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MQM chief decides against appearing before SC in contempt case due to security threats Farooq Sattar says no contempt to demand one’s rights
QM chief Altaf Hussain, who has been issued a contempt of court notice and asked to appear in person in the Supreme Court on January 7, will not be coming to Pakistan for security reasons, instead his lawyer will submit a reply on his behalf in the SC. Sources said on Sunday that there was no way Altaf could return to Pakistan as he faced serious threats to his life here. However, as a mark of respect, “which he and the MQM accord to the judiciary”, the lawyers would certainly file a reply, they added. They pointed out that if the MQM chief came to Pakistan after security assurances, as was done by Sardar Akhtar Mengal, there would be several petitions in the court for placing his name on the ECL. Meanwhile, MQM Deputy Convener Farooq Sattar has said his party had the highest regard for the Supreme Court. However, it was no contempt to demand one’s rights, he said. Addressing a rally in support of Altaf Hussain outside the Karachi Press Club on Sunday, Sattar said all of his party leaders and the people of Karachi would appear before the court on January 7 for the hearing of contempt of court notice issued against party chief Altaf. The Supreme Court last Friday issued show-cause notice to Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain for using contemptuous and derogatory language against the judiciary and directed him to appear before the court to explain his position on January 7. A three-member SC bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry issued the notice under Article 204 read with Section 3 of Contempt of Court Ordinance 2003, while hearing the Karachi law and order case. It asked the MQM chief to appear before the court and explain why contempt proceeding should not be initiated against him for criticising the judiciary.
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With around a dozen former and incumbent members of parliament waiting in their wings to join the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) upon acceptance of their “demands”, several of the party’s old guards, including sitting parliamentarians, are perturbed and mulling parting ways with the party to protest the development. Well-placed sources in the PML-N divulged to Pakistan Today that prominent among those who were set to join the PML-N were former close friends and comrades of General (r) Pervez Musharraf. However, their joining the PML-N may bode bad news for the party, as many of its senior leaders could opt to resign in protest. Sources in the PML-N said party President Nawaz Sharif believed that roping in so-called “electables” and winning horses
was necessary for politics. “Nawaz wants to have a majority in the next National Assembly, which is why he has opened the doors of the party for the every time-server and opportunist who has lost his old political bearings and is eager to make a new beginning,” the sources said. “The list of opportunists ready to join the PML-N, albeit conditionally, is long. Those politicians who are in contact with the PML-N leadership and may join the party anytime before the general election include former chairman of National Reconstruction Bureau (NRB) Daniyal Aziz, former National Assembly speaker Chaudhry Amir, PPP Minister Firdous Ashiq Awan, former Chakwal district nazim Sardar Ghulam Abbas and many others,” sources said. They said after the defeat of its nominee from Narowal in the by-polls, the PML-N leadership had contacted Daniyal Aziz. Continued on page 04
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India taking up Captain Kalia’s case with Pakistan: Antony New Delhi: Indian Defence Minister AK Antony on Sunday said India was pursuing with Pakistan the case of Captain Saurabh Kalia, who was killed in Pakistan’s custody after being captured in the Kargil sector in May 1999, “We are handling it in an appropriate manner. We will pursue it and now we are pursuing it with Pakistan,” he told reporters here after laying a wreath at the martyr’s monument. The minister was asked if India was pushing for a probe by Pakistan into the death of Captain Kalia. Captain Kalia’s father NK Kalia has taken up the case with the United Nations Human Rights Commission for a direction to Pakistan to probe the death of his son. He has also filed a plea in the Supreme Court to direct the government to take up the case of his son’s torture at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at the Hague. The Supreme Court had on Friday sought response from the Centre on Kalia’s plea. However, India is not in favour of taking the matter to ICJ as it feels that it was a bilateral issue and it has always maintained that there should be “noninterference” by ICJ in “bilateral or internal” matters. ONlINE
Mirwaiz demands opening of Pak-India border MUZAFFARABAD: Hurriyat Conference (M) leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Sunday urged rivals India and Pakistan to fully open the Kashmir border to let the peace process move forward. Mirwaiz said the current limited opening of the Line of Control was not enough. Mirwaiz is leading a seven-member delegation to Pakistan following an invitation from Islamabad. He arrived in Muzaffarabad on Sunday for a two-day visit and will go on to Islamabad. “Limited movement of people and goods is not enough, it should be opened for Kashmiris so that they can move across freely to boost the peace process,” Mirwaiz told reporters. He also said Kashmiris should be included in the peace process as it was not a dispute between just India and Pakistan. AGENCIES
PML-N leader Nisar Chandio’s wife killed KOTRi: Unknown armed miscreants broke into the home of PML-N district president Nisar Chandio, killing his 30-year old wife Bilqees Chandio. A heavy contingent of police, along with PML-N activists reached the crime scene in the aftermath of the incident. Talking to media, the younger brother of Nisar Chandio, Ali Chandio, who is PMLN Kotri President, said his brother who was currently in Punjab was constantly receiving life threats. He said their home had also been attacked earlier, adding that his sister-in-law had been killed over political vendetta. He pleaded with PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif for assistance in tracking down the murderers and bringing them to justice. Talking over telephone from Sadiqabad, Nisar Chandio insisted his wife had been killed over political vendetta. ONlINE
PPP always stood against dictators, says PM g
Ashraf holds rally in Kasur, approves all development projects in the area KASUR
RIME Minister (PM) Raja Pervaiz on Sunday said the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) had always stood against dictators and rendered numerous sacrifices for democracy and the rights of the people. Addressing a mammoth rally, Ashraf said democracy in Pakistan was solely the outcome of the sacrifices given by late Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto, adding, “the date of December 16 is a reminder for us to stop committing mistakes for the sake of Pakistan’s solidarity and to strengthen the democracy which demands we establish politics of love and refrain from creating hatred against each other which can otherwise shake the solidarity of Pakistan”. He said the present party policies were based on his dictates, adding that the nation saluted the sacrifice of the Bhutto family who taught the people to love Pakistan and the tradition was being carried forward by the current party leadership. He said the PPP was the only political party supporting the cause of the poor and downtrodden, adding that in continuation of the cause of providing service to the people of Pakistan, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari would address the workers in Garhi Khuda Bukhsh on December 27 to pledge support to the masses. He said the nominees in the case of Asghar Khan were branding the party traitors and security risk, while the people nominated in the Asghar Khan case should keenly read the lines of the decision of apex court before pointing their fingers elsewhere. He referred to the statement of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman about massive corruption being carried out in the country which was received positively by the politi-
Altaf calls Zardari, reiterates support to PPP govt KARACHI STAff rEpOrT
MQM chief Altaf Hussain on Sunday called President Asif Ali Zardari over telephone from London, praising the PPP co-chairman’s policy of reconciliation. President’s spokesman Farhatullah Babar said the two leaders discussed the current situation in the country, adding that issues that came under discussion included law and order in Karachi, energy shortages and the economic situation of the country. Altaf congratulated the president for pursuing the policy of reconcilia-
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tion, which he said had resulted in the coalition democratic government approaching the successful completion of its constitutionally mandated term of five years. He said as a coalition partner, the MQM would continue to support the government in the pursuit of democratic ideals, the supremacy of the parliament and for the common objective of the good of the people. The president thanked the MQM chief for the reiteration of support to the government and said the government also welcomed and looked forward to the continued support of MQM on all important national issues. The president said the success of reconciliation policy was also owed to
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the cooperation and understanding of political forces in the country, particularly the parties in the coalition government. The president said he was very pleased that the democratic government was nearing the completion of its full term and was poised to hold free and fair elections in the country within the constitutionally mandated time frame. The president also appreciated the MQM and other political parties, whether in the government or in the opposition, for their positive contributions in the bi-partisan parliamentary committee on election reforms to ensure free and fair elections in the country.
cians of Punjab, but on the next day when the NAB chairman again stated that 65 percent of corruption was being carried out by Punjab government, the same politicians declared him a big liar. Moreover, he said that the PPP by virtue of amendments corrected the constitution, made transparent arrangements to hold transparent and fair elections, gave liberty to the media and made judiciary independent. Besides this, Zardari had given up his powers in favour of the parliament, he added. The PM further said that the current government had increased the salary of employees by 150 percent, while also raising the wages of workers and wheat price to support the tillers. He said that Pakistan was importing 26 lac tons of wheat five years back, while today it was exporting wheat to other countries and earning a handsome foreign exchange. He also said that the country was fighting against terrorism and the firm stand taken by the government in this regard was enabling girls like Malala Yousafzai to raise their voice against terrorism. Meanwhile, the PM said that the development work carried out during the PPP’s five years of rule was evidence of the government’s policy towards development and progress, adding that no such major development projects had been ever undertaken in the country
during the last 60 years. He said the PPP government provided support to over seven million poor families under the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) which would continue when the PPP would come into power after the next general elections. Talking about Kasur, the PM said this was the land of Sufi saints and the loving people of the area had always sided with principled politics. He further said that the people of Kasur had always supported democracy. Later the PM announced to establish Bhule Shah International University in Kasur and gave his approval to all the development projects which were highlighted by the local parliamentarians and workers of the PPP. Earlier, upon his arrival at the meeting venue, he inaugurated the establishment subregional and Sui gas regional office in Kasur. Talking about the Kasur Ganda Singh Wala border, he said the matter would be taken up with the Indian government per agenda. The rally was also addressed by former MNA Manzoor Ahmed, Muhammad Hussain Dogar, Ashfaq Kamboh and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Punjab President Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo. The PM was accompanied by Syed Khurshid Shah, Qamar Zaman Qaira, Samsam Bukhari, Punjab Governor Latif Khosa, Tanvir Ashraf Qaira, Raja Riaz and others.
Special committee to ensure ministers’ presence in Senate ISLAMABAD ANwEr AbbAS
Senate Chairman Syed Nayyar Hussain Bukhari has decided to constitute a special committee in order to ensure the presence of the federal ministers during sessions of the Senate, Pakistan Today has learnt through reliable sources. The chairman was forced to take this decision due to the continued absence of the cabinet members from the upper house. The committee which will be constituted by the end of next week will include the Leader of the House, the Leader of the Opposition, and the parliamentary leaders and chief whips of all the political parties present in the senate. The party leaders and the chief whips have been included to make
the committee effective in its work. The committee will review complaints against the ministers regarding their continued absence from the senate sessions and will forward its recommendations to the prime minister. The absence and unavailability of the federal and state ministers during senate session has become a cause of criticism for the government. The issue, which was raised by both senators belonging to opposition parties and to the treasury benches, is wasting the senate’s time as most of the questions raised by the senators remain unanswered due to the non-availability of the ministers. Former Chairmen Senate Farooq H Naik had also highlighted the issue and had directed the government to ensure the presence of their ministers in the house, but in vain.
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TIP asks PM to withdraw appointment of son-in-law ISLAMABAD TAyyAb HuSSAIN
Transparency International-Pakistan (TIP) on Sunday drew the attention of Prime Minister (PM) Raja Pervez Ashraf towards allegations of nepotism in the rapid promotion of Raja Azeemul Haq, his son-in-law, first in Employees Old-age Benefit Institution (EOIB), then in the PM’s Secretariat and now his approval for the position of executive director (ED) of the World Bank. In a letter written to Personal Secretary to the PM Ayub Qazi, TIP Adviser Adil Gilani referred to a news in which Press Secretary to the PM Shafqat Jalil was quoted as saying that the PM had approved a summary to appoint Raja Azeemul Haq for the slot of ED of the World Bank, terming the appointment as a case of nepotism and violation of merit. TIP said the post of World Bank ED was highly lucrative, offering $220,000 per annum salary along with other perks and privileges. “However, sources in the Finance Division said this appointment might create an embarrassing situation for the country because the ED represented several countries such as Iran, Algeria, Afghanistan and others which might raise an objection when Pakistani PM’s designated son-in-law assumed charge as full fledged ED,” said the news report. Gilani pointed out that until a few years ago, the PM’s son-in-law was serving as a grade-18 officer in the Income Tax Group, but he was first hired by EOBI in BPS-20 and soon after his father-in-law’s elevation as PM, he was elevated in the PM Secretariat to a grade-21 position. Gilani referred to a quote from Jinnah’s address to the constituent assembly in August 1947 in which he shunned the evils of nepotism and jobbery, urging the PM to review his orders on his son-in-law’s appointment in light of the Quaid’s views. Gilani said knowing that the PM was reputed to have taken action on any wrongdoings brought to his notice, and has not as yet been accused to have approved any appointments against merit, it is expected that he will follow the advices of the founder of the nation against nepotism and undo any irregularity if done in this alleged case.
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Speculation about a possible TTP leadership change is all the rage in the international press after two foreign news sources – Reuters and Long War Journal – differed last week in their assessments of latest developments, even as neither factored in developments crucial to the tribal insurgency. Reuters citied military sources in South Waziristan in its Dec6 report claiming Hakeemullah Mehsud had lost “operational control” of the TTP, and the off-and-on tussle with his present deputy Waliur Rehman might now go in the latter’s favour. It also stressed Wali’s ascent would soften the group’s hardline tactics towards Pakistan, concentrating energies on the Afghan campaign ahead of the American drawdown in ‘14. LWJ rebutted the claim, accusing the Pakistani military of spinning events through its media contacts to portray divisions in the Taliban. It points to clear factual errors in Reuters’ report – regarding Hakimullah’s involvement in high profile operations – and refers to the ’09 TTP succession debate, when Reuters was prominent among international media outlets claiming a bitter rivalry between Hakimullah and Wali, with little documentary evidence. While Hakimullah’s leadership has often caused concern among numerous splinter groups that comprise the umbrella organisation, the reason has been the commander’s strategic and tactical decisions, mostly related to alliances, not because his “extreme violence has alienated enough of his fighters to significantly weaken him” (Reuters), a Pakistan Today investigation has revealed. COMpliCATeD sTRUCTURe As head of the TTP, Hakimullah sits atop
a complicated web of alliances brokered and (more importantly) funded by al Qaeda as the Pakistani tribal area became the main focus-area of the AfPak insurgency. For appearances it is an extension of the Afghan Taliban, as the name suggests, and owes allegiance to Mullah Omar, but in effect the group leans more towards al Qaeda’s expansionist agenda that features Pakistan as a crucial theatre of war. Despite repeated calls from Omer not to engage with the Pakistani military, and restrict the jihad to the NATO invasion of Afghanistan, the TTP has incrementally intensified its efforts inside Pakistan. Hakimullah helped widen the Omer-al Qaeda cleavage when his brutal tactics and disregard for civilian casualties stood the tribal area’s political and civic structure on its head. Yet there were little disagreements within the grouping, and al Qaeda largesse followed the more TTP operations resembled AQ’s in Afghanistan, Iraq, etc. But as the military operation intensified and strategic strongholds were uprooted, Hakimullah made a series of decisions that later turned out strategic mistakes. “With the military operation on one side and drone attacks on the other, he made a number of blunders that alienated some important partners,” says Dr Ashraf Ali, president of the FATA research centre, an Islamabad based think tank with special focus on the insurgency. “The sacking of Bajaur commander and former TTP number-2 Molvi Faqir Mohammad earlier this year, for example.” There was no formal charge on Faqir, but his inclination towards talking to the military did the rounds in the press. Similarly, just before the Kurram Agency operation in June ’11, he replaced Fazal Saeed Haqqani with Sajjad Afghani. Fazal was furious, and left the organisation, forming his own TTIP (Tehreek-eTaliban Islami Pakistan, which publically
fell out with TTP over civilian casualties, but continued with brutal targetting of the Shia community in Parachinar). He also planted the notorious Mullah Toofan in Orakzai Agency, which fuelled vendetta wars with former comrade Mullah Nabi, who had fallen out with Hakimullah over strategic deployments, and left the party. These tussles harmed the party, adds Dr Ashraf, and resulted in power vacuums in strategic locations with dependable commanders, and their militias, not always available. CyCle OF iNsURgeNCy Matters seemingly came to a head with the Nov29 assassination attempt against pro-government Wana strongman Mul-
lah Nazir. Going by the popular account, Nazir had caved into official pressure demanding expulsion of Mehsuds from Wana and Wazir areas. And preempting such complications, Hakimullah overreached and failed. Nazir has now driven away all Mehsuds, complicating the IDP situation, and another internal feud seems imminent. Waliur Rehman’s more balanced reputation comes from his flexibility regarding negotiating with feuding partners that is central to an organisation like TTP, not an apparent desire to minimise civilian casualties in random suicide hits. “He was one of the most brutal commanders in the Waziristan area,” says an officer who served in SWA two years ago. “He made ordinary people watch public beheadings, and punished those that
wouldn’t”. It is unlikely that anyone from the ‘good Taliban’ variety, who do not attack Pakistani targets, can ever establish himself as the TTP head. While bolstering the Afghan effort is an essential part of its mission, so is expanding the war inside Pakistan. It is for these twin purposes that al Qaeda built and financed the organisation since its beginning. Yet much has changed in the tribal insurgency since Baitullah Mehsud introduced TTP’s campaign of terror. “Every insurgency has a cycle,” says Amir Rana, director at the Pak Institute of Peace Studies and a noted expert on the tribal area. “It seems the time is coming for parties in this particular insurgency to soften hard positions taken initially and exhibit more flexibility”. Military operations and continuous drone strikes have dealt some savage blows to the insurgency. Their operational capacity has been considerably downgraded, according to officers familiar with recent operations. Much of their high command has been eliminated, and the bulk of al Qaeda has shifted focus to Syria, depriving the movement of strategic thinkers and technical minds. Resultantly, the movement is starved of cash. And with al Qaeda leverage no longer greasing Mehsud palms like before, the party has apparently shifted focus to kidnappings and extortion to fund most of its activities. At such a time, Hakimullah’s stiff positions no longer suit the most pressing demands of the insurgency, which require compromise and flexibility, and the question of pure survival may well necessitate change at the top. But, again, that would be to live to fight another day, not a toned down approach to Pakistan, and expectations of the TTP being any less fanged under Wali seem unfounded.
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ANP might form alliance with PkMAP: Achakzai ISLAMABAD ANwEr AbbAS Awami National Party’s (ANP) senior leader from Balochistan Senator Mohammad Daud Khan Achakzai on Sunday indicated that ANP might join hands with Pakhtunkhwa Mili Awami Party (PKMAP) in the upcoming polls. He said his party has urged the government to conduct a census to remove differences over Pushtun and Baloch representation in the Balochistan
educationist escapes attempt on life QUETTA SHAHzAdA zulfIqAr
provincial assembly. He said rising Taliban influence was not just limited to Balochistan but was a phenomenon occurring in all provinces. In an exclusive interview with Pakistan Today, Achakzai said the ANP had not as yet finalised its strategy for the upcoming general polls in connection with becoming part of any coalition. Responding to a question, he said the PPP did not have a considerable vote bank in Pushtun areas and his party did not support it nor-
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time but would assist in redressing the growing differences between Pushtuns and Balochs in connection with their representation in the provincial assembly and other key positions. “All things, including the representation of Puhtuns in Parliament and Balochistan Assembly depends upon an independent census. This issue should not be raised on hate grounds. In the Pushtun belt, the population is congested, not spread like that in Baloch areas.
PM seeks another Rs 10b for development budget ISLAMABAD ONlINE
A renowned educationist and principal of the Tameer-e-Nau College in Balochistan, Fazale Haq Mir, on Sunday escaped an attempt on his life while a passer-by got severely injured. According to details, Mir, along with his college staff, was on his way to Quetta via the eastern bypass when armed personnel opened fire on his car. Resultantly, a tyre of Mir’s car burst bringing the vehicle to a halt. As soon as the car stopped, one of the attackers tried to open the door forcibly. However, the driver sped up the vehicle, which had a punctured tyre, and drove it back to Tameer-e-Nau sports complex. A vendor, Mohammad Nabi, standing nearby received a bullet during the armed attack. Balochistan Governor Zulfiqar Magsi and Chief Minister Aslam Raisani have condemned the attack and have directed the police to track down the attackers a soon as possible. Two years ago, a principal of Tameer-e-Nau Educational Complex, Fazal Bari had also been gunned down in the same area.
mally, adding that seat adjustment could be introduced with PKMAP and dialogues regarding the matter were underway though no final decisions had been made in this regard. Stressing the government to revise and conduct the census in Balochistan again, the ANP senator was of the view that the Pushtun and Baloch leaderships in the province had strong differences over the issue. The census on the computerised NICs, Achakzai stated, would not take much
Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has sought additional funds of Rs 10 billion for his annual discretionary development budget to spend in selected constituencies. The PM had already received Rs 32 billion within a short span of time to spend on selected constituencies to win sympathies of voters in the upcoming general elections. A high ranking official said the PM’s Secretariat had issued another direction to the Finance
Ministry and Planning Commission for the arrangement of an additional Rs 10 billion for the prime minister’s annual discretionary development budget, which would take the PM’s total to Rs 42 billion this year. The official said the Planning Commission would place a cut on development budgets allocated for various sectors, including education and water and power, to accommodate the prime minister’s development budget. The PM had used up his annual discretionary development budget of Rs 22 billion
SC to hear CNG prices case today ISLAMABAD INp
The Supreme Court will on Monday hear important cases, including the case regarding the fixation of CNG prices and that of the use of Intelligence Bureau (IB) funds for political purposes. The officials of the Ministry of Petroleum and Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) are expected to present a new formula in the Supreme Court for the fixation of CNG prices. OGRA has so far failed to devise a pricing formula acceptable to the CNG Association, and as a
result majority of the fuel stations are observing a strike, claiming that they cannot bear the resulting losses. As a result, the handful stations which are providing CNG have long queues of vehicles around the clock. Citizens have requested the Supreme Court to order Ogra and the Ministry of Petroleum to resolve the issue as soon as possible and have asked the government to provide relief to the people by reducing taxes on the CNG. An appeal requesting pardon for prisoners facing death sentence has also been filed in the Lahore Registry of the Supreme Court.
in the first three-and-a-half months of the financial year 2012-13 and had sought an additional Rs 10 billion that were was released last month. Sources said Rs 4 billion from the additional amount was withdrawn from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata’s) development budget. The official said the release of Rs 32 billion to the prime minister had been made under Peoples’ Works Programme (PWP- II), which was part of the overall Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP).
NTERIOR Minister Rehman Malik on Sunday said the people and governments in Pakistan and India wanted to live in peace and harmony, but they would have to identify, face and eradicate forces hampering their progress towards that goal. Talking to reporters after attending an event at the Observer Research Foundation, Malik said, “We will have to convey a strong message to the terrorists, extremists and criminals, who are common enemies of our economy, peace and prosperity. We will have to face, identify and eradicate those third forces that are creating problems in the way of bilateral harmony”. “We have no option except peace. We should raise a slogan of peace, friendship and love to end the atmosphere of blame-games. I got a very good response after meeting leaders, people and media here. I have a firm view that both sides want peace, but we will have to work out a road
map,” added Malik. The interior minister also requested reporters to highlight stories and reports about bilateral peace and harmony and not promote provoking stories by twisting the statement of leaders from either side. He also emphasised that the visa agreement recently signed between both countries would prove to be a historical step towards building up more vibrant bilateral relations. “The interaction between the two ministries and the governments has culminated into our visa agreement, which will create people to people contacts which was very important for peace building,” said Malik. Earlier, in an interview with Times of India, Malik claimed that Abu Jundal, the mastermind behind the Mumbai attacks was in fact an Indian and was working for an Indian intelligence agency at the time of the 26/11 attacks. “Abu Jundal is an Indian. We are also curious as to how he and others landed in Pakistan. He was a known criminal. He worked as a source for
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However, Daniyal had made his joining conditional. “Daniyal wants his say in allocation of party tickets for the entire Narowal tehsil,” the sources added. The continued party hopping of Musharraf’s cronies has, however, created ripples in the PML-N ranks and old guards in the party are frustrated over the leadership’s neglect. “The party has still not recovered from the turbulence caused by the arrival of Amir Muqam, Sumaira Malik and Marvi Memon, and the new batch may well rip the party apart,” a senior leader of the PML-N said. “Ahsan Iqbal is extremely unhappy over the development and wants Daniyal Aziz taken into the party only for his one NA seat. Iqbal is against allowing Aziz dictate terms for the entire Narowal tehsil,” the sources said. The PML-N leader said a recent victim of the huddling of pro-Musharraf politicians
was journalist-turned-politician Ayaz Amir, who is perturbed by news of Sardar Ghulam Abbas from Chakwal joining the PML-N. “The news has badly hit an old leaguer from Chakwal, General (r) Abdul Majid Malik. Moreover, Sardar Mumtaz Tamman, Raja Mohammad Afzal, Sardar Salim Iqbal and many others are furious,” the PML-N leader added. The PML-N source said Ghulam Abbas was an opportunist who had been a close confidant of Gen (r) Musharraf and Chaudhry Pervez Elahi. Similarly, when Imran Khan conducted a huge public demonstration on October 30, 2011 in Lahore, Abbas lost no time in inviting Imran Khan to Chakwal and announcing his support for the Tehreek-e-Insaaf. Barely a year later, his sudden love affair with the PTI has waned. Neither Ayaz Amir nor Ahsan Iqbal returned repeated calls for their comment.
Zardari-Malik love affair nearing its end ISLAMABAD INp
President Asif Ali Zardari has refused to accept Interior Minister Rehman Malik’s apology despite hectic efforts by common friends and other key personalities. Sources said efforts to search for a replacement for Malik were underway. A distressed Malik, who has been running from pillar to post and using various channels to win back the president’s confidence, has apparently failed in his efforts. He sought help of a common friend and a property tycoon, seeking apology from
the president who flatly refused, ostensibly because his confidence in Malik had been shattered. Reports said Malik
also visited the United Kingdom in his efforts to have a chance of meeting President Zardari during his recent visit there, but was unable to meet him. He also held a meeting with MQM chief Altaf Hussain and later with PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto and tried to use their influence, but nothing had come out of these meetings so far. Malik’s name was initially included in the entourage accompanying Zardari in his recently concluded visits to the UK, France and Turkey, but President Zardari struck down his name, replacing him with Minister of State for Interior Imtiaz Safdar Warriach.
an Indian intelligence agency. I am not saying this. He himself has said so. I have seen records,” Malik said in the interview. Malik also underlined the involvement of two other Indians, including Ansari (Fahimuddin) in the 26/11 attack, who had been to Pakistan. “We have to figure out whether all these non-state actors from the two sides are acting at the instance of a third power. You are aware that things had taken an alarming turn, with both countries amassing their troops on the border. Things would have been worse if the leadership on both sides had not shown maturity,” said Malik. Denying the charge that Pakistan was reluctant to get to the bottom of the conspiracy behind 26/11, specifically when all evidence was there on Pakistani soil, Malik said the trial would have been completed by now if a judicial commission from Pakistan had been allowed to cross-examine the four crucial Indian witnesses in the Mumbai attacks case when it had visited India in March 2012.
DpC opposes granting india MFn status Thousands attended a rally held by Difa-e-Pakistan Council in Lahore on Sunday in order to oppose Pakistan’s expected move to grant Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status to India. “Just like we opposed the reopening of NATO supply routes, today we announce a movement against granting India MFN status,” said Jamat-ud-Dawa chief and the founder of the Difa-e-Pakistan Council, Hafiz Saeed, while addressing thousands of people who had joined the peace rally at the Wagah border. Criticizing the heinous acts being committed by the Indian army in Kashmir, Hafiz Saeed said that Kashmiri people should be given independence, as it is their fundamental right. MoNitoRiNG DeSk
obama second uS president to take 4 oaths US President Barack Obama will become the second president in the history of the United States to have taken four oaths. According to a private TV channel, Obama will be administered the oath of office for a second term in a small, private White House ceremony on January 20, the constitutionally mandated date for the inauguration. Obama will do it all over again, the following day, in front of the public on steps of the Capitol. He was sworn in twice in 2008 as a result of an extra caution after Chief Justice John Roberts flubbed the oath of office. Franklin Roosevelt was also sworn-in four times but, unlike Obama, he was elected four times. MOniTOring DeSk
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rAwAlpINdI: Activists of Minhajul quran youth league seen during riasat bachao youth rally on Sunday. OnLine
‘media can create awareness about population explosion’ ISLAMABAD ONlINE
The media could play a vibrant role in sensitising lawmakers regarding the hazards of population explosion. This was stated by speakers during a consultative meeting on ‘The Role of Media to Make Governance Elite Socially Responsive’ held on Sunday by the Contech Consortium under the Apna Pakistan campaign. Speakers said that as a result of unchecked population growth, a large portion of the population had to live below the poverty line. They said that rapid and imbalanced population growth devoured economic growth and development, making positive intervention in the social sector ineffective. It also caused an insufficient delivery of public goods including health, education and social safety nets for the downtrodden segments of society, they added. Key experts presented facts about various services, quality of life and state of governance that had a converse relationship with the rate of population growth in different societies. Dr Naeem-ud-Din said, “Media has an instrumental role to play to make population growth an area of prime concern for decision makers.”
NCHD plans ‘Malala Schools’ Programme for disaster-hit areas: Nafisa ISLAMABAD
HE National Commission for Human Development (NCHD) has planned the “Malala Schools” programme for children in disaster hit areas across the country. NCHD Chairwoman Dr Nafisa Shah said Malala Yousafzai was a renaissance girl who had explored a new era in history due to her unwavering efforts and sacrifice for the promotion of education for females in the most hostile region of the country. “I will carry on my mission regardless of the price I might have to pay,” remarked Malala in a meeting with the chairperson at the Birmingham hospital. Dr Shah expressed hope that Malala would get well soon and start her life with new zeal and zest. Malal Yousafzai was targeted by the Taliban in October this year for campaigning for girl’s education. She was shot in the head but survived and is curently under treatment at a hospital in England.
ISLAMABAD Residents have requested the Parliament to ban shisha smoking in restaurants, cafes and public places, as it is extremely injurious to health. A senior citizen Nokhaiz Sahi said that most five star hotels, restaurants and cafes in the city were offering shisha in a variety of flavours. He said that boys and girls could be seen smoking shisha in cafes all over the city. The Narcotics
Act has already been enforced in the country but effective steps are needed for its implementation, he added. Another citizen Usman Ali opined that a large number of teenagers including school and college students could be seen smoking shisha outside restaurants and hotels across the country. New shisha cafes were sprouting all over the country because of the increasing demand by the younger generation, he added. He said shisha was a modern form of ‘hookah’ in which hazardous
and aromatic tobacco was used to attract teenagers. Saleem Ahmed, an O-Level student, said almost 50 percent of students were becoming addicted to shisha smoking and it was popular among female students as well. Different kinds of flavours were being used to lure the youth towards smoking, he said. Dr Imran said smokers inhale up to 150 times more tobacco in a single session than a cigarette. Shisha causes lung diseases, cancer and flavoured smoking
An FIR has been registered at the Waris Khan Police Station for the murder of a student who was mysteriously found dead in Dhok Kahba two months ago. Noreen Tabassam, the mother of the 13 year old deceased student Hamza Ashraf, had told the police that her son had been studying in grade six in Fatah Jhang and lived in a hostel. He was found dead on Oct 18 in his home. The police first thought that it might have been a suicide case, but a post-mortem report revealed torture marks on Hamza’s body. On the directives of Additional Sessions Judge Naeem Arshad, Waris Khan Police registered a murder case.
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is more harmful to health than simple cigarette smoking, he added. He said shisha smoking had become a fashion symbol in the society but the smokers did not know that it was in fact a delicious killer, which killed the smoker gradually. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), consuming the smoke for an hour is equivalent to smoking 100 cigarettes. He said the government must create awareness regarding the harmful affects of smoking.
As many as 51,648 children will be immunised against polio in 8 union councils of the federal capital during a three-day anti-polio drive starting from Monday. According to Deputy Commissioner Amer Ali Ahmed, 121 polio teams have been constituted for the drive. He said these teams have been directed to put in hard work for the eradication of polio and achieve fixed targets without fail. Ahmed will personally monitor the progress of the immunisation campaign on a daily basis while the District Health Officer, Assistant Commissioner (Rural) and in-charges of 28 area and union councils will be in the fields to monitor progress and submit reports. The campaign will be carried out in 8 union councils, and Tarlia, Sohan and Rawat will be covered entirely, while Bhara Kau, Kurri, Kirpa, Sihala and Koral will be covered partly. Ahmed said seven transit and 8 fixed points had been set up in rural areas for the purpose.
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06 Islamabad PPP govt enjoys masses’ support: Gondal ISLAMABAD App
Capital Administration and Development Minister Nazar Gondal has said the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) led government has chalked an effective work plan for the development of the country. Gondal said the government enjoyed the support of the masses in pursuing a clear-cut roadmap for achieving national prosperity. He said it was the government’s top priority to provide basic amenities of life to people who had reposed trust in it. Gondal said the PPP believed in politics of reconciliation and always tried to steer the country away from crisis. The minister said political stability was necessary for strengthening democratic institutions. Gondal urged political forces to avoid confrontational politics and resolve issues through dialogue.
fog closes Peshawarislamabad motorway ISLAMABAD ONlINE
ISlAMAbAd: Christmas decorations are on display at a stall at Kohsar Market ahead of the annual celebrations. OnLine
the horrors of Adiala Jail RAwAlpiNDi: Adiala Jail houses more than 5,000 underprivileged prisoners and covers a large area but suffers from a host of problems including substandard and unhygienic food and water besides poor accommodation arrangements. Prisoners are deprived of clean water and are served substandard food, which has led to a breakout of several diseases amongst inmates. At least 100 patients were said to be suffering from infectious diseases in the second week of December. Witnesses said that usually more than a hundred inmates would suffer from different diseases and were left unattended unless there was an emergency. Inmates were made to pay Rs 3,000 every month for the provision of basic facilities in the jail. All kinds of drugs including heroin, hashish and opium, were available in the prison. Privileged prisoners could also use mobile phones with the connivance of corrupt prison officials. Prisoners are humiliated several times during their incarceration however one of the worst forms of humiliation is the ‘mulahizah’ (presentation), where they are presented before the jail superintendent. Every prisoner is made to stand in front of the superintendent and shout out his name, his father’s name and the crime committed, while being beaten up by the jail staff. A new form of torture is where prisoners on trial or those on judicial remand are thrown into cells with drug addicts or dacoits and are shifted to other cells with less dangerous criminals when they bribe jail officials. Relatives of these prisoners undergo different forms of humiliation as they are taunted and asked to pay bribes if they want to hand edibles or other items to their loved ones. “Hate the crime not the criminal” is boldly written on the main wall of every cell in the prison but the prisoners said, “In Adiala Jail criminals are hated more than the crime, instead of reforming the mentality of prisoners the jail staff turns them into hardcore criminals”. INp
Construction halted on three dams RAwALPINDI
HE construction of three dams has been stopped due to financial problems and the indifference of the Punjab government. Sources said the aim to provide 37 million gallons of water to the city through the construction of dams had fallen short of completion. This will lead to scarcity of water as the local population cannot rely on the underground storage of water, they said. According to details, the project for building Charah dam, Chahan dam, and Darocha dam had been approved, but due to nonavailability of funds their construction had been stopped. Sources said the Punjab gov-
ernment and the Capital Development Authority had to build Charah dam at the cost of Rs 5,300 million. The dam would have supplied 700 million gallons of water to Rawalpindi and Islamabad but the dam could not be built, as the site for its construction could not be acquired. Chahan dam had to be built on an area of 2,500 kanals at the cost
of Rs 787 million and would have watered 12,000 acres of land. Only Rs 16 million had been released out of the total amount of Rs 100 million that were allocated for the project in the current financial year. Construction should have started in June but has not begun yet. Darocha dam was to supply 25 million gallons of water but the dam’s location is still controversial.
The M1-Motorway was closed for all kinds of traffic from Peshawar to Islamabad due to dense fog on Sunday morning. The IslamabadPeshawar Motorway had been closed as visibility was down to zero due to thick fog cover, officials said. According to the Motorway Police, the Burhan Interchange had been shut down and traffic had been diverted to GT Road. The police said traffic in Salt Range was also hampered due to fog.
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Students from educational institutions under the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) will travel in yellow buses as an increased security measure. FDE Spokesman Waqar Ashraf said the idea was to mark these vehicles to make them more significant and secure among other vehicles for safety purposes. He said the Ministry for Capital Administration and Development (CAD) had given directions to paint all buses of educational institutions. Most developing countries had already painted their school buses yellow in view of safety purposes, he added. Waqar said these institutes had 136 buses and 42 of them had been painted yellow so far. He added that colleges were using their own resources to paint the buses. According to experts, the colour catches one’s attention faster than any other colour and people notice yellow objects first. Looking straight ahead, one can see a yellow object through corner of the eye faster than any other colour. Scientists have said, “Lateral peripheral vision for detecting yellows is 1.24 times greater than for red.”
christmas presents for christians islAMABAD: The Ministry of National Harmony has announced cash assistance and gifts worth Rs 3 million for the Christian community of the federal capital on the occasion of Christmas, so they can celebrate the festival in a befitting manner. National Harmony Minister Akram Masih Gill said the government was committed to solving problems being faced by non-Muslims. He said the government will also give Rs 20 million to parliamentarians for the distribution of gifts among deserving people in their respective areas on Christmas day. He said the federal cabinet had increased 11 seats for minorities in the national and provincial assemblies which was a big achievement of the present government. He said the government had also allocated a 5 percent job quota for non-Muslims in the country. STAff rEpOrT
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OURNALISTS from the Indo-Pak region and members of the civil society are hailing the new Pak-India agreement on visa regime, terming the implementation of relaxed visa policy in both countries as a good development. According to Radio Pakistan, analysts and members of the civil society showed hope that this policy would help maintain cordial relations between both the neighbouring countries in the future. Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency (PILDAT) head Ahmad Bilal Mehbood said that implementation of the new visa regime would have a positive impact on bilateral relations between the two countries, adding that people to people contact, trade ties and tourism could be promoted between the two neighbouring countries. He further said that such steps would also reduce tensions and would increase mutual trust between Pakistan and India. Former ambassador of Pakistan B A Malik termed the implementation of the new visa regime as a great achievement of the govern-
ments of Pakistan and India. Talking to Radio Pakistan he said it was a good development as it would make travelling easy for the people living on both sides of the border. He further said that both countries should make advancement towards normalization of ties. He hoped that with the passage of time, visa restrictions in both countries would end, and like the European Union countries, people from either side would be able to travel easily across the border. Replying to a question, Malik said that the Kashmir issue would also be resolved if both countries were to continue walking on the road of friendship. Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) MNA Pilwasha Behram said that implementation of the new visa regime would enhance trust level between the two countries, adding that both sides wanted people to people contact for the promotion of peace and trade. Professor of Political Science in New Delhi University Navita Chitta Behra said that IndoPak relations would improve and people of both countries would be benefited by an increase in mass level contact as a result of the new visa policy.
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Talking to Radio Pakistan via phone from New Delhi, she said there were some elements with vested interests who did not want good relations between both the neighboring countries. She said these elements could be checked by applying public pressure in both countries and by ensuring that a democratic system continued to prevail on both sides of the border. Senior Indian journalist Venod Kumar Sharma had welcomed the move of making the new Pak-India visa regime operational. Talking to Radio Pakistan, he said that families divided by the border in both the countries had taken a sigh of relief after the new visa regime was introduced. It is worth mentioning here that the new visa regime was signed by both countries in September this year, however, an announcement regarding its implementation had been made during the recent meeting of interior ministers of both countries’ in New Delhi. According to the new visa policy, senior citizens of both countries who were beyond 65 years of age and children less than 12 years of age would be issued two years multiple visa. Other citizens from both the countries who wanted to visit either Pakistan or India would be provided visa of five cities in each country.
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08 News World leaders express shock over Us school shooting UNITED NATIONS AGENCIES
ORLD leaders expressed shock and horror after a gunman massacred 20 small children and six staff on Friday in the US state of Connecticut, one of the worst school shootings in history. UN chief Ban Ki-moon wrote to Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy to give his “deepest condolences at the shocking murders,” a statement said. “The targeting of children is heinous and unthinkable,” he added. European Union diplomacy chief Catherine Ashton expressed “shock” at the “tragic shooting”
at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The head of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, spoke of his “deep shock and horror” upon hearing of the massacre. “Young lives full of hope have been destroyed,” he said in a statement. There were almost no non-fatal injuries, indicating that once targeted, there was little chance of escape, and that the gunman, believed to be 20-year-old Adam Lanza, was unusually accurate or methodical in his fire. “The news is just awful. The thoughts and prayers of Canadians are with the students and families in CT affected by this senseless violence,” Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper wrote on his Twitter account. His foreign minister, John Baird, said Canadians “stand shoulder to shoulder with our American friends at this difficult time.”
The child victims were reported to be aged between five and 10. Pope Benedict XVI sent a letter of condolence to the community, which was read aloud at a vigil in Newtown Friday evening. The pope “has asked me to convey his heartfelt grief and the assurance of his closeness in prayer to the victims and their families, and to all affected by the shocking event”, Vatican Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone said in the letter. British Prime Minister David Cameron said he “was shocked and deeply saddened to hear about today’s horrific shooting.” “My thoughts are with the injured and those who have lost loved ones. It is heartbreaking to think of those who have had their children robbed from them at such a young age, when they had so much life ahead of them.”
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II sent a message to President Barack Obama in which she said she was “deeply shocked and saddened” to hear of the shootings. “The thoughts and prayers of everyone in the United Kingdom and throughout the Commonwealth are with the families and friends of those killed and with all those who have been affected by today’s events.” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the massacre had brought “indescribable grief to many families just before Christmas”, adding: “I have a heavy heart thinking about the pupils and teachers who were killed.” French President Francois Hollande also extended his condolences in a message to Obama. “This news… horrified me and I wish to express my deep shock and
consternation,” Hollande said. Even Iran offered its condolences to the victims and families. Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast drew parallels between the school shooting and the “children and teenagers who fall victim to armed actions… inside Gaza, the US, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran or Syria”, calling on Americans to mobilise against “warmongering and the massacre of innocent people anywhere”. Closer to home, Mexico’s newly inaugurated president, Enrique Pena Nieto, also expressed his support to the US after the deadly shooting. And Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard said: “Australia grieves with America today following the mass shooting of primary school children and teachers in Connecticut.”
Japan conservatives deliver crushing defeat to ruling liberals NEwS DESK The Liberal Democratic Power, which once dominated Japanese politics, will again hold power after three years of center-left rule. The LDP and its coalition partner New Komeito may secure enough seats to hold a two-thirds majority in the powerful lower house – enough to override the upper house. Although incumbent Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has apparently led his party to a crushing defeat, he is projected to hold onto his seat in parliament. Analysts say the LDP win will bring in a government promising a tough stance with China over territorial disputes in the Pacific, and government backing for a pronuclear energy policy, despite Japan’s 2011 nuclear catastrophe. Abe also called for more spending on public works initiatives to pull Japan’s once-vibrant economy from its fourth recession in the past 12 years. Japan remains in a two-decade economic slump, and voter dissatisfaction in 2009 allowed Noda’s DPJ party to wrest power from conservatives, who had dominated Japanese politics for most of the post-World War two era. Since the landslide DPJ win, critics say the party has failed to deliver on a series of promises, including vows to crack down on wasteful government spending, and promises of cash incentives to encourage young couples to start families.
Philippines typhoon death toll tops 1,000 MANilA: The death toll from a typhoon that devastated the southern Philippines earlier this month has topped 1,000 as hundreds more remain missing, the government said on Sunday. Typhoon Bopha killed 1,020 people, mostly on the southern island of Mindanao where floods and landslides caused major damage on December 4, civil defence chief Benito Ramos said. A total of 844 people remain missing, about half of them fishermen who ventured out to sea before Bopha hit, Ramos said, adding he feared many of the missing were dead. “The death toll will go higher. We found a lot of bodies yesterday, buried under fallen logs and debris,” he said. He added the toll from Bopha, the worst natural disaster to hit the country this year, would exceed the 1,268 confirmed dead after Typhoon Washi struck the southern Philippines in December 2011. Ramos said army troops, police and government personnel had canceled Christmas celebrations to help survivors deal with losses and search for missing loved ones, especially in the worst-hit provinces of Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley, where international aid groups have descended. App
CONNECTICUT: Mourners gather for a candlelight vigil on Saturday in Newtown to remember shooting victims. President Barack Obama was due in the town on Sunday to join an interfaith vigil for the 20 children and seven adults slaughtered by an enraged gunman.
RuSSiA fReeS PRoteSteRS AfteR ANti-PutiN RALLY MOSCOw AGENCIES
Russian police on Sunday said they had released some 40 people detained during a banned protest against Vladimir Putin, including opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Braving freezing cold and the threat of heavy fines, hundreds of people defied the authorities Saturday to gather at Moscow’s Lubyanka Square, the seat of the FSB security services, to mark one year since the start of unprecedented anti-Putin protests triggered by fraud-tainted parliamentary polls last December. Police said around 40 people had been detained at the rally, including star anti-corruption blogger Navalny, Sergei Udaltsov, the leader of leftist group the Left Front, Ksenia Sobchak, the daughter of Putin’s late mentor Anatoly Sobchak, and well-known activist Ilya Yashin.
“All those detained have been released,” a Moscow police spokesman said on Sunday, declining to provide any other details. The opposition had originally planned a march through the city centre, but for the first time since the start of the anti-Putin protests, organisers were unable to get permission from city authorities. On the eve of the planned event, they urged their supporters to simply show up at Lubyanka Square. Authorities said that because the rally was unauthorised its participants would face the threat of jail or fines of up to 300,000 rubles ($9,700, 7,400 euros), nearly equal to the annual average salary in Russia. According to police, 700 people showed up, over 300 of them journalists and bloggers. Participants say a few thousand poured into the square, many of them with flowers they laid at a monument to victims of Stalin-era purges.
Small boat sinks off Greek island, 20 migrants drown ATheNs: A small boat carrying migrants hoping to get to Greece sank near the eastern island of Lesvos early on Saturday, drowning 20 people, Greek police said. The boat had set off from the nearby Turkish coast carrying 27 migrants and its captain. It capsized about one mile (1.6 km off the coast of Lesvos due to strong winds, according to a survivor, police said. “The survivor told coast guard authorities all the immigrants were from Iraq and had paid about 2,000 ollars per head to be transported to the island,” a police official said. The Greek coast guard found 20 bodies in the sea and was searching for any remaining survivors, the official said. App
Chavez illness overshadows Venezuelan polls MONITORINg DESK Two months after re-electing President Hugo Chavez, Venezuelans return to the polls on Sunday in crucial state elections, which have been overshadowed by news of the ailing leader’s cancer surgery in Cuba. The vote for 23 state governorships, 16 of which are controlled by the ruling party, could test political waters ahead of a possible new presidential vote if Chavez is incapacitated by cancer. Among those who are running for governor is Henrique Capriles, who unsuccessfully challenged Chavez during the October 8 presidential election. He is the governor of the state of Miranda. Two other opposition governors,
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Pablo Perez and Henri Falcon, are also seeking re-election, as well as Chavez’s brother Adan, who is the governor of the state of Barinas. Of all the candidates, Capriles is the most closely-watched, according to Al Jazeera’s Andy Gallacher, reporting from Caracas. “If he wins this weekend in the regional elections, and wins by a significant margin, that will put him in a very strong position to take on the socialist movement,” Gallacher said. Despite losing the presidency, the 40year-old governor emerged as a strong challenger to Chavez, winning the opposition’s largest share of 6.5m votes, or 45 per cent of the popular vote. “I put my life at the service of Miranda and Venezuela,” Capriles said in
his closing rally. “I’m not here to stay in power but to make a dream [of national change] come true.” Though widely expected to retain his Miranda seat, Capriles faces a well-financed challenge from senior Chavez ally Elias Jaua, a former vice president. The opposition hopes voters will focus on grassroots issues and punish the government for power-cuts, pot-holed roads, corruption scandals, violent crime and runaway inflation. None of the issues, however, dominate the news more than the health condition of Chavez, who remains in Cuba after his surgery. The operation was the fourth for the socialist leader since he was diagnosed with cancer in the pelvic re-
gion in mid-2011. After re-election in October, Chavez, 58, is due to start a new term on January 10, but has named Vice President Nicolas Maduro as his preferred successor should he be incapacitated. That would trigger a new presidential poll within 30 days. In its latest update, the government said Chavez had spoken to his family on Friday - possibly for the first time since surgery - and was recovering “satisfactorily”, though slowly. Chavez’s son-in-law and Science and Technology Minister Jorge Arreaza said Saturday that the president has been recovering favourably despite some “moments of tension.’’ Few medical details have been released, so speculation is rife that Chavez
may be in a life-threatening situation in Havana’s Cimeq hospital with both a difficult post-operation recovery and a possible spreading of the cancer. “We’re extremely hopeful that the president may be with us very soon. But it would also be irresponsible on my part to speak of dates,’’ Information Minister Ernesto Villegas told The Associated Press. In such a charged atmosphere, campaigning for Sunday’s vote has taken a backseat to Catholic masses, prayer meetings and vigils across the nation for Chavez. Maduro has wept in public, state media are replaying images of Chavez round-the-clock, and various government candidates held closing rallies simply playing the president’s voice.
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Police and security forces are sacrificing their lives to protect the people of the country, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Ameer Haider Hoti said on Sunday. Addressing a public meeting, he said militants attacked Bacha Khan Airport to damage the assets and occupy the airport but they could not succeed due to the sacrifices of police and security forces. “I salute the police and security forces for their sacrifices,” he added. Hoti said Mardan was ignored during last 60 years but during the tenure of the government the record developmental projects were completed in the entire district. “I appeal to all party leaders to come out for the progress and development of Mardan….if they come forward, I will follow them so that we can develop Mardan and jointly give it its due rights”, Hoti added.
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Student group says scanners will turn universities into border checkpoints LONDON
Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan is good for the country’s security. Speaking at the opening day of a conference to develop Afghanistan’s foreign policy strategy for the next three years organized on Sunday, he said the US and NATO troops transferring security to Afghan forces should leave Afghan villages as soon as possible. Karzai said he wanted international troops to leave Afghan villages, draw back to their bases and slowly withdraw from there. “In Afghanistan’s view, the war against terrorism is not in Afghanistan’s villages and streets; rather, attention should have focused on terrorist safe havens. That’s where the problem lies,” Karzai said. “The sooner the transition can be completed, the better,” Karzai emphasised. He said Afghan security forces would take security lead in the entire nation by 2013, while international forces would end their combat mission at the end of 2014. “Our relationship with the world will change, and that means the presence of foreign troops should be predicated on deep strategic, not tactical and combat basis.” President Karzai also expressed his condolences on the deaths in a US school shooting in which 27, including 20 students, were killed. His comments on the withdrawal of international troops come as he is scheduled to meet the US President Barack Obama in January and discuss the security agreement between the two countries. US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta had announced on Thursday during his visit in Kabul that President Karzai agreed to meet with President Obama at the White House during the week of January 7.
LL foreign students in Britain will have their fingerprints scanned in order to prove they are going to their lectures. Newcastle University has become the first British educational institute that plans on following United Kingdoms Border Agency’s (UKBA) instructions by introducing biometric scanners in order to clamp down on illegal immigrants. Students at the Newcastle University will be monitored through the student attendance system from start of the next academic year. The university claims that the move is a necessary step to meet their obligation to UKBA and ensure that international students do not use student visas as a way to sneak into the country and
work illegally. Claiming that the move is ‘unnecessary and intrusive’, Newcastle Free Education Network, a student group at Newcastle University, claims that biometric scanning is over the top and infringes their privacy. The group has organised protests against the plan, maintaining that the scanners will “turn universities into border checkpoints and will reduce university experience to the attendance of lectures alone”. In a referendum at the Newcastle Students’ Union, 1,200 students voted against the scheme and just 320 voted in favour. Dr Kyle Grayson, a senior lecturer of international politics at the university, said that finger scanning risked ruining the university’s reputation overseas. “I have had international students say that they don’t pay thousands of
pounds a year to be treated like they are on probation. Part of the problem is that the government has created the issue about student visas being an easy way to get into the country and work illegally, but it has been blown out of proportion. The majority of students, especially at a university like Newcastle, are genuine,” he said Jeannette Strachan, academic registrar for student and academic services at the university, said universities needed to comply with UKBA instructions. “As part of UKBA licence agreements, every university is obliged to carry out attendance monitoring to be able to certify at any time, to any visit by the UKBA, that an international student is present on campus and engaged in their studies. If a student or university don’t comply with UKBA requirements, that student and university are at risk of severe sanctions,” she said.
religio-political leaders slam Malik’s indian incline islAMABAD: Leaders of religious and political parties have condemned the statements by Interior Minister Rehman Malik in India that he would order immediate arrest of Hafiz Mohammad Saeed if concrete evidence was provided and to take the family members of Sarbjeet Singh to Pakistan as his guest. In separate statements, the leaders said the interior minister was hurting national honour for his personal interests. JUI-F Central leader Hafiz Hussain Ahmad, JI Secrtary General Liaquat Baloch, Jamaatud Dawa leader Hafiz Abdul Rehman Makki, Amir of Ansarul Ummah Maulana Fazlur Rehman Khalid and others said while India had hanged Amjad Kasab, Malik was talking of re-
leasing Sarbjeet Singh and turning him into a hero. They said it appeared that after Black Water, Malik wanted to set up the network of RAW in Pakistan. The leaders said the country was in the midst of a flood of terrorist activities because of the policies of the interior minister The concerned religio-political leaders also criticized various categories of visas and said these were meant to facilitate entry of RAW agents in Pakistan. On the other hand Robina Nawaz, a woman rendered a widow following a bombing carried out by Sarbjeet Singh in Sangla Hill, and Rahila Wakeel of Hafizabad, whose father disappeared after Samjhota express blast, also condemned Malik’s statements. inp
indo-Pak chaophraya Dialogue continues to gain strength The Chaophraya Dialogue – an IndiaPakistan Track II initiative undertaken by the Melbourne-based Australia India Institute (AII) and the Islamabad-based Jinnah Institute (JI) – is close to entering its fifth year, as it continues encouraging informed dialogue on Indo-Pak relations. The process has so far led to ten rounds of dialogue. The dialogue primarily aims at giving informed members of the strategic community in India and Pakistan an opportunity to interact with each other on a sustained basis. Past participants in the Chaophraya Dialogue have included senior former officials (including ambassadors, foreign secretaries, intelligence chiefs and top-ranking members of both armed forces), academics, journalists and political leaders from India and Pakistan. Initiated before the Mumbai attacks of 26/11, the process played a critical role in bringing together senior interlocutors from the two neighbours when the official dialogue process was suspended. The Chaophraya Dialogue draws from a growing international community of stakeholders committed to Indo-Pak peace and has attempted to innovate its conference agendas by addressing the rapidly changing bilateral dynamic on the ground. The liberalized visa and trade regimes are the result of sustained efforts at the Track II level, but new avenues of cooperation and mutual learning need to be explored to make these gains permanent. The 11th round of the Chaophraya Dialogue, to be held in Bangkok from December 18-20, 2012, will address crisis prevention measures and the issue of Afghanistan in a regional context. Both sides will be represented by senior experts who will deliberate on opportunities and challenges in the Indo-Pak relationship and devise a set of policy recommendations addressing them. pr
Avalanche kills six indian troops on Siachen glacier SRINAgAR App
An avalanche on the high-altitude Siachen glacier killed at least six Indian soldiers on Sunday when their outpost was swept away before dawn. “The avalanche struck a forward post early on Sunday morning, burying seven soldiers,” army spokesman Lieutenant Colonel JS Brar said.
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rice off the menu pakistan will be keen to see Kerry succeed Hillary
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Peshawar violence More operations needed
irst of all, take a bow, Peshawar police. The city’s embattled police force, acting upon intelligence reports, raided an under-construction building in the area where the militants responsible for the deadly attack on the airport from the day before were hiding. The plan, as Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain said, is always to capture them alive. But, given that they were wearing suicide jackets, the militants necessarily had to be killed in the operation. All five militants were killed. The recent spate of terror attacks in the city underlines many important issues, the greatest of which is the need for effective operations in the areas adjoining the provincial capital. True, militants can travel great distances, but the status of contiguous areas can make the situation in any city precarious. The areas around Peshawar are anything but calm. There are two restive adjoining tribal areas, the Khyber and Mohmand Agencies. Darra Adamkhel is also not too far away. The military claimed that the operations in Mohmand were successful; they weren’t. And about the Khyber operations, the military doesn’t even make that pretence. But the problem with militancy in Peshawar is that, far from the adjoining tribal agencies and Frontier Regions, the badlands of the Matani area, a once peaceful area that has now become a den of criminals, proves to be an area where the militants can hide. The Matani area miscreants are not ideologically militant Islamists, but for a price, they can provide great cover. First and foremost, an operation is needed in the Matani area to clear it of all ne’er-do-wells, be they Taliban or not. Then we can move on to other aspects of the issue. The air force base and airport are adjacent in Peshawar. The times have changed since such arrangements weren’t inconvenient. This holds true for almost all cities. When the Lahore cantonment, for instance, was set up by the British, it was outside the city. Now it is prime property and the security protocols are making life difficult for the civilian residents of the surrounding areas. The situation is much worse in other garrison cities. A rethink there as well?
he second Rice is off the menu and it is official. Susan Rice, the US ambassador to the UN, won’t follow into the footsteps of Condoleezza Rice, the first Afro-American woman secretary of state, after dropping out of the race to replace Hillary Clinton as the top diplomat. The second Rice will surely rue an opportunity that slipped out of her hands just because she hadn’t weighed in on how sometimes words take a life of their own. In Pakistan, it would be nearly inconceivable for people in positions of power to retire hurt over a couple of liners like the one Rice made about the Benghazi incident in which the American ambassador to Libya was killed last September. Forgotten in the umbrage that followed her initial remarks was that Rice was speaking only on the basis of the information she had about the attack that claimed the ambassador’s life at that point in time. After giving CBS’s Face the Nation to believe that “we do not have information at present that leads us to conclude that this (attack) was premeditated or preplanned,” Rice told ABC’s This Week that the attack “began spontaneously” before it was “hijacked, let us say, by some individual clusters of extremists who came with heavier weapons”. Unfortunately for Rice, Patrick F Kennedy, US undersecretary for management, like Libyan President Mohammed Magarief elsewhere, had already described it as a “pre-planned” attack with the latter even suggesting an Al-Qaeda link. To her credit, Rice had qualified her reaction by saying that “We’ll want to see the results of (an FBI) investigation to draw any definitive conclusions.”
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However, such trivialities weren’t considered worthy of defence. Ignored also was the fact that Rice’s remarks were premised in unclassified version of information approved by US intelligence services. Politics appeared to win the day as Republicans moved in for the kill, threatening to block her confirmation if she was nominated. The irony was that the Senate had previously unanimously supported a resolution that described the attackers as “an angry mob of protestors” while making no mention of Al-Qaeda! Nearly a hundred House Republicans sent a letter to President Barack Obama last month complaining Rice’s statements were “misleading” and that she should accordingly not be considered a candidate to succeed Hillary Clinton. Despite the threats from former Republican presidential runner Senator John McCain and his fellow Republicans to do all they can to stop Rice’s anticipated elevation, President Obama had given no indication that he would be moved by GOP opposition in making a decision. However, in actions we have come to recognise and associate with mature democracies, Rice withdrew from the race on December 13. “If nominated, I am now convinced that the confirmation process would be lengthy, disruptive and costly — to you and to our most pressing national and international priorities,” Rice told Obama. “That trade-off is simply not worth it to our country... Therefore, I respectfully request that you no longer consider my candidacy at this time.” The strong defence offered by the White House indicated that Rice may have been uppermost in the president’s thoughts to lead the State Department. “While I deeply regret the unfair and misleading attacks on Susan Rice in recent weeks, her decision demonstrates the strength of her character, and an admirable commitment to rise above the politics of the moment to put our national interests first,” Obama said in a statement. “The American people can be proud to have a public servant of her
calibre and character representing our country.” For Pakistan, it is the other candidate left in the fray who is of special interest: Senator John Kerry, a former Democratic presidential runner and the influential Chairman of the Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee. In the trying Obama years, the Massachusetts legislator has been a regular fixture on the diplomatic front viz-a-viz Pakistan but this has been more in the mould of troubleshooting in and out of Islamabad — somewhat aptly for his 6’4 frame and the proclivity to get on his bike. When the bilaterals almost broke down in the wake of a secret operation by US Navy SEALs in Abbottabad to eliminate Osama bin Laden in May last year, it fell upon Kerry to undertake the mission impossible to placate the “frontline ally” in Islamabad. While it would have been well nigh impossible for anyone else in his place to deliver, he was able to make a case for keeping the ties afloat even as he pleaded that getting rid of bin Laden was in the interest of Islamabad anyway. The Pakistanis grudgingly listened not just because it would have been detrimental to disengage with the world’s pre-eminent superpower on an issue that disturbed the deep recesses of the American mind, there was the small matter of dealing with the consequences of having been caught with the world’s most wanted man — all the while denying his presence — in a rather strategic location. At the same time, there is a soft corner for Kerry within the civilian government in Islamabad since he was instrumental in sponsoring and getting the Kerry-Lugar-Bergman Act passed in 2009, entailing a five-year $7.5 bn aid package for Pakistan. If Kerry was indeed nominated and won confirmation, the military would have little choice but to deal with a secretary known for his strong support for democracy in general and civilian supremacy in particular. The writer is Editor, Pique Magazine. He may be reached at email@example.com
global Trends 2030 The art of forecasting
By Arif Ansar
s the world becomes increasingly chaotic, forecasting has turn out to be essential and complex at the same time. To predict what the future holds, first requires identifying emerging patterns, which if not checked, would ultimately lead to certain outcomes. Policymakers and business leaders today are expected to not only manage the uncertainties of the present environment, but also at the same time prepare their nations and organisations for the anomalies, discontinuities and disasters that are likely. To perform this task reasonably well, requires charting the future direction of
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an organisation in a given set of circumstances. Once the vision has been established, next comes developing an appropriate strategy. This week, the US National Intelligence Council (NIC) launched its muchhyped report titled Global Trends 2030 – Alternative Worlds. A total of five forecasts have been produced by it to date, and the last one came out four years ago. The NIC also produces the report known as the National Intelligence Estimates (NIE) and supports the Director of National Intelligence. To launch the assessment, the Atlantic Council hosted a two-day conference this week and assembled more than 150 participants from around the world. These attendees represented the policy and business arena, including media and technology sectors. The reports, the attendees, and the esteemed panelists discussed what megatrends, game changers, and underlying tectonic shifts, are likely to change the future world and how US should go about developing smart strategies to adapt. Not only that, the forecast also examines how the world is likely to react to American decline or re-ascendance. Preliminary review reveals the highly analytical and elaborate report has a fundamental flaw. The report appears to concentrate more on the consequences and implications of the major megatrends, disruptions and crises, but does not delve a whole lot on their possible origins. On other occa-
sions, it makes questionable connections about why certain patterns are at work. For example, Arab Spring may be connected to the demographics, youth bulge and lack of economic opportunities in the region. However, one cannot overlook its link to the war on terror that is dramatically altering the societies in the region in favour of Islamists, and certainly in Pakistan. This change is creating civil war-like scenarios in many states of the region. The shortcoming can lead to faulty solutions and policies that create more risks in the short-term, which have to be dealt with in the medium to long-term. Similarly, the report asserts the nations state system is weakening, and ethnic tensions and tribalism are on the rise, a trend also noted by PoliTact in its forecast last year. However, the assessment links it more to demographics, economics and environmental causes. Whereas, PoliTact contends that kinetic forces applied in the region since 9/11 are also a reason for the rise of nationalism and ethnic tensions. The change in the balance of power in Iraq is reverberating far beyond its borders. Similarly, the likely fall of Assad regime in Syria is going to have far reaching consequences. The shape of political landscape in Afghanistan once US withdraws is a cause of great concern for Pakistan. To understand the issues in the proper context is critical; how the problem is framed has direct implica-
tions on how to solve it. For example, in a number of thinktank discussions recently held in Washington DC, there is a growing emphasis on how politics is increasingly determining the fate of economic decisions. A good illustration of this is the fiscal cliff debate. Underneath this deliberation is a concern highlighted by the Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta in his speech at the Centre for a New American Security on Nov 20. In his address, he emphasised the US does not have to choose between national or fiscal security under the defence strategy he is propagating. Obviously, a weak economy will create vulnerabilities that will ultimately impact national security. However, it’s over emphasis on security related issues for the last ten years that are now complicating the political and economic matters of the country. Pakistan knows this quandary very well. The Kerry-Lugar aid package fell apart because of security concerns. The reason India is hesitant in moving swiftly on economic ties with Pakistan is out of security apprehensions that are complicating the political and economic decisions. Another critical debate taking place in almost every intellectual talk around Washington is about what strategy means, and what organisational structure can best implement it. The textbook definition that often gets quoted is: where we are and where we want to
go, and how to get there. The strategy has to be clearly led by a compelling vision. However, what is missing in these debates is a critical introspection; the ‘how did we get here’ part. Without this segment, the mistakes are likely to be repeated. The challenge in this regard is that bureaucracies by their very nature are self-perpetuating and cannot be expected to solve dilemmas they have a hand in creating. The attempt here is not to regurgitate the trends identified in the report, written primarily from the vantage point of US, but to provide an alternative perspective. With the vast information superiority of the US, many around the world will take the report and its premises as a given, and their opinions, more likely than not, will be shaped by the assertions and conclusions of the report. The most critical and foremost future frontier is the battle for shaping public perceptions, and social media tools have become its most lethal weapon. The future is relative to the entity envisioning it. How the outlook appears in one part of the world may not be the same in the other. However, the more people buy in and share a certain vision; half of the battle may have been won. The writer is chief analyst at PoliTact, a Washington based futurist advisory firm (www.PoliTact.com and http:twitter.com/politact) and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Karachi lawlessness What difference does it make to an ordinary law abiding citizen, who has been killed, or brutally suffered a permanent disability, whether the bullet that hit him came from a gun of a so-called Islamic fundamentalist, or the extortion and ransom for kidnapping collecting criminal armed with a weapon in Karachi? Those who benefit from this merciless madness and hold Pakistan and its fate at ransom, have already moved lock, stock and barrel from this country possessing other nationalities or permanent residential status. The madness with which spread of weapons has been facilitated in this country and the city of Karachi, which was once the most peaceful metropolitan city of Asia, has only lead to brutalisation and a culture of violence, which many political parties are guilty of patronising in this battle for turf, where billions of rupees are collected as extortion and kickbacks by criminals who hold this city to ransom. Hired murderers from South Africa or from Afghanistan can walk in through immigration, kill and then leave this country, or just manage to enter this country illegally and spread terror. This is not just the failure of this elected executive, but of the former military junta of Musharaf, which has made Pakistan a sanctuary for criminals and terrorists of all colours and shades. Can we name any other city in Asia or even Africa, with the exception of Somalia, where more than 70,000 containers loaded with weapons or other contraband stuff leave a port, inspite of all this security paraphernalia, just because of the cancer of corruption, greed and politics of reconciliation, where blood is being spilled ruthlessly? The choice Pakistan has is either to enforce the writ of law, or surrender to these criminal mafia gangs, who challenge the laws of land and make mockery of writ of state, either in the name of religion, sect or mandate. RASHID ORAKZAI Texas, USA
courts’ impartiality When Pakistan’s ex-Ambassador to the US, Husain Haqqani, wrote the book titled ‘Pakistan: Between Mosque and Military’, he invited wrath of all those quarters who were implicated in his book. But that was 2005 when Pakistan was being pulled apart by these two forces. We are now in 2012 wherein some other forces have taken over this task. These forces have a new weapon in their hands with which they may shoot anyone daring to stand their way. Religious parties are now armed with blasphemy law which is available to settle scores, resolve property disputes, evacuate occupied (legal or illegal) land etc. On the other hand, superior courts are using the
contempt charges to implicate politicians, ministers, bureaucrats, police officers, lawyers and have hunted as many as well. Those shot down or being implicated in contempt cases include ex-Prime Minster Yousaf Raza Gilani, present Prime Minster Raja Parvez Ashraf, ex-Law Minster Babar Awan, Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Sindh Cabinet Ministers Sharjeel Memon and Taj Haider, Real estate tycoon Malik Riaz, numerous government officers and functionaries. Now the Supreme Court has issued contempt charges against MQM Chief Altaf Husain on his criticism of remarks made by a judge during a hearing on Karachi unrest
the tax puzzle A recently published study prepared by Centre for Investigative Reporting of Pakistan( CIRP) revealed that two-third of lawmakers sitting in our country’s present assemblies did not file income returns for the financial year ended on 30-06-2011. Quite a sizeable number of parliamentarians reportedly do not even have national tax number (NTN). In a country where legislators themselves appear to be violating income tax law, one should not be surprised to note that it has tax-to-GDP ratio is just 9.5 percent, the lowest in South Asia. The story does not perhaps end here. It is generally perceived that big businessmen also do not pay their due share of income tax to exchequer. A country where legislators as well as big businessmen do not pay their due share of tax to the government, it is very likely that this tendency will trickle down giving the society a tax avoiding culture which is very alarming sign for us as a nation. However, I would like to point out that it is not a rocket science as to how to improve tax-to-GDP ratio. The simple solution is that our political and business leaders should first set examples of paying their due share of tax to the government. The rest of puzzle will be solved automatically. EJAZ AHMAD MAGOON Lahore
Government by the judges There is a dispute going on at present between the government and the Apex Court regarding the definition of independence of judiciary which is stated in the Objectives Resolution of the Constitution as “Wherein the independence of the Judiciary shall be fully secured”. Since the constitution states that “the Objectives Resolution will form part of substantive provisions”, it is clear that in order to fully secure the independence of judiciary, it should not be made subservient to the Public Accounts Committee so as to make the Registrar answerable to the PAC which would surely compromise the full independence of judiciary. However, the Supreme Court is the final arbiter to interpret the constitution. The authoritative book “Fundamental Law of Pakistan”, authored by late Mr
case. Earlier, Justice Jamali remarked that Karachi constituencies shall be re-arranged in such a manner that no party (read MQM) shall have ‘ajaradari’ (monopoly) over the Karachi seats. Altaf Husain also took exception to court’s order to implement delimitation of constituencies and pointed out that as per constitution census shall be held prior to adjustment/delimitation of constituencies. Court has found Altaf’s speech as contempt of the court and asked him to attend the court in person to face the charges. We see this whole exercise by the Supreme Court, which may be an attempt in good faith, to improve law and order situation in Karachi, ending
A K Barohi, has a para titled (Government by the Judges) which says that “since the determination of questions relating to those limits is once again, in the last resort, a matter of the interpretation of the constitution, which function is assigned to the judiciary in our constitution, the judges in effect become judges of the limits of their own jurisdiction, power or authority”. As it is, it boils down to the hard fact that judges of the superior court constitute a supra body to decide all the matters relating to the constitution. DR MUHAMMAD YAQOOB BHATTI Lahore
can we afford new provinces? Any new province will require: A governor house, chief minister’s house, assembly building, high court, and a lot of buildings for provincial departments. A governor, chief minister, cabinet members, members of provincial assembly, chief justice, judges and their staff, heads of provincial departments and their staff. Residential units of all types. Trillions of rupees to meet all the above expenses. Can a country which is already under immense financial pressure and running on internal as well as external loans, afford the experience of one or more provinces to be created as a result of hate based campaign against Punjab? SHAMSHAD TARIQ Lahore
respect they deserve I would like to draw your kind attention to a problem which has not been paid much attention to till date. The pension system and the procedure of getting that scanty amount (which may be of immense joy to the receiver) may be bearable to us: the younger lot. However, for our elderly citizens, the entire procedure of standing in a queue and waiting for their turns takes hours which is certainly beyond their strength and stamina. Furthermore, there are instances of flaws, or let’s say ruptures, in the process of handing over the amount in the computer system which makes it more torturing and humiliating. I request the ones in power to please devise and
up in more tension, divisions and violence in the city. It is in everybody’s interest not to provoke unnecessary issues and work for the peaceful elections due next year. If delimitation of constituencies is that necessary, we shall go through the census exercise. Accordingly, the number of Karachi seats and its share in NFC award shall be increased with equal reduction in seats/NFC award share for those provinces whose manpower has settled in Karachi since last census. Half-hearted efforts to solve Karachi’s issues are going to have an otherwise impression of courts’ impartiality. MASOOD KHAN Jubail, Saudi Arabia
implement effective ways of pension distribution that are not humiliating and fatiguing out of respect for the elders and those who have given us our future. MAVRA AHMAD Lahore
Scorning superior judiciary The Chief Justice has become a thorn for political parties run like cults, who have benefited from making rule of law subordinate to whims and misplaced egos of few. They want this country to become a fiefdom ruled by tyrants, who don’t pay taxes, indulge in plunder, humiliate judiciary and should never be held accountable for murder of innocent citizens. This country was not liberated from the yoke of British occupation, or exploitation of an affluent Hindu population, to be replaced by tyranny of men who have acquired foreign nationalities and have no stakes at risk, if Pakistan becomes a failed state. Almost every other day, scores of innocent citizens are ruthlessly butchered on streets of Karachi and not a tear is shed by those who claim to have a mandate to rule, nor any affirmative reaction from elected parliamentarians, or paid security establishment to put an end to this orgy of murder, ruthless massacre, extortion and kidnapping for ransom, that has not just become a routine, but accepted as political kosher essential for a coalition to be held intact. On the other hand, the death of twenty children and seven adults in a shooting by an insane young man in Connecticut, USA, evoked strong reaction and condemnation by a nation in grief. President Obama, the most powerful political leader of this world, was in tears while national flag was in half mast. When will any tears ever be shed for citizens of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, where thousands have been killed in deliberate cold blooded murder, committed not by insane men, but known killers, who enjoy protection of those who are supposed to protect lives, not to be party to this senseless mayhem? Can any sane person justify spilling the blood of over fifty innocent Pakistani citizens for a murder committed in London of Dr Imran Farooq? ALI MALIK TARIQ Illinois, USA
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Pakistani producers gear up against Indian films
He Pakistan Film Producers association has asked the federal government to make a 90 per cent cut in the screening of Indian movies to give a boost to the domestic film industry. The association's chairman, actor and producer Syed noor, warned the government of consequences if the group's demand is not met. "We will take out rallies and organise hunger strike camps if the government does not take any action to save the local industry," he said. Pakistan's film distribution and exhibition sector was in tatters before the government allowed the screening of Indian films, which had been banned for over four decades in the aftermath of the 1965 war. Multiplexes screening the latest Indian movies attract huge crowds while there are usually few takers for the films made by Lollywood, the movie industry based in Lahore. Lollywood films, which are usually in Punjabi, have been criticised for their shoddy production values and poor scripts. NEwS dESK
delhi cops to watch 'dabangg 2' with salman
elhi Police personnel, who have been appreciated for their bravery and meritorious services, will watch 'Dabangg 2' with actor Salman Khan before the film's release Dec 21, police said. according to Delhi Police sources, Salman Khan will arrive in Delhi Dec 18 and would pay tributes to police martyrs. Salman Khan will watch movie with "brave policemen" and will meet kins of the five policemen who died during the Dec 13, 2001, parliament attack. "The meeting with Salman Khan will be motivational for the force," said an officer. earlier, a special screening of the movie 'Rowdy Rathore' was held for Delhi Police's SWaT (Special Weapon and Techniques) team with actor akshay Kumar. newS DeSk
Never felt loved in my marriages: sean Penn
ean Penn has admitted that he never felt loved by someone.There is no shame in my saying that we all want to be loved by someone. as I look back over my life in romance, I don't feel I've ever had that," the 52-year-old activist and actor, who will soon be seen in Gangster Squad, told esquire for its January 2013 issue. "I have been the only one that was unaware of the fraud in a few of these circumstances blindly," he said. Having been married - and divorced - twice, to Madonna from 1985 to 1989, and to Robin Wright Penn from 1996 to 2010, Penn says, "When you get divorced, all the truths that come out, you sit there and you go, " 'What the f--- was I doing? What was I doing believing that this person was invested in this way?'" In retrospect, he now considers such an experience "a fantastically strong humiliation in the best sense. NEwS dESK
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Actor Bradley Cooper has described his Golden Globe nomination as "surreal". The 37-year-old is up for Best Actor in the Musical or Comedy category for his role in "Silver Linings Playbook" and he says he couldn't believe it when his name was read out, especially because it's not a big budget film. ''It's a small film and it's a word-of-mouth movie. The fact that it's getting this kind of attention [means] hopefully more people will go see it," contactmusic.com quoted Cooper as saying. ''We loved doing it. We care so much about the film and it's amazing to be recognised. And then on a personal level, it's just surreal... I grew up as the nerd who would wake up to watch the (Golden Globe) announcements. To hear (presenter and 'Hangover' co-star) Ed Helms say 'Silver Linings Playbook' was just incredible," she added. The stars who are nominated in the same category are "Bernie" star Jack Black, Hugh Jackman of "Les Miserables", Ewan McGregor for "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" and Bill Murray from "Hyde Park on Hudson". newS DeSk
Gwyneth Paltrow reveals diet secrets Gwyneth Paltrow has revealed that she isn't picky about what she puts in her mouth. "I eat everything!" the Mirror quoted her as telling Redstart magazine. "With food, I'm a lot more relaxed than people think," she said. She then goes on to admit that her favourite foods include oysters and cocktail sauce, or chips with baked stuffed lobster. But after 11 months of overpriced seafood, Paltrow confesses that she cuts everything out of her diet with a three-week-long cleanse known as the Clean programme, which bans dairy, gluten, refined sugar, processed foods, alcohol and caffeine. She said that the 21day-long period is the highlight of her year. "It's my favourite thing," she said. "It did such wonders for my life, my confidence, my sex life, everything," she added. newS DeSk
Superstar Shah Rukh Khan attended Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir bin Mohammad's birthday where was also awarded the prestigious BrandLaureate Legendary Award. The 47-yearold actor was given this honour by the Asia Pacific Brands Foundation for his contributions to the Bollywood film industry and as India's foremost brand ambassador. The Jab Tak Hai Jaan star was humbled by the honour handed to him by Founder of Lord's Tailor Robert Loh, President of The BrandLaureate KK Johan and Tun Dr Mahathir bin Mohammad. "It is an honour to be given the Brandlaureate Legendary Award. It is always a pleasure to be amongst friends and to be given so much love and motivation to
An Unexpected Journey has broken two US records at the box office to become the highest grossing Christmas movie of all time. Peter Jackson's adaption of JRR Tolkien's classic novel kicked off with takings of $37.5 million - the biggest December Friday opener in domestic history. The film then took $28.1 million on Saturday to claim the record of the largest December weekend at the American ticket office, even without Sunday's takings being calculated. Warner Brothers are predicting the movie could earn over $85 million in the U.S. for the whole weekend. As reported by Deadline.com, the movie version of the 1937 book is playing in 4,045 North American theaters, also a record number for December. Friday's huge opening haul included $13 million from midnight showings on
do better," said Shah Rukh in a statement. "Got honoured at Dr Mahathirs function & a beautiful digital Koran. Now to India. Way I travel I could be the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy," the actor later tweeted. The BrandLaureate Legendary Award has been earlier given to the likes of Dr Nelson Mandela, Nobel Laureate recipient Mohammad Yunus, Ratan Tata, Steve Jobs, Marck Zuckerburg, Michael Schumacher and more. In 2008 Shah Rukh had become the first Indian actor to be conferred with the prestigious Malaysian title of Datuk (equivalent of the British Knighthood) by the governor of Malaysia's southern state of Malacca for promoting tourism through his movies in that region.
Thursday night, which included $1.6 million on IMAX screens. An Unexpected Journey was digitally remastered for IMAX 3D and filmed using new technology. A select number of theaters are presenting the picture at double the standard frame rate, showing the movie at 48 frames per second rather than the standard 24 frames per second. This technology claims to show the film in a way that is closer to how the human eye actually see images. Despite mixed reviews from critics, the movie is also doing incredibly well internationally. An Unexpected Journey is also the number one film overseas and already taken $57 million from 56 international markets (in 18,200 screens). Deadline.com reports that the film may end the weekend with takings of around $200 million worldwide. newS DeSk
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13 Is CoLd WAR oN bEtWEEN AIshWARyA ANd JAyA bAChChAN? tom cruise at the madrid premiere of Jack reacher
Matt reveals secret to Karan pushes Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani successful marriage release, avoids clash with Ajay Matt Damon and his wife Luciana Barroso, who celebrated their seventh wedding anniversary on December 9, are still going strong as a couple, despite the actor's hectic schedule. According to a source, the couple try to find ways to balance the 42-year-old actor's busy career with the needs of their family, which includes daughters Isabella, 6, Gia, 4, Stella, 2, and Alexia, 13, Barroso's child from a previous relationship. "[Matt's] found the trick to having the most normal life possible," Us magazine quoted the source as saying. "Luciana lets him work and is there for him when he needs. He loves coming home to her after months on set," the source said. These days, "home" means Pacific Palisades, California, where the couple shifted from the East Coast earlier this year. According to the source, they originally looked at staying in New York City, but Argentine-born Barroso, 36, preferred the sunnier, more spacious way of living in Southern California and Damon agreed. "Luciana wanted more space for the kids, and Matt puts family first," the source said. In fact, Damon turned down some potentially huge career opportunities to devote more time and energy to his roles as a family man. newS DeSk
Karan Johar has had a successful 2012 with Agneepath, Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu and Student Of The Year faring well at the box office, but the filmmaker will begin the next year with a slight niggle. Karan, who was set to release his next production, Ayan Mukerji’s Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani with Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone in the lead, has now pushed the film’s release date from March 29 to May 31. An industry insider reveals, “Karan’s film was to release on the same day as Ajay Devgn’s Himmatwala. But looking at Ajay’s track record, Karan decided to avoid the clash and pushed his film’s release date. They’re big movies and a clash would’ve affected business.” The insider further says that the decision was taken after the box-office collection figures of Son Of Sardaar (SOS) came out. The insider says, “SOS did well even though it had tough competition from Jab Tak Hai Jaan.”A source close to the filmmaker’s camp adds, “Ajay and Karan had a discussion. Karan is on friendly terms with UTV Motion Pictures, the producers of Himmatwala. And they decided to avoid the clash. So Karan decided to release his film on a later date.” Himmatwala, directed by Sajid Khan, pairs Ajay with south star Tamanna, who makes her Bollywood debut with the film. Sajid maintains the film is not a remake of the hit 1983 film, starring Jeetendra and Sridevi. We tried contacting Ajay and Karan, but they remained unavailable for a comment. newS DeSk
OLLYWOOD'S first family, The Bachchans, are not only a brand but they also stand for managing to be successful not only in their profession but also in their personal lives. The Bachchan family members - patriarch and Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan, his immensely talented wife (probably the most talented member of the family) Jaya, their son Abhishek and his more popular and successful wife Aishwarya Rai - always put up a united front in public. No sound of discord had been heard ever since Abhishek got married to Aishwarya a few years ago. For the first time, there seems to be trouble brewing in the Bachchan camp and it involves the women of the house. No surprises there.According to the grapevine, daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai has managed to rub her mother-in-law Jaya Bachchan the wrong way by gushing over the growth witnessed by the state of Guajarat in the past years under Chief Minister Narendra Modi's government. Now, why should that make mama-in-law angry? For the uninitiated, Jaya is a bonafide member of a political party in India, Samajwadi Party (SP) while Modi is a member of a rival party - BJP. The state recently went to polls and the two parties are fighting against each other. Obviously, if a political leader's close family member is seen lauding the achievements of a rival leader in public and endorsing his achievements, it obviously will be a huge embarrassment for the leader - Jaya, in this case. However, it is another matter that Amitabh himself is the brand ambassador of Gujarat. The rumours about the discord received more fuel when during a recent celebrity book launch, the entire Bachchan household seemed to be present - except Jaya herself. Aishwarya looked stunning in a black anarkali dress and wowed all those gathered at the launch of the book 'My Father, Our Fraternity' by Indian classical Sarod musician, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan. newS DeSk
i would be wrong to say i don’t miss Javed Akhtar: Salim khan Days ahead of the release of Dabbang 2, Salim Khan, 76, is a happy man, and has a tinge of pride when he talks about the strengths and weaknesses of his two sons. In an hour-long interview at his open house on Carter Road in Mumbai, where he has lived since 1973, the veteran screenwriter spells out his life's philosophy and his cleareyed assessment of his sons. Excerpts: salman is a big star and Arbaaz is set for his directorial debut. let's talk about both your sons. In the beginning, they were both in a hurry to join films. They were interested in films and used to hide it, as they were at an awkward age at which even their bodies were not formed completely. I had given them the option to do whatever they wanted to. In any profession a person chooses, the ambition should be to reach the top. A person who climbs the Himalaya does not climb thinking that he should come back halfway. His ambition has to be to reach the peak. I came here to become an actor, but I had the art of selfassessment and I knew after a few films that I was not cut out for it, and that while I had the art of conception, I did not have
the art of projection. For instance, Amitabh Bachchan is a weak person physically, but the amount of toughness he projects on screen is unbelievable. As for Salman and Arbaaz, they dropped out of college to join films even though I wanted them to finish their education. Since the success ratio in the industry is low. if you fail, education is the only thing you can bank on. I had done the same, as I was well-read and took to writing when I failed as an actor. Even to use your talent, you need education. Fortunately, both of them got roles within two years of their trying to become actors. Did you expect salman to become such a big star? Like I assessed myself, I assessed my children also. I always thought that he was extremely talented in a lot of things. When he took up swimming, he started swimming so well that he could represent Mumbai. He started cycling and had tremendous command over it. He can grasp things fast, but he would always move from one thing to another. When he became an actor, I felt he was not giving it his best. He used to take up films for the wrong reasons —
he was not doing films based on the story or the director. But he would do it for any friend or when someone would come with a sob story, he would do it to help him out. It neither helped him nor the other person. He has done more guest appearances than films and had become a
permanent guest star in the film industry. The good part was that he was trying to help, but he was not delivering what he had promised to his audience and to himself. He had the body for action, a face for emotion and timing for comedy, but he needed to select his films correctly. I allowed him to make mistakes and learn from it, but I was disappointed with the way he used his talent. Are you attached to any particular child more? Everybody is equal till the circumstances are normal, but as soon as a child faces a problem, your attention shifts to the weaker one and you also feel helpless for him. I gave a lot of attention to Salman as he came into a lot of problems with all his cases and an accident that could happen to anybody. As a father, I am always worried about him and hope that he will come out of it. we miss salim-Javed. Do you miss Javed Akhtar? I would be wrong to say I don't miss him. We spent 15 years together doing films, which brought us recognition and money. I have gradually started understanding and the initial anger of separation has tapered down. I now have no
bitterness or anger. His children are successful and he is doing well. Had one of us been in trouble, it may have been different. is salman's success your vindication? Salman has brought a lot of happiness for his people, including me, and I am proud of his success. A few years back, I felt disappointment in him not achieving the place he is now in and deserved. I always felt strongly about his talent and wanted to see him on the top before I die. i was surprised to find the door to your house open and unattended. your house has none of the fanfare of a starry house? I have been living in this house since 1973 and the main entrance to my house is left open and will remain so. Some time back, I was under police protection for two years. The police came and told me, you will have to close your door. I told them either you sit outside the door or sit downstairs and protect me or you figure out how to protect me with the open door. Do you have any unfulfilled wish? I am a family man and I want my family to always love each other and be together in a crisis even when I am gone. newS DeSk
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Infotainment 14 Facebook to improve privacy controls over public visibility Social networking site to make settings easier to manage, giving users the ability to review every publicly available picture
ACEBOOK is to make sweeping changes to its privacy controls, making them easier to find and offering people the means to review every publicly available picture of them on the site. The move follows repeated criticism that the site made it too hard to keep information private, and kept shifting default settings to open up more data. The change is the biggest overhaul to its privacy settings in more than a year, and will begin appearing to the site’s 1 billion registered users over the next few weeks. The most visible change will be “privacy shortcuts” which will show up as a tiny lock at the right-hand side of the screen, at the top of the “news feed”, with a menu offering answers to questions such as “Who can see my stuff?” and “Who can contact me?” Another tool will let people review every publicly available picture on Facebook that includes them, with suggestions on how to ask for them to be removed. “If you spot things you don’t want on Facebook, now it’s even easier to ask the people who posted them to remove them,” the company said in a blogpost. Users will also get more precise control when they first use most apps(though not games apps) of how much it can do – such as reading their profile and friends list, but stopping it from posting into their public feed.
Facebook has come under repeated fire from privacy advocates because it kept shifting the boundaries of where privacy ended and publicly visible data began, and made it hard to understand how to change those back. Critics also said that Facebook made the changes intentionally to expose more data about people publicly so that it could benefit from selling adverts to them.
Facebook’s move, which it said is unconnected with a poll that ended at the weekend over users’ right to vote on changes in the service, is in effect an acknowledgement that its privacy settings had been hard to understand and control. This includes “rogue apps” which would post unwanted content into users’ feeds to try to pull in their friends. Samuel Lessin, Facebook’s director of product management, said in the post: “We continue to strive toward three main goals: bringing controls in context where you share, helping you understand what appears where as you use Facebook, and providing tools to help you act on content you don’t like.” Being able to remove embarrassing or unpleasant photos has become increasingly important for users of the nine-year-old service, many of whom first started using it while they were still at university in the US – but who are now discovering that their digital history has followed them around. For many younger users now, Facebook has become a record of who they are – but also a source of potential disruption in their first work interviews or careers. Getting rid, or hiding, photos that might show them in compromising or unpleasant situations may be a high priority. GuArdIAN
iPhone 5 launch fails to excite China Shares fell 3.9% and analysts cut shipment forecasts after the launch of Apple’s latest smartphone received a frosty reception
Airbag for smartphones invented
T’S a momentary lapse that can cost hundreds. But the cracked screens that result from dropped iPhones could become a thing of the past thanks to an unlikely invention – an airbag for smartphones. The innovative technology makes use of the motion-sensors that are now built into most smartphones to detect when it has entered an airborne state, so that a mini-airbag can be deployed to cushion its fall. The idea comes from the burgeoning technology department at Amazon, which won a patent for the protective system this week. As well as mobile phones, the technology could be used on electronic readers, including the online retailer’s own Kindle, as well as computer tablets and cameras. Amazon’s founder, Jeff Bezos, filed the application for a patent himself. It reads: “Prior to impact between a surface and a device, a determination of a risk of damage to the device is made. If the risk of damage to the device exceeds a threshold, a protection system is activated to reduce or eliminate damage to the device.” The airbag would draw on data from a mobile phone’s built-in gyroscope, camera, accelerometers and other such sensors, according to the patent. Then, if it is determined that the gadget has been dropped, the technology will trigger the release of airbags and could even include air-jets to change its trajectory in mid-air. While there is no indication of when the protective system will be available, it is clear that there is a large market for it. In the UK alone, tens of millions of pounds are spent on iPhone repairs each year. Victor Seidel, a lecturer in science entrepreneurship at Oxford University, said: “Jeff Bezos is a man known for going his own way and being successful, but I think the real question is: Has he come up with the idea because he keeps dropping his own phone?” Mr Seidel said that the technology could put an end to “cumbersome cases”, but expressed concerns about the practicality of its production, adding: “I am not sure the next phone I buy will be fitted with an airbag but we are often surprised by what ideas become successful.” Ernest Doku, a telecoms expert at uSwitch.com, said: “This sounds like a feature worthy of Bond, codename SOS SMS. But airbags for windbags sounds like a lot of hot air to me. From a logistical point of view, that handset would have to be rather bulky to hide an airbag.” COurTESy TElEGrApH
Apple shares fell 3.9% in early trading on Friday after the launch of itsiPhone 5 received a frosty reception in China, and two analysts cut shipment forecasts. It was a dramatic contrast to the scenes at the iPhone 4S launch in January when an angry crowd pelted the store in Beijing with eggs and fights broke out between would-be touts aiming to resell new phones. On Friday there was one person waiting at Apple’s store in Shanghai’s financial district before it opened. But the lack of queues may have been down to the online lottery scheme introduced by Apple to prevent a repeat of January’s chaos. It used the same method earlier this month for the launch of its iPad mini, and enforced a two-per-person limit. Although the company has 300,000 preorders for the phone from China Unicom, one of the three big mobile providers, and will also sell it through mobile company China Telecom, it has still not sealed a deal with China Mobile, the biggest player with 703 million users of whom 79m are 3G (ie smartphone) users. Despite years of talks, the two sides have disagreed on revenue splits and business models. That means Apple is unable to increase its shipments there as fast as the market for smartphones is growing. There are already 290 million smartphone users and that is forecast to double in the next 12 months. Nokia’s shares rose earlier this month after it tied up a deal to sell its Lumia smartphones through China Mobile. Even so, China Mobile announced in March that an estimated 15 million people
use iPhones on its network, despite their being incompatible with its data services. More broadly, But Apple and Nokia are struggling in the face of competition from devices powered by versions of Google’s Android software: those make up roughly 90% of the smartphones sold in China, although many connect to Chinese services rather than Google’s. “In absolute terms, this (iPhone 5) launch will certainly result in strong sales for Apple in China. However, in relative terms, I don’t believe it will move the needle enough in market share,” Shiv Putcha, a Mumbaibased analyst at Ovum, a global technology consultant, told the Reuters news agency. Peter Misek of Jefferies said he was lowering his iPhone shipment estimates for the first quarter of 2013 by 5m to 48m, on the basis that the company was cutting orders to suppliers. He also cut his estimates for the company’s gross margins by 2 percentage points, to 40%. He said it was unclear how much the snowy weather and requirement to pre-order were factors in the small queues. That seems to have helped push down Apple shares, which have lost a quarter of their value since hitting an all-time high of $705.07 on 21 September. Steven Milunovich, an analyst at UBS Research, told clients in a research note that he didn’t expect the iPhone 5 to do as well in China as the iPhone 4S. The brokerage cuts its price target for Apple’s stock to $700, substantially down from $780, on the expectation of lower iPhone and iPad shipments in the first quarter of 2013. GuArdIAN
Humanoid robot flexes its 160 muscles for creepy realism Robots that look like people are nothing new, but not all of them truly aim to imitate the human body. The Kenshiro robot, an ongoing project at the University of Tokyo, aims to simulate a person right down the muscles and bones. Kenshiro is the latest in a series that started with Kenta, a robot made to imitate, in simplified form, most of the human body’s musculature. A quasi-futuristic shell and
staring eyes gave it a slightly nightmarish appearance, but the robot itself was groundbreaking. With about 100 cables and motors, it simulated dozens of muscle structures. Now, the upgraded and renamed version has 160 pulley-like robo-muscles — more than any other humanoid robot in the world. There are 76 in the torso, 22 in the neck, 25 in each leg, and 12 in each shoulder. The many muscles and tendons
Australia plans drill of ancient Antarctic ice core
yDNey: Australia announced plans to drill a 2,000 year-old ice core in the heart of Antarctica in a bid to retrieve a frozen record of how the planet has evolved and what might be in store. The Aurora Basin North project involves scientists from Australia, France, Denmark and the United States who hope it will also advance the search for the scientific “holy grail” of the millionyear-old ice core. The project, in a area that harbours some of the deepest ice in the frozen continent, over three kilometres (1.9-miles) thick, will give experts access to some of the most detailed records yet of past climate in the vast region. Australian Environment Minister Tony Burke on Saturday said such drills were critically important to understanding how the climate has naturally varied to help predict future responses to global climate change. “Ice cores provide the written history of our atmosphere and our water,” he said in announcing the project which will start with a French team traversing the site in December next year. The eight-week drill through 400 metres (1,312 feet) of ice, 600 kilometres inland from Australia’s Casey Station in the continent’s east, will follow soon after. “Seeking ice cores from this new area where there is much higher snow fall than other inland sites provides a massive increase in the level of detail which lives within the ice,” Burke added. “We have had information that is 2,000 years old before, but we have never had access to this sort of detail which we believe lies deep within this part of the ice.” He said it was an international effort in the quest for even older ice. “It is expected that this will lead to actual drilling for a one million-year-old core by various international consortia in the coming years,” he said. AGENCIES
Man in Mitt Romney mask robs Virginia bank
man wearing what appears to be a Mitt Romney mask robbed a Virginia bank yesterday — the same bank hit by a robber in a Hillary Clinton mask two years ago. But that’s not the only reason the FBI is calling the holdup unusual. The robbery at a Wells Fargo in Sterling was not the standard grab-and-go. The gunwielding robber, wearing the mask and a Florida State sweatshirt, got money from one teller, but apparently that wasn’t enough. He went teller to teller until he took from all five. Police went to the Party City behind the bank to see if anyone bought a mask there Thursday. NbC
dutchman builds replica Noah’s ark Johan Huibers’ full-scale replica of Noah’s ark opens doors to public in the Netherlands, realising creator’s 20-year dream
governing the face, hands, and feet are left out or grossly simplified, being at present too complex to include. The result is a headless skeleton that may or may not be more terrifying than its predecessor. But seeing it in motion is what really drops you into the uncanny valley. ONlINE
full-scale replica of Noah’s ark has opened its doors to the public in theNetherlands. Stormy weather on Monday could do nothing to dampen the good mood of its creator, Johan Huibers, who is Dutch. In fact, the rain was appropriate. In the Biblical story, God orders Noah to build a boat big enough to save animals and Noah’s family while Earth is flooded. Johan interpreted the description given in Genesis to build his ark. It measures a whopping 130 metres (427ft) long, 29 metres across and 23 metres high. Huibers says he realised a 20-year dream to educate people about history and faith. The ark has received permission to host up to 3,000 visitors a day. AGENCIES
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Trott, Bell edge England towards safety and series NAgPUR
ONATHAN Trott helped settle a slightly nervy England as they closed in on a famous series victory in Nagpur, reaching the close of the fourth day with a lead of 165. He and Ian Bell added 67 for the fourth wicket after India had given themselves a glimmer by removing Kevin Pietersen shortly after tea with England's advantage still less than 100. Now England are a solid morning session away from their goal. While India's bowlers did a respectable job on a pitch that refused to break up, their approach in the morning session had been bizarre as they plodded along for 13 overs adding just 29 runs before MS Dhoni finally declared with a narrow deficit. Batting so defensively did nothing but take time out of the game, a situation England were quite happy to go along with. Since India lost quick wickets yesterday evening their only hope has been third-innings panic, which has happened in the past when a draw is the favoured result. When Pietersen fell, inexplicably shouldering arms at Ravindra Jadeja as Trott did in the first innings, England were tottering on 94 for 3 and Dhoni's hopes were far from dead. Due to the scoring rate of less than two an over - England did not break that barrier until the 62nd over - the lead had not been carried far away from India and the one
big bash providing greatest threat to the future of test cricket NEwSDESK Australia faces some major promotional challenges to reinvigorate Test cricket in the hearts and minds of the Australian public. And, ironically, the greatest cannibalistic threat to the five-day game is coming from within, via the Big Bash, the very concept intended to cultivate and complement the sport's growth. CA boss James Sutherland and his marketing boffins should be deeply alarmed by the feeble crowd figures for the first Test against Sri Lanka in Hobart. In a week where local hero Ricky Ponting was paraded to his people to honour his Test retirement, a day at the cricket should have been the hottest ticket in town. Given his incredible contribution, Ponting deserved a full house in Hobart. Instead, he waved to a slew of empty seats on day one, when an army of schoolkids issued hundreds of free tickets swelled the humble 6221 attendance. Over the first three days, a total of 14,419 fans rolled up to watch an Australian side considered one of the leading teams in world sport. It barely eclipsed the 14,185 who turned up to the same ground to watch a Big Bash semi-final between the Hurricanes and Sixers in January. CA hierarchy will argue the meagre Hobart turnout is not a true and accurate snapshot of the national appeal for Test cricket. According to CA research, almost a third of sports reports in November were devoted to cricket. Alarm bells, however, are ringing in other regions. Yesterday in Queensland, 12 hours after Michael Hussey cracked another Test ton, the state's biggest-selling newspaper carried a back page on surfing. The secondary story was on golf. Granted, it's not every day an Aussie surfer wins a world crown. But gone are the days when Test cricket had a mortgage on back pages and lead TV sports bulletins thanks to names like Border, Boon, Waugh, Warne, Hayden, McGrath and Chappell. No disrespect to good Test cricketers like Peter Siddle or Matt Wade, but they simply don't carry the gravitas or pulling power of a Ponting or Gilchrist.
batsman thought most likely to do that was the one walking back. Trott, though, played a superb hand, timing the ball as well as anyone has managed on this docile surface. He was off the mark first ball with a sweep and regularly picked off deliveries through the leg side. There was also a curious route for one of his nine boundaries when the ball slipped out of Jadeja's hands, during his delivery, and lobbed towards the on side. As Trott was completely within his rights to do he skipped out and smashed the no-ball to the square-leg fence. It was also an innings that created some spice in the match. On 43, Trott went to cut Ishant Sharma and India were convinced there was an edge but Kumar Dharmasena, who had earlier made a mistake in giving Alastair Cook caught behind, was unmoved. Next ball Sharma followed through close to Trott, who responded by blowing a little kiss, and tensions began to grow. At the end of the over there were heated exchanges with the umpires involving Dhoni and Virat Kohli - a likely future India captain, who did not carry himself very well. Meanwhile, a few minutes later, Snickometer (which would not be part of DRS were it in use) did not register any sound. Trott was unmoved and, in fact, probably motivated further. He went to 49 with an off-drive against Sharma, a rare shot on this slow pitch, and next ball had his half-century from 106 deliveries. India, however, were still festering. Towards the end of the day R Ashwin pulled out of a delivery and warned
Trott for backing up too far. There was nothing wrong with that from Ashwin, but it belied the growing frustrations. Bell provided solid support following the potentially vital loss of Pietersen. It was an important period for him after a lean series - he will need to continue on the final morning - and he collected runs calmly. There was one moment of fortune when he edged Ashwin through a vacant slip where two balls earlier Virender Sehwag had been stood. The fourth-wicket stand came at almost three an over, a largely unseen rate in this match.
SCOrEbOArd ENGlANd 1st innings 330 326 INdIA 1st innings ENGlANd 2nd innings AN Cook* c †dhoni b Ashwin 13 Nrd Compton lbw b Ojha 34 IJl Trott not out 66 6 Kp pietersen b Jadeja 24 Ir bell not out EXTrAS 18 TOTAl 161 TO bAT JE root, MJ prior†, TT bresnan, Gp Swann, JM Anderson, MS panesar fAll Of wICKETS 1-48 (Cook, 29.5 ov), 2-81 (Compton, 46.4 ov), 3-94 (pietersen, 55.5 ov) bOwlING: I Sharma 12-3-27-0, pp Ojha 23-10-39-1, r Ashwin 18-9-34-1, pp Chawla 10-2-20-0, rA Jadeja 16-9-27-1 Match details Toss England, who chose to bat Test debuts JE root (England); rA Jadeja (India) player of the match tba umpires HdpK dharmasena (Sri lanka) and rJ Tucker (Australia) TV umpire S ravi Match referee JJ Crowe (New zealand) reserve umpire CK Nandan
SL unlucky with reviews: Dilshan HOBART AGENCIES
Tillakaratne Dilshan put Sri Lanka's misadventure with DRS down to misfortune. The team has made poor use of the review system in the Hobart test, failing to overturn any decisions with their three reviews while choosing not to review a call that would have been changed in their favour. Sri Lanka do not have the review system available in most home matches, largely because of the board's financial woes. The visitors had been unsuccessful in their only review while bowling in the first innings, before both Mahela Jayawardene and Angelo Mathews unsuccessfully challenged lbw decisions that were found to be hitting the top of the stumps. Rangana Herath was also given out lbw, but had inside edged the ball onto his pads, and was unable to review the decision because Sri Lanka's reviews had already been spent. Late in the day, Nuwan Kulasekara trapped Ed Cowan in front with a ball that straightened off the seam, but despite having both reviews available, Sri Lanka opted not to refer the decision to the third umpire. "Everyone thought that the ball hit the bat," he said. "There were two sounds and we were in two minds. Now we know from TV that the sound was the bat hitting pad, but that's how the game goes. The reviews didn't come our way unfortunately, but I think we were just unlucky." Dilshan was bullish about Sri Lanka's prospects in the Test, even if victory seems to quickly be slipping from their grasp. Sri Lanka conceded a first innings lead of 114, and trail by 141 at the end of day three, with all ten Australian second innings wickets intact. Australia lost Ben Hilfenhaus to a side strain, which will also make Sri Lanka's task easier in the fourth innings, Dilshan believed. "Still the wicket is very good and the only thing is it was a little bit up and down. We'll have to see what target Australia will set us. First thing in the morning if we can take a couple of wickets we can put the pressure back on Australia. That will be our main target in the first session tomorrow. "If they are giving us a target they have to know that they have only two
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genuine bowlers with Shane Watson. The wicket is still not helpful for the spinners - it is still a really good wicket. If the target is gettable we should go for it and try to win the Test." Angelo Mathews helped Dilshan put on 161 on day three - a record for Sri Lanka in Australia, for any wicket. Mathews' share of the partnership was 75, and Dilshan lauded his teammate's maturity, after the pair had injected fight into Sri Lanka's performance, after having slipped to 87 for 4 at the end of day two. "It's good to see youngsters put their hands up. Especially Angelo, because he is being groomed to be the next captain and with the help of the senior players, he is batting really well. That's important for Sri Lankan cricket that youngsters are
performing. Dimuth Karunaratne coming into the side is another plus point for us. In a few years time, players like myself, Sanga and Mahela will retire, and it's time we gave the young cricketers a chance." Dilshan was visibly jubilant when he reached his first ton in Australia en route to 147, and backed his teammates to also find form as the tour progresses. Neither Kumar Sangakkara nor Thilan Samaraweera could progress into double figures in the first innings, while Mahela Jayawardene only made 12. "Good thing for us is that they know how to adjust quickly and they know how to bat here. I have nothing to teach them about batting - both Sanga and Mahela have passed 10,000 runs."
The majority of the country stands to miss seeing the South African cricket team in action from Friday because the SABC and Cricket South Africa have failed to agree broadcasting terms. The national broadcaster is not willing to show the series with New Zealand, which encompasses three T20 Internationals, two Tests and three One-Day Internationals, because it is unable to raise sufficient funds for the rights – despite those rights being offered to them at half the price it cost for last year’s deal. “This is not for our commercial interests, we want cricket to be shown on the SABC because it’s in the national interest,” said CSA’s head of “commercial and marketing”, Marc Jury. Events such as South Africa’s matches played in the country are grouped as “listed sports events” by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa, which means they must be available on a free-to-air channel. Cricket SA already has a broadcast deal in place with pay channel SuperSport, who handle production for cricket matches which can be passed on to the SABC. The SABC have been offered the rights for R15 million compared with R30m last season, but have told CSA they are still unable to raise sufficient funds and won’t make enough money from advertising. A sign of CSA’s desperation is that the organisation is willing to help the SABC find advertisers for their broadcasts, but even that doesn’t satisfy them as they claim cricket takes up too much time and isn’t financially viable for them financially. It is understood that CSA, following a series of meetings with the SABC that began in September, put together a package that “would relax any financial constraints that a large rights fee would place on the SABC and create a partnership whereby CSA and the SABC work closely together to ensure that commercial revenue is generated by selling airtime in the cricket broadcasts”.
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Sports 16 Siddle keeps Australia on top despite Dilshan ton Arsenal have asked far too much of a great football man NEwSDESK
RI Lanka's erstwhile captain Tillakaratne Dilshan and their likely next leader Angelo Mathews did their best to drag their team back into the Test on the third day at Bellerive Oval, but a relentless Peter Siddle ensured Australia remained well on top. Again the
Hilfenhaus side injury exposes Australia again HOBART AGENCIES
Australia face the grim prospect of trying to win a Test with only three specialist bowlers for the second time in three matches after Ben Hilfenhaus shuffled off Bellerive Oval with a left side strain that has placed him in doubt for the rest of the Sri Lanka series. After bowling the second ball of his 13th over to Sri Lanka's vice-captain Angelo Mathews, Hilfenhaus grimaced, felt for his hip or side, spoke briefly to his captain Michael Clarke and left the field, leaving Shane Watson to complete the over. He later left the ground for further medical examination, and the team physio Alex Kountouris said Hilfenhaus was now doubtful for the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne. The New Year's Test in Sydney follows only three days after the end of the MCG match, a tight timeframe for fit bowlers, let alone those recovering from injury. "With Ben, we'll probably know more in 24 hours. But it's probably doubtful, the fact that he's not bowling right now, you'd think there's going to be considerable doubt [for Melbourne]," Kountouris said. "It's on the milder side but not mild enough to be able to bowl in the second innings. "These sorts of things, if you miss a week then you miss two weeks because they're not like batsmen who in a week's time they can get back and play. Bowlers need to come back, bowl a few times, prove that they're fit, make sure they've got through some sessions because we obviously can't put them in a Test match with any doubt." Hilfenhaus had been considered alongside Peter Siddle one of the two durable, senior bowlers to be relied upon across the summer. They were outlined as critical to Australia's planning as the youthful group including Mitchell Starc, James Pattinson, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood could be rotated around them. Of that quartet, only Starc has reached this point of the summer without being sidelined, while John Hastings, called up when both Siddle and Hilfenhaus missed the Perth Test against South Africa, is recovering from a back injury.
weather in Hobart was fickle, leading to all sorts of session adjustments, and by the time a late stumps time arrived Australia's advantage had grown to 141, leaving them to set Sri Lanka a target over the next two days. David Warner and Ed Cowan had reached stumps safely, Cowan on 16 and Warner on 8, and Australia were 0 for 27. There had been nervous moments for both men - Cowan would have been lbw on 5 had Nuwan Kulasekara convinced his captain to ask for a review, and Warner edged just wide of second slip - but all that mattered was that they had survived. The Sri Lankans had been dismissed for 336 during the final session, their last four wickets falling for 20 runs after Dilshan and Mathews had earlier batted for the best part of two sessions without letting the Australians break through. Australia's cause was not helped by an injury to Ben Hilfenhaus, who left the field with a suspected side strain while bowling his fourth over, and it meant plenty of extra work for the rest of the attack. It was a good thing they had Siddle. Against the South Africans in Adelaide last month, Siddle had carried Australia's bowling in a similar situation, when James Pattinson had suffered an injury mid-match, and here again he was the man to whom Michael Clarke turned. Siddle responded by attacking the stumps,
drying up runs, accumulating maidens and eventually was rewarded with a fivewicket haul, including the key dismissals of Mathews for 75 and Prasanna Jaywardene for 40. Siddle finished with 5 for 54 from his 25.3 overs and his efforts were all the more valuable because Australia's other fit genuine fast man, Mitchell Starc, struggled to find consistent lines and lengths. Dilshan and Mathews were allowed to rattle on at a fast tempo in the first session and although the runs slowed down after lunch, the wickets didn't start to pile up for Australia until the post-tea period. Dilshan's third Test century in his past four Tests was the key for Sri Lanka, who required someone to anchor the innings after they stumbled to 4 for 87 at stumps on the second day. Dilshan had ample support from Mathews in a 161-run stand, a Sri Lankan Test record for any wicket in Australia, and he reached his hundred shortly before lunch, which was called early due to rain. Although Dilshan was stuck in the nineties for half an hour, he eventually brought up the milestone from his 148th delivery by steering a ball from Siddle behind point for a boundary. His vocal celebration showed how important the innings was to him and his team, and it was important that he hadn't let things stagnate in the morning.
SCOrEbOArd AuSTrAlIA 1ST INNINGS 450 SrI lANKA 1ST INNINGS fdM KAruNArATNE C †wAdE b HIlfENHAuS 14 TM dIlSHAN b STArC 147 4 KC SANGAKKArA C HuSSEy b SIddlE 12 dpMd JAyAwArdENE* lbw b wATSON 7 TT SAMArAwEErA C †wAdE b lyON 75 Ad MATHEwS lbw b SIddlE HApw JAyAwArdENE† lbw b SIddlE 40 23 KMdN KulASEKArA C Sub (JC SIlK) b lyON HMrKb HErATH lbw b SIddlE 0 5 rMS ErANGA NOT OuT 0 uwMbCA wElEGEdArA C HuSSEy b SIddlE 9 EXTrAS TOTAl 336 fAll Of wICKETS 1-25 (KAruNArATNE, 9.3 OV), 2-42 (SANGAKKArA, 14.4 OV), 3-70 (dpMd JAyAwArdENE, 22.1 OV), 4-87 (SAMArAwEErA, 29.1 OV), 5-248 (MATHEwS, 85.5 OV), 6-289 (dIlSHAN, 97.1 OV), 7-316 (HApw JAyAwArdENE, 105.4 OV), 8-320 (HErATH, 107.1 OV), 9-336 (KulASEKArA, 108.4 OV), 10-336 (wElEGEdArA, 109.3 OV) bOwlING MA STArC 24-3-104-1, bw HIlfENHAuS 12.2-3-30-1, NM lyON 25-8-76-2, pM SIddlE 25.3-11-54-5, Sr wATSON 20.4-5-55-1, MJ ClArKE 2-0-9-0 AuSTrAlIA 2Nd INNINGS EJM COwAN NOT OuT 16 8 dA wArNEr NOT OuT 3 EXTrAS 27 TOTAl TO bAT pJ HuGHES, Sr wATSON, MJ ClArKE*, MEK HuSSEy, MS wAdE†, pM SIddlE, MA STArC, bw HIlfENHAuS, NM lyON bOwlING: KMdN KulASEKArA 6-3-10-0, uwMbCA wElEGEdArA 5-1-10-0, TM dIlSHAN 2-0-2-0, rMS ErANGA 1-0-4-0 MATCH dETAIlS TOSS AuSTrAlIA, wHO CHOSE TO bAT plAyEr Of THE MATCH TbA uMpIrES Al HIll (NEw zEAlANd) ANd NJ llONG (ENGlANd) TV uMpIrE AlEEM dAr (pAKISTAN) MATCH rEfErEE bC brOAd (ENGlANd) rESErVE uMpIrE Sd fry
Slim crowds, critics raise chairman's ire HOBART AGENCIES
Tasmanian cricket's chairman Tony Harrison has scoffed at the suggestion that Hobart might be in any danger of losing its share of Australia's home Test matches. He also proffered a slogan in response to media criticism that seems likely to end up on a bumper sticker: "If you don't like Tasmania, don't come here." Granted the opening match of the series in the school holiday period in mid-December before the Boxing Day and New Year's Tests in Melbourne and Sydney, Bellerive Oval has been host to attendances of just 6221 on day one, 3810 on day two and 4388 on day three. This is against Cricket Tasmania's budget estimates of around 9000 on the first day and about 7000 on each of Saturday and Sunday. Harrison admitted that 23 years after hosting its first Test, also against Sri Lanka in 1989, Tasmania was still to develop a strong "Test match culture", something not helped by the
five-day game only making periodic visits to the island state's capital. Among various mitigating circumstances for the slim turnouts, Harrison cited the fixture's close proximity to Christmas, ticket prices that outstripped those on offer for popular Twenty20 BBL matches at the ground, and Hobart's changeable weather, which was overcast on day one and caused rain breaks on each of days two
and three. By way of a concession, Harrison said general admission tickets for Monday's fourth day would allow the bearer to sit in the southern stand, rather than simply to stand on the hill. However he flatly rejected any potential for the state losing its share of Australia's home Test matches, typically receiving the sixth match of the summer when two touring teams make the journey down under. "I think that's a ridiculous suggestion quite frankly," Harrison said. "I've heard that said, and that is nonsense. We are one of the owners of Cricket Australia and CA has a philosophy in its programming to spread the game around the country, and Test matches [in Hobart] are not in question, not in doubt. "There are no guarantees, we don't know what the programme will look like in three, four, five years' time. But at the moment our philosophy is to share the game around the country, to give people around the country the opportunity to see Test cricket.
Arsene Wenger discovered once again last week that there are no prizes for being rational in an irrational world. Yet even pure reason has its limitations when Gervinho is the front-of-house man for a philosophy. If Arsenal are going to take the League Cup seriously, the least they can do is beat a team from the fourth division of English football or go down trying. Arsene Wenger may just be the scapegoat for the club's entire financial model, but scapegoats usually end up, well, as the scapegoat. "I am here for that," Wenger said on Friday when he was asked if he had a problem being blamed for everything, "and you do it very well." Wenger is being squeezed from all sides. For years he had a preternatural ability to remove himself from the criticism and screaming headlines. Each week he would meet the press and act like their world had no bearing on his. He did this in the most beguiling way, answering every question, expanding on any topic. In recent times, he has become less relaxed and it is easy to glimpse the strain he feels. This is entirely natural but Arsene Wenger's genius allowed him to move beyond the normal. Tomorrow night, Arsenal play Reading in a game that offers very little for Arsenal except more despair. Arsenal are trapped between mediocrity and crisis. If Arsenal win as they should, Wenger is likely to say, as he did when they beat West Brom last Saturday, that this was the mark of the top-level sportsman. His side had won when facing a crisis. Yet even that answer provokes questions. Arsenal beat West Brom last weekend when the external pressure was great after the defeat at home to Swansea. This seemed to inspire some sort of effort in Wenger's side but it had disappeared by the time of the Bradford game. Are the team only reacting now when the pressure outside becomes great? Are they still listening to the manager and what is the manager saying? Did they also believe that it was okay for them to lose at Old Trafford because they certainly approached that game without ambition? Wenger's philosophy has many strands but he remains admirably committed to defending his players in public. Yet there are variations of this that don't involve remarking after the Bradford game that he could not fault the effort of the players. So Wenger took the criticism for his players and he takes the criticism for the failure to spend money and the apathy of majority shareholder Stan Kroenke. Wenger may not be the reason of Arsenal's failure to spend but he might enjoy having a non-interventionist owner. Yet he is not just the face of Arsenal, he embodies everything about the club and its recent history.
SARDAR SINGH, VR RAGHUNANTH TOP DRAW AT HOCKEY INDIA LEAGUE AUCTION indian hockey team's captain Sardar Singh was sold for the highest price of $78,000 g lucrative bids placed for eight Pakistani players g
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India's captain and star playmaker Sardar Singh became the highest paid player as he went for a whopping $78,000 to Delhi Wave Riders while Uttar Pradesh Wizards bought ace drag-flicker V.R. Raghunath for $76,000 at the Hockey India League (HIL) players' auction here on Sunday. Sardar with India team mate Sandeep Singh, Australian Jamie Dwyer, Dutch legend Teun De Nooijer and German Mortiz Fuertse were the marquee players of the league. Dwyer was bought by Jaypee Punjab Warriors for $60,000, Fuertse by Ranchi Rhinos for $75,500 and Nooijer by Uttar Pradesh Wizards for $66,000. But Sandeep, who is out of the team after a poor Olympics, was sold to Mumbai Magicians for a base price of $27,800. But thanks to Australian de-
fender Joel Caroll, Sandeep will be getting a better pay package. Caroll was bought by Mumbai for $56,000 and as a marquee player Sandeep will be getting 15 percent more than the Australian. The biggest disappointment of the day was former India captain and goalkeeper Bharat Chettri going unsold. The Kalimpong boy had a reserve price of $18,550. Chettri, who led India to a lastplace finish at the London Olympics, was dropped from the national squad after the Games. India's other two goalkeepers got a good deal. First choice goalkeeper P.R.
Sreejesh, with a reserve price of $13,900, was sold to Mumbai Magicians for $38,000 while P.T Rao, who made an impressive debut at the age of 34 at the Champions Trophy, was also sold to Mumbai for $17,000. Rao had a reserve price of $5,600. Other important Indian players sold at the auction were S.V. Sunil (Punjab for $42,000), Yuvraj Walmiki (Delhi for $18,000), and Shivendra Singh (Punjab for $27,500). Mumbai's Tushar Khandekar was sold for only $100 more than his reserve price of $13,900 to Uttar Pradesh while S.K. Uthappa went to the same
team for $25,000 and Gurbaj Singh to Delhi for $36,000. Ignace Tirkey, who had a reserve price of $13,900, went to Punjab for $31,000 while Rupinder Pal Singh, with a base price of $9,250, was sold to Uttar Pradesh for $56,000. Unlike cricket's Indian Premier League (IPL), there were no problems with the auction of Pakistani players as the Mumbai franchise bought Fareed Ahmed for $21,000 and Mohammed Rashid for $41,000. All teams have a purse of $650,000. Each team will comprise 24 players - 14 Indians and 10 overseas. The league will be held in five cities from Jan 17. On being sold for the highest price, Sardar said: "It feels very good. I am enjoying the moment. Hopefully all players will get a good deal. There will a banter among the national team players about who are sold for what."
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17 Sports Asia claim royal trophy after playoff with europe NEwSDESK Asia won the Royal Trophy by the tightest of margins on Sunday, edging Europe in a sudden death playoff to complete a stunning comeback in the team match play competition after the contest had finished level at 8-8. South Korean Kim Kyung-tae rolled in a 15ft birdie putt on the 18th, the first playoff hole, as he and compatriot Yang Yongeun saw off Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts and Francesco Molinari of Italy in the fourball decider at the Empire Hotel & Country Club in Brunei.\ Asia's second win in the sixth edition of the annual contest loosely based on the Ryder Cup model then drew a 'Gangnam Style' celebratory dance from Japanese captain Joe Ozaki. "I am so proud of all my players, but especially K.T. Kim. It was a great Royal Trophy and a great way to finish," Ozaki said during the presentation ceremony. The narrow defeat capped a disappointing day for Ozaki's opposite number Jose Maria Olazabal, the Spaniard forced to pull out of his singles match before a ball was hit on Sunday because of a neck injury. With Olazabal's withdrawal, each side added half a point to their overnight tally to leave the scores at 5-4 in Europe's favour with 8 1/2 needed from the remaining seven singles matches to claim the title. Asia, who had trailed 3 1/2-1/2 after the opening day foursomes, began strongly on Sunday as they quickly raced into the lead in a majority of the matches before the European players found their form. Colsaerts recorded the first playing point of the day when he edged Korean Bae Sang-moon on the 18th hole. Spain's Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano then holed an eight-foot birdie putt on the last, one of three he made over the final four holes, to tie with Kim. Their half point making it 6 1/2-4 1/2 and leaving Europe within sight of victory. But the Asians fought back and Japan's Yoshinori Fujimoto, who had been three down after 11 holes, rifled in a sharp approach to the last to overhaul German Marcel Siem and win 1-up to give the hosts their first victory of the day. China's Wu Ashan should have added a second as he led Italian Edoardo Molinari by three after 13 holes but the Italian fought back to claim a precious half point and make it 7-6.
loS AnGeleS: Amir Khan of britain celebrates his 10th round knockout of carlos molina of the uS during their wbc Silver Super lightweight title.
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RITAIN'S Amir Khan defeated previously unbeaten American Carlos Molina in a light-welterweight showdown, returning the Englishman to the world title scene after back-to-back losses. After watching Khan batter Molina for most of the fight, referee Jack Reiss on Saturday halted the bout following the 10th round as Molina's cornermen asked him to end the lopsided contest. “You could see the way I was fighting,
Amir stops molina in light-welterweight showdown
more patiently,” Khan said. “At times he did catch me. I just composed myself, stuck with the game plan, stayed with it and kept my composure.” A week after his 26th birthday, Khan dominated with superior handspeed and was seldom tested in improving to 27-3 with his 19th early stoppage and first victory since stopping Zab Judah in July of last year. Hometown hero Molina, 27, fell to 17-1 with one draw. Khan was stopped in the fourth round last July by American Danny Garcia in a showdown for two world titles after a con-
troversial loss to US fighter Lamont Peterson last December. Garcia, who watched from ringside, will defend his world titles against compatriot Judah in February. But Khan hopes for a rematch with Garcia after that. “I'm ready for Danny Garcia anywhere, any time, any place,” Khan said. “He was lucky. He caught me with a good shot.” Khan opened a cut over the left eye of Molina in the opening seconds and the Englishman pressed the attack against his smaller rival with jabs and quick combinations. After trading punches, Khan would
walk to reposition himself for his next attack, a patient strategy instilled upon him by new trainer Virgil Hunter, who Khan began working with eight weeks ago after dumping Manny Pacquiao cornerman Freddie Roach. “He's teaching me how to understand boxing,” Khan said. “If I'm using my speed properly, there's nobody in the world who can beat me. “I get too ballsy for my own good. But now with Virgil I'm sticking behind that jab and staying patient.” Round after round, Khan got the best of nearly every exchange as a bloodied Molina refused to back down but struggled to even test Khan's defences.
UPSETS OF THE YEAR Comment SABA AzIz Tennis is no stranger to upsets. As unexpected as inevitable, they are what many fans love, the media longs for and the players fear the most. Each year we come across a David-beats-Goliath type episode, when a virtual unknown beats all odds and a far superior opponent to shock the sporting world. While some upsets may just be the case of a loss of form on a seeded player’s part, others are a result of a truly inspired performance by the underdog. Whatever the nature or the cause, matches like these are what make headlines. Let us take a look at five of the biggest upsets of 2012. lukas Rosol d Rafael Nadal 6-7(9), 64, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4, wimbledon, second round Lukas Rosol, a name unheard of even in Czech Republic, before the start of this year’s Wimbledon Championships, became the talk of the All England Club after his shock defeat of the two-time champion and world number 2. In one of the greatest upsets in Grand Slam tennis history, the 100 ranked Rosol, as if under a trance, blew the Spaniard off the court in front of a bewildered Centre Court crowd, thanks to a blend of some monstrous hitting and freakishly accurate serving. The Spaniard suffered his earliest exit at a Grand Slam since 2005 and looked out of sorts against a man making his Wimbledon debut. Rosol, however, could not replicate his impeccable form and was brought back down to earth 48 hours later. The 26 year-old Czech lost in the next round to the German Kohlschreiber and went on
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to compile a mere 6 tour-level match wins for the rest of the season. As for Nadal, unfortunately, this was to be his last match of the season. Virginie Razzano d serena williams 46, 7-6(5), 6-3, French Open, first round It was the match that turned Serena’s year around, quite literally. The events that unfolded that afternoon in Paris were beyond an average tennis fan’s imagination. You really had to see it to believe it. Seeded fifth and 17-0 on clay this year, Serena was coming into the year’s second Grand Slam as a heavy favorite. Having never lost in the first round of a Grand Slam on 46 previous occasions, there was little to suggest that run coming to a halt. The Frenchwoman, however, had other ideas. A set and 5-1 up in the tiebreak, the American looked well on her way to a routine first round win, until she choked. Yes, there really is no other way of explaining it. In mysterious fashion, the 2002 champion, just 2 points away from victory, lost a string of 6 points to concede the 2nd set, before self-destructing to a 0-5 deficit in the third. It was painful to watch a champion of Serena’s caliber falter the way she did. Yet there was more drama to come. Serena poised herself and fought back to make it 3-5. Then there was that epic last game, nearly 20-minutes long, comprising of 12 deuces. Both women battling nerves, squandered many opportunities, before Williams finally drove a backhand long on the 8th match point to give her 111th ranked opponent the match. It was poetic justice for the Frenchwoman as a year ago tragedy struck Razzano when her coach and fiancé, Stephane Vidal, succumbed to cancer on the eve of Roland Garros. For Serena, though, there was no looking back.
Jerzy Janowicz d Andy Murray, 5-7, 76(4), 6-2, paris Masters, third round There was a Polish invasion of the French capital in November and Scotland’s Andy Murray was one of the victims. In a dream run to the final, qualifier Janowicz took care of some handy players, his biggest scalp being world number 3 Murray. The two had last met in Davis Cup with the Scot comfortably winning in straights sets, but three years on, it was a completely different story. With a set up and a match point in hand, it was one that Murray let slip away. And it wasn’t the first time the British number 1 had let something like this happen to him this year. Since his US Open triumph, this was the third time that Murray had conceded defeat from match point up. True, the
Scot has a habit of going walk about in his matches, but spare a thought for the 6’8’’ qualifier from Lodz. He capitalized when he saw an opening and played some sublime tennis in the third, mixing huge serves with deft touch. Martin Klizan d Jo-wilfried Tsonga, 6-4, 1-6, 6-1, 6-3, Us Open, second round The 23 year old Klizan, who had gradually seen his ranking go up this year, recorded the biggest win of his career when he ousted the fifth seeded Frenchman at the US Open. The 52nd ranked Slovak remarkably pushed Tsonga behind the baseline with his forceful play. It was a sluggish performance by the Frenchman, who was expected to make a good run here in New
York. laura Robson d Kim Clijsters, 7-6(4), 7-6(5), Us Open, second round As one career ends, another one takes off. In her farewell US Open, the threetime champion alarmingly fell at the hands of British teenager Robson. The world number 89, never having got past the second round of a Grand Slam before, was able to overpower her childhood role model in her last competitive match. The surprise loss snapped Clijster’s 22-match winning streak here at the Open, her last defeat coming in 2003. As disappointing as it was to say goodbye to the crowd favorite Belgian, it was refreshing to see a talented new youngster come of age on tennis’ biggest stage.
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Vettel and Schumacher win race of champions again NEwSDESK Germany, represented by Formula One world champions Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher, won the Race of Champions team crown for the sixth successive year in Bangkok on Saturday. The event, which pits winners from various motorsport series competing in identical cars and being held at the Thai capital's Rajamangala stadium for the first time, saw Germany comfortably beat the French pairing of F1 driver Romain Grosjean and rally driver Sebastien Ogier by two heats to nil in the final. "Even Michael hasn't managed six titles in a row before so this is something special," said Vettel, who will be aiming for the individual title on Sunday. Schumacher, winner of a record seven Formula One championships including five in a row for Ferrari, said he and Vettel would be defending the title again next year. "For sure we're going to be here, that's a must," said the 43-yearold, who retired from Formula One for the second time in November.
redknapp hopeful qPr can stay up
Sergio Garcia produced a stunning round of 61 to win the rain-shortened Iskandar Johor Open in Malaysia by three strokes while Thaworn Wiratchant won the Asian
Queens Park Rangers can escape relegation from the Premier League if they can keep on banking points after taking their first win of the season on Saturday, according to manager Harry Redknapp. QPR beat west London rivals Fulham 21 at home to end a record run of 16 matches without a win, becoming the last club in any of England's four soccer divisions to win a match this season. The victory moved the Loftus Road club off the bottom of the league with 10 points from 17 games, one more than Reading who are at home to Arsenal on Monday. Redknapp compared the situation to Portsmouth, the side he led to safety in 2006 after their Premier League survival had looked doomed. "It reminded me a little bit of when I want back to Portsmouth," he told reporters after the game. "I'll never forget we were dead and buried and we played Man City at home. It was 1-1 and Pedro Mendes hit one from 30 yards into the top corner in the 92nd minute.
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Next year’s US Open has been extended by a day to allow the men’s final to be played on a Monday, with the women’s final pushed from Saturday to Sunday. The schedule change means players contesting the finals can enjoy a rest day ahead of their title deciders. A decision about the 2014 schedule will probably be made after the 2013 event. US Tennis Association spokesman Chris Widmaier said: “We listened to the players and understood their request for an extra day’s rest.” Rain has forced the USTA to postpone the men’s final from its scheduled Sunday slot to Monday for the last five years. Some top male players — including Roger Federer — have complained that the tournament, held in New York, was the sport’s only major that held the semi-finals and final on consecutive days. US Open men’s champion Andy Murray said he was pleased organisers had taken on board the players’ concerns, while 2012 women’s champion Serena Williams believed the changes would make the tournament “stronger than it’s ever been for all players”. Widmaier added: “The day of rest is being embraced across the board. “Because of the nature of the game, and to assure a final that can be played at the highest competitive level, you need an extra day of rest. We recognised that.”
uation with my daughters and my wife is. I still like to travel, but also enjoy being at home. I’m so happy,” Federer added.
After a two-game series against del Potro, the Swiss tennis player heads to Colombia to play Jo-Wilfried Tsonga December 15.
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Tour’s Order of Merit title. Spaniard Garcia, 32, finished the tournament - which took place over three rounds due to stormy weather on Friday - on 18 under for his second victory of 2012. He birdied seven of the first nine
Garcia wins shortened Iskandar Johor Open
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BUENOS AIRES ENNIS superstar and world No 2 Roger Federer believes that Argentine top-ranked player Juan Martin del Potro possesses the talent that can vault him to No 1 spot in the world rankings. “He is already among the best, now he just has to train hard and stay on the same path,” said Federer, who was in Argentina to play two exhibition games against del Potro. “He was No 4, he’s now 7, but he could be No 1. Sometimes the difference is in the small details,” he added. Federer made the assessment after he was beaten, 3-6 6-3 6-4, by Del Potro in the first exhibition game. The Swiss tennis superstar boasts of a 13-4 record against del Potro but the Argentine has won their last two matches, not counting the exhibition game. Del Potro beat Federer in Basel final before emerging triumphant at the ATP World Tour Finals. The Argentine also won his first Grand Slam title at the 2009 US Open by beating Federer, 3-6 7-6(5) 4-6 76(4), 6-2. A year later, del Potro suffered a wrist injury, causing him to miss most of the 2010 season and lose ground in the world ranking. However, del Potro bounced back and regained his status as one of the world’s top ten players. Meanwhile, Federer also revealed that in 20 years, he could still be involved in tennis in one way or another, possibly as coach. “I do not know. I’ll see what the sit-
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holes then another four in a row on the back nine, despite a rain delay halfway through them. American Jonathan Moore signed for a 61 to finish second, a stroke ahead of Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee (65). Thaworn, 45, shot a 65 to tie for fifth at 11 under and win the overall Asian Tour title for a second time. His closest Merit challenger, Marcus Fraser of Australia, closed with a 72. "I didn’t feel any pressure because there was only one competitor – Marcus Fraser. I put in a lot of effort and focus to win this year so I’m very happy that I finished as number one," said Thaworn. "I never thought I could win the Order of Merit at this age. I just enjoy playing week by week and meeting my friends on Tour. I’m quite happy with that." He earns a five-year exemption on the Asian Tour and also gains exemptions into the Open Championship and WGCCadillac Championship next season.
Gael Clichy has told his team-mates to forget last season's title glory and roll up their sleeves for a fight. The France international helped City to a battling 3-1 Barclays Premier League victory at Newcastle on Saturday to ensure they maintained pace with arch-rivals Manchester United who are six points clear at the top of the table. Clichy told City TV: "The only thing we have been missing this year is probably a bit of spirit. From last season, people expect more from us - our fans, ourselves. Last season was a great season, but like the manager says, we have to put this behind us and start to work." Visitors City had to summon up all their considerable reserves to see themselves over the finishing line after the Magpies launched a concerted fightback, and Clichy believes that same spirit will serve them well as they attempt to defend their status as top dogs not only in Manchester, but in England. Clichy added: "This could be an example for everyone because the work-rate was unbelievable from the players up front to the defenders and (keeper) Joe (Hart). That's the spirit we have to have.
i never saw Armstrong dope: Ferrari PARIS AGENCIES
Lance Armstrong's former doctor Michele Ferrari on Friday insisted he had never seen the disgraced seven-time Tour de France winner dope. Ferrari, who like the American has been banned for life by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), also said that he had virtually no relationship with the other cyclists who accused him of being at the centre of the scandal. "I've never seen any doping practice from Lance Armstrong. I never heard something about that. He never asked me for information about doping," Ferrari told Al Jazeera. "My relationship with some teammates of Lance Armstrong was very, very short and occasional. It was not strict. There are six riders who accused
me, but these riders, I didn't have any relationship, any consulting with these guys." Ferrari believes he is the victim of a
conspiracy and that his accusers were prepared to make him a scapegoat in order to ease any sanctions they might face. "What I can say about the USADA investigation is that there is no evidence, in particular no evidence against me, but I can say also there is no smoking gun about the investigations," said the 59year-old Italian. "I can suppose that some of these athletes, the federal investigation was able to demonstrate their doping practice, which they organised by themselves, and to save themselves, they agreed with the USADA investigation." Armstrong, 41, was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned from the sport for life in October after the USADA produced evidence of widespread doping by him and his former teammates.
Russian cycling team files suit over World tour refusal MOsCOw: Russian cycling team Katusha has filed a suit in the Court of Arbitration for Sport against the International Cycling Union's refusal of its application for the 2013 World Tour. A brief statement on the team's website Saturday says the UCI was practicing a "policy of isolation." The UCI declined the team's application on Monday without revealing its reasons. The team includes top-ranked World Tour rider Joaquim Rodriguez of Spain and must now rely on wild-card invitations to the Tour de France and other races. The team pledged to stick with its plans for 2013 under new general manager Viatcheslav Ekimov, the three-time Olympic champion and former U.S. Postal Service rider. AGENCIES
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KiRKUK: Bombings against two Shia places of worship in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk killed five people on Sunday, while an attack on a Kurdish political office left two dead, police and doctors said. Two car bombs and seven roadside bombs targeted two Shia places of worship, known as husseiniyahs, in Kirkuk, one in the city’s north and another in its south, killing a total of five people and injuring 14, a senior police officer said, adding that the attacks occurred around 1630 GMT. A doctor from Kirkuk general hospital confirmed the toll. Earlier in the day, a car bomb exploded at the local headquarters of Iraqi President Jalal Talabani’s Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) party in the town of Jalawla in the province of Diyalah, after a number of people seeking to join the Kurdish peshmerga security forces had gathered, a police officer said. The blast in Jalawla, which like Kirkuk lies in disputed territory, killed two recruits and wounded 13, the officer and a doctor at Jalawla Hospital said. AgenCieS
rECOllECTING lIfE: A child looks through the rubble of his house destroyed during the Taliban rocket attack on peshawar airport. OnLine
Egyptians hand Islamists narrow win in constitution vote CAIRO AGENCIES
GYPTIANS voted in favour of a constitution shaped by Islamists but opposed by other groups who fear it will divide the Arab world’s biggest nation, officials in rival camps said on Sunday after the first round of a two-stage referendum. Next week’s second round is likely to give another “yes” vote as it includes districts seen as more sympathetic towards Islamists, analysts say, meaning the constitution would be approved. But the narrow win so far gives Islamist President Mohamed Mursi only limited grounds for celebration by showing the wide rifts in a country where he needs to build a consensus for tough economic reforms. The Muslim
Brotherhood’s party, which propelled Mursi to office in a June election, said 56.5 percent backed the text. Official results are not expected until after the next round. While an opposition official conceded the “yes” camp appeared to have won the first round, the opposition National Salvation Front said in a statement that voting abuses meant a rerun was needed - although it did not explicitly challenge the Brotherhood’s vote tally. Rights groups reported abuses such as polling stations opening late, officials telling people how to vote and bribery. They also criticised widespread religious campaigning which portrayed “no” voters as heretics. A joint statement by seven human rights groups urged the referendum’s organisers “to avoid these mistakes in the second stage of the referendum and to restage the
first phase again”. Mursi and his backers say the constitution is vital to move Egypt’s democratic transition forward. Opponents say the basic law is too Islamist and tramples on minority rights, including those of Christians who make up 10 percent of the population. The build-up to Saturday’s vote was marred by deadly protests. Demonstrations erupted when Mursi awarded himself extra powers on November 22 and then fast-tracked the constitution through an assembly dominated by his Islamist allies.However, the vote passed off calmly with long queues in Cairo and several other places, though unofficial tallies indicated turnout was around a third of the 26 million people eligible to vote this time. The vote was staggered because many judges needed to oversee polling staged a boycott in protest.
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indian pM links pakistan visit to concrete probe NEw DELHI ONlINE
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has made it plain that his visit to Pakistan would materialise only if there is substantive action against the Mumbai attack masterminds, Indian media on Sunday reported the inside news of Singh’s meeting with Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik. Reports said Singh put across his views when responding to Malik’s reiteration of a pending invitation, saying he was answerable to the Indian public on the delay in bringing the 26/11 guilty to justice. However, Malik told reporters upon his arrival in Pakistan that Singh had accepted the invitation. He told reporters that during his visit, he raised the issue of Indian interference in Balochistan. The interior minister had called on Singh on Saturday morning and brought up Presi-
dent Asif Ali Zardari’s earlier invitation to Singh to visit Pakistan, particularly to Singh’s native Gah village in Chakwal. Malik quoted Singh as having told him, “My people here ask what you have done for the people who suffered during 26/11 attacks.” The interior minister said he sought to assure Singh that the 26/11 trial would be put on the fast track once the second Pakistan judicial commission completed its proposed visit to India to cross-examine 26/11 witnesses here. In fact, he later told news agency ANI in an interview that the 26/11 proceedings could conclude within two to three months of the judicial commission completing its investigation. The interior minister’s controversy-hit visit to India saw Singh meeting him for a brief 15 minutes, sufficient to complete courtesies and have tea.
5 more terrorists killed No alliance with as forces clear Peshawar PML-N: Shujaat DADU/LARKANA
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Another five terrorists who launched the brazen attack on PAF Peshawar airbase on Saturday were killed in gun battle with the security forces, as troops declared the Fawakai area of the city clear of terrorists on Sunday afternoon. Two suspected people were also arrested during the search and clearance operation. Joint contingents of police and the military conducted a search and clearance operation in the area adjacent to the Bacha Khan International Airport, the site of Saturday’s attack. Ten people, including five civilians and five militants, had been killed and over 42 injured in rocket and suicide attack on the airport claimed by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan. According to the security official all the five militants were Uzbek nationals, however, witness said four were speaking an unfamiliar language, while one spoke Pashto. The search teams raided an underconstruction house on a tip off that some of the fleeing militants had taken shelter in the building in Fawakai area, a kilometre away from Peshawar airport. Residents had also contacted police about the presence of militants. Police cordoned off the area and roads leading to the area and
launched a police raid on the compound, killing three militants in an exchange of fire. Two others blew themselves up with explosives. A police official was killed and two others injured when the militants opened fired and hurled hand grenades at the troops. Information Minister Main Iftikhar Hussain said police raided a house where terrorists were hiding. “Police killed three terrorists while the remaining two blew themselves up.” “Our police performed excellently and failed the militants’ attempts,” he remarked. The information minister said three suicide jackets were recovered from the compound and were defused later. The ISPR said the operation had been completed successfully and all five militants in hiding had been killed. It also said the militants killed on Sunday were Uzbeks. Residents said labours had found the men hiding in the under-construction house when they arrived for work early in the morning. The deceased police official was identified as Sareer Ahmad, while two others were injured in a hand grenade explosion. Authorities said they had collected samples from the bodies of the terrorists who attacked the Peshawar airport and they would be sent to Lahore for DNA tests.
Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain on Sunday said there was no possibility of an alliance between the PML-Q and PML-N. Shujaat was talking to reporters before leading mammoth party rallies in Dadu and Larkana on Sunday. Addressing the rallies, the PML-Q chief said Kalabagh Dam issue should be buried as consensus could not be achieved over it, adding that focus should now be on alternate sources of energy. “Those who talk about building a consensus on Kalabagh Dam are telling lies. No consensus could be reached on the issue for the last 30 years,” he said, adding that he would not allow the division of Sindh. He also complained about non-compliance of his party’s proposals regarding Balochistan. Talking to reporters earlier, Shujaat said the PML-Q would surprise everyone in the next election. He said the PPP-PML-Q alliance will remain intact and hinted at alliance with other PML factions in country as well. Shujaat dismissed speculations that elections would be postponed and made it clear that they would be held on time. PML-Q Central Secretary General Mushahid Hussain Syed said the last election proved that the PML-Q was the second largest political party with major seats in four provinces. “So the PML-Q has reputable track to lead the country.” Mushahid said the PML-Q enjoyed good relations with the PML-F and other factions in of Pakistan Muslim League in Sindh, so there was a possibility to meet and come to any conclusion while sitting with Pir Pagara. Mushahid called on the people of Sindh to vote for the PML-Q instead of PML-N to prove loyalty with the leaders of their own province.
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United States (US) President Barack Obama is expected to nominate Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry to succeed Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, sources said. Kerry, the Democratic nominee for president in 2004 and a stalwart Obama supporter had been widely tipped as the likely candidate for the position after US ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice
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withdrew from contention last week. The announcement of Kerry’s nomination could come as early as mid-week, according to one source, although it could also be delayed to avoid the impression of a hasty return to politics following the tragic shooting at a Connecticut elementary school on Friday. The source said the White House is leaning towards unveiling Kerry’s nomination as part of a high-profile package that would also include his pick for defense secretary. Editor: Arif Nizami