on October 11. The 16-year-old was presented with the award in London and said she hoped she could be “as brave as (Politkovskaya) was”. “I greatly admire Anna’s dedication to truth, to equality, and to humanity,” Malala added. The award
fled for safety. “We are trying to deal with some youths who have started bringing trouble within town,” Robert Kitur, Mombasa county police chief, told Reuters. “They are few. We will contain them.” STRIKINGLY SIMILAR ATTACK: The imam was shot in Mombasa’s outskirts on the main road to the resort town of Malindi, a few hundred meters (yards) from where another firebrand cleric, Aboud Rogo, was shot dead in his vehicle in August 2012 in a strikingly similar attack. Both Kenya and United States had accused Rogo of recruiting and fund-raising for Somalia’s al Shabaab militants. Rogo’s death last year unleashed deadly riots in Mombasa’s run-down neighborhoods where he commanded a loyal support base. Both imams were popular among youths in Mombasa and along
Kenya’s Indian Ocean coastline where many Muslims feel marginalized by the predominantly Christian government. “This is no doubt a police execution given what has happened in nairobi,” said 37year-old Abdul Hassan Omar in Mombasa’s rundown Majengo district, where Omar and Rogo both preached. Kitur dismissed the accusation and said officers would stop any protests after Friday prayers getting out of control. “The police have nothing to do with the shooting. That’s not how we operate,” he told reporters. The September 21 assault on the Westgate mall was the worst militant strike on Kenyan soil since al Qaeda bombed the U.S. embassy in nairobi in 1998. The raid shocked Kenyans and the world and has raised questions over intelligence failures.
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was presented by the socalled “British Schindler”, nicholas Winton, now 104, who in 1939 saved the lives of more than 600 Jewish children from nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia as World War II was about to start. As well as being a frontrunner for the nobel, Malala has also been shortlisted for the european Parliament’s prestigious Sakharov human rights prize. Malala was flown to Birmingham in central england following the shooting, where surgeons have rebuilt her skull. She attends school in the city, which has a substantial population of Pakistani heritage. Her autobiography, “I Am Malala” was published in Britain and the United States on Tuesday, the eve of the anniversary of the attack on her as she travelled in a school bus.
Pakistan to facilitate troop drawdown in Afghanistan, US general told ISLAMABAD: With the date for US troop drawdown in Afghanistan getting closer, the US commander of the Central Command (US CenTCOM) General Lloyd Austin was assured on Friday that Pakistan will continue facilitating the US drawdown and the peace process in Afghanistan, while the latter hinted at the possible continuation of their relation and the Coalition Support Fund (CSF) beyond exit from Afghanistan. General Austin who called on Secretary for Defence Lt Gen (r) Asif Yasin Malik, and the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Khalid Shamim Wayne in Islamabad on Friday. The US commander, while terming Pakistan as a vital partner for regional security, appreciated its role in facilitating the drawdown.General Austin said that consultative forums like DCG had helped cement our military to military relations aimed at improving peace and stability in the region.