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Five more killed as rains continue to lash country

Govt to form committee for poll rigging probe

Taliban warn against executing LJ terrorists

At least five people, including a woman, were killed in various accidents caused by floods and heavy rains that lashed the country on Thursday. In Sialkot, a woman was killed while her three children received serious injuries when the roof of their room caved in due to torrential rain in Talwandi village in Pasrur tehsil. Saleema Bibi (43) and her three children Iqra, Arsalan and Mehwish were sleeping when the roof of their room caved in, killing Saleema on the spot and injuring her three children. PAG E 02

Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan on Thursday announced that the government was ready to form a committee to probe the alleged rigging in the May 11 general elections. To a calling attention notice, Nisar said, "We want to improve the electoral system with censuses of all political parties and the Election Commission of Pakistan and taking output from other countries so no one in the future can point a finger at the fairness of elections". PAG E 02

Two banned outfits, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and Ansarul Mujahideen, have threatened to target two high-profile personalities of Punjab and the federation and carry out suicide bombings in FATA against government functionaries if Dr Usman and his associates are hanged in Faisalabad jail per schedule on August 23. A note sent to the media by the TTP spokesman said a squad of suicide bombers had been constituted and if Dr Usman, the main accused in the GHQ attack case, was hanged. PAG E 04

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Maj Gen Sarfraz Sattar appointed Mi dG

CHENAB IN VERY HIGH FLOOD, INUNDATES 27 VILLAGES IN PASRUR

RAWALPINDI: Major General Sarfraz Sattar was appointed Military Intelligence (MI) director general on Thursday. Sources in the military confirmed that Sattar had been appointed the director general of the MI. This is the third major change made by higher military leadership in the last few days. Earlier, new Ten Corp corp commander and military DG operations were also appointed. INP

PM DIRECTS PROVINCIAL GOVTS TO KEEP STRICT WATCH ON RIVERS, ENSURE IMMEDIATE RELIEF MEASURES

MORE RAINS FORECAST FOR NEXT FEW DAYS

Parliamentary body for judges’aPPointment reconstituted ISLAMABAD: The parliamentary committee for the appointment of judges was reconstituted on Thursday and the body is set to meet on August 19. According to details, the parliamentary committee for the judges’ appointment was reconstituted after the May 11 general elections. A notification to this effect was issued by the Senate Secretariat on Thursday. PML-N Chairman Raja Zafarul Haq, PML-N Senator Malik Rafiq Rajwana, ANP Senator Haji Muhammad Adeel, PPP Senator Raza Rabbani, PML-N MNAs Mehmood Bashir Virk and Arshid Leghari, PPP’s Naveed Qamar and PTI’s Shah Mahmood Qureshi have been included in the body. The names of the committee members were sent to the Senate Secretariat after consultation with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Opposition Leader in National Assembly Khurshid Shah, Leader of the House in the Senate Raja Zafarul Haq and Leader of the Opposition in the Senate Aitzaz Ahsan. The maiden meeting of the reformed committee will be held on August 19 at 11am. The meeting is likely to give approval to the recommendations of the judicial committee regarding appointment of high court judges. INP

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T least five people, including a woman, were killed in various accidents caused by floods and heavy rains that lashed the country on Thursday. In Sialkot, a woman was killed while her three children received serious injuries when the roof of their room caved in due to torrential rain in Talwandi village in Pasrur tehsil. Saleema Bibi (43) and her three children Iqra, Arsalan and Mehwish were sleeping when the roof of their room caved in, killing Saleema on the spot and injuring her three children. Flood water again spilled over the banks of flooded Nullah Dek near village Chahoor in Pasrur following torrential rain in Sialkot region. Pasrur tehsil's 27 villages, including Jabbokey, Chak Machchaana, Nawaadhey, Eispur, Seehowal, Jeesatiwala, Qila Ahmedabad, Sojowali, Kukka Pan, Poond, Baangey, Rasheedpur, Ghangor, Khewan Cheema, Saarh Fataah, Behlolpur, Chcheema, Peera, Baryar, Balloki, Main Harpal, Punj Grayeen Bajwa, Narang Wali, Dhung, Kheemowali, Baddo Cheema and Khewa

Hundalaan were inundated, as four to five-feet high floodwater played havoc with the villages, besides ruining standing crops across thousands of acres. According to the officials of the Sialkot Irrigation Department, 20 villages of Zafarwal and Qila Ahmedabad were also inundated by floodwater after spate in flooded Nullah Dek. Sialkot District Coordination Officer Malik Abid Hussain Awan said the entire flood situation was totally under control in Sialkot district. He added that the level of flood was 10,000 cusecs in Nullah Dek at Chahoor Pasrur and only 4,000 cusecs in Nullah Aik at Oora Sialkot. The water level in Chenab River was consistently on the rise and of 400,000 cusecs of water was been recorded at Head Khanki. At five in the morning on Thursday, the torrent at Khani head was 344,635 cusecs. River Chenab at Khanki was likely to attain high to very high flood level ranging between 400,000 cusecs to 500,000 cusecs on Thursday. Meanwhile in Faisalabad, four people were killed while more than two dozen received injuries due to roof collapse incidents in various parts of the city. According to police, the downpour caused the roof of Muhammad

Aamir’s house to collapse in Chak No 70RB. As a result, Mehwish (6 months) received serious injuries and died on the spot while Nasreen, Robiya, Sarafeen, Sameena Noor and Muhammad Azam received injuries and were shifted to hospital. In another incident, a three-storey building in Street No 5 Anarkali Jhang Bazaar caved in. As a result, Razia Begum, Maryam Sattar and Asim Sattar were killed while Khurram Sattar was rushed to hospital. Roof and wall collapse incidents were also reported from Gattwala, Khurarianwala, Nallaywala Stop, Millat Road, Jhumra Road, JhumraJaranwala Road, Noorpur and Millat Road in which about two dozen people sustained injuries. The Flood Forecasting Division Lahore also warned of high to very high flood in Chenab River. According to the flood warning center in Lahore, Chenab was flowing in a very high at Khanki headwork, Marala and Qadirabad, while Indus River was in medium flood at Chashma. Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has directed all provincial governments to keep a strict watch on floods in various parts of the country and take urgent rescue and relief measures.

government to form committee for Poll rigging Probe ISLAMABAD APP

Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan on Thursday announced that the government was ready to form a committee to probe the alleged rigging in the May 11 general elections. To a calling attention notice, Nisar said, "We want to improve the electoral system with censuses of all political parties and the Election Commission of Pakistan and taking output from other

countries so no one in the future can point a finger at the fairness of elections". He said heads of political parties should first define the terms of reference of the committee within three days so that work on this important issue could be started. The interior minister said the government and opposition should point out 20 constituencies each to examine whether any rigging was done there. "I am giving a blank cheque to all

political parties for finalising the terms of reference and all government departments would extend all out assistance to the committee to probe rigging allegations". The minister also suggested that the committee should reveal the facts within a month. "The people involved in rigging should be exposed. Action should be initiated against returning officers, presiding officers if found guilty ". He said the committee should be given a time-

frame of one month to complete its findings and proposals. Nisar said the committee should be fully authorised to summon the former caretaker prime minister and the caretaker chief ministers in order to find the truth and those involved in rigging should be de-notified. Leader of the Opposition Khurshid Shah welcomed the government's decision to form a committee on election rigging and electoral reforms. He suggested that two members be taken from

The prime minister also directed that the people be kept informed about the latest situation so that they were not caught unaware. Nawaz also directed the National Disaster Management Authority to proactively coordinate with the provincial and district authorities and extend them maximum assistance‚ wherever it was needed. The NDMA estimates 84‚272 people have been marooned by floods so far, while standing crops over 354‚982 acres of land have been destroyed. Similarly‚ 1‚798 houses have been damaged partially and 2‚308 completely in the flashfloods, while 93 people have so far lost their life. The authority said 18 people died in Punjab‚ 21 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa‚ 22 in Sindh‚ 16 in Balochistan‚ 12 in Federally Administered Tribal Areas and four in Azad Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistan Metrological Department (PMD) forecast widespread rains in southern Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan during the next 48 hours, with high flooding in river tributaries in Punjab. The PMD has warned of high risk of flashfloods in rainwater nullahs of DG Khan‚ Sialkot, Gujranwala, Zhob‚ Sibbi‚ Nasirabad and Kalat divisions.

the opposition parties. Shah said output should also be taken from the Election Commission and all doubts of the people regarding the election should be addressed. PTI leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi said the issue was raised by his party chief Imran Khan and his party had no objection on the formation of a committee. Qureshi said the electoral system should be improved so that no one could object to the elections in future. Former NA speaker Fehmida Mirza said announcement by the interior minister for giving a blank cheque to the committee was a welcome step and those who had stolen the mandate of the people should be punished. Deputy Speaker Murtaza Javed Abbasi asked the heads of parties to nominate their members for a meeting tomorrow (Friday) on terms of reference of the committee.


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TAke A bow, ZAmurd! ISLAMABAD: Senior Superintendent of Police Islamabad Dr Rizwan negotiates with Sikandar and his wife Kanwal hours before he was shot and injured by police snipers on Thursday. INP

brave PPP leader brings an end to high drama by helPing Police arrest gunman who held caPital city hostage for over five hours ISLAMABAD KASHIF ABBASI

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HE mysterious gunman who had the Islamabad police and people across the country on the tenterhooks for over five hours on Thursday was finally taken in custody by security personnel, but only after immense valour shown by Pakistan People’s Party leader Zamurd Khan. Sikander, the gunman demanding implementation of Sharia in Pakistan, something he believed was possible by morning, was nabbed after he stumbled trying to escape a brazen attempt by the PPP leader to overpower him and take away his weapons. Sikander is now in police custody. Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan had ordered the police to take the gunman alive. It was surprising that during the entire episode, not even a single leader of the rul-

Police, security forces Play silent sPectators

ing PML-N passed a statement or came to the scene to handle the situation. Also, the media played a somewhat hysterical role during the incident with TV cameramen and reporters swarming the site like bees with no regards for personal safety and hindering movements of the security personnel. Also, giving airtime to the gunman evoked criticism among the general public who believed that glorifying criminals on TV would encourage more people to use such tactics for their “five minutes of fame”. The theatrics began just before evening, when the armed man opened fire at police in the heavily-manned heart of Islamabad after slipping past the capital's many checkpoints. The gunman, onboard a black Toyota Corolla with his wife and two children, drove his vehicle into the centre of Islamabad, stopping only a stone's throw away from the president's official residence and fired several rounds in the air. Sikander had

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two semi-automatic rifles in his possession that he openly wielded in the capital’s Red Zone with impunity for hours. “I am against vulgarity and immorality. My associates have taken up positions in the whole of Pakistan,” he told a local TV channel. “I have visited all parts of Pakistan and have been saddened by the state of the people.” Hundreds of onlookers gathered at the central Jinnah Avenue as night fell and periodic gunshots rang out in the air. Many senior police officials, including SSP Dr Rizwan were present at the scene to control the situation and persuade the man to surrender peacefully. Dr Rizwan made several attempts to talk Sikander out of his madness, but to no avail. The gunman sat comfortably in his car parked in the middle of the main road, often resorting to smoking, while his two children played in and around the car and his wife, Kanwal acting as the messenger between him and the police. Police and Rangers cordoned off the area, while four snipers were also deployed to take action when needed. The gunman made some ambiguous demands during negotiations with SSP Dr Rizwan. He demanded end of the current governance system and its replacement with

ISLAMABAD: Sikandar is a resident of Mohalla Qazipura of Hafizabad district. He is the youngest among five brothers and sisters. His two brothers live in Lahore while the other two are settled in Dubai. Sikandar married twice – his first wife is a 45-year-old UAE national identified as Hania while his second wife’s name is Kanwal. Sikandar lived in Dubai for over 20 years and had returned to Pakistan a few years ago. His neighbours in Hafizabad told reporters that Sikandar is a man of strange conduct and does not have good reputation in the locality. His father-in-law told reporters that Sikandar married Kanwal eight years ago. “He is a little religious minded but I still find it hard to believe that he and my daughter have acted in this manner. They went for vacation to Murree two days ago and we don’t know what made them do such a bad thing,” he said. STAFF REPORT

tion which kept millions of Pakistanis glued to their TV screens all evening. Sikandar and his wife were taken to the Pakistan Institute for Medical Sciences where doctors said that the gunman had been shot in the chest and leg while Kanwal had received a bullet in the leg. “Sikandar’s condition is critical due to excessive loss of blood and four teams of doctors are operating on him. Kanwal’s life is out of danger,” a doctor told Pakistan Today. Talking to reporters at the hospital where he was taken for treatment of minor injuries, Zamurd Khan said that he would have been honoured with martyrdom had he failed to capture the gunman. “It’s time that we unite as a nation to save our country from such extremists and terrorists. I was watching the events unfold on TV at home and the sight of one man holding the entire nation hostage with guns and making a mockery of Pakistan before the world was too much for me. I decided there and then that I would do whatever it takes to bring an end to the mad man’s drama,” he said.

fighting terror demands unity of thought, action: nisar ISLAMABAD APP

ISLAMABAD: Citizens showered praises on Pakistan People’s Party leader Zamurd Khan’s valiant act of overpowering an armed man who kept Islamabad paralysed for more than five hours. Khan, who first made headlines for his role in the movement for the restoration of the judiciary, again took the lead on Thursday night, when he helped the police capture the armed man, Muhammad Sikandar. President Asif Ali Zardari also praised Khan for his heroics. “Before leaving my house, I decided that I have to do something today …I have to do something to save the life of innocent children. Finally, I did that with the help of God,” a jubilant Khan told reporters later. “I have no words to praise Zamurd Khan… he did a great job. We need such courageous leaders,” said Akhtar Ali, an onlooker. The drama, which griped the federal capital for six hours ended without any serious loss of life. “Well done Zamurd Khan. You did a great job for the country,” said Amna Aleem, a resident of F-7, who came to Jinnah Avenue to see the drama unfold. STAFF REPORT

Sharia. He also demanded a safe exit and protection for his family. He demanded the presence of at least five senior police officials for further talks, besides claiming that he was doing all for Islam. One of his demands also included the release of his son from prison in Dubai. THE DROP SCENE: The drama came to an end when PPP leader Zamurd Khan decided that rather than watching the situation linger on, he would head to the site himself and capture the gunman or at least die doing so. Zamurd arrived on the scene and walked towards the unsuspecting gunman and his family. While shaking hands with the children, Zamurd found an opportunity to grab Sikandar but the gunman managed to slip through his grasp as he fell on the road. A shot was also fired by the gunman but the bullet fortunately missed the PPP leader who quickly got up and ran to secure Sikandar’s daughter. A shocked Sikandar avoided firing directly at Zamurd ostensibly to prevent hitting his wife and daughter who were standing near the PPP leader. He fired a couple of shots in the air before being taken down by two bullets fired by police snipers thus bringing an end to the situa-

THE MAN WHO TOOK ISLAMABAD HOSTAGE

Minister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Thursday said there was no shift in policy of the PML-N government visà-vis the war on terror after May 11 polls and the entire nation as well as all state institutions would have to be united to deal with the menace of terrorism. Speaking on a point of order during the National Assembly session, the interior minister said the PML-N leadership was clear on its stance that drone attacks and the war in Afghanistan had nothing to do with Pakistan but the attacks in our streets and mosques were definitely the problem of Pakistan. He said the government was working on finalising a holistic national security policy as the magnitude of the menace of terror was huge. "We are aware of the magnitude of the problem we are facing which is multi-dimensional. Though the challenge is huge, we are not yet prepared to deal with it. We are preparing our policy and we will seek input from the lawmakers, experts and all segments of society. We will also go for legislation in this regard besides some administrative measures," he added. He said it took the US two years to frame its national counterterrorism policy in the wake of 9/11 terrorist attacks. He said India took 20 years to

chalk out a plan to deal with terrorism, while Sri Lanka took 30 years and Britain had to wait for 50 years to deal with the law and order. He said under the proposed national security policy, the provincial governments would have to develop their indigenous intelligence systems to help devised a strategy to thwart terrorist attacks. The minister said it was a welcome sign that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government was already working on its strategy to develop its own intelligence system. Nisar said Pakistan was facing an "unseen enemy" who, he said, was from within “our ranks” and were threatening our security. He said the country would have to develop a multi-tier intelligence system for which better coordination was a must. The interior minister said the provincial governments had CID and Special Branch and there was a dire need to activate these organs of the state. He said that the federal government was sharing its intelligence reports with all provincial governments. Referring to the Dera Ismail Khan jailbreak, Nisar said the federal government had sent its successive intelligence reports to the KP govern-

ment on July 24, 26 and 28. However, he said, if the KP government could not effectively coordinate with the security agencies to thwart the jailbreak plan, the responsibility could not be shifted to the federal government. He said the federal government would fully support the provincial governments. Earlier, Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaf (PTI) Deputy Parliamentary leader in the National Assembly Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi endorsed the views ex-

pressed by Nisar on nature of the terror threat and said the provincial governments had no idea to deal with the menace of terror. "The provincial governments can deal with normal law and order issues. But they lack equipment, training and awareness of the situation to deal with menace of terror," he said, adding that a national counterterrorism plan was needed to meet the challenge that was grave in nature and was threatening the very basics of the country. He urged the federal and provincial governments to take responsibility as passing the buck and point-scoring would not yield desired results. Nafisa Shah of the PPP said terrorists had claimed lives of 300 people during the holy month of Ramazan and whether it were top officers of the police or the armed forces, all were targeted blatantly. She said even labourers were targeted by miscreants in Balochistan. She hoped that the treasury and opposition benches would agree on a unanimous strategy to deal with terrorism. Dr Arif Alvi and Kishwar Zehra expressed grave concerns over militant attacks on the worship places of Ismaili and Bohri minorities and said the leaders of both communities had took part in Pakistan Movement but they were now being targeted and the state was not taking action.


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PAKISTAN MUST STOP TERROR FOR BETTER TIES: SINGH NEW DELHI INP

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N their country’s independence day, Indian president and prime minister have sent strong warnings to Pakistan belying the often repeated claims of building good neighbourly relations. In a strong message to Pakistan, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday said anti-India activities emanating from there would have to stop for relations to improve and asserted that all steps would be taken to prevent "dastardly"

acts like the recent killing of jawans on the LoC. Addressing the nation on the 67th Independence Day from the ramparts of Red Fort, Singh said terrorist and naxal violence in the country had reduced but the area of national security called for constant vigil. India, he said, had strived for friendship with its neighbouring countries. "However, for relations with Pakistan to improve, it is essential they prevent the use of the territory under their control for any antiIndia activity," he said. Referring to the August 6 killing of five Indian soldiers on the LOC, he termed called it a "dastardly" act and

said "we will take all possible steps to prevent such incidents in the future". In his Independence Day address, Indian President Pranab Mukherjee said despite India's consistent efforts to build friendly relations with neighbours, there have been tensions on the border and repeated violations of the ceasefire on the Line of Control, leading to tragic loss of lives." Without naming Pakistan, the president said: "Our commitment to peace is unfailing but even our patience has limits. All steps necessary to ensure internal security and protect the territorial integrity of the nation will be taken."

MORTAR SHELLING BY INDIAN ARMY INJURES WOMAN KOTLI: Unprovoked mortar shelling from the Indian Army injured a woman in the Nakyal Sector of Kotli, a private news channel reported on Thursday. Tension between the two countries was set off by a series of unprovoked cross-border violations. Pakistan denies the allegations of attacking Indian soldiers. Pakistan’s military officials accused Indian forces of opening fire and seriously injuring a Pakistani civilian in the Tatta Pani sector along the Line of Control (LoC) on August 8. Pakistan’s National Assembly passed a resolution denouncing the “unprovoked Indian aggression on the Line of Control (LoC)”, mob attack on Pakistan’s diplomatic mission in New Delhi, demonstrations outside the PIA offices, stoppage of Dosti bus in Amritsar, and “vilification of Pakistan in the Indian media”. On Wednesday, the Lok Sabha passed a resolution asserting that the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir “including the territory under occupation of Pakistan is and shall always be an integral part of India”. ONlINE

egypt death toll rises to 525 with thousands injured balochistan unrest: cjP says substantial evidence available against fc CAIRO

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Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood called on followers to march in protest in Cairo on Thursday, after at least 525 people were killed in a security crackdown on the Islamist movement that has left the most populous Arab nation polarised and in turmoil. Cairo and other cities hit by shocking violence on Wednesday were largely calm overnight, after the army-installed government declared a

draft local govt bill: PPP and mQm end talks without consensus KARACHI: The first round of discussions on Sindh Government’s newly drafted local government bill between the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) ended without any agreement here on Thursday. The meeting was held at the Chief Minister’s house and was attended by Senior Sindh Minister for Education Nisar Ahmed Khuhro‚ Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon and Minister for Law Dr Sikandar Mandhro. The MQM delegation was led by Dr Farooq Sattar and included Faisal Sabzwari‚ Sardar Ahmed and Kanwar Naveed Jameel. While the MQM contended that they wanted effective and powerful local governments as per the Article 140A of the Constitution, Sharjeel Memon maintained that the local government law of 1979 will be scrapped in favour of a new law. The second round of talks will begin on August 17. STAFF REPORT

month-long state of emergency and imposed a dusk-todawn curfew on the capital and 10 other provinces. But whether the powerful military can keep a lid on the fury felt by millions of supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi, whom it deposed on July 3, is unclear. The clashes spread quickly, and a health ministry official said on Thursday that 421 people were killed and more than 3,500 injured in fighting in Cairo, Alexandria and numerous towns and

cities around the mostly Muslim nation of 84 million. It was the third mass killing of Islamist demonstrators since Morsi was deposed six weeks ago, but the scale of Wednesday's bloodshed took many by surprise and signalled that the military was determined to tighten its grip on the country. The decision to forcibly clear the sit-ins defied Western appeals for restraint and a negotiated settlement to Egypt's political crisis, and there has been swift condem-

Taliban warn against executing LJ terrorists PESHAWAR/ISLAMABAD INP

Two banned outfits, Tehreeke-Taliban Pakistan and Ansarul Mujahideen, have threatened to target two highprofile personalities of Punjab and the federation and carry out suicide bombings in FATA against government functionaries if Dr Usman and his associates are hanged in Faisalabad jail per schedule on August 23. A note sent to the media by the TTP spokesman said a squad of suicide bombers had been constituted and if Dr Usman, the main accused in the GHQ attack case, was hanged, two key figures of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz would be targeted to avenge the deaths. “Homes of prominent PML-N leadership will be attacked immediately in case of

execution of Dr Usman and his associates,” the note said. “If they are hanged, the leadership of the PML-N will be made target of revenge, just like we targeted the ANP leadership,” the spokesman warned. “Dr Usman is our mujahid and we would never let our mujahid be hanged,” he maintained. Similarly, Ansarul Mujahideen also warned of carrying out suicide attacks against government functionaries in Tribal Areas in case Dr Usman and his associates were hanged. Ansarul Mujahideen spokesman Abu Baseer told media over phone from an undisclosed location that they would carry out a new sting operation of suicide attacks if Dr Usman and his associates were sent to the gallows.

nation from many, though not all, countries. In Ankara, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan called on Thursday for the UN Security Council to convene quickly and act after what he described as a massacre in Egypt. "I am calling on Western countries. You remained silent in Gaza, you remained silent in Syria ... You are still silent on Egypt. So how come you talk about democracy, freedom, global values and human rights?" he told a news conference.

THREE COPS KILLED IN KARACHI ENCOUNTER KARACHI INP

Three police officials, including Deputy Superintendent Ppolice Qasim Ghauri,and two Sub Inspectors were killed during an encounter with unidentified gunmen near Karachi’s Safari Park on Thursday. The encounter took place in the city’s Gulshane Iqbal locality during which two policemen received gunshot wounds. In the firefight, Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) Muhammad Asif and ASI Aslam were hit by several rounds and died on the spot. DSP Qasim Ghauri, who was first injured in the shootout, breathed his last in a hospital during the treatment. Another officer SHO Malik Saleem, was also injured in the gun fight which broke out at around 8:00 am and concluded at 1:00 pm. A spokesman for the Sindh Police said that three gunmen had also been killed during the encounter

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During Thursday’s hearing of the Balochistan unrest case, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said the court’s order for recovery of missing persons was not being followed, whereas there was substantial evidence against Frontier Corps (FC) personnel. Earlier last week, Pakistan’s top judge had taken suo-motu notice of the unrest in Balochistan after at least 60 people lost their lives in separate incidents of violence within a week. A two-member bench of the apex court heard the case at the Supreme Court’s Quetta Registry on Thursday. Balochistan Chief Secretary Babar Yaooq Fateh, Balochistan Inspector General of Police Mushtaq Ahmed Sukhera, Home Secretary Captain (r) Akbar Hussain Durrani and other administrative officials also attended the hearing. During the hearing, Chief Secretary Babar Fateh expressed displeasure over on-

going incidents of terrorism in the province. Babar said several tragic incidents had taken place recently and quoted the incident in which rebel separatists killed 14 people, including three security officers, after stopping vehicles at a fake checkpoint in Balochistan. He said several junior police officers were martyred in various incidents but law and order could not be restored in the province as yet. Meanwhile, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry expressed displeasure over the non-recovery of missing persons, adding that their families had been setting up camps outside Quetta Press Club for the past four years. The chief justice also took notice of the broadcasting of a video that showed footage of the attack on Quaid-e-Azam residency in Ziarat on June 15, terming it against the laws and constitution. Moreover, a notice was also issued to a private TV channel in this regard.

fakhruddin G ebrahiM’S reSiGnation accepted ISLAMABAD: The resignation of Chief Election Commissioner Fakhruddin G Ebrahim was accepted on Thursday. According to media reports, the resignation was accepted on August 12. Ibrahim stepped down from the post after harsh criticism from the opposition parties for what they called his failure to stop rigging in May 11 general elections. The report said the government would write a letter to the chief justice for appointment of an acting chief election commissioner. ONlINE

Pakistan repays another $145m to IMF today ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT

As promised assistance from the Islamic Development Bank could not arrive on Thursday, Pakistan’s low foreign currency reserves will drop further as it returns today (Friday) another tranche of $145.4 million to the International Monetary Fund. This will be the 18th tranche to repay an IMF loan taken in November 2008. On August 26, Pakistan will pay back another $258.5 million SDR or about $393 million to the IMF. With these two big payments of about $538 million, gross foreign currency reserves

held by the State Bank of Pakistan will fall below $4.5 billion until some assistance comes from abroad. On August 2, the gross reserves stood at $5.2 billion. By excluding forward contract liabilities of over $3 billion, net reserves of the SBP remain at around $2.2 billion, sufficient only for half a month of imports. As uncertainty prevails over whether the IMF will make quarterly releases of the anticipated $7.3 billion loan before implementation of conditions or after implementation of quarterly performance criteria, Pakistan has approached other multilateral lenders for some fi-

nancial relief. So far, the IMF has indicated that it could give $6.6 billion against Pakistan’s request for $7.3 billion, according to finance ministry officials. The IMF is not yet ready to give the loan in advance as Islamabad wants to use the same amount to return the previous IMF loan to ease pressure on the reserves. The IMF will take up the loan request in early September. During his visit to Saudi Arabia early this month, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar met with the Islamic Development Bank president, seeking €750 million in short-term loan. According to a statement issued by the finance ministry on

August 3, the IDB president agreed to extend the loan and release the first tranche before August 15. Pakistan was expecting up to €200 million before repayment to the IMF. However, the promised aid could not arrive on Thursday, according to officials of the finance ministry and the State Bank of Pakistan. But they hoped that the amount may come anytime soon. After taking over, Dar had written a letter to the IDB president and sought €750 million. In response, the IDB sought guarantees from the central bank which the SBP did not extend until Dar intervened, the officials added.

Had the governor timely approved the guarantees, the IDB loan would have arrived by now, they added. With fresh repayment of $145.4 million, Pakistan will return a total of $4.7 billion to the IMF out of $7.8 billion it borrowed under the bailout programme. Islamabad will return over $3 billion this fiscal year. The repayments to the IMF have taken a heavy toll on foreign currency reserves with foreign investment staying negligible. SBP spokesperson Umar Siddique said with payment of the 18th installment, Pakistan to date has repaid $4.66 billion to the IMF since July 2011.

6 buddhiStS to face trial over MuSliM buS killinGS YANGON AGENCIES

Six Buddhist men will face trial this month over the lynching of 10 Muslim bus passengers as sectarian unrest convulsed western Myanmar last year, officials said Thursday. More than 200 people died in violence between Buddhists and Muslim Rohingya in Rakhine in the days after the June 3, 2012 bus attack which saw the passengers dragged from the vehicle and killed by a mob. The incidents sparked deadly clashes between the two communities, leaving scores dead and displacing up to 140,000 people – the majority of them Rohingya – as villages were razed. “The men have been charged with murder because of their involvement in killing people on a bus,” a police official said, declining to be named. “The court hearing will start on August 26,” he said, adding the men were all Buddhists and had been arrested after an investigation. The group was arrested last month and appeared in a local court on Tuesday to hear the charges, an administrative official said, also requesting anonymity. More religious riots flared in March this year in central Myanmar, leaving dozens dead and reigniting fears Buddhist-Muslim conflict could overshadow democratic reforms led by the government of President Thein Sein. Myanmar has sentenced more than 20 Buddhists to between two and 10 years in prison for their roles in the Meiktila riots, while more than a dozen Muslims have been convicted in relation to the violence. The unrest has also shed light on the treatment of the nation’s estimated 800,000 Rohingya, who are seen by Myanmar as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and are denied citizenship. They are considered by the United Nations to be one of the world’s most persecuted minorities. The UN this week called for dialogue between the two communities to end mistrust and avoid further violence, as its human rights envoy for Myanmar Tomas Ojea Quintana visited Rakhine state.


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Flour mills owners have started smuggling of flour following increase in the wheat prices as announced by the government. The government had increased the price of flour before Eid-ul-Fitr and as a result the flour mills owners started smuggling flour to Afghanistan via Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province. Moreover, the increase in wheat prices also increased prices of flour and fine flour being sold at Rs 3,000 to Rs 3,200 per 40kg. The increase has led to shortage of flour and increase in prices of bread (roti) and naan. The citizens have demanded the Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to take action against the price hike.

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Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) has appointed separate batches of computer lab supervisors under two different grades, BPS-7 and BPS-12. The first batch of 35 lab supervisors was appointed in 2006 in BPS-7, whereas 81 more supervisors were recruited in 2008 in BPS-12. A lab supervisor of the first batch, not wishing to be named said, “It is sheer discrimination as we hold graduate and post-graduate degrees but were appointed as BPS-7 officers, while those inducted later for the same post have been appointed as BPS-12 officers.” The supervisor said that they have complained time and again to the FDE high-ups but to no avail. The supervisors requested Secretary Capital Administration and Development Division (CAD) and FDE Director General (DG) Dr Shahnaz to look into the matter. When contacted, FDE DG said that she would personally look into the matter. “I am not aware of any such discrimination,” she added.

RAINY DAYS: Clouds hover over the federal capital with Faisal Mosque in sight. INP

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HIEF Commissioner Islamabad Jawad Paul on Thursday directed Capital Development Authority (CDA) to expedite work on development projects of Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) Administration being executed by the CDA to ensure their timely completion. The Chief Commissioner issued the directives while chairing a meeting to review the progress of development projects and also addressed issues being faced in their implementation. CDA Project Director Ayaz Khan, while briefing the participants on the progress said that the construction of IG Block in ICT Administration Block premises in Sector G-11/4 is underway and its structure is 50 per cent

complete. He said that Rs 30 million has been spent on the project so far and revised PC-1 is under process. “It will be completed in February 2014 and office of the Inspector General Islamabad would be shifted there as Rs 10 million is available during this year,” he added. The participants were informed that 72 per cent construction work on 15 houses for SPs in Sector H-11 has been completed. Similarly, construction work on Tarnol Police Station at a cost of Rs 7,78,210 has been completed. Work progress on the construction of 4 police barracks in Sectors G-9 and G10, built at a cost of Rs 80.871 million was also reviewed. Work on Sector G9 barracks was 90 per cent complete whereas Sector G-10 barracks have been completed and handed over to the police. The project was approved at a cost of Rs. 90.59 million and revised

PC-1 of the project was under process to complete remaining work in September. Similarly, construction of two police barracks in Sector H-11 and MT Shed has been completed. PC-1 of the project was approved at Rs 62.152 million. Construction of boundary wall of police line in Sector H-11 has also been completed. Construction of watch tower is 85 per cent complete while construction of eight gates of boundary wall are complete and remaining civil work will be completed by September. PC-1 of the project was approved at Rs 117.50 million. However, installation of security cameras and electric work is yet to be completed. The meeting was attended by senior police officials including ICT Development and Finance Director Rana Akbar Hayat and other police officials.

rac holds photographic exhibition on pakistan Movement RAWALPINDI INP

In connection with Independence Day celebrations, a photographic exhibition based on Pakistan Movement titled ‘Roshni ka Safar’ was arranged at Rawalpindi Arts Council (RAC) in which more than 200 hundred rare photographs were put on display. Former Prime Minister Azad Kashmir Sardar Attique Ahmed Khan accompanied by Naheed Manzoor and RAC Resident Director Waqar Ahmed inaugurated the exhibition. The aim of the exhibition was to highlight the struggle of Muslims for a seperate homeland under the dynamic leadership of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Addressing the inaugural ceremony, Sardar Attique Ahmed Khan said that Pakistan came into existence after great sacrifices and that struggle is revealed clearly through this rare collection. He congratulated and appreciated the RAC for conducting the unique exhibition. Speaking at the occassion, Naheed Manzoor said that Pakistan is dear to all Pakistanis. Waqar Ahmed said that it is due to the sacrifices made by our forefathers that we are living as free men. Furthermore, the exhibition will remain open for the public till August 17.

Pakistani youth bags ‘Commonwealth Youth Award’ ISLAMABAD APP

Pakistani youth Hanan Ali Abbasi (26) has won the ‘International Commonwealth Youth Award’ in the field of Democracy and Human Rights. He is the first Pakistani who to have won the award and received a $ 1,000 grant to further advance, expand and sustain his development work with guidance from Commonwealth Youth Program. The award celebrate young people (aged 15 to 29) in the Commonwealth who are making a positive difference in the lives of others through development initiatives ranging from poverty

alleviation to education and protection of the environment. Young people were nominated from more than 54 countries across the Commonwealth for the awards, which are run by the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Youth Affairs Division (YAD). Hanan dedicated of his award to the youth, workers and labour class of the country for their role in social change. In a special message, Commonwealth Deputy Secretary-General Mmasekgoa Masire-Mwamba said, “The nominations we have received for the awards demonstrate that young people are making a wonderful and significant contribution to human development in our member states. As partners in

development, young people are using creative ideas, new technologies and are bringing tremendous energy to meeting national development goals.” Hailing from a rural and modest background, Hanan is also the youngest ever nominee for the highest Civil Award of Pakistan Pride of Performance. He is founder and president of a youth-led model parliament, the National Youth Assembly (NYA), which aims at providing young leaders with opportunities to enrich and enlarge their knowledge of national and international politics, public administration and policies. The NYA has sprouted across the country with a broad network of its

members and youth councillors. Malala Yousafzai, Aamir Atlas Khan, Ibrahim Shahid and including many others are members of the NYA. Hanan has also authored two books. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government recently appointed him Member of working group for Ministry of Youth, Sports and Tourism. Hanan has started the HOPE campaign, which encompasses humanitarian aid to address hunger and poverty through sustainable food sources. HOPE’s campaign against hunger has reached out to 200,000 people in 25 districts of Pakistan and more than 150,000 poor people in 20 districts nationwide.


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HE Pakistan Pediatrics Association has estimated that 1,000 to 1,200 schoolgoing children in the age group of 6 to 16 years take up smoking every day in the country. According to a report, besides new smokers ex-smokers in the low socioeconomic group reported spending 25 per cent of the total household income on smoking. The report focuses on the antismoking social marketing strategy in Pakistan with an aim to reduce smoking prevalence, especially among the youth. To reduce smoking and its associated cancers immediate actions are required by public health authorities. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Pakistan smoking has increased by 30 per cent compared to figures in 1998. WHO reported that a

comprehensive ban on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship can decrease the consumption of tobacco products by 7 seven per cent, provided all the other tobacco control measures are kept constant where as in some cases such intervention are found to decrease tobacco use up to 16 per cent. In Pakistan, 19 per cent of adults aged 18 and above smoke tobacco while each year, approximately 60,000 people die of tobaccorelated diseases in the country. Among youth of age group13 to 15 years, around 34 per cent report being exposed to second-hand smoke in public places and 27 per cent report exposure at home. TheNetwork for Consumer Protection Project Coordinator Dr Sobia Faisal said that smoking was the single most avoidable risk factor for cancers. She said that social marketing was an effective strategy to promote healthy attitudes and influence people to make real, sustained health behavior change by transiting through different stages which include contemplation, preparation, action, and maintenance.

She also said that social marketing could influence smokers to voluntarily accept, reject, modify, or abandon their smoking behaviour. Dr Soba observed that smoking is increasing in Pakistan which necessitates effective measures and it was a high time to educate the masses about the hazards of tobacco, particularly schoolgoing children to strive against promotional tactics adopted by the tobacco industry. She remarked that raising tobacco taxes was one of the most effective tobacco prevention and control strategies. “Raising tobacco product prices decreases the prevalence of tobacco use, particularly among kids and young adults which could help produce substantial long-term improvements in health,” she added. TheNetwork for Consumer Protection Advocacy Officer Rubina Bhatti urged for taking necessary action at all levels by concerned stakeholders as several people were dying due to the dangerous habit, while a big statistical graph of deaths was

expected in future also. She stressed the need for effective implementation of tobacco control laws in the country and asked the authorities concerned to make proper strategies in preventing sale of tobacco to minors. “It is high time to ensure implementation of tobacco control policies and laws,” she opined. When contacted, an official from tobacco control cell said that Pakistan had ratified the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control while the country had also implemented pictorial warnings on cigarette packs. He said that plans are underway to create awareness among citizens regarding negative effects of

smoking and educating them about tobacco control laws for proper implementation.

School teachers fret over show-cause notices RAWALPINDI: Punjab SES Teachers Association has expressed concerns over the issuance of show cause notices to 500 more teachers on showing poor results in Primary and Middle grade exams and threatened to stage a protest if the notices were not taken back. The Education Department has issued show cause notices to 500 male and female teachers in the district on poor results in education boards exams of Primary and Middle. District President of the association Chaudry Zafar Mehmood said that in reality, officers of Education Department are responsible for the poor results as they keep the teachers busy in census, election and vaccination duties the whole year. INP

admissions for napa open ISLAMABAD: The National Academy of Performing Art (NAPA) has started admissions for diplomas in musical and theater arts for 2013. According to a press release, NAPA offers admission in threeyear diploma course in music (vocal and instrumental), singing, classical, ghazal, Pop, sarangi, sitar, piano, guitar and flute. NAPA also offers three-year diploma course in Theater Arts in acting, directing, voice production, movement, improvisation, script writing, stage lighting, stage design and stage make up. Last date for application is August 22. APP

TUNED: An elderly man plays a custom made musical instrument at Liaqat Bagh. INP

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Three women kidnapped ISLAMABAD AGENCIES

Three women were abducted from the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi the other day. A 50-year-old woman was kidnapped from Irfanabad in the precincts of Koral police station. Police told that Halima Bibi lodged complaint against Rashid and his 10 accomplices that they stormed into the house and kidnapped her sister Naseem Akhtar. Meanwhile, two married women were kidnapped from different areas of Rawalpindi. Mehboob Elahi of Afshan Colony told Racecourse police that Rehan abducted his daughter-in-law, whereas Muzammal Hussain lodged a complaint at Morgah police station against unidentified persons for kidnapping his wife and

stealing 3 tola jewellery and Rs 50, 000 in cash. Separate cases have been registered and investigation is underway. LAWBREAKERS ARRESTED: Capital police on Thursday arrested eight lawbreakers during various raids and seized wine, weapons, cellular phones and stolen property from them. According to details, SSP Muhammad Rizwan directed all police officials to launch a crackdown against criminals, bootleggers and drug pushers in the city. He said that such activities are intolerable and those involved in such crime would not be spared. Following his directions, ASIs Mian Imran and Khalid Javed from Aabpara police station arrested Khursheed Ahmed and Muhammad Yaqoob and recovered two wine bottles from their possession.

SHO Bhara Kahu police station Muhammad Fayyaz recovered one illegal 30 bore pistol along with 25 bullets and two detonators from Hadi-ur-Rehman and Muhammad Saddam. ASI Muhammad Iqbal from Shalimar police station along with a police team arrested Imran and Sahar Bibi involved in immoral activities. ASI Saif-ul-Islam from Sabzi Mandi police station arrested bootlegger Imran Khan and recovered three wine bottles from him. ASI Mian Khan from Shahzad Town police station apprehended Zaheer Abbas and recovered one mobile phone and stolen property from his possession. Separate cases have been registered and further investigation is underway. The SSP appreciated the performance of the polices and said that the police is

determined to ensure effective action against those involved in bootlegging and drug pushing activities. VEHICLES IMPOUNDED: Capital Police on Thursday impounded 59 bikes and 14 vehicles and removed black papers from 19 tinted glass vehicles during general hold up and imposed fines, a police spokesman said. According to details, SSP Islamabad Muhammad Rizwan directed all police officials to take strict action against vehicles being driven without documents, professional beggars and criminal elements. Police also apprehended 9 suspects during search operations in various areas of the city. The SSP also instructed the officials to improve law and order in their respective areas.

ISLAMABAD: Wife of Muneer, a female schoolteacher at Islamabad Model School (IMS) was washed away by a heavy current of water while crossing a nullah. As per details, the teacher came under heavy flow of water when she reached near the nullah located in Sector G-6/4 as she was going to school to attend the Independence Day ceremony. President Federal government Teachers Association (FGTA) Azhar Khan Awan, CAD Secretary Shaigan Malik and CAD Joint Secretary Rafiq Tahir offered their condolences to the bereaved family. FGTA President said that teachers were called on emergency basis to attend the ceremonies of Independence Day in schools as these ceremonies were suspended for the last few years. The incident occurred due to unnecessary pressure put on teachers to be marked absent if they did not show up for Independence Day celebrations. ONlINE


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AR bomb attacks killed at least 34 people in Baghdad on Thursday but the Interior Ministry said it would not allow al Qaeda, which it blames for a surge in sectarian violence, to turn Iraq into another Syria. More than 100 people were wounded in at least eight blasts, one of which was near the “Green Zone” diplomatic complex, part of a wave of bloodshed that has taken the monthly death toll in Iraq to the highest levels in five years. “Iraq’s streets have become a battleground for sectarian people who are motivated by hatred and religious edicts and daring to kill innocent people,” the Interior Ministry said in an unusually frank statement. “It is our destiny to win this battle which is aimed at destroying the country and turning it into another Syria,” the ministry said. However, earlier on Thursday it put the death toll far lower, at three dead and 44 wounded. Mainly Sunni Muslim rebels have been fighting for more than two years to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whose Alawite minority support base is a branch of Shia Islam. Sunni Muslim militant groups, including al Qaeda, have stepped up their insurgency against Iraq’s Shia-led government in the past four months, raising fears of a return to full-blown sectarian conflict 18 months after US troops left. Police sources said one bomb exploded 200-300 meters (yards) from Baghdad’s international zone, close to Iraq’s Foreign Ministry. Four people died and 12 others were wounded. The central zone is a highly-fortified area housing Western embassies including the US mission and the nearby Iraqi ministry has been a frequent target of attacks.

Since the start of the year, attacks using multiple car bombs have become an almost daily occurrence. Religious holidays have failed to stem the slaughter, bombers at the weekend targeting families celebrating the end of the Muslim fasting period of Ramadan. Each of the past four months has each been deadlier than any in the previous five years, dating back to a time when US and government troops were engaged in battles

with militiamen. The government has launched a security sweep to try to round up suspected militants and Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said on Wednesday the crackdown would continue. Thursday’s car bombs targeted districts in central, eastern, northern and southern Baghdad, including Shia areas, police said. Five people died when a bomb ex-

TUNISIA ISLAMIST CHIEF REJECTS DEMAND FOR NEUTRAL GOVERNMENT TUNIS AGENCIES

The chairman of Tunisia’s ruling Islamist party rejected opposition demands for a non-party government on Thursday and said the experience of Egypt should prompt parties to engage in more dialogue to resolve the country’s crisis. Ennahda party chairman Rached Ghannouchi said he could accept the creation of a national unity government if all political parties were represented, but a cabinet of technicians could not “manage the delicate situation in the country.” Speaking a day after his deputy party leader joined the growing call for non-party rule and Egypt’s military cracked down on backers of deposed Islamist President Mohamed Mursi, he warned the opposition not to speculate about a military coup. Ghannouchi’s decision seemed likely to disappoint opposition parties and the powerful UGTT union federation aligned with them. The opposition parties have said they would negotiate with Ennahda only after it dissolves its Islamist-led government. “We refuse a non-partisan government because this type of government could not manage the delicate situation of the country,” Ghannouchi told journalists. “The government needs a lot of time to manage the political and economic issues.” “Events in Egypt should push us towards dialogue,” he said, calling Wednesday’s bloody crackdown - in which at least 525 people were killed - “a failure for democracy in Egypt”. “Those who want another al-Sisi in Tunisia,” he said, referring to Egyptian military leader General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, “should

not continue to dream about that”. MISTAKES: German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, the first senior European official to visit Tunisia since the crisis broke out three weeks ago, also called for dialogue and held up Egypt as an example not to be followed. “Tunisia is not Egypt,” he said after a meeting with Prime Minister Ali Larayedh. “Tunisia is on a path of change and what happened in Egypt must not happen in Tunisia.” He said a solution was possible through dialogue “if all parties now act with the necessary far-sightedness and do justice to their responsibility for the country”. Ghannouchi admitted that the Ennahda government in Tunisia, birthplace of the Arab Spring revolutions, had not succeeded in improving the economy and handling other problems. “We’ve made mistakes, but that doesn’t merit a coup d’etat,” he said. In contrast to Egypt, Tunisia’s armed forces do not have a large, lucrative stake in the economy and have not traditionally intervened in politics. Few observers expect Tunisia’s military to step in to resolve the current crisis. Tunisia, traditionally one of the most secular countries in the Muslim world, faces its deepest crisis since its popular revolution overthrew autocrat Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali in January 2011. An assembly elected to draw up a new constitution within a year has still not finished its work and jihadi militants have stepped up attacks to destabilize the government. A dozen opposition parties formed a Salvation Front to demand the resignation of the Ennahda government after the assassination of an opposition leader in July, the second such killing this year by suspected jihadist militants.

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ploded near a traffic police station in Baladiyat, in eastern Baghdad, crushing the roofs of nearby vehicles, their wheels splayed on the ground by the force of the explosion. In the al-Shurta al-Rabaa district a bomb on tractor trailer carrying gas cylinders killed four people while in Husseiniya, on the capital’s northeastern outskirts, a minibus exploded in a repair shop, killing three, said police.

indian diverS StruGGle to find victiMS of blaStS on SubMarine NEW DELHI: Divers struggled in poor visibility inside an Indian navy submarine on Thursday to find 18 sailors who were inside the vessel when some of its weapons detonated and a fire swept through it as it lay berthed in a Mumbai base. There has been no sign of life from the Russianbuilt INS Sindhurakshak since it sank late on Tuesday following two big explosions. It was the biggest peacetime loss for the Indian navy since a war with Pakistan in 1971 and turned the spotlight on its ageing submarine fleet. The Defense Ministry said a large amount of seawater had entered the diesel-powered submarine, hampering visibility, while the damage caused by the explosion was blocking access to some areas. “Trapped personnel have not yet been sighted or recovered,” the ministry said in a statement. The 16-year-old submarine, which had suffered an accident in 2010, had recently returned from Russia after a 2-1/2 year upgrade of its electronic warfare and integrated weapons control systems. The explosions took place in the vessel’s forward section, where its torpedoes and missiles are stored. While divers managed to pry open one of the hatches, the heat of the explosion had melted parts of the internal hull twisting the others, blocking access to different compartments, the Defense Ministry said. INS Sindhurakshak is a Kilo class vessel which were built in Soviet and later Russian shipyards for the Indian navy from 1985 to 2000. The navy has 10 of the submarines and four German HDW boats. Uday Bhaskar, a fellow at the national Maritime Foundation said the navy’s fleet of conventional submarines was getting smaller by the day. India has not been able to buy new submarines nor build new ones, he said. “So we’ve been trying to make do with very old platforms,” he said. AGENCIES

Japanese visits to shrine on war anniversary anger China TOKYO AGENCIES

Japan’s prime minister sent an offering to a shrine for war dead on Thursday, the anniversary of Japan’s World War Two defeat, while cabinet members visited it in person, drawing harsh complaints from China and South Korea, and putting at risk tentative steps to improve ties. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was treading a fine line between trying not to inflame tension with China and South Korea and upholding a conservative ideology shared by his supporters. But at least three cabinet ministers and dozens of lawmakers paid their respects at Yasukuni Shrine, seen as a symbol of Japan’s past militarism. “I asked my special aide ... to make the offering on my behalf with a feeling of gratitude and respect for those who fought and gave their precious lives for their country,” Abe told reporters at the prime minister’s office. “As for when I might go to Yasukuni Shrine, or whether I will go or not, I will not say as this should not become a political or diplomatic issue,” he said after his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) aide conveyed the offering in the name of “Shinzo Abe, LDP leader.” Visits to the shrine by top politicians outrage China and South Korea because the shrine honors 14 Japanese wartime leaders convicted as war criminals by an Allied tribunal, along with war dead. China summoned the Japanese ambassador to protest.

TOKYO: Relatives of people who died during World War Two receive chrysanthemums from officials to lay before an altar for those who died in the war, during a memorial service ceremony marking the 68th anniversary of Japan’s defeat, at Budokan Hall on Thursday. AGENCIES

“It does not matter in what form or using what identity Japanese political leaders visit the Yasukuni Shrine, it is an intrinsic attempt to deny and beautify that history of invasion by the Japanese militarists,” China’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement. “We urge Japan to ... take concrete steps to win the trust of the international community, otherwise Japan’s relations with its Asian neighbors have no future. A retired Chinese general was more blunt. “Can you imagine what the world would think of Germany if they paid

homage to Nazi boss Hitler?” retired Chinese Major General Luo Yuan, one of China’s most outspoken military figures, wrote in the influential tabloid the Global Times. China and Korea suffered under Japanese rule, with parts of China occupied from the 1930s and Korea colonized from 1910 to 1945. Japanese leaders have apologized in the past but many in China and South Korea doubt the sincerity of the apologies, partly because of contradictory remarks by politicians.


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served enormous credit for their role in the peaceful transition from one democratically-elected government to another. “The United States congratulates you on this achievement and wishes you continued success on the path to peace and prosperity” he said. Kerry said earlier this month, he visited Pakistan and had the opportunity to meet with the newly-elected government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, and highlighted their shared interest and cooperation in areas such as energy, the economy, education, and countering extremism. He said he also enjoyed the hospitality and friendship of many Pakistanis over the course of his visits to Pakistan over the years. “These are the types of connections that form the foundation of the long term partnership between the American and Pakistani people,” he said.

QUETTA: Lawyers burn their coats in protest against the appointment of additional judges in Balochistan High Court on Thursday. NNI

10 dead, 24 injured in two accidents JAHANIYAN ONlINE

Ten people were killed and 24 others sustained injuries in two different road accidents on Thursday. The condition of 10 of the injured is said to be critical. According to police reports, a coaster of Royal Express Company, bearing number JB-2668, was going to Faisalabad from Sadiqabad when it collided head-on with a truck,TDL-614, near Jahaniyan by-pass road. Resultantly, six passengers died on the spot. Police and rescue personnel reached the spot and retrieved the dead bodies by cutting the body of the coaster. The wounded passengers were shifted to District Hospital Khanewal and Nishtar Hospital Multan. Hospital sources said the faces of the dead passengers were mutilated and they could not be identified. The names of 15 wounded who were brought to the hospital are Mazhar, Muhammad Azam, Farah, Habibur Rehman, Ahmed Khubaid, Naila, Asad Muneer, Uzma Naeem, Mihammad Naeem, Muhammad Shahbaz, Muhammad Saeed and Faisal. Police said the accident occurred at 3 am when the coaster’s driver dozed off. Both drivers fled the scene, they said. In another incident, a passenger van collided with a car near Chiniot. As a result, four passengers died and 9 sustained injuries. The dead and injured were shifted to Chiniot District Headquarters Hospital.

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Sordid details spill out in rare court-martial of a US general on sex charges MONITORING DESK It was an illicit and volatile love affair that spanned two war zones and four countries. The married general couldn’t stay away from a captain on his staff. She fell hard for her boss and called him “Poppa Panda Sexy Pants.” The three-year entanglement ended disastrously for both, at a time that could not be worse for the Army. All the raw and sordid details are spilling out in an austere military courthouse here, where the Army is girding — for only the third time in half a century — to court-martial one of its generals. Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair, an Army Ranger and paratrooper, stands accused of forcible sodomy, adultery and other charges that could land him in prison. Prosecutors say he abused his command authority by sleeping with a subordinate officer, a taboo in the armed forces and a violation of military law. They charge that the relationship turned violent on two occasions, when

he allegedly forced her to perform oral sex. In addition, Sinclair faces charges that he had inappropriate communications with three other female officers. Sinclair has pleaded not guilty to all charges. Besides the rare spectacle of a general in the dock, however, the case poses a critical test of how the U.S. military handles allegations of sexual assault and misconduct, crimes that have long bedeviled the armed forces. Congress and President Obama have demanded a crackdown, alarmed by a recent string of scandals and frank admissions by military leaders that they have systematically failed to address the problem. A growing faction of lawmakers is pushing to rewrite the underpinnings of military law by giving power to uniformed prosecutors, instead of commanders, to oversee investigations of sexual abuse and other serious crimes. The Pentagon is resisting, arguing that commanders must retain the authority to enforce order and discipline in their units. The last Army

general to face court-martial was Brig. Gen. Roger B. Duff, who pleaded guilty in June 2012 to making false official statements and wearing unauthorized decorations. The Army did not publicly disclose that Duff had been court-martialed until months later, when Sinclair was charged. In 1999, Maj. Gen. David R.E. Hale pleaded guilty at court-martial after he was accused of committing adultery with the wives of four subordinates. He was fined and demoted. Before that, no Army general had faced court-martial since 1952, when Maj. Gen. Robert W. Grow, a military attache in Moscow, was suspended and reprimanded on charges of dereliction of duty. Given the intense debate in Congress over possible far-reaching changes to military law, all sides are intently watching how Sinclair’s court-martial plays out. It is scheduled to begin Sept. 30 after months of evidentiary hearings and pretrial wranglings that have foreshadowed what is at stake.

The National Assembly was informed on Thursday that the government had imposed a ban on the issuance of new arms licences in a bid to improve the overall law and order in the country. Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan informed the House during the question hour that over 70,000 arms licences had been issued by the previous government which had contributed to the worsening of law and order in the country. He said old arms licences would be reviewed and new computerised NADRA licences would be issued to replace the old ones. The minister said the government was closely coordinating with the provincial governments to check sale of illegal weapons, adding that thousands of people involved in sale of illegal weapons had been arrested. Minister of State for Privatisation Khurram Dastagir, on behalf of the finance minister, told the House that the government had retired the circular debt amounting to Rs 480.109 billion‚ which had helped increase electricity generation. He said new power projects were being launched to cope with the electricity crisis. “Efforts are being made to bring Neelum-Jhelum and Nandipur projects into the system at the earliest.” Dastagir said the government was determined to enhancing the growth rate by restoring the confidence of investors and other measures. He said reforms would be introduced in eth public sector, including in Pakistan International Airlines‚ Pakistan Steel and Pakistan Railways, to make them profitable. To a supplementary question‚ he said the government planned to privatise some public sector entities. “Privatisation of 24 units, already been approved by the Council of Common Interests, will be given priority.”


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unexplained curfew imposed in warsak road area PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT

A curfew-like situation exists in certain villages bordering the Warsak Road where the military and paramilitary personnel have blocked roads for traffic and people are not allowed to come out of their homes. A resident of village Shagai informed Pakistan Today on Thursday via telephone that for the last three days the people of his village were confined to their homes. Paramilitary troops have been deployed at Shagai Bazaar on Warsak Road in the jurisdiction of Reegi Police Station. The roads leading to Mulagori area of Khyber Agency, Cadet College Warsak, Jamrod and Kafhor Dheri have also been blocked for traffic. The police and paramilitary forces personnel have not stated the reason for imposing the curfew. There are reports of the presence of militants in certain villages in the jurisdiction of Mathra and Reegi police stations. The area is close to the Mohmand and Khyber tribal agencies, which serve as safe havens to many militants.

khattak’s govt presents development plans to donors T PESHAWAR

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HE Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government presented its development programme to international donor agencies on Thursday during a one-day conference on Strategic Development Partnership Framework in Islamabad. The KP chief secretary chaired the meeting. The additional chief secretaries, secretaries of different departments of the province and representatives of a large number of international donor agencies, including the World Bank, United States Agency for International Development

(USAID), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) were present. Pakistan-based representatives of the donor agencies were briefed about the KP government’s development and growth programme. A strategy for the next five years was chalked out in accordance with the agenda of political parties in the KP coalition government. A scheme to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and other development targets was also prepared. The participants were informed that in the past, different development programmes, including Post Crisis Need Assessment, Comprehensive Development

Strategy and Economic Growth Strategy were launched but were unsuccessful. The present KP government, soon after assuming charge, decided to invest in the province’s natural resources. It plans to provide cheap electricity to investors for the installation of industries to create employment opportunities. The donors’ community appreciated the government’s initiatives and said it would fully cooperate with the government to give a practical shape to the strategy. Another conference, to be chaired by KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak, was planned for mid-September for better coordination among the donors to make an operational strategy for the programme.

ISLAMABAD: Azad Kashmir Prime Minister Chaudhry Abdul Majeed hands over a memorandum to a UN observer after a peaceful protest sit-in organised by All Parties Hurriyet Conference Azad Jammu and Kashmir Chapter outside the United Nations Observers’ Office on Thursday. INP

anp submits adjournment motion against khattak ISLAMABAD ONlINE

The Awami National Party (ANP) has submitted an adjournment motion in the Senate against Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Chief Minister (CM) Pervez Khattak because of his absence from the flag- hoisting ceremony on the country’s 66th Independence Day. According to media reports, Khattak was missing from the flag-hoisting ceremony held at police lines on August 14. This was the first ceremony being held under the PTI government in KP. As per standard procedure, the CM is the chief guest at the police lines flag-hoisting ceremony. However, just before the ceremony kicked off, it was learnt that Khattak would not be attending the ceremony and KP Health Minister Shaukat Yousafzai and KP Information Minister Shah Farman would preside over the event instead. The CM’s spokesperson said Khattak was in Islamabad to attend a meeting with United Nations (UN) General-Secretary Ban Kimoon. ANP leader Zahid Khan said it was unfortunate that things that had never happened before were happening after the PTI government took charge in KP.

pti sends legal notice to fazl

NA expresses concern over incidents of violence in Egypt ISLAMABAD INP

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The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Thursday sent a legal notice to Jamiat Ulema-eIslam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Fazlur Rehman over defamatory statements made against party chief Imran Khan. The JUI chief says the PTI chief is a 'Jewish agent' and has also leveled numerous other serious allegations against him.

The National Assembly unanimously passed a resolution on Thursday expressing grave dismay and concern over the incidents of violence in Egypt. The resolution, moved by Jamaat-eIslami’s Sahibzada Tariqullah, said the use of force by security forces against protesters had resulted in a large number of deaths throughout Egypt. It said “the House supported the brotherly people of Egypt and calls upon the government to express concern over the deaths of so many innocent lives. The government of Egypt should show restraint and resolve the issue through constitutional, legal and political means by adhering to dialogue among all the parties so that democracy can be restored as soon as possible in accordance with the wishes of the people of Egypt”. Earlier on a point of order, Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan said Pakistan was concerned over recent incidents of violence in Egypt claiming large number of lives.

PAKISTAN CONCERNED OVER EVENTS IN EGYPT: FO ISLAMABAD: Pakistan, on Thursday, expressed dismay and deep concern over the use of force by the Egyptian security forces against unarmed civilians which resulted in loss of innocent lives in Cairo and other cities. The Foreign Office (FO) said the tragic events of Wednesday were a major setback for Egypt’s return to democracy. “As a friend and a well-wisher of the people of Egypt, Pakistan is closely observing developments in that country and urges all parties to exercise restraint and to respect the fundamental rights of the fraternal people of that great country,” FO spokesman Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry said in a statement. “Political prisoners should be released to ensure that the legal and constitutional issues can be addressed through dialogue among all parties, in an inclusive and peaceful manner, to enable the country to successfully restore the democratic institutions, as early as possible,” he said. Chaudhry said it was the earnest hope of the government and people of Pakistan that the brotherly people of Egypt with their patience, tolerance and fortitude, would be able to overcome their current challenges, in a manner that ensures sustained democracy, political stability, and economic development, while ensuring peace and well-being of the people. ONlINE

He said Egypt was a sovereign country “but in this era of democracy and

human rights and massacre of people cannot be allowed”.

kashmiris observe black day on india’s i-day SRINAGAR ONlINE

Kashmiris observed India’s 66th Independence Day on Thursday as Black Day to convey a message to the international community that India has usurped the Kashmiris’ right to self-determination. A complete shutdown was observed in occupied Kashmir on the call of All Parties Hurriyat Conference Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Gilani, Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik, and other pro-liberation leaders. The Indian authorities put stringent restrictions in Srinagar and other towns to prevent people from holding anti-India demonstrations. Amid complete shutdown, a large number of Indian troops and police personnel patrolled the deserted roads and streets. Stringent security measures were taken around Bakhshi Stadium, the main venue of the August 15 celebrations. Close-circuit television cameras were used for surveillance and a large number of shooters were deployed in all sensitive areas whereas telecom services across the Kashmir Valley were also suspended.


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pak-india border tension encouraging statements, no solid action

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ELATIONS between the two South Asian nations, Pakistan and India, have never been really good. Whenever the two countries gain traction on the way to peace, some hawkish, anti-peace elements, which are unfortunately present on both sides of the border, prove more than just talking heads, and disrupt the entire painstakingly put together exercise to a halt with some activity that puts either one of the country in a doubtful position. And if somehow that does not happen, a cross-border firing incident, quite the routine in this part of the world, is treated as if that is the end of the world. With tensions high and passions flaring, it is not easy controlling these incidents before they go out of hand. What the leadership, particularly the top political leadership, of the two countries must realise is how high the stakes are for the peace process to succeed. It would not just be these two countries at each other’s throat if things do get out of control, the whole South Asian region with ramifications for the Middle East, and up north as far as China and Russia, are sure to get rattled by this madness. The trick to deescalate the tension is to recommence the dialogue process without any further delay. Both prime ministers, Manmohan Singh and Nawaz Sharif, have expressed their desire to work through the crisis. However, it is time to test their resolve, to walk the talk. It started with the killing of five Indian soldiers on the Line of Control which the Pakistan Army denies having any involvement in. There have been cross-border firing incidents after that one but it was this incident that put a stopper on the promising chances of renewal of the peace process that had unfortunately stalled in January. The interior minister of Pakistan’s statement that the incident could have been orchestrated by a group from within India has further inflamed the situation. Instead of trading allegations, both sides would benefit from the useful approach of crisis management instead of playing a zero-sum game. When such issues are contained, dealt in their individuality, without being connected to peace process at the larger scale, there would not be a problem in moving forward with the pressing agenda of peace and harmony which is in the benefit of both countries. Despite all the commotion, the statements from senior political leadership of the two countries offer a glimmer of hope. However, Islamabad seriously needs to look into the demand of the Indian prime minister and External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid who want Pakistan to take action against those who they claim to have perpetrated the tragic incident of Mumbai 26/11. This is one way of building confidence. That said, pegging the whole peace process with this action is also something that India needs to revisit.

the arab autumn? blood on egyptian army’s hands

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HE Arab spring seems to have all but given way to another freezing era of draconian rule in the wake of the latest bloodletting in Egypt on August 14. The Egyptian military, all too eager to flex its muscles and exercise its martial, read political, prowess, overthrew the government of the radical Muslim Brotherhood last month, since which the nation is in a state of turmoil claiming nearly a thousand lives. The army stepped into the political arena following a series of protests against the government of the then President Mohamed Morsi. The coup was spearheaded by General ElSisi, the commander of the nation’s army. Previous brutality has faded from memory as the latest spate of violence, unparalleled in the country’s history, envelopes Egypt. News coming out of the restive state suggests a death toll of nearly 300. International condemnation was swift to arrive following Wednesday’s bloodbath in which the army reacted particularly violently, clamping down on the pro-Morsi protests across the country and imposing a month long state of emergency in Egypt’s 13 provinces. On August 14, using unrestrained force the El-Sisi-led army pummelled the protestors into submission. In the capital city of Cairo, soldiers opened indiscriminate fire at unarmed protestors using assault rifles and light weapons. 278 fatalities testify to the unequalled viciousness the Egyptian military subjected its own citizens to. The Egyptian health ministry was quick to confirm the figures stating that the violence had also claimed the lives of 43 policemen. The soldiers chose not to discriminate between men, women and children, dishing out atrocities to all its citizens regardless of gender, age or colour, courtesy of which several women and children were also among the ones who lost their lives. The bloodshed spared no one, as was the case with 17-year-old Asmaa al-Beltagui, daughter of prominent Muslim Brotherhood leader Muhamad al-Beltagui. In the main protest camp of Adawiya, security forces bombarded the area with tear gas canisters prompting the majority of the protestors to flee in terror. Loudspeakers blared Islamic propaganda as soldiers and policemen crushed tents and in some cases shooting protestors. Last month, the army had reacted in a similar fashion following protests due to which almost a hundred unarmed demonstrators were shot and killed. Following Wednesday’s carnage, the Vice-President El-Baradei resigned from his office, stating that he wanted ‘no blood on his hands’. Egypt had been flirting with the idea of a progressive and prosperous future following the collapse of Hosni Mubarak’s dictatorial junta in 2011. Come 2013, that dream however seems to have been little more than a mirage as the promising revolution has given way to blood, brutality and instability. The army has set a poor precedent by toppling a democratically elected regime, something which the country desperately needed. Only time and the action of political and social entities will tell what lies in store for the land of the Pharaohs.

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in search of a security policy will the reluctant fighters against terrorism implement it efficiently?

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OR a party taking a decision that marks a break with its past is not easy. Implementing it forcefully is even more difficult. This is one of the major reasons behind the delay in the PML-N’s formulation of a national security policy. Religiosity has always been the hallmark of the PML-N. The party takes right of the centre position on issues like rights of the minorities and women and capital punishment. There is a consensus in the party that the laws promulgated by Zia in the name of Islam which militate against the minorities and women must not be removed from the statute book nor altered – being specially sacrosanct is the blasphemy law despite its having been widely misused. Many in the party rank and file share the extremists’ worldview of the Jews, Christians and Hindus being the eternal enemies of Islam. Further, that no friendship is possible with them. Others share prejudices against a number of minority sects particularly the Shia community which is considered either a deviant sect, or one altogether out of the pale of Islam. Some have a soft corner for the militants. A category among them refuses to believe that the TTP or any of its affiliates is involved in suicide attacks, or assaults on military installations. These have been explained away as acts undertaken by forces opposed to Pakistan, like contracted operatives Blackwater or its successor Xe or the RAW agents. The Pakistani Taliban are seen to be conducting a jihad against the enemies of Islam. While the top leadership of the party might not have fully agreed with the extremists, it could not afford to ignore the opinions of the rank and file. It had to construct narratives on issues like terrorism that were acceptable to its followers. The TTP attacks in Pakistan were therefore described as a reaction to two factors, i.e. the US occupation of Afghanistan and the drone attacks. The Pushtuns living astride the Durand Line belong to the same tribes, it was argued. They were therefore justified to go to help their kinsmen on the other side of the border in their fight against American occupation. As Pakistan government supported the US war on terror, this led the TTP to launch attacks inside Pakistan. The drone attacks kill innocent people, and are conducted with the connivance of the government and the army. They provide the militants, it was claimed, another cause to launch attacks inside Pakistan It is forgotten that violent attacks on the Shia community started soon after the creation of Anjuman Sipahe Sahaba, subsequently known as Sipahe Sahaba Pakistan in 1985. The organisation was to subsequently give birth to Lashkar-e-Jhangvi in1996. The anti-

Shia terrorist outfits had killed hundreds of people by late 1980s and 90s. Sufi Muhammad, the chief of Tehrike Nifaze Shariate Mohammadi initiated armed struggle in Malakand Division in 1994 during Benazir Bhutto’s second term with an aim to enforce Sharia. Sufi Muhammad fomented an insurrection in Malakjand Division on the basis of his demand for Sharia law. The uprising was quashed by the Pakistan military but not before the TNSM had brought Dir and Swat under its control. This was much before the Americans were anywhere near Afghanistan and while they were yet to develop the technology that was to give birth to the drones. The PML-N top leadership was not far from the corridor of power when Zia helped in the birth of the Anjuman Sipahe Sahaba. It knows how the gulf rivalries led to a proxy war inside Pakistan and who funded the sectarian killers. The PML-N leadership’s relations with the Saudis who have traditionally financed not only hundreds of seminaries and mosques but also the Shia killing outfits have stood in the way of denouncing the LeJ or other terrorist networks targeting the Shia community. While the LeJ has publicly accepted responsibility for some of the most dastardly attacks, the interior minister has never condemned the network by name. During successive elections the PML-N candidates have entered into an understanding with the LeJ in a number of constituencies. This too has hindered the party from opposing the terrorist network. The narrative based on ‘this is not our war’ helped the PML-N maintain good relations both with the militants and their foreign sponsors. The narrative also provided the PML-N a stick to beat the PPP led government with. The party demanded that the government stop supporting the US war on terror and seek an end to the drone attacks. It was claimed that once this happened the terrorist attacks would come to an end automatically. This was the stand taken by several PMLN leaders on talk shows and in public statements before the elections. Even Nawaz Sharif took the position in one of his pre-election speeches. Addressing a public meeting in Lahore on May 5, he urged the

government to reconsider its support to the US war on militancy and instead start negotiations with the Taliban. The US-backed military campaign against the Taliban was not the best way to defeat the insurgency, he said. “I think guns and bullets are always not the answer to such problems,” he told Reuters in an interview in his black armoured car. “I think other options need to be explored at the same time and see what is workable. And I think we’re going to pursue all these other options.” But once in power, the reality forces the leaders to remove their blinkers. Mian Shahbaz Sharif who had promised last year that he “would go for a long march against the drone attacks in FATA, if the strikes were not stopped,” remained unmoved despite several drone strikes that were conducted after the PMLN took over. Ground realities have forced Ch Nisar to revisit the old narrative. Although the “war against terror” was imposed on the country after the attacks in the United States in Sept 2001, it had now turned into “a battle for survival of Pakistan”, the interior minister said in Quetta last week. “The entire nation should be on the same page in the `war against terror’ as it has now become a battle for survival of Pakistan even though it was imposed on us.” Exigencies of power are forcing the PML-N to take note of the ground realities. While in power the party cannot ignore the attacks on law enforcement agencies, bank heists and jailbreaks and the use of Pakistani territory as a launching pad for attacks on other countries. A responsible government is supposed to come down hard on activities of the sort. A sudden departure from the conventional position would however be embarrassing. It would lead the PTI and the JI to accuse the party of having sold itself to the US. It would even alienate the party workers. This explains why the formulation of a new security policy is taking time. A new security policy might be a little late but will have to be crafted in the next weeks and months. What remains to be seen if the reluctant fighters against terrorism would implement it efficiently. The writer is a political analyst and a former academic.


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in the crooked line of duty burden of expectations: our poor law enforcers

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iran’s mounting malaise inept policies, religious pressure add to poverty, poor health and cross-border challenges

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ASSAN Rouhani took charge of Iran with its socioeconomic safety nets unravelling, thanks to deleterious policies exacerbated by tightened sanctions from the West. Addressing the parliament on July 14, while presidentelect, he acknowledged that the nuclear impasse is far from the only factor transforming the Islamic Republic of Iran negatively with impact on other countries. Iran’s challenges pose severe consequences at home and abroad. Sanctions worsen existing problems even as the internet offers Iran widening access to the world beyond. Wealthy or poor, young or old, healthy or ill, Iranians must struggle with restrictions on what they wear, hear, say and with who they interact. Yet more than 30 percent of Iranians have access to satellite television and 61 percent to the internet, circumventing government constraints on communications with the rest of the world. Thus Iranians are well aware that living standards are much higher in the Gulf countries to their south. They see European and North American nations providing not only a comfortable life but socio-political liberties as well. Iranians have responded with small, futile gestures, ranging from pumping up the volume of banned music or beating up the enforcers of religious orthopraxy, and there was the populist uprising of 2009. But these are not their only responses. Another reaction is to flee the country. Indeed, Iran remains the largest long-term source of asylum seekers in Turkey and Canada – straining those nations’ welfare resources. Iran’s economy and politics are stressful. Mehr News Agency reports that 60 percent of Iranians are overweight and many suffer from preventable diseases such as high blood pressure and osteoporosis. Iran’s fertility rate, already on a downward trend in 2000, has now plummeted by 70 percent as 40 percent of young adults opt to remain single and many others defer marriage until their 30s or elect to have small families. Iran’s fertility rate is 1.64 births per woman, reports the World Bank, and, as a result, Iran’s hitherto youthful population has begun skewing

toward the elderly who comprise 37 percent of citizens, bringing with it mounting burdens for the domestic health network. The result has been a steady outflow of Iranians seeking residence in countries with better healthcare like Britain and Canada. Tehran responded in August 2012 by scrapping family-planning programs and diverting those funds to encourage larger families, with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei calling upon women to have more children. But rather than increasing birthrates, official and religious pressure may only put more stress on women and lead to their abjuring motherhood even further. In 2011, 35 percent of Iranian students were reported to have dropped out from school, with many assuming there’s little career value to be gained from an ideologically-driven educational system. Even individuals who make it into the university system find few opportunities to participate in global knowledge networks. Likewise, socioeconomically advantageous synergies are cut off by gender segregation in public universities and stifled thereafter in public workplaces. Indeed, by Rouhani’s own admission, up to 5 million graduates are unemployed. Many search for better opportunities outside Iran, triggering a brain drain that compounds the country’s other negative transitions while adding to the skilled-worker pools of Asian countries like Pakistan (up to 120,000 Iranians) and Malaysia (estimated at 100,000 Iranians) in addition to those of the EU and North America. Yet all those nations are facing economic retrenchment, so the arrival of welleducated Iranians is not always well received. An estimated 60 percent of Iranian workers have slipped below the poverty line, up 40 percent from a decade ago; unemployment has risen to 24 percent overall and to 67 percent among women. Even the employed find their earnings devoured by inflation, which rose 200 percent between 2009 and 2012, and now deflates buying power by another 45 percent; by housing costs, up 220 percent over the past eight years. Food prices have spiked 57 percent over the past year. Growth dropped to zero this year according to the Iranian parliament’s budget committee. The International Monetary Fund forecasts economic expansion for the nation ranking third in oil and second in gas reserves at only 1 percent for 2014. As a direct consequence, Iran’s imports are slipping – by 33 percent or US $3 billion with Persian Gulf countries in 2012, for example – negatively affecting neighbouring economies. Due to the socioeconomic hardships, at least 26 percent of marriages in Tehran end in divorce; nationwide the rate is 14 percent, modest compared to western nations but high when compared to pre-revolutionary Iran. In a panic, clerics pushed through parliament a bill in 2009 legalizing concomitant second marriages by men. They even instituted a “No Divorce Day” to encourage marital fidelity. Nonetheless, prostitution – estimated in 2000 by Tehran’s Cultural Foundation as having

risen by 635 percent among high school students since the late 1990s – continues unabated as more enter the sex trade in their early teens, according to Health Ministry officials. Again, Iran’s internal problem is swiftly spilling over as webs of human trafficking link it to Pakistan, India, the Emirates, Central Asian Republics, Turkey and France. In January, Iranian officials estimated at least 2.4 percent of the population of 75 million was addicted to narcotics. The number of drug abusers rises by over 100,000 annually and they consume 5 tons of controlled substances each day in the capital city of Tehran and more elsewhere in the country. Most narcotics come across borders with Afghanistan and Pakistan, gripping those nations in a losing battle against poppy growth. Moreover although nearly 450 tons of illegal drugs like opium and heroin were seized and destroyed by Iran’s authorities in 2012 many times that volume flows through the country onward to Europe and North America – adding to the West’s substance abuse problems as well. Under pressure to reform not just foreign but also domestic policies, thereby “reducing the people’s suffering and paving the way for progress,” Rouhani has called for change. He urges Supreme Leader Khamenei and other clerics and politicians to understand that: “A strong government does not mean one which limits the lives of people.” The Tehran stock exchange reached new highs and the Iranian currency regained 30 percent of its value against the US dollar because the financial sector hopes Rouhani will succeed in his quest to give the society much-needed positive boosts. Yet former reformist President Mohammad Khatami sought change between 1997 and 2005 and recently-departed President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad wanted it, too, during his second term from 2009 to 2013. Neither chief executive made headway against the ideologues who hold final sway over Iran’s national and international policies. Iranian politicians conveniently blame mismanagement by those ex-presidents for the nation’s internal problems. Fundamentalist ayatollahs attribute the problems to lax morals as well. And both groups utilize the nuclear dispute with the West as an expedient means of rallying the nation together in the face of decline. Worse of all, unfortunately for Iran and the world, setting aside ideology to resolve domestic issues and their spill over into foreign affairs is not regarded as essential by Supreme Leader Khamenei and others of his persuasion. So, a worst case scenario could result in Iran resembling North Korea by responding to internal socioeconomic disintegration with externally-directed aggression, even nuclear threats. The writer is professor of Iranian Studies and chairman of the Department of Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University. He also serves on the US National Council on the Humanities overseeing the National Endowment for the Humanities.

013 has not been kind to our poor law enforcement agencies. Be it the Rangers or the local police, there has been much hubbub from various circles about their inefficiency. Some might even go as far as to say they’ve been incessantly targeted unfairly by the general masses. We cannot expect the police to be able to solve all our problems now, can we? It was refreshing to see them being praised around Eid for taking up their luAvuT zAHId posts even though terror threats loomed the country. Terrorism is indeed a grand problem, one which needs a thorough response. In a heroic effort to thwart the D I Khan jailbreak the police forces, in consensus with the jail authorities, ensured that the army was kept out of the intelligence loop. Most people don’t understand what possible reason they would have to do this, except if you look at it closely you’ll find that they were only trying to safeguard democracy. The army does sweep in and take control of far too many situations for the country’s comfort. By doing this they ensured that the jailbreak was handled in a manner which would keep the army at bay. The Taliban aren’t an easy foe to fight, however, which led to problems within the D I Khan attacks. We cannot expect the policemen to be able to handle such a situation especially since the Taliban and other terrorist groups stem from within the Pakistani soil. Would it not be wrong to attack another Pakistani? The Taliban also extended their well wishes to the police and prison employees for their efforts to keep the brotherhood of the Pakistani people intact. Who says we have problems with unity? We could all learn from the police. It’s troubling when people start asking questions about the Elite force which is trained to handle such problems. Even though the police have it covered (with their dire lack of training and equipment, along with morals and loyalty) many have often asked why the Elite force isn’t used as often in terrorist threats. Well, for starters, one of the primary jobs that those guys have to perform is making sure all VIP movements stay safe. With their proper equipment and brilliant training, the Elite force has been doing its job ridiculously well. So why fix it when it’s not broken? Pushing the Elite force to protect the people instead of the politicians will only do one thing: deliver a grand blow to democracy, for how will you run a democratic state unless you have leaders who can forward the people’s agenda? It is for the greater good that the Elite force must remain where it is! People who’ve been criticising the police for the Okara incident also need to be set straight. Fine, the police may have crossed a line by getting a father and son to sodomise each other, but who are we to judge? If a woman is raped you can’t pronounce the poor chap guilty unless she finds four witnesses to corroborate her story, heck even DNA evidence doesn’t work. Then why is it that because two men were involved and it was the police that we’re hell bent on pronouncing them guilty of sexual deviance. Do the father and son have four witnesses? The double standards in the country are atrocious! Pakistanis know not what to do except complain about everything. And of course we have the businessmen in Karachi who need police-like powers for their guards. In the face of extortion, robbery and other threats the industrialists claim they need better protection. But thankfully they blame the Rangers just as much as they blame the police for the security failures – so there’s some objectivity there. Jameel Yousuf, former Citizen Police Liaison Committee Chief, even offered a better solution: pay the police to hire more men for security, the police would be able to do a better job if they had more people, surely. In this case it’s the Rangers who get the heat more than anyone else. How is it their fault that they were installed into a chaotic city like Karachi though? Even the MQM can’t keep the peace even though it’s repeatedly tried with protests which shut the entire city down. If the MQM fails, then who are we to look towards the Rangers to succeed? The Rangers have been doing their job well. They shoot on sight and fight with the ferocity of a lion. But sometimes when the lion is hunting it ends up killing other animals even though it doesn’t want to – like a taxi driver. If it weren’t for the suo motu case they wouldn’t even have to bat an eyelid before moving onto their more important duties. The Chief Justice himself admitted during the case that the Rangers can only stop and search people. Well, if they can’t shoot people then how did those people die? It’s obviously just Zionist propaganda. And seriously, first they’re told they can’t shoot people then they’re blamed for the rising crime – they shot a guy in 2011 in front of a camera after proving he was a thief and people went berserk. What are they expected to do exactly? Play ludo with suspicious people instead? At this point I believe we should let the police and other law enforcement personnel have a breather. Only recently did our police force lose a member of their own: an imported sniffer dog who was bought for Rs2.2 million and died three days after it arrived because of the poor quality food it was given. It was a great loss, one the forces obviously have not yet recovered from. We cannot blame them for their poor performance; we should only blame ourselves for expecting oh so much from them. 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no running from ‘zinda bhaag’ this September!

ASHLEY TISDALE GETS ENGAGED

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IAMONDS are said to be a girl’s best friend - not least because they go with everything. And Ashley Tisdale put that theory to the test on Wednesday, when she posed with her new engagement ring on full display at the InStyle Summer Soiree at the Mondrian Hotel in Los Angeles. Also decorating her arm was her fiance Christopher French - who looked equally delighted with his new status as an engaged man. The happy couple grinned as they posed on the red carpet, arm in arm. Ashley wore a clinging vibrant coloured dress, which showed off her trim and toned figure. Her trendy boyfriend was more

hipster in fashion in his black loosely knotted tie. The 28-year-old actress confirmed her engagement to French on Monday via Twitter. ‘Thank you guys for all your well wishes,’ she wrote. ‘Means so much to me. We’re so grateful and excited. #imthehappiestgirlintheworld’. And French is apparently exactly Ashley’s type. ‘She is in love with the “darker, bad boy” types,’ a source told Us Weekly. ‘And him being just that is why she has always been

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HE much-awaited Pakistani feature film Zinda Bhaag, which features veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah and model Amna Ilyas, is set to release on September 6, this year. The first teaser video for its song Paani Da Bulbala was also released last week. The song, which has been sung by Punjabi pop star Abrarul Haq, was released on Vimeo and is available for download. Unlike the usual upbeat Punjabi songs characterised by loud ‘dhol’ tunes and fast-paced bhangra moves, Paani Da Bulbala has a jazzy feel to it and seems to add a sarcastic, comic touch to the storyline. The music for the song is given by Sahir Ali Bagga and ironically, the lyrics are by Yaqub Atif Bulbula. Zinda Bhaag will release in both multiplexes as well as single screens in Karachi, Lahore, Multan, Faisalabad, Gujranwala and Rawalpindi. NEWS dESK

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AKISTANI-AMERICAN film and television actor Faran Tahir, who has delivered two international blockbusters previously, ‘Iron Man’ being one of them, tastes success once again with Neill Blomkamp directed Hollywood entertainer ‘Elysium’. Tahir essays the role of President Patel and has been lauded immensely for his acting prowess. The mega starrer including a cast that comprised of Hollywood A-listers Matt Damon and Jodie Foster among others, recently held its movie premiere in Los Angeles, attended by the who’s who of the industry. Tahir, who in a recent interview with Daily Times had expressed his excitement for this

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HIS story just keeps getting sadder. Gia Allemand, who was pronounced dead Wednesday at University Hospital in New Orleans, apparently hanged herself on Monday night, multiple sources confirm to E! News. The Bachelor and Bachelor Pad star was 29. Her boyfriend, NBA player Ryan Anderson, discovered her at her home on Monday night and called 911, according to a statement released by Allemand’s rep on behalf of her family, who previously confirmed that she was found after an apparent suicide attempt. Sadly, Allemand’s attempt proved successful. Doctors withdrew life support after determining that she had suffered a critical loss of brain and organ function. Sources told E! News that Allemand and Anderson had been having problems with their relationship, but they were still together at the time of her death. NEWS dESK

attracted to him.’ ‘He is still a gentleman, though. [He] holds out her chair for her, holds the door, etc. but is still edgy, which is why they mesh.’ The Scary Movie actress gave a cryptic hint regarding her engagement last Thursday evening she tweeted: ‘Best night of my life. We’re on top of the world.’ NEWS dESK

WILLIS’ COMMERCIAL DIES HARD IN BRITIAN! Bruce Willis hasn’t had the best of luck lately. After getting attacked on Twitter by his Expendables costar Sylvester Stallone, the Die Hard actor’s commercial was banned from the airwaves in Britain for using misleading pricing information. According to reports, the spot for BSkyB’s broadband service took aim at competitor and telecom giant BT, and featured small print to

explain pricing details, which appeared for 15 seconds during the ad. The commercial features Willis entering an office to complain about the slowness of his broadband service. A person then responds, “You could try Sky Broadband. It’s totally unlimited…Sky Broadband Unlimited is $11.60 (£7.50) a month, which is less than half BT’s standard price.” Britain’s Advertising

Standards Authority said that BSkyB should have used a voiceover to explain all the pricing terms instead of just having onscreen text details. “We concluded that the ad did not make sufficiently clear the extent of the commitment consumers had to make in order to obtain the broadband service at the advertised price,” the organization said. COuRTESy EO

science and action flick. The film has received mostly positive reviews. ‘Elysium’ took top spot in the North American box office this weekend, beating out competition from raunchy Jennifer Aniston comedy ‘We’re The Millers’, estimates showed on Sunday. The film is set in a dystopian future where the poor have been left to inhabit a ruined Earth while the rich live on a luxurious space station. The movie earned $30.5 million in its opening three days, estimated figures from box office tracker Exhibitor Relations showed. The film took $26.6 million over the three-day weekend, placing it just ahead of Disney’s latest animated offering ‘Planes’. NEWS dESK


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HAHRUKH Khan is riding high on the box office reports of Chennai Express and the film touched a collection of Rs 124.54 cr on Tuesday. Shahrukh, who is happy that his fans are entertained with Chennai Express is tasting success with the film. Chennai Express hit over 3,500 screens in India and is running houseful. The film was made at a budget of apporx Rs.70 crore, earned Rs. 6.75 crore from Thursday previews in India and on opening day, Aug 9, Rs.33.12 crore. It became the fastest Rs100-crore earner in the history of Indian cinema. Now with the new record SRK’s Chennai Express has earned 124.54 cr. Trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted, “#ChennaiExpress PP 6.75 cr, Fri 33.12 cr, Sat 28.05 cr, Sun 32.50 cr, Mon 12.62 cr, Tue 11.50 cr. Total 124.54 cr.” It seems that SRK’s Chennai Express is running fast to achieve 200 cr. With tomorrow being (15th August) Independence day and a public holiday and the film expected to go strong over the coming weekend too, will it be able to break the record? NEWS dESK

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While Sunny Leone is known to be well-spoken, we’ve heard, fame has apparently changed her hubby-cummanager Daniel Weber, who’s tough when it comes to Sunny’s professional decisions and media interactions. A source present on the sets (in Goa) of her forthcoming film reveals, “She is barely a film old, and her husband is already acting pricey. Sunny didn’t behave this way during Jism 2. Fame seems to have gone to her head. While the whole unit, including Naseeruddin Shah, would have lunch on the set, she would leave with her husband and would only return 30 minutes after the scheduled time. Even during on-theset media interactions, Daniel gave the journalists, who had travelled to Goa to interview her, a hard time. He kept stating that she doesn’t have enough time for the interactions.” In Sunny’s defence, one of her friends clarify, “Daniel is fiercely protective of Sunny. He expects her shoot schedule a day in advance so that he can allot time accordingly. While in Goa, she was shooting for her film, so it’s obvious she didn’t have enough time for media interaction. Also, she is new to the industry, which is why it’s possible that she doesn’t know how to handle on-theset interviews.” COuRTESy TOI

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selena hands her fan free tickets S ELENA Gomez is getting her dogooder on. While traveling this week, the “Come & Get It” singer made nice with one young female fan by giving her a chance to see her in concert. “Met this little at the airport,” Gomez posted on Instagram with a photo. “Ended up on the same flight and gave her tickets to my show hehe I kinda like my job.” In the cute pic, the young girl sits on Gomez’s lap while the two sit in the airport together. Both gals are all smiles while posing for the fan photo. Gomez is playing a show tonight at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver. The 21year-old shared a colorful pic of herself last night with the caption, “Hi Vancouver.” Gomez also shared a photo of the empty concert arena pre-show with the caption, “#‎ StarsDanceWorldTour Vancouver are you ready to kick this off?” NEWS dESK


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8 Baseball legend Babe Ruth dies in New York City at age 53. 8 Cyprus, the third-largest island in the Mediterranean, becomes an independent republic. 8 Algeria is admitted to the Arab League. 8 Elvis Presley dies at Graceland, his Memphis, Tenn., home, from heart failure at age 42. 8 Former Ugandan dictator Idi Amin dies.

hacker pleads for stop to indopak cyber war The blackhat hackers of Pakistan had defaced the Indian websites to show their anger, said Rajan Kohli, president, Third Eye Ethical Hackers Society while giving a message to stop Indo-Pak cyber war on Independence Day. He advised the website administrators to prevent cyber attacks by using secure website hosting and login method to avoid unauthentic login. Kohli said, "The hackers in Pakistan and India have the trend of hacking each other's websites on Independence Day. This is a bad gesture. Many important Indian government websites have been hacked by Pakistan blackhat hackers." "A defaced page with absurd messages appear when you enter a hacked website such as www.punetrafficpolice.gov.in The hackers create such pages on the website so that no one can access the website further," Kohli added. He said, "They even try to destroy the database available on the website. Indians do the same on August 14 on Pakistan's websites." He suggested that the website administrators should use secure hosting and the administration should ask their website hosting providers to provide secure login method so that unknown people cannot login. NEWS dESK

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STRONOMERS have, for the first time, detected in X-rays a planet outside our solar system pass in front of its parent star. The image was taken of a planet in HD 189733- a system which is 63 lightyears from Earth - using NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and the European Space Agency’s XMM Newton Observatory. Up until now, exoplanets had only been observed passing in front of their parent stars using optical light in a process known as transiting. ‘Thousands of planet candi-

dates have been seen to transit in only optical light,’ said Katja Poppenhaeger of Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) in Cambridge, Massachusetts. ‘Finally being able to study one in X-rays is important because it reveals new information about the properties of an exoplanet.’ The planet, known as HD 189733b, is a hot Jupiter, meaning it is similar in size to Jupiter in our solar system but in very close orbit around its star. It is more than 30 times closer to its star than Earth is to the sun and orbits its star once every 2.2 days. The planet is a huge gas giant and its atmosphere is scorching, with a tempera-

ture of over 1,000°C. Astronomers have known for about a decade ultraviolet and X-ray radiation from the main star in HD 189733 are evaporating the atmosphere of HD 189733b over time. The authors estimate it is losing 100 million to 600 million kilograms of mass per second. HD 189733b's atmosphere appears to be thinning 25 per cent to 65 per cent faster than it would be if the planet's atmosphere were smaller. ‘The extended atmosphere of this planet makes it a bigger target for high-energy radiation from its star, so more evaporation occurs,’ said co-author Scott Wolk, also of CfA. The main star in HD 189733

Perseid meteor shower light show!

ladies chisel your nails! catfighting is now a sport There is a new kink in the world of professional sports thanks to a rise in catfighting leagues. Two separate troupes, one in Lansing, Mich., and the other in Nottingham, England, are trying to scratch out a niche by offering different forms of women's catfighting, a "sport" similar to wrestling, but with more hair-pulling, eye scratching and face slapping. Michigan's own Klaw Mark Kittens take an "artistic" approach to catfighting, dressing up like vintage pinups and making the fights a part of set scenarios, such as a woman in a bumblebee dress start grappling with a woman wearing a flower hat. "We call it vintage burlesque wrestling," troupe leader Autumn Luciano told The Huffington Post, adding that the Klaw Mark Kittens take their name from '50s-era underground filmmaker Irving Klaw, who made several catfighting videos starring Bettie Page. The catfighting is choreographed, and the three performing Kittens try to be as gentle as possible. "It's mostly theatre," said Luciano, 26. "However, when showtime comes, the girls will kick each other's butts." NEWS dESK

astronomers rewarded as comet swifttuttle meteors bow out in style NEWS DESK Meteorologists predicted clear skies and perfect conditions for this year's Perseid display, and the 26km-wide Comet Swift-Tuttle did not disappoint. Every year between mid-July and mid-August, as the Earth crosses the orbital path of Comet Swift-Tuttle, dust particles from the comet’s tail create a spectacular display of shooting stars as the meteors effectively end their life. Dr Caro-

line Smith, the Museum's Curator of Meteorites, described the meteors, or dust grains, appearing as 'a bright streak of light' as they burn up. According to Dr Smith, 'Scientists around the world, including those at the Natural History Museum and other UK research institutions, are actively studying comets to better understand the birth and formation of the Solar System and the potential (or not) risk of an impact with Earth in the future.' Dr Smith confirmed that no meteorites from the shooting stars (meteors) will land since they burn up completely and disappear. The age of Comet Swift-Tuttle has not been precisely determined, but it can be dated from the formation of the Solar System 4.6 billion years ago. Dinosaurs were wiped out 66 million years ago by a comet 10km in diameter. 'We are learning more

and more about comets from various observations using telescopes around the world and space missions, such as Stardust, which has collected cometary dust particles and returned them for study in labs on Earth,' Dr Smith said. Most meteors are dust to sand-sized particles that burn up as they pass through Earth's atmosphere. Larger fragments that don't burn up completely and fall onto the Earth's surface are meteorites. A small number of meteors can be seen most nights in a clear sky, but it is only at certain times of year that thousands of meteors appear from a single point in the sky. Comet Swift-Tuttle, parent of the Perseids (so-named because the point, or radiant, from which the meteors appear lies within the constellation Perseus) last passed close to Earth in 1992 and will do so again in summer 2125.

also has a faint red companion, detected for the first time in X-rays with Chandra. The stars likely formed at the same time, but the main star appears to be 3 billion to 3.5 billion years younger than its companion star because it rotates faster, displays higher levels of magnetic activity and is about 30 times brighter in X-rays than its companion. ‘This star is not acting its age, and having a big planet as a companion may be the explanation,’ said Ms Poppenhaeger. ‘It's possible this hot Jupiter is keeping the star's rotation and magnetic activity high because of tidal forces, making it behave in some ways like a much younger star.’

‘hitler’ wine cauSeS furor It's been called "sickening," an "[apology] for fascism," and "an affront to humanity as a whole." But enough about the wine -- it's the label that's causing a furor. The Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Los Angeles-based human rights organization, has called for a global ban on Italian winemakers Vini Lunardelli, whose "historical line" of wines includes labels featuring images of Adolf Hitler and various Nazi slogans. Want a little "Sieg Heil" with your chardonnay? Lunardelli has you covered. But unless you're planning a dinner party for some very particular company, chances are you'll be drinking that bottle alone. “The Wiesenthal Center denounces the marketing of these products and urges wine distributors in Italy and around the world to send the only message the owner of this firm might understand," the Jewish human rights organization wrote in a statement Aug. 8. "... [Choose] not to do any business with someone using the Nazi mass murderer as a blatant marketing tool." The company has made Hitler wine since 1995. It wasn't until last year, however, when several tourists in Italy took offense, that the controversy emerged. Local officials vowed to remove the wine from shelves, and even weighed confiscating them. Hilter Wine is illegal in Germany, where products bearing images or slogans from the Nazi era are outlawed. Lunardelli continues to sell the wine through its website. Ironically, the Wiesenthal Center complaint might end up doing little else but ushering a sales blitz for the Italian company, but other merchants looking to cash in on Hitler's notoriety have ended up appeasing public opinion. India's "Hitler" clothing boutique was forced to change its name following outrage last year. As long as people are looking to kill off Hitler-related merchandise, they might as well include that silly teapot. NEWS dESK


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LAHORE: The Pakistan Billiard and Snooker Association has appealed to the Government to award President’s Pride of Performance award to world snooker champion, Muhammad Asif for his unique feat of winning the World title. “He has brought a big laurel for the country and we strongly believe that awarding him the Pride of Performance award is the best way to acknowledge his achievement at world level,” said Alamgir A Shaikh, President PBSA here on Thursday. He said ace snooker player, Asif is also the winner of the Asian 6Red Snooker Champion which enhances the image of the country at international level. “In spite of repeated assurances and confirmation from the Director General, Pakistan Sports Board, Amir Hamza Gillani that they have nominated the name of Asif for the Pride of Performance it is surprising to note that he has not yet been nominated for the prestigious award,” he said adding, “He is the most deserving player for the award and awarding the Pride of Perforward award will help suppor the cause of snooker in Pakistan at all levels,” He further appealed to the Government to release the cash wards money to him for his world and Asian titles. “Almost seven months have been passed by and Muhammad Asif is still awaiting his due announcement of Cash Award of Rs. 10Million (Gold Medal) and the recent Rs. 5 Million (Gold Medal) as per the National Sports Policy for winning the World and Asian titles for Pakistan”, he added. STAFF REPORT

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AKISTAN’S former captain Shahid Khan Afridi has shown his desperation to be consistent in his performance and for that his entire concentration is on improving his skills both as a batsman and as a bowler. “I have no intention to regain captaincy but my entire focus is to work on improving my performance. But the current spell of rains has disrupted the training sessions and now we are despite limited recourses practicing indoors to gain maximum out of the available facilities,” he said while taking to journalists here at the National Cricket Academy on Thursday. He further said that the West Indies series has given the youngsters a great boost and now with the bowlers the batsmen should also deliver during the upcoming tour of Zimbabwe. “Captain Misbahul Haq has complete support of the team and is performing brilliantly. I would also under his captaincy want to be consistent in my performance like he (Misbah) has been doing and my whole focus is to perform to win matches for the country,” he maintained. He further said that the upcoming series after the Zimbabwe tour against South Africa after the Sri Lanka series is relatively tough and the team has to work very hard for that.

“It is very disappointing that international cricket is not being played in Pakistan which is damaging the game in the country. But there is a need to improve the domestic structure to have quality players,” he added. Afridi further stated that the team is prepared for any kind of tournament and said that the selectors should have picked youngsters for the Zimbabwe series which

would have given the upcoming players healthy practice before the World Cup. “Had I opted out of the Zimbabwe series, there would have a lot of criticism and the step should have taken by the selectors,” he added. He further stated that there is a need to unearth talent by orgsinsing tournaments at different levels throughout the country.

Pakistan likely to play d/n Tests with sri lanka LAHORE STAFF REPORT

Pakistan and Sri Lankan cricket boards are planning to organizing a day/night Test series at the end of this year in UAE. The series between the two countries to be held later this in UAE will be held in December. The two of three Tests on the tour are scheduled in Dubai and Abu Dhabi and these could be potential venues to host the day-night Test. It has been learnt from an official of PCB that the talks are underway with Sri Lankan board. However, no decision has been made yet. Dubai sports city has also been made aware about the plan. In October last year, ICC approved the recommendation of its Cricket Committee for day/night Test matches. Teams now have liberty to decide on whether to play a day or a day/night Tests. Both teams are allowed; to decide the timings of the play, the playing

hours should be minimum six hours; and to decide the color of the ball. PCB was one of the first boards who welcomed this decision of ICC along

Cricket Australia. Pakistan Test Captain Misbah ul Haq also hailed the decision. Pakistan has been experimenting this in domestic first-class Quaid-e-

Azam trophy. The finals of 2010-11 and 2011-12 editions were played under floodlights. The ICC last year approved the idea of day-night Test matches but left it to member boards to decide on the hours of play and the colour of the ball to be used. No board so far has considered playing day-night Tests, but the PCB has shown interest in trying out the format. The board has organised day-night first-class matches and a few MCC fixtures in Abu Dhabi have also been played under lights. Pakistan will host Sri Lanka in the UAE between December 2013 and January 2014 for a bilateral series that includes three Tests, five ODIs and two Twenty20s. The series, the second bilateral contest between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the UAE, will be played in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi. The first Test has been scheduled for December 31 in Dubai, while Abu Dhabi and Sharjah will host the second and third Tests, from January 8 and January 16.

Trent Woodhill suggests on field third umpire MUMBAI BIPIN dANI

Trent Woodhill, who recently had a short stint with the Pakistani team as its batting coach and served the New Zealand team as its assistant coach, has suggested the novel idea of having one more on-field umpire. Speaking exclusively over telephone from Australia, where his wife recently gave birth to a first baby-boy, he says, “instead of continuing on down the road of technological advancement that, regardless of what the Warren Brennan’s (HotSpot inventor) of the world would have you believe, is not improving decision making, what if we went back to the ability of the human being to make the right decision the majority of the time and in real time”. “We currently have only two on field umpires performing several tasks such as the front foot no ball to the square leg umpire ruling on the height of a delivery. What if cricket went one step further and had an umpire directly behind the keeper, (similar to baseball) who could adjudicate on catches behind the wicket in consultation, when and if needed, with the umpire at the bowlers end. The bowlers end umpire would ultimately still have the final say on the

decision”, Woodhill, the coach in one of the IPL teams (Delhi Darevills), said.

“This would quicken up the decision making process and if there is any doubt the on field umpires

could go upstairs to the video umpire to look over available video evidence to confirm the decision by the on field umpires. It would get rid of the DRS by the players and make it only available to the three standing umpires and only when a decision is inconclusive rather than from the badgering of the players”. “We currently have a fourth official that is basically just a water boy for the standing officials who could immediately fill the ‘behind the keeper’ role. Every other moving sport such as Rugby, Football, AFL, Gridiron, baseball has officials in the thick of the action. Thus there is no reason why the extra umpire would get in the way and should help the on field umpires get back to making decisions without faulty technology impeding the game”, Woodhill added. The DRS (Decision Referral System) was seen as the technological advancement of modern cricket. Television stations worldwide-developed concepts such as ‘snicko’, ‘Hawkeye’ & ‘hot spot’, their inventors claiming foolproof status and no doubt cashed in on the added drama it offered a telecast. Though players and coaches remained extremely suspicious by what these gimmicks were, not only showing on the television but also the effect it is having on the game.


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USTRALIA have named Fawad Ahmed in their 18-man squad for the one-day and Twenty20 series in England and Scotland. Ahmed was only granted citizenship in July, having previously played 10 first-class matches in his native Pakistan before seeking asylum in Australia in 2010. The spinner, though, has been included in the limited overs side after impressing on the Australia A tour of Zimbabwe and South Africa. “Fawad has been a consistent wicket-taker on the Australia A tour of Zimbabwe and South Africa,” said national selector John Inverarity. “He is a mature and very good leg-spin bowler and the national selection panel is keen to see how he fares in international competition.” Michael Clarke will skipper the side, while Shane Watson and Steve Smith are the only other players from the side that lost the fourth Test included in the squad. Australia will play two Twenty20 games and five ODIs against England, while they will also take on Scotland in a one-day game in Edinburgh. Australia ODI squad: Michael Clarke (capt), George Bailey, Fawad Ahmed, Nathan CoulterNile, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazelwood, Phil Hughes, Mitchell Johnson, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Clint McKay, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Adam Voges, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Shane Watson.

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LONDON: England and Australia drew their one-off Ashes Test, with neither side able to force a result on the final day of four at Wormsley in Buckinghamshire, southern England on Wednesday. Australia did their best to open up the game, with captain Jodie Fields hitting 78 not out before declaring at 231 for five. England were set a target of 249 to win from 45 overs but never got going in pursuit of that target and a draw was agreed with the hosts 93 for two. The result saw both sides take two points apiece in a series, which unlike the Test-only ongoing men’s Ashes, also comprises three one-day internationals and three Twenty20 matches. AGENCIES

A bat used by Australian great Donald Bradman and signed by his 1948 “Invincible” team sold for A$61 000 at auction in Melbourne on Thursday, reports said. Bradman used the Sykes bat to score 115 in his final first-class innings at home before the team traveled to England 65 years ago. It sold for well above its anticipated value of A$20 000, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation said. The bat was signed by Bradman and his teammates, who included Lindsay Hassett, Ray Lindwall and Keith Miller. The Invincibles went on to become – and remain – the only Australian side to go through an entire Ashes tour unbeaten. The item had spent 20 years on display at the Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) and is mounted in a wooden display case. The bat was sold by Leski Auctions. Legendary Australia batsman Bradman, who died aged 92 in 2001, played his last match in England in 1948 and retired with a yet-to-be-topped test batting average of 99.94, despite scoring a duck in his final innings.

Pietersen set for Ashes finaledespite knee trouble LONDON AGENCIES

England batsman Kevin Pietersen remains available for next week’s final Ashes Test despite undergoing a scan on his troublesome right knee on Wednesday, the England and Wales Cricket Board said in a statement. Pietersen’s prospects of playing in the fifth Test, which will take place at The Oval, his Surrey home ground, were called into question when it emerged he was having a scan on his knee. However, an ECB statement said it was a routine part of his recovery from an injury suffered earlier this year. “Kevin Pietersen had a precautionary scan on his right knee today (Wednesday) as part of an ongoing monitoring process following

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the bone bruising injury that occurred in February,” said the statement. “Kevin remains available for selection for the fifth Ashes Test and will continue to receive treatment on his right knee as part of his rehabilitation programme over the course of the remainder of the series and beyond.” This has been a largely frustrating year for 33-year-old South Africa-born Pietersen, sidelined for several months after returning home early from England’s tour of New Zealand in March with a knee injury. However, he has featured in all four Ashes matches, helping England retain the urn and win the series at 3-0 up, despite also suffering a calf problem in a mammoth 347-run win over Australia in the second Test at Lord’s. Pietersen made 113 as England

avoided the follow-on in the drawn third Test at Manchester’s Old Trafford and in the hosts 74-run fourth Test win at Chester-le-Street contributed an important second innings 44 in partnership with century-maker Ian Bell. Former England captain Pietersen is arguably the team’s most talented batsman but, with the Ashes won, coach Andy Flower won’t want to take any undue risks with one of his key players. Prior to Wednesday’s statement, Flower had already made it clear Pietersen would not be released for Surrey’s appearance in English county cricket’s Twenty20 finals day at Edgbaston on Saturday. It was a decision accepted by Surrey caretaker coach Alec Stewart, himself a former England captain and wicketkeeper/batsman.

COLOMBO: Ian Botham’s latest charity walk is to take him 160km from the north to the south of Sri Lanka and will be his toughest to date, the England great said on Thursday. The eight-day walk, arranged to raise funds for those affected by the 30-year war in Sri Lanka, begins at Killinochchi on November 1 and is due to end at Seenigama. “It’s going to be like nothing I have ever attempted before and it’s going to be my most demanding,” the 57-year-old Botham told a news conference on Thursday. “I have really strong connections with Sri Lanka and I know if I can raise a lot of money it is going to do so much good for young people here. I am determined to make a success of it.” Dubbed ‘Beefy’s Big Sri Lanka Walk’, it will raise funds for projects supported by the Laureus Sports Foundation for Goodness. Each day Botham will be joined by cricketers such as Shane Warne, Michael Vaughan, Sourav Ganguly, Muttiah Muralitharan, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene. Botham has been walking for charity since 1985 when he first pledged to raise millions of pounds to help people suffering from blood cancers. He visited Sri Lanka in 2005 soon after the Asian tsunami and played a key role in the establishment of the Foundation for Goodness project. AGENCIES


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punjab Gymnastic championship from 20th LAHORE: The Punjab Gymnastic Championship will be held here from August 20 under the auspices of Punjab Gymnastic Association at Government College University Hall. “In all nearly 100 gymnasts drawn from various affiliated zones of the province will show case their talent in the event,” said a spokesman of PGA on Thursday. He said each team will comprise five players and one official and a number of zonal teams representing various districts of the province have confirmed their participation. He said the notable performers of the event will be awarded trophies and certificates. STAFF REPORT

independence day boxing on 18th LAHORE: The Punjab Boxing Association will organize Independence Day Boxing Championship here on August 18 at the Punjab College of Commerce. “Nearly 50 boxers from various parts of the province will feature in the event which is being organized as a part of Independence Day celebrations,” said Yousuf Butt, Secretary PBA here on Thursday. He said the event is being organized in collaboration with Punjab Olympic Association. He further stated that purpose of organizing the event is to promote the sport at the grass root level. STAFF REPORT

jaShn-e-azadi tt froM 22nd LAHORE: The Chroma Table Tennis Club is organizing Jashn-e-Azadi T.T. Tournament from August 22nd - 24th 2012 at Chroma Table Tennis Hall, Thokar Niaz Baig Lahore. A good number of renowned players Asim Qureshi, Bilal Yasin,Yasir Bhatti, Salman Virk, Asim Aziz, Jehangir Khan, Mehboob Elahi, Asim Munir, Awais Hassan are participating in this tournament. Men and Women singles events will be played. Format of tournament will be league and knock to give good number of matches to every participant.Players belongs to diffent deparatments,other provinces and clubs are participating in the event. Omer zaka, Faryal Minhas, Waqas Ahmed, Yasir Khan from Rawalpindi,Shujhat Ali, Asim Munir and Abdul Raheem from Faisalabad, Asim Aziz from Karachi, Salman Virk and Yasir Bhatti from Sheikhupura are participating the event. Top four winners of each event will also be awarded with cash prizes and medals. There will be two group leagues of ten players each. Pakistan top seventeen players have already been selected for group leagues. Three players will selected from qualifying rounds. In the knock out stage, top four players of each group league will qualify for quarter finals, which will lead to finals played on the morning of August 24. STAFF REPORT

LAHORE: Lahore and Multan teams in action during the Independence Day Rugby. Lahore won the Azadi Cup Seven Tournament beating Multan 20-10 in the final. Ayyoub Zaffar was named the best player. STAFF PHOTO

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Swedish high jumper Emma GreenTregaro made a discreet but colourful show of support for Russia’s gay community at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow on Thursday. The 28-year-old painted her nails the colours of the gay pride rainbow flag for the qualifying round of the event and after needing just two jumps to reach the final will get the chance to show off her manicure again. Russia, which hosts next year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi, passed a controversial law in June outlawing the promotion of homosexuality. “It felt right,” Green-Tregaro told reporters, adding she had got the idea after seeing a rainbow over the Russian capital. “I wouldn’t say it was a protest more of a statement of what I think.” Shocking pink was the dominant

colour of the 200 metres heats with 100 metres gold medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce’s bright hair extensions and matching spikes blazing a trail across the Luzhniki Stadium track. After her exertions in the shorter

race, it was not surprising to see the Jamaican, aiming to become the first woman in 22 years to win a world championships sprint double, ease down near the end of a heat she won in 22.78 seconds.

United States sprint great Alysson Felix had a gentle run out in her first round heat at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow on Thursday as she got her campaign for a fourth 200 metres title under way. The 27-year-old Olympic champion - who took silver in the event in Daegu in 2011 - can become the most successful athlete in the championships’ history if she wins the title on Friday for her ninth gold. At present Felix shares the record with legendary compatriots Carl Lewis and Michael Johnson while Jamaican Usain Bolt can equal the eight gold mark if he wins the 200m and Jamaica take the 4x100m relay. Felix - who has five relay golds - will face a tough fight for her crown from Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who is bidding for a sprint double after regaining her 100m title.Fraser-Pryce, who won the women’s 100m world title by the largest margin in the history of the World Championships, blazed a lone trail through her heat, coming off the bend well clear and then eased up 60m from the finish.

Paraguay hold Germany in six-goal thriller BERLIN AGENCIES

Germany fought back from two goals down to share a 3-3 draw with Paraguay in Wednesday’s warm-up friendly in Kaiserslautern ahead of next month’s World Cup qualifiers. Paraguay looked to be heading for a first win over the hosts after bagging two goals in the first 15 minutes against a strong Germany team missing only Bayern Munich pair Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mario Goetze. Goals by Paraguay striker Jose

Ariel Nunez and midfielder Wilson Pittoni were cancelled out when Ilkay Gundogan and Thomas Mueller pulled Germany back to 22 in a busy opening half-hour. But the visitors took a deserved lead into the break after winger Miguel Samudio scored their third and only an equaliser 15 minutes from time by Bayer Leverkusen’s Lars Bender saved Germany’s blushes. “We were lacking in both concentration and tactics during the first 10 to 15 minutes,” said Germany coach Joachim Loew, whose side face Austria then Faroe

Islands next month in World Cup qualifiers and are five-points clear in their group. “There were some crass mistakes in the first half and we gave our opponents way too much space.” Captain Philipp Lahm said the defensive errors will be erased before they host Austria in Munich on September 6. “We only trained twice before this match,” said the Bayern Munich defender. “We’ll have more time to prepare and obviously we don’t want to concede three goals next time.” Paraguay started by giving

their German hosts a master class in finishing with their first two shots both producing goals. A superb long ball from defender Salustiano Candia beat the hosts’ defence and Nunez darted onto it to drive his shot past Germany’s Manuel Neuer on nine minutes. The disarray in the stunned hosts’ defence was further demonstrated four minutes later when Sami Khedira mistimed his clearance, which fell to the grateful Pittoni, who celebrated his 28th birthday with Paraguay’s second goal.


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Sbp’S independence daY badMinton LAHORE STAFF REPORT

The Independence day Exhibition Badminton Tournament organized by the Sports Board Punjab held at the Iqbal Park Sports Complex drew mass participation. In this event, Director Sports Jalil Ahmed Chohan was the chief guest and distributed the prizes among the winners and participants. The match was played between Sports Board Punjab Greens and Sports Board Punjab Whites in which Greens won 2-1. Umer, Talha and Shehzad of SBP Greens beat Aizaz, Waheed and Shokat of SBP Whites to win the match. Meanwhile the Aero-Modeling Show and Kabaddi matches were to be held at Minaar-e-Pakistan and Punjab Stadium Lahore respectively were cancelled due to the heavy rains.

SPORTS DESK Usman Khawaja was not the reason for Australia’s defeat in Chester-le-Street, but he hasn’t solved the team’s No. 3 problem either It has been 48 innings since an Australian has scored a Test century at No. 3. Never before has the team had a drought that long at first drop. Not when Harry Moses, Harry Trott and George Giffen were struggling on uncovered pitches in the 1880s. Not when Ian Redpath, Paul Sheahan and Bob Cowper were failing to convert starts in the late 1960s. Never. Every other team Zimbabwe and Bangladesh included have had Test hundreds from their No. 3 since Australia’s last. To watch Usman Khawaja over the past two Tests has been to witness a continuation of the first drop malaise. At times he has appeared elegant and classy in his strokes. But, there has also been a frailness, a sense that the bowlers had his measure. In Australia’s botched chase

LAHORE Anwar Sunny of Shaheen Cycling Club won the Lahore to Kasur in the Independence Day Cycle Race organized by the Punjab Cycling Association with the collaboration of the District Sports Committee Kasur under the auspices of Punjab Olympic Association to celebrate the Independence Day of Pakistan. Anwar Sunny covered a distance of 51KM in 1 hour 28 Minutes and 18 seconds. The start of the race was

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nadal winS cincinnati opener CINCINNATI: Rafael Nadal kept his 2013 hardcourt record unblemished, by posting a 6-2, 6-2 win over German Benjamin Becker to start his campaign at the ATP-WTA Cincinnati Masters on Thursday. Nadal has been red-hot on the hardcourts this year winning in Indian Wells and last week in Montreal. The Spanish world number two went through in 76 minutes with four breaks of serve. AGENCIES

given by Ch. Kamran Amin Secretary General Pakistan Cycling Federation from Punjab Stadium Lahore. A recorded 47 Cyclist took part in this race to celebrate the independence Day of Pakistan. The Race was received at the finish point by the District Sports Officer, Kasur Mr. Akbar Murad, Haji Muhammad Yousaf Senior Vice President District Cycling Association Kasur, Noor Ahmad Khan Secretary General District Cycling Association Kasur & M. Latif Ansari . The Chief

Guest for closing ceremony Mr. Tariq Commando who distributed the cash awards & Trophies to the winner. The Chief Judge of the Race Qasir Sadique Bhatti & Director of the Race M. Jameel sando, Moris Raza , Talha Baber & M. Shakeel performed their duties excellently. At the end of the ceremony secretary General Punjab Cycling Association appreciated the excellence arrangements of Traffic Police & Punjab Emergency Service Rescue 1122 who made excellent arrangements during the race.

FIrsT droP or FIrsT droPPed? in Chester-le-Street, he played a typical Khawaja Test innings: plenty of style but little substance. His limp prod and lbw to Graeme Swann was the beginning of Australia’s end. No. 3 need not be the team’s best batsman, but he must be up for a battle. From Ian Chappell to David Boon, from Justin Langer to Ricky Ponting, Australia’s modern-day first drops have been fighters, men who have placed a high price on their wicket, regardless of natural ability. There are times when a No. 3 can bat more freely and build on a strong platform, but just as often his main job is to ensure that one for not many doesn’t become two for very few. Big innings matter at first drop, but small ones are equally significant. Since Shaun Marsh scored 141 on debut in Sri Lanka in 2011, not only have Australia not had a century at No. 3, they have also had

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ARION Bartoli made a shock retirement announcement Wednesday, ending her tennis career at the top of her game just six weeks after winning Wimbledon. The top French star, citing a string of injuries, dropped the bombshell shortly after losing in the second round of the Cincinnati Masters to Simona Halep. Bartoli, who is currently ranked a career-high seventh in the world, suffered a stunning 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 defeat to the 21-year-old Romanian. “It’s time for me to retire and to call it a career. I feel it’s time for me to walk away,” said the 28-year-old. The announcement comes just two weeks before Bartoli was scheduled to compete in the US Open in New York. Bartoli said Wimbledon helped her reach her goal of winning a Grand Slam but also took a toll on her physical and mental wellbeing. “I’ve been a tennis player for a long time, and I had the chance to make my biggest dream a reality,” said Bartoli, who won more than $11 million in prize money during her 13-year career. “I felt I really, really pushed through the ultimate limits to make it happen. But now I just can’t do it anymore,” she said. “I’ve been through a lot of injuries since the beginning of the year. I really pushed through and left it all during ... Wimbledon.” “I really felt I gave all the energy I have left inside my body. It (Wimbledon) will stay forever with me, but now my body just can’t cope with everything,” she added. Bartoli, who turned pro in 2000, has battled a series of injuries over the past few years and has played just three matches since her Wimbledon victory.

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11 ducks there from 48 innings. No other position in the top, middle or tail comes close to that many zeros in the same period - the next highest is six ducks from the No.8 batsmen. Since Ponting moved down the order, Australia’s No. 3s have collectively averaged 25.62. And “collectively” is the word. Marsh was injured while batting in the 2011 Cape Town Test, Ponting stood in for him in the second innings, then Khawaja was tried and discarded, Marsh returned in woeful form, Shane Watson visited No. 3 on his stopping-at-all-stations trip down the order, Rob Quiney failed and was forgotten, Watson came back, Phillip Hughes had a turn, Michael Clarke tried it once in India, Ed Cowan’s tenure was brief, and now Khawaja is back. Cricket mythology will tell you that a team’s best batsman comes in at No. 3,

but Len Hutton and Jack Hobbs were openers. So was Sunil Gavaskar. Allan Border floated from four to six. Sachin Tendulkar has avoided the job so fastidiously that he has played 327 Test innings and not a single one at first drop. Clarke is this team’s talisman but as Stuart Broad has shown, the swinging new ball is not his friend. There is no need for Clarke to move higher than No.4. But then, who gets the job? The production line is not the result of having too many options, but too few good ones. Australia have used No. 3 as a place to try fresh faces (Marsh, Khawaja, Quiney) or more familiar ones in search of a spot (Watson, Hughes, Cowan). It is little wonder, for that is largely how the state teams treat the first drop position. The lack of big scores at domestic level has been well documented, but the dearth of runs at

CINCINNATI: Top seed Novak Djokovic began his quest for a first title at the ATP-WTA Cincinnati Masters in Wednesday with a defeat of Argentine Juan Monaco 7-5, 6-2. The Serb world number one looked to have the first set in hand with a 4-1 lead when Monaco suddenly came alive to run off four straight games for a 5-4 lead. Djokovic survived and then controlled the second to earn the win in his opening match. Djokovic is bidding for history this week. A title here would make him the first man to ever win all nine Masters 1000 trophies over the course of a career. He next faces Belgian qualifier David Goffing, who beat Canada’s Vasek Pospisil 7-5, 1-6, 7-6 (8/6). AGENCIES

faber’s fabulous ace a good omen? PLETTENBERG: Local favourite James Faber is counting on a recent hole-inone being a good omen ahead of this weekend’s Southern Cape Open at Plettenberg Bay Country Club. The 40year-old Faber, or FJ as he is fondly known, knows he has the home course advantage and he can rely on the support from his regular playing partners, friends and family, but he is hoping that the ace will bring him luck, and the winning edge on Sunday. “The country’s top amateurs are all here this week, so I figure I have to take my luck where I can get it,” the Southern Cape golfer smirked. “You know how your parents always told you that good things come to those who wait? Well, I’ve competed in the Southern Cape Open for years, but I’ve never come close to winning. “And I waited 20 years for my first ace to come. And here it happened on my home course and just before the Southern Cape Open! How can that not be a good omen?”. AGENCIES

No. 3 is especially alarming. Consider the following, a list of all the batsmen used at No.3 in the Sheffield Shield last summer, nightwatchmen aside: Khawaja, Hughes, Quiney, Ponting, Marsh, Watson, Alex Doolan, Michael Klinger, Michael Hussey, David Hussey, Marcus North, Aaron Finch, Joe Burns, Peter Forrest, Cameron White, Nic Maddinson, Tom Cooper, Peter Nevill, Tim Cruickshank, Sam Whiteman, Luke Towers, Dom Michael, John Rogers, Michael Hill, Alex Carey, Steve Cazzulino, Sam Miller, Peter Handscomb, Daniel Hughes, Marcus Stonis and even the bowler Kane Richardson. That’s 31 men who batted at No. 3 last season; a mix of veterans, rookies and journeymen. And for all of that, only four centuries were made from first drop in the summer’s 31 Shield matches. Not surprisingly, Khawaja (138 v Tasmania) and Hughes (120 v Victoria) made one each, while the other centurions were Doolan (149 v South Australia) and Hill (144 v Queensland).


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ppra refuses to favour govt in lnG contract rules ecc informed that PPra wants to ensure transParency in Public sector bidding Process ISLAMABAD TAyyAB HuSSAIN

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HE Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N) government on Thursday suffered a major setback as it could not get the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) rules relaxed for awarding contracts for installation of terminals for LNG. The Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the cabinet was informed

about the refusal at a meeting held at the Prime Minister’s Office with Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in the chair on Thursday. The ECC rejected a proposal made by Gilgit-Baltistan government stating that foreign funded projects, 26MW Shagharthang-Skardu and 4MW ThackChilas might be exempted from the condition of re-lending and repayment and that instead the government may pick up loans for these projects. The meeting was attended by Minister for Industries and Production Ghulam Murtaza Jatoi, Minister for National Food Security and Research Sikandar Hayat Bosan, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Pervaiz Rashid, Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Minister for Science and Technology Zahid Hamid, Minister of State for Information

Technology Anusha Rahman and heads of various divisions and departments. A source, who attended the meeting, told Pakistan Today that the attendees were informed about the PPRA’s refusal to exempt rules to ensure “transparency” in the public sector bidding process. On July 18, the ECC meeting had formed a sub-committee comprising federal secretaries for ministries of Finance, and Petroleum and Natural Resources to assess whether or not the government could get the PPRA rules exempted for construction of LNG terminals. The ministry also sought approval from ECC for issuance of tenders by Inter-State Gas Company (ISGC) for the construction of LNG terminals. However, the PPRA administration told the sub-committee that it was not possible to give any exemption, the source added.

“A report was submitted with the ECC stating that the tendering process for Fast Track Engro Project and SSGC LPG Retrofit Project will now be carried out per the PPRA rules 2004 to ensure transparency without seeking any exemptions for PPRA rules,” the source added. The meeting also directed the Ministry of Civil Aviation to put up a comprehensive summary with a plan to reduce the current loss of Rs 3.3 billion per anum being incurred by the PIA. The meeting was informed that oil reserves in the country were comfortably placed for 36 days as compared to 23 days in the corresponding period last year. The improvement has been brought about as a result of the government’s decision of clearing circular debt which has provided liquidity to Pakistan State Oil to open letters of credit for import of crude oil.

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Polio down by 40pc in Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan

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The United States has alerted New Delhi to a possible Lashkar-e-Tayyaba (LeT) attack from the sea on India’s coastal cities, including Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The Indian counterterrorism apparatus has taken the threat seriously and the Indian Navy, Coastguard and state police, along the 7,517 kilometre coastline, have been alerted to a possible Let attack akin to 26/11 attack in Mumbai, reports in Indian media said. Incidentally, the alert for a possible Pakistani terrorist attack from sea was sent by the CIA days before the 26/11 attacks. Top government sources said US intelligence agencies had alerted them to a possible strike from Hafiz Saeed’s group either from the sea or in the mainland cities, with terrorists crossing over from Bangladesh. “The state police of coastal states have been alerted at the highest level to the threat. We don’t want a repeat of 26/11,” said a senior official. The official said inputs indicate that the naval wing of the LeT, headed by Yuqub, with top commanders like Muzammil and Abu Hamza, were planning new targets in India. “Fresh troopers have been added. The Lashkar leadership with Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, Sajiid Mir aka Wasi bhai and Syed Abdur Rehman Hashim aka Pasha is intact and focused on attacking India,” said a senior official.

at least 750,000 children are still inaccessible to vaccinators in remaining Polio-infected areas NEWS DESK

QUETTA: A man sits at the site of a protest camp set up by families of the missing Baloch persons on Thursday. The camp was set on fire by unidentified men on Wednesday night. NNI

Diverse LG systems set to be installed in provinces LAHORE NAdEEm SyEd

Punjab and Sindh provinces are all set to adopt new local bodies systems with hopes that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan governments will follow suit sooner than later per Supreme Court instructions. But the real catch in the emerging situation is that the country would end up embracing a ragtag local government system with all provinces going for different set ups dictated by vested interests and political expediencies, without showing any concern for the people who stand to benefit if powers are genuinely devolved to grass-root level. The ECP earlier advised provinces to come up with a uniform system to avoid any confusion and achieve the ultimate results of a vibrant local body system. But it was easier said than done. Here the onus of achieving some common ground rests with

There was however, concern shown over the rising trend of prices of crude oil in the international market. The ECC also deliberated in detail about the recent pressure on prices of essential commodities. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said the provincial governments might be asked to keep a check on essential food items so that hoarders and speculators would not make undue profits. The meeting was informed that the Karachi Stock Exchange index had reached 23,437 points, showing 17.7 percent increase since May 11. It was also informed that the Business Confidence Index which was -34 percent last year has now turned positive to 2.0 points which was a clear testimony of the confidence of markets on the economic policies being pursued by the government.

the federal government. The ministry of Inter-provincial Coordination had a big role to play but Federal Minister Riaz Pirzaida is nowhere to be seen, let alone emerging as a focal person for coordinating between the provinces. The ministry could have engaged the provinces on the kind of system the country needed right now. Ideally, the federal government should have distributed among the provinces a model of LG system with a request to follow it without stepping on the toes of the provinces. Or at least it could share some basic guidelines with the provinces, suggesting a common system above political expediencies. But the federal government lost the initiative when it could have done a lot. In the Punjab, the PML-N government is all-out for non-party elections, while Sindh chooses to hold party-based elections. Other provinces are following a wait and see policy.

The federal government could lead from front in efforts to evolve consensus among provinces on two broad issues concerning the LG system. It could engage the provinces to decide unanimously whether to hold party or non-party election. All opposition parties in Punjab were not ready to accept polls under nonparty system. It seems the PPP, PTI and PML-Q are getting their acts together against the bill that the Punjab government is set to adopt. There basic objection is towards the mode of elections. It is expected that the Punjab Assembly will adopt the bill in a day or two whether liked by the opposition or not. Second, the federal government could have sought the opinion of provinces on what kind system suited the country given the myriad of challenges, especially the challenge of good governance. In Punjab, opposition parties have outright rejected the government-sponsored draft bill. They

believe that the new law would introduce a local government system quite meaningless with local representatives having no power whatsoever. They foresee real power being shifted to executives to be wielded by chief minister and legislatures through district and provincial bureaucracy. The new law does not devolve financial and administrative powers to local councils. Even the system of Provincial Award Commission mandated to finalise a formula for the distribution of funds among districts have been done away with in the new system. Again, Zila Council chairman or municipal corporation could be removed by the chief minister on a mere complaint and without any noconfidence move. The power of the chief minister to remove a local body head is too much for the opposition parties to digest. Hence, protest is very much on the cards.

Published by Arif Nizami at Plot # 7, Al-Baber Centre, F/8 Markaz, Islamabad.

When the Global Polio Eradication Initiative was launched in 1988, the poliovirus was circulating in 125 countries, paralysing or killing 1,000 people a day. Today polio cases have been reduced by 99 percent with only 223 cases reported worldwide in 2012. Only three countries have never stopped the transmission of the wild poliovirus – Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria. The polio plus programme was incepted in 1985 and more than two billion children have received oral polio vaccine but that is not all, there are new grounds to cover. To this end, The Nigeria National Polio Plus Committee under Rotary International recently organised a programme to discuss the challenges with eradicating polio, Rotary intervention among many others. Poliovirus should not be ignored because a slight chance of lackadaisical attention can expand its spread. For instance, last month, it found its way into the horn of Africa and almost half a million children were not vaccinated in the last four years because mass immunisation crusades were halted in south/central Somalia. Somalia is not taking chances even as various methods are being initiated to help halt the spread. For instance, Somalia has been through the first couple of mass polio immunisation and it saw the participation of President Mogadishu in the immunisation process. The Independent Monitoring Board has observed though that at least 750,000 children are still inaccessible to vaccinators in the remaining polio-infected areas of the world. In 1988, The Global Polio Eradication Initiative or GPEI was formed and its main aim was the eradication of polio. According to Abdulrahman Tunji Funso, chairman, Nigeria National Polio Plus Committee (NNPC), “In setting out to eradicate polio, you are faced with three types of poliovirus that were paralysing children in over 125 countries. Many Rotarians are aware that one of those viruses, the type 2 wild poliovirus, paralysed its last victim in India in 1999. Most Rotarians are not aware, however, that for the first time in history we have not seen the type 3 poliovirus anywhere in the world for more than six months. This not only gets us close to eradication, but it opens the door to using even more effective polio vaccine formulations to finish the job. “As of today, the number of polio cases in Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan is down 40 percent compared to the same time in 2012. The number of polio ‘reservoirs’ in Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan today is down 50 percent compared to the same time in 2012. The number of surviving polioviruses in the world is at its lowest in history. As the Polio Independent Monitoring Board said in its most recent report in June, ‘Poliovirus has been knocked down but it is certainly not knocked out’.” In the GPEI, Rotary works in concert with the World Health Organisation, UNICEF and the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. They also work with the governments of the world, both in the polio affected and donor countries, and with the support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, among other partners who have joined this successful global effort. A major challenge with polio eradication is finance. For Nike Koshini, an executive with Rotary, “about 98 percent of contribution towards the eradication of polo comes from abroad. It is time for Nigerians to begin to look inwards and contribute immensely to help fight polio. There are countries that haven’t experienced it in years; if we put our hearts to it, it can work.”

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