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Karzai wants war on terror taken to Taliban sanctuaries in Pakistan NEW DELHI
FGHAn President Hamid Karzai has said the war on terror did not need to be fought in Afghanistan but in the sanctuaries in Pakistan and Afghanistan that were sheltering the Taliban. In an interview with the Times of India, Karzai hoped that with the re-election of US President Barack Obama, they would have a frank discussion to find an answer to the question. “I hope that now with the re-election of President Obama, we will be sitting down for a frank conversation so we can find answers to these questions. The war on terror cannot be fought in Afghanistan because it isn’t in Afghanistan. It has to go to the sanctuaries. Those sanctuaries are in Pakistan… and in Afghanistan wherever they are.” “It is no longer a secret,” Karzai said, adding, “and (even) Pakistan doesn’t deny that any more. The region is infested with terror sanctuaries”. Karzai said this had been conveyed to the US repeatedly, and also at times through the media. Asked if he was disappointed by Obama’s first term insofar as US’s promises to Afghanistan were concerned, Karzai said, “We have issues with the US and we want them addressed and while we are addressing these issues, we also want the transition to Afghan security forces completed in time in 2013 and the withdrawal of international forces from Afghanistan by 2014.” The Afghan president said the Americans never had the immunity to raid and search Afghan homes “but this will become simply im-
Pakistan protests Afghan crossborder shelling ISLAMABAD: Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani on Monday said Pakistan had serious reservations over the cross-border shelling and militant infiltration from Afghanistan. Talking to media representatives on the occasion of inauguration of a two-day regional antinarcotics ministerial level conference in Islamabad, Jilani said the conference was important to address the narcotics issue in the region. He said with mutual cooperation of regional countries, the menace of narcotics could be brought to an end. “Afghan Peace Council chief Salahuddin Rabbani’s visit to Pakistan is of great significance for the success of the reconciliation process in Afghanistan,” the foreign secretary added. Ministers of Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, China, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Russia and Uzbekistan are expected to attend the conference. Online possible after 2014”. He said the issue he was willing to respect was a strategic partnership with the US signed about eight months ago. Karzai said he did not believe that foreign troops had brought peace. “That is the contention that we have with the US. They have not brought security to Afghan lives, rather they have caused serious pain to the Afghan people.”
KARACHI: Women mourn the death of a relative who fell victim to a targeted killing incident in the violence-stricken financial hub of the country on Monday. Online
Obeying illegal orders not justifiable: CJP ISLAMABAD StAff RepoRt
Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has asked civil servants to act according to the letter and spirit of the constitution and law to achieve objects of good governance. Addressing Office Management Group probationers who visited the Supreme Court on Monday, the chief justice said they had been given very important role in the making and implementation of policies. The CJ said if there was any mal-
functioning on part of public functionaries, knocking the doors of the courts remained the last option. He pointed out that the constitution in its Article 37 (d) made it obligatory on the state to ensure inexpensive and expeditious justice. “If the courts are dispensing justice impartially and expeditiously, nothing can stand in the way of the nation’s advancement,” he said. Justice Chaudhry said the courts in Pakistan had always strived for the protection of fundamental rights of the citizen. “The civil service has always been considered as service of the state and not
subservient to the whims of the executive organ of the state and their primary duty is, and has always been, to be in the service of the people.” He pointed out that the court had held time and again that government servants should comply only with those orders of their superiors which were legal and within their competence. The chief justice said civil servants were also to be provided safety against illegal orders as in such situations, they were either transferred immediately before completion of their tenure, placed as OSDs or their promotional prospects were compromised.
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SC calls Punjab, Islamabad IGs for not nabbing ex OGRA chief ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court has summoned the Punjab and Islamabad IGs for not arresting former OGRA chief Tauqeer Sadiq. A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry heard the case pertaining to the appointment of the Sadiq. During the hearing, the chief justice inquired as to why had OGRA’s former chairman still not been arrested. The counsel for the nAB informed the court that a raid was conducted to arrest Sadiq but he escaped before the raid on a tip off. The court also ordered that the officers nominated to arrest the accused be presented in court. The SC ruled that it appeared that Sadiq was being informed of the arrest raids in advance. onlIne
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President signs Drug Regulatory Authority Bill ISLAMABAD onlIne
Pakistanis arrested with heroin worth over Rs 8m
President Asif Ali Zardari has signed the Drug Regulatory Authority Bill criminalising the sale and manufacturing of spurious drugs. According to the new bill, action would be taken against druggists involved in preparation of fake or poor quality medicine. He signed the bill at a ceremony at the Presidency on Monday. President Zardari said the signing of the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan Bill into law would ensure availability of safe and quality medical services to the people at affordable prices. He said the credit went to the PPP to first promulgate the Drug Act 1976 and now setting up an authority in the country to keep a check on the sale and manufacturing of spurious drugs. He said the authority would ensure protection of the interests of the people as well as that of the pharmaceutical industry. He said the industry should seek to boost exports through standardisation and quality assurance. The president noted that unanimous adoption of the law was a sign of wisdom and maturity of parliament‚ all political forces and the provincial governments. After the president’s signature‚ the Drug Regulatory Authority has been officially set up. The new bill will protect rights of the patients.
COLOMBO: Three Pakistani nationals and a Sri Lankan were arrested with over two kilograms of heroin worth more than Rs 8 million from Bambalapitiya, suburban Colombo, by the Police narcotics Bureau on Monday, police said. Investigation revealed that the Pakistani’s, including one woman, had visited Sri Lanka on nine previous occasions, reported The Daily Mirror. onlIne
SC adjourns hearing in ZAB’s reference on Aitzaz’s request
Jammers in Peshawar Central Jail go out of order PESHAWAR: The jammers which were installed four months ago at the Peshawar Central Jail in order to prevent unlawful use of mobile telephones by the prisoners, including Dr Shakil Afridi, have gone out of order. According to sources, the jail administration has informed the Provincial Home Ministry about the mal-functioning jammers. The jammers were installed after Dr Shakil Afridi, who has been charged with treason for providing information to the Americans regarding the presence of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, gave an interview to American Fox TV from his jail cell. Reportedly, the prisoners in central jail have started using mobile phones smuggled into their cells illegally.Inp
Balochistan doctors’ strike enters 26th day QUETTA: The ongoing strike of Balochistan doctors entered the 26th day on Monday. The strike was announced by the Balochistan chapter of the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) against the abduction of their colleague Dr Saeed Ahmed Khan and calling for his recovery. However, despite the orders of the Balochistan High Court, Dr Khan, who was abducted on October 16, could not be recovered. General operation theatres and out-patient departments in state hospitals remained closed due to the strike, causing severe difficulties for patients coming from far-flung areas. Inp
The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday put off hearing till date in office on the pending presidential reference seeking a revisit of the Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s death penalty case. A nine-member bench comprising Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jilani, Justice nasirul Mulk, Justice Tariq Parvez, Justice Mian Saqib nisar, Justice Sarmad Jalal Osmani, Justice Amir Hani Muslim, Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed deferred proceedings on a presidential
reference sent to apex court under Article 186 invoking its advisory jurisdiction. During the course of proceedings, the bench was apprised that Aitzaz Ahsan, counsel for the referring authority, had submitted an adjournment plea, as he was in Karachi to attend the funeral of former law minister Iqbal Haider, who died on Sunday. The bench accepted his plea and told his assistant Ali Gohar that they had received a letter from the referring authority nominating Aitzaz Ahsan as counsel in the pleading, but they would require an acceptance from the counsel as well because he would no longer appear as amicus curiae (friend of the court)
in the case. The CJP told him that they would nominate some other lawyer from Punjab in his place as amicus curiae. In a related matter regarding the temporary suspension of practicing license of Babar Awan, who previously appeared as counsel in ZAB’s case, the bench also deferred proceedings till date in office. The bench in its order said that his application would be heard when the requisite bench of 11 members was constituted as his license suspension order was passed by the said bench. The bench also directed its office to put up the matter for constitution of the required bench.
ECP’s jurisdiction to bar any convict from contesting polls: secretary ISLAMABAD App
Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Secretary Ishtiaq Ahmed Khan on Monday said that it is the commission’s jurisdiction to bar any candidate from contesting elections in case he/she has been convicted after trial. The Supreme Court has not directed the election commission in Asghar Khan case and it has been asked to conduct investigation through the FIA, said the secretary adding it will be the jurisdiction of the election commission to bar any candidate from contesting elections in case he/she has been convicted after trial. Khan said the ECP is committed to hold free, fair and transparent elections in the country and making every possible preparation for organising impartial general elections. The secretary was briefing the media after a meeting, presided by Chief Election Commissioner Justice (Retd) Fakhar
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ud Din G. Ibrahim, held to review the steps and preparations being made for next general elections. The ECP secretary said that 84.37 million voters have been enrolled so far in the country and 77,000 persons visited the various offices till July 31, headed by AROs established through out the country to check their names in voter list or for any correction purpose. He said that bye-elections in Bannu and Multan had been already held following the new voters’ list and no complaint has been received regarding it. The secretary said that no changes are being made in the limitations of constituencies in the country and next general elections will be held following the limitations as it was in the elections of 2008. He also hinted towards increasing the number of polling stations in Punjab from 37,000 to 40,000, 14,000 to 18,000 in Sindh, 9500 to 11,000 in KPK. Similarly, he said the numbers of polling sta-
tions will be increased in Balochistan and distance of polling stations from voters in huge constituencies will be reduced as compared to previous general elections. He said the chief election commissioner will hold a meeting in Quetta soon to review elections’ related arrangements and ensure conducive environment in the province for this purpose. The presiding officers will be above than grade-17 and there will be no transfer of any officer given any assignment regarding elections after December 31, the secretary maintained. To a question, he said that person having dual nationality can not contest elections or become member of the parliament. However, he said there is no binding in constitution for dual nationality holder to become leader of any political party. He said that international observers have been invited through the ministry of foreign affairs while local media will be also facilitated to observe the elections. Regarding installation of CCTV cam-
eCP to distribute ballot papers under army’s supervision ISLAMABAD: Election Commission Pakistan (ECP) has decided to distribute ballot papers under Army’s supervision. Speaking to reporters, ECP Secretary Ishtiaq Khan informed that the commission has already paid Rs300 million for ballot paper printing. He further mentioned that the ballot papers will be printed like currency notes and will have special security features to prevent duplication. It was earlier reported that printing of ballot papers will start just 15 days before the elections as an added security measure. According to the ECP’s plan, there will be hidden features in the new ballot papers that would change regularly, making it almost impossible to print forged papers. Someone found guilty of bogus voting can be imprisoned for three years according to the law. If it is proven that an electoral candidate is involved in the crime directly or indirectly he would only be disqualified but also banned from taking part in elections for five years. The commission also issued a consolidated Code of Conduct for political parties and candidates during the next general elections. StAff RepoRt eras at polling stations, he said the commission will install cameras only at most sensitive polling stations. Owing to arrangements in Muharram, the secretary said that the provincial governments
have requested the election commission for postponing bye-elections. Their request has been approved and bye- elections will be held on December 4 in Punjab as well as Sindh, he maintained.
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Bhutto’s nationalisation policy deteriorated economy: Nawaz LAHORE StAff RepoRt
Pakistan Muslim League – nawaz (PML – n) President nawaz Sharif on Monday said that the present economic conditions of Pakistan are a consequence of former prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s nationalisation policies. Sharif said that were it not for these policies, Pakistan would have been a highly prosperous country today. The PML-n chief was speaking at an event held at the national Hockey Stadium in Lahore to mark the Punjab government’s internship programme and laptop distribution scheme for the youth. While speaking at the event, he said that if nothing was done to save the country from its present crises, then their future generations would never forgive them. Sharif also warned the students about elements who were “out to misinform” the youth and advised them not to be misguided and deceived by anyone. He also added that the youth of Pakistan would improve the conditions of the coun-
‘Political’ nature of Gen Kayani’s speech challenged in iHC ISLAMABAD StAff RepoRt
A petition filed in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday challenged the “political” nature of a recent speech made by Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani. The petition, filed in the IHC by Colonel (r) Inam Rahim, argued that General Kayani had exceeded his professional authority by issuing a political statement. The petitioner argued that it was not the job of the military chief to issue political statements, adding that Kayani had already acted in violation of the Army Act by taking an extension on his term as military chief. Gen Kayani’s recent statement created ripples in the political, legal and
civil society circles and several observers believe that his statement carried veiled challenges to the superior judiciary as well as to the media. In his address to a group of officers at the GHQ on november 5, General Kayani had stated that any efforts to create a divide between the people and the armed forces undermined the country’s greater national interest. He had said, “All systems in Pakistan appear to be in a haste to achieve something, which can have both positive and negative implications. Let us take a pause and examine the two fundamental questions. One, are we promoting the rule of law and the Constitution? Two, are we strengthening or weakening the institutions? In the ultimate analysis, all of us would have served Pakistan better if history and our future generations judge us positively.”
try. He added that the same elements had attempted to hinder the laptop distribution scheme but had been unsuccessful in doing so, adding that more laptops had been distributed than before. He further said that the current government had brought about the problems of load shedding, unemployment, terrorism and many other similar problems
upon the Pakistani public. He said that everyone should unite in improving the country’s conditions. During the event, talented children were awarded with the Guard of Honour. Sharif added that these children were the truly deserving of the award but it had always been given to those who violated the judiciary, the Constitution and the legislative assemblies.
Bill to curb terrorism financing moved in national Assembly ISLAMABAD
Senate unanimously approves ASF bill
The government on Monday introduced a bill in the national Assembly to adopt stringent measures against terrorism financing by removing shortcomings in the existing law. Minister for Religious Affairs Syed Khurshid Shah moved the Anti-terrorism (Amendment) Bill 2012 that was admitted by the House for further consideration by the standing committee concerned. The bill reflects the government’s resolve to constantly review and strengthen its anti-terrorism-financing regime and to bring it at par with international standards. The bill addresses the shortcomings relating to the terrorist financing provisions in the existing Anti-terrorism Act 1997 that were highlighted by the Financial Action Task Force - an international body comprising a number of countries and international organisations which sets and monitors international standards on antimoney laundering and counter financing
ISLAMABAD: The Senate Standing Committee on Defence and Defence Production unanimously approved the bill ‘Airports Security Force (Amendment) Bill 2012’. The meeting was presided over by Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed, chairman of the standing committee, on Monday at the Parliament House. The bill was moved by Minister of State for Defence Sardar Saleem Haider Khan in the Senate on October 11, and was later referred to the Standing Committee on Defence and Defence Production for further consideration. The committee, while approving the bill, asked the Ministry of Defence to review, in consultation with the Finance and Establishment Divisions, the restructuring of Airports Security Force (ASF) in order to overcome the long standing dichotomy in pay scales and ranks of security officers and assistant security officers and submit a detailed report to the committee in 90 days. Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed said the ASF is an important organization and the committee will make every possible effort to facilitate ASF in bringing further improvement in its working and performance. He said the ASF was performing a difficult task and the committee would endeavour to increase ASF’s capacity so that it can protect the 26 airports in a better way. onlIne of terrorism. The bill also aims at amending the existing law to strengthen the provision concerning the offences of terrorism financing and to provide more effective enforcement
measures against such offences. It would also pave way for the law enforcement agencies to take effective actions against those who finance acts of terrorism and benefit from the proceeds of such acts.
Hopes weak for Pakistan-Afghanistan peace talks ISLAMABAD AgenCIeS
A high-level Afghan delegation arrived in Pakistan on Monday for talks on peace in the war-torn nation, but analysts warned that without Taliban involvement little would come of the negotiations. Members of Afghanistan’s High Peace Council, led by Chairman Salahuddin Rabbani, are to meet Pakistani political leaders and the head of the powerful military over the coming three days. Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf expressed hope that the visit by the delegation “will pave the way for closer relations between the two countries,” a statement said
after he met Rabbani and accompanying members. “There is consensus in Pakistan that both Afghanistan and Pakistan should work together for peace in the region,” the statement issued by the PM’s house said. Support from Pakistan, which backed the Taliban regime that held power in Kabul from 1996 to 2001, is seen as crucial to peace in Afghanistan beyond 2014. Afghan-Pakistani talks were derailed more than a year ago amid a welter of accusations when Rabbani’s father Burhanuddin, then head of the peace council, was assassinated by a suicide bomber in Kabul. Afghan officials lashed out at Islamabad over the killing of the former president of
Afghanistan, saying it was planned in Pakistan and carried out by a Pakistani, while Islamabad blamed Afghan refugees living in Pakistan. Suspicion and mistrust have long dogged ties between the two neighbours and Kabul has accused Pakistan of supporting Taliban Islamists in their 11-year insurgency against the Western-backed government of President Hamid Karzai. This week’s talks come as efforts to end the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan gain a new urgency as the withdrawal of US-led nATO combat troops — planned for the end of 2014 — looms ever closer. But analyst Rahimullah Yusufzai warned that no progress of any substance
would be made this week, beyond Rabbani getting to meet the Pakistani side for the first time. “The problem is that the Afghan government has not been in contact with (the) Taliban. Even Rabbani has not been able to get in touch with the Taliban since he became chairman of the council,” Yusufzai said. “How is it possible to achieve results in such a situation when the council has not been in contact with the Taliban?” Preliminary contacts between the United States and the Taliban in Doha were broken off in March when the militants failed to secure the release of five of their comrades held in Guantanamo Bay. Yusufzai said that while Pakistan has
some influence over the Taliban it was unrealistic to think Islamabad could convince the militants to return to the negotiating table. Such a move would require “confidencebuilding measures” from the United States, he said, and in any event could trigger a split in the Islamist movement. Analyst Hasan Askari said that while Kabul and Washington might be keen for some kind of accommodation with parts of the Taliban, the insurgents had little incentive to talk, knowing nATO will leave in two years. “They are waiting for withdrawal of international troops and are confident that they can make life for (the) Kabul government miserable,” he said.
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Fresh reports piled pressure on Monday on FBI and CIA officials to explain the circumstances and timing of an investigation that ended the storied career of spy chief David Petraeus just three days after President Barack Obama’s re-election. Petraeus, an American hero credited with turning the tide of the Iraq war, resigned as head of the Central Intelligence Agency on Friday after admitting an extramarital affair, sparking concerns of a security breach and sending shockwaves around Washington. A leading Republican on Sunday questioned why, if there were serious concerns about comprised intelligence, it had taken several months for the FBI to finally notify the Obama administration. “It just doesn’t add up,” Peter King, the top Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee, told Cnn. “I have real questions about this. I think a timeline has to be looked at and analyzed to see what happened.” The questions were expected to multiply following a new York Times report on Monday that high-level officials at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department had known about Petraeus’s affair since late summer, but did not notify anybody outside of the agencies until last week. The law requires that the Senate and House intelligence committees be kept “fully and currently informed” of what the CIA and FBI are doing. And Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein made it clear Sunday she was not pleased. Appearing on the “Fox news Sunday” television show, she said she wanted to know why the FBI didn’t notify the intelligence committees sooner. “We should have been told,” Feinstein remarked. The US government is closed on Monday as part of the Veterans Day holiday. But on Tuesday, when the government reopens, senior FBI and CIA officials were scheduled to meet with leading members of Congress to bring them up to date about details of the probe, media reports said.
Israel’s next war may be with Gaza, but not Syria JERUSALEM
F Israel goes to war with any of its neighbors before this year ends it will be with Gaza not Syria, despite appearances. The Israeli army fired into Syria on Monday for the second day in a row, after a Syrian mortar round from fighting across the disengagement line hit the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights. Sunday’s Israeli missile was a warning shot. Monday’s tankfire scored a direct hit, the army said. There was no immediate word on any casualties. But it was the “message” Israel had warned would come. “There were five incidents of supposed errant fire from small arms or mortars,” Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Yaalon told Army Radio on Monday before the second incident. “We sent verbal messages. This didn’t help. So yes-
terday, for the first time, we sent a physical message,” he added. “If the message was understood, good. If the message was not understood, we will need to send other messages of the kind.” Syrian rebels fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad have been fighting his army for months in towns inside and adjacent to the Area of Separation between Israel and Syria, along the disengagement line drawn at the end of their 1973 war. Technically they are still at war, but it is a cold war. For almost 40 years the Golan has been one of Israel’s quietest fronts, and despite the close-up view of the Syrian civil war they now have from windy Golan outposts, Israeli generals are not expecting things to heat up in the north. “In my estimation, there is almost no doubt that he has no interest in opening a front,” Yaalon said of the beleaguered President Assad. “All he needs now would be for us to hit him.”
Any partisan squabbling over the United States’ looming budget crisis will harm its economy, according to a strong majority of economists polled by Reuters after Tuesday’s presidential election. While most said political leaders will avert by January 1 a “fiscal cliff” of automatic tax hikes and spending cuts worth $600 billion, respondents warned that confidence in the economy will be hit hard if talks descend into a major fight. Democratic President Barack Obama’s first item of business after winning the White House for a second term is to negotiate with a Republican majority in the House of Representatives to avoid a budget crunch before the start of next year. Both Obama and senior Republicans — defeated presidential candidate Mitt Romney and House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner — have stated their desire to cooperate. Forty-two out of 50 economists described as “high” the risk that fraught budget talks will harm investor and consumer confidence, while the remaining eight were “neutral”. But some of the damage has already been done. “The uncertainty around the cliff has and will continue to weigh on activity,” said Michael Hanson, senior U.S. economist at Bank of America-Merrill
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began with a week of bombing and shelling, followed up by a ground offensive. Some 1,400 Palestinians were killed, the majority civilians, and 13 Israelis lost their lives. Israel was strongly condemned by critics who called it a disproportionate use of force. But after a years-long spell of relative calm, the low-level conflict with Gaza has intensified this year, with waves of retaliatory violence flaring ever more frequently. The last burst was just two weeks ago. Ominously, the Islamist Hamas movement, which rules the enclave and dominates smaller militant groups, has stopped trying to keep the peace and reverted to firing its own rockets along with Islamic Jihad and others. Barak says the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) will respond. “Under my instruction the IDF ... is exploring the possibilities of increasing the response to Hamas and the other terror groups and we will hit the terror groups at an ever-growing pace,” he said on Sunday.
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Partisan fight over ‘fiscal cliff’ will harm US economy: poll WASHINGTON
But down south, real war clouds are gathering over the Gaza Strip, the blockaded coastal enclave from where Islamist Palestinian fighters are firing rockets at Israel, and in return are being picked off by Israeli air force strikes. “In the past month, over 20 terrorists and some civilians have been killed in the Gaza Strip and dozens have been wounded,” Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak said on Sunday. “The shooting has not stopped even today, even at this hour.” NO REFEREE: Unlike the Golan, where 1,000 United nations peacekeepers patrol the farmland and hills separating Syrian and Israeli army positions, Gaza has no referee to keep the peace. It is fenced off, but the Israel army patrols both sides of the fence. In December of 2008, repeated rocket fire that was spreading fear and misery among communities in southern Israel triggered an Israeli onslaught. Operation Cast Lead
Lynch. “You’ve seen signs of that in capital goods spending - orders and shipments — and it’s very possible that we’ll see hiring hit towards the end of the year, or early next year, depending on how the negotiations turn out.” There are already signs in corporate America that the budget uncertainty has sapped confidence in the economy, which is growing at a weak pace and is vulnerable to shocks. AT&T (T.n), the second-biggest U.S. mobile service provider, said business customers are nervous about spending. Chief Executive Randall Stephenson said on Wednesday the uncertainty around the fiscal cliff is creating “a real throttle on this country’s growth now”. Still, 46 out of 55 economists said politicians would strike a deal, but there was division on whether that would be stop-gap or permanent. Forecasts ranged from a three-month fix to a lasting solution. “SIX OR SEVEn SHORT WEEKS” Analysts were wary of a repeat of last year’s budget talks, in which partisan stalemate over the federal debt ceiling threatened a government shutdown as it hit the limit. That culminated in the loss of the United States’ coveted “AAA” top-notch credit rating from Standard & Poor’s, as politicians could only muster a series of temporary fixes. The country could be thrown back into recession if politicians fail to prevent the tax hikes and budget cuts. “A repeat of what we had last year would be of real concern,” said Paul Ferley, assistant chief economist at RBC.
“People sent these politicians to Washington to get things done, not engage in partisan bickering.” World stock markets are on course for their worst weekly performance since June, sagging largely thanks to the fiscal fears and the sovereign debt crisis in Europe. Forecasters expected little improvement before the year is out. They see the S&P 500 index .SPX at 1,375 going into 2013 — hardly changed from Thursday’s close 1,377.51, as investors wait to see how budget talks progress. “The hope is that in six or seven short weeks (politicians) can come to some sort of broad-based, bipartisan, longrun compromise. But that just seems like a very low probability outcome,” said BoAML’s Hanson. There also remains the question over the composition of America’s top economic policymakers over the next few months. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner is stepping down and there is little consensus over his replacement. Eleven economists cited Jack Lew, Obama’s White house chief of staff, as the most likely replacement, while nine pointed to Erskine Bowles, who was also chief of staff during Bill Clinton’s presidency. Of the 35 out of 55 economists who think Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will step down on conclusion of his second term, 21 thought his vicechair, Janet Yellen, would take over.
Turkey could bring back death penalty: erdogan ISTANBUL AgenCIeS
The Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday, Ankara could consider reinstating capital punishment in terror related crimes - a decade after the practice was abolished. “The authority (to forgive a killer) belongs to the family of the slain, not to us,” Erdogan was quoted as saying by Anatolia news agency. “necessary adjustments need to be made,” he said. “Given that death penalty exists in China, Japan, Russia and United States, Turkey also needs to review its position,” he added. The premier raised the issue last week citing popular support for such a move over the case of Abdullah Ocalan, the founding leader of the Kurdish militant group Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), who was charged with treason and sentenced to death in 1999. However, the sentence was converted to life imprisonment in October 2002 when Turkey abolished death penalty under pressure from the European Union (EU), which Ankara wanted to join. Erdogan’s suggestion to put the issue of death penalty on the parliament’s agenda comes amid a hunger strike by over 700 Kurdish prisoners who want better jail conditions for Ocalan, who has been kept in solitary confinement for over a year and a half. They also want the restriction on the use of Kurdish language lifted. Although some of the protesters have been fasting for more than 61 days now, Erdogan has dismissed the protest as “a show, blackmail and bluff.” On Saturday, several lawmakers from the parliament’s pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (PDP) also joined the hunger strike.
new details have emerged about the extramarital affair that abruptly ended the career of CIA chief David Petraeus, including the identity of a second woman whose complaints about harassing emails from the woman with whom he had the relationship, Paula Broadwell, prompted an FBI investigation. A person familiar with the investigation identified the second woman as Jill Kelley, a long-time friend of the Petraeus family and a Tampa, Florida volunteer social liaison with military families at MacDill Air Force Base. Kelley went to the FBI after receiving threatening emails that eventually were traced to Broadwell, law enforcement and security officials have said, prompting an investigation that turned up evidence that Petraeus and Broadwell were having an extramarital affair. “We and our family have been friends with General Petraeus and his family for over five years. We respect his and his family’s privacy and want the same for us and our three children,” Kelley said in a statement obtained by ABC news. Broadwell has not been available for comment and both the FBI and CIA have declined public comment on the matter. Petraeus has made no public comment since he announced his resignation on Friday. The affair has raised questions about whether U.S. national security was ever at risk and the timing of law enforcement and intelligence officials’ revelation of the matter to the White House, as well as who knew about the investigation before last week’s presidential election. Meanwhile, a former spokesman for Petraeus during his time as an Army general has said the affair with Broadwell, an Army reserve officer who co-authored a glowing biography of him, began after Petraeus retired from the Army in August 2011 to lead the spy agency and ended four months ago by mutual consent. Retired Colonel Steven Boylan, who was Petraeus’ spokesman in Iraq and has spoken to the general since he resigned at the CIA, downplayed the question of whether U.S. security had been at risk. He said Petraeus never gave Broadwell classified information or communicated with her via his government email. “My understanding is that she was only at the CIA twice. And at no time, based on conversations with him, did he provide her classified information, nor did she receive anything from him in that manner,” Boylan said in an interview. “My understanding is that they mutually determined that it was time to end it,” he said, adding that Petraeus “knows he made a huge mistake” and is now trying to focus on his family. “It wasn’t right. And it was done. That was about four months ago.” A law enforcement official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Petraeus was first interviewed in connection with the FBI investigation during the week of October 28, about a week after Broadwell was questioned. The FBI informed Petraeus’ boss, Director of national Intelligence James Clapper, in the early evening of Election Day, november 6. Senior U.S. officials said Clapper then informed the White House’s national Security Council staff of the issue and Petraeus’ intention to resign on Wednesday, the morning after President Barack Obama was re-elected to a second four-year term. Obama was informed later that day, they said.
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News 05 Invisible force involved in disrupting peace in Karachi, Quetta: Malik ISLAMABAD
M peSHAWAR: Bomb Disposal Squad officials use modern technology to defuse a bomb which was found in the nasirpur area on Monday. Online
PPP, AnP on collision course in next polls PESHAWAR SAJJAD AlI
As the political arena heats up in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa ahead of the general elections, two current coalition partners – the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the Awami national Party (AnP) – have embarked on an undeclared cold war against each other. The race between the two parties started recently with the appointment of Anwar Saifullah Khan as the PPP’s provincial chief in place of Senator Sardar Ali Khan. Right after assuming office early this year in September, Saifullah announced to discontinue the alliance with the AnP for the election and post-election period. Instead, he hinted of forming alliances and seat-to-seat adjustment with opposition parties, including Pakistan Muslim League (PML) factions, Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao, and other opposition leaders. Even in his native Lakki Marwat district, Saifullah conveyed a positive message to his family’s traditional rivals – the family of late MnA Haji Kabir Khan. Saifullah has also been focusing on reactivating party workers and stalwarts. In
this respect, he holds daily meetings with PPP workers, and supervises arrangements for the upcoming elections. In order to win over the conservative population, he recently called Taliban “brethren”, saying the PPP “intends to hold talks with them.” He has also remained quiet about terrorist attacks, particularly on AnP leaders. In the run up to the upcoming elections, Saifullah is eyeing seat-to-seat adjustments with other political parties. He has shown interest in PML factions, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) and Aftab Sherpao’s recently-established Quami Watan Party (QWP). Seat-to-seat adjustments between the PPP and PML factions is not a hard job for Anwar Saifullah, as his brother Salim Saifullah is leading the PMLLikeminded which recently allied with the PML-n. Similarly, Anwar Saifullah’s soft corner for Sherpao could bring the PPP and the QWP closer. In fact, both Saifullah and Sherpao have had similar ideas about the AnP – something which could unite them in the upcoming general elections. While most AnP leaders are carefully watching the developments, they are also discussing hostile statements by the PPP’s provincial chief. According to insiders, the
AnP high command has directed its office bearers and ministers to remain silent, yet alert to Saifullah’s policies. Over the past four years, the AnP has backed the PPP government on every platform and all of its policies. However, the hostile statements by newly-elected PPP KP president are becoming a source of concern among AnP leaders. In response to Saifullah’s renunciation of alliance with the AnP ahead of the elections, AnP Provincial President Senator Afrasaib Khattak said that his party needed no alliance with any party, and that it would contest the next election on the basis of its performance. Saifullah’s statement about the Taliban that they are “our brothers” also exacerbates the differences within the two parties. AnP leaders said that dozens of their workers and leaders, including parliamentarians, had rendered sacrifices to save the country from militants, but the PPP provincial president was calling them “brothers”. Whatever may be the PPP’s strategy regarding the post-election scenario, Saifullah’s nomination as PPP provincial president has taken away the chance of an alliance or understanding with the JUI-F.
I n I S T E R for Interior Rehman Malik said on Monday that an invisible force was engaged in disrupting peace in Karachi and Quetta and was giving it sectarian colour. He vowed that he would not let the ‘invisible force’ succeed in its sinister plans against the country. Talking to journalists after a meeting with Ulema from different schools of thought, Rehman Malik said that there was no sectarian clash in the two cities but rather some enemies of the country who were trying to give it sectarian colour. “The law enforcement agencies are gathering information and soon the names of those who have indulged in these activities, will be revealed,” he added. He said that the objective of meeting the Ulema was to formulate a strategy to control the law and order situation during Muharram ul Haram. The meeting was attended by Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman, Syed niaz Hussain naqvi, Muhammad Yasin Zafar, Abdul Malik, Dr Atta-ur-Rehman and Hafiz Syed Qutab. Malik said that all the Ulema will play a positive role for the promotion of religious harmony during Muharram and will avoid hurting sentiments of people belonging to different schools of thought. “The Ulema will spread the message of peace and unity during the holy month and will condemn bloodshed,” he added. He said that all the Ulema considered terrorists as the enemies of Islam, humanity and of Pakistan. He appealed to the print and electronic media not to publish or telecast provocative reports and statements. It was decided that a representative from each sect would meet media personnel, asking them not to telecast live programmes, rather release them after proper editing. Rehman Malik said that he would soon establish a mechanism to ensure con-
tinuous contact with the Ulema. It was decided that a strong system would be established with the help of the Ulema and law enforcement agencies in all major cities and towns to counter terrorism. The meeting condemned the killing of innocent students of a Madrassa in Karachi and decided that the government would provide security to the Madrassa’s and mosques all over the country. “Raids on Madrassa’s would be avoided unless very necessary, in which case, they will be conducted in consultation with the Madrassa administrator,” he added. The meeting expressed concern over the situation in Karachi and agreed that the government should take action against all the perpetrators irrespective of their political affiliation. The meeting asked the Parliament to pass the anti-terrorism act as early as possible.
UN sanctions unlikely to end Haqqani safe haven in Pakistan NEWS DESK now that the Haqqani network has been recognized as a terrorist organization by the world’s premier governing body, are its days of refuge in Pakistan over? not likely, according to veteran observers of the Taliban-allied militant group that hails from Afghanistan but is seen to enjoy cosy relations with Pakistani intelligence services, according to a report on the Radio Free Europe website on Monday. The Un Security Council’s november 5 decision to blacklist the Haqqani network along with the architect of many of its suicide attacks came as a mild surprise, not least because Pakistan currently sits on the 15-member council. But while Islamabad has vowed full compliance with the requirement that all 193 Un member states impose asset freezes, travel bans, and arms embargos against the Haqqani network, observers don’t expect Pakistan to ditch the group just yet. Cyril Almeida, an Islamabad-based journalist who covers militant groups closely, suggests that, at best, Pakistan could think twice about supporting Afghan Taliban factions in the future. “It is sort of taken as a fait accompli,” he says. “What they [the West] want to do, they will do. And what the Haqqanis want to do and Pakistan wants to do, they will continue to do. But we are now one step away from being a state sponsor of terrorism because if we have a designated terrorist group operating from Pakistani soil — a fact that even Pakistan doesn’t deny anymore — then what happens next?” A Hands-Off Approach
Almeida notes that Islamabad essentially adopted a hands-off approach to the Afghan Taliban after it was forced out of power in Afghanistan in late 2001. “I don’t think anyone has seen any significant attempt to clamp down on the Haqqani network militarily, financially, or in terms of traveling,” he says. “It goes to the days of the early 2000s when the Taliban used to crossover into Pakistan after the U.S. attack on Afghanistan, and we didn’t really say anything. We [Pakistan] said: ‘Look, we can’t stop them. If you want to stop them, deal with them on your side of the border.’” Islamabad does have the wherewithal to severely disrupt or even stop the group’s operations if it chose to, according to Gretchen Peters, an author and researcher who has been investigating the Haqqani network’s finances in Pakistan. But Peters maintains that Pakistan’s blacklisting is a cause for concern among the country’s civilian and military leaders, who worry about the possibility that the Haqqani network could turn its guns against its erstwhile allies in the Pakistani security establishment. “I think the question is if [these concerns] therefore translate into the will and the capacity to do very much about them,” she says. “Certainly, Pakistan can cause them a lot of trouble in terms of their financial operations, their movement around Pakistan, [and] their travel. It is well known in intelligence circles where the senior leadership [of the network] are living, are residing. I don’t think there is any reason why Pakistan couldn’t go and arrest the senior leaders of the Haqqani network if they
wanted to.” According to Peters, the Haqqanis and other Afghan militant leaders live fairly openly in northwest Pakistan. She adds that her research shows that leaders of the group could even maintain residences in major cities such as Peshawar and the nearby garrison town of Rawalpindi. Pakistan’s Patchy Record She asserts that this is supported by information the U.S. military has compiled from captured Haqqani safe houses, leaders, and fighters. “Virtually every record we found having to do with financial activity or
property ownership — whether it was real estate or vehicles or anything — everything was purchased in Pakistan,” she says. “That was where the command and control of the operation was. This is a network, in terms of its financial operations, [that] was very deeply entrenched [and] has its roots very deep into Pakistan.” Pakistan has a patchy record of enforcing Un sanctions imposed against Taliban and Al-Qaeda leaders since they were first introduced in 1999. Arrests and asset-seizures have been few, and some Pakistani militant organizations linked to Al-Qaeda have contin-
ued to operate openly as charities or political groups after renaming themselves or contesting the sanctions in Pakistani courts. And the recent Un blacklisting came more from inaction than action on the part of Pakistan. Adding the Haqqani network as well as suicide-mission mastermind Qari Zakir to the blacklist was the result of a unanimous decision by Security Council members. But in what is known as a “silence procedure,” the vote was conducted by email and unanimously adopted when no objections were raised within a 24-hour period.
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Over 5,000 personnel ensure safe Muharram ISLAMABAD
SLAMABAD Police have finalised a comprehensive security arrangements for the processions, religious gatherings during Muharram ul Harram and decided to launch combing and search operations in various slum areas of the city including Afghan habitats to ensure fool proof security. The formal approval of this plan was given in a meeting presided by Inspector General of Police Islamabad Bani Amin Khan after its thorough review of plan. The meeting was attended by DIG (Headquarters) Dr Sultan Azam Temuri, DIG (Security) Ahmed Mukaram, SSP Islamabad Yaseen Farooq, SSP Headquarters Malik Yousuf, SSP (Security) Mir Vais niaz, SSP (Traffic) Dr. Meen Masood, al SPs SDPOs, SHOs and relvant police officials. The IGP directed all wings of Islamabad police to ensure complete coordination for success of this plan. The IGP directed all SDPOs and SHOs to launch effective search operation as well as combing activities in the slum areas of the city including Afghan habitats and enhance vigilance at all entrance points of the city. He asked SSP (Operation) to himself monitor this search operation while relevant SPs have been also asked to inform his office on daily basis about progress in this regard. He also directed to maintain close liaison with peace committees and organisers of Majalis and processions. He said that cooperation of organisers should be ensured with the police and law enforcing officials. A total of 909 religious gatherings (Majalis) and 177 processions (159 traditional and 18 licensed) will be held. The religious gatherings have been divided into three categories as per security as-
pect and 144 Majalis have been placed in Category A, 470 in Category B, 295 in Category C while 14 processions have been put in Category A, 88 in Category B and 75 in Category C. The IGP directed for strict security arrangements on these occasions and special checking of participants. He said that special arrangements should be made for checking of `burqa-cladâ€™ women participants in a prestigious way
Planning Commission releases Rs 88.8b for PSDP ISLAMABAD A pp
The Planning Commission of Pakistan released Rs 88.8 billion under its Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) against the total allocations of Rs 233 billion for the fiscal year 2012-13. Out of the total Rs 51.5 billion had been released for 344 infrastructure development projects while Rs 34.5 billion had been set aside for 673 social sector projects, according to the latest data of the Planning Commission. Similarly, Rs 0.8 billion had been released for 68 other projects and Rs 2 billion for Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (ERRA). According to the data, these releases had been made against Rs 233 PSDP allocations up to november 8. The total size of the PSDP for the year 2012-13 was Rs 360, including Rs 100 billion foreign aid, which was managed by the Economic Affairs Division and Rs 27 billion special programmes, release of which were made by the Cabinet Division or Finance Division. According to break up details the total cost of 344 infrastructure projects had been estimated at Rs 2346.4 billion, out of which Rs 210.9 billion had been earmarked in the 2012-13 budget that included Rs 85.6 as foreign aid. The total cost of social sector projects was Rs 547.1 billion, of which Rs 136.2 billion had been allocated in the current PSDP with foreign aid of Rs 8.4 percent. The cost of other projects had been estimated at Rs 40.6 billion, out of which Rs 3 billion had been earmarked in the PSDP 2012-13 while Rs 10 billion had been earmarked for ERRA in the current development programme. The Planning Commission of Pakistan had been following a proper mechanism for the release of funds and accordingly funds are released as per given mechanism.
and to install walk through gates at the entrance points of Majalis. He said that it should be ensured to make arrangements for checking of participants of Majalis and processions thorough using metal detectors. Strict vigilance should be maintained to ensure that security measures are in place by the police as well as peace committees, the IGP maintained. Rangers and FC will also assist Is-
lamabad police to ensure elaborate security arrangements. The IGP also ordered all SHOs to make proper light arrangements after negotiations with concerned authorities and also to weed out bushes in the various areas in the vicinity of worship places. He said that it should be ensured that processions will pass through the fixed routes and timings of processions to be observed strictly. The IGP also directed
for effective patrolling and use commando vehicles for the purpose. The IGP directed for maintaining close coordination among all wings of Islamabad police and staff. The IGP asked SSP (Traffic) to ensure arrangements for avoiding any inconvenience to road users and special deployment should be made for smooth flow of traffic at alternate routes when processions will be carried out. It should be ensured that Parking lots to be far away from the processions with proper security arrangements there and metal detectors would be used at entry and exit points too. He said that walk through gates must be installed at all entry and exit points of Majalis and processions and it should be covered through large strength of policemen.He also asked all SPs, SDPOs to take steps to curb wall chalking or pasting posters which may hurt sentiments of people. Patrolling officers must conduct visit of all the routes of Muharram processions and Imambargahs and rooftops to be covered by the police officials. The IGP said that lady Police should be deputed for the female gatherings while police officers and Jawans would perform security duties outside the Imambargahs. All Station House Officers (SHOs) should get the complete bio-data of those volunteers performing security duties. Peace committees would be asked to ensure that no stranger is allowed to stay in the worship places for security reasons during the month of Muharram. It will be also mandatory for the participants and organizers of the processions to get clearance certificates from the concerned police station before its start as a part of effective security measure. It has been also directed for strict vigilance of those persons deputed special security duties while movement of specific religious leaders will be also monitored.
lack of cleanliness irritates residents ISLAMABAD App
Residents of the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi faced a lot of difficulty, as the authorities concerned seemed least interested in fulfilling their responsibilities regarding cleanliness. Heaps of garbage, scattered construction raw material and the recent mushrooming of a large number of bushes alongside roads and streets need immediate attention. Residents blamed the concerned authorities for the situation, which had caused different kinds of diseases in the locality. They said that pedestrians avoided using footpaths due to the bushes and preferred roads, which caused disruption in the smooth flow of traffic and could also lead to accidents.
Residents also alleged that the civic body did not bother to ensure proper maintenance of parks. They said that there was no place where public gatherings could be organized in the sectors. Kashif Ali, a resident of F-6, said that the issue had been brought to the notice of CDA. Even the roads and streetlights were in poor shape, adding to the woes of residents. The residents said that they had to hire people to check the growth themselves. When contacted, the CDA official said that the concerned staff regularly cleaned parks, streets and markets. He also said that CDA had started cutting shrubs on the footpaths to provide safe way to pedestrians. CDA would also shortly launch a drive against wild grass in the capital city.
CJ LHC constitutes Rawalpindi benches RAWALPINDI App
To provide speedy justice, Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial constituted three division benches (DB) and six single benches (SBs) for the Lahore High court Rawalpindi bench for this week. According to details DB 1 would comprise of Justice Mansoor Ali Shah and Justice Muhammad Farrukh Irfan Khan, DB 2 would comprise of Justice
Mamoon Rashid Sheikh and Justice Muhammad Younas while DB 3 would comprise of Justice Mazhar Ali Akbar naqvi and Justice Ali Baqar najfi. The divisional benches would hear the murder cases and appeals of all kinds. The six single benches would comprise of Justice Mansoor Ali Shah, Justice Mamoon Rashid Sheikh, Justice Mazhar Ali Akbar naqvi, Justice Muhammad Farrukh Irfan Khan, Justice Ali Baqar najfi and Justice Muhammad Younas.
Polyclinic Hospital expansion project lingers on despite PMâ€™s directives ISLAMABAD Inp
The expansion project of Federal Government Services Hospital (Polyclinic Hospital) was in doldrums as a demand notice of Rs 55 million could not be released for the initiation of the project. Under the expansion project, a five-storey medical tower with a capacity of 1,100 beds was to be constructed in Argentina Park situated next to the Polyclinic Hospital. The project was also to have neurosurgery, cardiac surgery, plastic surgery, MRI and state-of-theart operation theatre facilities. The government of Argentina had gifted the park land for the expansion of Polyclinic Hospital. In addition, it assured technical training to medical staff, but despite directives of Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, funds could not be arranged and delays may cause cancellation of allotment of the project. On the other hand, Argentinean Ambassador to Pakistan J Martin repeatedly offered complete cooperation to the Polyclinic Hospital administration but the project lingers on due to unknown reasons.
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Islamabad 07 Shortage of medicine in Rawalpindi allied hospitals decried RAWALPINDI Inp
Patients of the three allied hospital of Rawalpindi, Benazir Bhutto Hospital, District Headquarters Hospital and Holy Family Hospital, were faced with an acute shortage of free medicine. According to sources, the hospitals operated under the Health Department and Allied Hospitals and Rawalpindi Medical College Authority. Patients in Emergency and Intensive Care Units (ICUs) were provided medicines to a relatively greater extent, but the persons admitted in the hospitals and those visiting OPDs could not get medicines. The procedure of demand and supply of the medicines to the hospitals had also been changed. Earlier the MSs of each hospital used to send the supply order but now the principal of the Allied Hospitals and Rawalpindi Medical College sent the supply order under the policy of centralisation. According to the Punjab Health Department policy says that medicines would be provided to all the patients coming to the hospitals, but that is not going on in practical.
Regional anti-narcotics moot begins in Islamabad
ISLAMABAD: Two-day Regional Ministerial Conference on counter-narcotics began in Islamabad on Monday. Inaugurating the conference‚ Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jeelani underlined the need for taking comprehensive measure to check the drug trafficking. The conference is aimed at boosting joint efforts with key regional partners to counter narcotics. At the invitation of President Asif Ali Zardari‚ Ministers from twelve regional countries are participating in the Conference. The invited countries include Afghanistan‚ Azerbaijan‚ China‚ India‚ Iran‚ Kazakhstan‚ Kyrgyz Republic‚ Russian Federation‚ Tajikistan‚ Turkmenistan‚ Turkey and Uzbekistan. The aim of the Conference is to share national experiences in countering the menace of illicit drugs. StAff RepoRt
Punjab government approves installation of LED lights RAWALPINDI: Punjab government gave approval for the installation LED lights on bridges all over the province, including Rawalpindi. Sources said that in accordance with the plan, LED lights would be installed on Chandni Chowk flyover. Shahbaz Sharif had inaugurated the project on March 10. onlIne
FRoM FAR AWAY lANDS: A woman looks at a display at the “the Sprit of Budo” exhibition on the history of Japan’s Martial Arts that was organised by the Japanese embassy at National Art Gallery. inP
Measures for preventing recruitment of children in armed groups demanded ISLAMABAD App
Child rights experts on Monday stressed that the state should take all feasible measures to prevent recruitment and usage of children in hostilities by armed groups. Addressing a national consultation for the ratification of the Optional Protocol to the United nations Convention of the Rights of Child (UnCRC) organized by the Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child (SPARC), they said that it was the responsibility of the state to take legal measures to prohibit and criminalize such practices. Arshad Mahmood, senior manager Child Rights Governance Save the Children International said that national and international advocacy could play an important role in pressuring countries to implement international treaties. He said that the Optional Protocol to the UnCRC was adopted by the United nations General Assembly resolution in 2000 and enforced in 2002. The Un General Assembly had adopted a new Optional Protocol to the UnCRC, establish-
ing a complaints procedure for the violation of children’s rights. “The new treaty,” Arshad said, “will enable children, or their representatives, claiming that their rights had been violated to bring a complaint to an international committee of children’s rights experts if they had not been able to get remedies for these violations in their countries.” He said that currently 150 countries had ratified the Optional Protocol and the need for this Protocol was felt as article 38 of the UnCRC was not consistent with the protection of children, as it stated that 15 year olds were not to take part in direct hostilities and prohibited the recruitment of children under the age of 15 years into armed forces. Speaking on the occasion, national Manager (Child Rights) SPARC Iqbal Detho said that once states sign or ratify international conventions, state parties are bound to make their domestic laws in conformity with international obligations. Furthermore, states were accountable for respecting, protecting and fulfilling those rights, even if those rights were violated by non-state actors.
Hashoo Foundation co-sponsors University for a Night ISLAMABAD pR
Each year ‘University for a night’ brings together leaders from around the world from different sectors of society to share ideas and inspiration about systemic solutions to poverty and other complex problems and to award the David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award. The event was held in Europe for the first time on October 22 in London and featured 155 participants. The event was sponsored by the Hashoo Foundation, Kim-Samuel Johnson, and Shell. Past recipients of the award include Bill Clinton, Sir Richard Branson, Bill Gates, Melinda French Gates and William H Gates Sr, nelson Mandela and Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan. This year participants
joined Synergos’ Founder and Chair Peggy Dulany in honouring His Highness the Agha Khan, founder and chairman of the Agha Khan Development network (AKDn), with the David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award. Mr Rockefeller in a letter to the Agha Khan, wrote, “Through the Agha Khan Development network, you have leveraged the social conscience of Islam in ways that benefit people of all faiths, promoting tolerance, pluralism and broad-based development.” In acknowledging the award, His Highness spoke about the importance of civil society in development. “As I have done my work over the past decades, I have concluded that one of the most important forces in development is civil society,” he explained. “If you think about the countries around the world which have
had fragile governments but still made progress, there are umpteen examples of countries which have made progress because they have had a strong civil society.” Hashoo Foundation Founder Sadruddin Hashwani, Hashoo Foundation Chair Sarah Hashwani, and Executive Director Hashoo Foundation USA Cristal Montañéz Baylor, were among the guests. The Hashoo Foundation is a non-profit organization which was set up in 1988. The foundation’s vision is to help create an ethical and inclusive society in which people live with dignity and have power over their own lives. It has numerous initiatives across Pakistan, the US and in UK. The foundation’s projects focus on economic development, education, skills development and humanitarian assistance.
Foreigner specialist doctors to be hired in institute of Cardiology Rawalpindi RAWALPINDI Inp
The Punjab government decided to hire specialist doctors from abroad to bring the Rawalpindi Institute of Cardiology up to international standards. Member national Assembly Hanif Abbasi announced that world famous British doctor of Pakistani origin, Dr Husnaat Ahmed, would join the institute in connection with the initiative. The MnA said that Head of the Institute of Cardiology Major General (r) Dr Azhar Kiani had signed a contract with Dr Husnaat during one of his foreign trips. An Australian children heart specialist would also be brought to the institute, he said, adding that the doctors would be permitted to practice privately in the institute under an agreement. According to the agreement, the doctor would pay 45 percent of their income to the institute.
worn out pipelines causing interruption in gas supply ISLAMABAD onlIne
Old and depleted pipelines in the twin cities caused interruption in gas supply, while Sui northern Gas acted as a silent spectator. Sources said that certain gas pipelines were leaking, due to which gas was being wasted on a daily basis causing difficulties for local residents. Residents claimed that they had lodged complaints in this regard from time to time, but to no avail. The situation was going to worsen in winters, they added. Locals said that the gas department received maintenance funds on an annual basis but nothing was done to resolve their problems regarding the gas-supply. They requested the concerned authorities to take action and resolve the prevalent crisis.
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rig (r) Rizwan Khan, an eye-specialist, warned against excessive use of coloured contact lenses and said that they could affect the eyes and could result in blindness. He said contact lens must be avoided as it can result in vision haziness and swelling of the eyes. This is caused by lower amounts of oxygen being delivered to the corneas, which is a condition known as hypoxia he said, adding scrapes and scratches to the corneas can also occur. Problems with contact lenses are thankfully rare but are more likely to occur if the recommended hygiene procedures are not followed. That is why it is important to listen carefully to the advice of your contact lens practitioner and always follow instructions on lens wear and care, he said. Occasionally one may experience mild discomfort or redness with lenses. If discomfort is caused by a dirty, dusty or damaged lens, or by the lens being inside out, symptoms will usually improve when the lens are removed. More serious problems (such as corneal infection, affecting the clear tissue at the front of the eye) are very unusual but can
cause irritation, pain, redness, watery eyes or discharge. The eyes may also be sensitive to light and vision may be blurred. In almost all cases of infection, symptoms are not relieved by removing the contact lens. Do not forget to ask yourself these three questions, each time you wear your lenses: Do my eyes feel good with my lenses? – no discomfort Do my eyes look good? – no redness Do I see well? – no unusual blurring with either eye If the answer to any of these questions is no, leave your lenses off and consult your contact lens practitioner immediately, who will advise you on what to do next. Remember that contact lens-related infections of the cornea, the transparent front part of the eye, are rare, affecting only about four in 10,000 contact lens wearers per year. Vision loss due to corneal infection associated with contact lenses is less common and affects only six in 100,000 wearers annually. Good hygiene and not wearing your lenses overnight are the most important factors in minimising the risk of infection. Poor hygiene increases the chances of an infection by four times. Sleeping in contact lenses overnight also increases the risk by about four times, irrespective of lens type. Your
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practitioner can discuss with you the pros and cons of lenses that are approved for extended wear. Avoid sleeping in your extended wear lenses if you’re unwell. Daily disposable lenses have a low rate of serious infection when used on a strict daily wear schedule. Smokers have a higher risk of infection, three times that of non-smokers. Another risk factor is buying contact lenses over the internet, which may be related to contact lens care attitudes and behaviours. Wearers who buy lenses from sources other than their eye care practitioner have been shown to be less likely to follow good eyecare health practices, including being less likely to attend regular aftercare check-ups. HERE ARE SOME OF THE TIPS: Play it safe and cut out these common shortcuts: Tap water: never use tap water in place of your contact solution. Tap water can harbour microorganisms that can cause eye infections. Tapping off: Always start with fresh contact solution. Do not reuse solution and ‘tap off’ by adding more. Poor hygiene: Keep your contact case clean and follow lens cleaning and handling instructions. Ignoring the schedule: Do not leave contacts in longer than instructed.
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Low turnout as Ireland votes to improve children's rights Opposition unites as Israel fires Syria warning shots DUBLIN App
Ireland has voted to amend its constitution to improve children's rights, giving the state greater powers to intervene in cases of abuse and neglect, results showed Sunday. Saturday's referendum passed but not by the expected landslide, with a victory margin of just 169,868 votes, or 58 percent to 42. The referendum, only the second to be held on a Saturday, had the lowest turnout for 16 years with just 33.5 percent of the electorate casting their vote. Prime Minister Enda Kenny said it was
HE Syrian opposition agreed on Sunday to unite against Bashar alAssad's regime as Israel fired warning shots into the wartorn country in response to mortar fire that hit the Golan Heights. After four days of marathon talks in Qatar, the Syrian national Council finally signed up to a wider, more representative bloc centred on a government-inwaiting, as demanded by Arab and Western states. The Israeli warning shot across the Un-monitored ceasefire line between Syria and the occupied Golan Heights came after a mortar round fired from the Syrian side hit an Israeli position. It came after Prime Minister Benjamin netanyahu told his cabinet Israel was "ready for any development." Reservations in SnC ranks about what many members saw as a move to sideline it had prompted repeated delays in the Doha talks and mounting frustration among other dissident groups and the opposition's Arab and Western
a historic day for children in Ireland. "It is the first time the constitution of this republic will recognise (children) as citizens in their own right," he said. "The passing of this amendment will help make childhood a good, secure and loving space for all our children. "It will also give hope, reassurance and confidence to parents, foster parents and vulnerable children," he added. It follows Dublin's commitment to introduce a change to the constitution after a series of high-profile child abuse cases before the Irish courts in recent years. The rights of individual children will now be recognised, allowing the courts to make decisions
on a case-by-case basis and allowing the state to intervene earlier in cases of neglect. Prior to this, the right of the family unit, especially the mother, was given priority. The final days of campaigning were mired in controversy after the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that the government's information booklet -- distributed to homes nationwide -- was biased towards a "yes" vote. Kenny's government apologised but resisted calls from no campaigners to postpone the vote. The no camp could potentially lodge an appeal against the result after the Supreme Court ruling.
US declares support for united Syrian opposition The United States late on Sunday declared its support for the united Syrian opposition after various groups opposed to the government of President Bashar al-Assad decided to come together following talks in Doha, Qatar. "We look forward to supporting the national Coalition as it charts a course toward the end of Assad's bloody rule and the start of the peaceful, just, democratic future that all the people of Syria deserve," State Department deputy spokesman Mark Toner said in a statement. App supporters. But after negotiations ran into the early hours of Sunday and resumed in the afternoon, the anti-Assad factions agreed to form a "national Coalition of Forces of the Syrian Revolution and Opposition." "We signed a 12-point agreement to establish a coalition," said leading dissident Riad Seif, who drew up the US-backed reform proposals on which Sunday's agreement was based.
S. Koreaâ€™s first lady to face land-deal probe SEOUL App
South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak's wife will be questioned in writing by special prosecutors probing alleged irregularities in the purchase of a retirement home for her husband, officials said Monday. The questioning of First Lady Kim Yoon-Ok comes at a sensitive time, with South Korea just weeks away from a presidential election on December 19. Park Geun-Hye, daughter of assassinated military dictator Park Chung-Hee, will contest from President Lee's ruling new Frontier Party. Prosecutors have already grilled Lee's brother and son, but assistant special counsel Lee Chang-Hoon said protocol dictated that Kim would not be required to appear before the investigation team in person. "We have decided to conduct a written questioning of the first lady," Lee told reporters. The probe is focused on alleged irregularities in the purchase of a plot of land on the southern edge of Seoul to build a retirement home for President Lee when he formally leaves office in January. The lot was jointly purchased by the president's son, Lee Si-Hyung, and the presidential security service which would need to house its agents on the site. But the cost was allegedly not split evenly, with suggestions that the security service paid too high a price for its share, while Lee's son got a below-market rate for the residential plot. The president's wife and brother have been included in the investigation because of reports that they each loaned Lee Si-Hyung 600 million won ($550,000) to buy the lot.
gAzA CIty: A palestinian man cries in a hospital morgue upon learning of the death of his relative in an Israeli strike. AgeNCieS
Strong quake strikes oďŹ€ Guatemala WASHINGTON
Street protests as Greek deputies consider budget vote ATHENS
A strong 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck off the Pacific coast of Guatemala on Sunday, US seismologists said, just days after a tremor in the same area left 42 people dead. The epicenter of the quake, which struck at 2215 GMT, was located 24 kilometers (15 miles) westsouthwest of the town of Champerico, and 180 kilometers west-southwest of Guatemala City, the US Geological Survey said. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was "no destructive widespread tsunami threat" based on the data.
Thousands of protesters massed outside Greece's parliament Sunday as lawmakers prepared to vote on a 2013 budget that includes draconian cuts but needs to pass for vital foreign aid to be released. Police estimated around 15,000 marchers joined two separate marches in the capital Athens. The parliamentary vote, due to take place late Sunday or early Monday is the latest hurdle the government needs to clear in its bid to head off bankruptcy in the debt-crippled country. The proposed budget includes another 9.4 billion euros ($12 billion) in cuts and paints a gloomy outlook for the country's economy and government finances.
But Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras, while acknowledging the sacrifices already endured by Greeks, told parliament on Saturday that 2013 would crucial for the Greek economy. This latest vote comes just days after parliament narrowly adopted a separate austerity package on Wednesday. That suggests that the coalition government led by conservative Prime Minister Antonis Samaras will squeeze the budget through parliament: it controls 169 seats in the 300member assembly. The austerity regime imposed on Greece, which has included massive cuts to public-sector wages and pensions, has triggered a series of general strikes. Street protests in major cities have frequently turned violent.
3 Lebanese killed in Hezbollah-linked clashes SIDON App
Three Lebanese were killed in the southern port city of Sidon in a gunbattle on Sunday between supporters of the Shiite group Hezbollah and a Sunni cleric, a security official said. "Three people were killed and seven injured in clashes between supporters of Sheikh Ahmed al-Assir and Hezbollah near a Palestinian refugee camp in Sidon. One of the injured was a representative for Hezbollah for the area," the
source told AFP on condition of anonymity, updating an earlier toll. Assir had given an ultimatum to Hezbollah supporters in the city to take down all posters promoting the Shiite militia, but that they refused. Supporters of the cleric then ripped down a poster of Hezbollah chief Hassan nasrallah, a staunch ally of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, and clashes ensued. Unknown before the outbreak of the uprising in neighbouring Syria last year, Assir rose to prominence for his outspo-
ken opposition to the Assad regime and his calls for disarming Hezbollah, the strongest military force in the country. "There will be no security compromises after today. The army will open fire on anyone holding a weapon," Interior Minister Marwan Charbel said during an emergency security meeting with local security officials in Sidon. The statement came after Prime Minister najib Mikati called on Lebanese to "remain calm and execute restraint at this critical and delicate juncture".
The premier also requested the army and security agencies take prompt measures to bring the situation under control and arrest those behind the violence. Lebanon's opposition coalition has accused Mikati, a prominent Sunni figure, of complacency in leading a Hezbollah-controlled government. The Syrian revolt has deepened political and religious divisions in Lebanon, which is split between supporters and opponents of the Damascus regime dominated by Alawites.
Bushfire razes homes in Australia SYDNEY App
Seven homes were destroyed by wildfire in Australia, officials said Monday, warning of a long and difficult summer ahead for firefighters. The large blaze at Tulka, 12 kilometres (seven miles) south of Port Lincoln in South Australia state, razed the homes as it tore through 2,000 hectares (4,950 acres) of scrubland late Sunday, the Country Fire Service (CFS) said. Extra crews had been called in to help fight the fire, which was burning within containment lines but was yet to be brought under control. Residents had been evacuated. "We have about 100 firefighters on the ground," a CFS spokesman said. "Although it's not posing any immediate threat it still hasn't been controlled." It was unclear what sparked the fire but it quickly gathered force due to the hot, squally weather, the spokesman said. Conditions were expected to be milder Monday, favouring fire crews, but South Australia and most other states are anticipating a tough summer with hot and dry weather forecast. "We've had a lot of rainfall, a lot of growth, a lot of vegetation and we're expecting a very busy fire season as a consequence of that," the CFS spokesman said. Southeastern Australia was last devastated by wildfires in February 2009, when a horrific blaze swept through Victoria state, killing 173 people and destroying more than 2,000 homes. It was Australia's worst natural disaster in the modern era.
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10 Comment Dedicated to the legacy of the late Hameed Nizami
Pakistan’s renewal Re-visioning Jinnah’s idea of a state
Arif Nizami Editor Lahore – Ph: 042-36298305-10 Fax: 042-36298302 Karachi – Ph: 021-35381208-9 Fax: 021-35381208 Islamabad – Ph: 051-2287414-6 Fax: 051-2287417 Web: www.pakistantoday.com.pk Email: email@example.com
that one stickler of a problem law and order breakdown in Karachi
n Karachi, only the VVIPs travelling in bullet proof vehicles and surrounded by personal guards are assured of safety. Leaving the common people at the mercy of the killers, a fairly large number of Police and Rangers act as security details for the VVIPs. A variety of killers, therefore, are having a field day. On Friday and Saturday alone, thirty people died taking the toll of the last week to around one hundred. With Muharram approaching, it is natural for people to feel perturbed. In September last year, a five-member bench of the SC heard government officials, security agencies and politicians from different parties to evolve suggestions for the improvement in law and order. The suggestions that were finally announced included an operation to cleanse the city of illegal weapons, depoliticisation of police, effective legislation against land mafia, end of no-go areas, action against bhatta mafia, issuance of arms licences only through nADRA and a joint Police-nADRA cell for action against illegal aliens. Thanks to the lack of action on the part of the administration, 1,800 more have been killed since. Karachi suffers from a combination of factors that include the federal government’s peculiar policy of reconciliation, bad governance and inefficiency of the security agencies. While desperate ailments require desperate remedies, the coalition administration in Karachi is unwilling to go beyond routine measures like prohibition of pillion riding and warnings to police officials. Last week, it was revealed before another SC bench that some of the hardened criminals, including those involved in multiple murders, had been released on parole on the orders of the provincial administration, obviously on account of political exigencies. It is on account of these factors that a variety of killers continue to strike with impunity in the city. A section of the militants has singled out the members of the Shia community while another has attacked the in-service and retired security personnel and their family members. Last week, the Sachal Rangers’ residential complex was attacked by the militants. That the Rangers were unable to ensure their own security sent a demoralising message to the common man. Gang warfare too continues to rage in the city. The discovery of several tortured bodies stuffed in guinea bags leads one to conclude that there are several torture centres in the city. Unless the civilian law enforcement agencies undertake a well-coordinated operation to clean up and seize weapons, arrest killers and put an end to no-go areas, the demand by the business community for military action in Karachi would be voiced by other sections of society also.
akistan is passing through the most dangerous period of its existence. There have been more killings of security personnel and civilians in the wake of terrorism since 2001 than the civilian and military personnel killed in all Pakistan-India wars. A good number of deaths have taken place in urban area. Most of these killings are attributed to the Taliban and their affiliate groups based in the tribal areas and other religious-extremist and sectarian groups based in mainland Pakistan. A good number of people subscribing to Islamic or conservative-rightest orientations talk about the treacherous Indian policies that threatened Pakistan but they do not criticise any specific militant Islamic groups that have killed more Pakistanis. They often defend the Taliban and similar extremist and terrorists groups by suggesting that violent activities are resorted to by the agents of Pakistan’s foreign enemycountries rather than the genuine Taliban who are friends of Pakistan. They also attribute sectarian killings to hired killers rather than engaging in dispassionate review of the developments in Pakistan over the last two decades to understand internal turmoil. Some describe the violent activities of the Taliban groups as a reaction of the innocent people by American drone aircrafts. The divided and confused state of mind of a large section of populace has enabled religious orthodoxy and religio-cultural intolerance to seep deep into the society. It has By Dr Hasan Askari Rizvi penetrated the state institutions, including the lower echelons of the military and a large section of ex-service personnel. At times vague and generalised statements are issued by Pakistan Muslim League-nawaz and other political parties, including the Tehrik-iInsaf, on terrorism. The madrassas that share sectarian identity with the Taliban and their affiliates consider it obligatory to support them. The military’s policy of periodically using right wing Islamic groups for defending the causes important for the military or to pursue their partisan agenda in the domestic context has also created enough space for these groups to survive. There is no empirical evidence to suggest that the suicide bombing and bomb explosions can be linked directly to drone
attacks. Up to now, no Pakistani media person has ever been allowed by the Taliban to visit the building and compound attacked by drone aircraft. The Pakistan media has never been allowed to cover the funeral prayers for those killed in a drone attack. A number of suicide bombers or others involved in violence have been arrested by law enforcing agencies over the last three years. no one has ever linked his violent activities to the killings of his relatives by drone aircraft. In the first week of november, the Taliban leaders based in Pakistani tribal areas refused, once again, to recognise the Durand Line as the international border between Pakistan and Afghanistan. This stand is in line with the policy of the Afghan government on the Durand Line. This exposes their so-called friendship with Pakistan. This is in addition to the repeated claim of the Taliban leaders that they wanted to implement Islamic Sharia as articulated by them in Pakistan, rejecting Pakistan’s constitution and law. Had India publicly questioned the legit-
He articulated an alternative nationalism that challenged the hegemony of the one Indian nation concept and emphasised Islam as a common denominator for political mobilization and identity formation for the Muslims. Thus, the movement for the establishment of Pakistan was not a religious movement. nor was Pakistan created for Islam or for enforcement of Islam as visualised by Islamic parties and groups. Some of the leading Islamic parties that had opposed the establishment of Pakistan began to talk of an orthodox and conservative vision of an Islamic state that enforced Sharia as interpreted by each Islamic group. This was meant to justify their return to politics after independence. The perspective of Islamic orthodoxy was never entertained by the Pakistani state and policy makers until General Zia-ul-Haq assumed power in July 1977. He sought the cooperation of orthodox and conservative Islamic groups to sustain him in power. Later, his government joined hands with the United
Some of the leading Islamic parties that had opposed the establishment of pakistan began to talk of an orthodox and conservative vision of an Islamic state that enforced Sharia as interpreted by each Islamic group. this was meant to justify their return to politics after independence. imacy of the Durand Line, all supporters and sympathisers of the Taliban would have condemned the statement. When it comes to the Taliban, the story is different. These developments have distorted Pakistan’s identity and vision. There is a strong need to renew Pakistan’s identity as enunciated by the founding fathers, especially by Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Allama Muhammad Iqbal as a counterpoise to Taliban’s vision of Pakistan. Jinnah visualised Pakistan as a modern democratic state that sought ethical basis of state and society from Islam. He viewed Islamic teaching and principles as a source of guidance for the society and law making rather than a set of punitive and regulative legal system. He and his colleagues were convinced that Islam and democracy can work together and the touchstone of a political system was its representative and popular orientation. The state was to encourage the Muslims to lead their lives in accordance with the principles and teaching of Islam rather than enforce a sharia-based notion of the state. Jinnah pleaded the case for the establishment of Pakistan as a homeland for the Muslims. He never argued that a new country was needed because Islam was danger in united India. He talked of the threats to Muslim identity, rights and interest in a Hindu-dominated united India.
States and conservative Islamic states, especially Saudi Arabia, to build Afghan-Islamic resistance to the Soviet troops in Afghanistan (December 1979-February1989). Zia-ul-Haq used the state apparatus to enforce Islamic legal order as visualised by Islamic orthodoxy, mainly influenced by Saudi vision of Wahabi Islamic traditions. The slogan in the Muslim majority provinces of the Punjab and nWFP (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) for the 1946 elections like “Pakistan ka Mutlab Kia, Lae-La Il-lalla” rather than the resolutions of the Muslim League in the pre-independence period were adopted to rearticulate Pakistan as a religious state and the state took upon itself the enforcement of religious orthodoxy. If Pakistan has to overcome internal violence, civic disorder and exclusionist political and religious approach, the state and society has to discard the legacy of the military regime of General Zia-ul-Haq and return to the tolerant, liberal, democratic, constitutionalism and inclusionist vision of the polity and equal citizenship for all citizens irrespective of religion, caste, region and gender, as advocated by Jinnah and others. The renewal of Pakistan’s original vision can initiate the process for turning Pakistan into a normal functioning democratic and forward looking state that seeks ethical inspirations from Islam. The writer is an independent political and defence analyst.
“The United States of Asia” let’s build a future of our own
By Sultan Barq
he state of the uni-polar world has generated unchecked governance and caused irreparable loss and change of psyche of billions of people in the world. The change has given birth to many complex problems that were not known to modern systems of governance. The use of civil airplanes as a weapon to attack the Twin Towers in new York was senseless and brutal that killed thousands of innocent people. This triggered an angry mode of reactionary governance. The world watched redefinition of sovereignty, loss of role of Un, loss of tools of dialogue conflict resolution and imposition of feudalism. Remotely operated weapons like drones are used to kill indiscriminately, which in reaction are creating suicide bombers. Due to extreme poverty, millions are ready to become suicide bombers and waiting for their turn in poor countries
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like Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sudan etc, where unemployment rates are high. For every drone attack, there is a suicide attack in retaliation as well. Is anyone thinking of controlling this unique war? Technically, there should have been a detailed research and inquiry into the Twin Tower accident ab initio under the aegis of the Un. The process should have found the criminals and punished them severely. But the ground reality is contrary to the above. The US is in revenge mode on its own, going for hot pursuits, destabilising the governments in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Libya, Sudan, Iraq, and Central Asia. The process of revenge continues till date while the Un is conspicuously absent. In Pakistan and most of Asia, people had never witnessed a person in a diplomatic car kill people on the roads of a major city in broad daylight, like it was scene out of a movie. The weakness of governance was apparent when a criminal was given a “princely” protocol and allowed to leave from jail without court or-
ders to board a waiting plane. The prisoner had access to laptop, internet, satellite phone, food picked out of a la carte menu from a five star hotel etc. Where were sovereignty and judicial system of Pakistan then? The perception of common citizen about the system and governance in Pakistan has suffered irreparably and people have lost trust in the system and the managers of the system. This has triggered uncontrollable terrorism, poverty, unemployment, and a loss of capacity to rule. Is anyone in the world thinking about peace, fairness, future of youth, elimination of hunger, poverty, corruption and moral deterioration? The answer seems to be a resounding no. About 76 percent population in Pakistan is aged below 25 years. The government of Pakistan has never tried to ensure that all able hands will get an opportunity to earn livelihood. Thousands of the poor, hungry and unemployed opt to become suicide bombers. The common sense dictates to control misplaced perceptions and fears and the rule of law
to be reinforced. The mechanisms of conflict resolution should be made to work and succeed. We have witnessed skewed type of diplomacy, where interests change and define friends and foes. World has witnessed the fall of Shah of Iran, Saddam Husain, Hosni Mubarak, Qadafi, Zia-ulHaq, King Faisal, Osama bin Laden. All of them were once great friends of the US. All of them enjoyed absolute power in their countries. All of them were ruling without democracy and with absolute violations of human rights. All of them faced disgrace and un-natural deaths. All of them were personally extremely corrupt and managed to keep the people very poor. I am witness to a plan in which Balochistan would be separated from Pakistan soon in order to facilitate Central Asian states access to the sea. The project is planned to be completed during the next 10-15 years. Afghanistan will also be divided into three countries for the purpose. I gave a detailed briefing to the govern-
ment, chief of army staff and others but no one appeared to be serious in controlling the fate of the country and interests of millions of the poor. They went ahead and killed a great leader like Sardar Akbar Bugti. He was only asking for jobs for thousands of educated youth in Balochistan. There was neither police report nor an investigation and the killer was allowed to leave the country with full honour. We need to create a ‘United States of Asia’. The continent has about four billion people, fertile soils, educated and trained manpower, wealth and nuclear countries. A do-nothing option will result in hysteric governments, local wars, change in the geographic boundaries of many countries and a new form of colonisation. I believe that the creation of United States of Asia with members from Koreas, Japan, China, India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Central Asian states, Turkey and the entire Arab World can resolve the problems of wars and poverty, encourage peace and help sovereign states in achieving peace and prosperity.
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islamic values Pakistan was created for the Muslims of the sub-continent with only one argument that Muslims are a different nation and need a separate state to practice its religion - Islam. The Muslims could not live with Hindu majority population where Hindus worship cows and Muslims eat cows besides host of other differences in historical and cultural values. With this background of creation of a separate state, Pakistan should practice Islamic values as dictated by Quran and Sunnah. no doubt our constitution lays down in its Objective Resolutions that no law would be framed which is repugnant to Quran and Sunnah, but what use this resolution is when nothing is seen according to Quran and Sunnah in the state. The case in point is the recent appearance of pictures of our foreign minister meeting with foreign dignitaries. She should not shake hand with male diplomats/officials thus projecting wrong Islamic values to other countries and not justifying representing a Muslim country. Similarly, with the exception of very few, majority of the lady parliamentarians are exhibitionists with full makeup from beauty parlours before coming to the parliament and mixing freely with male colleagues. This observation by no means is extremist mindset. The conduct of women in the parliament or the lady ministers is seen all over the world. If they do not follow Islamic values, the non-Muslims would make a mockery of our Islamic values where a Muslim woman is not supposed to touch a stranger (ghair mehrem) and they have to cover their body parts as given in Sura-e-noor (Chap18 Ayat 31) and Sura-e-Ahzaab Ehzaab (Chap 22 Ayat 59). I strongly feel if our lady parliamentarians and ministers dress up according to Quran and Sunnah, they would look more graceful and convey the correct Islamic values to their counterparts of non-Muslim countries. MUHAMMAD AZHAR KHWAJA Lahore
local government system Every democratic setup has three tiers of governance – central, provincial (or states) and local/municipal governments. Unfortunately in Pakistan , baring a few, most of the political parties believe in first two tiers while for the third one they prefer bureaucracy to take care. In my opinion, this third tier of municipal/city governments is far more important as it allows direct participation of general public at town/village level. This tier is directly responsible for upkeep of the cities and towns, however, our political parties prefer to run the towns and cities by unelected administrators and commissioners. By doing so, there is no love lost for the poor public, it’s a
way to keep the bureaucracy under the thumb of governing political party(ies) in that province. It’s now over three years since the previously elected local/city governments were dissolved at the end of their tenure, but no one knows when there will be elections for new municipal setup. All the provincial governments have chosen to ignore the advice from Supreme and High Courts to hold the city /municipal governments’ elections without any further delay. All provinces, barring Sindh, have carried out legislation to abolish the local governments systems, have replaced with commissionarate system. In Sindh, both the coalition
fbr’s amnesty scheme After many years of speculating that they have three million tax dodgers, out of a population of 190 million, within their cross hairs, the FBR has finally come up with a new scheme to capture these tax dodgers. Pakistan is the sixth most populous country in the world, with an estimated population of 190 million, out of which the FBR collects taxes from only 0.5 percent of the population. now the FBR wants to offer a tax amnesty scheme to all the tax dodgers of the past 65 years and is threatening them with the blockage of their CnIC and passport, effectively cancelling their Pakistani citizenship, which seems like a very bold move to increase the number of tax payers. Unfortunately, it is the only move FBR has been able to come up with in the past four years. Therefore, we all will be very supportive of it. I would like to request one addition to balance this act: that is to offer a special “Lifetime Tax Free” amnesty scheme to the 0.5 percent Pakistani tax payers, who have been gracious enough to pay taxes for the past 65 years, that covered the cost of every Pakistani for 65 years. If you are going to offer amnesties to the crooks, then you should also offer amnesties to the honest citizens. SHAHRYAR KHAN BASEER Peshawar
an interesting point The Supreme Court of Pakistan held in Asghar Khan case that 1990 election were rigged, illegal, and unconstitutional. The court directed the government to take action against those who were involved in the distribution of money. The verdict also required the government, through FIA, to initiate proceedings against politicians who received money, associated and cooperated in the crime for a sinister purpose. The government ought to implement SC order in true letter and spirit instead of paying lip service of respecting and holding the apex court in high esteem. However, a pertinent question arises with regard to the silence of SC judgment of the beneficiaries of the outcome of the illegal and
partners – PPP and MQM have held a marathon of meetings (may be more than 100 meetings) during last three years to discuss the future setup for city governments with no obvious breakthrough. Just few days back, on President Zardari’ interference, these two parties have got together to conclude the task; to agree upon a system more near to the one established during Musharraf era. Both the PPP and MQM have been claiming to have reached on a consensus but I have reservation on this development. If we go by the history, it may be tactical move by PPP to pacify MQM and then by doing so first postpone the upcoming general elections and later get away
unconstitutional action. Perhaps, it is an established fact that nothing good ever comes out from an evil. And if 1990 polls were illegal and rigged, how could the government that assumed power as a result be legitimate? Can all the subsequent actions taken by an unconstitutional government be genuine and legal? The registrar, who explained the detailed judgement of the SC on the plea he was doing so to remove any ambiguity, ought to throw some light on this point as well. RAJA SHAFAAT ULLAH Islamabad
resentment I strongly resent against the friendly relations we are developing with India. Trade delegations, parliamentary delegations and so on are being exchanged almost on weekly, if not daily, basis. Movies are being made in India to demulsify partition. Borders are being kept as formality with free movement of people with or without visas. Bollywood stars are being offered little that we are left with to work in our movies (I guess to co-star Shaan in ‘Jatt Sadde Passé Da’). Lot more is being done to hurry up making India and Pakistan as one. I resent it most ardently. Hindus can never be our friends; we cannot live or work with them. We are two nations and we have nothing in common except complexion, I think. India has done and is still doing massive violations of treaties and agreements we have had in the past. India is bent upon squeezing the last drop of our waters to render us dry and barren. India has massively connived with Jews to malign our religion through modern technology in communication, which somehow the impoverished people of India have excelled in. Indian females have lost all sense of morality and decency and they attract our youth very strongly who are being subjected to ‘hijab’. I do not understand what has attracted our government to go into the lap of India? All I can think of is some hundreds of those females in Bollwood, who hardly cover themselves now and have nice swinging waists. Veena can be victimized, but not the entire nation. Let’s have decent neighborly relations and the underlying principle of
with city governments elections as well putting up any excuse. MQM shall be aware that none of the political parties (whether in government or in opposition) are ready to see Karachi city government being handed over to MQM, therefore, it’s up to MQM whether to be pacified with lollypops PPP would be offering, or keep struggling for the third tier governance all across the country. I see not much hope having a turnaround in our political parties thinking, therefore, should we agree with British colonial system to run the cities by commissioners. Perhaps this is the fate of a democratic Pakistan. MASOOD KHAN Jubail, Saudi Arabia
relationship is: do not interfere in Pakistan and reciprocally we won’t interfere in your lives. AMJAD H MIRZA Lahore
doing nothing for the masses While wandering into the cities, towns and villages of my home province, Sindh, one can see thousands of children, homeless, without clothes, running in packs in the streets, in particular, the children whose relatives were affected by the manmade and natural disasters of the last two consecutive years. On can witness that the so-called representatives, the money crazy bureaucrats and technocrats, make every effort to degrade and debase these ill-fated children as they beg for food. One can hear the heart-wrenching stories and at some places can see that the disaster-affected people keep on selling their newborns because they can’t feed them. The present rulers have done nothing for the common people but they have done a lot for a chosen few families, or better to say a chosen few individuals, in the province and one ethnic group. People know that a chosen few penniless persons have become billionaires at least in my home district Larkano. In the prevalent situation one of the senior advocates from Larkano rightly says, “ we need a government that stands up for the hopes, values and interests of the downtrodden and gives everyone willing to work hard the chance to make the most of their God-given potential as it was done during the days of Shaheed ZAB but sorry to say nothing is being done nowadays.” Where are the national and local nGOs which usually market the miseries of these poor and the disaster affected people in the luxury hotels of the big cities such like Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore and suck maximum funds from the gracious and generous international donor bodies and nGOs? Unfortunately, they too have done nothing to alleviate the miseries of masses in Sindh However, both, the incumbent rulers and the national nGO activists, are there to serve their own interests. HASHIM ABRO Islamabad
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DELHI timberlake, Biel having problems in their married life?
ewly wed singer Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel are already having problems in their married life. The couple apparently fell out after Biel ordered Timberlake to cut ties with his hardpartying bachelor pals. “Jessica and Justin are suffering from a bad case of post-wedding blues. And it’s all because she wants him to dump most of his old friends,” showbizspy quoted a source as saying. “All those guys en-joy weekend trips to Vegas, guys-only golf outings in exotic lo-cales and picking up hot chicks at clubs. And Justin used to be a big part of it. Jessica told Justin, ‘That’s it! Choose your stupid friends or me’,” said the source. The couple got married oct 19 at the Borgo egnazia resort, Puglia, Italy. “He told Jessica he’s not ditching his friends. And he added insult to injury when he added that he probably won’t be ready to start a fam-ily for at least two years. “Poor Jess was left in tears. And now she’s wondering if marrying Justin was a major mistake,” added the source. neWS DeSK
Cosmopolis saved me from depression: Robert Pattinson
ollywood star Robert Pattinson says his muchappreciated stint in vampire franchise Twilight left him struggling with depression for two years. The 26-year-old actor, who is gearing up for the final installment of The Twilight Saga: Breaking dawn — Part 2, said he was saved from spiralling into depression when director david Cronenberg asked him to star in Cosmopolis. “I went through a big time of depression between 23 and 25. I couldn’t go where I wanted to. I was in the tabloids every day and I didn’t have access to the roles I really wanted. I wanted more, on every level,” he says. Pattinson found that while his Twilight co-stars Kristen Stewart and Taylor lautner were off working on other projects, he was stuck in a rut. “I finally realised that you needed to earn this change I so desperately wanted. That one way or another, you had to suffer to be able to make it. I thought everything was going to be served on a plate but that’s not how it works,” he adds. neWS DeSK
While Shah Rukh Khan and the Jab Tak Hai Jaan team made Delhiites wait for three hours on Sunday, elsewhere, tennis star Maria Sharapova was already winning hearts. And, being won over by the Capital. On her maiden visit to India, the world number two was so awed by the “tremendous energy of the people in Delhi” that she said she wanted to play live here. “I’d heard that I have a lot of fans in India but seeing it for myself was amazing! There’s so much energy and warmth here. I really, really want to play live in India someday,” said the 25-year-old US-based Russian, who was here as brand ambassador of a UK-based real estate firm. In the country just for a day, Sharapova shelved her Taj Mahal plans for the next visit, but said she did not want to miss out on a desi shopping spree. “I’m really looking forward to visit the local markets to buy some souvenirs for my friends, and may be some ethnic Indian wear for myself,” said the player, who won the French Open this year, followed by a silver at the Olympics. And Indian food? “Oh yeah! I already had a dosa for breakfast, it was awesome!” neWS
What was the turning point in Malaika Arora’s life?
T E M girl Malaika Arora Khan says the day she and her husband, filmmaker Arbaaz Khan decided to turn producers, was the most important turning point in her life. “Professionally, there have been many instances which have made me the person I am today. But by far, the most special was the day when Arbaaz and I decided to become producers and make a film which is Dabangg, and now we are making a sequel. So, professionally, it’s the most important turning point in my life,” says the 39-yearold. While Dabangg was directed by Abhinav Kashyap, Arbaaz has taken the reins himself to direct Dabangg 2. Talking about Arbaaz turning director, Malaika says, “I am really excited but also nervous. It’s been superb not just producing this time, but having him direct the film. I have been pretty hands-on, so yes, it’s really nerve-wrecking right now.” Dabangg 2 stars Salman Khan and Sonakshi Sinha, who starred in the first installment as well. While Malaika swooned the nation with her item number ‘Munni badnaam’ in the first installment, actor Kareena Kapoor will be doing a special song in Dabangg 2. But Malaika won’t be completely absent in the sequel. She will apparently be seen in a special appearance, but is keeping the news under wraps. However, contrary reports suggest that Malaika has already shot for another peppy number for the film. Dabangg 2 is scheduled to release on December 21 this year. neWS DeSK
Amitabh Bachchan furious with Bihar police Amitabh Bachchan is still an angry young man at 70. Upset with the Bihar police for using his face for an anti-Maoist campaign without his consent, the actor took to Facebook and Twitter to vent his rage on Saturday. And it worked. On Sunday, police pulled down billboards featuring Big B’s photograph in Kaimur district in south-west Bihar. “Just read news about my photograph being used by Bihar Police... this is illegal, no consent taken or given, lawyers in action now,” read the actor’s tweet. While the threat of legal action was enough to get his message across, police officials feel the actor misunderstood their social initiative titled Adhaura Super-30. “Amitji’s picture was used to motivate poor college aspirants because he’s a hero to millions,” Kaimur superintendent of police Uma Shankar Sudhanshu said on Sunday. Under the programme, youth in the Maoist-hit area are provided free coaching for competitive examinations, along with food and lodging. Kaimur additional superintendent of police Manoj Kumar Yadav said Bachchan’s saying on Kaun Banega Crorepati - “Sirf gyaan hi aapko aapka haq dilata hai (only knowledge can get you what is rightfully yours)” - was the best message for the district’s restless tribal youth. “We never used Amitji’s name, photograph or poem to recruit youth to fight Maoists because we don’t see violence by either side as a solution to the problem,” Yadav said. neWS DeSK
SELENA GoMEz HAD tRUSt ISSUES wItH JUStIN BIEBER? Justin Bieber confused?
uSTIn Bieber kept mum on the subject of his split from girlfriend Selena Gomez, after a two year relationship in a recent interview, neither confirming nor denying the news of the breakup. The teen popstar was dodging breakup talk during the interview on november 10. “I don’t know what to say,” us magazine quoted him as telling open House Party radio host John Garabedian.“I don’t know what’s going on in my life . . . To even assess that it doesn’t make sense ‘cause I have not made any comment’,” he said. Gomez, meanwhile, has maintained a low profile since their oct. 31 breakup, hopping a plane from lAX to new york nov. 10 after wrapping production on her disney series wizards of waverly Place. neWS DeSK
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Celebrity couple singers Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez parted ways as the latter reportedly had trust issues. The news came after Bieber, 18, was spotted attending Broadway production of The Lion King musical with Hungarian model Barbara Palvin, 19, nov 8. The two met the previous day at the Victoria’s Secret fashion show. Gomez and Bieber maintained a high profile relationship for almost two years but parted ways a week ago.“With them being apart so much it got complicated. She had some trust issues. It’s not easy, but the relationship needed to end,” People magazine quoted a source as saying. “She broke up with him about a week ago,” the source added. Gomez had posted a picture of Bieber and the model on her Twitter page nov 9 and captioned it as “ .....” hinting to her fans that there was something wrong. Bieber and Gomez call it quits after two years of their relationship. It is said that because of their hectic schedules, the power
couple was unable to cope, reports E! news. Well, now that Justin Bieber is single, it’s certainly good news for his female fans! The news doesn’t come as a suprise because rumours of the couple having a difficult time together had been rife for the last one week or so, reports Huffington Post. A source also told RadarOnline that Bieber was head over heels for Gomez, 20, but she wasn’t feeling it
anymore, and was just riding out the relationship because her team felt the relationship was good for her image. While it may be possible that Selena was the one to call it off, but Justin Bieber had also been recently linked to Victoria’s Secret model Barbara Palvin. neWS DeSK
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13 Jab tak Hai Jaan beyond numbers: Shah Rukh Khan
uPeRSTAR Shah Rukh Khan says his forthcoming film Jab Tak Hai Jaan, yash Chopra’s last directorial venture, is more about feeling and emotions, than box office economics. “My belief is never on counting. For me, numbers are limits. Also, after the demise of yashji, I can’t relate the film with numbers. The film is more about feeling than any other thing and I think people will like it. It will be beyond numbers,” the 47-year-old told reporters when asked if the movie will join the Rs100 crore club. yash Chopra died on october 21. “when he (Chopra) used to say on the sets that this is his last film, I never took it seriously, nobody of us did that actually. I used to think, I can always convince him to do another one. But his death came as a shock and this is the reason why the film is no longer just a film for me,” said Shah Rukh. Also starring Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma, Jab Tak Hai Jaan releases on november 13. neWS DeSK
Aamir Khan uses Google to promote Talaash? Aamir Khan is famous for his out-of-the-box film promotion ideas. And now, he has planned something out of the ordinary for his upcoming release, Talaash, as well. The marketing team for the film is in talks with search-engine giant, Google. If all goes well, on its India homepage (href=”http://www.google.co.in”>www.google.c o.in), the word Talaash (which means search) will replace the Google Search button for a short period of time leading up to the release. The deal is likely to be signed in the coming week. “What could be better than using the world’s biggest search engine? If it works out, it will start after Diwali, and continue till november 30,” says an insider. Aamir is known to be very canny about marketing tactics. It was he who decided to roll out Talaash promotions post Diwali, after the two big releases — Jab Tak Hai Jaan and Son Of Sardaar — have fought it out. neWS DeSK
leonardo dicaPrio and cameron diaz: look good for a good cause, the a-list pals glam it up for Hurricane Sandy relief and un women’s charities at the tag Heuer event in nyc.
i’m not getting married next year: Aftab Shivdasani Aftab Shivdasani on rumours surrounding his marriage, his Gujarat experience and more in an interview. Aftab Shivdasani seemed to be in a relaxed frame of mind when Ahmedabad Times caught up with him at the Laxmi Vilas Palace in Vadodara, where he was shooting for Indra Kumar’s Grand Masti. Aftab whose last screen outing was 1920-Evil Returns, says, “Working with Vikram Bhatt is always a pleasure and having done nine films with him, we are great friends today. It was nice to do a horror film.” On the personal front, having found love again, the actor is in a happy space. While there have been reports that Aftab is all set to get married to his girlfriend nin Dusanj early next year (we spotted her at the palace too, spending some quality time with Aftab after the shoot), the actor says, “These are all rumours! I have never said that I am getting married next year. However, I am in a steady relationship and it feels wonderful to be in love. The day I plan to get married, I will let the world know.” Aftab, who has seen it all in the last 13
years (Mast, his debut as an adult, released in 1999, while he debuted as a child actor in Mr India in 1987), says, “On hindsight, I could have strategised my career a little better. As a newcomer, I had no godfather in the industry and didn’t know how to go about things. In any actor’s career, there comes a phase when you sit back, reflect on what you have done and get selective. CoURteSy toI
Abhishek Bachchan to play Rajiv Gandhi? Abhishek Bachchan is the likeliest candidate for the part of the man who carried India, kicking and dragging, into the 21st century. The Rajiv Gandhi biopic to be directed by Bhavna Talwar would now be made with the consent and approval of Mrs Sonia Gandhi. While the film’s director and her husband-producer Sheetal Talwar have zeroed in on a number of British and Indian actors who would possibly play Rajiv (among them Colin Firth, Riz Ahmed and Abhishek Bachchan), it is the casting of an actress to play Sonia Gandhi that’s proving more
problematic. This needs to be sorted out at the earliest since the Talwars would be meeting Mrs Gandhi next month in Delhi over the Rajiv Gandhi bio-pic to give her a low-down of the content. Says a source close to the project, “Bhavna Talwar would be making the film in complete harmony with Mrs Sonia Gandhi. She would be kept in the loop about every development in the project. now, casting for the Rajiv part which is on the verge of closure can be delayed a bit more. But when Sheetal and Bhavna Talwar meet Mrs Sonia Gandhi they must be able tell her the name of the actress who plays her.” Explains Sheetal, “It is only reasonable, don’t you
think? We should be able to inform Mrs Gandhi who is playing her role. We’ve narrowed down the list to 5-6 foreign actresses. But we can’t reveal who will actually play Mrs Gandhi until we sign her.” We believe Monica Bellucci who was to play Sonia Gandhi in the biopic that the late Jagmohan Mundhra was to make, is high in the list. Says Sheetal, “We are not looking at stars to play Rajivji and Soniaji .We want actors who understand what they stand for. Rajiv changed not just our society in terms of technological progress, he changed Indian mindsets. We need an actor who understands the lofty ideals that he stood for.” neWS DeSK
Not dating tom Cruise, clarifies Cameron Diaz
CTReSS Cameron diaz has denied rumours that she is dating Tom Cruise. The rumours surfaced after diaz was pictured with Cruise and fellow actors Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem as she celebrated her 40th birthday Aug 30. earlier, Cruise’s representative had slammed the reports and now diaz denies it. “I happened to bump into Penelope Cruz, Javier, Tom and his son in a hotel and joined them for dinner. At midnight I said, ‘I’m 40’. So we took pictures and then said ‘Goodnight, see you later, blah, blah, blah’ and I haven’t seen him since.” “But the next thing I know, apparently I am dating him and it’s full on and he is coming after me,” she added. The actress made the clarification on a chat show. diaz was in a relationship with baseball player Alex Rodriguez for an year but parted ways in September 2011. neWS DeSK
I don’t do all stunts in 007, says Daniel Craig
AnIel Craig has revealed that he prefers to take the backseat when it comes to James Bond’s daring stunts. The 44-year-old actor made the revelation on the ‘Jimmy Kimmel show.’ “I don’t do all my stunts-I’d be lying if I said that. But I like the fact that occasionally that you’ll see on screen that it’s my face and it’s me,’” the daily Mail quoted him as telling the late night TV host. “And I think audiences hopefully appreciate that. At least, I really hope they do,” he said. Craig also talked about the thrill of getting to drive the iconic Aston Martin dB5 but confessed he prefers to be driven by the professional on-set stunt drivers than handle the automobiles himself. “on the movie I get taught to drive by these really great drivers,” he said. neWS DeSK
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Infotainment 14 Apple and HtC sign truce ending patent disputes
Skype is available for Windows Phone 8
IVALS settle patent disputes ending a fight that began in March 2010, indicating the peace could break out in the wider patent wars engulfing the technology industry. In a surprise truce in Apple's ongoing patent wars, the company has signed a 10-year licence agreement with Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC. HTC is thought to have paid Apple between $5 (£3.14) and $20 (£12.57) per handset that it produces using Android - Google's operating system. HTC say that the deal will not have a material effect on its profit-and-loss account The two firms have settled all their outstanding disputes over patents and signed a 10-year licence agreement that includes current and future patents held by one another. The companies had been suing each other for 32 months in Europe and the US, with Apple succeeding in temporarily preventing US imports of HTC phones. HTC's has seen its sales tumble since the sec-
Something is buzzing around the sky in Denver. It has been captured by at least two videographers and has at least one aviation expert baffled. According to a FOX TV affiliate, KDVR, a Denver man, wishing to remain anonymous, gave the television station home video that, he claimed, showed unidentified flying objects quickly zig-zagging and maneuvering in the sky over a populated section of the mile-high city. The man told the station that the UFOs have been appearing several times a week, generally between noon and 1 p.m., and launching and landing somewhere in the Denver metro area. Fox 31 Denver news reporter Heidi Hemmat investigated the sightings and the video. "He captured the images on his digital camera from a hilltop in Federal Heights, looking south toward downtown Denver," Hemmat reported. "The strangest part is that they are flying too fast to see with the naked eye."
ond half of 2011 as it struggles to emulate the success of its rivals. It expects sales to be lower than expected at the end of the year. Apple has been embroiled in a series of high profile patent cases all over the world as the dominant player and its rivals accuse each other of copying designs and ideas. Legal cases between Apple and Samsung have been filed in more than 10 countries, with each accusing the other of copying designs. In Britain a spat over a UK court decision that found in favour of Samsung has been ongoing for several weeks. Patents blogger Florian Mueller wrote that "If litigation is the question, licensing is, once again, the answer. The settlement is surprising and unsurprising at the same time. The timing wasn't expected since neither party had massive leverage over the other, but it makes a whole lot of sense that Apple would settle with HTC, and that HTC would accept the terms Apple has imposed (which were not disclosed but are likely somewhat onerous), prior to other Apple-Android settlements.
Mueller added that "Both companies simply have other priorities to focus on. For Apple, the competitive challenge it faces from Samsung and from Google's plan to use Motorola Mobility's patents to reach a point of mutually assured destruction are far bigger issues. If Apple wanted to be embroiled in litigation with a third Android device maker, HTC would no longer be the choice at this stage -- Amazon, for example, would be a higher priority. And while HTC didn't have to fear much from Apple's litigation in the nearest term, it probably knew that it couldn't win this fight in the long run, and it now needs to focus on its business. It recently lost market share and reported disappointing financial results. Google should finally recognize that Android devices need patent licenses, that Android is not free no matter how often Google says so, and that one Android device maker after the other will seek licensing arrangements with Apple, Microsoft, nokia and other significant patent holders." neWS DeSK
Denver UFO mystifies local media
To try and verify the legitimacy of the video, the TV station's photojournalist, noah Skinner, brought his own equipment out to the same location from where the UFOs were first captured on camera. Hemmat says Skinner shot video between noon and 1 p.m. When his video was
slowed down, it revealed an unidentified object flying in the sky. KDVR then turned to Steve Cowell, a former commercial pilot and FAA accident prevention counsellor, to see if he could make any sense out of the mysterious flying objects on the videos. "I can't identify it," Cow-
ell told KDVR. "That is not an airplane, that is not a helicopter, those are not birds." Cowell suggested that the objects could be debris raising up from the ground by atmospheric winds. He also didn't think the UFOs could be explained as bugs. But according to Doubtfulnews.com, a blog dedicated to the unexplained, that's exactly what these objects are. "They're bugs! Set up two cameras side by side and triangulate the distance to the object. Clearly they consulted a man in the wrong profession," according to Doubtful news writer Chew. "Get someone who has studied UFOs. Or an entomologist." KDVR reported that both the FAA and nORAD couldn't confirm unusual activity in the skies over Denver during those noon-to-1 p.m. time frames. UFOs, debris, bugs? Check out the video above and the individual screen shots we've provided and make up your own mind. neWS DeSK
Teen survives bites in snake nest A teenage California girl searching for a cellphone signal to call her mother in a rural area outside San Diego inadvertently stepped into a nest of rattlesnakes and was bitten six times but survived. Vera Oliphant, 16, spent four days in the intensive-care unit of Sharp Grossmont Hospital, and doctors gave her 24 vials of antivenin after she was bitten by an adult rattlesnake and five young rattlers outside her uncle’s home. “I was trying to find a signal to call my mom and text my boyfriend,” Oliphant said on Friday, a day after she was released from the hospital after the Oct. 27 incident. “I didn’t see them until I already stepped on their nest and I felt them biting me.” “My vision started to go right away. First, it looked like the snakes
blended into the leaves, and then I started seeing black spots around the edges and I started blacking out.” Her uncle immediately packed her into a car and rushed her to the emergency room, she said. Doctors there administered antivenin to quash the toxins, a hospital spokesman said. Snakebites usually aren’t fatal, although a handful of people die in the United States each year from snake bites. Oliphant has recovered and will be returning to classes at Chaparral High School in El Cajon on Monday. She said the next time she can’t get a signal, she will handle it differently. “Be careful where you step,” she said. “If you don’t need to, just wait until you are somewhere that you can call people.” neWS DeSK
OFTWARE HOUSE Microsoft has released a preview version of Skype for Windows Phone 8, two weeks after the mobile operating system's release. On Friday, Microsoft told The InQUIRER that Skype would be "coming soon" to Windows Phone 8, following complaints from early adopters. It looks like the firm has stuck to its promise, as Skype is finally available to download from the Windows Store on Windows Phone 8. However, Microsoft is keen to point out that it's a Preview version of the full app, which means "experiences are not yet final". According to Microsoft, this means that some capabilities - such as People Hub integration and background functionality - are still work in progress and might not function consistently yet. Still, we managed to download the app onto our Windows Phone 8 powered nokia Lumia 920 handset and didn't notice any issues at the time of publication. Skype for Windows Phone 8 - much like its IOS and Android counterparts - has the abilities to make free video and voice calls over 3G and WiFi, and to send and receive free instant messages. Unlike Skype's other apps, however, it comes styled to tie in with the Windows Phone 8 interface, and its icon is a resizable Live Tile. neWS DeSK
Man impersonates a cop to get into Disney World
OOKS like his dreams didn't come true. Professional photographer Emerito Pujol was arrested after allegedly pretending to be a federal officer in an attempt to get into Disney World's Epcot Center for free, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Police say the 74-year-old showed an Epcot staff member a fake badge while walking through the turnstiles around noon on Saturday. The employee asked to take a closer look at the badge, and Pujol allegedly told him he was an undercover officer searching for someone. A security officer got involved, Pujol changed his tune, according to WESH. He told the officer he was in the midst "guarding someone important," according to the arrest report. When a deputy was called to the scene, Pujol allegedly admitted that he was just trying to avoid paying the $94.79 cost of getting into Epcot. The badge he had initially produced stated that the carrier was an "honorary member" of the American Federation of Police. The AFP is a nonprofit organization. The man is facing a felony charge of impersonating a law enforcement officer. neWS DeSK
Priest bites off another priest’s ear
n 80-year-old Catholic priest bit off another priest's ear and socked him in the face over a parking spot in Australia, according to Perth now. Father Thomas Henry Byrne appeared in court Friday after he allegedly started the violent brawl when 81-year-old Father Thomas Joseph Cameron Smith wouldn't give up his parking space. After a brief scuffle, Byrne reportedly told Smith to pick up an item on the ground. The item was Smith's ear, according to the Daily Mail, though it took him a while to figure out what it was. Smith wrapped the flesh in a tea towel and drove to a local hospital, where staffed phoned him an ambulance. He was taken to surgery, while cops went to arrest Byrne on a charge of grievous bodily harm. Byrne had a black eye when he showed up in court on Friday, according to the Independent. An East Perth magistrate ordered that Byrne not go within 30 feet of Smith, who lives in the same apartment complex. neWS DeSK
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Pakistan may host India, S Africa in 2013 LAHORE
india put sponsorship condition for Pakistan fans NEW DELHI
AKISTAn Cricket Board (PCB) is anticipating to hosting arch rivals India and the South African cricket team in full-fledged series sometime in the later half of 2013, a source revealed on condition of anonymity. Though these series are not in the ICC Future Tour Programme but the PCB chief Zaka Ashraf is trying to convince these countries to tour Pakistan in a bid for revival of international cricket in Pakistan. Zaka Ashraf has created a special window in a bid to revive international cricket in Pakistan. PCB Chief Zaka Ashraf is also hoping that Bangladesh may tour Pakistan in January prior to Pakistan tour of South Africa. If it happens then this will be another big achievement for Ch Zaka Ashraf and Pakistan will move one step closer to bring international cricket back to Pakistan. The source revealed that Pakistan are scheduled to play three major home and away series in 2013-14 season, starting with tour to South Africa in January next year. The South Africa itinerary will be followed by a tour to West Indies in July and August, and a home series against the Proteas later in the year. The West Indies tour comprising three Tests, One Day Internationals and T20 matches will be held after the last
doing everything i can to make a comeback: fawad
Champions Trophy to be played in England. Pakistan was also scheduled to play a short limited-overs series against Ireland prior to the esteemed tournament. "The team will go to Caribbean after taking part in the Champions Trophy in England that will be held in June. Before the tournament we will also be playing a series against Ireland," the source said. South Africa is scheduled to tour Pakistan in October 2013, in the return leg of the bilateral series, but that would depend on the security situation in the country, added the source. "If security issues lead to South Africa not wanting to play in Pakistan than obviously the other option is to host them at a neutral venue," he said. The PCB is also hoping to convince the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to send its players to Pakistan, sometime in the latter half of the year. After the West Indies tour the board has
a window open in August-September, and is contemplating over inviting the Indian counterparts in this period. However, the source said that it is still an idea and it would be too early to confirm anything now. "The idea is there and discussions on this will be held when Pakistan goes to India in December but it is too early to say anything concrete now," the source said. It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan has not hosted an international cricket team since the 2009 militant attacks on the on-tour Sri Lankan squad in Lahore, and against India it dates back to February 2006. The Pakistan Cricket Board chief Zaka Ashraf had promised to bring international cricket back to Pakistan and sincerely working for the cause under a pre-planned strategy and that is bearing fruit. May Allah Mighty give him more
successes and if he succeeded in bringing back international cricket to Pakistan his name will be written in golden words in the history of Pakistan cricket. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Zaka Ashraf is doing his best for the revival of international cricket in Pakistan and his efforts started yielding fruit. It is being hoped that his sincere efforts will compel foreign team to visit Pakistan. now it is depend on the Punjab government to keep politics away from sports and cope with the Pakistan Cricket Board chief Zaka Ashraf for the provision of foolproof security to the visitors to avoid any untoward incident in future. now ball is in the Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif court and if he extends a helping hand to Pakistan Cricket Board Chief regarding provision of foolproof security to the visiting teams will help a lot and improve Pakistan image in the world.
Any Pakistani cricket lover who wants to visit India to watch the upcoming limited over Indo-Pak cricket matches will have to have an Indian sponsor to get a visa as 12 Pakistani spectators had gone missing after the 2007 bilateral series.The Home Ministry has made it mandatory for each Pakistani cricket fan intending to witness the forthcoming cricket series beginning December 25 to have a local sponsor to get visa. The decision has come as 12 Pakistani men, who came to India to watch the last IndiaPakistan bilateral cricket series held in november-December 2007, did not return home and are yet to be traced. "There will be no relaxation of visa rules for the cricket fans. We cannot compromise our security as it is our prime concern. So, whoever seeks visa, has to name a local sponsor," a Home Ministry official said. There will be no cap on the number of visas to be issued for the Pakistani cricket lovers and whoever fulfils the prescribed criteria and becomes eligible to get visa will get it. The visa applicants will also have to attach a copy of the ticket purchased to watch the series that would comprise three ODIs and two Twenty20 Internationals between December 25, this year and January 6, next year. The ODI matches will be played in Chennai, Kolkata and new Delhi and the Twenty20 games in Bangalore and Ahmedabad. All Pakistani cricket fans, who came to watch the 2011 World Cup semifinal in Mohali, had returned home. However, the 12 Pakistanis, who came in 2007, are still to be traced. Having an Indian sponsor was not mandatory for those who came five years ago.
Full back irfan banned for six months and fined for indiscipline Pak hockey team to
Fawad Alam scored a century in his debut Test for Pakistan in 2009, making 168 out of a total of 320 against Sri Lanka in Colombo after Pakistan were shot out for 90 in the first innings. He finished third on the batting charts in Pakistan's premier domestic first-class tournament in 2011-12, with 945 runs at 67.50 for national Bank of Pakistan. This season, after six matches, he's on top of the run-scorers' table, his 446 runs coming at 51.77. Yet Alam has only three Tests to his name, the last of which was in november 2009. Three Tests, 27 ODIs and 24 Twenty20s. He is considered more of a limited-overs player, despite not having made much of a mark in the shorter formats and despite his fine numbers in first-class cricket, which show his technique isn't flawed and he has the temperament to succeed in the long form, reported Cricinfo. Alam grew up in the shadow of his famous father, Tariq Alam, whose twodecade first-class career ended in 1994. Tariq Alam is now a popular coach, and has mentored many modern Karachi players - including the likes of Younis Khan, Saeed Anwar and Rashid Latif. Fawad said his father is a source of encouragement for him. "I didn't need to go out to learn cricket - he was there for me to guide and take care of me," Fawad Alam said. "He is my courage and a cricket university at home who helped my career develop." Alam quashes the notion that he is a short-format player, and puts his lack of Test caps down to luck. "I've always wanted to be prominent, and I want gain this prominence by scoring heavily. I think my first-class career is evidence enough to dispel this false perception," he told ESPncricinfo. "I have scored runs in difficult situations and won my national place in 2007. If I am away from the national side, it is perhaps because of my luck; otherwise I have scored enough. "I don't even buy this point, that I am only getting a chance in the wrong format.
The disciplinary committee of the Pakistan Hockey Federation has banned full back Mohammad Irfan for six months and fined him Rs 100,000 for indiscipline of skipping the ongoing national camp for Champions Trophy without any valid reason. The three-member committee led by Wasey Jalil, heard the point of view of Irfan who appeared before the committee on Monday at national hockey stadium and also submitted his written reply. “ He committed indiscipline which was in breach of players code of conduct and the committee reached a unanimous decision to punish him for sending a firm message to all the hockey players that no one is above the discipline “,said
Wasey while reading out the recommendations of the committee. “ Irfan will not be playing hockey for six months at any level and a fine of Rs 100,000 has also been imposed on him “,he asserted. He mentioned that the committee also took into consideration the past record of Irfan who is in habit of committing indiscipline on various accounts. Irfan took a day from the camp from the camp commandant, Akhtar Rasool and reported after two-day giving false justification for his one day absence which was proved after the team management initiated probe at its own. The team management reported the whole incident to the PHF which forwarded the case of Irfan to its disciplinary committee which also comprised Saeed Khan and Tanzeela Aamir Cheema as its members.
The chairman of the committee said Irfan has the right appeal against the decision within a week time. Irfan expressed his regret on breach of indiscipline saying “it should not has happened “, “ I feel sorry on the while incident and I assure the PHF and the team management that I will never be involved in any kind of indiscipline in future . “ I accept the decision of the committee but definitely I am going to appeal against it as the six months ban is quite long “,said the player. Irfan said he believes that President ,PHF Qasim Zia will give a kind consideration to his appeal and will lift the ban from him . “ I want to play hockey and to serve my country and I hope that PHF will give me a chance so that it should prove that I am a much improved person as far discipline is concerned”.
be named on nov 14 LAHORE StAff RepoRt
Pakistan hockey team will be named here on november 14 to take part in two major tournaments in Australia later this month. “ Pak team manager and head coach, Akhtar Rasool will name the team as the PHF has given the selection committee authority to the team management after abolishing the selection committee “,said a spokesman of Pakistan Hockey Federation here on Monday. The team is undergoing training at Johar town hockey stadium and the team will be named there. Pakistan senior hockey team will participate in the International Super Series – Perth ,november 22-25 and 34thChampions Trophy Tournament to be held in Melbourne from December 1-9.
Fixing trio innocent: UK journalist LONDON AgenCIeS
British Journalist Ed Hawkins has made yet another claim that the Pakistani cricketers who were earlier believed to be involved in spot fixing are innocent, reports said on Monday. Ed Hawkins, in his soon to be published book ‘Bookie Gambler Fixer Spy: Journey to the corrupt heart of cricket’s underworld’, has claimed that the three Pakistani cricketers including Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif are innocent and that they were schemed in the spot fixing case. He said that in India, fixing in not done on no-balls and therefore, Justice Cook’s verdict regarding the involvement of three Pakistani cricketers in spot fixing was unjust. It is pertinent to mention that the three cricketers have already served
their sentence in the UK jails for their involvement in spot fixing. The journalist had earlier claimed that the semi-final between Pakistan and India of the Cricket World Cup 2011 was fixed. According to Hawkins, the bookie had a contract with Pakistan which stipulated that the team would lose the match by a margin of over 20 runs. The bookie had further said that India batting first would make 260 runs and their first three wickets would fall in 15 overs, while Pakistan would make 100 runs and then lose two quick wickets. Another claim made is that bookies had used Bollywood actresses in the fixing process. Hawkins a sport betting journalist spent months investigating corruption in cricket. His book will be published on november 15.
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Sports 16 PUNJAB iNTeRNATiONAL SPORTS FeSTivAL
Pakistan win another four gold medals in ju-jitsu LAHORE
AKISTAn is expecting to gain another two gold medals in the Punjab International Sports Festival after the male touch ball and fist ball teams qualified for the final here on Monday. On the day, Pakistan got another four gold medals in ju-jitsu raising the tally to nine and more are likely to come in the coming days while today's gold in the game raised the tally to seven. Until there is a major upset in the finals of touchball and fistball, the gold medals count of Pakistan which is now nine would surely reach 11 and with that Pakistan is likely to take the overall trophy. In Monday’s matches of international touchball, Afghanistan got walkover against Somalia while hosts Pakistan in a dress rehearsal of the coming final beat Sri Lanka 3-1 in the last league match. Mazhar Iqbal of Pakistan with a score of 2 provided much-needed supremacy while Amjad Waseem supported him with 1 score to get Pakistan a place in the
onus on bangladesh to take the fight to west indies MIRPUR
final. On the other hand Ramzan from Sri Lanka scored the only point of the losing side. Pakistan will now take on Sri Lanka again in the final on november 14 at 3.30 pm at the University of Lahore ground and the event will also mark the closing of the Punjab International Sports Festival. Meanwhile in the fistball final, Pakistan will clash with nepal on Tuesday at 3 pm while Punjab will take on Sri Lanka in the third-fourth position match. In the semi-finals of the event, Pakistan Punjab’s team went down to nepal 3-2. In a closely-contested match, Pakistan took lead but nepal levelled the score and then went ahead 1-2. But Pakistan first equalized the score and later nepal displayed great fight to win the match. In the second semi-final Pakistan thrashed Sri Lanka 3-0. The home team for the entire proceeding did not let Sri Lanka come into the game and thus Pakistan made it to the final. now Pakistan will face nepal while Sri Lanka and Punjab will play for a position match. Meanwhile in ju-jitsu, Pakistan won
four gold medals in 85, 77, Doo System and mix Doo system. With the addition of four golds on the day and previous three Pakistan won the overall trophy in the game with seven medals. Beginning from 62 kgs weight class, Iran’s Ali Reza was the winner while Pakistan’s AJmal Ali, Mohammed Hadi of Iraq and Hassan Baksh of Afghanistan won the event categorically. In 85 kgs, Mohammed Zeeshan Butt of Pakistan,Iran's Waheed,Thailand's Javed and Saif of Iraq won the title. In 77 kgs, Ayat ullah of Pakistan,Hassan Hamd of Iraq ,Zong yu of South Korea,Rayyan of Iran won the event. In Doo system, Pakistan grabbed first position, Pakistan whites achieved second, Iran secured third and South Korea managed fourth position. In Mix Doo system, Pakistan won first position, Pakistan whites got second, South Korea attained third and Thailand achieved fourth positions. In the International football match between Yemen and Punjab Whites, the visiting team reached the final to take on Serbia. Yemen outplayed Punjab Whites 5-0. Alex of Yemen masterminded three goals while James Teddy and Saleh Abdul
Kareem shared one goal each to show their domination. In the International Baseball Championship, nepal beat Afghanistan 17-9. Karishna from nepal scored 4, nabin Ale 3, Arjun 3, Isore 2, Ram Paryar, Abhishek, Anil Paryar, Bijay and nabin
Female touch ball team accorded warm reception
A Test series between the seventh and ninth-ranked teams shouldn't attract much attention when four of the top sides are locking horns at almost the same time. But when the higher-ranked team among the two commands a new-found respect for winning a world title with its rising stars and its opposition is an erratic but talented bunch playing in front of excitable home crowds, attention towards Mirpur is expected. Contests such as these come without any guarantees but for those who enjoy a bottom-of-the-table scrap, this is it. To keep it a contest, though, Bangladesh will have to up their game and have the will to fight. West Indies are looking up and have been moving towards a goal - a rise up the Test rankings, though this series will not take them past Sri Lanka, even if the latter concede their series to new Zealand. What West Indies can do is move further ahead of new Zealand and Bangladesh and, more importantly, take their cricket to a higher plane, a level they have been seeking for the past 15 years. Captain Darren Sammy wouldn't want a slip-up against a team they have beaten in all but one series, the one where none of their top players turned up. As ammunition he has Chris Gayle, Sunil narine and Fidel Edwards, while for the likes of Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Darren Bravo and newcomer Veerasammy Permaul there is much to play for. It is now a team that has more and more places that are being contested, a phenomenon which is an important aspect of an improving cricket team, coupled with the stability which West Indies have began to develop in some areas of their Test team.
scored one each. Afghanistan's side got its score from Tahir, nasim, Abdur Rehman and Shair Ahmed scored 1 each while Mohammad Alam got 2 points. The Advisor Sports to Chief Minister Punjab Ejaz Gull was the chief guest on this occasion.
Superior college, adabistan-e-Sofia win respective events
The Pakistan female touchball team was on Sunday night accorded warm reception for winning the first gold medal for the country in the ongoing Punjab International Sports Festival. Pakistan ladies defeated Iran in a keenly-contested final to bring the first medal for country. Afghanistan team was the third to take part in the event and members of all the three participating teams, Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan were present on the occasion during which Rana Mashood Ahmed Khan, Deputy Speaker Punjab and chief organizer Festival was the chief guest. He was accompanied by Usman Anwar, Director General Sports and Youth Affairs Punjab while Speaking on the occasion, Rana Mashood highlighted the importance of the conduct of the Festival and expressed his hope that the participation of international teams in the International Festival would open up door of more international activity in the country. “The holding of the Festival has changed the world’s approach towards Pakistan. Earlier they have perception but now Pakistan is being seen throughout the world in a positive sense,” he maintained. “We the hard work of the Sports Board Punjab and the vision Chief Minister Punjab Mian Mohammad Shahbaz Sharif we would soon see the foreign team play in Pakistan on a
large scale. “The festival has given Pakistan a new dimension and now Australia and India are looking forward to break Pakistan records, which is a clear sign of the Punjab government’s success,” he added. Also present on the occasion were Rai Altaf Hussain, DIG Motorway Po-
lice and senior vice president, MnA and president federation Riaz Fatyana, Syed Tahir Fawad Shah, VP, Abdul Qadir Shaheen, Zahoor Ahmed Secretary, Khawaja Mohammad Akram. During the reception, the participating teams were awarded medals and the winning trophies.
Superior College and Adabistan-eSofia won the school and college boys’ three kilometer team event of cycling in the Samsung 5th Inter-school, College Games here at Cycling Velodrome. Hamza Foundation earned second position while Unique College bagged the third position in the boys’ college while Unique School was second and KIPS Rachna Town was third in boys’ school three kilometer team event of cycling. In school boys’ time trail event, Ahsan Ijaz of Adabistan-e-Sofia secured first position M Jalal Butt of Unique School got second and Hamza Faiz of KIPS Rachna Town third. In college boys’ one kilometer, Usman Bhatti of Superior College was first, Waqas Badar of Unique College was second and Zohaib Qadir of GCU was third. Railway Road Lahore clinched the first position in the college boy’s boxing with 145 points including nine gold medals. Govt College Lahore was second with 55 points and eight golds while FC College was third with 50 points. In tug-of-war school boys’ event, DPS Model Town was first, DPS Johar Town second and Govt Higher Secondary School Jallo More was third. KIPS College won the first position in the boys’ college tug-of-war event. Today (Tuesday), semi-finals and finals of table tennis will be played.
Aussies look for win after Clarke, Cowan tons BRISBANE AgenCIeS
Majestic Michael Clarke unfurled another double century and opener Ed Cowan scored his first Test hundred as Australia batted South Africa out of the opening Brisbane Test on Monday. Clarke produced an imperious captain's knock with his third huge innings this year to share in a record stand with Cowan and put the Australians ahead on a battingfriendly Gabba pitch. At the close of the fourth day, Australia were 487 for four in reply to South Africa's 450, a lead of 33 with Clarke unconquered on 218 and Mike Hussey breezing along on 86, giving the home team an outside chance of victory on Tuesday's final day. "I definitely think we can have a crack at
winning. The key is tomorrow morning to be nice and positive and see how we go leading up to lunch, and then give ourselves a couple of sessions to be able to bowl South Africa out," Clarke said. Australia were in some danger at the start of the day at 111 for three and trailing the Proteas by 339 runs. But Clarke and Cowan laid the foundations for their team's lead with a record 259-run stand for the fourth wicket. Clarke continued his flourishing batting form as skipper with his 20th Test hundred and his third double century of the year, after his unbeaten 329 and 210 against India at home in January. He is the highest scorer in Tests this year with 1,000 runs at 111.11 and as Australian captain is averaging over 60 with the bat.
"One of (the) things Warney's (Shane Warne) taught me over the years is the better the bowling, the more positive you've got to be and that was certainly my intent from the first ball I faced," Clarke said. "I wanted to be positive and play my way, and put it back on the South African bowlers because I know they're a very good attack." His stand with Cowan was the highest fourth-wicket partnership by Australia at the Gabba, surpassing Clarke and Mike Hussey's 245-run effort against Sri Lanka in 2007. It was also the biggest fourth-wicket stand by Australia against South Africa and the fifth biggest overall against the Proteas in Test history. The partnership was only ended by a freakish run-out of Cowan for 136 shortly
before tea. He batted for 388 minutes and hit 18 boundaries. It was the only wicket South Africa took all day. The left-hander backed up too far at the non-striker's end and was out when bowler Dale Steyn got his fingers to a stinging Clarke drive and deflected the ball onto the stumps. It was Cowan's first century in his eighth Test match and dispelled doubts about his Test credentials after coming into the series with an average of 29.86. "I want to be playing cricket for a long time for Australia," Cowan said. "There's only one way to do that and that's scoring runs. I'm happy to be judged by the runs I score." Hussey maintained the momentum with his lively undefeated 86 off 109 balls, joining in a rollicking 188-run partnership with Clarke to ram home the advantage.
SCoReBoARD South Africa first innings 450 all out* (J. Kallis 147, H.Amla 104, A. petersen 64; J. pattinson 3-93) Australia first innings (overnight 111-3) e. Cowan run out 136 D. Warner c Kallis b Steyn 4 R. Quiney c Steyn b Morkel 9 R. ponting c Kallis b Morkel 0 M. Clarke not out 218 M. Hussey not out 86 extras (lb-11, w-1, nb-22) 34 total (for four wickets, 121 overs) 487 fall of wickets: 1-13 2-30 3-40 4-299 Still to bat: M. Wade, p. Siddle, B. Hilfenhaus, J. pattinson, n. lyon. BoWlIng: Steyn 27-3-109-1 (nb-1), philander 25-2-82-0 (nb-8), Morkel 26-6-109-2 (nb-2), Kleinveldt 17-0-81-0 (nb-11, w-1), Kallis 12-3-30-0, Smith 9-0-36-0, Amla 2-0-9-0, petersen 3-0-20-0. * South Africa's Jp Duminy was injured and unable to bat
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17 Sports Kinnaird win u-19 women cricket
london: roger federer returns the ball to andy murray during the atP tour match.
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Kinnaird won the 4th U-19 Regional InterDistrict Women Cricket Tournament, 2012 by 44 runs on Monday. Playing at the Race Course Park Cricket Ground-1, Kinnaird won the toss and choose to bat first andscored 158 in 25 overs. Ayesha naz 63, Fareeha Mehmood 29, Hafsa Amjad 28. Kanwal Francis, Kainaat Hafeez and Zara Iqbal took 1 Wicket each Ravi Club 114 in 25 overs. Kainaat Hafeez 40, Zara Iqbal 31, Mehak Asif 15. namra Imran and nasira Rafique and Asha Khan took 1-Wicket each. Ayesha naz from Kinnaird Club declared Women of the Match:
national women Karate concludes
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The Shaheed Benazir Bhutto 8th national Women Karate Championship concluded at WAPDA Sports Complex. Lt. Gen. Syed Arif Hassan, President Pakistan Olympic Association was the Chief Guest at Closing Ceremony. Kulsum Hazara of WAPDA clinched 3 Gold Medals in -68 Kg, Team Kata and Team Kumite, while Benish Akber, Sohaila and Uzma Asghar of WAPDA won 2 Gold Medals each. From Army, Huma, Razia, Faiza won Gold Medals in their respective weight categories.WAPDA won the championship by winning 6 gold and 2 Bronze medals with 160 points while Army stood on second position by winning 3 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze medals with 120 points, Balochistan secured third position by winning 1 silver and 5 bronze medals with 65 points. Chief Guest Lt. Gen. Syed Arif Hassan admired the achievements of Pakistan Women Karate Team and gave away the medals and winner trophies to the teams and distributed shields to the Technical Officials.
new Karate federation formed LAHORE StAff RepoRt
A new Karate Federation of Pakistan was formed here on Monday by Karate players and Organizers from all the four provinces of Pakistan, Islamabad, and from some of the Services Organizations affiliated with the Pakistan Olympic. Lt Col retd Mujahid ullah Tareen was elected president and a former secretary of Pakistan Olympic Association, Mohammad Latif Butt was elected as Secretary of the body, â€œThe participants discussed the problems that were impeding the development of the sport of Karate in the country and they were of the view the present organization of Pakistan Karate Federation (PKF) had miserably failed in its purpose and it had become hostage to a mere handful of individuals, led by the President of the PKF, who were manipulating this organization for their own personal gains while the interest and benefit of the players and the game itself had become of no value to themâ€?,said a spoeksman of the newly formed body. The following were unanimously elected as it office-bearers: President: Lt. Col. (R) Mujahidullah Khan Tareen, Chairman: Mr. Kamal Shah, Vice-Presidents: nominee (PAF), Zahid Hussain, Mahmood naveed, nominee (navy) Shabana Gulnaz (Women Assoc), Secretary Muhammad Latif Butt (Punjab), Jt. Secretaries: noor Ahmed (Balochistan), Mansoor Ahmed (KPK), Treasurer: Tahir Atta Barry, Members Executive committee, Mutalib (Sindh) 2). nominee (Army), 3. Mr. Qasim (Islamabad) 4). Mr. Muzammil (Punjab).
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Federer charms fans in Murray's backyard LONDON
OGER Federer's unique appeal showed no sign of waning on Sunday as he gate-crashed what was supposed to be Andy Murray's party in the semi-finals of the ATP World Tour Finals. Up against Britain's first male grand slam champion for 76 years and an Olympic gold medallist for good measure, the 17,000 crowd at the O2 Arena should by rights have been roaring for Murray as he attempted to reach the final of the prestigious year-ending tournament for the first time. As it turned out Federer charmed them with the kind of dazzling tennis that has captivated crowds around the globe for the best part of a decade in which he has won 17 grand slams. Overpowered in the opening games and struggling to stay with the Scot, a repeat of Murray's easy victory over Federer in the Olympics final looked a possibility. Federer, lethal indoors, however came up with just about every shot in his vast armoury to claim a 7-6 6-2 victory and will contest the year's final match for the eighth time in the last 11 years. World number one novak Djokovic stands between Federer and a seventh Tour Finals crown. Popular as the 25year-old Serb is, seven-times Wimbledon champion Federer is revered in London like a favourite son. "It's something definitely that makes playing, well, easier to be quite honest," the 31-year-old Swiss told reporters when asked if he was ever surprised by the goodwill that flows his way, whether it be in London, Paris or new York. "I guess because I've been in the game for so long, I do have many people who just enjoy watching me play or feel like it's a throwback maybe to the backin-the-day times when they used to play
Happy to explore something new: Sharapova MIMBAI The tennis world can't get enough of the grace and poise that Maria Sharapova brings to the court. She was all elegance as she spoke about her struggles with the shoulder injury, and a successful comeback, here on Sunday. All the while, when she was battling the injury, she left a void on the circuit. This season, Sharapova has fought her way to the top of the pack, winning the French Open to complete a career Grand Slam, besides winning the silver medal at the Olympics and also getting back to the no. 1 spot briefly. The process, more than anything else, has taught her to treat success and failure in equal measure. "It has been a remarkable year," said Sharapova, who was in the Capital on Sunday as a brand ambassador for Homestead infrastructure. "You work so hard in life and you start at a very young age and usually things keep going for you. And when something you like so much is taken back from you at a young age, it is difficult. "I was 21 when I had a shoulder surgery which is very unusual for a tennis player, and not many people would come
back from that. The time away from the sport was very emotional and difficult as I was not even able to pick the racquet," Sharapova said. It is therefore not surprising that she rates the French Open victory as the best among her four Grand Slams. " It is tough to differentiate the most memorable moment of my career, and say that one was more special than the other. It
(Grand Slams) all came at very different times in my career. But the French Open this year was special because I was injured for a year and I was coming back to the sport. It made me realise how hard it is to get to a winning position, and how hard it is to earn it." Her comeback has spiced up the circuit with her rivalries with Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka. "It is important to have rivalries in sport. That's what makes the competition better. You always keep working hard. Serena is an incredible athlete and someone who has achieved so much success in her career. I was consistent this year and hope it continues next year also." From a precociously talented 17yearold, who triumphed at the Wimbledon in 2004, Sharapova has surely come a long way. "I think I am somewhere in the middle of the generation because I started when I was very young. now, I am seeing the new generation coming up. It's interesting because I am still quiet young and I thought I had many more years ahead of me. You see so much newer talents coming up on the tour and this is what you are going to see in 10 years from now." Having seen the tough injury phase, Sharapova can understand why Sania Mirza has shifted her preference to doubles.
with one-handed backhands, and they like me because of those things. "I don't know what it is, but I do get a lot of support and do it appreciate it." "We have played here twice before, and twice the crowds were amazing, electric, and sometimes even in my favor. So today was somewhat similar again," he added. There was plenty for his fans to admire against Murray, who after initially threatening to blow Federer off court with some forceful tennis ended up
under the Swiss maestro's spell. Federer recovered from an early break of serve before playing a superb tiebreak, setting up a set point after winning a 22-stroke rally of breathtaking quality. Once ahead the second set became a masterclass. A stupendous backhand half-volley from near the baseline flashed past a stunned Murray and the daring nature of Federer's charges to the net were a re-
minder of an age when volleying was regarded as an art form. "Obviously they don't serve and volley as much anymore," Federer said. "This allows you to throw in the occasional chip and charge. It's a great feeling if it works. "Today it worked out, so I'm happy. Don't know if I'm going to throw in those kind of plays tomorrow. But novak is probably going to have a word to say about that."
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Sports 18 Royal Palm lady golfers do well in Delhi Golf LAHORE
HE 3rd Delhi Golf Championship Ladies Open Event was held at the historic Delhi Golf Club Golf Course and amongst the invitees to this championship were two upcoming caddie turned lady golfers of Royal Palm Golf Club,Zeb un nisa and Ana James Gil and although this was their first international competitive exposure,Zeb un nisa won the first prize in the net event.And in the process she put many of the established ones in place,hitting accurate drives and demonstrating some beautifully executed pitch shots.Over the three rounds Zeb un nisa had a net score of 50 in the first round,net 55 in the second round and net 50 in the final round.Her net aggregate score for the three days was 155 and brought her honors and a trophy titled as the Talwar Trophy.As for Ana James,she played good golf but missed the second prize by a single stroke.However she won the Longest Drive prize. On their return to Lahore,yesterday via Wagah Border,Zeb said that she considers herself lucky to have got this oppurtunity to visit India and play amongst some outstanding golfers of India at the Delhi Golf Course which is lined with many Tughlak and Lodhi Dynasty monuments and is also home to 300 species of birds,and is a very challenging course. "We were really looked after well by our hosts in Delhi and the lady Captain Bubble Suneja even helped us take coaching
The seven-time world champion has won the nations Cup event in partnership with Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, currently chasing his third successive world title, for the past five years. The two Germans will pair up again at the Rajamangala soccer stadium on December 14-16 to try and win the event for the sixth time in a row and Schumacher, now 43, said it would not be his last appearance. "I'm very much looking forward to racing with my old mate Seb for another repeat of our title," said Schumacher, who has two more F1 races before retirement, on Monday in a preview podcast for the Bangkok event. "But my lucky number is actually number seven. So we've got to do this and then the one after. That would be the ultimate. Obviously this means I'm not retiring from the Race Of Champions yet," added the Mercedes driver. "I could have retired from it by the end of this year, but I don't want to. It's too much fun. And as long as I'm still a bit competitive in it, why not?" Vettel, who leads Ferrari's Fernando Alonso by 10 points in the Formula One championship with two races remaining, including this weekend's U.S. Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, looked forward to continuing his partnership with Schumacher.
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lessons",said Zeb. "I also thank Ramzan Sheikh Sahib of Royal Palm for having faith in our ability and affording us this chance to play in an international competition.Even in our dreams we have never thought of this",Zeb went on to say. Just three years back,these two ladies were inducted as caddies,based on an initiative by Royal Palm and at the beginning had little knowledge of golf.The basics were taught to them by a very experienced coach,Siraj Khan and after two and a half years of caddie duties they were allowed to take up golf
as a game and within six months of training,visible was ample golfing talent and ability which secured for them a trip to India.In the subcontinent they have created a record as they are the only lady caddies in Pakistan and India. On the occasion of the concluding ceremonies of the 3rd Delhi Golf Championship Ladies Open, the High Commissioner of Pakistan in India was present and he gifted them India Rupees ten thousand each. Some other ladies from Pakistan who won prizes were Ghazala Yasmin and Shahzadi Gulfam.
Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo will miss Wednesday's friendly against Gabon in Libreville after he sustained a cut above his left eye in Sunday's 2-1 La Liga win at Levante, the Portuguese Federation (FPF) said on Monday. The FPF confirmed the injury would keep him out adding Valencia defender Joao Pereira and Dynamo Kiev midfielder Miguel Veloso had also pulled out of the squad because of injuries. Ronaldo was caught by David navarro's elbow in the opening minutes of the match in Valencia and after being patched up on the side of the pitch returned to score Real's 21st-minute opener. Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho said after the match Ronaldo's vision in both eyes was affected by the blow, which left one side of the Portuguese international's face covered in blood.
martinez to defend title against briton murray BUENOS AIRES
Amar Cables beat Kahyabane Amin by seven wickets and qualified for the quarter-finals of the 3rd Ama Cables T20 Vaterans Cricket Tournament. Playing at the Shah Faisal Cricket Ground, Amar Cables Beat Khayaban e Ameen by 7 wickets & qualify the quarter final. Khayaban e Ameen batting first 138/6 after 20 overs. Ejaz Ahmad 30, Ashfaq Heera 24, Jameel Shah 16 & Amir Riaz 18 runs not out. Tariq Rasheed 2/28, Munir Shah 1/18, Rouf Wain 1/32, Tariq Hussain Raju 1/8 & Dastgeer Butt 1/32 wickets. In reply Amar Cables 139/3 after 18.5 overs. Aziz ur rehman 15, Amer Ilyas Butt 12, Shahid Mansoor 65 runs not out & Zahid Umar 24 runs not out. Faisal Mehmood 2/14 & Akbar Khan 1/28 wickets. Irfan Dilshad, Sagheer Ahmad Umpire & Waris Bashir was the scorer.
Amar Cables beat Kahyabane Amin Schumacher sees a future in race of champions
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in the end of the match Chief Guest Shafqat Ali Butt give away man of the
mach award to Shahid Mansoor. Amer Ilyas Butt was also present.
World Boxing Council champion Sergio Martinez will defend his middleweight crown against unbeaten Briton Martin Murray in Argentina on April 17, according to Argentine media reports. The venue for the bout will be chosen from the Monumental stadium belonging to Martinez's favourite football team River Plate and the Luna Park, both in Buenos Aires, and the Estadio Unico in the provincial capital La Plata, the Dyn news agency said. Argentine Martinez won the title in an unanimous points decision against Mexican Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in Las Vegas in September. The 37-year-old Martinez, 50-2-2, is recovering from fractures to his left hand and said last month he would need surgery on his right knee. Murray, 30, has won 24 fights with 10 knockouts and drawn one. He first meets Venezuelan Jorge navarro for the interim World Boxing Association title in Manchester on november 24.
Matteo Manassero wins Singapore title SINGAPORE AgenCIeS
Matteo Manassero of Italy holds the winner’s trophy on day four of the Barclays Singapore Open. AFP photo Italian teenager Matteo Manassero displayed all the nerve and experience of a seasoned veteran to edge out Louis Oosthuizen on the third hole of a playoff and claim a thrilling Singapore Open victory yesterday. The first two days of the $6 million co-sanctioned event were dampened by lengthy storm delays but with the weather gods smiling down on the Sentosa Golf Club, the tournament reached a gripping climax over the final two rounds. As an impressive Manassero threatened to run away with the event on a day when he ended up playing 36 holes, the 2010 Open Championship winner Oosthuizen emerged from the pack and could and should have won the Singapore event in the playoff. The duo birdied the par-five 18th in regulation to finish
locked on 13-under 271 and after they repeated the feat on the first extra hole, Oosthuizen had a four-foot birdie putt to claim the title on the next but his nervous effort horseshoed around the back of the cup. Both men found the fairway on their third attempt at deciding a winner, with the South African’s approach landing short and left of the flag on the green before Manassero ripped a beauty that rolled off a slope to within 10 feet of the cup. Oosthuizen’s eagle putt curled above the hole and his opponent made no mistake, picking up a third European Tour event before his 20th birthday with an assured putt into the middle of the cup that was met with a joyous roar from the packed gallery. Almost forgotten in the mayhem was a brilliant final round six-under 65 from world number one Rory McIlroy that lifted the Briton up to third place on 10-under and secured the European Tour order-of-merit title with two events to spare.
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nisar, nawaz not on same page over FiA probe ISLAMABAD StAff RepoRt
Leader of the Opposition in the national Assembly Chaudhry nisar Ali Khan has said that he would not accept an investigation by the Federal Investigation Agency in the Asghar Khan case despite Pakistan Muslim League-nawaz chief nawaz Sharif’s readiness to be probed by the agency. In an interview with a private TV channel, nisar said nawaz was his leader and he had every right to express his view point. At the same time, he said he too had the right to give his views. He said the record of FIA in the past four years was before everyone and had exposed the real face of the agency. nisar said he was committed to his earlier stance of opposing the investigation by FIA. About the caretaker prime minister, nisar said names were being short listed in wider consultation with all opposition parties and they included two retired judges of the Supreme Court. He said the nominees were not from Punjab but from smaller provinces, adding that they had selected such people whose character could not be questioned by anyone.
neW DelHI: Afghan president Hamid Karzai shakes hands with Indian prime Minister Manmohan Singh prior to delegation-level talks and an agreement signing ceremony on Monday.
Haqqani not a man of his words: CJP ISLAMABAD onlIne
Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Monday remarked that former envoy to US Hussain Haqqani had not honoured his promise of returning to Pakistan despite court orders and notices. “The court had not exempted Hussain Haqqani from attendance. The court had expressed trust in him and allowed him to go abroad. Hussain Haqqani had assured to return to Pakistan on a four-day notice but he did not come back despite receiving court’s notices and orders. He did not keep his promise,” the CJP remarked while presiding over a ninemember larger bench of the Supreme Court (SC) during a follow up hearing of the memogate case. The CJP said that Haqqani should return to Pakistan, and that the court would order the government to provide him complete protection. Haqqani’s counsel Asma Jahangir argued that the memo commission had declared Haqqani “a traitor”, and that various politicians had addressed him with titles such as “Mir Jaffar” and “Mir Sadiq”. She asked the court to tell if her client should really come back while “facing life threats”. She said how the government could provide him protection, when it was the one Haqqani was seeking protection from. “If a guarantee is given to my client that he would be provided complete security and protection on his return, then I can talk to him,” she added. In his remarks, Justice Tassadaq Hussain Jilani said the opinion of the commission was also not agreed upon. Asma said that the attorney general should ensure permission for Haqqani’s return to Pakistan, and his security arrangements.
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indian PM urges need for concrete steps to restore peace in Afghanistan NEW DELHI
nDIAn Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday said India favoured a stable and prosperous Pakistan. Addressing a joint news conference with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in new Delhi‚ he said India supported durable peace in Afghanistan and urged the need for taking concrete steps for restoration of peace in Afghanistan. President Karzai is in India on a four-day official visit that began Friday. Singh said the Afghan people should have the right of franchise so to decide their future by themselves. Describing Afghan President Hamid Karzai as a close friend of India and a “steadfast supporter” of bilateral ties, Prime Minister Singh said the two had reaffirmed their shared vision of a “stable, strong, united, sovereign and prosperous Afghanistan”. Singh said they had reviewed progress in implementation of the Strategic Partnership Agreement and reaffirmed commitment to deepen cooperation “in accordance with the vision outlined in the agreement”. He said the two leaders had discussed “the need to develop a strategic economic partnership, which will build on our economic synergies for mutual benefit”. He also “reiterated to President
Karzai our belief that Afghanistan’s regional economic integration will contribute to overall prosperity and stability in the region”. Singh said India remained committed to supporting Afghanistan in its development efforts. India’s development assistance commitment to Afghanistan stands at $2 billion. “We have expanded our programmes for capacity-building, institution-building and human resource development. With the signing of the memorandum of understanding today, we will launch the third phase of Small Development Projects to address the socio-economic needs of people throughout Afghanistan,” he said. The two sides had discussed “the changes in the security and political situation in and around Afghanistan”. “I expressed to President Karzai our belief that sustained international support and cooperation in all respects, including in combating terrorism emanating from the neighbourhood, will help Afghanistan meet these challenges. President Karzai’s own enlightened leadership will play a big part in this effort,” the prime minister said. He said: “India supports efforts to achieve a lasting peace in Afghanistan that brings together all sections of Afghan society while preserving the achievements of the last decade, including in the area of women’s rights. We respect the choices that the Afghan
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people make of their own free will. “I am confident President Karzai’s present visit will further strengthen the excellent relationship between our two countries. I once again convey my personal good wishes to President Karzai as he leads his country through a challenging time and wish to assure him that India stands with him and the people of Afghanistan.” Speaking on the occasion‚ President Hamid Karzai said peace was vital for prosperity of the region. India and Afghanistan signed four agreements to cooperate in areas of social welfare, fertilizer, coal mining and youth affairs, an official said. A memorandum of understanding, under which India will provide grants to Afghanistan to implement small development projects through local bodies, community organisations, charitable trusts and educational institutions, was signed by External Affair Minister Salman Khurshid and Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul, an official statement from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said. The second MoU signed by Khurshid and Afghan Minister of Mines Wahidullah Shahrani relates to fertilizer sector, while the third MoU aims at cooperation in youth affairs. The MoU on development of coal resources was signed by India’s Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal and Afghan Minister of Mines Wahidullah Shahrani.
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Pakistan elected to Un Human Rights Council UNITED NATIONS App
Pakistan was on Monday elected to the United nations Human Rights Council, an inter-governmental body within the Un system. Pakistan, which had the endorsement of the Asia Group, received 171 votes, when 97 were required. The Geneva-based Council is mandated to promote and protect human rights and prevent human rights violations. The 47-member body is composed of 13 countries from Africa, 13 from Asia, six from Eastern Europe, eight from Latin America and the Caribbean, and seven from Western Europe and Other States.
3 Hazaras gunned down in Machh QUETTA StAff RepoRt
Three Hazara Shias were gunned down in Machh town of Bolan district, about 120kms south-east of Quetta, on Monday. Reports said a group of Hazara men was sitting in a shop in main Machh Bazaar when two armed persons riding a motorcycle opened indiscriminate fire on them. As a result, one man was killed and four others received bullet injuries, The injured were rushed to a hospital where two of them succumbed to their injuries. The deceased were identified as Abdullah, Mohammad Ali and Ghulam Ali, while Mohammad Taqi and Asad Ali were injured. SHO Machh Sher Ahmad confirmed the killing of three Hazaras Shias and linked the attack to sectarian violence.