Saturday, 7 December, 2013 Safar 3, 1435 Rs 17.00 Vol IV No 160 16 Pages Islamabad Edition
The first resistance to social change is to say it's not necessary. –Gloria Steinem
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Two arresTed in London money Laundering case LonDon: Following raids at Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain’s residence in London last year, the London Metropolitan Police Friday arrested two suspects in connection with money laundering case, they are currently probing. Hussain is being investigated for money laundering worth at least 400,000 pounds as well as for incitement to violence and MQM leader Dr Imran Farooq’s murder. Speaking to BBC Urdu, Met police officer Richard Jones said the suspects were moved to a police station in Central London following their arrest. Both, however, were released on bail later, he added. Jones said the police were investigating the money laundering case and Dr Imran Farooq's murder simultaneously. According to a statement by Met police, two houses in West London were also raided in this regard. The AntiTerrorism Unit (ATU) of Metropolitan Police conducted the raids. A large amount of cash along with important documents were taken into custody by the police when they raided Altaf Hussain’s home in London’s Edgeware neighbourhood in connection with Dr Farooq’s murder on Dec 8 – two days short of exactly a year ago. The law enforcers initiated a probe into money laundering allegations against the MQM and its chief besides the murder case following the raids. They have said apparently the murder seems carried out through a “planned conspiracy”. There was also a possibility that the murder was carried out with the help of “others deliberately or unintentionally”. MQM leader Dr Imran Farooq, aged 50, was on his way home from work when he was attacked in Green Lane on Sept 16, 2010 outside his London home. A post-mortem examination found that he died from multiple stab wounds and blunt trauma to the head. Farooq, one of the founding members of the MQM, then known as the Mohajir Qaumi Movement, had been living in self-imposed exile in London since 1999. The party later transformed into the Muttahida Qaumi Movement and became the fourth largest political force in parliament, and is the largest political party in Karachi, Pakistan’s business hub by the Arabian Sea. AGENCIES
SC WANTS 14 MISSING PERSONS TODAY, REST ON 9TH khawaja aSif SayS govt can produce only a few miSSing perSonS on Saturday SayS action would be taken againSt officialS who miSled Sc ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
he Supreme Court of Pakistan on Friday expressed dissatisfaction over a report submitted by Federal Minister for Defence Khawaja Asif, which listed details of missing persons and ordered the production of 14 of the 35 missing persons in court today (Saturday) and the remaining on December 9. A three-judge bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and comprising Justice Jawwad S Khawaja and Justice Amir hani Muslim was hearing petitions about recovery of missing persons and law and order situation in Balochistan. During the hearing, Khawaja Asif submitted a report containing the details of the 35 missing persons, according to which
ISLAMABAD: A woman weeps during a protest at the federal capital’s D Chowk for the recovery of the alleged missing persons on Friday. INP
seven persons were released, another two had died and only two persons were held up in detention centres, whereas of the remaining, three were present in Waziristan region, another went to Saudi Arabia and eight crossed the border to Afghanistan. he said there was no information available regarding the whereabouts of seven missing persons, including Yasin Shah. he said investigation regarding other five persons was underway and hopefully they would soon be located soon. The court did not agree with the min-
ister’s claims. The chief justice observed that “all these are speculations which we are not accepting”. he questioned how were the detainees found at scattered places? The CJP enquired about the evidence for those who crossed the Afghan border and asked the defence minister to present the evidence of their migration. he further instructed the minister to present all of them in the court. The CJP said the head of Malakand detention centre and additional attorney gen-
eral had apprised the court that these persons were not freed but army personnel had taken them along. “Call those army officers who took along the detainees, we will record their statements.” On the occasion, Attorney General Munir A Malik told the apex court that he could produce seven missing persons in half an hour in the registrar's chamber. he pleaded the court to instruct the Interior Ministry to assist the Defence Ministry in bringing back the missing persons. The CJP rejected the plea and remarked that the Defence Ministry had a vast network and asked him to provide details of their birthplace and whereabouts. The SC then ordered the defence minister to produce 15 missing persons in the chamber of Justice Amir hani Muslim for in-camera hearing. The court further ordered to present the families of the deceased missing persons and their consent would be sought for autopsy. The AG said that it was feared that they would be attacked if the persons were presented in the court. The bench adjourned the hearing until December 9 and said a verdict would be issued on the same day. After the hearing, Khawaja Asif said he would produce a few missing persons today (Saturday) in the court, while rest of them would be presented in a couple of days. he said he had details of 20 missing persons. Asif said action would be taken against all those who tried to mislead them and the court.
lb pollS: electioneering endS in balochiStan, polling today QUETTA ONLINE
DErA ALLAh yAr: Provincial Election Commission workers dispatch election material to the respective polling stations for today’s local government elections. ONLINE
g-b adopts pakistan protection bill to prosecute nanga parbat, chilas suspects GILGIT APP Following Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to Gilgit on Friday, the Gilgit-Baltistan Council adopted the controversial Pakistan Protection Bill for speedy trial of the suspects involved in the gruesome murder of nine foreigners and one Pakistani at the Nanga Parbat base camp, among other criminal activities in Chilas. Terrorists had killed 11 foreign tourists in Nanga Parbat and a military colonel, captain and SSP in Chilas in addition to reports of other criminal acts including kidnapping for ransom and sectarian killings. The bill was adopted on the direction of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif who chaired the Council
meeting that also passed the Council’s budget worth Rs826.602 million besides 26 other bills on various subjects. This was Nawaz’s first visit to Gilgit since he assumed office in June. It is also for the first time that the Prime Minister, being the council’s chairman, chaired its session in the area. Addressing the meeting, the prime minister lauded the arrest of 11 culprits including the mastermind behind the Nanga Parbat base camp tragedy and congratulated the G-B chief minister, district management and other law enforcement agencies who contributed to ensure arrest of the culprits. The GB chief secretary apprised the meeting that a total of 18 people were involved in the attack of which 11 have been apprehended while seven of their
accomplices are being traced. Nawaz said that Pakistan Protection Bill would ensure speedy trial of the culprits involved in serious offenses like terrorism and sectarian killings. He asked the G-B government to make special courts under the law, appoint special judges, and try the culprits in these courts. He hoped that these courts will provide quick hearing and decide such cases. According to the new law, judges hearing the case can wear masks to protect their identity. The law also provides for inter-provincial transfer of prisoners. Further, findings of the Joint Investigation Team would also be admissible before the court and the decisions of this court could only be appealed in the Supreme Court.
The election campaign for the local bodies’ elections ended in Balochistan on Friday and the polling will take place on Saturday. All arrangements have been completed. There are 3.2 million registered voters who will cast their votes for 4,350 seats while the by-polls will be held on 503 vacant seats after December 7. Six million ballot papers have been printed for the purpose. The PML-N, the PPP, the National Party, the BNP, the BNP-A, the ANP, the JUI-F, the Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaf, the Hazara Democratic Party and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement have fielded their candidates. Several parties have also formed all parties’ democratic alliance. The Jamhoori Watan Party and Haq Na Tawar parties will boycott the by-polls. Fifty-four thousand 446 security personnel including FC and Balochistan Constabulary have been deployed for security during the polling while the army would remain alert as a quick response force. ECP DELAyS LB PoLL SChEDuLE For PunjAB, SInDh AgAIn: The Election Commission of Pakistan has decided to delay the issuance of schedule for local bodies elections in Sindh and Punjab for the second time, sources said on Friday. The electoral body had earlier asked Punjab and Sindh to fulfil the legal requirements for the polls by December 6. However, Sindh and Punjab had sought three and seven more days, respectively. The sources said the Election Commission was expected to issue schedule on December 9.
It is difficult to discern a serious threat to religious liberty from a room of silent, thoughtful schoolchildren. –Sandra Day O'Connor
Nawaz’ failure to stop drone hits prompted NATO blockade, Imran tells envoys pti chairman SayS kp govt blocked nato SupplieS in line with accord agreed upon by all political forceS to lodge proteSt againSt continued drone StrikeS ISLAMABAD
AKISTAn Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has told envoys from nATO states that his party’s government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) had blocked the nATO supply lines passing through the province in line with the accord agreed upon by all political forces of the country during the all-party conference (APC) to lodge its protest against the continued drone strikes inside Pakistan which not only violated its sovereignty but also left thousands of innocent civilians dead. "We don’t want war with the US or nATO… We appreciate the assistance provided by many of the nATO countries for the uplift of social sector in KP… but all this assistance would go down the drain if there is no peace and security in the province due to continued militant attacks,” a source in the PTI quoted Khan as telling the diplomats, who had gathered at the residence of Greek Ambassador Petros Mayroidis on Friday. Flanked by his deputy and former for-
eign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and naeemul haq, Khan told the attendees of the dinner meeting that Prime Minister nawaz Sharif’s failure to take up the drone issue in his meeting with US President Barack Obama had compelled the PTI government to go to the extent of blocking the nATO supplies. “had the government moved on furthering the APC mandate and making it clear to the US that drones were not acceptable, the PTI would not have been compelled to take the step of halting nATO supplies through KP,” an official statement issued by the PTI media cell said. But the source, requesting not to be named, said Khan told the envoys that his party’s action was a protest against unabated drone strikes which was their democratic right. “We wanted to send a clear message to the US (administration) that drones are destroying the very fabric of FATA and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa which has borders with FATA on three sides,” Khan added. The PTI leader further explained his party’s position on drone attacks, saying that the fallout of drones in FATA and KP was in
the form of heightened militancy and terrorism. “The militants take advantage of the civilian deaths in drone strikes. We have to deprive the militants of this logic which is actually breeding more terrorism… the relatives of those killed in drone strikes later join the Taliban thus raising their numbers drastically,” the source quoted Khan as telling the ambassadors. Referring to the decisions adopted in the APC, Khan said a drone strike killing former TTP chief hakimullah Mehsud had sabotaged the peace process between the Taliban and the government. he said his party was keeping its electoral commitments made to the people intact by blocking nATO supply line which was in accordance with the APC resolution. “Peace in KP cannot come until drone attacks are completely stopped and a dialogue process is commenced. It is only by ending the militants’ narrative of jihad that the state can isolate the hard liners from those prepared to hold dialogue," Khan said. he asserted that currently KP and its people and leadership were all under immense pressure and threat. “That is why all the parties in the provincial assembly, including those who had been seen as ‘pro-war’, have passed a resolution in the KP Assembly demanding the federal government commence dialogue with the Taliban and get the drone attacks stopped,” he said. Conceding that there were multiple types of terrorism afflicting Pakistan, Khan reiterated that the fallout
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We appreciate the assistance provided by many of the NATO countries for the uplift of social sector in KP… but all this assistance would go down the drain if there is no peace and security in the province due to continued militant attacks. PTI CHAIRMAN IMRAN KHAN of the US war and drone attacks was fuelling an already incendiary situation. The PTI head answered all the questions and concerns of the nATO envoys while making clear that the PTI would stick to its principled position on drones, dialogue and nATO supplies. Khan also expressed hope that the nATO envoys would convey his party’s position to the US which is also an integral member of nATO. he reminded them that there was a national consensus against drones and the US war and it was counterproductive for the US interests also to continue with such policies.
PTi LikeLy To end siT-in Today ISLAMABAD MIAN ABRAR
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) leadership is likely to announce an end to its three-week long sitin in Peshawar that led to the blockade of nATO supply lines, Pakistan Today has learnt. A well-placed source in the PTI said the local leaderships of PTI and its coalition ally Jamaat-e-Islami had proposed ending the sit-in following an official statement by the US government that nATO supplies would now be sent through alternative routes because of the blockade. "The PTI's provincial leadership, with party's KP chief Azam Khan Swati in chair, will formally debate this proposal today (Saturday). The decision would be announced accordingly," the source added. The PTI leader said that it was most likely that the party would announce an end to its sit-in as its strategic objective had been achieved after the US announcement of changing its supply routes from Pakistan to other regional routes. The source added that the JI would also discuss the matter and a unanimous decision was likely. The source added that the meeting between the PTI leadership with ambassadors of nATO states was successful and the PTI’s stance was properly conveyed to them. "Our objective has been achieved. now nATO supplies have been diverted so there is a likelihood that the party decides to end its sit-in on Saturday," the source concluded.
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MALALA YOUSAFZAI AMONG WINNERS OF 2013 UN HUMAN RIGHTS PRIZE
unITED nATIonS: Malala Yousafzai, a wellknown Pakistani student activist, is among the winners of the 2013 United Nations Human Rights Prize, it was announced Friday. The prize, which is bestowed every five years, is an honourary award given to individuals and organisations in recognition of their outstanding achievements in human rights. Previous recipients include Amnesty International and former presidents Nelson Mandela and Jimmy Carter as well as former Pakistani prime minister Banazir Bhutto. "The prize is an opportunity not only to give public recognition to the achievements of the recipients themselves, but also to send a clear message to human rights defenders the world over that the international community is grateful for, and supports, their tireless efforts to promote human rights for all," a news release issued by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said. The six winners announced are: Biram Dah Abeid of Mauritania, a son of freed slaves who works to eradicate the heinous practice; Hiljmnijeta Apuk of Kosovo, a campaigner for the rights of people with disproportional restricted growth (short stature); Liisa Kauppinen of Finland, President emeritus of the World Federation of the Deaf; Khadija Ryadi, Former President of the Morocco Association for Human Rights; Mexico's Supreme Court of Justice (the Constitutional Court); and Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who advocates right to education for all children specially girls. The award ceremony will take place at UN Headquarters in New York on December 10, as part of the annual commemoration of Human Rights Day, which this year will include the observance of the 20th anniversary of the creation of OHCHR and the adoption of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action.
KArAChI: Schoolchildren hold placards during a demonstration at Shahrah-e-Faisal ob Friday against drone strikes. onLInE
The absence of the Turkish ambassador to Pakistan at the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) sponsored nATO ambassadors’ meeting on Thursday has raised eyebrows in the quarters concerned. According to independent analysts, although media was not invited for the coverage of the meeting, two interesting aspects were witnessed. While on the face of it PTI chief Imran Khan's followers might be revelling in their leader's straightforward talk with nATO ambassadors, it might be surprising for them and for the general public to know that it was the PTI chief who himself had requested for this meeting. The other aspect is the Turkish envoy’s refusal to attend the meeting. According to reports, the Turkish envoy said his country respected Pakistan's standpoint on the issue and would never shatter the confidence of its long time friend. PTI chief Imran Khan briefed nATO envoys at the residence of the Greek ambassador on his party’s position on drone attacks, contending that such strikes provoked militancy and terrorism.
ASWJ PUNJAB PRESIDENT GUNNED DOWN IN LAHORE Shamsur Rehman Muavia was travelling by car when two gunmen ambushed the vehicle g Violent protests break out in several cities including Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad g
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The provincial leader of the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ), Maulana Shamsur Rehman Muavia was shot dead on Friday by unidentified gunmen in Lahore. The drive-by shooting took place as Muavia travelled by car to the northern harbans Pura neighbourhood. “Two gunmen riding a motorbike opened fire on Muavia's vehicle, wounding him and his driver critically,” Lahore DIG Operations Rana Abdul Jabbar told Pakistan Today. he said Muavia and his driver were rushed to hospital where the ASWJ provincial chief died of his bullet wounds. “We are investigating the incident but it apparently seems to be a target killing,” Jabbar added.
Jabbar said the attack was a conspiracy to spread terrorism and sectarian violence, however, any such attempt would not be allowed to succeed. The driver remains in a critical condition, Jabbar said. ASWJ spokesman Qasim Farooqi confirmed the incident and said the provincial chief was on his way to a meeting when the attack took place. The shooting comes just three days after gunmen shot dead a senior Shia leader of the Majlis-i-Wahdat-i-Muslimeen (MWM), Allama Deedar Ali Jalbani, in Karachi. Soon after Muavia’s killing, supporters of ASWJ took out violent protest demonstrations in various cities including Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Karachi and Multan. In Lahore, the ASWJ activists ransacked shops and also damaged some vehi-
ISLAMABAD: Activists of the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) block the Aabpara Chowk during a protest against the killing of ASWJ Punjab chief Maulana Shamsur Rehman Muavia in Lahore on Friday. InP
cles in the new Anarkali area. A large police contingent managed to prevent further unrest by dispersing the protesters. In Islamabad and Rawalpindi, ASWJ activists blocked roads and burnt tyres to protest against the murder of their leader.
Similar protests were reported from Karachi where angry ASWJ activists took to the streets and shouted slogans to register their grief. no group has taken responsibility for the ASWJ leader’s killing.
It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership. –Nelson Mandela
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MANDELA DIES BUT LEGACY WILL LIVE ON johAnnESBurg: Nelson Mandela, the revered icon of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa and one of the towering political figures of the 20th century, has died aged 95. Mandela, who was elected South Africa’s first black president after spending nearly three decades in prison, had been receiving treatment for a lung infection at his Johannesburg home since September, after three months in hospital in a critical state. His condition deteriorated and he died following complications from the lung infection, with his family by his side. The news was announced by a clearly emotional South African president Jacob Zuma live on television, who said Mandela had “departed” and was at peace. “Our nation has lost its greatest son,” said Zuma. “What made Nelson Mandela great is precisely what made him human,” he said. Mandela, once a boxer, had a long history of lung problems after contracting tuberculosis while in jail on Robben Island. His extraordinary life story, quirky sense of humour and lack of bitterness towards his former oppressors ensured global appeal for the charismatic leader. Once considered a terrorist by the United States and Britain for his support of violence against the apartheid regime,
at the time of his death he was an almost unimpeachable moral icon. The Nobel Peace Prize winner spent 27 years behind bars before being freed in 1990 to lead the African National Congress (ANC) in negotiations with the white minority rulers which culminated in the first multi-racial elections in 1994. A victorious Mandela served a single term as president before taking up a new role as a roving elder statesman and leading AIDS campaigner before finally retiring from public life in 2004. “When he emerged from prison people discovered that he was all the things they had hoped for and more,” fellow Nobel Peace laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu once said. “He is by far the most admired and revered statesperson in the world and one of the greatest human beings to walk this earth.” He was a global cause celebre during the long apartheid years, and popular pressure led world leaders to tighten sanctions imposed on South Africa’s racist white minority regime. In 1988 at a concert in Wembley stadium in London, tens of thousands sang “Free Nelson Mandela” as millions more watched on their television sets across the world. Born in July 1918 in the southeastern Transkei region, Mandela
NELSON MANDELA: a timeline of his life Rolihlahla Mandela was born in Mvezo, a small village in the Transkei, a former British protectorate in the south on July 18, 1918. His father, Gadla Henry Mphakanyiswa, was a chief of the Thembu people, a subdivision of the Xhosa nation. He received his English name, Nelson, from a teacher at age 7. During his life he is often referred to by his Xhosa clan name, Madiba, or as Tata which translates to ‘Father’. 1938 Mandela enters the University of Fort Hare. Two years later, he is expelled for participating in a student strike and moves to Johannesburg to avoid an arranged marriage. 1941 Mandela completes work for his bachelors' degree by correspondence and studies law at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. 1944
Mandela marries Evelyn Ntoko Mase. The couple go on to have four children, but because of his political activities, the marriage falls apart and they divorce in 1958. That same year, Mandela, Oliver Tambo and Walter Sisulu help form the Youth League of the African National Congress. The league’s formation marks a shift toward a mass movement. The league's manifesto irks white leaders for it's black nationalalist language. 1948 The National Party comes into power in South Africa setting the stage for apartheid, a system of strict legal and racial segregation dominated by whites. Mandela becomes national secretary of the ANC Youth League. In 1950, he becomes its president. june 26, 1952 ANC's Defiance Campaign opens. Mandela and 51 others break curfew regulations as their first act of defiance against apartheid. In December Mandela and Tambo open a law practice in Johannesburg, marking the formation of the first black law partnership in the country. Dec. 6, 1956 Mandela is arrested and charged high treason, along with 156 other political leaders who call for a nonracial state in South Africa. june 1958 While battling charges of treason, Mandela weds or a second time. His wife, Winnie Nomzamo Madikizela, is a social worker. March 21, 1960 Police open fire on a demonstration killing 69 black protesters in Sharpeville. In the aftermath South Africa declares a state of emergency the ANC is outlawed.
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Mandela is arrested after returning to South Africa from a trip abroad. At the time of his arrest, he had been living underground for 17 months. He is convicted of leaving the country illegally and incitement to strike, and is sentenced to five years in prison. In November he is convicted and sentenced to five years in prison. july 11, 1963 While Mandela is in prison, police raid the ANC's underground headquarters at a farmhouse in Rivonia, outside Johannesburg, and seize documents outlining a planned guerrilla campaign. june 12, 1964 Mandela and seven others are sentenced to life imprisonment. Mandela is taken to Robben Island Prison, where he will spend the next 18 years. june 16, 1976 Thousands of students take to the streets of Soweto to oppose the use of Afrikaans as the language of instruction in black schools. The police fire on the protesters, setting off months of violence that will leave more than 570 people dead. The uprising is considered a turning point in the history of black resistance to apartheid. june 13, 1980 An international "Free Mandela'' campaign culminates with a call for his release by the UN Security Council. April 1982 Mandela and Sisulu are transferred from Robben Island to Pollsmoor Prison in Cape Town. jan. 31, 1985 South Africa’s President P.W. Botha offers to pardon Mandela if he renounces violence. Mandela refuses saying that the government must dismantle apartheid and grant full political rights to blacks. july 18, 1988 Mandela's 70th birthday is observed by antiapartheid activists worldwide. Most public commemorations in South Africa are banned. May 17, 1989 Mandela receives his bachelor of laws degree, which he earned through correspondence study with the University of South Africa. In July President Botha invites Mandela to his official Cape Town residence for a 45-minute talk. Mandela's comments on his conversation with Botha are broadcast on government-run radio and television. oct. 15, 1989 Sisulu and four other co-defendants of Mandela are freed unconditionally by F.W. de Klerk, who replaced Botha as president in August. Some see this as the precursor to Mandela’s own release. Feb. 2, 1990
De Klerk legalizes the ANC and 60 other organizations, vows to free all political prisoners, ends restrictions on 374 individuals and places a moratorium on hangings. Feb. 11, 1990
In August ANC announces an end to its guerilla campaign against apartheid. Dec. 20, 1991 Negotiations begin to prepare an interim constitution based on full political equality. President De Klerk and Mandela trade recriminations, with Mr. de Klerk criticising Mandela for not disbanding the ANC’s inactive guerrilla operation and Mandela saying that the president “has very little idea of what democracy is.” oct. 15, 1993 Mandela and de Klerk share the Nobel Peace Prize for working "to peacefully end apartheid" and push South Africa toward democracy. April 27, 1994 South African apartheid formally ends when the ANC wins a majority of the vote and Mandela, 75, casts the first legal vote of his life in an all-race election and is elected president. May 10, 1994 Mandela is inaugurated as president of a democratic South Africa. March 19, 1996 He divorces Winnie Mandela. july 18, 1998 Mandela marries for a third time at the age of 80. May 1999 Mandela steps down after choosing not to run for re-election. june 2, 2004 He announces that he will be stepping down from public life. june 8, 2013
mandeLa in his own words johAnnESBurg: Nelson Mandela seduced audiences with his wit, then often bludgeoned them with his observations. Here is a collection of some of his most memorable quotes: “No power on earth can stop an oppressed people determined to win their freedom” — June 1961. “I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die” — at the Rivonia treason trial in April 1964, when he faced the possibility of a death sentence. “I stand here before you not as a prophet but as a humble servant of you, the people” — release from prison in February 1990. “Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another and suffer the indignity of being the skunk of the world. Let freedom reign.” — inauguration as president in May 1994. “The award was a tribute to all South Africans and especially to those who fought in the struggle; I would accept it on their behalf” — on receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in December 1994. “Late in life, I am blooming like a flower because of the love and support she has given me” — marrying Graca Machel in July 1998 at the age of 80. “I step down with a clear conscience, feeling that I have in a small way done my duty to my people and my country” — retiring as president in May 1999. “At least we have the right to get drunk... next time we will win” — after Germany pipped South Africa for the right to stage 2006 World Cup in July 2000. “My bosses always say that I have had 27 years in prison to loaf. It is now time to do some catching up” — on life in retirement in November 2000. “One issue that deeply worried me in prison was the false image I unwittingly projected to the outside world; of being regarded as a saint” — he said in his latest book (2010) Conversations with Myself. “The threat of death evoked no desire in me to play the role of martyr. I was ready to do so if I had to. But the anxiety to live always lingered” on the risk of execution in Conversations with Myself. “Our demand is for a non-racial society... We are fighting for a society where people will cease thinking in terms of colour... It's not a question of race; it's a question of ideas.” — passage from the book. “What I am condemning is that one power, with a president who has no foresight, who cannot think properly, is now wanting to plunge the world into a holocaust” — about then-US president George W. Bush on the build-up to Iraq war in January 2003. “We should take heart from our own experience and performance. In a cynical world we have become an inspiration to many.” — last address to parliament in May 2004. “I can confirm that we are ready, able, willing and capable as well as passionate about hosting the World Cup” — during successful pitch for South Africa to host 2010 World Cup in May 2004. “AIDS is a major problem to be tackled by the entire world. To deal with it requires resources far beyond the capacity of one continent. No single country has the capacity to deal with it.” — in his book Conversations with Myself. “The ANC has the historical responsibility to lead our nation and help build a united non-racial society” — to ANC supporters in a pre-recorded message ahead of April 2009 elections.
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Mandela is hospitalized with a lung infection and stays there three months. Dec. 5, 2013 Mandela dies "peacefully" at the age of 95 surrounded by family. President Jacob Zuma says, “Our nation has lost its greatest son” in a televised address. NEWS DESK
carved out a career as a lawyer in Johannesburg in parallel with his political activism. He became commander-in-chief of Umkhonto we Sizwe (Spear of the Nation), the armed wing of the by nowbanned ANC, in 1961, and the following year underwent military training in Algeria and Ethiopia. While underground back home in South Africa, Mandela was captured by police in 1962 and sentenced to five years in prison. He was then charged with sabotage and sentenced in 1964 to life in prison at the Rivonia trial, named after a Johannesburg suburb where a number of ANC leaders were arrested. He used the court hearing to deliver a speech that was to become the manifesto of the anti-apartheid movement. “During my lifetime, I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society. “It is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.” He was first sent to prison on Robben Island, where he spent 18 years before being transferred in 1982 to Pollsmoor prison in Cape Town and later to Victor Verster prison in nearby Paarl. When he was finally released on February 11, 1990, walking out of prison with his fist raised alongside his then-wife Winnie. Ex-prisoner 46664 was entrusted with the task of persuading the new president F.W. de Klerk to call time on the era of racist white minority rule. Mandela and de Klerk were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 for their role in the ending of apartheid. AgEnCIES
US President Barack Obama: “He achieved more than could be expected of any man. ... Today he's gone home, and we've lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth.” British PM David Cameron: “A great light has gone out in the world.” Archbishop Desmond Tutu: “He was a unifier from the moment he walked out of prison. He taught us how to come together and believe in ourselves.” UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon: “He touched our lives in deeply personal ways.” Former US President Bill Clinton: “History will remember Nelson Mandela as a champion of human dignity and freedom, for peace and reconciliation.” Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan: “A source of inspiration to oppressed people all over the world.” Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu: “He will be remembered as the father of the new South Africa.” Britain's Prince William: “We were just reminded of what an extraordinary and inspiring man Nelson Mandela was.” Microsoft founder Bill Gates: “His grace and courage changed the world. This is a sad day.” Amnesty International Chief Salil Shetty: “His courage helped change our entire world.” AGENCIES
Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. — Thomas A. Edison
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noT A hAPPy ChrISTMAS: Christian children writing Christmas rhymes on a wall in F-6 Christian Colony. ONLINE
in The name of Peace ASHRAFI STRESSES UPON NEED OF INTER-FAITH, SECTARIAN HARMONY ISLAMABAD: Inter-faith and sectarian dialogue is need of the hour. This was said by Pakistan Ulema Council (PUC) Chairman Maulana hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi while addressing to a three-day training session organised by PUC on Friday. Moulana Tahir Ashrafi said that ulema should play their role in propagating religious harmony as people belonging to all schools of thought and sects are living in the country. he said that ulema should not support cruel people either by their actions or speech. Maulana Ashrafi said that some forces want to incite violence among Pakistanis in the name of religion and sects. he said the ulema should stand up against such conspiracies which create an environment of religious and sectarian clashes. On the occasion, ulema and religious scholars emphasised that sectarian violence could be stopped with propagating the environment of religious harmony and mutual tolerance. The session was attended by more than 100 religious scholars and speakers including Prof Dr Safarullah Shafique, Maulana Dr Sarfraz Awan, Maulana Pir Saifullah Khalid, Maulana Abdul Rauf Farooqi who agreed upon the point that ulema have to play their role for religious harmony. INP
deLimiTaTion of The ciTy conTinues RAWALPINDI: Rawalpindi City District government administrator has issued notification of delimitation of 1104 wards including 368 women wards in connection with Local Bodies (LB) Polls in Rawalpindi district. Local Government and Community Development Assistant Director A D najmi said lists have been put on display in the offices of respective assistant commissioners for delimitation of new wards in respect of 184 union councils including Rawal town and Potohar town due to upcoming LB polls. Two wards have been allocated for women in every union council and their electoral constituency will comprise 3 wards each in every union council. ONLINE
no woes beTween bros MAMNOON HUSSAIN SAYS PAKISTAN ATTACHES IMPORTANCE TO TIES WITH IRAQ ISLAMABAD
AKISTAn desires to further strengthen economic ties with Iraq and exploiting the existing huge potential for trade, commerce and investment between Pakistan and Iraq is of mutual benefit of the people of the two countries. This was said by President Mamnoon hussain while speaking at a meeting with Speaker of Iraqi Council of Representatives Osama Abdul Aziz Alnujaifi at Aiwan-e-Sadr on Friday.
President opined that parliamentary cooperation could play a significant role in cementing bilateral ties and urged the need for frequent exchange of parliamentary delegations to underpin bilateral cooperation besides promoting Parliament to Parliament and people to people contacts between the two countries. Welcoming the Iraqi Parliamentary delegation led by Speaker Osama Abdul Aziz Al-nujaifi, the president said that Pakistan and Iraq were intertwined in eternal bonds of religion, brotherhood and culture and added that these bonds of brotherhood could further be strengthened and enhanced through parliamentary friendship. The president expressed confidence that visit of Iraqi Parliamentary delegation would provide ample opportunities to the parliamentarians of the two countries to exchange views, share experiences and explore further possibilities of parliamentary and economic cooperation. he expressed hope that the visit would
prove instrumental in strengthening existing bilateral relations and bringing the two brotherly countries further closer. Iraqi Council of Representatives Speaker Osama Abdul Aziz Al-nujafi thanked the president and government of Pakistan for warm hospitality and said that Iraq values high its brotherly relations with Pakistan and wanted to further boost the existing relations through enhanced economic and parliamentary cooperation. The speaker was accompanied by Iraqi members of Parliament Jamal Al-Gilani and human Baqir hamoudi. Iraqi Ambassador to Pakistan Dr Rushdi Mahmood Al-Ani was also present on the occasion. From Pakistan side, those present during the meeting included national Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, nA Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi, MnA Syed Imran Ahmad Shah, national Assembly Secretary Karamat hussain niazi, Secretary to the President Ahmad Farooq and Press Secretary to the President Saba Mohsin Raza.
New books for doctors! PMDC FORMS TASK FORCE TO REVIEW MBBS CURRICULUM ISLAMABAD ONLINE
All stakeholders need to join hands and put efforts for improving the standards of medical education in the country. Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) has constituted a task force comprising of eminent members to review the MBBS curriculum in line with national and international requirements. Addressing the participants of interactive session, Register PMDC Dr. Amjad Mehmood on Friday said that efforts are being made to make the medical education of the country at par with international standards and several international relevant bodies have recognised the quality of medical education of Pakistan under PMDC. The interactive session was organised with medical educationalists to discuss the improvement in curriculum for undergraduate
medical education in Pakistan. Medical education university of Illinois Chicago Professor Dr Ara Tekian delivered an interactive lecture highlighting the issues related to medical education of past, present and future with focus on curricula of undergraduate medical schools. he briefed the forum about the developments and new trends in the medical education and curricula being adopted by the advanced countries. Dr Ara emphasised on importance of preceding the medical qualified faculty in the subject of medical education. In response to a question asked by the participants he explained that University of Illinois Chicago has trained many doctors from Pakistan for PhD in medical education and masters in health professional education (MhPe). Some of them have returned to Pakistan where as some has preferred to serve in USA and Canada, he added. During the interactive session the participants urged PMDC to review the existing undergraduate medical curriculum in consultations with all the stakeholders. The forum recommended to the universities to start more masters programs in medical education and PhD programs in collaboration with foreign university to ensure the improvement in the quality of medical
education to produce the doctors with best competencies and professional skills. It was suggested by the participants that there is a shortage of turnover patients in the private hospital attached with private medical colleges therefore the use of standardised patients and simulators may be allowed as per international practice. PMDC Deputy Registrar Dr M. Rashid Anjum thanked all the eminent participants for sparing their time for the interactive session and expressed the hope that the academic activities arranged by the PMDC will bear fruits. Stakeholders, eminent medical educationalists from all over the country attended the session, which was coordinated by PMDC Deputy Registrar Dr Rashid Anjum and member PMDC Professor Dr Umer Ali Khan. The session was attended by Prof Dr Ikramullah, Dr Asad Jamil Khan, Brig Prof Rizwan hasim, Dr Sunnya Amber, Dr Salma naz, Dr Farah Rashid, Dr Mohtasim, Dr Rehan Ahmed Khan, Prof Tariq Mufti, Prof Dr Syed Aslam, Prof Dr nasimul Majeed, Prof Dr Sahibzada, Dr Fahad, Brig (R) Prof Manzoor Ahmed, Prof Dr Iqbal Khan, Prof Syed Sohail Shah, Dr Rahila Yamen, Dr Abdul Rashid Mian, Prof Dr Zahid Bakir and Prof Dr Umar Ali Khan.
more educaTionaL advancemenTs coming PakisTan’s way ISLAMABAD: Keeping in mind the global learning for a global future, edexcel International has introduced new suite of qualifications for the students progressing qualifications under its umbrella worldwide particularly Pakistan. British Council Director examinations Murray Keeler said that British Council would extend all possible support to promote the mandate of education in Pakistan and appreciated the performance of private academic institutions in promoting UK qualifications in Pakistan. he appreciated edexcel for launching international advanced level qualifications and organising a briefing session to equip the academics about its features. The session was attended by the representatives of British Council and leading private schools including Froebel’s, Pak Turk School, International Grammar School, Beaconhouse, City School, Roots, GSIS, Islamabad School. edexcel International Advanced Level qualification was regulated by Pearson, an international alternative to current edexcel GCe A levels. The examinations will be conducted each year in January and June informed PQI-UK education Consultant David Davies while addressing to a briefing session. ONLINE
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wArM wELCoME: Joints Chief of Staff Committee Chairman General Rashad Mahmood receiving guard of honour during his visit to Naval headquarters. INp
add more sugar to make it sweeter! MORE MEASURES REQUIRED FOR ACHIEVING RESULT-ORIENTED OBJECTIVE OF SAARC: JILANI ISLAMABAD
ORe steps and measures are required to achieve efficient, effective and resultoriented objective of
the SAARC. This was said by Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani while speaking at a ceremony to mark SAARC Charter Day on Friday. Jilani extended his well wishes and warm felicitations on 28th anniversary of SAARC falling on December 8, 2013 to the people and governments of SAARC member states. he said that despite several notable achievements made by SAARC over the last twenty years still there is growing realisation that more is to be done to strengthen SAARC institutions and to make the SAARC process more efficient, effective and result-oriented to realise the objective of the SAARC. envoys from SAARC member states based in Islamabad, federal secretaries and officers from SAARC human Resource Development Centre, SAARC energy Centre and SAARC Arbitration Council attended the event. South Asian Strategic Stability Institute (SASSI) Director General Dr Maria Sultan in her key note address highlighted the significance of the SAARC region where around 1.6 billion people inhabit with huge untapped resources that can be explored and
Chinese dance enthrals audience ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
A cultural China-Charming Xinjiang performance was held organised at Pakistan-China Friendship Centre on Friday. It was organised by Chinese Overseas exchange Association, Xinjiang Overseas exchange Association and Chinese embassy in Pakistan. Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Sun Weidong, Senate Deputy Chairman Sabir Ali Baloch, national Assembly Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi, Special Asstt to the PM on Freign Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi and diplomats in Islamabad attend this event. Ambassador Sun Weidong said bilateral relations between Pakistan and China will further strengthen with the building of the economic corridor. People of the two countries are very close and Xinjiang region of China is less than 1000 kilometres away from Islamabad. The cultural troupe from the Xinjiang region
mesmerised the audience with its performance. The Chinese singers, musicians and dancers performed classical dances and sang famous songs. The singers also sang widely popular patriotic songs in Urdu including ‘Dil Dil Pakistan’ and ‘Mae Bhi Pakistan hoon’. They gave spellbinding performances
Roads no less than wall of death utilised for the welfare and betterment of the people of the region. In her address, she emphasised upon measures to be taken to bridge the gap and bring about enhanced people to people contacts. Directors of three SAARC regional centres in Islamabad also gave brief presentations in which they informed audience about the mandate of their centres and remarkable achievements so far been made. The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) was founded on December 8, 1985 in Dhaka Bangladesh. Founding members of the SAARC are Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
BROKEN ROADS IN CAPITAL POSE SERIOUS THREAT TO MOTORISTS ISLAMABAD ONLINE
Several roads of the federal capital, which have been broken or are deteriorating owing to heavy traffic, are causing serious troubles for motorists. The roads in question are said to have developed potholes, which pose a serious threat to small vehicles and their drivers. The road from Sector I-11 to 7Up Chowk is in bad shape, and gives the look of an under-
construction thoroughfare at various places. “The condition of the road near the Islamabad Railway Station is very bad, where many vehicles have met with accidents merely due to potholes and bumpy sections,” said Talha nadeem, a resident of I-10/2, who uses this road to get to his office in the Blue Area every day. “During the rain, the road turns into a pond and the drivers cannot spot the ‘craters’, which eventually damage their vehicles,” he added. A taxi driver said that there were big holes in the centre of the road in front of h-9 College, but the authorities concerned seemed to be least interested in repairing it. he also pointed out some dangerous potholes on the Kashmir Road between Peshawar Morr to G-10 turning, which needed urgent repairing.
like selected pieces of Mukamu, acrobatics, Tajik group dance, Kazakh song ‘a lovely piece of rose’ and flute playing. Chinese community in the Capital and people from different walks of life watched the cultural show and enjoyed it thoroughly as was evident from the rousing applause after every performance.
fog LighTs a musT on moTorway RAWALPINDI: In order to maintain smooth flow of traffic during expected fog, national highways and Motorways Police (nhMP) have announced to ban entry of vehicles without fog lights and reflectors on Motorway after December 10. The police also announced to establish Fog Information Centres at Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Peshawar, Lahore and other main toll plazas. The centres will gather latest reports about weather from Met Department and apprise the drivers about the safety measures. Moreover, electronic boards and LeDs will be installed on toll plazas to display weather updates. nhMP Director General Muhammad Wisal Fakhar Sultan directed all the officials concerned to make arrangements of international standard for the passengers travelling on motorway and to avoid any accidents. INP
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SECURITY THREATS FORCE KAYANI TO ABANDON RETIREMENT HOUSE former army chief relocateS to new houSe in neighbourhood of heavily guarded army houSe
eCURITY threats have forced former army chief Gen (r) Ashfaq Parvez Kayani to abandon his newly built retirement home and opt for living near the heavily guarded army house, according to a report in a national daily, Dawn. According to the report, Gen Kayani had planned to spend his retired life in Islamabad’s Defence housing Authority (DhA) where he constructed a house with a grey stone finish at a scenic location in Phase 1. Perched on a corner plot, the house continues to stand apart in the housing
colony. Its terraced gardens slope down to the River Soan. The plot in front remains vacant. however, the report says that security experts felt that the house was a security threat because it was impossible to protect the rear end of the house (where the land sloped down to the river). Although, the house has close circuit television (CCTV) for monitoring the security of the house but this was deemed insufficient. Consequently, Gen Kayani, months before his retirement, started constructing a new house in the heavily guarded and secure neighbourhood of the Army house, a retired army officer living in the same area told the paper. According to him, it was chance that a piece of land was lying vacant near the official residence of the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC). however, the retired officer added that some quarters of low level (Class IV) or conservancy staff were there but after
the four kanals of land were allotted to Gen Kayani, these quarters have been relocated. Currently, the house is under construction. Some people suggest that the house may be ready in a couple of months. It is also being said that Gen Kayani may stay in the Army house till the completion of his new house; in case he needs to move, he will shift into the army guest house which is also situated in the same locality. In his newly adopted neighbourhood, Gen Kayani will enjoy the company of dozens of retired generals including two former army chiefs — Gen (r) Mirza Aslam Baig and Gen (r) Abdul Waheed Kakar. These are not the only properties that the retired COAS is said to own. According to the paper, sources in the Military estate Office (MeO) said he also owns a two kanal piece of land in the army’s officer colony of national Sta-
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dium Karachi (nSK) where about 100 army officers own property. The value of the nSK plots may be gauged by the fact that soon after this land was allotted in February 2006, former director general of the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) Lt-General Ahmed Shuja Pasha sold it for Rs23 million. Other military officials who own land here include other big names such as Gen ehsanul haq, nadeem Taj, Gen Syed ehtasham Zamir, nadeem Ahmed, and Syed Ather Ali. The report said that the land on which the national Stadium Karachi is located was acquired from some local residents for defence purpose during World War II. After the war, the land was converted into army barracks but the original owners are still interested in possessing this property which was used to build the national Stadium in the mid 50s. They have pursued the issue in the courts. The military spokesman did not comment on the matter.
fazLuLLah working hard To widen infLuence PESHAWAR SHAMIM SHAHID
The newly-nominated commander of banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, Mullah Fazlullah, is yet to chair a formal meeting of the Taliban Shura, but he is making all efforts to adjust a majority of his confidential aides in important offices. Before his departure from Afghanistan’s border regions, Mullah Fazlullah had named noor Islam alias Asad Mullah as the TTP chief for Malakand region. noor Islam belongs to Dog Dara village of Upper Dir district and remained very close to Fazlullah during the 2009 military action and later in Tirrah valley. highly-placed sources told Pakistan Today that Fazlullah is in north Waziristan. he is sheltering in jurisdiction of Miranshah, headquarters of north Waziristan. however, he has been moving from one shelter to another after intervals of a few hours. The Taliban have strongholds and bunkers all over north Waziristan. But the source believes Fazlullah is likely to establish a permanent abode in the Shawal mountainous region, considered a haven for militants. however, Fazlullah’s aides, who escaped from Swat and other parts of Malakand division, have established safe homes in Datta Khel region. The sources said that soon after his arrival in north Waziristan, Fazlullah chaired an informal meeting of his close aides. he established several committees, including executive shura, with Khalid haqqani as its head. Similarly he also established an administrative committee with Sheheryar Mehsud as its chief. The executive committee was named Shura Ijraya whereas administrative committee was named as Shura Murakiba. Sheheryar Mehsud will also lead militants from Mehsud tribe. Before chalking out the future line of action regarding continuation of terrorist acts and dialogues with government, Fazlullah was making all efforts to widen his influence, the sources said.
indian army oPPoses TrooP wiThdrawaL from siachen NEW DELHI INP
ChAMAn: A Levies trooper stands guard near trucks loaded with NATO and US military vehicles at the Pak-Afghan border on Friday. InP
pakiStani immigrant SueS uS over falSe arreSt in war on terroriSm hafiZ khan waS convicted in march on four countS of providing money and Support to tehreek-e-taliban pakiStan ORLANDO AGENCIES
A Pakistani immigrant who says he was held for more than 10 months in solitary confinement after being falsely arrested on terrorism charges has filed a lawsuit in federal court in Miami, saying he was a victim of “overzealousness” in the US war on terrorism. Irfan Khan, a 40-year-old Muslim, emigrated to the United States from Pakistan in 1994 and is a
naturalised US citizen. he is the son of a 78year-old south Florida imam who was sentenced to 25 years in prison by a judge in August for funnelling more than $50,000 to the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). hafiz Khan was convicted in March on four counts of providing money and support to the group, which the United States considers a terrorist organisation. he had faced a maximum of 60 years in prison, and prosecutors sought a 15-year sentence. The lawsuit, filed on Tuesday in US District Court, says Irfan Khan was arrested in California in May 2011 on charges that included providing material support for terrorism and the TTP. Subsequently transferred to a prison in Florida, he was also accused of supporting a conspiracy to maim, kidnap or murder persons overseas, according to the
lawsuit. All charges against Khan were dropped in June 2012, but only after he had been held for 319 days in solitary confinement, according to the lawsuit. “The conduct the government subjected Irfan to, as a result of his religion, national origin, and its overzealousness in its war on terror was and still is, by all standards, horrendous,” the complaint says. “I couldn’t even imagine myself in this situation,” Khan said on Thursday evening. “I was shocked at the time. I’m still shocked. I don’t know why it happened, how it happened, and that’s why we are doing this. To get some answers.” he did not elaborate, but the lawsuit accuses the government of false arrest, imprisonment and malicious prosecution. A spokesman for the US Justice Department could not be reached for comment on the
lawsuit after Reuters learned of it late on Thursday. The government accused Khan of wiring money in 2008 to a commander of the TTP named Akbar hussain, but Khan maintains that he actually was sending money to his wife, who was visiting Pakistan, through her uncle who is also named Akbar hussain but who is a retired college professor. The lawsuit also claims that a neutral translator would have disagreed with the government’s interpretation of two telephone conversations cited by prosecutors that Khan had with his father in the father’s native language of Urdu and Pashto. The lawsuit states that Khan could be heard on the phone calls criticising the Pakistani government but not advocating violence, as was claimed by government prosecutors. Following his arrest, Khan said he lost his job and his car. he also said his wife had to move with their two children out of concerns for their safety. Since his release, Khan, who is looking for a job in Miami, said one bank refused to allow him a checking account, and his former employer refused to talk to him. Michael hanna, a discrimination attorney with the Morgan & Morgan law firm in Orlando, said Khan is seeking justice and unspecified damages.
The Indian army has rubbished Pakistan's demand for withdrawal of troops from the Siachen Glacier, saying it would not move out from the strategically important icy heights. The force has put across its stand on the issue after Adviser to the Prime Minister on national Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz asked India to withdraw troops from there claiming that they posed a "serious threat" to Pakistan's environment. “The Indian army is not like to move out from the glacier as it is of strategic importance to us and in the last several years, we have taken several steps towards maintaining the environmental equilibrium there,” Indian army officials said. Last year, Indian army chief Gen Bikram Singh had made it clear that the Indian military had shed a lot of blood for occupying the glacier and it would not like to move out of there. he had said that the "area is very important and India must continue to hold that area and we have held that view always. We have lost our lives and lot of blood has been shed to get into these areas and occupy the heights and positions". Pakistan has been pushing for demilitarisation of Siachen but India has maintained that this cannot take place without proper authentication by both sides of the present troop positions on the glacier.
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NEWS Saturday, 7 December, 2013
credibiLiTy of generaL eLecTions is LosT: aiTzaz
ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
Credibility of the general elections has been lost after the statement of the interior minister, as poll results are being questioned even after the passage of seven months, Leader of the Opposition in the Senate Aitzaz Ahsan said on Friday. Addressing a press conference outside the Parliament house, Aitzaz said, “Chaudhry nisar Ali Khan on Thursday admitted in parliament that 60,000 to 70,000 votes in every constituency of the country cannot be verified. Admittance of this reality by the interior minister has completely harmed the credibility of the general elections, while the Punjab government is bringing changes in ballot papers and thumb verification papers to stop nADRA from verifying the authenticity of the voters.” The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) senator also said the Punjab government, by not implementing the orders of the election Commission of Pakistan (eCP), was not providing the election record of two constituencies -- national Assembly (nA) 118 and nA 139. Aitzaz said, PPP candidates Chaudry Manzoor Ahmed (nA-139) and Bushra Aitzaz (nA-118) had submitted applications for provision of record several times but the Punjab government was creating hurdles. he said the PPP had filed applications in the eCP asking for the records of nA-118, nA-139, nA-258 and nA-259 since four months, but not providing the record had raised the threat of changing it. “Another application has been also submitted before the chief election commissioner (CeC), because seven months have passed but results of the general elections are still considered suspicious,” he said.
QuETTA: Army troops on Friday move to their areas of deployment for local government elections to be held today (Saturday). InP
Haj scam: SC orders action against politicians, bureaucrats apex court orderS payment of rS 5,000 to each pilgrim charged exceSSively by tour operatorS ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
he Supreme Court (SC) on Friday ordered initiation of action against politicians, bureaucrats and other accused found responsible in haj corruption case, conducting of a comprehensive probe into the matter by the Federal Investigation Agency and returning Rs 5,000 each to all pilgrims. The court remarked, “not only the pilgrims were looted, but the country also came into disrepute.” The three-member SC bench
presided over by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry announced the decision. The court said in its decision that it should be probed under whose orders the additional amount was recovered from the pilgrims. “Rs 5,000 each be returned to hujjaj who performed haj in 2010. The government should devise a policy about the residences of hujjaj and other arrangements. Tour operators overcharged Rs 420 million which should be returned to hujjaj,” the order said. Former minister for religious affairs, hamid Saeed Kazmi, former haj DG Rao Shakil, Ahmad Faiz and several others came to the fore in the haj corruption case. The proceedings were underway against these persons but the investigation officer hussain Asghar was transferred in the meantime. The transfer of hussain Asghar not only led to stalling of the investigation
process, but it also led to possibility of release of certain persons involved in the haj scam. hussain Asghar was again assigned the investigation under the orders of the court. he told the court that tour operators charged Rs 5,000 each to pilgrims in excess. An offshore bank account in respect of former minister for religious affairs hamid Saeed Kazmi had also been traced out. however, efforts were underway to detect the amount deposited in this account. All the accused, including former haj DG Rao Shakil, have been granted bail. Ahmad Faiz is still in Saudi Arabia. Several other people, including son of former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gillani and Zain Sukhera, were also involved in this scam. The SC heard the case from 2010 to 2013 and announced the decision on Friday.
corpS commanderS’moot: new coaS briefed on internal, external Security Situation RAWALPINDI STAFF REPORT
newly appointed Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif chaired his first Corps Commander meeting at the General headquarters in Rawalpindi on Friday. According to a release from the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), Gen Sharif chaired the 167th Corps Commander Conference. The conference is part of routine monthly meetings but the 167th meeting comes just over a week after the 166th meeting which was chaired by the outgoing army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani. According to the ISPR, Friday’s meeting dwelt on various professional matters of the army. The commanders also under took a comprehensive review of prevalent internal and external security situation of the country. The meeting comes a day after Gen Raheel Sharif visited field formations deployed in FATA on Thursday, in his first visit to north and South Waziristan Agencies after taking over command of the Pakistan army in late november.
aboLiTion of deaTh PenaLTy risks gsP PLus sTaTus: fo ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
In a written statement to the Senate on Friday, the Foreign Ministry said that Pakistan's case for greater access to european markets would be substantially weaker if it does not abolish the death penalty. In the written response, the Foreign Ministry said that the case of Generalised System Preference (GSP) plus status could be weakened by the issue of capital punishment, as the eU seeks its abolishment and has also notified the Pakistani officials on the matter. The Foreign Ministry further said that the issue of death sentence was not a condition but it could pose a threat to the granting of the aspired status. The status remains crucial as eU is one of Pakistan’s the leading trading partners and the upgraded status would grant Pakistani exporters greater access to the 28 countries that are part of the eU. Although the eU has previously clarified that the abolishment of the death penalty is not a condition, according to a Dawn report, every aspirant for the GSP Plus status has to sign 27 conventions relating to human rights, child labour, and fair trade practices.
miLiTanTs bomb girLs schooL in charsadda CHARSADDA INP
Militants bombed a state-run primary school for girls early on Friday morning. According to police, unidentified men had planted explosive material in the school in Saru area of Shabqadar tehsil of Charsadda. The explosion destroyed two rooms of the school but no loss of life was reported as the building was vacant at the time of blast. Police took the school’s night watchman into custody and began investigation.
5 miLiTanTs kiLLed in naseerabad QUETTA ONLINE
While interacting with officers and men at Miranshah and Wana, Gen Sharif had expressed satisfaction and appreciated the
state of combat readiness and high morale of troops. he also lauded their achievements towards bringing stability in these
areas through development projects being under taken by army at very high pace. These development projects are likely
to contribute in the national effort for durable peace and economic prosperity in the areas affected by terrorism.
At least five militants were killed in an exchange of fire with FC personnel in Pat Feeder Canal area of naseerabad district. An FC spokesman said one FC personnel was killed and another was injured in the incident. The spokesman said a huge cache of arms and ammunition was also recovered from the militants.
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COMMENT Saturday, 7 December, 2013
death of an iconic figure nelson mandela, a great democrat and uniﬁer
eLSOn Mandela, the great South African freedom fighter who led his country from racial apartheid to inclusive democracy, has died at the age of 95. A democrat and humanist by conviction, he was forced to resort to armed struggle after the white racist regime banned the African national Congress in 1960 and shot dead 69 peaceful black protestors at the Sharpeville massacre, which was condemned all over the world. he was arrested and sent to jail which he entered at the age of 40 and left when he was 67. From various jails that he was lodged in, he guided the struggle which remained by and large peaceful. A lung infection that he contracted in the unhygienic conditions of South African jails, and which continued to pester him for the rest of his life finally, caused his death. Mandela, who has been aptly described as one of history’s last great statesmen, unified a South Africa badly fractured on racial lines. The black people in South Africa who comprised about 80 percent of the population had suffered long from a system of racial segregation called apartheid under which they were denied citizenship while there was segregation in education, medical care, and public services. But for Mandela, South Africa could have slipped into a civil war. As a first step to forge unity Mandela set up the Truth and Reconciliation Commission which was to act as a model for similar bodies constituted afterwards in various countries. Thanks to Mandela, South Africa is now a multiethnic pluralistic society at peace with itself. Unlike other African liberation leaders who preferred to cling to power Mandela who was elected as South Africa’s first democratically elected President voluntarily stepped down after one term. Till 2004 when he retired from public life Mandela acted as a roving elder statesman and leading AIDS campaigner. Again unlike most African liberation leaders he was a dyed-in-the wool democrat. At his trial in 1964, he said: “I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.” Mandela stood by his words when he came to power. he was among a handful of iconic figures who elicited admiration and respect from the east as well as West.
PTi’s lengthy protest what good will come out of it?
n a functional democracy, every political entity is allowed a reasonable form of protest. however, ours is a lot that gives a totally new meaning to protests. The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) blocked nATO supplies to Afghanistan for what they claim to be a legitimate form of protest against the drone strikes. The protest, which has lasted for a two-week time period, is not something the country can boast of as a credential to its fledgling democracy. however, this is what it is: a messed up approach at politicizing an issue that has nothing to do with the drone strikes. Imran Khan and his party is not novice anymore, as naive as it is. After being in power for over six months, it should have known by now as to what it takes to run government. not everything is as it appears to be. But PTI seems bent on making it its objective to run the country like it doesn’t care for how its actions might affect the rest of the country. Businesses, particularly the ones related to transport and freight services are disturbed across the country. Pakistan is losing its standing as a nation united with this whole saga that paints it as a nation marred with discord and differences. The US is willing to incur almost double the cost of its withdrawal from the region while not budging a single inch from its position on drone attacks. It has in fact decided to halt nATO supplies fearing the safety of its truck drivers. PTI then claimed this decision to be its success, something that should signal it to stop its shenanigans and get serious in playing its part in resolving outstanding issues in the country. The JI, a right-wing conservative religious party, which had supported PTI’s decision up till now, wants to quit protest. PTI also fears that the federal government might intervene or create a constitutional issue out of the situation. Country’s economy cannot afford any upsets, nor can we afford an affront against the world powers. now that Imran Khan and his party have registered their protest, which has been acknowledged by the US in its decision to halt transport services, it is time that they ended their protest and let the federal government take charge of the situation and carry on its protest through diplomatic means.
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migrant workers in saudi arabia killed, beaten, raped
ITh few opportunities at home, millions of poor, desperate men and women from South east Asia and the horn of Africa migrate annually to Saudi Arabia. Vulnerable at home and vulnerable abroad where many are enslaved and badly abused, some killed. Slavery is woven into the fabric of the psyche of the kingdom; according to Saudi scholar Ali al-Ahmed, a “culture of slavery pervades the country” [The Guardian], and although banned in 1964 (when it is thought there were 30,000 slaves in the country) the barbaric practice of owning a fellow human being still exists in the form of the internationally condemned kafala sponsorship system. By tying the residency status of migrant workers to their employers, the system grants the latter total control, amounting to ownership. Under the scheme employers confiscate passports, money and mobile phones of new arrivals; workers who want to change jobs or leave the country must seek their employer’s, consent who universally refuse to give it. A “sub-contracting” scheme is also in operation, with employers selling workers on. The Dickensian system, which facilitates the abuse suffered by migrant workers, particularly domestic staff, needs to be banned as a matter of urgency; labour laws protecting migrant workers introduced and enforced, and full access to consulate support made available. Oil rich and abusive Migrant workers make up a third (8 million) of the population and over half the workforce in Saudi Arabia; they are mainly unskilled labourers and domestic workers (jobs the Saudis don’t want to do), “are inadequately protected by labour laws and are vulnerable to exploitation and abuse by their employers” [Amnesty International], including: excessive working hours, up to 15 to 20 hours a day, seven days a week; wages withheld for months or years on end; forced confinement; food deprivation; and severe psychological, physical, and sexual abuse. Women domestic workers “are also at particular risk of sexual violence and other abuses.” A study by the Philippines based Committee on Workers Overseas Welfare says, “70% of [Filipino] workers employed as caregivers or without a specific work qualification suffers continuous physical and psychological harassment,” in the oil rich gulf state [report by Asia news]. Lorraine, a 27-year old Filipino arrived in Saudi Arabia in 2010. ‘When my boss came to pick me up’ – she says – ‘he tried to touch me at once to see if I was available. In the first weeks I constantly suffered his advances, which became more insistent every time I refused.’ In nine months of employment Lorraine was raped five times.” She was beaten and insulted by the man’s wife and fed on bread and leftovers. Large numbers of migrant workers relate similar stories, horrific experiences causing many to fall into ill health and large numbers to commit suicide; “scores of Asian and African domestic workers have been reported to have committed
suicide in Saudi Arabia over the past years because of mistreatment and other factors” [emirates 24/7]. One such was an ethiopian woman (who remains anonymous), working as a maid in the northern province of Tabarja: she hanged herself in her employer’s home. There is no solace allowed even in their religion. Many African workers are Christians, but “absolutely no churches are officially allowed. As recently as this April, Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti [the most senior and most influential Sunni Muslim religious and legal authority in the country] declared that all churches in the Arabian Peninsula must be destroyed” [All Africa]. ethiopian migrants are commonly Orthodox Christians (many devoutly religious); they suffer extreme discrimination and repression by the intolerant authoritarian Saudi regime. In February this year the Islamic religious police or Mutaween, (an extreme body responsible for the enforcement of Shia law in Arab States) raided an ethiopian Christian prayer meeting and made mass arrests; six months earlier 35 ethiopians were arrested and deported for engaging in Christian worship. Judicial indifference capital punishment In addition to suffering extreme discrimination and violent mistreatment, migrant workers (mainly domestic) who manage to escape abusive employers, are often victims of spurious criminal accusations. “employers may accuse domestic workers, especially those from Indonesia, of witchcraft. Victims of rape and sexual assault are at risk of being accused of adultery and fornication” [The Guardian]. According to human Rights Watch (hRW), the “Saudi justice system is characterised by arbitrary arrests, unfair trials and harsh punishments… [the] criminal justice system violates the most basic international human rights standards and detainees routinely face systematic violations of due process and fair trial rights.” In 2012 The Guardian reported, “Saudi Arabia executed at least 69 people [says hRW]. The previous year it executed at least 79, including five women, [Amnesty International]. The death toll included one woman beheaded for witchcraft and sorcery.” The Saudi authorities are not forthcoming with the total numbers imprisoned and living under the shadow of the death penalty; however, “Amnesty International said it knew of more than 120 people – mostly foreign nationals – on death row.” Violent expulsions Over a million Bangladeshis, Indians, Filipinos, nepalis, Pakistanis and Yemenis have been repatriated since the “correction campaign,” (arrest and expulsion) was enforced on 4th november against migrants without the required legal documentation. The expulsions are largely supported by Saudi society; many feel the number of migrants has grown out of control since the oil boom of the late 1970s and that the huge numbers of migrants in the kingdom has impacted negatively on community life. With 12% total unemployment, 25% – 30% for under 30 year olds, it is hoped the process of “clearing” will allow Saudi’s to find more work. During the crackdown migrants of different nationalities report being mistreated by security personnel and civilian vigilante groups; workers from the Philippines (numbering around 660,000) report being abused and “treated like animals”. ethiopians (of whom 100,000 have been repatriated), with and without visas have been specifically targeted; men and women have been dragged through the streets; beaten, raped and according to esat TV, dozens have been killed, including women. Witnesses report seeing two ethiopian women killed in Mekreyement, Shababiya by Saudi military vehicles, and another beaten to death with an iron by soldiers [esat TV].
Leading up to the routing of migrants the media and “Saudi authorities have spent months branding foreign workers as criminals…and stirring up anti-migrant sentiment to justify the labor crackdown.” Antagonism between ethiopians and Saudis has been fanned by “local press reports blaming ethiopian female domestic workers for brutal attacks against Saudi employers. In July, Saudi officials claimed that over 200 ethiopian women had been detained in two months for ‘psychological problems,’ leading the labor ministry to temporarily ban the recruitment of ethiopian workers to the country.” “Psychological problems” caused undoubtedly by abusive employers. The Saudi government “needs to rein in Saudi citizens who are attacking foreign workers” [hRW], and Investigations should be instigated to prosecute those responsible for the violence. The hundreds of thousands being repatriated made the journey from Asia, Yemen and the horn of Africa because they had no options at home. As “reverse migration”, not only from Saudi Arabia, but also from Bhutan and Oman, takes effect, what awaits these men and women upon their return? Over 190,000 Yemeni migrant workers, mostly employed in construction, have been sent home, causing “severe deterioration in living conditions in Yemen” [Press TV]. From the glass and steel mountains of Jeddah and Riyadh they were sending up to USD 200 a month to their families, money desperately needed for daily living. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) says “we are looking at approximately USD 5 million lost in remittances [to Yemen] for the months of October and november alone.” Most Yemenis “are returning to areas with high levels of food insecurity and malnutrition. The massive loss of income will inevitably exacerbate this situation.” In June Filipino migrants sent over USD 2 billion home, which was “an all-time record. It was better than all foreign investments (direct and indirect) combined” [Arab News]. In 2011 migrant workers residing in Saudi Arabia sent USD 35.7 billion (double what it was just two decades ago) to their families. The huge amount flowing out of the country makes Saudi Arabia the second highest source of overseas payments in the world – the first being America. The single biggest recipient, with 30% of the total is India, (made up of millions of individual amounts averaging USD 30), followed by egypt, Pakistan and the Philippines with almost USD 9 billion each. Unless the root causes, poverty, poor education and lack of opportunities, together with extreme social and economic inequality, are dealt with, the danger is that many of those being repatriated will endeavor to migrate elsewhere, perhaps illegally with the aid of criminal gangs, placing themselves at risk of further exploitation, abuse and even death. The ‘migrant crackdown’ in Saudi Arabia has unearthed a plethora of poisonous practices, racism, hate and abusive methods in the country; the violence meted out by security personnel and civilian gangs on the city streets has revealed publicly the level of extreme mistreatment suffered by thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands of domestic workers hidden from view, trapped and enslaved. It is a society operating in defiance of all manner of human rights that has been clearly seen and exposed; as the thousands of ethiopians protesting outside Saudi Arabian embassies across the world have chanted; “shame on you, shame on you, shame on you.” Graham Peebles is director of the Create Trust. He can be reached at: email@example.com.
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Saturday, 7 December, 2013
where the torture never stops Status quo at gitmo
nsa spying: a threat to us interests? big-data snooping by the nSa and uS companies unnerves many europeans, polls suggest
eVeLATIOnS by edward Snowden of US national Security Agency spying have exposed both similarities and differences in public attitudes toward privacy among europeans and Americans. Both publics value privacy, but Americans, more so than most europeans, appear willing to sacrifice privacy in the name of security. These differences pose potential challenges to the ongoing free trade discussions between the european Union and the United States, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, where new rules governing the digital economy could prove central to a final agreement. Americans have conflicting views about nSA activities done in their name. They suggest that the national Security Agency may have gone too far in spying on US allies. They also think that the nSA has intruded on Americans’ personal privacy in scooping up massive amounts of private phone calls and emails. But, in the pursuit of terrorists, a majority will still trade their personal privacy for greater security. Such differences have raised new doubts in europe about the United States. German Chancellor Angela Merkel recently told members of the German parliament that US spying “must be explained and more importantly new trust must be built up for the future.” And, while it’s too early to know the lasting impact of the Snowden affair on transatlantic relations, europeans’ perceptions of the United States, especially as a stalwart defender of individual freedom, may face new strains. A recent survey by the Pew Research Center found that 56 percent of Americans said it is unacceptable for the United States to monitor the phone calls of the leaders of allied nations, including Merkel. Just 36 percent said it is a tolerable practice. American wariness of nSA activities may, in part, reflect concern about a possible invasion of their own privacy. In a mid-July Washington Post-ABC news survey, 49 percent said they thought that the nSA surveillance program intruded on their personal privacy rights. And 74 percent said it infringed on some Americans’ privacy, if not their own. nevertheless, when asked to balance secu-
rity worries against privacy concerns, Americans opt for security. In that same Washington Post-ABC news poll, 57 percent felt that it was important for the federal government to investigate terrorist threats, even if it intrudes on personal freedom. Just 39 percent said that the government should not intrude on personal privacy, even if it limits the government’s ability to investigate possible terrorist threats. There has been little cross-national polling of european views on the nSA affair. And the questions are often worded differently or conducted with differing methodologies, so that comparisons between polling findings are more illustrative than definitive. But what has been done suggests notable differences with American viewpoints and some broad similarities. Like Americans, europeans appear to be worried about personal privacy. They do not think that national security concerns warrant an invasion of their privacy. Majorities in Germany (70 percent), France (52 percent) and Sweden (52 percent) think that their own government would not be justified in collecting the telephone and internet data of its citizens as part an effort to protect national security, according to a survey done by TnS Opinion for the German Marshall Fund of the United States. A substantial minority, or 44 percent, of people in the United Kingdom agree. In this survey, 54 percent of Americans surveyed suggested that such activity would go too far in violating citizens’ privacy and is therefore not justified. Another difference emerged in this survey between American and european attitudes toward spying on one’s allies. Publics on both sides of the Atlantic think national security is no justification for action, but it’s a sentiment held more strongly by some europeans than by Americans. A strong majority of Germans (72 percent) and more than half the French and the Swedes (each 55 percent) did not think that national governments are justified in collecting telephone and internet data of citizens in other allied countries even as part of an effort to protect national security, according to the TnS/GMF survey. More British, 43 percent, thought it was unjustified than saw it as justified, 30 percent. notably, American attitudes resembled those of the British – 44 percent unjustified, 33 percent justified. The exposure of nSA spying has had an impact on America’s image abroad, especially in europe. In spring 2013, before extensive revelations of nSA activities, a median of 62 percent in five european Union nations – Britain, France, Germany, Poland and Spain – had a favorable view of the United States, according to a Pew Research Center survey. That included 76 percent for Italians, 64 percent for the French and 53 percent for Germans. That median was already in decline, down from 67 percent in 2009. It’s unclear whether the nSA affair will accelerate that erosion or prove a minor bump in the road in transatlantic
relations. But there are some early warning signs. A recent poll by the German public broadcaster, ARD and the German daily Die Welt, found that only 35 percent of Germans consider the US government to be trustworthy. Moreover, the US government’s respect for individual liberty has long been a strong suit of American public diplomacy. even in many nations where opposition to US foreign policy is widespread and where overall ratings for the United States are low, majorities or pluralities maintained that the country respects individual rights. In the 2013 Pew Research Center survey, a median of 70 percent of people in 39 nations thought the United States government respected the personal freedoms of its people. In contrast, a median of only 36 percent saw China protecting individual liberties. This view of America as a resolute defender of civil rights was particularly strong in europe: Italy (82 percent), Germany (81 percent), France (80 percent) and Spain (69 percent). Positive views of Uncle Sam’s record had risen by 20 points in Spain, 15 in France and 11 in Germany since 2008. But these are now the countries where some of the public outcry against nSA spying has been loudest. So Americans are of two minds about recent allegations of nSA surveillance of phone and email communications. They worry about its impact on international relations and their own privacy. But that concern continues to be trumped by an ongoing anxiety about terrorism. europeans similarly share concerns about spying’s impact on privacy, but they generally do not think national security concerns are more important than privacy. These differences are already playing out in the negotiations over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. Some european officials have called for a pause in the talks in response to the Snowden revelations. That is unlikely. But nSA spying has revived european concerns about who owns data generated by individual consumers through their credit card purchases, internet searches and the like – and what private companies can and cannot do with that data. Some european privacy advocates would like to ban the cross-border transfer of such data. But many companies, especially dataintensive American firms like Google and Facebook, and even companies like General electric, claim that the business model of the new digital economy is built on the ability to amass and analyze large sets of data. They argue that quarantining such information within national borders will deny future generations many of the economic benefits to be gained from big data. The transatlantic disagreement over nSA intrusion into personal privacy is not simply a national security issue, it now has business implications. Bruce Stokes is director of global economic attitudes at the Pew Research Center.
T was shortly after five o’clock on a Saturday morning last April. The prisoners in the communal cellblock at Camp 6 in Guantanamo Bay Prison had just gathered for morning prayers. Suddenly the overhead lights went out, the cell doors slammed shut and tear gas canisters exploded in the room. Military guards charged into the cellblock, firing shotguns loaded with plastic bullets toward the huddled detainees. Three men fell to JEFFREy ST CLAIR ground, writhing in pain from being struck by the “non lethal” ammunition. The other prisoners, most of whom had long been cleared for release, were forced onto the floor with guns pointed at their heads and kept prone on their bellies for the next three hours. According to Guantanamo officials, the action was launched to quash a protest by the detainees, who had placed blankets over the surveillance cameras in their cells. But it seems more likely that the storming of the cellblock was a punitive strike against hunger striking prisoners. The raid came only hours after members of the International Red Cross had left the prison, following an investigation into the abusive treatment of prisoners then entering the twelfth week of a hunger strike. One of the detainees roughed up by the guards that morning was a Moroccan political dissident named Younous Chekkouri. Chekkouri has been imprisoned at Guantamo Bay since 2002. Prior to that Chekkouri had spent five months in a dreary jail in Kandahar, where he’d been swept up in the first stages of the Afghanistan war. In all that time, Chekkouri has never been charged with a crime or allowed to argue the case for his own freedom. Chekkouri’s descent into Kafkaland began in the summer of 2001. he had been living in the suburbs of Kabul, working for a charity devoted to helping children of Moroccan descent. After the attacks of September 11, Chekkouri decided to move with his young wife back to Pakistan, where he had gone to university in Islamabad. his sent his wife out first and Chekkouri followed a few days later, but was snared at the border in the driftnet set out to detain men of Arabic descent. he was roughly interrogated by Pakistani ISI agents, who errantly identified him as a member of a Moroccan terrorist network. he was thrown into a mass prison outside Kandahar and five months later auctioned off to the CIA. The CIA interrogated Chekkouri for several weeks in a secret prison in Afghanistan. he revealed nothing of value and the spooks soon wrote him off as human by-catch in the war on terror. even so, the agents believed they might be able to coerce information about other Arabs in the region from him and packed Chekkouri off to Guantanamo, hoping that the terminal austerity of that prison would loosen him up. More interrogations followed, some more bracing than others. But it was the same story each time. Chekkouri knew about no plots and had never associated with terrorists. After a few months, the inquisitors gave up, resigned to the fact that Chekkouri was a dead end as any kind of informant. The interrogators stopped coming. But Chekkouri’s confined life remained much the same. he was subjected to arbitrary rules, fed dreadful food, awakened before dawn each morning, placed under 24-hour surveillance, denied reading material and contact with the outside world. Year after year passes. eventually, a military tribunal secretly cleared Chekkouri for release. Yet he remained locked up with no prospect of gaining his freedom. Indeed, he, like dozens of other detainees, was denied the right to challenge his imprisonment. In the spring of this year, Chekkouri joined about 100 other detainees in a hunger strike, protesting the grim, hopeless conditions in the prison. At first, the US military tried to cover up the hunger strikes. Then word began to leak out to press, followed by angry denials from Gitmo officials. The Red Cross team was dispatched to Cuba to conduct interviews with prisoners, a visit that prompted the storming of Chekkouri’s cellblock. Then the government’s tactics changed. They began a brutally forcefeeding regime on more than 44 of the hunger-strikers, including Chekkouri. he was placed into an execution-style chair. his legs and arms strapped down. An IV was inserted into his arm. he was kept in the chair for more than 20 hours. Later he returned to his cell. But the force-feeding continues. The guards come at night and chain him to his bed, then insert feeding tubes up his nose and down his throat, draining liquid protein into his stomach. It goes on like this day after day, week after week. A torture without end. Yet, these men have nothing to confess. They hold no secret knowledge that can be extracted by prolonged suffering. They have committed no crimes deserving of such savage punishment. Their hidden torments serve no deterrent effect. This is torture for the sake of torture, in a quadrant of the world unbound by legal or moral restraints. It is, in a word, sadism. A few weeks after the raid on Chekkouri’s cellblock, Obama gave a speech at the national Defense University calling for the closure of the Guantamo prison. “Gitmo has become a symbol around the world for an America that flouts the rule of law,” Obama pronounced. “Our allies won’t cooperate with us if they think a terrorist will end up at Gitmo.” But Obama’s fatuous rhetoric is betrayed by his administration’s ruthless legal tactics against the detainees. In court filings in the forcefeeding cases made only days after Obama’s speech, the Justice Department argues that indefinite detention of prisoners who have long been cleared for release is actually the goal of the administration. “The public interest,” Obama’s lawyers write, “lies with maintaining the status quo.” In other words, one criminal act is used to perpetuate another. Thus, does sin pluck on sin. Jeffrey St Clair is the author of Been Brown So Long It Looked Like Green to Me: the Politics of nature, Grand Theft Pentagon and Born Under a Bad Sky. His latest book is hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
ARTS Saturday, 7 December, 2013
OBAMA BANNED FROM USING IPHONE 'FOR SECURITY REASONS'
You know, in the film making business no one ever gives you anything — James Cameron
celebS devaStated by hiS death
OUTh African anti-apartheid hero nelson Mandela, a legend and inspiration to all, passed away on Thursday (5th December) after a prolonged lung infection. The nobel Peace Prize laureate who changed the history of South Africa was mourned by the world and hollywood and Bollywood celebrities took to Twitter to express their grief. NeIL PATRIck HARRIS nelson Mandela, rest in peace. What an unbelievable legacy... RIcky MARTIN There is a party in heaven. Angels are celebrating. The one and only #nelsonMandela has arrived. RIP
Barack Obama’s love for BlackBerry smartphones is well documented but he has recently revealed that there may be other reasons for his brand loyalty, with the president of the USA admitting that he isn’t allowed to have an iPhone “for security reasons”. Obama made the offhand remark during a speech at the White House dedicated to promoting his health care reforms to a young audience. He joked that whilst he couldn’t use Apple’s smartphone his daughters spent enough time on theirs. In 2008, prior to his inauguration, Obama famously said of his BlackBerry smartphone that the government would have to “pry it out of my hands”. Luckily, the firm has long had a reputation for creating secure devices, thanks to its default use of encryption on all messages. Despite the Canadian smartphone manufacturer’s near nonexistent sales (research from Kantar suggests that the company accounts for just 0.8 per cent of the market in the US) the devices remain popular with American authorities. In August this year they were even awarded the prestigious “authority to operate” certification by the US Department of Defense, becoming the first smartphone to receive such a statement of confidence. Despite this, many tech commentators have pointed out that if anyone knows a thing or two about smartphone security it’s the Obama administration. Earlier this year allegations were raised that the US had been tapping the mobile phones of a 35 world leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel. COuRTESy INDEPEDENT
BRUCE LEE’S YELLOW JUMPSUIT SOLD FOR $100K
Bruce Lee’s yellow jumpsuit was sold for 100,000 dollars at an auction in Hong Kong. The selling price of the suit was about triple the auction house’s initial estimate, ABC News reported. It was part of a collection of 14 items of Lee’s memorabilia that raised more than 258,000 dollars. The yellow suit with black stripes, which he wore in the movie ‘Game of Death’, went to an unidentified telephone bidder at Spink auction house. NEWS DESK
ALySSA MILANO “There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.” ~nelson Mandela SAMueL L. JAckSON never met a better person in my life than nelson Mandela. My sympathy to his family & his country. RIHANNA One of the greatest men who’s ever lived!!! #Legend We will never forget the things this man has... WHOOPI GOLDBeRG “I want 2give the world a hug I was told Mandeba just passed. nelson Mandela R.I.P. Time for a well earned sleep.Condolences to his family.” MIcHAeL MOORe Thank you, nelson Mandela. Freedom. eNRIque IGLeSIAS The world has lost someone truly inspiring. Rest in peace nelson Mandela kATHeRINe HeIGL Deeply saddened to hear of the passing of nelson Mandela. An inspiration to all who value freedom, democracy and equality.
LIONeL RIcHIe nelson Mandela was a father to all of us. May his life be a constant reminder, that we are all One WORLD. he will be missed - LR VAL kILMeR I just heard: 1 of the angels on earth has passed. nelson Mandela is a triumph of love over hate. I had a private audience once: he WAS love cHARLIze THeRON My thoughts and love go out to the Mandela family. Rest in Peace Madiba. You will be missed, but your impact on this world will live forever HuGH JAckMAN nelson Mandela... the definition of grace, dignity and inspiration. his light will shine on. May he rest in peace. @Deborra_lee JAMIe FOxx Rest in Peace Mr. nelson Mandela. A fearless leader, incredible human being, inspiration, a ReAL hero. Truly one of a kind. God bless you. JuSTIN TIMBeRLAke One of our GReATeST leaders... Thank you for BeInG the true meaning of compassion. May you be at peace now. #RIPnelsonMandela BeyONce kNOWLeS Thank you for all you have sacrificed to improve the lives of other human beings. Rest in peace.God Bless GOLDIe HAWN A light has gone out in this world. RIP with the other Angels Dear nelson. eVA LONGORIA Today the world lost one its greatest leaders. Rest in peace Mandela... AMITABH BAcHcHAN T 1315 -I had the greatest honor to meet and spend time with him on two occasions ! his humility his greatest
asset, among countless other ! T 1315 nelson Mandela - a giant of a man ; of will, belief and perseverance, passes away. But leaves behind a legacy of fight for right !! MAHeSH BHATT Remembering what he told me: “It would be preposterous for me to give any advise to India. Just live the words of Gandhi”. nelson Mandela practiced what he preached. An exemplary life has ended in an exemplary manner with dignity & respect till the end.Thank u Sir. A small man makes u feel small. An great man makes u feel great! SHABANA AzMI What an outpouring of love n respect for nelson Mandela- a deep reverence cutting across all divides on what he stood for at all times RIP. kuNAL kOHLI #RIPnelsonMandela along with #mahatma gandhi he’s a symbol of peace
PAUL WALKER’S DAD TOLD HIM TO QUIT ‘DAREDEVIL STUFF’ Paul Walker’s father made him promise not to do any more ‘‘daredevil stuff’’ in their last conversation before his death. Paul Walker Sr. admits he was concerned about his son’s daring activities and the last time he spoke to the ‘Fast and the Furious’ actor, who was killed when the Porsche he was travelling in smashed into a pole after a charity car show in Santa Clarita, California on Saturday (30.11.13), he begged the 40-yearold star to be careful. In an emotional interview with e! news, he said: “The last conversation we had, I sat there, I looked at him and I said, ‘You know, I love you very much. I love all of you. And we’re all very, very close. If anything was to happen to anybody in this family, it would be a rough deal.’ “I said, ‘Promise me, no more daredevil stuff.’ I said, ‘If in your heart, you say, I can do this, then by all means, do it. If your mind says, maybe not. Then don’t.’ I looked at him, I said, ‘Will you promise me that?’ “I said, ‘You know, promises are a very important thing here, Paul.’ I said, ‘Say OK,’ and he said, ‘OK.’ You
know a lot of us, sometimes we make promises and get caught up in the mo-
ment and stuff like that, but I can tell I got to him. I can tell that I was very serious. Sometimes sons think of their fathers and their grandfathers as these bigger than life people.” Paul’s father admitted he’s only managed to give the late star’s 15year-old daughter Meadow “a hug and kiss” rather than have a proper conversation with her about her dad’s death, but he is preparing himself for a “real hard time” when he has to chat to the teenager. he added: “She’s so sweet and beautiful ... I’m gonna have a real hard time talking with Meadow. I really am. It’s gonna be a tough deal. Gonna be real rough. “It’s hard to get to Meadow because she’s got so many people close to her that are loving her and we want that.” Paul Sr. also admitted his son would be “embarrassed” at all the attention he was receiving following his death because he was uncomfortable with fame. he explained: “It was embarrassing to him, I thought last night, ‘Paul would be so embarrassed of this.’ And I looked up at the sky and I said, ‘Well, tough luck, pal.’” NEWS DESK
& reslience.The world has not seen men like them in centuries MADHuR BHANDARkAR nelson Mandela personified struggle. he sacrificed his private life&his youth for his people and remains South Africa’s loved hero. RIP JAAVeD JAAFeRI One of the greatest humans of this century passes away. RIP nelson Mandela :-( SATISH kAuSHIk Salute to a great statesman and torch bearer of peace and harmony..his teachings will keep humanity alive always ..RIP nelson Mandela SuDHIR MISHRA nelson Mandela :a genuinely great man. And what did v do? Printed his face on a T shirt and forgot all he stood for. Rest in peace! NEWS DESK
aamir khan, shah rukh share a cab
Their rivalry was the stuff headlines were made of but Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan displayed rare bonhomie. not only did they travel to Delhi on the same flight on Wednesday, the two stars then shared a cab after arriving at the airport in the capital. A source close to Aamir told TOI that the actor only travels by the Sakha Cabs, a car rental service which trains underprivileged women as chauffeurs and convinced his fellow star to share a ride with him. “When they reached the exit with their respective entourages Aamir invited SRK to share his cab as they were both on the way to the same hotel,” says the source. It was a rare sight for the onlookers as the two Khans are rarely spotted together and once they reached the hotel, they posed for a picture with the lady cab drivers. The two continued chatting post their ride too. The last time, they shared the podium was at the music launch of ‘Yamla Pagla Deewana 2’. So, will a Mumbai cabbie get lucky next? NEWS DESK
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ARTS Saturday, 7 December, 2013
R… RAJKUMAR: ALL THAT REMAINS WITH YOU IS SOME ‘GANDI BAAT’!
hen Prabhu Dheva ventured into directing exaggerated action sagas, one wondered on the dancing demigod’s diverse choice of genre. evidently when another dancing sensation Shahid Kapoor chooses to venture into the over-the-top action genre, you have your doubts. And while Shahid puts his ‘best foot forward’ to do some hardcore action, his boyish charm comes against the macho image he wants to put forth. Despite that chances are Shahid could be as commercially successful as Prabhu Dheva. But post that you won’t have any novel expectations from him either! A film like R... Rajkumar works merely on gimmicks. And to join these gimmicks, a story is devised and put into
place. So you have the same heroine, same villain, same villain sidekicks, same director, same action director, same stunt scenes, same locations and same singer clubbed together as if it were a popular combo (masala) meal. The only element not same is the hero - Shahid Kapoor. Though he earnestly attempts to be a Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar prototype, he isn’t as effortless. And that’s not the only mismatch here there’s also the lead pair. Thankfully they have self-realization of the fact that Shahid is too short and Sonakshi is too stout. But you certainly can’t handle Shahid’s recurring pout. The hero is the standard stalker sample from South films, who relentlessly pursues the heroine. But the villain lusts for the
Shah Rukh Khan ridicules Tarun Tejpal While most people know Shah Rukh Khan as the king of romance and charm, not many know that the superstar is also blessed with wit and great sense of humour. The star was in new Delhi at an event when he took a dig at Tarun Tejpal. While Tejpal is in police custody, SRK did his best to entertain his audience and make a snide remark on the accused. A Mid-Day report says that SRK was at his charismatic best and entertaining his audience when the interviewer asked him to mouth some of his most memorable dialogues. While he humoured the interviewer by speaking some mushy dialogues from Jab Tak hai Jaan, he also indulged in some harmless flirting with her. he asked the interviewer if she was married and when she replied yes, he said ‘let’s hope your husband is not watching the show’. he also told the journalist that he would like to flirt with her outside the venue, like a lift. however, after remembering the infamous Tarun Tejpal sexual assault case, he said that since she was a journalist, he will not flirt in a lift. he also ridiculed the incident by saying that Adnan Sami’ s Lift Kara De song now has a new meaning. While his intention was to entertain his audience, there was a second of silence as the superstar was talking about the sensitive case. however, the audience fell prey to SRK’s charm and burst out laughing. NEWS DESK
heroine too. And the hero challenges to single-handedly fight the villain and win back his ladylove. The only achchi baat about the film is the song ‘Gandi Baat’. But the scene where Shahid and Prabhu Dheva share the dance floor is too short-lived and already broadcast on trailers. The other song ‘Saree ke fall sa’ follows the same tune but you don’t mind this recurrence as much as the repet-
ranbir loSeS cool, SnatcheS journaliSt’S camera
Actor Ranbir Kapoor gave media persons a rude shock when he reportedly snatched a video camera from a journalist who was videotaping him coming out of a party in Bandra with friend and director Ayan Mukherji. According to a news report in Apun Ka Choice, Ranbir’s alleged camera snatching incident was reportedly followed by him challenging media persons to race with his car. Usually the one to be at his best behaviour, Ranbir’s recent media attack won’t be soon forgotten. Apparently, media people spotted Ranbir and Ayan in Bandra and started taking their pictures and shooting from their video cameras which angered the ‘Badtameez’ actor. however, Ranbir isn’t the first Bollywood celeb who has had an altercation with the press. Many celebrities have been caught in situations like this before. Anger management classes anyone? NEWS DESK
itiveness of the formulaic story. Moreover Shahid’s dance, the only saving grace of the film, is expended in the songs of first half itself, while the dancing Shahid is conspicuous by its very absence in the second half - not leaving much reason to look forward into the film after the first half. Shahid Kapoor gives his heart and soul to the role, though the converse of it is not true. Sonakshi Sinha is a mismatch
to Shahid in every aspect and you know why multiple South sirens are employed in item numbers - to match steps and keep pace with Shahid. Sonu Sood has a menacing presence. Ashish Vidyarthi goes topless more number of times than Shahid Kapoor and Sonu Sood put together - and it clearly isn’t a pleasant sight. At the end of it, all that remains with you is some ‘gandi baat’. Quite literally! NEWS DESK
Let’s shut Ajanta-Ellora, ban Kamasutra: Priyanka on crime If art provocates crimes against women, historic sites like Ajanta-ellora and Vatsayana’s “Kamasutra” must be banned, says Indian actress Priyanka Chopra, who believes cinema is an “art” too and it should not be blamed for the rising crimes against women in the nation. “I feel people are becoming less tolerant and more judgemental. hindi films are meant for entertainment... If people think songs and films are causing an increase in rapes, why not first shut Ajanta-ellora? We are a land of the ‘Kamasutra’...let’s ban books,” said Priyanka. “Sculpting is an art, poetry is an art, filmmaking is an art... We have the freedom of speech in our country, and we also have a system of film certification. Follow the law! If a film has been given the ‘A’ certificate, why let children go for it? There’s lawlessness here. I feel a filmmaker should just make what he wants to,” Priyanka said. The portrayal of women in hindi cinema and the viability of item songs is always questioned. She received an applause for speaking her mind out on the issue brought up every time that a rape case comes up. But Priyanka, who backs girl child empowerment via different campaigns, says violation against women will only reduce when “laws will be implemented”. “We have strict laws now, but there’s no implementation. There’s fearlessness,” said the actress, who has grooved to item songs like “Babli badmaash” and “Ram chahe leela”. NEWS DESK
Technology is a boon for music industry: Sonu Nigam Playback singer Sonu nigam says that technology is a boon for the music industry as it has helped to distinguish talented singers from the rest. The 40-year-old singer said even though technology has given the opportunity to singers who are not good, it has also made it easier to spot great singers from the mediocre ones. “There was a time when Lata, Rafi, Kishore, recorded the song in one take. But now even if a singer has sung just one line, with the help of technology every word that he has sung can seem melodious. To those people who have a good texture but are not good singer, it has given them a chance to sing,” nigam said on the sidelines of Agenda Aajtak. “every technology has brought good
and bad. If it has brought many singers, it has also helped to detect the melodious voices from the rest. Whenever singers like hariharan, Suresh Wadkar take the stage, we stand in their respect. It has helped to distinguish a good singer from a bad one.” The singer treated the audience with some of the melodies like his first hit ‘Sandese Aate hai’, ‘Kal ho na ho’, ‘Tujse naraz nahi Zindegi’ among others. nigam said that he is thankful that he sung ‘Yeh Dil Deewana’ from ‘Pardes’, as it saved him from getting typecast with emotional songs. “I got ‘Accha Sila Diya’ when I was just 18. After that I was getting similar emotional songs. When I got ‘Papa Kehte
hai’, Jugal hansraj who was the lead, was of my age. But Udit narayan got the chance to sing for him,” he said. “And I got ‘Mujhse naraaz ho To’, which was picturised on Anupam Kher. I realised that I needed to change this. ‘Yeh Dil Deewana’ saved my life and I got different kinds of songs after that,” he added. Ghazal singers Talat Aziz and Pankaj Udhas, who were in the audience, showered praise on the singer. “My doctor, who checked his throat once, said he has the best vocal chord. The best thing about him is that he respects his elders and he is an amazing person,” Aziz said. Udhas said that nigam reminds him of the late versatile singer Kishore Kumar. NEWS DESK
If you can't accept losing, you can't win. — Michael Ventre
cLarke, haddin Tons
put auStralia in command
Saturday, 7 December, 2013
moin diSapproveS foreign coacheS for pakiStan
LAhorE: Pakistan team manager Moin Khan has given thumbs down to a foreign coach for national team. Minutes before he boarded the flight from Lahore to Dubai with Dav Whatmore, Khan said that he always favoured a local coach. The comments from Khan came upon the Twenty20 team”s departure for the UAE, read an ANI report. Whatmore, who is a former Australia Test cricketer, is part of the squad that is set to take on Sri Lanka for three Tests, five OneDay-Internationals and two Twenty20 series. Khan said that players have a good understanding with a local coach and this can be useful in bringing improvement. Khan said that the team should get the services of former cricketers for the task, before expressing his availability for the position. According to the report, It is already established that the home series against Sri Lanka will be the last series for Whatmore as the head coach The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) however had made it clear that the Australian will continue to work in the same capacity throughout the assignment, the report added. STAFF REPORT
T has been a while since an Australian captain has looked as serene during an Ashes Test as Michael Clarke did at the Adelaide Oval. During a period of england domination, the uncomprehending exasperation of Ricky Ponting has been followed by Clarke's lurking fear that his own Ashes story could be debilitated by injury. Yet here Clarke was, the second day into the second Test, continuing his love affair with this ground with an unflustered century which with every graceful moment stated his intent to become the Australian captain who regained the Ashes. The blissful manner in which he dealt with the england attack, with his vice-captain Brad haddin offering sterling support, will only quicken the belief in Australia that the balance is shifting irrevocably in their favour. That sensation also resides in the figure of Mitchell Johnson, only more violently. nothing england contrived came close to his immediate threat. he sand-blasted Alastair Cook aside with his 10th delivery, every ball above 148kph until the kill was applied, the ball searing past Cook's outside edge to strike off stump. Michael Carberry and Joe Root stabilised england for the rest of the 20 overs they had to survive, but they were distinctly fortunate to survive some high jinks in the final over. Root's eagerness to see out the day drew him into an inexcusable off-side single which would have run out Carberry had Chris Rogers hit the stumps. Then Australia opted not to review the final ball of the day when replays showed Carberry would have been out lbw. Root had reason to be as relieved as Carberry. Australia had hammered home their authority by the time they declared 10 overs into the final session. Clarke reached 148 in five and three quarter hours when he became the first Test victim for Ben Stokes, seeking to work him through square leg and chipping a gentle catch to short midwicket off a leading edge. Clarke's stand with haddin was worth 200 in 51 overs, a new record for the sixth wicket for any team in Adelaide. haddin fell for 118 to Stuart Broad in the third over after tea, his fourth Test century reaffirming in aggressive fashion that he has turned the back-to-back Ashes series
into one of the most productive periods in his Test career. england had designs upon dismissing Australia, 5 for 273 at the close of the first day, for around 350, only to become increasingly bereft as they gave up another 297 runs in 68 overs. england conceded 12 sixes, five to haddin, a tally assisted by Adelaide's short square boundaries. Australia's total was their highest in Ashes cricket since they amassed 674 for 6 declared against england in Cardiff in 2009, a match in which england also
combined the spin of Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar with little reward. england had fielded two spinners in Australia for the first time for 33 years, but the gamble demanded that they remained in touch in the first innings in the hope of dividends later in the game. By the time england followed up Clarke's dismissal with more consolatory wickets, a victory to tie the series at 1-1 looked an increasingly unlikely proposition. Mitchell Johnson hoicked Swann's offspin to mid-on and Stokes,
SCOREBOARD AuSTRALIA 1st INNINGS 72 CJL Rogers c †Prior b Swann 29 DA Warner c Carberry b Broad SR Watson c & b Anderson 51 148 MJ Clarke* c Anderson b Stokes 6 SPD Smith b Panesar GJ Bailey c Swann b Broad 53 BJ Haddin† c †Prior b Broad 118 5 MG Johnson c Broad b Swann 2 PM Siddle c †Prior b Stokes RJ Harris not out 55 17 NM Lyon not out 14 EXTRAS: (b 8, lb 1, w 1, nb 4) TOTAL: (9 wickets dec; 158 overs) 570 FALL OF WICKETS: 1-34 (Warner, 7.6 ov), 2-155 (Watson, 51.6 ov), 3-155 (Rogers, 52.5 ov), 4-174 (Smith, 58.3 ov), 5-257 (Bailey, 85.3 ov), 6-457 (Clarke, 136.1 ov), 7-474 (Johnson, 139.3 ov), 8-483 (Siddle, 142.3 ov), 9-529 (Haddin, 150.5 ov) BOWLING: JM Anderson 30-10-85-1,SCJ Broad 30-3-98-3,GP Swann 36-4-151-2,MS Panesar 44-7-157-1, BA Stokes 18-2-70-2 ENGLAND 1st INNINGS AN Cook* b Johnson 3 20 MA Carberry not out 9 JE Root not out EXTRAS: (lb 1, nb 2) 3 35 TOTAL: (1 wicket; 21 overs) TO BAT: KP Pietersen, IR Bell, BA Stokes, MJ Prior†, SCJ Broad, GP Swann, JM Anderson, MS Panesar FALL OF WICKETS: 1-9 (Cook, 2.4 ov) BOWLING: MG Johnson 7-3-9-1,RJ Harris 5-4-3-0,NM Lyon 51-17-0,PM Siddle 4-2-5-0 MATCH DETAILS TOSS Australia, who chose to bat TEST DEBuT BA Stokes (England) PLAyER OF THE MATCH tba uMPIRES HDPK Dharmasena (Sri Lanka) and M Erasmus (South Africa) TV uMPIRE AL Hill (New Zealand) MATCH REFEREE JJ Crowe (New Zealand) RESERVE uMPIRE SD Fry
occasionally revealing an ability to leave the right-hander off the pitch, had Peter Siddle caught at the wicket. But Ryan harris deposited Swann for two successive slog sweeps into the members to keep Australian spirits high and after tea became the eighth Australian to pass 50 in a series that is not quite two Tests old. That statistic, above all, should trouble england. Clarke's sixth Adelaide hundred in nine Tests, and his 26th of all, was his second in succession, following his century in Brisbane when Australia's domination was assured. This one was a perfectly-constructed affair with the Test in the balance, made all the more noteworthy because of occasional suggestions that first his back and then his ankle were troubling him more than the england attack. When he was dismissed, his average in Adelaide Tests was 104.75, a standard that even The Don - Adelaide's most revered figure could not quite match. Virtually everything that could go wrong for england in the morning did as Clarke and haddin batted through the morning session with commendable enterprise. Stokes missed out on a first Test wicket because of a no-ball and the list of half chances to elude england grew as they failed to press home their hardwon position of equality from the first day. They were in a rush to take wickets with the new ball 10 overs old at start of play, but their threat softened even before the Kookaburra ball did.
AFGHANISTAN BRACES FOR HISTORIC PAKISTAN TWENTY20 SHARJAH AGENCIES
Afghanistan will get another boost as a fledgling cricketing nation when they play former world champions Pakistan for the first time in a Twenty20 international in Sharjah on Sunday. The Afghans learnt the game in Pakistan as refugees during the Russian invasion of their country in 1979 and have since had a fairytale rise in the game. They received one-day status during their narrowly missed opportunity to qualify for the 2011 World Cup before progressing to two back-to-back World Twenty20 tournaments in 2010 and 2012, helping themselves to Associate membership of the International Cricket Council (ICC) this year. The war-torn nation got a tremendous boost earlier this year when for the first time they qualified for the 50-over World Cup to be held in Australia and new Zealand in 2015. Last month they once again lived up to their billing of one of the best Associate teams by qualifying for the World Twenty20 to be held in Bangladesh next year. Afghanistan´s Pakistan coach Kabir Khan said his team is hugely excited for
Sunday´s game. "It will be a historic match for us," Kabir, who played four Tests and 10 one-days for Pakistan in 1990s, told AFP. "Besides being historic, it will be a challenging match and if we do well then the world will take more notice." Kabir said Pakistan have always provided his team with golden opportunities.
"Pakistan have helped us a great deal. They gave us a one-dayer last year," said Kabir of Afghanistan´s first-ever ODI against a full ICC member last year in Sharjah, which Pakistan won by seven wickets. That followed another one-dayer against Australia in September last year, which they also lost by 66 runs.
Sunday´s Twenty20 will be Afghanistan´s fifth against a Test playing country as they lost to India and South Africa in the 2010 World Twenty20 in the Caribbean and then went down against england and India two years later in Sri Lanka. For Pakistan, Sunday´s game will tune them for two tougher Twenty20s
against world number one Sri Lanka in Dubai on December 13 and 15. They also play five one-dayers and three Tests against the Islanders, also in the UAe. Pakistan´s T20 captain Mohammad hafeez refused to take Afghanistan lightly. "They are a dangerous side," hafeez told AFP. "They have qualified for the 2015 World Cup and the World Twenty20 through hard work and since they are a dangerous side we will not take them lightly." Pakistan have slipped to fourth in the T20 rankings after losing three of their last four games against South Africa. They will miss the wily Saeed Ajmal in Sunday´s game as the off-spinner opted to take a rest back home. hafeez admitted Ajmal, who has most T20 wickets (77 in 57 matches) will be missed." Ajmal is a world class bowler but his absence will give others a chance to take responsibility," said hafeez, himself under pressure for his miserable batting form. PAKISTAN: Mohammad Hafeez (capt), Ahmed Shehzad, Sharjeel Khan, Sohaib Maqsood, umar Amin, umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Zulfiqar Babar, Bilawal Bhatti, Junaid Khan, Sohail Tanvir, Anwar Ali, Haris Sohail. Afghanistan: Mohammad Nabi (capt), Merwais Ashraf, Hamid Hassan, Amir Hamza Hotak, Afsar Khan, Nawroz Mangal, Gulbadin Naib, Mohammad Shahzad, Asghar Stanikzai, Hashmatullah Shaidi, Samiullah Shinwari, Najeebullah Zadran, Shapor Zadran, Dawlat Khan Zadran, Izzatullah Dawlatzai.
You cannot mix sports with politics. –Jackie Chan
SPORTS Saturday, 7 December, 2013
magnificent bravo puts west indies in lead DUNEDIN
InCe his Test debut in 2010, Darren Bravo was earmarked as the next big batting phenomenon from the Caribbean because of the striking resemblance of his strokeplay to Brian Lara's. But despite sporadic brilliance, Bravo had not shown enough signs of maturing from his image of being a body double. his 40 in the first innings of the Dunedin Test was a typical Bravo innings gorgeous, brief and inconsequential. however, he went some way correcting all that in West Indies' second innings with a response befitting his talent as he posted his first double-century in Test cricket with the team under immense pressure. Bravo's unbeaten 210, the highest score by a West Indian batsman following on, not only helped them avoid an innings defeat, but has also given them a good shot at saving the Test. West Indies trailed by 378 when Bravo walked into the middle and the way he started, it looked like one of his typical innings. Ridden with attractive shots, mostly through the off side, Bravo's first fifty came off 64 deliveries during which he was saved by a debatable DRS decision. he was also dropped when on 82 by neil Wagner off his own bowling and made the most of the chance to stroll to his fifth century - his first outside the subcontinent - 15 minutes before lunch with a boundary to fine leg off Ish Sodhi. There were no chances offered thereafter as Bravo got well ensconced in the crease, judicious in his judgment on what to play and what to leave, with the new Zealand bowling attack tiring out. Once the new ball stopped swerving, he unfurled some trademark shots through cover. In one instance, he found the gap through a crowded off-side field twice in a row off Wagner with flowing cover drives,
prompting the bowler to push a man to the deep. During his marathon effort, 159 of his runs had been scored in the region from third man to cover. never before in his career had Bravo faced more than 300 balls in an innings, but playing to the situation he batted out 404 balls, and received vital
support from narsingh Deonarine, Denesh Ramdin and Darren Sammy, with whom he add 122, 56 and an unbeaten 80 respectively, as West Indies played out more than 100 overs for the first time in six innings and took a lead of 47 going into the last day. The new Zealand bowlers, by the end
of day four, had bowled 201.1 overs continuously, which may not affect their chances in this match, but is likely to leave them drained for the next Test. They tried all they could and, in conditions made for batting, created chances too, but weren't able to convert them. Deonarine was the beneficiary twice. First, he offered a difficult chance to Southee after driving uppishly back towards him. The bowler, falling over to the left in his followthrough, couldn't get down to his right in time. A straightforward chance came in Southee's next over, when Deonarine drove straight to short cover where Brendon McCullum dropped the catch. The batsman, on 40 at that stage, immediately responded with a fierce back-foot punch through cover for a boundary. he completed his fifth Test half-century in the 100th over of the innings off the 126th delivery he faced. Two overs later, though, an Anderson delivery kicked off from a length and caught the shoulder of the bat en route to the keeper, ending the batsman's 187-minute vigil. Ramdin continued from where Deonarine left, scoring an assured 24, before being bamboozled by a googly from Sodhi. Then Sammy, nursing a hamstring, came out and scored a brisk unbeaten 44, that included powerful drives and pulls off the seamers and two sixes off Sodhi. West Indies had a contrasting start to the day. Tim Southee didn't take long to make the first breakthrough. In his second over of the morning, Southee took a sharp chest-high catch off his own bowling to dismiss Marlon Samuels for 23. Samuels hasn't looked comfortable while batting in this Test with his feet rooted to the crease, and that tendency led to his downfall in the second innings too as he pushed the delivery back to Southee rather than leaning on it. The second wicket arrived five overs later, in neil Wagner's second over, as the
cSa to decide on india series in view of mandela death CAPE TOWN AGENCIES
sire heads Tingle eight SAnDown: Sire De Grugy leads the pack looking to profit from Sprinter Sacre's misfortune in what now looks a wide-open renewal of the BetVictor Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown on Saturday. Queen Mother Champion Chase hero Sprinter Sacre would have been a long odds-on favourite to take his unbeaten record over fences to 11, but misses out after returning a dirty tracheal wash earlier in the week. The defection of National Hunt racing's brightest star means the way is clear for someone to make themselves a hero, with Sire De Grugy the top-rated horse in the field by some margin. Gary Moore's stable star was impressive on his seasonal reappearance at Chepstow in late October, and showed when winning the Celebration Chase in the spring the testing nature of Sandown holds no fears for him. Sire De Grugy needs to bounce back from a shock defeat at Cheltenham last month, but Moore feels his sevenyear-old is in a better place now. He said: "I was a little bit disappointed at Cheltenham, but there were a few things we can iron out right that were wrong at Cheltenham and I think he will be a better horse at Sandown. I think the track will suit him better. "Captain Conan has beaten us before, so we've got him to beat, but I'm really pleased with my horse. "My only worry would be the back straight can dry out quickly at Sandown and we know Sire De Grugy is a better horse on softer ground - the softer the better. "We know we're not going to get his ideal conditions, so we've just got to make the best of it. AGENCIES
The status of the ongoing series between South Africa and India will be known later today after Cricket South Africa sought advice from the South African presidency following the death of the country's former president, nelson Mandela. As things stand, all the series venues are preparing as though the matches will go on, but Mandela's death may yet have implications for ongoing events. "At the moment everything is in gear and ticking on, but we should have finality by the end of day," a source close to CSA said. "We really don't know whether things will change at the moment." Mandela, who was 95, passed away on Thursday evening at around 08.50pm, and the news was announced by South African president Jacob Zuma close to midnight. Friday was declared a day of
mourning, and Sunday - the scheduled date of the second ODI - will be a national day of prayer. From December 11 to 13 Mandela's body will lie in state in Pretoria - the third and final ODI is in Centurion on 11th - before his funeral on December 15 in Qunu, his hometown in the eastern Cape. India's two-day tour match, ahead of the Tests, is due to start
on December 14. Given the stature of the man South Africa is bidding farewell to, these fixtures could be affected.* CSA have already shown a willingness to put aside their own needs for that of Mandela. earlier this year, they postponed their annual awards and key meetings regarding appointing a CeO when Mandela fell gravely ill in June. At the time, CSA said they felt it would be "inappropriate" to hold celebratory functions at a time of national concern. Whether that same sentiment will impact the current series remains to be seen. An insider believes it is unlikely too because of "the amount of money CSA will lose by cancelling matches". With the mood in country one of celebration of Mandela's life, rather than sadness, CSA have since said they will dedicate the remainder of the series to Mandela but have also sought the advice of the country's senior-most governmental department before making a final decision.
bowler got one to tail into Shivnarine Chanderpaul and struck him right in front. Chanderpaul reviewed the decision in hope but the replays only confirmed that the ball was crashing on to the leg stump. It was Chanderpaul's second dismissal in the match to an incoming delivery from a left-arm seamer after he had left a similar delivery from Boult alone in the first innings. There was no joy for the bowlers thereafter. West Indies are still not too far ahead and with only four wickets remaining, new Zealand would hope to wrap up the match early on the fifty day. however, the home side will need to avoid a repeat of what happened at the same ground earlier this year when they failed to bowl out england in 170 overs, and again, in the same series, in Auckland, when the visitors survived 143 overs.
SCOREBOARD 609/9d NEW ZEALAND 1ST INNINGS WEST INDIES 1ST INNINGS 213 WEST INDIES 2nd INNINGS KA Edwards lbw b Sodhi 59 14 KOA Powell c Southee b Boult DM Bravo not out 210 MN Samuels c & b Southee 23 S Chanderpaul lbw b Wagner 1 N Deonarine c †Watling b Anderson 52 D Ramdin† b Sodhi 24 DJG Sammy* not out 44 EXTRAS: (b 4, lb 5, w 5, nb 2) 16 TOTAL: (6 wickets; 139 overs) 443 TO BAT: S Shillingford, TL Best, ST Gabriel FALL OF WICKETS: 1-18 (Powell, 5.4 ov), 2-135 (Edwards, 37.4 ov), 3-178 (Samuels, 52.4 ov), 4-185 (Chanderpaul, 57.2 ov), 5-307 (Deonarine, 101.5 ov), 6-363 (Ramdin, 115.3 ov) BOWLING: TG Southee 26-4-90-1,TA Boult 28-8-71-1,N Wagner 25-2-96-1,Corey J Anderson 14-2-29-1,IS Sodhi 41-6-130-2,AJ Redmond 5-1-18-0 MATCH DETAILS TOSS West Indies, who chose to field PLAyER OF THE MATCH tba uMPIRES NJ Llong (England) and PR Reiffel (Australia) TV uMPIRE IJ Gould (England) MATCH REFEREE RS Mahanama (Sri Lanka) RESERVE uMPIRE CB Gaffaney
Todt re-elected fia President DuBAI: Jean Todt has been re-elected as President of the FIA for a second four-year term after running unopposed in Friday's Paris vote. The Frenchman was ultimately unchallenged for the most powerful role in world motorsport after prospective presidential candidate David Ward withdrew from the race last month after failing to garner sufficient support in his bid for office. With the result therefore a formality several weeks ago, Todt's re-election was officially ratified at the governing body's Annual General Assembly in the French capital on Friday morning. After more than a decade of record-breaking success as Ferrari's Team Principal, Todt was long-time FIA chief Max Mosley's preferred successor and was first elected President in 2009 after comfortably winning the vote of the governing body's members ahead of former World Rally champion Ari Vatanen. AGENCIES
Player and Els mourn Mandela SPORTS DESK Gary Player and ernie els have led the tributes from the golfing world to nelson Mandela following the death of the "iconic leader" at the age of 95. Player was one of the top golfers in the world during the infamous apartheid era in his homeland, and he played a role in the campaign to release Mandela from prison. The nine-time major winner said: "It was with great sadness that I learned of the passing of our beloved Madiba, President nelson Mandela. "nelson Mandela is one of the great heroes in my life and I believe he did more for our country than any other person in our history. "As a proud South African, I am certain Mandela's legacy will endure in our nation and across the world as a figure of courage, value, spirit, and above all else, love. "I commend him for all that he did over his 95 years. he was a courageous leader who fought for all that is right, and
he possessed an aura that inspired people, and our nation, to change for the better. "When I was a young man, I stated that Madiba should be released from prison, where he spent twenty-seven years. I was labelled a traitor, yet paid no mind. "Time would prove that decision right.
Moreover, time would prove how truly special he was after emerging from prison with no hatred or revenge. he was never broken, just empowered. "Our nation enters into a time of mourning, but also a celebration of his great life and the spirit he instilled in our nation.
"May we all lovingly remember our truly remarkable former President and the father of our nation. Thank you, Madiba. "My thoughts and prayers are with the Mandela family." els is currently competing in the nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City, where flags will be flown at halfmast for the remainder of the tournament. "It is a very sad day," said els, who won the first of his four majors a month after Mandela was elected South African president in 1994. "A very sad day for South Africa and the world really. We have lost one of the iconic leaders of our time. "You cannot say anything bad about the man. he fought for what he believed in, went to prison for so many years and came out to lead our country up until now. "he was the father of our country and our continent. It's just very sad that he had to go. "he was 95 and led a full life but a lot of that wasn't spent on what he was so good at because he was away for so many years.
Sports is like a war without the killing. –Ted Turner
Saturday, 7 December, 2013
wAtCh It LIve STAR SPORTS ASHES 2ND TEST DAY 3
TENSPORTS NEWZEALAND V W. INDIES 1ST TEST DAY 5
froch dismisses rematch LonDon: Liverpool manager Brendan rodgers (C) with Luis Suarez (r) during training. AGENCy
rodgers hints at suarez talks
RenDAn Rodgers says Liverpool could open contract talks with Luis Suarez if his current form continues, despite him having two and a half years left on his present deal. The Uruguayan has been in superb form this season with 13 goals in his nine league starts, which included four goals against norwich in midweek. Suarez’s form, though, came off the back of a turbulent summer which saw him ask
for a move away from the club, and Liverpool turned down an offer from rivals Arsenal amid claims there was a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ that would allow the striker to leave if a Champions League club made a bid. Liverpool denied any such deal was in place and has never budged in their determination to keep him. After completing a lengthy domestic ban for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic, which saw him miss the start of the season, Suarez has shown his best form in a Liverpool shirt, and he has played a major role in the club mounting a title challenge. “There never was that (gentleman’s agreement) before, and there never
was this summer,” Liverpool manager Rodgers insists. “We want him to stay and, with his contract running for two and a half years, I am sure there will be something between now and the end of the season to keep him here. The most important thing is that the player is happy. I didn’t sit in on the conversations last summer but, as I understand it, there is no agreement of any kind. “I think all parties are fairly comfortable at the moment. We made our feelings known in the summer and it is where it is. “The only concentration now for us and Luis is to keep him playing at that level, and the rest takes care of itself.”
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Rida to face Mehreen, Mudasir faces Arham in finals LAHORE STAFF REPORT
arteta impressed by everton LonDon: Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta admits his old club Everton will test their title credentials this weekend. Arteta, 31, left Goodison Park on transfer deadline day in August 2011 following six seasons on Merseyside, where he had become a key player. The Spaniard is glad to see the Toffees have not come unstuck since Roberto Martinez took over from David Moyes, whom he beat with an impressive 1-0 away win at Manchester United on Wednesday night. Everton are in fifth, behind Liverpool on goal difference, and trail leaders Arsenal by seven points after the Gunners’ midweek win over Hull. And Arteta knows his old side will provide a stern test of just how far Arsene Wenger’s men can go in 2014. “Everton are having a great season and they have got great results against top teams, which is not easy.” “Everton are having a great season and they have got great results against top teams, which is not easy,” noted Arteta. “It was a big result (at Manchester United), it was massively important for them and will boost their confidence, so we are going to face a really difficult team for sure.” Arteta added: “I know the fundamentals of the club and I was happy with the way they dealt with the transfer window. “I think they did really well and improved the team compared to where they were before. They deserve to be (up) there.” Arteta believes the competition for places in Arsene Wenger’s side has helped Arsenal get off to such a good start in the Premier League. AGENCIES
Rida Khalid defeated Alina Aftab, while Mehreen Izhar beat Khunsha Babar in the Women’s singles semi-final matches of hassan Tariq Rahim Masters Cup Tennis Tournament being played at the hard courts of Lahore Gymkhana Club on Friday. In the Boy’s Under18 semi-finals, Muhammad Mudasir beat Abdal haider 6-3, 6-1 and Arham Attique Khan defeated Saad Zafar 6-1, 6-2 to move into the final, to be played on Saturday at 10:00 am. Mudasir did not face any trouble as he dismissed Abdal in straight sets. While Arham dislodged Saad Zafar with ease in the other semi-final. In the women’s singles semi-finals Rida Khalid defeated Alina Aftab 6-1, 6-3 while wild card entry of Lahore
Gymkhana Mehreen Izhar beat Khunsha Babar 6-3, 6-2. Rida dominated the match with her big serves and powerful groundstroke’s and played consistent tennis to overcome Alina Aftab. In the other semi-final Mehreen Izhar easily dislodged Khunsha Baba in straight sets. On Saturday final shall be played at 12:00 noon. In the men’s singles group matches, Aqeel Khan easily defeated Usman Rafique 6-1, 6-2. Usman was no match to 33 year old Aqeel’s groundstroke’s and powerful serves. In the other group match, heera Ashiq beat Jalil Khan in straight sets 6-1, 6-3. In the semis tomorrow Yasir Khan faces Faizan Khurram at 10:00 am, followed by Aqeel Khan to face M Abid Mushtaq in the other semi-finals. In the men’s doubles group matches, pair of Aisam Qureshi &
Aqeel Khan overcame M Abid Mushtaq & Usman Rafique in straight sets 6-4, 6-1. While in the other doubles match, Yasir Khan & Jalil Khan defeated heera Ashiq & Ahmad Babar 6-1, 6-4. In the semis tomorrow to be played at 2:30 pm, Aisam Qureshi & Aqeel Khan will face Yasir Khan & Jalil Khan, while in the other semi-final Shahzad Khan & Usman ejaz will face M Abid Mushtaq & Usman Rafique. RESuLTS: Women’s semi-finals: Rida Khalid beat Alina Aftab 6-1, 6-3. Mehreen Izhar beat Khunsha Babar 6-3, 6-2. Boy’s under-18 semi-finals: Muhammad Mudasir beat Abdal Haider 6-3, 6-1. Arham Attique Khan beat Saad Zafar 6-1, 6-2. Men’s Singles: Aqeel Khan beat usman Rafique 6-1, 6-2. Heera Ashiq beat Jalil Khan 6-1, 6-3. Men’s Doubles: Aisam Qureshi & Aqeel Khan beat M. Abid Mushtaq & usman Rafique 6-4, 6-1. yasir Khan & Jalil Khan beat Heera Ashiq & Ahmad Babar 6-1, 6-4.
Carl Froch all but dismissed the idea of going ‘over old ground’ in a rematch with George Groves. “Do I want to go over old ground? Not at the minute, no. I like to move forward in my career and the only old ground I like to go over again is for a defeat.” The WBC and IBF middleweight champion was on Ringside for the first time since his controversial win on November 23. Groves has demanded a rematch after being stopped in the ninth round of their contest and promoter Eddie Hearn has even admitted he - as a fan wants to see a second showdown. But the final decision falls to 36-year-old Froch and he all but ruled it out. “I defended my title against a mandatory. I beat an unbeaten fighter, a hungry, ambitious fighter who came to try and win the fight - and winning with a technical knockout in the ninth round is a great result,” he said. “Do I want to go over old ground? Not at the minute, no. SPORTS DESK
amrstrong ‘gives up riding’ Lance Armstrong has revealed he has “virtually given up riding” after becoming disillusioned with cycling in the wake of revelations about his doping past. The 42-year-old American was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and given a lifetime ban from sport last year after being exposed as a “serial cheat” by the United States Anti-Doping Agency. He admitted to doping during a television interview in January but remains bitter about the severity of his punishment given that some other confessed cheats caught up in the investigation served only six-month suspensions. In an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport, the Italian sports newspaper, he said: “The bike? No more cycling. I have virtually given up riding in the last year. I only ride with friends. I have got a feeling of rejection for cycling at the moment. SPORTS DESK
The Queen awarded ROA honour LONDON AGENCIES
The Queen has been named Owner of the Year for 2013 by the Racehorse Owners Association in recognition of her first success in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot and her unparalleled commitment and contribution to the sport of horse racing over more than 60 years. The accolade came on Thursday evening at the 32nd annual horseracing Awards, this year sponsored by Weatherbys hamilton, at London's InterContinental hotel. The award was collected on her Majesty's behalf by her racing manager John Warren and his daughter Susannah. ROA president Rachel hood said: "British racing has been incredibly fortunate to benefit from her Majesty The Queen's lifelong support and the remarkable success of estimate in the Ascot Gold Cup was a very special occasion for the entire sport. "On behalf of all race-
horse owners, the Racehorse Owners Association is honoured and delighted to present the 2013 Racehorse Owner of the Year to The Queen." estimate was voted Outstanding Stayer, with the mare's trainer Sir Michael Stoute, representing
her Majesty, collecting the award for her. horse of the Year and Outstanding Chaser was the Caroline Mould-owned Sprinter Sacre, unbeaten over fences and a winner at each of the big three spring meetings, the Cheltenham Festival, the
Grand national meeting at Aintree and the Punchestown Festival. A second owner who took two awards was Sheikh Joaan Al Thani for his Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Treve (Outstanding Middle Distance horse and Outstanding Filly and Mare). Outstanding Miler was George Strawbridge's Moonlight Cloud, trained by Freddie head, while the Outstanding Juvenile vote went to Charlie hills-trained Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf winner Chriselliam, owned by Willie Carson, emily Asprey and Chris Wright. Champion hurdle winner hurricane Fly, owned by George Creighton and Rose Boyd and unbeaten in six races last season, was voted Outstanding hurdler. The Outstanding Sprinter honour went to Lethal Force, owned by Alan Craddock. Among jump racing's young stars, Simonsig, owned by Ronnie Bartlett and unbeaten over fences last season, was Outstanding novice Chaser, while the Outstanding novice hurdler was The new One, owned by Mrs Sarah Such.
Saturday, 7 December, 2013
IRAN, POWERS MEET NEXT WEEK ON NUCLEAR DEAL IMPLEMENTATION vIENNA
RAn and six world powers plan expert-level talks next week to work out details of implementing a breakthrough agreement for Tehran to curb its disputed nuclear program in return for a limited easing of sanctions. Officials from Iran and the United States, France, Germany, Britain, China and Russia are to meet on December 9-10 in Vienna, where the U.n. nuclear watchdog agency is based, diplomats said on Friday. The International Atomic energy Agency - which will be tasked with verifying that Iran carries out its part of the november 24 interim accord - “will have some involvement” in the meeting, IAeA
spokeswoman Gill Tudor said, without elaborating. Western diplomats said the experts must iron out nitty gritty matters of implementation not addressed in Geneva before the deal can be put into practice. These include how and when the IAeA will conduct its expanded inspections and other technical issues. The landmark agreement is seen as a first step towards resolving a decade-old dispute over Iran’s nuclear program that has stirred fears of a new Middle east war. It was designed to halt Iran’s nuclear advances for a period of six months and buy time for negotiations on a final settlement of the standoff. Diplomats say implementation may start in January after the technical details have been settled. A diplomatic window opened after the election in June of a relative moderate,
hassan Rouhani, as Iranian president, on a pledge to end Tehran’s isolation and win relief from sanctions that have severely damaged the oil producer’s economy. Diplomats and analysts stress that many difficult hurdles remain to overcome - including differences over the scope and capacity of Iran’s nuclear project - for a long-term solution to be found. Under last month’s pact, Iran will stop the activity most applicable to producing nuclear weapons - enrichment of uranium to a higher fissile concentration of 20 percent - and halt installation work at its Arak heavy-water research reactor which, once operating, could yield bomb-grade plutonium. highly enriched uranium and plutonium can both form the fissile core of a nuclear bomb. Iran, a major oil producer, says its nuclear program is designed solely
to produce electricity and isotopes for medical and farming purposes. In next week’s talks, government experts will also discuss details of which components Iran is not allowed to install at the Arak plant under the agreement, as well as issues pertaining to sequencing of gestures by both sides. Officials from the office of european Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, who coordinates talks with Iran on behalf of the six states, will attend the meeting. Iran’s envoy to the IAeA last week said the implementation phase of the interim accord was expected to begin by early January. Western diplomats said a start to sanctions relief would hinge on verification by Un inspectors that Iran was fulfilling its side of the deal.
fia Launches Probe inTo asghar khan case
MONITORING DESK A Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) probe committee has formally started investigation into the Asghar Khan case, a private TV channel reported. The Supreme Court had in its order directed the authorities concerned to take action against former army chief Gen (r) Aslam Baig and former ISI chief Asad Durrani for distributing money among anti Pakistan People’s Party politicians to manipulate the 1990 election. The money was distributed through Mehran Bank chief Younis habib, who admitted that he had given money to prominent politicians. Sources said that the FIA would record statement of Asghar Khan, the petitioner who had moved the apex court, next week. Statements of Aslam Baig, Asad Durrani and former ISI brigadier hamid Saeed would also be recorded, sources told the TV channel.
Three kiLLed in aTTack on eaTery in karachi KARACHI STAFF REPORT
At least three people were killed when unidentified armed men opened fire at an eatery in Karachi late on Friday. According to reports, four unidentified gunmen on two motorcycles opened fired at the deceased as they were sitting at a restaurant near Maskan in Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Karachi. The deceased include two brothers Talib Ahmed and Kashif Ahmed. The third victim, identified as Shahid, was reportedly related to the other two victims. The deceased were reportedly linked to the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamat (ASWJ). The attack comes a week after the Supreme Court expressed some satisfaction with the ongoing targeted operation in Karachi. Violence once again spiralled out of control on December 3. A total of 14 people had lost their lives — a majority of them killed merely for belonging to one sect or the other.
gILgIT: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif prays after inaugurating the Naltar-V Power Project at the Serena on Friday. The power project will produce 14.4MW and will be completed by 2016 with the collaboration of Chinese experts. ONLINE
Indian minister under fire over remark on women NEW DELHI AGENCIES
An Indian minister apologised Friday for causing offence after remarking that men were now “scared to talk to women” amid an ongoing public debate about sexual harassment following several high-profile cases. “I’m scared to talk to a woman these days. I don’t even want to keep a female secretary. Who knows, I might end up in jail because of a complaint,” new and Renewable energy Minister Farooq Abdullah told reporters. Speaking outside parliament, he added that he wasn’t “blaming the girls. I’m blaming society itself”. After condemnation from women’s rights activists who accused him of trivialising a serious issue, he issued a partial apology for “hurting sentiments” but said he had been misconstrued. “They (my comments) have been completely misunderstood,” said
Abdullah, who is from the Muslim-majority Kashmir region. Abdullah’s son Omar, who is chief minister of the restive Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir state, joined calls for his father to apologise. Writing on Twitter, he said: “I’m sure the attempt wasn’t to trivialise important issue of women’s security so I hope dad apologises for the misplaced attempt at humour.”
Widespread media attention on sexual harassment is part of changes brought about by the fatal gang-rape of a student on a new Delhi bus last December which led to profound introspection about gender inequality in India. The editor of India’s leading investigative magazine, Tehelka, is in police custody and faces a possible rape charge that could see him jailed for 10 years after a complaint from a junior colleague. A Supreme Court judge is also being investigated for allegedly harassing an intern. A new law passed in the wake of the Delhi gang-rape toughened sentences for rape and also contained new penalties for acts such as voyeurism, stalking and groping. The Un special rapporteur on violence against women, Rashida Manjoo, said in May that women in India suffered from “a generalised sense of insecurity in public spaces, amenities, (and) transport facilities in particular”.
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AFGHANISTAN WON’T BOW TO US ‘PRESSURE’ OVER SECURITY PACT: OFFICIAL KABUL AGENCIES
A senior aide to Afghan President hamid Karzai accused the United States on Friday of trying to pressure elements of his government to accept a security deal that would shape the post-2014 US military presence in the country. The bilateral security pact (BSA) was thrown into doubt last month when Karzai said he would sign only if new conditions were met, and even then only after April elections. If the pact is not signed Washington says it will consider a complete military withdrawal from Afghanistan, which remains embroiled in the insurgency of the Islamist militant Taliban. Failure to sign could also put Western aid running to billions of dollars in serious jeopardy, exposing the central Asian country’s shaky economy to collapse. US Secretary of State John Kerry, national Security Advisor Susan Rice and Washington’s top diplomat for Afghanistan and Pakistan, James Dobbins, have all visited Karzai recently to convince him to sign by the end of the year. “There is no doubt that certain elements within the Afghan government are facing pressure from the US however, this will not achieve anything,” Karzai’s spokesman, Aimal Faizi, told Reuters in an emailed statement. “If there is a perception in Washington that certain elements in Kabul can force President Karzai to succumb to any pressure, it is seriously flawed and mistaken.” Faizi declined to elaborate on who these “elements” were. Robert hilton, spokesman for the US embassy in Kabul, declined to respond, only repeating that it was the view of the United States that signing the document “promptly” was in the interests of both countries. There are 47,000 US troops in Afghanistan. The United States has been in discussions with Afghan officials about keeping a residual force of about 8,000 troops after the end of the nATO combat mission next year.
Thai protest leaders refuse to give up, but streets calm BANGkOk: Protesters seeking to topple Thailand’s government stayed off the street on Friday after halting their demonstration the day before out of respect for the king on his birthday but clashes were reported overnight, one at the occupied Finance Ministry. Leaders of the movement met at a sprawling government administrative centre also under occupation to debate how to breathe fresh life into their movement, showing no signs of giving up even through protest numbers have dwindled. The protests are the latest eruption of a conflict that pits the Bangkok-based royalist establishment against mostly poorer Thais loyal to Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her brother, former premier Thaksin Shinawatra, who was toppled by the military in 2006 and lives in self-imposed exile. Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban was due to address his supporters in the evening. “Tonight, he will announce the plan from now until December 9, which is our ultimate deadline. There will be activities this weekend and we will fight harder than ever before,” said Teerapa Promphan, a spokeswoman for the movement. The protesters have missed successive deadlines for forcing
Yingluck out. From Sunday to Tuesday they launched a wave of attacks on her office at Government house and other state buildings. Police stepped aside on Tuesday and allowed them in, defusing the confrontation. The protesters stayed only briefly in the grounds of the offices they had been trying to storm before pulling back to their rally sites. Five people have died in the political violence since last weekend, all apparently in clashes between pro- and anti-government supporters. Scores have been wounded, most through inhaling teargas. Police and the government’s emergency medical centre said three people were injured in two incidents overnight. “At least one was sent for emergency medical treatment at Rajavithi hospital. he was injured at the Finance Ministry and his wound appears to be a gunshot wound,” said Pornthep Saeheng, an official at the erawan emergency centre. Protesters have occupied the ministry since november 25. “A group of troublemakers on motorbikes drove towards the Finance Ministry and there was a gunfight near where protesters were gathered. One person was hurt,” Adul narongsak, deputy chief of Bangkok Metropolitan Police, told Reuters. AGENCIES