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ccepting an unconditional apology submitted by Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) Altaf Hussain for his remarks against the superior judiciary, the Supreme court on Monday discarded its contempt of court notice against the self-exiled leader for putting himself at the mercy of the court. Altaf had passed objectionable remarks against the apex court while addressing his party workers in a telephonic address following an Sc verdict on the Karachi law and order. Following his remarks, the Supreme court on December 14 issued contempt of court notice to the MQM chief for his address and threatening and ridiculing the judges of the Supreme court. the bench of chief Justice iftikhar Muhammad chaudhry, Justice gulzar Ahmed and Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed accepted the written apology submitted by Dr Farogh naseem, counsel for Altaf Hussain. through his
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lawyer, Altaf pleaded that he believed in the dignity and respect of the superior judiciary. During the hearing, MQM Senator Dr Farogh naseem told the court that Altaf withdrew all the adverse remarks he had passed against the judiciary. the MQM chief requested the court to accept his unconditional apology from the core of his heart, requesting it to discharge the contempt of court notice as well. He said he would be careful about the dignity of the superior judiciary in the future as well. After hearing naseem and reading Altaf’s apology, the court accepted the unconditional apology and discharged the contempt of court notice. “Since Altaf Hussain has not contested the contempt notice and thrown himself at the mercy of the court by seeking an unconditional apology, we accept his apology and discharge the contempt notice,” the court said in its order. the chief justice said the MQM chief exhibited honour and respect for the court and its judges while making commitment that he would uphold the dignity of the judges of the superior judiciary in the future. the cJ said it was a good gesture that the MQM chief showed respect for the judiciary. “We appreciate Altaf Hussain and we respect him and all other politicians as well,” the chief justice said. During the hearing, the cJ also took notice of remarks passed by MQM lawmaker Rauf Siddiqi against the judiciary, besides taking notice of the press conference of MQM leader Farooq Sattar. Continued on page 04
Govt committed to smooth transition of power: PM isLAMABAD Staff RepoRt
Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf on Monday said that the government was committed to holding free, fair and transparent elections and ensure a smooth transition of power. “This would be a historic achievement of the government as this would be the first civilian government to have completed its tenure in the history of Pakistan,” Ashraf told a US delegation led by Senator Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee in a meeting at Prime Minister House. The prime minister said Pakistan valued its relations with the US that was its most important economic partner. He expressed the hope that the relations between the two countries would be further strengthened in the interest of the region and the world. Talking about Afghanistan and the post-US withdrawal scenario of 2014, the prime minister said Pakistan desired peace and stability in Afghanistan. He said Pakistan condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. Welcoming the re-election of President Barack Obama, the prime minister said it would ensure continuity in relations. Senator Karl Levin said relations between the two countries were on the right track. Levin and Senator Jack Reed said the world was looking with great interest at the coming election in Pakistan.
Drone strikes kills 5 in N Waziristan Monitoring Desk Five people were killed when US operated armed drones fired missiles in Mir Ali area of North Waziristan late on Monday. According to a private TV channel, the drones fired at least eight missiles at a house and a car, also injuring at least four people. The channel said locals were sifting through the rubble to recover the bodies of the dead and rescue the injured.
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Rules agreement reached on July 23, 1993 in conflict with country’s laws isLAMABAD Staff RepoRt
The Supreme Court on Monday declared the Reko Diq agreement null and void and in conflict with the country’s law. In its ruling, the three-member SC bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said the agreement reached on July 23, 1993 was in conflict with the laws of the country.
The SC has been hearing the case consisting of identical petitions filed against the federal government’s decision to lease out gold and copper reserves in Reko Diq in Balochistan’s Chaghai district to Tethyan Copper Company (TCC), a Canadian and Chilean consortium of Barrick Gold and Antofagasta Minerals. Reko Diq sits over the popular Tethyan copper belt and is known to have the fifth largest deposits of gold and copper in the world. The bench added that all amendments made per the agreement after its signing were unlawful and in contradiction with the agreement. In its 16-page short order, the court moreover admitted for hearing the petitions that had been filed pertaining to the agreement. The operative part of the order said:
“The Chaghai Hills Exploration Joint Venture Agreement dated 23.07.1993 is held to have been executed contrary to the provisions of the Mineral Development Act, 1948, the Mining Concession Rules, 1970 framed there under, the Contract Act, 1872, the Transfer of Property Act, 1882, etc, and is even otherwise not valid, therefore, the same is declared to be illegal, void and non est. The Addendum No 1 dated 04.03.2000, Option Agreement dated 28.04.2000, Alliance Agreement dated 03.04.2002 and Novation Agreement dated 01.04.2006, which are based upon, and emanate from the CHEJVA, are also held to be illegal and void.” “All these instruments do not confer any right on BHP, MINCOR, TCC, TCCP, Antofagasta or Barrick Gold in respect of
the matters covered therein. It is further held that EL-5 is tantamount to exploration contrary to rules and regulations as the claim of TCCP is based on CHEJVA, which document itself has been held to be non est. Therefore, before exploration it was incumbent upon it to have sought rectification of its legal status.” It should be mentioned here that the court had accepted for hearing a number of identical petitions filed in the court against the lease of gold and copper mines in Reko Diq, Chaghai, to the Tethyan Copper Company (TCC). During the last hearing, TCC’s counsel Khalid Anwar defended the lease deal reached between the company and the Balochistan government. The TCC also invoked the jurisdiction of the International
Chambers for Commerce and International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes against the government of Pakistan for not renewing the prospective Reko Diq minerals licence in accordance with Balochistan Mining Rules 2002. Earlier in December 2012, the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) had given a go-ahead to the Balochistan government and prominent nuclear scientist Dr Samar Mubarakmand to carry out the mining and smelting project in Reko Diq area. The ICSID had rejected the TCC’s demand for ‘provisional measures’ for ‘protecting’ two of its deposit areas. Cases pertaining to Reko Diq mining lease dispute are being heard in courts for the past five years.
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Benazir murder case
Mark Siegel wants to record statement via video link RAWALPINDI: Key witness in the Benazir Bhutto murder case, American journalist Mark Siegel has refused to come to Pakistan due to security concerns. According to a petition submitted by the FIA in an antiterrorism court on Monday, Siegel wanted to record his statement via video link. The petition was accepted for hearing and notices were also issued. Siegel had been directed by the anti-terrorism court hearing the Benazir Bhutto murder case to appear before it as a prosecution witness against former president and General (r) Pervez Musharraf. Inp
Pakistan lodges protest against Indian attack ISLAMABAD: The Indian Deputy High Commissioner was summoned to the Foreign Office on Monday and handed over a protest note over the unprovoked Indian attack on a check post on the Line of Control. The Indian security forces attacked a Pakistani check post in the Hajipir sector on Sunday. A soldier was martyred and another was injured in the incident. The Indian government was strongly urged to take appropriate measures to avoid recurrence of such incidents in future. Staff RepoRt
four kohistan accused arrested in hazara
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fog to subside after rain spell that’s begins from Saturday isLAMABAD agencIeS
A fresh rain spell, likely to start from Saturday in various parts of the country, will ease the prevailing foggy conditions, the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) said on Monday. An official said the spell would bring light scattered rain to upper parts of the country and would continue until Monday. Snowfall was also expected in the upper parts of the country and Margalla hills of Islamabad in the next few days, he added. The MET official said the severe cold weather prevailing over various parts of the country had broken the 50-year record, with maximum temperature across plain areas of Punjab dropping to six to eight degrees Celsius during the day. Earlier, these temperatures ranged between 20 to 22 degree Celsius. The maximum temperature in Southern Punjab had dropped to 12 to 14 this month, which were earlier recorded in the range between 20 and 21, while the maximum temperature in Central Punjab had dropped to 10 from the normal 19 degree Celsius. The maximum temperature in Potohar region and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa had fallen to 14 from the normal 18 degree Celsius, the official said. He maintained that foggy conditions would continue to prevail over plain areas of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sukkur and Larkana divisions until Saturday, while severe cold wave would continue over northern parts of Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan during the next 24 hours. Meanwhile, the Lahore-Islamabad Motorway was closed for traffic on Monday due to thick fog.
PESHAWAR: Dense fog blanketed the provincial capital throughout the day on Monday. INP
PMl-N leaders making eﬀorts for settlement of Shahzaib murder case Shahzaib Khan’s father denies negotiating blood money KARACHI: Shahzaib Khan’s father, DSP Aurangzeb Khan has denied reports of a deal between him and the accused family for withdrawing cases in exchange of Rs 250 million. Talking to a private TV channel, Shahzaib’s father denied that the family would pardon their son’s killers. “Money is just pieces of paper and is of no value to me anymore and never will be,” he said. The DSP is a part of the investigation team probing the Shahzeb murder case and is also one of the witnesses in his case. “My son Shahzeb is gone but I want other youngsters to remain safe. Those in power think that their children can get away with all sorts of crime because they have enough money to bribe anyone they want. I want to put an end to this.” onlIne
MANSEHRA: Police on Monday claimed to have arrested four suspects accused of killing three men who appeared in a dancing video in Kohistan. Hazara Division DIG claimed that the four accused – one of them identified as Moulvi Javed – were arrested during police raids in different parts of the region. The Supreme Court had taken suo motu action after reports about the killing of girls clapping in a video of a wedding ceremony that made headlines last May. Inp
blast kills two security personnel in Mohmand Agency PESHAWAR: At least two security personnel were killed on Monday when a bomb exploded in Mohmand Agency near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, officials said. The improvised explosive device (IED) exploded near Albo security checkpost area in Khwezai tehsil, some 40 kilometres west of the agency headquarters Ghalanai, injuring another security personnel. The assistant political agent for Khwezai tehsil, Ghazi Nawaz, confirmed that two security personnel had been killed and one had been injured. Staff RepoRt
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AKISTAN Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Sindh President Syed Ghaus Ali Shah and Member of the National Assembly Lt General (r) Abdul Qadir Baloch have stepped in the Shahzaib murder case to persuade the two parties to reach an understanding. According to reports, an important Baloch leader had contacted a close relative and senior
Pakistan People’s Party leader Nabil Gabol and offered Rs 250 million as blood money to settle the matter. However, Gabol rejected the offer, saying he was willing to pay Rs 300 million if the assassins surrendered to police. Gabol, however, refused to disclose the name of person who made the offer. Sikandar Jatoi, father of Shahrukh, has assured the middle man that the accused would be handed over to police. Realising the gravity of the situation, Jatoi has intensified his contacts with people who are close to the family of the deceased.
Gabol said the two PML-N leaders had contacted the bereaved family to settle the matter. He said he had told them that the accused must surrender to police first as there could be no talks on the issue before an arrest. Lt General (r) Abdul Qadir Baloch first dissociated himself from the issue, but when he was told about the information, he admitted having contacted Gabol. He said he had good relations with both families but told Sikandar Jatoi that he should first handover his son to the police and then talk about reconciliation.
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Long march to reach its destination come what may: TMQ Party’s chief organiser says not afraid of any suicide attackers g says Punjab govt using special Branch to harass participants g
KP assembly adopts anti-Qadri resolution PesHAWAr nnI
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Assembly on Monday adopted a resolution against Tehreek Minhajul Quran (TMQ) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri. The resolution read that a call for electoral reforms at this time were a conspiracy to delay upcoming general polls. It called upon the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to continue its preparations for the elections without any fear or threat. The resolution added that some so-called champions of Islam are hatching conspiracies to derail democracy at the behest of ‘outsiders’. The provincial assembly rejects the undemocratic tactics of the non-elected representatives. It also urged political forces to unite against saboteurs of electoral process and democracy. The resolution was jointly presented by Javed Abbasi, Sikander Sherpao, Qalandar Lodhi, Rahim Dad, Arshad Abdullah and Abdul Sattar.
ARNING the government against not complying with the demands presented by Dr Tahirul Qadri, the Tehreek-e-Minhajul Quran (TMQ) on Monday reiterated its commitment to carrying on with a million march towards the capital. Addressing a news conference, TMQ chief organiser Abdul Laiq accused the Punjab government of creating hurdles in the way of the long march, adding that the Punjab government was trying to stop it by using the Special Branch of the police. He said the government had hinted that it would not comply with Qadri’s genuine demands, adding that his party was therefore not left with any option but to carry on with the long march towards Islamabad. Elaborating his party’s strategy, the TMQ leader said the central convoy of the long march, consisting of one million people and led by Qadri, would leave Lahore on January 13, and would reach Islamabad on January 14. He said the Centre and the Punjab government were feeling the heat and were now using cheap tactics to fail the march. Laiq said the PML-N-led Punjab government was misusing its powers to foil the march and was utilising the special branch of police to harass the organisers of the mass mobilisation of public.
“Not only are the banners inscribed with welcoming and encouraging slogans for the participants of the long march are being removed by the Punjab government but it is also threatening the transporters of cancelling their route permits if they took part in Qadri’s march,” he revealed. Laiq was of the view that such cheap tactics were being used by both federal and provincial governments as they now found themselves cornered, and were unable to compete with Qadri. “Dr Tahirul Qadri would present a charter for the long march… within three days,” he said. To a question, he said his party was not working on any agenda like attempting to postpone the coming elections, but wanted to ensure that the polls were in line with the desires of the people of Pakistan. “This march will only end after the country’s fate is changed.” On the Election Commission of Pakistan, the TMQ leader said the ECP was helpless and could not even notice the rigging in the polls. “Even the present parliament is not the real representative of the people of Pakistan,” Laiq said. To another question, he was of the view that his leadership would give his recommendations to the ECP in presence of the caretaker setup. Flaying the role of Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Laiq said a person who could not and did not want to restrict suicide attackers was occupying the office of interior minister, however, he added that the TMQ marchers were not afraid of any such bid of terror.
Qadri should join politics before bringing revolution, says kaira LALAMUSA: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira on Monday said Tehreek-eMinhajul Quran chief Dr Tahirul Qadri should first join politics before bringing about any revolution in the country. “Joining politics is inevitable to talk about revolution and becoming a Pakistani national instead of holding dual nationality, is also equally essential,” Kaira said talking to various delegates and media representatives. He said revolutions never take place amidst confusion as it should be based on a clear objective. Kaira said the people talking of revolution had already announced not to contest election, however he said bringing a revolution while adhering to the constitution was self-contradictory. “First he should decide whether he and his party would contest elections or not,” Kaira reiterated. The minister said Qadri was a revered scholar but if he wanted to join politics, there was a constitutional method of doing that. Kaira said on the one hand, Qadri talked of supremacy of the constitution while on the other, he threatened of deciding the political future in Islamabad through a long march. To a question, Kaira said coalition partners were still supporting the government, however adding that sometimes they did have a difference of opinion. During his stay, Kaira also listened to the people’s grievances and directed the authorities concerned to resolve the problems. app
Malik meets Qadri, assures security for long march LAHore Staff RepoRt
Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Monday assured Tehreek Minhajul Quran International (MQI) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri that tight security will be provided to the participants of his long march scheduled for January 14. Talking to reporters after the meeting, Malik said that he has nominated the Islamabad commissioner and IG police from the government’s side to work with Qadri’s staff to ensure security. “I’m here to facilitate him; we are not going to resist the march and we will work out the security issues,” he said. Speaking about Qadri’s agenda, Malik said we all want an evil-free
Pakistan and the points raised by Qadri are all valid. Talking to reporters after Malik, Qadri said that his charter of demands calling for electoral reforms does not in-
clude anything unconstitutional, nor does it call for postponement of elections. The MQI chief said that he does not intend to derail democracy, rather wants to strengthen it. He said his char-
ter seeks to build capacity, the space in law to hold elections in the manner enshrined in the constitution. Qadri said that they did not speak on the terms of the charter of demands. “It is correct that we did not have negotiations on terms. Since I had made it clear that if there are any negotiations on electoral reforms, then they will be held with the prime minister in the presence of other cabinet members, including Rehman Malik,” he said. “The movement is not to favour any particular party or group but to make the democratic setup in the country subject to the constitution.” “Our objective is to make democracy in Pakistan true, and for the public. To get people their rights back. For the supremacy of the Constitution,” said Qadri.
89 killed, 94 injured in political violence from Dec 29 to Jan 4 isLAMABAD nnI
Political violence between December 29, 2012 and January 4, 2013 affected 190 people in 25 incidents across the country which left 89 people dead, 94 injured with seven being kidnapped. The militant death toll was 2 percent compared with 44 percent recorded in the previous week. Region-wise, there were 10 political violence incidents reported in Sindh followed by eight in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), three in Balochistan, two in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and one each in Punjab and Frontier Region Peshawar. However, no incident was reported in Gilgit-
Baltistan. Compared with the preceding week the number of incidents went down from 48 to 25 while the number of those killed fell from 108 to 89. However, the number of injured increased from 40 to 94. Twelve people killed and 45 injured in target killings and attacks on political party workers in Sindh. In Balochistan 26 were killed with 25 sustaining injuries in a major sectarian attack in Mastung and two attacks on state security forces in Quetta. In FATA, 22 were killed and 23 injured in attacks on state security forces, militants and public. Among the dead were two militants with six others injured in a military operation in North Waziristan Agency. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, an attack on NGO workers
left seven people dead, among them six women workers; one was injured. Militants shot dead 22 kidnapped Levies men in FR Peshawar while seven military personnel were kidnapped in Attock. In the reporting week, terrorism incidents claimed 42 lives, injured 14 with seven being kidnapped. Three attacks on political party workers in Karachi killed six people and injured 45. Two workers representing the Pakistan People’s Party and Sunni Tehreek were shot dead while four participants were killed and 45 injured in a bomb blast near a political rally jointly organised by the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Tehreek-e-Minhajul Quran (TMQ). Two incidents of sectarian violence claimed 21
lives and injured 25 others. One person was killed in Karachi and 20 in Mastung where 25 people were also injured. Compared with the previous week, sectarian killing saw an increase of more than 100 percent In three incidents of target killings in Karachi, four people were gunned down. The most lethal tactic was the use of bombs employed in three incidents that claimed 24 lives and injured 70. In 14 incidents in which guns/firearms were used, 45 people were killed with seven injured and as many kidnapped. One incident of aerial bombing killed four and injured 14. In two separate incidents improvised explosive devices (IEDs) caused the deaths of two people that also injured as many. Four incidents of mis-
siles/mortars killed four people and injured 11 others. Violence was most widespread in Karachi where 12 people got killed and 45 injured in attacks on political party workers and target killings - an increase of 27 percent compared with the previous week. However, the number of those killed declined from last week’s 33 to 12 while those injured saw an increase – up from 12 to 45. Mastung was the second most violent city where 20 people were killed and 25 injured in a sectarian attack. Another 18 people were killed and 15 sustained injuries in Khyber Agency in attacks on public and a counter-terrorism strike by Pakistan Air Force while militants shot dead 22 kidnapped Levies men in FR Peshawar.
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04 SC seeks report over directives in Karachi situation isLAMABAD app
KaRacHI: president asif ali Zardari hands over Waseela-e-Haq certificate to a BISp beneficiary at Waseela-e-Haq balloting and Waseela-e-Rozgar certificates distribution ceremony at Bilawal House on Monday. ppp chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari and aseefa Bhutto Zardari were also present on the occasion. INP
BISP trainees to get overseas employment: Zardari kArACHi nnI
President Asif Ali Zardari said on Monday that the manpower being provided with trade training under the Waseela-eRozgar scheme of Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) would be exported to enable them to earn respectful livelihood for themselves. He said this while addressing a ceremony in Karachi on Monday where he performed computer balloting
for the grant of assistance under Waseela-e-Rozgar and Waseela-e-Haq schemes and distributed certificates among those who had completed their trade training. The president said Waseela-e-Haq scheme was enabling thousands of people to stand on their own and in its next tenure the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) would launch a scheme to send trained manpower abroad. Meanwhile, President Asif tasked the BISP to generate
150,000 overseas jobs for youth armed with technical training. The president directed that the task should be accomplished in consultation with the Ministries of Overseas Pakistanis and Foreign Affairs. He said during the last five years‚ the BISP had gained international credibility and was being supported freely by international donors. He further said that for the first time a programme prepared and evolved indigenously had been validated by international
donors. The president also thanked the international community and partners for their help and support. Their support, he said, has enabled bring about a revolutionary change in the lives of the poor and dispossessed However, the president noted that it would take more time for this programme to become a total success. He pointed out that Pakistan had a huge population and there was great scope to increase the reach of this programme in the future.
Measles Restaurant bill sparks deadly death toll religious riot in India rises to 300 under way, but it appeared name the parties involved. MUMBAi kAnDHkot Inp
Measles outbreak has so far claimed over 300 lives in interior Sindh, including Kandhkot district. According to an updated figure, 122 children died in Kandhkot district over the last few weeks. In Sukkur 70 people died from the epidemic, 20 people lost their lives in Shikarpur and Larkana and Thel, a total of 16 people died. At least, two children died in Noshehro Feroze, Hyderabad and Nawabshah from the measles outbreak.
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Eight people died and another 50 were injured on Monday after a passenger bus, travelling from Narowal to Lahore, overturned on Kala Khatai Road. Rescue teams reached the scene and shifted the injured people and bodies to the District Hospital Sheikhupura.
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A row over an unpaid restaurant bill in a western Indian city escalated into a riot between Hindus and Muslims that left four people dead and 175 injured, police said on Monday. The unrest broke out in Dhule in Maharashtra state on Sunday, special inspector general Deven Bharti told AFP. Four rioters were killed by police firing while 113 policemen were among the injured, he said. Bharti said investigations were still
that a quarrel over a restaurant bill had provoked a mass brawl that left shops smashed, motorbikes burned and glass strewn across the streets. Previous riots between Hindus and Muslims in Dhule, which has a population of about 400,000 and is located 330 kilometres (205 miles) from Mumbai, broke out in October 2008, leaving 10 dead. “The restaurant owner was from one community and the customer from the other,” Bharti explained, declining to
“The customer went and took 50 people from his community and assaulted the restaurant owner, and people from the owner’s community also gathered and started arsoning and rioting,” he said. Bharti said the police had used sticks, tear gas and plastic bullets before resorting to live ammunition to quell the trouble. The area was put under a curfew that continued on Monday and was “peaceful and under control”, he added.
HE Supreme Court on Monday directed the Sindh chief secretary, advocate general and inspector general to submit a comprehensive report over its directives on Karachi law and order situation and subsequent orders of October and November last. A three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Chaudhry, also sought a report in the light of Aneeta Turab’s case regarding protection to civil servants. The bench ordered authorities concerned to apprise it about the action they had taken against the out-of-turn promotions in police force and also cite the reasons if they had not taken any steps. During proceedings, the CJP inquired from Sindh Advocate General Abdul Fatah Malik that they had passed a comprehensive order on the Karachi law and order on October 6 last, but what steps
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they had taken to implement it. The advocate general said that they had implemented 100 percent of the directives. The CJP told Malik that they had already issued them a notice on a contempt plea moved by Awami National Party Senator Haji Adeel for not implementing the court’s judgement. “After lapse of so much time, if you failed to implement our judgement, then definitely you would have to face the contempt proceedings,” he warned. The AG said that the killing incidents were not restricted to Karachi alone. The police personnel were being killed by “faceless enemy”. The CJP told him that when the court laid its ruling over the issue, everyone in the province lauded it and questioned the steps for depoliticizing of the police force. “How could you expect to improve situation when you hire employees from other departments for the police force,” he remarked. Malik replied that they
had arrested a number of persons involved in crimes who were being tried. The CJP told him that it was a phenomenon world over and cited US school shooting incident. He observed that the authorities concerned should have taken immediate steps to control occurrence of such incidents. The AG maintained that there were 2 million foreigners residing in Karachi. He said after the court’s observation, they had demoted 5,000 shoulder promotions given to police officers while the relevant ordinance also lapsed. “No more political appointments in police force are made now,” he added in affirmative tone. However, he complained that whenever, they reverted an out-of-turn promotion, the said official approached the high court for stay. The CJP told him to bring a petition before them for grant of leave.
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A bomb blast killed a man and injured scores of others on Monday. The improvised explosive device was planted in a rickshaw parked on Sariab Road. Rescue efforts were kicked off immediately after the explosion and the injured were shifted to the hospital while security forces cordoned off the area and started investigation. tWO KILLED IN QUEttA: As many as two people were killed and another three injured in separate incidents in the city on Monday. According to details, unidentified assailants opened fire on a vehicle on Spini Road. A person died on the spot and three others sustained injuries. The body and injured were shifted to a hospital.
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Sattar, who was present in the court, submitted that he had not referred to the judiciary in his press conference, however, even then he was ready to tender an apology. Altaf’s counsel, however, stated that he apologised on behalf of Rauf Siddiqui and Farooq Sattar as well. EGO: Meanwhile, MQM chief Altaf said no harm had been done by bowing before the court, rather the move would enhance his respect. Talking to members of the Rabita Committee, MNAs and MPAs of the party, he said Almighty Allah had also ordered to bow down, as rigid viewpoints created chaos and confrontation. “We respect the courts from the core of the heart but
a misperception is being painted about the MQM. We firmly believe in resolving the matter amicably and bowing down to pay homage to the institutions would not only avoid conflicts, but also benefit the country,” he added. DRONE AttACK: Commenting on his plans of launching a political drone attack, Altaf said his “drone attack” might be delayed by a day or two. In a statement from London, he said preparations had been made for the political drone attack and he was looking for a few missing parts. Earlier before the SC hearing, MQM’s Farooq Sattar had said that there was no possibility for the party chief to come to Pakistan due to certain unavoidable conditions.
Parliamentary body presents electoral reform recommendations to eCP isLAMABAD anWeR aBBaS
Presenting its recommendations to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Monday, parliament’s Special Committee on Electoral Code of Conduct sought more electoral reforms from Dr Tahirul Qadri. The body also reiterated its commitment to empowering the ECP more to ensure free and fair polls. The members of the committee met under the chair of its convener Jehangir Badr in a seven-hour long meeting resulting in in-depth and detailed debate on issues and reforms related to the
electoral code of conduct. They presented their detailed recommendations on various reforms, followed by lengthy discussions. Over the issue of changing the results by the presiding officers and other polling staffers after the elections, the officials from the ECP sought more powers to initiate action against such staff members and presiding officers. Earlier, Election Commission of Pakistan Secretary Ishtiaq Ahmed informed the members that the ECP did not enjoy powers to initiate action against the presiding officers and other polling staff in case if they are found involved in
rigging. At this, PML-N’s Anusha Rehman interfered, correcting the ECP secretary and saying that the ECP already held such powers but it was unfortunate that nobody had ever used it. Badr said they were ready to give all the required powers to the ECP. He said the ECP officials should prepare the amendments and should present them before the body so that the members of the body might grant them with their desired powers, adding, “Now the ball was in the court of the Election Commission of Pakistan.” MQM leader Tahir Mashhadi demanded that political and religious parties be separated in
the electoral code of conduct, saying that most of the religious parties used the religion for their political gains and campaigns which was unfortunate. To this, the ECP officials said there was no such thing as religious parties under the laws. The MQM leader also demanded the ECP officials not allot the electoral symbol of a book to any of the religious parties as they exploited the religious sentiments of the public for their political goals. The members of the body presented the recommendations that were approved with consensus by the members to the ECP. Talking to reporters after the
meeting, the members of the committee also sought the electoral recommendations from Tehreek-e-Minhajul Quran chief Dr Tahirul Qadri. Badr said other political forces had submitted their recommendations to the body, and Qadri should also submit his recommendations to the body in writing. To a question, he said the committee would take the recommendations by Qadri seriously. Ishaq Dar said constitutional reforms would be made to provide legal cover to the recommendations of the parliamentary body.
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Admin DD ‘blocks’ employees regularisation to settle personal score
ISLAMABAD: Boys sit around a bonfire as extremely cold weather engulfs the city. ONLINe
HE ICT Administration Deputy Director Muhammad Munir has been blocking the regularisation of around 140 low-grade contractual employees for many months without a justification. In March 2012, a Cabinet subcommittee led by Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Khurshid Shah had ordered the regularisation of all contractual and daily wage employees in government departments, but Munir has so far failed to comply. Employees told Pakistan Today that the officer has been using delaying tactics in the matter just to settle a personal score with some individuals. Many contractual employees have been working with the ICT administration for 12 to 15 years and said they fear that further delay in the matter would deprive them of rights as elections were approaching. “I have been working as a contract employee for the last 7 years hoping that my luck would change and I would get my regularisation letter, but the way this case is being delayed, I don’t think I ever will,” said an employee, wishing not to be named. Employees said they had been working in their respective grades for many years without being regularised, while contractual and daily wage workers in departments like the CDA, Federal Directorate of Education, Radio Pakistan and APP ad already received their regularisation letters. “I have been waiting for 15 years to get regularised, but even when the government has approved our regularisation, our files are not being forwarded for notifications, “said a driver. During a visit to ICT offices, Pakistan Today observed that there were 24 employees in the Population Welfare Department, 40 in the Local Government and 82 employees in Union Councils and Civil Defence, whose due regularisations had been delayed. These employees include gardeners, drivers, peons, sanitary workers, guards, computer operators, etc. They have requested the chief commissioner and deputy commissioner to look into the matter and initiate an inquiry against Munir. When contacted, Munir said he has been ‘working’ on these files. Pakistan Today also learnt that Munir is an administration superintendent in grade-16, but due to close relations with ICT higher officials, he has been enjoying the additional charges of additional deputy director (BPS-17) and deputy director (BPS-18) posts.
Pak cultural week concludes Over 100 artisans from all over Pakistan demonstrate skills n Art enthusiasts enjoy colourful ambience, folk dances, rural music and hoards of art and craft stalls
Pakistan Cultural Week at Lok Virsa concluded on Monday. The event aimed at showcasing unity, peace and harmony among the people through a cultural perspective. The cultural week gala was organised by the Federal Ministry of National Heritage and Integration in collaboration with Lok Virsa (National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage), started on January 1 with a grand opening by Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf. The major focus of this sevenday event was on Potohar region
through depiction of its culture and traditions. Representative pavilions of all federating units – Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir by way of presenting their arts, crafts, indigenous folk heritage and folk music enhanced the beauty and landscape of the federal capital for a week. The other features included exhibition of cultural heritage, art and craft bazaar, folkloric song, dance performances, traditional floats representing all federating units, installation of 24 entrance gates on highways and busy roads, decoration and beautification of different chowks and roundabouts on
various themes, stage plays, on-thespot activities, special attractions for families and children. Over one hundred artisans in various crafts including embroidery, pottery, tie dye, doll making, lacquer work, khussa making, wood work, wood carving, metal work, shawl weaving, traditional carpets, Ajrak, wax printing, stone work, wooden spoon making, pattu weaving, papier mache, truck art, block printing, needle work and several other fields from all over Pakistan demonstrated their skills at the event in especially designed artistic pavilions. Regular performances by folk artists, rural musicians and folk dance
groups attired in traditional regional costumes were also an integral part of the Pakistan week celebrations. Art enthusiasts thronged the event to get a respite and enjoy the colorful ambience, folk dances, rural music and hoards of art and craft stalls. A visitor, Faraz Gillani, said, “This is our culture which Lok Virsa truly projected through Pakistan Week, for which its management deserves commendation”, one could see here a Mini Pakistan presented at the heart of capital city with special emphasis on rural life and indigenous folk heritage.” “We do not go behind the Western culture and try to inculcate awareness among our youth about the importance of Pakistani culture especially in the given circumstances,” he added.
CJ dismisses plea against expansion of US embassy ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry on Monday told a petitioner that his plea against the expansion of the US embassy was prima facie and not justiciable. The CJP was heading a threejudge Bench with Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Azmat Saeed, over a constitutional petition moved by Barrister Zafrullah of the Pakistan Watan Party. The Bench told the petitioner to satisfy his stance with relevant precedents involving affairs between the two states. The CJP told the petitioner that the issue was directly related to foreign relations so they could not inquire into it under Article-19 of the Constitution. He ad-
vised the petitioner to assist the court with relevant precedents, if any. Zafrullah referred to the Vienna Convention by arguing that state land could not be given for the expansion of a foreign embassy in a way that was related to the security of a country. The CJP said that persons, who had given the land, were more responsible than him. The foreign issues are settled by framers of foreign policy, he added. Justice Azmat said the issue was between two states. “Did it not happen anywhere in the world? Would it be justiciable for the Court to interfere?” he asked. app
Meeting held to discuss arrangements for the ‘long march’
RAWALPINDI: A clothes vendor takes a rest on his cart while waiting for customers. INP
ISLAMABAD: A meeting on Monday reviewed the arrangements and security plan for Minhajul Quran Chief Dr Tahir ul Qadri’s long march. The meeting was chaired by Interior Affairs Minister Rehman Malik. Malik has sought a report on security threats pertaining to the march, from the Islamabad Police till January 11. The district administration told Malik that Rs 250 million were required for security
arrangements, while 10,000 security personnel would have to be deployed at the march. Malik directed them to send a summary to the finance department for issuing a grant for these arrangements. He also directed them to ensure the safe arrival of students and asked the business community not to shut down their businesses. The meeting discussed different options locations that could be allotted for the long march. The meeting was also informed about the trading community’s concerns. nnI
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HE police have arrested 10 outlaws and recovered three pistols, a gun, carbine and 20 wine bottles from their possession, a police spokesman said on Monday. He said a special team under the supervision of Saddar SP Sajid Kiani arrested five dacoits and recovered a carbine, a 12-bore gun and three pistols from their possession. The criminals have been identified as Riaz, Imran, Qaisar Mehmud, M Bilal and Rizwan Khan.
RAWALPINDI: An elderly man takes LPG cylinders for filling as the city faces acute gas shortage. INP
The Sabzi Mandi Police arrested another thief Mir Vaiz who was involved in snatching valuables and cash from people at gun point. The Tarnol Police arrested Abdul Saleem and Ahmed Nawaz for possessing hashish. ASI Nawaz from the Industrial Area Police Station apprehended three Afghans Nur Muhammad, Gul Islam and Atta Khan who could not legally justify their stay in the country. ASI Umer Hayat from the Nilore Police arrested Nasir Qauym for possessing a 30-bore pistol. The Industrial Area Police also arrested seven suspects during a search operation in its jurisdiction.
Islamabad Police gets go ahead to recruit officials ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Interior has accorded permission to the Islamabad Police to recruit new officials to overcome the shortage of personnel. According to police sources, the department had earlier sought permission for new recruitment, from the ministry, to fill the vacancies of assistant sub-inspector (ASI), constables, and driver constables. The ministry has granted permission and the recruitment process will commence soon. Female candidates would be eligible to apply per government rules, while regional, provincial, minorities and female quotas would also be preserved. Inductions would be made on merit for which physical and written tests as well as interviews would be conducted. app
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A 19-year old woman was hammered to death by three persons in a house at Meera Jaffer in the Golra Police jurisdiction on Monday, police sources said. Asif Ali lodged a report at the Golra Police Station saying that he had had a monetary dispute with
Aamir, Atif and Zafar at his house in Meera Jaffer, when his tenant Irum Bibi rushed to inquire about the dispute. The three persons assaulted them with hammers, killing Irum Bibi in the onslaught. The police have registered a case against these alleged persons under section 302/324 PPC.
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Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Monday said a university would be established at Tarnol, in the capital’s suburbs. He said this while speaking to notables of Tarnol at the Prime Minister’s House. Ashraf directed the chief commissioner to make a plan to provide safe drinking water for the people of Tarnol. He stressed the need to rise above personal interests and think collectively to solve problems.
Ashraf said the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) government had braved many challenges during its tenure. Despite the grave economic and security situation in 2008, the PPP-led government met these challenges by pursuing a policy of reconciliation as envisioned by Benazir Bhutto, he said. The prime minister said the greatest service is to help people redress their problems. He urged political workers to reach out to people, listen to their problems and solve them. “If you feel for the people, you can solve all problems,” Ashraf observed.
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The Pakistan Museum of Natural History (PMNH) organised an art competition and exhibition to celebrate 25 years of the Montreal Protocol. Students from the twin cities and remote areas participated in the competition based on the theme “Ozone is our Friend”. The PMNH displayed their drawing sketches at an art exhibition and distributed prizes among winners. The PMNH organised the event in collaboration with the Ozone Cell, Ministry of Climate Change and Funkor. PMNH Senior Operational Manager Akhter Javed was the chief guest and
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Ozone Cell Manager Asif and Funkor Director Fozia Minallah were also present on the occasion. The art competition was held to create awareness among students about the rapid depletion of the Ozone layer. Winners of the competition were invited along with their representative teachers. Javed appreciated the students’ efforts in depicting threats to the ozone layer in their art work. He said students are the future of the country and they should make efforts to save the earth from threats posed to it due to the rapid depletion of the ozone layer which protects the earth from harmful rays of the sun. He inaugurated the exhibition and distributed prizes and shields among position holders.
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Retired military officers have been employed in all key departments of the Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) in defiance of Supreme Court and Higher Education Commission (HEC) orders. These officers control the departments of registration, examination, media communication and library, as well as administration, accounts, purchasing, IT, security, projects and other branches. They all receive hefty salary packages despite the illegality of their recruitment. Sources said that retired army officers currently employed in the university on contract basis include Technology and Security Director Information Brig (r) Ahmad Kalim, Project Director Brig (r) Ibrar Naqvi, Treasurer Lt Col (r) Maqbool Hamid, Purchase Committee Secretary Lt Col (r) Ejaz Ahmad Salim, University Engineer (B/R) Lt Col (r) Khalid Mehmood, and Project Deputy Director Lt Col (r) Farrukh Butt,. Sources said that Lt Col (r) Ejaz Ahmad Salik’s son Imran Ejaz is also currently employed as a network administrator in the university and will soon be promoted to the post of deputy director.
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estate deal for 93 kanals of land, worth Rs 300 million. However, Saeedullah had not transferred the land to Raheel, because the cheque for Rs 300 million given by Raheel Khan had been dishonoured at the bank. The investigation officer had prepared a discharge report and recorded his statement, following which further enquiry was forwarded to the ASP secretariat, who after a detailed investigation, ordered the investigation officer to present a challan against Raheel Khan. The investigation was forwarded by Yaseen to the Margalla ASP, who disagreed with the report, prompting Raheel Khan to request a new enquiry. The SSP had duly
The Inter-Provincial Coordination Committee met on Monday with Inter-Provincial Coordination Minister Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani in the chair. Several issues pertaining to the federation and provinces were discussed and the restoration of the executive judiciary topped the agenda. Speaking on the restoration of the executive judiciary, Punjab Chief Secretary Nasir Mehmood Khosa said, “The draft bill on restoration of executive judiciary should be expedited since that it is indispensible for effective price control”. The other provinces agreed on the proposed draft and held that Section-143 of the CrPC should be amended with the consent of all provinces. The Interior ministry had forwarded the bill to the Law and Justice Division for vetting. The ministry of Inter-Provincial Coordination also ac-
corded full support to the proposal. The meeting discussed the implementation of the Industrial Regulation Ordinance, 2011. The Punjab Labour Secretary presented the case and said that after the 18th Constitutional Amendment, the subject rested with the provinces and the federation could no longer legislate on the subject. He further said the government could legislate only on international treaties and agreements. Bijarani decided to refer the issue to the Council of Common Interest (CCI). The supply of opium seized by law enforcing agencies in Lahore was also discussed. The Punjab chief secretary said that new customs regulations banned the supply of opium and he directed the burning of the seized opium supply. He said the FBR should have amended such regulations and that some amount of opium should have been supplied to the government of Punjab so it could keep manufacturing the medicine for drug addicts.
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RAWALPINDI: A private hospital refused to admit a Nigerian prisoner even though he was in a critical condition. The prisoner had had a brain haemorrhage and was taken to the hospital in serious condition but the hospital administration refused to admit him and sent him back to Adiala Jail. According to jail sources, Christopher had been arrested for cyber crime and had suffered a brain haemorrhage during his imprisonment. He had been shifted to the District Headquarter Hospital for medical aid three weeks ago where doctors advised surgery so the clot could be removed. However the prisoner refused to undergo surgery in that hospital. The prison administration had contacted the Nigerian embassy and advised treatment at the PIMS hospital, but Christopher had insisted on treatment at an international hospital located in the middle of the city. Adiala Jail officials had written a letter to the ANF requesting them to provide a guard during the prisoner’s treatment at the private international hospital, but when Christopher was taken there the hospital administration refused to admit him, saying it was difficult for them to provide security to a criminal. onlIne
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IVE men accused of the gang rape and murder of an Indian student have appeared in court to hear charges against them, but the trial magistrate ruled the media will not be allowed to cover pre-trial hearings. Namrita Aggarwal, the magistrate, upheld the prosecutor's request that the media be barred from Monday's proceedings, according to Rajan Bhagat, a police spokesman. The defendants appeared in a Delhi court with two of them offering evidence possibly in return for a lighter sentence, Rajiv Mohan, a public prosecu-
tor, told the Reuters news agency. Al Jazeera's Divya Gopalan, reporting from Delhi, said: "The prosecutors say they have a very, very tight case against them. People are watching closely to see what happens to those accused." The five, including a 17-year-old who will go to a juvenile court, are accused of raping the 23-year-old physiotherapy student on a bus in New Delhi, inflicting fatal injuries on her. She died two weeks later on December 28 in a Singapore hospital. fORENSIC EvIDENCE: Television images showed the blue police van believed to be transporting the suspects from Tihar jail as it arrived at the court gate prior to the hearing. The court appearance comes days
after police said they discovered forensic evidence to link them to the killing. The men - who face charges of kidnap, robbery and conspiracy besides murder - could face the death penalty if convicted of the attack on December 16 that sparked protests in India and soulsearching about levels of violence against women. The defendants have been named as Ram Singh, Mukesh Singh, Vijay Sharma, Akshay Thakur and Pawan Gupta. The government, sensitive to criticism that a sluggish justice system often compounds the agony of victims, has pledged to fast-track the case against the defendants. They all live in Delhi. Police have pledged "maximum security" during the hearing at the magis-
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Southern Australia braces for more bushfires CANBERRA: Southern Australian states are bracing for more bushfires as a record-breaking heatwave continues, Al Jazeera's Andrew Thomas reports from the island state of Tasmania. Julia Gillard, prime minister, has urged people in New South Wales on Monday to be vigilant as the state prepares for one of the worst bushfire conditions in years. Earlier Gillard visited fire-ravaged communities in Tasmania and promised emergency aid for survivors. "For many, they are still worried about family and friends and still seeking to be reassured that their family and friends are okay, it's a very anxious time," Gillard said. Meanwhile police and defence forces continue to search for people who remain unaccounted for, Scott Tilyard, Tasmania's acting police commissioner, said. "We have to brace ourselves for the fact we may locate one or more deceased people," he added. The Tasmania Fire Service (TFS) downgraded two major blazes from emergency to watch-and-act status, with calmer conditions bringing a much-needed reprieve for crews ahead of worsening fire weather expected later in the week. The fires have cut off communities and hampered efforts to search devastated areas. Australian Bureau of Meteorology said a record heatwave, which began in Western Australia on December 27 and lasted eight days, was the fiercest in more than 80 years in that state and has spread east across the nation, making it the widest-ranging heatwave in more than a decade. Mike Brown, head of the TFS, estimated that there were "hundreds of kilometres of uncontrolled fire" still burning in heavily forested areas that are difficult to access. "We have got a lot of work ahead," said Brown. "We are going to be in this situation for a number of days yet." Police and troops are searching in the worst-hit town of Dunalley, where 70 homes were destroyed. Prime Minister Julia Gillard is to visit Dunalley on Monday. agencIeS
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nothing if the police force remains as incompetent and as corrupt as it is". The student, whose death united the nation in mourning, remains unidentified as Indian rape law forbids naming of victims of sexual violence. She had spent the evening at a cinema with her boyfriend on the night of the attack. After failing to flag down an autorickshaw, she and the boyfriend were tricked to board a schoolbus they thought would take them home. The attack began once they got on the bus, with assailants taking turns raping the student. The attackers are said to have used an iron bar to sexually assault the student, who was thrown off the moving bus along with her companion after the rape.
ALEPPo: An effigy of the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, in the Salaheddine neighbourhood, which has been the scene of heavy fighting. AgeNcIeS
CAR leaders and rebels to hold talks BANGUI: Delegations representing Central African Republic's government and the rebels who now control much of the country's northern region, are meeting in Gabon to hold peace talks. The peace talks, which will begin on Tuesday in Libreville, Gabon, come a month after fighters from several armed groups began their rebellion against a government that has wielded little power over its vast and sparsely populated north. A spokesman of the rebel alliance, collectively known as Seleka, reiterated calls on Monday for the removal of President Francois Bozize, saying he has "lost all credibility" to lead the country. "He has to leave power," Eric Massi, a rebel spokesman, said in an interview with Al Jazeera from Paris. But even before the talks could start, Massi already rejected Bozize's offer to form a coalition government with the rebels. Instead Massi called for a "peaceful transfer of power, in order to preserve the peace and security of all the citizens of the capital". "If he [Bozize] had it at the beginning of the conflict, it would have been a great solution," Massi said, adding that now that the rebels are close to the capital, it might be too late for the president to make the offer. Advance halted Massi confirmed that rebel groups have already advanced as far as 10km from the buffer zone between rebels and the forces from Chad. While the rebels have halted their advance towards the capital Bangui, a city of 700,000 people, they now hold a dozen communities. The rebellion has posed the greatest threat to Bozize's presidency since he himself seized power in 2003. Some residents of this nation of 4.4 million have little faith the government will be able to reach a lasting agreement with the rebels, especially given that multiple peace accords already have been signed over the years with multiple groups. While the rebels had vowed to halt their advance pending the negotiations, residents said two communities were seized over the weekend. In Bangui, the presence of regional troops who have been sent from Gabon, Cameroon, Republic of Congo and Chad to help stabilise the country has reassured residents. agencIeS
trates' court amid fears for the defendants' safety. A man was arrested last week as he allegedly tried to plant a crude bomb near the home of one of the men. As prosecution of the suspects got under way, legal experts called for an overhaul of the country's judicial system. Experts also said the court in Delhi's Saket district was likely to transfer the case to a higher court during Monday's hearing. 'INCOMPEtENt' fORCE: Madhu Kishwar, an academic and founder of the Manushi human rights organisation, told Al Jazeera "police and judicial reforms" were needed to deal with sexual violence against women. She said "tampering with this or that clause in rape law will achieve next to
Syrian opposition groups have rejected a new peace initiative by President Bashar al-Assad that includes a national reconciliation conference and a new government and constitution. Assad was speaking on Sunday in a rare address to the nation, his first since June, demanded that Western countries stop funding and arming rebels and said he is ready to hold a dialogue with those "who have not betrayed Syria". He spoke in a hall at the Opera House in central Damascus, and the audience frequently broke out in cheers and applause. The Syrian opposition, including rebels on the ground, were quick to reject Assad's proposal. Louay Safi, a member of the Syrian National Coalition opposition bloc, dismissed the address to the nation as "empty rhetoric”. "He did not offer to step down, which was a precondition to start any negotiation," Safi said. "He has shown that he is a dictator that we cannot negotiate with. I think he has no desire to relinquish power. He wants to crush the opposition and he hopes he can stay over for the next 40 years like his father did." Opposition leaders have repeatedly said they will accept nothing less than the president's departure, dismissing any kind of settlement that leaves Assad in the picture. "There's not a single opposition leader who can go public and say 'we will negotiate and compromise with Assad in power', a senior commander of the Free Syrian Army told Al Jazeera. Assad said his nation is in a "state of war". "We are fighting an external aggression that is more dangerous than any others, because they use us to kill each other," he said. Assad stressed the presence of religious extremists and jihadi elements among those fighting in Syria, calling them "terrorists" and "servants who know nothing but the language of slaughter".
"We have terrorists who follow the ideology of al-Qaeda. We brothers fight against these people. Most of them are not Syrian ... We will teach them a lesson," Assad said. Assad spoke before a collage of pictures of what appeared to be Syrians who have been killed since March 2011. The internet was cut in many parts of Damascus before the address, apparently for security reasons. As in previous speeches, Assad denied that there was a popular uprising against his family's decades-long rule. 'DEtACHED fROM REALIty': Assad's foreign foes were scornful and dismissive of the speech. The US state department said Assad's speech "is yet another attempt by the regime to cling to power and does nothing to advance the Syrian people's goal of a political transition". "His initiative is detached from reality, undermines the efforts of Joint Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi, and would only allow the regime to further perpetuate its bloody oppression of the Syrian people," Victoria Nuland, the state department spokesperson, said. Catherine Ashton, EU foreign affairs chief, said Brussels would "look carefully if there is anything new in the speech, but we maintain our position that Assad has to step aside and allow for a political transition". Al Jazeera's Hashem Ahelbarra, reporting from Antakya, in neighbouring Turkey, said the speech was "a recipe for further stalemate over the issue of Syria, unless the international community decides to do anything about it. "But it seems the international community is not really in favour of a decisive victory of the opposition, because they're worried about the potential of the rebels unleashing sectarian revenge killings," he said. "At the same time, they don't think Assad should stay in power by clamping down on the opposition. They're thinking of different alternatives." The 21-month uprising against Assad has become a civil war that the UN says has killed 60,000 people.
Protesters in china call for press freedom Beijing agencIeS
Hundreds of press-freedom advocates have gathered outside the offices of a liberal Chinese newspaper at the centre of a censorship row to call for media freedom in China. The protesters gathered outside the office of Southern Weekly in Guangzhou, capital of southern Guangdong province, on Monday calling for media freedom, a taboo subject in the country, holding banners and chanting slogans. “We want press freedom, constitutionalism and democracy,” read one of the banners at the protests. An open letter from staff and interns at the newspaper last week called for the resignation of Tuo Zhen, a provincial ‘propaganda’ official after a new year editorial piece calling for guaranteed constitutional rights was changed to one that mirrored the views of the Communist Party. "The Nanfang [Southern] Media Group is relatively willing to speak the truth in China so we need to stand up for its courage and support it now," Ao Jiayang, an NGO worker attending the protest, said. "We hope that through this we can fight for media freedom in China," Ao said. "Today's turnout reflects that more and more people in China have a civic consciousness." Another letter released last week and signed by prominent academics from across China, called for the removal of Tuo and more press freedoms as well. A foreign ministry spokesperson in Beijing is reported to have said: “There is no so-called news censorship in China.”
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Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Monday said the future of Pakistan lies in the continuity of democratic process. He said that emergence of consensus across political forces and stakeholders on the need for continuity of the democratic system augured well for the country. The PM expressed these views while talking to Balochistan National Party (Awami) President Mir Israrullah Zehri, who called on him at the PM’s House. Senators Mir Ali Rind and Kalsoom Parveen, head of the women’s wing of the party, were also present on the occasion. The meeting discussed prevailing political situation, issues related to upcoming general elections, including law and order and developmental schemes in Balochistan. The premier said that upcoming elections would be a watershed in strengthening the democratic process. He said that Balochistan is future of Pakistan and the government was committed to its progress and prosperity. The PM assured the delegation that elections would be held on time in a free, fair and transparent manner in accordance with the provisions of the constitution. Reiterating his support for the government, Zehri expressed his satisfaction over the arrangements made by the government for holding elections in fair, free and impartial manner. He said that democracy provided people with an opportunity to resolve their differences amicably through dialogue and engagement and the system should continue.
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ndia will consider granting multiple visas to journalists from SAARC nations, Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said. Addressing South Asian Free Media Association’s (SAFMA) 8th regional conference in Amritsar in Punjab, the minister said that he would soon take up the matter to sort out multiple visas issue, the Press Trust of India reported. He said the new Indo-Pak visa regime, which was operationalised last month, would also facilitate journalists to visit each other’s countries. The new pact is related to visitor, business and pilgrim visas and covers the facility of entering and exiting from different immigration check posts and exemption from reporting to police. The new agreement replaces a 38-year-old tardy visa regime signed in 1974 by the two countries. In his address, Indian Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal raised the issue, saying it was of immense emo-
tional importance. Badal also urged SAFMA to take up the issue with both the Indian and Pakistan governments. Badal also called for opening of a second trade route between India and Pakistan through Hussainiwala border, and requested Khurshid to take up the issue with his Pakistan counterparts. In his inaugural address Badal said a second trade route on the lines of the one already existing at the Attari-Wagah border was need of the hour to give impetus to the bilateral and cultural ties. All the physical barriers need to be eliminated for promoting people to people contact and fostering goodwill, friendship and amity in the South-Asian region, Badal was quoted as saying by an official release. Badal also pitched for development of a corridor between Sikh shrines of Dera Baba Nanak in India and Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan, and called for resolving all bottlenecks in this regard on priority basis. The CM praised the role of SAFMA in creating a cordial atmosphere in the region, especially between India and Pakistan, besides setting the agenda for
regional cooperation among SAARC countries. Media has played a proactive role as the fourth pillar of democracy and initiated the process of social and economic affinity amongst the countries of the region, he noted. He sought cooperation from SAFMA in setting up of a South Asian Economic and Parliamentary Union, which, he said, could lead to the formation of an ‘Asian Economic Union’ on the lines of the European Economic Union. In this context, India and Pakistan could play a leading role as some remarkable progress had already been made in this direction by these two countries by opening the Attari-Wagah border for trade, Badal said.
association says cng crisis left millions of breadwinners jobless sector using 7% gas closed, those stealing 14% gas being encouraged
ISLAMABAD: The All Pakistan CNG Association (APCNGA) on Monday released protest schedule, calling it the last resort to get their rights protected. The APCNGA said the whole sector was being victimised by a few due to the absence of a CNG policy. Ghayas Abdullah Paracha, the APCNGA chairman, said the “engineered crisis” had left around 400,000 people unemployed, making life difficult for them and their two-anda-half million dependants. He said the transport sector had also been badly hit, leaving millions more insecure besides adding to the miseries of the general public. Paracha said CNG filling stations had been closed since two-and-a-half months, which was resulting in the machinery rusting away and had put investment of around Rs 400 billion at stake. He said the president and prime minister should intervene to save investment and provide relief to the masses. “The latest pricing formula was made in violation of all rules, regulations and norms, while gas prices and taxes were not reduced as demanded,” the APCNGA chairman said. Paracha said the CNG sector was totally dependent on provision of gas, still gas was being provided to other sectors that had other options available for energy. “The CNG sector consumes seven percent gas and is being victimised systematically, while those involved in gas theft to the tune of 14 percent are being encouraged,” he lamented. “Those who have blamed the CNG sector for consuming too much gas should tell the nation why there is no gas available for domestic consumers when the CNG stations have been closed,” he questioned. Paracha said the nation must know where all the gas was going, adding that the association had no option left but to take to the streets to get its demands met. Giving details of the protest schedule, he said a protest rally would be staged from Faizabad, near Hascol CNG filling station at 2pm on January 8, while another rally would taken out at 4:30pm in Karachi at Civic Lawn, Opposite SSGC head office, and would be followed by a press conference. “Similarly, a demonstration will be held at Main Market Gulberg, Lahore at 2:30pm, while another rally will be taken out at 2pm at Main GTS Chowk, Faisalabad.” nnI
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officials say us considering keeping 3,000 to 9,000 troops in afghanistan after 2014 WAsHington SpecIal coRReSponDent
On the eve of Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s visit to Washington on Monday, American officials said the White House was considering keeping a force of 3,000 to 9,000 troops in Afghanistan after 2014. The US military presence in Afghanistan post-2014 will be one of the issues, President Barack Obama and Karzai will discuss during the Afghan leader’s visit from January 8 to 11. Washington and Kabul began talks in November on a possible agreement that would authorise an American troop presence in Afghanistan after 2014. The US force remaining in Afghanistan beyond the 2014 withdrawal is expected to have several missions. A report in The New York Times said the US force would include special operations forces, which would be assigned to
carry out raids against al Qaeda and other terrorist groups that are deemed to threaten American interests. The White House options under consideration are smaller than the 6,000 to 20,000 troops Gen John R Allen, the American commander in Afghanistan, recently suggested. In addition, the troops would also advise and mentor the Afghan army and police in conjunction with forces from other NATO nations. According to the report, any American force that remains needs to be able to support itself logistically, to have the ability to carry out medical evacuations and to conduct airstrikes to protect any NATO troops that might be in danger. “A White House decision to field a minimal force might add to the already formidable list of difficulties with Mr Karzai. The Afghan leader might see a minimal force as an indication that the United States is less interested in advising and training Afghan
troops than in retaining the capability to carry out operations against terrorist groups,” said the report. The US is seeking immunity for its troops staying in Afghanistan beyond 2014 but Kabul has not decided on the sticking point yet. Meanwhile, the White House also needs to decide how quickly to withdraw the 66,000 troops currently in Afghanistan and how many troops to keep there in 2013. In a Kabul-datelined report, The Washington Post said Karzai was bringing with him a litany of complaints including accusations that the United States has fomented corruption in Afghanistan and continues to violate the country’s sovereignty.
“The prospect of a diminished US presence in Afghanistan hasn’t dulled the tone of Karzai’s critique, even though he claims to want a long-term American security footprint here. That footprint would be welcomed, his advisers say, but only if it is accompanied by concessions on a number of seemingly intractable issues.” Karzai’s demands from the US include an end to approval of contracts with warlords, who according to his spokesman, “use the money for their own gains.” He also wants a full handover of the Parwan military prison. According the Kabul-datelined report, Karzai also wants a stronger Afghan air force, an end to US military operations in villages
and a guarantee that his country will be protected from cross-border militant incursions. “As Karzai presses those demands, he and his advisers have extended their critique to the larger legacy in Afghanistan of the United States and NATO, which they say have failed to deliver security, despite billions spent,” the Post noted. But a New York Times editorial dismissed Karzai’s requests for supply of updated American aircraft, surveillance equipment and longer-range artillery to modernise his army. “Those requests cannot be taken seriously when Afghan security forces are increasingly murdering Americans and the Afghan government remains so profoundly corrupt.” During the visit, the US officials are expected to press Karzai on his commitment to improving transparency and governance — both conditions attached to $16 billion in aid approved last year at an international donors conference in Tokyo. The State Department last week said a full range of issues would likely come up for discussion during President Karzai’s meetings between January 8 and 11.
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with a begging bowl pakistan is knocking again at IMf’s door
superpower with a strong dollar as international currency can prosper while spending more than it earns but a poor country like Pakistan cannot. All the more so when overspending becomes an addiction with the ruling elite. Furthermore, having good time with borrowed money cannot be prolonged year after year. A time comes when the reckoning begins. IMF’s Post Programme Monitoring (PPM) team is currently in Islamabad to do the job. Pakistan reportedly needs another bailout. The IMF is apparently not going to oblige as willingly as it did in 2008 when the advent of an elected government had inspired hopes of better financial discipline. Hafeez Sheikh might have been correct when he maintained in his address at the Carnegie Institute that the country inherited dismal growth rates, double-digit inflation, record deficits, and a crippled financial market. Musharraf regime also failed to initiate any significant project to add to the national power grid. Had the new government gone for austerity measures to pay off the circular debt, at least the power shortages would not have been so severe. With industry in a working condition, the export sector would have fared better, bringing in more foreign exchange. Circular debt, which had touched a Rs 232 billion mark, did come down to Rs 176 billion, but only because of new loans from banks through issuance of fresh Term Finance Certificates. However, it is once again rising. Pakistan has paid IMF seven instalments worth $1.14 billion out of a total of $2.58 billion as part payment of Stand-by Arrangement from forex reserves maintained by the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP). The Bank’s reserves are thus rapidly depleting. The government failed to abide by some of the vital undertakings given to the IMF in 2008. These included an end to subsidies in the power sector. These instead climaxed to a whopping Rs 554bn in FY11-12. The government also agreed to bring all important categories of taxable incomes into the tax net, put an end to loopholes in tax collection and withdraw the discretionary powers of the FBR. As the details about the tax returns of the members of parliament indicate, the virus has also affected those supposed to oversee the implementation of tax laws. Pakistan’s tax revenues are therefore only 9.1 percent of the GDP, one of the lowest in the world. The IMF has enforced harsh conditionalities to improve the ailing economies of some of the European countries. Will it apply different standards while dealing with Pakistan? Those who still pin hopes on a fresh bailout point to Pakistan’s improving relations with the US. It is questionable if the US would intervene this time. It is equally questionable if IMF would yield to the pressure.
By Waqqas Mir
oing to Delhi?” the Immigration Officer at the Lahore Airport asked me with a sharp tone. Upon my nodding, he said, “We’d better win this third one-day. 30 would be great!” Barely five feet away a mother was trying to convince her two-yearold to let go of his bat so the security guys could put it through a scanner. The motherchild interaction also underscored that it isn’t just us adults who are consumed by this passion for cricket. I couldn’t help but laugh as the child shrieked as his mother took away the bat and threw it on a belt leading to the scanning machine. “He loves his cricket,” she shrugged and said amid her son’s screams. No one was surprised. In the subcontinent, this is perfectly adult and rational behavior — to love your cricket and to shriek with disappointment if things didn’t go your way. On the flight to Delhi I wasn’t sure whether we would even find a ticket for the last one-day game at the beautiful Feroze Shah Kotla ground. On the plane, I sat next to a bat manufacturer. He told me fascinating stories about how finicky players are about the weights of their bat — reminding me Rahul Dravid’s wife saying that if she packed only one set of clothes for him he wouldn’t notice but if the weight of his bat was off by a gram he would be upset. I have an enormous amount of respect for cricket players in particular and all sportsmen in general. They make sacrifices most of us can’t even imagine. The conversation with the bat manufacturer dashed any hopes that I had of not thinking about the game. Therefore, upon landing in Delhi there was only one thing on my mind — buy tickets for the match. Most people I spoke to, understandably, told me that it would be extremely difficult to find tickets. This made sense. Imagine an IndiaPakistan game in Lahore and your chances of finding tickets outside the stadium. But, ah ha, there was a twist in the tale. Since India had already lost the series, a lot of people may not show up. So, on a Sunday at
7am, we started off for the stadium. It was the second coldest day in Delhi in 22 years. Crazy? No. Perfectly rational. The child at the Lahore airport and I love our cricket. The funny thing about being in India is that most people can almost always tell that you are not from India. As I got out of the “auto” (rickshaw), a guy with an Indian flag started staring at me. He wouldn’t stop staring — yes that kind of staring. So I smiled and eventually walked over, smiling and putting out my hand and told him what he already suspected, “I am from Pakistan — Lahore. Kya haal chaal ha?” He exclaimed, “Abay… welcome to India, sir. Welcome to India!” Warmth on a cold day — reassuring. I asked him about the possibility of tickets and he said it was impossible. I searched the faces around him. Being a litigator puts you in the habit of reading people and their intentions. One man’s face reflected the delightful possibility that he might be into black marketing. So I mused aloud when looking at him, “Well, I guess we need to find people willing to sell.” And we turned around and walked. Lo and behold! The guy followed us and mumbled as he handed me a slip of paper, “Make a left on the next traffic signal and call this number.” I told him I didn’t have a cell phone. It got better. “Follow me,” he said. And so he led us to the promised land. He wasn’t Muslim but he kept trying to convince us he was one. He insisted on calling himself “Mr Qureshi”. Why? I don’t know. Maybe government and media propaganda had convinced him that Pakistanis only buy tickets from or trust Muslims. No, the religion we follow there is cricket. But I let him lie and told the lawyer inside me to shut up. We bought tickets at five times their normal price but who gives a toss. It was an IndiaPakistan game, a live cricket game and we had tickets! Mr Qureshi also reminded me of how central cricket is to the lives of so many people but in fascinatingly diverse ways. Mr Qureshi told me he hadn’t been inside a cricket stadium in a decade but during the World Cup 2011 he had sold tickets on the black market for as high as INR 75,000. Here was a guy who loved cricket and the cricket fever but for reasons completely different than mine — he made money off it. And good money. The match itself was exciting. The loss didn’t really hurt since we had already won the series and I can’t remember an IndiaPakistan one-day series in which the other side didn’t win a single game. India did not want to lose 3-0 and they made it obvious. Their batting was ordinary — apart from a couple of sublime strokes from Yuvi and Dhoni — but their fielding saved 30-35 runs and made the difference. Congratulations to India on a well-deserved win. Watching an India-Pakistan game in
Af-Pak security conundrum ‘Do the ‘good’ taliban have a future after 2014?
By Aima khosa
akistan’s official stance on the US presence in Afghanistan has been clear for many years: American troops must withdraw from the war-torn country as soon as possible and leave national matters in the hands of the elected government. The year of the US withdrawal is almost here and there is a serious debate among analysts, media personnel and governments alike over the number of troops US will leave in Afghanistan to continue to train police personnel, launching strikes against militants and slimming Al-Qaeda presence
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in the country. There are unconfirmed media reports US plans to cut the post-withdrawal US facilities in the Afghanistan from 90 to a mere 5. This has raised the question of the US presence in Afghanistan being more vulnerable to attacks from militants. This question has also been evident from the White House-Pentagon deadlock over the number of US soldiers that should be present and the number that Obama is willing to send to help the transition process. On the civilian front, it is not the US manpower presence that matters. Instead, reports have indicated (from none other than World Bank and Afghan government itself) that Afghanistan is so reliant on aid from foreign agencies operating in Afghanistan that as they prepare to leave, the threat of a civil war in Afghanistan has become an inevitable reality. As billions of dollars of aid will leave Afghanistan as NGOs prepare to vacate their offices, massive unemployment (much worse than the current numbers) is expected. Adding to this is the weak, corrupt government running the country, with no proper governance and no real sense of law and order. Just like US will leave Afghanistan,
Karzai’s term will also expire in 2014. This points to the daunting question of whether Afghanistan will be able to survive a government that does not rely on military and civilian aid when the current government does not have a strong legislature and has a weak political structure. It is unlikely that the US will provide the annual $10 billion aid as Karzai demands because as the Iraq withdrawal has shown, the US is ready to wash its hands off the foreign engagements of the previous decades. All of this is relevant to Pakistan. Currently, the unemployment rates in Afghanistan hover around 40 percent. In the absence of civilian aid, it will take Afghanistan’s government at least another decade to fully make use of its mineral resources, leading to short-term unemployment at best and medium term unemployment in the worst case scenario. How does Afghanistan look like, in that case? A curious mixture of mafias, drug lords and warlords running the country. In such a post-withdrawal scenario, at least two million refugees are expected to cross the border into Pakistan as Tehran has sealed its borders from its side to Afghan refugees. These Afghan refugees
seeking economic refuge in Pakistan, adding to the five million that already exist, are a serious threat to Pakistan’s delicate ethnic balance. These refugees are not just expected to arrive from the south but also from the north and east leading to further molding of the fragile situation in Balochistan and they will also inevitably find their way to Lahore and Karachi. This takes the argument back to the United States and the debate of the ‘good’ Taliban of Pakistan. While there is a general consensus that there is no such thing as good Taliban, it has become clear that there is a certain ‘kind’ of Taliban that Pakistan needs in its tribal areas to maintain a people-to-people contact with the civilians in that region. These Taliban play a strong role in breaking the ranks of TTP, expelling foreign elements and their concentrated efforts (along with a military operation) led to a deal being offered by TTP’s chief Hakimullah Mehsud. How is this related to US? The US withdrawal from Afghanistan does not mean an end to drone strikes. In a situation where there is an influx of refugees settling in Pakistan’s tribal regions, these drone attacks will only exacerbate the situation. Why? Because killing off the Taliban that Pakistan needs to maintain some kind of security situation in the country will create a vacuum in that region, allowing TTP to regroup logistically. So while men like Mullah Nazir might have been dangerous for US pres-
Delhi brings you pretty close to being exposed to the epitome of anti-Pakistan feelings in north India. Some of the slogans were ridiculously racist. A “pundit jee”, as his friends called him, was sitting behind me and just couldn’t swallow someone wearing a Team Pakistan shirt. He and his friends even made the comment, “try getting out of here alive if you Pakistanis win” and “hang all of Pakistan team like we hung Kasab”. Their slogans weren’t just anti-Pakistan. They were anti-Muslim. This was a far far cry from the last India-Pakistan game I watched in Lahore where Lahoris stood up when Sachin walked in, when India won and Lahore hugged Indians to congratulate them on a series win. Our dholwallahs played dhol outside the Qaddafi as Indians danced and Lahoris joined in that. We love our cricket but do people need to come to the stadium with hate for the other side. Am I generalising? Maybe but even when we played India in Delhi the last time, friends from Pakistan came back with similar stories. This is sad and I cannot stress that enough. The people who weren’t hostile to a Team Pakistan shirt were Kashmiris or Indian Muslims. Tens of them, literally, told us in whispers “We are from Kashmir and support Pakistan”. They didn’t have the Team Pakistan shirt so, endearingly, many of them were in green sweaters — any green sweater would do. Seeing their disillusionment with the state of India was disturbing. I am willing to concede that Baloch feel a similar way. So regardless of wherever that happens, it is sad. But at least someone wasn’t being hostile in that stadium. Many Indian Muslims wanted their photo with me in my Team Pakistan shirt and they would only whisper, “I am a Muslim”. Maybe Pundit jee and his friends have a lot more influence than I suspected on my last trip. I am sure Pundit jee has cousins on the Pakistani side, aka Mullahs, who harbour similar sentiments but as far as I know we didn’t treat our Indian guests that way. I stayed till the end when Misbah got the trophy and Pundit jee and his friends had, for good reason, left. The greenshirts lifted their arms and screamed with triumph on a cold Delhi night. I love Delhi and I love the Indian cricket team and I love the passion that cricket inspires. The Pundit jees on Indian side and extremists on the Pakistan side need to be sidelined. They don’t love their cricket nor are they passionate about it. All they want to perpetuate is hate. That just isn’t rational. Even our two-year-olds would disagree. The writer is a Barrister, holds a Masters degree from Harvard Law School and a partner at a law firm. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or Twitter @wordoflaw. Views expressed here are strictly his own and not that of his law firm’s.
ence in Afghanistan, they might just have been good for Pakistan in a post-US withdrawal situation where an understanding might have been reached between the Af-Pak governments and the Taliban to contain the threat of ripping both nations apart. It must also be mentioned that this once again highlights the fact the droneattack debate needs to be revisited and seriously reconsidered. As of yesterday, 17 people were killed in a drone attack in South Waziristan. They might have been Pakistani Taliban, they might have been Afghan Taliban – it doesn’t matter. What matters is the fact that once US leaves (with or without a small number of troops left behind), and if the drone attacks continue, Pakistan and Afghanistan will be left in the dark, groping with the Taliban, a mammoth that is residing along the PakAfghan border, untouched by some of the world’s strongest militaries. Aggravating the situation by not putting an end to drones is only going to have a fallout for the two South Asian countries. Some form of reconciliation efforts, for the expected influx of refugees to Pakistan, and the Taliban is in order, and this time, it must be done without the United States looking over the shoulders of both governments. The writer is a research analyst for Spearhead Research and tweets at @Aimamk. This article was also carried by Spearhead Research.
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In an effete system
Regulating the regulators
can the unfolding political legacies bring about a change?
Some harsh questions on media in pakistan
Border crossings By kuldip nayar
ow heavenly to be alive when the youth is asserting itself. Even the sons and daughters from well-off families joined the protests. I recall the Quit India Movement in 1942 when on the call of Mahatma Gandhi people came on to the streets to demand the British to quit. There was a spirit of sacrifice and dedication in their demonstration. This time one felt his or her personal loss in the death of the 23-year-old after being gang raped. Young faces, lighted by the candles they carried, adumbrated the idea of India which knew of no caste, no religious identity. It was a united nation mourning the death of its proud daughter. It looks from protest marches and condolence meetings that the gang rape has awakened the nation to brutalities against women as well as non-functioning rulers. That the stir was peaceful despite lathicharge and water canons shows the maturity of participants. The rulers had no clue of why such defiance had taken place and what they should be doing. Initially, they did not want to come in the open to address the gatherings because there was no connection between them and the students. None in the ruling leadership had fathomed the anger. Then the government panicked and leaders like Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit wanted to interact with the students squatting at Jantar Mantar, India’s Hyde Park, but she was refused entry to the place. Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, belatedly, asked the political parties to make proposals, indicating that the Manmohan Singh government was at a loss. Hurriedly, it appointed a probe committee and a judicial commission to suggest new harsher laws. Former Chief Justice
of India J C Verma was appointed to head the commission. I wish this process had been gone through after a joint session of parliament as demanded by the opposition. Then suggestions made by MPs could have been incorporated in the proposed laws. The nittygritty of improving the legal apparatus is all right up to a point. But what the government fails to realise is that its thinking is out of date. It is still stuck in the status quo while the youth wants parivartan (change). The system is too effete to restore confidence in the majesty of law and to ensure protection to all, particularly women. The government’s own record is poor. It has done very little to combat corruption which dominated the debate until a few months ago. To inspire confidence, the least that New Delhi could have done is to have made the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) independent. The agency continues to function at the whim of the ruling party. One thing which has come as a surprise to me from the current protests is that the youth wants to remain apolitical. No notice was taken of the presence of Aam Aadmi Party, born out of Gandhian Anna Hazare’s movement to have Lokpal (ombudsman) at the centre to combat corruption. The youth seems to prefer people’s movement to a political party. I find that there is some awakening in the political parties too. They appear to have started introspecting their own conduct. From the statements they have made, it is evident that they want to rise above party considerations on violence against women. This evokes hope that the government and the opposition will reach a consensus on the steps to stop even molestation and eve teasing. The problem is the male. Without changing his mindset, there can be no gender equality. He still treats women as a thing of pleasure. His chauvinism has not lessened over the years as the remarks by some people’s representatives, MPs and MLAs, made after the gang rape. The society is seething with anger and wants immediate justice for which neither the police nor the court is prepared. The younger generation of politicians may cleanse the environment. And it is heartening to see that the baton in Pakistan has been passed on to Bilawal Bhutto
who now heads the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), founded by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. Bilawal’s speech on the fifth death anniversary of Benazir Bhutto, his mother, shows maturity at the age of 24. I believe he wrote the speech himself and denounced terrorism as well as dictatorship which have not allowed Pakistan to come of age. Whether his sister would have been better is of the same type of debate which raged in India when Rahul Gandhi was nominated in preference to his sister, Priyanka. I wish Rahul Gandhi would tear a page from Bilawal’s book. The latter is clear and categorical in spelling out his ideology based on the values of liberalism and democracy. His particular mention of minorities’ rights is a departure from the past dominated by bigotry and extremism. It is not to suggest that Rahul is not liberal or democrat. But his five-minute speeches do not give a peep into his thinking or his ideas for the future. This is important because he is the Congress party’s candidate for prime ministership in the 2014 parliamentary election. Both Rahul and Bilawal should join hands to fight against the brutalities perpetrated on women in India and Pakistan. The public in both countries feels helpless against the goonda elements. A girl was raped and brutalised in India but the nation could not save the girl’s life. Malala Yousufzai in Pakistan had to escape the country because of Taliban’s determination to kill her. Education for women was her demand which goes against the Taliban ideology. I believe that Malala wanted to come to India for medical treatment but the government was sacred to let her in. She had to fly to London. The fight for women’s equal rights is a long and arduous journey and requires patience, courage and sacrifice. The society wants the youth to lead it because it has found the political parties failing. It wants a movement to give equality to women. People have felt appalled over the gang rape of the girl at Delhi and the stoning of Malala in Pakistan. Do Rahul and Bilawal have the commitment to the principle that men and women are equal? As for support, they can depend on the youth which has come of age. The writer is a senior Indian journalist.
By Qudrat Ullah
hanks to the policies of the former Pakistani military dictator Gen Pervez Musharraf towards private media in the beginning, the nation witnessed tremendous rise and growth in the media industry during the first decade of the 21st century. There was no cross-media restriction, making Pakistan a unique example in the South Asia. After the formal deregulation of the media industry in Pakistan in 2002, the media sector emerged as a powerful organ of the society, influencing other spheres of life with its proactive support to the issues of interest. Media’s support to democracy and then lawyers’ movement helped it in gaining necessary momentum. Similarly, media’s coverage of war on terror has highlighted its harsh effects on Pakistani economy and on the people of restive tribal belt. This media boom created new openings for the journalists and also resulted in the emergence of self-proclaimed proponents of media-moxie in the shape of anchor persons, often championing the cause of everything that could improve ratings of their channels. Thus, popular media has now emerged as the most influencing pillar of the state with no virtual control on it. Even the state organs like PEMRA have failed to regulate or contain media’s new found liberty of belligerent expressions. In this peculiar scenario, sane segments of the society have begun to feel the need of regulating the irrepressible media industry. However, in the backdrop of rising global trends in press freedom and easy access to internet-based social media, any such move could prove counterproductive. Moreover, the need for media accountability in the 21st century, when it has become a multi-billion dollars industry, the world over, with the private sector taking over the reins from the public sector, would be quite a tricky process which will be opposed by the powerful media barons tooth and nail. There is, therefore, a need to cautiously adopt institutionalised approach which helps in attaining the sheer goal of credibility, impartiality and transparency for this sector and the stakeholders also get benefitted by its professional working. It’s also sanguine that a mutually agreed upon procedure of media accountability would slake the powerful media barons, as well. It’s quite alarming to note that electronic media, now and again, telecasts such material whose projection may have been avoided in the larger national interest. Pakistani media continues to give unnecessary projection to Hollywood and Indian film heroes and heroines; it occasionally severely criticises the state institutions, especially Pakistan Army for reasons best known to it and ignores important issues of public importance like rampant corruption and maladministration in the public sector. It also gives no projection to the plight of journalists getting low salaries which are often delayed or not given, at all. It is, therefore, the need of the hour that media industry should adopt concrete measures for self-accountability to ensure professional ethics and win public trust. It should determine boundaries of professional ethics now, so that it could work more professionally in the future. It’s a healthy sign that two of the senior Pakistani journalists have filed an important petition in the higher judiciary for the setting up of an accountability commission to devise a code of conduct for the media industry. It’s good to note that a two-member committee, comprising of Justice Jawaad S Khwaja and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain, is already monitoring the issue of journalistic ethics in Pakistan. It’s hoped that a composite code of conduct for the
Pakistani media industry would be designed and developed which would earn it more prestige and respect in the global market. Hopefully, it would also ensure conducive atmosphere for the working journalists so that they could work without any fear of reprisal. It is, however, needed that this code of conduct shouldn’t create any hindrance or depreciate the working of the journalists. On the other side, the establishment of long-awaited institution of the Press Council of Pakistan is a step in the right direction which would help the stakeholders to settle their issues amicably. It is hoped that after the establishment of Press Council of Pakistan, trends of responsible journalism would further grow up and strengthen. It’s no new concept; the first Press Commission of Pakistan was set up way back in 1954. It was reconstituted in 1958 but couldn’t continue due to differences of the stakeholders. The ordinance of setting up of Press Council of Pakistan was issued in 2002 but the idea couldn’t be materialised due to varied reasons. It is yet another benefit of the present day democracy that this Council has been established at last, as this platform would give an opportunity to all the stakeholders to sit together and reach consensus on issues of mutual importance. Another important aspect which is ignored by the Pakistani media is its approach towards national security. It’s a universally held view that the media decides frontiers of its working according to its particular circumstances and there is no harm in it. Even in neighbouring India, which claims to be the biggest democracy in the world, the media toes the line of action given by its external affairs ministry and no one dares cross it. Coverage of all sensitive issues pertaining to Pakistan, including the core issues of Kashmir dispute, water dispute between Pakistan and India, war on terror, atomic energy etc, is done according to the policy dictates of the external affairs ministry. Unlike Pakistani media which is used to giving daily projection to Indian movie stars and Bollywood masala stories, Indian media never gives projection to any positive story about Pakistan. It’s their policy guideline to portray a negative image of Pakistan. Similarly, Israeli media gives very little coverage to terrorism incidents and miserable conditions of Palestinians; this is their self-designed code of conduct. They prefer national image over their profession. Media is a multi-billion dollars industry in the USA which influences the whole world with its supposed impartial projection. US media claims to be fully independent but is actually not. No deviation is made to the guidelines set by the Pentagon on war on terror, although they give full coverage to the issues like human rights, minorities’ rights, women and children’s rights, environmental degradation, democracy, health and education etc, but never ever cross the redline on war on terror. This is their preference of national interest over professional interests. The US establishment has complete invisible control over the US media houses. US strategic interests are well-protected by the media. The countries like North Korea and Iran are portrayed as international villains; Pakistan is mostly portrayed negatively to keep it under control, while India is shown as a vibrant example of a popular democracy. If Pakistani media adopts this global trend of self-accountability, it would emerge as more credible and reasonably professional. It will also help to get rid of negative trends of yellow journalism. Urdu press is more prone to the trends of sensationalism and slang journalese is often used in stories. It needs to use reasonably correct journalese so that state institutions are not portrayed disrespectfully before the people.
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Courtney Cox still friends with ex-husband David Arquette
OuRtney cox has revealed that she is still best friends with former husband David Arquette. According to people magazine, the 48-year-old 'Friends' star asserted on an episode of 'the ellen Degeneres Show' that Arquette is her best friend in the world and she still loves him- as a friend. the 'cougar town' director said that she appreciates the 41-year-old actor more than she ever did before. She also revealed that it was hard to divorce her husband and that she doesn't recommend it in general, but that her former 'WcW World Heavyweight champion' is her best friend and they both have grown and changed. cox further said that she thinks that they both appreciate each other more and hopes that he does as much as her. neWS DeSK
emma Watson praises 'lovely' emma thompson
ctReSS emma Watson feels her " Harry potter" co-star emma thompson is one of the most wonderful person she has ever met. Watson, 22, believes that beauty is more about what is inside a person rather than outside, reports contactmusic.com. Asked who is the most beautiful person she has ever met, Watson replied: "emma thompson springs to mind - she's such a lovely person. (Singer) patti Smith is amazing - she seems really youthful but with the wisdom of someone who has been on the earth for a thousand years." "And i really respect director Sofia coppola and her artistic sensibilities," she added. neWS DeSK
Salman denies VEENA MALIK fued with SRK seeks solace in
OLLYWOOD actor Salman Khan has denied reports of `feud` between him and Shahrukh Khan, saying there is no groupism at all in the film industry. "There is no groupism at all... I do my own work. I don`t think there is any groupism. I don`t follow anyone`s life. "If anyone comes to talk or meet me, I will talk to them or meet them nicely. I don`t care who is whose friend and all. It doesn`t matter to me at all," Salman said. A spat between Shahrukh and the `Dabangg` star a few years ago set the tongues wagging on a growing chasm between the two top guns. Gossip mills are agog about Shahrukh`s close friend Karan Johar reportedly singing paeans on Salman and apparently sending him feelers for working with him. Even Priyanka Chopra, who is considered close to the actor, and banners like Yash Raj Films seem to be warming up to Salman. The latest twist to the tale came in the form of SRK loyalist Arjun Rampal. There are reports that Arjun is going to be on Salman`s show `Bigg Boss`. Arjun reportedly missed SRK`s New Year bash held in Dubai and also praised Salman for his brilliant performance in `Ek Tha Tiger`. Arjun, who delivered hit films like `Om Shanti Om`, `Don` and `Ra.One` with Shahrukh, seemed to be gravitating towards Salman. When asked if someone who picks up fight with SRK becomes his friend or vice v e r s a , Salman said, "I don`t think so it is that
way at all". On a rift between Shahrukh and Arjun, Salman said, "I am not even aware if there is any fight or whatever (between them). I don`t think so (that Arjun is closer to me). I just met him at Sanjay Diwan`s party. We just spoke for two minutes". Meanwhile, after several seasons of reality show Bigg Boss highlighting fights, contestants hurling abuses, the sixth season has been a `family` show. And Salman is quite happy with the way the show has shaped up till now. "We wanted it that way (family show). To quite an extent it has been like that. Compared to earlier seasons, it has been parivarik (family viewing). The show is moving well and getting good TRPs," Salman said. In this season contestants like TV actor Rajev Paul, image consultant Imam Siddique were seen picking up fights and abusing but all of this was not as rampant as it was in the previous seasons. "Some people like that (fights). They feel it is entertainment while others don`t. People do abuse when in the house and that is due to the situations. Even in normal life abuses just slip out from people when with friends but no one takes a notice of that," he said. The contestants present in the house include model Niketan Madhok, modelactress Sana Khan, Imam Siddique, TV actors Urvashi Dholakia, Rajev Paul and Delnaaz Irani. The show began on October 7 and the finale will be held on January 12. From the current crop of contestants Salman thinks Urvashi, Niketan, Sana and Delnaaz have the chances of winning t h e show. coURteSy Ht
Actor Veena Malik has started her New Year with the name of ‘OM’. Recently, she was seen reading Bhagavad Gita on a film set. Veena, who was upset because of the recent Delhi gangrape incident, was seeking a truthful path of Bhagavad Gita to get justice for the innocent girl. She is currently preparing for her upcoming movie, The City That Never Sleeps, which is being produced by Satish Reddy and directed by Haroon Rashid. Veena said, “Reading Bhagavad Gita makes you feel relaxed. It shows you the spiritual path, which seems very difficult to human beings. It can fix your goals in life. I feel there should be no boundaries in having faith in other religions. I read Quran daily and offer namaz because I have faith in God. After reading Bhagavad Gita, I can say that all religions show us the right path.” She added, “Religion is a collection of belief systems, cultural systems, and world views that relate humanity to spirituality and, sometimes, to moral values. They tend to derive morality, ethics, religious laws or a preferred lifestyle from their ideas about the cosmos and human nature,” she added. neWS DeSK
Priyanka left party to avoid clash with Gauri khan What happened at Sid-Vid's wedding bash when SRKGauri made a grand entry? Someone quickly disappeared. It was a busy weekend for our stars who were zipping from SoBo to the suburbs, to meet their various commitments. First up was Vidya Balan and Siddharth Roy Kapur's glitzy reception hosted by Karan Johar at Ronnie Screwvala and Zarina Mehta's Breach Candy residence. The next day, the merry gang danced off a sweat for the Police Mela before sailing into the big Am-
bani bash at Antilla. The Bachchans were also the stars of the bash at Shaad Ali's wedding on Sunday, making them
the most sought-after and committed guests this season. With mostly the A-listers in attendance, Sid-Vid's party could well be remembered as one of the most well-attended affairs in recent times. And given that many of them with shared history congregated at the apartment, there were plenty of nail-biting moments for onlookers. But were there any fireworks? Well, no. Because the ladies and gentlemen were decidedly civil, so as to not steal the thunder from the just married couple. neWS DeSK
Konkona, Ranvir living separately Following 'irreconcilable differences' between Konkona Sen Sharma and her husband, actor Ranvir Shorey, the actress moved out of their apartment a couple of months ago, reveal sources. The couple's marriage reportedly hit a rough patch last year. An insider reveals that Konkona has been "living independently in an apartment in Lokhandwala Complex, Andheri, with her son Haroon, who turns two this March. Though Ranvir continues to stay in their apartment in Goregaon-Malad, he ensures he spends time regularly with their son." neWS DeSK
the hobbit stays on top of international box office
Pamela Anderson booted off 'Dancing on Ice'
uSt as pamela Anderson was about to thrill her fans with her skating skills on this season's 'Dancing On ice,' she's already been kicked off the show. nonetheless, the first episode of the show contained a whole host of fun surprises, mainly the former 'Baywatch' star's decorated nipple, the Mirror reported. Anderson put in an amazing performance to the sound of emilie Sande's 'Read All About it' and landed a respectable score of 18.5 out of 40. Looking all relaxed and graceful in black, she was a natural on the ice and appeared to really enjoy herself. She was so disappointed to land in the bottom two - and even more shocked when she left the show after wobbling her way through the skate off. Stepping off the ice in white, she said that she wobbled because her dress fell off. insisting that it really wasn’t her fault, she said afterwards that she felt sad to leave the show, as it was really fun. She felt sad that she just stumbled in her dress. neWS DeSK
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Clooney and Gerber on road trip George Clooney and Rande Gerber are reportedly going on a road trip to launch their own spirit brand, Casamigos Tequila. According to sources, the long time friends, who earlier came up with the idea of creating their own house tequila years ago when they both built houses in Mexico, have teamed up with Discovery Land Company's Mike Meldman to meet with high-end spirit executives nationwide, the New York Post reported. The sources revealed that three of them will be stopping in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Dallas and Miami in advance of a national rollout later this month. Clooney and Gerber, who are said to be working with a master distiller ever since to create the ultimate blend, at first decided that the tequila will be just for them and their friends, but after the success of the former model's Caliche Rum, they decided to launch it. neWS DeSK
the Hobbit: An Unexpected Voyage holds onto first place at the worldwide box office with $139.4M in earnings for the weekend through December 30, according to Rentrak. Peter Jackson's film dominates for the third consecutive weekend, now counting earnings of $686.7M across the globe for the eighthbest performance of 2012, ahead of Hunger Games ($686.5M). Out in nine territories, the musical Les Misérables takes second place with $66.3M. Ang Lee's Life of Pi is next, adding $43M to its coffer, while Jack Reacher, the thriller starring Tom Cruise, is in fourth with $32.1M. Meanwhile, Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained debuts in fifth place with $30.7M -- revenues generated only on North America, where it has so far been released. neWS DeSK
Being naked was nerve-racking, says Helen Hunt Helen Hunt who plays a sex surrogate in her new movie 'The Sessions,' spends much of her screen time "utterly naked." Hunt, who plays Cheryl Cohen Greene in the flick, said that her jaw dropped at the prospect, the Daily Mail reported.She helps journalist and poet Mark O'Brien - played by John Hawkes - who was paralysed with polio, lose his virginity. She added that she didn't care about what people think of her body, as she cared more about being part of a "beautiful story." However, she does say that being naked was nerve-racking because you can always think of some way in which your body should be different. neWS DeSK
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a talk with imran Khan
N his just over four-year career in the industry, people have wondered about actor Imran Khan. His debut film, Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na (2008) made audiences and critics alike position him, together with Ranbir Kapoor, as a potential successor to today’s Bollywood’s superstars. But somehow, he never quite seemed to live up to that expectation. That seems set to change this year, when a slew of movies he stars in will release, including those by filmmakers such as Karan Johar, Vishal Bhardwaj, Milan Luthria and Tigmanshu Dhulia. With a wide variety of roles that explore his talent, the good-looking young man stands revealed as a person with a silentlycontrolled ambition. And as we spend time with him during this exclusive interview at a suburban five-star hotel, we find ourselves pretty impressed with Imran. He’s your boy next door who enjoys stardom, but is pretty sorted in his head. Read on to learn his thoughts on his career, marriage, frustrations, Ranbir Kapoor, filmmaker Mansoor Khan (his uncle) and reviving the legendary Nasir Hussain banner.
What are your plans for 2013? It’s an interesting year for me. I am enjoying my work. For the first time, I will be supported by big directors as well. Every success I have had so far was given to me by a new guy, who had just begun his career too. I see tremendous benefits in working with high-profile directors. They lend you a lot of confidence with their experience. They shape and guide you.
Are you planning to revive your grandfather Nasir Hussain’s banner?
oscar winner charlie theron and baby Jackson arrive at los angeles international airport after a flight from miami.
The banner has been silent since 2000. Nana (Nasir Hussain) passed away and my mama Mansoor Khan (director of movies like Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar; 1992 and Josh; 2000) is not looking into production anymore. There was a time when it was considered a privilege to work in a Nasir Hussain movie. It has a legacy of rich films. I think it would be a tragedy to let it all slip away. Look at Aditya Chopra and Karan
Weekend Wrap-Up: Bethenny Frankel files for divorce; Josh Brolin busted for bublic intoxication While celebs from coast to coast kicked off the new year with glitzy celebrations, not every star eased into 2013 without a hitch. Bethenny Frankel filed for divorce from her husband Jason Hoppy this weekend, and Josh Brolin was busted after he partied a little too hard on New Year's Day. But, those weren't the only major recent happenings in entertainment news. We've got all the details on Thomas Gibson's arrest, Kim Kardashian's baby bumpin' appearances and more, right here. • Splitsville: Just a week after announcing that she and husband Jason Hoppy were separating, Bethenny Frankel filed for divorce. • Positive Criticism: French drama Amour scored big with the National Society of Film Critics, during their annual meeting Saturday, winning Best Picture, Best Director for Michael Haneke and Best Actress for Emmanuelle Riva. • Busted: Josh Brolin had a little bit too much fun ringing in the New Year, getting busted on Jan. 1 in Santa Monica for public intoxication. Meanwhile, Criminal Minds star Thomas Gibson was also arrested Sunday morning on suspicion of DUI. • Missing: The son of Missoni's founders, Vittorio Missoni, is missing after his plane disappeared in Venezuela Friday. • Baby Bumpin': Mom-to-be Kim Kardashian covered up her bump in a sexy black dress as she hosted the 17th annual ICED Festival at Cowboys Dance Hall in Calgary, Canada, and then made an appearance in Miami. • Amicable Split: Courteney Cox said her ex-hubby David Arquette is her "best friend" in spite of the duo filing for divorce last June. • Reviews Are In: Find out what the critics had to say about Gangster Squad. • Fresh Ink: Yep, Justin Bieber got another tattoo. • Going Strong: Katy Perry and John Mayer were spotted holding hands as they left a romantic dinner at Osteria Mozza in West Hollywood Friday. Lea Michele and Cory Monteith return from their vacation Hawaii. Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis enjoy dinner with friends in Brazil. • Box Office: Texas Chainsaw 3D topped this weekend's box office at $23 million, followed by Django Unchained at $20.1 million and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey at $17.5 million. neWS DeSK
Johar — how remarkably they have carried forward their fathers’ legacies. I want to do that for my grandfather. What he has done for our family and the industry is immeasurable.
Is directing also on your agenda? Certainly, at some point in the future. That was what I had always wanted to do. Right now, I am discovering myself as an actor. I think, for a long time, I didn’t see myself as one. But with Vishal Bhardwaj’s film Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola, I have properly seen myself as an actor for the first time. And that’s my focus now.
What’s your equation with Ranbir Kapoor? Ranbir and I never knew each other even before we came into the industry. We met here. And someone just decided that we were best friends! We are not. He’s a cool guy with whom I can have a proper conversation. I am happy when I meet him. The equation has always been like this. It’s only in the last couple of years that we have got to know each other better. When reports about our falling out emerged in the papers, we called each other up and sorted it out man to man.
Both of you were touted as the next big thing in Bollywood, but Ranbir moved a little ahead of you. Why do you think that happened? I signed too many films, actually. I did Kidnap (2008) and Luck (2010) very early in my career. These were shot before Jaane Tu... was released. And when you are not in a position of stardom, the offers you get are different than the ones that come after success. So at that time, I chose films from among whatever was offered to me, and they didn’t work. Anyway, I find it a little strange that films I did four years ago, and which were not successful, are still talked about. Nobody else’s flops are discussed as much as mine are, and nobody talks about the last six successful films that I delivered — Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu (2012), Mere Brother Ki Dulhan (2011), Delhi Belly (2011), I Hate Luv Storys (2010) and so on. coURteSy Ht
Modern Family's Eric Stonestreet horses around with Ariel Winter on Sofia the First If you've ever watched an episode of Modern Family, you know that Eric Stonestreet is magical as Cameron. How can you not love him? But did you also know that Stonestreet is a magical flying horse? Obviously, he's not that in real life, but when he guest stars on Disney Junior's Sofia the First (which stars his Modern Family costar Ariel Winter), he totally is a flying horse. Stonestreet voices "Minimus," a magical horse who doesn't think he's up to the task of being Sofia's chosen race partner. Somehow, Stonestreet playing a talking and flying horse makes absolute sense in our head. neWS DeSK
Lilo’s lawyer says she might get off in assault case When most people head to court, they hope for Lady Luck to be on their side. Well, Lindsay Lohan's got Lady Fortune. The embattled starlet was not present in New York court this morning, but her attorney did show up for the latest round in her misdemeanor assault case, stemming from a nightclub bust-up on Nov. 29, and said that he believed his client—who was not required to and thus did not show up in court— would ultimately be cleared of the charges. And he was backed by a pretty potent power: a psychic fortune teller. "It may very well be this case does not move forward...ironically a psychic fortune teller has predicted the year 2013 will be an extremely lucky year for Lindsay Lohan," her attorney Mark Heller told reporters before leaving court. As it happens, it was an extremely short trip to court, as Heller did not even go before a judge, rather into a private room in the courthouse. No criminal complaint has yet been drawn up and no accusatory document prepared (thus no need for LiLo), but Heller's presence was required to sign some paperwork pertaining to the case. The Liz and Dick star is accused of hitting Tiffany Mitchell at Avenue nightclub the night of November 29, where she was hanging with the Wanted, and was arrested the same night. Her lawyer has long maintained her innocence. neWS DeSK
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Infotainment 14 7 resolutions for a better Earth in 2013
013 is here, and everyone is busy making (or already breaking) their New Year’s resolutions. Mother Nature took a few minutes out of her busy schedule to share a few thoughts on how to improve the situation here on our planet with some New Year’s resolutions that should be taken up by mankind. Here are the top seven resolutions for the Earth in the New Year. Take it away, Mother Nature: 1. PREvENt SPECIES fROM GOING ExtINCt: Earth is in the midst of an enormous extinction crisis, the biggest spate of die-offs since the disappearance of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, according to several studies. The world’s level of biodiversity is also down by 30 percent since the 1970s, according to a report by the World Wildlife Fund, a conservation group. The United Nations Environment Program estimates that 150 to 200 species go extinct every day, which is about 10 to 100 times the “background,” or natural, rate of extinction. One problem facing endangered species, particularly in developing countries, is poaching. Driven in part by the demand for animal parts in traditional medicine cures in parts of Asia, poaching (and capture of animals for the pet trade) has only increased — dramatically — in the past decade. A total of 633 rhinos were killed in South Africa in 2012, for example, according to Reuters. Compare that with 448 killed in 2011 and 13 killed in 2007. Poaching is largely to blame for the extinction of many creatures, including a subspecies of Javan rhino in Vietnam in 2010. It’s hard to focus on other animals and plants all the time. But humans are animals who come from a world replete with other creatures and forms of life. Even now, surrounded as many of you are by urban centers, devoid of forests and most wildlife, people depend on plants and animals for survival. Ultimately the loss of biodiversity will hurt you, as you, dear humans, are part of the web of life. Each species serves a specific function that can’t be wholly replaced if one goes extinct, leading to a less productive ecosystem which ultimately provides fewer benefits for humans. 2. PRESERvE tHE RAINfOREStS: Rainforests are vital reservoirs of plants, animals and microbes. Most terrestrial animals aren’t the big, charismatic species like elephants and tigers often associated with the jungles, but rainforest-dwelling arthropods (a group that includes insects, arachnids and crustaceans, all of which have hard exoskeletons). Arthropods are the most diverse group of animals in the world and perform all kinds of vital roles in their environments, from eating fecal matter to pollinating flowers. Rainforests
also contain plants than can help humans; compounds derived from these plants have been used to create many medicines, including the anti-malarial drug quinine, originally found in the Amazon’s cinchona tree. It’d be a shame to lose such wealth before even discovering it. The forests also supply the planet with an enormous supply of oxygen. Even so, from 2000 to 2010, for example, about 93,000 square miles of the Amazon rainforest were razed, covering an area roughly the size of the United Kingdom. 3. PROtECt AREAS WItH HIGH BIODIvERSIty: Not all areas are created equal. Certain places should be left alone, such as those that are home to endangered species, species found nowhere else, particularly high varieties of species and those that provide other important ecological benefits. Examples of areas that need your special attention include Madagascar, which is like no other place in the world — it is the only spot where lemurs and many other unique life-forms dwell. But forest and grassland habitat on this island off the coast of Africa is being destroyed rapidly; Madagascar has lost at least 90 percent of its original forest cover. Another jewel would be the Philippines, which has one of the highest levels of biodiversity on the planet, but is threatened by deforestation and development. A single recent expedition found more than 300 species that are likely new to science, including a deep-sea shark that can inflate itself when frightened. But these species are potentially in danger from human activities, while other species could go extinct there and in other spots before they are even discovered. 4. REDUCE GREENHOUSE GASES AND LIMIt CLIMAtE CHANGE: Humans are a gassy bunch, burning fossil fuels and increasing the concentration of carbon
Double-star systems can be dangerous for exoplanets
LIEN planets born in widely separated twostar systems face a grave danger of being booted into interstellar space, a new study suggests. Exoplanets circling a star with a far-flung stellar companion — worlds that are part of “wide binary” systems — are susceptible to violent and dramatic orbital disruptions, including outright ejection, the study found. Such effects are generally limited to sprawling planetary systems with at least one distantly orbiting world, while more compact systems are relatively immune. This finding, which observational evidence supports, should help astronomers better understand the structure and evolution of alien solar systems across the galaxy, researchers said. “The fact that planets observed within wide binaries tend to have more eccentric (or ‘excited’) orbits than those around isolated stars tells us that wide binaries do often disrupt planetary systems,” lead author Nathan Kaib, of Northwestern University and the University of Toronto, told SPACE.com via email. “Thus, we believe most planetary systems are extended, with outer planets orbiting at tens of AU from their host stars,” Kaib added. (One AU, or astronomical unit, equals the distance from Earth to the sun — about 93 million miles, or 150 million kilometers.) neWS DeSK
dioxide, methane and other heattrapping gases in the atmosphere. Many climate scientists have estimated that the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere must be limited to 350 parts per million (ppm) to avoid the worst effects of a human-altered climate, such as warmer temperatures, more frequent heat waves and droughts, sea level rise and even more extinction of animals that can’t quickly adapt to climate change. The current concentration is nearly 393 ppm and rising about 2 ppm annually, according to the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii. To avert the worst effects of global warming, humans would need to quickly find alternative fuel sources — look back to what’s been provided to you and harness the sun or the wind or heat from the Earth. The worst effects of warming can be seen in the Arctic and Antarctic, due to a phenomenon called polar amplification. Many areas throughout the Arctic have already warmed by 3 degrees Fahrenheit (1.7 degrees Celsius) over the last 30 years, heating up much more quickly than the rest of the world and acting as harbingers of things to come. The poles are also home to magnificent animals like polar bears and penguins,which are sensitive to environmental changes. And that’s not to mention the fact these areas store enough frozen water that, if melted, would put most of the world’s current urban areas under water. And even if these areas don’t completely melt, they could still cause significant sea-level rise. 5. CURB WAtER POLLUtION: Humans are really shooting themselves in the foot with this one. Although big strides have been taken in the United States, Europe and elsewhere, it remains an enormous and growing problem throughout many parts of the world, including China, parts of south Asia and Africa.
Besides the obvious detriments of polluting one’s own drinking water, pollution from agricultural runoff, when it reaches the oceans, also creates so-called dead zones — algae blooms develop and consume all the oxygen in the area and other species that need oxygen die off. The dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico has been steadily growing and recently covered an area roughly the size of New Jersey. Pollution also contributes to coral disease, which is a major unrecognized factor in the decline of coral reefs — top spots for biodiversity (see Resolution #3). 6. BEttER MANAGE fISHERIES AND CURB SHARK fINNING: Commercial-fishing techniques are leading to the deaths of too many fish, sea turtles and marine mammals, often when these creatures aren’t targeted by fishermen. The worst of these techniques is the use of large nets (including dragnets, seines and driftnets, which catch just about everything in their path) and longline fishing, wherein hundreds or thousands of hooks are suspended up to many miles behind boats. The average longline in the Gulf of Mexico stretches for 30 miles, and more than half of the tuna and swordfish caught are thrown back, most of which die, according to the Pew Environment group. The hunting of sharks has also increased dramatically, primarily due to increased demand for shark fin soup in China, a substance that has repeatedly been shown to be high in toxins. Up to 73 million sharks are killed each year to quench this demand. Ocean ecosystems depend upon these predators to keep the web of life balanced. 7. CONSUME LESS: This one is pretty simple: consume less. Especially Americans, who could still survive using less energy and water; most of the world gets by on a fraction. Reuse of materials may be another good practice. This could mean simple changes like reusing shopping bags, alleviating the need for more plastic and paper. Many items also needn’t be thrown away merely because they are out of fashion. A recent study found that a large percentage of appliances that are thrown away still function properly. In addition, boost energy efficiency by making and buying better cars, like hybrids or electric vehicles powered by renewable sources. You can also do simple things like turning off lights and appliances, using programmable thermostats and replacing air filters in HVAC systems. Using less plastic would be another good place to start. Now, plastic is found in just about every corner of the globe, for example in thegreat Pacific garbage patch, known to scientists as the North Pacific Subtropial Gyre and even on the floor of the Arctic Ocean. neWS DeSK
Curiosity rover snaps picture of ‘Martian flower’?
O, can flowers grow at -65 Fahrenheit? That was apparently the belief of one website reader after the Curiosity rover sent back a photo of a hard-to-identify, light-colored object on Mars, Space.com reports. Noting its reflection of sunlight, “translucent appearance,” and “irregular confirmation (like pistils),” the reader on Above Top Secret dubbed it a “Martian Flower.” Other readers likened it to a crystal, quartz rock, “part of the rover,” and “the ring I lost years ago. I wondered where it had go to!” So NBC’s Alan Boyle went to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory for answers. He asked whether the “flower” might be a broken part of Curiosity, as was another tiny, bright object the rover spotted in October. “That appears to be part of the rock, not debris from the spacecraft,” said a spokesperson. That’s all for now—but Boyle concludes that if flowers really are growing on Mars, “you’ll know it’s time to cue up the ‘X-Files’ theme. Either way, the truth is out there.” neWS DeSK
Mom finds python wrapped around her baby
MAGINE waking up to find a 6-foot python wrapped around your baby’s arm. That’s what Tess Guthrie experienced yesterday when her cat’s hissing roused her at 3:30am in the Australian town of Lismore, Australia’s News Network reports. With the snake wrapped three times around her two-year-old daughter, Zara, Tess clutched the snake near its head—causing it to bite Zara’s hand three times. A snake-removal service came to take the python, and Zara was treated briefly in a hospital. “The snake, not in any way, shape or form, had intended to eat the baby—it was trying to have a group hug,” said snake remover Tex Tillis. He complimented Tess on her quick thinking and her willingness to let the python be freed in the wild only 3 miles from her house: “Not only is she courageous and gutsy but she’s compassionate.” The 22-year-old mom believes that her cat’s weird behavior of late is proof that the reptile had been lurking behind the bedside table for days. neWS DeSK
Self-driving cars to take Girl drugs parents’ the stage at CeS milkshakes to go online T A teenager who thought her parents’ 10pm cutoff of the Internet was too strict spiked their milkshakes with prescription sleeping meds so she could go online, police say. It worked. When her parents passed out, the 15-year-old girl and a 16year-old friend were able to log on, reports the Sacramento Bee. But when her parents woke the next morning feeling like death, they picked up drug-testing kits, figured out what happened, and called police, who brought the girls to juvie hall. They face charges of conspiracy and “willfully mingling a pharmaceutical with food,” reports the local Rocklin & Roseville Today. And what did they do online after the bizarre plot actually worked? Police don’t know—and they don’t care. “For our investigation, that wasn’t as important as the drugging with the milkshake,” says a spokesman. neWS DeSK
OYOTA and Audi are set to announce selfdriving cars at CES this week, indicating that the technology really may be about to hit the mainstream. Toyota has released a brief video clip of its new Lexus advanced active safety research vehicle (AASRV) car in action. Complete with on-board radar and video cameras, it’s a Lexus LS 600h fitted with Toyota’s Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) technology, and looks a lot like Google’s famous prototypes. It monitors everything from whether the driver’s fallen asleep to the color of traffic lights and the position of nearby pedestrians, other cars and road markings. It can also communicate with other vehicles. “Not the Jetsons yet, but our adv active safety research car is leading the industry into a new automated era,” says the company in a tweet. The company’s top-of-the-range Lexus LS already boasts radar that can detect people walking in front of a vehicle and automatically stop the car. According to the Wall Street Journal, Audi has also developed a self-driving prototype. At CES this week, it’s expected to give a demo of the car finding a parking space and parking itself without any help from the driver. Driverless cars are now legal in California and Nevada, and Volvo and Nissan have already demonstrated prototypes, with Volvo promising commercial models by next year. neWS DeSK
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PCB chairman has high hopes of Bangladesh touring Pakistan LAHore Staff RepoRt
OHAMMAD Zaka Ashraf, Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board has said the tour of Bangladesh to Pakistan is still on and only date adjustments are being worked out in consultation with the Bangladesh Cricket Board. “Bangladesh team's tour to Pakistan is not off, it is still on and we are working on adjusting dates of the tour with the cooperation of BCB,” he told newsmen here Monday on return of the Pakistan team after winning the one-day series in India. Pakistan team was accorded a warm welcome on its arrival at Lahore airport and all the players and the team management officials were profusely garlanded. PCB Chief said he had a productive meeting with head of BCB, Nazamul Hasan and they discussed the tour of Bangladesh team to Pakistan. “We are confident that we will soon be announcing the dates of the tour.” To the much surprise of the journalists, the PCB chairman said that the Indian team will tour Pakistan in the near future as cricket diplomacy has paved the way for revival of bilateral series. When his attention was drawn to the statement of the Indian Cricket Board authorities that the Indian team will not visit Pakistan as the country (Pakistan) needs to improve its security and law and order situation, the chairman said: “We are
working on it (on the tour of Indian team to Pakistan) and we will be giving a very good news to the nation in this regard very soon as both the countries are involved in cricket diplomacy,” he asserted. Chairman PCB attributed Pak team's
success in three match one day series to collective team efforts and hard work of the players. “It is a memorable victory which the team achieved after 2005, the last time it won against India and I would say that all the players did their best to
inspire the team to success.” Zaka said that the Pakistan team is gelling into a winning combination with each passing day and it is hoped that it will continue the flow of its success in its future ventures.
Saeed becomes third, Hafeez now No 1 ranked all-rounder
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Pakistan opener Nasir Jamshed has made the biggest move in the latest ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen. In the latest rankings released on Monday, a day after the conclusion of the three-ODI series between traditional rivals India and Pakistan, Nasir has jumped 45 places to 31st spot, while India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has returned to the top five after putting up a consistent performance with the bat in the series, which was won by Pakistan by 2-1. In the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI bowlers, Pakistan’s duo of Saeed Ajmal and Junaid Khan have also made gains, while Mohammad Hafeez has now become the number-one ranked ODI allrounder for the first time in his career. Jamshed was the top run-getter on either side with 241 runs, which included back-to-back centuries in Chennai and Kolkata. Nasir’s exploits with the bat fetched him the Player of the Series award,
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and he achieved a career best ratings of 588 to reach 31st position. Other batsmen to make upward movements include Suresh Raina in 26th (up by one) and Shoaib Malik in 78th (up by two), while Yuvraj Singh has re-entered the rankings in 41st position. The batting table is still headed by South Africa's Hashim Amla followed by teammate AB de Villiers in second place, with Virat Kohli moving down a place to third. The three-match ODI series was the first series between the Asian neighbours in five years. Sunday’s match in New Delhi, which was won by India by 10 runs, was watched by ICC Chief Executive David Richardson, who was thrilled with the match. He later said:” We must praise the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for making room in a very tight schedule to accommodate these iconic fixtures. “There is no doubt that there is something special about the atmosphere when Pakistan and India meet and I am sure both the BCCI and the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) will do their best to ensure
that these games remain, where possible, an integral part of the cricketing calendar in the years ahead. “Like me, I am sure that many millions of cricket lovers across the world enjoyed watching an outstanding standard of intense and competitive international cricket played in the right spirit in front of passionate crowds who packed some of India’s most famous grounds. Congratulations are due to both sides.” Number-one ranked bowler Saeed Ajmal scalped eight wickets in the series at an average of 10.75, which has helped him achieve career-best rating of 801 points. Saeed has now became the third Pakistan bowler after Wasim Akram and Saqlain Mushtaq to break the 800-point barrier, which in ranking terms is the benchmark for top bowlers. Saeed’s 801 points has put him in joint 25th position along with West Indies’ Courtney Walsh in the Reliance ICC Best-Ever ODI Ratings. Pakistan paceman Junaid Khan, who was the joint-highest wicket-taker with Saeed with eight scalps, has been served with a rise of 62 places to
55th, which has helped him achieve his career-best rating of 466 during the series. Meanwhile, Pakistan's Mohammad Hafeez has claimed the number-one spot in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI all-rounders following his combined effort with the bat and the ball during the series. Hafeez struck 97 runs with the bat and took three wickets during the series. Hafeez has moved up three places to 36th in the batting table and has also retained his second rank in the bowlers’ table. Pakistan has gained three ratings points following a 2-1 series win. Misbahul-Haq’s team had started the series on 104 ratings points and it finished on 107 ratings points to hold on to its sixth position on the Reliance ICC ODI Championship Table. Pakistan now trails fifth-placed Sri Lanka by just three ratings points. India, which had had an opportunity to leapfrog number-one ranked England and number-two ranked South Africa had it won all the three matches, has finished on 117 ratings points after dropping three ratings points. However, India still has a chance to reclaim the number-one ranking if it beats England 41 or better in the forthcoming series that starts in Rajkot on Friday 11 January. Reliance Icc oDI championship (as on 7 January, after India-pakistan series) Rank team Rating 1 England 121 2 South Africa 121 3 India 117 (-3) 4 Australia 113 5 Sri Lanka 110 6 Pakistan 107 (+3) 7 West Indies 88 8 Bangladesh 78 9 New Zealand 72 10 Zimbabwe 50 11 Ireland 35 12 Netherlands 16 13 Kenya 11
He said the sterling performance of the Pak team left the Indian crowds in surprise as they (crowds) were not expecting that quality form and performance from the Pak team. Pak one-day captain Misbah ul Haq said the team achieved a milestone by beating India by putting up a collective show. “It is a big victory , a big success and its credit goes to the entire team which also has young players in the ranks who underlined their talent with splendid performance,” he said. He dispelled an impression that Pakistan team seemed relaxed in the third and last one day. “We were fully focused and determined to win the last game but unfortunately we could not get a faouvrable result as the Indian team fought back in a better way.” Pak T20 captain, Muhammad Hafeez said he congratulates the whole nation on team's success which came after eight years. “Team excelled in all departments of the game and our young players, specially Nasir Jamshid, Mohammad Irfan and Junaid Khan led from the front to better the fortune of the team,” he said. He further added: “Hard work and training on part of the team management motivated every player to fight with a renewed zeal to beat India in their own backyard.” He said the hard work of players and commitment proved that how good the Pakistan team is. “We waited long for this tour and worked really hard and all the players gave their best to outshine India.”
Build-up to the icc champions trophy 2013 LAHore Staff RepoRt
The Pakistan and India three-match oneday series has served as a curtain-raiser to a mouth-watering clash between the two sides in the ICC Champions Trophy 2013, which will be held in England and Wales from June 6-23. The two sides will go head-to-head on Saturday 15 June in a Group B match in what will be the final edition of the event. While India will aim to avenge not only the home series defeat but also to register its first win over Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy, Pakistan will be looking to finish the event with a clean sheet against its traditional rival. Interestingly, Pakistan has never beaten India in an ICC Cricket World Cup match but has never lost to India in the ICC Champions Trophy. Other sides in Group B of the ICC Champions Trophy are 1998 winner South Africa and 2004 champion West Indies. The tournament opener will feature the two former winners when South Africa, takes on the 2002 champion India in Cardiff on 6 June. The following day, the West Indies will face Pakistan at The Oval. Group A includes defending champion Australia, 2000 winner New Zealand and 2002 champion Sri Lanka, along with host England which reached the final when it last staged the event in 2004. The semi-finals of the ICC Champions Trophy will be staged at The Oval (19 June) and in Cardiff (20 June) while Edgbaston will be the venue of the final, to be played on 23 June. A thing to note here is that the tickets to see two of cricket's biggest rivals - India and Pakistan - clash in the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 sold out in just three hours after going on general sale.
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‘Wasim's tips on inswing helped me’ sPorts Desk
UNAID Khan, the Pakistan left-arm fast bowler, has credited Wasim Akram for helping him develop the incoming delivery for right-handed batsmen, which led to him picking up eight wickets in the threematch ODI series that concluded in Delhi on Sunday. Junaid was most potent in the first ODI in Chennai, taking out four of the top five to reduce India to 29 for 5. He also took two top-order wickets in the second ODI in Kolkata, finishing with 3 for 39. The Indian batsmen had struggled to counter Junaid's swing and his contributions helped Pakistan take the
weather made the difference in chase: misbah DeLHi
"I have been a bowler who has relied on bowling outswingers consistently at a good pace. It was Wasim bhai (Akram) who told me to develop the incoming delivery which would be my weapon against the Indian right-handers," Junaid told PTI. Junaid had dismissed Virender Sehwag with an incoming delivery in Chennai and Virat Kohli in all three matches. "It's very natural for left-arm fast bowlers to slant it across the right-handers," Junaid said. "Once a guy like Virender Sehwag gauges the length of the awaygoing deliveries, you can be murdered. When I did my homework, I found out that Sehwag has a problem with the ball that comes in. I then started working hard on that incoming delivery with our
Pakistan, India hockey series to be a great success: Bajwa LAHore
Pakistan's captain Misbah-ul Haq has said changes in conditions through the course of the day were responsible for India securing a ten-run victory in the third ODI in Delhi. Defeat for Pakistan, who won the series 2-1, came after their attack put on another quality display, restricting India to 167, but their batsmen failed to chase down the target. Delhi had recorded another cold day, the minimum temperature dipping to 1.9 degrees late into the night, which made the run chase difficult for the visitors. "The weather made all the difference. Survival became difficult as the fog descended," Misbah said. "The pitch, which looked like a batting track, changed its behaviour as the temperature dipped. I did not expect such moisture. So weather played a crucial role." At the toss, Misbah had said Pakistan were used to playing in cold conditions because Lahore also has similar weather conditions at this time of the year. But the fog along with the cold made it more difficult for his batsmen to settle down during the chase.
Buoyed by the success of the recently-concluded Paksiatn-India bilateral cricket series, the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) and players are confident that the upcoming hockey series between the traditional arch-rivals will be a huge hit. India and Pakistan will resume bilateral hockey ties after seven years in March-April this year. Pakistan will first tour the country for a five-Test series in March and then in a return goodwill gesture, the Indian hockey team is expected to tour Pakistan a month later in May for another five-Test series. “After the tremendous success of the cricket series, we are confident that the upcoming hockey series will be equally or even more successful. People are eager to see Asian stalwarts playing against each other,” PHF general secretary Asif Bajwa said. Bajwa’s comments came after the successful resumption of bilateral cricket ties between the two coun-
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tries, which was stalled since 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. Pakistan won the three-match ODI series 2-1 and drew the T20 series 1-1 during the short limited overs tour. “Hockey is the national game of Pakistan and I am sure Indian team’s tour will be a memorable one,” Bajwa said. Pakistan striker Muhammad Rizwan (Senior) said that people back home have already started enquiring about the much-anticipated series. “I have no doubts that the hockey series between India and Pakistan will be more successful. People have started enquiring about details like venues and tickets. People are also eager to apply for Indian visa so that they can also watch some matches in India,” Rizwan (Senior) said. Playing in India is always a delight for midfielder Muhammad Tousiq. “We have seen the atmostphere in Delhi CWG when the (Major Dhyan Chand) National Stadium was jam-packed during the India-Pakistan encounter. The atmostphere
will be no different in the forthcoming series, said Tousiq, who will turn out for Mumbai Magicians in the inaugural Hockey India League to be held from January 14 to February 10. “I still remember when India toured Pakistan in 2006. The stadiums in Lahore, Rawalpindi and Faisalabad have witnessed the same euphoria. People love to see India— Pakistan matches and even we players eagerly wait for it.” Forward Shafqat Rasool feels that both the teams can learn a lot from each other if they play on regular basis. “We would love to play against each other on regular basis as we play the same Asian style of hockey. Europeans play against each other frequently and that is why they are ahead of us today. India and Pakistan will also improve a lot if we play against each other on regular basis,” he said. The last Indo-Pak hockey Test series, with three matches in each country, was held in early 2006. Pakistan had won three matches, India had clinched one while the remaining two were drawn.
sPorts Desk Sri Lanka coach Graham Ford said his side had positives to take from a 3-0 drubbing in Australia, but had ultimately been undone by inconsistency, after Australia completed the whitewash with a five-wicket win in Sydney. Previously in the series, Sri Lanka had been close to achieving a draw in Hobart, where they were bowled out with only 10.4 overs remaining until stumps on day five, but had also sunk to their third-heaviest defeat in the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne. The visitors could not dominate Australia throughout the series, and also conceded substantial first-innings deficits in each match. The batsmen could only muster one score in excess of 300, and only once batted out a session without losing a wicket. Sri Lanka were also sloppy in the field, particularly in Melbourne where five chances went down in Australia's innings, and did not sustain pressure on Australia with the ball. Their poor use of the DRS also contributed to their failure. "We've got to look at ourselves and accept there were areas where we were short and consistency is an important thing," Ford said. "There were periods when we were every bit as good as the Australians, but we weren't able to sustain that. We had the odd session every now and then when we set ourselves back quite badly." Ford said Sri Lanka were encouraged by their performance in Sydney, particularly as their batting in the last Test was driven largely by contributions from the side's young batsmen. Twenty threeyear-old Lahiru Thirimanne's 91 was the highest score in the first innings, while Dimuth Karunaratne, 24, top-scored in the second innings with 85. Dinesh Chandimal, 23, then helped his side recover from a middle-order collapse, as he batted with the tail to take Sri Lanka's lead to 140. He made 62 not out, having forged a 41-run partnership with Nuwan Pradeep for the last wicket. "A couple of the young guys who have been given opportunities have shown that they can play at this level. What I was happy with on the final day was the pride and the passion and the way they went out and fought. A lot of people didn't feel the Test would continue for as long as it did. A chap like Nuwan Pradeep going out and handling some nasty pace he wasn't equipped to handle - he really showed some character, along with young Chandimal. The boys certainly never gave up in the field until the last run was scored. "I think what's been positive is that the young batsmen have handled their time out of the side so well. They've kept working on their game and kept talking about how they will be absolutely ready when they do get their chance.
WARNE BANNED FOR ONE BBL MATCH MeLBoUrne agencIeS
Newage and the combined team of PAF and Rising Sun drew first blood on the opening day of the Lahore Garrison Polo Cup-2013 that saddled into action on Monday here at the Fortress Stadium Lahore Cantt. In the first match, Newage defeated Guard Group by eight goals to five. Shah Shamyl Alam with four goals, Bilal Haye with two goals and Usman Haye, Adnan Jalil Azam sharing one goal each made the win possible for Newage. On the other hand Guard Group got their share of goals through Major Omer Minhas who scored three goals while Taimur Ali Malik and Lt Col (R ) Asif Zahoor shared one goal each for Guard Group. In the second match, PAF-Rising Sun cut into half Ravi Autos by eight goals to four. Ahmed Ali Tiwana having scored six goals while Atif Yar Tiwana and Sqn Ldr Fahd Aziz shared one goal each to keep their team Rising. The losing side Ravi Autos, however, reduced the margin through Mawaz Khan who was the lone hurdle in the team hitting all the four goals converted by his team.
appreciable reverse swing in that Test to put Sri Lanka under pressure. In his short career with Pakistan, Junaid has established a reputation for being one of the quickest bowlers in the country. However, he says swing is more important to him than pace. "I don't want to compromise on pace but swing is the most important aspect of my bowling," he said. "One might get adjusted to pace but if one has the ability to move the ball consistently at a decent pace, he can create trouble in batsmen's mind." He said it was a team effort that helped Pakistan win. "I was never under any kind of pressure to perform. I also got a lot of back-up from the other end as Mohammed Irfan and Umar Gul also bowled superbly. It was certainly a collective effort."
c h i e f bowling coach Mohammed Akram." This is not the first time Junaid has credited Wasim for his development as a fast bowler. Last June, after taking 5 for 73 on a flat SSC pitch in a Test against Sri Lanka, Junaid spoke of how he was inspired by Wasim's spell in the 1992 World Cup final, where his two wickets in successive deliveries turned the game Pakistan's way. Junaid said he had watched the Youtube video of it and Wasim himself had passed on tips on reverse swing. Junaid found
sl undone by inconsistency: ford
Shane Warne might have played his last game of this Big Bash League campaign after being suspended for one match following his ugly clash with Marlon Samuels on Sunday night. Warne, the Melbourne Stars captain, was also fined $4500 following the fracas in the derby against the Melbourne Renegades at the MCG, while Samuels is yet to face his hearing after also being charged over the incidents. Warne was charged with four breaches of Cricket Australia's Code of Behaviour and found guilty of three; Samuels was charged with two offences. Warne's suspension means he will miss the Stars' last qualifying match at home to the Sydney Thunder on Tuesday and his chances of taking any further part in the tournament will hinge on whether his side, which is one of four sides locked together on four wins in the middle of the points table, reaches the finals. Warne confronted Samuels physically and verbally during the Melbourne Renegades innings at the MCG, seemingly in retaliation for an incident that had occurred earlier during the Melbourne Stars innings. During that incident, the bowler Samuels
grabbed David Hussey by the shirt and prevented him taking off for a second run, a strange act given that Hussey's path had not taken him into contact with Samuels. Later while Samuels was batting, he took off for a run and turned back, after which Warne came down the pitch and said to Samuels: "You want to grab some more people? F*** you Marlon." Warne, who was wearing a Fox Sports microphone at the time, then grabbed Samuels' shirt, apparently to demonstrate what he felt Samuels had done wrong earlier, and pointed at him threateningly. The clash continued in the next over when Warne collected the ball running in from the off side and under-armed it into the body of Samuels, who was in his crease not attempting a run. Samuels responded by tossing his bat down the pitch, vaguely in the direction of Warne. On Monday morning, Cricket Australia confirmed a long list of charges from the incidents. Warne was found guilty of three: showing serious dissent at an umpire's decision; engaging in inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with another player; and using obscene, offensive or generally insulting language to another player. He was found not guilty of throwing the ball at or near a player in an inappro-
priate and/or dangerous manner. After the hearing, Warne indicated that he would consider appealing the suspension, but later in the day he decided to accept his ban and hoped the Stars reached the finals. In a series of tweets, Warne also expressed disappointment at
his own actions. "I have always been passionate when I play cricket and had the game at heart along with its image..." he tweeted. "I'm disappointed at some of my actions last night as captain & as a player,but I'm also very disappointed at the severe penalty I received!"
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History rePeats itself: suarez repeates his worldcup act ‘hand of god’ in a match between liverpool and mansfield.
LAHORE: The Railways Sports Board on Monday announced that it will reward its women hockey team for winning the first women hockey challenge cup. “We will soon be giving cash prizes to the team members and officials at a ceremony to acknowledge their achievement for winning the title” ,said a spokesman of Railways Sports Board here. Railways team beat fancied Wapda 2-0 in the final to win the event. Staff RepoRt
stags beat ch sports by 7 wickets LAHORE: SPM Stags scored impressive 7-wicket win over Chaudhary Sports in a match of the 4thSPM Lahore veteran cricket league here on Monday at Stags cricket ground. Scores: Chaudhary Sports batted first 184/9 after 30 overs. Sarfaraz Hussain 49, Ch. Shafqat Hussain 36, Shahid Ali 26 & Naseer ul Hassan 22 runs not out. SPM Stags bowling Javeed Khan 3/22, Rehan Rauf 3/37, Khawaja Naseer ud din 2/43& Masroor Hussain 1/39 wickets. In reply SPM Stags 185/3 after 27.4 overs. Man of the match, Kamran Khan 66, Masroor Hussain 62, Muhammad Riaz 13, & Zahoor Ilahi 31 runs not out. Chaudhary Sports bowling Naseer ul Hassan 2/27 & Raza Khan 1/36 wickets. Muhammad Asif and Qaisar Waheed were the umpires & Zahoor Alam was the scorer. Staff RepoRt
Junior u21 Hockey at faisalabad LAHORE: The 32ndJunior U-21 National Hockey Championship will be played at Faisalabad Hockey Stadium from January 29 to February 7 under the aegis of by Punjab Hockey Association in collaboration with Pakistan Hockey Federation.. “The event is of importance for identifying new talent to groom it keeping in view the building of the teams for 10thJunior World Cup being played in India in December this year,” said a spokesman of PHF here on Monday. The players born on and after 1stJanuary 1992, duly registered with their District/ Provincial Association are eligible to participate. The participants will carry their original CNIC& NADRA ‘B’ Form with them and will produce the same to the” Age Credentials Check Committee” on demand. The PHF has appointed” Age Credentials Check Committee” which with the help Local NADRA Staff will verify and check the ages of the players and will recommend” Bone Test” or may resort to” Facial Scrutiny”to disqualify the over-age players. The concealment of age factor will render the player & team manager involved, to debarment, which may be up to one year. Staff RepoRt
winter warriors tournament KARACHI: An offline fighting game Winter Warriors Tournament (WWT) was organized by Mknexusonline.com & Pakbestgamers.com in Karachi. At least 30 participants including video game experts of the metropolis Kashif Sultan, Farhan, Kashif Basir , Omer Khan, Paul Hendrick, Leo, Nabeel, Kamran, Muzzaffar, Jawad, Sadiq, Waseem, Khalid , Sohail , Zia and Yasir have attended the tournament. Hammad was declared winner while Mehtab stood runner-up in the tournament. Website owner Tariq Rathore said that he avail opportunity to bring the trend of gaming tournament in Pakistan which is a good sign to bring attention of youth along with international gaming competition took place in different part of world. Staff RepoRt
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Stosur's poor home form continues with Sydney defeat
HE former US Open champion also crashed out of the first round in Brisbane last week and local hopes the 28year-old could be Australia's first women's champion at Melbourne Park since Christine O'Neil in 1978 now appear increasingly slim. Stosur underwent ankle surgery less than six weeks ago and has appeared rusty, though she has also endured a woeful run in her native country over the last two seasons, winning just once in six matches. The Australian Open, the year's first grand slam, starts on next Monday. Zheng's 6-3 6-7 6-4 victory in two hours, 43 minutes ensured that she could still set up a possible quarter-final clash against compatriot Li Na, who was forced into a dogfight in the heat before overcoming American Christina McHale 7-6 7-5 to also reach the second round. The former French Open champion, runner-up in Sydney last year and winner in 2011, took almost two hours to dispatch her opponent in 30-degree temperatures. Fourth seed Li only arrived in Australia a day earlier, having beaten Klara Zakopalova to win the Shenzhen title, where the temperature outside hovered just above freezing. "I was playing in China, so I have to (get) used to the heat," Li said of her decision to play Shenzhen and Sydney as she prepared for the Australian Open. "I couldn't come straightaway to Mel-
bourne. I needed some matches in the heat conditions, otherwise I don't know what I can do in Melbourne." While Li struggled acclimatising, tournament organisers will be keeping an close eye on weather conditions on Tuesday. Sydney is expected to hit a maximum of 43 Celsius as Australia swelters in a heatwave that has sparked raging bush fires. Warm northwest winds are also expected to increase on-court temperatures closer to 50. Officials will provide shading, ice towels and additional water and sports drinks for the players, while staff will work shorter shifts to try to mitigate the effects of the heat. JANOWICZ BEAtEN: Auckland tennis fans hoping for a rematch of the final of the Paris Masters, however, were left dis-
appointed with fifth seed Jerzy Janowicz beaten by Brian Baker in the first round. The massive Pole, who lost the Paris final to Auckland top seed and champion David Ferrer, produced an error-ridden performance to crash out 4-6 7-6 6-4. The world number 26, who did not travel to the Australian Open last year because he could not afford the flights, had to qualify to make the main draw in Paris and beat five top-20 players before losing to Ferrer. Against Baker, however, the 2.03m tall Janowicz was the mark of inconsistency - brilliant for short spurts and then giving the 27-year-old American cheap points. Baker had held three match points while serving at 5-2 in the third set only for the Pole to reel off winner after winner then blast his way through his next service
game to make it 5-4. The American then again held three match points at 40-0 in the 10th game before Janowicz drew level at deuce, but his inconsistency again ended his run and Baker calmly drove a backhand down the line to seal the win. "At 40-0 he switched the switch and I don't know how many points he won in a row, but I managed to get it back," Baker said in a courtside interview. "Matches like these, if you can close them out, will hopefully build some confidence for the future." Ferrer was given a bye into the second round and will not take to the court in Auckland until Wednesday, where he will play the winner of Tuesday's first round clash between France's Benoit Paire and Taiwan's Lu Yen-hsun. WtaSyDney InteRnatIonal: zheng Jie (china) beat 6-samantha stosur (australia) 63 6-7(7) 6-4, Kimiko date-Krumm (Japan) beat casey dellacqua (australia) 6-4 6-1, svetlana Kuznetsova (russia) beat Julia goerges (germany) 3-6 6-3 6-3, 4-li na (china) beat christina mchale (us) 7-6(2) 7-5,ayumi morita (Japan) beat daniela Hantuchova (slovakia) 1-6 6-3 6-3,galina voskoboeva (Kazakhstan) beat yanina wickmayer (Belgium) 3-6 7-6(5) 6-2, 3-sara errani (italy) beat Karolina Pliskova (czech republic) 6-1 6-3, Jelena Jankovic (serbia) beat tamira Paszek (austria) 6-2 7-6(5), roberta vinci (italy) beat 8-nadia Petrova (russia) 7-5 7-5, madison Keys (us) beat lucie safarova (czech republic) 6-2 6-1, atp aUcKlanD open: Brian Baker (us) beat 5-Jerzy Janowicz (Poland) 4-6 76(5) 6-4, olivier rochus (Belgium) beat albert ramos (spain) 6-2 5-7 6-2, Xavier malisse (Belgium) beat 7-martin Klizan (slovakia) 7-6(4) 3-6 6-3, 8-thomaz Bellucci (Brazil) beat david goffin (Belgium) 7-6(5) 6-2
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RENDAN Rodgers probably had something else in mind when he introduced Luis Suarez from the bench to give Liverpool a helping hand as his team toiled to FA Cup victory against Mansfield. On the ropes against the Blue Square Bet Premier outfit, who had laid siege to the Liverpool goal as Rodgers' players defended their first-half lead, Suarez's handled goal within four minutes of entering the action tainted the Merseysiders' progression to a fourth-round tie against Oldham at Boundary Park later this month. Despite the Liverpool manager's post-match assertion that Suarez's handball was not deliberate, the Uruguayan certainly gave the ball a fair whack with his right hand before beating goalkeeper Alan Marriott from close range. Just as it would be utterly unrealistic to expect Suarez to do what Diego Maradona and Thierry Henry never did by telling the referee that the goal had been scored with his hand, it was also no surprise to hear chants of "cheat, cheat, cheat," raining down from the stands inside Field Mill. PALMED: Robbie Fowler might have urged the referee to backtrack on a penalty award during a game against Arsenal at Highbury in 1997, but that was a one-off in a hard-bitten profession where any inch is taken to claim a mile. Suarez, a 54th-minute replacement for £12m debutant Daniel Sturridge, put the game beyond Mansfield when he palmed the ball down and then kicked it into the net on 58 minutes. Referee Andre Marriner, having
‘lampard definitely leaving chelsea’ sPorts Desk The 34-year-old has widely been expected to leave the club he joined back in 2001 at the end of the season, and agent Steve Kutner claims the Blues hierarchy have confirmed that to the player. He told the Daily Mirror: "Chelsea executives told Frank in Japan during the Club World Cup then again reconfirmed with me after the Everton victory that in no circumstances will he be offered a new contract to stay at the club after the end of this season. "Nothing since has changed in any respect. "Frank has had to accept that and just wants to carry on playing football for Chelsea so as to finish the season as successfully as possible for the club that he loves." Reports over the weekend suggested Chelsea may be interested in keeping the player after all and that Lampard had offered to take a hefty pay cut to stay at the club. Fans made their feelings clear on Saturday as they chanted "sign him up" when Lampard came off the bench in Chelsea's 5-1 FA Cup win at Southampton.
djokovic ready for melbourne return Defending champion Novak Djokovic returns to the Australian Open seeking his third consecutive trophy at Melbourne Park, where memories of last year's gut-wrenching final against Rafa Nadal still linger around Rod Laver Arena's blue centre court. Last year's record-breaking epic of five punishing hours and 53 minutes secured Djokovic his fifth grand slam title while establishing the 25-year-old as tennis's indisputable iron man. SpoRtS DeSK
looked across at his linesman Mike Mullarkey, awarded the goal, despite the appeals of the incensed Mansfield players, led by Marriott. Mansfield's anger was fuelled by their team having a penalty claim turned down moments earlier when Matt Green's backheel was blocked by a stray Liverpool arm on the goal line. With tensions running high, a supporter wearing a blue and yellow jester's hat then ran onto the pitch and approached Suarez before being ushered away by stewards. Whether Suarez's handball was deliberate or not, it took the shine off a stirring cup tie, during which Mansfield belied their status as a mid-table non-league club lying 93 places behind their illustrious opponents. Having insisted prior to the game that he would be taking the tie seriously, Rodgers opted to make eight changes to his starting line-up, with the likes of Steven Gerrard, Glen Johnson and Daniel Agger given a day off altogether. Suarez, meanwhile, was named on the bench, with Rodgers perhaps mindful of the need for a 'just in case' option should the game go badly for Liverpool. When Sturridge put Liverpool ahead inside the opening 10 minutes, though, it appeared as though Rodgers' bold selection was justified after all. Having gone close moments earlier when Suso sent a 25-yard effort flashing over the crossbar, Liverpool went ahead when Sturridge recorded his first goal for the club with a crisp finish on eight minutes. The England forward displayed slick movement to escape centre-half Exodus Geohaghon and latch onto Jonjo
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Shelvey's through-ball before guiding a first-time shot past Marriott. At that stage, it appeared as though Mansfield were destined for a brutal dose of reality against the five-time European champions. But Paul Cox's team overcame their nervous start and began to push Liverpool back, taking advantage of the uneven Field Mill pitch and Geohaghon's long throw-ins, which were straight out of the Rory Delap guide to causing defensive panic. Chris Clements saw a free-kick blocked by the Liverpool wall, while the industrious Green forced Brad Jones into an important save on 32 minutes. Liverpool still carried plenty of threat, with the impressive Shelvey linking well with Sturridge, but their failure to score a second injected Mansfield with energy and belief and they were unlucky not to equalise during a vibrant start to the second half. Within the space of three minutes, Anthony Howell saw a close range shot saved before the same player was denied by the out-stretched leg of Jamie Carragher. As Mansfield heaped pressure on the Liverpool goal, Louis Briscoe forced Jones in another save before the Australian 'keeper palmed away another effort from Clements. But the goal just would not come, even when Geohaghon's downward header was saved and Green saw his backheel from two yards pushed away by the besieged Jones. Having seen his team go close to conceding, Rodgers made the change which ultimately decided the game by introducing Suarez in place of Sturridge.
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In what is a clear violation of the Supreme Court orders of May 8, 2012, the Olympic Charter and clear International Olympic Committee instructions communicated to the Government of Pakistan in several missives, Pakistan Sports Board has not invited the Pakistan Olympic Association and those National Federations whose presidents and secretaries have completed their two tenures. This playing favourites in order to create fissures in the sporting community to install their nominated people in positions of authority in the POA and the National Federation not only falls in the realm of government intervention into their affairs which is a serious breach of Olympic Charter, putting Pakistan in harm’s way for its international sporting status can be withdrawn. The International Olympic Committee’s stance aside, this is against the Supreme Court orders. As such Pakistan Olympic Association has through its legal firm Awan Raza sent a legal notice, quoting chapter and verse from the May 8, 2012 verdict, to the Federal secretary of sports who also doubles up as secretary of the Pakistan Sports Board.
england defeated in warm-up game
Sania-Huber duo into Apia International quarter-final
England collapsed to a 53-run loss against India A in their first warm-up game ahead of the ODI series. Chasing 224 from 39 overs at Delhi, England went from 32 for 0 to 175 all out. Ian Bell hit an impressive 89-ball 91, but Kevin Pietersen (19), who was opening in the absence of the ill Alastair Cook, was the only other top-seven batsman to reach double figures. England's next warm-up game, against Delhi, is today. Michael Hussey bowed out of international cricket with a win as Australia beat Sri Lanka by five wickets at Sydney to take the series 3-0. Chasing 141, Australia had a few blips along the way but an unbeaten 27 from Hussey steadied the nerves. Hussey finishes his Test career with 19 hundreds from his 79 matches, at an average of 51.52.
sPorts Desk Sania Mirza continued her impressive run in the circuit this year when she combined well with Liezel Huber to rally from a first-set deficit to down Dominika Cibulkova and Lucie Safarova 1-6, 6-0, 11-9 and enter the women's doubles quarter-final of the Apia International tennis championship in Sydney on Monday, according to information received here. It may be recalled that Sania partnered Mattek-Sands Bethanie to clinch the Brisbane International last week. "This is the best start to the year I have ever had," says the champion tennis player from Hyderabad.
Interestingly, Sania is World No 12 in the individual roll-over rankings in doubles while Mattek is World No 27. Still good enough for this duo to enter
the Australian Open Grand Slam where they are likely to be seeded No 10, according to Sania's father-cum-coach Imran Mirza.
NASIR, AJMAL cLAIMS TOP HONOURS s Pervez QAiser Nasir Jamshed scored the highest number of runs while team-mate Saeed Ajmal claimed the highest number of wickets in the just concluded three-one day match series between Pakistan and in India which former won 2-1 The Pakistani opener scored 241 runs at an average of 120.50 and a strike rate of 75.31 with two centuries in three innings of as many matches. He hit 22 fours and three six in this series. Mahendra Singh Dhoni took the number one position for hosts. The Indian skipper, scored 203 runs at 203.00 and a strike rate of 75.46 with one century and one fifty in three innings of as many matches. He hit just 12 fours and seven sixes in three innings. Saeed Ajmal shared the first sport with team mate Junaid Khan amonth the bowlers. The Pakistani off spinner claimed eight wickets at an average of
10.75 and a economical rate of 2.89 in three matches while left arm medium fast bowler, Junaid Khan took same number of wickets at 12.37 and a economical rate of 3.66. Ishant Sharma was the most successfull bowler for the hosts The right arm fast medium claimed seven wickets at 15.57 with a economical rate of 3.71 in three matches. As many as three centuries were scored, two from Pakistan side and one from the hosts. Nasir Jamshed scored both hundreds for Pakistan while India's lone hundred was scored by their skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the second match at Kolkata Two bowlers,both from Pakistan, claimed a four-wicket haul. Saeed Ajmal record his best bowling in one day internationals by taking five for 24 in 9.4 overs in the third and final match at Delhi. It was second best bowling performance by a Pakistani bowler
spinner against India Saaed Ajmal's previous best was five for 43 against England at Abu Dhabi on February 13,2012. Junaid Khan's four-wicket haul, four for 43, came in the first match at Chennai.
against India in India after Naved-ilHasan's six for 27 at Jamshedpur on April 7,2005 and best by a spinner against India. Mushtaq Ahmed's five for 36 at Toronto on September 23,1996 was the previous best by a Pakistani
top SIX BatSMen In tHe SeRIeS: Batsman nasir Jamshed mahendra singh dhoni mohammad Hafeez suresh raina younis Khan shoaib malik
m 3 3 3 3 3 3
i 3 3 3 3 3 3
n.o 1 2 1
runs 241 203 97 92 74 63
avg 120.50 203.00 32.33 30.66 24.66 31.50
H.s 106 113* 76 43 58 34*
s/r 75.31 75.46 91.50 48.42 77.89 80.76
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Best 5-24 4-43 3-34 2-27 3-41 1-26
top SIX BoWleRS In SeRIeS: Bowler saeed ajmal Junaid Khan ishant sharma Bhuvneshwar Kumar ravindra Jadeja mohammad Hafeez
m 3 3 3 3 2 3
overs 29.4 27 29.2 28 20 30
runs 86 99 109 119 60 99
wkts 8 8 7 5 4 3
avg 10.75 12.37 15.57 23.80 15.00 33.00
r/o 2.89 3.66 3.71 4.25 3.00 3.30
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Terrorists no more Several Taliban leaders to be struck off UN terrorists’ list to help move peace plan ahead g Move likely to reassure Taliban of US seriousness in peace process g
isLAMABAD SHaIQ HUSSaIn
HE United Nations (UN) is likely to remove the names of some important Taliban leaders from its list of terrorists soon following US-backed joint efforts by Pakistan and Afghanistan, a development that will fulfil a major condition of Mullah Omar-led Afghan insurgents to participate in the reconciliation process. It was in April last year that the US, Pakistan and Afghanistan agreed on a “Safe Passage Mechanism” for the Taliban leaders who wanted to enter into the intra-Afghan dialogue. The move was aimed at facilitating the safe travel of Taliban negotiators to various countries for peace talks. Senior Taliban leaders like Maulvi Shahabuddin Dilawar, who recently participated in informal peace talks in Paris along with Afghan authorities and mem-
bers of other Afghan groups, is said to have taken advantage of the agreement on ‘safe passage’ between Islamabad, Kabul and Washington. The Paris talks were held after the UN Security Council allowed an exemption last month to some blacklisted Taliban leaders to travel outside Afghanistan for peace and reconciliation talks. The UN Security Council, however, renewed its Taliban sanctions regime. There are around 130 Taliban individuals and four entities on the UN Security Council’s sanctions list. Islamabad and Kabul have been working for removal of some Taliban leaders from the UN terrorist list to impress upon Mullah Omar and his close aides to enter peace negotiations with Kabul. These efforts enjoy the support and backing of Washington as well. “The joint efforts by Pakistan and Afghanistan, which are backed by Washington, seem to be proving fruitful and we
could soon see the removal of names of senior Taliban leaders, around 10 in number, from the UN terrorists’ list,” a Pakistani diplomat based in Washington said. He said the removal of Taliban leaders’ names from the UN list meant for terrorists would be a significant step, as it would result in the fulfillment of an important condition that the Taliban have come up with for joining the Afghan reconciliation process. Before, throwing its support to Kabul’s efforts for the removal of Taliban leaders’ names from UN terrorists’ list, Islamabad released as many as 26 Taliban prisoners, including former Taliban justice minister Mullah Nooruddin Turabi, to help bring the Taliban leaders to the table of negotiations. Islamabad also agreed with the Karzai government on holding a ‘Joint Ulema Conference’ in Kabul this month as part of peace efforts in the war-torn country. An Afghan diplomat privy to the
ongoing peace and reconciliation efforts in Afghanistan also confirmed the joint efforts by Islamabad and Kabul. Requesting not to be named, he said Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who is to visit Washington soon, would also take up that vital issue with President Barack Obama and other senior American officials. Noted security and defence analyst Muhammad Amir Rana told Pakistan Today that the Taliban wanted to know how serious the US was in the peace and reconciliation process and they (Taliban) had come up with some demands, including removal of their names from the UN terrorists’ list, to ascertain the same. “The removal of Taliban names from the UN terrorists’ list would be an important confidence building measure and it will help persuade the Taliban to join the peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan,” he said.
Presidency, PM house among power defaulters Monitoring Desk The President’s House, Prime Minister’s House, intelligence agencies and defence institutions are among defaulters who have failed to make payments against use of electricity, a report issued by the Pakistan Electric Power Company (PEPCO) has revealed. Per the report submitted to the power crisis committee, the Army Military Engineering Service was a defaulter of Rs 824.6 million, army personnel deployed at borders had yet to pay Rs 89.5 million, military dairy farms owed Rs 14.7 million and Joint Staff Headquarters was to pay Rs 16.7 million. In total, the defence services owe Rs 1.13 billion, while Rs 47.9 million are outstanding against the Defence Production Division. The report said the President House was a defaulter of power dues amounting to Rs 15.8 million, Prime Minister’s Secretariat had to pay Rs 4.12 million, office and residence of Senate chairman Rs 59.9 million, residences of federal ministers Rs 13.8 million, the Supreme Court Rs 3.67 million and the Federal Shariat Court owed Rs 3.94 million. The Election Commission of Pakistan owed Rs 3.32 million, the federal police department Rs 25.8 million, Intelligence Bureau Rs 6.3 million, FIA Rs 8 million, Ministry of Railways Rs 263.4 million, Ministry of Bordering Areas Rs 340 million and Frontier Constabulary Balochistan Rs 100 million. The report further disclosed that Rs 7.23 billion were outstanding against the federal government and its subsidiary departments.
ISlaMaBaD: prime Minister Raja pervaiz ashraf shakes hands with Senator carl levin, chairman of the US Senate’s armed Services committee, who called on him at the head of a delegation at the pM House. INP
Sindh police given three days to arrest Shahrukh jatoi n
DIG informs court about reports that Shahrukh is in UAE Siraj Talpur and two other accused handed over to police on 10-day physical remand isLAMABAD tayyaB HUSSaIn
The Supreme Court on Monday gave three days to the Sindh police to arrest Shahrukh Jatoi, the prime suspect in the murder of Shahzaib Khan, and present him before the court on January 10. Twenty-year-old Shahzeb Khan was gunned down in Karachi on December 25. Five suspects had initially been nominated in the FIR, including Shahrukh Jatoi, his father Sikandar Jatoi, his servant Murtaza Lashari, Siraj Talpur and his brother Sajjad Talpur. Siraj, Sajjad and Lashari have been arrested and are in police custody while the other two are still at large. Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Chaudhry, while heading a three-member bench, observed that the blame for fleeing Jatoi rested with the police officials for not working efficiently in the case. “If Shahrukh is not arrested, the IG police will have to face legal consequences,” he maintained. Karachi South Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Shahid Hayat informed the court that there were reports of Shahrukh landing in the UAE, adding that he had travelled with some other name. The CJP said that there was a contradiction in reports regarding Shahrukh’s whereabouts. In the first hearing, it was said that he was in the country, now the court was being told that he did not travel on his passport while the documents submitted by the additional IG said that he was present in the country. During the hearing, Sindh IG Fayyaz Leghari also submitted the progress report of the case. He requested the court for 15 days to arrest Shahrukh Jatoi, but the court rejected the request and gave January 10 deadline to arrest the accused and present him in the court. The police also informed the court that they have acquired the CCTV footage of Shahrukh. Justice Chaudhry said why was not Shahrukh’s father Sikandar Jatoi interrogated when he had claimed that his son was also injured in the quarrel which led to Shahzeb Khan’s murder. The DIG South claimed that Sikandar was lying. Later, the court adjourned the hearing until January 10. Separately, a special anti-terrorism court in Karachi handed over Siraj Talpur and two other accused to the police on a 10-day physical remand. Moreover, the court had also issued a non-bailable arrest warrant for Shahrukh Jatoi.
Obama names Hagel for Pentagon, Brennan for CIA WAsHington agencIeS
President Barack Obama on Monday nominated Republican Chuck Hagel as his next defence secretary and counterterrorism adviser John Brennan to head the CIA, two choices likely to stoke controversy as he fills out his second-term national security team. The selection of Hagel, a maverick former senator and decorated Vietnam veteran tapped to replace Leon Panetta at the Pentagon, appears destined for a bruising Senate confirmation battle against critics who have already launched an onslaught over his record on Israel and Iran. Obama could also face opposition from human rights groups over his choice of Brennan, a CIA veteran who withdrew from consideration for the spy agency’s top job in 2008 after questions were raised about his views on enhanced interrogation techniques used on terrorism suspects during the Bush administration.
He would succeed retired General David Petraeus, who resigned amid a scandal over an extramarital affair with his biographer. The addition of Hagel and Brennan, along with Senator John Kerry as nominee for secretary of state, would round out Obama’s national security team as he faces daunting challenges of winding down the war in Afghanistan, dealing with the Iranian nuclear standoff and curbing military spending. Obama is backing Hagel for the Pentagon post despite the fact that the former Nebraska lawmaker, even before being nominated, had become a lightning rod for criticism from the left and the right. Former Republican colleagues have joined pro-Israel groups and neoconservatives in questioning his commitment to Israel’s security and slamming disparaging remarks about what he once called a “Jewish lobby” in Washington. He has also come under fire for saying in 1998 that a nominee for an ambassado-
rial post was not qualified because he was “openly, aggressively gay” - a remark for which he has since apologized. Obama’s nomination of Hagel suggests that the president did not want to appear weak by seeming to bow to political opposition and being forced to pick someone other than his favorite contender for a top Cabinet post. He backed down last month from a
tough Senate confirmation battle over Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, his first pick to replace Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, and instead settled on Kerry. But the risk for Obama is that pushing Hagel’s nomination could force him to expend political capital he needs more for his next round of fiscal showdowns with con-
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gressional Republicans. WHItE HOUSE CONfIDENt: The White House is confident it can weather criticism of Hagel’s record, get his nomination through the Senate committee that will consider it and win confirmation in the Democratic-led chamber, a source to the nomination process said. The nomination of Brennan, who has served as Obama’s chief White House counterterrorism adviser since the start of his first term, could also make waves in Washington. Brennan was believed to have been Obama’s top pick to lead the CIA when he took office. But human rights advocates contended that as a senior CIA official under President George W. Bush, Brennan was tainted by the agency’s use of interrogation techniques like waterboarding that are widely considered to be torture. Brennan denied any connection to the interrogation methods but removed his name from consideration.
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