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Provincial assembly gives a confident nod to CM Raisani as PPP Balochistan declares his govt unconstitutional QUETTA StAff RePoRt
HE Balochistan political crisis took a serious turn on Tuesday after the provincial assembly reposed confidence in Chief Minister Nawab Aslam Raisani, while the provincial chapter of PPP declared his government unconstitu-
tional. Acting speaker Matiullah Agha chaired the assembly session on Tuesday wherein Senior Minister Maulana Abdul Wasay tabled a unanimous resolution in the House. The resolution said the worsening law and order in the province was a conspiracy of internal and external elements and the people were suffering due to the law and order and it was incumbent upon the House to review the sit-
uation. Fifty seven members present in the House unanimously expressed their confidence in the chief minister in a House of 65. The resolution called for joint line of action and solidarity to improve the situation. Opposition members, PPP Balochistan President and minister Mir Sadiq Imrani and Minister for Quality Education Jan Ali Changezi did not attend the session. Speaking in the House, Wasay said, “We want continuity of democracy and survival of constitution. We will fight those elements that try to stop us from fighting for the rights of the
MQM walks out of NA against Karachi bloodbath Says country’s two major parties unconcerned by Karachi violence g PML-N claims it has been concerned by Karachi situation since day one
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The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Tuesday boycotted the National Assembly session over the alarming law and order situation in Karachi. MQM MNA Abdul Qadir Khanzada said if the government’s clear stance on the issue did not come forth until Wednesday, they would stage a complete boycott of the current session. He lamented that the interior minister had continuously been absent from the House, adding that the two major parties of the country were silent over the situation as if it was not their issue. Khanzada said they were walking out of the House to protest against a lack of interest by the two major political parties. However, PML-N’s Rohail Asghar said the MQM member had raised a finger at his party, despite the party expressing its concern over the Karachi situation since long. He demanded that the Supreme Court’s suggestions vis-à-vis Karachi and the report of the joint investigative committee be placed before the house. Asghar
also questioned who was the governor in Sindh and which party did he belong to. ANP MNA Bushra Gohar said the violence in Karachi was a failure of intelligence outfits and suggested constituting an NA committee that should formulate recommendations. She said intelligence agencies had failed and they were blaming various groups for the worsening law and order. Kashmala Tariq said Karachi’s Defence Housing Authority and other military colonies were also part of Karachi, but there was peace there. She lamented that peace was restored to any area the government wanted. She questioned if it was a conspiracy to postpone the election by bloodletting in Karachi. She also demanded a debate in connection with Asghar Khan case to ascertain the characters who benefited from the Mehran Bank scam. PPP Member Abdul Ghani Talpur proposed a parliamentary committee to review the Karachi situation and find the reasons behind the killings. He also proposed the deployment of interior Sindh police in Karachi, saying peace would surely be restored to Karachi after such a move.
NA passes Free, Compulsory Education Bill 2012 unanimously ISLAMABAD APP
The National Assembly on Tuesday passed the Right to free and Compulsory Education Bill 2012 unanimously to ensure free and compulsory education to all children of ages between five and sixteen as enshrined in Article 25-A. The private member bill, also passed by the Senate, was piloted by PPP lawmaker Yasmeen Rehman. The statement of objects and reasons of the bill said Article 25A provided for free education to all children of ages five to sixteen as a fundamental right and its provision was a responsibility of the State. Accordingly, a comprehensive law to provide for free and compulsory education was the mandate of the constitution and the need of the time. The bill envisions free education for all children from age five to 16 in schools established by the federal government and the local government in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT). Under the bill, every child, regardless of sex, nationality or race, shall have a fundamental right to free and compulsory education in a neighbourhood school. No school, other than a school established, owned or controlled by the
appropriate government, after the commencement of this act, be established or function, without obtaining a certificate of registration from the prescribed authority. “Any person who establishes or runs a school without obtaining certificate of registration or continues to run a school after withdrawal of registration, shall be liable to fine which may extend to Rs 200,000 and in case of continuing contraventions, to a fine of Rs 25,000 for each day,” the bill said. Speaking in the House, Rehman said the provision of compulsory education was a fundamental right of every children and the bill would ensure better education to the children. Chief Whip of the House Syed Khurshid Ahmed Shah praised Rehman for bringing the bill in the House, saying provision of compulsory education to children was enshrined in the constitution. He said the constitution fully supported the bill and it would be a first step towards this noble cause. Dr Azra Fazal Pechuho also congratulated the House and Yasmeen Rehman for passing such an important bill. She said the bill would not only remove the sense of deprivation of the poor in the society, but also ensure quality education.
people,” he said. “There is nobody in this House who demands UN or US guarantee for his own country,” the minister noted. Abdul Rehman Mengal said the Centre was hatching a conspiracy against the provincial government as it wanted to impose emergency or governor’s rule to delay the general election. On the other hand, the PPP Balochistan declared the provincial government unconstitutional. The decision by PPP Balochistan chapter was made during the provincial council session on Tuesday. The council also said that Chief Minister Balochis-
tan Aslam Raisani had been suspended from the party. Earlier, acting governor Muhammad Aslam Bhootani put off the assembly session called on November 13 by Governor Nawab Zulfiqar Ali Magsi. Prior to the development, Bhootani had refused to chair the session as speaker and had sent a memo seeking clarification from the Supreme Court’s Registrar about the constitutional status of the existing provincial government and the chief minister in the backdrop of SC’s October 12, 2012 interim order in the Balochistan law and order case.
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FIA summons Gilani, son in Hajj scam ISLAMABAD: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Tuesday summoned former Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani, his son Abdul Qadir Gilani and Zain Sukhera to appear in the Supreme Court regarding the Hajj scam, on November 16. Sources said that summons have been issued directing them to ensure their presence in order to record their respective statements in the Hajj corruption case. The sources further said that the former premier Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani will be questioned about awarding contract to Zain Sukhera, an old servant, while Abdul Qadir Gilani will be investigated regarding the Hajj scandal and his assets; particularly the purchase of an expensive Mercedes car. inP
Bangladesh PM drops plan to visit Pakistan DHAKA: In a sudden and unexplained development, Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina scrapped her planned visit to Pakistan later this month. She was expected to attend a meeting of the Development-8, a grouping of eight nations with Muslim majority population, on November 22. However, Bangladeshi Foreign Minister Dipu Moni is likely to represent the premier now. “We have just been informed by the PMO that she (Hasina) is not going,” a senior foreign ministry official familiar with the situation said, preferring anonymity. The official though could not elaborate further about the changed plan. The development came three days after Hasina’s press secretary Abul Kalam Azad told media that she would go to Islamabad on a three-day tour. It is worth mentioning here that Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar had visited Bangladesh briefly to personally hand over an invitation to Hasina from President Asif Ali Zardari. However, Bangladesh’s relations with Pakistan have remained frosty. Coinciding with Khar’s five-hour visit to Dhaka, Bangladesh had reiterated its call for a formal Pakistani apology for the atrocities committed by troops in the war of 1971. This would have been Hasina’s first tour to the Pakistani capital since her ruling Awami League came to power in December 2008 general elections. Hasina had earlier visited Islamabad as premier during her previous 1996-2001 tenure. inP
Riaz expresses lack of trust in Suddle commission ISLAMABAD online
ALIK Riaz, former chief executive of Bahria Town, has expressed a lack of trust in the Shoaib Suddle Commission, saying he did not expect justice from the body. Talking to reporters after appearing before the commission on Tuesday, Riaz said inquiries were being conducted by FIA in respect of Musa Gilani, Aslam Beg and Malik Riaz, adding that he had been facing such inquiries for the last 16 years. “On the other hand, a five star Shoaib Suddle Commission has been constituted for investigating the Arsalan Iftikhar case,” he observed. “Justice should be equal for every one,” he said. “Arsalan Iftikhar should be treated during the course of administration of justice the way a common man is treated,” he added. Riaz said Arsalan should not be
given VIP treatment. To a question, he said his passport had not been demanded and if it was sought, “I will be ready to hand it over to the court rather than the Suddle Commission”. Talking to reporters before appearing before the commission, Riaz said he was going to tell the commission that he did not recognise it nor did he accept it. “I have no trust in any commis-
Afghan peace negotiators meet Kayani ISLAMABAD StAff RePoRt
A delegation of Afghan High Peace Council headed by its chairman Salahuddin Rabbani, called on Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani on Tuesday. The Afghan delegation remained with the Army chief for some time and discussed matters of mutual interest, particularly peace process in Afghanistan, said a statement by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). The Afghan peace negotiators are in Pakistan on a three-day visit for talks to smooth the way out of the deadlock in the reconciliation process in the war-ravaged country. Earlier on Monday soon after his arrival, Afghan High Peace Council Chairman Salahuddin Rabbani met Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, who “assured” Rabbani that Pakistan would do “all what it takes for a peaceful Afghanistan”. However, longstanding issues continued to challenge the
reconciliation process even during the negotiators visit. Sunday evening’s cross-border shelling by Afghan forces that caused loss of four lives on the Pakistani side was a grim reminder of the chal-
India may ease visa norms for Pakistani cricket fans NEW DELHI inP
Relaxing the condition requiring an Indian sponsor for every Pakistani fan applying for a visa to watch the upcoming Indo-Pak cricket series, India may also allow visa applications that have match tickets and return journey tickets duly attached. Though India is looking at accommodating around 500 Pakistani spectators for the Delhi tie and 100 each for the other venues, it has agreed to consider raising the ceiling after Islamabad indicated that the ticket sales back home may touch 2,000 for the Indian capital alone. The five-match Indo-Pak series, the first after bilateral cricket ties were snapped in 2008 in wake of the 26/11
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sion, including the Shoaib Suddle Commission. I repose trust only in a commission which holds across the board accountability, therefore, I don’t accept proceedings of this commission,” he said. Zahid Bokhari, counsel for Riaz, said, “We have challenged the constitutional position of the commission in Supreme Court, as this commission had completed its constitutional term on October 5.”
strikes, will be held between December 25 and January 6. Three one-day internationals (ODIs) and two T-20 matches will be played during the nearly fortnight-long series. The Indian Home Ministry had earlier proposed to insist on strict adherence to the “Indian sponsor” criterion, given the experience during the last Indo-Pak series in 2007, when 12 Pakistani spectators went missing and also the 26/11 probe revealed that two Pakistani masterminds had entered the country to survey targets on the pretext of watching a match at Mohali. However, after getting a feedback from its own agencies as well as from Islamabad on how this might disadvantage genuine Pakistani cricket lovers, who cannot get an
Indian sponsor for their visit, the ministry is actively considering easing the norms. “Making an Indian sponsor mandatory for each Pakistan visa applicant was possibly loaded against ordinary Pakistani citizens who may not have Indian contacts but still want to watch the matches here for their genuine interest in cricket,” a senior intelligence official told Times of India. The concerns were discussed at a meeting in the Union Home Ministry on Monday, which decided to also look at visa applications that have the applicant’s match tickets as well as return journey tickets by bus, rail or air duly attached. The return journey tickets are crucial since they will help intelligence agencies establish if the Pakistani fans travel back home on the date indicated in the tickets.
lenges the two countries confront. Afghan Ambassador Umar Daudzai was also summoned to the Foreign Office on Monday to receive a demarche over the shelling incident.
Government working out blasphemy-filters for YouTube Facing widespread public demand, the government is reconsidering the ban imposed on Youtube and is working out ways to filter blasphemous content, according to a report by Washington Post on Tuesday. Interior Minister Rehman Malik, a regular social media user, announced last week that the government would set up a committee to find a way to filter anti-Islam content on YouTube – most notoriously, the crudely made and offensive “Innocence of Muslims” video – but still let other videos entertain the nation. A ministry official said a large number of people on Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites had asked that the ban be lifted, but the government wants to ensure that material deemed blasphemous or otherwise objectionable is blocked. “I will do my best to open U tube,” Malik tweeted last Tuesday. “You all know that this matter does not concern my ministry yet every body demands me to open it.” The ban was put in place by the Ministry of Information Technology in mid-September on the orders of Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf. Although high-speed Internet access is too expensive for the vast majority of Pakistanis, many of them use their phones to surf the Internet because of low per-minute usage charges. This is not the first time that the Internet has been censored in Pakistan. Twitter was briefly banned in May for tweets encouraging participation in the “Everyone Draw Muhammad Day” campaign on Facebook. Facebook has been shut down more than once over a page promoting the contest. The page still cannot be accessed in Pakistan. MonitoRing DeSk
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Sindh govt not justified in continuing rule after failing to end violence: imran ISLAMABAD online
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan said on Tuesday that the Sindh government had lost the right to rule after “completely failing” to protect the lives and properties of the people in the province, especially in Karachi. In a statement issued from his office, the PTI chief said that the de-politicisation of the administration in Sindh, particularly the police, was the key to restoring peace to the violence-hit province. He hailed the Supreme Court’s verdict on
the law and order situation in Karachi, but regretted that the Sindh government had not implemented the verdict, and added to the miseries of the people. “Violence is not confined to the urban areas, as lawlessness prevails across Sindh province. People in rural areas cannot leave their homes in the evening as dacoits take to the streets and innocent people are kidnapped for ransom,” the PTI chief said. He said the level of violence across the province indicates that either the government has no political will to protect people’s lives, or the criminals have penetrated into the provincial government.
RESIDENT Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday called for creating a regional mechanism for exchange of information and coordination and to establish a drug court in the region to fight the illicit drug trade. Addressing the inaugural session of Regional Ministerial Conference on Counter Narcotics at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, the president said the merchants of death did not recognise any political, geographical, ethical, or legal boundaries and were destroying the youth, no matter what passport they possessed. He said the challenge required a close cooperation and proposed that the offices concerned should maintain real-time contact, like a hotline, amongst the heads of narcotics control agencies, for better coordination in dealing with the illicit drug trafficking. The president said efforts against the nacrotrade could not succeed alone. “We will conquer the heroin trade only through collective action,” he added. Zardari said the heroin trade did not flourish in vacuum and it was linked with the terrorist networks in the region. He said the money from heroin trade was being used to finance terror operations. According to the UN, the opium production had increased by over 3,000 percent and the revenue from the heroin trade had also been steadily rising during the past decade. However, the problem was much older and went farther back in history, farther than 2001, he said. “It goes back to the choices made during the decades of 1970s and 1980s. That was the time when heroin was created as a war weapon by the world community to fight the rival ideology in the region,” he added.
“After the war, the international community left the region in a hurry. Many things of that era have now come back to haunt us. One of these was the heroin trade,” the president said. Zardari said the illicit drug trade was now challenging the very foundations and posed a serious threat to all countries in the region. The president said the heroin trade had grown across borders and was spreading death and destruction in the name of ideology. “It is threatening the security of our countries,” he said. Zardari said the drug trade threatened to destroy the national economies by corrupting legitimate businesses, increasing inflation and destabilising interest and exchange rates. “It undermines good governance by encouraging crime and corruption and promotes violence,” he added. The heroin trade threatens us more than it threatens far-off lands, he said, adding that instead of being followers, “we must lead the fight against the heroin trade”. “We must be the one to fight back and we must win this battle. Failure is no option.” He recounted various measures taken against the narcotics trade and said Pakistan had accorded high priority to the efforts aimed at fighting the illicit drug trade. The President hoped that the deliberations during the conference would lay the groundwork for a concrete action and a set of practical measures could be agreed. Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, in her welcome remarks, said the narcotics trade was an issue tied to peace, security and prosperity and health and happiness of the people of the region. She stressed a regional approach to jointly address the challenge of drug trade. The meeting later adopted the agenda for the two-day ministerial conference. President Zardari later hosted a luncheon for the delegates.
12 regional countries agree to form anti-narcotics group Cricket match abandoned to make way for ViPs ISLAMABAD online
Countries bordering Afghanistan and faced with the menace of drug trafficking adopted a joint declaration on Tuesday undertaking, inter alia, to set up a regional contact group at the senior-official level. Pakistan hosted the first regional conference at the initiative of President Asif Ali Zardari. The declaration that renewed regional commitment to counter narcotics cooperation was adopted unanimously by the representatives of 12 countries on the first day of the two-day ministerial conference. “We, as participants of this conference, have come very near to the possibility of setting up a common hotline and a regional contact group,” Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said in her opening remarks at Tuesday’s ministerial session of the conference. In his address, representative of the United Nations of Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) praised Pakistan’s initiative to host a regional conference on countering narcotics. He also underlined the linkage of
drugs trafficking and economic development of the region. Interior Minister Rehman Malik, who chaired the second session of the ministerial conference, also underlined that the “illegal economy with the proceeds of drugs, dampen the growth of the legal economy”. Malik rightly pointed out that the European countries were registering a growing demand for drugs used for psychotherapy as certain countries had permitted limited usage of narcotics. “Therefore, on behalf of the region being badly affected by drug trafficking, I demand the Western nations curb the demand and declare all kinds of drug usage as illegal,” he demanded. “Drug trafficking and money laundering are the two major sources of finance for terrorists,” Malik said, adding that “we need to have a common database, and information sharing mechanism to impede the flow of drugs 90 per cent of the world supplies from Afghanistan”. The 14-point joint declaration not only expressed concerns over the threat posed by narcotics production, trafficking, and demand but also realised common and shared
responsibility demanding an integrated, multidisciplinary, mutually reinforcing and balanced regional approach towards supply and demand reduction strategies. Per the declaration, the 12 countries agreed that the promotion of economic development affected by the illicit drug trade, required appropriate measures, including strengthening of regional cooperation in support of alternatives and sustainable development activities. Indian representative KK Jasswal expressed his government’s complete support to the declaration. He also praised the government of Pakistan’s initiative. According to Malik, the conference would become a regular feature and would be held on the monitoring and implementation on a need-basis. The declaration has fixed July 2013 as deadline for finalisation of the draft terms and reference for the Regional Contact Group. The countries invited are Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, China, India, Islamic Republic of Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Turkey and Uzbekistan.
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The arrival of VIPs’ in Gujranwala forced the match being played between Karachi B and Sialkot to be called off on Tuesday. The match was part of the Inter Regional Departments U-19 One Day Tournament 2012-13 and was being played at Jinnah Stadium. Per reports, the players were compelled to leave the Jinnah Stadium when a helicopter carrying Special Advisor to Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Zulfiqar Khosa and Punjab Police Inspector General Haji Habibur Rehman was supposed to land there. As usual, the stadium was emptied much in advance of the VIPs’ anticipated arrival. On resistance from some players, the security personnel abused them and pushed them out of the stadium. The stadium is the only venue in Gujranwala which can be used as a helipad. Sources told Pakistan Today that this is not the first time that a match has been abandoned; in reckless disregard for the respectable entity of the common man, similar acts have been carried out a number of times in the past and the teams were given one point each.
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SC orders security for Husain Haqqani ISLAMABAD StAff RePoRt
nAPleS: Demonstrators clash with riot police officers during a demonstration against unemployement on tuesday.
Radical cleric Abu Qatada freed after winning appeal LONDON AgenCieS
Terror suspect Abu Qatada has been released on bail after winning his latest appeal to avoid extradition to Jordan. The radical cleric smiled as he was driven from Long Lartin prison in Worcestershire and returned to his family home in north west London. He was taken from the maximum security jail in a black Volkswagen people carrier and made no attempt to hide from photographers. Qatada was granted bail on Monday after judges ruled returning him to his home country to face trial would breach his
Anti-terrorism bill tabled in NA ISLAMABAD inP
Anti Terrorism Act’s amendment bill 2012 was tabled in the National Assembly on Tuesday. According to the new bill, law enforcement agencies would be authorized to take action against terrorists, cease their assets and confiscate their properties. According to section 8 of the bill, federal and provincial governments will be entitled to direct any official to cease assets or money of any criminal. Moreover, if anyone refuses to follow the government order, that person will be considered as a convict and will be liable to get five years imprisonment or fine worth Rs 0.5 million or both.
human rights. Home Secretary Theresa May had obtained assurances from Jordan that evidence obtained through torture would not be used at his trial. But in a serious blow, the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Siac) said this could still not be guaranteed and refused to back the Government. The decision is the latest twist in an 11-year legal battle, that is believed to have cost the British taxpayer at least £1m. Qatada, once described as Osama bin Laden’s right-hand man in Europe, will have to obey a 16-hour curfew and can only go out between 8am and 4pm. He will also have to wear
an electronic tag, cannot use the internet and will be barred from contacting certain people - who cannot be named for legal reasons. Round-the-clock surveillance of his home is now expected to be put in place, at a reported cost of up to £100,000 a week. Downing Street has said the Home Office will be ensuring “we take all the necessary steps” to make sure Qatada does not pose a risk to national security. Qatada was granted leave to remain in Britain in 1994 after arriving here and seeking asylum but he was convicted of terror charges in Jordan in his absence in 1999.
Elmo puppeteer faces underage sex charges NEWS DESK Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash has found himself in a bit of a pickle. The Sesame Street puppeteer has been accused of carrying on a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old boy in the past. The accuser, now 23-years-old, laid the charges on Clash in June 2012. While Clash acknowledges the relationship, he says it was carried on after the accuser was legally an adult. “I had a relationship with the accuser,” Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash said in a statement. “It was between two consenting adults and I am deeply saddened that he is
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trying to characterize it as something other than it was.” Sesame Workshop quickly addressed the issue with their Elmo puppeteer, meeting with both the accuser and Clash. The Workshop said that the charge of underage relations was unsubstantiated, but that Clash has been disciplined for inappropriate Internet usage.According to TMZ, the man behind the Elmo voice reportedly used his Sesame Street email account to contact his accuser back in 2010. Sent after the accuser turned 18, the email includes Clash apologizing for “talking about sex” and later saying “I love you and I will never hurt you.”
HIEF Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has directed the interior secretary to ensure security arrangements for Pakistan’s former envoy to the US, Husain Haqqani during his stay in the country. He made these remarks while presiding over a ninemember bench of the Supreme Court (SC) hearing the Mem-
Petraeus and lover used al Qaeda email tricks to keep affair secret NEWS DESK The CIA director and his biographer had a shared Gmail account and wrote some of their personal missives as draft emails, which were left in a draft folder or an electronic, “dropbox”. They could each then access the shared account and open the other’s draft messages, reading them without the emails actually being sent. Sending emails between two separate accounts leaves an electronic trail, including IP addresses that have been used. Al Qaeda terrorists began using the technique years ago. It allowed them to exchange information without sending traceable emails. An account would be opened by one conspirator and a draft email written and saved. The account could then be opened by a co-conspirator with access anywhere in the world, who could read the draft email and delete it. The process meant the information had never been sent in the form of an email, making the electronic trail weaker. The technique has since been copied by teenagers in many countries to avoid having their emails monitored by their parents.
ogate case on Tuesday. The CJP also issued directives that the court should be informed about the security arrangements two weeks before the next hearing of the case. Interior Secretary Khawaja Siddique appeared on court’s orders. He said, “Hussain Haqqani should tell us what type of security concerns he has.” Asma Jahangir, counsel for Haqqani, argued that her client had apprehensions with respect to his arrival in Pakistan therefore he was hesitant to come to Pakistan.
“He can come to Pakistan if the government provides him full protection,” she said. The CJP said it was binding on the state under Article 9 of the constitution to ensure security of all citizens. He directed Asma to file a written application on the threats being faced by Haqqani and later inform the interior secretary and the SC registrar about these security concerns. Asma said she would inform the interior secretary in writing what threats Haqqani was facing,
however, she made it clear that as to why Haqqani was staying in the Prime Minister’s House when he was present in Pakistan and why the interior secretary was saving him from the intelligence agencies. Asma said she would give an application to the interior secretary and write therein that Haqqani be saved from the MI and ISI. The CJP reminded Asma that her client had promised and he should return to the country to keep it. The court adjourned the proceedings until January.
Brazil Mensalao trial: former Lula aide Dirceu jailed NEWS DESK The Supreme Court in Brazil has sentenced a former top aide of ex-President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to 10 years and 10 months in jail. Jose Dirceu, 66, was found guilty of setting up an illegal scheme that used public funds to pay coalition parties for political support. Dirceu had acted as Lula’s chief of staff from 2003 to 2005. The former president is not implicated in the scandal, which be-
came known as “Mensalao”, or Big Monthly Allowance. The Supreme Court also ordered Dirceu to pay a fine of 676,000 reais ($330,000; £210,000). The former aide maintained that the scheme never existed, and accused Brazil’s conservative media of bias against the left-wing government. In a statement posted on his blog, Dirceu said he did not accept the Supreme Court’s “unfair sentence”. He made reference to his
days as a left-wing rebel in the 1960s and 70s and vowed to fight the conviction. “During the military dictatorship I put my life on the line, I was arrested and jailed. I was banned from the country, but did not give up and came back to fight for democracy in Brazil.” ‘CrIMInAL enterprISe’: The presiding judge, Justice Joaquim Barbosa, ruled that Dirceu had played a crucial role in the corruption scheme.
Obama eyes Kerry as Defence Secy; Susan Rice as Secretary of State WASHINGTON SPeCiAl CoRReSPonDent
President Barack Obama is considering Senator John F. Kerry to serve as his next defence secretary and current US ambassador to UN Susan Rice as Secretary of State. Although Kerry is thought to covet the job of secretary of state, senior administration officials familiar with the transition planning said that nomination will almost certainly go to Susan E. Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, The Washington Post reported Tuesday. Obama’s chief counterter-
rorism adviser, John O. Brennan, is a leading contender for the CIA job if he wants it, officials said. If Brennan goes ahead with his plan to leave government, Michael J. Morell, the agency’s acting director, is the prohibitive favorite to take over permanently. However, the White House has not made any definitive decisions so far. Petraeus’s resignation last week after revelations of an extramarital affair has complicated what was already an intricate puzzle to reassemble the administration’s national security and diplomatic pieces for Obama’s second term.
The process has become further complicated by congressional ire at not being told that Petraeus was under FBI investigation, on top of what are likely to be contentious closed-door hearings this week on the administration’s actions surrounding the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya. Rice, one of an inner circle of aides who have been with Obama since his first presidential campaign in 2007, is under particular fire over the Benghazi incident, in which U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed.
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Says PPP and Ji have similar ideology on public welfare LAHORE
RIME Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf said on Tuesday that the real face of Pakistan was not terrorism and extremism as was being wrongly perceived by the world, but a country with peace-loving traditions. Addressing a mass wedding ceremony at the Governor’s House, the prime minister said the rich traditions of Pakistan were based on sacrifice and service to mankind. “A bleak picture is being presented in the media about Pakistan as a country fighting terrorism; this is not an honest reflection, as Pakistan is a land of sacrifice, love, peace, brotherhood and tolerance,” he said. The mass marriage ceremony for 50 couples was organised by the Ameer
Begum Welfare Trust (ABWT), run by Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo, federal minister for Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan, and his daughter MPA Rubina Shaheen Wattoo. The prime minister said that politics had been misused in the past in the country. He claimed that the Pakistan People’s Party’s (PPP) politics revolved around the downtrodden segments of the society, adding that the country’s riches were dependent on the welfare of the poor. “The PPP and the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) share similar ideologies about service to the masses,” Ashraf said, adding that this similarity could bring the two parties closer. The prime minister dispelled the impression that various political parties and state institutions were on a collision course. “There is complete unanimity over the issues of social welfare,” he
added. Ashraf said that only the people had the right to choose their leaders and elect governments. He stressed on the need for relying on the collective wisdom of all political parties and schools of thought to address problems facing the country. He said that all problems could be resolved through collective action and the ABWT had set an example in this regard by arranging a mass wedding ceremony. “Pakistan is a beautiful land with traditions of self-sacrifice and service,” he said, adding that protection of human rights was imbibed in the country’s culture. “The Punjabi Sufi poetry of Mian Muhammad Bukhsh teaches that these rights should be protected at all costs,” he said. Ashraf congratulated the newly-wed couples and praised the ABWT for arranging their wedding. He also gave Rs 10,000 to each couple.
PTI asks Nisar to retract accusations against Imran ISLAMABAD inP
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Information Secretary Shafqat Mahmood on Tuesday asked PML-N leader Nisar Ali Khan to retract accusations he levelled against Imran Khan or submit concrete evidence failing which he would be taken to court under contempt charges. Talking to a group of reporters at the PTI media cell, Mahmood said PML-N President Nawaz Sharif should seek pardon from the people of Pakistan for stealing the mandate back in 1990 elections by misusing public funds which were provided to him by the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). Asked whether he would comment over Nawaz’s fate following the judgement in the Asghar Khan case, Mahmood advised Nawaz to quit politics “which is the only honourable option left with him in the wake of the SC judgement”. Welcoming the chief election commissioner’s statement about disqualifying those who had been held responsible in the Asghar Khan case, the PTI leader said the independent judiciary had held Nawaz and Shahbaz Sharif responsible for receiving money from the ISI to help rob the 1990 elections against the public aspirations. “Now they will have to face disqualification by the Election Commission of Pakistan as well as public anger for their role in the conspiracy,” he added. “By accusing Imran Khan, Nisar has made a failed attempt to shift the media’s focus from the court order against Nawaz and his family. However, neither the media nor the nation will fall for this as no one has a short memory in today’s modern world,” said the PTI leader. Mahmood said the court order had proved that the PML-N was a product of the establishment and that the Sharifs had always danced on the tunes of the ISI and the establishment.
SC issues notice to ex-secy establishment in Hajj Scam ISLAMABAD online
The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued a notice to former Secretary Establishment Ismael Qureshi over the appointment of Rao Shakeel as director general of Hajj operations. A three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, is hearing the Hajj corruption case. The Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) Hussain Asghar, also chief investigation officer of the case, submitted a progress report to the apex court. Asghar said Rao Shakeel’s appointment was made by Ismael Qureshi who was then secretary establishment. He also said that the Supreme Court had barred the FIA from arresting Qureshi.
PeSHAWAR: A Hindu family prays during a ritual while celebrating Diwali — the festival of colours — on tuesday. iNP
IHC takes up plea on extension in Kayani’s tenure ISLAMABAD nni
The Islamabad High Court on Tuesday approved for hearing a petition regarding the extension in army chief General Ashfaque Kayani’s service. According to a private television channel, the plea, filed by Col (r) Inamur Rehman, will be heard in third week of November by a two-member bench. In his petition, the retired army officer has also appealed the court take notice of chief of the army staff’s recent statement, stating that General Kayani was not entitled to remain in office after making a political statement.
SC summons PIA management on December 4 ISLAMABAD APP
The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) management to appear before it with relevant record by December 4. The three-member bench comprising Chief Justice Ifthikar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Azmat Saeed issued the directive after conducting initial proceedings on a suo motu notice regarding PIA’s inefficiency, clubbed with constitutional petitions moved by PML-N leaders Marvi Memon and Zaffar Iqbal Jhagra. At the outset of the hearing, PIA’s counsel Raja Bashir informed the court
that in 2011 the national flag carrier incurred a loss of Rs 119 billion to the national exchequer. “It will be a miracle if PIA flights leave on time,” he added. The chief justice observed that the PIA was a government-owned entity and the money lost belonged to the nation. He said that all future procurements should be made under the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) rules. The chief justice told the counsel that a forensic audit of the corporation should be conducted and those responsible should be pointed out. He said the PIA, which had helped establish many airlines in the past, including the Emirates and Singapore Air-
lines, now had a fleet of obsolete aircrafts. “Moreover, there are allegations of corruption regarding the purchase of new ones,” he added. When asked whether there was overemployment in the PIA, Raja Bashir said that according to a report by the State Bank of Pakistan, there were 350 employees for every plane. Clearing the doubts of the apex court, Raja Bashir apprised the bench that there were 37 international routes and none of them had been leased out by the PIA. “Although the PIA does have a business arrangement with Turkish Airlines under which both the airlines facilitate each other in carrying passengers,” he added.
Justice Gulzar Ahmed said that engineers were taking salaries but they were not doing any work. He said that the PIA had to buy engines on lease, while its own engines, which are ready for installation after being repaired in Singapore and Oman, have not been brought back in order to justify these lease agreements. The chief justice said that a former defence minister had admitted, on a private channel, that a loss of Rs 44 billion was incurred in 2008, with a Rs 70 million loss every day. However, the counsel said that the losses had incurred due to fluctuation in the fuel prices. The bench adjourned hearing till December 4.
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Alarming rise in Counsel admits govt is free to ink dog bite cases accords with foreign companies Reko Diq case
There has been an alarming surge in cases of dog bite cases in various areas of Rawalpindi. There have been several reports of such cases but authorities did not take any action to get rid of stray dogs, particularly from city areas. The number of stray dogs had been increasing consistently in the city. Stray dogs could be seen roaming in every street and road of the town, even in cantonment areas, particularly during the evening and at night. In a number of localities in the city, it had become almost impossible for citizens to move freely at night because of a great
HE counsel for a petitioner in the Reko Diq mining agreement issue admitted before the Supreme Court on Tuesday that the government was free to enter into commercial agreements with foreign companies of those countries with which it had no treaties, but such accords would be operated within the framework of Pakistan’s legislation. Raza Kazim, counsel for Dr Abdul Haq Baloch, one of the petitioners, resumed his arguments before the three-member bench of Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Azmat Saeed. The petitioner had moved an application seeking the initiation of criminal proceedings against the provincial government for violating the May 25, 2011 order of the court. Kazim argued that the Tethyan Copper Company Australia (TCCA) was not a mining company and subsequently the Tehyan Copper Company
entry of 163 religious scholars into Rawalpindi region banned during Muharram rAWALpInDI: The police imposed a ban on the entry of 163 religious scholars into Rawalpindi to ensure law and order during Muharram-ulHaram. According to police officials, 10,000 security officials had been deployed in Rawalpindi who would provide security to 447 rallies on Muharram 10. The authorities also wrote to the Interior Minister Rehman Malik for the provision of cell phone jammers. The police requested the city administration to ban pillion riding on the routes of religious processions and near sensitive Imambargahs from Muharram 7 to11. Meanwhile, the entry of 163 religious scholars (Zakreen and Ulema) from Attock, Chakwal, Jhelum and Rawalpindi had been banned in the region to maintain inter-religious harmony. The police divided 447 rallies in three categories A, B, C, 59 rallies were placed in category A, 47 rallies in category B and 314 rallies were placed in category C. Category A had been declared the most sensitive one. inP
Pakistan (TCCP) that had been established was altogether a new company. He said that the government had a commercial agreement with the Government of Australia but not with Canada, Chilli and South Africa. The chief justice observed that such agreements would fall within jurisdiction of the federal government and not provincial governments. He said that BHP, a mining company, in 1989 had tried to explore in the area but had failed and reached an agreement on February 7, 1998 with TCCA, and questioned under which rules the relaxation was granted as the federal government was required to be in the picture under relevant laws and the Constitution. Kazim replied that TCCA did not control anything in Pakistan, as after the year 2000, there was no Australian investment left in the country as it was formally sold out by BHP to TCCP. The Chief Justice asked him to put forward his stance over the issue as the court had to decide the issue after hearing all the parties and for the time being, it was hearing the view point of
one party. He said that there was nothing wrong if a provincial government with bona fide initiative entered into such agreements as it was their right, but in this specific case everything went wrong with the JVA. The provincial government had entered into the agreement without consideration, and a comprehensive monopoly had been in place since 1993, he added. The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) reserved its judgment on November 6 over the instant issue between Pakistan and the Tethyan Copper Company-Australia (TCC). The TCC had invoked the jurisdiction of the International Chambers of Commerce (ICC) and ICSID against the prospective Reko Diq minerals licence. The TCC is a Canadian and Chilean consortium of Barrick Gold and Antofagasta Minerals formed to explore gold and copper at Reko Diq, in Chagi district. The TCC was also part of the parties of the alliance agreement with the BHP Minerals International Exploration Inc.
increase in the number of stray dogs. The eradication of stray dogs had never been taken seriously despite a continuous rise in the number of deaths due to dog bites. A large number of dog-bite cases were reported monthly, of which many victims had succumbed to death because of rabies. Most victims did not follow proper preventive measures to avoid rabies because of the high price of anti-rabies tissue culture vaccine available in markets, while many public sector healthcare facilities could not offer treatment to suspected patients of the rabies. Residents of Rawalpindi had been complaining of the indifference shown by the authorities concerned on the subject.
Islamabad Police fails to investigate murder of physician ISLAMABAD online
Islamabad Police has been inactive with regard to the murder of a famous physician from Swat, Dr Muhammad Amin. Sources said that Dr Amin was killed in sector I-9/4 in broad daylight on November 4. The police failed to find clues that would lead to the killers, even after a passage of ten days. The son of the late physician, Ahmed Khan, reported that his family had also been receiving death-threats. He expressed dissatisfaction over
the inaction of the police and judicial authorities and added that no one had contacted him with respect to the killing of his father. Dr Amin had migrated to Islamabad from Mingora, Swat, in 1998 due to security reasons. His murder could be related to the law and order situation in Swat. The police was of the view that an old enmity could be the cause of the murder. Social circles requested the authorities to arrest and punish the murderers of Dr Amin at the earliest.
Teachers to stage protest in front of secretary schools oﬃce on 20th RAWALPINDI inP
The Punjab Muttahida Mahaz-e-Asatiza (MMU) announced that they would stage a protest demonstration in front of the office of secretary schools on November 20 to press their demands. According to sources, MMU Chairman Hafiz Abdul Nasir said that the Punjab government had failed to resolve
problems of teachers of the province. It was time that teachers should take a stand against the government’s indifference towards them and their problems. He said that the leader of the teachers, Ghulam Mohayuddin had been suspended from his job two and a half years ago on lame accusations and now, when the court had ordered to reinstate the teacher, hurdles were being created in that too.
tHe feStiVAl of ligHtS: Hindu girls performing their religious rituals to celebrate the Diwali festival. iNP
Promotions of over 100 bureaucrats declared illegal ISLAMABAD kASHif ABBASi
Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday declared the promotion of over 100 bureaucrats of different groups, who were promoted to BPS 21 by the Centre Selection Board (CSB) during the last three years, as illegal. Officers whose promotions to grade 21 had been declared illegal belonged to various groups including District Management Group, Accounts Group, Customs Group, Land/Revenue Group, Income Tax and others. A single bench of IHC comprising Jus-
tice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui passed these orders in response to a petition filed by more than 50 officers who had challenged the process of the Centre Selection Board (CSB). IHC, in a land mark judgment, endorsed the petitioners view and termed the CSB process of promotions of over 100 bureaucrats, belonging to various occupational groups, as being against rules and regulations. The court in its judgment observed that all the meetings of CSB were unconstitutional without jurisdiction. However, civil servants who had earned the promotion without superseding other civil ser-
vants would continue to hold their present posts, the court observed. Over fifty petitioners from different occupational groups, through their counsels, had filed a petition in March this year, challenging the process of CSB meetings held in 2010 and 2011. The petitioners maintained that despite service career expanding over 33 years with no adverse remarks in their annual confidential reports (ACR) they had been ignored in the promotion process. “The cases of the petitioners had not been recommended for promotion to Grade-21 despite the fact that neither disciplinary nor departmental proceeding were
pending against them,” the counsel for the petitioners maintained. They alleged that CBS had granted them fewer marks by giving undue benefits to other bureaucrats, despite the fact that some of the petitioners had earned two of the highest Performance Evaluation Reports (PERs) for the years 2009 and 2010. Meanwhile the same bench resumed a hearing regarding the encroachment by owners of kiosks on CDA own land. Deputy Director Directorate of Municipal Administration Hassan Rizvi submitted a report highlighting the actions taken by CDA against the encroachments.
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Sale of winter food goes up as cold weather grips capital ISLAMABAD
DRAWBACk: A view of sewage accumulated on the under-construction Sixth Road flyover that is creating problem for the commuters. iNP
Pindi school grounds to have floodlights RAWALPINDI
NTERNATIONAL standard floodlights would be installed in Jamia School Farooq Azam Road, Girls School Dhoke Kashmirian and Muslim High School grounds to develop a new culture of night sports matches in the city. “Night matches have become quite popular and people take more interest in them and that is why we are in the process of equipping grounds with the latest lights to start a new era of night
matches in the city,” said MNA Hanif Abassi on Tuesday. He said that Rawalpindi, had two or three grounds where night matches were organized, and it had been observed that large crowds turned up whenever a night match was organized. “Our aim is to develop sports and to equip grounds with lights to introduce a new culture of night sports for clubs and re-creational activities during summers and Ramazan. We will evolve a system to provide grounds to the clubs so they can get much needed practice for night matches,” he added.
Islamabad being supplied 75m gallons of water against demand of 175m gallons ISLAMABAD inP
Residents of Islamabad are being supplied less than half of their drinking water requirements. This was announced by the Minister for Religious Affairs Khursheed Shah while speaking on a call attention notice moved by Nawab Abdul Ghani Talpur and others regarding insufficient provision of potable water to residents. Khurshid said that according to details provided by concerned authorities, 75 million gallons of water were available in the federal capital while
the demand was 175 million gallons for a population of one million people. He said that 180 tube wells were operational in the capital city while water was also being supplied from three dams. He said that an MoU had also been signed with China to supply water from River Indus to the capital and the project would be completed within four years. The minister said that he had directed the concerned authorities to conduct a complete survey regarding the demand and supply of water so that a proper mechanism could be evolved to overcome the water shortage issue.
ITH the start of chilly weather especially at night, residents of the federal capital started enjoying winter food like chicken corn soup, doodh jalebi, gajar-ka-halwa, Kashmiri tea, coffee, fried fish and boiled eggs at homes, restaurants, stalls and sweet shops. As soon as dusk set in, youngsters would make their way to food stalls to enjoy winter delight food. The number of makeshift stalls at F-6 (Super Market), F-7 (Jinnah Super and Raana Market), F-8, F-10, F-11, G-6 (Aabpara and Melody Market), G-7 (Sitara Market), G-8 Markaz, G-9 (Karachi Company), G-10 and G-11 Markaz, I-8, I-9 and I10 Markaz, were in business offering scrumptious winter food and the crowds around them enjoyed these pleasant and interesting moments. “Kashmiri tea and coffee are high in demand these days. I prepare five drums of tea and coffee and it all sells like hot cakes,” said Kashif Khan, a vendor.
He said that no doubt inflation had damaged his business a bit but customers were always present. “It’s impossible for me to shop here without refreshing myself with a cup of Kashmiri tea or a bowl of hot chicken corn soup in winters,” said Tayyaba Khan, a visitor at the G9 Karachi Company. Apart from warming liquids, fried fish, french fries, pakoras, samosas and vegetable rolls were also high in demand. Such spicy items are considered to be an integral part of evening tea in winters. “There is a craving for fried items during winter and it’s hard to resist,” said Hina Asif, adding that even weight conscious people could not stay away from this food. Mouth-watering gajar-ka-halwa is supposed to be an irresistible food item in winter. Prepared with carrots, condensed milk, and dry fruits, the delicious dessert not only provides energy, but also adds colour and taste to meals. “A bowl of chicken corn soup is now available at Rs 40-60, however the taste and quality of chicken and place where the stall is set up, determines the price,” said a visitor at F-10 Markaz.
Project to upgrade dispensaries halted RAWALPINDI inP
The project to convert and upgrade 10 municipal dispensaries into ‘mini hospitals’ in order to provide healthcare facilities to citizens in close proximity stopped after the completion of 40 percent upgradation work. Sources said that the remaining 60 percent of the work was delayed due to a shortage of funds to finance the project. Areas where dispensaries were to be up-graded included Dhoke Ratta, Mohanpura, Dhoke Hassu, Dhoke Mangtal, Sarfraz Road, Amarpura, Milat Colony, Akalgarh, Sirajia Park and Talee Mohallah. According to the project, these dispensaries were to be converted into mini hospitals with special facilities for mother and child care and labour rooms besides appointing two women medical officers at each dispensary including two LMEs, two nurses and the procurement of machinery for dispensaries. Moreover, they were said to have laboratory test facilities and 10 ECG machines in order to facilitate people at their doorsteps. Work on four dispensaries at Dhoke Hassu, Dhoke Mangtal, Sirajia Park and Millat Colony was to end by June 15 while the remaining dispensaries were to be up-graded by August 15. Sources said that 40 percent funds were released a year ago and around 60 percent of the work was pending due to a shortage of funds.
Kaira terms passage of free and compulsory education bill historic development ISLAMABAD online
Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira said that the passage of the Right to Free and Compulsory Education Bill by the National Assembly was a historic development. Talking to journalists in Islamabad on Tuesday he said that the unanimous adoption of the bill was testimony to the fact that when it came to constructive policies, all parties joined hands and
demonstrated solidarity. The minister said that the issue of missing persons in Balochistan was a critical one. He said that the issue remained in focus of the government‚ the judiciary and media. As for number of the missing persons‚ he said that these were being exaggerated but relevant agencies of the government had filed affidavits in courts of law. He said that if facts were narrated incorrectly these affidavits could be challenged at any point in time.
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Speakers call on US President Barack Obama to rethink his foreign policy vis-à-vis Pakistan ISLAMABAD
HAIRMAN Senate’s Standing Committee on Defence and Defence Production Senator Mushahid Hussain on Tuesday said, “Now is the time for President Obama to correct the course of flawed US policy towards Pakistan, as he does not have to worry about re-election.” He said this while addressing a roundtable organized by the Institute of Regional Studies (IRS) on Tuesday. He maintained that President Obama had been re-elected at a time of declining international political clout of the US. He argued that Obama had won the election despite strong and vocal opposition from Israel, which, he added, was unusual. He hoped that Obama would rectify the mistakes he made in his first term without having to worry about re-election to the office. He added that there had been many flawed US policies towards Pakistan during Obama’s first term, such as the misuse of drone technology, pressuring Pakistan to facilitate negotiations with the Taliban on one hand and asking it to launch operations against them on the other, and trying to bypass Pakistan in reaching out to Taliban leadership for talks. Hussain maintained that Pakistan would expect the new Obama administration to halt drone attacks, which, he argued, was a violation of international law and caused civilian deaths. He added that Pakistan would also
want the US to include Pakistan in any reconciliation process in Afghanistan, and that Pakistan would expect the US to resolve its problems with Iran diplomatically. Hussain maintained, however, that Pakistan would also have to be more firm in its opposition to drone attacks. He added that Americans were capable of course-corrections and that Obama would be bolder in his second term in the office. Hussain shared that he had had the privilege of meeting with the President in waiting of China Xi Jinping. He called him a frank, confident, and farsighted leader. The senator argued that while China was concentrating on economic development, one of its main concerns was growing economic disparity across regions. He maintained that China was a more open society than ever before, with more than 400 million bloggers expressing their opinions on the internet. Hussain was of the view that China would continue to focus on peaceful rise by projecting soft power. He cautioned, however, that maintaining a peaceful rise without irking its neighbours or worrying a fearful west would be some of the challenges China would face in the years to come. He advised the US against pursuing a containment policy vis-à-vis China. He was of the view that such a policy would diminish the dividends of a developing Asia for the world. Talking about South Asia, Hussain said that the region was in transition as elections were approaching in Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, and Iran. He maintained that new regionalism was emerging in South Asia, which
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Foreign News 09 Arab League gives hesitant welcome to Syria opposition coalition CAIRO
he Arab League welcomed on Monday the formation of a new Syrian opposition group, but stopped short of giving it full recognition as the representative of the Syrian people. With some Arab states still reluctant to completely abandon Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Arab League foreign ministers meeting in Cairo were unable to state clearly that the new Syrian National Coalition was the sole legitimate Syrian voice. Leaders of Syria's exiled opposition, beset by bickering and questions about how much influence they have on the ground, formed the new coalition on Sunday that is now seeking international recognition as a government-in-waiting. "The Arab League ministerial council welcomes the agreement that the Syrian opposition parties reached ... and calls on the other opposition parties to join this coalition," said Qatari Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Hamad bin Jassim, reading the meeting's final resolution late on Monday. The ministers "urged regional and international organisations to recognise it as a legitimate representative for the aspirations of the Syrian people," and called it "a legitimate representative and a primary negotiator with the Arab League."
Petraeus was â€˜rightâ€™ to resign as Cia chief: Panetta
David Petraeus was right to resign as director of the CIA over an affair because the position requires "personal integrity," Pentagon chief Leon Panetta said Monday. Panetta, who led the Central Intelligence Agency for two years before moving to the Defense Department, said. Petraeus's resignation was "a very sad situation to have a very distinguished career like that end in this manner." "My heart obviously goes out to him and his family. But I think he took the right step," said Panetta, speaking to reporters aboard a US military jet bound for Australia. "I think it's important when you're director of the CIA, with all of the challenges that face you in that position, that personal integrity comes first and foremost." Asked if Petraeus had begun his affair while he was still the US general commanding international troops in Afghanistan, Panetta said he did not know.
ALEPPO: Syrians carry bags to a mountain of rubbish at a roundabout. The city's refuse collection system collapsed weeks ago.
italy's centre left squares off in uS-style debate rOMe: Italy's centre-left rivals Pier Luigi Bersani and Matteo Renzi faced off on Monday in a game show-style television debate to help decide who will run in next year's election as candidate to succeed Prime Minister Mario Monti. The debate, before a primary on Nov. 25, comes at a time of exceptional uncertainty in Italian politics, with neither of the traditional big parties clear about who will lead them nor even what electoral law will apply at the ballot box. Bersani, the 61-year-old leader of the Democratic Party, Italy's largest centre-left force and Renzi, the 37-year-old mayor of Florence who wants to drive out the party's old guard, are the front-runners in the race to lead the left in the election expected in April. After a genteel encounter which was relatively light on specific policy proposals, it was not immediately clear who made the bigger impact with potential voters. The Democratic Party, which supports Monti's unelected government, consistently leads in opinion polls but uncertainty about rules governing the election makes it unclear whether that will translate into a parliamentary majority next year. Bersani, the favourite to win the primary, according to most opinion polls, struck a reassuring tone in keeping with his status as the senior figure in the race. "I don't ask you to like me, I ask you to trust me," he said. APP
New York governor seeks $30b in aid after Sandy NEW YORK APP
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo asked the US federal government for $30 billion in aid Monday to help his state recover from the devastation left by superstorm Sandy. The requested funds will help rebuild the economy, infrastructure, housing, public buildings and small businesses, Cuomo told reporters in stressing the "cataclysmic" nature of the storm that killed more than 110 people. "This is an economy that is important not just for the state, this is an economy that is important for the country," Cuomo said. "The sooner we get the New York economy running, the better for this state and this nation." His request comes three days before President Barack Obama tours the areas hit hard by the storm that blasted ashore with hurricane force on October 29, triggering major floods and tidal surges in New York and New Jersey. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg meanwhile announced a $500 million emergency plan to repair 37 public schools and three public hospitals closed since Sandy. Despite major progress, tens of thousands of homes and businesses remain without power, and thus unable to heat the buildings during sometimes frigid temperatures in the
city and its suburbs. "Our city has never experienced a storm as destructive as Hurricane Sandy, and financing for these repairs is as necessary as is it urgent," Bloomberg said, adding that the city could not wait for the release of federal aid funds. "These school buildings and public hospitals are resources that hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers rely on every day... This emergency capital spending is vital investment in our recovery and future." The schools currently closed are attended by about 26,000 students, who were forced to move to other institutions with their teachers.
North Korea carries out tests for missiles WASHINGTON APP
North Korea has conducted motor tests to improve its long-range missiles after a failed launch in April, a US think tank said Monday after reviewing new satellite images. Since the embarrassing flop in April, the communist regime appears to have carried out at least two tests of large motors needed for rockets and worked on a launch platform, the US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University said. The institute examined commercial
images of the Sohae satellite launch station between April and September and found that 34 fuel tanks had been moved and vegetation appeared to be burned, next to a flame trench stained with an orange residue. Such fuel tests would boost development of engines for the Unha-3, the rocket which North Korea unsuccessfully launched in April, or what seemed to be a new, longer-range missile displayed at a military parade the same month. Some analysts believe that a North Korean rocket, if successfully developed, could eventually reach the range to hit the United States.
Nick Hansen, an expert on imagery analysis, said that North Korea may step up action after elections in both the United States and South Korea, the regime's two primary foes. "In the aftermath of the US and South Korean presidential elections, Pyongyang may embark on a new round of activities in the first half of 2013, including rocket and nuclear tests that will contribute to further development of its nuclear deterrent," he wrote on the institute's blog, 38 North. South Korea's defense minister, Kim Kwan-Jin, said last week that North Korea had completed preparations for
another nuclear test and long-range missile launches. However, 38 North in September reported a work stoppage at a new launch pad for intercontinental missiles -- possibly due to rain -- that could set the project back by up to two years. North Korea defiantly went ahead with the rocket launch in April, saying it was trying to put a satellite in orbit, but it disintegrated just two to three minutes after blast-off. The test put a halt to the latest international effort to engage the isolated state, with the United States calling off plans to deliver badly needed food assistance.
Clinton in australia for security talks
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Australia Tuesday for annual security and strategic talks, on what is expected to be her final visit to the country in her current role. Clinton will be joined by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta for the talks with counterparts Bob Carr and Stephen Smith on Wednesday expected to focus on regional security and greater US use of Australian facilities. It comes after the arrival of US Marine and Air Force units to northern Australia, seen as evidence of an American "re-balance" towards the Pacific after a decade of ground wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. "We're going to deal with the suite of strategic issues that are of importance to us," Smith said ahead of Clinton's arrival. It is expected to be her last official trip Down Under with America's top diplomat saying she plans to step down at the end of her four-year term in January despite President Barack Obama's re-election.t
israeli aircraft strike gaza sites JERUSALEM APP
Israeli aircraft struck three times in Gaza in the early hours of Tuesday morning, hitting a weapons storage facility and two rocket launching sites used by militants, the military said in a statement. As a growing crisis in the Gaza Strip moved into a fifth day, the Israeli army said it had scored direct hits on the targets. No casualties were reported in the strikes which caused loud explosions. Israel warned that it would hit hard at Palestinian militants who launch rockets into the Jewish state. The militants indicated late on Monday that they were ready for a truce but there was no immediate response from Israel.
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14 Comment independence of judiciary Dedicated to the legacy of the late Hameed Nizami
not merely an abstract idea
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Bridging trust deficit A prerequisite for peace
By Sardar Mohammad Raza Khan
he Afghan peace mission has arrived in Islamabad at a time when the relations between the two neighbours have further deteriorated. Karzai’s statement on the eve of the delegation’s arrival that the war on terror did not need to be fought in Afghanistan but in the sanctuaries in Pakistan and Afghanistan is not likely to go well with a powerful section of the establishment. Meanwhile, another development has added fresh bitterness into relations between the neighbouring countries. Failing to persuade Pakistan to initiate military operation in North Waziristan, the Karzai administration has allowed the TTP elements to use areas along its side of the Durand Line for raids inside Pakistan. There is a perception that the US-led ISAF has ignored, if not connived at, the harbouring of Pakistani militants. Scores of tribesmen and tens of security personnel on the Pakistani side have died in these surprise attacks. Retaliatory shelling from Pakistani side caused furore in Afghanistan. This also led to the postponement of the visit by Salahuddin Rabbani’s peace mission, originally scheduled for August. Ironically, the Afghan High Peace Council representatives, led by Rabbani, arrived on the day when Pakistan’s Foreign Office had called Kabul’s ambassador to protest against the shelling from Afghanistan inside Pakistan’s tribal areas. As the delegation arrived a tit for tat struggle was already going on. While the US, Afghanistan and Pakistan badly need to cooperate with one another to fight extremism and militancy, they are strongly divided over crucial policy matters which helps the militant groups. During President Obama’s first tenure, the US administration was itself divided over how to deal with the Taliban, with one section favouring talks and the other recommending an all out war. Thus promises made to the Taliban to kickstart talks in Qatar were not kept leading the latter to call off talks. In Afghanistan, Karzai wants to hold parleys with the Taliban. Some of his non-Pushtun allies who fought against the religious militia are opposed to the move. Both Washington and Kabul expect Pakistan to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table. Pakistan has promised to try to persuade the religious militia but maintains it is not in a position to guarantee their participation. All the three countries meanwhile harbour suspicions about one another’s motives. What is needed to bring peace to the region is a joint strategy pursued by the US, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. A failure to evolve a consensus is likely to leave the region in a worse situation than after 1990 when the US abandoned it in the wake of the departure of Soviet troops.
fter forty years of serving as a judge, I still ponder and reflect as to whether our judiciary is truly independent or not. Sixty five years back, the nation became independent and these past sixty five years it has spent in knowing as to whether the judiciary has become independent or not. Kindly tell me as to who had to remain in the doldrums throughout this age long period; the nation or the judiciary. Two and a half year back, I was accorded a full court reference on the eve of my timely retirement from the Supreme Court of Pakistan. Allow me to repeat, at least, what the memory retains. I had said that despite the fact that the term “independence of judiciary” is a jewel in the crown of the constitution, yet it is a misnomer. The independence, in fact and in practice, is referable not to the abstract idea but to the judges who constitute the judiciary. If judges are independent, honest, fair, God fearing and blessed with judicial approach toward the lis pending before them, the judiciary is bound to be independent. If the judges are dependent, dishonest, unfair, boss fearing and infected with a whimsical approach towards every lis that they come across, the judiciary is not independent, rather permit me to say that such like is not a judiciary at all. Mostly, the independence of judiciary is referred to becoming independent of the dictates of the government. No doubt this is one of the requirements but not the absolute in itself. The past experience from various countries and even from Pakistan has shown that apart from the government, effective influence can be exercised by the politicians and the media. To achieve independence, judges have to defend themselves on all the fronts which, by now, has become much more difficult. Lord Denning, a famous judge of England, when asked as to what might be the qualities of a good judge, replied tersely; “Above all, a good judge must be a thorough gentleman and if he know a bit of law, all the better.” This small sentence provides the complete context. Gentility cannot be acquired by becoming a judge. It is something inherent in your personality. It is the outcome of your background. Who you are? How your parents brought you up? What type of education you received? What type of atmosphere surrounded you when you were in the process of learning, perceiving and conceptualising? What teachings you received about religion, morality, fair play and fellow beings? Judges are necessarily influenced in the deci-
sions they make, by their upbringing and experience. To make this assessment is the job of those who are shouldered with the responsibility of selecting the judges. You can look around everywhere and nationwide. Only a gentleman would prove to be an independent judge. Judges shall always be expected to administer a patient hearing to the parties. It is in their interest. They shall grasp the law as well as facts. With the passage of time, they shall know who is a good and genuine lawyer and who merely wants to exploit his slogans of “Zinda Baad and Murda Baad”. A good and patient hearing would inculcate a habit of nurturing a judicial approach. A judicial officer is not expected to approach the court with any preconceived notions. An open mind, which is very rare, a judicial unconcern, nonexistent in many people, constitute the virtues that make independent judges. Kindly look around and then judge as to who constitutes the independent judiciary and who does not. Judge not that ye be not judged. Don’t speak in the court and don’t make remarks that entail upon expression of opinion. If media reporting is correct, we know of numerous speaker judges who decide the case on the first day of hearing, without hearing. By doing so, they often make mistakes. Sometimes these mistakes are publically identified and overruled by courts of appeal, with all the powers to substitute mistakes of their own. When a judge makes remarks in the court, relevant or irrelevant but mostly irrelevant, most of the people interested take a message and start exploiting either the judge or the situation. In high profile cases involving the government and the politicians, as the case may be, they endeavour to grind their axe to the maximum. The only person defamed, disrespected and distrusted in such scenario is judge and judge alone. After all judges of independent judiciary have no agenda of their own. Judges are expected to do justice in accordance with law, and not by making law. For centuries, English judges deceived each other in to thinking that they really applied the law made by parliament, that their job was only to interpret law and not to make law or give law. Once Lord Denning gave a dissenting judgment on which judge Simon got really annoyed. Take a note of how he described the dissenting opinion. He said and I quote, “It was a naked usurpation of the legislative function under the thin disguise of interpretation.” The naked usurpation does not indicate independence. I am referring to the British and American judiciary—but how and why do you think that I am not referring to them? Judges are expected not to cultivate bias and prejudices in cases they hear. These are base characteristics of human nature. High judicial status immunises men and women from childlike displays of petulance and prejudice. An independent judiciary does not have judges with bias, petulance and prejudices. Judges are expected to have a deep sense and feeling of self-respect. Judges who have no self-respect, create numerous gods for themselves, some visible and some invisible. They share their files with parties to the litigation. Worst part of the tragedy is that when such matters surface, they do not feel insulted. A gentleman is expected to react when it comes to
self-respect. Judges of independent judiciary do not act in a manner that consequents upon their own insult, unless they are bent upon achieving some target of their own. So, they ought to be strong without being rude and be polite without being weak. Do not be weak like a judge who disappointed President Roosevelt of the United States and forced him to make remarks about judge Oliver Wendel Homes of the Supreme Court. He said and I quote, “I could carve out of a banana a judge with more backbone than that of Oliver Wendel Homes”. Independent judges have genuine backbones of their own. Judges are not expected to speak unnecessarily in court. It is not the bounden duty of a judge to make comments on every topic even if alien to his comprehension. The more detached a judicial comment is from contemporary ideas and ideals, the more extensive the consequent publicity. Some judges have achieved a considerable degree of expertise in making such statements and in displaying immunity from contemporary knowledge and concerns. Too often judges do not own up to their need for continuing education. They frequently compound their reluctance to recognise their non-expertise with a readiness to express themselves in court on all type of subjects about which they know little or nothing, in terms derived neither from the common law nor from common sense. It is a sine qua non to have judicial approach in every lis that comes up for adjudication and to maintain a balance between crime and punishment. A judge at Ipswich Crown Court, England, who lacked judicial approach and a sense of balance between crime and punishment, imposed fine on a rapist rather than sentencing him to prison, after finding that his teenage victim, who had innocently accepted a lift in his car, was “guilty of a great deal of contributory negligence”. As for the important aspect of corruption among judges, the lesser said the better it is, because a corrupt judge is not a judge at all, much less, independent. Better it is to be a broker. In a humble expression, I conclude my submissions as to what type of a judge one ought to be. Such judges make an independent judiciary. You can conclude accordingly. In the last six years, what I have been able to conclude is that only bars have become independent. I, for one, have serious reservations about the manner and mode of selection of judges in the superior judiciary. With the passage of time it will make judges subservient to not one but many governmental as well as political entities. The earlier mode of selection, very well known to all of you, was more honourable as well as independent. The misuse of the earlier mode by some of the people concerned has probably forced the legislature to adopt the new course. Someday, it is seriously going to hamper the independence of judiciary. In the given context, amongst the civil judges, the district and session judges, the members of the bar who are aspiring to become judges and, above all, my brothers in the superior judiciary, if only one soul agrees to what I have submitted, I believe the purpose of making such submissions, has been well served. The writer is a former justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan
Moderation in all things including government By Steve and Cokie Roberts
hat’s the proper role for the federal government? That question has been a major topic in the election, but all too often, the answers have been reduced to silly oversimplifications that can fit into a 140-character Twitter feed. To conservative Republicans, President Barack Obama is a dedicated socialist who wants to turn Washington into a version of Moscow — or at least Paris — where central planners make economic decisions and throttle the free market with suffocating regulations and bloated tax bills. In the cartoon version of reality propounded by Democrats, Republicans are enslaved to hard-hearted business tycoons who would let capitalism run wild, while tossing defenseless widows and orphans into the street, unrestrained by ei-
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ther legal or moral limits. Both stereotypes are wrong, of course, and most Americans know that. What they want, as the saying goes, is not big government or small government but smart government. They want balance, moderation, good sense. They are willing to pay taxes, but they want value for their hard-earned dollars. David Cote, a Republican business executive, argued that higher revenues have to be part of any budget deal to reduce the ballooning federal deficit. “To say that you can solve this without increases in taxes is ludicrous,” he told The New York Times. “Most wealthy people get it. They just don’t want to be put in the position, though, where you pay more in taxes and profligate spending continues.” Now, on the eve of the election, Hurricane Sandy has thrown a spotlight on an agency that actually provides a model for a sensible allocation of government resources and responsibility — FEMA, the
Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA does two things well: It distributes aid to hard-pressed states at a time when their economies are rattled and their resources depleted. And it coordinates relief efforts across state lines or when governors ask for help. Most attempts to discuss the role of government in a smart and sane way are disrupted by ideologues on both sides who demand allegiance to a black-andwhite image of a very gray world. And there’s no better example of that sterile and stupid approach than Mitt Romney’s discussion of FEMA during a Republican primary debate last year. Asked if disaster relief should be returned to the states, Romney said, “Absolutely. Every time you have an occasion to take something from the federal government and send it back to the states, that’s the right direction. And if you can go even further and send it back to the private sector, that’s even better.”
And that’s not just campaign rhetoric aimed at hard-right primary voters. As the Times notes, the budget advanced by Paul Ryan, Romney’s running mate, “would result in severe cutbacks to the agency.” How would those cuts fly right now with Republican governors like Chris Christie of New Jersey or Bob McDonnell of Virginia, who might rail against the evils of Washington but are darn glad that FEMA is ready and able to bail out their flood-drenched states? At times, President Obama has tried to sidestep this good vs. evil debate and advance a measured role for Washington. Rescuing the auto industry, for example, was the right thing to do because it saved thousands of jobs. And he made sense during the Denver debate when he talked about federal investments in education and research that “create ladders of opportunity and ... frameworks where the American people can succeed.” But he has not always governed that way. The Dodd-Frank bill expanding super-
vision of the financial marketplace did some good things, but it has also spawned what The Economist calls a “hideous complexity” of new regulations that threaten the economic recovery. And “hideous complexity” is probably an understatement when it comes to Obamacare, a vast overhaul of the medical delivery system that passed with no Republican votes and remains deeply unpopular with many Americans. Investing in basic research makes sense. Investing in specific companies does not. Government has a more significant role to play than the minimalist design advanced by purebred conservatives. But it should follow a far less intrusive course than the one advocated by liberal social engineers. The dedicated federal workers helping to clean up after Sandy provide some hope that a sensible middle ground is not impossible to find. The writers can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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driving away foreign investment Pakistan is a country where the foreign investment tap is fast drying up. In these circumstances, it is alarming to note that two honourable members of the Senate of Pakistan have acted in a manner as to send negative vibes to the world about the country’s qualification or otherwise as an attractive destination for foreign investment. At least this is the signal that was sent when Senator Zahid Khan, who chairs the Senate Standing Committee on Water and Power, and Senator Shahi Syed ordered that the KESC Managing Director be arrested for failing to appear in person to answer questions of the committee. As the requirement of the committee was to apprise itself on certain issues concerning KESC’s performance, the power utility had seen to it that senior executives were sent to the committee hearing to satisfy the honourable senators’ queries. It is therefore quite strange and rather unparliamentarily to observe that while the committee did not even have the time to hear out what the KESC team had to state before it in response to the questions that were sent to KESC management, the committee was offended that the KESC MD had not appeared in person to answer those questions and issued orders for his arrest. The senators in their wisdom may not have realised the impact that this action on their part would have on Pakistan’s image but it would certainly negatively influence those foreign investors who may have the country on their list as an investment destination. It would serve the nation well if the honourable Chairman of the Senate as well Speaker of the National Assembly were to guide honourable members that while they make an attempt to follow house rules, they must not act in a manner that damages the country’s interests in the international arena. SYED OVAIS AKHTAR Karachi
Safeguarding minorities rights It is good to note that the minorities in general and members of Hindu community in particular have been assured at the highest level of the President of Pakistan that they would be provided full protection and their constitutional rights safeguarded. According to the reports in the media, President Asif Ali Zardari reiterated the government’s firm commitment in this regard while receiving the report of the Parliamentary Committee he had set up last month to visit various districts of Sindh, meet members of the Hindu
committee and present a report about their grievances to him. The Committee Chairman Senator Maula Bux Chandio along with other members presented the report to the President in Karachi. The President was quoted as saying that nobody will be allowed to impose his agenda upon the minorities as it is against the teachings of Islam and fundamental principles enshrined in the 1973 Constitution. While praising the parliamentary committee for its good work, as per the reports, the president quite emphatically stated that the
minorities have every right to practice their faith freely and the government is duty bound to provide conducive atmosphere to them in this regard so that they are also able to make their positive and effective share in the nation building activities. It is also praiseworthy indeed that the parliamentary committee has not been disbanded after submitting its report but has instead been directed by President Zardari to continue looking into the grievances of the minorities and reports of violation of their constitutionally guaranteed rights and that their grievances ,if
The government had announced that LG polls would be held the before general elections. The common man is shocked by this sudden announcement. The question is what is the justification of these polls before general elections? It seems that the government deliberately wants to postpone upcoming general elections. The government has passed four and a half year without local governments. It would have been better if the government had taken this step in its first year. The country is faces internal and external threats. Such a move will add to the miseries of people. For instance, provincial issues are increasing day by day. Balochistan issue requires a solution. Similarly, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa also requires government attention. The government should spend the rest of its tenure in o resolving these issues rather than opening new Pandora Boxes. I appeal to leave the LG polls to the new government. TARIQ HUSAIN KHAN Karachi
could hit Pakistan much sooner than Mr Gilani estimates but few experts would disagree with his admission that his cash-strapped government cannot tackle energy issues on its own. The prime minister has urged the private sector to step forward to help it. He has announced the formation of a government-industry council to make recommendations for a speedy solution to the problem that is affecting growth and resulting in job and production cuts. The private sector is reluctant to invest money in this sector for various reasons, not least of which are allegations of corruption in the award of power projects in the past, judicial activism, bureaucratic hitches and security concerns. There are many who would readily invest in the energy sector. But their lack of trust in the government`s ability to implement its policies and protect their investment is stalling their plans. If the government is serious about forming partnership with private investors in the energy sector it will have to work harder to improve its credibility. RIZWAN KAREEM Karachi
Shortfall of energy
the drone doctrine
The energy shortages in the country are worsening by the day as the demand for electricity, gas and other fuel outstrips supplies. These shortages have been responsible for the longduration power blackouts and gas cuts for both domestic and industrial consumers across the country for several years now. The problem has aggravated during the last couple of years. Even the addition of expensive rental 1,700 megawatts to the national grid by the government has failed to improve the situation. The government has done little to overcome the shortages in its three years despite the fact that in his inaugural speech in March 2008, the prime minister had promised to work on a war footing to end power cuts in the country. There has been a substantial increase in energy prices, yet the government does not have the financial resources to bridge the supply gap. The energy shortages, according to the prime minister, are thus feared to double over the next 15 years “unless addressed urgently by all stakeholders in the public and private sectors”. Many would say it
American contributions towards the growth and development of international law and jurisprudence have been great. The founding fathers of America were genius – George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Jefferson, John Adams and James Madison – who introduced the modern concepts of democracy, liberty and fundamental right. They were the flag-bearers of human rights and fundamental freedom. Likewise, the “Monroe Doctrine” propounded by the president James Monroe in 1823 reflecting the US foreign policy of the time was based on the principle of non-intervention that helped promoting self-respect among the member of international community. This process still continues, however, in the negative direction. The so-called “Bush Doctrine” by the George W Bush is essentially based on the concept of Unilateralism in the international intercourses. The principle of “No-Fence-Sitting” based on his proclamation that “you are either with us, or with terrorists” has called for the unqualified and unquestioned support by the international
any, should be redressed at the earliest possible by the authorities concerned. It would be all the more appreciated by all in particular the Hindu community members if President Asif Ali Zardari also directs to the official quarters concerned that the report of the parliamentary committee is made public in order to satisfy the communities who must already been appreciative of the steps taken at the highest level of the president. ASMAAR BILAL MUSHTAQ SHAIKH Lahore
community for the War on Terror. Now, the drone attacks conducted by Uncle Sam worldwide, and mainly in Pakistan, is an important development and contribution in this regard. Here are the important points of its newly introduced and recently evolved “Drone Doctrine.” Firstly, a single incident like 9/11 can give a nation a sort of “license to kill” and impose upon another nation a “liability to be killed.” Under this license, one can attack any country and dismantle any regime all over the world. Secondly, in the name of some “higher cause” e.g., War on Terror, now one state can violate the national sovereignty of other state and may totally reject the protest or objection by the other state upon this. Thirdly, no formal authorisation from the UN Security Council is required for an international intervention in violation of the International Law and UN charter including Article 2(4), refraining to the member state from the use of force against the territorial integrity and political independence of other states. Fourthly, a civil and non-military agency of a state, like CIA, can directly and openly involved in the acts of hostility against an alien state. Lastly and most importantly, one can act as prosecutor, adjudicator and executor simultaneously and arbitrarily by relying on the new fundamental principle of “guilty until proven dead.” MOHSIN RAZA MALIK Lahore
‘Khoon Ki Holi’ On the occasion of Diwali (Holi) – the religious event of a minority community (Nov 13), one of Urdu private TV channels while referring to the recent spate of killings in Karachi repeatedly used the words of “khoon ki holi kheli gayi”. This was highly objectionable and against the tenants of Islam as our religion prohibits to malign other religions because they in return might do the same practice. Unfortunately, as a matter of fact, Urdu media is using such controversial terms since long. I hereby appeal to the Urdu media to discontinue immediately the use of such objectionable terms which are bound to widen hatred among different religions. MOHAMMAD KHAN SIAL Karachi
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12 Shah Rukh Khan Humaima Malick to debut in Bollywood
NotHEr Pakistani actress and model gearing up to debut in Bollywood is Humaima Malick. Malick has been cast in director Soham Shah’s film “Sher” (Lion). the film, which is based on the Gujarat underworld, will also feature Sanjay Dutt, Vivek oberoi and Suniel Shetty. Shooting for the film has wrapped up, save for two songs, ndtv.com reported. According to the website, Malick will be seen in a glamorous avatar in the film in contrast to her somber look in her Lollywood debut film “Bol.” Malick’s bravura performance in “Bol” was highly appreciated worldwide. neWS DeSk
We wanted the greatest vampire sex ever: Robert Pattinson
ctor robert Pattinson says lovemaking scenes in the twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, the last instalment in the popular franchise, are much more intense because that is how the crew wanted it to be. the filmmakers wanted to intensify the intimacy of the lead pair - Edward cullen, played by Pattinson, and Bella Swan, essayed by Kristen Stewart. And they wanted to do so without getting an A certificate, reports thesun.co.uk. “the sex is a lot wilder and more intense but I think it works better,” said Pattinson. “We wanted to do something different, we had to figure ways to make it sexy even though it’s supposed to be 12A. the idea was for us to have the greatest vampire sex ever,” he added. Based on author Stephenie Meyer’s novel, the first twilight movie was released in 2008. neWS DeSk
is still delicious: Anushka Sharma
N U S H K A Sharma, who started her acting career with Shah Rukh Khan in 2008 movie Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, will be seen romancing the superstar once again in forthcoming love saga Jab Tak Hai Jaan. The actress says that even after four years, SRK’s charm remains the same. “He is equally delicious. Yes, in my first film it was an acquired taste because I didn’t know him, but with this film, I got to know him better,” the 24-year-old told reporters during the promotion of the film in the capital. Jab Tak Hai Jaan releases on Nov 12 and it also stars Katrina Kaif. Sharing her first experience with SRK, Anushka said she still remembers the “nervousness” that she had during the shooting of Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. “I was really scared, but he made me so comfortable and I am always grateful to him for that. Shah Rukh as a co-star is a blessing. In Jab Tak... I was more of a friend. But both the times, he was lovely and the best co-star one can ever had,” she added. neWS DeSk
Victoria’s Secret angel Miranda Kerr brings glamour to the streets of new york City as she runs errands. AgeNcieS
SON OF SARDAAR — a film review other ‘heavy-weight’ performance. In Ajay’s own words, “kaafi bhaari hai” (read: weight). She does her usual dance routine (with ceetees et al), spouts ‘chal jhoota’ to all men, and plays the moophat girl in true sardarni style. Sanjay Dutt, as the supporting sardaar, is a delight to watch. His gussa makes you giggle and his angry outbursts are adorable. Juhi Chawla lights up the screen with her comic timing as impeccable as ever. The coy-cum-cutesy scenes between Dutt and Chawla are amongst the highlights of this one. The other members of this madhouse, Vindoo Dara Singh and Mukul Dev also pack a knockout Punjabi-punch with their dumb’n’dumber act. Ashwni Dhir entertains in parts, with a plenty of Punju humour and goofy one-liners that crack you up. While handling all the Jaswinders, Parminders, Happys and Sweetys, he loses the plot, stretching it all around the sarson-ka-khet (and leaving some behind). This is a mass-entertainer, strung together with a series of Santa-Banta jokes, spiked solidly with macho sardaarisms. Like Jassi says, “Kabhi toh hasliya karo”, this one makes you laugh - in parts! CouR-
DiCaprio’s charity turned b’day bash
ctor Leonardo Dicaprio played good samaritan on his 38th birthday. He asked his guests for donations to raise money for the American red cross. Dicaprio used the occasion Sunday to raise money for the red cross to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy, by adding a fee to every bottle sold to be donated for charity, reports contactmusic.com. the 38-year-old raised a total of $500,000 for American red cross, and all other donations went to charities supported by the Leonardo Dicaprio Foundation. Guests including Beyonce Knowles and her husband Jay-Z, robert De Niro, cameron Diaz, Mark ruffalo, Emma Watson, chris rock, and Miranda Kerr were entertained by live performances from Django reinhardt, Gary clark Jr. and Eric Lewis. the celebrations took place at a club named the Darby. neWS DeSk
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StOry: A strapping sardaar travels home (Punjab) from UK, to claim ancestral property; only to be welcomed by another family of sardaars who’re age-old clan-dushmans. And the only escape is living-in with the enemy. revIeW: Move over Chicken Khurana, the real butter kukkad is here. And he’s here with a bang this Diwali - singing, dancing, flipping in the air all in the mustard fields of Phagwara (that’s in Punjab, FYI), classic Bollywood ishtyle. Except that this is a Singham getting Dabangg and Rowdier than any Rathore - on Punjabi steroids - and in total sardaar avatar. Hadippa! So bring out that tall glass of chilled lassi and let’s figure the why, what, who of this desi-ghee story. Jassi (Ajay Devgn) jaisa koi nahi. He falls in love-at-first-sight, in a train with Sukhmeet (Sonakshi), call her Sukh please (she’s quite a ‘peace’ of work); and ends up as a guest in her mad-house full of comical sardaars - The Sandhus. There’s the head-of-the-house Billu paaji (Sanjay Dutt), bros Tony (Mukul Dev) and Tito (Vindoo Dara Singh),
who’ve sworn to never have ice-cream and colddrinks (rum-on-the-rocks is all he’s ever had, poor liver, sigh!) until they avenge their father’s death; and a kid sardaar who talks about ‘pegs’ (Patiala types). Adding solid femme power to this macho sardaar story is Pammi (Juhi Chawla, delightful) Billu’s mooh-boli-biwi, Bebe (Tanuja) suffering from part-time memory lapses; and lastly Rajpreet the loved buffalo (who mooed this cheez?) The problem? The Sandhus have been vengefully thirsting for Jassi’s head, but can’t lay a sword on him because he’s their (unwanted) house-guest (mehmaan equals bhagwan, remember?), he even feigns ‘paira-te-laces’ (paralyses) to stay ‘home’ to save his life. Ajay Devgn convincingly plays son-of-the-soil with power, playfulness and colorful pagdis in every scene. He switches from comedy, action and romance flippantly, impressing with funny lines, gimmicks atop a ghodi (Jassi again) and tons of PJJs (poor-Punju-jokes). Sonakshi throws in an-
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13 BOLLYWOOD CELEBS SHARE WHY DIWALI IS SPECIAL As a kid, I loved Diwali because there was no school. Now, I love the festival for different reasons. It’s the season when you spend quality time with your family and loved ones, and eat loads of sweets. But what we shouldn’t miss out on is the positivity and happiness during the Diwali celebrations. I wish everyone a happy and positive Diwali. —Akshay Kumar
Diwali is always a special day, for many reasons. Most of my films release on Diwali and I don’t know if it’s because of Diwali that my films do well, or the fact that my films do well that makes Diwali special. I just know that the day is always special. So here’s wishing everyone a happy Diwali!
I would like to wish all the readers a very happy and fun Diwali. Make sure that this Diwali is even more dhamakedar. Have a great time with your friends and family and enjoy every bit of the festival. Lots of love!
“I wish everyone a very happy and safe Diwali. Please burn less crackers and burn whatever you do from a safe distance. Celebrate Diwali peacefully and make it memorable for you and your family.”
— Sonakshi Sinha I’d like to wish everyone a very happy Diwali. I hope that all of you meet your friends and all those who are close to you, and spend time with them. Above all, I hope you have a safe Diwali.
— Shah Rukh Khan
— Ranbir Kapoor “My best wishes and warm Diwali greetings to all the readers. Light the diyas, enjoy the sweets, but in small portions. Have loads of fun, be safe and please ensure the safety of others. It’s a delightful occasion and should remain that way — light, warm and fun-filled.”
— Madhuri Dixit
“Every Diwali is my favourite as I love the festival. I love dressing up for it. Here’s wishing all the readers a grand Diwali. Have fun and enjoy yourself with your family. Four years ago, Eid, Diwali and my birthday fell on the same day; and it was a multiple celebration. Every festival should be enjoyed to the fullest.”
I wish all readers a very happy Diwali. Laugh, smile and have lots of fun with your loved ones. Be safe, and have a prosperous Diwali.
Friends hope Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber don’t get back together
rIENDS hope Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber’s break up is here to stay. the 20-year-old actress and the 18-year-old pop star revealed their split on Friday after two years together and while those close to the brunette beauty fully expect Justin to try to win her back, they are surprised it took so long for the pair to break up as she has “shed many tears” over him in the past year. A friend of Selena’s told the Sun newspaper: “It’s been so difficult to watch this unfold over the past year or so. Selena has shed so many tears over Justin.” “She’s tried to split up with him so many times but they have always ended up back together.” “It’s out in the open now and that is one of the toughest parts, so that means there’s more chance it will be permanent this time. But we expect Justin to try to win her back - and he tends to get what he wants.” Despite separating last week, the former couple were spotted together in New York on Sunday, where they are thought to have held talks about their relationship. neWS DeSk
Ashton Kutcher’s role as Steve Jobs is uncanny, says co-star Josh Gad
VIDYA BALAN to tie the knot on December 18?
Josh Gad, who plays Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in the upcoming biopic about the late tech visionary Steve Jobs, is all praise for his co-star Ashton Kutcher, calling his act as uncanny in the film. Ashton is going to blow a lot of people away. His performance was absolutely transformational, Gad told Us magazine at the BAFTA Britannia Awards in Los Angeles on November 7. If he looked any more like Steve Jobs, I think it would just confuse a lot of people in thinking Steve Jobs never passed away. It’s that uncanny, he said. And indeed, photographs from the set seem to verify the resemblance. In one picture, Kutcher, 34 — a tech entrepreneur in his own right — channels the Apple Inc. icon in jeans, sneakers, a sweater vest, and round rimless glasses like the kind Jobs used to wear. But it wasn’t just the actor’s physical makeover that impressed his co-star. He really immersed himself, Gad said. I think he has an appreciation for Steve Jobs, the likes of which I’ve never seen in any actor who’s portrayed a real, living person.” neWS DeSk
Rumours of Vidya Balan getting married to Siddharth Roy Kapur have resurfaced. We hear Vid and Sid will tie the knot around December 18. It has also been said that Vidya’s close friend, fashion designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee, has been roped in to design her wedding trousseau. We tried to get in touch with Vidya, Siddharth and Sabya but all three chose not to respond. Vidya and Siddharth have acknowledged their relationship in public. When a story of them being married already was reported in August last year, Siddharth had denied the news via sms to us stating, “Nope, not true.” Siddharth has, however, been keeping mum on the issue this time around. neWS
Demi Moore celebrated a low key 50th birthday
ctrESS Demi Moore has reportedly flown to Dubai to celebrate her 50th birthday and wants it to be a low key affair. the actress, who split from 34-year-old two And A Half Men star Ashton Kutcher last November after six years of marriage, is not distressed about the milestone but wants the occasion today to be a private affair, reported People magazine. “She’s not unhappy about turning 50. She looks beautiful and is feeling good after a really, really tough year,” a source said. the mother-of-three jetted to the United Arab Emirates from India after celebrating the 50th birthday of Naomi campbell’s billionaire boyfriend Vladimir Doronin at a lavish party at the Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, rajasthan. Moore was photographed at the extravagant bash wearing a traditional ghagra choli by Indian designer Manish Malhotra. Sources close to Moore, who was hospitalised amid fears for her health earlier this year, say the actress has finally comes to terms with the end of her third marriage. neWS DeSk
Rihanna a good Bond girl: Daniel Craig Daniel Craig thinks Rihanna would make a better Bond girl than Beyonce Knowles - because she’s ‘dirtier’. The 44-year-old actor - who reprises his role as James Bond in the latest film in the series, ‘Skyfall’ - believes the ‘You Da One’ hitmaker would be a better star of the film series than Beyonce Knowles. Asked who would make a better Bond girl of the two singers, he told GlobalGrind.com: ‘I think Rihanna. She’s dirtier.’ However, when his co-stars Berenice Marlohe and Naomie Harris were asked the same question, they opted for Beyonce. When told of Daniel’s reasoning, Naomie exclaimed: ‘Is that what you need to be a Bond girl?’ While the two actresses were not thrilled by
Daniel’s answer, Rihanna was delighted. She tweeted a link to the interview and wrote: ‘This makes me happy.’ Meanwhile, Daniel expressed his belief that the series has lasted so long because the producers make every decision based on the needs of the audience. He said: ‘I think the Brocollis have been making these films so long and kept them an event and they’ve never forgotten these films are about the audience, nobody else, and they’re the most important. Plus Ian Fleming created a pretty great character and I was lucky enough to have a go at him.’ neWS DeSk
James Franco’s sleepy date
ctor James Franco took rumoured girlfriend Ashley Benson to a midnight screening of new James Bond movie “Skyfall”, but the couple couldn’t keep their eyes open and kept nodding off throughout the film. “they tried to stay incognito catching a late show together. But both James and Ashley fell asleep. they were woken up by theater staff at the end of the movie,” femalefirst.co.uk quoted a source as saying. Franco, 34, was first linked to actress Benson in September and sources say the couple are smitten with each other. “they have been seeing each other for a little over a month, but things are going well,” a source said last month. neWS DeSk
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Climate change may lead to much
N the coming century will New York warm up by three degrees Fahrenheit and have a climate like Richmond, Virginia? Or will it warm by eight degrees and become more like the state capital of Georgia, a city with the nickname “Hotlanta”? That’s the range currently represented by more than two dozen different climate models, but a new study published today in the journal Science shows the higher, hotter predictions are more likely to be accurate.
Bad weather John Fasullo is a scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). He’s the lead author on the study, which analyzed the differences between 16 climate models. “We really just wanted to ask the naïve question, ‘Which model best reproduced what we saw in the satellite observations?’” he says. Fasullo was trying to work
around the problem of clouds. They are key atmospheric indicators, but they can be tricky to observe with precision, and that can lead to variation between climate models. “An easier way to approach the problem was to look at the environment in which clouds exist and ask the question, ‘Which models give the best representation of that environment?’” says Fasullo. He looked at the atmospheric dry zones in the subtropics, and found that most climate models fail to account for this dryness. The models that do tend to show the most warming in the future. “You can kind of think of these dry zones as an iris of the climate system. As the system warms up, the iris dilates and lets more sunlight into the system,” he says. More warming can lead to more powerful storms, which draw on energy from warmer ocean temperatures. Kevin Trenberth is a senior scientist at NCAR and he co-authored the study.
French surgeons strike over pay limits
RENCH surgeons began on Monday an open-ended strike to protest against perceived threats to their freedom and pay. The protest has been called by 30 unions and professional bodies who are making various demands, with organisers claiming a significant impact in some regions. Hospital surgeons’ union Bloc is leading a protest against an agreement accepted by the three largest doctors’ unions at the end of October, which says any fees over 2.5 times the basic state tariffs is excessive. The surgeons argue they have the right to charge higher rates. Meanwhile, state hospital interns, who have joined in the strike, are fighting against feared new moves limiting the freedom of young doctors to work where they want. Thousands of interns wearing white coats and surgical masks marched in Paris shouting: “Tomorrow’s health lies with young doctors” and “No to discounted medical care”. Health Minister Marisol Touraine on Monday insisted that the October agreement was a “good” one. Bloc official Xavier Gouyou-Beauchamp said there was a very strong response to the call, adding that 70 percent of private clinics would be affected. In Strasbourg, the protest made a huge impact with 95 percent of surgeons on strike, said Guillaume Lohr, the head of three private clinics in the eastern city. The national surgeons’ union meanwhile said up to 70 percent of the operating theatres had been affected in Brittany. Paris public hospitals body AP-HP said a clearer picture of the magnitude of the walkout would only be known later. It said some operations had been cancelled but emergencies would be dealt with by other surgeons who had been requisitioned. Some politicians and consumer bodies have voiced concern that many doctors - especially specialists are setting very high fees. Other issues raised by some of the strikers include legal changes that could make patients use doctors selected by the top-up insurers to be better reimbursed. neWS DeSk
“The odds of a strong storm are increasing,” he says. Hurricanes like Sandy occur naturally, but Trenberth says between five to 10 percent of their power can be attributed to manmade global warming. “When you’re having storm surges that are flooding the subway system, a 10 percent effect might be enough that if you didn’t have it, it wouldn’t have flooded.”
Changing political climate? For years, these scientific warnings have come up against public skepticism and political apathy. But that may be starting to change. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, an independent, gave a surprise endorsement to President Obama just before the election, praising his leadership on climate change. Governor Andrew Cuomo also brought up the issue as he toured the devastation in the beachfront community of Breezy
Point, Queens. “I think there is climate change. I think that is a reality. I think if we don’t acknowledge it, then it’s just avoidance on our part,” says Cuomo. Although the topic was noticeably absent from the presidential campaign, President Obama briefly mentioned it during his reelection acceptance speech early Wednesday morning: “We want our children to live in an America that isn’t burdened by debt, that isn’t weakened by inequality, that isn’t threatened by the destructive power of a warming planet.” But Trenberth says he’s still worried that climate change isn’t high enough on the list of political priorities. Carbon dioxide is retained for a long time in the atmosphere, so even if emissions were cut drastically today, it would be decades before the effects would be felt. “By the time everyone recognizes that climate change is a major problem, it’s far far too late to do anything about it,” he says. neWS DeSk
China to launch manned spaceship in June China plans to launch another manned spacecraft Shenzhou10 in early June 2013, a lead space program official said here Saturday. Like in the Shenzhou-9 mission, the crew might include two men astronauts and a woman, who are scheduled to enter the Tiangong-1 space lab module, Niu Hongguang, deputy commander-in-chief of China’s manned space program, said on the sidelines of the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China. “They will stay in space for 15 days, operating both automated and manual space dockings with the target orbiter Tiangong-1, conducting scientific experiments in the lab module and giving science lectures to spectators on the Earth,” he said.
In the coming mission, Shenzhou-10 will offer ferrying services of personnel and supplies for Tiangong-1, further testing the astronauts’ abilities of working and living in space, as well as the functions of the lab module, he said. “The success of this mission might enable China to construct a space lab and a space station,” he said. Tiangong-1 was sent into space in September 2011. It docked with the Shenzhou-8 unmanned spacecraft last November and the manned Shenzhou-9 in June this year, verifying China’s space docking capabilities. Shenzhou-9 carried the first Chinese woman Liu Yang, together with two male crew mates, into outer space. “After more than a year of operation in
space, Tiangong-1 is still in good condition,” Niu said. “Tiangong-1, with a design life of two years, will likely remain in orbit for further operation after the space docking with Shenzhou-10,” he said. The launch rocket and spaceship have been assembled and are being tested, and astronauts are being trained, Niu said. “The selection for the crew will begin in early 2013,” he said. China initiated the manned space program in 1992. It successfully sent Yang Liwei, the country’s first astronaut, into orbit on Shenzhou5 spacecraft in 2003. Yang was followed by a two-man mission that carried Fei Junlong and Nie Haisheng in 2005. The trio of Shenzhou-7 astronauts Zhai Zhigang, Liu Boming and Jing Haipeng orbited the Earth for three days in 2008, and Zhai became the first Chinese to conduct extravehicular activities on Sept. 27, 2008. China plans to build its own space station in around 2020. “The space station is a state-level space experimental platform. We will make the best use of it to solve some problems concerning the country’s scientific, technological development and people’s livelihoods,” Niu
Seattle company builds world’s fastest computer
EATTLE-BASED Cray is behind the new world’s fastest supercomputer, according to a list released Monday. “Titan,” a Cray XK7 system activated last month at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, in Tennessee, took the top spot in the 40th edition of the twice-a-year TOP500 List. Titan achieved 17.59 Petaflops (quadrillions of calculations per second), topping Lawrence Livermore (Calif.) National Laboratory’s IBMbased Sequoia system, which hit 16.32 Petaflops. “The new Top500 list clearly demonstrates the U.S. commitment to applying high-performance computing to breakthrough science, and that’s our focus at Oak Ridge,” laboratory Director Thom Mason said in a news release. “We’ll deliver science from Day One with Titan, and I look forward to the advancements the Titan team will make in areas such as materials research, nuclear energy, combustion and climate science.” Titan replaced Oak Ridge’s XT5 Jaguar computer, which was the world’s fastest in November 2009 and June 2010. It is capable of a theoretical peak speed of 27 Petaflops, 10 times faster than Jaguar, while using approximately 9 megawatts of electricity, roughly the amount required for 9,000 homes and just 20 percent more than Jaguar, according to the laboratory. The energy savings come from a hybrid architecture that combines traditional central processing units with graphic processing units, which were first created for gaming. “It’s not practical or affordable to continue increasing supercomputing capacity with traditional CPU-only architecture,” Jeff Nichols, the laboratory’s associate director for computing and computational sciences, said in the release. “Combining GPUs and CPUs is a responsible move toward lowering our carbon footprint, and Titan will enable scientific leadership by providing unprecedented computing power for research in energy, climate change, materials, and other disciplines.” So what’s the point of all that speed? It “will allow U.S. scientists and industry to address problems they could only dream of tackling before,” said Buddy Bland, Titan project manager at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility. Early applications include researching the magnetic properties of materials to accelerate such technologies as next-generation electric motors and generators; improving fuel efficiency by modeling combustion of largemolecule hydrocarbon fuels; faster fuel-rod simulations that extend the life cycles of aging nuclear reactors and ensure they remain safe; and calculating specific climate change adaptation and mitigation scenarios. neWS DeSk
Russians, Ukranian dominate world pole dancing championship
FTER Americans went to the polls, the rest of the world went to the poles — for the World Pole Dancing Championships this past weekend in Zurich, Switzerland. Dancers from 26 countries did what they could do to raise the bar for the sport, which has become as popular in gyms as it has in exotic night clubs. Some say the physical act of climbing and twirling around a pole has roots in the Chinese circus, according to PolicyMic.com. Back then, it was performed by men more than women. It wasn’t until the late 1980s that pole dancing moved into gentlemen’s clubs. Because of pole dancing’s Asian roots, the Chinese pole dancing team had high hopes to win big in Zurich, according to GlobalTimes. neWS
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Batting coach not yet finalised, says Zaka
HAIRMAN Pakistan Cricket Board , Mohammad Zaka Ashraf has said that the name of batting coach for the national team has not yet been finalised and it is premature to say at this stage that PCB will send a batting coach with the team for the tour of India next month.
“We are in process of selecting the most suitable candidate and the committee formed by PCB for choosing an expert is working on it and we are not sure that we will be able to make a final selection before our teams tour to India “,he told reporters here on Tuesday at the inauguration of first ever level four coaching course at National Cricket academy . He said the Indian Higher Commissioner has sought two-week time for announcing visa policy for Pakistani spectators who will be going to India for watching Pak-Indi series matches. “We are in touch with the Indian High Commission on this issue and nothing has yet been finalized and all the news appearing in media that Pakistani spectators desirous to get visas must be sponsored by Indians is totally wrong “,he said. “ As soon as we receive visas policy from the Indian High Commission we will make it public “,he said. To a question, Chairman, PCB said they are willing to work with Punjab Government for the revival and resumption of international cricket in Pakistan and PCB’s only demand from the Punjab Government is to provide fool proof security to the foreign teams. “ No matter it is Federal or Punjab Government ,we are ready to work together for achieving a collective cause of bringing back international cricket to Pakistan “,he said adding “ We
want a firm official assurance from the Punjab Government that it will be providing top security to the foreign teams “. Ross Turner the Australian course conductor threw light on the importance of the course and termed it a step forward to groom head coach and leaders in cricket team management . The level four course is being attended by 17 participants while on the
side lines of the week long activity level three is also being conducted with 27 participating in it. He said the level four course will enable the participants to serve the game in a more professional way after acquiring the most modern knowledge of coaching. “ The former players who are taking up coaching have edge over other participants because they have the experience
of playing cricket and they also know the technical aspects of the game “,he said. Answering a question, he said, “ we are in very safe compound , enjoying our stay and there is no security issue “. He said the entire process to become a level four coach is span over 18 months in which candidates are assessed twice and assigned coaching assignments after which they are certified.
Bowling legend hopes of trouble Africa, Australia draw first Test free Pakistan-India series BRISBANE AgenCieS
Akram cautions against over-coaching national team LAHORE StAff RePoRt
As Pakistan continues its search for a batting coach, former captain Wasim Akram has cautioned against over coaching when it comes to the national team. "Whoever is coaching Pakistan should tell them - meetings should be 15 minutes because if you let it run for 16 minutes they`ll forget the first 15. These details are important," a report quoted Akram, as saying. Akram emphasized that quick thinking and reacting instinctively in cricket is better, especially for a team like Pakistan. "Different areas have different mentalities, the sub continent, England, South Africa, Australia wherever. The less we think the better it is for us as it gives us less time to clutter our heads, so you have to be straight forward," he said. Akram said that a lack of confidence among the players was the main problem, adding that the talent is present and just needs to be utilized properly. "Pakistan need a batting coach to teach these young kids the fundamentals of batting. You used to see batsmen going onto their front foot to hit their shots, when you see Pakistani players they don`t do that. “They don`t seem to have the confidence to come out," he said. "I look at the batsmen like a bowler: `how can I get them, where are their weaknesses`, and see someone like Mohammad Hafeez, who isn`t a front foot player, as a target. What they need is confidence, the talent is there," the 46year old said. Fast bowling legend said he was confident Pakistan's hotlyanticipated tour of India next month would pass off safely and urged the two sides to use threats by Hindu radicals as motivation. Pakistan will meet their arch-rivals in five one-day internationals and two Twenty20s in December and January, their first full series since 2007, but Indian Hindu groups have urged Delhi to cancel and threatened protests. The right-wing Shiv Sena and Vishwa Hindu Parishad de-
manded India refuse to resume cricket ties until Pakistan brings to justice the masterminds behind the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks that left 166 people dead. India halted all bilateral cricket with Pakistan after Mumbai, but earlier this month approved the short tour announced by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in July. Wasim, one of the sport's greatest ever bowlers and now popular in India as a commentator, said he was hopeful of a trouble-free tour. "I can't wait for this tour to happen," Wasim told AFP. "I am confident that the Indian government will make this tour a happy and safe one for our team because the whole world is waiting for this and want it to be series reviving one." Wasim said all threats should act as motivation for both the countries. "We toured India despite threats," said Wasim, who led Pakistan on the India tour in 1999 despite Shiv Sena activists dug up the pitch at the Delhi stadium, forcing officials to move the first Test to Chennai. "We had full confidence in Indian security and that tour came off very well and I am sure this time too India will make sure it go untroubled." Wasim said that after a break of five years, the cricket-mad Indian public were desperate to see their side take on their old rivals. "The whole of India is keenly waiting for this tour to happen and I am sure come December 25 they will thong the stadium," said Wasim of the first Twenty20 in Bangalore. "I am sure Indian fans will give a good response to our team." Ahmedabad will host the second Twenty20 on November 27 followed by one-day in Chennai (December 30), Kolkata (Jan 3) and Delhi (Jan 6). Few rivalries in sport are as intense as India and Pakistan on the cricket field, and Wasim said he hoped the men in green would be buoyed by the occasion."I use to thrive in an India match," said Wasim, who helped his side maintain a dominant record over their arch-rivals during the span of his 104 Test and 356 one-day internationals career.
South Africa’s batsmen dug in to earn a draw in the first Test against Australia after Michael Clarke followed a recordbreaking score with an aggressive declaration. Clarke took his overnight score of 218 to 259 this morning, the highest ever Test innings at the Gabba as he eclipsed Alastair Cook’s 235 in Brisbane for England in 2010, and then declared with a lead of 115 an hour before lunch. South Africa suffered some early wobbles in their reply, but reached tea on 114 for three and pressed on to 166 for five in a quiet evening session before stumps were drawn. Clarke was in imperious form once again as Australia padded their lead in the morning. The Australia captain matched Cook’s tally with a triple when he drove Vernon Philander through cover and then surpassed him in the next over, hitting Morne Morkel straight back down the ground for four. Morkel did not take kindly to that, delivering a blow to his stomach with the next ball, but it did nothing to knock Clarke out of his stride. Mike Hussey added some drama to the proceedings too as he scored his 16th Test century. He was on 99 when South Africa launched a huge appeal for lbw, with Hussey only saved when television replays showed the slightest inside edge on Philander’s delivery. The century was then achieved despite a near run-out as he went for a quick single. And his dismissal came from the very next ball he faced as he hit a shot straight to substitute Faf du Plessis at cover to go for precisely 100. Matthew Wade came in to add an unbeaten 19 before Australia declared on 565 for five. The move paid early dividends as Alviro Petersen went for just five, but Australia could not add to the pressure despite a couple of close calls before the interval. First Graeme Smith edged a Peter Siddle delivery just short of Hussey in the slips, and then James Pattinson bowled Hashim Amla with a no-ball, the batsman called back by the umpire after he had started to walk off. Australia continued to probe for breakthroughs in the afternoon and their eagerness to get on with the task saw them use up their remaining reviews in
attempts to get rid of Amla and Jacques Kallis, the latter claim never standing a chance. But between the two, Smith edged into the slips for 23, and Australia got the wicket they most wanted when Amla was caught by Hussey off Siddle for 38 just before tea. Kallis reached the second interval on 40 but added only a further nine runs before edging spinner Nathan Lyon to Clarke at slip. AB de Villiers and Jacques Rudolph batted through most of a lowkey finale, until the latter was given out lbw to Lyon (two for 41) and failed to overturn the decision on review. De Villiers finished 29 not out with Philander on one, while Pattinson took two for 58. Clarke told Sky Sports 1 afterwards: “It’s always nice making runs, I guess it’s even more special against the number one team in the world. “It was unfortunate we couldn’t get the result but we can take a lot of confidence into the next match. “I don’t think we were at our best on day one but congratulations to Rob Quiney making his debut, Ed Cowan with his maiden hundred and Michael Hussey as well. “We’ll turn up in Adelaide with the exact same plan, we want to win the match.” Opposite number Graeme Smith added: “Credit to Michael and the way his team batted, they put us under a little bit of pressure on the last day but we held on. “I think the challenge for us was always going to be the first Test, to get into the series, and we’ve done that and we can go on to Adelaide with confidence. We know as a team we’re capable of playing better than this.”
SCoReBoARD South Africa 1st innings 450 all out; 151.4 overs (An Petersen 64, HM Amla 104, JH kallis 147, AB de Villiers 40, JA Rudolph 31, BW Hilfenhaus 2-73, Jl Pattinson 3-93, PM Siddle 2-111, nM lyon 2-136) Australia 1st innings: overnight 487/4 (MJ Clarke 218*, Mek Hussey 86*, 121 ov eJM Cowan run out (Steyn) 136 DA Warner c kallis b Steyn 4 RJ Quiney c Steyn b Morkel 9 Rt Ponting c kallis b Morkel 0 MJ Clarke not out 259 Mek Hussey c sub (f du Plessis) b Morkel 100 MS Wade not out 19 extras (lb 14, w 1, nb 23) 38 total (5 wickets dec; 138 overs) Did not bat nM lyon, PM Siddle, Jl Pattinson, BW Hilfenhaus fall of wickets 1-13 (Warner, 4.4 ov), 2-30 (Quiney, 7.4 ov), 3-40 (Ponting, 9.3 ov), 4-299 (Cowan, 84.4 ov), 5-527 (Hussey, 130.1 ov) Bowling: DW Steyn 30-3-129-1, VD Philander 30-3-103-0, M Morkel 31-6-127-3, Rk kleinveldt 21-1-97-0, JH kallis 123-30-0, gC Smith 9-0-36-0, HM Amla 2-0-9-0, An Petersen 3-0-20-0 South Africa 2nd innings An Petersen c Wade b Pattinson 5 gC Smith c Quiney b Pattinson 23 HM Amla c Hussey b Siddle 38 JH kallis c Clarke b lyon 49 AB de Villiers not out 29 JA Rudolph lbw b lyon 11 VD Philander not out 1 extras (b 2, w 4, nb 4) 10 total (5 wickets; 68 overs) 166 Did not bat JP Duminy, M Morkel, DW Steyn, Rk kleinveldt fall of wickets 1-6 (Petersen, 1.3 ov), 2-55 (Smith, 20.5 ov), 3-102 (Amla, 32.5 ov), 4-129 (kallis, 48.5 ov), 5-165 (Rudolph, 62.6 ov) Bowling: BW Hilfenhaus 15-3-26-0, Jl Pattinson 19-3-582, PM Siddle 17-4-36-1, nM lyon 13-5-41-2, RJ Quiney 4-3-3-0 toss South Africa, who chose to bat Series 3-match series level 0-0 test debuts RJ Quiney (Australia); Rk kleinveldt (South Africa) Player of the match MJ Clarke (Australia) umpires Asad Rauf (Pakistan) and Bf Bowden (new Zealand) tV umpire RA kettleborough (england) Match referee RS Madugalle (Sri lanka) Reserve umpire PR Reiffel.
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Sports 16 PunjaB inTeRnaTional sPoRTs FesTival
PAKISTAN SCOOP TWO MORE GOLD MEDALS LAHORE
AKISTAN scooped to another two gold medals, as baseball and fistball earned one medal each, to raise the gold tally to 11 staying at top of medals table of the Punjab International Sports Festival 2012 here on Tuesday. It was in fact the Pakistan’s day on which the players in green not only took two gold medals but they also won two more matches. The Punjab Greens football team stunned visiting Sri Lankan football team with a 3-0 win while another Punjab team hammered Sri Lankan fistball team 2-0 in a third position match. The Pakistan team returned smiling from the baseball field when they ripped apart the Sri Lankan team in the final 21-2 here at Iqbal Park Sports Complex ground. The score count clearly shows the dominance of Pakistan team throughout the whole innings that rattled the visiting team totally helpless. Pakistan's Sumair Zawar scored 2 runs, Mohammad Asif, Umair Bhatti achieved 2 each, Zaheer ,Zubair, Usman, Ahsan, Ahmad, Basit and Murtaza gained
one each. Sri Lankan Iresh Kosla and Chamara Piries shared one run each. Afghanistan, Nepal, Sri Lank and Pakistan participated in Punjab International Baseball Festival 2012. Afghanistan got 4th and Nepal on 3rd position in the event. Final match was played between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at Cricket Stadium, Model Town and Shaukat Javed, former Inspector General Police Punjab and Vice President Pakistan Olympic Association and President Pakistan Federation Baseball was the chief guest.
The second gold of the day came from the Pakistan firstball team at the University of Lahore ground where the home team defeated Nepal 3-1. Pakistan in its dominating posture got three scores and kept the visiting team at bay accept for once while the home team captain Mujadid Awan for his controlled and leading role in his team’s victory got the best player of the tournament award. In the third position match, Punjab Greens defeated Sri Lanka 2-0 and the wins of Pakistan and Punjab came in
front of Pakistan Fistball Federation president MA Rauf, who is also chairman University of Lahore. In the football, league match of the festival Pakistan grabbed a surprise win over Sri Lanka 30. Although the win have no bearing on the final which is to be played between Yemen and Serbia on November 15 but it boosted the Punjab team’s progress into the football family. Organising secretary Mian Rizwan who managed the football event in collaboration with the Sports Board Punjab was
the chief guest on the occasion and presented souvenirs to the officials and participants. Punjab Greens captain Arif Mahmood opened the account in the 15th minute and was doubled by Naseem Abbas in the 70th minute. Arif scored his second and third of the team in the 80th minute to seal win for Punjab Greens. Pakistan which is leading the table with 11 gold medals expect to win another gold in touch ball competition when the home team will take on Sri Lanka in the final today (Wednesday).
Windies in control against Bangladesh
Kieran Powell and Shivnarine Chanderpaul struck centuries to push West Indies towards a big total in the first innings of the first Test against Bangladesh on Tuesday. The tourists reached 361-4 at the close on the opening day with Chanderpaul unbeaten on 123 alongside Denesh Ramdin (52 not out), having completed his 26th test century. Powell was earlier out for 117 after Bangladesh had put West Indies in a spot of trouble with three wickets in the morning session. The left-hander, making his second century, added 125 runs with Chanderpaul for the fourth wicket as the duo batted out the second session to restore order for West Indies, who won the toss and elected to bat. “I think we definitely won this day,” Powell told the reporters. “Two guys getting centuries, 350 on the board and only four wickets down, it is a commanding position to press on for a good total. “Generally we look at 400 in the first in-
nings, but from this position, 500-plus should be a good total.” The home side opened the bowling with debutant Sohag Gazi, who was greeted by Chris Gayle with a big six over longon off his very first delivery. Gayle hit him for another six in the fourth ball to finish the first over with 18 runs on the board but Gazi had the last laugh when he took the wicket of the left-hander in the fifth over. Mahmudullah took the catch at long-off as Gayle mistimed off a flighted delivery to depart for 24. Gazi thought he had other opener Powell for seven but the left-hander was given a reprieve after the ball hit the helmet of the silly point fielder before heading towards Rubel Hossain, who dived to his left for a sharp catch. Darren Bravo, however, had no such luck as the same fielder took the catch off Gazi to dismiss him on 14. Bangladesh took the honours in the opening session when Shahadat Hossain dismissed Marlon Samuels for 16 with Gazi this time showing his skill as a fielder by taking a diving catch in the deep. The hosts' advantage slipped away though in the wicketless second session dominated by Powell and Chanderpaul. Powell completed his century sweeping leftarm spinner Shakib Al Hasan to the fine-leg boundary to go to the break on 115 not out. The 22-year old, however, could add only two runs to his score on the resumption after tea before he missed the line of a Gazi delivery and was clean bowled. His 178-ball innings contained 18 fours and a six off Gazi over mid-off.
SCoReBoARD WeSt inDieS first innings C. gayle c Mahmudullah b gazi 24 k. Powell b gazi 117 D. Bravo c Rubel b gazi 14 M.Samuels c gazi b Shahadat 16 S. Chanderpaul not out 123 D. Ramdin not out 52 eXtRAS (lb-7 w-1 nb-7) 15 totAl (four wickets; 90 overs) 361 to bat: D. Sammy, S. narine, V. Permaul, t. Best, R. Rampaul. fall of wickets: 1-32 2-74 3-106 4-231 Bowling (to date): Sohag gazi 32-6-97-3, Shahadat Hossain 14-0-73-1 (nb-7), Rubel Hossain 9-0-54-0 (w-1), Mahmudullah 7-0-29-0, Shakib Al Hasan 19-2-69-0, naeem islam 8-1-24-0, nasir Hossain 1-0-8-0
gayle first to hit six from first ball of test DHAKA AgenCieS
Flamboyant West Indies opener Chris Gayle became the first player to hit a six from the first ball of a test match when he launched his big-hit against Bangladesh on Tuesday, the International Cricket Council said. Gayle smashed debutant Sohag Gazi over longon, taking 18 from the first over but the 21-year-old off-spinner took revenge by having the opener caught for 24. West Indies reached 361-4 after the first day of the first test. The first officially recognised test match commenced on March 15, 1877 and was contested by England and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
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17 Sports Mclaren link up with formula e electric series
SingaPoRe: Rory Mcilroy watches his tee shot on the second hole in Singapore open.
Formula One race winners McLaren are to provide the engine, transmission and electronics for cars that will compete in a new Formula E electric series due to start up in 2014. McLaren will join forces with Spark Racing Technology, led by Frenchman Frederic Vasseur, as part of a consortium to design and assemble the racecars. "I'm a passionate believer in the role that motorsport can play in showcasing and spearheading the development of future technologies, and regard the Formula E concept as an exciting innovation for global motorsport," said McLaren F1 team principal Martin Whitmarsh in a statement on Monday. "McLaren has worked with Frederic Vasseur for many years, and our association has been very successful," added the Briton. Vasseur set up the ART team, which competed in this year's GP2 and GP3 series as Lotus, with Nicolas Todt whose father Jean is the president of the governing International Automobile Federation (FIA). Britain's Lewis Hamilton, who won the 2008 Formula One championship with McLaren, raced for ART in Formula Three Euroseries. "Working together in Formula E, McLaren's world-class technology and Spark Racing Technology's expert knowledge will combine to allow both companies to stay at the forefront of technical innovation and hopefully open up great opportunities for the racing cars of tomorrow," said Whitmarsh. McLaren, who build their own sportscars at their Woking headquarters, have diversified into a range of applied technologies in recent years. They are also the official suppliers of electronic control units to Formula One and NASCAR and have developed a 120KW E-motor for hybrid and electric vehicles. Formula E will be an FIA-sanctioned championship, with the commercial rights licensed to a Hong Kong-based consortium, which aims to hold races in the heart of at least 10 cities around the world.
Djokovic builds big lead in tennis ranking Federer calls for faster courts to come back to tennis
is Sunday's f1 race weird enough for austin, texas? AUSTIN AgenCieS
As the Texas capital prepares to host the first Grand Prix in the United States in five years, some in laid-back Austin say this weekend's glamorous race clashes with the city's soul. In this environmentally-conscious college town of 800,000, where the bumper stickers say "Keep Austin Weird" and there are no professional sports teams, there is widespread opposition to the Formula One race. Some skeptics have come around, embracing the race and the sleek parties that come with it, while others are still shaking their heads over fears of clogged streets, noisy helicopter traffic and a negative impact on the environment, all for a ritzy event they say is simply unAustin. "Many opponents said that this is kind of the wrong image - frivolous emissions, carbon and other pollutants into the air just for amusement purposes for a city that wants to be seen as the most sustainable city in the United States," said Tom Smith, director of the Texas office of Public Citizen, a nonprofit consumer advocacy group. Officials at Circuit of the Americas, which owns the new racetrack, say they're working to minimize the environmental impact of the event and point out that F1 innovations lead to more efficient passenger cars. Texas Comptroller Susan Combs touts the economic impact of the event, which she says will generate some $220 million for the state.
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OVAK Djokovic capped a second consecutive strong year with the ATP World Tour Final title and a huge lead in the men's tennis rankings. Djokovic had earlier wrapped up the year-end No. 1 ranking but his 7-6 (8-6), 7-5 win Monday over Roger Federer really pushed his advantage. He has 12,920 points, which is 2,655 points more than the second-ranked Federer and nearly 5,000 more than
No. 3 Andy Murray. Djokovic racked up his point total over 18 tournaments, which is the lowest total among players in the Top 10. Federer, for example, was in 21 tournaments and Murray 20. In the last two years Djokovic has a 145-18 record with 16 championships and $22.5 million in winnings. Four of those titles were at Grand Slam events and Djokovic will head into the 2013 Australian Open as a two-time defending champion. Federer, who was looking for a third consecutive ATP Finals title, also had a strong year, going 71-12
with six titles -- including at Wimbledon -- and $7.4 million in winnings. Murray has 8,000 rankings points and Rafael Nadal, who missed the second half of the year with an injury, has 6,795 for fourth place. Fifthranked David Ferrer has pulled close to Nadal with 6,430 points. Tomas Berdych had 4,605 points for the No. 6 ranking and Juan Martin del Potro (4,480) is seventh. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has 3,490 ranking points, which is eighth-most. Janko Tipsarevic is No. 9 at 2,990 and Richard Gasquet (2,515) finishes the year at No. 10.
LOnDOn: There has been criticism of the fact that tennis courts all over the globe have slowed down and become more standardized - leading to longer rallies and the dominance of baseline play. Roger Federer is one of the players who thinks that there should be more tournaments on faster courts. ''It's an easy fix. Just make quicker courts, then it's hard to defend,'' Federer commented. ''Attacking style is more important. It's only on this type of slow courts that you can defend the way we are all doing right now. What you don't want is that you hit 15 great shots and at the end, it ends up in an error,'' he said. ''So I think sometimes quicker courts do help the cause. I think it would help from time to time to move to something a bit faster. That would help to learn, as well, for many different players, different playing styles, to realize that coming to the net is a good thing, it's not a bad thing.'' ''I think some variety would be nice, some really slow stuff and then some really fast stuff, instead of trying to make everything sort of the same. You sort of protect the top guys really by doing that because you have the best possible chance to have them in the semis at this point, I think. But should that be the goal? I'm not sure.'' AgenCieS
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Sports 18 England is ready for Test series against India: Prior AHMEDABAD
WO days before the commencement of what is billed as the 'revenge series' for India, England wicket-keeper Matt Prior on Tuesday said that the tourists are well prepared for the tough challenge of taming the hosts. "We have given ourselves the best chance, we have prepared as well as we can. It's now down to performing on the pitch. It's a tough challenge for all of us," he said ahead of the opening Test commencing at the Motera here on November 15. "Coming over here, we had a long preparation. We have been able to play a lot of cricket on these types of wickets. We are now ready after getting used to the heat, the spinning tracks, the traffic. We are going into the Test match feeling fully prepared," he declared. It has been 28 years since any team from Old Blighty had come and bearded India in its own den and Prior said England are well aware of the history. "It's always a very challenging place to come and play. India know their conditions fantastically well as we do when we play in England where we are brought up playing the swinging ball and we play it pretty well. Likewise these guys are brought up playing the spinning ball and they play it pretty well," he said. "Cricket is a religion out here and to be able to play in front of people with that mentality is a fantastic opportunity. To come out and win in this
environment would be even better. Record speaks for itself how it's been since England last won over here," he added. Incidentally, India were last beaten at home in a Test rubber by Australia in 2004-05 season and since then they have either won the series or drawn them against all other opponents. Prior conceded that the 3-0 rout against the Pakistan spin duo of Saeed Ajmal and Abdur Rehman in the United Arab Emirates a few months ago, still rankles the England squad. But the 30-year-old South Africa born stumper also insisted that the team has the ability to move ahead and take on the new challenge head-on as it has a very good batting line-up. Prior was non-committal when asked about the Test wicket at the Motera Stadium that looked barren. "My reading of wickets is very poor. We will have to wait and see how the wickets change. "A lot of times in India you looked at the wicket and felt it's going to deteriorate and become dust bowls and it plays flat right through. And at other times it looks flat for three days and suddenly ball starts turning and keeping low on the last two days. That's why we have to keep our mind and options open," he said. When the inevitable question on the return to the side of star batsman Kevin Pietersen came up, Prior came out with a straight bat. "We wouldn't want KP to change too much because it's how he is that makes him so special. If KP comes on (as a) shy, introvert character I will be
more worried because I want him to go out and express himself like he does. "You only have to walk round India. These guys who have seen him in IPL can't wait to see him bat. We certainly can't either." "It's always in the back of their minds (the debacle against Pakistan). But as an international sportsman you have to move on quickly," Prior said. "What I hope we can do is learn from our own experiences, learn from our mistakes and take them forward into these Test matches. Every big batter in our side wants to score big runs in India. We have a very, very good batting team." Prior was of the same opinion as his teammate Graeme Swann that the very successful (at home) Indian spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha may not be as mystical as their Pakistan counterparts, but were no less bowlers. "Probably (they are less mystical). (But) It does not make them any less quality bowlers. And we have to prepare as if against any other spin bowlers. We know their quality. We know their knowledge of their own conditions will certainly help. I reiterate the point that we have given ourselves the best opportunity through our preparations out here," he said. "We have done a lot of good work. We had a bad experience (against Pakistan in UAE) and we are learning from that. If you have been here (in the subcontinent) before you know what to expect and it does not change really. What is important is how we use the experience to situations, wickets, crowds and everything else (to perform better)," he added.
Veteran cricket reaches to QF stage Mcilroy piles up further player of the year honours NEWSDESK World number one Rory McIlroy added further accolades to his already bulging resume when he was named winner of the PGA of America Player of the Year award and the Vardon Trophy on Monday. The 23-year-old Northern Irishman, who clinched his second major title with a record eight-shot victory at the PGA Championship in August, was always likely to land both honours after triumphing a season-high four times on the 2012 PGA Tour. McIlroy followed in the footsteps of his Ryder Cup team mate Luke Donald when he became the second player to win the money list titles in both Europe and the United States. He is also a heavy favourite to become the PGA Tour's Player of the Year, which is voted upon by tour members and scheduled to be announced early next month. McIlroy comfortably held off the challenge of Americans Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson, Jason Dufner, Brandt Snedeker and Matt Kuchar to claim PGA of America Player of the Year honours. He finished with 100 points while Woods ended up with 66, Masters champion Watson and Dufner each totalled 50, Snedeker earned 36 and Kuchar 34. McIlroy won the Vardon Trophy, first presented in 1937, with an adjusted scoring average of 68.87. Jim Furyk was second on 69.30 and Dufner third (69.45). McIlroy, who secured the European Tour Race to Dubai title by finishing third at the Singapore Open on Sunday, is vying with Woods, Dufner, FedExCup champion Snedeker and Watson for the PGA Tour's Player of the Year award. Those five players were named on Monday as the final nominees for the prestigious Jack Nicklaus Award.
LAHORE StAff RePoRt
SPM Bucks moved into the quarter finals of the Amar Cables T-20 veteran cricket tournament after defeating Gulberg Gymkhana in super over here on Tuesday at Ali Garh cricket ground. Both the sides made 138 runs each in their respective innings and the tie was decided in super over and SPM moved ahead. Brief scores, SPM Bucks batted first were allout at in 19.5 overs. Man of the match, Tariq Ramzan 37, Saud Cheema 19 & Ashfaq Ahmad 17 runs. Gulberg Gymkhana bowling Muhammad Kaleem bowling well 4/30, Abdul Ghaffor 2/22, Nazeer Hussain 2/26, Afzal Munir 2/15 & Asif Mehmood 1/23 wickets. In reply Gulberg Gymkhana 138/7 after 20 overs. Asif Mehmood 32, Muhammad Zubair 21, Afzal Munir 42, Muhammad Amir 14 & Azhar Hussain 15 runs not out. SPM
Bucks bowling Qadeer Shah 2/20, Zahid Khan 1/32 & Sohail Imran 1/27 wickets. Following are the quarter final fixtures,Nov 18, Amar Cables vs Chaudhary Sports at Shah Faisal Cricket Ground.
SPM Stags vs Golden Eagles at Ali Garh Cricket Ground. Nov 19, LHR Muhammadan vs LHR Tigers at Race Course Park Ground, Textile Tigers vs SPM Bucks at Shah Faisal Cricket Ground.
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P&t gym outplay tauseef Club and become H group Champion LAHORE StAff RePoRt
P&T Gym, has become H group Champion of LCCA Super Cricket League when they outplay Tauseef Club by 133 runs played Iteefaq Hospital ground on Tuesday. Fine batting by Baber Manzoor, Tayab tahir(P&T Gym) and 2nd Hatric by Awais Manzoor(Tauseef Club) were the main feature of the match. Earlier Awais Manzoor has also awarded Hatric against East Zone Whites in LCCA League. Scores: P&T Gym 264/7 in 40 overs. Baber Manzoor 87, Tayab Tahir 73, M Asim 25, HAseeb ur Rehman 21, Ali Manzoor 16, Waqas Ahmed 14. Awais MAnzoor 3/26(including Hatric), Sheraz Baig 2/59, Waqas Khan 1/42, Sher Baz Khan 1/48. Tauseef Club 131 all out in 35.5 overs. Shehzad Muhayudin 28, ISrar Baig 20, Ibrar Baig 19, sher Baz Khan 18, Waqas Khan 10, Awais, Manzoor 10. Rohail ALi 2/29, Ali Manzoor 2/16, HAseeb ur Rehman 2/9, Wajid 1/28, Babaer Manzoor 1/8.
globetrotting Colsaerts earns 2013 Pga tour card NEWSDESK Big-hitting Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts has won a 2013 PGA Tour card and is set to join several Ryder Cup team mates who play the majority of their golf in the United States. "It's official now...PGA Tour member!!" the world number 34 said on his Twitter account on Monday after the PGA Tour season came to a close on Sunday. Colsaerts earned enough money as a non-member in 2012 and is therefore eligible for a place on the world's most lucrative circuit next season. World number one Rory McIlroy, thirdranked Luke Donald and number four Lee Westwood are among several top Europeans who spend the majority of their time competing in the U.S. Colsaerts became the first Belgian to play in the Ryder Cup in September. The 29-year-old left a lasting impression on American golf fans with a virtuoso performance in his first match when he was 10-under with his own ball as he and Westwood defeated Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker one up in a fourballs encounter. The longest driver on his own circuit, at 318.6 yards he averages three yards more than the PGA Tour's biggest hitter Bubba Watson, said that he would still commit to events in Europe.
SPONSORS HELP LONDON ORGANISERS TO BALANCE BOOKS LONDON AgenCieS
Sponsorship deals and record revenues from the sale of almost 11 million tickets helped London organisers to hit their target of raising 2.4 billion pounds to stage the Olympics and Paralympics. The income covered the core costs of putting on the world's largest sporting event, said Paul Deighton, the former Goldman Sachs banker who served as chief executive of the London Organising Committee (LOCOG) for the Games in July and August. The British government separately provided almost nine billion pounds of public money to build and provide security for the venues in east London for the Games. "Throughout this period we have made clear our aim for LOCOG to break even, and we remain confident that our revenues will meet our costs," Deighton said in a written submission to the London Assembly released on Tuesday.
The success of the London Games has earned Deighton a position with the finance ministry overseeing delivery of infrastructure projects. He will take up the role at the start of next year. London organisers raised almost 750 million pounds through domestic sponsorship deals with more than 40 businesses including oil company BP, British Airways and telecoms company BT. That was almost on a par with the sum reported by Beijing after it hosted the Games in 2008 and almost four times what Athens generated in 2004, the last time the summer Games were in Europe. Revenue from ticket sales also topped forecasts at a record 659 million pounds after near sell-outs crowds for both the Olympics and Paralympics. The fact that any tickets were left over will irk some Britons who were unable to get in to see live action after missing out in an initial ballot for seats. The majority of more than 300,000 unsold tickets were for early rounds of Olympic football, LOCOG said.
Panama need 22 men to contain Spain, coach says BArCeLOnA: "The best thing to take on Spain would be to allow us to play with 22 players instead of 11," Valdes joked in Tuesday's Spanish sports daily Marca."Against Spain it is absurd to think of it as just another day and just another team. "You can't take them head on. Everything we try to do in games will have to doubled. Twice the attention, the concentration, the effort, helping each other out and so on." Visitors Spain are the world and European champions. They top the FIFA world rankings and last lost a match in a 1-0 friendly reverse in England a year ago. Since then have won Euro 2012 and they top their group in qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Panama are ranked 46th in the world but have reached the final stage of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying competition. They will host a Spain side lacking many of their regulars. Vicente del Bosque has rested stalwarts such as Xavi, Xabi Alonso, Gerard Pique and Fernando Torres, giving a number of fringe players the chance to impress. Chelsea's Juan Mata, who was left out of the last three Spain squads, is back in the side and had words of praise for Panama coach Valdes. "Dely Valdes played for Real Oviedo," Mata told a news conference, referring to the Spanish club where he started his playing career. "I have seen goals he scored in their Tartiere stadium. He is the image of football in this country and I am sure he will imbue his team with the same footballing spirit he had."AgenCieS
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Gen Allen under investigation, scandal widens g
obama puts gen Allen’s NATo nomination on hold WASHINGTON AgenCieS
HE top US commander in Afghanistan, General John Allen, is under investigation for alleged inappropriate communication with a woman at the center of the scandal involving former CIA Director David Petraeus, a senior US defence official said on Tuesday. The revelation threatens to fell another of the US military’s biggest names and suggests that the scandal involving Petraeus - a retired four-star general who had Allen’s job in Afghanistan before moving to the CIA last year - could expand. The US official said the FBI uncovered between 20,000 and 30,000 pages of communications - mostly emails spanning from 2010 to 2012 - between Allen and Jill Kelley, who has been identified as a longtime friend of the Petraeus family and a Tampa, Florida, volunteer social
liaison with military families at MacDill Air Force Base. It was Kelley’s complaints about harassing emails from the woman with whom Petraeus had had an affair, Paula Broadwell, that prompted an FBI investigation that ultimately disclosed Petraeus’ involvement with Broadwell. Petraeus resigned from the CIA post on Friday. Asked whether there was concern about the disclosure of classified information, the official said, on condition of anonymity: “We are concerned about inappropriate communications. We are not going to speculate as to what is contained in these documents.” Defence Secretary Leon Panetta told reporters flying with him to Australia that he had asked that Allen’s nomination to be Commander of US European Command and Supreme Allied Commander Europe be delayed “and the president has agreed.” President Barack Obama has put the nomination on hold, the White House said on Tuesday. Allen, who is now in Washington, was due to face a Senate confirmation hearing on Thursday, as was his successor in Afghanistan, General Joseph Dunford. The FBI referred the case to the Pentagon on Sunday and Panetta directed
the Defence Department’s Inspector General to handle the investigation. Panetta informed the top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee during the flight to Australia. The House Armed Services Committee was also notified. The US defence official said that Allen denied wrongdoing and that Panetta had opted to keep him in his job while the matter was under review - and until Dunford can be confirmed to replace him, a process that gains urgency given the cloud the scandal could cast over the mission in Afghanistan. “While the matter is under investigation and before the facts are determined, General Allen will remain commander of ISAF,” Panetta said, referring to the NATO—led force in Afghanistan. Only hours earlier, Panetta had said he was reviewing Allen’s recommendations on the future US presence in Afghanistan after most troops withdraw by the end of 2014. Commending Allen’s leadership in Afghanistan, Panetta said: “He is entitled to due process in this matter.” At the same time, he noted that he wanted the Senate to act promptly on Dunford’s nomination. The US official said Panetta
was informed of the matter involving Allen on Sunday as he flew to Hawaii, after the Pentagon’s top lawyer called Panetta’s chief of staff. The White House was informed next. FBI rAID, SHIrtLeSS pHOtOS: Evidence that the case involving Petraeus was not fully closed came late Monday when FBI agents searched the Charlotte, North Carolina, house of Broadwell. Agents entered the house carrying boxes at around 9 p.m. (0200 GMT Tuesday) and about four hours later took away what appeared to be two computers and about 10 boxes. During the search, agents inside could be seen moving through multiple rooms, gathering materials and taking photos. Broadwell’s family was not at home at the time. The FBI and a Justice Department official would not comment on the raid. US officials had said in recent days that their investigation was largely complete and that prosecutors had determined it was unlikely they would bring charges in that case, which started when Kelley contacted an FBI agent in Tampa about harassing emails from an anonymous source. That FBI agent, who has not been
identified, has also come under scrutiny after it was discovered he had sent shirtless photographs of himself to Kelley, but “long before” this investigation, a law enforcement official told Reuters. The photographs were first reported by the Wall Street Journal.
Zardari vows to continue supporting Afghanistan ISLAMABAD APP
QuettA: Security personnel and area residents look at the damage caused by a bomb targeting a fC vehicle on tuesday. oNLiNe
Haqqanis ready for talks if Mullah Omar approves: commander LONDON inP
The Haqqani network, responsible for a series of high-profile attacks on US troops in Afghanistan, is prepared to enter talks with the United States if sanctioned by the head of the Taliban, according to a senior commander. The commander said that the Haqqanis, a militia operating as a branch of the Afghan Taliban, would keep up pressure on international forces to leave. Peace talks between the US and the Taliban have stalled over the issue of
a prisoner exchange, described by militant negotiators as a crucial confidence building gesture. The unidentified Haqqani commander accused Washington of trying to sow divisions within insurgent ranks. “However, if the central shura, headed by Taliban supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, decided to hold talks with the United States, we would welcome it,” he said. His comments echo similar statements by other leaders, who accuse the US of insincerity. Meanwhile, the 2014 deadline for the withdrawal of international forces
draws nearer with many Taliban watchers concluding that the insurgents are content to sit tight and wait for NATOled forces to leave. The commander added that the Haqqani network welcomed Obama’s reelection, predicting he would be demoralised by battlefield losses and pull out US forces earlier than expected. “From what we see on the ground, Obama would not wait for 2014 to call back his forces,” he said. “They suffered heavy human and financial losses and are not in a position to suffer more,” he added.
President Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday assured the Afghan High Peace Council that Pakistan would continue to extend every possible support to its Afghan brothers in their journey towards peace and socio-economic development. He said that a peaceful, stable and economically developed Afghanistan was vital for Pakistan’s own stability and prosperity. He said that Pakistan firmly believed in the Afghan-led and the Afghan-owned reconciliation process, which was the most viable way to ensure permanent peace and stability in Afghanistan. The president said this during his meeting with the Afghan delegation led by Salahuddain Rabbani, Chairman Afghan Peace Council at the presidency. Peace process in Afghanistan, regional situation and Pak- afghan bilateral relations were discussed during the meeting. Briefing media representatives about the meeting, Spokesperson to the president, Senator Farhatullah Babar said the president welcomed the Afghan delegation and said that the people of Pakistan had a special place for late Burhanuddin Rabbani and assured that the country will
continue to work with him in fulfilling his late father Burhanuddin Rabbani’s unfinished agenda for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan. Commenting on efforts to curb extremism, the president said that terrorism was a common threat for both the countries and urged for working together on both sides for eliminating this scourge and to ensure peace and stability in the region. The president also stressed the need to focus on curbing the financing of terrorism as there exist a clear nexus between the large scale heroin trade and terrorism. He said that the money generated from the heroin trade was being used to finance terror operations and vowed to conquer the heroin trade through collective actions. The spokesperson said that discussing recent incidents of shelling on the borders the two leaders urged for increased coordination between the two countries to stop such incidents in future. Rabbani thanked the president for the support and cooperation Pakistan has been extending towards peace, stability and development of Afghanistan. He said that Afghanistan was keen to further strengthen its brotherly relationship with Pakistan as the destinies of the people of the two countries were interlinked.
2 killed, 10 FC soldiers injured in Quetta bombing QUETTA StAff RePoRt
Two people were killed and 10 paramilitary soldiers injured in a bomb blast that targeted a Frontier Corp checkpost on Quetta’s Airport Road on Tuesday. Reports said a bomb planted on a bicycle exploded as an FC mobile van passed along the checkpost set up at Alam Chowk. As a result, two citizens were killed, while 10 FC soldiers were injured. Several other vehicles in the surround-
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ings were also damaged by the explosion. Following the incident, FC and rescue teams reached the spot and cordoned off the area. They moved the injured soldiers to the CMH and the bodies to Civil Hospital. A probe into the incident has been initiated and an important breakthrough is expected, police said. According to the Bomb Disposal Squad, about five to 10 kilogrammes of explosives were used in the blast. They, however, did not say whether the bomb was a timed device or remotely detonated.