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Tuesday, 16 July, 2013 Ramadan 6, 1434
Islamabad — Peshawar Edition
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Four more hazaras gunned down in Quetta
sC judge refuses to hear plea seeking revocation of Musharraf’s bail
Four members of the Hazara Shia community were gunned down and two passers-by were seriously injured in an incident of targeted killing in Quetta on Monday, minutes before Iftar. Jesh-e-Islam, an outfit of banned Lashker-e-Jhngvi, claimed responsibility for the murder. The tragic incident occurred few minutes before Iftar at Masjid Road in the heart of the city, when three armed persons riding a white colored vehicle opened fire on an SUV and escaped. page 03
Justice Nasirul Mulk has refused to hear the petition seeking cancellation of bail granted to former president Pervez Musharraf. A three-member bench of the SC headed by Justice Nasirul Mulk was to hear the case, but the hearing was adjourned for an indefinite period following the refusal of the judge to hear the case. The petitioner, Aslam Ghumman, requested the head of the bench to grant a new date if he did not want to hear the case, but was denied. page 03
Zardari going nowhere story on page 03
thousands protest in new york over Zimmerman acquittal
sC inquires about Lyari, takes notice of terror suspects’ escape
Thousands protested in cities across the US on Sunday against the acquittal of neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman, a day after his trial for killing unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin ended in Florida. Demonstrators rallied noisily, but peacefully, in US cities including New York, San Francisco, Boston and Chicago. In Los Angeles, police in riot gear deployed along Hollywood Boulevard, but they were not needed as the rally proceeded without incident. page 07
Expressing disappointment over the escalating incidents of violence in the metropolis during Monday’s hearing of the Karachi law and order suo motu case, the Supreme Court Karachi registry bench on Monday stated that criminals in Lyari have easy access to weapons. The apex court bench, comprising of Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, Justice Khilji Arif Hussain and Justice Amir Hani Muslim, resumed proceedings of the case on Monday. page 19
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N NEWS Tuesday, 16 July, 2013
stratEGy in siGht tO stEEr cOuntry Out OF crisEs: pM
nawaz says governMent coMMitteD to overcoMing loaD sheDDing, ensuring uninterrupteD power supply
Directs for zero outages at sehar anD iftar tiMings
inaugurates private sector’s first hyDel power project
RIME Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday said his government was fully aware of the problems of the masses and had evolved a comprehensive strategy to steer the country out of the crises. Addressing a gathering of local traders, industrialists, businessmen, exporters and notables in Faisalabad, Nawaz said a number of projects were in the pipeline to convert Pakistan into a modern and prosperous country of the world. He said with the assistance of China, the government would pull the country out from darkness and put it on the road to progress and prosperity. He said he wanted to see Pakistan economically viable, selfsufficient and a strong economic power. “The government is committed to overcoming load shedding and ensuring power supply to industrial, commercial and domestic consumers without interruption and at affordable rates,” he added. Referring to his China visit, the prime minister said, “I was surprised when the Chinese told us that there was no theft in their country. What pity that black sheep are involved in stealing gas and power in our country with impunity,” he added. “We do not believe in corruption and we will not allow anyone to indulge in corrupt practices, misappropriation of government funds and playing with the national exchequer for personal gains at the cost of the nation,” he asserted.
FGEF MD ZaFar abbas sEnt packinG
The prime minister said it was unfortunate that the government’s focus was on the energy crisis, although more serious maters like like terrorism and poor economy needed to be addressed on war footing. The PM said gas and power theft was a curse and elements involved in it were anti-state elements and should not be spared at any cost. The prime minister said the entire power system had become obsolete due to which breakdowns were common. He regretted that the previous government had not given priority to maintain the power and gas system on modern lines and overcome line losses. “We have chalked out a practicable solution of all issues and gradually reduce line losses and eliminate mal-
practices, corruption, nepotism from state institutions, especially in gas and power sectors,” he added. The prime minister said industrialists and traders should not indulge in stealing gas and electricity, rather they should kick out black sheep from their ranks who were involved in the practice. The prime minister patiently listened to grievances of industrialists and traders against gas and power shortages and load shedding. The prime minister also asked the FESCO chief and Federal Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muihammad Asif about the duration of load shedding in Faisalabad region and asked them to ensure
reduction in it and maximum relief to the industry and domestic consumers. OutAgeS: The PM directed authorities to take special care of the people observing fast and directed for no load shedding during Sehar and Iftar. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said the campaign against gas and power thieves would continue vigorously as the government was committed to overcoming the energy crisis. HyDeL PrOject: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also visited Mirpur later in the day to inaugurate the New Bong Escape Hydropower Project in Mirpur. Nawaz has expressed the confidence that there would be substantial decrease in
PTI sceptic about Nandipur power project probe
ISLAMABAD ANWER ABBAS
The government on Monday removed Zafar Abbas as the Federal Government Employees Foundation (FGEF) managing director. Sources said the FGEF MD was asked to relinquish his post after receiving complaints against his service. The sources said the complainant was an unnamed person who used his influence and sent Abbas packing. After his removal, a BS-21 officer and former Capital Development Authority (CDA) chairman Tariq Pirzada has been given the additional charge of the managing director of the foundation. Pirzada is presently serving as Islamabad chief commissioner and will fulfill duties at both posts simultaneously.
Dr Mazari says Mafias bent upon Making quick buck at the expense of nation ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
PTI Central Information Secretary Dr Shireen Mazari on Monday said the prime minister’s directive for a probe into the Rs 15 billion Nandipur power project scam reaffirmed the suspicions that vested interests in the government, like in its predecessors, were bent on undermining cost-effective power projects and determined to make a quick buck at the expense of the nation. She commended the former MD of PEPCO for highlighting the attempt at fraud by writing to the chief justice of Pakistan as well as the role of media in
exposing the same. She said had these two factors not come into play, those seeking to rob the nation would have got their way. Dr Mazari said PEPCO and the Ministry of Water and Power had sought to rob the public by coming up with the new PC 1 for Nandipur showing a totally unjustified raise in the cost of this vital but delayed project. “At a time when load shedding is reaching unbearable levels, the mafias that exist to loot and plunder this country are active again, eying the Nandipur project. Thanks to the mafia, including private sector IPP sponsors, every efficient and low cost project is obstructed because no commissions are involved.” The revised PC-1 was a scam prepared by PEPCO/Ministry of Water and Power to cheat the public exchequer of millions with the benefits accruing to a “select private sector company”. “The sad part is that all the equipment, machinery is paid for and is either at the site already or at port. Even with
some increase in costs because of the delay, the maximum addition, according to former PEPCO MD Mr Baseer, could not be the figure shown in the revised PC-1,” Mazari said. She said the Nandipur saga was just another incident where vested interests in the previous government and in the incumbent government were trying to fleece the nation and destroy state institutions, so that privatisation and unbridled profiteering could take place. Mazari said it seemed the government was looking to privatise Nandipur just as it appeared to be moving towards a clandestine blueprint for the privatisation of PIA by appointing interested parties on the board, as well as aviation adviser of choice. Mazari demanded the government order not just a probe into the attempted fraud in Nandipur project but also place on ECL the names of those suspected of the fraud so that they could be arrested and punished before they managed to escape the country.
load shedding in coming months due to short measures initiated by the government. The prime minister said a number of measures had been initiated to address the energy crisis, including retirement of about Rs 500 billion worth of circular debt. He said during his visit to China, a number of agreements were signed with Chinese investors for putting up electricity projects in Pakistan. Nawaz said the government wanted to bring substantial improvement in electricity production to ensure cheap and abundant supply of electricity to the people. He said electricity projects were long term ventures, but the country was blessed with enormous water resources that needed to be optimally utilised. The prime minister termed completion of the first-ever hydel power project by the private sector as a milestone in the history of the country, which would pave the way for construction of similar projects in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan. He added that development of Azad Jammu and Kashmir was a top priority of the government. He said Kashmir was the lifeline of Pakistan. The prime minister assured foreign investors interested in setting up powers plants or undertaking any investment activity that the government would be fully cooperative and respond to their needs. The project site is located at Jhelum River about seven kilometers from Mangla Dam. The 84MW run-of-the river New Bong Escape Hydropower Project is expected to provide electricity to WAPDA at about Rs 8.7 per kwh, compared to average thermal generation cost in excess of Rs 18 per unit. It will provide 540 GWh of green energy per year to the national grid under a 25-year power purchase agreement with the National Transmission and Dispatch Company.
FO condemns drone attacks yet again ISLAMABAD: The Pakistani government on Monday, once again strongly condemned the recent US drone strike that targeted the Mir Ali Tehsil of North Waziristan on July 13, terming it a sheer violation of country’s sovereignty. “These unilateral strikes are a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Pakistan has repeatedly emphasised the need to bring such strikes to an end,” stated the foreign office.. The Ministry for Foreign Affairs in a statement said that Islamabad had consistently maintained that drone strikes are counter-productive, cause loss of innocent lives and have human rights and humanitarian implications. The statement further warned that ‘such strikes also set dangerous precedents for inter-state relations’. Drone strikes adversely affect the mutual desire of both countries to forge a cordial and cooperative relationship and ensure peace and stability in the region, affirmed the ministry. Like the previous government, there has been no alteration in the stance of the present government regarding the drones, no mighty stand has been taken by the incumbent government to even slightly challenge the missions by the deadly aircraft, exposing hollow promises and vows of the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz. STAFF REPORT
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Military’s hEsitancE rEasOn FOr apc DElay nawaz faileD to convince Military top brass on his national policy on terrorisM LAHoRe
RIME Minister Nawaz Sharif and his top officials failed to bring around the military top brass to its position vis-à-vis devising a national policy on terrorism. Sources said the government had also put one of its major initiatives of calling an all-parties conference on the back burner after the military leaders expressed their reservation on any such plan on the government’s part. It is learnt that from now onwards, the policy followed by the government
Military MaDe clear its intention of not talking to the taliban During pM’s isi hq visit and the military in combating terrorism will not be any different from that which was observed by the PPP government. Ever since its inception, the PML-N government has been trying to build consensus as to how to proceed against terrorism and whether negotiations with the Taliban could be one of its elements. There is an impression that the PMLN did not want to confront the Taliban through military action. As opposed to this, Army chief General Ashfaq Kayani has many a times made it clear that talks with such elements were not possible. The military leaders say how could the government or military engage the Taliban in talks when the militants were
JusticE Mulk rEFusEs tO hEar pEtitiOn sEEkinG rEvOcatiOn OF MusharraF’s bail ISLAMABAD: Justice Nasirul Mulk has refused to hear the petition seeking cancellation of bail granted to former president Pervez Musharraf, remarking, “I don’t want to hear the case.” A threemember bench of the Supreme Court (SC) headed by Justice Nasirul Mulk was to hear the case, but the hearing was adjourned for an indefinite period following the refusal of the head of the bench to hear the case. The petitioner, Aslam Ghumman, requested the head of the bench to grant a new date if he did not want to hear the case. Justice Mulk asked how could he give a new date when he was not hearing the case, adding that the new bench could give the next date for hearing. Earlier, a three-member bench of the SC presided over by the chief justice of Pakistan (CJP) had heard the petition seeking revocation of bail granted to Musharraf by IHC. ONLINE
hell-bent on killing military personnel and civilians. They said all the talk of holding negotiations only added confusion among the military fighting the terrorists in the war theatre and added to their problems. Sources revealed that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif went to ISI headquarters last week and engaged the military leadership in a bid to bring them closer to its position on fighting terrorism and its main perpetrators. But the military leadership ruled out any talks with Taliban. The government top functionaries, including the prime minister, received a briefing from the interior ministry to bring the civilian and military authorities on the same page. It is learnt that Gen Kayani and the ISI top brass told Nawaz Sharif that it was not possible to talk to various groups that functioned under the broader canopy of Taliban. The military leadership also expressed their reservations over the APC.
Four more Hazaras gunned down in Quetta QUeTTA SHAHZADA ZULFIQAR
Four members of the Hazara Shia community were gunned down and two passers-by were seriously injured in an incident of targeted killing in Quetta on Monday, minutes before Iftar. Jesh-e-Islam, an outfit of banned Lashker-e-Jhngvi, claimed responsibility for the murder. The tragic incident occurred few minutes before Iftar at Masjid Road in the heart of the city, when three armed persons riding a white colored vehicle opened fire on a SUV and escaped. As a result four persons were killed while two passers-by received bullet injuries. When contacted DIG Operations Fayaz Sumbal said the vehicle came under attack carrying the owner of Ali Trading Center, Raza Hussain, along with his three salesmen.
He said all occupants received fatal injuries and died before being shifted to hospital. Sumbal said the deceased were on their way to home when they fell victim to the targeted attack, adding that though the investigation was underway, the incident appeared to be a case of “targeted sectarian killing”. Following the incident, all shops and markets were closed and the people rushed towards their homes. Hundreds of protesters hailing from the Hazara community rushed to Civil Hospital Quetta after getting information about the incident and blocked Jinnah Road by placing barricades. They chanted slogans against perpetrators and inability of law enforcement agencies. Meanwhile, a spokesman of Jeshe-Islam, an outfit of banned Lashkere-Jhangvi called newspaper offices
New Indian envoy hopeful of improved bilateral ties AMRITSAR INP
India’s new High Commissioner to Pakistan T C A Raghavan on Monday said it would be his endeavour to take bilateral relations forward during his posting. “There is a change in the environment in Pakistan and certainly that is very important. The last few years have shown that potential exists when there are good relations between India and Pakistan,” he told reporters at the airport here. “At the same time, there are a number of challenges and threats which falter bilateral relations and
“There are over more than a dozen of groups working under the rubric of Taliban. How could one talk with all of them and bring the desired results?” Signs are that after the military leaders’ reservation, the PML-N government is no more enthusiastic in convening the APC. Earlier, it was planned that military leadership would also brief the political leadership during the APC. It is learnt that the military top officials were also not on the same page as far as handling of lawlessness in Balochistan was concerned. “The army wants the situation in Balochistan to be viewed from the overall geo-political point of view,” a party source said. Political analysts say the PML-N government is not in a mood to confront or annoy the military so early in its days. As such, there is little desire in the new political leadership to seize the initiative from the military.
my efforts will be to move forward on all of these issues,” he added. Raghavan, who was accompanied by his wife, arrived at Guru Ram Das International Airport in Amritsar, on his way to Islamabad. A 1982-batch officer of the Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Raghavan, who had earlier served as Deputy High Commissioner in Islamabad 10 years ago, replaces Sharat Sabharwal, who has already returned to India from Islamabad. With a new government in Pakistan under the leadership of Nawaz Sharif, India and Pakistan are moving ahead on various issues to decrease the distance between the two rival countries.
and claimed responsibility for the murders, saying it was to avenge the murder of Sunni traders of Alamdar Road. On the other hand, Hazara Democratic Party has given a strike call for today (Tuesday), while Balochistan Shia Conference has announced one day- mourning against the brutal killing of Hazara people. HDP has strongly condemned the killing of Hazara people and announced a shutter down call today (Tuesday) to protest against the incident while Balochistan Shia Conference, Majlis Wahdatul Muslimeen and other Shia organisations have announced a day’s mourning against the murder of innocent members of Shia community. Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch also condemned the incident and directed authorities concerned for an early arrest of the perpetrators.
ZarDari GOinG nOwhErE, says spOkEsMan
MonIToRIng DeSk President’s spokesman Farhatullah Babar on Monday said President Asif Ali Zardari would not resign from his office before the end of his tenure nor would he contest for a second term of presidency. In a press statement, Babar said Zardari would soon be returning to Pakistan after a private tour of London, but did not give a date for the president’s return due to security concerns. Babar added that President Zardari would remain in the country even after the end of his term as president on September 8. He stated that the opposition parties in the National Assembly had not decided to field a consensus candidate yet. Moreover, Farhatullah Babar also said Bilal Sheikh was the security head of Bilawal House, not the president’s “front-man”. The statement comes flowing speculations in the media citing breach in the president’s private security. Meanwhile, the Election Commission of Pakistan on Monday said the presidential elections were expected to be held in the first week of September. The ECP has purportedly written to the secretaries of all provincial assemblies, the National Assembly, and the Senate seeking a list of the respective members. The members’ list would be used as the voters’ list for the presidential election. The Election Commission has also completed the printing of 500 twopaged nomination forms for the polling. The presidential elections should be held “not earlier than sixty days and not later than thirty days before the expiration of the term of the President in office”, the constitution says. Zardari’s presidential term expires on September 8 this year.
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NEWS Tuesday, 16 July, 2013
Divided opposition a boon for pMl-n rifts between opposition parties over Minor, Major issues giving pMl-n a free hanD to get presiDent of choice electeD ISLAMABAD TAyyAB HUSSAIN
HOUGH the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) leadership is facing huge challenges of power load shedding, economic crisis, law and order and other managerial issues, the divided opposition is a major blessing for the prime minister and it is highly unlikely that the opposition would field a joint candidate for the president’s election, Pakistan Today has learnt. The gulf is widening between major opposition parties over trivial issues and the leaderships of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) are nowhere near on the same page. Similar is the situation with minor political parties like Jamat-e-
Islami (JI), Awami Muslim League (AML), Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) and Awami National Party (ANP), who are also divided on major national issues and this division is helping the number-strong government escape any real political challenge. The PPP and PTI recently exchanged barbs over the delaying of the prime minister’s convened AllParties Conference (APC), while the PTI and MQM have also been involved in exchange of severe allegations against each other. According to reports, MQM chief Altaf Hussain is being questioned by British Police for threatening the PTI workers during the re-election for NA-250 in Karachi. Owing to these divisions within the opposition parties over major national issues, the number-weak opposition is unlikely to forge unity among its ranks in near future –
leaving the field open for a PML-N nominee to win the presidential poll. Moreover, the numerical strength of the PML-N and its allied parties in the national and provincial assemblies has also made it literally impossible for the opposition to win. Recently, a statement by Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal irked leader of Opposition in National Assembly Syed Khurshid Shah. Iqbal stated that the government had decided to delay the All-Parties Conference (APC) to enable Imran Khan to attend the moot. Resultantly, a furious Khurshid Shah came down hard on the PMLN leadership for delaying the APC on counterterrorism policy formulation, stating that this (delay) reflected that the government had failed. Shah also said waiting for the return of Imran Khan was inappropriate and the government should hold the moot at the earliest, as the people were being killed due to the government’s failure to address terrorism. Dr Shireen Mazari, Information Secretary of PTI replied in kind, saying laying blame for post-
ponement of the APC on PTI Chairman Imran Khan was “unjustified”. “It was the government that is still in the process of drafting a presentation on National Security Policy for the APC. PTI, on the other hand, is fully prepared to put forward concrete proposals and the chairman’s urgently-needed medical trip to the UK was no impediment for the PTI’s participation and putting forward its proposals in the APC,” she asserted. A well-placed source in the PPP told Pakistan Today that the party’s top leadership was unhappy over the poor performance of Opposition Leader Syed Khurshid Shah due to his soft stance taken towards the government, despite the fact that the PML-N government was taking steps to corner the PPP Co-chairman President Asif Ali Zardari. “Shah’s failure has left the field open for PPP President Amin Fahim who is coming hard on the government and is acting like a defacto leader of the opposition. Due to his hard stance, Shah has also been trying to use strong language against the government but this is not helping as he is not suited for
the job,” the source added. The source said the top PPP leadership was also urging Shah to be an effective leader of the opposition, otherwise his failure may open the doors for PTI Chairman Imran Khan, who has been declared medically fit and is set to return Pakistan by July 20. In presence of Khan, Shah looks like a silent spectator. Khan had hinted at his political sagacity during his brilliant speech in the NA after taking oath as an MNA. The MQM is against both the major opposition outfits and on major issues, its leadership adopts independent stance. Talking to Pakistan Today, PTI senior leader Asad Umar confirmed the existence of a gulf on major political issues between major opposition parties, including the PPP, PTI and MQM. However, he seemed optimistic over the chances of fielding a joint candidate for the election of president. “For the time being, it seems difficult that a joint candidate from all opposition parties may be fielded for the slot of presidency. However, as they say that nothing
is impossible in politics. Rather, since the politicians know the art to make the impossible possible, nothing can be ruled out,” he added. He said that the consultation process had yet not started even within the political parties, as the debate over the election of the next president had surfaced only a few days ago. QWP chief and veteran politician Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao said it was the need of the hour for the opposition to field a joint candidate for the slot of president. He said despite differences, if a candidate having stature could be fielded, the contest would be interesting and healthy. MQM Deputy Convener Engr Nasir Jamal said to date, the matter of election of president did not figure at any level in party consultation. “It is too early to discuss the possibility of fielding a joint candidate for the slot of president. For the time being, this matter has not been taken up by the party,” he added. Asked whether or not any opposition party had contacted for the consultation, Jamal said no party had contacted the MQM so far.
Musharraf in the line of fire, once again! altaf hussain consults former pM ISLAMABAD KASHIF ABBASI
Haroonur Rasheed, son of Ghazi Abdul Rasheed who was killed during the Lal Masjid military operation, recorded his statement on Monday before Aabpara Police for the registration of a criminal case against former president General (r) Pervez Musharraf. Earlier, Rasheed had approached the Islamabad High Court (IHC) for the filing of an FIR against Musharraf for killing his father and grandmother, Sahiba Khatoon. In response to Rasheed’s
petition, IHC’s Justice Noorul Haq N Qureshi had on Friday, directed the police to record Rasheed’s statement and register an FIR, if they found a conginisable offence. Musharraf, who is already being tried for three high-profile cases, may further be charged with the two murders of Lal Masjid cleric and his mother. Besides other cases, Musharraf is already facing two murder cases – those of Akbar Bugti and Benazir Bhutto. If the aforementioned FIR is registered, the former military ruler would face four murder cases. In a statement before the
Aabpara police, Rasheed said his father and grandmother were killed in the military operation ordered by Musharraf. Referring to the report of the Lal Masjid Commission, comprising Justice Shehzado Sheikh of the Federal Shariat Court (FSC), Rasheed said that after perusal of the commission’s report it had been disclosed that “the so-called military operation was carried out on the orders of the retired general”. He said about 400 witnesses appeared and recorded their statements before the Lal Masjid Commission. The witnesses alleged Musharraf had ordered the oper-
Us looking into reports ttp has sent militants to help syrian opposition fighters
ation. He added that on various occasions Musharraf confessed that 94 people had been killed in Lal Masjid and Jamia Hafsa operation. In the application, Rasheed claimed that Musharraf had committed a cognisable offence by abusing his power against innocent people. The police recorded his statement but no FIR was registered against Musharraf until the filing of this story. Sources in the police said the content of the statement was being examined by top police officers and they would take a decision regarding the registration of an FIR in the next few hours.
Quetta police recover three abducted doctors QUeTTA SHAHZADA ZULFIQAR
WASHIngTon SPEcIAL cORRESPONDENT
The United States on Monday said it was looking into reports that the TTP had dispatched militants to join the opposition fighters combating the Syrian regime. “We have seen that report are seeking more details (on the issue),” State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said, when the issue was raised the daily briefing about the TTP’s claim that it is sending fighters to Syria to help the Opposition in the ongoing conflict with Bashar al-Asad. “We have been very clear about our longstanding concerns over the influx of foreign fighters into Syria, who seek to
capitalise on the situation in Syria, foment violence for their own benefits.” “The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has been designated as a foreign terrorist organisation. (It) has conducted numerous attacks in Pakistan. The people of Pakistan have suffered gravely from terrorism including at the hands of TTP. Beyond that we are looking into the reports,” she added. The State Department also said Secretary of State John Kerry, who is beginning a trip to the Middle East on Monday, is “eager to visit Pakistan and is hopeful to do that soon”. But Psaki clarified that Secretary Kerry was not scheduled to travel to Pakistan as part of the visit to Jordan.
Law enforcement agencies on Monday recovered three kidnapped doctors after being held in captivity for about 33 days. Unknown armed men had abducted Dr Muhammad Anwar, Dr Ayaz, Dr Nasrullah, a health department Clerk Haji Farooq and driver Muhammad Anwar from Loralai district on June 12 when they were going to Zhob to attend funeral of their colleague Dr Haleem Taj. Their vehicle was recovered from Margha Kabzai area. Sources said Frontier Corps, Levies and police carried out a joint operation in Murgha Kabzai and Gowal areas and arrested seven accused involved in the kidnapping of doctors. They said that following the interrogation of the accused, law enforcement agencies carried out raids and recovered three doctors, while clerk Haji Farooq and driver Muhammad Anwar are yet to be recovered.
shaukat aziz on money laundering LonDon NNI
Facing allegations of money laundering in London, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Altaf Hussain consulted former Pakistan prime minister (PM) Shaukat Aziz. “Aziz was contacted by the MQM to seek consultation on money laundering,” a private television channel reported on Monday. Aziz was invited to an iftar-party by MQM officials in United Kingdom. During the party Altaf talked to Aziz, a renowned financial expert who had worked as adviser in many financial institutions. According to the re-
port, Aziz briefed Altaf over international money laundering laws. BBC reported MQM leader Farooq Sattar as saying that London police had recov-
nandipur case hearing adjourned for three weeks ISLAMABAD APP
The Supreme Court on Monday adjourned the hearing of the Nandipur Power Project case for three weeks while issuing a notice to the attorney general for assisting the court in the matter. A three-member bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Jawwad S Khawaja and Justice Sh Azmat Saeed heard the case. The chief justice remarked that the court had to see who had caused the delay in completion of the project. Mian Israr, counsel for Babar Awan and Masood Chishti, said that Awan was never a reason for the delay in the completion of
the project. Awan pleaded before the court that according to the rules, one ministry could not act as witness against another, adding that if Khawaja Asif wanted to proceed with the case, he had to resign from his ministry. Awan further stated that according to the commission’s report, corruption of Rs 15 billion was made in the project and three federal ministers were named as being involved. Chief Justice Chaudhry remarked that the prime minister had also formed a committee on the issue and sought a report from the secretary of planning in this regard. Later, the court adjourned further hearing of the case for three weeks.
ered some money from the residence of Altaf in London. Altaf told Aziz the amount was from donations for the MQM from party workers.
bugti murder case: atc orders crime branch to produce Musharraf QuettA: An anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Monday again ordered the crime branch of police to produce the main accused, former president General (r) Pervez Musharraf, in the Akbar Bugti murder case. Quetta ATC Judge Muhammad Ismail Baloch heard the Bugti murder case as the crime branch officials presented Musharraf’s challan in the court. Issuing protection order of Musharraf, the court directed the crime branch to produce him in the next hearing. During the hearing, the crime branch also presented investigation report about former prime minister Shaukat Aziz and former DCO of Dera Bugti Samad Lasi before the court, but the court rejected the report by expressing lack of confidence. It then directed resubmission of the investigation report on the next hearing and adjourned proceedings until July 30. INP
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kak briDGE rOaD Just nEEDED a rain tO crack ISLAMABAD: Residents of Model Town Humak, a rural area of the federal capital, have expressed concern over poor quality and inordinate delay in completion of the road from Swan to Kak Bridge. They said the recent monsoon rains have exposed the faulty construction as the newly built road has started to break from various points. According to a resident Zaheer, a lawyer by profession said that the work started six months ago and was scheduled to complete within three months of its initiation. He said, “Cracks have erupted on various portions of the newly built road after the recent rains, which speaks volumes of the quality being maintained by the contractor.” Another resident Muhammad Afzal said, “A large number of vehicles remain stranded on the road due to poor traffic diverting strategy.” He said that heavy traffic has not been provided with specific alternative routes due to factories operating in Kahuta Industrial Triangle area. He also noted that there was a lot of work to be done including filling and raising the road, dealing with encroachers and setting up sewerage drains but the residents were not satisfied with the ongoing pace and quality of the work. He highlighted that the road experiences heavy traffic at all times as one end leads to the Grand Trunk Road and the other links with Islamabad Highway. “It also links Azad Kashmir with other parts of the country,” he added. APP
iEscO’s pOwEr schEDulE FOr tODay ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad Electric Supply Company (IESCO) has issued power suspension programme for Tuesday in various areas of its region due to necessary maintenance and routine development work. According to the IESCO spokesperson, the power supply of the following Feeders/Grid Stations would remain suspended on July 16 from 08:00am to 12:00pm: Pindi Point, Danna, Ghora Gali, Charhan, Kamalabad, Patriata, Topa Bazaar, Patrial, Ghora, Khjot, Hukra, Kari and surrounding areas. APP
From green to grey illegal constructions in green areas of the capital continue against ihc orDers ISLAMABAD
A P I TA L Development Authority (CDA) has failed to stop illegal construction in green areas of residential sectors despite
direct orders of Islamabad High Court (IHC). According to details, Malik Nawaz, resident of Sector I 10/4 on Monday filed a petition in IHC (W.P 2944/2013), on which the IHC chief justice issued status quo against illegal construction of houses on the green areas. Residents of Sector I 10/4, while talking to Pakistan Today said that CDA officials demarcated five illegal plots on green areas against the original master plan. “A complaint was launched with the CDA chairman informing him of the illegal plots but he refused to take action against the officials,”
said Malik Nawaz. Advocate Saad Rajpoot, the legal expert in the petition said that work was still being carried out at the site ignoring the orders of the court. He said that despite dispatching a copy of status quo to CDA, trees were still being cut for plotting and the flood wall which has kept residents safe from floods has been demolished. Residents of the area have demanded the IHC chief justice to take strict action against the violators and to initiate criminal proceedings against those responsible. The CDA director enforcement was not available for comments.
No increase in private sector employees’ pension ISLAMABAD APP
Though the federal government has raised minimum pension for retired government employees from Rs 3,000 to Rs 5,000 in view of the rising inflation, there has been no increase in the pension of retired employees of the private sector organisations. The private sector organisation employees are still being paid Rs 3,600 as minimum pension. The Employees’ Old-Age Benefits Institution (EOBI) is a subsidiary of the Ministry of Human Resource Development and deals with the pensions of the retired employees of the private sector organisations and corporations. The government revised rates of pension in the previous year and minimum pension had been enhanced from Rs 3,000 per month to Rs 3,600 per month to insured persons and their survivors, while other pensions had been increased by 20 percent. EOBI Director General Human Resource Javed Iqbal said, “We deal with those corporations whose employees are not entitled to receive pension from the national exchequer.
Moreover, we also provide pension to those private sector organisations which have been registered with the EOBI.” According to the official documents of EOBI, minimum wage was Rs1,300 per month in the year 2006 which has been raised to Rs 3,600 per month in the year 2012. Keeping in view the formula of the EOBI, maximum pension can go up to Rs 6,110 per month based on the length of service and average wages drawn during the last twelve months preceding retirement. Old Age grant is paid in lump sum equal to one month’s average monthly wages of the insured person for every completed year of insurable employment, if an insured person does not meet the benchmark for pension. Presently, pension is being disbursed through National Bank of Pakistan; Easy Paisa Outlets; and National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) e-Sahulat Outlets. Iqbal also said that the technology is being extensively upgraded including core operations such as Employees’ registration, Employers’ registration, Contribution Collection and Pension award processing. He said, “Support services like finance, human resources
and general administration are also being automated and all regional offices and stakeholders have direct access to the database at the head office,” Furthermore, he said, “Processing of pension is expedited and the processing time is has been decreased from 30 days to 15 days.” Through Phase-I of EOBI Facilitation System (Web Application) launched in July, 2011, interface with employers, employees and banks has been developed to facilitate them for submission of employees’ data and auto preparation of contribution vouchers and data and financial reconciliation. The monthly contribution payment has been linked with the details of IPs which will help in creation and updating of individual contribution accounts. Phase-II of the system, launched on May 1, 2012 is to facilitate stakeholders in online registration of employers; online registration of employees; online generation of payment vouchers; tracking of prospective employers; online tracking of claims; prior intimation to prospective pensioners and online facility for updating insured persons’ record.
DrivE aGainst pOwEr thEFt launchED ISLAMABAD: Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) has constituted a special team comprising of magistrates, police officers and IESCO officials to arrest all those involved in power theft in the federal capital. Deputy Commissioner (DC) Amir Ahmed Ali on Monday held a detailed meeting with the IESCO officers to ensure implementation of drive against electricity theft. The worsening energy crisis has badly affected routine life and the country’s economy. The citizens are facing power outages of over 15 to 18 hours, while most of the industrial units have been shut down. The shortfall has reportedly reached up to 6,000 MW. During the last five years, electricity theft and line losses amounted up to Rs 90 billion. The DC directed the concerned officials to take strict action against electricity thieves. Meanwhile, IESCO raided a house in Sector F-8/4 and arrested two persons involved in electricity theft, whereas two electricity thieves were arrested from Mehfil Hotel situated on Kashmir Highway. They have been accused of stealing electricity directly from main electricity lines. STAFF REPORT
nha EstablishEs FlOOD rEliEF cEll ISLAMABAD: National Highway Authority (NHA) has established a Flood Emergency and Relief Cell to meet road emergencies in the ongoing rainy season. According to an NHA official, the NHA will play an active role in rescue and relief operation in case of any floods. “All technical and administrative affairs have been finalised,” he said. Contractors working with NHA have been assigned different duties. Flood situation in rivers will also be monitored through satellite and cooperation of the meteorological office will be obtained. NHA Chairman Hamid Ali Khan has directed officials to deploy heavy machinery at every 40 to 50 kilometre distance for rapid response of the emergency cell. The NHA will also maintain liaison with all concerned departments regarding flood situation in Kabul, Ravi, Indus Rivers and at Tonsa Barrage so that maximum relief could be provided to flood victims. To a question he said that all necessary machinery and equipment have been dispatched to areas vulnerable to floods and relief workers have been put on high alert. APP
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hAPPY RIVER: A view of the River Sohan after Monday’s rain. INP
ramadan sasta bazaars not so cheap after all ISLAMABAD
RICES of essential commodities at Ramadan Sasta Bazaars have escalated creating problem for the citizens. According to customers, the rates of vegetables have witnessed a massive price increase of 10 to 15 percent. According to the rate list announced by the government the prices of items and the increase are as follows: Potato was Rs 30 per kg but is now Rs 40 per kg, Tomato was at Rs 60 per kg and now is at Rs 120 per kg, Lemon was at Rs 140 per kg but is now is at Rs160 per kg.
Similarly, the prices of other vegetables have also skyrocketed. One of the vendors said that due to the general increase in prices the rates have been revised. He said, “The profit I earn is far less compared to what I was earning when prices were low. The price increase has reduced the buying capacity of the people.” The bazaars which were densely packed with people at the start of the holy month have seen a significant decrease in the number of visitors. The customers complained that no checking is being carried out by the concerned government officials and vendors are charging according to their will.
The vendors while expressing their concerns said that they were unable to make any profit due to selling items at low prices. The public has appealed to the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to take steps to provide relief to different segments of the society. DcO OrDerS tO BLAck LISt PrOfIteerS: Rawalpindi District Coordinator Officer (DCO) Talat Mehmood Gondal has directed concerned authorities to black list the shopkeepers involved in selling commodities at higher rates than prices fixed by the government. Expressing his views, during his visit to Ramadan Bazaars he said that government has
given relief package of Rs 4 billion to the common man by lower prices of eatables in Ramadan Bazaars than open market. He said that strict action would be taken against persons selling low quality products and those involved in overcharging. The DCO personally examined stalls established in Nawaz Sharif Park, Committee Chowk, Haideri Chowk, Khayaban e Sir Syed and Choohar Chowk and inquired about prices and quality of commodities from shopkeepers. He highlighted that these bazaars have been set up to provide relief to the public.
Fasting is not that easy for diabetics ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
Doctors have warned diabetics to take extra care of their health during Ramadan while fasting. Emirates Diabetes Association Head and Endocrinologist Dr Abdul Razzaq Al Madani said that lack of care during fasting in such a condition leads to low blood sugar during the day, followed by a sharp increase at night, which can trigger a diabetic attack. “If you are taking
tablets and maintaining your diet, you can fast without any problem provided that you have controlled your blood sugar properly before the month of Ramadan,” he added. He instructed diabetes sufferers to seek the advice of their doctor, prior to fasting, to help them adjust their medication and diet. According to a study conducted at the United Arab Emirates (UAE) University, the UAE has the second highest incidence of diabetes in the world, more than three times the global average. Diabetes affects 24.5 percent of the population, while another 10 percent are not aware they have the condition. Imperial College London Diabetes Centre Medical and Research Director Dr Maha Barakat said that there are stark differences between the needs of a patient with Type 1 Diabetes and a patient with Type 2 Diabetes. She said, “Patients with Type 1 Diabetes are always in need of insulin throughout the day and night. They must never stop taking insulin and should liaise with their doctor regarding how to adjust their doses and regimes for Ramadan.” However, Dr Madani suggested that people with Type 1 Diabetes should not fast during Ramadan but people with Type 2 could fast if they managed their blood sugar properly. “All patients with diabetes should avoid eating foods containing high sugar and
carbohydrate with high glycaemic index,” he added. He pointed out that high glycaemic index starchy food includes potatoes and white bread. “Patients should also avoid getting dehydrated and hydrate themselves from the time of Iftar to just before Sehr,” he opined. Both doctors stressed the importance of hydration, especially during summers. People with diabetes should take care to avoid sugary drinks, even the naturally occurring sugar in juice, and should rely only on water. Dr Barakat warned that if left untreated, dehydration during the day followed by breaking of fast with sugary food or drink will result in high blood glucose levels that may require hospital treatment. She added, “The same applies to undiagnosed Type 1 Diabetes but tends to be more acute.” Many people are unaware of their prevailing diabetic condition which could lead to a diabetic coma due to spike in blood sugar after breaking of fast. “Symptoms of diabetes include increased thirst, frequent passing of urine and fatigue and a blood test should be done immediately,” said Dr Barakat. Furthermore, she said that people with family history of diabetes should be more vigilant against these symptoms as it puts them on increased risk.
16 Outlaws arrEstED, 146 vEhiclEs iMpOunDED ISLAMABAD: The Capital Police on Monday impounded 10 vehicles and 136 motorcycles and arrested 15 outlaws during checking in various areas of the city. According to a police spokesman, SubInspector Abdul Sattar from Tarnol Police Station arrested drug pusher Akbar Zaman and recovered 1.1 kilograms of hashish from him. Crime Investigation Agency (CIA) Sub Inspector Ali Asghar arrested Amjad Sultan and Muhammad Waseem for carrying two pistols while ASI Zafar Iqbal recovered a tampered vehicle (LEC-8478) from Altaf. ASI Muhammad Ishfaq from Sihala Police Station arrested Khalid Mehmood and recovered a 12 bore gun from his possession. ASI Zaheer Ahmed from Koral Police Station arrested Aqeel Sabir for one wheeling. ASIs Shakeel and Muhammad Hanif from Aabpara Police Station arrested 9 persons identified as Naveed Ahmed, Kashif, Usman, Fahad, Hussain Haider, Waleed Khan , Afzal ur Rehman, Ali Syed and Umar Farooq for their performing one wheeling. ASI Waheed Ahmed from Sabzi Mandi Police arrested Abu Bakr for displaying revolving light on his private vehicle. Meanwhile, black tinted papers from 30 vehicles were removed and 28 suspects were arrested during different search operations in the city. APP
Jashan-E-naZOOl-EQuran tO start FrOM July 18 rAWALPINDI: Rawalpindi Arts Council in collaboration with Khaana e Farhang, Iran is organising a 5 day Jashan e Nazool e Quarn from July 18 to July 22 at its art gallery. The inauguration ceremony will be held on July 18 at 5:00 pm. The calligraphy work of renowned calligraphers including unique manuscripts of the Holy Quran and Islamic books will be put on display. INP
4 GO DOwn thE Drain ISLAMABAD: As many as four people drowned in water on Monday in two separate incidents, according to a police spokesperson. Police said Najma along with her son Hassan, while crossing the Bani Gala Nullah were swept away from the bridge due to the force of the water. Meanwhile, two persons namely Ali and Owais, residents of Chaklala drowned in Kurang Nullah, near Nilore Police Station precincts. Police while quoting the villagers said that the boys lost control of their board while tacking and consequently drowned in the water. STAFF REPORT
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aFGhan EscapEs custODy aFtEr shOOtinG natO sOlDiEr kABuL: An Afghan soldier held on suspicion of killing a NATO soldier from Slovakia has escaped from prison on a heavily guarded military base with the help of a guard, officials said on Monday. The escape will raise new questions about the capacity and professionalism of the Afghan army as the remaining 100,000 foreign troops in the country prepare to leave next year. The soldier was arrested last Tuesday after opening fire on foreign troops. A Slovakian NATO soldier had died and six other were wounded at a military base in the southern province of Kandahar. Officials said the Afghan soldier fled his prison cell on Sunday. “An Afghan army soldier who opened fire on Slovakian soldiers last week has run away from detention,” General Abdul Hameed, the top Afghan army commander in the south, said. The general said another soldier, who had guarded his prison cell, assisted his breakout and also absconded. The pair managed to sneak off the base by pretending that the detainee was sick and needed to be taken to a military hospital, the general said. The US-led International Security Assistance Force said it had “full confidence” that the soldier would be rearrested. “We have full confidence in our Afghan partners, that they will do an investigation, they will be able to bring this individual back to custody,” said ISAF spokesman Brigadier General Heinz Feldmann. General Zahir Azimi, spokesman for the Afghan Defence Ministry, confirmed to reporters that an investigation had been launched. The Taliban said the shooter, whom they named as Isanullah, had links to the Taliban and was helped by a fellow soldier to escape. A local official said the guard, a fellow soldier, and the shooter walked out of the prison and hitched a lift on the base from a military truck, asking to be dropped off at the gate. “The driver agreed without realising their identity. They simply walked off the base and disappeared,” he said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the media. Songs advocating the Taliban fight and suicide bombings had been found on his mobile phone during investigations, the official said. AgENcIES
shEllinG, air raiDs kill 29 in syria’s nOrthwEst: nGO BeIrut: Shelling and air raids by Syrian government forces against a string of villages in the northwestern province of Idlib killed at least 29 people late on Sunday, a watchdog said. The military carried out five separate strikes, including a rocket attack on the village of Maghara that killed 13 people shortly before iftar, the meal at which Muslims break their daytime Ramadan fast, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Monday. APP
thousands protest in new york over Zimmerman acquittal neW YoRk CITY
HOUSANDS protested in cities across the US on Sunday against the acquittal of neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman, a day after his trial for killing unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin ended in Florida. Demonstrators rallied noisily, but peacefully, in US cities including New York, San Francisco, Boston and Chicago. In Los Angeles, police in riot gear deployed along Hollywood Boulevard, but they were not needed as the rally proceeded without incident. But about 150 protesters blocked traffic on a freeway elsewhere in the city, local media reported. In the pre-dawn hours demonstrators smashed windows and vandalized cars in Oakland, California. Spontaneous marches were also held in Washington, Philadelphia, Atlanta and the Florida state capital Tallahassee. The most numerous rally Sunday was in New York City, where several thousand — including families with children — marched to Times Square under the watchful eye of police. Many in the multi-racial crowd brandished signs bearing a portrait of Martin, while some, despite sweltering July heat, wore “hoodie” sweatshirts, as the 17year-old did the night he was killed in February 2012. “I am appalled,” said Carli VanVoorhis, a 21-year-old hairdresser. “The man was armed, the kid was not, and the man with the gun got away,” she
said. “If we say it was not a racial issue, we would be lying.” The case has, since the beginning, pitted those who belive that Zimmerman, a 29-year-old Hispanic neighborhood watchman, killed Martin in self-defense, and those who believe it was a murder sparked by racist assumptions. According to Florida’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law, people who fear
for their lives can use deadly force to defend themselves without having to flee a confrontation. Other states, including Texas, have similar rules. The killing also resonated among those calling for stricter gun laws like New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who slammed what he called “shoot-first laws.”Sadly, all the facts in this tragic case will probably
Hundreds homeless as torrential rains hit Korean peninsula SeoUL APP
Three South Koreans were confirmed dead or missing after heavy rains pounded the Korean peninsula, leaving hundreds homeless as the downpours left a trail of destruction in the two Koreas, officials said on Monday. The South’s disaster management office said 122 houses were flooded or partly destroyed, leaving 263 people homeless. A 57-year-old man was found dead after being swept away in a flooded stream in the northern border city of Pocheon, it said. In Hongcheon, east of Seoul, a 85-year-old man was killed in a landslide, while a 34year-old man went missing on a
never be known. But one fact has long been crystal clear: ‘shoot first’ laws like those in Florida can inspire dangerous vigilantism and protect those who act recklessly with guns,” Bloomberg said in a statement. He reiterated his call to eliminate such laws. “The tragic death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed child attempting to walk home from the store, will continue to drive our efforts.”
18 killed in stampede at boxing match in Indonesia JAkARTA AgENcIES
flooded road in Gapyeong, the office said. Weathermen said up to 321 mm (13 inches) of rain battered Seoul and northern border areas for three days until Monday. Torrential rains knocked down two sections of the barbed wire fence along the border with North Korea, one of them 192 metres long, the South’s defence ministry said.
The North’s Korean Central News Agency reported Saturday that two people were killed and hundreds left homeless. Updated figures have not been given. Poor weather makes it harder for the communist state to feed its 24-million-strong population as it lacks advanced agricultural technology and infrastructure.
Eighteen people were killed in a stadium stampede after spectators rioted to protest a local boxer’s loss in a championship match in eastern Indonesia, officials said on Monday. Youth and Sports Minister Roy Suryo said the victims — 11 of them women — were trampled to death as about 1,500 spectators scrambled out the overcrowded stadium to escape the riot that broke out just before midnight Sunday. Kota Lama Sport Stadium has a capacity of 500 to 600, he said. Police said it had two working exits. Thirty-two people are being treated at hospital for injuries. A total of 84 boxers participated in the Bupati (Regent) Cup Championships that started July 9 in
the Papua province town of Nabire, Suryo said. The riot happened after the final of the 58-kilogram division between Alvius Rumkorem and Yulianus Pigome, who Suryo said are from different tribes. Points awarded by a panel of judges to Rumkorem triggered protests by Pigome supporters, Suryo said. The losing boxer’s supporters threw chairs at the judges and the winner’s supporters responded by throwing bottles and broken chairs, panicking people in the stadium, said Lt. Col. Gede Sumerta, a provincial police spokesman. Police and soldiers were deployed to stop the fighting, Sumerta said, adding that police investigating the case have questioned 12 people — five organisers and seven witnesses.
Assad’s forces advance into rebel-held district of Damascus AMMAn AgENcIES
Syrian troops backed by tanks and artillery moved into a rebel-held district of Damascus on Monday, stepping up efforts to drive opposition fighters from the capital and build on battlefield gains elsewhere in the country, a rebel commander said. Opposition sources said troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad advanced into the neighborhood of Qaboun after subjecting the Sunni Muslim district to heavy shelling. Two adjacent rebel-held neighborhoods have been under sustained fire in recent weeks to cut off the movement of rebel fighters. Diplomats and security sources said
Assad appeared intent on securing the capital from rebels that pose a threat to his troops, who are dug into positions in the centre of the city. Backed by guerrillas from the Lebanese Shi’ite group Hezbollah, Assad has recaptured important regions in central Syria in the past two months, linking Damascus to his Alawite heartland on the coast. His troops now appear focused on eliminating the rebel threat to the capital. Assad’s gains, after more than two years of a war that has killed more than 90,000 people, come amid growing signs of rebel infighting that has pitted Islamist fighters against the Western- and Arabbacked Free Syrian Army. In Qaboun, Republican Guards troops
detained hundreds of people in public places to prevent rebel fighters from hitting government troops as they breached rebel defenses and entered the district, activists said. There was no immediate comment on the fighting from the Syrian government. Qaboun contains an industrial area through which rebels had been linking up with opposition units in the north-eastern suburb of Harasta. Republican Guards units overran the industrial area and besieged Qaboun with T72 tanks while units on high ground in the centre of the capital hit Qaboun with rockets and artillery, according to a rebel commander there. “They made inroads into Qaboun. We are still on the high buildings but they took
lots of civilians to prevent us from hitting them,” said Mohammad Abu al-Hoda of the Free Syrian Army. He said the hostages were being held in a mosque and two schools. The Qaboun Coordination Committee, an activist group, said at least 60 people had been killed in Qaboun over the last few days by the shelling and subsequent clashes. A working class district, Qaboun was one of the first areas of Damascus to demonstrate against four decades of rule by Assad and his late father before becoming a centre of armed resistance after security forces killed dozens of Sunni Muslim protesters. The conflict has taken on a sectarian dimension seen elsewhere in Syria, with Sunni Qaboun pitted against an adjacent
neighborhood inhabited by members Assad’s Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shi’ite Islam that has dominated the state since the 1960s. The opposition Syrian National Coalition said in a statement that 200 people were trapped in a mosque in Qaboun and 40,000 civilians in Qaboun and nearby Barzeh have been under siege for the last seven months and face the threat of being wiped out by indiscriminate shelling. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a pro-opposition monitoring group, said that the detained residents were able to flee the mosque on Saturday. But it said locals were struggling to cope with shortages of food and medicine and the presence of snipers.
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tEnsiOns risinG in kp OvEr pOwEr OutaGEs PeSHAWAR SHAmIm SHAHID
OURS-LONG load shedding and frequent power breakdowns in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) have forced not only the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s coalition partners in the provincial government, but also members of the opposition, the Awami National Party (ANP) to build up pressure on Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak for urging the federal government to fulfill its responsibilities in this regard. “The Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) is the federal government’s and not the provincial government’s domain,” said the CM during a press conference on Monday. The CM along with leaders of the
other three parties in the PTI-led coalition government expressed grave concern. He urged the federal government to take early steps to end electricity load shedding and demanded the federal government hand over electricity transmission and distribution to the provinces. However, ANP leader and former provincial minister Iftikhar Hussain said PTI leaders were deceiving the common man with threats of agitation and protests. In his media address, Iftikhar said, “CM Khattak was mandated by the people to serve their interests and instead of holding protests and showing agitation, he must utilise the proper democratic, legal and constitutional forums to resolve the issue of load shedding.” Some time before the CM’s press conference, ANP leader Hussain accompanied by Sardar Hussain Babak, Tajuddin
Khan and others, lashed at the PTI leadership for their confusing and dubious stance on the issue of terrorism and militancy in the province. Hussain said PTI leaders had failed in serving the people’s interests and governing the province. Instead of deceiving the people with hollow slogans, the CM must take the provincial assembly into confidence to devise a strategy for dealing with load shedding and other issues, he added. Hussain went on to say that after taking the provincial assembly into confidence, the CM would be in a better position to raise the issue at the federal level and also on other forums such as Council of Common Interests (CCI). He said that the common man was fed up of coming out on roads and staging protest demonstrations. It was the duty of the government to address their griev-
ances, he added. He urged the provincial coalition government to fulfill its responsibilities instead of making another move to deceive the people in the upcoming by-elections. Though the CM said nothing about a proposal for resolving the issue of load shedding during the joint press conference, Sirajul Haq Jamaat-e-Islami leader and senior minister demanded handing over of WAPDA to Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa. KP senior minister Sirajul Haq said WAPDA was under a large debt amounting to Rs 3 trillion and it was the federal government’s responsibility to repay it. He said after clearing such debts, WAPDA be handed over to KP and challenged to streamline its affairs. He said experts had already pointed out at least 20 sites for construction of dams from where
25,000 megawatts of electricity could be generated. He suggested the federal government extend support to the KP government for early construction of more dams. Sikandar Sherpao, Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) leader, and another senior minister also urged the federal government to fulfill its responsibilities regarding power breakdowns. The already tense situation was further complicated when power breakdown broke all previous records throughout KP. Despite federal minister Khawaja Asif’s promises, people faced the worst power outages even during sehr and iftar timings. In this regard, leaders of different political forces threatened to lead protest rallies and demonstrations. The PTI leaders, including Khattak, have threatened cordoning off the WAPDA House in Peshawar.
sri lankan authorities nab pak national smuggling medical equipment, drugs cOLOMBO: Sri Lankan authorities arrested a Pakistani national on Monday as he attempted to smuggle equipment used for circumcisions and drugs prescribed to psychiatric patients. The custom officials seized 1,000 tools used for circumcisions and 6,000 tablets used for mental illnesses, being parceled as a gift. The arrested 33-year-old Pakistani national had a Sri Lankan resident visa and was married to a Sri Lankan woman. Sri Lankan authorities noticed that he had been traveling regularly between the two countries. He was suspected of engaging in smuggling for a long time, sources revealed. The authorities imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on him and confiscated the stock of medical equipment and drugs. INP
3 drown as chairlift falls in swat river ISLAMABAD: Three people drowned when a chairlift fell in Swat River near Asrit on Monday. A private news channel quoted witnesses as saying that the rope of the chairlift was broken. The deceased included a father and his two sons. Rescue teams and police rushed to the site and started searching for the bodies. APP
rs 50m compensation for blast victims
PEShAWAR: A vendor selling tomato sauce at qisakhuwani Bazaar. INP
pM send summary to presidency for bukhari’s removal as nab chairman ISLAMABAD
Coalition partners to support PTI in by-polls opposition backs assassinateD Mna’s brother for pk-27 PeSHAWAR
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday dispatched the summary to the Presideny for the removal of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Admiral (r) Fasih Bukhari. Sources in the Presidency also confirmed that they had received the summary for the removal of the NAB chairman. Bukhari challenged his removal in the Supreme Court, however, he did not receive a stay order in this regard. The summary sent by the PM stated that Bukhari’s appointment was cancelled in consultation with opposition leaders and the SChad also rendered the chairman’s appointment null and void. The Presidency was considering the issue and a new chairman would be appointed after its decision.
After continued efforts, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister (KP CM) Pervez Khattak succeeded in mustering unconditional support of two of three coalition partners, on at least five National and three provincial assembly seats in the scheduled by-elections. The Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) would support the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidates on five national and three remaining provincial assembly seats in return for one provincial assembly seat. In accordance with the agreement, the JI would field its candidate on PK-27 Mardan, which fell vacant due to assassination of Imran Mohmand, who was killed in a suicide attack on June 18. During a joint press conference at the CM’s House on Monday, Khattak
said both the Quami Watan Party (QWP) and the Awami Jamhoori Ittehad (AJIP) would support PTI candidates in the by-elections for all five national and three provincial assembly seats. JI’s Siraj Ul Haq, QWP’s Sikandar Sherpao and AJI’s Shehram Khan were also present. The agreement amongst PTI-lead coalition partners would likely create an interesting situation in PK-27 Mardan as almost all of the remaining political forces had already announced support in favour of Jamshid Mohmand, the brother of late MPA Imran Mohmand. Even QWP’s Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao and Sikandar Khan Sherpao had perviously assured Jamshid Mohmand their support. The JI had already named former provincial minister Fazal Rabbani as its candidate for this seat. The Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam F (JUI-F) had also announced fielding its candidate for PK-27. In light of the recent agreement, the JI would withdraw its previously fielded candidates in favour of PTI nominees from NA-1 Peshawar, NA-5
Nowshehra and NA-134 Swabi and PK-23 Mardan 1. The PTI had already announced Gul Bacha as its candidate for NA-1 Peshawar, Dr Imran Khattak for NA-5 Nowshehra and Aqib Ullah for NA-13 Swabi. Allegedly an Afghan national, Bacha is considered a very trustworthy friend of PTI chief Imran Khan while Imran Khattak is son in law of the CM and Aqib Ullah is brother of KP Assembly Speaker, Asad Qaisar. Opposition parties the JUI-F and the Awami National Party have already formed an alliance for fielding joint candidates in the by-elections. The PTI candidate would face Haji Ghulam Ahmad Bilour on NA-1 Peshawar, ANP’s Daud Khattak on NA-5, JUI-F’s Maulana Ata Ul Haq Darwesh on NA13 Swabi, Maulana Asaad Mahmood on NA-25 and Maulana Ata Ur Rahman on NA-27. Both the parties agreed on fielding ANP’s Ahmad Bahadar on PK23 Mardan and Azam Durrani from PK70 Bannu. The ANP announced support to Mohmand on PK 27 and is also likely to withdraw its candidate in favour of JUI-F nominee from PK-42 Hangu.
PeSHAWAr: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Home Department has formally approached the Finance Department for early release of Rs 50 million to the provincial commissioner, Peshawar to ensure timely payment of compensation to the victims of bomb blasts and terrorist activities in the province. According to an official release here Monday, the existing amount will lapse if it is not shifted to the office of the commissioner immediately. The Home Department has filed a written request in this regard with the Finance Department. APP
Ecp asks for member lists for presidential election ISLAMABAD: Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has asked the Senate, National and four provincial assemblies’ secretaries to provide a list of members for the upcoming presidential election. The federal government has directed the ECP to issue a schedule for the presidential election as President Asif Zli Zardari’s term is sent to expire on September 9. According to law, the presidential election schedule needs to be published 30 days prior to the expiry of the term. The ECP has announced that the Chief Election Commissioner will be the returning officer for the presidential election. NNI
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nanDipur pOwEr prOJEct tO bE cOMplEtED by 2014, says khawaJa asiF
Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif on Monday said the 450 megawatts Nandipur power project costing Rs 57 billion would be completed by the next year. He said the government planned to initiate several other power projects to overcome the present energy crisis. The minister also said transmission and distribution systems would be modernised across the country. He labeled those involved in electricity and gas theft as national criminals and vowed to take stern action against them.
qUETTA: Police personnel seen at the site of firing incident where three members of hazara community were gunned down by unknown persons on Masjid Road. ONLINE
shahZEb MurDEr casE: cOurt cancEls bails OF 4 accusED kARACHI ONLINE
Karachi violence: sC inquires about Lyari, takes notice of terror suspects’ escape kARACHI
xPRESSING disappointment over the escalating incidents of violence in the metropolis during Monday’s hearing of the Karachi law and order suo motu case, the Supreme Court (SC) Karachi registry bench on Monday stated that criminals in Lyari have easy access to weapons. The apex court bench, comprising of Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, Justice Khilji Arif Hussain and Justice Amir
Hani Muslim, resumed proceedings of the case on Monday. The bench inquired about the Lyari situation and asked the police how fighters in the restive area got access to weapons. A compliance report was also submitted by the Rangers, however, the documents were not signed by the DG Rangers. The Rangers report claimed targeted killings in the metropolis in the second quarter of 2013 have gone down as compared to the statistics accumulated in the first quarter. The report further claimed that the
entire city remained peaceful during the last three months, except for Lyari where activists of the Kutchi community and gangsters started the latest gang war on May 18. The SC also took notice of the escape of two alleged members of the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) from the city courts. The apex court had asked police officers concerned to submit a report in this regard. Earlier on June 22, the Crime Investigation Department (CID) police arrested two alleged terrorists, namely Nazrab Khan and Ghulam Ishaq Mehsud,
for their alleged involvement in the bomb attacks on the MQM offices in Azizabad, Peoples Chowrangi and Orangi Town during the elections. On July 13, after an identification parade at the court, the two terrorists made a swift escape from the city courts while the CID police was taking them back to the armoured personnel carrier. Following the escape, the police arrested the six CID personnel for their negligence. The police registered FIR against the inspectors, Islam Gul and Hameedullah, and four constables, Sohail, Ijaz, Hakeem, Zafar, at the city courts police station.
KP govt initiates 7 uplift schemes to tap youth’s potential DevelopMent prograMMes, technical training anD interestfree loans on the carDs PeSHAWAR NNI
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government has planned seven development schemes for motivating and uplifting youngsters by focusing on construction of district youth centres, stipends for the jobless and launching a skill development programme. To provide career counselling and recreational facilities to the youth, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) led provincial government has decided to construct district youth centers (DYC) at divisional headquarters through community driven development initiatives for organising sports events, youth mobilisation and awareness campaigns. A Finance Department official on Monday said that Youth Marakaz’s on the
pattern of universities and colleges would be established in existing government buildings to fully tap the youth’s hidden talents. He said work on these projects costing about Rs 70 million would be initiated in current fiscal year (FY). He said a scheme with a budgetary allocation of Rs 500 million providing stipend to unemployed youths would also be initiated under which Rs 2,000 per month would be provided to masters degree holders of 2013-14. In addition to the establishment of the Technology Up-gradation and Skill Development Company (TUSDEC) costing Rs 150 million, he said the government had also planned to launch the youth skill development programme (YSDP) under which the government would bear training charges as well provide stipend to students aged 18 to 25, who would undergo technical training. Moreover, he said a Youth Challenge Fund (YCF) with a budgetary allocation of Rs 120 million was being established to encourage local entrepreneurship in KP, with Rs 2 million seed money for the top 50 business proposals prepared by the
youth, adding that they would be assessed through a transparent system of competition. The government has also allocated Rs 100 million to commence sports facilities for youngsters to promote healthy co-curricular activities in the province. Under this scheme, the official said, sports equipment/items would be provided to high schools with playground facilities. The Khud Kifalat interest-free scheme is also being initiated in KP according to which interest free loans ranging from Rs 50,000 to 200,000 will be granted to bonafide residents of KP, who range from 18 to 50 years. The official said the loan shall be secured through personal guarantees by two guarantors and that Rs 2.7 billion had been allocated for this purpose for FY 2013-14. One billion has been set aside for the madrasa interest-free micro finance credit scheme under which an interest free loan of Rs 25,000 to 50,000 shall be extended to Madaris in 12 backward districts. These loanees will be selected via a credible survey. Ranrra solar energy initiative loan
with a budgetary allocation of Rs 300 million is also being launched under which a loan of up to Rs 30 million on a seven percent markup for a period of six years (with 1 year grace period) shall be granted to bonafide residents of KP up to 60 years old, for the establishment of employment oriented businesses with a debt-equity ratio of 60:40.The loan shall be recovered in quarterly installments. Under the community driven local development programme, a policy and governance framework for community driven local development is being adopted by the government under which funds would be directly transferred to the village based organisations/councils that would be monitored through strict system of performance audit, he said. The EU has allocated one billion rupees and counterpart funds of Rs 500 million shall be provided by the government of KP. The finance official said the government was committed to strengthening and empowering youth because their leadership and commitment was essential for the success of our collective efforts and for national development in general.
A district court on Monday cancelled the bails of four people accused of helping Shah Rukh Jatoi, guilty of killing Shahzeb Khan, escape from Pakistan. According to media reports, the accused including Nawab Ali Jatoi, the Bilawal House protocol officer Wasi Akhtar, Khurram and Salman fled from court after their bails were cancelled. While Salman was arrested, the others, with the help of 50 armed guards, resisted arrest. The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and police officials were in contact with the counsels of the accused.
almost 6,000 people missing in indian floods presumed dead DeHrADuN: Almost 6,000 people listed as missing after flashfloods and landslides struck northern India last month are now presumed dead, officials said on Monday. Pilgrims, tourists and others were swept away when floods caused by torrential monsoon rains hit the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand in June, destroying entire villages and towns. Some 1,000 people were confirmed dead at the time and thousands of others were listed as missing, amid a massive military rescue operation in the worst-hit areas. Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna said those missing would now be presumed dead, and the process of compensating their families would begin. “5,748 people are listed as missing, and the process of compensation to their families will begin tomorrow on the assumption they are dead,” Bahuguna told a press conference in the state capital. He said his state government would compensate local residents while other governments would financially care for their residents, many of whom were pilgrims visiting remote Hindu shrines in Uttarakhand. “A total of 924 of those listed as missing and presumed dead are from Uttarakhand and their families will receive compensation from state funds,” he said. He said 500,000 rupees ($8,394) would be given to each family. The Uttarakhand government will also set up a fund, with 500,000 rupees to be given to each child orphaned in the disaster, he said. Torrential rains and landslides swept away homes, hotels and roads during a peak pilgrimage time in Uttarakhand, known as the “Land of the Gods” for its revered temples dotting the state. The Indian military backed by a fleet of helicopters rescued more than 100,000 pilgrims and tourists from marooned villages and resort towns after the disaster. AgENcIES
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One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world. –Malala Yousafzai
On the edge of the precipice
COMMENT Tuesday, 16 July, 2013
ttp, leJ in syria grave repercussions for pakistan
UTSIDE interference in Syria continues to prolong the human suffering. The responsibility for this lies on the US, its European allies, Syria’s Arab neighbours as well as Turkey. Despite this massive outside assistance, the rebels have failed to overthrow the regime which in spite of its despotic character enjoys the support of a significant section of the population. Regime change is considered vital by the US which is fully focused on isolating Iran. The excuse that the rebels deserve support as they are fighting an oppressive regime is no more than a fig leaf as the US and its allies continue to bolster the backward Arab regimes which have put down with an iron hand demands for democracy and human rights. Like Iraq under Saddam Hussain, Syria was a stable country. What is more, the regime’s secular policies ensured the peaceful coexistence of different sects and religions. In its pursuit of foisting a government of its choice on Syria the US has helped extremist groups to inflict a lasting damage on the Syrian society. Like Iraq and Afghanistan, the US and its Western allies have turned Syria into a magnet that draws extremists from all over the world. Thanks to foreign intervention, the al Qaeda too has established its presence in the country. Hundreds of volunteers coming over from various European countries to fight in Syria have made European governments wary about possible repercussions. Fears are being expressed that these irregulars will one day return to Europe, with radical ideas, traumatized and fully prepared to use violence. Plans are afoot to monitor their activities closely once they return. The news of LeJ and TTP militants setting up camps in Syria should make Islamabad ponder over the consequences of the development. That two militant organisations with headquarters in Pakistan are extending their reach to the Middle East is likely to be noted with concern by the international community which is fed up with terrorism. That the networks are out to destabilize a country which has a history of friendly relations with Pakistan is also a disturbing development. President Obama has already declared that America’s ultimate goal is to force Assad to step down. To achieve that objective, the US is pondering over sending arms to the rebels, some of which are likely to fall into the hands of the TTP activists also. At a news conference in April, Secretary Kerry said that additional non-lethal aid to the rebels might include bulletproof vests and night-vision goggles. The American officials say that the assistance through the CIA includes antitank weapons and ammunition. The Arab allies do not rule out plans to deliver antiaircraft weapons also to the rebels. If the TTP and LeJ activists can travel by speed boats from Balochistan’s coast to Muscat and then onward to Syria, they can bring back their newly acquired weapons back to Pakistan through the same route. This would considerably add to the threat posed by them. It is time a coordinated action is launched to rid the country of the menace of militancy.
Minister’s attitude indiﬀerent
OLITICIANS have a knack for taking on the role of comedians if the situation arises. Whether their jokes are appropriate or not, is an entirely different matter though. Pakistani politicians, some of them only so-called, must then occupy the front row, for they do not lack in lighthearted bantering, some even have the skills matching a professional stand-up comedian. Rana Sana Ullah, Punjab law minister in the last government and the late Governor Salmaan Taseer traded barbs, albeit in a fun manner, many times over. Who can forget the ‘a degree is a degree whether fake or original’ fame Aslam Raisani or Pervez Musharraf who when faced public complaints about soaring price of tomatoes in December 2003, had suggested the public to use vegetables that were in season. George Santayana’s well known saying that ‘Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it’ seems to have taken a literal turn when Punjab Food Minister Bilal Yaseen suggested women, who complained about the soaring price of tomatoes on Sunday at Shadman bazaar, to use lemon or yogurt to spice up the dishes, quite in the fashion Musharraf said almost 10 years ago. The statement speaks loudly of the indifference the privileged class often displays on the plight of the non-privileged classes. Instead of ordering an inquiry into why the prices had shot up, or taking any steps to control the trend, the minister seemed to be too pleased with himself to understand that making both ends meet with their meager sources of income is no joke for most of the public. Perhaps the minister doesn’t consider the job he has been entrusted with worth his attentions, perhaps the minister would like to utilise his great culinary knowledge – he did suggest how women can spice up dishes even without tomatoes – in a more befitting profession. Perhaps Masalah TV would soon make him an offer and the very public he so jokingly offended might see him, with all his charm and sense of humour, host a programme of his own, slicing and dicing vegetables and preparing ‘spiced up’ dishes, as per his suggestion of using alternatives to tomatoes. And perhaps, just perhaps, we might be able to witness the pinnacle of his expertise on cuisine when he would prepare dishes without other unnecessary ingredients like pepper, salt, and other spices. For that is where it is headed to if the present ministers keep this very attitude: you won’t be able to afford salt, pepper, or any spice for that matter. It is ironic that the learned minister belongs to the party, the PML-N, whose leaders are known for having a taste of rich food but then again in their grandiose designs of running a bullet train they are quite ignorant of what the public is most suffering from: inflation, sky-high prices of commodities and power shortages. They would perhaps prefer French Queen Marie Antoinette’s infamous statement ‘Let them eat cake’, supposedly spoken upon learning that the peasants had no bread, than turning their attentions away from political shenanigans and working to solve the public’s problems. The Punjab government, and the PML-N leadership, should at least keep a check on how their ministers represent them and their government, if they cannot control the prices of food items.
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the fatal flaw is inaction
friend posted W C Fields quote on Facebook, “If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again. Then quit! There’s no point in being a damn fool about it.” Having always followed the doctrine, “perseverance commands success”, it was the natural question. The response, “Perseverance is good but one needs to be smart and know when to quit.” Food for thought, definitely! I’d probably go with the advice of another friend, “If at first you don’t succeed, try something different! Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results is the definition of insanity.” Anyway, in putting aside the proposed subject for today, I think I have considered a bit of all of that. Actually that, plus the fact that the cricket team won Sunday night and Afridi did somehow wangle one of those flash in the pan performances. But this victory doesn’t change my views. The bowlers brilliantly pulled it off while the batsman almost buried the game with typical, sheer incompetence. There was a difference though; fielding was really good! Besides, Najam Sethi’s TV interview, apart from stuff one doesn’t agree with, reflects he is thinking along the lines I am. No favouritism and expand the resource base. That’s a start. So taking a step back from cricket on a ‘wait and see’ basis, having already decided to give Nawaz Sharif time to settle and get through those first 100 days, one needs to begin to get to grips with the glut of outstanding issues that drown us. But before one does anything else, I’d like us to pay tribute to the outstanding courage of the sixteen-year-old Malala Yusufzai. She did Pakistan, and us, proud. In an alien language, just months after an accident requiring massive physical reconstruction of the skull she held the audience spellbound. Both the content and the depth of her speech rang the bell loudly for the whole world. I find it abhorring that a perverted element within the country is making absurd attempts to dub her a pawn in the hands of foreign powers and agencies. Similar negative accusations were made about Mukhtaran Mai. These are women who suffered but did not allow the system to stifle and bury them. Let us not forget for a single moment. Today, there is a cry of support for the US to release Dr. Aafia. Following this trend, I dread what they would do with her, in case she was returned. Pakistan is on the edge of the proverbial precipice. There are few, very few, instances in recent memory that inspire the nation. The tragedy is in the division of views. And although the majority has chosen, yet again, to return to the safety of their living rooms, it far outnumbers those who would have us fall over. The
issue lies with the political leadership that believes engaging with a tiny but rabid minority is good for the country. There exists absolutely no raison d’être for engagement. In fact inclusion of this minority into the main stream cements the road towards irreversible decline. This time, thought and energy spent in pursuing the principle advocated by Malala of “books and pens” will, undoubtedly, deliver a progressive and prosperous society. Forgiveness is fine, if punishment has been administered, provided there is something to forgive. Why the precipice then? Because nothing has been done to curb the monster. The only deterrent, apart from intermittent military action in the North, is the infamous drone. Till now that is. Required is a popular wave by, for and of the people that constitute the majority. And it is certainly doubtful if this will come while the politicians, government and armed forces maintain a posture of benign neglect. My belief is that changes in the fulcrum, perhaps slight but with very clear indication, could bring Pakistan back from this precipice and provide course correction. Currently the evidence is contrary to this thought. Every day brings news of some new “pondering”, and within hours this pondering is laid bare by an act of terrorism. This blatant defiance is the result of the visible disagreement and conflict between the powers and the resultant confusion. This divergence is very obviously based on levels of self-interest and self-absorption of individual governments involved but there can certainly be no duality on the principle of defying and conquering terrorism. If Pakistani authorities are, for a moment, able to distance themselves on the strategic depth and allied issues and concentrate on this government’s avowed mission of building broken bridges and reaching the mountain top (sorry I chose a Z.A Bhutto quote, but it’s very apt) they must see engagement with a proven treacherous partner is an Achilles heel. One can understand Obama’s strategy. In effect he wants his troops out as early as possible. Their exit has to be fully secured to ensure minimum damage. Besides this, frankly, if the US is able to secure that the possibility of further acts of terrorism against its territory is minimized, it will have achieved positive results. The sequel to this, once the Afghan government is in ‘full command’, will definitely impact the region. The subsequent role of Pakistan has obviously been reviewed by the US administration. Whether our authorities realistically review it remains
to be seen. Whether the Taliban and their allies let Pakistan live in peace afterwards is also a significant factor. Beyond that the US will consider the safety of the bomb. As will India, as must we. Immunity from acts of terrorism through engagement is possible when, in some form or manner, a government is able to address the demands of terrorists. In this instance we are unsure of any practical demands, except for the rapid and complete overhaul of the democratic and progressive ideals exacted by the 21st century. Denial of education, denial of interaction with the civilized world, pursuit of destruction, a return to the Stone Age, is what it means. It is seriously doubtful if any government can accede to this and lead a country to peace and prosperity. Then again, one is left aghast when the civilized world gangs up against an Assad, possibly fast emerging as the icon for resisting political Islamism. It is documented fact that wherever the rebels in Syria have control, they immediately imposed a radical government system. So far, unlike other countries that succumbed to the ‘Spring’, Syria has held out because the West has physically stayed out. It should continue to do the same. Egypt has seen an about turn, perhaps a reconsideration of strategy. Despite the overt mumblings it is obvious that a possible disaster has been averted. With Turkey in discord, Erdogan’s government on the retreat and developments in Tunisia perhaps political Islamism is nearing its dusk. Islam is a wonderful religion, not to be vitiated in the violence and chicanery of politics. The principle of the Almighty is, “unto you your religion and unto me my religion”. Subhan Allah. Malala forgives her attackers. She said she would not shoot the ‘Talib’ who shot her if she had a gun and he stood before her. Perhaps she is right, but then a genuine Talib would never have attacked her in the first instance. It was a terrorist who shot her – part of the groups who hate ‘pens and books’, who preach death, kill and maim innocent people and threaten scribes with dire consequences. But as Malala said, that heinous act and all similar acts are creating thousands of voices. I believe she has it right and we have it wrong when we believe drones are creating thousands of terrorists. It is our inaction and that of our government that is responsible. Am I pushing the perseverance bit? The writer can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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All great truths begin as blasphemies. –George Bernard Shaw
Tuesday, 16 July, 2013
taliban and not taliban the MqM and its one-size-fits-all defence
Dream of a fair election how people’s mandate was always stolen
Eye on history BASHARAT HUSSAIN QIZILBASH
don’t want to pay a single rupee to any voter as bribe to vote for us. That I will never approve. I prefer defeat to winning election by adopting dishonest and corrupt methods.” These were the solemn instructions of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah to G Allana, who was in charge of the All-India Muslim League election campaign in the province of Sindh at the time of the general elections in December 1946. This should be the guiding principle of all political parties and contestants in all types of elections. Moreover, this should be the spirit under which elections should be conducted. Historically, this has not happened in Pakistan as all elections have been allegedly rigged or manipulated by either the candidates or their parties or by the very authorities that were entrusted the task to hold free and fair elections. This does not mean that all the politicians and political parties taking part in the elections or the personnel involved in overseeing the electoral process indulged in unfair practices but the important point is that not a single election held in the country has been termed fair and has been acceptable to all the stake holders. As a result, the general impression formed has been that elections can never be held fully fair and free in Pakistan. That is why even the most sympathetic foreign observers of the electoral process commented that the recently held May 2013 general elections were “fair by Pakistani standards.” This is shameful! Doesn’t this mean that the Pakistani standards of fairness are far below the accepted international standards of free and fair elections? This worldwide perception of electoral unfairness in Pakistan has taken roots due to our poor track record. A journey down the memory lane may help to understand why it has been so. The earliest elections that the country could hold after independence were the provincial elections of 1951-52. The high standard set by Quaid-eAzam as mentioned above was not followed by Quaid-i-Millat Liaquat Ali Khan. Under his premiership, elections in Punjab, NWFP, and Bahawalpur were widely rigged by the abuse of state’s machinery. The violations were so blatant
that their subsequent condemnation forced Liaquat to call re-election in Bahawalpur. In the popular jargon, this entire exercise of elections and the massive manipulation of the results were dismissed as an act of ‘Jhurlo’. Thence enters Ayub Khan. In the light of his tall claims to clean the ‘mess’ created by the earlier governments, one would have expected fairness in the presidential and Basic Democracy elections held under his guard; however, it was not to be so. Money and coercion were used as the tools to tar the electoral process. To defeat Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah, the sister of the Quaid who contested the 1964 presidential election against Ayub, about half a million rupees were paid as a bribe to Maulana Abdul Hameed Bhashani, the head of the National Awami Party (NAP) and the most vocal supporter of Ms Jinnah in East Bengal by a minister of Ayub to betray her. Money works wonders because initially when Ms Jinnah was reluctant to take on Ayub, it was the very Bhashani – the Red Mullah of Bengal – who had prevailed upon her to contest by promising complete support of his party. Large sums of money were also required to purchase the political conscience of the 80,000 Basic Democrats which constituted the electoral college to elect the president. The dustbin of history has coughed up at least two secret letters written by the All-Pakistan Textile Mills Association directing its members to contribute rupees two per spindle and rupees twenty-five per loom as their ‘contribution’ to Ayub’s election campaign. These two letters raised a sum of fifteen million. As if all this arm-twisting was not enough, the press was also pressurized to manufacture a favourable public opinion of Ayub. The allpowerful governor of Punjab, Nawab Amir Mohammad Khan of Kalabagh came into action. He called the owner of a leading newspaper to ‘nail the fact’ that it was Ayub, who should win and not the other way as his paper was yapping. The outcome was ‘self-censorship’ and as a rule, Ayub Khan’s crap was published under a six column headline while the maximum display allowed to Ms Jinnah’s speeches was not more than three columns. Ayub did not want to leave anything to chance so he fixed a price ranging from Rs3000 to 5000 to buy the votes of each of the Basic Democrats (BD members). An eyewitness to the haggling between BDs and Ayub’s agents in Karachi has stated that he “saw many BD members taking an oath on the Quran to vote for Ayub and accepting envelopes containing cash.” The 1970s weren’t either better. The opposition called Pakistan National Alliance (PNA) accused Mr Bhutto of the ruling PPP to have rigged the election under a set plan codenamed “Operation Victory” – the details of which have yet to be exposed. The very PNA leaders, who termed the 1977 elections for the National Assembly as fraud and resultantly boycotted the provincial elections, had actually reached an
understanding with Bhutto prior to the elections whereby the latter had guaranteed the victory of all the top PNA leaders in the elections. There seems to be a lot of foul play in the ’77 elections. While Bhutto accused the PNA of having received funds from the US and Anwar Sadat’s government in Egypt to oust him which the opposition denied but an ’American scholar’ present during the PNA agitation movement against Bhutto in Lahore admitted that before a dead demonstrator’s body reached his home, his dependants were paid Rs25,000. Such allegations and counter-allegations aside, the malpractices were so flagrant that even the Chief Election Commissioner at that time is on the record to have made an admission in this regard which was published in a Gujarati language newspaper before the strong arm of censor could come in action. The trend of irregularities and malpractices in the elections became an acceptable norm in the 1980s and 1990s. A political alliance by the name of IJI was cobbled together to deprive Ms Benazir Bhutto’s PPP from gaining majority in the 1988 elections. The ‘heavy mandate’ that Nawaz Sharif got in the February 1997 elections was challenged by many to have been ‘engineered.’ Moreover, the presidential referendum held by General Musharraf in April 2002 to have himself elected as president was thought to be largely ‘manipulated’ whereas the general elections conducted by him in October 2002 were also marred by charges of rigging. Consequently, when Mir Zafarullah Jamali took oath of premiership, the opposition clamored: “We do not accept Jamali’s regime as it is a product of rigging.” We have seen that elections are likely to be unfair if organized by the incumbent government. So, a need was felt to hold elections under a caretaker government. Even this did not turn out to be a satisfying experience. A White Paper on the 1990 election entitled, “How an election was stolen?” issued by PDA, an electoral alliance led by the PPP well explains why and how elections have been rigged in the country. The most disturbing aspect is that they are manipulated as a “part of a larger design to give certain direction to the politics of Pakistan.” Well, that ‘certain direction’ is often in conflict with the will of the people, and that is why the election process and the results are questioned and rejected. An experienced politician, who had till then contested almost all elections in Pakistan, telegraphed a pithy couplet to the Election Commission to register his protest over the widespread irregularities in the October 1990 elections. This couplet may have been lying somewhere in the archives of the Election Commission. It aptly sums up the tarnished electoral politics in our society: Piyein na roz, yeh zahid kay bus ki baat nahi, Tamam shehr hey, do char das ki bat nahi The writer is an academic and journalist. He can be reached at email@example.com
HE Taliban has had it in for the ANP. For anyone not living under a rock, the animosity the “student militia” bore the party has been clear to see. More than 700 activists and leaders and far many more injured, not only in KP and the tribal areas but also in Balochistan and Karachi. And not without reason. As opposed to other parties, including the PPP, the ANP had been against the jihadist-madrassa culture since way back when the Islamists were first courted by Pakistan to counter the communists in Afghanistan during the ZAB era. In 1996, it was the only party that had pleaded with the Pakistani government not to recognize their regime in Afghanistan. This is not to comment on the ANP’s governance or corruption. This is merely to illustrate the ANP’s stance specifically on the Taliban. The point: if the MQM, when threatened by the ANP in Karachi, can call the latter agents of the Taliban, then how is the MQM’s accusing the BBC of the same any more hilarious? This wasn’t a rhetorical question. Because it was, somehow, far more hilarious. The whole conversation was. The ever acerbic Jeremy Paxman asks Farooq Sattar on BBC’s News Night (http://www.zemtv.com/2013/07/11/bbc2s-documentary-against-altaf-hussainmqm/), in a mock-earnest tone: “When Altaf Hussein says he is going to tear out somebody’s abdomen, is he planning to do so personally?” Farooq Sattar: “Jeremy Paxman (full name, in the I-know-where-you-live tradition) what I have to say…is that BBC, though it is a very reputable organization, but it seems there has been some influence of the pro-Taliban and radical forces.” The richest political party in the country (yes, another debate for another day) is also said to have the best media management team in the country. And, much like the Borg out of Star Trek, the talking heads all say the exact same thing. Since about a decade now, they have tried exceptionally hard to fashion an image of opposition to the Taliban. The dividend that could be achieved through presenting oneself as a bulwark against the rising tide of religious militancy was first presented by Gen. Musharraf, whose own public statements on the subject, prior to War on Terror, were lovely. “The Taliban are a success story; we should soon bring them around to our way of thinking and action when necessary (Karachi, 1999).” Après moi le deluge! Soon, when the MQM were cornered in any debate, they would refer to their opposition to the fundamentalists, along with that other favourite bogeyman, feudalism. Following this were the accusations hurled at the ANP and now, the BBC. There is no doubt that if Malala Yousufzai were to, tomorrow, have something to say about the MQM, even she would be, through this automatic process, be labeled an agent of the Taliban. The problem with having a one-size-fits-all response to all accusations is the risk of looking silly. But with a leader with that particular brand (#OnlyAltaf, #WeLoveYouBhai) we know that for the MQM, the “not silly” ship has sailed a long time ago.
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youth: the only hope for pakistan “My young friends, I look forward to you as the real makers of Pakistan, do not be exploited and do not be misled. Create amongst yourselves complete unity and solidarity. Set an example of what youth can do. Your main occupation should be in fairness to yourself, to your parents, in fairness to the State, to devote your attention to your studies. If you fritter away your energies now, you will always regret.” –Jinnah It is much vivid from Jinnah’s statement that youth is an essential part of a state. Not only Jinnah, many other Muslim leaders at that time believed that the future of any nation depends on its youth. Allama Muhammad Iqbal is one of the most outstanding poets and philosophers of the subcontinent. His poetry was deeply concerned with youth, he named youth as ‘Shaheen’ in his poetry. He also believed that under the staunch leadership of youth a nation can overcome any kind of difficulty. Today, Pakistan is going to through a rough patch. Its economy is at the verge of decline and the constant price hike has crushed the poor. Moreover, poverty, illiteracy, corruption, international interference and terrorism have weakened our country to a great extent. This is the right time for the youth to tell the world what they are capable of doing. The youth of Pakistan is very passionate about change. Youngsters have to fulfil countless responsibilities yet they cannot afford to run away from the issues of Pakistan. They have to stand their ground and overcome all the problems of the state. There are many things which young people can do to make a difference. Young people in political parties should rise up and take the leadership positions as they have fresh and exuberant fervour to run the state and discuss the state affairs. Youth should know their representatives and parliament members and cast their vote for the right reasons. Attending conferences can also help youngster as they will meet different people and share their ideas, they can also write in newspapers. One thing that we all need to consider is patience, acknowledgement and struggle, once things get on to the right track, all the troubles we are facing will surely end. The youth should educate themselves and be ready to work for their state because they are the nation builders of tomorrow. Pathways will be clearer if we hold a strong united vision of following true democratic values. ABDUL BASIT Lahore
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So you know what I'm gonna do? I'm gonna do something really outrageous, I'm gonna tell the truth — John Travolta
Madiba’s biopic in the pipeline
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no copa cabana today! Manilow cancels gig
Vince Vaughn and his family enjoy a day out in LA.
depp all set to play the Mad hatter
ARRY Manilow made a lastminute decision to cancel a concert in Utah on Friday night, citing illness. Police turned concert-goers away as they approached the Maverik Center in the Salt Lake City suburb of west Valley City. Fans were told to hold on to their tickets because the show would be rescheduled. According to online ticket brokers, the concert was nearly sold out. Manilow's concert Thursday in Colorado was canceled due to lightning, wind and rain. cOURTESy HP
that’s Fergie to you! bep star oﬃcially changes her name
HE US star, 38, was born Stacy Ann Ferguson but has filed legal papers asking to be called Fergie Duhamel more than four years after she married Transformers actor Josh Duhamel, 40. Her lawyer says it will “conform to the first name which she is commonly and professionally known as, and has been for many years”. To formalise the change, she must publish a notice in a local newspaper for four weeks. The couple are expecting their first baby and Duhamel — currently filming the drama Strings in Canada — has said they are organising work to put family first. cOURTESy THE SUN
AYBE the old Johnny Depp is gone after all. According to Deadline.com, Depp is negotiating to return as The Mad Hatter in "Alice in Wonderland 2." The 2010 film, directed by Tim Burton, made over $1 billion worldwide. "Muppets" director James Bobin will replace Burton on the sequel. That Depp is playing The Mad Hatter again is actually far from a surprise. When
Bobin was announced as the "Alice in Wonderland 2" director by TheWrap back in May, Depp was said to be attached. In addition to "Alice in Wonderland 2," Depp is set to star in "Pirates of the Caribbean 5," "Into the Woods" and, possibly, "Mortdecai," a quirky comedy thriller that was announced this week. The actor will next be seen in "Transcendence," a new film from Christopher Nolan cinematographer Wally Pfister. cOURTESy HP
HE official U.K. teaser trailer for "Mandela: Long walk to Freedom" has arrived, and it showcases leading man Idris Elba's take on South African revolutionary and activist Nelson Mandela. The clip consists of a sparse score and contemplative voice-over from Elba's Mandela, accompanied by the visual of an airborne tracking shot following Elba while he walks through a field in South Africa. "I have walked a long walk to freedom," narrates Elba as Mandela. "It has been a lonely road and it is not over yet. No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin. People learn to hate. They can be taught to love. For love comes more naturally to the human heart." The film, based on Mandela's 1994 autobiography "Long walk to Freedom," will chronicle Mandela's life as he changed the world through his work as an antiapartheid revolutionary and subsequently as president of South Africa. The biopic is directed by Justin Chadwick, who helmed the films "The other Boleyn Girl" and "The First Grader." "Mandela: Long walk to Freedom" also marks Elba's most prominent leading role on film. The actor can be seen in "Pacific Rim" this summer and has had roles in films like "Prometheus" and "Thor." Elba is the latest in a long line of actors who have portrayed the Nobel Peace Prize winner, including
Sidney Poitier, Dennis Haysbert and Morgan Freeman. "Skyfall" actress Naomie Harris portrays winnie Mandela in the film. MTV News spoke with Elba briefly about the film around the time of Mandela's recent health troubles, when the actor stated, "My heart and prayers are with his family at the moment."
Lady gaga’s back with a bang! i
T'S been exactly 149 days since Lady Gaga canceled her Born This Way ball, underwent surgery, and disappeared from the public eye to rehab (and get fitted for a goldplated wheelchair, naturally). But doesn't it feel so much longer than that? And not just because in the time Gaga's been gone, Justin Timberlake, Daft Punk, Lil Wayne, Kanye West and Jay-Z all released albums, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis topped the Hot 100 twice, DOMA was repealed, Miley Cyrus discovered twerking and Amanda Bynes went crazy. No, the past five months have felt like an eternity because they have been entirely bereft of Gaga, who went from being one of the most visible, successful and controversial artists on the planet to a mere afterthought, almost overnight. Rarely — if ever — has a star of her magnitude vanished so quickly, or as completely. Gaga was pop music's perpetual-motion machine, always moving toward something (at the time of her injury, it was the much-discussed ARTPOP album), and when she went
under the knife, it was as if someone pulled the plug. Everything stopped. And when her activity stopped, so did the endless font of over-the-top proclamations, out-there fashions, and outspoken support of worthwhile causes. In short, she went silent, and whether you like her or not, you've got to admit that the entire music biz — and pop music in particular — has been pretty boring because of that. Of course, on Friday, with one florid, fantastic Facebook post, that machine started humming again. Gaga is back, ARTPOP has a release date (and an app), and all is right with the world. Sure, there are still plenty of uncertainties surrounding Gaga's comeback: Can her brand of theatrical pop still resonate with the masses? Did she over-extend herself with the omni-everything Born This Way? Is there anything she can do to shock us anymore? But the way I see it, we need her back in our lives ... in less than 150 days, pop has become a rather staid, slightly misogynistic thing, and while there are still soldiers like Daft Punk and
Macklemore fighting the good fight with songs that are sonically adventurous and socially conscious, Gaga will certainly bring the reinforcements. To her, pop is important, an artform that, in addition to inspiring the listener to move, also has the power to transform lives and lift up the downtrodden (or something like that). There was a time, like when she was selling a bazillion records, that we took stuff like that for granted. Not anymore. And if you think Gaga isn't itching for a fight, well, just check out some of the language she uses in her new Facebook post: "reverse Warholian expedition," "an age where art drives pop," "a 'rage' of electronic passion and fury." This is primetime pretention, crazy-talk at its most elevated, the kind of stuff that's sorely
missing these days — Kanye's contributions notwithstanding — not to mention an integral part of what separated the Mother Monster from her contemporaries. Any concerns that she'd lost a step since she's been on the shelf should stop right now; she's back, as bad as ever, and ready to elevate pop music once again. Or tear her other labrum trying. Is 149 days really an eternity? Of course not ... it just felt that way without Gaga in our lives. Is it an insurmountable obstacle? Probably not,
though given just how quickly pop culture moves these days, her success is not a certainty. Her career was speeding along like a sportscar, until she abruptly blew a tire (or a hip) and exited the track. If there's an artist capable of climbing out of the wreckage, it's Lady Gaga ... after all, through little more than hard work — and a never-say-die attitude — she rose from an unknown to a pop royalty. Can she regain her crown? Who knows? But it's certainly going to be fun watching her try. If you thought Beyonce had 'em bowing down, well, you ain't seen nothing yet. At long last, the Queen is back. cOURTESy mTV
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You can't control everything that comes to you — Edward Norton
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nobody could’ve predicted ranjhanna would rock the boat, says Zeeshan
OHAMMED Zeeshan Ayyub's memorable turn as Dhanush's best friend 'Murari' in " Raanjhanna" has earned him praise from everyone and the actor hopes that its success brings him new opportunities in Bollywood. Zeeshan, an NSD graduate, made his debut as the negative lead in "No One Killed Jessica" in 2011. His performance was critically acclaimed and he followed it up with supporting roles in "Mere Brother Ki Dulhan" and "Jannat 2". Zeeshan's dialogues in "Raanjhanaa" have been a huge hit with the audiences, finding their way to Facebook and Twitter. He believes the film could be a turning point in his career. "The response has been very good and not many are coming with cliche roles. There were two three such offers but I declined. I think things have changed a lot in Bollywood now, directors are coming up with interesting characters. They no longer slot you," Zeeshan told . Having played hero's friend in three films, Zeeshan now wants to move on to other interesting characters. "I will not do hero's friends anymore because I have done it thrice. There should be a step ahead but it does not mean that I will not do supporting roles. There are many interesting characters in different formats," he said. The actor finds it gratifying when people call him by his screen name or believe that he is from Varanasi, the setting of the film but Zeeshan says he never thought the dialogue would become so big. "When we were doing the film, we did not know that it will be such a success. The credit goes to Anand (Rai, director) sir and Himanshu
(Sharma, writer). They created beautiful characters. We never treated them as dialogues because even in the most intense of scenes, there is wit and humour. We never tried to underline anything. This is why they have hit home." Zeeshan spent some time with Dhanush before the shooting which, he says, helped them understand each other and bond as friends in real life too. "Anand sir and Himanshu called Dhanush to Mumbai four-five days before the shoot. We spent those days together. We were lost a bit initially but then something clicked and we became friends, which shows in our performances too. Dhanush gives you space to give your best," he said. After "Raanjhanaa", Zeeshan is looking forward to the release of "Shahid". While "Raanjhanna" saw his humourous side, he plays the key role of Shahid's serious but supportive brother. Zeeshan says he got Hansal Mehta directed film before "Raanjhanaa". "I got 'Shahid' long before 'Raanjhanaa', its casting director Mukesh Chhabra is a friend. He called me one day and when I reached there Hansal sir was also there. They were to begin shooting in about two days. They said 'let us do a trial'. Hansal sir said I was perfect for the role and I was on," Zeeshan said. The film is based on the life of lawyer and human rights activist, Shahid Azmi, who was assassinated in 2010 in Mumbai. "Shahid" had its world premiere in Toronto International Film Festival to great audience response. He is also starring in 'Maaji' as a negative lead and is also in talks for three other films. Zeeshan regrets that his father is not around to see the success of his films but counts his mother as his support system. "Things started happening only after the death of my father in 2007. He had this fear about me but I was in NSD at that time. He would come and watch my performances there. He would often say that I was getting better. My mother is very supportive but she becomes emotional. We miss our father. I think he would have been very happy," Zeeshan said. He may have found his feet in Bollywood but Zeeshan says he wants to better his craft with each film. "Satisfaction is a state of mind. Even when I was not in films, I was satisfied with my theatre work and teaching but I will never be content. Now, I can't see 'Raanjhanaa' without spotting my mistakes. Films are a different medium, you can't go back and rectify things, so I want to better it with each performance." cOURTESy TOI
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Rest in peace Cory. My heart goes out to his family and loved ones. Our prayers are with you.
Uma Thurman and Luna enjoy a day on the beach in Saint-Tropez
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was it the ‘boss’ who tore down the berlin wall? t
WENTY-FIVE years ago this week, US rock legend Bruce Springsteen played to an estimated 300,000 East Germans thirsting for freedom, a spectacular event that some now argue may have helped topple the Berlin Wall. The anniversary of the July 19, 1988 show in communist East Berlin has prompted a new book, a documentary, talk shows and wide media coverage looking back at what was by all accounts a magical summer night. The Boss arrived in a country where millions were already yearning for change after 27 years as virtual prisoners of a Stalinist state whose border guards had shoot-to-kill orders. The writing, as it's said, was on the Wall. But a rip-roaring concert by who was then arguably the world's biggest rock star, coupled with a stirring message about an "end to all barriers", lend weight to the tantalising theory that Springsteen kicked even a small hole in the Berlin Wall. "Whether you believe that Springsteen's epic concert contributed to the movement that brought down the Berlin Wall depends to a certain degree on whether you believe in the
power of rock'n'roll," Berlinbased US journalist Erik Kirschbaum writes in his book "Rocking the Wall: The Berlin Concert That Changed the World". A new documentary for German public broadcaster MDR, "My Summer '88", describes a kind of arms race of pop music at the time in which East and West faced off to draw the biggest names just as glasnost brought a wind of change. West Berlin came out swinging with Pink Floyd, Michael Jackson and David Bowie all playing within earshot of East Berlin, where security forces arrested fans who thronged too close to the despised Wall. The communist youth organisation tried to placate a disaffected generation with events featuring Springsteen, Depeche Mode, Joe Cocker and James Brown when it became clear to the functionaries that local talent could not compete with global superstars. However New Jersey's favourite son had to be made palatable to the old guard, despite Springsteen's image as a hero of the working class, so organisers tried to call his show a "Solidarity Concert for Nicaragua". The Boss, 38 at the
time, baulked and the concert at a cycling race track was almost cancelled until roadies ripped down the offending sign. However tickets for the show, cherished in scrapbooks for a quarter-century, bear the slogan. Fans not lucky enough to get tickets massed at the venue hours before the performance and eventually crashed through the fences -- a thrilling moment of unprecedented defiance. 'In the hope that one day all barriers will be torn down' -As the show kicked off, Springsteen ran through a few hits before electrifying the crowd with "Born in the USA". Audience members, to his surprise,
sang along as they waved homemade American flags. After playing for more than an hour to rapturous fans, Springsteen pulled out a crumpled note. "It's great to be in East Berlin," he began in German, which he had phonetically transcribed from a translation given to him by his chauffeur. "I'm not for or against any government. I came here to play rock'n'roll for you in the hope that one day all barriers will be torn down," he said, before launching into the Bob Dylan song "Chimes of Freedom". Despite his thick American accent, the massive crowd got the message. "Everyone knew exactly what he was talking about -- tear-
ing down the Wall," Joerg Beneke, an East German farmer there that night, told Kirschbaum. "That was the moment some of us had been waiting a lifetime to hear."Less than 16 months later, the Berlin Wall would fall in a bloodless revolution. Berlin daily Der Tagesspiegel said of Springsteen's four-hour serenade: "It was like a brief embrace with the Statue of Liberty." And Springsteen himself told an audience in the east German city of Leipzig this month that it was the biggest crowd he ever entertained. The documentary's directors Carsten Fiebeler and Daniel Remsperger tracked down the woman Springsteen helped on stage to groove to "Dancing in the Dark" with him, Heike Bernhard. Bernhard, now a management consultant, said she has never washed the t-shirt she was wearing that night. "Springsteen's mere presence in East Berlin was a tacit message to a lot of East Germans that more might be possible in their lifetime," Kirschbaum quotes Jochen Staadt, a historian at Berlin's Free University, as saying. "People who saw the concert live or on TV thought... 'If that can happen here now, maybe more will happen here later'." AFP
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'And I think you are the mayor of crazy town!!!' - Before Midnight
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tODay (16th july)
8 Russia and the Ottoman Empire sign the treaty of Kuchuk-Kainardji, ending a six-year war. 8 Louis XVI is suspended from office until he agreed to ratify the constitution. 8 Adolf hitler orders the preparations to begin for the invasion of England, known as Operation Sea Lion. 8 Soviet troops occupy Vilna, Lithuania, in their drive toward Germany. 8 The United States detonates the first atomic bomb in a test at Alamogordo, NM.
hOw ‘vaMpirEs’ in pOlanD wErE buriED in thE 16th cEntury Archaeologists have unearthed what they believe to be a vampire burial ground on a building site in Poland. The team of historians discovered graves containing four skeletons with their heads removed and placed between their legs near the southern town of Gliwice. Decapitating a suspected vampire was common practice in medieval times because it was thought to be the only way to ensure the dead stay dead. The exact fate of the skeletons is yet unclear, but the archaeologists noted that, apart from being headless, there was no trace of any earthly possessions, such as jewellery, belts or buckles. 'It's very difficult to tell when these burials were carried out,' archaeologist Dr Jacek Pierzak told the Dziennik Zachodni newspaper. The remains have been sent for further testing but initial estimations suggest they died sometime around the 16th century. It comes a year after archaeologists in Bulgaria claimed to have discovered two ‘vampire’ corpses in excavations near a monastery in the Black Sea town of Sozopol, both more than 800 years old and pierced through the chest with heavy iron rods. Bulgaria’s national museum chief Bozidhar Dimitrov said as many as 100 such ‘vampire corpses’ have been found in the country in recent years. ‘They illustrate a practice which was common in some Bulgarian villages up until the first decade of the 20th century,’ he explained. Even today, the vampire remains a very real threat in the minds of villagers in some of the most remote communities of Eastern Europe, where garlic and crucifixes are readily wielded, and where bodies are exhumed so that a stake can be driven through their heart. The notion of blood-sucking vampires preying on the flesh of the living goes back thousands of years and was common in many ancient cultures, where tales of these reviled creatures of the dead abounded. Archaeologists recently found 3,000 Czech graves, for example, where bodies had been weighed down with rocks to prevent the dead emerging from their tombs. The advent of Christianity only fuelled the vampire legends, for they were considered the antithesis of Christ — spirits that rose from the dead bodies of evil people. Such vampires would stalk the streets in search of others to join their unholy pastime of sucking the lifeblood from humans and animals to survive. cOURTESy Dm
Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun. –Mao Zedong
weapons of war
what makes an apache tick
HE Apache is a twin-engined army attack helicopter developed by McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing). It entered service with the US Army in 1984 and has been exported to Egypt, Greece, Israel, the Netherlands, Japan, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the UK. The US Army has more than 800 Apaches in service, and more than 1,000 have been exported. The Apache was first used in combat in 1989 in the US military action in Panama. It was used in Operation Desert Storm and has supported low intensity and peacekeeping operations worldwide including Turkey, Bosnia and Kosovo. The first Apache Longbow was delivered in April 1997 to the US Army. The AH-64D Longbow was deployed by the US Army in Afghanistan as part of Operation Anaconda, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and, from June 2003, in South Korea. The AH-64D Longbow is fitted with the Longbow millimetre wave fire control radar and the Longbow Hellfire missile. 501 AH-64A Apaches upgraded to AH-64D standard have been delivered to the US Army. Deliveries completed in August 2006.
An additional 13 new-build Apaches were initially ordered, along with another 11 in November 2006. The US Army ordered 96 additional remanufactured helicopters in January 2007 and 18 new-build helicopters in April 2007. During the same year, 30 AH-64Ds were ordered by the UAE. The first new-build AH-64D was delivered to the US Army in June 2007 and the first of the additional remanufactured helicopters in October 2007. The US Army awarded a $247m contract to Boeing in October 2010 to start low rate initial production (LRIP) of the AH-64D Apache Block III helicopter. Boeing will produce 51 AH-64D Apache Block III helicopters for the US Army under the LRIP contract. The first AH-64D Apache Block III helicopter was delivered to the US Army in October 2011. A 30mm automatic Boeing M230 chain gun is located under the fuselage. It provides a rate of fire of 625 rounds a minute. The helicopter has capacity for up to 1,200 rounds of ammunition. The AH-64D is armed with the Lockheed Martin / Boeing AGM-114D Longbow Hellfire air-to-surface missile which has a millimetre wave seeker which allows the missile to perform in full fire and forget mode. Range is 8km to 12km. The Apache can be equipped with air-to-air missiles (Stinger, AIM-9 Sidewinder, Mistral and Sidearm) and
the advanced precision kill weapon system (APKWS), formerly known as Hydra, family of guided and unguided 70mm rockets. Plans to arm the Apache with the advanced precision kill weapon system (APKWS) II, a laser-guided version of the Hydra were shelved in the FY2008 budget. The US Army awarded BAE Systems a development contract for the APKWS II in April 2006. British Army AH mk1 helicopters are armed with the CRV7 70mm rocket system from Bristol Aerospace of Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Longbow Apache carries the combination of armaments chosen for the particular mission. In the close support role, the helicopter carries 16 Hellfire missiles on four four-rail launchers and four air-to-air missiles. The Apache is equipped with two turboshaft engines, each providing 1,265kW. The American AH-64D has General Electric T700-GE-701 engines and the UK Apache is fitted with RTM322 engines from Rolls-Royce / Turbomeca. The AH-64 Apache can climb at a rate of 889m/min. The maximum and cruise speeds of the helicopter are 279km/h and 260km/h respectively. The ferry range and service ceiling of the helicopter are 1,900km and 6,400m respectively. The endurance is 3 hours 9 minutes. The helicopter weighs around 5,165kg, while the maximum take-off weight is 10,433kg.
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France's Carmat has won approval to proceed with the first human implantations of its artificial heart in four countries, the company said on Tuesday, sending its shares up 25 percent. The approval were given by the four international cardiac surgery centres in Belgium, Poland, Saudi Arabia and Slovenia, where the tests will be carried out, but not in France, where Carmat's artificial heart is still to gain approval from the drug safety agency, ANSM. Among Carmat's competitors are privately-held SynCardia Systems and Abiomed Inc., both of the US. The approval is "good news" that allows the French medical devices maker "to make progress on the subject of human implantation despite the growing demands of the ASNM," Portzamparc analysts wrote in a note. The French regulator has asked Carmat to test the device on animals before it can allow implantation in humans. "The patient selection process and the training of the clinical teams are ongoing in these four countries (...) Implantations could start shortly following the completion of the training," Carmat said. Developed by a team of engineers from Airbus parent company EADS, the Carmat devices mimic heart muscle contractions with two micro pumps, one for each ventricle or heart chamber. AgENcIES
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Where’s Freddie? I need a hug. –Brett Lee
SPORTS Tuesday, 16 July, 2013
HO writes your scripts?” England ’s legendary allrounder Ian Botham was asked after taking a wicket first ball on his Test comeback in 1986. The same question can be asked of another flamboyant cricketer today as Shahid Afridi turned in one of the greatest all-round ODI performances to flatten West Indies in his comeback game. With Pakistan axing a whole
host of experienced players in recent months - including Younis Khan, Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akmal - there had been murmurs over whether Afridi’s ODI career should have been given yet another lifeline. He’s someone who sees himself as a bowling allrounder in recent years, and with no wickets in six previous ODIs, the doubts were justified. Afridi squashed them, and how - a game-transforming halfcentury and then the second best one-day bowling figures of all time.
Even in a career as wildly fluctuating as his, there can be few moments when the turnaround in fortunes is this stark. It is the ability to deliver these truly gobsmacking performances that has earned him a loyal legion of fans, who swear by him even during extended runs of failures. Before he walked in to bat on a drizzly morning in Providence, Pakistan’s top order had once again keeled over against the moving ball as Jason Holder delivered a searing new-ball spell of 8-4-8-4. The manner of those dismissals would have been as demoralising for Pakistan’s fans as the scoreline, with two top-order batsmen being bowled when looking to leave the ball. Misbah-ul-Haq was playing his usual hold-the-innings-together role scoring at about a run an over, but when Afridi strode out, he was immediately looking to score at a run a ball. Pakistan were 47 for 5 and the team’s last recognised batting pair was in the middle, but that didn’t prevent Afridi from launching his third delivery for six over long-off. Given his kamikaze style of play, a quick end to his innings wouldn’t have surprised. It almost did after he belted another six and a four, but Chris Gayle put down a tough chance at slip. After that, he could take lesser risks despite scoring rapidly as West Indies’ bowlers offered several boundary balls. Marlon Samuels offered long hops and full tosses that were dispatched beyond the rope, Darren Sammy was cleverly dinked over the shoulder before his half-volley was pounded through extra cover to bring up the half-century off 35 deliveries. The man who was expected to be the biggest threat, Sunil Narine, was caned out of the attack, taken for 32 in three overs. On a track where the rest of the Pakistan team combined to score 120 off 245, Afridi plundered 76 off 55, showing the insouciance and big-hitting that typifies his batting. Misbah added to his everexpanding collection of ODI half-centuries as well, on a track which he called one of the toughest he has come across, and his partnership with Afridi underlined how two vastly different styles of batting can both be crucial to the team’s cause. Their efforts drove Pakistan to 224, which seemed like
it is tiME FOr ME tO GivE a lOt tO thE tEaM: aFriDi PROVIDENCE: In his last 10 matches before the oDI against west Indies in Guyana, Shahid Afridi had scored 142 runs at an average of 17.75 and had taken just three wickets. It was a run of failure that had forced his ouster from the Pakistan team for the Champions Trophy. But after staging possibly one of the greatest oDI comebacks, that helped Pakistan thrash west Indies by 126 runs in the first oDI in Guyana, Afridi said his goal going into the game was to give back to the team and not just ‘survive’. “I try hard and I back myself and I want to thank people back home,” Afridi said. “It is not time for me to just survive in the team, but to give a lot to the team. It was not easy to survive so I tried to stay positive.” on a pitch where batsmen from both sides struggled to score runs, Afridi’s 76 came off 55 balls and his 120-run partnership with Misbah-ul-Haq rescued Pakistan from a dangerous 47 for 5.
a challenging target for West Indies. Twenty minutes into the chase, that seemed a far larger score as West Indies were reduced to 7 for 3, the second lowest score for which they have lost three wickets in ODIs. It began with Mohammad Irfan’s swinging, 146kph low full toss that resulted in a golden duck for Johnson Charles in the first over. The pace and bounce of Irfan disconcerted the batsmen, with
“whenever I got the ball in my zone I went for it,” Afridi said. “I knew Misbah was at the other end. I knew he would stay till the end, it gave me the confidence to go after it.” Afridi, who finished with seven wickets for 12 runs, making it one of the best all-round performances in oDI cricket, was thrilled with his bowling: “oh wow, wow, wow, wow what a pitch it was for me to bowl. I just kept it simple, and it worked.” Calling the track ‘one of the more difficult pitches’ he had played on, Misbah said he targeted a score of 200, as he believed it would challenge the west Indies batting. “It was a much-needed performance,” Misbah said. “Especially the way Shahid Afridi played. It is one of the more difficult pitches I have played on. It was seaming, it was stopping, it was really difficult to middle the ball. I thought if we could reach 200, we could fight. And Shahid helped me. AgENcIES
Darren Bravo the next to go, caught down the leg side. The biggest breakthrough, though, came through a direct hit from Misbah at cover, catching Chris Gayle well short while attempting a single that would have been tough for the quickest of runners, but was hara-kiri for a slow-mover like Gayle. Pakistan knew well the importance of that wicket - Misbah was midway
ScOREBOARD PAKISTAN Nasir jamshed lbw b Holder 6 Ahmed Shehzad b Holder 5 1 mohammad Hafeez b Holder misbah-ul-Haq c charles b Dj Bravo 52 0 Asad Shafiq c charles b Holder Umar Akmal c Dj Bravo b Roach 19 Shahid Afridi c Sammy b Pollard 76 Wahab Riaz c Holder b Roach 7 Saeed Ajmal not out 15 11 Asad Ali b Dj Bravo mohammad Irfan not out 4 28 EXTRAS (b 1, lb 4, w 23) TOTAL 224 FALL OF WIcKETS 1-15 (Ahmed Shehzad, 3.3 ov), 218 (mohammad Hafeez, 5.6 ov), 3-21 (Nasir jamshed, 7.6 ov), 4-23 (Asad Shafiq, 9.1 ov), 5-47 (Umar Akmal, 20.1 ov), 6-167 (Shahid Afridi, 38.6 ov), 7-183 (Wahab Riaz, 44.2 ov), 8-200 (misbah-ul-Haq, 47.2 ov), 9220 (Asad Ali, 49.5 ov) BOWLINg: KAj Roach 10-0-38-2, jO Holder 10-4-134, Djg Sammy 8-2-35-0, Dj Bravo 10-3-52-2, SP Narine 3-0-32-0, mN Samuels 3-0-24-0, KA Pollard 6-0-25-1 WEST INDIES cH gayle run out (misbah-ul-Haq) 1 j charles b mohammad Irfan 0
5 Dm Bravo c Umar Akmal b mohammad Irfan mN Samuels lbw b Shahid Afridi 25 10 LmP Simmons st Umar Akmal b Shahid Afridi 0 Dj Bravo lbw b Shahid Afridi KA Pollard c Wahab Riaz b Shahid Afridi 3 21 Djg Sammy not out KAj Roach c & b Shahid Afridi 1 14 SP Narine c Nasir jamshed b Shahid Afridi jO Holder lbw b Shahid Afridi 0 EXTRAS (b 1, lb 6, w 11) 18 98 TOTAL FALL OF WIcKETS 1-1 (charles, 0.2 ov), 2-7 (Dm Bravo, 4.3 ov), 3-7 (gayle, 4.6 ov), 4-41 (Simmons, 22.1 ov), 5-41 (Dj Bravo, 22.2 ov), 6-50 (Pollard, 26.1 ov), 7-51 (Samuels, 28.2 ov), 8-55 (Roach, 30.4 ov), 9-98 (Narine, 40.2 ov), 10-98 (Holder, 40.6 ov) BOWLINg: mohammad Irfan 7-2-17-2, Asad Ali 5-013-0, Wahab Riaz 5-1-8-0, Saeed Ajmal 7-0-25-0, mohammad Hafeez 8-1-16-0, Shahid Afridi 9-3-12-7 match details Toss West Indies, who chose to field Series Pakistan led the 5-match series 1-0 Player of the match Shahid Afridi (Pakistan) Umpires PR Reiffel (Australia) and jS Wilson TV umpire Nj Llong (England) match referee Dc Boon (Australia) Reserve umpire Pj Nero
through celebrating the dismissal when he was swamped by his joyous team-mates. Marlon Samuels and Lendl Simmons then cut out all risk, and played ultra-cautious cricket against some top bowling from Pakistan. “Huge pressure is there, huge pressure,” wicketkeeper Umar Akmal frequently reminded the batsmen. The biggest strength in the Pakistan line-up is the quality they have across their bowling, with no major weak links. With Simmons and Samuels batting out 15 overs - and scoring only 34 on a turning track - the required-rate had crept above six, but West Indies were still optimistic of winning. Afridi was only brought on as the sixth bowler, but there was no stopping him from being the headliner. In his second over, he had Simmons stumped and Dwayne Bravo lbw next ball. He was showing off his famous starman celebration, and West Indies’ chances were evaporating. His mix of legspinners, quick sliders, the occasional googly and even the odd offbreak proved too much for West Indies’ batsmen. Kieron Pollard’s had three ducks in his previous four ODI innings, and his lack of confidence was apparent, as he holed out to long-off for 3. Not long after, Afridi had Samuels lbw with a delivery that turned in.
This is the best phase for me in international cricket: Rohit neW DeLHI AgENcIES
Rohit Sharma’s success in the role of an opener has given a new lease of life to his international career and the promising batsman believes that the current run of form has been “the best and most satisfying phase” since he donned India colours. “From the point of view of consistency, this has certainly been the best phase as an international cricketer. I am enjoying my new role as an opener. That I have been successful and my contribution has helped the team’s cause makes it even more satisfying. I am hoping to keep up the good work,” Sharma told PTI in an interview today. In the 12 matches since he was asked to open, the talented 26-year-old
Mumbaikar has scored five half-centuries apart from two near-50 scores and Sharma attributes it to the sound technique that he possesses. “I was always confident about my technique. The opener’s job is specialized one but I always knew that I could hold my own if I am given an opportunity at the top of the order. Also I have opened a couple of times in T20’s for India, so it wasn’t an entirely new experience,” said Sharma, who scored a match-winning 83 against England in Mohali, on his maiden appearance as an opener. On his own admission, the offer to open the innings came suddenly to him. “I wasn’t exactly surprised but I knew that it would be challenging. But then in life, when challenges are thrown at you, you should believe in your instincts and go for it. The innings of 83 against
England wasn’t the best but certainly an effort that proved to be a morale booster for me,” stated Sharma, who has scored 2459 runs in 98 ODIs with two centuries and 17 half-centuries. Asked about the change in ODI opener’s role since two new balls are being used, he admitted that it is indeed a big challenge. “The opener’s role with two new balls coming into play has changed. It’s no longer going after the bowling from the word ‘go’. There are a few shots which should be avoided during the initial overs”, he said. “For example, when the ball is pitched up, one would love to play drive but now it is better to be a bit watchful. Having said that, I am not saying that one shouldn’t play his natural game,” Sharma explained. He has faced scathing criticism and intense media scrutiny after the initial failures but nothing has perturbed him.
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He’s mandatory for the IBF by default because Lucian Bute is injured, and I think (Edwin) Rodriguez and (Brandon) Gonzalez were fighting for the number two spot, this is what Eddie (Hearn, promoter) is telling me anyway. –Carl Froch
A new role: Moin Khan to ‘keep wickets’ as chief selector LAhORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Monday appointed former Pakistan captain and wicketkeeper Moin Khan as chairman of the national selection committee. Moin was appointed as the chief selector after a meeting with the interim chairman of PCB, Najam Sethi here at PCB headquarters. The 41-year-old takes over from Iqbal Qasim, who stepped aside earlier this month in a move seen as a reaction to the team’s miserable performance in the Champions Trophy in England. Sethi discussed the selector’s role with Moin and the former captain accepted the job. “Former captain and wicket-keeper Khan will take over as chief selector while the rest of the members of the committee will remain the same,” a PCB release said. Former left-arm paceman Salim Jaffer, Test batsman Azhar Khan, Farrukh Zaman and Asif Baloch are the other selectors. Speaking on the occasion Moin said: “It is an honor and a privilege to be offered the position of chairman of national selection committee, a position held by many greats in the past and most recently by legendary Iqbal Qasim. “I have accepted this as a challenge and I am glad that PCB and my own vision corresponds in terms of preparing a pool of talented cricketers who can mount an effective challenge in the 2015 world Cup.” “It is an honour and a privilege to be offered the position of chairman of national selection committee - a position held by many greats in the past and most recently by legendary spinner Qasim,” he said. Khan played 69 Tests and 219 one-day internationals for Pakistan in the 1990s and was a member of the world Cup winning team in 1992. No tenure has been announced for Khan’s post under an interim PCB set-up which took over after chairman Zaka Ashraf was suspended due to complaints about his election in May this year. Last week the Islamabad high court ordered Sethi to hold elections for the PCB chairman within 90 days. STAFF REPORT
Tuesday, 16 July, 2013
phF buriEs thE hatchEt hanif khan sackeD: tahir zaMan to replace hiM in the coaching panel LAHoRe
HE Pakistan Hockey Federation after the poor show of the national team in the Hockey World League have make minor changes in the team management and with that development, Tahir Zaman
has been brought in place of Hanif Khan in the coaching panel. The decision was taken in a closed door meeting of the PHF top brass here at the PHF headquarters on Monday. Now the coaching panel will line up the national team for prepare them for the upcoming Asia Cup on July 21 at the National Hockey Camp. Talking to journalists here at the PHF offices, PHF secretary Asif Bajwa said that a particular group of people is working against the federation and instead of encouraging the players they are discouraging them. “Their main aim is to see the team go down in every sphere of the game. The team will for achieving its target would enter the Asia Cup with full force,” he added. Bajwa further stated that changes in the team management have been brought after detailed discussions with the PHF president Qasim Zia. “Hanif has great contribution for the game which should be recognized and his input for the development of the sport will be taken at every step. “But a group of three persons is conspiring against the federation and hockey alike. No one has in the past
listened to their self-centred approached and this time too no one will listen to them,” he added. Bajwa further stated that he has asked those people to give their suggestions if they have for the uplift of the game and stop spreading disappointments. “Our main target is the 2014 World Cup and for that the national team have to win Asia Cup for a place in the mega event and the team will go all out to win the title and a place in the World Cup,” he maintained. The training camp of national
senior probables preparing for participation in the 9th Men’s Asia Cup – IPOH/ Malaysia from August 24 to 1st September 2013 – will be established at National Hockey Stadium, Lahore on 21st July 2013. “The Hockey World League had an easy way to qualify for the World Cup but the opportunity was wasted and now the PHF president after consultation with Chief Coach Akhtar Rasool appointed Tahir Zaman in the coaching panel to have positive results in Asia Cup,” said Bajwa.
puJara EaGEr tO prOvE hiMsElF SPoRTS DeSk Cheteshwar Pujara has said that exposure to the one-day format at the international level would help him change people’s perception about him being only a longerformat player. Pujara is part of India’s squad that is scheduled to play five ODIs in Zimbabwe starting July 24 and is likely to make his ODI debut during the series. “I think I have the basics, now it’s just about shifting the gears at the right time, and that comes with more matches at the international level,” Pujara told the Indian Express. “My
technique is correct. Yeah, maybe at times, you need to learn more shots and you need to play according to the situation, but that comes with experience.” Pujara made a seamless entry into Test cricket after years of piling up runs in first-class cricket, and this time, the selectors have also put their faith on his equally impressive List A record and added him to the ODI squad. In 61 List A matches, Pujara has scored 2735 runs at an average of 56.97. He gave a glimpse of his talent during last year’s Challenger Trophy, smashing 158*, 124* and 79 at a strike rate of 107. During his Test hundreds
against Australia earlier this year, he maintained high strike rates too despite taking time to settle in, an approach, Pujara feels, would help in overseas conditions. “With the two new balls, it does make a difference, and you have to be technically correct,” he said. “If you are playing on a flat wicket, then it’s a different story altogether, but when you are playing overseas, you can’t play your shots from the beginning, and you need wickets at the end to accelerate. And with the new rules, you have five fielders inside (the circle), so even acceleration becomes easier once the ball is old.
FLOWER PROUD OF ENGLAND’S NERVE noTTIngHAM
LehMann pUts batsMen on notiCe
Andy Flower has praised the “resolve and resilience” of his team after England’s narrow victory in the first Investec Ashes Test at Trent Bridge. Flower, the England team director, also defended the DRS despite some controversial dismissals during the Test and expressed the belief that such an entertaining start to the series would prove beneficial to the game as a whole. “It was a sensational game,” Flower said. “I’m very proud of our team, obviously, for the resolve and the resilience they showed. They held their nerves under pressure. It was a tense game for five days. It’s obviously great to come out on top and we can go to Lord’s with real confidence. But I must say both teams provided an outstanding game of Test match cricket. “We’re in the business of winning, so to win is outstanding. They can take a lot of confidence from the way they held themselves, especially as our lead was whittled away. They were good in breaks, they were good in the middle. “Alastair Cook led them well; he showed his strength and calmness as a captain again, not to mention his catching ability. Jimmy Anderson, particularly, with the ball showed again his skill and class. I must also make mention of Ian Bell’s innings. He obviously showed real skill, but also, I think more importantly, a real determination and courage out there in the middle to bat like he did. “It’s not only meaningful for the players. We had full crowds here every day
NOTTINGhAM: Australia’s batsmen have been placed on notice by their coach Darren Lehmann, who declared after a memorable first Test match in charge that the team’s long-standing and disproportionate reliance on their bowlers for major runs must end if the Ashes are to be won from 1-0 down. Last-wicket stands of 163 and 65 almost carried the tourists to victory at Trent Bridge, but as on the India tour earlier this year the lateinnings heroics contrasted starkly with failures further up the order. Lehmann said that while Australia had proved they could worry England, his batsmen were the major difference between victory and defeat, most glaringly at their first opportunity when slipping to 117 for nine before Ashton Agar’s world record union with Phillip Hughes. “I think we’ve done enough to show this is going to be a really close series and we’ve just got to capture those key moments,” Lehmann said. “And I think if you look back on the game, we’ve certainly got to bat better as a top order. That’s probably the
and I’m sure they’ll be like that through the rest of the series. For those people to create such a great atmosphere for the competitors to play in, but also for everyone on TV and radio hearing what was an amazing game of cricket and a special atmosphere, it’s really great for the game of cricket that we have games of this type.” While there were some issues with umpiring decisions during the game Flower approached the match referee,
Ranjan Madugalle, for clarification of ICC protocols after Aleem Dar’s not out decision for an leg before appeal against Jonathan Trott was overruled by the TV umpire, Marais Erasmus, despite a user error denying him use of the side-on Hot Spot image - Flower defended the system and insisted it helped the officials “get more decisions right than wrong.” “I think that using the review system is the correct way for international cricket to
key. we’re going to bowl very well and we know we can control their batters. It’s a matter of making more runs.” “our tail has done really well over a long period of time now but it’s time for the batters to make sure they’re making the runs and giving the tail a bit more time. I think we only batted for 63 overs (sic 64.5) in the first innings and 110 in the second. we’ve got to be reversing that about, batting for 120 overs plus in the first innings of a game and making our runs then.” No one symbolised this issue more distinctly than the No. 3 batsman Ed Cowan, twice swishing his wicket away with cover drives that did not correspond to his commission as an obstinate occupier of the crease. others like Shane watson, Chris Rogers and Steve Smith did not go on from starts, and even the captain Michael Clarke struggled to assert himself at No. 4. Lehmann said Cowan in particular had tried the patience of the selectors with his choice of shots. “He had a tough game,” Lehmann said. “we’ve told Ed how we want him to play and how we want him to bat. That certainly hasn’t changed from when he first came into the side, I would think. Ag E Nc IE S
go, because we get more decisions right using it,” Flower said. “I think that’s very simple and very clear. The protocol for making those decisions must be adhered to. Of course, we will never get everything right but at least using the system we get more decisions right than wrong.” Flower also defended Stuart Broad, who chose not to walk despite a thick edge that the umpire Aleem Dar did not see. “Stuart Broad, like every other batsman in
international cricket, has the right to wait for the umpire to make his decision,” Flower said. “The umpire’s job is to make those decisions.” Accepting that the first Test would have drained the players of both sides, Flower expressed his confidence in the “fitness” and “resilience” of his players and his belief that those qualities would serve them well with the scheduling of back-toback Tests allowing them little time to rest and recover from their exertions.
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Ljajic is not possible because Robinho hasn’t left, while there is a good chance that Honda can arrive in January and so we’ll wait for him then. –Adriano Galliani
SPORTS Tuesday, 16 July, 2013
bailEy cOnFiDEnt OF rEtaininG sOuthErn arEa titlE
Slough’s Ian Bailey (8-14) tops the bill at the York Hall on July 27 when he defends his Southern Area featherweight title against Gants Hill southpaw Dan Naylor (4-17-2). Back in September last year, Bailey upset the odds when claimed the vacant belt by stopping unbeaten Erith prospect Lewis Pettitt in the ninth round at the same venue. Bailey recalls the fight: “That was a good fight for the people watching it. I’d done a lot of sparring with Ben Murphy (Hove’s former lightweight title challenger) leading up to it, so the pace was really hard and fast. I was super fit so I knew that the way things were going from round four, five, I knew that he was going to get worn out. SPORTS DESK
blacklEDGE wants FiElDinG, Eubank Jnr Or sMith nExt
Lancashire’s Luke Blackledge (13-1) tops the bill at De Vere whites in the Reebok Stadium this weekend (July 20) taking on Huddersfield’s Alastair warren (8-4-2) for the vacant Central Area super middleweight belt. Back in March, Blackwledge suffered his defeat, a narrow points loss over ten rounds away to unbeaten Swedish prospect Erik Skoglund (17-0). Since then promoter Steve wood and Blackledge have been keen to challenge the best in the super middleweight division, but the Clitheroe fighter claims he’s being avoided: “I’ve little amateur experience and have only had 15 pro fights so I don’t know what they’re running from. SPORTS DESK
stiEGlitZ, sabillO rEtain bElts
Robert Stieglitz retained his minor wBo super middleweight title with a 10thround stoppage of Yuzo Kiyota. The Japanese challenger had fought two rounds with a severely cut left eye before the doctor stepped in and called an end to proceedings in Dresden. The Russian-born German was awarded a points decision, winning it 99-90, 100-98 and 99-90. Meanwhile in Manila, undefeated strawweight champion Merlito Sabillo defeated Colombian challenger Jorle Estrada to retain his title. SP ORT S D ESK
perry seals another Major success with us senior Open SPoRTS DeSk
ENNY Perry savored his “greatest round” of golf after firing a 63 to complete a record comeback victory at the US Senior Open on Sunday and claim a second successive senior major. The 52-year-old went from 10 shots behind pacesetter Michael Allen at the halfway mark of the tournament to a five-stroke victory in Omaha, Nebraska. Perry, a winner of 14 PGA Tour titles including a trio of trophies at the Memorial Tournament, said the victory at Omaha Country Club was the highlight of his career. “Today’s round was probably the greatest round I’ve ever played,” said Perry, who had a 13under-par total of 267. “I just was spot-on with all my irons. I putted like Ben Crenshaw. It all just came together for me. It’s just been a remarkable month. I’ve had a great run.” Perry, who two weeks ago won the Senior Players Championship, shot a 64 in the third round and finished with a seven-under round on Sunday. Fellow American Fred Funk, who shot a final-round 68 for eight-under-par 272, was in second place. Another stroke back were Rocco Mediate (66) and Corey Pavin (67) on 273, with Allen a further shot behind after finishing with a two-over 72. “He put it to us. Six-under yesterday and seven-under today. Back-to-back,
MickElsOn wins scOttish OpEn aFtEr play-OFF American Phil Mickelson overcame a surprising loss of focus on the 72nd hole and held his nerve to beat South Africa’s Branden Grace in a playoff and claim a confidence-boosting maiden win at the Scottish open at Inverness on Sunday. Mickelson, 43, had looked certain to claim victory without the need for extra holes as he strolled up the par-five 18th with a one-shot lead. But the four-times Major winner stunned a large and expectant crowd by three-putting from just off the green to hand Grace a reprieve. Mickelson, however, immediately put the disappointment behind him to birdie the first extra hole following a sensational chip from the front of the green that rolled to within a couple of feet and required a simple tap in. “I almost let it slide away today but to come out on top means a lot,” Mickelson told Sky Sports. “I’ve been coming here for quite some time. I was so mad at myself for mentally losing my focus ... I came out on that 18th hole (play-off) and refocused.” The win is a timely boost for Mickelson before the year’s third major championship, The open, which begins at Muirfield on Thursday.SP O RT S D E SK
it’s kind of what he did two weeks ago at Fox Chapel,” said Funk. “He just smoked the field on the weekend. That’s what you got to do. He just lapped us.” Perry erased the previous record for the biggest comeback after 36 holes in a senior Major, which was seven strokes. The Kentuckian also set a new standard for the lowest score over the final 36 holes of the US Senior Open at 127, three better than the old mark, and tied records for lowest 72-hole total, lowest score for the last 54 holes (200),
and the lowest final-round score. For Perry, who came agonizingly close to winning a PGA Tour Major, winning a national Open was the sweetest of victories. “It means a lot to win a national Open. For me to have that now attached to my name, (it is) the greatest win I’ve ever had,” he said. “To lose a Masters in a playoff (2009) and lose a PGA Championship in a playoff (1996), heartbreak. All I felt was heartbreak.
wOODs Drawn with McDOwEll anD OOsthuiZEn world number one Tiger woods has been drawn to play alongside Graeme McDowell and South African Louis oosthuizen in the first two rounds of The open at Muirfield. The trio will tee-off at 14:45 local time on Thursday and at 09:44 on Friday. Second-ranked Rory McIlroy has been grouped with American left-hander Phil Mickelson, last week’s Scottish open winner, and Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama. woods, who will be making his first competitive appearance since last month’s US open in Pennsylvania, played nine holes in practice on Sunday. The 14-times Major winner said he still needed medication and treatment on his injured left elbow. He had been suffering with minor discomfort ahead of the US open at Merion where he aggravated the problem and was seen wincing and shaking his arm on several occasions. “I started chipping and putting a little over a week ago and I’m full go for The open,” the 37-year-old American said on his website on Saturday. “I’m very confident my elbow strain won’t be a problem and I will be able to hit all the shots I need to hit. “The big thing at Muirfield will be to avoid the rough,” added woods. “Although I have been playing every day I also have to get back into a competitive feel.” woods is making his second open appearance at Muirfield. His first attempt at the East Lothian course back in 2002 saw him finish tied for 28th, with his chances ruined when he ended up playing through that week’s very worst weather during the first two rounds. “My first visit didn’t go very well. I caught the worst of the weather,” he said. SPORTS DESK
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Thiago Silva is a Paris Saint-Germain player. He has a contract and is going to respect it. –Thiago’s Agent
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FRUSTRATED FROOME: I’M NOT CHEATING, END OF STORY
GErrarD siGns nEw twO-yEar DEal Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has committed his future to the club by signing a contract extension that will keep him at Anfield until at least 2015. Liverpool have not officially disclosed the length of the new contract for the 33year-old, but it is reported to be for two years. Gerrard told the club’s official website: “I think everyone knows what it means to me. I’ve been here that long and so to extend, it’s a big day for me and I’m really happy for myself and my family. It’s great news. “It lets me know the club thinks an awful lot of me and want me here. SPO RT S D ES K
sky ‘rEaDy tO hanD waDa all Data’ tO prOvE thEy’rE clEan Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford has said he is ready to provide the world Anti-Doping Agency with every possible data to prove his side’s innocence after persistent suspicions. This year’s race has been under extra scrutiny as it is the first Tour being staged after Lance Armstrong admitted that he had cheated his way to seven Tour titles from 1999 to 2005. Although he was stripped of all seven of the titles, the sport is still trying to salvage its image. with athletics also under a cloud following the positive dope tests of former 100 metres record holder Asafa Powell and 2007 world 100 metres champion Tyson Gay at the weekend, Brailsford was adamant that Froome and other riders in his team are clean and their achievements should not be undermined. STAF F RE PORT
to you?” he said to reporters. “It’s a rest day, it’s 10am, and the bottom line is I’m defending somebody who’s done nothing wrong. I’m more than happy to try to find a way to convince you guys that we’re doing nothing wrong but we need a little bit of
in the morning then returned to the grass court to defeat Hewitt 5-7 7-5 6-3 in the afternoon final.
AFRIDI’S UNIQUE FEAT S.PeRvez QAISeR Shahid Afridi became the first player to play a fifty plus knock and took five or more wickets in a one-day international thrice. The right hand batsman and leg-break googly from Khyber Agency, achieved this unique feat against West Indies at Providence on Sunday (July 14) by making 76 off 55 balls with six fours and five sixes and taking seven wickets for12 runs. It was the 16th instance of a player taking a five-wicket haul and scoring fifty or more runs in the same match in one-day internationals. No other player has repeated this feat more than once. The last time this was done in one-day international cricket was also by Afridi, against Sri Lanka at Sharjah on November 20, 2011. He achieved this feat first time against England at Lahore on October 27, 2000 by
help.” Team Sky have implemented a strident anti-doping policy and although questions have been asked of their refusal to publicly release the power data for their riders, Brailsford says the World Anti-Doping Agency is welcome to examine all their information at any time.
MAHUT WINS HALL OF FAME CHAMPIONSHIP Frenchman Nicolas Mahut won two matches in a day to capture the Hall of Fame Championship at Newport on Sunday, denying former world number one Lleyton Hewitt his first title in more than three years. Mahut, who won his first career ATP title in the Netherlands last month, added a second in quick succession after a marathon day in Rhode Island. He beat American Michael Russell 6-2 6-2 in their rain-delayed semi-final
making 61 runs and taking five for 40. Afridi has now become the only player in one day international history to score 7000 or more runs and take 350 wickets. Dwayne Bravo’s wicket was Shahid Afridi’s 350th in 355 matches, making him only the eighth bowler, and the third Pakistan bowler after Wasim Akram (502 wickets in 356 matches) and Waqar Younis (416 wickets in 262 matches), in one day internationals to take these many. The only other player to take 300-plus wickets and score 7000-plus runs in one day international is Sri Lankan Sanath Jayasuriya. Afridi’s bowling figures of seven for 12 were the second-best in one day internationals. The best figures belong to Sri Lankan Chaminda Vaas, who took 8 for 19 against Zimbabwe at Colombo on December 8,2001. Shahid Afridi’s bowling figures in this match are the best for a
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HRIS Froome betrayed a hint of frustration after he was once again asked about doping following a dominant win on Mont Ventoux in Stage 15 of the Tour de France. Froome extended his lead at the top of the general classification to over four minutes with a thrilling ascent on Sunday, powering away from his peers with a brilliant attack. So good was Froome’s display in the yellow jersey that for some it brought back memories of Lance Armstrong’s feats en route to winning seven Tour de France titles, all of which have been revoked due to his extensive doping. Scepticism is rife in a sport that has dealt with controversy after controversy in recent years, but Froome says he is growing tired with having to respond to repeated enquiries about performance-enhancing drugs. Last year’s winner Bradley Wiggins had to deal with much the same kind of scrutiny when triumphing for Team Sky. “I just think it’s quite sad that we’re sitting here the day after the biggest victory of my life, a historic win, talking about doping,” Froome said. “My team-mates and I have been away from home for months training together and working our arses off to get here, and here I am accused of being a cheat and a liar. “Lance cheated. I’m not cheating. End of story.” Chris Froome pulls away from yellow jersey rival Alberto Contador to take victory atop Mont Ventoux and extend his overall lead. Sky’s team principal Sir Dave Brailsford also showed his annoyance at the prominence of the doping issue. “Rather than asking us to come up with some way to prove we’re innocent, why don’t you collectively have a meeting and tell me what would prove it
spinner in one day internationals. These figures were also the best for a bowler bowling third change or later in an innings. In terms of runs given, this was Afridi’s most economical spell in one day internationals in which he has bowled five or more overs. Waqar Younis who took seven wickets for 36 runs against England at Leeds on June 17,2001 held the previous record of best bowling for Pakistan in one day internationals. West Indies recorded their lowest ever total against Pakistan by making 98 in 41 overs. Their previous lowest against Pakistan was 103 in 40.3 overs at Melbourne on January 20,1997. It was only the eighth instance of West Indies getting bowled out for under 100 runs and only the second at home. The last time West Indies got dismissed for under 100 runs was on February 1, 2013 against Australia at Perth.
The Australian, bidding for his first singles title since he beat Roger Federer in the final at Halle in June, 2010, also played in the morning, blunting the booming serve of twice defending champion John Isner to win 5-7 6-2 6-4. Despite spending more than an hour longer on court in his semi-final, the 32-year-old Hewitt looked to be on the verge of a straightforward victory in the final. He won the opening set then served for the match at 5-4 in the second set but was unable to close it out as Mahut, a runner-up in Newport six years, fought back.
LAhORE: The world Kabaddi and Iran Kabaddi Federations condoled the death of a former secretary of Pakistan Kabaddi federation, Ali Muhammad Khawaja who died here recently. In their separate condolence messages, President wKF Janarindar Singh and Agha Maqsood, President, IKF expressed their heartfelt sympathies with the members of the bereaved family. They paid glowing tributes to late Ali Muhammad Khawaja for his four decades long services for the cause of kabaddi not only in Pakistan but at the international level during his stint as the President wKF. “His contributions for the overall development of Kabaddi at world level will always be remembered and in his death a vacuum has been created which will take long to be filled,” they added. STAFF RE PO RT
pFb naMEs natiOnal yOuth tEaM LAhORE: The Pakistan Federation Baseball has named a 14 member national youth team for taking part in the 2ND IBAF U12 Baseball world Cup 2013 to be held at Chinese Taipei The world Cup is being held there from July 18 – 28. Shaukat Javed, President PFB announced the team on Monday. The team includes Syed Ali Shah (Captain), Abdul Rehman, Shoaib Sajjad, Ifraz Hussain Hashmi, Abdul Rehman, Muhammad Abu Bakar Tahiri, Shah Ahmed, Farrukh waqas Masood, Haider Shahzad, Malik Hamza Umer, Syed Muhammad Shah, Ali Hassan, Ali Iftikhar, Shiraz Asif. OffICIALS: Syed Fakhar Ali Shah (Team Leader/Head Coach), Sheikh Mazhar Ahmad (Manager), Iftikhar Hussain Hashmi (Assistant Coach). The Pakistan team has been put in group B along with Hong Kong, Korea, Panama, Russia, USA, Venezuela while Group A have Brazil, Chinese Taipei, Czech Rep, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Philippines. STAFF R EPO RT
BEST BOWLING IN ONE-DAY INTERNATIONALS: Figures Bowler Opponent 8-19 Chaminda Vaas (Sri Lanka) Zimbabwe 7-12 Shahid Afridi (Pakistan) West Indies 7-15 Glenn McGrath (Australia) Namibia 7-20 Andy Bichel (Australia) England 7-30 Muttiah Muralitharan (SL) India
Venue Colombo Providence Potchefstroom Port Elizabeth Sharjah
Date 08-12-2001 14-07-2013 27-02-2003 02-03-2003 27-10-2000
A FIFTY AND FIVE WICKETS IN A MATCH: Performance Player Opponent Venue Date 119 & 5-41 Vivian Richards (West Indies) New Zealand Dunedin 18-03-1987 70 & 5-27 Krishnamachari Srikkanth (India) New Zealand Visakhapatnam 10-12-1988 57 & 5-24 Mark Waugh (Australia ) West Indies Melbourne 15-12-1992 54 & 6-49 Lance Klusener (South Africa ) Sri Lanka Lahore 06 -11-1997 70* & 5-48 Abdul Razzaq (Pakistan) India Hobart 21-01-2000 80 & 5-33 Graeme Hick (England) Zimbabwe Harare 20-02-2000 61 & 5-40 Shahid Afridi (Pakistan) England Lahore 27-10-2000 71* & 5-34 Sourav Ganguly (India) Zimbabwe Kanpur 11-12-2000 63* & 6-25 Scott Styris (New Zealand) West Indies Port of Spain 12-06-2002 53 & 5-26 Ronni Irani (England) India The Oval 09 -07-2002 60 & 5-46 ChrisGayle (West Indies) Australia St George’s 01-06-2003 112* & 6-31 Paul Collingwood (England) Bangladesh Nottingham 21-06-2005 79 & 5-32 Sunil Dhaniram (Canada) Bermuda King City 29-06-2008 50* & 5-31 Yuvraj Singh (India) Ireland Bangalore 06-03-2011 75 & 5-35 Shahid Afridi (Pakistan) Sri Lanka Sharjah 20-11-2011 76 & 7-12 Shahid Afridi (Pakistan) West Indies Providence 14-07-2013
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top Jamaat leader found guilty of bD war crimes
Bangladeshi court on Monday found a top Jamaat-e-Islaami (JI) leader guilty of masterminding atrocities during the 1971 war of independence against Pakistan and sentenced him to life imprisonment, as violence broke out across the country between police and his supporters. The decision angered both supporters who said the trial was politically motivated and opponents who said he should be executed. A special tribunal of three judges announced the decision against Ghulam Azam in a packed courtroom in Dhaka. The panel said the former leader of the Jamaat-e-Islaami party deserved capital punishment, but received a jail sentence instead because of his advanced age and poor health. Azam was in the dock when the verdict was delivered while protesters outside rallied to demand his execution. Both the defense and the prosecution said they will appeal. Azam led Jamaat-e-Islaami in then-east Pakistan in 1971 when Bangladesh became independent through a bloody war. He is among several Jamaat leaders convicted by a tribunal formed in 2010 by the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to try those accused of collaborating
with the Pakistani army in the war. Bangladesh says the Pakistani army killed three million people and raped 200,000 women during the nine-month war, and some 10 million people took shelter across the border in India. Azam led the party until 2000 and is still considered to be its spiritual leader. Jamaat-e-Islami claims his trial and others were politically motivated, which authorities deny. The party called for a nationwide shutdown after the tribunal announced on Sunday it would have the verdict on Monday. Protests stemming from previous verdicts have sometimes turned deadly. On Monday, police clashed with party supporters in parts of Dhaka while party activists set fire to a few vehicles that tried to defy the strike call, the Bengali-language Prothom Alo newspaper reported. Police fired rubber bullets to disperse an opposition procession in Dhaka’s Jatrabari area, and some photographers and cameramen were injured in the chaos, the newspaper said. The tribunal said Azam was guilty of all 61 charges under five categories: conspiracy, incitement, planning, abetment and failure to prevent killing. He and his party were accused of forming citizens’ brigades to commit genocide and other serious crimes against the pro-in-
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security agencies failed in maintaining peace, says senate committee ISLAMABAD ONLINE
Condemning the killing of foreign tourists at Nanga Parbat, the Senate’s Standing Committee on Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan Affairs concluded that the “security agencies had failed to maintain peace”.
dependence fighters during the war. Azam had openly campaigned against the creation of Bangladesh and toured the Middle East to get support in favor of Pakistan. He routinely met with Pakistan authorities during the war. Earlier in the morning, Azam was taken to the tribunal from a prison cell in a government hospital, where he was being
The meeting was held under the chairmanship of Senator Haji Adeel at the Parliament House on Monday. Federal minister for Kashmir affairs and other top ministry officials also participated in the meting. Mushahid Hussian Syed said the attacks on the GHQ, Mehran Camp, Kamra Airbase and the Sri Lankan cricket team
demonstrated the failure of the security forces. Mushahid further said China’s cooperation with Pakistan was in jeopardy if “we failed to attain peace in our country”. A former Gilgit-Baltistan inspector general (IG) said, “The police had inadequate resources to deal with terrorism,” adding that “police had no prior knowledge about the presence of Chinese tourists in the area”. Federal Minister Bargis Chaudhry said the biggest challenge faced by Pakistan was terrorism, adding that the government was critically viewing the situation in FATA, KP and Balochistan that had become killing fields. Committee member Jehangir Badr said the committee members would visit the countries whose nationals had been killed in the Nanga Parbat incident. He said the prime minister who is also the chairman of Gilgit-Baltistan council, should call the next council session immediately.
treated for various complications, amid tight security as his party enforced the nationwide general strike to denounce the verdict. The main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, led by former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, has criticised the tribunal, saying it is intended to weaken the opposition. Jamaat-e-Islami is the main political ally of Zia’s party.
Hasina’s government says it had pledged before the 2008 election, which it won in a landslide, to prosecute those responsible for war crimes. In Pakistan, Jamaat-e-Islami chief Syed Munawar Hasan strongly condemned the 90-year jail term pronounced by the tribunal against Azam, and said this was making a mockery of justice.
Us envoy in egypt, calls for return to democracy the brotherhooD refuses to join new governMent heaDeD by hazeM al-beblawi CAIRo AgENcIES
A senior US official was in Cairo on Monday to press for a return to elected government following Mohamed Morsi’s overthrow, as the Islamist leader’s supporters and opponents readied rival rallies. Under Secretary of State Bill Burns, the first senior US official to visit since the July 3 overthrow of Egypt’s first freely elected president, flew in as the military-installed caretaker government tightened the screws on Morsi’s backers, freezing the assets of 14 top Islamists. Egypt’s new leaders are pushing ahead with a transition plan for an interim government and fresh elections, but Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood defiantly insists on his reinstatement. In the Sinai Peninsula, three factory workers were killed in a rocket-propelled grenade attack, medics said, in the latest in a spate of deadly attacks since Morsi’s overthrow to hit the sensitive and increasingly lawless region bordering Israel. In his talks with interim military and civilian leaders, Burns was to push for “an end to all violence and a transition leading to an inclusive, democratically elected civilian government,” the State Department said. International concern is mounting over the continued detention of Morsi, who has been in custody since hours after the July 3 coup and was quizzed by prosecutors on Sunday over complaints of possible criminal offences. Washington has still not decided whether he was the victim of a coup, which would legally require a freeze on some $1.5 billion in desperately needed US military and economic assistance to Cairo. On Sunday, two influential US Republican senators, Lindsey Graham and John McCain, urged the administration to cut the aid in response to the coup. The Brotherhood has refused to join the new government headed by caretaker prime
minister Hazem al-Beblawi, who remains locked in talks on a cabinet line-up he says will be dominated by technocrats. The ultra-conservative Islamist party AlNur also confirmed it would not join the interim government. Spokesman Nader Bakkar said: “We would participate only in an elected government.” Among the confirmed appointments is prominent liberal leader Mohamed ElBaradei, 71, who was sworn in on Sunday as interim vice president for foreign relations. Beblawi is expected to unveil his full cabinet on Tuesday or Wednesday. His priorities include restoring security and preparing for parliamentary and presidential elections, which interim president Adly Mansour has said could be held by early next year. The assets freeze against nine senior Brotherhood figures is part of an investigation ordered by chief prosecutor Hisham Barakat. Those targeted include its leader Mohamed Badie. Also hit are five Islamists from other groups, including ex-militant faction Gamaa Islamiya, which carried out a deadly 1997 attack on tourists in Luxor, judicial sources said. The investigation relates to four deadly incidents since Morsi’s overthrow, including clashes outside an elite army headquarters in Cairo last Monday in which dozens of people, mostly Islamists, were killed. The asset freeze comes a day after prosecutors received criminal complaints against Morsi, Badie and other senior Islamists, with a view to launching a formal investigation. Ezzedine Choukri-Fishere, a professor of political science at the American University in Cairo, said hardliners among the Islamists and the security services were seeking to deepen divisions. “(Deputy leader) Khairat El-Shater and others who have led the Muslim Brotherhood over the last few years have an interest in turning this into a radical confrontation... (as do) the hawks in the security services,” he said. “I suspect the majority of those in the new regime, like ElBaradei and Beblawi, want the Brotherhood to be a part of the new process, because it’s the only way to get transition right,” he added. A Brotherhood spokesman vowed to continue “peaceful” protests until the reinstatement of Morsi, who interim leaders say is being held in a “safe place, for his own safety”.
hOusinG anD wOrks sEcy chanGED ISLAMABAD: The federal secretary for housing and works, Capt (r) Nasar Hayat, has been asked to relinquish his post. In the latest bureaucratic reshuffle, the additional charge of the secretary for housing and works has been handed over to Ports and Shipping Secretary Habibullah. STAFF REPORT Published by Arif Nizami at Plot # 7, Al-Baber Centre, F/8 Markaz, Islamabad.