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Justice Chaudhry says government has no constitutional authority, ruling at its own risk g Provincial government failed to provide security to citizens
HIEF Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Wednesday said the provincial government in Balochistan had no constitutional authority and was “ruling at its own risk”. The Supreme Court on Wednesday announced its interim order in the Balochistan law and order case that stated that the government was responsible for providing security to the people and the federal and
Balochistan governments had failed to do so. The order said the distress of families of missing persons was increasing by the day. The chief justice said the Balochistan chief minister should take the responsibility for the continued killings and disappearances across the province instead of blaming the police force. In response, the Balochistan advocate general said if the court ordered, the provincial government could resign the very day. However, the CJ said the judges did not know what the government wanted to do.
“The lawyers should read the consti- tan said how could the doctors be on duty when their lives were in danger. tution and the order,” he added. The lawyer for the provincial govern- Chief Justice Chaudhry said the situment, Shahid Hamid, requested the court ation in the province would not return to ask the doctors to end their strike in to normal unless the government took Balochistan. But Justice Chaudhry said the issue seriously. Referring to the continued killing, why should the court pass such an order, adding that the government should first he questioned what had the Shia community, police and FC done wrong. provide security to the doctors. The CJ said over 75 hearings had Hamid said a high-level committee had been set up to probe into the been conducted in the Balochistan deteriorating security situation and law and order case, but the situation the chief minister was also part of the on the ground remained critical. committee. The president of Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) Balochis- Dismissing govts not court’s job: shah | Page 03
The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to conduct proper and complete door-to-door verification of electoral rolls in Karachi for conducting free, fair and transparent election. The court also directed ECP, if required, to take assistance of the army and Frontier Constabulary (FC) for carrying out the process. A three-member SC bench of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed and Justice Gulzar Ahmed announced judgment in identical petitions, filed by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf Chairman Imran Khan, the PML-N and Jamaat-e-Islami seeking verification of the voter’s lists in Karachi. The 24-page judgment said in view of the peculiar security situation in Karachi , such verification must be carried out by the ECP with the help and assistance of Pakistan Army and the FC. The judgment also ruled that voters should not be transferred from one area to another without their (voters) consent, as it is right of every citizen to cast vote at his/her desired place. The court ruled that it was clear that electoral rolls of the city of Karachi were required to be revised by the ECP. Earlier, the court on November 28, 2012, had reserved the judgment in the instant case after hearing to both parties. The court had accepted the concerns expressed by Pakistan People’s Party, Jamaat-e-Islami and Tehreek-e-Insaaf about the shifting of voters name from Karachi to other provinces, directing the Election Commission of Pakistan to examine the matter per the consent of the people in Karachi. continueD on Page 04
Pakistan climbs 9 places to become world’s 33rd most corrupt country ISLAMABAD Tayyab Hussain
With the general elections approaching, the credibility of all ruling parties in the country suffered a major blow on Wednesday with the release of the Transparency International’s (TI) annual report. The report listed Pakistan as the 33rd most corrupt country in the world, as it slipped down nine ranks from its last year’s place as the 42nd most corrupt country. Denmark, Finland and New Zealand emerged as the cleanest nations as far as corruption was concerned, and tied at first place with scores of 90 each, thanks to the strong access to information systems and rules governing the behaviour of those in public positions. Meanwhile, Afghanistan, North Korea and Somalia once again were seen clinging to the bottom rung of the index and were declared the most corrupt states. In these countries, the lack of accountability of leadership and effective public institutions underscored the need to take a much stronger stance against corruption, according to the report. The TI’s Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2012 had ranked 176 countries by their perceived levels of public sector corruption. The index assigned scores of between one and 100, where one was perceived to be highly corrupt and 100 being very clean. Rampant corruption in Pakistan has intensified as the country entered into the election year. During this time all the federal and provincial governments were more or less involved in dolling out tens of billions of rupees to their members of parliament (MPs) in the
name of development projects to attract a large number of voters in the next elections. “Governments need to integrate anti-corruption actions into all public decision-making forums. Priorities include better rules on lobbying and political financing, making public spending and contracting more transparent and making public bodies more accountable to people,” said TI Chair of the Board of Directors Huguette Labelle. The report added that a growing outcry over corrupt governments forced out several leaders from office last year, but as the dust gradually cleared, it had become apparent that the levels of bribery, abuse of power and secret dealings were still very high in many countries. The TICPI 2012 showed that corruption continued to ravage societies around the world. Two thirds of the 176 countries ranked in this year’s index scored below 50, showing that public institutions needed to be more transparent, and powerful officials more accountable. TI Pakistan Chairman Sohail Muzaffar said Pakistan’s CPI rank had fallen by nine positions which was not a good sign. Even the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman had declared that daily corruption in the country was estimated at Rs 7 billion, which meant that in five years the figure would reach a staggering Rs 12,600 billion. Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) member Asrar Rauf said by collecting Rs 150 billion in January and February, the FBR would whiten Rs 15,000 billion under the new Tax Amnesty Scheme, adding that in the last five years the total FBR collection was approximately Rs 7,500 billion.
SC StayS CNG tariff uNtil fiNal deCiSioN ISLAMABAD sTaFF REPORT
The Supreme Court on Wednesday sought details from OGRA regarding the action taken each year against CNG stations for not complying with terms and conditions mentioned in licences, as it rejected a proposal to increase the CNG prices and stayed the prices at the current level. A two-member bench of Justice Jawwad S Khawaja and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain resumed hearing in the case regarding CNG prices. In his remarks, Justice Khawaja said there was a cartel in the country and it appeared as if prices were fixed on its demands. He said business was done on basis of profit. “If it suits the businessmen, they must carry on, or else they should shut down the business.” He added that the court wanted to scrutinise the issue per law and did not care whether CNG stations were closed or
phased out. The bench directed OGRA to furnish the details of total number of applications received for setting up CNG Stations each year since 2002. The court also directed the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to submit the details the owners of CNG stations who filed their tax returns and the amount of taxes, if any, paid by them during the last three years. Rejecting CNG owners’ association plea to increase the CNG prices, the court observed that current prices would be maintained until the case was decided. The court demanded from OGRA a list of the total number of applications rejected each year since 2002, total number of applicants allowed provisional licences each year, total number of marketing licences allowed each year, total number of stations actually set up each year that became operational and the total number of stations that provided audited accounts and income tax returns each year since 2002. During the hearing, counsel for OGRA
informed the bench that a very limited number of people had submitted their audited accounts to OGRA, while a vast majority had failed to do so despite demands. “The demand for audited accounts is supported prima facie, by the statute i.e. the OGRA Ordinance and the rules framed there under and under other statutes,” the court observed. The bench also said that reference was made to a report which had been prepared by a firm of accountants. The report, however, was incomplete as it did not taken into account the audited accounts of 3,395 CNG stations that were permitted to sell CNG. The proceedings were adjourned until today (Thursday) with directions to OGRA to submit the demanded details. Talking to reporters outside the SC, CNG Association Chairman Ghayyas Paracha said the court’s decision on the pricing formula would be accepted by the CNG dealers. The OGRA chief said the body had failed to reach a consensus with CNG dealers over the new pricing formula.
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‘over 200 CNG stations involved in gas theft’ ISLAMABAD: Adviser to Prime Minister on Petroleum Dr Asim Hussain on Wednesday said more than 200 CNG filing stations across Pakistan were stealing gas. Talking to reporters, Hussain said he had already informed the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) about the theft, but it had failed to take any action against the stations. He said though he could not name each and every station, he had provided a list of over 200 stations to OGRA, but it was not taking any action against them. A rift emerged between the government and All Pakistan CNG Stations Association (APCNGSA) over the issue of gas prices, as the government was keen to implement the Supreme Court’s decision and lower the prices, while the association was demanding an increase in gas prices. OnlinE
eCP takes notice of aerial firing in by-elections ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has taken serious notice of incessant firing with lethal weapons at the houses of winning candidates after the results of Tuesday’s by-elections were announced. A first information report (FIR) has been registered against those responsible for firing in Sialkot, while three of the accused have been arrested and their weapons have been seized. The Punjab election commissioner has also been directed to contact the Punjab chief secretary in order to lodge an FIR against the miscreants involved in aerial firing which caused harassment, fear and injuries in the constituencies. Miscreants of the other constituencies have also been arrested for the violation of Section 144 of the Criminal Penal Code and for causing harassment and fear among the people. A letter has been sent to various TV channels to send the footage of the firing, caught on their cameras, to the ECP. Also, a meeting of the Election Commission of Pakistan is going to be held in Karachi on Friday to discuss the recent by-elections in Punjab and Sindh, the issue of dual nationalities, the electoral rolls and some other important administrative matters. OnlinE
Police arrest Karachi cleric’s murderer West Karachi DIG Javed Odho has said that the police have arrested the accused involved in the murder of Qari Hassan Naseer, a 40-year-old prayer leader who was shot dead in a mosque in New Karachi on Wednesday, according to a report by a private TV channel. Addressing a press conference, Odho said that the alleged culprit was trying to flee from the crime scene but his motorcycle failed to start and he was arrested, adding that the accused was accompanied by two other men who managed to escape. Odho said that the accused had admitted to his crime and had also disclosed that he was assigned the task of killing Qari Hassan Naseer by the Taliban, adding that he had trained in Mansehra for 21 days before embarking on the mission and he received Rs 15,000 per month for the job. “The imam had to be killed because he had started leaking classified information,” the DIG quoted the accused. MOniTORing dEsK
KP government all set to bring lB law PEShAwAr: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has given approval to implement the Local Government Act in the province from January 2013. Sources said with the implementation of the new law, the local bodies system introduced in 2001 as well as all the LB institutions would be dissolved and municipal committees in urban areas and union councils in rural areas would be revived simultaneously. According to the proposed act, the number of members in each UC would be 11 of which there would be seven Muslims members and two seats would be reserved for women. One minority member and one labourer would be included in each UC. The chairman of the UC would be a general member. The general members for district council would be elected directly. OnlinE
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Islamabad AC made OSD for ‘not obeying orders’ Female bureaucrat transferred from her post for refusing alleged illegal directions of Islamabad chief commissioner g
HILE former Islamabad additional deputy commissioner Maryam Khan’s ‘illegal’ removal from her post is still making headlines, another case of victimisation of a female bureaucrat has come to the surface. According to reports, Islamabad Assistant Commissioner (AC) Rabia Aurangzaib sealed 72 kanals of disputed land valued over Rs 1 billion on August 16, 2012 against the “directions” of her bosses. The very next day, Islamabad Chief Commissioner Tariq Mehmood Pirzada removed her from the post and made her an officer on special duty (OSD). Although Rabia’s removal occurred prior to that of Maryam Khan, the former filed a case after she saw that Khan’s case was being taken seriously. The parties to the dispute are Pir of Golra Sharif Syed Abdul Haq Gilani and Service Co-operative Housing Society. Sources said Rabia was verbally instructed by the chief commissioner not to seal the land, but she passed the order nevertheless. As a result, she was removed the very next day and was made an OSD, merely after a month of her posting. She was replaced by an under training officer, Waqas Rashid. In 2009, a committee headed by then deputy commissioner Asadullah Faiz also heard this case in length and decided that the piece of land should remain sealed. “Section 145 of the Code of Criminal Procedures (CCP) must remain intact until any collective decision regarding the dispute of the possession and ownership is taken by any court of competent jurisdiction,” the meeting decided. On August 16, 2012, Rabia conducted a detailed hearing and decided that the disputed land should remain sealed. Before making her judgment, she also sought the police report from Golra police station house officer. “I am of the opinion that when the Islamabad DC headed the committee he gave a very clear verdict that as both the parties claim possession of the same land and that the matter is still sub-judice before the Islamabad High Court, the vacation of section 145 of the CCP amounts to a glare violation of the verdict given by Islamabad DC and will cause a law and order situation at the site. Therefore, the proceedings under Section 145 shall remain intact till further orders of a competent court,” she said in her decision. However, her replacement, Waqas Rashid re-
SC takes suo motu notice over harassment of govt officers ISLAMABAD: Taking suo motu notice over the harassment of government officers, the Supreme Court on Wednesday issued summons to the Attorney General, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Additional Director General Hussain Asghar, Islamabad Additional Deputy Commissioner (DC) Maryam Khan and former SP (Industrial Area) Dr Khurram Rashid and fixed the hearing date for Thursday (today). The FIA additional DG, who had been heading a probe into the Hajj scandal, was summoned by the National Assembly Privilege Committee on December 3. Last week, Islamabad additional DC was made officer on special duty (OSD) for not following the wishes and whims of seniors. She was followed by SP (Industrial Area) Dr Khurram Rashid who surrendered his post on December 2. OnlinE versed her orders, but the same was stayed by the session’s court. On October 22, the AC wrote a letter to the interior secretary and narrated her tale, but no action was taken. In her letter, she said: “On August 13 (just after three weeks as AC Saddar), I was verbally asked by the chief commissioner to open the case of a property located in Golra, Islamabad which had been sealed by my predecessors. When I went over the latest police report on August 13, I realised that the opening of the case would lead to a law and order situation. I, therefore, ordered the land remain sealed. As a result, I was transferred by the chief commissioner the very next day. When I went to see him, he reprimanded me and said I was not a good officer and not even a person worth talking to. It is the start of my career and I’m being punished for an act which I did judiciously and as per law. I was transferred only because I did not obey the illegal orders of the chief commissioner and did the right thing.” Islamabad Chief Commissioner Tariq Mehmood Pirzada said, “Yes, I had directed Rabia Aurangzaib to open the case because we cannot keep the property of citizens sealed.” Asked why Rabia was removed a day after she gave her verdict over the disputed land, the commissioner said there were a number of complaints against her.
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4 injured in Quetta, Kohlu violence QUETTA: Four people, including a policeman were injured in a landmine blast and firing incident in Kohlu and Quetta districts, respectively, on Wednesday. Levies officials said a vehicle carrying two people, identified as Mohammad Iqbal and Abdul Khaliq, hit a landmine in Kohlu. As a result both received serious injuries. They were shifted to District Headquarter Hospital for treatment. Officials said their condition was serious. Separately, two people, including a policeman, received injuries in a firing incident in Quetta. Policeman Naseer Ahmad and Mohammad Zareef were on their way on Sariab Road when unidentified armed men opened fire on them. As a result, both sustained injuries and were shifted to hospital. Police have registered a case and started investigation. sHaHzada zulFiqaR
Nearly 83,000 Afghan refugees return home from Pakistan this year ISLAMABAD nni
The United Nations (UN) refugee agency on Wednesday said nearly 83,000 Afghan refugees had returned home this year through its assisted voluntary repatriation programme, which is a 24 percent increase from 2011. In November this year, more than 8,200 Afghan refugees returned to Afghanistan as compared with 3,000 a year earlier. However, Pakistan was still hosting some 1.65 million Afghan refugees and another one million undocumented Afghans, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said. Voluntary repatriation had remained the UNHCR’s preferred solution globally for most refugees. Since 2002, around 5.7 million Afghan refugees have returned to their home country, constituting nearly a quarter of the country’s population. Nevertheless, Pakistan and Iran were still generously hosting some 2.7 million Afghan refugees after three decades, a UNHCR statement said. The Pakistani government had been holding
informal consultations to formulate a policy beyond December 31, 2012, a date set for the Afghan refugees to return homes. Earlier, Pakistan had issued Proof of Registration Cards (PoRs) to Afghan refugees that would expire on December 31 this year and the government had not yet decided to extend its period. Pakistan said that it would treat all Afghan refugees as illegal immigrants after the expiry of the PoRs. The Pakistani Minister for States and Frontier Regions Engineer Shaukatullah Khan, whose ministry had also been dealing with the refugees affairs, concluded a three-day visit to Afghanistan on Tuesday and had assured the Afghan leaders that Pakistan would not forcibly expel the Afghans from its soil. The minister also called on Afghan President Hamid Karzai and expressed his commitment to the voluntary return of Afghan refugees to their homeland, while also hoping that the Pakistani government would soon agree to a mechanism in this respect to ensure a voluntary and dignified return of the refugees. During this meeting, emphasis was made on the voluntary nature of return by the Afghan president, the UNHCR said.
The minister also saw first-hand the implementation of the Solutions Strategy for Afghan Returnees (SSAR) in Afghanistan, and the conditions in which refugee return was taking place. Together with the Minister for Refugees and Repatriation Dr. Jamaher Anwary, he visited two high-return areas where they met groups of returnees from Pakistan. They were also accompanied by representatives of the UNHCR in Afghanistan and Pakistan, including the UNHCR representative in Pakistan Neill Wright. The delegations while meeting with the recently returned refugees from Pakistan, witnessed the many needs still faced by the returnees as winter season approached. Later they visited several already completed projects including a new school. It is pertinent to mention here that voluntary repatriation and sustainable reintegration were at the center of the SSAR that was endorsed at an international conference in Geneva in May this year. “However, we need development funding and development actors to urgently become more engaged in supporting sustainable reintegration for refugees, through the implementation of this strategy, “said Dr. Anwary.
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Parties with militant wings responsible for Karachi violence, says Nawaz g g
PmL-n chief says building Kalabagh Dam without consensus not in country’s interest PmL-n helped parliament complete its term RAIWIND
P PmL-n used govt’s resources to rig by-polls in Punjab, alleges Khosa
AKISTAN Muslim League–Nawaz (PMLN) President Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday expressed concern over the situation in Karachi, saying the government’s coalition partners in the Sindh Assembly were worsening the law and order in the city through their militant wings. Speaking in a meeting with PML-N Sindh leaders Ghous Ali Shah, Mamnoon Hussain, Liaqat Jatoi, Marvi Memon, Salim Zia, Ameer Hussain Bhutto and others, the PML-N chief said the parties responsible for Karachi violence were in cahoots with the government and they all were concealing each others’ crimes. The PML-N chief said the government was doing great injustice to Pakistan by neglecting Karachi. He vowed that if elected to
power, the PML-N would transform Sindh’s conditions and restore peace in Karachi. Nawaz added that the government was doing injustice with the country and there was illegal occupation of land in Karachi. He said the PML-N opposed the Sindh local government ordinance and his party stood with the nationalist parties on the issue of dual local government system. He called the ordinance akin to a division of Sindh. Supporting Supreme Court orders to recheck electoral lists in Karachi, the PML-N president said the government should act upon orders of the apex court to conduct free and fair election. Nawaz said building the controversial Kalabagh Dam without national consensus was not in the country’s interest. The controversial project could only be initiated if consensus was created among the four provinces, he added.
NAB to probe Asghar Khan case ‘on merit’ National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Punjab Director General Khurshid Anwar Bhinder has said his department will not succumb to any pressure if it is assigned probe into the Asghar Khan case, a private TV channel reported on Wednesday. Speaking to reporters, he said NAB was not dealing with any political case, adding that the investigation would be carried out on merit if his department was assigned with any such case. The NAB DG said there was no corruption in the bureau and if anybody had any evidence against NAB, he should come forward and present it. MOniTORing dEsK
Punjab Governor Sardar Latif Khosa on Wednesday alleged that the ruling party in Punjab – the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) – had used the government’s machinery to rig the by-polls held on Tuesday. Talking to reporters after chairing a Senate meeting of the Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU) at the Institute of Management Sciences (IMS), he alleged that the PML-N had once again robbed the people’s mandate by rigging the bypolls. He said the PML-N had not learnt a lesson from the Supreme Court’s (SC) verdict in the Asghar Khan case. Khosa urged the SC to take suo motu action on drastic violation of the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) code of conduct in the by-elections at Cheecha Watni and other places. Talking about a caretaker setup, he suggested that all political parties should be consulted while selecting the name of caretaker prime minister and chief ministers.To a question, the governor said that after the introduction of the 20th Amendment in the constitution, the leader of the House and opposition leader in the National Assembly would consult each other to agree on a name for the position of caretaker prime minister, and if they fail to reach consensus, an eight-member committee of parliamentarians from both the treasury and opposition benches would recommend a name, and even then if the committee did not reach a consensus, the ECP would suggest a name to fill the position.
PIA’s UK manager refuses to accept suspension orders LONDON
Pakistan International Airlines’ (PIA) United Kingdom Manager Mansoor Mela, who was suspended by the PIA management for delaying President Asif Ali Zardari’s flight from London to Pakistan last month, has refused to accept his suspension orders, sources told Pakistan Today on Wednesday. According to reports, Zardari’s flight got delayed when the president, on his arrival at the airport, was informed that PIA’s country manager was not present at the airport and had not issued any directions to facilitate the departure of the president’s plane on time. Complaining about the “lack of care and protocol”, the president’s military secretary
protested to the Ministry of Defence and sought immediate suspension of Mela. The ministry complied. However, sources in London have claimed that Mela has ignored his suspension orders and is still holding on to the office and takes all policy decisions as PIA’s country manager in UK. PIA sources in Karachi said Mela’s brother was a federal minister and was trying his best to get Mela reinstated. “But the new PIA managing director is an upright and honest officer, who does not give in to political pressure. Therefore, the cancellation of his suspension orders in unlikely,” the source added. PIA Media Relations Manager Sultan Hasan said he was not bound to comment on the development.
Nawaz was also critical of the PML-Q, saying the party’s politics were beyond comprehension. He said his party had played its role to enable the parliament complete its term. Nawaz said if his party had not been in the way, President Asif Ali Zardari would have taken several steps to weaken democracy in the country. “But the president always tried to weaken the Punjab government,” he said. Nawaz added that the PMLN was a national party and its presence in all provinces was a symbol of unity. He announced to run a full-fledged election campaign across Sindh.
By-poll wins can’t bring tsunami of change, says Imran LAhOrE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) Chief Imran Khan on Wednesday said a tsunami of change could not be brought through wins in by-elections. Khan was apparently taking a jibe at the PML-N, which swept seven seats in byelections held in nine constituencies across the country on Tuesday. Talking to reporters at Lahore airport, Khan said PPP founder Zulfikar Ali Bhutto himself brought the change after sweeping the general election. The PTI chairman said Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry was the only ray of hope for the deprived people of Pakistan, as he had given historic verdicts. “Hopefully the independent election commission will conduct free and fair polls,” he added. Khan added that distributing laptops would not earn the PML-N any fame, adding that the next general election would prove who was more popular among the people. To a question on Kalabagh Dam, he said the dam should be constructed after removing grievances of all stakeholders. inP
Dismissing governments not court’s job, says Shah ISLAMABAD: Federal Religious Affairs Minister Syed Khurshid Ali Shah on Wednesday said it was not the job of the judiciary to declare a government constitutional or unconstitutional. Reacting to the Supreme Court’s decision in Balochistan law and order case, he said courts did not have the authority to dissolve governments or usher in new administrations. “Courts should not give verdicts that create problems for everyone in the future.” Shah said that the constitution provided clear methods for changing elected governments. He said the Supreme Court should order delimitation of constituencies across the country, not only in Karachi. Shah said the Asghar Khan Case had been buried and government would not hand over Nawaz Sharif to FIA. “Some elements are trying their utmost to create bad blood between political forces,” he said. Shah said although past presidents had harmed democracy, the incumbent was the “greatest defender of democracy”. Shah said President Asif Ali Zardari would not participate in the campaign for the upcoming general election. Moreover, he said none of the governors would be changed in the caretaker setup for the upcoming election. agEnciEs
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Pakistan, India eye full-fledged Clashes erupt in Egypt despite proposal to end crisis SCO membership CAIRO
Information Minister Kaira says SCO to play effective role for peace in region
NDIA and Pakistan confirmed interest in becoming full-fledged members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) as the heads of governments meeting of the SCO countries concluded on Wednesday with the signing of a series of joint documents. Addressing the SCO Conference in Kyrgyzstan‚ Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira welcomed the SCO’s decision to grant the status of observer state to Afghanistan and dialogue partner status to Turkey. He also demanded the status of a member country for Pakistan at the forum. Praising the performance of the SCO, Kaira hoped the organisation
would play an effective role in establishing peace and stability in the region. The minister said Pakistan gave much importance to the SCO with regard to tackling terrorism as the regional countries were facing a constant threat of terrorism. “We are looking forward to beginning work with you as a fullfledged member,” he said. Meanwhile, Indian Deputy Foreign Minister Sanjey Singh said, “We would be very happy to continue working in SCO as a full-fledged member as soon as the organisation makes a decision to expand.” Earlier, the 11th heads of government meeting of the SCO opened on Wednesday morning with a focus on strengthening cooperation in economy and cultural exchanges within the framework of the SCO.
The heads of government of China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan approved the organisation’s budget for 2013. The participants also signed a statement on the SCO Development Fund, a joint communiqué and some SCO reports. Meanwhile, the customs service heads of the SCO countries signed a memorandum of cooperation on protecting intellectual property rights and a protocol to the agreement on interaction in the provision of assistance in dealing with the consequences of emergencies. Leaders from the six SCO members’ states – China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan – and SCO observer countries Mongolia, Pakistan, Iran, India and Afghanistan attended the meeting.
US wants greater Pak-Afghan dialogue WASHINGTON OnlinE
Welcoming the recent “positive” talks between the foreign ministers of Afghanistan and Pakistan, the United States has highlighted the need for “greater dialogue” between the two countries. “We’ve welcomed that kind of cooperation. We want to see greater dialogue between them,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters. “Obviously our role, as well as Pakistan’s role, is the same. We want to see an Afghan-led reconciliation process. I think that we would view any kind of dialogue between Afghanistan
and Pakistan that furthers that ultimate goal to be very positive,” he said. The US wants to play a facilitative role in this process, Toner said in response to a question. His remarks came days after Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar and her Afghan counterpart Zalmai Rassoul held talks in Islamabad. During their meeting, Khar presented a draft of the Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) to Rassoul. Both ministers told a news conference after their talks that they would like the pact to be signed as soon as possible, though Rassoul made it clear that such an agreement required “full trust” between the two sides.
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The court had directed the ECP to examine the possibility of reversing the names of voters back to Karachi where their names were previously recorded, leaving an option with such voters to transfer their votes, if they desired, to any other town/city of Pakistan, by making a request to the respective representative of Election Commission of Pakistan before the announcement of the schedule of elections. “There can be no escape from the fact that a free, fair, just and transparent election is the very heart of our democratic system, as envisaged by the Constitution,” the judgment added. The court held that such elections must not only be held in a fair, just and honest manner but also appear to be so in order to inspire the confidence of the electorate. The judgment further ruled that the provisions of Article 219 of the constitution and the Electoral Rolls Act, 1974 and rules framed there under must necessarily be interpreted in manner so as to achieve the said object. Consequently, The Election Commission must fulfil its obligation cast upon it by Article 218 to ensure holding free, fair and transparent elections and to achieve such purpose seek assistance, if necessary from the executive authorities in the federation in
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this behalf that are obliged to render such assistance by virtue of Article 220. “There is no denial of the fact that free, fair, honest, transparent and just election is demand of the day as the parliamentary system of the country is strengthening day by day,” the court ruled, adding that all eligible citizens had a fundamental right of franchise, which must be protected by issuing appropriate directions. The verdict observed that Karachi had a peculiar background that included a serious law and order situation, detailed stock of the same has been taken by this court in the case of Watan Party vs Federation of Pakistan (PLD 2011 SC 997). The court recalled that in the said judgment categorical directions were made for delimitation of the constituencies of Karachi with the observation to avoid political polarisation and to break the cycle of ethnic strife and turf war, boundaries of administrative units like police station, revenue estates, etc, ought to be altered so that the members of different communities may live together in peace and harmony, instead of allowing various groups to claim that particular areas belonged to them and declare certain areas as “no go” areas under their fearful influence. The judgment further ruled that the discrepancies in the
electoral roll of Karachi identified by the learned counsel for the petitioners by way of example, “examined in conjunction with the admitted position of the Election Commission that a door-to-door verification of the entire residents of Karachi had not been carried out leads to the conclusion that the electoral rolls of Karachi do not inspire confidence and the possibility that a significant number of residents of Karachi may have been disenfranchised cannot be ignored”. “An accurate Electoral Roll is a sine quo non for the holding of a free, fair and transparent election, which is not only the command of the constitution but also a fundamental right of the citizens, which appears to have been compromised qua the residents of Karachi,” the verdict added. The judgment recalled that the court while deciding the case of Workers’ Party Pakistan (supra) had already highlighted the importance of preparation of the electoral list to ensure free and fair elections and had held that fair, free, honest and just elections were since qua non for strengthening of democracy. To achieve this goal, accurate preparation/revision of electoral roll was immediately required to be undertaken by the Election Commission through credible and independent agencies, the ruling added.
Japan woman arrested over 160 dogs living in own waste TOKYO agEnciEs
A woman, who kept 160 starving dogs in her house among tonnes of their own waste, has been arrested by Japanese police, an official said on Wednesday. Ten tonnes of animal waste and other rubbish were removed from Noriko Ishii’s house after the dogs were taken away, he said. One Bernese Mountain Dog kept by Ishii, 43, weighed just seven kilogrammes – a sixth of what it should have, said the official in Osaka, adding all the animals were “very scrawny”. Jobless Ishii could face a fine of up to 500,000 yen ($6,000) if convicted under Japan’s animal protection laws.
Protests erupted between the supporters of Egypt President Mohamed Mursi and those protesting against his new ‘sweeping powers’ on Wednesday, while inside the building his deputy proposed a way to end a crisis over a draft constitution that has split the most populous Arab nation. Mursi’s opponents also set fire to the headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood’s political party in Ismailia. Stones and petrol bombs flew outside the palace. Two were hit in the legs by what their friends said were bullets fired during the clashes in streets around the compound in north-
ern Cairo. One of them was bleeding heavily. A leftist group said Mursi’s supporters had cut the ear off one of its members, inflicting serious head wounds on him. Riot police began to deploy between the two sides to try to end the violence which flared after dark despite an attempt by Vice President Mahmoud Mekky to calm the political crisis. He said amendments to disputed articles in the draft constitution could be agreed with the opposition. A written agreement could then be submitted to the next parliament, to be elected after a referendum on the constitution on December 15. “There must be consensus,” he told a news conference, saying opposition demands must be respected to
Clinton praises Nato’s progress as she bids farewell BRUSSELS agEnciEs
Hillary Clinton on Wednesday bade farewell to her NATO allies after making her last appearance as US secretary of state here, praising the military alliance for having made “great strides”. “I’ve spent a bit of my time in this building over the past four years, and I think it was time well spent,” Clinton mused, speaking after two days of talks among the 28-member alliance in Brussels. “The alliance has made great strides,” the top US diplomat said, praising the 60year old organisation, founded in the early days of the Cold War, as one of the world’s “greatest forces for stability and security”. Clinton has been a regular visitor to the rambling NATO headquarters over the four years of her tenure, attending its six-monthly foreign ministerial meetings. But she is due to step down early in 2013, saying she wants to return to private life after two decades in the public eye. Rumours are rife in Washington about her potential successor, with US ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice
and veteran Democratic senator John Kerry the odds-on favourites to head up America’s diplomacy. But Rice’s long-held hopes of getting the top job are now hostage to Washington power games as Republicans gun for the UN envoy, claiming she misled the American people over the attack on the US mission in Benghazi, Libya on September 11. Clinton ran through a list of the alliance’s achievements, including planning the drawdown of the NATO-led operation in Afghanistan, “a major successful operation in Libya”, resuming deep-frozen talks with Russia and the enlargement of the alliance. The United States is “grateful” to NATO, Clinton said, insisting that the alliance is now “needed more than ever and so we must all continue to invest in it. “After more than 60 years it keeps us safe, it projects security and stability globally. And through our partnerships we are able to do more in more places,” Clinton said. “For the United States we find it extremely valuable to be able to consult closely with our European allies on challenges from Syria to the Middle East and North Korea.”
overcome the crisis. Opposition leader Amr Moussa, a former foreign minister and secretary-general of the Arab League, said Mursi should make a formal offer for dialogue if his opponents were to consider seriously Mekky’s ideas for a way out of the political impasse. “We are ready when there is something formal, something expressed in definite terms, we will not ignore it,” Moussa said during talks with other opposition figures. Opposition leaders have previously urged Mursi to retract a decree widening his powers, defer the plebiscite and agree to revise the constitution, but have not echoed calls from street protesters for his overthrow and the “downfall of the regime”.
China mine blast kills 17 BEIJING agEnciEs
A gas blast in a southwest China coal mine left 17 people dead on Wednesday, state press said of the latest accident in the dangerous industry. The explosion occurred at the Shangchang Coal Mine in Yunnan province on Wednesday afternoon when 66 miners were in the shaft, Xinhua news agency said. Forty-nine miners were able to safely escape the mine with their lives, while the other 17 were pronounced dead, the report said. An investigation into the incident is ongoing. China is the world’s biggest consumer of coal, relying on the fossil fuel for about 70 per cent of its growing energy needs. But its mines are among the deadliest in the world due to lax regulation, corruption and inefficiency. Accidents are common because safety is often neglected by bosses seeking quick profits. According to the latest official figures, 1,973 people died in coal mining accidents in China in 2011, a 19 percent fall on the previous year. But labour rights groups say the actual death toll is likely to be much higher, partly due to under-reporting of accidents as mine bosses seek to limit their financial losses and avoid punishment.
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Senate body directs HEC to avoid controversies ISLAMABAD sTaFF REPORT
usElEss? Workers repairing a broken clean water pipeline. INP
Cda’s water conservation plan fails ISLAMABAD OnlinE
Capital Development Authority (CDA) had started a campaign for water conservation in the federal capital, but residents of G-sectors are still facing serious problems of water shortage. The CDA campaign for water conservation included imposition of fines for water wastage, creating awareness regarding water usage and effective monitoring of leakages in the water supply. Residents of G-sectors 6-7- and 8 are faced with serious problems due to leakages in water supply lines. Residents said that CDA members had paid no attention to the problem, as 40 to 50 percent of the water had flooded streets that had not only led to a water shortage, but created problems in the streets as well. Residents said that this indifference and lack of concern would lead to a major water shortage. CDA Spokesman Ramzan Sajid said that they were trying to replace the leaky pipelines and ensure cleanliness. “We have launched multiple campaigns in collaboration with different NGOs and local schools to create awareness among people regarding water conservation,” he said
ENATE Standing Committee on Education and Training Chairman Abdul Nabi Bangash on Wednesday directed HEC not to stir controversy because of one person and said that the issue should not be politicised. The meeting was held at the Parliament House with Senator Bangash in the chair. The committee primarily focused its attention on the issue of extensions given to two MP scale officers of HEC. The committee held a discussion on the issue of the former HEC ED Dr Sohail Naqvi’s termination. Bangash said that the committee would fully support HEC, but it should work within its constitutional domain. Senator Afrasiab Khattak said that the previous
HEC Ordinance was in contrast to the constitution and until a new ordinance was formed, it should follow the constitution and orders given by the prime minister. He opined that HEC must abide by the federal cabinet’s decision taken on June 27, 2011, which defined
the position of HEC. He said that a new draft law for HEC was pending and needed to be accelerated. Senator Najma Hameed also said that the legal and constitutional position should be adhered to. The committee took notice of allegations made in
SNGPL to cut off PML-N MNA’s supply for stealing gas ISLAMABAD OnlinE
Sui Northern Gas Limited (SNGL) has decided to snap the gas connections of textile mills owned by Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz MNA Asim Nazir in Faisalabad on charges of stealing gas. An SNGPL official said that Maqsood Textile Mills was owned by Asim and his brother Shahid Nazir, and the mill’s management had been using gas from the commercial con-
nection of an adjoining bakery, as commercial consumers were exempt from gas load management like domestic consumers, said a media report. The SNGL would also hold an inquiry into the matter. On condition of anonymity, the official said that the management of Maqsood Textile Mills had been stealing gas through a commercial connection for the last three years and Asim had used his political clout to silence SNGPL.
print media by former HEC Chairman Dr Atta-urRehman. Bangash asked HEC Chairman Dr Javed Laghari whether Atta-ur-Rehman’s allegations regarding the exploitation of HEC by parliamentarians were true, but Laghari categorically
denied them. Laghari said that the HEC was not under pressure from any parliamentarian regarding the attestation of fake degrees, scholarship or any other illegal favour. The federal minister informed the committee that stories floating about HEC and the removal of Dr Naqvi seemed to be a joke as the PM had stated that his extension was illegal. He further informed the committee that the concerned ministry would soon advertise the post of executive director. The committee chairman directed HEC to advertise of the post of executive director. The committee took strong notice of the nonpayment of a 20 percent increase in salaries and shortfall in the budget for HEC. It recommended that all financial problems faced by universities, including salary raise and funds for research should be resolved at the earliest.
CIED disposes of 329 cases of missing persons ISLAMABAD sTaFF REPORT
The Commission of Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances (CIED) disposed off 329 cases of missing persons from January 1, 2011 to November 30 this year. According to a press release issued by the commission on Wednesday, a total of 913 cases of enforced disappearances had been lodged and after disposing off 329 cases, the current number of cases under investigation was 584. CIED, comprising of former senior Supreme Court judge Justice Javed Iqbal and Muhammad Sharif Virk had been conducting proceedings in Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi and Quetta. The commission had been conducting proceedings on a regular basis with the assistance of law enforcing agencies to trace out the missing persons.
PiMS asked to improve services at oPd, emergency ward ISLAMABAD aPP
Citizens have urged the management at Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) to improve its service delivery system at the Out-Patient Department (OPD) and emergency ward. Patients complained that they were being attended by junior doctors most of the time in OPD and the emergency ward. Muhammad Aslam, an attendant, said, “At least one doctor should accompany junior doctors as they do not have adequate experience to give expert medical opinion to patients, due to which they have to turn to private hospitals for treatment,” Patients from far flung areas complained that they were often turned away and called in later for check ups and surgeries. Sometimes doctors on duty refused to even treat them without a reason, they said. Salim Imran, an attendant at the Medical Ward said, “No senior doctor was available to examine my
brother.” He suggested that there should be frequent surprise visits from the concerned ministry’s officials to monitor the situation and check the attitude of doctors. When contacted, an official at the hospital said that over 4,000 patients visited the hospital’s OPD daily for treatment. He said that out of the total number of incoming patients, 75 percent of them were following up on check ups, while 25 percent new patients came to the OPD daily. He said that unlike medical practices abroad, where one doctor examined five to seven patients daily, each doctor at PIMS had to examine 200 patients. He said that a seven to eight- member team of doctors performed duties in OPDs, including the medical officer, professor, assistant professor and post graduates. He said that PIMS had been established to provide special health services to patients suffering from critical diseases however the hospital had become a major center for all patients from various parts of the country.
CARELESSNESS: People protest against the carelessness of doctors at Benazir Bhutto Hospital that allegedly resulted in the death of their relative. INP
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Sale of fish increases as temperature drops
Rawalpindi Cantonment Board has made hepatitis A, B and C tests and vaccine injections compulsory for employees working in bakeries, restaurants and other shops and factories dealing in edibles. According to sources, the Cantt Board decided to issue licences to shops and factory owners who obtained a hepatitis negative report from the Cantonment General Hospital. The board started sending notices to owners of bakeries, restaurants, meat shops, milk shops, grocery shops and shops of other eatables in this regard. Cantt Board Executive Officer Rana Manzoor Ahmed Khan took notice of the carelessness of concerned authorities and shopkeepers regarding hygiene. As a result the Food Department In-charge Ghulam Rasul Satti made teams to inspect shops, bakeries and restaurants. Employees have been queuing outside the Cantonment General Hospital to get hepatitis tests and vaccinations against the disease.
The sharp drop in temperature in the twin cities has led to a hike in the sale of fish and increase in the number of sale points in different areas. The demand for fish in the capital has increased due to the decrease in temperature during the past few days. The sale of different kinds of fish including Rohu, Mahasher, Thela fish, Salmon, Silver and common Carp, has increased as people throng to fish sale points all over the twin cities. Market rates for a kilogramme of raw fish vary according to the type of fish. Rohu is being sold for Rs 250 per kg, Mahasher for Rs 300, Silver for Rs 240 and Salmon for Rs 700. Fried fish points have also been set up throughout the twin cities. Fried fish shops on Melody Food Street in sector G-6, Aabpara Market and G-10 Markaz are among those most frequented. A kilogramme of fried Rohu fish is sold for Rs 500, Silver at Rs 450, Salmon for Rs 1,500 and Mahasher for Rs 650 in Islamabad. Pakistan’s developing fishing industry has a significant share in the national economy and contributes to 1 percent of the Gross National Product.
tax on foreign calls abolished
Teachers’ casual leaves banned again
RAWALPINDI sTaFF REPORT
Headmasters and headmistresses of Rawalpindi district schools have banned casual leave for all male and female teachers. After the imposition of the ban, a wave of anxiety and unrest has spread among teachers. SES Teachers Association District President Chaudhry Yasin and other office bearers said that they had been told about the ban on the casual leave. They said that it was a cruel step and the ban should be removed immediately, otherwise they would stage protest demonstrations. When contacted, the executive district officer said that he had not directed the imposition of the ban and the headmasters and headmistresses had done that on their own. He said that teachers could take leaves by informing concerned authorities in advance.
‘Carrots make people more attractive’
People who eat fruits and vegetables like carrots and plums are considered more attractive, say scientists. Their research showed that men and women whose skin had a yellow glow were thought to be particularly attractive and healthy, due to yellow pigments called carotenoids found in certain fruits and vegetables. The study’s co-author Ian Stephen said that only two months of increased consumption could produce visible results. This could lead to new strategies for encouraging young people to eat more fruits and vegetables, he said.
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POinTlEss: a road barrier thrown into the rain drain speaks volumes about the importance of law and order to the citizens. INP
US ambassador announces funding for wildlife conservation in Pakistan ISLAMABAD s Ta F F R E PO RT
S Ambassador to Pakistan Richard Olson on Wednesday underscored the United States’ strong commitment to wildlife conservation in Pakistan in his opening remarks at the Wildlife Conservation Day co-hosted by Quaid-i-Azam University. Around eighty students, activists, and government officials watched “Snow Leopard: Beyond the Myth,” a documentary filmed in Pakistan by Nisar Malik. They participated in a panel discussion
with wildlife experts to discuss conservation, human-animal conflict, animal trafficking, and solutions to problems faced by wildlife. Ambassador Olson said, “Wildlife trafficking affects all of us. Protecting wildlife means protecting our planet’s natural beauty for generations to come. But wildlife trafficking is also a national security issue, a public health issue, and an economic issue that is critical to countries and communities worldwide.” He announced two additional sources of US funding for wildlife conservation in Pakistan. A new USAID funded programme with
the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Snow Leopard Trust would improve cooperation among Bhutan, India, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Nepal, and Pakistan on snow leopard conservation and climate change adaptation in Asia’s high mountain landscapes. He said that the Ambassador’s fund would focus on wildlife conservation projects in local communities. United States and Pakistan had a rich history of cooperation on wildlife conservation, including the transfer of an abandoned snow leopard cub from Pakistan to the Bronx Zoo in New York in 2006.
Efforts of the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis proved fruitful as the tax on foreign calls was abolished on Wednesday. A tax had been imposed on international calls a few months ago and thousands of overseas Pakistanis had been affected by the step. Overseas Pakistanis Federal Minister Dr Farooq Sattar had taken an interest to resolve the problem and had written a letter to the president and prime minister in this regard. He had also met the prime minister and raised the issue, saying that it was not fair to impose taxes on overseas Pakistanis who contributed $13 million to the economy through remittances. The prime minister took action and directed the concerned authorities to abolish the tax.
FIA arrests two human traﬃckers RAWALPINDI aPP
Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Wednesday arrested two persons including a proclaimed offender involved in illegal human trafficking and cheating unemployed youth. FIA’s Anti Human Trafficking Cell apprehended former Gurjat Police Constable Faisal Nazar and his accomplice Shahid Manzoor for their alleged involvement in human trafficking, official sources told APP. They said that the accused had been involved in looting innocent people and unemployed youth by offering them lucrative job opportunities abroad.
Margazar Zoo to get new female elephant, lion and leopard ISLAMABAD s Ta F F R E PO RT
Capital Development Authority has decided to import a female elephant a lion and an ostrich for the Marghzar Zoo. CDA Chairman Tahir Shahbaz announced this decision while talking to media representatives during a visit to the zoo as part of a drive to conserve the environment. He said that an up-gradation and expansion of the zoo was needed to add recreational facilities, to enter-
tain children and provide a conducive atmosphere to them. The chairman said that Phase-I of the expansion project had been completed at a cost of Rs 19.37 million, and work on Phase-II would commence after completing the tendering process. He added that a tendering process for the purchase of new cats for zoo would be floated. He said that additional enclosures for the elephant and other animals had been constructed, which would help provide better facilities in the zoo.
Shahbaz said that CDA’s Environment Wing had chalked out a comprehensive programme for conservation of the environment and to raise awareness on environmental issues. The programme would be implemented in collaboration with partner organisations, NGOs, schools, colleges, civil society organisations and environmentalists. He said that CDA would also launch an anti-littering campaign in the city as well. Environment Member Kazim Niaz apprised the chairman that the
Environment Wing had planned different activities in collaboration with public and private schools and NGOs to raise awareness for keeping the city clean and protecting the natural assets of Islamabad. The CDA has collaborated with WWF to holding adventurous activities in Margallah Hills National Park which included hiking and training on vegetation management, plantation, improvement of degraded areas, site areas, picnic spots and other environmental conservation measures.
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ESPITE observing Universal Children’s Day for over half a century, this year’s celebration was especially memorable for me as Pakistan recently held its Universal Periodic Review at the Human Rights Council in Geneva, according to a report by AlertNet. During the UPR, the state of child rights in Pakistan was highlighted and recommendations were made by several neighbouring countries. The event was well attended by the Pakistani government as the foreign minister, Hina Rabbani Khar, led a high-level delegation to this event. It seemed like a step in the right direction. Should the Pakistani government accept and effectively implement all of those recommendations, the state of child rights in the country will improve significantly. The meeting began with a moment to celebrate the many victories over the past four years. The recommendations accepted by Pakistan in 2008 were reported to be widely circulated and well received by Pakistan’s robust civil society, independent judiciary, free and active media in Pakistan which is playing a key role in the protection of human rights. This has played a strong role in creating positive changes in legislation, policy and practice, including the ratification of the International Covenant on Civil and Political
Rights (ICCPR), Convention against Torture (CAT), Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Optional Protocol to the Convention of the Rights of the Child on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography. But there is a long way to go before Pakistan can proudly say that it is a society that respects the rights of all people and does not discriminate based on race, gender and religion. In their recommendations, states present at the meeting focused on a few key topics, including minority rights, ratification of the UN Human Rights instruments, women and children’s rights, education for girls and support for the establishment of the National Commission on Human Rights. Specifically for children, they suggested universal free primary education to all children, prevention programmes and policy on sexual exploitation and abuse of children, rehabilitation of children recovered from militants or extremists, legislation to prohibit and prevent the employment of children as domestic workers and adequate resources in implementing programmes to achieve the Millennium Development Goals with priority focus on vulnerable groups such as women and children. Some old and traditional practices in Pakistan were also challenged. There were recommendation to implement laws and policies to eliminated early and forced marriage, in order to propel an end to rape, sex-
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ual exploitation and forced conversions of scheduled caste girls. These recommendations were thoughtful and achievable. It is time that the Pakistani government respond to the recommendations, invest and take action. All the pending bills including the Charter of Child Rights Bill, the Criminal Laws Amendment (Child Protection) Bill, National Commission on the Rights of Children Bill, the Child Marriages Restraint Amendment Bill and the Prohibition of Corporal Punishment Bill should be passed with urgency. Some argue that the problem lies with a decentralised system in the Pakistani government, where child rights are a provincial responsibility. The result could be devastating. Balochistan is the only province which has not introduced any child rights specific legislation since independence, which means children are not afforded protection by law and are not guaranteed essential services such as education. Instead of being passive about such situations, it is my opinion that the federal government should lead in the country’s vision, putting pressure on provincial governments to invest in children. For instance, provinces such as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh have passed child rights related laws but the implementation of these laws and budgetary allocation still hangs in the balance. Our children have a right to be protected, educated, fed and heard. It is about time we give them just that.
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08 News thousands celebrate thai king’s birthday BAnGkOk: In a rare public appearance, Thailand’s king has called for unity and stability in the divided nation during a speech to mark his 85th birthday. Vast crowds of devoted Thais turned out on Wednesday in Bangkok for a brief glimpse of King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Bhumibol sat on a throne on a balcony overlooking a plaza with a crowd that police estimated at 200,000 as he delivered a brief homily on national harmony. Most in the crowd were dressed in the royal colour of yellow, many waving Thai flags and flags adorned with the king’s insignia. The turnout was a vivid demonstration of the affection in which many hold for Bhumibol, despite political turmoil in recent years that has raised doubts about the future of the monarchy. Bhumibol’s family flanked him for part of his appearance, including Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn, his son and heirapparent. The king, who is seen as almost a demi-god by many in the politically turbulent nation, told the crowd that the “goodwill” Thais had shown by attending the ceremony together “gives me the confidence that your kindness is key to bringing unity to the people and the nation”. Chants of “Long live the king!” followed the royal motorcade as it made its way to and from the hospital where Bhumibol’ has lived for three years since suffering a respiratory illness in 2009. agEnciEs
Syrian civil war spills into Lebanon as rebels close in on Damascus TRIPOLI
UNMEN loyal to opposite sides in neighbouring Syria’s civil war battled on Wednesday in the streets of a northern Lebanese city where two days of fighting killed at least five people and wounded 45, officials said. The Lebanese army fanned out in the city of Tripoli to calm the fighting, with soldiers patrolling the streets in armoured personnel carriers and manning checkpoints. Authorities closed major roads because of sniper fire. The fighting comes at a time of deep uncertainty in Syria, with rebels closing in on President Bashar Assad’s seat of power in Damascus.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday urged Syria’s regime against using its stockpile of chemical weapons, warning of “huge consequences” if Mr. Assad resorts to such weapons of mass destruction. “I again urge in the strongest possible terms that they must not consider using this kind of deadly weapons of mass destruction,” Mr. Ban told The Associated Press, speaking on the sidelines of a climate conference in Qatar. Syria has been careful not to confirm that it has chemical weapons, but the regime insists it would never use them against the Syrian people. Mr. Ban also suggested that he would not favour an asylum deal for the Syrian leader as a way to end the country’s civil war and cautioned that the United Nations doesn’t allow anyone “impunity.” Mr. Assad
has vowed to “live and die” in Syria, but as the violence grinds on there is speculation that he might seek asylum. The Syria conflict has spilled over into Turkey, Israel and Jordan over the past 20 months, but Lebanon is particularly vulnerable to getting sucked in. The countries share a complex web of political and sectarian ties and rivalries that are easily enflamed. Lebanon, a country plagued by decades of strife, has been on edge since the uprising in Syria began, and deadly clashes between pro- and anti-Assad Lebanese groups have erupted on several occasions. Tensions in Tripoli have been mounting since last week, when reports emerged that some 17 Lebanese Sunni fighters were killed inside Syria, apparently after they joined the rebellion against Assad. The bod-
Serbian naTo envoy ‘jumps to death in brussels car park’ BRUSSELS agEnciEs
Nato approves Patriot missiles for turkey ISTAnBUL: The NATO military alliance has agreed to the deployment of Patriot missiles as requested by member Turkey to help defend its border against possible threats from Syria. “NATO has agreed to augment Turkey’s air defence capabilities in order to defend the population and territory of Turkey and to contribute to the de-escalation of the crisis along the alliance’s border,” a statement released on Tuesday said. The statement, attributed to the foreign ministers of the alliance, cited “repeated violations of Turkey’s territory” as the reason the deployment had been approved. “We stand with Turkey in the spirit of strong solidarity,’’ Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the NATO secretary-general, said in Brussels. “To anyone who would want to attack Turkey, we say, ‘Don’t even think about it!’” The ministers said: “We express our appreciation to the Turkish people and authorities for assisting Syrian citizens who found refuge in Turkey. We call for an end to violence in Syria, which represents a serious threat to stability and security in the region. “We fully support the efforts of the international community to find a peaceful solution.” agEnciEs
gaza sTRiP: Palestinian security guards pray at a football stadium, which witnesses said was destroyed in an israeli air strike. AgENCIES
Iraq denies entry to Turkish minister BAGHDAD agEnciEs
A plane carrying Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz to an energy conference in Iraqi Kurdistan has been denied permission to land by the central government in Baghdad. A Turkish energy ministry official said the plane, which was en route from Istanbul to the northern Iraqi city of Arbil on Tuesday, was forced to land in Turkey’s Kayseri, southeast of the capital Ankara. The plane would not seek permission to land again and the minister would now not attend the conference, the official said. It was not immediately clear why the minister’s private aircraft had been denied permission and officials in Baghdad were not immediately available for comment. Ties between Ankara and Baghdad have been strained for the past year since Shia Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri
al-Maliki ordered the arrest of Sunni Vice President Tareq al-Hashemi, based on allegations that he ran death squads. Turkey is now giving sanctuary to Hashemi. Turkey accuses Maliki of sowing sectarian discord by trying to sideline his Sunni rivals while Maliki says it is Ankara that is stirring sectarian tension. Both leaders have exchanged public insults and both countries have summoned each other’s top diplomats over the past year in tit-for-tat manoeuvres. Ankara has increasingly courted Iraqi Kurds as its relations with the Shia-led central government in Baghdad have soured.
Mali rebels agree to respect ‘national unity’ BAMAKO agEnciEs
The Malian government and two rebel groups have agreed to respect the country’s “national unity”, after holding their first talks to try and end a criss that has seen the west African country effectively split in two. Delegations from the government, the Islamist Ansar Dine and the Tuareg Azawad National Liberation Movement (known by its French acronym, MNLA) agreed “on the respect for Mali’s national unity and territorial integrity”, and “on the rejection of any form of extremism and terrorism” they said in a statement after the talks in Burkina Faso.
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ies of some of the men were later shown in Syrian state TV. On Wednesday, Lebanese Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour was informed by Syrian Ambassador Ali Abdul Karim Ali that Syria had agreed to repatriate the men’s bodies. Lebanon’s National News Agency said the countries would soon discuss how to hand over the bodies. Anti-Syrian politicians in Lebanon have criticized the Hezbollah-led government for what they call a lack of effort to get the bodies back. Lebanon’s Hezbollah supports Mr. Assad. Lebanese security officials said at least five people have been killed and 45 wounded in the Tripoli fighting since Tuesday. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to talk to the media.
Tuesday’s talks in Ouagadougou were organised by Blaise Compaore, the president of Burkina Faso and west Africa’s top mediator for the crisis. The rebel groups control much of the north of the country, which they have termed Azawad and earlier declared to be independent of the national government. The talks came as the African Union and Chad issued renewed calls for the United Nations to authorise military intervention to retake northern Mali. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has said it is ready to deploy 3,300 troops once it has approval from the United Nations, which is expected to decide sometime next month. Alassane Outtara, the president
of the Ivory Coast, said on Tuesday that armed intervention in Mali was “indispensable” and “[should be done] in the shortest timeframe”. “Political dialogue is certainly needed but a military intervention seems to me indispensable and [should be done] in the shortest timeframe,” Ouattara said in Paris following talks with French President Francois Hollande. In Ouagadougou, Compaore separately met Ansar Dine and MNLA representatives on Tuesday, a day after sitting down with the Bamako envoys. Moussa Ag Assarid, a spokesperson for the MNLA, told the AFP news agency that the meeting “went very well”. “No commitments were made, other
than to get together around the same negotiating table,” he said. Tiebile Drame, a spokesperson for the Malian government, said on Tuesday that authorities require the MNLA “to solemnly and formally renounce their aims of independence and self-determination”. Two other rebel groups are also active in Mali’s north: al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO). A coup in March plunged the once stable west African democracy into turmoil, allowing a longrunning separatist movement in the north to take advantage and secure huge swathes of territory.
The Serbian ambassador to NATO has died after jumping from a platform in an airport car park in the Belgian capital Brussels, media reports say. The Serbian foreign ministry confirmed that Branislav Milinkovic, 52, had died, but did not give details. It paid tribute to his work. Media reports said he jumped on Tuesday night in the presence of Serbian officials who had arrived in Brussels for diplomatic talks. Serbia is not a member of the alliance. The incident happened at around 18:00 (17:00 GMT). Emergency services were called to the scene, but were not able to revive Mr Milinkovic, sources at Brussels airport said. Earlier on Tuesday, Mr Milinkovic had seemed “completely normal, talking to journalists in the corridors of NATO,” a Serbian journalist in Brussels told the AFP news agency. Nato Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said in a statement that he was “deeply saddened” by the news.
Typhoon bopha death toll rises MANILA agEnciEs
The death toll from a powerful storm battering the southern Philippines has risen to about 200, as rescue teams arrive in affected areas. At least 156 people are known to have died in Compostela Valley province alone when Typhoon Bopha struck eastern Mindanao, local officials said. Rescuers have reached most areas, but have had difficulty getting to some isolated communities. Many were evacuated ahead of the storm, now over the western island of Palawan. The typhoon is expected to move out into the South China Sea on Thursday.
arab Spring nations slip in corruption index CAIRO agEnciEs
Egypt has fallen in a global league table of perceived official corruption in the past year, and the Arab Spring revolutions have yet to produce serious anti-corruption action across the region, Transparency International (TI) says. In its annual Corruption Perceptions Index, released on Wednesday, the Berlinbased group said Egypt had fallen six places to 118th out of 176 countries as levels of bribery, abuse of power and secret dealings remain high in the Arab world’s most populous nation. The public-sector league table - on which the higher the ranking, the cleaner a country is - produced a mixed picture for nations swept up in last year’s unrest.
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News 09 CNG associations pay no heed to people’s misery kArAChI/LAhOrE/PEShAwAr: CNG associations across the country continued their unannounced strike on Wednesday, adding to the miseries of the motorists. CNG supply has been closed in Lahore until Wednesday as part of the government’s load management plan. For more than a week, compressed natural gas was also unavailable in the Potohar region and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, despite CNG dealers’ assurance about ending their strike. On Monday, All Pakistan CNG Association Chairman Ghayas Paracha had assured the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Petroleum and Gas that sales would be resumed across the country. In Sindh, all CNG stations were closed for the next 48 hours from Monday night after an announcement by the Sui Southern Gas Company. Motorists all over the country continued to suffer due to the deadlock between the CNG associations and the government. agEnciEs
landiKOTal: a security official stands next to the bottles of cheap liquor seized on Wednesday. INP
Pakistani, Indian experts suggest solutions to outstanding bilateral issues NEW DELHI
FTER two days of busy and heated discussions, a meeting of former diplomats, army and navy officers, and peace activists concluded with a framework to resolve the Sir Creek dispute which, along with Siachen and Kashmir, is one of the three main territorial thorns hurting India-Pakistan relations. The “Aman Ki Asha” strategic seminar concluded with experts underlining that despite the existing impasse even after several bilateral meetings, the Sir Creek issue was not intractable. “The solution is complex because of historical hostilities and linkages to other more weighty issues,”‘ a statement said, while pointing out that a successful survey was carried out in 2007. The proposals on which both sides agreed included de-linking the maritime boundary from that of land and delineation from seaward to a point where both sides concur. It was also proposed and agreed
upon that the non-delineated area be declared a free zone, or a maritime sensitive zone, or even wetland of significance, or be turned into a jointly administered maritime park. “The non-delineated area (Sir Creek and approaches) may also be designated a ‘zone of disengagement’ straddling the maritime boundary in which fishermen from the two countries would be permitted (under licence) to fish without fear of arrest and subsequent incarceration,” some experts suggested. The experts highlighted that as long as shore points were mutually acceptable to both sides, the boundary line delineated using the angular bisection method would undergo only minimal changes when the final baselines were established. The seminar also saw several proposals being offered to resolve the Siachen issue. It was proposed that a comprehensive resolution be worked out and that the two sides should consider redeployment from the area despite territorial claims while retaining the option of punitive action should the other side renege on the commitments
Pakistan links release of senior Taliban with Washington’s stance KABUL OnlinE
Islamabad will not free senior Taliban leaders, including Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, unless all parties involved in the Afghan war, including Washington, did not participate in the Afghan reconciliation process, a senior Pakistan official has said. Afghan media reports quoted a senior Pakistani official as saying that Islamabad would not be able to free senior Taliban leaders unless Washington’s stance in Afghan peace talks did not become clear. The unnamed Pakistani official said Islamabad would be held responsible if Afghan peace talks failed despite the freedom of senior Taliban leaders from Pakistani jails. However, the Afghan High Peace Council emphasised that Washington and other allied nations of the Afghan government supported the Afghan peace process. That led to Pakistan freeing nine Taliban members during a visit by Afghan High Peace Council delegation last month. However, insiders say Pakistan has set specific conditions, including Washington’s stance on Afghan peace talks, in order to free Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar and other senior Taliban militants.
agreed upon. One of the proposals suggested a seven-point sequential formula for Siachen. The formula called for the setting up of a joint civilian commission to delineate the line beyond the point where it remains unmarked, besides a joint military commission to demarcate and authenticate the actual ground position line (AGPL) on the ground and maps. The determination of the places to which redeployment will be effected would be jointly agreed on, it said, while adding that disengagement and demilitarisation would occur in accordance with a mutually acceptable time frame. The formula called on each side to remove munitions and other military equipment and waste from areas under their control before withdrawal. It said the ongoing cooperative monitoring of all these activities and of the resulting demilitarised zone would be agreed to ensure/assure transparency. The experts proposed a joint scientific centre in the area for environmental studies while stressing on the need to resolve the issue bilaterally in line with the Simla Agreement and the La-
hore Declaration without any change in the area’s status. Besides this, the experts called for the establishment of a joint working group to recommend detailed redeployment and oversee implementation of the process with variability in process likely due to changing weather conditions. They also called for force disengagement during summer besides determination of place(s) to which redeployment would be effected along with the timeframe and mechanism for joint management of the demilitarised zone as recommended by the joint working group. The formula proposed the primary monitoring and verification mechanisms to be both bilateral and cooperative. “The two essentials will be monitoring and verification during disengagement and thereafter for the demilitarised zone to ensure no re-occupation of the glacier.” The participants agreed that an in-depth Kashmir conference be held to discuss all socio-political, economic aspects on the issue to arrive at major conclusions and practical recommendations.
No such thing as marital rape: indian court nEw DELhI: A man charged with raping his wife has been acquitted by a Delhi court on the grounds that having sexual relation with one’s spouse, even forcibly, does not amount to marital rape. District Judge JR Aryan discharged Ahmed Saeed, agreeing with the latter’s counsel that the Indian Penal Code (IPC) does not recognise any concept of marital rape. “The defence counsel rightly argued that the IPC does not recognise any such concept. If the complainant is a legally-wedded wife, sexual intercourse with her husband would not constitute to rape, even if it is done against her wish,” the court said. The woman had filed the case in 2007, alleging that after her first husband’s death the accused became very sympathetic and started visiting her frequently, and ultimately asked her to marry him. “Only after I had married Saeed in February 2006, I came to know that he just wanted to grab my property, which he and his four his sons later sold,” she said in the court. The police said in its charge sheet that Saeed had maintained physical relations with the complainant after their marriage and it could be a possibility that these relations were against her wish. inP
Curiosity shortlisted for Time’s Person of the Year 2012 NEWS DESK Despite actually being a carsized robotic rover with an array of scientific instruments instead of internal organs and a radioisotope thermoelectric generator rather than a heart, Nasa’s creation has been deemed to have met the “influenced the news this year for better or worse” criterion and visitors to the site will now be able to cast a vote in favour of the Martian tourist. Followers of the rover on Twitter will be well aware that, in addition to its capacity for scientific discovery over the two years of the mission, Curiosity’s team at Nasa has also worked hard to create a personality for
the vehicle. Tweets include anecdotes from the mission, an abundance of imagery — action shots, gifs and self-portraits — an attempt to check in on FourSquare, and an exchange with Britney Spears about the Oops!...I Did It Again video: “@britneyspears Hey Brit Brit. Mars is still looking good. Maybe someday an astronaut will bring me a gift, too. Drill bits crossed ;)” Curiosity joins other news-influencers on the shortlist including Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Psy, Tim Cook, Marissa Mayer, Mo Farah, Ai Wei Wei and Felix Baumgartner. Its sole nonhuman companion is the Higgs Boson particle.
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Persecuted Minorities in Pakistan
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a defective strategy bye-polls tell a different story
ne has to be cautious while making generalisations. Any conclusion drawn from the bye-polls held on Tuesday about the elections to come would at best be a matter of conjecture. The results nevertheless lead one to an inescapable conclusion: the strategy devised by the PPP and PML-Q was based on wishful thinking. It was simplistic to assume that by combining their respective vote banks the two allies would easily trump the PML-N. The formula was based on two assumptions which the results have made questionable. It was assumed that the popularity of the PPP and the PML-Q in Punjab has either increased or remains at the level of 2008. The results have shown that it has in fact gone down, at least in the constituencies where the elections were held. Another assumption was that most, if not all, voters of both the parties would support their joint candidates. This too has failed to happen. The polling results are therefore likely to increase distrust between the PPP and PML-Q. An outstanding example of the failure of the policy is NA-107 Gujrat-IV where their joint nominee lost the elections. In 2008, he had polled 69,101 votes and the candidate belonging to PPP 14,948 votes. Their combined strength of over 84,000 votes was considered enough to defeat the PML-N whose candidate had then polled 75,202 votes. One constituency after another bears witness to the miscalculation. While the PML-Q managed to win a provincial assembly seat from Narowal, its defeat in Gujrat would lead many to question the party’s claim that the district remains its stronghold. That the PPP failed to get even a single seat in bye-elections in eight constituencies of Punjab would raise questions about its standing in the province. A party candidate in Gujranwala who polled 23,892 votes in 2008, could get only 16,492 this time. And this was not the only case of the type. In Sahiwal, the PPP could put up no candidate of its own and relied instead on a pro-PTI independent who failed to win the seat. The PML-N’s performance was also below that of 2008. The party ruling Punjab lost two provincial seats that it had won last time. A winner running as an independent, however, announced joining the party soon after. One had hoped that those losing the elections would gracefully concede the defeat and draw the right conclusions for the future. The elections were conducted by the first independent EC. Barring minor incidents of violence and celebratory firing here and there, the polling was by and large peaceful. To call it “worst kind of rigging”, as PML-Q’s information secretary has done, amounts to putting a gloss over the alliance’s own failures.
By Malik Muhammad Ashraf
n the wake of recent reports about demolition of a Hindu temple in Karachi and desecration of a graveyard in Lahore belonging to a minority community, Chairman PPP Bilawal Zardari Bhutto in a statement has urged the political parties, religious outfits and organisations of the civil society to rise up to save what he called Jinnah’s Pakistan. Taking strong exception to these incidents, he said if such occurrences continued unabated and unchecked it could threaten the very existence of Pakistan. One can hardly take issues with his observations which express a genuine concern over the state of affairs in regards to the treatment being meted out to the minorities and the pummeling of their rights as a consequence of the emergence of religious extremism and culture of intolerance in the society, an off-shoot of the snowballing fanaticism in contravention of the vision of the Quaid, the commitment of the architects of the Pakistan resolution and the 1973 constitution. The Pakistan Resolution adopted on 23 March, 1940, while indicating the areas that would form the new state of Pakistan, also emphasised equality in regards to the rights of its citizens including the minorities in these words: “Adequate, effective and mandatory safeguards shall be specifically provided in the constitution for minorities in the units and in the regions for the protection of their religious, cultural, economic, political, administrative and other rights of minorities with their consultation.” The Quaid-i-Azam epitomised his vision in a broadcast talk on Pakistan to the people of United States in February 1948 in these words: “The constitution of Pakistan has yet to be framed. I do not know what the ultimate shape of this constitution is going to be, but I am sure that it will be of a democratic type embodying the essential principles of Islam. Islam and its idealism have taught us democracy. It has taught equality of men, justice and fair play to everybody. In any case, Pakistan is not going to be a theocratic state, to be ruled by priests with divine mission. We
have many non-Muslims, Hindus, Christians and Parsis but they are all Pakistanis. They will enjoy the same rights and privileges as any other citizen and will play their rightful part in the affairs of Pakistan.” His slogan of “unity, faith and discipline” is the pillar on which he wanted to erect the edifice that he envisioned. He was intensely aware of the fact that in a country with distinct cultural entities and regions, the only way Pakistan could move on the path towards its destiny successfully was an impregnable unity among its people. He was conscious of the fact that building a nation into a vibrant and sustainable entity was much more arduous and thorny than the struggle to win freedom. As is evident from the foregoing, he wanted to construct Pakistan as a progressive democratic country, deriving strength and inspiration from the lofty Islamic principles of brotherhood, equality and fraternity of man that form basic points of our religion, culture and civilisation. Regrettably, Pakistan has become a hostage to the self-proclaimed righteous guardians of the religious tenets as interpreted by them against the spirit of Islam which believes in building social harmony, peace and protection of the minorities living in an Islamic country. The culture of intolerance and persecution of the minorities started with the anti-Ahmedi agitation in 1953 that triggered a wave of mass harassment and persecution of that community which continues till today. Hindus also have received a rough treatment. Temples have been razed and reportedly forced conversions of Hindus to Islam in Sindh have been a constant phenomenon. Recent reports about migration of Hindus from Sindh to India, creating quite a stir in the country with the issue also resonating in the National Assembly, testifies to the maltreatment of that community at the hands of the religious extremists and the people under their influence. The Christian community in the country has also been a target of this culture of reli-
gious intolerance. Churches have been burnt and the community as a whole treated as a second rate citizens. The venom of the religious fanatics against Christians intensified after the promulgation of a blasphemy law during Zia regime which provided them with a legal cover to advance their agendas and wreak vengeance on minorities in the name of religion. From Shanti Nagar to Gojra the history of Pakistan is full of the murders of minorities at the hands religious zealots. The case of Asia Bibi, a mother of four which ignited a controversy over the blasphemy law itself, eventually culminated in the murder of Salmaan Taseer. Similarly, the murder of Shahbaz Bhatti, the minister for minority affairs, and incidents like the Rimsha case (thanks heavens she has finally been acquitted of the charge) are a stigma on the face of that land of the pure that we call Pakistan. The Rimsha case fully exposed the ill-intentions of the perpetrators of these excesses on the minorities. The religious bigotry and intolerance has done an incalculable harm to the national unity, brought bad name to Islam and created a diabolical image of Pakistan in the comity of nations. It has nullified the article 20 of the constitution and the spirit of tolerance that it desired to generate. This curse cannot be eliminated only through laws. There is an imperative need to inculcate culture of tolerance in the society, tackling the burgeoning rise of religious extremism and mobilising intellectual community to help in changing the perceptions about minorities. The political and religious parties, as rightly pointed out by Bilawal, need to share bulk of the responsibility in changing the mindset that promotes anti-minority sentiments within the society vitiating the vision of the Quaid. It is a national cause and all the stakeholders in the unity and survival of Pakistan as a sovereign state in conformity with the vision of its founding father, must rise to save its slide into a state of anarchy, and God forbid, any harm to its integrity.
Inconsistent with the constitution The limit on election expenses By Ch Hasham Hayat Wathra
he constitution of 1973 is the basic law governing the subsequent legislations, rules and regulations of the state of Pakistan. The constitution of Pakistan not only deals with the fundamental rights but also provides protection to the rights of the minorities. It is quite understandable that the basic object in having a constitution would be to ensure the prosperity of the people to enable them to attain their rightful and honoured place among the other nations around the globe. However, it would not be wrong to remind our legislators that no law should be in contradiction with the provision of the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 1973, which further requires the principles of democracy, freedom, equality, tolerance and social justice as specifically articulated by our religion (Islam). There are certain legislations which are in violation of certain provisions of the constitution. As the general elections are expected in the near future, the Election Commission of Pakistan is
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working efficiently to ensure free and fair elections. However, the question is whether the elections would be fair if they do not comply with the constitutional requirements, or by not providing the citizens of Pakistan an equal opportunity to contest elections, and where the elimination of all forms of exploitation and gradual fulfilment of fundamental principles are not ensured. The answer is a big NO. Every citizen should be at liberty to contest elections, but regrettably due to various inconsistencies between the existing laws and the constitution, this cannot happen. For the purposes of elections, the Representation of the Peoples Act 1976 provides the procedure and requirements of elections to the National Assembly and the provincial assemblies, it also guards against corrupt and illegal practices and other offences at or in connection with such elections and other matters arising out of or connected therewith. However, section 49 of the Act of 1976 imposes certain restrictions on the election expenses by debarring anyone other than the candidate to incur any election expenses on behalf of the candidate and it further imposes restriction on the max-
The maximum limit has been grossly bypassed by many candidates who spend huge amount of money beyond the limit. Furthermore, the law has also discriminated against the patriot individuals with leadership skills but with insufficient funds to contest the elections. imum amount of expenses during or before the elections. Apparently, it seems that the law was to ensure the contest of elections
without any show of wealth and dominance of wealthy candidates. But in reality, the maximum limit has been grossly bypassed by many candidates who spend huge amount of money beyond the limit. Furthermore, the law has also discriminated against the patriot individuals with leadership skills but with insufficient funds to contest the elections. As most of the contesting candidates have no leadership skills but have funds in hand, they are in a better shape to spend the funds and secure their seats. The law has also discriminated in their favour, even if the spending is kept within limit, as it offers the candidates with more financial backing a better position over an individual having appropriate skills but insufficient funds. Contrary to the limitation imposed under the Act of 1976, article 25 and 33 of the constitution deals with the fundamental rights of equality amongst the citizens and non-discrimination, which in any way should be ensured by the state. Furthermore, article 62 of the constitution provides qualification for the membership of parliaments but it does not address the limits on expenditures during or before the elections. It
is a common understanding that the voter has to vote in appreciation of the manifesto of the candidates and their proposed contribution towards the welfare of the society. Therefore, it is my opinion that the limit on the election expenses should be reduced to a minimum level affordable by an ordinary individual. The limitation imposed in section 49 of the Act of 1976 is contrary to the fundamental rights assured to the citizen of Pakistan under the constitution, and under article 8 of the constitution such provisions which are contrary to the fundamental rights are void. Therefore, it is suggested that the law imposing maximum limit to the election expenditures should be reduced to minimum to bring it in line with the provisions of the constitution. If the elections are conducted under the current law, then the entire exercise would be inconsistent with the provisions of the constitution. If the elections are held under the existing law, the elections would be in violation of article 270-B of the Constitution of Pakistan. The writer is a practising lawyer.
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The winds of change
if there ever were any By Saleem A Sethi
emands for a change in Pakistan’s internal and external policies, particularly its handling of extremism, terrorism and Afghanistan issues, have long been made. But these were apparently ignored and no shift was seen at any level for a long time. However, positive signals have been felt during the recent days and weeks. The optimism started with the August 13 speech of Chief of Army Staff at PMA, Kakul. But many didn’t believe that he was speaking from his heart when he said that war against the terrorists was ‘our own’ and therefore ‘just’. Hence there were not many takers. Then the issue of an operation in North Waziristan Agency started taking twists. First, indications started coming in that a full fledged military onslaught against groups entrenched in NWA was on the cards. The cowardly attack on Malala gave rise to expectations that the time had come for the Taliban to be on the run. But there was conspiracy theories’ galore in the country and many quarters alleged that the Malala’s incident was being used to prepare ground for an action in tribal areas. Gen Kayani came hard on terrorists once again when he visited her at CMH Peshawar on October 9, 2012. Strongly condemning the act, Kayani said, “The cowards who attacked Malala and her fellow students have time and again shown how little regard they have for human life and how low they can stoop to impose their twisted ideology.” Kayani said that Malala had become a symbol for the values that the army, with the nation behind it, was fighting for [in order] to preserve future generations. “We wish to bring home a simple message: We refuse to bow before terror. We will fight, regardless of the cost. We will prevail,” he said. It was now considered to be time for the political leadership/civilian government to come forward and take ownership of any action that the military might initiate against terrorists. President Asif Ali Zardari waited for an appropriate occasion to do it.
And he did it at the Economic Cooperation Organisation’s summit in Azerbaijan’s capital Baku on October 15, 2012. Terming attempt on Malala’s life as an attack on all Pakistani girls and the civilisation itself, he reaffirmed his country’s commitment that the fight against terrorists would continue till the last man standing. Then Marc Grossman, the former US Special Representative, came to Pakistan on 20 October. But contrary to expectations that he would discuss the nitty-gritty of North Waziristan operation, a statement was issued on his behalf saying that US, Afghanistan and Pakistan were working on new strategies to bring peace in the region. A deafening silence ensued and North Waziristan went on the back burner. As observers were yet guessing as to what the new strategies could be that Grossman hinted at, Salahuddin Rabbani, President of the Afghan High Peace Council visited Islamabad in mid-November. The visit resulted in yet another unexpected development; Pakistan decided to release some of the Afghan Taliban held for a long time by the authorities concerned. This was a clear shift in the country’s undeclared stance regarding those figures whose release Kabul was demanding since long. It gave the signal that Pakistan was now genuinely interested to see the peace process in Afghanistan succeed, or at least give it a chance to take off. In the meanwhile, another miracle happened. On November 5, the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) issued a statement of the Chief of Army Staff. Though it had been issued in a purely different domestic perspective, the statement contained some words which were all-encompassing. Gen Kayani said, “We are critically looking at the mistakes made in the past and [are] trying to set the course for a better future.” Though the statement was largely criticised in the media for its conceived infringement into other institutions’ jurisdiction, optimists looked at the positive aspects of it and related it to the overall internal and external situation, including army’s domineering role in deciding national security paradigm. Latest developments in the se-
ries are 1) the statement of Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar about Pak-US relations and 2) the federal cabinet’s approval of National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA) Bill, 2012. Reports from Brussels about the engagements of foreign minister and COAS with the US, NATO and European Union are also encouraging. The first message from the composition of Pakistani delegation is that both the civilian and military leaderships are on the same page now as far as resolving the Afghan issue or relationship with the US and allied countries are concerned. The renewal of strategic partnership offer to Pakistan by the EU and the statement of American official that both the countries were now on the ‘same page’ regarding reconciliation process in Afghanistan, are important developments. Side by side, the announcement of the release of $600 million from the Coalition Support Fund (CFS) by the visiting US delegation in Islamabad on Dec 4 is also a signal of improvement of tie between the two countries and a change in Pakistan’s foreign policy objectives. The approval of the NACTA Bill 2012 by the cabinet coincided with the statement of foreign minister. The bill is aimed at creating a more powerful anti-terror body with an expanded, sweeping mandate to deal with all things terrorism related which will act as a coordination and information sharing platform between different intelligence agencies, military and civilian, as well as law enforcement agencies. To many of the optimists, these developments indicate that some real changes are in the offing and we may see shifts in the country’s external and internal policies. To begin with, some positive changes are needed in the face of failures brought in by policies pursued so far. They have resulted in erosion of Pakistan’s clout in Afghanistan while failing in achieving its long term objectives there. They have also isolated the country internationally, rather made it an international pariah thereby bringing it economically on the verge of bankruptcy. And last, but not the least, our previous policies with regard to
Afghanistan and terrorism have brought more internal social, political and religious chaos than achieving external security. A responsible transition and long term peace in Afghanistan is more in the interest of Pakistan than any other country. And signs of change in its policy with regard to that is a good omen for our future. Improvement in relationship with USA and ending its international isolation will also bode well for rebuilding its international image. This will definitely bring economic pitfalls in its wake which will be helpful in improving living conditions in the country. The NACTA is the best development among all. First and foremost, it will bring the civilian and military setups at the same page, with input from both the sides. This can help laying out a national security and counter-terrorism policy which will not only be transparent but also enjoy consensus of the nation. Secondly, it envisages introducing changes into domains that are internally promoting extremist mindset which, in turn, fuel terrorism. There is every possibility that the people will support any meaningful change that will bring peace and prosperity to them. This will also steer the country away from the existentionalist threat it has been faced with in the form of religious, sectarian and terrorist quarters. After all, what good the existing pro-right and religious policies have brought to the state and its armed forces? Munawar Hasan has already said that ‘the issue of jihad’ against Pakistan Army can be considered if it continued with its ‘pro-US’ policies regarding Afghanistan. So, do we want to continue those policies which have so far satisfied none and which have only brought miseries and destruction to the nation? Their further continuation will mean that the mullah of every hue will be declaring jihad against the state and its army, with the flag of religion in their hands and the whole nation following them to annihilate those who they consider friends of anti-Islam forces. The writer can be reached at email@example.com
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effect of social roles A true character of a person can be known when he or she is given power. The way a person makes use of the powers becomes a detrimental factor in getting to know the personality. However as mostly is the case in our country the person gets lost in the aura of the power that he or she has been given and acts in ways which are against the social norms. We see examples of this all through the day, be it at home, school, office or on roads. At home people are seen abusing the servants, draining them of every inch of blood in their body by making them do unnecessarily (hard) work. At office the boss makes his subordinates do the house chores, making him or her to pick the children from school. On roads we see the policemen stopping the motorcycles, rickshaws, trucks and buses for no reasons at times and letting them go after shaking the hand full of money. Much to my surprise the abuse of power has also crept in to schools, colleges and university and teachers have become the abusers of it. We see on daily routines teachers favouring people belonging to specific religious sects, race or ethnic backgrounds and awarding them more marks at their free will. A psychological study conducted by Zibardo points out the effects of social roles on a person’s behaviour. The experiment reported a difference in the behaviour of normal men when given different roles. The people chosen as guards resorted to verbal and physical aggression on the people playing the role of prisoners, even though they were not allowed to that. A similar event took place at a university which happens to be the best institute for Business Administration in Pakistan. A teaching assistant is an individual who assists a teacher or professor with instructional responsibilities. The concept of having Teacher’s Assistants is to provide ease to the teacher, help the students as much as they can, prepare quizzes and check them according to the answer sheet provided by the teacher. For this the TAs are paid so it becomes sort of an on campus job for the students. A couple of Teacher’s Assistants forced the class students to wear specific colours and participate in the activity they were having. Each year a company conducts a talent hunt whereby the students have to form a group of four and suggest and to certain extent implement a marketing strategy for the company’s product. The TAs as they are called allotted extra marks to the participants of their activity which is a perfect example of abuse of power. I would urge the educationalist to witness such abuse of power being carried by the students. It is this age that defines the personality of a person and if they are let free of abusing the powers they may become the leaders that we have. For universities who prepare leaders of tomorrow such activities must ring a bell in the administration section and the abuse of power be stopped. The roles of TAs must be restricted and teachers and TAs made to follow the rules. AFFAN H KHAN Karachi
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talaash based on ‘real life incident’ or a ‘book’?
he co-writer of the Bollywood suspense thriller “Talaash”, Zoya Akhtar, has surprised everyone by reportedly admitting that the film was based on a real life incident. According to Indian media, Talaash was based on an incident that happened with Akhtar years ago returning from a Mumbai party spot, near the “haji Ali” Dargah along with six companions. Zoya discussed what she experienced with the director of “Talaash”, Reema Kagti, and the story became the first point of the script that they both wrote together, reported the however, another source stated that Talaash was heavily inspired by a book called “The Fallen” by T. Jefferson Parker. The film has opened with rave reviews and public response earning Rs.471m in the first three days. nEWs dEsK
ENNIFER Aniston’s annual Christmas tree-trimming party on Sunday night was a veritable who’s who in Hollywood. A-list friends Demi Moore, Ellen DeGeneres, Portia de Rossi, Ben Stiller, and Tobey Maguire all dressed up in their finest holiday attire for the bash at the rented Beverly Hills home the actress lives in with her fiancé Justin Theroux — but the fun wasn’t just for the adults. “The party was for both adults and children,” a source tells People. “Jen loves having children around and she always has fun activities planned for them. While the adults mingled, the younger guests were able to color and play games … Jen always puts a lot of effort into planning her holiday party.” And it wasn’t just famous people at the soiree. Many of Aniston’s employees also were in attendance because it’s also “a thank you party,” adds the source. “And she always gives them thoughtful gifts. Jen always asks her celebrity friends for charity donations instead of personal gifts.” The biggest star of the party though was the 10-foot noble fir the 43-year-old painstakingly selected at Mr. Greentrees in Beverly Hills — with a little help from her man. “She seemed very excited and happy about the tree,” the source revealed about Aniston, who is spending her second Christmas with Theroux. “[Justin] was very sweet to her and let her take her time to find the perfect tree. She found a beautiful one that she had delivered.”It was originally reported that Aniston’s bash was to celebrate her August engagement to Theroux, 41. Although that wasn’t the case, she’s certainly counting him as one of her many blessings in 2012! The twosome, who have yet to set a wedding date, “are doing really well together,” reveals the source. “Jen always seems so happy. Justin takes great care of her.”
Naseeruddin Shah speaks on Faiz NEWS DESK
lindsay lohan in trouble again, refuses to join rehab
RouBleD hollywood actress, lindsay lohan has refused to check into rehab and stabilize her alcoholic addiction. lohan rose to fame as a child starring in the hugely popular “The Parent Trap” and had been on a smooth ride to hollywood achieving viewers and critics’ positive votes. Though like many teenage celebrities who have succumbed to the pressures of the hollywood lifestyle, lohan, too became a victim. She is now battling charges against an altercation with a female at a New York club. lohan was released on bail though she is expected to head back to courts on January 7 where she will have to face formal charges. Sources cite the “liz and Dick” star where lohan played elizebeth Taylor is stressed by her court trails and not happy on receiving any decent reviews on her latest portrayal. Moreover, lohan claims that she has shot three movies which is proof of not being involved in any addictions, and does not need to go into rehab. nEWs dEsK
Veteran Bollywood actor Naseeruddin Shah says he first came to know about legendary poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz when he was in class nine. “I was introduced to Faiz through film Janwar in which my most favourite actor Shami Kapoor sang Faiz’s verses: Raat Yun Dil Mein Teri Khoie Huwi Yaad Ai (Last night, your long-lost memory came back to me),” he said at the Durab Patel Auditorium of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) on Tuesday. Adeel Hashmi, actor and grandson of Faiz, moderated the dialogue where Mr Shah spoke on a variety of issues raised by the audience. To a question that would he ever act Faiz in some play, Mr Shah said he would do it though the role would have some limitations. He said that Ghalib’s role was easy to do as his photograph, physical description
and how he talked were not available. In the case of Faiz, there were limitations because enough photographs and video record of Faiz was there. To another question how he imitated Ghalib in the play Mirza Ghalib, he said that he had done enough research on Ghalib’s personality and had seen a few of his portraits. He visited the neighbourhood Bilimaran where Ghalib lived for years and found Ghalib’s house in a bad shape. He added Ghalib’s personality could not be understood as “it will take me seven lifetimes to understand the poet”. He said he started off from serious cinema and then moved to popular cinema as he wanted to be a popular actor. If someone says he doesn’t want to be a popular actor is lying, he said. He said directing a film was a very hard task. “And making a bad film is even harder,” he said in a light vein. But to him theatre direction was where he felt at home. Mr Shah, who is in Lahore to act in plays based on stories by Ismat Chugtai, said the masterpieces of classic writers such as Chugtai could not be put in films as a great literature had its descriptive beauty. When asked what inspired him to present Ismat Chugtai’s work on theatre, he said that he met her in 1979 during the shooting of film Janoon.
Julius Caesar: Critics hail all-female production Phyllida Lloyd’s production at London’s Donmar Warehouse sees Shakespeare’s political conspiracy drama performed by the female inmates. Performed on an austere metallic set, the play-within-a-play features CCTV and heavy metal guitars. The cast includes Frances Barber as Caesar, Harriet Walter as Brutus and Jenny Jules as Cassius. The production marks Lloyd’s return to the stage after directing the film The Iron Lady, which starred Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher. The all-female production follows closely after and all-male version of both Twelfth Night and Richard III, recently transferred to the West End from Shakespeare’s Globe. Michael Billington in The Guardian described Lloyd’s Julius Caesar as “witty, liberating and inventive” and said it tapped into the anti-authoritarian instinct that runs through
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the play. “It is one thing to have an ingenious concept, another to carry it out. And Lloyd’s production proves that female actors can bring a fresh perspective to traditionally male roles,” he said. “It’s not just the casting that makes it feel daring,” said Henry Hitchings in the Evening Standard. “There’s also a crazed, percussive intensity, and the production abounds with weirdness, thuggery and horror.” He added: “Frances Barber is a viciously bullying Caesar, an arbitrary tyrant who in her beret and leather trenchcoat looks like someone you might find in a spy film loitering seedily in a railway arch. Harriet Walter’s austere Brutus is a performance of riveting intricacy.” Alexandra Coghlan, writing for The Arts Desk, said that Lloyd’s cast “certainly give the lie to any weakly girlish image of the female”. nEWs dEsK
Felt amazing after visiting Siddhivinayak, says Paris Hilton Experiencing spirituality at the famed Siddhivinayak temple here was “amazing” for international socialite Paris Hilton, who was here on a brief trip. After spending time with children at an orphanage, Paris visited the temple. “Went to the Siddhivinayak temple for a blessing. Amazing to be in such a spiritual and special place. Blessed,” she tweeted. The 31year-old was here to spin the disc at the recently concluded India Resort Fashion Week held in Goa and also walked the ramp for designer duo Shane and Falguni Peacock. She had a stopover in Mumbai. Hilton, who was on her second visit to India, went to an orphanage named Ashray in suburban Bandra and spent some quality time with the children there. She even grooved to popular song “Chammak challo” with them, and distributed presents. Her first visit to the country was in 2011, when she came to launch her range of handbags and accessories for the Indian market. nEWs dEsK
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OOR Eddie Murphy desperately needs a comeback. Remember back in the day when he was so funny on “Saturday Night Live” and in movies like “Trading Places” and “Beverly Hills Cop”? His voice work has helped make movies like “Shrek” and “Mulan” tolerable for adults, and even his family-friendly movies, like “Norbit” and “Dr. Dolittle,” were good for some chuckles. But lately, Murphy’s career has just collapsed. “Imagine That,” “A Thousand Words” and “Meet Dave” were colossal flops. Last year’s “Tower Heist,” which was supposed to be something of a return to form for the comedian, failed to wow at the box office, earning $153 million on an estimated budget of $75 million. (In order to even come close to turning a profit, a movie has to earn twice its production budget in ticket sales, plus the millions spent on marketing.) Murphy then backed out of hosting the Oscars, which didn’t help his reputation. His string of flops lands Murphy at the top of our Most Overpaid Actors list for 2012. We estimate that for every $1 Murphy was paid for his last three films, they returned an average of $2.30 at the box office. To compile our list, we used data on actors’ earnings gathered for our Celebrity 100 list. Box office grosses and budget estimates are from Box Office Mojo. We looked at the last three films
travolta’s desire to honour late son sparked album NEWS DESK John Travolta has revealed that he collaborated with Olivia Newton-John to record a new festive album to try to ease some of the devastation he felt about the loss of his son Jett who died in January 2009, aged only 16 - at Christmas. The 58-year-old actor said that Christmas was never an easy time of year for his family since then. “Doing something for him makes it easier, because you’re doing something, you’re proactive, you’re raising money for the foundation that represents him,” the Sydney morning Herald quoted him as saying. The ‘Grease’ star said guest artists including Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett and James Taylor were happy to get involved, knowing proceeds of the album were going to the
each actor starred in over the last three years that opened in more than 2,000 theaters, calculating the return on investment for the studios who pay his (or her) salary. Ranking second behind Murphy is a newcomer to our list: Katherine Heigl. For every dollar she was paid on her last three movies, they earned an average of $3.40. After hits like “Knocked-Up,” “27 Dresses” and “The Ugly Truth,” Heigl’s quote shot up to the $12 million range. Unfortunately, the films she’s made at that price point have failed to deliver. Her most recent film, “One For The Money,” earned only $37 million on an estimated $40 million budget. Heigl needs to step away from the expensive star vehicles and rebuild her career. Her next release is the ensemble pic “The Big Wedding,” which hits theaters in April. Featuring Robert DeNiro, Susan Sarandon and Amanda Seyfried, the movie could give Heigl a chance to show how funny she can be when the pressure is off. In past versions of our overpaid actors roundup, we looked at each actor’s films over the last five years. This year, we cut back to the last three years to give the list a more contemporary focus. That dropped Drew Barrymore from the top 10, but not because she has anchored any smashes lately. Barrymore was our worstperforming actor last year — her films earned only 40 cents for each $1 she was paid. However she hasn’t starred in three big releases over the last three years. We don’t count ensemble films where there is no clear star like Barrymore’s 2009 film “He’s Just Not That Into You,” which was actually a hit.
Jett Travolta Foundation and the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre in Melbourne. “It felt effortless. And everybody hopped on board effortlessly, we called Barbra and Tony and James and they all knew my son, so they just wanted to do this from their heart,” he said. He also said that he was inspired by Paul Newman in relation to raising money under Jett’s name. “Paul Newman did it through food, the Scott Newman foundation was to raise money for his son’s foundation,” he said. “People find different ways . . . I’m most comfortable doing it this way because I love to sing and I don’t get a chance to do it a lot. “To join Olivia again, where we’ve succeeded at this level, to do that is a beautiful opportunity. I can’t believe it,” he added.
PeSHawar: a student walks on the ramp during the second annual fashion show ‘Fashion First’ at Iqra university. iNP
Playing Diana was the hardest thing I’ve done: Naomi Watts NEWS DESK Naomi Watts, who plays tragic Princess Diana in her new flick, has admitted the difficulties of re-creating one of last century’s most iconic figures. “Playing Princess Diana was the hardest thing I’ve done,” the Daily Mail quoted her as telling Manhattan magazine. “Because of the pressure of everyone’s beliefs about who she was and the fact that it was just really hard to claim her as my own, since everybody feels they know her,” she said. The 44-year-old British-born actress said that she wanted to channel the late royal, rather than mimic her. “I don’t want to get caught up in mimicry - that’s the worst thing,” she said. “I was to try to embody her and get the essence of her. Those things are really important to me,” she added. The film, out next year, follows Diana’s love affair with Pakistheart surgeon Dr Hasnat Khan, played by Lost star Naveen Andrews.
‘the aMaZiNG SPider-MaN 2’ includes another love interest, best friend in sequel NEWS DESK After spelling its magic on screen the “The Amazing Spider-Man” director Marc Webb has started shooting its sequel “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”. According to reports, this time the love interest of Peter Parker, Mary Jane, will be played by Shailene Woodley who wasn’t included in the first film of the series. The director recently announced via a tweet that Harry Osborne’s role (best friend of Parker) is being played by Dane DeHaan (Chronicles), which is also the new entrant in the upcoming sequel. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, the real life couple, will again reprise their roles as Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy, respectively. However, Jamie Foxx will be seen
as Electro, an enemy whose reach knows no boundaries. According to Marvel Comics, Gwen was originally the first true love of Peter Parker before he developed deep feelings for Mary Jane Watson. The Green Goblin causes Spiderman to accidentally kill Gwen in
the comic. Both the decision to kill Gwen and the method in which Marvel implemented it, remain controversial among fans and after the death of Gwen, apparently, Peter falls in love with Mary Jane. The Amazing Spider Man 2 is scheduled to be released on May 2, 2014.
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Infotainment 14 African lion population shrinks to 32,000
HE savannah habitat that ¬sustains African lions has shrunk by 75 percent over the past ¬halfcentury, according to a study published Tuesday in the journal Biodiversity and Conservation, a dramatic loss that could threaten the species’ survival. The new analysis by American, African and British researchers — which suggests the continent’s lion population has declined from 100,000 to roughly 32,000 over 50 years — provides a clear picture of where the animals now live and how major land-use changes and population growth have put them in jeopardy. “It’s a shock,” said Duke University professor for conservation ecol-
ogy Stuart Pimm, one of the paper’s co-authors. “Savannah ¬Africa has been massively reduced. . . . As [people] moved in, lions have been hunted out.” The findings come just one week after theU.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced it will study whether African lions should be listed under the Endangered Species Act, a move that would end the importation of trophies into the United States. Several groups petitioned the agency last year to list the species, though some conservationists ¬argue trophy hunting provides a source of revenue to local communities, which helps keep savannah habitat intact. Thomas E. Lovejoy, University Professor in Science and Public Policy at George Mason University, said the paper’s authors “have made a
naSa plans new mars rover for 2020 NASA officials plan to build a new rover that would follow Curiosity on the surface of Mars. The announcement electrified many of the roughly 18,000 researchers attending the American Geophysical Union's fall meeting this week in San Francisco. The objectives are not yet set, nor are the tools the rover would wield, said John Grunsfeld, head of NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington. But Grunsfeld's remarks Tuesday raised the hopes of planetary scientists that NASA would be focusing its efforts on the complex and costly task of retrieving a piece of Mars. "Collecting a cache of samples is difficult -- it requires a very capable vehicle," said Steve Squyres, lead scientist for the Mars exploration rover mission, which put Opportunity on the planet in 2004. "The vehicle that John Grunsfeld just described for launch in 2020 is fully capable of doing that job." Before Curiosity landed on Mars this summer, NASA was unsure of its future direction in exploring the solar system. Big-budget missions to Mars seemed politically unpalatable after Curiosity's $2.5-billion price tag, and no other major missions had been scheduled, even as the next launch window in 2018 approached. But the rover's dramatic landing and early scientific exploits have rejuvenated enthusiasm for Martian exploration. That has given a boost to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, home of the Mars exploration program and the expected lead on the new rover program. The new rover, estimated to cost $1.5 billion, promises to provide a "shot in the arm" for the local economy, said Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Burbank), whose district includes JPL in La Cañada Flintridge. Mars missions make up a significant share of JPL's projects. Over the last decade, Curiosity alone employed about 3,000 staffers and brought in 4,000 others from outside the lab. nEWs dEsK
historical contribution” by showing how dramatically Africa’s viable terrain for lions has declined in recent decades. Lions used to roam much of Africa and Eurasia but are now limited to sub-Saharan Africa. A small population of a separate species inhabits the Gir Forest National Park of India. Lovejoy said the fact that savannah habitat loss is outpacing the decline of the world’s tropical rain forests “is terrifying when combined with the prospects of population growth and land-use change in Africa.” To reach their assessment, the paper’s lead author, Jason Riggio, who received his master’s degree from Duke, assembled a team of graduate students to examine highresolution satellite imagery of Africa
from Google Earth to determine what could qualify as suitable lion habitat. They then compared that information with existing lion population data, concluding that there are only 67 isolated areas in Africa where lions might survive. Part of the challenge lions face is that when they venture outside national parks, they may kill livestock and come into conflict with humans, Pimm said. Lovejoy said he was optimistic that sufficient public pressure will build for U.S. officials to take action. The officials will decide within a year whether to list African lions as endangered. “This is something the public can easily get,” he said, adding that lions are the kind of “animal cracker animals” everyone has revered since childhood. The study does not, however, answer one of the central questions federal officials must answer: whether trophy hunting helps or undermines the species’ ultimate survival. Jeff Flocken, Washington office director of the International Fund for Animal Welfare, said Americans are responsible for importing 64 percent of the lions hunted for sport in Africa, and that the practice destabilizes prides. But hunting groups such as Safari Club International, and some environmental organizations, say a trophy ban could have unintended consequences. Luke Hunter, president of the wild cat conservation group Panthera, said even though he finds lion hunting “ridiculous and abhorrent, as a scientist I have to ask myself whether it can be a tool for conservation.” While current studies suggest African lion hunting “is unsustainable,” Hunter added, ending it could accelerate the large-scale land conservation that poses the greatest threat to lions. “The danger is you stop that revenue stream, all those areas are up for grabs.” nEWs dEsK
Scientists discover oldest dinosaur yet
N arm bone and a handful of vertebrae have yielded a surprising truth: The age of the dinosaur began earlier than anyone ever suspected. A new bone analysis of fossils collected in Tanzania in the 1930s reveal that Nyasasaurus parringtoni -- a creature the size of a Labrador retriever with a five-foot-long tail -- may be the earliest dinosaur on Earth, plodding across the planet some 243 million years ago. The findings mean that the dinosaur lineage appeared 10 million to 15 million years earlier than fossils previously showed, originating in the Middle Triassic rather than in the Late Triassic period, according to Sterling Nesbitt, a University of Washington postdoctoral researcher in biology and lead author of a paper published online Dec. 5 in Biology Letters. "If the newly named Nyasasaurus parringtoni is not the earliest dinosaur, then it is the closest relative found so far," Nesbitt said. Working with one humerus or upper arm bone and six vertebrae, Nesbitt and colleagues determined that Nyasasaurus likely stood upright, measured 7 to 10 feet in length, was as tall as 3 feet at the hip and weighed as much as 135 pounds. Unusual looks aside, the analysis of the bones, which were kept partly in London’s Natural History Museum and partly in the South African Museum in Cape Town, prove that dinosaurs have been around for an awfully long time. "For 150 years, people have been suggesting that there should be Middle Triassic dinosaurs, but all the evidence is ambiguous," Nesbitt said. "Some scientists used fossilized footprints, but we now know that other animals from that time have a very similar foot. Other scientists pointed to a single dinosaur-like characteristic in a single bone, but that can be misleading because some characteristics evolved in a number of reptile groups and are not a result of a shared ancestry." The fossilized bones were collected in Tanzania, but it may not be correct to say dinosaurs originated in that country. When Nyasasaurus parringtoni lived, the world's continents were joined in the landmass called Pangaea. Tanzania would have been part of Southern Pangaea that included Africa, South America, Antarctica and Australia. nEWs dEsK
Jumping spider that pioneered space travel dies in museum
Students sickened by Bob Marley drink The first jumping spider to travel to space as part of a YouTube competition has died four days after going on display in a museum. The spider, named Nefertiti, spent 100 days in space at the International Space Station and travelled 42m miles but died of natural causes soon after returning to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC, where it was to be exhibited. The Johnson Jumper (Phidippus johnsoni) spider was launched to the ISS in July after 18-year-old Amr Mohamed from Alexandria, Egypt, won the YouTube Space Lab video contest. Nefertiti, named after an Egyptian queen, demonstrated that its species was able to adapt to the effects of weightlessness and still catch its prey. It then successfully readjusted to gravity after its return to Earth in October. Amr believed
that the spider would have difficulty catching fruit flies in space but Nefertiti learned to sidle up to its prey rather than jump on it. It took a few days to adapt to gravity on its return. Kelly Carnes of the Smithsonian told the LA Times: "The unexpected loss of this special animal who inspired so many imaginations will be felt throughout the museum community … The body of Nefertiti will be added to the museum's collection of specimens where she will continue to contribute to our understanding of spiders." Nefertiti was accompanied by Cleopatra, a zebra spider which died shortly after touchdown. Female spiders were chosen because male spiders normally stop eating when they are fully grown. The average lifespan of jumping spiders is about a year. Nefertiti at the age of 10 months probably did not have much longer to live anyway. nEWs dEsK
FFICIALS have removed a drink named after reggae icon Bob Marley after several New Jersey students fell ill. Marley's Mellow Mood contains valerian root and chamomile and is promoted to reduce stress. The drink's nutrition facts say it may cause drowsiness and isn't intended for children. However, students at Satz Middle School and Holmdel High School could buy it on campus. Several middle school students fell ill. The Asbury Park Press reports the school's food service provider has removed a manager pending an investigation. Chartwells School Dining Services also removed the Marley product from other schools. The company said it is taking the situation seriously. Students who consumed the drink complained of lethargy, headaches, nausea and elevated heart rates. Officials are trying to determine how many students were sickened. nEWs dEsK
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Bowlers put England in control KALKOTA agEnciEs
VEN India's back-to-form greatest batsman Sachin Tendulkar was unable to stop England grinding out an advantageous position on day one of the third Test at Eden Gardens. Veteran Tendulkar (76) remains without a Test century in his last 29 innings dating back to early 2011 - but he and opener Gautam Gambhir (60) did manage to salvage a stumps total of 273 for seven. On a pitch already offering some uneven bounce to the spinners, and some carry and swing for the seamers with the new and old ball, England could easily have been more significantly-rewarded for their disciplined and determined efforts. James Anderson (three for 68) thought he had Yuvraj Singh lbw for nought, but could not convince umpire Rod Tucker ball had hit pad in line, and Mahendra Singh Dhoni was within inches of holing out at midwicket off Graeme Swann first ball. Instead, numbers six and seven each went on to frustrate England - the former in a stand of 79 with Tendulkar - in this pivotal match of a four-Test series level at 1-1. The signs were ominous for England after Alastair Cook lost his third successive toss of the series at a ground where India have declared with more than 600 on the board in the first innings of their last three Tests. Cook's opposite number Dhoni had
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predicted a modicum of help for the pace bowlers in the first hour, and so it proved for Anderson and Steven Finn. It came to nothing, though, as Gambhir and Virender Sehwag approached a 50 stand - until their running between the wickets failed them. Sehwag clipped the first ball of the 11th over to midwicket. But Samit Patel saved the boundary with a diving stop, and Finn's race from mid-on in support paid off handsomely when he threw in over the stumps to comfortably run out
Sehwag after he was sent back for a third. It was hardly the way England might have envisaged taking the first wicket, but proved the value of all their attention to detail and painstaking training. Monty Panesar's first success came in more conventional, indeed classical, fashion. He had worked hard to draw Cheteshwar Pujara forward several times, and then surprised him on the back foot with an arm ball which snaked through the defence to hit middle-stump. Gambhir, joined by
Tendulkar to the obligatory raucous crowd reception at this cavernous stadium, appeared unperturbed by a failure from India's prolific new number three. The lefthanded opener had hit 10 fours and duly completed his 81-ball half-century with a scampered single before lunch. But he was first to go in the afternoon, laying back to cut after losing the strike against Panesar and edging a sharp chance to slip which Jonathan Trott just about clung on to. Tendulkar scratched his way to his first 20, regularly playing and missing at Finn and then Anderson as Cook operated the two seamers in tandem with Panesar. Finn's fine spell was in vain, but Anderson got a deserved breakthrough when Virat Kohli edged low to Swann at second slip. Swann had bowled only three overs at that stage, but was called into the attack to give Panesar a rest after 21 unchanged. Yuvraj began tentatively, but two driven fours off Swann gave him confidence - and after tea, he immediately went up the wicket to Panesar and struck him for a straight six. England were toiling by the time Yuvraj lost concentration and poked a catch to cover off Swann, and it might have been two in two next ball when Dhoni's attempt to dominate from the outset brought only a thick inside-edge just short of Patel at midwicket. Tendulkar began to live up to his billing, increasingly fluent in a 155-ball innings which contained 13 fours but ended in anti-climax - and no
Sri Lanka see backlash from Aussie ‘wounded soldiers’ COLOMBO
india 1sT innings 60 g gambhir c Trott b Panesar 23 V sehwag run out (Finn/†Prior) 16 ca Pujara b Panesar 76 sR Tendulkar c Prior b anderson V Kohli c swann b anderson 6 32 yuvraj singh c cook b swann Ms dhoni not out 22 R ashwin b anderson 21 0 z Khan not out 17 Extras (b 5, lb 11, nb 1) Total (7 wickets; 90 overs) 273 To bat PP Ojha, i sharma Fall of wickets 1-47 (sehwag, 10.1 ov), 2-88 (Pujara, 25.4 ov), 3117 (gambhir, 41.1 ov), 4-136 (Kohli, 48.4 ov), 5-215 (yuvraj singh, 68.3 ov), 6-230 (Tendulkar, 74.1 ov), 7-268 (ashwin, 88.3 ov) bowling: jM anderson 21-5-68-3, sT Finn 20-2-69-0, Ms Panesar 35-12-74-2, gP swann 14-1-46-1. England team: an cook*, nRd compton, ijl Trott, KP Pietersen, iR bell, sR Patel, Mj Prior†, gP swann, Ms Panesar, jM anderson, sT Finn Toss india, who chose to bat Player of the match tba umpires HdPK dharmasena (sri lanka) and Rj Tucker (australia) TV umpire Va Kulkarni Match referee jj crowe (new zealand) Reserve umpire s das
101st international hundred - when he followed some Anderson outswing and was well-caught behind by Matt Prior, diving low to his right. England then had an obvious chance to run out Ravichandran Ashwin for just a single, he and Dhoni contriving another India mix-up only for Finn to fumble at mid-on when another accurate return to the striker's end would have done the trick.
arthur ponders watson switch PERTH agEnciEs
Australia coach Mickey Arthur has suggested Shane Watson could move to number four in the batting order, with captain Michael Clarke to stay at five. The retirement of Ricky Ponting leaves a gap in the Australian top order ahead of the upcoming three-Test series against Sri Lanka. Usman Khawaja and Phil Hughes are favourites to earn recalls, while Rob Quiney remains in contention despite the slow start to his Test career. While Arthur and the selection panel remain undecided as to who will come in, the South African said former opener Watson could drop further down the order. "We haven't even discussed it yet, so I'm obviously putting a personal opinion," he said. "Without wanting to name names, it will probably be a guy who will come in and bat three and possibly a move for Watto to four. "It just looks right and gives us a bit of stability. "Michael and I, once we see who that guy is - and we've got in our minds who we think the guy is, but we still need to discuss that as a selection panel - and then sit down in Hobart next Monday when we arrive there, we'll make a decision on what our preferred batting order is going to be."
ChEnnAI: Security arrangements for the first ODI between India and Pakistan to be played at the Chepauk here on December 30 were discussed at a high-level meeting on Tuesday. Officials from the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI), Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) met Commissioner of Police S George and discussed the security and other logistics for the keenly-awaited encounter. They discussed the itinerary of the teams and place of stay and other programmes with the Commissioner. The meeting was attended by BCCI general manager (game development) Ratnakar Shetty, BCCI (Anti-Corruption and Security Unit) Ravi Sawani and cricket operations (Manager) Suru Naik. PCB representative Nadeem Sarwar, Pakistan Security (Director) Ehsan Sadiq, Cricket Operations (Manager) Usman Wahla, Tamil Nadu Cricket Association member Ganesan and secretary K S Viswanathan also participated in the meeting, the release added. The India-Pakistan series will have three ODIs and two Twenty20 Internationals between December 25 and January 6 next year. The ODI matches will be played in Chennai, Kolkata and New Delhi while the Twenty20 games will be held in Bangalore and Ahmedabad. agEnciEs
Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene has warned his team to be wary of a backlash from Australia in their three-test series after the hosts were stung by their series defeat to South Africa earlier this week. Australia's hopes of snatching the Proteas' top test ranking ended in a crushing 309-run defeat in the third and final test in Perth on Monday, but Jayawardene took little comfort from the home side's disappointment. "I see them as wounded soldiers - they could come back stronger against us," Jayawardene told reporters in Canberra on Wednesday, on the eve of a three-day tour match against a Chairman's XI side. "So we just need to make sure we are ready for that and start well. "We can't be complacent - we need to make sure we know from ball one we give them a good go at it." Sri Lanka have their own problems coming into the first test at Hobart next week, losing their last test at home to New Zealand by 167 runs to level a two-match series 11, with key batsmen out of form. Kumar Sangakkara scored five, nought and 16 in his three innings against New Zealand, but Jayawardene backed the veteran to bounce back in Sri Lanka's bid to win their first test Down Under. "I am happy that he went through a lean phase because he'll be really hungry for runs that's Kumar for you," Jayawardene said of the 35-year-old stalwart. Jayawardene also said he would weigh up his future as captain after the series, which includes tests in Melbourne and Sydney, after taking on the role for a second time in the wake of Tillakaratne Dilshan's sudden resignation in January.
NZ’s Vettori likely to miss South Africa tour WELLINGTON agEnciEs
Former captain Daniel Vettori is almost certain to miss New Zealand's tour of South Africa later this month because he has not recovered sufficiently from a troubling Achilles injury. Vettori has not yet been officially ruled out of the tour by New Zealand Cricket, but his Australian Twenty20 franchise, the Brisbane Heat, said they had been advised that the allrounder would be unable to play for at least six weeks. "Dan had a setback over the weekend and despite his best efforts, he is highly unlikely to be ready in time for our ... matches, which is very unfortunate for him, as we know how hard he has worked to be ready," Heat General Manager Andrew Blucher said in a statement. "We
wish him a speedy recovery and trust he is back playing soon." The Australian Twenty20 "Big Bash" tournament begins on Friday, while New Zealand's tour of South Africa starts on Dec. 18 and runs until Jan. 25. New Zealand's squad for the two test, three one-day, three Twenty20 match tour, had been expected to be named earlier on Wednesday but has been delayed until Friday as speculation swirls around the captaincy of Ross Taylor. Local media have reported that Taylor's captaincy has been questioned by a group of players and that Brendon McCullum, who was a candidate for the job when Taylor succeeded Vettori after the 2011 World Cup, was likely to be named in his place. Fairfax newspapers had reported that McCullum was expected to be given the captaincy of the limited overs side,
while Taylor retained the test captaincy. Television New Zealand, however, reported on Wednesday that Taylor may not even go to South Africa and NZC Chief Executive David White, whose delayed return from an ICC meeting in Dubai was one of the reasons why the team announcement was pushed back to Friday, refused to answer questions about the captaincy. Media reported that White's recommendation to the NZC board was required before a change could be made to the captaincy. Taylor took to the social networking site Twitter to try to dampen down speculation. "A lot of speculation out there," he wrote on his Twitter account. "I have heard from the CEO once. I haven't made any decisions. At no time have I given NZC any ... ultimatums about (coach Mike) Hesson or Me or South Africa."
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Younis fires Abbottabad to a tight win LAHORE sTaFF REPORT
N attacking knock of 48 off 28 deliveries from captain Younis Khan took Abbottabad Falcons to a last-ball five-wicket win against Karachi Zebras at the Lahore City Cricket Association Ground. Chasing 136, they had lost four wickets for 71 runs in the 13th over, needing 68 off 43 balls, before Younis dominated his stands with Baber Khan, and later Khalid Usman, and kept them in the hunt. Karachi seamer Tabish Khan bowled economically, giving away 18 runs in his four overs. After being put in to bat, Karachi kept losing wickets regularly. By the seventh over, four of their toporder batsmen had been dismissed. However, a fighting 73-run stand in quick time between Daniyal Ahsan and Sheharyar Ghani helped them build a solid platform for acceleration towards the end. But that didn't happen, as they lost their last six wickets for 19 runs, due to wickets by Amjad Waqas, Junaid Khan and spinner Khalid Usman, who took three wickets in the innings, and two run outs. Abbottabad were in control of the chase at 67 for 2, with opener Hammad Ali having scored 35. Two quick wickets and slow scoring pegged them back, before Younis played his match-winning hand. Scores: Abbottabad Falcons 139 for 5 (Younis 48*, Hammad 35) beat Karachi Zebras 135 (Ghani 46, Ahsan 30, Usman 3-23) by five wickets TIGErS PrEvAIL OvEr STALLIOnS: A solid combined batting effort and a four-wicket haul by leftarm spinner Zulfiqar Babar ensured Multan Tigers' convincing 42-run victory against Sialkot Stallions. Sialkot's chances of chasing down 156 were blown away
warne open to ashes return MELBOURNE agEnciEs
Former Australia leg-spinner Shane Warne believes he still has the ability to play at the highest level and will consider coming out of retirement to play in next year's Ashes series if asked by captain Clarke. "If your best friend says, 'Mate, I want you to seriously consider making a commitment to Australian cricket and coming back out of retirement', (to) make myself available for selection, that's a different scenario,'' Warne, 43, told the Herald-Sun newspaper in Melbourne. "Especially with back-to-back Ashes coming up next year, it could be a 12-month thing where you take three spinners with you and say, 'Righto, work with these spinners and see how you go for 12 months.' That's a different kettle of fish. "I'm definitely not asking for Clarke to come out and say that - that's a different scenario. "You asked me if I think I could still play international cricket if I wanted to just turn up, do my bowling and if the first Test match was in three weeks, do you think I could play, (then) I'd have no hesitation in saying yes and I think I'd do pretty well."
early when Zulfiqar, and seamers Mohammad Irfan and Kashif Naved left them struggling at 29 for 5 in the eighth over. Although captain Shoaib Malik and No. 7 Nayyar Abbas stuck together till the 12th over to repair the damage, and Nayyar tried to steer the innings towards some respectability in the company of the lowerorder batsmen, the target proved too far off. Multan's innings revolved around two productive partnerships, and three knocks worth over 30 runs each by opener Sohaib Maqsood, wicketkeeper Gulraiz Sadaf and Naved Yasin, who remained unbeaten. They also suffered a setback early in their innings, when opener Zain Abbas was dismissed for four in the third over. But a 44-run stand between Maqsood and Sadaf, and a 54-run stand in 5.1 overs between Yasin and Kashif Naved took them to 155 for 7 after 20 overs. Scores: Multan Tigers 155 for 6 (Maqsood 38, Yasin 34*, Sadaf 32, Malik 3-17) beat Sialkot Stallions 113 for 7 (Nayyar 43*, Zulfiqar 4-15) by 42 runs MISBAh, IMrAn LEAD wOLvES TO EASy wIn: After a slow start, captain Misbah-ul-Haq and Imran Khalid helped Faisalabad Wolves chase 136 in 18.2 overs and defeat Peshawar Panthers by seven wickets at the Gaddafi Stadium. The duo, having been together at the crease since the 11th over, did not hit a single boundary till the 13th over, when the required run rate had gone beyond eight per over. An expensive 14th over, in which four boundaries were hit, and the 16th over, of which 11 runs were taken, made the chase easier. Needing 18 runs off 18 deliveries, two fours, a six, and five singles took them home with ten balls to spare. Peshawar, it seemed, paid the price for the want of better acceleration in their innings. Their innings run rate could have been higher than the eventual 6.75 per
over, as they had lost only four wickets after 20 overs. Opener Israrullah scored a half-century, Shoaib Khan snr scored an unbeaten 24 off 30 deliveries. At 107 for 4 at the end of the 18th over, middle-order batsman Zohaib Khan smashed three sixes and eight fours to take his team to 135 for 4. Scores: Faisalabad Wolves 137 for 3 (Misbah 43*, Khalid 36*) beat Peshawar Panthers 135 for 4 (Israrullah 56) by seven wickets BAhAwALPUr OvErhAUL EAGLES: Imranullah Aslam was the star of the chase as Bahawalpur overhauled Lahore Eagles' total with eight wickets in hand and continued their unbeaten run in the tournament. Imranullah shared a quick half-century stand for the first wicket with Hamid Ali and then added 38 runs for the second wicket with Kashif Siddiq. By the time he was out, for 60 off 46 balls, the Stags needed 33 off 43 balls. Kashif ensured that there was no further damage as the chase was completed with 17 balls to spare. Eagles, after choosing to bat, were in early trouble as they lost three wickets with 30 runs on the board in the sixth over. But skipper Taufeeq Umar scored a half-century and shared a 74-run stand with Raza Ali Dar to revive the innings. The lower order, however, crumbled again and Eagles were limited to 136. Scores: Bahawalpur Stags 140 for 2 (Imranullah 60, Kashif 39*) beat Lahore Eagles 136 for 7 (Taufeeq 53, Talha 2-19) by eight wickets LIOnS ShOw COLLECTIvE BOwLInG PErfOrMAnCE: A collective bowling performance by Lahore Lions helped them defeat Quetta Bears by 44 runs. Although Quetta's left-arm spinners Jalat Khan and Mohibullah took three wickets each to restrict Lahore to 130 for 9, their batsmen
let them down. Lahore's innings was built on productive knocks by the top five batsmen, all scoring between 19 and 26 runs, which helped them to 109 for 4. But they too collapsed, as the last five batsmen scored 16 run between them. Opener Nasir Jamshed was the highest scorer in the match with 26. Quetta went about their chase slowly, but two quick wickets in the 10th and 11th overs pegged them back. Three more batsmen were dismissed quickly, but after having lost seven wickets for 69 in the 15th over, they scored a further 17 runs off the remaining deliveries. Their run rate at the end of the game was 4.30 runs per over. Scores: Lahore Lions 130 for 9 (Jamshed 26, Mohibullah 3-15, Jalat 3-23) beat Quetta Bears 86 for 7 (Altaf 2-1) by 44 runs ShOAIB GUIDES rAMS TO wIn OvEr hAwkS: An unbeaten half-century by Shoaib Ahmed was the highlight of Rawalpindi Rams 19-run win against Hyderabad Hawks at the Gaddafi Stadium. Shoaib shared a 75-run stand with captain Sohail Tanvir that lifted the team from a tricky 63 for 4. After Tanvir's dismissal, Shoaib carried on the acceleration as 61 came off the last five overs. In their chase, Aqeel Ahmed and Rizwan Anjum put up 56 runs for the third wicket, but the lack of boundaries in the partnership pushed the scoring rate up. One Rizwan fell, the incoming batsmen were not able to keep up with the required rate and lost their wickets. Aqeel, who scored an unbeaten 75 off 48 balls, remained unbeaten as the team fell short by 19 runs. Scores: Rawalpindi Rams 177 for 6 (Shoaib 50*, Tanvir 43) beat Hyderabad Hawks 158 for 6 (Aqeel 75*, Zia 2-24) by 19 runs
South Africa look to build on Australia win CAPE TOWN agEnciEs
South Africa want to use their recent series win in Australia as a stepping stone to cement their position as the world's dominant test team and to build something "really special", captain Graeme Smith said on Wednesday. The Proteas, who have not lost an away test series since 2006, won their second consecutive series in Australia after their victory in the third test in Perth. They have a rating of 123 in the test rankings, with England in second place on 117. South Africa take on New Zealand in a two-test home series in January and Smith said the tests would provide the Proteas the opportunity to build on the momentum from Australia. "We are enjoying the opportunity to be here. We have worked hard to be here and we knew that Australia would be the big stepping stone for us holding onto number one (ranking)," Smith told a
news conference. "We have given ourselves the opportunity for our home summer to create a bit of a gap between us and the other teams. It is an opportunity to build something really special. The motivation for us will be to beat New Zealand first up," he added. South
Africa's success in the test arena has led to some calling the current Proteas team the best ever, but coach Gary Kirsten was quick to play down such suggestions. "It is a very special achievement for the Proteas and South African cricket. I don't think that what this team has achieved, over a long period, should be taken lightly," said Kirsten. "It has been nothing short of remarkable. We have played 10 test matches this year, nine away from home, and won series in England and Australia. "But it is always difficult to compare (different eras). In terms of this team's achievements there is no doubt that they are up there but I think that the players would be reluctant to compare with different eras." South Africa, who became the first team to win consecutive series in Australia since West Indies in 1992/93, had found success due to a growing maturity in the squad, Smith said.
Dutch veterans taste first win on Lahore tour Int’l Festival presented soft image of country: Hamza LAHORE sTaFF REPORT
The Flying Dutch Hockey team on Wednesday defeated the young guns of the Dar Academy in a tightly-contested second match of the three-match series here at the Johar Hockey Stadium. The Dar Academy which was leading the game at half time 21 lost the match 4-5 after the completion of the regulation time. The Flying Dutch Hockey team is visiting Lahore on the invitation of the Dar Hockey Academy and with the support of the Sports Board Punjab, which is following the vision of the Punjab government in holding national and international sports events. Mian Hamza Shahbaz, MNA and former chairman SBP was the chief guest of the hockey match and presented souvenirs to the visiting teams lased with five Olympians and international Dutch hockey players. Usman Anwar, Director General Sports and Youth Affairs was also present on the occasion along with former international Pakistan hockey players and Olympians like Khawaja Zakauddin, Danish Kaleem, Tauqir Dar, who is also presi-
dent of the Dar Academy were also present on the occasion. Speaking on the occasion, Hamza said that the Punjab government not only held international sports activity in the province but also displayed to the world that the country is safe for holding any international tournament. “By holding the Punjab International Sports Festival we have given the soft image of the country and the world has now realised that Pakistan is safe to host any international team,” he said. “We have not only established 11 world records but also showed to the world
more than 2.5 million people took part in the Punjab Youth Festival,” he maintained. He further said that even though he is not the chairman of the SBP but the Punjab government has shown to the world that the Pakistan people have immense talent and are not less than anybody in the world. Although Dutch took lead in the early minutes of the match through Wanter Van Pelt but Umair leveled the score in a brilliant field move. Later Dar Academy’s Manssor provided lead to his team in also a field attack and that 2-1 score remained
intact till the breather. Later in the second half Dutch veterans added four more goals through Van Pelt, hit in his second and the teams third goal, Gys Wetering, added two goals and Mark Kleysen scored one to ensure win for the Flying Dutch team. The visiting Holland Veterans will played their third match of the series against Pakistan veterans here at the Johar Hockey Stadium on Friday (December 7) and SBP is holding this matfch as part of its International Sports Festival activity. Expressing his surprise on the progress of the Dar Academy team players, Dutch team manager Bob said that he has seen these youngsters playing in Holland a year ago and they have improved their game a lot. He also expressed his surprise over the wrong impression being spread about Pakistan regarding insecurity and praised the treatment they were given thus far during their stay in Pakistan. The Dutch veterans apart from playing hockey are also visiting historic and places of interest like Wagha Border, Lahore Fort, Badshahi Masjid etc. and as a good will guesture they have also brought 200 hockey playing kits for the Pakistan youngsters.
Samuels, narine keep series alive MIRPUR cRicinFO
With the series at stake, West Indies saved face with a four-wicket win in Mirpur, set up by the spinners and a calm century by Marlon Samuels. West Indies were set 228, not a daunting target on paper, but with their recent batting collapses and struggles and spin, a comeback win for the visitors couldn't be taken for granted. The spinners created chances and closed the gap between the two sides towards the end, but Samuels was the wicket Bangladesh wanted. They dismissed him, but a little too late, as West Indies were only six away from victory with four overs to spare. Earlier, the pitch had plenty to keep the spinners interested under lights, but West Indies ensured no repeat of the top-order collapse in the second ODI in Mirpur, and progressed steadily towards the target of 228. Marlon Samuels looked ominous with a half-century, with a steady Kieran Powell for company.
scOREbOaRd bangladEsH innings: Tamim iqbal c Thomas b narine 22 anamul Haque lbw b narine 33 naeem islam c Pollard b narine 4 Mushfiqur Rahim c sammy b Permaul 38 nasir Hossain c Pollard b Permaul 6 Mominul Haque c Pollard b gayle 12 Mahmudullah c sammy b smith 52 Mashrafe Mortaza st Thomas b narine 0 sohag gazi c gayle b sammy 30 abdur Razzak c bravo b sammy 3 Rubel Hossain not out 1 Extras: (b 4, lb 3, w 18, nb 1) 26 Total (all out; 49.1 overs) 227 Fall of wickets 1-57 (Tamim iqbal, 12.2 ov), 2-61 (naeem islam, 12.4 ov), 3-67 (anamul Haque, 14.3 ov), 4-78 (nasir Hossain, 17.1 ov), 5-110 (Mominul Haque, 22.4 ov), 6-168 (Mushfiqur Rahim, 35.6 ov), 7-171 (Mashrafe Mortaza, 38.3 ov), 8-210 (Mahmudullah, 45.6 ov), 9-225 (abdur Razzak, 47.6 ov), 10-227 (sohag gazi, 49.1 ov) bowling: R Rampaul 4-0-19-0, djg sammy 9.1-0-46-2, sP narine 10-0-37-4, V Permaul 10-0-40-2, cH gayle 10-1-36-1, Ka Pollard 2-0-21-0, dR smith 3-0-14-1, Mn samuels 1-0-7-0 WEsT indiEs cH gayle c Mushfiqur b Mashrafe 4 KOa Powell st Mushfiqur b Mahmudullah 47 Mn samuels c Mahmudullah b Mashrafe 126 dM bravo c sohag b naeem 13 dR smith c naeem b Razzak 4 Ka Pollard b Razzak 1 dc Thomas not out 12 djg sammy not out 1 Extras (lb 9, w 11) 20 Total (6 wickets; 47 overs) 228 did not bat V Permaul, sP narine, R Rampaul Fall of wickets 1-15 (gayle, 3.6 ov), 2-126 (Powell, 26.3 ov), 3-158 (bravo, 33.4 ov), 4-171 (smith, 37.4 ov), 5-182 (Pollard, 39.5 ov), 6-222 (samuels, 46.1 ov) bowling: sohag gazi 9-1-36-0, Mashrafe Mortaza 6-0-34-2, Rubel Hossain 5-0-42-0, abdur Razzak 10-0-34-2, Mahmudullah 9-0-43-1, naeem islam 5-1-21-1, Mominul Haque 3-0-9-0 Toss West indies, who chose to field series bangladesh led the 5-match series 2-1 Odi debut V Permaul (West indies) Result: West indies win by four wickets Player of the match Mn samuels (West indies) umpires Enamul Haque and REj Martinesz (sri lanka) TV umpire anisur Rahman Match referee aj Pycroft (zimbabwe) Reserve umpire gazi sohel
Thursday, 6 December, 2012
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17 Sports SPm Veteran cricket league continues LAHORE sTaFF REPORT
SPM Bucks and Amar Cables notched up victories in the SPM Lahore Veteran Cricket league here on Wednesday at two different venues. In the first match SMP Bucks beat Lahore Tigers by 5 wickets at Stags Cricket Ground. Brief scores, Lahore Tigers batted first 202/7 in 30 overs. Rana Irfan 46, Zaheer Iqbal 33, Shahid Bashir 15 & Muhammad Munir 64 runs not out. SPM Bucks bowling Imtiaz Shah 2/29, Javeed Butt 1/20, Ashfaq Aslam 1/40, & Nadeem Baig 1/43 wickets. SPM Bucks answered with 203/5 in 26.3 overs. Nadeem Aslam 27, Sajjad Mehmood 13, Tariq Mehmood 44, Khalid Habib 47 and man of the match Ashfaq Aslam 51 runs. Lahore Tigers bowling Film Star Shan Shahid 2/40 & Muhammad Yaqoob 1/40 wickets. Muhammad Kaleem and Irfan Dilshad were the umpires and Khalid Waheed was the scorer. End of the match Chief Guest Faheem Malik give away man of the match award to Ashfaq Aslam. In the second match Amar Cables outplayed Textile Tigers by 33 runs at Shah Faisal Ground. Amar Cables batted first 225/8 in 30 overs. Dastgeer Butt 82,man of the match, Aziz ur rehman 70 & Ameer Akbar 24 runs. Textile Tigers bowling Asif Qureshi 4/43, Zulfqar Ali 2/44 & Zulfqar Ahmad 1/38 wickets. Textile Tigers all out at 192 all out in 28.5 overs. Muhammad Zahid 70, Karamat Ali 45 & Maqsood Ali 32 runs. Amar Cables bowling Tariq Hussain Raju 3/44, Shaukat Ali 2/21 & Tariq Rasheed 3/27 wickets. Ansar Mehmood and Sagheer Ahmad supervised the match as umpires while waqar ahmad was the scorer.
gcu win all Pakistan Table Tennis LAHORE sTaFF REPORT
The Government College University Lahore has won the All Pakistan Tennis competition, organised by Higher Education Commission. The team GCU beat the University of Lahore in the finals held in Karachi. Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Khaliq-ur-Rahman congratulate the team on winning the competition.
‘city’s european exit can be a title boost’ LONDON agEnciEs
Manchester City's dismal exit from European competition is not an embarrassment and could boost the big-spending club's defence of the Premier League title, according to manager Roberto Mancini. City's haul of just three points from six games was the worst performance by an English club in the Champions League group stage with Mancini's men finishing bottom of Group D and failing to qualify for the Europa League as well. Newspaper headlines on Wednesday spoke of City as "The Worst Ever" and dubbed them "320 million pound flops". Mancini saw a silver lining in Tuesday's 1-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund, however. "Clearly this can help us win the Premier League because we don't play in the Europa League," he told reporters.
Westwood set to defend title THAILAND agEnciEs
ORLD number six Lee Westwood is ready to reprise his record-breaking form when he defends his title at the US$1 million Thailand Golf Championship. The Englishman romped to a stylish seven-stroke victory at the Amata Spring Country Club last year, highlighted by an opening round of 12-under-par 60 for a new course record where he came close to firing the Asian Tour's first ever 59. With the Asian Tour's showpiece being his final event of 2012, Westwood is keen to end his year on a high note by capturing a third victory of the season against a stellar field which includes reigning Masters Tournament champion Bubba Watson, last year's runner-up Charl Schwartzel, Japan's Ryo Ishikawa, Ryder Cup stars Nicolas Colsaerts and Sergio Garcia, 2011 British Open champion Darren Clarke and the Asian Tour's top stars led by current number one Thaworn Wiratchant. "Yeah, lots of great memories. I supposed shooting 60 in the first round was fairly memorable and then following up with a 64 to lead by 11 after two rounds, I can't think when that has ever happened," said the 39year-old Westwood. Westwood believes another 60 could be on the cards although the picturesque par-72 course is playing longer and tougher due to the rain in recent weeks and the thicker rough which lines the fairways. "I was thinking of a 57 since it's soft out there and the greens are holding," Westwood cheekily replied when asked if he was eyeing another 60. "I've only shot 60 once in my life. That was special. You need everything to go right most of the time. It's been done once and it can be done again." He rated his year as "steady but not spectacular" despite two wins in In-
donesia and Sweden and playing a role in Europe's amazing Ryder Cup victory over the United States in September. "My game is pretty good. I finished sixth in the WGC (HSBC Champions in China) and fifth last week (Nedbank Challenge in South Africa). It's ticking over. My game is not as good as I like it but I'm making some changes. The second half of the year has been volatile. There's not been a lot of continuity. It's been steady but not spectacular this year. "It was a strong field last year and a strong field again this year. (But) I want to finish the year strongly with a win but it's that time of the year when I'm getting a bit tired," he said. Westwood took time to pay tribute to the Asian Tour and Asian golfers for the rapid growth of the game in the Far East. "The Tour over here has made massive strides and it's shown around the world on different channels now and it's helped Asian golfers become more worldly kind of players and they can compete overseas," he said. South Africa's Schwartzel, the Masters champion in 2011, has bounced back to form in recent weeks following bouts with injuries and he hopes to go one better in this week's Thailand Golf Championship after playing second fiddle to Westwood 12 months ago. "I've been playing injury free the past month and a half and am able to swing the club better. I've played nicely the past few weeks. It's been fifth, third, second and hopefully first this week!" he smiled. "I had a great year last year and had a good time here. But Lee was so far ahead after two rounds, we were playing for second spot. I was happy to get the invite to come back and see if I can get one better than last year."
Wenger takes positives from defeat MILAN agEnciEs
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger did his best to remain upbeat despite a 2-1 defeat to Olympiacos wrecking their chances of finishing top of Champions League Group B. With qualification already secured ahead of the fixture, Wenger had elected to leave several first-team regulars behind as 20-year-old defender Jernade Meade made his European debut. Although Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky fired the English side ahead after 38 minutes, the Greeks fought back through a somewhat controversial effort by Giannis Maniatis and a well-taken strike from substitute Kostas Mitroglou. The defeat, coupled with Schalke's draw in Montpellier, saw the Gunners finish as runners-up behind the Bundesliga side. And although Wenger was unhappy with Olympiacos' opening goal, he had few other complaints about his team's performance. "It was an interesting game," he told ITV1. "We had a good first half and we had two or three chances to score a second goal, but we needed a second goal tonight. "The younger players did well for an hour, that is very positive. Now we have to wait for the draw, but ideally you want to finish first (in the group). "The
first goal was a goal kick, though, simple as that. What the referee behind the goalline is doing nobody knows, but I don't think it was the right decision. "We had a positive game. It was not the result we wanted but overall it was a very encouraging game." Defeat in the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium for a second successive season coupled with
Schalke's draw in Montpellier means Arsenal will head into the knockout stages without the security of a top seeding. Wenger, though, is not overly concerned. He said: "We need a good Christmas present now (in the draw), but we will see. "We can get a bad draw or less strong team, but you normally get strong teams through anyway now. "The disadvantage is we have is we play the second game away, but that is not statistically proven to be a such a disadvantage. "Let's see, but for now it is important for us to focus on the [domestic] championship, forget about the Champions League a little bit and get ourselves back in decent form in the championship." Wenger tried to remain upbeat despite the disappointing final outcome in Athens. "We left eight or nine players at home and we had a positive game," he said. "We had a good first half, but we dropped physically in the second half because many players lack competition at that level and therefore we couldn't take the chances for the second goal. "We also got a very bad decision against us on the goal. I am not against the fifth referee, but you would like at least for them to be concentrated on their job, but that was not the case tonight, Wojciech Szczesny was far away from the ball.
we must beat Shakhtar: marchisio MILAN agEnciEs
Juventus are currently second in Group E with nine points and will face group leaders Shakhtar evening needing only a point to guarantee a spot in the next stage. Howevr, Marchisio, who will miss the tie after reaching the yellow card limit in the Champions League, has urged his team mates to go for a win. "A draw is not what we're after. It's a risk for both teams to play for a draw. We have to go there to play our own game and try to win the match," Marchisio was quoted as saying by Tuttosport. "We are aware of their quality. They sit atop of the group and are the strongest team we have faced so far. It's true that we put in a great performance against Chelsea, but we aren't there yet. "It will not be an easy game and we will have to put in a performance similar to the one against Chelsea. We have to remain cautious and cannot let them surprise us." Juventus will top the group should they win, finish second with a draw and possibly go out if they lose the match.
Two matches decided in NBP Gold Cup Hockey LAHORE sTaFF REPORT
Pakistan Customs surprised star studded PIA 2-1 and Wapda outplayed Sui Southeran Gas Company 4-2 in the NBP Gold Cup Hockey Tournament at the outer ground of the National Hockey Stadium here on Wednesday. It was an expected win on part of Customs against Airlines and the winners struck a brilliant show of skillful hockey and technique. Customs led the first half 1-0 at break after receiving 28th minute field goal
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LonDon: rory mcIlroy with Dubai world championship as he was named the player of the year.
from their captain Rizwan Khan. PIA came in patches but failed to make a productive impression on their opponents who were far ahead in attacks launched by their mid field with the aid of their both right and left flanks. Customs appeared in total control when Amir Ali scored the 52nd minute field goal for the much disappointment of Airlines. Airlines gained some relief when Kashif Ali translated the 58th minute short corner with a calculated shot. Wapda and SSGC played a 1-1 draw at half time. Wapda jolted SSGC with the
addition of a goal in the very first minute through Shahbaz Ali as SSGC leveled one minutes before the end of the first after receiving a goal from Zeeshan. Wapda played the second half with splerndid display of artistic hockey hammering three more goals to leave their opponents in deep gloom. Salman Hussain scored the 40th minute goal as Sohail Abbas contributed a penalty corner goal in the 62nd minute and Mohammad Suleman added 69th minutefield goal before Sohail Manzoor supported SSGC with a penalty corner goal.
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Sports 18 Scott tries regular putter but going back to broomstick SYDNEY agEnciEs
we don’t need a miracle: benitez MILAN
DAM Scott will probably go back to using a broomstick putter at this week's Australian Open after "messing around" with a shorter club in practice, the world number seven said on Wednesday. The 32-year-old, who has used the broomstick variety for the past two seasons, practiced for this week's tournament at The Lakes Golf Club with a specially-designed 40-inch putter and also used it for nine holes of the pro-am on Wednesday. Broomhandle or belly putters, pioneered by 2002 European Ryder Cup captain Sam Torrance among others in the late 1980s, are often tucked under the chin, against the chest or stomach. Golf's rulemakers have proposed a ban on players anchoring long putters to their body, saying they wanted to outlaw the practice by 2016 in order to preserve the "skill and challenge" of putting. "I ordered that putter a while back," Scott told reporters in Sydney. "I was experimenting for my own use. "I'll probably putt with the long putter. The other one I was messing around with was my first go and it is not quite what I want it to do. It is not quite set up right for me. "I'll have another go at another time if I feel I need to." Scott, who won the Australian Masters at Kingston Heath in Melbourne last month, has been a vocal supporter of the longer putters and the Queenslander doubted he would change his club next year. "I think I putt fine with any putter. I have spent the last two years learning a skill with the broomstick putter and that is what I am going to use this week, most likely. "Until I invent a better way to putt for myself, I'll stick to the broomstick. I certainly like a lot of the philosophies of putting with a broomstick." Even if the ban on anchoring came into use, Scott said he might still use a long putter. "Whatever way I putt in the future, if I just move the hand off my chest an inch or a centimetre or whatever it is, I'll be making an honest stroke. It will look exactly the same. "It is simple. I can move it slightly off my chest and use the same putter but I think there are better ways than that. "We are all searching for the best possible way
Mcilroy wins PGA Player of the Year award LOnDOn: Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy was named as the PGA Tour Player of the Year on Tuesday, capping an outstanding season for the world number one. As expected, the 23-year-old was the popular choice for the annual Jack Nicklaus Award, decided by a vote from eligible tour players, becoming the youngest recipient since Tiger Woods in 1998. McIlroy won four PGA Tour titles this year, including the PGA Championship by a record eight strokes. Nicklaus held the previous record margin for the last major on the golfing calendar, winning the 1980 PGA Championship by seven shots. "It's always nice to get recognition from your peers, the guys that you're trying to beat week in, week out," McIlroy said on a conference call. "I guess it's just a great way to end what has been a great year and my best season so far." McIlroy also won the Honda Classic, Deutsche Bank Championship and BMW Championship and the Vardon Trophy for the lowest scoring average. He also won the money lists for the PGA and European Tours, making his selection a virtual formality on a final ballot that included Jason Dufner, Brandt Snedeker, Bubba Watson and Woods. "It's no surprise that Rory McIlroy was voted by the players and his peers as the best Player of the Year," PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem said. John Huh won the rookie of the year award after becoming the youngest player in more than a decade to qualify for the Tour Championship. Huh, 22, broke through for his first win at the Mayakoba Golf Classic in February, enduring an eight-hole playoff with Robert Allenby. agEnciEs and I think there are still better ways for me to go about it." Scott suffered a spectacular meltdown at the British Open in July, losing a four-shot lead with four holes to play to finish second behind Ernie Els. While he said he had shaken off that disappointment, losing a major in that fashion made him more determined to win one. "Everyone's path to winning a first tournament or a major is different. Tiger came along and won them all right out of the gate and other guys have won the first time they've had a chance too. "Then a guy like Phil Mickelson knocked on the door a lot of times and finally won one. "For me, I'm just looking forward to getting back in that position as soon as I possibly can, hopefully in April, and certainly this weekend as well. fInALLy frEE Of 'SCAr TISSUE', rOSE EyES wIn DOwn UnDEr: Globe-trotting Briton Justin Rose will battle jetlag and local favourite Adam Scott at the Australian Open in Sydney this week as he seeks to cap his outstanding year with a win Down Under. Rose has little left to prove after finishing second on the European Tour money's list behind Rory McIlroy but victory would help the 32-year-old forget his dreadful
showing at the invitational Nedbank Golf Challenge last week. Rose finished second to Northern Irishman McIlroy at the DP World Tour Championship two weeks ago, with a course record 62 in his final round in Dubai, but promptly fell from the sublime to the ridiculous at Sun City, where he crashed out to finish second-last in the field of 12. "I think it was just a hiccup," the South Africa-born Rose told reporters on Wednesday. "Sometimes when you are around family, subconsciously you want to play really, really well for them. "I think there was an element of frustration. I think it was the first week when the season caught up with me. That is natural. "I think you are allowed to play poorly once in a while and let it be water off a duck's back." Rose has every reason to give himself a break, having boosted his world ranking to a career-high fourth after a season boasting wins at the WGCCadillac Championship in March and the World Golf Final in Turkey in October. Rose, who finished seventh on the USPGA Tour money list, returns to the Australian Open a far different player from the newly-minted professional who competed for the 1998 title.
Rafael Benitez insisted he did not need another "miracle" to rescue Chelsea from Champions League humiliation. Benitez famously masterminded what was dubbed 'The Miracle of Istanbul' seven and a half years ago when Liverpool produced one of the greatest comeback in European Cup final history to beat AC Milan. But he declared on Tuesday afternoon that Chelsea did not require divine intervention to avoid becoming the first Champions League holders to crash out of the competition before Christmas. That is despite the Blues going into Wednesday's final Group E game needing to beat Nordsjaelland while hoping Shakhtar Donetsk produce the same result against Juventus. Anything else and the team which ended their agonising wait for Champions League glory just six months ago will suffer the indignity of continuing their European campaign in the Europa League. Interim manager Benitez acknowledged Chelsea might need "a bit of luck" on Wednesday night but said: "I don't think it's a miracle. "We have to do our job and wait for the other teams." Benitez reiterated he had no fears of a Shakhtar stitch-up, despite a draw suiting both the Ukrainian champions and Juve. The Spaniard arguably should be less concerned about the mentality of the group leaders and more worried about that of his own side, who are on their worst run in the Barclays Premier League for 15 years after failing to win any of their three matches since he took charge.
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Lewis Hamilton is already looking forward to the new Formula One season where he will race alongside "bestfriend" Nico Rosberg at Mercedes. Hamilton placed fourth in the standings following the recent conclusion of the 2012 F1 season for his former team McLaren. It was a frustrating campaign for the Brit, who actually won more races than second-placed Fernando Alonso, as his MP4-27 struggled to make the most out of the championship points on offer. In Singapore, for example, a gearbox failure on lap 23 during this year's grand prix prevented him from completing a pole-to-flag victory. And just five days later, Hamilton made the shock announcement that he would switch to the Mercedes team next year. On his return to Singapore on Tuesday, the 27-year-old donned McLaren colours for one of the last few times as he spoke at an event organised by the Peter Lim Scholarship foundation in ITE College West. Hamilton cut an enthusiastic figure as he looked ahead towards the 2013 season and a reunion with his 2000 Formula A karting championship team-mate Rosberg. "I haven't seen the Mercedes team, I won't link up with them till January but Nico lives in the same building as me. We were team-mates back in 2000 while racing go-karts," Hamilton told ESPNSTAR.com.
Pakistan to host 2nd asia deaf Cricket Cup from 11th LAHORE sTaFF REPORT
The second edition of the Asia Deaf cricket Cup will be played here from December 11 at different venues with four foreign teams participating. This was stated by Zaheer ud Din Babar , Chief Executive Officer, Asian deaf Cricket Federation , at a news conference here on Wednesday. Also present were Raza Rafique, President Pakistan Deaf Cricket Association and Irfan Miraj, Secretary PDCA. Zaheer who is also the manager of PDCA said foreign teams taking part in the event include India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Afghanistan. “Pakistan will defend
the title in the event which aims at promoting cricket among special people who have impaired hearing,” he added. He praised the worthy contribution of Pakistan Cricket Board for sponsoring this event after their requests to a number of private business houses for extending financial assistance ended in failure. “We are thankful to the Chairman, PCB, Mohammad Zaka Ashraf for serving the cause of deaf cricket and extending all out support for holding this event and we believe that PCB's contribution will go a long way in bringing good name for Pakistan deaf cricket abroad,” said Zaheer. He said the matches will be played at LCCA, Bagh-e-Jinnah grounds with he
final December 17 final to be played at Gadaffi stadium. “If Gadaffi stadium will not be available then we will be holding the final at Bagh-e-Jinnah ground,” he said. PDCA official said all arrangements have been finalized with the cooperation fo different government quarters for providing top security to the participating teams . “The matches will be 50overs-a-side and we anticipate good crowds at all the venues.” He said efforts have been to groom a strong Pak team to successfully defend the title. “We arranged country wide trials and the best available talent was picked to gel it with experience and we are fully confident that our team is going
to produce a outstanding show to live upto the expectations,” he said. Two matches will be played every day. He said the holding of the Asia cup will send a positive message to outer world regarding Pakistan which is fully capable of organizing elite sport events . He said it was quite unfortunate that deaf cricketers despite being the Asian champions were without jobs and appealed to the Government to provide jobs to talented deaf cricketers who are playing their due role in the building of a healthy society despite having hearing deficiencies. He also appealed to the business houses to lend support to deaf cricket by sponsoring their national and junior level tournaments.
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Captain among three killed in Wana suicide attack Security personnel avoid major catastrophe by causing bomber’s vehicle to detonate some distance away from army camp g At least 20 people left injured g
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At least three personnel of security forces, including a captain, were killed and around 20 others injured in a suicide attack at Ziari Noor military camp in Wana, South Waziristan Agency, on Wednesday. The deceased captain of the armed forces was identified as Captain Iqrar. Per details the security personnel were on duty at the main gate of the camp when they saw a pickup truck speeding towards the facility. After the driver ignored signals to slow down,
the security officials opened fire on the vehicle, triggering a massive blast apparently caused by explosives packed in the vehicle. Officials said that the explosion razed the boundary wall of the camp and caused the compound of a hospital next to the camp to collapse, injuring a number of people. The condition of several of the injured was stated to be in danger. The officials said the vehicle of attack was manned by two people, who they believed had also been killed. Following the explosion, security forces rushed the injured and the dead to
Agency Headquarter Hospital and cordoned off the area for rescue activities. No group has claimed responsibility for the suicide attack. A few days ago, pro-government militant commander Mullah Nazir was also injured in a suicide attack in Wana that had claimed eight lives. After that attack, Nazir and the local administration had directed all militants from the Mehsud tribe to leave Wana, however, the Mehsuds, loyal to TTP chief Hakeemullah Mehsud, have so far been reluctant to leave the area. Meanwhile, President Asif Ali Zardari strongly condemned the suicide attack.
dr arsalan returned rs 4.5m to Khalil’s manager ISLAMABAD agEnciEs
The Shoib Suddle Commission probing into the Arsalan-Malik Riaz scandal has prepared its interim report, according to which Dr Arsalan Iftikhar has returned Rs 4.5 million to Ahmed Khalil’s manager. The report said Arslan now owed less than Rs 500,000 and the copies of paid cheuqes had been submitted with the
commission. The report noted that the amount spent on Arsalan’s foreign trips was less than Rs 5 million. The report said the woman, who was travelling with Arsalan, was Khalil’s wife and he was travelling with them. The sources said the commission also pointed out the lack of cooperation on part of the Interior Ministry. The report further added that it found no proof to back the allegations against Arsalan Iftikhar. It said Riaz had alleged that Arsalan had usurped Rs340 million, but provided no proof to back up this claim. The commission added that despite issuing five notices to the business tycoon, he failed to make an appearance.
NDIAN Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has cancelled his visit to Pakistan, saying it is not the right time to embark on it. In a letter to President Asif Ali Zardari, he said while he still wanted to visit Pakistan, this was not the right time to do so. However, sources said otherwise. “The PM found it difficult to visit Pakistan just two days after the anniversary of Mumbai attacks, while the main accused have still not been brought to book,’’ a source said. The sources also confirmed that Singh wrote to Zardari before Ajmal Kasab was hanged. The letter, which was delivered to Zardari’s office by the Indian High Commission in Islamabad, Singh recalled how he had always told Pakistani leaders that he wanted to visit the country but regretted that it was not conducive for him to visit Pakistan at the time mentioned by the president in his invitation. Keeping hopes alive for the much awaited trip, Singh said he still wanted to visit Pakistan and strengthen ties between the two nations. “The two sides will continue to look for the right opportunity for my visit to Pakistan,” he wrote in his letter. Considering the ‘narrow window’, as an official had put it, ahead of elections in Pakistan, it is now clear that the visit would not take place even early next year. There had been wild speculation in the media for months about whether or not Singh will visit Pakistan anytime soon. The Indian Foreign Ministry sought to put an end to these
Senate Chairman Bokhari in New Delhi nEw DELhI: Senate Chairman Nayyer Hussain Bokhari reached New Delhi on Wednesday on a joint invitation of the Rajya Sabha chairman and the Lok Sabha speaker. The delegation received a warm welcome at the Indira Gandhi International Airport by members of the Rajya Sabha Taroon Vijay and Dr Prabha Thakor, who presented bouquets to the members of the delegation. Pakistan’s High Commissioner Salman Bashir was also present. Talking to reporters, Bokhari said they had come to India with a message of peace and love. “Parliamentarians of the both the sides can play an active role to develop understanding between the two countries,” he remarked. Bokhari underscored the need for more bilateral visits at parliamentary level. Bokhari is accompanied by senators Rubina Khalid, Hari Ram, Abdul Haseeb Khan, Heman Das, Malik Najmul Hassan and Kamran. Pakistan National Assembly Speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza has already visited India twice. Similarly, Indian Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar also visited Pakistan in February and November this year. inP speculations when its officials suggested on November 16 that it may not be possible for Singh to visit Pakistan anytime soon, but did not mention Singh’s letter to Zardari.
ATC says no permission needed to release BB murder probe report MONITORING DESK An-Anti Terrorism Court (ATC) on Wednesday ruled that the federal government did not need anyone’s permission to make public the investigation report and judicial proceedings into the assassination of former PM Benazir Bhutto. The court was hearing an application by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) moved on directives of the federal government that sought court’s permission to make public
the investigation report and judicial proceedings into Benazir’s murder. The plea stated that the people were concerned over the delay in verdict into the case despite the passage of five years. It added that the federal government wanted to release the joint interrogation report and proceedings of trial court for the public. ATC Judge Habibur Rehman disposed of the application, ruling that the government did not need any permission to make the report public.
Gilani refuses to appear before NaB MONITORING DESK Former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has refused to appear before the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in a case pertaining to the implementation of the controversial National Reconciliation Ordinance, a private TV channel reported on Wednesday. NAB had summoned the former prime minister on the directives of the Supreme Court for appointing his friend Adnan A Khwaja as managing director of the Oil and Gas Development Company Limited in September 2010 in violation of rules. The channel said Khwaja was not eligible to be appointed for any government office as he had been convicted in a case. However, he was given relief under the NRO and was given the key post in the OGDCL. The Supreme Court
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had declared Khwaja’s appointment as null and void. In this respect, Gilani’s counsel said the constitution awarded immunity to him, who had been summoned by the NAB to record his statement in the case on December 11. Earlier on Tuesday, Prime Minister’s Adviser on Political Affairs Fawwad Chaudhry, who also held the post when Gilani was in office, had stated that under Article 248 of the constitution no court proceedings could be held against the president, prime minister, governors and ministers.