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RESIDENT Barack Obama and Republican contender Mitt Romney faced the moment of truth on Tuesday as Americans turned up in large numbers to pick their leader for next four years after months of gruelling campaigns in a polarized political landscape. Signifying the intensity of the contest, which has defied outcome predictions, votes in the first minute of the opening US vote in a tiny northern New Hampshire village at midnight threw up a tie, giving the two candidates five votes each. The dead heat of the political campaigns for the White House was matched by voters’ enthusiasm on a freezing November morning along the East Coast as citizens waited in long queues to give their verdict. The election day witnessed a first instance when aspirant Romney continued his campaign in the swing states. He cast his vote in Massachusetts. An in first for an incumbent president, Obama had cast his vote days back, in an attempt to encourage early voting, which according to experts, will favour him. Around thirty percent of voters said in this weekend’s NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll that they had already cast a ballot, a proportion that could be even higher in states, where Democrats and Republicans have fought high-stakes political battles. Washington D.C. and adjoined Mary-

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land and Virginia states saw promising turn out from the start of voting. Virginia along with Florida and Ohio, is expected to affect the poll outcome crucially as survey after survey have sensed an even fight between the two candidates nationally as well as many of the so-called swing states. Washington metro area has a large Pakistani-American population, which estimates put at around 100,000. Meanwhile, voting also got under way in New York and New Jersey, the two states badly hit by Sandy storm. The displaced voters were allowed to cast their vote via fax, email or in mail. The development has raised questions. Voters were also proceeding in large numbers in cities and towns along the West Coast to cast their vote. While the hotly contested election has prevented political observers from predicting a specific outcome, the US electoral process says a party can only choose its president and vice president if it can garner 270 electoral votes from a total of 538, consisting of 435 House of Representatives, 100 Senate and three D.C. electors. The vote takes place when Americans see economic recovery as their number one issue. Washington has been experiencing highly charged partisan environment in recent years. A report in The New York Times captured the situation facing the Americans. “If both campaigns could seem small at times, the issues confronting the nation remained big: how to continue to rebuild after the worst economic downturn since

NEW YORK: Poll worker Lisa Amico helps voters by flashlight in a dark and unheated tent serving as a polling site in the Midland Beach section of Staten Island on Tuesday. the Great Depression; whether to implement Mr. Obama’s health care law to cover the uninsured, or undo it; whether to reshape Medicare for future beneficiaries to try to curb its costs; whether to raise taxes to reduce the federal deficit or to rely on

spending cuts alone; how to wind down the war in Afghanistan without opening the region to new dangers; and how to navigate the post-Arab Spring world.” Another indication of how close and razor-thin the margin of victory could be

came when Obama made an impassioned presentation at a rally in Des Moines, Iowa Monday night. “It all comes down to you,” Obama said. “It’s out of my hands now. It’s in yours,” he added, four years after making it to the White House on a wave of popularity.

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A federal US appellate court on Monday upheld the conviction of PakistaniAmerican neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui, who was accused of trying to kill US troops and FBI agents in Afghanistan four years ago. The second US Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said a lower court judge had not erred in allowing Dr Siddiqui, 40, to testify in her own defence at trial two years ago and in allowing certain evidence against her. The Pakistani neuroscientist was sentenced to 86 years in prison after she was convicted of grabbing a US soldier’s M-4 assault rifle and trying to shoot a group of FBI agents and soldiers at an Afghan police compound in July 2008, a charge she consistently denied during the trial. At trial, she testified that she was simply trying to escape the room and was shot by someone who saw her. Siddiqui, whose conviction was widely criticised in Pakistan and by some human rights activists, was sentenced by US District Judge Richard Berman in September 2010. She was convicted by a New York federal jury of attempted murder, armed assault and other charges. The Pakistani neuroscientist is now spending time in prison in Carswell, Texas. Continued on page 04

Asserting the Supreme Court’s authority as envisaged in the constitution of Pakistan, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJ) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Tuesday said the apex court was the final authority to decide constitutional matters. The CJ said that Supreme Court was seriously considering a statement made on Monday, in apparent reference to army chief General Ashfaq Kayani’s speech the other day in which he said no single institution could define national interest or exceeds its role under the constitution. The CJ said national institutions were strong and there should be no doubt about it. His comments came during the hearing of a petition filed by Sardar Ghazi on the media’s role after the Abbottabad Operation that killed Osama Bin Laden. The petitioner contended that after the Abbottabad Operation, the media discredited the armed forces and the judiciary. The petitioner’s counsel Raja Irshad argued that the media was defaming the armed forces on a regular basis. He said it was the media that gave a wrong impression of the army chief and CJ’s statements made on Monday. The lawyer claimed that the CJ’s statement was made out to seem like he was having a fight with the army chief. The counsel further contended that the armed forces were being maligned in a planned manner, but the fact was that they always respected the Supreme Court by implementing its orders. To this, the chief justice said,

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“Yes, we have witnessed it yesterday (Monday).” The CJ directed the counsel to refrain from speaking on the subject, saying the court was seriously considering the statement. In his arguments, the counsel claimed that PEMRA laws needed to be implemented as the media was defaming the army and judiciary. Upon this, the CJ said there was no conflict between institutions, however, some points raised by the counsel related to implementing media laws would be taken seriously. During the hearing, the CJ also sought all press releases issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) after the Abbottabad Operation.

The court also sought a copy of article written by President Asif Ali Zardari for Wall Street Journal to ascertain what was defamatory in it, as being claimed by the petitioner. The chief justice said the case would be heard keeping the article in perspective and adjourned the proceedings until November 22. The court also sought the terms of reference (ToR) of the Abbottabad Commission and footage of two programmes on Geo TV and all statements of former Pakistani ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani to ascertain whether anyone violated Article 19. The court said it would decide the maintainability of the cases after finding all the record.

Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira on Tuesday said parliament was the supreme institution in the country as it represented the will of the people. “There is no doubt that the Supreme Court is the apex court in the country, but when we talk about supreme institution, parliament is the supreme institution per the constitution,” he said while talking to reporters after attending a certificate distribution ceremony among students of institutions working under Wafaq-ulMadaris. “It is parliament which has the power to make, amend or abrogate the constitution. Similarly, the parliament has the right to abolish any institution. In fact, the parliament is the mother of all institutions,” he added. The minister said the government had been saying from day one that all of the country’s institutions should work in their constitutional domain. Kaira said politicians had always been subjected to media trials even before court verdicts were announced against allegations levelled against them and their public image was tarnished by one-sided talk shows and columns. He said the institutions were not built in days and targeting institutions was not in national interest. Kaira said the Pakistan People’s Party had had bitter experiences, but it never targeted any institution of the country. To a question, Kaira said the government would take all possible steps to promote education in the country.


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MULTAN: Activists of Pakistan Kissan Ittehad scramble after some of the protesters caught fire when they set ablaze cotton during their demonstration. INP

PESHAWAR: Two new polio cases have surfaced, one each in FATA and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, after which the number of the polio cases in the current year has mounted to 51 in the country. According to the National Institute of Health, polio virus was diagnosed in an 18-month-old child, Asad, resident of Buner while the second case was reported in Khyber Agency where two-year-old Muslim was found suffering from the disease. He had received only one dose of polio vaccine. Dr Jan Baz Afridi, the deputy director of Expended Programme on Immunization EPI of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa confirmed that Asad had polio. The 18-month-old child’s Parents claimed that they had regularly gotten their son vaccinated against polio. “He had received seven doses of the polio vaccine,” the doctor confirmed, adding that some cases were reported in past where the children had been vaccinated. After these two news cases, the number of the polio cases in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had risen to 20 and those in FATA had gone up to 19 in the current years. Dr Afridi said the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Health Department was planning to carry out special immunisation campaigns in the province. “The aim of the special immunization campaigns is to stop the rising number of polio cases.” However, he said oral polio vaccine was unavailable and as soon as they received it, they would launch the campaigns. STAff REPORT

5kg bomb recovered, defused near Quaid’s mausoleum KARACHI: The bomb disposal squad (BDS) defused a 5kg bomb from a suspicious parcel placed on the road near the Quaid’s mausoleum. Members of Majlis-eWahdatul Muslimeen were protesting the killing of their leader shot dead today in the Numaish area when unidentified men placed the parcel a few feet away from them. This triggered panic among the people who called the police. The police cordoned off the area and Rangers and BDS officials were summoned. BDS officials opened the parcel and recovered and defused the bomb, which reportedly contained 5kg explosives. Earlier, religious scholar and leader Allama Aftab Haider Jafri, was killed when unidentified men opened fire on the vehicle he was traveling in at a car parking in Saddar. STAff REPORT

MQM postpones referendum on Pakistan question KARACHI STAff REPORT

The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has postponed its controversial nationwide referendum on the question “Taliban or Quaid-eAzam’s Pakistan”, which was scheduled to be held on November 8. The referendum, which asks the Pakistanis to choose between the Taliban’s way of life or the vision of the father of the nation Quaid-e-Azam Mohammed Ali Jinnah, will

now be held on November 14, according to a statement issued by the MQM’s Coordination Committee. Earlier on Sunday, MQM Deputy Convener Farooq Sattar called the threat of religious extremism the biggest challenge faced by the country, and announced to hold the abovementioned referendum. Speaking at a press conference at the Lal Qila Ground, Sattar said, “It’s a now-or-never decision which we have to take,” he said. Sattar said that extremists were targeting

mosques, Imam bargahs, shrines and schools. Also that they were attacking defence installations and killing the personnel of police, Rangers, FC, and armed forces. Meanwhile, a constitutional petition was filed in the Sindh High Court (SHC) against the MQM’s referendum. Petitioner Haji Gul Ahmed pleaded that holding referendums on sensitive issues was the sole prerogative of the prime minister with parliament’s approval. Any political party or individual cannot hold such referendums, he added.

Australia pressures Pakistan over brutal sheep cull NEWS DESK The cull – which included live burials of sheep – has prompted growing calls to ban sales of living animals from Australia after several incidents involving cruel treatment of exported cattle, goats and sheep. Australia’s Prime Minister told her Pakistani counterpart, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, that the footage of the cull was distressing and that Australians were concerned by “these acts of cruelty”. “I did raise with the Prime Minister of Pakistan my concern about the graphic and very cruel images,” Ms Gillard said, after the leaders met in Laos. “[I was] very strong in raising those concerns and very clear this is something that has distressed the Australian people.” Ms Gillard said Mr Ashraf had agreed

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to her request to investigate the cull. The sheep were killed last month after they were initially rejected by Bahrain over health concerns and then sent to Pakistan, which said they were unfit for human consumption. But Australian authorities had cleared the sheep for export and ruled that they were healthy. Farmers in Australia have since banned further sheep exports to Bahrain and Pakistan until the matter is reviewed by the Gillard Government. However, several backbenchers have joined animal rights groups and the Greens to call for a blanket ban on live exports. Australia’s lucrative sale of live cattle to Indonesia was suspended last year after footage emerged showing brutal slaughters in abattoirs. A Labor MP, Melissa Parke, said the live trade was “immoral” and Australian

regulators were unable to prevent cruelty overseas. “These animals are suffering for profit, it is immoral and unacceptable,” she said. “For industry to keep saying these are isolated incidents is simply not credible and the department, as regulator, has now conceded it cannot guarantee the welfare of animals sent overseas.” The nation’s peak farmers’ group said the cull was shocking but Australia has strict controls and a ban would trigger a decline in international animal welfare standards. “I think the industry was once again very shocked last night by the footage,” said Jock Laurie, president of the National Farmers Federation. “But every now and again we have a hiccup in the system... so let’s make sure that we find a way to overcome that problem and that’s what we are asking to do here.”


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OGRA issues show-cause notices to owners of 18 CNG stations ISLAMABAD: The Oil & Gas Regulation Authority (OGRA) on Tuesday issued show-cause notices to owners of another 18 CNG stations. A spokesman for the OGRA said the notices had been issued to the owners of CNG stations for violating the regulatory authority’s instructions by not selling CNG. The spokesman added that special OGRA teams visited various CNG stations in different cities across Pakistan. A notification issued by OGRA said supply of CNG to consumers must be ensured, adding that, violation of instructions would result in the suspension of the respective station’s gas connection. The owners of the respective stations would also have to pay a heavy fine. OGRA had issued show-cause notices to 26 CNG stations yesterday, the spokesman said, adding that, the total number of show-cause notices issued was now 44. STAff REPORT

Justice Azim Afridi resigns ISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court’s Justice Mohammad Azim Khan Afridi resigned from his post on Tuesday. Justice Afridi stepped down in view of the Judicial Commission of Pakistan’s (JCP) decision of not including Afridi’s name in the list of the judges to be confirmed as regular judges, according to Dawn sources. Justice Afridi had petitioned against the decision on October 31, requesting the court to summon Dr Faqir Hussain, JCP secretary, who is also the registrar Supreme Court of Pakistan, along with record of the commission’s proceedings to ascertain why he was not confirmed as judge. Earlier on Nov 5, Counsel for Justice Azim Afridi, Advocate Afnan Karim Kundi appeared before Justice Mohammad Anwar Khan Kasi of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) and instead of arguing the petition of Justice Mohammad Azim Khan Afridi, he had informed the court that he would not be pleading the case. STAff REPORT

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Detention of Shahabuddin, Ali Musa not justified: SC ISLAMABAD

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UPREME Court on Tuesday announced the detailed verdict of a case pertaining to the bail of Ali Musa Gilani, son of former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and former federal health minister Makhdoom Shahabuddin. The 17-page detailed verdict, written by Justice Nasir-ul-Mulk, said that the arrest of Ali Musa Gilani from the premises of the apex court was an inappropriate action of the Federal Investigation Authority (FIA) and the court was not pleased by that. Adding that, he said that the court considers this act as putting obstruction to the justice. The court order said that Makhdoom Shahabuddin’s arrest warrants were issued after he submitted his nomination papers for the premiership. He also said that the prosecutor was unable to provide any evidence to prove non-cooperation from Shahabuddin and Ali Musa in the investigation.

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The Punjab Assembly on Tuesday turned into a fish market when debating the issue of the Supreme Court’s verdict in the Asghar Khan case, as the speaker seemed absolutely helpless in dousing the situation. The situation took an ugly turn when on a point of order seeking the chair’s attention, the PPP’s deputy parliamentary party leader, Shaukat Mehmood Basra said Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif should come and explain his position before the House in the light of the Supreme Court decision. He was of the opinion that Shahbaz did not accept the SC decision and had exploited the issue for personal gains. Taking the floor, Parliamentary Secretary Tahir Khalil

Sindhu said opposition leader Raja Riaz Ahmed had given an application to the speaker regarding disqualification of the chief minister. He argued that no question arose of explanation from the Chief Minister since his name was not mentioned in the court’s verdict. Both legislators stuck to their stance and started shouting at each other. Members from both, the treasury and the opposition benches, started backing them by hurling invectives at each other. Amidst the deafening noise, the PA speaker kept asking the members to calm down, but no one paid him any heed. The episode of charges and counter charges continued when Faiza Malik, a PPP member, pointed out the quorum and the chair ordered that bells be rung for five minutes. As the treasury failed to fetch the required strength, the speaker adjourned the House until Wednesday (today).

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Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan on Tuesday directed high ranking civil, military and police authorities to arrange early meetings in order to decide the fate of missing persons allegedly sentenced without trial, besides ending mysterious abductions and subsequent recovery of mutilated dead bodies. He issued these identical remarks in two separate suo motu notices. During a hearing on the issue of the missing persons, the PHC chief justice ordered the Peshawar corps commander, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) chief secretary, the inspector general of Frontier Corps, and the inspector general of KP Police to arrange an early meeting and ensure the recovery of the missing people. He said the meeting should be attended by the Home and Tribal Affairs secretary, field commanders, unit commanders, and high

ups from all security and secret agencies. The chief justice said the meeting should discuss and finalise a list of the missing persons, besides holding an in depth case-to-case study. He ordered that all innocent persons be released, while the guilty should be tried. He said the court would be justified in ordering strict action against those responsible if its directives were not carried out. The chief justice directed the quarters concerned to submit a report on December 4 – the date of next hearing. Separately, while hearing the suo motu notice on the recovery of dead bodies, the chief justice remarked that so far the court had received post mortem reports of 26 recovered corpses. As all medical reports were very similar, the chief justice ordered the director general of Health Services to take stern action against the doctors responsible. The chief justice said the doctors should be punished if they were found guilty of hiding facts.

Malala shooting: Key suspect’s sister apologises for attack NEWS DESK The sister of Ataullah Khan, the key suspect in the shooting of 15-year-old child activist Malala Yousufzai, apologised to her for the incident, reported CNN on Tuesday. In an interview with CNN, Khan’s sister, Rehana Haleem said: “Please convey a message to Malala, that I apologise for what my brother did to her.” Haleem did not emphasise that Khan had actually carried out the at-

tack, however, she said that the incident “has brought shame on our family. We have lost everything after what he did.” The suspect’s sister said that what Khan did was “intolerable” and that “Malala is just like my sister.” She said: “I’d like to express my concern for Malala on behalf of my whole family; I hope she recovers soon and returns to a happy and normal life as soon as possible. I hope Malala doesn’t consider me or my family as enemies. I don’t

The court order also said that it was interesting to note that former Director General Health Dr Rasheed Jumma was never taken into detention nor charged with any criminal case. Jumma seems to be a central suspect of the case, the order added.

PHC orders early meeting to decide missing persons’ fate PESHAWAR

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Moreover, the order stated that according to prosecutor’s statement, both accused appeared before the investigation officers at least four times. The order further stated that it was not justified to keep the accused in detention despite their cooperation.

consider Atta Ullah my brother anymore.” Haleem defined how it was like when security officials raided her house, in order to trace down Khan. She said that the officials searched the entire house and seized their documents and pictures. She further said that she was moved to a house nearby equipped with bars on the doors and windows along with her husband. “I was pregnant and sick,” said Haleem. “Then, finally, after a day or

two, they released me and my husband and told me they were letting me go only because I was sick.” While saying that she had little doubt about her brother’s involvement in the shooting, she said that if he was innocent, he would have come back and claimed so. “He would have come to the aid of his mother and our family, his behavior is that of a guilty man. How could he abandon us?” The police had identified Khan, a 23-year-old man from the Swat district, as the primary suspect.

Jealous wife throws acid on two sisters BAHAWALNAGAR: A woman and her three brothers threw acid on two sisters after suspecting them of having illicit relations with her husband on Tuesday. One of the victim, Rabia, told a local TV that Safia, wife of Jahangir, barged into her house along with her three brothers, and accused Rabia of having illicit relations with Jahangir. She said Safia then threw acid on her and her sister Yasemeen. As a result, both the sisters received serious burn injuries. Upon getting information, police reached the spot and started investigation. ONLINE

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A PEShAWAR: An Afghan refugee family carry their belongings as they head to the UNhcR office in Pabbi for repatriation to Afghanistan on Tuesday. INP

Canada, India finally clinch nuclear trade deal NEW DELHI AGENcIES

Canada and India on Tuesday clinched a deal opening the door to Canadian shipments of uranium and other nuclear supplies to the energy-hungry South Asian nation for the first time in nearly four decades. The agreement during a six-day official visit by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper came after negotiators from both countries ironed out a deadlock over monitoring Canadian exports of nuclear materials and technology to India. “The conclusion of the administrative arrangement with India will facilitate opportunities for Canadian companies to play a greater role in meeting India’s growing energy needs,” Harper said in a statement. The announcement ends close to 40 years of awkward relations after India used Canadian technology to build its first nuclear bomb. Harper and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh agreed two years ago in Toronto on a nuclear co-operation deal that was supposed to pave the way for exports of Canadian uranium and reactors to India. But the two sides were at odds over how India’s use of uranium could be scrutinised to ensure that it was put to peaceful purposes with India balking at Ottawa’s demand to be allowed to monitor the use of its nuclear

Sri lanka launches CJ impeachment COLOMBO AGENcIES

The speaker of Sri Lanka’s parliament accepted on Tuesday a ruling party motion to impeach the chief justice for improper conduct, setting the stage for a potentially destabilizing clash between the government and judiciary. Relations between President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake have been deteriorating over recent months with the judiciary complaining of interference and the government complaining she had over-stepped her authority.

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Karzai likely to sign 4 pacts on greater Indian role in Afghanistan KABUL NNI

Afghanistan and India are expected to sign four agreements, including one in the mining sector, during President Hamid Karzai’s visit to New Delhi, a diplomat said on Tuesday. During his four-day trip, beginning from November 9, Karzai and the Indian leaders will also ponder over a greater role for New Delhi in training Afghan security forces. The Afghan ambassador to India told reporters in New Delhi that Karzai would meet representatives of the business community in Mumbai and seek investment in his country. Shaida Mohammad Abdali said Karzai’s trip was coming at “a critical time” as international combat troops were preparing to pull out of Afghanistan by the end of 2014. According to the Press Trust of India, Karzai will deliver the annual “Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad lecture” on November 11. A day later, he will hold talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on regional security and the safety of Indian citizens in Afghanistan. Abdali indicated the visiting delegation would try to intensify the India-Afghanistan strategic dialogue on bilateral and regional issues. material. New Delhi already reports to the International Atomic Energy Agency and said its actions should not have to be vetted by Canada as well. Now the two sides will set up a joint panel to supervise the exports. Singh and Harper said in a late evening joint statement that they looked forward “to the inaugural meeting of the joint committee created under the agreement”. New Delhi, backed by the United States, won an exemption in 2008 from the Nu-

clear Suppliers Group, which governs global nuclear trade, to allow it to buy reactors and fuel from overseas. India, which has tense relations with nuclear-armed rival Pakistan, had been subject to a global nuclear embargo since 1974 when it first staged an atomic weapons test. The two leaders said in the joint statement that “Canada with its large and high quality reserves of uranium could become an important supplier to the Indian nuclear power programme”.

China leaders consider internal democratic reform BEIJING AGENcIES

China’s outgoing leader and his likely successor are pushing the ruling Communist Party to adopt a more democratic process this month for choosing a new leadership, sources said, in an attempt to boost its flagging legitimacy in the eyes of the public. The extent of the reform would be unprecedented in communist China where elections for the highest tiers of the party, held every five years, have been mainly exercises in rubberstamping candidates already agreed upon by party powerbrokers. The Communist Party, which has held unbroken power since 1949, is struggling to maintain its popular legitimacy in the face of rising inequality, corruption and environmental degradation, even as the economy continues to bound ahead. President Hu Jintao and his heir, Xi Jinping, have proposed that the party’s 18th Congress, which opens on Thursday, should hold elections for the elite Politburo where for the first time there would be more candidates than available seats, said three sources with ties to the party leadership. The Politburo, currently 24 members, is the second-highest level of power in China from which the highest decision-making body, the Politburo Standing Committee, is chosen. They are chosen by the roughly 200 full members of the Central Committee which is in turn chosen by the more than 2,000 delegates at this week’s Congress.

T least six persons including a Rangers official and two members of Jafferia Alliance were killed and several others were injured in fresh spate of target killings in different localities of the city on Tuesday. According to police, unidentified armed motorcyclists opened indiscriminate fire at a car killing two persons on the spot. General Secretary Jafferia Alliance, Syed Shabeer Zaidi, said the deceased identified as Aagha Aftab Haider Jafferi and Mirza Shahid Ali Khan were important figures of the alliance. Meanwhile, police recovered three limb tied bodies enclosed in gunny bags under Karimabad Bridge. Police said that the deceased were kidnapped and later gunned down after brutal torture and their bodies were dumped in the said locality. The law enforcement agencies on a tip off regarding presence of notorious crimi-

nals conducted a raid in Pehlawan Goth area of Gulistan-e-Johar. During operation, the criminals offered strong resistance and started firing at (LEA) personnel killing a Rangers official and The another. injuring Rangers arrested an accused in injured condition. The Rangers also conducted raid at a seminary of Ahl-e-Sunnat Wal Jammat, Jammiya Ashraful Madaras but no arrest was made. The religious organization has strongly condemned the Rangers action. Meanwhile, firing incidents continued in different areas of Karachi during which nine persons were reported injured. The injured were shifted to different hospitals of concerned areas. The police and Rangers during separate actions arrested six accused involved in various crimes and recovered arms and other valuables from their possession. The citizens have expressed grave concern over the unabated violence in the city claiming precious lives. They were of the view that Karachi city was industrial hub providing

Netanyahu If re-elected Obama ‘ready’ to order would push quickly for strike on Iran NEWS DESK a fiscal deal: party aides WASHINGTON APP

Top Senate Democrats said on Monday that if President Barack Obama gets reelected, he will immediately renew his bid for a bipartisan deal to avert the “fiscal cliff” that threatens to push the United States into recession. A victorious Obama is expected to reach out to the Republicans by Wednesday, and pledge that with the election decided, it is time to find common ground in order to deal with the year-end expiration of Bush-era tax cuts and the launch of automatic spending cuts that would suck $600 billion out of the economy by the end of 2013. “We could move very quickly,” said one aide, explaining that the basic ingredients of the deal - increased tax revenues coupled with

cuts in entitlement programs - have been debated upon repeatedly for the past two years. “Everyone knows what needs to be done,” he said. Another aide said the White House intends to move quickly because it “wants a big deal” before the current Congress adjourns in December. However, if Republican challenger Mitt Romney wins, much of the work on the ‘automatic-spending-cuts reform’ could be largely delayed until he takes office on Jan 20, 2013.

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The US team had travelled to Ghazni, Afghanistan, to interview her after she was taken into custody by Afghan auProsecutors thorities. claimed she was found with materials that included handwritten notes referring to a “mass casualty attack” in the US and listed several landmark locations in New York City. On Monday, the US Second Circuit Court of Appeals rejected several arguments by Siddiqui’s lawyers, including that she should not have been allowed to testify in her defence because of a mental illness and that a terrorism

enhancement should not have applied to her sentence. The appellate court claimed that the district judge went to “extraordinary lengths” to ensure Siddiqui understood the implications of her testimony. “Even were we to discern any daylight between the standards governing a defendant’s capacity to stand trial and those for assessing her determine to capacity whether to testify (and then, actually to testify), we would find no reason to upset the district (lower) court’s implicit determination that Siddiqui did in fact have the requisite capacity to make the latter decision here,” US Cir-

cuit Judge Richard W Wesley wrote in a 42-page opinion. “That Siddiqui’s choice to testify like many defendants’ decisions to testify was a poor one, does not alter our analysis.” In February, Dawn Cardi, Siddiqui’s court-appointed lawyer, made a strong case before the justices that her client should been barred from giving evidence before the trial court because of her mental illness, which had been confirmed by doctors. Cardi also questioned the evidence collected from Dr Siddiqui by two FBI agents at the US base in Baghram while she was recovering from the bullet wounds she sustained

livelihood to millions of people from different areas of the city including Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK). NINE KILLED IN 4 DAyS : Target killing in Hyderabad has claimed nine lives in the past four days and the local administration seems hapless to control the law and order in the area. Security sources said it seemed the miscreants had shifted their agents from Karachi to Hyderabad to destabilize the second big city in the province. According to sources, unknown gunmen opened fire at a restaurant Tuesday that killed Abdul Rehman. Police claimed that the incident was target killing. Witnesses told that the people tried to apprehend the culprits but they managed to flee. It is pertinent to mention that two members of Bohri community, Shabbir Ali and Ghulam Murtaza, were killed on Saturday evening while Jalil-urleader MQM Rehman was also targeted and shot dead. The toll now stands at nine in the past four days.

at a police facility in Ghazni, Afghanistan, in July 2008. She said the evidence was prejudicial because she had not been read her rights and therefore should not have been entertained. Moreover, she had not had the opportunity to consult any lawyers. Cardi also said during the trial, experts had provided concrete evidence that the M-4 rifle which she allegedly picked up had not been not fired and that no spent bullets or casings were found. She also said Dr Siddiqui was not being tried for terrorism, the material containing diagrams of New York land-

marks allegedly recovered from her should not been introduced into the proceedings. But the government side maintained that Dr Siddiqui was competent to stand trial. Prosecution lawyers also said that Dr Siddiqui was not “interrogated” but was “interviewed”. Prosecutors alleged that Siddiqui was behind a curtain in the second-floor room where they gathered. She burst from behind the curtain, grabbed an American soldier’s rifle and started firing, prosecutors said. She was shot in the abdomen by a soldier who returned fire with his sidearm, prosecutors said.

The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has said he is ready to order a strike on Iran if international sanctions do not stop its nuclear programme. “I am, of course, ready to press the button if necessary,” he said. Speaking on Israeli television, Mr Netanyahu also indicated Israel was prepared to act unilaterally. His government has failed to get the US to set a clear “red line” for military action against Iran. This has put a strain on relations with the administration of President Barack Obama. Channel Two interviewed the prime minister as part of an investigative report detailing Israel’s efforts to stop Iran from what it says is a drive to develop a nuclear weapon.Iran insists its nuclear programme is purely for peaceful purposes. The Channel Two report said that in 2010, Mr Netanyahu and his defence minister, Ehud Barak, had given orders for the military to get ready to attack Iran within hours if required. The programme described this as “the closest Israel has come to attacking Iran”. The orders were later withdrawn in the face of opposition from two top security officials at the time - chief-of-staff Lt Gen Gabi Ashkenazi and the head of the intelligence service, Mossad, Meir Dagan. According to the programme Gen Ashkenazi considered such an attack on Iran, “a strategic mistake” because of the risk of a war, while Mr Dagan deemed it “illegal”, saying a full cabinet decision was needed. Both men have since retired from their posts.


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ARLIAMENT represents the will and aspirations of the people, as it s an institution where representatives of the people protect the interests of the citizens, Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf said on Tuesday. Hosting a luncheon in honour of speakers of SAARC nations, the PM said parliament’s role was critical for any democracy to take deep roots and formulate policies for people’s welfare. “The broad-based and unhindered participation of people leads to greater ownership by the people and brightens the prospects of success,” he said.

Praising the role of SAARC, he said since its establishment in 1992, the association of SAARC Speakers and Parliamentarians had matured and had made important progress in various fields. “The conference affords an opportunity to the parliamentarians of the SAARC region to engage in productive discussions on a variety of subjects and learn from each other’s experiences,” he said, adding that the association of speakers and parliamentarians could easily serve as a viable mechanism for promotion of meaningful discourse. “We envision SAARC as a thriving organisation, promoting not only regional development but advancing the global agenda for peace and prosperity. The onset of globalisation has thrown

open new set of challenges and opportunities depending upon how the countries choose to respond to this process of evolution and change. Inertia and status quo will have to be abandoned in our pursuit of shared well-being of our people,” he said. The PM said the parliamentarians had a unique advantage and they could play a significant role in promoting the ideals of peace and prosperity in their respective countries and the region. “Pakistan is firmly committed to the principles of SAARC and attaches great importance to its ideals and processes. We strongly believe that regional cooperation is an important engine of prosperity for the people of the region,” he said.

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“We are committed to go an extra mile to make SAARC an effective and productive organisation that is beneficial to all South Asian citizens,” the PM said. Ashraf said there was no denying the fact that South Asia, despite being blessed with immense natural resources and talent, had not been able to realise its full economic potential. “The region is still home to a large number of poor people. At a time when regional economic and political groupings are fast emerging on the map of the world, SAARC can ill-afford to lag behind. The people of South Asia deserve better and it must be our endeavour to help them attain a respectable status in life,” the PM added.

SC reserves decision in Malik Riaz’s review plea against bench ISLAMABAD APP

The Supreme Court on Tuesday reserved its decision on an objection raised by the counsel for property tycoon Malik Riaz over the competency of the bench hearing the pending review plea against formation of the commission probing into the alleged Rs 342 million business deal between Riaz and Dr Arsalan Iftikhar. A three-judge bench of Justice Jawwad S Khawaja, Justice Ijaz Afzal Khan and Justice Ejaz Ahmed Chaudhry resumed hearing of the review petition, questioning the appointment of Dr Shoaib Suddle to head the commission. At the onset of proceedings, Syed Zahid Bukhari, counsel for Riaz, raised objection to formation of the bench and said it was not competent enough to take up his plea. He said the previous twojudge bench which had been conducting proceedings should resume hearing instead. Sardar Ishaq Khan, counsel for Dr Arsalan Iftikhar, said the petitioner was not appearing before the one-man commission mandated by the apex court. He called such moves delaying tactics on part of the petitioner. After hearing the arguments, the bench reserved its decision. In his plea, Malik Riaz, had objected to a request of the commission for more time to probe into the matter. He had pointed out that Suddle was not represented in the matter, which was enough ground to dismiss the plea.

Three brothers of Pakistani origin die in Jeddah road accident JEDDAH INP

Three brothers hailing from a suburban area of Bhalwal, district Sargodha died in a road accident in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on Tuesday. The accident took place when a tyre of their car burst, causing the vehicle to hit the roadside protection, killing all three on the spot. Tanveer, Touqeer and Shabeer, sons of Union Council (UC) Secretary Hafiz Muhammad Akram, who belonged to the Salam Town of Bhalwal, were working in Jeddah for the last two years to earn livelihood for their families. The bodies of the deceased are being brought to their native town for burial.

ISLAMABAd: delegates of the SAARc Speakers conference release doves after the concluding session of the moot on Tuesday. INP

‘Standup for Malala’: education moot in Paris on Dec 10

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UNESCO and Government of Pakistan will co-host a high-level advocacy event called “Standup for Malala– Stand up for Girls’ Right to Education”

to be held in Paris on 10 December. The event is designed to generate political will and accelerate action in favor of every girl’s right to go to school. The event will coincide with United Nations Human Rights Day. According to a statement released by UNESCO headquarters in Paris, “The assassination attempt made on Malala represents the violation of girls’ right to education. In far too many countries, girls are deprived of this fundamental human right that is the key to dignity and a decent future. Discrimination starts early in girls’ lives. We must harness a global movement of solidarity with Malala in order to strengthen political will and put in place measures required to ensure that all girls have a place in school.” A press conference was held on Tuesday in Islamabad, which was hosted by Federal Minister for Education and Training Sheikh Waqas Akram, Education and Training Secretary Qamar Zaman and UNESCO- Pakistan Director Dr. Kozue Kay Nagata; who, in the presence of local media jointly announced that the event “Standup for Malala – Stand up for Girls’ Right to Education” will be attended by the President of Pakistan, Mr. Asif Ali Zardari.

NGOs call for support to Child Marriage Bill in KP Assembly PESHAWAR STAff REPORT

There is increasing recognition that child marriage is a serious problem that violates girls’ human rights and hinders key development outcomes. The latest international estimates indicate that more than 60 million women aged 20-24 worldwide were married before they turned 18. Recently, member of provincial assembly (MPA) Menawar Farman moved a private member’s bill in this regard in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Assembly. In this connection, the Action Aid Pakistan, with the support of Blue Veins and CRSD called a joint meeting with a group of women legislators from KP to know what support the mover of the bill and legislators need from civil society organisations. Speaking on this occasion, Farman said, “Child marriage, which steals the innocence of millions of girls worldwide and often condemns them to lives of poverty, ignorance and poor health, is one of the biggest obstacles to development in this province and all over Pakistan. In Pakistan, traditionally most marriages are arranged by families and the right of a person to openly like and choose their partner is not exercised as often. In the process of

such marriages being arranged by family members, safeguards in the law are often overlooked and the minimum age of marriage and need for mutual consent are not guaranteed, making the marriage a forced one. Expressing her views on the issue, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) MPA Shazia Tehmas said that in 1990, Pakistan ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Child, which prohibits child marriages. In addition, under the Muslim Family Law Ordinance, a girl must have attained the age of 16 and a boy, the age of 18, and both need to consent before the marriage can take place. “Islam too forbids discrimination against females. Studies and research have shown that Islam is the most women-friendly religion and that it safeguards the rights and status of women. A girl enjoys equal rights as the boy, including the right to health, survival, nutrition and education, among others. For example, the harmful practice of female infanticide is strictly forbidden in Islam, which prohibits infanticide, irrespective of whether the infant is male or female,” she added. Action Aid representative Aliya said that historically there have been no measures taken by the state to ensure that marriages are consensual and in many instances the age of a girl will be changed on her marriage cer-

tificate in order to avoid questions over her being underage. Blue Veins official Qamar Naseem and CRSD representative Idrees Kamal also welcomed the recently tabled Child Marriage Bill in KP Assembly, and said that numerous underage girls become victims of neglect, which is mostly the result of discrimination against them in favour of their male siblings. Kamal said that right from the start of their lives, girls are treated as the weaker sex. “Due to society’s mindset, they are forced to live a life of submission, capitulation and acquiescence. Living in a male dominated society, a female seldom gets a chance to benefit from all the rights to which she is entitled and frequently suffers poor health and social under development, as well as low self esteem. As soon as she reaches puberty, the girl child is draped in parental fears about her security, chastity, imminent marriage and the accompanying expenses of dowry. The worst victim of society’s discriminatory attitude is the adolescent girl. She is considered a risk to the honour of the family, as this is a society in which female chastity has a very high social value,” he added. The participants of the meeting stressed the need to get support from the civil society in favour of the bill and engage them in the meaningful dialogue.

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parliamentary panel on Tuesday proposed to completely ban pre-paid SIMs which were used as a major tool for terror activities in the country. The National Assembly Select Committee that met with Khawaja Sohail Mansoor in the chair in the Parliament house expressed its concerns over the method of issuing SIMs and said that more than fifty percent crimes in the country had been carrie out successfully because of prepaid SIMs.

The committee said that the basic responsibility lay with the telecom operators who sold millions of SIMs without adopting any mechanism or proper verification methods. Legislators said that Telecos had done that just to get financial benefits and had destroyed the society in the process. Anusha Rehman questioned the performance of PTA in monitoring the system of prepaid SIMs and said that the issuance of SIMs without a proper mechanism had resulted in increased cyber crimes, therefore prepaid SIMs should be completely banned in the county. She suggested that a Biometric

system should be adopted before the issuance of SIMs, adding that post-paid SIMs would also be helpful in removing illegal exchange from the country. FIA officials said that voter lists were a big source of ID theft, because credentials of the common man could be snatched from these lists and later used to get multiple SIMs. FIA officials further said that after research conducted by FIA it had been learnt that millions of mobile phones in the country had the same IEMI number and had been smuggled in the country from abroad. They said that these cell phones were not regulated and had been transported through grey markets. The committee directed IT officials to include the issuance of SIMs in a pro-

posed bill for the prevention of cyber crimes in the country. During the meeting, FIA and the Ministry of Law expressed concerns over the newly drafted ‘Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2012’. FIA said that during its meeting with the IT Ministry, they had proposed to remove certain clauses but these had not been changed or removed. The Law Ministry said that the language of the draft had created hurdles as many words used in the draft had the same meaning. Afaq Ahmed from Pakistan Software Houses Association (PASHA) said that there were procedural differences between FIA and PASHA because FIA wanted complete control and authority to apprehend culprits.

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People thronged the Rawalpindi Arts Council (RAC) on Tuesday and appreciated the art work of 15 artists who were participating in the All Pakistan Exhibition. RAC, in collaboration with Saba Khidmat Foundation, organized the exhibition, which commenced on Monday. The art work featured landscape, pencil work, common life, cultural heritage, collage, calligraphy and abstract, and succeeded in gathering a large audience from the twin cities. The artists participating in group show were Hamid Alvi, Junaid Nawaz, Saleem Jhatial, Ali Abrar, Anees Fatima, Maryam Rasool, Mirza Shakeel, Mehmood Ali, Hania Zaidi, Iqra Tariq, Muhammad Imran, and Mahrukh Sultan. Paintings in different mediums such as oil paintings, acrylic paintings, pen drawing, water colour, and pastels were on display. Green Task Force Chairman Dr Jamal Nasir along with Resident Director Waqar Ahmed, inaugurated the exhibition and appreciated the art work. Dr Nasir said that it was a great task to assemble artists from all over Pakistan under one roof, but RAC had accomplished the job successfully. He said that the work of all artists was wonderful and appreciable. He said that he would raise his voice for the betterment of the artists’ community. Waqar said that they had aimed to provide an opportunity to the people of the twin cities to see art work from different regions.

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Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Khalid Shameem Wynne, who was on an official visit to Australia, held meetings with Chiefs of Defence Staff from different countries attending the CHODS (Chief of Defence Staff Conference), on Tuesday. According to ISPR, the forum had been organized under the auspices of US Pacific Command (PACOM) on a yearly basis. It had been organized in Sydney (Australia) this year. Pakistan, placed at the rim of the PACOM’s area of responsibility, emerged as an important player in the north Arabian Sea with strategic sea lines of communications from Middle East leading to East Asia passing in proximity of its territorial waters. The chairman emphasized the security concerns of Pakistan and the response thereof. He said, “Pakistan is aware of its maritime security and the emerging importance of the Indian Ocean, Pakistan believes in peaceful co-existence accentuated through co-operation and positive engagement”. The meetings held in the side lines of CHODs improved the awareness about Pakistan’s security concerns and facilitated in enhancing mutual cooperation with different armed forces of the region.

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Speakers, parliamentarians stress on the need to root it out completely ISLAMABAD ONLINE

SAARC Speakers and Parliamentarians, on Tuesday, identified terrorism as the biggest challenge to democracy in South Asia and stressed the need for parliaments to play a proactive role in comprehensively addressing this issue. MPs from the world’s most densely populated regions, also stressed on the need for making joint efforts to overcome emerging challenges including food security and the attainment of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). They pressed for an evolving comprehensive strategy from concerned quarters to tackle with climate change and related risks, chronic poverty and growing inequality, unbridled population growth, unplanned urbanization, the global financial crisis and other problems. Parliamentarians underlined

these serious threats to progress and promotion of a vibrant democracy. They said that owing to their interconnected nature, these problems required a holistic approach on a regional level. SAARC MPs sought greater parliamentary oversight in this important area and called for establishing parliamentary committees on MDGs, as had been done in the National Assembly of Pakistan. They expressed full consensus on jointly addressing challenges through closer inter-parliamentary cooperation at the SAARC level. While speaking at the concluding session of the 6th Conference of Association of SAARC Speakers and Parliamentarians, participants were of the viewpoint that all regional countries were facing the same challenges and their solution was also the same. Dr Fehmida Mirza expressed hope that the six sessions of the General Assembly had carried out useful

discussions on themes of the conference. Around 18 members spoke on the topic of ‘Meaningful Participatory Democracy Parliament’s Affirmative Actions’, while 17 members took part in deliberations on ‘Targeting Food Security for the Region: Parliament’s Role in Accomplishing Millennium Development Goals’. She said that wisdom and foresight, reflected in their respective keynotes to this conference, had enabled the discussions to remain focused and mutually beneficial. Moreover, she said that the acceptance of the idea by the Speakers’ Council, to institute a Women’s Committee of the Association, was a historic landmark. It had not only given shape to the long-cherished desire for a regional network of female legislators, but had also set the course for the association’s possible future expansion in other areas of mutual cooperation.

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Shehzad Town Police busted two gangs of dacoits involved in robbery, street crimes and theft, and recovered three pistols with ammunition and theft tools from their possession on Tuesday. According to details, Islamabad Police Inspector General Bani Amin Khan and SSP Yasin Farooq had assigned special task to Rural SP Sardar Sadaqat Ali to ensure the arrest of culprits involved in robberies and theft incidents. Following these directions, Ali constituted a police team headed by SDPO Shehzad Town Arshad Khokhar, SHO Fiaz Ranjha and other police officials. On a tip off, the police team conducted a raid at the Iqbal Town flyover, near the express highway, and succeeded in busting a gang of dacoits and arrested three criminals who were preparing a robbery. The criminals had been identified as Nusrat Ullah, Siddiq Ullah and Sardar Wali, all three were residents of Bagram in Afghanistan. The nabbed culprits confessed to committing several robberies in the areas of Islamabad, Rawalpindi and other cities of Punjab. The police also recovered a 30bore pistol with five bullets and theft tools from their possession. The police team also succeeded in busting another gang of dacoits, from the jungle near the express highway. They were identified as Muhammad Zia, Muhammad Kareem and Fazal Wali, who were also Afghan citizens from Kabul and Bagram, and were preparing to commit robbery. The police recovered two 30-bore pistols with 10 bullets and theft tools from their possession.


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ENATE’S Special Committee on Elections said on Tuesday that the issue of expenditure during election campaigns should be checked to ensure free and fair elections. The meeting was held on Tuesday at the Parliament House, under the chairmanship of the Leader of House Jehangir Badr. The committee recommended that legislation should be made before general elections to make the upcoming elections more fair and transparent. The committee suggested that not only legislative measures, but administrative measures were also necessary for free and fair elections. The committee was of the view that a code of conduct must be introduced at the earliest, not only for political parties but also for media. The members suggested that the media was an important player and the introduction of a code of law would help avoid favouritism for political parties or workers. Senator Ishaq Dar suggested that there must be a comprehensive system, through which overseas Pakistanis could cast their votes confidently.

Senator Sughra Imam suggested that bill boards must not be allowed as it was expensive way of campaign. Members of the committee said that there were flaws in registering for the electoral roll on the basis of permanent address instead of current address. “There are people who have migrated from one place to another in search for livelihood. No one should be forced to cast vote on permanent address,” they said. Badr said that the mandate of the committee was to review the existing election laws and to improve the system. He asked the members to suggest recommendations and said that the legislation would be made accordingly. Senator Ishaq suggested the minimizing of costs of election campaigns, to help people participate in politics. Senator Zahid Khan said that polling stations were usually changed during the night with the help of the local administration, which was responsible for rigging. ANP leader Shahi Syed said that parliamentarians should perform their duties and legislation was necessary for holding transparent elections. The committee decided to hold meetings with stakeholders and decided to take appropriate measures to ensure free and fair elections.

Lack of proper parking place in front of Polyclinic Hospital ISLAMABAD APP

Lack of proper parking facilities near Federal Government Services Hospital (Polyclinic) have been creating problems for patients and their attendants. Polyclinic was the second major hospital of the city, accommodating a large number of patients, stationed in different government offices in the capital. However, several patients visited this hospital from remote areas as well. The hospital provided healthcare to hundreds of patients every day, however these patients and their attendants had no place to park their vehicles, despite the huge inflow. The hospital administration had occupied a road running through the Argentina Park. The park was situated behind the hospital and the occupied

area was basically a link road which had been rendered useless because of barriers set in front of it by the administration. Qasim Ali, a patient, told APP that a watchman standing at the barrier had not let him park his vehicle inside the barriers, although the area was meant for parking for patients and their attendants. Tahir Ali, an attendant, said that the vehicles parked in front of the hospital had accelerated the patients’ problems and there was a dire need to solve the issue, otherwise the situation could lead to a major mishap. The Polyclinic Medical Superintendent (MS) said that the Capital Development Authority (CDA) had been requested a number of times to reserve proper parking place for the hospital, but the civic authority had not done anything yet.

ERE I WAS OLD: School boys, who missed school, walk across a railway track.

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Australia offers joint venture Provinces promised for development of Thar Coal their share in Tourism ISLAMABAD STAff REPORT

Australia offered Pakistan a joint venture for the development of Thar coal to exploit its energy potential that would help the country overcome its energy crisis. “We can collectively exploit the gift of Thar Coal,” the Ambassador of Australia to Pakistan Peter Heyward said on Tuesday, in a meeting with the delegation of Islamabad Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IWCCI). Delegation members included President IWCCI Farida Rashid, Adviser IWCCI Malik Sohail, Naima Ansari and other officer bearers. The ambassador said that major Australian mining and oil and gas companies were keenly watching developments in Pakistan, which would help them plan stepping in this promising market. The Australian ambassador said that his country was also interested in exploiting Pakistan’s matchless potential in human and natural resource. Heyward said that Australia could gain access to energy rich central Asia and Gulf states by using Pakistan as an economic bridge and noted that both countries could further strengthen bonds in education and agriculture sectors. Pakistan fulfilled every criterion to become a developed nation soon, he said, adding that no

county could afford to stop women from taking part in the development of the economy. Underlining the importance of linkages, Heyward said that Pakistani and Australian businesswomen associations would be linked, while his country would offer training, education, networking, information sharing and exchange opportunities to Pakistani women. According to an IWCCI press statement, the wife of the ambassador, Ms Suzzane Heyward said that she would try her best to infuse confidence in business women through encouragement and capacity building measures. She offered her residence for exhibitions, where wives of all ambassadors would be invited, which would help local women entrepreneurs find business and networking opportunities. On the occasion, Samina Fazil said that women in Pakistan were a strong segment of the society. She highlighted the importance of liberal and deregulated trade regime in Pakistan, which offered enormous opportunities for foreign investors. President IWCCI Farida Rashid said that the economies of Pakistan and Australia were compatible, which was a prerequisite for enhanced bilateral cooperation. “We have a great consumer market and a competent workforce which is fourth largest in the world,” Farida said.

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ISLAMABAD: Minister for Inter-Provincial Harmony, Hazar Khan Bijarani Tuesday assured the Senate Standing committee on Inter-Provincial Harmony for early division of assets and properties of devolved tourism ministry departments to provinces per obligations of the 18th amendment. Speaking in the meeting of the committee he said the formalities were being fulfilled. A cabinet committee has already been constituted to finalise the division of assets, properties to the provinces. Minister for Tourism Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Aqil Shah said there are 18 properties of Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. STAff REPORT

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Islamabad Inspector General of Police (IGP) Bani Amin Khan has issued transfer orders of three Station House Officers (SHOs). According to police sources, Ramna Police Station SHO, Inspector Qasim Niazi had been transferred to Shalimar Police Station while former SHO of Tarnol Police Station Chaudry Aslam had been transferred to Ramna Police Station. Moreover, the blue eyed boy of the IGP, Inspector Fazal Ur Rehman of Tarnol Police Station had been given the charge of SHO at the same police station.

Standing Committee unanimously passes IPO Bill 2012 ISLAMABAD STAff REPORT

The Cabinet Standing Committee of Senate and Capital Administration on Tuesday unanimously passed the IPO Bill 2012 in a meeting held at the Cabinet Division Secretariat. The meeting was chaired by Senator Kulsum Perveen and attended by committee members including Senator Najma Hameed, Senator Dr Seeda Iqbal, Senator Kamil Ali Agha, Senator Nawabzada Saif Ali Magsi, Chairman IPO Hameed Ullah Jan Afridi, Director General IPO Sajjad Ahmad Bhutta, Additional Secretary, Cabinet Division, Shahid Ullah Baig, Joint Secretary Cabinet Ayaz Khan, Secretary

Cabinet Committee Ghulam Murtaza, Officers of IPO Hamid Javaid Awan, Nadia Zubair Shah, Muhammad Ismail and Amir Latif. Bhutta gave a briefing regarding the IPO Bill 2012 and highlighted its salient features. Members of the standing committee discussed different clauses of the bill. Afridi said that the IPO Act would empower the organization to adopt solid steps for the improvement of the service delivery system, besides proceeding for the up-gradation of the trade mark, copy rights and patent laws. He expressed gratitude to the parliamentarians for taking keen interest in the promulgation of the IPO Ordinance and said that IPO Tribunals

would be established after the enactment of the bill, while new IP Offices would be opened in KPK and Balochistan. Similarly, an IPO Policy Board would also be constituted to undertake policy decisions. Senator Kulsum, in her concluding remarks, stated that the senate committee, after a thorough analysis of the bill, had given its approval in national and public interest. Baig also clarified various points raised by members of the committee and said that the enactment of the IPO Bill would enable the organization to accelerate the pace of development initiatives adopted to improve the services of IPO Pakistan, for the protection of intellectual property rights.

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OR the first few months, Anayata Bibi, a 35-year-old widow who fled fighting in the northwestern tribal region of Pakistan to live in the Jalozai refugee camp 35km southeast of Peshawar, barely spoke to anyone, and would not leave her tent. In bouts of anger, she would hit her four children, according to a report by the IRIN. “I wept through the journey from my village to Jalozai. I never wanted to leave my home. I thought I would go back in 20 days. It has now been a year,” she said, sitting in the courtyard of a makeshift tent compound. Bibi is one of hundreds of thousands of internally displaced Pakistanis who have fled fighting between insurgent groups and the Pakistan military in the Khyber Agency bordering Afghanistan. Among other challenges, psychologists and aid workers say the displaced are at high risk of mental illness because of the stress of migration and exposure to violence. The diagnosis and treatment of mental illness, says the World Health Organisation (WHO) in a recent report, remains an unmet health priority at Jalozai. Anayata was diagnosed with acute anxiety and depression three months ago by psychologists visiting Jalozai. Doctors and aid workers at the camp say many of the nearly 65,000 camp residents are suffering from anxiety and depression, and showing symptoms of post-traumatic stress. According to the camp management, 30 doctors and eight psychologists are cur-

rently working in the camp. “We are always concerned about funding here for even basic things like food and medicines, so hiring psychologists is lower down the list,” one psychologist told IRIN, requesting anonymity. “It is very important to ensure the mental well-being of the displaced population, but we need to prioritise.” Sixteen-year-old Namro Bibi has given up hope of returning to the house in which she grew up. She came to Jalozai three years ago with her family after fighting intensified in their village of Kalanga in Khyber Agency. They set up tents in a small compound with other families from their village, but proximity to thousands of strangers meant Namro was confined to her tent because of strict social norms. Within days, she started having panic attacks. “I did not want to leave my home. I don’t like it here. My heart sinks and my condition gets really bad when I think about home, or when I dream about it,” Namro told IRIN, sitting on a rope-bed outside her small makeshift home, built with mud, straw and tenting. Her condition was undiagnosed for over two years, during which time her mother, convinced she was possessed, took her to a Muslim cleric and asked him to perform an exorcism. THERAPy: Counsellors at the camp found Namro three months ago, and have involved her in women’s groups that use embroidery and craft projects as a form of therapy, and counsel her at centres in Jalozai built espe-

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cially for women. Her treatment seems to be working. “I used to have a panic attack three or four times a day. Now it is much less, just once or twice a week,” she said. “I still miss my home, and don’t think the fighting will end soon. But I hope to go home one day.” Dealing with psychological trauma is one of the most important aspects of rehabilitating victims of war like Namro Bibi. The task is made more difficult because of the stigma associated with mental illness, psychologists at the camp say. Most consultations happen at people’s homes, not at clinics or NGO-run facilities, because people prefer the privacy. Akbar Khan*, 26 who used to work with the pro-government Khasadar paramilitary force, and his wife Ayesha Bibi*, fled Khyber’s Tirah region after militants threatened to kill him. For them, there is no chance of returning to Khyber any time soon. “I can’t be seen much,” said Khan, sitting with his wife and two-year-old daughter Salma outside his tent. “If they find out I’m living here, they will send people to kill me,” he said, making a throat-slitting gesture with his hand. Khan was diagnosed with acute depression by camp psychologists who say he is prone to violence. His wife also suffers from depression. “I have no work, we have left everything behind,” Khan said. “How can I think about a future or a life after this when I can’t even sleep at night?” “It is alright during the day, there are people and sounds. At night, in the silence, all I can think about is the war.” *not a real name

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Foreign News 09 New York City students back in schools after Sandy hiatus

Car bomb near Iraqi military base kills 27

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suicide bomber driving a car packed with explosives detonated the vehicle near an Iraqi military base as soldiers changed shifts north of Baghdad on Tuesday, killing at least 27 people and wounding more than 40, according to authorities. The blast struck around midday as troops were leaving the base in Taji, 20 kilometres, north of the capital, police said. Nineteen soldiers were among the dead, and several vehicles were damaged, they said. The casualty toll was high because the attacker blew up the car while large numbers of soldiers were walking to and from a parking area for waiting minibuses that take them to and from work, officials said. Insurgents frequently target members of the country’s security forces in an effort to undermine confidence in the Shiite-led government. Although violence has ebbed in Iraq since the height of the insurgency, attacks still occur frequently. Officials said many of the wounded were soldiers. They warned the death toll could rise further because several of the injuries were serious. Hospital officials confirmed the casualties. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media. The attack was the deadliest in Iraq in more than a week. On Oct. 27, insurgents unleashed a string of bombings and other attacks around the country that left at least 40 people dead. It was the second bombing in Taji in less than 24 hours. On Monday, police said a car bomb struck an army patrol not far from the site of Tuesday’s blast, wounding eight people. Another bombing Monday near an outdoor market in a Shiite neighbourhood on Baghdad’s outskirts killed four. In Iraq’s north, the president of the country’s self-rule Kurdish region urged Kurds in neighbouring Syria to stay united and not let political differences devolve into violence. The comments by Massoud Barzani, posted Monday evening on the regional government’s website, point to growing concern in Iraq that infighting among Syrian Kurds could complicate that country’s civil war and risk destabilizing Iraq’s Kurdish region. Syria’s Kurds have been solidifying control over territory where they live amid the tumult of the conflict. Barzani over the summer brokered an agreement between rival Kurdish Democratic Union Party and the Kurdish National Council, the main Kurdish umbrella group, in Syria to jointly control Kurd-populated areas together.

Bombs, air strikes hit Syria after deadliest day in weeks DAMASCUS AGENcIES

A car bomb blast shook the Damascus region early Tuesday, a day after nearly 250 people died in fighting and bombings in Syria’s worst violence since last month’s failed ceasefire bid, a watchdog said. The car bomb exploded in the city of Mudamiya near the capital, causing injuries and significant damage, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said. Fighting and military shelling also hit the area, said the Britain-based Observatory, which relies on a countrywide network of activists and medics in civilian and military hospitals. Air strikes also hit targets in Douma, 13 kilometres northeast of the capital, dropping two bombs on buildings in the heart of the city, it said. Other air raids struck hit the northern town of Al-Bab and in the central Homs province. The Observatory said the army was shelling areas in the western Latakia region, in Homs and in Quneitra, near the Golan Heights, where the Israeli army said Monday that gunfire from the Syrian side had hit an Israeli military vehicle. Fighting was also raging in northern commercial hub Aleppo, where two rebels were killed, and in the eastern Deir Ezzor province, it said. The Observatory said 247 people were killed on Monday, including 93 soldiers, 86 civilians and 68 rebel fighters. It was the deadliest day in Syria since an attempt to impose a ceasefire for the October 2629 Eidul Azha Muslim holiday collapsed. In one of the most devastating attacks on President Bashar al-Assad’s forces since the start of the Syrian uprising, a rebel car bomb killed 50 pro-regime fighters at a military post in the central province of Hama on Monday. Another car bomb attack struck Monday in the

Brother of Syrian parliament speaker gunned down BEIRUT AGENcIES

Gunmen killed the brother of Syria’s parliament speaker as he drove to work in Damascus on Tuesday, the state-run news agency reported, as the international envoy for Syria warned the country could become another Somalia. Mohammed Osama Laham, brother of Parliament Speaker Jihad Laham, was killed in the Damascus neighbourhood of Midan, the SANA news agency said. It was the latest in a wave of assassinations targeting Syrian officials, army officers and other prominent supporters of President Bashar Assad’s regime. Four of the president’s top security aides were killed in a rebel bombing of state security headquarters in Damascus on July 18. west Damascus district of Mazzeh, home to many embassies and state security offices, killing 13 civilians, the Observatory said. An air strike in the Idlib province town of Kafr Nabal also killed 22 civilians on Monday, the Observatory said, with a video posted online by activists showing rescuers carrying blood-soaked bodies amid burning cars and uprooted trees. The Observatory says more than 36,000 people have died since the uprising against Assad’s rule broke out, first as a protest movement inspired by the Arab Spring and then as an armed rebellion.

Nearly a million New York public school students returned to class on Monday after a week at home following superstorm Sandy, although many wore extra layers while janitors repaired drowned heating systems. About 94 percent of the city’s 1,700 public schools reopened on Monday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said during a visit to a school in Brooklyn that had its basement flooded by the storm last week. The school’s power and heating have been restored. Despite gas shortages, jammed roads, closed subway lines and overcrowded buses on Monday morning, about 86 percent of students in the biggest U.S. school system made it to class, according to provisional attendance figures. “That’s about the same as on the Monday before Election Day last year, and we didn’t have Sandy last year so it really is great,” Bloomberg said. The U.S. general election is on Tuesday. Sandy, which brought catastrophic flooding, power outages and structural damage across the U.S. East Coast, caused the biggest disruption to New York schools since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, several officials said. Many school buildings were still being used as emergency shelters until the weekend, and would be transformed again on Tuesday into polling stations.

Prosecutors seek death for US soldier charged in Afghan rampage TACOMA APP

Military prosecutors said on Monday they would seek the death penalty for a U.S. soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan villagers when he ventured out of his camp on two revenge-fueled drunken forays earlier this year. The lead prosecutor, Lieutenant Colonel Jay Morse, told a preliminary hearing he would present evidence proving “chilling premeditation” on the part of Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, a decorated veteran of four combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. The shootings of mostly women and children in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province in March marked the worst case of civilian slaughter blamed on an individual U.S. soldier since the Vietnam War and eroded already strained U.S.-Afghan ties after more than a decade of conflict in the country. Bales faces 16 counts of premeditated murder and six counts of attempted murder as well as charges of assault and wrongfully possessing and using steroids and alcohol while deployed. Morse said he was submitting a “capital referral” in the case, requesting that Bales be executed if convicted. The hearing at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state was expected to last two weeks and include witness testimony from Afghanistan carried by live video, including testimony from villagers and Afghan soldiers.

Putin dismisses defence minister after scandal MOSCOW AGENcIES

Russian President Vladimir Putin publicly dismissed his defence minister on Tuesday after a multi-million dollar corruption scandal and appointed a longtime ally to oversee military reforms. Putin announced on television that he had fired Anatoly Serdyukov, who had become a liability due to an investigation into the sale of ministry assets at suspiciously low prices. Serdyukov’s replacement in a job which had been long eyed by rivals, former emergencies minister Sergei Shoigu, is untainted by corruption

and popular among Russians. Shoigu has also proved immensely loyal and shown few signs of political ambitions in nearly two decades in senior posts. Putin’s announcement made at a meeting with Shoigu appeared designed to show he will crack down on high-level corruption in his new, six-year presidential term. “Taking into consideration the situation around the Defence Ministry, in order to create conditions for an objective investigation into all matters, I have decided to free Defence Minister Serdyukov of his post,” Putin said, sitting across the table from Shoigu at a state residence outside Moscow. The defence minister wields im-

mense power in Russia, channeling billions of dollars every year through the country’s powerful defence industry, the second largest arms exporter in the world. Putin has promised to spend 23 trillion roubles ($726.30 billion) on the military by the end of the decade. Putin said at the televised meeting that the new minister must continue “grandiose plans for the reform of the army”. Russian investigators raided the offices of Defence Ministry firm Oboronservis last month and opened an investigation into the company on suspicion that it had sold assets to commercial firms at a loss of nearly $100 million.

The investigation also raised questions about Serdyukov’s relationship with a former top female military bureaucrat, whose apartment was found to contain dozens of expensive paintings, rare antiques and more than 100 valuable rings. ENEMIES IN HIGH PLACES: A onetime furniture salesman, Serdyukov owed much of his career to the influence of his father-in-law Viktor Zubkov, a former prime minister and trusted associate of Putin. Serdyukov’s control over Russia’s arms budget had earned him enemies among ambitious Kremlin figures, including Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin who oversees the country’s de-

fense industry, government sources say. His military reforms, which reorganized troops, cut the number of officers by more than 100,000 and exposed high level corruption, also made him disliked in the ranks. However, his alleged role in helping to dismantle the assets of jailed former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky while he still worked in the tax office had led many analysts to believe Serdyukov was untouchable and would weather the scandal. Shoigu, 57, an army general, was emergencies minister from 1994 until this year, when he became governor of the Moscow region.

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There is hope Why I’ll vote to re-elect President Obama

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defining national interest No one has the right, except parliament

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ne can explain why certain recent events have raised hackles in the army leading the COAS to issue a strongly worded statement. The SC has passed strictures against the security agencies while hearing petitions about law and order in Balochistan. Disposing of the petition by Asghar Khan, the apex court held former COAS Gen (retd) Aslam Beg and ex ISI Chief Lt Gen (retd) responsible for distributing money among a group of politicians. The decision to reinstate and then try three retired army generals accused in NLC case was interpreted by many as an attempt to shield them from civilian courts. The NAB summoned three other retired generals for their alleged involvement in the fraudulent land deal. All this, however, did not justify the strong reaction. Pakistan is no Turkey where the government can arrest the former COAS, order the retirement of dozens of generals and admirals who were already awaiting trial for plotting a coup. In Pakistan, Gen Musharraf who overthrew an elected government was sent abroad respectfully with a guard of honour. A pragmatic SC would like to sack the inefficient Balochistan CM, but wouldn’t go beyond a slap on the wrist of the FC and ISI officials against whom evidence was available for illegal disappearances. Similarly, while the SC held Beg and Durrani responsible for acting in violation of the constitution, the apex court’s directive to the government to take necessary steps against them has yet to be carried out. The trust that once existed between the army and the people has been considerably eroded on account of successive military coups, hanging of ZAB and the exile imposed on the Sharifs and Benazir. Forced disappearances and the dumping of dead bodies of political activists and journalists have created doubts and suspicions. What is needed now is to rebuild the trust. For this transparency and good governance have to be exercised in the working of all institutions, including the army. The security agencies should function strictly in accordance with the law. To further strengthen the trust, no institution should be treated as a holy cow. Military adventurists in the past unilaterally defined national interest in the light of what suited them best. Thus staging a Uturn was considered to be as much in national interest as supporting the Taliban before 9/11. There is a need to change this now. Instead of a single individual, institution or a troika deciding it, the determination of what constitutes national interest should be left to the Parliament. Parliamentary committees should seek inputs from different institutions, including the army, security agencies, think tanks and various stakeholders, before submitting their suggestions to the parliament. This would also remove the perception that the army continues to formulate major foreign and domestic policies.

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n 6th November, I will cast my vote to re-elect Barack Obama as President of the United States. I will do so without hesitation despite the let down that I and many in my community feel with the lack of change we hoped would come in several areas about which we care deeply. Even with this disappointment, I can still quite confidently answer two critical questions in the affirmative: “Are we better off than we were four years ago?” and “Are we better off than we would have been had John McCain and Sarah Palin been elected in 2008?” Just think back to where we were four years ago. The economy was in shambles. Millions faced foreclosure; pension funds had lost 20 percent to 30 percent of their wealth; unemployment was on its way to doubling; and, for many, the “American Dream” had become a mirage. We may have set our hopes too high when we believed that Barack Obama would change all this and still be able to clean up the foreign policy messes left by his predecessor. But the reality was that on Inauguration Day 2009 the new president received not a magic wand but the shovel George W Bush had been using to dig deep holes, at home and abroad. If the magnitude of these many foreign and domestic challenges were not enough, our new president confronted, from day one, a Republican Party determined to undermine his every effort. Despite their obstructionism, what the president has been able to accomplish has been nothing short of remarkable. The economic collapse was averted. The much maligned “stimulus” saved the jobs of hundreds of thousands of teachers, police, firefighters, and construction workers. The American auto industry was rescued and with it the economic livelihood of millions of workers, their families, and the small businesses that serve their communities. The stock market (and, with it, the pension funds of millions) is nearing record highs. Housing stats are up, and while employment figures are not where we want them to be, the trajectory is steady

and moving in the right direction. In addition to all this, the president and his administration used their executive authority to end the shameful “Special Registration” programme that had discriminated against Arab visitors to America. He also initiated a reprieve providing relief for millions of young undocumented students (including thousands of young Arabs), who through no fault of their own, were in danger of being deported. And the president secured passage of legislation guaranteeing equal pay for women and protecting consumers against unscrupulous financial institutions. Most significant of all, the president was able to pass the Affordable Care Act (ACA), ensuring that every American will have access to health care. On the day the Supreme Court upheld the ACA, my entire family wept, because we knew that our two-year-old granddaughter, Hope, who had been born with Down Syndrome, would never be denied health coverage because of her “pre-existing condition”. Of course, I am not happy with setbacks

the republicans want to bring back the same economic policies — more tax cuts for the wealthy and less regulations on the financial sector and industry — that brought us to the brink of collapse. that have occurred in the Middle East. But I understand the enormity of the challenges faced by President Obama after eight years of Bush’s neglectful policies and reckless adventurism — two failed wars, behaviour (Abu Ghraib, torture, rendition, “black sites”) that brought shame to our country, an emboldened Israeli leadership and a divided, dysfunctional Palestinian Authority, an empowered Iran, and a fertile field in which extremism was growing. As difficult as these challenges were, here too the president faced an obstructionist Congress of Republicans, looking to embarrass him, and weak-kneed Democrats, unwilling to back him up. He did end torture and close the CIA “secret prison sites” around the world, but Congress blocked his efforts to close Guantanamo. Republicans termed his remarkable and courageous Cairo speech as part of an “apology tour” and accused him of “betraying American values”. And, as late as a year ago, when President Obama made one last effort to restart Israeli-Palestinian talks, GOP lead-

ers stood behind the Israeli prime minister’s rebuke of the president, inviting Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress where they gave the foreign leader 29 standing ovations. Having blocked the President’s every effort to rescue the economy, ensure health care for all Americans, and restore America’s image abroad, Republicans have the temerity to claim he has failed. They lay the mounting deficit at the president’s door, when, in fact, 80 percent of the deficit is due to the annual costs of Bush’s reckless tax cuts, two unfunded wars, and an unfunded “prescription drug plan”. And now, they want to “take back” the White House. Call me “old-fashioned”, but I don’t believe in rewarding irresponsible, bad behaviour. The Republicans want to bring back the same economic policies — more tax cuts for the wealthy and less regulations on the financial sector and industry — that brought us to the brink of collapse. They also want to bring back the same foreign policy crowd that engineered the policies that left us at war and isolated in the world. And having callously used “Islamophobia” as a wedge issue in the last three elections (think: Gingrich, West, Bachmann, Palin, Cain, and Adelson), they want us to believe that they can be trusted with our votes. No, thank you! I’ll stick with the President and the Democratic Party. I believe that should President Obama win a decisive victory and should several good Democrats win election to the Senate and the House, it would provide him with the mandate he needs to confront GOP obstructionism. It might also provide Republicans with a much needed wake-up call to rescue their party from the band of extremists who are holding it hostage. The Democratic Party is the party that understands my community and its concerns. It is the party in which we find our allies in the peace and justice communities, the fighters for civil liberties, the churches, African Americans, Latinos, and Asian Americans, progressive Jews, and so many others with whom we have worked for decades. We worked together four years ago to make history and elect Barack Obama the 44th President of the United States. We remained together during the past four years and, despite obstacles and disappointments, we continued our struggle for peace and justice. Right now, we are working again to reelect President Obama on November 6th. And then on November 7th, we will continue our struggle together for real immigration reform, an end to “profiling”, an end to the denial of Palestinian rights, and fundamental changes in US foreign and military policy — making America better, stronger, smarter, and more just. The writer is President of the ArabAmerican Institute.

The Chief’s address Making waves, and sense too

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hen a country looks at its fighting forces it is looking in a mirror, if the mirror is a true one, the face it sees will be its own.’—General Sir John Hackett The Pakistan Army Chief addressed the officers at General Headquarters on 5 November, 2012. The press release giving the highlights of his talk has led to media frenzy with anchors, analysts and commentators falling over each other to give their own understanding of what the chief said, why he said it and what he actually meant when he said it. If ever there was any doubt as to where the centre of gravity lay this reaction has removed it. In fact the chief has tactfully explained this phenomenon by saying that the ‘Armed Forces draw their strength

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from public support. National security is meaningless without it. Any effort which, wittingly or unwittingly, drives a wedge between the people and Armed Forces undermines the larger national interest — the integrity and cohesion of the Armed Forces is essentially based on the trust reposed in them by the people of Pakistan. Strengthening this trust will ensure better security of the country’. More than anybody else the military knows that the true centre of gravity is in the people and it is from them that they derive their strength — indeed their very existence. Militaries are sensitive to public opinion as the recent events in the Arab world have demonstrated and the media has an important role in shaping opinion, hence his further elaboration that ‘equally important is the trust between the leaders and the led of the Armed Forces. Any effort to create a distinction between the two undermines the very basis of this concept and is not tolerated, be it in Pakistan or any other country’. Senior military leaders start by living,

eating and working with their men as they progress from command of a section to platoon to company to battalion and beyond — they earn their rank and create their military reputation over many years. Any attempt to undermine this all important relationship would be considered subversive in any military force. What the chief said has nothing to do with extremists or militants — his focus was on the officer-soldier relationship in a professional military force that must never be allowed to be undermined by irresponsible criticism. The chief has sought to raise the level of debate from squabbles of trivialities and personal attacks to a higher plane by saying that the national interest needs to be determined by consensus in accordance with the constitution and not arbitrarily by an individual or any one institution. In the same context, he said that the nation was passing through a defining phase because we were critically looking at the mistakes in the past and trying to set course for the future. ‘We should learn from the past, try to build

the present and keep our eyes set on a better future’. He was reaching out to the majority when he talked of institutions. More than anyone else the military knows the consequences of an imbalance in institutional development — when one institution develops itself at the cost of the others. His remarks were aimed at stressing balanced and progressive institutional development over a period of time by taking the long view rather than expedient considerations. Instead of getting into specifics the chief stressed the importance of the rule of law and not circumventing or influencing the due process of law by pre-judging people. He ended by mentioning the implications of haste in matters that need time to resolve and asked two fundamental questions. Are we promoting the rule of law and the constitution? Are we strengthening or weakening the institutions? The answers to these could guide and modulate our conduct and improve the internal environment. The debates will rage on but the overwhelming response to what the army

chief has said has been positive. This also seems to be the verdict of the media. In that sense his purpose has been achieved. Speculations that he was under some kind of pressure to respond to ongoing situations or that he was addressing one or more specific institutions will go on to bring his remarks to lower levels but the message — that the military intends to respect the rule of law and the constitution — is clear. In a separate and unrelated speech, the Chief Justice stated that security no longer meant guns, missiles and tanks. Truer words were never spoken. In today’s world, security has a much more comprehensive meaning with economic security, political stability, human security, foreign policy and the rule of law as dominant considerations, hence the need for orchestration of national power by a balanced development of all institutions. Spearhead Analyses are the result of a collaborative effort and not attributable to a single individual


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Change the superannuation age According to media reports, the Office Management Group officers of the Establishment Division have prepared a petition against extensions recently granted to senior bureaucrats after reaching the age of superannuation. They have argued that these extensions are against the February 2011 observations of the Supreme Court of Pakistan on the issue. In legal context, the petition of OMG has substance and relevance. There should be no extension in service beyond the age of superannuation. This policy vitiates against the interests of serving officers in the line of promotion. However, the sanctity of superannuation age stipulated in the Civil Servants Act 1973 is debatable. In Japan and some other countries, the age of superannuation is 65. With change in average age in Asian countries and socio-economic pressures in Pakistan, there is need to revisit the superannuation age for civil servants, military officers and other government functionaries. The parliament may discuss the issue and amend the law in the prescribed manner. There should be no arbitrariness in the matter of extension in service. One comes across many octogenarians active in the private sector. It is a common sight professionals working beyond 75. In legal community age is a positive factor. TV screens prove it. A message of Dr Shigeaki Hinirama of Japan, who is working diligently at the age of 101 as a physician and educator in Tokyo, is being circulated on the social media that one should lead active life and keep working till the last day of his life to keep healthy and productive. There are many bureaucrats in the government who believe in and follow this philosophy. I think they are the healthiest and happiest persons in Pakistan. ASGHAR MAHMOOD Islamabad

the CoAS’ statement A lot of concern is being shown on Gen Kayani’s statement in which he said that all institutions should learn to stay within limits. Is it wrong? Is it a ‘threat’? What kind of threat it is, if at all it is a threat? All institutions have to work within a specified formula laid down in constitution and it is unanimously agreed or should be agreed by all institutions and individuals in power. There is nothing new about it and there is no ambiguity in this. Actually, the COAS’ statement is directed towards the work performance of ‘Executive’ and ‘Legislature’ to be precise. Executive is virtually zero in performance. If at all any directive is issued it has technical flaws and absurd in its very nature.

The provincial governments are miserably failing in Sindh and Balochistan. The CMs of both these provinces are absolutely impotent in work performance and efficacy. Governments within the government have been created. Sharjeel Memon, Mansoor Wassan, MQM and ANP are working all independent of one another and without the consent of the CM. Dr Ishrat-ul-Abbad, the Governor, is running his own government. Hundreds of thousands of rain-flood victims are still moaning under the pangs of misery and no one knows what to do to redeem the situation. The NA and Senate are thronged with one scandal or the other. Fake degrees, dual nationality, undeclared

Kalabagh dam: a bargain chip According to a press report five Awami National Party provincial ministers and Senator Afrasiab Khattak criticised remarks of Chief Justice Lahore High Court (LHC) that “objections of Khyber Pakhtunkhwha (KP) and Sindh to the construction of Kalabagh dam (KBD) were political in nature”. He was hearing several petitions submitted in the public interest urging construction of Kalabagh dam. (Oct 27) Remarks by Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial were fully justified. The ANP’s criticism was mostly political rhetoric. However, comments on certain relevant observations by Senator Afrasiab Khattak, ANP’s spokesman, follow. 1) KBD issue is already settled since provincial assemblies of KP, Sindh and Balochistan passed resolutions against it. Re 1): Foregoing ANP statement endorsed Chief Justice Bandial’s above noted remarks as decision of the three assemblies was political since no competent engineer was consulted by any assembly regarding technical aspects of the multi-purpose great dam. 2) The ANP claimed that according to reports by Pakistan’s and foreign engineers that “KBD would be detrimental to the interest of KP as the most fertile land of the province would be seriously affected”. Re 2): I never came across such a report though associated with Kalabagh, Mangla and Tarbela dams since June 1956, before WAPDA came into being. Regarding damage to fertile lands of the province, it is wrong. KBD backwater would remain at least 10 miles downstream of Nowshehra in the event of worst ever flood in the River Indus. 3) Bhasha dam is a useful alternative to the KBD. Re 3): Diamer-Bhasha dam of roller compacted concrete with unprecedented height of about 900 feet would be of deadly risks for the people and their country as repeatedly forewarned by me for the last over four years through media. Furthermore, Bhasha dam may not be built for decades since premier funding institutions like World Bank and Asian Development Banks have declined to finance it being risky investment. Be that as it may, my KP friends should be aware that KBD was used by their predecessors as a bargain chip by preferring construction of Bhasha dam instead of KBD in exchange for its hydel royalty which

assets, misappropriated expenses and funds are just a few to mention of these scandals. No legislation is done unless the order comes from the ‘noninterfering’ top. PM is as useless as his deal with Turkish vessel not being able to deliver even two MWs of electricity in 10 months. Elections are at hand. The ECP is working to sort out the mess created in voters list etc. If the army chief, at this sorry state of affairs, comes up with his statement to remind these institutions to work within the stipulated domain, what is wrong with that? Is it wrong telling one’s son or daughter to confine to studies when exams are nearing? Politicians should mend themselves. They have been fooling us for 65 years.

was not available in the case of the latter since its powerhouse was to be located in Punjab instead of KP. BASHIR A MALIK (ALIG) Lahore

libraries in Pakistan: an insider’s view Muhammed Zubair is a devoted, unconventional and above all a hospitable chief librarian of Bedil Library, Sharfabad, Karachi, whom I meet daily and find an opportunity to pay heed to his personal experiences as a chief librarian of a specialised library of literature comprising more than 100,000 books and files of hundreds of literary magazines dating back to the 19th century. He once says that there are many reasons involved not to flourish a culture among people to visit libraries in Pakistan since it came into being. Many scholars and poets were determined to establish a library and they made tremendous efforts to cater books as much as they could from every nook and cranny of Pakistan and abroad. Zafeerul Hasan was an example of his own who established a library widely known as Bedil Library which is now beginning to expand by leaps and bound. There were many libraries established in Pakistan and closed due to insufficient financial resources let alone employing skilled staff to a library. A library along with librarian must employ an indexer, cataloguer and classifier. A few libraries in Pakistan are equipped with these skilled staffers. Now in Pakistan, a librarian has to do many works for which he is not employed such as he has to index, catalogue and classify. In a nutshell, he is overworked. This has resulted in making a library an uninteresting place to visit as he is not aware of the new and scientific trends of making a library a place to visit considering the demands of the readers in a changing world. In this regard, titles—that are published in the developed countries—contain its classification and catalogue number making the work of a librarian a bit easier to index a book to place its right place. Otherwise, a librarian has to spend his ample time in reading a title to know its genre and subject in order to catalogue, classify and index it. Sang-e-Meel Publications,

They better get ready to deliver now. Gen Kayani has reminded them of this as COAS. There is nothing wrong in it. Justice Iftikhar as CJP and other SC judges keep telling us in reported remarks almost daily as to where the government has failed. What I don’t understand is why our so-called politicians are so sensitive about a remark, especially when it comes from the man who wears Pakistani flag all over his uniform. I do not also understand why these politicians have assumed the role of sole custodian of our motherland when they have plundered it with both hands, more than the invading enemy forces. AMJAD H MIRZA Lahore

Lahore, is the only publisher in Pakistan whose titles contain this information, easing the work of a librarian. There are many known publishers of Pakistan whose published works are errorless and commendable and they can print such information on their titles as sometime a librarian is unable to ascertain which catalogue number to assign due to unindicative of its subject. If the publishers in Pakistan prefer to add such information, this will meet the internationally recognised standard of publication. JAWED AHMED KHURSHEED Karachi

general Kayani’s testimony This is in apropos to the headline captioned “Kayani hits back” (Nov 06). The rare statement of Army Chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has created furore in the political circles and media quarters, all viewing through their respective idiosyncratic lens. To many, it is a warning against the efforts to draw a wedge between the people and armed forces. A few quarters dubbed it as a veiled warning to all the critics who unnecessarily target and malign the army. Another section of media calls the statement as a reaction of army over its bashing at various forums. Others lash out at the critics of the military, suggesting them not to forget the sacrifices of army while maligning the institution. All said and done, it is the beauty of the democratic norms that abodes healthy criticism amongst its institutions for the betterment of the country. Nonetheless, media cartels having anti-Pakistan agenda are trying to twist the facts and paint the army chief’s statement in bad light. The forces bent to destabilise the country are resorting to pitch army against the apex court through drawing conclusions of army’s clash with the judiciary by playing with the address of the CJP to grade-21 officers in Islamabad. Needless to say, the soldiers of armed forces belong to the same soil, drawing their strength from the general masses. Therefore, any effort that draws a wedge between the people and army will undermine the national interest. The people of Pakistan must vouch against such a situation to avert any conspiracy and dispel such an impression in advance. FAQIR MUHAMMAD Islamabad

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arrison Ford is reported to be “open” to the idea of reprising his role as Han solo in the new star Wars movies. The veteran actor is now 70, but Entertainment Weekly says he and original co-stars Mark Hammill and Carrie Fisher are all amenable to appearing in the three new movies planned by Disney - which recently purchased Lucasfilm in a £2.5bn deal. a “highly placed” source is quoted as saying: “Harrison is open to the idea of doing the movie and he’s upbeat about it, all three of them are.” star Wars Episode 7 is due to be released in 2015, with new instalments of the story expected to come every two or three years after that. it has previously been reported that the new movies are expected to follow the continuing adventures of Luke skywalker. NEWS dESK

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CTrEss priyanka Chopra will miss the fun and frolic of the festival of lights as she will be occupied with work in the us. “Every year we have fixed responsibilities at home for Diwali. My responsibility has always been lighting diyas and making the rangoli, but unfortunately this year i will not be in india,” said priyanka. The actress had missed celebrating Diwali last year too, as she was busy preparing for her debut international single in My City. NEWS dESK

I did not take drugs: Kate Moss

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u p E r M o D E L Kate Moss may have been the poster child for the early 90s era, known around the world for her “heroin chic” look, but she says she never even touched the drug. The 38-year-old put the drug rumors to rest, also maintaining that she never had an eating disorder, reported Variety. Moss, who appeared in several famous magazine spreads looking super skinny and strung out, often shot by iconic photographer Corinne Day, explains that the shoots were just styled to make her look like she was on drugs. “i had never even taken heroin — it was nothing to do with me at all. i think Corinne — she wasn’t on heroin but always loved that Lou reed song, that whole glamorizing the squat, white-and-black and sparse and thin, and girls with dark eyes. she loved that look,” she said. as for her weight, Moss explains that she was skinny because she didn’t really have time to eat. “i was thin, but that’s because i was doing shows, working really hard. at that time, i was staying at a B and B in Milan, and you’d get home from work and there was no food. You’d get to work in the morning, there was no food. nobody took you out for lunch when i started.” NEWS dESK

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as long as we amused ourselves by offering fun and people, we can continue playing ‘The Expendables’. For now we are not as expendable as it should and as some critics want.” Indeed, it certainly sounds like the wheels are already turning on casting. Meanwhile, Adi Shankar’s all-female Expendables riff is well underway, casting Gina Carano in a leading role back in September. NEWS dESK

O L L O W I N G the worldwide box office success of The Expendables 2, Sylvester Stallone and his team are now moving forward on The Expendables 3, with Nicolas Cage joining the geriatric gang of action men, as first reported by JoBlo. The news comes from ExpendablesPremiere.com, which has the quote from Sly (roughly translated to English): “We are preparing the film with the same passion and commitment as the previous two. We have confirmed Nicolas Cage, a master actor who gives a veneer intellectual group. Hopefully we can realize to Harrison Ford, Wesley Snipes and Mickey Rourke. That is the great mission of the producer. We will continue with the same narrative scheme, the agility and the frenzy, which are inherent to the saga. What will definitely be the last? I can not guarantee. In principle it would be two deliveries, but the affection of the people encouraged us to work on a third. I guess

Reality TV star Kim Kardashian, who is famed for her voluptuous figure, says she has learnt to deal with so much attention being given to her body. The 32-year-old socialite launches her new fashion range here, reported Sun online. “I am really glad to be able to promote a healthy, natural body shape, eating well and exercising and appreciating the shape that you naturally have. “I was a teenager in the 90s, which was the era of grunge, the waif and heroin chic. Female models were skeletal, and with my Armenian background that was a mould I was never going to fit,” she said. The range features more than 100 pieces in sizes 8 to 16, and is designed to make women of every size feel sexy. Despite her track record of failed relationships, including her infamous 72-day marriage to American basketball player Kris Humphries, Kardashian said that she still easily falls in love. “I’ll always believe the next one is ‘The One’, I’m such a hopeless romantic. It had always been my dream to have a big wedding. When people said that I’d made the wedding day over the top for the TV show, that was just me. I am over the top,” she said. NEWS dESK

Jude Law joins Queen of the Desert cast Actor Jude Law has joined the cast of Queen of the Desert alongside Naomi Watts and Robert Pattinson. The 39-year-old will star in the upcoming period drama, which is written and directed by Werner Herzog, reports femalefirst.co.uk. In the movie, Watts will play Gertrude Bell, a pioneering explorer, writer, archeologist and attache for the British Empire, who is credited with helping to administer the modern Iraqi state at the beginning of the 20th century. Pattinson will portray her collaborator T.E. Lawrence and Law’s role is not yet specified, but it is believed he could be playing Charles Doughty-Wylie, with whom Gertrude had a two-year affair. NEWS

Jessica Chastain poses for photographers in a Stella McCartney lemon dress at the opening night of The Heiress: AGENCIES

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ROBERT PATTINSON is an ‘extraordinarily loud’ kisser The 26-year-old actor - who has reconciled with his Twilight Saga co-star Kristen Stewart, 22, following a brief split because she cheated on him - is confused why his lips appear to be a “vacuum” that make a lot of noise when he smooches with someone. After being shown a clip from new movie The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, he said, “I just noticed, this is a very clear example of it, every single scene I end up kissing someone ... I have extraordinarily loud little pecks. “It sounds like I’m walking around in Wellies (Wellington boots ... I don’t understand, my lip is literally like a vacuum.” Robert also spoke of his new-found passion for skydiving - joking it is the way he eventually wants to die. He told TV talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, “I went skydiving in Australia. I felt so relaxed. I loved it. I wanted to do it again immediately afterwards ... That’s also how I want to die.” While he enjoyed his time in Australia, the British star admitted he is a “freak” because he doesn’t usually like exploring when he has to travel to promote his films. Asked what he does when he travels, he said, “I’m a freak. I want to stay in my hotel room the whole time.” NEWS dESK


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INGER Miley Cyrus has been offered $1 million to star in a soft porn film. The 19-year-old was offered the amount to star in a soft porn remake of her Decisions music video. Cyrus, who is engaged to Liam Hemsworth, has been approached by Sex.com about a softcore remake of her music video alongside X-rated actress Jessie Andrews, 20, who stars in the promotional clip, reports contactmusic.com. A letter sent to Cyrus’ agent from Sex.com’s media director Martin El-

lison reads: ‘’As you are already aware in the video she kisses her boyfriend, Liam who is dressed as a unicorn. We’d like to replace Liam with the AVN Starlet of the Year, Jessie!” “We aren’t looking to make a boy/girl Hannah Does Montana sex video here, but rather a softer ‘girl on girl’ version. Of course your client would be compensated extremely well to be nude and to have ‘erotic’ girl on girl relations.” ‘’How far Miley chooses she wants to go is entirely up to her. We adore her new sexy look, and our members at sex.com have been emailing us all day begging us to make her and Jessie an offer to star together on ?lm together...Please respond to this email to let us know if there is any interest.’’ NEWS dESK

Karan Johar can’t get SOTY off his mind

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Ts been weeks since Karan Johar’s student of The Year’s released. However the film-maker seems to still have its hangover. With impending rumours about his next venture, Karan clears the air saying that nothing is final as yet and that he will divulge the details when the final decisions have been made. as of now the actor still has soTY on his mind, he says. Well we sure know your next venture is with shah rukh Khan. We just can wait to know more! NEWS dESK

Kristen Stewart could replace Shia LaBeouf will not return for Transformer movie Emma Stone in Focus Twilight’s Kristen Stewart is currently in talks for a role in Focus, reveals Variety. Ben Affleck will portray the main character of the thriller, which was originally supposed to pit Emma Stone (The Amazing Spider-Man) against Ryan Gosling (Drive). Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, the directing duo behind Crazy, Stupid, Love, which featured Stone and Gosling, will be behind the camera. Focus tells the story of a veteran con artist who takes a female apprentice under his wing, which leads to a romantic relationship. Their trade, which requires a substantial amount of lying, causes them to part ways, and the film focuses on their attempt to reconnect later on. Warner Bros. is at the helm, but the production’s schedule has yet to be announced. In the meantime, Affleck is busy promoting Argo ahead of 2013’s Academy Awards, and the last chapter of the Twilight saga, featuring Stewart, will soon hit theaters. NEWS dESK

Actor Shia LaBeouf has rubbished reports that he is in negotiations to star in the next Transformer film. The actor playing Sam Witwicky in the first three installments of the autobot war movie series has debunked recent rumors suggesting that he asked a tremendous amount of money to reprise his role in Transformers 4. “The story is a complete fabrication. While Shia remains very close with the filmmakers/studio, he was never attached to the fourth installment (nor is he in negotiations at this time). Salary did not impact his decision,” LaBeouf’s representative said. The actor bagged USD 15 million from last year’s “Transformers: Dark of the Moon”. Despite the big success of the movie, the 26-year-old actor insisted that he wouldn’t come back for the fourth film. However, a magazine recently claimed that the thesp was demanding USD 18 million if the studio wanted him for “Transformer 4”. “He wants a USD 3 million raise from the USD 15 million paycheck he received for ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’,” a source said. NEWS dESK

First film on bin Laden raid pulls 2.7 million viewers About 2.7 million viewers watched television premiere of the first movie about the US commando raid that killed Osama bin Laden, the National Geographic Channel has said. SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden caused a stir when it was announced in October that it would screen on the American cable channel just two days before the US presidential election. Fueling the buzz was the fact that Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, a prominent fundraiser for President Barack Obama, was among the backers of the 90-minute action thriller. The National Geographic Channel, part of conservative media tycoon Rupert Mudoch’s global empire, said on Monday SEAL Team Six was its top-rated show of 2012, and the sixth most watched in its history. “If this film had been in theaters this weekend, it very likely could have been the numberone movie in America,” the channel’s president Howard Owens said in a statement. Obama appears often via archive footage in the documentary-style film that was shown on Sunday, but director John Stockwell dismissed talk that it might sway voters. “It was never written or shot to do that,” he said in an interview last week. Netflix added SEAL Team Six to its streaming video lineup ahead of the movie’s theatrical release in non-US markets. The film will also get an encore presentation on the National Geographic Channel on Friday. Bin Laden, the late al Qaeda leader, ordered the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington in 2001. His May 2011 death when US Navy SEALs raided his hideout in Pakistan was a defining moment of Obama’s first term in the White House. Another feature film about the hunt for bin Laden, Zero Dark Thirty by director Kathryn Bigelow, who won an Oscar with the Iraq war film The Hurt Locker, is due for general release in cinemas in January. NEWS dESK

Imran Khan turns photographer Imran Khan is taking a keen interest in photography, or so we hear. The actor, who has always had deep passion for the subject, is apparently really good at taking candid pictures. He now wants to explore it a little further. What’s more, his muses will be his four leading ladies : Anushka Sharma, Kareena Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Sonakshi Sinha. Now that sounds like a hell of a lot of work. NEWS dESK

Disick and I are in happy place, says Kourtney Kardashian

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E a L i T Y TV star Kourtney Kardashian says although she and her husband scott Disick have gone through rough patches in the past, they are in a great place in their relationship right now. “scott is a great dad and is very connected to both of our children. He and i are in a really good, happy place,” showbizspy.com quoted Kardashian as saying. “Having two kids is like, you couldn’t be more legit. it’s the real deal, Kourtney and i are Mom and Dad,” said Disick. “Mason is my best friend. i just got one of his little cars working - it’s fun for me to get him into cars. “penelope is beautiful. i mean my son is my world and my daughter is my new world. it’s pretty unbelievable starting a new chapter in your life, said Disick. NEWS dESK

Chris Brown wants to be faithful to Rihanna singer Chris Brown, who continues to meet his exgirlfrined Karreuche Tran, reportedly plans to stay faithful to rihanna during his tour. The two recently reunited. The 23-year-old, who is still under supervised probation for assaulting rihanna in 2009, wants to invest his energy in his performances during his tourh rather then involving himself with women. “When (he’s) on tour, he won’t be messing with other women. people always think that when (he) is away and out of the country, like he will be, that it’s all fun and games. no...it’s the opposite,” contactmusic.com quoted a source as saying. NEWS dESK


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Infotainment 14 A first look at a never-before seen whale NE winter morning about two years ago, marine mammal scientist Anton van Helden was driving hell-for-leather up to the far north of New Zealand. A thirteen-and-a-half hour haul would take him to the beach where the first pygmy killer whale to strand itself in New Zealand was lying, and he wasn’t going to miss the chance to collect the skeleton and perhaps tissue samples for the Museum of New Zealand, where he worked. Partway through the drive, he got a call. Two beaked whales had been found dead at a place called Opape Beach. “They sounded for all the world like Gray’s beaked whales,” he recalls, a species that washes up relatively frequently on New Zealand’s shores, which sometimes see several hundred whale beachings per year thanks in part to the nation’s long coastline. “Maybe you can bury them,” he said to the conservation department employee at the other end of the line, “and we’ll have a look later, just to be sure.” Van Helden gave the matter little thought until a few months had passed and his phone rang one morning before he had even gotten out of bed. It was Rochelle Constantine, a marine biologist at the University of Auckland, and her graduate student Kirsten Thompson, who had conducted routine DNA analyses on the beached whales. “I hope you’re sitting down,” Constantine said. Those animals stranded in December were not Gray’s. They were instead a pair of spade-toothed beaked whales. It was a name to make a certain kind of scientist weak in the knees: the most elusive species of whale in the world, known only from several bone fragments washed up over the course of 140 years. It had never been seen in the flesh before. Van Helden looked up at the ceiling and swore. There are a lot of reasons to care about seeing the remains of so elu-

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sive a species — beyond simply the thrill of the chase and the brass-ring quality of an actual discovery. Humans have made a hash of the oceans — depleting fish stocks, slaughtering dolphins and whales, pouring pollutants into coastal waters. Part of the reason we are so cavalier is that so much of the ocean is invisible to us on a day-to-day basis; if you don’t know what’s there, you don’t know what you’re destroying. The spade-toothed beak whale, which was written up in the new issue of Current Biology, is a lesson both in the diversity of the fragile oceans and the painstaking sleuthing that is required to study it. After van Helden received his early-morning call, he and his colleagues got to work. They gathered all the information they could about the beached pair, including measurements and a set of photographs taken at the scene of the beaching. They worked with the Whakatohea Iwi, the Maori tribe in the area where the whales had been found, and the New Zealand Department of Conservation, to get the skeletons

exhumed, and Van Helden produced a detailed anatomical illustration of the animal, which also appears in Current Biology. The pair on the beach were an adult female, measuring just over 17 ft. (5.3 m), and a juvenile male, 11.5 ft. (3.5 m) from beak to tail fin. They lack the species’ signature protruding teeth, which occur only in adult males. The shape and coloration of both specimens are subtly different from other beaked whales — subtle enough, in fact, that they would be easy to confuse with the more commonly seen Gray’s. What allowed the team to make a firm identification was the genetic information collected from the three bones that until now have been our only evidence of the spade-toothed’s existence. The first sign of the animal was a lower jaw found on New Zealand’s Chatham Islands in 1872, bearing two jutting, triangular teeth. Later on, two skulls without lower jaws, one found in 1950 in New Zealand, the other found all the way across the Pacific on Robinson Crusoe Island in 1986, were proven by

DNA analysis to be from the same distinct species. But while scientists made educated guesses about what an intact spade-toothed would look like, extrapolating from its relatives could take them only so far. That’s why this find had the team so excited. “It was the first time ever that anybody had ever had even a hint of what these things looked like,” van Helden says. The new discovery is a big step forward for scientists interested in beaked whales, but there is still much to learn about both this species and its close relatives. Thompson is working on a project that uses genetic information from beached beaked whales to glean insight into the elusive creatures’ familial relationships. And seeing the animal alive in the wild remains a tantalizing goal of many scientists. Scott Baker, a marine biologist at Oregon State University and a co-author of the paper who has studied whales and dolphins for 30 years, saw his first live, open-ocean beaked whale just last month, in Samoa. The sighting lasted about 4 seconds before the animal dove — too brief to tell if it was a spade-toothed. “Their environment is very remote,” he says. “It’s deep water, and they’re submerged for maybe 96% of their lives.” It’s one of the sad ironies of the marine biologist’s work that the only way to get a more lingering look at animals like these is when they wash up on beaches — like ornithologists studying birds that are invisible until they slam into a window. “Here we have an animal which is over 5 meters long, the size of a big car, that has to come to the surface to breathe, and yet no one has ever seen one alive,” says van Helden. “It typifies how little we know about the ocean.” The new find sheds at least a tiny bit of light on that often dark world, reminding us of an environment we have the power to destroy — and the responsibility to preserve. NEWS dESK

UFO enthusiasts: Aliens may not exist after all United Kingdom’s UFO enthusiasts have stated that aliens may not be present after all, mentioning that the sightings of ‘flying saucer’ declined considerably and there is no “convincing evidence” to show the presence of this extraterrestrial life. The enthusiasts said that a continuous failure to deliver proof and decrease in the sightings of ‘flying saucer’ suggests that the aliens are not present and this would mean within next decade the ‘Ufology’ – study of the UFOs (unidentified flying objects), could be closed. “The subject is dead in that no one is seeing anything evidential,” said David Clark, a Sheffield Hallam University academic and the UFO adviser to the National Archives. “Look at all the people who now have personal cameras. If there was something flying around that was a structured object from somewhere else, you would have thought that someone would have come up with some convincing footage by now – but they haven’t.” Dozens of groups interested in flying saucers have closed already because of the lack of interest.

Next week, a UK’s foremost organisation involved in the research of UFO is holding a conference to argue whether this subject has future. The chairman of the Association for the Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena (Assap), Dave Wood said next week’s meet had been arranged to address the disaster in this subject and discuss whether UFOs were the subject of the past. He certainly said, “There is a chance that the subject will be dead in a time of ten years.” “We are seeing these things based on balance of chances and the study in this area has been going for several decades. Lack of convincing evidence beyond pure anecdotes says that based on balance of chances nothing is there,” said Wood. “I think any researcher about UFO would tell that 98% sightings that occur are easily explainable. A conclusion says that there is not anything there about UFO. The days of convincing eyewitness sightings look to be ended,” Wood added. Since 1988, UFO cases of Assap have fell down by 96%, while number of other groups doing UFO

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research fell down by 100 in 1990s to 30 now. The closed groups are the Northern UFO Network, the Northern Anomalies Research Organisation and the British Flying Saucer Bureau. Wood added that main focus on dwindling UFO enthusiasts was made-up by the UFO encounters which took place before few decades and the conspiracy theories which surround them. NEWS dESK

The rate of suicide in the United States rose sharply during the first few years since the start of the recession, a new analysis has found. In the report, which appeared Sunday on the Web site of The Lancet, a medical journal, researchers found that the rate between 2008 and 2010 increased four times faster than it did in the eight years before the recession. The rate had been increasing by an average of 0.12 deaths per 100,000 people from 1999 through 2007. In 2008, the rate began increasing by an average of 0.51 deaths per 100,000 people a year. Without the increase in the rate, the total deaths from suicide each year in the United States would have been lower by about 1,500, the study said. The finding was not unexpected. Suicide rates often spike during economic downturns, and recent studies of rates in Greece, Spain and Italy have found similar trends. The new study is the first to analyze the rate of change in the United States state by state, using suicide and unemployment data

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HEN Alfonso Manzo wore a Red Cross jacket around Staten Island last week, people may have assumed he was helping others. The police say he was actually helping himself, and merely wore the jacket to make it easier to burglarize homes evacuated because of Hurricane Sandy, according to the New York Daily News. Manzo, 49, was reportedly checking out some homes on Midland Ave. when he was approached by some cops. Officials say Manzo claimed to be a volunteer for the Red Cross, but didn't have any documentation. He was arrested on charges of burglary and criminal impersonation of a public servant, the New York Post reported. Upon arrest, he was allegedly discovered to be in possession of six white pills believed to be methadone and was also charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, SILive.com reported. Court papers obtained by SILive.com allege that Manzo later admitted that he was not affiliated with the Red Cross. Being arrested is nothing new for Manzo, who, according to police records, has been arrested 28 times and served four prison stints since 1984, according to the New York Post. In August, Manzo was arrested for the December theft of an SUV from an autobody shop. Police say he drove the stolen car to Atlantic City so he could party on New Year’s Eve. NEWS dESK

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woman claims that a police officer in Texas burst her breast implant by using excessive force when he arrested her during a traffic stop. Pantego Officer Eric Alvarez pulled over Rebecca Van Hooser, who was out to buy cookie dough, for a headlight violation when he discovered a warrant for her arrest for an unpaid speeding ticket, the Fort Worth Star Telegram reports. "She gets out of the car, [the officer] grabs her, throws her against the car, spreads her legs -- kicks -- spreads her legs and grabs her arms and forcefully pulls them out and yanks them very hard behind her back," her attorney, Susan Hutchison told NBC Dallas-Fort Worth. Van Hooser is suing the Pantego Police Department for the Oct. 28, 2011, incident, which she claims caused her right implant to split and leak fluid into her body. "She's screaming in pain, and his response is, 'This isn't supposed to be comfortable,'" Hutchison added. Van Hooser spent the night in jail, according to the Dallas Morning News. In addition, her attorney claims that the arrest has led to several medical issues. "She had two hematomas as a result, and she's going to have to have a partial mastectomy, tissue transplant and a new implant," Hutchison said. Pantego Police Chief Thomas Griffith declined to comment on the case, the Star-Telegram reported. NEWS dESK

Even birds get drunk from fermented berries through 2010. “The magnitude of these effects is slightly larger than for those previously estimated in the United States,” the authors wrote. That might mean that this economic downturn has been harder on mental health than previous ones, the authors concluded. The research team linked the suicide rate to unemployment, using numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Every rise of 1 percent in unemployment was accompanied by an increase in the suicide rate of roughly 1 percent, it found. A similar correlation has been found in some European countries since the recession. The analysis found that the link between unemployment and suicide was about the same in all regions of the country. The study was conducted by Aaron Reeves of the University of Cambridge and Sanjay Basu of Stanford, and included researchers from the University of Bristol, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and the University of Hong Kong. NEWS dESK

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O matter humans or birds, reaction to alcohol is same by all, conclude British researchers. From the inquiry running in the last year's incidence of several deaths of blackbirds, experts have noticed that even birds stumble around when they are under the effect of alcohol like humans. The findings have also been mentioned in the British Medical Journal's Veterinary Record in which researchers have clearly mentioned about their discoveries over the feathered animas, whom they've found can get drunk off fermented berries. Yes, researchers in Britain when last year started their research in the case of deaths of a dozen blackbirds, who died after colliding in mid air, found that all the dead birds had one thing in common, they all were intoxicated with the berries that were present in their guts and smelled fermented. From the above findings, they concluded that the birds got high levels of pure alcohol in their system because of the fermented berries. Moreover, they also found a live bird on the spot of the incidence, which showed some common signs of being drunk like leaning against walls of the enclosure it was in, not able to balance itself while walking, using feathers both the sides to maintain its balance etc, which gradually improved after some days. NEWS dESK

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HE Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) will hear, next February, the appeals of banned Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif against the ICC's bans for spot-fixing, reported ESPNcricinfo. Asif's case will be heard between February 5-7, and Butt's on the 8th, it was confirmed on Monday. The CAS, headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland, is recognised as the world's highest judicial body for sportsmen and cases involving sport. Asif, along with Butt, was found guilty at Southwark Crown Court in November 2011, on charges of conspiracy to cheat and conspiracy to accept corrupt payments over deliberate noballs bowled during the Lord's Test between Pakistan and England in August 2010. Mohammad Amir, the third player accused by the Crown Prosecution Service, had pleaded guilty to the charges. Butt served seven months of a 30-month jail sentence, Asif six months of a year-long term, while

Umar Akmal joins Sydney Sixers NEWSDESK Sydney Sixers, the reigning Champions League and Big Bash League trophy holders, have bolstered their squad for this summer by signing the Pakistani batsman Umar Akmal, reported ESPNcricinfo. Like his national team-mate Shahid Afridi at Sydney Thunder, Akmal will be available for the Sixers' first three BBL matches, offering the kind of aggressive batting he has exhibited for Pakistan since his debut as a 19-year-old in 2009. "I jumped at the opportunity to be a part of the Big Bash League when the Sixers approached me," Akmal said. "I'm looking forward to spending December in Australia and will be aiming to assist them to go back to back and win the tournament again." The Sixers have also signed the New South Wales rookiecontracted batsman Daniel Hughes, an opening batsman for the North Sydney grade club. Hughes can be expected to slot into the Sixers' top order once David Warner departs for his expected national duty.

Amir spent three months in a young offenders' institute. However, the three players had already been found guilty by an ICC tribunal on February 5, 2011, and were

banned for various durations. Butt's ban was for 10 years and Asif's for seven. That punishment was announced a day after the CPS levied its charges against the players.

Butt had also wanted to lodge an appeal with the International Criminal Court, but decided against it due to the expense involved and the lengthy duration of the proceedings.

Afridi turns to first-class cricket in bid to regain form NEWSDESK Shahid Afridi has decided to end a nearly four-year hiatus from domestic first-class cricket in a bid to regain his form ahead of the India series next month. Afridi will represent Habib Bank Limited in the ongoing President's Trophy, after last having played for them in January 2009, reported ESPNcricinfo. "We understand he [Afridi] has been struggling with his form and obviously he has to play quality cricket to regain it," a spokesman from HBL sports department told ESPNcricinfo. "Unfortunately there is no limitedovers cricket being played at the moment and the on-going first-class tournament is the way out for him to get engaged to change his dipping

form." Afridi is currently in the middle of a severe form trough, highlighted at the recent World Twenty20. He made only 30 runs in six matches, and picked up four wickets at 42.75. In

ODIs this year, he has scored 182 runs in 16 matches and taken 15 wickets at 43.13 (including a five-for against the lightweights of Afghanistan). Pakistan's exit from the semi-final in the World Twenty20 has drawn criticism from several former players, with some blaming Afridi's poor form as the primary reason for the team's failure to reach the final. Afridi will join the HBL squad in place of Pakistan left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman, who is currently serving his 12 weeks ban for using recreational drug cannabis during his stint with Somerset in the English domestic season. "Though Afridi's name wasn't listed in 20-man probables for the team, he can take the place of Rehman to play the rest of the rounds ahead of the India series," the spokesman said.

Australia reluctant for Watson to stop bowling NEWSDESK Michael Clarke has not yet considered the possibility of cutting down Shane Watson's bowling workload when he returns to the Test side. Watson will miss the first Test against South Africa, starting at the Gabba on Friday, after injuring his calf while bowling for New South Wales in a Sheffield Shield match on Saturday, and it is far from the first time Watson has hurt himself while bowling, reported ESPNcricinfo. He missed all of Australia's home Tests last summer after suffering a hamstring injury while bowling in the Johannesburg Test in November - a calf complaint also arose during the summer - and often struggled with his dual batting and bowling roles earlier in his career. Watson, 31, has always declared himself an allrounder and insisted that he wants to keep bowling. Australia will need to consider how best to use him over the coming years. They could look to the example of Steve Waugh, who began his career as an allrounder and often bowled more than 20 overs in a Test innings, but once he reached his thirties his body struggled to handle the workload and he scaled back his bowling significantly. Notably, around the time Waugh cut back on his bowling his Test batting average was 43; by the end of his career it had risen to 51. "We'll worry about that if we have to. Shane sees himself as an allrounder. I haven't heard any different at this stage," Clarke said in Brisbane ahead of the first Test. "I'm pretty sure he wants to come back as an allrounder and we've selected him through his career as an allrounder. "There have been games where he hasn't been selected because he hasn't been able to bowl. If he's fit to do both, then he'll do both. If he's not, the selectors will sit down and work out if we're going to select him just as a batsman." For the time being, Australia are not willing to choose Watson for his batting alone. Although Watson consistently makes starts and has passed 50 on 20 occasions in Test cricket, only twice has he gone on to turn those into hundreds. Australia's coach, Mickey Arthur, is also keen for Watson to return as an allrounder, rather than confining himself to a batting role. "Shane's got a massive amount to offer in two disciplines," Arthur said on Inside Cricket on Monday. "It's a blow not to have him because he's two cricketers in one. Shane's still got a long career ahead of him, batting and bowling."

PONTING PUTS 'LOwLIGHT' BEHINd HIM NEWSDESK In South Africa this time last year, Ricky Ponting's days as a Test batsman appeared to be rapidly dwindling. At 36, he was enduring the leanest patch of his long career, having not scored a Test century for nearly two years. Such slumps are usually terminal for batsmen in their late thirties, reported ESPNcricinfo. The chances of him making it all the way through the 2011-12 Australian summer appeared slim. The chances of him being part of the side for this year's home series against Graeme Smith's men seemed to be almost non-existent. Fast forward 12 months and Ponting is not only part of the team, he is its form batsman. David Warner and Michael Hussey have had scant first-class preparation. Michael Clarke has had some starts for New South Wales without going on. Ed Cowan hasn't reached 50 in his four Sheffield Shield games this summer. Meanwhile, Ponting has piled up the runs for Tasmania and is on top of the Shield run tally with 355 at 118.33. Most importantly, he has fixed a technical flaw that was undermining his en-

tire game. On Melbourne Cup day last year, Ponting shuffled across his stumps in Potchefstroom and was lbw to Vernon Philander for 2. He went on to be dismissed cheaply in the same way in three of the four Test innings that followed, once by Philander and twice by Dale Steyn. It was a trigger movement that was threatening to end his career. "It was technical. You don't go from playing the way I was playing to getting hit on the pad as often as I was without something being wrong," Ponting said in Brisbane on Tuesday. "The frustrating thing for me through that period was that I identified it really early in the series and I was training really hard and trying to rectify it and still getting out the same way. It just took a long time to break the habit that I was in and the cycle I was in. "I'm doing things a little bit differently at training now, with the way that I train and prepare. Some of the drills that I'm working on have made me feel a lot better balanced at the crease and certainly not getting hit on the pad as much as I was 12 months ago. My pre-ball movements were a little bit earlier than what they normally were. I was trying to

move early to give myself a little bit more time but it was actually having a detrimental effect. I was actually moving too early and locking off and not being able

to move again after that." Gradually, he worked out how to address the problem and the runs piled up during the home series against India in December and January, when he made 62, 60, 134, 7, 221 and 60 not out. He made more runs in that series than he had in his previous four series combined. Ponting has tried not to look back at that South African tour too often since then, but he concedes that things couldn't have gotten much worse. "There's no doubt it was a lowlight," he said. "I was training really hard and not getting the results I was after. At that stage where I was batting we needed to be getting results if the team was going to win games. Whenever you fail it's not just about you, it's about feeling like you've let your team-mates and your mates down. It was a low moment. "I batted my way back in the second innings of that last Test match over there and then started the series well here against New Zealand and things turned around in the summer. Pretty much from the end of that series in South Africa until now I've been a pretty consistent run scorer in all the games I've played. Some of the things I'm working on are starting to pay dividends."

Now, Ponting finds himself preparing to take on Steyn, Philander and Morne Morkel once again, this time at the Gabba, a venue that fast bowlers always enjoy. Steyn is the ICC's No.1-ranked Test bowler and Philander, who debuted in Cape Town during last year's series against Australia, has rocketed to No.2, while Morkel sits at No.9. Ponting said despite the class of South Africa's attack, Australia's experience at the Gabba would hold them in good stead. "We know the ball swings around a little bit up here. All of our batsmen have played enough here to know how to combat it," he said. "They're all good bowlers and their records speak for themselves, especially over the last couple of years. Philander burst onto the scene last year. "We've played a lot against Morkel over the years and had a reasonable record against him, us as a team, and Steyn is one of the best bowlers of the last four or five years. The thing about their attack is they're all different bowlers. They're all slightly different and that makes a good attack. There's not much opportunity for our batsmen to relax but that's what Test cricket is all about."


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We want to revive hockey to its past glory: New IHF president

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Cricket commentator Jackman gets treatment for cancer

NEWSDESK Television commentator and former England cricketer Robin Jackman will undergo seven weeks of daily radiotherapy, reported SuperSport on Tuesday. This followed two operations to remove malignant tumours from his vocal cords, spokesman Clinton van der Berg said in a statement. After the radiotherapy, Jackman, 67, would rest his voice for four weeks and was expected back on the air in the new year. “It’s not the prettiest, but I got it early and I’m confident I’ll be fine,” Jackman said. “I won’t be in Australia, but I sure will be rooting for the Proteas.” Jackman was born in India, but grew up in England, and had close ties with South Africa, coaching and representing Rhodesia, before it became Zimbabwe, and Western Province over 11 English winters. He debuted for English side Surrey in 1966, and played for them for 16 years. In between, he represented Western Province in 1971-72, and Rhodesia in 1972-73, and again in 1979-80.\ After a fine season, Jackman was chosen to represent England on their tour to the West Indies in 1980-81. However, the Guyanese government objected to his involvement with the then apartheid South Africa and revoked his visa.

it to its past glory," Reddy said. Asked to elaborate on his plans for reviving the popularity of hockey in the cricket-crazy country, Reddy said young talents should be spotted in schools itself and groomed for the big stage. "We are looking to catch the young talent in the schools itself, give them coaching and make it attractive for the players to come and play for the national hockey. "We are also looking forward to revive competitions like Premier League Hockey and World Series Hockey," he added. On the ongoing tussle between IHF and Hockey India (HI), Reddy, who is also the Andhra Pradesh Director Gen-

Hockey India is all set to appoint Australian, Jason Conrath, as the new exercise physiologist of the senior men's national team after another Aussie, David John, refused to resume duty owing to low salary. Conrath is Bachelor of Science in exercise and health and is currently studying masters in Gold Coast, Australia. John was with the team in the London Olympics in which India finished 12th after failing to win a single match. It has been learnt that John was hired on a monthly salary of USD 5500 by the Sports Authority of India last year on the recommendation of coach Michael Nobbs. There had been a significant change in the fitness level of players after his arrival. There were reports of his coming back after Nobbs joined the camp in Patiala last week. However, Hockey India's secretary general Narinder Batra has confirmed that John will not come back. "John has refused to come, so we have appointed another Australian Jason Conrath as the new trainer for the team," he said. "We have sent him the contract yesterday and after receiving that he will apply for the visa. I hope that he will join the team before 15th November." Batra also said that it was Nobbs who had suggested Conrath's name to HI. "It is only after coach's recommendations any support staff is appointed. Nobbs has suggested Conrath's name and we found him eligible for the job." India will take part in the Lanco International Super Series at Perth from November 22 to 25, which will also feature England, Australia and Pakistan. The Lanco Series will be followed by the FIH Champions Trophy at the State Netball Hockey Centre in Melbourne from December 1 to 9. India are placed in Pool A alongside England, Germany and New Zealand, while hosts Australia, Belgium, Netherlands and Pakistan are in Pool B. eral of Police (DGP), said he hoped to clear the matters during the Indian Olympic Association meeting to be held later this month. "There are some issues, the matter is sub-judice. There are still some litigations between HI and IHF. "This 25th there is a meeting of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA),

which I will be attending along with two other members. We hope to sort out certain issues," he said. He replied in the affirmative when asked if he would be in favour of a patchup between the HI and the IHF. "I think we should bring all of them on the same pedestal under the IHF umbrella," Reddy said.

No reason to ban long putters: Scott

NEWSDESK Manoj Tiwary, the middle-order batsman, remains positive despite again failing to find a place in the India Test squad, at least for the first two games against England. Tiwary impressed during India A's match against England last week and through his limited international opportunities, but he said he wasn't letting the disappointment of being left out set in and is hoping to keep pushing his case through performances in the Ranji Trophy. Tiwary got the selection news during tea on the fourth day of Bengal's Ranji Trophy match against Rajasthan and he said that although the news bothered him, he was focused and in the right frame of mind for the next game. "There were a lot of thoughts that came into my mind when I came to know about it," Tiwary said. "But we've quite a few games coming up. I always try to motivate myself by thinking that I have a lot of time. I am young, and touch wood, things will fall in place. The big runs will come. I just have to be patient." Last week, Tiwary was the top-scorer for India A in a batting line-up which had at least three contenders for the No. 6 batting spot. Yuvraj Singh, who scored an aggressive 59 in that game, got the selector's nod ahead of Suresh Raina and Tiwary.

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Adam Scott shot down a putter rule change suggestion by Tiger Woods on Tuesday and told golf's governing bodies to focus on more pressing issues as the Australian leapt to the defence of controversial long putters. Once seen as a desperate attempt by struggling golfers to change their fortunes on the greens, long putters like the broom handle or belly putter that Scott uses - have seen a dramatic rise in popularity in professional golf. American Webb Simpson used one to win the U.S. Open this year to follow compatriot Keegan Bradley's success in becoming the first major winner to employ a long putter at last year's U.S. PGA Championship. South African Ernie Els made it a trio of long putter major champions with victory at this year's British Open with The United States Golf Association (USGA) and the Royal and Ancient (R&A), the game's two governing bodies, since discussing the status of 'anchored putters' with a ban being considered. World number six Scott, speaking before this week's $6 million Singapore Open, said he had spoken to European Tour Chief Executive George O'Grady about the issue last week, adding that a ban on the long putter he has used since 2011 would be unfair.

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Fourteen-times major winner Woods has voiced long-standing opposition against the use of the long putters, which tend to measure between 38 and 46 inches, and has spoken to R & A Chief Executive Peter Dawson about amending the rules. The American believes putter length should be capped and be equal or less than the shortest club in the golfer's bag. Scott was not a fan of that idea. "His voice carries some weight on the issue, a lot of players have been quite outspoken about it and certainly when Tiger Woods speaks about it generates a lot of interest," the 32year-old said of arguably the world's greatest golfer.

Pakistani refugee helps Aussies with spin practice BRISBANE AGENcIES

Australia on Tuesday used the leg-spin bowling of a Pakistani asylum seeker in their first net practice session ahead of this week's first Test against South Africa in Brisbane. Fawad Ahmed, who is awaiting a decision from the Australian government about his refugee protection claim, bowled against Australia's top batsmen as a preparation for South

African spinner Imran Tahir ahead of Friday's Gabba Test opener. Ahmed, who plays Melbourne club cricket and has previously bowled in nets sessions to Australia's batsmen, was flown to Brisbane due to the similarities of his bowling action with that of Pakistan-born Tahir, team officials said. Ahmed is familiar with naturalised South African Tahir, having played against him when they were both in Pakistan's domestic cricket. He left his home in the border re-

gion near Afghanistan to come to Australia on a short-stay visa to play cricket in 2010. Despite a temptation to play a four-man pace attack on what is expected to be a bouncy Gabba wicket, South Africa have said they are planning to play Tahir, who has played 10 Tests for the Proteas. All of Australia's players took part in Tuesday's first training session at the Gabba, including Rob Quiney, who is set make his Test debut as a replacement for injured allrounder Shane Watson.

Denesh Ramdin, the West Indies wicketkeeper, believes that the presence of two attacking spinners in their line-up on pitches similar to the ones in the Caribbean will give West Indies useful attacking options in the two-Test series which begins in Dhaka on November 13, reported ESPNcricinfo. "The pitches here are similar to a lot of pitches back in the Caribbean. Slow and the ball spins a bit," Ramdin said. "It will be to our advantage with Sunil Narine and Veerasammy Permaul, who's on debut. If we go into the Test with two spinners, we'll have to try and bowl them out." This is West Indies' third full tour to Bangladesh, having won the Test series in 2002 and 2011. On the first occasion, a four-man pace attack was enough to see off the hosts who were only in their third year of playing Test cricket. Last year, Fidel Edwards hurried the batsmen throughout the series but in the crucial second innings of the second Test, legspinner Devendra Bishoo took a fivefor to finish off Bangladesh. This time West Indies not only have Narine and Permaul, but also the likes of Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels and Narsingh Deonarine. "It is a good pitch at the stadium here [Mirpur, the venue of the first Test]. The bowlers will give us the wickets, Sunil Narine will be playing here for the first time. The pitches here will assist him and hopefully he'll continue where he left off against New Zealand," Ramdin said. The tourists, who arrived on Monday morning, will hold their first training session on Wednesday. They play a three-day practice match against the BCB XI from Thursday at the BKSP ground - West Indies' first longerformat match in three months.

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NEWSDESK ANTHONY CACACE claimed the Irish super-featherweight title with a first-round KO of Mickey Coveney at the National Basketball Arena. Cacace, who stopped Coveney in Belfast earlier this year, stunned the defending champion with an uppercut near the end of the first. Joe Hillerby, Ray Ginley, Luke Wilton, Eddie Nesbitt, Stephen Reynolds, Brendan Fitzpatrick, Noel O'Brien and James Tennyson also won on the 'Rumble in Dublin' card. Undefeated Christina McMahon secured the Celtic Women's Warrior bantamweight belt with a points decision over France's Stephanie Ducastel. Elsewhere, Jamie Kavanagh improved to 12 wins and one draw from 13 fights following a thriller with Ramon Valadez in California.

Cheever's son to get ferrari test NEWSDESK Ferrari will hand Formula 1 test debuts to Italian Formula 3 champion Riccardo Agostini and runner-up Eddie Cheever at Vallelunga on 9 November. The pair, locked in contention for the title until the final race of the season, will be joined by European Formula 3 champion Daniel Juncadella, as first revealed by AUTOSPORT last month. The trio will take control of the Ferrari F10 in which Fernando Alonso finished runner-up in the 2010 F1 World Championship. At 19year-old, Cheever's test comes 35 years after his father, also 19 at the time, first tested for the Scuderia back in 1977. While it was Gilles Villeneuve who ultimately claimed a full-time Ferrari seat, Cheever went on to make his debut in the Theodore TR1 at Argentina in 1978, the first of the 143 grands prix he entered. "Being in a Ferrari 35 years after my dad is an unforgettable emotion, let's hope to go as fast as he did back then," Cheever said. "This is a dream come true, and I hope that everything will go in the best possible way." Agostini, who claimed five wins and 15 podiums en route to this year's Italian F3 crown, added: "I am happy on running such an important test and I am preparing this event in the best possible way to get the most out of this occasion, not only as a fantastic prize but also to shine in a car that is the dream of every driver."

Stoner aims for winning farewell

UCI to investigate Vinokourov, Kolobnev race-fixing allegations magnussen fastest on opening day

NEWSDESK The Australian double world champion made the shock announcement that he would quit the sport at the end of the season back at Le Mans in May. While there has been continued speculation that he could be tempted back, Stoner recently insisted his MotoGP story would conclude at Valencia this weekend. Hopes of a final year swansong were however dashed by a heavy fall in qualifying back at Indianapolis in August. Though he managed to complete the weekend, finishing fourth in the race, he was then forced to miss the next three races in order to have surgery on his injuries. While that break ended his title hopes, it was not the herald of an ignoble end to a glorious career.Stoner managed to make a comeback in Motegi, improved the following weekend at Sepang and then dominated his home event at Phillip Island, claiming his sixth straight win at the track. He hopes to carry such form into the final round and conclude his MotoGP career in fitting fashion. "Valencia should be a little better for me again - not as good as Phillip Island, but I've always had great success there, many pole positions and race wins," Stoner said. "I hope we can be competitive there and with the track going left it should suit our bike and me a little better at this point. "It's not going to be easy but it would be nice to get another good result in my final race in MotoGP." Should the Australian win, he would equal Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa's total of six wins this season. He would also boost his own win count in the premier class to 39, a total unmatched by any other rider in the years Stoner has been competing.

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gating alleged corruption in cycling. "Now, in the light of this additional information we received last week from the Italian prosecutor we are opening an investigation into the matter," UCI President Pat McQuaid told Reuters. "Both riders have been summoned to UCI headquarters. "If Vinokourov and Kolobnev were to be proven guilty the license commission would re-evaluate the world tour licenses of the Astana and Katusha teams." McQuaid said Padua prosecutor Benedetto Roberti had passed on details from the case he is working on. "We would welcome any other information from this investigation," said

McQuaid. According to email exchanges between the two riders published by the Corriere della Sera newspaper on Saturday, Vinokourov agreed to pay Kolobnev 150,000 euros for the win. It was the Kazakh's biggest victory since his comeback from a two-year ban he was handed for testing positive for blood doping on the 2007 Tour de France. Vinokourov has been appointed Astana team manager for the 2013 season. Cycling is reeling from the Lance Armstrong scandal in which the American stripped of his record seven Tour de France titles for using performance-enhancing drugs and organising doping.

Kevin Magnussen set the pace for McLaren on the opening day of Formula 1's final young driver test of the year at Abu Dhabi. The 20-year-old Dane worked his way down to a 1m42.651s in the morning, edging out Red Bull's Antonio Felix da Costa by just over six hundredths of a second. The pair finished more than three quarters of a second clear of the field, which was headed by Gary Paffett - the McLaren test driver having taken over from Magnussen for the afternoon. Robin Frijns, this year's Formula Renault 3.5 champion, finished fourth fastest for Sauber. The 21-year-old Dutchman is set for a long-term future with the team. Nicolas Prost (Lotus) finished fifth fastest ahead of Luiz Razia (Toro Rosso) and Giedo van der Garde (Caterham). Razia brought about the day's only red flag 10 minutes from the finish, although he was able to return to the pits under his own power. Magnussen will return for the final afternoon of the test with McLaren on Thursday, while da Costa - the busiest man on the opening day with 79 laps completed - will remain with Red Bull for one more day before handing the RB8 over to Frijns. In the Dutchman's stead, Esteban Gutierrez will take over at Sauber for days two and three.


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OVAK Djokovic’s roar of triumph when he completed a 7-6 (4), 6-3 victory over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Monday said a lot about the Serb’s intentions here at the O2 Arena in the ATP World Tour Finals. It was not just beating Tsonga — he’d done that four times before this year — but the fact that he had got himself back on track after a difficult week in Paris which saw him lose in the first round and make a dash back to Belgrade to visit his ailing father in hospital. Partially because of fatigue or Davis Cup distractions, Djokovic has never done himself justice in these year-end finals and this year he seems intent of proving that he is a worthy No. 1 in the world by carrying off the title next Monday. Referring to the week in Paris, Djokovic said, “It’s a different story, a different week. I had difficult circumstances, some things I had to face. But that’s why this match tonight was very important for me mentally, you know, to break the ice, to return to the shape I want to be in and also be confident and optimistic on court, to play my game.” With the big Frenchman in full flow, Djokovic needed to pull out all the stops to win the first set and he did — diving full length a couple of times as he advanced to the net more often than usual. “I don’t usually dive that much,” he admitted. “I don’t usually spend that much time on the net. But I needed to because that opening set obviously could have

gone either way. To be quite honest, he was the better player throughout the first set.” But when Djokovic closed out the tiebreaker 7-4, Tsonga deflated and Djokovic took over. “I had many chances in the first set and I missed again,” said the Frenchman who is here with his new coach, the Australian Roger Rasheed. “He’s taking chance all the time and he’s playing freer in the second set.” Tsonga was a finalist here last year and is still in the tournament because this eight-man field plays a round-robin format until the knock-out semifinals on Sunday. But he is in the tougher of the two groups and the odds are now heavily on Djokovic and Andy Murray advancing. Earlier, another packed house of 17,800 saw Murray, the returning hero after winning the US Open, come from a set down to defeat the powerful Czech Tomas Berdych 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. Murray and Djokovic will meet on Wednesday and Novak is up for it. “My next match is against Andy and (he) is always a big challenge,” said the man who lost to the Scot in Flushing Meadows final. “He has had lots of success in London, playing in his town, in front of his crowd, big support, big match. We know a lot about each other. Playing Andy I need to be ready for long rallies and a physically demanding match.” Murray’s supporters were fearful of the outcome when he missed 10 break points on Berdych’s serve in the first set because seizing opportunities is something that Murray has failed to do in re-

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cent weeks (losing three matches in which he held match point). But he hit back well in the second set, quickly gaining a 3-1 advantage as he started to move his big opponent out of his comfort zone with angled returns. Berdych had a chance to go ahead at the start of the third but Murray held on to complete an important victory. When Murray does get break-point chances, his opponents tend to up their game and Berdych did that here in the first set. “I think if you watched them, he served very well on a lot of the break points, especially in the first set,” Murray said. “Then he started to miss a few first serves which sort of helped me get into the points and find a way of being aggressive whereas some of the time in the first set he just completely overpowered me.” Roger Federer, who missed Paris to get himself fresh for the defense of his title here, plays Serbia’s Janko Tipsarevic in the afternoon match on Tuesday before Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina takes on a man who will have had little time to rest — David Ferrer, the winner of the ATP Masters 1000 in Paris last Sunday. In the first match of the evening session Monday, the only Americans to have qualified for the ATP Finals this year, Mike and Bob Bryan, did not get off to a good start, losing 7-5, 5-7, 11-9 to the Spanish pair of Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez. The Bryans have won this title three times in the past, dating all the way back to their first success in Houston in 2003, and are not out of this yet. With round robin, you always get a second chance.

Inter and Milito head AP Global Soccer 10 poll LONDON

giving flintoff boxing licence brings shame to game: david Price

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British boxing champion David Price's promoter, Frank Maloney has accused Andrew Flintoff of putting up a TV-stunt, after the former England captain posed for photos with the world title contender during a media conference. Maloney poured scorn on what he described as a 'stunt which should never be allowed to happen'. "Giving Flintoff a professional licence with no experience of boxing is a joke. It gives our sport a bad name," the Daily Mail quoted Maloney, as saying."They asked if we could be on the same bill but I would never be involved in promoting something like this. This is nonsense but in our sport it's dangerous nonsense," he added. It comes after Flintoff sowed his aspirations of taking up the sport and is training under famous father-son boxing duo Barry and Shane Mcguigan for his ring debut in the MENS arena on November 30. During the conference, Flintoff was due to share the media podium with Price and Maloney but left quickly with McGuigan when he sensed the mood, the paper said. Maloney was also deeply critical of the British Boxing Board of Control, saying, "It is a disgrace they have given Flintoff a licence. I told the chairman, Charles Giles, that he should be sacked for approving this scandal."

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Inter Milan moved to the top of the AP Global 10 soccer rankings by The Associated Press on Tuesday, replacing Barcelona after ending Juventus' 49match unbeaten run. Argentine striker Diego Milito was voted player of the week by AP's panel of 20 international soccer writers, ousting Lionel Messi from the top spot by scoring two goals in Inter's 3-1 victory over Juventus. Barcelona was second in the poll, closely followed by Bayern Munich and Manchester United, who are at the top of their respective leagues in Germany and England. Inter scored 165 points out of a possible 200, with Barcelona on 128 and Bayern Munich on 126. Manchester United had 118. Each panelist picks 10 teams and players, with 10 points for first place and one for 10th. The weekly survey includes journalists from Europe, South America, North America and Asia. Milito

scored 132 points from the 20 writers, with Brazil's Neymar on 115, one ahead of Robin van Persie, Manchester United's Dutch striker. Messi did not score last weekend for Barca and slipped to seventh in the rankings, while Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo fell from second to 10th. Everton's Belgian striker, Marouanne Fel-

laini, scored twice in his team's 2-2 draw with Fulham and entered the rankings for the first time at sixth. Paolo Condo, soccer writer with Italy's Gazzetta dello Sport, said: "Inter was able to interrupt a line of 49 wins or draws of Juventus. Neymar scored three goals, and at the end of the match opponents' fans chanted his name."

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Police arrest Croatian soccer fans ahead of Paris match

NEWSDESK French police arrested more than 80 Croatian soccer fans Tuesday morning ahead of a match between Paris Saint Germain and Dinamo Zagreb, police officials said, amid fears of possible hooliganism. Some Croatian fans have also been barred from entering a certain zone of the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris on Tuesday evening, prefecture spokesman Franck Ernotte said. The Croatian fans are in the French capital as their club plays the Paris side in a Champions League match, due to kick off at 8:45 p.m. local time. Clashes broke out between supporters of the two clubs near the Place de la Bastille in central Paris on Monday evening, CNN affiliate BFM-TV reported. One Croatian fan was badly injured in the fracas, according to BFM-TV. The confrontation started with verbal insults but soon turned violent, with some fans carrying batons and tear gas canisters, the channel reported. Dinamo Zagreb has yet to win a match in its group of four in the Champions League, with three games played. PSG is in second place in the group. In a bid to ward off trouble, Croatia turned back dozens of PSG fans on their way to Zagreb in October for the opening fixture between the two sides. French Interior Minister Manuel Valls had in turn issued an order Sunday banning Zagreb fans from traveling to Paris for Tuesday's game. This is not the first time Croatian football fans have been under the spotlight. The national football association was fined during the Euro 2012 tournament this summer for unruly behavior by hardcore supporters. And last year, the head of European football's governing body, the Union of European Football Associations, met with the Croatian president to stress the importance of tackling football-related violence.

Pagunsan motivated after runner-up finish in last year's Barclays Singapore Open SINGAPORE AGENcIES

It will be a game of redemption or bust for the Philippines’ Juvic Pagunsan in the $6-million Barclays Singapore Open which starts Thursday at the Sentosa Golf Club. Pagunsan, a year older and wiser, is returning to the scene of his runner-up finish last year, after he lost in a onehole playoff against Gonzalo FernandezCastano of Spain. Though he didn’t pick up the win, he tabbed $666,000, his biggest career prize pot as a professional, which ultimately pushed him to the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit crown. This week, he’ll be facing practically the same foes, including Fernandez-Castano, plus a major contender in World Number One and Major champion Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland. What’s even more exciting for Pagunsan is that his wife is three months on the way to his second baby, a fact that

could motivate him more to go for the $1-million champion’s prize. “I’m excited with her pregnancy and, at the same time, I have to work harder for my family’s future. It’s not just about me, but also for them,” said the 34-yearold Bacolodnon. Sentosa’s Serapong layout, a challenging tough as it is, may be an even tougher course this year especially with major changes done in the previous year. The revamped course has a configuration of water hazards and bunker complexes. The course's yardage was lengthened from 6,493 to 6,675 meters and the greens were re-contoured, making them larger and faster. Pagunsan noticed, also, the rough areas in the fairways, as having tall and long grass, and that could prove critical in the first two rounds. “It will be a factor but I think I have a pretty good chance at the title this year. I’ve learned my lesson the last time and I can use the experience as an

advantage,” he said. Pagunsan will play alongside all four past and present Order of Merit champions including China’s Liang Wen-chong, India’s Jeev Milkha Singh

and Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee. Also in the field are Phil Mickelson, Louis Oosthuizen, Padraig Harrington, Todd Hamilton, Y.E. Yang, John Daly and Michael Campbell.

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3 killed, 2 injured in firing on Quetta cab QUETTA STAff REPORT

Three people were killed and two others injured when unidentified gunmen opened fire at a yellow cab in the Spiny Road area of Quetta on Tuesday. According to details, five men were going to Hazara Town in a cab when they were shot at. Sources say that it was an incident of targeted killing. The injured were shifted to Bolan Medical Complex for treatment, but they are yet to be identified. Police cordoned off the area after the incident and initiated a search operation. Sectarian violence has been on the rise in Balochistan where several people, particularly Shias travelling for religious purposes, have been targeted.

Only ECP to supervise next elections: secy ISLAMABAD STAff REPORT

QUETTA: Men mourn the death of a relative who was among three hazara Shias gunned down in an attack in the provincial capital of Balochistan on Tuesday. INP

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Afghanistan rules out peace deals with Haqqanis NEW YORK

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HE UN committee that oversees sanctions against the Taliban imposed global sanctions Monday on the Pakistan-based Haqqani network, a fierce militant group considered a major threat to US and allied forces in Afghanistan, and its “chief of suicide operations”. The Taliban sanctions committee ordered all 193 UN member states to freeze the assets and institute an arms embargo against the Haqqani network, saying the group is linked to al Qaeda and other militant organisations and is responsible for suicide

attacks and targeted assassination as well as kidnappings in Kabul and Afghan provinces. The committee also ordered an asset freeze, arms embargo and travel ban against Afghan-born Abdul Rauf Zakir, also known as Qari Zakir, who it said oversees training of suicide attackers and provides instructions on how to construct improvised explosive devices. The Security Council committee described him as “chief of suicide operations for the Haqqani Network” under its leader, Sirajuddin Jallaloudine Haqqani, “and in charge of all operations in Kabul, Takhar, Kunduz and Baghlan provinces.” The United States earlier Monday also imposed financial sanctions against Zakir and

labeled him a global terrorist. The decision to impose sanctions required approval by all 15 Security Council members, including Pakistan, and diplomats said its agreement was considered very significant since the Haqqani Network is based in Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal region. US Ambassador Susan Rice welcomed the Taliban sanctions committee’s announcement of sanctions against the network and Zakir. Meanwhile in Kabul, Afghanistan welcomed the United Nations’ decision to impose sanctions on the Haqqani network and said it would not negotiate for peace with the group blamed for several high-profile attacks in the country. Aimal Faizi, President Hamid

Karzai’s chief spokesman, said Kabul backed the UN decision, but added it should have been made a long time ago to weaken the Haqqanis. Although the Afghan government is engaged in reconciliation talks with members of the Taliban, it rules out dialogue with the Haqqani group, believed to be based in the unruly border area between Pakistan and Afghanistan. “We don’t want any kind of deal with the Haqqanis, who were behind many of the attacks on Afghan security forces and civilians including women and children,” Faizi told Reuters. “We have certain negotiating conditions with armed opposition groups but the Haqqanis do not meet the criteria and they are in the service of a foreign spy agency.”

Pakistan already cracking down Pakistan refuses flag meeting with on Haqqani network: govt india: report ISLAMABAD

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Pakistan is already cracking down on the Haqqani network and does not need to impose extra measures following the group’s addition to the UN’s blacklist, a government spokesman said on Tuesday. “The three elements of the ban — arms embargo, asset freeze and travel ban — are all already in place in Pakistan,” Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira said. The United States designated the Haqqani network as a terrorist organisation in September, a move the group’s commanders said proved Washington was not sincere about peace efforts in Afghanistan. “Which banned militant can openly travel in Pakistan? We have also checked on financing and other transfers. There is no problem,” Kaira said. Gretchen Peters, who wrote a report on

Haqqani finances for the Combating Terrorism Center, said Pakistan could shut down the Haqqanis if it wanted. “That’s patently not true” that they have already cracked down, she said. Seized receipts and other documents showed Haqqani leaders owned property, construction, trading and transport firms and bought weapons and ammunition inside Pakistan, she said. A small team of financial investigators with strong political backing could severely damage the network, she said, citing US successes in tackling South American drug cartels and seizing assets of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. So far, it is unclear how well the sanctions will be enforced. Peters’ report found that most of the Haqqani assets were in Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates. “A sanction is like an arrest warrant. It only means something if countries act on it,” she said.

NEWS DESK The Indian army has claimed that Pakistan refused a flag meeting with India following an alleged ceasefire violation in the Uri sector of the Line of Control (LOC) in Kashmir, reported IANS on Tuesday. Major General Bipin Rawat, general officer commanding (GOC) of the 19 Mountain Division, alleged that Pakistani troops had violated the ceasefire in Uri sector last month and then refused Indian’s request of a flag meeting. “They even denied having violated the ceasefire. Yesterday (Monday) also, Pakistan rangers violated the ceasefire in the Uri sector,” the GOC was quoted as saying. According to the report, he further alleged that the ceasefire violations were meant to assist infiltration from Pakistan. “They want to infiltrate as many terrorists as possible into our side before the snowfall although some snowfall has already occurred along the LOC,” he claimed.

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Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Secretary Ishtiaq Ahmed Khan has said the general elections will be held under the supervision of no institution other than the ECP itself. Talking to reporters on Tuesday after a meeting of Senate’s special committee on setting rules and regulations for the general elections, Khan said elections would not be conducted under the supervision of the Pakistan Army or the judiciary, however adding that where needed, the army and paramilitary forces will be appointed. Khan said that ECP had prepared five special codes of conduct with reference to the elections, which included those about the media, the civil society, political parties, observers, and security. A proposal for increasing the expenditure on electoral campaign for a candidate for the membership of the National Assembly was under consideration according to which the limit of the amount being spent had been raised from Rs 1.5 million to Rs 5 million while that for the candidate for the membership of the provincial assembly had been raised from Rs 1 million to Rs 3 million, the ECP secretary said. To a question, Khan said the document for electoral laws was being prepared and would be sent to parliament within a month for approval. He said the commission wrote to the foreign secretary on September 20 that foreign observers be invited to Pakistan to analyse the arrangements for elections but the foreign secretary had not done it so far, on account of which he had been asked to give an explanation.

Mumbai blasts accused hiding in Pakistan: India ROME ONLINE

India on Tuesday said the masterminds of the heinous 1993 Mumbai serial blasts were sitting in safe havens in Pakistan and Islamabad had taken no action against them despite being provided with credible evidence. Addressing the Interpol General Assembly, Indian Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said India continued to face a “high degree” of terrorist threats on several fronts, in particular of cross-border terrorism. “Terrorism in South Asia has increasingly emerged as an effective strategic weapon,” he was quoted as saying by PTI. The home minister said in spite of regular dialogue with the neighbouring country and handing over of credible evidence to it, the masterminds of one of the most heinous act of terror of last century – the 1993 Mumbai blasts – in which 257 people died and 713 were injured were still sitting in safe havens and yet to

be brought to book. “Their presence in a neighbouring country is well known and Interpol Red Notices against them, who are Indian nationals, are pending since 1993,” he said, in a clear reference to Pakistan. Shinde said terrorist groups had demonstrated that with simple tactics and low-tech weapons, they could produce vastly disproportionate results as had happened in the 26/11 attack. “Terrorist attacks have exacted a heavy toll of life and property. Terrorists have tried to disrupt our way of life by attempting to initiate the element of fear. Fortunately, the Indian society has time and again shown its resilience and refused to be overawed by the terrorist acts,” he said. Strongly favouring international cooperation to achieve visible results in curbing the menace, Shinde said New Delhi was committed to combating terrorism and extremism in all forms and manifestations as no cause genuine or imaginary can justify terrorism or violence.

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