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Mercy for none, says new Nab chief Zaman STORIES ON PAGE 03 Saturday, 12 October, 2013 Zil Hajj 06, 1434 Rs 17.00 Vol IV No 106 16 Pages Islamabad Edition





Hakeemullah’s ‘Man Friday’ captured in Afghanistan

IHC declines plea for Musharraf’s name on ECL

Cantonment LG Polls: SC issues contempt notice to defence secy

Afghan officials on Friday said the US military was holding a senior Pakistani Taliban commander captured in Afghanistan a week ago. Latif Mehsud was arrested by American forces as he was driving along a main highway, Arsallah Jamal, the governor of eastern Logar province, said on Friday. Mehsud, a former bodyguard and close confidante of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Hakimullah Mehsud, was reported to have been elevated to the position of deputy ameer in the proscribed militant group. A report published last month said he was also appointed the commander of the TTP in Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan. The TTP confirmed that Latif had been captured by the Afghan army at the Ghulam Khan border crossing in the eastern province of Khost on October 5. TTP commanders and intelligence officials said he was captured by the Afghan army as he attended a meeting to discuss swapping Afghan prisoners for money. PAGE 04

The Islamabad High Court on Friday turned down a petition seeking direction to put former president General (r) Pervez Musharraf’s name on the exit-control list (ECL) for his alleged involvement in the Lal Masjid operation, while the district court in the same case sent the former dictator on a 14-day judicial remand. Complainant Haroon Rashid, son of the Lal Masjid cleric Abdul Rashid Ghazi, accused Musharraf of murdering his father Abdul Rashid Ghazi, his grandmother Sabiha Khatoon and others. The complainant had moved the IHC, requesting it to put Musharraf’s name on the ECL as after getting bails in all important cases, the accused could leave the country. However, Justice Riaz Ahmed Khan of the IHC dismissed the petition. The court rejected the petition on the basis that the accused was already behind bars, so there was no question of putting his name on the ECL. Police had earlier refused to register an FIR against Musharraf for his alleged involvement in the Lal Masjid operation. PAGE 05

The Supreme Court on Friday issued contempt of court notice to Defence Secretary Asif Yasin Malik for not holding local bodies’ election in the cantonment board areas in spite of court orders. The notice was issued during the hearing of a case regarding the holding of local bodies’ elections in all the cantonment board areas in the country. The case was heard by a three-judge bench led by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and comprising Justice Jawwad S Khawaja and Justice Gulzar Ahmad. The court observed that the defence secretary had twice failed to fulfill his commitments made before the court which is tantamount to contempt. The apex court directed Malik to submit his written reply within seven days, however the official sought more time citing Eidul Azha holidays. The court allowed him to submit his reply within 10 days. During course of proceeding, Malik told the court that holding of elections in cantonment areas all over the country was beyond his control. PAGE 05

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The basic problems facing the world today are not susceptible to a military solution. –John F. Kennedy



Saturday, 12 October, 2013

Talks wiTh Taliban in sensiTive phase: sarTaj ISLAMABAD INP

Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz has said talks with the Taliban are in a sensitive phase. Talking to reporters on Friday, Aziz said further details regarding the talks with the Taliban would be unveiled at an appropriate time. He informed that the anti-terrorism strategy would be presented before the cabinet in the next few days. Aziz said Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Baradar had been released and his family was in contact with him. “Mullah Baradar’s release was aimed at him contacting the Afghan Taliban to figure out what his role would be in the reconciliation process.”

sunni Tehreek opposes Talks wiTh Taliban LAHORE INP

Pakistan Sunni Tehreek (PST) Ulema Board has said that Shariah did not allow pardon to any murderer and demanded the government not to hold talks with terrorists without taking them to a court of justice. In its recommendations, PST chief Mohammad Sarwat Ijaz Qadri said the justification to pardon the killers of innocent people was against Shariah. The ulema said Islam did not allow murder of innocent people. The recommendations said according to Surrah Al Maida, those taking up arms against a Muslim state must be crushed with force. The ulema and clerics opposed talks with those working against Islam and constitution of Pakistan and called for full implementation of the law under the constitution. They referred to the assassination of religious leaders and attacks on the shrines of saints and places of worships in the past and questioned whether the government and the parties supporting the dialogue could guarantee there would be no more attacks on the basis of sect. The clerics said the Taliban also refused to accept the constitution of Pakistan and its geographic boundaries. They said in this scenario, there was no justification for talks with them and the government and the armed forces should take all the necessary steps for the security of the country and its people. .

it’s nepra’s turn to make masses swallow ‘bitter pill’ nepra chIef says govt dIrected body to determIne prIces of electrIcIty In accordance wIth rules ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT


ATIoNAl Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) Chairman Khwaja Muhammad Naeem on Friday proposed an increase in power tariff which the Supreme Court had earlier asked the government to withdraw. NEPRA Chairman Khawaja Naeem said this at a briefing at the Senate Standing Committee on Water and Power. Naeem said that the government had directed NEPRA to determine the prices of electricity in accordance with rules and

regulations, adding that the process of reviewing the tariff of electricity would be completed within 24 hours. He said tariff of two rupees per unit will be charged from lifeline consumers using up to 50 units of electricity. Tariff of 8.11 rupees per unit will be applicable on consumers of 101 to 200 units‚ 14 rupees on 201 to 300 units and 16 rupees per unit on consumers of 301 to 700 units. He said 18 rupees per unit will be charged from consumers using over 700 units. According to the notification, tariffs will be increased for domestic consumers by nearly 30 percent, and will be calculated backdated from october 1. The new tariffs mentioned in NEPRA’s notification were similar to the price increase announced by the government in late September. The Supreme Court had, however, ordered to cancel the increase since the raise did not follow the prescribed regulations. The Supreme

Court had had questioned Water and Power Minister Khwaja Asif on the government’s decision to increase power tariffs stating that it was a decision which should be taken by NEPRA. “It is not your job to determine whether the tariff is high or low, you should only tell us if it is your jurisdiction or not,” Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry had said. “In the presence of NEPRA, the government cannot issue a notification to determine power tariffs,” the apex court had noted. The government then complied with the Supreme Court’s order to retract the tariff but then had proposed the increase to NEPRA which subsequently issued the notification asking for the tariff increase on Friday. As per the increase in tariffs, even if no electricity units are consumed, a minimum charge of Rs 75 will be levied. The Ministry of Water and Power then issued a notification confirming the tariff increase.

PROVOKE US NOT, KAYANI WARNS INDIAN ARMY army chIef says pakIstan’s restraInt should not be exploIted by makIng false allegatIons RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani said on Friday that the accusations made by the Indian military against Pakistan Army were unfortunate, unfounded and provocative, and that Pakistan’s restraint should not be exploited for levelling baseless allegations that harm prospects of peace. According to a press release issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the comments of Indian Army Chief Bikram Singh alleging that Pakistan Army and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) supported a recent militant insurgency in Keran sector of Indian administered Kashmir, were described by Kayani as unfortunate, unfounded and provocative. CONTINUED LOC VIOLATIONS: The army chief said that he was concerned about the continued violations along the Line of Control from across the border. He proposed that India should reciprocate Pakistan’s suggestion of holding either a joint or an impartial investigation, preferably by the United Nations, into the LoC incidents. “Pakistan Army was exercising restraint but the same should in no way be used as a pretext for leveling such baseless allegations that vitiate prospects of regional peace.” Addressing a group of officers at General Headquarters, the COAS reiterated that the Pakistan Army was fully supportive of the peace process initiated by the government. KERAN CLASH MYSTERIOUS: On the other hand, the mystery surrounding the 15-day-long gunbattle in Shala Bhato area in Indian-held Keran sector deepened with reports that not only the bodies of the infiltrators were not found, but the Indian Army had not recovered a single weapon from the encounter

IndIa should recIprocate pakIstan’s suggestIon of holdIng joInt or ImpartIal probe Into loc IncIdents

ONE KILLED, 5 INJURED BY INDIAN FIRING ACROSS LOC MIRPUR: A young civilian was killed and five others, including two women, were injured in Indian firing across the Line of Control in Nakayal and Tatta Pani sectors of Kotli district on Friday. Kotli Deputy Commissioner Masoodur Rehman confirmed the aggression. He said the Indian troops targeted the local population of forward villages, including Rud Katthar, Sunbal Dabsi and Dhairee in Nakayal and Tatta Pani sectors without any provocation. As a result, an 11-year-old boy was killed and five others were injured. The DC said the injured were rushed to District Hospital Kotli where their condition was stated to be critical. Indian forces continued unprovoked firing across the LoC in Nakayal Sector in Kotli district throughout the day. APP site. The Indian Army had said that it fought with infiltrators for two weeks and made tall claims of victory Lt Gen Gurmit Singh, Corps Commander 15 Corps, under whose operational area Keran falls, confirmed to Hindustan Times that their prolonged searches for over six days had failed to bear results. “Eight search teams comprising 150 soldiers conducted searches over six days but could not get a single dead body or any type of arms.” To avoid queries from the high-ups and government, the corps commander said it appears that the “infiltrators were able to take bodies and material back”. STAFF REPORT

Rs 2 per unit will be charged from lifeline consumers using up to 50 units of electricity. Rs 8.11 per unit will be applicable on consumers of 101 to 200 units while Rs 14 per unit will be charged on 201 to 300 units. Consumers of 301 to 700 units will pay Rs 16 per unit while those using over 700 units will be charged Rs 18 per unit.

NO INTENTION TO BLOCK SOCIAL WEBSITES: NISAR ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has said that the government does not intend to ban social websites. In a statement‚ Nisar made it clear that social websites would not be blocked. He said the Sindh government will be officially informed about its letter regarding ban on social websites in a few days. ONLINE

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The nicest thing about standards is that there are so many of them to choose from. –Ken Olsen



Saturday, 12 October, 2013

Mercy for none, says new nab chief zaMan ISLAMABAD: Newly appointed National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman and former interior secretary Major (retd.) Qamar Zaman Chaudhry on Friday said that all available resources will be put to use to wipe out corruption from national institutions and for ensuring merit. Zaman said that corruption and eliminating mismanagement is among the top priorities and no compromise will be made in this regard. He said that to regain the confidence of masses, NAB needs to show performance and reopen cases without differentiation of political affiliation or influence. Senior officers of the bureau briefed the new chief about their respective areas of responsibilities. INP

new anTi-Terror laws firsT sTep To deTer TerrorisTs: pM ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday said new anti-terror legal amendments were the first step in dealing with extortionists, target killers and terrorists. “Fear of a strong law will deter these brutal acts,” the prime minister said in a meeting with Information Minister Parvaiz Rasheed at the PM's House. Nawaz said, "We must ensure that our law enforcement agencies are supported by in-built and stringent legal measures." He said any gaps in the existing laws were being removed. "I will support all lawful actions of our law enforcement agencies to protect the life and liberty of the people of Pakistan," he said. APP

corruption cases haunt zardari again accountabIlIty court reopens corruptIon cases agaInst former presIdent

judge Issues notIce to nab prosecutor general, seeks ZardarI’s reply In two weeks

says ZardarI’s ImmunIty from prosecutIon ended wIth hIs term In presIdency

as analysts say it did not want political polarisation. However, NAB judge Bashir Ahmed ordered reopening the five reference cases. The PPP has not yet reacted to the development. The cases include alleged kickbacks from SGS PSI Company, grant of licence to ARY Gold causing huge losses to the government, illegal

gratification and undue pecuniary advantage in the form of commission in purchase of URSUS tractors under the Awami Tractor Scheme, [a Swiss bank account in the name of DARGAL Association (an offshore company) was used to receive the kickbacks], illegal award of contract to Cotecna for preshipment, assets beyond means, receiving kickbacks from Sajjad Ahmad (late) former Pakistan Steel Mills chairman, illegal construction of a polo ground at the PM’s House and money laundering in SGS Swiss case. Former president Pervez Musharraf had withdrawn all cases against Zardari under a controversial amnesty deal in 2007. The Supreme Court had later cancelled the National Reconciliation Ordinance and reopened all corruption cases against Zardari and nearly 8,000 other people, including political leaders and former government officials. Swiss authorities, who were contacted by the government to reopen the pending graft cases against Zardari, rejected the plea on October 8 on the ground that the time limit had passed.




N accountability court on Friday ordered reopening of five corruption cases against former president Asif Ali Zardari just a few weeks after he stepped down on completion of his five-year term, officials said. None of the case had been heard for five years due to Zardari's immunity as the president. A National Accountability Bureau's (NAB) judge ordered reopening of the cases against Zardari, the cochairman of the main opposition Pakistan People's Party (PPP). The accountability court has issued notice to the prosecutor-general of NAB in five references against Asif Ali Zardari, officials said. The court also ordered a response from the former president within two weeks. The court notice stated that Zardari's immunity to trial ended with him stepping down from the Presidency. The government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had not approached the court for reopening of the cases,

ET, TU BRUTE? lhcba sends reference to sjc accusIng chIef justIce chaudhry, other judges of tramplIng constItutIonal norms, mIsusIng contempt law LAHORE: The Lahore High Court Bar Association has sent a reference to the Supreme Judicial Council against Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and three other judges - Justice Jawaad S Khawaja, Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed and Justice Khilji Arif. The announcement to this effect was made by former president Lahore High Court Bar Abid Saqi and other office-bearers at a hurriedly called press conference. Saqi said the 384-page document also consisted of material of 30page reference which had been sent to the SC registrar under Article 209 and Section 5 of the constitution. He accused the CJP and his associate judges of trampling the constitutional norms in various ways and wrongful use of contempt of court law. Saqi said the judges against whom reference had been sent used laws for their own personal benefits and the SC was no longer a court but had become a political field. To a question, he said the SC registrar was legally bound to present this reference before the Supreme Judicial Council under the constitution. Saqi said under Section5 of Article 209, any citizen could send the reference. He said there was no deadline in the constitution regarding hearing of the reference, however, the SJC was bound to conduct hearing. He said he would present his arguments when the hearing was held. STAFF REPORT

THE WORST IS NOT YET OVER FOR AWARAN RESIDENTS post-quake dIseases makIng matters worse for earthquakeaffected people

access constraInts hInderIng relIef work as ‘poorest of the poor’battle wIth lIfethreatenIng epIdemIcs


collapsed in the area. “The water scarcity is acute. We depend on water tankers supplied by NRSP (an NGO),” Baloch told Pakistan Today. PLIGHT OF WOMEN: The youth also complained about the absence of a lady doctor in his village that, he lamented, was making pregnancy-related issues more complicated. “A woman was recently rushed to Karachi for delivery,” Baloch said. Dr Aslam seconded Baloch and lamented that there was only one lady doctor in the area. “Unfortunately, we only have one lady doctor who is based in the district headquarter. Deliveries here are carried out at home,” said the doctor. The doctor said that 99 percent of the people’s houses had grounded and they were forced to live in the open. “This makes them vulnerable to mosquito bites that lead to life-threatening diseases like malaria,” he said. Claiming that no patient had died post earthquake that left hundreds killed and thousands others homeless, the doctor cited lack of clean water, accommodation and malnutrition as major attributable factors for the spread of epidemics in the quake-hit areas. UNHYGIENIC FOOD: Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center Medico-Legal Officer Dr Manzoor Memon was of the view that the diseases were also likely being caused by the perished eatables coming to the province from far flung areas in the relief goods. He warned that some of the abovementioned five diseases were water-borne in nature that may be deadly. “Dehydration leads to renal failure that may cause death,” said the senior physician. ALL IS WELL: Awaran District Commissioner Dr Muhammad Akbar

ISMAIL DILAWAR Hundreds and thousands of poorest of the poor, devastated by the 7.8 magnitude earthquake on September 24, are suffering from various post-quake lifethreatening epidemic diseases in this impoverished district of Balochistan. However worrisome is the fact that out of the four, mostly mountainous, routes that lead to the six worst-affected union councils of this huge district, three are unusable, thanks to a shadowy insurgency movement and poor road infrastructure making the quake-affected areas inaccessible. Mashkay, Gishkor, Teertaig, Awaran, Parwar and Nokjo, according to Helping Hand Relief and Development (HHRD) Country Director Fazlur Rehman, are the six worst-affected UCs. HHRD is an NGO active here and funded by US-based overseas Pakistanis. EPIDEMICS THREATEN LIVES: Deputy District Health Officer Dr Mohammad Aslam, while treating patients in a makeshift medical camp here in Bedi Dal village, told Pakistan Today that the earthquake survivors were suffering from five major diseases including typhoid, malaria, dysentery, food poisoning and soar-throat. Having treated over a hundred villagers so far, Dr Aslam said that the main reason for spreading of epidemics and other diseases in the least-developed neighbourhood was the use of unhygienic water and malnutrition. WELLS CAVE IN: “All of the wells here have caved in due to the earthquake. The water available is not drinkable,” the health officer said. Rahim Baloch, an 18-year-old undergraduate student in Bedi Dal village, said at least 15 wells had

Harifal, however, had a different version. He claimed that the government had responded so swiftly to the calamity that it had accessed all the areas with proper food and health facilities. “That’s why we have no outbreak of epidemics in the quack-hit areas,” said the commissioner. He was appreciative of Edhi Foundation for being the first rescue agency to send some 20 of its ambulances to Awaran, which stretches on a vast area of 29,510 square kilometres. NO SCHOOLING: Masood, a student of class six, looked happy that the earthquake had razed the walls of his school turning it into the only ‘sitting place’ for the troubled villagers. “You go inside. There are cracks in the walls of classrooms,” the child said. There, however, was no need to go inside the classrooms of Government Middle School Bedi Dal as the outer walls showed huge cracks. ACCESS CONSTRAINTS: Placed in the

camp office of HHRD, a map of World Food Program (WFP) shows that accessing the calamity-hit areas in the country’s largest but mountainous province was itself an uphill task. The map depicts two “Access Constraints” one marked on 300-kilometer KhuzdarAwaran rout. “The road is not well recommended but a track which is not used and travelling on the road can be a security risk,” reads a boxed explanation on the map. While the WFP map clearly refers to a threat from the Baloch insurgents, the government officials tend to downplay the threat. “Bela and Dundar route is 100 percent secure. There were some law and order incidents in Mashkay, but the situation is now under control. The distribution of relief goods is peaceful,” claimed Commissioner Dr Harifal. The representatives of NGOs working on ground think otherwise. “Only the FC is being resisted by the

separatists. They don’t hurt the provincial government,” a volunteer confided to Pakistan Today. This version came from many of the official and unofficial quarters but none of them wanted their name to be quoted. “The Khuzdar-Awaran rout is now also open for the NDMA relief goods,” whispered another NGO official. The 125-kilometer long HoshabPanjgur road happens to be another route to reach Awaran via Shahbaz. The route has a declared “Access Contract”, however. “ The road segment is under construction and inaccessible for any kind of vehicle,” warns the WFP. The third access to Awaran is through Karachi-Gwadar rout which, however, is 880 kilometers long. This, according to WFP’s map, is an alternative route to access quake-stricken district which can be adopted in case the normal route, Karachi-BelaAwaran, becomes difficult to access. The above-quoted Karachi-Bela-Awaran route is the only 136-kilometer “normal route” for the relief goods to reach the deserving hands. But even here constraints do not cease to exit. “The road capacity to bear load traffic is up to 30 metric tons,” warns the WFP map. HHRD Program Director Azmat Akbar said that of the four routes, which connect Awaran with the rest of the country, only one, Karachi-Bela-Awaran, was recommended for the relatively safe passage of relief goods. The government might have marked some achievements but politicoinfrastructural ground realties in the poverty-stricken Balochistan in general and calamity-hit Awaran in particular warrant that there still is a need for the federal and provincial governments to do more not only to relieve the quake affected people but also to win the hearts of estranged Baloch rebels.

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no nobel for Malala! chemIcal weapons watchdog opcw wIns coveted peace prIZe OSLO AGENCIES


ESPITE Pakistani teen activist Malala Yousafzai being the hottest contender for the Nobel Peace Prize 2013, the organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (oPCW) was

awarded with the honour on Friday. The announcement was made in oslo, Norway. Malala was nominated for her tireless efforts to promote women’s education, despite an assassination attempt and continuous threats from the Taliban. In her first statement after the announcement Malala stated, “I am happy that I was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and it was a great honour for me.” “I will continue to campaign for peace, education and women empowerment.” Malala also congratulated the winner, oPCW for their humanitarian efforts. There were 259 candidates contending for the

Nobel Peace Prize for 2013, including Russian President Vladimir Putin and whistleblowers Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning. Set up in 1997 to eliminate all chemicals weapons worldwide, the oPCW’s mission gained critical importance this year after a sarin gas strike in the suburbs of Damascus killed more than 1,400 people in August. “Recent events in Syria, where chemical weapons have again been put to use, have underlined the need to enhance the efforts to do away with such weapons," the Nobel jury said in its statement. The Hague-based oPCW was founded in 1997 to implement the

Chemical Weapons Convention signed on January 13, 1993. Until recently operating in relative obscurity, the oPCW has suddenly been catapulted into the global spotlight because of its work supervising the dismantling of Syria's chemical arsenal and facilities. This has to be completed by mid2014 under the terms of a UN Security Council resolution. A team of around 30 oPCW arms experts and UN logistics and security personnel are on the ground in Syria and have started to destroy weapons production facilities, with footage of their work broadcast on Syrian television. The

oPCW said on Tuesday it was sending a second wave of inspectors to bolster the disarmament mission in the war-ravaged nation. Since the oPCW came into existence 16 years ago, it has destroyed 57,000 tonnes of chemical weapons, the majority leftovers from the Cold War now held by the United States and Russia. This is the second year in a row that the Peace Prize has been awarded to an organisation, following last year when the European Union took home the honour. The Nobel Prize consists of a gold medal, a diploma and a prize sum of eight million Swedish kronor ($1.2 million, 910,000 euros).

Malala wants to be Pakistan's malala’s hometown puts on brave face after prime minister some day nobel disappointment BAKHTAWAR WANTS NEW YORK AGENCIES

Teenage rights activist Malala Yousafzai told an audience in New York Thursday that she would like to become prime minister of Pakistan to “save” the country. In an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour at a sold-out public event, she also said winning Friday’s Nobel Peace Prize would be a “great honour.” Asked about her conflicting dreams of becoming a doctor or a politician, and whether she would like to become premier, Malala said she wanted to help her homeland. “I want to become a prime minister of Pakistan,” she told Amanpour to cheers from the audience. “I think it’s really good because through politics I can save my whole country,” she added. “I can spend much of the budget on education and I can also concentrate on foreign affairs.” Malala was shot in the head by the Tehreek-e-

MALALA AS HER FUTURE PM KARACHI: The daughter of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto and former president Asif Ali Zardari, Bakhtawar Bhutto Zardari has shown her support for Malala Yousafzai after the 16-year-old failed to win the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday. Bakhtawar tweeted on Friday, “Forget Nobel, I want #Malala as my future PM.” Similarly, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) patron in-chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari wrote on the social media website, “Wazir-e-azam Malala Yousifzai”. Aseefa Bhutto Zardari tweeted, “#Malala may not have won the Nobel Peace Prize but she won the hearts of millions”. Apart from Bakhtawar, Bilawal and Aseefa, social media has been abuzz following the Nobel Peace Prize announcement. Politicians and celebrities have tweeted their support for Malala, emphasising that even if she did not win the award, she won the hearts of millions. INP Taliban Pakistan on October 9, 2012, for speaking out against them, demanding that girls have the right to go to school. She was flown to Britain for specialist care and made a remarkable recovery, going on to become a global

ambassador for children’s rights. The 16-year-old has written an autobiography, addressed the United Nations and set up the Malala Fund. On Thursday, she won the prestigious Sakharov human rights prize from the Euro-

pean parliament and has been tipped as a firm favorite for the Nobel Peace Prize. “If I got the Nobel Peace Prize I think it would be such a great honor and more than I deserve,” she said. “The Nobel Peace Prize would help me to begin this campaign for girls’ education.” The real prize, she said, would be to see every child, black or white, Christian or Muslim, boy or girl, go to school and “for that I will struggle and work hard.” She paid tribute to previous Nobel laureates, including scientist Abdus Salam who in 1979 won the prize for physics – Pakistan’s only Nobel to date. “Everyone who has got a Nobel prize, they deserve it but when I think of myself I think I have a lot to do,” she told Amanpour. The TTP have threatened to try to assassinate her again and security was tight for her public event in New York late Thursday. “They can only shoot a body, they cannot shoot my dreams,” Malala said.

Mehsud’s ‘Man Friday’ captured in Afghanistan ttp confIrms latIf mehsud captured by afghan army at ghulam khan border crossIng, as he attended meetIng to dIscuss swappIng of afghan prIsoners for money KABUL AGENCIES

Afghan officials on Friday said the US military was holding a senior Pakistani Taliban commander captured in Afghanistan a week ago. latif Mehsud was arrested by American forces as he was driving along a main highway, Arsallah Jamal, the governor of eastern

logar province, said on Friday. Mehsud, a former bodyguard and close confidante of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Hakimullah Mehsud, was reported to have been elevated to the position of deputy ameer in the proscribed militant group. A report published last month said he was also appointed the commander of the TTP in Mi-

ranshah, the main town in North Waziristan. The TTP confirmed that latif had been captured by the Afghan army at the Ghulam Khan border crossing in the eastern province of Khost on october 5. TTP commanders and intelligence officials said he was captured by the Afghan army as he attended a meeting to discuss swapping Afghan prisoners for money. According to a report published by the Washington Post on Friday, Afghan officials blamed the US military of ‘snatching’ the senior TTP commander from the custody of Afghan intelli-

gence operatives who had spent months trying to recruit him as an interlocutor for peace talks. The report said Afghan officials had spent months to establish contact with Mehsud in a bid to facilitate peace talks. The Taliban leader had finally agreed to meet with Afghan intelligence operatives, said Aimal Faizi, a spokesman for Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who declined to identify Mehsud by name, referring to him only as a top Taliban commander. “The Americans forcibly removed him and took him to Bagram,” the report quoted Faizi as saying.


the school where she studied, said: “Malala herself is an award for us, because she has Friends and supporters of come back to life from the edge Malala Yousafzai in her home- of death.” The Taliban said town of Swat voiced disap- they shot Malala for speaking pointment as she missed out on out against them, demanding the Nobel Peace Prize on Fri- that girls should go to school, day, but the Tailban said they and they have repeatedly said were “delighted” at the news. they will try again to kill her. The 16-year-old was hotly TALIBAN SLAM NOMItipped to win the Nobel after NATION: Tehreek-e-Taliban courageously fighting back Pakistan (TTP) spokesman from a Taliban attempt on her Shahidullah Shahid told AFP life to lead a high-profile inter- the 16-year-old had done nothing to deserve national camthe Nobel. paign for the “We are right of all delighted that children to go she didn’t get to school. it. She did But innothing big so stead the Noit’s good that bel committee she didn’t get honoured the it,” Shahid organisation said by telefor the Prohiphone from an bition of undisclosed Chemical location. We a p o n s “This award (oPCW) for should be its work to rid given to the the world of real Muslims chemical MUHAMMAD FAHAD who are strugarms. In Minformer malala class fellow gling for Isgora, the main lam. Malala is town of the Swat Valley where Malala against Islam, she is secular.” Such suspicion and even grew up and where on october 9 last year a Taliban gunman contempt for Malala is not unshot her, friends and former common in Pakistan – in conschoolmates were philosophi- trast to her reception in the cal about the disappointment. West, where she has been “If she did not win the Nobel courted by politicians and feted Prize, it’s not a big deal,” said by celebrities like Angelina 17-year-old Muhammad Fa- Jolie and Madonna. “Most peohad, who studied with Malala. ple think this attack on Malala “life is bigger than the Nobel was a fake and a staged Prize and her life is a major drama,” Ibrar Khan, a political award for us. She will win science student in Mingora, said. “Her father used this inmany more awards.” Her cousin Mehmoodul cident to go abroad and get an Hassan, 33, an administrator at attractive job.” AGENCIES

Life is bigger than the Nobel Prize and her life is a major award for us. She will win many more awards

‘gul makaI’ faIls to grab nobel but wIns rare polItIcal support In pakIstan ISLAMABAD MIAN ABRAR Though Malala Yousafzai, the wonder girl who fought against tyranny and suppressive rule of terror for the right of education for women in her native town of Swat, could not win the Nobel Peace Prize 2013, she won rare political support on Friday here in Pakistan as for the first time since her shot to prominence, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan lauded her services beside Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain. This was the first public support by Imran Khan for Malala since the attack on her in 2012. With the MQM's symbolic support to Malala, PTI's support means a lot as Khan's party swept the recently held polls not only across her native town of Swat but the party also won for the first time across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province and has formed a coalition government in the conflict-hit province where Taliban time and again unleash a reign of terror and hold sway in and around the province.. Malala was fired at by a group of Taliban along with her two colleagues and survived after receiving a bullet in her skull for raising her voice against the tyranny of Taliban. She used to write about the ordeal of the people of Swat for a foreign media outlet with a pen name of "Gul Makai”. Soon after the attack by Taliban on Malala, Khan like other politicians, had condemned the attack. However, since then, there was no word by Khan for Malala despite a series of awards for the young girl. Khan, who is termed by his opponents and critics as "Taliban Khan" and a major Taliban apologist, is a vocal supporter of holding a dialogue with Taliban militants who literally rule the province where his party has formed the government. In his statement, PTI Chairman Imran Khan expressed disappointment over brave young Pakistani Malala Yusafzai not receiving the Nobel, but said that even her nomination was an honour for all Pakistanis. NAWAZ LAUDS MALALA: PM Nawaz Sharif called Malala Yousafzai the pride of the nation. In a statement, the prime minister said that Malala was an asset for Pakistan. “Malala Yousafzai has made the nation proud at every forum...she is a role model for the young generation,” he said.


The new chairman of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) seems to be in a hurry to dispel the impression that his appointment was a result of hobnobbing between the government and opposition, as is being perceived in some political circles. He has only spent a day in the coveted office and there we are with the accountability court opening cases against the former president and the top leader of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Asif Ali Zardari. According to details, an account-

ability court in Rawalpindi has reopened five cases against Zardari and has ordered him to appear before it on october 14. The court notice states that Zardari’s immunity to trial ended with him stepping down from the Presidency. However, the big question is whether action on the part of NAB will dispel the impression that Zaman’s appointment is part of a greater understanding between the PMl-N and PPP leaderships or not. For the political circles, the announcement of reopening of cases, though expected, came as a bit of a surprise.

The element of surprise is mainly due to the bonhomie between the top leaders of the PPP and PMlN at the time of Zardari’s departure from the Presidency. Both Nawaz Sharif and Zardari praised each other in their departing notes. Nawaz believed that Zardari had created history in the country and later described him as leader of the nation, extending an olive branch to his political rival. Zardari declared that politics would be done after five years. later, when the time for appointment of NAB chairman came, the nation witnessed dilly dallying from both sides as if both sides were in no

hurry to appoint the NAB chairman. But then came the greatest surprise of all: a dark horse in the semblance of Zaman, a serving federal interior secretary, was made the NAB chairman. As soon as his appointment was made public, there was an outcry in some political circles challenging Zaman as the new NAB chief. The PTI led an attack against the appointment and hinted at approaching the Supreme Court against the development. But before it could get its act together, there came the opening salvo from Zaman with five of eight cases being opened against the PPP

supremo, Zardari. The PPP leaders however are confident that they know how to defend their leader, saying there is nothing left in these cases. They say the party would present the most solid defence. They say in most cases Zardari is not the only accused, rather the slain PPP leader, Benazir Bhutto is the main accused but she is no more. Several other co-accused have already been acquitted by the court, they added. Political circles are not hopeful if anything concrete will come out of the cases. The cases are the alleged kick-

backs from SGS PSI Company, grant of licence to ARY Gold causing huge losses to the government, illegal gratification and undue pecuniary advantage in the form of commission in purchase of URSUS tractors under the Awami Tractor Scheme, [a Swiss bank account in the name of DARGAl Association (an offshore company) was used to receive the kickbacks], illegal award of contract to Cotecna for pre-shipment, assets beyond means, received kickbacks from Sajjad Ahmad (late) former Pakistan Steel Mills chairman, illegal construction of a polo ground at the PM’s House and the money laundering in SGS Swiss case.

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It is not enough to say we must not wage war. It is necessary to love peace and sacrifice for it. — Martin Luther King, Jr.

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APITAl Development Authority (CDA) would complete the construction work on Kashmir Highway by June 2014, a senior official of CDA said on Friday. The official said that this project was being delayed due to non-availability of funds

adding that if funds would be available the project would be completed in June 2014. He said that Finance division has released Rs 334 million to expedite the construction work of Kashmir Highway Project while Capital Development Authority (CDA) has arranged Rs 500 million from its own resources. The official said that civic body has cleared previous outstanding dues of RS 240 million of the contractors from this amount. The

project was started at a cost of Rs 4.8 billion in February 2012 and includes widening of the existing two lanes to five lanes on both sides. According to details, the project was to be completed by February 2013, but it had been delayed, reportedly due to the scarcity of funds. The construction work on the new Islamabad Airport will also be completed next year and that will increase the traffic on this road. Delay in completion of widening of the

Kashmir Highway from Zero Point Interchange to Islamabad Chowk is causing massive traffic jams. Most of the people coming from Taxila, Fateh Jang, Tarnol, Chungi No 26 and several underdeveloped sectors of the capital use this road for reaching their offices. The people have demanded the authorities concerned to speed up the construction work of the highway.


Punjab government on the directives of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has dispatched relief goods amounting to Rs 124.5 million for the calamity hit areas of Balochistan through 67 truck-loads and 21 helicopter sorties while more relief items are being dispatched on daily basis, Punjab Minister for Women Development Hameeda Waheed Uddin said talking to volunteers on Friday after visiting the quake affected areas in Awaran. She said that along with Marvi Memon MNA, she had visited quake affected areas of Balochistan and monitored relief activities being carried out by government of Punjab and volunteer organizations. Hameeda said that Punjab government is implementing a comprehensive programme for the assistance of affectees and essential items are being dispatched daily. She further said that as per instructions of the government the pace of work of relief activities had been accelerated which would continue till complete rehabilitation of the affectees. The minister informed that Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) has so far dispatched 36746 food Packets, 2300 atta bags, 10150 tents, 5000 mosquito nets, five tons medicines and 360 blankets. She said that PDMA is dispatching 3000 food packets daily through trucks from Rahimyar Khan to the quake affected areas. The Provincial Minister said on the instructions of Punjab government, PDMA rushed to affected areas and dispatched 20 truck-loads with 20,000 food packets for the people. She urged the people to play their due role to end sufferings of the people of Awaran.

Services, salaries of 14 cops confiscated over negligence in duty, power misuse

Owners of private institutions ordered to move their setups to commercial areas

40 more people put on Fourth Schedule list in Rawalpindi

RAWALPINDI: Salaries and services of 14 police personnel have been confiscated due to negligence in duty and misusing of power. As per details, City Police officer (CPo) Bilal Saddiq Kamina awarded different punishments to police personnel on bad investigations and misusing of powers. Inspector Akbar Abbas, Inspector Imtiaz Ahmed Butt have been demoted 1 grade down, while 2 year service of ASI Arshad Javed, 1 year of sub inspector Mohammad Younus and 2 year of ASI Zafar Iqbal has been confiscated. Salaries of sub inspectors Saeed Shah, Mohammad Iliyas, iftikhar Hussain , ASI Mohammad Arshad and constables Shahid Jameel, Javed Bashir Shahid Saleem, Junaid Ahmed and Tassawar Hussain has been confiscated. CPo said that no negligence will be tolerated by police personnel in regard to provided just to the citizens. ONLINE

RAWALPINDI: Rawalpindi Cantonment Board has issued notices to private educational institutions in the residential areas and gave them one month time to shift the schools and colleges to commercial locations. The board authorities warned the owners of the private colleges and schools that after the end of the deadline, the non-complying institutions’ buildings will be sealed. Moreover, utility services will also be disconnected. The residents had been in trouble due to presence of private schools and colleges in residential localities including Westridge, Allabad, Raja Akram Road, Chohr Chowk, Naseerabad, Miserial Road, Seham, Dhok Chaudhrian, Allama Iqbal Colony, Ghaffar Kiani Road, Tench Bhatta, RA Bazaar, Kamalabad and others. Gridlocks on the roads were a common sight, while noise pollution was also irking the residents. INP

RAWALPINDI: As many as 40 more people from Rawalpindi are to be put on the Fourth Schedule list for their involvement in negative activities and contact with banned organisations. According to reports, the list of the people has been sent to the provincial Home Department. The persons have links with banned outfits including Hizbul Mujahidin, Sipah-i-Sahaba, lashkar-iJhangvi, Hizbul Tehreer and others. Earlier, 195 persons from the district were already on the Fourth Schedule list. The individuals will be bound to report in their respective police station every month and will also inform police in case they go out of the city. Meanwhile, 150 other persons have been included in the watch list, whose activities will be monitored. The lists have been prepared as a security measure considering the ongoing security threats that surround the entire country. INP


State Minister for Education, Training and Standards in Higher Education Balighur Rehman on Friday said offering quality education to girls is the shortest way to empower them. Rehman said the government is committed to work hard to improve the education statistics in the country and budget for education particularly for girl’s education would be increased. He was addressing as chief guest at the inaugural Education Expo, “Innovating for Girls’ Education” as part of celebrations for the International Day of the Girl Child 2013, jointly organised by United

Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural organization (UNESCo) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Representatives and officials of the government, UNICEF,

UNESCo, representatives of the civil society organizations, media and students of the various educational institutes including students of the Islamabad College for Girls attended the expo. The

minister also extended his gratitude to UNESCo and UNICEF for organising the event and said Pakistan lag behinds in the education sector but the government is focusing on girls education to bridge this gap. Country Director UNESCo, Kozeu Kay Nagata congratulates all the participants for Malala Yousafzai win of the European Union’s Annual Human Rights Award and said it is a moment of great pride for all Pakistanis, especially all girls of this country. Dr Kay Nagata said UNESCo is committed to promoting girls education agenda to achieve the efforts towards Education for All (EFA) which will focus on addressing the importance of new technology and also innovation in

partnerships, policies, resource utilization, community mobilization and most of all -the engagement of young people themselves. UNICEF Representative and oIC, Miriam de Figueroa while speaking on the occasion said this day will provide a platform to highlight examples around Pakistan of ongoing work and what has been achieved as well as to raise the importance of innovation in advancing girls education in Pakistan. The International Day of the Girl Child recognizes girl’s rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. The United Nations adopted this day through Resolution 66/170 to declare 11 october as the International Day of the Girl Child.

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no Mercy for The MighTy ITP fines 19 army officials, 15 diplomats, 12 journalists, 30 parliamentarians, 14 bureaucrats and senior officers, three civil judges and 3 DIGs during last month




SlAMABAD Police teams headed by senior Superintendent of Police Muhammad Rizwan on Friday conducted search operation and combing in an Afghan habitat in sector I-12 and nabbed 52 suspects besides impounding 30 bikes

and two cars. According to details, Islamabad police have devised a comprehensive plan for search and combing operation in Afghan and slum areas of the city to arrest suspects and those illegally staying in the city. This plan has been chalked out following the directions from Islamabad Inspector General of Police Sikandar Hayat. The main purpose of this operation is to arrest suspects and


motorbikes too. Rizwan has said that Afghan cards of nabbed suspects would be verified and their mobile phones record would be obtained. He has also directed all heads of police stations to continue this operation and ensure protection to the lives and property of the citizens besides ensuring arrest of mischievous elements.



Islamabad Inspector General of Police (IGP) Sikandar Hayat has said that Islamabad police is making best use of newly provided technology to check records of vehicles and suspects. Reviewing the daily report about checking being made through mobile verification system, the IGP said that this system has helped a lot in ensuring effective policing and providing protection to the lives and property of the citizens. Islamabad Police have created a customized database with three components that include registration data of vehicles, data of stolen vehicles and crime record of proclaimed offenders, court absconders, military deserters,

criminal elements staying in these areas. More than 350 police officials including 11 station house officers, six teams of Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) of Islamabad police and policewomen participated in this search operation headed by Islamabad SSP Muhammad Rizwan with his team including SP Saddar Zone Jameel Hashmi. Police succeeded in arresting 52 suspects and recovered two motorbikes and 30

challaned and convicted persons. In order to check record of any vehicle or suspect, he said particular data can be accessed by picket in-charges and patrol officers through intelligent mobile verification system. Cops of Islamabad police deployed on pickets and performing patrolling duties are continuously conducting checking of vehicles, suspects through mobile verification system and a total of eight vehicles and two motorbikes were impounded during last 24 hours. The vehicles impounded by the police having fake

or bogus registration numbers include VT-603 (Swift car) being driven by Shahid Arif resident of sector F-7/1, HV-111 (Car) being driven by Faisal Naeem, loS-7779 (land Cruiser) being driven by Ayaz Mehmud resident of Rawalpindi, IDG-2384 being driven by Sheeraz resident of Kotli Satiyan, Rawalpindi, UR-013 (Nissan) being driven by Waqar Hussain, AC-574 (Nissan) being driven by Mehboob Hussain. Similarly, stolen Suzuki van (lWl5676) and two motorbikes (RF-771, DN-406) with fake registration numbers

were also impounded. Cases have been registered at various police stations against those driving these vehicles on fake or bogus registration numbers. Islamabad SSP Muhammad Rizwan has said that all possible steps are being taken to secure the city and ensure protection to the lives and property of the citizens. He said Islamabad police would be made more responsive through introduction of this strictly supervised tool and hoped for further effective policing in future.

ISLAMABAD: The personnel of Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP) fined 96 VIPs during last month over violation of traffic rules, a police spokesman said. Remaining steadfast to the basic objectives defined at the time of inception of Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP) on January 28, 2006, it personnel are ensuring equal implementation of law and they fined 96 VIPs on traffic rules violation during last month. ITP personnel who have proved their firmness to the basic vision by remaining polite and courteous, issued thousands of tickets to traffic rules’ violators including 93 to VIPs. As many as 19 army officials, 15 diplomats, 12 journalists, 30 parliamentarians, 14 bureaucrats and senior officers, three civil judges and 3 DIGs were fined during the last month. Islamabad Inspector General of Police Sikandar Hayat has appreciated this performance and said ITP force is very committed to its vision of ensuring equal implementation of law. “Whether there is any VIP or common people on the road, everyone is equal to us and it is our responsibility to save his life through ensuring implementation on traffic rules,” the IGP added. AIG (operations) Sultan Azam Temuri has said it is priority of traffic police force to ensure safe road environment in Capital and this task would be achieved at every cost. Acting SSP (Traffic) Asmat Ullah Junejo said that ITPhas succeeded to maintain an exemplary traffic system in the Capital and its personnel are following the operational codes of the force in true letter and spirit including elimination of VIP culture and equal application of traffic rules in the city. ONLINE

10% wiThholding Tax iMposed on clienTs, noT Marriage halls RAWALPINDI: Regional Tax office (RTo) Chief Commissioner Inland Aftab Ahmed Khan Friday said the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has imposed 10 percent withholding tax on customers, nullifying the impression that it would be borne by marriage halls. “The step has been taken to broaden the tax-base and is not meant to create problems for those already paying the tax,” he said while talking to RCCI President Dr Shimail Daud during his visit to Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI). Being a new tax, he said, people have some confusion about it, the FBR would soon launch a campaign to create awareness among the general public in this regard. He said RTo and RCCI were in contact to resolve problems being faced by the business community on priority. He said paying tax was a national obligation of all citizens especially those falling in the set criteria, adding that data of unregistered and out-of-net marriage halls was being collected to broaden the tax-base. Expressing reservations of the business community over the recently imposed tax, RCCI President Daud stressed the need to give incentives to taxpayers so that the culture of tax-evasion could be eliminated. APP

IT’S COOLER DOWN HERE: A boy sitting under a cart at Pirwadhai in Rawalpindi. INP

safeguarding The parliaMenTarians ISLAMABAD: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) would construct gate houses and bunkers in and out of parliament lodges to ensure security of the parliamentarians. The authority in this regard has allocated an amount Rs 3.766 million in the financial year budget 201314. An official of CDA said on Friday that the completion of the project would help to provide proper security to the residents at Parliament lodges. He also informed that funds are also allocated for the replacement broken and damaged doors, windows and shutters at Parliament lodges, costing Rs 2.132 million. APP

Federal Govt Employees Housing Foundation not to tolerate illegal plot allotment ISLAMABAD PRESS RELEASE

In a meeting of Executive Committee of Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation on Friday, the Housing and Works secretary ordered to conduct an enquiry at the level of joint secretary to probe into the allotment done under hardship quota, and prime minister’s directives. The secretary ordered suspension

of officers/ officials of Estate Wing who were involved in the illegal allotment of plots till the finalization of the inquiry report by the Joint Secretary. The cancellation of plots (allotted to executive Committee members) were also discussed in the meeting and it was decided that all record of these allotted plots under the inquiry of joint Secretary be sealed / locked and no further transaction be made on the aforesaid plots. CDA has also

been intimated to this effect. The secretary also warned the officers and officials of the Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation that they must adhere to with the rules the regulations applied for allotment of plots and any deviation from these rules would not be tolerated. The functionaries involved in such malpractices shall be dealt in according to the procedure of law and would be expelled from the Housing Foundation.

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sc issues conTeMpT noTice To defence secy yasIn malIk tells judges holdIng of polls In cantt areas across pakIstan beyond hIs control ISLAMABAD



HE Supreme Court on Friday issued contempt of court notice to Defence Secretary Asif Yasin Malik for not holding local bodies' election in the cantonment board areas in spite of court orders. The notice was issued during the hearing of a case regarding the holding of local bodies' elections in all the cantonment board areas in the country. The case was heard by a three-judge bench led by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and comprising Justice Jawwad S Khawaja and Justice Gulzar Ahmad.

The court observed that the defence secretary had twice failed to fulfill his commitments made before the court which is tantamount to contempt. The apex court directed Malik to submit his written reply within seven days, however the official sought more time citing Eidul Azha holidays. The court allowed him to submit his reply within 10 days. During course of proceeding, Malik told the court that holding of elections in cantonment areas all over the country was beyond his control. He apprised the bench that he had informed the prime minister about the complications causing delay in local bodies elections in cantonment areas and he had also kept the Attorney General for Pakistan updated about the progress continuously. Chief Justice Chaudhry observed that no progress was made in cantt board elections.

SC ISSUES NOTICES TO GOVT'S LAW OFFICERS IN LOCAL BODIES’ CASE ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Friday issued notices to the attorney general (AG) and all provincial advocate generals to give the government’s point of view regarding the holding of local bodies elections on October 14. The case, regarding the holding of local bodies elections throughout the country was heard by a three-member bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Jawwad S Khwaja and Justice Gulzar Ahmad. During the proceedings, the chief justice said “the government should be clear… if it is reluctant to hold polls, then law will take its course”. He said not holding local bodies elections would be considered a violation of the constitution of Pakistan. Additional Attorney General (AAG) Shah Khawer categorically said no one could think of violating the constitution. The AAG told the bench that it could be the court's point of view but not the government’s, because there was no intentional delay by the administration. Later, the SC issued a notice to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) asking it explain why the elections were not being held. The SC then adjourned further proceedings until October 14. APP The CJP said that the courts issue verdicts on the basis of law, not on


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perception basis. The case was later adjourned till October 25.

jcp recoMMends seven addiTional judges for lhc ISLAMABAD APP

The Judicial Commission of Pakistan (JCP) on Friday proposed seven names for the appointment of additional judges in the lahore High Court (lHC). The meeting was held under the chairmanship of Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. Names of two session judges Tahir Abbasi and Arshad Tabassum were proposed for the additional judges of lHC. The other five names include advocates Saddaqat Ali Khan, Muhammad Ahmed Bhatti, Shahid Nadeem Kahloon, Chaudhry Masood Jehangir and Sohail Iqbal Bhatti. The meeting was attended by four senior judges of the apex court, Justice (retd) Rehmat Hussain Jafri, attorney general of Pakistan, a representative of the Pakistan Bar Council (PBC), lHC chief justice, senior most judge of lHC and the provincial law minister for Punjab. These names will be given a final approval by the parliamentary committee.

us police arresTs Two Taliban supporTers NEW YORK ONLINE

The New York Police Department on Thursday arrested two men who wanted to buy boots, winter coats and other gear for Taliban fighters, on statelevel terrorism charges. Humayoun Nabi and Ismail Alsarabbi were arrested after a two-year investigation that involved confidential informants and undercover detectives. The two men appeared in court earlier this week on charges of providing support for an act of terrorism and conspiracy. lawyers for both the defendants say their clients were victims of entrapment. Police says they bought samples of winter gear to try out but had not sent them overseas yet, but the suspects believed the key to beating US forces overseas was through properly outfitted Taliban soldiers.

pia refuTes news of fire KARACHI PRESS RELEASE

Pakistan International Airline (PIA) on Friday refuted a news item appearing in a section of the press titled: PIA Plane makes emergency landing due to fire in cockpit. A PIA spokesperson said that there was no fire in the cockpit of PIA aircraft flight PK 304, as reported in the news. Due to a malfunction of the fire alarm system the flight was diverted back to Karachi for necessary maintenance. The passengers of PK-304 were flown one hour later on another flight to lahore. The spokesperson said that PIA considers safety of its passengers as its foremost priority.

HAFIZABAD: People look at the new delimitation of constituencies chart for the local government elections at the District Coordination Office on Friday. INP

Ihc declines plea for musharraf’s name on ecl judIcIal magIstrate restrIcts former dIctator to farmhouse ‘sub-jaIl’ for 14 days ISLAMABAD KASHIF ABBASI The Islamabad High Court on Friday turned down a petition seeking direction to put former president General (r) Pervez Musharraf’s name on the exitcontrol list (ECL) for his alleged involvement in the Lal Masjid operation, while the district court in the same case sent the former dictator on a 14-day judicial remand. Complainant Haroon Rashid, son of the

Lal Masjid cleric Abdul Rashid Ghazi, accused Musharraf of murdering his father Abdul Rashid Ghazi, his grandmother Sabiha Khatoon and others. The complainant had moved the IHC, requesting it to put Musharraf’s name on the ECL as after getting bails in all important cases, the accused could leave the country. However, Justice Riaz Ahmed Khan of the IHC dismissed the petition. The court rejected the petition on the basis that the accused was already behind bars, so there was no question of putting his name on the ECL. Police had earlier refused to register an FIR against Musharraf for his alleged involvement in the Lal Masjid operation. However, Haroon approached the IHC,

which ordered the police to register the FIR. Advocate Tariq Asad, counsel for the petitioner, pleaded that the former president, after obtaining bail in the Akbar Bugti case, was now set to leave the country. He said once Musharraf managed to leave the country, he would never return. Of the four cases against him, Musharraf has gotten bails in three, the Benazir Bhutto murder case, the judges detention case and the Akbar Bugti murder case. JUDICIAL REMAND: Meanwhile, at the district court, judicial magistrate Malik Aman sent Musharraf to jail on 14-day judicial remand. During the proceedings, the judge refused to grant the remand, directing

the police to produce the accused before it and only then it could decide the matter. However, later, police officers managed to convince the judge stating that bringing the accused to court involved serious security risks. The judge then sent Musharraf on a judicial remand to jail. The former president is facing serious life threats from the Taliban as during his tenure, he also started a number of military operations against militants.

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intelligence agencies must mend their ways: sc ISLAMABAD



USTICE Anwar Zahir Jamali on Friday said intelligence agencies should change their routine, as no illegal action would be tolerated anymore. He gave these remarks while presiding over a three-member bench of the Supreme Court (SC) hearing cases of missing persons, including that of Rizwan Kafil, Ahmad Ejaz and Shabbir Ahmad Usmani. The judge said, “We want rule of law in the country and missing persons’ cases are impediment in the way to rule of law. Those who escape the matter by giving reply on every occasion should get the missing

persons recovered. The pain and anguish felt by family members of missing persons is enormous and they should not be harassed anymore. Intelligence agencies should bring a change in their routine and no illegal action will be tolerated now. If someone is criminal, he be proceeded against per law and kept in jail. We will take all possible measures for the protection of the people. Institutions should put their houses in order.” Additional Attorney General (AAG) Tariq Khokhar, Amna Masud Janjua and Additional Advocate General Punjab Tahir Malik appeared in the court. Tariq Khokhar told the court that police was accused of picking up the persons forcibly in two out of three

cases. “Incomplete reports have been filed in this regard. More time be given in this matter,” he prayed. The court gave him additional time of two weeks. Kafil Ahmad, father of Rizwan Kafil who went missing from Rawalpindi, told the court that his life had been made miserable. “Personnel of agencies come to my home in plain clothes and threaten me, saying I should withdraw the case,” he said. He prayed the court to provide him protection. The court ordered the AAG and the government of Punjab to provide protection to Kafil, recover the missing persons within two weeks and produce them before the court. The hearing of the case was adjourned for two weeks.

We want rule of law in the country and missing persons’ cases are impediment in the way to rule of law. Those who escape the matter by giving reply on every occasion should get the missing persons recovered JUSTICE ANWAR JAMALI

HYDERABAD: Lady health workers set a polio vaccine box on fire during a protest against non-payment of their salaries on Friday. INP

google Malaysia hacked by pakisTani TeaM MONITORING DESK Google's Malaysian domain remains inaccessible to users a day after TechCrunch first revealed how the website had been hacked by a team of 'ethical' Pakistani hackers calling themselves 'Team Madleets'. The lead hacker behind this team identifies himself as '1337' and claims responsibility for the attack. In a post on the team's Facebook page, Madleets takes credit for several other high-profile intrusions across the world but insist that they are focused only on helping companies improve their security. Conforming to their stance of 'ethical hacking', the defacement does not appear to be political in nature or have any deep-lying motivations. In a statement provided to TechCrunch, the team states "There’s not much reason behind it, only to prove that security is just an illusion. It does not exist. We have no political intentions whatsoever..." Google claims that its services were not affected by the attack, but rather, users were redirected to another site. It confirmed that it was a DNS attack.

Safe havens in Pakistan challenge Afghan security: US WASHINGTON ONLINE

The United States has said safe havens of terrorist in the Tribal Areas in Pakistan continue to pose challenge to the Afghan security. “Terrorist sanctuary in the Tribal Areas of Pakistan will continue to challenge Afghan security,” nominated US Assistant Secretary of Defence for Special operations and low Intensity Conflict Michael D lumpkin said. The Pentagon official also said the US must remain cautious in Afghanistan as the allied forces begin to withdraw in 2014. "Both unilateral and partnered direct actions are an essential and highly effective element of our strategy to defeat alQaeda and those that enable it in Afghanistan, particularly in northeastern parts of the country," he said. In a set of written answers submitted to the Senate Armed Services Committee, lumpkin told lawmakers that the

CAR BOMBER KILLS TWO SOLDIERS IN SOUTH WAZIRISTAN PESHAWAR: A suicide bomber on Friday drove a car filled with explosives into a military convoy, killing at least two soldiers in the restive South Waziristan Agency. The bomber crashed his white Toyota Corolla into a vehicle travelling in a military convoy in Wana, the main town in South Waziristan. “At least two security forces personnel have embraced martyrdom and two others were wounded,” a senior security official said. Local intelligence officials confirmed the attack and casualties. STAFF REPORT

US and Pakistan share common interests in long term regional stability, which includes disrupting, dismantling, and defeating al Qaeda, a durable political settlement in Afghanistan, and the safety and security of the Indian ocean. The military-to-military relationship is an important part of this partnership as it facilitates mutually beneficial counter ter-

rorism goals, he said, adding, “US military assistance to Pakistan has helped the PAKMIl achieve success in its counterinsurgency efforts.” "Despite recent setbacks in this relationship, it is important that we continue to engage our PAKMIl counterparts to reestablish and rebuild the relationship and continue achieving these successes," he said.

kerry in afghanisTan To push for securiTy deal


US Secretary of State John Kerry held talks with President Hamid Karzai in Kabul on Friday to try to advance troubled negotiations with Afghanistan on some US troops staying in the country after 2014. Karzai said this week that he was prepared to walk away from the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) talks if Afghanistan was not happy with its conditions. The United States has repeatedly pressed for the pact to be signed by the end of this month, so that the US-led NATo military coalition can schedule its withdrawal of 87,000 combat troops by December 2014. "President obama and President Karzai reaffirmed both back in January that the goal here was to complete the BSA in october," a state department official travelling with Kerry told reporters. "We continue to believe that is both preferable and doable. It is only october 11 at this point. "Uncertainty about an incomplete BSA could erode the resolve among NATo allies, makes (it) more difficult to plan for the US, makes (it) more difficult to plan for our NATo allies." Karzai has said he refuses to be rushed into signing the deal, and would first seek approval from a traditional grand assembly of tribal leaders to be convened in about month's time. "If it doesn't suit us and if it doesn't suit them, then naturally we will go separate ways," Karzai said in a BBC interview broadcast on Monday.

govT forMs coMMiTTee To probe MagneTic ink allegaTions ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT

A committee formed on Friday would seek help from Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR), Pakistan National Accreditation Council (PNAC) to probe into allegations about the use of substandard ink and pads during elections. The federal secretary for science and technology constituted the committee on the directives of Federal Minister for Science and Technology Zahid Hamid. According to the allegations, magnetic ink pads were provided to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) during the general elections. The committee will find out whether magnetic ink pads supplied were in line with the specifications given by the ECP. The committee is to submit a report in 22 days time. Abdul Haleem Asghar who is the joint electronics adviser of the Ministry of Science and Technology would serve as chairman of the committee. Shahzad Alam who is the director general of PCSIR labs Complex will act as member while Najamuddin who is the deputy director general of PNAC will serve as member/secretary of the committee.

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The first resistance to social change is to say it's not necessary. –Gloria Steinem


Throwing the gauntlet will it be picked up?

COMMENT Saturday, 12 October, 2013

a stringent law desperate times require desperate measures


REATER determination and more vigilance have reduced militant attacks in Quetta and Karachi while this has failed to happen in the case of Peshawar. Relying increasingly on electronic technology, the militants have improved their coordination and are able to act more swiftly. They threaten witnesses, prosecutors and judges to wriggle out whenever caught. Criminals confessing to having killed hundreds get away by pleading they had been forced to make the admissions by the police. Witnesses are eliminated: Wali Khan Babar case being the most outstanding though by no means the only one. Both the federal prosecutor and judge in the case of former Punjab Governor Taseer’s murder received death threats. In June this year terrorists attacked a Sindh High Court Judge leaving 9 dead and severely injuring the justice. The new law allows the lEAs to shoot at sight. Further it aims at plugging loopholes that allow the criminal to give lEAs the slip. It allows the detention of the accused for three months, eight weeks more than envisaged in the old law. In case the investigation officer fails to submit the challan, the task would be handed over to a joint investigation team. To avoid lengthy litigation the trial will be completed within seven days. Electronic evidence including text messages, telephone calls and emails would now be treated as permissible evidence against suspected terrorists and in cases of extortion, targeted killing and kidnappings for ransom. Screens would be used during trial to shield witnesses, judges and prosecutors from public view. Trial could be held inside jail premises or through video links. The CJ of a High Court may allow transfer of a case from an anti-terrorism court falling within his jurisdiction to a similar court anywhere in Pakistan. Similarly investigation of a case could be transferred from one place to any other place in the country. The critics may hold that some of the provisions in the new law militate against individual privacy and violate human rights. Further that they can be used against political opponents. Desperate maladies however require desperate remedies. one hopes that once there is a decrease in the level of terrorist activity, the changes would be withdrawn. What remains to be seen is whether the prosecution can prepare fool proof cases against more than 4,500 terrorists arrested in Karachi during the current operation lone within the stipulated period. The cases have to withstand questioning by the well paid high calibre defence counsel.

better days ahead peaceful balochistan means prosperous pakistan


HE well-publicised antics of the former Balochistan CM Raisani and his merry band of ‘parliamentarians’ (all ministers but one) had became a byword for incompetence, corruption, misgovernance and criminal apathy. During its infamous five-year stint, the woes of the already troubled province hit rock bottom, with the sectarian killing-at-will of the Hazaras and the targeted killings of Punjabi labourers becoming another cause of concern, apart from the case of the missing persons. Thankfully, the new government formed post-May 2013 provincial elections is much more serious, focused and attuned to the myriad problems facing the backward province and its people. While one cannot say there has been a dramatic seachange in the overall situation, bits of political good news have started trickling out, despite the destruction in Awaran and elsewhere caused by the killer quake. A 14member cabinet will be sworn in on the coming Monday, hopefully composed of clean and energetic individuals who can grapple with the profound administrative issues in a determined and pragmatic manner. The ministers will be from all the major parties, a sound decision taken by the PMl-N. The presence of at least some of the nationalists in the Assembly, both Pakhtun and Baloch, especially Akhtar Mengal and the BNP also augurs well, though the extremist elements persist in their stubborn policy of rejection, egged on by anglers who love fishing in troubled waters, and indeed by our own mistaken policies of the past. Since there is much talk of negotiations with the Taliban, the Baloch militants too deserve a similar treatment. The provincial governor, Mohammad Khan Achakzai has expressed satisfaction over the much-improved law and order situation and cessation of sectarian attacks in the last two months. This in itself represents a welcome change. The credit for this turnaround goes to all the stakeholders, but especially to the political elements and their new-found will. The governor says: the aggrieved people were reluctant to lodge complaints with the law-enforcing agencies about disappearance of their loved ones. It reflects a lack of trust on the part of the citizens, and this alarming trend needs to be reversed at the earliest. The federal government must pass appropriate laws to end this despicable practice of forced disappearances, where the kin of the missing persons remain unaware whether they are alive or not, for years. The journey of a thousand miles begins with one small step. From the calmed situation it appears that this process of taking small steps has begun. In the end, only a peaceful Balochistan means a prosperous Pakistan.

Dedicated to the legacy of the late Hameed Nizami

Arif Nizami Editor

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HIlE Nawaz Sharif and his kitchen cabinet is still grappling over the potentially thorny issue of finding a successor to the outgoing CoAS, leader of the Pakistani Taliban Hakimullah Mehsud has thrown the gauntlet. While rejecting ‘talks through the media’ the enigmatic Taliban leader has reiterated demand for implementing sharia in Pakistan, asserting that jihad against ‘kafirana system ‘ would continue even after withdrawal of NATo forces from Afghanistan. The prime minister has responded to Hakimullah’s lament by reiterating the government’s resolve to talk with the Taliban. Easier said than done! Although Hakimullah claims that he does not want to negotiate through the media, it is the Taliban who have proved to be savvier than their adversaries in using the media to their advantage. Thanks to a policy of procrastination, dithering and sheer opportunism of our political elite, the Taliban know that this is the best time to strike – when the Pakistani state is in complete disarray. And ‘dialogue with the Taliban’ lobby is in a tizzy about what to do next? Despite the fact that we are in a virtual state of war, the question of choosing Gen Kayani’s successor is still hanging in the air. Kayani also known as, ‘the soldier’s soldier’ did the right thing by announcing his retirement once his term expires at the end of next month. Probably the government’s failure to announce his successor and the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC), forced his hand. An unsubstantiated story leaked by a PMl-N media mogul to a somewhat professionally inexperienced journalist found its way in the Wall Street Journal. It erroneously claimed that Kayani was lobbying to become chairman of an up-

graded CJCSC. The CoAS had to issue a statement to clear the air. The prime minister while claiming that the government is fully cognizant of its constitutional obligations is keeping his cards close to his chest. He has vowed to announce the new army chief and CJCSC simultaneously once a decision is reached on the two crucial appointments. The political leadership is entitled to take its time if these appointments had come up as a bolt from the blue. The top leadership of the khakis is retiring after completing their terms. Hence as per the norm their respective successors should have been announced much before they had to finally hang up their boots. Admittedly choosing the right person as the next CoAS is indeed a crucial decision. Not only he must not be a Bonapartist or an adventurist – like Gen Kayani’s predecessor Gen Pervez Musharraf – he must be highly competent to handle the job cut out for him. He will have to make choices having far reaching internal and geo-strategic implications for Pakistan. Gen Kayani was at the helm of Pakistani military for almost a decade. He served as the head of the ISI before becoming CoAS in place of Musharraf in 2007. He was a trusted lieutenant of the general who felt comfortable doffing his uniform with Kayani heading the military. Musharraf unlearnt the lesson he taught Nawaz Sharif the hard way. In Pakistan an army chief’s first loyalty is to his institution rather than his mentor. To his detriment Musharraf, like the Sharifs before him, was forced to go into exile in ignominy. Now back in Pakistan comfortably ensconced in his Chak Shahzad mansion as a prisoner, embroiled in different cases mostly relating to murder, he keeps himself busy between preparing his defence, and writing another memoir. Gen Kayani by virtue of leading for two terms is leaving his distinct imprint on the military. He has set a new tradition by strengthening democratic institutions and supporting a smooth civilian transition. In March 2007, he was present as the ISI chief in the meeting in which Musharraf with his nominal Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz in toe sacked Chief justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. later as CoAS it was also Kayani who forced a reluctant Zardari to reinstate the CJP. on the flip side Kayani’s record on combating terrorism, fighting the Taliban of different hues and nationalities

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presidents and presidents


bit of a commotion at the Islamabad airport. Swarm of high security personnel, bullet-proof vehicles, the unmistakable plainclothes policemen, the cordoning off of certain areas of the airport. The day happened to be when the courts granted former president Musharraf bail in his cases. The sort of bail that meant he could even leave Pakistan if he wanted to. Putting two and two together, the hapless travelers at the VIP lounge thought the man would finally be making a run for it. But, as they were later informed, it was the incumbent president, leaving with his family to the holy land for religious purposes. During the run up to the George W Bush-led Iraq war, a group of hippie lady protestors had decided to take off all of their clothes and lie down in a formation that would spell out “No War” from an aerial shot. This, the Economist, in traditional British wry wit, captioned: “Right idea, wrong president.” A clever swipe at the scandal-prone Bill Clinton. It’s a shame that the idea of running away is now mostly associated with he of the mayn-dartanahi-houn fame. Even Musharraf’s presidential successor, though to be embroiled with a plethora of cases, is thought to be staying put rather than making a dash for it.

and dealing with India and the USA is somewhat mixed. It is too early to judge Kayani’s leadership role on the above counts. History will be the best judge. Nonetheless it is safe to say that Pakistan is a much less safe and secure place now than it was six years ago when Kayani assumed the post of CoAS. In Balochistan too, he had an opportunity to make a clean break from Musharraf’s bloody legacy when the PPP was keen to provide the healing touch. He did not, and as a consequence Balochistan is still restive. There is merit in military’s complaints that in the war against terrorism the civilian government consistently failed to provide ownership or a modicum of leadership role. Even after clearing Swat of the militants, the army has to hold it in the absence of a functioning civilian structure. However a major (in fact glaring) failing of the military to this date is its constant refusal to revisit its flawed strategic paradigm. An obsolete concept of Afghanistan being our strategic depth guides our war gamers. Despite claiming that terrorism is an existential threat bigger than India-centric doctrines is still being vigorously pursued. Confusion reigns supreme towards the military’s policy towards the militants and jihadists. The Afghan Taliban is our strategic assets while the Pakistani variety that has exterminated thousands of our troops is our existential enemy. By the same logic anti-India jihadists are our assets while the rest are our enemies, or in some cases ‘frenemies’. Similarly the military establishment as well as the civilian leadership loathes drone strikes on our badlands. But at the same time the military has consistently refused to launch an operation against the good and bad Taliban (they are the same) holed up there. The PMl-N government pledged in the APC on terrorism a month ago to take the matter of drone attacks to the Security Council, but practically speaking has not lifted a finger to walk the talk. And no civilian leadership including Nawaz and his predecessors dare order the military to do so. In this milieu it is axiomatic that the successor to Kayani is chosen carefully. But his job description should be laid out for him – to steer the military towards a fresh strategic doctrine more in consonance to deal with the existential threats being faced by Pakistan of today. Arif Nizami is Editor, Pakistan Today.

Their man in london


Ell, here’s a bit of irony. The man who will be our high commissioner to the UK has had a bit of a zigzag trajectory. The ex-army man gathered a measure of fame through his letters to the editor of a certain newspaper. They were primarily against the Sharifs. These were simpler times, mediawise. No Twitter and no independent broadcasters. You could become a celebrity if you were a prolific (and gifted) enough letter writer. Well, the then PM Benazir Bhutto requested the editor of the newspaper to get hold of the fellow. She first made him a part of her media team, then elevated him to her own press officer and then sent him as press minister to our high commission in london. When the amused aforementioned editor asked her whether the chap had the qualifications to deal with the technicalities of press management, she replied that his letters alone had done more for her than the babus of the information service. Another lifetime later, the same Sharifs are making the man their guy in london.

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It was once said that the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped. –Hubert H Humphrey




Saturday, 12 October, 2013

The china fixation old game, new obsession, new enemy


a valuable critique of faiz faiz is widely acknowledged as a literary icon of the last century



ASMEEN Hameed – an eminent litterateur, educationist and connoisseur of the arts – has compiled and edited the present work. A painstaking exercise that bespeaks her talent as an editor also! Faiz is widely acknowledged as a literary icon of the last century. His person and work continues to be a subject of primal significance and interest for literary scholars and researchers the world over. As a poet he sought to synthesise literary aesthetics with the Zeitgeist which in turn lends an aura of universality to his poetics, his charismatic personality notwithstanding. His commitment to the dignity of man as a compact but complex organic entity striving for survival in a hostile milieu of robotic self-preservation seems to derive its life-force from thinkers and ideologues like Hegel (1770-1831), Marx (1818-83), and lenin (1870-1924). But Faiz scrupulously shunned political obscurantism. What he espoused was a liberal but optimistic vision of life focused on elimination of pain, penury and prejudice from the world. He ensured that his poetic vision was not polluted by the equivocations of politicking. The monologic tone of his ghazal suggests a deep emotional involvement in the affairs of the heart on the part of its persona. The delicacies of Faiz’s quasi-Persian diction tend to lend, as it were, a poignant grace to his poetic outpourings. love is the central theme of his poetry – ghazal and nazm alike. His lover is a passionate but self-respecting human soul fervently seeking a Donnesque synthesis of thought and emotion in his amorous pursuits. The morning star is a symbol of fulfilment in this quest. In his nazm, however, he (the persona) is instinctually disposed to countenance the seamy side of life with equanimity in the face of a fierce internal commotion ignited by the fire of love. The world today is a far more self-conscious place than it used to be, say in the days of Ghalib. An overview of Faiz’s verse would show that ‘it is possible for the poet, writing as a practical man, with material loyalties in his environment, but with a sensitivity acutely

attuned to the shifting forces of an evolving world outlook, to write other than he is aware.’ Daybreak: Writings on Faiz was intended to be a project of the Gurmani Centre for languages and literature at the lahore University of Management Sciences to commemorate the Faiz Ahmed Faiz Centenary. It contains articles, essays, and interviews related to Faiz by British, American, Russian, Indian, and Pakistani writers besides the translated version of some of his representative poems in English. The compiler/editor rightly avers in her introduction that Faiz’s popularity, in the post-World War II socio-cultural scenario, is unrivalled among his peers and contemporaries. The following paragraph from the introduction would further reaffirm the raison d’être of the instant work: ‘More has been written on Faiz than any other Urdu poet of the subcontinent after Ghalib and Iqbal, and compilations and selections from this kind of work have also been published. Such compilations not only bring to light some long forgotten pieces but also put together diverse views on a single subject. Interested readers find them quite useful.’ The compilation includes contributions from Victor G Kiernan, Shamsur Rahman Faruqi, Ralph Russell, Gopi Chand Narang, Carlo Coppola, Safdar Mir, Naomi lazard, Rimma Kazakova, Maryam Salganik, Frances W Pritchett, Agha Shahid Ali, ludmila Vassilyeva, Ayesha Jalal, Aamir R Mufti, A Sean Pue, Ted Genoways, Karrar Husain, (Dr) M Sadiq, Alys Faiz, Mirza Hasan Askari, Khalid Hasan, Muzaffar Iqbal and Tahir Mirza, the last two being his interviewers. They have ventured to explore and discuss Faiz in terms of his poetic and political beliefs, concept of tradition and innovation, love and revolution, prison po-

etry, ghazal, lyricism, biography, pacifism et al. Thus the publication turns out to be a veritable ‘companion’ to Faiz. Faiz’s select verses have been translated by Victor G Kiernan, Agha Shahid Ali, Daud Kamal, Waqas Khwaja, CM Naim, Carlo Coppola, Naomi lazard, Yasmeen Hameed, Mahmood Jamal, Shoaib Hashmi, Riz Rahim, Baidar Bakht, Kathleen Grant Jaeger, and Shiv Kumar. All said, the book is likely to evoke a keen response in the reading public across the continents, more specifically in the lovers and connoisseurs of Faiz’s verse who wish to remain in a perennial rapport with their ideal.

Faiz scrupulously shunned political obscurantism. What he espoused was a liberal but optimistic vision of life focused on elimination of pain, penury and prejudice from the world.

Title: Daybreak – Writings on Faiz Compiled and Edited by: Yasmeen Hameed Published by: Oxford University Press, Karachi Pages: 380; Price: Rs.995/-

oUNTRIES are “pieces on a chessboard upon which is being played out a great game for the domination of the world,” wrote lord Curzon, Viceroy of India, in 1898. Nothing has changed. The shopping mall massacre in Nairobi was a bloody façade behind which a full-scale invasion of Africa and a war in Asia are the great game. The al-Shabaab shopping mall killers came from Somalia. If any country is an imperial metaphor, it is Somalia. Sharing JOHN PILGER a common language and religion, Somalis have been divided between the British, French, Italians and Ethiopians. Tens of thousands of people have been handed from one power to another. “When they are made to hate each other,” wrote a British colonial official, “good governance is assured.” Today, Somalia is a theme park of brutal, artificial divisions, long impoverished by World Bank and IMF “structural adjustment” programmes, and saturated with modern weapons, notably President obama’s personal favourite, the drone. The one stable Somali government, the Islamic Courts, was “well received by the people in the areas it controlled,” reported the US Congressional Research Service, “[but] received negative press coverage, especially in the West.” obama crushed it; and in January, Hillary Clinton, then secretary of state, presented her man to the world. “Somalia will remain grateful to the unwavering support from the United States government,” effused President Hassan Mohamud, “thank you, America.” The shopping mall atrocity was a response to this — just as the attack on the Twin Towers and the london bombings were explicit reactions to invasion and injustice. once of little consequence, jihadism now marches in lockstep with the return of unfettered imperialism. Since Nato reduced modern libya to a Hobbesian state in 2011, the last obstacles to Africa have fallen. “Scrambles for energy, minerals and fertile land are likely to occur with increasingly intensity,” report Ministry of Defence planners. They predict “high numbers of civilian casualties”; therefore “perceptions of moral legitimacy will be important for success”. Sensitive to the PR problem of invading a continent, the arms mammoth, BAE Systems, together with Barclay Capital and BP, warn that “the government should define its international mission as managing risks on behalf of British citizens”. The cynicism is lethal. British governments are repeatedly warned, not least by the parliamentary intelligence and security committee, that foreign adventures beckon retaliation at home. With minimal media interest, the US African Command (Africom) has deployed troops to 35 African countries, establishing a familiar network of authoritarian supplicants eager for bribes and armaments. In war games, a “soldier to soldier” doctrine embeds US officers at every level of command from general to warrant officer. The British did the same in India. It is as if Africa’s proud history of liberation, from Patrice lumumba to Nelson Mandela, is consigned to oblivion by a new master’s black colonial elite whose “historic mission”, warned Frantz Fanon half a century ago, is the subjugation of their own people in the cause of “a capitalism rampant though camouflaged”. The reference also fits the Son of Africa in the White House. For obama, there is a more pressing cause — China. Africa is China’s success story. Where the Americans bring drones, the Chinese build roads, bridges and dams. What the Chinese want is resources, especially fossel fuels. Nato’s bombing of libya drove out 30,000 Chinese oil industry workers. More than jihadism or Iran, China is now Washington’s obsession in Africa and beyond. This is a “policy” known as the “pivot to Asia”, whose threat of world war may be as great as any in the modern era. This week’s meeting in Tokyo of US secretary of state John Kerry and defence secretary Chuck Hagel with their Japanese counterparts accelerated the prospect of war with the new imperial rival. Sixty per cent of US and naval forces are to be based in Asia by 2020, aimed at China. Japan is rearming rapidly under the right-wing government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who came to power in December with a pledge to build a “new, strong military” and circumvent the “peace constitution”. A US-Japanese anti-ballistic missile system near Kyoto is directed at China. Using long-range Global Hawk drones, the US has sharply increased its provocations in the East China and South China seas, where Japan and China dispute the ownership of the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands. Advanced vertical take-off aircraft are now deployed in Japan; their purpose is blitzkrieg. on the Pacific island of Guam, from which B-52s attacked Vietnam, the biggest military buildup since the Indochina wars includes 9,000 US Marines. In Australia this week, an arms fair and military jamboree that diverted much of Sydney, is in keeping with a government propaganda campaign to justify an unprecedented US military build-up from Perth to Darwin, aimed at China. The vast US base at Pine Gap near Alice Springs is, as Edward Snowden disclosed, a hub of US spying in the region and beyond; it also critical to obama’s worldwide assassinations by drone. “We have to inform the British to keep them on side,” an assistant US secretary of state McGeorge Bundy once said, “You in Australia are with us, come what may.” Australian forces have long played a mercenary role for Washington. However, there is a hitch. China is Australia’s biggest trading partner and largely responsible its evasion of the 2008 recession. Without China, there would be no minerals boom: no weekly mining return of up to a billion dollars. The dangers this presents are rarely debated publicly in Australia, where Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s patron, Rupert Murdoch, controls 70 per cent of the press. occasionally, anxiety is expressed over the “choice” that the US wants Australia to make. A report by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute warns that any US plan to strike at China would involve “blinding” Chinese surveillance, intelligence and command systems. This would “consequently increase the chances of Chinese nuclear pre-emption … and a series of miscalculations on both sides if Beijing perceives conventional attacks on its homeland as an attempt to disarm its nuclear capability”. In his address to the nation last month, obama said, “What makes America different, what makes us exceptional is that we are dedicated to act.” John Pilger’s new film, Utopia, is released in cinemas in the UK on 15 November and is launched in Australia in January. He can be reached through his website:

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ARTS Saturday, 12 October, 2013

overload To heaT up This winTer

FarhadHumayun and his band Overload are all set to work on exciting new and recurring projects this fall / winter season. Overload has enjoyed great success recently with Coke Studio Season 5 and the production of Pepsi Smash which relaunched Pepsi on the music arena. Regarding not being involved in the next season of Pepsi Smash, Farhad has this to say: “I have built a brand for Pepsi but have declined to produce another season due to creative differences and the fact that Sheraz and I are too busy with Overload.” Farhad Humayun formally announces Season 2 of his popular project Live At The Apartment which will feature a new wave of influential bands and artists “who most consider to be the underdogs”, he comments. “We intend to change the face of Pakistani music and showcase contemporary and progressive music being created in the country”, further explains Farhad. Season 2 of Live At The Apartmentis all set to begin end October, 2013. Farhad Humayun is extremely honored to be invited to Washington D.C. by -Organization of Pakistani Entrepreneurs of North America on October 26, 2013, as a keynote speaker. Representing Overload, he willspeak about music entrepreneurship in Pakistan alongside people such as Imran Khan, speaking on leadership and Sanjay, President of The World Bank Institute, speaking about Enterprise. In the months of November and December 2013, Overload will be performing extensively in Pakistan at various institutes and corporate events. NEWS DESK

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Half the lies they tell about me aren't true. –Yogi Berra

scienTisT who discovered god parTicle wins nobel prize H

E solved one of the greatest mysteries in the universe...but last night Peter Higgs was at the centre of one himself. Professor Higgs, the scientist who first predicted the existence of the ‘God particle’, was yesterday awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics, but officials admitted they did not know where he was or if he even knew he had won the award. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences could not raise him on the phone before making the announcement and said he had gone ‘into hiding’. Colleagues said the self-effacing 84-yearold, who has not been well lately, had gone hiking in the Scottish Highlands to avoid the ‘storm’ of interest. Alan Walker, a friend and fellow physicist, said: ‘The pressure was so much he decided to go on holiday without a phone to avoid the media storm. 'He’s not available and good for him. He didn’t tell even me.’ In a statement prepared last week, amid anticipation that he would be the 120th Briton to be honoured with a Nobel Prize, Prof Higgs said he was ‘overwhelmed’. Born in Newcastle in 1929, the son of a BBC sound engineer, Peter Higgs was a gifted pupil at Bristol’s Cotham Grammar where he won many prizes – although none for physics. He chose to study at King’s College London, after rejecting Ox-

ford and Cambridge as the choice of the ‘idle rich’, and gained a first-class honours degree in 1950. He was a young lecturer at Edinburgh University in 1964 when he dreamed up the particle that would make him famous. Along with two other groups of scientists who were working independently, he came up with an explanation of how the most basic building blocks of the universe gain mass. The theory states that the cosmos is pervaded by an invisible field that confers mass on particles as they pass through it. Unlike the other scientists of the time, Prof Higgs also forecast the field was made up of count-

less tiny particles – Higgs bosons, or God particles. The theory was not universally accepted and one of his papers was rejected for publication because it was ‘of no obvious relevance to physics’. But by the 1980s, the hunt for the Higgs boson was on in earnest and last year, almost 50 years after Prof Higgs predicted its existence, scientists at the Large Hadron Collider found it. Prof Higgs shares the £775,000 prize with Belgian scientist Francois Englert, who with colleague Robert Brout proposed a similar theory around the same time. Dr Brout died in 2011 and, under Nobel rules, cannot be honoured. Prime Minister David Cameron said: ‘It took nearly 50 years and thousands of great minds to discover the Higgs boson after Prof Higgs proposed it, and he and all those people should be extremely proud.’ Dr Alex Tapper, of Imperial College London, said: ‘Nobody can be more deserving of the prize than the visionaries who waited 50 years to discover if their ideas were right or wrong.’ Professor Paul Newman, of the University of Birmingham, added: ‘The audacity of proposing such a bizarre and all-pervading mechanism based on what was known half a century ago is simply

stunning.’ Some had hoped that the third team of scientists to propose the theory would also be honoured. But Nobel rules state the prize can be shared between only three people. Tom Kibble, of Imperial College London, a member of the team that was overlooked, congratulated the winners but questioned why the Nobel committee was ‘constrained by a selfimposed rule’. NEWS DESK

that’s more lIke It! school cancels classes due to great weather The headmaster of a school in Georgia says he plans to cancel classes because of great weather. Len McWilliams of Calvary Christian School in Columbus says he's calling off classes Friday because of a commitment he made to find a positive reason to cancel classes before he retires at the end of the year. McWilliams told the Ledger-Enquirer of Columbus he's had to cancel school because of bad weather for years, and thought he should eventually cancel classes because the weather was just too nice for students and staff to be cooped up all day. The forecast for the Columbus area calls for sunny skies and a temperature of more than 80 degrees. NEWS DESK

Jay Z takes the stage at the O2 Arena in London.



An Ohio man is finding out there's no easy way to come back from the dead. Donald Miller Jr. went to court this week to ask a county judge to reverse a 1994 ruling that declared him legally dead after he had disappeared from his home eight years earlier. But the judge turned down his request, citing a three-year time limit for changing a death ruling. Hancock County Probate Court Judge Allan Davis called it a "strange, strange situation." "We've got the obvious here. A man sitting in the courtroom, he appears to be in good health," said Davis, who told Miller the three-year limit was clear. "I don't know where that leaves you, but you're still deceased as far as the law is concerned," the judge said. Miller resurfaced about eight years ago and went to court so that he could get a driver's license and reinstate his Social Security number. His ex-wife had opposed the move, saying she doesn't have the money to repay the Social Security benefits that were paid out to her and the couple's two children after Miller was declared dead. NEWS DESK

ILEY Cyrus is enjoying the single life. The 20-year-old star has finally opened up about her split from fiancé Liam Hemsworth during an appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show," airing Friday. Cyrus has dodged dishing details on breaking off her engagement with the handsome “Hunger Games" star for weeks while on a press tour for her latest album “Bangerz”--until now. "So the last time you were here I threw you an engagement party," the daytime host said to Cyrus as she showed a clip of her last appearance in Nov. 2012 with strippers dancing for her. "Do you want your money back?” Cyrus joked. "I want my money back. I sent like you know (showing the strippers again) you enjoyed it," DeGeneres said. "I should of kept one of those dudes numbers," Cyrus quipped. DeGeneres then asked the pop star if its been uncomfortable getting all the media attention surrounding the break up. “It's not really as awkward because I'm living it," she continued. "So I think people spend more time actually thinking about it then I really do. I just believe when a chapter is done you have to close it and start that new one. That's kind of where

I am right now. I felt like I have so much to be thankful for at this time that my energy hasn't really been focused on that." The "We Can't Stop" singer goes on to say she doesn't want her personal life to overshadow her music, but admits her new record has a lot to do with her relationship with Hemsworth. "I think it says that with

starting with "Adore You" and ending with "Someone Else" is I feel like you can really find like this arch of like growth and I didn't even know as much of… until I really listened to it now that it's done and I have like my physical copy and I put it in my car. I'm like this is really like telling a story. I think I knew more intuitively where my life was

going then I actually thought I did at the time." As for if the two, who met on the set of "The Last Song" and dated for four years, still communicate, Cyrus said, "You know for me I really haven't gotten to see anyone right now. Cause I've been so crazy busy. I'm just letting that chapter kind of close and just looking forward to that new one." "I want to be really clear and determined with everything I'm doing in my life right now and I have been… I keep saying I'm the happiest I've ever been and that's not even a dig. That's just me because I really am genuinely happy finally with myself which I think sometimes it takes you separating yourself from someone else to really be happy with who you are. I've never been able to just be alone and I'm obsessed with being alone and like hearing my thoughts." The couple announced they were officially over in mid-September. NEWS DESK

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The chance to be both artistically appreciated and commercially appreciated... That's what you hope for. –Gerard Butler

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l’oreal paris’ bridal week 2013 LAHORE



HE pioneering Pakistan Fashion Design Council [PFDC] and L’Oréal Paris, the world’s leading beauty brand, presented Day-1 of the third consecutive PFDC L’Oréal Paris Bridal Week 2013 [#PLBW] – a platform that endeavors to define and present contemporary and traditional Pakistani Bridal fashion and make-up trends, fusing to create the ‘look’ for the bridal season 20132014! The first day of Bridal Week opened with couturier HSY, followed by Deena Rahman and an exclusive bridal hair trend show by L’Oréal Professionel, and a showcase by EXIST, Élan and Sania Maskatiya respectively as summarised below. Make-up for Day-1 of PFDC L’Oréal Paris Bridal Week 2013 was done by the creative team at Maram & Aabroo, hair styling by TONI&GUY - Lahore with male models styled by Khawar Riaz. Indeed the success of PFDC L’Oréal Paris Bridal Week has prompted private sector associates to engage the platform to launch new products, marketing campaigns and promotional activities. To that end, this year PFDC’s official bank, Bank Alfalah, are hosts to a custom-designed VIP lounge at PLBW. Leading global courier company FedEx - GSP Pakistan Gerry’s International are PLBW’s official logistics partner and are also hosting a lounge at the event. In addition to this, FedEx - GSP Pakistan Gerry’s International has collaborated with PLBW participating designer Ali Xeeshan for a one-off piece which was displayed at the FedEx lounge. Diet Pepsi is the official beverage partner for PLBW. In celebration of its 26 years of publishing, Libas International Magazine Limited, premier lifestyle and fashion magazine that celebrates the achievements of the Asian Subcontinent, are hosting the official black carpet at PFDC L’Oréal Paris Bridal Week. Indeed, Libas encompasses the richness and versatility of Pakistani heritage and highlights its relevance in today's world, playing a pivotal role in promoting the enlightened side of Pakistan. PFDC L’Oréal Paris Bridal Week 2013 Day-1 was opened by iconic designer, HSY, participating at the PFDC L’Oréal Paris Bridal Week platform for the third time. HSY’s ‘A Tribute’ was a collection that paid homage to the independence, beauty and confidence of women featuring three unique segments: Vaneeza, Mehreen and Reema who were the collection’s inspiration and showstoppers respectively. Fluid silhouettes with an accent on structure at the hipline and detailed dart manipulated corseting and blouses, with a strong emphasis on silk velvets, diaphanous chiffons, delicate



FTER exhibiting the brand’s acclaimed‘An ode to a Nightingale’ collection at PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2013, designer label Élan is set to exhibit their latest bridal collection titled ‘The Sultanate Collection’ at PFDC L’Oréal Paris Bridal Week on 10thOctober 2013. The collection draws inspiration from the pomp and pageantry of traditional easternroyaltyand features a fusion of classic and modern bridal wear. The ensemble creatively incorporates the use of nets, laces, organza and variations of sheer fabricsin a dynamic range of shades including pastels and jeweled tones. The silhouettes employed in the collection are a departure from established norms and

tissue and hand woven jacquards that created a look that was luxurious and opulent. Intricate handicraft and age old techniques had been revived for a bride who appreciates the richness of her heritage. The collection was a study of surface embellishments and textures that encompassed stitches from every province across the nation, such as pitta, gota, pippal girah, long girah, marori, Kashmiri tanka, crystals, mukesh, naqshi ganta, applique, hyderabadi phool, khichwa tanka, chawal tanka and paarsi gara. The collection incorporated the use of three strong colour themes which were showcased during three individual segments on the ramp; classic HSY Rouge; fresh luminous corals and hues of bright and oxidized golds; and daring midnight blues. For this collection, HSY had collaborated exclusively with Ahmad Haroon Khan, who had designed jewellery inspired by the Nizam of Hyderabad and Queen Noor Jehan to complement the collection. Each individual ornament in the accompanying collection was handcrafted in silver with gold formation and featured precious and semi-precious stones. Make-up looks for HSY’s collection showcase were created exclusively by L’Oréal Paris. Musician Junaid Khan also walked the ramp for HSY’s collection showcase segment, Mehreen. Following HSY, Deena Rahman made her ramp debut at PFDC L’Oréal Paris Bridal

feature a mixture of feminine cuts and shorter lengths. Pearl sequins, resham and gota have been imaginatively used as embellishments and highlight the overall fusion of traditional and modern bridal fashion. Speaking about her participation at PFDC L’Oréal Paris Bridal Week, Creative Director ÉlanKhadijah Shah said, “It is always a pleasure to be a part of PFDC L’Oréal Paris Bridal Week, a fashion extravanganza which heralds the onset of the Pakistani wedding season. It has become one the most prestigious platforms nationwide and has played an important role as a contributor to the livelihood of many by keeping the traditional art form of bridal embroidery alive’. Élan is a fashion label launched eight years ago by Khadijah

Shah. She is respected for her combination of intricate embellishments, flattering silhouettes and attention to detail in the construction of each outfit. Indeed each collection is conceived with glamour, elegance and versatility in mind. Khadijah Shah inherited her design aesthetic from her mother Aneela Shah, who had a small atelier and a loyal clientele for many years before Élan was formerly launched. Khadijah has also just recently branched out in the sport industry by launching Élan Sport under her label Élan. In a short span of eight years, Khadijah has formalised and expanded the label and created an effective and influential place for Élan in the fashion industry. NEWS DESK

Week with a collection titled ‘Old World Memories and other Inherited Objects’. The collection was inspired from a forgotten time; where vintage pieces from

long ago were passed down from generation to generation to the designer, forming the basis of her inspiration. Primarily based in tissue, the ensembles were designed on velvet, kamkhab, chiffon, net and pure cashmere represented through a pastel colour palette based in pops of purple, black and red. The collection featured a unique take on embellishments, mixing many different mediums together to create distinct yet interesting textures. The label’s signature for its first major collection showcasing at the PFDC L’Oréal Paris Bridal Week was feminine, traditional, heavily embellished yet not overpowering - a throwback to our Mughal heritage and its splendour inspired from Mughal miniature art stories of beautiful animals. After the L’Oréal Professionel Hair Trend Show, EXIST made its PFDC L’Oréal Paris Bridal Week debut with a menswear line titled ‘The Masterpiece’ collection. The collection was inspired by the James Bond “007 series” where every piece was focused on design, material use, utility and intricate craftsmanship. The collection incorporated the use of a multitude of luxurious fabrics for its couture line; from superfine 120’s to classic Cashmeres for suits; plush Velvets for Jackets to Egyptian cottons for shirts going into hand-made silk ties. Hues of blacks, blues and Charcoals spelled the collection’s palette. Cuts for the line were classic for the contemporary man with a hint of elegance through use of non-conformist silhouettes. Couturier HSY was the showstopper for EXIST’s fashion presentation. The coveted House of Sania Maskatiya presented their exclusive bridal collection titled, ‘Tilism - Woven Treasures of the Magical East’ at the prestigious PFDC L'Oréal

Paris Bridal Week 2013, during the finale of Day 1. Showcasing a bridal and trousseau collection for the first time on the ramp, ‘Tilism’ by Sania Maskatiya drew inspiration from the ancient and enduring romance with the East, the home of the rising Sun, where an absolute beauty has long resided in the subtlest details and the grandest designs. Indeed, ‘Tilism’ had been crafted to evoke precisely this quality, drawing upon the grandeur of times bygone. Combining centuries old embroidery techniques with highly sophisticated fabrics for which the Sania Maskatiya label is renowned, ‘Tilism’ endeavored to remember and respect Indo-Pak craft traditions, many of which are now nearly extinct. Staying true to the brands’ signature aesthetic of contrasting materials and patterns, ‘Tilism’ presented a host of playful separates, engaging both traditional as well as contemporary embroideries, from the intricate threadwork of zardosi, marori, tilla, and aari, to the shimmering texture of gota and kamdani. The collection featured a range of silhouettes, from lehngas and cropped pants, to cholis, capes and jackets.

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I've done sport for a long time. — Heather Mills

sTeyn To be pakisTan eneMy nuMber one!

Saturday, 12 October, 2013

Taufel To lead umpIrIng workshop In srI lanka

behardIen, kleInveldt axed, amla returns

SPORTS DESK Simon Taufel will lead an eight-day training workshop for top umpires in Sri Lanka, beginning on October 14, Sri Lanka Cricket has announced. The programme aims to enhance the skills and knowledge of the best umpires in the country, and mark out a path to the elite panel. "All Level I and Level II umpires, including the Lankan ICC Elite Panel which comprises Kumar Dharmasena, Ranmore Martinez, Ruchira Palliyaguruge and Ravindra Wimalasiri along with the emerging panel of umpires are scheduled to attend this workshop. At present there are 30 Level I and II umpires in Sri Lanka," acting head of cricket operation Carlton Bernadus said. Taufel is scheduled to speak on the expectations of an elite umpire as well as on nutrition, conditions and pressure. Dharmasena will also give a speech entitled 'My way to the top of the elite panel'. The umpires will also be drilled on the new playing conditions that have come into effect on October 1. Local match referees will also attend a workshop during this time.

uMpire's call denied To players, reveals suTherland


The ICC decided against allowing teams to keep referrals that were denied on an umpire's call out of fear the game would be slowed down too much, even as it approved the introduction of a DRS "topup" after 80 overs, the Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland has revealed. As he discussed the fall-out from the Nine Network's decision not to employ Hot Spot during this summer's Ashes series, Sutherland said the equity of umpire's call verdicts had been debated "long and hard" by the chief executive's committee at the most recent ICC meeting. While Hot Spot's effectiveness and use has been a point of contention since the Ashes Tests in England earlier this year, the loss of referrals to tight decisions that have stayed with the umpire's original verdict created a similar level of discussion among players, spectators and administrators. Sutherland said it was still possible that such reviews would be handed back to the players, but admitted there was hesitance based on the possibility that the number of reviews may increase substantially. "We debated umpire's call long and hard, and what was eventually decided was that they wanted to leave that pending for a little while," Sutherland said.


ASHIM Amla and Dale Steyn have been named in South Africa's T20 squad for the twomatch series against Pakistan in

the UAE next month. Batsman Farhaan Behardien and the seamer Rory Kleinveldt were the two players left out of the T20 squad that toured Sri lanka in July. Amla last played a T20 in December 2012. He relinquished the limited-overs vice-captaincy in February when South Africa announced separate captains for all three formats. He had asked not to be picked for T20s in 2013, but it appears as if he is willing to commit to the shortest format. He is the third opening batsman in the squad, with Henry Davids and Quinton de Kock in the mix. "Hashim is a world-class player across all the formats," said Cricket South Africa (CSA) selection convener Andrew Hudson. "His experience and stability at the top of the order are qualities that we believe will strengthen the squad in a key area." Steyn last played in the World T20 in Sri lanka in 2012. With the next edition of the tournament in March-April in Bangladesh, the coach Russell Domingo had made it clear that players had to be part of the squad regularly if they wanted to be picked for tournaments. Steyn took part in the Champions league in India for Sunrisers Hyderabad. "It is great to have Dale back as it means we now have all our senior players available again," Hudson said. "There was also some encouraging form shown at the Champions league T20, notably by Henry Davids, who was unquestionably the batsman of the tournament until the Titans were knocked out." The allrounder Chris Morris was not named in any of the limited-overs squads for the tour. South Africa play the two T20s in Dubai after the two Tests and five oDIs. Squad: Faf du Plessis (capt), Hashim Amla, Henry Davids, Quinton de Kock, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, Ryan Mclaren, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Aaron Phangiso, Dale Steyn, lonwabo Tsotsobe, David Wiese.

confident of nZ chances


New Zealand's 89-run lead at the end of the third day is significant enough to force a win, according to opening batsman Hamish Rutherford. But he was wary of the pitch at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong, which has shown signs of deterioration. Bangladesh ended the day on 380 for 7, with Sohag Gazi and Abdur Razzak at the crease. Whatever total Bangladesh end up at, they are likely to get there quickly and the prospect of a result would then depend on how New Zealand approach their second innings. "I still believe that we have a good chance of winning," Rutherford said. "leading into day five, if we can take these wickets early tomorrow and score some quick runs, hopefully the pitch can help us take those wickets. "I wouldn't say in a couple of sessions," Rutherford said when asked about how much time would New Zealand need to dismiss Bangladesh on the last day. "Maybe two and a half. I think that is an ideal target. If it does tend to breakup and there's some scoreboard pressure, we have always thought that we could probably force a collapse." Mominul Haque, Bangladesh's best batsman on the day, lamented the seven wickets that Bangladesh lost, particularly the ones after his dismissal with two hours of play left. "It would have been better if we lost one less wicket. I think Mushfiqur bhai and I could have stayed a little more. He was helping me a lot, telling me to be careful against the second new ball," he said. Rutherford reflected on a tough day for New Zealand as despite the wickets, Bangladesh batted well.





Mominul Haque wiped away any doubts about his place in the Test line-up with an authoritative 181 that helped Bangladesh make significant progress towards New Zealand's first innings score of 469. His innings is the third highest score by a Bangladeshi batsman, and it was an innings that was his first serious expression of a calculative approach. At stumps, the home side was 380 for 7, with Sohag Gazi and Abdur Razzak at the crease. Nasir Hossain was the last of the recognised batsman to be dismissed, which means that the tail would have to bat around Gazi, who is on 28. Despite some natural wear and tear on the wicket, there haven't been many

SCOREBOARD NEW zEALAND 1ST INNINGS 469 BANGLADESH 1st INNINGS Marshall Ayub c †Watling b Anderson 25 Mominul Haque lbw b Anderson 181 Shakib Al Hasan c †Watling b Williamson 19 Mushfiqur Rahim c Taylor b Bracewell 67 Nasir Hossain c Williamson b Sodhi 46 Sohag Gazi not out 28 Abdur Razzak not out 1 EXTRAS (lb 8, w 1, nb 1) 10 TOTAL (7 wickets; 116 overs) 380 TO BAT Robiul Islam, Rubel Hossain FALL OF WICKETS 1-1 (Tamim Iqbal, 0.1 ov), 2-8 (Anamul Haque, 3.3 ov), 3-134 (Marshall Ayub, 38.2 ov), 4-180 (Shakib Al Hasan, 56.6 ov), 5-301 (Mominul Haque, 92.6 ov), 6-301 (Mushfiqur Rahim, 93.5 ov), 7-371 (Nasir Hossain, 112.1 ov) BOWLING: TA Boult 17-7-32-1, DAJ Bracewell 18-2-71-2, BP Martin 21-2-83-0, IS Sodhi 22-2-89-1, Corey J Anderson 14-723-2, KS Williamson 24-3-74-1 Match details Toss New zealand, who chose to bat Test debuts Marshall Ayub (Bangladesh); Corey J Anderson and IS Sodhi (New zealand) Umpires BNJ Oxenford (Australia) and S Ravi (India) TV umpire Enamul Haque Match referee J Srinath (India) Reserve umpire Sharfuddoula

balls that caused alarm. At best there was a sense of bemusement when some of the deliveries bounced twice or thrice on their way to wicketkeeper BJ Watling. This was predicted, and so was assistance to spin. But it hasn't materialised yet, much to the dissatisfaction of Bruce Martin and Ish Sodhi. Mominul dictated terms for the six hours he spent at the crease, picking up where he left off overnight. Five fours came off the first 27 deliveries he faced, which got him to the century. He had to survive a couple of close calls when he edged a few and skied one towards deep point, but reached the mark off 98 balls. Though his pace slowed - taking another 100 balls to get to 150 - Mominul made key

contributions to a 126-run third wicket stand with Marshall Ayub, 46 runs for the fourth wicket with Shakib Al Hasan and another 121 with captain Mushfiqur Rahim for the fifth wicket. Mushfiqur struck 67 off 119 balls with ten fours and two sixes, having dominated the proceedings and making the New Zealand bowlers go through their toughest phase in the afternoon sessions. Mominul was clever as he kept one end up, consolidating his position and creeping towards the only two higher scores by Bangladesh batsmen - Mushfiqur's 200 and Ashraful's 190, made earlier this year. Though Mominul was at his slowest in the last part of his innings, when he added 31 runs off 75 balls. Earlier, Marshall couldn't capitalise on his start from the previous evening after he chased a wide one to give allrounder Corey Anderson his first Test wicket. The leftarmer added a second with the wicket of Mominul, who was trapped leg-before

after batting for 377 minutes. He had only just survived a dropped catch when Brendan McCullum's one-handed attempt didn't work out when he dived in front of first slip Ross Taylor off Trent Boult. Taylor made up for it, taking a good one to get rid of Mushfiqur, which could have hurt Bangladesh but Nasir and Gazi added 70 runs for the seventh wicket. before the Nasir holed out after he topedged a half-tracker from Sodhi. Doug Bracewell and Anderson took two wickets while Boult, Sodhi and Kane Williamson took one each. It was a lot of hard work for the three seamers, and a few misfields and the dropped catch didn't help. Nasir batted at a fair clip, scoring 46 off 65 balls with seven fours and a six. But he was far too impetuous considering a little more caution would have seen Bangladesh end the day in a slightly stronger position.

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I think that money has changed my sport. –Bill Toomey

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it's tough for me to see sachin go: yuvraj singh SPORTS DESK India batsman Yuvraj Singh hopes to play alongside Sachin Tendulkar one last time, but said that he would definitely go to watch Tendulkar's 200th Test if he wasn't in the squad for the home series against West Indies. On the day Tendulkar announced his decision to retire, Yuvraj had made a comeback, making a match-winning 77 off 35 balls in the Twenty20 international against Australia in Rajkot. Yuvraj made his ODI debut in 2000, when Tendulkar's career was already more than ten-years old, and thanked him for the guidance given throughout his career. "I don't know if I am going to have the opportunity to play with him, but if I am not playing, I will definitely come and watch," an emotional Yuvraj said, following the game against Australia. "He never showed that he is the great Sachin Tendulkar. He was always trying to be chirpy with the youngsters, although we were a bit reluctant to go up to him. Personally, he's always guided me on and off the field about the things in my life, specially the World Cup journey, so it's been very special. It's tough for me to see him go. "It's been amazing to play with him for so many years. He is one of the greatest players to have played the game and I don't know what to say, there are so many things to say about Sachin. Probably the best Indian cricketer to have ever played, I would say. He was an ambassador of cricket around the world. It's going to be an emotional time for the whole of India." Calling Tendulkar a "next-to-impossible" batsman to replace, Yuvraj said he admired many facets of his team-mate's technique. "Lots of things - the way he hits the ball, the way he is always still. He is technically, I think, the best batsman I have seen in my career. And how he has been smart all these years to know what bowlers are going to bowl at him. He's always been one or two steps ahead, that's why he's been so consistent all these years."

‘you can't compare anyone with sachin Tendulkar’ KARACHI


AKISTAN'S flamboyant allrounder Shahid Afridi led the tributes for India's batting maestro, Sachin Tendulkar who announced on Thursday that he would end his Test career after playing in his 200th test. "Tendulkar has always been in a league of his own. I can't compare anyone with him," Afridi was quoted by PTI. Tendulkar, who made his debut at the tender age of 16, is set to retire after he completes a record 200 Tests. He is the leading Test run-scorer with 15,837 runs. "I have played a lot against him and apart from being a very affable and down to earth and nice person, Tendulkar is a true professional," Afridi said. "The fact that he has remained the biggest crowd puller and name in world cricket for the last so many years speaks volumes of his dedication to cricket," Afridi added. The all-rounder who quit playing Test cricket in 2010 said the Indian had been among his favorite players with West Indian Brian lara and he enjoyed watching him bat. "His achievements won't ever be surpassed for a very very long time," Afridi added. Pakistan's former captain, Javed Miandad, who saw Tendulkar make his Test debut at the age of 16 in Karachi in 1989 said youngsters who play or want to play cricket the world over could learn from Tendulkar. "I think Tendulkar has been the ideal role model in Indian cricket and that is why we are now seeing a new genera-

SPORTS DESK Italy manager Cesare Prandelli has said that going to the World Cup without controversial striker Mario Balotelli would be unthinkable. "Is it possible to go to the World Cup without him? Absolutely not," Prandelli told Rai Sport ahead of Friday's Group B qualifier against Denmark. Balotelli was selected for the squad after serving a three-match suspension for an aggressive outburst at the end of AC Milan's 2-1 defeat by Napoli last month, breaking Prandelli's player code of ethics. "I'm convinced that Mario won't do anything out of the ordinary again and that he'll arrive at the World Cup well prepared," Prandelli said. "I spoke to him and he said that was his dream. He needs to leave his problems behind and stop being the character that he's become." Italy have already qualified for next year's World Cup in Brazil after winning Group B with two games to spare.

tion of quality batsmen from India," Miandad said. He said that he had always known that Tendulkar was going to make a big impact in world cricket. "The first time I saw him play he bravely faced a top bowling attack of Imran, Waqar, Qadir and as the series progressed he grew in confidence. He has always remained technically a very high class batsmen." "But what has made him such a high profile sportsman is because he has always remained very down to earth person with no airs about him." Pakistan's former coach and Test opener Mohsin Khan said that International cricket would be the poorer the day Tendulkar played his last game. "I have always loved seeing him bat because he embodies all the good things about being an orthodox batsman. His timing and balance have always been a treat to watch." "Plus he has been a gentleman cricketer and set an example for others when international cricket has been hit by so many corruption scandals," Mohsin said. Former captain, Rashid latif said he had kept wickets while watching Tendulkar bat and they were many times he admired his caliber or shots. "He is in my book one off the best batsmen produced by India which has a rich history of producing quality batsmen. But what has put apart Tendulkar has been his hunger for runs even at this point of his career. I think he has taken the right decision to retire with grace as Indian cricket is now blessed with some top class batting talent," latif said.

Tendulkar's 200th Test set to be in Mumbai SPORTS DESK Sachin Tendulkar is set to bid farewell to international cricket at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, his home ground. The news comes a day after Tendulkar announced he will retire after his 200th Test, which is set to be the second of the Tests against West Indies next month, to be played from November 14. Mumbai Cricket Association caretaker president Ravi Savant said Tendulkar "has requested the BCCI that his final Test be played at Wankhede". A senior BCCI functionary confirmed that it was all but decided that the BCCI will "respect" Tendulkar's wish. "once he has expressed his wish, it will most likely be fulfilled. There is no doubt that considering Tendulkar's contribution to Indian cricket, he deserves a grand celebration," the official was quoted by ESPNcricinfo, citing anonymity since the decision cannot be

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sealed before the tour, fixtures and programme committee's meeting on Tuesday. It is understood that even before Tendulkar announced his retirement plans, Kolkata's Eden Gardens had been promised it would get to host Tendulkar's 200th Test. The deal is said to be a bargain for Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) chief Jagmohan Dalmiya pulling out of the race to be the IPl chairman at the BCCI's annual general meeting on September 29. However, according to CAB treasurer Biswarup Dey, CAB will definitely "honour" Tendulkar's request. "If Sachin has requested it,

Cardiff set for board meeting SPORTS DESK Cardiff are due to hold a board meeting on Monday in the wake of the removal of Iain Moody as head of recruitment, Press Association Sport understands. The meeting is believed to have been scheduled prior to Moody being suspended and subsequently placed on gardening leave, but that topic is certain to be on the agenda as he was one of manager Malky Mackay's most-trusted lieutenants. Chief executive Simon lim is expected to attend, but it is understood owner Vincent Tan will not be present. The loss of Moody has placed Mackay's position under scrutiny but Press Association Sport understands the Scot has no intention of resigning, and the club have denied reports Mackay was asked to leave his post. Cardiff's Malaysian owner Tan has handed Moody's duties on an acting basis to 23-

year-old Kazakhstani Alisher Apsalyamov. Apsalyamov is thought to be a friend of Tan's son and appears to have no previous experience in football. He joined the club in February but his name does not appear on a list of key staff members on the club's official website. Tan previously caused consternation among Bluebirds' fans by changing the club's playing kit from blue to red and heavily altering their crest in 2012. The club have yet to comment on the reasons for Moody's removal, although it is be-

lieved Tan felt the club had overspent during the summer transfer window. The Cardiff City Supporters' Trust has expressed its concern the club could lose their highly-rated and popular Scottish boss. Chairman Tim Hartley said: "Fans will be concerned with the recent behindthe-scenes developments at Cardiff City which appear to put into question the future of our manager, Malky Mackay. "Supporters are surprised that someone who appears to have little hands-on experience has been put in charge of transfers at the football club. "Fans want Malky Mackay, who has done a fantastic job as manager taking the club to the Premier league, to remain at Cardiff City. "We don't want to see any action taken to undermine his position as manager and Cardiff City's efforts to have a successful first season in the top division."

CAB won't unnecessarily push for staging the match and honour the legend's wish," Dey said. "In any other circumstance, we will try and do our best to host the milestone match at the Eden." The BCCI follows a rotation policy among its 10 Test venues for staging matches. According to the rotation policy, Ahmedabad and Bangalore were to host the next two matches. However, with the significance of these two Tests, the tour, fixtures and programme committee headed by BCCI vice-president Rajiv Shukla may break the rotation policy and instead award the two matches to Kolkata and Mumbai.

draxler fancies move to 'united, chelsea or arsenal' SPORTS DESK Schalke attacking midfielder Julian Draxler has admitted that he would be interested in a move to the Premier League. Draxler only turned 20 last month but is already considered one of the Bundesliga's most outstanding talents and has already been capped seven times by Germany. He only signed a contract extension last May but he said that he would be open to a move away from Schalke. “I owe Schalke a lot, but my roots here are not so deep that I would not be able to leave," he told Cologne daily Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger. "I’m telling you honestly that my dream is to play for one of the big clubs at some point. "If you want to achieve the big goals, which every world class player has, you have to play at the biggest clubs. These are Real, Barca, United, Arsenal, Chelsea.” Draxler, who is rated at £40m, was linked with both Arsenal and Chelsea this summer.

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cookson opens talks with wada over investigation into uci SPORTS DESK The International Cycling Union (UCI) has contacted the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to start discussions for an independent investigation into cycling's governing body, new UCI president Brian Cookson said on Friday. Cookson, elected to the post two weeks ago ahead of previous incumbent Pat McQuaid, had based his campaign on restoring trust in the UCI, which has had a difficult, and at times acrimonious, relationship with various anti-doping agencies. The UCI was also criticised heavily for not doing enough to catch drug cheat Lance Armstrong, who last year was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles following an investigation by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). "We have started the work of establishing a high level dialogue with WADA to plan how we will proceed with the independent investigation into the UCI's past," Cookson said in Beijing. "We have also been making contact with other key stakeholders in this area, including USADA, other national antidoping organisations and the French Sports Ministry.

sheryl crow 'saw lance armstrong dope' SPORTS DESK Grammy Award-winning musician Sheryl Crow watched disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong get an illicit blood transfusion and later told federal investigators about what she had seen, according to a new book. The New York Daily News, citing a book by Wall Street Journal reporters Reed Albergotti and Vanessa O'Connell, said Crow - who was dating Armstrong at the time of the transfusion in 2004 cooperated with investigators after being given immunity from prosecution. "He trusted that Crow would have no desire to tell the press or anyone else about the team's doping program," the two authors wrote in "Wheelmen: Lance Armstrong: the Tour de France and the Greatest Sports Conspiracy Ever." "He explained that it was simply part of the sport - that all cyclists were doing the same thing." Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and was banned for life from cycling last year after accusations he had cheated for years. In January, he admitted to using performanceenhancing drugs his career in an interview with television host Oprah Winfrey.

ajax no easy job for celtic SPORTS DESK Murdo MacLeod has told Celtic fans not to assume three easy points will be on offer when Ajax come to Parkhead later in the month for their crunch Champions League encounter. The Hoops lost their opening two Group H matches, away to AC Milan and at home to Barcelona, leaving Neil Lennon's men bottom of their section. It is widely thought that the upcoming double-header against the Dutch side represents Celtic's best chance of getting points on the board to rescue hopes of reaching the last-16 for the second successive season or, failing that, a place in the Europa League. However, speaking at Celtic Park where he was helping to launch a book about the former Celtic player from the 1930s, Malcolm McDonald, the ex-Hoops midfielder and assistant manager addressed the growing assumption that Ajax will be the easiest home group fixture for the Scottish champions. He told Press Association Sport: "It is easy to say that because everyone knows the quality of Barcelona and AC Milan.

djokovic throws Monfils out of shanghai SHANGHAI AGENCIES

Top seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic rallied to see off Frenchman Gael Monfils 6-7(4) 6-2 6-4 in the quarter-finals of the Shanghai open Friday. The Serb, who lost his world number one ranking to Rafa Nadal on Monday, defeated Monfils, conqueror of Roger Federer in the previous round, in a match that last two hours and 23 minutes. After twice exchanging breaks during the first set, the Frenchman bagged the tiebreak 7-4 to go ahead. But Djokovic fought back, twice breaking Monfils, who had to receive treatment on a stomach muscle. Djokovic got the crucial break in the seventh game of the third set and closed out the match to set up a semi-final clash with another Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Juan Martin del Potro kept his errors to a minimum as the Argentine breezed past Spain's Nicolas Almagro 6-3 6-3 to march into the semis.

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Del Potro, seeded sixth, had also defeated Almagro in last week's Japan open semi-finals and now needs one more victory to seal his spot for the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in london next month. The Argentine, who was suffering from fever during the earlier stages of the hard-court tournament, committed just eight unforced errors during his win and faced a single break point, which he went on to save. "I played very well today, very solid," del Potro told reporters. "I played aggressive. I hit my forehand very well. "I like the way I played today. I just want to keep improving (and) keep going far in this tournament." Tsonga also took a positive step towards confirming his spot for london with a comfortable 6-2 6-3 win against German Florian Mayer. World number three Andy Murray's withdrawal from the Tour Finals due to injury has meant anyone finishing ninth or better in the race to london will qualify for the prestigious season-ending tournament.

Stephens ease into Linz quarters LINZ AGENCIES

OSAKA: American prospect Madison Keys moved into her first tour-level semifinal with a straight sets victory over China’s Zheng Jie at the WTA Japan Open in Osaka. The 18year-old broke her opponent in the opening game of the match and never looked back as she comfortably progressed 6-3 6-1 to set up a last four clash with 2011 US Open champion Samantha Stosur. Stosur survived a second set blip to win 6-1 3-6 6-3 against home favourite Misaki Doi. The other semifinal sees Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard face Kurami Nara after the pair came through three set matches against Barbora Zahlavova Strycova and Polona Hercog respectively. AGENCIES

Sloane Stephens moved a step closer to the top 10 with an epic 7-6 4-6 63 win over Andrea Petkovic in linz. The American second seed, 20, has so far risen to 12th in the world in her breakout season and battled past Germany's Petkovic in over two and a half hours. "It was definitely tough for a second round match," Stephens told the WTA website. "I thought I played well. Whenever I play Andrea, we always have good matches, so it was good to get through that." "I was excited this week when I moved from 13 to 12. Just trying to take it slow and keep working on my game and improving. "obviously there's a long way to go, but I'm excited to keep going." Stephens will face Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland in the last eight after she beat Karin

Knapp of Italy 4-6 6-2 7-5. Stephens beat Voegele in Tokyo last month. Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova thrashed Katarzyna Piter 6-0 6-1 in 52 minutes to reach the quarter-finals in Austria. Poland’s Piter, playing in her first WTA event of the year, broke the seventh seed in the second set for her only game. Former linz finalist Cibulkova will face twice champion Ana Ivanovic of Serbia for a place in the semis. local hope Patricia MayrAchleitner dropped two match points at 5-3 in the second set before defeating Maryna Zanevska of Ukraine 61 6-7 (1) 6-4. She will face number one seed Angelique Kerber of Germany after she beat Romania’s Alexandra Cadantu 6-1 6-0. If Kerber wins her next match, she will be confirmed at the WTA Championships in Istanbul. Should she lose, Roberta Vinci, Caroline Wozniacki and Stephens are all in with a chance.


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overton sets pace in us pga Tour's season opener SPORTS DESK Jeff Overton, helped by a stronger grip which he has been using for the past three months, charged into a one-shot lead at the US PGA Tour's season-opening Open in San Martin, California. The 30-year-old American, still seeking his first victory on the US circuit after turning professional in 2005, mixed five birdies with an eagle to shoot a flawless seven-under-par 64 in the opening round at CordeValle Golf Club. "It was kind of one of those days that was just really fun," Overton told reporters after making birdies on his last two holes to end the first day of the 2013-14 US Tour season one stroke in front of fellow American Brian Harman. "I really didn't know what to expect after six weeks off but came out and hit it as good as probably I've ever hit it. Just had a lot of fun out there." Overton, a runner-up four times on the US Tour, was delighted to see such positive results following a recent grip change he made to help alleviate ongoing pain in his left wrist. "My wrist has been bothering me," he said. "I've had a little tendonitis in it for a few years and (the grip change) allows my wrist to get a little squarer at the top of my backswing without having to tweak it a little bit." Last season was one of the least productive of Overton's career as he recorded only two top-10s in 24 starts on the 2013 US Tour. Asked what expectations he had for this year, he replied: "You know, I don't really have any. The biggest goal I would say is obviously to win a golf tournament.

Hushovd wins opening stage in Beijing BEIJING AGENCIES

Thor Hushovd (BMC) won the first stage of the Tour of Beijing after a sprint finish at Huairou Studio City.

Willem Wauters (Vacansoleil-DCM), Sander Cordeel (lotto-Belisol), Davide Viganò (lampre-Merida) and Ryota Nishizono (Champion System) attacked straight away on the 190km stage and built up a lead of nine minutes at one stage.

However, on a flat day, the sprinters' teams were able to reel them in and set up the exciting finish. Cordeel was the last man standing but was caught with about 5km to go. "It's a good win. I'm a little surprised

as I had a hard couple of weeks after the Worlds finding the motivation. I still did the training I had to do and so to win here couldn’t be better," Hushovd said. "With 20km to go they (the break) still had two minutes and so we were scared. My BMC team-mates pulled a lot and so it was up to me to do a good job and finish it off." Hushovd has a chance to defend the leader's jersey on another flat day on Saturday but things get tough on stage three. The five stage race concludes on Tuesday when the riders race between two iconic spots - Tiananmen Square to the Bird’s Nest Piazza.

RESULTS FROM TOUR OF BEIJING (BEIJING - BEIJING, 190.5 KM) ON FRIDAy 1. Thor Hushovd (Norway / BMC Racing) 4:20:34" 2. Luka Mezgec (Slovenia / Argos) ST 3. Nikolas Maes (Belgium / Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) 4. Alessandro Petacchi (Italy / Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) 5. Michael Matthews (Australia / Orica) 6. Enrique Sanz (Spain / Movistar) 7. Ruediger Selig (Germany / Katusha) 8. Nacer Bouhanni (France / 9. Jonas Van Genechten (Belgium / Lotto) 10. Roberto Ferrari (Italy / Lampre) Classification from Tour of Beijing after Stage 1 on Friday 1. Thor Hushovd (Norway / BMC Racing) 4:20:24" 2. Willem Wauters (Belgium / Vacansoleil) +3" 3. Luka Mezgec (Slovenia / Argos) +4" 4. Nikolas Maes (Belgium / Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) +6" 5. Ryota Nishizono (Japan / Champion System) +9" 6. Alessandro Petacchi (Italy / Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) +10" 7. Michael Matthews (Australia / Orica) 8. Enrique Sanz (Spain / Movistar) 9. Ruediger Selig (Germany / Katusha) 10. Nacer Bouhanni (France /

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