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tABRiZ: injured iranians lie on the grass outside a hospital in the town of Ahar on Saturday. afp
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Military official says Americans have ‘never been encouraging on this point’ ISLAMABAD AFP
Over 153 dead in northwest Iran quakes TEHRAN AGENCIES
Two strong quakes in quick succession struck towns and destroyed villages in northwest Iran killing more than 153 people and injuring at least 700 others on Saturday, officials said. With the toll preliminary, the scale of the disaster was still emerging. Officials had to use radios because of disrupted telephone communications in the region and dispatched helicopters to remote villages. The head of the regional natural disasters centre, Khalil Saie, told state television that, as well as the 153 fatalities so far, some 700 people were injured. The quakes measured 6.2 and 6.0 on the moment magnitude scale, according to Tehran University’s Seismological Centre. The US Geological Survey, which monitors seismic activity worldwide, ranked them as more powerful than that, at 6.4 and 6.3, respectively.
The towns of Ahar and Varzaqan, around 60 kilometres (40 miles) from Tabriz, were the hardest hit, being closest to the epicentres of the quakes. Heris, another town close to the two others, was also badly shaken. “Sixty villages have been 60 to 80 percent destroyed and four villages were 100 percent destroyed,” he said. Residents in the region were terrified as their homes shook around them when the quakes hit, and they fled into the streets for safety, according to reports. Rescue operations were continuing into the night. Tehran University’s Seismological Centre said the first earthquake hit at 4:53 pm (1223 GMT) with an epicentre just 60 kilometres (40 miles) from Tabriz, close to the town of Ahar, and at a depth of 10 kilometres. The second — a big aftershock — rumbled through just 11 minutes later from nearly the same spot. A series of 17 smaller aftershocks rating 4.7 or below rapidly followed.
AKISTAn has told Washington that US forces must seal the Afghan border in the event of any offensive against the al Qaeda-linked Haqqani network in north Waziristan, an official said Saturday. The Haqqanis, blamed for some of the deadliest attacks in Afghanistan and whose leaders are understood to be based in the Pakistani tribal district, is one of the thorniest issues between Islamabad and Washington. “The Americans have been repeatedly told that they will have to seal off the border on the Afghan side whenever an operation is launched in north Waziristan,” a senior Pakistani security official told AFP. Without protecting the porous, mountainous border, militants would simply escape into Afghanistan, where Pakistan has no writ, the official explained. He claimed that Americans have “never been encouraging on this point” and accused them of failing to seal the border when operations were planned twice before in north Waziristan. On August 3, The Wall Street Journal re-
File photo ported that Pakistani and US officials were considering joint counter-terrorism campaigns in Afghanistan and Pakistan against the Haqqanis and Taliban fighters who attack Pakistan. The paper said the campaigns would mark an upturn in cooperation after more than a year of rancorous relations and stamp out major threats facing each country. Pakistani officials later denied any agreement with the United States for a joint operation in north Waziristan, and said “routine” actions on each side of the border “should not be mistaken for ‘joint operations’”. Washington has long demanded that Pakistan take ac-
tion against the Haqqanis, whom the United States accused of attacking the US embassy in Kabul last September and acting like the “veritable arm” of Pakistani intelligence. Pakistan has in turn demanded that Afghan and US forces to do more to stop Pakistani Taliban crossing the Afghan border to relaunch attacks on its forces. The senior official told AFP that Pakistan had been able to “speak their heart and mind” on the issue during last week’s visit to Washington by the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief. Lieutenant General Zaheer ulIslam, in the first such visit for a year, and CIA director David
Petraeus discussed some of the most intractable issues on both sides that have fractured the anti-terror alliance. “The Americans were clearly told that Pakistan will not allow American boots on its soil for any operation and whenever an offensive is launched, it will be done by us,” the official told AFP. “We told the Americans that it is simply not possible for Pakistan to launch a fresh offensive in north Waziristan at the moment because it will have a very negative impact,” he added. Islam gave the CIA in Washington “two loud and clear messages,” said the official — no American boots on Pakistani soil and that US drone strikes on Islamist militants, which Islamabad brands a violation of its sovereignty, must stop.
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TIP warns Punjab govt against giving hotel industry a tax-free ride ISLAMABAD
HE Transparency International Pakistan (TIP) has sought the attention of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif over news reports that authorities were considering exempting hotels earning up to Rs 3.6 million per annum from sales tax, and asked him to reject any such proposal. In his letter addressing the Punjab CM, TIP Advisor Adil Gilani reminded him that the Punjab government had established the Punjab Revenue Authority (PRA) on the strong recommendations of TIP when its delegation last met him in 2011. He said the TIP had suggested that the Punjab province should also have its own revenue board to collect General Sales Tax (GST), on the pattern of Sindh Board of Revenue (SRB). “Transparency International Pakistan signed an MOU with SBR in 2011, and agreed to suggest and implement ways and means to enhance SBR annual revenue manifold in tree years time,” said the TIP letter, a copy of which is available with Pakistan Today. The TIP advisor asked the chief minister
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to consider the fact that Sindh was given Rs 15 billion as its share on services by FBR in FY 2010-2011, and in the first year 2011-2012, its direct collection was over Rs 25 billion. “Sir, the governments all over the world operate on revenue collections, and TIP strongly recommends that the culture of exemptions should be eliminated, as such “Exemptions” are always mis-used by unscrupulous elements to evade taxes. The general trend is that businesses reports less revenue than the actual revenue they generate. Hence hotels & restaurants whose revenues are many time more than the exempted amount, will claim that their revenue is within the exemption limits, with collusion of tax collectors.” He further said that the tax being paid by the public was not reaching the government. “It is common knowledge that Serviced Providers such as Telecom/utility industries collect sales tax from the general public but fail to pass it on to government. Public has not objected to sales tax on hotels and restaurants and are in fact sincerely paying the sales tax, with the understanding that they are contributing to the government revenue, and it is the duty of Provinces to collect it from the service providers.” The TIP
asked the PRA to consider the following recommendations, instead of allowing an exemption, which, according to Gilani, would destroy the revenue authority by rendering it incapable of checking misuses under political and bureaucratic pressures in Pakistan. GST on HoTelS and ReSTauRanTS: 1. All Hotel and Restaurants invoices shall be stamped and numbered from PRA. 2. All Hotel and Restaurants invoices, PRA shall also print prizes hidden under scratchable sliver panel, which can be scratched by payer. (This is practiced in China). 3. Every week a draw is also held and sales tax (ST) paid, invoice holders win lucrative prizes. 4. These schemes would encourage people to obtain sales tax invoice for each transaction, which is presently not being insisted. Evasion of sales tax is mutually beneficial. If sales tax payers are given the above incentive, they would insist on a sales tax invoice and the government without expending any money or making extra efforts would be able to expand the tax net
manifold. 5. All Hotel and Restaurants shall be given share in their ST collection say 10%. 6. Any person who pays sales tax may be allowed to claim credit of part of the sales tax paid say 10% of the sales tax paid against income tax liability by producing all sales tax invoices obtained throughout the year. A detailed mechanism can be devised to cater to the situation where income tax liability is less than the amount of credit of sales tax. “These initiatives are quoted from international best practices and are not new. They were successfully implemented in Taiwan, Turkey and Venezuela. In India, the government of Kerala introduced 5% sales tax for all retail sales with incentives to both the shopkeepers and buyers. The shopkeepers got a 10-15% refund of tax collected and paid to the government while the buyers retrieved VAT coupon of Rs 5 for every purchase of Rs 100.” The TIP expressed its confidence that Punjab government’s annual revenue on this account would become the major revenue source in next two years, and that it would be able to collect over Rs 500 billion annually under GST collection on services.
eid likely on August 20: Met ISLAMABAD APP
Eid-ul-Fitr is expected to fall on August 20 in Pakistan as the first moon of Shawwal is expected to be visible on August 19 instead of 18, thus the Pakistani Muslims are likely to have a 30-day Ramadan. “Weather conditions are going to be partially cloudy in the upper areas, making moon-sighting highly unlikely,” the Pakistan Meteorological Department said. The position and angles of the new moon at the time of sunset are also favorable for moon-sighting on that day, Met officials said. According to a private news channel, the first moon of Shawwal is likely to dot the horizon first in Balochistan and Sindh areas, as the skies are predicted to be clear there on August 19. The Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee will meet under Mufti Munibur Rehman on August 18 to search for the Shawwal moon.
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editoRiAl Stimulating a flagging economy: A lot needs to be done.
coMMent Humayun Gauhar says; The age of foolishness: And a happy birthday to Pakistan.
Saad Rasool says; Institutional madness: Can’t it stop?
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2 tribesmen, 4 Iranian guards killed in bloody encounter CHaGHI: At least six people, including two tribesmen and four Iranian security personnel, were killed in an exchange of fire here on Saturday. According to details, several tribesmen, who were hunting in the area, mistakenly crossed the border with Iran, after which Iranian border guards opened fire at them, killing two tribesmen. In retaliatory firing, the remaining tribesmen killed four Iranian border security personnel. However, official sources have not confirmed the death of the Iranian guards. INP
Cabinet to get interim report on Balochistan on 15th QueTTa: The sub-committee of the federal cabinet on Balochistan on Saturday had extensive discussions with representatives of political parties‚ bar associations and traders’ association on historical perspective of the situation and ground realities in the restive province, and will present its interim report to the federal cabinet on August 15. Addressing a press conference, Syed naveed Qamar, chairman of the subcommittee, said, “We had free, frank exchange of views on law and order situation in the province‚ issue of missing persons, implementation status of national Finance Commission nFC‚ Aghaz Haqooq-e-Balochistan and job opportunities especially for educated youth.”He said the committee members would meet more people in order to formulate concrete recommendations for submission to the federal cabinet. The minister said the PPP government took number of initiatives but acknowledged these were not enough to take care of the sense of deprivation among the people spreading over 60 years. More needs to be done to address challenges facing the province, he observed. Qamar said they also discussed the role of FC and intelligence personnel in the province and the need for more coordination among them. AGENCIES
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Mute Indian stranded in Pakistan desperate for home KARACHI
HEn South Asia’s nuclear rivals celebrate 65 years of independence next week, a deaf and mute Indian woman stranded in Pakistan will be thinking of only one thing: how to get home to see her family. Geeta, now 21, was found by police 13 years ago, sitting alone and disorientated on a train that had come across the border into Pakistan’s eastern city of Lahore. As no one claimed her, officers took Geeta to the Edhi Foundation, Pakistan’s largest and best-known charity, in whose care she has remained ever since. Geeta, desperate to get back to India, has tried to run away several times but, defenceless and unable to explain where her family live, has failed. However, activists are now making a renewed push in the hope that Indian and Pakistani authorities can intervene to find her parents. “It is simple for her,” Bilqees Edhi told AFP at the tiny apartment where she cares personally for Geeta in the same building as an orphanage and a hospital. “She thinks she’ll be in India as soon as she leaves us. She desperately wants to meet her family but she only knows she lives in India, nothing else.” At first, Geeta lived in a shelter in Lahore as the charity tried to track down her family, but years went by without success. After she tried to escape several times and quarrelled with staff, Bilqees, who always had an easy relationship with her, brought her to Karachi six months ago and welcomed her into her own home. Short and thin with a pale complexion, Geeta has her own form of sign language and can write in Hindi: “India, seven brothers, three sisters”. She adopts the Hindi custom of greeting elders by touching their feet and pressing her two palms together close to her heart in the gesture of namaste. Speaking through sign language, she said one day she became annoyed after being told off by her parents, left the house and kept walking for hours.
“Then,” she swings her hands back and forth in a loop, a sign for a moving train, “I boarded the train and slept.” Geeta writes that her mother used to call her “Guddi”, which means doll in Urdu and Punjabi. Through sign language, she says her home is next to a river, set in fields with the house behind a hospital and a restaurant. “You know, it could be any village or town. We have so many places like this,” sighs Bilqees in quiet frustration. An official in the Indian High Commission in Islamabad, when contacted by AFP, said he would inquire into the case, but was unable to comment for the moment. Zohra Yusuf, chairwoman of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, has offered to help by taking up the case with the High Commission, and calling on the Indian media to help find her family. Geeta is not the first Indian child to stray into Pakistan. Other cases of children straying across the border have previously been resolved with them handed back to their home country. One runaway teenager, who crossed over to Lahore then took the
train to Karachi, was handed back in 2009 after police found him wandering around and he said he was from Kanpur city in the state of Uttar Pradesh, police official Afzal Khan said. Three years ago, Bilqees says she managed to repatriate another Indian girl, who had also strayed across the border after a row with her parents. “But, fortunately she could speak and tell us her whereabouts, which enabled us to arrange for her safe return.” For now, Geeta watches Indian soap operas on a small TV, and observes the dawn to dusk fast of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, although she also prays at a small Hindu shrine in a corner of Bilqees’ veranda. “She worships there and fasts as well with us,” explains Bilqees. Geeta touches her lips and ears to indicate that her siblings can hear and speak. Then her smile tinges with sadness. She looks at the sky and moves her arm slowly upwards, mimicking a plane. “She says she wants to go home as soon as possible,” interjects Ismat, a teenager who lives in the orphanage upstairs.
mystery NEWS DESK The wild peacocks of Pakistan are dying in droves. Is the government covering it up? According to a Washington Post report, that was the question Pakistanis were raising last week as reports persisted from the Thar desert area of southern Sindh province about peacocks whirling themselves to death in mad dances that appeared to have no earthly explanation. By midweek, more than 120 peacock deaths had been reported — and the toll would keep rising — but the government would only acknowledge that 11 peacocks had died. newspapers carried photos of children carrying corpses of the magnificently plumed fowl. It turned out that the answer to the strange deaths was relatively simple: The peafowl were suffering from newcastle disease, a contagious viral infection that causes dehydration, affects the brain and often causes the birds to spin. The disease — known as Ranikhet in Pakistan — hit
Thar and six other districts in Sindh. Thar alone is estimated to have 70,000 peacocks. The peacock is wild in the province. Some poor villagers, including members of the Hindu community, keep the birds for their valuable feathers. The often-persecuted Hindu minority, estimated at 2 percent of the nation’s 180 million population, is mainly clustered in Sindh. Hindus consider the peacock sacred because of its association with several deities, and killing a peacock is a sin, according to Kenia nagpal, a Hindu leader in Karachi. “We have a respect for this bird as well as a duty,” he said. “Poor people raise it for economic reasons, but they are not greedy people.” Poaching could account for some of the deaths, said Tahir Qureshi, a Karachi-based adviser to the Interna-
tional Union for Conservation of nature, an environmental group. He expressed doubt that the media’s numbers are accurate but added: “The number of peacocks has been definitely decreasing.” The outbreak may have started in India, where the peacock is the national bird. In mid-July, some Indian media outlets began reporting on unusually high numbers of mysterious peacock deaths. Saeed Akhtar Baloch, Sindh’s chief wildlife conservator, said officials began tracking reports of peacock deaths in Pakistan on July 18 but found only a handful of dead birds. He said the outbreak originated in poultry. “It is almost under control,” Baloch said in an interview. “We have a lot of doctors working on the case.” Sindh Wildlife Minister Daya Ram Essarani accused the media of exaggerating the numbers and said in a
news release that more than 6,000 peacocks have been vaccinated and were recovering. But villagers challenged the claims, and veterinarians at Sindh Agriculture University criticized the provincial government’s response. “The Sindh Wildlife Department does not have the means to control the disease immediately,” they said in a report to university officials. “Most of the dying peacocks can be saved if they are given the medicines on time,” the veterinarians added. But as the week went on, the toll rose. Pakistan’s Geo television network put it at 167 deaths over 24 days. Muhammad Babar Hussain, founder of the blog Pakistan Weather Portal, cited drought conditions and shortages of food sources for peacocks as factors behind the heavy impact of newcastle disease. He said a 2003 outbreak was stemmed by quick action by authorities.
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04 News Obama vows religious freedom; defends key aide of Pakistani descent WASHINGTON
RESIDEnT Barack Obama has pledged to preserve religious freedom in the United States, as he declared that last Sunday’s violent attack on a Sikh Gurdawara in Wisconsin had no place in America. Speaking at an Iftar dinner, he hosted at the White House, Obama also strongly defended Huma Abedin, an American of Pakistani descent and a key aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in the wake of some Republican lawmakers’ casting aspersions on her background links. Citing the contributions of Muslims to America’s development, Obama noted in his remarks that Muslim Americans strengthen the country every single day. “This is the diversity that makes us Americans; the pluralism that we will never lose,” he stated. “And at times, we have to admit that this spirit is threatened. We’ve seen instances of mosques and synagogues, churches and temples being
targeted,” he said, addressing the gathering that included American Muslim legislators Keith Ellison and Andre Carson and diplomats from Islamic countries. Obama termed the attack on the Sikh temple as an assault on religious freedom. Obama spoke after thousands of mourners paid their final respects Friday to six worshippers gunned down by a white supremacist for reasons that authorities say may never become clear. At the Iftar dinner, the fourth of his presidency, Obama said: “So tonight, we declare with one voice that such violence has no place in the United
States of America. The attack on Americans of any faith is an attack on the freedom of all Americans.” He particularly highlighted the contributions of Huma Abiden, who is a born American to an Indian father and a Pakistani mother. Republican lawmaker Michele Bachmann of Minnesota recently alleged that Abedin had ties to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood. However, top US senator John McCain severely criticized his fellow Republicans’ attack on Ms Abedin. In his remarks Obama said the American Muslims are entrepreneurs and lawyers, community leaders, members of U.S military, and Muslim American women serving with distinction in government. “ And that includes a good friend, Huma Abedin, who has worked tirelessly in the White House, in the US Senate, and most exhaustingly, at the State Department, where she has been nothing less than extraordinary in representing our country and the democratic values that we hold dear. Senator Clinton has relied on her expertise, and so have I.”
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Government focusing on generating power through coal: Mukhtar LAHORE ONlINE
Minister for Water and Power Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar on Saturday said the government was focusing on power generation through coal in order to overcome the ongoing energy crisis in the country. Briefing media after a meeting of special Committee of Council of Common Interests (CCI)‚ he said the government was making all out efforts to resolve the electricity crisis. Commenting on the importance of power generation through coal‚ he said as many as eight major countries of the world were using coal to produce electricity.
The minister said the government would check electricity theft with the help of the media, adding that it was proposed in the meeting to establish separate police stations for apprehending electricity thieves. Mukhtar said the meeting also discussed measures for recovery of electricity dues and payment of circular debt to power producing companies. Talking about the complaints of Punjab over disparity in load shedding, the minister said it was an incorrect notion, as the reality was that the Punjab province utilized more electricity than the other, therefore, and it apparently had been facing more load shedding.
It said the main judgment in the nRO case was rendered by the 17-member bench and this could not be implemented by a seven-member bench as it had no jurisdiction or authority to vary or alter the judgment passed by the larger bench. “Thus, the orders of the seven member bench dated 12/07/2012 directing new Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf to comply with the direction contained in para 178 of the nRO judgment and report compliance are violative of the said judgment as being unlawful and without jurisdiction,” added the petitioner. It further said that keeping in view the property, rules of court and long standing practice of the court, the smaller benches consisting of five members could not modify or alter the main judgment delivered by the full court at that time. It said orders referred in the plea were violative of the Article 248(2). The said order was tantamount to a clear violation of Article 248(2) as the prime minister by virtue of his oath was bound to preserve and protect the constitution and was under a constitutional obligation to disregard any order of the court which negated the constitution or law. Referring to revival of Pakistan’s status as damaged party, it said that there was no question of its revival as the Supreme Court’s own jurisdiction was limited to the territories of Pakistan. “If the Supreme Court itself is not in a position to seek revival of Pakistan’s status as damaged party then it also has no mandate to force the prime minister to do the same. In fact after conclusion of Swiss investigation, Pakistan has no role to play in these matters,” it stressed. It further said that there was no occasion for the seven-member bench to have called the former PM thrice in court during hearing of the case and that too was an utter disregard of the constitution and law. “Last but not least, the prime minister cannot be asked by means of the aforesaid orders for the implementation of an un-implementable direction given by the Supreme of Pakistan in nRO case,” it added. It said since the new PM had not received any advice from his cabinet to implement para 178 of the said judgment, he was, therefore, not obliged under the constitution and the rules of business. In the nRO case, over 8,000 persons were condemned unheard and it was the only case of its kind the judicial history that merits of thousand of the cases were not gone into, it added.
13 die as lightning strikes Bangladesh mosque DHAKA AFP
At least 13 Muslim worshippers were killed and 15 hurt when lightning struck a mosque in a remote village in northeast Bangladesh as they held special Ramadan prayers, police said on Saturday. The imam was among those instantly killed when a lightning bolt hit the tin-andthatch building at Saraswatipur village, about 200 kilometres (125 miles) from the capital Dhaka, late on Friday. The lightning appeared to “electrify” the mosque after
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hitting a rooftop microphone being run on power from a car battery, local council member Abul Kalam told AFP by telephone. About 35 people from the village in the lake district of Sunamganj were holding prayers known as taraweeh — offered during the holy fasting month of Ramadan — at the time, police chief Bayes Alam said. “All 13, including the imam, died on the spot. The bodies and faces of some of the victims were burnt,” Alam told AFP, adding six of the injured were hospitalised. Locals had turned the flimsy structure into a mosque
because access to the village’s more substantial concreteroofed mosque had been made difficult due to recent heavy rains that have swollen the Saraswati river. Villagers rushed to help after hearing cries, Kalam said. “It was a terrible scene. Dozens were lying on the floor — some dead, others writhing in pain,” he said, adding most of the victims were young men in their 20s and 3Os. “We took the injured in three boats and headed to hospital in Dharmapasa”, the closest big town, he said. “But it took hours to get there,” he added.
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05 11 days on, doctors still on strike in Balochistan QUETTA AGENCIES
The doctors of government and private hospitals of Quetta continued their strike for the 11th consecutive day on Saturday against the abduction of Bolan Medical Complex (BMC) doctor Ghulam Rasool. The strike was called by the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) Balochistan chapter, and other organizations to protest against Rasool’s kidnapping. On August 1, unidentified gunmen abducted BMC psychiatrist Dr Ghulam Rasool from Brewery Road, two days after the release of a previously kidnapped senior surgeon of the same college, Dr Din Mohammad Bangulzai. Dr Rasool was on his way home after performing his duty at BMC when armed men intercepted him and took him away. After the incident, the doctors as well as the paramedical staff, announced to boycott work. On the other hand, numerous patients, especially those from far-flung areas, have been suffering due to the doctor’s refusal to attend Outpatient Departments (OPDs), as the pressure on emergency and casualty wards, where treatment is still being provided, has increased. The Balochistan government has formed a committee to recover Dr Rasool, however, no progress has been made so far. The doctors in Balochistan have vowed to continue their strike until the recovery of their abducted colleague.
QuETTA: Activists of Pakistan Medical Association demand safe recovery of abducted psychiatrist dr Ghulam Rasool during a demonstration at Zarghoon Road on Saturday. INp
National Minorities Day celebrated ISLAMABAD
E L I G I O U S minorities living across the country celebrated the national Minorities day on Saturday to highlight the contribution, services and sacrifices of minorities in the creation of Pakistan and nation building. Events, seminars and social gatherings were arranged across the country by members of various religious minorities and the ministry of national Harmony. In a message issued on Minorities day, Dr Paul Bhatti, minister in-charge of national Harmony, said, “The day
we celebrate every year on August 11, recalls the vision of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah with reference of his speech and the contribution of non-Muslim communities of Pakistan.” “The celebration of minority day provides us an opportunity to reassure that despite belonging to different faiths we are one nation that continues to march for united and prosperous Pakistan,” he said. “The commendable services of religious minorities, along with their Muslim brothers, are a glorious chapter in the history of independence movement of Pakistan. Furthermore religious minorities have given a considerable contribution in different fields of the society including health,
education, defense, and social welfare,” Bhatti said. He urged all religious communities to stay united and promote interfaith harmony, creating unity, peace, equity and justice in this society. “Since the formation of Pakistan, minorities are contributing to every sphere of life and their political involvement is also worth appreciating,” he said. “The day is dedicated to the minorities who played their constructive role in Pakistan Movement. The government is committed to follow the vision of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah for an enlightened, liberal, progressive and tolerant Pakistan. August 11 has a special significance in our national calendar,” he added.
Slogan for independence not popular in Balochistan: Kaira QueTTa: Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira on Saturday said the slogan for independence from Pakistan was only being raised by a handful of people in Balochistan and it was not a popular demand in the province. Talking to reporters in Quetta, Kaira said the impression that the government had not made sufficient efforts to alleviate the situation in Balochistan was false, adding that the provincial government had the responsibility to establish peace in the province and provide security to the citizens. Kaira had arrived in the province along with other members of the committee formed by the federal cabinet to present a report on the law and order and human rights situation in Balochistan. The minister said the government would address the issues of those raising the slogan of secession. He said the government would analyse the steps needed to resolve the province’s issues, adding that the committee would prepare a list of recommendations to be presented to the federal cabinet. APP
Militants ambush pro-govt militia, kill two, lose one PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT
At least three persons were killed and several others got wounded in clashes between the volunteers of a progovernment tribal militia and militants in the Bara area of Khyber Agency. Two volunteers of peace lashkar and one militant were reported dead. An official said that a group of militants had attacked the peace lashkar volunteers at the Akakhel area of Bara around midnight between Friday and Saturday. Two volunteers were killed and several others were injured, the official said. Later the peace lashkar, with help of security forces, went on a retaliation hunt and shot dead one militant. Meanwhile, two persons, including a driver, were injured when a high intensity IED (improvised explosive device) went off on road side at Takhta Beg, Jamrod in Khyber Agency. The official said that the bomb’s target was a nATO container, which was on its way to Afghanistan.
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Elements involved in Balochistan crisis to be exposed: Malik
Date for HEC indigenous scholarships extended ISLAMABAD
nTERIOR Minister Senator Rehman Malik on Saturday claimed that those who were deteriorating law and order situation in Balochistan while sitting abroad and would be exposed soon. Malik expressed these views while talking to reporters after a meeting with Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan Syed Mehdi Shah. Commenting on the Balochistan issue, he said that innocent Baloch people were being tortured, which would not be tolerated while the government would try its level best to convince the angry leaders. The interior minister praised the efforts of security agencies for playing a pivotal role to restore peace in Balochistan, adding, “We cannot ignore the role of the law-enforcing agencies to ensure law and order situation in the province.” He said the government had offered Brahamdagh Bugti that he would be brought back through aircraft and full protocol would also be given to him. Malik added the PPP-led coalition government gives priority to Baloch people in
ISlAMAbAd: Gilgit-baltistan Chief Minister Mehdi Shah calls on Interior Minister Rehman Malik. ONLINE all fields and they would be made part of the national mainstream while foreign hands were involved in deteriorating situ-
500,000 saplings to be planted in capital ISlaMaBad: Capital Development Authority Chairman Farkhand Iqbal has said the CDA would plant 500,000 saplings during a plantation drive to make Islamabad lush green and provide a healthy environment to the residents of the capital. He was speaking to reporters after planting a sapling in Media Town in connection with the ongoing monsoon tree-plantation campaign. The CDA chairman said that the civic body would provide technical support for the development of Media Town. He said the CDA was planting 500,000 different saplings which will be planted in different areas of Islamabad. STAFF REPORT
ation of Balochistan. Rehman Malik assured the GB CM that a passport office would be set up in
CDA to develop new recreational spot at Margalla Hills ISLAMABAD ONlINE
The Capital Development Authority has decided to construct a new recreational spot in the heart of Margalla Hills near Faisal Mosque. The new entertainment spot named ‘Galenger Valley’ would consist of a food street where people could enjoy food specialties of all the four provinces, a separate food court con-
sisting of foreign food items, children’s playground, and a walking track. The CDA has already acquired services of a consultant company which met the chairman CDA and briefed him about the initial design of the project. unHyGIenIC dRInkS BuSIneSS BooMInG In BHaRa kaHu: With the onset of Ramadan unhygienic drinks with different names of illegal companies are being sold in the Bhara Kahu area of Islamabad.
Four illegal billboards removed RaWalPIndI: The city district administration carried out an operation against illegal billboards planted at various locations in Khayaban-e-Sir-Syed area of the city. On the directives of District Coordination Officer (DCO) Rawalpindi Saqib Zaffar, a team under the supervision of Assistant Commissioner Qurrat-ul-Ain Fatima and Inspector Sajid naseer launched an operation against illegal billboards. Officials said that four illegal billboards were removed. INP
According to details, unhygienic drinks of illegal companies are being sold openly in Simli Road, Bhara Kahu. Drinks are prepared from different chemicals which make one prone to various diseases. There are no proper arrangements for washing glasse. The authorities are requested to take action against these drink sellers in the best interest of the health of people.
comprehensive traffic plan chalked out for eid ISLAMABAD ONlINE
The Islamabad police have chalked out a comprehensive traffic plan for Eidul Fitr. According to the plan, additional traffic police would be deployed around big shopping centres outside the big markets. One ASP, three DSPs, 5 SIs, 10 ASIs and 35 head constables would perform extra duty outside the big markets of posh areas while 10 motorcycles and 12 vehicles would also be used for this purpose. The senior traffic police officer said the duties would start at 8:30pm and end at Sehri time. In order to ensure smooth traffic around the city, every DSP would be responsible for his duty in his zone while inspectors would be deployed outside the markets. The services of 100 traffic police volunteers have also been sought in this regard. On the direction of the IGP, the implementation of the security plan would be supervised by Dr Moeen Masood.
10 outlaws held, liquor, arms seized RAWALPINDI APP
RBiSe to announce inter results next month RaWalPIndI: The Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (RBISE) would declare the annual results of Intermediate examinations in the first week of September. The Rawalpindi Board would announce annual results of Intermediate in the first week of September while the final date would be announced next week. The board spokesman, Arsalan Ali Cheema, said that the board had completed preparation of FA, FSC results and would be declared online as well as manually to avoid any error and emission. ONlINE
Chilas to facilitate the people. He added that all initiatives would be taken to provide every kind of facility to the GB people.
The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has further extended the last date for receipt of applications for indigenous PhD fellowship for 5,000 scholars till August 17 (Friday). The date has been extended on the request of candidates and their parents. The scholarships will be awarded for the academic year 2012-13 in all areas of studies/disciplines on the quota basis as per federal government quota policy approved by the government. The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has asked the applicants who have submitted online forms under the scholarship scheme to fill the missing mandatory information within extended date so that their applications could be considered before the merit lists for the award of the scholarship were drawn. This is the last time applicants are being facilitated after the deadline expires. Any incomplete online applications will not be considered for further processing.
RAWAlPINdI: Motorists get stuck in a massive traffic jam on liaquat Road. ONLINE
Police under its ongoing drive against anti-social elements on Saturday arrested 10 criminals. Police recovered 23 bottles of liquor, five pistols 30 bore with 10 rounds, Rs 3200 stake money and two mobile phones from possession of the accused. According to details, Mandra police arrested Tanveer with 20 bottles of liquor, Shah Zaib was held with three liquor bottles while Sadiqabad police nabbed Bilal on recovery of 30 bore pistol. Irshad was arrested on recovery of 30 bore pistol. Taxila police held Tahir and recovered pistole. Obaid Shah and Danish were held on recovery of 30 bore pistols with four rounds. Peerwadhai police in a raid held two gamblers namely Tufail and Bilal for being involved in gambling and recovered Rs 3,200 stake money with two mobile phones from their custody.
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Islamabad 07 PPP believes in supremacy of parliament, respects judiciary ISLAMABAD APP
UnJAB Governor Sardar Latif Khosa on Saturday said Pakistan People’s Party believed in the supremacy of the parliament and respects judiciary. He said the PPP had struggled for restoration of democracy and judiciary. Talking to a private television channel, he said that PPP respected all the national institutions, including judiciary. He said that PPP government always worked for smooth functioning of national institutions. Replying to a question, he said that the national Reconciliation Ordinance provided envi-
ronment for smooth functioning of democracy. He said that dictatorship had to go from the country due to the reconciliation. He alleged that political and non-political persons, including nawaz Sharif, had benefited from the nRO. Replying to another question, he said that in many countries President enjoyed immunity while serving the office. Khosa said that the PPP believed in strong democratic system and institutions. He urged the Opposition to strengthen democracy. He said that PML-n was not following the Charter of Democracy (CoD). The governor said that the cases made by the past regimes against President Asif Ali Zardari had proved false.
Potato juice helps cure stomach ulcers Robbers’ gang busted ISLAMABAD APP
According to a recent discovery by the scientists, juice from potatos is useful preventative measure to cure stomach ulcers in human body. A Manchester University microbiology team led to the discovery of a key molecule which could both cure and prevent the bacteria that lives in the stomach and causes stomach ulcers and heartburn. Uniquely, unlike with antibiotics, the gut bug cannot develop resistance to the potato juice which also does not cause any side effects. Scientists even carried out the test on different types of potatoes, discovering that Maris Piper and King Edward varieties worked the best. The process to extract the as yet unnamed molecule has now been patented, with hopes it could one day be sold as a supplement similar to pro-biotic yoghurt drinks.BBC reported.
Ian Roberts, professor of microbiology at the Faculty of Life Sciences, who worked on the discovery, said: “When I first heard about the idea of using potatoes to treat stomach ulcers, I was a bit sceptical. But on another level, I wasn’t surprised - a lot of botanical products have very interesting compounds and we just have to find them. We see this potato juice as a preventative measure to stop stomach ulcers developing that people would take as part of a healthy lifestyle. It could be a huge market if we can get it developed,” added Roberts. CulTuRal PRoGRaMMe To MaRk IndePendenCe day A cultural programme will be held by Tayyaba Welfare Council on Monday (tomorrow) to highlight the importance of the Independence Day. According to coordinator Tayyaba Welfare Council, folk songs, tableaus, paintings and other programmes would be presented to celebrate the Independence Day with distinction.
Azerbaijani embassy fetes sweet home inmates ISLAMABAD APP
First Lady of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva, who is also Heydar Aliyev Foundation president, has sponsored an Iftar dinner in honour of the children of Pakistan Sweet Home (PSH), Bhara Kahu. The first lady Begum nusrat Pervez Ashraf was the chief guest on the occasion. The little angles of Pakistan Sweet Home enjoyed the occasion. Gift packs and sweets were distributed among the children. The little angles presented colourful programmes, tableaus, poems and other events. Adviser to Prime Minister Begum Shahnaz Wazir Ali, speaking on the occasion, said the children of Pakistan Sweet Home must not be called orphans, but they are little angles. Their complete rehabilitation was the dream of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto. The government would provide all possible facilities to the children of Pakistan Sweet Home, she said. Pakistan Baitul Maal Managing Director Zamurrad Khan said the three thousand angles of Pakistan Sweet Home had already been sponsored by 10 philanthropists for the next decade. A representative of Azerbaijan embassy assured his cooperation for providing facilities to little angles of Pakistan Sweet Home.
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ISlaMaBad: The police have arrested 17 outlaws, including a gang of dacoits, and recovered five 30-bore pistols, a gun and narcotics from their possession, a police spokesman said. Following the special directions of SP Industrial area Muhammad Ishaq Warraich, a special team was constituted to arrest the dacoits. This team succeeded in arresting four dacoits, identified as Abdul Aziz of Islamabad, Abdul Baser of Bangish Colony, Ghulam Sadiq, Umer Khayam, residents of slum area Sector I-9/1. The police also recovered three 30-bore pistols and ammunition from their possession. Koral police arrested Abdul Aziz for having a 30-bore pistol while Tarnol police arrested Meharban for possessing 125 gram heroin. Kohsar police arrested a thief Shahid Shah while two one-wheelers nauman and Abrar Ahmed were also arrested. APP
five SC benches for next week ISLAMABAD APP
Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has constituted five benches, including a special bench, at the principal seat to hear a number of important cases in the next week starting from Monday (August 13). The first bench comprises the chief justice, Justice nasirul Mulk and Justice Jawwad S Khawaja. The second bench members are Justice Tasadduq Hussain Jillani, Justice Mian Saqib niasr and Justice Sarmad Jalal Osmany. The third bench consists of Justice nasir-ul-Mulk, Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa and Justice Amir Hani Muslim. The fourth bench comprises Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali,Justice Ijaz Afzal Khan and Justice Gulzar Ahmed while the fifth bench consists of Justice Tariq Pervez and Justice Muhammad Ather Saeed. It is pertinent to mention here that the SC would take up several important cases during the next week, include case regarding obscene and other objectionable material carried in the media, prevention from extra judicial killings of innocent persons on the premises of Lal Masjid and Jamia Hafsa, the regularisation of service of lady health workers and suo motu action regarding violation of Public Procurement Rules, 2004 in procurement loss of billions of rupees of exchequer caused by national Insurance Company Ltd.
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Operation against professional beggars launched RAWALPINDI
AWALPInDI city police, on the special instructions of the city police officer, (CPO) have launched an operation against professional beggars who are having a roaring business in Ramadan. Special squads have been formed to deal with the professional beggars. These squads will visit all attractive places, main city bazaars and roads to take strict action against the beggars. It is pertinent to mention here that nowadays, groups of beggars mostly women and children are seen begging in markets, shopping centers, roads and streets of the city. The shopping malls in the town are also amongst the choicest business locations of these beggars. The beggars are witnessed everywhere particularly in Rawalpindi. Several groups of beggars have occupied main traffic
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signals mainly on Benazir Bhutto Road (Murree Road) where one can see a lot of children and women thronging vehicles asking for alms. The beggars are using new techniques to attract the people for their purpose. Professional beggary is becoming a social menace as more and more beggars including physically fit, healthy and young men, women and children are turning towards this profession. Mosques and other religious places are also amongst the most profitable sources for the professional beggars. A large number of men, women and children beg regularly on roads and streets from dawn to dusk. Mostly, these very professional and expert beggars beg indirectly. They have many heart-wrenching stories to tell. They claim they are not professional beggars, but are forced to beg due to some tragedies. They often manage to soften the hearts of their listeners with their tragic tales told in tear-filled emotional voice. Though, several drives were launched
Margallah police on Saturday, during a search operation, arrested 30 suspects as well as six others for selling explosive crackers illegally. According to details, Margallah police teams conducted search operations in G-8/4, slum areas, Maskeen Colony and Hansa Colony
and arrested 30 suspects who could not present any document for their identification. A team under supervision of Inspector Hussain Lasi raided G-9 Markaz and arrested najeeb Ullah, Rahat, Imran, Rehmat Ullah, Faqir Zahid and Hanif who were selling explosive crackers illegally. The police also recovered explosive material worth hundreds of thousands of rupees from them. Cases have been registered against
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against professional beggars in the past, but the police and authorities concerned had failed to take a serious and visible action against the professional beggars in the town. Professional beggar is considered a blemish on the face of a civilized society. It is also an indication of weakness of administration and police to implement the antibeggary laws. In Rawalpindi, especially at busy places like Benazir Bhutto Road, Committee Chowk, Mareer Chowk and Sixth Road Chowk commuters and drivers face irritation on red lights as a large number of beggars seek financial support. At Raja Bazaar, Saddar Bazaar, Tench Bhatta and other main shopping centres of the city beggars sometime turn nasty towards the customers. There is also a dire need of extensive community efforts to ensure a successful and result-oriented drive which otherwise would not produce the desired results.
them under relevant section and further investigation is underway. SSP Islamabad Yaseen Farooq has directed heads of all police stations to ensure strict vigilance in their areas and conduct search operations at the under-construction buildings, houses, workshops and residential areas too. IGP Bani Amin Khan has directed police officials to ensure foolproof security arrangements in the city and keep strict monitoring of suspected elements. He has also directed them to enhance checking at entry as well as exit points.
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Foreign News 09 Egypt asks Hamas for intel on three militants CAIRO AFP
TAl RIFAAT: A Syrian youth walks past the ruins of a building destroyed by an airstrike in the village of Tal Rifaat in the northern province of Aleppo on Saturday. afp
Lebanese protest against anal exams on suspected gays BeIRuT: Dozens of people demonstrated outside the law courts in the Lebanese capital on Saturday to protest the use of anal “tests” on men suspected of homosexuality, which is a criminal offence in the Arab country. The rally followed a July 28 police raid on a gay venue in a working class district of Beirut when 36 men were taken into custody and forced to undergo the examinations, reportedly to determine their sexual orientation. Lebanon-based HELEM, considered the Arab world’s leading lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights group, called for the rally under the slogan: “Stand up against the tests of shame, vaginal or anal.” It also voiced solidarity with women subjected to so-called “virginity tests.” “We’re here because we want a clear statement from the ministry of justice that these kind of tests should be completely abolished and punished by the law,” said participant George Azzi. “The syndicate of doctors has declared these tests are irrelevant scientifically and it’s illegal for doctors to do these tests, but that doesn’t mean police can’t still request it,” he said. AFP
Syria’s Aleppo shelled, blasts in Damascus BEIRUT
H E Syrian army shelled the Salaheddin district of Aleppo on Saturday in its push to drive out rebels, as gunfire and bomb blasts rang out across Damascus, monitors and state media said. State television said two bombs exploded in the heart of the capital, without reporting casualties. The renewed violence came as at least 21 people were killed in violence across Syria, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The Britain-based monitoring group said “areas of (southwest) Salaheddin district came under shelling by Syrian regime forces,” who forced the rebels to stage what they termed a “tactical withdrawal” from the area on
Thursday. A rebel commander insisted his fighters were still putting up strong resistance around Salaheddin. “Fierce fighting has continued without respite for the past 24 hours as the army tries to push us out of the neighbourhood,” Abdel Qader Saleh told AFP by telephone. Troops backed by artillery stormed Salaheddin on Wednesday in the first stage of an offensive to recapture areas of the city taken by the rebels since July 20. Regime forces on Saturday also shelled the eastern Aleppo district of Saif al-Dawla, the western neighbourhoods of Bustan al-Qasr and AlMasharaqa, and Malak district, where one rebel was killed, the Observatory said. In Damascus, witnesses reported gunfire on the densely-populated Baghdad Street in the heart of the capital.
new sanctions target iran, hezbollah and Syria: uS ISTANBUL AFP
Fresh sanctions slapped by the United States are meant to “expose and disrupt” links between Iran, Lebanon’s armed Hezbollah movement and Syria, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Saturday. She said the “number one goal” of Washington and Ankara was to hasten the end of Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Damascus and stop the bloodshed, while warning that Syria must not become a haven for Kurdish rebels battling Turkey. “We are continuing to increase pressure from outside,” Clinton told a joint press conference in Istanbul after meeting Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Syrian opposition activists. “Yesterday in Washington we announced sanctions designed to expose and disrupt the links between Iran, Hezbollah and Syria that prolong the life of the Assad regime.” Washington on Friday announced
sanctions against Syrian state oil company Sytrol for trading with Iran, in a bid to starve both Tehran and Damascus of much-needed revenue. The US Treasury also said it was adding the Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah, which has close ties with Iran and Syria, to a blacklist of organisations targeted under Syria-related sanctions. Washington already classes Hezbollah a “terrorist organisation” and it is under US sanctions, but Friday’s move explicitly ties the group to the violence in Syria, where Assad is attempting to put down a 17-month revolt. The sanctions are designed to increase pressure on Damascus as the conflict escalates sharply after the failure of former Un-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan’s peace plan and his dramatic resignation. World powers are expected to name veteran Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi as their new envoy for Syria early next week. Clinton was also due to discuss
with Turkey’s leaders ways to effectively enforce sanctions against Syria and accelerate efforts for the fall of the Assad regime. “Our goal number one is to hasten the end of the bloodshed and the Assad regime, that is our strategic goal,” she said. Turkey, once a close ally of Syria, has become a vocal opponent of the regime since it launched a brutal crackdown on dissent in March last year. It has imposed its own sanctions, taken in tens of thousands of refugees and allowed the rebel Free Syrian Army to operate from its soil. Praising Turkey’s leadership in the Syrian conflict, Clinton also said she shared Ankara’s determination to prevent the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) from using the neighbouring country as a base. “We share Turkey’s determination that Syria must not become a haven for PKK terorrists whether now or after the departure of the Assad regime,” Clinton said.
Elsewhere in central Damascus, state television quoted an official as saying that an “armed terrorist group detonated a bomb in the Marjeh district and fired randomly.” Fighting was also reported elsewhere in Damascus, including Tadamun, where there were “fierce clashes between the Free Syrian Army and the regime forces,” said the Local Coordination Committees, which has activists on the ground. The Syrian Revolution General Council, another activist network, reported clashes between regime forces and FSA fighters on the DamascusDaraa highway in the capital’s Qadam district. The Observatory also said “shooting and explosions were heard in the Qaboon neighbourhood in Damascus,” a week after the army said the entire capital was back under its control.
Egypt has asked Gaza’s Hamas rulers for information on three members of an Islamist group suspected of involvement in a deadly attack on a military outpost, a senior security official said on Saturday. He said Egyptian authorities had received a list of nine suspects from Israel, and asked the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas to provide information on three of the men. They are believed to be affiliated with the Army of Islam, a small radical Islamist group which Egypt has blamed for several attacks in past years. The Egyptian military has been bolstering its presence in the Sinai with tanks and helicopters after Sunday’s unprecedented ambush on a border guard outpost near the borders of Gaza and Israel. It said the attack took place under the cover of mortar fire from Gaza, but witnesses told AFP they heard only rifle fire. The attackers commandeered a military vehicle into Israel but were killed in an Israeli helicopter strike. The military and state media said on Wednesday that it killed 20 militants out its first air strikes in Sinai since it regained the peninsula in a 1979 peace treaty with Israel. Residents in the villages where the airstrikes took place denied anyone had been killed.
Philippines rushes aid as floods kill 66 MANILA AFP
Philippine authorities scrambled to provide food and other emergency provisions Saturday to more than two million people affected by widespread flooding, as the death toll rose to 66, officials said. The flooding that submerged 80 percent of Manila early in the week has largely subsided, allowing people to return to their homes, but more than 100 low-lying towns and cities to the north remain under water. Civil defence chief Benito Ramos said the huge displaced population, including 441,000 people crammed in crowded evacuation camps, would need to be fed and taken care of for at least another seven days. “The bulk of our operations involves relief, but also clean-up,” Ramos told AFP. “Volunteers are packaging 100,000 food packs for immediate distribution.” The government’s disaster co-ordination council said it was serving nearly 758,000 people displaced by floods on Saturday, significantly more than the previous day as tens of thousands trickled into evacuation centres overnight.
52 die in india as bus plunges into gorge SHIMla: At least 52 people were killed and 45 injured when a heavily overloaded bus plunged into a gorge Saturday in northern India, in one of the worst road accidents in the country in recent years. The bus, which was carrying over 100 passengers — many of them on the roof — veered off the road in a sparsely populated and hilly area of the state of Himachal Pradesh. “Fifty-two people have been killed CHAMbA: Onlookers and rescuers are pictured at the scene after a bus and 45 injured in the fell into a gorge near Chamba district on Saturday. afp accident,” Sunil Chaudhary, district deputy commissioner, told AFP, adding the death toll could rise because at least a dozen of the injured were in a critical condition. There were anguished scenes as families came to claim the bodies of the victims. Many of the dead had boarded the 42-seater bus when their own bus broke down, locals told AFP. Some of the bodies were taken away by their families for cremation while the state government brought in four truckloads of wood to cremate other victims at the accident site. The cause was not immediately known but some witnesses said that the driver lost control of the vehicle on a sharp bend. AFP
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The age of foolishness And a happy birthday to Pakistan
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Stimulating a flagging economy A lot needs to be done
hanks the lobbying by the business community led by APTMA and a perceived reduction in inflation, the State Bank has cut the key policy rate from 12 percent to 10.5 percent. A section of the business community has called it the first step towards the revival of industry in Pakistan. It is often maintained that what is needed for new industrial activity and stimulus growth to generate employment is to bring the rate down to 7.5 percent. This still looks like a pie in the sky. While cutting the policy rate is welcome it remains to be seen whether the SBP will be able to retain it at its new level, let alone further reduce it. The deceleration in inflation has been caused by uncertain factors rather than any perceived strength of the economy. The increase in production for instance is mainly due to an unanticipated fall in international oil prices in May and June and a major reduction in the administered prices of gas in early July. What is needed for industrial activity to pick up is to ensure the regular supply of electricity and gas. There is no sign yet of the government being able to do this. Despite the importance of the measure taken by the SBP, the policy rate factor is by no means the only one responsible for slow growth and downturn in investment. Besides the looming energy crisis, weak fiscal fundamentals remain the major reasons behind high inflation and low growth. Failure to improve governance is another hurdle. Fiscal discipline requires the government to restrict its borrowings which it has so far failed to do despite legal restrictions. A high incidence of corruption also acts as a deterrent for foreign investment. The tax-toGDP ratio has registered an increase during the current financial year but the overall ratio still remains abysmally low. This underlines the need for agricultural incomes to be brought under the net and to duly tax whatever other privileged sections of earners still enjoy exemptions. The hidden cost of business in Pakistan which is said to be one of the highest in the world for industry needs to be reduced. non economic factors that bring down growth include unwise political decisions that have delayed the resolution of disputes with the US and continue to retard the development of Pakistan-India economic ties. The unending confrontation between the judiciary and the government creates uncertainty and inhibits the investors. The government, military and judiciary have to work together to create the stability needed for growth.
By Humayun Gauhar
n a couple of days we will be sixty-five, a brief moment in the process of evolution. My birthday present to you is to show you the Truth as I see it, ruthlessly and honestly. What I say is evident everywhere. After 65 years of uncertainty that gave us mostly suffering and turmoil, if we still cannot be honest with ourselves there is little hope that we will ever see the light for we will not understand. Our condition is pathetic. Sixty five years on and we still haven’t found our bearings. We haven’t decided whether we are western or eastern, spiritual or secular, not knowing that both the spiritual and secular are inherent in Islam. We have yet no consensus on why we were born, why and how. We still cling to tales and legends. The result is that instead of being a country at the threshold of omnibus progress, we are at a precipice from which the fall will be awesome. We have lost our God-given sovereignty. Our governments are but window dressing of a store that is empty. Symbolism flourishes everywhere; substance languishes. Bereft of Faith, we practice a religion that we don’t understand. We don’t even know the difference between Faith that comes from God and religion that comes from clerics often masquerading as scholars. Faith is ‘Iman’; religion is ‘Deen’ combined with ‘Mazhab’ or Sharia. There are many Sharia because Muslims are so divided, not thinking that the Holy Prophet (PBUH), his martyred cousin and son-in-law Ali and his martyred sons Hasan and Hussain did not belong to any sect or movement. They were Muslims only, pristine and without pretensions, not Shia, Sunni, Wahabi, Deobandi and what have you, some seventy-two. The clerics’ religion has reduced God’s Faith to dogma, ritual and traditions that have been superimposed on Faith. We practice this amalgam of God’s Faith and the clerics’ religion religiously, solemnly and mindlessly. A social contract between people is about why they wish to live together and how. Reduced to writing it is a peoples’ constitution. Our social contract evaporated in 1971 when we lost half our country. Our new social contract was cobbled together by giving concession to feudal barons and tribal warlords in a rump assembly comprising the worst and most primitive exploiters of the people. It is the source of all that is wrong. There is need
for a new social contract and a new basic law. Can our below-mediocre leadership in the entire ruling class of politicians, bureaucrats, soldiers, judges, lawyers, journalists, feudal and tribal lords, businessmen, academics, clerics, civil society and what have you deliver? They cannot because they are products of a mutilated alien system that is based on that document of colonization called the British India Act of 1935. Thus they remain mentally colonized to alien political, social, economic and philosophical constructs and cannot think in the context of the land they belong to, its history, culture and traditions. So while our ruling class happily follows the British political system thinking that they are being ‘modern’, our people hark back to the virtually pre-historic dynastic one for lack of a system that is native to them, yet contemporary and relevant. Our decolonization is still incomplete. Until all this is swept away in the tidal wave of history, we shall find no deliverance. Instead, we will remain caught up in cold statistics often engineered, like growth rates. How stupid. What is the point of having a growth rate touching the sky if the majority of your people are poor because all wealth created gets trapped at the top or is wasted on exercises in futility? So backward are we that while the hegemon has got to the moon and beyond, our pious mullahs cannot even see it for lack of vision of a different kind. And we wonder why we can’t stand up to American dictates. Remove everything that is of western origin and all we will be left with are our clothes – except for the ‘Kala Sahib’ of course. nothing else, so backward are we. There is no point in bleating that if you remove everything from the West that is of Muslim origin it too will be left with little. That was in the past. We live in the present. If we continue to live in our undoubtedly glorious past we will remain forever mired in the past. Most of it was Arab anyway. We have to think in the context of our own history in the subcontinent and be proud of it, like we made the world’s first motorway, and so much more. now if we wish to make our present great and our future greater, we have to start thinking instead of blaming, bleating and lamenting. It’s become a boring dirge. There is chaos and anarchy everywhere. The human condition is pathetic and getting worse by the day. The right to develop one’s mind to its fullest potential is strikingly absent – little good food, no jobs, no education, no healthcare while inflation is rampant. no electricity, no water, no gas and no security. Human dignity and the dignity of the family are of no concern to our mentally challenged rulers. Wars and battles are abroad. Mafiosi stalk the land: killings, kidnapping, maiming and robbing galore. Pakistan has become the land of the oligarch. Every institution is led by men with huge dark clouds of lack of integrity and probity hovering over their heads, yet they chug along shamelessly – and those in waiting too. The continual and significant improvement in the human condition is central to a state that
Institutional madness Can’t it stop?
By Saad Rasool
ay you live in interesting times” is the English adaptation of an old Chinese curse. (Part of a trilogy of curses, each imbibed with increasing severity, the other two being: “May you come to the attention of those in authority”, and “May you find what you are looking for.”) Bet your last nickel that, in Pakistan, we live in the shadow of the curse of ‘interesting times’. What started off as a small skirmish between the judiciary and the executive, perhaps most palpably with the nRO judg-
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ment, has slowly grown into an all-out war that encompasses episodes of corruption scandals, dual-nationality cases, contempt proceedings, prime minister’s disqualification, Arsalan Iftikhar case, contempt law promulgation, and now the possibility of a second prime minister being disqualified. Everyone is asking the same (hardly simple) question: When will this madness end? Sadly, the stakeholders from all sides of the conflict, despite their rhetoric to the contrary, are too embroiled in personal egos (under the garb of either ‘parliamentary sovereignty’ or ‘constitutionalism’) to desire an end to this circus. And in the process, the faceless man stands to pay the price as he continues to search for the elusive fulfillment of the promise of electricity, gas and speedy justice; as the saying goes, ‘when two elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers’. Let’s zoom out of the picture a little. What is really going on here? At the heart of the issue is the PPP government’s refusal to write a letter to the Swiss authorities to proceed against Asif Ali Zardari for recovery of 60 million dollars. And the Supreme Court, having ordered the writing of this letter, is bent upon dismissing (or threat-
ening to dismiss) prime minister after prime minister, unless this letter is written. now, before we lose ourselves in the constitutional arguments surrounding this issue, lets just pause to note that in a nation plagued by violence, illiteracy, religious fanaticism, acute power shortage, rampant corruption and a sclerotic justice system… the entire media, political and judicial machinery seems consumed (nay: possessed) with the writing of a letter regarding instituting a case of $60 million dollars. Underlying fact out of the way, now onto the constitutional and political dimension. In this instance, on one side of the spectrum, the Pakistan Peoples Party stands naked in the gaze of history. There is no coherent constitutional, political or moral argument that the party can advance in its defense. Perhaps (and not without reason) the ruling party and her legal advisors believe that this particular Supreme Court will hand down a decision on Article 248 that is biased against the current government. Still, the party claims (at least as their ‘constitutional’ position) that loyalty to the constitution demands that no such letter can be written.
claims Islam as its official religion, its raison d’etre or justification for existence. ‘Adl’ – balance and equity in society – is a cornerstone of Islam. Our lack of it screams out to be noticed. Justice is part of adl. The lack of justice and the delay in getting it is a bad joke. There is no attempt even to deliver the Islamic rights of God’s creations though the human being is the greatest of His creations, His vicegerent. We have done to the human being what we have done to God – ignored both and their rights and our duties and obligations to them and even misinterpreted and added to His word. no need to fret. Let me leave you with glad tidings. Sixty-five years is but a blink in the broad sweep of history. I see a light far away on this dark road in our fearsome jungle of man-eating beasts where there is wailing and gnashing of teeth. The light is from the growing fire that will burn our system down, to be replaced by a humane system hopefully. Ashes must come before the Phoenix. Charles Dickens’ description of pre-Revolution France in ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ is so much like the description of Pakistan today. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.” What say you now? Such a situation led to first anarchy and then revolution in France and look where it is today. We have made progress, for such a situation is already upon us. There is uncoordinated anarchy everywhere. If the pockets of anarchy on disparate issues get coordinated on one platform – the destruction of this system – revolution will follow. Then we will go places. If not, we will go “direct the other way”. The vulgar call it ‘The Trashcan of History’. The problem is that the human being is impatient because he wants solutions in his lifetime. That is a very short timeframe against the timeframe of Creation that is perpetually in progress in the timeframe of the Creator. The Divine Command, “Let there be light” is echoing everywhere, evenly and without pause throughout the universe. “Yeh kainat abhi na tamam hai shaiad; keh aa rahi hai damma dum sada-e-Kun Faya Kun” – “Be” is being heard everywhere and “it is coming into being”. What is your hurry in this brief stopover of the Caravan of Life on Earth? Be patient. Don’t worry. Be happy. Look at those who have even less than you and thank God for what you have. It is a learning process. The writer is a political analyst. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Politically, the ruling coalition has taken a different stance altogether. Leaving aside constitutional nuances, the party claims that since ‘majority’ has voted them in, their decision is a manifestation of the ‘will of the people’, which is the basis of all power in a democratic paradigm, and cannot be made subservient to dictates of (an unelected) judiciary. Furthermore, the PPP coalition has realized that (in the worst case) political martyrdom is a much more appealing human feat, compared to constitutional adherence, and as a result such martyrdom will serve them better in the electoral process (as demonstrated in the recent by-elections of nA 151). On the other side of this unheroic battle stands the honorable Supreme Court. Chin high and with steel gaze, the Supreme Court is the last arbiter of legality and constitutionality in our land. And this makes the honorable Court’s judgment infallible. All actions of the Supreme Court are, by their very definition, “constitutional”. But our Supreme Court goes a step further. In the post Lawyers’ Movement euphoria, the Supreme Court has cast itself as more than just a court of law and equity. It has donned the cloak of being a “people’s Court”. An institution that has its finger on the pulse of the nation. And as a result, it acts in furtherance of people’s welfare and for the strengthening of democracy. But then, we must ask, is dismissing a prime minister a furtherance of democracy, when the same party nomi-
nates another one? How about two prime ministers? Or ten? The janisaars of the court do not answer this with the argument of “people’s court”. Instead they turn to the age-old maxim of law, “let justice be done, though heavens may fall.” But doesn’t that amount to having your cake and eating it too? Should the honorable court not decide, for certain, how it sees itself: a court of law, or a people’s court? In the process, sadly, institutional roles have been reversed. A political party is portraying itself as the voice of law (interpreting its own version of Article 248). The court, on the other hand, is seen as voice of the people. To a bystander, this institutional madness seems little more than a game of egos. Members from both sides of this fight, frequently dismiss this clash of institutions as the birth of a better and stronger democracy. Be that as it may, if these are prolonged birth-pangs of a functioning constitutional democracy, can somebody please muster the humanity of giving our nation the epidural? The Holy Book warns, “Verily never will Allah change the condition of a people until they change it themselves.” (Surah 13, Ayat 11). Well, witnessing the current state of affairs in Pakistan makes one a believer. The writer is a lawyer based in Lahore. He has a Masters in Constitutional Law from Harvard Law School. He can be reached at: email@example.com
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Editor’s mail Send your letters to: Letters to Editor, Pakistan Today, 4-Shaarey Fatima Jinnah, Lahore, Pakistan. Fax: +92-42-36298302. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Letters should be addressed to Pakistan Today exclusively.
corruption The moral degradation plaguing our society nowadays is the result of rampant corruption. The rich are getting richer by the day and the poor are getting poor. The disease of corruption is eating away the foundations of our country and if immediate action is not taken in this regard, the whole country would come crumbling down. It would be difficult to measure our losses once all institutions succumb under the weight of corruption. It is important that the citizens rise up to the occasion and play their part in ridding the society from the ills of corruption. ANUM TARIQ Lahore
Future is hydel, not coal The Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf is reported to have said that Thar coal project is nation’s future. This is only half truth. Complete truth is that hydel route is the future as it addresses both the needs of water and power. Coal can produce only energy but does not store water like a mega hydroelectric dam and the cost of energy is many times the hydel energy while coal energy is not clean and it is not renewable like hydel energy. The PM who had declared to bury KBD is now riding on the band wagon of coal to have coined a new slogan that coal is the future of Pakistan which is fallacious. The only remedy for our ills is posthaste construction of two hydroelectric dams, KBD being the earliest to build and operate. PPP would sink or swim on KBD in the next election but the leaders seem to have a blind spot in that coal looks green to them while it is black. In fact, the PM is responsible for creating a dark Pakistan sans light that has blighted the industry and agriculture alike to the impending economic disaster staring us in the face. DR MUHAMMAD YAQOOB BHATTI Lahore
Beginning of the end? Mr Arif nizami in his recent article “Beginning of the end?” (11 August) has discussed the situation going on between the government and the judiciary on the issue of writing a letter to Swiss authorities. Asma Jahangir has always been very critical about higher judiciary and her comments have always been one sided; therefore, her present utterances are just in line with her rigid stand being followed for years. The Supreme Court has set a precedent by sending home the prime minister for not carrying out decision of the apex court. How could the Supreme Court go back on its own stand and treat PM
Raja Parvez Ashraf’s case differently? This would mean that their earlier decision was wrong. PPP has a track record of ridiculing courts and this case should not be seen in isolation. What happened in Lahore High Court, how a sitting judge was arrested while hearing case in Sanghar etc are a few examples. The case has unnecessarily been dragged and people are fed up and want the drop scene quickly. In fact, such high profile cases should be decided within few weeks instead of dragging these to painful limits. The stance of the PPP on the issue is very clear. What is preventing the Supreme
A timely move In the backdrop of reports in media that Hindu families were migrating to India from different parts of Sindh province due to growing sense of insecurity, President Asif Ali Zardari has made a timely move to constitute a committee of the parliamentarians with immediate effect. The committee comprises a Senator and an MnA, both from minorities, and a federal minister, all of whom are from Sindh province. The reports in the newspapers said that the committee, so constituted by the President after taking serious notice of media reports about prevailing sense of insecurity among Hindu families in Sindh province, would be visiting different parts of Sindh to express solidarity with members of the Hindu community reassuring them of adequate security. Minorities, including Hindus, have been living in Sindh other parts of the country for years together enjoying the rights and privileges as a Pakistani. no doubt, there could have been some grievances and misgivings on one account or other but this in no way justifies Hindus migrating to India as if they were no more Pakistanis. The constitution of Pakistan enshrines that all citizens, without religion, faith and colour are equal and this is what our great founding father Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah had said that all those living within territorial frontiers of Pakistan are Pakistanis first and foremost and enjoy equal rights. The committee while submitting its report to the president should also look into the reports in the media, particularly on TV channels, which appeared to be quite out of proportion and carried without proper investigation in this regard. Electronic media earlier had carried reports that the Hindu families are migrating to India over their growing sense of insecurity and now it is being reported that the Hindu families are going to India on pilgrimage. There is hell of a difference between migration and going on a pilgrimage visit to one country or the other country. While appreciating the timely move by President Asif Ali Zardari in this regard, this is to request him that the committee report, as and when submitted to him, should also be made public in order to set the records straight. If there was or is any element of con-
Court to take a final decision instead of falling prey to delaying tactics? We cannot blame higher courts for judicial activism because the executive miserably failed to tackle even simple issues. We have been all along talking about poor governance. Under the circumstances who will bell the cat? Certainly, the apex court. It is very sad that the decisions of apex court are flouted and reaction by the government is annoying. The writer has rightly summed up that these are all delaying tactics. How can you pass a bill in few hours meant to save few individuals and then talk about parliament’s supremacy? Situation across the border is
spiracy in these media reports that should also be addressed by the parliamentary committees. But all this should be done as early as possible. ZOHAIB AHMAD QURESHI Lahore
dangerous for who? Recently, news was published that Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Ahsanullah Ahsan has said that they would attack Imran Khan if he held a planned march to their tribal stronghold to protest US drone attacks. Later on, TTP spokesman Ahsanullah denied the reports that militant organisation had threatened to kill PTI Chairman Imran Khan. However, Imran Khan’s ex-wife Jemima Khan tweeted on a social networking website that “I had planned to attend this anti-drones protest march in Sept (with Reprieve) but IK says [it is] now too dangerous. He will still take part tho[ugh].” If Imran Khan thinks that his protest rally, to be held on 23 September in north Waziristan, is too dangerous for Jemima Khan than how could he convince people to attend this protest against drone attacks? MUBASHIR MAHMOOD Karachi
turk visit to Burma The visit of Turkish delegation to the affected areas of Myanmar consisting Turkish Foreign Minister (FM) Ahmet Davutoglu along with Emine Erdogan, wife of Turkish Premier, to console the surviving Muslims within the Rakhine area on Friday has brought a wave of excitement among the emotional Pakistani Muslims. The Muslims there have expressed contentment over the visit of Turkish officials to Burma stating, “The people of Turkey have come forward to aid the innocent Muslims of Burma who are facing worst conditions in their own country. The wife of Turk Prime Minister starts weeping after seeing the dreadful conditions of Burmese Muslims. We appreciate the courage of Turk govt and hope they will continue their leading role to support Burmese Muslims.” One must give a judgmental thought to such a de-
different, they respect the judiciary, and their Supreme Court has struck down various amendments passed by the house that were against or sought to alter the basics of the constitution. There is no going back by the Supreme Court the last hope of Pakistan, it is the government that has to show flexibility. I don’t blame government also because 65 years history of Pakistan has seen judiciary being used by executive to suit their convenience. It will take time to understand the present realities and changes cannot be expected overnight. MUKHTAR AHMED Karachi
ception that instead of sending armies to Burma, so called Muslim rulers of the Muslim states send their women to console the deaths of Muslims. Instead of mobilizing armies and giving stern warning to brutal regime of Burma for any such act in the future they are handing the victims the box of food which will not last even a week and then will be left over there again in the hand of the same butchers. neither the government of Pakistan nor any so called Islamic government looked serious about this issue from the very first day. If they had been serious for the Muslims, they would have taken necessary measures without any delay and not after thousands of Muslims became victims of terrorist Buddhist monks. SYED HASSAM AHMED Karachi
pSo depot near port qasim I want to draw the attention of the authorities concerned towards a very important matter that should be dealt with immediately because thousands of people suffer from the issue on daily basis and their lives are on risk. Pakistan State Oil’s depot is situated near Port Qasim on national Highway where we can find hundreds of oil tankers, either waiting for their turn or just staying there and causing problems for public and private transport. The point to be raised here is that there is a large empty area of land along with the PSO’s depot which the PSO’s authorities could use but unfortunately, the oil tankers keep standing on both sides of the national Highway due to which thousands of people that travel daily on national Highway for their jobs, universities or any other purposes, face a difficult situation as they are daily stuck in traffic jam. The drivers of these tankers are usually moving their tankers forward or backward for a better spot along the highway. They don’t see whether a car, a bike or a bus is coming. I demand of the government and concerned authorities to set up a better place or utilize the land along with the depot so that people’s lives can be saved from any mishap. HAFIZ MUHAMMAD NOMAN Karachi
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12 Movie Review MUSIc/cInEMatOgraPhy/EdItIng Music by Arko Pravo Mukherjee doesn’t quite come across as pleasant to the ears. Moreover, comes across as only an intrusion into the already meandering story.
Brangelina not getting married this weekend
RAD Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s marriage, which was rumoured to happen this weekend in France is not happening, according to sources. According to reports, the couple are hosting some kind of event at their chateau with guests including Pitt’s parents and Jolie’s engagement-ring jeweler. But multiple sources have said that there is no wedding this weekend, People Magazine reported. The local newspaper Var Matin also shot down a France 3 TV report of a Saturday wedding. And officials in the village say they don’t know anything about it and that it likely couldn’t happen anyway. “Under French law couples have to get married at the town hall,” Patrick Mareschi, deputy culture secretary of the nearby village of Correns, said. “Unlike with a religious wedding, there’s no way a couple can hold a civil ceremony at their own home.” Photo agency X17 also said that they found out nothing when they looked into the scene. NEWS dESK
deepika to star opposite SrK in chennai Express
CTRESS Deepika Padukone will be seen opposite Shah Rukh Khan in Rohit Shetty’s Chennai Express. “Deepika is part of Chennai Express. She has been finalised,” sources close to the project told PTI. It was opposite SRK in Om Shanti Om that the model-turned actress made her debut in Bollywood. Lot of names like Kareena Kapoor, Katrina Kaif and Priyanka Chopra were floating around for the leading lady of this film, which will go on floors from the end of September and would release mid-next year. Chennai Express tells the story of a man (Shah Rukh) who travels from Mumbai to Rameshwaram and what happens during the journey forms the movie. Interestingly, this is for the first time that Shetty would be working without his close buddy Ajay Devgn, with whom he has done eight films. It is for the first time that he would be teaming up with Shah Rukh and Deepika. Despite repeated attempts, Rohit remained unavailable for comment. COuRTESy HT
depressed porn star Izna (Sunny Leone) picks up a random stranger from a bar to spend her lonesome night. Only to land herself with an offer the following day and the revelation that the stranger happens to be an Intelligence Bureau officer Ayaan (Arunoday Singh). The offer, is to sleep through her way into the life of an excop, now rogue Kabir (Randeep Hooda) and extract important data from him in return of ten crore rupees. One look at Kabir’s photo and it becomes Izna’s personal vendetta too as we are taken to the backstory of her roaring love affair with him. Whether her love reignites on meeting Kabir or whether she wooes him again only to extract the data follows through the rest of the plot.
StOry analySIS Except for the adult quotient remaining same, there’s nothing similar in the sequel from the original Jism. The Bipasha Basu-John Abraham starrer film that released way back in 2003 had created a furore back then and despite the controversial boldness, the film worked well among the masses. Filmmaker Pooja Bhatt who takes over the mantle from Amit Saxena and plans the sequel Jism 2 takes the boldness quotient to a different level altogether by roping in porn star Sunny Leone. However, other than that, there’s nothing that can excite the audience this film caters to because on the story level, Jism 2 disappoints badly. The theme of betrayal blended with a hackneyed plot that treads dreadfully slow bores the viewer completely. Moreover, even at that, the film makes you reminiscent of Vishesh Film’s Gangster, especially for its last scene that appears almost like a lift off! Even on the adult quotient, what you see in the promos is what you get in the film too. The trailer in this case doesn’t quite become a prelude to the main show as the intimate scenes are very few and far in between and none even worthy of the controversy they are creating.
PErfOrMancES Sunny Leone comes as a pleasant surprise and much against the many foreign imports namely Nargis Fakhri , Amy Jackson etc. Sunny shows great promise. Not only does she appear svelte but also gets dialogue delivery in sync with her dubbing and showcases more than two standard expressions of the actresses in Hindi cinema. Sadly, her acting caliber gets reduced to merely heaving perennially onscreen as if her character was Asthmatic. Arunoday Singh except for his gargantuan appearance doesn’t quite add much to the film and gets a very sketchy character to perform. Randeep Hooda remains the best of the lot.
cInEMatOgraPhy IS avEragE at BESt What annoys most is the jaded dialogue writing by Shagufta Rafique who has been writing films for the Bhatts since long. Not only do the lines sound archaic but they also come across as corny for example - Aur bhi gham hai zamaane mein, Terrorist ko maarna punya hai or even Us jaanwar ko apne dil mein paala tha usne, she knows him best.
OUr vErdIct Jism 2 may get its audience only courtesy Sunny Leone’s presence and the film remains worth a watch only for her. If you’re looking for a good story and a well made film, this isn’t the right choice for you.
rihanna opens up to Oprah about losing chris Brown
WHAT a refreshing surprise she is!” Oprah Winfrey tweeted after interviewing pop superstar Rihanna in Barbados. And now we know why. In a sneak peek of the interview, which is part of an upcoming special that will air on OWN, the 24-year-old singer gets emotional, surprising herself even, while speaking with the media mogul about her past relationship with Chris Brown and her dealing with fame. “It was embarrassing. It was humiliating,” Rihanna says when Oprah asks about the end of her controversial relationship with Brown, who pleaded guilty to physically assaulting her in 2009. “I lost my best friend.” After the very public split, Rihanna admits, “I was resentful. I held a grudge. I was dark. “During the interview, Rihanna also opens up about her struggle to cope with the pressure that comes with fame, saying she was “super-duper afraid of the pedestal” that comes with it. Rihanna’s interview with Oprah airs Sunday, August 19, at 9 p.m., on OWN. NEWS dESK
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Madhuri’s film in trouble with the real gulabi gang
couple of months ago, Madhuri Dixit’s Gulab Gang, made headlines, thanks to Sampat Pal, who heads a women’s group (called Gulabi Gang) in Uttar Pradesh’s Bundelkhand region, against domestic abuse. Sampat Pal alleged that the film is based on her life and her group’s work. Pal even threatened to take the ‘legal route’. Now, in the latest turn of events, Gulabi Gang has asked the makers for compensation. They also want assurance that the lead character played by Madhuri Dixit, which, according to them, is inspired by Pal, is justly portrayed. Jaiprakash Shivhare, the national co-ordinator for Gulabi Gang, says, “Hum saral log hai (we are simple people). We want Madhuriji and the makers to take us into confidence. At least meet us. We run a group that helps
women in distress. But we are sceptical as to how all of this will be shown. Also, since all films are made with the intention of profit, it would be great if they can give us some compensation. We can help women with that money.” Ask what if the makers don’t pay up, and she says: “Hum chhote log hain (We are common people). What can we do?” ‘There’s no question of any kind of misrepresentation’ RA.One (2011) director Anubhav Sinha, on the other fornt, says that there is no question of any kind of misrepresentation. He is the producer of Gulab Gang, and laughs off the claims. He says, “What compensation? Who is writing the film? (Writerdirector) Soumik Sen, right? So, how do the members know whether it has anything to do with them? There’s no question of any kind of
misrepresentation. Also, it’s too early for anyone to talk about the film,” says Anubhav. The film goes on floors in October. Anubhav adds, “We intend to release the film on International Women’s Day (March 8).” Ask him about Gulabi Gang’s apprehensions about the portrayal of the lead character and he says, “I haven’t done enough research about the gang, because it has nothing to do with them. So please don’t believe in what anyone is speculating or making assumptions about.” Madhuri Dixit is flustered about the whole controversy, Her manager, Rikku Rakesh Nath says, “It’s news to us (the demand for compensation). Why are we getting dragged into all this? We have nothing to do with it.” COuRTESy HT
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Keira Knightley wont act forever
CTOR Keira Knightley isn’t keen on acting her whole life and would be happy to have a job that lets her spend more time at home. “I love acting because it allows me to be different and have different experiences, but there is a similar strain to it all the time,” contactmusic.com quoted Knightley as saying. “I just don’t know if it will be what I do forever,” the 27-year-old added. She can’t imagine what she’d do besides acting, but said it’s good to switch things up in life. NEWS dESK
demi not serious about new boyfriend
CTRESS Demi Moore is said to be faking her relationship with New Zealand actor Martin Henderson. The 49-year-old, who is rumoured to be dating Henderson, is not serious about him and is with him to show that she has moved on from her marriage to Ashton Kutcher, who is now rumored to be romancing Mila Kunis, reported Showbizspy. “The whole thing is a setup on Demi’s part. She’s hanging out with Martin in a desperate bid to make it seem as if she’s moved on from Ashton and got a new man for herself. But she hasn’t. “They’re friends and that’s it. The fact is that Martin kind of felt sorry for Demi. If anything, he’s just trying to pick up her spirits. He’s not really interested in a relationship with her at all,” a source said . Moore and Kutcher split amid claims that the latter cheated on her with a girl. NEWS dESK
Spice girls to perform at Olympics closing ceremony
HE Olympics closing ceremony is going to be spicy. And girl-powered. Get ready, world, because as E! news reported yesterday, the Spice Girls—Posh, Sporty, Baby, Scary and Ginger, as if we needed to remind you—were caught in rehearsal mode in London as they prepare to take the world’s stage for Sunday night’s British extravaganza. Victoria Beckham, Melanie Brown, Melanie Chisholm, Emma Bunton and Geri Halliwell were spotted wearing all black and riding atop some lit-up black cabs. Just when we thought the opening ceremonies had tapped out on Britishness. The girls were rehearsing an as-yet-unknown number in East London’s Ford Factory. As it happens, the Beckhams have the fine distinction of bookending these games, as David Beckham memorably was responsible for chauffeur-
I still have sex on the beach: lady gaga
ing the Olympic torch into the stadium (via speedboat, no less) during the opening ceremonies. In addition to the Spice Girls, One Direction,
The Who, George Michael, Muse, Russell Brand, Jessie J and Queen are expected to take part in the closing ceremony. COuRTESy E! NEWS
HE Lady Gaga, who is dating Vampire Diaries star Taylor Kinney, has revealed that she likes being irresponsible by having sex outdoors and dancing topless in bars. The Poker Face hitmaker still lives her life as a “free spirit” and despite the attention her fame attracts she is still able to behave in an “irresponsible” manner because her friends are so protective. “I like to feel a little irresponsible and act like I’m nineteen,” Contactmusic quoted her as telling the new issue of US Vogue magazine. “I’m a complete free spirit, so, even though you don’t see it, I still find time to have sex at night on the beach when no one’s around. Or roll into a bar and dance with my top off.” “It’s just that no one ever sees that, because I have great real friends who never let me do it when I would get caught,” she added. NEWS dESK
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Infotainment 14 Fareed Zakaria suspended from Time magazine for plagiarism Renowned columnist suspended after it was revealed that he had plagiarised another writer's work for one of his articles HE international columnist and television anchor immediately apologised, saying he had made a “terrible mistake” but was also suspended from Cnn, where he presents a weekly show. Several sections of Mr Zakaria’s August 20 column, entitled “The Case for Gun Control”, appeared to have been taken from an article Harvard University history professor Jill Lepore published in April in The new Yorker magazine. One paragraph began: “Adam Winkler, a professor of constitutional law at UCLA, documents the actual history in ‘Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America.’ Guns were regulated in the US from the earliest years of the Republic.” A corresponding passage in Lenore’s new Yorker essay, titled “Battleground America,” begins: “As Adam Winkler, a constitutional law scholar at UCLA, demonstrates in a remarkably nuanced new book, ‘Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America,’ firearms have been regulated in the United States from the start.” The similarities were spotted
by reporters and when confronted Mr Zakaria released a statement saying: “”Media reporters have pointed out that paragraphs in my Time column this week bear close similarities to paragraphs in Jill Lepore’s essay in the April 23rd issue of The new Yorker. They are right. I made a terrible mistake. It is a serious lapse and one that is entirely my fault. I apologize unreservedly to her, to my editors at Time, and to my readers.” Time said it accepted his apology but had suspended him for a month, pending further review. A spokeswoman said: “What he did violates our own standards for our columnists, which is that their work must not only be factual but original; their views must not only be their own but their words as well.” Cnn said a blog post written by Zakaria for its site had also contained unattributed material and that it would suspend him until further notice. Last month, Jonah Lehrer, a young science writer, resigned from the new Yorker after it was revealed he had fabricated quotes attributed to Bob Dylan. NEWS dESK
racist tweets after US soccer victory over japan
HEn Japan defeated America to win the 2011 Women’s Soccer World Cup, American fans flooded social media sites with racist comments, making “Japs” and “Pearl Harbor” trending topics on Twitter. If you thought that kind of behavior was limited to the frustration of defeat, think again. America beat Japan 2-1 last night at the Olympics, and some fans were as racist and hateful in victory as they were in defeat. As noted by Fox news, International Business Times, and SB nation, the same trends emerged. There were many tweets celebrating the defeat of the “Japs” as payback for “Pearl Habor.” numerous users also gloated about the victory by comparing it to the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and nagasaki. NEWS dESK
ELGIAn cyclist Gijs van Hoecke was asked to leave the Olympic Village after drunken pictures of him surfaced. It’s no secret that athletes love to let loose after their events end, but 20-year-old Van Hoecke was perhaps a bit overserved before being carried out of a club covered in unknown liquids. The Mirror published the pictures of Gijs’ teammate, Jonathan Dufrasne, carrying him out of London’s Mahiki club to a taxi, a voyage that included stumbling, drunken smiling and loads of flashing bright blue undies. The British tabloid awarded him a gold medal for best Olympic partying (for the record, he placed 15th in his actual event, the men’s omnium). The Belgian Olympic Committee wasn’t nearly as impressed, though, releasing a statement saying they “deplore this incident, which fortunately did not affect life in the Olympic Village and athletes trying to rest ahead of their competition.” NEWS dESK
Barrister, 76, moves in with girlfriend, 25, her mother approves Anthony Arlidge QC, 76, was called “bonkers” by his partner of 12 years, Constance Briscoe, 55, for announcing that he was leaving her for the 25year-old paralegal. She claimed that Mr Arlidge and his new girlfriend, Heather Lockwood, an aspiring barrister, were both “intelligent people” but the situation was “ridiculous”. Mr Arlidge, who has nine grandchildren, has hit back, saying they are “very happy” together and the relationship even has the support of Miss Lockwood’s mother, Jacqueline, 54. Despite being more than three times the age of his lover, the QC said: “I’ve met her mother and she says if her daughter is happy then so is she.” Miss Lockwood, who was born in Durham, was called to the Bar at the Middle Temple two years ago but has yet to get herself a pupillage. Friends say she is “a normal girl” who loves sports. She works for Watmores Solicitors in Chancery Lane, central London, near the flat she shares with Mr Arlidge. The pair are said to have met in September at a dinner in Middle Temple, where she was a student and he was Master of Entertainments for 20 years. She was looking for a placement with barristers at the time. A former Crown Court recorder and father of four, Mr Arlidge moved out of Miss Briscoe’s £1 million house in Clapham, south London, after ending their relationship. The mother of two, Britain’s most successful black judge, said: “I was shocked and upset but have not fallen out. “They’re both very intelligent people but I think it’s bonkers.” Miss Briscoe said she could not com-
Belgian cyclist disqualified after drunken debauchery
Skateboarding goat sets world record
ment on Miss Lockwood’s motives. “It is true that it is hard to get a pupillage and it is becoming even harder these days,” she said. “It really is a cat fight out there and of course contacts have always helped. “Tony is too old for a mid-life crisis. It is hilarious. I don’t know what she wants or what she is trying to do but good luck to them. Tony was giving a speech at my daughter’s birthday party. He told me just before we left to go there that he had fallen in love with this girl. I was very upset, but that’s life.” Judge Briscoe, a mother of two, is likely to take the separation in her stride. After working in a number of jobs to get through university she was called to the Bar in 1983, and in 1996 became a recorder, a part-time judge, one of the first black women to sit as a judge in Britain. She is known for her books, Ugly and Beyond Ugly, which were based on the neglect and cruelty she claims to have overcome during her upbringing, She also talks about her experiences publicly. Mr Arlidge, whose cases have included the Jeremy Bamber murder trial, works part-time at 18 Red Lion Court chambers, which has offices in central London and Chelmsford, Essex. He remains married to Enid, the mother of his four children. Their 48th wedding anniversary is next week but they separated nearly three decades ago. NEWS dESK
nigerian dwarf cross goat named “Happie” has reason to be just that after earning a Guinness World Record for ... skateboarding? Back in March, Happie established a new record category, “Farthest Distance Skateboarding by a Goat,” when she rode a board 118 feet in his home town of Fort Myers, Fla. The record-breaking ride took only 25 seconds, according to the New York Daily News. Happie’s owner, Melody Cooke, 18, recognized greatness in her goat from a young age. “She figured out how to get on and then I was just like, ‘Whoa, this is amazing,’” Cooke told KSn-TV. “My goat can skateboard, let me see how far I can go with this.” But skateboarding wasn’t Happie’s first sport. Last year, she tried jumping on a bicycle Cooke was riding near her home, and she decided to teach the goat to ride on a skateboard. Happie enjoyed it so much that Cooke’s mother encouraged Melody to try and get her goat in the record books. NEWS dESK
chinese boy sells kidney to buy Ipad
HE 17-year-old boy, identified only by his surname Wang, was approached in an online chatroom and paid 22,000 yuan (£2,200) for his kidney to be used in an illegal transplant operation, the Xinhua news Agency said. The teen now suffers from renal deficiency and his health is deteriorating, according to prosecutors in Chenzhou city, Hunan province. Five people from southern China have been charged with intentional injury and illegal organ trading, including the surgeon who removed the boy’s kidney in April 2011. According to the Xinhua, one of the accused was paid 220,000 yuan (£22,000) to arrange the transplant. He paid the boy 22,000 yuan (£2,200) and shared the remaining profit with the surgeon, the three other defendants and other medical staff. NEWS dESK
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Dutch double on as women win hockey
SAIn Bolt is targeting a spectacular send-off as the Olympic track and field competition draws to a close on Saturday with Jamaica aiming to seal their sprinting supremacy. After Bolt completed his unprecedented "double-double" of back-to-back 100m and 200m titles, the Jamaicans are targeting a possible world record as they bid to defend their 4x100m relay crown. Bolt, who delighted the Olympic Stadium crowd on Thursday with a bravura performance in the 200m, has signalled that the Jamaicans' own world best mark of 37.04sec, set in Daegu last year, could be under threat. "It could be a world record but you can never say because it's a relay and it's a baton so you never know," Bolt said. "But for me, we're just going to go out there and enjoy ourselves and run as fast as possible and it will be a good race to close the show again." Bolt didn't run in Friday's heats, but nesta Carter, Michael Frater, double sprint silver medallist Yohan Blake and Kemar Bailey-Cole paved the way for him by dominating their heat. The penultimate day of Olympic competition will see 32 gold medals decided, with track and field highlights including the men's 5,000m, where Britain's Mo Farah will attempt to back up his 10,000m victory, and the women's 800m. In Saturday's first events, under hot sunshine in the British capital, home
HE netherlands beat world champions Argentina 2-0 to retain their women's Olympic hockey title Friday, raising the prospect of a Dutch double with their men set for a gold medal match against Germany. The reigning champions took a long time to break down their nearest rivals, but eventually were a little more incisive in front of goal, thanks to their captain Maartje Paumen. Surprisingly Paumen had not scored at all in the earlier matches, saying that she was saving her goals for the final -- and she delivered magnificently. The first came when Carlien Dirkse van den Heuvel's shot was too fierce to control and Paumen pounced on the rebound with a predator's instinct, undeterred either by the angle or the fact that she was leaning backwards. The second was quite different -- a brilliant shot from the edge of the penalty circle which needed to find the top corner to avoid the goalkeeper's dive. It did just that. "We saved the best to last. It was like we were playing in Holland -- the whole crowd was orange," said Paumen, who now has a record 14 goals in all Olympics. "Every game we look at a video and watch how our opponents defend from corners and then choose our tactics accordingly... Winning four years ago in Beijing was amazing, but this was just as good." It took fully 45 minutes to make the first breach in Argentina's defence, and 53 minutes to make the second.
favourite Ed McKeever -- dubbed "Bolt in a boat" -- claimed the hosts' 26th gold medal with victory in the men's single kayak sprint new Zealand's Lisa Carrington won the women's kayak sprint, Russians Yury Postrigay and Alexander Dyachenko snatched the men's double kayak sprint, and Yuri Cheban of Ukraine took gold in the canoe sprint. Russia's Sergey Kirdyapkin won the gruelling, 50km race walk in 3hr 35min 59sec, embracing his coach with delight as he crossed the line on The Mall, just metres away from Buckingham Palace. Earlier, the Somalian-born Farah admitted he had struggled to make it through his semi-final following his superb display in the 10,000m. "My body was a bit tired and I was not as fresh for the 5km as some of the other runners," he said. "I think it showed out there. It wasn't easy out there but I managed to qualify and I'm looking forward to the final." In the women's 800m final, Caster Semenya will be looking to add the Olympic title to her controversial 2009 world crown. The race will feature Semenya, defending champion Pamela Jelimo of Kenya and Russia's Mariya Savinova, looking to add Olympic gold to her world title from last year in Daegu. Jelimo, just 18 when she won gold in Beijing, came to London looking to become the first woman to win the event twice at the Olympics. Semenya had to undergo drug tests
followed by gender tests following her magnificent victory in Berlin at the 2009 worlds, with the athlete complaining of "unwarranted and invasive scrutiny". Elsewhere Saturday, the United States women's basketball team will attempt to preserve one of the most dominant records in Olympic competition when they meet France in the gold medal match. The Americans are chasing a fifth consecutive title and a seventh crown in eight Olympics against the unbeaten French side. Brazil's footballers meanwhile are targeting their first ever Olympic title in Saturday's final against Mexico at Wembley. Brazil coach Mano Menezes insists there is no chance his players will underestimate the Mexicans as the five-time world champions look to end their long wait for Olympic gold in their first final appearance since 1988. "I expect a very difficult final," Menezes said. "It has been 24 years since Brazil have been in the final, which shows how difficult it is to get there." The men's hockey event will see the netherlands aim to win their first Olympic title for 12 years when they face Germany. The Dutch are brimming with confidence after demolishing Britain 9-2 in the semifinals. The Dutch women's team beat world champions Argentina 2-0 to retain their title on Friday, raising the prospect of a double for the country. On the medals table, the United States were four gold medals clear of China with 41 titles to 37. Britain were third with 26.
This meant that the Dutch knew, if they continued to pass the ball with control in a match with few openings, they would retain the Olympic title. Argentina never gave up, even if there were signs of frustration towards the end, when Silvina d'Elia had to leave the field for two minutes after getting a green card for pushing. This was unsurprising. It was after all the netherlands who beat Argentina at both the Athens and Beijing Olympics too, in the semi-finals. The Dutch have now won medals in four consecutive Olympics. The result also means Argentina captain Luciana Aymar, 35, wins her fourth straight Olympic hockey medal but was unable to claim her first gold -- the only missing major title of her career. Aymar was at the centre of her country's best efforts early on, but became less influential as the match progressed. One of Argentina's least likely heroines was Florencia Mutio, a late choice goalkeeper, who made some good saves and one brilliant one, right at the end of the first half, to keep the world champions well in contention. But gradually the netherlands' dominance increased, even when they could not carve out real chances. Although they have had more field goal attempts than any other team in these Olympics, both goals this time came from penalty corners. These were nevertheless the result of cumulative pressure, with some fast running and skilful passing, with naomi van As particularly dangerous in the first half, and Maartje Goderie in the second.
london: netherlands players pose with their gold medals after the podium ceremony following the women's field hockey gold medal match against Argentina. afp
india slump to sixth defeat, last place LONDON AFP
India's men's hockey team lost their sixth game out of six at the Olympics on Saturday when a 3-2 defeat to South Africa condemned them to 12th and last place in the tournament. It was the first time that the eighttime champions had gone through an Olympics without winning a match. "We keep making the same mistakes all the time. We have to be aggressive. It was emotionally tough conceding the second goal. We have to be tough in the circle in future," said Sardar Singh, one of the team's star players. "We have to improve a lot. It's very disappointing. The whole team has been mentally affected." Andrew Cronje gave South Africa an eighth-minute lead before Sandeep Singh levelled six minutes later. Timothy Drummond, in the 33rd minute, and Lloyd norris-Jones, after 64 minutes, gave South Africa a two-goal cushion before Dharmavir Singh reduced the margin for India in the 66th. Belgium scored their first Olympic
win over Spain since the Montreal Games 36 years ago as two goals from Tom Boon helped them to a 5-2 win and a final plac-
ing of fifth. The victory seemed likely from the second minute when Jerome Dekeyser dived in front of the goalkeeper
to make a clever deflection from a short corner and put the Belgians in the lead. Spain may still have been suffering from
Belgium clinch fifth spot in menâ€™s hockey
london: Belgium scored their first men's hockey Olympic win over Spain since the Montreal Games 36 years ago as two goals from Tom Boon helped them to a 5-2 win and a final placing of fifth on Saturday. The victory seemed likely from the second minute when Jerome Dekeyser dived in front of
the goalkeeper to make a clever deflection from a short corner and put the Belgians in the lead. Thereafter they looked the livelier, faster running side, and already had a strong grip on the match by half-time, when they led 4-1. Spain may still have been suffering from the disappointment of two late penalty corner decisions being overturned as they pushed for the goal against Great Britain which would have earned a semi-final place. For a brief phase they looked capable of getting back into it, leading to Ramon Alegre's equaliser with a neat glance from a short corner after 20 minutes. But Boon restored the Belgians' lead only two minutes later, and that was followed by one of the most spectacular goals of the entire Games as Florent van Aubel made it 3-1 -- and injured himself in the process. When a fierce diagonal drive was launched by Dekeyser towards the Spanish penalty circle, van Aubel hurtled forward, steered the ball upwards and sideways over the goalkeeper, and pitched into a violent tumble. That injured his right shoulder, and after being helped off van Aubel took no further part. But his dramatic effort inspired the Belgians, and when opportunist goals from Boon and Thomas Briels made it 5-1 a rout was threatened. But Spain rallied and Eduard Tubau pulled one back late on. AFP
the disappointment of two late penalty corner decisions being overturned as they pushed for the goal against Great Britain which would have earned them a semifinal place. For just a brief phase they looked capable of getting back into it, leading to Ramon Alegre's equaliser with a neat glance from a short corner after 20 minutes. But Boon restored the Belgians' lead only two minutes later, and that was followed by one of the most spectacular goals of the entire Games as Florent van Aubel made it 3-1. When a fierce diagonal drive was launched by Dekeyser towards the Spanish penalty circle, van Aubel hurtled forward, steered the ball upwards and sideways over the goalkeeper, and pitched into a violent tumble. That injured his right shoulder, and after being helped off van Aubel took no further part. But his dramatic effort inspired the Belgians, and when opportunist goals from Boon and Thomas Briels made it 5-1 a rout was threatened. But Spain rallied and Eduard Tubau pulled one back late on.
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Australia beat England, Pakistan win over Afghanistan LAHORE STAFF REPORT
HE ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2012 got underway in Queensland on Saturday with host Australia belying its patchy lead-up form to open with an impressive six-wicket victory over England while Bangladesh caused the first upset of the event by defeating Sri Lanka by 25 runs. In the other matches on the opening day, Pakistan defeated Afghanistan by 109 runs on the Sunshine Coast while Zimbabwe had the better of Papua new Guinea (PnG) by 145 runs in Townsville. GRouP a: auS BeaT enG: The Australia U19 side had a dream start to its defence of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup with a six-wicket win against arch rival England in Townsville on Saturday. Australia captain Will Bosisto won the toss and elected to bowl on a bouncy wicket at Tony Ireland Stadium. A fantastic all-round bowling effort from Australia saw it restrict
Aussies extend medal run to record six with bronze
England to 143. Australia struck early with West Australia’s Joel Paris taking out English danger-man Daniel Bell-Drummond for a duck. Queensland paceman Mark Steketee claimed the valuable wicket of Ben Foakes. Western Australia’s Ashton Turner claimed the wickets of Ben Duckett (15) and Sam Wood (0) with consecutive deliveries, unfortunately missing his hat-trick with the first ball of his next over. new South Wales’ quick Gurinder Sandhu was well suited to the bouncy pitch and had a great day with the ball finishing with figures of 9.3-1-27-3. Australia’s run chase got off to a shaky start with the openers James Peirson and Cameron Bancroft falling in the first two overs to a sharp opening spell by the English opening attack. Bosisto and hard-hitting left-handed batsman Travis Head combined well for a match winning fourth wicket stand, enabling Australia to cruise to victory with 15 overs to spare. Head, who was awarded man of the match, hit a solid 57 of 58 balls with six boundaries and a six to combine
with Bosisto for a partnership of 93. GRouP B: Pak BeaT afGHan: Determined qualifier Afghanistan had high hopes coming into its opening round clash against Pakistan, but it was soon dashed by the in-form Pakistan line-up. Pakistan batted strongly to score 253 for six, with captain Babar Azam scoring a patient 75 (103b, 7x4) at the top of the order, and Mohammad nawaz (66; 50b, 7x4, 1x6) andUmar Waheed (43 not out) putting on a potent stand of 103 for the sixth wicket. Afghanistan, which had earmarked the clash with Pakistan as a key fixture, again got some handy runs from Hashmatullah Shaidi (50; 77b, 3x4) at the top of the order, but it was not enough to mount a challenge to the Pakistan total. Afghanistan was finally dismissed for 144, with left-arm quick Zia-ul-Haq snapping up four for 30 from 8.1 overs. In the other matches in Group C - Zimbabwe defeated Papua new Guinea’s and Group D – Anamul Haque’s century sinks Sri Lanka with Bangladesh making a rousing 25-run win.
SCORES IN bRIEF: Group A - Australia beat england by six wickets, tony ireland Stadium, townsville. england 143 all out, 38.3 overs (craig overton 35, Adam Ball 20; gurinder Sandhu 3-27, Ashton turner 3-30). Australia 147 for four, 35.1 overs (travis head 57 n.o., will Bosisto 35 n.o.; Reece topley 2-33, Jamie overton 234). player of the match – travis head (Australia) Group b - pakistan beat Afghanistan by 109 runs, John Blanch oval, Buderim. pakistan 253 for six, 50 overs (Babar Azam 75, Mohammad nawaz 66, umar waheed 43 n.o.; Sayed Shirzad 2-43, yamin Ahmadzai 2-54). Afghanistan 144 all out, 45.1 overs (hashmutallah Shaidi 50, Mohibullah paak 30; Zia-ul-haq 4-30, Zafar gohar 225). player of the match – Babar Azam (pakistan) Group C - Zimbabwe beat papua new guinea 145, endeavour park no 1, townsville. Zimbabwe 249 all out, 50 overs (Kevin Kasuza 97; chris Kent 5-45, Ray haoda 3-43). papaua new guinea 145 all out, 38.1 overs (Sese Bau 34; Matthew Bentley 2-20, luke Jongwe 2-36, peacemore Zimwa 2-40). player of the match – Kevin Kasuza (Zimbabwe) Group d - Bd beat Sri lanka by 25 runs, Allan Border Field, Brisbane. Bangladesh 249 for seven, 50 overs (Anamul haque 101, Asif Ahmed 84; Sanitha de Mel 3-46). Sri lanka 224 all out, 48.4 overs (Angelo Jayasinghe 83, lahiru Madushanka 48; Soumya Sarkar 3-10, taskin Ahmed 2-44). player of the match – Anamul haque (Bd).
Mexico stun Brazil to win gold LONDON AFP
Australia's men scored a deserved 3-1 win over Great Britain which earned them the hockey bronze medal and extended their Olympic medal-winning sequence to six, the longest of any country. The Australians often looked like the world's best side -- as many people believe they are -- and recovered well from the great disappointment of losing three goals in the last 20 minutes to Germany in Thursday's semi-finals, which cost them a place in the final. They also let slip a 3-0 lead to Great Britain at the pool stage, but there was little likelihood of anything similar happening this time.
obame makes gabon olympic history
Mexico stunned Brazil to win their first gold in the Olympic men's football tournament as Oribe Peralta's double clinched a shock 2-1 victory over the fivetime world champions here Saturday. Peralta struck after just 30 seconds and the Mexican striker sealed one of the all-time great Olympic upsets when he scored again late in the second half. Hulk got one back in stoppage-time but Mexico, playing in their first Olympic final, were deserved winners as Brazil once again failed to end their long wait for a first football gold. While Brazil have graced the World Cup with some of the best players and most dazzling performances ever seen on football's grandest stage, the Selecao have never managed to replicate those golden moments at the Games and this was another miserable chapter in their Olympic history. Brazil, bronze medallists in Beijing in 2008, lost in the Olympic final in 1984 and 1988 and their failure to win gold has rankled with such a proud football nation for decades. Mano Menezes's team are unlikely to get a sympathetic reception on their return home after such a lacklustre display riddled with nerves and defensive blunders. From Rio to Sao Paulo those unconvinced by Menezes had already begun to whisper that former Brazil coach Luis Felipe Scolari should be installed in time to lead the nation's bid to win the World Cup on home soil in 2014 and those calls will get even louder after Mexico's giant-killing act. After sweeping to the final with five successive wins, Brazil were heavy
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uS pleased to find golden touch LONDON AFP
US Olympic Committee Chairman Larry Probst didn't go in for any false modesty Saturday as he contemplated America's place atop the medals table on the penultimate day of the London Olympics. "I like to hear the national anthem a lot," said Probst, whose fondness for the Star Spangled Banner has been amply gratified thanks to 41 US gold medals through Saturday afternoon, with the potential for more before Sunday's closing ceremony.
untouchable Kanaeva defends rhythmic gold
london: Mexico's players celebrate after winning the men's football final match between Brazil and Mexico at wembley stadium during the london 2012 olympic games. afp favourites and Mexico's chances looked even slimmer when Tottenham striker Giovani dos Santos was ruled out with a hamstring injury suffered during the semi-final win over Japan. But the Mexicans had won three of their past five matches against Brazil, including a 2-0 friendly victory in June, and there was no sign of an inferiority complex as Luis Fernando Tena's side made an astonishing start. Just 30 seconds had been played when Manchester United right-back Rafael da Silva dwelt on the ball and then poked a hesitant pass towards Sandro, who was caught flat-footed as Javier Aquino stole possession. Peralta latched onto Aquino's pass and the Santos Laguna striker advanced unchecked before slipping a clever low shot past Brazil goalkeeper Gabriel from
just outside the penalty area. Brazil seemed shell-shocked by such a disastrous opening. It took 21 minutes for Brazil's first shot on target and Menezes was growing increasingly frustrated on the touchline. By the 32nd minute he had seen enough and hauled off Alex Sandro, with Porto striker Hulk sent on. That at least gave Brazil a brief spark and defender Marcelo slashed wide after Oscar's flick gave him a sight of goal, then Hulk surged forward and forced Jose Corona to parry his long-range strike. Leandro Damiao was quickly onto the rebound, but Corona recovered his footing to block the striker's follow-up. Brazil needed more from neymar in the second half but the Santos striker's composure deserted him when he lashed a good chance high over the bar.
With a display of stunning elegance and control, Russia's Evgeniya Kanaeva retained her Olympic rhythmic gymnastics title on Saturday to confirm her status as the sport's outstanding performer. The three-time world champion scored a total of 116.900 points to finish 2.400 points above compatriot Daria Dmitrieva at Wembley Arena in west London, while Liubou Charkashnya of Belarus took the bronze medal.
pakistan post beat prince gymkhana laHoRe: Pakistan Post beat Prince Gymkhana by 78 runs here the other day. SCORES: pakistan post 289 for six. Asad 96 not out, Bilal 45, M. naeem 37, waqas 27, Kamran dar 38, Mohtisham 26, ehsan 17. Farhan and qasim shared two wickets while Mubashir and Siddique had one each prince gymkhana 261 for seven. Rana Mubashir 56, Siddique Khan 37, S.qasim 69, Mudassar 27, Rizwan 12, Aleem 28, imran 19 not out. qamar took three wickets while Mohtishim and had Kamran dar two each. STAFF REPORT
Czech soldier Svoboda reclaims pentathlon lead LONDON AFP
Anthony Obame made Olympic history for Gabon on Saturday when he reached the taekwondo heavyweight final and guaranteed a first ever medal for the African country. Obame stunned three-time world champion Bahri Tanrikulu of Turkey in the semi-finals with a last-second kick for a narrow 3-2 win. More history could be made if Mali's Dada Modibo Keita wins the other semi-final against Italy's Carlo Molfetta as his country is also searching for their first ever Olympic medal.
london: czech Republic's david Svoboda competes in the Show Jumping event of the Modern pentathlon during the 2012 london olympics at the equestrian venue in greenwich park. afp
David Svoboda of the Czech Republic regained the lead in the men's modern pentathlon after the third show jumping test at Greenwich Park on Saturday. The 27-year-old military officer was in pole position after the opening fencing phase only to be knocked off the summit after the 200m swimming freestyle by China's Cao Zhongrong who endured a nightmare jumping round, picking up 120 penalty points after knocking six fences down. In third going into the conclud-
ing combined running and shooting leg was Russia's world champion Aleksander Lesun, with Hungarian Robert Kasza in fourth. The points from the first three legs are converted into time to determine the staggered start for the running/shooting finale. Cao will start one second behind Svoboda, with Lesun a further eight seconds back. Lesun's compatriot, Andrei Moiseev who is seeking a third consecutive Olympic title, is placed sixth overall and will start 16sec behind the leader. The show jumping contest represented a true test of horsemanship for the 35 athletes - China's
Guan Wang having pulled out with injury - who had to partner unfamiliar horses drawn by lots. Competitors were only given 20 minutes to get to know their equine 'blind dates' before setting out on their rounds. Some, like Svoboda, got on fine - others, like Woojin Hwang who was unseated when his mount reared up at the start, were less fortunate. London 2012 organisers were keen to improve the standard of horse available after complaints were made about the quality of mounts at the modern pentathlon evennt in Beijing four years ago.
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USA’s baton of change
The USA's women's 4 x 100m Relay team smashed the world record with a blistering run at the Olympic Stadium on another golden day at London 2012. The team of Tianna Madison, Allyson Felix, Bianca Knight and Carmelita Jeter raced away from their closest challengers Jamaica to take gold in a time of 40.82. Felix said: 'It's an honour to be part of this team. Who would have thought that we would have had a world record tonight? It's amazing. Our names are going down in history.' The Jamaicans ran a national record of 41.41, but still finished well adrift, while Ukraine took the
bronze. Asli Cakir Alptekin took gold in a scrappy 1500m. The Turkish athlete won a slow race in 4:10.23, finishing ahead of compatriot Gamze Bulut, with Bahrain's Maryam Yusuf Jamal third. Ethiopian Meseret Defar claimed gold in the women's 5000m. Defar denied her compatriot Tirunesh Dibaba the chance to add another title to the 10,000m crown she won a week ago. Dibaba also won gold in both events at Beijing 2008. Kenya's Vivian Cheruiyot was second with Dibaba getting the bronze. Bahamas won the men's 4 x 400m Relay final in 2:56.72, with the USA second and Trinidad third, 0.31 ahead of Great Britain. South Africa, with Oscar Pistorius running fourth, finished in eighth place. Russia's Tatyana Lysenko won the
women's Hammer Throw in an Olympic record of 78.18m while France's Renaud Lavillenie took the men's Pole Vault crown. Australia and new Zealand enjoyed a golden day on the water at Weymouth and Portland in the Sailing. Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page finished first for the green and gold in the men's 470 class and were followed to the top of the podium by Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie of new Zealand in the women's equivalent. Tunisia's Oussama Mellouli won the men's 10km Marathon open water Swimming and then hinted at retirement. Mellouli, who won the bronze in the 1500m Freestyle in the pool last week, finished the race ahead of Germany's Thomas Lurz and Richard Weinberger of Canada. Mellouli said: 'I can't explain it, I can't really describe it. 'I don't think this has ever been done before. This is probably one of the toughest things to do.' As for his future, he added: 'There's no way I can top this achievement. 'Today I became the first to get medals in the pool and open water. There's no better way than this to leave it all behind me and just enjoy life.' Champions the netherlands successfully defended their title to spoil Argentina captain Luciana Aymar's farewell to international Hockey on her 35th birthday. Olympic gold is the only medal the South American playmaker and seven-time world player of the year has not won and she admitted victory in the final would give her 'eternal glory'. However, arguably the greatest player in the history of the women's game bowed out having won two silvers and two bronzes in her four Olympic appearances.
RIVALS TO EMULATE SWEEPING
RUSSIA LONDON AGENCIES
eigning olympic champions Russia remained dominant in the Synchronised Swimming but China and Spain have pledged to rival them in the future. The Russian Team held on to their olympic title with a score of 197.030 - three points clear of silver medallists China, and nearly four above bronze medallists Spain. They have won gold at every World Championships since 1998 and seem to be almost unbeatable, with natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina sealing the duets title for Russa too. China's Jiang Wenwen said: 'The Russians' performance was almost perfect. They are idols for us, they are models for us to learn. Perhaps in the future we can catch up little by little and close the gap.' alba Cabello Rodilla from the Spanish team said beating the gold medallists was 'not impossible'.
BBc sued over ‘cash for medals’ allegations
london: (l-R) Japan's erika Araki, Maiko Kano, yukiko ebata, Risa Shinnabe and Mai yamaguchi acknowledge the crowd after defeating S Korea in the women's volleyball bronze medal match. afp
Farah eyes remarkable double
The end of the London 2012 Olympic Games may be nearing, but there is still plenty to be decided with 32 gold medals up for grabs on Day 15 across 15 different sports. Eight of them are in Athletics, including in the men’s 5000m final, where Mo Farah will again have 80,000 fans trying to roar him on to a victory that would complete a remarkable double following his success in the 10,000m last weekend. Farah is aiming to follow in the footsteps of Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele (Beijing 2008) by claiming the long-distance double, while Ethiopia's Dejen Gebremeskel was the quickest of the qualifiers. Former world champion Caster Semenya is among those in contention for gold in the women’s 800m final
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after posting the fastest time in the semi-finals, but Olympic champion Pamela Jelimo from Kenya and world champion Mariya Savinova of Russia will provide tough competition. Focus then switches to the team events, as the women’s 4 x 400m Relay final is followed by the men’s 4 x 100m Relay final, with Jamaica looking to complete their dominance of the sprint events. The finals of the women’s High Jump and men’s Javelin are also scheduled, while earlier in the day the Athletics programme begins with the men’s 50km Race Walk followed by the women’s 20km event. Five golds are on offer for the men in the Boxing ring and another raucous atmosphere is guaranteed at ExCeL when Great Britain’s Luke Campbell takes on his old foe John Joe nevin of Ireland in the Bantam Weight final.
With the men's Olympic boxing medals to be decided this weekend, the sports' governing body announced Saturday it is sueing the BBC over repeated allegations of cash for medals. The International Boxing Association (AIBA) has begun legal action after the broadcaster repeated on Friday night that boxing medals could be bought at London 2012. Azerbaijani boxers, super heavyweight Magomedrasul Medzhidov and heavyweight Teymur Mammadov both lost their semi-finals on Friday, leaving them with bronze medals. no other Azerbaijani boxers are left in the competition. On Friday, the BBC repeated the allegation first made in a newsnight documentary last September that around $10m had been paid from Azerbaijan to boxing authorities in return for two golds. Both the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and AIBA investigated the BBC's original claims, failing to find any wrongdoing and now the governing body are hitting back. "In September last year the BBC alleged that AIBA took a $10 million bribe from Azerbaijan in exchange for two gold medals at the Olympic Games in London," said AIBA President Dr Ching-Kuo Wu in a statement. "Both AIBA and the IOC investigated the claim and could find no evidence to support it. "The BBC re-broadcast the allegation last night (in a website report), on the eve of the semi-finals, having been told it is untrue. "Therefore I have today instructed the London libel firm PSB Law to begin legal action against the BBC. "I have worked extremely hard over the past six years to clean up Olympic boxing after years of corruption scandals under the previous administration and I am extremely disappointed and frustrated by the BBC."
BRESSET POWERS TO GOLD london: A dominant performance saw Julie Bresset of France win the women's Cross-country Mountain Bike event at Hadleigh Farm. World Under-23 champion Bresset led from the gun and triumphed in 1:30.52. The Beijing 2008 champion Sabine Spitz of Germany was second, 1:02 behind, with Georgia Gould of the USA third, six seconds further adrift. AGENCIES
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Kirdyapkin wins gruelling 50km walk
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USSIA'S Sergey Kirdyapkin won the 50km race walk Saturday in record time after one of the London Olympics' most punishing events which left several athletes collapsed in exhaustion at the finish. Under hot sun in the British capital, the two-time world champion, 32, timed an Olympic record of 3hrs 35min 59sec to beat Australia's Jared Tallent, who took a second successive silver, by 54sec. Si Tianfeng gave China their first Olympic medal in the 50km walk as he took the bronze, 1min 17sec adrift. The fast pace told as Japan's Koichiro Morioka, finishing 10th, was one of a number of competitors who had to be helped off and treated for overheating and dehydration at the finish near Buckingham Palace. Kirdyapkin is the first Russian winner since 1992, when Andrey Perlov triumphed for the Commonwealth of Independent States. He succeeds disgraced defending champion Alex Schwazer, who was withdrawn from the Italian team before the Olympics for failing a drugs test. "I came here to win the gold medal, breaking the Olympic record just happened," said Kirdyapkin, who was visibly moved on the victory podium. "I am very happy. I can't put it into words at the moment. I only have emotions. "The team worked together well, but it was me that wanted to win the most. It doesn't mean I am better (than them)." Tallent may gain revenge later as his wife Claire competes in the 20km walk where Kirdyapkin's spouse, Anisya, also takes part. The Australian said that despite not winning, it was a special moment to bring his Olympic haul to three medals, after his 50km silver and 20km bronze in 2008. "I tried to stay focused throughout and bring it home," said the 27year-old. "The Olympic Games is pretty special for me. To get my third Olympic medal is pretty special. Kirdyapkin really showed his class today." Si was ecstatic at earning reward for a sport he described as brutal. "I am proud of
eton: great Britain's ed McKeever celebrates after winning the gold medal in the men's kayak single 200m (K1) at eton dorney during the london 2012 olympic games. afp
McKeever gives Britain kayak sprint gold LONDON AFP
london: Russia's Sergey Kirdyapkin competes in the men's 50km race walk at the london 2012 olympic games. afp myself, no pain no gain as they say!" he said. Around a dozen athletes had formed the early lead group with 2007 world champion nathan Deakes and Tallent among three Australians in the bunch. However, all three talented Russians were up with them, including Kirdyapkin and reigning world champion Sergey Bakulin. Also there were two Guatemalans including Errick Barrondo, whose silver medal in the 20km walk had been his country's first ever at an Olympics, along with fancied Frenchman Yohann Diniz, the two-time European champion. Bakulin upped a gear at the 25km mark and the lead group shrank to eight, comprising Deakes and Tallent, the other two Russians, Diniz and the two Guatemalans, although Jaime Quiyuch was one warning away from being disqualified. Quiyuch's walk on the wild side came to a sad end just after the two-hour mark when the judge raised the red card, prompting him to raise his hands in shock, then burst into floods of tears.
QIU SURGES INTO PLATFORM FINAL london: Qiu Bo powered into the final of the men's 10m platform as the gold medal favourite with another diving masterclass in the semi-finals of the Olympic event on Saturday. Qiu finished 21.75 points ahead of his Chinese teammate Lin Yue to head the 12 qualifiers into Saturday night's final with a six-round total of 563.55 points. Just as he did in Friday's prelims, 19-year-old Qiu, the 2011 male driver of the year, dominated the competition with three dives in the 90s and a super back three and a half somersault that netted him 102.60 on his fourth dive. "I slept straight away after Friday night's prelims and got plenty of rest," Qiu said. AFP
LONDON: China's Wu Yiwen, China's Chen Xiaojun, China's Liu Ou, China's Jiang Wenwen, China's Chang Si, China's Jiang Tingting, China's Huang Xuechen and China's Luo Xi compete in the team free routine final during the synchronised swimming competition at the London 2012 Olympic Games. AfP
Phelps signs off in typical style LONDON AGENCIES
The end of Swimming in the pool saw the exit of arguably the greatest Olympian in history as Michael Phelps bowed out of the sport having collected 18 gold medals and 22 overall. The 27-year-old started his Olympic Swimming career as a 15-year-old in Sydney in 2000, where the youngster was fifth in the 200m Butterfly. Six gold and two bronze medals followed in Athens four years later before his historic eight gold medals in Beijing in 2008. His Games in London did not start off so well with fourth place in the 400m Individual Medley - his worst result since Sydney - and he was shocked into second by Chad le Clos in the 200m Butterfly. However, the Baltimore swimmer won the 100m Butterfly and 200m Individual Medley - where he outgunned team-mate Ryan Lochte - as well as tak-
ing the titles in the 4 x 200m Freestyle and Medley Relay and silver in the 4 x 100m Freestyle. Texts and phone calls came from the likes of USA president Barack Obama and last night he was presented with a FInA lifetime achievement
award by president Julio Maglione inscribed with the words: 'To Michael Phelps, the greatest Olympic athlete of all time. At a packed press conference afterwards, Phelps revealed what he had said to Bob Bowman, who had coached
him since the age of 11, when he completed his final warm-up. Phelps told Bowman: 'I have looked up to Michael Jordan all my life. He became the best Basketball player there ever was. I've been able to become the best swimmer of all time, we got here together. Thank you.' Phelps now intends to travel and remain heavily involved with his Swimming foundation. Of how he was feeling after his final swim, Phelps said: 'It's hard to put into words right now. I did everything I wanted to and finished my career how I wanted to. 'I've always said that I don't care what anybody else says, if I can say that about my career that's all that matters.' While Phelps's retirement commanded the spotlight, the rest of his USA teammates enjoyed great success, heading the medal table with 30 medals: 16 golds, eight silver and six bronze, as well as setting five of the nine world records.
Great Britain's Ed McKeever seized Olympic gold in the men's single kayak 200m sprint Saturday with a dominant victory in the final at Eton Dorney. McKeever, 28, led from the start as he powered over the K1 line ahead of Spain's Saul Craviotto and bronze medallist Mark de Jonge of Canada. McKeever punched the air in triumph, but admitted his overwhelming feeling was one of relief. "Just relief," he said. "It sounds strange. not elation, more relief and so happy I could do it in front of the home crowd, it's brilliant." McKeever said the race, run in a head wind that made it seem longer, was "really painful". "I was really just focused on the first two or three strokes and I wanted to nail those and get out cleanly," he said. In two other men's finals on Saturday, Yuri Cheban of Ukraine won the men's single canoe 200m, ahead of Lithuania's Jevgenij Shulkin with Russian Ivan Shtyl taking bronze. Russia's Yury Postrigay and Alexander Dyachenko teamed up to win gold for Russia in the men's double kayak 200m, with Raman Piatrushenka and Vadzim Makhneu of Belarus taking silver and Britain's Liam Heath and Jon Schofield earning bronze. new Zealand's Lisa Carrington won the women's single kayak 200m ahead of Ukraine's Inna Osypenko-Radomska with Hungary's natasa DouchevJanics third. Osypenko-Radomska also won silver in the 500m single kayak, while Douchev-Janics earned silver in the double kayak 500m.
eton: new Zealand's lisa carrington gives a thumbs up after winning the gold medal in the women's kayak single (K1) 200m at eton dorney. afp
Spice girls tipped for closing ceremony LONDON AFP
The Spice Girls are rumoured to be among a diverse wealth of acts lined up for Sunday's Olympic Games closing ceremony, entitled "A Symphony of British Music". George Michael, Muse and Ed Sheeran have broken the ring of silence surrounding the event and confirmed they are among the acts taking part in the spectacle that brings the curtain down on the London 2012 Games.
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115 more hindus leave for pilgrimage as India denies ‘conspiracy’ charge g
india says due process and diligence exercised in accordance with decades-long visa pact LAHORE
wAghA: pakistani hindu pilgrims prepare to board a bus at the indiapakistan border post on Saturday. afp
nOTHER 115 Hindu pilgrims from Sindh left for India through the Wagha border crossing on Saturday. The pilgrims said they would return to their homeland next month after performing religious rites in India. “We are Pakistanis and would remain Pakistani — Pakistan is our motherland and no one goes away leaving his mother,” a few of the pilgrims said. Reports said 230 pilgrims had gone to India for religious rites – 115 left on Friday and the same number left on Saturday. Meanwhile, India has rejected Pakistan’s charges of a “conspiracy” about giving so many visas to Pakistani Hindus, saying due process and diligence was exercised in accordance with a decades-long visa pact. “We have exercised visas after due diligence and followed due process in accordance with the India-Pakistan visa pact which regulates travel between the two countries,” government sources told IAnS. “Pakistan has an exit control policy which empowers them to detain any traveler if the visas were not issued in proper categories and following the prescribed system,” said the sources. They were reacting to Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik’s accusation alleging a “conspiracy” by India against Pakistan and demanded to know why the Indian High Commission in the Pakistani capital had issued so many visas to Hindus. Malik refused to let the Hindus proceed beyond Jacobabad, Sindh, unless he was satisfied they would not take asylum in India citing religious persecution — as some Pakistani Hindus had done earlier. Eventually, after some hours, the Hin-
a CJP forms bench to hear
NRO verdict review plea ISLAMABAD TAyyAb HuSSAIN
As the executive-judiciary tension mounts, Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry on Saturday exhibited leniency by constituting a five-judge bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa to hear the review petition filed by the government against the court verdict in the nRO implementation case issued on July 12. The five-member bench also includes Justice Sarmad Jalal Usmani, Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan, Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Muhammad Ather Saeed. In its review appeal, the government has once again challenged the main judgment in nRO case which was passed by a 17-member bench of the court in 2009. The government contended that this could not be implemented by the sevenmember bench as it had no jurisdiction or authority to vary or alter the judgment passed by the larger bench. Legal experts view the petition as a time-gaining tactic by the government as no solid and concrete legal flaw has been
mentioned by the attorney general in the petition against the court order, rather the original verdict of 2009 has been challenged which actually had not been contested by the chief attorney as the nRO was discriminatory law against the fundamental rights of the people enshrined in the constitution. The newly-formed bench is almost the same bench that on July 12 directed Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf to write a letter to Swiss authorities to reopen graft cases in Switzerland. The bench would hold its first hearing on Wednesday (August 15) to decide whether the review petition was admissible against its order passed on July 12. The government had filed a review petition against the July 12 order of the Supreme Court in the nRO implementation case. The petition was filed by Attorney General Irfan Qadir. The nRO case has reached its finality and no review can now be filed against the court order of 2009, wherein the court termed the nRO void ab initio and asked the executive to reopen all cases pending against more than 8,000 accused who had
benefited from the black law introduced by General (r) Pervez Musharraf through an ordinance in October 2007. Under the ordinance, all cases pending since 1985 against politicians and bureaucrats had been withdrawn, including cases against the top PPP leadership. However, the government has yet not implemented the court order despite a lapse of three years. The government through a civil review plea on Wednesday had requested the Supreme Court to recall its July 12 order, in which it had directed the new prime minister to implement its certain orders in nRO judgment. The plea was moved by Attorney General for Pakistan Irfan Qadir under Article 188 read with Orders XXVI of the Supreme Court Rules 1980. The plea contended that the five-member bench’s order of July 12 was not in accordance with law, rules and constitution and without jurisdiction and coram non justice which required reconsideration/rehearing of the case for purpose of rendering complete justice. CoNtINuEd oN PAgE 04
Afghan employee kills 3 NATO troops KABUL AFP
An Afghan civilian employed on a nATO base shot dead three international coalition soldiers on Friday — the same day three others were killed by an Afghan policeman, ISAF said Saturday. “The shooter was not in uniform and our current reporting indicates he was a civilian employee authorised to be on the base, but there is no indication he was an Afghan service member,” an ISAF spokesman said. The spokesman said he had no information on how the civilian got hold of a weapon on the shared Afghan-nATO base in southern Afghanistan, and provided no further details. Also on Friday, an Afghan police officer
opened fire on four American soldiers he had invited for a meal, killing three of them, Afghan officials said, in the third so-called green-on-blue assault in just four days. The US military in Afghanistan confirmed that three US soldiers had been killed by “an individual in an Afghan uniform” in Sangin district of southern Helmand province, but gave no further details. While the latest shooting does not fall directly into the green-on-blue category, which involves Afghan security forces turning their weapons against their nATO allies, it will further erode trust between foreign troops and the Afghans they work with. More than 30 nATO soldiers have been killed in about 23 green-on-blue attacks this year, according to an AFP tally.
dOctOrS fInd fEtUS In tWO-MOnth-Old gIrl MONITORING DESK Doctors have removed a fetus from a two-month-old baby girl after a successful three-hour-long operation on Saturday. According to details, a two-month-old baby girl was admitted at PIMS Hospital on a complaint of what was thought to be a tumor.
However, after an operation, the doctors found out that it was a fourmonth old fetus, believed to be the girl’s unborn twin brother or sister. Doctors said that the fetus was removed successfully, however added that the girl was in critical condition and was under intensive care until the filing of this report. Published by Arif Nizami at Plot # 7, Al-Baber Centre, F/8 Markaz, Islamabad.
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dus were allowed to go after their representatives pledged to return to Pakistan. In Pakistan, Interior Minister Malik has directed the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Director General to keep a watch on those who are spreading such rumors and asked the agency to deal sternly if any case of injustice to Hindus was reported. A cell has been established in the FIA which victims, if any, may approach to report any injustice. Malik on Saturday chaired a high-level meeting in Islamabad that was attended by the interior secretary and additional secretary, FIA DG, Islamabad IGP and other senior officers. The FIA DG submitted a report on news of mass migration of Hindus, with the interior minister asking the DG to proceed with the matter for fact finding. According to the report, all Hindu passengers had stated that they were going to India to visit their religious sites. It was noted with great concern that a channel initiated a story based on merely speculations which created hype. In this regard, the FIA DG said there were some agents who were involved in such activities and the aspect was being investigated. The FIA DG was also directed to assist the committee recently constituted by the president to look into the entire issue and take up the complaints of Hindu community in Sindh. Malik assured the Hindus that there rights would be protected fully and no one would be allowed to overstep the constitution. Malik directed the FIA DG to look into a few complaints whereby impression of forced marriages of teenaged Hindu girls had been noticed.