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India wants a strong, stable and prosperous Pakistan: Manmohan PAGE |02
Tens of thousands storm barricades at Egypt’s presidential palace PAGE |04
Transparency’s report baseless, a pack of lies: Kaira PAGE |03
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President raises 13 questions on judges’ appointment ISLAMABAD KASHIF ABBASI
HE Supreme Court on Friday ordered the dissolution of the Suddle Commission that was formed to probe graft charges against Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry’s son Dr Arsalan Iftikhar, ordering the report be made public. The commission had been tasked with investigating allegations of the Rs 342 million business deal between Dr Arsalan and realtor Malik Riaz. During the hearing on Friday, Riaz’s counsel Zahid Bokhari contended that the Shoaib Suddle Commission’s report was biased and his client did not trust the commission. Justice Jawwad S Khawaja questioned whether he wanted investigation through an agency like NAB, to which Bokhari responded that an investigation, not a commission should probe into the issue. Justice Khawaja said the Suddle Commission’s report was public property and it should be made public. However, Zahid Bokhari said the report had already been leaked and had been published even before being submitted to the court. Justice Khawaja said nobody could restrain anyone from speculations. He referred to a statement reported in the media quoting the NAB chief as saying that it was a matter between two individuals and no exchequer money was involved, therefore, NAB had no jurisdiction in the matter. The bench, comprising Justice Jawwad S Khawaja and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain,
SC dissolves commission probing graft charges against Dr Arsalan Court says no need for commission after judiciary exonerated of involvement Graft allegations declared private matter observed that the court had taken a notice on the issue when the judiciary was dragged into the matter. However, the bench observed that since the judiciary’s involvement had not been proven, the commission was no longer required. Bokhari said the matter stood between two individuals and it did not involve corruption from the national exchequer. He requested the bench to stop the commission’s proceedings so that whichever party wanted to take whatever legal recourse, they might approach the concerned avenues. Justice Khilji Arif Hussain said the court was not prejudiced towards any party and accordingly, the people had reposed their confidence in it. Continued on page 04
President Asif Ali Zardari has raised 13 questions of law pertaining to the role of his office in appointment of judges, as he filed a reference in the Supreme Court on Friday under Article 186 of the Constitution. A controversy over the appointment of judges in the Islamabad High Court led the president to file the reference. Through the questions ranging from “whether the president who is bound by oath of office to preserve, protect and defend the constitution is obliged to make the appointments which are not in accordance with the provisions of the constitution” to “what is the proper role of the judicial commission and parliamentary committee under the constitution of Pakistan with respect to appointment of judges of Supreme Court, High Court and Federal Shariat Court”, the president has sought opinion form the apex court in this regard. Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry constituted a five-judge bench to hear the presidential reference. Justice Khilji Arif Hussain will head the bench that will hear the case on Monday (December 10). Justices Tariq Parvez, Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed are other members of the bench. An earlier bench headed by Justice Khilji had been hearing a petition on the same issue. The Judicial Commission on judges’ appointment had nominated Justice Anwar Khan Kasi as the IHC CJ. However, the president did not give approval of the Judicial Commission and Parliamentary Committee’s recommendations on grounds that Justice Riaz was the most senior judge but, he was not invited to attend the JC’s meeting. Continued on page 04
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Pakistani hacker hits over 400 Chinese govt sites
infotainment uS company announces commercial moon missions
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Hurriyat leaders’ Pakistan visit uncertain as India hindering visas ISLAMABAD: The upcoming visit of Hurriyat leaders to Pakistan, scheduled on December 17, seems to have been delayed because the passports and travel documents of Hurriyat leaders Moulana Muhammad Abbas Ansari, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza and Muhammad Musadiq Adil, who are part of the delegation scheduled to visit Pakistan, have not been cleared by Indian authorities as yet, according to sources. The peace initiative envisaged by Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar during her visit to India, when she invited APHC leaders to Pakistan (from December 15 to 22 ) in a bid to promote political dialogue between the Indian occupied Kashmir (IOK) leadership and the political government of Pakistan, is in murky waters according to sources. The initiative was taken to begin a consultative process between the political leadership of Pakistan and the pro -movement leaders of IOK to pave a way for a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue. However, the recent negativity attached with the whole plan, primarily by some Indian hardliners as well as the Indian media, seems to have undone Khar’s efforts said a senior official. The official stated that while Pakistan was eager to start the reconciliation process, Indian authorities’ reluctance in granting visas to the Kashmiri leadership has halted the initiative. STAFF REPORT
Military court rejects GHQ attack convicts’ appeals A military court has rejected the appeals of all convicts involved in the GHQ terrorist attack, a private TV channel reported on Friday. According to reports, the military’s appellate court upheld the verdict of a military court, which earlier handed death penalty to Aqeel aka Dr Usman, a key accused in the terrorist attack that also led to the killing of a brigadier. The court had also awarded 25-year jail term to two accused, Usman Khaliq and Majid, and 10-year imprisonment to another three accused Imran Siddique, Adnan and Tahir Shafique in the case. A group of militants stormed General Headquarters of the Pakistan Army on October 10, 2009. Army commandos killed nine of the attackers while Dr Usman was arrested. MOnITORInG DESK
India fires at Pakistani village, 3 injured SHAKARGARH: Indian security forces opened unprovoked firing at a Pakistani village in the border area on Friday, injuring three people. According to sources, the Rangers silenced the guns of Indian border security forces when they opened unprovoked firing at Pakistani region. The sources said the Indian forces used heavy automatic guns. InP
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Taliban recruiting via Facebook PESHAWAR AGEnCIES
The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan has set up a page on Facebook to recruit enthusiasts to write for a quarterly magazine and to edit video, a spokesman confirmed Friday. The Umar Media TTP page, which has more than 270 likes, appears to have been created in September and has just a handful of messages written in English. “Umar Media is proud to announce online jobs oppertunities (sic),” says the first post on the networking website, written on October 25. “Job discription (sic) is video editing, translations, sharing, uploading, downloading and collection of required data,” it says, giving an email address and asking readers to “plz spread it. This fb account ma be deleted.” TTP spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan confirmed to AFP by telephone on Friday that the faction was “temporarily” using the page “to fulfill its requirements” before launching its own website. US-based organisation SITE Intelligence Group says the TTP uses Facebook as “a recruitment centre”. “Through its official media arm, Umar Media, the TTP has taken to Facebook to recruit contributors for their media work and the group’s forthcoming publication ‘Ayah-E-Khilafat’ (Sign of the Caliphate),” it said in a statement. The TTP Facebook page describes the publication as its “official quarterly magazine” and asks writers to submit articles “on (a) topic of your choice”, or on jihadi current affairs, history, Islamic movements or the plight of Muslims.
CHAMAN: Afghan men push their women in hand carts as they cross into Pakistan through the Pak-Afghan border at Chaman on Friday. INP
India wants a strong, stable and prosperous Pakistan: Manmohan NEW DELHI
ENATE Chairman Nayyer Hussain Bokhari, who is on a visit to India, called on Indian Prime Minister (PM) Manmohan Singh on Friday who welcomed the Senate chairman and his delegation and stated that India wanted to see a strong, stable and prosperous Pakistan and was happy to see democracy flourish in the country. The Indian PM said closer ties between the parliaments of both countries was necessary for strengthening bilateral relations and this visit would make a significant contribution in this regard. He said India and Pakistan were neighbors with a shared civilization, history and culture. Bokhari said the democratic government in Pakistan attached significance to creating a stable and prosperous neighborhood and a national consensus existed on improving relations with India. Bokhari further said the destinies of the
1993 Mumbai serial blasts result of Pakistan’s envy: Shinde NEW DELHI: In a veiled attack on Pakistan, Indian Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Friday said the 1993 serial bombings in Mumbai were the result of a neighbour’s envy of India’s economic progress and vowed to bring back all terrorists, including Dawood Ibrahim, to face trial here. He also said “the neighbour is still trying to weaken the country’s economy by pumping fake Indian currency notes”. “We launched the economic reforms in 1991 and subsequently India had achieved rapid economic progress. But a neighbour became envious of our development. Soon, there were 13 blasts in Mumbai (in 1993),” he said. Shinde said all fugitive terrorists, including the 1993 Mumbai blasts mastermind Dawood Ibrahim, would be brought back to India and punished for their crime. “Not only Dawood but other terrorists sitting in safe havens will be brought back to India to face trial. We are working with some international organisations,” he said. Referring to circulation of fake Indian currency notes, the home minister said nefarious designs were being carried out by a neighbouring country to destroy India’s economy. AGEnCIES two countries were entwined and the two countries had to work together for mutual progress, prosperity and peace of the entire
region. He said the parliaments of the two countries had the responsibility to work towards the improvement of bilateral relations.
Pakistan and US renewing relationship as democracies, says Sherry Rehman WASHINGTON APP
Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States (US) Sherry Rehman said the renewal of the important relationship between Pakistan and US is based on the two countries engaging as democracies, sharing not only the tangibles of geo-politics and economic and commercial interactions, but the intangibles of shared values. Ambassador Rehman was speaking at a reception she hosted in honour of outgoing Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Ambassador Marc Grossman, who leaves the position on December 14th after serving for almost two years. The Pakistani
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envoy called Grossman a great friend of Pakistan. Pakistan and US are striving to build an enduring relationship with the realisation that strong people-to-people linkages and mutual understanding complement ties between states, Islamabad’s ambassador in Washington said. Top American officials such as Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Lt Gen Michael Barbero, Joint IED Defeat Organization head Andrew Shapiro, assistant secretary of state for politico-military affairs, Deputy Special Representative Dan Feldman, senior officials belonging to state and treasury departments, American journalists and think-tank experts attended the reception. From the Pakistani community, Ambassador Touqeer Hussain,
Ambassador-at-Large Riffat Mahmood and his wife Shaista Mahmood were present. Ambassador Rehman, who has been spearheading an extensive diplomatic outreach and worked closely with Grossman to revitalise the Pakistan-US relationship in the difficult last year, paid tribute to the special representative’s efforts towards that end. She noted if there is presently an air of optimism and hope about the future of this critical relationship, a good part of the credit goes to Ambassador Grossman. “I know that I speak for President Asif Ali Zardari as well when we say that the future successes of core foreign policy agendas are pivoted as much or more on investing in societies and people, as they are on engaging with states, said Rehman.
Pakistan and US achieved real progress on critical issues: Pearce ISLAMABAD: United States (US) Senior Deputy Special Representative David Pearce on Friday said Pakistan and the US have made “real progress” on issues critical to their interests and expressed hope that such engagements would continue in weeks and months ahead. Pearce held meetings with Pakistani officials to continue discussions regarding how the US and Pakistan can work together to identify their shared interests and act on them jointly, said a statement from the US embassy. Pearce’s visit builds on the many recent US-Pak bilateral engagements, such as the recent meetings between US Secretary of State Clinton and Pakistani Foreign Minister Khar in Washington and Brussels, the Economics and Finance Working Group, the Defense Consultative Group, and the Energy Working Group. APP
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News 03 artS & entertainment
Knightley scoffs at Fifty Shades of Grey role
HEC’s autonomy intact: Qamar Zaman
Ponting the best team man: Arthur
eDitorial The Arsalan Iftikhar case: Is the Pandora’s Box really closed?
comment Arif nizami says; Our political juggling: The show that never fails to entertain.
Raoof Hasan says; Continuing vandalism: The case of a country being mortgaged in the name of religion.
Kamran Rasool says; Great as he was: Ricky Ponting: resented by many, admired by all.
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Transparency’s report baseless, pack of lies: Kaira information minister says ti has no mechanism in Pakistan to detect corruption, findings based on assumptions g
CNG price issue to be resolved by 17th: OGRA chief ISLAMABAD: Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) Chairman Saeed Ahmed said the regulatory authority had as yet not received the government’s policy guideline regarding CNG prices but the issue involving the gas prices will be resolved by December 17. Addressing a press conference, he said OGRA had implemented the ruling of the Supreme Court (SC) and had not violated any rules. The OGRA chief stated that the new prices of CNG were set on the SC orders on October 25 and a notification was issued to this effect. SC REpRIMANDS NAB foR Not ARREStING foRMER oGRA CHIEf: The Supreme Court on Friday reprimanded officers of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) over their failure to arrest former Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (Ogra) Chairman Tauqir Sadiq. The case was heard by a two-judge bench led by Justice Jawad S. Khawaja, reported a private TV channel. NAB Deputy Prosecutor General Fauzi Zafar requested the court to direct the police to cooperate with the NAB in order to arrest Sadiq, as the latter does not have a force of its own. Justice Khawaja remarked that out of Rs 82 billion, only Rs 30 billion had been recovered by the NAB. STAFF REPORT
INISTER for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira on Friday said the Transparency International’s report stating Pakistan as one of the most corrupt nations was fabricated, baseless and a pack of lies as it put corruption in Pakistan even more than the country’s annual budget. He said the report had depicted daily corruption of Rs 7 billion with its annual volume of Rs 25.20 trillion in the country, which was the strongest evidence to prove its irrationality and falseness. He said the Transparency International had modified its method this year and that the current score was incomparable with that of previous year. Likewise, the comparison between Pakistan’s 33rd rank with 42nd of previous year was illogical. Kaira said no country maintained the same score every year as of the total of 176 countries, around two-third countries had obtained a below50 score manifesting that increase in corruption was a global phenomenon. However, more corruption in South Asian states was worrisome as Nepal stood at 139 in the list, and Bangladesh and Afghanistan followed it depicting that the whole region was crippled with corruption. He said the situation needed to be addressed by the civil society, the media, the business community and the government using various techniques. The information minister said even the countries located at the heart of the Euro Zone had been showing dismal progress on the Consumer Price Index. He said the world’s top 85 multinational companies did not show their tax invoices on their corporate website. Kaira said at the parliamentary level, the Public Accounts Committee was actively working and for the first time in the country’s history, the opposition leader in the National Assembly was appointed as its chairman that manifested the government’s commitment to eliminating corruption.
He said the PAC had recovered Rs 180 billion indiscriminately that was also lauded by the Transparency International as it had helped reduce corruption, but now through this report, the TI was negating its own stance. He said the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) were working at the federal level while anti-corruption departments were performing at the provincial level, which had also recovered embezzled amounts and acted against the responsible people. Kaira said the judiciary and the media were functioning independently in the country and the courts had also taken suo motu notices on the basis of media reports, several of those had been disposed of and plenty of others were sub-judice. “It is a fact that the graph of corruption has come down owing to efficient performance of NAB and the FIA as well as court cases,” he said. Kaira said the TI had no mechanism in Pakistan to detect corruption, adding that its findings were based on guesses and concocted figures carrying no truth.
Six PIA pilots sacked for holding fake degrees ISLAMABAD InP
Six Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) pilots were sacked for holding fake degrees, while another 500 airline staffers were also found having bogus credentials. Captain Fahim and Captain Arshad, who have flown aircraft carrying various prime ministers and presidents were also among the sacked pilots. The academic qualification for cadet pilot in the PIA was intermediate. The sacked pilots had submitted their fake certificates of matriculation and intermediate. Captain Fahim and Captain Arshad had been discharging their duties since 18 year. The other sacked pilots included Captain Zaib, Captain Shayan, Captain Asmat and Captain Shahid Mannan. According to the airline sources, more than 500 staffers were also found having fake credentials. The sources said no action had been taken against them because of the pressure of the CBA workers union, People’s Unity.
Abbottabad raid probe commission prepares report on US operation ISLAMABAD OnlInE
Abbottabad Commission has prepared a report on the US operation against Osama bin Laden. As per media sources the report was prepared after reviewing some 300 pieces of evidence while 3,000 documents have been made part of it. These documents contain written statements of high ranking civil and military officers and family members of Osama bin Laden and their affidavits. It has been acknowledged in these documents that bin Laden was present in his compound at the time of the operation. The commission will present around 200 recommendations to the government along with its report. Two members of the commission have signed the report while former IG Abbas Khan has yet to sign it as he is abroad in connection with medical treatment.
Indian director to make biopic Presidential Ordinance amends on Malala Yousufzai
SC directs govt to safeguard employment of civil servants ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday said it was the duty of the government to safeguard the employment of its officials as they were not private employees. While taking a suo motu notice of the harassment of government employees, the SC ordered Attorney General of Pakistan Irfan Qadir to submit a report regarding the harassment of three officials, Islamabad ADCG Maryam Khan, Saddar Assistant Commissioner Rabia Aurangzeb and SP Dr Khurram Rashid. SC Justice Jawwad S Khwaja said if it was proved that the transfers of the government employees were incorrect than a notice would be served on the officials responsible for it. Justice Khwaja said the SC’s order in the transfer case was obvious and there was no ambiguity so why was it creating problems for government officials to understand it.
Wafaqi Mohtasib Act 1983 ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari issued an Ordinance to further amend the Establishment of the Office of Wafaqi Mohtasib (Ombudsman) Order 1983. Through the Ordinance, amendment has been made to Article 24 of the Act. It provides that the Wafaqi Mohtasib may by order in writing and for such period and subject to conditions as he may deem fit, delegate his powers to any officer holding a position in BS-21 or above in the Wafaqi Mohtasib Secretariat. The post of Wafaqi Mohtasib (Ombudsman) has been vacant for the past two years and as a result decisions on thousands of applicants are pending. STAFF REPORT Rabia told the SC that she had not been given any post since three months, adding that she was appointed on the post of assistant commissioner on July
20 but was deprived of the post just after being 26 days in the service. The proceedings were adjourned for an indefinite period.
Indian director Amjad Khan has announced that the next project he will work on will be a biopic on teenage education activist Malala Yousafzai, NDTV reported on Friday. Khan, of Le Gaya Saddam fame and subject of a fatwa, is currently casting actors and refuses to reveal the name of the child actor who will portray the 15-year-old. “It’s not the right time because so many things are happening at once. We have shortlisted a few names. And I’m sure it will be a courageous effort that will help shed some light on the age old issues facing South Asia,” says Amjad. Dilating why he chose to base his film on the brave activist, the filmmaker said, “As of today, Malala is the name of a revolution not only in her own country but around the world.” “She proved that age has nothing to do with courage.” “I’m writing this film as a tribute to this young girl and not only she but also for the million others who are inspired by her act,” Khan said. The film is expected to start pre-production shortly and will be shot in Iran, Bhuj and other parts of India.
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04 ahmadi man, Si shot dead in Quetta, Pishin QUETTA STAFF REPORT
Two people, including a sub-inspector and a member of the Ahmadi community, were gunned down in separate incidents in Pishin and Quetta on Friday. In the first incident, unidentified armed men opened indiscriminate fire on Sub-Inspector Manzoor Hussain near Pishin District Jail and fled. Hussain sustained multiple bullet wounds and died before reaching the hospital. Initial reports suggest that the deceased was a resident of Dera Ghazi Khan and police suspect that the incident appeared to be a case of targeted killing. Further investigation is underway. Separately, armed men killed a man in Satellite Town of Quetta. Police said unidentified men intercepted a man in Satellite Town at gunpoint and tried to snatch his motorbike. However, Maqsood Ahmed resisted the attempt, forcing the criminals to open fire. Ahmed was killed on the spot. He was a member of the Ahmadi community. Police moved the body to a hospital for medico-legal formalities and initiated investigation to ascertain if it was an act of targeted killing.
Tens of thousands storm barricades at Egypt’s presidential palace CAIRO AGEnCIES
PPOSITION leaders earlier rejected Mr Morsi’s call for talks, putting their weight instead behind rallies which converged on the palace from all across Cairo attacking his plans for a constitutional referendum next weekend. The protesters were held up by a line of the Republican Guard, but as numbers grew it gave way, with swarms of demonstrators running in front of the gates and climbing on top of armoured personnel carriers and tanks. In a long-awaited televised speech to the nation on Thursday night, Mr Morsi refused to lift the declaration under which he put his powers beyond the scrutiny of judges and insisted the referendum on a new, Islamist-tinged constitution would not be postponed. He called for a meeting
Jam Yousaf appointed minister for privatisation ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Friday appointed former Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Muhammad Yousaf as the federal minister for privatization. Mir Jam Mohammad Yousaf was born in 1954 and belongs to the famous Jam family of Lasbela. He was the chief minister of Balochistan from 20022007 and has also held the portfolios of water and power‚ railways and that of the senior minister.NNI
US Gen Lloyd Austin tipped for Centcom WASHINGTON AGEnCIES
The US general who managed the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq has been nominated to lead US Central Command, which oversees forces in the Middle East and in Afghanistan, Pentagon chief Leon Panetta said on Thursday. If confirmed by the US Senate, General Lloyd Austin, 59, would replace General James Mattis to take over what is arguably the American military’s most pivotal command, responsible for troops, warplanes and naval ships in a region gripped by unrest and political upheaval. The next chief of Central Command will be responsible for the planned drawdown of US combat forces in Afghanistan through 2014 as well as preparing for potential crises and conflict in Iran, Syria, Yemen and Pakistan. Austin spent much of the past 10 years in Iraq, leading the 3rd Infantry Division in the early months of the war, and also led the 10th Mountain Division in Afghanistan. He took over as commander of US forces in Iraq from September 2010 until the US military’s departure in December 2011. “Lloyd would bring an important combination of strategic thinking, regional knowledge and proven judgement to one of the most critical posts in the department,” Panetta said in a statement.
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with the opposition on Saturday, but his failure to offer compromises in advance, and the increasingly militant tone of Brotherhood statements, infuriated the mainly liberal and secular opposition. “We are against dialogue based on a policy of arm-twisting and imposing a fait accompli,” said Mohammed ElBaradei, the former United Nations Atomic Energy chief who is now the opposition’s figurehead. One of his allies in the opposition National Salvation Front, defeated presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi, went further, calling on Mr Morsi not only to rescind his declaration but to step down. His fiery speech in Tahrir Square was met with chants of “The people want the downfall of the regime,” the keynote phrase of last year’s revolution against President Hosni Mubarak. Such chants have angered the Muslim Brotherhood, who claim that
the opposition is backed by elements of the old regime and is trying to incite a counter-coup against Egypt’s first ever democratically elected president. A number of offices of the Brotherhood and its political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party, have been attacked and in some cases burned in the past week. The national headquarters on the outskirts of Cairo was looted on Thursday night after Mr Morsi spoke. The Brotherhood held a funeral at Al-Azhar mosque for two of those killed in clashes outside the presidential palace on Wednesday evening, when thousands of Brotherhood and opposition supporters fought, throwing stones and firing pellet guns at each other. The crowd at the mosque and speakers accused the opposition of being murderers, traitors and “hashsmokers”, a reference to the drugs and alcohol they allege the opposition on Wednesday were using.
Royal baby: Hoax a civil affair nurse found dead Continued fRoM page 01
A nurse who fell victim to a prank telephone call seeking information about the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge has died, the London hospital where she worked has confirmed. The King Edward VII hospital said nurse Jacintha Saldanha took the hoax call by two Australian radio disc jockeys who impersonated Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles early Tuesday to elicit private information on the duchess’s condition. Saldanha later transferred the call, from the Sydney-based 2Day FM DJs, to the nurse caring for the duchess, who is suffering from acute morning
sickness. That second nurse spoke freely about her 30-year-old patient, one of the world’s most photographed women. Saldanha was found dead early Friday. Police were not treating the death of Jacintha Saldanha as suspicious, a Scotland Yard spokesman said. “Our thoughts and deepest sympathies at this time are with her family and friends,” said John Lofthouse, the hospital’s chief executive, said in a statement. “Everyone is shocked by the loss of a muchloved and valued colleague.” St James’s Palace, which speaks for Prince William, the duchess’ husband, also expressed sadness about the nurse’s death, but insisted that it had not complained about the hoax.
Talking to reporters later, Zahid Bokhari said justice had prevailed, adding that his client had been raising objections over the legality of the commission from day one. He said his client’s objections to the commission’s report had been noted by the court. Bokhari added that the Shoaib Suddle commission had no authority to investigate the funds of Bahria Town. The commission’s preliminary report, which was shared with the media on Thursday, said Dr Arsalan had admitted before the commission that he had availed two of the three foreign visits claimed by Riaz in a graft case being heard in the Supreme Court. Dr Arsalan admitted that he
had received “favours” from Riaz, his friend or his son-inlaw, but the report did not answer why he had accepted these, nor did it explain the businessman’s claim that he had “favoured” Arsalan in order to get court cases settled in his favour. Earlier on August 30, a twojudge bench of the Supreme Court headed by Justice Jawwad S Khawaja, appointed Federal Tax Ombudsman Dr Mohammad Shoaib Suddle as a one mancommission to investigate allegations of a Rs 342 million business deal between Arsalan Iftikhar and Malik Riaz. The commission had been directed to complete the task in a month’s time. The counsel for Arsalan Iftikhar, Sardar Ishaq, told reporters outside the SC that a decision to file claims of damages against accusers
would be made after reviewing the three reports of the commission. He said the abolishment of the commission would give rise to some new controversy. Meanwhile Arsalan Iftikhar told reporters that he had submitted a 200-page statement to the commission regarding allegations levelled by Malik Riaz. “I completely presented myself for accountability,” Arsalan said. Arsalan added that he would take legal action against Riaz under defamation law after consulting his legal team and file the “biggest damages case in the history of Pakistan”. He said Malik Riaz did not pay the expenses for his foreign visits and insisted that he was an honourable citizen. He added that he would make an effort to return to his home now after being exonerated of all charges.
President raises 13 questions on judges’ appointment Continued fRoM page 01
President Zardari has asked in the reference that since Justice Kasi, who was stranger to the JC, attended its meeting, whether or not JC’s composition could be considered valid. Per a Law Ministry notification, Justice Riaz Ahmad, on age basis, is senior than Justice Anwar Khan Kasi, but Justice Kasi was treated as the most senior judge of IHC and his name was recommended for the IHC chief justice. The four-judge bench headed by Justice Khilji Arif Hussain had earlier held that as “most senior” judge Justice Riaz Ahmad was in Saudi Arabia for Haj during JC’s meeting, the composition of JC could not be termed invalid. But president insisted on filing the reference. The presidential reference filed by Wasim Sajjad contained 13 law points and questioned the very constitution of the Judicial Commission in which Justice Anwar Khan Kasi attended the JC’s meeting on October 22 instead of Justice Riaz. The following questions have been put up: i. Whether in view of the decision by the chief justice of the IHC that Justice Riaz was the senior most judge of the IHC, a decision which was also confirmed by the president of Pakistan, Justice Kasi could be treated as most senior Judge of the
IHC? ii. Whether Justice Riaz had a legitimate expectancy to be appointed as chief justice of the IHC on the ground that he was the most senior judge of that court in the light of the judgment I of the Supreme Court in the Al-Jehad case referred to above? iii. Whether the JCP acted in accordance with the constitution and conventions thereof in recommending a junior judge as chief justice of the IHC? iv. Whether JCP was properly constituted as per provision of Article 175-A of the constitution as Mr Justice Kasi who participated in the meeting was not a member thereof and was a stranger to the proceedings? v. Whether the president who is bound by oath of office to preserve, protect and defend the constitution is obliged to make the appointments which are not in accordance with the provisions of the constitution? vi. What should be the manner, mode and criteria before the Judicial Commission with respect to the nomination of a person as a judge of high court, Supreme Court and Federal Shariat Court in terms of Clause (8) of Article 175-A of the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 1973? vii. What is the proper role of the Judicial Commission and Parliamentary Committee under the
constitution of Pakistan with respect to appointment of judges of Supreme Court, High Court and Federal Shariat Court? viii. What should be the parameters before the Parliamentary Committee for the confirmation of the nominee of the Judicial Commission in terms of Clause (12) of Article 175-A? ix. Whether the constitution prohibits reconsideration of the nominations by JCP and confirmed by the Parliamentary Committee in the light of the observations made by the president? x. What should be the criteria for elevating a judge/chief justice of the high court to the Supreme Court? Is it their seniority inter-se as judge of the high court or their seniority inter-se as chief justice of respective high court be the consideration for elevation to the Supreme Court? xi. Whether the constitution of Pakistan prohibits individual members of the JCP to initiate names for appointments of judges to the Supreme Court, the high courts and the Federal Shariai Court? xii. The Parliamentary Committee under Article 175-A of the Constitution may confirm or may not confirm a nomination in accordance with the provisions stated therein. What is the true meaning of the word “confirm” and what is the effect of the proviso to Clause 12 of Article 175-A which reads as follows: “Provided further
that if nomination is not confirmed, the commission shall send another nomination.” xiii. Whether by not providing in camera proceeding to JCP per Article 175-A of Constitution of Pakistan, the intention of the legislature is to ensure complete transparency and open scrutiny? On November 19, the Supreme Court had sent a letter to the Prime Minister’s Office, informing that the president and prime minister had no power and authority to differ with the decision of the parliamentary committee under the new constitutional dispensation. That letter was sent a day before expiry of IHC two judges’ service tenures. While citing judgments, the letter held that the role which they [president and prime minister] were performing in the previous legal setup [president made the appointments on the advice of the prime minister] was now logically to be performed by the parliamentary committee, adding that both had been now left with nominal roles and their powers, in the words of the chairman of the constitutional body, “have been taken away”. The letter had also asked for issuance of notification of extension of six months in the service tenure of Justice Noorul Haq Qureshi as additional judge and confirmation of Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui as judge of IHC under Article 175A.
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ICT Senior Citizens Welfare Bill 2012 drafted
Sham factory issued drug manufacturing license
A draft for ‘Islamabad Capital Territory Senior Citizens Welfare Bill 2012’ has been prepared in the light of the 18th Amendment. Ministry of Capital Administration and Development Additional Secretary Abdul Latif Leghari, Help Age International and Pakistan National Centre on Ageing (PNCA) organised a consultative workshop for all stakeholders to finalise a policy for the rights of older people, and draft the Islamabad Capital Territory Senior Citizens Welfare Bill 2012. Leghari said the constitution guaranteed equal rights to all citizens, and Islam also laid emphasis on protecting the vulnerable. The state is cognisant of its role and responsibility of caring for vulnerable people especially senior citizens, he added.
International AntiCorruption Day on December 9 ISLAMABAD APP
The International Anti-Corruption Day will be observed on December 9 with the theme ‘Act Against Corruption Today’, to raise awareness regarding corruption and the United Nation’s (UN) role in preventing it. Political leaders, governments, legal bodies and lobby groups must work together against corruption by promoting the day and the issues that surround the event, said the UN General Secretary in a statement. “As the international community strives to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015 and forge an agenda for economic and social progress in the years beyond, addressing the problem of corruption becomes all the more urgent. The cost of corruption is measured not just in billions of dollars squandered or stolen government resources, but most poignantly in the absence of hospitals, schools, clean water, roads and bridges that might have been built with that money and would have certainly changed the fortunes of families and communities,” he added.
ISLAMABAD: US Ambassador to Pakistan Richard Olson talks to US returned students during a ceremony of Global Undergraduate exchange program (Global Ugrad) to the first-ever alumni reunion at a local hotel. INP
HEC’s autonomy intact: Qamar Zaman ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
The newly appointed executive director of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) Qamar Zaman on Friday said there was no threat to HEC’s autonomy. Presiding over a meeting of the HEC senior management Qamar categorically denied that the HEC’s autonomy was under threat. “Let me assure you that the HEC will continue to work as an independent entity, the current set-up is transitional and a new executive director will be appointed through the prescribed procedure,” he said.
Qamar said that the HEC was only linked to the ministry for parliamentary business and governmental interaction, and the latter had nothing to do with administrative affairs of the HEC. He appreciated initiatives taken by the HEC during the last 10 years. “The standard of the HEC’s performance is evident from the achievements the higher education sector has made over the last decade,” he said. He said we must remember that individuals fade away while institutions remain. “Every individual has to play his or her role to build and strengthen institutions, but successful institutions come out of the shadow of individuals,” he added.
Chinese scholars advocate no-conflict policy ISLAMABAD APP
Visiting Chinese scholars, while speaking at the Islamabad Policy Research Institute (IPRI), said that the pursuit of peace and no-conflict policy is the main reason behind their country’s remarkable progress during the last two decades. The scholars said that it was necessary for a developing country like Pakistan to have a peaceful environment, especially if it was seeking sustained economic development. Professor Feng Zhongping who is heading the Chinese Institute of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR) delegation and is a world renowned think tank of China, stated that China had many challenges and territorial disputes with neighbouring
countries for which no easy or early solution was available, but China had decided against confrontation and conflict and decided to solve all issues through negotiations and diplomatic means. He ascribed the current slowdown in China’s economy to drop in trade with Europe which was experiencing serious economic crunch. The discussion at IPRI mainly focused on the situation in Afghanistan and the scenario after the United States (US) withdrawal in 2014. The IPRI scholars emphasized that a political settlement on which all Afghan stake holders agreed was essential for the stability of Afghanistan. The Chinese scholars however were of the view that Afghanistan would need both US presence and financial support for a number of years which no other source could provide.
Senate body asks CDA to submit report over legality of Kurri, Reharra villages ISLAMABAD OnlInE
A Senate committee on Friday directed the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to submit a report on issues pertaining to Kurri and Reharra villages by January 28. The senate standing committee meeting was chaired by Senator Kalsoom Parveen. The committee asked the CDA to speed up the development process as two years had passed but the CDA had failed to look into illegalities and corruption in the award of Kurri and Reharra villages. The committee also directed the authority to resolve matters pending with the National Accountability Bureau. The senate body also took up the issue of the National Police Foundation (NPF). The NPF had purchased 1,079 kanals of land from MPA Anjum Aqeel Khan in 2004. It had planned to develop a housing so-
ciety there but the CDA had cancelled their NOC in 2008 for not meeting the terms and conditions set at the time of the issuance. The NPF managing director told the committee that the MPA had not delivered the entire piece of land to the NPF. The NPF had consulted the court in 2008 and received a stay order for the cancellation of the NOC but the matter was still pending in the court. The NPF had allotted the land to customers in 2010 despite the cancellation of the NOC. The senate body directed the CDA chairman and the NPF managing director to consult each other and resolve the matter as soon as possible. The NPF managing director assured committee members and the CDA that all terms and conditions imposed by the CDA would be fulfilled. The committee directed both departments to submit a report after consultation until the end of December.
MIDST reports of manufacturing and supply of substandard and spurious drugs in the market, the Ministry of National Regulation and Services has granted a drug manufacturing license to a firm in sheer violation of the laid down rules. According to documents, the ministry in its meeting held on August 31, granted a license to M/S Hiwill Pharmaceuticals Sialkot. The documents show that the address mentioned on the deposit form for depositing the site approval fee of the said factory is Plot No. 51-52 Sultan Industrial Estate Khial bypass Gujrat. The fee was deposited on June 13, 2012. However, the form submitted for the license of drug manufacturing on August 17, 2012 shows the address of the factory as Hammun Gakhar Head Marala Road Sialkot, which happens to be the constituency of Federal Minister for National Regulation and Service Dr Fidous Ashiq Awan. Surprisingly, the ministry approved the license for the firm within a record 51 days of the application. The sources in the ministry said that usually an application for drug manufacturing licenses takes around one year. Sources claimed that no proper inspection was carried out by the concerned department of the ministry before issuing of the license. They further allege that no proper factory existed at the site at the time of approval of the license. “After physical verification of the first proposed address of Sultan Industrial Estate near Khial bypass given by the applicant, we know the address to be incorrect and now we have learnt that there is no proper factory but two rooms at the site of the new address,” said a senior official of the ministry who wished not to be named. Central Licensing Board Vice Chairman Dr Abdur Rashid, who had chaired the meeting on August 31 and approved the license of the said company, did not respond to the queries on being contacted. There is as yet no official stance coming from the ministry on this issue.
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Govt has allocated record amount for development funds: PM
NaDra registers 92.9m people since 2002 ISLAMABAD
Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Friday said the government had allocated a record amount of funds for development projects across the country without political discrimination. He said this while addressing a delegation led by MNA Sardar Mushtaq Khan at the PM House. The delegation comprised Pakistan Peoples’ Party’s office bearers from Haripur and Minister for Communications Dr Arbab Alamgir. The delegation apprised the prime minister of issues pertaining to Haripur and requested development projects for the improvement of infrastructure and provision of health facilities like hospitals and colleges. Ashraf said the government was committed to improving the standard of living in under-developed areas. He urged the PPP workers to encourage community participation so that not only the right projects were identified, but ownership by the people would also ensure success and utility of the projects. He said the development work carried out by the government had been initiated with the objective that it should make a difference in the lives of people. Ashraf assured the delegation that all possible assistance and support would be extended to the people to raise their standard of living.
SC moved for immediate hearing into judges’ appointment case ISLAMABAD: A petition seeking an immediate hearing into a case pertaining to the appointment of judges in the Islamabad High Court was moved in the Supreme Court on Thursday. Petitioner Nadim Ahmed filed the plea through his counsel Advocate Akram Sheikh stating that delaying tactics were being adopted to create hurdles in the way of justice by not issuing a notification regarding the appointment of judges. The Supreme Court had granted the government two weeks to file a reference challenging the decision of the Judicial Commission, led by Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, regarding the appointment of judges in the Islamabad High Court. The petitioner requested the court to hold the hearing on December 10, as time for filing the president’s reference had lapsed. InP
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HE National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) Chairman Tariq Malik while welcoming a delegation of senators led by Senator Ishaq Dar at the NADRA Headquarters in Islamabad said the authority is enabling and facilitating citizens’ enfranchisement through various measures and initiatives. The senators were invited by the NADRA chairman to a briefing on the citizens’ registration and electoral rolls preparation process. Since 2002, NADRA had registered over 92.9 million Pakistanis
and issued them Computerized National Identity Cards (CNICs), covering 96% of the adult population. Possession of a valid CNIC was essential to utilise the many services and facilities available in Pakistan, including the right to vote. In order to facilitate the citizens of Pakistan with this crucial document, the NADRA had made the process of obtaining a CNIC convenient, easy and affordable by increasing the number of centers and its coverage, making the first card free-of-cost, and undertaking special initiatives for the registration of women, minorities and third-gender. Furthermore, the NADRA had issued 29.0 million free CNICs since June 24, 2008, he said. Currently
there were 486 National Registration Centers, 254 Mobile Registration Vans (MRVs), 70 foot teams and Motorcycle Units reaching out to the remotest parts of the country. Similarly, the NADRA had worked closely with other government departments and Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) to encourage female registration and had designated Friday as women-only registration day at all NADRA centers. According to the NADRA chairman, such initiatives have doubled female registration in the past four years. Malik said that the authority had also reached out to all political parties and was providing MRVs to all areas of Pakistan at the request of their elected local representatives.
Diplomacy: A desired consensus and institutional collaboration ISLAMABAD: Former foreign affairs secretary general Akram Zaki on Thursday said that prior to elections, the country should encourage and establish a common national agenda where the security doctrine and economic vision was primarily laid down for foreign policy so that coherent guidelines for future development could be carried out. At a discussion organised by the Institute of Regional Studies (IRS) Zaki emphasised that foreign policy was the projection and protection of a nation’s sovereignty,
security, vital political cultural and its citizens’ interests beyond borders. He highlighted challenges faced by Pakistan’s foreign policy such as the country’s relations with its immediate neighbours. To overcome these challenges, he stressed the need to focus on building and expanding economic relations. In this context Pakistan’s aspiring membership in the Shanghai Corporation Organisation (SCO) and the recent D-8 initiative had been a positive step towards diversifying its foreign policy.
He said Pakistan had developed friendly relations with China and Iran. However, added that Pakistan had uneasy ties on its eastern and western fronts. “Pakistan has always experienced difficulties with Afghanistan on its western front, which have now exacerbated due to the presence of US and NATO in Afghanistan. On the eastern front we have had a long history of conflict and trust deficit with India, and Pakistan should focus on maintaining status quo through negotiations,” he said. STAFF REPORT
The latest three day polio campaign will kick off in the district from December 17 in which more than 0.6 million children under the age of five will be vaccinated. In order to save the country from the crippling disease, the new polio campaign would start in Rawalpindi from December 17 and would end on December 19, while 1,397 mobile teams would participate in the campaign. In view of this, 85 teams would perform duty at the airport, railway station, bus terminals and public parks and 258 health facilitation centres had already been established in this regard. Executive District Officer (EDO) Health Zafar Iqbal Gondal announced the start of the polio campaign in his meeting and said that it was our national duty to completely eradicate polio to achieve the dream of a polio free Pakistan. Meanwhile, DO Health Khalid Randhawa said that 30 mobiles teams of health centre would perform 24 hours duty at transport terminals to administer polio drops to infants accompanying the passengers and tourists. Workers of the health centres, Education Department, hospitals, social welfare organisations, and Agriculture Department would perform active duties during the polio campaign while strict action would be taken against all those who would show negligence during the campaign.
Shortage of funds: PCSIR employees deprived of salaries ISLAMABAD InP
Employees of the Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR), a subordinate institution of the Ministry of Science and Technology, have not received salaries for November due to a shortage of funds. According to sources, the PCSIR had not received a grant from the Ministry of Finance due to which 2,500 employees did not receive salaries for November or their increments since July. Moreover, 1,700 pensioners of the PCSIR have also been deprived of pensions for the last two months. The PCSIR requires Rs 120 million every month to pay salaries and pensions to its employees. Some officials, on a condition of anonymity, told INP that the institution had become a white elephant and if the council did not become selfsufficient employees and pensioners could face further trouble in receiving their salaries and pensions. PCSIR authorities said that the council would get a supplementary grant from the Ministry of Finance in the second week of December. The authorities were confident that the employees and pensioners would get their salaries and pensions until December 15.
Millennium MUN open at Roots College Millennium Campus ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
The Millennium Model United Nations (MUN) 2012 was officially declared open at the Roots College International Millennium Campus I-9/3 Islamabad. The Millennium MUN was an initiative taken by the ambitious and enthusiastic students of the Roots College. Participant students from across the country have registered for the event and the platform allowed them to prove their mettle within the domain of diplomatic debate and policy making. The opening ceremony was presided
over by High Commissioner of Mauritius to Pakistan Rashad Daureeawo, South Asian Strategic Stability Institute Director General Dr. Maria Sultan, Amir Amil EVP Summit and Roots Millennium Schools Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Chaudhry Faisal Mushtaq. The ceremony marked the pledge by charged speakers that the aim of MUN conference was to inspire the youth to help shape a world based on justice, solidarity, liberty, dignity, harmony and prosperity for all. While addressing the participants, Daureeawo appreciated the initiative of the students and encouraged the youth of Pakistan to become the agents of change
through engagement in public debate on national and international forums. Meanwhile, Dr. Maria touched upon the issue of international security, global safety and weapons of mass destruction. She gave the delegates of the Millennial MUN an idea about the various aspects and significant historical incidents pertinent to nuclear proliferation and disarmament. The Roots CEO stressed upon the significance of youth for introducing robust ideas, taking daring initiatives and ensuring there implementation. In addition he urged that school environment should be made conducive to support
the personal and professional development of the leaders of tomorrow. Furthermore, the ceremony also included speeches by the MUN Secretary General Umair Khan Marwat and Secretary General Ali Haider Lodhi, who profoundly thanked the event sponsors including The Summit Bank, Preparation for Life, Edexcel and 121 Enterprises. He also encouraged the students present at the opening ceremony to pursue ideas and take the spirit of entrepreneurship forward as opposed to pursing educational opportunities and careers abroad so as to contribute to the development and growth of Pakistan.
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ICCI urges political parties to build consensus on Kalabagh Dam ISLAMABAD OnlInE
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The construction of dams could resolve the energy crisis and prevent the economy from irreversible damage to crops by floods every year. Therefore the government should invest in dams and construct large water reservoirs to save water from being wasted. These remarks were made by the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) Senior Vice President Mehmood Ahmed Waraich while commenting on the condemnation resolution against the construction of Kalabagh Dam. He said political parties should forge a consensus on the construction of Kalabagh Dam in the larger interest of the country. He said the government should accelerate efforts for setting up new water reservoirs and dams
to cope with the water crisis which could stall economic growth. He said Pakistan has the potential to generate 50,000 MW of hydroelectric power which is more than twice its current generating capacity of 21,000 MW from all sources. Waraich said the losses incurred in recent floods were estimated to be more than $45 billion, could have been reduced if dams and water reservoirs had been in place. He said that electricity generation through thermal sources cost Rs 16 per unit, whereas the same could be produced at Rs 2.5 to Rs 3 through hydel sources. All international organisations had also declared the proposed project of Kalabagh Dam as feasible from all technical points of view, he added. He called on political parties to stop opposing the construction of Kalabagh Dam so that national consensus could be built to guarantee the economic prosperity of the country.
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People who eat fruits and vegetables like carrots and plums are considered more attractive, say scientists. Their research showed that men and women whose skin had a yellow glow were thought to be particularly attractive and healthy, due to yellow pigments called carotenoids found in certain fruits and vegetables. The study’s co-author Ian Stephen said that only two months of increased consumption could produce visible results. This could lead to new strategies for encouraging young people to eat more fruits and vegetables, he said.
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Palestinian Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal visits Gaza Gaza
HE political leader of Hamas, Khaled Meshaal, has called his first visit to the Gaza Strip his “third birth”.
He said his previous two “births” were the day he survived an assassination attempt by Israeli agents in Jordan in 1997, and his actual birth in 1956. Mr Meshaal had not set foot in the Palestinian territories since leaving the West Bank in 1967. His visit follows a ceasefire that ended days of violence between Hamas and Israel last month. The Islamist militant group has governed Gaza since 2007. ‘Made in Gaza’ Mr Meshaal entered Gaza from Egypt at the Rafah border crossing, kissing the ground in celebration. Officials there said his
wife had arrived late on Thursday. In a statement to the media, he said: “I consider this moment my third birth, and I pray to God that my fourth birth will be the moment when all of Palestine is liberated.” “Gaza has always been in my heart,” he said. Mr Meshaal is expected to visit the home of late Hamas founder Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, as well as that of Ahmed Jabari, the military commander killed in an Israeli strike last month. Jabari’s death marked the start of an eight-day Israeli offensive which Israel said was aimed at halting militant rocket attacks. Some 170 Palestinians and six Israelis were killed. Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said in a statement that Mr Meshaal’s visit was “a fruit of the victory of the resistance over the occupation”. A huge rally on Saturday is expected to
be the centrepiece of his three-day tour. Mr Meshaal is scheduled to address the rally in Gaza City and will talk about the organisation’s future strategy towards Israel. He is also expected to discuss reconciliation moves with the Fatah movement, which Hamas removed from Gaza by force in 2007 after winning elections there. Fatah now rules parts of the West Bank. In 2011, Mr Meshaal and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas - the Fatah leader - endorsed an Egyptian plan to reconcile the rival factions. Although attempts to forge a Palestinian government of national unity have since stalled, Mr Meshaal told Reuters ahead of his Gaza visit that “there is a new mood that allows us to achieve reconciliation”. Mr Meshaal was quick to praise Mr Abbas’s recent success in upgrading Palestinian status at the United Nations to that of a non-member “observer state”.
In response to that move, Israel announced it would move ahead with building thousands of new homes in Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Correspondents say Israel - which along with the US and EU considers Hamas a terrorist organisation - appears to be turning a blind eye to Mr Meshaal’s visit. Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said that Israel had no say over who entered Gaza from Egypt. “We have no position on different individuals within Hamas,” he said, according to AP news agency. “Hamas is Hamas is Hamas.” On Thursday, Palestinian workers were setting up a stage for Saturday’s rally that included a replica of a type of rocket Hamas has fired into Israel. “Made in Gaza,” was written on it. Mr Meshaal was born in the West Bank in 1956. He moved to Kuwait after the 1967
Middle East war and later Jordan, where his involvement with Hamas began. Mr Meshaal survived an Israeli assassination attempt in Jordan in 1997 and was briefly jailed there, before being expelled and travelling to Qatar. He became Hamas’s political leader in exile in 2004 when Sheikh Yassin was assassinated by Israel. Mr Meshaal ran operations from Damascus until February this year, when the unrest there prompted another move. He now bases himself in Qatar and Egypt. Hamas was created in 1987 after the beginning of the first intifada - or Palestinian uprising - against Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. Under its charter, Hamas is committed to the destruction of Israel. But the group has also offered a 10-year truce in return for a complete Israeli withdrawal from territories it occupied in 1967.
Hillary Clinton ‘distressed’ by Northern Ireland tensions as two bombs found DUBLIN: Hillary Clinton has called for an end to “unacceptable” violence in Northern Ireland as she visited the region amid a revival of sectarian tensions. The US Secretary of State said she was “distressed” to hear about a death threat to Naomi Long, the East Belfast MP, and the discovery of two unexploded bombs. Members the centre-ground Alliance Party have had their homes and offices attacked, as loyalists protested against a decision to impose restrictions on flying the Union flag over Belfast City Hall. “There will always be disagreement in democratic societies, but violence is never an acceptable response to those disagreements,” she said in Belfast today. “All parties need to confront the remaining challenge of sectarian divisions, peacefully together. “The only path forward is a peaceful democratic one...There can be no place in the new Northern Ireland for any violence.” Mrs Clinton landed in Belfast as part of four-day European trip, just hours after police seized an unexploded bomb from suspected Republican dissidents in Londonderry. A second device was found in a postbox. She spoke at a news conference in Stormont alongside Peter Robinson, the First Minister, who condemned the “despicable” threats and called on loyalists to cancel planned demonstrations. Martin McGuinness, the deputy First Minister, and former IRA commander, also met the US Secretary of State, who played an influential role in the peace process with her husband, former US presdient Bill Clinton. “I know Naomi Long and, obviously, I am very distressed by the news that she’s been subjected to threats, that members of the Alliance party have had their homes and offices attacked,” Mrs Clinton said. “That’s absolutely unacceptable and both Peter and Martin have spoken out in unmistakeable terms condemning this kind of intimidation, threatening behaviour.” Feelings have been running high since Belfast Council voted to limit the number of days the Union flag can be shown, causing riots in some parts of the country. A loyalist mob set fire to offices of the centre-ground Alliance Party in Carrickfergus in County Antrim and the home of councillors in Bangor was attacked. AGEnCIES
US says pressure on Assad ‘increasing’ WASHINGtoN: After a meeting with Russian officials, the US has said that efforts to finding a solution to the ongoing civil war in Syria are gaining speed on the ground. Hillary Clinton, US secretary of state, met Sergei Lavrov, Russian foreign minister, in Dublin on the sidelines of a security conference on Thursday, as the 20-month war continues to move closer to the capital Damascus. “Events on the ground in Syria are accelerating, and we see that in many different ways,” Clinton said before the meeting. “The pressure against the regime in and around Damascus seems to be increasing.” Lakhdar Brahimi, the UN mediator who convened the meeting, said the two sides had not made any breakthroughs, but would seek a “creative” solution to their impasse. “We have agreed that we must continue to work together to see how we can find creative ways of bringing this problem under control and hopefully starting to solve it,” he said. The US and its allies have long sought the overthrow of President Bashar alAssad, while Russia has shielded him at the UN Security Council. However, comments by an ally of President Vladimir Putin on Thursday indicated Russia may be losing patience with Assad. “We have shared and continue to share the opinion that the existing government in Syria should carry out its functions, but time has shown that this task is beyond its strength,” said Vladimir Vasiliyev, the head of President Putin’s party in parliament, according to Russia’s Interfax news agency. AGEnCIES
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ATHEnS: Riot police try to detain protesters during a student march. AgeNCIes
7.3 magnitude earthquake hits east coast of Japan toKoyo: A one-metre-high tsunami has hit Japan’s northeast coast following a strong earthquake, according to the country’s meteorological agency. The wave was recorded on Friday in Ishinomaki, a city in Miyagi prefecture that was badly hit by the tsunami of March 2011, which killed thousands. The Japan Meteorological Agency said the earthquake, with a preliminary magnitude of 7.3, struck in the Pacific Ocean off the Miyagi coast at 08:18GMT. The epicentre was 10km beneath the seabed. Buildings as far as in the capital Tokyo swayed for at least several minutes. Sayaka Matsumoto, communications officer at the Japan Red Cross,
told Al Jazeera that she felt “quite [a] large shake” at her organisation’s headquarters in Tokyo. A 75-year-old woman fell and was injured while evacuating to flee from the tsunami, public television broadcaster NHK reported. It said a child was reportedly injured in the Miyagi city of Sendai. Miyagi police said they could not confirm those reports. Shortly before the earthquake struck, NHK broke off regular programming to warn that a strong quake was due to hit. Afterward, the announcer repeatedly urged all near the coast to flee to higher ground, though the Japan Meteorological Agency lifted a tsunami warning soon after. AGEnCIES
Deep divisions as UN climate talks near end United Nations AGEnCIES
UN climate talks are heading into the final stretch with a host of issues unresolved, including a standoff over how much money financially stressed rich countries can spare to help the developing world tackle global warming. That issue has overshadowed the talks since they started last week in Qatar, the first Middle Eastern country to host the slow-moving annual negotiations aimed at crafting a global response to climate change. Tensions built up on Thursday - the penultimate day on the schedule - as the Philippines called for action to keep global warming in check, citing the devastation caused by a powerful typhoon that killed about 350 people. “I appeal to the whole world, I appeal to leaders from all over the world, to open our eyes to the stark reality that we face,” climate envoy Naderev Sano said to applause from delegates. “An important backdrop for my delegation is the profound impacts of climate change that we are already confronting. As we sit here, every single hour, even as we vacillate and procrastinate
here, the death toll is rising.” Developed countries, many of which face unpopular austerity measures at home, are being asked to show how they intend to keep a promise to raise climate funding for poor countries to $100bn per year by 2020 - up from a total of $30bn in 2010-2012. Developing countries say they need at least another $60bn between now and 2015 to deal with the fallout from climate change, such as rising sea levels, and convert to cleaner energy. “We are not going to leave here with promises upon promises,” said Gambia delegate Pa Ousman Jarju, who represents a group of least developed countries. “The minimum that we can get out of here is a demonstration that there will be $60bn on the table moving onward.” The European Union and the United States have refused to put concrete figures on the table in Doha for new 2013-2020 climate funding, even as pledges have trickled in from individual EU member states. National pledges by Germany, Britain, France, the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark and the EU Commission in Doha totalled more than $8.95bn for the next two years
- more than in 2011-12. Only a handful of countries - Lebanon, the Dominican Republic, Belarus and Ukraine - set new goals for curbing greenhouse gas emissions during the Doha meeting. Meanwhile, Greenpeace and five other activist groups accused rich nations of pushing the talks to the “brink of disaster,” while a small group of warming sceptics appeared at a side event where they dismissed the entire process as a sham to transfer wealth to the poor world. A British activist even managed to slip into a conference hall where he addressed a plenary session, apparently mistaken for an official delegate. A tweet from the UN climate secretariat said he was “debadged and escorted out” of the venue “for impersonating a party” and violating the conference’s code of conduct. UN climate conferences, bringing together nearly 200 nations, are notorious for missing deadlines. From the start, the Doha talks had low ambitions, so failure would be less spectacular than at a UN summit in 2009 when world leaders including US President Barack Obama fell short of a new, global package to combat climate change.
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News 09 PML-N to sweep general elections: Nawaz ‘n’ wants nADrA’s control to be given to ECP, Cabinet Division
akistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif said he was sure of his party’s outstanding victory in the upcoming general elections. Addressing a public rally at Government High School Mailsi, he said the country faced complicated problems including severe shortages of gas and electricity while consumers were still bound
to pay utility bills. He also said that fertilizers and pesticides had become very costly making it difficult for the common man to earn his bread in the present economic environment. He cited the rapid deterioration of national institutions such as PIA and Pakistan Railways due to corruption and gross mismanagement of the government, which, he said, had nothing to do with national interests but was busy amassing personal wealth in the name of democracy and rule of law. He expressed a strong re-
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LONDON STAFF REPORT
The unemployment of British minority ethnic women has more than doubled as compared to their white counterparts, with some removing their hijabs and changing their names to make them sound more English in order to combat discrimination, revealed a report by UK’s allparty parliamentary group on race and community on Friday The report claimed that the rate of joblessness for ethnic minority women in Britain has failed to come down in the past three decades. Moreover, the report also finds that prejudice and discrimination explains an even higher unemployment rate faced by women from Pakistani, Bangladeshi and black communities. The report finds some employers assume Muslim women would stop work after having children and the MPs and peers say the government must end its “colour blind” approach to improving employment . The findings of MPs from the cross party group is an attempt to put discrimination issues back on the agenda, coming at a time when the official equalities watchdog, the Equality and Human Rights Commission, is facing large budget cuts and criticism over its lack of effectiveness.
“Pakistani and Bangladeshi women are particularly affected, with 20.5% being unemployed compared to 6.8% of white women; with 17.7% of black women also being unemployed,” the report found. Explaining that the government’s approach must change, the MP’s said, “Evidence shows that there are varied and complex barriers being faced by Black, Pakistani and Bangladeshi women which are different from those being faced by white women or ethnic minority men”. Labour MP David Lammy, who chairs the all-party group, said that it was staggering that in 21st century Britain there are still women who felt they had to remove their hijab or change their name just to be able to compete on the same terms as other candidates while looking for jobs. “All unemployment is tragic but we simply can no longer remain so casual about women that are simultaneously the victims of both sexism and racism when they are competing in the labour market. It has massive implications for families and society as a whole,” he said. “Getting women into jobs is the best way to break families out of the poverty cycle so it is time for the government to make addressing this a priority,” he added.
ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has demanded the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) be given under the control of the Election Commission or the Cabinet Division so that it can be ensured that voters’ lists are error free and the elections are held in a free and transparent manner. The Senate Special Committee on Elections has decided to send its recommendations that NADRA be taken out of the control of the Interior Ministry. The election commission secretary and the NADRA chairman have welcomed the demand. The committee observed that there were massive mistakes in the electoral rolls and elections were not possible solve that PML-N would win the forthcoming elections and undertake its responsibility for restructuring of a new and prosperous Pakistan. He also talked about PML-N’s sweeping victory in the recent by-elections saying that “the by-polls were a trailer and the movie was yet to come”. On the situation in Balochistan, he said the
without removing them. It said if need be, the committee would give its recommendations for amendments in the constitution and electoral laws. The issues emerged when a delegation of senators, led by Senator Ishaq Dar, visited NADRA Headquarters on Thursday for a briefing on the citizens’ registration and electoral rolls preparation process. NADRA Chairman Tariq Malik said since 2002, NADRA had registered over 92.9 million Pakistanis and issued them CNICs, covering 96 percent of the adult population. He said upon parliaments’ directions, NADRA assisted the Election Commission with the preparation of the electoral rolls. INP people there were patriotic and maintained that the problems could not be resolved through use of brute force. He said a dialogue with the Baloch was necessary and eventually they should be made part of the national mainstream. He announced to set up agriculture and engineering universities in Mailsi.
Pakistani hacker hits over 400 Chinese govt sites A member from a Pakistani hacking group has breached and defaced more than 400 government sites in Xuchang City, China. According to a report Thursday on IT security news site Hack Read, the hacker who goes by the name “Code Cracker” and is part of hacking group Pakistan Cyber Army, posted his groups’ signature defacement image on the officia Web site of Xuchang City People’s Procuratorate. He then repeated the move on several of the governmemnt’s sub-domain sites, hitting 437 Web sites and Web pages. The list of affected sites was posted by the hackers on information-sharing site, PasteBin. The Web site and its sub-domains since have been taken offline following the breach. This was not the first time the Web site of Xuchang City People Procuratorate suffered a security breach. In September 2010, its government’s Web site was defaced by an Indonesian hacker and was hacked again just last week on Nov. 29, the report noted. Executives from McAfee previously told ZDNet Asia in an interview governments in Asia-Pacific should
expect more hacktivist attacks in the near future. The region’s evolving IT laws could lead to increased conflicts involving citizens whose response would be to turn to hacking instead of voicing their dissent. Earlier this week, 17 Web sites under The People’s Assocation, a Singapore government entity which promotes racial and social cohesion in the country, were also hacked and defaced by hackers. MONITORINg DesK
number of young Muslim men in British jails increases LONDON STAFF REPORT
The proportion of young Muslim men in youth jails in England and Wales rose by more than a quarter last year, figures show. According to a report by the chief inspector of prisons in UK, one in five males (21 per cent) in young offender institutions identified themselves as Muslim in 2011/12, compared with 13 per cent in 2009/10 and 16 per cent in 2010/11, the annual review of children and young people in custody showed. The percentage of youth offenders in custody from black and minority ethnic communities also rose slightly to 42 per cent, from 39 per cent in 2010/11, according to the report by the chief inspector of prisons. The report issued on Friday also claimed that the total number of young British people in custody fell by 14% last year. 1,543 teenagers, aged 15 to 18, were held by the end of 201112, compared with 1,822 the previous year. The chief inspector of prisons, Nick Hardwick, has called for young people’s perceptions of their experiences in custody to help shape the youth justice policy. He voiced concern after a study found the proportion of young people who had felt unsafe at some time in custody had risen from 27% in 2010-11 to 32% last year. The study was based on the experience of 926 young men in eight male establishments and 25 young women in three female establishments in which they were held from April 1, 2011 to March 31, 2012. A quarter (25%) of young people said they had been victimised by another young people and 23% said they had been victimised by a member of staff. Only 56% felt that they would be able to tell someone they had been victimised and just 28% felt it would be taken seriously if reported. “Young people’s own perceptions of their experience in custody, their hopes and concerns, should be an important part of the evidence that shapes the future of the youth justice custody estate and youth justice policy,” said the chief inspector.
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the arsalan iftikhar case Is the Pandora’s Box really closed?
he SC has dissolved the Suddle Commission. It says that as far as the apex court is concerned there is no need to proceed any further. The court has held that the case was an issue between two private individuals. This was the stand taken originally by Malik Riaz’s counsel also. If this was no more than that, what was the need to set up the Commission? Why did SC take a suo motu notice of the issue in the first place? It is maintained that the prestige of the court is no more at stake particularly after Malik Riaz’s admission that he did not accuse the CJ of allowing himself to be swayed in favour of the tycoon. But this is the position that the tycoon had taken even before. He had maintained that he was seeking justice against the son of a powerful man who had used his family position to blackmail him. The case has been an above-the-fold issue in the media for nearly six months raising new questions and giving birth to suspicions. After taking suo motu notice of the allegations levelled by Malik Riaz, CJ Iftikhar Chaudhry initially declined to recuse himself from the bench. This was bound to lead to criticism. After his departure from the bench, the court handed over the investigation to the Attorney General who assigned it to NAB. On objections from Arsalan to the investigation team, the court reversed the decision and ordered the formation of a single member commission. This led former President SCBA Asma Jahangir to raise two objections. Why did the court appoint a new commission instead of changing the officers Arsalan had objected to? Was the probe going to be fair on account of Suddle’s close links with family of the CJ’s son? The objections were ignored. The initial report holds the tycoon responsible for evading taxes to the tune of billions of rupees. It also makes observations that hurt Arsalan. According to the initial findings of the report, Arsalan admitted that he had availed two of the three foreign visits alleged by Riaz. Also that he had received ‘favours’ from Riaz, his friend and his son-in-law. The interim report also reveals that a company owned by Arsalan Iftikhar by the name of F&A did not submit its audit account for 2010 and 2011 while FBR has no record of tax returns of the other company owned by Arsalan. Arsalan is no ordinary person. He is the son of the CJ who had been living at latter’s residence till the initiation of the case. The question that would continue to tax people’s minds is how could the CJ, a person with impeccable honesty, let all this happen under his nose. Unless the two parties in the case decide to hush up things, as they are likely to hurt both, the Pandora’s Box will remain open.
Candid Corner By Raoof Hasan
By Arif Nizami
o matter what way one looks at it, the PPP and its principal ally, the PML-Q, has been trounced in the recent by-elections in the Punjab. Manzoor Wattoo, the PPP’s freshly launched “weapon of mass destruction” in the province has simply failed to deliver. Neither could the indefatigable Choudharys of Gujrat save the PML-Q from an ignominious defeat. Alone against the rest, the PML-N bagged seven out of the eight seats contested in the by-elections. Predictably, Wattoo, like a bad loser, has accused the Punjab government of rigging the by-polls, a charge vehemently rejected by the PML-N and unsubstantiated by the Election Commission. With so much egg on his face what else the freshly inducted maverick president of the PPP Punjab could say in his defence? The wily Wattoo, in order to grab the top slot of the PPP in Punjab, had probably promised the moon to Zardari, the party cochairperson. In the process, he alienated the Choudharys who considered them to be the main arbiters for the PPP in Punjab. It is obvious that right on the eve of the general elections, PPP’s new strategy in the largest province of the federation is in disarray. The PPP in Punjab has been rudderless, merely playing second fiddle to the Sharifs. Most of its leaders in the province lost their vigour and enthusiasm a long time ago – if they ever had it. Wattoo was certainly not the answer to their prayers. He is generally unacceptable to the rank and file of the party. His first stint as Chief Minister of Punjab in 1993 was largely owing to the establishment’s keenness to remove Nawaz Sharif’s nominee as chief minister in order to deprive the Sharifs of their power base. He again headed a PML-Junejo-PPP
alliance in the Punjab but after less than two years was removed by Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto on charges of corruption. Despite differences with the Choudharys, Wattoo enjoyed the fruits of power under Musharraf as part of the PML-Q until November 2007. A formidable force in his own constituency, Wattoo is part of the PPP since after the 2008 election. But understandably he is neither acceptable to the PPP nor the PML-Q in Punjab. While the PML-N considering him a quisling is nothing but contempt for him. Invoking the incumbency factor, there are many who will try to explain away the results of the by-elections as being a forgone conclusion. Nonetheless, whether it recognises it or not, the PPP has a serious problem at hand in the Punjab. It cannot merely depend upon the South of Punjab to deliver in enough seats in the general elections. Nor the Imran Khan factor can be entirely relied upon to divide anti-PPP votes. As has been proved in the by-elections, seat adjustment with PML-Q may not work and hence could prove to be a damp squib. The Lahore High Court has stated that its order on the president holding dual offices needs to be complied with. The Election Commission has however removed the offices of the president and governors of the four provinces from the list of public office holders barred from taking part in election campaigns. The court is also threatening to entertain contempt of court proceedings against the president if he continues to hold dual offices. Coupled with the Supreme Court verdict in the Asghar Khan case, Zardari will have to negotiate many a political and legal minefield to actively campaign for his party. Despite the risks involved, he has no option but to campaign for his party. Bilawal Bhutto is a keen apprentice and a possible charismatic figure for the party in the future. However, being unable to contest the next general elections owing to his age, he is too young and inexperienced to make a difference. The opposition has resented Bilawal’s presence along with his father in the recent D-8 summit in Islamabad. Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Ch Nisar Ali disapproved on the ground that he had no official status to be present at such a meeting. Imran Khan, who prides himself for PTI being the only party holding its elections,
has also singled out Bilawal. Pledging that since he does not believe in hereditary politics, his son Salman will never enter politics. Sons, daughters and in-laws in politics are as much part of our political culture as jalsas and jaloos (public meetings and rallies). Hamza Shahbaz Sharif, Mariam Nawaz, Captain (retd) Safdar of the PMLN or Moonis Elahi, the prodigal son of Ch Pervez Elahi, and various cousins and daughters on nominated women seats in the assemblies bear witness to this affliction across the wide political spectrum. Why single out poor Bilawal? His grandfather Zulfikar Ali Bhutto sacrificed his life for a democratic Pakistan, hanged by a military dictator. His mother Benazir Bhutto, mercilessly killed on Musharraf’s watch, gave her life for the same cause. The next general elections will be the first held by a genuinely civilian setup under the auspices of a consensual caretaker government and an independent election commission. These elections will be a watershed in laying down solid democratic foundations for the future. In this sense, it is incumbent upon the Election Commission to walk the talk. In backdrop of complaints of violence and selective rigging in the by-polls, it should get its act together, lest it becomes controversial even before the elections are held. The PML-N, largely confined to Central Punjab, having little or no presence in Sindh and Balochistan and a limited mandate in KP, can hardly expect a repeat of the “heavy mandate” of 1997. Similarly, the PPP despite claims to the contrary is not expected to do well in Central Punjab or bag much in KP. Imran Khan, notwithstanding his “tsunami”, remains a wild card in the pack. Whatever the outcome of the general elections, it can be predicted with a fair amount of certainty that the next government will be a coalition as well. The MQM is miffed about delimitation orders of the Supreme Court to undo gerrymandering in Karachi. It has also strongly objected to verification of the voters’ lists in the mega metropolis. If the MQM has actually graduated from Mohajir Quomi Movement to its present nomenclature Muttehda Quomi Movement, it should rather welcome it. Otherwise, its critics will be justified in saying, “the tiger can change its spots but not its stripes!” The writer is Editor, Pakistan Today
Continuing vandalism The case of a country being mortgaged in the name of religion
hree alleged incidents in the past few days have gone relatively unnoticed: the desecration of over 120 Ahmadi community graves in close neighbourhood of the Sharifs’ mansions in Model Town, Lahore, the attack on a 70year old Swedish charity worker also in Lahore and the desecration of a Hindu temple in Karachi. In the first instance, the vandals attacked the graveyard on the plea that the Ahmadis were non-Muslims and, therefore, could not write the Kalima or Bismillah on their tombstones. They also assaulted the caretakers of the graveyard and their families chanting that they would be blessed with a place in heaven if they killed the infidels. The old lady Bagreeta Almby has lived in Pakistan for almost forty years and manages charity work including an orphanage in Yohana Abad and a literacy centre in Modern Colony in Kot Lakhpat catering to the underprivileged of the country. The reported damage to the Shri Rama Pir Mandar in Karachi, though denied by the concerned department, has been caused in violation of the stay granted in the matter against any possible demolition activity by any stakeholder. This appears to be part of the efforts to drive the Hindu community against the wall and force them to leave their living quarters
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for another abode. The spate of incidents reflects the continuation of a sordid and regressive onslaught that symbolises the mainstream contemporary Pakistani attitudes. Religious intolerance, deep-set hypocrisy, indulgence in corruption to secure selfish objectives, disrespect for the rule of law and growing insensitivity to others’ beliefs and practices are just some of the gory symptoms of this malaise. The problem is that while all societies suffer from some level of degenerative trends, the ones afflicting the Pakistani mindset have only become more gruesome with the passage of time, there being no effort either at the governmental or the societal level to check them. This becomes alarming given the multiplication of the nurseries of hate and religious extremism that continue to sprout all over the country with a government that has virtually lost its writ and its hold. Domestically, the blatant vandalism has become an ingredient to the re-shaping of a society along ‘Islamic’ and ‘un-Islamic’ lines - the former being good and the latter being evil. The genie of religious intolerance was unleashed by Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto when, way back in the early seventies, he declared the Ahmadis as ‘non-Muslims’ and banned the consumption of liquor even while he continued to enjoy his
drink. The dictator who followed him literally institutionalised the segregation of the society along these lines and no government since the draconian days of Zia has had the courage and conviction to address the affliction that has virtually pushed the society and the country to the brink of an implosion. Internationally, Pakistan is fast gaining the title of a pariah state that encourages and sponsors the spread of religious intolerance. Part of the deepening malaise is its support for some militant outfits that are active in the border areas. This approbation has had a lethal effect for the country and its people: over fortythousand innocent souls including women, children and old people have lost their lives at the hands of these marauding brigades spouting venomous jargon that has no relevance to contemporary times and requirements. Instead of taking effective measures to check the spread of the germs of intolerance, the government has remained an aloof spectator, thus allowing these bandits to dig their tentacles deeper. The government has also failed at a different level: that of investing in and encouraging the spread of education using the traditional vehicles, thus curbing the increasing influence of hate-spouting madrassahgraduates. This has been a principal failure of succeed-
ing governments in the country. The incumbent concoction has paid little heed to the increasing manifestations of a depleting mindset that refuses to recognise that there are billions of other people beside them. This mindset is also plagued by the grandiose perception that they are the people who have been divinely ordained to put the rest of the world on the right path. In the process, they self-righteously assume that they are the chosen ones to undertake the job and they are committing no wrong. Adding fuel to the fire is the virtually unchecked spiralling of the population most of which remains uneducated while a large proportion becomes victims of the decadent and retrogressive madrassahindoctrination in the country. There has not been a government that has demonstrated the will and the courage to apprise people of the adverse impact of the population growth on their own prospects or having introduced effective methods and measures to check it. Government after government in the country has remained hostage to the influence of the militant prayerleaders who have been allowed to wield their ill-gotten power that is becoming increasingly destructive with the passage of time. While there are other initiatives that could help the country take the
fledgling steps on the road to emancipation from the clutches of mindboggling decadence, investment in the fields of education could have helped the emergence of a group of people who could have wielded positive influence on the society. Because of the myopic policies of succeeding governments, this opportunity has been denied to the country and its underprivileged people. The sad part is that this continues to be denied as there is no comprehensive scheme on the anvil that could offer a credible alternative to the madrassah syndrome on the one hand and the expensive private-sector education on the other that is beyond the reach of a vast majority of the population. While Pakistan has been sinking over the last many decades, indications are that the slide is not going to stop in the foreseeable future also. Given the exceedingly corrupt, dual-nationality and fakedegree-holder and moth-eaten leadership that the incumbent system is likely to keep producing, Pakistan suffers from increasingly diminishing prospects in successfully combating the challenges that it faces and is fast headed towards a fatal haemorrhaging. The writer is a political analyst. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Ricky Ponting: resented by many, admired by all
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Surrendering to militancy What is the definition of a mosque (masjid) – a place of sanity for worship (of Allah) for the followers of Islam. Then what about a mosque which once became a central rallying point of militancy in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad’s heart? Should that place be exempted for state to take action against hardline militants stockpiling heavy weapons and waging a wave of terror across the capital? Didn’t the women students of Lal Masjid’s sister concern, Jamia Hafsa, occupy a children library and refused to vacate? Have they not intimidated the public by resorting to beatings and kidnappings? Have the mosque students not only displayed but used sophisticated weaponry against the security forces? Have they not attacked the police and rangers? Have they not occupied the government buildings? All the male and female students, teachers and staff were given the opportunity to lay arms and leave the mosque, and hundreds of students and their teachers peacefully left the premises. One of them was the head of Lal Masjid who was arrested leaving the mosque while disguising as a veiled woman. Obviously, those who left in the mosque were hardliners who didn’t take the surrender option and decided to fight the security forces. In this backdrop, I fail to understand Supreme Court’s interference in this matter and the appointment of a one-man commission to investigate this blot on the religious institutes of Pakistan. During the review of a petition filed by Lal Masjid head, the Chief Justice remarked that those killed in the mosque were innocent girls. If the top judge of Pakistan’s Supreme Court has already determined that those who refused to leave the premises and kept fighting were innocent, then why waste tax-payers’ money on further investigation by this one-man judicial commission? The CJ’s remarks and direction to judicial commission set the rules for investigation whose results are anyone’s guess. This trend is very evident from the release of several known militants by the courts on lack of evidence, loopholes in laws and other such excuses. The courts have very clearly taken a position in this polarised society who is fighting for its survival against a militant version of religion. MASOOD KHAN Jubail, Saudi Arab
great as he was
By Kamran Rasool
n 2007, I heard the news that Michael Bevan, the best finisher in the game in his hey-day, had announced his retirement. The Australian Cricket Board declared him an invaluable asset to the side, and said he would be deeply missed for the World Cup the following month. Players spoke about how the Australian side was always better with Bevan in it. Some said his decision was worth respecting because he was going out on his own terms. Bevan deserves all the accolades he gets, but the issue here is that they were all lying through their teeth. Not long ago, national selector Trevor Hohns had said “his contribution to the one-day side had decreased” and there wasn’t a chance he would go to the upcoming World Cup. Going out on his own terms? Bevan had not played an international game in almost three years, and I was surprised he had actually been available until he announced he was walking away. As Ricky Ponting struggled over the last couple of years, failing to get underneath the short ball quickly enough to play his beloved hook, jabbing late at seaming deliveries that the Ponting of yesteryear would have cover driven for four, and scrambling to put together a decent run of form that seemed as elusive as a Shane Warne century, one could not help wondering if he, too, would meet his former teammate’s ignominious end. The selectors, given time, would not hesitate to wield the axe; Australia didn’t become cricket’s greatest by letting their emotions get ahead of reason. Ponting’s scores in his final series read 0, 4, 16, 4 and 8, his second worst aggregate in a series in his 17-year career. As he himself acknowledged, he was simply not good enough to be an international cricketer for Australia anymore. Ponting didn’t need all this strife; his legacy was secured years ago. Everyone knew what he was really after – one final crack at the English next summer. One final chance to get on the honours board
at Lord’s. And, most importantly, one last swing at winning the Ashes in England again. He cannot be blamed for wanting to bow out in the perfect fashion – Warne, McGrath and Langer all retired after whitewashing England in 2007 (McGrath even followed that up with a Player of the Tournament performance at the World Cup for good measure). It was understandable he wanted to dilute his greatest fear – that he will be remembered for being the first Aussie captain since the 19th century to lead his country to three Ashes defeats – rather than his other remarkable achievements. Test cricket, after all, was the pinnacle, and the Ashes remains Test cricket’s finest hour. Don’t let that worry you, Ricky. Only a nitpicking quibbler (or an Englishman) will remember you that way. People will remember Ricky for the teenager who would have had a Test century on debut if the DRS had existed in 1995, for that fearless century he scored in his maiden Ashes Test in ’97, or for the more mature masterclass at Old Trafford eight years later which single-handedly saved the game. He may well be remembered for arguably the finest ODI innings of the last two decades, an unbeaten 140 off 121 balls against India in the 2003 World Cup final, no less. With his retirement the game loses probably its last old fashioned purist. Never could you recall him playing an unsightly stroke, no paddle sweeps, no “Dilscoops”, and rarely even a reverse sweep. And he wasn’t a lesser player for it. Watch Dilshan get down on one knee and, without looking at the ball, play a heinous (yet brilliant) shot that flies right over the keeper’s head for six, and then look at Ponting transferring his weight to the back leg, take a huge back-lift, wonderfully in balance, and, with a perfectly timed hook, dismiss the short ball from his diminutive presence. Which would you rather pay to watch? Graceful while he batted, his general demeanour on the cricket pitch was anything but. He got into many a batsman’s ear as he fielded in the slips, and his inyour-face attitude assured he didn’t endear himself to many of his opponents. This spilled over into downright loathing on occasions, never more memorably than after the Sydney Test against India in ‘08, after which his effigies were burnt in India, and he was even lambasted and lampooned by the Australian press for “disgraceful behaviour”. Ponting was only playing to his natural instincts though; he wanted to win – that is, after all, what Australian sides used to do those days. There is, however, no disputing his fiery behaviour often overstepped the mark of what was acceptable in the gentleman’s game.
Once, in 1999, Srinath struck a 24year-old Ponting on the helmet when Ponting mistimed a rare pull. One of the nicest fast bowlers cricket will ever produce, he immediately asked Ricky if he was okay. In response, the Australian lashed out, telling him to “go back and f****** bowl”. He made a seamless transition to becoming the face of the arrogant Australian side after Steve Waugh vacated that role, and I suspect that as the world hated him for his guts and simply for how good he was, he relished every minute of it. As was said about him, “To admire Ponting, you just need to know what cricket is, but to absolutely adore him, you probably need an Australian passport.” So as Australia’s stalwart walked onto the WACA for the last time, a rousing cheer filled the stadium. This was a significant moment in the history of Australian cricket, and brought to mind images of Bradman walking to take strike for his final fateful innings. The South Africans formed a guard of honour for their longtime adversary, and often tormentor. Commentators lauded Graeme Smith for his affable gesture. Note that Ponting would never form a guard of honour for anyone in his life, but then again, he would never be called “affable”. He could probably think of few tags more unwelcome. When Ponting was dismissed for 8, (by a left arm spinner at the WACA, for crying out loud), a stunned silence was followed by the crowd breaking into a ripple of applause once more. The South Africans went to shake the hand of a man they would never face again; Ponting seemed mechanical. He had just been dismissed, and he was walking off dejectedly, head bowed. But as he neared the boundary line and the applause began to get thunderously loud, the occasion lifted him, and perhaps even touched him. He stopped and raised his bat and helmet to the adoring crowd, and held the pose for a moment. He was thanking a public who, for all his flaws, had never stopped worshipping him, who would have been chanting “Ricky! Ricky!” if he’d played till his hair was grey. For the first time in his 17-year career, here was a man who looked like he was humbled, and it was all Australia’s little fighter could do to keep himself from breaking down as he hurried to the pavilion. But on the day, Ponting was disappointed. Australia needed an almost insurmountable 632 to win, and they needed a big contribution from batsmen such as himself to even get close. But then, this was an Australian icon’s last match, and in his final innings, he came up short. The similarity to 1948 was impossible to miss.
ur man Rehman Malik has a case of the blues. No, it’s not because his trip to India has been postponed, scuttling his plans of celebrating his birthday at the Taj Mehal in Agra. Rather, it’s because the prime minister gave him a bit of a dressing down on account of the interior czar’s policy of shutting down the cellular networks on key days and also for shutting down mobile number portability schemes. To make matters infinitely worse, sources say that he has been wanting to meet the president since some time now but the latter hasn’t granted him an audience. After the Babur Awan case of falling from favour, Malik does have things to worry about. **************
King for a day? tax the serfs!
ecently, the passengers of a Lahore-bound flight from Islamabad weren’t allowed to step on the plane without filling out some extra paperwork and waiting for the security protocol of a VVIP, also on the flight, to do their thing. Just who is this thrice-born, asked the irate passengers. The president, came the reply. Ok. But shortly did the penny drop for one of the passengers that the president is, in fact, out of the country. Who was this imposter, then? No imposter, said the musclemen, just the acting president, having been at his slot for a total of two days. And there just had to be a visit out of the city within this short a span of time? Yes. **************
t turns out the wedding season is also in full swing the other side of the Radcliffe. And, in typical desi fashion, the well-to-do there are also fond of splurging on weddings. Now it appears that Pakistani dancing girls are quite the rage there, on account of the belief (verification, anyone?) that they are much prettier and buxom than their Indian counterparts. The result: their unavailability and hiked up rates for performing at local weddings. One economics story no one had trouble reading till the end. For feedback, comments, suggestions and, most importantly, tips, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Stars out in london for 'les Miserables' premiere
ollyWooD stars anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman have braved the london cold to walk the red carpet for the world premiere of "les Miserables." Hathaway said at the premiere Wednesday that playing the role of Fantine in the film adaptation of "les Mis" was a dream job she would have done anything to land, describing the gig as "the sort of job you should give your paycheck back" for. the 30-year-old actress lost 25 pounds (11.3 kilograms) and cut her hair to play the role of a struggling, sickly mother forced into prostitution in 1800s Paris in the screen adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic. Joined by Jackman and other costars russell Crowe and amanda Seyfried, Hathaway signed autographs and met fans in central london at the event. nEwS DESK
KNIGHTlEy SCoffS AT fIfTy SHADES of GREy RolE Keira Knightley has scoffed at the idea of starring in 'Fifty Shades of Grey'. The 27-year-old actress will ''definitely'' not be starring in the hotly-anticipated adaptation of E.L. James' erotic novel, which details S&M-crazed billionaire Christian Grey's relationship with young student Anastasia Steele. Asked whether her next film project would be a more risque literary adaptation than she has done in the past, Keira insisted: ''No, it's not. It's not going to be 'Fifty Shades of Grey.' You know, I normally don't like to give a
definite about anything, [but] I can definitely say it will not be 'Fifty Shades of Grey'.'' The brunette beauty says her days of stripping off on screen are over after playing sexually confused patient Sabrina Spielrein in David Cronenberg's historial drama about the advent of psychoanalysis, which saw Keira being spanked by therapist Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender). The 'Jack Ryan' star is adamant she won't be taking on an even raunchier role as naïve Anastasia and admits she is too embarrassed to even pick up 'Fifty Shades'. She told MTV: ''I can't imagine why [I would want to]! Um, I haven't even read it yet, actually. I mean, just from [what I've heard], friends who've gotten into it, and I've gone, 'No'. I did 'A Dangerous Method'. That had a bit of all that in it. I don't think I need to do it again.'' Keira previously confessed she had to practice her sex faces for two whole days in order to perfect her part in 'A Dangerous Method'. She joked: ''I worked with that and sat in my bathroom and pulled faces at myself for two days. Then I got on Skype with David and went, 'I've come up with this' or 'I've come up with that' and he went, 'that one!' News DesK
Katrina most downloaded celeb for 4th consecutive year Ghulam Ali to pay tribute to Jagjit Singh
aKiStani ghazal singer Ghulam ali says he will pay a tribute to late ghazal maestro Jagjit Singh on the latter's birth anniversary Feb 8 next year. Ghulam ali celebrated his 71st birthday here Wednesday along with his son aamir ali, and revealed his plans for Jagjit Singh's birth anniversary at the event. "it is his (Jagjit Singh) birthday that day. they are saying it will be legend to legend, but i am not a legend, he was. Maybe he used to call me one. there will be a function in his memory and it is also for a charity cause. inshallah, on his birthday, this will happen, we both father and son will perform there also," he said. Ghulam ali is known for his ghazals "Chupke chupke raat din', "Hum tere shahar mein aaye hain" and "Hum ko kiske gham ne". nEwS DESK
Kareena Kapoor takes inspiration from CNN reporter
areena Kapoor has always maintained that she’s a spontaneous actor and doesn’t prepare for her roles, but it looks like that’s set to change now. For her role in Prakash Jha’s Satyagraha, she’s taking inspiration from Christiane amanpour, the famous Cnn reporter. “She is doing really intense research for this role. Her part in the film is difficult and she wants to make sure she does complete justice to it,” reveals a source, adding, “Kareena has asked for videos of the major stories reported by Christiane. She has also asked for documentaries based on her and all the interviews she has done along with videos of her being interviewed. Since she’s taking inspiration from such a renowned reporter, she doesn’t want to mess it up in any way.” Kareena has around a month to prepare for the role before the film goes on the floors. Her look, the source says, will be simple and somewhat like her appearance in Dev (2004). nEwS DESK
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Katrina Kaif has seen off competition from Kareena Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra to emerge as the most downloaded celebrity on mobile phones in the year 2012. The 'Ek Tha Tiger' star continued to maintain the leading position in the category of images downloaded for the fourth consecutive year, followed by Kareena, Priyanka, Anushka Sharma and Vidya Balan, according to the findings of Airtel Mobitude 2012. Shah Rukh Khan led in the category of Bollywood actors' wallpaper downloads, with Salman Khan, Ajay Devgn, Akshay Kumar and Ranbir Kapoor in the top five. Aamir Khan did not fare in this list for the third year in a row. South India showed a strong traction for imagery, with Tollywood sensation Trisha seeing downloads 325 per cent higher than the numbers seen for top 5 Bollywood actors put together. Popular song 'Kolaveri Di', continued to maintain the top position in 2012 as well. Though reasonably popular, the worldwide rage 'Gangnam Style' did not experience similar success among mobile
internet users in India and could not beat Kolaveri Di's strong local success. The song 'Teri Meri' from 'Bodyguard' ranked second in this segment, lagging behind by 20 per cent. 'Dabangg' topped charts as the most viewed movie on Airtel Video Talkies, while 'Singham' led on Airtel Audio Talkies. Epic hit 'Sholay' continues to be an all-time favorite with customers, who till date, are tuning into the audio edition of the movie on Airtel Audio Talkies. Movie inspired games are the new rage in mobile gaming - 'Agneepath', 'Spiderman' and 'Agent Vinod' games topped charts and left behind popular games Tekken and SoulCalibur. In the Hollywood segment, Kim Kardashian led in the category of images downloaded and also featured in the top five Hollywood celebrities, followed by Britney Spears, Hilary Duff, Katie Holmes and Angelina Jolie. 'Chikni Chameli' from 'Agneepath' became the top downloaded Bollywood song, followed by 'Gun Gun Guna' and 'Abhi Mujh Mein Kahin' from the same film. News DesK
Lopez opens up about divorce with Marc Anthony
Jennifer Lopez, who split up with hubby Marc Anthony after seven years of marriage, wasn't sure she'd ever feel like herself again. The 43-year-old singer revealed how she turned her heartbreak into the inspiration for her new 'Dance Again World' Tour. "I was going through a divorce and the breakup of a family, which was devastating to me because family means everything to me," Us magazine quoted her as saying. "I didn't want to be the woman who stayed in bed for months. I did do that a little, but I knew I had to get through it. "I had to figure out what I did wrong that I was in a relationship where I was accepting situations that weren't good for me," she said. The 'Waiting For Tonight' hitmaker said that if a person allows themselves to be in a bad relationship then they needed to understand why. "I had to turn [the breakup] into something better. I thought, 'I don't want to just survive it, I want to come out better'," she said. For that she focused all her energy on taking care of her 4-year-old twins, Max and Emme, and threw everything else into her career. Lopez danced every day, worked out as often as she could, and even read inspirational affirmations about how to "heal her life." Little by little, she started to feel stronger, happier. News DesK
JAMES MCAvoy To PlAy MACbETH Last King of Scotland and Atonement actor James McAvoy is to make an appearance at London's West End playing the title role in Jamie Lloyd's Macbeth. He will appear in the inaugural production of a season of work at the Trafalgar Studios, Whitehall called Trafalgar Transformed. McAvoy was last on stage in 2009 in the Olivier-nominated production Three Days of Rain at the Apollo Theatre. His upcoming film appearances include Danny Boyle’s Trance, Welcome to the Punch, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby,
Filth (2013), and X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014). The actor recently dropped out of the as yet unnamed Wikileaks film after work commitments conflicted. Lloyd’s production of the Shakespeare play will be set in a dystopian Scotland brutalised by war as Macbeth begins his tormented struggle for power fuelled by ambition and paranoia under a toxic fog. Lloyd said "We hope to welcome new and diverse audiences to the West End and I am very excited to engage with schools and other groups via a series of bespoke
workshops and masterclasses.” All tickets will be £15 on Mondays, half of which will be made available through an outreach scheme targeted towards schools and firsttime theatre-goers. The other half will be released monthly to the public on the first day of each month, starting on 1 February 2013, and will be available online or at Trafalgar Studios box office. Additionally, day seats will be available at £10 for all performances, Tuesday through Saturday. The production will run from 9 February to 27 April. News DesK
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Priyanka chopra named sexiest asian woman
lonDon: amanda Seyfried attends a night of Heroes event at the imperial war museum on friday.
OLLYWOOD superstar Priyanka Chopra has won the 'Worlds Sexiest Asian Woman' crown, according to an on-line survey conducted by a weekly magazine. Priyanka, 30, defeated reigning champion Kareena Kapoor and three-times winner Katrina Kaif to claim the crown of sexiest Asian woman on the planet this year. "Priyanka Chopra secured top spot with Kareena Kapoor coming second and Katrina Kaif third," Asian weekly Eastern Eye said. A permanent fixture in the top three in recent years, the beauty queen turned A-list Bollywood star beat off very tough competition from some of the most stunning women from around the world. "It has rounded off a dream year for Priyanka, which included a starring role in super-hit film Agneepath, delivering a superb performance in India's official entry to the Oscars, Barfi! and launching an international pop career alongside chart-topping singer Will.i.am," the release added. Clearly delighted with the win, Priyanka said: "I'm hugely flattered. Who wouldn't want to have a title like this bestowed on them! A big shout out to everyone who voted for me." Eastern Eye showbiz editor Asjad Nazir, who annually puts together the popular list and is chairman of the judging panel believes a dream year will give Priyanka the perfect platform to possibly becoming a Hollywood star in 2013. "The sheer diversity of the projects that Priyanka did in 2012 combined with her close connection to fans online worked in her favour and added to her already impressive fan base. That is why she was able to beat off pop stars, TV personalities, models and fellow film stars," said Asjad. The biggest surprise of 2012 was the number of television actresses from India who entered the list for the first time. Ek Hazaaron Kein Meri Behna Hai stars Nia Sharma, who came fifth and Krystle D'Souza on 9th became the first ever TV actresses from India to crack the top 10. Other Indian television actresses who made the list included Drashti Dhami (12), Sanaya Irani (13), Kritika Kamra (19), Jennifer Winget (21), Yashashtri Masurkar (24) and Asha Negi (32). "The fact that so many television actresses made the top 50 showed that Bollywood is no longer the only dominant force in India and that television is playing a much bigger part in the lives of people around the world," added Asjad. Other notable stars in this year's list include Deepika Padukone landed on the fourth spot, Bipasha Basu on the sixth, Sonam Kapoor on the seventh, Diana Penty (15), and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan (16). The highest placed Pakistani was supermodel turned television personality Mehreen Syed (10) and the highest placed star from the west was once again Hollywood actress Noureen Dewulf (11), who is currently starring alongside Charlie Sheen in hit US sitcom Anger Management. Priyanka's cousin Parineeti Chopra (18), Rani Mukerji (22), Esha Gupta (23), Sussanne Roshan (25), Alia Bhatt (29), Giaa Manek (41) and singer Tasha Tah (47) were also included in the list. News DesK
I DoN’T NEED To CoMPETE wITH SAlMAN KHAN: AKSHAy The inimitable Akshay Kumar shares anecdotes, talks about doing a Khiladi film with Asin IS THERE ANy PRESSURE REGARDING KHIlADI 786, GIvEN THAT IT’S PART of A SUCCESSfUl fRANCHISE? AKSHAy: I never feel any pressure about a film. What is meant to happen will happen. I have seen failure as well as success several times. wHy DID IT TAKE 12 yEARS To MAKE ANoTHER KHIlADI fIlM? AKSHAy: Main action chhod chuka tha (I’d left action). I was
focusing more on comedy and romance. Then, after Rowdy Rathore, I said I should return to action films. yoU STARTED wITH ACTIoN. IS THERE ANy PRESSURE RETURNING To THE GENRE? AKSHAy: There’s no pressure. As a child, I loved climbing trees and jumping around. I enjoy the risk of bungee-jumping. I used to pay money to do it. Now, it’s the opposite. I get paid to do action. How MUCH DoES AGE MATTER? AKSHAy: It hasn’t yet; maybe after five-six years it will. When my first Khiladi film came out (in 1992), she (Asin) was in the first standard! So, do you think age matters? ASIN, HAvE yoU SEEN ANy of THE PREvIoUS KHIlADI fIlMS? ASIN: I was little, so I don’t remember much about it. I do remember the songs and dance movements. THE fIlM SEEMS To bE vERy ColoURfUl. TEll US AboUT IT? ASIN: It is a vibrant, fun movie. Akshay plays a very colourful Punjabi character. I play a Maharashtrian girl. AKSHAy: SHE PlAyS THE PEACH, I PlAy THE bRINJAl! ASIN: If you think we are dressed colourfully, you should look at his family in the film. That’s colourful. Akshay: (In the film) my dadi is from Africa. My chachi is from China. My mother is from London. Humara choron ka khandaan hai (it’s a family of thieves). wHAT’S THE SToRy bEHIND THE TITlE KHIlADI? AKSHAy: The Khiladi title was given by Abbas-Mustan. It was my first hit film. And then, the media and
audiences gave me the tag of Khiladi. The title stayed with me, and I quite enjoy it.
promotions have started for this, my antennae are on alert.
IN THE bEGINNING, DID yoU THINK of KHIlADI AS A fRANCHISE? AKSHAy: I didn’t know what the word ‘franchise’ meant. I was doing films right, left and centre. At that point, I didn’t know it would become so big.
AKSHAy SPEAKS MARATHI vERy wEll. DID HE HElP yoU PREPARE foR yoUR CHARACTER? AKSHAy: I didn’t know that he spoke Marathi fluently until after the film was completed.
IT wAS REPoRTED THAT yoU SToPPED DoING ACTIoN fIlMS AfTER yoU bECAME A fATHER? AKSHAy: Yes, when your son is small, you don’t want any kind of harm to happen to you. Now he (Aarav) is 10 years old and I’m fit enough to do some more years of action. wHAT DoES AARAv fEEl AboUT yoU DoING ACTIoN fIlMS AGAIN? ASIN: He is very proud that I do all my stunts on my own. He doesn’t like coming for a shoot if it’s just dialogues or a song sequence. He finds that boring, but if it is action, he likes to watch it. ARE yoU CoNSCIoUS AboUT yoUR CHoICE of fIlMS, PICKING oNly wHAT yoUR owN KID CAN wATCH? AKSHAy: I make sure that my film is satellite-friendly. I’m happy that Khiladi 786 has got a U-certificate from the censor board. ASIN, wHAT’S AKSHAy lIKE oN THE SETS. IS HE vERy SERIoUS? ASIN: Serious and Akshay? During the promotions of Housefull 2, he stuffed stale parathas and fruits into my bag, and at a security check, I kept saying that I’m not carrying any food. Now that
yoU SPEAK A loT of lANGUAGES? AKSHAy: About six-seven. AND yoU, AKSHAy? AKSHAy: Sindhi, Gujarati, Marathi, Hindi, English... ASIN, yoU ARE ASSoCIATED wITH A loT of bloCKbUSTERS. How SERIoUSly Do yoU TAKE NUMbERS? ASIN: It means that that people have watched the movie and liked your work. Numbers are burdens for producers and makers of the film. yoU JoINED THE RS. 100-CRoRE ClUb wITH AAMIR KHAN (GHAJINI; 2008)? ASIN: Founding member... keep donating to my membership! Jokes apart, I don’t take it seriously. The industry is growing, and in near future, the mark could be 200 or 300 crore. AKSHAy, HAS THE ACTIoN IN yoUR fIlMS bECoME MoRE ovER-THE-ToP? AKSHAy: Rowdy Rathore was completely hand-to-hand combat. It had nothing to do with cables. But yes, technology has changed action quite a lot. It helps an actor do over-the top things. This film (Khiladi 786) required action like that. COuRTesY HI
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Infotainment 14 Apple, Samsung once again haggle over damages EPENDING on who you ask, the $1.05 billion in damages awarded to Apple against Samsung was either too much or too little, but both companies today had much to say about some of the details in how that decision was reached. At the heart of it, there’s a disagreement on Samsung’s side about how the jury came to decide the damages for the Prevail, one of Samsung’s devices that was found to infringe, and made up $57.9 million of the tally. The only problem, Samsung argues, is that the jury was making up the tally based on bad projections that not only included Samsung’s profits on the device, but also Apple’s lost profits. If that number ends up getting changed, it could lead to a retrial between the two companies in the Ninth Circuit court, Samsung’s lawyers said here. Citing a case between Verizon and Vonage,
Samsung argued that there had been a failure to separate the types of damages between patent and product, something that would result in a retrial under Ninth Circuit court laws. The issue is just one of many at a hearing that comes some three and a half months since the verdict, which landed almost entirely in Apple’s favor. The two companies have since filed more than 250 items of paperwork, including an effort from Samsung to get a retrial, citing what the company believed was misconduct by the jury foreman. That jury decision, which U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh today referred to as “precise,” was under close examination. Samsung’s attorney Charles Verhoeven, who argued much of the trial for the company, said that the jury did not have enough information in some cases, to make good calls on whether certain devices infringed on parts of patents. “That the jury didn’t
have enough information to distinguish between the products, ties back to the way this case was tried,” Verhoeven argued, saying that Apple didn’t do a good enough job of going through through how each of Samsung’s products infringed certain patents. Also at issue is if the total damages amount can be tweaked based on when Samsung was made aware of infringing, something that affects lost royalty rates. There’s a 14-month span between when Apple approached Samsung with its 2010 presentation accusing Samsung of infringing, and when an amended lawsuit was filed last June. In Samsung’s case, that could cut the damages tally by more than half if the court decides to make adjustments. “There has never been a case in which the evidence was so strong and a specific product was targeted, copied, and by a person who claimed to have patents, and did it to have an advantage” argued Apple attorney Harold McElhinny. “That is willfull blindness.” Since the August verdict, the two companies have continued to escalate a separate lawsuit against one another, set to go to trial in 2014. That spat includes more recent devices on both sides, including Apple’s iPhone 5 and iPad Mini, and Samsung’s Galaxy S3 and S3 Mini. nEwS DESK
Marijuana goes legal in Washington state amid mixed messages
baby star caught in the act of growing
ENEATH a dusty disk of creation, a baby star’s mass has been measured for the first time. The star, called L1527 IRS, is only one-fifth the mass of the sun, and is expected to keep growing as the swirling disk of matter surrounding it falls into its surface. Astronomers estimated the star formed around the same time that Neanderthals evolved on Earth: just 300,000 years ago. In fact, if L1527 had grown in mass just a bit more quickly in its earlier years, it could be as young as 150,000 years old. Either way, the star is among the youngest discovered in the universe, said lead researcher John Tobin. “There’s five times more material surrounding it that could be incorporated in [the star],” said Tobin, a Hubble fellow at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Virginia. “There is still a lot of room to grow, so to say.” L1527 lies in the constellation Taurus, about 450 light-years from Earth. Its close distance makes it easier to resolve fine features in the disk. Generally, a star forms from a cloud of gas that collapses into itself. Material streams inward from the cloud and forms a protostar in the center of a disk of gas and dust. Over millions of years, material falls on the protostar and releases quite a bit of energy. In L1527, 90 percent of its energy comes from material landing on the surface of the protostar. The remaining 10 percent comes from the star itself. “There is a rotationally supported disk around this protostar,” said Tobin, adding it’s a “key element” in building planets. “It lets the material hang out long enough for the planet formation process.” But it’s far too early in L1527’s evolution to talk about protoplanets, he added. In the scale of stellar evolution, the star is at Stage 0. By comparison, Earth’s sun is a middle-aged matron, at 4.6 billion years of age. Astronomers measured L1527’s mass through simple Newtonian physics: They determined the mass by calculating the speed of the matter swirling around the protostar at a given distance. Tobin, who has been watching this star for several years, said L1527 could serve as a useful goalpost in humans’ understanding of stellar evolution. It appears that 90 percent of young stars that are less than 1 million years old have disks of matter surrounding them. Save for the few in multiplestar systems who see their disks blown away, it appears disk formation is a universal process in a young star’s life. Tobin was granted telescope time at the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile, which is a new radio telescope array that reveals a universe not seen in visible and infrared light. “We want to get a more detailed view of the structure of the rotating disk,” he said, adding, “We’re also trying to look at more young protostars to find more disks like this. You can get a big picture view of everything that’s going on.” nEwS DESK
Hundreds of marijuana enthusiasts huddled near Seattle’s famed Space Needle tower on Thursday night with pipes, bongs and handrolled joints to celebrate Washington’s new status as the first state in the nation to legalize pot for adult recreational use. The public gathering at the downtown Seattle Center, like a smaller turnout at a nearby spot hours earlier, defied a key provision of the state’s landmark marijuana law, which allows possession of small amounts of cannabis but forbids users from lighting up outside the privacy of their homes. Police kept their distance from both gatherings, underscoring mixed law enforcement messages about the new statute, known by its ballot designation as Initiative 502. The measure took effect on Thursday. Seattle’s city attorney issued a stern warning on Wednesday that public pot puffing would not be tolerated and that violators faced citations with $100 fines. But the Seattle Police Department said its officers had been directed to limit any enforcement actions related to Initiative 502 to verbal warnings only, at least for now. The new law, passed by voters last month in a move that could set the state up for a showdown with the federal government, removes criminal sanctions for anyone 21 or older possessing 1 ounce (28.5 grams) or less of pot for personal
use. Colorado voters likewise chose to legalize pot for personal recreational use, but that measure is not due to take effect until next month. Both states are among 18 that have already removed criminal sanctions for medical use of marijuana. The Washington law also legalizes possession of up to 16 ounces (0.45 kg) of solid cannabis-infused goods such as brownies - and up to 72 ounces (2.4 kg) of weed in liquid form. But driving under the influence of cannabis or imbibing in public places where the consumption of alcohol is already banned remain illegal. nEwS DESK
US company announces commercial moon missions
S start-up company, Golden Spike, plans to offer affordable and routine trips to the moon. Lead by former NASA executives, Golden Spike has put a cost of $1.4 billion on a twoperson lunar surface mission, which matches what it currently costs national space agencies to send robots. They made the announcement on the eve of 40th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 17, which was the last time humans were sent to the moon. The company plans to adapt existing rockets and make these available to nations, individuals, or corporations with lunar exploration objectives and ambitions. “We could not be able to do this without the many breakthroughs NASA made in inventing Apollo, the Shuttle, the International Space Station, and its recent efforts to foster commercial spaceflight,” says company chairman Gerry Griffin, an Apollo Flight Director and former Director of NASA. Building on those achievements, The Golden Spike Company is ready to enable a global wave of explorers to the lunar frontier.” They are about to begin a series of studies into designs for the lunar lander, lunar space suits, and lunar surface experiment packages to be used on their missions. In doing so, Golden Spike joins other commercial ventures such as the company Space Adventures which are hoping to make ‘moon tourism’ a reality. Dr Stern, president and CEO, also a former head of all NASA science missions, adds: “We’re not just about America going back to the Moon; we’re about American industry and American entrepreneurial spirit leading the rest of the world to an exciting era of human lunar exploration. It’s the 21st century, we’re here to help countries, companies, and individuals extend their reach in space, and we think we’ll see an enthusiastic customer manifest developing.” Reasons to visit the moon the company suggests, could be anything from aims of scientific and commercial nature to national prestige or personal accomplishment. In a mission statement on the company website, Golden Spike says: “The Golden Spike Company is planning to transform human space exploration by putting in place affordably priced lunar orbital and surface expeditions to the only natural satellite of the Earth – the Moon. nEwS DESK
Origins of Romani people pinned down Europe’s largest minority group, the Romani, migrated from northwest India 1,500 years ago, new genetic study finds. The Romani, also known as the Roma, were originally dubbed “gypsies” in the 16th century, because this widely dispersed group of people were first thought to have come from Egypt. Today, many consider “gypsy” to be a derogatory term. Since the advent of better and better genetic technology, researchers have analyzed the genetic history of much of Europe, finding, for example, the history of the Jewish Diaspora written in DNA. But though there are 11 million Ro-
mani in Europe, their history has been neglected, said study researcher David Comas of the Institut de Biologia Evolutiva at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Spain Linguistic history as well as a few limited genetic studies had already suggested the Romani originally hailed from India. To confirm this idea and uncover more details on the migration, Comas and his colleagues used a technique that compares DNA segments from across the whole genome with that of other populations. They used DNA samples from 13 groups of Romani spread across Europe. “In our study, we do not focus on specific regions of the genome, but on the genome as a whole, which provides us the complete genetic information of the populations under study,” he told LiveScience. The results revealed the modern Romani’s ancestors migrated out of northwest India all at one time 1,500 years ago, Comas and his colleagues report today (Dec. 6) in the journal Current Biology. Once they arrived in Europe, they spread across the continent from the Balkan region about 900 years ago, Comas said. Over hundreds of years of history, intermarriage between Romani people and local populations has waxed and waned, Comas said. They have often been discriminated against; during the Holocaust, somewhere between 200,000 and 1.5 million Romani were killed by Hitler’s Nazis. After World War II, Romani in communist nations were often targeted for “assimilation,” which sometimes meant forced sterilization to lower their birth rate. Comas said he hoped to later widen the analysis to include more Romani groups as well as more Indian populations from the region where the Romani originated. nEwS DESK
Google cash buys drones to watch endangered species
RONES could soon be helping protect rhinos, tigers and elephants in Africa and Asia, thanks to cash from Google. Controlled via a tablet computer, the small autonomous aircraft will photograph poachers and track animals via smart radio tags. The World Wildlife Fund added the $5m (£3.1m) grant would also fund software that could map where poachers strike. And it was developing a mobile DNA sampling kit to match body parts with animals. The WWF said poaching and trafficking of body parts was having a devastating effect on the wild populations of some species, setting back decades long conservation efforts. The past 12 months have seen a significant rise in attacks on some animals, such as rhinos. In five years the number of rhinos killed in South Africa has risen from 13 to 588, according to statistics from Traffic, which monitors the trade in endangered animal parts. WWF president Carter Roberts said: “We face an unprecedented poaching crisis. The killings are way up. “We need solutions that are as sophisticated as the threats we face. “This pushes the envelope in the fight against wildlife crime.” Google gave the WWF the cash as part of its Global Impact Award programme. The first round of these awards handed out $23m (£14.2m) to seven separate organisations. nEwS DESK
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ashraf finds security in india satisfactory LAHORE STAFF REPORT
ATISFIED by the security arrangements in India, PCB Chairman Zaka Ashraf said the much-anticipated series would also help improve the bilateral ties between the two countries. "We are not worried about any security issues because we are certain that the Indian board and government will provide the best possible security for our players," Ashraf said. A PCB delegation, including a senior police official of the interior ministry, is currently in India visiting the venues of the two Twenty20 matches and three
mccullum replaces taylor as new zealand captain
ODIs in December-January to inspect the security arrangements and coordinate other issues with the Indian authorities. Ashraf said he was confident that the players would be able to focus totally on their cricket and give good results despite the threats being reported in the media. "I don't see this series as just a cricket series I see this series as something bigger. I would like it to eventually help improve relations between the two countries," Ashraf said. "I want to see not only regular bilateral cricket relations with India but also better relations on other levels as well," he added.
The PCB chief was also quietly confident that eventually efforts being made to convince other boards to send their teams to Pakistan would pay off. "I don't want to take names but we are presently in talks with two or three boards trying to convince them it is safe for them to send their teams to Pakistan for a proper international series," he stated. Ashraf said even the ICC was keen to see international cricket return to Pakistan. "It is difficult to give a time-frame for international teams to return to Pakistan but I see a scenario now where every board is waiting to see which board first sends it team to Pakistan," he said.
Ashraf also expressed his hope that international cricket will resume in the country said that the board is negotiating with two to three countries for bringing their teams to Pakistan. Talking to media here, Chaudhary Zaka Ashraf said that International Cricket Council (ICC) also wanted the revival of international cricket in Pakistan. He said that no matter which party is in government, the security institutions should have to work together for the resumption of cricket in Pakistan. Zaka Ashraf said that there is no threat to Pakistani players in India, adding that he had inquired health of Bal Thackeray via telephone.
Clarke thinking about batting line-up
Pakistan’s rizwan among those nominated
New Zealand have dumped Ross Taylor as captain and replaced him with Brendon McCullum in all three forms of the game, local media reports said on Friday. New Zealand Cricket were unable to provide immediate comment but had called a press conference early on Friday. Taylor's sacking comes in the wake of local media reports of disharmony between the 28-year-old batsman and head coach Mike Hesson. Taylor scored 142 and 74 in his last two innings as he led from the front to guide New Zealand to a rare away test win over Sri Lanka in Colombo that tied their series 1-1. McCullum faces a baptism of fire with upcoming series against South Africa and England. NEW ZEALAND’S tAyLoR to SKIp SoUtH AfRICA toUR: New Zealand head to South Africa to take on the world's top-ranked test nation in tumult, with Ross Taylor sitting out of the two-match series after giving up the captaincy and Daniel Vettori ruled out with injury. Taylor rejected an offer to keep the reins of the test team but step down as skipper of the Twenty20 and one-day sides, leaving opener Brendon McCullum to take on all three roles. The announcement on Friday by New Zealand Cricket boss David White capped days of speculation about Taylor's future, with local media reporting a rift between head coach Mike Hesson and the 28year-old batsman. White confirmed Hesson was behind the move to depose Taylor from skippering the team in the shorter formats, part of a review following the tour of Sri Lanka where they drew a two-test series 1-1.
T20 SQuAD brendon mccullum (capt), corey anderson, trent boult, Doug bracewell, Derek de boorder, James franklin, Peter fulton, martin guptill, ronnie Hira, nathan mccullum, mitchell mcclenaghan, adam milne, colin munro, Jimmy neesham, rob nicol TEST SQuAD: brendon mccullum (capt), trent boult, Doug bracewell, Dean brownlie, Daniel flynn, James franklin, Peter fulton, martin guptill, chris martin, bruce martin, Jeetan Patel, Kane williamson, tim Southee, neil wagner, bJ watling.
men’s Player of the year to be announced today
Australia captain Michael Clarke is confident his injured back will come good in time for next week's first Test against Sri Lanka as he continues to ponder the batting order. With Phil Hughes recalled to the side following Ricky Ponting's retirement, it was expected the left-hander would bat at number three, forcing Shane Watson down a spot. But speaking at the Big Bash League launch for Sydney teams the Sixers and Thunder on Friday, Clarke admitted the make-up of the batting line-up was still very much uncertain. The fact that Hughes and Watson like to open, along with current openers Ed Cowan and David Warner, means the Aussies aren't short of options at the top of the order. And Clarke said he is also open to moving from number five despite his stellar form in that spot over the past 18 months. The New South Welshman has been weighing up the options over the last couple of days and is no closer to making a decision ahead of the match in Hobart next Friday. "It's something I've been thinking about over the last couple of days and will speak to (coach) Mickey Arthur about it when I get into camp," Clarke told reporters. "I'm not sure at this stage. We have some really good options. "Hughesy can bat at three, Shane Watson's batted three for us and both those guys have opened the batting for Australia as well. "I'm not sure as to where I'll bat. The number I bat doesn't bother me, it's about fitting in where's best for the team and where I can help the team have success. "That's been my goal since taking over the captaincy and that won't change." Clarke, who will miss the Thunder's BBL clash with the Sixers on Saturday night due to back soreness, said the issue is improving every day. "I'm in the process of rehab this week and seeing my physio and getting treatment," he said. "I'm confident if I keep doing all the right things I'll be right for the first Test." One thing Clarke couldn't shed any light on was the make-up of the pace attack, with Ben Hilfenhaus, Mitchell Starc and Mitchell Johnson vying for two spots alongside
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Peter Siddle. "When somebody doesn't play in a match it gives someone else an opportunity and that's what has happened in Perth," the skipper said. "Now we've got to work out what our best XI is for the first Test in Hobart, and we'll make that call closer to the game."
Mohammad Rizwan Junior is the onlyplayer who has been named in the initial list of player of the year but he is among the younger best category. Who will take the FIH Player of the Year trophies home tomorrow? On Saturday, the FIH will announce its men’s 2012 Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year at the Champions Trophy in Melbourne, Australia. It was a packed international calendar for the top men’s teams with the Olympic preparation events, the London 2012 Games and naturally the Champions Trophy here in Melbourne. After receiving input from the teams participating at the Champions Trophy and Champions Challenge in Argentina, the potential field of candidates has been trimmed down to five per category. Below is the list of the players and coaches that made the cut. For the first time, the Young Player of the Year is open to players under the age of 21, instead of the previous U23 cutoff. The women’s Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year will be announced in early 2013. The Coach of the Year for both men and women will also be announced at that time. Will your favorite player receive hockey’s top honor this year? Tune in on Saturday to find out! PlAyER OF THE yEAR: Jamie Dwyer (aUS), moritz fürste (ger), tobias Hauke (ger), robert van der Horst (neD), Sardar Singh (inD) yOunG PlAyER OF THE yEAR: florian fuchs (ger), Simon gougnard (bel), Harry martin (eng), gonzalo Peillat (arg), muhammad rizwan Junior (PaK).
Ponting the best team man: Arthur MELBOURNE AGEnCIES
Australia coach Mickey Arthur says retired star Ricky Ponting will leave a "massive hole" in the team's dressing room. Arthur, who coached South Africa from 2005 to 2010 before taking over the reins with Australia last year, sang the praises of the Tasmanian in his blog on the Cricket Australia website, making special mention of his preparation, teamwork and character. Ponting called time on his Test career last week, finishing with 13,378 runs - which came at an average of 51.85 and included 41 centuries - from 168 matches. "Over the last 18 months I've had the pleasure of sharing the dressing room with Ricky in my time as coach of the Australian team," Arthur said.
"(Ricky is a) tireless worker (and) the best 'team man' I have ever seen. I've quickly learned that Ricky is the ultimate professional - the most proficient player I have ever coached - and someone that everyone in the dressing room listens to and learns from every time he speaks. "Not only do his batting stats prove that he is Australia's best since [Don] Bradman, but he revolutionised fielding and leaves international cricket as Australia's most successful captain. "He dep a r t s international cricket
as one of Australia's all-time greats and leaves a lasting legacy. He will be sorely missed. Ricky Ponting will leave a massive hole in the Australian team dressing room." Ponting - who held a long-standing desire to play the Ashes in England next year - retired earlier than he would have liked after a poor run of form against South Africa. Despite a stellar start to the Sheffield Shield season, the 37-year-old failed to convert his form onto the international stage and was denied a fairytale ending to his career that many would argue he deserved. B u t Arthur
says despite a lack of runs against South Africa, his presence around the group was invaluable. "From an outsider's perspective, it could be argued that perhaps his numbers in the recent series against South Africa weren't as high as he would've liked, but despite that, Ricky offered a whole lot more than just a magnitude of runs," he said. "Ricky's aura around the dressing room, his meticulous preparation, the way he worked with the young players and his leadership are values [that] cannot be replaced in the immediate short-term. "Even at almost 38, when perhaps someone with his record could be forgiven for shortening up their training session, he was tireless in the way he prepared, leaving no stone unturned and often the first on the training track and regularly the last to leave."
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Razzak makes Lions rule as Abbottabad win eliminator LAHORE STAFF REPORT
BBOTTABAD won the one-over eliminator, Faisalabad down Bahawalpur Stags, Rams beat Panthers while Dolphins, Tigers and Lions go through in the Faysal Bank National T20 Cup on Friday. fALCoNS EDGE oUt BEARS: Abbottabad Falcons edged out Quetta Bears in a one-over eliminator after forcing a tie with a run out off the last ball when only a single was required. Defending 126, Abbottabad's bowlers kept Quetta's scoring rate below six an over for most part of the innings and picked up regular wickets. At the fall of Quetta's fifth wicket, 49 were required off 38 balls. A quick 31 by Naushad Irshad and an unbeaten 26 by Arun Lal brought Quetta close, but ended up level. Quetta, after choosing to field, had struck regularly to restrict Abbottabad to 126. Left-arm spinner Jalat Khan led the bowling with his maiden T20 five-wicket haul and was ably supported by a tight spell of 4-2-8-2 by Arun Lal. Abbottabad struggled to find momentum and their top-scorer was Yasir Shah, the No. 8 batsman, who scored 26 off 23 balls. The loss has left Quetta at the bottom of the Group A table with no wins from their six matches. Scores: Abbottabad Falcons 126 for 8 (Jalat 5-23, Lal 2-8) tied with Quetta Bears 126 for 7 (Naushad 31, Rabbi 2-10) WoLvES LEAvE StAGS SAppING: Bahawalpur Stags were inflicted their first
loss in the tournament by Faisalabad Wolves as they fell short of the target by 10 runs at the Gaddafi Stadium. Bahawalpur chose to field and were set a moderate target of 122, but two run outs early in the innings slowed them down. As the pressure mounted, Bahawalpur started losing wickets - three of them to Ehsan Adil. The ninth wicket pair of Mohammad Talha and Zulqarnain Haider made an attempt towards the target, but fell short. Earlier, Faisalabad batsmen had also found it tough to force the pace. Opener Farrukh Shehzad scored 31, but the next highest scorer was wicketkeeper Mohammad Salman with 15. Kashif Siddiq and Kamran Hussain shared two wickets apiece. Scores: Faisalabad Wolves 121 for 7 (Farrukh 31, Kashif 2-16) beat Bahawalpur Stags 111 for 8 (Adil 3-23) by 10 runs NAvED GUIDES RAMS to WIN: Naved Malik scored his second consecutive half-century to help Rawalpindi Rams beat Peshawar Panthers by seven wickets. Chasing 142, Rawalpindi were set into motion with a quick 46-run opening stand between Naved and Awais Zia. Although Peshawar made a couple of more breakthroughs, the run-scoring continued at a good clip, with Naved leading the way with a 42-ball 67 that contained four sixes. Rawalpindi crossed the target in the 18th over to keep their chances for a semi-final berth open. Peshawar lost their opener Mohammad Fayaz in the third over bowled by
Sohail Tanvir, and then lost three more batsmen to Hammad Azam. Jamaluddin, who scored 32 off 25 balls, and Akbar Badshah, who scored 29 off 21 balls, pushed the scoring towards the end to take the team to 141. Scores: Rawalpindi Rams 144 for 3 (Naved 67*) beat Peshawar Panthers 141 for 7 (Jamaluddin 32, Hammad 3-24, Arafat 2-18) by seven wickets CENtURy StAND LIft DoLpHINS to WIN: A century-stand for the fourth wicket between Fawad Alam and Khurram Manzoor helped Karachi Dolphins beat Hyderabad Hawks by six wickets in a high-scoring match at the Bagh-e-Jinnah in Lahore. Chasing 162, Karachi stumbled in the first over as they lost both their openers to the bowling of Rehan Riaz. Hyderabad took further control with another wicket in the fourth over, but Manzoor and Alam came together to stage a recovery and set the chase back on track. The 119-run stand that came off 82 balls took the team within the striking range. Although Manzoor fell with the team nine short of a win, Alam carried on and completed the chase with three balls to spare. Hyderabad Hawks, winless in the competition, chose to bat and the openers scored half-centuries to put up 89 in 11.3 overs to set the platform for a big total. Although none of the other batsmen got into double figures, Azeem Ghumman carried the bat through with an unbeaten 71. Sohail Khan picked up two wickets, but was expensive in his four over spell,
giving away 54 runs. Scores: Karachi Dolphins 165 for 4 (Alam 65*, Manzoor 60, Riaz 3-29) beat Hyderabad Hawks 161 for 4 (Ghumman 71*, Sharjeel 54, Sohail 2-54) by six wickets tIGERS too GooD foR LEopARDS: Productive knocks in quick time by Saeed Anwar jnr, Gulraiz Sadaf and Naved Yasin steered Multan Tigers to a convincing fivewicket victory with six overs to spare against Islamabad Leopards. After restricting Islamabad to 135 for 4, Mutlan lost two early wickets, but the three batsmen scored quickly, although none of them reached a half-century. At 117 for 5, 20 runs were scored off the final five deliveries of the 14th over to achieve the victory. Islamabad, after choosing to bat, lost openers Junaid Nadir and Umair Khan by the fourth over. Faizan Riaz and Bazid Khan added 43 off 46 deliveries. Bazid scored 41 and Faizan 29, both at a run a ball. Although middle-order batsman Imad Wasim accelerated towards the end of the innings with a knock of 34 off 20 deliveries, Islamabad could only set Multan a target of 136. Multan played more aggressively, as six of Islamabad's bowlers registered an economy rate of more than 9.50 runs per over for their fifth loss this season. Scores: Multan Tigers 137 for 5 (Anwar jnr 43, Sadaf 39, Yasin 35) beat Islamabad Leopards 135 for 4 (Bazid 41, Wasim 34) by five wickets LIoNS RULE: Lahore Lions' No. 7 Abdul Razzaq smashed two sixes off the last over to take his team to a thrilling
sammy helps west Indies draw level MIRPUR
When Darren Sammy walked back after compiling a fighting, unbeaten 60, he had given West Indies hope in an otherwise unconvincing batting performance. He wasn't done yet for the day. He returned with the new ball and inflicted a top-order wobble that not only dictated the course of the match, but also gave West Indies their second-consecutive win, with the teams locked at 2-2 going into the decider on Saturday. Having restricted West Indies to a middling 212, Bangladesh would have fancied their chances of sealing their second series win at home against a formidable side in two years. During the mid-innings break, judging by the threat posed by their own spinners, Bangladesh would have discussed Sunil Narine at length. By the time Narine came on to bowl, Bangladesh had lost half their side - they were 13 for 5 - and it was the West Indies seamers, Sammy and Kemar Roach, who got the ball to wobble around under lights. The expectant crowd had a glimmer of hope via a positive half-century stand between Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah, but Mushfiqur's departure ensured the initiative remained with West Indies. The slide began in the sec-
ond over when Anamul Haque popped a tame leading edge back to Sammy. He slanted the following ball across the right-hander and Naeem Islam edged to Darren Bravo at second slip. Two balls later, Roach softened Tamim Iqbal up with a short ball and then followed it up with a fuller delivery which skidded through and clipped the stumps. Bangladesh were reeling at 4 for 3 and their chances of overhauling what looked like a modest target had receded sharply.
wEST InDIES CH Gayle c Sohag Gazi b Mortaza 16 KOA Powell lbw b Sunny 26 27 Mn Samuels c Anamul b Sunny DR Smith b Razzak 0 DM Bravo c & b Gazi 34 KA Pollard c Mushfiqur Rahim b 2 Mahmudullah DC Thomas b Mahmudullah 10 JG Sammy not out 60 1 V Permaul c nasir b Mahmudullah SP narine c Mominul b Razzak 13 KAJ Roach not out 3 19 Extras (lb 5, w 14) Total (9 wickets; 50 overs) 211 Fall of wickets 1-29 (Gayle, 5.6 ov), 2-71 (Samuels, 17.1 ov), 3-75 (Smith, 18.1 ov), 4-75 (Powell, 19.3 ov), 5-79 (Pollard, 23.3 ov), 6-102 (Thomas, 31.4 ov), 7-145 (Bravo, 42.5 ov), 8-155 (Permaul, 43.5 ov), 9-175 (narine, 46.2 ov) Bowling: Sohag Gazi 10-1-38-1, Mashrafe Mortaza 10-0-54 -1, Abdur Razzak 10-147-2, Elias Sunny 10-2-21-2, Mahmudullah 10-1-46-3 BAnGlADESH Tamim Iqbal b Roach 1 1 Anamul Haque c & b Sammy naeem Islam c Bravo b Sammy 0 Mushfiqur Rahim st Thomas b narine27
2 nasir Hossain c Thomas b Roach Mominul Haque c Pollard b Sammy 1 56 Mahmudullah not out Sohag Gazi c Thomas b Permaul 13 Elias Sunny b Permaul 0 6 Mashrafe Mortaza lbw b Smith Abdur Razzak c Sammy b Smith 3 26 Extras (lb 5, w 21) Total (all out; 34.1 overs) 136 Fall of wickets 1-3 (Anamul Haque, 1.4 ov), 2-3 (naeem Islam, 1.5 ov), 3-4 (Tamim Iqbal, 2.2 ov), 4-7 (nasir Hossain, 2.5 ov), 5-13 (Mominul Haque, 5.3 ov), 6-87 (Mushfiqur Rahim, 21.2 ov), 7-113 (Sohag Gazi, 27.2 ov), 8-113 (Elias Sunny, 27.3 ov), 9-132 (Mashrafe Mortaza, 32.5 ov), 10-136 (Abdur Razzak, 34.1 ov) Bowling: KAJ Roach 8-0-29-2, DJG Sammy 8-1-28-3, SP narine 8-1-32-1, V Permaul 8-0-35-2, DR Smith 2.1-0-7-2 Toss Bangladesh, who chose to field Series 5-match series level 2-2 Player of the match DJG Sammy (west Indies) umpires Enamul Haque and REJ Martinesz (Sri lanka) TV umpire Anisur Rahman Match referee AJ Pycroft (Zimbabwe) Reserve umpire Gazi Sohel
penultimate-ball five-wicket against Sailkot Stallions at the Gaddafi Stadium. Chasing 161, Lahore Lions were strong at 147 for 2 in the 19th over before two quick wickets were claimed by leftarm spinner Nayyer Abbas. With 13 runs required in the last over, two singles were taken off the first two deliveries, before Umar Akmal was caught out. New batsman Razzaq hit a six off the first ball he faced, and then took a couple of runs off the penultimate delivery before hitting a six off the last one, which turned out to be a no-ball too. The win helped Lahore Lions keep their unbeaten run in the tournament, and lead the Group A table. The bowler, Naved-ul-Hasan, batting at No. 3, had earlier scored 63 off 41 balls to guide his team to 160 for 5.The openers had given them a quick start but both fell by the first quarter of the innings. Naved and Sohail added 64 in 7.5 overs before Sohail was dismissed, and Naved added another 38 runs with captain Shoaib Malik to help set a target at more than 8 runs per over. In reply, opener Ahmed Shehzad, who is the top run-getter this season so far, and captain Mohammad Hafeez scored half-centuries. They put on 78 runs for the second wicket. Although Hafeez departed in the 14th over, Lahore Lions were in control of their chase before the 19th over. Scores: Lahore Lions 166 for 5 (Shehzad 59, Hafeez 50, Abbas 3-26) beat Lahore Lions 160 for 5 (Naved 63) by five wickets.
Personal issues kept me away: yousaf LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Veteran test cricketer Mohammad Yousaf has said that his missed the three matches of the ongoing National T-20 Cup due to sickness of his two children. “There is nothing behind my absence but the sickness of my children and I preferred my family over cricket because family comes first in all the circumstances,” he reported to have said here on Friday after returning back in the team for its match against Sialkot Stallions. He said first his daughter got sick and then his son caught viral infection and these circumstances forced him to skip the matches with a valid justification. Yousaf , who withdrew as Lahore Lion’s captain in favour of Pakistan T-20 captain Muhammad Hafeez played one match of the event , but did not bat as his side knocked off the necessary runs against Karachi Zebras in the opening tie.
Cook, Trott put England in command KOLKATA AGEnCIES
Alastair Cook fell short of his third doublecentury as England ground their way to a match-controlling lead over India on Day 3 of the third Test at Eden Gardens. Cook (190) laid the painstaking foundation in a stand of 173 with Jonathan Trott (87) for England to try to push for victory and establish a 2-1 series lead over the final two days. But after he was run out in bizarre circumstances, Kevin Pietersen fell for 54 before he could provide the necessary acceleration to put India under optimum pressure. It therefore fell to others to chip England towards a stumps total of 509 for six in reply to 316 all out on a pitch just beginning to show signs of wear, with variable bounce and sharper turn offering second-innings promise to bowlers of all persuasions. Cook in particular ensured that England almost eradicated the threat of Ravichandran Ashwin, a let-down in this series so far, and were not significantly discomfited by the rest of the India attack either. The England captain's eight-hour epic was finally ended not by a bowler but a fielder, when Virat Kohli arrowed in a direct-hit throw from midwicket to run
SCOREBOARD InDIA 1ST InnInGS: 316 All OuT; 105 OVERS (G GAMBHIR 60, SR TEnDulKAR 76, MS DHOnI52, JM AnDERSOn 3-89, MS PAnESAR 4-90) EnGlAnD 1ST InnInGS: An Cook run out (Kohli) 190 nRD Compton lbw b Ojha 57 IJl Trott c Dhoni b Ojha 87 KP Pietersen lbw b Ashwin 54 IR Bell c Dhoni b Sharma 5 SR Patel c Sehwag b Ojha 33 MJ Prior not out 40 GP Swann not out 21 Extras (b 13, lb 4, nb 5) 22 Total (6 wickets; 163 overs) 509 To bat MS Panesar, JM Anderson, ST Finn Fall of wickets 1-165 (Compton, 52.6 ov), 2-338 (Trott, 119.2 ov), 3-359 (Cook, 126.5 ov), 4-395 (Bell, 136.5 ov), 5-420 (Pietersen, 143.2 ov), 6-453 (Patel, 149.6 ov) Bowling: Z Khan 29-6-82-0, I Sharma 29-8-78-1, R Ashwin 52-9-183-1, PP Ojha 50-10-140-3, yuvraj Singh 3-1-9 Toss India, who chose to bat Player of the match tba umpires HDPK Dharmasena (Sri lanka) and RJ Tucker (Australia) TV umpire VA Kulkarni Match referee JJ Crowe (new Zealand) Reserve umpire S Das
him out backing up. The complication was that Cook appeared in position to ground his bat in time, only to raise it and allow the ball through. His own reaction told the tale, however, that he was not forced into protective evasive action but merely for once guilty of a rare human error - a fact confirmed by third-umpire
vindication. Cook's 377-ball stay, encapsulating of course his record-breaking 23rd English Test century, had still outlasted an equally unhurried Trott. The second-wicket pair continued remorselessly this morning, although Cook needed one significant piece of good fortune on 156 when Ishant Sharma put down a straightforward return catch. India managed to apply the brakes either side of lunch but could not manage a breakthrough as Trott moved past his 131ball half-century, with a leg-glance off Zaheer Khan for his seventh four - a shot which also brought up the hundred stand. The total progressed in staccato, but England still felt they had time on their side to play a waiting game. Spin replaced pace, to no avail until - in mid-afternoon Trott was undone by one that turned from Pragyan Ojha and edged behind. Pietersen's arrival brought a familiar change in the bowling, Mahendra Singh Dhoni summoning Yuvraj Singh to try his luck against his favourite sparring partner. Save for an early mistimed cut into the ground and just past off-stump, however, Pietersen was unfazed. Instead, it was Cook who finally showed some frailty - surprised perhaps by an Indian fielder excelling himself in a match when that has so
rarely happened so far. He hung his head back in disappointment on instant realisation, and it would have been asking a lot for Dhoni to recall his team's tormentor merely because he was eventually run out - astoundingly, for the first time in his 312 first-class innings to date - in freak fashion. Thanks largely to Cook's 23 fours and two sixes, England were in any case already handily in credit with power to add. After a teatime inspection by their management of the surface cracks which have been evident on this pitch from the outset, it seemed the orders were to press on. Pietersen duly hit Ojha for three offside fours off the first three balls of the evening session. But Plan A was compromised when Ian Bell got an under-edge behind off Sharma; then Pietersen was lbw sweeping, immediately after reaching his 83-ball 50, to give Ashwin his only wicket at a cost of 183 runs. Samit Patel hinted at the extra impetus required until Ojha found extra turn to have him very well-caught by Virender Sehwag, moving quickly to his right at slip to knock up an edged cut and collect the rebound. In Matt Prior and Graeme Swann, though, England still had the right men for the occasion to bolster the lead to 193 by the close.
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17 Sports two matches decided in SPm lahore veteran cricket league LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Golden Eagles beat Gulberg Gymkhana by 2 wickets and Chaudhary Sports Aftab Qarshi by 30 runs in the 4TH SPM Lahore Veteran cricket league here on Friday at different centres. Scores: Gulberg Gymkhana, batted first reached 159/9 in 30 overs. Sajid Anwar 31, Maqsood Raza 12 & Faisal Peerzada 37 runs not out. Golden Eagles bowling Naveed Sufi 2/27, Muhammad Hafeez 2/29, Romail Bashir 2/35, Asif Mehmood 1/15 & Tanzeem Ali 1/37 wickets. In reply Golden Eagles answered with 163/8 after 29.3 overs. Muhammad Shahbaz 25, Bakhtiyar Hussain 27, Muhammad Hafeez 13 & Jamshaid Ali played well 58 runs & declared man of the match. Gulberg Gymkhana bowling Javeed Hafeez 3/15, Faisal Mehmood 3/25, Abdul Ghafoor 1/23 & Afzal Munir 1/23 wickets. Muhammad Kaleem and Ansar Mehmood were the umpires and Muhammad Kazim was the scorer.Former Test Cricketer Manzoor Elahi gave man of the match award to Jamshaid Ali. At Ali Garh Cricket Ground. Chaudhray Sports,put into bat collected 181/7 in 30 overs. Muhammad Sohail 39, Muhammad Munir 26, Naseer Bhatti 17 & man of the match Naeem Ahmad 54 runs not out. Aftab Qarshi bowling Javeed Akhtar 2/26, Nazeer Hussain 2/30, Mohsin Aftab 1/27 & Tahir Saeed 1/34 wickets. Aftab Qarshi were bowled out at 151 all out in 29.1 overs. Mohsin Aftab 25, Hassan Idrees 25, Khalid Mehmood 22 & Jameel Bhatti 22 runs. Chaudhary Sports bowling Sarfaraz Ahmad 2/23, Muhammad Saleem 2/16 & Muhammad Khan 2/28 wickets. Adnan Rasheed and Sagheer Ahmad stood as umpires and Waqar Ahmad was the scorer.
Pnf flays netball omission from national games LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Secretary, Pakistan Netball Federation, Mudassar Arain, has said that exclusion of their international medal winning sport from the national games is a big shock for them and a conspiracy against netball. “It is quite unfortunate that the organizers of the National Games being held in Lahore later this month has excluded netball from the event , setting a side Pakistan’s achievement at international level in various elite events,” he said here on Friday. He said once again we have been deprived to participate in the National Games in which Pakistan won the silver medal in Asian Beach Netball Championship 2012 at Nigambo, Sri Lanka. The treatment being meted out to netball by national games organizers is damaging the cause of the netball and will jeopardize our efforts for the overall development of the game, he asserted. “PNF, Police, HEC & all four provinces have already requested the President, POA for taking notice of the situation and to direct the organizers of the national games to include the netball in the games“,he said. The Pakistan Netball Federation is affiliated with International Netball Federation, Asian Netball Federation, South Asian Netball Federation, Pakistan Sports Board & Pakistan Olympic Association. “ Keeping away a medal winning sport from the games is speak volume of lack of interest of organizers of the national games for the promotion of netball,” he said. When contacted , a spokesman of POA'b said they have accommodated majority of the disciplines in the games and it is not possible to include every discipline or sport in the national games.
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laHore: the Punjab and Dutch Veterans teams line-up for their national anthem while (r) the teams play in the third match at Johar town Hockey Stadium. sTAff PHOTOs
schwartzel races to Thailand lead before darkness falls BANGKOK AGEnCIES
HARL Schwartzel's second successive round of sevenunder-par 65 gave him a fourshot clubhouse lead at the Thailand Golf Championship on Friday. The 2011 Masters winner appeared to have recovered from the rib injury that has affected his swing for much of the season and was on 14-underpar 130 after 36 bogey-free holes in the $1-million Asian Tour event. Indian-born Swede Daniel Chopra had his second successive 67 to lie four shots behind Schwartzel before second-round play was suspended due to darkness. Twenty-five players will return early on Saturday to finish their rounds. After a 90-minute delay due to a lightning storm, last year's runner-up Schwartzel rushed to the 18th tee box to complete his round in semi-darkness to earn a few precious extra hours in bed on Saturday. "We were running to finish. I didn't want to come back at 5 a.m. to play one hole - (I'm) happy to have a bit of a sleep," the 28-yearold South African said. "It has been really solid. I've put two great rounds together. I hit the ball nicely and gave myself a lot of chances. "It is still a long way to go. It's half the job done. From my side, I just have to keep playing." Asian Tour rookie Masanori Kobayashi of Japan briefly held the lead before sign-
ing for a five-under-par 67 to drop five shots off the lead. Sergio Garcia was three shots further back with big-hitting Scott Hend of Australia after the Spaniard carded his second straight 69. Garcia turned in 36 but bounced back with three birdies in the closing five holes. "I'm in a decent position. I would like to do better for the weekend but hopefully if I get a good weekend then I might have a chance," said Garcia. Joining him on 138 was Masters champion Bubba Watson who sank three birdies in his opening eight holes but could not keep the momentum
going and settled for a two-under-par 70. Defending champion Lee Westwood was left to lament his poor putting after carding a three-under-par 69 to fall nine shots off the lead. "Just okay, played alright. I wasn't making anything," the world number six said. "I've made nothing the first two days and left too many out there - missed too many short ones which is the main difference really," said the Englishman. fENG tAKES CoMMANDING LEAD IN DUBAI: China's world number six Shanshan Feng will take a five-stroke lead into the final day of the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters. Feng showed her class with three closing birdies for a 67 after Dutch player Dewi Claire Schreefel broke the Emirates women's course record with a dazzling nine-under-par 63, three shots better than her previous lowest round on the Ladies European Tour. That lifted the 27-year-old from 13th to second on 13 under, but Feng remains firmly on course for another win six months after her victory at the LPGA Championship made her the first Chinese golfer, male or female, to lift a major title. France's Gwladys Nocera is in third place after a third successive 68, while German Caroline Masson still has a chance of pipping Spaniard Carlota Ciganda to the money list title. Masson needs a top-three finish and a 69 left her in a tie for fourth with American Cindy Lacrosse on 11 under, while Ciganda slipped from eighth to 20th with a 73. England's Felicity Johnson, second at halfway, fell back to seventh after a 72.
Pakistan cricket selector injured in attack LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Pakistan’s national cricket selector Asif Baloch has been left critically injured after being attacked by armed men in the troubled province of Baluchistan. Baloch, a co-opted member of the national selection committee for the last few years who hails from Baluchistan, was attacked and shot several times by gunmen while on duty in the Panjgor area of the province on Wednesday. “His condition is not stable as yet and he was flown to Karachi and admitted to the Intensive care unit of a private hospital,” a relative reported to have said. Baloch has toured with the Pakistan team as manager and is a senior official in Pakistan Customs. “He could have been the victim of smugglers as he supervised checkposts in the area,” a provincial official said. Baloch, a former first-class cricketer, has remained associated with Pakistan cricket in different capacities. His brother, Tariq, is also a member of the Pakistan Cricket Board’s governing council.
wiggins wins british Sports Journalists award LONDON AGEnCIES
Bradley Wiggins, winner of the Tour de France and the London Olympic timetrial champion, was named the Sports Journalists Association of Britain's sportsman of the year on Thursday. Wiggins, the first Briton to triumph in cycling's most famous tour, topped the poll of journalists ahead of double Olympic middle-distance gold medal winner Mo Farah and U.S. Open tennis champion Andy Murray.
Visa to Pakistan fans only after strict scrutiny: Shinde NEW DELHI AGEnCIES
India will issue visa to over 3,000 Pakistan cricket fans, who are planning to visit India to watch the coming limited over series, only after "strict verification". "Visa will be issued only after strict verification," Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said at the "Agenda-Aaj Tak" programme organised by TV TodayBSE -1.70 % Group.
Twelve Pakistani nationals, who came to India to watch the 2007 IndoPak cricket series, went missing and are yet to be traced. Asked whether it was proper for India to allow the Pakistani cricket team to play here as the neighbouring country has not yet allayed several of India's concerns, Shinde said sports, culture and entertainment should be separated from politics. "Sports, culture and entertainment must go on. Common people must
come. That is good," he said. The series would comprise three ODIs and two Twenty20 Internationals between December 25, 2012 and January 6, 2013. The ODI matches will be played in Chennai, Kolkata and New Delhi and the Twenty20 games in Bangalore and Ahmedabad. India will issue 3,000 visas to Pakistani fans and an additional 300 visas to VIPs of that country to witness the cricket series. Asked why India was hosting Pak-
istani Interior Minister Rehman Malik next week since he has not yet fulfilled promises made on terror front, Shinde said there were several issues and a country has to maintain certain international relations. "We cannot stop talking to China because it attacked India in 1962. Similarly, we have to talk to Pakistan," he said. Malik will be in India from December 14-16 for formally launching the new relaxed India-Pak visa regime.
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tomic denies sacking reports MELBOURNE AGEnCIES
LAHORE STAFF REPORT
UNJAB Chief Minister Mian Mohammad Shahbaz Sharif has urged the Pakistan veteran hockey players to come forward and train the upcoming youngsters and assured Punjab government’s all out support for the revival of hockey for gaining lost glory. The Chief Minister gave these views during the prize distribution ceremony of the final match of the visiting Flying Dutch hockey team here at the Johar Town Hockey Stadium on Friday. The Dutch veterans were so much impressed of the Johar Town Stadium hockey facility that they not only announced a gift of an artificial turf for Lahore but also said that they would make their visit a regular feature. On the other hand, Mian Shahbaz Sharif promised to allot a land for the new Dutch turf. Usman Anwar, director general sports board and youth affairs Punjab and Acting Dutch Ambassador Sunder Janshon, who also played hockey on the day, were also present on the occasion along with a number of Olympians and former international hockey players. The Dutch veteran team was on a tour of Lahore on the invitation of the Tauqir Dar, president of the Dar Hockey Academy and was supported by Sports Board Punjab while the matches were conducted as part of the Punjab International Sports Festival. The Flying Dutch Hockey team in its last encounter defeated Punjab Veterans by 7-5 margin. The Punjab stalwarts were leading the match 5-3 at half time but in the second half the visitors were more attacking and played with much great coordination while the Pakistan players displayed the skills of the yesteryear but they remained off target when the time of finishing came in the match. Gys Wetering was the star of the visiting team, who came up to his promise of scoring four goals while Gerd Scuiatmann, Mark Kleysen and Wouter Ven Pelt shared one goal each
in the win. While from the Pakistan side, Nadeem ND came up with three goals and Saleem Sherwani and Rana Mujahid hit the board once each. The visiting team played its opening match against Aitchison College
team and the match remained two-all while their second match against Dar Academy young guns ended in favour of the visitors 5-4. Later, the teams were introduced with the chief minister, who gave the
gold and silver medals to the Dutch and Pakistan veterans. Mian Shahbaz welcomed the Dutch players in Pakistan and also praised the standard of Johar Stadium where he said a number of international matches are being now played on a regular basis. “The promise of providing sports infrastructure in the province will be fulfilled by the Punjab government and the establishment of the JOhar Hockey Stadium is part of the chain of promise,” he added. Also present on the occasion were Khawaja Zakauddin, Shahbaz Senior, Dr Tariq Aziz, Qamar Ibrahim, Kamran Ashraf, Sohail Ashraf, Mohammad Khalid, Asif Ahmed while the former players who represent the Punjab veterans include Manzoor Senior, Khalid Bashir, Saleem Sherwani, Anjum Saeed, Saleem Akhtar, Tahir Zaman, Shahid Ali Khan, Danish Kaleem, Shafqat Malik, Masoodur Kalim, Asif Abbas, Naeem AKhtar, Nadeem ND, Khawaja JUnaid, Qasim Khan, Mohammad Ali.
Bernard Tomic has refuted reports that he was sacked from Australia's Davis Cup team. Tennis Australia released a statement on Thursday saying that Tomic would not take part in their opening Davis Cup fixture in 2013 because of concerns regarding his behaviour on and off the court. "As a team, we just felt that part of the commitment that we make to athletes and athletes make to the sport is they always put 100 percent commitment and effort in competing for their country," said Craig Tiley, Tennis Australia's director of tennis. "It's not one specific incident, just an aggregation of his approach to the game. "We just felt that this decision should provide additional motivation every time he walks on the court to be a total professional in his approach to not only his preparation but competing in the match and post-match. "And it would be no different if he was the number one player in Australia, or the number 100 player, or a junior." However, Tomic, who has endured a horror year, insists that he had told Davis Cup captain Pat Rafter that he would not be available.
marray unsure on nielsen link-up MELBOURNE AGEnCIES
Wimbledon doubles champion Jonny Marray admits he may not reform his partnership with Freddie Nielsen next summer. The Sheffield star teamed up with the Dane in stunning fashion last season to win the Wimbledon title. But Nielsen is now concentrating on his singles career and Marray will play with the Brazilian Andre Sa at the Australian Open. He starts his season in Doha where he will partner American Dustin Brown. Marray told The Tennis Space: "Andre's daughter's birthday is in the first week of the year so he's coming out for either Auckland or Sydney, and then we'll also play at the Australian Open. "For the first one in Doha, I'm playing with Dustin Brown, who I played with at the start of last year. But I'm looking to play with Andre, hopefully with a view to playing together for the rest of the year." Asked if he would make an exception at Wimbledon and re-form his partnership with Nielsen, he said: "I think there is, maybe. It depends how things go. "We both like playing on grass. After this year, it would be silly not to, almost. It depends how things go, you never know. Hopefully, I'd like to have done well with Andre and still be playing with the same person, week in, week out, but you never know. "If things don't work out, I'm sure Freddie will definitely be playing that one (Wimbledon) - he won't be playing a different singles tournament that week, so, I think there is a possibility. We'll just have to see how it goes."
Top three not yet heading to Sydney MEBLOURNE AGEnCIES
Seven of the world's top 10 women will compete in next month's Apia International in Sydney as final preparation for the Australian Open but not the world's top three. The event's full field was announced on Thursday with world number four Agnieszka Radwanska, runner-up at Wimbledon last season, heading the list. Three women with Grand Slam titles on their CV - Li Na, Petra Kvitova and Sam Stosur - will also compete, while the other members of the top 10 heading to Sydney are former world number one Caroline Wozniacki, French Open runner-up Sara Errani and Angelique Kerber. However, the world's top three - Victoria Azarenka,
Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams - have opted not to play. They will instead complete their Australian Open preparations the week before in Brisbane. The men's draw is led by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, with Richard Gasquet the other top-10 star signed to play. Defending champion Jarkko Nieminen and Australian number one Marinko Matosevic - recently voted the ATP's most improved player - were among those to have their entry confirmed on Thursday. Tournament director Craig Watson said: "We are bringing together an incredible group of players to compete in Sydney next month. "We are thrilled to have nine top 10 players, Australia's number one male and female and Grand Slam champions in the outstanding field.
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Sindh Assembly rejects LHC’s Kalabagh Dam ruling g
Provincial lawmakers say project detrimental to ‘unity of Pakistan’ g Slam lHC, Punjab CM for ‘hatching conspiracies’ against water-starved Sindh KARACHI
HE Sindh Assembly on Friday condemned the Lahore High Court’s verdict in favour of the construction of Kalabagh Dam (KBD), which the provincial lawmakers unanimously termed detrimental to the “very unity of Pakistan”. Serious and emotional visibly, the Pakistan People’s Party’s lawmakers, however, failed to show their representational strength in the House on Thursday, where neither Leader of the House Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah nor PPP’s Parliamentary Party Leader Pir Mazharul Haq were present as the “historic” resolution was passed. Of the total 89 PPP legislators, only 47 were present in the House when the resolution was adopted minutes before Speaker Nisar Khuhro prorogued the session. Only 23 of MQM’s lawmakers present
of a total 47. Given the current heated political climate, Friday’s proceedings were marred by intermittent but full-throated verbal clashes between the PPP-led treasury and PML-F-led opposition members. The two sides thrice put the House into a pandemonium by pointing fingers at each other for their past “wrongdoings”. “Don’t go into history or we would not be able to maintain unity (against KBD),” Khuhro warned the two divides of the House. However, the 168-member PPP-dominated House was unanimous in adopting the four resolutions tabled on Thursday by Dr Sikandar Mandhro and Imran Nazir Leghari of the PPP, Khalid Ahmed of the MQM and Jam Madad Ali Khan of the PML-F. “Ayes have it and the Kalabagh Dam stands rejected,” declared the speaker after the lawmakers rose to their feet to vote against the disputed dam. All four resolutions passed called upon the federal and provincial governments to
vehemently oppose the controversial project at all levels to bury the “dead horse” once and for all. “This assembly… expresses its feelings of aversion to the sources that disrespect the status of this august House by ignoring the importance of many unanimously passed previous resolutions against the dam,” said the draft moved by PPP’s Dr Mandhro. “This House condemns the decision of the Lahore High Court and the supporting statement by Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in favour of construction of Kalabagh Dam,” the resolution tabled by Imran Legahri said. The KBD, it said, was “detrimental to the very unity of Pakistan with most dangerous repercussions for Sindh province”. The resolution that came from the MQM said: “This House resolves that any attempt to revive the proposal from any quarter shall be resisted and rejected outright by the province and the people of Sindh.” The opposition led by the PML-Func-
tional dubbed KBD a “dead issue”, saying: “Raising this issue by any forum at this stage is nothing but creation of disturbance amongst the masses.” The members from two divides delivered hard-hitting speeches against the dam, blasting mostly Punjab and the Sharif brothers for hatching judicial conspiracies against the already water-scarce Sindh. The chief justice of Pakistan was also asked to take suo motu notice of the LHC decree, which according to Amanullah Mehsud of ANP and other lawmakers would pit the provinces against each other. The speeches, however, were marred by the noisy blame-game intermittently taking place between the PPP and PML-F legislators. The House echoed with ear-splitting noise when lawmakers from the two sides accused the other side of having tacitly supported the anti-Sindh dam at some instance in the past. “The opposition leader (of PPP) in Punjab Assembly had supported a resolution in favour of
Kalabagh dam, is not it double standard?” questioned Jam Madad Ali of the PML-F. PPP ministers Murad Ali Shah, Sharjeel Memon and Zahid Bhurgary came up with counter allegations mostly bringing the opposition lawmakers to their feet. Others who spoke included Law Minister Ayaz Soomro, Humera Alwani, Heer Ismail Soho, Sussui Palijo, Imdad Patafi and Anwar Meher. Also, the House said yes to a PPP-backed resolution calling upon the government to declare the slain PPP chairperson Benazir Bhutto “a symbol of democracy and freedom” for her glorious struggle and sacrifices for the restoration of democracy in the county. The House also approved a report of the Public Accounts Committee regarding draft paras for the fiscal years 6, 7 and 8. The question hour for the day was deferred by Deputy Speaker Shehla Raza when the law minister requested members would need more time for discussion on the KBD issue.
DUAl offICE CASE
President enjoys immunity, says LHC CJ LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Hearing a contempt of court petition against the president’s dual offices on Friday, Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial said although the judges could convict anyone for committing contempt of court, the fact remained that the president enjoyed immunity under Article 248(2) of the constitution. The LHC heard the contempt of court petition against President Asif Ali Zardari for not relinquishing political office in the light of a judgment passed by the LHC last year. A five-member bench of LHC headed by Justice Umar Ata Bandial and comprising Justice Nasir Saeed Sheikh, Justice Sheikh Najmul Hassan, Justice Ijazul Ahsan and Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah heard the petition. During the hearing, arguments continued pertaining to the constitutional immunity enjoyed by the president. Moreover, the petitioner’s counsel, AK Dogar, stated that the high courts and the Supreme Court could convict an offender for committing contempt of court. Dogar questioned the concept of presidential immunity and asked what may have happened if the president was to murder someone. Moreover, the petitioner said if the president was not convicted and sentenced for committing contempt of court, the concept of an independent judiciary would cease to exist. Responding to the argument, the bench stated that although the head of state was not answerable to anyone, the president was still bound to respect and follow judicial orders. The LHC chief justice said the country would be peaceful and would prosper when people abided by the constitution. Violating the constitution would adversely affect all sections of national life, he said. Subsequently, the bench adjourned the hearing until December 10 and directed the counsels to continue their arguments on presidential immunity.
nEw DElHI: Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh shakes hands with Pakistani Senate Chairman nayyer Hussain Bokhari before a meeting on Friday. INP
Military top brass vows to back Afghan-led peace process ISLAMABAD SHAIQ HuSSAIn
The military top brass on Friday reviewed the country’s internal and external security situation along with the ongoing efforts for peace and stability in Afghanistan, resolving that Pakistan would facilitate the Afghan government’s peace dialogue with the Taliban and take all possible steps to make it successful. The 155th Corps Commanders’ Conference was held at General Headquarters with Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani in the chair. The conference was part of regular monthly meetings, according to an ISPR spokesman. He said, “The forum took a comprehensive overview of the routine professional matters aimed at
enhancing proficiency of the army.” “The participants of the conference were also briefed about internal and external security situation of the country,” he said. A official seeking anonymity said the meeting of senior military commanders discussed in detail the Afghanistan reconciliation process launched to bring various Taliban groups to the table of negotiations so that the war and strife could be ended in the neighbouring state. General Kayani and Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar were recently in Brussels to discuss the Afghanistan situation, especially the American exit strategy for 2014 from the war-torn country with the NATO and US officials. The official said that the army chief briefed the commanders on his meetings in Brussels. “The com-
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manders observed that the Afghanistan problem should be resolved peacefully through dialogue and Pakistan was willing to play its due role in this regard,” he said. He said the army leadership was of the view that there must be responsible US exit from Afghanistan, as continued war and instability in Afghanistan w uld harm regional peace and stability. He said the cross-border militant attacks from Afghanistan on Pakistani border posts in Dir, Chitral and Bajaur Agency were also deliberated upon in the military commanders’ meeting. “The meeting was told that the matter of cross-border attacks by terrorists on Pakistani border posts had been taken up with the US and Afghan authorities and it is hoped that immediate preventive measures shall be taken on
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their part to stop these assaults,” the official said. He said the military commanders’ meeting also reviewed in detail the ongoing military actions against the militants in the Tribal Areas, with a resolve that all possible steps would be taken to defeat the scourge of terrorism. “The participants of Corps Commanders’ meeting also discussed the latest situation on the country’s border with India,” the official said. Apart from that, he said the military commanders also discussed the recent Supreme Court’s orders to the Election Commission of Pakistan (EC) to use the army for verification of voters’ lists in Karachi. “The military leadership observed that Pakistan Army would play its role within the constitutional limits whenever it is required,” the official said.