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Monday, 6 august, 2012 ramadan 17, 1433 Quetta: security officials search a destroyed building after an explosives laden car blew up on the city outskirts on sunday. a suspected militant killed himself and two children when a bomb in the car he was driving exploded before he reached the target. aFP STORY ON PAGE 24
Government to file review petition aGainst
Contempt law verdiCt Decision taken after consultation with law minister ISLAMABAD
sunday’s rains saw 12 injured in punjab, nwa High level flood likely in Chenab LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Monsoon has set in motion its usual set of practices; heavy rains, roofs collapsing, outbreak of various diseases, and the most devastating of them all the floods, causing severe damage to property and injuring people, even causing deaths in some cases. Just as Met office has predicted rains for various parts of the country, Sunday’s rains saw at least 12 people getting injured in different incidents due to heavy rains in
different areas of Punjab and North Waziristan Agency, including the metropolitan Lahore and other major cities like Gujranwala and Jhelum. Meanwhile, flood has been reported in Chenab River putting under water many villages in the district Hafizabad, a city along its path. According to details, two persons were injured when a roof of a decrepit Continued on Page 04
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He government decided on Sunday to file a review petition against the Supreme Court’s order of August 3, in which it struck down the Contempt of Court Act (COCA) 2012, after the intense consultations with the legal experts. The contempt of court law, which recently was passed by the parliament, exempted the “holders of public office” from the mischief of contempt in “exercise of powers and performance of functions” and allowed for suspension of a sentence during the pendency of an appeal. The Supreme Court, in its verdict against COCA on August 3, said the new law was contrary to the provisions of several articles of the constitution. The verdict states: “While enacting COCA 2012, attempt has been made to reduce the powers of the Court as has been indicated in different provisions.” It said that “no immunity can be granted to the public office holders in violation of Article 25 of the Constitution.” The decision to file a petition seeking review of the SC’s verdict to declare the contempt of court law null and void was taken in a meeting here between President Asif Ali Zardari and Law Minister Farooq H Naek. The law minister gave a detailed briefing to the president on the option of review petition saying it was the
best the government could do in such circumstances, said the sources privy to top level consultations. “Naek told the president that the other legal aides of government as well as some constitutional experts were of the view that the government should file a review petition in the Supreme Court against its decision of striking down the contempt of court law. Naek told the president that he too was of the same opinion,” said a source seeking anonymity. The decision of
filing a review petition has apparently been made to save Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf from the possible disqualification by the apex court. The prime minister faces the deadline of August 8 given by the apex court for reopening of graft cases against President Zardari through a letter to be sent to the Swiss authorities. Continued on Page 04
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Faisal Raza Abidi demands CJ’s resignation
editoriAl The art of the possible: ...but only to a measure.
Comment Waqqas Mir says; Time for tough questions: Especially when little makes sense.
Arif Ansar says; Call for an OIC Summit: For the status quo or change?
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Taliban release 4 NGO workers after months QUETTA: Four members of a non-governmental organization (NGO) were released by Taliban kidnappers here on Sunday. The NGO members were kidnapped on December 11 last year from Pishin. They worked at the Balochistan Rural Support Program (BRSP). The hostages were later shifted to North Waziristan. The kidnappers had killed two of the NGO workers after not receiving ransom amount. Sources said that the four freed workers were identified as Syed Mujeebur Rehman, Bashir Ahmed, Aftab Ahmed and Bor Muhammad. ONLINE
Polio virus exists in Karachi, Hyderabad, Peshawar: WHO The World Health Organization (WHO) has revealed existence of polio P3 virus in Karachi, Hyderabad and Peshawar, a private TV channel reported on Sunday. The channel quoting sources said WHO experts obtained drain water samples across the country and after examining it, they revealed that polio P3 virus existed in Karachi, Hyderabad and Peshawar. The organization warned that the virus easily transmitted from one child to another. In Karachi, a large quantity of polio P3 virus existed in Baldia and Gadap Towns, the sources added. It may be noted that this virus affected around 28 children in 2008 in Punjab. MONITORINg DESk
Some elements playing with constitution, democracy: Nawaz LAHORE
M L - N President Nawaz Sharif on Sunday said some elements were playing with the constitution, democracy and judiciary and pushing the country towards chaos. Addressing a function at Alhamra Hall, Nawaz said the country was standing at the same place even after the passage of 65 years since independence.
ISLAMABAD: Attorney General Irfan Qadir on Sunday said the Supreme Court violated the constitution by striking out the contempt of court act, but it did not matter much for the government. Talking to a private television channel, Qadir said throwing out the act by the SC did not matter much for the government, but it had affected the reputation of the SC. He said the SC could improve its reputation by changing its verdict. NNI
Passenger bus attacked with grenades in Gilgit, 2 die GILGIT: Two passengers were killed and four others were injured in a hand grenade attack on a passenger bus near Minawar here on Sunday. According to police sources, unidentified armed men attacked the bus with a grenade attack, leaving two dead and four injured. Police and local relief teams reached the site of the incident and shifted the dead and injured to District Headquarters Hospital. Hospital sources said the injured were in critical condition and the death toll could rise. An emergency was declared in Gilgit Hospital and doctors and nurses were called in to deal with the situation. Police said that after the attack, they launched an operation to trace and arrest the culprits, however, no arrests could be made so far. INP
2 NATO trucks torched in Khuzdar KHUZDAR: Unidentified attackers set on fire two trucks carrying goods for NATO forces in Afghanistan at the National Highway on Sunday. According to Levies sources, both supply trucks were completely gutted in fire. The Levies soon reached the spot and started search for the culprits. No life loss was reported in the incident. INP
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He said, “We have already lost east Pakistan and the remaining part of the country is weakening by the day.” Nawaz said Pakistan was being blamed for every act of terrorism that occurred in any part of the world. The former PM promised that the PMLN would work for strengthening the country’s economy, adding that load shedding crisis would be overcome in six months. The PML-N chief said rulers were looking towards others for help and were not utilising local resources to take the country out of
SHO held for role in couple’s naked parade KHAIRPUR MONITORINg DESk
Throwing out contempt act means little: AG
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A station house officer (SHO) was arrested on Sunday for his alleged involvement in the naked parade of a woman and man on streets for their ‘intention of adultery’, a private TV channel reported. According to the SSP concerned, four policemen nominated in the case had so far been held, while raids were being conducted to arrest two more who were at large. The SHO had fled after the case of the couple’s naked parade was registered but was finally arrested later on Sunday. earlier, the SHO and two of his assistant sub-inspectors were suspended for parading the couple naked in Gambat, a tehsil of
Sindh CM Qaim Ali Shah’s ancestral district Khairpur. The couple was arrested on charges of “intent to commit adultery” in Mirbahar area of Gambat on July 27 after which they were forced to walk naked through the town to the police station. According to SSP Khairpur, Irfan Baloch, a police party had raided a suspected brothel last month and allegedly caught a man and a woman committing adultery, however, he added that his department was looking into the allegations that the couple was made to walk naked to the police station. “If the cops accused of such inhuman treatment towards the couple were found guilty, they will not be spared,” he said.
Faisalabad police torture arrested student to death FAISALABAD: Alleged torture by police killed an arrested student in Faisalabad, a private news channel reported on Sunday. Deceased Muhammad Zubair was a student of Grade 9 and resident of Hamid Park Mohala. Three days ago, Jhang Bazaar Police Station took him into custody in an adultery case. During custody, the police allegedly broke many of his bones and did not allow anyone of his family to meet him. Zubair received a critical injury during police torture and his condition turned very serious. The police shifted him to Allied Hospital in a very critical condition. Later, he succumbed to injuries. The CPO of Faisalabad has filed a case against Jhang Bazaar Police Station officials after taking notice of the incident while the investigation officer of boy’s case, ASI Muhammad Ali, has been arrested. INP
Zardari believes ‘corruption to be supreme’: likeminded LAHORE ONLINE
Hamid Nasir Chattha and Mian Muhammad Asif, Leaders of Pakistan Muslim League-Likeminded (PML-LM), have said that President Asif Ali Zardari does not believe in the constitution, parliament or judiciary but believes in corruption. They said that President Asif Ali Zardari considered “corruption to be supreme”. Addressing a meeting of the workers and leaders of PML-LM on Sunday, chairman of the party, Hamid Nasir Chattha, and provincial secretary information of the party, Mian Muhammad Asif, said that during the last four
crises. He lamented that every day a new corruption scandal appeared in the media and whenever the Supreme Court took notice of rulers’ corruption, they got annoyed. “We shall not let anyone cast an evil eye on Pakistan and after coming to power, we will make Pakistan amongst the top ten economies of the world,” Nawaz said. “The PML-N is a democratic party and it is a wrong impression that he takes every decision,” Nawaz said. He said all the decisions were taken by the party in consultation.
and a half years of the reign of Pakistan Peoples Party, the country had to face a loss of Rs 8.5 trillions on account of corruption, bad governance and tax evasion. They were of the view that PPP was out to maintain an environment appropriate for tussle among the institutions. The government and its allies must stop revolt against the judiciary, they added, warning that if the government got involved in controversial legislation in future, it would be rebutted in the same manner. They said that the 180 million Pakistanis would not let PPP to become ‘political martyrs’. Referring to Chaudhary Shujaat Hussain and Chaudhary Pervez Ilahi, they said Chaud-
hary brothers had made a political suicide by allying with President Asif Ali Zardari. They said that in addition to President Asif Ali Zardari, Chaudhary brothers were responsible for corruption and electricity load shedding, as they had become a “B-team” of PPP. In the next general elections, PML-Q would also meet a setback along with the PPP, they maintained. They proposed it was necessary to hold early elections in order to let the country out of crises.
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CHiniot: Around 200,000 cusecs of water passes through Chenab river as monsoon rains have raised water level in rivers. OnLine
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house collapsed due to heavy rains at Kamran Park, Shahdara in Lahore here on Sunday. Rescue staff reached the spot and rescued the injured - Zafar and Majeed - and shifted them to a local hospital. Showers continued in Gujranwala, Jhelum and different areas of NWA on Saturday flooding the streams and lowering the temperature. In three separate roof collapse incidents in villages Alipur Chattha, Kalaskey and Kangniwala Bypass, at least 10 persons were buried under the rubble. The locals on self help basis dug out the injured from the debris and shifted them to different hospitals of concerned areas. The injured included three children and two women. As rains continued on Sunday, Quetta, and its adjoining areas also received showers. The rain turned weather pleasant and a large number of citizens came out of their houses to enjoy the weather. According to Met Office sources, the city may also receive showers on Monday. According to meteorological department, medium-level flood occurred in Chenab at Head Marala with the discharge of over 2,00,000 cusecs of water at Head Khanki. Five villages of Hafizabad district came under water as India released water in Chenab river. Sources said that the outflow of water at Qadirabad barrage in Chenab river was 192,200 cusecs on Sunday. However, they said that the water level was falling down at Head Marala and Khanki. The villages affected by floods were Kot Saleem, Channi Gala, Nahianwala, Bari Tarar and Pir Mohammad. Local administration sources said that police, rescue 1122, concerned civil defense and other departments had been put on high alert to meet with any eventuality. They said the flood in Chanab was feared to affect 165 villages and a population of about 300,000 people. Chenab was likely to attain a level of medium to high flood within next 24 hours. The Jhelum river, too, was forecast to be in low to medium flood at Mangla. Meanwhile, the Met office has forecast rain at isolated places of Khyber Pakthunkhwa during next 24 hours. The Office said that the Monsoon currents were penetrating into most parts of the country and a shallow westerly wave was also affecting upper parts of the country and likely to persist for next 24 hours. Rain/thundershower may occur at isolated places of upper and Central Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Northeastern Balochistan, Kashmir and GilgitBaltistan in the next 24 hours. Mainly hot and humid weather is expected in most parts of the country. However, isolated rain/thundershower is likely in Malakand, Hazara divisions, northeast Balochistan, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan. Scattered rain/thundershower with isolated heavy falls occurred in upper Punjab, upper and central KP, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan in the last 24 hours. Maximum rain was received by Gujranwala with 123mm followed by Lahore (city) 110, Lahore (airport) 96, Chakwal 97, Sialkot (airport) 79, M B Din 70, Jhelum 67, Kotli 45, D I Khan 49, Sialkot (city) 38, Rawalakot 26, Bhakar 21, Noorpur Thal 17, Drosh 15, Garidopatta, Zhob 12, Dir, Islamabad, 11, Astore, 10, Kalam, Hunza 9, Murree 8, Skardu 7, Gupis and Gilgit 5 mm each in the last 24 hours. Maximum temperature was recorded at Turbat with 46C and pollen count remained 22 per cubic meter.
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Malik points finger at Afghan govt for supporting Fazlullah ISLAMABAD
NTeRIOR Minister Rehman Malik on Sunday said some elements of the Afghan government were supporting Fazlullah, senior leader of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, who was fighting to topple the Pakistani government. Pakistani officials say Taliban
commander Fazlullah has been orchestrating raids on Pakistani security forces from Afghanistan, where he fled several years ago after a Pakistani army operation in his stronghold in Swat. Pakistan has repeatedly called on Afghanistan to hunt down Fazlullah, whose fighters in their hundreds cross the border, launch ambushes and attack army checkpoints. “If somebody is living in somebody’s
house and you ask him `who is giving you food, who is giving you all this shelter?’ You know he is in Afghanistan,” Malik said in an interview on Sunday. “I think some of the elements of the Afghan government there are supporters. Maybe state actors, maybe non-state actors.” “Unfortunately he is enjoying his life in Afghanistan,” said Malik. “I appeal to Afghanistan to look into it and make sure (his) peo-
ple don’t come to us.” “He is as dangerous (for Pakistan) as the Haqqanis are dangerous for Afghanistan. He is energising terrorism now. He is recruiting people, he is planning,” Malik said. Asked if Pakistan would be willing to go after the Haqqanis, Malik said: “They are not our babies, they are no longer anyone’s babies. They have become independent.”
Electricity thieves thrash MEPCO staﬀ in Khanewal
Talks underway with India over Balochistan: minister
KHANEWAL: A MePCO team, including SDO, MePCO; line superintendent, two line-men and a driver were tortured by power stealing land owners in the village 169/10R. The line superintendent received severe injuries and was admitted to the district head quarter’s hospital in Khanewal. According to details a MePCO team headed by SDO. Sana Ullah, including line superintendent Farrukh Naseer Sheikh, lineman Manzoor, assistant lineman, Imran and driver Shafqat on an official vehicle, went to the village 169/10R to raid a tube well belonging to Hashmat Jahan Begum. This farm was under the cultivating possession of Rana Ghulzar Ahamad s/o Abdul Gahaffar, they were caught utilizing electricity directly instead of through meter on their tube-well. When the MePCO team began to disconnect the illegal connection, Rana Gulzar and his accomplices started torturing them with iron rods, hunters and other weapons. They stripped the line superintendent Farrukh naked, and seriously injured him. He was then shifted to the DHQ hospital in an unconscious state. STaff RepORT
KARACHI: Defense Minister Naveed Qamar on Sunday said that evidence pointing towards foreign interference in Balochistan existed and talks on the issue were underway with India, a private news channel reported. Naveed Qamar said this while addressing a press conference along with Governor Balochistan Nawabzada Zulfiqar Magsi following their meeting here at Balochistan House where Law Minister Farooq H Naek was also present. He said the Cabinet Committee on Balochistan would submit its report on daily basis on the issue, adding it was the cabinet which would decide as to who the government would in engage talks with. The defense minister said the issue of Balochistan would be resolved only through democratic and political means and that recommendations in this regard would be put forth in the next meeting of the cabinet after consulting with all the stakeholders. MOniTORing DeSk
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Hundreds of archaeological treasures looted from Afghanistan were returned to the war-torn country’s National Museum on Sunday after being recovered with the help of the British Museum. Many of the 843 artefacts were seized as they were being smuggled into Britain after some 70 percent of the museum’s contents were stolen during Afghanistan’s civil war in the early 1990s. Others were identified on the black market and acquired on behalf of the museum by private donors. The returned treasures include “exquisite examples” of the Begram Ivories, a series of decorative inlays dating back to the first century AD, the British Museum said ahead of Sunday’s handover ceremony. Among others items are a statue of Buddha from the second or third century, Bactrian Bronze Age items, Greco-Bactrian and medieval Islamic coins. Omara Khan Massoudi, director of the national museum, said some of the
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looted treasures returned objects would now go on temporary display. The Telegraph quoted him as saying, “I’m very happy to have these artefacts at the museum. It’s very important to us.” The museum– rebuilt with international aid – was largely destroyed as rival warlords unleashed artillery and rocket fire on the capital in a brutal struggle for power in the early 1990s. And the country achieved global notoriety for cultural barbarism when the Taliban regime, which came to power in 1996, blew up the famed and ancient Bamiyan Buddhas shortly before being overthrown by a US-led invasion. British Consul General in Kabul Colin Crorkin was quoted by the Telegraph as saying, “They show Afghanistan’s other face. They
British police rescue over 800 looted Afghan archaeological treasures from smugglers Returned treasures include ‘exquisite examples’ of the Begram Ivories, statue of Buddha from second or third century, medieval Islamic coins remind us that the troubles of the Taliban age and the battles against the insurgency are relatively small events in the bigger picture.” The famed and priceless 2,000 year-old Bactrian Gold collection of more than 20,000 gold ornaments, hidden by museum staff during the civil war, has been touring the world since 2006.
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The SC disqualified the former Prime Minister Yuosuf Raza Gilani for his failure to write the same letter and many legal experts believe that now that the new contempt of court law has been struck down by the apex court, Prime Minister Ashraf is likely to meet the same fate. The SC’s decision to strike down the new Contempt of Court Act 2012 has also led to the resurrection of the Contempt of Court Ordinance of 2003, the old law that was instrumental in the ouster of Yousaf Raza Gilani from his office. According to sources, the government is also mulling to move the SC with another review petition against the July 12 order of apex court in which Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf was directed to follow the judgment on the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) decision implementation case. Both review petitions are likely to be filed before August 8 when the PM is supposed to apprise the SC whether he has implemented NRO verdict or not.
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05 Ruling coalition pressurizing judiciary to get decisions in its favor: APML ISLAMABAD
eCReTARY General, All Pakistan Muslim League (APML), Barrister Muhammad Ali Saif has stated the Pakistan Peoples Party-led ruling alliance wanted to pressurize the judiciary to get decisions its favor. In a statement issued on Sunday, Barrister Saif said that on one hand
PPP-led ruling regime was fanning confrontation with judiciary to rescue one man’s corruption, while on the other hand PML-N and PTI had indulged in a blame-game to prove their dominance in Punjab. Barrister Saif pointed out that it was the 180 million population of the country who were paying the cost for dereliction of ruling alliance and confrontation of political parties. Barrister Saif said that APML had
started its coordination campaign and for this purpose he was on Karachi’s visit to streamline APML’s coordination with people at grass root level. Talking about the electoral campaign of APML in the country, Barrister Saif said that APML would announce its fullfledged election campaign with the arrival of APML Quaid Pervez Musharraf in the country. He said that APML Quaid Pervez Musharraf had summoned meeting of APML’s Central executive Com-
mittee at the end of the ongoing month in Dubai, in which arrival plan of Pervez Musharraf would be finalized. He said that corruption and plunder had become the hallmarks of the ruling alliance. He further said that the incompetent ruling leadership of the country had maligned Pakistan all over the world by fanning confrontation with the independent and sovereign judiciary of the country.
Philippine school bans Muslim hijab ZAMBOANGA AFP
A Catholic-run school in the southern Philippines has caused controversy by banning Muslim students from wearing the hijab headscarf. Mehol Sadain, who heads the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos, said Sunday he had written to Pilar College in the mixed MuslimChristian port city of Zamboanga to demand it reverse its policy. While the school was right to claim it could exercise academic freedom, Sadain said it should do so with “justice and fair play”. “Pilar College should realize that while educational institutions can formulate their own policies, the same should not run counter to existing laws and state policies,” Sadain said. The complaint has reached the local city council, which asked the school to reply to the allegations. The school is believed to be the first in the Philippines to enforce an outright ban on wearing the hijab. Sadain noted that an education department policy states that Muslim girls should be allowed to wear their head coverings in school and be exempted from non-Muslim religious rites. But the school, run by the Congregation of the Religious of the Virgin Mary, said in its letter to the council that it could not “deviate” from its Catholic leanings. It said students from other religions were welcome to enrol but must strictly follow its non-hijab policy. “Rules and regulations are explained to them, particularly the non-wearing of the hijab or veil,” the school said. “This is part of academic freedom in connection with which the school has the right to choose whom to teach,” it said. It was not clear what percentage of students were Muslim but it is fairly common that children from different denominations or religions mix at school in the mainly Catholic but largely tolerant Philippines.
QUETTA: Shops in a market are seen closed on Sunday, as traders observed a strike against the kidnapping of two doctors. inp
faisal Raza abidi demands CJ’s resignation ISLAMABAD INP
PPP Senator Faisal Raza Abidi on Sunday hurled allegations at Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, demanded his and other judges’ resignation who were reinstated under the Provisional Constitutional Order (PCO). In a press conference in Islamabad, Abidi held Justice Chaudhry responsible for alleged financial impropriety done by his son, Dr Arsalan Iftikhar. The senator said if the chief justice did not tender his resignation, he would “force him out the same way he had been restored as a judge”. “He [Justice Chaudhry] says that he did
not have any idea where his son got all that money from…I ask, when the case emerged, did you ask him where he got Rs 900 million from?” The senator produced bank account statements of Dr Arsalan and said the person who used to “work under somebody else” now had billions of rupees. He also showed that the billing address mentioned was that of the Chief Justice House in Islamabad. “You [Justice Chaudhry] are to be blamed for this. This happened right in front of you. You cannot pretend to not know anything. Who gave Dr Arsalan the right to use government’s property for running his own businesses? Could he not rent
out an office in some other area?” Abidi said he would now “personally” investigate Dr Arsalan’s assets and would fly to Dubai and London to inquire about his international bank accounts. “I will probe into the accounts he has activated under the name of mamu.” Abidi said parliament was supreme and above other institutions. “Parliament forms laws and constitutions. Who gave you the right to criticise and meddle in its affairs?” “I accept your challenge in the war you have waged against the parliament. But mine is not a war of arms, it is a war of words, because Pakistan cannot afford agitation at this moment as it is already going through tough times.”
TTP claims responsibility for attack on Swat jirga member SWAT HAROON SIRAJ
The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan on Sunday claimed responsibility for the attack on Swat Hotels Association President Haji Zahid Khan, an active member of the Swat Qaumi Jirga. He was coming home after offering Isha prayers at a nearby mosque near Mingora General Bus Stand when unidentified men opened fire at him, severely injuring him. He was reported to have received bullets in head. Talking to reporters from an unknown location, spokesman for the TTP Malakand Division, Sirajuddin said the group had carried out the attack on Khan as he always opposed the TTP. “The TTP intends to carry out similar attacks on members of the Swat Quami Jirga and all those who are anti-Taliban and pro-army,” he said. In a statement, ISPR Malakand spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Arif Mehmood said the Pakistan Army condemned the terrorist attack. “The Pakistan Army can never forget the members of the SQJ who raised their voices against the militants during the Taliban era in Swat. The army will never allow anyone to disturb the peace of the area,” he added. Mehmood said security forces and police were conducting search operations to apprehend the culprits.
Remote-controlled blast damages govt vehicle in Peshawar PESHAWAR AgENCIES
A low intensity remote-controlled blast damaged a government vehicle in Peshawar on Sunday. Police said the blast occurred in the Nasir Bagh police precincts. They added that the explosive device, planted on the roadside, exploded when the vehicle was passing through the area. Rescue teams rushed to the site while police cordoned off the area and started a search operation.
Craving energy and glory, Pakistanis revel in claim of water-run car NEWS DESK In a nation thirsting for energy, he loomed like a messiah: a small-town engineer who claimed he could run a car on water. The assertion — based on the premise that he had discovered a way to easily split the oxygen and hydrogen atoms in water molecules with almost no energy — would, if proven, represent a stunning breakthrough for physics and a near-magical solution to Pakistan’s desperate power crisis. “By the grace of Allah, I have managed to make a formula that converts less voltage into more energy,” the professed inventor, Agha Waqar Ahmad, said in a telephone interview with The New York Times’ Declan Walsh. “This invention will solve our country’s energy crisis and provide jobs to hundreds of thousands of people.” established scientists have debunked his spectacular claims, first made one month ago, saying they violate ironclad laws of physics. But across Pakistan, where crippling electricity cuts have left millions drenched in the sweat of a powerless summer, and where there is hunger for tales of homegrown glory, the shimmering mirage of a “water car” received a broad and serious embrace. Federal ministers lauded Ahmad and his vehicle, sometimes at cabinet meetings. The stand-in minister for religious affairs, Khur-
sheed Shah, appeared on television with him and took a ride in his small Suzuki rental, which was hooked up to a contraption that Ahmad described as a “water kit.” Respected talk show hosts suggested he should get state financing and protection. The country’s most famous scientist, Abdul Qadeer Khan — revered inside Pakistan as the father of the country’s nuclear weapons program and reviled elsewhere as a notorious figure in the international nuclear black market — gave it his imprimatur, too. “I have investigated the matter, and there is no fraud involved,” he told Hamid Mir, a popular television journalist, during a recent broadcast that sealed Ahmad’s celebrity. The quest to harness chemical energy from water is a holy grail of science, offering the tantalizing promise of a world free from dependence on oil. Groups in other countries, including Japan, the United States and Sri Lanka, have previously made similar claims. They have been largely ignored. Not so with Ahmad, even if he is an unlikely scientific prodigy. Forty years old and a father of five, he graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering in 1990 from a small technical college in Khairpur, in southern Sindh Province, he said in the interview. For most of his career he worked in a local police department. He is currently unemployed. But he sprang up at a moment when
Pakistan was intensely aware of its power shortcomings. Violent riots erupted across Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Provinces recently as temperatures in some places hovered around 110 degrees amid electricity shortages that stretched up to 20 hours per day. Chronic shortages of natural gas, which powers many cars and homes, result in lines snaking from gas stations. energy politics are expected to play a prominent role in elections set to take place within the next 10 months. In another measure of the issue, the United States government has donated heavily to electricity generation projects, hoping to win support from Pakistan’s largely hostile public; last week, Congress authorized $280 million for various hydroelectric projects. News media commentators said the coverage of Ahmad’s claims was the Pakistani version of Britain’s “silly season,” when journalists and politicians embrace the unlikely during the annual lull in politics. But for established scientists, it was a symptom of a wider, more worrisome, ignorance of science. It shows “how far Pakistan has fallen into the pit of ignorance and self-delusion,” wrote Pervez Hoodbhoy, an outspoken physics professor. He added: “Our leaders are lost in the dark, fumbling desperately for a miracle; our media is chasing spectacle, not truth; and our great scientists care more about being important than about evidence.”
The “water car” is not the first unlikely episode in Pakistani science. In 2010 Atta urRahman, head of the state higher education body, aired views that the United States government was financing a covert science project in Alaska that sought to manipulate the world’s weather and that could set off earthquakes, floods and tsunamis. Dr Rahman’s article incited a furious public debate with other scientists, notably Dr Hoodbhoy, who has also sought to highlight a worrisome decline in academic standards in Pakistan. Stories of widespread plagiarism, fake qualifications and doctorates granted under dubious circumstances have circulated in academic circles for several years. “We have had a flood of academic garbage,” Dr Hoodbhoy said. The trend was inadvertently accelerated under the military ruler, Pervez Musharraf, who required all members of Parliament to hold a college degree — prompting some to acquire fake ones. Pakistan is not lacking in academic talent. With 68 percent of the population under 30, according to the United Nations, education is a preoccupation among parents across the social spectrum. This year 200 Pakistani undergraduates will start at 50 different American colleges under the government-financed Fulbright educational exchange program.
Yet even the country’s academic achievements are mired in the old problems of politics, prejudice and religion. The work of a Pakistani particle physicist, Abdus Salam, won him a Nobel Prize along with two others scientists in 1979, and it has been credited with paving the way for the discovery of what appears to be the Higgs boson particle, which was announced July 4. But Dr Salam, who died in 1996, is largely ignored in his homeland because he was a member of the Ahmadi sect, whose members suffer state-sponsored discrimination and, in recent years, attacks by violent extremists. For his part, Ahmad brushed off his critics, claiming to have run the Suzuki for 250 miles on 10 liters of water. “I am not concerned with theory. I have given a practical demonstration that a vehicle can run on water,” he said. “What more proof do these critics need?” In a word, more. “Water car” jokes have circulated widely on Twitter, while an Internet comedy group, The Naked Tyrant, rolled out a spoof video featuring a religious man who claimed to make his car run on “pious deeds.” And, as a reader of one newspaper noted in a letter to the editor: “What is odd is that the only specimen so far on display is the one fitted in his own car.”
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wHat is a zoo wIThOuT ANIMAlS?
Margazar Zoo echoes silence this Eid too
over 50,000 slaughtered in Burma: Burmese muslim Scholar
Maulana Abdul Qudoos Cages of lions, leopards, giraffes, snakes have been empty for the last 4 years says the reality is different from that which is being ISLAMABAD reported by media S another eid festival approaches, the Margazar Zoo gives an uninhabAsks world community, ited and desolate look as cages of lions, leopards, giraffes and snakes UN to take action have been lying vacant there for the last cou-
ple of years. Children from the twin cities would have to return to their homes depressed, as their favorite animals would not be on display once again. "This is my last visit. I will never come here again. What kind of a zoo is this, where we can not enjoy roaring lions, jumping tigers or unique giraffes?" said Maaz Ali, a student of grade four, angrily. "We have also lost the last remaining attraction, the elephant ride, due to the death of the female elephant.” a girl Summayya Janjua said. Mehran Khan, a frequent visitor to the zoo, told sources that zoos in Karachi and Lahore are far better as all kinds of animals can be found there. "Unfortunately the zoo in the federal capital doesn't have any of these animals," he said. He said that the Margazar Zoo authorities should bring back lions, leopards and snakes to the zoo exhibition as the children love to see these animals. The zoo in the federal capital, which is supposed to be a model for zoos in other cities across the country, gives a miserable look, he added. It is baffling how the administration could not manage to bring back missing animals to the zoo, by purchase nor exchange deals that are common with wildlife associations across the world, he said. According to a CDA official, there had been no lions in the past decade, after the animal died there owing to a prolonged illness, even though in 2001, the zoo had a pair of lions and six cheetahs.
The pair of lions died and CDA donated the cheetahs due to a lack of facilities to house the animals. According to the official, four of them were handed over to Loi Bher, Jungle Park Zoo and rest to Jungle Wood Park. The official said that the project of the new Margazar Zoo is in progress that would encompass all facilities and animals, which are currently missing from the zoo. He said that under the project, CDA had
planned to bring three lions and a pair of leopards. The project also included fencing existing enclosures for animals, development of sit-out areas, replacement of sheets on sheds, establishment of a hatchery and incubators. A security system would also be installed at the zoo which would include walk-through gates and security cameras. The project also covers repairing a bear house, the crocodile house, tube-well, water tank and the retaining wall of the F-8 enclosure. Ramzan Sajid, the CDA spokesman said, the ongoing zoo expansion project comprises all features to make the zoo state-of-the-art, and despite the financial crunch the CDA is trying its utmost to improve facilities for animals at the zoo.
Over 50,000 Rohingya Muslims have been massacred in Burma as tensions flared on June 3 and brutal killings and arrests of Muslims continued, however the international community, human rights organizations and United Nations have done nothing stop this grave injustice. Talking to sources on Sunday, Maulana Abdul Qudoos, a Pakistani scholar of Burmese origin, currently residing in Karachi said that all mosques and seminaries in the Arakan province of Burma have been shut down by the government and thousands of innocent Muslims have been massacred during the recent surge of violence in Burma. He said that his brother and several members of his family have been arrested by the provincial government. “The Mugh sect of Buddhists, who are in power in the Arakan province, are involved in the killing and arrests of Muslims,” Abdul Qudoos said, adding that the same sect in the Burma army had inflicted cruelties on Muslims and are still actively trying to kill all Muslims in Burma. He said that after the 2010 elections, Muslims were given basic rights to travel from one province to another, from one city to another and to follow Islamic rituals openly. The Maulana said that Muslims in Arakan started peacefully protesting against the killing of Muslims in other provinces which caused the Mugh sect to start taking Muslims to task. He said that more than 2,500 small and big seminaries and thousands of mosques had been closed down by the government, adding that Muslims are not allowed to go to mosques to offer prayers and Taraveeh. He said that the government even arrested Muslims on charges of praying in mosques. He pleaded to the international community, human rights organizations, UN, US and Muslim countries to help and stop the massacre of Muslims of Burma.
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UneSCo says Pakistan needs strong literacy movement to improve literacy g 54 percent women still illiterate g Hurdles include lack of political will, leadership and a clear strong policy on literacy ISLAMABAD AgENCIES
Pakistan needs a strong literacy movement to achieve its targets of increasing the literacy rate up to 86 percent by the year 2015, and ensuring that every child had access to education, according to the report of United Nations educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNeSCO). The present government successfully achieved the targets of formulating a National education Policy 2009, inserting Article 25-A in the constitution under 18th amendment and achieving tremendous progress in the higher education sector to realize the dream of becoming a literate nation, and yet a lot of work still has to be done. The recently passed ‘Right to Free education Bill’ was a landmark initiative for educating around 68,000 school children in the federal capital. This bill will ensure their access to the right to free education, making ICT a model for all provinces to follow. Talking to sources, renowned education expert, Professor Fateh Malik said that it was the responsibility of the state to provide free education to every citizen. He lauded the efforts of senators towards the implementation of the Article 25-A, for the betterment
of future generations. "It was only Zulfikar Bhutto who brought revolutionary reforms in the education sector by making education free and compulsory for all the children," Malik said. "Private institutes were nationalized by Bhutto and salaries of teachers of private institutes were made equal to the salaries of
government teachers," he said. education was the backbone of any country and Article 25-A would provide free education to those children who were de-
prived of education due to poverty and had to resort to child labor, he said. According to the UNeSCO report, 54 percent women in the country are still illiterate among of which, 64 percent rural women are from Punjab, 69 percent from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 78 percent from Sindh and 87 percent of rural women belong to Balochistan. The report says that the country had 18.64 million illiterate people in the year 1951, 22.08 million in 1961, 33.59 million in 1972, 42.69 million in 1981, 50.38 million in 1998 and 55.24 million in the year 2010. With a reported literacy rate of 56 percent in the year 2010 according to the Pakistan Social and Living Standards Measurement (PSLM) 2010, Pakistan is among the least literate nations of the world. According to the UNDP's International Human Development Indicators database, Pakistan ranks 130 among 141 reporting countries and territories in terms of adult literacy. The hurdles include lack of political will, leadership and a clear strong policy on literacy and Non Formal Basic education (NFBe), absence of permanent organizational structure for Literacy and NFBe in provinces leading to coordination gap, meager and inconsistent financial assistance and capacity gap.
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Islamabad 07 Nothing can dampen the joy of an Eid shopping spree Residents of twin cities continue to flock to bazaars, shopping malls despite massive inflation
AnF foils bid to smuggle drugs to Beijing RAWALPINDI APP
The Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) foiled a bid to smuggle heroin to Beijing and arrested a person from Benazir Bhutto International Airport on Sunday. The accused was identified as Maqsood Ahmed Jalal, who hailed from Azad Jammu Kashmir. The accused was trying to smuggle 1.5 kg heroin in his coat and shoes. The ANF registered a case and started investigating the matter.
lHC benches formed for vacation week RAWALPINDI APP
The Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice Umar Atta Bandial constituted one division bench and two single benches for LHC Rawalpindi bench. The move has come in the sixth week of court summer vacations. Court vacations would end in September, but a regular bench with voluntary rotating judges would hear various cases during this period. The divisional and single benches would comprise of Justice Najam ul Hassan and Justice Imtiaz Ahmed, who would listen to cases until the end of the summer vacations.
eSPITe load shedding, price hikes and inflation, shopping for eid is in full swing, with buyers high in spirits purchasing clothes, accessories and gifts in various markets and shopping malls across the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. As soon as mid-Ramadan approaches, people start shopping for various items for eid, which include apparel, children garments, fashion accessories and a variety of other products. Most women get busy purchasing
Fitrana fixed at rs 80 per person ISLAMABAD APP
A religious scholar, Maulana Shoaib said that the minimum amount of Sadaqa-e-Fitr or Fitrana has been fixed at Rs 80 per person this year. Fitrana is paid as money or in kind to the poor before the occassion of eidul-Fitr. The amount has been fixed at Rs 80 according to the market price of 2.23 kilograms of flour. People who want to pay Fitrana equal to the price of barley, dates and other edibles, should pay Rs 220, Rs 1,120 and Rs 1,600 per head respectively. every adult Muslim must pay Zakatul-Fitr before eid prayers if they possess excess food. The amount is also paid for people who are dependent on a single bread winner within a household. Sadqa-e-Fitr could be given to close relatives, neighbors, seminary students and the poor.
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items for their family to celebrate eid in a befitting manner, while children look forward to celebrating the festival in a myriad of colors. "Due to the price hike, it is difficult to buy every thing one wants, but still people forego affordable items and go for expensive things as eid-ul-Fitr comes once a year and people celebrate it in a festive mood," said Ajmal, a shop owner at a local market. Constant load shedding and rising temperatures also create hurdles in shopping during the day and most people prefer to go shopping in the evening, causing markets to get crowded in the late hours, he said.
The trend of arranging special exhibitions for women and children before eid has increased during the last few years, creating shopping opportunities for buyers and huge revenues for sellers alike. Several days before eid, popular and unknown brands set stalls up along corners of markets, while couture and jewelry designers select hotels and art galleries to display their wares for status conscious people. Besides popular brands, home based workers including females also create paraphernalia for eid and demonstrate their skills, which not only bring in a respectful earning for them, but also keep
them aware of new trends in the market. Besides displaying typical items catering to women and children, the days leading up to eid also invite bangles and henna experts on these stalls arranged specifically for females. "The days after mid Ramadan provide us with the perfect extravaganza at affordable rates at these exhibitions," said Myra, a visitor at an exhibition. "Arranging exhibitions are a way of gaining more profit with less investment as rented outlets have become expensive and buyers visit these outlets mostly during the last days of eid,â€? a private event management company official said.
CDa permits eid stalls on footpaths ISLAMABAD APP
The Capital Development Authority has temporarily relaxed its anti-encroachment drive to facilitate residents of the federal capital during eid shopping. Vendors, shopkeepers, and stall holders would display eid-specific items outside their shops to attract customers. CDA Chairman Farkhand Iqbal told agencies on Sunday that the decision
was taken on the request of shopkeepers who wanted to erect outdoor stalls. He said that the number of customers was increasing as eid neared, and the relaxation in anti-encroachment drive was important to facilitate buyers. He added that only the stalls selling Ramazan and eid items were allowed to encroach on footpaths. He further stated that the stalls would be cleared out immediately after eid to maintain the beauty of Islamabad
In the past few weeks, the CDA had launched a drive against encroachments in the city on the directions of the Islamabad High Court (IHC). According to the chairman, all footpaths would be completely purged of encroachments in the final stages of the strategy. He added that the enforcement Directorate of the department would be strengthened to achieve the goals set by CDA.
improved water level brings no respite from outages ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
The current spell of rain has increased water level at the reservoirs in and around the twin cities but has failed to provide respite to the masses from load shedding. The water level in Simly Dam, Rawal Lake and Khanpur Dam has considerably improved after the heavy rains. Residents of the twin cities said that power outages were rampant during the day and were only relaxed during night time. According to experts, water level at Rawal Lake dam has improved by 2.5 inches and is expected to rise further by 7-8 inches. The improvement in underground water level failed to facilitate citizens who complained that the problem of water scarcity existed in many areas of the city. Residents of sectors I-10 and G-10 said that an artificial water crisis was developed in their areas to benefit the business of private tankers, which were earning Rs 1,000 to Rs 1,700 per tanker.
Steps taken to ensure safe CNG usage ISLAMABAD APP
The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources has chalked out a plan to ensure safe usage of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) in the country. A source within the ministry revealed on Sunday, that more than 100 workshops all over the country had started certifying vehicles after inspect-
ing their CNG cylinders. The workshop has been approved and certified by Chief Inspector of explosives (CIe) and Hydrocarbon Development Institute of Pakistan (HDIP). The campaign aims at identifying unapproved CNG kits for vehicles, and replacing them with proper cylinders. The source disclosed that HDIP and CIe were evolving criteria for installation of CNG system in Public Service Vehicles (PSV) and private transportation. He added that uncertified ve-
hicles would not be issued fitness certificate and route permits by transport authorities, and wouldnâ€™t be allowed to fill gas from CNG stations. He further said that the government with the approval of economic Coordination Committee of the Cabinet (eCC) banned import of CNG cylinders and conversion kits since last December. Company fitted cylinders in vehicles is completely banned. The source identified seven approved CNG conversion kits for vehicles.
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for every plate & wallet Kim arora advises local samosa vendors on how to add value to their samosa, as it is done in delhi and Kolkata, after supreme Court allowed demand and supply to control its prices NEWS DESK OUR Lahore visit will cost just a bit more now. The city’s samosas, price shackled by a three-year-old government order, are now free to fly on the wings of demand and supply, Times of India reported. Till a few weeks ago, you could have bought a samosa anywhere in the city for the equivalent of Rs 3.5 — 30 percent less than the cheapest Delhi samosa but level with those at Kolkata’s SN Banerjee Road. That was before the Supreme Court’s decision. The Supreme Court allowed an appeal by the Punjab Bakers and Sweet Federation and set aside a notification by the Punjab government through which the price of a Samosa was fixed at Rs6. In 2009, the City District Government of Lahore on the instruction of the Punjab government had fixed price of a samosa at Rs6 and the magistrates had imposed fine on shopkeepers for selling samosa at higher rates. The Punjab Bakers and Sweets Federation through its president Muhammad Afzal had challenged this order before the Lahore High Court (LHC). Their petition was dismissed allowing the CDGL and Punjab Government to keep the price of Samosa at Rs 6 and continue the prohibitive action against the vendors. An appeal was filed in the Supreme Court against the decisions of Punjab government by the same association. The appellant argued that a Samosa was not an item notified under the Punjab Foodstuffs (Control) Act of 1958. He said the government had no power to fix by the price of a Samosa. On the other hand, Punjab government’s counsel argued that the government had the jurisdiction to fix prices of all items being sold to the public at large. After hearing both sides the Supreme Court set aside the impugned notification. Now, as members of Pakistan’s Punjab Bakers and Sweets Federation draw up their pricing strategy, they can draw useful lessons from halwais in Delhi. Here, samosas are available for Rs 5-50, indicative of their status as not only the aam aadmi’s snack but also a comfort food in the corridors of business and power. Is it possible, then, to regulate a snack as versatile as the samosa? At roadside tea stalls, samosas are usually priced at Rs 5. In Old Delhi’s Matia Mahal market, Ameer Sweet House sells juicy keema samosas for Rs 5 and khoya-stuffed, sweet ones for Rs 7. Not very far away, Delite Cinema has a massive 200g 'maha samosa’
priced at Rs 40. Bangla Sweet House in Gole Market has a regular potato samosa priced at Rs 10 and a matar-paneer one at Rs 14. In the same market, Kaleva sells the very same aloo samosa at Rs 12 per piece. At central Delhi's Bengali Sweet House, bite-sized cocktail samosas are sold by the kilo — there is the regular matar samosa at Rs 240/kg and Allahabadi samosa
“As members of Pakistan’s Punjab Bakers and Sweets Federation draw up their pricing strategy, they can draw useful lessons from halwais in delhi. Here, samosas are available for rs 5-50, indicative of their status as not only the aam aadmi’s snack but also a comfort food in the corridors of business and power.”
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with dry masala stuffing at Rs 190/kg. Chandni Chowk's Manohar Dhaba, known for its "japani samosa" — famous for being neither Japanese nor a samosa — serves the classic version of the snack at Rs 10 with a side dish of chhole. Satish Agrawal of Bengali Sweet House says the noodles-stuffed 'Chinese samosa' they briefly introduced last year was priced at Rs 16. Samosa economics is serious business and Agrawal puts it in perspective. "The price varies with the kind of samosa. But the location of a shop and the services it offers also go into deciding the price point. A roadside shop can sell cheaper. In a sit-down place, they have to incorporate the price of the additional chutneys, paper napkins, paper plates and even VAT," he says. A popular cafe chain with a large youth following has introduced a new "combo offer" that will make traditionalists happy — the samosa and chai combo. Of course, since you will be served in china plates by a staff that will take your order in english, you need to shell out Rs 49 for the "experience". Chhotu, who brings you your daily cutting chai in a wire stand, carefully balancing samosas wrapped in an oil-soaked newspaper in the other hand, will surely have a good laugh over this. Chances are, somebody will be served a samosa on this very article.
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India floods kill 34, hundreds of pilgrims stranded DEHRADUN: Flash floods in mountainous northern Indian have killed at least 34 people and left hundreds of Hindu pilgrims stranded, officials said Sunday. Twenty-three workers at a hydroelectric power plant in Uttarakhand state died after water gushed into the facility on Saturday, state disaster management minister Yashpal Arya said. Arya said three fire department personnel died in a riverside village in the state, which is in the Himalayan foothills. “They were washed way from their fire station,” Arya said, adding there had been seven other deaths in the region since the floods began early Saturday after heavy rains. The state’s Uttarkashi district is a popular Hindu pilgrimage site and some 700 pilgrims who were visiting shrines in the area had been stranded by the floods, Arya said. The pilgrims became trapped after the floods wiped out roads, cutting off 80 Uttarkashi villages from the rest of Uttarakhand, he said. Torrential rains on Friday night also hit the nearby state of Himachal Pradesh, drowning a man in his vehicle, washing away several bridges and partly destroying a key highway. AFP
Foreign News 09 Kurd rebels storm Turkey border post, 22 killed ANKARA
URDISH rebels stormed a Turkish army post on the Iraq border Sunday, triggering fighting that killed 22 people in the latest clash since Ankara launched a major offensive against the outlawed PKK. Six soldiers, two village guards and 14 Kurdish rebels were killed following the assault on an army post in a village in the southeastern province of Hakkari, the local governor told the Anatolia news agency. Three of the slain rebels were women, said governor Orhan Alimoglu. Another 15 soldiers, one village guard and five civilians were wounded, according to a statement from the governor’s office cited by Anatolia. The rebels from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) launched simultaneous assaults on three border posts but the casualties occurred at a post in the
village of Gecimli, the private NTV television station reported. It was the deadliest clash since June when fighting between Turkish soldiers and Kurdish rebels left 28 people dead following a similar attack on an army post in the same region. Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay said after Sunday’s attack that Turkey’s fight against “terrorism” would continue. A series of similar assaults against troops in the Kurdish-dominated southeast prompted the army to launch an all-out offensive against PKK bases in the area last month. The Turkish ground and air operation, one of the biggest in years, is focused on the town of Semdinli, in Hakkari province, and NTV television said about 2,000 troops are involved. “A serious and strong operation is under way in Semdinli,” Atalay said last week. The PKK, considered a terrorist organisation by Turkey and much of the interna-
Turkish military units guard gecimli military outpost after attack by kurdish rebels. afp
tional community, took up arms in the southeast in 1984, sparking a conflict that has claimed some 45,000 lives. Turkey’s latest offensive against the PKK comes as Kurds in northern Syria are reported to have taken control of some regions as fighting escalates in the
uprising against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip erdogan has accused Damascus of allowing Kurdish rebels a free hand in the north of the country and warned that Ankara would not hesitate to strike “terrorists”.
China arrests 137 over organ-trafficking
Saudi invites Iran for extraordinary Muslim summit
BEIJING:Chinese police arrested 137 people, among them doctors, suspected of trafficking human organs in a nationwide crime ring that profited from the huge demand for transplants, authorities said. In a sting operation beginning in late July, police pounced across 18 provinces and regions and “rescued” 127 people who had agreed to donate organs to illicit traders, the Ministry of Public Security said. eighteen doctors were among those detained, suspected of performing illegal transplant operations, the ministry said in a report posted on its website late Saturday. “The suspects usually used forged identities to recruit healthy candidates from the Internet and put them under secret confinement separated from the outside world,” it said. The crackdown on traffickers comes after state media reported in April that a teenage highschool student sold a kidney for an illicit transplant operation and used the proceeds to buy an iPhone and iPad. The 17-year-old boy, who was paid 22,000 yuan ($3,500), was recruited from an online chatroom. The Xinhua news agency said at the time the boy was suffering from kidney failure and in deteriorating health. AFP
RIYADH: Saudi King Abdullah invited Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for an extraordinary summit of Muslim leaders to be held this month in the holy city of Mecca, state news agency SPA reported Sunday. The Saudi monarch “sent a written letter to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad inviting him to attend the extraordinary Islamic solidarity meeting which will be held in Mecca” in mid-August, SPA reported. Tensions have been running high between the Sunni-dominated kingdom and Shia Iran as both regional powers had taken opposite stances on the uprisings in Bahrain and Syria. AFP
Ramallah NAM meeting cancelled as Israel bars ministers
DHAkA: Bangladeshi travellers queue to collect tickets at a railway station on Sunday, as Bangladesh Railways starts delivering advance tickets ahead of Eid al-Fitr. afp
‘Qaeda’ suicide bombing kills 45 in south Yemen
A suicide bombing in south Yemen blamed on Al-Qaeda killed 45 people, local officials said on Sunday, as residents voiced fears that a lack of security personnel on the ground will allow the jihadists to return. In the east of the country, meanwhile, a suspected US drone strike late
on Saturday killed five Al-Qaeda militants, a local official said. The bomber struck on Saturday in Jaar, one of a string of towns in Abyan province that were retaken by government troops in June after being held by Al-Qaeda loyalists for more than a year. “An Al-Qaeda suicide bomber detonated his explosives belt during a mourning ceremony organised by the Popular Resistance Committees,” a
local militia that fought alongside the army, said provincial governor Jamal al-Aqal. “Bodies were flying in all directions because the explosion was so powerful,” a witness said. An official at Razi hospital in Jaar said it received the bodies of 24 of those killed, while medics said 12 people had died of their wounds in three hospitals in the main southern city Aden.
Relatives took the bodies of six of the dead directly from the scene of the attack for burial, local official Mohsen bin Jamila told AFP. Later on Sunday, Jamila told AFP that “three of the wounded have succumbed to their wounds,” raising the overall death toll to 45. The wounded were being treated in hospitals in Jaar and Aden. The deputy head of Jaar’s municipal authority held the government at least partially responsible for the attack because of its slowness in deploying police to the town after its recapture by the army. “There is no presence of police in Jaar and other towns of Abyan, while Al-Qaeda militants remain underground,” said Nasser Abdullah Mansari. On Wednesday, an attack by AlQaeda militants on a police station in Jaar killed four soldiers and a civilian. Residents have expressed fears that the jihadists could retake the town. The suspected US drone strike came near the village of Al-Qotn in Hadramawt province, another region where Al-Qaeda has been active.
RAMALLAH: A key meeting of Non-Aligned Movement ministers which was to have taken place in the West Bank on Sunday was cancelled after Israel denied five of them entry, officials said. The ministers were to have attended a two-day meeting of the movement’s Palestine Committee in Ramallah at which they were poised to sign a declaration in support of a fresh Palestinian bid for upgraded UN membership. “After consultation between all the delegations in Amman and the Palestinian leadership, the Ramallah meeting of the Palestine Committee of the Non-Aligned Movement has been cancelled,” a senior Palestinian official told AFP on condition of anonymity. The cancellation came shortly after Israel barred ministers from Malaysia, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Cuba and Algeria from travelling to Ramallah. A senior Israeli official said the ban targeted five countries, which have no diplomatic relations with the Jewish state. “A decision has been taken to bar the diplomatic representatives of several countries which do not recognise Israel from crossing the Israeli borders,” he told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity. Foreign ministers from the 13 countries belonging to NAM’s Palestine Committee were to have signed the so-called “Ramallah Declaration” in support of a Palestinian bid to upgrade their UN status from observer to non-member state. AFP
Israeli drone kills Gazan
GAZA CITY: A Palestinian man was killed and another wounded in an Israeli drone strike on Rafah in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, medics and witnesses said. The men were riding a motorcycle at the time. Palestinian sources named the victim as eid Hijazi, 23, a member of the radical Popular Resistance Committees. The Israeli army, in a statement, confirmed the strike, naming the wounded man as Ahmed Said Ismail, who “was among those responsible for the execution of the terror attack adjacent to the Israel-egypt border, in which an Israeli civilian was killed, on June 18, 2012.” AFP
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the art of the possible ...but only to a measure
e’re on the verge of a milestone in our country’s history. We’re about to have our first peaceful, constitutional transfer of power from one democratically elected government to the next. It is sad that this should happen more than six decades after the creation of the country but it is a milestone nonetheless. even “first world” South Korea could stake a claim to this only as recently as 1998. But what about the PML(Q) government’s term from 2002 to 2008? Surely that was a peaceful transition, barring some instances of violence in the ‘08 election process. True, but not many regard the elections of ‘02 to be fair. With the Punjab bureaucratic machinery running the League’s campaign, and with the spooks intimidating members of the other League to switch sides and even managing to eke out a dozen or so “patriots” from the PPP (tougher cookies any day of the week than the Leagues) it was clear the election was far from ideal. So what all plays out before the elections is of paramount importance if we are to have the semblance of a fair election. election day rigging can be called out. But the wide array weapons in the pre-poll rigging arsenal make countering the allegations a tough deal. Projection is reality. The elections must be seen to be fair. For that, the stakeholders must thrash out a consensus amongst themselves regarding a caretaker setup. As has been reported in this paper, something of the sort is underway between the PPP and the PML(N). The problem, however, is that an understanding between these two parties alone is going to spawn allegation of oligarchy, especially by out-ofparliament parties like the PTI. But then again, what is the moral argument for taking the PTI on board and not, say, the Swabi Qaumi Mahaz? Where does one stop? A consensus on these issues will be tougher to eke from within a large number of parties and easier (only relatively) from a smaller number. In this lies the trade-off. Practicality versus getting everyone (everyone) on board. Before making a call here, the major parties should realise that even if they do take the longer route, it would be next to impossible to keep everyone happy. Just imagine what the PPP and the ANP have to say about the MQM “sweep” of Karachi and parts of Hyderabad. Beyond a particular inclusive point, the main parties have to bite the bullet, bear the inevitable allegations of collusion, and place a system for the caretaker setup.
By Waqqas Mir
t has been quite a week. We have had news of cars running on water — and defamation law suits associated with it. Mr Hamid Mir is now at the centre of a controversy surrounding the laws of physics. Well, stranger things have happened I suppose. The not-so-strange thing is that the Supreme Court has struck down the new contempt legislation as unconstitutional. even though the electronic media did its best to make a big deal of the issue, everyone expected it. The law was flawed in multiple ways. If the purpose behind it was to solve something then it didn’t. If instead the purpose was to buy some time for the new PM? Well the jury is still out on that one. It will not be surprising if the government brings out a different version of the law. Obviously the jaanisars of the apex court will jump on the opportunity to file another petition. That means another case and some more time. This circus could go on. electronic media was also quick to attribute to the Supreme Court the view that the parliament had malafide intentions when passing the new law. The hype, however, soon died since the SCOPAK order does not engage in the detailed analysis of the motivations of the Parliamentarians that the media attributed to the court. Had the Supreme Court said any such thing it would have added fuel to the not-so-silent fire. Margalla Hills and surrounding areas can do without that for now. The electronic media also needs to realize that by focusing on the motivations of the legislators, it is opening a Pandora’s Box. Why does a legislator vote for a particular law? There could be a million reasons. Therefore a judgment by a court or
the media is at best as logical as sitting in front of a crystal ball while trying to explain what made Mr Amir Liaquat arrange his facial hair this way. My point is that you can’t get into people’s heads to decide what motivates them. I might vote for a law because I believe in it or I might vote for a law because I want to please the party chairperson, because I hate the opponents of the law, because I simply don’t care and the word “yes” just sounds more pleasant, because my mom said something, because my best friend loves the law or because I think saying yes now will help a law that I sponsor in the future. Is any of those reasons less valid than the other? How do you decide? If talk of motivations is fair game then the electronic media should have the stomach to accept that people will questions its motivations too. And if a court is willing to get into the motivations of the legislators then, of course, the legislators will question the court’s motivations. We all have them, right? So what do we achieve by debating for hours and hours on “why” you choose something. This society can use a little less of the “why”. A lawyer who was obsessed with why his sister chose to marry a man of her choice recently shot her in a courtroom in the Sindh High Court. The legal fraternity, quite ridiculously, called a strike to protest the contempt of court law but has never even worn black armbands to support the cause of women in this country. I am really confused about what counts as “an issue” in this country. Just come to the lower courts and see the contempt for the system being celebrated each day as lawyers pay off the staff for an “efficient” outcome. Working a corrupt system isn’t an issue and enactment of a law that was clearly going to be struck down is a reason for a holiday (aka strike). But what about the murder of a woman and silence over killings of so many women in this country? Little made sense this week—the car running on water included. Re-reading certain bits of Fukuyama’s latest book The Origins of Political Order depressed me even more. He speaks of tribal culture before a society develops into something more inclusive. But even before tribes he speaks of tied based on kinship and I wonder if that is as far as have we gotten as a society? I am not selling this as an empirical or research based finding of
course — just asking a question. Who your father is and who he knows, who your dada was and where you went for your high school in Lahore clearly matters to people a lot more than your intellect, professional competence or where you were trained. I don’t mind the hot days with no electricity — as long as I know that the work that I put in will bring some reward. But I wonder how many people in this society feel worthless as individuals because they can’t “impress” others with their high school or father’s name/connections? I am very fortunate that even though I did not go to an elite high school (I went to one in Sheikhupura), I can still sell myself as a professional. But it is heart-breaking to see people losing their self-esteem who, because of one reason or the other, didn’t come across the same opportunities that I did. At a medical store, I recently met a young man who was unemployed and had eyes that were empty of hope. He had trained as a pharmacist and couldn’t find a job. He felt betrayed by society thanks to nepotism. What does one tell such people to ensure they don’t lose hope and more importantly self-esteem? Can we blame someone for asking: why should I spend money on my education when the primary thing that defines me is whose son I am and who I know? And if you try to build a name for yourself only because you don’t want your kids to suffer, are you hurting the system or helping your children? And what should matter more? These and other questions, an awful lot of them, trouble me as they trouble many of you. Over the past 18 months or so I have used this space to raising some of those questions here and many of your comments/thoughts have provided the beginnings of promising answers. For that I am grateful to the readers, this paper as well as its ever helpful staff. I will not be writing for this publication as a regular columnist anymore but I am grateful for the opportunity. Let’s keep the conversation alive and let’s focus more on the difficult questions — that we can ask of ourselves and others — rather than easy answers. The writer is a Barrister and has a Masters degree from Harvard Law School. He can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @wordoflaw
Call for an OiC Summit For the status quo or change?
PoliTact By Arif Ansar
audi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal made a surprising and alarming announcement last week. He declared that King Abdullah has called for an emergency session of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) in Mecca from August 14-15. Reportedly, the purpose of the meeting is to discuss critical issues facing the Islamic world. King Abdullah has summoned “an extraordinary Islamic solidarity meeting to ensure... unity during this delicate time as the Muslim world faces dangers of fragmentation and sedition,” Prince Faisal was quoted as saying by the Saudi Press Agency. Given the precarious situation of the Middle east, it certainly is a significant development. However, the news was not picked up and widely reported by the in-
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ternational media. The question firstly is why was the conference summoned at this juncture, around the 27th of Ramadan, and secondly why was the news not considered important. This is only the fourth emergency meeting of OIC since its inception in 1969. The previous special summit was held in 2005 and was presented as a turning point in Islamic history. Its main thrust was to examine and promote the compatibility of Islam in modern times. It advocated political participation, equality and social justice for the masses of the Islamic world and called for studying the political, economic, cultural and scientific challenges. In preparation for the 2005 session, three panels were formulated. One of them studied the political and media issues, the other one looked at the economic, scientific and technological hurdles, while the third one reviewed the Islamic culture, thought and tradition. The panelists provided their astonishing findings in a report. The group on political and media issues noted that the Islamic concept of good governance is “compatible with democracy, equality, freedom, social justice, transparency, accountability, anticorruption and the respect for human rights”. The panel on Islamic culture was highly critical of people who have been passing irresponsible fatwas but are not qualified to do so. Clearly, the panelist failed to see the
distinction between theory and practice, or ‘Qol’ and ‘Fayl’. Moreover, the issue has never been about the compatibility of Islam. The astute and seasoned Saudi royal family, and other leaders that attended, clearly understood what was amiss; it’s the will that seems to be absent. In a couple of years after the 2005 summit, the lack of values such as equality, freedom, social justice, and human rights triggered the revolt on the Arab street. The upcoming 4th emergency meeting of OIC is likely to be another exercise in rhetoric. Talking to Saudi newspaper Okaz, President Zardari, who will be attending the special session, commented, “We hope the emergency summit will not only identify most critical issues facing the Ummah, but also suggest practical ways to address them.” However, there are many issues that can be considered a priority. According to Arab media, OIC’s Secretary-General, ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, met with egyptian President Muhammad Mursi in Cairo on July 21st and discussed the agenda for Mecca Summit. Although not much was disclosed, it must have a lot to do with Syria, Iran and the escalating Shia-Sunni tensions. An invitation has been extended to Iran to attend the summit, which is presently being reviewed by it. Although, the country made clear that it wants Bahrain high on the list. The spokesman for the nations foreign ministry had re-
cently commented, “We will welcome any meeting that brings together Muslim countries and will actively participate in it. But the crises are obvious, and it is also clear which countries are taking interventionist measures. If such a meeting is supposed to be held, resolving the issue of Bahrain” should be on the top of the agenda. The Saudis and the Qataris are both playing with fire by supplying weapons to rebels in Syria with Turkish assistance and western backing. There is a great deal of worry that the tensions over Syria will escalate into a regional conflict, with NATO and GCC countries on the one side and Iran, Syria, Russia and China on the other. This has created an unprecedented situation where Muslim countries, including Pakistan, and others such as India, are being hard pressed to side with one or the other grouping. The emergency session will likely attempt to create unanimity of views against Iran. The emergency session is taking place when the Arab Spring has spread to many countries. Although other than Bahrain, the revolt has so far spared the Gulf countries. Nonetheless, the small riots have continued on and off in eastern Saudi Arabia, amongst the Shia population. Moreover, the activities of Al Qaeda in Yemen and Horn of Africa are progressively more alarming. This situation in the Arab world is not without precedent. Studying the causes of the fall of Ottoman empire,
historian Paul Kennedy reflected on the Shia-Sunni dynamics in his book The Rise and Fall of the Great Empires, “However, across the border the Shia kingdom of Persia under Abbas the Great was quite prepared to ally with european states against the Ottomans, just as France had worked with the ‘infidel’ Turks against the Holy Roman empire” (p.10). It seems the opposite is occurring now, where the Sunni’s are prepared to ally with West to handle the Iranian threat. Fearing each other, Shias and Sunnis have adopted extreme measures that have proven detrimental in the long run. Nonetheless, the present threatening outlook for Saudi Arabia and the Gulf countries is probably the reason behind the call for emergency session. Speaking at the December GCC Summit, King Abdullah while proposing a Gulf union had commented: “History and experience have taught us not to stop and watch the status quo as whoever follows such a behavior will find himself in the end of the queue facing loss and weakness….” Ironically, preserving the status quo is exactly what the special session may strive for. And, in this sense, it hardly represents a break from the past. The writer is the chief analyst for PoliTact (www.PoliTact.com and http:twitter.com/politact) and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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two extremes A jury in London has sentenced Pakistani parents to life in prison for murdering their 17-year old daughter, Shafilea. Both the parents – Iftikhar and Farzana, are from a village in Pakistani Punjab. Iftikhar immigrated to the UK in 1960s. Shafilea was brought up in the UK but her parents always pressurized her not to adapt Western culture. She was forced to marry a relative back in Pakistan wherein she drank bleach chemical as protest. Her eventful life came to an end in 2003 when she was suffocated to death by her parents. Her younger sister, Alesha, who was 12 at the time of murder, testified against her parents. By doing so, this high profile drama, which had gripped the UK Muslim community for the past many years, came to an end. We may discuss separately whether Shafilea’s parents were right or wrong in enforcing several restrictions on her which were in conflict with the culture and environment she was raised in. My question to all such parents (who are not ready to accept that they either they have to integrate with the adapted country’ culture and values or face an isolated life full of contradictions) is why did they immigrate to the West in the first place? More or less, every other immigrant family from Muslim Asia faces the same issue as Shafilea’s patents did, squeezing the children between two cultures, forcing them to live ‘a rural Pakistani life’ while in the West; is it not better they stay back in their home countries and bring up the children per their cultural and family values. The other extreme is equally dangerous wherein some young Muslims in the West are entrapped by extremist organizations. These young recruits end up destroying their own lives, lives of their parents and friends, staining the name of their country of origin. Can’t there be a middle way, away from these two extremes? MASOOD KHAN Saudi Arabia
this car runs on hot air Man has been searching for a source of free energy for a century now. ever since the industrial revolution, energy requirements and costs have become a very important factor in the success of any nation. I guess it should be taken as a positive sign that the search of free energy has also caught the imagination of the general public in Pakistan. It all started when a university student from Swat reported in the newspapers, of finding a way to convert water into hydrogen fuel. A team of Pakistani engineers and scientists soon visited this student to review his research. They invited him to demonstrate this process at a meeting at Pakistan engineering
Council and to other government dignitaries. Soon after his demonstration in Islamabad, a number of engineers started reporting to TV channels on how they had developed a similar technology called “Hydrogen Kit” that can convert water into fuel for cars. And soon enough there were reports of these people selling these kits for Rs 10,000. even more shocking is the fact that few engineers or scientists of Pakistan have so far rubbished this technology. even the journalist reporting this news, sensationalized incorrect amazing facts, like getting 1500 KM to a liter of water fuel, but not a single journalist tried to understanding the scientific working of this technology.
on the contempt law verdict The SC has struck down the Contempt of Court Act 2012 for being unconstitutional and illegal. The new law was made to protect the PM from meeting the same fate as his predecessors. Although the Attorney General alleged that the decision of SC convicting Yousaf Raza Gilani using the Contempt Ordinance of 2003 was not approved by the parliament and hence the SC’s verdict was not legal. Now the important question is how the clash between the SC and executive can be avoided? The SC considers the constitution as supreme while the president and executive consider parliament as supreme with the right and role of making laws. Therefore, the government has decided to pass a new contempt of court law. Why are the government and judiciary not prepared to understand that their power struggles are not doing anything for the people’s welfare? Why are they not able to reach a compromise? The government wants to make laws to protect the PM’s unchallenged power and the judiciary wants to retain unchallenged power to interpret the constitutions and decide which law is good or bad for the people. What about the accountability of judges for their decisions? Should they be holy cows like army generals? Why are they only to be judged by the Supreme Judicial Council which is headed by the CJ himself? The majority of the people of Pakistan are not interested in legal complexities. They just want their basic needs to be met - they are fed up of the exploitation by the ruling elite. They want cheap and speedy justice which they are not getting. They wonder why those in a position of authority are only interested in becoming more powerful. Which state institution can claim that it is only working for the welfare of the people? S T HUSSAIN Lahore (II) As anticipated, the Supreme Court of Pakistan has declared the Contempt of Court Act 2012
If these engineers, scientists or journalists would have researched even a little, they would have found out that these hydrogen engines have been around since 1935. and these engines are nothing but a scam. Because they use energy (as electricity for electrolysis) equal to the amount of energy produced as Hydrogen gas. Therefore the net benefit or energy production is zero for such kits or engines. There is no free source of energy except the sun. If there were any such technology, it would have been developed by now. Just like the renewable sources of wind, waves and solar heat have been developed. Therefore, I would like to request
unconstitutional and void and has revived the Contempt of Court Ordinance, 2003 with effect from July 12, the day when the new law was enforced with all consequences. It is the job of the parliament to make laws that best suit the interests of the people but is its job to pass legislation that entirely focuses on political strategies that best suit those being elected and not those who elect them. What we saw in case of the contempt law was subjective and absolute loyalty to the individual and party rather then the objective loyalty to the people of Pakistan. The decision by the Supreme Court was expected. I am sure this decision will be popular and appreciated by all law abiding citizens, lawyers and civil society. It is an accepted norm that any disagreement or conflict arising out due to certain clauses of constitution the final authority to interpret lies with the apex court and can not be challenged. Supreme Court benches are not made to suit or serve the rulers but to protect the constitution and ensure the rule of law. To start with, it was not right to appoint a controversial figure as the prime minister of Pakistan. This choice was not even popular within the party and the people of the country. How can a person who failed to deliver at the lower tier of management be elevated to higher pedestal? This decision will definitely cast dark shadows on the one issue that the PPP seems not to budge on: the holding of early elections. Our current PM is likely to be shown the door. It will be unfair on part of the government to appoint another PM. It is hoped that better sense will prevail and the government will appoint an interim setup and give call for early elections. Now it is for the government to follow the constitutional course of action and not involve itself in an unnecessary confrontation. It is also true that we can not keep changing PMs in the name of democracy; we have to demonstrate better political acumen in choosing the best option to ensure that the system does not suffer. MUKHTAR AHMED Karachi
the media to stop sensationalizing such news items. I would also like to warn the public about investing in hydrogen kits or engines, as these are nothing but a scam. In the end, I would like to request the Pakistan engineering Council (PeC) to take action against all such engineers that have been trying to sell such kits to the public. The PeC and other such scientific organizations need to encourage a culture of research and should be investigating such claims themselves in a scientific method. It is saddening to see the state science and scientific research has been reduced to. ENGR SHAHRYAR KHAN BASEER Peshawar
discrimination against retirees The government has enhanced the orderly allowance admissible to serving senior civil servants ( BS 20 to BS 22) from Rs 3000 to Rs 7000 w.e.f. first of July, at par with revised minimum wage of a laborer. The orderly allowance is also paid to retired civil servants as part of the pension package. However, the finance division notification dated 16 June, 2012 does not include the retired category of civil servants as beneficiary. I don’t know whether it is an oversight or a deliberate decision of the finance division to deny the increase in orderly allowance to pensioners. The number of entitled pensioners is not very large; therefore, the increase would not be a burden on the pension fund. Moreover, it is their constitutional right to be treated at par with serving civil servants in the matter of orderly allowance. The finance minister is requested to kindly look into this discriminatory decision of the finance division. ASGHAR MAHMOOD Islamabad
the independence day The enthusiasm and interest begins to grow among youth and children as the date 14th August, the Independence Day of Pakistan, comes closer. The business of making national flags and the trend of hoisting these flags on the roofs, roads and streets is a common practice these days. However, we as a nation have forgotten the actual motto behind the creation of Pakistan which was solely and unquestionably the implementation of Islamic laws and establishing a true Islamic state in this part of land, for which hundreds of thousands of immigrants gave their lives. In order to make it worthy, we ought to initiate some rational and practical steps instead of waving and decorating the houses with flags. Posting greeting messages on Facebook and Twitter surely won’t do anything for us. SYED HASSAM AHMED Karachi
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12 which celebrity would you trust your children with? with constant media scrutiny on every parenting decision they make, celebrities who are dads definitely have it tough. Here's an unoﬃcial list of top western celebrity dads
nick jonas being considered as american idol judge
iCK Jonas has confirmed that he is being considered to be an american idol judge, he tweeted on Saturday night: “the rumors are true… i am being considered to be a judge on american idol, and it would be a dream come true if it happens. #nickonidol“ this move might actually help idol’s slump in ratings, the Jonas Brothers have a big ‘tween’ following and that might boost ratings. idol has already signed Mariah Carey on as a judge after inking an $18 million deal. Nick is the youngest of the three Jonas brothers, his older brothers, Joe and Kevin, have also landed their own tV deals on the Choice and Married to Jonas.NEWS DESk
joHnny depp The wild Hollywood rebel known for his eclectic (and often weird) roles is surprisingly protective and caring of his children, daughter Lily-Rose and son Jack, from girlfriend Vanessa Paradis. Choosing to raise them in the healthy French countryside, Depp even 'wears' their names as tattoos.
Recently, more than 2000 mothers across the UK voted in a poll to vote in Andre as the father of the year. Describing himself as "over the moon", the pop star did confess to having wanted this kind of recognition. "For the last couple of years I've been saying that if there's any kind of award I could win it would be dad of the year," he has revealed.
timberlake and jessica Biel to marry at exclusive ski resort
UStiN timberlake and Jessica Biel are reportedly planning to wed "away from the hustle and bustle of Hollywood." the couple became engaged in December 2011. according to Celebuzz, the pair is hoping to have a private ceremony at the Yellowstone Club resort in Montana. Justin owns property at the gorgeous, exclusive ski and golf resort. the lovebirds visit often and the place is very special to them. "they have vacationed there many times before both in summer and winter and absolutely adore the location," a source told the website. "it's away from the hustle and bustle of Hollywood and its just beautiful there." the pair is rumored to be getting married at the end of this month. NEWS DESk
Kate and prince william get casual for olympic finals
ate Middleton and Prince William got animated in the stands at the Olympics in London on Saturday. they joined British Prime Minister David Cameron to watch team GB take home gold in the men's 10,000-meter track event. the win brings Britain's medal count up to 29, behind China's 53 and the USa's 54. Kate and William have been at multiple events since the Games kicked off last week with the opening ceremonies, and they've been showing lots of emotion in the crowd. Kate and William embraced during a track cycling competition, and Kate covered her eyes while watching the swimming finals on Friday. COURTESy TOI
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On the 50th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe's death, her niece recalls the bubbly teenage visitor she came to adore Little Mona stood to ¬attention, ready to have her first picture taken by the fun-loving young aunt she had only just met. Then the fiveyear-old bit her lip nervously as the teenage beauty with tumbling chestnut locks lowered her camera, sighed and walked towards her smiling. “Don’t stand straight,” 18-year-old Norma Jean Dougherty gently told her. “Tilt your head to the side, make a silly smile. Bend one knee so you look a little curvy... there you go honey – that’s cute.” And as the camera clicked it ¬captured the outline of a pose her 18-year-old aunt would go on to make famous years later – as a Hollywood legend with a new hair color and a new name. Now, 50 years to the day since Marilyn Monroe’s death, 73-year-old Mona Rae Miracle lifts the lid on her memories of her famous relative. She tells of her own theory on the glamorous star’s mystery death at 36, found naked on her bed, and how Marilyn had been planning to remarry just before she died. Mona even reveals the real reason why the aunt who loved dressing her up and painting her nails changed her hair to become the world-famous Blonde Bombshell. Icon: But Mona knew a different side of Marilyn But her earliest recollections of the fragile, bubbly Norma Jean are the ones she cherishes most. “I was just five when we met,” says Mona, who now lives in North Carolina in the US. “I remember she smelled good and gave me lots of hugs when we went to the station in Detroit to meet her.” Her mum Bernice , then 24, was herself only meeting her sister for the first time – they had been raised separately by foster parents because their mother
Gladys suffered from mental illness. “Mother knew her right away,” recalls Mona. “Norma Jean told me she was very pleased to meet me and I could tell she really was. She loved children. She would tumble about on the grass with us and the dogs and just loved it.” It was the start of a warm bond between Mona and her aunt, just 14 years her senior. “She was tons of fun,” says Mona. “She could really appreciate a good joke – she was a prankster.” And the fun-loving pair ¬enjoyed playing dress up. “One time she came to visit and I said to her: ‘I want to be pretty like you’. So she painted my fingernails with her scarlet nail polish. “She certainly wasn’t the dumb blonde she made out to be. She was intelligent and loved reading.” And when the young woman Mona idolized became a starlet with movie studio Twentieth Century Fox, that desire only intensified, even though her aunt’s new hairdo puzzled her at first when she and Bernice went to visit her in California. “I said to her: ‘Aunt Norma Jean, your hair is blonde now’,” says Mona. “She told me the head of her ¬modeling agency had told her she should do it because blonde hair looked good in any light.’ Marilyn even sent young Mona the dress she wore for her first ¬wedding to sweetheart Jimmy ¬Dougherty when she was just 16. As Mona grew up, she turned to her aunt for advice about boys. “She would tell me: ‘Just be yourself. Don’t pretend,” she said But Marilyn’s own love life was a disaster. After her divorce from Jimmy, came failed marriages to baseball star Joe DiMaggio and playwright Arthur Miller. When she was found dead of an overdose of barbiturates at
her home in August 1962, her niece was devastated. “I was 22 and in my first year of teaching. I went straight to the chapel and fell to my knees,” recalls Mona.. “But I do not
subscribe to any of these murder or suicide theories or even her supposed affair with President Kennedy. None of it is true. It was an accident.” “And I know she was planning on remarrying Joe. He really was the love of her life. They knew what they wanted out of life at that point and they could have made it work. “It’s so sad she never became a mother. She would have been -wonderful.” Ironically, while rich and famous Marilyn’s life was cut short, her sister hard-up housewife Bernice is still alive at 93. “Mother was just as beautiful as Marilyn – and she is still very beautiful,” says Mona Rae. Mona Rae is still proud, 50 years on, that her famous aunt is remembered with such affection. newS DeSk
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The Academy Award-winning screenwriter and actor plays loving father to Alexia, wife Luciana's daughter from a previous marriage, and Isabella, the couple's first child. A second child is also on the way.
If there ever is an Academy Award for the best performance as a father, Pitt would be nominated, simply for his parenting style. Pitt, already father to four kids, Maddox, Pax, Zahara, and Shiloh, is keenly awaiting the birth of the twins wife Angelina Jolie is carrying.
eLL, that's one way to celebrate. Serena Williams couldn't help but let loose after taking home her first singles gold medal at the London Olympics, screaming and dancing on the court after defeating Maria Sharapova. and we can't say we blame her. Williams became the second woman ever to achieve a career Golden Slam—winning all four of tennis' Grand Slam titles (the australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open), plus an Olympic gold medal— and the first player to achieve a Golden Slam in both singles and doubles. the term "Golden Slam" was first established back in 1988, when Steffi Graf won all four Slam singles tournaments and the singles gold medal at the Olympics that same year—and she remains the only tennis player, male or female, ever to achieve that feat. NEWS DESk
Even Beckham's worst detractors in the media cannot fault the handsome football champion for his parenting skills. Praised by everyone as a model dad, Beckham is also known to be a devoted father to his sons, Brooklyn, Romeo, and Cruz.
The acclaimed actor is a complete family man, happiest when he is with his wife and kids. The doting dad has even shared the screen with his kids: son Jaden has acted with him in The Pursuit of Happyness and daughter Willow in I Am Legend. Treyball Development Inc., the Beverly Hills-based company that Smith co-owns with his brother, is named after his first son, Trey.
'playmate' sherlyn Chopra considers herself pioneer for sexual freedom in india The first Indian woman to pose naked for Playboy magazine says she is proud to have "pushed the envelope" in a country where public nudity in any form remains largely taboo. Minor Bollywood actress Sherlyn Chopra, 28, will feature in a nude spread in the November issue of Playboy magazine, although her Indian fans will be hard pushed to get hold of a copy. Playboy, along with a host of other foreign "adult" magazines, is banned in India, which has strict obscenity laws proscribing any public act or published material deemed to be "lascivious or appealing to prurient interests." News that Chopra has become India's first "Playmate" caused quite a stir, fuelled by Chopra herself posting nude out-take pictures from the Playboy shoot on the microblogging site Twitter. As well as some inevitably lascivious and prurient responses, many Indian Twitter users criticized her decision and accused her of a desperate publicity stunt to further her acting career. She had written to Playboy herself expressing an interest in posing. Her labeling as a "Bollywood legend" on the Playboy website was widely mocked in India, and Chopra admitted it was a "surreal" tag. "I know that I'm just a girl with big dreams," she said. Indian writers, actors and artists who have sought to push the
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boundaries of traditional Indian morals have sometimes found themselves targeted by conservative religious groups, but Chopra appeared unworried at the prospect of a backlash. "The moral guardians have never done any real good to me or the society at large," she said, adding: "So let them do whatever they are good at while I do what I truly enjoy." The publicity generated by Chopra's shoot has been overshadowed in recent days by the release of what has been billed as one of India's raunchiest mainstream movies, Jism 2. Real-life adult film star Sunny Leone- born in India to Canadian parents- plays a porn actress in the movie, which has stirred controversy with its provocative publicity material and content. The mayor of Mumbai, Sunil Prabhu, ordered the removal of promotional posters for the film from public buses in India's entertainment capital after a local legislator complained the image used was obscene. newS DeSk
witherspoon lends pattinson a shoulder to cry on
eeSe Witherspoon reached out to robert Pattinson when he was left heartbroken by Kristen Stewart. She went through the same phase after allegedly being cheated on by former hubby ryan Phillippe, and did not want the twilight star to feel the same way. according to a source close to the 26-year-old actor, Witherspoon has always looked at Pattinson like a little brother, and the fact that she could relate to what he was going through prompted her to give him a place to stay and a shoulder to cry on. “reese went through a very public cheating scandal herself when ryan Phillippe went outside their marriage and hooked up with abbie Cornish, so her first thought when she heard about Kristen and rob was to reach out to him and make sure he was okay,” radar Online quote a source as saying. NEWS DESk
jennifer lopez reconsidering relationship with Casper smart
eNNiFer Lopez is taking time to think about her relationship with Casper Smart, who was photographed leaving a peep show just one day before her 43rd birthday. Sources are saying the couple has not split but these photos have shaken her up. Jennifer and Casper began dating last autumn, just a few months after her sevenyear marriage to Marc anthony ended in July 2011. the first leg of J. Lo’s tour with iglesias ends at the end of august in Miami, and the second european leg, begins in Portugal in early October. “Casper will most likely be sent packing when the tour ends in Miami. Jen admits that she fell for Casper and that he was exactly what she needed at the time to help get over her painful split with Marc, but she is just ready to move on now,” sources say. NEWS DESk
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Infotainment 14 6 images that mattered 1. North Carolina December 17, 1903
3. Vietnam february 1, 1968
5. Sudan 1994
The Wright brothers' first flight. Wilbur was running alongside the plane; Orville was flying it. No one would have believed their achievement if it hadn't been photographed.
eddie Adams snapped Nguyen Ngoc Loan executing Viet Cong Captain Nguyen Van Lem. The picture turned the public against the war.
2. Tiananmen Square protest by Jeff widener, 1989
4. Nagasaki August 9, 1945
Kevin Carter shot this Pulitzer Prize-winner of a child crawling to a UN food camp half a mile away in Sedan. Depressed, Carter committed suicide three months after taking this picture. The image brought the Sudan tragedy to the world.
The government sent tanks to brutally kill hundreds of workers, students and children in a crackdown on the protest at Tiananmen Square. A small, unknown, unexceptional figure stood bravely in protest in front of the tanks. As TIMe magazine reported it, he "revived the world's image of courage". It is when history disguises itself as allegory that the camera writes it best.
The US Air Force took this photo of a mush-
room cloud caused by its atomic bomb, Fat Man. It, along with another bomb dropped on Hiroshima, caused 150,000 deaths. The public had never seen an atomic bomb's destruction before, and this picture made the world fearful of another World War.
6. Abu Gharib Prison 2004 Horrific pictures taken by the US Army were
3D technology that might be an integrate part of the S III. Some other reports however suggest that the S III will sport a 1.8GHz, dual core processor embellished with a 4.65-inch Super AMOLeD capacitive touch screen.
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It will be interesting to see canon 5D with the features from the list below. The rumored specifications of this camera are DIGIC 4 image processor, 4:2:2 video range, full frame sensor with dust reduction system, No RAW0, resolution of 5616×3744 pixels (21 megapixels), OLeD screen and extended battery Life (1800mAh LPe6 battery).
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Apple is likely to ship the 'iPad 3' in March and 'iPad 4' in October, according to reports attributed to component makers in Taiwan. Apple will ship the so-called 'iPad 3' with a full HD display in March and then 'iPad 4' -- named so by its component suppliers -- with killer applications in October, according to industry sources in Taiwan. The iPad 3 will come with a QXGA (1,536 X 2,048 pixels) display and longer battery life although its other hardware specifications may not be so amazing as expected, said these sources. The 9.7-inch iPad 4 is expected to come with much upgraded hardware specifications and integrated applications so as to compete with an array of Android, Wintel or WoA (Windows on ARM)-based tablet PCs to be released in the fourth quarter. Sony is all set for the launch of its Play Station Vita with quad-core graphics processor. It will have touch controls as well as dual analogue sticks. Check out the official site for more info on Sony Vita.
sex doll slows traffic at crosswalk in China
HY settle for a boring-old stop sign when you have a highly realistic sex doll on hand? An unidentified elderly woman was getting fed up with drivers speeding past a crosswalk near her home in China, according to Car News China's interpretation of Chineselanguage newspaper Tiexue. Local cops offered little help, so the resourceful granny tried slowing down drivers with the aid of a strategically positioned inflatable girlfriend. She tied the counterfeit cutie to a tree next to the crosswalk, apparently hoping that rubbernecking motorists would slow down at the sight. Based on the photo, her tactic worked in at least one case. MSNBC
man texts, 'i need to quit texting,' before driving into ravine
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Samsung Galaxy S III will have quad-core processor, Ice Cream Sandwich, 720p screen and
eLGIUM Nemo 33 is the deepest indoor pool with a maximum depth of 33 meters. Pool is used for instructions on how to dive. Divers can explore underwater caves in the system, but due to the fact that Nemo 33 is constantly warm at a temperature of 35.5 degrees, they do not even need wetsuits. Nemo 33 is exciting and exhilarating as well as safe for man and nature center. There complex consist of 2 pools, first the small depth, 1.3 to 2.5 meters and second, there are three so-called “wells”: 5, 10 and 33 meters. Water filtration is controlled by computer, which, for example, will not tolerate any smell of chlorine. The owners of Nemo 33 claim that their object is totally non-polluting. ATLASOBSCURA
unveiled in The New Yorker and in a 60 Minutes episode. They showed American soldiers torturing Iraq prisoners. After the images were made public, 17 American soldiers were removed from duty; 11 were convicted and dishonorably discharged. The pictures showed Americas' hypocrisy; their soldiers were as inhumane as those they were fighting in the War on Terror. COURTESy TELEgRAPH
5 amazing gadgets to be looked out in 2012 1. Apple Ipad 3 / Ipad 4
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After Android tablet we will see Windows 8 tablet PC in 2012. Samsung and HP will be the first movers to showcase a Windows 8-based tablet PC which will use the 'Metro' interface on tablets that presently enriches the user experience used on Windows Phone 7. NEWS DESk
BOUT six months ago, Chance Bothe typed out a text message while driving down a familiar Texas road. It was a simple "b right there," but it changed the 21-year-old man's life. While sending it, he veered off the road and into a ravine. Instead of visiting his pal, the young man wound up in a hospital, battling for his life. even more chilling was a message he'd written in the moments prior to that: "I need to quit texting, because I could die in a car accident," he'd typed. Luckily for him, the prophecy was only partly right. Based on what his family managed to piece together later, the young man had been texting his childhood friend throughout the drive. COURTESy ABC NEWS
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Pakistan survive the South African scare Victorious by 5-4, next is Australia LONDON
T was a goal-fest from the word go and it stayed that way till the very fag end, with the winner and loser separated by the odd goal from nine. If Pakistan had come into the game to give a spanking to South Africa, the last qualifier and the lowest ranked of the entire dozen in action here, South Africa too had its own plans and ambitions to eke out their first win in this tournament. With six minutes to go, they may have had a feeling of being there. But a repeat of the last World Cup and the Commonwealth Games Pakistan did not allow the eventually drained and inconsolable South Africans. Two goals in the last three minutes took them to a narrow 5-4 win, and the Team Pakistan’s sigh of relief was loud enough to nearly break the sound barrier. The victory, only their second here in four games, means that they hang in there, albeit by the skin of their teeth. If the permutations come right for them, they might even qualify for the semis, though prospects of that coming to pass indeed are remote. Finishing third and getting into the playoffs for the 5th-6th slot seems a more realistic objective. Such has been Pakistan’s plight in the last few years that it has slipped out of reckoning for the annual FIH event that it had created – the Champions Trophy. Given the circumstances, ending the Games in the top half shall at the least ensure qualification for that, keeping Team Pakistan abreast of the best in the global hockey. Despite rain pelting down hard and throughout the game, making the condi-
Saudi female athlete's father to act against insults RIYADH: The father of the first ever Saudi female to compete at the Olympic Games has vowed to sue those who insulted his daughter for challenging strict traditions that prevented women from participating. The father of Wojdan Shaherkani, who stole the limelight at the London Olympics despite lasting only 82 seconds on the mat before being defeated, told Al-Sharq daily that he wrote to the interior minister with copies of insults made on the Twitter microblogging website. "I have sent an urgent letter to the Minister of Interior Prince Ahmed bin Nayef bin Abdul Aziz with copies of all attacks made on Twitter," said Ali Seraj Shaherkani. A lawyer has been hired to sue those who attacked his daughter, he said. The judo international referee said he had no problem with those who criticised the performance of his teenage daughter, who despite being swiftly beaten by Puerto Rico's Melissa Mojica left the stadium to a standing ovation. It is the first time the ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom sends women to the Olympics, and Shaherkani was almost kept out after the international federation for judo said she could not wear the Islamic hijab head cover. The 16-year-old judoist eventually took part wearing a swimming cap to cover her hair, but that still did not impress Saudi conservatives who oppose relaxing constraints on women. "You do not represent the chaste Muslim woman," wrote Mohammed al-Barrak, a lecturer at Umm Al-Qura University in Mecca, on his Twitter page. But most tweeters hailed Shaherkani's courage. Others started a hashtag deploring racist comments on Twitter targeted at Shaherkani over her Asian origins. AFP
tions difficult and the ground heavy and waterlogged, it was surprisingly a game played at a very fast clip. Pakistan were set back very early, in the second minute through a field goal at Thornton McDade. That provided South Africans, a team high on spirit and camaraderie, the spur to attack. South Africa’s relentlessness gave Pakistan the jolt from which they took time to recover. Midway through the half though, Pakistani forwards did start stringing together some moves up-front, and Haseem Khan brought things to even keel in the 20th minute from a lovely opportunistic conversion from a field attempt. In a couple of minutes, South Africa again got into the lead with Justin ReidRoss, their short corner expert, making his presence felt. But now moving fluently and creating space deep around the South African goal, Pakistan scored twice in three minutes through Shafqat Rasool and Haseem Khan to lead 3-2 in the 25th minute. With half time looming, ReidRoss denied them the satisfaction of going into the break with a lead with another penalty corner conversion. Three minutes into the second half South Africa got its fourth goal and it was jitters time for Pakistan. Despite creating opportunities thick and fast, the equalizer was not being found. There were nearmisses galore, Shakeel Abbasi letting two go abegging, unable to slot one home with the ‘keeper out of the way and an open goal at his mercy, while Shafqat Rasool botched yet another. With time running out fast, Pakistan got its last short corner out of four, and Sohail Abbas scooped it high and handsome to the right of the ‘keeper. Pakistan had found the equalizer. Three minutes later Waseem Ahmad, the veteran midfielder
london: waseem Abbas (r) of Pakistan celebrates after a goal against South Africa during the hockey preliminary round match at the riverbank Arena during the london 2012 olympic games. afp on the wrong side of thirties, found space and the urge to run with the ball right up, was thwarted, but his attempt on the rebound found the board to save his team’s blushes. Pakistan was not to be denied its three points. A win is a win. There is no contesting that, but it quite often glosses over flaws and fragility. Pakistan has its share of problems in most areas, most gravely in a relatively inexperienced Imran Shah
under the bar and its senior forwards not proving worth their salt. Nothing proves it more conclusively than a look at the stats: five goals out of 20 clear shots at the goal, four from 16 the ratio from the field (South Africa four out of 10, and two out of seven); short corner one out of four to South Africa’s two out of three. And the Aussies – the next, quite imposing challenge – on Tuesday shall ask question to bring these shortcomings to
Sprint kings centre-stage for 100m shoot-out LONDON AFP
The race to be crowned world's fastest man takes centre stage at the Olympics on Sunday as Usain Bolt bids to defend his 100m title in what is being billed as potentially the quickest race in history. After an electrifying "Super Saturday," Bolt and his rivals for the blue riband event of track and field are poised to serve up more pyrotechnics as 80,000 fans pack the Olympic Stadium. Barring major surprises, the starting line-up for the 9.50pm (0850 GMT) showpiece could feature five men who have clocked a blistering 9.8sec or faster, including world record holder Bolt. The Jamaican defending champion strolled through his opening heat on Saturday, but faces a menacing threat to his supremacy from compatriot and world champion Yohan Blake. With former world record holder Asafa Powell and American duo Tyson Gay and Justin Gatlin in the field, the stage is set for a classic sprint duel. "I am the Olympic champion and I have to show the world I am the best," Bolt, 25, in a bullish eve-of-Games statement of intent. Sunday's athletics programme kicks off with the women's marathon at 11:00 am, starting and finishing in the Mall in central London, near Buckingham Palace, and taking in many of the city's most famous landmarks. The powerful Kenyan team features 2011 world champion edna Kiplagat, last year's world silver medallist Priscah Jeptoo and Mary Keitany, the fastest woman in the world this year.
The Kenyans are also hot favourites to continue their dominance in the men's 3000m steeplechase, a race they have won in every Olympics dating all the way back to Los Angeles in 1984. A total of 23 medals will be decided on Day 9 of the Games, where other highlights include the men's singles tennis final at Wimbledon between world number one Roger Federer and British hope Andy Murray. Murray will attempt to add to Britain's burgeoning gold medal haul barely one month after losing to Federer on Centre Court in the final at Wimble-
don. The Scotsman also has the opportunity to win two golds in one day when he partners Laura Robson in the mixed doubles final later Sunday. "In tennis we're used to thinking the next week we have another chance. But with the Olympics you're not guaranteed another chance," said Murray. The final two medals in one of the Olympics other racquet sports, badminton, will be decided when China's world number one Lin Dan faces Malaysian rival Lee Chong Wei in the latest instalment of their long rivalry. In men's and women's artistic gymnastics, the apparatus finals for men's floor and pommel horse take place either side of the women's vault. elsewhere, women's boxing will make its debut in Olympic competition with the opening bouts in the women's flyweight and lightweight categories. Meanwhile, delirious British newspapers hailed the country's greatest ever day at the Olympics, with heptathlete Jessica ennis featuring as the poster girl on all the front pages. Red, white and blue were the colours splashed all over the host nation's press as it went into a patriotic frenzy over the six gold medals the British team won on Saturday, including three in athletics. The Sun tabloid called the gold medallists "The Six Pack", with the headline next to a picture of ennis showing what it called her "washboard stomach". "Our finest Olympic hour" was the headline in The Sunday Times, which featured a special souvenir cover wrap consisting of a giant photograph of a beaming ennis with her arms raised in triumph.
sharp relief. Yet Akhtar Rasool, the manager/chief coach expected his team to be a match to the aggressive Aussies. That is not really impossible, but Pakistan shall not just have to be on top of their game, they’d need to be mentally strong as well. If they played as if there is no tomorrow, maybe they can after all upset the Aussies and give a real headache to the stats guys to work out on who goes to the semis.
ennis, Farah cap golden day for Britain LONDON: Great Britain won six gold medals and a silver on Saturday, capped by triumphs for poster girl Jessica ennis and runner Mo Farah to make it their most successful day at a Games for 104 years. The host nation could barely believe its luck as the rowers started the gold rush in the men's four and the women's lightweight double sculls. Then the women's team pursuiters added to the British dominance of the Velodrome with another track cycling gold, setting the scene for a remarkable night of athletics in front of 80,000 spectators in the Olympic Stadium. The photogenic ennis has been under more pressure than anyone going into the Games, carrying the hopes of a nation and appearing on a thousand magazine covers. The heptathlete did not disappoint, building up such a lead in the heptathlon that she did not even need to win her race in the last of her seven events, the 800m. But as the stadium rose to its feet, ennis unleashed a sprint finish to cross the line first and threw her arms in the air as her face broke into a look caught between pain and joy. "I just had to give it everything at the end," ennis, 26, said. "I just thought I'm only going to have one moment to do this in front of a home crowd like this in London." The congratulations rolled in immediately, with Prime Minister David Cameron tweeting: "Awe inspiring win for Jessica ennis. Proud to be cheering her on with the home crowd." Chris Hoy, who won his fifth cycling gold on Tuesday, joined the chorus, tweeting: "That's how to do it!! Finish the job in style! Just superb J-ennis !!!!" Denise Lewis, who herself won heptathlon gold for Britain in 2000, said ennis was "by far one of the most popular athletes we've seen in a very long time" -- she dominated Sunday's front pages. Almost unnoticed, Britain then grabbed a gold that few had predicted as Greg Rutherford won the long jump with a leap of 8.31m. AFP
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Wasim Akram offers to train young Pakistan pacers LAHORE
ORMeR Pakistan captain Wasim Akram has offered his services to train and groom young pacers in the country if the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is willing to utilise his services. "I have always said that I am available to work with the young bowlers in Pakistan but due to my busy schedule I can't do this full time. But whenever I am in Pakistan I am available to coach and groom the youngsters," he said at the Moin Khan Academy. The PCB recently said it wanted Akram to work as a bowling consultant with them and the former fast bowler also said that Pakistan had a bright future in the pace department as there was lot of talent available in the country. "There is no dearth of talent in Pakistan, it only has to be scouted and groomed properly. And I am willing to do that because I would like to work
Pietersen batted like lara - donald LEEDS AFP
Former South African fast bowling great Allan Donald compared Kevin Pietersen to West Indian legend Brian Lara after the england batsman hit his team back into the game with a spectacular century on the third day of the second Test at Headingley on Saturday. Pietersen launched a savage assault after tea, hitting 149 not out as england reached 351 for five at the close, 68 behind South Africa's first innings total of 419. "He played seriously well," said Donald, South Africa's bowling coach. "It reminds me of when I ran into Brian Lara, something in the category of a bit of a genius to play knocks like that." Pietersen said his last two centuries, one in extreme heat against Sri Lanka in Colombo and Saturday's 212-ball effort, were the best two of his Test career. "Today was against an unbelievable bowling attack that keeps coming at you and never gives in. To get runs against that attack is something I will always cherish." On a day when fortunes turned dramatically against them in an extended afternoon session, South Africa suffered a further blow shortly before the close when captain Graeme Smith had to be helped from the field after injuring his left knee in chasing a ball to the boundary.
with youngsters and train them." Akram, who has worked as bowling consultant with the Kolkata Knight Riders in the last IPL edition, also felt that the present crop of Pakistani pacers needed to define a clear role for themselves in the national team. "I don't think Umar Gul is a spent force. He is a quality bowler. His main problem is that he is unable to define a role for himself in the team. He is unable to adjust his bowling according to the different formats of the game. "He is bowling the same in Tests and the same in Twenty20 and that is hurting his performance," Wasim said. Stating that Test cricket was the ultimate test for a bowler, Akram said, "The bowlers will have to realise that Test cricket is still the ultimate test for any bowler. Unless you are successful in this format you can't be really be regarded as world class." Akram said that with the rapid popularity of T20 cricket and the expansion of foreign leagues and international matches, the bowlers now needed to
work harder to perform in every format. "Nowadays cricket is very different from what it was in my days. Today there is so much professionalism and top class facilities for the players." Meanwhile, the former great also welcomed the resumption of Indo-Pak bilateral cricket ties. "I frequently go to India and I know for a fact that the Indian people are as keen as we are for the bilateral series to resume as soon as possible. So it is a good thing that India has invited us to play in India this year." Akram said that resumption of bilateral ties was not only important for both countries but for the sport. "Indo-Pak matches are more than cricket and that is what makes them so special every time the two teams play against each other," he said.
windies win by five wickets, wrap up 2-0 series win KINGSTON AFP
West Indies won the second Test on Sunday to wrap up a 2-0 series win over New Zealand, beating the Black Caps in Kington by five wickets. The hosts reached 206 for five having started the day just 71 runs short of victory, as Shivnarine Chanderpaul hit the winning run to add to last month's ninewicket success at North Sound. earlier at the close of the play yesterday, West Indies had victory tantalisingly in sight at the close Saturday as they stood 71 runs short of victory with six wickets remaining against New Zealand. With bowler Narsingh Deonarine on a hot streak, the hosts bowled out the Black Caps for just 154 - leaving the West Indies requiring only 206 and by the close in Kingston they had made 134 for four as they looked to seal a 2-0 series win. Despite cheaply losing the wickets of Kieran Powell - trapped lbw by Tim Southee for six - and Chris Gayle - lbw to Trent Boult for just eight - they were well on their way as Assad Fudadin and first innings centurion Martin Samuels took them to 56 for 2 before Neil Wagner bowled Fudadin for 27 with the score on
SCOREBOARD WEST INDIES first innings: 209 in 64.3 overs (M Samuels 123, 3-58, D Bracewell 3-46, Southee 2-70, 2-24) NEW ZEALAND 1st Innings: 260 in 82.5 overs (M. guptill 71, L. Taylor 60, Roach 4-70, Best 2-40, Deonarine 2-43) WEST INDIES second innings (overnight 135 for 4; first innings 209 - MN Samuels 123; Boult 3-58, D A J Bracewell 3-46) C.H gayle lbw b Boult 8 k.O.A Powell lbw b Southee 6 27 A.B Fudadin b Wagner 52 M.N Samuels c Wagner b D A J Bracewell S Chanderpaul not out 43 kAJ Roach c Southee b Williamson 41 N Deonarine not out 15 Extras: (b4, lb2, w8) 14 Did not bat: D Ramdin, DJg Sammy, SP Narine, TL Best Total: (5 wickets, 63.2 overs) 206 Fall: 1-20, 2-20, 3-94, 4-113, 5-183 Bowling: TA Boult 12-1-46-1; DAJ Bracewell 13-0-38-1; TJ Southee 14-4-30-1; N Wagner 12-3-41-1; kS Williamson 7.21-18-1; MJ guptill 4-0-21-0, Dg Brownlie 1-0-6-0 NEW ZEALAND second innings (first innings 260 - M guptill 71, L Taylor 60; Roach 4-70)
94. Doug Bracewell then forced an edge from Samuels, who departed for 52 having been spilled by BJ Watling when on 20. Overnight, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Kemar Roach were still there on 20 and 10 respectively as the winning target began to swim into view. But it was an onslaught of spin in the morning session which left the Kiwis
Furyk holds onto Bridgestone lead
42 MJ guptill lbw d Deonarine 11 BJ Watling lbw b Deonarine N Wagner c Ramdin b Best 6 BB McCullum c Fudadin b Deonarine 19 0 LRPL Taylor c Ramdin b Best 8 kS Williamson c Sammy b Deonarine Dg Brownlie c Deonarine b Narine 35 CFk van Wyk c Chanderpaul b Narine 5 DAJ Bracewell c Fudadin b Narine 14 7 Tg Southee c Narine b Roach 0 TA Boult not out EXTRAS (lb1, w1, nb5) 7 TOTAL (65.2 overs) 154 Fall:1-55, 2-56, 3-80, 4-80, 5-85, 6-98, 7-105, 8-142, 9-151, 10-154 Bowling: kAJ Roach 12.3-34-1, TL Best 13-2-44-2, DJg Sammy 6-2-19-0, SP Narine 12-1-19-3, N Deonarine 22-7-374 Result: West Indies won by 5 wickets, won series 2-0 Toss: West Indies, chose to field Umpires: M Erasmus (RSA), P Reiffel (AUS) TV umpire: R kettleborough (ENg) Match referee: Ranjan Madugalle (SRI)
reeling after they had set up a 51-run lead after the first innings. Deonarine posted figures of four for 37 as he and Tino Best conspired to rip the Kiwi middle order after the tourists had been 110 ahead overnight at 59 for 2. By lunch that had become 109 for 7, as part time offspinner Deonarine - posting pre-lunch innings figures of 4/24 and Best went to town.
Jim Furyk, who is chasing his 17th USPGA Tour title, fired an even-par 70 in the third round to maintain his lead at the WGCBridgestone Invitational on Saturday. Furyk reached 11-under 199 and has a oneshot lead over former British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen, who shot a two-under 68 at the Firestone Country Club course. "I felt like today the golf course played a little bit more difficult, the greens firmed up a little and the wind just made it tough," said Furyk, who has won nine of the 19 times he was the 54-hole leader. "I thought it was tougher to get the ball closer to the pin." Keegan Bradley shot a 67 and was four shots behind. He will be in the final group Sunday, as tee times were moved ahead because weather forecasters are predicting thunderstorms Sunday morning. "I'm hoping we don't get a lot of rain and we get to go out and play in the morning and get after it," Furyk said. Tiger Woods broke par for the first time this week, shooting a two-under 68. Woods, a seven-time winner of this event, however has a lot of ground to make up, as he is 11 shots back. Woods had 14 pars, three birdies and one bogey in his third round. "I hit the ball well and made some putts," Woods said. "I just did some work yesterday and found some alignment, some posture things and got my feel back. My blade was releasing properly again, and it felt really comfortable." Oosthuizen, who won the 2010 Open championship, parred his first seven holes and then made bogey on the par-four eighth. He came right back with a birdie on the ninth. Oosthuizen, of Mossel Bay, got up and down for birdie on the par-five 16th to get within one. That's where he finished Saturday as he made par on his last two holes. "I missed a lot of fairways on the front nine, but I hit it a little better on the back nine," Oosthuizen said. "All in all, my short game helped me a lot today. I made some putts to save par." Rory McIlroy shot a 67 and shares fourth place at minus-six with Steve Stricker, who carded his third-straight 68. "I hit the ball well from tee to green, and I took a few of my chances early on." McIlroy said. Justin Rose and Bo Van Pelt both shot four-under 66. They were joined in sixth place at five-under-par 205 by John Senden, who had a 69.
Smith, Rudolph resist England bowlers LEEDS AFP
South African opening batsmen Graeme Smith and Jacques Rudolph resisted some hostile bowling before a second rain stoppage on the fourth day of the second Test against england at Headingley on Sunday. Only an hour of play was possible between lunch and tea as South Africa reached 39 for no wicket, a lead of 33. There had been an earlier stoppage of two hours, which included the lunch break. england wicketkeeper Matt Prior earlier gave his team a six-run first innings lead with a fluent innings of 68 off 89 balls.england were bowled out for 425 shortly before lunch. South Africa were five for no wicket in their second innings when lightning and rain drove the players off the field three balls into what would probably have been the last over before lunch. england lost top scorer Kevin Pietersen to the second ball of the day when he was trapped leg before wicket by Morne Morkel without adding to his
overnight score of 149. But Prior took over the attacking role played by Pietersen on Saturday, cracking eight fours before he was ninth man out, topedging a sweep against leg-spinner Imran Tahir to deep fine leg. Tim Bresnan helped Prior add 45 for the seventh wicket before Tahir wrapped up the innings, taking the last three wickets at a cost of nine runs to finish with figures of three for 92. South African captain Smith took the field with his left knee strapped after suffering an injury late on Saturday. He did not appear to be hampered in his running between wickets as he and Rudolph batted watchfully against disciplined bowling under a heavily overcast sky before a second thundershower moved in. Rudolph was promoted in the order in place of first innings century maker Alviro Petersen, who did not field because of a hamstring injury and will be unable to bat until five wickets have fallen. South Africa suffered a further injury blow when all-rounder Jacques Kallis could not take the field on Sunday because of back spasms.
SCOREBOARD ENgLAND, first innings (overnight 351-5) A. Strauss c De Villiers b Steyn 37 A. Cook lbw b Philander 24 J. Trott c Smith b Steyn 35 k. Pietersen lbw b Morkel 149 I. Bell c Smith b kallis 11 J. Taylor b Morkel 34 M. Prior Steyn b Imran Tahir 68 T. Bresnan c Smith b Philander 9 S. Broad c sub (Du Plessis) b Imran Tahir 1 J. Anderson b Imran Tahir 8 S. Finn not out 0 EXTRAS (b7, lb17, nb11 , w14) 49 TOTAL (126.4 overs) 425 Fall of wickets: 1-65 (Cook), 2-85 (Strauss), 3-142 (Trott), 4-173 (Bell), 5-320 (Taylor), 6-351 (Pietersen), 7-396 (Bresnan), 8407 (Broad), 9-420 (Prior) Bowling: Morkel 32-9-96-2 (1nb, 3w), Philander 30-10-72-2 (2nb, 1w), Steyn 28-8-102-2, kallis 12-3-34-1 (2w), Imran Tahir 23.4-0-92-3 (6nb), Duminy 1-0-5-0 South Africa 2nd innings JA Rudolph not out 21 gC Smith not out 17 EXTRAS (lb 1) 1 TOTAL (0 wickets; 17 overs) 39 To bat AN Petersen, HM Amla, JH kallis, AB de Villiersâ€ , JP Duminy, VD Philander, DW Steyn, M Morkel, Imran Tahir BOWLINg: JM Anderson 6-4-4-0, SCJ Broad 6-0-18-0, ST Finn 3-1-4-0, TT Bresnan 2-0-12-0 Toss: England Match situation: England lead by six runs on the first innings Umpires: Steve Davis, Rod Tucker (both AUS) TV umpire: Asad Rauf (PAk) Match referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL).
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17 Sports Saturday was 'greatest day of sport', says Coe LONDON AFP
London Olympics chief organiser Sebastian Coe said Saturday's British gold medal rush in rowing, cycling and the three-medal haul in athletics made it the best day of sport he has ever seen. Coe said the six golds won by Great Britain, capped by a remarkable night in the Olympic Stadium with an emotional victory for poster-girl Jessica ennis, made it a better day than the night Cathy Freeman won 400m gold in Sydney in 2000. "I think it was the greatest day of sport I have ever witnessed," Coe told journalists. Throughout the day "there was a narrative of infectious success," he added. A huge roar erupted from the packed 80,000-capacity stadium when ennis crossed the line first in her final event, the 800m, to secure heptathlon gold. Two other golds from Mo Farah in the 10,000m and from Greg Rutherford in the long jump gave Britain six golds, its greatest one-day haul of medals at an Olympics for 104 years. The British success began on Saturday in rowing with the men's four and the women's lightweight double sculls before the women's team pursuiters added a track cycling gold.
Phelps sets another record
london: Pakistan players run back after scoring a goal against South Africa during their london 2012 olympic games men's field hockey preliminary round match at the riverbank Arena. afp
S.PERvEZ QAISER Michael Phelps became the first athlete to win six or more medals in three successive Olympic Games. The American swimmer achieved this feat by winning the gold medal in the 4x100m medley at London’s Aquatics Centre on Saturday (August 4). Phelps swam the third butterfly leg to help the United States past Japan in three minutes 29.35 seconds. The winning time missed tying the Olympic record by a hundredth of a second, but Phelps did not seem to care. He waited with his teammates Matt Grevers and Brendan Hansen for the relay’s final swimmer, the freestyler Nathan Adrian, to complete the race, then wrapped all three in a hug. The medal was Phelps’s 22nd overall, the most by any Olympian; his 18th gold; and his 6th in London. Phelps’s week has been something of a farewell tour, marked at different times by sadness or smiles, memories and melancholy. He has seemed to soften around the edges, letting people into a life so long closed to outsiders as he pursued swimming history, but he never lost his edge. PHILIPS' PERFORMANCE IN OLYMPIC GAMES: Olympics Sydney 2000 Athens 2004 Beijing 2008 London 2012 Total
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Phelps passes torch after golden farewell LONDON AFP
VeN as Michael Phelps added a little more gilding to a glittering Games career, the effect of his exploits was rippling through the waters of the London 2012 competition pool. A quartet of teenagers: America's Missy Franklin and surprise 800m free winner Katie Ledecky, Lithuanian Ruta Meilutyte and China's Ye Shiwen were among the breakout stars poised to carry the sport forward to Rio de Janeiro in 2016. Franklin, with four gold medals and two world records in her first Olympics, and Ledecky, with her dominant upset triumph, helped propel the United States to its familiar spot atop the swimming medals table with 16 gold, 8 silver and 6 bronze for a total of 30. China confirmed their arrival as an Olympic swimming power with five gold medals and 10 overall, 20-year-old Sun Yang becoming the first Chinese man to win Olympic swimming gold in the 400m free and adding 1,500m gold in a majestic world record swim. After breaking Grant Hackett's iconic 1,500m free world record for the first time at last year's worlds, Sun was expected to shine. Ye's tremendous finish in her world record-breaking 400m medley victory, however, prompted whispering in the
Western press that provoked the ire of the Chinese team. "People think China has so many gold medals because of doping and other substances, but I can tell you it is because of hard work," Sun said. "Chinese are not weaker than those in other countries." Right behind China, France claimed a superb four golds, with Yannick Agnel delivering a scintillating 4x100m free relay gold ahead of the United States before a dominant victory in the 200m freestyle that left US world champion Ryan Lochte trailing in his wake. France's four golds were one more than they had claimed in all prior Games, and Agnel said he had no intention of letting up before Rio. Meanwhile Australia, traditionally the biggest challengers to America in the competition pool, floundered after big guns James Magnussen and James Roberts failed to fire. Australia's 4x100m free relay women won gold on the opening night of the Games, but after sprint kings Magnussen and Roberts delivered sub-par swims that left Australia out of the medals in the men's 4x100m free, the Aussies never seemed to recover. Instead the women's relay provided their only gold and Magnussen came away from his first Olympics saying he was even more impressed with what Phelps had achieved in four Olympic campaigns that yielded 22 medals -- 18 of them gold.
michael phelps - what they said
What they said about US swimmer Michael Phelps, as the most decorated Olympian wrapped up his Games career on Saturday with 22 medals including 18 gold, two silver and two bronze: "I'm going to miss seeing him rise to the occasion. Really, when he needed to do something spectacular, he did. That's what I'll miss the most." Bob Bowman, who has coached Phelps since the swimmer was 11.
"He has brought onto the scene so many more people into the sport and it has made people re-think the impossible and re-think what they can do. When someone does that for you, it makes them such an incredible role model." American swimmer Missy Franklin, 17. "Congrats to Michael Phelps for breaking the all-time Olympic medal record. You've made your country proud. - bo" US President Barack Obama in a personal message to Phelps posted on Twitter. "He is my hero. I have the 2008 fly final on my laptop in about seven languages. He is definitely the greatest Olympian of all time." South African Chad le Clos, who pulled off the upset against his idol in the 200m butterfly and was thrilled to be tipped for stardom by the American. "I think you can clearly say that by the medal tally he is the most successful. My personal view is that I'm not sure he's the greatest. But he's certainly the most successful." Sebastian Coe, a two-time Olympic athletics gold medallist and London Games chief. "I think I can speak for everyone when I say Michael Phelps will go down as a man who made history. I am happy to have been part of a team with him and it is something I will cherish for the rest of my life. ... Having him not there is going to be really weird."
ethiopia's gelana wins women's marathon LONDON AFP
ethiopia's Tiki Gelana won gold in the women's marathon on the streets of London on Sunday, denying the powerful Kenyans their first Olympic crown in a Games record time of 2hr 23min 7sec. Priscah Jeptoo, part of a Kenyan contingent eyeing a medals sweep after last year's one-two-three at the world championships in South Korea, took the nation's third consecutive silver in the event, five seconds behind Gelana. Russia's Tatyana Petrova Arkhipova collected the bronze in 2:23:29. Gelana, who ran the second fastest time of 2012 in this year's Rotterdam marathon,
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took charge of the race in the closing stages and 2011 world silver medallist Jeptoo did not have the strength to match her. The fancied Mary Keitany, who has won the past two London marathons, was long part of the leading pack but slipped off the pace shortly before the 41-kilometre mark as the rain returned to drench the flag-waving crowds lining the course. Gelana, 24, a cousin of Sydney 2000 Olympic men's marathon winner Gezahegne Abera, said the rainy conditions had suited her perfectly even though she slipped at one point. "It was a great race. I really loved it. The rain makes it very interesting," she said. "As soon as the rain started, I said to myself 'thank God'. I love running in the rain, I have been doing that since I was a
small child. I slipped in the middle of the race and my elbow is still injured. But I didn't feel any pain during the race. "I was confident before the race that I could win it," she added. "I have been saving my energy for this. It really paid off." She said she was was proud to follow in the footsteps of compatriot Fatuma Roba, who won ethiopia's only other women's marathon gold in Atlanta in 1996. "Fatuma is my hero. I am extremely happy to share history with her. This gold medal is a gift for all ethiopians." The big names were content to bide their time in the early stages of the race, which started in persistent rain on The Mall, the road linking Buckingham Palace with Trafalgar Square. Italy's Valeria Straneo and China's Zhu
Xiaolin led a large group of runners at the halfway point, timing 1hr 13min 13sec and soon afterwards Russia's Liliya Shobukhova, a three-time Chicago marathon winner, dropped out. By the 25km mark, a group of six runners had edged ahead with the three Kenyans and three ethiopians -- Mare Dibaba, Gelana and Aselefech Mergia -- four seconds clear of the field. Mergia soon dropped out of the reckoning and as the sun appeared, the race looked set up for a straight shoot-out between the Kenyans and ethiopians. But Russia's Petrova Arkhipova closed the gap on the leading pack and was in the lead at the 35km mark in front of Keitany, Jeptoo and Gelana, with reigning world champion Kiplagat dropping off the pace.
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williams sisters win historic fourth gold medal
MURRAY ROUTS FEDERER TO TAKE GOLD LONDON AFP
RITAIN'S Andy Murray demolished Roger Federer 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 in the Olympic men's final on Sunday to win his first gold medal and avenge his Wimbledon final defeat against the world number one. Just four weeks after breaking down in tears when Federer shattered his hopes of a first Wimbledon title, Murray returned to Centre Court to rout the Swiss great in just one hour and 56 minutes. Murray, who has denied Federer a coveted first singles gold, could yet finish the Games with two gold medals as he will be back in action in the mixed doubles final with partner Laura Robson against Max Mirnyi and Victoria Azarenka of Belarus later on Sunday. It is the greatest moment of Murray's career to date and just reward for an astonishing display that must rank alongside the best ever seen on the sport's most hallowed court. The 25-year-old Scot, beaten in three Grand Slam finals by Federer, has been in superb form all week, but even he can't have dreamed he would win gold like this. Not only did the world number four do it by beating the Swiss for the first time since 2010, Murray also handed the 17-time Grand Slam winner his heaviest defeat in a major final since Rafael Nadal thrashed him for the loss of just four games in the 2008 French Open final. For Federer, a doubles gold medallist with Stanislas Wawrinka in Beijing in 2008, this final was meant to be the crowning glory of his career. Instead, Federer, who will be 35 by the
london: great Britain's Andy murray (C), Switzerland's roger Federer (r) and Argentina's Juan martin del Potro pose after receiving their gold, silver and bronze medals respectively, at the end of the men's singles tennis match of the london 2012 olympic games. afp time the Rio Games are in full swing in 2016, may wonder if he will ever get a chance to win the Golden Slam of all four majors and singles gold. Murray had hoped the final would be staged with the Centre Court roof open as he felt his Wimbledon defeat was in part due to Federer thriving after a switch to indoor play when rain hit when the match was level at one-set all. He got his wish as the heavy rain that lashed the All england Club earlier in the day relented just before the scheduled start. And when Murray gave Federer two
break points in the opening game, his response to the crisis, a series of perfectlyplaced winners, was symbolic of his impressive form this week. The Scot's newfound maturity and increased muscularity are a potent package and he set about Federer with controlled fury in the sixth game. A fine serve from Federer saved the first of two break points, but Murray came up with a searing return on the next and the Swiss could only direct his forehand into the net. everything that Federer threw at Murray was sent back with interest by the Scot, who clinched the first set with a second break when he smashed a backhand winner down the line. Murray had taken the first set in the Wimbledon final as well before missing a chance to break in the second and then running out of steam. He wasn't going to make the same mistake again. In the second game of the second set,
Federer put an easy smash into the net before the Scot enjoyed a slice of luck as two net cords in quick succession went his way to secure the break. Federer tried to stem the tide in the next game, an epic struggle that featured six break points for the Swiss. But Murray wouldn't be denied and found the right response on each occasion. The Swiss great had never been given such a torrid time on his favourite Centre Court. He looked shell-shocked by Murray's assault and served a double-fault on break point in the next game to give the Scot his eighth successive game. With the second set in the bag, Murray kept his foot on the gas in the third and delivered the knockout blow when he produced a stunning winner to break for a 3-2 lead. Federer had nothing left in response and Murray sealed the win with two thunderous aces before clambering into the players' box to embrace his family and backroom staff.
Venus and Serena Williams became the first tennis players to win four Olympic golds on Sunday after a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Czech pair Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka in the women's doubles final at Wimbledon. The Williams sisters had already won doubles gold at the Sydney Games in 2000 and in Beijing in 2008, while Venus claimed the singles gold in Sydney and Serena won her first individual gold on Saturday after crushing Maria Sharapova in the women's final. Venus and Serena also joined Spain's Conchita Martinez, who won silver in 1992 and 2004 and bronze in 1996, as the only tennis players to win medals at three different Olympics. As well as dominating for over a decade on the singles tour, Venus and Serena are a formidable doubles team -- they have won 13 Grand Slam doubles titles as well as their three Olympic golds -and they were just too strong for the Czechs in a match played under the Centre Court roof due to rain. Hlavackova and Hradecka won their first Grand Slam title at the French Open earlier this year and had dropped just one set en route to the Olympic final. But Venus and Serena's record against the Czech fourth seeds -- they had won all four meetings including the Wimbledon final last month -- hardly suggested an upset was on the cards. The American sisters made an ominous opening as they broke in the first game of the match. Hlavackova and Hradecka battled gamely to get back in the match, but Venus and Serena saved a break point at 5-4 to take the set. Nothing was going to stop the sisters claiming their record haul of golds and they landed the decisive break in the fifth game of the second set. It was left to Serena to close out the win. With her serve so deadly at present, the result was never in doubt and the sisters were soon hugging in triumph.
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Shooting at Sikh temple in US, at least 7 dead
HiroSHimA: People gather to pray at the memorial cenotaph for the victims of 1945 atomic bombing at the Peace memorial Park on Sunday. tens of thousands of people attend services on August 6 every year to remember the more than 200,000 people estimated to have died in the bombings, either instantly or later from burns and radiation sickness. afp
4 killed in quetta bomb blast QUETTA AFP
A suspected militant killed himself and two children on Sunday in Quetta when a bomb in the car he was driving exploded before he reached his intended target, police said. A woman was also killed and 12 people wounded when the bomb detonated close to the home of the militant in the outskirts of Quetta, capital of Balochistan. The rented house was badly damaged. “We have recovered the bodies of a woman and two children from the debris and also found a severed head, believed to be of a militant who was killed in the blast,” police officer Mukhtar Ahmed told AFP. The injured included seven children, some of them related to the dead, he said. “The target was not clear. We have launched an investigation to identify the militant. Police were also interrogating the owner of the house,” he said. Abdul Razzaq, in charge of the bomb-disposal squad in Quetta, told AFP the car was carrying between 80 and 100 kilos (180-220 pounds) of explosives.
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iran asks turkey, qatar to help free pilgrims in Syria Clinton to visit turkey Saturday for Syria talks NEAR ALEPPO AFP
He Syrian army pounded rebel positions in second city Aleppo on Sunday ahead of a threatened ground assault after boasting its capture of the last rebel-held district of the capital. Iran appealed for help from governments with ties to the Syrian opposition in securing the release of 48 of its nationals seized from a bus in Damascus as an Arabic news channel aired footage it said was of the Iranians in the hands of rebel captors who charged that their hostages were Revolutionary Guards. A high-level security source said
the army on Sunday completed its deployment of reinforcements to Aleppo, ready for a decisive showdown. “The war is likely to be long, because there will have to be street battles in order to get rid of the terrorists,” the source told AFP, declining to be named. “All the reinforcements have arrived and they are surrounding the city,” he said. “The army is ready to launch its offensive, but is awaiting orders.” At least two rebel fighters were killed in early morning clashes in Aleppo, which has already been the scene of heavy fighting since July 20, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Troops shelled rebel-held Salaheddin district in the southwest and clashes erupted in the
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Sukkari, Hamdaniyeh and Ansari neighbourhoods, the Britain-based watchdog said. The opposition Syrian National Council charged that the army’s bombardment of the rebels was hitting key public institutions in the commercial capital, some of historical significance. “After failing to subdue (rebel forces) in Aleppo... the Syrian regime’s gangs have started to target government institutions and buildings,” the exiled opposition group said. “Some of them have historical and archaeological value.” Aleppo preserves a raft of historical sites, including its renowned 13th century citadel. The UN educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation named the Ancient City a World Heritage Site in 1986. The SNC accused the army of shelling Aleppo’s television building.
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At least seven people were killed in shootings at a Sikh temple outside of Milwaukee, United States on Sunday. The shootings took place at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin. Greenfield Police Chief Brad Wentlandt said multiple 911 calls were received this morning about a gunman or gunmen. He said the first police officer responding to the calls engaged an active shooter at the temple. The officer was shot multiple times, but returned fire, and the suspect, Wentlandt said, was “put down”. Wentlandt said emergency medical personnel had identified seven people dead - four inside the temple and three outside, including the suspect. The police officer was transported to a nearby hospital, where he is in surgery. Wentlandt said the officer, a 20-year veteran, is expected to survive. Police are currently engaged in a tactical sweep to assess whether additional shooters remain inside the temple, and have asked the media to refrain from reporting on or transmitting images of police operations in the area. A spokeswoman for Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, the main trauma centre in the area, said doctors there were treating three victims of the shooting. Spokeswoman Carolyn Bellin said the three were all men. One was in the operating room, another was in a surgical intensive care unit, and the third was being evaluated in the emergency room. Belliin said the hospital was prepared to receive more patients from the shooting, but did not know if more will be on the way. There was no victim count at the time of the filing of the report. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel was reporting that between 20 and 30 people were shot, and that hostages were being held, according to a text message sent to a Journal Sentinel reporter. There were more than a dozen ambulances parked outside the temple, and police had corralled media and a handful of bystanders to clear out from the area near the temple. Sukhwindar Nagr, of Racine, was quoted assaying he called his brother-in-law’s phone and a priest at the temple answered and told him that his brother-in-law had been shot, along with three priests. The priest also said women and children were hiding in closets in the temple, Nagr said. Police had not identified another gunman so far, but Wentlandt said the situation was fluid and a search of the ground was continuing.