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ISI DG to ask CIA chief for precision-guided munitions for Pakistani jets to target Taliban, al Qaeda hideouts Pakistan believes precision air strikes may eﬀectively replace US drone programme ISLAMABAD
AKISTAN is seeking precision-guided munitions (PGMs) from the United States for its F-16 fighter jets to target the hideouts of al Qaeda and Taliban militants in the Tribal Areas, which it believes could replace the US drones program effectively. The PGMs intend to precisely hit a specific target and Pakistani security circles believe that its fighter planes, equipped with them, could accurately target the militants in North and South Waziristan as well as the rest of tribal regions. However, US officials are of the view that Pakistani fighter jets, even if equipped with PGMs or smart weapons, could not be an effective alternative to its ongoing drone strikes in the Tribal Areas, where they say scores of al Qaeda leaders, including some top militants, have been killed in these assaults. Pakistan and the United States had been at odds for months until Islamabad reopened NATO supplies to Afghanistan. The talks on Pakistani F-16s being an alternative to drones programme between Islamabad and Washington were also held before the closure of NATO supplies and have resumed after a lull of some months. ISI Director General Gen Zaheerul Islam, who reportedly meets CIA Chief General David Petraeus on August 2, will discuss this issue at length with him at the CIA headquarters in Virginia. “Islamabad and Washington have been engaged in
hectic consultations on possible agreement over the drone strikes in the tribal regions but so far with no success. Some plans have been discussed and the idea of F-16s equipped with smart weapons is one of them,” said a diplomatic source, seeking anonymity. He said despite the US reluctance, Pakistan believed that once implemented, the plan of better equipped F-16s could phase out the US drone programme that would be also of great advantage to Washington as it would help in lowering of the rising anti-American sentiments in the country. Another diplomatic source, who is also privy to the ongoing Pakistan-US consultations on counterterrorism cooperation, said apart from drone strikes, Islamabad was also discussing the increased border coordination between Pakistani, American and Afghan forces with the United States to avert a ‘Salala attack’ like incident in future and General Zaheer’s visit to Washington was part of that dialogue. He said the US also wanted the return of some of its military personnel to Pakistan for better border coordination and counter-terrorism cooperation, especially the monitoring of anti-terror activities in the border regions. These US military personnel were sent back by Islamabad last year after the
relations with Washington became strained. “The ISI chief will also discuss in detail the vital issue of return of some US military personnel to Pakistan with the CIA director and other American officials during his visit to the US,” he said.
Courts should be free but authority lies with people’s reps: Pervaiz Ashraf Prime minister says constitution clearly defines roles assigned to legislature, executive and judiciary ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
In an apparent bid to mollify the tension between the executive and the judiciary, Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf on Sunday said that he not only firmly believes in the independence of judiciary but also is in favour of an independent judicial system. But he hastened to add that the Objective Resolution – a part of the constitution – clearly states that state authority should be exercised by the chosen representatives of the people. The prime minister said that the government believed in the supremacy of law and governing the country according to the dictates of the constitution wherein a clear role had been assigned to the
12 militants killed in upper orakzai blitz | page 02 legislature, executive and judiciary. The judiciary is going to take up important and controversial cases against the government this week including the Contempt of Court Act 2012 case and contempt of court case against Rehman Malik (today), contempt of court case against former law minister Babar Awan tomorrow, and the NRO decision implementation case on July 25 (Wednesday). The prime minister had a meeting with Federal Minister for Law and Justice Farook H Naik who called on him at the Prime Minister’s House and discussed legal issues and pending court cases with the premier. The law minister apprised the prime minister about the initiatives taken to introduce local government system in FATA with a view to ensure people’s effective representation in the planning and execution of local development projects including the reconciliation mechanism to settle local issues. It would also cultivate local leadership, so important for the development of democratic culture and empowering people at the grass-roots, the minister said. The minister said that progress on the anti-terrorism law was satisfactory and claimed that it would ensure conviction of terrorists, which had been embarrassingly low due to defects in the existing law which the terrorist took full advantage of. The evidence presented in the court by prosecutors could not withstand the defense on legal and technical grounds, and resultantly hardcore terrorists got scot-free, he said. The minister said that the law to control the theft of electricity, gas and other services was being undertaken on fast track basis. He said the instructions had been given to vigorously pursue the cases and get the court stays vacated at the earliest as these had stuck WAPDA Rs 1.3 billion. The law minister said that the government intended to bring amendment in the existing law to provide inexpensive and speedy justice to the people, especially to those who were poor and involved in minor offences.
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Afghans allege artillery from Pakistan killed eight civilians KABUL: Afghan officials said Sunday that hundreds of shells and rockets have been fired into Afghanistan from neighboring Pakistan, hitting homes and killing eight civilians along frontier areas from which insurgents have in the past staged cross-border attacks. The Afghan government has not yet openly blamed the Pakistani military for the artillery barrage, which reportedly hit districts in the eastern provinces of Nuristan and Kunar. In the latest reported cross-border violation, nearly 400 rockets and shells were fired into Afghanistan on Saturday and killed at least eight people in Dangam district along the border, according to Kunar provincial police chief Gen. Ewaz Mohammad Naziri.He said those attacks and others in nearby Nuristan had led hundreds of families to flee the area. The information could not be independently verified because the area is largely off-limits to reporters. Kabul’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Janan Mosazai said, ”The rocket attacks in the eastern provinces of Afghanistan are not acceptable to us and we are strongly condemning these attacks. We believe that the continuation of such rocket attacks will have a negative impact on the friendly relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan.”Afghanistan’s Deputy Foreign Minister Jawed Ludin on Sunday summoned Pakistan’s ambassador in Kabul to discuss the latest barrage of periodic shelling across the Durand Line, a Foreign Ministry statement said.“Any continuation of such reported shelling against Afghan villages could have a significant negative impact on bilateral relations,” the statement quoted Ludin as telling ambassador Mohammad Sadiq. Both sides agreed to hold a senior-level meeting of military officials soon in Jalalabad over the shelling and improve military coordination along the Durand Line, the statement said. Meanwhile, a Pakistani military official rejected the Afghan allegations. He said the Pakistani troops only fire when they are attacked by militants from the other side of the border. AGENCIES
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12 militants killed in Upper Orakzai blitz
Islamabad: a family passes the second day of Ramadan at the Rawal lake on sunday. NNI
KASUR: The Rangers recovered 51 kilogrammes of heroin packed in a plastic drum and arrested a suspect during a raid at a house here on Sunday. On a tip off, a team of Rangers raided the house located in Mahalumkhurd village of Kasur during which 51 kilogrammes of heroin of standard quality, hidden in a plastic drum, were recovered. The Rangers took it into custody and arrested the accused, Allah Ditta. The recovered drug values at more than Rs 2.5 billion in the international market. In the preliminary interrogation, the detainee revealed that the heroin was to be smuggled to India and his two accomplices were also involved in the smuggling. A team has been formed to arrest the other two members of the gang, Safdar Dogar and Muneer. inP
Lakki DPO denies reports of ban on women shopping alone LAKKI MARWAT: District Police Officer (DPO) Umar Riaz on Sunday strongly denied news reports regarding a ban on women visiting markets alone for shopping in Sarai Naruang tehsil of Lakki Marwat district, saying all such reports were baseless. Talking to reporters, he said there was no ban on woman visiting markets alone in Sarai Naurang tehsil. He said a meeting on law and order was held the other day, which was attended by the elders of the area, representatives of traders and DSP Sanaullah. He said some elders in the meeting demanded Sarai Naurang deputy superintendent of police impose ban on woman visiting markets, while the DSP refused to accede to this demand The DPO said following this meeting some participants had spread this rumour on their own. He said women could visit bazaars for shopping alone. APP
One killed in landmine blast in Balochistan JAFFARABAD: At least one person was killed and another injured in a landmine blast in Balochistan’s Jaffarabad district, officials said on Sunday. According to police, a motorcycle hit a landmine in RD-238 area of District Jaffarabad, leaving one killed and another injured. The deceased and the injured were brothers. Police immediately rushed to the blast site and moved the body and injured to a local hospital after cordoning off the entire area. OnlinE
Hot and humid weather across the country ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) on Sunday forecast mainly hot and humid weather for most parts of Punjab and Islamabad during next 24 hours. According to the synoptic situation, a seasonal low lies over northwest Balochistan and adjoining areas, with the trough extending southeastwards. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, mainly hot and humid weather is expected in most parts of the province however, thunderstorm/rain is likely in isolated areas of the Hazara division during the evening/night. Hot and humid weather has been predicted for most parts of Sindh and Balochistan for the next 24 hours. AgEnciES
PESHAWAR: At least 12 militants were killed and several others injured when security forces backed by fighter jets targeted their hideouts in Upper Orakzai Agency on Sunday. Reports said several militant hideouts were targeted in the Dabori, Zakhtan and Gandi Thal areas by fighter jets. Four dens of militants were destroyed in the assault. Officials said a number of militants were also injured during the aerial strikes. The military action was initiated a day after a brutal suicide attack on a compound of progovernment militant commander Maulana Mohammad Nabi Hanfi in Speen Thall. Around 14 persons were killed and more than 20 were injured in the attack. Militants have long held shelters in Upper Orakzai, which is adjacent to Tirrah valley of Khyber Agency. These militants have been involved in deadly attacks on security forces and government installations across the region, including in provincial capital Peshawar. STAFF REPORT
Govt trying best to rid country of polio: Asifa LONDON OnlinE
Pakistan’s goodwill ambassador for Polio Eradication and daughter of President Asif Ali Zardari Asifa Bhutto Zardari again made it clear that polio was a deadly disease and the government was trying its best to make Pakistan polio free. Asifa expressed these views while talking to BBC (Urdu Service). “Diseases know no borders and mankind has a collective responsibility towards children of the world and together we must strive to ensure that tomorrow’s world is free of this scourge,” she said. She said the government would not rest until the scourge had been completely eliminated. She also called upon philanthropists to come forward and help in the drive. To a question, Asifa said she was honored to be the Pakistan’s Goodwill Ambassador for Polio Eradication, adding that her mother had started the polio campaign and
she wanted to follow in her footsteps. She said polio was a menace and contacts were important so that she could interact with people and ensure that it could be prevented. In another question, she said the president inaugurated National Polio Emergency Plan in 2011, adding that polio was a crippling disease and continued to threaten children. “Unfortunately Pakistan is among the few countries, which are still not completely polio free.”
DPC to prove stumbling block against restoration of NATO supplies LAHORE: Vowing to become a stumbling block between the rulers and the US, Difa-ePakistan Council (DPC) Chairman Samiul Haq on Sunday said they would not remain silent over the resumption of NATO supplies. Talking to JUI-S Central Information Secretary Asim Makhdoom over the telephone, Haq said by restoring NATO supplies, the government had done no favour to Pakistan but showed its loyalty with the United States only. The DPC chief said they would use all options including protest, and sit-ins across the country to prevent NATO supplies’ resumption. He was of the view that the government and its allies were busy in saving their rule. He said because of the wrong policies of the government, the security and sovereignty of the country had been put in danger. inP
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Shahbaz vowS to protect law-abiding citizenS Punjab chief minister says the province’s police force is being imparted modern training, equipped with latest weapons g
new cec to take oath today ISLAMABAD: Justice(r) Fakhruddin G Ebrahim will take oath as the new Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) today (Monday). Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry will administer oath to the new CEC at a ceremony to be held at the Supreme Court. The oath-taking ceremony had earlier been scheduled for Friday, but was later postponed to Monday on Ebrahim’s request. Ebrahim has previously served as law minister, attorney general, a judge of the Supreme Court and governor of Sindh. AgEnciES
H E government is fully committed to protecting the life and property of all lawabiding citizens and all available resources are being utilised for the purpose, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said on Sunday. “Latest weapons and modern training is also being imparted to the police force,” he said while presiding over a meeting to review law and order in the province. Inspector General of Police Haji Habibur Rehman gave a briefing on the law and order and the measures taken for the eradication of crimes. The chief minister said with the cooperation of the Turkish police, modern training courses were being conducted for the capacity-building of Punjab Police. He directed the IG to ensure strict security measures for mosques and Imam Barghas during Ramadan, adding that strict security arrangements should also be made in Sastay Ramazan Bazaars so that citizens could carry out shopping without any fear. Shahbaz ordered that security be beefed up in markets and bazaars, adding that “terrorism and lawlessness have caused irreparable loss to national economy”. The Punjab chief minister said pro-
Violence returns to major cities LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Ben West and Kamran Bokhari in an article that appeared on a global intelligence company Stratfor’s website, have pointed out how the violence is slowly returning back to Pakistan’s major cities. The article quotes examples of recent attacks in Lahore and Gujrat by the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) among many others. “The two attacks (along with numer-
ous other attacks and an attempted assassination) came the week after Pakistan formally reopened NATO supply routes through the country to Afghanistan. But rather than an impetus for attacks, the reopening of the supply line is more likely a political opportunity for the Pakistani Taliban militants to promote anti-American sentiment in Pakistan. The NATO supply line is one of the most visible products of the U.S.-Pakistani relationship.” The article takes a shot at what is the
real reason behind TTP’s recent attacks. “It involves a remote geographic region of Pakistan that has been dragged into the 10-year-old Afghanistan War, a struggling Pakistani economy, distrust of Pakistan’s current government and upcoming elections that are seen as an opportunity to address grievances against Islamabad.” Pakistani Taliban and militants were cultivated in the Afghan jihad period and an attempt to control them after the 9/11 proved not so successful. “The militants
vision of justice to the masses was the priority of the government and criminal justice system would have to be improved for the purpose. He said there was a need to improve the prosecution system and maintain close and effective coordination between the departments concerned for the swift disposal of cases. He said 100 model police stations were being set up in the province where the entire process, from registration of FIRs to challans, would be expeditiously completed. IG Rehman informed the meeting that 44,866 proclaimed offenders had been arrested during the last five months while effective action was being taken against gangs involved in kidnapping for ransom, robbery, murder and other heinous crimes due to which the crime rate in the province had declined.
made it clear that their goal was to take over the Pakistani state, beginning in the mountains surrounding the Indus River Valley. This led the government to deploy forces to Swat in April 2010. These forces expanded their offensive to South Waziristan later that year and by the end of 2010, they had gone into every single district of the FATA save North Waziristan. “The US also launched operations parallel with Pakistan’s, targeting Pakistani Taliban militant leaders using unmanned aerial vehicle strikes in North and South Waziristan, disrupting their leadership structure and affecting the group’s ability to organise, train and conduct attacks in Pakistan’s core. “Although its capabilities might be diminished, the TTP has not disappeared. Fazlullah recently indicated that he and his forces are intent on retaking Swat from the military. “Between the international economic turmoil and the parallel dynamics of a democratic uprising and jihadist insurgency that led to the fall of the Musharraf regime, Pakistan has been in dire economic straits since 2008. More recently, Islamabad has been forced to return to the IMF for a new loan arrangement to keep from defaulting on the existing loan. “Moreover, Pakistan’s Supreme Court is challenging Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari on corruption charges. Whether Zardari embezzled the money is somewhat irrelevant, since the case has been elevated to a political dispute between the executive and judicial branches of the Pakistani government over the limits of
executive immunity and how much authority the Supreme Court has over the president. “Even though the TTP favors the adaptation of an extremely austere interpretation of Sharia to Pakistan’s current legal system, it is savvy enough to see a political opening and exploit it. The Pakistani Taliban militants will use Zardari’s case to paint the country’s politicians as corrupt and untrustworthy. Elections are slated for the first half of 2013 but could be held as early as the next quarter of 2012, given the mounting political crisis in the country. The stronger the Pakistani Taliban militants can make their case, the more pressure they can put on any future government to relax military deployments in the northwest. “And as long as there are Pakistanis displeased with the regime and the economic situation, there will be TTP sympathisers in Punjab who support more radical change. These individuals provide the network and motivation for continuing attacks against the Pakistani government. “Military deployments to northwest Pakistan have kept militants in check for the past couple of years (at least in Punjab state), but that is not exactly a longterm solution. Domestic military deployments are rarely popular and, though sometimes necessary for short periods, eventually become self-defeating and a drain on resources. Should Islamabad’s political will shift and the military lose its advantage in the northwest, the militants could continue their campaign in Pakistan’s core, returning to high-profile, disruptive attacks.”
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Veteran dealmaker Mukherjee elected India’s president NEW DELHI
ORMER finance minister Pranab Mukherjee was elected Indian president on Sunday after votes from national and state lawmakers were counted in the race for the mainly ceremonial post. Some analysts believe Mukherjee, a veteran from the ruling Congress party, may take a more active approach to the job than his predecessors as India struggles with a parliamentary deadlock and slowing economic growth. The PTI news agency announced Mukherjee, 76, as the winner after he collected
more than half of the electoral college votes during counting on Sunday. He easily beat his only rival PA Sangma, 64, a former Lower House speaker who was backed by the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Famously only fivefoot (152 centimetres) tall, Mukherjee entered parliament in 1969 and will cap his long career in the turbulent world of Indian politics with a stint in the largely ceremonial role of president. Known as a workaholic, a trouble-shooter and a shrewd tactician, he has been a leading figure within the ruling Congress party since the early 1980s when the country was governed according to socialist ideals. He stood down as
finance minister last month to run for president after serving in the post for three years during which India’s increasingly market-driven economy has faltered, with growth falling sharply. “The life of a finance min-
ister is not easy,” he told parliament when delivering his final budget in March. “When things go wrong, it is the finance minister who is called upon to administer the medicine. “As Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark, said in Shakespeare’s immortal words, ‘I must be cruel only to be kind’.” But the supposedly tough budget was quickly dismissed as ineffectual, and he left the Finance Ministry after the economy grew by just 5.3 percent between January and March — its slowest quarterly expansion in nine years. With the rupee also at record lows against the dollar, Mukherjee takes up the presidency with his reputation in poor shape compared to when he steered India through the 2009
global financial downturn. Nevertheless he has retained the respect of a wide spectrum of Indian politicians and is seen as an ardent proponent of “inclusive growth” that would ensure that India’s poor share in the country’s development. Born on December 11, 1935 in the small village of Mirati in West Bengal, his father was a “freedom fighter” for India’s independence movement who spent more than 10 years in British jails. Mukherjee, who speaks with a heavy Bengali accent that his colleagues call “Pranabese”, began as a college teacher and later worked for the Bengali publication Desher Dak (“Call of the Motherland”) before entering
politics. He followed in his father’s footsteps in joining the Congress party and was elected to the Upper House in 1969 before moving to the lower house in 2004. Once tipped as a future prime minister, his moment never arrived and a new generation of Congress leaders is being touted to take over when Premier Manmohan Singh, 79, stands down, most likely at the 2014 general elections. But Mukherjee, who has been on the board of governors of the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and Asian Development Bank, may take a more active approach to presidential duties than his predecessors. Some observers believe he may encourage
compromise among warring parties that have reduced parliament to near-paralysis in recent sessions. He could also play a role in the formation of the next government if elections in 2014 deliver inconclusive results and numerous parties try to build a stable enough coalition to take power. Mukherjee, who sometimes stands on a box when giving speeches so he can see over the podium, lists his hobbies as gardening, reading and listening to music, and now he may also find more time for his wife, two sons and daughter. His son Abhijit has followed in his father’s footsteps, last year winning a seat in the West Bengal assembly as a Congress party candidate.
3 NATO soldiers killed in eastern Afghanistan KABUL AFP
hOMS: An image grab from a video released by the Syrian opposition Shaam news network on Sunday shows an explosion alleged to be in the Jouret al-Shayyah neighbourhood of this central Syrian city. Afp
Three NATO soldiers were killed in separate attacks in eastern Afghanistan at the weekend, the International Security Assistance Force said. Two died in a roadside bomb explosion early Sunday and another was killed in an insurgent attack Saturday, ISAF said, without giving further details or naming the nationalities of the dead. The latest deaths take the total toll among the US-led coalition so far this year to 250, according to an AFP count based on the website icasualties.org. Roadside bombs, a favourite weapon of Taliban insurgents, have taken a particularly heavy toll in Afghanistan this month. Six American soldiers died in a huge blast on July 8 in the same eastern region of the country, which is the focus of a NATO push against insurgents along the border with Pakistan. On the same day, 18 civilians travelling in three vehicles were killed in southern Kandahar province, Among other notable recent attacks, eight civilians, five Afghan police and two NATO soldiers were killed in three separate explosions last Thursday. The attacks were blamed on Taliban insurgents, hardline Islamists who have waged a decade-long campaign to topple the government of President Hamid Karzai, which is backed by 130,000 NATO troops. For the past five years the number of civilians killed in the war has risen steadily, reaching a record 3,021 in 2011 — the vast majority caused by insurgents, according to UN figures.
israeli sets self Taliban execute five Afghans for NATO links Rupert Murdoch on fire days KABUL after burns quits boards of victim dies British newspapers JERUSALEM ment of President Hamid Karzai and a 130,000-strong US-led NATO force. The rebels are particularly active across the southern and eastern provinces, and appear to have stepped up efforts to impose their harsh version of Islamic Sharia laws implemented when they were in power between 1996 and 2001. On Saturday, Taliban insurgents whipped two men 40 times in public in a village south of Kabul after accusing them of attempting to kidnap
a young boy for ransom. Public punishments and executions were common when the Taliban regime was in power from 1996 until 2001, when they were ousted by a US-led invasion and launched an insurgency against Karzai’s government. Earlier this month, a video showing the public execution of a 22-yearold woman who was shot in the back in Parwan province just north of Kabul in front of a crowd of cheering men, drew worldwide condemnation.
Afghan father shoots daughters in ‘honour’ killing
3 Pakistanis among six insurgents captured in Kandahar
A wheelchair-bound Israeli was in serious condition on Sunday after setting himself on fire just hours before the funeral of a man who had set himself alight during a social justice protest on July 14. “A man in a wheelchair set himself on fire at a bus stop near Yehud” near Tel Aviv, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP. “Passersby put out the flames. The man, in his late forties, was in serious condition, he was taken to the Sheba hospital in Tel HaShomer,” he said. “From what we know, he set himself on fire,” Rosenfeld said, indicating that an investigation was under way. Sunday’s apparent selfimmolation, carried out by a man who is reportedly a disabled Israeli army veteran, took place just hours before the funeral of Moshe Silman. Silman died on Friday, six days after setting himself ablaze at a Tel Aviv social justice demonstration. In a letter he read out before setting himself alight, he accused the Israeli establishment of “taking from the poor and giving to the rich.”
Taliban insurgents executed five civilians near Kabul for working with NATO troops, authorities said Sunday, the latest in a series of militant activities in villages around the capital. The news of the incident in Wardak province’s Jalrez district, 40 kilometres (25 miles) south of Kabul, came a day after the insurgents publicly lashed two Afghan men and just weeks after the public exe-
An Afghan man killed his two teenage daughters when they returned home four days after running away with a man in a southern village, police said Sunday. The father, who shot the girls, has been detained on murder charges in Nad Ali district in the southern province of Helmand, a hotbed of the Taliban insurgency, provincial police spokesman Farid Ahmad Farhang told AFP. “He killed two of his daughters. His daughters
cution of a woman for adultery. In Jalrez, the rebels captured six Afghans returning home from work at a NATO base. The bodies of five of them were found on Sunday, all booby-trapped with explosives, a statement from the provincial governor’s office said. Their hands were tied behind their backs, a witness told AFP. The sixth man fled his captors, the statement added, blaming the killings on the Taliban, the main insurgent group fighting the Western-backed govern-
had run away with a young man four days ago. When they returned home their father killed them,” Farhang said. Police have issued an arrest warrant for the young man, who is said to be working as an interpreter with NATO forces in the southern province, Farhang said. Relations between men and women outside marriage are strictly controlled under Islam and infringements are harshly punished by most families in the troubled Central Asian nation. So-called “honour killing” is a common practice in
Afghanistan, an ultraconservative Islamic nation which has been at war for most of the past three decades. The Taliban, an Islamic insurgent group waging war against the Western-backed government of President Hamid Karzai, recently publicly executed a young woman in a village near Kabul after she was accused of adultery. The execution was widely condemned internationally after a shocking video of the killing surfaced in Afghan media. It showed a crowd cheering as a man shot the woman with a rifle.
Six insurgents, including three Pakistani nationals, were captured by Afghan security forces in southern Kandahar province, the provincial arm of the National Department of Security (NDS) said. “The men have confessed that they were behind the assassination of several tribal elders in the province,” the NDS said in a statement Sunday. However, it did not provide more details about the insurgents. Insurgents are active in Kandahar province, targeting government sites and local police checkpoints.
Rupert Murdoch has resigned as director of a number of companies behind British newspapers The Sun, The Times and The Sunday Times, a News International spokeswoman said. “Last week Mr Murdoch stepped down from a number of boards, many of them small subsidiary boards, both in the UK and US,” a spokeswoman for News Corp’s British publishing arm News International said Saturday. The News Corp chief executive is stepping down from his role on the boards of News Corp Investments, News International Group Limited and Times Newspaper Holdings. He has also left more than a dozen boards in the US, Australia and India. News International sought to play down the development, saying it was “no more than a corporate house-cleaning exercise prior to the company split”. The decision comes after Murdoch announced last month that News Corp will press ahead with a split of the entertainment division from its struggling publishing business, saying he is committed to both units. He said he would be chairman of both companies, including an entertainment unit led by Fox studios and television assets, and a publishing unit that includes The Wall Street Journal and The Times of London. An email sent to newspaper staff on Saturday said the latest move “is part of the preparation of the business for the upcoming restructure into two companies”, British media reported. In the memo News International boss Tom Mockridge said Murdoch “remains fully committed... as chairman of what will become the largest newspaper and digital group in the world.”
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Nawaz asks US for policy of mutual respect ISLAMABAD APP
Urging the US to pursue a policy of mutual respect and mutual trust with Pakistan, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Nawaz Sharif said only such a policy could restore cooperation between the two countries and thereby serve the cause of peace and stability in the region. Nawaz made this remark during a farewell call on him by outgoing US Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter. The PML-N president emphasised the need for the US to re-orient its policies towards Pakistan in a manner that strengthens the country’s democratic institutions and decrease its economy’s dependence on foreign aid. Munter spoke of his admiration for the people of Pakistan adding that he was deeply impressed by the enormous changes taking place in the country which made him confident that it was headed in the right direction.
Mehsud tribesmen decry extortion of IDPs in Wana WANA iSlAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim league-nawaz (PMl-n) President nawaz Sharif in a meeting with outgoing uS Ambassador cameron Munter and his wife Dr Marilyn Wyatt on Sunday. ONLINE
Afghan couple fears persecution PESHAWAR
N Afghan couple who fled the war-torn country to marry in Pakistan are being held in protective custody amid fears the bride’s angry relatives will kill them, officials said on Sunday. Hewad, 22, who is known by only one name, wed 18-year-old Mariyam Marjman in the town of Abbottabad, around 50 kilometres (30 miles) north of Islamabad, last month after escaping Kabul with the help of a Pakistani friend.
Fazl demands neutral caretaker setup to hold elections LAHORE inP
Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl chief Fazlur Rehman has said that other institutions would get an opportunity to interfere in the functioning of the parliament if the rulers themselves would not implement its decisions. In an interview here on Sunday, Fazlur Rehman said that the situation demanded that the government should take all the parties inside and outside the parliament into confidence and establish an independent caretaker government to organise elections. He said the future of the country was linked with democracy and all the political parties would have to pursue democratic attitude. Replying to a question, the JUI-F chief said the present parliament had adopted a number of important resolutions including against US drone attacks but regretted that the government had not implemented them. He said when the government itself would violate the parliamentary resolutions, it would give an excuse to others to do the same and give them an invitation to interfere in our affairs. To a question, Fazlur Rehman said resumption of NATO supplies was not in Pakistan’s interest and would lead to deterioration in situation. He said only rulers would be held accountable for any deterioration in situation. He said unfortunately the US had never been a well-wisher of Pakistan but our rulers had always been submitting to the dictates of Washington.
Marjman told officials a jirga or assembly of her relatives had travelled to Abbottabad with the aim of taking her back to Afghanistan, where she would probably be murdered for marrying a person of her own choice. “Mariyam declared that Hewad is her husband and both of them were in love before they got married,” senior local administration official Imtiaz Shah said, adding that the bride’s parents wanted her to marry her dead elder sister’s husband. He said that the couple had brought the two-year-old daughter of Marjman’s dead sister with them to Pakistan.
Top local administration official Khan Omarzai told AFP that arrangements have been made to produce both Hewad and Marjman at the high court in Peshawar on Monday. “The couple is being provided full protection as per court’s order,” he added. Marjman was moved to an orphanage with the two-year-old while Hewad was moved to a prison in the northwestern city of Mansehra with officials in Abbottabad saying “this has been done to provide them full protection”. “We will accept and implement whatever is the court’s decision tomorrow,”
Shah said. “If the court orders us to give custody of the couple to the jirga, we will do that and if the court decides to keep the custody of the couple, we will implement that verdict too.” Progress has been made on women’s rights since the fall of the Taliban in Afghanistan, but many fear those gains are under threat as NATO troops leave and Kabul seeks peace with Islamist insurgents. Earlier this month a video emerged of the public execution of a woman accused of adultery in Afghanistan, who was gunned down as dozens of men cheered.
Criticising the inhuman attitude of the Political Administration officials, Mehsud tribesmen Sunday decried over unnecessary collection of tax by Political Administration in Tehsil Sarvakai from each Mehsud entering Wana. Talking to INP, Khan Zeb Mehsud said that Mehsud tribesmen could not enter South Waziristan Agency (SWA) without getting themselves registered despite having the National Identity Cards (NICs). If someone failed to get registered, it would become necessary for him to get traveling permit from the Political Agent’s office which was provided only for three days to enter SWA and that too on payment of certain amount to the officials. “In addition, to get travel permit, each Mehsud has to pay Rs 60,” another Mehsud, Habib, said while explaining the ordeal of the people.
LOCAL AUTO PARTS INDUSTRY SUFFERING DUE TO IMPORT OF USED CARS LAHORE APP
The local production of cars has registered a massive reduction by 22,00025,000 units owing to import of 50,000 used cars in a year, besides hurting the domestic auto parts vending industry to the tune of Rs 27 billion. The domestic auto parts manufacturers are feeling the brunt of this trend as the demand for locally produced vehicles has slowed down, which is evident from the fact that size of local market has shrunk to currently 30 percent from its peak level of 2007 when some 200,000 vehicles were produced, according to Pakistan Association of Automotive Parts and Accessories Manufacturers (PAAPAM). The domestic industry has tremendously developed during the last few years mainly by investing huge capital but also with the help of agreements with world renowned equipment makers for technology transfer, which include hundreds of components such as bumpers, radiators, mufflers, batteries, tyres, wheels, air-conditioners, wiring harnesses, instrument panels, steering wheels, sun-visors, seats, carpets, interior panels, sheet metal and plastic parts. All of this is being locally produced by more than 400 vending companies that entail almost 2.2 million skilled workers directly and indirectly. The association’s Chairman Syed Nabeel Hashmi said precious foreign exchange was being wasted on import of spare parts for these used vehicles, which
would also cause a loss to the exchequer to the tune of $50 million per year. The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has not revised the duty structure on import of used cars for the last six years, as the taxes paid at import stage are fixed in US dollar which were determined in 2006. The influx of used cars in the country has been taking a heavy toll on local auto assemblers who purchase 60 percent of the auto parts from domestic manufacturers, he added. Hundreds of components such as wheel rims, tyres, batteries, radiators, mufflers, wire harness, instrument panels, steering wheels, air conditioners, sun visors, other sheet metal parts and plastic parts, which are produced by local vendors, are now being imported for these used cars, at the cost precious foreign exchange, he added.
Hashmi said with the high mark-up rate, depreciation in exchange rate and energy crisis, the government must intervene to ensure that local engineering units do not shut down and continue to provide jobs to the skilled and semi skilled labour force. During the last 12 months, almost 50,000 used vehicles have been imported, amounting to 30 percent of the total market demand for automobiles in the country, causing a loss of over Rs 14 billion revenue in terms of relaxations allowed pertaining to depreciation allowance, he said. It was strange that most of the imported cars of 1000cc (or higher) such as Vitz, Corolla, Belta, Premio, Axio, Mira, Probox, Land Cruiser and Pajero are being sold in the price range of Rs 1.1 million to Rs 3.5 million, he said.
He said, the PAAPAM has also urged Japanese firms to raise local content share in auto parts to cut cost, as the association termed 2012 a special year for PakistanJapan relations. The automobile sector in Pakistan, he said, was completely dominated by Japanese companies and Japan’s share in car and truck market was almost 100 percent and it had almost 50 percent share in the motorcycle market, besides having a major share of the market in other vehicles. However, the share of local content needs to be increased, as “we still import almost 50 percent of the automotive parts”. There is an opportunity for Japanese investors to fill the remaining half, as it will cut manufacturing costs in Pakistan and enhance profitability of Japanese investors, he pointed out.
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‘EvEn in Ramadan ThEy havE no shamE!’
Prices skyrocket as items of daily use get beyond the common man’s reach Profiteers, hoarders continue to cash in on people’s helplessness ISLAMABAD/RAWALPINDI STAFF REPORT
ITH the advent of the holy month of Ramadan, the rates of daily use items have skyrocketed while the profiteers and hoarders seem to be looking to gain the maximum benefit from the people’s helplessness. The prices of essential commodities had already gone up to the sky before the start of Ramadan. Vegetables, fruits and all the basic commodities have witnessed 25 percent to 50 percent increase in their prices, increasing the burden on the troubled common man. Traditionally, only the prices of fruits and vegetable go up before Ramadan but this time, prices of more than 25 daily commodities like sugar, rice, pulses, chicken, beef, mutton, vegetables and fruit prices have also shot up. Like every year, the price control system of city district government appears to have failed in controlling the prices. The price lists issued by the local administration seems a showpiece in the shops since the shopkeepers are not following the prescribed rate lists on the one pretext or the other. The wholesalers and retailers, particu-
larly of fruits and vegetables, are enjoying a freehand and are fleecing the consumers in the holy month despite the tall claims of the authorities concerned. Even the price of sugar has gone up by Rs 2 to 3 rupees per kg. Dates are available from Rs 100 to Rs 200 per half kg while chicken is being sold at around Rs 360-380 per kg. Gram is regularly used in Ramadan for making pakoras for Iftar and its price has soared to Rs 110 to 130 per kg. Yogurt is being sold at Rs 75 to Rs 90 while one litre of milk costs Rs 65 to Rs 75. The prices of most of vegetables including potato, onion, ginger, ladyfinger, cauliflower, black pepper, lemon and cabbage registered an increase. Similarly, the prices of apple, grapes, banana, mango, melon and other fruits have also. The shoppers complained that “it is a yearly routine that before the start of Ramadan, the shopkeepers increase the prices of fruit and vegetables which is unwarranted and against the spirit of Islam.” Sameer Khan, a resident of Shamsabad, Rawalpindi said that the price hike had made it impossible for the common man to run his kitchen. “Even in Ramadan they have no shame,” he added. However, shopkeepers were of the view that they had nothing to do with price hike and contended that the prices had increased in the wholesale market.
Prices also remained very high at the so-called ‘low-price’ Sunday bazaars. A similar increase has been seen in the prices of kitchen items, the prices of which have been on the rise since the last three weeks. The consumers complained that Sasta Bazaars could only be useful if prices were checked by the administration and stern action taken against the profiteers. “A price increase before the holy month and in Ramadan has become a hallmark in our society,” said a customer Altaf. He said prices were increasing since the last two weeks and nobody had taken steps to control them. He said, “Hoarders were active and the city and provincial administration appears helpless before them.” As many as 35 fair shops and four sasta bazaars set up in capital by Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) administration with the purpose to proving edible and foods item to the citizens at cheaper rates. ICT administration claimed that the rates of food items at fair shops and sasta bazaars were lower than the rates of weekly bazaars and markets. The administration has notified rate lists to all the stall holders and shopkeepers for display. The magistrates have also started checking prices in the Sasta Ramazan Bazaars and markets on daily basis. So far, a total fine of Rs 35,570 has been imposed on the profiteers for not displaying food rate lists.
“Every year it’s the same. Govt has miserably failed to control the prices this time around also,”
“The tax has increased and the price of petrol and electricity is high. When the cost of production has increased how AleenA, A housewife do we keep the prices less,”
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DATES RS 200-400 PER KG CHICKEN RS 360-380 PER KG BAISAN (GRAM FLOUR) RS 130 PER KG YOGURT RS 75-90 MILK RS 65-75 PER LITRE
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‘build us a bridge at Kachari chowk’ RAWALPINDI OnlinE
The lawyers as well as citizen demand pedestrian bridge at Kachari Chowk to cross the road at the busiest and heavy traffic point of the city. Thousand of people including women and old citizens visit Kachari (lower court) daily for their official tasks or to attend the hearing of their cases from all over the district. But the rush of traffic at Jhelum Road (GT Road) in front of Kachari’s main gate and police lines road in front of income tax office, is so much soaring that the people have to wait even for ten minutes or more to cross the road. Unavailability of the pedestrian bridge is a great risk to the lives of the people as any big accident can take place at any time because vehicle either leaving Rawalpindi or entering the city cross the point with high speed. The people said there was a need of pedestrian bridge crossing both the busiest roads to save the precious lives of the people.
ctO asks people to not to be rash RAWALPINDI APP
Chief Traffic Officer (CTO) Ishtiaq Hussain Shah on Sunday said that the motorists must show patience and avoid rash driving, especially at Iftar time. Every one wants to reach destination on time to break fast but this race ultimately leads to fatal accidents, the CTO said while talking to APP. The CTO said that traffic police is providing Iftari at important places for the people, who cannot join their families due to rush on road. He directed the wardens that at Iftar time, none of them would leave the point of their deployment; otherwise strict action would be taken against them. He added that 800 wardens had been deployed on city roads to maintain smooth flow of traffic. A control room had also been set up at the Race Course Traffic Headquarters. Ishtiaq said that a free helpline 1915 had been established, where the citizens could get guidance and register their complaints any time.
‘Poet of the east’ still rules many hearts ISLAMABAD APP
According to a Gilani Research Foundation Survey carried out by Gallup Pakistan, Iqbal continues to be the most popular poet among Pakistanis, liked by 28 percent followed by Parveen Shakir, 17 percent; Ahmed Faraz (12 percent) and both Ghalib and Faiz at 7 percent. A national representative sample of men and women from across the four provinces was asked, "Who was their favourite poet?" Responding to this, 28 percent claimed that Iqbal was their favourite poet, 17 percent think of Parveen Shakir as their favourite poetess, 12 percent think of Ahmed Faraz, 7 percent think of Ghalib and 7 percent think of Faiz as their favourite poet whereas 5 percent cite other poets as their favourite. However, 15percent claimed that no one was their favourite poet and 9 percent did not give a view.
incREASED PiETY: With the devils chained and the gates of god’s mercy open, the number of people who pray in mosques has registered a marked increase. INp
BeGGArS ConTInUe To Be A menACe ISLAMABAD APP
ROFESSIONAL beggars in the twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad have started lining up in the local markets and roadsides before Ramadan to collect alms that they get with sympathies of people. With the advent of the holy month, groups of beggars mostly women, children and old men, have crowded the markets, shopping malls, signals and
streets for grabbing money which people give as charity. According to shoppers in markets, these beggars use new tactics to gain people’s attention in the name of religion. “The concept of beggary is now emerged as a business as mostly the general public believes that inability of authorities concerned to control beggars reflects that there is a strong mafia behind the beggars,” said a resident of Commercial Market Rawalpindi.
Instead of getting donations from people, their constant forceful tactics some times create nuisance for general public who feel attacked by their offensive behaviour. The beggars start annoying people from 6th Road Chowk while their groups continue to chase people in Commercial Market. “The interruption of beggars becomes unbearable while shopping in the Commercial Market and main markets of federal capital as their common tactics create nuisance,” said Rehana
Khalid, a resident. A group of women carrying infants, a young man with a bandaged arm, middle-aged men showing disabilities, barefoot child, she-males and others selling low quality products, are the most common kinds of beggars. “These beggars sometimes create an awkward situation by holding arms of people and forcing them to give money at any cost and when they are refused, they use offensive or abusive language,” said a shopkeeper.
UNHCR ships off 41,000 Afghan refugees home ISLAMABAD APP
The UN refugee agency has facilitated the return of over 41,000 Afghan refugees from Pakistan so far this year through its voluntary repatriation activities. According to a private news channel report, UNHCR representative in Afghanistan Neill Wright has said that nearly one-third of the refugees had returned to their homes in northern Afghanistan, while 26 percent to the eastern provinces of Kunar, Nangarhar and Laghman and there were also a significant number of returns to Ghazni, Kabul, Logar and Parwan in central Afghanistan. The UNHCR's voluntary repatriation programme has assisted more than 3.7 million Afghan refugees to return home from Pakistan during last ten years. The UNHCR operates three Voluntary Repatriation Centres in Pakistan to facilitate
the returns of Afghan refugees to their country. In addition to assisting Afghans to return home, the UNHCR is also helping communities in Pakistan that have hosted large number of refugees. Through its Refugee Affected and Hosting Areas (RAHA) initiative, for which the UN refugee agency acts as a convening agency, it is implementing projects to provide livelihoods, improve infrastructure and rehabilitate the environment in over 22 rural districts and six urban areas across Pakistan. The RAHA programme is a major component of a new regional strategy on Afghan refugees agreed between Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan as well as the UNHCR. The strategy, which seeks to enable more Afghan refugees to return home and contribute to the rebuilding of their country, was given international support at a conference held in May this year in Geneva.
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Nearly 200,000 girls attending schools in FATA ISLAMABAD APP
Over 194,637 girl students are enrolled in around 2349 educational institutions of Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). This was conveyed to the Senate Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON), in a meeting recently held, chaired by its Chairman Senator Mohammad Saleh
Shah Qureshi. Officials of FATA secretariat informed the committee that around 124,424 girl students were enrolled in 1551 girls primary schools, while 19,614 students in 158 girl middle schools. Similarly, as many as 13,837 girl students were studying in 42 Girls High Schools and 1,134 students in five girls Higher Secondary Schools. At least 534 girls’ community
schools were providing education facilities to 32105 students and 13 Government Degree girls’ colleges have 2,532 students. The committee was further apprised that a total of 3,627 teachers were imparting education in primary school, 1,157 teachers at middle level, 508 at high schools, 109 teachers at higher secondary schools, 184 at girls Degree Colleges, 79 schools teachers at IHC and 849 schools teachers at girls’
community schools. It was told that under education sector reforms program various steps have been taken for improvement of education in these areas. The steps taken for improvement included scholarship schemes for 7-12 class, intermediate, masters and professional colleges numbering 30,000 per year, free text books for all students from classes 1 to 10 and establishment of Cadet College Wana.
The other incentives included provision of food including biscuits, oil and wheat flour to the girl students on attendance, establishment of FATA Education Foundation, up gradation of Parachinar, Miranshah and Khar degree colleges to Post Graduate level, introduction of cluster system where head master of high school is In charge of middle or primary schools and formation of elected Taleemi Islahi Jirga in each school.
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THE BUTCHER’S MEAT COULD BE YOUR POISON! Sale of unhygienic, unhealthy meat goes unchecked Butchers say they bribe TMA officers so that no action is taken against them Medical experts say water-injected meat being sold at shops could cause hepatitis and other diseases
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UTCHERS are playing havoc with the people’s health by selling unhealthy and unhygienic meat and the practice is going unchecked as the officials concerned are reluctant to take any action against them since the butchers bribe them to keep them away from their areas. “Though local administration has fixed prices of different commodities in the markets, there is no solid mechanism to check quality of meat and its retail prices at the shops,” consumers said this while talking to APP. They alleged that most of the butchers were injecting water into the veins of the slaughtered animals to increase their weight. “The butchers are selling unhygienic meat in the areas where normally low income groups shop and all their children are suffering from fatal diseases, especially blood pressure and hepatitis,” a doctor said. The local residents further said the butchers were often found slaughtering the animals in their houses or around their shops instead of slaughtering them in the slaughterhouses which was an unhygienic practice and should be stopped. “The hygiene conditions at the butcher shops are very poor but the authorities concerned seem least interested in taking action against the
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Iran atomic chief pours cold water on nuclear ship idea TEHRAN AFP
RAN’S atomic chief on Sunday undercut an idea put forward by some lawmakers to make nuclear-powered submarines and ships, even though he claimed Tehran had the technology to do so later if it wished. The comments by Fereydoon Abbasi Davani, head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organisation, as reported by the news agency ISNA, poured cold water on a recent draft bill by some Iranian parliamentarians that seeks to give Tehran a reason to produce high-enriched uranium. “We don’t have a plan right now in this area,” Abbasi Davani was quoted as saying. He asserted, though, that “we do have the ability to design such reactors for ships” if a decision was made to go in that direction. Enrichment is at the heart of the showdown between Iran and the West over Tehran’s nuclear programme. Iran, which currently enriches uranium up to 20 percent, ostensibly to make medical isotopes in its Tehran
research reactor, insists its programme is exclusively peaceful. But the United States and its allies fear that 20-percent enrichment puts Iran just a few technical steps short of being able to produce military-grade uranium of 90percent or more, which is used in atomic bombs. Negotiations on the issue reopened this year between Iran and the P5+1 group of nations (the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China, plus Germany) have hit an impasse and been downgraded to a lower level. Israel and the United States have underlined that military force remains an option should diplomacy and a punishing set of international sanctions fail to make Tehran yield. Iranian lawmakers signalling their defiance in the face of the pressure floated the idea of their country making nuclear-powered submarines and freighters in what observers took to be an attempt to raise the stakes in the talks. This month, several lawmakers entered a bill calling on the government to prepare the way for Iran to make nu-
clear-powered commercial ships — a technological feat seen as both uneconomical and beyond the ability of all but the world’s most-advanced nuclear states. “If it’s necessary and the government so decides, we have no problem to advance towards such systems and technologies,” Abbasi Davani was quoted as saying. He said that, in the case of ships, “it’s not necessary to have fuel (enriched) beyond 20 percent — there are reactors that work with 3.5 percent or five percent in ships.... But if it’s for submarines... higher enriched uranium is needed.” But, he repeated: “Right now, we have no plan to do so. Currently, fuel production to 20 percent is carried out for the Tehran reactor and for another similar reactor we are planning to build.” He also said that “ships with nuclear fuel have environmental problems.” If a decision were ever made to proceed with shipboard nuclear reactors, Abbasi Davani added, “we will hold the necessary coordination with the IAEA,” the UN’s nuclear watchdog.
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OSlO: Two young people lay flowers outside the damaged main government building on Sunday on the first anniversary of the twin attacks that killed 77 people in Oslo and on the utoeya island. Afp
US fighter jet crashes into sea off Japan, pilot ejects TOKYO: A US military fighter jet crashed into the sea off northern Japan on Sunday and its solo pilot was waiting for rescue at sea after ejecting, the coast guard said. “The F-16 jet crashed some 470 nautical miles northeast of Nemuro” at around 11:30am (0230 GMT), a spokesman at the Japan Coast Guard said. “The pilot ejected and is now waiting for rescue at sea,” the official said, adding the coast guard’s ships and plane were heading to the accident site. AFP
bElGRadE: serbia women take part in a wedding dress race on sunday. more than 30 ‘brides’ took part in an annual wedding dress race in the serbian capital, competing for numerous prizes. Afp
Madagascar troops mutiny near main airport ANTANANARIVO AFP
Troops staged a mutiny near Madagascar’s main airport on Sunday, forcing the suspension of all flights, but the situation is now under control, the defence minister said. Gunfire erupted at a military base near Antananarivo international airport at 6:00 am (0300 GMT) and abated after four hours but then resumed intermittently, scaring off dozens of curious spectators, an AFP journalist said. “This morning there was indeed a mutiny led by certain elements. The chief of staff has things in hand,” Defence Minister Andre Lucien Rakotoarimasy told AFP. “It’s going on, we don’t know anything about their demands for the moment,” he added, refusing to specify the
Saudi Arabia calls for extraordinary Muslim summit RIYADH AFP
Saudi Arabia has called for an extraordinary summit of Muslim leaders to be held next month to address risks of “sedition” threatening Muslim countries, state news agency SPA reported on Sunday. Saudi King Abdullah has called for “an extraordinary Islamic solidarity meeting to ensure... unity during this delicate time as the Muslim world faces dangers of fragmentation and sedition,” SPA quoted Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal as saying. King Abdullah wishes to convene the summit in mid-August in a bid at “unifying the ranks” of Muslims, the report said. There were no further details concerning the agenda of the meeting.
23 wounded in najaf car bombing NAJAF: A car bomb in the centre of the Iraqi city of Najaf wounded 23 people on Sunday, security and medical officials said, a relatively rare attack in the Shiite holy city. The 7:00 am (0400 GMT) attack struck near a restaurant in Najaf’s old town, provincial health department spokesman Salim Naama said. Of the 23 wounded, four were seriously hurt, he said. “The terrorists tried to put the car near the shrine, but security measures prevented them from getting there, so they blew it up in the old city,” provincial police chief Major General Abdulkarim al-Amiri told AFP, referring to a shrine to a principal figure of Shiite Islam that is located in Najaf. He did not give a precise toll from the attack. AFP
number of mutineers. The leader of the renegade troops was identified as Koto Mainty, or the “Black Corporal”, a former member of the mutinous regiment said, adding that several young recruits had joined him. The mutiny comes ahead of a meeting of the Indian ocean island nation’s rival leaders to try to resolve a political crisis that has dragged on since an army-backed coup in 2009 which toppled president Marc Ravalomanana. Strongman Andry Rajoelina and the ousted leader, who is living in exile in South Africa, signed a roadmap in September 2011 meant to guide Madagascar to new elections, but the deal still has not been fully implemented. A diplomatic source suggested that Sunday’s mutiny was aimed at disrupting the meeting between Rajoelina and Ravalomanana to be held in the Seychelles on Wednesday.
But the announcement comes amid a spike in deadly violence across Syria, where more than 19,000 have been killed since an uprising erupted in March 2011 against the regime of President Bashar alAssad. Saudi Arabia and the other energyrich Sunni nations of the Gulf have repeatedly voiced support for Syrian rebels against the regime of Assad, a member of the Alawite community, an offshoot of Shiite Islam. In a separate statement, SPA reported that the Saudi monarch has called for launching a campaign to raise funds “in support of our brothers in Syria” starting on Monday. “The donations will be from all the kingdom’s regions” urging all Saudis “to participate in the campaign.”
Ten dead as record rain pounds Beijing BEIJING AFP
The heaviest rain to hit Beijing in over 60 years left at least 10 people dead and forced more than 50,000 to evacuate, state media said Sunday. Torrential rain pounded Beijing throughout Saturday before easing, but more downpours were forecast Sunday for northeast and southwest China where at least 10 others were reported dead over the weekend, Xinhua news agency said. The rainstorms led to the evacuation of more than 50,000 people in the capital, mostly from Beijing’s outlying mountainous districts, as up to 46 centimetres (18 inches) of rain lashed some areas, the agency added. A policeman who was electrocuted
by a fallen power line during a rescue operation was among the fatalities in Beijing, while others were killed in traffic accidents and roof collapses, Xinhua said. One woman died after her car was engulfed with water in an underpass on the capital’s central second ring road that was flooded with up to three metres (10 feet) of water. Three bodies were recovered Sunday in Beijing’s mountainous Fangshan region where several landslides were reported, China National Radio reported, but it was not clear if they were included in the death toll of ten. Up to 46 centimetres of rain fell in Fangshan district, the most rain to hit the city in a 14-hour period since records began in 1951, Xinhua said. The death toll was expected to rise
with media reports Sunday saying numerous people, including rescue workers, were missing. The government flood control headquarters told AFP that damage assessments were ongoing. Photos of showed entire parking lots flooded by the rain, while rescue and traffic workers were seen diving underwater to unclog roadside drains as helpless drivers looked on from partially submerged cars. Numerous roads in the capital were submerged under up to a metre of water, while 500 outbound flights were cancelled and at least 80,000 passengers stranded. On Sunday, clean-up crews were out repairing damage under largely sunny skies, while workers scrambled to drain up to one million cubic me-
tres (35 million cubic feet) of water from the sewer system. Despite the damage, the rain was largely welcomed in drought-prone northern China which has suffered from a lack of rain over the last decade. More torrential rain was forecast in China’s northeast and southwest, after at least 10 other people were killed since Friday. In the northern province of Shanxi province, four people died and one remained missing after their pick-up truck was swept into a river as they attempted to cross a bridge, Xinhua said. Landslides in southwestern Sichuan province resulted in six deaths, provincial flood control and drought relief officials told the agency.
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By Waqqas Mir
Seeing democracy through
hat we have here is unchartered territory. If this government manages to successfully and peacefully transfer power to the next elected government, it would be a first in Pakistani history and could well be one of the ruling party’s biggest achievements. One that is actually more impressive than it sounds. Now though the wily navigation of President Zardari is often credited for this, credit is also due to the principal opposition party, the PML(N). The League has resisted, though only barely at times, the temptation to throw off the friendly opposition tag by suggesting something absolutely disruptive. Old habits die hard and the rank and file of the League's machine itself won't mind seeing the back of the PPP even if it were accomplished through some extra-constitutional action. But the whole thing isn't over till it's over. There are plenty of kinks to be ironed out here. As has been reported by this paper, parleys between the two parties have been going on to discuss all contentious issues. The biggest stumbling block, according to the report is the issue of writing the infamous letter to the Swiss authorities. The PPP, it appears, wants to delay the court’s orders whereas the PML(N) wants the issue to be resolved before the caretaker administration takes it up. One possibility that they have proposed is for a commission to write the letter and not put the government in a bind to begin with. But since the League wants to also fight the allegations of an oligopoly by parties like the PTI, they want these talks to be made public and that they should be formalised. The Bhurban Accord and the like didn’t leave a good taste for the League to be considering things along those lines but more power to them for letting bygones be bygones. The fluency and continuity of the democratic process is of paramount importance. This government has been elected by an electorate that knew its tenure. The government, therefore, has not lost its mandate, not in the legal sense of the word anyway. A pat on the back for both parties and, for that matter, all democratic forces, if we make it till February.
t is amusing and worrying when those who advocate free speech lose their calm when their own views are questioned. There is a significant difference between celebrating free speech generally and celebrating it only when you agree with it. Mr Hamid Mir and Mr. Absar Alam exhibited such a lack of respect for perspectives different from their own in a recent TV programme. The programme was meant to analyse the legal, social and policy implications of Mr Mir and Mr Alam’s action of approaching the Supreme Court of Pakistan (through a petition) to conduct accountability of (among others) journalists, owners of media houses, relevant government departments and, of course, Mr Malik Riaz. The petition also invites the SC or an appointed commission to devise a code of conduct for the media. Mr Osama Siddique — one of Pakistan’s most brilliant legal academics — questioned the wisdom of such a petition and all that it is asking the Supreme Court to do. Very clearly, and not just as a lawyer but as a citizen, Mr Siddique explained his reservations. The cogent arguments that he made can be accessed through YouTube. You can also access the coming off of gloves as far as Messrs Mir and Alam are concerned. Instead of debating the issues, they stooped to personal attacks against Mr Siddique. He was accused of defending Malik Riaz, was mocked for being a “constitutional scholar” and was told, “pata nahi aap bachon ko kia parhhatey hain”, “baahir say parh ker aa gaye hain”. Now I do not have to defend Mr Siddique. His credentials speak for themselves. What is troubling is that anyone questioning our self-appointed media gods is seen as an enemy who must be discredited. Intellectual rigour and strength is not what characterises the shows hosted by these anchors so let’s not go overboard when dealing with someone who actually engages in intellectual rigor for a liv-
ing. Mr Siddique was put down for having studied abroad (and therefore being disconnected) while both these anchors, in their introductory paras of the SC petition, mention having lectured at Harvard or holding a fellowship there. Bragging rights limited to some? So when they wanted to increase their credibility, they threw in the names of top schools. And when they ran into someone who actually is a Harvard graduate, this became a liability. This is sad and ridiculous at so many levels. Less than 48 hours later, Mr Hamid Mir was on another show as a guest where he was telling us what Article 7 of the constitution means and how parliament cannot violate the basic structure when amending the constitution. Seriously? I think my right to information, and respect for my intelligence, includes not being misled by journalists pretending to be constitutional scholars. But Mr Mir should not worry. I will not take this to the Supreme Court. In fact I did something more effective, I changed the channel. As a lawyer, I see severe issues with the recent petition filed by Messrs Mir and Alam. They are inviting hyper judicial activism, legislation from the bench and making a mockery of the “state-action” requirement that is an essential element before one seeks redress from our courts that are exercising constitutional jurisdiction. Mr Siddique raised these and other important issues. He also mentioned how constitutional freedom of speech is meant to protect speech and is not meant to allow policy making by courts — that is essentially the job of the legislature and the Executive. But why listen? I can understand the issues that trouble these two and other anchors. Yes, many people in the “establishment” do not like all that the media does and they feel threatened. Yes, the Code of Conduct as formulated by PEMRA is imperfect and can be greatly improved. Yes, businessmen should not be paying off journalists and government should not use a secret fund to influence anyone. I concede all that. What I do not concede is that the solution lies with the Supreme Court. What expertise do judges have? Why can’t these people lobby in the parliament and PEMRA? Where do you draw the line of policy making if you are asking the Supreme Court to devise a code of conduct? It doesn’t matter if the Supreme Court forms a commission. It is still law making initiated by the Supreme Court and that is not on in a system that is based on separation of powers. I have asked this question before and I ask it here again today: would the likes of Mr Hamid
and Mr Alam celebrate executive or legislature run courts if the judiciary wasn’t doing its job? The petition also raises the danger that the privacy of many individuals will be violated. This includes people from the media. The petitioners do not have to like this — they just need to respect this. If something is a crime, by all means, raise the issue and let the state machinery do its job. If you think PEMRA’s Code of Conduct is ineffective, raise the issue before legislators, in the media, organise a march, conduct a strike, invite all stakeholders and exert some pressure on PEMRA etc (Do something other than going to the SC!). The media needs to realise that questioning it does not mean insulting it. If the media can question everyone’s motives, why can’t intelligent people question the media’s motives? And no the answers should not be coming from the SC. Media will not collapse and people of Pakistan will not lose basic rights if this issue goes through PEMRA and legislature. Ordinary litigants will lose a lot if another populist cause engages the apex court. The truly ironic moment in the TV programme mentioned above came when our two anchors referred to deaths of media personnel. Their petition has nothing to do with the deaths of journalists who have sacrificed their lives. In fact the media, for one reason or the other, has not pursued the issue of missing journalists with as much vigour as one expected. And to go to the Supreme Court with this? Are Messrs Mir and Alam suggesting that they are satisfied with the way things turned out with the SC appointed commission regarding the late Saleem Shehzad? Courts cannot go out and do things. If the ultimate aim is to have the SC or a commission devise a Code of Conduct who will enforce it? PEMRA of course. And therein lies the basic contradiction of whatever relief this petition is asking for. Will they ask SC to fix PEMRA’s rules, policies and motives each time the journos don’t like it? These journos are not willing to take the normal routes since they think SC is the only answer. So why have PEMRA then and why don’t they ask SC to run this and other departments? Or have weekly meetings where all departments report to SC? But that would be absurd you say? Well, maybe I should take this to the Supreme Court. Or maybe just change the channel and save a litigant a day in court. The writer is a Barrister and has a Masters from Harvard Law School. He can be reached on email@example.com or on Twitter @wordoflaw
The deficit cliffhanger Time for some political jockeying
PoliTact By Arif Ansar his being an election year in the US, international actors are attempting to anticipate what the outcome will mean for issues and policies that are of concern to them. Moreover, Americans are also preparing for whether the conservatives or liberals will win and what that will mean for their pockets respectively. Moreover, under the shadow of worsening European and American economies, budding banking scandals, and the approaching fiscal cliff, partisan politics is likely to be to more acute than usual. Larger philosophical debates about whether the system is meant for the few or many have already erupted. The dialogue involves how to balance between the influences that have acted over American politics at different times in history,
such as free trade or protectionism, isolationism or engagement, tax break or hike. One of the critical looming battles that will complicate the coming American elections is how to address the coming ‘fiscal cliff’. A bi-partisan Super Committee was formed last August and instructed to come up with a working solution to the mounting budget deficit by Nov 23rd, 2011. Many seasoned politicians, including Senator Kerry, had warned at the time that inability to find a solution by the deadline, as occurred, would make deficits a major issue in next year’s presidential election. By law, the committee’s failure to develop a budget deal automatically triggers spending reductions on October 1st 2012, cutting $1.2 trillion from the military, education, health care and other priorities over the next decade. In addition, Bush era tax cuts are set to expire at the end of the year as well. The major bone of contention between the Republicans and Democrats is obviously what programmes to cut. US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta had alerted lawmakers last year not to implement a “doomsday mechanism” that would have resulted in Pentagon budget slashed by $600bn, saying that these cuts could severely threaten US national security. The cuts were only supposed to kick in if the Super Committee fails to secure a deal on budget savings. On the other hand, President Obama faces stiff opposition from the Republicans on increasing tax on the rich to
tackle the alarming US deficit. The Republicans have opposed the plan such as the ‘Buffet Tax’. The debate between the two parties is reflective of their traditional worldview. The Republican’s do not like to tax the rich and see it as counterproductive in promoting more investments. Moreover, they like to cut social programmes, from which mostly the lower middle class and poor benefit. They are considered strong on issues of national security and thus they defend defence budgets. On the other hand, Democrats usually increase social spending that results in bigger government and want to tax the rich more and the middle class less. In the present state of recession, the stalemate over the deficit has increased public frustration and alarm. The New York Times op-ed columnist David Brooks reflected in May: “The American decentralised system of checks and balances has transmogrified into a fragmented system that scatters responsibility. Congress is capable of passing laws that give people benefits with borrowed money, but it gridlocks when it tries to impose self-restraint.” He went on to comment on the strong role technocrats are beginning to play in the affairs of European Union: “Decisions that reshape the destinies of families and nations are being made at some mysterious, transnational level. Few Europeans can tell who is making decisions or who is to blame if they go
wrong, so, of course, they feel powerless and distrustful.” The unfolding economic recession and banking scandals in the West reveals what the unchecked association between money and power can do to the system. The representatives of the people are now caught between serving powerful interests groups or the welfare of common people, and the recent scandals reveal they have repeatedly chosen the former. The political leaders are dependent on funds they generate from the interest groups to contest elections, and they cannot afford to alienate them. In a surprising ruling in 2010, the US Supreme Court gave corporations the permission to spend unlimited amounts of money to get their favored candidates elected and the despised ones defeated. The dissenting justices opined, this “threatens to undermine the integrity of elected institutions across the nation.” A Washington Post editorial noted at the time: “It was wrong because nothing in the First Amendment dictates that corporations must be treated identically to people. And it was dangerous because corporate money, never lacking in the American political process, may now overwhelm both the contributions of individuals and the faith they may harbor in their democracy.” Since 9/11, on to matters of foreign policy and national security, both parties want to appear strong. The parties have tried to differentiate their policies before
the elections, but once in power, they have stuck to continuity. For example, after Bush, President Obama increased drone attacks in Pakistan many times over. Most of the other red lines established by Pakistan were crossed on Obama’s watch. The policies regarding Iran have also remained consistent. It can be hypothesised that military withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan has more to do with American economic realities than any fundamental change in policies. The complexity of foreign policy and novices of the American public in this regard means more dependence on the sate institutions to run the show. The grave local and global challenges faced by US are multifaceted and may not be resolvable by the politics of election cycles. The political jockeying can help parties win elections, but if they are able to actually resolve issues, is questionable. In fact, the problems and challenges are getting worse. If and when, America develops the will to conduct a system level correction, it will have profound global implications. No doubt, Americans are resilient and courageous and have gone through many storms in the past, only to come out stronger. However, the storm that is building appears to be a perfect one. The writer is the chief analyst for PoliTact (www.PoliTact.com and http:twitter.com/politact) and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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dealing with sexism Recent mob led attacks on young women show that not everything is shining in India. Attacks in different parts of the country such as in Guwahati, Assam, Delhi, Calcutta and elsewhere indicates the gulf between the ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’ in India. The country does indeed have a large educated and privileged class that is the direct beneficiary of the progress the country is making on economic fronts but there is another India consisting of an urban mob of uneducated, jobless, internally migrated forced bachelors. This mob mentality behaves as prosecutor, judge and executioner, all in one.
It shows a weak and reluctant mode of governance while mobs are well aware that they will not be caught at first place and if by somehow got arrested , may face maximum one year simple imprisonment (free bed and bread at state’ expense!). Other factors are also feeding into this mob mentality - the mass murder of female foetuses is distorting the gender ratio which is contributing to sexism and other gender-related imbalances and inequities in India. Then there are the already pervasive patriarchal biases in the sub continental psyche – a male-dominated society is not ready to
accept an educated and economically independent women cadre. It’s high time for the India’ central and state governments to take some real, not cosmetic, steps to protect the women from such treatment on the street. It’s not simple – police reforms, improved prosecution, speedy justice, court witness reforms, upbringing of children to learn morality at home, an education system which treats women as equal human beings, etc. It’s not that simple but if there is will, there is a way. MASOOD KHAN Saudi Arabia
Plight of health units It is evident that the health and well-being of the poor people has not been the priority of our ruling elite, both, in the centre and in the provinces. The health of common man in the upper and lower Sindh districts is especially poor and pitiable. The health of rural women and girls is far worse in the province. It’s painful to reveal here that more than seventy percent children are anaemic in the rural areas. While visiting various villages in the upper and lower Sindh districts, one can witness numerous basic health and rural health units which are devoid of all basic health needs and necessities such as essential medicines, electricity etc. Similarly, there are also several health units where doctors are still not appointed and if the doctors are appointed, then, there is neither paramedical staff nor the sanitary staff and other ancillary staff people. Shockingly, one can also see such basic health units (BHU) and rural health units (RHU) which have been converted into the traditional sitting place called Otaq and also the cattle-houses of the influential lot of the villages. Such is the pathetic condition of BHUs and RHUs in my home province. When such is the condition of health units, then, why should not the province have such a highest rate of women dying during pregnancy process and also have a rate of mortality even due to common treatable diseases? Since the BHUs and the RHUs are in the worst conditions in Sindh province, hence, the provincial rulers are requested to improve and upgrade those by providing all fundamental needs and necessities, both, in manpower- skilled and non-skilled, medicines and also requisite funds so that proper treatment may be given to the people in extreme poverty there so that they may lead economically productive and healthy lives. HASHIM ABRO Islamabad
Pot. Kettle. black. The leader of opposition in the National Assembly has been quoted by the electronic media to have said that the PML(Q) was product of General (R) Mehmood and PTI is the creation of General (R) Pasha, and that these two parties do not have their own manifestoes. It is for the leader of these parties to deny or accept these allegations. However ,one is reminded of a bold confession made by a lawmaker Mahmood Khan Achakzai who in early 2007 on the floor of the house stated that “we all are a product of martial law and have all been supporting it at one or the other time ……… therefore, blame game would be futile. Since we all know each other”. This prudent advice has been ignored by the politicians in the past and efforts are again being made to revive the 1980’s decade of politics of hate and animosity, while paying lip-service to democracy. The PML(N) should forget its origins and it is no secret that it too was stitched together by the late General Zia-ul-Haq. This is indeed a case of pot calling the kettle black. The ‘democrats’ of today would do well to concentrate on their present action rather than digging up past graves. RAJA SHAFAATULLAH Islamabad
the meaningless resolution? A very badly planned drama that the government of Pakistan is staging with regards to the opening of the supply routes for the US is really heart rendering. The strong arm tactic seems to have again worked because Russian and Central Asian Republics were not prepared to allow exit facility for lethal arms through its soil, which Pakistan has agreed to without ensuring any check or surveillance to the fact that these vehicles are not lost in transit or ‘gifted’ to some favourite proxies to
carry on their destabilisation agendas. This is also another unpopular decision. We all remember the long speeches about the supremacy of the parliament and the resolution which it had passed. But it seems that the items that the resolution contained had no value and have been consigned to the dustbin. Many of the conditions set in the resolution – most importantly, the halting of the drone attacks – have not been met. And even though one of the conditions for reopening the supply routes was the resumption of aid under the CSF, the US Congress has still not spared us and has decided to punish Pakistan by deducting $ 630 million from its ongoing grant. By reopening these lines, it has only been learnt that the establishment still runs the show in many ways and all the talk about parliamentary supremacy was mere hokum. ALI ASHRAF KHAN Frankfurt
Out of politics, please The SC has declared the ISI’s political cell illegal. The political cell was created the late Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in an 1973 executive order during his regime in order to counter insurgency in Balochistan following his dismissal of Sardar Ataullah Mengal which subsequently led to a resignation by the Pakhtunkwa government. The politics of Pakistan being erratic since its creation based on personality cult required services of an organised intelligence agency. The ISI became a state within a state during the Afghan war under General Zia-ul-Haq and General Akhtar when it was entrusted with implementing and protecting the interest of the security and foreign policy. As there was no check and audit of ISI’s financial position and activities, it has since been operating with impunity under the command of DG who himself is under the command of the COAS. This is what has led to the army’s involvement in politics.
Any attempt by a civilian government to bring ISI under civilian control has been resisted by the ISI and army. In order to establish a potent rule of law and supremacy of constitution, it is imperative that all national institutions work within the legal limits and under the guidance of the parliament. It is the responsibility of political party leaders who claim to represent the will of the people to pass laws that determine the function, power and regulations under which the ISI should operate. It is not in the interest of democracy for ISI to play a role in the politics of the country. S T HUSSAIN Lahore
minding security A few weeks ago, I went to the National Sailing Centre (NSC), Karachi located near Bilawal Chowrangi in Clifton. I was invited by my friend who had entry passes for a musical concert which was being held in the NSC. When I reached the place with my friend and entered the NSC from the main gate, no security official stopped me or inquired me about where I was going. Anyone can enter the NSC without invitation passes. It is requested of the concerned authorities at the NSC to improve up the security so that any tragic incidents do not happen. MUBASHIR MAHMOOD Karachi
beyond cult of personalities The conclusion of poll results in NA-151 for the seat of the former prime minister Gilani proved that most citizens of Pakistan value personality over ideas. Abdul Qadir Gilani is known mainly of his last name and that too due to its allegiance with the Bhutto clan. Whatever the case, this is true for the majority of Pakistani
political parties whose rallying call is based on their leadership brand. PPP has Bhutto, PML(N) has Nawaz Sharif, MQM has Altaf Hussain, PTI has Imran Khan and so on. While charismatic leadership is important in rallying people, it should not turn into a cult of personality. On the contrary, true leadership is not to dominate but to motivate a nation in achieving its goals. Personalities die or falter due to inherent imperfections in each of us, but ideas live on. The solution-oriented manifesto of each party should be the basis of decisionmaking while popularity should never be judged by the scores of people in rallies but by the dedication and commitment to the correct ideology in serving the people of Pakistan and beyond. ENGR. ABDULLAH SAQIB Islamabad
Preventing floods The annual floods in Sindh are the effect and not the cause. It is important to look at the cause and not only at the effect. A major cause of the floods in Sindh is the flood waters of the tributaries of the Indus which flow unchecked to Sindh. Tarbela dam and any other dam to the north of it cannot trap the flood waters of Kabul, Chitral, Haro and Soan rivers. Without bigger water reservoirs up north, the flood waters of these rivers will keep wreaking havoc in south Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan. To keep worrying about the effect without addressing the cause does not make any sense. Another cause of these floods is the lackof repair of tributaries, embankments and dykes in all the provinces. The agricultural department cannot indulge in post-disaster damage control and must take preventative measure. Given global climate change, flooding and disaster management should be paid greater attention to. KHURSHID ANWER Lahore
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NEWS DESK If any publicity is good publicity, Pooja Bhatt's 'Jism 2' -making headlines for all the wrong reasons -has something more to cheer about. A PIL has been filed in the Allahabad High Court seeking a stay on the release of the film even before it has been cleared by the CBFC, as well as challenging the provisions of the law which define the powers of the Censor Board. The PIL, filed by activist Rakesh Nayayik from Varanasi, raises an objection to the inclusion of Sunny Leone in the film. "We have sought a stay order on the release of Jism 2 because of the sexually explicit content of the movie, and the inclusion of Sunny Leone in the film, for the adverse moral impact that her presence would have on society," elaborates advocate SMA Kazmi, the legal counsel in the case. Kazmi argues that bringing an adult film star from the West into mainstream Bollywood cinema would send out a wrong message to aspiring actresses in the country. "Till now, there were usually two routes that one took into the film industry -- one, through film schools or theatre, and two, via modelling. But inducting a porn star into Bollywood is introducing a third and more questionable medium of entry into Hindi films," he adds. Such is the conviction of the lawyer in his case that he has also challenged the validity of Section 5(B) of the Cinematography Act of 1952. "Section 5(B) of the Cinematography Act legally equips the Censor Board to examine the content of a film and stop its exhibition if it is considered to be violating the morality or decency of our society. But it does not give enough teeth to the Board to be able to question the impact of a star's persona. Actors are seen as trendsetters and icons of the society, and when the law was chalked in 1952, no one would have conceived a situation such as this, when a porn star is allowed to act in a film.
Kardashian wanted to lose Tagged ‘sexiest woman’, Would your grandmother Veena thinks she ain’t sexy approve, harry? virginity to mj's nephew
IM Kardashian's first love was none other than Michael Jackson's nephew TJ, a new book has revealed. In her interview with Oprah Winfrey last month, the 31-year-old reality star sensationally revealed that she went on birth control at the tender age of 14. She said that it came as a result of her desire to lose her virginity to her boyfriend of two years. Up until now, the identity of the beau in question has been shrouded in mystery. But in the new tell-all book, 'Malibu Nanny: The True Adventures of the Former Kardashian Nanny' by the Kardashian's nanny, Pam Behan, who worked for the family from 1991 1996, has revealed that the boyfriend in question was the pop legend's nephew TJ Jackson (Tito Joe Jackson), the Daily Mail reported. Behan claimed that Kardashian had a teenager relationship with the son of Jackson's older brother Tito. TJ is now married and has children, but he was the first of many who stole Kim's heart. NEWS DESk
EENA Malik has just won the tag of the 'sexiest woman in the world' in an online poll conducted by a website. And the lady has apparently beaten the likes of Kareena Kapoor, Deepika Padukone and Angelina Jolie to take the top spot. Ask her whether she's thrilled with this newfound status of being tagged as the sexiest woman, and Veena says rather coyly: "I don't think I am sexy! In fact, I'm a simple, homely girl! It's the people who see this oomph quotient in me! My needs are simple, and I get pleasure from the most mundane things in life." Ask her who, according to her, is the sexiest actress in Bollywood, and Veena says without any hesitation: "In India, I have met some of the prettiest and sexiest women. Twinkle Khanna is so elegant and classy. Malaika Arora Khan is also extremely sexy. But, the sexiest gal of them all is Kareena Kapoor. So, I was really thrilled when I was voted ahead of her in the online poll. But, she will always remain the prettiest and most oomphy gal of our times!" NEWS DESk
HE father of Prince Harry’s latest lady friend Cressida Bonas was branded ‘untrustworthy’ in a court case over the divorce settlements from his first marriage. The prince’s rumoured fling’s father,Jeffrey Bonas, was forced to borrow money to cover the payout to his first wife Elspeth after their divorce in 1986. As he was unable to pay the £1.2m settlement he borrowed £350,000 from NatWest Bank, according to re-surfaced court documents. Despite ‘a number of arrangements’, the Oxford graduate was unable to repay the bank, increasing the debt to £578,000 and risking the flat of a friend who has stepped in as guarantor for the loan. In the High Court judgement from 2003, Mr Bonas, an entrepreneur, businessman and historian according to his website, is branded ‘unreliable’ and is said to have ‘cloaked his affairs’ with offshore Isle of Man trusts and Swiss bank accounts. Although Mr Bonas reached a settlement with NatWest, the judge said that someone who is known to deposit money in offshore accounts should not be complaining if people around him
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13 mArIlyn monroe mAy hAVe Been leSBIAn marilyn monroe, the world's number one sex symbol and the most desirable woman on the planet, was not the man-eating siren that her image suggested, it has been revealed. Fifty years after her death, an author who met the star has questioned her sexual identity. although she married and divorced three times, she was though few people are aware of the fact - a lesbian by inclination. she admitted to sexual encounters with actresses Joan Crawford, barbara stanwyck, marlene dietrich and Elizabeth Taylor, as well as with both her acting coaches, Natasha lytess and Paula strasberg. Only a day before Jean Negulesco, who directed her in 'How To marry a millionaire', was due to visit her, monroe was found dead. "I still think I might have saved her if I could have got to her in time," the daily mail quoted him as saying. "You know what was wrong with her, don't you? "Her whole existence was a search for identity, and her sexual identity was a complete lie. "she told me once she had
never had an orgasm with a man in her entire life," he said. and yet Negulesco's assertion is validated by the taped transcripts of marilyn's sessions of psychoanalysis with her psychiatrist, dr Ralph Greenson, at the end of her life. "What I told you is true when I first became your patient," she says in the transcripts. "I had never had an orgasm. I well remember you said an orgasm happens in the mind, not the genitals. "When I did exactly what you told me to do, I would have an orgasm? what a difference a word makes. "You said I would, not I could. bless you, doctor. What you say is gospel to me," she said. another of those who worked with monroe, actress Celeste Holm, who appeared with her in 'all about Eve', and who died last sunday, said that marilyn's sexual problems were rooted in her traumatic childhood. NEWS DESk:
HOW THE OTHER HALF SPLIT When most young unmarried couples break up, the division of their joint possessions rarely gets more complicated than the separation of their CD collection. But when millionairess Tamara Ecclestone split from boyfriend Omar Khyami last week, dividing up the spoils of their two-and-a-half year relationship proved rather more complicated. Tamara, daughter of Formula One’s billionaire owner Bernie Ecclestone, dumped businessman Mr Khyami on Thursday after being shown a video of him engaging in a series of sex acts with an unidentified person. Within hours, 28-year-old Tamara – whose father is worth an estimated £2.5 billion – had already begun moves to carve up their assets into ‘his and hers’ lots worth hundreds of thousands of pounds. First, she locked up her collection of prized supercars, which they both drove – including a Lamborghini Aventador worth £201,900 and a Ferrari 599 worth £212,096 – in a private garage away from the £4 million Chelsea home the couple shared. The model and television presenter, who has been staying with her sister Petra at her home in Eaton Square in Belgravia, then arranged for two other cars and jewellery worth more than £145,000 to be delivered to Mr Khyami’s mother’s house in Mayfair, Central London. The items included a yellow gold Cartier ‘Love’ bracelet worth £26,250 and
believe him to be richer than he claims to be. In his judgement Mr Justice Lindsay said:’ I have preferred the evidence of persons other than Mr Bonas.’ ‘He was, for a short span, a man of exceptional wealth and, perhaps to protect that position, cloaked his affairs with offshore Isle of Man trusts and Isle of Man and Swiss bank accounts. ‘Anyone who goes to such lengths to achieve opacity but then later finds himself in debt can hardly complain when others conclude that it might be that he has more resources than he is claiming to have. He added: ‘I cannot regard Mr Bonas as a reliable or candid witness.’ His daughter Cressida, rumoured new squeeze of the third in line to the throne, is Mr Bonas’s daughter form his second marriage to Sixties cover girl Lady Mary-Gaye Georgiana Lorna Curzon. The leggy 23-year-old is a model for luxury brand Burberry and an aspiring actress, she is said to be a ‘sweet, bubbly’ character and was introduced to the prince by her close friend, Princess Eugenie. On Wednesday she joined Harry and his cousin for a party following the London premiere of Batman film The Dark Knight Rises, at the Freemasons’ Hall in Covent Garden – where they were at pains to walk in and out separately. COURTESy DAILy MAIL
matching silver Cartier ‘Love’ bracelet costing £36,500, a rose gold Rolex Submariner watch worth £32,000 and another diamond encrusted watch believed to be worth up to £50,000, which Miss Ecclestone bought for her boyfriend during their relationship. Miss Ecclestone – whose two live-in bodyguards have been warned to stop Mr Khyami, 38, entering the home, and who changed the locks on the property – also returned a £123,000 white Bentley with personalised ‘T48’ numberplates, a Christmas present from Mr Khyami, and a £76,000 black Range Rover Sport. Miss Ecclestone told The Mail on Sunday: ‘This has been the worst week of my life.’ She had been due to move into a £45 million 55-room home in Kensington, West London, with Mr Khyami in the autumn and had spoken of hopes to marry and start a family. Those plans are now in tatters after Mr Khyami’s infidelity came to light when a low-quality 30-second video showing him engaging in a series of sex acts went public. After being confronted by Miss Ecclestone, he claimed the video predated their relationship and had been leaked as part of a blackmail plot against him. But sources close to Miss Ecclestone believe she has ‘absolute proof’ the video was filmed recently because two Cartier bracelets Mr Khyami was seen wearing in the tape were gifts from her.COURTESy DAILy MAIL
Katrina-ranbir split! Is Deepika to blame?
N-OFF couple Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif has finally pulled the plug on their relationship. The breakup happened when Katrina left for the London schedule of her film with Shah Rukh Khan. The split isn't exactly amicable, and the two have decided to maintain distance from each other. An insider reveals, "Trouble has been brewing in the relationship for the last few months and distance just made things worse. Katrina was on a long London schedule, while Ranbir was busy shooting for Barfi in Darjeeling. Apart from this, there was the Deepika Padukone factor. RK has been shooting with his Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani co-star, and they are said to have rekindled their romance." It is too early to say if they are indeed back together but they have been spending time together, and not just on the sets. Ranbir and Dippy were spotted coming out of a five-star last week. They'd remained friends after the split, so this could've been innocent but reports of their proximity reached Kat in London and it made matters worse. COURTESy TOI
Woman claims she was Rajesh Khanna’s live-in partner COURTESY TOI The fight for Rajesh Khanna's legacy began even before his death. On Tuesday, a day before the superstar passed away, his family was handed a shocker — a woman in her 50s sent a legal notice to the actor claiming that she was his live-in partner and sought compensation, a house to stay and a monthly maintenance. Anita Advani, in her notice to Khanna, claimed that she had been restrained from entering the actor's Carter Road bungalow Aashirwad since June this year. Noted advocate Mridula Kadam, who is representing Anita, confirmed that a legal notice had been sent to Khanna on July 16, which was received at Aashirwad the following day. While Akshay Kumar and the Khanna family were unavailable for comment, Ashwin Thakkar, who was the late actor's business manager, refuted Anita's claims. "The claims that she was living with Khanna are false. There were many people who used to meet him at his house. She was one of them, but certainly not what she claims today." Sources from the industry said that they had seen Anita at Rajesh Khanna's residence and that she used to accompany the actor to people's offices. She would visit Khanna when he was in the hospital, sources said, but was prevented from boarding the truck that was carrying his mortal remains on the day of the funeral. Anita told TOI: "I am not interested in Aashirwad. I just want it to be converted into a museum as that was Rajesh Khanna's dream. I want to ask them (his family) where were they when he needed them. I looked after him all these years. I lived in that house, took care of him and all his needs. The reason I am asking for compensation is because they stripped me of everything. My man is gone and I am left with nothing."
Can scientologist Tom Cruise recruit russell Brand?
OM Cruise is hoping to introduce comic Russell Brand to Scientology. Newly separated Cruise is keen to recruit his Rock Of Ages co-star to be a spokesman for Scientology rehab project Narconon. ‘Tom thinks Russell’s battle with alcohol and drug addiction is a way to reach out to the vulnerable,’ says an LA spy. Cruise also introduced Brand to Hollywood studio boss Sumner Redstone, who asked Russell to compere an event to help addicts. NEWS DESk
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men should be allowed sex slaves and female prisoners could do the job! Kuwaiti woman who once ran for parliament has called for sex slavery to be legalised - and suggested that non-Muslim prisoners from war-torn countries would make suitable concubines. Salwa al Mutairi argued buying a sex-slave would protect decent, devout and ‘virile’ Kuwaiti men from adultery because buying an imported sex partner would be tantamount to marriage. And she even had an idea of where to ‘purchase’ these sex-salves browsing through female prisoners of war in other countries. The political activist and TV host even suggested that it would be a better life for women in warring countries as they might die of starvation. Mutairi claimed ‘there was no shame in it and it is not haram’ (forbidden) under Islamic Sharia law’ Mutairi recommended that offices could be opened to run the sex trade in the same way that recruitment agencies provide housemaids. She suggested shopping for prisoners of war so as to protect Kuwaiti men from being tempted to commit adultery or being seduced by other women’s beauty. ‘For example, in the Chechnyan war, surely there are female Russian captives,’ she said. ‘So go and buy those and sell them here in Kuwait, better than to have our men engage in forbidden sexual relations.’ Her unbelievable argument for her plan was that ‘captives’ might
All this from a WomAn politician from Kuwait
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‘just die of hunger over there’. She insisted, ‘I don’t see any problem in this, no problem at all’. In an attempt to consider the woman’s feelings in the arrangement, Mutari conceded that the enslaved women, however, should be at least 15. Mutairi said free women must
Fizzical harm Drinking sugary drinks doesn’t just pile on the pounds; it changes your body so it’s harder to lose weight
be married with a contract but with concubines ‘the man just buys her and that’s it. That’s enough to serve as marriage.’ Her remarks, made in a video posted on YouTube last month and carried by newspapers in the Gulf States in recent days, have sparked outrage in cyber space from fellow
Drinking sugared fizzy drinks for just a month changes the body permanently so it’s more difficult to lose weight. The soft drinks don’t just pile on the pounds because of the calories in them - they alter the way your body burns fuel. Your muscles grow to ‘prefer’ sugar to fat as a fuel, and thus losing weight becomes harder. Drinking sugary drinks could be even more harmful than previously thought. Soft drinks alter the way our muscles burn fuel preferring sugar over fat which makes the pounds harder to shift. And worryingly this effect lasts long-term which can raise levels of blood glucose leading to diabetes. Dr Hans-Peter Kubis, of Bangor University, said: ‘This study proves our concerns over sugary drinks have been correct. ‘Not only can regular sugar intake acutely change our body metabolism; in fact it seems that our muscles are able to sense the sugars and make our metabolism more inefficient, not only in the present but in the future as well. ‘This will lead a reduced ability to burn fat and to fat gain. Moreover, it will make it more difficult for our body to cope with rises in blood sugar.’ Dr Kubis warned the drinks can compromise long term health and, when in need of refreshment, people should reach for water instead. His researches also showed isolated muscle cells identify and respond to the sugary diet, and switch how they use the fuel. The move to an inefficient metabolism was seen in male and female participants who were lightly active and drinking soft drinks for just four weeks. These factors show that regular use of sugar sweetened soft drinks drives alterations in muscles similar to those found in people with obesity problems and type 2 diabetes. Dr Kubis said: ‘One thing is clear, our body adjusts to regular soft drink
Kuwaitis and others in the wider region. “Wonder how Salwa al Mutairi would’ve felt if during the occupation (of Kuwait) by Iraqi forces, she was sold as ‘war booty’ as she advocates for Chechen women,” tweeted Mona Eltahawy. Another tweeter, Shireen Qudosi, told Mutairi “you’re a disgrace to women everywhere”. For Muna Khan, an editor at the Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television station, the ‘icing on the cake’ of Mutairi’s ‘preposterous views’ was her assertion that her suggestions do not conflict with the tenets of Islam. Mutairi said that during a recent visit to Makkah, she asked Saudi muftis what the Islamic ruling was on owning sex slaves. They are said to have told her that it is not haram. The ruling was confirmed by ‘specialized people of the faith’ in Kuwait, she claimed. “They said, that’s right, the only solution for a decent man who has the means, who is overpowered by desire and who does not want to commit fornication, is to acquire jawari.” Jawari is the plural of the Arabic term jariya, meaning ‘concubine’ or ‘sex slave’. One Saudi mufti supposedly told Mutairi: “The context must be that of a Muslim nation conquering a non-Muslim nation, so these jawari have to be prisoners of war.” Concubines, she argued, would suit Muslim men who fear being ‘seduced or tempted into immoral behavior by the beauty of their female servants’. cOuRTESY DAilY MAil
consumption and prepares itself for the future diet by changing muscle metabolism via altered gene activity encouraging unhealthy adaptations similar to those seen in people with obesity problems and type 2 diabetes. ‘Together with our findings about how drinking soft drinks dulls the perception of sweetness, our new results give a stark warning against regularly drinking sugar sweetened drinks.’ In the study 11 people in their twenties took part in a sugar sweetened soft drink supplementation for a month and before and after had their blood and muscle tissue as well as their whole body metabolism and composition tested. Genes and proteins important for fat and sugar metabolism were analysed and blood sugar and fats assessed. As it turned out metabolism shifted towards sugar away from using fat and genes for inefficient sugar metabolism were activated and a particular factor which is known to be crucial for genes of aerobic metabolism was reduced. Moreover the subjects gained fat and blood sugar was elevated. Dr Kubis said: ‘What we found is that it is not the sugar in itself that puts on weight but the way it gets the body to store more. ‘This would relate to all kinds of soft drinks with high sugar content, including fruit juices. ‘It was a small study because it is difficult to find young people who have not previously been exposed to a lot of soft drinks and who are willing to undergo muscle biopsies. ‘But we are now hoping to carry out a bigger study with more participants over a longer period of time.’ He has been campaigning for the government to take action to address the problem of soft drink consumption. Added Dr Kubis: ‘Clearly taxation on sugary drinks is overdue. This money could be invested in the NHS where it is urgently needed to treat people with obesity problems and diabetes.’ nEWS DESK
Grounded! British schoolboy terrified of flying is stranded in Abu Dhabi for months and now his father is bringing him back by road
British schoolboy who suddenly developed an acute fear of flying is stranded in Abu Dhabi. Joe Thompson, 11, has tried to take four flights in the past four months but every time he approaches the check-in he becomes too distressed to board the plane. Joe’s phobia has baffled doctors and psychiatrists as he has flown long-haul all his life. His condition is now so bad that his father, Tony Thompson, a former aide to John Prescott, is going to bring his son home via road, sea and rail while avoiding trouble spots such as Syria and Libya. Thompson, 63, told The Mail on Sunday: ‘There was no event that prompted it. It just happened out of the blue. And the fear is quite acute. He’s fine until he gets to check-in and then he falls apart. “He gets stomach pains; he collapses and sits on the floor sobbing. It’s awful. He never talks about the plane crashing. He says it’s the height.” Thompson said: ‘We’ve tried four times now to get Joe on a plane but he just can’t do it. cOuRTESY DAilY MAil
Steer clear of 2nd-hand BmWs German car shamed in list of worst performers for developing faults
RIVERS looking for fault-free motoring should steer clear of one of the most popular car marques on Britain’s roads – THE BMW. The German upscale car brand is among the worst on the second-hand market for developing faults, according to researchers. Its BMW convertible series, aged between four and eight years old, was likely to be off the road longest for repairs at an average of 3.5 days. In the biggest survey of car reliability in the UK, nearly 40,000 drivers were quizzed on the most common faults which plagued their cars and which models had the worst record for faults. Among newer models under three years old, the Peugeot 3008 MPV was most likely to be off the road longest at an average of 1.94 days. Second was the Land Rover Discovery 4 which was found to be typically off the road for 1.82 days for repairs, followed by the Alfa Romeo Guiletta for 1.37 days. cOuRTESY DAilY MAil
Beware Dr Google!
ANY people may believe that the internet has made it easier for us to discover what is wrong when we are sick. But new research suggests that using Google to diagnose illnesses could in fact be a very bad way of getting appropriate medical treatment. Of course, a rigorously trained doctor is likely to give a much more accurate diagnosis than the average web user seeking answers from the internet. But in addition, scientists have warned that individuals do particularly poorly when asked to work out their own chances of having any particular ailment. This misdiagnosis takes two main forms - self-positivity, where we overestimate the risks of falling prey to an illness, and selfnegativity, where the opposite is the case. Two scientists from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology used this sort of finding to develop a more systematic study of how people perceive their chances of illness. The study reminds people that if they try to get medical help from the internet, they are limited by their own biases as well as the haphazard nature of the web. nEWS DESK
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PCB gets sponsor for DRS during Australia series LAHORE
HE Pakistan Cricket Board will implement the Decision Review System (DRS) for the upcoming one-day series against Australia in the United Arab Emirates next month as the talks with sponsors to finance the system is in final stages. A Board official said that a sponsorship deal, which would allow the board to use DRS technology in the series against Australia, has nearly been finalised. "We're very much in favour of having the DRS in ODI and Test matches and we see the Australia series
forty years on, ghosts of munich hang over rogge LONDON AFP
The massacre of 11 Israeli athletes and coaches at the 1972 Munich Olympics had Jacques Rogge the athlete fighting with his conscience over whether to carry on competing or not. Now, 40 years later, the 70-year-old International Olympic Committee president is enduring similar soul-searching. This time it is over whether or not to agree to a minute's silence at the opening ceremony of the London Games on Friday, to commemorate the day Black September Palestinian terrorists shattered the 'Olympic Truce' forever. Some were killed in their rooms in the Athletes Village while five of the terrorists, and one German policeman, were killed in a chaotic shootout at a nearby airfield. Rogge, who steps down in September next year after a relatively trouble-free 12 years in charge, was actually competing against an Israeli yachtsman on the day of the tragedy. "I was competing that day and I wondered why the coastguard was escorting my Israeli rival back to the shore," said Rogge. "There was an agonising choice to be made by me after the Games resumed following a two day halt to competition. "Some athletes decided to go home and not compete and I wondered whether I should do the same. "However I was a young ambitious guy who had been supported by his family so I decided to continue." Rogge's decision then was an individual one. But his and the IOC's refusal to cede ground over a minute's silence, despite appeals from the Israeli government and US President Barack Obama, has placed him and world sport's governing body in an uncomfortable position. Rogge insists that while the appeals have been taken into account, there is no place for such a commemoration at the Games. Instead, he and other IOC members will honour the 40th anniversary on September 5 in an historic visit to the airfield. "We feel that the Opening Ceremony is an atmosphere that is not fit to remember such a tragic incident," he said when pressed on the issue on Saturday. "We plan to assist the meeting organised by the National Olympic Committee of Israel and there will be various IOC delegates there and we will also be present on the exact day of the killings, on 5 September, at the military airport of Furstenfeldbruck and that is what we are going to do."
as a good platform to promote the technology," he said. "The sponsors will tie up directly with the broadcasters to cover expenses for using the technology," the official said. Pakistan will play three ODIs and three T20 internationals against Australia from August 28. The official said that Pakistan is also looking to implement DRS when it tours South Africa in January. "The host country has the right to decide whether it wants to offer use of DRS to the touring side but as far as we know South Africa use the DRS in their home series," he said. The PCB is looking to earn some useful profits despite being unable to
host the series in Pakistan. Besides having a broadcasting deal with UAE based Ten Sports, sources said the board has sold its title sponsorship and other ground rights for an amount between USD 550,000 to USD 600,000. PCB DENIES HOSTINg RECIPROCAL INDIA-PAK SERIES IN ENgLAND: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has strongly rejected reports that it is considering the possibility of hosting India in England for a reciprocal series between the two sides. "I want to make it crystal clear that the PCB hasn't even thought about the reciprocal series against India, so there is no truth in any reports on this issue," PCB spokesman reported to have said.
"Whenever that series comes under discussion, the first choice is going to be Pakistan," he added. The Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) reluctance to send a team to Pakistan could mean that Pakistani fans might have to travel to a neutral venue, possibly England, to see their team host India. Pakistan and India are tentatively scheduled to take on each other in India in December. But while the Indian board seems to be well on course to get everything right in time for the series, the PCB may once again be left scurrying for venues as it did with its upcoming series against Australia, the paper further said.
pCB needs to focus on financial benefit also: Rashid LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Former Pakistan wicketkeeper Rashid Latif has stressed that while the resumption of Indo-Pak ties is a welcome move, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) also needs to focus on generating revenue and overcoming shortfalls in their budget. “Improving bilateral cricket ties is fine but the PCB is also duty-bound to ensure it does not get a rough deal from the BCCI,” Latif said. The Pakistan Cricket Board has been suffering a budget deficit of close to 70 crore Pakistani rupees, owing to their inability to host foreign teams on home soil. The security situation in the country has been deemed too unsafe to allow foreign teams to tour, and the PCB has been forced to host home series in neutral venues such as the UAE. The added expenses have led to a massive shortfall in the 2011-2012 budget, which the board had previously expressed the intent to overcome via the launch of a T20 league, and a proposed series against India. The bilateral sporting ties between both countries have been on hold since 2007, with the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks having
led to strained relations between both nations. However, while the BCCI expressed interest in reviving ties with the PCB earlier this year, they have been reluctant to tour Pakistan, and unwilling to play at a neutral venue. The last series between both teams was played in India, with the Men In Green due to host their neighbours next. However, owing to the demands of the Indian board, the recently ann o u n c e d Indo-Pak series will also take place in India, with the BCCI expected to earn up to USD 50 to 60 mill i o n
from the short series of 3 ODIs and 2 T20s, due to be played in December 2012/January 2013. While the PCB has insisted that they will not be looking for a share in the revenue, and are simply interested in the revival of ties, Latif is of the view that the board needs to keep the financial aspect in mind. “The most important thing is India has not compensated us for the cancelled tour in 2009 and they also didn't play us as per the FTP this year,” Latif said, referring to India’s 2009 tour of Pakistan which was cancelled following the Mumbai attacks. “India has not toured Pakistan since early 2006 and even under the ICC future tours program they should allow Pakistan to host a series if not in Pakistan then at a neutral venue,” the former skipper pointed out.
Shehzad not dropped on disciplinary ground: PCB LAHORE STAFF REPORT
The Pakistan Cricket Board has made it clear that young opener, Ahmed Shehzad, was not dropped from the national T20 team for the matches against Australia and the T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka due to any disciplinary reason. "There is no disciplinary issue with Shehzad's selection. Neither has the national team manager, Naved Cheema lodged any report against him," a board official said. Rumours have abounded about the reasons for Shehzad's exclusion for the coming series after he was recalled to the national T20 squad for the Sri
Lanka tour after a string of impressive performances in domestic cricket and the Bangladesh Premier League. The board official said that the decision to select the squad was with the
national selection committee, which also consulted the captain and coach. "Shehzad has been dropped purely for cricketing reasons as the selectors felt that Imran Nazir deserved a chance to make a comeback after his recent performances," the official said. A report quoting a source in the board however confirmed that Shehzad's exclusion only came about on the insistence of T20 captain, Mohammad Hafeez, who showed more faith in the selection of Nazir. "It was on Hafeez's insistence that the selectors agreed to include Nazir instead of Shehzad as Nasir Jamshed was a automatic choice of both the selectors and the team management," the source said.
malaysia star lee recovers on diet of porridge BATH AFP
Malaysia badminton star Lee Chong Wei, whose Olympic dream was threatened by a serious ankle injury, targetted a medal on Saturday in a campaign fuelled by porridge and hot soup. Lee, the world number two, who has been receiving stem cell treatment on torn ankle ligaments sustained at the Thomas Cup in China in May, said the injury helped take some of the gold medal pressure off his shoulders. "I have just come back from injury and there is less pressure. But it is my last Olympics so I want to medal for my country," said Lee, who also lost the world number one ranking to arch-rival Lin Dan of China during his recovery period. "I don't feel the pressure but there is still a week. Maybe when I get to London I will start to feel the Olympic feeling and maybe then I will feel the pressure." Lee became world number one in 2008 after the Beijing Olympics, but that achievement was overshadowed by having lost the gold medal match to Lin. "A gold medal will validate my career. I don't have an Olympic gold medal, my country doesn't have an Olympic gold medal, this gold is important for me and for my country," said the 29year-old. Malaysian team physio Sandra Fielder said Lee had made impressive progress from his injury. "An injury like this would usually take six weeks to heal. Lee started earlier because we are so close to the Olympic Games," she said. "He stayed off it for three-and-a-half weeks and started training again, which is fast for that kind of injury. It was quite a severe ankle sprain." Meanwhile, the Malaysians are struggling to come to terms with the wet, chilly weather in Britain although temperatures are expected to reach the high 20s by Friday when the Olympics get underway. "We bring our own chefs. This is cold weather for Malaysia. So we need hot herb soup, porridge and rice," said team nutritionist Chai Wen Jin.
mortaza leads bangladesh to series sweep of ireland BELFAST AFP
Mashrafe Mortaza produced a fine allround display as Bangladesh completed a 3-0 Twenty20 series sweep of Ireland with a dramatic last-ball victory at Stormont here on Saturday. The fast-medium bowler took four wickets for 19 runs as Ireland, who made a good start, were restricted to 140 in their 20 overs. And he then struck 30 off just 13 balls with four sixes as Bangladesh won by two wickets. Bangladesh openers Tamim Iqbal and Mohammad Ashraful put on 62 in 9.2 overs before the latter fell for 24. But Iqbal swiftly followed and a flurry of wickets, as Paul Stirling took three for 21 and Ziaur Rehman was run out without facing, left the Tigers in trouble on 87 for six. However, Mortaza revived the innings before falling to Kevin O'Brien, who fumbled the last of his sixes over the rope. Mushfiqur Rahim's dismissal in the last over set up a nailbiting finish but Elias Sunny saw Bangladesh home off the last ball.
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Former Pakistani skipper, Inzamam-ulHaq was not aware that apart from him, there are a few other Test captains, who while playing their 100th Test, have also hit centuries. When told about South African Greame Smith's achievement against England on Saturday, Inzamam-ul-Haq asked, "who are the other Test captains in this list ?". "Colin Cowdrey (104), Inzamam (184) and Ponting (120 & 143*) and now Smith are the Test captains who have hit tons in their 100th Test", informs renowned international statistician, Mohandas Menon. Interestingly, Ricky Ponting scored two hundreds in the same Test against South Africa at Sydney in 2006. Even if Smith does not equal this record in the ongoing Test at Oval, he will equal the other off-field situation. Smith with catch first flight to leave England before the second Test to attend the birth of his first child. His wife, the Irish singer Morgan Deane, is pregnant and Smith hopes to be back to lead his South African side again at Headingley on August 2. With international cricket being played around the globe twelve months a year, WBW (wife before wicket) may become almost as common as LBW. There have been few instances for England cricketers leaving the team to attend to the birth of their child. Once Michael Vaughan was late for the game due to the birth of his child. In 2009, Matt Prior went home from Barbados during Englandâ€™s tour and missed a Test to see his new baby before returning.
bostan beat Pioneer by 47 runs LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Bostan cricket club beat Pioneer club by 47 runs in a friendly match at Iqbal Park Ground. Bostan 199 for 9 in 25 0vers. Waseem Ahmed 30, Aziz Ahmed 40. Hasan Azam took 3-43, Azmaan Raza 316. Ameen Khan 3-40. Pioneer Club 1528. Nadeem Javed Butt 48, Abwab Usmanee 25, Gulzar Ahmed 20. Aziz Ahmed 3-30, Ameen Ahmed 3-40. Aziz Ahmed was named the Man of the Match. Meanwhile in another match, at Iqbal Park Ground no 2, Govt Muslim Model High School cricket team beat Pioneer Club by 70 runs in friendly fixture. Muslim Model 250 for 6 in 30 overs. Asad Ali 82, Arsalan 70, Hafiz Mohammad Ali took 2-30, Ameen Khan 2-25. Pioneer Club 180 for 6 in 30 overs. Kashif Ali 52, Nadeem Javed Butt 46 not out, Attiq Ur Rehman 20. Imran Ali 3-40, Arsalan 332. Arsalan was man of the match.
SA smell victory after Amla heroics
bullet-drama Sandeep feared for india future
NGLAND needed another 150 runs to avoid defeat in the first test match against South Africa here at the Oval and by the close of play the hosts were at 102 for 4. Earlier, Amla hit South Africa's first Test triple century as England's bowlers continued to suffer on the fourth day of the first Test match at the Oval on Sunday. Amla made 311 not out as South Africa reached 637 for two at tea, a first innings lead of 252. He and Jacques Kallis (182 not out) put on an unbeaten 377 for the third wicket, a record for South Africa against England. It was another day of toil for the England bowlers, who conceded two successive double century partnerships for the first time in their 924-Test history. Amla and captain Graeme Smith added 259 for the second wicket on Saturday, also a record against England. It was a relentless performance by the South African batsmen on a dry pitch which has yet to deteriorate to the extent expected earlier in the match. Amla, who gave his only chance when he was on 40 on Friday, went past numerous landmarks, lifting the tempo of his innings but seldom playing a false stroke. He beat his own previous highest score, 253 not out against India in Nagpur in 2009/10. Next to fall was the highest score against England, 277 by Smith at Edgbaston in 2003. Then a clip through midwicket for four off Tim Bresnan took him past the South African record of 278 not out by AB de Villiers against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi in 2010/11. England set ultra-
ScOREBOARD 385 EnglAnD, first innings, SOuTh AFRicA, first innings (overnight 403-2) g. Smith b Bresnan 131 0 A. Petersen lbw b Anderson 311 h. Amla not out J. Kallis not out 182 Extras (b5, lb4, nb2, w2) 13 Total (2 wkts, 189 overs) 637 Fall of wicket: 1-1 (Petersen), 2-260 (Smith) Bowling: Anderson 41-7-116-1 (1nb), Broad 34-6-118-0 (1w), Swann 52-10-151-0, Bresnan 37-2-140-1 (1nb), Bopara 18-178-0 (1w), Pietersen 3-0-13-0, Trott 4-0-12-0 To bat: A. de Villiers, J. Rudolph, J. Duminy, V. Philander, D. Steyn, M. Morkel, imran Tahir. EnglAnD 2nd innings: AJ Strauss c Philander b imran Tahir 27 An cook c de Villiers b Philander 0
10 iJl Trott c de Villiers b Steyn KP Pietersen b Morkel 16 14 R Bell not out S Bopara not out 15 20 Extras (b 3, lb 12, nb 5) Total (4 wickets; 38 overs) 102 To bat: MJ Priorâ€ , TT Bresnan, gP Swann, ScJ Broad, JM Anderson Fall of wickets: 1-2 (cook, 1.2 ov), 2-32 (Trott, 10.2 ov), 3-57 (Pietersen, 17.3 ov), 4-67 (Strauss, 26.5 ov) Bowling: M Morkel 8-0-24-1, VD Philander 9-2-13-1, DW Steyn 9-2-27-1, imran Tahir 12-3-23-1 Toss: England umpires: Steve Davis (AuS), Asad Rauf (PAK) TV umpire: Kumar Dharmasena (SRi) Match referee: Jeff crowe (nZl).
defensive fields but could not halt the flow of runs. With Amla on 299, England captain Andrew Strauss brought the field up to stop a single but the batsman played a rare lofted drive for four over cover to earn a prolonged standing ova-
tion from the crowd. Kallis reached his 43rd Test century in measured style off 227 balls but then went on the attack as South Africa took the match far beyond England?s reach. By tea he had faced 326 balls and hit 23 fours and a six.
LONDON: India star Sandeep Singh, who was once almost paralysed by a stray bullet, said hockey would have died in the country if his team had missed out on a second successive Olympics. India have won eight Olympic field hockey gold medals, but the last of their triumphs came in 1980. They failed to qualify for the 2008 Beijing Games, a shattering disappointment that 26-year-old Sandeep admitted on Saturday could have been fatal to the sport. "If we didn't qualify this time, Indian hockey could have stopped like the dinosaur," said star drag flicker Sandeep. "Nobody can see dinosaurs now and it could have been the same thing with Indian hockey if we didn't qualify. So, we did a lot of hard work, training, new things and after that we qualified." Sandeep scored five goals in the 8-1 playoff win over France which secured Olympic qualification. But he knows he is still lucky to be playing at all after suffering a serious injury when he was accidentally shot in the back while travelling on a train in India in August 2006. AFP
Rodgers opens Liverpool tenure with draw TORONTO AFP
Brendan Rodgers's first game as manager of Liverpool ended in a 1-1 draw against FC Toronto thanks to Adam Morgan's equaliser for the English giants in a World Football Challenge friendly. Quincy Amarikwa, acquired by Toronto from Major League Soccer rivals the New York Red Bulls early Saturday, wasted no time contributing to his new team, seizing a rebound from a Peter Gulacsi save to give the hosts the lead in the
58th minute.The advantage was shortlived however, as Morgan knotted the score at 1-1 in the 69th minute, taking advantage of a fine run by Raheem Sterling and salvaging the draw for Liverpool in the opening match of their pre-season North American tour. After Sterling eluded three defenders, Toronto keeper Quillan Roberts managed to deflect his shot, but Morgan was there to tap it home. Liverpool were further buoyed by the return to action of Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva, who has been sidelined since
November with a serious knee injury. Rodgers went with a mix of experience and youth to open the contest, with veterans including Jose Enrique and Jamie Carragher joined on the starting side by prospects such as Dani Pacheco and Nathan Eccleston. Toronto manager Paul Mariner fielded close to a firstchoice lineup, with the only change in the team that beat the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday coming in goalie, where Freddy Hall replaced Milos Kocic. Marnier's side featured captain Torsten Frings in midfield, although lead-
ing scorer Danny Koevermans was absent after suffering a season-ending knee injury in a league fixture last Saturday -- the reason for Amarikwa's acquisition. After a first half that featured few scoring opportunities, Rodgers made a wholesale change for the second half, with Martin Skrtel and Joe Cole anchoring another group of young players. In the 75th, Lucas was sent on to replace Krisztian Adorjan, his first appearance since suffering an injury to the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
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alonso wins German Grand Prix HOCKENHEIM AFP
Fernando Alonso extended his lead in this year's Formula One drivers' world championship on Sunday when he drove to a flawless victory for Ferrari in the German Grand Prix. Driving with perfect judgement and great speed, the 30-year-old Spaniard started from pole position and dominated the 67-lap race in consummate style as he came home 3.7 seconds ahead of local hero, defending champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull. It was Alonso's third win this year after his triumphs in Malaysia and at the European Grand Prix, and it was also the 22nd consecutive race in which he had finished in the points for Ferrari. He moves 34 points clear of Mark Webber in the title race with 154 points to the Australian's 120. "We'll enjoy the win," said Alonso. "Starting on pole was the key factor because it was difficult to overtake and we were not the fastest but we kept the position." Drawing a parallel with Europe's troubled economic situation, Alonso added: "I don't really know politics, but it is true that the situation is not great in Spain -- but a Spanish driver in an Italian car, designed by a Greek man is good to win here." Briton Jenson Button of McLaren, who had proved the potential of his revamped car for a long spell in the race, came home third after being passed by Vettel, who ran wide and off the track, on the penultimate lap.
roddick beats isner to reach atlanta final ATLANTA AFP
Andy Roddick reached the final of the ATP Atlanta Open after he withstood 26 aces from John Isner to topple the top seed 6-4, 6-7 (5/7), 6-4 on Saturday. Roddick, seeking a second title of the season after victory at Eastbourne, will play Luxembourg's Gilles Muller, who ousted eighth-seeded Go Soeda of Japan 6-4, 6-3. "I'm excited," Roddick said. "I have a chance to win my second tournament in three tournaments." Roddick said he was looking forward to teaming up with Isner for the United States in the doubles at the Olympics. "I'm going to be real happy to be on the same side with that serve in the Olympics," Roddick said, adding that he didn't get discouraged when he dropped the second-set tiebreaker. "He's probably the best tie-break player in the world right now," Roddick said. "You've got to stay the course a little bit." The first set was delayed 44 minutes because of rain after Isner took a 3-2 lead. When play resumed, Roddick won four of the next five games and won the set before Isner regained his rhythm. In the second set, neither player broke as they went to the tiebreaker. "I took care of my serve," Roddick said. "I did what I was supposed to do. You aren't going to beat John if you get broken a lot." Roddick missed an opportunity to break Isner in the eighth game of the final set, failing to convert four break points. Roddick then held, and got the break he needed in the next game to close out the contest.
bellucci claims second Gstaad title GSTAAD AFP
Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci won the Gstaad clay-court tournament for the second time on Sunday with a comefrom-behind three set victory over top seeded Serb Janko Tipsarevic. The 24year-old left hander won through 6-7 (6/8), 6-4, 6-2 for his third ATP title and second in the Swiss resort after 2009. Eighth-ranked Tipsarevic had been bidding for a second straight title after Stuttgart a week ago but could find no answer to world number 60 Bellucci.
HOcKenHeim ferrari's Spanish fernando alonso leads ahead of red bull racing's German driver Sebastian Vettel after the start of the Hockenheimring circuit on in Hockenheim during the German formula One Grand Prix. Afp
Nadal hopes for another chance to be flag-bearer MADRID
ENNIS ace Rafael Nadal has set his sights on becoming Spain's flag-bearer at the 2016 Olympics after injury deprived him of the opportunity at the London Games. The 26-year-old announced last week that he was pulling out of the London Olympics due to injury, meaning he would also miss out on the honour of carrying Spain's flag at the opening ceremony on Friday. "It was the most difficult decision which I have taken in my career and possibly the saddest," he told Spanish public television on Sunday. "It was a unique opportunity so obviously I am sad. My goal now is to continue to work hard to try to have another chance in Rio in 2016. I hope I will be prepared to compete there and have another opportunity to carry the flag." Nadal, the gold-medal winner in Beijing four years ago, said he was pleased with the choice of basketball player Pau Gasol of the Los Angeles Lakers as his replacement to carry the Spanish flag. "I think he is a fabulous representative of Spain. I think Pau is an example for society and for all athletes," he said. "There is something special about Pau, I wish him the best and I hope he enjoys the experience a great deal." Feliciano Lopez will replace Nadal in the singles while Marc Lopez will step in to partner Marcel Granollers in the doubles. Nadal, the world number three, won a record seventh French Open title last month but he crashed out in the second round at Wimbledon in a shock upset against Czech Lukas Rosol.
bartoli to face cibulkova in carlsbad final CARLSBAD AFP
Top seed Marion Bartoli reached her second final of the season Saturday, battling back to beat Taiwanese qualifier Chan Yung-jan 16, 6-3, 6-3 at the WTA Carlsbad tournament. The world number 10 from France will square off on Sunday for the title against second seed Dominika Cibulkova, who beat Russian Nadia Petrova 7-6 (10/8), 6-1. Bartoli passed her third consecutive three-set test, and has been on court in excess of nine hours this week. Cibulkova, in contrast, has yet to go past two sets and said that her light workload may benefit her title bid. "I feel really fresh and good. I didn't have a three set match and all the other girls, they played crazy long matches," said the 14thranked Slovak. "So I'm feeling really good for tomorrow, and I think it can be my advantage for me." Bartoli, who has played with a sore hip, struggled mightily in the opening set and Chan, ranked 161st in the world, profited from the top seed's 20 unforced errors. Bartoli said it wasn't, in fact, her troublesome hip that bothered her in the early going but an ankle. "The doctor gave me some anti-inflammatories before the match started, and it took 45 minutes before they started to kick in," she said. "I was feeling a lot better in the second and the third set, but obviously maybe I had a bit of fatigue from yesterday's match when I finished really late. "She was also playing very well in the first set, so maybe the combination of the two made the first set 6-1 to her," Bartoli added. Just when she looked headed for a quick exit Bartoli's physical complaints faded away and she slowly began to take charge of the match against her less experienced opponent. Bartoli earned and then surrendered an early second-set break but broke again for a 5-3 lead on her way to levelling the match. She opened the third set with a break as Chan's game began to fray. "I tried to really stay focused and positive and I'm glad I was able to turn it around," Bartoli said. Chan held for 3-4 in a game that went to deuce six times, but she couldn't stop Bartoli's momentum as the French player held serve, then claimed the contest with a service break as Chan double-faulted to give her three match
points then sent a forehand long on the first. Bartoli, who emerged with the victory despite 14 double-faults and no aces, will be seeking her first title since she won in Osaka in October of 2011. Cibulkova reached her first final since the clay court tournament in Barcelona in April. The Slovak pocket rocket, who stands just 1.61 meters (5 feet, three inches), played a big match to impose her game on Petrova, who was attended by the trainer after losing the draining, 63minute opening set. She then stormed through the second set, wrapping up the victory in just over 90 minutes. "I'm pretty sure that the tiebreak was the key to why I won the match," Cibulkova said. "After that, she went down a little bit."
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bolt ready for london LONDON AFP
Usain Bolt insisted he was ready to defend his Olympic 100m and 200m titles after recovering from a mystery problem which has hampered his preparations for London. Bolt, who finished second to compatriot Yohan Blake over both distances at the Jamaican trials earlier this month, was later forced to withdraw from the Monaco Diamond League meeting citing a "slight problem." However the sprint superstar insisted he was fit and ready to take on his rivals in brief comments late Saturday as he ventured out of his Birmingham training base to watch Batman blockbuster "The Dark Knight Rises." "I got checked out and it's alright," Bolt said, without specifying the nature of his fitness concern. "I am training hard and looking forward to the start of the Games." Bolt's private cinema visit came just two days after 12 people were shot dead at a screening of the film at a theatre in Colorado. The cinema was swept by security prior to the visit of Bolt and his team-mates, who were whisked into the venue after arriving by bus.
OR the second year in a row, Rory McIlroy limped away from the British Open with his head bent low after he failed to make any impression in Sunday's final round at Royal Lytham. The 23-year-old Ulsterman could get nothing going in gentle early conditions as he came in with a 73 for the second straight day. That left him stranded well down the field at eight-over par 288 and heading home before the leaders had even started their final rounds. It was all too reminiscent of last year at Royal St George's, when McIlroy played poorly just a month after his dominating triumph in the US Open. On that occasion, he bemoaned the fickle British weather and said how happy he would be to get back to playing in the sunshine of the United States. But at Lytham he was more measured in his comments. "Obviously very disappointed because I felt like I was coming in here playing pretty well," he said. "I had a really nice first round, set myself up well for the week and then just started to struggle after that. So it's just disappointing. "It's hard when you're trying to just get that little bit of momentum and you try to force it and you're maybe trying too hard and things don't go your way, and that sort of happened this week." McIlroy has now played in five British Opens and, with the exception of St Andrews in 2010, he has struggled each time to handle the demands of links golf and the unpredictable weather that goes with it. But he said that he had time on his
filipino stumbles in Open but happy at major debut LYTHAM: Filipino Juvic Pagunsan slumped to a five-over par 75 in the final round of the British Open on Sunday, but vowed after his worst round of the week that his first major would not be his last. The reigning Asian Tour number one dropped six bogeys against a lone birdie at Royal Lytham and St Annes for a 72-hole total of 11-over 291. "Missed a couple of shots on the back nine. It's not the way that I wanted to finish the week," Pagunsan said. "Overall it has been really nice. It was a wonderful experience. I'll take away some good memories." Pagunsan, who has expressed a dislike for long-distance travel, said he will be the first to register for the Open's International Final Qualifying in Asia next year. "I will try again," he said. "If there is an opportunity, I will come. I wouldn’t mind the travel to come." But he realizes the need to sharpen his all-round game if he is to feature more prominently in majors. "I need to focus more on my game if I am to be a part of them, the top players in the world," Pagunsan said. "I need more practice, better focus and better course management." AFP side, with experience being widely seen as being one of the main ingredients in producing an Open winner. "I think the thing for me is to stay patient," he said. "It's a 20-year career, so I'm not going to get too wound up just over a few weeks. I've got to keep working away, plugging away, working hard and working on the right things and eventually it will come around."
There was also the compensation of being finished in time to sit back and watch fellow Ulsterman and close friend Graeme McDowell bid for Open glory later in the afternoon. McDowell was in second place, four strokes behind leader and playing partner Adam Scott in the final group. "I'm going to be sitting in front of the TV and pulling for him," McIlroy said of McDowell.
London ready despite self-depression: mayor LONDON AFP
London Mayor Boris Johnson insisted Sunday the city was ready to host the 2012 Olympics despite a national plunge into nervous self-depression before the excitement begins. Johnson said Britain was feeling the necessary tension before a big performance, as the clock ticks down to Friday's opening ceremony on the Olympic Park in Stratford, east London. He said the venues were safe and the transport system was bearing up despite a week dominated in Britain by fears over travel chaos and gaps in security. International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge is in London and "he thinks that our city is as well-prepared as any city has ever been in the history of the Games," Johnson told BBC television. "So far the traffic system and trans-
port networks generally are holding up well. "Possibly what we're going though at the moment as a nation, as a city, is that necessary, pre-curtain-up moment of psychological self-depression before the excitement begins on Friday when the curtain goes up. "It is only natural that people should be tense, that they should be expectant. And, of course, there are loads of things that we need to get right." Johnson dismissed the threat of strike action by UK Border Agency staff damaging the build-up, claiming the move was "badly supported" and most workers would want to "get behind" the Games by turning up to work. "I don't think that whatever they do it will disrupt the Olympics or our preparations or disrupt our ability to get people through and in on time to their venues," he said. Johnson also defied critics to say the Games were not producing economic benefits for the
capital of recession-hit Britain. "This is a gigantic schmoozathon that's about to begin," he said. "You've got the heads of most of the world's great businesses coming to London in the course of the next few weeks. We're going to be showing what London has to offer." England's laws restricting trading in large shops to six hours on a Sunday have been suspended for eight weeks around the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Athletes have been getting used to their new surroundings and taking time to relax before the Games begin. Usain Bolt, who took a trip to the cinema to watch new Batman movie "The Dark Knight Rises", insisted he was ready to defend his Olympic 100m and 200m titles after recovering from a mystery problem which has hampered his preparations for London.
Pope Benedict XVI blesses Olympics as hope for peace CASTEL GANDOLFO AFP
Pope Benedict XVI blessed the Olympics starting in London this week in his traditional Sunday address and said he hoped the spirit of the Games would encourage peace in the world. "We pray that with the will of God the Games in London will be a true experience of brotherhood between the peoples of the world," the pope told thousands of pilgrims at his summer residence of Castel Gandolfo near Rome.
"I pray that, in the spirit of the Olympic Truce, the goodwill generated by this international sporting event may bear fruit, promoting peace and reconciliation throughout the world," the 85-year-old pontiff said. "Upon all those attending the London Olympic Games, I invoke the abundant blessings of Almighty God," he said to cheers from the crowd. He added that because of the global nature of the event, the Catholic Church viewed the Olympics "with particular sympathy and attention." The Olympic Games begin on Friday and will wrap up on August 12.
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the 1980 Olympic Games at moscow was boycotted by the non-communist countries led by the United States, when the Soviet army invaded afghanistan in 1979. interestingly, no boycott was imposed on trade or any other economic activities. it was first time when the Olympic Games were held in a socialist country . Soviet Union gymnast aleksandr dityatin won the greatest number of medals - eight - by any athlete at any sport at one Olympics Games. He won the team events, the individual event and the rings event. He then won silver medals in the vault, parallel bars, fixed bar and pommel horse, and the bronze medal in the floor exercises. Soviet Union gymnast aleksandr dityatin, became the first male to be awarded a perfect 10 in horse vault. Soviet Union gymnast nikolay andrianov took his medal tally to a record 15 in three Games by winning two gold, two silver and one bronze in these Games. in the triple jump event, Soviet Union’s Viktor Saneyev ended his remarkable career with a silver to add to his three gold medals he won in 1968, 1972 and 1976. the east German girls won 26 of the available 35 medals. zimbabwe competing in the Olympics for the first time were the first winners of the women’s field hockey event. india won the men’s hockey event after a gap of 16 years in the 1980 Games. it was their eighth gold medal. Soviet Union’s Vladimir Parfenovich was the first canoeist to win three gold medals in the same Games. cuban teofilo Stevenson who won the 1980 heavyweight gold medal became the first boxer to win three golds in the same event in three Games. in the rowing event, the east German twins Jorg and bernd landvoigt retained their coxless pairs title by defeating another pair of twins from Soviet Union yuriy and nikolay Pimenov. Soviet Union’s anatoly and Sergey beloglasov - both twins - won the 52kg and 57kg freestyle events respectively in wrestling. north Korea’s female gymnast myong Hui choe in 1980 became the smallest competitor in Olympic history at 1.35m (4ft 4 in). She also weighed just 25 kg. Great britain's Steve Ovett and Sebastian coe faced each other in two memorable duels. in the 800m, Ovett won the gold medal ahead of his compatriot. Six days later, a determined coe redeemed himself in the 1,500m. He took the gold, while Ovett managed only a bronze. Soviet Union's swimmer Vladimir Salnikov won three gold medals, in the 400m freestyle, 4×200m relay and 1,500m. this was the first time any swimmer had swum the 1,500m in under 15 minutes. eight years later, he would make an extraordinary comeback by winning the 1,500m again.
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Islamabad: despite the tall claims by the government of ending power load shedding during Ramadan, there appears to be no end to electricity outages. The power shortfall has gone up to 5,500 megawatt, resulting in around 13 hours of load shedding in urban and 15 hours in rural areas of the country. and power also remained absent in several cities at exactly seher and Iftar times, despite the government’s claims of ensuring power supply at these two times. The power generation, which was taken up to the level of 14,000mW a few days ago, has once again come down to 12,000mW, with the demand maintaining itself at 17,500mW. a spokesman for the Energy management Cell attributed the shortfall to limited supply of furnace oil to power stations, besides the closure of the Chashma-I and Chashma-II plants that were contributing 650mW. He said PsO had cut down the supply of furnace oil due to non-payment and power stations were currently receiving 20,000 tons of furnace oil, instead of 38,000 tons a day. an official
said that the government had allocated only Rs119 billion of the total Rs 338 billions for WaPda for the fiscal year 2011-12. Half of amount remained un-audited just to hide the utilization of funds from the general public. similarly, the cost of mangla Upraising Project rose to Rs 102 billion from the estimated Rs 62 billion merely due to unnecessary delays in releasing funds by the government. Financial irregularities also remained another hallmark of the government as Neelum-Jhelum Hydro Project was required to be ensured by the NICl, but concerned officials got bank securities from non accredited financial institutions. The official further said that amid such prevailing sorrow state of affairs, the government was required to fix power tariff in accordance with the rules and regulations set by National Electronic Power Regulatory authority (NEPRa) with a special focus on ‘Energy Conservation’ to overcome the challenge confronted by the nation. Agencies
Shortfall rises to 5,500mW, electricity remains absent at Seher, Iftar times
Regime forces assault Damascus DAMASCUS AFP
Feared forces headed by President Bashar al-Assad’s brother used helicopters on Sunday in a new offensive against rebels in Damascus, as clashes also raged in Syria’s second city Aleppo, activists said. The Fourth Brigade headed by Maher al-Assad was leading the assault in the Damascus neighbourhood of Barzeh, triggering an exodus of residents, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The Observatory, meanwhile, put at more than 19,000 the overall number of people killed during the 16-month uprising against the Assad family’s four decades of iron-fisted rule. Activists on the ground reported heavy fire at Barzeh, in the northeast of the capital, as a rebel commander declared the battle to “liberate” the second-biggest city of Aleppo had begun. “Regime forces are using helicopters to pound the Barzeh district,” an activist who identified himself as Abu
Omar told AFP via Skype. “Families are trying to flee their homes, but it is difficult to get out of the neighbourhood. It is surrounded, and violence on the edges is intense.” Abu Omar also said the army was raiding the nearby Rukn al-Din neighbourhood, while “helicopters used machineguns to fire into the district’s streets”. “This morning, regime forces dropped leaflets into the neighbourhood, telling people to evacuate. This is a way to get people to turn against the revolt.” He added that several parts of Damascus were suffering from food and fuel shortages, and that clashes were continuing in the districts of Tadamon, Al-Midan and Nahr Ayshe. The Observatory’s director Rami Abdel Rahman said “the feared Fourth Brigade” commanded by President Assad’s powerful younger brother had launched an operation in Barzeh. “Troops have stormed the northwestern Barzeh district of Damascus with tanks and armed personnel carri-
ers,” he said, noting snipers had been deployed on rooftops. The official SANA news agency also said government forces had “cleansed” the Qaboon neighbourhood of “terrorists”, the regime’s term for rebel fighters. State television aired footage reportedly from Qaboon showing dead bodies and weapons, communications equipment and money it said was captured from rebels. Regime forces also deployed in the outskirts of the Mazzeh district of the capital, he said, adding one person was killed there on Sunday and several were wounded. Meanwhile, fierce clashes engulfed the districts of Salaheddin and Sakhur in Aleppo, Syria’s commercial hub in the north which has seen heavy fighting since Friday. In a video, Colonel Abdel Jabbar Mohammad Oqaidi, head of the Free Syrian Army’s military council in Aleppo province, announced “the start of the operation to liberate Aleppo from the hands of Assad’s gangs”.
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PAKISTAN MUST REVAMP POLICE: STUDY WASHINGTON AFP
Faced with mounting violence, Pakistan needs to push ahead reforms of its police force, which lacks the training, equipment and political will to be effective, a new study said. In a lengthy report, a commission set up by the New York-based Asia Society called for Pakistan to step up police training and carry out structural reforms to boost the force’s skills and reduce corruption. “High crime rates throughout the country, relatively low conviction rates of prisoners on trial and heightened concerns about instability spilling over from Afghanistan indicate that there is an urgent and critical need to invest in and reform Pakistan’s law enforcement infrastructure,” the report said. The study, due to be released on Monday, said that criminals and Islamic extremists have increasingly colluded and evaded a police force hampered by “severe deficiencies” in technology and training. Pakistan’s military and Inter-Services Intelligence agency have historically been major centers of power. But the report said the police hold primary responsibility for law and order. “Shifting all the blame onto the police force — whether done by the public, media or government — is unfair and unproductive,” the report said. Pakistan’s police system “simply is not structured to reward good behavior, as merit-based opportunities for professional advancement are scarce, low pay is the norm and a lack of support and resources compels even many well-intentioned officers to misuse their authority in order to survive,” the report said. Hassan Abbas, the commission’s project director and a professor at the National Defense University in Washington, said international assistance could help. Britain and the United States have both been assisting police reform. “However, the overall funding for these projects is no match for the resources provided to Pakistan for anti-terrorism operations throughout the last decade, very little (if any) of which ever reached police institutions because it was so largely geared toward the defense sector,” he said. “Both are important needs, but a balanced approach is needed to help Pakistan tackle internal and external challenges more effectively.” Pakistan has received more than $18 billion in US aid, mostly for its military, since it agreed to support the USled war in Afghanistan after the September 11, 2001 attacks. The country in recent years has been torn by violence, with extremists carrying out attacks in major cities, militant cells holed up in lawless border areas and an ethnic insurgency raging in Balochistan.