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Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has constituted a fact-finding committee on Rawalpindi incident. Najam Saeed will head the body. The committee will pinpoint the people involved in the incident and also name the officials responsible for negligence in administrative and security measures and submit its report to the Punjab chief minister within seven days. The committee has been asked to point out any negligence or laxity demonstrated by the city administration. It will also recommend steps to prevent such incidents in the future. The CM earlier chaired a meeting to review the situation arising out of the Rawalpindi tragedy. He said culprits involved in Rawalpindi tragedy would be brought to justice. The meeting analysed the tragedy from different angles. Shahbaz vowed that culprits involved in the tragedy would be brought to justice. Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, provincial minister Col (r) Shuja Khanzada, the Punjab chief secretary, the inspector general and other officials attended the meeting. The meeting analyzed the tragedy from different angles. Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan‚ Provincial Minister Colonel (r) Shujja Khanzada‚ Chief Secretary Punjab‚ Inspector General Punjab and other high officials attended the meeting. The violence, erupted in Raja Bazaar area on Ashura, has left at least nine people dead and over 50 others wounded. Cellular phone services have been blocked in the city for an indefinite period. Pakistan Army personnel patrolled the city streets after a curfew was imposed. Meanwhile, a three-member delegation of clerics called on Shahbaz and discussed the post-Ashura incident situation. The clerics Hanif Jalandhri, Ahmed Ludhianvi and Abul Khair Azad demanded that the government compensate the victim families and traders of the Madina Market. They also urged the government to bear expenses to repair their seminary.
NTeRIOR Minister Nisar Ali Khan on Sunday announced the government would initiate legal proceedings under Article 6 against former military dictator Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf – an action which may add a new chapter in the country’s chequered history. Pakistan saw four martial laws imposed by military dictators from 1960s to 1999, with General Ayub Khan, General Yahya Khan, General Ziaul Haq and General Musharraf overthrowing democratic governments and introducing martial laws. However, none of the dictators was tried under Article 6 introduced by former prime minister and PPP founder ZA Bhutto in year 1973. The PML-N government has also decided not to try Musharraf for his military takeover of 1999, rather they are going to take action against the general for the emergency he enforced eight years later, in November 2007. Addressing a crowded press conference at the Punjab House, Nisar claimed that a probe committee of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had also been formed to implement the Supreme
FIA TEAM TO BE ANNOUNCED IN A DAY OR TWO TO INVESTIGATE SHARIFS, OTHERS IN ASGHAR KHAN CASE Court order in Asghar Khan case under which Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his brother Shahbaz Sharif, among others, have been accused of receiving dirty money from the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) to rig the general elections of 1990. However, it seems almost impossible that a committee working under minister for interior would question and investigate among others, a sitting prime minister and his brother, a sitting chief minister of the largest province of the country, who have long been blamed for allegedly implementing a polls rigging plan with illicit money. “The FIA inquiry committee [on Musharraf] completed its report on November 16 and the same was submitted to the government a day ago. The government would formally submit a complaint with the Supreme Court chief justice on Monday (today) seeking formation of a (judicial) commission to investigate the imposition of emergency on November 3, 2007 by General Musharraf,” the minister said, adding that honest officers FIA comprised the inquiry team. He said now the chief justice of Pakistan would be requested to appoint three judges of high courts to form a commission to hear the case against General (r) Musharraf. “The
government would also name its (public) prosecutor on Monday (today) to represent the government in the case. Musharraf would be answerable before the nation and the law for his actions”. Nisar reiterated that there should not be an iota of doubt of settling personal scores by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif against General (r) Musharraf as the former had forgiven the latter for overthrowing his government in October 1999. “The PM has no personal bitterness against Musharraf. But abrogating the constitution and detaining respected judges and their families and manhandling judges could not be forgiven,” he added. ensuring transparency, Nisar said neither he nor anyone else had influenced the FIA’s investigation committee which had completed its inquiry. He added that despite Musharraf’s reluctance to facilitate the inquiry committee, the government had enough evidence about November 3 actions that would help the court proceedings. Asked whether the armed forces leadership had resisted the government’s action against Musharraf, Nisar said the armed forces were fully cooperating with the government. “The army has been supportive of the government since (May) elections, let alone resistance. From earthquake to law and order issues, the army has been supportive,” he added. To a question whether any friendly state had sought favours for Musharraf, Nisar said there should be no doubt in presence of the independent judiciary that anyone could influence the case proceedings. He said that attorney general for Pakistan would also oppose any request to remove General (r) Musharraf’s name from the exit control list (eCL) as the proceedings would be on under Article 6 against Musharraf.
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Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Pervaiz Rashid has said that the government will cooperate with the elements working for peace across the country. Talking to a private television channel on Sunday, the minister said that the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PMLN) government would cooperate with those people who were playing a positive role in the society. Pervaiz Rashid said the Rawalpindi incident was very tragic
wherein several persons lost their lives. Pervaiz Rashid said Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had already ordered a judicial inquiry to arrive at a conclusion and those found responsible would be made to face the law of the land. Replying to a question regarding appointment of the army chief, he said: “We should wait for the decision of the prime minister regarding army chief’s appointment. It will be made according to the constitution,” he added. To another question, he said: “we were going to hold talks with the representatives and groups of Taliban for the purpose of peace.” Pervaiz said the interior minister was the focal person for conducting dialogue with the Taliban. In reply to a question, he said the prime minister had
to fulfill his national responsibilities and his participation in the Commonwealth Summit was meant to represent Pakistan at the international level. He said a number of innocent people had lost their lives due to terrorism and the country had suffered a lot. The minister said Pakistan was taking into consideration the concerns of international community which must be reciprocated. A democratically-elected government was working for the betterment and solidarity of the country and all the citizens must also work for peace, brotherhood and harmony, he added. The people should also uphold and work for strengthening the constitution and supremacy of law, he further c o m mented.
Musharraf saysready tofacetrial ISLAMABAD: Former president Pervez Musharraf on Sunday termed the government’s announcement to try him under Article 6 a desperate attempt to divert attention of people from Rawalpindi riots. According to All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) sources, Musharraf has decided to courageously face the trail. He said that he had faced other cases against him in the courts and will face this trial as well in the same way. Sources said Musharraf watched the press conference of Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan at his farmhouse in Shahzad Town along with his wife Sehba Musharraf, daughter Dr Ayla and son Bilal. Musharraf said that the Rawalpindi incident has revealed the inability of the federal and provincial government to control the law and order and the whole press conference was arranged against him to hide the government’s failure. He said that such accusations could not break him and force him to leave the country. INP Asked whether or not the government would initiate inquiry against the prime minister and others under the court verdict in Asghar Khan Case announced last year, Nisar said he had already directed the FIA DG to form a team of three honest officers to probe the matter.
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Opposition parties have decided Sunday to discuss the Rawalpindi tragedy in both houses of Parliament and is expected that to submit adjournment motion in National Assembly and Senate today (Monday). Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaf (PTI), Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Awami National Party (ANP), Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) and Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PMLQ) have decided to discuss the incident in detail in the parliament. Sources said all major political parties decided to submit an adjournment motion against the sectarian clash in Rawalpindi and demanded that the government catch the culprits involved in the massacre and bring them to justice, so that the country may no further fall prey to the fire of sectarianism, sources added. Moreover, sources added that the mentioned political parties asked the government to pay compensation to heirs of all those who were martyred or injured and to those whose shops were set on fire.
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Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time — Thomas A. Edison
Monday, 18 November, 2013
RAWALPINDI : Mourners carry the coffin of a victim of sectarian violence during a funeral ceremony at Liaqat Bagh. INP
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He government has decided to lift the curfew from Rawalpindi after security forces restored peace in the city, a private TV channel reported on Sunday. According to the Interior Ministry, all markets would re-open today (Monday). However, the ministry also said security forces would stay in the affected parts of the city. The government had earlier announced to relax the curfew from 7:30pm until 12 midnight. Now the government has decided not to re-impose the curfew. The Punjab government imposed curfew in different parts of Rawalpindi including Potohar Town, Rawal Town, Raja bazar, Cantonment areas after violent clashes between two groups and the curfew will remain in
place unless the situation is improved, an official said. earlier, Islamabad’s sensitive Red Zone was sealed off on Sunday following the clash in neighbouring Rawalpindi which left nine people dead on Muharram 10. According to reports, authorities took this added measure after reports of arrangements being made for a protest in the Red Zone following the funerals of those killed in the Rawalpindi clash. Containers were placed to block entry points to the Red Zone, which houses the Presidency, the Prime Minister’s House, the PM’s Secretariat and the Parliament House, along with the diplomatic enclave. Separately, funeral prayers of three people killed in Rawalpindi clashes were held in Liaquat Bagh. The prayers were led by JUI-S chief Samiul Haq. Other clerics present were Fazlur Rehman Khalil and Hafeez Jalandhri. Clerics on the occasion advised the
people to remain calm and disperse peacefully after the prayers. Strict security arrangements were made on the occasion. Separately, the Punjab government appealed to the citizens of Rawalpindi to remain indoors as there was no relaxation in the curfew. A Punjab government’s spokesman said besides curfew Section 144 is also imposed in the city. The spokesman also said no one is allowed to hold public gathering in Liaquat Bagh and other areas. Authorities imposed a curfew in the city of Rawalpindi, where sectarian clashes on Friday left nine people dead and more than 60 injured, and spawned retaliatory violence in at least two other cities. Sources said that the administration was making efforts to calm the situation down with the help of clerics and other notables. Authorities have extended the curfew for another 24 hours, officials said. According to reports, administration
fears that violence could erupt again. Tension is still prevailing in different areas of the city while people are also being forced to stay indoors to avoid any untoward incident. The law enforcement agencies arrested eight suspected persons on Saturday in various areas of the city. The clashes between the two groups erupted when a procession of Muharram 10 was on its way through Fawara Chowk. A group of miscreants at 3pm reportedly snatched guns from police personnel and opened fire, sources said. The panic spread and the unknown miscreants set a portion of the cloth market in Raja Bazar on fire. The situation soon got out of control and sensing the gravity of the situation, the Rawalpindi commissioner and the inspector general of police had requested the authorities to impose a curfew. The law enforcers also placed containers in Faizabad and blocked Murree Road while security has been heightened at all worship places of the city.
TALIBAN BLOW THE WAR BUGLE
The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) have warned that the next few days and weeks will be “disastrous” for the country as the banned outfit vowed to “teach” the government and its security agencies “a lesson” over the killing of its leader
Hakimullah Mehsud in a US drone strike. Claiming the responsibility for the attack on a military convoy near Bannu on Saturday, spokesman Shahidullah Shahid said, “We have started our campaign with a suicide attack on military officials. It was the first attack of a series we have planned against the government and its armed forces to avenge the killing of our ameer
Hakimullah Mehsud. We will teach a lesson to the Pakistani government for helping the US kill our leader.” Seven people, including three personnel of the Tochi Scouts, a wing of the paramilitary Frontier Corps, two policemen and two civilians, were injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up in Bannu on Saturday. The Taliban spokesman said they had
already sent their suicide bombers to different parts of the country to target top government and military officials and the leadership of the PPP, ANP and MQM. “The leadership of the three political parties justified the killing of Hakimullah Mehsud and that’s why they deserved to be killed,” he maintained. Mehsud was killed on November 1 in a CIA drone strike in the lawless North Waziristan tribal region. Meanwhile, Ahmad Ali Inteqami, claiming to be the TTP Rawalpindi’s division leader, threatened the Taliban will soon target the Rawalpindi DIG and DC for their alleged support to the attackers in Rawalpindi on Friday. “We will target these two government officials within three days as they patronised the Fawwara Chowk attack in Rawalpindi. We will teach them a lesson,” the TTP leader said. He urged the ‘Ulema’ in Pakistan to support the TTP in the aftermath of this incident. “The blood of the innocents shed will not go wasted,” he said.
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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan, keeping in view the grave security situation in the country, has announced to postpone a sit-in against drone strikes from November 20 to November 23. “This is not a cancellation but a postponement in response to the sensitivities of our people and the acute security situation prevailing in the country,” Khan explained, according to the PTI’s Media Cell. Meanwhile, the PTI and its coalition partners also announced to put off the planned sit-in. The announcement was made by the Jamaat-e-Islami general secretary and other leaders at a press conference in Peshawar after a consultation meeting of the KP government’s coalition partners. They announced that the next strategy would be announced within 24 hours. They said that a two-member committee has been formed to contact other parties and convince them to join the sit-in. “So far, the sitin against NATO supplies delayed for couple of days and next date will be announced in 24 hours with consultation,” JI General Secretary Shabbir Ahmad Khan told Pakistan Today.
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Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice Umar Atta Bandial has constituted a judicial commission to probe the Rawalpindi mayhem on Ashura. Justice Mamoon Rashid Shaikh, a LHC Judge, will head the commission. The LHC chief justice formed the commission on the request of the Punjab government. Sectarian clashes in Rawalpindi on Friday left nine people dead and more than 60 injured, spawning retaliatory violence in at least two other cities. The army was called in Saturday to quell the sectarian unrest in three cities of Punjab.
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Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe ― Albert Einstein
NEWS Monday, 18 November, 2013
us,afghanistancirculatedraftofbsaaheadofjirga THE ACCORD WILL INDEFINITELY EXTEND THE US MILITARY PRESENCE IN AFGHANISTAN BEYOND NEXT YEAR’S COMBAT TROOPS WITHDRAWAL WASHINGTON SPeCIAl CORReSPONDeNt
H e Washington Post reported on Sunday that the United States and Afghanistan have circulated a completed draft of a
Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) that will indefinitely extend the US military presence in Afghanistan beyond next year’s combat troops withdrawal, and they expect to sign the document by the end of the year, according to congressional and Obama administration officials.
A report in the newspaper said the agreement resolves the issue of “immunity” for US troops from Afghan prosecution — a sticking point in negotiations — by stipulating that the United States will have exclusive legal jurisdiction over American military personnel and Defense Department civilians working with them. At the same time, it makes clear that no one is exempted from prosecution for wrongdoing, according to a senior administration official. “That has been one of
the hardest issues — how to translate the concept” of legal jurisdiction into Pashto or Dari, the two Afghan languages, said the official, who was not authorised to discuss the negotiations for attribution. Afghan President Hamid Karzai has declined to offer specifics about the agreement, but officials said the roughly two-dozen-page accord falls well short of his demand that the United States commit to protecting Afghan territory against any outside attack, a condition that would have required a
Senate-ratified treaty, the Post reported. Instead, it expresses a strong US interest in Afghanistan’s stability and security, and promises consultation and consideration of unspecified assistance. In a preamble, the document repeats language from a broader strategic partnership agreement signed last year in which the United States pledged not to use Afghan territory or facilities “as a launching point for attacks against other countries.” But that language is not expected to prohibit US drone strikes against al-
swatlhws protestaGainst unpaidwaGes SWAT: Lady Health Workers (LHWs) in Swat valley refused to take part in antipolio campaign starting on Monday (today). Swat LHW President Naheed Bibi told reporters that they have decided not to take part in the drive as they have not been paid for the last three months. “We have been left in a financial crisis since the stoppage of our pay. The government has knowingly pushed us into famine, despite the fact that we have assisted them during every health crisis,” she said. Speaking of LHW’s participation in the antidengue campaign, she said, “Some of our workers caught dengue fever during the job and died, but the government did not even compensate them.” She said their families were bearing the burden due to the government’s apathy. “We announce to boycott the anti-dengue campaign and also the mother and child health week until our salaries are released,” Naheed warned. HAROON SIRAJ
Qaeda and other insurgent groups in neighboring Pakistan, the report interpreted. According to the report, the US administration began briefing lawmakers on the accord late last week. Beginning Thursday, its terms will be considered by up to 3,000 tribal elders and civil leaders as part of a multi-day gathering known as a loya jirga. Although some objections are likely, US officials are confident that any changes will be minor, and Karzai has said he will abide by the loya jirga’s decision. The document does not
include troop numbers for a residual US presence. President Obama is likely to announce a plan for troop levels — to be determined unilaterally by the United States — early in 2014, according to senior administration officials. The paper noted that most estimates have indicated that the administration will retain 5,000 to 10,000 US personnel in Afghanistan after the end of combat operations to advise and train local forces and conduct some counterterrorism missions.
Boeing passenger jet crashes in Russia, killing 50 MOSCOW AGeNCIeS
BANNU: Activists of PPP burring the effigy of the US president during protest against US drones attacks and NATO supply. INP
A Boeing 737 belonging to a domestic Russian airline crashed on Sunday while attempting to land at an airport in western Tatarstan, killing all 50 people on board, Russia’s emergency situations ministry said. “According to preliminary information, all the people on board the flight, 44 passengers and six crew members, were killed,” a ministry spokeswoman said. “There were no children among the passengers,” she added. The local branch of the ministry said in an earlier statement that 44 people had died when the jet, arriving from Moscow’s Domodedovo airport, crashed on landing in the city of Kazan at 7:25pm (1525 GMT). The Tatarstan Airlines plane “hit the runway and burst into flames”, Russia’s Investigative Committee said in a statement. The news agency ITAR-TASS said the plane then “exploded”,
quoting a local police source. Local news agencies reported the plane had tried to land three times before crashing. “According to preliminary information all 50 bodies of the victims were found at the scene of the crash,” said an official at the local emergency medical centre. Russian President Vladimir Putin “expressed his condolences to the relatives of the victims in this horrible disaster” and ordered a government commission be set up to investigate the cause, said Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov, quoted by the news agency Interfax. The Investigative Committee said an inquiry had been opened to determine whether there had been “violation of aviation security rules” and added that several inspectors had been sent to the scene of the crash. Pilot error was one of three preliminary lines of inquiry, along with weather conditions and technical failure, said Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin, quoted by Interfax.
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Armed militants kidnapped five levies personnel in Balochistan’s Kharan district late on Sunday. A private TV channel quoted a levies official as saying that more than a dozen armed militants opened fire at a levies checkpost in Gerdina and kidnapped five personnel. The militants also took away their weapons and vehicle. “Levies personal failed to timely respond to the militants’ assault,” he said. A large police and levies contingent reached the spot and launched a search operation in the adjoining area. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, the channel said. However the Levies official suspected that Baloch separatists operating in the area were responsible for the kidnapping. This incident has come hours after militants kidnapped six personnel of the Customs Department in Gwadar. In another incident, four rockets fired by Iranian guards landed at Pakistan’s border town of Mashkail.
The power cut out at 10pm, but Flora Paraskovich had enough charge left in her laptop to watch the gathering storm as it inched across the screen, closer and closer to her home. The 7,000 islands that make up the Philippines are regularly buffeted by high winds and rains. This time, though, the meteorologists’ warnings had alarmed the 35-year-old enough to make her rush home to Guiuan from her job nearly 100 miles away in Tacloban. Her family looked at her as though she was stupid when she arrived on Thursday evening and started packing their belongings, trying to explain to them what winds gusting to 150mph meant. It was not, she told them, just another typhoon. On Friday night, as they headed for bed, she monitored the progress of the swirling mass. Moments later, her connection was cut. The town of 45,000 people was now on its own.
Guiuan occupies a long, narrow spit on the easternmost side of the Philippines. This is where Ferdinand Magellan landed in 1521 after crossing the Pacific, and until last Friday it was a peaceful settlement that made its living from fishing and coconuts and recently from a growing number of surf tourists. But the supertyphoon that made landfall at its southern tip has left little trace of that tranquil community. “We are 100 per cent wiped out by Yolanda,” the mayor, Sheen Gonzales, told the Guardian. “It was like the end of the world.” Yolanda — known as Haiyan outside the Philippines — snapped the soaring palm trees like matchsticks. It tore off roofs, burst through windows and walls and flattened homes. Five days on, the town smells of decay. The banks, the lawyers’ offices, the pawnshop, the schools and the market are all ravaged. They are probably beyond rescue, as is the prized 17th-century Church of the
Immaculate Conception. even the funeral parlour is in ruins. Trucks lie on their sides. Power lines have been toppled. People salvage coconuts from beside the uprooted palms. Like other areas across eastern Samar province, Guiuan’s devastation has been largely overlooked. Although it was the first to suffer, its remoteness and the storm damage left it without any aid or contact for days after the typhoon struck; officials say the aid that is arriving remains entirely inadequate. “It was like a nuclear bomb struck us,” said Henry Afable, mayor of nearby Maydolong. At midnight on Friday, Paraskovich decided it was time to rouse her family. An hour or two later, the wind began to whistle, then howl. It was 4.40am when the full force of the storm smashed into the town. Paraskovich’s mother and siblings and their children had been joined by neighbours who thought their house could
withstand the gales. “We went from room to room,” said Paraskovich. When the roof started falling off, her brother had to carry their 80-year-old mother from the living room to his room. “But that faced the water, so the windows started to move. She ended up in the kitchen, under a table, sitting with a big basin covering her head while we sheltered under the sink. Most of the debris fell away from us; some came down slowly. everything was blown away, the house fell over and water came in. It was terrifying. It was not slowing down but a constant wind, getting stronger and wilder.” For three hours, the typhoon battered the town. Those who had fled to the evacuation centres were no safer. One person died in a gymnasium; others were killed by falling masonry as gusts destroyed the roof of the church. “I told my wife: be strong. If you worry, we will die,” said Segundo Carado, 56. By the time the storm ebbed, at least 87 of
Guiuan’s townsfolk were dead. “There were still tin sheets being blown around,” said Paraskovich. “Trees were cut into pieces. A few were standing, but with no more leaves left. In some places the water was up to here” — she gestured at her chin — “and most of the people were killed.”Another 23 are missing and at least 931 injured, Gonzales said as he concluded a relief co-ordination meeting in the shattered municipal offices. every window in the building is broken; the roof is collapsed on to the second floor. Gonzales is one of several officials in eastern Samar to order the evacuation of the most vulnerable areas, rather than calling on people to leave voluntarily. In nearby Maydolong, the police even had to shoot into the air to make people move. None of it was enough. “We prepared food, water, our houses, my municipal hall but in the end everything was destroyed,” said Mark Biong, the youthful mayor of another town,
Giporlos. Nine of its 15,000 residents died in the typhoon itself — most were children hit by flying debris — and three more died soon afterwards. On Wednesday morning, Biong was waiting at the airstrip at Guiuan in the hope of getting supplies. So far he had been given just 480 family packs for 6,000 affected households, he said. “I can’t deliver that ... It will just create chaos if I bring that little food for my town. People will get angry about it.” Compared to Guiuan and Tacloban, the capital of Leyte province, Giporlos had been calm, he said, but he did not know how long that would last. “It’s very little aid — and it’s already five days. Imagine how hard it is for me and my people.” The arrival of the first air force planes had calmed people, Paraskovich said. She was able to get a lift to nearby Cebu to buy medicine for her mother and hoped to return to Guiuan soon.
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Without the dark, we’d never see the stars. There also would be no use for the moon if there was never a night ― Tessa Emily Hall, Purple Moon
Monday, 18 November, 2013
AMNESTY URGES NO LET-UP IN PRESSURE ON SRI LANKA COLOMBO AGeNCIeS
Amnesty International urged Commonwealth leaders Sunday not to ease pressure on Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse to investigate war crimes after they leave a summit in Colombo Sunday. The London-based rights watchdog said Sri Lanka may regret having hosted the threeday Commonwealth summit “which has proved a PR disaster” for Colombo. “The challenge for the international community now, is to keep up the pressure on the Sri Lankan government,” Amnesty director Steve Crawshaw said in a statement. The summit was troubled even before it started, with Indian Prime Minister (PM) Manmohan Singh joining a boycott called by Canadian premier Stephen Harper to protest at Colombo’s rights record. Mauritius Prime Minister Navin Chandra Ramgoolan then dropped another bombshell by staying away and withdrawing his country’s offer to host the next summit in 2015, to protest at Sri Lanka’s hosting of this year’s gathering. Britain’s David Cameron did not join the boycott, but issued an ultimatum to Rajapakse to probe war crimes by March or risk an international investigation under the United Nations authority. “The strong words by Mauritius, Britain and others have bolstered calls for an international investigation into credible war crimes allegations,” Amnesty said. “But we need action, not just words.”
FORMER INDIAN COAS DENIES COUP STORY MUMBAI INP
Former Indian Army chief General (r) V K Singh has dismissed the story of an alleged coup attempt by Indian army in January 2012 as the product of a “very fertile brain” and said it was at “somebody’s behest”. “That (coup bid) story was at the behest of somebody,” he said. “A routine movement which is meant to test certain units for their efficiency for certain tasks, if that gets construed as coup, then God help us,” he said. The former army chief was speaking at the launch of his autobiography, “Courage and Conviction”, at the ‘Literature Live’ literary festival. Asked if it was necessary to have live missiles as part of the movement, Singh replied, “Obviously. You move with the complete ammunition. You don’t take duds with you. How will you know the timing taken to draw those missiles. How will you get the lessons,” he said. “This was a story which came out from a very “fertile” brain,” he said. “When you mobilise, then you mobilise with everything,” Singh added. To a query on the “phobia” about the armed forces in government, the retired army chief said, “This phobia or this paranoid feeling... I have talked about it in the book. There is this feeling that was there in the 1950s and 1960s, and that, over a period of time, has been utilised by various other groups, to keep the armed forces slightly away.”
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‘AFGHAN SENIOR OFFICIAL ESCAPES SUICIDE ATTACK’ A KABUL
SeNIOR official in northern Afghanistan escaped a suicide attack on Sunday as the bodies of six civilians hanged by the Taliban were found dumped by the roadside in the south, police said. The attack comes a day after a suicide bombing in capital Kabul that killed a dozen people including nine civilians in an area where thousands of tribal elders and politicians will decide on the future of US troops in the country after a NATO coalition pulls out in 2014. The attacker carrying bombs on his body jumped out of a roadside ditch and ran into the motorcade of Balkh province’s deputy governor before detonating the explosives. The deputy governor, Mohammad Zahir Wahdat, survived unhurt in his armoured vehicle but two of his body-
guards were wounded, provincial police chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi said. A civilian passer-by was killed and two other civilians were wounded, the police chief said. “The bomber was hiding in a ditch. When the governor’s motorcade slowed down for a speed bump, he jumped up and ran into the convoy while detonating,” he said. Also Sunday police found the bodies of six men on the side of a road in the southern province of Zabul. Police said they were civilian workers kidnapped last week by the Taliban in the neighbouring province of Kandahar, the centre of the Taliban insurgency. Zia-Ul Rahman Durani, the Kandahar police spokesman, said the men had been hanged before their bodies were dumped. “The Taliban killed them, accusing them of being police. They were not police, they were ordinary civilian workers,” Durani said. The Taliban, toppled from government by a US-led invasion in 2001, have waged an insurgency against the
Kabul government and foreign troops since then. Their campaign includes suicide attacks, roadside bombings and the killing of pro-government figures or anyone they accuse of helping the administration. On Saturday a Taliban suicide bomber blew himself up in Kabul in an area where thousands of tribal elders and politicians are due to meet from Thursday to discuss a security agreement with the United States. If the agreement is passed by both the jirga and parliament, between 5,000 and 10,000 US troops would stay in Afghanistan to help fight Al Qaeda remnants and train the national army. Washington had been pushing for the agreement to be signed by the end of October to allow the US-led NATO coalition to plan the withdrawal of its 75,000 combat troops by December 2014. On Sunday, Sediq Sediqqi, the interior ministry spokesman, raised the toll from that incident to 12 dead and 29 injured.
ATTACK ON POLICE STATION KILLS 11 IN CHINA BEIJING AGeNCIeS
Nine assailants wielding axes and knives were shot dead during an attack on a police station in China’s restive Xinjiang region after they killed two police officers, state media reported on Sunday. The assault took place at about 5:30pm on Saturday in the Serikbuya Township of Bachu County in Kashgar Prefecture, the official Xinhua news agency said, quoting local police. Xinhua said the attackers were armed with knives and axes and that two other police officers were also injured, apart from the two auxiliary officers who died. The agency gave no further de-
tails. But Dilxat Raxit, a spokesman for the World Uyghur Congress, a Munichbased advocacy group, said the Uighurs were protesting and that armed Chinese personnel were to blame for the violence. He said in an email that besides the deaths, “several tens” of Uighur demonstrators were arrested. “I again call on international society to take emergency measures to stop the Chinese government from directly opening fire to suppress Uighur protesters and depriving them of using legal appeals and defending their rights,” he added. The reported incident comes at a time of heightened tensions within Xinjiang following a fiery attack in Beijing’s Tiananmen
Square last month that the government blamed on “terrorists” from the province backed by international militants. Three Xinjiang Uighurs drove their car loaded with petrol canisters into the gate of the Forbidden City on October 28. The attack left two dead besides the three people in the car, and 40 injured, according to Chinese police. Beijing blamed Uighur separatists backed by the violent Islamist militant east Turkestan Islamic Movement. But the authorities have not provided any evidence to support this assertion, which has raised doubts among experts, given the amateurish nature of the attack and the lack of an established Islamic extremist foothold in China.
Chinese state-run media have reported periodic bouts of violence in Xinjiang, a vast, resource-rich region that makes up much of China’s western flank, which Beijing often describes as “terrorist attacks”. One such incident in June left 35 people dead, and 139 people have been arrested in recent months for spreading jihadist ideology. The mainly Muslim Uighurs, the largest ethnic group in Xinjiang, routinely complain of rights abuses against them by the authorities and dismiss claims of terrorism and separatism as an excuse by Beijing to justify religious and security restrictions. Information in the area is difficult to independently verify.
REPORT SAYS PLANS FOR DRONE STRIKES ARE HATCHED IN GERMANY Left Party MP criticizes Germany’s alleged support for drone strikes BERLIN INP
Many of US drone strikes for targeted killing in places like Pakistan and Afghanistan are planned and carried out from US military bases in Germany as it has become a crucial strategic hub for anti-terrorism operations, media reports said. The US has been organising kidnapping and torture of suspected terrorists in other countries from Germany and American security forces used German airports to detain them, a joint-report by German TV channel NDR and the Munich daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung said. Germany’s collusion with US anti-terror operations started in the aftermath of the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001, it said. The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) organised the planning and construction of top secret rendition and torture centres abroad from the US command centre in Stuttgart and an air base in Ramstein, it claimed. US intelligence services also sifted through the records of asylum-seekers in Germany and collected information which could provide clues to identify possible targets for drone attacks, the report said. Investigations showed that the drone strikes in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Middle east and Africa are organised from Stuttgart and from the US military base in Ramstein. The US embassy in Berlin, however, dismissed the reports as speculations. The United States in principle will not involve in kidnapping or torture nor will it tolerate or support if any other country resorts to such illegal measures, the embassy said in a statement. Germany’s opposition parties expressed their outrage over the allegations and demanded an explanation from the government. Green party’s HansChristian Stroebele, who met NSA whistle-blower edward Snowden in Moscow two weeks ago, said if the allegations turned out to be true, then it means that the government has lied before a parliamentary inquiry committee. Left Party MP Jan van Aken criticised Germany’s alleged support for the US drone strikes. “Such drone strikes are executions without a charge or a verdict and they are illegal,” he said.
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In this world, there are things you can only do alone, and things you can only do with somebody else. It's important to combine the two in just the right amount ― Haruki Murakami
NEWS Monday, 18 November, 2013
‘THIRD FORCE’BEHIND SECTARIANISM MUST BE EXPOSED, SAYS MUNEEB KARACHI
f a ‘third force’ is involved in carrying out and inciting sectarian clashes in Pakistan as claimed by many, it should be exposed, Mufti Muneebur Rehman said on Sunday. Addressing a press conference, Mufti Muneebur Rehman criticised the media for quickly labeling the incident as a sectarian clash and said such a portrayal should be avoided or restricted. The cleric said the Rawalpindi incident could have been avoided if those involved in Karachi’s Boulton Market attack in 2009 were
brought to justice. Condemning the recent clash that killed nine people during Muharram 10 procession, Rehman said both Shias and Sunnis were claiming innocence, therefore, a detailed inquiry was the need of the hour. The violence was apparently ignited by the storming of a religious seminary in Raja Bazaar, Rawalpindi. Some unidentified people attacked the policemen deployed outside the seminary and snatched their weapons before resorting to firing. The mob later set the seminary and nearby shops on fire. More than a hundred shops were gutted according to local traders, as firemen struggled to extinguish the fire. Ambulances ferried the dead and the injured to nearby hospitals.
Libya’s deputy intelligence chief kidnapped MONITORING DESK Libyan deputy intelligence chief Mustafa Nuh has been reported kidnapped, security sources told the BBC. Local media say he was abducted from Tripoli airport, but the government says it is unable to confirm this. The kidnapping comes as the Libyan capital observes a general strike in protest against the presence of militia groups in the city. The strike was called after more than 40 people died and hundreds were injured in
two days of clashes. The weak central government in Libya has struggled to keep control amid powerful local militia. These groups were originally formed to help oust Col Muammar Gaddafi, but two years later they refuse to disarm. No group has said it abducted Mr Nuh, but militias have seized senior officials before to get political leverage. Prime Minister Ali Zeidan was held hostage for several hours by gunmen in October, before being released unharmed.
The Libyan capital has been tense and volatile since the clashes on Friday between militia based in Tripoli and protesters trying to evict them from their headquarters. Tripoli’s local council has declared a threeday general strike, calling on all militia groups leave the area. The BBC’s correspondent in Tripoli, Rana Jawad, says most shops and schools are closed and many roadblocks have been erected by local residents and various armed groups.
MANDELA CAN’T SPEAK AND REMAINS ‘QUITE ILL, SAYS FORMER WIFE
South Africa’s former president, Nelson Mandela, remains ‘’quite ill’’ and unable to speak because of tubes that are keeping his lungs clear of fluid, though he is relaxed, his former wife told a South African newspaper. ‘’He remains very sensitive to any germs, so he has to be kept literally sterile. The bedroom there (in his suburban Johannesburg home) is like an ICU ward,’’ Winnie Madikizela-Mandela told the Sunday Independent. ‘’He is 95 years old and it is difficult for him, because of all the tubes that are in his mouth to clear the (fluid from his) lungs, and prevent an infection recurring.’’ Because of those tubes, she said, he communicates through his face. ‘’But the doctors have told us they hope he will be able to recover his voice,’’ she said, adding that he is being treated by 22 doctors at his home. Mandela’s former wife shot down reports that the former anti-apartheid leader and Nobel Peace prize winner was on life support. ‘’I have heard this nonsense that he is on life support. He is not,’’ she told the newspaper. When asked if he was peaceful, she said, ‘’Very. When he is very relaxed, he is fine,’’ adding that it helps he is at his home, an environment that he recognises. Mandela has been in intensive medical care at his Johannesburg home since being discharged on September 1 after nearly three months in a hospital for a recurring lung infection. Madikizela-Mandela’s comments come days before the release of the film based on Mandela’s autobiography ‘’Long Walk to Freedom’’ and which stars British actor Idris elba. Madikizela-Mandela, 77, published a book of her prison diaries earlier this year entitled ‘’491 Days: Prisoner number 1323/69.’’ ‘’Of course, I wish he could read the book, but I really wish he could see the film,’’ she said. MadikizelaMandela and Mandela divorced in 1996. Mandela served a single five-year term as president of South Africa and afterward he focused on charitable causes, including the fight against HIV/AIDS. He withdrew from public life years ago. Mandela’s last public appearance was in 2010 at the World Cup soccer tournament, which was hosted by South Africa. At that time, bundled against the cold, he waved but did not speak to the stadium full of fans.
KARACHI: Migratory birds from Siberia forage along the seashore in the port city. ONlINe
Iran points to possible way round nuclear sticking point DUBAI AGeNCIeS
Iran has the right to enrich uranium, but does not insist others recognise that right, Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator said on Sunday, in what could be a way around one of the main sticking points between Tehran and world powers in talks this week. Iran and the six world powers are moving closer to an initial agreement to curb Iran’s nuclear programme, a senior US official and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov both said in the last two days, raising hopes of a peaceful end to the 10-year dispute. Talks in Geneva between Iran and the so-called P5+1 – Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States – on November 7-8 appeared close to clinching a deal but ended without agreement. Western diplomats said one of the sticking points during the talks was Iran’s argument that it retains the
“right” to enrich uranium. The United States argues Iran does not intrinsically have that right under the nuclear NonProliferation Treaty. The two sides nevertheless agreed to meet again in the Swiss city on November 20. “Not only do we consider that Iran’s right to enrich is unnegotiable, but we see no need for that to be recognized as ‘a right’, because this right is inalienable and all countries must respect that,” Iran’s chief negotiator and foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, told the ISNA news agency. The talks seek to reach an interim deal to allow time to negotiate a comprehensive, permanent agreement that would end a 10-year deadlock and provide assurances to the six powers that Iran’s atomic programme will not produce bombs. Iran denies that it wants to develop a nuclear weapons capability and insists its program is limited to the peaceful
generation of electricity and medical research. Zarif said he was confident a deal could be struck, but cautioned that progress made in recent talks could be reversed if a “satisfactory result” was not reached. “We want to reach an agreement and understanding”, he said. Few details of a prospective deal have emerged, but Western powers want tighter inspections of Iran’s nuclear facilities and the closure of a reactor that could produce plutonium. Iran wants relief from international sanctions that have driven up inflation and seen oil revenues and the currency slump. “We have reached a very sensitive stage of negotiations, and at this stage we do not want to get into the details,” Zarif said. “It is necessary for them to ... lift the sanctions and economic pressures they have put on the people of Iran. We are moving in that direction.”
floodsin central vietnaMkill 24,10MissinG HANOI AGeNCIeS
Floods and landslides triggered by heavy rains in central Vietnam have killed at least 24 people, left 10 missing and forced about 80,000 from their homes, disaster officials said on Sunday. The National Flood and Storm Control Agency said in a statement that the loss of life happened in five central provinces, where the 10 others were also missing. It said the floods had inundated 98,000 houses in central Vietnam. But disaster officials said that the flood waters have started to recede in some areas, allowing residents to return and begin digging out their homes. The worst-hit province was Binh Dinh, where the floods killed 12 people, officials said.
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The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. –Abraham Lincoln
ISLAMABAD Monday, 18 November, 2013
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EXISTING LAWS ABOUT HATE SPEECH SHOULD BE IMPLEMENTED: BILAWAL
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Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) patron-in-chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said there should be zero tolerance for law breakers. In his comments in the aftermath of the Rawalpindi tragedy, Bilawal said on social networking website Twitter that existing laws about hate speech, incitement to violence and hate crimes should be implemented. He said part of the problem of Pakistan is that the prime minister is also holding the portfolio of foreign minister. “Part of the problem is our PM is also our FM. I know he’s new to this whole democracy thing. It’s not the 80s,” Bilawal wrote on his twitter account. He said the PPP delegation will be visiting Rawalpindi once the curfew is lifted. “Hopefully their elected representatives would have done something by then,” he wrote. He said the prime minister’s refusal to return home and do the job he was elected to do is inexcusable.
CDA READY TO AUCTION COMMERCIAL PLOTS ISLAMABAD ONlINe
Capital Development Authority (CDA) will hold auction of 56 commercial plots on November 18, 19 and 20 at Jinnah Convention Centre. As per details, a high level meeting was held under CDA Chairman Nadeem Hassan Asif to ensure security arrangement for the auction process. During the meeting, the CDA chairman said that promotion of commercial activities in the capital is the main objective behind auction of commercial plots. He said all wings of CDA have put their best energies to make the auction of commercial plots a success and CDA has made every possible effort to attract investors from Pakistan and abroad to participate in the auction. “CDA is determined to make auction process absolutely transparent and fair, while this auction will start a new era of business boom in Islamabad,” he added. It was also decided during the meeting that comprehensive security arrangement will be made for the bidding process, while irrelevant people will not be allowed to disrupt the bidding process.
N order to maintain law and order in the federal capital after clashes between two groups on Youm-e-Ashur, the mobile phone services remained suspended till 2pm in the federal capital on Sunday which gave a look of haunted city. A gloom prevailed all over twin cities after Friday’s tragedy on the occasion of Ashura. even teenagers who use such an
opportunity to play cricket in the streets and parks were absent. Commercial centres, which are thronged by the people for shopping on the weekend were deserted. Though the government and private offices were closed in Islamabad on Sunday but media persons faced lot of difficulties to reach their offices. Journalists and other workers of a private news group were not allowed to enter their office near Mareer Chowk even during the curfew relaxation hours. The suspension of mobile
phone service also made their job difficult. Senior journalists said that the police and army should have deployed at least one officer with their teams at pickets to permit the journalists and other needy people to go to their places of work. Patients coming from the rural areas and adjoining districts faced more trouble as they were not aware of the alternate routes and had to either return or spent hours in reaching hospitals. The situation was made more difficult by the Traffic Police at the junction of
head-less operations 167 GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS WORKING WITHOUT HEADS ISLAMABAD ONlINe
As many as 167 departments of 31 ministries in the country are working without their heads and governing bodies and people appointed on adhoc basis were running these departments. According to reports, these 167 departments are running under the supervision of people who have been appointed on ad-hoc basis which lacks the ability of final decision making, as a result several most important matters of these departments are being delayed. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), NePRA, Civil Aviation Authority, Securities and exchange Commission, National Housing Authority, PTV and Drugs
Regularity Authority top the list. Sources said that 167 divisions of important ministries are working without managing directors, chairmen and governing bodies. In this list departments working under cabinet division include Intellectual Property Organization, IPR Pakistan and National Archives of Pakistan. Under Capital Development Authority Division (CDA) division, Private education Institution Regularity Authority, National Institute for Science & Technical education and Department of Directorate on Workers education are being run without heads. Sources said Pakistan Central Cotton Committee, NTRC, National Competitive Commission, Pakistan Works Department, Pakistan National Council of Arts, Telecom Foundation, Telephone Industries of Pakistan, Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation and Human Rights division are also the departments running without any permanent chief.
Rawalpindi, Islamabad and Motorway. Traffic coming towards Rawalpindi was completely stopped and to make things worse, loaded trucks were parked on the roads creating hindrance in smooth movement of traffic towards Islamabad. Some of the highly annoyed motorists coming from Lahore and Peshawar said that it was the mismanagement of the capital traffic police. They said that though educated people have been recruited, but they have started adopting the mentality of
their fellows in other police departments and at police stations considering themselves as above the law and answerable to none. Meanwhile, cellular services were kept blocked in Rawalpindi for the third day on Sunday and will remain suspended until further orders. The suspension of mobile services created panic among the residents. The citizens were of the view that in the absence of cellular services, they would not be able to contact Rescue 1122 or 15 in case of any emergency.
antidenGue,polio,Measles activitieshalted RAWALPINDI INP
The anti-dengue, anti-polio and anti-measles campaigns have come to a halt in the garrison city due to the imposition of curfew after the clash between two groups on Youm-e-Ashur. According to Health Department sources, no work has been done pertaining to the drives to curb the diseases for last three days. The closure of educational intuitions also contributed in the hindrance to the campaigns. It is pertinent to mention here that owing to the curfew and section 144 imposition, army and police personnel are not allowing anyone, even government official and media persons to move in the city that have brought all activities to standstill.
islaMabadpoliceiMpounds20 bikes,3vehicles ISLAMABAD INP
Islamabad Capital Territory Police on Sunday impounded 20 bikes and three vehicles during general hold up while black sheets from 11 vehicles were also removed besides imposition of fine, a police spokesman said. According to details, Islamabad SSP Muhammad Rizwan has directed all police officials to ensure effective security and patrolling measures in their respective areas. Police officials have been directed to take strict action against vehicles being driven without documents and criminal elements. In compliance of these directions, Islamabad Police impounded 20 bikes and three vehicles during general hold up. Black sheets were removed from 11 tinted glasses vehicles while police also apprehended three suspects during search operation in various areas of the city.
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Lawless are they that make their wills their law. –William Shakespeare
ISLAMABAD Monday, 18 November, 2013
RAWALPINDI: Police personnel making their way near Liaquat Bagh post Ashura incident during curfew. ONlINe
iiuannounces $10,000forits transport section, securityoffice ISLAMABAD APP
International Islamic University (IIU) President Dr Ahmed Yousif AlDraiweesh has announced 5,000 dollars each for the transport section and security office of the university. He issued directions for induction of more drivers in transport section and construction of new mess for the security staff. The announcement was made by the IIU President during his surprise visits to the transport office, security office and site for new cafeteria for teachers. He was accompanied by Director General (AF&P) Gulzar Ahmed Khwaja, Director Administration Khalid Mehmood Raja and Acting Director Planning and Project Amir Ishtiaq. During his visit to the security office, the IIU president was briefed regarding the job nature of the staff of the section and problems of the staff. He directed to resolve the issue of overtime of the staff on priority basis and asked the concerned authorities to build rooms for the stay of drivers. He also directed that transport staff should be provided blankets during the winter season. Dr Al Draiweesh visited the security office of the university and announced 5,000 dollars for construction of a new mosque and mess for the security staff. On the occasion, Dr Al Draiweesh directed that staff should be provided best living facilities and work on a separate mess must be commenced on priority basis. He met the security staff and assured them about provision of best facilities and promised to look into the matter of overtime of the staff. Meanwhile, he also visited the site of the new cafeteria for the university teachers and directed the concerned authorities to start work on the plan. He was briefed about the site plan by Acting Director Planning and Projects Amir Ishtiaq. Dr Al Draiweesh vowed that IIU would keep striving for providing best facilities to its employees. He also directed that cafeteria must be according to the contemporary requirements which may accommodate more than hundred people at a time.
PASSPORT OFFICES IN FOUR CITIES TO BE READY WITHIN MONTH ISLAMABAD
OUR new passport and immigration offices at Mirpur, Abbottabad, Rawalpindi and Bannu will be completed within one month with the assistance of Ministry of Housing and Works. At present there are 15 customised passport offices in various cities, while eight are under construction which after completion will be provide state-of-theart services to the public. According to Immigration and Passports Director General Sikandar Sultan Raja, the directorate has taken steps to provide friendly and corruptionfree environment to the public and improve management. These administrative steps include surprise visits, crackdown against agent mafia with the help of district administrations, disciplinary proceedings
against corrupt and inefficient staff, review and rationalisation of staff posted at regional passport offices and head office. The Passports DG said he recently paid a surprise visit to Passport Office Peshawar. While taking notice of the disorganised working and noncleanliness there, he gave 15 days to office in charge to improve conditions for citizens. About 6,000 passports were lying undelivered in the Peshawar office, he told. The directorate has set up facilitation desk at head office and information centers at regional passport offices, besides display of guidelines regarding procedure of issuance of passports and fee structure. There are 93 regional passport offices all over Pakistan and 32 offices abroad. Pakistan is under international obligation to provide machine readable passport facilities at the remaining 77 missions abroad before November 2015,
CDA INSTALLS WASTE WATER TREATMENT PLANTS IN I-9 ISLAMABAD: Capital Development Authority (CDA) has installed two waste water treatment plants with capacity of 17 and 5 million gallons per day in Sector I-9 to treat sewage of the city. The capacity of these sewerage treatment plants is sufficient to treat city sewage. However, there is no proper system of severs or treatment facility in areas like Bara Kahu, Bani Gala, Muslim Colony, Bari Imam and they are dumping their raw sewage into fresh water streams of Rawal Lake. According to official sources, CDA has been asked to stop sewage directly being thrown in the fresh streams of Rawal Lake by the illegal, unlawful settlements. After carrying out comprehensive study of the Rawal Lake catchment areas, CDA has identified four sewerage treatment plants and prepared a PC-1 and submitted it to the Planning &
Development Division for securing funds for the purpose. “134 cases were registered in the environmental Protection Tribunal (ePT) against the residents of Bari Imam, Bhara Kahu, Bani Gala and Muslim Colony who were dumping raw sewage into the fresh water streams of catchment areas of Rawal Lake”, sources said. Legal notices have been issued to five housing societies for discharging untreated waste water into rainwater stream. Besides, Climate Change Division has adopted a two pronged strategy to control and discourage use of polythene bags. Under the campaign, “Say No to Plastic Bag” biodegradable plastic bags regulation was notified, banning non-degradable plastic bags and only allowed manufacturing, sale and usage of oxobiodegradable bags in the limits of ICT. APP
otherwise visas will be refused to Pakistani nationals living abroad and having manual passports. The total number of passports issued since 2004, when machine readable passport facility was initiated is 23 million and the number of applicants on daily basis is about 20,000. So far, complete replacement of manual passports with machine readable passports has been accomplished within Pakistan. Public has responded well to the Directorate’s SMS service 9988 for tracking of passport and online complaint system through web, reducing the time period for delivery of urgent and ordinary passports. A total number of 910 emails were received in October, 2013 containing complaints and queries and 80 percent have been resolved and rest is under process. Some 6,588 calls had been received and responded through helpline 080034477 in September and October, while
62,000 SMS were received for checking status of passports since launching of the service on October 12. Sixty three complaints have been lodged through Online Complaint System on web since its launching on October 26 and 90 percent of them had been resolved and rest are under process. The directorate recently activated Machine Readable Passport and Visa Audit Wing to minimize the issuance of fraudulently obtained passports. The efforts have resulted in complete replacement of manual passports with machine readable passports, clearing of backlog of 800,000 passports, citizenship certificates and renunciation of citizenship certificates. The directorate is relying on computerized report generation of each and every step involved in the issuance of passports starting from data entry at regional passport offices, printing of passports at head office, shipment of passports to Regional Passport offices and finally delivery to the applicants.
thefruitsofwinter ISLAMABAD APP
With the advent of winter season, sale of dry fruits has increased in twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi, giving boost to this business. The number of customers, buying dry fruits at various markets is on the increase and vendors are also exploiting the opportunity with high prices. However, with the increasing demand, the prices have also gone up beyond the reach of common man. Apart from regular shopkeeper, dry fruit vendors have also raised prices of dry fruits. The prices of dry fruits including almond, pistachio, walnut, pine nut (chilghoza), date, cashew nut (Kaju), dried apricot, coconut, fig and peanut increase as these are mostly demanded in winter season, said a vendor at G-9 Markaz. A dry fruit shop owner, Gul Khan in Aabpara Market said that dry fruits are used in winter season to get some relief from cold and argued that the rates were normal but buyers mainly complain about the high prices of dry fruits. Most of these fruits are grown in hilly areas like Northern Areas, Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), Balochistan, FATA and KPK. In the winter season, people generally serve dry fruits to their guests and almond is the most favorite among the list. The medical experts have advised the people to use these items in limited amount as higher number may raise fatty acids in the blood.
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He who fears being conquered is sure of defeat. –Napolean Bonaparte
COMMENT Monday, 18 November, 2013
ofmilitants,thearmyand theneedforanewnarrative An unbridgeable division that casts an ominous shadow
Lankan economic revival shows the way
AKISTAN’S jet-set prime minister was in Colombo this last weekend, for the annual ritual get together of Commonwealth heads of government before flying off to Thailand’s capital for an Asia-Pacific Conference. Renewing the already strong relationship with Sri Lanka, these days under the global scanner for purported human rights abuses against civilians in overcoming the minority Tamil insurgency after 25 years of bloody struggle in 2009, Nawaz Sharif’s was a voice in support of his visibly stressed host, President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Amid stinging criticism led by the UK, with heads of government from Canada, India and Mauritious abstaining to register protest, the Pakistani PM was not alone in support of Rajapaksa. While the British PM David Cameron was too in-your-face in his criticism, preferring to visit the Tamil stronghold in the north, instead of attending the opening, Australia and New Zealand too weighed in favour of the Lankan government. Mian Nawaz may not be the most eloquent of politicians around, but he definitely is becoming quite adept at making the right kind of noises. In his speech at the summit, he listed the grave issues staring Pakistan in the face: a struggling economy, poverty, energy shortages, natural disasters and militancy. In keeping with the theme of this year’s Commonwealth summit is ‘Growth with equityInclusive Development,’ the PM intoned, “equitable development was one of the most significant contemporary challenges confronting the nations.” He reaffirmed, Pakistan would continue to subscribe to the Commonwealth bent towards promoting peace through international cooperation and poverty alleviation through sustainable economic and social development. Both Nawaz and Rajapaksa also discussed economic, trade and bilateral investment opportunities for both countries and how to make the most of these. While Nawaz’s catalog of issues confronting Pakistan was much like before spot on, in his Lankan sojourn he must have had a feel of the sort of positive energy that is unleashed when a nation is freed from a devastating insurgency. Growing at up to 8.2 per cent since the civil war ended, the Lankan economy is a picture of vim and vigour. The revival is displayed in the kind of showcase projects that Mian Nawaz is so fond of, such as a spanking new $350 million highway linking Colombo to the main airport. While Nawaz has vowed to curb militancy and end the energy crisis, the proof of his sincerity shall be tested when precise action follows pledges to reclaim this nation from terrorists.
ahugefailure Rawalpinidi sectarian riots and the government
HAT happened in Rawalpindi on the last day of Ashura merits a whole lot more than mere condemnation. The country has been torn along sectarian lines for far too long. This incident is a window into how the mindset of sectarian militants in particular and terrorists in general works. First, they indulge in hate mongering, then create dissension and chaos and subsequently employ it to wreak havoc. What could have been a peaceful day, a landmark in the circumstances, turned into a day of bloodshed, mayhem and terror, causing eight people to lose their lives while more than 80 were injured, many of whom reportedly in a critical state. And then the riots spread to other cities the next day, all the while when the perpetrators of the riots in the first place remain ‘na maloom afrad’ (unknown entities). Whereas it is a failure of the highest order by the law enforcement and security agencies, the government is not above the blame as well. The Ashura is an annual feature. It thus makes sense to chalk up a strategy, a sort of standard operating procedure, to provide an incident-free 10 days to the Shias in the country for their religious offerings. With the country already facing terrorism thought its length and breadth, sectarian violence only aggravates the situation to a level where tempers flare and reason is cast aside. The sectarian riots spread across Punjab, in Multan, Bahawalnagar, Bahawalpur, Chistian and some other cities. Those with contorted views of what makes a religion, in this case a particular brand of its interpretation, have this delusion of being the sole custodians of what makes anyone a true believer. And if someone dares to differ with them, he must be condemned to death. While this is totally wrong, it is the government’s responsibility to provide everyone with an equal opportunity of enjoying fundamental rights enshrined in the constitution. Whichever way we look at it, its government failure: whether it was giving the extremists a freehand in carrying their hate-mongering over the years, or how the LeAs failed in doing their job, or how the so-called intelligence agencies could not forestall what happened. That it transpired on the watch of a government whose leaders are known to have links with some of the militant sectarian outfits, does not paint the present administration in flattering colours. The government needs to do, and do a lot, to make up for where it has failed time and again.
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Candid Corner RAOOf HASAN The opinions that are held with passion are always those for which no good ground exists, indeed the passion is the measure of the holders’ lack of rational conviction. Opinions in politics and religion are almost always held passionately. –Bertrand Russell, Sceptical Essays
HAT could be the possible future of a people who remain irretrievably divided along religious and sectarian lines? Unfortunately, this division that was orchestrated immediately after the creation of the country has only become more pronounced and more lethal with the passage of time. Today it sits there like an uncontrollable monster casting an ominous shadow on the future of a country that remains perennially bedevilled by its debilitating effects. Where did the rot begin? How did it begin? There could be many analyses, but the one that would be difficult to repudiate is it all started when the state was forced to wear the religious apparel that compromised its neutrality in dealing with its citizens across multiple divides and considerations. The narratives that various incumbent dispensations have since followed flowed directly from this botched move. Along the way, there were those, both of the dictatorial and democratic hues, who exploited this to deal with challenges from the opposition within the country and threats from outside. Nothing worked to Pakistan’s advantage, but the spectre that was generated in the process has become a monolith monster. The division has now reached a point where it has started impacting the authority and relevance of the state to defend its people. The unsavoury controversy about who is a martyr and who is not is just one of the countless derivatives of this malaise which is likely to intensify in view of the hardening stances of the parties. The conflicting perceptions have already pitted the army against the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) whose chief had dubbed Hakimullah Mehsud as a ‘martyr’ but was reluctant to grant this status to the Pakistani soldiers because, according to his ‘logic’, they were fighting the US (read infidel) war. This elicited a sharp response from the ISPR which demanded an apology. The apology did not come. Instead, JI questioned the ISPR’s right to “make a political statement” saying that they will not accept the army’s intervention in politics. Lest we forget it is the same JI whose militant wings Al-Shams and Al-Badr were accused of murder, rape and carnage against the Bengalis during the 1971 war that led to the creation of Bangladesh. Their involvement in gross human-rights abuses in the former eastern wing of the country in the name of religion is the poisonous fruit that the sapling planted so early after the creation of the country has started bearing. The paradox is that it was the very same JI that opposed the creation of Pakistan and dubbed Quaid-eAzam as the ‘Kafir-e-Azam”. But, it felt no shame in exploiting the newly-born state to its advantage by using religion as an unsavoury tool.
There has been no direct criticism of the JI chief’s outburst from the government or any of its functionaries. The interior minister, in his endless harangue in the national assembly, called the debate “extremely damaging in the current circumstances” and that this would “distract us from our target” (read negotiations with the militants). During a visit to the GHQ, the prime minister refrained from condemning the JI chief’s comments. A statement issued at the end of his visit quoted him as having said that “those who have fought for Pakistan, Ghazis and the Shaheeds, have sacrificed their today for ensuring a better tomorrow for our future generations and all of them are our benefactors”. I am reminded of Margaret Thatcher’s lethal comment appropriate to such premeditated cowardice: “I seem to smell the stench of appeasement in the air”. Nothing could be more demeaning than this which effectively failed in quelling the controversy that had been generated with regard to according the status of Shaheed to a terrorist. It even failed to create a distinction between the functionaries of the armed forces who are fighting to defend Pakistan’s territorial sovereignty and the terrorists who are waging a violent war against the state of Pakistan and its people. Appropriately, it reflected the prime minister’s inherent softness for the militants and their collaborators who have been assiduously nurtured in Punjab and with whom the ruling PML-N had even concluded political bargains. In the current context, the problem started when, at the All Parties Conference (APC), various bands of terrorists were elevated to the status of being ‘stakeholders’ and the government was asked to initiate the process of dialogue with them. In effect, these militant and criminal outfits were accorded the status of a party on a par with the government to commence the process of dialogue. The leader of a political party that is heading the coalition government in the KPK had even suggested the opening of a Taliban office in the country and another of the party’s stalwarts had recommended the induction of the Taliban representatives in the federal and provincial cabinets. This megalomaniac infatuation with the militant mindset is partly the result of the government and the military’s espousal of their role in various pursuits, be that the role that the militant wings of the JI played in the former east Pakistan, or a role that the remnants of the militant outfits from the war against the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan that Pakistan entered under the draconian tutelage of General Zia-ulHaq continue to play. These interventions, in turn, shaped a regressive narrative that not only refuses to go away, but necessitates a religiosity-fuelled espousal of an extremist philosophy in statecraft. This is what the proponents of initiating a dialogue process with the militants do not understand and instead repose faith not only in the success of an interaction with the terrorist bands who have wreaked havoc in the country, but forging an alliance with them in fulfilment of their desire to rule. Nothing could be more simplistic than this notion and noth-
ing could be more regressive. entering into a dialogue with these criminal outfits will only strengthen their self-righteous resolve to overcome the state of Pakistan and turn it into a theocratic dictatorship where the writ of the obscurantist will rule and where not the slightest bit of rational discourse would be allowed. At a different level, this freshly-created controversy about who is a martyr and who is not followed by a weak and ineffective intervention of the government to correct the misperception is only going to further dent the state’s resolve in fighting the menace of terrorism and militancy. The religious sentiment is deeply etched in the military’s psyche and taking it out may leave behind a battered and bruised skeleton. There is a pressing need to go after the militants now that they have been weakened and their ranks are apparently divided over the selection of Mullah Fazalulluh as their leader. This is the time to strike with all of the state’s might and weaken them to a point of submission. But, if they are given time and space to regroup, as it appears is the case, they’ll hit back more venomously than ever before. That may also take care of any chance of subduing them in the future and the only option remaining will be to surrender before their onslaught and live as citizens perpetually caught up in a theocratic frenzy. Holding the US responsible for Pakistan’s woes is childish. Blaming the drones for an unending spree of violence is counterproductive. It is Pakistan’s policies and its investment in militancy which has marginalised it to its present state. The question is not about what Pakistan has to do. The question is about so much that Pakistan has to undo including its patronage of the militant Islam that continues to come forth through organisations like the JI, JUI, PML-N and the neo-religious parties like the PTI. For any change of narrative to take shape, and with the value and relevance of the political leadership having been grossly compromised, the army has a pivotal role to play. In response to the query whether it has learned to do that or not, my guru Amin Mughal strongly contends that it has not. He goes on to say that the proof lies in the ISPR’s paean to Maulana Maudoodi: “While they have taken umbrage at the JI chief’s remarks, they have not gone the whole hog and have not dumped the source of his thinking. While we do not want to vilify our soldiers, we also do not want to give up the Maudoodi ideology of which the Jihadis are the most logical and inevitable offshoot. We do not realise that Munawar Hasan has only thought consistently from the first principles laid down by Maudoodi through to the denunciation of his own army”. The army, it appears, neither understands this in totality, nor is it geared to confronting the challenges that this mindset will continue to throw up. This, critically, could render the spectre beyond the threshold of manageability.
It is Pakistan’s policies and its investment in militancy which has marginalised it to its present state. The question is not about what Pakistan has to do. The question is about so much that Pakistan has to undo including its patronage of the militant Islam that continues to come forth through multiple religious and neoreligious outfits.
Raoof Hasan is a political analyst and the Executive Director of the Regional Peace Institute. He can be reached at: email@example.com
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We are all here for some special reason. Stop being a prisoner of your past. Become the architect of your future. –Robin Sharma
Monday, 18 November, 2013
thatnehruversus pateldebateagain Modi using Patel’s image to polarize India
NDIA’S interests would have been served better if Sardar Patel, in place of Jawaharlal Nehru, had been the country’s first prime minister. This hypothetical possibility had been voiced by Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi as a poll campaign for the Bhartiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate in the 2014 parliament elections. Of all the leaders, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Nehru’s friend, guide and philosopher, came to the same conclusion kulDIP NAyAR after watching Nehru as an administrator. Azad was in Nehru’s cabinet and saw him from close quarters. Azad told his secretary, Humayun Kabir, that they should have made Nehru the country’s president and Patel its prime minister. Kabir and I were close friends. He recalled Azad’s observation when Kabir was the education minister in the Nehru cabinet. By no stretch of imagination, Azad can be linked with Patel or his philosophy. During the national struggle, both ardent participants, were poles apart and made no secret of their stance. Patel was a pro-Hindu but strictly adhered to pluralism. Azad was secular through and through and boldly faced the charge of “Hindu show boy” that the Muslim League made against him. He did not flinch even for a second to say publicly that the formation of Pakistan would be injurious to the interests of Muslims. He would say before partition that the Muslims could walk proudly in the country with their heads held high that they were equal partners, even though they were fewer in number. Once India was divided on the basis of religion, the Hindus would tell the Muslims that you had taken their share and should, therefore, go to Pakistan. Patel may not have commented on pluralism in unequivocal terms in which Azad did. But I recall that when after partition I sought shelter in Delhi, journeying from my hometown Sialkot, which became part of Pakistan, I heard Patel warning Pakistan against the exodus of Hindus. He said that India would send out the Muslims in proportion to the Hindus ousted from Pakistan. It was a strange logic of pushing the innocent Muslims living in India for the sins of Muslims in Pakistan. even after 67 years of division, this approach has not been disowned either in India or Pakistan. Pakistan has ousted practically all Hindus. But the Muslims in India are around 180 million. When there is tension between the two countries, many Hindus refer to Muslims as Pakistanis. Little purpose will be served in pursuing this point because the wounds of partition are far from healed and the people in both the communities continue to be exploited in the name of religion. Left to Patel, he would have had an exchange of population before accepting partition. Nehru was different. He did not mix religion with politics or the state. The distance in separation in their approach made Mahatma Gandhi, who led the war of independence, to nominate Nehru as his successor. The Hindu-Muslim unity was a matter of faith with Gandhiji, not part of the policy. Gandhiji and Patel came from the same state, Gujarat, ate the same food and represented the traditions of the state in many ways. Yet Gandhiji preferred Nehru to Patel. Gandhiji knew that Nehru even dreamt in english and that he was too engrossed in world affairs. But Gandhiji also knew that Nehru would interpret his philosophy of Hindu-Muslim unity more faithfully and employ such methods to implement it that respected scruples and were non-violent and fair. Patel’s biggest achievement is that he got 540 odd princely states integrated to the Indian Union. Hats off to him for what he did. But he believed in the ends, not the means. Some states volunteered to join the Indian Union. But some of them showed resistance. Patel’s secretary, V.P. Menon, had no compunction in admitting in his memoirs that the show of force brought round even the most recalcitrant. The typical example is that of Travancore. It announced its independence and initiated the process of seceding. VP had an extra man in khaki when he went to the Travancore maharaja. He signed the instrument of accession. He explained subsequently that he did not want his family to suffer and spend years in jail. Gandhiji was also confident that his secular ideals would be safer in the hands of Nehru. This was proved when Patel refused to release Rs64 crore to Pakistan. This sum was part of assets which India had agreed to transfer while agreeing to the partition details. Patel argued that how could he release the money when India was engaged in a war over Kashmir with Pakistan. Gandhiji had to go on fast-unto-death to make Patel relent. The extremist Hindus had vitiated the atmosphere of amity over the sum of Rs64 crore. The society was sought to be polarized. They criticized Gandhiji again and again for being anti-national and antiHindu. The RSS, the fallout of Hindu Mahasabha’s philosophy of Hindutva, hatched a conspiracy and assassinated Gandhiji. Patel was quite right in banning the RSS and blaming it for disturbing the atmosphere of secularism. Once again the slant of Patel towards the RSS made him withdraw the ban once the organization changed its character to become a cultural organization. This was only a smokescreen behind which the RSS used the BJP for its political activities. Modi is its candidate. In fact, the RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat has openly said that the outfit would be participating in politics. Nehru has many a time exposed its duplicity. When Azad thought Nehru’s suitability for the office of president, he was confident that the communal forces had been crushed. He commended Patel’s quality of being pragmatic and practical. Azad had come to have full faith in Patel’s secular aptitude. That Modi is using Patel’s image for polarizing the society is unfortunate. Practical as Patel was, he would have understood that India’s destiny lay in a democratic, secular polity. He, as prime minister, would have deepened its foundation more firmly than Nehru.
us,pakistanandafghanistan Did US-Pakistan agree on Afghan roadmap?
He circumstances that doomed the TTP maestro in a drone strike on November 1, and Haqqani Network’s top leader Nasiruddin Haqqani in an ambush on November 11 have become hotly debated topics. The events are particularly intriguing since they have followed each other in quick succession, and soon after Nawaz Sharif’s visit to the US in late October. After his US visit, Nawaz Sharif, Hamid Karzai, and David Cameron met for a trilateral session in London. In early October, another TTP leader Latifullah Mehsud was reportedly snatched by the Americans right from the hands of Afghan intelligence. This obviously irritated the Afghans greatly, presently in the midst of finalizing the bilateral security agreement with the US. Various angles surrounding these happenings are being debated in the print and electronic media, and intelligence agencies of various nations are being blamed to build one case or the other. The interrelationship of the Afghan Taliban, the Haqqani Network, and the TTP is also being evaluated, and how that may have caused the inevitable. None or very few debates, however, have attempted to examine the events from the broader perspective of post-2014 Afghanistan. Moreover, these media deliberations fail to take into account the unusual quiet maintained by the Pakistan government and the US. The silence is part of the confusion and also perhaps the truth. In interpreting the emerging situation, it is tempting to fall for the existing narrative; Pakistan protects the ‘Good Taliban’ and acts against the ‘Bad Taliban’. One of the arguments suggests India, Afghanistan and the US may have been supporting the ‘Bad Taliban’ (TTP) against Pakistan. The arrest of Latifullah Mehsud and the death of Hakimullah Mehsud in a drone strike, both negate the hypothesis that the US was supporting TTP. However, it does support the theory that Afghanistan, and possibly India, have developed, or are in the process of developing
leverage over Pakistan using Afghan territory. On the other hand, the silence over the killing of Nasiruddin Haqqani indicates Pakistan may have finally agreed to a quid pro quo with the Americans and the Afghans, and possibly India as well. Recent statements coming out of India regarding the sincerity of Nawaz Sharif, and the travel of Mullah Zareef to India, may be connected to this. Pakistan’s official statements meant for the public are full of contradictions. While the country has been in an uproar since the drone strike on November 1, the ministry of defence statistics quoted by the interior minister, provide a very low count for civilian casualties resulting from the drone attacks. This all but supports the efficacy of the strikes, against which the prime minister was to present a case to Obama. Furthermore, as opposed to reviewing all aspects of Pakistan’s ties with the US, as claimed by Ch Nisar in the aftermath of Hakimullah’s death, a clutch of federal ministers and officials have been visiting Washington. On the agenda are talks related to the US-Pakistan strategic relationship, including economics, energy and extremism. even the senior PTI leader Asad Umar, whose party is threatening to block the NATO supply route from Nov 20, has called for American companies to invest in energy exploration in KPK on his visit to the US. Asad Umar’s itinerary mimics that of Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Khawaja Asif, who are also on a trip of US as part of the strategic talks on energy. What one senses is not the customary tension between the two nations but a new sense of direction and vigour. The question is, why the Pakistan government would want to convey a different version of the reality to its public. Moreover, why would it agree to go after all brands of Taliban at this juncture when the US and NATO troops are already slated to withdraw in late 2014? There are a number of reasons for this, the first one being the game changing US-Iran thaw. Now that western tensions with Iran are easing, it could very well take away Pakistan’s supply line leverage. Second, contrary to what
many assume, due to their own problems with extremism, Russia and China are not against the limited US presence in Afghanistan. While China remains an all-weather friend of Pakistan, it just completed a joint military exercise with India, which was geared towards fighting extremism. Moreover, how the Security Council has dealt with the Syrian chemical weapons provides a risky precedence as it relates to Pakistan, especially if law and order situation continues to deteriorate. While PoliTact had previously assessed that Pakistan is not fully betting on Afghanistan stabilizing anytime soon and is instead focusing more on the Kashgar-Gawadar economic trade zone, the emerging regional and global security landscape may have pushed it to rethink. Without stable political and economic condition, none of the hyped economic projects of the Nawaz government could materialize. Under the present circumstances, the best way to achieve a conducive economic environment requires pressurizing the Afghan Taliban to reconcile and weaken the TTP. This volte face, however, may carry a hefty riposte, therefore it must be best achieved quietly – as the events and the government response seem to portray. The risk being Pakistan’s public is not in the loop as it braces for the possibility of a serious Taliban backlash. Mitigating what the future may entail is perhaps the reason the leadership of moderate religious parties like the JI and the JUI-F have responded the way they have to what constitutes a martyr. It could be taken as a warning to the government that if the circumstances changed, these parties cannot be expected to maintain the traditional position on the war, as it would mean losing public credibility. In this trajectory, ultimately the military may have to act as the egyptian army did in support of secular forces, but it’s the conservative and nationalist elements that are resurgent in Pakistan.
The question is, why the Pakistan government would want to convey a different version of the reality to its public. Moreover, why would it agree to go after all brands of Taliban at this juncture when the US and NATO troops are already slated to withdraw in late 2014?
Arif Ansar is chief analyst at PoliTact, a Washington-based futurist advisory firm (www.PoliTact.com). He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org, and on Twitter at: @ArifAnsar.
Kuldip Nayar is a veteran Indian journalist, human rights activist and a noted author.
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‘If you can dream it, you can do it’ - Walt Disney Kourtney Kardashian and her kids, Mason and Penelope, take a trip to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach for a day of fun.
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ANGER CAN COST YA! GYLLENHAAL PUNCHES MIRROR, GETS HOSPITALISED
Jake Gyllenhaal was sent to the emergency room after punching a mirror on the Los Angeles set of his new film Nightcrawler Wednesday morning. “Jake flipped out,” a Nightcrawler source tells PeOPLe. “His character was looking into a mirror during the scene and punched the mirror in anger and broke it, cutting himself so bad he had to be taken to a hospital.” And while a source close to Gyllenhaal, 32, confirms the actor received stitches in the emergency room, the source says the reason for the incident was nothing more than a moment in character during an intense scene after an 18hour day. “The scene was emotionally charged and his character was talking into a mirror and he got so into it, he banged his hands against the mirror and it broke and cut him,” the source close to Gyllenhaal says. “It was all the scene and not because he was mad about anything else.” Another source says the traditionally buff star has also been “intensely focused” on losing approximately 20 lbs. NeWS DeSk
talian-Croatian director Alberto Fasulo on Saturday won the Rome Film Festival’s top prize with his documentary-style movie “TIR”. The film about a Croatian schoolteacher who, attracted by the idea of tripling his wages, becomes a truckdriver who criss-crosses europe, edged out 17 other contenders for the Golden Marcus Aurelius prize for best film. The jury headed by US director James Gray awarded the prize for best director to Japan’s Kiyoshi Kurosawa for “Seventh Code”, an industrial espionage action flick. A special jury prize went to “Quod erat Demonstrandum” by Romanian director Andrei Gruzsniczk, in which a math-
SHEEN NARROWLY ESCAPES CONTEMPT OF COURT Charlie Sheen just learned a cool lesson — you can call a judge in your custody war an “anus brain” and get away with it, even with a gag order ... and that’s exactly what just happened. We’ve learned the judge in the DCFS case called all the lawyers in this afternoon for an emergency meeting. Sources connected with Brooke Mueller tell TMZ ... the judge wanted to have a chit chat about Charlie’s latest Twitter rant and his appearances on TMZ Live. You’ll recall Charlie exploded on Twitter Friday, calling the folks at Child Services “lascivious and incompetent.” Sheen then directed his ire at the judge, calling him “Mr. I’m Italian judge anusbrain.” And Charlie went on “TMZ Live” a couple weeks ago and blasted Brooke, calling her an evil whore who’s endangering their children. Our sources say the judge decided it would NOT be in anyone’s best interest to hold a contempt hearing, for fear it would turn into a “circus.” NeWS DeSk
FASULO WINS ROME FILM FESTIVAL
ematician draws the wrath of state police by getting an article published in a US magazine without the permission of the authorities. American Matthew McConaughey won best actor for his role in “Dallas Buyers Club” by JeanMarc Vallee, while his compatriot Scarlett Johansson was awarded best actress for her performance in “Her” by Spike Jonze. This year’s festival saw a 20-percent spike in ticket sales compared to the 2012 edition, with some 150,000 people attending. Festival director Marco Mueller, who formerly headed up the Venice film festival, said he aims to put Rome once again on the international cinema map. NeWS DeSk
TOM HANKS’LATEST FLICK AS NAIL BITING AS USUAL The integrity of the real-world man he is based upon is hotly disputed, but the cinematic character of Captain Phillips in Paul Greengrass’s film of the same name is one of the most nuanced portrayals of heroism we have seen on film this year. As played by Tom Hanks, Phillips is a model of get-the-job-done competence under extreme pressure. We meet Phillips in the film’s stilted opening scene as he bids farewell to his wife (Catherine Keener doing her best with a limited role) to take charge of a cargo freighter that will sail from Oman to Kenya. But after a weak opening, the film quickly discovers its sea legs as it alternates between Phillips’s preparations for his voyage and a Somali bandit rounding up crew members for a piracy expedition. In just a few deft scenes in an economically scripted film, the stage is set for a tense showdown between the might of the wealthy world and the deprivation of wartorn Somalia. There’s Phillips, a worldly seafarer who knows that his mission will take him into the treacherous waters alongside Somalia, where pirates prowl for ships to loot and crew to ransom. Then, there are the pirates, played with terrifying conviction by four Somalian immigrants the filmmakers found in the US. Though volatile, gaunt
and phantasmal, these khat-chewing bandits are humanised by a recognition of the conditons that bred them. Far from Conradian caricatures, they’re men pushed into desperate action by their dire circumstances. From the days when the Romans skirmished with Cilician brigands, pirates from the wilder parts of the map have held empires to ransom. As the weight of American sea power comes down on the group of ragtag Somalian pirates bobbing on a lifeboat in Captain Phillips, it’s incredible to think that such desperate men can still hold a knife to the throat of the world’s most powerful nation. Greengrass, best known for directing two Jason Bourne films as well as the 9/11 drama United 93, squeezes every drop of suspense out of the asymmetrical game of cat and mouse that plays out between the two sides. In its two-hour running time, there are at least two sequences that rank among the best action scenes I’ve seen this year, both of them made with Greengrass’s documentary-like authenticity. In one largely CGI-free scene, Greengrass tracks Phillips and his crew as they try to coax as much speed as they can out of a lumbering sea freighter in an attempt to escape a nimble skiff carrying the AK47-bearing pirates. And in another nighttime
sequence, we see much of the action through the scopes of Navy Seals tasked with rescuing Phillips from his captors. But it is the careful characterisation rather than Greengrass’s consummate skill at making throatconstricting action scenes that makes the stakes in Captain Phillips feel so high. The film — based on A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy Seals, and Dangerous Days at Sea by the real Captain Richard Phillips — gives Tom Hanks one of the meatiest roles of an extraordinary career. His Captain Phillips is a man who believes in the value of quiet professionalism, who is motivated
by the need to preserve the wellbeing of his crew. Though able to keep a cool head, he’s no action hero, but rather an ordinary fearful man. When the end comes with devastating catharsis — the last few minutes of the film are probably as fine a display of acting as you’ll see this year — you feel as wrung dry by the ordeal as Phillips, all because of a deeply empathetic performance from Hanks. Newcomer Barkhad Abdi’s convincing performance as the pirate leader Abduwali Muse — alternating between jocularity and agitation — provides a perfect counterpoint for Hanks. NeWS DeSk
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‘Well, my deliberate opinion is - it’s a jolly strange world’ - Arnold Bennett
ARTS Monday, 18 November, 2013
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Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx and Andrew Garfield trike a pose at the Los Angeles photo call for the film at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, Calif.
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A comet which could become the brightest for a century is racing into our solar system, to the delight of astronomers. Comet ISON will pass exceptionally close to the sun in just under a fortnight, creating a spellbinding cosmic spectacle as ice in its body vapourises and forms a distinct bright tail. At least, it will if the heat does not blast the comet to smithereens - which scientists warn is not out of the question. The comet was discovered in September last year by two amateur astronomers using Russia’s International Scientific Optical Network, ISON, who marvelled at how bright it was even beyond Jupiter’s orbit. On November 28 it will pass just 621,000 miles from the sun’s surface 150 times closer to our star than we are. It will be more than 100 times closer to the sun than the Hale-Bopp comet, one of the brightest of the last century which was visible with the naked eye for a record 18 months in 1997. As it blasts towards the sun, the intense gravitational pull will make it speed up to 234 miles per second. The sun’s rays will also heat the ball of ice, metal and rock to 2,760 degrees Celsius, making it much brighter than most comets - with some scientists claiming it could outshine the moon. Some have warned that the intense pressure on the comet could simply blast it apart, as the heat melts not just the ice but also rock and metal. However, recent calculations have shown ISON is more likely than not to survive. Over the weekend, amateur astronomers began posting the first pictures of the comet on the Internet that were taken with just binoculars or small telescopes. Pilot Brian Whittaker wrote on the SpaceWeather.com website: ‘I finally saw Comet ISON for the first time using small binoculars! It was faint, but is predicted to brighten and move each day! exciting!’ It is expected to be visible to the naked eye in early mornings throughout December and during the night in January. Comets are believed to be frozen remains left over from the formation of the solar system four and a half billion years ago. NeWS DeSk
‘BEST MAN HOLIDAY’ OVERTAKES THOR
ALCOLM D. Lee’s sequel The Best Man Holiday — opening nearly 15 years after the first film — narrowly edged out Thor: The Dark World to top the Friday box office, although Thor 2 is expected to reclaim the top spot on Saturday. Universal insiders believe Best Man Holiday still has a shot of crossing $30 million in its debut, vastly exceeding expectations (the African-American comedy was projected to gross closer to $20 million). The movie is no doubt benefiting from a coveted A+ CinemaS-
core. Thor 2 fell to $10.5 million on its second Friday, and pushing its domestic total to $115 million. The 3D tenptole is expected to gross in the $35 million range for the weekend and could approach $450 million in global ticket sales by the end of the weekend — catching up with the entire gross of the first Thor ($449.3 million) in another major victory for Disney and Marvel Studios’ Avengers universe. From Universal, Best Man Holiday sees Morris Chestnut, Taye Diggs, Regina Hall, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long, Monica Calhoun and Melissa De
Sousa reprising their roles. The first film, opening to $9 million in 1999, is credited with helping to usher in the era of aspirational African-American comedies. Black films have been making strong gains at the North American box office, with Fruitvale Station, Lee Daniels’ The Butler and 12 Years a Slave all overperforming. Those movies — all dramas — are drawing a mixed audience, while Best Man Holiday is expected to play primarily to African-Americans, similar to Tyler Perry’s pics. Universal spent a modest $17 million to make the sequel, which Lee produced with Sean Daniel. NeWS DeSk
Being a social butterfly just might change your brain: In people with a large network of friends and excellent social skills, certain brain regions are bigger and better connected than in people with fewer friends, a new study finds. The research, presented here Tuesday (Nov. 12) at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, suggests a connection between social interactions and brain structure. “We’re interested in how your brain is able to allow you to navigate in complex social environments,” study researcher MaryAnn Noonan, a neuroscientist at Oxford University, in england, said at a news conference. Basically, “how many friends can your brain handle?” Noonan said. Scientists still don’t understand how the brain manages human behavior in increasingly complex social situations, or what parts of the brain are linked to deviant social behavior associated with conditions like autism and schizophrenia. Studies in macaque monkeys have shown that brain areas involved in face processing and in predicting the intentions of others are larger in animals living in large social groups than in ones living in smaller groups. To investigate these brain differences in humans, Noonan and her colleagues at McGill University, in Canada, recruited 18 participants for a structural brain-imaging study. They asked people how many social interactions they had experienced in the past month, in order to determine the size of their social networks. As was the case in monkeys, some brain areas were enlarged and better connected in people with larger social networks. In humans, these areas were the temporal parietal junction, the anterior cingulate cortex and the rostral prefrontal cortex, which are part of a network involved in “mentalization” — the ability to attribute mental states, thoughts and beliefs to another. “These different brain regions are all singing different songs,” Noonan said. “Networked areas are all singing the same song, and when they’re connected better, they’re singing more harmoniously with each other.” The researchers also tested whether the size of a person’s social network was linked with changes in white-matter pathways, the nerve fibers that connect different brain regions. Again, they found that white-matter tracts were better connected in people with bigger social networks. “The nerves were more like a Los Angeles freeway than a country road,” Noonan said. The researchers couldn’t say whether social interaction caused these changes in brain structure and connectivity, or whether the brain determined how innately social someone was. In the case of the monkeys, the researchers dictated the size of the animals’ social network, so they concluded that social-group size was causing the brain differences. It can be inferred that a similar process takes place in human brains, but to prove this, long-term studies are needed, Noonan told LiveScience. The fact that some brain regions may be larger and more connected suggests other regions might be smaller in the brains of the more socially adept, Noonan said. NeWS DeSk
HUMANITY’S ALIVE AND WELL San Francisco was beset by a wave of crime on Friday, as a woman was taken hostage and tied to cable car tracks, a criminal calling himself the Riddler attempted to rob a bank vault, and a miscreant known as Penguin generally made a nuisance of himself in the downtown area. Happily, each incident was staged: an attempt on the part the charity Make-aWish to give five-year-old Miles Scott, who is recovering from leukaemia, a memorable day assisting his favourite superhero. San Francisco’s mayor and police were among thousands involved in an extraordnary day that gripped the city and
caught the attention of the White House. Miles’s day began with a fraught message from police chief Greg Suhr, alerting “Batkid” to the various criminal activities and pleading with him to assist. Miles acquiesced, and was collected by a man dressed as Batman who was driving a vehicle which bore a passing resemblance to the Batmobile. With little time to waste, the pair hastened to the Grand Hyatt in San Francisco’s Union Square, where an unnamed woman had been tied up on cable car tracks with what appeared to be an improvised explosive device strapped to her back.
A large crowd had gathered at the scene as Batkid arrived and sprinted over to the woman. After a tense few moments a cheer went up as Batkid managed to free the woman from her bonds. The device did not detonate. Less than an hour later, Batkid was summoned back to Union Square, where a criminal mastermind known as The Riddler was attempting to rob a bank vault. Batkid successfully downed the villain, despite significant disadvantages in height and strength, and The Riddler was taken away in a San Francisco police department truck. SFPD did not immediately respond to questions
regarding charges against The Riddler. Later, Batkid apprehended a known felon called Penguin before being handed the key to the city by an understandably grateful mayor. The stunt gripped the city: “This has turned into a full blown phenomenon,” sair Suhr, the police chief .The White House sent out a tweet encouraging Batkid to “Go get ‘em!” In a video recording, President Barack Obama said, “Way to go, Miles! Way to save Gotham!” Make-a-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses. Miles, a Batman fan, had one wish: “To be Batkid.” NeWS DeSk
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An all-round performance from Sarel Burger powered Namibia to an easy 35run victory over USA, their first in the competition. Burger scored a 36-ball 43 that included two sixes and a four, and added 76 for the fourth wicket with Craig Williams, as Namibia finished on 163 for 4. He then bowled a tight spell of 4-0-161 to put pressure on USA during their chase. USA lost regular wickets throughout the chase and a 34-ball 44 from the opener Steven Taylor aside, no one else produced a significant score. Bernard Scholtz and JJ Smit picked up two wicket each, as USA managed 120 from their 20 overs. IRELAND BEAT UAE: UAe came close to pulling off an upset, but Ireland held their nerve to register five-run win in Abu Dhabi, their second tight win in two days. UAe, helped by handy contributions from Khurram Khan and Rohan Mustafa, were 129 for 6 in the 19th over, 10 run away from a win. But in the next six balls, they lost four wickets for just four runs giving Ireland their third straight win in the competition. George Dockrell and Max Sorensen picked up two wickets apiece for the visitors. Ireland, choosing to bat, were earlier propelled by Gary Wilson's first T20I fifty, and his 92-run fourth-wicket stand with Kevin O'Brien, that took the team to 138 for 5.
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Opener Stephan Myburgh's rapid halfcentury steered Netherlands to an emphatic eight-wicket win over Bermuda in Dubai. Bermuda endured an early wicket and a middle-order stumble but captain Janeiro Tucker blitzed 51 off 25 balls, seven fours and two sixes in his counterattack that took the total to 144. Seamer Ahsan Malik was the pick of the bowlers with 2 for 15. The chase proved rather straightforward though, as the Netherlands openers raced to 108 in the 12th over. Myburgh struck seven fours and three sixes in his unbeaten 53-ball 78 which made sure medium-pacer Jacobi Robinson striking in successive overs only slowed Netherlands' progress to victory. AFGHANISTAN BEAT PAPUA NEW GUINEA: In a rain-affected match in Sharjah, Afghanistan edged out Papua New Guinea by six wickets, registering their second win of the competition. Afghanistan were given a revised target of 69 from seven overs after heavy rains lashed the ground. Mohammad Nabi hit an unbeaten 36 off 22 balls to take Afghanistan home off the last ball.
O R a batting line-up that is struggling and just arrived to play a series in what is widely acknowledged one of the toughest places to make runs, Pakistan have an unusual amount of confidence. Mohammad Hafeez, their T20 captain, said their showing on this soil earlier this year will serve as inspiration for the upcoming series. "We put up a good show in the shorter formats and we believe in this part of the world, we've done reasonably well.," Hafeez said ahead of the team's first practice session at the Wanderers in Johannesburg. Pakistan won the only Twenty20 that was played - the first was a washout - by 95 runs and came back twice in the ODI series to level it at twoall going into the final match, which they lost. What is perhaps more important than how they competed in that series was how they batted. Hafeez starred with a 51-ball 86 in the T20 to lead the side to victory in that format, while there were fifties from Misbah-ul-Haq, Shahid Afridi and Imran Farhat. In their two ODI victories of the tour, Pakistan successfully chased the targets at hand. None of that form was evident in the way they played recently in the UAe. Pakistan could not muster one score above 250 and alarming batting collapses - six for 17 to lose the first ODI by a single run. 3 for 17 upfront to put
themselves in no position to win the final ODI. They only mustered 98 in the first T20, and then lost six for 38 in the second. They have left the impression that they will be easy pickings on spicy surfaces, and against South Africa's unforgiving attack. Dav Whatmore admitted that this is an area of concern. He has emphasised to his charges the need to apply themselves and show greater patience and temperament. "From the depths of victory, we managed to lose games," Whatmore said. "We're painfully aware that we need to keep our heads a little longer and finish matches. They know the theory, we speak about that all the time. They need to understand to take it one ball at a time." One player who seems to have learned that is Sohaib Maqsood. After debuting against Zimbabwe, he announced himself in the recently concluded series in the UAe as a clean striker who can hit the ball hard and work it around as well. Whatmore celebrated Masqood's coming of age as "one of the best positives," of the last six weeks. "We've all known that he is potentially a very good player," Whatmore said. "He has had some fitness issues, but anybody who drops 10 kilograms is showing everybody he wants to play. We're all very pleased for him." Now it will be up to the rest to follow Maqsood's example and display the type of commitment that can help Pakistan rebuild their one-day side and plan for next year's World T20. "The more we practice,
SPORTS DESK South Africa have the makings to become the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup champions in Australia and New Zealand. That’s the view of Kepler Wessels, the former South African captain who watched them during their six-week tour of the United Arab emirates (UAe), where they beat Pakistan 4-1 in a five-match one-day international (ODI) series. “There are a lot of options for AB de Villiers as captain, both in the bowling and batting departments. Selecting the Top 15 players won’t be difficult, but finding the right XI to play is going to be the difficult task,” he said. “We’re not too sure what’s going to happen with Jacques Kallis and Graeme Smith, but if both of them are brought back into the squad, then somebody will miss out. “If someone is going to miss out, it’s going to be a batsman. “It looks like it would probably be a batsman because you need to go with two spinners – Imran Tahir and Robin Peterson – plus they will continue to go with the allrounders. The quick bowlers obviously select themselves.” The all-rounder at the moment is Ryan McLaren, who won the Man of the Series award in the UAe, and if Kallis is back, he provides another option. However Wessels, 56, was disappointed in what he saw of Pakistan, once a powerhouse in the ODI arena. He agreed that Pakistan had not been
the best test for South Africa at this crucial time of building towards the World Cup. But he added that playing India next month will give the selectors a better indication as to how much this South African outfit has progressed. “I’m surprised as to how much Pakistan have deteriorated as a competitive team after having produced such quality international players over the decades,” Wessels said. “I have no doubt South Africa will score a lot of runs against India because their bowling attack in South Africa will be limited. But I think the Indian batsmen – particularly the younger ones – have performed very well of late and will do well.” For South Africa, there have been encouraging signs of improvement in the batting, with all the players in the top six performing with credit, while there’s ample depth in the bowling, as was shown in one of the one-day games when Vernon Philander, Wayne Parnell and spinner Peterson played when Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and leg-spinner Tahir were rested. “It looks promising because the World Cup is happening in Australia and New Zealand. The conditions should suit South Africa pretty well, so I think that it will play to our strengths,” Wessels added. Do the memories of the 1992 World Cup – especially the Sydney debacle where South Africa needed 22 runs off one ball – come back to haunt Wessels from time to time?
the more we can get good combinations before the mega event," Hafeez said. An opposition like South Africa, who are on an upward curve, will also help Pakistan measure their players development. The teams have clashed 20 times across all formats this year and Hafeez admitted it can get tedious, but said the familiarity can help Pakistan develop a yardstick for their own progress. "When you play too much with each other, sometimes you enjoy and
sometimes you are fed up. We are very much ready for this. We're both competitive enough teams to make this a good series." Pakistan will have the edge on South Africa preparation-wise. They will hold three training session before the first T20 on Wednesday, while South Africa only regroup in Johannesburg on Tuesday and will have a single net. Rain is forecast for match day, but both teams will hope it stays away.
ENGLAND 'CLEAR' ON THIRD SEAMER: SAKER SPORTS DESK england's bowling coach, David Saker, has suggested that the management have made up their minds over the troublesome third seamer slot for the first Ashes Test. In the absence of Tim Bresnan, who is continuing to recover from a back stress fracture, it is set to come down to a straight choice between Chris Tremlett, Steven Finn and Boyd Rankin to support James Anderson and Stuart Broad in Brisbane. Finn has not been selected in Tests since a disappointing display against Australia at Trent Bridge in the summer and Tremlett last played for england in the UAe at the start of 2012. Tremlett was part of the squad for the final match of the previous Ashes but england chose to alter the balance of the side and play Chris Woakes and Simon Kerrigan instead. Rankin, meanwhile, could be in line for a Test debut a year after retiring from Ireland duty to pursue an england career. each of the bowlers has played two matches so far on tour, Finn leading the way in terms of wickets (11) but with the highest economy. Rankin has taken seven wickets, Tremlett just one but the latter was seen working with Anderson in the SCG nets, rather than playing the final warm-up game, leading some to tip him for a recall. Saker was not revealing in which direction his cap is set, however. "I think we're pretty clear in our minds where we're going to go," he said. "There's a few more days to go. I'm not going to announce who's going to play. But we're confident where we are ... we're pretty clear who we're going to pick, and we'll go from there. There probably is a chance that it would be up for grabs, but we're pretty clear. If someone wants to jump the queue, they've got a couple of days to do that. "I know that the guys that we've got in this group are good enough - and we're prepared, and we're ready for this challenge. I'm confident on Thursday, whoever we go with will be ready." While Saker conceded that the three
contenders had "probably not" bowled as well as he would have liked in the warmup games, he rejected the idea that whoever comes in could be singled out by Australia's batsmen as the weak link of the attack. "Teams might target certain players on our team, but we pride ourselves as a group to do the job really well," he said. "I know as a bowling group we'll put pressure on them. "If they do want to come after our bowlers, good luck to them - if they're good enough to do that. But if they're doing that, there's a good chance we'll get some chances." Bresnan is expected to come back into contention as the tour goes on. He flew out with the squad and england hope to play him in the two-day match against a Cricket Australia Chairman's XI in Alice Springs after the Gabba Test; he could also be involved in a game for the england Performance Programme, who have joined the senior players in Brisbane. Saker said that the Yorkshire quick could be available to play in Adelaide.
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pcbchairManinhotwaters MISBAH INTERVIEW RAISES QUESTIONS ON SETHI'S ROLE
N what can be charitably termed a bizarre occurrence, the PCB head Najam Sethi donned his other hat as a journalist on Saturday night and interviewed Pakistan's captain Misbah-ul-Haq on his popular political show, Aapas ki Baat. Sethi asked Misbah all the questions a growing number of critics have been asking as the team has stumbled its way through the limited-overs leg of the South Africa series in the UAe: about the gen-
eral troubles Pakistan has been having with the batting, about Misbah's own approach and the influence it has had on younger batsmen, about Misbah's preferences for specific combinations and his inability to win games. Misbah answered whatever came his way. But the very fact that a sitting board head was using his own alternative platform as a journalist to allow a captain is bound to raise further questions about the conflict of interest inherent in Sethi's dual roles. There is nothing amiss about a chairman defending a captain of the side: as one cricket official pointed out, the Pakistan board could have recorded an inhouse interview with Misbah and put it up on its website. "The selection committee and I as PCB chairman continue to back Misbah as captain despite the usual
critics," Sethi was quoted by eSPNcricinfo. "He spoke to the media in Lahore earlier and was grilled by them. But his critics raised fresh questions, which is fair enough. So he was given a chance on my live show to answer his critics. This is a more effective way of communicating than putting something on a website. "I don't see anything wrong in this. Some perennial naysayers say there is a conflict of interest. I say this was in the public interest. I personally gained nothing from it. But cricket fans have been reassured that there is more to the story than put out by some people. Surely this is good for the motivation and cohesion of the Pakistan Cricket Team." But to use the platform of one of Pakistan's most popular channels, when the chairman happens to be one of its leading anchors, brings back those very questions that were asked when, for example, Geo Super (one of the channels of the network) was awarded broadcast rights to Pakistan's series against Sri Lanka in the UAe next month. At the time, Sethi dismissed accusations of a conflict by claiming that the bidding process was fair and was carried out by a neutral, independent arbitrator in the form of former ICC President ehsan Mani. Some perennial naysayers say there is a conflict of interest. I say this was in the public interest. I personally gained nothing from it. Sethi's own position as head of the Interim Management Committee (IMC) and de facto board head - that is currently running the board is on shaky ground. The PCB is the subject of a convoluted and ongoing legal dispute in the Islamabad High
Court (IHC) in which one judge has repeatedly tried to disband the board and bring in a new chairman via an election process. essentially Sethi's administration is existing on borrowed time, from one court date to the next: the next hearing is in the first week of December. Such a stunt is unlikely to have gone unnoticed by critics, or, in this case, petitioners who have filed cases against him. Sethi himself is ambiguous about his dual roles. In Abu Dhabi recently, he was asked at a press conference whether he intended to stay on as the board head once the legal mess was over. His reply, particularly its denouement, was telling. "I was asked by the Prime Minister (Nawaz Sharif) to come and clean up this mess," he said of his appointment in June this year. "I had no idea how deep this mess was. I am only now beginning to understand it. But the more one understands it the more one realises a, how important it is to clear up this mess and b, it's not really cricket, cricket is part of nationalism now. So therefore if the courts allow me and the PM insists that I carry on, I will try and do my best. But at the end of the day I am still a media man." Similar conflicts of interest have arisen in the past, though never at the apex administrative level within the PCB. During the tenures of Tauqir Zia and Shaharyar Khan in the early 2000s, for example, Ramiz Raja and Aamer Sohail held senior positions in the board while also working as TV commentators (Sohail, briefly, was chief selector and a commentator). Ultimately Raja resigned because of the conflict while Sohail was removed for other reasons.
Sri Lanka bring in Rambukwella, Prasanna for T20s SPORTS DESK Offspinning allrounder Ramith Rambukwella and legspinner Seekkuge Prasanna have been named in Sri Lanka's squad for the two Twenty20s against New Zealand in Pallekele. Rambukwella, 22, had been selected in the national squad during the Bangladesh series in March, but did not get a match. Prasanna, however, has played a Test and nine ODIs, with the most recent in March 2012. Both men had been penetrative with the ball during Kenya's recent Twenty20 series against the Sri Lanka A team. They had also each won a List A match against New Zealand A in early October. Rambukwella took five wickets at 11.60 in that series, and Prasanna took six at 16. That New Zealand A team featured Colin Munro, Grant elliott, Anton Devcich, Andrew ellis and Luke Ronchi, all of whom are in the New Zealand squad for the
Twenty20s. Opener Dimuth Karunaratne, middle-order batsman Ashan Priyanjan and spinner Rangana Herath were omitted from the squad, having been with the team for the ODI series. Karunaratne had failed in two attempts in the series, while Herath has increasingly been left out of the T20 team. Priyanjan is yet to make his international debut. Sri Lanka had rotated its senior batsmen during their last Twenty20 series against South Africa, but Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene and Tillakaratne Dilshan have all been named in the side. Kusal Perera has also been retained from the ODI side. The series is set to begin on Tuesday. Sri lanka squad: Dinesh Chandimal (capt.), kumar Sangakkara, lasith Malinga, Mahela Jayawardene, tillakaratne Dilshan, kusal Perera, Angelo Mathews, lahiru thirimanne, Sachithra Senanayake, Ajantha Mendis, Seekkuge Prasanna, Ramith Rambukwella, Suranga lakmal, thisara Perera, Nuwan kulasekara.
wadesuspended forpitchtampering Victoria captain Matthew Wade has been suspended for one Sheffield Shield match for pitch tampering during his side's win over Tasmania at Bellerive Oval. Wade, who scored 119 during Victoria's first innings on Thursday and Friday was found guilty of breaching the Cricket Australia Code of Behaviour while batting, after the umpires Ian Lock and Sam Nogajski reported him for "unfair play". "While batting during Victoria's first innings, umpires determined that Wade had tampered with the pitch," Cricket Australia said in a statement. "Both umpires considered the change to the pitch, which resulted in the creation of a long valley within the protected area, had been created by means other than natural wear and tear." Wade denied the charge and a full disciplinary hearing was held, led by Daryl Harper, the match referee and former Test umpire. Harper upheld the guilty verdict and Wade was penalised 50% of his match fee and received two suspension points, which will result in him missing Victoria's match against Western Australia in Perth starting on Friday. However, Wade has the right to appeal the decision, which would have to be lodged within the next 48 hours. Tony Dodemaide, the chief executive of Cricket Victoria, said the state would review the finding against Wade before deciding on its course of action. "We are currently reviewing the events in their entirety before deciding whether to lodge an appeal and will not comment further until that decision has been made," Dodemaide said. SPORtS DeSk
THIS BUILD-UP IS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: BAILEY SPORTS DESK A Gabba Test, a so-called good bloke making his debut at 30-plus, a sense of uncertainty about whether he will make it as a Test batsman - it could just as easily be last year's build-up to the first Test against South Africa as this summer's lead-up to the Ashes. But the debutant this time around, George Bailey, hopes his Test career will be longer than that of his counterpart from last year, Rob Quiney, and he has picked Quiney's brains over the past few days for advice. Quiney was thrust into the No. 3 position against Dale Steyn and Co., and was unable to reach double figures in any of his three innings in Brisbane or Adelaide, before being dropped to make way for the returning Shane Watson. The situation this year is a little different for Bailey, for he will come in lower down in the order - most likely No. 6 - and he is not standing in for an injured player, meaning a stable place in the side could be his if the runs flow. But just like Quiney, Bailey knows that a couple of failures will have the selectors rethinking their decision, and that foray into the baggy green may be shorter than he would like. Bailey flew in to Brisbane on Sunday ahead of the first Test and said he
had spoken to Quiney during the Sheffield Shield match between Tasmania and Victoria in Hobart, as well as to other Test players like Xavier Doherty and Matthew Wade, about how to handle the big moment. "Having been around this side for a little bit I know what it's like but I think this buildup is going to be completely different so there's a sense of anticipation there and not really sure what it's all going to be like," Bailey told reporters in Brisbane. "But I've had
the chance to talk to Bobby Quiney and Wadey and Xavier Doherty over the last few days and the overriding thing from them is just been to make sure you enjoy it and sometimes in these situations you have to remind yourself of that because there's a lot going on. "I wanted to talk to Bobby to see how his perspective was and see how he felt about his couple of Tests, how he dealt with the pressure and expectation externally and how he dealt with it himself. He's a good
man to talk to, such a terrific bloke and down to earth. It was a big adjustment. The main message from him was to make sure you enjoy it, which is the main message that past players have drilled into me. The way Bobby batted this week he's back to his best which is great to see." George Bailey goes back to cut, Queensland v Tasmania, Sheffield Shield, Brisbane, 3rd day, November 8, 2013 Having already stepped up in the shorter formats over the past two years, George Bailey hopes he will be able to handle the atmosphere of Test cricket as well © Getty Images Quiney was Man of the Match in Victoria's win in Hobart for his 82 and 86, while Bailey had to settle for a couple of starts of 37 and 16, to add to the 34 and 41 he made against Queensland at Allan Border Field the previous week. They are not the kind of giant scores he posted during the one-day series in India, which made him impossible to overlook in the eyes of the selectors, but he is confident the adjustment back to the red ball has done him good in any case. "I've felt pretty good the last couple of games," Bailey said. "Obviously it's going to be a pretty different wicket, the Gabba wicket compared to the two we've played
on where bowleds and lbws were the preferred mode of dismissal, so it will be good to get on something with more bounce. "I've enjoyed having a couple of games and getting in nets and getting used to different tempo, that's as big an adjustment as anything, but it was nice to play those games. I'm still feeling really good, a bit frustrated I haven't been able to go on with starts but in terms of how I'm feeling and hitting the ball, couldn't be happier." At 31, Bailey will be the oldest batsman to make his Test debut for Australia in 34 years, since Jeff Moss was handed a baggy green during the World Series Cricket rift. Having already stepped up in the shorter formats at international level over the past two years, Bailey hopes he will be able to handle the atmosphere of Test cricket as well, but knows it will be a vastly different occasion to anything he has experienced before. "I'm not sure being older makes it easier but I think having played the other formats, in terms of with crowd build-up, media stuff, that will be a little bit easier to handle," Bailey said. "The advantage of being 31...you only get one crack at it, so I'll go out there, I'll be me. I'll play the way I play and I won't go out trying to be anything but myself. And that's a good thing."
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Swansea are a football club that share a very similar philosophy to ourselves so I know David will come in here and fit the criteria in every department that we want. â€“Danny Lennon
Monday, 18 November, 2013
OLDeRS Czech Republic took a 2-1 lead over hosts Serbia in the Davis Cup final after Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek romped to a 6-2 6-4 7-6 (4) win over Nenad Zimonjic and Ilija
Bozoljac in Saturday's doubles. The result put the Czechs firmly in the driving seat with Berdych now facing world number two Novak Djokovic in Sunday's opening singles before Stepanek takes on Dusan Lajovic, a late replacement for the injured Janko Tipsarevic, or Bozoljac. An exhausted Djokovic, who arrived
djokovicoutofdavis cupfinaldoubles Serbia's world number two Novak Djokovic has been left out of Saturday's doubles in the Davis Cup final against holders Czech Republic, with Nenad Zimonjic and Ilija Bozoljac named to play against Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek. The teams were locked at 1-1 after Friday's opening singles, with Djokovic beating Stepanek in straight sets before Berdych redressed the balance against late replacement Dusan Lajovic, who stepped in for the injured Janko Tipsarevic. Djokovic faces Berdych in Sunday's opening reverse singles before world number 117 Lajovic takes on Stepanek in a potentially decisive fifth rubber in the imposing Kombank Arena. The Czechs are vying to become the first nation to retain the trophy since Spain won backto-back titles in 2008 and 2009, while hosts Serbia are bidding for their second cup after winning it at the same venue in 2010. SPORtS DeSk
in his hometown after winning four tournaments and 22 matches on the trot before recording a straight-sets victory over Stepanek on Friday, was rested for the doubles. "Djokovic was totally honest this morning and said that while he was prepared to spend every last ounce of energy in the singles, asking him to play in the doubles too would have been too much," Serbia captain Bogdan Obradovic told a news conference. "These two guys beat some really good teams, including the Bryan brothers (in the quarter-final win over the U.S.), so putting them together was a logical choice given the circumstances and we have no regrets at all. "We've been here many times before and if Djokovic beats Berdych to level the score we are confident we can clinch it in the fifth rubber although we are in a very tough situation," added Obradovic.
Berdych and Stepanek improved their Davis Cup doubles record as a pair to 141 with an effervescent performance in the packed Kombank Arena, with several hundred colourful Czech fans often gaining the upper hand over 15,000 home supporters in terms of noise. The away contingent let off their loud horns and danced to the tunes of a Serbian brass-band brought in to put some wind in the home team's sails. Volleying past their opponents almost at will and carving them open with passing shots time and again, the Czech duo broke both Zimonjic's and Bozoljac's serve in the opening set as the Serbians also committed too many unforced errors. With the flatlooking Zimonjic dropping his serve again in the opening game of the second set, the visitors comfortably held on to their advantage as Stepanek ran both Serbs ragged with devastating forays to the net.
English and Karlsson lead the way in Mexico SPORTS DESK American Harris english and Swede Robert Karlsson separated themselves from the pack on Saturday to share the lead midway through the third round of the weather interrupted OHL Classic at Mayakoba. The pair moved to 15-under-par, three shots clear of their nearest challengers, when play was suspended because of darkness at the el Camaleon Golf Club in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. english and Karlsson still had 11 holes to play in the third round after the first two days were also interrupted by foul weather. english, who won the Fedex St Jude Classic in June, finished off his second round on Saturday morning, adding three more birdies to his overnight score to finish with a nine-under-par 62, the lowest round of his career. Karlsson, an 11-time winner on the european Tour, was one of only a
handful of players able to sleep in, having finished his second round on Friday. The former world number six continued his good form, also grabbing three early round birdies. With no status on the tour, Karlsson was only included in the field courtesy of his top 10 finish in last week's McGladrey Classic, where he was on a sponsor invite. The last of his wins in europe came almost three years ago in the Dubai World Championship and he has slipped to 287th in the world but made 18 birdies in this tournament. South African Rory Sabbatini (eight holes) and American Kevin Stadler (six holes) were tied for third place at 12-under while Spain's Alvaro Quiros (14 holes) and Americans Jason Bohn (nine holes) and Chris Stroud (eight holes) shared fifth at 11-under. Defending champion John Huh sat 10 shots adrift at five under through 15 holes in a tie for 32nd.
scottwins inaustralia todefend Masterstitle World number two Adam Scott survived a late wobble and a charge from American Matt Kuchar to successfully defend his home Australian Masters title by two strokes. Having taken a four-stroke lead into the final round, U.S. Masters champion Scott stumbled with a double-bogey on the parthree 14th hole to concede a two-stroke lead to world number eight Kuchar on a gusty day at Royal Melbourne. But the 35-year-old American's challenge crumbled on his final few holes with a bogey on the par-four 16th and a doublebogey on the par-four 18th to gift Scott a two-stroke lead heading to the last hole. Roared on by a huge gallery, the home hero Scott tapped in a three-foot par putt to complete an even-par round of 71 for a 14-under total of 270. SPORtS DeSk
LIANG EDGES PROM IN PLAYOFF TO TAKE MANILA TITLE SPORTS DESK China's Liang Wenchong birdied the final hole to force a playoff with Thailand's Prom Meesawat before going on to claim a third Asian Tour title at the inaugural Manila Masters on Sunday. Prom's bogey-free seven-under 65 in the final round took him to the top of the leaderboard as overnight leader Liang (69) fell back after a double-bogey on the ninth hole. But the Chinese, who was struggling with fatigue and a hand injury, recovered on the back nine to pick up four strokes, including a 10-foot birdie putt on the 18th, to match Prom on 16-under for the tournament. "It has been a long time since I last came to the Philippines and a good five years since I last won on the Asian Tour," Liang told reporters at the Resorts World Manila Masters. "This is my sixth consecutive event already and I was actually kind of worn out coming to the Philippines early this week. "Furthermore, I was still nursing an old hand injury which acted up
again early this week. It got so bad the night after my first round that I even thought of withdrawing from the tournament. Luckily it got better after my visit to the physio." At the first playoff hole, the parfive 18th, Prom's chances of victory disappeared when he found a terrible lie in a bunker with his second shot and was only able to flop the ball out a few metres. Liang secured the title with a tap-in birdie after his eagle putt from the edge of the green stopped inches from the pin. Canadian rookie Richard Lee carded the lowest round of the day of 64 to share third place with fellow Asian Tour rookie Carlos Pigem of Spain. The $750,000 event went ahead despite the unprecedented disaster caused by Typhoon Haiyan, which killed thousands and displaced 670,000 people, leaving them with no access to food, water or medicine. Liang did his part by donating half of his winner's cheque of $135,000 to the Red Cross to help the victims.
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PM ARRIVES IN THAILAND ON 3-DAY VISIT BANGKOK
RIMe Minister Nawaz Sharif arrived in Bangkok on Sunday on a three-day visit to Thailand. The Thai deputy prime minister received the prime minister at the airport. The prime minister will hold meetings and delegationlevel talks with his Thai counterpart who will also host a gala dinner in his and his spouse’s honour. The prime minister will also address the inaugural session of Connect Asia Pacific Summit 2013 and will visit the Impact exhibition in Bangkok. The prime minister will also attend a luncheon meeting with prominent Thai and Pakistani businessmen. The executive secretary of United Nations economic & Social Commission For Asia and the Pacific (unescap), Noeleen Heyzer, will call on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during his visit. The First Lady Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, Minister for Information Technology Anusha Rehman, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Tariq Fatemi and Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani are accompanying the prime minister.
BANGKOK: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is presented bouquets by children attired in Pakistani traditional dresses on arrival at Don Mueang Airport on Sunday. INP
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Militants attacked a security checkpost and set it on fire in Swabi district on Sunday leaving two policemen dead. The Swabi police confirmed that two motorcyclists targeted the Darand police checkpost in Barmola police station jurisdiction in the afternoon and killed two policemen, Nadir and Sajjad. Swabi is the hometown of TTP’s new second-incommand Khalid Haqqani and presently also acting as chief of the TTP in the absence of Mullah Fazlullah who is in Afghanistan. Attacks on security forces in KPK have increased after the TTP leadership extended to the settled
areas. As many as three attacks took place on Friday in Bannu, Dera Ismail Khan and Peshawar which left two security personnel dead and at least eight others injured. Meanwhile, a woman was killed and four others including three women sustained injuries in a hand grenade attack at a house. Police said unidentified men hurled a hand grenade at a house in Kashkol Banda area. As a result, five people including four women sustained injuries. The injured were taken to district headquarters hospital, where one woman succumbed to wounds. The unknown miscreants managed to flee after the attack. Police have registered the case and further investigations are underway.
Pakistan urges Libyan armed groups to lay down arms UNITED NATIONS APP
Reaffirming its full support to Libya, Pakistan has called on all Libyan armed groups to lay down arms and resolve their differences through democratic means in an effort to stabilise the North African country. “Libya continues to face serious challenges in the consolidation of its new democratic system,” Ambassador Masood Khan said after the prosecutor of International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, briefed the UN Security Council on the Libyan situation. During the briefing, Bensouda called for devising a comprehensive strategy to address the serious crimes committed in Libya and for the international community to help close the impunity gap. In his remarks, the Pakistani ambassador called for “thorough and impar-
The formation of a democratically-elected government is leading to positive results in Libya. We welcome the adoption of her new Transitional Justice Law
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tial” trials of alleged perpetrators during the 2011 pro-democracy uprising in Libya, regardless of
which side committed the crimes. “The best way for the international community to assist Libya is to help it strengthen the capacity of Libyan institution,” he said. Both justice and security institutions need to be supported for enhancing their capacity and effectiveness.” Masood Khan also encouraged the NATO to fully cooperate with the court as well as Libya’s national efforts to investigate the civilian casualties during the conflict. “The formation of a democratically-elected government is leading to positive results in Libya. We welcome the adoption of Libya’s new Transitional Justice Law. We hope that this law would be used to ensure due process for all detainees. “The country has now entered the important phase of implementation of transition laws. This is critical for a stable and prosperous Libya. “
SIX CUSTOMS OFFICIALS ABDUCTED FROM GWADAR QUETTA: Six officials of the Pakistan Customs (PC) were kidnapped by unidentified people on Sunday from Balochistan’s coastal city of Jiwani in Gwadar District. Reportedly, the kidnappers also took the vehicle and weapons of the officials. Authorities were clueless about the incident. No one had claimed responsibility for the kidnapping until the filing of this report. Jiwani is the coastal border area between Iran and Pakistan. Meanwhile, FC personnel launched a search operation in Hudda District Jail and seized eight mobile phones and other illegal things from the inmates. Separately, the Quetta police are still clueless about the whereabouts of abducted Awami National Party (ANP) leader Abdul Zahir Kasi. He was abducted from the provincial capital some three weeks ago. His relatives said the police had made tall claims, but to no avail. The police claimed to have recovered the video of the car and motorcycle used in the abduction. The Balochistan chief minister had visited Kasi’s house and assured the family of his early recovery. INP
THREE CHILDREN BURNT ALIVE IN JAMSHORO JAMSHORO: Three minor kids were burnt alive when their house, in a village near Jamshoro, caught fire. According to details, five-year-old Abdul Rashid, sixyear-old Shabbir Ahmad and three-year-old Sakina were burnt alive when their house in Sher Muhammad Khoso village caught fire. According to the uncle of the deceased kids, the fire spread from a stove which was left burning in the house. INP
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MULTAN: Army personnel stand alert after the city administration summoned the military in wake of clashes between two religous groups. INP Published by Arif Nizami at Plot # 7, Al-Baber Centre, F/8 Markaz, Islamabad.
MIRANSHAH: As many as two soldiers were injured when a security forces convoy came under a bomb attack in North Waziristan on Sunday. Officials said the incident took place near Karam Kot area in Mirali sub-division of the tribal agency where insurgents targeted a vehicle of security convoy with a remote-controlled IeD. Curfew has been imposed across North Waziristan since Saturday evening. INP