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Tuesday, 22 October, 2013 Zil Hajj 15, 1434 Rs 17.00 Vol IV No 114 16 Pages Karachi Edition
Two people were killed in Sialkot sector while seven were injured in Charwa sector in continued shelling by Indian forces on Pakistan’s border areas on Monday. A spokesman of the Punjab Rangers told Radio Pakistan that they had responded effectively and silenced the Indian guns. Sources in the Rangers said the Indian troops went on wanton firing and shelling in Kasur sector on Sunday evening, injuring three men in Damala village. Fearing for their lives, citizens in Sialkot and Narowal sectors have started evacuating the areas. page 04
At least seven passengers were killed and another 10 were injured, some of them critically, when Quetta-bound passenger train Jaffar Express was targeted by miscreants in Naseerabad district, official sources said on Monday. “Jaffar Express was on way to Quetta from Rawalpindi when it struck an improvised explosive device (IED) planted by miscreants in Notal area, near Dera Murad Jamali,” Balochistan Home Secretary Asad Gailani said. page 04
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assets details: eCp, 40 lawmakers acting in violation of election laws
Missing persons a question mark on Leas’ existence: sC
policewomen fight criminals, militants and scorn
Court sets november 2 deadline for pCB election
In blatant violation of the election laws, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is yet to issue notification to stop 40 lawmakers who failed to submit details of their assets and liabilities from working as members of assemblies despite the passage of the deadline. According to Representation of People Act, the ECP is bound to stop such members from taking part in legislation who failed to submit the asset details and publish the names and details in official gazette by October 15 of those who submitted the details. page 04
Expressing dissatisfaction over the performance of intelligence agencies and police, the Supreme Court has asked individuals or institutions who had knowledge of missing persons to fulfil the requirements of the law or face action. On Monday, a twomember bench of the SC headed by Justice Mian Saqib Nisar and consisting of Justice Ijaz Afzal Khan heard the hearing of missing persons Sajjadul Hassan, Saeed Ahmed from Multan and Attiqur Rehman from Sheikhupura. page 06
When Shazadi Gillani, the highest ranking female police officer in Pakistan’s most conservative province, wanted to join the force she had to defy her father, forego marriage and pay for her own basic training. During the next 19 years, Inspector Gillani and her faithful sidekick Rizwana Zafar, brought up as a boy after becoming her frustrated father’s ninth daughter, have battled bandits, earthquakes and militants. page 05
The IHC has directed Pakistan's election commission to hold the election for a new PCB chairman by November 2. The court was hearing an appeal on a case of alleged contempt against Sethi, who according to the petitioner had failed to comply with the order to conduct elections by the previous deadline. The PCB argued that the election commission had refused to hold the board elections despite repeated correspondence, and that the electoral collage was incomplete because of various legal problems with regional cricket associations. page 17
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It isn't enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn't enough to believe in it. One must work at it. –Eleanor Roosevelt
Tuesday, 22 October, 2013
privatisation of institutions govt’s issue, sc won’t intervene
sc wants lg polls held by noveMber end APEX COURT TO ISSUE ORDER AGAINST GOVT IF POLLS NOT HELD BEFORE DECEMBER IN LINE WITH CONSTITUTION
The Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP) has said privatisation of national institutions was a government-related issue and the court would not intervene in the matter. This was stated by a threemember bench of SC headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and comprising Justice Jawaad S Khawaja and Justice Gulzar Ahmed during hearing of the LPG quota case on Monday. The court said that after 9/11 incident, multinational companies invested in various sectors but Pakistan was adversely affected due to menace of terrorism. The court was informed about the alleged corruption in LPG quota award. Defendant lawyer Khawaja Tariq Rahim informed the bench that nine companies participated in the pre-qualification for LPG quota and after consultation, the board of directors of Sui Southern Gas Company Limited (SSGCL) decided to award the contract to JJVL and the said company had paid royalty of Rs 16 billion until it was awarded the contract. The chief justice asked the lawyer that when JJVL was the only qualifier, why was legal procedure not followed and the quota granted by bypassing rules and regulations. Khawaja Tariq Rahim said the contract was not awarded immediately but took about two years for consultation and later it was granted to JJVL as 300 to 400 tons of LPG was being wasted daily. He said if the royalty was in accordance with the desires of the company, it would have to pay only Rs 9 million, but it had so far paid Rs 16 billion. The lawyer said the government had contacted various companies for privatization of SSGCL. The court remarked that the issue was related with the government and court could not interfere. Justice Jawad S Khawaja said the contract was signed after consensus between the JJVL and SSGCL, therefore, it would have to be implemented accordingly. Irfan Tariq, lawyer for the opponent company, said the petitioner had tried to pressurise the court, upon which Justice Khawaja remarked that the court was impartial and it was not just to say that someone could exert pressure on court for seeking decision in his favour. He said it was not a judge’s job to look into such cases and it should be taken to an appropriate forum for resolution. Rahim said the federal minister for water and power was responsible for dealing with such cases, but if he remained present in the SC for the purpose, the performance of his ministry would be adversely affected. The court adjourned the hearing of the case until October 22.
HE Supreme Court has directed all four provinces and the federal government to hold local government elections in the last week of November 2013. It also asked the provinces to issue notification about demarcation of constituen-
cies and present the same to the court on Wednesday, October 23. A three-member SC bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry and comprising Justice Jawwad S Khawaja and Justice Gulzar Ahmad said if elections were not held before December according to the constitution, it would issue order to the federal and provincial governments in line with the constitution. In his remarks, the chief justice said 60% population of the country was below poverty line and the local government elections would benefit these poor people. He said the administrators were acting like kings in their districts and the courts would not allow any compromise on the constitution. Additional Attorney General Shah
Khawar informed the court that legislation on new local government system would be completed and submitted to the cabinet soon. He said local government elections were earlier conducted under two different ordinances that were enforced by a dictator and they had lapsed with his departure. He said for the first time a local body system was being enforced in the federal capital and it was possible that a Presidential Ordinance was enforced for this purpose. At this, the chief justice asked him to inform the court about the consequences the federation and the provinces would face if the constitution was not followed. The Punjab advocate general said in his report that demarcation of constituencies had been completed and only objec-
Punjab willing to hold LB elections on Dec 7 LAHORE STAFF REPORT
The Punjab government has finalised a date for holding local bodies elections in the province. According to details, the provincial government has informed the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) that it would be ready to hold local bodies elections on December 7. In its request to the ECP, the Punjab government stated that objections regarding delimitation would be removed in a week, following which, the notification for delimitation would be issued. The PPP and PTI have expressed their reservations over the Punjab government’s announcement to hold the elections on non-party basis. DEMARCATIONS: Meanwhile, the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday sought replies from the Punjab government and Election Commission of Pakistan (EC) over the demarcations for the
local bodies’ elections. Hearing a petition on the delimitations aimed at defining constituencies and units for the upcoming local bodies elections, LHC Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial said courts were defending the interests of the people and would continue to do so. The petitioner alleged that although fresh delimitation for the holding of local government elections was the prerogative of the Election Commission, the Punjab
government was interfering in the matter and trying to influence the outcome. The petitioner, moreover, requested the court that the Punjab government be barred from calling the shots over delimitations. Responding to the petitioner’s concerns, the court said the law was the same for everyone and no one would be allowed to violate it. The court adjourned the hearing until October 24.
tions were being heard. He said a final gazette notification would be issued on November 4. The Sindh advocate general said the ECP would be requested in the first week of November to hold elections. He said demarcation of constituencies had been completed. The KP advocate general said due to precarious law and order and Eid holidays, the new local bodies rules act could not be passed and hoped that it would be passed during the current week. Representative of the Balochistan government did not appear in court. The apex court directed the provinces to submit the notifications of constituencies by October 23 and adjourned the hearing until Wednesday.
Masses Must be consulted on fixing power tariff: cJp ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Monday said the government must take people on board while fixing the power tariff, otherwise, the people raise questions on the government's practice of carrying out load shedding and hiking the electricity rates simultaneously. A three-member SC bench, led by the chief justice, heard the load shedding case. During the proceedings, the chef justice said the petition pertaining to setting power tariff was filed in July 2012. He asked the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) how the electricity rates were fixed. The NEPRA chairman said the authority increased the power tariff on the request of the federal government. Meanwhile, Justice Jawwad S Khwaja said the court showed patience because the government was itself withdrawing the notification. He said the common man could not understand which tax had been imposed on them. The hearing of the case would resume today (Tuesday). STAFF REPORT
Limited printing capacity may delay LB polls ECP TO REVIEW PROGRESS MADE BY PROVINCES TODAY ISLAMABAD KASHIF ABBASI Besides other hurdles, printing of ballot papers for local bodies’ elections could be the key reason for not holding the polls across the country on a single day, as the Pakistan Printing and Security Printing Corporation requires two-month period for publishing the required 600
million ballot papers. A senior officer in the ECP said on condition of anonymity that in case all provinces came up with the request of holding LB polls, the ECP could not hold the elections on a single day as the Pakistan Printing Corporation and Security Printing Corporation had no capacity to publish 600 million ballot papers within one month. “Though the Punjab government after completing required legislation has requested the Election Commission of Pakistan to conduct local body elections in December, the ECP cannot move ahead as the Punjab Local Body Act has been challenged in Lahore High Court.
The matter is sub-judice and we cannot move forward without the court decision. Whereas, the situation of other provinces is also not very satisfactory as they are yet to complete delimitations. Even KP Assembly is yet to pass the LB bill, let alone start the delimitation process,” the official said. He said if all provinces, which seemed unlikely, came up with a request for polls, the ECP required at least 90 days for issuing election schedules and getting 600 millions ballot papers published. “This means the election cannot not be held this year.” He, however, said the ECP could be able to hold election in one or two provinces that too on separate
dates this year, and the polls could be held in beginning of the next year in remaining provinces. To a query about capacity of Pakistan Printing Corporation and Security Exchange Corporation, the officer said both presses could publish 10 million ballot papers per day, and the ECP required 600 million ballot papers. Meanwhile, the ECP is going to hold an important meeting today (Tuesday) to discuss the progress made by provinces regarding LB polls. All provincial chief secretaries, the Islamabad chief commissioner and NADRA chairman will attend the meeting. Acting CEC Justice Tassduq Hussain Jillani will be in chair.
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Politics, it seems to me, for years, or all too long, has been concerned with right or left instead of right or wrong. –Richard Armour
Tuesday, 22 October, 2013
top us officials lend nawaz an ear NAWAZ URGES COOPERATIVE EFFORTS FOR REGIONAL STABILITY WASHINGTON SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
IGNIfyING the importance the United States is attaching to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s first visit to Washington since his election this year, top national security advisers attended a State Department dinner to listen to his views on bilateral and regional issues. The dinner hosted by Secretary of State John Kerry was attended by senior Obama administration officials, including Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel, National Security Adviser Susan Rice, CIA Director John Brennan and Special Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan James Dobbins. Welcoming the Pakistani leader, Kerry expressed the confidence that the visit would provide the necessary impetus to further deepen and expand the US-Pakistan relations. “Pakistan is an important
SENATOR KERRY CONFIDENT NAWAZ’S VISIT WILL PROVIDE NECESSARY IMPETUS TO DEEPEN US-PAKISTAN RELATIONS
country in the region and the US would be working with the democratic government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in all areas of bilateral relations under the revived mechanism of the Strategic Dialogue,” the secretary stressed. He further appreciated the bold decisions taken by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for reviving the economy and overcoming the energy shortages. According to the Pakistani embassy, Nawaz noted that he looked forward to meeting President Obama at the White House on October 23. This would be the first summit level interaction between the two countries after the historic democratic transition in Pakistan. Nawaz reiterated his determination to revive the economy and improve the law and order in Pakistan. Outlining his vision of promoting peace and stability in the region, he emphasised on the need to work
together in meeting the common challenges of extremism and terrorism. Other matters of mutual interest, including regional stability and situation in Afghanistan, were also discussed during the dinner meeting, the Pakistani embassy added. Nawaz was accompanied by Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on foreign Affairs Syed Tariq fatemi and foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani. The conclusion of the extensive meting the State Department said Secretary Kerry welcomed Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to the Department of State for the first bilateral visit of his term following Pakistan's historic first transfer of power between democratically elected civilian governments.
NAWAZ REITERATES DETERMINATION TO REVIVE ECONOMY, IMPROVE LAW AND ORDER
“Secretary Kerry's meeting with the prime minister is their third in three months, and continued the robust dialogue on our shared goal of a stable, secure, and prosperous Pakistan," a statement issued after the dinner meeting said. "Discussions covered a broad range of domestic and regional issues, including peace and security, counterterrorism cooperation, collaboration on Pakistan's energy sector, increasing bilateral trade and investment, and the common interest in a secure and stable Afghanistan.” “Both sides agreed on the importance of our continued counterterrorism cooperation, and that extremism is countered in part by opportunities arising from greater economic stability,” the spokesperson’s office said. "To that end, the US, Pakistan’s largest trading partner, remains committed to an economic relationship increasingly based on trade and investment,” the statement added.
Karzai refuses to release paKistani prisoners
Us seeks resumed security assistance to pakistan MORE THAN $300M BLOCKED SINCE 2011 WASHINGTON APP The US State Department has asked Congress to resume more than $300 million in blocked security assistance to Pakistan, officials said amid an upswing in relations. "This is part of a long process of restarting security assistance cooperation after implementation was slowed during the bilateral challenges of 2011 and 2012," State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said. The development came as Secretary of State John Kerry met Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is making his country's highest-level official visit to the United States in years. "We have a lot to talk about and the relationship with Pakistan could not be more important," Kerry said at the start of the meeting. He called Pakistan a "democracy that is
working hard to get its economy moving and deal with insurgency and also important to the regional stability". Nawaz was elected in May, and Washington has praised his efforts to reduce tensions in South Asia. Relations with the United States have also improved since they plunged to one of their lowest points in 2011 amid the killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in a US commando raid in Pakistan, as well as the killing of 24 Pakistani soldiers in a US airstrike. US security assistance was interrupted during that period, although $857 million in civilian assistance continued to flow, Harf said. She said US security assistance would build the capabilities of Pakistan's security forces, "which is critical to countering violence in the western border regions". "And US civilian assistance to Pakistan has delivered real results on the issues most important to Prime Minister Sharif and all Pakistanis: energy, education, and economic growth," she said.
Highlighting the key importance of USPakistan relationship, Secretary Kerry earlier said the US “relationship with Pakistan could not be more important”. “We have a lot to talk about and the relationship with Pakistan could not be more important. On its own, a democracy that is working hard to get its economy moving and deal with insurgency and also important to the regional stability,” the US diplomat said. With regard to prime minister’s visit to Wasington, the top American diplomat said, “Prime Minister Sharif will have a series of high-level meetings including discussions with Vice President Joseph Biden and President Barack Obama at the White House on Wednesday.” “We’re very anxious to have a series of high-level, important discussions over the course of the next few days – the vice president, the president, tonight’s dinner,” Kerry remarked.
WASHINGTON: US Secretary of Energy Dr Ernest Moniz shakes hands with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif prior to their meeting on Monday.
KABUL: Afghanistan has refused to release Pakistani prisoners languishing in various jails of the country. According to media reports, the Afghan presidential spokesperson, in a statement, said President Hamid Karzai had made no assurance to release Pakistani prisoners, rather the Afghan president had rejected the demand outright. JUI-F chief Fazlur Rehman upon his return from a trip to Afghanistan had told the media that the Afghan president had assured him that all Pakistani prisoners would be released. According to the Afghan media, more than 2,000 prisoners are currently languishing in Afghan jails. ONLINE
PAKISTAN-US TIES SHOULD BENEFIT PEOPLE OF BOTH COUNTRIES: NAWAZ PM INVITES AMERICAN ENTREPRENEURS TO AVAIL OF PROMISING BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES IN PAKISTAN WASHINGTON SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said Pakistan wanted good relations with the United States “that can benefit the peoples of both countries”. “It is true that there have been difficulties in recent past. However, the important thing is that both sides have remained fully engaged, even in that difficult phase. Happily, we have been able to put the relationship back on a
stable and upward trajectory.” He was addressing a gathering of prominent business leaders at the USPakistan Business Council at the US Chamber of Commerce. The event was attended by American officials including US Ambassador to Pakistan Richard Olson and US Coordinator for Nonmilitary Assistance Ambassador Robin Raphel. Nawaz invited American entrepreneurs to avail of the promising business opportunities existing in Pakistan. Miles Young, chairman of the USPakistan Business Council, and Worldwide CEO of Ogilvy and Mather, welcomed Nawaz and said Pakistan’s proximity to regional markets, a large hardworking workforce and huge economic potential make it an important country for international private businesses.
Nawaz, who is due to meet President Barack Obama for talks on bilateral ties on Wednesday, spoke about his government’s important reforms and policies to put the economy on sound footing. There are few places in the world today that so uniquely offer the promise of land, geography and people, as does Pakistan, the PM said. Regarding historic democratic transition Pakistan has witnessed, he said the transition was not taking place in vacuum. “In fact, it is a reflection of growing institutional strength and consolidation in Pakistan, which is so critical for sustaining any democratic, pluralistic and peace-loving polity.” “Our media enjoys complete freedom; our judiciary is independent, and our civil society proactive and well-informed. Collectively, they empower the
democratically elected leadership and hold it to vigorous accountability and scrutiny. With all the institutions of state committed to upholding the constitution, observing the law and abiding by due process, we see the dawn of a new era in Pakistan." He said his government was determined to pursuing regional peace and security. “We seek good neighbourly relations with India, Afghanistan and the rest of the countries in the region.” “No region has lagged as far behind in the world as South Asia. To lift our people out of poverty, we must first of all establish peace in the region.” “With Afghanistan, I have assured President Karzai who visited Islamabad last month, that Pakistan supports an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned reconciliation process. Pakistan will do all it can, to support the realization of
We seek good neighbourly relations with India, Afghanistan and the rest of the countries in the region nawaz sharif PRIME MINISTER peace and stability in Afghanistan, as we believe that a peaceful, stable and united Afghanistan is a pre-requisite, for a peaceful and stable Pakistan.”
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A peace is of the nature of a conquest; for then both parties nobly are subdued, and neither party loser. –William Shakespeare
NEWS Tuesday, 22 October, 2013
train blast leaves 7 dead, 10 inJured JAFFAR EXPRESS WAS TARGETED WITH AN IED PLANTED ON THE TRACK QUETTA
T least seven passengers were killed and another 10 were injured, some of them critically, when Quetta-bound passenger train Jaffar Express was targeted by miscreants in Naseerabad district, official sources said on Monday.
"Jaffar Express was on way to Quetta from Rawalpindi when it struck an improvised explosive device (IED) planted by miscreants in Notal area, near Dera Murad Jamali," Balochistan Home Secretary Asad Gailani said. He said five bogies, besides a part of the railway track, were damaged. The train was carrying hundreds of passengers from Punjab to Balochistan, majority of who were returning after spending Eidul Azha holidays in their native towns. The blast suspended the railway operation on the track. "Sharifan Bibi has been identified as dead
while the identity of the other could not be ascertained so far," a local police official said. The injured include Shizan, Mohammad Arif, Noor Elahi, Ali Shiba, Nadeem, Sanwwan, Arz Mohammad, Farooq, Salamat and Bibi Allah Rakhi. The local administration reached the site soon after the blast and began shifting the injured to Sibi Hospital while, railway authorities initiated rescue operation so that the stranded passengers could get to their destinations. The Balochistan government has announced Rs 1 million in compensation for the families of the victims.
assets detaiLs: eCp, 40 LawMakers aCting in vioLation of eLeCtion Laws LAWMAKERS STILL WORKING AS LEGISLATORS DESPITE FAILING TO SUBMIT DETAILS OF ASSETS AND LIABILITIES ISLAMABAD KASHIF ABBASI In blatant violation of the election laws, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is yet to issue notification to stop 40 lawmakers who failed to submit details of their assets and liabilities from working as members of assemblies despite the passage of the deadline. According to Representation of People Act, the ECP is bound to stop such members from taking part in legislation who failed to submit the asset details and publish the names and details in official gazette by October 15 of those who submitted the details. Though it was an official holiday on October 15, the ECP took no action on the next working day in this regard. The ECP was supposed to make the said lawmakers dysfunctional by Monday, the first working day, however, nothing happened until the filing of this report. Talking to Pakistan Today, former Election Commission secretary Kanwar Dilshad said technically, the ECP was
bound to stop such members from official work who did not comply with election laws well before October 15. “And after the passage of October 15, there is no question of delaying publishing of names, if the ECP did this, it violated election laws,” he said. He said the law had many flaws and ECP should make some necessary amendments. “Instead of committing violation of election laws, ECP should take action against those members who are not complying with laws. Currently, both ECP and 40 members are committing election laws’ violations,” he added. Clause 42-A of Representation of People Act says, “Every member shall, on a form prescribed under clause (f)of sub-section (2)of section 12,submit a statement of assets and liabilities of his own, his spouse and dependents annually to the Commission by the thirtieth day of September each year. (2) The statements of assets and liabilities submitted under sub-section (1) shall be published in the official Gazette and copies thereof may be ob-
tained on payment of prescribed fee. (3) The Commissioner shall, by the fifteenth day of October each year; notify the names of the members who fail to file statements of assets and liabilities within the period specified in sub-section (1)and by an order, direct that such member shall cease to function till such statement is submitted. (4) Where a member submits the statement of assets and liabilities under sub-section (1) which is found to be false in material particulars, he may be proceeded against under Section 82 for committing the offence of corrupt practice.” Though September 30 was the last date for the submission of details of assets and liabilities by MPs, over 200 did not submit the required details within the prescribed time frame. Taking advantage of the toothless law, the members submitted their assets details by October 15, but 40 members did not do so even after the passage of October 15. They include former interior minister Rehman Malik, Senator Faisal Raza Abidi, PTI’s newly-elected MNA Engineer Dawar Khan Kundi and others. According to ECP record, nine MNAs,
three senators, eight members of the Punjab Assembly, nine of the Sindh Assembly, 10 of KPK assembly and one member of the Balochistan Assembly are yet to comply with election laws vis-à-vis submitting details of their assets and liabilities. The defaulting lawmakers are: National Assembly: Nasir Khan Khattak, Engineer Dawar Khan Kundi, Muhammad Nazir Khan, Abdul Rehman Khan Kanju, Muhammad Khan, Sardar Kamal Khan Chang, Sohail Mansoor Khawaja, Shah Jahan Baloch, Moulvi Agha Muhammad and Alizeh Iqbal Haider. Senate: Faisal Raza Abidi, Rehman Malik and Syed Mustafa Kamal. Punjab Assembly: Najeebullah Khan, Chaudhary Muhammad Asadullah, Mian Mehmoodur Rasheed, Malik Ghulam Habib Awan, Masood Shafqat, Ali Abbas, Waheed Asghar Dogar and Abdul Majeed Khan Niazi. Sindh Assembly: Haji Abdul Rauf Khan Khosa, Ghulam Rasool Khan Jatoi, Syed Faseeh Ahmed Shah, Muhammad Ali Bhutto, Aziz Ahmed Jatoi, Bashir Ahmed Halepoto, Jameel Ahmed Bhurgari, Saniya and Mukesh Kumar. KP Assembly: Fazal Shakoor Khan, Mohammad Arif, Muhammad Khan Bahadur, Muhammad Zahid Durrani, Iftikhar Ali Mushwani, Ziaullah Khan Bangash, Shah Faisal Khan, Sardar Zahoor Ahmad, Abdul Sattar Khan and Javed Akbar Khan. Balochistan Assembly: Dr Shama Iqbal Baloch.
experts see no future of govt-ttp ‘peace talks’ ISLAMABAD MIAN ABRAR
Defence and security analysts, who are closely monitoring Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to the United States (US), see a major shift in his tone and tenor vis-à-vis the dialogue process with the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) while en route to Washington. They say the peace process may remain a "non starter" due to the changes taking shape in and across the region. In a detailed conversation with Pakistan Today on Monday, eminent journalist and security expert Salim Safi, and noted defence analysts Lt General (r) Talat Masood and Brig (r) Mahmood Shah were of the view that the dialogue may remain a dream as all the major players involved in the talks – including the TTP and the ruling parties in the Centre and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) – were politicising the issue just to grab attention and win political mileage rather than making a real effort to sit together and resolving the issues with sincerity. Since the conclusion of the all parties conference (APC) in last week of September during which all political forces of the country had resolved to hold dialogue with the TTP, the PML-N government has taken no practical steps in this regard so far. Sources in the government claim that the dialogue process had been derailed by the Taliban soon after the APC when two top military officers, including the Malakand general officer commanding (GoC), had been assassinated by Taliban. On the other hand, the experts say the Taliban have also increased attacks against the KP government and the military including the assassination of KP law
minister Israrullah Gandapur, who was killed on Eidul Azha. Safi said the dialogue process had not begun so far despite the passage of a month since the APC. He said he did not see any breakthrough as the government looked confused and its leadership lacked clarity in this regard. "I can safely state that I don't see any breakthrough in the dialogue process and this will remain a non-starter," he asserted. During the discourse, Masood said the prime minister's remarks made in London reflected his attempt to give a message to the world that Pakistan wanted to hold unconditional talks with the Taliban but the response from the Taliban was in negative. "Despite the government's talks offer, the Taliban carried on attacking the military and civilians and did not help create conducive environment for the talks. Now in the wake of Nawaz Sharif’s US trip, I don’t expect that talks with militants will succeed. Talking alone won’t be fruitful and policy of carrot and stick may work. The Taliban would carry on attacks on military and civilians and the government's response finally would be in the same manner," he added. Asked if this meant that the onus of the failure of the dialogue process lay with the Taliban, General Masood said the responsibility of failure of dialogue process would rest with the Taliban and not the government. He said the army was now in a transitional phase. "As far as the appointment of the new army chief is concerned, no individual appointment will matter and any officer given the duty would handle any operation or talks process," he said. "If the army does not cleanse the TTP
leadership by year 2014, the Taliban will turn into a very potent force and they will cultivate more and more strength in league with the other likeminded factions". Eminent defence strategist Shah said the PML-N government looked cautious and its leadership was confused and threatened while dealing with the subject. "Probably, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif knows that the government will finally have to take action against the TTP and that is why he is buying time as he is afraid that any action will have a reaction in Punjab where his own party's government will be attacked. Anyway, the Sharifs will have to adopt a clear stance under a clear headed approach". “The PTI and other pro-talks parties are politicising the issue. There is a race between the PML-N, the JUI-f and the PTI for taking stronger pro-Taliban stance. But they can't appease the Taliban who will target each and every party or local elder who has capacity to organise the locals. In past they were attacking the ANP and the PPP and now they are attacking the PTI," he said. He said PTI Chairman Imran Khan had sabotaged the APC, saying that only talks could resolve the matter. "I wonder how the federal and the KP governments will pass through their five-year tenures with such a policy," he said. MAzARI DEfENDS PTI STANCE: PTI Information Secretary Dr Shireen Mazari, however, defended her party's policy, saying the government’s failure to move on the APC mandate was one reason the terrorists felt "emboldened" and had increased their attacks. Expressing disappointment over Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s statement given upon arriving in the US, she said
the prime minister was clearly not stating the truth hen he said "talks had begun" but were derailed because "violence erupted". “In fact the government has not moved at all to begin implementation on the mandate of the APC… while terrorism and violence did not suddenly ‘erupt’ but have been prevalent with growing intensity which is why the APC sought dialogue to give peace a chance,” she said. She said such false statements to appease the US bode ill for Pakistan but she hoped that the prime minister would take a resolute position on drones and make it clear that Pakistan would not tolerate drone attacks anymore.
aziz Made press secretary to cM LAHORE: The Punjab government has appointed former Information, Culture and Youth Affairs secretary Shoaib bin Aziz as the press secretary to Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif. He has assumed office on Monday after the provincial government issued a notification in this regard. Besides a literary figure, Aziz is an old hand in the management of media in the provincial capital. STAFF REPORT
2 killed, several injured in continued indian shelling SUSHILKUMAR SHINDE ‘CONCERNED’ OVER PAKISTAN CEASEFIRE VIOLATIONS PASRUR/NEW DELHI: Two people were killed in Sialkot sector while seven were injured in Charwa sector in continued shelling by Indian forces on Pakistan's border areas on Monday. A spokesman of the Punjab Rangers told Radio Pakistan that they had responded effectively and silenced the Indian guns. Sources in the Rangers said the Indian troops went on wanton firing and shelling in Kasur sector on Sunday evening, injuring three men in Damala village. Fearing for their lives, citizens in Sialkot and Narowal sectors have started evacuating the areas. It has become routine for the Indian troops to start firing and shelling just after dusk, forcing the citizens to remain indoors. Villagers in Chaprar, Bajwat, Sajit Garh, Umranawali and Shakargarh sectors have borne the brunt of the Indian troops’ firing and shelling.
SUSHILKUMAR SHINDE: Meanwhile, Indian Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Monday expressed concern over the repeated ceasefire violations from across the border, saying he would be visiting the area to assess the situation on ground. “We have sufficient information that there has been an infiltration. This might be the result of decisions taken by the Indian government against militants in the past few years,” he told reporters. According to the Indian media, Pakistan violated ceasefire several times in Ramgarh and Arnia sectors on Sunday night with heavy mortar and rocket shelling at 13 Indian posts and forward villages. The Indian media said the Indian Border Security Force retaliated very effectively giving an equal response to the Pak Rangers. The heavy exchange of fire in Ramgarh continued till 3 am on Monday. The attacks coincide with Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s four-day visit to the US, where he hinted at seeking US intervention in resolving the Kashmir issue. AG E N C I E S
Ghosts scare me, Taliban don’t: Malala LONDON: Girls’ education campaigner Malala Yousafzai had said she is not scared of new threats from the Taliban. Speaking in her first interview with an Indian media network ever, Malala Yousafzai said she is “scared of ghosts, not Taliban”. Malala Yousafzai, a global icon for world leaders and citizens alike, said that she sees herself just as an ordinary teenage girl. She was of the view that the world may have changed but she has not. Meanwhile, the 16year-old teen has inspired the development of a school curriculum encouraging advocacy. George Washington University announced Monday that faculty members are creating multimedia curriculum tools to accompany a book recently released by Malala
Yousafzai. Several faculty members will pilot the curriculum early next year for both college and high school instruction. Free of charge, it will focus on themes such as the importance of a woman’s voice and political extremism, the university said. The tools will not just look at the teen’s story, but also how the same issues get reflected elsewhere, such as when girls face child marriage and pressures to leave school. “It’s going to be really interactive and really encourage students to do activities outside of school, it will encourage them to get engaged in the communities and also to help the Malala Fund directly," said Mary Ellsberg, the director of the university’s Global Women’s Institute. ONLINE
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One of the reasons people hate politics is that truth is rarely a politician’s objective. Election and power are — Cal Thomas
Tuesday, 22 October, 2013
report says 493 people lost lives to terror in sept REPORT SAYS PEACE OVERTURES SHOWN BY GOVT AND POLITICAL PARTIES ARE NOT ENOUGH TO DISSUADE TERRORISTS FROM VIOLENCE ISLAMABAD ONLINE
EPTEMBER turned to be the deadliest month across the country as casualties touched figure of 1,048 people (493 died and 555 injured), a report by the Centre for Research and Security Studies (CRSS), Is-
lamabad has read. According to the report, this is an increase of 35 percent compared to 774 casualties occurred in August (432 dead and 342 injured). Besides, more than 50 percent of the total casualties had taken place during the last nine days of the month (September 22–30) when 240 people died and
over 370 persons were injured across the country. Holding of the long-awaited All Parties Conference (APC) on September 9 was a major development to tackle, through peaceful means, insurgence and politically-motivated violence plaguing Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Balochistan, the federally Administered Tribal Areas (fATA) and Karachi. While the participants of APC were agreed to seek an end to the problems through peaceful negotiations, the joint resolution issued after the conference failed to clearly
identify stakeholders on the other side and whether such parleys would be held under the constitution. Thus, the vague outcome provoked the media to severely criticise the government and commentators even condemned it as surrendering to those using violent means to propagate their cause. The report said the peace overtures shown by the government and various political parties, however, were not enough to dissuade terrorists from violence. Peshawar and its surrounding areas in particular witnessed some of the deadliest attacks
in the later part of September. They included a twin suicide bombing on the All Saints’ Church in the city that left more than 85 people dead, nearly half of them women and children. Christian sources claimed the death toll to be around 120. Besides, Balochistan had a sigh of relief this month when it experienced a significant reduction in deaths of violence. As against deaths of 138 people in August, 53 people lost their lives in violence this month, almost 40 percent reduction in fatalities. However, unsuccessful attempts were made by
the militants and insurgents to target high-profile government officials during the rescue operation for the quake-affected people of Awaran. The report has also figured out the casualties resulted by five drone attacks during the month of September that remained 28 (24 deaths and 4 injuries). Two of these drone attacks had taken place prior to the APC resolution while the remaining three occurred afterward. The Taliban recently added “stoppage of drone attacks” as another precondition for ceasefire and negotiations.
opposition will protest against power, pol prices hike: Khursheed PPP LAWMAKER SAYS PML-N GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO COMPLETE TERM
NASEERABAD: An injured man is being treated at a hospital after a bomb targeted a train on Monday. ONLINE
Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah has said that opposition will protest in the upcoming session of the National Assembly against raise in prices of electricity and petroleum products. Speaking to reporters outside the Parliament House on Monday‚ he said the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) would continue to play the role of “genuine opposition”. However‚ he said the PML-N government should be allowed to complete its term.Talking about the foreign tours of the government, he said that the opposition was not being taken into confidence on the recent visits. The PPP leader slammed the government for not making public the Abbottabad Commission report. He also expressed concern that parliament was yet to complete despite passing 145 days. The government was negating from its statements on various issues, he added. Commenting on Bilawal’s speech, he said Bilawal’s recent speech in Garhi Khuda Bakhsh was a good beginning in politics. The opposition leader hoped that the prime minister’s visit to the United States would serve the national interests. To a question, Shah said, “When the PPP was in power we had clear foreign policy to maintain good relations with neighbouring countries and suggested the PML-N-led government to follow the same for regional peace and in countries interest.” The opposition leader added, “Pakistan is an independent and sovereign state and we should not yield to any pressure while formulating our foreign policy.” He said the power load shedding in the country has not reduced‚ in spite of payment of 500 billion rupees of circular debt. On talks with the banned Tehreek-eTaliban Pakistan, he said on one side President Mamnoon Hussain gave a statement that peace talks with the TTP were in progress, on the other hand the Taliban negated his statement. The opposition would protest against the privatisation of public entities, he said, adding, “We will not cooperate with Government on this issue.” Shah said that former president Asif Zardari would face corruption charges.
policewomen fight criminals, militants and scorn ABBOTABAD AGENCIES
When Shazadi Gillani, the highest ranking female police officer in Pakistan’s most conservative province, wanted to join the force she had to defy her father, forego marriage and pay for her own basic training. During the next 19 years, Inspector Gillani and her faithful sidekick Rizwana Zafar, brought up as a boy after becoming her frustrated father’s ninth daughter, have battled bandits, earthquakes and militants. The Taliban are so pervasive in Gillani’s northern Khyber Pakhunkhwa province that she wears a burqa, a headto-toe robe with a small mesh window for the eyes, when she travels. Zafar dons a fake moustache to escort her. But the women’s biggest challenge is helping new female police recruits. Women make up just 560 of the province’s 60,000-strong force. Police chiefs hope to double that within a year, but tough working conditions make recruitment hard. There have been small victories. Germany funded female dormitories at three training colleges. Women recruits no longer wait years for basic training. This summer, the province opened women’s complaint desks in 60 male-run police stations. Many Pakistani women face horrifying violence and officials hope more abused women will report attacks. Tradition forbids them from speaking to male officers. The province opened two women-only police stations in 1994. But they have long been starved of re-
sources and responsibility. “We are fighting a war in the workplace,” said Zafar, whose uniform sports a karate patch. “We are supporting our juniors. There was no one to support us.” fROM SChOOlgIRlS TO COPS: As a schoolgirl, Gillani wanted to join the army like her father. They were not recruiting, so she proposed the police instead. Her father and seven brothers were horrified. “They said police disrespected women,” she said, auburn hair peeping out from her cap. “I had a lot of opposition.” After a week of refusing to eat, and lobbying by her college lecturer mother, Gillani’s father gave in. He had three conditions: Be brave. Marry your job. Bring a friend. So Gillani recruited her school friend Zafar. Zafar cut her hair short and dressed like a boy. She taught herself to ride motorbikes, use computers and fix engines. She is Gillani’s bodyguard, assistant and friend. “I don’t cook. I don’t have a dress. I’m not scared of anyone except God,” Zafar said. “We protect each other, we guard each other. When one is sleeping, the other is awake.” When a colleague tried to force his way into their tent after an earthquake levelled their town, Zafar and Gillani fought him off together. Women police were not respected when Gillani joined, but the military was. Her army major father shoehorned them into courses and footed the bill. Gillani’s training cost $2,000. The money was returned eight years later. Not everyone had a powerful father. Rozia Altaf joined 16 years ago and waited six years and submitted more than 50 applications to get her basic training.
Now head of the women-only station in the provincial capital of Peshawar, she says things have changed, a little. “We were neglected,” she said, waving a dismissive hand. “But now I make sure my junior officers get training and promotions on time.” The Peshawar women-only station gets about 50 complaints a year, far less than a male-run station. The last crime reported at the
half the complainants. No Pakistani data exists. The women’s desks in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa receive a complaint every few days, mostly domestic violence. The attacker is usually simply rebuked. Victims fear a formal case will bring further violence. But some policemen still say no woman willing to join the police is worth having. “Women who join the force don’t
As a schoolgirl, Gillani wanted to join the army like her father. They were not recruiting, so she proposed the police instead. Her father and seven brothers were horrified
Abbottabad women-only station was in 2005. Station head Samina Zafar sits at a bare desk in an empty room lit by a single naked bulb. “We are not given good facilities,” she said. “I want this place to be like a man’s police station.” ATTACkERS RAREly PROSECuTED: Women do prefer to confide in female officers, says professor Mangai Natarajan, who studied women police stations. She says domestic violence accounted for two-thirds of cases reported to women’s stations in India’s Tamil Nadu state. Police mediation reduced violence for
care for their reputations or have nowhere else to go,” said one senior officer. Gillani and Zafar are infuriated by such talk. “If people see women police doing their jobs well, they will change their minds,” said Gillani, supervising the fingerprinting of a tearful accused kidnapper. While she must wear a burqa to head home, she refuses to do so in the station. “If we are doing the job of a man, why should we not show our faces?” she asked. “Change is a challenge for all of society, not just police.”
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An idea not coupled with action will never get any bigger than the brain cell it occupied — Arnold H. Glasow
NEWS Tuesday, 22 October, 2013
Missing persons a question mark on leas’ existence: sc COURT ORDERS POLICE, DEPARTMENTS CONCERNED TO PRODUCE THREE MISSING PERSONS IN THREE WEEKS’ TIME ISLAMABAD ONLINE
xPRESSING dissatisfaction over the performance of intelligence agencies and police, the Supreme Court has asked individuals or institutions who had knowledge of missing persons to fulfil the requirements of the law or face action.
On Monday, a two-member bench of the SC headed by Justice Mian Saqib Nisar and consisting of Justice Ijaz Afzal Khan heard the hearing of missing persons Sajjadul Hassan, Saeed Ahmed from Multan and Attiqur Rehman from Sheikhupura. Additional Attorney General Tariq Khokar and Defence of Human Rights Chairperson Amina Janjua and senior police of-
ficials were present in the court room. During the course of the hearing the court ordered the police and other departments to produce the three missing persons before the court in three weeks’ time. Expressing his dismay, Justice Mian Saqib Nisar remarked that he failed to understand how people involved in the act could live in peace. He said non-recovery of missing persons was a big question mark on the law enforcing agencies. “This is the first time I am hearing this sort of case and I am awed and in deep grief over what the families of missing persons must be going through,”
the judge remarked. “If those who have picked up these missing persons are kept in confinement for even a few hours, they would lose their mind,” he remarked. “The intelligence agencies should think and release the innocent persons. However, if someone is involved in a crime, than action should be taken against them according to the law,” he said. “It’s not sufficient that agencies come to the court and tell us they don’t have the missing persons. This won’t work. The agencies should present their complete stance before us. One page expla-
nation would not suffice any longer”. Justice Saqib Nisar said there was a law in the country, so why was a law of jungle prevalent? Justice Ijaz Afzal asked what would he tell the people. “Giving out new adjournment dates will not work. Courts are here to protect the rights of the people. It is also the work of the government to ensure protection of rights of the people.” Amina Masood Janjua said the government tried to sweep the matter under the carpet every time and gave no straight answer. “The institutions are not playing their role due to which missing persons have
not been recovered.” “Even today thousands of families from Swat have come to court for recovery of their loved ones. Please help them, for God’s sake,” she said. During the course of the hearing, police authorities presented various reports regarding missing persons, however, the court expressed dissatisfaction and dismissed the same, ordering recovery of missing persons. The court adjourned the hearing for three weeks and directed the attorney general to deal with the matter on utmost priority.
ansarul Mujahideen claims responsibility for peshawar checkpost attack PESHAWAR STAFF REPORT
ISLAMABAD: Activists of Defence of Human Rights hold a protest for the recovery of the missing persons on Monday. INP
balochistan doctors threaten to quit if abducted doctors not recovered QUETTA APP
Doctors working in Balochistan’s government hospitals on Monday threatened to quit their services if their abducted colleagues were not recovered. They said the law enforcement agencies had failed to provide security to the doctors in the province, and announced to form a task force to ensure security for themselves. Addressing a press conference at the Quetta Press Club, Doctors Committee Chairman Dr Haqdad Tareen and Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) Balochistan President Dr Sultan Tareen said 18 doctors were kidnapped and later killed as their relatives could not give ransom money to the captors. Dr Haqdad claimed that due to law and order situation and sense of insecurity, 84 doctors working in Balochistan had shifted to safer areas. He said that the doctors were compelled to think of resigning due to the failure of law enforcement agencies. He, however, said that patients hailing from farflung areas will be treated at the out-patient departments of government hospitals after 12 pm. Dr Tareen said that the associations of Balochistan doctors had also decided to form a task force in accordance with law, which would meet tribal elders and other notables of the province to ensure safe and early recovery of the missing doctors and prevent recurrence of such incidents.
Us military gear sold as scrap in afghanistan OFFICIALS SAY RETURNING GEAR TO US HALFWAY AROUND WORLD WILL BE PROHIBITIVELY EXPENSIVE KABUL INP
The armoured trucks, televisions, ice cream scoops and nearly everything else shipped for the US war on terror are now part of the world’s biggest garage sale. Every week, as the troop drawdown accelerates, the United States is selling 12 million to 14 million pounds of its equipment on the Afghan market. Returning that gear to the US from a landlocked country halfway around the world would be prohibitively expensive, according to US officials. Instead, they are leaving behind $7 billion worth of supplies, a would-be boon to the fragile Afghan economy. But there’s one catch: the equipment is being destroyed before it’s offered to the Afghan people, to ensure that treadmills, air conditioning units and other rudimentary appliances aren’t used to make roadside bombs. “Many nonmilitary items have timing equipment or other components in them that can pose a threat. for example, timers can be attached to explosives. Treadmills, stationary bikes, many household appliances and devices, et cetera, have timers,” said Michelle Mc-
Caskill, a spokesman for the Pentagon’s Defence Logistics Agency. That policy has produced more scrap metal than Afghanistan has ever seen. It has also led to frustration among Afghans, who feel as if they are being robbed of items like flatpanel televisions and armoured vehicles that they could use or sell, no small thing in a country where the average annual income hovers at just over $500. In a nation nicknamed the “graveyard of empires”, foreign forces are remembered for what they leave behind. In the 1840s, the British left forts that still stand today. In the 1980s, the Russians left tanks, trucks and aircraft
What will we do with all of this? Right now, no one will buy it. And if the future is as bad as people say it will be...
fida MUhaMMad OWNER OF BAGRAM SCRAP YARD strewed about the country. The US is leaving heaps of mattresses, barbed wire and shipping containers in scrap yards near its shrinking bases. “This is America’s dustbin,” said Sufi Khan, a trader standing in the
middle of an immense scrap yard outside Bagram Air field, the US military’s sprawling headquarters for eastern Afghanistan. The Bagram scrap yard is owned by fida Muhammad Ulfat, who helped build the neighbouring base more than a decade ago, transporting gravel and concrete. Now, Ulfat is helping to dismantle the base, taking in thousands of pounds of American scrap metal every day. “I never imagined we’d be getting this much stuff,” he said. Some of his friends thought he was crazy, but Ulfat had an idea: the expensive gear could be melted and reconstituted as raw material for an Afghan building boom. He’d gotten rich on dozens of other contracts with the US military, and he assumed this would be no different. The Pentagon has budgeted $5 billion to $7 billion to ship gear back to the United States. But that isn’t enough to ship everything. Wanting at least a small return on their investment, the US military decided to sell the leftovers for pennies on the pound. That’s where Ulfat came in. Lately, Ulfat’s dream of getting rich off the US scrap has started to fade. Kabul’s real estate boom is over, he admitted. All he hears from Afghans are concerns about what will happen to the country after the American withdrawal. His scrap yard tells the story. “What will we do with all of this? Right now, no one will buy it. And if the future is as bad as people say it will be ...” his voice trailed off. “It could be bad.”
The militant group, Ansarul Mujahideen, has claimed the responsibility for Sunday’s attack on a checkpost on Peshawar’s Dala Zack Road, in which four policemen were killed. The Ansarul Mujahideen, affiliated with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), earlier claimed responsibilities for the attacks on the Dera Ismail Khan jail, and the suicide attack on Khyber Pakhtunkhwa law and parliamentary affairs minister Sardar Israrullah Khan Gandhapur. The group’s spokesman, Abu Baseer, justifying the deadly attacks, said they were in retaliation to the US drone strikes inside Pakistan. Baseer had said the group had killed the law minister to avenge the death of its two fighters during the DI Khan jailbreak, for which the TTP had claimed responsibility. The spokesman warned that such activities would continue until the drone strikes stopped.
ogra scam: tauqir challenges jail term, nab ordered to present challan ISLAMABAD ONLINE
former Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) chairman Tauqir Sadiq has challenged his three-year conviction in absentia for the multibillion corruption by an accountability court. Tauqir Sadiq who is the prime accused in the Rs 82 billion mega scam, was sentenced to three-year imprisonment by an accountability court in Rawalpindi on May 7, 2013 under Section 31-A of the NAB Ordinance 1999 after he did not appear before the court despite repeated notices. The court directed NAB to present challan of the OGRA corruption case in the next hearing. The final challan will be presented in the first week of November in which statements of more than 20 witnesses have been included. According to sources, it is likely that NAB will add names of two former prime ministers in the challan.
polio-stricken girl raped in faisalabad FAISALABAD ONLINE
A 13-year-old girl suffering from polio was allegedly raped by two men in faisalabad on Monday. According to media reports, the accused raped the girl, who hailed from Jaranwala, and later escaped from the scene. The girl was shifted to a hospital. The authorities registered a case against the suspects. Later, the police claimed that one of the accused had been arrested whereas investigation was underway to apprehend his accomplice.
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property is dearer than BLood! Man arrested for killing his aunt and her family for property
HE Islamabad Police on Monday claimed to have solved mysterious killing of 6member family, whose dead bodies were recovered on October 14 from rural area of federal capital. Police said that they have arrested the principle accused who was allegedly involved in the killing plot. Islamabad Inspector General of Police (IGP) Sikandar Hayat said, “We have arrested main accused who turned to be real nephew of Nazia Amir. He killed his aunt and her family to grab property.” flanked by Operations Additional Inspector General (AIG) Sultan Azam Temuri and Islamabad Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Muhammad Rizwan, the Islamabad IGP told a press conference on Monday that five dead bodies were found on October 14 from two
different places Near fuel Station GT Road (Sihala Police Station) and Police foundation (Loi Bher Police Station). Later on, the dead bodies were identified as Amir Ullah, his wife Nazia Amir, his daughter Roman, his sons Adam Khan and Hamza Khan and his servant Muhammad Asghar. following this incident the Islamabad IGP said he had constituted a special team, which succeeded to arrest the main accused who turned to be nephew of the victim Nazia Amir. He along with hired assassins hatched a plot to kill his aunt and her family to occupy her property because he was the heir after the death of his aunt and her family members. Evidence suggested that all five family members were strangulated after being tied up with ropes whereas their
sikandar, nephew of amir’s wife nazia, is the principal accused who planned and executed the murders. he hired assassins from peshawar namely afsar khan, zakir khan and others for the purpose against a promised sum of rs 2.5 million. his motive was acquisition of amir’s assets in pursuit of which he assassinated the entire family in order to become a direct heir. SIKANDAR HAYAT ISLAMABAD IGP
servant, Muhammad Asghar, was stabbed to death. Amir, a dual national, was serving as a director in private cellular company. The IGP said that the police team investigated the case and apprehended the culprits involved in this heinous crime. It was found that Sikandar, nephew of Amir’s wife Nazia, was the principal accused who planned and executed this gruesome act. He hired assassins from Peshawar namely Afsar Khan, Zakir Khan and others for the said purpose against a promised sum of Rs 2.5 Million. His
motive was acquisition of Amir’s assets in pursuit of which he assassinated the entire family in order became a direct heir. Sikandar’s arrest and subsequent interrogation made him narrate the whole transaction of event comprehensively. This narration has been corroborated by irrefutable scientific evidence like movement log of Amir’s vehicle used for dumping bodies, CCTV footages & Call Data Records (CDRs) of Sikandar’s cell phone. Along with Sikandar his associates in crime namely Afsar Khan, Zakir Khan and Ibrahim alias Janay have also been arrested.
a lucKy day for rbise eMployees Committee promotes seven staﬀers RAWAlPINDI: Seven employees of Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (RBISE) including assistant controller, superintendent and assistant superintendent have been promoted by promotion committee of the board. Committee has approved the promotion of all employees as per their grade and final decision of promotion will be taken the meeting of Board of Governors. Sources said in the meeting of promotion committee comprising of fatima Jinnah University vice chancellor, RBISE chairman and education department EDO decided to promote 7 officers of the education board. As per details, Ghaffar Niazi has been promoted as deputy controller from assistant contoller, Nasarullah Jalib from superintendent to assistant controller and Mohammad Tariq from assistant superintendent to superintendent. The committee also approved to promote 4 employees of board from grade 9 to 14 as per their grades, while final approval of promotion will be given in the meeting of Board of Governors on October 27. ONLINE
dco puts an end to sunday bazaar outside nawaz sharif parK RAWAlPINDI: The district administration has decided to end illegal friday car bazaar at Murree road and Sunday bazaar outside Nawaz Sharif Park. District Coordination Officer Sajid Zafar Dall has issued directives to this effect to the Rawal Town administration and police. This step is being taken to ensure smooth traffic on Murree Road as the car bazaar was causing gridlocks. In past, action against the illegal bazaar was launched many times but the police and administration failed to end the bazaar. The DCO also issued directives to end the Sunday bazaar outside Nawaz Sharif Park as it was marring the beauty of the public park. As per details, the TMA is planning to shift the Sunday bazaar to some alternate place. INP
OFF BEAT: Drum players await customers at their makeshift booths at a roadside on Benazir Bhutto Road in Rawalpindi. ONLINE
after politicians, it’s cda eMployees’ turn! Cda raises arms in degrees verification issue ISLAMABAD ONLINE
Capital Development Authority (CDA) ignoring the clear directions of federal government has not yet completed the degrees verification process of its officers and workers. The mafia recruited on fake degrees and domiciles has become the hurdle in the process of verification. Establishment Division had directed all federal departments to verify the degrees of their employees. This verification task was firstly given to security department which identified some fake
degrees, but later on it was decided that Human Resource department will verify the degrees but this decision also remained unimplemented. Sources said that, in past many of the CDA officials and workers were recruited on fake degrees but due to non implementation of the process of scrutiny this fakeness remained unveiled. Authorities from HR department said that finance Wing has refused to issue the funds, so employees of CDA have been directed to verify their degrees from their concerned institutions by their own and to submit in HR departments.
DoomsDAy foR InTeRmeDIATe PART-I sTuDenTs ToDAy RAWALPINDI APP
The Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (RBISE) will announce the result of Intermediate Part-I Annual Examination 2013 on Tuesday. RBISE spokesman Arsalan Cheema said the result would be placed at the RBISE website www.biserwp.edu.pk while CDs of the result could be obtained from designated branches of Habib Bank Limited.
for the love of the lane petition filed in ihC for designated lane for bike riders, pedestrians ISLAMABAD ONLINE
A senior lawyer of Supreme Court has filed a writ petition in the Islamabad high Court for designated lane for motorcycle, cycle riders and pedestrians. In the petition filed by Counsel Dr Mohammad Aslam Khaki, besides CDA chairman, engineering member and roads director general have been made party. In the petition it has been said that according to Article 25 of the constitution it is the responsibility of the civic bodies to provide facilities to citizens. But now the state of affairs is such that these civic bodies only provide special facilities to those who roam in big cars and enjoy free petrol facility. Everywhere in the world there are designated lanes for bike riders and pedestrians for their safety. In the petition it has been requested for separate lanes for bike riders and a foot path for pedestrians for their safety. Justice Shaukat Siddiqui on Monday conducting initial hearing sought suggestion from the CDA in two weeks time.
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I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people — Mahatma Gandhi
ISLAMABAD Tuesday, 22 October, 2013
un to hold Media debate on ‘youth eMpowerMent’
SAVING IT FOR LATER: A suburban woman drying meat collected during Eidul Azha. INP
ISlAMABAD: United Nations (UN) will organise media debate on “youth empowerment” on the occasion of UN Day on October 24. The UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon has made working with and for young people a priority of his five-year action agenda. The plan is to address the needs of the largest generation of young people the world has ever known by deepening the youth focus of existing programmes on employment, entrepreneurship, political inclusion, citizenship and protection of rights, and education, including on reproductive health. United Nations Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. With the ratification of this founding document by the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council, the United Nations officially came into being. An interactive media debate will focus on Pakistani youth, their lives, their challenges, their success stories, their hopes, said a press release issued on Monday. APP
outlaws on police’s bingo booK ISlAMABAD Islamabad Police Monday arrested 10 anti-social elements and recovered, weapons, hash and heroine from their possession, police spokesman said. As per details, Islamabad senior superintendent of police (SSP) directed all police stations for effective crackdown against anti-social elements involved in different criminal activities. Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) Ghulam Murtza from Kohsar Police Station arrested accused Muhammad Zubair and recovered one 30 bore illicit pistol along with 2 bullets from him. Sub-Inspector Abdul Gahfoor from Secretariat Police Station arrested a drug pusher Zulqurnain and recovered 210 gram hashish from him. SubInspector (SI) Mashooq Ali recovered tampered vehicle bearing registration No LPT5917 from Muhammad Saleem. SI Muhammad Ajmal from Tarnol Police Station arrested accused Arfan Shah and recovered one 30 bore pistol along with 2 bullets from him. SI Muhammad Raiz from Industrial Area Police Station arrested 3 accused Rafiuddin, Saeed Ullah, fawad Shebaz and recovered one Kalashnikov, one 9MM pistol along with 39 bullets from their possession. Meanwhile SI Muhammad Akram from Industrial Area Police Station also arrested accused Sheriz involved in illegal gas selling. SI Muhammad Basheer arrested a drug dealer Muhammad fayyaz and recovered 110 gram heroine from him. SI Shoukat Ali from Koral Police Station arrested accused Adeel and recovered 110 grams hashish from his possession. SI Shams Akbar from CIA police arrested accused Manzar Abbas and recovered one dagger from him. Separate cases have been registered against the accused and further investigation is underway. Islamabad SSP has appreciated the overall performance of all officials and said that Islamabad police were committed to ensuring effective action antisocial elements. :APP
wapda worKing on 20 power proJects ISLAMABAD
Health experts warn storage of meat for long time may be dangerous ISLAMABAD
TORGAE of sacrifical animals meat in refrigerators for long period of time may become hazardous to health, experts warned. On the occasion of Eid-ul Azha, it is a tradition to distribute a large part of sacrificial animals meat among the underprivileged, relatives and friends, as well as preserve it for later use. However, using of stored meat after many days may lead to digestive
disorders, diarrhoea, food poisoning along with symptoms like bloated stomach, abdominal pain, indigestion, and constipation, so people should avoid storing meat for months since the outage of power affects the quality of the stored meat. A private practitioner, Dr Uzair Awan, said that the quality of meat is affected if it is not preserved at a certain temperature. “Many bacteria present in the meat die if it is properly cooked, but people should avoid meat if it has a foul smell,” he added. A physician Salma said meat could be stored for many days in proper
cooling, but prolonged hours of load shedding prevent constant cooling, causing health complications. Barbecuing meat is also unsafe for health since the meat is not properly cooked that way and, in most cases, could lead to contracting different diseases, she added. The advantages of having meat are helpful to young people in the process of growth. But over eating of any thing cause malady and is harmful for health. Eating meat should also be balanced with healthy foods like vegetables and fruits, and also regular exercise can work wonders.
ConferenCe on CoMpUtationaL BioLogy kiCks off at iiUi ISlAMABAD: young scientific researchers are backbone of the nation, Computational Science can play a vital role in the development of country; and young computational scientist would be great assets for us. This was said by Khan Research Laboratories (KRL) Chairman Ijaz Mkhtar while addressing the inaugural ceremony of a five-day “National Conference on Computational Biolology” organised by Department of Bioinformatics & Biotechnology of International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI), in collaboration with KRL and Pakistan Society of Computational Science/Biology at faisal Mosque Campus of the university on Monday. IIUI Rector Dr Masoom yasinzai, IIUI acting President, Dr Nabi Bux Jummani, Chief Organiser and Head of Department of Bioinformatics & Biotechnology Dr Jabbar Zaman Khattak, scientific experts and students across the country also attended the ceremony.
Ijaz Mkhtar said Pakistani youth is actively participating in the field of research, young students should be encouraged to launch modern and innovative scientific research projects and termed the recent conference as a milestone in this regard. He said that we have a variety of opportunities for development and young scientists while utilising their abilities in the field of scientific research can lead our country towards a journey of prosperity and success. “I appreciate IIUI; PSf, Pakistan Society of Computational Biology; Higher Education Commission and Pakistan Science foundation for organising this mega National event and their invaluable contribution to
promote the spirit of scientific research in Pakistan” he said adding, due to efforts of research community Pakistan has achieved excellence in the field of modern scientific disciplines. Dr Masoom yasinzai lauded the effort of IIUI and KRL and welcomed the worthy guests and experts while hoping the recent effort would pave the way for excellence in the field of scientific research. “IIUI is not only striving for promoting Islamic values and research but also is committed to provide a platform for progress in the field of scientific subjects” he said. He added that progress in the field of science has become a prerequisite for development and prosperity of nations. He urged young
scientists to learn latest scientific techniques to compete the challenges of modern era. Dr Naabi Bux Jummani, on the behalf of the IIUI President, Dr Ahmed yousif AlDraiweesh welcomed the guests and appreciated the efforts of IIUI and KRL and hoped students would get useful knowledge from the conference. He also assured every possible support for arranging such conferences in the future. Earlier, Dr Jabbar Zamman Khattak briefed the participants about the aims and objectives of the conference and welcomed them on the behalf of the department. Scientific experts, Professor Dr Syed Walayat Hussain Shah and Dr Naushaba Atta also spoke on the occasion and apprised about the aims and vision of such conferences. Valuable lectures were delivered on the first day on various important scientific topics of Computational Biology by Dr Danial Christian Hoselli, Syed Ammar Jaffery, Dr Nasir Mirza and Syed Nasir Mehmood Shah. The conference will last till October 25. PRESS RELEASE
The Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) is working on more than 20 projects in water sector with cumulative water storage capacity of about 13 million acre feet (MAf) and power generation of more than 21,000 mega watt (MW). Official source said that completion of these projects would not only increase water storage capacity to help improve per-capita water availability in the country but also enhance the ratio of low-cost hydel electricity in the national grid. Dilating upon the details of WAPDA projects, the sources said that authority had completed six water sector projects from last year adding 4.13 MAf of water and 323 mega watt of hydel electricity, which included raising of Mangla Dam, Khan Khwar, Jinnah, Allai Khwar, Gomal Zam and Satpara Dam. Amongst rest of the projects, Neelum Jhelum, Golen Gol, Keyal Khwar, Tarbela 4th Extension, Diamer Bhasha, Dasu, Mohmand Dam and Bunji Hydropower Project are to name a few, they added. for optimum utilisation of the water resources, they said WAPDA was also constructing small and medium-sized dams in all the four provinces and fATA in addition to its mega projects. They said that Darawat Dam has also been completed, while construction work has also been initiated on Nai Gaj, Naulong and Ghabir Dam projects. Referring to the fast-decreasing per capita water availability in Pakistan, which has come down from 5650 cubic metre in 1947 to about 1000 cubic metre in 2013 due to rapid increase in population and natural phenomenon of sedimentation in water reservoirs, they said that the situation could only be improved by enhancing water storage capacity in the country. They further said that water resources could also be utilised to add low-cost hydel electricity to the system.
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Mindless tug of war
Tuesday, 22 October, 2013
pakistan protection ordinance So far, so good
ITHIN less than a fortnight the president has signed two ordinances aimed at curbing terrorism and syndicated crime. While this indicates the seriousness of the government about ridding the country of the curse, ordinances with a short shelf life need to be replaced with permanent laws passed by the parliament after a thorough debate. Hopefully this would not be delayed. The earlier ordinance sought to redress the complaints by the Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) that courts often released terrorists and criminals arrested by them at great risk to their own life. The government also maintained, Nawaz Sharif being the latest to do so, that the courts too sometime let the criminals off the hook under pressure. The courts maintained that the police prepared weak cases because of threats from the terrorist networks and because the witnesses turned hostile for fear of life. The amendments enshrined in the earlier ordinance were aimed at ensuring a mechanism for the protection of witnesses and judges. These included allowing the electronic evidence in terrorism related offenses. Another important amendment was to extend the period of detention to ninety days. While this would give three months to the investigators to prepare cases but this might not make a big difference in present circumstances. The Karachi police claims to have arrested 3,976 accused last month alone in their drive against alleged criminals. There is already a large backlog of cases under investigation. Unless the provincial government employs hundreds of competent investigators with a fair knowledge of law, it may not be possible to process all the cases efficiently within the extended period of detention. The Pakistan Protection Ordinance further strengthens the hands of the LEAs. The minimum punishment given in a category of cases under Chapters VI, VII, VIII and Ix of the Pakistan Penal Code, 1860, and related laws has been re-determined at 10 years instead of a simple fine. This would hopefully deter some of the weak willed among the local collaborators, handlers and hosts of the terrorists. As demanded by fC in Karachi, the new ordinance provides protection of law to civil and military LEAs and their personnel in the discharge of their duties within the parameters of the constitution. from now on, separate police stations and special federal courts will be designated to deal with crime syndicates. So far, so good, but unless the masterminds who plan the attacks remain intact in their tribal strongholds, the mischief and terror is bound to continue and flourish. There is a need now for a firm action against the ring leaders.
the portents look bleak With regard to peace in Afghanistan
ITH the mistrust between the Afghan security forces and the ISAf personnel owing to insider attacks – four taking place in last month alone – the portents for the prospect of peace in Afghanistan look bleak. The latest incident casts a dark shadow. An ASf (Afghan Special forces) commander defected to the Taliban in his military-issue Humvee, along with his 20-strong team’s guns and other high-tech equipment. The incident reminds one of the grimness the precarious situation after the US withdrawal in 2014 and the Taliban making a full throttle thrust. Governing Afghanistan has never been easy, not even when the Taliban held sway. Its vast area, sparse population, conservative tribal society and the lack of writ of an established government make the task almost impossible. The latest incident has only brought to fore an issue that the NATO forces have always been facing. It also keeps popping up in talks between the US, Afghanistan and Pakistan. With the Afghan National Army’s (ANA) capacity to handle militants effectively being in serious question, Monsif Khan, the commander in the infamous incident, has shaken whatever little trust remained. If this is the harbinger of the times to come, Afghanistan, Pakistan and the US ought to be worried. If the terrorists are successful in gaining control of the provinces bordering Pakistan, and ultimately Kabul, there is little chance of peace being a possibility. In that scenario what is worse for Pakistan: an influx of refugees, presenting its own set of economic and security challenges that an already cash-strapped and weary and burdened by terrorism Islamabad would not like to countenance. However, with the combined effort of the three nations involved, the situation can still be contained. Pakistan and the US particularly need to work together not only on post-2014 drawdown but also on the lead up to that. Afghanistan meanwhile needs to ensure that its security forces stay loyal to the state and are ready to take on the challenges posed by terrorists. The recently agreed upon understanding allowing the US forces to stay and operate in the country even after 2014 may have some measure of deterrence against the militants. However, to optimise the benefit from that, the Afghan government must first show its willingness to work with the US and Pakistan to strengthen its security apparatus. That is the only option to make sure that terrorism on both sides of the Durand Line is contained.
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have had the good fortune of spending seven glorious weeks of the last nine in Europe feasting on the super, extended summer weather, good food and incredibly good company. It is wonderful to catch up with a really good friend in a relaxed atmosphere, especially if he has recently undergone the rigours of an elongated stint in political office. The mysterious smile when quizzed says it all. Besides being an outstanding analyst, his cerebral insight is fascinating. While order is dominant in Europe, it is totally absent in Pakistan. Perhaps in other countries of this region too, but it is the significant factor behind the retrograde trend in progress and development. Lack of education and an absence of any studies in logic and ethics lead this conflict of ignorance. Added to this is the lack of will on the part of stakeholders to enforce order as it would define and demarcate operational parameters, which is a horrible affront to absolute power, even if garbed in democracy. Someone wrote the other day that Musharraf had no idea of the fallout when he released controls on the media. I believe that to be absolutely true. The electronic media to which Pakistanis are addicted is a prime example of the lack of order. The talk shows need to be billed as the prime guide to lack of order. Among the sadly illiterate and semi-literate, the subjects for discussion, the participants, the content, the conduct and senseless speculation are fanning the flames of discord and creating confusion. So yes, he had no idea but in the years following when signs of decay were visible, no attention was paid and no code of ethics was implemented. In fact the irrational November 3 crackdown had exactly the opposite effect, giving media an unbridled hand to go to town. And it has done just that. Media coverage of terrorist activities is out of sync with the norm. This is not an attempt to silence it, but for media to aggrandise these horrible events is ridiculous. It is feeding the executors of carnage with free publicity and spreading fear among the people. Hours of unabated live coverage of the ridiculous drama in Islamabad were again quite unnecessary. Bloody, macabre scenes are repeatedly screened without consideration of the audience or the effect on children. Anywhere in the world such scenes are preceded by a warning. Alas, here no one cares. There is a refined way of covering these events with a sense of propriety and providing a logical analysis rather than the theatrical and hysterical rendition. The onus is on the government to
direct channels toward this. Two good things have happened this weekend; let them not be drowned among the many bad. I was impressed with Altaf Hussain’s statement yesterday when he called upon media to refrain from speculating on the appointment of the next COAS. Citing all the valid and correct reasons he made a powerful argument. Well done! An assignment that is strategically of the utmost importance and to be made constitutionally by the prime minister is not for speculation or controversy. In real terms it is a routine decision as and when it falls due. It is unbecoming when you subject this to guesswork, especially by those who are not competent to do so. The second is the “beefed” up security ordinance promulgated yesterday. It certainly defines, perhaps even more specifically, acts of terrorism, declares terrorists as enemy aliens and accepts government’s responsibility of providing security of life. Whether these laws already existed in the constitution or not is perhaps not an important question now, however if they did not exist, perhaps we should question why not. All said and done ordnances or acts are as good as those that are empowered to implement them. Look at the multitude covering a vast spectrum that has never been implemented. Article 6 being a glaring example! An interesting issue arises from this. Are governments authorised to conduct negotiations or talks with organisations or individuals that fall foul of the definitions contained in said ordinance or law? I do not see a legal or sophisticated way of doing it and given current trends can be challenged legally. Whether courts go into it is another matter. To date they haven’t dared to meddle in cases involving religious terrorism. Normally such laws have been used in the ‘carrot and stick’ method of governance, a compromise foreseen. It is up for grabs whether this is one such instance. With Imran and Nawaz Sharif throwing the ball rapidly into the other’s court confusion prevails as to whether there is an intention to move ahead with these talks or if it is just jabber. for the PTI it is now a different game. It is responsible for governance, law and order and protection of life of the citizens of KP. Like all governments it is looking for scapegoats on account of the failures to maintain this. It has suffered loss of lives of its own legislators, another tragic one during this long holiday. It becomes easy to pass the buck and insist on certain steps that may not be the best. Imran needs to tread very carefully. He must not underestimate the intent or wrath of the terrorists he will be dealing
with. Passing the mantle to Nawaz to conduct the talks is perhaps a clever way of avoiding responsibility for both, the decision to hold the talks as well as the outcome. I doubt if he could escape the onus though; the voter is seriously scrutinising him right now and the PTI’s political future lies in how successfully this government in KP is run. As is, Nawaz will be grilled during this US visit. And he will have to make lucid submissions to Obama as well as the significant others he will be meeting with during this trip. yes he says he will speak of drone attacks. Again these meetings, apart from being a photo-op, are always followed by structured responses meant to maintain an equilibrium and promise of a better tomorrow. Of course, what happens beyond the visible picture is significant and will probably only filter out as strategic ‘leaks’ attributed to sources who request anonymity. As a preamble to the visit, the US has released both the CSf funding and aid that was deferred after the “decline” in US-PAK relations during 2011-12. Importantly declassified papers have been, perhaps strategically timed, released from the Clinton library that exhibit a close, cordial and frank relationship Sharif had with the Democrat government of the time. Sharif’s views on the Taliban are clearly expressed and nothing is visible on ground for him to have been forced to change those views over the fifteen years. The Taliban continue to be what they were. Whatever the prime minister comes back with, he has to face the fact that the US is pulling its troops out of the country, a base in Romania has already been organised to act as the consolidation point, and will ensure the safety of personnel and a clean execution of the plan. Pakistan’s role during the drawdown is of extreme importance and its role after strategically important. A definite plan is of essence right now. This running helter skelter between chalk and cheese is mindless tug of war. Previously it was whom do we talk to among the terrorist groups; now adding to the confusion it is who does the talking. fazlur Rahman, Imran, Nawaz are all having their say as are the Punjabi Taliban. And Mr Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has come of age. I am as confused as when I started this. Ah! yes! Before I forget a third good thing happened this week. We comprehensively beat the best team in the world. Congrats guys. fingers crossed for the next one. Keep us smiling.
Hours of unabated live coverage of the ridiculous drama in Islamabad were again quite unnecessary. Bloody, macabre scenes are repeatedly screened without consideration of the audience or the effect on children.
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the martial ‘democrats’ The definition “democracy is a government of the people, for the people and by the people” stands true for the system of merit in state institutions, and to be precisely, in the armed forces. The recent announcement by Gen Kayani that he would retire on November 29 speaks of the ‘democratic’ mindset that believes in following the law and normal procedure. If not followed in true letter and spirit, not only the entire system faces disequilibrium, but the future of democracy in the country gets threatened. It was
perhaps the sanctity of this system assimilated well that Gen Kayani opted not to get another extension because it could have made things abnormal. The generals, more than the politicians, throughout their career wade through strict process of scrutiny, filtering and learning. Pakistan’s armed forces are probably the best because the sense of unity of command has prevailed throughout, which has obviously led to making the institution strong, despite fatal blows on other sides. F Z KHAN Islamabad
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It is our experience that political leaders do not always mean the opposite of what they say. –Abba Eban
Tuesday, 22 October, 2013
nawaz’s second us trip A futile agenda?
pakistan-iran relations The socio-religious dimension
HE reason for my harping on the pressing need for improvement of Pakistan’s relations with Iran goes beyond political and economic interests of our country. It has to do, instead, with something basic to Pakistan’s persona: the socio-religious identity of the nation. It is in any case only recently that after a longish period of unease, if not estrangement, between Islamabad and Tehran, the bilateral ties have returned to normalcy. That, in my view, has been made possible with Pakistan’s regaining its sovereign decision-making authority since the reported death of Osama bin Laden. I have written it elsewhere earlier, but given the importance of the subject, it can stand a reiteration. What is required here is for Pakistan to revive the kind of fraternity that existed between the two nations more than three decades ago. That, in my view, is of far greater import for both states than the adjustments and at times even drastic changes – as was the case for Pakistan post-9/11 – that the changing geopolitical and geostrategic environment may necessitate for all states with the passage of time. At any rate, getting back to the narrative of the recent past, the rupture in both the political and the socio-religious affinity occurred as a result of two watershed developments in quick succession 34 years ago. The first of course was the success of the Islamic Revolution in Iran in 1979, and then came the Soviet Occupation of Afghanistan before the year was to come to an end. No aspect of collective human life can be seen in isolation of the political currents and influences it is subjected to at any given time. It would, therefore, be naïve to approach the given context of the socio-political linkages between the inhabitants of the Indus Valley and their neighbours beyond the Suleiman Range to the west in Persia. With reference to the contemporary era, we shall take up the political di-
mension of the question in a while. Meanwhile, the bedrock of the social, religious, cultural and linguistic bond that existed historically between the two lands needs to be outlined in brief. A tragedy in the case of Pakistan has been the fabricated history that successive rulers have found it expedient to adopt and disseminate as the officially certified truth to be propagated and taught in educational institutions of the country. What could, for instance, be more deleterious than to inculcate in an incipient nation the patent fallacy that its faith, its belief system was changed to Islam so many centuries ago by invading armies from Arabia and Central Asia? Conversion here, in the religious sense, that is, is anything but, say, the transformation of a solid substance like ice into its liquid form of water through exposure to heat. It’s a matter of the heart, the soul, instead. The human body, as also an individual’s will, may well be forced into submission but that is not conversion of the kind that a person truly believes in. Let us be absolutely clear on this count: nobody in the Indus Valley – nor anywhere else on the planet for that matter – has ever been or can be converted from one belief system to another without the total acceptance deep within of the veracity of the message as against whatever the relevant person may earlier have adhered to. Thus, in the case of the inhabitants of the Indus Valley as well, the conversion to Islam took place mainly under the inspiration provided by Muslim mystics and sages who travelled to this part of the world from Persia. The two neighbouring lands’ commonalities – ranging from factors of history, geographical location, culture, art, language, literature, to the belief system – are all well documented and need not be noted here. It may not be an overstatement to assert that Pakistan and Iran have, in historical terms starting with the advent of Islam in the seventh century, had a traditional linkage. Most importantly in contemporary geostrategic terms that have since 9/11 come to be pivoted on mindless violence under mis-
placed religious inspiration – that the sole superpower has no less unthinkingly proclaimed an unending War on Terror – it is the quintessentially pacifist message of Islam that had transformed the minds and souls of the inhabitants of the Indus Valley in the first place. That is where Iran comes in insofar as those professing Islam in the Indus Valley were concerned. for the uninitiated, Pakistan post-bifurcation from its eastern wing in 1971, is nothing but the Indus Valley, divested of course of a substantive, some would say strategically crucial, stretches that fell to India at the time of and in the manner in which the subcontinent was partitioned by the departing British colonial power in 1947. The so-called ‘ideology’ of Pakistan is a subject of intensive debate and discussion in this country. One would in a word describe it a painful attempt at soulsearching by the people of Pakistan, perturbed as they are at the country’s slide to religious divide and intolerance. Of prime importance as these fundamental questions of nationalism are, it should, in the given context, suffice to merely state that the inherently Persian sociocultural and religious moorings of the inhabitants of the parts of the Indus Valley that constituted (West) Pakistan were mutilated at the time of the country’s formation. Coming to more recent times, as already noted, 1979 proved to be a watershed year. It witnessed the success of the Iranian Islamic Revolution in the first place and came to a close with Soviet troops in occupation of Afghanistan. Pakistan found itself bang in the middle of these epochal developments. Any established order is less than enthusiastic at the prospect of its being rooted out. The case was no different for Pakistan at that stage, lashed as it was by the diametrically opposing tides of communist and Islamic orders. This is a thread that requires further dilation. So watch this space next week.
The so-called ‘ideology’ of Pakistan is a subject of intensive debate and discussion. one would in a word describe it a painful attempt at soul-searching by the people of Pakistan, perturbed as they are at the country’s slide to religious divide and intolerance.
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N what is clearly a pre-emptive move to set the tone of discussions with PM Nawaz Sharif during his visit to the US and his meeting with President Obama on October 23, the United States according to reports “quietly” took a decision to release more than $1.6 billion in military and economic aid to Pakistan. Earlier on October 19, even as Pakistani government officials laid out the contours of the PM’s meeting agenda with President Obama – drone attacks; Afghanistan and the US withdrawal in 2014; trade and firm bilateral economic ties et al – the State Bank of Pakistan confirmed that it has received $322 million due to Pakistan in lieu of the Coalition Support fund (CSf) for its support in the war on terror. Lest we start congratulating ourselves for having brought the US around despite the government shutdown there, to having seen the light in developing a meaningful long-term relationship with Pakistan on a “more firm and less personalised footing” as Khurram Dastgir Khan, Pakistan’s minister for privatisation and commerce told VOA on the eve of the PM’s departure, it would be prudent on the part of Pakistan to read between the lines. The United States does not hand out free lunches. The release of such large amounts for Pakistan must be seen in the background of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2014 and its dire need of the 1,000 miles of Pakistan road space for moving out troops and heavy military equipment from there. The decision to release $1.6 billion will put Nawaz on the back foot in terms of his discussion agenda with President Obama. It has already been made clear that this money will begin reaching Pakistan in 2014 and would take several years to be fully disbursed. The message is implicit. The PM would have to make firm commitments to Obama for a smooth transit of the US and NATO forces in July 2014 if his government wants to see a single cent of the ‘quiet’ release of the $1.6 billion aid. This would entail provision of assurances that the Afghan Taliban are brought around to the negotiating table for a smooth election process in Afghanistan in April 2014; a harassment free withdrawal of foreign troops, and most important of all sticking to mere lip service on drone attacks by the US. Any disagreement on these demands and the ‘quiet’ release would be as quietly delayed. The old US ‘carrot and stick policy’ is more than evident here. The ‘carrot’ has already been dangled, the ‘stick’ will be wielded at the discussions in Washington. The release of the CSf and new aid package are clearly designed to ask the Pakistani PM to now ‘do more’ in order to help the US achieve an orderly withdrawal of its forces from Afghanistan come 2014. The October meeting therefore will be all about what the US wants from Pakistan, and not about what the PM has to tell Obama about the violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty by US drones or the attention that Kashmir deserves from the international community. To be sure, all of his demands would be falling on deaf ears – unwilling to hear such stuff for a very long time now. The US will not be forgoing the use of drones any time before 2014 when requirement of ‘force protection’ will reduce the need for unmanned strikes. Even beyond 2014, it would be futile to expect the drone to be taken out as a tool of war strategy. It would therefore be meaningless to raise this issue, unless Pakistan is really willing to take steps that would deter the use of drones on Pakistani soil. Memory is still fresh on what happened when the PM raised the issue at the UN forum last month. As for Kashmir, the issue will not be moving beyond media headlines in Pakistani newspapers, now that the Americans have finally decided on the choice of their future ally in the region. On the economic side too, it has now been several years that Pakistan and the US have been talking about a bilateral investment treaty (BIT). It would of course be a measure of considerable success if the PM were to come back with a signed document in this respect. That would certainly help pessimists like me to shun our negativity about Pakistan-US relations moving beyond the short-term gains for both. However, keeping in mind the rollercoaster nature of Pak-US relations over the last six decades, one cannot help but be pessimistic about the outcome of the PM’s visit. Of course there is much to hope for taking into consideration that at this point in time the US need for Pakistan is going to be high owing to the 2104 withdrawal. On the other hand, lest one forget, the history of Pak-US relations, the very foundation on which the two countries are now planning to raise the future structure, is going by its ‘architecture’ unstable. The proof of this instability can be found in its history that has invariably been based on short-term tactical gains for both sides: for example, Pakistan’s support in the fight against communism from the 1950s to the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan in 1989. And, in the post-Soviet era, much of the relationship has revolved around the US ‘war on terror’ and Pakistan’s support to ‘disrupt, dismantle and defeat’ the militant Muslim groups - namely Al-Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan. In the fight against communism, and now against terrorism, Pak-US relations therefore have thrived primarily only when the US ‘national’ interests have faced external threats. Much of the US assistance to Pakistan consequently has invariably gone into reinforcement of Pakistan’s security apparatus at the cost of ignoring the long-term developmental growth of the country in sectors such as economic, agriculture, trade and investment and industry. If the US in next five years is able to build on high impact, high visibility infrastructure programmes in Pakistan that will be visible to the people of Pakistan, and whose affect is clearly felt to have made a difference, only then can one claim that the ‘new phase’ has begun to make a dent in the overwhelming hostility that the majority in Pakistan feel towards the US. Only then can the government and the people of the two countries move towards constructing a relationship that will improve people’s lives, reduce the ‘trust deficit’ and help take Pakistan-US relationship beyond the rhetoric. Najam Rafique is Director (America/Programs), Institute of Strategic Studies. The views expressed are those of the author and do not represent those of the Institute of Strategic Studies.
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arts Tuesday, 22 October, 2013
aKshay Khanna swindled of rs 5 Million!
According to Indian media reports Bollywood actor Akshaye Khanna claims he has been cheated by a firm who assured him they would double his investment in the commodities market. The ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ star has lodged a complaint at the Malabar Hill police station in Mumbai. The 38-year-old actor alleged he invested Rs 50 lakh on the recommendation of the firm’s president, his wife and director who reportedly promised him to double the amount in 24 days by investing it in the commodities market. The crime branch of Mumbai is inspecting the issue, a police officer confirmed on Sunday. "Yes, a complaint was registered at our police station on Friday evening by Akshaye Khanna's lawyer. The current status is that the crime branch is investigating the case. Once we get any update, we can speak on that," senior inspector Vinay Bagade said in a statement. The son of veteran Bollywood actor Vinod Khanna, Akshaye is known for his many films including ‘Taal’, ‘Hungama’, ‘Hulchul’ and ‘Gandhi, My Father’. He last starred in Rumi Jaffery’s ‘Gali Gali Chor Hai’ in 2012. NEWS DESK
We shouldn't require our politicians to be movie stars. Then again, we're all influenced by charisma. It's hard not to be. We all collectively fall for it. –Julianne Moore
waar does roaring BUsiness, rakes in rs 20M in two days
AKISTANI film revolving around the theme of terrorism in the country has set new record openings at the box office, beating the takings of Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan starrer "Chennai Express" at Eid ul Fitr two months back. "Waar" which stars Pakistani actor-director Shaan was released on Wednesday and raked in approximately 20 million rupees on its first two days, a record for any film released in the country. "On the first day it was released across 42 screens in the country and it took in around 11.4 million rupees which is even better than the nine million rupees mustered by 'Chennai Express' on its opening day at Eid," film distributor and owner of the Atrium multiplex cinemas, Nadeem Mandviwalla told PTI. He said it is a healthy sign for Pakistani film industry that "Waar" did good business with direct competition from Akshay Kumar's
"Boss", which also did well on the opening day. "I would say going by the first two days 'Waar' should rake in around 50 million rupees in its first week of exhibition across the country," he said. The film is a debut for director Bilal Lashari and is said to be the most expensive Pakistani film made at a budget of 2.5 million. It has caught the imagination and interest of viewers with its catchy trailer and action sequences. Mandviwalla said the advance bookings for the film had also been helped by the unusually long Eid holidays and noted the year had been a good one for Pakistani film industry. "Films like 'Main Hoon Shahid Afridi' which took in 55 million rupees, 'Zinda Bhaag' which has also done well and now 'Waar' have given the Pakistani film industry a new credibility and distributors, exhibitors are willing to bank on them," he said. As a result of the new wave of Pakistani cinema, "Boss" was only released in seven cine-
adults-only certificate by the Sindh Board of Film Censors. According to Umer Khitab Khan, an SBFC member, this is because of obscene language and violent scenes in the movie. NEWS DESK
Johnny Depp honours Christopher Lee
Kanye west cancels concert, angers fans
The "Yeezus" tour started on a high note Saturday, as Kanye West donned a shirt with a photo of Kim Kardashian nude on it as promotion for the seven-week concert series. But the opening show in Seattle that night was delayed two hours due to a stolen equipment truck… and the second show in Vancouver was flatout canceled at the last moment. At 2:26 p.m. Sunday, the Twitter feed for the Rogers Arena in Canada informed wouldbe attendees that the event had been postponed until Halloween night because of "unforeseen circumstances." Numerous fans complained online of wasted travel expenses and missed work days, with some so taken aback by the cancelation that they wondered if the arena's Twitter page had been hacked. "Sorry, we're disappointed too. But no hackers here," the venue wrote in response. "So sorry to hear. Unfortunate circumstances for everyone involved." Kanye has not elaborated on the reason for the rescheduling, but his official website now reflects the new tour dates. As for what fans can expect when West does actually take the stage for them? His Seattle concert featured a 60-foot tall mountain set, dozens of female dancers, a Jesus Chris lookalike and West wearing various masks for a majority of the two-plus hour set. We'll try to get in touch with Kanye today to find out more, but baby mama Kim Kardashian is celebrating her 33rd birthday. The guy might be busy. NEWS DESK
plexes and cinemas in Karachi on Eid but industry insiders say it also did good business. "Waar" which also stars TV actors like Shamoon Abbasi, Ayesha Khan and singer Ali Azmat has been given an
Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth head out for a day of retail therapy at the Glendale Galleria in Glendale, Calif.
Johnny Depp's locks are on the lighter side these days. The 50year-old Hollywood star turned up sporting a new blond 'do as the surprise guest Saturday night at the London Film Festival, where he gave Christopher Lee a special award for his legendary career. According to The Hollywood Reporter, upon presenting the horror icon a British Film Institute Fellowship, Depp said it was a "great honor to be here" and hailed Lee as a "great man, a very great man indeed." The two have costarred in three films together, all directed by Tim Burton—Sleepy Hollow, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Dark Shadows (Lee also lent his voice to Burton's Corpse Bride and Alice in Wonderland, both with Depp). Working with Lee "was certainly a childhood dream come true," noted The Pirates of the Caribbean star, who called the British screen star a "true gentleman," a "national treasure' and an "artist." "I love you," Depp told him. Lee returned the favor, saying he was surprised to see him since he was told Johnny was working on a film "somewhere else in Europe." The 91-year-old actor, who younger moviegoers best know for his role as Count Dooku in the Star Wars prequels and Saruman in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, said Depp "means an enormous amount to me" and praised him as a "true star." Depp is currently playing the Big Bad Wolf in Rob Marshall's upcoming bigscreen version of Stephen Sondheim's Broadway musical fantasy, Into the Woods, alongside Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, Chris Pine and Anna Kendrick. NEWS DESK
Drug lord assassinated by clown A high ranking member of a once-powerful drug clan was assassinated during a children's party by a gunman dressed as a clown, authorities said Saturday. Francisco Rafael Arellano Felix, the oldest brother of the Arellano Felix cartel, was shot in the chest and the head at a rental house at the Cabo San Lucas resort on the Baja California peninsula, multiple outlets reported. The killer's disguise included a wig and a round, red nose, officials told The Associated Press. A motive for the killing was not immedi-
ately clear. Beginning in the 1980's, the Arellano Felix cartel ran a lucrative drug business between California and the Mexican border city of Tijuana. The cartel was portrayed in the movie Traffic (2000), where it was shown battling for power with a rival cartel from the Mexican city of Juarez. The cartel is said to have smuggled hundreds of tons of cocaine and marijuana in addition to other crimes ranging from murdering informants to bribing law enforcement and military officers. Recently, however, a series
of arrests and murders greatly diminished the Arellano Felix cartel's power, according to the AP, although it reportedly continues to operate under the leadership of Francisco's sister Enedina and her son Fernando, who is known as "El Ingeniero," or "The Engineer," according to Al Jazeera. Francisco may not have been one of the family's more influential members: He was serving time in prisons in both the U.S. and Mexico for drug charges during much of the cartel's heyday. NEWS DESK
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Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn. –Gore Vidal
ARTS Tuesday, 22 October, 2013
‘Jogi’ heraLds LaUnCh of Coke stUdio’s season 6
Gwen Stefani hides her baby bump under a plaid top while heading to a Halloween party at her son Zuma's school with her hubby Gavin Rossdale.
Kirsten bell and dax shepard tie the Knot!
doorway to the rest of the world; endeavouring to show those beyond the nations’ borders a view of Pakistan’s heritage, and to connect with artists on the other side. In this process of sharing, Coke Studio Pakistan was welcomed to connect our music from Pakistan, with countries such as Serbia, Italy and Morocco. Coke Studio Season Six embraces the act of having musicians from different backgrounds, nationalities and ethnicities contribute their parts to the music in different physical locations, at different times which culminates into each overall piece. In witnessing this, one begins to understand that while the structures of music remain unique, there is a thread that underlies what one sees on the surface, demonstrating that within the vast diversity one finds similarity. NEWS DESK
Beiber fan gets $100,000 surgery to look like idol A
It's official: Dax Shepard and longtime love Kristen Bell have tied the knot, the actress confirms. The actors have been together since 2007 and have a 7-month-old daughter, Lincoln, born in March. They have always maintained they would not wed until gay couples could legally do so in the state of California. "We would feel weird taking advantage of a right that's not available to certain citizens of the state we live in," Bell, who stars on House of Lies, told PEOPLE in August 2012. Added Parenthood's Shepard: "When they legalize marriage for everyone ... we will get married." Shepard popped the question three years ago, giving Bell what she called a "real cool piece of jewelry." (Indeed: her Neil Lane ring features a fancy-colored, 3 carat emerald cut diamond.) But the low-key couple had no plans for a big ceremony. "We will not have a wedding, we will just quietly get married," Shepard said at the time. The couple made good on that plan, making it official with minimal fanfare in Los Angeles on Thursday. That's just the way both wanted it. NEWS DESK
OKE Studio introduced Season Six’s diverse flavours and elements with “Jogi”, a song that brings the funk and groove of Western Brass elements to Qawwali. Aired on October 20th 2013, “Jogi” is the first single to be released from the Coke Studio Season 6 platform. With vocals by Fariha Pervez in collaboration with Muazzam Ali Khan, “Jogi” further features the contributions of a Serbian House Band, bringing to the mix the jazz and reggae feels of Western instrumentation alongside a Brass section and a String Orchestra from Serbia, complemented by the Coke Studio Dhol group providing the essential Punjabi Folk element to the track. The song talks of connecting with the ever elusive “Jogi”, and in this process the underlying theme of recognizing what lies beyond the surface of who we are and connecting with that Source. In what appears to be a whimsical conversation created by the Sufi poet Baba Bulleh Shah, the Qawwali showcases the female perspective of a moment in an imaginary story – the moment when we witness the complete submission to the Love within when in the pursuit of Love’s many worldly manifestations. A story told many times in folklore, it represents an awakening when Love is found as a result of experiencing the Self alongside the contrasting shades of Beauty and Tragedy that accompany such a feeling. Indeed since its inception, Coke Studio remains a Space that witnesses the subtle connections of cultures and peoples through music. This Season, Coke Studio takes audiences through a
33-year-old man has spent five years and $100,000 in an effort to look like his hero teenaged pop idol Justin Bieber. Toby Sheldon is a songwriter from Los Angeles who has used Bieber's youthful features as the inspiration for numerous surgeries, including face fillers, a chin reduction and eyelid surgery. Sheldon's obsession with his appearance began when he started having treatments to prevent his hair thinning at the age of 23, but really took off when a pre-pubescent Justin Bieber hit the big-time in 2008. Sheldon, along with hordes of preteen girls, became enamored of the pop star. 'Once Justin shot to fame his face was everywhere and I all I kept thinking when I saw his picture was, "I want to look like him,"' Sheldon says. Sheldon had already spent $8,000 on hair transplants to supplement his thinning blond locks, but he wasn't happy with the results. He took a picture of Bieber to his plastic surgeon to demonstrate exactly how he wanted his hair to look. 'It took three transplants and a total of $21,000 to accurately lower my hair line, close off my temples and grow back my bangs,' he says. Once he had perfected his Bieber-style hair, Sheldon, who admits to a phobia of aging, decided he wasn't finished. 'By using Justin’s charming baby face as my inspiration, I’ve been able to restructure my entire look to maintain a much more youthful appearance through
plastic surgery.' Sheldon says he admires Bieber for his youthful good looks, if not his musical output. 'I didn’t necessarily listen to his music or fawn over him as a celebrity, but his face was just so flawless every change I made was modeled after him.' In this quest, Sheldon has remodeled his features so that he bears little resemblance to the fair-haired, pleasant-featured man he was before his surgeries. After his successful hair refurbishment, Sheldon had his face and lips plumped up with filler to look more youthful. Next, he had Botox and Aquamid injections in his forehead and temples. In 2012, he spent $4,850 on eye surgery to lift his upper eyelids. 'But it took going to eight different surgeons before anyone would agree to operate on me as everyone thought I was crazy to be obsessing over such a tiny detail,' he says. His most recent procedure, a three-part smile surgery, has literally turned his frown upside down in an effort to emulate his 19year-old idol’s boyish smile. Popular in South Korea, smile surgery has doubled in the U.S. in the past year. 'When I first sought out to look like Justin I only paid attention to specific aspects of his boyish look like his hair and the structure of his face,' says Sheldon. NEWS DESK
‘the fifth estate’ falls flat on its face
'The Fifth Estate' can only be described as a disaster at the US box office on opening weekend. 'The Fifth Estate' cost an estimated $30 million to make, but at the moment that seems like a big waste of money as the WikiLeaks film only managed to gross $1.7 million in the US on opening weekend. It was released to 1,769 cinemas throughout the country which makes it the worst opening for a film distributed in more than 1,500 theatres in 2013. According to Entertainment Weekly, the drama could only manage a very poor average of $969 at each location. The film earned mixed to negative reviews from critics worldwide and the man who the movie is based on, 'Julian Assange', recently slammed the project in a letter addressed to the lead man, Benedict Cumberbatch. What were the reasons for its dismal flop? Cumberbatch's performance garnered a positive reception, so who is to blame? The British actor is having a career year in 2013 and his portrayal of Assange is easily the best feature the film has to offer. "There's no doubt that Benedict Cumberbatch does a very good job as the impassioned, imperious and mercurial Assange," said Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian. Brian Viner from the Daily Mail echoed the praise, "Cumberbatch doesn't just look like Assange in this film, from the lank white hair to the narrow, suspicious eyes. He inhabits him." NEWS DESK
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Pro football is like nuclear warfare. There are no winners, only survivors. â€” Frank Gifford
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SPORTS Tuesday, 22 October, 2013
troubled ryder eyes blacK caps return
WELLINGTON: Troubled New Zealand batsman Jesse Ryder resumed his cricket career Monday, targeting a return to the Black Caps after a tumultuous year that included a drugs ban and a near-fatal beating. Ryder linked up with his new domestic team the Otago Volts for the first time after serving a six-month ban for testing positive to banned substances contained in a weight-loss supplement. He aims to play in the Volts' season opener against his former team Wellington Firebirds next weekend, with the longer-term aim of returning to the New Zealand side for upcoming home series against the West Indies and India. "My main goal is to push for the Black Caps again," Ryder told Fairfax Media. "All going well, I'd like to push for the West Indies tour. "But, definitely, the main aim is to try and earn a call-up in time for that Indian tour if they don't pick me for the West Indies tour." The West Indies play three Tests in New Zealand from December 3 with the Black Caps hosting India in January-February. Ryder is one of New Zealand's best batting talents, averaging 40.93 in 18 Tests, but his career has been marred by disciplinary lapses, off-field problems and struggles with his fitness. The 29-year-old went into self-imposed exile from international cricket in February 2012, saying he needed to sort out his personal issues. He appeared to be making progress and was set to take up a lucrative Indian Premier League contract in March before he was assaulted outside a bar in the South Island city of Christchurch. Ryder, who witnesses said did nothing to provoke the attack, was put into an induced coma with a fractured skull and said he was fortunate to be alive. "We've all heard the stories of guys hitting their heads and dying after being punched and falling to the ground," he told Fairfax. "I look back and think I am lucky not to be dead." Then the doping ban extended his time away from the game, forcing him to train by himself as his new teammates at the Volts prepared for the upcoming season. The New Zealand Sports Tribunal accepted Ryder was trying to lose weight, not enhance his performance, when he took the over-the-counter supplement, but imposed a ban after finding he should have been more cautious. Ryder said he felt in good shape, even if there were still some complications linked to the assault. "The body's pretty good," he said. "I'm still suffering a little with the head, you know, just some light-headedness. But that's slowly getting better. I've been training hard and everything's coming along really well." AGENCIES
DEADLINE FOR PCB ELECTION ISLAMABAD
HE Islamabad High Court has directed Pakistan's election commission to hold the election for a new PCB chairman by November 2. The court was hearing an appeal on a case of alleged contempt against Sethi, who according to the petitioner had failed to comply with the order to conduct elections by the previous deadline. The PCB argued that the election commission had refused to hold the board elections despite repeated correspondence, and that the electoral collage was incomplete because of various legal problems with regional cricket associations. The court, however, has now ordered the election to be held irrespective of other issues. The election commission had earlier been reluctant to conduct the PCB elections but today they expressed their willingness to do so before the court. The order is the latest in a series of developments that began with the court's judgement on a constitutional writ petition challenging the election of the previous PCB chairman, Zaka Ashraf, who was then suspended and replaced temporarily by Najam Sethi for a 90-day term. When Sethi, a senior journalist and former caretaker chief minister of Punjab, had his powers curtailed, the court had set a
deadline of October 18 for the PCB to hold fresh elections. The PCB, however, wasn't able to comply with the deadline. On October 15, the prime minister of Pakistan and new patron of the PCB, Nawaz Sharif, dissolved the governing board of the PCB, and formed a fivemember interim management committee
(IMC) to administer cricket. Sethiâ€š former chairman Shahryar Khan, former players Zaheer Abbas and Haroon Rasheed and former team manager Naved Cheema were appointed to the committee. The IMC had been directed by Sharif to elect one of its members as chairman, and the committee
de viLLiers CaLLs for CharaCter DUBAI AGENCIES
AB de Villiers has called for a show of character from South Africa's Test side as they attempt to protect an away record that has stretched more than seven years. South Africa have not lost a series on the road since 2006 and need to win in Dubai to ensure that statistic remains intact. With a five-day turnaround between Tests, de Villiers said it is too short to rethink strategies so the troubleshooting has to be done on their mindset instead. "We were one or two out of ten [in Abu Dhabi] compared to the standard we set and we didn't play the big moments well," de Villiers said. "There aren't a lot of positives from the first Test so we need a lot of self-belief. There's not a lot of time. you can't run around for a month and hope to get better. Technical changes can't happen but we need a fresh mindset." Tactically, there are some things South Africa can improve on. Their bowlers started off employing the wrong length - too short instead of a touch fuller - and their batsmen appeared fragile against the Pakistan attack. Although the spinners shared seven wickets between them, de Villiers thought it was the seamers South Africa
were surprisingly disappointing against. "They did the damage by getting big wickets up front. And there were a couple of soft dismissals as well, including mine. Who knows, if I hadn't got run-out in the first innings, Hashim and I could still be batting." Pakistan's attack out-thought South Africa by what de Villiers called "clever plans," and he thinks South Africa can counter those with a different approach. They had a short-leg in place from early on in the innings in case of an edge from extra bounce off from Mohammad Irfan's end. He was brought into play to see the end of Alviro Petersen. They also placed a man in an unconventional position behind square leg for JP Duminy's sweep shot and he was caught in the trap. Part of the preparation for this Test has been about finding solutions for strategies such as those. "We are finding ways to fix the problems and we are going to try and get it right in the second Test," he said. "We haven't played cricket like that in a long time. We know if we don't play to your full potential, there are teams that
are going to beat us and if we do perform to our full potential we will come out on top." He said conditions, although unfamiliar, were not a good enough reason for South Africa's below parperformance. "We just didn't adapt quickly enough but there are no excuses at this level not to get used to things," he said. "We would have loved a series before this or maybe a few more warm-up games but the best teams in the world believe they are ready no matter what." And so, whether they have done enough practice or not, de Villiers has asked the team to go into the second Test believing they are ready, that they will be able to
perform to the highest level and that they will be able to walk away with a win. "We dipped big time in the last Test. and letting ourselves down which is the thing that hurt the most," he said. "We have to go in with the attitude that we are not going to lose this series."
unanimously chose Sethi, who had been acting as caretaker chairman since July. The IMC wanted to hold off elections to allow time for various local cricket associations to resolve outstanding legal issues but Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui ordered the Election Commission to press ahead with the poll.
younis 'shocked' at one-day exclusion
younis Khan was baffled by his continued omission from Pakistan's limited-overs teams. Though a regular in the Test side, he could not find a place in the 16-man squad announced for the five-match ODI series against South Africa, and has been out of the running in limited-overs cricket since the Champions Trophy, when a run of seven innings without crossing fifty forced him out of the squad. "I'm surprised I am not in the one-day team. It's quite shocking for me," younis said ahead of Pakistan's second Test against South Africa. "I am available for all formats of the game." Pakistan have moved towards younger players in the shorter forms with the likes of batsman Umar Amin and recently, Sohaib Maqsood, preferred over older hands such as younis. Pakistan's batting struggled in the Champions Trophy but they recovered well in series against West Indies and Zimbabwe, both of which they won. younis' concern, though, is that younger players may not have seized the opportunities presented to them. Pakistan's recent victories came on the back of the seniors' performance. Misbah-ul-Haq in particular has been a mainstay with the likes of Mohammad Hafeez also scoring important runs. Nasir Jamshed has made starts but his last halfcentury came six innings ago and even though both Amin and Ahmed Shehzad managed to score a fifty each against Zimbabwe, their form as been patchy.
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The difference in golf and government is that in golf you can't improve your lie. –George Deukmejian
SPORTS Tuesday, 22 October, 2013
rain stops play after tamim misses ton MIRPUR
ONTINUOUS rain from the afternoon forced an early end to the first day's play of the Mirpur Test but Bangladesh would see it as a blessing in disguise as it stopped a batting rot from taking larger form. Opener Tamim Iqbal, who fell five runs short of his first century since June 2010, was part of a string of soft dismissals which undermined two impressive sessions with the bat, and hampered the home side's plans of putting up a large first innings score. The New Zealand bowlers were lucky on three out of the five wickets to fall, but the fourman pace attack worked hard to keep the batsmen on a leash. Neil Wagner, drafted in to replace Bruce Martin, took two wickets and generally looked sprightly. He complemented Trent Boult, the quicker of the two, well and made sure Doug Bracewell's ten expensive overs didn't hurt them too much. Though Bracewell was the most unfortunate, as Tamim was dropped twice - on 5 and 10 - of his bowling. With his good fortune, Tamim led the way after Bangladesh opted to bat first. He produced some crisp strokes, collecting 17 fours in his 153ball innings. He was severe on the drive, mainly off the three left-arm seamers, and his deft touches through the leg side and taps through third man were also equally impressive. His progress into the nineties coincided with a cat-and-mouse game with Kane Williamson at gully. Tamim beat the fielder a few times but five
Jubilee insurance and snooker together since 5 years KARACHI: Jubilee Life Insurance Company Limited, the largest insurance provider in the private sector, is associated with the game of snooker since year 2008 through sponsoring various events held by Pakistan Billiards and Snooker Association (PBSA). The most recent one, Jubilee Insurance 3rd Ranking Snooker Championship, produced the top ranking cueist of the country, Shahid Aftab. Aftab will be making his international debut during the 2013 IBSF World Snooker Championship to be staged in Latvia, in November. Jubilee Life sponsored four major games this year organized by PBSA which included Jubilee Insurance 5th National Junior (U21) Snooker Championship, 38th Jubilee Insurance National Snooker Championship, Jubilee Insurance Asian Snooker Championship – 2013 and Jubilee Insurance 3rd Ranking Snooker Championship. Talking about promoting the sport, Mr. Javed Ahmed, CEO & Managing Director of Jubilee Life said, “Jubilee Life believes that it is our social responsibility to promote the young talent of Pakistan especially in the game of snooker that has produced world champions. Such championships are vital for our players to bring out their talent and we are delighted to be associated with the sport of snooker. We look forward to see them represent our country at the global level as well.” The PBSA President, Mr. Alamgir Shaikh, appreciating Jubilee Insurance’s effort to promote this game said, “Jubilee Insurance has been a great supporter of snooker since so many years which not only encourages us to promote the Pakistani talent in snooker but also boosts the morale of our players. We look forward for their continued support in order to provide exposure to our young players on both national and international level.” Many new players are putting in great determination and efforts in this game and showing their class. In these times, snooker and PBSA is highly relying upon sponsors like Jubilee Insurance to help them push new talent forward. “Snooker needs more exposure and greater opportunities as a game as there is a lot of talent in the country who needs to come up front and Jubilee Life will always provide support to snooker. Some players like, M Asif, has performed tremendously well and are the pride of this nation. We expect them to play equally good at international level and challenge world-class players,” said Mr Tahir Ahmed, CEO & Managing Director Jubilee General. STAFF REPORT
runs short of his century, Williamson leapt sharply to his right to catch a ramp that was intended to go between the wicketkeeper and gully and Tamim's century drought, lasting over three years, continues. Shakib Al Hasan followed Tamim in the over leading into the tea interval. However, rain arrived five minutes into tea and stumps were called from the umpire's room after the downpour grew steadily heavier in the next hour. The outfield was very wet, an unusual occurrence at Shere Bangla National Stadium, which hosts the best drainage facilities in the country. The weather is expected to remain bleak, with more rain forecast for the remaining four days. Bangladesh made a good enough start despite losing the early wicket of Anamul Haque, who is yet to make a substantial score in his short Test career. This time he miscued a pull shot off Trent Boult to become the first of three tame dismissals. The second wicket partnership between Tamim and Marshall Ayub was the high point of the day's batting. Marshall dominated the 67-run stand, striking six fours, and his drives through the off side caught the eye again. But similar to both innings of the Chittagong Test, Marshall fell just when he looked set for a maiden Test fifty. Mominul Haque was the third wicket that was gifted to the oppositon. The ball was so wide that it was a credit that he could edge it. Before the uncharacteristic dismissal, he had made 47 off 59 balls with eight fours. New Zealand would look to ensure this shift in momentum continues, but with more rain looming, play on the second day looks doubtful.
Want to strike early on second day: Taylor MIRPUR AGENCIES
Ross Taylor said that New Zealand finished the first day of the second Test in Mirpur with a slight advantage over Bangladesh and the side would target more wickets before the second new ball is introduced on Tuesday. However, with an 80% chance of rain in the Mirpur region forecast for the second day, it is likely that New Zealand's plans will have to wait. "The momentum was with us but we can't control the weather," Taylor said. "It's probably still pretty evenly poised. The rain has given our fast bowlers an
extra break and hopefully weather permitting, we can strike early and get them seven or eight down before the second new ball. "The main focus is that our bowlers are still fresh and we want to pick up early wickets whenever we do get out there. As I said, if we can get them seven or eight down before the next new ball, I am sure that whatever the total is then, we will be satisfied considering Bangladesh won the toss." The loss of five wickets for 228 on the board did not sit well with the home side. They had two good partnerships that ended earlier than they would have liked, and Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al
Hasan - batsmen who could have attacked the visitors' bowling - fell before the tea break. Two top-order batsmen, Marshall Ayub and Mominul Haque, got out in the forties, and Marshall admitted that Bangladesh lost one more wicket than they would have liked on a good batting pitch. "I think we lost one extra wicket," Marshall said. "If Shakib was still around, it would have done us good. The wicket was really good, and I think it will turn on the third and fourth day. Our initial target is around 400 runs; we didn't want to score very quickly today but we got the scoring opportunities and made use of them. "Mominul can play a big innings, and he was batting well. Tamim has hundreds to his name. If they stayed together, we could have made around 275 today. It would have also been great had one of them got to a hundred." Bangladesh looked to be dominating the visitors during the 67run second-wicket stand between Marshall and Tamim. The pair played shots freely, with the newcomer outpacing Tamim during the stand. A beautiful inswinging delivery from Neil Wagner went through Marshall's defensive prod, ending the stand. Taylor said the second-wicket stand had put pressure on the visitors but their bowling attack had benefited from Wagner's inclusion. "Wagner is a bounce bowler, he didn't play in the last game. He wanted to prove a point. His first spell of nine overs in that heat was a credit to him. The wicket played the way we thought it would. It had a little more bounce than in Chittagong and swung a bit more as well."
SCOREBOARD BANGLADESH 1ST INNINGS Tamim Iqbal c Williamson b Wagner 95 Anamul Haque c Williamson b Boult 7 Marshall Ayub b Wagner 41 Mominul Haque c †Watling b Anderson 47 Shakib Al Hasan lbw b Sodhi 20 Mushfiqur Rahim* not out 14 EXTRAS: (b 2, lb 1, w 1) 4 TOTAL: (5 wickets; 54.4 overs) 228 TO BAT: Sohag Gazi, Rubel Hossain, Al-Amin Hossain, Abdur Razzak, Nasir Hossain FALL OF WICKETS: 1-23 (Anamul Haque, 4.2 ov), 2-90 (Marshall Ayub, 22.6 ov), 3-166 (Mominul Haque, 42.2 ov), 4-208 (Tamim Iqbal, 51.4 ov), 5-228 (Shakib Al Hasan, 54.4 ov) BOWLING: TA Boult 13-1-50-1,DAJ Bracewell 10-0-51-0,N Wagner 13-3-42-2,IS Sodhi 11.4-2-38-1, KS Williamson 4-0-30-0,Corey J Anderson 3-0-14-1 NEW ZEALAND TEAM: BB McCullum*, Corey J Anderson, DAJ Bracewell, IS Sodhi, N Wagner, PG Fulton, LRPL Taylor, BJ Watling†, HD Rutherford, KS Williamson, TA Boult MATCH DETAILS TOSS Bangladesh, who chose to bat TEST DEBuT Al-Amin Hossain (Bangladesh) uMPIRES RK Illingworth (England) and BNJ Oxenford (Australia) TV uMPIRE Sharfuddoula MATCH REFEREE J Srinath (India) RESERVE uMPIRE Anisur Rahman
champion date for lieutenant
The JNwine.com Champion Chase at Down Royal is the likely next port of call for First Lieutenant after he was beaten on his seasonal reappearance at Punchestown last week. The Mouse Morris-trained eight-year-old was runnerup in the Down Royal Grade One last year before going on to be placed in the Lexus Chase, the Ryanair Chase and the Punchestown Gold Cup. First Lieutenant did enjoy his day in the sun when winning the Betfred Bowl at Aintree's Grand National meeting. He was an odds-on favourite for his comeback run in the Star Best For Racing Coverage Chase but was beaten into third by fellow Gigginstownowned runners Toner D'Oudairies and Roi Du Mee. While the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby on November 2 is an option, Morris is favouring staying at home with his star stayer. He said: "There's not a bother on him and we were happy enough. They didn't go much of a gallop and it turned into a bit of sprint, but he'll improve for the run. "Depending on the ground, I think he'll probably go to Down Royal. We'll support our own races (in Ireland) first." SPORTS DESK
SIMPSON ENDS TITLE DROUGHT SPORTS DESK Webb Simpson claimed his first win of 2013 in impressive fashion as he finished six shots clear at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas. Simpson held a comfortable four-shot lead heading into the final round, but he showed tremendous composure at TPC Summerlin to card a five-under-par 66 and seal his first success on the PGA Tour since triumphing at the US Open last year. The American made a great start to his round, pitching to 15 feet for birdies at the second and third holes. He made another birdie to enter the turn on three under for his round, but then three-putted at the 12th for his only bogey of the day, which left him just three strokes clear of compatriot Bohn. Simpson bounced back at the next hole, hitting his second shot to within a couple of feet before further birdies at the 15th and 16th helped him finish well clear of Jason Bohn and Ryo Ishikawa. "That three-putt there set me back a bit but it was nice
to birdie 13 and make a couple of more birdies, which was a good feeling." Simpson's overall 24-under-par score ensured he becomes the fourth player in a row to triumph at
this tournament with a score of at least 20-under-par. The 28-year-old has often flattered to deceive following his maiden major win at Olympic Club in 2012 and he admitted to initially struggling to cope with expectations placed on him. "I did a little bit," he said. "I knew there was a lot of pressure on me when I moved up the world rankings and I knew a lot of people start looking at you and watching you every week. "I felt like I learnt to deal with it towards the end of the year and I felt a lot better mentally this year." Despite moving to within three shots of the lead with six holes left, Bohn failed to seize the initiative and his final round 66 saw him finish in a tie for second alongside Ishikawa, who never seriously threatened Simpson despite a fine six-under-par 65. Charley Hoffman finished a further shot back after carding 64, the same score as fellow Americans Luke Guthrie and Troy Matteson, who finished in a tie for fifth along with compatriots Charles Howell III Chesson Hadley.
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A perfectly straight shot with a big club is a fluke. â€“Jack Nicklaus
Tuesday, 22 October, 2013
concussion rules flamini out flare fans released on bail LONDON: Two fans who were arrested after a flare was thrown from the crowd at Villa Park on Sunday have been released on police bail. An assistant referee, David Bryan, was struck on the back of the neck by the flare during the first half of Tottenham's 2-0 win against Aston Villa. The flare appeared to be thrown from a section of Spurs fans located in the Doug Ellis Stand - Bryan was able to continue after a short delay. The two men, aged 25 and 47, will not be allowed to attend football matches during the bail period which ends on November 28. The Football Association has launched an investigation into the matter and are awaiting the match officials' report into the incident. It is the latest of several incidents involving flares being thrown in recent weeks - several were thrown at last week's World Cup qualifier between England and Poland at Wembley. Following the match, FA secretary Alex Horne acknowledged the need for action - but admitted the problem was difficult to tackle due to the size of the flares which makes them easy for fans to conceal. AGENCIES
RSENAL boss Arsene Wenger has confirmed Mathieu flamini will miss the Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday. flamini suffered a concussion in Saturday's 4-1 Premier League win over Norwich, and although the Group f clash is vital in their potential progress to the last 16, he will not be risked. Arsenal opened their campaign with a 2-1 win in Marseille and beat Napoli 2-0
at the Emirates, setting up their two matches with the German side, who were beaten 2-1 by Bayern Munich in last season's final. On selection matters ahead of the home leg of that double-header, Wenger said: "flamini is doing well, has practiced normally, but we will not play him tomorrow. "There is a five-days (concussion) rule that we will respect, not to take any chance. It was a concussion and the doctor advised us not to play him. He will be okay for the weekend. "I'll leave myself 24 hours until tomorrow afternoon to decide the team."
PARIS: France have been given a tough draw against Ukraine in the World Cup play-offs. France - winners of the World Cup in 1998 and finalists in 2006 - finished second behind Spain in Group I. They will go to Ukraine, the runners-up behind England in Group H, first with the second leg in France. Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal will take on Zlatan Ibrahimovic's Sweden in what could be two very tight play-off matches. Greece will face Romania and Iceland have probably been given the draw they wanted against Croatia. The Croats go into the play-offs in a state of some disarray, having lost their last two matches and sacked coach Igor Stimac last week. Iceland have never qualified for a major tournament before. The four winners will qualify for the finals in Brazil next year.
toney targeting big uK prize Three-weight world champion James Toney is part of an exciting line-up for the Britain v USA Prizefighter International Heavyweights bill on November 14. Toney is likely to cause a stir when he fights in Britain for the first time in his glittering career on a bill topped by Anthony Joshua's third professional bout at York Hall in Bethnal Green, live on Sky Sports. "Word got out this morning that James Toney was in the line-up and it's already caused some reaction." â€“Eddie Hearn The brash talking American captured titles at middleweight, supermiddleweight and light-heavyweight, and was once considered one of the top fighters on the planet. Toney's outrageous pre-fight antics and slick skills have earned him plenty of fans over the years and they will be hoping he can roll back the years to win the Prizefighter trophy. Countryman Sherman 'The Tank' Williams heads to the capital with Toney and domestic duo Sam Sexton and Larry Olubamiwo are also among the first names in the line-up. Joshua marked his debut with a firstround demolition of Emanuele Leo and will be joined on the card by his cousin Ben Ileyemi, who also picked up an impressive stoppage in his professional bow on the same night. Promoter Eddie Hearn said: "Word got out this morning that James Toney was in the line-up and it's already caused some reaction. "Heavyweight Prizefighter is always the most exciting edition of the tournament and we are looking forward to selecting the final four participants. "It's also great to have Anthony back in the capital as he continues his journey in the division and we expect a quick sell out for the November 14 event." SPORTS DESK
tough play-off draw for france
Ali Dar receives cash prize of worth Rs 100,000 from chief guest Mr Khalid Mehmood. Mr Zia Ijaz (ABL) is also present in the picture. STAFF PHOTO
wozniacKi ends title drought LONDON: Caroline Wozniacki claimed her first title of 2013 with a 6-2 6-2 victory over Annika Beck in the final of the WTA Luxembourg Open. The 23year-old made a stuttering start against her German opponent, dropping her first two service games, but then reeled off seven on the spin to take complete charge. Teenager Beck managed to stop the rot but once she lost her serve in the sixth game, her hopes disappeared in a hurry. Wozniacki the top seed in the tournament - won 11 successive points to seal the 21st title of her career but her first since lifting the Kremlin Cup in Moscow exactly a year ago. The Dane, who lost in the final in Luxembourg back in 2008 to Russian Elena Dementieva, will now head to Istanbul as the first alternate for the BNP Paribas WTA Championships. "This result in Luxembourg is going to give me a lot of confidence," she said after beating the world no 57. AGENCIES
draw Made for eight-woMan istanbul event ISTANBUL: World No 1 and defending champion Serena Williams will face former winner Petra Kvitova, Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska and German Angelique Kerber in the Red Group at this week's WTA Championships in Istanbul. Second-ranked Victoria Azarenka heads the White Group, which also includes China's Li Na, Italian Sara Errani and Serbian Jelena Jankovic. The American is bidding to become the first player to retain the WTA Championships since Justine Henin in 2007. If she achieves the feat, it would be her fourth season-ending title. Kvitova won the event in 2011 and along with Wlliams is the only Grand Slam champion in the Red Group. Williams said: "It's a tough group. I have to be ready. That's the thing about this tournament and why it's so tough, you have to be ready from the first match on." Williams heads into the tournament with a career-high 10 titles this year and a 73-4 record. Kvitova added: "Both of the groups are very tough and I don't think you can choose anyone who you think is weaker. This means that it's going to be a big fight every day, every match." Jankovic is the only player to qualify this year who was not in the field 12 months ago, with the Serbian back among the top eight for the first time since 2010. AGENCIES
DRAW: Portugal v Sweden ukraine v France Greece v Romania Iceland v Croatia Matches will take place on 15th and 19th of November. AGENCIES
Federer regrets his judgment PARIS AGENCIES
Roger federer reckons he made mistakes during this season by playing through injury, but the Swiss insists he is ready for a strong finish to his most difficult season. The 32-year-old admits he regrets the decision to play at Indian Wells in March, Hamburg and Gstaad while suf-
fering back problems. "With hindsight, I shouldn't have done. They were errors," said federer. But federer is adamant he is "physically and mentally" prepared for a possible 15 matches in three seasonending weeks at Basel, the Paris Masters and ATP World Tour finals in London. But the World No 7 is playing down his chances of repeating his title hat trick of 2011 before the end of the year. "I don't know if my level of play is strong enough to do it now," federer added. "That would be a bit bizarre for me if I start saying that I'm going to win the last 15 matches of the season. "I have to hope so because I know that I can play really well, especially indoor. That starts here in Basel with the advantage of playing at home."
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russia will remain ‘indispensable’ partner for india: singh INDIAN PM HIGHLIGHTS VARIOUS ELEMENTS OF PARTNERSHIP COVERING FIELDS OF NUCLEAR ENERGY, DEFENCE, HYDROCARBONS AND TRADE MOSCOW AGENCIES
N a clear attempt to allay Russia’s apprehensions, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday said it will remain an “indispensable” partner for India’s defence needs even as he underlined that the bilateral ties should adapt to changing times to address challenges. Singh hailed the Russia-India relations, saying they were marked by “abiding comfort with each other” and the warmth and good-
SAYS HIS PEOPLE REGARD RUSSIAN FRIENDSHIP AND SUPPORT AS SOMETHING PARTICULARLY PRECIOUS his address at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. Noting that observers may well ask how this relationship could be taken to greater heights,” he said, “I am convinced that while the strength and the intensity of our relationship will remain undiminished, it must also adapt itself to the changing times so that we can address the full range of current opportunities and challenges. I am also sure that, as in the past, we shall face these challenges together.” At the bilateral level, Singh said, “While Russia will remain an
will between the people ensure that the strategic partnership will continue to grow in strength and relevance in the changing world. He highlighted various elements of partnership covering the fields of nuclear energy, defence, hydrocarbons and trade besides cooperation in international matters to portray the promising future for the relationship. “Even this brief overview of the fruits of our cooperation should be enough to justify fully the description of our relationship as a special and privileged strategic partnership,” Singh said in
indispensable partner for our defence needs, our future defence partnership must be increasingly based on technology transfer, joint ventures and co-development and co-production.” The statement assumes significance as India has lately been looking at new vendors like the US and Israel for its military hardware, creating apprehensions in Russia which has been long-standing major supplier of the defence equipment. “We also see Russia as a key partner for our energy security. We have an ambitious long-term plan
of cooperation in nuclear energy. The programme of cooperation in hydrocarbons that we are drawing up will further intensify our partnership in oil and gas and renewable energy sources,” he said. Acknowledging that Russia has stood by India at moments of great international challenge, when its own resources were limited and friends were few, Singh said, “beyond all the assistance that we have received, it is this last fact that Indians will never forget”. The Indian PM said that his people regard Russian friendship and support as something particularly precious. Singh stressed that over the past six decades, no country has had closer relations with India
and no country inspires more admiration, trust and confidence among the people of India than Russia. Highlighting the cooperation between India and Russia, Singh pointed out that Russia was the first country with which, in 2000, India signed a Declaration of Strategic Partnership and began the process of annual summits. Describing India’s relationship with Russia as “unmatched by any other relationship”, Singh cited examples of defence cooperation like the soon to be commissioned aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, the nuclear submarine INS Chakra leased to India by Russia and the joint development of the fifth generation fighter aircraft and the Brahmos Cruise Missile.
india to get nuclearpowered submarine from russia NEW DELHI INP
SIALKOT: A woman shows bullet holes on the wall of her house in Umeraanwali village near the Indo-Pak Working Boundary in the Charwah sector. At least two people were killed and seven others injured in continuing violation of the LoC ceasefire by Indian troops. INP
france summons Us ambassador over spying report PARIS AGENCIES
france summoned the US ambassador on Monday to protest allegations in Le Monde newspaper about large-scale spying on french citizens by the US National Security Agency. The allegations that the agency was collecting tens of thousands of french telephone records risked turning into a diplomatic row just as US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Paris for the start of a European tour over Syria. “I have immediately summoned the US ambassador and he will be received this morning at the Quai d’Orsay (the french foreign Ministry),” french foreign Minister Laurent fabius told reporters on the sidelines of an EU meeting in Luxembourg. Earlier, france’s interior minister, Manuel Valls, said Le Monde’s revelations that 70.3 million pieces of french
telephone data were recorded by the NSA between Dec 10, 2012 and Jan 8, 2013 were “shocking.” “If an allied country spies on france or spies on other European countries, that’s totally unacceptable,” Valls told Europe 1 radio. US Ambassador to france Charles Rivkin declined immediate comment on reports that he had been called in by the french foreign ministry but stressed that USfrench ties were close. “This relationship on a military, intelligence, special forces ... level is the best it’s been in a generation,” Rivkin told Reuters as Kerry arrived in Paris. In July, Paris prosecutors opened a preliminary inquiries into the NSA’s programme, known as Prism, after Germany’s Der Spiegel and Britain’s The Guardian revealed wide-scale spying by the agency leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
Balochistan govt renews dialogue oﬀer to end insurgency QUETTA APP
The Balochistan government once again warned disgruntled Balochs to refrain from attacking innocent people and offered them to hold dialogue with the government for amicable solution to the issue of Balochistan. “Targeting women and children is against the norms and traditions of Balochs, and those involved in such acts are not serving any cause,” Balochistan Home Minister Mir Sarfraz Bugti said while addressing a press conference at Civil Secretariat on Monday. Expressing his concern over the increasing incidents of attacks on trains and other government installations, he said an inquiry committee has been formed to probe into the
DMJ train attack and those responsible for the loopholes in the security apparatus would be taken to task. “Concerted security plan has been devised to halt the organized crimes such as target killings, kidnapping for ransom and highway robberies”, he maintained. He noted that incumbent government was pursuing very clear policy of reconciliation and believes in dialogue to halt insurgency more effectively. “We are democratic people and seeking way out of the issues only through talks,” he added. To a question, the home minister alleged that lack of seriousness in previous regimes led to the grim poor law and order in the province. “The current government is firm to end insurgency and is capable to steer the province out of current crises to ensure
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security to the people of Balochistan.” He dispelled the impression about running of private jails by his father in Dera Bugti. “Neither Dera Bugti is a nogo area nor there is any private jail in the district. It is an allegation levelled by my rivals to gain political mileage,” the home minister emphasised. About foreign involvement in Balochistan unrest, he said there were ample proofs of a foreign hand behind the Balochistan insurgency, however, it was the prerogative of the foreign Office to comment on it. “The frontier Corps is assisting the provincial government in maintaining peace in the province and with the help of paramilitary force, crime is being controlled effectively,” he said.
India now seems all set to acquire a second nuclear-powered submarine on lease from Russia, at a cost of about $1.5 billion, to bolster its ageing underwater combat arm that took a major hit with the sinking of a conventional submarine in Mumbai in August. While the over 8,000-tonne new steel shark will have a miniaturised nuclear reactor at its core for propulsion, it will not be armed with long-range nuclear missiles because of international treaties like the Missile Technology Control Regime. But, much like the first leased submarine INS Chakra being currently operated by the Indian Navy, it will act as a “potent hunter-killer” of enemy warships and submarines as well as have cruise missiles to hit land targets. Capable of operating at extended ranges for long durations, unlike diesel-electric submarines that require to surface or “snorkel” every few days to get oxygen to re-charge their batteries, INS Chakra has added some desperately-needed muscle to the country’s underwater fleet of just 13 conventional submarines. With PM Manmohan Singh currently visiting Moscow, and Defence Minister AK Antony to follow suit on November 15-17, the contract for the second nuclear-powered submarine from Russia is “well on the cards” now, said sources.
2 men in uK court on terrorism charges LONDON AGENCIES
Two 25-year-old British men have appeared in a London court charged with terrorist offenses. The pair — one of Turkish descent and one with an Algerian background — were arrested Oct. 13 in a London street in an operation that saw armed officers shoot out the tires of their car. Both are charged with possession of a computer file including information on bomb making, and one is also charged with preparing a terrorist act. Unusually, a judge made an order barring reporting of their names to protect the security of an ongoing investigation. On Monday they were ordered detained until their next court appearance on Nov. 18. Two other men arrested in the same swoop have been released without charge.