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The opposition parties stood divided on Saturday over fielding a joint candidate for the election of president due to be held next month as following the PPP’s nomination of its presidential candidate, the PTI also named its candidate – a distinguished former judge for the presidential candidate, who has played a vital role against the forces of tyranny and independence of the judiciary – Justice (r) Wajihuddin Ahmed. pAge 03

Israel has agreed to release Palestinian prisoners in order to resume peace talks, but will not yield to other demands the Palestinians say must be met before they return to the negotiating table. Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz said on Saturday that Israel was prepared to release some "heavyweight" prisoners but could not accept Palestinian demands over the borders of their future state before talks begin. pAg e 07

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‘govt considering releasing Abbottabad Commission report’

Officials at the Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM) have warned that the Rs 80 billion state-owned steel giant could be completely shut down by next month if the newly-elected PML-N-led government did not bail it out with at least Rs 3 billion for the import of raw material. pAg e 16

Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Pervaiz Rashid has said that the government was considering the possibility of publication of the Abbottabad Commission Report. Responding to questions by newsmen in Lahore on Saturday‚ he said a ministerial committee led by former Law Minister Farooq H Naik had recommended not publishing report. pAg e 02


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govt ConSidering releASing AbbottAbAd CoMMiSSion report: rAShid LAHORE: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Pervaiz Rashid has said that the government was considering the possibility of publication of the Abbottabad Commission Report. Responding to questions by newsmen in Lahore on Saturday‚ he said a ministerial committee led by former Law Minister Farooq H Naik had recommended not publishing report. To a question, the minister said the prime minister would announce names of presidential candidate of the PML-N and names of governors. To another query, he said the government had improved intelligence coordination leading to success in anti-terrorism efforts. He pointed out that a terrorist gang was busted in Karachi that was a major success. Rashid said the prime minister had already started taking briefings from concerned agencies about national security strategy. He added that the government gave proposal for change of polling day for presidential election as it clashed with 27th of Ramadan, the Lailatul Qadr. NNI

Release of Mullah BaRadaR on the caRds: saRtaj aziz national seCUrity adviser to pm says pakistan’s Commitment to peaCe, stability in afghanistan remains Undiminished ISLAMABAD

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DVISEr to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Saturday said Pakistan was prepared in principle to release more Afghan Taliban from its jails, but at the "appropriate time”. Pakistan wants to have "a good and positive relationship with Afghanistan", Aziz

told The Wall Street Journal. "Our commitment to peace and stability in Afghanistan remains undiminished." He said he would travel to Kabul on Sunday (today) to start repairing relations and preparing for what Islamabad hopes will be a visit by Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Aziz said his trip to Kabul would prepare the agenda for Karzai's visit to Pakistan. No date has been set for that visit. Aziz said a trade agreement was also among the pending issues. He said Pakistan was pre-

pared in principle to release more Afghan Taliban from its jails, but at the "appropriate time", when there is some progress in the peace process. Kabul has demanded the prisoners be freed, in the belief that these detainees could help kick-start peace negotiations. In particular, Karzai wants to see freed from Pakistani custody the former Taliban deputy leader, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, who was engaged in independent dialogue with Kabul and international representatives when he was arrested by Pakistan in 2010. Aziz said Mullah Baradar was "included in the list of who might be released" but "timing and the modalities have to be worked out". He added that 26 Taliban had been freed so far. Pakistan let the prisoners go, in batches,

pM directs Fo to chalk out strategy for dialogue with india ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday directed the Foreign Office (FO) to formulate a strategy for a comprehensive dialogue with India. In his address, the prime minister said prosperity of the public and promotion of cordial relations with neighbours were part of the PML-N government’s priorities. “Our government wants cordial relations with all neighbouring countries including Afghanistan, Iran and India,” Nawaz said. The prime minister said the FO, along with the Pakistani embassies abroad, should work for promoting Pakistan’s economic interests. Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz, Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal and other party leaders accompanied Nawaz to his

visit to the Foreign Office. The prime minister was briefed on foreign affairs, regional situations and relations with neighbouring countries. During the briefing, Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani highlighted the current regional and international environment in which Pakistan’s foreign policy was operating. He noted the positive international reaction to the successful democratic transition in Pakistan and the optimism generated since the installation of the new government for qualitative improvement in relations with a broad range of countries. The briefing particularly focused on Pakistan’s bilateral ties with immediate neighbours as well as on other key relationships. The foreign secretary also highlighted the main aspects of the major relationships and presented the FO’s recommendations. AGENCIES

in late 2012, including the Taliban's former justice minister, Mullah Nooruddin Turabi. However, none of them are known to have played any role in pushing the insurgent movement toward peace talks, while some are believed to have returned to the battlefield. relations between the two countries deteriorated sharply this year, after a brief thaw at the end of 2012, when Kabul and Islamabad had pledged to work jointly for peace in Afghanistan. Kabul blames Pakistan and the US, for the botched opening of a Taliban political office in Qatar in June, seeing it as a scheme to cut the Afghan government out of peace negotiations while following Pakistan's supposed agenda of carving out the south and east of the country for the Taliban.

us agRees to Review dRone policy, talks on 29th United States has expressed its willingness to hold bilateral talks with Pakistan for reviewing its policy on drone attacks. These talks would be held on July 29, according to diplomatic officials. Furthermore, the officials said that it would be difficult to improve the diplomatic relations between Pakistan and the US if the drone attacks were not stopped. The two countries would discuss alternative measures to drone attacks. Moreover, Pakistani officials reiterated their demand for obtaining drone technology from the US. MONITORING DESK

aafia should be treated as terrorist if extradited: Us Conditions of prisoner swap deal likely to be signed between Us and pakistan for dr aafia’s extradition Come to sUrfaCe ISLAMABAD ONlINE

The US has asked Pakistan to admit that Dr Aafia Siddiqui was a terrorist and her conviction by the US court was justified, making it a compulsion for her extradition to complete the remaining part of her imprisonment in Pakistan. According to a private TV channel, finally the conditions of the prisoner swap deal likely to be signed between the US and Pakistan for the extradition of Dr Aafia has come to the surface. The US has offered two deals to Pakistan for the extradition of Dr Aafia. According to the documents acquired by the channel, the US has asked Pakistan to admit that Aafia was a terrorist and her conviction by the US court was justified, making it a compulsion for her extradi-

tion to complete the remaining part of her imprisonment in Pakistan. Under the deal, the US has also forced Pakistan to admit that she was arrested from Afghanistan for trying to shoot three American soldiers. The deal also clarified that only those prisoners will be exchanged who have been found guilty by the courts, adding that prisoners like Dr Shakil Afridi will be exempted from the agreement since he was not born in the US. Earlier, it was found that the US offered two deals that include European Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons and Convention on Serving Criminal Sentences Abroad for the extradition of neuroscientist. Meanwhile, it was also revealed that the Interior Ministry had formed a taskforce following the US offer that held its first session on July 3 to review the agreement. The taskforce 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.


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HE opposition parties stood divided on Saturday over fielding a joint candidate for the election of president due to be held next month as following the PPP’s nomination of its presidential candidate, the PTI also named its candidate – a distinguished former judge for the presidential candidate, who has played a vital role against the forces of tyranny and independence of the judiciary – Justice (r) Wajihuddin Ahmed. "The decision to appoint Justice Wajihuddin Ahmed was taken after consultations with the senior leadership," a statement issued by the PTI media office said. On Friday, the PPP named raza rabbani, the party's parliamentary leader in the Senate, as its nominee for the presidential election. Pakistan Today had al-

ready informed its readers that the opposition parties would not field a joint candidate for the presidential polls. A PTI source said Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Khurshid Shah had contacted PTI's Deputy Parliamentary Leader Shah Mahmood Qureshi some days ago urging the party to field a joint candidate in the presidential polls. “Qureshi had suggested that the PPP and the PTI field a joint opposition candidate not affiliated with any political party but one having national standing. However, later the PPP announced their party candidate without consulting the PTI leaving the party with no choice but to name its own candidate for the slot," the source added. The source said the PML-N leadership had also contacted the PTI to seek its support for their candidate. However, the PTI consensus was to put up its own candidate, the source added. “Hence, the PTI leadership unanimously

Govt, Opp negotiate presidential candidate kh asif sUggests names of sartaj aziz, saeedUzzaman siddiqUi, mamnoon hUssain as presidential Candidates while khUrshid shah bent on gathering sUpport for rabbani ISLAMABAD INP

Consultations have started between the government and the opposition on the candidature of president as Federal Minister Khawaja Asif has contacted the Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khurshid Shah in this regard. Asif is a member of the PML-N committee which was formed to contact other political parties in order to obtain their support for its candidate in the presidential election to be held on August 6. During his talk with PPP’s Khurshid Shah, Kh Asif put forward the names of Sartaj Aziz, a veteran Muslim Leaguer and current advisor to the premier on foreign affairs and national security, Saeeduzzaman Siddiqui, a former chief justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan and PML-N leader, and former Sindh governor Mamnoon Hussain as the party’s possible candidates for the post of president. Talking to media representatives after meeting with Kh Asif, Shah said that he told the PML-N’s envoy that a fourth name that merited consideration for the position of president was that of raza rabbani, a PPP leader and a senator. Shah said that he exhorted the PML-N's representative to ensure support for rabbani's

candidature, adding he had already requested the Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf (PTI) and the Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) to extend their backing for the PPP leader's nomination. The PPP leader further said that the party would also request the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Maulana Fazlur rehman to support rabbani's candidature. According to the schedule released by the Election Commission of Pakistan, nomination papers will be submitted on July 24 and scrutinised on 26th. The papers can be withdrawn on July 29 when the final list of candidates will also be issued. The election will be held on August 6 and results will be announced on 7th. Given the party position and affiliations in the four provincial assemblies, the National Assembly and the Senate, if all members vote in accordance with party lines, no candidate will have the potential to create a hurdle in the way of the PML-N’s nominee entering the presidency in September after the term of President Asif Ali Zardari will expire. A projected outcome of the presidential poll in case of a 100 per cent turnout shows that the PML-N’s candidate should secure 388 votes. Statistics show that the opposition comprising the PPP, the PTI and the MQM as main parties - cannot cross the 300 mark even if it succeeds in fielding a joint candidate. The votes will be calculated according to a formula given in the second schedule of the constitution. This formula gives equal representation to the provincial assemblies. The Presidential Election rules of 1988, devised in the light of Article 41 of the constitution, provide for a 1,170-member electoral college of both houses of parliament and the four provincial assemblies. But the total number of votes, according to the formula, is 702. As 52 seats are vacant in the legislatures, the number of electoral votes this time will be 672. The winner must get a majority of the votes polled.

naB to Move ac foR gilani’s aRRest waRRants in ogRa scaM ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) will file an application in the Accountability Court (AC) seeking the arrest of former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani in the OGRA corruption case. Per media reports, NAB will file the application on July 23. Sources said the prime accused and former OGRA chairman, Tauqir Sadiq had exposed the role played by the former PM in the OGRA scam during the investigations. “Therefore, Gilani’s arrest has been sought,” they added. The sources further said NAB would soon issue notices against the Security Exchange Commission of Pakistan chairman and others in connection with this scandal. ONlINE

requested Justice (r) Wajihuddin Ahmed to be the party’s presidential candidate,” the source said. Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) chief Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao told Pakistan Today that his party wanted a joint opposition candidate and it had made an attempt to converge the differences between the PPP and the PTI but to no avail. “Since the PPP went solo by announcing its candidature without consulting any opposition party, it seems now beyond any doubt that a joint candidate may not be fielded from the opposition benches,” Sherpao added. A source in the PPP told Pakistan Today that the former ruling party was pursuing the politics of reconciliation and it wanted to return the favour to the PMLN which the Sharifs had extended to President Asif Zardari in 2008. "Under an agreement, the PML-N had facilitated the election of Zardari as presi-

dent making sure that the then opposition did not field a joint candidate against him,” the source said. The source added that prior to fielding Mushahid Hussain Sayed, the PML-Q leadership had contacted the PML-N through then senator SM Zafar, asking the Sharifs to field a joint candidate for the slot. The source added that the PML-Q had also assured the PML-N that if a joint candidate was fielded, the MQM and the JUIF would also extend support to it as Shujaat Hussain had done his homework in this regard. However, the source added that the Sharifs had shrugged off the offer, thus facilitating the election of President Zardari. "So we will return the offer of PML-N this time round and would make sure that a joint candidate is not fielded against the PML-N's nominee," the source added. Despite repeated attempts, Khurshid Shah did not respond questions on the subject.

pMl-Q pitches Mandokhel as pResidential candidate LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain on Saturday named Saeed Mandokhel as the party’s candidate for the presidential elections. Mandokhel is a senator from Balochistan, validating the trend that most parties were favouring presidential candidates from smaller provinces. It was likely that the PML -Q would reach an understanding with other parliamentary stakeholders in the upcoming presidential elections. Joining hands with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf in the final stage was also a possibility. Sources in the party said the chances of supporting the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) candidate Raza Rabbani were quite dim given his track record against the PML-Q leadership. STAFF REPORT


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economic corridor is all on pM’s mind! reprimands offiCials for failing to give Comprehensive briefing on motorways

nawaz ignores briefing on gross irregUlarities Committed by gilani, ashraf as prime ministers ISLAMABAD TAYYAB HUSSAIN

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rIME Minister Nawaz Sharif has expressed his “utter disappointment" over sheer "incompetence and lack of commitment" of the top babus of the ministry of communications for giving him a “poor presentation” about uplift and future plans to expand motorways and highways, Pakistan Today has learnt. A well-placed source which attended a briefing conducted for the prime minister at the ministry the other day said the PM, who is obsessed with the promise by the Chinese prime minister for the Pakistan-China economic corridor, gave the communications secretary seven days to prepare for a follow-up briefing over the projects and future planning for installing the PakistanChina Economic Corridor. “During the briefing, the communications secretary informed the PM

ayla Malik has a fake inteR degRee! ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)member Ayla Malik, who was fielded to contest by-elections on a seat vacated by Imran Khan, allegedly failed to pass the scrutiny of her academic credentials on Saturday. Ayla was fielded as the PTI candidate for by-elections from National Assembly (NA) seat 71 after party Chairman Khan vacated the seat, keeping his Rawalpindi seat instead. According to media reports, the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Rawalpindi, declared her intermediate certificate ‘bogus’ saying it carried the roll number of a male candidate who too had failed. PTI officials said some political opponents were challenging her credentials in her hometown. The party was silent on the issue as its enquiry was underway. Similarly, a PTI member of National Assembly (MNA) Ghulam Sarwar Khan’s party membership was suspended after he was found to possess a fake degree. ONlINE

eid gift: Rise in pol pRices likely next Month ISLAMABAD: Petroleum prices are likely to increase by Rs 5 per liter from August 1, it was learnt on Saturday. The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) would submit a summary to increase petroleum products prices on July 29 to the Ministry of Petroleum for approval. OGRA officials said the expected increase would be due to the rise in oil prices and devaluation of the Pakistani rupee in the international market. The sources said the expected increase in the price of petrol would be Rs 1.60, kerosene oil Rs 3.95, highspeed diesel oil Rs 3.20 and light diesel Rs 3.10 per liter. ONlINE

about gross irregularities committed by the PPP regime, adding that the ministry could not undertake major construction work in communications sector as funds earmarked for development and uplift of motorways and roads in the country were diverted by former prime ministers for mega projects in Multan, Larkana and Gujjar Khan.” The source said the prime minister was informed that former prime minister Yousaf raza Gilani diverted ministry’s funds towards Multan and Larkana for mega projects, including a web of bridges in Multan and roads network to the lands of President Asif Zardari and his relatives. He said similar was the case with prime minister Pervez Ashraf, who diverted funds of the ministry towards Gujjar Khan’s development and due to the same reasons, the ministry could not undertake its basic patch-work, let alone undertaking new projects. “However, the prime minister turned a blind eye and ignored the matter,

Sadiq petitions IHC against 3-year imprisonment ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT

Former OGrA chairman Tauqir Sadiq, who is facing investigation for his alleged involvement in 82 billion corruption scandal, Saturday filed a petition in the Islamabad High Court against the decision of accountability court for awarding him threeyear imprisonment in absentia. The accountability court, a couple of months back, had awarded three-year imprisonment to Touqir Sadiq over his failure to appear before the court. However, the accused, through Advocate Asmat Ullah, filed a writ petition in the IHC challenging the accountability court’s decision. The petitioner contended that he could not appear before the court in May 2013 when the court awarded him imprisonment in absentia as he was in the custody of UAE authorities. The petitioner prayed the court to declare the accountability court’s decision as null and void. The writ branch of the IHC accepted the petition which is yet to be fixed for hearing. Presently, Tauqir Sadiq is in the custody of NAB on 14day physical remand which will expire on July 23. The Supreme Court after declaring Sadiq’s appointment as OGrA chief illegal on No-

leaving an impression that the government was not serious in probing gross irregularities committed by the PPP regime,” the source added. The source said the secretary pointed out fifteen anomalies of serious nature in the audit of Motorways Police during the tenure of Zafar Abbas Lak. However, the PM ordered that those be shared with his office but did not make any specific order. Minister for Finance Muhammad Ishaq Dar, Minister for Information Pervez rashid, Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal, Minister

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vember 25, 2012, had ordered the NAB to arrest him. However, the accused, who is a close relative of PPP senior leader Jahangir Badr, in connivance with some influential politicians managed to escape although his name was on the exit control list. Later, he was declared as proclaimed offender. Sadiq is accused of converting the operating income of two public utilities - the Sui Northern Gas Pipelines and Sui Southern Gas Company into non-operating income resulting in rs 38 billion additional burden on consumers and eroding the gas development surcharge. He is also accused of receiving heavy kick backs from various projects in OGrA.

The Pakistan People’s Party has vehemently opposed the suggestion of Pakistan Tehreek i-Insaf Chief Imran Khan of his meeting with the army chief and the prime minister to discuss country’ security issues. In an interview, PPP central secretary information Qamar Zaman Kaira said besides the PTI, there also existed four or five other parties in opposition in the Parliament, and Mr Khan should keep in mind his political stature before uttering any word. Kaira said the decision about destiny of the country should be taken in the Parliament instead of closed chambers. Imran Khan, he said, should neither put forward suggestion of meeting with the army chief and the prime minister nor key issues regarding national security should be discussed in a closed chamber. He said Imran should deliberate upon the national security issues in the all parties conference to be convened by the government.

for railways Khawaja Saad rafiq, Special Assistant to the PM Tareq Fatemi and senior officials of the ministries of planning, railways and communications attended the briefing. The matter also surfaced later during the proceedings of the sub-committee of the Senate Standing Committee on Communication when ANP leader Senator Zahid Khan accused former PM Gilani of diverting funds from the ongoing National Highway Authority (NHA) projects in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa towards Multan. The senator also raised concern that during the past few months, rs 3.7 billion had been allocated for Multan package. It was also said that only small amounts were released for Lowari Tunnel, Peshawar Northern By-Pass and Hassanabdal-Mansehra Highway projects. The source said the previous government of the PPP diverted funds of the Communications Ministry, neglecting the undertaking of various significant development projects, including projects in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The incomplete projects included Attabad Lake at Karakoram Highway (KKH), HassanabdalMansehra road, Lowari Tunnel, FaisalabadMultan Motorway, M-8 and other vital projects, which still remain stuck due to shortage of funds.

FIERCE CRITIC OF US ME POLICY THOMAS DIES WASHINGTON SPECIAl CORRESPONDENT

American journalist Helen Thomas, known for the longevity of her White House coverage and fierce criticism of US policy towards the Middle East, died in her Washington apartment after a long illness at the age of 92. During her over six-decade journalistic work, Ms Thomwas, who was the daughter of Lebanese immigrants, covered nine American presidents, first for the United Press International and then for Hearst News Service. The New York Times noted that Thomas’s “bottomless curiosity and an unquenchable drive made her a prominent White House reporter at a time when men dominated the profession.” “Ms Thomas’s career bridged two eras, beginning during World War II when people got their news mostly from radio, newspapers and movie newsreels, and extending into the era of 24-hour information on cable television and the Internet,” the Times observed. The Washington Post said: “she was among the mostrecognised reporters in

America as the short, darkeyed woman with the gravelly voice who for many years rose from her frontrow seat at presidential news conferences to ask the first or second question.” The newspaper called her a “feisty scourge of presidents.” Ms Thomas resigned from UPI on May 16, 2000, a day after it was taken over by an organisation with links to the Unification Church, and became a columnist for Hearst News Service. But on June 7, 2010, Ms Thomas announced her immediate retirement from Hearst amid an uproar over her assertion that Jews should “get the hell out of Palestine” and go back where they belonged, perhaps to Germany and Poland. Her remarks, made almost offhandedly days earlier at a White House event, set off a storm when a videotape was posted. In her retirement announcement, Ms Thomas said she deeply regretted her remark, expressing the belief that peace would come to the Middle East only when all parties embraced “mutual respect and tolerance.” “May that day come soon,” she said.

4 soldieRs, 15 Militants killed in khyBeR opeRation PESHAWAR: Four soldiers were killed while 15 militants were slain and scores injured in Operation Khyber - II which commenced on Friday and completed on Saturday as security forces cleared key militant transit points. Military sources said that the operation launched in the Kharmatung area, between Frontier Region Kohat and Khyber tribal region’s Bara, had been completed and most of the key areas which served as passage points for insurgents had been cleared. Sources said Surgar and Shergahr heights were being combed after the clearance of Kharmatung and scores of insurgent hideouts had been secured while two militant bases had been destroyed. The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) moreover confirmed that four soldiers had died during the clearing operation as security forces made headway in most of these areas. Khyber is among Pakistan’s seven semi-autonomous tribal districts near the Afghan border, rife with homegrown insurgents and home to religious extremist organisations, including the al Qaeda. The remote Tirah valley holds strategic significance for militant groups. On one side, it shares a border with Afghanistan. On the other it leads to the plains of Bara, which connect the agency to the outskirts of Peshawar. Khyber also links several agencies to each other, serving as a north-south route within Fata. STAFF REPORT

govt to AgAin reqUeSt eCp to reSChedUle preSidentiAl eleCtionS ISLAMABAD: The PML-N government has decided to once again to request the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to change the date of the presidential elections, sources said on Saturday. They said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif wanted to perform umra in the last 10 days of the holy month of Ramadan and so would not be present in the country on August 6, the date set for the elections. The sources said the PML-N would request the ECP to change the date for the presidential elections after discussing the issue with other political parties. The PML-N is likely to propose July 29 or 30 as the new date. INP

four paC officials issued charge sheet sans na speaker’s nod Charge sheet issUed on direCtions of inflUential karamat niazi ISLAMABAD ANwER ABBAS

Without any permission by top authorities, blue-eyed officials of the National Assembly have started taking action over the findings of the special enquiry committee constituted by the National

enqUiry Committee spares blUe-eyed additional, joint seCretaries Assembly speaker. On directions of influential Karamat Hussain Niazi, the National Assembly secretary who is serving his eighth tenure in office, the committee issued a charge sheet against four PAC officials reportedly protecting the skin of senior officials after their alleged failure in tracing cor-

ruption. According to details, the enquiry committee formed by the NA speaker prepared a charge sheet against four PAC officers for alleged mismanagement. However, a source said they failed to trace corruption, out-of-merit audit para settlements and mismanagement by the PAC after weeks of enquiry. The source said that without any official directives by the NA speaker, the inquiry committee officials, led by Joint Secretary (Legal) Latif Qureshi, towed NA Secretary Niazi’s line and allegedly started victimising the four officials of PAC without any corruption evidences. The implementation has

been initiated without any formal directions by NA Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and a charge sheet has been sent to PAC Deputy Sec romana Kakar, Section Officer Salamat Ali, Section Officer Hafeez Mehwish and Section Officer Asif for alleged mismanagement. They have been charged without any clear evidences for alleged changes in the PAC report and data that was not verified in the probe made by the committee, the source added. In case any mismanagement has been undertaken by the accused, it would have been impossible without the involvement of the joint secretary

and additional secretary, however, the blue-eyed are being spared generously. On the other hand, NA Secretary Karamat Niazi reportedly is reportedly engaged in issuing stern statements against the four officials, threatening them of consequences, in complete ignorance of his own half-a-dozen extensions as the NA secretary. His statements reflect the personal grudges he keeps against PAC Deputy Secretary romana Kakar. According to sources, action would be taken against four PAC officers mentioned in the charge sheet after recording their replies in 14 days.


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ED ErA L Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal on Saturday said the government was working on a five-year plan to put the country on fast track of economic development, which would be finalised in December this year. The minister was briefing the media about the Prime Minister’s (PM) decisions, including approval of a plan to restructure the Planning Commission of Pakistan. Ahsan said, “Work on the development plan would be assessed on monthly basis and a report in this regard would be sent to the PM.” He explained that seven important themes were being targeted in the five-year development plan which include energy for all, value addition in productive sector, developing modern infrastructure, initiating institutional and governance reforms for high performance, building social capital, making private sector the driver of growth and building new pillars for self-reliance and high sustainable growth. The minister said, “The government was also preparing a long-term perspective plan ‘Pakistan 2025’ in order to include Pakistan among the fast growing countries

of the region.” He said that the government’s main goal was to make Pakistan a developed country by 2047. He informed that the Planning Commission would be restructured and made a development think-tank for creating a globally competitive and knowledgeable economy. “The Ministry of Planning and Development will be renamed as the Ministry of Planning and Development reforms to underscore the agenda of reforms in economic areas and public sector management,” he added. “The Planning Commission had done no proper work during the last 14 years. The Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) in 1999 made an integrated roadmap for the country’s development by 2010. The aim was to fulfill the energy needs, which at that time was estimated to be 28,000 MW. But after the 1999 military coup, General Musharraf’s government abandoned the plan.” Highligting the 9/11 incident he said that a lot of foreign aid came to the country and home remittances also went up. “Electricity infrastructure was expanded and new industries were built but nobody focussed on taking steps to increase the power supply.” Because of the limited power generation supply and the escalating demand the country is facing the worst energy crisis, he added.

Furthermore he remarked that the financial and administrative infrastructures did not match the requirements of modern day. “The PM is taking personal interest and has decided to chair the Planning Commission’s meetings twice a year which would help the commission play an active role for the development of the country,” he said.

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RAWALPINDI: City Traffic Police (CTO) rawalpindi has decided to launch a massive operation against one-wheeling during the holy month of ramadan. Orders have been issued to register cases against one-wheelers and impound their motor cycles under Section 99-A. One-wheeling can be frequently witnessed on Murree road, Committee Chowk Underpass and Fly over, Chandni Chowk Fly over, 6th road, Airport road, Peshawar road, Ayub Park and Jhelum road. All the Deputy Superintendent Police (DSPs), sectors in charge and traffic wardens have been directed to take strict action against the violators. Chief Traffic Officer (CTO) Ishtiaq Hussain has appealed to the parents to stop their children from indulging in the life threatening sport. ONlINE

teacheRs on the line again RAWALPINDI: The Punjab government has decided to devise a policy of rewarding or punishing the teachers on the basis of matriculation results in their respective subjects. According to the policy, the teachers with poor performance in matric results would be terminated, while teachers showing good results would be rewarded. Directorate of Public Instructions (DPI) has directed all educational boards to submit details of matric results till July 28. The results will be announced on July 25. Under the policy, the teachers and school heads showing matric results between zero per cent to 10 per cent will be terminated, 11 per cent to 25 per cent will be issued show cause notices and teachers showing 80 per cent results will be rewarded. INP

replying to a question, he said in order to make the role of Planning Commission more effective, three posts of members had been created and one of them would be hired from the private sector. The minister informed that he will be meeting with his Chinese counterpart in the first meeting regarding Pak-China economic corridor next month.

DAMAGED: Roofs of several shanties in Sector F-6 Katchi Abadi collapse due to heavy rains.

Ten more measles cases have been reported in the Holy Family Hospital (HFH) rawalpindi, while a general rise in measles cases have been witnessed throughout the city. Approximately, 634 measles affected children were brought to HFH, out of which 435 were admitted and kept in isolation wards. However, only ten children now remain and are under treatment in the hospital. According to the HFH In charge of Infectious and Disease Ward Dr Javed Hayat, the recovery period spans up to 14 days but takes longer if the patient is already suffering from another infection. Doctors claimed that children already vaccinated against measles are not risk free but their complications are mild compared to those who have not been vaccinated. He advised the parents to get their children timely vaccinated to reduce the risk of complication from the disease.

Centuries old ‘drum beating’ custom declining ISLAMABAD: The centuries old tradition of waking people up for ‘Sehri’ through drum beating in the holy month of ramadan is vanishing, as the faithful have started relying on alarm clocks and electronic devices. Ammar Khan, a resident of Sector I-10 said that most of the people used to get up for sehri due to the beating of the drums but with the arrival of modern technology the trend has somewhat declined. Shoaib Ahsan, a resident of Bara Kahu said, “Due to

revolution in technology the custom has vanished from urban areas.” However, the tradition is still alive in some rural areas, he added. Iqbal Shah, a 62 year old drumbeater, who beats the drum during ramadan at Chandni Chowk said that this was a centuries old custom. “For a long time the people of the sub-continent (India, Pakistan and Bangladesh) have relied on the sound of drum to wake up for sehri as there were no loudspeakers or alarm clocks during that time,” he remarked.

He said, “I have never demanded any money from people for this job and have been doing it for the last three decades to

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INDH Prosecutor General Shahadat Awan on Saturday said the prosecutors should fulfill their professional duties

in an independent, impartial and objective manner for providing relief to the litigants. Speaking at an award ceremony at the Federal Judicial Academy (FJA) he said, “rule of law is the fundamental element of a successful society. Our judicial system pledges to uphold the rule of law and the judiciary has proved that no one is above the law.” The one-week refresher course ‘role of Law Officers vis-a-vis Quick disposal of Criminal cases’ was attended by prosecutors from all over the country, including Azad Jammu and Kashmir and GilgitBaltistan.

ATTIQUE UR REHMAN WILL BE ATC REGULAR JUDGE ISLAMABAD INP

The Law Ministry has given approval for appointment of regular judge for the special Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC). Attique ur rehman has been suggested as the regular judge of the ATC. A summary has been sent to the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for approval. According to sources, the recommendation for the appointment of regular judge for ATC was made by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) prosecution. Alternatively, the Mumbai attacks case has been subject to constant delays due to absence of a regular judge in the ATC. The Judicial Commission could not be set up despite Indian consent of cross questioning witnesses. Lawyer for the defendants riaz Cheema said, “The court adjourned the hearing of the case for one month and nine days.” According to the Anti-Terrorism Act the next hearing date could not be set beyond a gap of 15 days, he added. He said that he had to submit application for the release of the accused but the hearing was adjourned for one month and nine days due to the Act.

Terming the prosecutor a ‘pillar of the Criminal Justice System’ he said, “Prosecutors play a key role for the work undertaken by the judiciary. Their status and role has evolved considerably in the recent years and their responsibility is to promote and strengthen the rule of law, through combating impunity and ensuring the lawfulness of the state actions.” He remarked that the modern protection services placed important emphasis on sound ‘case management practices’, ‘strategic planning performance-based standards’, effective use of modern technologies and sustained cooperation with the law enforcement agencies. “The

overall objective of criminal policy is to reduce crime and increase the sense of security among the people,” he added. Furthermore, he stressed that the prosecutors should ensure that the perpetrators of crimes are called to account for their actions in a legally correct and effective way. He also emphasised on building public trust and confidence as the integrity and impartiality of prosecutors are critical to public confidence in the criminal justice system. The Prosecutor General gave away certificates to 21 prosecutors, two of them females from the Punjab Prosecution Department.

Rawal daM wateR Rises to alaRMing levels ISLAMABAD ONlINE

rawal Dam authorities opened the spillway of the reservoir on Saturday after the water level rose to alarming levels owing to heavy rains in the city and its suburbs. Officials said water level of the dam had risen up to 1,772 feet after which spillways were opened at 8 in the morning and would remain open until the water level receded to 1,748 feet. The purpose of opening the spillway is to create space for more rainwater as the Meteorological Department has forecast heavy rains in the next 72 hours.

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Police on Saturday impounded 31 vehicles and 168 motorcycles in different police stations while tinted black papers from 53 vehicles were removed. According to the details, SSP Islamabad Yaseen Farooq directed all zonal officers, SDPOs and SHOs to remain vigilant and enhance security and patrolling in various areas of the capital. Following these directions, different police stations conducted general holdup and impounded a total of 31 vehicles and 168 motorbikes being driven without authentic documents. Meanwhile, 78 suspects were arrested during a search operation in various areas of the city. Police teams also recovered 3 illegal pistols along with 30 bullets from their possession. The actual aim of the general holdup is to maintain law and order in the capital and to curb criminal activities. The SSP appreciated the performance of the police officials and instructed them to further enhance security in their respective areas.

fia Books poweR pilfeReR ISLAMABAD ONlINE

Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) conducted a raid and sealed off a restaurant located in Sector E-11/4 for power pilferage. Upon receiving a tipoff, the FIA officials raided the restaurant and found a domestic power connection being utilised for commercial purposes. The FIA has sealed off the restaurant and a case has been registered against the owner.


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SrAEL has agreed to release Palestinian prisoners in order to resume peace talks, but will not yield to other demands the Palestinians say must be met before they return to the negotiating table. Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz said on Saturday that Israel was prepared to release some "heavyweight" prisoners but could not accept Palestinian demands over the borders of their future state before talks begin. US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday that Israel and the Palestinians had laid the groundwork to resume talks after an almost threeyear stalemate, but that the deal was not final and required more diplomacy.

"There will be some release of prisoners," Steinitz told Israel radio. "I don't want to give numbers but there will be heavyweight prisoners who have been in jail for tens of years." The release would be carried out in phases, he added. Palestinians have long demanded that Israel free prisoners held since before 1993, when the two sides signed the Oslo Accords - a interim deal intended to lead to an independent state the Palestinians seek in East Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. "In all meetings held by President Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas) with minister Kerry and others, the Palestinian demand to release the prisoners topped the agenda," said Abbas's spokesman, Nabil Abu rdaineh. "Freeing prisoners is a Palestinian priority that should precede any agreement. There are about 100 pre-Oslo

prisoners in Israeli jails, according to the Palestinian Prisoners Club, a Palestinian body that looks after the interests of inmates and their families. Steinitz indicated that some of those who would be released had been convicted of violent crimes against Israelis. "It will not be simple, but we will make that gesture," he said. The Palestinians say the talks must be about establishing a future state with borders approximating the boundaries that existed before Israel captured territories in a 1967 war. Steinitz said there had been no Israeli concession on that point nor on the Palestinian demand that Israel halt all construction of settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. "There is no chance that we will agree to enter any negotiations that begin with defining territorial borders or concessions by Israel, nor

a construction freeze," he said. A senior Palestinian official with knowledge of the talks told reuters: "Our position remains clear: resumption of negotiations should be based on the two-state solution and on the 1967 borders." Kerry said on Friday that the deal between Israel and the Palestinians to resume negotiations was still being "formalized" but that negotiators for both sides could begin talks in Washington "within the next week or so". Israeli and Palestinian officials told reuters on Friday the talks would take months to unfold. Steinitz said the Palestinians had agreed to enter talks that would take between nine months to a year. He said this would stop the Palestinians from taking unilateral steps at the United Nations General Assembly in September, when they had planned to seek recognition

Syria war widens rift between Shia clergy in iraq, iran

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EGYPT HAS NO INTENTION OF WAGING SYRIA 'JIHAD': MINISTER CAIRO AGENCIES

Egypt has no intention of a waging a holy war against Syria, but still supports the Syrian peoples' hopes for freedom, newly installed foreign minister Nabil Fahmy said on Saturday. The Muslim Brotherhood movement of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi last month joined a call by some Sunni clerics for a jihad against the Syrian government and its Shia allies. Signaling a different approach, Fahmy told reporters: "There are no in-

for their statehood in the absence of direct talks with Israel. Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy told a news conference on Saturday: "We support serious talks to take place with a set and precise time frame." Kerry's drive to relaunch the peace talks was endorsed this week by the Arab League, which potentially holds out the prospect of a broader regional peace with Israel upon the establishment of a Palestinian state. The Arab League's own peace proposals, launched over a decade ago, foundered on the issue of a return to 1967 borders, but it confirmed on Wednesday it had shifted its position to countenance "limited exchange of territory of the same value and size." Such a formula could allow Israel to keep large settlement blocs it has said should remain in Israeli hands in any future peace deal.

tentions for jihad in Syria." However, he made clear that Egypt still supported change in Syria, where

rebels are battling to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad in a civil war that has killed more than 90,000. "We support the Syrian people and their aspirations for freedom," Fahmy, a former Egyptian ambassador to the United States, told a news conference. Mursi, deposed on July 3 and detained by the army, said last month that he had cut all diplomatic ties with Damascus and backed a no-fly zone over Syria, pitching the most populous Arab state more firmly against Assad. Fahmy said there was no change to this decision, but that it was under review.

The civil war in Syria is widening a rift between top Shia Muslim clergy in Iraq and Iran who have taken opposing stands on whether or not to send followers into combat on President Bashar al-Assad's side. Competition for leadership of the Shia community has intensified since the US-led invasion of 2003 toppled Saddam Hussein, empowering majority Shias through the ballot box and restoring the Iraqi holy city of Najaf to prominence. In Iran's holy city of Qom, senior Shia clerics, or Marjiiya, have issued fatwas (edicts) enjoining their followers to fight in Syria, where mainly Sunni rebels are fighting to overthrow Assad, whose Alawite sect derives from Shia Islam. Shia militant leaders fighting in Syria and those in charge of recruitment in Iraq say the number of volunteers has increased significantly since the fatwas were pronounced. Tehran, Assad's staunchest defender in the region, has drawn on other Shia allies, including Lebanese militia Hezbollah. Hezbollah's open intervention earlier this year hardened the sectarian tone of a conflict that grew out of a peaceful street uprising against four decades of Assad family rule, and shifted the battlefield tide in the Syrian government's favor. The Syrian war has polarized Sunnis and Shias across the Middle East - but has also spotlighted divisions within each of Islam's two main denominations, putting Qom and Najaf at odds and complicating intra-Shia relations in Iraq. In Najaf, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, who commands unswerving loyalty from most Iraqi Shias and many more worldwide, has refused to sanction fighting in a war he views as political rather than religious. Despite Sistani's stance, some of Iraq's most influential Shia political parties

and militia, who swear allegiance to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, have answered his call to arms and sent their disciples into battle in Syria. "SHIA CRESCENT": The split is rooted in a fundamental difference of opinion over the nature and scope of clerical authority. Najaf Marjiiya see the role of the cleric in public affairs as limited, whereas in Iran, the cleric is the Supreme Leader and holds ultimate spiritual and political authority in the "Velayet e-Faqih" system ("guardianship of the jurist"). "The tension between the two Marjiiya already existed a long time ago, but now it has an impact on the Iraqi position towards the Syria crisis," a senior Shia cleric with links to Marjiiya in Najaf said on condition of anonymity. "If both Marjiiya had a unified position (toward Syria), we would witness a position of (Iraqi) government support for the Syrian regime". The Shia-led government in Baghdad says it takes no sides in the civil war, but the flow of Iraqi militiamen across the border into Syria has compromised that official position. Khamenei and his faithful in Iraq and Iran regard Syria as a important link in a "Shia Crescent" stretching from Tehran to Beirut through Baghdad and Damascus, according to senior clerics and politicians. Answering a question posted on his website by one of his followers regarding the legitimacy of fighting in Syria, senior Iraq Shia cleric Kadhim al-Haeari, who is based in Iran, described fighting in Syria as a "duty" to defend Islam. Militants say that around 50 Iraqi Shias fly to Damascus every week to fight, often alongside Assad's troops, or to protect the Sayyida Zeinab shrine on the outskirts of the capital, an especially sacred place for Shias.

Jailed navalny embodies generation of rebellious russians MOSCOW AGENCIES

If any single figure embodies the rebellious generation of young russians who have taken to the streets to try to force out President Vladimir Putin, it is surely Alexei Navalny. The 37-year-old anti-corruption campaigner, who received a five-year jail sentence for theft on Thursday, was one of the first protest leaders arrested when demonstrations against Putin took off in December 2011. After 15 days in jail for obstructing police at a Moscow rally, Navalny emerged a hero for the protesters, who chanted his name louder than any other at demonstrations and gave his booming, rabble-rousing speeches the biggest cheers. By the time the protests started to fade in the spring of 2012, Putin was back in the Kremlin as president while Navalny had established himself as the unof-

ficial but largely undisputed leader of the opposition. Tall, clean-cut, confident and articulate, Navalny has more potential than any other opposition leader to at least rattle, if not directly challenge, Putin. Thursday's verdict was seen by many as a sign that the president himself sees him as a threat, even though opinion polls suggest his appeal does not go far beyond the big cities. "Navalny's sentence looks less like punishment than an attempt to isolate him from society and the electoral process," declared former Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin, a longtime Putin ally respected by many Western economists and politicians. Navalny has not hidden his presidential ambitions and had been planning to run in September for mayor of Moscow, a potential stepping stone to bigger things, even though opinion polls suggested he had little chance of winning. His five-year sentence - on charges he denied of stealing from a state timber firm in 2009 - scotches that

plan anyway, as well as any ambition to run in the 2018 presidential poll. CATCHING A MOOD: The son of an army officer, Navalny grew up mainly in Obninsk, about 100 km southwest of Moscow. He has a law degree and also studied securities and exchanges. Navalny represents a new, Internet-savvy generation and is seen as a potential threat to Putin even though the former KGB spy runs a tightly controlled political system that he has crafted in 14 years as prime minister or president. Navalny operates from a sparsely furnished office just off Moscow's Garden ring road, one of the capital's main thoroughfares, with a small team assisting him in his campaigning against corruption, mostly centered around his blog. Usually dressed casually in a T-shirt and jeans, or sometimes in an open shirt without a tie, he looks and sounds different from most russian political figures many of whom dress formally in suits and ties. "Navalny

is the only possible leader I see," a Moscow-based Western banker said of Navalny's position in russia's fragmented opposition, which spent much of the time squabbling during the anti-Putin protests. "He has fire in those blue eyes of his."


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HE Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government has, in principle, approved a policy of rapid industrialisation which is based making full use of the province’s abundant natural resources. Under the policy industrialists will be offered inexpensive electricity near several hydropower generation spots, some of which are under the process of completion. This offer will also be extended to investors near gas extracting spots including the under construction Pehur high level one which will be soon completed. It will produce and supply subsidized electricity to factories in the Gadoon Amazai Industrial Estate. Another such avenue is Dargai where economical electricity can be provided to the investors near the Malakand-III

hydropower generation plant. The construction of the $80 million, 81MWplant was undertaken almost eight years ago. Commissioned in 2009, it generates 553 million kWh annually. It is currently selling electricity to the Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) which is in turn reselling the same power to the public at significantly higher rates. A conservative estimate suggests that there are 13 hydropower stations in the province with a cumulative capacity of 86 MW (excluding Wapda power stations including Tarbela and Warsak). Other hydropower stations being operated by the provincial government are Pehur (Swabi), reshun (Chitral) and Shishi (Chitral) with capacities of 18, 4.2 and1.8 MW’s, respectively. The provincial government has allocated rs373 million in its budget for 2013-14 for power generation schemes. Out

if this, rs 1,417.881 million has been allocated to the 28 existing schemes while rs 373 million has been set aside for 12 new powers generation schemes in the province. During the current financial year five of these schemes will be completed. 13 projects with a cumulative capacity of 8,152 MW are being constructed by WAPDA. There are another eight independent power producer (IPP) projects with various capacities ranging from 132 MW to 840 MW. While the province has already established an independent organization, PHYDO, which has focused on hydropower generation, oil and gas have also been recently explored in the southern districts of the province, thus the government needs to explore other such autonomous power distribution organizations to ensure just distribution of power among both the domestic consumers and prospective industrialists.

This will ensure that cheap electricity is not limited to hydropower generating areas but moreover, from gas too. The meeting in which such policy decisions were made also analysed future technology requirements and therefore, experts will also be invited which will pave the way for rapid industrialization in KP. KP Chief Secretary Mohammad Shahzad Arbab presided the meeting which was attended by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) Jahangir Tareen, Industries former secretary Sulman Ghani and many others. The attendants were briefed in detail about the establishment, activities and contribution of Sundar Industrial Estate in the industrialisation of Punjab. The participants proposed that KP should concentrate on the development of economic zones in various parts of the province instead of limiting itself to industrial establishments.

no nato jet intruded pak airspace: paf ISLAMABAD/KHYBER AGENCY ONlINE

The Pakistan Air Force has refuted media reports that NATO jets intruded Pakistani airspace on the midnight of Friday and Saturday. According to media reports, the PAF spokesperson said that aircrafts which flew into Pakistan’s airspace were passenger planes and they were allowed to enter the airspace due to bad weather. However, the PAF spokesperson said that NATO aircrafts did not violate the Pakistani airspace. Earlier, local media had reported that NATO aircrafts continued violation of the Pakistani airspace on Friday night, third time in a week. The reports said that NATO fighter jets entered Torkham border area and continued flight for 10 minutes.

flood in nullah dek near pasrur inundates several villages LAHORE INP

Several villages were submerged due to high flood in Nullah Dek near Pasrur on Saturday. Standing crops were inundated with floodwater while residents of nearby localities moved to safer places. According to the Pakistan Meteorological Department, there was high flood in river Jhelum near Mangla. river Chenab attained high flood at various places, including Marala, Khanki and Qadirabad. Water in the river Kabul increased to a middle-level flood at Nowshera. Torrential rains during the next two to three days could increase the flood threat, Chief Meteorologist Malik riaz said. Water level in Mangla Dam currently stood at 1,516 feet whereas in Tarbela the level was recorded at 1,202 feet.

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cHAMAn: nATO vehicles cross into Pakistan from the Pak-Afghan border checkpost at chaman on Saturday as US forces prepare for a drawdown from the war-ravaged Afghanistan in 2014. INP

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hearing of judges’ detention case adjourned ISLAMABAD ONlINE

Hearing of the judges’ detention case could not take place on Saturday as the judge of Anti Terrorism Court (ATC) was on annual leave. Judge Kausar Abbas Zaidi of the ATC was to hear the case and statements of the witnesses were to be recorded against Pervez Musharraf. Statements of six out of 35 witnesses have been recorded and the court has summoned the remaining 29 witnesses on Saturday. The witnesses who have been summoned include 24 lawyers. However, no lawyer has recorded his statement so far. Those who have recorded their statements include five policemen and one correspondent of the state-owned TV. The hearing of the case was adjourned till August 24.

india urged to hold independent enquiry into Kashmir killings ISLAMABAD APP

The Human rights Watch (HrW) has urged India to appoint an independent commission to promptly and transparently investigate the killing of protesters by Indian Border Security Force (BSF) troops in ramban area of Indian-held Kashmir (IHK). According to media reports, the HrW said the Indian government should act to end the BSF's long standing impunity for the large number of killings over the past many years, adding the death of four protesters and wounding of nearly a dozen more people highlighted the ur-

gency for an independent enquiry. HrW South Asia Director Meenakshi Ganguly said the loss of lives in ramban mosque called for a prompt investigation by an independent commission. “Any findings of illegal use of force by BSF troops should result in prosecutions. Too often the BSF's version of events is simply accepted, allowing many unaccountable killings,” she added. The HrW said senior Indian officials responded appropriately to the incident but there was a need to follow up with the required action. Indian Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde promised an investigation

and said "any use of excessive force or irresponsible action will be dealt with strictly", it added. However, HrW also pointed out that previous investigations of BSF abuses had often been delayed and prosecutions stalled. The statement said the HrW had previously documented serious human rights violations by the BSF troops but the Indian government had failed to prosecute the troops responsible. Enquiries by Indian National Human rights Commission received a standard response that the fatalities occurred when troops had to fire in self-defence, it deplored.

Torrential rains with thunder and lightning lashed upper Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Kashmir on Saturday turning the weather pleasant. Saidpur received 217 millimeters of rain, while Lahore, Gujranawala, Sialkot and some other places each received more than 100 mm rain. Pakistan Meteorological Department forecast rain spells all over the country over the next few days. Low lying areas in Gujranwala and adjoining areas were inundated with rainwater causing problems for the people, sources said. Met Office predicted scattered rain and thunderstorms along with gusty winds in Kashmir, Islamabad and rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Hazara, Bannu divisions and at isolated places of lower Sindh (Mirpur Khas, Hyderabad and Karachi divisions). The weather would remain hot and humid in other parts of the country. According to the Met Office, a seasonal low lies over northwest Balochistan and adjoining areas with its trough extending towards southeast. Monsoon currents were reaching into upper parts of the country and would continue till Tuesday, the Met Office reported.


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PESHAWAR: A man distributes toys among children brought by Edhi foundation from Karachi on Saturday. The children will search for their families with assistance from the charity organisation. INP

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As many as 17 districts of Balochistan including the provincial metropolis are still without electricity. The security clearance is a major hurdle in restoring electricity to all the affected 17 districts of the province and repairing of destroyed electricity tower in Bolan creating a 1380 MW shortfall could not be initiated yet. Unknown persons had blown four towers of 132 Kv and 220 Kv electricity tower at Bibi Nani, located between Sibi and Machh on Wednesday-Thursday midnight plunging 17 districts of Balochistan including Quetta, Mastung, Qalat, Qila Abdullah, Naushki, Chagi, Ziarat and others into darkness. The remaining districts are being supplied electricity on alternate hours. The people of the affected districts have demanded to restore electricity to their areas immediately besides taking stringent security measures to avoid any such incident in future.

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LL media reports regarding the Scotland Yard probe against the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and its chief Altaf Hussain are mere speculations and lies, rabita Committee member Wasay Jalil said on Saturday. Jalil said that media reports on whether the Scotland Yard police had called upon Altaf Hussain for an enquiry on July 23 were speculations. He said that local and international media did not act professionally, and stated that contrary to media reports, Altaf Hussain and other MQM members were completely comfortable in Lon-

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to norm, Jalil added. Jalil said that the Scotland Yard had so far charged or accused no one in any of the cases that the media has reported, and no MQM member had been arrested. He went on to clarify rumours regarding the arrest of senior MQM member raza Haroon and his wife, and the arrest of Imran Farooq’s widow Shumaila, were both lies. The rabita Committee member said that the recent visit of William Hague to Pakistan had nothing to do with the Scotland Yard case, and that there was no interference by the Pakistani establishment in the case contrary to what is being shown in the media. Jalil also added that no restrictions

US position in drone suit ‘disconcerting’: judge WASHINGTON ONlINE

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Unidentified people tortured to death an old couple in Pabi area on Saturday. The assailants entered the house of a 90-yearold man Shashti and tortured him and his wife, Sapogmo, 70, to death. The couple was electrocuted while the woman was attacked with acid. The couple was living alone since the past four years. Police have started investigation.

had been placed on Altaf Hussain for telephonic addresses. MONEy LAuNDERING: The money laundering case against Altaf Hussain was a legal matter, and only the legal authorities should deal with the matter, he said. On June 2, the London police raided Altaf Hussain’s house in the city and seized many items, including millions of pounds according to media reports, in relation to their investigations of former MQM member Imran Farooq’s murder. recently, the BBC also ran a documentary about the investigations carried out in London. MQM leaders lashed out at the report, calling it a propaganda and defamation campaign.

A federal judge said that she found the Obama administration's position that courts have no role in lawsuit’s over the 2011 drone-strike killings of three US citizens in Yemen, ‘disconcerting’. US District Court Judge rosemary M Collyer made this comment at a hearing on a government motion to dismiss the lawsuit. The suit was filed by relatives of the three men killed in the drone strikes, who

thought the attacks violated the US Constitution. The lawsuit, named the defendants as the then-defence secretary Leon Panetta, the then-CIA director David Petraeus and two commanders in the military's Special Operations forces, seeks unspecified compensatory damages. Collyer did not say which way she would rule on the motion but repeatedly expressed concerns over the government's argument, saying that she was ‘really troubled’ by it. US-born al Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki and al

Qaeda propagandist Samir Khan were killed also killed in a drone strike in September 2011. While Al-Awlaki's 16-year-old son, Abdulrahman, was killed the following month. Al-Awlaki had been linked to several attacks targeting US and western interests including an attempted attack on a Detroit-bound airliner in 2009 and a plot against cargo planes in 2010. The government argued that the matter was best left to the congress and the executive branch , and not judges.

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The passport department has decided to launch a text message service to provide information to the applicants about the status of their passports. The service would help citizens ascertain the phase of preparation of their passports. The Passport Office also decided to provide passports to people at their doorsteps. Passports Director General (DG) Sikandar Jalal said passports would be printed on the next day after the uploading of the data. Passports would be provided within the stipulated period, he stated. He said tenders would be invited within the next two days to provide passports to citizens at their residential addresses. Normal courier fee would be charged to the citizens for supplying passports, he added.

serving indian general commits suicide MONITORING DESK reportedly unhappy with the posting he had been given, a serving major general of the Indian Army committed suicide at his house in southwest Delhi’s Dwarka area on Friday. The victim, identified as rajpal Singh, was posted as additional director general (ADG), National Cadet Corps (NCC) in Patna, Bihar in September 2011 and was scheduled to retire on August 31. While police sources said Singh was depressed as he was not given his desired posting, Army sources said it was a case of marital discord. A suicide note was recovered in which Singh expressed disappointment with his posting. AK Ojha, additional CP (southwest), said “We have taken the note into possession and are investigating the matter. He was depressed due to professional reasons.” A senior police officer said that Singh’s wife found him hanging from the ceiling fan at their flat in Jaya Apartments in Dwarka Sector-5. Police are also speaking to the officer’s family to ascertaining whether there were any other reasons behind his extreme step. Singh had come to Delhi on vacation a couple of days ago and was scheduled to go back to Patna next week.

pakistani doctors save indian who suffered heart attack MONITORING DESK An elderly Indian man travelled to Pakistan with his wife and brother in-law without a visa and received emergency medical treatment in a Karachi hospital last month, the Mumbai Mirror reported the other day. The treatment helped saved his life, the newspaper said. Vasant Bondale, 76, was returning to Mumbai from a Scandinavian tour via Istanbul when he suffered a heart attack in mid-air. Bondale, a resident of Thane

city in Maharashtra state, accompanied by his wife, Nalini and her brother, Vijay Phadnis landed at Karachi airport and were rushed to a private hospital. Airport authorities allowed them to enter the country without any visas or travel documentation. “I was not scared of landing in Pakistan as the priority was to save my husband. It was of course on my mind that we had no visas, but the Pakistani authorities never brought it up. In fact, their cooperation is something that we

don’t have words to express,” Nalini told the newspaper. When Jayant, Bondale’s son, heard about his father’s heart attack, he decided to come to Pakistan too, but was unsure if he could get a visa in such a short time. “Believe it or not, I got a visa in a matter of hours,” the Mirror quoted Jayant as saying. Jayant expressed gratitude to Pakistani officials for their support. “One of the officials even asked his wife to come to the hospital and stay with me just so that I would feel like we were

in a safe place,” Nalini said. “They treated us like family.” A cardiologist flying on the same Turkish airlines flight as Bondale , Dr Sudhir Bhate, confirmed that Bondale was having a heart attack and recommended that the patient be taken to the nearest hospital emergency. Pilots of Turkish Airline flight TK 720 asked the nearest ATC tower- in Karachi- for an emergency landing due to a medical urgency, Junaid Kausar, manager operations for Turkish Airlines in

Karachi told the Mirror. An ambulance was ready at the Jinnah International Airport for Bondale. “The medical team rushed Vasant to the Aga Khan University Hospital in Karachi. Vasant was put on a ventilator in the cardiac care unit,” Kausar added. The Indian ministry of external affairs has also confirmed the whole episode. “Our officials in Karachi have expressed their gratitude to Pakistani authorities,” ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said.


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HAT Gen Dempsey told the Senate Armed Services Committee was plain wisdom. Militancy in the region cannot be checked without the support of Pakistan. In fact the US, Pakistan and Afghanistan have to join hands if peace is to be restored in the region. As things stand, lack of trust between the three stands in the way of devising a joint strategy. Pakistan’s relations with the US which plummeted after the November 2011 air strike on Pakistani border posts in Salala started improving slowly after the US apology and the subsequent resumption of NATO supplies through Pakistan. There are still vital issues though that stand in the way of better understanding. The US administration has to realise that unlike military administrations no democratic government would accede to its demands that go against Pakistan’s national interests. The unending repetition of ‘do more is likely’ to create resentment rather than promote undertaking. Washington has to take measures to remove Pakistan’s reservations rather than take recourse to pressure tactics. Among other things which stand in the way are the drone attacks, three taking place within weeks of Nawaz Sharif’ assumption of office. The lack of understanding between the US and Pakistan helps the militants who are having a field day. As the US withdraws its forces from Afghanistan it has to ensure that no terrorist organisation with global reach remains ensconced in the region. The US offer to Pakistan of a prisoner swap agreement for extradition of Aafia Siddiqui needs to be discussed. The FO should consider the various aspects of the matter to help the PM take a decision. Much more important issue for the government and the people of Pakistan is an end to the drone strikes. The attacks are a violation of international law and are indicative of a disregard for humanitarian concerns. While the strikes have killed a few prominent terrorists, they have killed hundreds of innocent people and turned thousands into diehard militants and suicide bombers. Enlightened individuals within the US have demanded the cessation of the drones programme. The recent report by Daniel Markey, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign relations, indicates that the influential think tank also realises that there is a need for an understanding with Pakistan on the issue. It is equally important to remove the suspicions of the Afghan government regarding peace talks with the Taliban. In order to be lasting, the peace in Afghanistan has to be Afghanled and Afghan-owned. The recent Doha incident has led Afghan leadership to conclude that opening of the Taliban office was a plot to divide Afghanistan. Kabul has alternately accused the US and Pakistan of being the author of the so-called conspiracy. There is a need to remove the doubts and suspicions of the Afghan government by US and Pakistan. Hopefully the visit by Sartaj Aziz would be helpful in promoting a better understanding.

Regressive mindset the moral police in action

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ELL, this keep getting bizarre. Some clerics have taken it upon themselves to tell the women of Karak city, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, on how to visit a market: don’t go there alone, always be accompanied by a male member of your family (mehram) because your going there alone is an attempt at spreading vulgarity. While no one can question the motive, even if somebody does, who knows what the self-appointed moral police might unleash upon them, the manner in which they have taken the law and personal lives of many a woman of the area into their hands is surely highly questionable. Clerics in our neck of the wood, much like everywhere else, have never been in favour of personal freedoms, civil liberties or overall a more progressive bent of mind. But that doesn’t give them any justification to impose upon others their contorted and regressive views. The committee of clerics that made the decision comprised of former district amir of Jamiat-iUlema Islam Hafiz Abne Amin, Mualana Mir Zaqeem, Mualana Abdul rehman and other cleric. Such an attempt was also made during the last Eid but the civil administration of that time abandoned it soon after the civil society mounted pressure on them for caving into the demands of some clerics who want to push the society back to Stone Age. This time the administration has rejected the suggestion right away though the clerics are now trying to force the local shopkeepers to do their bidding. Besides the obvious demerits of the decision on denial of human rights basis, there are some social aspects that cannot be ignored. What if a family doesn’t have a male member, or if they have but is not available or is not able to go out? What if there is a medical emergency? What if women want to visit markets where the presence of men is more of a nuisance than a convenience, like a cosmetics store? What about the poor and the destitute who have no one to look after them? The Maulana says that the presence of unaccompanied women in markets was not only against local Pakhtun culture but also against religious norms. Can he explain what culture and religion he is taking about, for the religion Islam does not prohibit women from going to markets, neither does Pakhtun culture? If the clerics think their misogynic view of Islam is the right one, then they couldn’t be more wrong. The KP government, headed by right-wing PTI, needs not only make its position clear on the issue but also assert itself and restrain these clerics, one of who is a former member of PTI’s coalition partner right-wing JUI-F that earlier on happily agreed to ban women from FATA to cast their votes. PTI Chairman Imran Khan should first clear his party’s stance on these acts of regression against women and press on his KP government to take measures to protect women rights before he talks to Bill Gates on polio eradication in Pakistan, for if that’s not the case it would weaken his credibility as a politician before one of the world’s leading philanthropists.

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rUTH has a bad habit. It comes out sooner or later. It is rare for a truth to come out so quickly though. One did when an Indian official claimed that an official of the investigation team had told him that the attacks on India’s parliament and in Mumbai were the handiwork of India itself. Such nefarious operations are called false flags – doing something yourself and planting the flag of another country to divert suspicion and justify undertaking another nefarious activity in the works. India planted Pakistan’s flag on both operations. A prejudiced world lapped it up immediately. Now India could strengthen its anti-terrorism laws and make them more demonic. It did just that. ‘Conveniently’ too, the police officer investing the earlier Samjhota train massacre of over 50 Pakistanis and the murder of Indian Muslims in a textile town was ‘accidentally’ shot in the back during the Mumbai melee. Both false flags served India well. By indulging in terrorism on its own land and people to justify a future objective, India confirmed that state terrorism that begets non-state terrorism is alive and well. Since then India’s terrorism in Kashmir and other areas against peoples wanting independence continues unabated. Many have been killed or hanged, rape has increased and homes destroyed by this largest ‘democracy’ in the world that we are asked to admire and emulate. Not that India’s crimes mitigate the crimes of other states. All states are like that. State terrorism has always been the standard operating procedure of governments of elites, for elites, by elites and of local and foreign hegemons to cow down a people. rape does that most effectively for shame and disgrace breaks a people’s will. It’s no different in the animal kingdom: when a gang of monkeys takes over a parliament of monkeys the first thing they do is rape the males and females to stamp their authority over them and spread their genes. Mankind is still there. It may have progressed scientifically but has put much of this knowledge to terrorist use because societally it has progressed hardly a jot. All we have done is move from the natural jungle to the concrete jungle. Human behaviour remains akin to monkeys despite God trying His best to make humans of us. Only the sugarcoating has changed. According to well-worn tradition, the Indian foreign office’s response was unexceptional: the Indian official has since denied his statement, it said. This too is standard operating procedure and shouldn’t be taken seriously until there is a full and transparent international investigation. In all likelihood the official was threatened and withdrew his statement – standard operating procedure again. The Mumbai story was a sailor’s yarn. The terrorists sailed from Karachi in motorised rubber dinghies to Mumbai right through a

joint naval exercise of the Indian navy and customs. Some landed on a quiet beach while others docked at Mumbai’s main pier, some young men disembarked bearing crates, hailed taxis, drove to their destinations buying food and alcohol along the way right under the nose of the Indian police and did the deed. Tell me another. Without cogent evidence that Pakistan was behind the attacks, many suspected that it was a put up job. Of course ‘believers’ without a rational answer trashed them as ‘conspiracy theorists’. “How can a government kill its own people,” they asked. Naive simpletons, they don’t know how demonically governments work. They don’t know that governments are not burdened by morality or principles but only by self-interest. Human casualties are just statistics. History is replete with government stupidities driven by immorality and lawlessness. Morality, laws and principles are for the ruled. For rulers they are flexible. Ubiquitous national interest is often confused with a government’s and even a ruler’s self-interest. How else would civilisations, empires and states crumble? Our governments have done many stupid things too which is why we are in the pathetic state we are in, but they’re not so stupid as to do something that would so quickly bring opprobrium upon them and so obviously suit India. The age-old question “Who benefits from a crime” is easily forgotten by the self-hating mentally colonised whose intellectual pretentions are based on dislike for their societies for not aping western social and political norms to which they are enslaved. It now transpires that Indian governments are more stupid than ours. This is not the first time that India has planted false flags. Just before Clinton’s Indian visit he was debating whether to swing by Pakistan or not because of its new military ruler when five Sikhs were killed in occupied Jammu. India immediately fingered Pakistan to stop Clinton’s visit. Unfortunately he did come like a king-emperor – a visitation, really. We allowed him to lecture us on state television, independent television then not being allowed by the democrats who preceded the ‘dictator’ who allowed them afterwards. It later transpired that the Sikh massacre was India’s work. After 9/11, America cozied up to the same ‘dictator’ in a perfect demonstration of flexibility of ‘principles’ and utter hypocrisy. Suddenly, the hated ‘dictator’ became the biggest photo-op in the world. America leads the way in false flag operations. Many Americans suspect that the 9/11 attacks were an inside job to justify the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan and later Iraq. Guantanamo Bay became a gulag. Technically outside American territory it was thus beyond US laws where suspects could be tortured wantonly. Homeland Security was born. The Patriot Act was enacted to strengthen anti-terrorist laws, just what India emulated. After the London attacks came the anti-Terrorism Bill. Both countries started rendering suspects to other obliging countries to torture suspects and extract information and confessions from them, true or false. States that make laws can easily break them ‘legally’. The Abbottabad caper was not a false flag but was it based on a falsehood? Many Americans claim that Osama bin Laden died of Marfan syndrome in November 2001 in Afghanistan after being treated in the American Hospital in Dubai by CIA doctors. They say America wanted to

create the justification to scuttle from an unwinnable war in Afghanistan by claiming that the purpose had been served with the killing of bin Laden. America did announce the pullout soon after the Abbottabad caper. What fuels suspicions further is that Osama’s body wasn’t displayed. The excuse: it was too gruesome a sight. Since when did ‘gruesome’ bother governments when they have to prove something? Wasn’t televising the hanging of Saddam, the dead bodies of his sons and the televised slaughter of Gaddafi gruesome? Don’t tell me that you really believe that one of Saddam’s hangmen could smuggle in a mobile phone, video his execution and record the abuse and invective rained down on him without occupying America knowing it and allowing it to be televised? Or that US surveillance didn’t identify Gaddafi’s convoy, bomb it, tell their ‘rebels’ where he was hiding, let them proceed with his slaughter and then put his body on display for days in the cold room of a department store, all televised? If you do you’ve got to be worse than naive, a gullible automaton programmed to lap up anything dished out by America. States can be demonic and do satanic things. They dance with the Devil. Don’t take our partially ‘leaked’ Abbottabad Commission report seriously. The purpose was to demonise our army. Can a commission of slaves really acknowledge the perfidy of its masters? They can only play along and divert attention from the truth by placing much of the blame on themselves while fingering their masters somewhat to create false credibility. Why do our governments always turn the other cheek, as do our hegemon appeasers? Why did we offer to send our ISI chief to India after the Mumbai attacks? Why did we say we were involved in Mumbai? Whose governments are our governments anyway? Is our foreign office a fiction, good only for issuing denials, reacting and giving statements and briefings? You only have to read and hear some of our retired sit-on-thefence ambassadors, a few exceptions notwithstanding, to know what material they are made of. What kind of people do we make our ambassadors? Our political ambassadors are usually worse. How could sycophants be better? Only a few have been good, like Hussain Haroon. In perennially bending over backwards we have not become a ‘soft state’ but a government of softies. Our Ka’aba and Qibla have changed from Mecca to Washington. We worship the Golden Calf. All our leaders want is that the small trickle of money coming their way from America and its tools like the IMF continues and they can cling to power to continue looting us. We take inadequate and inaccurate media reports and western journals as gospel truth. The real truth is entirely absent. Only when we develop our human capital and arm it with the latest education will we develop economically. Our subjugators will be waiting at our door just as they are waiting at China’s door, indebted to it to their gills. Can’t you see how their economic sovereignty has diminished? Their military sovereignty persists but for how long because without economic sovereignty military sovereignty soon diminishes too. remember the Soviet Union that broke into pieces despite its 28,000 nuclear warheads and fearsome military might because its economy had failed? The writer is a political analyst. He can be contacted at humayun.gauhar786@gmail.com


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conspiracy theories 101 W adnan rasheed’s letter was a real disappointment

the altaf hussain factor the mqm has to change to survive

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LMOST two weeks back, BBC aired a short documentary of allegations against Altaf Hussain concerning the murder of the Imran Farooq, incitement of other counts of violence, and laundering of over 400,000 pounds. Hosted by a well-respected British journalist and expert on Pakistan, Owen Bennett Jones, the documentary makes a compelling case against the leader of the MQM, and points out that the UK law enforcement authorities have launched a comprehensive investigation into the charges, with the determination and intent to find conclusive results. In the aftermath, the British Foreign Secretary, William Hague, during a visit of Pakistan, declared that the police investigation of Altaf Hussain shall not be interfered with by the government. As a result, over the past week or so, the media waves have been abuzz with snippets of news about the pending UK criminal investigation against Altaf Hussain, its criticism by MQM leaders in Pakistan, a phony resignation by Mr Hussain himself, and the general predictions about the future and leadership of the MQM. This development, in a long and checkered history of the MQM, brings to the forefront a number of existential questions for the party: Will Altaf Hussain, the one and supreme leader of the MQM, be tried and convicted for the charges against him? And if so, will he still continue to serve as the leader of MQM? If not, who will lead the party in his stead? Can anyone fill the muddy shoes of Altaf Hussain, who is seen as a saint by some people and as the devil by many others? Will anyone command all of the MQM in the way that Altaf Hussain has, or will splinter groups appear, and eventually break up the party? Is there is a way for the party to survive as one unit, maybe even

thrive, in the future? And what of the legacy of fractionalism and violence left in the wake of Altaf Hussain’s MQM? What of the nogo areas of Karachi, two decades of stopstart war with the law enforcement agencies, and hundreds of body bags? Is there a way for the MQM to divorce itself from this legacy, and embrace the future as a progressive and peaceful party? Answering some of these questions, requires a glance into the party’s past. The seeds of MQM can be traced to the student organisation, All Pakistan Muhajir Student Organisations (APMSO), founded in 1978 by Altaf Hussain. As this student organisation grew increasingly political and influential, the Muhajir Qaumi Movement (MQM) was born in 1984, with the mandate to lend political voice to those who had migrated to Pakistan at the time of the country’s independence (the Muhajir). By 1997, however, the name was changed to replace the word “Muhajir” (Migrant) to Muttahida (United), in an attempt by the MQM to expand its base and grow its constituency. The MQM came of age in the 1990s, demonstrating electoral dominance over the urban centres of Karachi and Hyderabad. This allowed the MQM to form a coalition with whatever party came to power in the centre, as a result of which the MQM has remained part of every federal government since 1988 (with the exception of the few years between 1992-1997). But the political success of the party has failed to hide the fact that under the controversial leadership of Altaf Hussain, the party has developed a reputation of violence, murder and extortion. Buzzwords such as ‘target-killing’ and ‘no-go-areas’ became a part of the regular vernacular of Karachi. Young boys, in their mid-teens, clothed with MQM flags and a Kalashnikov, became the most feared sighting in urban centres of Sindh. As a result, in 1992, under the instructions of the then federal government, the MQM was targeted by the Pakistan Army in “Operation Cleanup”, which resulted in several hundred deaths across the shanty towns of Karachi. During the 1992 violence, Altaf Hussain fled the country when warrants of arrest were issued against him in connection with a murder and has since remained in self-imposed exile in London. The notorieties of MQM have also bestowed several international tributes to the party as in 2001 the US State Department threatened to put MQM on the list of terrorist organisations and in 2006 the Federal Court of Canada declared MQM as a terror-

ist organisation (not allowing party members to visit and stay in Canada). Surprisingly, away from all this, on the other end of the spectrum, there is also another, equally stark side to MQM: the party has one of the most efficient and effective political delivery system in Pakistan. It has tremendous grass-root party infrastructure, with the ability to design and develop programmes and initiatives for its constituents, such as the Khidmat-e-Khalq Committees of social welfare initiatives during the 1990s, and the Karachi local government administration of Mustafa Kamal in 2005. In fact, so effective and transformative was MQM’s stint in power in the local government during the 2005 term that in 2008, Foreign Policy (the magazine) released a Global Cities Index which named Mustafa Kamal as Mayor of the Moment (along with Berlin’s Klaus Wowereit and Chongging’s Wang Hangju). Somewhere between these extremes – of violence and deliverance – MQM has to find its true identity as a political party. In so doing, the MQM leadership must be mindful of the fact that the generation of Karachiites who grew up under the shadow of Altaf Hussain, has now been replaced by a new and more perceptive group. Unlike those who followed Altaf Hussain during the decades when MQM came to power, the constituents of Karachi no longer divide themselves into Muhajir or Sindhi. They no longer vote simply according to their ethnic associations. A new generation has come of age. A generation that looks beyond the colour of the skin, or accent of speaking Urdu when choosing their representatives. And this shift was seen in the popular support given to Imran Khan during his jalsas in Karachi and across Sindh. In this new age, the MQM can no longer afford to bank on its historic and traditional voter-base, who will stick with them, regardless of their violent antics. It is time for the MQM to break away from its past, and embrace the future voters with a message of peace. It is time for them to shed their anchor of the yesteryears and look for leadership outside the cadence of a telephonic voice. And how better all this can be done than for the MQM to stop defending the actions of Altaf Hussain, allowing him to stand trial for his actions, and turning towards a new and young leadership that is not seeped into violence and controversy. The writer is a lawyer based in Lahore. He has a Masters in Constitutional Law from Harvard Law School. He can be reached at: saad@post.harvard.edu

HO in Pakistan doesn’t love a good conspiracy? We all have our own fables, tales and stories to tell. And Pakistan, it seems, is at the heart of many schemes, plots and plans. Adnan rasheed’s letter was a real disappointment. Not only did it leave many unsettled – for you can’t claim that the Taliban are only from Afghanistan – it also brought to light a lot of nonsense that we’re all encouraged to stamp our faith on. For starters we can no longer give an argument for the good, bad and ugly Taliban. rasheed is such a well-meaning and lUAvUT ZAHID kind hearted fellow, he’s obviously a part of the good Taliban. His shock at Malala getting attacked is obvious; he didn’t think his Taliban brothers would go that far. It is after all unheard of for the good Taliban to target women and children; they also take careful consideration of the old and the poor before bombs go off. And if you’re from the right faith then you’ve hit the jackpot of their arsenal – literally. The lad refuses to comment on the rights and wrongs of attacking Malala ‘islamically’. Possibly to ensure he doesn’t get a good spanking from his commanders later for denouncing their very comprehensive press release. The said document was officially handed out by the Taliban elaborating precisely how it was islamically appropriate to attack a 16-year-old to be killed. Although it is possible that rasheed never got the copy, he has after all been in hiding for most part of the last decade. rasheed helps clear out all the propaganda against his brothers. The Taliban aren’t against educating anyone, and there were thousands of girls going to school before Malala who were never shot. In 2009 alone, around 130 girls schools were blown up in Swat. That same year attendance to schools fell by more than half of the female student body. But rasheed is sure that education wasn’t the reason that schools for girls were being targeted – both the military and the Taliban were taking up residence within these schools and hence they had to go. He further went onto explain how girls schools helped the local administrators fill up their pockets with money since the locals care so much about female education. Had that been the case I suppose there wouldn’t have been a Malala crying for an education to begin with. Many are turning Malala’s efforts into a white man’s shame, rasheed is no different. It is white supremacy, they save one girl and help eradicate the horrors that they’ve delivered to the area. The drone strikes – which the Pakistan army has officially admitted mostly only killed militants – are forgotten by Malala in the face of her speech on education. It’s a Jewish conspiracy and the western world is trying to tear us all apart, by building schools. The Pakistani people aren’t doing it, the UN Habitat is. The typical apologist attitude continues as rasheed in his letter informs Malala that the people of the subcontinent were once a great people – it was the white man that took our values and smothered them under the cloak of his English. We don’t care to work hard or do anything to get back on the horse, however. And we will continue to look for no ways to get out of our mess on our own, no. racism, ethnic violence, poverty and similar problems had once inflicted the western world (as it still does today, but not to the same degree) but unlike us they wanted to rise out of it, and they did. And I don’t think rasheed remembers this, but the subcontinent didn’t just consist of Muslims, nor were they ever in the majority. If being “English” means going to school then one can only hope that this nation changes as fast as possible. It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that I’d rather be an educated Jewish slave than be an enlightened Muslim living in hiding in a cave. The letter dwindles forward into another important point: the Taliban only implement what’s in religion, they’re following the Islamic faith as is. So if Malala accepts his offer and turns back to her roots we will be proud as a nation of a 16-year-old suicide bomber looking to take down a library. The Taliban don’t like women out of their homes, but don’t mind a confident, independent young female recruit into their suicide bombing division. Adnan calls the UN stage one of injustice. The fact of the matter is that Pakistan is in no position to ask for justice. We’ve developed trust issues in our love affair with almost every nation that we interact with. From playing both sides with the US to not really doing much when Chinese workers are killed on our soil, we fail miserably at being friends with anyone. And in that failure we sit and lament our vices and our weaknesses, never trying to solve our problems even once. Our younger brother, Bangladesh, is way ahead of us; even the Afghan currency ranks higher than ours (and those people live in caves, literally). What rasheed wants is special treatment, he first shuns the west, the white man and the Jews and then he expects them to make special provisions for this country – their failure is labelled injustice. rasheed epitomises the very reason the West should never trust this country: he abandoned his duty to his country, tried to assassinate his own leader, and then went into hiding. His remarkably one-sided argument punches the audience with one conspiracy theory after the other. Malala really could be playing into the devil’s hand. The best part is he goes onto quote Bertrand russell, the father of agnostics, to make an argument in favour of his religiously fuelled Taliban brothers. A half-baked list of deserving victims who would benefit from a “day” more than Malala would resides within rasheed’s essay on what’s good and what’s evil. Although a more appropriate, and far larger, list could be sent back to the Taliban listing all the people and families they’ve torn apart. The bright young Taliban believes that no one of consequence would have bothered with Malala had she been a survivor of a drone attack. And it’s awkward to say this: but no one would have come to talk to her after a drone attack, those attacks have primarily only killed militants. rasheed ends his letter by wishing a lot of people would learn compassion so that they stop spilling the blood of Muslims. He talks nothing about the Taliban learning compassion and behaving like human beings – perhaps because that’s like asking for too much, even he doesn’t expect to elicit such a response from his own. Not surprisingly, the 50,000 civilians and 5,000 law enforcement personal from Pakistan dead because of the Taliban’s presence in the country, went unmentioned in rasheed’s little note. Is there any space in the new world order, rasheed asks, for what the Taliban stand for? I sincerely hope not. Like many Pakistanis who love their dose of good conspiracy theories, Malala’s pen pal gave us a good read. He talks about Jews, he talks about the west and their hate, he even drags in the polio team. The letter to Malala could be expanded into a bestselling book called: “Pakistan’s most favourite but baseless conspiracies”. The writer is a journalist based in Lahore. She can be emailed at luavut@gmail.com. She tweets @luavut


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ARLIER this week, rumors spread that “X Factor” mentor Demi Lovato allegedly took aim at fellow pop star Justin Bieber during an audition stop at USC, saying, “Well, finally someone can sing the song the way it was meant to be sung,” after a male contestant sang Bieber’s hit “As Long as You Love Me.” But when MTV News recently caught up with Lovato, she gave us the complete story. “What they didn’t put in the tabloids is that I actually turned around ‘cause the audience was like, ‘Oooh’ and I was like ‘Actually, guys, you took me the wrong way,’ “ Lovato said at the Pop-Tarts Crazy Good Summer Concert in Philadelphia. “I actually explained myself right then and there, but they didn’t put that on TMZ.” Shortly after the reports surfaced, Lovato, who is nominated for a 2013 VMA for “Best Female Video,” was quick to fire back, taking to her Twitter account to defend and clarify her remarks. “Btw - no shade thrown at Justin. So many people audition with his songs.. Finally someone sang it the way it was meant to be sung..” she tweeted before adding, “Meaning, finally someone sang it the way JUSTIN sang it.” Even though Lovato meant no harm by what was said, she reveals that she will now do her best to make sure that her comments do not get misconstrued. “It is annoying, but it is what it is,” Lovato said. “I have to be more careful with the way that I word things, but I was home schooled so my grammar’s not the best.” COURTESY MTv

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ANYE West may face a felony attempted robbery charge stemming from his airport altercation on Friday with a photographer, it has been claimed. The 36-year-old singer, who recently welcomed his first child with reality star Kim Kardashian, charged a paparazzo who was peppering him with questions upon the singer’s arrival at Los Angeles International Airport Friday. The photographer was taken to a hospital following the assault and told authorities that he wants to press charges against West, TMZ reports. Police officers will refer the case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office as a felony attempted robbery rather than the lesser charge of battery, according to the website. The case has been transferred to the Los Angeles Police Department’s robberyHomicide Division for investigation as police suspect West committed an attempted robbery when he struck the

photographer and tried to take his camera. Prosecutors will ultimately decide which charges will be filed, if any. Kanye was surrounded by about five paparazzi who captured the incident and the singer left with his bodyguard in their car. A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Airport Police said in a statement to X17online: ‘Today at approximately 2:00 p.m., at the Tom Bradley International Terminal (on the arrival level curbside), Los Angeles Airport Police officers were flagged down by a citizen (photographer) who alleged that he was taking pictures of an individual when he was battered by the subject.’ ‘The alleged subject was not at the location nor was he observed by officers at the scene.’ Adding: ‘LAFD was notified, responded to the location and transported the victim to a local hospital for medical attention. A police report was taken by the Los Angeles Police Department and the investigation is ongoing.’ The rapper has made no secret of his contempt for photographers and just last week he went on a furious rant while at the same airport after a snapper complimented his music.

‘Don’t talk, don’t talk to me,’ he said in the outburst while grabbing the camera. However, Kanye, appears to be completely oblivious to the fact that his girlfriend and mother of his child, Kim Kardashian, 32, is a reality star who has made her name through constantly being photographed and followed by cameras. Kim and her family have allowed camera crews into their homes since their show Keeping Up With The Kardashians became a hit in 2007 following Kim’s sex tape scandal. Since then, all members of the family have relied on reality television to acquire fame, actively seeking out press and publicity to enhance their careers. But it seems that Kanye has had trouble adjusting to the lifestyle. Sadly for the Kardashians, Kanye’s violent outburst took place on the same day that Kim’s mother Kris Jenner insisted that the rapper does not have a temper. The 57-year-old made the comments whilst appearing on The Talk on Friday, although now seem completely redundant in light of Kanye’s recent attack. ‘Knowing Kanye and I do know him very, very well and I am very close to him...he doesn’t have a short temper like everybody thinks.’ she said. Talking about the first incident which took place last month, she added: ‘So we don’t know, I don’t know. I am just only seeing this for the first time. So I don’t know what happened before that so I don’t want to comment or judge on something when I wasn’t there.’ ‘None of us know the fifteen minutes that happened before that and how crazy they could have gotten. ‘I think what happens with anybody who gets upset over something with paparazzirelated issues is that they are obviously provoked to an extent that we don’t see nothing about,’ she said. COURTESY DM

Erin Heatherton posses at the first ever Angel’s summer tour at Mayfair mall, USA.

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HE ‘will he, won’t he’ is finally over. Yo Yo Honey Singh has indeed composed and sung Lungi Dance, the promotional track for Chennai Express. This, after the film’s composer, Vishal Dadlani, had run down the rapper, claiming on a microblogging site that Honey wasn’t doing the song and was only trying to cash in on Shah rukh’s fame. Honey didn’t react to the allegations then, but the song was shot in Mumbai on Thursday. Here’s an exclusive peek,

which shows SrK and Honey doing a jig with a larger-than-life rajinikanth in the backdrop. It seems King Khan finally had his way. And Honey has had a ‘vishal’ victory for now! COURTESY TOI

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F this is rae D a w n Chong’s idea of praise, we’d hate to see her when she’s feeling critical. In an interview with Matty P’s radio Happy Hour, a recording of which was obtained by TMZ, the 52-yearold thespian launched into a vicious tirade against Oprah Winfrey, whom she costarred with in The Color Purple, not only calling her “vile,” but also using the N-word to describe the former talk show queen. According to Chong, who’s the daughter of actor Tommy Chong of Cheech & Chong fame, Oprah was “lovely” to her when they worked on Steven Spielberg’s 1985 drama. But the actress claims their relationship soured after Dawn Chong went

off to do Commando with Arnold Schwarzenegger. “I starred in Commando. And she just wasn’t having me. She’s competitive. She didn’t like me. She just wasn’t having me,” Chong claimed, adding that Winfrey acted like a “total beeyotch.” She told a story about how she was invited on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and alleged that Oprah dissed her by not calling her out on stage. “You know what? It was like, ‘F—k you b-tch,’” recalled Chong. In the next breath, she added: “All I can say is she is amazing. I respect her. I think she’s done great things for women of color, for women of a certain size,” she added. But she didn’t stop there, however. After being asked by the deejay to rate Winfrey’s looks, Chong took the bait and

gave Oprah a “4” on a scale of 1 to 10 as well as dropping a backhanded compliment. “The thing that’s really great about Oprah, that you can’t take away from her, is that she’s a great brownnoser,” said Chong. “If you were in a room with her, she will pick the most powerful person and become best friends with them. “When we worked with her, the one thing about Oprah, she was that fat chick that was that cheerleader, or the wannabe cheerleader in school, that was the student council president that was best friends with the principal… she was that fat chick in school that did everything and everybody loved her. That’s Oprah. Love me, love me, love me.” And the Canadian actress still wasn’t done. “You gotta respect her, no matter how vile she is—’cause ultimately she’s all

about Oprah and she’s boring,” she continued. “But aside from that, you gotta kinda go, ‘Hello, hats off, you have done an amazing thing. You have actually shifted the DNA of the universe.” In one of the interview’s most odious moments, the actress deployed racist language and imagery to demean Winfrey’s looks further. “If you look at the way she looks, she looks like 60 years ago she would have been a housekeeper, luckily,” said Dawn Chong. “She would not have been a house n——r. She would have been a field n——r.” And then the final backhanded tribute. “We have to give her props. No matter how much my personal vibe with her, I’ve got to stop and say this woman is a miracle and I respect her and I say kudos to you, and I don’t

give two cents about the other parts of it,” Chong said. “She shifted the DNA in terms of our thinking of a woman of a certain size and a certain shade. I love her for that.” Chong’s agent confirmed to E! News that it’s the actress’ voice on the recording, but added, “You should listen to the whole interview.” He also said his client felt the audio posted online had been taken out of context and heavily edited, a point she also made on Twitter. “Before you judge listen to the [radio] show [in] its entirety,” she tweeted. As well, she released a statement on Youtube, stating that “Out of context, it’s a most unfortunate choice of words, and I regret it. In context, I was actually complimenting Oprah.” A publicist for Oprah has so far yet to comment. COURTESY EO


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Zayn Malik to the rescue! Singer saves styles from getting toasted

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T seems Harry Styles can’t go for long without having an onstage incident. After having his trousers pulled down and throwing up on stage in recent months, the One Direction star’s latest incident saw him nearly set himself on fire during the band’s second Chicago show. The near-miss occurred when Harry walked into a flaming pyrotechnic on the stage. But luckily for Harry, his bandmate Zayn Malik was there to warn and stop the 19-year old from singeing off his famous floppy hair. The would-be accident occurred during the group’s performance of Teenage Dirtbag - the same song that saw Harry running off stage to be sick a week earlier in Detroit. The song went off with out a hitch, with a much more energetic Styles running around the stage and waving at fans. But as the pop song came to a close, the teenager picked up a white towel and wrapped it round his head as he made his way towards the side of the stage, and the impressive

flame. And conscious of the danger that lay in Harry’s, Zayn, 20, attempted to make his friend aware of the fact he was heading towards a fiery ending. Calling out and pointing didn’t work thanks to the raucous cheers of the thousands of fans watching the show, so Bradford boy Zayn ran towards Harry and pulled him back just seconds before he set himself alight. Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne watched as their brave bandmate saved Styles from a lifethreatening injury, and seemed to chuckle at their mate’s clumsy behaviour. Whispering a few words in Harry’s ear, one can only guess as to what Zayn was saying, but a smirk on the nearly scorched singer’s face showed his relief at avoiding an accident. Pulling his fingers through his hair, no doubt Harry felt double relief that his mop hadn’t melted. One Direction have 15 more U.S. dates on their Take Me Home world tour before flying to Australia, so hopefully Styles will survive before they head Down Under. NEwS DESK

Shady Lady: Eva Green touches down at LAX airport.

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YLVESTEr Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger may portray tough guys on the big screen, but in reality, they’re just a couple of playful pups. Especially with each other. “I’m just here to irritate him. I was put on this Earth to irritate him,” Stallone said with a smile while talking with E! News prior to a screening of the duo’s movie Escape Plan at Comic-Con in San Diego, Calif., on Thursday. He added that both have been known to be practical jokers. A point on which Schwarzenegger definitely concurred. “That’s part of it, to play tricks on each other,” said Schwarzenegger. “That’s what makes it fun. But when we were on the set and when we were shooting, it was serious

business. And you can imagine how competitive Sly is. As you know, we’ve competed against each other our whole career. I mean, we were trying to outdo each other about who uses the biggest guns, who has the most cut muscles, who has the least amount of body fat, who has the biggest muscles, who kills more people on the screen. It was like a real all-out competition.” Schwarzenegger continued, “It was really great, because we could compete within the movie and the movie really benefits from that because I was really trying to pull out my best performance because I wanted to outdo him. And he pulling out his best performance, so it really helped the movie.” We’ll all know for sure when Escape Plan hits theaters on Oct. 18. NEwS DESK

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Alicia Silverstone

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Wash your car without water!

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Jack Black

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New comedy web series coming, thank to all who showed support at comic-con!

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S Deepika bags Imtiaz Ali’s next with ranbir, we wonder why no filmmaker seems keen to cash in on the real life couple’s chemistry. From partying in Ibiza, to dining at posh restaurants and exchanging expensive gifts, Katrina Kaif is ruling ranbir Kapoor’s heart at the moment. But curiously enough, when it comes to ruling the marquee, her rival and ranbir’s ex Deepika Padukone seems to be enjoying an advantage. reports suggest Deepika is set to rekindle her Yeh Jawaani... chemistry with rK and has clinched that coveted role opposite him in Imtiaz Ali’s next produced by Sajid Nadiadwala. Much to the disappointment of Kat, who had been pitching hard for the same. A source close to Imtiaz’s film told us, “The final decision to cast Deepika was taken two days ago. Katrina is not doing the film.” So what really is tipping the scales in Dippy’s

favour? Why is it that despite the success of Ajab Prem Ki Gazab Kahaani and an interesting turn in rajneeti, this real life

couple is not really firing up the filmmakers’ fancy? There were reports that Katrina was the initial choice for

Yeh Jawaani... as well but Dippy eventually impressed the makers enough to swing it. Producer of Ajab Prem..., ramesh Taurani, in fact hinted that Deepika beat Katrina in both Yeh Jawaani... and Imtiaz’s next simply because ‘she suited the role better’. “We don’t cast actors simply because they are or were in a relationship,” he says, adding, “What is taken into account is, whether they are appropriate for the character.” However, trade analyst Vinod Mirani said rather candidly, “Deepika suits ranbir much better. Next to rK, Katrina looks more mature. Secondly, Deepika’s growth as an actress cannot be discounted. Thirdly, Katrina’s biggest charm, her syrupy smile, is kind of wearing off.” There is also the other view that rK has reached that point in his career where no one really cares about who is his leading lady. Says Mirani: “With Yeh Jawaani..., rK has established himself as a surefire

crowd puller. At least 60 per cent of the audience comes in simply because of him, the rest for the film itself. And casting a fresh face opposite someone like him cannot backfire.” Perhaps which is why, Abhinav Kashyap did not hesitate to pair rK with newcomer Pallavi Sharda in Besharm or Vicky Singh a Jacqueline Fernandez in roy. Girish Wankhede, GM, Marketing, PVr and Cinemax said, “I am in sync with the pulse of the audience. While you cannot take away the credit from Deepika or Katrina, you have to listen to the ‘oohs’and the ‘aahs’ for ranbir in the lobby during the intervals. Cocktail was the turning point in Deepika’s career graph and the two ladies are now running neck to neck.” Ad-man, writer, lyricist Prasoon Joshi takes a more objective view of the developments, saying, “People tend to go for what is in. At the moment, it is ranbirDeepika.” COURTESY TOI

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Kiss #lovers. No need for makeup w these #sunnies

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inFotAinMent Sunday, 21 July, 2013

I have learned to use the word 'impossible' with the greatest caution. –Wernher von Braun

where david battled goliath scientists stumble across king david’s palace

today (21th july)

8 Pakistan, Iran & Turkey sign Regional co-Operation pact. 8 English fleet defeats Spanish armada. 8 Soviet Union annexes Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania. 8 confederate forces won victory at Bull Run in the first major battle of the civil War.

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we’Re not the only ones you know ex-cia Boss says huawei spies foR pRc The former head of the CIA and the National Security Agency in the US has said he is aware of hard evidence that Huawei Technologies has spied for the Chinese government, the Australian Financial Review newspaper reports. Michael Hayden said in an interview with the paper that Huawei had "shared with the Chinese state intimate and extensive knowledge of the foreign telecommunications systems it is involved with". "I think that goes without saying," he said. According to the newspaper, Hayden said intelligence agencies have hard evidence of spying activity by the world's No 2 telecoms equipment maker. It did not detail that evidence. Huawei, founded in 1987 by the former People's Liberation Army officer Ren Zhengfei, has repeatedly denied being linked to the Chinese government or military, or receiving financial support from either. Hayden is a director of Motorola Solutions, which provides radios, smart tags, barcode scanners and safety products. Huawei and Motorola Solutions had previously been engaged in intellectual property disputes for a number of years. Huawei's global cybersecurity 0fficer, John Suffolk, described the comments made by Hayden as "tired, unsubstantiated, defamatory remarks" and challenged him and other critics to present any evidence publicly. "Huawei meets the communication needs of more than a third of the planet and our customers have the right to know what these unsubstantiated concerns are," Suffolk said in a statement emailed to Reuters. "It's time to put up or shut up." The report came a day after Britain announced it would review security at a cyber centre in southern England run by Huawei to ensure that the British telecommunications network was protected. In October 2012, the US House of Representatives' intelligence committee urged American firms to stop doing business with Huawei and ZTE Corporation, warning that China could use equipment made by the companies to spy on certain communications and threaten vital systems. The Australian government has barred Huawei from involvement in the building of its A$37.4bn ($34.25bn) national broadband network. COURTESY TG

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rCHAEOLOGISTS have unearthed a palace in what they believe is the fortified Judean city of Shaarayim, where the Bible states King David battled the giant Goliath. The discovery of what is thought to be King David's palace, measuring 1,000 square metres, was made by Hebrew University and the Israel Antiquities Authority. Over the past seven years the teams have also uncovered a huge storehouse containing pots and artefacts that they believe proves the existence of a ruler in Judah in the tenth century BCE. 'The ruins are the best example to date of the uncovered fortress city of King David,' professors Yossi Garfinkel and Saar Ganor of Hebrew University said. 'This is indisputable proof of the existence of a central authority in Judah during the time of King David.' The biblical city of Shaarayim is thought to have become the modern city of Khirbet Qeiyafa, which is approximately 30 kilometres south west of Jerusalem. The professors said that the ruins are the two largest known buildings to have existed at the time of King David in

Jerusalem. They added: 'The southern part of a large palace that extended across an area of about 1,000 square meters was revealed at the top of the city. 'The wall enclosing the palace is about 30 metres long and an impressive entrance is fixed through which one descended to the southern gate of the city, opposite the Valley of Elah. 'Around the palace’s perimeter were rooms in which various installations were found -- evidence of a metal industry, special pottery vessels and fragments of alabaster vessels that were imported from Egypt.' The archaeologists collected hundreds of artefacts at the site, including religious objects, seals, pottery and tools typical of the time. The palace is at the centre of the site and is higher than the houses lower in the city. The royal occupants would have had an excellent view of the land, stretching from the Mediterranean Sea in the west to the Hebron Mountains and Jerusalem in the east. It is believed that much of the palace was destroyed 1,400 years after it was built when a fortified farmhouse was erected in its place during the Byzantine period. Professors Garfinkel and Ganor said: 'The palace

that is now being revealed and the fortified city that was uncovered in recent years are another tier in understanding the beginning of the Kingdom of Judah.' The archaeologists also found a large pillared building which was used as an administrative storeroom. The professors said: 'It was in this building the kingdom stored taxes it received in the form of agricultural produce collected from the residents of the different villages in the Judean Shephelah. 'Hundreds of large store jars were found at the site whose handles were stamped with an official seal as was customary in the Kingdom of Judah for centuries.' They believe the palace and storerooms are evidence of state-sponsored construction and an administrative organisation during King David’s reign. 'This is unequivocal evidence of a kingdom’s existence, which knew to establish administrative centres at strategic points,' said Professors Garfinkel and Ganor. 'To date no palaces have been found that can clearly be ascribed to the early tenth century BCE as we can do now.' The Israel Antiquities Authority said it hoped that the new discoveries will lead to the site becoming a national park.

once blue, now red?

catch of the season: indian custoMs officials seize 10,000 sea tuRtles

mars contained more oxygen than earth

We’re not sure what he replied when asked ‘Did you pack this bag yourself?’ but let’s hope it was a firm ‘no’. Stunned customs officials discovered the exotic reptiles after stopping two Indian nationals at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International airport in Kolkata. Both men somehow managed to get the endangered turtles through security checks in China before arousing suspicion as they waited to pick up their bags. An official said: ’10,043 numbers of exotic varieties of the turtles have been seized from two passengers, residents of Chennai, who were coming from China to Singapore, and landed at Kolkata airport.’ The sea turtle is classed as an endangered species due to their numbers decreasing with increased pollution and a loss of habitat. They are also targeted by poachers for their eggs, meat, skin and shells. NEwS DESK

COURTESY DM The atmosphere on Mars was once thicker, warmer and wetter than it is today until it was damaged in a 'catastrophic collision' with a planet the size of Pluto, scientists claim. Data collected by Nasa's Curiosity rover suggests the red Planet's atmosphere once had more oxygen in it than Earth, giving serious weight to the theory it could have previously harboured alien life. Yet a major upheaval, thought to have been caused when a Pluto-sized planet collided into Mars billions of years ago, created a shift in gases that led to the atmosphere around it to shrink. A team of Nasa scientists claim that a change in the ratio of two different kinds of argon gas is evidence that the atmosphere has been stripped away. Nasa's Dr Chris Webster said: 'As Mars became a planet and its magma ocean solidified, catastrophic outgassing occurred while volatiles were delivered by impact of comets and other smaller bodies. 'Solar wind, and the possible impact by a Pluto-sized body is thought to have stripped much of the initial early atmosphere from the planet, and since then the atmosphere has developed as a balance between volcanic injection and loss to space.' The Nasa scientists were investigating the atmosphere after one of their telescopes on Earth had detected a surprising and mysterious amount of methane in three regions in the Martian western hemisphere. This presence of methane could have suggested there was some form of life living on the planet. Yet the Curiosity rover did not find any methane, which has disappointed those who believe microbes may still linger there. On Earth, methane is mainly a by-product of life - from animal digestion and decaying plants - and the gas can also be produced by non-biological processes. But last year, the Curiosity team reported no definitive whiff of methane near the landing site, and since then, the rover has taken several more air samples. There are also plans to sniff the atmos-

phere during a drive to the Mount Sharp mountain. And in the autumn NASA is set to launch a Mars-orbiting spacecraft aimed at solving the methane mystery. Called Maven, the craft will target the Martian atmosphere. Scientists want to know if it actually exists, determine the abundance and whether that varies by year or location. 'The fact that it’s turned out to be pretty much disproven - it’s not a surprise, but a disappointment perhaps,' planetary scientist Adrian Brown of the SETI Institute in California, told Wired magazine. The Curiosity found the air is made mostly of carbon dioxide. This closely matched what the twin Viking landers detected in the late 1970s and what scientists have gleaned from Martian meteorites. And there was also interest in what may have existed in the past on Mars, after Curiosity found that much of the planet’s atmosphere has been lost over time, suggesting it was once warmer. This would have been more conducive to liquid water flowing on the surface - and potentially even life existing on the planet, reported Wired. Mars' atmosphere is overwhelmingly dominated by carbon dioxide, unlike Earth's air, which is a mix of nitrogen and oxygen. However, there was still a small surprise. Viking found nitrogen to be the second most abundant gas in the Martian air, but Curiosity's measurements revealed a nearly equal abundance of nitrogen and argon, a stable noble gas. Mission scientists are puzzled, but suspect it might have to do with the different tools used to sample the atmosphere. ‘It's more or less an interesting observation’ but doesn't change the notion that Mars lost most of its original atmosphere to space, transforming the planet into a cold desert, said Paul Mahaffy of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, who is in charge of Curiosity's air sampling experiments. The nuclear-powered, six-wheel rover set down in an ancient crater near the Martian equator almost a year ago. The measurements were detailed in two studies appearing in the journal Science.

peRsian leopaRd cuBs BoRn in Russia afteR 5 decades! There was a time when the Persian leopard was widely available in the mountain area of Russia. But due to increased activities of poaching and habitat loss, the Persian leopard became endangered species. The specie is considered to be endangered as it is said that fewer than 1,290 Persian leopards lives in Iran, southern Turkmenistan, parts of western Afghanistan and the Caucasus Mountains. Now, efforts are being made to bring back the population of the Persian leopard to normal. In fact, the Persian leopard cubs have also been born in the Persian Leopard Breeding and Rehabilitation Centre, which is at Sochi National Park. It has happened after five decades that the cubs have been born in Russia. The parents of the newly born cubs were brought from Portugal`s Lisbon Zoo in 2012. "[The cubs] will be released into the wild after learning surviving skills and will start a new population of the leopards in the Caucasus Mountains", said Natalia Dronova, WWF-Russia species coordinator. Umar Semyonov, Head of the breeding centre, said that the cubs do not open their eyes before seven to nine days. In fact, they do not leave their den before they get two months old. Therefore, it is too early to know the sex of the cubs. NEwS DESK


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At this time, in agreement with the coach, we won’t be putting the player on the market. Isla remains our player in every way. –Giuseppe Marotta

holder’s heroics balance out Misbah’s Magic SCOREBOARD

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EST Indies number 11 Jason Holder smashed 14 runs off the final over to earn his side a dramatic tie with Pakistan in the third one-day international at Beausejour Stadium in St Lucia on Friday. Bungling Pakistan wicketkeeper Umar Akmal had the opportunity to run out the player off the final ball but missed a simple throw from the boundary to allow the stranded Holder to make his ground and level the scores. Pakistan looked to be heading for victory having posted a modest 229 for six wickets in their 50 overs, but the final West Indian pair of Holder and Kemar roach struck 24 off 13 balls to leave the fivematch series tied at 1-1. Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq opted to give seamer Wahab riaz (1-63) the final over of the innings despite a poor showing in the match up to that point as he missed his lengths all too often. Holder bludgeoned a six and a four to give his side hope. Needing three to win off the final ball, he flashed a thick edge to third man where Junaid Khan collected. Khan’s throw over the stumps looked certain to run out Holder and hand the victory to Pakistan but Akmal somehow failed to collect and the tailender was able to scramble home having scored an invaluable 19 off nine deliveries. Lendl Simmonds had earlier struck a fluent 75 from 86 balls and put on 91 for the fourth wicket with Marlon Samuels (46) to put West Indies into a position to win the game. However, excellent bowling from seamer Junaid (3-54) and offspinner Saeed Ajmal (3-36) appeared to have taken the game away from them before Holder’s heroics. “I’m disappointed, this was a game we were supposed to win,” West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo said in a television interview. “It should never have reached that situation, leaving it to the lower order, given the number of batsmen we have. At this level, the number of dot balls in our innings was unacceptable. We need to come up with a plan to cut down on that, back to the drawing board.” Pakistan’s innings was propped up by a fighting 75 from Misbah, with Akmal (40 not out) providing the only other score of real significance.

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Kumar Sangakkara smashed his highest one-day score of 169 off 137 balls as Sri Lanka piled up 320/5 against South Africa at the Premadasa stadium in Colombo on Saturday. The 35-year-old left-hander surpassed his previous best of 138 not out against India in 2005 after the hosts were sent in to bat in the first game of the five-match series against the Proteas. Sangakkara’s 16th century in his 350th one-dayer steered Sri Lanka to a commanding total after Tillakaratne Dilshan had fallen cheaply in the fourth over, bowled by Chris Morris. Sangakkara put on 70 for the second wicket with opener Upul Tharanga (43), 74 for the third with Mahela

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Did not bat: Junaid Khan, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Irfan Fall of wickets: 1-39, 2-39, 3-92, 4-152, 5-174, 6-177 Bowling: Roach 10-1-35-1, Holder 10-0-40-2 (w3), Sammy 100-30-1, Narine 9-0-55-0 (w2), DJ Bravo 7-0-50-2 (w1), Samuels 3-1-4-0, Pollard 1-0-9-0 (w1) wEST INDIES INNINGS Chris Gayle b Junaid

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FAll OF wICKETS: 1-13, 2-16, 3-50, 4-141, 5-178, 6-179, 7-184, 8191, 9-205 BOwlING: Mohammad Irfan 10-0-34-2 (w2), Junaid Khan 10-154-3 (w5), wahab Riaz 10-1-63-1 (w2), Mohammad Hafeez 6-0-16-0 (w1), Shahid Afridi 4-0-23-0 (w1), Saeed Ajmal 10-136-3 (w1). RESUlT: The match was tied. The five-match series is level at 1-1.

dwayne BRavo deMands BetteR Batting stRategy in fouRth odi GROS ISLET: Regret more than relief characterises the mood of both the West Indies and Pakistan squads heading into the fourth One-Day International at the Beausejour Stadium in St Lucia on Sunday following the pulsating tie in the third fixture. With the series still level at 1-1 after the home side’s last-wicket pair of Jason Holder and Kemar Roach took 14 runs off the final over of the match on Friday to level the scores, the feeling in both camps is that the top-order batsman

contributed to the pressure and haste at the end of each innings by failing to keep the scoreboard ticking over. “At this level it’s unacceptable. I didn’t see any devil in the wicket,” was West Indies captain Dwayne Bravo’s frank assessment after the match. “Yes, they’ve got some very good bowlers, but given the talent that we’ve got in our batting line-up we need to get our heads together and work out a better strategy in the middle overs.” On a pitch much more conducive to batting, both teams

went scoreless for more than 50 percent of deliveries faced, so forcing the lower-order players into frenetic hitting in the final overs of both innings. Probably influenced by the fact that his top score of 75 occupied 112 deliveries, Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq was more sympathetic. “The pitch was a little bit challenging. The ball wasn’t coming onto the bat,” he observed. “But we were about 30 runs short. Getting to 260 would have been a good total on this pitch.” Similar

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Jayawardene (42) and 123 for the fourth in which Lahiru Thirimanne’s contribution was just 17. The veteran finally holed out in the deep in the penultimate over of the innings, ending a scintillating innings that contained 18 boundaries and six sixes. Fast bowler Morne Morkel, who recovered in time from a thigh injury to play the match, was South Africa’s most impressive bowler with 2/34 from his 10 overs. But the inexperience of the depleted touring squad told in the end as the Sri Lankans batted fluently on the slow pitch. South Africa are without three frontline players - fast bowler Dale Steyn, all-rounder Jacques Kallis and former captain Graeme Smith - for the tour which also includes three Twenty20 matches.

SCOREBOARD SRI lANKA wU THARANGA B MORKEl 43 TM DIlSHAN B MORRIS 10 KC SANGAKKARAC DUMINY B PHANGISO 169 DPMD JAYAwARDENE C INGRAM B MORKEl 42 HDRl THIRIMANNE C PETERSON B MClAREN 17 NlTC PERERA NOT OUT 16 lD CHANDIMAl NOT OUT 1 EXTRAS (B 1, lB 5, w 15, NB 1) 22 TOTAl 320 DID NOT BAT J MUBARAK, HMRKB HERATH, RMS ERANGA, Sl MAlINGA FAll OF wICKETS 1-23 (DIlSHAN, 3.5 Ov), 2-93 (THARANGA, 20.1 Ov), 3-167 (JAYAwARDENE, 33.4 Ov), 4-290 (THIRIMANNE, 47.3 Ov), 5-303 (SANGAKKARA, 48.5 Ov) BOwlING: M MORKEl 10-2-34-2, CH MORRIS 9-0-80-1, R MClAREN 10-0-69-1, RJ PETERSON 5-0-30-0, JP DUMINY 7-0-51-0, AM PHANGISO 9-0-50-1 SOUTH AFRICA CA INGRAM B MAlINGA 0 AN PETERSEN C SANGAKKARA B PERERA 29 JP DUMINY C SANGAKKARA B ERANGA 15 AB DE vIllIERS B HERATH 23 F DU PlESSIS C CHANDIMAl B PERERA 4

DA MIllER B DIlSHAN 14 RJ PETERSON C THARANGA B PERERA 29 R MClAREN C PERERA B DIlSHAN 4 CH MORRIS NOT OUT 9 M MORKEl C THIRIMANNE B HERATH 0 AM PHANGISO ST SANGAKKARA B HERATH 0 EXTRAS (B 4, lB 7, w 2) 13 TOTAl 140 FAll OF wICKETS 1-0 (INGRAM, 0.1 Ov), 2-29 (DUMINY, 5.2 Ov), 3-73 (DE vIllIERS, 11.3 Ov), 4-75 (PETERSEN, 12.5 Ov), 5-82 (DU PlESSIS, 16.1 Ov), 6-103 (MIllER, 20.2 Ov), 7-119 (MClAREN, 24.3 Ov), 8-138 (PETERSON, 28.6 Ov), 9138 (MORKEl, 29.2 Ov), 10-140 (PHANGISO, 31.5 Ov) BOwlING: Sl MAlINGA 4-1-21-1, RMS ERANGA 5-0-27-1, NlTC PERERA 7-0-31-3, HMRKB HERATH 8.5-1-25-3, TM DIlSHAN 5-0-11-2, J MUBARAK 2-0-14-0 MATCH DETAIlS TOSS SOUTH AFRICA, wHO CHOSE TO FIElD SERIES SRI lANKA lED THE 5-MATCH SERIES 1-0 PlAYER OF THE MATCH TBA UMPIRES RA KETTlEBOROUGH (ENGlAND) AND REJ MARTINESZ Tv UMPIRE RJ TUCKER (AUSTRAlIA) MATCH REFEREE AJ PYCROFT (ZIMBABwE) RESERvE UMPIRE RR wIMAlASIRI

surfaces are expected for the final two matches on Sunday and Wednesday, and while the Pakistanis may be looking at other bowling options at the end of the innings, especially after Left-arm seamer Wahab Riaz delivered that decisive final over on the way to conceding 63 runs off his ten overs, the Caribbean side will be concerned about the lack of productivity from two key big-hitters who are expected to dominate in this form of the game. AGENCIES


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For a while I was thinking I might get on the batting board this morning, but agonisingly I fell 72 runs short. –Graeme Swann

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PENEr Joe root was the individual hero on Saturday as England ground Australia into the dust with batting that was first attritional then ruthlessly aggressive on the third day of the second Ashes test at Lord’s. After taking a first innings lead of 233 on Friday before conceding three quick wickets, England batted throughout the day to reach 333 for five at the close with root unbeaten on 178, his second test hundred. England, who won the first test at Trent Bridge last Sunday by 14 runs, now lead Australia by 566 with six sessions still to play and fine weather forecast for the final two days. root, promoted to opener for the Ashes series after batting in the middle order against India and New Zealand, confirmed the class he has shown since scoring 73 on his test debut last December. His technique, poise and clean fluent driving on both sides of the wicket was of the highest order and marked him out as a worthy successor to his great Yorkshire predecessors Herbert Sutcliffe, Len Hutton, Geoff Boycott and Michael Vaughan. root reached his hundred with a cut to the point boundary and accelerated to pass 150 from 311 balls with 18 fours. He then struck two sixes over mid-wicket in legspinner Steve Smith’s final over the day. Ian Bell, who was reprieved on three after an umpire review when he appeared to have edged ryan Harris straight to Smith at gully, added 74 to his first innings 109 in quick time against a flagging attack. Peter Siddle, who took all three wickets to fall on Friday evening, bustled in with his customary energy from the Pavilion end at

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Graeme Swann declined to declare England favourites to take a 2-0 lead in the Investec Ashes but admitted the hosts would have “bitten your arm off” for their day-two lead. Having kept England to 361 all out, less than they had fancied after winning the toss on Thursday and batting first, Australia capitulated for just 128 - a 233-run deficit. Swann played a big hand in that, claiming five for 44 and applying constant pressure on a flimsy line-up. But Peter Siddle kept England honest as he took all the wickets in England’s 31 for three, a nervy effort but one that nevertheless leaves the home side 264 ahead with seven wickets in hand.Swann urged caution but was clearly a satisfied man at the close of play. “I’m not going to count my chickens, there’s still three days to go,” said Swann, whose haul lifted him into England’s top 10 all-time wicket-takers with 231. “The Australians aren’t just going to lie

down and take it. “They bounced back really well tonight [Friday] with those three wickets. “That will have buoyed them and forced us to regroup in the morning. “We thought it was about a 400 pitch so to get 361 we reluctantly accepted, but then to get Australia out for so far behind that...we’d have bitten your arm off at the start of the day.” England followed a tried and tested method of not enforcing the follow-on when it was available and instead plan to unleash Swann on Australia in the final innings. He saw enough in Friday to believe there will be plenty in the pitch for him at his next visit, but wants the batsmen to lay a lengthy foundation before he tries his luck. “There is a bit of rough to work with but the main part of the pitch I care about is the benign bit in the middle and that needs another day baking under the sun. “It needs to start breaking up and turning a lot more before I start waving about grandiose comments about us winning this game.”

the start of play but neither he nor the other Australian paceman were able to extract anything from the pitch. Tim Bresnan, sent in as nightwatchman on Friday, took 30 balls to get off the mark but was in no trouble thereafter, staying on the front foot and reaching 38 before he was caught at mid-wicket by Chris rogers attempting a hook off James Pattinson. Only 83 runs were scored in the opening session and 57 in the second before England cut loose after tea against spinners Smith and Ashton Agar. Bell played all the shots in his locker, bringing up the 150 partnership with root with a reverse sweep for four. He seemed set for his second hundred of the match and the fourth in his last three Ashes tests when he pulled a long-hop from Smith straight to rogers at mid-wicket.

SCOREBOARD ENGlAND 1ST INNINGS 361 AUSTRAlIA 1ST INNINGS 128 England lead by 566 runs with 5 wickets remaining ENGlAND 2ND INNINGS 178 JE Root not out TT Bresnan c Rogers b Pattinson 38 74 IR Bell c Rogers b Smith JM Bairstow not out 11 Extras (b 11, lb 8) 19 333 TOTAl TO BAT MJ Prior†, SCJ Broad, GP Swann, JM Anderson FAll OF wICKETS 1-22 (Cook, 10.2 ov), 2-22 (Trott, 12.2 ov), 330 (Pietersen, 14.5 ov), 4-129 (Bresnan, 61.3 ov), 5-282 (Bell, 98.2 ov) BOwlING: RJ Harris 16-4-28-0, SR watson 12-5-25-0, PM Siddle 21-6-65-3, Jl Pattinson 20-8-42-1, SPD Smith 14-0-65-1, AC Agar 27-4-89-0 Match details Toss England, who chose to bat Player of the match tba 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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include noncricketers in the selection panel, ihc orders pcB MUMBAI: History maybe written in Pakistan cricket when the noncricketers will become the members of the National Selection Panel as directed by the court of law. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has been ordered to enhance the role of the selection committee by Islamabad High Court’s Honourable Judge Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui. In his 30-page order, the copy of which is in our possession, the Justice directed: “Criteria for the appointment of Selection Committee is highly questionable but no remedial steps are being taken to bring credible criteria of the nomination/appointment of members of Selection Committee and its Chairman”. “The decades old formula of appointment of Selection Committee need to be reviewed and all the regions be given right to be members of the selection committee on rotation”. “The scope of selection committee is required to be enhanced by including one Sports Journalist, Cricket Commentator, and one keen follower of the game of cricket having sufficient knowledge from the general public”, he has said in his order. Later, speaking exclusively over telephone from his chamber of Islamabad High Court, Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui said: “I have been receiving several calls on this order. It may be an unprecedented move to have noncricketers in the selection panel, but to improve the structure of the game in Pakistan, this is what I have recommended. All selectors must be impartial”. Cricket historians were wondering whether any national boards ever had non-cricketer in the selection committee. BIPIN DANI

SNGPL end Port Qasim winning streak with a big win

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Australian newspapers on Saturday ripped into their team’s feeble batting in the second Test against England, fearing the Ashes campaign might have unravelled in one catastrophic session at Lord’s. Australia collapsed to 128 all out in reply to England’s first innings 361 with the home side opting against enforcing the follow-on and reaching 31 for three in their second innings by stumps for an overall lead of 264. Ashes holders England are already 1-0 up in the five-match series after last week’s 14run win at Trent Bridge. “What a mess, what a shambles, what a debacle, what an embarrassment,” thundered

the Daily Telegraph’s Malcolm Conn. “Some of Australia’s most well-paid professional sportsmen have been responsible for amateurhour. There can’t have been few more mindless batting performances than Australia’s appalling 128 during the second day at Lord’s.” Conn added: “Australia’s feeble collapse had nothing to do with outside distractions from (sacked coach) Mickey Arthur or anyone else, it was just simple ineptitude. “The players have no one to blame but themselves. Cricket Australia spends millions pampering and preparing its players with a support staff almost the size of a cricket team.” Fairfax Media feared the Ashes could be over for Australia and said it was one of several recent woeful top-order batting performances.

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After winning three consecutive wins, it was a big defeat for Port Qasim Authority against Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited in the low scoring pool’s B encounter at the Advance Telecom ramadan T20 Cup’s match played on Friday in the National Stadium, Karachi. PQA, after they chose to bat, could only score mere 72 runs in their 20 overs.

From the outset, it was a sorry state of affairs for them as SNGPL bowlers bowled brilliantly and took wickets at regular intervals. No batsmen of PQA could settle in at the crease. Mohammad Salman with his 24 runs and Khurram with 11 runs were the only players for PQA who went into double figures as rest of its batsmen disappointed the team. Yasir Shah with a haul of 3 wickets for 11 was the leading wicket -taker for SNGPL. Samiullah and Bilawal chipped

in with two wickets each. Opener, Taufeeq Umar 45 runs not out were enough for SNGPL to chase the target in 14.5 overs with 31 balls remaining. Azam Hussain and Irshad Khan with two and one wickets respectively, were the only successful bowlers for PQA. Scores: Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited 73 for 3 (Taufeeq 45*, Yasir 311, Samiullah 2-4, Bilawal 2-18) beat Port Qasim Authority 72 all out (Salman 24, Azam- 2-17) by 7 wickets.


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pakistan get a tRagic loss to hong kong LAHORE: Pakistan blows 9-2 lead in fifth inning, falling to Hong Kong 9-11 in the 2nd Baseball World Cup (U12) match at Youth Park on Saturday. Pakistan missed out making history at the II 12U Baseball in a tragic 9-11 loss to Hong Kong. At Youth Park on Saturday afternoon the underdog blew a 9-2 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning to fall to Hong Kong 9-11. It was a wild game at Youth Park in which Pakistan, which had lost its first two games in the tournament, started strongly by scoring two quick runs in the second. They were able to add to the advantage afterwards, leading by as much as 9-2 midway through the fifth. Then, Hong Kong woke up and rebounded in a big way. They scored nine runs in the bottom half of the fifth for the astonishing comeback. In the end five players for Hong Kong crossed the plate twice. Chung Yin Chu also drove in two. Syed M. Shah had two runs and two RBI, while eight different Pakistani players crossed the plate for runs. On the mound Shu Wan Ip ended up with the win, allowing two hits, five runs (2 ER) and five walks in 2 1/3 innings of relief. Syed A. Shah was charged with the loss, surrendering seven unearned runs on two hits and four base on balls in 0.2 innings pitched. Pakistan’s starter Farrukh Masood had impressed with eight strikeouts in four strong innings. He conceded just four hits, three runs and two walks. STAFF REPORT

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seMifinal in swedish open BASTAD: Serena Williams defeated Klara Zakopalova 6-0, 6-4 Satur ay in the semifinals of the Swedish Open. After losing the first eight games, the Czech managed to break Williams’ serve and tie the set at 2-2. Zakopalova used the momentum to keep the set close, but top-ranked Williams broke back to take the set and the match. In the other semifinal, Sweden’s Johanna Larsson rallied to overpower Italy’s Flavia Pennetta 2-6, 6-3, 6-4. Williams will meet Larsson in Sunday’s final of the clay-court tournament. AG E NC I E S

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OGEr Federer lost to Argentine qualifier Federico Delbonis 7-6 (7), 7-6 (4) Saturday in the semifinals of the German Tennis Championships. Federer, a four-time champion in Hamburg, was outplayed by the 114thranked left-hander who advanced to his first career final. “He played well, he was a little more aggressive,” Federer said.

Federer took a wild card for Hamburg after losing in the second round at Wimbledon. In the final, Delbonis will play Fabio Fognini of Italy. Fognini defeated thirdseeded Nicolas Almagro of Spain 6-4, 7-6 (1). Federer has dropped to No. 5, his lowest ranking in a decade. The 31year-old Swiss ace’s only title this year came on grass before Wimbleon in Halle, Germany. The defending Wimbledon champion, Federer lost to No. 116 Sergiy Stakhovsky — a player who failed to qualify for Hamburg. It was his earliest Grand Slam defeat in 10

years, and his first loss to a player ranked outside the top 100 since 2005. Federer changed his racket after Wimbledon, going for a bigger frame. But he struggled in Hamburg, going to three sets in two of his previous three matches. Delbonis was playing only the second semifinal of his career. But he maintained his composure and gave Federer, the 17-time Grand Slam champion, only two break points, one of which he saved. Federer broke for a 2-1 lead but was broken right back and had to save two set points to force the tiebreaker. He squandered a 4-2 lead, was unable to convert his one set point and saved three with service winners before Delbonis converted his fourth with a smash after some well-played points. Federer came under pressure immediately in the second set and had to fend off three break points in his opening service game and another in the sixth. Delbonis saved one break point in the next game with a superb volley winner. In the tiebreaker, Federer made two straight groundstroke errors and he netted a forehand on Delbonis’ first match point. Delbonis will improve to a careerhigh ranking of around No. 59, according to the ATP. Fognini won his first career title in Stuttgart last week and is riding a ninematch winning streak.

Woods feeling good at halfway stage GULLANE AGENCIES

Tiger Woods believes he is well placed to end his major tournament drought after a steady second round at the Open Championship at Muirfield. The world number one, who won the last of his 14 major titles five years ago, shot a level-par 71 to remain at two under at the halfway stage in Scotland.

Woods said: “I’m in a good spot. These guys have to go out this afternoon [Friday] and obviously play a golf course that’s quick and is drying out and with a different wind. So it will be tough out there.” Woods started ominously for his rivals with two birdies in his first five holes but hard ground again made approaches difficult and the 37-year-old needed to putt well to maintain his position. There were some moments of

frustration on the greens but a birdie at the last ensured the American would be firmly in contention heading into the third round. He said: “I’m putting good this year, I do feel good over it, like I have most of the year. “It’s tough out there right now with the wind blowing a little bit - it’s moving putts. “I just (have to) continue plodding along, just continue being patient, putting the ball in the right spots and trying.

WARSAW: Polish tennis star Agnieszka Radwanska on Friday defended her controversial nude photo-shoot which saw her dropped by a Catholic youth movement, claiming the pictures were in good taste. Radwanska, 24, who makes no secret of her strong Catholic faith, was photographed in the “Body Issue” of ESPN Magazine in profile without a stitch, sitting in a lawn chair by a pool filled with tennis balls. While not explicit, the nude proved too much for a Catholic group known as Krucjata Mlodych (Youth Crusade), which runs a campaign dubbed “I’m not ashamed of Jesus”. The young Catholics, who claim more than a million followers, dropped Radwanska last week for what they said was “immoral behaviour” in the ESPN spread, which can be seen at espn.go.com/espn/bodyissue. But world number four Radwanska insisted the pictures were a celebration of the “beauty of the bodies of the best athletes in the world”. “My tennis colleagues Serena Williams, Daniela Hantuchova and Vera Zvonareva have all participated in the past,” Radwanska wrote on a statement published on her Facebook page. AGENCIES


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I will do everything I can to continue that tradition and write my own name into the club’s illustrious history books. –Marquinhos

LOnDOn: Jose Mourinho believes Fernando Torres can become the player who persuaded Chelsea to part with £50million, but believes it is dependent on the opposition’s approach. Chelsea’s pursuit of Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has led to question marks over the future of Torres, who has struggled at times since his January 2011 arrival at Stamford Bridge from Liverpool, but Mourinho is confident of rejuvenating the World Cupwinning Spaniard. Mourinho considers that Torres is more adept and prolific when there is space to run behind defenders. “I think I know Fernando quite well in terms of a player,” Mourinho said. “I think I know the best way for a team to play to try to get the best out of him, so I will try to help him, the same way I try to help other people. “Sometimes it’s easy to say a player is not performing but that might not be fair because sometimes the way you play decides if someone is more comfortable or less comfortable on the pitch. “He’s a striker more comfortable when he has space behind, when he has space for those runs, when he has space to get behind defenders. And he has it more difficult when opponents are very close, when opponents are compact and when he has to play in small spaces. “He’s more a player to go into a space than to play with the ball on his feet.” The tactical challenge dictates selection not just for Torres, but throughout the team, Mourinho says. “For everybody in the team I will try to take the best choice in relation to the game planning and what we see the opponent can do,” he added. Torres is absent from the tour of Asia following the Confederations Cup. Despite making a bid for Rooney, Mourinho has felt no need to contact Torres to reassure him of his place ahead of the Confederations Cup players resuming training on July 28. Demba Ba and Romelu Lukaku are the other strike options in the squad at present and the dynamic Rooney offers an alternative. AGENCIES

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rory McIlroy maintained his sense of humour if nothing else after missing the cut in the Open Championship for the first time in his career. “How do I look, guys?” McIlroy, who described his own play as “brain dead” following an opening 79,

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plenty on offeR in final alpine stage AnnEcY: Saturday’s penultimate stage of this year’s Tour de France may ultimately mean little in the general classification but could still prove to be a memorable occasion with another mountaintop finish on the menu. The last stage in the Alps before the Tour concludes in Paris is a short one, with the peloton travelling just 125 kilometres from Annecy to the finish high above the town at Annecy-Semnoz. However, there will be no shortage of challenges along the way, with the category two climb of the Cote du Puget coming just 12.5 kilometres in and being followed by a trio of third-category ascents. The peloton will head south towards Chambery before returning north and arriving at the first-category climb of Mont Revard just outside Aix-les-Bains. AGENCIES

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WO years ago Cadel Evans was preparing for the time trial that would change his life and, after two runner-up places, crown him Australia’s first ever Tour de France champion. On the eve of the final mountain stage of the 100th Tour de France, Evans was heading for his worst ever finish at the race as Kenyan-born Briton Chris Froome began to imagine standing on the top step of the podium in Paris. Tipped as one of the men to challenge Team Sky leader Froome, Evans’ campaign started in average fashion and did not get any easier in a second week by which time the former world champion was well out of the running for a podium place. By the time he started the third week, the BMC team leader was already 6:54 off a pace which, to be fair, none of Froome’s rivals have managed to match. Froome’s own campaign has been boosted by the formidable pace-setting of Tasmanian climbing specialist richie Porte, whose performances have reinforced opinions that he could be Australia’s next yellow jersey champion. Evans, meanwhile, is now 36th overall at 1hr 13min behind Froome. Although there is a mountaintop finish on Saturday’s 20th and penultimate stage, he says he is focused solely on reaching Paris on Sunday.

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added a second-round 75 at Muirfield to finish 12 over par, taking his total in the majors this year to 28 over. “I needed to get off to a fast start to have any chance of being here for the weekend,” said the world number two. “I was five over through seven holes so that didn’t really happen, but after that I just decided to I guess practice a little

bit for the next few weeks coming up. “I decided that I was going to hit driver every hole that I could, because that’s going to be a big factor the next few weeks, and I actually drove the ball pretty well and ended up playing the last 11 holes under par. “That was encouraging, but obviously I’m disappointed to be going home for the weekend.

LAHORE: At the end of the first segment of this three segments, Elba Ramadan Golf League at the Royal Palm Golf Course, the one who played spiritedly was Asif Malik. By virtue of controlled hitting and display of high level of energy on a very hot afternoon, Asif Malik played superbly and appeared as the leader at the conclusion of the first segment. The second segment of the Ramadan Golf League will be contested next week. Other contestants who performed well in the inaugural segment are Waqar Butt, B.J. Nadeem, Tanveer Karamat, Saeedul Hasib, Abdul Islam Nazir, Haris Naseer and the most talented Faisal Iqbal. The scores margin between the top performers can be made up in the segments to come and next weeks game is likely to cause enough competitive heat, resulting in a change in leaderboard. Players like Faisal Sayid, Col Jamil Khalid, Tariq Misbah and Asad Amin are powerful hitters of the ball and can easily show their strong presence in the remaining two segments. STAFF REPORT

ez cluBs asked to suBMit playeRs data LAHORE: The president of East Zone Cricket Association Kamil Ali Shah has advised the non affiliated clubs of the Zone to submit data of players for registration till July 31 to secretary Habibul Hassan Shah. Non affiliated clubs will also participate in the T-20 event just after Eid. STAFF RE PO RT


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FGHAN President Hamid Karzai on Saturday approved a second law designed to pave the way for smooth transition of power in Afghanistan next year, easing Western concerns that key elections could be delayed. Karzai’s signature on the law, which determines how presidential and provincial votes will be run, follows pressure from donor nations determined to prove that the 12-year war and billions of dollars of aid money have not been in vain. His office said Karzai’s decree meant the law had come into immediate effect. On Wednesday he also approved a bill tightening up the appointments procedure

for the electoral complaints watchdog, which was integral to unmasking massive fraud at the last presidential election in 2009. Afghanistan is due to elect a new president and council members for its 34 provinces on April 5, with Karzai barred from running after serving a maximum two terms. A corrupt election and a contested result would undermine efforts to establish a functioning state in Afghanistan after USled NATO combat troops withdraw in 2014. Some fear the country could return to civil war as Taliban rebels fight to regain power. US-led NATO combat troops, who have supported the Afghan government against the Taliban insurgency, are due to withdraw just months after the election. Observers on Saturday welcomed the new legislation, but said much would de-

pend on its implementation. Women’s rights activists are likely to be concerned that it reduces from 25 to 20 percent the proportion of seats guaranteed for women on the provincial councils. The 25 percent quota had been introduced after the 2001 US-led invasion to guarantee a voice for women in the deeply conservative country where they are largely relegated to second-class citizens. Jandad Spinghar, executive director of the Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan, said many suggestions from civil society designed to make the vote a more level playing field had not been accepted by parliament. But on the weaker women’s representation, he said it was still preferable to a decision taken in the upper house of parliament that women should have

no quota. “We also demanded a more transparent mechanism to control the financial affairs and spending of election candidates... it was also turned down by MPs,” he said. But overall, the law should be welcomed, he said. “If good and honest people are selected and appointed to the election commissions, we can expect a good implementation of this law as well. We’ll have to wait and see who the president decides to introduce as commissioners,” he said. Martine van Bijlert, co-director of the Afghanistan Analysts Network (AAN) think tank, said the legislation was a compromise on deeply contentious issues. “So there is a sense of relief, that the process has not remained stalled and that no big tricks have been played,” she said. “Of course, suspicions remain and if pol-

itics escalate there may be attempts to sideline or manipulate the various safeguards, but the signing of the two laws does make that more difficult,” she added. It remains unclear who will run for president. Among a long list of possible candidates are Qayum Karzai, the president’s brother, Omar Daudzai, a former chief of staff, and warlord-turned-governor Atta Mohammad Noor. Davood Moradian, director of the Afghanistan Institute for Strategic Studies, said holding free and democratic elections were dependent on wider factors. He said preparations for the election must become a priority as soon as possible, insecurity needed to be contained and Afghan-US relations needed to stabilise. “Synergising Afghan and international efforts is the most effective way in minimising the manipulation of the election by the palace,” he said.

reconciliation only path for Afghanistan to achieve peace: US WASHINGTON ONlINE

The United States (US) on Saturday said it believed reconciliation was the only path forward for peace in Afghanistan, as Washington asked Taliban to decide how they wanted to move forward on the peace talks. “We absolutely believe that reconciliation is the only path forward for Afghanistan to achieve peace. Afghans have to have these negotiations with the Taliban,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters. The Doha office was a means to move the process forward but the Taliban had to decide how they wanted to move ahead. If they did not come forward then we would continue to look for new avenues to pursue reconciliation but ultimately the Taliban had to decide to make

BEIjInG: Wheel-chaired Ji Zhongxing set off a homemade bomb in Terminal 3 of the Beijing International Airport on Saturday, injuring himself but no one else.

Karachi municipal commissioner survives bombing

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KARACHI STAFF REPORT

At least five people were killed and three others, including a government official were injured in two separate blasts within a gap of one hour in Karachi on Saturday. In the first incident, Karachi Municipal Commissioner Matanat Ali and his guard were struck by a motorcycle bomb near the Essa Nagri graveyard. Ali was injured in the attack while the guard succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. According to police sources, explosive material was planted on a motorcycle. Two rickshaws and two motorcycles were damaged in the blast. In the second incident, four people,

including three suspected bombmakers were killed in an explosion near Patel Para area. rescue officials said that the explosion could have possibly occurred as a result of a gas cylinder blowing up. However, police differed saying it was the result of a bomb making process gone wrong, and pointed to the presence of ball bearings. Police officials claimed that the explosion occurred on the third storey of an under-construction building. As rescue and investigation teams arrived on the venue, the rangers cordoned off the area surrounding the crime scene. One of the injured, reportedly named Imran, has been taking under custody as one of the suspects.

norwegian woman jailed in dubai for reporting rape

that choice themselves, said Carney. As a long-term proposition, the US and Afghan government believed reconciliation was essential and the US would strongly support the Afghan government in the effort. But the Taliban had to decide to participate and under the conditions discussed, Carney said. A State Department spokesperson also said the US was committed to a peaceful, democratic, and united Afghanistan. “I would say that our position on Afghanistan has been clear and has not changed, we are committed to a peaceful, democratic, and united Afghanistan,” State Department spokesperson Marie Harf told reporters. But there was some more work to be done, she added. She said formal negotiations with Kabul had been suspended but informal discussions with the Afghans on a bilateral security agreement were underway.

Six held over violence in France after police check veiled woman

DUBAI AGENCIES

A Norwegian woman sentenced to 16 months in jail in Dubai for having sex outside marriage after she reported an alleged rape said she decided to speak out in hopes of drawing attention to the risks of outsiders misunderstanding the Islamic-influenced legal codes in this cosmopolitan city. The case has drawn outrage from rights groups and others in the West since the 24year-old interior designer was sentenced Wednesday. It also highlights the increasingly frequent tensions between the United Arab Emirates’ international atmosphere and its legal system, which is strongly influenced by Islamic traditions in a nation where foreign workers and visitors greatly outnumber locals. “I have to spread the word. ... After my sentence we thought, ‘How can it get worse?’” the woman told The Associated Press in an interview at a Norwegian aid compound in Dubai where she is preparing her appeal scheduled for early September. The woman, who worked for an interior design firm in Qatar since 2011, claims she was sexually assaulted by a co-worker in March while she was attending a business meeting in Dubai. She said she fled to the hotel lobby and asked for the police to be called. The hotel staff asked if she was sure she wanted to involve the police, she said. “Of course I want to call the police,” she said. “That is the natural reaction where I am from.” She said she was given a medical examination seeking evidence of the alleged rape and underwent a blood test for alcohol. Such tests are commonly given in the UAE for alleged assaults and in other cases. Alcohol is sold widely across Dubai, but public intoxication can bring charges.

PARIS AGENCIES

Six people were arrested after overnight violence that erupted in a Paris suburb after police checked the identity of a woman wearing a Muslim veil, French authorities said on Saturday. Public disturbances have shaken depressed, largely immigrant quarters of major French cities at regular intervals for years, often triggered by resentment over spot police checks. It is illegal in France for women to wear full face veils in public but the law is contested in the mainly Muslim suburbs that ring major cities - where tensions reign in relations between residents and police. In Trappes, a gritty suburb southwest of Paris, police said a crowd gathered in response to the arrest on Thursday of a man who had assaulted a police officer during an identity check on his wife, who was entirely veiled. Some 250 people who collected outside the Trappes police station on Friday night threw stones and other projectiles and destroyed prop-

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erty before being repelled by riot police in the early hours of Saturday, a police statement said. A witness said the crowd called on police to release the husband but were “insulted” by authorities. “They (the police) didn’t want to listen and it got out of control,” the man, who gave his name as Sofiane, told iTele. “Trappes is a big family. When you attack us we’re going to respond.” Police said order was restored by daybreak in Trappes, an area of grim housing estates, but that reinforcements sent in overnight would remain in coming hours to help ensure calm. Authorities dealing with immigrant unrest fear a repeat of riots in 2005, France’s worst for 40 years, when nationwide violence led to the imposition of a state of emergency. In Trappes, as cleanup crews cleared away shattered glass from bus shelters, burned trash bins and stones littering the pavement, the chief administrator of the department (county) of Yvelines described the suburb as “calm and serene.” “We will maintain this calm in the coming hours,” Prefect Erard Corbin de Mangoux told journalists. “Police will stay put until we believe the threat is over.”

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