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Rs 17.00 Vol IV No 17 19 Pages
Saturday, 20 July, 2013 Ramadan 10, 1434
Islamabad — Peshawar Edition
Cannot defeat al Qaeda without Pakistan’s support: Dempsey
STORY ON PAGE 03
SC freezes DHA’s accounts in EOBI scam PAGE 02 STORY ON PAGE 04 NEWS ANALYSIS ON PAGE 03
STORY ON PAGE 02
State Dept opposes Missing persons issue Congressional proposal cannot be ignored to cut Pakistan aid any longer: CJP The State Department of the United States has voiced its opposition to a Capitol Hill move that seeks to dramatically cut foreign assistance for several countries including Pakistan and Afghanistan. Commenting on a House of Representative Appropriations Committee bill for the next fiscal year, a spokesperson at the State Department, which leads foreign assistance programs, said the administration was concerned at the proposed cuts and would work closely with the Congress to resolve the issue. PAGE 02
Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has said that the missing persons case was the most vital issue of the country and “we cannot shut our eyes to it”. While expressing concern over missing status of people, apathy on the part of state and lack of cooperation from the intelligence agencies in the matter, the CJP said, “For how long more we will avert the applicants. There is a limit to everything. Missing persons matter is the most important issue of the country.” PAGE 02
IHC CANCELS ZAKA’S Misbah-ul-Haq APPOINTMENT AS casts magic PCB CHIEF over West Indies PAGE 21 Misbah-ul-Haq and Umar Akmal took Pakistan to 229/6 against West Indies in third One-day International here at Guyana on Friday. West Indies bowlers enjoyed a field day as they made life difficult for the Pakistan top-order after Dwayne Bravo won the toss and elected to field in the third One-Day International (ODI) at St. Lucia. After struggling through most parts of the innings, Misbah-ul-Haq’s fighting innings (75) and Umar Akmal’s final over blitz (40 not out) enabled Pakistan to go past the 200-run mark. PAGE 21
Australia slams door on refugees with tough new measures Australia announced tough new measures to stem a dramatic increase in refugee boats from Indonesia on Friday, with a deal to send all boat arrivals to Papua New Guinea (PNG) for assessment and eventual settlement. The human rights group Amnesty International condemned the measures, saying Australia was shirking its moral obligations and turning its back on the world’s most vulnerable people. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is facing a tough election race and immigration has become a contentious issue. PAGE 07
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US agrees to extradite Aafia Siddiqui ISLAMABAD Online
In the latest breakthrough in Pakistan-US relations, Washington has offered Islamabad to sign a prisoner swap agreement for the extradition of Dr Aafia Siddiqui, after which the Pakistani scientist will be allowed to serve the remaining part of her imprisonment in her homeland. Talking to a private TV channel, the spokesperson of the Foreign Office Umar Hameed also confirmed that the US had offered Pakistan to sign a prisoner swap agreement after which both countries would release each other’s prisoners. According to the documents acquired from the Interior Ministry, the US told Pakistan in written that the only legal way for the extradition of Dr Aafia Siddiqui
Saturday, 20 July, 2013
Taxi driver’s killing
it’s not the first tiMe rangers have acted irresponsibly:sc
sc freezes dha’s accounts in eobi scam
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Friday directed the Sindh police chief to submit a challan on the killing of a taxi driver by paramilitary Rangers force in Karachi within one week. On July 18, the Supreme Court took suo motu notice of the murder of the taxi driver. The case was heard by a three-member bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Jawwad S Khawaja and Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed. Recalling the killings of Sarfaraz Shah and Ghulam Haider by the Rangers personnel, the chief justice said it was not the first time the Rangers officers had acted irresponsibly. “If the Rangers have arms in their hands, they should use it according to the law,” the CJP said, adding, “The court will intervene if forces commit such acts.” He questioned why an FIR had not been lodged by the Rangers director general. A lawyer representing the Rangers told the SC that four Rangers personnel had been handed over to the police for investigation. The court directed the Sindh IG to submit a challan in the killing within a week and adjourned the hearing until July 26. Online
APEX COURT DIRECTS FIA TO CONTINUE PROBE IN MULTI-BILLION RUPEE EMBEZZLEMENT ISLAMABAD
iMran assures gates of anti-polio support ISLAMABAD: Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates on Friday held a 25-minute teleconference with Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaf Chairman Imran Khan and sought his support for the anti-polio campaign in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa where Khan’s party is in power. According to details, Khan assured Gates of his support in promoting polio vaccination in the province. They also discussed other matters of mutual interest during the teleconference. Gates has earlier spoken to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for his support to Bill and Melinda gates Foundation’s efforts against polio in Pakistan. STAFF RePORT
HE Supreme Court on Friday directed freezing the bank accounts of Defence Housing Authority (DHA) in Rawalpindi and Islam-
abad. The directions were issued by a three-judge bench of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Jawwad S Khawaja and Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed during the hearing in a suo motu case regarding misappropriation of Rs 40 billion in the Employees Old Age Benefits Institution (EOBI). The apex court also directed to the counsel for DHA to submit all details of the bank accounts with the Registrar’s Office immediately.
The court also directed the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to continue its investigation in the scam and to proceed against the culprits involved in the multi-billion rupee embezzlement. The bench declared that it would announce its final verdict as soon as the FIA completed its investigation for unearthing the facts. The court ordered the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) to gather the details of all transactions of DHA and present it before the bench. FIA Additional Director General (Legal) Azam Khan apprised the court that no application had yet been received from the EOBI secretary for registering a case. He further stated that out of eleven deals of EOBI with various companies in Lahore, four housing societies had pledged to return the amount soon. Counsel for DHA Ahmer Bilal Sufi informed the court that the DHA had paid Rs 10 billion to Bahria Town. Sufi said it was a joint venture of DHA and Bahria Town and of Rs 40 billion, the DHA had paid Rs 10 billion, thus the authority did not have the amount at the time. The chief justice objected that how
could a government institution be in partnership with a private entity. Seeking time from the court, Sufi stated that the DHA could only pay back the money by selling its land for which it would need some time. EOBI Secretary Munir Qureshi told the court that names of officials of the EOBI involved in the scam had been placed on the Exit Control List (ECL). Justice Jawwad remarked that putting names on ECL did not serve the purpose and there was a need to lodge FIRs against them. The DHA said all transactions were completed and the deal was struck per procedures. The official said 90 percent development of the sold property had been completed and plots were ready for construction. He said funds received from the EOBI had been utilised for purchase and development of land. He said proper allotment letters were issued to the EOBI, which was a valid document. He added that the development may be evaluated by NESPAK as suggested by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA). The hearing was later adjourned until July 26.
Missing persons issue cannot be ignored any longer: cJp ISLAMABAD Online
Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has said that the missing persons case was the most vital issue of the country and “we cannot shut our eyes to it”. While expressing concern over missing status of people, apathy on the part of state and lack of cooperation from the intelligence agencies in the matter, the CJP said, “For how long more we will avert the applicants. There is a limit to everything. Missing persons matter is the most important issue of the country. We cannot close our eyes to it. Why does the government not address this issue. As to why any policy is not evolved in this respect.” “Appointing a lawyer by the Defence Ministry in the presence of the attorney general (AG) is tantamount to expressing mistrust. We have lost our peace of mind, imagine the level of restlessness relatives of missing persons are facing. Police officer is recording such a major evidence and it will be state failure if the missing persons are not recovered now,” the CJP said. Justice Jawad S Khawaja said the police officer was saying personnel of intelligence agencies had picked youths up. “What could be bigger evidence than this? This is a serious matter. The government should either ask us in writing to abandon the hearing of these matters or resolved the issues.” Sub-Inspector Ehsan Elahi and Additional Attorney General (AAG) Tariq Khokhar also appeared in the court. Khokhar told the court that a police officer had levelled charges with reference to intelligence agencies. “A possibility is there for the Defence Ministry to appoint its lawyer or file statement in this respect. “ The CJP said, “Do you have no trust in the AG to talk this way. The matters have gone too far ahead already that you should realise that it has become the biggest issue of the country.” The court directed the AG to ascertain what the government was doing in this connection and adjourned the hearing until July 26.
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was to sign the prisoner swap agreement with the US. The US offered two deals that include European Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons and Convention on Serving Criminal Sentences Abroad in this regard, the channel said. Meanwhile, it was also revealed that the Interior Ministry had formed a task force following the US offer which held its first session on July 3 to review the agreement. The task force was established under the directives of Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan. The Pakistani neuroscientist was sentenced to 86 years in prison after she was convicted of grabbing a US soldier’s M-4 assault rifle and trying to shoot a group of FBI agents and soldiers at an Afghan police compound in July 2008, a charge she consistently denied during the trial.
State Dept opposes Congressional proposal WASHINGTON APP
The State Department of the United States has voiced its opposition to a Capitol Hill move that seeks to dramatically cut foreign assistance for several countries including Pakistan and Afghanistan. Commenting on a House of Representative Appropriations Committee bill for the next fiscal year, a spokesperson at the
State Department, which leads foreign assistance programs, said the administration was concerned at the proposed cuts and would work closely with the Congress to resolve the issue. “This is just the start of process. We’re looking forward to working with Congress on this issue going forward, but that being said, we are very concerned,” Marie Harf, Deputy spokesperson at the State Department, said.
“Our concern is that these proposed cuts, which we would consider, would be devastating if put into effect, would hurt our ability to stand up for American interests and values around the world. The US can’t lead if we retreat in this way,” she added. Harf particularly pointed out the proposal on a 41 percent cut to economic and development assistance. “This would dramatically reduce our
assistance to countries like Afghanistan, Pakistan, Mexico, Colombia, South Sudan, Somalia, and Burma. It would also force us to scale back the Feed the Future program, setting back progress to reduce poverty in Africa by improving agricultural productivity. Also, the bill zeroes out voluntary funding for our contributions to UN organisations, including organisations like UNICEF.” “Our position is that the State Depart-
ment is uniquely situated to continue with the programs, the assistance, the engagement on the development and economic side that we’ve been doing,” the spokesperson noted. “It’s the start of the process, so we are looking forward to working with Congress to get to a place that we feel is more acceptable and in the US interests to be able to continue promoting our security, our interests, and our values overseas.”
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pMl-n wants presidential polls delayed, ecp reluctant NAWAZ FORMS PML-N TASK FORCE TO SEEK PARLIAMENTARY PARTIES’ SUPPORT FOR PARTY’S CANDIDATES ISLAMABAD AnwAR AbbAS
S the time for filing of nomination papers is approaching near, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) government is trying to get the presidential elections delayed because of various engagements by a number of its parliamentarians. The party on the other hand is busy in revising names of candidates who would replace President Asif Ali Zardari.
Informed sources told Pakistan Today on Friday that the party was seeking more time and had vowed to delay the presidential polls to ensure maximum participation of its parliamentarians, as well as attracting support from the other political parties present in parliament. In accordance with the schedule issued by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), the date for filing the nomination papers by the candidates vowing to contest the polls is July 24, the scrutiny of the nomination papers would be done by July 26 and polling will take place by August 6. A number of newly-elected members of the National Assembly, who won their seats in the by-polls, are likely to miss the elections as they have not taken the oath for their new positions in the National Assembly while among the sitting parliamentarians, numerous MNAs and senators are or will be out of the country to perform Umra while a large number will be performing the Islamic ritual of aetikaaf so they would also not be able to become the part of the presi-
KhawaJa asif soothes Kp cM on energy crisis
dential polls. It is likely that more than 50 parliamentarians, mostly of the PML-N, are likely to miss the elections due to various reasons. Because of these issues and directions from the top PML-N leadership, the Ministry of Law, Justice and the Parliamentary Affairs has written a letter to the Election Commission of Pakistan, asking it to alter the schedule for the presidential elections. Citing these reasons, the ministry has requested the ECP to alter the schedule announced earlier because of the unavailability of a number of parliamentarians. The letter said the government might face problems in holding the presidential elections per the schedule issued by the ECP, therefore requesting it to delay them. ECP OPPOSES REQUEST: However, the ECP has opposed the government’s request and sent its summary to Chief Election Commissioner Justice (r) Fakhruddin G Ebrahim for final decision
over the matter. PML-N CONTIGENCY PLAN: Meanwhile, the PML-N is also working on a contingency plan that involves attracting the support of other political parties currently present in parliament in case the ECP does not delay the polls. In this connection, a meeting of the party’s top leadership chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif reviewed various names for the presidential post. Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Justice (r) Saeeduz Zaman Siddiqui, Mamnoon Hussain, Iqbal Zafar Jhagra, Mehtab Khan Abbasi and Ghaus Ali Shah are among those being considered. Nawaz also directed the party leaders to contact other political parties present in both Houses of parliament and seek their support for the PML-N candidates. He also formed a task force for the purpose that includes Nisar Ali Khan, Khawaja Asif, Ahsan Iqbal, Saad Rafique and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif.
PPP, MQM want delay in presidential polls KArAcHI
Federal Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif on Friday assured Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Chief Minister Parvez Khattak that all problems relating to power will be resolved on priority basis. Khawaja Asif expressed these views in a meeting with the KP chief minister in Islamabad. They discussed matters pertaining to energy crisis in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Talking to newsmen after the meeting‚ Khawaja said all problems of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa relating to power would be resolved. He said the province was getting full share of its quota which would be increased once the supply of power improves. Speaking on the occasion‚ Parvez Khattak said the federation had assured to solve the problems of the province on preferential basis. He said the previous government did nothing to upgrade the power grid, however, he claimed to upgrade the system just in three years.
The former ruling allies, Pakistan People’s Party and Muttahida Qaumi Movement, have agreed to push for the revision of forthcoming presidential election that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has slated for the 6th of next month. The agreement between the nowestranged allies was reached during a meeting of PPP’s Senator Rehman Malik and the MQM’s Coordination Committee members on Friday at the Muttahida’s International Secretariat in London. “The matters relating to the forthcoming presidential election were also discussed on the occasion,” an MQM statement quoted the London Secretariat as saying. The MQM was represented in the meeting by the committee’s London chapter’s Deputy Convener Nadeem Nusrat and members Tariq Javaid, Kunwar Naveed, Muhammad Anwar,
PPP NOMINATE RABBANI AS PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) nominated Senator Raza Rabbani as a candidate for the upcoming presidential elections, a private TV channel reported on Friday. Addressing the press conference alongside PPPP President Amin Fahim, Rabbani said that he hoped the forthcoming presidential elections will allow Pakistan to become a “true federal state”. The presidential elections are scheduled to be held on August 6. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has already shortlisted six names for the post. The ECP has stipulated July 24 as the last date to submit presidential nomination papers. The tenure of President Asif Ali Zardari comes to an end on Septermber8, 2013. MOniTORinG DeSK
Wasay Jalil, Muhammad Ashfaq, Mustafa Azizabadi and Qasim Ali Raza. The two sides, the statement said, agreed that the presidential poll’s schedule should be reviewed by the ECP. They said the election for the slot of presidency must be held after com-
pletion of by-elections on national and provincial assembly seats that were still lying vacant. The former interior minister discussed with the MQM in detail the country’s overall political situation, particularly of Sindh, the MQM-PPP relations and other matters of mutual interest.
ecp refuses to conduct lg polls by sept 15 ISLAMABAD Online
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Friday refused conducting Local government elections by September 15. Per media reports, the ECP expressed failure and stated that it would not be possible to conduct four elections at a time. Sources in the ECP said the ECP had to conduct by-elections on August 22, Presidential elections on August 6, while cantonment elections had been announced to be held in September. Therefore, due to tough working schedule, it was nearly impossible for the commission to conduct the LG polls until September 15.
ecp issues arrest warrant of forMer ptdc chief ISLAMABAD Online
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Friday issued bailable arrest warrants of former Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) chairman Mir Shah Jahan Khetran. According to media reports, ECP summoned him three times but he did not appear before the commission. He was alleged to have taken part in the elections despite holding a public office. The ECP ordered to arrest Shah Jahan Khetran.
fia gets special powers to prosecute power thieves LAHOre STAFF RePORT
The federal government on Friday gave special powers to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to take legal action against those stealing electricity. The move was initiated in accordance with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s directives and that Section 39A of the Electricity Act has been added to FIA’s list of offences as a result. Provincial task forces have been set up to keep a check on electricity theft. They have been constituted in all four FIA zonal offices in Sindh, Punjab, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan. The deputy director FIA Immigration Allama Iqbal International Airport Lahore was nominated as the head of the provincial task force, while acting deputy director FIA Anti-Trafficking Unit Lahore was appointed as a senior member.
The man in the Presidency matters most to PML-N NEWS ANALYSIS Nadeem Syed
With the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) success pretty much assured in the presidential election, the only intriguing part in the episode is why the ruling party, or Sharifs, are in such a hurry to see the back of President Asif Ali Zardari. Especially at a time when Zardari has become a harmless soul, evident when he did not think twice before following the advice of prime minister while terminating Fasih Bokhari, once his own choice for the NAB chairman’s slot. So the question being asked is why is the government showing much urgency in the presidential election? The government wrote a letter enquiring the Election Commission of Pakistan when it would issue the schedule of election and the latter complied instantly without taking any time despite the electoral college was not yet complete. And now that the schedule has been publicised, the party’s entire focus has
shifted to the presidential contest, so much so that the top leaders have put off all major decisions until after September 8. All eyes are set on who is going to be the Nawaz Sharif’s choice for the top office, so ceremonial and yet so important for the any political dispensation given the country’s past history. Already there is talk of somebody from the smaller provinces. Some PML-N leaders are advising the Sharifs to go for someone really close to them. However, some party circles went to the extent of advising the top man to be someone from within the family. ‘Why not follow the Zardari model this time?” these circles submitted before the top leadership in a debate taking place in the party. “Like President Zardari opted to man the Presidency, why cannot Nawaz Sharif himself follow suit and fill Zardari’s shoes,” it has been argued. The prospect of Nawaz becoming the president has several advantages for the party. First, it would shut doors on all conspiracies that trace their genesis to the Presi-
dency. In the past, successive presidents became pawn in the hands of the Establishment in overthrowing political governments, be it the Pakistan People’s Party or PML-N and whether it was Benazir Bhutto or Nawaz Sharif. Ghulam Ishaq Khan and Farooq Leghari both sent elected political governments packing in connivance with the military. Nawaz had a bitter experience in its dealings with the military and Presidency, probably more than anybody else. Some political analysts say there still persists a psychological barrier between the two state institutions and the Sharifs are conscious of the fact. Even a lame duck president like Rafiq Tarar and heavy mandate could not save the PML-N’s last government from the wrath of military under Pervez Musharraf. A palpable advantage of Nawaz in the Presidency would be that he would ward off all machinations and set the stage for the PML-N government to complete its term. Second, despite being a ceremonial office after the 18th Amendment, Nawaz would still be very much in the system, more influential than even the prime min-
ister, as indicated by the experience in the last five years. He would be the one wielding veto right in all important political and strategic matters. Nawaz is already very relaxed, exhibiting a laid back approach in running the government as if his heart is after something else. He has confided to some close friends that he finds no charm being the prime minister anymore. Shahbaz Sharif is everywhere, in Islamabad and in Lahore. He is in every important meeting, even instrumental in organising some important meetings featuring the prime ministers and others. Nawaz took him to ISI headquarters when no other chief minister was invited. It seems that he spends more time in the federal capital than in the provincial capital, visiting Islamabad sometimes twice a day. His official helicopter has made his life easier, making it possible to travel so frequently to the capital. The tag of de-facto prime minister has already been attached to him. Within the party, there are murmurs that Shahbaz enjoys all the limelight by de-
sign. Third, Nawaz still will be on the top, enjoying all the perks and protocols and interacting with the heads of states. As such, the prospect of becoming president sounds a highly attractive one for Sharifs. But there are disadvantages as well. Who will be the prime minister will be the primary concern of Nawaz. Keeping all the big offices within the clan would not be good idea, but then again there can be hardly any interest more important than the party’s interest. In case the Sharifs do not pick any one from the family, then their choice could be from the smaller provinces. Sources revealed that initially the Sharifs are considering the name of Sartaj Aziz, Zafar Iqbal Jhagra, Mehtab Abbasi from NWFP and Ghous Ali Shah from Sindh. It is learnt that Sharifs in a meeting in Islamabad on Friday added to this list some more names. They are former Sindh governor Mamnoon Hussain Qazi and Justice (r) Saeeduz Zaman Siddiqui. The party sources say that Mamnoon Qazi, Justice Siddiqui and Sartaj Aziz are the most favourites right now.
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NEWS Saturday, 20 July, 2013
pM orders ib to spare Cannot defeat al Qaeda without no criminal element Pakistan’s support: Dempsey IB SUBMITS REPORT ON LASHKAR-E-JHANGVI’S ATTACK ON JUSTICE BAQIR ISLAMABAD
RIME Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday directed the Intelligence Bureau (IB) to crack down on criminal elements irrespective of their political affiliations and religious beliefs, as he was informed that the civilian law enforcement agency had been able to smash a hardcore criminal gang in Karachi involved in sectarian killings, including attacks on Sindh High Court Justice Maqbool Baqir and others. Last week, the prime minister had directed the IB Director General Aftab Sultan to help investigate the perpetrators of the attack on Justice Baqir and also trace the elements involved in Lyari unrest. Sultan told the prime minister that the attack on Justice Baqir was codenamed “Operation Glorious Task” by the Lashkar-eJhangvi (LJ) and their future targets included Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leaders Syed Haider Abbas Rizvi and Shah Jee, who are both Shias. “Following an actionable lead from sources, on the night of July 16-17, IB Karachi along with Sindh Police Southern carried out an operation and apprehended one Masoom Billa from Afra Garden, Karachi,” says the IB report presented to the prime minister, adding that the arrest was the biggest breakthrough in the case of attack on Justice Baqir. As per the report, Masoom Billa alias Abu Bakar alias Zulfiqar alias Khahsar alias Saadul-
blast in bara Kills 2 fc personnel KHYBer AGeNcY
lah revealed that not only he was the head of the LJ’s secret death squad he was also the executor of the bomb attack on Justice Baqir. “During investigation, Billa revealed that Bashir Ahmed Leghari was the mastermind of the bomb attack along with Asif Chotoo, while Attaur Rahman alias Naeem Bukhari was overall head of the operation,” the report said. Billa further told the investigators that Asif Chotoo and his accomplices Sajid and Qari Allah Dad participated in the attack. Naeem Bukhari addressed the participants through cell phone and the mobile SIM phones used in the attack were disposed off. “Naeem Bukhari told us that Justice Maqbool Baqir must be killed and this team was designated for ‘Glorious Task’,” said Billa, disclosing that he snatched a motorcycle from Surjani Town and used it in the attack. After it was decided that Billa would execute the attack, the motorcycle was prepared in the house of Bashir Ahmed Leghari and an adjacent empty quarter by Asif Chotoo and Sajid. The explosive material was fitted by Asif Chotoo himself in front headlight, body, tyres, silencer and backlight. Nut bolts and bearings were fitted in petrol tank. Afterwards one Yasiri, a rickshaw driver who was a team member, was used to transfer the bike to the attack site as the motorcycle could not be driven to the attack site. “The remote control was handled by Billa while Asif Chotoo relayed information to Sajid about the arrival of Justice Baqar’s security entourage on a mobile phone. Finally on arrival of Justice Baqir, Billa pushed the button resulting in the blast,” the report said. According to the report, Billa revealed that Qari Allah Dad had also tasked him to carry out the killing of Advocate Saqlain Kausar and anyone else in the car with him. “Billa, Sajid and Mursaleen killed Kausar and his two sons in the attack,” said the report.
Bomb found near mosque in Britain WOLVerHAMPTON
At least two Frontier Corps (FC) personnel were killed on Friday, in a roadside improvised explosive device (IED) blast in Bara tehsil of the Khyber tribal region. FC officials confirmed the incident and said a patrolling party was hit by a roadside IED in Akakhel area. Nobody claimed responsibility for the incident but militants have previously carried out several attacks in the area.
In yet another incident targeting the Muslim community in Britain, debris from an explosive device have been found near a mosque in Wolverhampton city, police said Friday. The device was found Thursday night by police officers and army bomb disposal experts, Sky News reported. The mosque was evacuated but was reopened for worship following the discovery. The debris was declared safe but further forensic tests will be conducted at the scene. Police believe the device was activated June 28. The search was part of an investigation into recent attacks near mosques in Walsall and Tipton. Two men aged 25 and 22, both of eastern European origin, were arrested Thursday in Small Heath, Birmingham, in connection with the blasts. They are being held under the Terrorism Act.
‘nab functioning even in absence of chairman’
The US cannot achieving its goal of defeating al Qaeda without Pakistan's support, a top American general said, noting that Islamabad's co-operation on counterterrorism had not been on the expected lines. "Our strategic interests and national security goals remain to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat al Qaeda and to prevent the return of safe havens in Afghanistan and Pakistan." "This will not be possible without Pakistan's support," General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in written answers to the questions by the Senate Armed Services Committee. "We also have an interest in a stable Pakistan and the nonproliferation of nuclear weapons and technology. On the security front, we have a more limited relationship than in the past, but I believe it is a pragmatic and constructive approach," said Dempsey, who has been renominated by US President Barack Obama for the same post. "Pakistan's cooperation on counterterrorism has not always met our expectations. Since 2009, Pakistan has undertaken counterinsurgency operations
british police arrest two in walsall, tipton Mosque blasts LONDON Online
Two eastern European men were arrested by British police in connection with explosions near two mosques at Walsall and Tipton in central England. Police said the men, aged 25 and 22, were arrested in Birmingham and were being questioned. "The two men were held under the Terrorism Act on suspicion of being involved in the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism," a police spokesperson said. They were held after remains of a small explosive device were found near the Aisha Mosque in Walsall on June 22. The two were also arrested in relation to a suspected nail bomb found last week in Tipton. A loud bang was heard near the Aisha mosque in Walsall, while a second explosion had taken place near Kanzul Iman Masjid mosque in Tipton. Police were called to the mosque in Walsall a day after the explosion after some locals had discovered debris from a device.
against extremist organisation in the northwest, including Swat, North and South Waziristan, Mohmand, and Bajaur with mixed results," he said when asked about the cooperation being received by Pakistan on counterterrorism issues. "Security assistance, Coalition Support Fund reimbursements, and crossborder coordination with the ISAF and Afghan forces have helped enable these operations. It is in our interest that Pakistan continues this campaign as effectively and comprehensively as possible," he said. Arguing for a continued close engagement with the Pakistani military, Dempsey said as Pakistan democratic consolidation progressed, the US must ensure that it maintains military-to-military ties. "I will continue a frank and respectful dialogue about our shared interests in countering extremist and promoting regional stability. Security cooperation cannot succeed without the buy-in of Pakistani leadership and continued support of the US Congress," he said. Observing that military-to-military ties with Pakistan were an important aspect of the broader bilateral relationship, he said, "Our engagements, and especially our security assistance programmes, are essential for effective
military cooperation between our two countries." Dempsey said he had engaged productively with Pakistan army chief General Ashfaq Pervaiz Kayani, many times in the past, and “the Office of the Defence Representative in Pakistan plays an important role in building and sustaining military-military ties at lower levels”. "These relationships allow us to engage Pakistan in clearly defined areas of shared concern such as maintaining regional stability, curbing violent extremism, and countering the threat of improvised explosive devices," he said. Noting that the key route to sustain US forces in Pakistan has been movement via sealift to Pakistan and then ground movement through Pakistan to Afghanistan, he said this is the cheapest, fastest, most direct surface route. "Since the reopening, the Government of Pakistan has provided security to US and NATO cargo shipments through the PAK GLOC. Pakistan is maintaining security along the Ground Lines of Communication (GLOCs) through Pakistan to Afghanistan for the transshipment of equipment and supplies in support of United States military operations in Afghanistan and the retrograde of United States equipment out of Afghanistan," he said.
Poll reveals global opposition to US drone strikes WASHINGTON SPeCiAl CORReSPOnDenT
The US drone strikes are widely unpopular in nations across the world, a survey said on Thursday amid criticism from countries including Pakistan over the unmanned aerial attacks that Washington regularly launches to target suspected terrorists. According to findings of the Pew Research Center study, drones are viewed unfavorably with 31 of 39 nations surveyed, at least half disapproving the anti-extremists drone campaign in countries such as Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. In 12 countries, eight-in-ten or more hold this view, a 39-nation study found. The only countries in which a majority supports American drone strikes are Israel (64%), the US itself (61%), and Kenya (56%), it said. The study also finds that the world increasingly believes China will become the top superpower but the United States enjoys a better image in most regions.
Moreover, the study finds that the United States is still enjoying the boost to its reputation that followed the election of President Barack Obama — except in a number of Islamic nations where Washington remains widely disliked. As has been the case in recent years, the Poll said, America’s image is the most negative in parts of the Muslim world, especially Pakistan (11% favourable), Jordan (14%), Egypt (16%), and the Palestinian territories (16%). Only 21% of Turks see the US positively, although this is actually a slight improvement from last year’s 15%. But the Muslim world is hardly monolithic, and America receives largely positive ratings in predominantly Muslim nations such as Senegal in West Africa and Indonesia and Malaysia in Southeast Asia, it said. Elsewhere in the Asia/Pacific region, the US receives particularly favorable reviews in the Philippines, South Korea and Japan.
Morsi supporters rally in Egypt, army shows muscle
All cases in National Accountability Bureau (NAB) including 600 inquiries and 250 investigations are being processed even in the absence of chairman of the department. NAB spokesperson said discussions in media have created the impression that NAB is currently dysfunctional. Absence of chairman does impede NAB’s functioning when it comes to issuing arrest warrants of higher-grade officials, Individuals, or initiating fresh cases by the head quarters; however all other matters are working according to their routine, he said.
Thousands of supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi rallied in Cairo on Friday to demand the restoration of the ousted Islamist leader, with his opponents also planning protests nearby. Two formations of fighter jets screamed over the sun-baked city after noon prayers ended. Four army helicopters circled, while another five, trailing Egyptian flags, flew low over Cairo roof tops, in a clear show of strength by the military. More than two weeks after Egypt’s powerful military shunted the contested Morsi from office, there was still no sign of a possible deal to defuse the crisis, which has divided the most populous Arab
state and alarmed its Western allies. The Muslim Brotherhood has called for demonstrations around the country, accusing the head of the armed forces, General AbdelFattah al-Sisi, of staging a coup to sweep Egypt’s first freely elected president from power. The army said it had to intervene after mammoth street protests against Morsi, who was criticised as incompetent and partisan, and has installed an interim cabinet to prepare for elections. It includes no members of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood or other Islamist parties previously in government. Morsi backers have set up a round-theclock vigil outside a mosque in the Cairo suburb of Nasr City. Thousands flocked there on Friday to join protests that swelled after noon prayers. “Tonight, tonight,
tonight, Sisi is going down tonight,” a man shouted out, leading the chants. A huge banner showed a picture of the bearded Morsi against Egyptian flags and read: “Together to support legitimacy.” Scuffles broke out when Morsi supporters began chanting against Sisi, the army chief, after prayers near al-Azhar mosque in central Cairo, security sources said. Police fired shots in the air to disperse them and arrested two Brotherhood supporters after they fought opponents with fists and rocks, they said. No casualties were reported. Egypt’s closest Western ally, the United States, has tried to tread softly through the crisis, still undecided whether to brand the downfall of Morsi a military coup - a move that would force Washington to suspend its large aid programmes for Cairo.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry telephoned Egypt’s new foreign minister, Nabil Fahmy, expressing hopes that the transitional period of government would be successful, a spokesman for the Egyptian foreign ministry said on Friday. CHAOS: In his first address since taking office, interim President Adli Mansour promised on Thursday night to fight people he said wanted to destabilise the nation. “We are going through a critical stage and some want us to move towards chaos and we want to move towards stability. Some want a bloody path,” he said in a televised address. “We will fight a battle for security until the end.” Tamarud, the youth movement which organised enormous antiMorsi protests on June 30, is also planning rallies on Friday, including one close to the Muslim Brotherhood’s Nasr City vigil.
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Sewage Treatment Plant installed by Capital Development Authority (CDA) at Industrial Area is posing serious threat to the health of thousands of people living in Sector I-9. Talking to Pakistan Today, the residents of Sector I-9 complained about the foul smell
emitting from the water treatment plants. The plant which has been installed without proper mechanism for managing emission of foul smell has also caused various diseases among the residents. According to a resident, “The smell is affecting the surrounding air of the sector including health and is causing severe headaches.” Another resident said that the children
are the most affected. “The plant is a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other pests. Pungent gasses and smells emitting from the plant is a potential health hazard and are polluting the environment, he added. Anwar Ali, a resident of Industrial Area said, “The authorities are supposed to facilitate the people but the installation of the plant has become a serious threat to the health of the locals.” He said that they have
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abducted Man recovered, Kidnappers arrested ISLAMABAD STAFF RePORT
Koral Police and Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP) on Friday arrested four kidnappers allegedly involved in abducting a person at gun point near Khana Pul area. The police spokesman said that Abdul Ghaffar, Abu Sufian, Syed Waqas and Imran Mehmood, residents of Lahore, kidnapped Muhammad Nawaz from Khana Pul area at gun point who was driving in his car along with his cousin. The kidnappers left the cousin behind and fled off in the car with the victim. The cousin immediately informed the police and the whole area was cordoned off. Station House officer (SHO) Inspector Rana Mubarik, Assistant Sub-Inspector Shaukat Ali and officials of Islamabad Traffic police including Head Constable Muhammad Iftikhar, constables Rehmat Ali and Muhammad Waris started rigorous checking in the area. Policemen intercepted the car at Koral Chowk and arrested the kidnappers besides recovering the abducted person. Two 30 bore pistols and 30 bullets were also recovered from their possession and further investigation is. 169 VEHICLES IMPOUNDED, 45 ARRESTED: Police on Friday impounded 13 vehicles and 156 motorcycles in different police stations while tinted papers from 34 vehicles were removed. According to details, Senior Superintendent Police (SSP) Yaseen Farooq directed all zonal officers, SDPOs and SHOs to remain vigilant against mischievous elements and to enhance security as well as patrolling in various areas. Different police stations conducted general holdup and impounded a total of 13 vehicles and 156 motorbikes being driven without proper documents. Forty five suspects were also arrested from various areas following a search operation. Police teams also recovered two unregistered pistols along with 30 bullets, fake currency amounting to Rs 1,450,000 and stolen goods worth Rs 70,000 from those arrested.
registered many complaints with the CDA but to no avail. A resident Hafeez Khan said that it is the duty of the authorities to take environment friendly steps. “This shows their lack of interest to protect the environment and zero keenness to provide good services to the citizens.” CDA spokesperson Asia Gul said that the matter was not in her knowledge and that she would look into the matter.
HOLy SHOWeR: The faithful were blessed with a shower on Friday as they offered Friday prayers at the Faisal Mosque. Online
Bill for protection of new plant varieties ISLAMABAD APP
Intellectual Property Organisation (IPO) Director General (DG) Tariq Feroze on Friday said that Plant Breeders Registry Bill (PBR) 2013 will provide intellectual property rights to the breeders of new plant varieties. He expressed these views while chairing a consultative meeting on Draft Plant Breeders Rights (PBR) Bill, 2013. Federal Certification and Registration Department (FSC & RD) Director General Muhammad Nasir Ali, Seed Certification Officer Saeed Iqbal, Director-II Inam ul Haq, Deputy Director (Law) Nadia Zubair Shah, Deputy Director (PBR) Muhammad Ismail, Assistant Director (PBR) Humera Ihsan and
Assistant Director (Law) Aamir Latif attended the meeting. IPO DG said, “Plant Breeders Rights are specific type of Intellectual Property Rights granted to the breeders of new varieties of plants and to comply with the WTO/TRIPS Agreement the government has already introduced several laws in the field of Intellectual Property such as patents, trademarks, copyright and industrial designs. It was informed in the meeting that Federal Seed Certification and Registration Department (FSC&RD) prepared initial draft of Plant Breeders Rights Law in 2003 to give effect to the provisions of the Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) which the government has approved, relating to protection of new plant varieties.
Federal Certification and Registration Department Director General Muhammad Nasir Ali said, “PBR system will be helpful to provide an effective intellectual property right system for granting protection to the development of new plant varieties and to establish a viable seed industry for the improvement of agriculture, to ensure the availability of high quality seeds and planting material to the farmers.” He observed that it will promote Research and Development (R&D) in the field of agriculture and attract Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) for economic development of the country. PBR Deputy Director Muhammad Ismail gave a detailed presentation on the important segments of Draft Plant Breeders Rights (PBR) Bill, 2013.
ISLAMABAD: Property offence is on the rise in the federal capital with the city police registering a total of 893 cases during the last six months. The police have yet to submit challan of 417 cases out of a total of 893 speaking volumes about the poor performance of the police department. As per crime data collected from various police stations of the capital, 115 property cases were registered in January, 148 cases in February, 159 cases in March, 125 in April, 139 in May and 207 cases were registered during the month of June. Most of these cases were registered in the rural parts of the capital. Property offence has witnessed a sharp increase in the recent years particularly during the tenure of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) government. Due to increasing land prices the land mafia has become very active. Police sources told Pakistan Today that the delay in submitting the challan is due to the police waiting for a patch-up between the warring parties to make money out of the deal. In some cases the police have been accused of patronising the land mafia. SHO Koral Mahar Munnawar was booked a few months ago for supporting a land grabber, who occupied a piece of land at gun point. However, an FIR was registered on the directions of the higher officials of the police against the SHO who is now appointed as SHO Golra Police Station. Sources said that corrupt officers try to get custodianship of police stations situated in rural areas, to facilitate land grabbers in property disputes while making millions. STAFF RePORT
cda chairMan suspends ad filtration plants ISLAMABAD: Capital Development Authority (CDA) Chairman Nadeem Hassan Asif has suspended Filtration Plants Assistant Director (AD) Naveed Akhtar after complaints were received for supplying unhygienic water through filtration plants. The AD has been suspended while concerned director and deputy director have been issued show cause notices in this regard. As per details, the CDA Central Engineering Laboratory’s Water Quality Control Cell conducted a survey along with Water Supply Department about water filtration plants of the city, in which water of 25 plants from 37 points was declared unsatisfactory in the report. The chairman has demanded a complete report within 48 hours and has constituted a committee under the supervision of CDA Member Environment Ahsan Ali Manghi. CDA spokesperson said, “It is our priority to provide clean drinking water to the citizens and no negligence will be tolerated in this regard.” Online
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five power pilferers nabbed RAWALPINDI: Five citizens including the Rawalpindi Cantonment Board contractor were nabbed for power pilferage. Cantonment Assistant Commissioner Nazia Perveen nabbed contractor Yousaf Faiz in the area of Westridge on account of power theft. The power supply line was cut off and the meter taken into custody. Munir ul Haq, Nawaz Ameer and Nasir Aziz Gilani were also arrested for power theft and their meter wires snapped. Meanwhile, Assistant Commissioner Khalid Javed Ghoria launched an operation in the precincts of Bani Police Station at Asghar Mall Road and arrested Shahzad red handed in power pilferage case. Syed Ayub Shah was also apprehended in Kuri Road, Muslim Town area located in Sadiqabad, red handed who was using power for domestic use illegally. DCO Rawalpindi Talat Mehmood Gondal said that the operation against power and gas pilferage will continue and the culprits will receive exemplary punishment. Online
wasa announces operation against water thieves RAWALPINDI: Water and Sanitation Authority (WASA) has decided to take action against mafia involved in water theft. According to details, a mafia in Sohan Village steals water from the WASA’s network and sells it illegally. WASA Managing Director (MD) Akram Soban said that water is being supplied to Sohan village through a pipeline from Farooq Azam Road from 27 tube wells, under a water scheme which was completed in 2010. “The water distribution network in the area costs Rs 60 million but some residents of the area are selling water by disconnecting the pipeline illegally,” he added. The MD announced that an operation will be conducted against the culprits along with the help of police and district administration. Online
developMent worK to start in e-12, i-12: cda ISLAMABAD: Capital Development Authority (CDA) has decided to launch development work immediately in Sectors E-12 and I-12. CDA has invited tenders from different construction companies. As many as Rs 450 million will be spent on the construction of roads in Sector E-12. Tenders were opened on Thursday and AEC Construction Firm has offered lowest bid amongst bidders of all other countries. The lowest rate is due to open competition among the firms which will enable CDA to save Rs 80 million. AEC received the contract of Service Road West in Sector I-12 at a lower rate by 33.33 percent. Online
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Jashan-e-nazul-e-quran commences at rac ISLAMABAD
A S H A N e Nazul e Quran organised by Rawalpindi Arts Council (RAC) and Khaana e Farhang Iran commenced on Friday. State Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Aftab Ahmed Khan along with Iranian Ambassador Alireza Haghighian inaugurated the event while Naheed Manzoor, Khaana e Farhang Director General Muhammad Akbari, renowned Calligrapher Aftab Ahmed Khan and RAC Resident Director Waqar Ahmed were also present on the occasion. Works of renowned Pakistani calligraphers, unique manuscripts of the Holy Quran and Islamic books along with the work of Iranian artists was put on display. An Iranian cultural troupe participated under the leadership of Dr Hyder Ali Zaabt while Quranic art of Astaan Qudas Rizvi Mashhad was also displayed at the exhibition.
State Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Aftab Ahmed Khan said, “The Iran-Pakistan friendship is a strong and everlasting bond.” Praising the Quran he said that the Holy Quran is a complete code of life and holds answers to questions about life after death. He applauded the work of Pakistani and Iranian artists and appreciated the hard work of Rawalpindi Arts Council in imparting training to young generation besides holding cultural, religious and literary activities. The Iranian Ambassador said that basic aim of the exhibition is to spread the teachings of the Holy Quran among the people. He said that cultural ties between Iran and Pakistan would be promoted and strengthened by the exhibition and which would benefit both the countries. Naheed Manzoor said, “RAC and Khaana e Farhang Iran are jointly promoting cultural activities from many years which highlight the trust and confidence both the institutions share with each other. Both the institutions are
struggling hard for the promotion of their culture in a benefitting manner.” The participants lauded the efforts
COMSTECH role lauded for Muslims’ development ISLAMABAD APP
Federal Minister for Science and Technology Zahid Hamid has appreciated initiatives and projects of COMSTECH, saying it is contributing towards development and prosperity of the Muslims through its research activities. He expressed these views during his visit to Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation (COMSTECH) Secretariat on Friday along with Federal Secretary Science and Technology Akhlaq Ahmad Tarar. He was of the view that
excellence in knowledge, research and innovation is imperative for the Muslim Ummah to reclaim its rightful place in the international community and added that the COMSTECH could play a crucial role in this regard. COMSTECH Assistant Coordinator General Dr Muhammad Ali Mahesar gave a comprehensive presentation on COMSTECH programs, its organisational structure, objectives and achievements. The minister lauded the role of the OIC and appreciated the initiative taken by OIC in the popularisation of S&T and higher education programs. He commended the OIC Educational Exchange Program ‘Solidarity
through Academia’ which comprises of scholarships, faculty exchange, distant learning and research projects. He assured of the government’s full support to the OIC as well as to the COMSTECH Secretariat. The minister also invited COMSTECH to help improve the S&T infrastructure in Pakistan to benefit the local science community. Further more, he said that Pakistan is also looking forward to the S&T summit being organised by COMSTECH, adding that the government will extend maximum support for thes purpose. Advisor Dr Qasim Jan and Consultant Dr S.T.K Naim, COMSTECH and other officials were also present on the occasion.
made by the heads of the institutions. The Jashan e Nazul e Quran will continue till July 22.
four price Magistrates served notices rAWALPINDI Online
District Coordination Officer (DCO) Rawalpindi Talat Mehmood Gondal launched an operation against those involved in selling grocery items on high prices and issued notices against four price magistrates for sheer negligence. On the directions of DCO, Special Price Magistrate checked 214 shopkeepers and also imposed fines of Rs 60,200 against 48 hoarders. He also issued notices against 4 price magistrates Nawaz Zaman, Muhammad Safdar, Imtiaz Ahmed Katchi and Rehan Nawaz for showing negligence in their duties along with giving them warnings. He said that strict action would be taken against those involved in breaking the law and adopting sluggish attitudes towards their duties.
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Society is always taken by surprise at any new example of common sense. –Ralph Waldo Emerson
australia slams door on refugees with tough new measures
Saturday, 20 July, 2013 iSTaNBUL: Pro-islamic Turks take part in a demonstration supporting deposed egyptian President mohamed morsi after friday prayers.
cANBerrA AGenCieS Australia announced tough new measures to stem a dramatic increase in refugee boats from Indonesia on Friday, with a deal to send all boat arrivals to Papua New Guinea (PNG) for assessment and eventual settlement. The human rights group Amnesty International condemned the measures, saying Australia was shirking its moral obligations and turning its back on the world’s most vulnerable people. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is facing a tough election race and immigration has become a contentious issue. A few hours after Rudd made the announcement the Immigration Department reported a riot at its detention and processing center on the tiny Pacific island nation of Nauru. The Immigration Department said the disturbance, involving about 150 of the 545 male inmates at the center, began before Rudd spoke in Australia. An unspecified number of detainees had breached the fence and several staff and detainees were being treated for injuries, a spokeswoman for the department said. More than 15,000 asylum seekers have arrived by boat in Australian territory this year, igniting a heated debate on refugee policy and prompting opposition accusations that the ruling Labor government is soft on border protection.
suicide bomber kills 20 in iraqi sunni mosque BAQUBA AGenCieS A suicide bomber blew himself up inside a Sunni mosque in central Iraq, killing at least 20 people in the middle of a sermon on Friday. The explosion took place in the town of Wajihiya in the ethnically and religiously diverse province of Diyala, which has seen an increasing number of attacks in recent weeks. It was unclear who was behind the blast, the latest in a campaign of attacks that has raised fears of a return to full-blown sectarian conflict in a country where Kurds, Shi’ite and Sunni Muslims have yet to find a stable way of sharing power. “I was in the first row of people praying. We were listening to the preacher give his sermon. Suddenly, a huge explosion shook the place,” 22-year-old student Salman Ubaid told Reuters.
erdogan slams world’s ‘double standards’ on egypt t ANKArA
URKISH Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan accused Western and Arab nations of “double standards” for failing to condemn the overthrow of former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, whose Muslim Brotherhood like Erdogan has Islamist roots. Turkey has emerged as one of the fiercest international critics of what it has called an “unacceptable coup” after Egypt’s powerful military shunted the country’s elected leader from office earlier this month. Although the United States has expressed concern at Morsi’s removal and
called for a swift return to democracy, as has the European Union, it has stopped short of calling it a coup, which might have led to sanctions. Gulf Arab states, which see Egypt as a strategic ally against any threat from non-Arab Iran, celebrated his departure with palpable relief. “Countries which embrace and care about democracy should not behave with double standards towards these kinds of events and should say something is wrong when it is wrong,” Erdogan told Western, Arab and other ambassadors late on Thursday. “Those who extol democracy when they meet with us, saying ‘one must not compromise on democracy’, we want to see their backbone,” Erdogan told his
guests at a dinner to break the Muslim Ramadan fast. Erdogan asked why the world stayed silent over the at least 99 people who have died since Morsi was ousted, more than half of them when troops fired on Islamist protesters on July 8. “Why aren’t you speaking up? Come on, speak up against this. There’s no point in being ambivalent,” he told the diplomats seated around the room at party headquarters in Ankara. “If you are not going to speak up here, where are you going you to speak?” REGIONAL INFLUENCE: Erdogan was feted by adoring crowds in Arab capitals only two years ago when Turkey seemed set to expand its trade and influ-
ence across the region on the back of his support for the protesters of the Arab Spring. Egyptians hailed the Turkish leader as a hero on Tahrir Square in 2011, when he was among the first world leaders to tell Hosni Mubarak his time was up. But Erdogan’s popularity at home and in the region took a dent after a crackdown on nationwide anti-government protests last month in which five people died and thousands were injured. Egypt’s new interim government has warned Ankara not to meddle in its internal affairs and last week summoned Turkey’s ambassador to Cairo. Egypt’s ambassador in Ankara was not present at Thursday’s dinner.
Russia Opp leader Navalny freed on bail, protests rattle Kremlin MOScOW AGenCieS
Russia’s top opposition leader alexei Navalny hugs his wife yulia in the courtroom in Kirov.
Russia unexpectedly freed opposition leader Alexei Navalny on bail on Friday, bending to the will of thousands of protesters who denounced his five-year jail sentence as a crude attempt by President Vladimir Putin to silence him. In a highly unusual ruling that points to Kremlin uncertainty over how to handle Navalny’s case and new protests, a judge approved the prosecution request to free him pending his appeal so that he can run in a Moscow mayor election on September 8. The anti-corruption blogger will be unable to leave Moscow but hailed the decision, a day after he was convicted of theft, as a victory for people power. Experts said it was unprecedented for the prosecution to seek bail on such terms after sentencing. “I am very grateful to all the people who supported us, all the people who went to (protest in Moscow’s) Manezh Square and other squares,” the 37-
year-old said, rushing across the court to hug his wife after he was let out of a glass courtroom cage. The judge’s decision was greeted by applause in the court in Kirov, 900 km (550 miles) northeast of Moscow. Under Russian law, he has 10 days to file an appeal and then the court has to decide whether to hear that appeal in 30 days. “We understand perfectly well what has happened now. It’s an absolutely unique phenomenon in Russian justice,” Navalny said. People poured onto the streets of big Russian cities to protest on Thursday evening after Navalny was convicted of stealing at least 16 million roubles ($494,000) from a timber firm when he was advising the Kirov regional governor in 2009. More than 200 people were detained although the rallies were peaceful, with demonstrators chanting “Shame!”, “Freedom!” and “Putin is a thief!” In Moscow, drivers honked their horns in support as they drove past at least 3,000 demonstrators a few hundred metres from the Kremlin’s red brick walls. Navalny says his trial was politically motivated and in-
tended to sideline him as a threat to Putin, even though his support is limited outside the cities and opinion polls show the president is still Russia’s most popular politician. KREMLIN CONCERN: Navalny led anti-Putin protests in Moscow which attracted tens of thousands of people at their peak last year. But they did not take off in the provinces, Putin’s traditional power base, and faded after the former KGB spy was elected to a six-year third term as president in March 2012. The sight of protesters so close to the heart of power on Thursday may have unsettled the Kremlin, and Friday’s bail decision could be a political manoeuvre to head off new protests that would worry investors. The judge ruled that keeping him in detention put “him on an unequal footing against other candidates (in the mayoral election) and restricts his right to be elected”. The current mayor, Sergei Sobyanin, a close Putin ally, said he would prefer to be challenged by Navalny, who opinion polls show is trailing him by a long way.
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OBAMA NOMINATES INDIAN-AMERICAN FOR SOUTH ASIAN AFFAIRS TOP SLOT
In a striking development unlikely to go well with Pakistan, US President Barack Obama on Thursday nominated an accomplished Indian-American administrator, Nisha Desai Biswal, to head the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs in the US Department of State. After confirmation by the Senate, Desai would become the first person of Indian or even South Asian origin to head the bureau, which oversees US foreign policy and relations with India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Maldives and Bhutan. The White House announcement said the president intended to nominate Biswal as assistant secretary of state for “South Asian Affairs”, although in the State Department it is formally known as Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, dealing also with five Central Asian countries Kazakhstan, Kirghiztan, Tajkistan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan. Biswal is currently United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Assistant Administrator, which is headed by another Indian-American, Rajiv Shah. Biswal’s nomination was bound to cause alarm in Pakistan, as a former Pakistan ambassador to the US, Hussain Haqqani had once complained about the growing number of Indian-Americans in the Obama administration.
Establishment against dialogue with Taliban: Fazl ISLAMABAD Online Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl chief Fazlur Rehman on Friday said the establishment was against dialogue with the Taliban despite the fact that all political forces supported the idea. Talking to reporters at the Parliament House, Fazl said all military operations were unconstitutional. On the upcoming presidential elections, he said the government had assured the parties of consultation on a presidential candidate. He said as most of the members would go home for celebrating Eid with their families, therefore, the presidential election should be conducted on July 29 or July 30. ‘‘The government can overcome all problems if it chooses the right path. Now is the initial stage and a search for direction is underway. A grand strategy is required to overcome all national issues,” the JUI-F chief said. To a question, he said the offer for dialogue with the Taliban had been received but it was delayed and later abandoned after Waliur Rehman was killed in a drone attack. “Malala Yousafzai received unnecessary importance, as there are other Malalas as well. Our culture does not permit even slapping a woman. She has been used internationally for achieving ideological triumphs. History will tell who tried to kill Malala?’’ Fazl said. He said complete justice should be dispensed in London in the case relating to MQM chief Altaf Hussain. He said the KP government was following the footstep of the Punjab government. “The PML-N has appointed its own ministers in the first phase.”
iSLamaBad: activists of jamaat-e-islami Pakistan chant slogans during a protest on friday against the verdict of a Bangladeshi court against former jamaat-e-islami leader Ghulam azam. inP
RIFTS OVER FEES AND TALIBAN SOUR AFGHAN PULLOUT, SAYS NYT REPORT KABUL
F the ease of the US exit from Afghanistan is based on the supply of Afghan good will, it has been a troubling and potentially very costly week for the United States. Even a top aide to President Hamid Karzai unleashed a new round of hostile talk on television this week, accusing the United States of using the Taliban to divide Afghanistan, another disagreement - over customs fees and missing paperwork for US cargo shipments out of Afghanistan - leapt into the open and threatened to steeply raise the price tag for the US military withdrawal, The New York Times reported on Friday. The common thread between them is a growing willingness by the Afghan officials, from the president’s office down through the ministries, to publicly counter what they see as US arrogance. Just a few years after the set-
ting of a US withdrawal deadline for 2014 evoked alarm and worry among the Afghans, the tone now has perceptibly hardened: Even the officials who openly want the Americans to stay are now saying that staying must be strictly on Afghan terms. The latest is Finance Minister Omar Zakhilwal, once a favorite of the Western contingent in Afghanistan, whose anger at the US attitude about customs fees led him to institute steep fines and briefly led Afghan officials to close the border crossings to Western military shipments. “At the heart of all this is not just a revenue collection issue,” Zakhilwal said in an email. It is about “respect of Afghan laws and procedures.” Under a deal signed nearly a decade ago, goods shipped into Afghanistan by the US-led coalition are not subject to taxes or customs duties. But, the Afghan officials said, each container brought in must be accompanied by paperwork to claim the exemption, and
most of the forms were never filed. The customs issues “have been lingering for many years now with no serious intention or effort” by the coalition to resolve them, Zakhilwal said. Now that the coalition is trying to take out its equipment, the Afghan government is demanding each container either come with its paperwork - or a $1,000 fine. Najeebullah Manali, a finance ministry official, put the number of trucks at roughly 70,000. That would mean a fine of $70 million. If anything, Zakhilwal said, the Afghan government was giving the coalition a break. “The duties owed to us run into hundreds of millions of dollars,” he said. “The truth is that quite a bit of these goods (mostly fuel) have been smuggled into the market with consequences not only for our revenue but also distorting our market and damaging competition.” To force the issue, Afghanistan closed its border crossings with Pakistan to coalition shipments moving both ways on July 11.
INDIA ACCUSES ISI OF SPYING ON RASHTRAPATI BHAVAN NeW DeLHI inP
Pakistani spies have been calling up Rashtrapati Bhawan, the ministry of defence, the army headquarters and other highly sensitive offices by using call spoofing software in an effort to get information, Hindustan Times quoted intelligence sources as having said. Sources said in the past few months, agents of Pakistani spy agency, ISI, tried to gather information from Rashtrapati Bhawan and other highly sensitive offices. There was a need to remain alert when officials in sensitive organisations spoke to unknown persons, they advised. Intelligence officials say that ISI operatives are using call spoofing software to make the calls. These numbers start as 2301 or 2309 to indicate that the calls are from some government office at Raisina Hill. On February 21, immediately after the Dilsukhnagar blasts in Hyderabad, a person claiming to be a Major Ajay Sharma from ‘MI-3’ had contacted the NSG headquarters. The calls were further directed to the NSG office in Hyderabad. During the call, the officer on duty had given away some details about the deployment of the NSG team from Hyderabad at the blast site.
AFGHANS DIGGING DEEP INTO US POCKETS KABUL inP
An escalating dispute between the Afghan government and the United States over customs procedures has halted the flow of US military equipment across Afghanistan’s borders, forcing commanders to rely more heavily on air transport which has dramatically increased the cost of the drawdown, according to military officials. The Afghan government is demanding that the US military pay $1,000 for each shipping container leaving the country that does not have a corresponding, validated customs form. The country’s customs agency says the American military has racked up $70 million in fines. If left unresolved, the disagreement could inflate the price tag of the US military drawdown by hundreds of millions, if not billions, of dollars because of the higher cost of shipping by air, an unwelcome expenditure at a time when the Pentagon is scrambling to cope with steep congressionally mandated budget cuts and the White House is attempting to jumpstart negotiations over a long-term security cooperation deal with Kabul. The Afghan government’s demand for payment is part of a broader dispute over Kabul’s authority to tax entities from the United States, its chief benefactor. As the war economy that
for years bankrolled Afghanistan’s political elite starts to deflate, the government is increasingly insisting that US defence contractors pay business taxes and fines for a range of alleged violations. The latest dispute has added a new irritant to negotiations over a bilateral security agreement that will address the possibility of a residual US military force in Afghanistan after 2014, when the NATO combat mission formally concludes. The Afghanistan Reconstruction Special Inspector General John F Sopko warned Congress in a letter last month that Afghan ministries were seeking to collect nearly $1 billion in business taxes and fines from US contractors, an effort that some American officials see as a massive shakedown in one of the world’s most corrupt countries. US funds intended to rebuild Afghanistan, the inspector general said in his June 28 letter to lawmakers, are increasingly being used to “pay the cost of doing business in Afghanistan.” Afghan officials dispute the charge. They say that US contractors and government officials have flouted Afghan tax and customs regulations, citing operating agreements drafted shortly after the 2001 invasion. Those agreements gave the US government vast leverage and protections. But this week, the Kabul government took the unprecedented move of blocking in-
bound shipments of fuel and equipment for Afghan security forces. With trucks loaded with US military cargo piling up along the southern border, the top commander of US troops in Afghanistan, General Joseph F Dunford Jr., has asked for a meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai this week to find a resolution. But neither side appears willing to budge. Afghan officials allege that US contractors hired to transport equipment failed to turn in documentation for billions of dollars in equipment shipped into the country since the 2010 troop “surge.” This month, Karzai’s cabinet came up with the $70 million fine, citing at least 70,000 cases in which the US failed to process the necessary customs paperwork. “How do we collect the fines for these violations?” Najibullah Wardak, the director general of the Afghan Customs Department, said in an interview on Wednesday. “The only way is to stop all trucks from crossing the border. What else can we do?” Wardak said the Afghan government has long suspected that vast amounts of gear shipped in US military containers find their way to the black market. “We worry that we are losing a lot of revenue,” he said. US commanders see Pakistani land routes as the best and most cost-effective channel to ship materiel out of the landlocked war zone. Bilateral tensions have prompted the
Pakistani government to shut down the border in the past, but Pakistan has been largely cooperative as the US drawdown has accelerated, American officials said. Early this year, the US military was flying out about 70 percent of its gear as it tentatively explored the ease of shipping cargo out by land. Major General Kurt J Stein, the architect of the withdrawal effort, had expressed cautious optimism about getting equipment out through Pakistan, even as he acknowledged “corruption, taxes, tariffs, all kinds of delays.” “The tide has changed and now we’re flying out 30 percent,” he said in an interview in Kabul last month. “Obviously, there’s a tremendous cost saving there.” In recent weeks, however, the tide has shifted yet again. A Pentagon spokesman said that during the most recent 30-day period, only 36 percent of equipment was leaving by land. The Pentagon estimates that the Afghan drawdown will cost $5 billion to $7 billion, depending on what percentage of the equipment slated for shipment can leave by land. In recent months, as US military cargo began to flow at an unprecedented rate down the roads that lead to Pakistan, Afghan officials decided to take a tough stance, imposing the $1,000-per-container fine. “The United States did not pay it,” Afghan Finance Minister Omar Zakhilwal said.
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Saturday 20 July, 2013
JUI-F, ANP ENTER INTO ALLIANCE ON 5 NA,2 PROVINCIAL ASSEMBLY SEATS PeSHAWAr STAFF RePORT
The two main opposition parties in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the Jamiat Ulema-e-IslamFazl and the Awami National Party have entered into an electoral alliance in connection with the by-elections on five national and two provincial assembly seats. Leaders of both parties made this announcement during a press conference in
Peshawar on Friday. The JUI-F was represented by provincial head, Sheikh Amanullah, Abdul Jalil Jan and Maulana Ataul Haq Darwesh while Haji Ghulam Ahmad Bilour, Iftikhar Hussain, Arbab Tahir, Tajuddin and Shagufta Malik represented the ANP. In accordance with the agreement, the ANP would field its candidates in NA1 Peshawar, NA-5 Nowshehra and PK-23 Mardan while the JUI-F would field its candidates on NA-13 Swabi, NA-25
Tank/Dera, NA-27 Lakki Marwat and PK70 Bannu. Efforts are also underway for the induction of two other opposition parties – the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) in the electoral alliance but leaders of both parties are demanding seats. According to the agreed formula, leaders of the JUI-F and the ANP want the PML-N and the PPP’s unconditional support. To multiple queries of the reporters, the leaders of eth two parties said “amidst differences in policies and approach to issues, political parties whether in the treasury or in the opposition, always make alliances”. However, they said on certain important issues, there was an understanding between the two parties since a long time. The ANP leaders in response to a question said occupants of both PK-27 Mardan and PK-42 Hangu, fell victims to terrorism therefore, eth ANP would not field its candidates against their heirs. On such grounds, they made a request to their counterparts from the JUI-F to keep open both the seats. The Pakistan Tehreek-
e-Insaf government’s coalition partners have already made an alliance on five National and four provincial assembly seats.
SHaNGLa: Local residents block the Karakoram Highway during a demonstration against excessive electricity load shedding in the region on friday. Online
The PTI would field candidates on eight of the seats while the JI got one provincial assembly seat.
don’t victimise ppp, shah warns pMl-n ISLAMABAD nni
The Nawaz government has not learnt any lesson from the past and it is treading the same path of political victimisation and vilification of Pakistan People’s Party through media as it had done in the 1990s. Opposition leader in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah said this in a statement on Friday. Shah said the reports about two former provincial ministers from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Rahim Dad Khan and Zahir, being summoned by the NAB in the OGRA case seemed to have been planted by the government. It appeared the government wanted to divert attention from the scandals behind cost escalation of Nandipur project and questionable payments made for clearing the circular debt, he said. The Opposition leader said it was unfortunate that the Nawaz regime was resorting to the tactics of former NAB chief Saif-ur-Rehman who created an environment of harassment in the country and chased the way foreign investors. Khursheed Shah warned the government against witchhunting and said the PPPP would not be deterred by such tactics.
$7 billion investment under threat
sc rejects inp news report
ISLAMABAD PReSS ReleASe
The Supreme Court Registrar’s Office has rejected an INP news agency story appearing in Pakistan Today on July 18 titled “Case registered against Ahmed Riaz Sheikh’s sons for torturing reporter”. The SC statement said that the report had claimed that “after the humiliating treatment, Huzaifa contacted the SC Registrar Dr Faqir Hussain and informed him about the incident. On this Dr Faqir Hussain contacted Interior Secretary Chaudhry Qamar Zaman on phone, directing him taking immediate action and registration of case against Basit and Hasham Riaz Sheikh for acting against the CJ’s directives”. The statement to the effect that “On this Dr Faqir Hussain contacted Interior Secretary Chaudhry Qamar Zaman on phone, directing him taking immediate action and registration of case against Basit and Hasham Riaz Sheikh for acting against the CJ’s directives”, is incorrect, concocted and misleading. “In fact, the Reporter had expressed apprehension during the court proceedings in respect of his security, therefore, the court ordered his security accordingly. The Reporter visited the office of the Registrar on 17 & 18 July, 2013 for submission of his applications regarding the incident of mishandling and requested for bringing it into the notice of Court. Such applications were received/accepted,” the statement concluded.
NAYA PAKISTAN! PeSHAWAr APP
The Khyber Pakthunkhwa (KP) government on Friday planned seven new projects to provide better social welfare and rehabilitation services to the under-privileged and neglected groups of the society. The government plans to construct shelter homes and drug addicts rehabilitation centers in Peshawar which would be completed with an estimated cost of Rs 58.500 million. Drug addicts would be provided social welfare and rehabilitation services under one roof, regardless of any political affiliation, said an official of the Social Welfare Department. Of the total amount allocated for this purpose, Rs 20 million would be spent in fiscal year 2013-14, he said.
The rehabilitation of drug addicts was a big challenge for the government, and collective efforts were needed to tackle the problem on emergency basis, said the official. He added the government planned to purchase land for the establishment of a special education school with specialteacher training facility in Swat at a cost of Rs 20 million. He said the government was making hectic efforts to prevent drug addiction at community level for which close coordination and collaboration with other sectors and stakeholders was needed, besides the cooperation of the general public and intelligentsia. The construction of a building for a special education institute in Haripur was also on the cards and work on the project would start in the
current fiscal year, he said. This project was included in Annual Development Programme (ADP) 2013-2014 with an allocation of Rs 42 million of which Rs 10 million would be spent in fiscal year 2013-2014. The official said other projects, including the construction of an access road from the main highway to a social welfare complex at Chakdara, Lower Dir with an allocation of Rs 6 million, building of a social welfare complex at Bannu costing Rs 45 million, construction of a boundary wall around social welfare complex in Abbottabad costing Rs 3 million and the establishment of a welfare home at Buner for Rs 35 million, would soon be launched. The government would spend a total of Rs 209.5 million on the new projects, he added.
The National Transmission and Dispatch Company (NTDC) has refused to lay transmission line in respect of wind power projects giving rise to fear that it may lead to affect 7 billion dollars foreign investment. According to a private TV channel, the NDC has said in a letter addressed to NEPRA that the project for laying transmission line would take time till December 2016, hence it (project) could not be executed forthwith. The foreign investment companies have started giving a thought to withhold investment in this project following refusal by the NTDC. The alternative energy board indicated that the project having the capacity of 3000 megawatt will remain in pipeline till next year. Several foreign companies are interested to initiate projects in Karachi and Hyderabad belt but 60 to 70 kilometer transmission line is required to transmit electricity from these projects to grid stations. The NTDC has said no planning had been evolved at all to lay the transmission line.
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It isn't what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it. –Dale Carnegie
COMMENT Saturday, 20 July, 2013
national security policy and apc Imran Khan’s valid and invalid points
too soon for the jury to be out The honeymoon though is already wearing thin
HREE APCs were held under the previous government. The first on Dec 2, 2008 was convened in the aftermath of Mumbai attacks when India threatened to take punitive action. The leaders and representatives of political parties unanimously condemned the Mumbai attacks while they firmly supported the government and the armed forces in defending Pakistan’s security. The second APC took place on May 18, 2009. Its 16-point resolution unanimously backed the government’s counter-insurgency operation in Swat and Malakand division and resolved to try to unite the nation in the face of the insurgency. The third APC was held on September 29, 2011 in the face of perceived threats of use of force against Pakistan emanating from the US. It was the biggest-ever political gathering for many years as leaders of almost all political and religious organisations both elected and unelected had been brought together to discuss the situation arising out of serious allegations levelled by the US officials against Pakistan’s armed forces and the ISI. A number of resolutions passed at the earlier APCs had remained unimplemented. The third APC therefore proposed to form a parliamentary committee to oversee the implementation of earlier resolutions. The main purpose behind the three APCs was not to formulate any national policy but to express support for the army and ISI in certain conditions peculiar to the time. As far as the principal aim behind these APCs was concerned it was fulfilled. The objective behind the APC being convened by the PML-N though is to focus on and formulate a national security policy after getting briefs from all stakeholders. It is different from the earlier APCs, for only a handful heads of political parties with representation in the parliament are being invited. In that sense, it could be termed as a ‘closed door’ meeting. Imran Khan still maintains that he wants to get at the truth about two points. One, on the government’s, including the military’s, prevailing commitment or understanding with the US on its war on terror and drone attacks. And, two, the position of the intelligence and security organisations on the sectarian terrorism. There was a common complaint after the various military briefings to politicians that the ‘real hard facts’ presented were already known to the general public through media. The points Imran has raised are valid. Unless the government and the army are forthright, the APC would yield precious little. That a meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Gen Kayani and himself should precede the APC, is the second Imran demand which however is not as straightforward. Why exclude others from the meeting, particularly the leader of the opposition in NA? Khursheed Shah leads the second largest parliamentary party and can lay a genuine claim to be as responsible as any other politician in the NA.
democracy blemished Balochistan politicians behave in a non-democratic manner
OLITICIANS, they never learn. Or the world wouldn’t have been the mess it is now. However, ever so rare that may be, there comes along a politician who puts things in a different perspective, thus enamouring public’s attention, at least for a while till the public comes to senses and realises they are all the same. The only thing that differentiates politicians from bad politicians is maturity, perhaps. A mature politician would think twice before taking an unpopular step. But this level of maturity somehow escapes most of Pakistan’s politicians. The other day, Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Malik Baloch suspended the services of an SP following a clash between private guards of Senior Minister Sardar Sanaullah Zehri and policemen at the entrance of the Balochistan Assembly who were instructed by none other than Balochistan Assembly Speaker Jan Muhammad Jamali not to allow any private gunmen in the assembly premises. Instead of making amends or trying to get to the bottom of the issue, the CM rather bizarrely justified Mr Zehri’s bringing private guards inside the premises, apparently ignoring the rules. So much for the rule of law in Balochistan. The police personnel later staged a protest which was intervened by Dr Baloch and Jan Jamali. Agreed that Balochistan has myriad of problems, particularly ethnic and sectarian terrorism, this doesn’t justify politicians themselves can ignore the rule of law. The police officer was well within his bounds to do what he did – he was justified both legally and morally – while what the CM may be legally justified, he sure wasn’t morally right. One had hoped that things would change now that the new CM Balochistan belonged to no feudal class but if he looks after this class more than the rule of law, one might hope not much of seeing democracy flourish in this strife-riven province. A coalition government is certainly not the best form to carry out sweeping reforms but that’s the beauty of democracy: you have to take others along with you even if it means being a step behind the rest of the world. But in this particular case, it seems the coalition constraints are taking a heavy toll on good governance in the province. This does not bode well for the people of the province who had seen the last elections as a chance at the change they have so far been looking for. If democracy is to flourish, unruly chieftains, nawabs, sardars, and the feudals in the province must be made to respect the law, not the other way around. No rule of law equals no democracy which means there is no way out for the poor wretched masses who deserve a lot more than what the politicians are offering them now: a circus of power struggle. One hopes that some, if not all, politicians show maturity and respect the rule of law.
N the backdrop of the fast moving pace of events in the country 45 days – a bare month and a half – the short period the PML-N government with Nawaz Sharif as prime minister has been in power looks more like a lifetime. Already the new government is being judged not only on the basis of its performance (or lack of it), but also on the scale of promises and tall claims made by the PML-N leadership while in the opposition. The most worrisome tendency amongst the media pundits is the predominant sense of déjà vu. It is patently unfair to judge a government that is still trying to set its bearings right, assuming power at the centre after a lapse of almost 14 years. Its detractors however claim that the party was ruling Punjab with Shahbaz Sharif as chief minister for the past five years and during this full term Nawaz Sharif as PML-N president remained ensconced in his Raiwind residence, with ample time to do his homework. Apart from the usual rhetoric being churned out from the newly inducted officialdom, a perception is gaining ground that the PML-N leadership is ill-prepared and clueless about the direction it wants to take the country. Platitudes that the Sharifs want to give a clean, lean and competent government have to be followed with concrete steps. For the time being a number of those perceived as ‘corrupt and the incompetent’ by the current dispensation have been sent packing, but able and above board people have yet to replace them. A number of key appointments like the provincial governors and ambassadors to some of the important capitals remain unfilled despite a lapse of six weeks. Probably perhaps more for the sake of optics, advertisements have been placed in newspapers for recruiting heads of key government corporations. Whether crème de le crème of CEO’s and COO’s from the private sector can be attracted through this process remains to be seen. On the other hand a number of appointments made without going
through the process have raised quite a few eyebrows. Ostensibly, some of these appointments and promotions have been made as payback, rather than guided by considerations of merit. A number of wheeler-dealers who have been in and around the corridors of power in every regime have managed to weasel their way back again. People had voted out a patently corrupt and incompetent government to be replaced by those who in their eyes were capable of delivering. The PPP itself, post-election, is facing an existential crisis. President Zardari in the twilight of his remaining term has gone abroad, perhaps owing to security threats. Master Bilawal is either unable to or unwilling to lead the party. In this sense the party, deeply demoralized, seems like a rudderless ship. Nonetheless if the new government does not perform in key areas like the economy, governance, law and order and counter-terrorism not only it is bound to suffer, democracy will suffer as well. Decimated in the elections, the PPP does not seem to be in a position to derive any political capital if the PML-N fails to fire, but others will. The budget announced by the new government within a week of its assuming power has not been well received. Both business and industry and the public are cribbing about it. Having bragged about break the begging bowl and dictate its terms to the donors, the PML-N government had to bite the bullet by going for a frontloaded IMF programme. Taxes have to be raised and subsidies reduced not merely to meet the IMF conditionalities but more so to fix the economy. Instead of engaging in the ‘Orwellian doublespeak’, the public has to be taken into confidence and told at least a modicum of truth. In this context, it remains to be seen whether the PML-N would like to annoy its trading and mercantile constituency by opting for the Reformed GST, which has the potential of broadening the tax base and documenting the economy at the same time. The N-League had opposed it to derail the RGST initiative in the parliament when the PPP was on its reformist legislation binge. This is a tall order after stating ad nauseam for the past five years that the only thing wrong with the economy were the twin menace of incompetence and corruption. The leadership is finding it hard to spell out the plain truth: endemic structural problems have to be tackled to fix the economy. The humongous circular debt was paid to the power stakeholders accumulated during the past regime, through a masterstroke of good accounting. Nonetheless load-shedding remains a menace that refuses to go. Nawaz Sharif with his brother in tow had to face the wrath of the industri-
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EING a first-time government, the PTI is experiencing how it feels now that the shoe is on the other foot. Public criticism is a heavy, heavy cross to bear. But that is understandable for a novice party. What about shoe-other-foot introductions for the veterans at the PMLN? Shahbaz Sharif had famously threatened to lead a
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alists – his own constituency – the other day in Faisalabad owing to closure of industry as a result of perennial power and gas outages. It is obvious the problem of loadshedding is not going away soon. Enhancing capacity (particularly of the cheaper variety), increasing efficiency of the grid system and controlling line losses and theft are medium to longterm goals. The nation should be told the stark reality: the only solution meanwhile is efficient distribution of the existing power available. Instead of tapering off, interestingly enough after the elections there has been a fresh wave of terrorism in the country. This was indeed a huge shock for those who during the election campaign, the Pakistani Taliban had named as their guarantors for talks. This has been a rude awakening for the PML-N that the TTP (Tehrik e Taliban Pakistan) is a group of disparate militants. To open talks with them without a coherent anti-terrorism policy will not be easy. And who to talk to from amongst at least 16 Taliban groups? Concerted efforts have been made by Mr Sharif to form a coherent anti-terrorism policy and to bring the military and the intelligence apparatus on the same page. The idea of the so-called APC (all parties conference) was still born as it was announced hastily without any preparation. Not a big deal though, for the APCs held in the recent past have not impacted policy in any way, and petered out after merely reaching agreement on the lowest common denominator. From London Imran Khan has proposed a separate meeting with the prime minister and the army chief on the issue. It makes eminent sense, but why must it be that exclusive by keeping the leader of the opposition out? The prime minister did the right thing by visiting the ISI headquarters for a detailed briefing. It is good that he is in the listening mode to understand the intricacies of the issue before formulating policy. However it would have been better not merely for the sake of optics if he had taken chief ministers of all the provinces along instead of only the Punjab chief minister. It is not a party but a national problem that afflicts other provinces with much more intensity than the Punjab. Somehow the first 100 days of the government is considered to be the benchmark before judging its performance. Perhaps partly owing to an overly independent higher judiciary and a free media, the honeymoon is wearing thin much earlier. Hence the urgent need to correct and set course now rather than later.
long-march against the centre in protest of load-shedding. Now, his government is being threatened of the same by the KP government. Speaking of the KP government, the League made much noise over the CM’s use of an official helicopter. All quiet on that front now that the Punjab’s prodigal son (what to speak of the CM) was caught using one himself.
N upcoming channel has caused quite a stir in the country’s media landscape. The ad campaign has attracted a lot of attention. The fact that, barring a couple of ads in the papers, the massive campaign was almost entirely social-media-based was indicative of how up-to-speed the group is about what effective advertising is. But more interesting in the ad campaign was how it wasn’t directed at the media-consumers at all but potential employees. No one knows, however, who the millionaire Bruce Wayne is to this Batman. Rumours about the foremost real estate magnate are so far unsubstantiated.
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Saturday, 20 July, 2013
the forces of love and hate Why malign Malala’s message?
Already, there is the reported case of the controversial promotion in PIA of two brothers of a sitting PML-N senator. This kind of transgression is possible only when heads of the institutions are individuals who lack integrity and honour – as is the case with the one who has been handed over the reins of PIA. A corrupt leader would facilitate the spread of the virus through all echelons of an institution. Among the other ‘assets’ of the advisor on aviation is also the reported court-martial from the air force on charges of ‘moral turpitude’. Such are the people who are ideally suited to furthering the interests of the corrupt political elite and their cohorts who have brought the country to the verge of ruination. One understands that the Supreme Court (SC) has asked the government to respond in the matter of the said advisor with regard to his dual-nationality. The setting aside of the appointment of the interim chairman of PIA is also a good omen, but numerous concerns regarding the appointment of the advisor on aviation which have been expressed at various forums are of a much more serious nature and should be taken up by the SC. I also wonder why doesn’t the ‘clean’ prime minister take notice of the situation himself and annul the appointment? Obviously, if that were to be, such people would not be inducted in the first place. They are here for a specific task: to promote the illicit interests of the corrupt political elite. This depressing scenario finds quintessential resonance in haile Selassie’s prophetic words: “Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted, the indifference of those who should have known better, the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most that has made it possible for evil to triumph.” Pakistan presents a classic case of the triumph of evil over good. The hugely humiliating and debilitating saga that has been set in motion through the adoption of a system that is rooted in corruption, dishonesty and lack of transparency, accountability and delivery is likely to push the state further towards ruination. For it to survive the wickedness of the corrupt rulers and their accomplices, this vice-like stranglehold of corruption and politicisation of the institutions and services will have to be broken as, otherwise, the state will inevitably succumb under the mounting pressure of this monolith that rolls on unchallenged.
S Malala finished her speech in the UN’s general assembly passionate and courageous, the distinguished audience stood up, stirred by her sincerity and millions around the world shed a few tears moved by her message. The message was simple and basic. Human beings can only have sustainable growth on the basis of peace, love and learning. The opposing forces – violence, hatred and ignorance – will never sustain for long period of time. How can AnDleeb AbbAS this lesson ever be taught to the most powerful who think force, war and terror are answers to the turmoil and trauma the world has been put through. While the big powers rely on wars and weaponry to exercise control, the smaller powers rely on undercover operations and terror to defy and counter control. The common word in both cases is control: control of power; control of land; control of money; control of people; control of minds and so on. The strange thing is that human beings are split between two desires. One is that they hate being controlled but the second is that they love controlling. This contradictory behaviour has led to conflicts and wars from time immemorial. As history reveals empire building designs of the past, be it the British colonial control or the more recent American imperialism has in the long run been counterproductive. However despite the world being more open, more aware, freer, it is still more closed, more controlling and more suppressed. Just by having cutting edge technology, and remote weaponry or more knowledge available on the net, the world has not become more modern and more civilized; instead it is regressing and more uncivilized. Just look at the number of deaths, murders, crimes being committed in most countries, be it Pakistan, Egypt, Spain, the United States and you realize that today the world is definitely more loveless and peaceless than in times of lesser technology and education. So are we blaming a more technical world for what we are going through? Are we saying that all this education is turning us into evil geniuses and ignorance is bliss? Not at all. When we blame gadgets and Wi-Fi’s for making dirty bombs, or Facebook for taking away face to face contact, or IPAD for becoming a plaything, we are just doing what human beings like doing whenever they face failure – shifting the blame to somebody or something else. The responsibility of using or abusing these innovations lies on our shoulders and we cannot simply shrug them off and say how mechanical the world has become. Ultimately whether the world has become mechanical or individual depends on what human beings chose it to become. If the Americans are still bent on using war to assert control, whether on countries or on territories, its impact and results have been predictable. The wars are now left in a limbo, the world has gone into a recession, and there is more terrorism now than ever. The Americans have conceded that dialogue is the way out but insist on continuing to use drones as an option in war against terror in Pakistan. The results of this drone war in Pakistan have also been counterproductive. Forcing wars on countries or part of countries with or without corrupt governments has and will never result in anything except in more resentment, conflict and terrorism. Within Pakistan, coercive governments like army takeovers have always resulted in long term destruction. Autocratic rulers have enjoyed far longer shelf life than democracies but have ended in huge public disgrace. Similarly parties that are using fear or force as primary power politics will eventually see a backlash. The recent turmoil going on in the MQM is not just a reflection of a recent turn of events against them in the UK but the accumulated oppression that people in Pakistan especially in Karachi have been facing for over three decades. Started as a rights movement for Urduspeaking Mohajirs in Karachi, they had become a ‘our wrong is right’ party where having militant wing, silencing disobeyers was openly threatened and pursued. Such was the terror that neither the government nor the media dare speak against them. However in a different country like the UK it is a different story. The recent raids on office and residence of Altaf Hussain may seem minor given the not too minor an amount of cash discovered there. The real breakthrough is not the stash but the mindset of public, who felt helpless owing to fear. This investigation has given the confidence to the people and the media to have open and frank discussion on the future of this party. The media and public pressure is bound to put pressure on the government to take some action to safeguard its own image. Thus politics of hate and violence does capture negative human emotion but its aftereffects are so bitter that that sustainable control is not really possible. Taliban and all terror groups forget the basis of human response. What human beings seek endlessly and embrace wholesomely is love, encouragement, affection and affiliation. Anger and resentment based on a wrong do unite people together for a while, but its manifestation based on revenge and hatred will eventually lead it to a drastic fall. People change, programmes change, policies change, technologies change but what is timeless and universal are the human values based on peace, love, humanity. A deviation from these may bring short term results but in the long run the yearning for human beings to be human takes over. Organizations all over the world are talking about human beings being the biggest asset, yet treat machines and money with much more respect than humans. Countries all over the world talk about freedom, democracy and human development, yet continue to impose, oppress and promote leaders who serve and subjugate themselves to the higher commands of the bigger powers. It is this contradiction in words and deeds that has made the world a very unpredictable, conflicting and unsure place to live. Thus instead of maligning Malala’s message, it should be seen as a reiteration of a world that needs to learn and practice the art of tolerance , love and forgiveness taught by all great leaders who inspired change not on the basis of force but on the basis of values based on humanity.
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politicisation of institutions and services Like foot-soldiers of a private army, they advance the cause of their political masters
hE services are the backbone of the state. Governments are formed, governments are defeated. Prime Ministers come and go, ministers come and go, but you stay on. Therefore, there is a very great responsibility placed on your shoulders. You should have no hand in supporting this political party or that political party, this political leader or that political leader. This is not your business”. Quaid-e-Azam’s address to the Civil Servants, Peshawar, April, 1948 Of all the ills that plague Pakistan, the systematic and criminal politicisation of its institutions and services is the most bedevilling. Still worse, there is no hope that this pernicious process could be reversed anytime soon. As part of the social contract between the state and its citizens, an individual cedes his or her personal sovereignty in return for protection, collective security, financial sustainability and numerous other provisions which are covered in the constitution. In order to fulfil its responsibilities, the state employs a certain RAOOF HASAn number of functionaries to work for various institutions including the armed forces, the judiciary, the law-enforcement agencies and the ministries, departments and divisions under its control. In a democratic polity, the citizens also elect their leaders to form the government and manage the state and its institutions, collect revenue and spend it judiciously through its functionaries who are expected to perform their duties in accordance with the highest principals of service, honesty and transparency. For them to do so, it is imperative that their allegiance remains firmly wedded to the state and not to any individual, or a group of individuals, no matter how powerful! That is where,
unfortunately, we have gone wrong. There are numerous skeletons in every political leader’s cupboard. They must collectively bear responsibility for contributing to the spate of rampant corruption and the irremediable nature and extent of politicisation of the government institutions and services that has taken place. From Raiwind to Bilawal House to 90 Azizabad to the palatial abodes of the Chaudhrys, there has not been a Machiavellian trick that these socalled ‘elected’ leaders have not employed to politicise the entire spectrum of governance. In the process, they have further perfected a detestable legacy to leave behind for posterity. The Bhuttos and Zardaris may have their Salman Farooqis and Ahmad Sadiqs, the Altafs and Chaudhrys their own servile outfits of cronies, but the way the Sharifs continue to criminally politicise the state institutions and its services has far eclipsed any competition. In the process, the essential spirit of service has been destroyed. Instead of maintaining their allegiance to the state, they have been reduced to becoming foot-soldiers of a private army assiduously nurtured for advancing the cause of their political masters – and, in the process, their own! Leading this charade of corruption and culpability are the members of the decrepit bureaucracy who are malevolently violating not only the letter and spirit of the Quaid’s directive, but also the requirements of their own office. They do so as a matter of routine to secure lucrative benefits from their political mentors. They have virtually become part of the personal retinue that the corrupt political elite have routinely hanging onto their coattails. They have sacrificed their dignity and compromised their honour. They have sold their souls for a slice of the empire that their political masters have accumulated through use of dishonourable means. Instead of blocking corruption as required by their call to duty, they have become complicit in further spreading the contagious scourge. They have transformed the art of subservience into a deity and bow before it morning, afternoon and evening. In addition to the members of the bureaucracy, these rulers also select as heads of various institutions people of culpable integrity to promote their self-serving designs. There are numerous instances of illegal and dishonest appointments made by the PPP government which are still sub-judice including the infamous cases of OGDC, NICL and OGRA. The corrupt spree continues unabated in the Sharif era.
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A ARTS Saturday, 20 July, 2013
‘Beauty is not just physical’ — Halle Berry
Remembering the dragon:
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aNS are gathering in the former British colony of Hong Kong for a series of commemorative events, including art gallery shows, exhibitions and even street graffiti. many fans are urging the Hong Kong government to do more to honour the star of movies such as enter The dragon and Game Of death. Shannon Lee was just four years old when her father died in Hong Kong from acute swelling of the brain at the age of 32, at the height of his career. She is chairwoman of the Bruce Lee foundation, one of the organisers of the exhibition, which will run for five years. “i remember his energy, just sort of amazing presence when you were sort of caught in his attention and i really hold that true to my heart,” Shannon Lee told a media briefing ahead of the opening on the anniversary of Lee’s death on Saturday. Les was american-born but raised in Hong Kong. His most popular film, enter the dragon, was released just six days after his death in 1973. The Hong Kong government has come under fire from Lee’s fans for failing to open a permanent museum in his former mansion in the upscale suburb of Kowloon Tong. Talks failed in 2011 to get Lee’s old home and it became a short-time hotel. fans have criticised the government over what they say is the lack of a more significant memorial for one of the city’s most famous sons. Some city legislators have suggested the government is wary of fully embracing Lee’s legacy for fear of unsettling Beijing by paying tribute to the star’s enduring sprit of youthful rebellion. Shannon Lee said it was the first time that her foundation had lent so many things for an exhibition, referring to the more than 600 items on show at the Hong Kong Heritage museum. “i am really thrilled,” she said. “ newS DeSK
mere Saathiya - Roxen Rona Chadita - Atif Aslam Sau Baar - Omer Nadeem Ghoom Ghoom - Haroon jhoom Lay - Noori Bull S*** - Shehzad Roy ab Khud Hi Kuch - Strings. Atif Aslam Kya yehi Pyaar Hai - Annie Khalid newS DeSK
‘raJe badshah’- the new potohari flicK in town ISLAMABAD: Resident Director Rawalpindi Arts Council (RAC) Waqar Ahmed on Friday said that the Potohari films and dramas played a vital role for the promotion of Potohar culture. The director said this while addressing a ceremony to promote the newly released Potohari tele film “Raje Badshah”. He added artists belonging to this region were some of the best the country. Artists of the film Iffat Chaudary, Batin Farooqui, Anjum Malik, Shagufta Khan, Laiba Ali and Nighat Butt were also present on the occasion and said that neat and clean script was the way to enhance the ability of performance. “All tele film production has been carried out in the Potohar region and the cast has done perfomed marvelously to not only put a magnificent film on screen but to forward the Potohari culture.” APP
Marc anthony responds to racist bacKlash Apparently, some people need to be reminded that Marc Anthony is an American. The New York-born singer of Puerto Rican descent touted his roots on “Live with Kelly and Michael” on Thursday after some people criticized his selection to sing “God Bless America” at this week’s Major League Baseball AllStar Game, held in New York City. In an interview, the Grammy-winning salsa star said that he heard people were questioning why a foreign-born person was singing the patriotic song. Anthony said he was born in New York and added: “You can’t get more New York than me.” Similar comments were made last month when a Texasborn 11-year-old mariachi singer sang the national anthem during the NBA finals. Both Anthony and the child are Latino. newS DeSK
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Bloom takes on Broadway! Actors debut in Romeo and Juliet The first image of Orlando Bloom as Romeo from the upcoming Broadway production of Romeo and Juliet has been released. The actor will be taking on the role of the star-crossed lover alongside two-time Tony Award nominee Condola Rashad in the mixed-raced contemporary production. The simple yet effective image shows the characters dressed in crisp white shirts gazing at each other while lying on a bed. Orlando, who has the same name as a character in Shakespeare’s As You Like It, will be directed by fivetime Tony Award nominee David Leveaux. Leveaux’s production will feature Shakespeare’s original language while in a modern setting. Further conflict is added to the tragedy as the Montague family is white and the Capulets black. The race issue was addressed in the press release: ‘While race defines the family lineages, the original cause of the ‘ancient quarrel,’ passed down by successive generations to their young, has been lost to time.’ Speaking about the modern setting director Leveaux told the Associated Press: ‘The last thing we wanted to do was to do a sort of pompous, classic version of Romeo and Juliet. ‘I’m just taking away all the wallpaper and mantelpieces, all the kind
of pompous stuff we associate with grand Shakespearean productions, and try to go as simple as possible.’ Romeo and Juliet, which has not appeared on Broadway since 1977, will also star Brent Carver, Jayne Houdyshell, Chuck Cooper, Christian Camargo, Roslyn Ruff, Conrad Kemp and American Idol star Justin Guarini. Orlando, who famously starred in Lord Of The Rings, has reportedly relocated to New York alongside his wife Miranda Kerr and two-year-old son Flynn. While the 36-year-old hasn’t starred in a Shakespeare play
nadeem baig turns 72
before he has performed some of Romeo’s speeches as part of the 2011 Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra concert that saw Tchaikovsky’s music paired with Shakespearean texts that inspired them. The Pirates Of The Caribbean star made his professional stage debut in David Storey’s Celebration in London six years ago. Director Leveaux said it was a no brainer casting the handsome star: ‘I was just so fascinated by his passion and his absolute boyish love of this language that I thought: ‘Yep, that feels like our Romeo’.’ newS DeSK
Famous film and television actor Nadeem Baig turned 72 Friday. Born as Mirza Nazeer Baig Mughal on July 19, 1941, Nadeem is a Pakistani actor who is considered as the best actor of his time in Pakistani film industry. He has acted in several films, telefilms, and TV drama serials. He was born in Vijayawada in Andhra Pardesh state of India in 1941. He was interested in singing and used to take part in musical competitions, and was noticed by the famous singer Firdousi Begum. She was impressed by his singing talent and encouraged him to try playback singing in Dhaka’s film industry. Nadeem’s film career spans more than 45 years. He started his career in 1967 and appeared in his first film Chakori in a leading role with Shabana as opposite actress. The film was produced and directed by Captain Ehtesham, who, in real life, became his father-in-law in 1968. The film did well in both circuits of Pakistani film industry, i.e., West and East. He achieved Nigar Award in the best actor’s category for Chakori. With consecutive hit films, like Chotay Sahab and Sangdil, he became one of the leading film actors of Pakistan in the 1970s and 1980s.Nadeem’s commercially successive films include Nadan (1973), Anari, Pechan (1975), Talash (1976), Aina (1977), Hum Donon (1980), Lajawab, Qurbani (1981), Sangdil (1982), and Dehleez (1983). Besides acting, Nadeem has sung many songs for films. newS DeSK
neha dhupia says it all about Bollywood She has been around for well over 10 years now in Bollywood, has been a part of much acclaimed movies like ‘Ek Chalis Ki Last Local’, ‘Mithya’, ‘Dasvidaniya’ and ‘Phas Gaye Re Obama’ (2010) et al. But Neha Dhupia, Miss India 2002, feels that she has proved self over the years and is not answerable to anyone, especially critics. “I have been working in the industry for 10 years now and have constantly proved myself over the years with my work. I don’t understand why people keep asking me why I’m doing only one or two films a year. It’s totally my prerogative how much I want to work and what kind of movies I want to work in. I don’t want to associate myself with movies which people will forget in 1-2 years and that’s why I have been very selective in my work,” says Neha, who was in Ranchi on Wednesday for a professional engagement. Looking back, Neha feels that there has been a sea change in the attitude of people in terms of accepting
‘different’ kind of movies and appreciate the work of newer directors. “Jis tarah ki films aaj ban rahi hain vo genuinely different hain. Today, the script is the biggest star of the movie. And then, the nature of audience has also changed drastically. Now we have more educated people - many of them youngsters - who are willing to watch and understand different kind of movies, which was not the case earlier. It’s not like rom coms are not making money anymore but the movies like Dasvidaniya and Gangs of Wasseypur are also earning well,” the actress avers. In fact, she goes on to modify her most controversial statement till date. “The script has become so important now that I would like to amend my earlier stand that of ‘either sex sells or Shah Rukh Khan to either sex sells or Shah Rukh or the script now,” quips Dhupia. Apart from acting, Neha loves to travel a lot and is happy that her modelling and other engagements keeps her on move all the year around. COuRTeSy TOi
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‘Who’s to say who’s an expert?’ — Paul Newman
Saturday, 20 July, 2013
dexter cast reveals who they want to die as show nears conclusion
Axl Rose @axlrose
Hopin’ it’s not too late and all the Argentinians are still celebrating. Happy Independence of Argentina. SALUD! Tears and hugs and emotional high fives. Not exactly the sendoff you might expect for a totally gruesome show about a serial killer! But such was the case for Showtime’s Dexter, which said goodbye to fans Thursday at San Diego’s Comic Con. Dexter brought back a few blasts from its past including showrunner Clyde Phillips, Lauren Velez (LaGuerta), Erik King (Doakes) and Julie Benz (Rita), with the man himself Michael C. Hall bringing the audience to its feet among a sea of flashbulbs and raucous applause. The cast revealed they concluded production last week, and Hall explained to fans that he was still in denial. “There’s some unconscious part of us that hasn’t accepted or recognized it yet,” Hall said. “Five or six months from now, there will be some wave of something we’ll all experience.” John Lithgow, who was perhaps Dexter’s best ever nemesis, appeared during a taped segment, telling fans: “I wish I could be with you all today but as you know, I’m dead. … Not a day goes by where someone doesn’t recognize me as a psychopath, I thank you for that.” As for what’s coming up on the show, Yvonne Strahovski (Hannah) tried her best to not spill the beans on her return to the series, but pretty much failed miserably. “I still can’t say anything,” Strahovski first said when asked if she will return. Then she caved and said, “We don’t know when.” And then she hinted strongly that Hannah’s motivation might be revenge…and felt she gave too much away and covered her face with the placard in front of her. newS DeSK
The not-soline ranger: armie Hammer poses in japan.
farhan aKhtar goes on as MilKha, refuses to ditch training regiMen If you thought Farhan Akhtar could bid adieu to his gruelling exercise and diet regime, now that Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s biopic ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ is out, you couldn’t be more wrong. Apparently, the actor, who has been training hard for over a year to get under the skin of ‘The Flying Sikh’, will have to continue wearing his running shoes for the next two months. Reason is two songs and a few scenes of Shaadi Ke Side Effects directed by Saket Chaudhary and produced by Pritish Nandy Communications, remain to be shot, and Farhan simply cannot afford to regain any of the weight he had lost during the filming of the second half of Bhaag... A source told TOI, “Farhan has been told that if he stops his running and other exercises at this juncture, he will put on the kilos all over again. And this would disturb the continuity of his next film, which had started right after Bhaag....” Farhan wants to ensure this problem doesn’t occur, pointed out the source, adding, “It is better to be safe than sorry, and hence, he is following his physical trainer Samir Jaura’s instructions to the T.” COuRTeSy TOi
GOSlinG’S ‘Only GOD FORGivES’ SlOwly wARMS UP THE SilvERSCREEn
After scoring a runaway hit with the gritty 2011 thriller “Drive,” actor Ryan Gosling and director Nicolas Winding Refn are re-teaming for another synth-pop infused romp in “Only God Forgives.” Set in a neondrenched Bangkok, the film follows the drug-smuggling Julian (Gosling), whose unhinged mother (Kristin Scott Thomas) convinces him to avenge the murder of his brother. (A plot which Gosling told MTV News reminded him of a certain video game.) Yet, while “Drive” sped into critical-darling territory following its debut at the Cannes International Film Festival, “Only God Forgives” seems to be stalled at the start. Check out what the critics have to say. Only God Forgives’ doesn’t have a script so much as a body count. Its characters, even the one played by Gosling (his name is Julian), don’t pretend to be more than one-note abstractions. Julian’s brother kills a teenage prostitute, and is then murdered for the crime, at which point his dragon-lady mother, Crystal (Kristin Scott Thomas), shows up. The seedy, neon-lit Bangkok streets are depicted as a place of depravity and no mercy but also martinet control, in which Chang must restore order by taking vengeance on Crystal’s war of vengeance The last time the Danish director manned the wheel of a Ryan Gosling vehicle, the result was a nearmasterpiece of genre hybridization. So it’s more than a little disappointing to report that ‘Only God Forgives,’ the pair’s second collaboration, is no ‘Drive.’ In fact, it sometimes plays like a grotesque parody of that 2011 triumph, with Refn amping up the limb-slashing, head-bashing savagery and filtering out all traces of doomed-romantic grandeur. The results are sometimes striking, in pure visual terms, but rarely engaging; even as a brutish saga of underworld retribution, the film fails to get the heart pounding. Gosling’s ability to riff on the exalting of the male body has been reduced to prosaic stares and barely the semblance of personality ... COuRTeSy MTV
Paulo Coelho @paulocoelho 1h The best future is based on the forgotten past
Marc Anthony @MarcAnthony Getting ready for Kelly and Michael show today at 9am on ABC and heading to Juventud Awards in Miami right after #VivirMiVida
Jewel @jeweljk Aspire. Inspire. “@thegrumpygirl_: The more I grow the more I grasp that a lot of your lyrics and poems are absolutely words to live by”
Hulk Hogan @HulkHogan 27m Great night of IMPACT in Louisville Ky,TNA Impact team is awesome and thank you legal from Dallas for all the love and support my brother HH
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We are not interested in the possibilities of defeat. They do not exist. –Queen Victoria
Martian virus? Mysterious INFOTAINMENT organism puzzles scientists Saturday, 20 July, 2013
today (20th july)
8 Colombia declares independence from Spain. 8 King abdullah i of jordan assassinated. 8 astronaut Neil a. armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon. 8 Von Stauffenberg fails in an attempt on Hitler's life.
study shows linK between spicy foods and outgoing personality An American scientist claims that your personality might determine whether you like spicy food. Pennsylvania State University's research examined the link between peoples' personality types and whether they were fans of food packed full of hot spices such as chilli. It found that people who seek adventure and intense sensations like spicy food more than those who avoid risky situations. Nadia Byrnes, a doctoral candidate at the university, conducted a study of 184 non-smoking participants between the ages of 18 and 45 without any known issues that would compromise their ability to taste. The group of people were primarily Caucasian and around 63 per cent were female. She assessed the group using the Arnett Inventory of Sensation Seeking (AISS) test. This test looks at the personality trait of 'sensation-seeking'. This trait is defined as seeking out 'novel and intense stimulation' regardless of the risks involved. People who score above the mean AISS score are considered more open to risks and new experiences, while those scoring below the mean are considered less open to those things. The subjects were then given 25 micrometers of capsaicin, the active component of chilli peppers, and asked to rate how much they liked a spicy meal as the burn from the capsaicin increased in intensity. Those in the group who fell below the mean AISS rapidly disliked the meal as the burn increased. People who were above the mean AISS had a consistently liked the meal even as the burn increased. Those in the mean group liked the meal less as the burn increased, but not nearly as rapidly as those below the mean. Ms Byrnes said: 'Theoretically, we know that burn intensity and liking are linear related. The more irritating a compound or food gets, the less people should like it. 'But that's not always the case.' She presented her findings at the 2013 Institute of Food Technologists annual meeting and food expo. At the same event, Dr Shane McDonald, principal flavour chemist at Kalsec, discussed the addition of 'tingling' spices to foods. newS DeSK
THE PANDORAVIRUS ONE MICROMETRE BIG - TEN TIMES THE SIZE OF OTHER VIRUSES
CIENTISTS have found a new virus thought to be the biggest ever seen on Earth. The virus, dubbed Pandora virus, is one micrometre big - up to ten times the size of other viruses - and only six per cent of its genes resemble anything seen on Earth before. This has led French researchers to believe the virus may have come from an ancient time or even another planet, such as Mars. The giant virus is only found underwater and is not thought to pose a serious risk to humans. However, the researchers, who published their findings in the journal Science, believe that the virus opens up a range of questions about the history of life on Earth. Dr Jean-Michel Claverie of Aix-Marseille University in France, who found the virus, told NPR: ‘We believe that these new Pandora viruses have emerged from a new ancestral cellular type that no longer exists.’ Many traditional viruses range in size from around 10 nanometres (nm) to around 500nm. The Pandora virus is around one micrometre big and there are 1,000nm in a micrometre. This means the Pandora virus is big enough to be seen under the most basic microscopes. Dr Claverie explained that because the virus is very big and lacks the regular shape normally associated with viruses, he initially thought it
IT IS FOUND UNDERWATER BUT IS NOT CONSIDERED A THREAT TO HUMANS
THE VIRUS HAS BEEN SPOTTED OFF THE COAST OF CHILE AND IN AN AUSTRALIAN POND
ONLY SIX PER CENT OF ITS GENES RESEMBLE THOSE SEEN BEFORE ON EARTH
was a small bacterium. His team went on a hunt for giant viruses after a survey identified signs of them in seawater. They took sediment samples from the coast off Chile and from a pond in Australia. They took the samples to their laboratory and put them in a solution packed with antibiotics in an attempt to kill any bacteria present. These bacteria-free samples were then exposed to amoebas knowing that if they died, there must be something else in the samples killing them. This proved to be successful and large amounts of Pandora virus were spawned. When the team studied them they found that their genetic code was twice the size of the Megavirus, which was previously the biggest virus ever found at around 440nm. However, they were in for more of a shock as only six per cent of its genes resembled genes seen before in other organisms on Earth. Dr Claverie told NPR: ‘We believe that those new Pandora viruses have emerged from a new ancestral cellular type that no longer exists.’ He went on to explain that it is possible that they have come from another planet, such as Mars. The researchers do not yet know why this cellular form became a virus but they speculate that it could have evolved as a survival strategy. Alternatively, its unusual genome could have developed as a result of it picking up genetic material from its hosts. The researchers say that they now expect to find more giant viruses.
INFINITE NUPTIALS! Couple has married 106 times in 30 years
a gardener’s best friend? honda builds world’s fastest lawnMower cOUrTeSY DM A pair of lovebirds is officially the 'most married couple' in the world - after tying the knot a staggering 106 times. Americans David and Lauren Blair, who met in 1982, notched up the huge tally after promising each other they would never let go of that moment of bliss the first time they became husband and wife. The lovers, from Hendersonville in Tennessee, have since married in locations across the globe from London to New York, Scotland, Las Vegas, Elvis’ birthplace and even on a professional Romeo and Juliet theatre set. But the incredible record is made all the more amazing by the fact that Lauren said no the first time David proposed - only to change her mind three months later when she caught the bouquet at her cousin’s wedding. They first wed in 1984 and have since renewed their vows on days such as Valentine’s Day, a minute either side of New Year, Christmas Day, February 29 or can even count every day of the month as their anniversary. They broke the world record for the ‘most married couple’ at Serendipity 3 Restaurant in New York City on Valentine’s Day 2001 with wedding number 59 - but decided to keep going. Their latest ceremony is scheduled for August 4 2013 and the happy couple can’t wait to say their ‘I dos’ again as they celebrate their 30th year of married life. Lauren, 62, said: 'We met at Universal Studios in Hollywood in September 1982. David said it was love at first sight and after three months of dating proposed to me. 'I thought it was a bit soon but three months later I
caught the bouquet at my cousin’s wedding and it was a sign - the next day I gave him a card that said "If you still want to marry me, please ask me again".’ 'So he got down on one knee and proposed again and this time I said yes. 'We got married in Los Angeles on May 6, 1984 and then had a church wedding the next day in Chicago, which is where I am originally from, with both families in attendance. 'Then on May 12, while on our honeymoon, we renewed our vows again. When we got home we looked into whether there was a Guinness Record for this feat and found that there was.' She added: 'It started because we were both in long-term relationships in the past that didn’t work out. We knew we were meant for each other and wanted to continually share that vow experience. 'Our original goal was 100, so now that we’ve passed that mark we are looking for new goals to reach. David is turning 60 on our upcoming wedding day, August 4, so we mark special occasions like that. 'We’ve already been married on every numbered day of the month so every day is our anniversary, even on leap year. We’ve been married on 01/01/01, 02/02/02, 03/03/03 and so on finishing that goal on 12/12/12. 'We’re hopelessly in love - each one of our ceremonies has been emotional and very special to us. 'We are very serious about our vows and people say it is obvious by just looking at us. 'I love to look into David’s eyes as he is repeating his vows. I know that this man will love me until the day I die - of course, David will tell you that he does it for the honeymoons. 'But we are just too much in love and we love to profess it in front of as many people as possible.'
This could free up some time on the weekend. Honda, in conjunction with Top Gear magazine and racing outfit Team Dynamics, has built a high performance ride-on lawn mower capable of reaching speeds up to 130 mph. And, yes, it can still cut the grass. The so-called Mean Mower started out as a production Honda HF2620 Lawn Tractor before the team replaced its stock 20 hp motor with the 109 hp 1,000 cc V-twin from a Honda VTR1000 Firestorm sport bike along with its six-speed transmission and reengineered the suspension to handle a set of ATV wheels and tires. A Scorpion exhaust system pumps up the volume to an ear-shattering 130 decibels, compared to about 106 db for a typical mower, while a Cobra racing seat was fitted to keep up with the bump in performance, now good enough to accelerate the grass assassin to 60 mph in four seconds. Of course, Honda being Honda, it retained and enhanced the vehicle’s primary functionality. Although the grass collection bag is mostly filled with a gas tank plus oil and water coolers, two electric motors were installed that spin a cutting cable up to 4,000 rpm. Unfortunately, this part only works below 15 mph, but that still twice as fast as the stock mower can do the job. Even more disappointing, however, is that the Mean Mower is a one-off project intended to highlight the breadth of Honda’s product offerings and promote its sporty heritage, according to the company, and not destined for Home Depot or your front lawn. Oh well, you can always hire the neighbour kid from next door. newS DeSK
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SPORTS Saturday, 20 July, 2013
hudson retains convener post
Former South African opening batsman Andrew Hudson will remain convener of the national selection committee, Cricket SA said in a statement on Friday. Shafiek Abrahams, who represented the Proteas at full international level, has also been retained on the panel while two new appointments to the panel have been made. Kwa-Zulu Natal wicketkeeper Linda Zondi and former Gauteng all-rounder Hussein Manack join the four-man panel while head coach Russell Domingo completes the panel in an ex-officio capacity. Zondi was a member of the first official national under-19 team under the auspices of the then United Cricket Board of South Africa to tour England in 1995. This was a tour that launched the international careers of Neil McKenzie, Boeta Dippenaar, Ashwell Prince, Mark Boucher and Makhaya Ntini. Manack performed the double of 2 000 runs (three centuries) and 50 wickets during his first-class career. CSA’s High Performance manager Vinnie Barnes and transformation manager Max Jordaan also serve on the committee in a non-voting capacity. The new panel will serve until the next ICC World Cup in Australasia in 2015. CSA Selection Committee: Andrew Hudson (convener), Linda Zondi, Hussein Manack, Shafiek Abrahams, Russell Domingo (national coach). Nonvoting ex-officio members: Vinnie Barnes (CSA High Performance manager), Maxwell Jordaan (CSA Transformation manager)
Unfortunately, we lost some time when I made a mistake and ran into the gravel. I’m not sure what happened, I just felt a lack of grip at the rear from the tyres and had snap oversteer. –Daniil Kvyat
( A BROTHERLY ADVICE
KaMran wants brother to focus on his batting I KArAcHI
N his quest to make another comeback to the national team, Pakistan’s out-of-favour wicketkeeper-batsman, Kamran Akmal is ready to compromise on his batting position. Kamran, 31, who has played 53 Tests, 154 one-day internationals and 50 T20 matches for his country was dropped after the recent Champions Trophy along with two other senior players, Shoaib Malik and Imran Farhat. Ironically the national selectors and the national team management decided to give the responsibilities of wicketkeeping to Kamran’s younger brother, Umar who is primarily a middle-order batsman. “Umar is by nature a specialist attacking batsman. Whoever has decided and given him the responsibility of keeping as well should be held responsible for whatever happens,” Kamran said. “I would like to see Umar focus on his batting as he is very talented and I am not sure about giving him additional responsibility of keeping. But let us see what happens now,” Kamran added. Umar kept in the first two ODIs on the current tour of the West Indies, doing a tidy job behind the stumps besides scoring a half century in the second match. Kamran said that he didn’t
believe his international cricket career was over. “I am only 31 and I know what I am capable of. I am just more comfortable batting in the opening slot as I like to play the new ball. In the Champions Trophy and before that I had to bat lower down the order as per requirement of the management. But my personal preference is to open the innings.” Kamran, who has 11 Test and ODI hundreds to his credit, said he would now
open the innings for his bank and regional team in the domestic season. “I am already opening for National bank in the Ramazan T20 Cup and I am confident that if I can get plenty of runs as an opener than the selectors will think about giving me a comeback chance in the opening slot,” he said. The senior player who made his debut in 2010 said that he never gave up hope after dropped from the national team. “I never give up hope as it has
happened in the past as well. But this time I want to comeback as an opener as I feel I can give a lot to Pakistan cricket batting up the order,” he said. Kamran was sent one-down in the only match he got to play in the Champions Trophy in UK where Pakistan lost all three of their group matches. “Nowadays with two new balls being used in ODIs I feel I have the best chance of scoring runs batting up the order preferably as an opener,” he added.
England’s Bell joins elite company LONDON AGenCieS
Ian Bell joined an elite trio on Thursday with his third Ashes century in successive Tests after England had lost three cheap wickets on the opening day of the second Test against Australia at Lord’s. Bell, who came to the crease with England floundering at 28 for three on a perfect batting pitch at the height of a British heatwave, reached his 19th test hundred with 14
boundaries in exactly five hours. He was finally out for 109 and joins Jack Hobbs (twice), Wally Hammond and Chris Broad at the only England players to score centuries in three consecutive Ashes Tests. Bell’s dismissal was the first of three wickets in the space of 31 minutes for Australian leg-spinner Steve Smith who reduced England from 271 for four to 289 for seven at the close of a sundrenched day. After his resolute second innings
century in the first test victory at Trent Bridge, Bell was in delightful touch from the start of his innings. He drove sweetly, cut deftly and after tea took three boundaries off a James Pattinson over, including two exquisite drives off the back foot through the covers. He was finally out when Michael Clarke turned to Smith’s occasional legspin and was rewarded when Bell edged the final ball of his first over to the Australian captain at slip.
Smith followed up by tumbling to his left to take a return catch of Jonny Bairstow (67) who had batted confidently on the ground where he scored an impressive 95 against South Africa last year and helped Bell add 144 for the fifth wicket. Bairstow had enjoyed a huge slice of luck when he was comprehensively bowled by Peter Siddle on 21 but won a reprieve when television replays showed the Australian paceman had over-stepped by a matter of millimetres.
MORRIS CAN’T CURB HIS ENTHUSIASM cOLOMBO
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Chris Morris has taken to international cricket like a duck to water, and the Lions speedster is bounding with energy ahead of Saturday’s opening ODI in Colombo. But one thing he wouldn’t mind changing is the intense heat in these parts. Even after his stint in the IPL, the local sauna took him by surprise during Wednesday’s warm-up fixture. “Jeez, I thought it was hot in Chennai, but this is on another level completely! I was soaked after my first over. It then got cooler in the afternoon, thankfully.” The Proteas were expecting to have a full workout at the R Premadasa Stadium on Thursday, but an unexpected spell of morning rain saw them move to the indoor centre located in the shadow of the Sinhalese Sports Club. Not that the bowlers were complaining. “This is more like it for this time of year,” Morris quipped. He is already eyeing a change of attire to combat the relentless heat. “When the boys came on with drinks, I put the whole bottle down my back. It’s
COLOmBO: South Africa and Sri Lanka are hoping to recover from recent setbacks in one-day cricket when they contest a five-match series starting in Colombo on Saturday. Both teams were knocked out in the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy in the United Kingdom despite being rated as two of the strongest contenders in the eight-nation tournament. The Proteas lived up to their reputation as cricket’s “chokers”, a tag outgoing coach Gary Kirsten said was fully justified following the semi-final defeat against England at the Oval in London. Sri Lanka, World Cup runners-up to India in 2011, fell to Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men twice in two weeks when the Champions Trophy defeat was followed by a loss in the tri-series final in the West Indies. Dinesh Chandimal, 23, will lead the Islanders in the first two matches against South Africa after regular captain Angelo Mathews was handed a two-match ban for his team’s slow over-rates in the tri-series. Sri Lanka will miss frontline seamer Nuwan Kulasekara, who sustained a finger injury in the West Indies, for the first two games. Batsman Jehan Mubarak was recalled after four years. AGenCieS
another level of heat, completely different to what we are used to. I think I may just have to do a Dennis Lillee and put on a head band for the rest of the tour.” Somehow, the suggestion of Lillee is
not out of place. The Lions’ terrier is constantly at the batsmen, asking probing questions of technique and temperament. He relishes a scrap, and the locals have been quick to note his enthusiasm for the game.
“I keep on saying that this is living the dream for me, so whatever I am expected to do, I will happily take it on for the team,” he said of the extra responsibility. And while he is happy to run all day for
the cause, he also knows that there needs to be a subtlety on the sub-continent, more than anywhere else in the world. “You’ve got some amazing players in the Sri Lankan team. It’s a great challenge.
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I gave my all with Red Bull. –Daniel Ricciardo
Saturday, 20 July, 2013
Magic over wi M GUYANA
ISBAH-UL-HAQ and Umar Akmal took Pakistan to 229/6 against West Indies in third Oneday International here at Guyana on Friday. West Indies bowlers enjoyed a field day as they made life difficult for the Pakistan top-order after Dwayne Bravo won the toss and elected to field in the third One-Day International (ODI) at St. Lucia. After struggling through most parts of the innings, Misbah-ul-Haq’s fighting innings (75) and Umar Akmal’s final over blitz (40 not out) enabled Pakistan to go past the 200-run mark. After a cautious start, opener Ahmed Shehzad went for an expansive pull shot and ended up top-edging it. However, it looked like it would sail over the ropes until Kemar Roach at deep fine leg pulled off a stunning catch. He caught the ball and just when it looked like he would fall over the boundary, he tossed it up in the air, regained his balance and came back in to complete the catch. Roach came into action just two deliveries later when Nasir Jamshed threw away his wicket after a decent start. He tried to pull a short delivery from Darren Sammy but could only find Roach at mid-on. Mohammad Hafeez and Misbah came together to steady the innings and added 53 runs for the third wicket. After a good, solid stand, Hafeez went out on a soft dismissal when he top-edged a short delivery to Sammy at square leg. Debutant Haris Sohail walked out to
join Misbah and the two managed to add 60 runs for the fourth wicket. Just when Pakistan looked like they could take the game away from the home side, Roach struck to remove Sohail. The debutant’s eyes lit up when he saw a short delivery outside the off-stump and he punched it off the back foot but failed to keep it down. Keiron Pollard at point took a fairly simple catch. It was during this partnership when Misbah brought up his half-century and looked set to play through the innings. However, he failed to read a good yorker from Dwayne Bravo and was cleaned up after a well-made 75. At this stage, Pakistan were 174 for five and were in danger of falling short of the pyschological 200-run mark. Shahid Afridi was in and out in no time to leave his side tottering at 177 for six. But, Umar Akmal and Wahab Riaz stitched together a quick-fire partnership of 52 runs from 26 deliveries to guide Pakistan to 229 for six.
SCORebOARD PAKiSTAn Ahmed Shehzad c Roach b Holder 17 nasir jamshed c Roach b Sammy 20 14 Mohammad Hafeez c Sammy b Dj bravo 75 Misbah-ul-Haq b Dj bravo 26 Haris Sohail c Pollard b Roach umar Akmal not out 40 1 Shahid Afridi c narine b Holder 19 wahab Riaz not out 17 eXTRAS (lb 6, w 11) TOTAl 229 DiD nOT bAT junaid Khan, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad irfan FAll OF wiCKeTS 1-39 (Ahmed Shehzad, 11.5 ov), 2-39 (nasir jamshed, 12.1 ov), 3-92 (Mohammad Hafeez, 27.1 ov), 4-152
(Haris Sohail, 40.5 ov), 5-174 (Misbah-ul-Haq, 44.3 ov), 6-177 (Shahid Afridi, 45.4 ov) bOwlinG: KAj Roach 10-1-35-1, jO Holder 10-0-40-2, DjG Sammy 10-0-30-1, SP narine 9-0-55-0, Dj bravo 7-0-50-2, Mn Samuels 3-1-4-0, KA Pollard 1-0-9-0 Match details Toss west indies, who chose to field ODi debut Haris Sohail (Pakistan) Player of the match tba umpires PR Reiffel (Australia) and jS wilson TV umpire Sj Davis (Australia) Match referee DC boon (Australia) Reserve umpire Pj nero
Allow Aamir to use nCA facilities, PCB pleads to iCC LAHOre STAFF RePORT
The Pakistan Cricket Board after letting banned fast bowler Mohammad Aamir use its facilities for training has turned to the International Cricket Council with a request to get formal permission for him to use the National Cricket Academy. It has been learnt that the pacer has already been using the PCB facilities at the time when the PCB requested the ICC Board to review the ban imposed on Aamir and now when the ICC has constituted a committee for its recommendations, the PCB has taken another step to get Aamir in its fold. A source said that the PCB wants the ICC to allow banned pacer Aamir to start using facilities at the National Cricket Academy under the supervision of PCB coaches. A senior official was in a report quoted that recent media reports that the ICC had or would allow Aamir to resume playing first class cricket were incorrect. “We don’t foresee that happening but the four man sub-committee formed by the ICC executive board to look into our request on Aamir’s case will meet in October for the first time and only than something will be clear,” the official said.
paKistan woMen sweep ireland SCORebOARD
Down and out: IHC nullify Zaka’s appointment as PCB chief ISLAMABAD STAFF RePORT
The Islamabad High Court has declared the appointment of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Zaka Ashraf illegal and ordered the Election Commission to hold PCB elections within 90 days. On the application of Major (retd) Nadeem Sadal, the high court gave an advanced decision on Ashraf ’s appointment. The three member high court bench was headed by Justice Shaukat Aziz. The decision stated that the chairman PCB should abide by article 62, 63 of the Constitution, under which a first class or test cricketer or a
graduate could contest in the PCB elections. The order noted that president’s role was merely symbolic in the selection of PCB chairman and that Zaka Ashraf ’s appointment was not made due to experience but rather personal relations. The high court also ordered the PCB to remove illegally appointed officers from their positions. With relation to this decision, a short order has been issued which bars Zaka Ashraf from working further. The decision has given the election commission the responsibility of carrying out free and fair PCB elections within 90 days.
He said the PCB had told the ICC at the recent board meeting that they wanted permission to be given to Aamir to start using facilities and start training at the academy. “That is the request we have made and we are hoping that we should get some permission from the ICC late next year on this when Aamir would have completed four years of his five year ban period,” he said. “Under the terms of the anti-corruption code a player cannot use any facilities of his board until his ban is completed. We have requested Aamir be given permission to start doing this before the ban ends,” he added. The official said the board was also hopeful that the ICC would also allow Aamir to play club cricket close to the end of his ban period. Asked whether the PCB was planning to also speak to the ICC about the life ban on Test leg-spinner Danish Kaneria, the official said they only took up Aamir’s case because he had confessed to his wrongdoing and was a teenager when the spot-fixing scandal took place. “In Danish’s case he has not accepted any wrong doing and secondly the England and Wales Cricket Board submitted a lot of circumstantial evidence against him in the hearings of the ECB disciplinary panel that eventually banned him,” he said.
dUBLiN: Javeria Khan, Nain Abidi and Sadia Yousuf steered Pakistan ladies team to a clean sweep of Ireland when the former two excelled with the bat and the latter with the ball to win the second ODI at the YMCA Ground, Dublin on Friday. Pakistan first got to 248 for all in 48.1 overs and later bowl out Ireland for just 159 runs in 43.1 overs to have an 89 runs win, their second in two days. Pakistan won the first ODI match by 157 runs. Javeria Khan hit a patient 81 to give a consolidate start to the Pakistan innings and Nain Abidi with her solid 50 strengthened her team’s position while Sadia took five wickets to leave Ireland rowing for the quick losses they suffered on their home ground. So with these three’s young ladies performances, Pakistan won the match with ease in the end and took the series 2-0. Now these two teams and
PAKiSTAn wOMen 81 javeria Khan c Kenealy b Richardson 26 Rabiya Shah c Hayward b McCarthy 50 nain Abidi c Garth b Delany 48 bismah Maroof run out (Garth) nida Dar run out (Tice) 10 Sana Mir c Kenealy b Garth 10 Asmavia iqbal c Kavanagh b Delany 4 Qanita jalil c Shillington b Delany 4 javeria Rauf run out (Hayward) 0 batool Fatima run out (joyce) 0 Sadia yousuf not out 0 eXTRAS (lb 7, w 8) 15 TOTAl (all out; 49.1 overs) 248 FAll OF wiCKeTS 1-49 (Rabiya Shah, 12.2 ov), 2-143 (nain Abidi, 31.4 ov), 3-181 (javeria Khan, 38.4 ov), 4-202 (nida Dar, 41.4 ov), 5-219 (Sana Mir, 44.2 ov), 6-237 (Asmavia iqbal, 47.2 ov), 7-242 (Qanita jalil, 47.6 ov), 8-242 (javeria Rauf, 48.2 ov), 9-247 (batool Fatima, 48.5 ov), 10-248 (bismah Maroof, 49.1 ov) bOwlinG: ln McCarthy 10-1-32-1, Aj Kenealy 3-0-15-0, Kj Garth 9-0-45-1, MeMO Scott-Hayward 8-0-50-0, eAj Richardson 10-145-1, l Delany 9.1-0-54-3 iRelAnD wOMen CMA Shillington c batool b Sadia 39 MeMO Scott-Hayward b nida 0 CniM joyce st batool b Sadia 49 eAj Richardson run out (nain) 29 l Delany lbw b Sadia 0 Kj Garth not out 22 MV waldron b Qanita 4 SM Kavanagh lbw b jalil 1 ln McCarthy b Sadia 2 Aj Kenealy b Sadia 2 ej Tice b Sana 1 eXTRAS (b 2, lb 1, w 7) 10 TOTAl (all out; 43.1 overs) 159 FAll OF wiCKeTS 1-8 (Scott-Hayward, 1.3 ov), 2-92 (Shillington, 18.1 ov), 3-106 (joyce, 20.5 ov), 4-115 (Delany, 22.6 ov), 5-128 (Richardson, 26.5 ov), 6-142 (waldron, 34.5 ov), 7-146 (Kavanagh, 36.5 ov), 8-154 (McCarthy, 40.2 ov), 9-158 (Kenealy, 42.3 ov), 10159 (Tice, 43.1 ov) bOwlinG: javeria Rauf 3-0-25-0, nida Dar 7-1-22-1, Qanita jalil 7-1-22-2, Sana Mir 8.1-2-28-1, Sadia yousuf 9-1-35-5, Asmavia iqbal 5-0-14-0, bismah Maroof 4-0-10-0 Toss Pakistan women, who chose to bat Series Pakistan women won the 2-match series 2-0 umpires Azam baig and l Fourie Match referee DT jukes (england) Reserve umpire j McGeehan
six others will attempt to qualify for the Women’s World T20 in Dublin. AGenCieS
Australia reeling after decision review shambles LONDON AGenCieS
Australia again committed Decision Review Suicide at Lord’s on Friday as their continual failure to master the referral system precipitated a firstinnings implosion that left them staring at defeat in the second Ashes test. The tourists had promised to learn from their mistakes in the first test last week, when ill-advised DRS (decision review system) referrals cost them dear in a 14-run defeat, yet they again
gambled away their get-out-of-jail cards early in a chaotic and probably fatal second session. In the over before lunch Australia were 42 without loss in reply to England’s 361, but 40 overs later they were all out for 128. Two DRS reviews were wasted and the one dismissal that would have been overturned on appeal was allowed to stand as the Australians again appeared muddled in their use of the system. The cumulative effect and
dispiriting influence of those DRS failures may well also have subconsciously contributed to some of the subsequent poor decisions and shoddy shot selection that left the sun-drenched Lord’s crowd wondering what they were seeing. Having spent decades watching Australia Lord it over the hosts at the home of cricket, the boot was firmly on the other foot on Friday as it was the tourists’ turn to look frazzled and overwhelmed by the occasion.
SCORebOARD enGlAnD 1ST inninGS 361 AuSTRAliA 1ST inninGS SR watson lbw b bresnan 30 Cjl Rogers lbw b Swann 15 uT Khawaja c Pietersen b Swann 14 Pj Hughes c †Prior b bresnan 1 Mj Clarke lbw b broad 28 SPD Smith c bell b Swann 2 bj Haddin c Trott b Swann 7 AC Agar run out (Prior/Anderson) 2 PM Siddle c Swann b Anderson 2 jl Pattinson not out 10 Rj Harris c Pietersen b Swann 10 eXTRAS (b 4, lb 1, w 2) 7 TOTAl 128
FAll OF wiCKeTS 1-42 (watson, 12.4 ov), 250 (Rogers, 15.2 ov), 3-53 (Hughes, 18.6 ov), 4-69 (Khawaja, 23.5 ov), 5-86 (Smith, 29.5 ov), 6-91 (Clarke, 30.6 ov), 7-96 (Agar, 38.6 ov), 8-104 (Siddle, 44.4 ov), 9-104 (Haddin, 45.4 ov), 10-128 (Harris, 53.3 ov) bOwlinG: jM Anderson 14-8-25-1, SCj broad 11-3-26-1, TT bresnan 7-1-28-2, GP Swann 21.3-5-44-5 enGlAnD 2nd innings An Cook b Siddle 8 je Root not out 18 ijl Trott b Siddle 0 KP Pietersen c Rogers b Siddle 5 TT bresnan not out 0
eXTRAS 0 TOTAl 31 TO bAT iR bell, jM bairstow, Mj Prior†, SCj broad, GP Swann, jM Anderson Fall of wickets 1-22 (Cook, 10.2 ov), 2-22 (Trott, 12.2 ov), 3-30 (Pietersen, 14.5 ov) bOwlinG: Rj Harris 5-1-12-0, SR watson 42-9-0, PM Siddle 5-3-4-3, jl Pattinson 5-3-5-0, SPD Smith 1-0-1-0 Toss england, who chose to bat umpires HDPK Dharmasena (Sri lanka) and M erasmus (South Africa) TV umpire Al Hill (new zealand) Match referee RS Madugalle (Sri lanka) Reserve umpire RT Robinson
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For construction and safety it is better – and nothing has happened here. –Felipe Massa
SPORTS Saturday, 20 July, 2013
gymnastic federation bans three officials for five years LaHORe: The Pakistan Gymnastic Federation in compliance of the directions of International Olympic Committee banned its three officials for five years for defying the Olympic charter by taking part in the illegal elections of the Pakistan Olympic Association organized by the Interim Committee. The officials who have been banned included Haji Ahmed, Vice President, PGF, Robina Farooq, Vice President (women) PGF and Shah Jehan Anwar, Associate Secretary for their participation in the so-called elections of POA held recently in Islamabad, said a spokesman of PGF here on Friday. He said the act of the three officials is in violation of Olympic charter and its movement as well as Pakistan Olympic Association. “The action has been taken on the directions of the IOC,” he added. They will cease to hold any position in the PGF or in the Provincial or District Association and will not take part in any Gymnastics activity. STAFF RePORT
lcca scrutiny committee accepts 36 appeals, dismisses 34 clubs LaHORe: The election commissioner of the Pakistan Cricket Board has decided the appeals of 70 aggrieved clubs of affiliated zones of Lahore City Cricket Association, accepting 36 and dismissing 34. “The committee PCB carried out scrutiny of cricket clubs of East, North & West Zone of LCCA last May and as many as 70 aggrieved clubs raised objections against the scrutiny and the Election Commissioner of the PCB, heard the appeals and decided them”, said a spokesman of PCB here on Friday. The Election Commissioner will also hear the appeals filed by the aggrieved cricket clubs of DCA Kalat and Killa Abdullah (Chaman) against the decision of scrutiny committee on July 24 at Bugti Stadium Quetta and, thereafter, the appeals filed by aggrieved cricket clubs of Karachi Zones will be heard by the Election Commissioner on July 26 at National Stadium Karachi. STAFF RePORT
ricciardo coMes out on top at silverstone
SiLVeRSTONe: Daniel Ricciardo topped the times on the second day at Silverstone, but was quicker in his Toro Rosso than during his audition for a 2014 Red Bull seat. The Australian split his duties on Thursday, lapping in his regular Toro Rosso in the morning, before switching to Red Bull in the afternoon as the team decide whether to hand him the chance to replace Mark Webber next season. His best time of one minute 32.972 seconds came during the morning, and his afternoon pace in the Red Bull was only enough for the third best time. The 24-year-old also suffered the embarrassment of running off track just a handful of laps into his running with the senior team. Ricciardo’s times were split by Carlos Sainz Jr on his first run in a Formula One car, the Spaniard having taken over the Toro Rosso in the afternoon. AGenCieS
tiger stays in contention
bittersweet bad day ALPe
HRIS Froome appears to be living a charmed life at the 100th Tour de France as he increased his lead regardless of an eventful double ascent of the Alpe d’Huez lead On Thursday, he suffered a sugar crash, took a time penalty and was docked 20 seconds for an illegal feed inside the final five kilometres of the stage, showing his first signs of distress all Tour when he waved for help and team-mate Richie Porte fetched him an energy bar. Both riders were penalised for the move - an apparent attempt to have Porte take the hit for returning to the team car - but it only hurt Froome so much with closest rival Alberto Contador more than a minute back down the road. “It’s not the first time in my career I’ve run out of sugar,” said Froome, who now leads Contador by five minutes 11 seconds. “It’s a horrible feeling. I’m just happy to get through the stage and come out of it with more of an advantage than I went in with. “If that was a bad day for me then I’ll definitely accept that.” It was not all good news, though, as the dangerous Nairo Quintana, who had been with Froome when he ran into
riblon bacKs frooMe on doping issues Chris Froome, whose Tour de France performances have been greeted by suspicion, has received backing from stage 18 winner Christophe Riblon. Riblon, whose AG2R La Mondiale team are part of the Movement for Credible Cycling, told a news conference the British Tour leader should not be “put on trial”. Froome hammered the field in the first two mountain-top finishes of the Tour, in Ax-3-Domaines and the Mont Ventoux, and his performances have been put under the microscope by media and experts. “I don’t understand that the yellow jersey is being put on trial,” Riblon said in a passionate outburst after winning the 18th stage at l’Alpe d’Huez. “He does not deserve this. When you hurt the yellow jersey, you hurt cycling.” Asked if he was proud that a rider from a MPCC team prevailed in the toughest Tour stage so far, Riblon said: “I had an MPCC test (to check his cortisone level) this morning, I will be tested now and they can come back tonight, no problem.” One reporter pointed out that Froome’s Team Sky was not a member of the MPCC and in response, the 32-year-old said: “It’s their choice. It’s not an obligation. “Instead of disparaging them, we should be looking into why they’re better. They work a lot, they have new (training) methods,” added Riblon. SPORTS DeSK
difficulty, raced ahead to cut his own deficit to the yellow jersey to five minutes 32 seconds. Up ahead, Christophe Riblon had become the first French stage winner of this 100th Tour de France, the last surviving member of a breakaway winning by 59 seconds after catching and dropping Tejay Van Garderen less than two kilometres from the finish. When he saw his chance, he did not merely slide past the American but burst clear.
“I wanted him to know in his mind that he had no chance,” the 32-year-old said. “This is a huge thrill.” Attention now turns to today’s 204km stage from Bourg-d’Oisans to Le Grand-Bornand. If Thursday’s double ascent of the Alpe d’Huez was unprecedented, things get no easier today on this long stage featuring two hors categorie climbs - one immediately after the start - as well as two further category one climbs and a category two.
GULLaNe: A stony-faced Tiger Woods ground out a second-round 71 to stay in contention for his 15th major title as the wind picked up in bright sunshine at the British Open on Friday. American Woods, the world number one, made two birdies and two bogeys on the front nine and sank a 10-foot putt on the final green to finish on two-under-par, three behind overnight leader Zach Johnson who tees off at 1507 local time (1407 GMT). Briton Lee Westwood, seeking a long overdue first major championship, took advantage of a hot putter to pick up six birdies over the first 12 holes and briefly join Johnson at the top of the leaderboard. He had to settle for a round of 68, however, after three bogeys over the closing stretch left him on two-under, level with Woods and Sweden’s Henrik Stenson who carded a second successive 70. “I was pleased to be six-under through 12,” Westwood told reporters. “I was playing some great stuff. And it was just getting harder as the holes progressed, tougher to score, tougher to get it close.” “The finish is tough. 16, 17, 18 are playing hard. So it’s like most major championships, it’s a grind out there.” AGenCieS
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I didn’t have all the details about what was happening, and it was the management’s situation, but I knew that we didn’t have the budget like the top teams. –Sauber Hülkenberg
SPORTS Saturday, 20 July, 2013
serena headlines us open line-up NeW YOrK
serena reaches swedish open quarters BaSTad: Serena Williams cruised into the quarterfinals of the Swedish Open by beating Anna Tatishvili of Georgia 6-2, 6-3 on Thursday. The 16-time Grand Slam champion broke four times in the first set and twice in the second at the clay-court tournament. She had seven aces, while her opponent served nine double faults. Williams ousted Tatishvili in the first round of the French Open in May. The top-seeded Williams will face Lourdes Dominguez Lino on Friday. Flavia Pennetta advanced when second-seeded Simona Halep of Romania retired with an undisclosed injury. The Italian was leading 4-6, 7-5, 2-0 at the time. Also in the second round, Richel Hogenkamp beat Lesia Tsurenko 6-1, 2-6, 6-3. AGenCieS
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bartoli to Miss out on stanford, carlsbad PaRiS: Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli has had her US Open preparation hit by a hamstring injury. The Frenchwoman has withdrawn from forthcoming tournaments in Stanford and Carlsbad due to the problem. She is now due to begin her North American hardcourt season in Toronto starting on August 5. “The injury has not completely healed,” Bartoli said of the injury, which she suffered during Wimbledon. The Bank of the West Classic in Stanford is being held next week and Bartoli’s absence is another blow to organisers, who have already seen Maria Sharapova pull out. AGenCieS
Roger Federer had few problems as he breezed into the quarter-finals of the Hamburg ATP tournament with a straight sets thirdround win over Czech opponent Jan Hajek. Hamburg – Roger Federer had few problems as he breezed into the quarterfinals of the Hamburg ATP tournament with a straight sets third-round win over Czech opponent Jan Hajek on Thursday. The Swiss ace, playing his second match since his second-round exit at Wimbledon last month, needed just over an hour to seal a 6-4, 6-3 win over the 29-year-old Hajek to reach the last eight. “Wins like that do me good,” admitted the 31-year-old Federer, who
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OUR-TIME champion Serena Williams heads the field for next month’s US Open. Organisers announced the entries into this year’s final Grand Slam tournament on Thursday with the field to be led by the current world number one, who beat Victoria Azarenka in last season’s final. Williams is one of five previous winners of the Flushing Meadows title, the others being Sam Stosur, Maria Sharapova, Svetlana Kuznetsova and her own sister, Venus. Last year’s champion is also one of 10 Americans in the field - the most players from any single nation. Ninety-eight of the world’s top 100 players are due to compete, with Romina Oprandi (shoulder) and Garbine Muguruza (foot) out due to injury. World number 102 Dinah Pfizenmaier is the last player to gain direct entry. Alisa Kleybanova, Aleksandra Wozniak, Petra Cetkovska and Alexandra Dulgheru will all play under a protected ranking following spells out of the game. Kleybanova will be competing in her first Grand Slam tournament since overcoming her battle with cancer. She was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2011, the same illness that British doubles star Ross Hutchins is currently fighting.
faces Germany’s Florian Mayer in Friday’s quarter-final. Federer squandered 10 of his 13 break points, including five match points in the eighth game of the second set, but prevailed in 72 minutes. Having brushed off his Wimbledon cobwebs by fighting back after losing the first set to Germany’s Daniel Brand in
Wednesday’s second round, Federer fired down seven aces to Hajek’s two. Second-seed Tommy Haas of Germany also booked his place in the last eight with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Argentina’s Carlos Berlocq. The 35-year-old German is bidding to win his hometown title for the first time in 11 appearances - four of his 14 ATP World Tour titles have come on German soil. In the quarter-finals Haas faces 12th-seeded Italian Fabio Fognini, who dismissed Marcel Granollers 6-2, 6-4 in 90 minutes. The 26-year-old Fognini won his first tour title in Stuttgart last week, where he beat Haas in the quarter-finals. “After his tournament success in Stuttgart, he’s currently playing the best tennis of his life,” Haas said of Fognini after the German was critical of his own performance against Berlocq.
LaHORe: The women wing of Pakistan hockey federation has invited thirty female players for attending a training camp to prepare for participation in the 1st Asian Women’s Challenge Cup being played from September first to eight in Bangkok. The camp will commence from July 24 at Naseer Bunda Hockey Stadium Islamabad, said a spokesman of PHF here on Friday. Parveen Sikandar Gill will be the camp commandant. Following will attend: Rizwana Yasmin, Maria Saeed, Syeda Sadia, Ishrat Abbas, Nadia Kazim Ali, Sehrish Arshad, Asma Ashraf, Taskeen Kausar, Kanwal Ijaz, Marina Anwar, Zaib-unNisa, Aamna Mir, Shahida G. Raza, Zakia Nawaz, Fazeelat Rasheed, Ayesha Rafique, Maryam Mansha, Nimrah, Hina Kanwal, Iqra Javaid, Aqsa Mumtaz, Ambreen Arshad, Afshan Naureen, Maira Sabir, Shukria Rasheed, Hina Pervaiz, Bushra Nazeer, Sana Arshad, Madeeha Manzoor and Rozina. Following officials will impart training, Muhammad Usmanm (head coach) Abdul Waheed Baig (assistant coach), Gulshan Nasreen (assistant coach) and Muhammad Pervaiz (coordinator). STAFF RePORT
honorarium for blind cricket players LaHORe: The Pakistan Blind Cricket Council has selected 19 players for the monthly honorarium. Players have been selected in three honorarium categories i.e Category A (Rs. 20,000/ per month), Category B (Rs. 18,000/ per month) and Category C (Rs. 15,000/ per month). The PBCC selected the players considering their recent performances. The term of the Honorarium is six (6) months w.e.f July 2013 till December 2013. Category a: Zeeshan Abbasi, Anees Javeed, Muhammad Zafar, Amir Ishfaq. Category B: Muhammad Akram, Muhammad Jameel, Muhammad Haroon, Nisar Ali. Category C: Muhammad Ayyaz, Muhammad Tofeeq, Sohail Aziz, Tariq Samuel, M. Idrees Saleem, Muhammad Waqas, Rahid Ullah, Masood Jan, Yasir Andleeb, Muhammad Haroon (Attock), Muhammad Salman. STAFF RePORT
MOYES CONFIRMS UNITED HAVE BID FOR FABREGAS Man city coMplete negredo signing
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Manchester United manager David Moyes has confirmed that the Barclays Premier
League champions have made a bid for Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas. United have been heavily linked with a move for the former Arsenal skipper recently after missing out on the signing of
Thiago Alcantara, who opted to move to Bayern Munich. And although the Red Devils have usually preferred to remain silent on transfer speculation, Moyes has now confirmed they have made a formal offer for Fabregas, although he was unable to reveal how far they were into negotiations with the La Liga giants. “I couldn’t tell you exactly,” said Moyes, when asked what the lastest position is. “The chief executive is dealing with it. Hopefully know more in the next few days.” Much has been made of the fact United are yet to sign any player of note since Moyes’ arrival. Having missed out on Thiago’s signature, they continue to be linked with Everton pair Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines, in addition to a swoop for Tottenham’s Gareth Bale, who it is said would cost upwards of £60million.
OLD TrAFFOrD Manchester City have confirmed the signing of Spanish striker Alvaro Negredo from Sevilla. The 27-year-old, who has 14 Spain caps and six international goals, follows Jesus Navas from Seville. A statement on the club’s website said:
“City are delighted to announce the signing of Alvaro Negredo, who becomes the club’s third new recruit of the summer.” Negredo will cost City a reported initial fee of £16.4million plus add-ons of up to £4.2million. City boss Manuel Pellegrini is close to signing another striker, Montenegro’s Stevan Jovetic, from Fiorentina. The Serie A club announced on Thursday night it has reached an agreement to sell Jovetic, 23, to City for a fee of £22.4million. Negredo will wear the number nine shirt that was left vacant when Emmanuel Adebayor moved clubs. The 27-year old was fourth top scorer in Spain last season with 25 league goals, behind Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Radamel Falcao. Negredo told a press conference in Spain earlier this week: “I have spoken to Navas, he’s an important player in anyone’
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PAKISTAN HAS ‘GRAVE CONCERNS’ OVER VIOLENCE IN KASHMIR P ISLAMABAD
AKISTAN on Friday expressed “grave concern” over reports of violence and burning the holy Quran in Indianadministered Kashmir. During the weekly press briefing on Friday, the Foreign Office (FO) spokesperson said Pakistan hopes the Indian government will carry out the announced inquiries. “On the reports of desecration of the Holy Quran in the Indian occupied Kashmir, this is a matter of grave concern. It has hurt the feelings of Muslims not only in Pakistan but all over the world. We have noted that Indian government has expressed its intention to carry out an investigation. We hope and urge that the investigation is done expeditiously and those responsible for this act are brought to justice.” Asked about the Indian response to Pakistan’s query over the 2001 Indian parliament and 2008 Mumbai attacks, the FO spokesperson said that Indian officer responsible had denied the statement. “In its preliminary response, the Indian government says that the said Indian former official has denied having
FO SAYS PAKISTAN KEEN ON RESUMING COMPOSITE DIALOGUE WITH INDIA
made that statement.” The spokesperson though added that the government was still seeking more information. Despite this, the spokesperson said that Pakistan was keen on the resumption of the composite dialogue with India, and through back channels. “A number of CBMs (Confidence Building Measures) are in place and need to be implemented. The back channel diplomacy can also contribute to addressing the mistrust. Pakistan also wants the resumption of formal dialogue process with India i.e. Composite Dialogue.” He hoped that the Judicial Commission’s visit to India regarding the same issue was still under planning. AZIZ’S AFGHANISTAN TRIP: Adviser to Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has pushed his trip to Afghanistan by a day, and will travel to Kabul on Sunday, the FO spokesman said. He said that Aziz will not be travelling on the previously announced
SARTAJ AZIZ HAS PUSHED HIS AFGHANISTAN VISIT A DAY FORWARD
date of July 20, and will now instead make the journey on Sunday, July 21. Asked why had the schedule changed, the spokesperson explained Sunday was “convenient for both sides.” He also mentioned that a senior official of the ministry will be accompanying Aziz on the trip. Detailing the adviser’s agenda for the trip, the spokesperson said that he would deliver an official invitation from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to the Afghan president for a visit to Pakistan. “The prime minister has extended an invitation to the president of Afghanistan to visit Pakistan. Sartaj Aziz will be carrying the formal invitation for the visit.” Aziz will also be speaking to Afghan officials to set the ground work for an impending summit. “The other objective of the visit is to hold substantive preparations for the summit-level meeting. We attach high importance to our bilateral relations with
Afghanistan, which would be reviewed during the visit.” The spokesperson added that other topics on agenda include talks over peace and stability in the region and the peace process. “The regional situation and issues of peace and stability will also be discussed. Pakistan side will reiterate its strong commitment to support the peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan. Pakistan hopes that the process of reconciliation will catch momentum since this is the best way to bring peace and stability in Afghanistan.” However, only meeting with senior Afghan officials and the Afghan President were on the agenda, and no meetings with ISAF commanders or the Taliban had be scheduled. As far as the Doha process was concerned, Pakistan “will remain supportive of it as part of the larger reconciliation process in Afghanistan.” “Pakistan believes that all stakeholders in Afghanistan should engage in an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process,” claimed the spokesperson. “The Government of Pakistan will always remain supportive of the efforts for reconciliation out of our conviction that a peaceful and stable Afghanistan will be an effective way to secure lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan and the whole region.”
BHC ORDERS FIR AGAINST SARDAR ZEHRI’S SECURITY GUARDS QUeTTA
Complete shutdown, marked with forceful anti-India demonstrations was observed in Indian-held Kashmir on Friday to protest against Thursday’s attack on worshipers in the holy month of Ramadan, desecration of the holy Quran and brutal killing of eight peaceful protesters in Gool area of Ramban. The authorities had imposed a curfew and other stringent restrictions in all major towns of IHK deploying Indian troops and police personnel in strength to prevent people from staging the protest demonstrations. Despite restrictions, thousands of people participated in the funeral prayers of the martyred protesters in Gool and staged massive anti-India demonstrations. They raised anti-India and pro-liberation slogans. Similar protests rocked Srinagar, Ganderbal, Baramulla, Kupwara, Doda, Bhaderwah, Kishtwar, Surenkote, Poonch, Rajouri, Mendhar, Thannamandi, Thathri, Sangaldan, Banihal and other areas of the Jammu region. Clashes between the protesters and Indian police were witnessed at many places. The Indian police arrested Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front District President Bashir Ahmed Boya in Ganderbal during a demonstration. The authorities also continued to suspend mobile and internet services for the second consecutive day on Friday to stop people from getting information about the latest situation in the occupied territory. Due to the curfew, Friday prayers could not be held in Jamia Masjid Srinagar and other major mosques of the occupied territory. Meanwhile, Indian troops in another incident martyred a youth at Gurez in Bandipore.
KHATTAK TRIBAL ELDERS BAN UNVEILED WOMEN IN MARKETS
The Balochistan High Court (BHC) on Friday ordered action against guards of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s Balochistan President Sardar Sanaullah Zehri. Balochistan High Court Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa headed a twomember bench hearing the suo motu case regarding suspension of the Quetta City SP by the Balochistan chief minister for stopping security guards of the senior PML-N leader. Balochistan Advocate General Shakeel Baloch appeared before the bench and said that the SP City had not been suspended and was performing his duties. He claimed that media exaggerated the matter. The AG further said that the CM had not issued the orders of the suspension of the SP, and held out the assurance to the court that any such incident would not take place in the future. The court ordered registration of FIR against Zehri’s guards. An altercation and scuffle took place on Thursday when the guards insisted going inside the Balochistan Assembly building with Zehri, but police officials did not allow them. Balochistan CM Dr Abdul Malik Baloch suspended the SP City, Sami Soomro, over the issue. During Friday’s proceeding, the court also ordered police to take action against the ministers using unregistered vehicles and civil vehicles bearing police sirens. The hearing was adjourned until August 1. The FIR against the five guards of Zehri was lodged later. QUETTA CCPO: Addressing a press conference, Quetta CCPO Mir Zubair Mehmood said armed guards of Zehri thrashed Sub-Inspector Naqeebullah when the latter asked them to leave assembly premises in pursuance of the Election Commission of Pakistan’s directives during the polling for Senate. The FIR has been launched with the Bijli Police Station against five armed guards. The CCPO thanked the Balochistan High Court chief justice for taking suo motu action on the issue and said police believed in the supremacy of law, not in confrontation.
ANTI-INDIA DEMOS ROCK JAMMU REGION AS TROOPS MARTYR ANOTHER YOUTH
Tribal elders in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Karak district have imposed a ban on the entry of unveiled women into markets. Khattak tribal elders called a session in which Maulana Shabbir Usmani, Hafiz Ibn-e-Ameen, Mir Zaqeem and several other Islamic scholars were present. The session ended with the decision according to which hijaab and the company of a male relative was made mandatory for women when entering into the district’s markets and bazaars. Moreover, the tribal elders announced that stern action would be taken against the violators of the law.
lAHORe: Children pray after Friday prayers at badshahi Mosque. Online
ACTING GOVERNOR MAKES HIS MOVES LAHOre nADeeM SyeD
Punjab Acting Governor Rana Muhammad Iqbal has issued three important notifications that seek to curtail the establishment under him soon after taking charge from his predecessor, Makhdoom Ahmad Mahmood, sources told Pakistan Today. It is learnt that in an important notification, the governor returned the Governor’s House in Bhurban to the Forest Department. It was used as a guesthouse by the Forest Department prior to the military coup staged by former president Pervez Musharraf. Later, then governor Khalid Maqbool converted the guesthouse into the Governor’s House after the Governor’s House in Murree was taken over by president Musharraf. It was since then managed by the federal government.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has already taken control of the Governor’s House in Murree and now the acting governor has returned the Governor’s House in Bhurban to its parent department. In another order, the governor gave up his suite in the Punjab House. The sources said the governor would now just have a single room in the Punjab House to himself instead of an entire luxurious suite. In a third notification, the governor made a drastic cut in his staff across the province. Iqbal took over as acting governor earlier this week after the federal government accepted Mahmood’s resignation. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is taking time to appoint a new governor. Interestingly, the acting governor has taken some key decisions before the appointment of a regular governor by the federal government.
SARWAR LIKELY NEW PUNJAB GOVERNOR: REPORT The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz has decided to appoint Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar, a Britain-based prominent Pakistani, as the next governor of Punjab province, a private TV channel reported on Friday. According to the channel, PML-N president and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had taken his party leaders into confidence over Sarwar’s appointment to the top federal
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government position in the province. Sarwar has reportedly applied for revocation of his British citizenship and this development has further fuelled rumours that he has been given the nod for Punjab governorship. Earlier three candidates were being considered for the post which included Sarwar, leading industrialist Farooq Khan and Senator Rafique Rajwana. MOniTORinG DeSK