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Sunday, 7 July, 2013

Islamabad — Peshawar Edition

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afghan army chief says pakistan in control of Taliban

14 killed, 3 injured in train-rickshaw collision

Nawaz woos Chinese investment in energy projects

The head of the Afghan army told BBC that fighting in Afghanistan could be stopped “in weeks” if Pakistan told the Taliban to end the insurgency. General Sher Mohammad Karimi said that Pakistan controls and gives shelter to Taliban leaders, deliberately unleashing fighters into Afghanistan. Pakistan denies controlling the Taliban and calls the comments malign. page 04

At least 14 people, including six women were killed and three others were critically injured in a collision between a rickshaw and the Karakoram train at an unmanned level-crossing near Khanpur village on Saturday. People from Daowdkey Khanpur village were on their way to participate in the Urs celebrations of Shah Sheen Bukhari by rickshaw when it collided with the Lahore-bound train. page 03

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday said his government is an investmentfriendly regime which would welcome Chinese investment for addressing the energy issues. Nawaz was addressing the Pakistan-China Energy Forum which was largely attended by over 50 prominent Chinese investors. The PM said that he was leading the government to pull the country out of the economic meltdown. page 02

sTory oN page 03 ATTENTION READERS Lounge magazine is not included in today’s edition of Pakistan Today. It will appear with the newspaper in Monday’s edition.


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nEElum-JhElum ProJEct to comPlEtE by 2016; Pm told

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SHANGHAI: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was informed on Saturday that the NeelumJhelum Hydropower Project would complete by 2016 as work on the transmission line is yet to start. While travelling from Beijing to Shanghai in a high speed train along with his entourage, the prime minister held four meetings with various delegations and discussed different development and power projects. In a meeting with Nawaz, Gezhouba Company Executive President Yang Yisheng expressed willingness to execute power, infrastructure and high speed train projects in Pakistan. He also expressed desire to take part in the construction of the Diamer Bhasha Dam and that his company would strive to seek financial support from the Chinese monetary institutions. He told the prime minister that his company was engaged in the construction of Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Project that would complete by 2016. He said work on the project's transmission line is yet to start, however his company has already submitted its bid for the purpose. To a question, the prime minister was told that the transmission line would cost $200 million. app

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RIME Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday said his government is an investment-friendly regime which would welcome Chinese investment for addressing the energy issues. Nawaz was addressing the Pakistan-China Energy Forum which was largely attended by over 50 prominent Chinese investors. The PM said that he was leading the government to pull the country out of the economic meltdown. He expressed the resolve to eliminate all the bottlenecks leading to investment in energy. Resolution of energy issues was the top priority of his government and they would welcome all the Chinese and foreign investment in this regard, he added. The PM expressed the hope that the Chinese investment in energy sector would take the lead. Nawaz expressed his pleasure for addressing the top corporate leaders in the energy conference. He said, "I have chosen China as my first destination after assuming office of the Prime Minister of Pakistan last month. I did so as we have unmatched and special friendship, which is time tested." The bonds of friendship between

140 suspects rounded up in Peshawar operation PESHAWAR Staff repOrt

In a bid to counter growing trends of terrorism and acts of violence in Peshawar and other parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), the law enforcing agencies (LEA) launched a drive and arrested more than 140 suspects on Saturday. According to an official, the arrested suspects and criminals included three top militant commanders wanted in various criminal acts. The official informed that Peshawar Police initiated a search operation in the limits of Pishtakhara and Badhabher Police Stations on Friday evening. So far more than 140 suspects have been arrested from different areas. The police official also claimed to have recovered a huge quantity of weapons and explosive materials from the possession of the nabbed accused. The official further said that there was a good chance that some of these suspects were linked with militant organizations, as the LEA also recovered four motorcycles used in recent terrorist acts near Peshawar. Upon completion of preliminary interrogation, the

SHANGHAI: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif addresses the Pak-China Energy Forum. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch were also there. inp

PM SAYS GOVT WILL ELIMINATE ALL BOTTLENECKS LEADING TO INVESTMENT IN ENERGY

innocent would be let free whereas the remaining would have to go through a thorough investigation process. Besides Peshawar, similar actions were also being carried out in other main cities and districts of the province. Reports from Charsadda revealed that the LEA, in a raid, succeeded in arresting two notorious militant commanders affiliated with the banned militant outfit Tehrik Taliban Pakistan (TTP). The arrested persons, identified as Noor Mohammad and Habib Gul, have been shifted to an unknown location for further investigation. Similarly, the LEA have also claimed to have arrested notorious militant commander, namely Ali, from Charbagh, Swat. Commander Ali was associated with the TTP Swat chapter that is headed by Fazalullah, and was involved in several terrorist acts, including setting on fire a government school. He was handed over to secret security agencies for investigation. It is pertinent to mention here that recently, more than a 100 people, including personnel and officers of KP police, were killed in various terrorist acts mostly taking place in the surrounding areas of Peshawar city.

Pakistan and China together have stood the test of times and also emerged from the heavy challenges, he said, adding that irrespective of the political changes, Pakistan and China relationship have been steady and strong. "Truly we are Iron Brothers as Premier Li has remarked during his visit to Islamabad," the prime minister remarked. He said Pakistan-China friendship was comprehensive and broad-based which was manifested in every field of cooperation.

Elahi slams govt ovEr inflation ahEad of ramadan GUJRAT: Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) senior central leader Chaudhry Parvez Elahi Saturday criticised the government and said that prices of essential articles are already soaring prior to the holy month of fasting, Ramadanul Mubarak. He said this while talking to representative delegations of different areas and political figures separately here. He said that people's life was being made miserable instead of providing them some relief. He also said that his party regarded service to the people as worship and that was why the focus of their politics was on serving the poor and common man and solving every one's problems. He further said people of Gujrat were their benefactors and they did not forget their benefactors and colleagues. Commenting on the new federal budget and Punjab budget, Parvez Elahi said that these have unleash a vicious cycle of soaring prices of essential articles, including eatables and other daily use items, electricity, gas, petrol, diesel and even transport fares have been increased unilaterally. He said that besides daily use items, other service bills were also touching the sky, as rents of shops, houses and buildings were also increasing each days. Online

Referring to issues back in the country, the prime minister said that the revival of Pakistan's economy was the priority of his government. He was of the view that the fundamental challenges of the country were to overcome the energy crunch which had been the greatest impediment in Pakistan's economic recovery. "This is daunting because of multiple challenges faced by the country today and with friend like China, we are confident that we would be able to surmount

all this," he added. In this regard, the PM said that he had already set the pace. Nawaz also said that during Premier Li's visit to Pakistan, they had agreed over setting up Pak-China Trade Corridor which would change the economic landscape of the region. He said the corridor envisaged enhanced connectivity and economic relationship, also linking vast regions like China, South Asia, Central Asia and Middle East, thus broadening the sphere of cooperation and trade ties.

Nawaz desires high speed TraiN iN pakisTaN SHANGHAI: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his entourage Saturday travelled from Beijing to Shanghai through high speed train and expressed willingness to introduce the same facility for the people of Pakistan. Project Chief Engineer and General Manager High Speed Train Management Zhao Guotang gave detailed briefing to the prime minister on high speed train project. Nawaz expressed his desire to execute such projects in different cities of Pakistan to fulfill his commitment of providing affordable and comfortable transport facility to his people. Nawaz was apprised that around 0.22 million people travel on this high speed train daily and the train covers 1,318-kilometer distance from Beijing to Shanghai within 4.45 hours. app

Notices issued to Gilanis in ephedrine case RAWALPINDI Online

An anti-narcotics court on Saturday issued notices to former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani‚ his wife and sons Ali Musa Gilani and Abdul Qadir Gilani in the ephedrine case and directed them to submit their replies by July 13. Notices have also been issued to 15 other accused‚ including former federal minister Makhdoom Shahabuddin‚ his wife and sons with the directive to submit their replies by the deadline. The court has directed them to disclose their sources of income and submit reply. They are accused of making illegal assets by misusing ephedrine quota.


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mQm back to basics PARTY’S ORIGINAL SHAPE HAS BEEN RESTORED WITH NO NON-MOHAJIR LEADER IN RABITA COMMITTEE ISLAMABAD

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LLEGATIONS of murder and money-laundering against Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain and his close aides have turned the party into a Karachi-based ethnic outfit as hardcore leaders have taken over the party's hierarchy and have limited operations to Karachi and Hyderabad, Pakistan Today has learnt. An MQM source said that following the string of charges levelled against party's top leaders and raids by British authorities at the residences of Altaf, his key aides Saleem Shehzad and grilling of Altaf Hussain, Raza Haroon and others, the party leadership has been limited to Karachi and Hyderabad and the party’s old guards have been put in key positions who had braved the military operations of 1992 and 1994. “Political isolation has forced Altaf Hussain to seek refuge among Mohajirs of Karachi and Hyderabad. Under the new strategy, the MQM operations have been limited to the party’s strongholds of Karachi and Hyderabad

OFFICE-BEARERS IN RURAL SINDH, PUNJAB, KP, BALOCHISTAN, GB AND KASHMIR HAVE NOT BEEN CONTACTED FOR CONSULTATION

after its top leadership has been caught in the web of severe allegations,” the source said. He added that the party's office-bearers in rural Sindh, Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Kashmir had not been contacted for any directions and consultation. “A new strategy is being deliberated upon at the party’s top level under which the Muttahida has been limited to Mohajir community, its original force since its foundation day,” the source added. The source said that the party leaders had advised Altaf to ask the non-Mohajir party leaders to go on back foot, adding that the party's original shape has been restored with no non-Mohajir leading leader in the Rabita Committee. “Under the plan, initially the MQM headquarters is raising the issue of atrocities being committed to Mohajirs by People’s Amn Committee (PAC). This policy may result in some racial riots leading to the strengthening of Mohajir community,” the source said, adding that the elements in the PAC and the PPP may help this process by igniting hatred and violence in urban and interior Sindh. He said that under the plan, major non-Mohajir leaders

14 killed, 3 injured in train-rickshaw collision SHEIKHUPURA Staff repOrt

At least 14 people, including six women were killed and three others were critically injured in a collision between a rickshaw and the Karakoram train at an unmanned level-crossing near Khanpur village on Saturday. According to Rescue 1122 and the police, people from the village of Daowdkey Khanpur were on their way to participate in the Urs celebrations of Shah Sheen Bukhari by rickshaw when it collided with the Lahore-bound train. As a result, 14 people including the rickshaw driver died on the spot while three others were seriously injured. The injured were shifted to DHQ hospital by Rescue 1122, where their condition was stated to be critical. Those killed included Waseem (the driver), Mukhtar Ahmad, Rani Bibi, Shazia Bibi, Rabia, Nasira and Irum, while the identity of the others has yet to be ascertained. After the collision, Divisional Superin-

tendent Railway (DS) Hameed Razi, District Coordination Officer (DCO) Ali Jan Khan, Divisional Personnel Officer (DPO) Hamyun Bashir Tarar and rescue teams arrived at the spot. The DS and DCO supervised the rescue operation. Rescue 1122 and civil defense teams shifted the bodies and the injured persons to DHQ hospital. Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafiq and Federal Minister for Defense Production Rana Tanveer Hussain have sought a report on the incident. Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) Member of National Assembly Hamza Shahbaz expressed deep grief over the loss of precious lives in the incident and ordered action against those responsible. Razi, the Railways DS, said that unmanned railway crossings were established on the will and demand of people in the area, so it was their own responsibility to adopt precautionary measures to avoid such incidents. He added that an enquiry into the tragic incident had been initiated on the orders of the federal railway minister.

IMF loan only to settle past debts: info minister LAHORE app

Federal Information Minister Pervaiz Rasheed on Saturday said that $5.3 billion IMF loan will not be used to meet budget deficit, saying it will be used to settle the past debts incurred on non-developmental expenditure by the previous regime. Talking to reporters during his visit to the EMRA office, he said that the previous government spent the IMF and other loans on non-developmental expenditures and could not generate a single asset for the country from the money. To a question, the minister said that the PML-N government has not conceded to any conditionality of the IMF to get the loan. Outlining his government's priorities, he said the government did not want to waste time on petty issues, adding that to overcome energy crisis, grapple terrorism and mobilise a static economy of the country were the top priorities of the government. "The government has settled the circular debt in mere 30 days after coming into power while the previous government could not do this in 5 years of its rule," he responded. He said the government has increased the power generation from 9000MW to 13000MW. "Some 1,700MW electricity will be added to the national grid in the coming days," he responded. Regarding terrorism and other challenges, he said that the government would

convene an all parties conference (APC) to which the heads of all political parties in the country will be invited, adding that the APC will provide an opportunity to evolve a unanimous strategy to quell terrorism in the country and it would have the backing and support of the nation. He said the political leadership of the country will be briefed on the homework of the government and the input from the security agencies on terrorism. The minister said that the government would develop consensus on terrorism and the strategy would have the ownership all political stake forces. About intelligence sharing with the Sindh government, Rasheed said that the federal government was in complete unison with the Sindh government on the issue of peace, dispelling the impression that there were no differences with the center and the province. He said that there were no divisions among political forces on establishing peace in all parts of the country, adding that PMLN, PPP, PTI, and JI wanted to see Pakistan a fortress of peace. "If there are any differences, these are between those who want to make Pakistan a safe country and who those who want to unleash terror," the minister said. He said that the Sindh government is fully empowered to take decisions and the federal government would provide all kinds of succour and support, including intelligence sharing.

in the party have already been sidelined while Nadeem Nusrat, Nasir Jamal and Dr Khalid Maqbool have been appointed deputy-conveners of the party’s 23-member Rabita Committee. Dr Nusrat, who has returned from the United States after an exile, has been given key post in the committee, ending the decade-long rise of the influence of Anees Qaim Khani and Hammad Siddiqui. The new committee also includes Amir Khan, who has returned to the party shunning his ties with the party’s breakaway Haqiqi group, while Kunwar Naveed, the former Hyderabad mayor, and Wasay Jalil, the media expert, have been included into the new committee. “We are unaware of any new strategy in the party but we have not been taken onboard on various key decisions,” a key MQM leader from Punjab said. On condition of anonymity, he said that changes at the top level were first ever in the party’s history for which they had not been consulted. Expanding the party’s roots to Punjab and other provinces has been a long-time dream for the Altaf Hussain. O 671 candidates fielded by the MQM in the May 11 polls, 132 were awarded tickets for National Assembly seats in Punjab and 256 for Punjab Assembly while in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the party fielded 21 candidates for National Assembly and 45 for the provincial assembly. In Balochistan, seven people were given tickets for NA and 21 for PA and in Sindh (Rural), 41 were fielded for NA and 86 for PA as compared to 20 people for NA and 42 for PA in Karachi. Despite repeated attempts, no MQM leader was available for comment.

PEoPlE not intErEstEd in musharraf’s trial, says asma LAHORE Staff repOrt

The former president of the Supreme Court Bar Association, Asma Jehangir has said that the people of Pakistan are not interested in the trial of the former president, General (r) Pervez Musharraf, and would rather see solutions to their problems. While addressing a seminar at the Lahore High Court (LHC) Bar on Saturday, Jehangir said that people are suffering from anxiety due to persisting problems. “People are terribly affected by load shedding, unemployment and inflation,” she said. They are paying for electricity, she added, which is out of their reach. She termed Musharraf’s trial for his actions in 2007 as ridiculous. She asked the participants of the seminar, "Did his 1999 measures have any constitutional significance?" Speaking about the Lawyers' Movement, Jehangir said that it was a true and sincere movement, but few people gained from it. If the Army Chief was to restore the Judiciary, she asked, then where would the rules of this movement vanish? Lawyers would have to answer this question, she said. She further stated that Musharraf's trial should not be based on taking revenge. A resolution was passed during the seminar, in which it was demanded that all dictators since 1956 should be put on trial, and everyone should be held accountable for his or her deeds. Ayaz Ameer, IA Rehman and Lahore Press Club President Arshad Ansari also addressed the seminar.

six diE in rain rElatEd incidEnts in abbottabad, sialkot ABBOTTABAD/ SIALKOT inp

At least six persons, including four children, died in different rain related incidents here on Saturday. According to details, three persons including two children died when the roof of a dilapidated house collapsed on top of them due to heavy rain and storm in Ghorrabazkara area in Abbottabad. A similar incident also occurred in Adalt Ghar area of Sialkot in which two children died. Meanwhile, two women of the same family, including a mother and her daughter, sustained injuries when the roof of a house collapsed on top of them in another area of Sialkot.

Five locals injured in Afghan mortar fire KABUL Online

Up to 60 mortar shells fired from Afghanistan landed in the Pakistani border area of Angoor Adda in South Waziristan Agency on Saturday, thus injuring five people. Sources said that unidentified people started indiscriminate shelling on Pakistani border villages in Angoor Ada. According to initial reports, 10 mortar rounds fell on Angoor Adda market, which destroyed houses and shops. However, no casualties were reported. Moreover, security forces cordoned off the area and started an investigation into the incident.

Judges detention case: Who will bell the cat? WITNESSES, COMPLAINANT AND CONCERNED RECORD ELUDES INVESTIGATORS ISLAMABAD KaSHif aBBaSi

Public prosecutors and the Islamabad police have failed to submit a challan of the judges’ detention case against former president Pervez Musharraf, even after over two months of proceedings, which may lead to the release of the former military ruler. Musharraf, who ruled the country for almost a decade at the strength of his uniform, is facing trial at his farmhouse turned sub-jail. He is facing charges for detaining 60 judges of superior courts in 2007 after imposing a state of emergency in the country. The prosecution, however, has so far failed to produce any sold evidence against the former president. The case against him is based on an FIR registered in 2009. Initially Musharraf was booked under Section 344 of the Criminal Procedure Code, which was a bailable offence, but a couple of months ago, on the direction of the Islamabad High Court, police added new sections under the 7-Anti Terrorism Act (commonly known as 7-ATA). Speaking with Pakistan Today, Inspector Mubarik Ali of Secretariat Police, who is investigating this case, admitted that the challan is delayed. He added, however, that the police are doing whatever they can, and it is the concerned people –namely judges and some government organizations- who are not cooperating with the police. “We have written to the Registrar Supreme Court for getting the statement of judges or their employees who witnessed the November 3 emergency episode. We have also requested the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting for a copy of former prime minister Shaukat Aziz’s speech, which he delivered

on November 4, but we are still awaiting their response,” said Ali. He further stated that police had also approached Cabinet Division for getting details on Musharraf’s cabinet in order to select some ministers for interview/interrogations, but despite repeated requests they have not yet provided the required details. Police have also requested Cabinet Division to provide a copy of notification, if any exists, regarding the sacking of the judges. In this case, 11 prosecution witnesses’ lawyers in the FIR have already refused to record their statements. These lawyers include former president of the District Bar Wajid Gilani, senior lawyer Fazlur Rehman Niazi, Muhammad Anwar Warrach, Niazullah Niazi, Muhammad Akram Ranjha, Anwar Khan and others. The main complainant of the FIR, advocate Aslam Ghuman has also backed out of the case, saying he would not purse it anymore in the greater national interest. The next hearing of the case is scheduled for Monday.


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powerful bomb went off at the food street in the busy old Anarkali area of Lahore on Saturday night, killing at least four people and injuring 50 others.

According to police officials, the explosion took place at the ground floor of a three-storied restaurant near Hussain Juice Corner. “The explosives were detonated using a timer,” a police official told Pakistan Today, adding that they believed that one kilogramme of explosives along with ball bearings and other objects were used in the device which was packed in a black shopping bag. Among the deceased were six-year-old Sadia Umar and 20year-old Fahad Tasleem and a 37year-old unidentified man. Nearby buildings and parked vehicles were

damaged by the explosion, which also left a three-foot deep and fourfoot wide crater. At least 10 of those injured have been described by doctors to be in critical condition. They also confirmed recovering ball bearings from the victims’ bodies. An eye witness, Maqbool Ahmed told Pakistan Today that he was passing through the area with his wife when a “powerful blast took place” at a juice shop. Ahmed said that he saw at least three bodies and that up to 15 people had been injured, and after the explo-

Boeing 777 crash lands at san Francisco airport SAN FRANCISCO aGenCieS

An Asiana Airlines flight from Seoul, South Korea, crashed while landing at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday, forcing passengers to jump down the emergency inflatable slides to safety. It was not immediately known whether there were any injuries. The Boeing 777 was supposed to land on runway 28 left at the airport, said Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Laura Brown. She said the sequence of events was still unclear, but it appeared the plane landed and then crashed. A video clip posted to

YouTube shows smoke coming from a silvercolored jet on the tarmac. Passengers could be seen jumping down the inflatable emergency slides. Television footage showed debris strewn about the tarmac and pieces of the plane lying on the runway. Fire trucks had sprayed a white fire retardant on the wreckage. Asiana is a South Korean airline, second in size to national carrier Korean Air. It has recently tried to expand its presence in the United States, and joined the oneWorld alliance, anchored by American Airlines and British Airways. The 777-200 is a long-range plane from Boeing.

The twin-engine aircraft is one of the world’s most popular long-distance planes, often used for flights of 12 hours or more, from one continent to another. The airline’s website says its 777s can carry between 246 to 300 passengers. The last time a large US airline lost a plane in a fatal crash was an American Airlines Airbus A300 taking off from JFK in 2001. Smaller airlines have had crashes since then. The last fatal US crash was a Continental Express flight operated by Colgan Air, which crashed into a house near Buffalo, NY on Feb 12, 2009. The crash killed all 49 people on board and one man in a house.

sion people fled towards the market. “I still cannot hear anything in my right ear. A lot of glass is littering the area.” Muhammad Aslam, a milkman, said, “Five of my workers were injured in the bombing. Their names are Yousuf, Faraz, Ali, Razaq and Usman.” Lahore police chief Chaudhry Shafiq Ahmed said that anti-state elements were behind the bombing, adding that stern action would be taken in this regard. Meanwhile, a case has been registered in the Old Anarkali Police Station against unidentified terrorists. Old Anarkali and the food street

karzai seeks us protection against Pakistan: nyt NEW YORK Online

Hamid Karzai wants to sign a long-term bilateral security agreement with the United States to compel it to protect Afghanistan against Pakistan. Officials close to the Afghan president quoted by US newspaper The New York Times said that Karzai also seeks direct military action by the US against Taliban havens on Pakistani soil. The officials added that Karzai was keen that the US should proceed on the peace process on his terms to resume peace process with the militants. According to the newspaper, the sudden return of the Taliban group in peace talks in June seemed like a potential coup for the American diplomacy and now persuading a “frustrated” Karzai to restore his delegation to talks would likely take more than the US would be willing to deliver. Karzai also wants a firm commitment on the number of American troops that would stay in Afghanistan past next year, and a lead role in peace efforts, officials close to Karzai said. “All of that is rooted in one of Mr Karzai’s core beliefs, according to those who know him: that the central challenge facing his government is not the Taliban insurgency, but rather in bringing the United States around to his way of thinking,” the paper noted in its report. An Afghan official told the newspaper, “Assurances that America will take care of us will no longer do for the president. To move forward, Karzai wants ‘certainties’.” According to the newspaper, the developments around the Qatar peace opening seemed to be ripped directly from Karzai’s personal nightmare script that his government would be marginalised in Washington’s endgame in Afghanistan. “He has long voiced suspicions about American-orchestrated Taliban talks, and he recently has told those around him that the Qatar process could result in a separate peace deal between the United States, the Taliban and the group’s backers in Pakistan, and perhaps even his political opponents within Afghanistan as well,” the paper said.

is a popular public spot and is frequented by people, especially on the weekends. BOMB HOAX AT SAMANABAD: As police and rescue personnel were busy sifting through the rubble at Old Anarkali, an unidentified man called the Police 15 helpline and told them that a bomb had been placed near a burger shop at Samanabad Morr. Police teams were immediately sent to the area and a search operation was carried out in the vicinity. However, the phone call turned out to be a hoax.

afghan army chief says pakistan in control of Taliban LONDON inp

The head of the Afghan army told BBC that fighting in Afghanistan could be stopped “in weeks” if Pakistan told the Taliban to end the insurgency. General Sher Mohammad Karimi said that Pakistan controls and gives shelter to Taliban leaders, deliberately unleashing fighters into Afghanistan. Pakistan denies controlling the Taliban and calls the comments malign. “The Taliban are under [Pakistan’s] control - the leadership is in Pakistan,” said Karimi to BBC’s Hardtalk programme. “Madrassas have been closed and all the Taliban have been unleashed to Afghanistan,” he said. Karimi maintained that Afghanistan could achieve peace if that was what both the US and Pakistan wanted. “If [Pakistan] put pressure on [Taliban] leadership or convinced them what was to be done, that could help a lot,” he added. A NATO report that was leaked in April said Pakistan was aware that Taliban leaders were taking refuge within its borders.

Pakistan, however, has consistently denied wielding influence over the Taliban, saying many militants have based themselves across the border in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Kunar, from where they are known to have carried out attacks in northwestern Pakistan. “The allegations that Pakistan ‘controls’ the Taliban and has ‘unleashed’ them on Afghanistan have no basis,” a foreign ministry spokesman said.”We reject them categorically. Pakistan has exercised extreme restraint in the face of highly provocative language used by the Afghan civil and military officials over the last few months, not to mention some totally fabricated accusations.” Pakistani officials are adamant that Pakistan’s “legitimate interests” in Afghanistan must be recognised after the withdrawal of NATO troops. The Taliban, moreover, insist on the complete withdrawal of foreign forces as a pre-condition to becoming part of any political settlement in Afghanistan.

two suspected ttP commanders arrested in charsadda CHARSADDA inp

Two suspected key commanders of the outlawed Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) were arrested by security forces on Saturday during a search operation in the Charsadda district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. According to reports, the security forces conducted a search operation in the Hesra Yousafzai area of Charsadda and arrested the suspected militants. After an initial interrogation, the two suspected militants were identified as Noor Muhammad and Habib Gul, who are reported to be key commanders of the TTP Mohmand chapter. Station House Officer Shaifullah of Charsadda city, however, denied that the police took any part in the operation.

Woman kills her three children ABBOTTABAD Online

Three children were poisoned to death by their mother in Abbottabad on Saturday. The gory incident took place in the Malkot locality near Abbottabad. According to reports, the accused mother allegedly served a poisonfilled meal to her three children over a domestic dispute. One little girl died on the spot while two others passed away later at a hospital. The victims were identified as Hashim, age 7, Sumair, age 4, and 3-year-old Shamim. The woman was arrested after an FIR was lodged at Bakot Police Station at the complaint of her husband, Sultan Ahmed.

people missing after rail tanker cars explode in Canadian town QUEBEC aGenCieS

Several people were missing after four tank cars of petroleum products exploded in the middle of a small town in the Canadian province of Quebec early on Saturday in a fiery blast that destroyed dozens of buildings. The disaster occurred shortly after 1 a.m. when a freight train derailed in Lac-Megantic, a picturesque lakeside town of about 6,000 people near the border with Maine. Although police said they could not yet get close enough to determine whether there were any casualties from the still-burning fires, an aerial photograph showed widespread devastation in the town center. French-language broadcaster Radio-Canada said one building at the center of town was a bar popular with young people. An eyewitness told the broadcaster the town center had been crowded at the time of the derailment. “Many parents are worried because they haven’t been able to

communicate with a member of their family or an acquaintance,” Mayor Colette RoyLaroche told the channel. “We can’t give out any information on what’s happening right now because the firemen haven’t been able to get close.” The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. said four pressurized tank cars blew up after the train, which had 73 cars in all, came off the rails. Pictures taken in the moments after the disaster showed a gigantic fireball rising high into the night sky. Residents told reporters they had heard five or six large blasts. Nearly 10 hours after the derailment, one rail car was still burning. Fire officials said they feared more of the tanker cars were at risk of exploding. Around 30 buildings in the town center were destroyed, some by the initial blast and others by the subsequent fire, they said. Police imposed a 1/2-mile (1-km) security zone around the blast and evacuated about 1,000 people from their homes. “When you see the center

of your town almost destroyed, you’ll understand that we’re asking ourselves how we are going to get through this event,” a tearful Roy-Laroche told a televised news briefing. Prime Minister Stephen Harper made an initial statement via Twitter: “Thoughts & prayers are with those impacted in Lac Megantic. Horrible news.” Lac-Megantic is part of Quebec’s Eastern Townships region, an area popular with tourists that is close to the border with Maine and Vermont. Quebec is a predominantly French-speaking province in the eastern half of Canada. Huge clouds of thick black smoke were still rising from the center of Lac-Megantic several hours after the disaster. Fire officials said they had asked for help from fire services in the United States. Around 20 fire engines were fighting the blaze. Police said some cars had spilled their contents into the river that runs through the town.


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hEavy shoWErs bring rEliEf ISLAMABAD: Different areas of the twin cities received heavy rainfall on Saturday morning turning the weather pleasant. According to the Meteorological Department of Pakistan (MDP) the spell of rainfall along with thunderstorm is likely to continue at different places for the next 24 hours. The early morning showers decreased the mercury level giving relief to the citizens from the prolonged heat wave. Besides, heavy downpours with strong winds were reported from various parts of the province including Lahore, Pasrur and Daska. The Met office has predicted more rain in Punjab, Kashmir and Sindh during the next 24 hours. While in Multan and its suburbs partly cloudy weather with chances of dust raising winds have been forecasted. app

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INISTER for Interior Nisar Ali Khan despite adopting measures to change the law and order situation in the federal capital has failed in changing the existing ‘thana culture’, which is creating problems for the citizens. Station House Officers (SHO) in various police stations have influential backing and are enjoying custodianship for the last five years of their respective police stations. esultantly, citizens are facing multiple problems particularly while registering an FIR. Imdad Ali, a native of Karachi was robbed of his mobile phone, ATM card and laptop from his flat situated in Sector G-6. Talking to Pakistan Today he said, “I went to Aabpara Police Station for registration of FIR but Sub-Inspector Mansoor has been using delaying tactics for the last five days and which has forced me to seek court intervention.”

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He complained that registration of FIR is a Herculean task in the capital but much easier in Karachi where crime rate knows no heights. Out of the 18 SHOs employed in the capital most of them have a tainted record and have registered fake reports in the past. A senior police official, on condition

of anonymity said, “To bring visible change in the police department the interior minister should change the entire lot of SHOs. Upright and dedicated officers should be appointed in order to eradicate the ‘thana culture’.” According to information collected by this correspondent, 15 out of total 18

Speakers urge more regional cooperation in South Asia

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mobilE JammErs to bE installEd in adiala Jail RAWALPINDI: Mobile jammers will be installed in Adiala Jail to check illegal use of cellular phones among the prisoners. Mobile phone is being used in the central jail in collaboration with the administration. Inmates failing to adhere to the unjust demands of the administration are subjected to severe torture if found using a mobile phone. Cases have been registered in Sadar Baironi Police Station against administration personnel for violence on inmates but no action has so far been taken. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has taken serious notice and directed the concerned authorities to impose ban on illegal use of mobile phones in all jails across the province. Proceedings against the jail superintendent will be initiated if any mobile is found in the inmate’s possession. Online

SHOs currently employed have served earlier in various police stations while more than 150 inspectors with a clean and excellent career record are awaiting appointments. Currently, SHO Sajjad Bukhari is being interrogated by the Supreme Court for registration of a false FIR on orders of the Inspector General Police (IGP). The murder which took place in Peshawar was wrongfully reported to have taken place in the jurisdiction of Shalimar police. SHO Tanveer Abbasi of Shahzad Police Station who killed a suspect in a fake police encounter has now been appointed as SHO Margalla. Aabpara SHO Qasim Niazi is also known for his unclean record. Golra SHO Mehar Munawar was removed from Koral Police Station after an FIR was registered against him for allegedly backing a land grabber. Known as land mafia in the police circle, he has been given charge of Golra Police Station. SHO Kohsar Gulam Baqar and SHO Fiaz Ranja who preferred being appointed in rural areas are currently appointed in Bani Gala Police Station.

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A seminar to promote trade and economy in South Asia was held on Saturday by SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) through regional cooperation was held on Saturday. ‘Creating synergies for regional cooperation in South Asia’ organised in partnership with Fur Die Freiheit called for regional cooperation to boost economic relations. Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Privatisation Khurram Dastagir said, “Without having friendly relations among the regional countries, SAARC states can not excel economically, therefore it is important

to create synergies for promoting trade and economic growth in the region.” He said that the government is committed to promote trade especially with India. “But there are challenges in this regard such as tariff barriers, non-tariff barriers, poor road and banking network,” he added. He observed that there is need of executing effective trade agreements including agreements in other areas as well. The state minister said that an agreement between India and Pakistan on quality control of items is at final stage and will be signed soon. He said we hope that trade facilities in South Asia will create synergies. He also invited the private sector to capitalise on investment opportunities and contribute towards economic growth.

Secretary Commerce Qasim Niaz said that currently there is an increasing trend of regional cooperation because no country can grow without having friendly relations with its neighbours. He highlighted that talks with India are likely to take place in the near future. Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry President in his remarks said that the real problem among the SAARC countries particularly between India and Pakistan is mistrust. “Without removing mistrust between the two countries, all efforts for promoting bilateral trade would not be fruitful.” He said that India can help Pakistan in producing coal energy by utilising huge resource of Thar Coal. He further said that the private sector can help remove the mistrust between the two countries.

Capital police on Saturday during general holdup confiscated 10 vehicles, 156 motorcycles and shifted them to different police stations. Tinted black papers were also removed from 92 vehicles and 23 suspects were arrested during a search operation. According to details Senior Superintendent Police (SSP) Yaseen Farooq directed officers of different zones, SDPOs and SHOs to remain vigilant against any mischievous elements. The duty of officers has been tightened at check points with enhanced patrolling of different areas of the city. The actual aim of the general holdup is to maintain law and order situation in the capital and to curb criminal activities. Inspector General Police Bani Amin Khan and the SSP have appreciated the performance of police officers. The SSP also directed to further beef up security in their respective areas.

PML-N’s anti-poor economic policies to support industrialists only: sarfraz ISLAMABAD anWer aBBaS

Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) District President and Human Rights wing Member Sarfraz Raja said that the present economic stance and policies of the government are supportive towards industrialists rather than the poor. During an exclusive interview, Raja said that the government is adopting the wrong path for uplifting of economy. Elaborating further he said that government always tries to decrease the cost of production and to raise the purchasing power of the consumers but due to the recent budget and measures taken afterwards, indirect taxes have not only raised the cost of production

decreased the purchasing power of consumers. To a question he said that following a global recession the Americans are injecting $600 billion into their economies. However, a contradicted approach is being adopted over here. He remarked that PPP has always implemented policies which were friendly to the poor but Pakistan Muslim League (N) (PML) have supported policies tailor made for industrialists. He said that industrialists have always supported and funded PML-N. Commenting over drone strikes and ‘Talibanisation’ Raja said that the present government has failed in stopping drone attacks and curbing extremist elements, despite the fact that it was at the top of

PML-N’s election manifesto. He said that all issues are directly related to the global war for oil and Americans are leading the war eyeing on oil and mineral reserves in Gawadar and Balochistan. He mentioned that President Zardari announced to handover Gawadar to China and also struck a deal with Iran on Iran Pakistan Gas pipeline to keep Americans away from the region. He was of the view that it took four years to negotiate with Iranians on the gas project including three and a half years for installing infrastructure to Taftan border, which reflects that the president was well aware of the oncoming energy crises. Raja stressed that civil nuclear technology is the only solution to the

current energy crises of the nation which was presented by former Prime Minister Z.A. Bhutto in the 70’s. To a question the PPP leader rejected the claims made by Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaf (PTI) for resolving all the issues of the country saying that it is not possible to redress the major issues without any proper ideology which Imran Khan lacks. He added that the only solution to resolving the issue of terrorism is to strengthen the economy. Responding to another query, he said that PPP is here to survive for long as it bears a strong ideology. Giving reason for the low popularity of PPP in Punjab he told that his party was kept out of power for 36 years which prevented PPP to deliver to the people.


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RAWAlPINDI: Vendors selling dates before the start of the holy month of Ramadan. Online

social media, connecting people SOCIAL MEDIA HAS EVOLVED CONSIDERABLY MAKING IT A POWERFUL PLATFORM TO INITIATE SOCIAL MOVEMENTS GIVING FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION ISLAMABAD

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training workshop was arranged on Saturday by Individualland Pakistan in partnership with Freidrich Norman Foundation (FnF) on the concept of “Citizen Journalism” and “social media” at a local university. Participants of the workshop said that social media has become the most powerful source of news updates and an important resource for the mobilisation of collective action and implementation of social movement across the world. Media persons from print and electronic, bloggers, students of journalism and human rights activists were amongst the participants present. The aim of the workshop was to create awareness amongst the masses about the concept of “Citizen Journalism” and social media, finding solutions for improvement and making the people realise its role in strengthening of democracy. The participants said that social media has become the most powerful source of news updates through platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Blogger, Myspace, LinkedIn including many others. They observed

that the social media has been instrumental in supporting political and social movements by providing opportunities for political expression, symbolic identification for collective action and information exchange. Farhan Khalid of Individulland Pakistan said that the most popular social media website in Pakistan is Facebook, which has over 8 million users in the country out of a global total of more than 1 billion whereas Twitter and LinkedIn have 1.9 million and 1.2 million users in Pakistan respectively. Speaking on the occasion, Individualland Pakistan Coordinator

Shaukat Ali Ashraf linked the global rise of this new branch of media to the catastrophe of 9/11 whereas locally to the dreadful earthquake which jolted Pakistan in October 2005. The participants of the workshop were introduced to blogging and micro-blogging with the help of social media websites “wordpress” and “Twitter”. Their accounts were made on these two blogging websites and they were made to write blog comments on various topics. This was done to acquaint those participants to social media that had never used it. Different tools of Citizen Journalism such as “Letter to the editor”, “podcasts” and “Vblogs” were also discussed during the workshop.

Property tax survey to start from Monday RAWALPINDI Online

Property tax survey and computerisation process will commence from Monday by the excise department. Property tax inspectors will make door to door visits in their respective circles accompanied by a representative of urban unit. The urban unit representative will computerise information received from the inspectors on

day to day basis. Survey will be conducted in 14 union councils of Potohar Town which have been integrated in tax rating areas and their records will be computerised. Survey staff has been directed to complete field work till October 30 and computerisation work till December 30. Director Excise Shakil-ur-Rehman has urged for transparency and directed the officials for completion of survey within the stipulated time frame.

Amid humor and satire, ‘Babunagar’ launched

ISLAMABAD: Bazm-e-Akbar Allah Abadi and Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) arranged the launching ceremony of book “Babunagar” written by well-known humorist Hussain Ahmed Sherazi. Anwar Masood presided over the ceremony while renowned nuclear scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan was the Guest of Honor. Safraz Shahid, Mian Nazeer Azhar, Dr Inam-ul-Haq Javed, Mian Siddique Akbar, Ghazanfar Hashmi, Abida Younus, Ayesha Masood and Farheen Chaudhry expressed their views on the occasion. Dr Abdul Qadeer said that Sherazi has given a new dimension to humor in Urdu literature and if the story is read lightly it appears humorous but if read in a serious manner one finds it to be truly. Anwar Masood said that the book provides

details about the bureaucratic culture prevailing in our country while Abida Younas stated that Sherazi has exceptional command to portray the ills in different sectors of our individual and collective life. Other speakers lauded the book and the writer for the exceptional humor it provides making the common man forget his worries for a while. The book provides much needed guidance and awareness to the people about their social, psychological, economic and political problems in a very grin and conspicuous manner. It sheds light on the lives of people living in Babunagarportraying the world of “Babus” and pointing out the real issues in a light manner. The speakers referred to it as a masterpiece of modern Urdu literature. app


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USPECTED Islamist gunmen killed 27 students and a teacher in a boarding school in the northeast Nigerian town of Potiskum on Saturday, a police source said. The attack is a further sign that Islamist insurgent group Boko Haram remains a threat to Africa’s top oil producer despite a crackdown on it. The attackers set fire to buildings and shot pupils as they tried to flee, the source told Reuters by email. A hospital was treating several of the students for burns, he added. It was the deadliest of three attacks on schools since the military launched an

offensive in May to try to crush Boko Haram, whose nickname translates as “Western education is sinful” in the northern Hausa language. Under the leadership of fiery militant Abubakar Shekau, Boko Haram rejects all Western cultural influences like modern schooling and yearns for the days when much of West Africa was ruled by great Islamic empires thriving off trans-Saharan trade. Potiskum is in Yobe state, one of three covered by a state of emergency declared by President Goodluck Jonathan in May, when he ordered extra troops into the region to try to quell a rebellion seen as Nigeria’s biggest security headache. The police source responded by email as the mobile phone network was cut to

much of the northeast as part of the state of emergency. “We are really terrified ... Everyone fear these school attacks are going to continue and even spread to other towns,” Bala Husseini, a resident of Potiskum who himself has two children not yet of school age, said in an emailed message. In a separate attack hundreds of miles away in the town of Karim Lamido, Taraba state, suspected Islamist gunmen fired on a police station and a branch of First Bank, killing three policemen. A police official said the attackers blew up the bank’s vault with dynamite and made off with the cash. SHIFTING TACTICS: The hit-and-run strikes have raised fears the 7-week-old military offensive has pushed the insurgents fighting for a breakaway Islamic state into

hiding, but failed to stop them launching devastating attacks. Taraba, which has been only rarely attacked by the sect, is not covered by the military offensive, so the heist there may be a sign the assault has pushed the militants into other areas. Suspected Islamist militants opened fire on a school in Nigeria’s northeastern city of Maiduguri last month, killing nine students, and a similar attack on a school in the city of Damaturu killed seven just days earlier. Shifting targets of its attack as it comes under pressure has been a consistent Boko Haram tactic since the sect launched an uprising in 2009, when hundreds of members, including founder Mohammed Yusuf, were killed by security forces. The militants have repeatedly proved masters at melting away

under pressure and then re-crystallizing in new forms. From a radical clerical movement, they transformed into a rebellion, forging ties with al-Qaeda linked jihadist groups in the Sahara. Nigerian forces say their offensive has enabled them to wrest back control of the remote northeast from Boko Haram, destroy key bases and arrest scores of suspects. But critics say no amount of force can destroy what is in part a grassroots movement feeding off discontent at bad governance and widening inequalities between a depressed north and an economically booming south. Jonathan’s administration has offered an amnesty and peace talks to members who renounce violence, but their leader Shekau has repeatedly rejected any negotiations.

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The quest by NSA leaker Edward Snowden for a safe haven has taken a turn toward Latin America, with offers for asylum coming from the leftist presidents of Nicaragua and Venezuela. But there were no immediate signs that efforts were underway to bring him to either nation after Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela and Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua made their offers during separate speeches in their home countries Friday. The offers came one day after leftist South American leaders gathered to denounce the rerouting of Bolivian President Evo Morales’ plane over Europe amid reports that the fugitive American was aboard. Snowden, who is being sought by the United States, has asked for asylum in more than 20 countries, including Nicaragua and Venezuela. Many another nations have turned him down. ‘’As head of state, the government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela decided to offer humanitarian asylum to the young American Edward Snowden so that he can live in the homeland’’ of indep e n dence leader Simon Bolivar and the l a t e

President Hugo Chavez without ‘’persecution from the empire,’’ Maduro said, referring to the United States. Maduro said several other Latin American governments have also expressed their intention of taking a similar stance by offering asylum for the cause of ‘’dignity.’’ Chavez, who hand-picked Maduro as his successor, often engaged in similar defiance, criticizing US-style capitalism and policies. In a 2006 speech to the UN General Assembly of world leaders, Chavez called President George W. Bush the devil, saying the podium reeked of sulfur after the US president’s address. He also accused Washington of plotting against him, expelled several diplomats and drug-enforcement agents and threatened to stop sending oil to the US. Maduro made the asylum offer during a speech marking the anniversary of Venezuela’s independence. It was not immediately clear if there were any conditions to Venezuela’s offer. His critics said Maduro’s decision is nothing but an attempt to veil the current undignified conditions of Venezuela, including one of the world’s highest inflation rates and a shortage of basic products such as toilet paper. ‘’The asylum doesn’t fix the economic disaster, the record inflation, an upcoming devaluation (of the currency), and the rising crime rate,’’ Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles said in his Twitter account. Maduro beat Capriles in April’s presidential election, but Capriles has not recognized defeat and has called it an electoral fraud. Asked earlier this week about the possibility that any countries in the region would offer Snowden asylum, Geoff Thale, program director at the Washington Office on Latin America think tank, said that he thought Ortega would be careful not to damage his country’s relationship with the US.

CAIRO: Gunmen shot dead a Coptic Christian priest in Egypt’s lawless Northern Sinai on Saturday in what could be the first sectarian attack since the military overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi, security sources said. The priest, Mina Aboud Sharween, was attacked in the early afternoon while walking in the Masaeed area in El Arish. The shooting in the coastal city was one of several attacks believed to be by Islamist insurgents that included firing at four military checkpoints in the region, the sources said. Saturday’s attacks on checkpoints took place in al-Mahajer and al-Safaa in Rafah, as well as Sheikh Zuwaid and al-Kharouba. The violence follows attacks in which five police offers were killed in El Arish on Friday. Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood has fiercely criticized Coptic Pope Tawadros, spiritual leader of Egypt’s 8 million Christians, for giving his blessing to the removal of the president and attending the announcement by armed forces commander General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi suspending the constitution. aGenCieS

The slow-motion retrial of former Egyptian autocrat Hosni Mubarak dragged on at snail’s pace on Saturday, impervious to the latest upheaval in the country he ruled for 30 years - the military overthrow of his elected successor. The presiding judge adjourned the case on charges of conspiracy to murder hundreds of demonstrators in 2011 until August 17, after the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, to allow the defense more time to review recently presented evidence. The televised trial of the 85-year-old former president, toppled by a popular uprising in 2011, seemed outwardly unaffected by the ouster the country’s first elected president, Islamist Mohamed Mursi, on Wednesday after mass protests. Outside the courthouse, however, supporters of Mubarak sang and danced around a bronze bust of Mubarak on a wooden pedestal in celebration of Mursi’s fall, a Reuters witness said. The families of victims who have crowded the area at all previous hearings were absent. Presiding judge Mahmoud Kamel el-Rashidi promised to keep broadcasting the proceedings live on state television, even though military sources have said that armed forces commanders were unhappy to see the former head of state and air force chief paraded in a glass and wire courtroom cage. “I will not stop the live broadcast (of hearings) under any circumstances. The people must know what goes on in this case,” the judge said. Frowning from the enclosed dock, Mubarak sat in a wheelchair in his trademark aviator glasses, his chin resting on his hands, flanked by his sons Alaa and Gamal, who are also on trial for alleged financial misdemeanors. A lawyer who said he represented all the defendants in the trial, including former Interior Minister Habib el-Adly, asked the court to allow the defense teams more time to review new evidence that was submitted in a hearing on June 10. “We are requesting a wider time frame, until after the month of Ramadan, because the period will not be enough to look at all these documents during Ramadan,” he said.

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Committing to maintain peace and tranquility on the boundary, India and China on Saturday agreed that it was an “important guarantor” for growth in ties and in this context pledged to early conclusion of negotiations on a proposed pact aimed at avoiding flare-ups on the border. After the talks between Defence Minister AK Antony with the Chinese leaders, the two sides agreed on a slew of confidence building measures, including having greater frequency of meetings at the border and increased exchange of visits of both young and senior armed forces officials. In a joint statement after Antony’s meetings with Premier Li Keqiang, his counterpart Gen Chang Wanquan and state councilor Yang Jiechi, the two sides said

“defence exchanges were an important facet of the India-China strategic and cooperative partnership for peace and prosperity.” “Noting that peace and tranquility on the border was an important guarantor for the growth and development of bilateral cooperation, the Ministers emphasised the importance of enhancing mutual trust and understanding between the two militaries...,” the joint statement said. “Appreciating that border defence cooperation would make a significant contribution in maintenance of peace and tranquility, they agreed on an early conclusion of negotiations for the Border Defence Cooperation Agreement (BDCA) between the two Governments,” it said. China had proposed the BDCA in January to India but after the incident of incursion by the Chinese troops in April, the movement on the proposed act increased.

The Chinese Defence Minister also accepted the Indian invitation to visit India next year. While reviewing the existing agreements and protocols between the two sides, the two Ministers directed that they should be further strengthened and emphasised the importance of enhancing mutual trust and understanding between the two militaries. The Ministers welcomed the holding of counter-terrorism bilateral joint exercise between their armies in China in October, 2013, and agreed on additional exchanges and visits between them. The exchanges include that of senior military commanders from service headquarters, command region and field formations on a regular basis on a mutually agreed annual schedule. Armies of India and China held their first exercises in 2007 at Belgaum in Karnataka with plans to hold such events annually.


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ALKS: Ending War in Afghanistan,” a seminar organized by the South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA), took place on Saturday at the South Asian Media Center and included SAFMA Secretary General Imtiaz Alam, renowned analyst Ahmed Rashid and Kamran Shafi as the occasion’s key speakers. While addressing the seminar, Alam said that the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and American forces are leaving Afghanistan in 2014, and all countries in the region will be impacted including Pakistan, China, Iran and Iraq. He said that if the US army leaves Afghanistan, there are chances that the Taliban will reemerge and Pakistan’s Pakhtun belt would stand with them, which could lead to the break-up of Pakistan. He observed that there is a belief among many people, including political and religious parties such as Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaf (PTI), that the war on terrorism is America’s war, not Pakistan’s. He added that

whenever action against terrorism is discussed these pro-Taliban people come up with different arguments for taking no action against them. He said that although many people now say there should be dialogue with the Taliban, there are 32 Taliban groups working in Pakistan and no one has completed the necessary work to begin talking with all or even some of them. He also raised many question about the exit of US forces, such as do we really want US forces to leave Afghanistan? Do we think that they would go back because the Taliban wants them to leave? Ahmed Rashid added that there are several differences between the Pakistani Taliban and the Afghan Taliban. Irrespective of the Pakistani Taliban, the Afghani Taliban is united under common leadership. They have had a peace lobby for the last four years and held talks with the US in 2009 and 2011. He said that there is no doubt that the CIA and US military has rejected these talks and has also opposed the US promise to free five Taliban prisoners. Rashid was of the view that Qatar is leading the talks between the US and the Taliban, and that the Taliban anticipates a civil war when the US leaves. In such

circumstances, Pakistan would not be a helpful country for them, which is why they are fed up with Pakistan’s behavior. In the Pakistani Taliban, on the other hand, there are Afghans who wants to go back to their homes in Afghanistan. Rashid said that the Taliban have also thought about power sharing with the current Afghan President, Hamid Karzai, or any future Afghan President. He also vows to engage in dialogue with the Taliban and said that nobody has anywhere to go except to talk. Rashid was of the view that Pakistan has been a supporter of the Taliban since the events of 9/11, and no serious action was taken during the Musharraf-era and the previous government while the Taliban misguided the people of Pakistan, recruiting Pakistanis and raising funds through different channels. He said that we are now in three wars: a war against the Taliban, a war in Balochistan, and a third war in Karachi. He added that people around the world believe that Pakistan is a terrorist hub, as terrorists and Islamist movements in all its neighboring countries are being fed by it including Jundallah in Iran, Chechnya in Russia and others in China as well.

Kamran Shafi stated that people are receiving mixed signals from the Afghan Taliban and Pakistani Taliban. He added that he does not agree with the mindset that the Taliban in Pakistan only emerged after 9/11, as seven years before, in 1994, the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) were taken over by Talibanisation. He said that currently, Pakistan as a state has not left the Jihad policy. Shafi also criticized the non-involvement of civilians in the military’s security decision making. He said that the previous government had taken steps to involve civilians and to make DG ISI answerable to the Prime Minster, but they were shown stern reaction by the Army and now, the Chief of Army Staff can appoint DG ISI without any consultation with the Prime Minister. Speaking about the situation in Balochistan, Shafi was of the view that this is the last chance for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief Minister of Balochistan Abdul Malik to restore Balochistan to its previous situation. He also said that he does not believe the army will take over in Pakistan like it did in Egypt because the situation in the two countries is totally different.

CHAMAN: A police personnel looks at a truck carrying a NATO vehicle at Quetta- Chaman Highway on Saturday. inp

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Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said on Saturday that an effective system of reward and punishment will be put in place to boost the morale of personnel belonging to law enforcement agencies (LEAs). The interior minister said the government wanted to revamp the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) by removing all controversial officials and bringing in those with integrity and a clean track record. He was chairing separate meetings to review the performance and functions of FIA and National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) here on Saturday. On the occasion, the minister said that an effective system of reward and punishment would be put in place to boost the morale of LEAs personnel. He said the rules of FIA would also be revamped to give it more powers against corrupt officers. He directed that a procedure should be adopted to ensure merit-based selection and induction procedure to ensure better functioning of FIA, adding that a committee would soon be constituted for this purpose. He said in matters of transfers and postings within the Ministry of Interior and its attached departments, no political interference would be tolerated. FIA director general briefed the interior minister about the performance of FIA. He said that FIA has 52 police stations all over the country, but due to shortage of staff only 36 of these were currently functional. Nisar also directed the officials concerned to establish anti-money laundering units in all parts of the country to check activities related to money laundering and “hundi”. Later, NADRA Chairman Tariq Malik‚ briefed the minister about the working of his organisation. He informed the interior minister that so far NADRA had finished biometric registration of 96% adult men and 86% women in the country. Nisar asked the NADRA chairman to take steps to prepare a system of electronic voting when the time for the next general elections. Furthermore, Malik informed the minister that work had also been started on introducing e-tag system at the five selected entry and exit points of Islamabad. Moreover, the interior minister was informed that NADRA had started the registration of domestic servants in Islamabad and so far 5,000 have been registered during a week-long door-to- door campaign. Nisar was also briefed about the three-tier system recently launched by NADRA on two main entry and exit points of Swat. The minister appreciated the system and asked for a proposal to be made regarding replicating the same model in Quetta. In addition, the interior minister was also apprised of the various international projects which NADRA was undertaking in Sudan‚ Kenya‚ Nigeria and Bangladesh‚ while bids were being tendered for a few projects in Libya‚ Kuwait‚ Iraq and Sri Lanka as well.

No radical shift in new anti-terror strategy MONITORING DESK The new anti-terrorism policy formulated by the Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N) has failed to radically change the strategy for dealing with the issue except a token acknowledgment of an ‘enabling environment’ which was conducive for the growth of extremism and terrorism in the country. A brief of the draft policy titled National Counter-Terrorism and Extremism Policy, which is yet to be officially unveiled, shows that it constitutes five elements — dismantle, contain, prevent, educate and reintegrate — as against the 3Ds of the previous government— development, dialogue and deterrence. It is said that the PML-N government will move from the “mono-faceted approach” that relied exclusively on the use of force, to a more comprehensive strategy which would deal with the issue from different angles. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is expected to share the blueprint of the strategy

with national leaders at an all parties conference (APC) on July 12 in an attempt to develop a consensus. The draft document puts the National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA), set up in 2009, at the centre of the strategy as the “national coordinator” tasked with execution and monitoring of the new policy. The first strand of the proposed policy called ‘dismantle’ has elements ranging from strengthening security forces and anti-terror laws, police reforms, improved intelligence sharing and border management and putting in place robust threat assessment mechanisms to integrating military action in restive areas with civilian follow up. In an oblique criticism of military operations conducted so far, the document says that there was an extra focus on ‘clear’ phase, but ‘hold’ and ‘build’ stages were not properly undertaken. Describing this as a “serious flaw”, it proposes that civilian follow-up should pave way for withdrawal of military from the cleared areas. The second and third pillars namely ‘containment’ and ‘prevention’ have provi-

sions for beefing up security infrastructure, improving emergency response in the event of terrorist attacks, victim management, speedy justice, revision of curricula and a review of foreign policy, particularly with reference to relations with neighbouring countries. The ‘education’ part is mostly about countering extremist propaganda, promoting an alternative view to “blinkered and bigoted” interpretation of Islam and media campaigns against violence. On talks with militants, the proposed strategy suggests dialogue with jihadi organisations that are ready to renounce violence. For this purpose, the government is advised to engage former militants and terrorists lodged in jails. This makes the fifth element of the strategy, which has been named ‘reintegration’. The draft explains the reasons behind the rise of militancy in the country, blaming the United States for sowing the seeds of “jihadi networks” during the CIA war against communism in the ’80s. Extremist ideology preached at madressahs, media

propaganda and proxy wars carried out by foreign spy networks have been listed as other causes. The element that merits the greatest attention is the list of the causes that have catalysed the growth of the twin phenomena of terrorism and extremism. Though many of the causes are well known, it is unusual for them to be officially accepted. The factors mentioned under the label of environmental causes include acceptance of violence in the society; indifference of political parties to the problem; existence of terrorist sanctuaries in the country; inappropriate role of religious forces (Ulema) and international linkages. “Continuous growth of the phenomena and increasingly fast sprouting of (militant) organisations at various levels were the products of the enabling environment,” the policy paper says. Explaining the international linkages, it alludes to “jihadi movements abroad”, but without specifying whether it means uprisings in Palestine and Kashmir or the insurgency in Afghanistan. Moreover, it blames a segment of Pakistani

diaspora that subscribes to extremist views for fomenting the problem. Russia, Iran, India, Afghanistan and unnamed “hostile foreign intelligence agencies” have been mentioned as the regional powers that supported the growth of extremism and terrorism in Pakistan. There is importantly no mention of Saudi Arabia or the Gulf states, which were accused in US diplomatic cables leaked by WikiLeaks of bankrolling militancy in Pakistan. Furthermore, US drones are missing from the list of causes cited for an increase in extremism and terrorism, though Pakistani officials have in their protests repeatedly said that the collateral damage caused by CIA-run drone war is helping Taliban recruit more people and creating sympathy for them among people. Weak judicial system, inadequate antiterror laws, unequal application of available laws and disparities in educational system are seen as facilitating factors. But rampant poverty and poor governance do not merit a mention though analysts consider them as major factors.


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PTI chief not to attend meeting on national security MONITORING DESK It may just be a coincidence, but Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan will be out of the country when Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will be hosting a meeting of the heads of political parties to formulate a national security policy. The absence of Mr Khan from the meeting will surely be noticed because the PTI has emerged as a major political force after the general elections and the party has been stressing the need for a national counter-terrorism strategy. The PTI will be represented at the meeting by its vice-chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Parvez Khattak, who is also the party’s secretary general. Dr Shireen Mazari, the spokesperson for the party, said Mr Khan’s visit to the UK was scheduled before the government announced its plans to convene the meeting in the parliament house. “The PTI chairman has an appointment for medical check-up which can’t be deferred,” she said. Khan, who is recuperating from a back injury he suffered due to a fall from a lift during an election rally, will be staying in London till July 24 where after medical check-up he will be spending some time with his sons. Mazari said the absence of Khan from the meeting would not make any difference because, according to her, the government had nothing concrete to discuss at the meeting. She said that like previous such events, the proposed meeting would prove to be a futile exercise. Before the government announced its plans to convene a meeting on national security, the PTI-led Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government had demanded of the federal government to organise a meeting with the army chief so that something tangible on security issues could be discussed. Two previous such meetings organised before the general elections by the Awami National Party and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl were boycotted by the PTI. Mazari said the PTI representatives would attend the proposed meeting and gauge the government’s seriousness in addressing the issue of militancy. The PTI would give its suggestions and see how this initiative was taken forward by the government, she added. INTERIOR MINISTER: Talking to media personnel in his office on Thursday, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said that Chief of Army Staff Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani would be invited to the proposed meeting. He said participants of the meeting would include the four chief ministers and heads of all law-enforcement agencies. The minister said unlike previous such meetings, the government would seriously consider recommendations to be made by politicians in finalising the national security policy.

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N an effort to streamline party affairs, the Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan asked KhyberPakhtunkhwa Chief Minister (CM) Pervez Khattak to relinquish his position as the party’s central general secretary, local media has learnt. In the first Central Executive Committee (CEC) meeting held after the general elections, the party’s leadership on Friday discussed various issues ranging from dual portfolios held by PTI members to causes of the defeat on May 11. Almost all key PTI provincial leaders hold dual portfolios, which has greatly compromised the party’s position in the province and its activities in the rest of the country. This has compelled Imran Khan to ask the KP CM to relinquish his position. During the meeting, Khattak insisted he could carry both portfolios by exclusively managing party affairs on the weekends and addressing provincial matters during the remainder of the week, according to a senior party leader requesting anonymity. After an unsuc-

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cessful attempt at convincing the chairman, the CM, who was greatly worried about increasing rifts in the party at grassroots levels, reportedly said he would prefer his party position. CEC members also objected over KP General Secretary Shaukat Yousafzai keeping four portfolios simultaneously,

sources said. Yousafzai currently holds the positions of PTI provincial general secretary, information and health minister and spokesperson for the provincial government. Earlier, during the first session of the provincial assembly, PTI Provincial President Asad Qaiser, who ignored the

long-standing tradition of relinquishing his party portfolio after taking oath as speaker of the assembly, also refused to give up his party office when the opposition benches raised objections over the new speaker’s questionable impartiality. With more than half of the PTI’s top leaders in KP enjoying lucrative government portfolios, since May 11 the party has failed to convene a provincial executive council meeting. Recently, several senior leaders also opposed the party’s decision on tickets for by-elections, accusing the provincial and central leadership of nepotism. PTI Peshawar President and Provincial Minister Atif Khan confirmed “some CEC members raised objections regarding senior officials holding dual offices.” Atif added, however, after much discussion it was decided they will discuss the matter at the next CEC meeting. Atif, who is also a CEC member, further informed it was decided a white paper would be published regarding allegations of rigging in the general elections. “Wherever people have proof regarding foul play in the elections, we will publish a white paper so the people know how the PTI’s mandate was manipulated.”

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Suspected militants killed at least 160 people during the new government’s first month in office, fuelling concern that the country’s leaders lack a coherent strategy to fight the pervasive problem of violent extremism. The ruling Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz scored a resounding victory in national elections in May with a platform that promoted peace talks as the best way to quell a domestic Taliban insurgency that has killed thousands of people. The plan quickly fell apart after the Taliban withdrew their offer to talk in response to a US drone strike that killed the group’s deputy leader at the end of May. The government has yet to articulate an

alternate strategy, and in the meantime, the attacks keep coming. “The government is completely confused over the terrorism problem,” said Zahid Hussain, an author whose books plot the rise of militancy in Pakistan. “The government’s indecisiveness and dithering has emboldened the militants.” Hussain and other analysts said the government failed to respond aggressively enough to the attacks over the past month. The government has taken a few public steps to show it is dealing with the attacks, which included the killing of international tourists at a scenic mountain. On Tuesday, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif flew to Quetta where minority Shia Muslims have been killed by Sunni extremists. He

brought senior security officials with him, including the head of the powerful Inter-Services Intelligence agency. “We will give full our attention to bring an end to the lawlessness, whether it is in Quetta and Baluchistan or other parts of the country,” Sharif told reporters during his trip. Last month, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan also travelled to Quetta after an attack there that left 24 people dead. Khan reiterated the country’s support for talks with militants, although he did say that those who refuse to renounce violence will be dealt with “through other means.” Sharif has announced that he plans to hold a high-level meeting July 12 with political party leaders to discuss a national strategy to curb militancy.

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HE outlines of a draft national security policy supposedly patterned on strategies devised by Malaysia and China have appeared in the media. While it might be useful to keep in mind the experiments of the sort by other countries, what must not be lost sight of is that militancy in Pakistan has peculiarities of its own. While extremism in Malaysia and China was driven by ethnic perceptions, in the case of Pakistan it is another kettle of fish, with the partial exception of Balochistan. The policy draft rejects the anti-terrorism policy pursued under the PPP as a single facet approach depending on military operation alone. An important aspect of the draft is that it shifts the focus away from yet another single point view that relies solely on talks with the militants. The draft advocates a multi-layered approach meant to address the five dimensions of the problem comprising dismantling, containing, preventing, educating and reintegrating. While the policy envisages a qualitatively better coordination between the agencies and a more efficient response by the LEAs to acts of terrorism, it also stresses the role of the civil administration in containing militancy. The plan to seek the support of religious parties and tribal elders is abandoned in favour of a less ambitious plan of using imprisoned terrorists to approach terrorists who might be willing to renounce violence in return for reintegration. The document also exhibits some of the biases of the PML-N government as it traces the origins of the extremist militancy. While naming Russia, Iran, India and Afghanistan as regional powers that supported the growth of extremism and terrorism in Pakistan, it conveniently leaves out Saudi Arabia and Gulf states which were accused in the US diplomatic cables leaked by WikiLeaks of bankrolling militancy in Pakistan. Unless the government is willing to remove its blinkers, it cannot prepare a realistic national security policy. The document is to be presented before the heads of political parties in Parliament, presumably on July 12. Besides the COAS Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, the chiefs of ISI, IB, MI, NACTA, Crisis Management Cell, the FC along with IGP’s of the four provinces would also attend as would the four chief ministers. The presence of important political, military and security figures makes the event highly significant. The absence of Imran Khan would give birth to questions about his sincerity as he had himself been pressing for a meeting between Nawaz Sharif, the PTI and the COAS to resolve the issue of terrorism. The questions would be all the more relevant as the PTI chief had refused to attend the two APC’s on terrorism sponsored by the ANP and the JUI-F earlier this year. One wonders if he shares Shireen Mazari’s cynical view that the government had nothing concrete to discuss at the meeting and that like the earlier APCs the proposed meeting too would turn out to be a futile exercise.

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HE hope was that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would kick off his new term by meeting his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh – and send a clear signal that Pakistan wanted to change its tract on its next door neighbour. Sharif then went off to China and the US Secretary of State John Kerry missed Pakistan on his way to India, and relations were thought to have become tenser once again. Sharif, however, has not let this front go unattended, with the swift sending of his special envoy, the experienced Shaharyar M. Khan to meet the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The special envoy acted as Sharif’s delivery man, giving the Indian PM a letter from Nawaz Sharif expressing a “sincere desire” to move forward on improving relations with India. Of the Friday meeting, the Pakistan High Commission said “the letter also conveyed Pakistan’s “sincere desire to move forward on improving relations with India. These sentiments were warmly reciprocated by (Mr) Singh.” After meeting PM Singh, Khan proceeded to meet National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon and Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai and shall call on External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid. The meeting was a follow up to Sharif’s Special Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz’s meeting with Khurshid in the Brunei capital on Thursday. Gladly, the two sides have decided to resume official-level peace talks within the next two-three months and working hard on arranging a meeting between the prime ministers. Ambassador Khan has been given the mandate for Track II diplomacy with India and the experienced operator is expected to deliver. With trade as the driving factor between the India-Pakistan peace process, which had stalled after the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, there appears to be no reason for the talks to fail. The dialogue has already yielded a liberalized visa policy and increased trade between the neighbours. Shortly after Sharif’s victory in the elections, Dr Singh had sent India’s special enjoy to meet Sharif and congratulate him. The PML-N government’s strategy is to deal with softer issues like trade and people-to-people contact in the official dialogue, and leave the more difficult issues like Kashmir, Siachen and Sir Creek to backchannel discussions between ambassadors Khan and Lambah. The signs are good as the discourse of friendship has returned to the picture. There is a need to step up efforts after Sharif returns from Beijing. The focus has to remain on bilateral trade and people to people contact while Pakistan should even consider importing power from India. Once trust is built, the outstanding issues can be discussed and resolved in a cordial manner. For now the priority is the two prime ministers meeting face-to-face. We hope this is sooner, rather than later.

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coup by announcement Morsi made the ground fertile for military intervention

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AVE you ever heard of a coup by prior announcement under a deadline? Well, it came to pass last Wednesday when the Egyptian military removed President Mohamed Morsi’s year old government that was still going through colic pains. Problem is that he had given colic pains to his people too, so they howled and cried until the ultimate Third World doctor removed the pain. A year ago Morsi won Egypt’s presidential elections by a whisker. A year later he is out. He won because: 1. Elections were held under an earlier military command that had removed President Hosni Mubarak and that didn’t resist Morsi’s coming to power. 2. Having fought for their freedoms and won, voters preferred anyone but a Mubarak clone or a Pet of the West, even someone from the Muslim Brotherhood. 3. Morsi’s main opponents were a Mubarak leftover and an American stooge. 4. The Muslim Brotherhood had never been tried in 80 years since its inception. 5. Morsi said the things they wanted to hear. Morsi was removed because: 1. Morsi sacked the military high command that had not impeded his ascension to power after becoming president causing undoubted resentment in the forces. 2. Tried to move closer to Iran that undoubtedly riled America and Saudi Arabia. 3. Moved to implementing the Brotherhood’s agenda that is at variance with the people’s agenda for a better life. 4. He forgot the mandate the people had given him. Thus it came to pass that his mandate and with it his legitimacy ended regardless of majority and term remaining. Time up. But military rule is not the answer. Governments elected through western electoral systems are not the answer either for alien systems produce sham democracy. Such governments are inevitably unable to deliver and their poor performance gives birth to military rule. It’s a viscous cycle and a conundrum. Unless there is a social contract amongst people on how to exactly run the State along indigenous lines that they understand and can work with, no system can succeed, for the prime purpose of creating states is the betterment of the people. If that doesn’t happen you have turmoil and states collapse for their raison d’etre evaporates. I said last week that when it comes to choosing between saving the State or saving the constitution, a sane citizen chooses the State. Soldiers are conditioned and sworn to save the State from those who would destroy it, local or foreign. Any sane person would rather amputate his cancerous limb and save himself than let the limb remain while

the body perishes. The whole idea be- like a balanced society, justice and egalhind protecting limbs is to save the itarianism, the State’s duty to provide its body. However, if a limb starts destroy- people’s basic needs in quality and quantity… are not really in the equation. ing the body it gets cut off. Correct me if I am wrong, but this As we are seeing, electoral systems are is the first time in history that an army becoming inadequate even in their counhas mounted a coup after announcing a tries of birth. Rulers are profligate, lack 48-hour deadline that it would intervene wisdom, spend more than they earn and unless warring politicians forged a con- borrow recklessly leaving their people sensus. They didn’t because they could- in debt, deprivation and dependence. n’t and the army moved, put the Such states lose some quantum of their constitution to rest and promised to hold sovereignty to the hegemon-lender and elections in a year. Egypt’s political are forced to do his will that is in the evolution is moving fast. Stage I: fall of hegemon’s self-interest naturally. When Mubarak. Stage II: The military inter- governments fail to walk the talk a time regnum and elections. Stage III: the comes when the people explode, there is Morsi Era and his removal. Stage IV: anarchy and the State sinks deeper into Next military era and the Brotherhood’s the quagmire. A pitiful comment on the CNN by an Egyptian analyst said it all: backlash. What will Stage V be? That the same people who cele- “I don’t think the US President or US brated the fall of dictatorship not two army would allow the [Egyptian] army years ago celebrated the fall of democ- to do this.” It underlines the pathetic racy two years later shouldn’t surprise. condition that degenerate Muslim ruling First they created the justification for elites have degraded their peoples to. It’s the military to remove the dictator. Now an illness. Those poor protesters on al they created the justification for the mil- Tehrir Square don’t know where their itary to remove the democrat. Because fates are really decided. As to mandate, it is a brief entrusted the idea is not removing dictators or democrats but having their aspirations to someone to achieve certain objecmet. It highlights our lack of under- tives, like hiring a lawyer. When people standing of three vital concepts: elec- elect a government they give it a brief tions and the will of the people, or mandate to make their lives better by solving urgent problems. Morsi’s brief democracy and mandate. The will of the people is best ascer- was just that but he deviated from it, tained through elections that are as direct tried to impose religious fascism and as possible, without any electoral col- forgot about his client’s economic wellleges as in the USA or parliamentary sys- being. Food and fuel costs, joblessness tems in which the lower house becomes and crime rose. The economy collapsed. a small electoral college where what When people got no delivery after a matters is not how many popular votes year they withdrew their mandate by you get but how many seats you win. In exploding. Morsi lost his mandate desuch systems, we get popular losers in spite his majority. An elected ruler’s the USA or prime ministers with minor- continuing legitimacy lies not in having ity party votes in the first-past-the-post won elections but in implementing his parliamentary system but a majority of mandate. When he fails he loses his leseats in the lower house. The Egyptians gitimacy. That’s democracy, not hangadopted the French quasi-presidential ing on to a particular government till the quasi-parliamentary system because of next elections and suffering all the while as western commentators keep their historic French overhang. In a more democratic system the saying. If that were true, what happened winner would have to win more than 50 to the elected prime minister of Greece percent of the vote cast in a two-candi- and the president of Italy? Why weren’t date race in a second ballot if necessary they allowed to complete their terms? (which Morsi did) if no one gets a major- They were removed by the power of ity in the first ballot. That brings us closer banks and bond markets assisted two to the will of the people. Closer still is European hegemons. That’s even more that all registered voters should cast their pathetic than military intervention. The West should understand that votes, which is why it is preferable to foisting western have a box on the electoral democballot paper with racy down the the option ‘None of throats of Muslim the above’. If this countries won’t box gets more than The reality is that power work, for it flies in a certain percentage of votes there is always remains in the hands the face of the Divine injunction to a re-election. The of a small ruling elite driven choose leaders winning candidate from amongst the will then have to by the Deep State that best. Elections get more than 50 style percent of the entire includes the hegemon whose western causes people to electorate, which is will is inevitably followed. choose their leadstill not perfect – ers from amongst nothing crafted by the worst for only man is – but it the worst are on comes closest to asoffer, their opprescertaining the will of the people. So until we evolve an elec- sors who need the protective cloak of toral system that truly reflects the will of being “representatives of the people”. the people democracy will remain want- These systems may work in the West but ing because people will question it during now even that is becoming moot. This is not to say that there should be no hard times regardless of majorities. As to democracy, we get hooked democracy. To the contrary, when God onto catchphrases like ‘Of the people, tells us to “choose” our leaders it implies for the people, by the people’. That has the democratic process of choice. What hardly ever happened anywhere yet we is required is that only those who are are conditioned to believe that elections from amongst the best stand for elecautomatically dispense democracy. Ac- tions and not every Tom, Dick, Harry tually, people are only used to cast votes and Thief. Morsi was none of these, but after whatever fashion to create the op- he deviated from his brief and like most tics of participation. The reality is that Third World politicians made the ground power always remains in the hands of a fertile for military intervention. small ruling elite driven by the Deep The writer is a political analyst. He State that includes the hegemon whose be contacted at will is inevitably followed. Objectives can essential to arriving at a true democracy, humayun.gauhar786@gmail.com


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HE government of Pakistan, in September 2012, banned the popular video-sharing website, Youtube, in response to widespread public unrest on the broadcasting of clips of a lowbudget film titled ‘Innocence of Muslims’, which (reportedly) portrays Muslims as violent and immoral, and specifically makes blasphemous slants against the Prophet (PBUH). Soon thereafter, a petition was filed before the honourable Lahore High Court, by an NGO called Bytes for All, to restore access to Youtube, and a debate about the virtues and vices of censorship started in the legal and religious stratas of Pakistan. The case, which has now been heard for over six months, is still pending adjudication. And despite an urging by the Petitioner’s counsel, the access to Youtube has not been restored in Pakistan as yet. The issue throws up a number of legal and social propositions: what should be the contours of censorship in our legal paradigm, specifically as it relates to material that undermines religious sensitivities and the ‘glory of Islam’? Who defines what the glory of Islam is, and what exactly constitutes a threat to such glory? In the age of widespread information and the internet, can we really have an enforceable standard to block all access to religiously objectionable material? Can such blockade by justified, legally, through a legitimate state interest? Does such blockade infringe on the personal freedoms of our citizens? And if so, which side should the judicial hammer fall? On the side of personal freedoms, or on the side of protecting religious sensitivities? How can we undertake this balancing exercise between competing rights? And in so doing, must we not be cognizant of the larger impact that it would have on the society in terms of allowing access to objection-

able material, or banning information in general? Also, is there a different between objectionable or blasphemous material that is thrust upon us, as compared to that which exists somewhere on the world-wide-web, but can only be accessed by someone who is actively searching for it? Is there a difference between objectionable material available of active forms, as compared to passive forums? In other words, should censorship standards be different for protecting against blasphemy in the form of graffiti on our city walls, as opposed to blasphemous content available in some obscure corner of the internet? Let’s start with a brief account of the Pakistani laws, under which the blockade of Youtube (for containing blasphemous material) is being defended. The Preamble, as well as Article 2A of the Constitution of Pakistan, upholds the sovereignty of the teachings of Islam. Similarly, Article 19 limits the right to freedom of speech from venturing into an area that compromises the glory of Islam. And Part IX of the Constitution (Islamic Provisions) mandates that all laws of Pakistan must be in conformity with the ‘injunctions of Islam’. Pursuant to these Constitutional provisions, Pakistan has enacted PEMRA Ordinance and censorship laws, which incorporate the same ideas. Similarly, section 295-C of the Pakistan Penal Code makes blasphemy a criminal offence (publishable by death). And thus, in light of these laws, an argument can be constructed in favour of banning every possible outlet of information (even on the internet), which has the ‘potential’ of ‘directly of indirectly’ being construed as blasphemous. On the other hand, restoration of Youtube and unrestricted access to the internet, can be supported through international jurisprudence and through expounding on the trajectory of human rights and personal freedoms. In the famous case of Reno v. ACLU (521 U.S. 844), for example, Justice Stevens wrote a nuanced decision, which declared the Internet as “the most participatory forum of mass speech yet developed”, a forum which invites views from all the different religions, cultures and social biases of the world, and thus deserves a greater degree of free-speech protection that all the other mediums. Similarly, in 2012, the Human Rights Council of the United Nations adopted a Resolution, which “recognizes… Internet as a driving force in accelerating progress towards development” and protects the views published on the Internet as an integral part of the freedoms under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The issue at hand, before the honourable

Lahore High Court, is larger, however than any of the laws discussed above. It is not merely a question of following domestic or international precedents. It is not a matter concerning legal objections in terms of jurisdiction and locus standi. It is not even an issue relating to a ‘threat’ to the glory or integrity of Islam. (It is awfully presumptuous of us to even imagine that the ‘glory’ of Islam can be undone by some bigoted California movie-maker, or, for that matter, that it can be ‘saved’, by a verdict from the High Court). At the heart of the matter, the issue relates to what kind of society and people do we want to be. It is not simply a question of whether Youtube should be unblocked because it serves an academic or social purpose. It is a question of whether we preserve individual freedoms, and discourse, even at the cost of being offended by the words of the speaker, from time to time. Or will we descend into becoming a society where subjective morality and religious sensitivities become a sword to silence tongues and stamp out all debate. Is it really possible to ban everything on the World Wide Web, which offends us? And even if we were to undertake such an exercise, can we do so continuously, each day, to monitor and stop some kid in some dark corner of the world from writing a blog or posting a comment that offends us? Should we shun away from such things, or instead take it upon ourselves to reply to such things with intellectual rigor and prowess? Should we really ascribe to a national philosophy that creates an invisible shield around our geographic boundaries, through which no new information, no controversial idea, no notorious debate could ever reach our shores? The story of intellectual progress, in the great span of human history, is a story about the gradual breaking away from shackles of censorship and taboo. Were it not so, then the Shikwa of Iqbal or the dance of Bulleh Shah would forever be shunned from our debates. But the court of human history has vindicated the contention that more information, even useless information, is better than less. That more knowledge, even controversial knowledge, is superior to ignorance. That notorious debate is better than silence. The moral arc of our society might be long and often indiscernible, but in the final analysis, it must bend towards freedom. And this, I hope, will also be our judicial philosophy in deciding the Youtube case. The writer is a lawyer based in Lahore. He has a Masters in Constitutional Law from Harvard Law School. He can be reached at: saad@post.harvard.edu

tough day (On The Record, ARY, 3rd July) to be Asad Umar. In Mian Iftikhar Hussain, he faced the country’s most genuine spokesperson; in Saleem Safi, he faced the Pukhtun belt’s most scathing analyst; in Kashif Abbasi, he faced whatever Abbasi is. The issue of symbolism reigned supreme on the show, with Asad Umar frantically trying to plug in the leaks Safi, Hussain and Abbassi were puncturing in. In such desperation, it is natural to tie yourself in a knot, which is sort of what happened to the PTI leader. His problem: he was holding two opposing views at the same time. See, on the issue of CM Khattak not occupying the CM House, he espoused how important it is to convey to the people that the rulers are doing some simple living. Well, it’s not really simple but the idea is that at least it’s at their own expense. All well and good, but given the terrible traffic problems the security detail is causing around Khattak’s house in Hayatabad, it brings to mind Sarojini Naidu’s quip about how it took a fortune to keep Gandhi poor. But on the other front, where symbolism really, really, matters, i.e consoling the families of the victims of terror and going to the hospitals to enquire about those injured, Asad Umar wasn’t for symbols. And here is where he slipped up, giving a statement that has since started doing the rounds on the internet. “Would going to the funerals bring back those who died?” Interesting logic, by which no one should bother going to any funeral, even one’s own son’s. The real problem, one that Mr Umar, in his MBA-speak, won’t be able to convey correctly, one that the likes of Khattak or even Imran Khan himself wouldn’t be able to put clearly is this. Going to the funerals of police officers, to the homes of those killed in terrorist attacks, to the hospitals where the wounded are taken to would mean saying, in one way or the other, a particular message, one that the PTI is loathe to say because it has put all its political capital on the other side of the argument. That message: we are the government, we are here with you and we recognize that you have been wronged; those who did this to you are – if this sounds simplistic, then know the bereaved can’t be debated subtleties with – very bad people who we will make sure will face retribution. This, really, is the reason why the PTI/Jamaat-e-Islami government can’t have a learning curve on the issue and finally start going to the funerals. They are almost pretending this unrest isn’t happening. The way news from KP, even blasts that kill scores of people, quickly escapes the news cycle on the national media, this isn’t too tough a proposition for them either. Post-script: Amongst the instances of corruption in KP discussed in the program, some time was given to Information Minister Shaukat Yousufzai’s giving ads to the newspaper that he owns. It is a small paper whose government ads in the new government don’t reflect its smallish circulation. What surkhab ke par, as they say in Urdu, does this paper have to get these ads? Its name. Roznama Surkhab. Literally.

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strength to political islam The toppling of Muslim Brotherhood’s (MB) President Mohammad Morsi from power has once again sparked a debate about the role of religion in politics, the gradual approach towards change and democracy as a governance model for the Muslim World. So what did millions of people marching in Egypt tell us? That: the Muslim street has once again showed its disillusionment with democracy and its lack of reverence towards it. This is a phenomenon which has been consistently observed across the Muslim World. This rejection of democracy by the Muslim street is often interpreted as the backwardness of Muslim societies and their refusal to adopt the modern form of governance. In reality such a rejection only confirms the notion that democracy was and remains to be a system of governance of the West. It is time that a new paradigm is developed in understanding decades of rejection of democracy by the Muslim World. Some have argued that MB’s failure in Egypt is a setback for political Islam. The reality is quite the opposite. Infact MB’s failure demonstrates the incompatibility of Islamic principles of governance and the secular state structures which are present throughout the Muslim World. MB symbolized a brand of political Islam which believed in operating within the secular state structure and was willing to reform Islamic principles to make them compatible with Western conception of governance. The failure of MB therefore is the failure of attempts at making democracy and Islam compatible. The argument has been strengthened in the Muslim World that change is indeed radical and not gradual. The liberals may celebrate, but the fall of Morsi will only serve to strengthen a more radical and clearer version of political Islam. MOEz MObEEn Lahore


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AMES McAVOY is one of the best actors to come out of this country for a generation. He was brilliant in The Last King Of Scotland, State Of Play and Atonement. His next film will test his versatility once again – and will shock a few of the straight-laced mob who would rather he stuck to period dramas. The Scottish actor plays the leading role in Filth, the big-screen adaptation of IRVINE WELSH’s dark novel about a corrupt copper, DS Bruce Robertson. Like Trainspotting, Irvine’s other massive hit book turned into a film, it is rammed with sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll. Here is one of the first snaps from the film, which is being released in Scotland on September 27 and the rest of the UK on October 4. There are some stand-out performances from Line Of Duty’s MARTIN COMPSTON and Billy Elliot’s JAMIE BELL Can’t wait to see it. COUrteSY tHe SUn

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E married his bride in a lavish ceremony at the glitzy Waldorf Astoria in New York last month. But Amir Khan managed to upstage his new wife Faryal in the style stakes on Friday as they headed to Wimbledon to watch the Semi-Finals. Wearing a sugary pink tailored suit, the boxer ensured that all eyes were on him, after averting a near fashion disaster. Spotted out in public together for the first time as husband and wife, Amir, 26, and Faryal, 21, seemed in high spirits as they arrived for a day of tennis. Looking like they were still in the honeymoon phase, the couple stuck close together, having coordinated their summery styles. And while the two-time world champion looked immaculate, it seems that he had a wardrobe nightmare just minutes before his arrival at the tennis club. Letting all of his Twitter followers in on his dilemma, he admitted that he had had to make a last minute stop off at Topshop en route as the shirt he was wearing was too tight. ‘U won’t miss me in this bright suit. Im

(sic) in a mission. Once I have done it I will tell u,’ he wrote on his account. Later on he revealed: ‘Mission - I had to change my shirt cause it was tight so I stopped at #topshop quickly changed my shirt. Although Topshop opened 10min late.’ But despite his sartorial crisis, Amir looked relaxed and happy as he arrived at Wimbledon, matching his pink suit with his new shirt and a skinny black tie. Political science student Faryal looked chic in her tight white dress, paired with tan stilettos and bright red lipstick, ensuring that the couple didn’t go unnoticed. Amir tweeted his excitement at seeing Andy Murray play against Jerzy Janowicz, saying: ‘On way to watch Andy Murray at Wimbledon #semifinals. let’s get behind him. Been a long time since a Brit won the championship. It’s Murray…’ Speaking about his marriage last month, the boxer told Hello! Magazine: ‘I had to get in there and tie the knot quickly, before I got beaten up in too many fights and lose my looks.’ Other guests who attended the tennis includes Jude Law, who sat close to fashion editor Anna Wintour. COUrteSY DailY mail

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woman and her conversations with her son and other women. It was shot using only two DV cameras (extending Kiarostami’s exploration of realism further) and took place in the space of one car. What is most interesting is how the cinema was moving away from universal social issues and towards a more direct expos... of the problems facing Iranian society. These changes can be seen in the latest films released. In Turtles Can Fly (Ghobadi, 2004) we see a sobering and heartfelt response to the atrocities of war, the plight of Kurds and the hypocrisy of American liberation. In Crimson Gold (Panahi 2004, written by Kiarostami) we find a brutal critique of class relations. Less of an art film than entertainment, The

Lizard (Tabrizi 2004) is a comedy about an escaped convict who disguises himself as a mullah. It received the highest box office takings in Iranian cinema history and reflected the massive discontent with corrupted and dishonest religious figures. Consequently, like many other films, it was banned soon after. Thus Iranian cinema continues to play an uneasy relationship with the state. The Shah wanted to encourage a national cinema and reap the benefits of acclaim but the films, shaped by the opposition to the state, continued to portray the deep inequality in Iranian society. The same contradictions exist today, as Iranian films continue to be influenced by the demands from below. But what is it

that makes this cinema so special? From Farrokhzad to Kiarostami, it has always dealt with the plight of the oppressed and their everyday struggles. Good or evil doesn’t exist in Iranian cinema - the circumstances that characters find themselves in always come from their social and economic conditions, and their actions are determined by those conditions. This materialist cinema, if you like, is what actress and filmmaker Mania Akbari has rightly described as ‘poor on the outside, rich in the middle’. Hopefully, the pessimism that often overshadows these films will allow space for at least a sliver of the optimism that shines so brightly in the movement currently fighting for change.


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did Mayer fire back at swift in ‘paper doll’? J OHN Mayer is probably waiting on the world to stop speculating. Appearing on Today this morning to promote his new album, Paradise Valley, the singersongwriter was asked by Willie Geist the burning question his female fans have been eager for him to answer: Was his new single, “Paper Doll,” written as a retort to “Dear John,” ex-girlfriend Taylor Swift’s scathing song about him? Alas, the 35year-old Mayer was quick to play coy. “Songwriters write songs because of people, about people. Anything someone else wrote is their reception of a song. I don’t get involved in it. It’s none of my business,” the blues rocker demurred. So much for the suggestion—though given the song’s chorus appears to reference the pop princess’ hit, “22,” it’s understandable why people might speculate in the first place. “You’re like 22 girls in one / And none of them know what they’re running from / Was it just too far to fall / for a little paper doll?” he croons in the midtempo ditty. In another questionable verse, Mayer sings, “Dress of gold and blue /Ssure was fun being good to you.” Swift fans might be forgiven for construing his nod to a “dress” with Taylor’s mention of a dress in the chorus of “Dear John,” when she croons,

katrina out as deepika and ranbir cozy up HEY have gone to town talking about the new mature phase in their relationship- Deepika Padukone has even spoken of how Ranbir Kapoor might one day be the godfather of her kids- and they have worked together in one of the year’s biggest hits, Ayan Mukerji’s ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’. But the chemistry between Ranbir and Deepika was not just good acting in the film. Bollywood is still abuzz with news of how the former lovers got all cozy at a party hosted by co-producer of Yeh Jawaani..., Ronnie Screwvala, to celebrate the film’s success. News is still filtering in from last week’s bash at Screwvala’s sprawling Breach Candy home where Ranbir, happy and

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“Dear John, I see it all now that you’re gone / Don’t think I was too young to be messed with? / The girl in the dress cried the whole way home.” Ouch! Mayer—who dated the country star from late 2009 to early 2010 and is notorious for kissing and telling about the high profile women he’s dated—previously told Rolling Stone Swift’s tune “humiliated” him and he slammed “Dear John” as a “kind of cheap songwriting.” Whatever the rumors about “Paper Doll,” John’s certainly not denying them, though as far as his personal life these days, he’s enjoying spending time with on-again love, Katy Perry. Mayer also gave an update on his recovery from the vocal cord ailment that sidelined him from the road last year, revealing thankfully that he was never at risk of losing his singing voice from the granuloma. “There was never that chance. Thankfully, I always knew that there would come a day when I would sing again. I just didn’t know when,” the Grammy winner said. Mayer added that as part of the treatment, he was given botox in his vocal cords, which he said is now “sort of clearing out,” enabling him to sing better every day. “It’s a gift that keeps unwrapping itself every month,” he added. “I go, ‘Oh, I can sing this song now!’ So it looks as if there’s certain songs I won’t play. It’s just I can’t [yet].” Paradise Valley hits stores on Aug. 20. neWS DeSK

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high, grabbed Dippy for a lingering kiss in front of all the guests. In a recent interview, Deepika has also spoken of a gift that Ranbir sent her after the film’s success. Perhaps the new-found closeness between the two is just a result of propinquity—they have been spending a lot of time together, first shooting for Yeh Jawaani and then promoting it around the country, but the development has not gone down well with Ranbir’s current girlfriend Katrina Kaif. At ArjunKapoor’s birthday bash a few days later, they had a tiff, and Katrina has since gone into

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OLLYWOOD actor Anupam Kher, who runs his acting school Actor Prepares, doesn’t believe in the “born actor” theory. He feels that some are gifted, but others can cultivate the craft of acting. “Anyone who can lie can act... this is my theory. Lying is a form of acting. It is a method of convincing yourself. The whole thing about born actors is rubbish,” he said at the acting workshop - 100 years of Indian cinema: An actor Prepares. The actor conducted a detailed two-hour theatre workshop and spoke about how to cultivate acting skills. The “Saaransh” actor said that the first lesson for an actor is that “he should be ready to make a fool of himself”. Talking about over-acting, Anupam said: “Actors think if they will do normal acting, then people won’t be convinced... this is why they over-act. He added that Bollywood is known for over the top acting. “Bollywood has been accused of loud acting.

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series of minion-loving gifs). The movie made $4.7 million during Tuesday-night showings. “Despicable Me” eventually grossed more than $543 million around the world and “Despicable Me 2” will easily beat the other big animated movies of 2013 so far, “The Croods” and “Monsters University.” The audiences who’ve seen it already are behind it, giving it an “A-” CinemaScore. Disney spent a reported $225 million to make “The Lone Ranger,” which reunited both the studio and Depp with “Pirates of the Caribbean” director Gore Verbinski. The $45 to $50 million five day total predicted by industry experts will be a major disappointment. Critics have not been kind to “The Lone Ranger,” either. More than 75 percent of film critics panned the latest take on the heroic character who first appeared in 1930s radio programs, followed by a series of books and a popular TV show. Several reviews noted what they perceived as miscasting in regard to the role of Tonto. But

Depp, who turned 50 last month, had the best of intentions in taking on the character. “Just taking into consideration the way that Native Americans have been portrayed in old-school TV series as sidekicks or savages. I just thought it was a way to flip it

completely on its head and an opportunity to send great respect and thanks to the Native Americans for all they’ve lived through and went through in their existence,” Depp told MTV News. “I guess it was to portray the Native American with the integrity and

People in the West, including NRIs, feel that the Indian cinema is all about dancing and singing. This is tough as you are trying to do something so unreal, so convincingly on the screen,” he said. However, he feels the period after 2000 has been “the golden era” for the industry as well as the actors. “The kind of cinema and movies, which are coming out now, are different and they manage to do fantastic business,” said Anupam who also shared anecdotes from his childhood and memories of his first play. COUrteSY tOi dignity that they deserve.” The huge budget and poor performance of “The Lone Ranger” are reminiscent of the disastrous debut of the studio’s sci-fi epic “John Carter,” which cost $250 million to make but opened to just $30 million last summer. However, it’s important to keep in mind that Disney owns Marvel, Pixar and Lucasfilm, with new entries in the “Star Wars” and “Avengers” universes on the way. If any studio can absorb damage to their perceived value from “Ranger” and “John Carter,” it’s certainly the Mouse House. Last year’s Video Music Awards host, Kevin Hart, headlined this week’s other new release. “Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain” is projected to make about $18 million over its first five days (it already made $4.8 million Wednesday in just 876 theaters). It cost about 1 percent of “The Lone Ranger” budget to produce. “Kevin Hart: Laugh at My Pain” made $7.7 million in 2011. There’s still holdovers “Monsters University,” “The Heat,” “World War Z,” “This is the End” and “Man of Steel” on offer this weekend, as well, which should make for a very lucrative Fourth of July holiday run. neWS DeSK


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anti-stick bottlE dEvEloPEd Angrily thwacking the ketchup bottle to coax out the stubborn sauce could soon be a distant memory, after scientists invented an edible non-stick coating. Applying just a thin layer of the tasteless substance – known as Liquiglide - to the inside of the bottle creates a slippery surface allowing the contents to slide straight out. The non-toxic lubricant can be used on both plastic and glass containers to ensure that consumers can enjoy every last drop of not only their favourite tomato sauce, but other sticky condiments as well, such as mustard and mayonnaise. The ingenious Liquiglide Ketchup Bottle, created by engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, came third in the inaugural Visitor Vote for the Design Museum’s Designs of the Year 2013. According to the inventors, each year an estimated one million tonnes of condiments are thrown away globally because leftovers cannot be scraped from jars and bottles, with up to 15 per cent of a product remaining in its container. They also claim that eliminating safety caps on squeeze bottles could save 50,000 tons of plastic a year. Not only does the product save waste and reduce the need for packaging, but it could stop your beer or cola going flat. The smoother surface created by coating the inside of cans and bottles for carbonated drinks with the substance, slows the release of carbon dioxide bubbles from a drink, keeping it fizzy for longer. The first consumer product with Liquiglide coating is expected to hit supermarket shelves by next year. Since June visitors have been voting for their favourite entries from the 99 nominations for Designs of the Year in a polling station at the exhibition. Other entries included The Shard, the London 2012 Olympic Cauldron and GOV.UK - a revolutionary website combining all of the UK’s government websites under one single domain – which was named official Design of the Year Winner 2013. Previous victors include the London 2012 Olympic torch and a folding plug. But the winner of the newlyintroduced public vote, announced yesterday, was Child ViSion, a fluidfilled lens that allows children to self-adjust the prescription strength of their glasses. Designed for children aged 12-18, it uses fluid lenses that allow children without access to an optician to change their prescription as their eyesight changes and evolves. COUrteSY SCienitifC ameriCan

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CIENTISTS believe our galaxy could contain a staggering 60 billion planets that might be capable of supporting life. Based on data from NASA's Kepler spacecraft, scientists had predicted there should be one Earth-size planet in the habitable zone of each red dwarf, the most common type of star. But a group of researchers has now doubled that estimate after considering how cloud cover might help an alien planet support life. Cloud cover is crucial for life, as clouds not only reflect sunlight to cool things off - they keep the planet warm enough to sustain life. A new study by the University of Chicago and Northwestern University said that the Milky Way alone could contain 60 billion planets orbiting red dwarf stars that could support life. It also suggests new ways for astronomers to test whether planets orbiting red dwarfs have cloud cover. The researchers based their study, which appeared in Astrophysical Journal Letters, on rigorous computer simulations of cloud behaviour on alien planets. This cloud behaviour dramatically expanded the estimated habitable zone of red dwarfs, which are much smaller and fainter than stars like the sun. Dorian Abbot, assistant professor in geophysical sciences at the University of Chicago, said: 'Clouds cause warming and they cause cooling on Earth. 'They reflect sunlight to cool things off and they absorb infrared radiation from the surface to make a greenhouse effect. 'That's part of what keeps the planet warm enough to sustain life.' The planets believed capable of supporting life fall in habitable zones where they are the right temperature to be able to have liquid water on their surfaces a requirement of life as we know it. As red dwarf stars are slightly cooler and less bright than our sun, the planets are usually closer to their star. Nicolas Cowan, another author of the study and a postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University, said: 'If you're orbiting around a low mass or dwarf star, you have to orbit about once a month or once every two months to receive the

same amount of sunlight that we receive from the sun.' As the orbit of these habitable planets around a red dwarf is tight, they are tidally locked, so that one side of the planet always faces the star. Therefore anything living on one of these planets would enjoy continual daylight. The researchers used 3D simulations to model how air would move over a planet tidally locked with a dwarf star. Mr Cowan said: 'There’s no way you can do clouds properly in one dimension. 'But in a three dimensional model, you’re actually simulating the way air moves and the way moisture moves through the entire

atmosphere of the planet.' They found that if water was found on the surface of a planet it would result in clouds. These clouds would gather on the star-facing side of the planet where it is always noon. Their position would have a cooling effect on the inner ring of the habitable zone, enabling the planets to have water on their surfaces, even though they are much closer to their red dwarfs than the Earth is to the sun. The scientists believe that their findings could prove a new way to confirm the presence of liquid water on the surface of alien planets using the James Web Space Telescope.

The new space observatory is scheduled for launch in 2018. Mr Cowan said: 'If you look at Brazil or Indonesia with an infrared telescope from space, it can look cold and that's because you're seeing the cloud deck' He explained that the as the cloud deck is at high altitude it is extremely cold and the same could be true of a habitable planet with a highly reflective cloud cover. The researchers said that if the telescope detects a similar cold signal over the star-facing side of an alien planet, it is 'almost definitely from clouds.' 'It's a confirmation that you do have surface liquid water.'

Virtual reality is now reality NEWS DESK Ever wanted to step inside your favourite video games? Now you can thanks to headgear that transforms games into virtual reality. The Oculus Rift, made by Icelandic developers EVR, is a headset fitted with a seven-inch screen that is worn while playing certain video games. A gamer uses the console's controller in the normal way but instead of looking at a TV screen, the images are shown through the visor in stereoscopic 3D - making the gamer feel as if they are playing inside the game. The Oculus Rift works by tracking the player’s head movements using sensor technology. It also uses a new technique called low-latency mitigation that lets the players explore the world as if it was a reality. Low-latency mitigation minimises the delay between the eyes seeing an image and processing what it sees. This makes the images appear to be happening closer to real time. The Rift's display shows two unique images, one for each eye, that the player’s mind fuses into a single stereoscopic 3D view of the virtual world. At this year’s E3 conference in Los Angeles, players could immerse themselves in the first game made for the Rift – a virtual reality space dog fighting game. With the Playstation 4 and Xbox One on the horizon, EVR is keen to see the Oculus Rift used in next-generation gaming. There is, however, no word on how much it would retail for if released. Nate Mitchell, Vice President of Product Development at Oculus Rift, added: ‘We'd love the Oculus Rift to work with nextgen consoles and there are no technical hurdles preventing this from happening. 'It's simply a strategic partnership decision for the platform holders. 'Right now, we're focused on building an incredible, VR platform for the PC, which is a great fit for the cutting-edge nature and requirements of high-end, immersive virtual reality experiences.’ For gamers who can't wait to experience immersive 3D gaming, the ZEISS cinemizer OLED is an alternative to the Oculus Rift and is available now. Like the Oculus Rift, it is a head-mounted display, however, it was designed for

more than gaming. It has been used by drone-pilots as well as architects who use them for virtual reality walkthroughs of buildings currently being built. It hasn't got the same huge field of vision as the Oculus Rift but the ZEISS cinemizer has a smaller was to make a smaller, sharper image

on a lighter head mounted display. It has an optional headtracker, too, but this feature is not fully supported by console games yet. This headtracker does work with PC games, though. The ZEISS cinemizer OLED costs £599 and the headtracker attachment is an additional £189.


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dWaynE bravo susPEndEd for onE match SPORTS DESK Dwayne Bravo, the West Indies captain, has been suspended for one match after being fined a second time within 12 months for maintaining a slow over-rate. He will miss the crucial tri-series match against Sri Lanka on Sunday. West Indies were ruled one over short of the target at the end of match against India in Port-of-Spain for which the match referee, Jeff Crowe, fined Bravo 20% of his match fee and his team members, 10% of their match fees. “The captains were informed of their respective positions relating to over-rate breaches before the start of the series,” Crowe said. “On Friday, the umpires had kept Dwayne [Bravo] informed throughout the innings about the position regarding overrates, and more so when his side fell behind.” The charge was laid by onfield umpires Nigel Llong and Peter Nero, as well as third umpire Nigel Duguid and fourth umpire Joel Wilson, with Bravo pleading guilty. It was the second such offence for Bravo after he was fined for a slow over-rate during the Champions Trophy match against South Africa on June 14. Virat Kohli was also slapped with a similar fine after India’s match against Sri Lanka in Kingston.

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NDIA surged back into contention in the Celkon Mobile Cup Tri-Nation Series with a crushing 102-run victory over the West Indies in the fourth match at the Queen’s Park Oval on Friday. At the bottom of the standings following defeats in Jamaica in their first two

matches of the competition, the World Cup holders rebounded with a tremendous all-round effort in the sultry Trinidad conditions. Put in by home captain Dwayne Bravo, the Champions Trophy winners amassed 311 for seven batting first and

then earned a bonus point to go with the comprehensive win in restricting the home side to 171 all out after the Windies were set a revised target of 274 off 39 overs under the DuckworthLewis system following a 90-minute interruption for rain. West Indies have little time to lick their wounds as they face Sri Lanka on Sunday before the preliminary phase of the series concludes on Tuesday with the Indians taking on the Sri Lankans. The Caribbean side still top the table with nine points but India have joined Sri Lanka on five, although they still trail on net run-rate, leaving all the possibilities open ahead of the remaining fixtures. With injured regular captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni looking on approvingly, stand-in skipper Virat Kohli led from the front with an attacking innings of 102 - his 14th ODI century - in pacing India to their formidable total. He was given an excellent platform courtesy of an opening partnership of 123 between Shikhar Dhawan (69) and Rohit Sharma (46) and was in no mood to waste such a promising foundation, blasting his way to the hundred in the final over of the innings off 83 deliveries with 13 fours and two sixes. He struck the ball cleanly and powerfully from the start of his innings, and even though wickets were falling regularly at the other end, the attacking right-hander was able to gradually raise the tempo of his innings to the point that he was in fully cry and dominating a seventhwicket partnership of 90 with Ravi Ashwin (25 not out) off just 52 deliveries. “More than my performance, I’m

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really happy that the team won, and with the bonus point to get back into contention,” said a delighted Kohli after victory was formalised. “When you’ve got three quality teams in a competition like this, you can expect turnarounds like what happened here. I’m just happy we’ve got the result we wanted today so we’ll see what happens on Sunday to know what we have to do in our final match.” India’s bowlers were equally determined in defence of the total, the seamers showing impressive energy and hostility to strike important early blows, none more vital than Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s removal of the dangerous Chris Gayle for just ten in only the third over. Omitted from the side for what proved a humiliating 161-run defeat to Sri Lanka in Jamaica, Kumar fully justified his recall, adding the scalps of

Darren Bravo and Kieron Pollard for a first-ball “duck” for good measure. Umesh Yadav also snared three wickets while the giant Ishant Sharma accounted for two key victims upon the resumption from the rain-break, including top-scorer Johnson Charles (45), during a nightmarish period of play for the home side when they slipped from 64 for two to 69 for five. An entertaining ninth-wicket partnership of 58 between Kemar Roach and Sunil Narine threatened to deny India the critical bonus point before Ravindra Jadeja ended the unexpected resistance with two wickets in two balls. “Chasing 300 runs was never going to be an easy target, but I honestly felt we could have done a lot better,” said a disappointed Dwayne Bravo. “We have an important match against Sri Lanka coming up and we can’t afford to make the same mistakes again.”

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England will find themselves in the unusual position of firm favourites when they begin the defence of the Ashes against Australia at Nottingham’s Trent Bridge ground next week. The hosts are bidding for a third successive series win over their arch-rivals – something they last achieved back in the 1950s. While an Australia attack featuring Peter Siddle and James Pattinson could yet prove a match for England seamers such as James Anderson and Stuart Broad, provided they remain free of injuries, the outcome of the series is likely to hinge on the performance of

‘from dEath thrEats to ashEs drEams’ SPORTS DESK Pakistan-born legspinner Fawad Ahmed has spoken of the death threats and intimidation he received before fleeing to Australia and getting a fairytale chance to play in the Ashes series in England starting this month. Ahmed, 31, was this week granted citizenship and could now

feature in Australia’s effort to reclaim the Ashes, starting in Nottingham on Thursday. The cricketer opened up about his experiences in an interview published Saturday about how he was forced to flee in 2009 after receiving death threats from extremists in his native Pakistan for his perceived promotion of Western values, and for helping an NGO that

championed women’s education, health and vaccinations. “I got seriously threatened by those people,’’ Ahmed, who sought asylum in Australia, said in an interview with the Herald Sun newspaper. “They terrorised me, they made death threats to me. They don’t like to educate women. They want the people in the dark so that they can

the tourists’ batsmen. Australia captain Michael Clarke apart, the visitors’ top-order does not boast another proven world-class run-scorer. When England won the last Ashes series in Australia in 2010/11 3-1, all three of their victories were by an innings – a reflection of their batting strength and Australia’s batting weakness. The hope expressed this week by former Australia all-rounder Tom Moody was that, just as in 1989 when Australia were written off ahead of the Ashes only to win 4-0, a new star batsman will emerge just as Steve Waugh did 24 years ago. But former Australia captain Ian Chappell was gloomy about Australia’s prospects of regaining the urn. “I just don’t see any way Australia can beat England,” Chappell, who added he also expected England to win the return series in Australia starting in November, told the Guardian’s website in an interview. Australia sacked coach Mickey Arthur just 16 days before this Ashes series and replaced him with Darren Lehmann after poor results, including a 4-0 series loss in India in March, were compounded by offfield problems.

SPORTS DESK: Harmeet Singh, a member of India Under-19’s 2012 World Cup-winning squad, appeared before BCCI’s anti-corruption and security unit chief, Ravi Sawani in a spot-fixing probe in Mumbai. Sawani is currently investigating the alleged involvement of Rajasthan Royals players, Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan, in spot-fixing during IPl 2013. Harmeet, who played one game for Rajasthan Royals in this season, shared all the information he had about the fixing episode with Sawani. The 20-yearold left-arm spinner was summoned by Sawani after he recorded a statement, which is admissible in court, before a magistrate in Delhi on Wednesday. According to

news reports, Jitender Singh, alias Jeetu, a bookie who was arrested in connection with the IPl corruption scandal last week, alleged that he had tried to get Harmeet involved but didn’t strike a deal as the player was too young. The BCCI has no intention of suspending Harmeet pending enquiry. The board did consider taking such action against Harmeet’s Rajasthan Royals team-mate, Siddharth Trivedi for an alleged breach of the IPl code of conduct; Trivedi had recorded a statement before a magistrate in a Delhi court, sharing information related to the spot-fixing case. The BCCI decided that it would be unfair to suspend Trivedi, given that he was co-operating with the ACSU as well as the authorities.


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AKISTAN claimed their first victory over England in any form of the women’s game with a nervejangling one-run win in the second Twenty- 20 match at Haslegrave Ground, Loughborough on Friday (July 5). Having been comprehensively beaten earlier in the day, Pakistan fought tenaciously to defend what seemed a below-par total as Arran Brindle narrowly failed to steer England home when 13 runs were required off the last six balls. Anya Shrubsole was caught off first delivery, as Bismah Maroof took responsibility for the final over, but they succeeded in getting Arran Brindle on strike. She halved the deficit with a blow for six but, with three needed to win off the last ball, Arran Brindle was run out attempting to come back for a second. The damage had been done earlier by Sumaiya Siddiqi and Sadia Yousuf, as England slid disastrously from 28 for 0 to 52 for 6 in 6.1 overs. Pakistan women equalled their record of smallest victory in Twenty-20 cricket by winning the match by one run. It was second time when Pakistan women recorded a single run win. Their first one came against Indian women at Galle on October 1, 2012. Pakistan women also equalled their record of highest innings total by making 116 for eight in 20 overs. They also scored 116 for five in 17.3 overs against West Indies at Providence on September 10,2011 and 116 for six in 20 overs against Ireland at Dublin on May 29,2009. Pakistan women’s previous highest against England was 87 for seven in 20 overs at Loughborough on September 4,2012.

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Umar Akmal has returned to the Pakistan side, possibly in the role of a wicketkeeper-batsman, for their tour of West Indies later this month after being dropped for the Champions Trophy. Having donned the gloves in only seven of his 71 ODI matches, he is aware of the difficulty ahead of him. “I’ve played a lot of cricket for Pakistan as a batsman and to be handed the responsibility of having to also keep wicket is a tough ask,” Akmal said in an interview with Pakpassion. “But sometimes you have to do things outside your comfort zone in sport and, if the selectors, captain and coach want me to keep wicket then I am prepared to do that and to give it my best shot.” “I’ve always enjoyed batting and fielding,” he said. “(But) Bowling and wicketkeeping have never really been in my plans. We had enough wicketkeepers in our household and I was never needed as a keeper when we (Umar,

Kamran and Adnan Akmal) practised as youngsters.” Pakistan came away from the Champions Trophy without a single win and their batting, except for Misbah-ul-Haq, was consistently brittle. To deal with this, the selectors dropped out-ofform batsmen Shoaib Malik, Imran Farhat and Kamran Akmal from the 15-man squad bound for the Caribbean. In Kamran’s absence, Umar has been slotted in as a wicketkeeper-batsman, with Mohammad Rizwan as backup. “Everybody had an opinion that to pick a side that can explore opportunities, we would need a wicketkeeper who is also a fulltime batsman,” Pakistan coach Dav Whatmore said. “We will be working with Umar to ensure he gets as much practice as he can to become a player who can fulfill both roles. We have seen this with South Africa, this is also what Rahul Dravid did for India years ago. So we need to understand what we are trying to achieve with this and we have to be patient after giving him a chance.”

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Malaysia have kept alive their hopes of qualifying for the 2014 Rabobank Hockey World Cup by defeating Pakistan 3-1 in their 5-8 placement meeting in Johor Bahru, Malaysia on Saturday. The win sets up a 5-6 placement match against Japan, shoot-out winners over South Africa earlier in the day. Pakistan and South Africa will compete in the 7-8 play-off game. Malaysia have kept alive their hopes of qualifying for the 2014 Rabobank Hockey World Cup by defeating Pakistan 3-1 in their 5-8 placement meeting here in Johor Bahru. The win sets up a 5-6 placement match against Japan,

victors over South Africa earlier in the day. As there is a very real possibility that a fifth place finish here in Johor could result in a berth at the World Cup, today’s result ensures that the meeting between the hosts and Japan will have an enormous amount of meaning for everyone involved. Paul Revington’s men were in terrific form in the contest against the world number 5 ranked team, and drew first blood in the 14th minute when Muhammad Razie Adbul Rahim arrowed a penalty corner drag-flick into the bottom left corner. However, Pakistan were level just two minutes later when Shafqat Rasool clipped in after a stunning passing move, but a mistake from goalkeeper Imran Butt resulted in an Own Goal in the 19th minute to re-establish the Malaysian advantage.


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siddiQuE continuEs to ExcEl lAHORE: Mohammad Siddique, Hamza Amin, Mohammad Munir and Mohammad Shabbir displayed champion like capabilities at the end of the second round of this three rounds Coke 15th Sind Open Golf Championship, in progress at the par 72, Arabian Sea Golf and Country Club Golf Course. Powering their tee shots in the 300 yards plus range and shooting their approach shots to perfection during the second round of this title bearing championship, these established golf champions of the national golf arena excelled in all aspects of the game and in the process ended up dominating the flow of the championship, as the event moves into the final phase. The overnight leader, Siddique of Faisalabad did not relent and remained a front runner at the end of the second round. Siddique rolled in birdies on holes 3,4,7,10,11 and 17,backed them up by regulation pars on 12 holes and conceded a stroke loss on the par-3, 13th hole. He duplicated his scoring excellence of the first day, a gross 67 and secured an aggregate score of 134, ten under par. His overall hitting had that quality touch and so outstanding was his effort that at the conclusion of his round he was applauded by his competing mates and generously patted by Arif Abbasi, the President of the Arabian Sea Country Club. Another competitor who oozed excellence was the young one, Hamza Amin. Hamza impressed with his massive tee shots and watching his short game around the greens was a delight, with the soft touch evident and the control absolutely automatic. Two eagles on holes 7 and 9 had a magical touch and the birdies on holes 4, 6, 8 and 9 were simply the work of a champion, in winning form. This effort gave Hamza a round of 66 on the second day and an aggregate of 135, nine under par, after two rounds, and a second place on the leader board, one stroke behind the leader, Siddique. Hamza Amin stated: “The greens were on my side on Saturday. A 65 on any day feels good and leaves my self confidence fairly high, going into the final round”. He paid compliments to the Organising Team at Arabian Sea for the wonderful greens. Out of the other established combatants, Munir and Shabbir Iqbal produced quality rounds that are expected of them every time they compete. In the first round Munir carded a round of 70 while Shabbir had a modest round of 71. In the second round it was a different story altogether. Munir produced a round of 66 on the second day and his shots were copybook from the tee to the green. The flair in his hitting was a treat to watch and his putter responded to his every move. The birdies came a bit too frequently, the first one on hole number 3 followed by six others on holes 4, 7, 9, 13 and 18. As for Shabbir, he did not wait long to return to a position where he can prove to be fearsome on the final day. Helped by seven birdies, nine pars with a touch of blemish through two bogies he managed an aggregate score of 138 (70+67), six under par and though he is four strokes behind the leader, the arrears of this number do not bother him.

the Leaderboard aFter 36 hoLes: M.siddique (Faisalabad) 67+67=134; hamza amin (PGF) 70+65=135; M.Munir (u Fone) 70+66=136; M.shabbir (u Fone) 71+67=138; waheed baloch (kGc) 70+71=141; kamran shafiq (71+70) =141; aadil Jehangir (Gymkhana) 71+70=141; Muhammad akram (Gymkhana) 71+70=141; anser Mehmood (69+73) 142; Muhammed ashfaq (air Man Golf club) 69+73=142; talib hussain (u Fone) 70+72=142; afsar ali (karachi) 71+71=142; sajjad khan (72+70=142.

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hEnman backs murray to bE a chamPion lONDON: Tim Henman is backing Andy Murray to defeat Novak Djokovic and win his first Wimbledon title. Henman, a four-time semifinalist at the All England Club, has been impressed by the way Murray has negotiated the draw under great pressure and believes the support the British number one will have on Centre Court can give him the edge. Murray defeated big-serving Pole Jerzy Janowicz in four sets yesterday after Djokovic had needed almost five hours to see off the challenge of Juan Martin del Potro. Henman told BBC Sport: “Andy has talked about the pressure and expectation that’s been put on him this year and, with that in mind, he’s performed phenomenally well. “I felt there was going to be a very positive reaction after he was taken to five sets by Fernando Verdasco and the way he dealt with all the challenges that Janowicz threw at him was sensational.” Murray is aiming to go one better than last year, when he lost in the final to Roger Federer, and has a record of one win from three grand slam finals against Djokovic so far. He is also bidding to become Britain’s first Wimbledon men’s singles champion since Fred Perry in 1936. aG e n C i e S

to mishit a forehand return of a booming second serve. Hitting more aces than the Pole, Murray moved into a 5-4 lead and held two set points on the Janowicz serve but allowed both to escape him and when the set moved into a tie-break it was the young giant who dominated it. Murray collected just two points before a weak double-fault handed the opening set to the Pole after 49 minutes. Having performed disappointingly in the first set, Murray did better in the second by breaking in the opening game, courtesy of a pair of Polish double faults, and he passed up a golden opportunity to take a 41 lead by allowing the Pole to escape two break points. At 3-2 Murray had to fend

off a Polish break point, and then at 4-3 there were three more chances for the tall Pole to break. Again Murray survived just - before going on to hold serve and level the match after one hour and 33 minutes. As the light on Centre Court began to fade and Janowicz repeatedly wanted to know when the roof might be closed it was Murray, to the dismay of the crowd, who struggled to hold his comparatively inexperienced opponent at bay early in the third set and he found himself 4-1 down before, pumping his arms to seek the spectators’ support, the Scot launched a thrilling counter-attack which provided the fans with just what they had been wanting to cheer for.

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Three-time Wimbledon champion John McEnroe has backed Andy Murray to end Britain’s long wait for the men’s title on Sunday. Neither a bad-light delay nor the brute force of Poland’s big-hitting Jerzy Janowicz could stop the 26-year-old marching into his second successive final at the All England Club. Last year Roger Federer denied him and now world number one Novak Djokovic stands in Murray’s way. Serbian top seed Djokovic beat Juan Martin del Potro in the longest semi-final in Wimbledon history earlier in the day something McEnroe believes will help Murray become the first British men’s singles winner at the championships since Fred Perry in 1936. “I favour him,” the American said on the BBC. “I think the physical aspect of today [Friday] will have some impact.

venus Williams to miss teamtennis SPORTS DESK Venus Williams has pulled out of World TeamTennis matches next week because of the back injury that kept her out of Wimbledon. Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam title winner, was scheduled to play for the Washington Kastles in home matches Monday and Tuesday, and on the road against the Texas Wild on Wednesday. The Kastles are on a 32-match winning streak. The 33-year-old American has not competed since a first-round loss at the French Open on May 26. She had played at Wimbledon every year since making her debut there in 1997.


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lONDON: World no.15 Marion Bartoli is the new Wimbledon women’s singles champion following a straight sets victory over Sabine Lisicki. A tearful Sabine Lisicki suffered a harrowing case of stage fright as she gift-wrapped the Wimbledon title for France’s Marion Bartoli. Lisicki had gained huge admiration for the way she beat last year’s champion Serena Williams earlier in the tournament, but today she pushed the self-destruct button in her first grand slam final, losing to 15th seed Bartoli 6-1 6-4 after an hour and 21 minutes on Centre Court. At one point in the second set, the nervy German was so overcome with emotion that she shed tears as she blew the chance to be the first player from her country to win a grand slam singles event in 14 years. Bartoli had endured a miserable 2013 before this fortnight. She failed to pass the third round of any tournament and her coaching relationship with her father Walter came to an end. But she was a picture of delight this afternoon as she lifted the famous Venus Rosewater Dish on Centre Court after racing into the stands to hug Walter. At the start of the match on a sunbaked afternoon, it looked as if it would be Bartoli, who had not won a major before today, that would throw away her chance at glory. Bartoli reached the final here in 2007, but she seemed over-awed by the occasion at the beginning. After taking her place on court in front of a number of the greats in the women’s game in the Royal Box, Bartoli double-faulted twice in a row to give Lisicki an early break. Lisicki could not capitalise despite the big support she enjoyed from the crowd. The German, who had become the darling of the tournament after beating Williams in the fourth round, allowed Bartoli to break her serve twice in a row after some wayward shots from the 23-year-old. Lisicki lost her nerve again in the sixth game, double-faulting before sending a simple forehand long. Serving, Bartoli won her game to love after Lisicki netted with a weak forehand that typified her whole first-set performance. Lisicki finally held serve for the first time in the match and she had a chance to swing the momentum of the match in her favour in the second game of the second set. aG en CieS

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HE Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) in keeping with its many criminal acts against genuine athletes and National Federations threw out the Pakistan National Volleyball squad training for the first leg of the Asian qualifiers for the World Championship at Colombo from the Jinnah Sports Complex just 10 days ahead of the event. Despite that the Pakistani spikers wrapped themselves in glory and have made the nation proud by marching on into the second qualifying round, to be held in Korea, while the World Championships shall be played in Poland in 2014. The Team Pakistan qualified along with India for the second round of the World Championships from the Central Asian Zone, by beating Sri Lanka and Maldives at Sughatadasa Indoor Stadium, Colombo. The Team Pakistan would have remained unbeaten and defeated India as well if it were at full strength – which it was not owing to

again PSB machinations as some Pakistan Volleyball Federation (PVF) units withdrew their players from the national team, preferring the bogus National Games over the World Qualifiers. “This is a tremendous achievement as Pakistan was practically playing with a second string, with half of its original team of two setters and two receiverscum-power attackers, and one central blocker not available to it. However new setter Akhtar, Aimal Khan Nasir and Ali Abbas gave an outstanding performance. If Team Pakistan had its full complement, we are confident we would have beaten India as well. This happened because so-called National Games were given preference over the national team’s World Cup assignment”, said Ch. Yaqoob, president of the PVF speaking on the phone from Colombo. “These withdrawn players were national assets trained and groomed by the PVF over long years to perform at the highest level. And the Team Pakistan was denied their services at such a crucial juncture when it was battling for national honour abroad. It is a travesty

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that some organizations that employ them don’t allow them to feature in a national assignment of global importance. “To cap it all, the PSB stopped the national camp and told the volleyball squad to leave the Jinnah Sports Complex, Islamabad in 12 hours as if they were criminals. “This is all due to petty politics being spurred on by the PSB and some defeated elements that are spoiling the sporting environment in the country”, said Ch. Yaqub. Meanwhile, Lt. Gen. (Retd) Syed Arif Hasan has congratulated the Pakistan volleyball squad on its achievement despite the obstacles created by the PSB and its self-serving officials who have little concern for national cause and honour. “The Pakistan Sports Complex was built up by the state, with funds from the public exchequer. It is nobody’s personal property. It needs to be investigated as to why the PSB threw out national players out with just 10 days ahead of participation in an international event of great significance,” said Gen. Arif Hasan.

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lcca holding rEcEPtion for WinnEr tEams lAHORE: The LCCA arranges a reception on July 7 at 4 pm in honour of the Regional Inter District Cricket champion Lahore Region team for winning the regional cricket trophy. All the office-bearers of East, North and West Zone Cricket Associations will participate in this ceremony, arranged by Aizad Hussain Sayid, interim chairman of Lahore Region Cricket Association. According to a spokesman of the LCCA, the reception has been arranged to pay tributes to the regional inter-district U-19 champion and runner-up teams of LRCA. It will be a first ever ceremony of LCCA history where all 120 players of all zonal cricket associations have been called and they all will be given special prizes to encourage them. The office bearers of zonal cricket associations of LCCA have also been invited in this reception. All regional coaches and other cricketing personalities have been invited in this ceremony. Staff repOrt

hamilton seizes pole in germany for mercedes LAHORE: The country’s only ladies tennis star Ushna Suhail has won her semi-final in straight sets to reach the final of the Volvo Tennis Tour Tournament at Tenhoeve on Saturday. Ushna, national ladies tennis champion, made short work of Dutch player Miss Marisca Clearhout in the semifinals 6-0, 6-1 at Het Nieuwsblad at Tenhoeve tennis, Antwerp, Belgium. Ushna did not permit her opponent to settle down right from the start with her serve and volley game coupled with aggressive baseline shots and winners. She plays finals on Sunday. Staff repOrt

NUERBURGRING: Britain’s Lewis Hamilton took pole position for home team Mercedes on Saturday for Sunday’s German Formula One Grand Prix. Red Bull’s German world champion Sebastian Vettel will be second on the grid and team mate Mark Webber third but Mercedes’s Nico Rosberg, winner in Britain last weekend, will start 11th after a team misjudgement. aGenCieS


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OHAMED ElBaradei, a former UN nuclear agency chief, will be named Egypt’s interim prime minister later on Saturday, a presidential source said. Interim head of state Adli Mansour was installed on Thursday to oversee a military roadmap to elections, the day after the army overthrew Islamist President Mohamed Morsi. ElBaradei was among liberal leaders who opposed Mursi and called for the massive protests that showed how the Muslim Brotherhood had angered millions of Egyptians. Mansour held talks on Saturday with the army chief and political leaders, including ElBaradei, on how to pull the country out of crisis as the death toll from Islamist protests over the army’s overthrow of Morsi rose to at least 35. Man-

sour later summoned ElBaradei back to the presidential palace, the state news agency reported, without giving more details. The prime minister will be sworn in at 8 p.m. (2:00 p.m. EDT), state newspaper AlAhram reported, not naming who will be sworn in. Mahmoud Badr, founder of the “Tamarud-Rebel!” movement that organised the mass anti-Morsi demonstrations, told Reuters that he had been informed by an aide to Mansour that ElBaradei had been selected. A senior official in the Freedom and Justice Party, the Brotherhood’s political wing, said he rejected Mohamed ElBaradei’s appointment as interim prime minister and described him as Washington’s choice. “We reject this coup and all that results from it, including ElBaradei,” Farid Ismail told Reuters at an Islamist gathering in northern Cairo. Political sources have said ElBaradei, who won the Nobel

asif signals immediate hike in power tariffs ISlAMABAD: Federal Water and Power Minister Khawaja Asif has decided to ramp up power tariffs, saying the increase will help resolve the power crisis facing the country. Speaking to a British television channel, Asif said the power tariffs will be enhanced for industrial and commercial consumers immediately, in July. For residential consumers, however, the power price will be augmented in two to three months. Asif also commented that the issue of circular debt was spawned by the subsidy. The government, however, has decided to abolish the subsidy. The minister said that the circular debt might soar up to Rs. 150 billion if the power tariff is not increased for the next two to three months. He added that the government would also try to cut the per unit production cost of electricity, which now stands at Rs 14, bringing it down to around Rs 11. He said that no other country in the world has as many vehicles consuming CNG fuel as Pakistan. Asif maintained that millions of Pakistanis could not be deprived of electricity for CNG-vehicle owners. Online

peace prize for his work as head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), would also be acceptable to Western governments that have been reluctant to call the removal of Mursi and his Muslim Brotherhood a military coup. At least 35 people died and more than 1,000 were wounded in violence on Friday and Saturday, with the army struggling to maintain order in Cairo, Alexandria and other cities and towns, where pro- and anti-Morsi demonstrators fought street battles. The most deadly clashes were in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, where 14 people died and 200 were wounded. In central Cairo, rival protesters clashed late into the night with stones, knives, petrol bombs and clubs as armoured personnel carriers rumbled among them. It took hours to restore calm on the Nile River bridges around the landmark Egyptian Museum. Anti-Morsi activists remained encamped in a suburb of the capital.

ogra stops gas supply to 350 cng stations located in residential areas lAHORE: Following on the orders from the Lahore High Court and their own show cause notices, the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) has disconnected gas supply to as many as 350 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) stations. “We have disconnected gas supply to 350 CNG stations which were also served show cause notices,” said an OGRA official, adding that these CNG stations were found adjacent to schools, mosques and hospitals. Other officials of OGRA said that the licenses of these CNG stations would be revoked to ensure the safety of the masses. At present, over 3,000 CNG stations are operational in the country and majority of them is located in residential areas. The OGRA official said that several cases of CNG stations near to mosques, hospitals and schools were indentified in Karachi and no such CNG station was indentified in Hyderabad. He said that more reports were being collected regarding setting up CNG stations in residential areas and that show cause notices were issued following rules and regulations. Staff repOrt

Manmohan to meet sharif on sidelines of uNga in september NEW DELHI aGenCieS

Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh has confirmed his visit to UN General Assembly in September, paving the way for a muchawaited meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. It is understood that the Indian government has already conveyed to Pakistani authorities that Singh is willing to meet Sharif in New York in the last week of September. Singh had skipped the UNGA in 2012, but was expected to go this year, which, perhaps, led to a proposal from Islamabad for a meeting with Sharif on the sidelines. Despite being invited repeatedly, Singh has studiously avoided going to Pakistan in the past couple of years. Singh has been under pressure in the recent past to respond positively to Sharif’s assertions that he wants to have better ties with India. The Indian PM’s confirmation comes days after Pakistan proposed the meeting. Sharif’s special advisor for foreign affairs Sartaz Aziz first came up with the proposal when he met Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid last week on the sidelines of an interna-

tional security conference in Brunei. Interestingly, it is still not clear whether Singh will also visit Washington for his bilateral meeting with President Barack Obama during his stay in the US in the last week of September. Indian government sources said the dates for Obama meeting are still being worked out and that things will become clear only after VicePresident Joe Biden visit’s to New Delhi later this month. Obama had earlier sent an invite to Singh to visit Washington for what will be the PM’s second bilateral with him in the US. When Aziz proposed the meeting last week, Singh’s participation in the UNGA was not certain as the Indian side was still awaiting confirmation of the dates for the Obama meeting. Sharif’s special envoy Shararyar Khan also met Singh on Friday and reiterated Sharif’s desire for a meeting with him. In his meeting with Khurshid, Aziz had said that India must seize the initiative at the very top in Pakistan to improve relations as he renewed Sharif’s invite for Singh to visit Pakistan. Khurshid had responded by saying that it was time now to show “specific steps” for forward movement in relations. Published by Arif Nizami at Plot # 7, Al-Baber Centre, F/8 Markaz, Islamabad.


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