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At least 17 people were killed and several others injured in US drone strikes in South Waziristan Agency (SWA) on Sunday. According to sources, four US drones fired 10 missiles at two compounds in different localities, including Bobar area of South Waziristan, home to militants of the Hakimullah Mehsud group of the Pakistani Taliban and the Haqqani network. The compounds, which were completely destroyed, belonged to Qari Imran, a militant commander believed to be affiliated with the Hafiz Gul Bahadur group. He was said to be the target of the attacks. As a result of the strikes, 17 people were killed while several others were left injured. Foreign media agencies said the dead included Wali Muhammad, alias Toofan Mehsud, who was in charge of the Pakistani Taliban’s suiciders’ wing. However, there was no official confirmation about the death of Wali Muhammad either from the government or from the Taliban.
The locals stayed away from rescue activities, as drones continued to fly over the agency for quite some time after the attacks, frightening the residents. After a short period of calm, the US has restarted targeting militants through the unmanned planes and managed killing progovernment tribal leader Maulvi Nazeer in such an attack the other day. Drone attacks are deeply unpopular among the political leadership and the masses, who consider them a breach of the country’s sovereignty and stability of country. However, the Obama-led US administration believes the drone attacks are vital to cope with the menace of terrorism. Meanwhile, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan strongly condemned the drone strikes in Waziristan on Sunday. In a statement, the PTI chief called upon the authorities to take the nation into confidence over the details and identify those killed in the strikes. Khan said drone attacks were a violation of international laws and also violated the country’s sovereignty. The PTI chief said the government had turned Pakistan into a banana republic and the US authorities were allowed to hit and kill any civilian at will inside the Pakistani territory. He expressed grief over the loss of lives and asked the authorities to identify those killed.
SC to take up altaf Contempt CaSe today ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan will conduct hearing in the contempt notice issued to MQM chief Altaf Hussain today. The apex court had directed Altaf thorough a notice to appear on January 7 for his remarks against the court during a public gathering. On the other hand, the MQM’s legal team headed by Barrister Nasim Farogh moved a plea in the Supreme Court on Friday, seeking permission for MQM leader Dr Farooq Sattar or any lawyer to represent Altaf and excuse from his personal appearance before the court. The Supreme Court on December 14 issued a show-cause notice to MQM chief Altaf Hussain for using contemptuous and derogatory language against the judiciary and directed him to appear before the court to explain his position on January 7. A three-member SC bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry issued the notice under Article 204 read with Section 3 of Contempt of Court Ordinance 2003, while hearing the Karachi law and order case. It asked the MQM chief to appear before the court and explain why contempt proceeding should not be initiated against him for criticising the judiciary. Following Supreme Court’s judgment on delimitation of constituencies in Karachi, Altaf criticised SC judges in a telephonic address to a party rally on November 30, calling remarks made by judges in the case unconstitutional and undemocratic. staff report
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Indian troops violate LoC, kill soldier rAwALpInDI: Indian troops violated the Line of Control (LoC) at Bagh area of Pakistani administered Kashmir and crossed over into the Hajipir sector inside Pakistani territory on Sunday morning, according to an Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) spokesman. The Indian troops attacked a security check post, said the spokesman adding that, retaliatory action by Pakistani forces resulted in Indian forces to flee back, leaving their weapons behind. Two Pakistani soldiers were injured in the attack, one of whom died later. The deceased soldier was Lance Naik Aslam. Cross border shelling began from both sides after the incident, claiming the life of a Pakistani civilian and injuring two others in the Indo-Pak border area of Kashmir. Troops are still exchanging gunfire in the area said the ISPR spokesman. Online
12 killed in Spin Boldak suicide attack CHAMAn: Twelve people, including the chief of District Shura Spin Boldak, were killed and 20 others were injured in two suicide attacks at the Shura office on Sunday. The Afghan Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. According to details, two suicide attacks were carried out at Shura office in Spin Boldak’s town bordering Chaman. At that time a meeting was underway there. Due to suicide attacks roof and walls of the office collapsed and all participants were buried. The identity card office in the vicinity was also damaged. A witness said that District Shura Chief Haji Dadullah Noorzai, Qasab Noorzai, Doctor Noorzai, Juma Khan, Haji Razzaq and his son’s bodies have been recovered from the debris. More than 20 injured perople were shifted to Kandahar hospital. The witness said that still several bodies were buried under the debris. Security forces cordoned off the area and started relief activities. Claiming responsibility, Taliban sources said as many as 20 tribal notables and security personnel were killed in the attacks conducted by Janan alias Fidai and Muhammad Ibrahim. They belonged to Kandahar. PPi
Nizami condoles Qazi‘s death LAHore: Aiwan-e-Iqbal Complex Chairman Arif Nizami expressed grief and sorrow over the demise of former Jamaat-e-Islami chief Qazi Hussain Ahmad. In a statement issued on Sunday, Nizami said Ahmad was a great leader and his death was a great loss to the nation. He prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and patience for the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with fortitude. APP
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President Asif Ali Zardari said the government was ensuring all-out efforts for carrying out developmental projects. Talking to eminent figures of the Jamshoro district, which included former Jamshoro district nazim and PPP leader Sardar Malik Asad Sikandar Khan, at Bilawal House, he assured of leaving no stone unturned for the development of the district, which was a major industrial and educational center of the province. On the occasion Malik Asad Sikandar said President Zardari’s personal efforts had transformed Jamshoro into a model district, where several development projects were underway. Expressing his resolve that Jamshoro was PPP’s electoral citadel, the President also announced that PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari would soon visit the area.
No one can derail the democratic system: Kaira LALAMUSA Online
Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira on Sunday said no one would be allowed to derail the democratic system in the country. In a meeting with a delegation, he said if there is any flaw in the system then one should follow a constitutional path to remove it instead of creating unrest. He said the constitution had clearly defined the procedure for a caretaker set-up which left no room for confusion in this regard. The minister said both opposition and the
government are part of the Parliament and represent the nation and it was their responsibility to decide on the caretaker set-up. Therefore anything against the constitution would be unacceptable but all suggestions within the domain of constitution are welcome, he said. “Those serving hidden agendas would soon be exposed,” said Kaira, adding that those who want to change the system should participate in elections. He said the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) had given numerous sacrifices for the sake of democracy and it was the PPP government which revived the prestige of Parliament and judiciary in the country.
Measles claims two more live, death toll reaches 241 SHIKARPUR inP
Despite the claims of the federal and provincial governments and health authorities, measles continued to take lives of infants as two more children died in different areas of the city, raising the death toll to 241 in Sindh alone. According to details, two children died of measles in Madaiji and Mian Sahab localities of Shikarpur where the toll had reached to 24. In Ghotki, 14 children had died due to the epidemic so far. A couple of days ago, a special vaccination campaign was launched in various districts of Sindh to prevent the outbreak of measles but the crisis seemed to be intensifying. The campaign will last until January 15, during which children will be vaccinated for measles.
US subverting Pakistan’s war on terror? SHAHAb JAfRy Last Wednesday’s drone strike in South Waziristan (SW) that killed Mullah Nazir has deepened suspicion that the ISI and CIA often work at cross-purposes, besides stimulating debate regarding good and bad Taliban in the local press. Nazir typified the good variety, whom military intelligence has persuaded into not attacking Pakistani targets, regardless of their activities in Afghanistan. He was instrumental in driving Uzbek militants out of SW in ’07-08, with reported support from the army, and often served as a bulwark against the viciously anti-Pakistan TTP, even though he continuously sheltered numerous high-profile al Qaeda operatives in his area. Though Nazir had survived two drone strikes, the third and successful one came just when another assassination attempt (on Nov 29) led him to suspect rival Mehsuds dominating the TTP. He had just expelled all Mehsuds from Wazir areas in SW, disturbing TTP coordination and logistics just
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as winter set in, while also aggravating the IDP situation in Bannu and Tank areas. Discontents of tribal chiefs like Nazir, coupled with successful military operation and drone strikes in the tribal area, were seen as key elements behind TTP chief Hakimullah Mehsud’s measured offer of talks recently. And US intelligence’s decision to ‘remove’ Nazir at this point will provide precious room to regroup to the TTP, according to analysts and intelligence officials familiar with the insurgency. It is also expected to stoke Mehsud-Wazir enmity, which will play into TTP’s hands, and undo years of military planning that finally brought peace to SW. “It seems the US wants to keep the war alive on the Pakistani side at least until ’14,” said Mansoor Khan Mehsud, executive director for research at the FATA Research Centre, an Islamabad-based think tank. The timing is also important because of rumours that Nazir was in the process of leveraging the shura-e-muraqeba to engineer a strategic truce with the TTP ahead of the American drawdown.
“We have unconfirmed reports of a Jirga meant to bring the two together,” said Rasheed Safi, head of news at Radio Burraq, a trusted news source across FATA. “If true, this could have meant Nazir’s condition of no attacks inside Pakistan finally being accepted by Hakimullah”. Events like Nazir willing to allow IDPs back to Wana (though leaving militants out) and Hakimullah offering talks (even if with unreasonable preconditions) lend weight to such assertions. UnDerStAnDIng gooD tALIBAn: Local editorial reaction to Nazir’s assassination has largely debated the good Taliban phenomenon, exposing a sharp cleavage between the understanding of intelligence agencies (who run the counterinsurgency campaign) and the intelligentsia (who shape public opinion). While arguing that neither good nor bad Taliban have a place in progressive society, they seem to overlook imperatives of counterinsurgency (COIN) strategy, which invariably figure maneuvering militant outfits against each other. There are also important non-military elements to the strategy. “Be-
sides not attacking Pakistani targets and helping security agencies, the good Taliban also help expel foreign militants and negotiate peace with more violent groups like the TTP,” added Rasheed. “They also allow social uplift and reconstruction projects”. These projects are crucial not only for improving quality of life in the tribal areas, but also for providing people-to-people contact with the outside world in an area that has long been cut off from progressive advances in society. Such exercise is central to COIN strategy, raising social awareness and minimising ‘acceptability’ of regressive groups like the TTP. For the military to treat all groups alike, as the liberal press suggests, would amount to broadening the insurgent base, unifying them into a larger and more effective force, and further compromising the state security apparatus. There is also the growing unease about post ’14 Afghanistan, where only the most unnatural political alliance can avoid a brutal civil war among warlords. And just like all other countries in the region, Pakistan too would rather observe developments
than act prematurely. US concern about cross border activity is not very different from Mullah Fazlullah and the like operating from Kunar and Nooristan on the Afghan side of the border, which NATO/ISAF have long abandoned. There are also reports of British troops in Helmand bribing the local Taliban to minimise casualties. The Taliban insurgency, in both Pakistan and Afghanistan, is a long drawn phenomenon. And security agencies will do what is necessary to reduce the potency of the threat on their respective sides. In Pakistan, lumping all elements of the tribal rebellion together at present amounts to gravely undermining state security. The immediate concern is controlling armed rebellion at home, and propping the so-called good Taliban against bad is vital for preventing increased violence and possibly civil war. Whether or not Nazir’s assassination was timed to deliberately wrong foot Pakistani intelligence remains to be seen, but eliminating him has no doubt set back Pakistani efforts to subdue the insurgency.
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President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf have expressed grief over the demise of former Jamaat-e-Islami chief Qazi Hussain Ahmed. In his condolence message, President Zardari termed his demise as a great loss on religious and political spectrum of the country. He lauded his services as a prolific religious scholar and a veteran politician who served his party with strong devotion, dedication and commitment leading it for over two decades. The president recalled his numerous meetings with Qazi Hussain Ahmed and said that he was impressed with his forthrightness, sincerity and commitment. Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf in his condolence message said Qazi Sahib was a respected leader and seasoned politician. His deep knowledge of religious teachings distinguished him. The PM said the nation has been deprived of an eminent religious leader who stood by his convictions. He prayed to God to shower His blessings upon the departed soul and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear this loss with fortitude. IrAn ConDoLeS QAzI’S DeAtH Iran on Sunday condoled with the Pakistani government and nation over the death of religious leader Qazi Hussain Ahmed. Foreign Minister, Ali Akbar Salehi, in a message to his Pakistani counterpart expressed condolences for the demise of Qazi Hussain Ahmed. The message read, “Qazi Hussain Ahmed was a gracious scholar and a well aware politician who served to unify the world of Islam and create unity among Shia and Sunni Muslims.” DeMISe of QAzI SADDenS IMrAn KHAn Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan has expressed his deep grief and sorrow over the demise of former JI chief Qazi Hussain Ahmed. In his condolence message sent to Asif Luqman Qazi and other members of the
bereaved family, the PTI head paid tribute to the services of Ahmed for the unity of Muslims and stability of democratic process in Pakistan. He said that he had closely worked with the JI chief over the past decade and found him a person with integrity and vision. “No threat or favour could shatter the resolve of Qazi Sahib and he always remained committed to the cause of his party and the democratic process,” he added. Imran Khan, on behalf of his party and himself offered condolence to the family of Qazi Hussain Ahmed and other JI workers and prayed to God to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss with patience and fortitude. ppp ConDoLeS DeAtH of QAzI The Pakistan People’s Party Punjab leaders on Sunday expressed grief and sorrow over the demise of Qazi Hussain Ahmad. In a joint statement, PPP Punjab President Manzoor Ahmad Wattoo, PPP Punjab General Secretary Tanvir Ashraf Kaira and Deputy Information Secretary Iqbal Sialvi said that Qazi was a great leader and termed his death as a huge loss to the nation. They prayed for eternal peace for the departed soul and patience for the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with fortitude. nA SpeAKer, DepUty SpeAKer ConDoLe QAzI’S DeAtH Dr Fehmida Mirza, speaker of the National Assembly, and Faisal Karim Kundi, deputy speaker, condoled the death of Qazi Hussain Ahmad. In their separate condolence messages, the speaker and deputy speaker expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over the sad demise. They termed the death of Qazi Hussain Ahmad a national loss and paid rich tribute to his services for promotion of democracy and supremacy of constitution in the country. They prayed to God to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with patience.
ETERAN politician and former Jamaat-e-Islami chief Qazi Hussain Ahmad was laid to rest on Sunday in his ancestral graveyard at Ziarat Kaka Sahib, District Nowshera. Ahmed was a cardiac and asthma patient and was admitted to a private hospital in Islamabad for the last three days, where he passed away on Sunday night. Ahmed is survived by two sons and two daughters to mourn his death. JI chief Syed Munawar Hassan led the funeral prayers and were attended by thousands of JI workers, supporters, sympathisers and various religious and political figures. The funeral prayers were held on Motorway Ring Road, Peshawar. Political figures who attended the funeral prayers were Fazlur Rehman, Javed Hashmi, Samiul Haq, Ghulam Ahmad Bilour, Mehmood Khan Achakzai, Professor Khursheed Ahmed, Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao, Hamid Gul, Tariq Jamil, Salahuddin Ayubi, Ameer Muqam and Saddiqul Farooq. Ahmed, 74, completed his early education at home and later took admission in Islamia College, Peshawar and did his master’s in geography from Peshawar University. He was born in Nowshera on 1938. Ahmed played a key role in the national politics and served JI from 1987 to 2009. He became member of Jamaat-e-Islami in 1970 and was elected to the office of President of its Peshawar branch. Later, he served Jamaat-eIslami as Secretary and then chief of Khyber-
Crucial meeting between Malik, Qadri today ISLAMAbAD/LAHORE inP
A crucial meeting between Interior Minister Rehman Malik and Tehreek-e-Minjahjul Quran chief Tahirul Qadri is most likely to be held today (Monday) in Lahore. Sources said during the meeting, Malik would convey President Asif Ali Zardari’s special message to Qadri, convincing him to call off the announced January 14 long march in the wake of the imminent threats of the Taliban, striking the long march participants. The sources said Malik would make possible a telephonic contact between President Asif Ali Zardari and Tahirul Qadri.
Pakhtunkhwa. Later, Ahmed was elevated to the office of secretary general, Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan in 1978 and thereafter elected chief of Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan in 1987 and continued to serve in that capacity, getting re-elected for four more times (1992, 1994, 1999, 2003). In 2008, he had the distinction for being elected on more than one national assembly seats. He contested elections from NA-5 Nowshera I and was elected on several occasions. He always tried and wanted to unite various religious factions and groups and played an imported role in making the Muttahida Majlis-eAmal (MMA) in 2002. He served as president of the MMA. He also played an active role in making of the Islami Jamhoori Ittehad (IJI), an alliance of right-wing political parties. He was arrested during Tehreek-e-Nizam-eMustafa movement in 1977 and was later again imprisoned when he took out a protest rally against American aggression in Afghanistan. Federal Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governor and chief minister offered their condolences and called it a great loss. Pakistan Muslim league-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain and Tehreek-e-Minhajul Quran chief Dr Tahirul Qadri, among others, also offered condolences. Last November, he escaped an attack unhurt when a suicide bomber detonated explosives near his convoy in Mohmand Agency.
Qadri warns authorities against stopping his long march LAHORE Agencies
Tehreeke Minhajul Quran chief Dr Tahirul Qadri warned the federal and Punjab governments against stopping his march to Islamabad. Addressing a press conference, he insisted his march would be peaceful and warned that he would not be able to control his workers if the government attempted to halt the long march. He also warned the Punjab government against harassing his party workers and threatened that half of the participants would march to Lahore while the other half to Islamabad if efforts were made to stop the march. “We want to change the system through elections, not political parties,” he said. “It would be decided on 14th January in Islamabad whether the looters, or their victims, will rule this country,” he said. “I want to remind PPP workers of Zulfiqar Ali Bhuttos’ slogan of Roti, Kapra, and Makaan. The masses have been deprived of all three,” he added.
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India wary as Turkey set to broker Afghan peace deal NEW DELHI inP
Turkey is emerging as a new player in the unfolding Afghanistan peace process. As Afghanistan and Pakistan work on a peace roadmap, with the active assistance and blessings of London and Washington, Turkey has stepped in, even offering to host senior Taliban leaders released by Pakistan for reconciliation talks with the
Afghan government. Therefore, Shivshankar Menon, Indian national security adviser, will travel to Turkey in February for talks on Afghanistan with his counterpart, Muammer Turker, as well as Foreign Secretary, Feridun Sinirlioglu. India is likely to lay out a few of its own perceptions, first, that the US withdrawal should be accelerated. India will be deeply affected by the outcome of whatever political process is implemented in
Afghanistan. And with a strong presence on the ground in Afghanistan, India will be keen to ensure its own red lines about the accommodation of the Taliban in a future Afghan government. During the December trilateral summit of Asif Zardari, Hamid Karzai and Abdullah Gul in Ankara, a proposal was floated to invite the Taliban to set up office in Turkey. This would be similar to the help given by Turkey to the Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt. Sources
said Turkey would probably not go as far as to allow the Taliban to open an office, but they would be willing to let peace talks between the Taliban and Afghanistan happen in their country. But Turkey’s involvement may not go down well with many groups inside Afghanistan. Certainly Dostum and the Uzbeks, as well as the Hazaras, say analysts, would have reservations, which would need to be managed if this initiative is to go through.
‘White House Taliban prisoners released by govt mulls broader rejoin insurgents: Afghan speaker gun control’ KAbUL
MONITORINg DESK The White House is weighing a far broader approach to curbing US gun violence than just reinstating a ban on assault weapons and highcapacity magazines, the Washington Post reported on Sunday. A working group led by Vice President Joseph Biden is seriously considering measures that would require universal background checks for gun buyers and track the movement and sale of weapons through a national database, the newspaper said. The measures would also strengthen mental health checks and stiffen penalties for carrying guns near schools or giving them to minors, the Post said. The approach is backed by law enforcement leaders, it said. US President Barack Obama assigned Biden the job of designing the strategy after the massacre at a Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school last month that killed 20 children and six adults. To sell such changes, the White House is developing strategies to work around the National Rifle Association, the powerful gun lobby. They include rallying support from Wal-Mart Stores Inc and other gun retailers for measures that would benefit their businesses, the Post said.
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Afghan Parliament’s First Deputy Speaker Abdul Zahir Qadir said Taliban take up weapons and join the insurgents again after they are released from Afghan prisons. The prisoners are released under the auspices of the High Peace Council (HPC) as part of a program to strengthen the peace process but Qadir said the peace program is contributing to instability. “The peace program is a failed process. Where do the Taliban who are released go? They start
insurgent activities again,” Qadir said. But HPC officials contradicted the deputy speaker’s remarks and said most of those released lead “normal lives” and the few who rejoin the insurgency do not have a negative impact on security. “Most of the released Taliban members start normal lives, but a few of them join the Taliban, which does not have a negative effect on the peace process and does not worsen the security situation,” said Shahzada Shahid of the HPC. The defense ministry said the prisoners are released only when there is
no evidence against them. “The Taliban’s release is based on laws and implemented only when there is insufficient evidence to keep them in prison,” said defense ministry spokesman Gen. Zahir Azimi. A number of Taliban commanders released in the past are known to have joined the insurgents. Maulvi Abdul Qayum, released by a presidential decree, is back with the insurgents. Maulvi Dastgir, released at the behest of Badghis tribal elders, was responsible for plotting an attack that killed 100 people. He was killed in a US air strike
UST days after the horrifying gang rape of a 23-year-old medical student which was followed by a series of protests by Indian civil society, another young woman was raped and murdered in New Delhi, Indian media reported on Sunday. A 21-year-old woman, who had been missing since Friday night, was found stripped and dead near her house in Noida on Saturday. The police have registered a case of rape and murder against two persons in connection with the incident. The victim, a resident of Chotpur colony, left her office at around 9 pm and headed home with four of her female colleagues, according to police. After reaching outside her colony, her colleagues went their separate ways while she proceeded towards her house. “Yesterday around 9 in the evening, she left on a scooty after her shift along with other girls. Others got off and she went ahead alone,” said the fa-
Jet fighters take out 8 militants in orakzai PESHAWAR Agencies
Pakistani military jets killed eight suspected militants in Orakzai Agency, while three people, including the son of a tribal leader, were killed in another unrelated firing incident in Khyber Agency on Sunday. Security sources said the fighter jets bombarded three suspected militant hideouts, killing eight suspected militants and injuring another in Mamozai area of Orakzai. The sources claimed that 92 percent area of Khyber had been cleared of militants by Sunday. In another unrelated incident, three people were killed and a woman was injured when unknown gunmen riding a motorcycle opened fire in Khyber Agency. The sources said son of a tribal leader was traveling in a passenger vehicle from Chipri to Jamrud when the unidentified gunmen opened fire on his vehicle.
ther of the victim. When she did not return till 10 pm, worried family members began a frantic search and also approached the cops. They allege the police did not take the matter seriously and refused to lodge a missing person complaint. Her body was finally found on Saturday morning, without clothes and with injury marks, on the roadside near Pushta area. “In the morning we found a dead body of a woman in a remote area of Noida Sector 58. We investigated and after all the forensic tests we discovered her identity from neighbouring areas. We registered an official complaint after that under sections 302, 376, 201. Since the FIR mentioned suspected rape hence we have applied these charges. After the post mortem we are conducting further investigations. We have found two suspects in this case who are under our arrest and we are questioning them. Whoever is found responsible in this case will not be spared,” said Noida Senior Superintendent of Police Praveen Kumar
indian rape victim’s father says he wants her named new DeLHI: The father of an Indian student whose brutal rape provoked a global outcry said he wanted her name made public so she could be an inspiration to victims of sexual assault, a call that was quickly taken up by social media users and may pressure authorities to allow her identity to be revealed. The 23-year-old physiotherapy student died on December 28 in a Singapore hospital. “We want the world to know her real name,” the woman’s father told Britain’s Sunday People newspaper. “My daughter didn’t do anything wrong, she died while protecting herself,” he added. “I am proud of her. Revealing her name will give courage to other women who have survived these attacks. They will find strength from my daughter.” ageNcies
President Obama to name Hagel as defence secretary WASHINgTON Agencies
US President Barack Obama will nominate former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel to be his defence secretary, and an announcement could come on Monday (today), a congressional Democratic aide said on Sunday. The choice will likely set up a confirmation battle in the Senate over whether the former Nebraska senator strongly supports key US ally Israel. Hagel also has been criticised for comments he made questioning the effectiveness of sanctions on Iran for its nuclear programme. This fight would come after the Obama administration backed down from a tough Senate confirmation battle over Susan Rice, the US Ambassador to the United Nations who was Obama’s first pick to replace Hillary Clinton as sec-
retary of state. Rice withdrew her name from consideration after drawing heavy fire from Republicans for remarks she made in the aftermath of a Sept. 11 attack on the US mission in Benghazi, Libya. “The administration has a lot of work to do on Hagel. He is in a weaker position now than Rice ever was because Rice would have rallied Democrats behind her,” a Senate Democratic aide said.
GeneRal mCChRyStal detaIlS pentaGon tenSIonS WIth obama on afGhanIStan WASHINgTON inP
In a memoir, Gen (r) Stanley A McChrystal, the former American commander in Afghanistan, wrote that tensions between the White House and the Pentagon were evident in the Obama administration from its opening months in office. The beginning of President Obama’s first term “saw the emergence of an unfortunate deficit of trust between the White House and the Department of Defense, largely arising from the decision-making process on Afghanistan,” General McChrystal writes. “The effects were costly.” The book by General (r) McChrystal, who was fired from his post in 2010 after an article in Rolling Stone quoted him and his
staff making dismissive comments about the White House, is likely to disappoint readers who are looking for a vivid blow-by-blow account of infighting within the administration. The book, titled “My Share of the Task: A Memoir,” does not provide an account of the White House meeting at which Mr. Obama accepted the general’s resignation. General McChrystal’s tone towards Obama is respectful, and he notes that his wife, Annie, joined the crowd at Obama’s inauguration. The book is to be released on Monday. An advance copy of the book which provides revealing glimpses of the friction over military planning comes as Obama is weighing, and perhaps preparing to overrule, the request for more troops which has been made by the current American
commander in Afghanistan, Gen John R Allen. The account is all the more noteworthy since General (r) McChrystal, who retired from the army, remains a respected voice within the military and teaches a
course on leadership at Yale. According to the book, the tensions began before General McChrystal took command in Kabul and were set off by a request from his predecessor, Gen David D McKiernan, for 30, 000 additional troops at the end of the Bush administration. Instead of approving the entire request, in February 2009, Obama decided that 17, 000 would be sent and additional deployments would be based on further analysis. From the White House perspective, General (r) McChrystal writes, “this partial decision was logical.” After less than a month, the president had increased American forces in Afghanistan by 50 percent. Though Obama had cast the conflict in Afghanistan as a “war of necessity,” as a candidate he was nonetheless wary about a prolonged American military
involvement there. Fearing that there was little time to reverse the Taliban’s gains before the August elections in Afghanistan, the Pentagon pressed for an additional 4, 000 troops. “The military felt a sense of urgency, seeing little remaining time if any forces approved were to reach Afghanistan in time to improve security in advance of the elections,” he wrote. Although, the White House approved the 4, 000 troops, but the dispute caused a deeper clash of cultures over the use of force that continued after General (r) McChrystal took command. “Military leaders, many of whom were students of counterinsurgency, recognized the dangers of an incremental escalation, and the historical lesson that ‘trailing’ an insurgency typically condemned counterinsurgents to failure,” he wrote.
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three killed, one injured in cylinder blast ISLAMAbAD APP
Three people died and one was critically injured when a cylinder blew up in a shop during a filling process at Sang Jani in the Tarnol Police jurisdiction, a police source said on Sunday. According to details, Aslam Medical Gas Centre was run by Muhammad Iqbal and several cylinders were placed in its premises. A cylinder blew up during the filling process resulting in sudden fire and collapse of the building. Three employees, Nur Elahi, Dilshad and Zaheer died on the spot while another person Javed was critically injured. The bodies have been shifted to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences hospital and Tarnol Police has arrested the gas firm owner.
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RAWAlPinDi: Rescue workers busy clearing the site of a gas cylinder blast that occured in a factory near sangjani toll plaza. NNi
Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry (CJP) has constituted five Benches including a larger Bench at the principal seat to hear a number of important cases next week, starting from Monday January 7. The first Bench comprises the CJP, Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Azmat Saeed. The second Bench includes Justice Jawwad S Khawaja and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain, while the third Bench includes Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, Justice Sarmad Jalal Usmany and Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan. The larger Bench would consist of the CJP, Justice Jawwad S Khawaja, Justice Khilji Arif, Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Azmat Saeed. The special Bench will comprise Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, Justice Tariq Pervez, Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Azmat Saeed. According to cause lists, no application for adjournment through fax will be placed before the court. If the counsel is unable to appear for a reason, the advocate-on-record will be required to argue the case.
Sixth Road flyover opened for vehicular traffic RAWALPINDI APP
HE newly-constructed Sixth Road flyover has been opened for vehicular traffic, while its formal inauguration will be held on January 9. The completion date for the project had been fixed for Jan 23, but due to difficulties being faced by citizens, the authorities were forced to direct the contractor to accelerate the pace of work, leading to the completion of the project ahead of schedule.
Earlier, the Rawalpindi Commissioner division had given a green signal for opening the flyover for vehicular traffic, but that was halted due to a tug of war between the Highway departments of Punjab and the National Logistics Cell (NLC). Work on the flyover had been completed but a tussle between the two departments had blocked its inauguration. However the flyover was opened for traffic on Saturday. The local administration wanted to wait for Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz MNA Hanif Abbasi to return
from Saudi Arabia to inaugurate the flyover, but the NLC managed to have it opened so it could repair service roads. Sardar Naseem, the president of the party's city chapter, MPA Raja Hanif and officials of the communication and works department and the NLC were present when traffic was directed to pass on the flyover on Saturday evening. Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif will formally inaugurate the bridge later. The chief minister had laid the flyoverâ€™s foundation on September 25. The 248 metre long
bridge with a 202 metre ramp had been constructed at a cost of Rs 1,042 million. Rawalpindi Division Commissioner Imdadullah Bosal said the construction company had recommended the opening while the communication and works department had sought time. "The department wanted to complete the remaining work without hurdles so it delayed the opening," he said. The remaining work would be completed within shortest possible time frame, he added.
Shudders galore as mercury drops to zero ISLAMAbAD APP
The temperature turned freezing in the federal capital on Sunday, with a minimum temperature of 0 degree centigrade recorded, said Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD). A private television channel reported that the Islamabad airport was closed due to heavy fog. Residents experienced the lowest temperature this season and the weather will remain cold, dry and foggy during the next 24 hours. According to synoptic situation, continental air prevails over most parts of the country, and mainly cold and dry weather is expected during the next 24 hours. Severe cold will continue to prevail in the northern regions of Balochistan, KP and GilgitBaltistan. There will be dense fog in Punjab, Peshawar and Sukkur divisions, the MET office forecast. The minimum temperature in the country was recorded in Skardu where mercury fell to -13 degree centigrade.
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06 Islamabad district food controller conducts raids to check prices, supply of flour RAWALPINDI APP
District Food Controller Shabbir Khan Niazi has conducted raids in different markets in Dhoke Ellahi Buksh, Arya Muhalla and Dhoke Chiraghdin and checked the prices and supply of flour bags in the open market. The raids were conducted on special directives of District Coordination Officer (DCO) Saqib Zafar. Niazi had been informed by shopkeepers that there was continuous smooth supply of flour in the market and 20kg flour bags were available at the rates of Rs 630 to Rs 635. However, there had been complaints by consumers and Niazi conducted raids at Al-Khizria Flour Mill Dhoke Ellehi Buksh and sent samples of flour to the Food Testing Laboratory to test the quality of flour being supplied to the public. He said further proceedings would be carried out after receiving the laboratory test results. He said 20kg fine Atta bags were available in Sunday Bazaars at the rate of Rs 615 per bag.
‘Psychiatric disorder clinic’ inaugurated at iiUi ISLAMAbAD APP
A “Psychiatric Disorder Clinic” established by the International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) Department of Psychology, inaugurated here on Sunday for the purpose of resolving psychiatric problems of the faculty members and students. Speaking as chief guest on the occasion, IIUI President Prof Dr Ahmed Yousif Al-Draiweesh said it was the first varsity of the country to have established this clinic for psychiatric patients. He said it would play a vital role to help the students of psychology in their study and research work. Dr Al-Draiweesh said the clinic should be upgraded and equipped with the latest equipments and every possible facility. He also lauded the efforts of Dr Tahir Khalili for establishing the clinic. Later, Dr Al-Draiweesh visited the examination centres and inquired about the problems being faced b the faculty members and students. IIUI Faculty of Social Sciences Dean Dr Nabi Bux Jumani, Dr Shabbir Ahmed, IIUI Chief Medical Officer Dr Tahir Khalili, Deptartment of Psychology Head Dr Muhammad Sher, Faculty of Basic and Applied Sciences Dean Shagufta Haroon, IIUI Director Academics Raja Khalid Mehmood, IIUI Director Administration, Additional Director (P&PR) Hairan Khattak and Deptartment of Psychology Incharge Dr Seema Gul.
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only 255,636 pakistani students getting vocational education, training ISLAMAbAD APP
AKISTAN is facing a shortage of manpower in technical and vocational education as only 255,636 students are enrolled in 3,125 different vocational education and training institutes’ set-up across the country. According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) report, Pakistan presently had 64 technicians per one million population, while the same figure for the technically advanced countries was in the range of 1,500 to 2,500. National Science Technology and Innovation (ST & I) Policy 2012 had earlier mentioned that despite the estab-
lishment of Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) in Punjab and National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTEC) at the centre, the national requirement of technically trained personnel could not be adequately met. Talking to APP, Pakistan Council of Science and Technology (PCST) Chairman Dr Mudassar Asrar said the recent initiative launched by NAVTEC regarding crash programmes was a step in the right direction, adding it needed to be pursued more vigorously with increased outreach. He said that technical programmes should be enhanced manifold in order to meet the national requirement, as well as preparing trained manpower for employment abroad.
The successful example of the PakSwiss Training Centre of Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR) was a good example of demand driven skill development. The PCST chairman said if combined with a formal apprenticeship program in the local industrial sector, the mentioned initiative would help to overcome the problem of non-availability of technically competent manpower. PCST was also providing funds for purchase of less expensive spare parts as compared to other laboratories in the country, he added. "It turned out to be a useful exercise, because in most cases very high quality equipment was lying idle because of replacement of minor components," he concluded.
elections to be held on time: badr ISLAMAbAD APP
Leader of the House in Senate Jehangir Badr on Sunday assured that free, fair and transparent elections would be held on time. He said it was a good omen that a democratic political party was about to complete its tenure for the first time in Pakistan’s political history. Badr said the caretaker government would be formed through consensus with all major political parties and the ballot was the only solution for strengthening democracy in the country. "Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) is a party of the people, by the people and for the people. It has always struggled for their rights and sacrificed precious lives for the restoration and establishment of democracy in the country", he said. He also expressed hope that the PPP would sweep the next general elections with a heavy mandate.
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citizens urge efficacious implementation of anti-tobacco laws ISLAMAbAD APP
Citizens stressed the need for efficacious implementation of tobacco control laws across the country and to curtail the sale of smuggled and non-compliant tobacco products. They also asked the authorities to make a proper strategy to prevent sale of tobacco to minors. Expressing dismay over the flagrant disregard of anti-tobacco laws, citizens said effective implementation of regulations will only serve the purpose of tobacco control. They said sincere efforts were needed, as smoking in public spaces, tobacco advertising and promotion, availability of dutyevaded and attractive looking smuggled brands in the market were still widespread. According to available data, more than 15 billion smuggled cigarettes are sold annually in the country. This illicit trade not only causes an annual loss of more than Rs 10 billion to the national exchequer, but also undermines the public health agenda as these products fail to comply with regulations issued by the government, citizens complained. Most packs do not even carry the Urdu health warning while the regulations prohibiting consumer promotions are also being violated, they added. When contacted, an official said in line with the spirit of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, the government has already enacted various tobacco control measures through the Prohibition of Smoking and Protection of Non-Smokers Health Ordinance 2002. The law contains provisions restricting smoking at public places, restricting advertising and promotion of tobacco products and prohibiting sale of cigarettes to minors. He said Pakistan is the 5th country in Asia, and the 26th country in the world to have introduced pictorial health warnings on cigarette packs under the Cigarette Printing of Warning Ordinance, 2002.
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defacing through acid throwing, he added. The official said the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act 2010 was an amendment in the Pakistan Penal Code 1860 in clause 509. This amendment added a clear definition of any kind of harassment and articulated that this behaviour, may it have happened at the workplace, markets, streets or home, was a crime and was punishable by law, he added. The Protection against Harassment of Women at the Workplace Act 2010 required that all public and private organisations had to adopt an internal code of conduct and to establish complaint/appeals mechanism aimed at providing a safe working environment which was free of intimidation and abuse for employees, especially women. Furthermore, the HR ministry official said the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act 2004 made changes in the existing criminal law to deal effectively with incidents of honour killing (Karo-kari). Moreover, he said that the Protection of Women (Criminals Laws Amendment) Act 2006 had been enacted to provide relief and protection to women against misuse and abuse of law and to prevent their exploitation. To address the issue of Domestic
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HR ministry official stated. He also informed that a draft of Domestic Violence (Criminal Law Amendment) Bill 2012 had been prepared by the National Commission on the Status of Women, adding that the proposed bill was aimed to amend the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) and the Code of Criminal Procedure (CCP).
Women peace conference to curb terrorism ISLAMABAD: The National Women’s Peace Conference will be held on January 10 to highlight the role of women in managing situations of terror and resolving conflict as powerful actors The conference organised by the Paiman Alumni Trust in collaboration with the UN-Women, will help promote women's rights activists, grass-roots organisations and researchers, in addressing the root causes of violent extremism. Special Assistant to Prime Minister Shahnaz Wazir Ali will be chief guest on the occasion while National Assembly Deputy Speaker Faisal Karim Kundi will preside over the conference. The conference aims to advocate the importance of women's role in creating a culture of social cohesion and peace, said a representative of Paiman Trust. It would also focus on gender inequality, mainstreaming gender in disaster relief policies and programmes to strengthen and expand the process of non-violence, peace, justice and equality. He said this mission will be accomplished through three strategies: shaping the conversation, spotlighting and recognition of women’s role in moderating extremism. The representative said women are affected most in all crises and disasters but have always been ignored in the post crises’ rehabilitation, reintegration, peace building planning, programs and projects. He said preventing conflict, negotiating peace, and governing effectively to reduce extremism and crises, cannot be successful in the long-term without women's participation. He said when women got involved they played a vital role in averting violence, resolving conflict, and help rebuilding their societies. APP
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08 News Roadside bomb kills 4, injures 1 in Afghanistan
Qusra: Palestinian protestors duck as they throw stones at Israeli security forces in this village south of the city of Nablus in the Israelioccupied West Bank, after Jewish settlers from the nearby Esh Kodesh outpost used the cover of fog to approach Qusra with the aim of uprooting dozens of olive saplings. ageNcies
trInKot: A roadside bomb struck a police van in Uruzgan province 370 km south of Kabul, leaving four commuters dead and another injured, spokesman for provincial administration Farid Ayel said Sunday. “The mine planted by militants targeted a police vehicle on a road in Uruzgan-e-Khas district yesterday evening, killing four and injuring another, “ Ayel said. He blamed Taliban militants for organizing the attack. However, the outfit fighting the government and largely relying on suicide attacks and roadside bombings has yet to make any comment. nni
Depardieu gets Russian passport, meets Putin: Kremlin
Myanmar’s Suu Kyi says any peace bid ‘up to government’ yAngon: Myanmar democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi on Sunday said she would not step in to help end worsening conflict between the army and ethnic Kachin rebels without government approval. “It is up to the government. This case is being handled by the government at the moment,” Suu Kyi told AFP when asked if she would get involved in efforts to resolve the fighting, after the army’s use of air strikes drew international concern. The Nobel laureate said she would need an official invitation to join peace negotiations aimed at quelling the raging civil war, which has overshadowed Myanmar’s widely-praised political reforms. Tens of thousands of people have been displaced by the conflict in the far north since June 2011, when a 17year ceasefire between the government and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) broke down. APP
Assad ‘peace plan’ greeted with scorn MONITORINg DESK
defiant President Bashar al-Assad presented what he described as a new initiative on Sunday to end the war in Syria but his opponents dismissed it as a ploy to cling to power. Appearing before cheering supporters who packed the Damascus Opera House, it was his first such speech since June and first public appearance of any kind since a television interview in November. He called for national mobilisation in a “war to defend the nation”, describing rebels fighting him as terrorists and foreign agents with whom it was impossible to negotiate. His new initiative, including a reconciliation conference that would exclude “those who have betrayed Syria”, contained no concessions and appeared to recycle proposals that opponents have rejected since the uprising began nearly two years ago. The opposition National Coalition said the speech was an attempt to thwart an international agreement, backed by Western and Arab powers, that he must stand down. British Foreign Secretary William Hague said “empty promises of reform fool no one”. In a Twitter message, he added: “Death, violence and oppression engulfing Syria are of his own making.” EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton said Brussels would “look carefully if there is anything new in the speech, but we maintain our position that Assad has to step aside and allow for a
political transition”. Assad spoke confidently for about an hour before a crowd of cheering loyalists, who occasionally interrupted him to shout and applaud, at one point raising their fists and chanting: “With blood and soul we sacrifice for you, Oh Bashar!” At the end of the speech, supporters rushed to the stage, mobbing him and shouting: “God, Syria and Bashar is enough!” as a smiling Assad waved and was escorted from the hall. “We are now in a state of war in every sense of the word,” Assad said in the speech, broadcast on Syrian state television. “This war targets Syria using a handful of Syrians and many foreigners. Thus, this is a war to defend the nation.” Saying that “suffering is overwhelming” the land, he added: “The nation is for all and we all must protect it.”
Sectarianism will not bring peace in Iraq: Saudi Arabia RIyADH nni
Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal has said that peace and security will not return to Iraq as long it is ruled by sectarianism and divisive forces. Continued street protests have strained Iraq’s fragile political balance and renewed fears of intensified sectarian strife. “We are convinced that Iraq will not stabilize until it starts handling issues without sectarian extremism ... Until these issues are addressed, we don’t think there will ever be stability in Iraq, which pains us,” Arab News Sunday quoted Foreign Minister Prince Saud AlFaisal as saying. Prince Saud was addressing a press conference with Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr. The two ministers talked about the historic relations
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between the two countries and focused mainly on the economic ties between them. He also stressed the Gulf states’ concerns over Iran’s nuclear program and its attempts to interfere in their affairs. “On the political front, we have discussed the Syrian issue that is worsening as the number of casualties has reached 60,000 according to a recent UN report, in additions to millions of refugees,” Prince Saud said. Speaking of Saudi-Egyptian relations, Prince Saud said that they are connected by strong bonds and mutual respect in all fields and at all levels and that they are together in serving Arab and Islamic issues in addition to world peace and security. In this respect, he said the first ministerial meeting was held Saturday for the monitoring committee and political consultation between two countries. In addition, a number of cooperation issues were
raised, including the Saudi-Egypt Business Council that is headed by two ministers of trade of the respective countries. This included ways to ease investment methods with special reference to the economic support lent to Egypt. The need for the unification of Syria was emphasized, in addition to its sovereignty as an independent country. With regard to the Palestine issue, the meeting described Israel’s last escalation as dangerous. Building further settlements and seizing more Palestinian land, in addition to Israel’s policy of blackmail that prevents and blocks money transfer to the Palestinians in an attempt to impose sanctions in the aftermath of gaining observer status at the UN with the support of the world community. Developments on Palestinian reconciliation were also discussed, in addition to the commendable efforts made by Egypt in its attempt to pursue unity and solidarity.
MoSCow: French actor Gerard Depardieu has received a Russian passport and met with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Putin’s spokesman said on Sunday. Putin earlier granted citizenship to Depardieu after the French movie star said he was quitting his homeland to avoid paying a new millionaires’ tax. Depardieu “was handed his passport”, the Russian leader’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told AFP. But Putin did not personally hand over the document to the actor when the two met briefly Saturday at Putin’s residence in the Black Sea resort town of Sochi, Peskov said. “There was a short meeting,” he said, declining to give further details. APP
Most Japan cities hosting N-plants OK restart toKyo: The majority of Japanese towns and cities hosting nuclear plants said they would agree to the reactors being restarted if the government guaranteed the safety of the facilities, a survey said Sunday. All but two of Japan’s 50 reactors remain closed for safety checks following the Fukushima nuclear disaster triggered by the March 2011 quake-tsunami and must get the blessing of a new regulator before being restarted. Despite the Fukushima crisis, 54 percent of the 135 mayors of communities located near nuclear plants said they would accept the restart of the reactors, according to the survey by the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper. Only 18 percent said they would not support reactor restarts, while 28 percent refrained from clarifying their position, the Yomiuri said, while two did not give valid answers. APP
Deaths feared in Australian wildfires SyDney: Several people were missing and feared dead Sunday after wildfires swept through the Australian island state of Tasmania, destroying more than 100 homes and forcing thousands to flee. Acting Tasmania police commissioner Scott Tilyard said officers were investigating several reports of missing persons after fires ravaged the south of the state. “I am fearful that someone may have died in this fire... it is a very distinct possibility still and I think people need to brace themselves that that may occur,” Tilyard told reporters, saying there were grave fears in a “handful” of cases. “Whilst we have had no known deaths associated with these fires at this particular point in time, I want to make it quite clear that it is still far too early to confirm that that is not the case,” he added. Police and troops were going door to door in the worst-hit towns of Dunalley and Boomer Bay to search for the missing and confirm no lives had been lost in conditions officials had described as catastrophic. APP
Celestial flybys set to thrill pArIS: Astronomers are gearing for thrills this year when Earth gets buzzed by two rogue asteroids and two comets, including a wanderer last seen by the forerunners of mankind, blaze across the sky. Next week, the guardians who scour the heavens for dangerous space rocks will be closely tracking an asteroid called 99942 Apophis. Named after the god of evil and darkness in Egyptian mythology, Apophis measures around 270 metres (877 feet) across, a mass able to deliver more energy than 25,000 Hiroshima bombs if it ever smashed into Earth. Apophis sparked some heart-stopping moments when it was first detected in 2004. Early calculations suggested a 2.7-percent probability of a collision in 2029, the highest ever seen for an asteroid, but the risk was swiftly downgraded after more observations. Even so, for April 13, 2036, “there is still a tiny chance of an impact,” says NASA’s fabled Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), which puts the risk at about one in 250,000. APP
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US Lawmakers accused the CIA of misleading the makers of the Osama bin Laden raid film “Zero Dark Thirty” by allegedly telling them that harsh interrogation methods helped track down the terrorist mastermind. The film shows water-boarding and similar techniques as important, if not key, to finding the slain Al Qaeda chief in Pakistan, where he was killed by Navy SEALs in 2011. A Senate Intelligence Committee investigation into the CIA’s detainee programme found that such methods produced no useful intelligence. CIA Acting Director Michael Morell recently contradicted that finding. In a statement last month to employees, he said that while the film was wrong to depict harsh techniques as key to finding bin Laden, those interrogations did produce some useful intelligence. “Some came from detainees subjected to enhanced techniques, but there were many other sources as well,” Morell said. In a letter to the CIA this week, senators Dianne Feinstein, John McCain and others asked Morell to back up his claim and to share documents showing what the filmmakers were told. They asked him to provide what information was acquired from CIA detainees and when. “Prior to, during, or after the detainee was subjected to the CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques? If after, how long after?” The senators contend that that the CIA detainee who provided the most accurate information about the courier who was tracked to the Al Qaeda chief’s hiding place “provided the information prior to being subjected to coercive interrogation techniques”, according to a statement from Feinstein. The senators sent the agency a similar letter last month. The CIA says it would cooperate. “As we’ve said before, we take very seriously our responsibility to keep our oversight committees informed and value our relationship with Congress,” CIA spokesman John Tomczyk said.
Afghan police kill 7 Taliban, capture 9 KAbUL/KANDAHAR Agencies
Afghan police killed seven Taliban fighters and arrested nine others during operations in the last 24 hours, the Afghan Interior Ministry said in a statement on Sunday. The operations were conducted in Kabul, Uruzgan, Maidan Wardak, Ghazni, Khost and Farah provinces during which a number of arms and ammunitions were seized by police. There were no police casualties, the statement said. Taliban have not commented so far. Separately, four people were killed and another 15 were wounded in a twin suicide attack in southern Afghanistan, in a strike that targeted a meeting of tribal elders, officials said. “Four people were killed and 15 wounded so far in the attack in Spin Boldak town,” said Gorzang Afridi, spokesman for the police chief of Kandahar province.
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Pakistan at 75th, nigeria the worst place to be born this year LONDON
WITZERLAND is the best place to be born in 2013, a new global survey laying bare the ‘lottery of life’ revealed. Babies born in the land-locked nation of just 8 million are the ‘luckiest’ in the world according to researchers who also named Nigeria as the worst place to start life. Pakistan, ranked 75th, is not far away from Nigeria, which is ranked at 80. Britain is ranked just 27th, behind the likes of South Korea, Kuwait and Chile, and well down from the 7th place it achieved in a similar survey 25 years ago. From what today’s newborn can hope to earn in 2030 to how happy a nation is, analysts from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) crunched the numbers on 11 different factors to decide where the luckiest babies will
emerge this year. Switzerland tops the chart, scoring 8.22 out of 10, jumping from number 13 in a similar exercise in 1988. The league table has been branded ‘deadly serious’ by The Economist magazine, which suggests place of birth will become increasingly important as the world faces an uncertain future. “There is surely a lot to be said for boring stability in today’s (and no doubt tomorrow’s) uncertain times,” the magazine said. The USA has fallen from the number one spot in 1988 to a joint 16th while France, ranked second in 1988, dropped to 26th, just ahead of Britain. Australia is second and Norway third, followed by Sweden and Denmark. Singapore, New Zealand, Netherlands, Canada, Hong Kong complete the top 10. The results of opinion polls on how happy people say they have been, cross-referenced with hard facts like
crime levels, wealth and health, were used to produce the table. The EIU, a sister company of The Economist, used 11 statistically significant indicators, including geography, demography, social and cultural characteristics, public policy, the state of the world economy and future income per head. The league table “earnestly attempts to measure which country will provide the best opportunities for a healthy, safe and prosperous life in the years ahead,” The Economist said. The study found people are living longer around the world while political freedoms have continued to spread, notably in North Africa and the Middle East as the Arab Spring takes hold. But family and community life has been hard hit in areas where unemployment has grown. “Small economies dominate the top ten. Half of these are European, but only one, the Netherlands, is from
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Plans by Pentagon call for leaving roughly 3,000, 6,000 or 9,000 troops in country WASHINgTON Online
The US Defence Department has prepared plans for a smaller presence in Afghanistan after the White House insisted on examining the option of leaving fewer troops in the country after 2014 than was initially proposed, The Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday. The newspaper said that the plans now prepared by the Pentagon call for leaving roughly 3,000, 6,000 or 9,000 US troops in the country. Those troops would launch strikes against militants and continue training the Afghan army and police, who will be responsible for national security more than a decade after a US-led alliance ousted the Taliban regime in 2001. US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has said the slimmed-down force would focus on preventing Al-Qaeda, which was shel-
tered by the 1996-2001 Taliban government, from regaining a foothold in the war-shattered nation. General John Allen, commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, had earlier suggested leaving 6,000 to 15,000 US troops, the Journal pointed out. Afghan President Hamid Karzai prepares to visit Washington next week to discuss the US security presence after 2014. The United States and its allies are currently negotiating future troop commitments to Afghanistan on the basis of a formula that calls for US troops to make up two-thirds of any follow-on force, The Journal said. According to the paper, with a smaller US troop presence, the State Department would also be forced to cut plans for large-scale diplomatic outposts across Afghanistan. The new plans would heighten the US reliance on drones to monitor and target militants after most manned aircraft and their pilots pull out, the paper said.
Taliban warn of prolonged war if us stays KABUL: The Afghan Taliban have warned of a prolonged war in Afghanistan if any foreign troops stay after the end of 2014, as Kabul and Washington prepare to discuss the “residual” US security presence. This comes as Afghan President Hamid Karzai is due to meet his US counterpart Barack Obama to discuss a long-term security pact between the two countries which will allow the presence of US troops in the country beyond 2014, Khaama Press reported. However, the Taliban in a statement said, “If America wants to leave a small or large number of its troops for whatever length of time then it means war and destruction will continue in the region for that same length.” The statement added, “If Karzai and the Kabul regime agree with the presence of even a single American soldier then, just as presently, they shall also be responsible for all future hostilities, casualties and destruction.” In the meantime, US officials are saying that White House is willing to keep 10,000 to 15,000 troops in Afghanistan. Top American commander in Afghanistan Gen John Allen had submitted recommendations to Pentagon to keep 6,000 to 20,000 US troops in the country after 2014. nni
the euro zone,” The Economist said. The Nordic countries shine, whereas the crisis-ridden south of Europe (Greece, Portugal and Spain) lags behind despite the advantage of a favourable climate. The largest European economies (Germany, France and Britain) do not do particularly well. “America, where babies will inherit the large debts of the boomer generation, languishes back at 16th place. Despite their economic dynamism, none of the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China) score impressively. Among the 80 countries covered, Nigeria comes last: it is the worst place for a baby to enter the world in 2013.” The 1988 study, while also carried out by the EIU, was not entirely serious. It included a philistine factor for cultural poverty and a yawn factor to measure how boring a country was, which marked Switzerland badly on both.
Govt warned against passing tax amnesty bill ISLAMAbAD sTAff RePORT
The political strategy committee (PSC) of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Sunday warned the government against passing the Tax Amnesty Scheme Bill by the National Assembly. The party made it clear that if the bill was passed it would be challenged in the Supreme Court as the scheme was another form of NRO to legalise the corruption of around 2.7 million corrupt and rich tax evaders. The PSC, which met with PTI Chairman Imran Khan in the chair, expressed deep concern over the introduction of Tax Laws (Amendment) Bill 2012 in parliament and resolved that the PTI would not allow the 2.7 million tax evaders to benefit from the tax amnesty scheme which was in violation of the fundamental rights of Pakistanis. PTI President Javed Hashmi and Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi also attended the meeting. The meeting resolved that the PTI had strong trust in the constitution, adding that general elections should be held on time according to the constitutional provisions. The PSC also condoled the demise of former JI chief Qazi Hussain Ahmed and prayed for the departed soul.
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cassandra crossing Will the ‘imported’ train crash into the local station?
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monsters of our society let’s talk about the elephant in the room
he moral decay in a society can be ascribed to a number of factors, but what cannot be denied is the fact that it leads to a society whose values have been shaken to the core and whose fall has been written down in glaring words. But morality being a subjective topic, one cannot justify one’s morality over that of the other’s. However, what makes morality so important is the fact that all laws are, directly or indirectly, based on morality and common sense. The failure of the government in keeping a check on the powerful, who break laws much more than a layman does, is highly disturbing. A number of cases have come forth in this connection but none so important as the murder of a 20-year-old boy in the posh locality of Karachi. Shahzeb Khan was murdered allegedly by the two scions of what we can call another malaise of our society: feudal families. And they are not just the feudal families; they are literate, resourceful feudal families which actually makes them even worse for everything political and social. Being as powerful as they are, they consider themselves above the law. This disease doesn’t just end in an interior district of Sindh or Balochistan or even in parts of Punjab. It goes way beyond that. They can be found in the bureaucracy, armed forces, national and provincial legislatures, business, law enforcement, industry and obviously in agriculture sector. Like birds of a feather flock together, this class, having quite a number in Pakistan, share certain interests, the most important of which is to maintain status quo, which precisely is a problem as without change, a society cannot thrive and dies out soon enough. Habitual of treating law as nothing more than a pile of dusty old papers, they have learned to live by their own rules. This is exactly where our successive governments, civilian and khaki alike, have failed. Not as big a threat as a breakdown of law and order or financial meltdown, yet it is the minor things that count the most. Applying law selectively is not mis-governance, it is bad governance. How the government of Sindh and bureaucratic setup, including those who are entrusted with protecting the lives and property of the people by the constitution: the police, tried to hush up the matter leaves no doubt as to the influence and resources these families have and can use to find a way out of hot waters. Equally it speaks volumes about the governance in a province which is often the centre of attraction for wrong reasons. The cyber army, those highly active on social media sites, did well in standing up to a system that lets some become more equal than the others, in Orwellian speak. It also goes to the credit of the Supreme Court that took a suo motu notice of the issue. One only wonders if we are ready to take a deeper look into the reasons behind such anomalies, rather than merely paying lip service and moving on, letting the issue grow into a monster.
Monday Musings by Kamran Rehmat
he stage is set for an enthralling season, and if one Canadian citizen does not do another flip-flop, a showdown by this time next week. But given security concerns, perhaps, this is one drama you’d rather watch from the sidelines! The Cassandra Crossing-like entry of Dr Tahir ul Qadri, the Minhaj-ulQuran International supremo, has stirred and shaken the pot. With a proclivity for the unconventional, he issued a fatwa on terrorism, which grabbed headlines in 2010. Interestingly, Qadri also received endorsement or support from the Grand Imam of AlAzhar University, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, OIC Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, British Prime Minister David Cameron and others for his multi-faith ‘Peace For Humanity’ conference attended by 12,000 participants at the grand Wembley Arena in 2011. Qadri is not new to politics, of course. His latest coming, in an intriguing avatar and so close to the elections, has set the tongues wagging. It probably would have been dismissed as a nonstarter if not for the mammoth show of force he put up at the Minar-e-Pakistan. Traditionally, the arena is difficult to fill for even the most battle hardened but Qadri’s gathering even put Imran Khan’s stunning show of 2011 in the shade! Any show at the historical site is always watched for the numbers, first up. Qadri was able to create a tremolo immediately on this count.
However, if this was merely about numbers, neither of the two mainstream political parties — the ruling PPP and PML-N — would have set much store by it. After all, in the peculiar world of Pakistani politics, numbers at a public gathering are hardly the barometer of judging success. While the math always fires the lay citizen’s imagination, those who are well versed with the system know there is a wide gap between these numbers and actual translation on voting day. Politics in this country is still dominated by clan and administrative clout at the grass roots as well as financial muscle — the bigger the party in these aspects the brighter the chance a candidate would have of making the grade. So why fear Qadri, then, especially after the chastening experience for Imran Khan, who is now struggling to hold fort? The reason for the unease in Islamabad and elsewhere is because the arrival of Qadri’s timing coincides with the drawing room chatter about how forces inimical to the kind of government(s) elections usually throw up are going to behave in the weeks ahead. Rumours are rife that the likes of Qadri could not have pulled off the Lahore feat without some sort of understanding, nay backing from the security establishment, especially after he warned the government to announce a caretaker set-up and introduce election reforms before holding the vote, failing which he would lead a million (4m?)-man march on Islamabad. The unstinted support lent to the cleric by the MQM, an ally of the ruling PPP-led coalition at both the Centre and in Sindh province but known for its deep connect with the security establishment, is what has aroused curiosity. This is a potential cocktail that has had a ‘cat on a hot tin roof’ effect on the PPP and PML-N. As if the rich brew in the works was not enough to lose sleep over, General Ashfaq Kayani’s take recently could not have been too comforting even though it ostensibly came in a security context. Addressing the 98th Midshipmen Commissioning term and 7th SSC Officers class at Pakistan Naval Academy, the General said: “Increasingly complex external environment and our rather precarious internal dynamics have created a myriad of security challenges.”
The security establishment has historically always used this as a pretext to step in and “set the course right”. However, it can be argued that today’s Pakistan has covered some distance in its journey towards a sustainable democratic system and, regardless of intention, hopefully, Pakistan may already be past being the rendezvous for such adventure. Two related developments point to this changed environment. First was the epoch-making, if symbolic, decision by the Supreme Court to declare former army and ISI chiefs guilty of stealing the people’s mandate in 1990 before directing the PPP-led government — whose mandate those chiefs had stolen — to move against them. In the second instance, Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry appeared to shoot down the army chief’s warning last November following that verdict about how “no individual or institution had the monopoly over what is right or wrong in defining the ultimate national interest”. The chief justice’s remarks were remarkable for their chutzpah. He observed: “Gone are the days when stability and security of the country was defined in terms of number of missiles and tanks as a manifestation of hard power available at the disposal of the state. Today, the concept of national security has been redefined as a polity wherein a state is bound to provide its citizens with overwhelming social security and welfare nets and to protect their natural and civil rights at all costs.” Having said that, the real test would probably come as another Islamabad march upends. Ironically, nearly four years ago, one was stopped after this very army chief intervened with the PPP government to restore this very chief justice and his brother judges, whom the PPP-led coalition was loathe to reinstating after their ouster by Musharraf! So what will the same set of president, army chief and chief justice — all of whom otherwise complete their terms this year — do this time? Watch this space! The writer is Editor, Pique Magazine. He may be reached at email@example.com
pakistan, gulf region and iran Balancing political, security and economic outlook
by Arif Ansar
ith Pakistan’s ties with India somewhat stabilised and Afghan reconciliation making positive headway, it can safely be assumed that US-Pakistan relations are also on the positive trajectory. Another big indicator of this was the announcement related to the change in the nation’s threat perception: away from external and towards internal threats. Now, the country is busy managing the other foreign policy challenge; balancing its ties with the Arab world, especially the Gulf states, and Iran. How this tangent works out will also impact the aforementioned ties and the nations political, security, and economic outlook. According to the statements of Pakistan’s top leadership, the country re-
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mains fully intent on proceeding with the Iran-Pakistan (IP) gas pipeline project despite US’ apprehensions. In the same vein, President Ahmadinejad demonstrated his commitment towards the pipeline during his visit to Islamabad in November 2012 to attend the D8 Summit. Immediately following Ahmadinejad’s trip, on 3 December a delegation of Iran’s Parliamentary Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy, headed by Alaeddin Borojourdi, visited Pakistan. He held talks with the Chairman of Senate’s Committee on Defence and Defence Production, Mushahid Hussain Syed. Mushahid had stated at the time that Iran and Pakistan had common views and concerns on the Afghan reconciliation, and needed to work closely. According to media reports, during these discussions the decision was made to increase cooperation and coordination between the defence ministries of the two countries. Mushahid also offered support to Iran by stating that Pakistan rejected double standard on Iranian nuclear programme, and emphasized that those issues should be resolved peacefully and without threats of force or foreign intervention. Amongst others, the above developments must have raised alarm bells in Riyadh, especially now that Pakistan takes on the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council. Soon afterwards, Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud-Al Faisal invited Hina Rabbani Khar to visit the Kingdom. Meanwhile, President Zardari’s trip to Iran scheduled for 7 December got
postponed at the last minute. The purpose of his tour was to finalise the details and financing of the IP gas pipeline project and to discuss the Afghan reconciliation. Khar’s two-day visit to the Kingdom, starting on 1 January, was reportedly to strengthen the strategic relations between the two countries. Talking to Arab News, Khar commented, “I have intensive discussions on the roadmap that will set out a new vision of relationship between the two (Pakistan and Saudi Arabia) countries.” From all indications, however, Khar’s trip seemed more to smoothen Saudi anxieties towards improving Pakistan-Iran relations and bringing the Kingdom on board on the evolving Afghan reconciliation. So far as Middle East remains in flux, managing Iranian and Saudi anxieties regarding Pakistan’s new regional approach will be an on-going and a delicate process. Apparently, the main goal of Pakistan’s new regional strategy is to balance the political and security concerns in its external environment and to open up new and untapped economic opportunities. This is no easy task. In fiscal year 2012-13, Pakistan’s remittances from the Gulf region are expected to reach $10 billion, which constitute about 61 percent of its total remittances. Total remittance from Saudi Arabia alone stood at $3.68 billion during 2011-12. According to Saudi trade minister, trade volume between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan was at about $4.8 billion in 2012. Based on an interview that Pakistan’s ambassador to UAE Jamil Ahmed Khan gave to Khaleej
Times in 2011, the volume of Pakistan’s trade with GCC is expected to increase from $59 billion to $350 billion by year 2020. On the other hand, trade volume between Pakistan and Iran is estimated to reach $5 billion by 2015. Aside from the future benefits of the IP project, the economic calculation is clearly in the favour of GCC. Other than economics, Pakistan’s second concern has to do with geopolitics; the country does not have direct borders with the Gulf region, but it does with Iran. A conflict involving Iran and Saudi Arabia will create acute ethnic tensions within Pakistan; some of these are already at work. While Pakistan implements its new regional approach, it’s critical to understand what’s on the mind of Gulf states. These countries, especially UAE and Saudi Arabia, are increasingly alarmed about where the Arab Spring might be heading next. In addition, the Gulf states are also deeply anxious about the backlash from Syria, repercussions of dramatic changes in Egypt, and Iran’s nuclear programme. Just last month, UAE authorities busted a cell whose members belonged to Saudi Arabia and the emirates. The militants were planning to carry out attacks across the Gulf region. To preempt these negative trends, Saudi Arabia in particular is pushing the GCC towards a union and a confederation: to cooperate and coordinate their foreign policy and security affairs. “We aspire to a strong union with integrated economies, a joint foreign policy and a common defence system,” Prince Salman Bin Adbul Aziz
commented in December 2012 at the annual GCC Summit held in Manama, Bahrain. At the meeting, the Gulf ministers agreed on developing a unified military command and the creation of Peninsula Shield Force that, according to some, will pave the way for a Gulf Army. There remain many political and bureaucratic challenges in the full implementation of this strategy. However, the Gulf states are aggressively positioning themselves to meet the emerging threats and the evolving Middle East. GCC recognises that they can have a greater regional and global clout if they act in unison. For example, Pakistan will have a lot to worry about if GCC acts together to counter Pakistan’s decision to go ahead with the IP gas pipeline project. If tensions over Iran’s nuclear programme develop into a war, Pakistan will be caught balancing between Gulf states and NATO on the one hand, and China and Russia on the other. As previously noted by PoliTact, there is a great deal of similarity between the stances adopted by India, Pakistan, and even Turkey, on the recent crises in the Middle East. These countries have a key diplomatic role to play in preventing Iranian tensions to escalate any further, which can jeopardise their attempts to delicately juggle the political, security and economic concerns. The writer is chief analyst at PoliTact, a Washington based futurist advisory firm (www.PoliTact.com and http:twitter.com/politact) and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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challenges for nurses staff development and funding by Shabana yousaf
want to discuss the wide range of duties found in staff development and nursing education departments, and the importance of funding these activities. The finding is that adequate funding for this essential department of well-run health care organisations is very important, pays off in indirect ways, and is itself worth the investment. Nursing education is a vast and far reaching topic. Its importance is not just in the education and training of new students, but continues through the entire career of a nurse. The ever evolving and increasingly technological profession of nursing demands constant updating and adaptation to the new realities of health care. As evidence arises from new research which challenges current practice, the need to adapt to and adopt changes must be disseminated. Health care organisations have put into place staff development departments, sometimes called nursing education despite not being limited to nursing, to provide for the educational needs of staff. The issue of funding for nursing education, especially in staff development is a two horned one. While no one doubts the need for education and staff development, proving its cost worthiness is difficult. To demonstrate the importance of funding for staff development, there must be a less direct approach. By showing the broad scope of duties and expectations on staff development as regards to nursing, and the beneﬁts such as recruitment and retention, the monetary beneﬁts may be inferred. I want to point out how staff development and education departments are economical to a wellrun hospital or health care organisation, as well as in seeking magnet status, and the direct or indirect cost beneﬁts they provide. Staff development and continuing education are shown to cover a very broad expanse of responsibilities. The importance of empowered and well functioning departments cannot be overstated, in supporting the nurses on the front lines of care. The very real cost savings in terms of infection control have been shown. While all nurses have learned the basics of hygiene in school, the importance of specialised training in critical areas has been amply demonstrated. Education to meet the needs of specialised areas depends on those needs being identiﬁed, not only by staff members, but by mining charts to demonstrate areas of high concentrations of diagnoses, complications and patient needs. Staff development nurses are in a unique position to do this. Staff members tend to remember and
identify cases that are unusual, or stand out in their memories in identifying needs, yet chart reviews show the needs of the more frequent or chronic issues to be dealt with. Since staff development nurses are looking on from the outside as it were the less notable cases are more readily found. Taking into account both nursing and patient needs leads to the courses being developed that are targeted and useful. Newly graduated nurses are coming into hospitals with an utter lack of necessary skills to function as full staff members. Their orientation calls for preceptors and extended time on the unit in order to learn enough new skills to provide adequate and safe care. Before they can be assigned as preceptors, experienced nurses must be taught how to precept, assess skills and encourage their charges. A course of orientation, with competencies and feedback must be developed and provided. Nurses who are moving into new departments or areas of practice, but already have at least basic skills, or even expertise need a much shorter orientation. However, they do feel the need for education and courses related to their new area, which increases self conﬁdence and thereby job satisfaction. Even nurses who are remaining in their own sphere of expertise but are simply in a new job location expressed the need for orientation to the unit; this fortunately is a fairly short term need. Having an excellent orientation will do much toward developing conﬁdence and decreasing stress for new grads, and make it more likely that graduates will stay at a hospital and remain in nursing. Developing and keeping such a program up to date is deﬁnitely in the purview of staff development; as well as orientation designed to meet needs at various levels. Staff educators can help nurses cope with all these things: from teaching nurses how to overcome systems barriers that inhibit patient care, the use of algorithms to boost conﬁdence in one’s own ability to adequately meet new and changing situations, teaching managers and mentors of new staff about the needs of new staff and how to help them cope, and lastly in organising debriefing sessions as needed. Staff development must be responsible for providing adequate and appropriate education for nurses in order to maintain a competent and conﬁdent workforce. Staff development departments also play an important role in achieving magnet status. Hospitals and health care organisations that want to be seen as setting the standards for modern health care must demonstrate a high level commitment to staff development and education. Departments
with high levels of empowerment and control of their resources are far more able to function well, and this is a factor looked for by appraisers in reviewing applications for accreditation for magnet status. Staff development nurses and departments are responsible for a wide array of duties, beginning with orientation of new staff: from newly graduated nurses, to those returning to nursing or changing areas of practice, to experienced nurses changing location but not areas of expertise. The educational needs of each group are different, and should be addressed differently. In addition, these departments are taking over more of the duties that once belonged to individual unit educators, as more positions are cut. Recognising and meeting individual unit or specialty needs must be done, researching the areas of interest, and presenting courses adequate to the needs. Getting continuing education credits for classes requires time and paperwork, yet to not award nurses for their limited time available for classes would be demoraliseng, especially if they then had to ﬁnd credits outside the organisation in addition to required classes within. Either presenting or providing for nurses to achieve national accreditations in their specialties is also important, for when nurses feel competent in an area, their conﬁdence and job satisfaction rises. Keeping a workforce happy and willing to stay is especially important in today’s health care world of nursing shortages and competition for scarce resources. Investing in staff development pays off in many ways. In order to have strong staff development and nursing educators, ﬁrst the training must be available for those entering this ﬁeld. Nurses who transfer into the department “because there was no one else to do it” face a difﬁcult and stressful time of learning and adjustment, simply because the scope of the job is so vast. Having an advanced practice, master’s prepared nurse in the lead position would seem to be the most desirable, yet salaries rarely reward such preparation. Grant writing is another skill nurse educators may wish to acquire, since organisational funding is tight, obtaining outside funding would be beneﬁcial. Involving more than one facility would increase the likelihood of receiving a grant, as part of a greater good to the communities involved. Educating the educators is an open ﬁeld, whether or not the courses lead to a higher degree academically. The need for these courses and their usefulness is clear. The writer is a student at the Lahore School of Nursing, University of Lahore.
a political legacy Bilawal inherits a legacy rich with struggle, sacrifice and leadership by bashir Riaz
his was the darkest chapter of General Zia-ul-Haq’s martial law. Human rights were not a consideration. People were jailed, tortured and killed with abandon. This warranted a historic declaration: “We shall fight for Pakistan through generations, one after the other”. The person who vowed such brave words were nobody else than that icon of bravery — Begum Nusrat Bhutto. She proved her words when she led the Pakistani people in a relentless struggle against the dictator. The torch was then carried by Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto who waged a herculean fight against the evil regime. This energised the people into a historic momentum that revived democracy in this country. Shaheed Benazir Bhutto stood by the vows of her mother. And now it is her son who has vowed to keep the family tradition alive, come what may. PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has reiterated the words of her grandmother by declaring at the solemn occasion of her mother’s fifth death anniversary, “We brought democracy to this country and it is us who will guard it.” We can proudly say that this is the true materialisation of Begum Bhutto’s words. Where else has this ever happened? The promise was made by the grandmother and fulfilled by the grandson. Shaheed Benazir Bhutto would have been a proud mother today to witness the history unfolding, yet again. Bilawal has been the centre of world attention all along. In 1989, Shaheed Benazir Bhutto took him along her official visit of the United States at such young age. This shows she had the vision to introduce him to politics one day. This may have been his earliest training. She would often carry him in her arms even during official work. This promoted the soft image of Pakistan — the first woman prime minister of the Muslim world running one of the most difficult countries and yet not ignoring her duties as a mother. When Bilawal was only one year old, she wrote an autograph on a picture in which she was with Bilawal, saying, “Dear Uncle Bashir, you will be my spokesman when I grow up.” It was a proud moment for me and I cherish that autograph to this day. It may sadly be true that Bilawal may not have the company of the two brave
women in his life, but their prayers are with him. He may not have the company of people who were with his mother but he has the proud legacy of being Shaheed Benazir Bhutto’s son. People look up to him to fulfil the dream of her mother. He will have the same unflinching support of the people that his mother enjoyed. This is the same trust that got transferred from Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto to Shaheed Benazir Bhutto. Now the torch gets passed to Bilawal. Some might think it’s the transfer of political legacy. But I see it as the continuation of that political awakening and peoples’ trust that continues to flow from Zulfikar Ali Bhutto to Bilawal Zardari Bhutto. Bilawal may not know many in the government but it should not take time as he had met most of them when they would come to see his mother from as long as when he was in her lap. He too is received as the personification of his Shaheed mother. Whether this be old stalwarts like Makhdoom Amin Fahim or Jahangir Badr or new party workers — everybody swears by Bilawal. After all each one of them is associated with the PPP’s political and ideological legacy. I have no doubt in my mind that he will prove to be the ideal successor to Shaheed Benazir Bhutto’s ideology. He has studied the circumstances and the political context of her mother. Shaheed wanted him to finish his education before joining politics. Of course, she was infusing political training to him from early age. She would encourage him to know the PPP and its manifesto better. He has studied the party under the wings of his mother and has now matured to be a responsible leader — the torch-bearer of the generational legacy. He may face the same challenges that his mother had to go through, but he too has inherited the will to fight them. He has expressed the resolve to do that before the graves of his ancestors. I can already see the spark of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in his eyes. Today, had he been alive, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto must have been a proud grandfather to see the reins of his legacy being transferred from a long list of martyrs like his mother Shaheed Benazir Bhutto and uncles Murtaza Bhutto and Shahnawaz Bhutto. The writer is Chairman, Bhutto Legacy Foundation and former foreign policy spokesman to Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto. Email: email@example.com
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12 the pRoS and ConS of a 'Cheat' meal Helena Christensen and her subway sandwich aside, there's one very big meal looming which can throw some of us off a healthy eating track. Here are the rules to cheating your diet without suffering the consequences. as 'shocking' as these images may be, there is a method in Dutch supermodel Helena Christensen's menu madness. It's called the 'cheat meal' and according to fitness experts, a little bit of what you fancy is good for all of us. It bodes well for the Christmas super meal which is looming, because eaten the right way, "it can actually boost our health, body and mind," says celebrity trainer Dalton Wong . "On an emotional level, anyone on a health eating
regime is usually depriving themselves of something and a reward always spurs you on so you eat better and train harder the next week," explains Wong, "and never ever feel any guilt - you're only ever one meal away from getting back on track again." and then comes the science bit. "If someone is sticking to a pretty healthy diet, cutting out complex carbs and sugar, and instead going for vegetables, lean protein and healthy fats, you'll be gently depleting the excess glycogen levels; the energy storage system in our body," says Wong. "There comes a point, usually around the four week mark of a low sugar diet, when your glycogen levels get so low that you start to feel tired, your metabolism can slow even and if you're training you'll find you can't work out as hard. That's when a cheat meal and a rush of
Emma stopped by US border officials According to The Sunday People, the 22-year-old 'Harry Potter' star singled out after landing at New York's JFK airport and told she should be accompanied by an adult. The flustered actress, who was eventually waved through and managed to laugh off the incident, later revealed that she is often mistaken for a kid and blamed the fact she was wearing a schoolgirl-style backpack. According to a source, Watson was mortified, and not only did they not recognise her, they thought she was a child. It was very embarrassing but she managed to awkwardly laugh it off. The British actress, who recently finished filming her latest movie 'This Is The End', later told of her embarrassment on Twitter. "Passport control: 'Unaccompanied minor?' Me: 'Sorry?' Passport control: 'Where is ur guardian?' Me: 'I'm 22!!!!!!!' #neverwearingabackpackagain," the Mirror quoted her as tweeting. "The really sad thing is that this is not the first time this has happened," she added. The star was returning to the US where she was expected to continue her studies at Brown University, Rhode Island. News DesK
carbs or sugar can actually have a really positive effect and fire up the system again, reboot your metabolism and give you a real energy boost." "so if you really are sticking to a good eating plan, and genuinely depleting your glycogen levels by cutting out sugar for the rest of the time, firing up your glycogen levels with a cheat meal once a week to recharge is actually a pretty sensible idea." and if you're slim, the quicker your stores empty, "as there's no fat to use as energy, so no wonder Helena can get away with a cheat meal," quips Wong. But do watch it. a subway footlong sandwich alone can rack up a whopping 1,400 calories, "and a treat isn't about replacing the 5,000 calories that you've worked hard to avoid or work off all week," warns Wong. "and do try to have something healthy if you can too - a baked potato, sushi
Kim Kardashian takes fashion inspiration from Victoria Beckham Reality TV star Kim Kardashian is reportedly taking pregnancy fashion inspiration from singer-turnedfashion designer Victoria Beckham. The 32-year-old is expecting her first child with boyfriend Kanye West. She has been studying pictures of Victoria, who has children Brooklyn, 13, Romeo, 10, Cruz, seven, and Harper, 18 months, with husband David Beckham, to get ideas on staying chic during pregnancy. "Kim loves Victoria's VB range to complement her curves. Now with a burgeoning bump on the way, she is following her style closely," contactmusic.com quoted a source as saying. "Kim spent hours with her mum, Kris Jenner, and her glam squad going through pictures of what Victoria wore during all her pregnancies. She wants to look classy and not frumpy while carrying her child," the source added. News DesK
Josh Brolin arrested for public intoxication Josh Brolin rang the New Year a bit too hard by getting arrested for public intoxication just before midnight on January 1 in Santa Monica, California. According to law enforcement sources, Brolin was booked into jail at 3:02 am and then released at 7:14 am on January 2, TMZ.com reported. The 44-year-old actor, who is married to Diane Lane, paid the 250-dollar bail and will not have to go to court since he was not given a citation for the arrest. Sources close to Brolin said that the 'Gangster Squad' star was partying with a couple of his good friends and simply ended up having "too much fun." News DesK
Scarlett Johansson 'blighted by skin problems' Scarlett Johansson, who initially wanted to train as a dermatologist because of her skin complaints, has revealed that she often gets odd rashes. The 28-year-old actress asserted that she had every problem and most of the times she gets these weird things, but she knows how to treat them, the Sun reported. The 'Avengers' star, who now gets her knowledge from watching medical documentaries, also said that when one helps someone to cure their skin it gives them a new lease of life. Johansson also admitted that she is pretty good at diagnosing other people. News DesK
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helena Christensen and her Subway sandwich aside, there's one very big meal looming which can throw some of us oﬀ a healthy eating track. here are the rules to cheating your diet without suﬀering the consequences. or risotto is always better for you than a plate of double fried chips." Lastly remember, "alcohol can never be part of your cheat meal," explains Wong, "it completely stops any kind of fat burning as it kills the growth hormone which makes you stronger, fitter and leaner and that which you work so hard in the gym to build up." News DesK
On Sunday afternoon, Shah Rukh Khan took to a micro-blogging site to praise his wife Gauri Khan and her close friend Sussanne Roshan, actor Hrithik Roshan's wife. The two star wives are into interior designing. In 2011, Sussanne launched her interior design store - The Charcoal Project, while in 2012, Gauri Khan launched her own line of furniture in partnership with Sussanne's store. That Gauri loves interior designing is also evident from the fact that she beautifully did up their residence, Mannat, in Bandra. While SRK has always praised his wife's work, he was even more vocal with his tweet on Sunday. When SRK saw some of the works by Sussanne and Gauri, he tweeted to his fans: '@iamsrk Saw stuff by Charcoal Project.Wot fantastic creativity in furniture by @sussannekroshan & my multifaceted wife Gauri.U girls make wood speak (sic)' Within minutes of his posting this tweet, it went viral among his fans.
right to watch porn a fundamental right: indian supreme court The Supreme Court has broadened the ambit of right of life by supporting citizen’s right to watch porn.“Watching porn is essential for a human being to maintain the delicate balance of health necessary for its very existence and survival. Porn is, therefore, a fundamental and basic requirement without which the existence of life itself would be in peril,” the court said, terminating the lawsuit as a basic human right. Authorities have taken steps to protect citizens from being disturbed while they are watching porn, like placing curbs on the prying cameras on MLAs watching porn.A bench of Justices Singh and Ramaswamy was unanimous that the assembly erred gravely by clamping prohibitory orders under Section 420 of Criminal Procedure Code on the day when the MLAs were watching porn peacefully. In their statement the justice added, “Watching porn for a human being was a basic necessity and not a lux-
ury. If this act is disturbed, the mind gets disoriented and it disrupts the health cycle. If this disruption is brought about in odd hours preventing an individual from getting normal dreams, it also causes energy imbalance, indigestion and also affects cardiovascular health”. Rejecting the justification given by the assembly that the MLAs were violating laws, the judge said, “To presume that a person was scheming to violate laws while watching porn would be unjust and would be entering into the dreams of that person.” Quoting a US court judgment, Justice Singh said, “The citizens/persons have a right to leisure; to watch porn ; not to hear and to remain silent. The knock at the door, whether by day or by night, as a prelude to a search without authority of law amounts to be police incursion into privacy and violation of fundamental right of a citizen.” News DesK
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Infotainment 14 Teen’s post on facebook leads to arrest Superbug weapon: panda blood?
F there’s a surefire way to get caught for committing an offense these days, it’s airing the details on social media. Jacob Cox-Brown, an 18-yearold from Oregon, learned that lesson on New Year's Day when police showed up at his door after they were alerted to a facebook post he wrote about driving drunk, KGW.com reports. "Drivin drunk... classsic ;) but to whoever's vehicle i hit i am sorry. :P," the status update read, according to the news outlet. Police said the teen's apparent Facebook confession wasn't sufficient evidence for a drunk driving charge. Instead, Cox-Brown was charged with "two counts of failing to perform the duties of a driver," KGW.com reports. Despite the potential of leaving a very obvious trail, a surprising number of people use Facebook in the aftermath of committing various infractions. In September, a woman posted an "LOL" status update in reference
to her alleged involvement in a drunk driving accident, according to ABC. A judge, who was reportedly not too happy about the post, sentenced her to two days in jail. In May, two men robbed an Internet cafe, but one of them made the mistake of logging into Face-
book and forgetting to log out. The flub led police right to him, Gizmodo notes. Similarly, in 2011, a man who reportedly stole items from Washington Post journalist Marc Fisher posted a picture of himself on Facebook wearing one of the missing items and holding up
cash. The suspect had used Fisher's son's laptop to take the picture and posted the image to the teen's Facebook account, advertising his actions to 400 teenagers. "I've seen a lot, but this is the most stupid criminal I've ever seen," Officer Kyle Roe told Fisher at the time. neWs DesK
UR latest weapon in the battle against superbugs comes from ... giant pandas? Apparently. Scientists have discovered a potent antibiotic called cathelicidin-AM in the animal's blood. It's released by immune cells there, and Chinese researchers now think it could be used to develop treatments for human diseases—including drug-resistant superbugs. Among their proof: Cathelicidin-AM took less than an hour to kill bacteria that other, more well-known antibiotics took more than six hours to destroy. The lead researcher of the substance explains, “It showed potential antimicrobial activities against a wide spectrum of microorganisms including bacteria and fungi, both standard and drug-resistant strains”. Of course, there are just 1,600 giant pandas in the wild, and they're well known for being poor breeders. But we may not be forced to harvest the compound from natural sources: Scientists have been able to decode the genes and produce an artificial version of the antibiotic in a lab setting, the Telegraph reports. neWs DesK
You're lousy at imagining your future self: study the real cause of violent crime: leaded gasoline
IOLENT crime has fallen in the US for years, but why? Experts have floated theories ranging from police techniques to the "crack epidemic" to the legalizing of abortion, but none quite fit the facts. One, however, does: lead poisoning. In Mother Jones, Kevin Drums reports that the rise and fall of leaded gasoline directly mimics the arc of violent crime in America, on a 23year time lag. In fact, studies show the same correlation in countries around the world, six US cities, and even a New Orleans neighborhood. “When they overlay lead concentrations with crime maps," says one researcher, “they realise they match up”. The science fits, too: Many studies link lead intake with lower IQs, delayed development, and a propensity to commit crimes later in life. Of course millions of children who inhaled lead from car tailpipes between the 1940s and the 1970s didn't become criminals, but those on the margin “were pushed over the edge from being merely slow or disruptive to becoming part of a nationwide epidemic of violent crime,” writes Drums. The clincher: Lead molecules still lurk in our soil and an estimated 16 million US houses. Cleaning them up would cost billions, but save far more in the long run, Drums writes: It “could turn out to be the cheapest, most effective crime prevention tool we have. And we could start doing it tomorrow”. neWs DesK
Thinking of getting married? Buying a house? Picking a college major? Or making any decision that will affect you a decade later? Well don't be surprised if it doesn't turn out the way you expect, because humans are lousy at predicting how much they'll change over time, a new study suggests. Psychologists gave 19,000 people a questionnaire, then asked them to take it again; either as they would have responded 10 years earlier and/or as they imagine they'd respond 10 years later. In most cases, across all age groups, participants predicted that they would change less in the future than they reported changing
in the past, Science reports. To give a more concrete example: 58-year-olds reported sizable changes since age 48, but anticipated few changes at 68; but the 68-year-old group recorded having indeed changed compared to a decade earlier. The authors took this as evidence of the “end of history illusion,” the idea that people believe that the present is their ultimate evolution. But not everyone is convinced by their research. One Yale psychologist points out that people “might well anticipate substantial change, yet not know how they would change, and thus, just predict the status quo”. neWs DesK
Why We Overeat: Fructose?
cat carrying a saw and a mobile phone was “detained” as it entered a prison gate in northeast Brazil, Brazilian media reported on Saturday. Prison guards were surprised when they saw a white cat crossing the main gate of the prison, its body wrapped with tape. A closer look showed the feline also carried drills, an earphone, a memory card, batteries and a phone charger. All 263 detainees in the prison of Arapiraca, a city of 215,000 people in the state of Alagoas, are considered suspect in the plot, which is being investigated by local police. “It’s tough to find out who’s responsible for the action as the cat doesn’t speak,” a prison spokesperson told local paper Estado de S Paulo. The cat was taken to an animal disease center to receive medical care. The incident took place on New Year’s Day but was first reported by national media on Saturday. neWs DesK
California rape law only for married women: court
man kills grandmother in tV show fight
OLICE say a New York man has killed his grandmother after they argued over what TV show to watch. They say Clarence Newcomb was arrested Friday at the home he shared with 82-year-old Kathleen Newcomb in Kings Park, on New York's Long Island. Suffolk County police say a man called them at 4:35 a.m. to report the woman was lying on the floor. Officers say they found her dead. Medical officials haven't determined how she died. No weapons have been recovered. Police say 25-year-old Clarence Newcomb told them he and his grandmother had argued over what to watch on TV. Lt. Jack Fitzpatrick says he doesn't know what shows were involved. Newcomb is in custody and can't be reached for comment. Police say he's unemployed. He faces arraignment Saturday. neWs DesK
Cat caught sneaking saw, phone into brazil prison
Scientists have used imaging tests to show for the first time that fructose, a sugar that saturates the American diet, can trigger brain changes that may lead to overeating. After drinking a fructose beverage, the brain doesn't register the feeling of being full as it does when simple glucose is consumed, researchers found. It's a small study and does not prove that fructose or its rel-
ative, high-fructose corn syrup, can cause obesity, but experts say it adds evidence these sugars may play a role. For the study, scientists used MRI scans to track blood flow in the brain in 20 young, normal-weight people before and after they had drinks containing glucose or fructose in two sessions several weeks apart. Scans showed that drinking glucose "turns off or suppresses the
activity of areas of the brain that are critical for reward and desire for food," said one study leader. With fructose, "we don't see those changes," he said. "As a result, the desire to eat continues." The imaging results mirrored how hungry the people said they felt, as well as what earlier studies found in animals. Researchers now are testing obese people to see if they react the same way. neWs DesK
F an attacker has sex with a California woman by pretending to be her husband, that's rape. But if she's not married and he's impersonating her boyfriend, it's a different story, according to a state appeals court. Judges unanimously overturned the conviction of Julio Morales, who had sex with a woman after her boyfriend left her bedroom late one night in February 2009. When she realized the man was not her boyfriend, she screamed and fought him, the Los Angeles Times reports. But the appeals court found that, because of the wording of an 1872 law, his behavior may not have been grounds for a rape conviction: “Has the man committed rape? Because of historical anomalies in the law and the statutory definition of rape, the answer is no, even though, if the woman had been married and the man had impersonated her husband, the answer would be yes,” the court opinion said, noting that judges made the decision “reluctantly”. neWs DesK
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Pakistan win series after falling in the last ODI DELHI
OT since the winter of 1983, when Clive Lloyd's West Indies avenged their loss in the World Cup final, had India been whitewashed in an ODI series at home. Following their third poor batting performance against Pakistan, India were hurtling towards a 0-3 score line in the cold of Delhi, until their bowlers rallied in conditions that offered seam and spin, applying relentless pressure until Misbah-ul-Haq's team cracked in the dead rubber. As Yuvraj Singh, pursued by team-mates, went off on a celebratory run and slide after catching Mohammad Hafeez in the penultimate over to secure a hard-fought victory, the exuberant celebrations on the field and in the stands at the Kotla were a release of emotion from a country that has had precious little to celebrate in recent times. India's batting failed again, having few answers against a strong bowling attack that's delivered two victories on the trot for Pakistan this series and has given the team an excellent chance of completing a clean sweep in Delhi. India chose to bat on a chilly morning on a dry surface with limited assistance for the Pakistan seamers, who made the most of what was on offer to rattle India's top order for the third time this series. Saeed Ajmal then took over to pick up five wickets, including a double-strike in two balls that halted an attempted recovery and even MS Dhoni, India's best batsman in these three games, couldn't rescue the hosts. India left out Virender Sehwag to give Ajinkya Rahane a chance at the top of the order and he began patiently, together with Gautam Gambhir, against a bit of movement off the pitch, though without any swing in the air. Mohammad Irfan and Junaid Khan stuck to areas around a good length, or slightly short, and were largely accurate, though Irfan conceded a couple of boundaries in an over where he erred down the leg side and provided too much width. There were a fair share of plays and misses before Rahane finally nicked Irfan to the keeper, tempted to push at a full delivery that was going across. Gautam Gambhir found run-scoring difficult and eventually threw it away against a wide delivery from Irfan that he guided straight to point. Junaid, who bowled an opening spell of seven overs for just 12, got one to nip across Kohli, who edged to second slip while closing the face Younis Khan took an excellent low catch. Yuvraj Singh
inDiA g gambhir c Umar Akmal b Mohammad irfan 15 4 AM Rahane c †Kamran Akmal b Mohammad irfan 7 V Kohli c Younis Khan b Junaid Khan 23 Yuvraj singh b Mohammad Hafeez 31 sK Rainan lbw b saeed Ajmal 36 Ms Dhoni*† c Umar Akmal b Umar gul 0 R Ashwin lbw b saeed Ajmal RA Jadeja c Umar Akmal b saeed Ajmal 27 B Kumar lbw b saeed Ajmal 2 i sharma c & b saeed Ajmal 5 0 shami Ahmed not out eXTRAs (lb 4, w 7, nb 1, pen 5) 17 167 TOTAl fAll Of WicKeTs 1-19 (Rahane, 4.3 ov), 2-29 (gambhir, 8.4 ov), 3-37 (Kohli, 9.3 ov), 4-63 (Yuvraj singh, 15.5 ov), 5-111 (Raina, 28.4 ov), 6-111 (Ashwin, 28.5 ov), 7131 (Dhoni, 34.4 ov), 8-141 (Kumar, 37.5 ov), 9-160 (sharma, 41.6 ov), 10-167 (Jadeja, 43.4 ov) BOWling Mohammad irfan 7-1-28-2, Junaid Khan 9-1-17-1, Umar gul 8-1-45-1, Mohammad Hafeez 10-0-44-1, saeed Ajmal 9.4-1-24-5 PAKisTAn 34 nasir Jamshed lbw b Ashwin 0 Kamran Akmal† lbw b Kumar 6 Younis Khan b Kumar 39 Misbah-ul-Haq* c Rahane b Ashwin Umar Akmal st †Dhoni b Jadeja 25 5 shoaib Malik lbw b sharma 21 Mohammad Hafeez c Yuvraj singh b sharma 11 Umar gul c Jadeja b sharma saeed Ajmal c †Dhoni b shami Ahmed 1 Junaid Khan run out (Raina) 0 0 Mohammad irfan not out 15 eXTRAs (lb 1, w 13, nb 1) TOTAl 157 fAll Of WicKeTs 1-3 (Kamran Akmal, 2.1 ov), 2-14 (Younis Khan, 6.5 ov), 3-61 (nasir Jamshed, 20.3 ov), 4-113 (Misbah-ul-Haq, 34.1 ov), 5-119 (shoaib Malik, 36.3 ov), 6-125 (Umar Akmal, 39.2 ov), 7-144 (Umar gul, 46.2 ov), 8-145 (saeed Ajmal, 47.2 ov), 9-145 (Junaid Khan, 47.3 ov), 10-157 (Mohammad Hafeez, 48.5 ov) BOWling B Kumar 10-2-31-2shami Ahmed 9-4-23-1, i sharma 9.5-0-36-3, R Ashwin 10-147-2, RA Jadeja 10-2-19-1 Toss india, who chose to bat series Pakistan won the 3-match series 2-1 ODi debut shami Ahmed (india) Player of the match Ms Dhoni (india) Player of the series nasir Jamshed (Pakistan), Umpires s Asnani and Bf Bowden (new Zealand), TV umpire VA Kulkarni, Match referee Rs Mahanama (sri lanka), Reserve umpire AK chowdhury.
and Suresh Raina saw off the remainder of what was a 14-over spell from Irfan and Junaid, and got an opening when Umar Gul was brought on. Yuvraj punched him through covers, and then flat-batted him over his head for consecutive fours, before Raina pulled him past square leg in an over that fetched 18. But just as he began to show promise, Yuvraj was undone by a superb delivery from Mohammad Hafeez in his first over; it gripped,
turned and knocked the off stump after squaring up Yuvraj. Raina continued to search for opportunities, lofting Hafeez for six over long-on and lofting Gul over extra cover, and Dhoni showed intent against the offspinner, launching him for three sixes, each in a different area on the leg side. The duo looked for release against Hafeez while Ajmal had kept one end tight, and it wasn't long before he struck. He trapped Raina with a straighter one
Clarke drained by ‘tough summer’ SyDNEy
Australia have risen to No. 3 on the ICC's Test rankings as a result of a 3-0 sweep of Sri Lanka. The difficulty their captain Michael Clarke now faces is the team that took them there will not be the one he leads first to India, and then to the Ashes beyond. Losing Michael Hussey and Ricky Ponting in the space of a single summer, while at the same time grooving a policy of fast-bowler management has made it a draining six Tests for Clarke, and in the wake of the five-wicket victory at the SCG he acknowledged the size of the task ahead. He also admitted to the difficulty of guiding the team while shedding such an enormous amount of experience. If Clarke was more emotional at the time of Ponting's exit in Perth, he was clearer headed about what Hussey's retirement meant for the tours of India and England - increased difficulty. "Another man
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down unfortunately," Clarke said. "It's been a tough summer to be honest. It's been nice to have some guys come in and make their debut but it's been tough to see two fantastic players in Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey leave the game. "We certainly have a tough year ahead, that's for sure. I think on our good days we're very good and can cut it with the best, like the No. 1 team in the world South Africa, but on our poor days there's a lot of areas we need to improve, both individually and as a team. I think what you've seen of the Australian team this summer probably sums up where we're at. We're fighting to get better every day, that's the positive." Australia's performance in Sydney rather summed up the patchiness of their summer. Making an indifferent start after eminently debatable decisions both in team selection and at the coin toss, Clarke's men wrested back an advantage via the counter-punching of Matthew Wade and then pressured Sri Lanka's batsmen into a
series of grievous errors on the third afternoon that ultimately determined the outcome of the match. "The days we aren't performing as well as we can, whether that be with the ball or with the bat, we're letting ourselves down," Clarke said. "At the moment there's a bit of a gap between very good and not so good but we've got a team that's working very hard. Every day we get out of bed we're trying to get better. "I certainly can't have a go at the boys. I think the commitment throughout the whole summer has been outstanding - the way we've trained and prepared, the role the support staff have played … We know we've got some work to do but we're up for the challenge." While Jackson Bird's emergence as a commendably reliable paceman against Sri Lanka was arguably the most significant find of the Tests, Clarke and his fellow selectors will have some other revelations to consider ahead of India. One of the least convenient was the struggle of several batsmen against spin, notably the opener Ed Cowan, and another was the top order's lack of precision when running between the wickets. Shane Watson's future, and the team's balance, is clouded by his reluctance to continue bowling. Clarke said the spectre of slow bowling on turning Indian pitches was something that would take plenty of skill and application to overcome, particularly now that Hussey has left the scene. "It will be really tough, especially in the second innings on the subcontinent is generally very tough to play spin bowling. I think we're improving," Clarke said. "There are areas we need to continually get better at. Spin bowling is one of those areas. In a couple of months, we're going to be faced with conditions that spin a lot, so there's no better place to get better than on the subcontinent. "I'm really impressed with the way we finished this summer in the Test format. I was really proud of the way we fought it out against the No.1 Test team in the world. I think we have taken a lot from that series and I think we've shown improvement throughout this series."
to end a 48-run alliance with Dhoni, and caught R Ashwin - promoted ahead of Ravindra Jadeja - plumb next ball with a quicker delivery that spun in. India suffered their biggest blow during the batting Powerplay when Dhoni, who had begun that fiveover phase with a boundary past fine leg, cut Gul straight to point - his first dismissal in an ODI at home since March 2011.
Kallis rested in oDis against NZ SPORTS DESK South Africa have selected four uncapped players - Quinton de Kock, Aaron Phangiso, Farhaan Behardien and Rory Kleinveldt - in their ODI squad for the three matches against New Zealand this month. Jacques Kallis was rested, while JP Duminy was unavailable because of the Achilles injury he sustained in Australia. "We only have the three ODI matches against New Zealand plus another five against Pakistan to prepare our squad for the ICC Champions Trophy in England in the middle of the year," CSA selection convener Andrew Hudson said. "The Champions Trophy also marks the halfway point to the next ICC World Cup so this is a critical part of our preparation to win these two major ICC events. "We have done well in our ODI series over the past year with victories over Sri Lanka and New Zealand and a drawn series in England, so we have every confidence that this squad is on the right track. JP Duminy should also be fit by the time of the Champions Trophy to give us another selection option. The four newcomers have all been doing well, either in domestic cricket or by representing the
Proteas in other formats." The selectors also added Ryan McLaren to the Test squad as cover for Vernon Philander. ODi sQUAD: ab de villiers (capt), Hashim amla, farhaan behardien, Quinton de Kock, faf du Plessis, colin ingram, rory Kleinveldt, ryan mcLaren, morne morkel, robbie Peterson, aaron Phangiso, graeme Smith, dale Steyn, Lonwabo tsotsobe.
India drop sehwag, call up Pujara SportS DeSK: India have dropped Virender Sehwag for the first three matches of the five-ODI series against England, which begins on January 11 in Rajkot. This was a double-blow for Sehwag, who was left out of the XI that beat Pakistan in an ODI earlier in the day. India gave a maiden limited-overs call-up to Cheteshwar Pujara, who scored an aggressive 203 off 221 balls in a Ranji Trophy match last week. MS Dhoni, India's best batsman in the three-match one-day series against Pakistan, kept his captaincy despite calls from former selectors for fresh leadership. Rohit Sharma was retained despite poor returns in ODIs of late. Squad MS Dhoni (capt.), Cheteshwar Pujara, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Ashok Dinda, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shami Ahmed, Amit Mishra
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Australia completes Sri Lankan whitewash scOReBOARD
ICHAEL Hussey is one of cricket's finest finishers, so it was only fitting that he ended his international career by steering Australia to victory and a series clean-sweep over Sri Lanka. Despite the best efforts of his partner Mitchell Johnson to dead-bat the ball with one run needed, Hussey was not able to hit the winning run, instead sprinting through for a single as the ball ran off Johnson's thick edge and away to point off Rangana Herath. To Hussey, it barely mattered. The win - the 48th of his Test career - was what meant everything. And in a small chase of 141, he had done an important job of guiding Australia through some late jitters to complete a five-wicket victory. He finished
zaka congratulates team for series win against india LAHORE sTAff RePORT
Chairman PCB Cricket Board Ch. Zaka Ashraf has congratulated the Pakistan Team, Management and entire nation over the 2-1 victory in the ODI series against India. In a message he said: “Cricket is a passion in Pakistan and everyone prays for the team. The boys have made the nation proud. The credit goes to the hard work of each individual as everyone has contributed in his respective field. I congratulate the team and the whole nation on this on this series victory. I am confident that if we continue with same spirit and positivity, there are many more milestones to be achieved in future.”
balochistan minister to gift camels to Pak cricketers MUMbAI BiPin DAni
Believe it or not, one of the provincial ministers has offered to gift a camel to each member of the Pakistan cricket team on their historic series win over India. "Yes, this maybe the first time the players have been receiving this unique gifts, but I decided to gift them once they won the ODI series in India", Haji Ali Madad Jattak, Provincial Minister of Roads and Bridges in Balochistan, said from Quetta on Sunday afternoon. "Camel is a cultural animal in Balochestan and I was happy to see players' performance on TV here and immediately decided to offer camels as gifts", he added. The minister, also agriculturist by profession, has good interest in the game and never misses to watch team playing in Pakistan. "Players need not come to my place to collect this unique gift, the camels will be sent to their respective homes", he said. "Yes, they need to have the doors of their home high. It is believed those who have tall doors are only high-level people". The cost of each camel may exceed over Rs 400,000. The minister is representing Pakistan People's Party, headed by the 11th President of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari, who is also the chief patron of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
unbeaten on 27 and ended his Test career with 6235 runs at an average of 51.52. He walked off to lead Australia in the team song one last time before he hands the job over to Nathan Lyon. Of course, the win was not all about Hussey. Ed Cowan, Phillip Hughes and Michael Clarke all played important parts in edging Australia closer to their goal. For the second time since Clarke took over the captaincy Australia completed a clean-sweep of an opponent - the first was last summer against India - and it was a positive end to a summer that began with two draws and a loss to South Africa. As the target was reduced with every gap pierced by Cowan and Clarke, the crowd at the SCG experienced the unusual feeling of wanting to see an Australian wicket fall. Hussey has been a favourite of the Australian fans over his seven years in the Test
team and his absence from the one-day international squad announced earlier in the day meant this was certain to be his final match for Australia. With 37 runs still required, the moment arrived. Clarke prodded forward to Tillakaratne Dilshan's offspin and lobbed a catch to short leg, and his home crowd cheered. This was no insult to Clarke, but a recognition of everything Hussey has done for Australia since his Test debut at the age of 30, and for one last time his team needed him. He walked to the crease to a standing ovation and settled down to business. After a nervous leading edge first ball, he was off the mark from his second delivery with a cover-drive for two, and even managed to get a reverse-swept boundary in there as well. The small chase of 141 could have been tricky on a fourth-day SCG pitch, especially when Australia lost David Warner
in the second over for a golden duck when he edged to Mahela Jayawardene at slip off the bowling of Suranga Lakmal. But his opening partner Cowan set himself to guide Australia as close to their goal as possible and although he was in no hurry, he anchored two very important partnerships, a 45-run stand with Hughes and then a 59-run effort with Clarke. Hughes played some impressive strokes in his 34 from 49 balls but was flummoxed by Herath. When Herath trapped Hughes lbw it was a much-deserved wicket, even though the Sri Lankans had called for a review mostly to check on a bat-pad catch. At 2 for 45, Australia were not yet out of the woods, especially given their decision to play five bowlers in this Test. But Cowan did not lose his cool and gradually eked out the runs, while Clarke was a little more fluent. Their partnership was the
294 sRi lAnKA 1sT innings 432 AUsTRAliA 1sT innings 278 sRi lAnKA 2nD innings AUsTRAliA 2nD innings (TARgeT: 141 RUns) eJM cowan lbw b Herath 36 DA Warner c Jayawardene b lakmal 0 PJ Hughes lbw b Herath 34 29 MJ clarke* c Thirimanne b Dilshan 27 MeK Hussey not out 9 Ms Wade† b Herath 1 Mg Johnson not out eXTRAs (lb 5) 5 TOTAl 141 DiD nOT BAT MA starc, PM siddle, nM lyon, JM Bird fall of wickets 1-0 (Warner, 1.1 ov), 2-45 (Hughes, 14.6 ov), 3104 (clarke, 31.2 ov), 4-108 (cowan, 32.5 ov), 5-132 (Wade, 38.5 ov) BOWling TM Dilshan 18-2-57-1, RAs lakmal 6-1-18-1, HMRKB Herath 16.50-47-3, n Pradeep 2-0-14-0 Match details Toss Australia, who chose to field series Australia won the 3-match series 3-0 Player of the match JM Bird (Australia) Player of the series MJ clarke (Australia) Umpires Aleem Dar (Pakistan) and Al Hill (new Zealand) TV umpire nJ llong (england) Match referee Bc Broad (england) Reserve umpire PR Reiffel
one that took Australia from a slight danger zone to a position of comfort and after Clarke fell, Cowan was bitterly disappointed to follow him and miss out on the chance to see the chase home, trapped lbw on 36 by Herath coming around the wicket. Matthew Wade also lost his wicket when he was bowled attempting a sweep off Herath for 8, but by then Australia needed only another nine runs. The Sri Lankans, who have never won a Test in Australia, were left to wonder what could have been had they just scratched out another 50 runs in their second innings. Truth be told, they had done well to make a game of it after losing a string of wickets on the third afternoon.
adcock Hughes, Khawaja tip out Hussey neil dies aged 81 SPORTS DESK
Michael Hussey will not get his desired ODI farewell at least partly to keep Usman Khawaja and Phillip Hughes away from the Twenty20 Big Bash League ahead of the India tour, the national selector John Inverarity has admitted. Inverarity unveiled a curious squad for the first two matches of the limitedovers series against Sri Lanka on Sunday, captained by George Bailey while Brad Haddin resumes as the ODI gloveman in order to allow rest for Michael Clarke and Matthew Wade. David Warner has also been given time off after playing all formats for the past year. Aaron Finch was rewarded for a compelling limited-overs summer so far while Ben Cutting has returned to the national squad for the first time since he was 12th man for the first Test match of last summer. Hussey's omission despite indicating a desire to play a final round of limitedovers games before he exited the international stage was notable, and Inverarity said the the call was made with an eye on the 2015 World Cup but also the India Test tour that begins in February. "Our intention before two weeks ago was to give Michael a break during the Sri Lankan series and then have him re-
freshed and ready to come back into the ODIs against the West Indies and then off to India," Inverarity said. "Of course things changed a bit last week. We've talked it over with Mike but the overriding fact is what's best for Australian cricket
and we move forward. "We're very mindful of the 2015 World Cup and we think these ODIs are very important in terms of players like Usman Khawaja and Phillip Hughes and others having the opportunity being within the team and being in the ODI side rather than playing Big Bash League cricket partly as an opportunity for India for those who are selected. So I think we need to use those places for the future of Australian cricket. "I think we have picked a particularly exciting side. Aaron Finch, and a lot of you have seen him play, there are not many more exciting players than Aaron. When he gets runs he gets them in quite spectacular fashion. Ben Cutting too. I think this is a very very attractive side. How will we know about the best players of the future if opportunity is not invested in them?" Australia's coach Mickey Arthur had used the term quarantine after the Hobart match when explaining why members of the national squad were not being handed over to their BBL teams in between Tests. There is real concern among the coaches and selectors that a lack of first-class cricket through such a large chunk of the season is harming the development and preparation of both current and potential international players.
SPORTS DESK Neil Adcock, the former South Africa fast bowler, has died at the age of 81 in Howick, KwaZuluNatal. He had pneumonia and was also suffering from cancer for a long period of time. Adcock played 26 Tests for South Africa between 1953 and 1962, and took 104 wickets at an average of 21.10. After he took 26 wickets in a Test series in England in 1960, Wisden honoured him as one of their five Cricketers of the Year in 1961. He played 99 first-class games, taking 405 wickets at 17.25 apiece. After retiring, Adcock became part of SABC's radio commentary team. "Neil was one of the great fast bowlers during what was truly a golden era of fast bowling," Cricket South Africa's acting chief executive Jacques Faul said. "At that time England had Trueman, Statham and Tyson; Australia had Lindwall, Miller and Davidson; and the West Indies had Hall and Gilchrist. Neil was right up with the best of them.
mAsTer POlO CuP 2013
Magic Ravi edge aside rivals to lift trophy LAHORE sTAff RePORT
Magic Ravi clinched the Master Polo Cup beating Wi Tribe/Ravi Autos by one and half goal margin in the final played here at the Fortress Stadium Lahore Cantt on chilly Sunday evening. The Master Cup, which was organized by the Lahore Garrison Saddle and Polo Club, saw close encounter between the two finalists the combined team of Wi tribe-Ravi Autos and Magic River teams. But the win came Magic Ravi way when the scored nine and a half goals and conceded eight in return to lift the trophy. Ahmed Ali Tiwana was the hero of the winning side by scoring four goals. He was supported by Raja Taimur Nadeem and Ahmed Zubair Butt with two goals each while Hassan Agha Khan contributed one goal for the winners
Magic River. Hamza Mawaz of the Wi Tribe/Ravi Autos quartet single-handedly provided tough time to the winners by alone scoring seven goals while the remaining one goal came off the mace of Mir Shoaib Ahmed. Maj Gen Muhammad Tauqeer Ahmad HI (M), MD PASCO was the chief guest of the final ceremony and presented the main trophy and the prizes to the participants and the winning team. The tournament which blasted into action earlier last week have the top six teams of the city fighting for the top honour. Earlier in the subsidiary final, Hataff moved past PAF by 5 ½ goal by four goal. Meanwhile, the Lahore Garrison Polo Cup having six teams will roll into action from January 7 (Monday). The teams including Newage, Rising Sun-PAF, Guards Group, Ravi Autos, 11 Corps and Master Paints will play on a half league system with the final slated for next Sunday.
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17 Sports tennis officials move to defuse indiaâ€™s davis cup row
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India's tennis chiefs on Sunday attempted to end a simmering Davis Cup row with the country's players by agreeing to most of their demands ahead of next month's tie against South Korea. Eight India players, headed by Somdev Devvarman, had last week threatened to boycott the Asia-Oceania group one tie in New Delhi from February 1-3 if a slew of demands made by them were not accepted. The All India Tennis Association (AITA) on Sunday accepted the demand for higher prize money, a change in the squad's support staff, appointment of a full-time physiotherapist and the players' involvement in the choice of venues for ties. It announced that former Davis Cup competitor Zeeshan Ali will replace Nandan Bal as the India team's coach, but decided that Shiv Mishra will continue in his role as non-playing captain at least for the Korean tie. The association, in an email to players that was also released to the media, said it had written to the sports ministry to appoint a new team doctor in place of Vece Paes and a new physiotherapist in place of Sanjay Singh. It also agreed to give the players 70 percent of the prize money earned from home ties instead of the former 50 percent. For away ties, the entire prize money will paid to the players as before. Players will be consulted on deciding the choice of courts and venues for future Cup ties, the AITA statement said.
british doubles star Hutchins diagnosed with lymphoma SPORTS DESK The 27-year-old, whose regular playing partner is Colin Fleming, will take time out from the sport to battle Hodgkin's lymphoma. Together they had won two titles in 2012, in Eastbourne and Delray Beach, and represented Great Britain in the Olympics, as well as at Davis Cup level. "Unfortunately I will be away from tennis for a while," Hutchins tweeted, "as I was recently diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma. "I am doing well, very positive with excellent medical support, friends and family around me." It is believed that Andy Murray, who won the Brisbane International title earlier in the day, dedicated victory to Hutchins. At the time he said only that his emotional celebration was for a "sick friend", adding: "You're going to be okay. You're going to get through."
Caroline Wozniacki beat Poland's Urszula Radwanska 6-1, 6-2 in hot conditions Sunday in the first round of the Sydney International. After starting the season with an upset first-round loss to qualifier Ksenia Pervak at the Brisbane International, the seventh-seeded Wozniacki needed just 26 minutes to win the first set with boyfriend and top-ranked golfer Rory McIlroy watching at Sydney Olympic Park. "It was quite hot out there, especially towards the end of the second set you could really feel it was starting to heat up," said Wozniacki, from Denmark. "I'm just happy to get the first win of the season under my belt and just move on." Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia beat 2011 Wimbledon champion and fifth-seeded Petra Kvitova of the
Czech Republic 6-1, 6-1. Maria Kirilenko, playing her first match since becoming engaged to Washington Capitals hockey star and fellow Russ-
ian Alex Ovechkin, beat Australian wild-card entry Olivia Rogowska 7-5, 6-2. The men's tournament starts Monday.
former champion takahashi set to retire after 2014 olympics TOKyO
robson ousted from Hobart by stephens SPORTS DESK American Sloane Stephens put a dent in Laura Robson's Australian Open preprations, beating her 6-4 7-6(4) in the Hobart International first round. The eighth seed Stephens had enjoyed a run to the quarter-finals in Brisbane the previous week, only beaten by eventual champion Serena Williams. And she proved too strong for Robson, ranked 15 places below her at 53 in the world, holding off the Brit in two tight sets. In the other game of the day in Tasmania Olga Govortsova stunned fifth seed Carla Suarez Navarro with a comprehensive 6-2 6-1 win.
Former figure skating world champion Daisuke Takahashi of Japan says he will retire after the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Takahashi, the Olympic bronze medallist and world champion in 2010, said Saturday "I think my career will finish with Sochi." The 26-year-old Takahashi won this year's Grand Prix final to become the first Japanese man to win gold in the event. He will be bidding to capture a second world title in London, Ontario, in March. His win at the 2010 world championships in Turin made Takahashi the first Asian to win a world title in men's singles. Takahashi also represented Japan at the 2006 Turin Olympics where he was in a good position after the short program, but had a poor long program and placed 8th overall.
Newcastle must spend to beat the drop: Pardew LONDON Agencies
Newcastle United must bring in new players or risk relegation from the Premier League, manager Alan Pardew said after his side were knocked out of the FA Cup by second tier club Brighton and Hove Albion. "We're not too big to go down," he told reporters after Newcastle's 11th defeat in their last 14 matches in all competitions. "I think it is important to spend...the most important thing for us is our Premier League status now because we've put ourselves at risk
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with all the injuries and the run we're on. We need to make sure we're a Premier League side next season." Newcastle, fifth last season, are two points above the drop zone in 15th place and have qualified for the Europa League last 32 where they will play Ukraine's Metalist Kharkiv next month. They fielded a below-strength side against Brighton due to injuries and absence, with Ivory Coast midfielder Cheik Tiote on African Nations Cup duty while striker Demba Ba signed for Chelsea on Friday and scored twice on his debut. First team regulars Fabricio
Coloccini and Papiss Cisse were also among the absentees after picking up minor knocks in midweek. Pardew said after the Brighton match that Newcastle lacked quality on the pitch and were a shadow of the team he would have liked to put out. In one glimmer of good news, the club signed French international defender Mathieu Debuchy on a five and half year contract on Friday. Newcastle fans also received support from Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson, who had last month described the Magpies as "a wee club in the North East" after United beat them 4-3 in the league.
"I have nothing but the highest regard for Newcastle fans and I always have had," the Scot told the Mail on Sunday newspaper, clarifying his comments. "They are up there with the best supporters in the game. Their passion, commitment and fervour have never wavered, even though they have had little to celebrate. "If Newcastle's achievements had matched the support of the people who pay to watch them play, the club would be among the game's giants. It's tragic that they haven't been able to win a league title for over 80 years."
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Emotional Murray prevails in final A SPORTS DESK
briSbane: andy murray of great britain holds the winners trophy aloft after his final match against grigor dimitrov of bulgaria.
N emotional Andy Murray fought back tears and dedicated his victory to "a sick friend" after defeating Grigor Dimitrov in a gripping Brisbane International final on Sunday. The defending champion Murray prevailed 7-6, 6-4 after weathering a storm from his 21-year-old Bulgarian opponent in the opening set. The US Open champion played a flawless tiebreaker to win it 7-0 and a clinical second set allowed him to recover a service break and complete ideal preparations for the Australian Open, which begins at Melbourne Park on 14 January. "I'd like to dedicate this victory to one of my best friends back home," Murray said in his speech at the presentation. "You're going to be OK. You're going to get through." When Murray signed a television lens after the match, he wrote "For You …", with the third word being indecipherable. He was asked about the dedication in his post-match conference and replied: "Just a sick friend." Murray's secrecy mirrored his comments after his matches at Wimbledon and the US Open last year when he pointed both index fingers to the sky after all of his matches. He made the same gesture after beating Dimitrov in his final tournament before the Australian Open, but was earlier in an agitated mood when the Bulgarian raced to a 5-2 first-set lead. The 25-year-old Scot said his negative body language was due to unrealistic expectations of perfection. "I think it depends how much it affects you in terms of duration of time," he said of his self-admonishment. "I
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mean, if it's one point, and you get annoyed for 15 seconds afterwards, and you can get back to playing the next point with good intensity, then it's fine. When I was younger, it used to last quite a long time and it would take me a while to get back into it. Today, I started the match off badly and came back into it. I had lost serve in the second set and broke back straight away and won three games in a row to win the match. So long as it's not affecting me for long periods or when I go behind and I'm not finding ways back into matches, that's when you get worried." Dimitrov pushed Murray to the limit with an array of blazing groundstrokes and looms as a dangerous presence in the Australian Open draw. He denied fearing any of the top three players in the world: Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer or Murray. "Fear?" he said. "Why fear? Why do I have to feel intimidated? I want to play them. I want to play them all.
There's nothing better than to play against these guys and do the best you can against them. Eventually, longterm, if you want to be good you're going to play them almost every week." Elsewhere in Australia, Great Britain's Laura Robson crashed out in the first round of her final tournament before the Australian Open, losing 6-4, 7-6 to the eighth seed Sloane Stephens of the United States in the Moorilla Hobart International. A single break in the first game of the match was enough for Stephens to win the first set, and she led with a break at 3-1 in the second. Robson, who at 53 is ranked 15 places beneath her opponent, fought back to take the set into a tie-break, but Stephens prevailed. There were missed chances for Robson, who had six break-point opportunities in the match, including four in the first set. The British No1 Heather Watson withdrew from the tournament because of injury.
Queens Park Rangers defender Ryan Nelsen is considering a coaching role in the United States in what would be a major blow for the Premier League club's battle against relegation. "He has been offered a job in America and there is every chance that he might want to go," manager Harry Redknapp told reporters after the Londoners' 1-1 draw at home to West Bromwich Albion in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday. "He wants to be a manager and it's a chance for him to go and manage a club," added Redknapp. New Zealand captain Nelsen, 35, joined QPR from Tottenham Hotspur on a one-year contract in June. He played for D.C. United in Major League Soccer between 2001 and 2005. "He's just one of the best pros I've ever met in my life," said Redknapp of a player he signed for Tottenham from Blackburn Rovers. "Fantastic player, great trainer, leader. "He's a massive part of your team. To lose him would be a massive blow for us." Rangers are bottom of the Premier League, level with Reading on 13 points from 21 games.
andrew Coltart has no regrets about giving up the european tour grind SPORTS DESK Exactly one year ago this week, Andrew Coltart called time on a highly successful professional career, one that saw the now 42-year-old Scot play Ryder Cup golf for Europe, represent his country in both the World Cup and Dunhill Cup and make 491 appearances in European Tour events over the course of two decades. Along the way he won two European events – the 1998 Qatar Masters and the 2001 Great North Open – and picked up the not inconsiderable sum of $5,733,120 in prize money. Elsewhere, he was twice the Australian PGA champion and once topped the Australasian Order of Merit. So he could play. And compete with distinction at the highest level. Or at least he could until professional golf headed down the long, dark technology-driven tunnel that has seen the “ability” to mindlessly smash a turbo-charged ball into the middle distance bring with it an advantage far beyond what is right and proper. In other words, almost overnight Coltart became an old-fashioned golfer – a shot-maker – trying to make his way in an increasingly one-dimensional world where his strengths were superseded by, well, pure strength. It was, in the end, a losing battle. Still, sitting at home in Aberlady, he looks content enough. And he sounds happy, too. Busy with a variety of golf-related projects, Coltart has found that there is more to life than what had become a mind-numbing succession of airports, golf courses and hotels. “The decision to stop, although it was difficult to come to, was becoming more and more obvious,” he says. “Everything was getting harder and the scar tissue was getting thicker. It wasn’t just the golf but the travel, too. More and more I wanted to be at home with my family. “I knew I had done the right thing when, about a month after I stopped playing, I put my head on the pillow and didn’t have a single golf thought going through my head. That was the first time
in maybe 15 years I could say that. It was such a relief.” Which is not to say that Coltart has been lost to the game that has been his life since he first picked up a club in his home village of Thornhill in Dumfriesshire. Far from it. Over the past 12 months, he has involved himself in a variety of golf-related projects and activities. One of the most stimulating has been his work with the Scottish Golf Union’s elite squad of young amateurs. “I have little or no involvement in the technical side of the game,” he stresses. “Where I can help the lads is not in how to swing the club but in how to actually play golf at a highly competitive level. I see my role as more educator than teacher. “Besides, the golf swing is actually the least important aspect of success at the professional level. If you were to ask almost anyone over 40 out on tour for their biggest regret, I’m betting most, if not all, would say it was wasting so much time on their full swing. I know that was true for me. So I have that experience. I’ve made all the mistakes I can hopefully eliminate for our best amateurs. One of the things that has amazed me is that, while the pros have all been building up databases and studying their playing statistics for years, it is only in the last two years that our leading amateurs have been doing the same. There is a lot of catching up to do and a whole culture to change. “So getting to the top in golf requires more than talent. It’s a whole host of things. And it’s difficult. For example, I don’t understand why anyone would turn professional without first dominating at a pretty high level as an amateur. If a player isn’t winning well and often at a lower level, how is he ever going to do it playing against guys who have been competing at a much higher level for a decade or more? Sometimes, even being the number one amateur in the country isn’t enough. Not when the cream is constantly being skimmed off the top as the leading players turn pro every year. All that does
is create a false ceiling and, too often, unrealistic expectations.” Such commonsense talk has, of course, long been a feature of another part of Coltart’s post-playing life. As a commentator on Sky Sports’ US golf coverage and for Radio 5 Live at major championships, he has quickly distinguished himself as one of the more astute and knowledgeable observers of the professional game. “I enjoy watching the game from another perspective,” he says. “And it keeps me involved. I definitely know more about American golf than I did a few years ago. There are so many good players. Take Brandt Snedeker for example. It was no surprise to me that he did so well in our Open last year. Kyle Stanley is another I like. “But the distance they hit the ball depresses me. The game has become too much of a science rather than the art – the skill – it should be. And I like to point out some of the course set-up stuff that frustrates me. Bunkers in the rough for example. And long grass that stops balls from running into trees. What’s that all about?” For all that he is busy elsewhere, however, much of Coltart’s time these days is taken up with TPEGS.com. In partnership with swing coach Gary Nicol and based at Archerfield in East Lothian, Coltart offers an intriguing and useful golf outing, one that is both fun and educational. “Scotland is a Mecca for every golfer, especially when it comes to links golf,” he explains. “Everyone loves to come here and play. So our aim is to give people an experience they will never forget. “Our customers get the opportunity to play with a Ryder Cup player. In fact, that’s the first thing they do. We want to get a look at how someone plays before we decide what he or she needs to work on. Plus, there is no better way to get to know a person than playing 18 holes. It’s an icebreaker and much more relaxed that going straight to the range. The last thing we want to do is line everyone up and tell them: ‘This is what you do to
swing the club.’ “So it’s all about teaching individuals in great surroundings and in as much luxury as the customer wants. For example, we have a deal with Edinburgh Bentley where people can be driven from the airport to Archerfield and back. And then there is Execair, who provide us with helicopters that can take us to any course in Scotland within 45 minutes or so. But our
biggest aim is to have fun. We want everyone to go away thinking they had two of the best days of their golfing lives.” All of which sounds a whole lot better than, say, missing 16 cuts in a row. Or yet another trip to yet another airport. Or yet another tournament on yet another course set up to suit “bombers” rather than shot-makers. Andrew Coltart, it seems, has life figured out. Finally.
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19 islamabad’s response to mumbai wish list critical for relations, says Salman Khurshid
ShahzaIb muRdeR CaSe
Shahzaib’s father to withdraw case for Rs 250m Main accused Shahrukh Jatoi arrives in Karachi today to surrender g IG Sindh flies to Islamabad after deal to appear before SC bench today g
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Pakistan’s response to India’s “wish list” with regard to those behind 2008 Mumbai terror attacks is “critical” to “substantive movement” in the bilateral dialogue, Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said on Sunday. “What Islamabad has done so far about it is not to our satisfaction,” he said while taking stock of the Indo-Pak ties in the year gone by. Khurshid did not see controversial statements by Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik while in India recently as a “setback” in the dialogue process. What was said or what gesture was made was not “critical”, he said. “I don’t see it as a setback at all. But I do believe and what we all believe in this country is that dialogue will move smoothly, faster and in a right direction provided the wish list lying with Pakistan given by India as far as Mumbai tragedy is concerned is responded to. That is a critical thing, not what is said, not what gesture is made.” “Ultimately it is the delivery of the fundamental aspects that are required to be fulfilled. Unless that is done, we will not have substantive movement. And it has not been done to satisfaction,” the minister said. Asked about the delay in Pakistan granting the most-favoured nation (MFN) status to India, Khurshid said India would do whatever needs to be done to persuade them to move on this. “We believe that it should have been done. We will do whatever needs to be done to persuade them that we should now be able to do it. It is not something which should be delayed indefinitely. It is not something we should just forget that it happened,” Khurshid said.
DEAL has been finalised between Jatoi and Talpur families and father of Shahzaib, the boy allegedly killed in Karachi DHA Phase-V by Shahrukh Jatoi and Nawab Siraj Talpur with their guards on December 25, Pakistan Today learnt on Sunday. The boy’s father, Aurangzaib, has reportedly agreed to withdraw all cases for Rs 250 million. Investigation into the Shahzaib murder case concluded with a deal with Jatois, Talpurs and, Aurangzaib, a serving deputy superintendent of Sindh Police. According to this deal, Jatoi and Talpur families will pay Rs 250 million to the deceased’s father as compensation money and in exchange Shahzaib’s father would withdraw the case. A high-ranked police officer, who is among the investigators, said on condition of anonymity that Shahzaib’s father
had agreed to withdraw the murder case for a sum of Rs 250 million. The Jatois and Talpurs were under pressure after arrest of Nawab Siraj Talpur, a co-accused in the Shahzaib murder case, from Moro on Saturday. “The families used their political circle to approach DSP Aurangzaib and made him agree to withdraw the case for the stated money,” official said. He claimed that some high-ranking officer of Sindh Police played a pivotal role for the deal to save Sindh Inspector General (IG) Fayyaz Ahmed Leghari from any action by the Supreme Court (SC). “Shahrukh Jatoi, the main accused in Shahzaib murder case, would arrive in Karachi today (Monday) and surrender before the law enforcement agencies,” he claimed, adding that Shahzaib’s father would withdraw the case in that time. After the deal, Sindh IGP Fayyaz Leghari has reportedly taken a sigh of relief and left for Islamabad to appear before the three-member SC bench, which took a suo motu notice of the
murder on January 1 and ordered the Sindh IGP to arrest the culprits within 24 hours. “A well-known politician played a key role in this deal but I cannot disclose his name,” the source said. A three-member SC bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry had taken suo motu notice of the murder and ordered Sindh IGP and Advocate General to present a report before the bench on January 4. On Friday, the chief justice ordered the IGP to arrest the culprits within 24 hours or appear before the court without uniform. Another official in the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) immigration-circle, who wished not to be named, told Pakistan Today that no record of Shahrukh Jatoi having flown aboard was available with the immigration office. “With this disclosure, it was also confirmed that Shahrukh Jatoi was not hiding in the country,” he said, adding that it could not be ascertained so far where he had gone. IGP Leghari said he had arrived in Islamabad to appear before the apex court. Asked about the deal, he said, “I am in Islamabad and cannot confirm the information.” On the other hand, DSP Aurangzaib said he had had no meeting with Jatoi or Talpur family. He disconnected the phone when Pakistan Today enquired about the deal. Earlier in the day, police had beefed up the first information report lodged into the Shahzaib murder case by adding some sections of the anti-terrorism act. Nawab Siraj Talpur was to be produced before an anti-terrorism court today (Monday). Talpur, who was arrested from Moro on Saturday, had been shifted to Karachi, where interrogations were underway.
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‘federating units bound together with the idea of a democratic Pakistan’
KArACHI: Pakistan Peoples Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Sunday said federating units were bound together with the ideology of a democratic Pakistan, free of terrorism and exploitation. Talking to PPP workers at Bilawal House in Karachi, Bilawal said Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto gave their lives for the democratic rights of the people of Pakistan. “They died fighting against dictatorial forces,” he said. Bilawal said as per the aspirations of the people of Pakistan, the 1973 Constitution was restored due to the government’s reconciliation policy. iNp
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