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Rs 17.00 Vol III No 358 19 Pages

Monday, 24 June, 2013 SHABAN 14 1434

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gunmen clad in paramilitary uniform kill 10 foreign tourists, local guide in gilgit Baltistan

gB chief minister forms police team to proBe killings

Banned terrorist outfit ttp claims responsiBility for killings

senior ministerto goto china,ukraine with Bodies

na unanimously slams killing of tourists

fo offers condolences, assures stern action

gory gB attack invites widespread condemnation

kerry seeks indian role on afghanistan, climate

india outclass england in champions trophy final

The National Assembly on Sunday passed a unanimous resolution to condemn the killing of nine foreign and two local climbers in Gilgit-Baltistan. Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan termed the attack an aggression against state. During budgetary session, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Deputy Parliamentary Leader Shah Mahmood Qureshi tabled a resolution denouncing the terrorist act. page 03

Stunned by brazen terrorist attack on foreign nationals in Gilgit-Baltistan on Sunday, Pakistan has strongly condemned the gory incident and assured the native states of killed tourists and the rest of international community that all possible steps would be taken to bring the culprits to justice. The foreign policy managers reached out to diplomats in Islamabad and extended them firm assurances. page 02

President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif were among the national leaders who strongly condemned the attack on foreign tourists in Fairy Meadows area of Diamer, Gilgit Baltistan which resulted in death of 10 foreign tourists from various countries. Expressing his deep shock and sorrow over the unfortunate incident, President Zardari said such acts of barbarity would not be tolerated. page 03

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday urged a greater role for India on Afghanistan and climate change as he sought to revive stuttering cooperation between the world’s two largest democracies. On his first visit to India as the top US diplomat, Kerry tried a few words in Hindi, pressed his hands in a traditional namaste greeting and quoted Mark Twain who said “the diverse land is the sole country all people want to see”. page 04

India beat England by five runs to win the Champions Trophy final at Edgbaston. India crowned themselves as the new champions of the Champions Trophy in style conquering hosts England by five runs at the Edgbaston stadium. They stamped their authority as the reigning world champions and pocketed the prize money of $200,000 shattering England’s dream of winning a 50-over global tournament after 38 years of wait. page 16

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NEWS Monday, 24 June, 2013

gB Chief minister aPPlauds PerformanCe of saCked offiCials Monitoring Desk Gilgit–Baltistan (GB) Chief Minister Mehdi Shah on Sunday applauded the performance of the GB chief secretary and regional police chief hours after Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan suspended them for failing to provide security to the foreign tourists in Nanga Parbat. “Removing both the officials before launching an inquiry in to the tourists’ incident is not in the interest of GB,” said a press release issued by the chief minister’s office quoting him. Shah was addressing a cabinet meeting held in Gilgit soon after the Nanga Parbat incident rocked the country. “If terrorism could be overcome by such acts, the officials in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa should have been removed,” he added. Shah appealed to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to reinstate the officials in the interest of GB.



S many as 11 people, including 10 foreign tourists, were shot dead in Fairy Meadows area of GilgitBaltistan (GB) in a pre-dawn attack on Sunday. Up to 20 attackers, reportedly dressed in local paramilitary uniforms, stormed the hotel at the base camp in the foothills of Nanga Parbat. The gunmen reportedly separated and tied up the Pakistani staff and told them not to attempt to raise alarm until morning. The gunmen then shot the foreigners, taking their money and passports. One person managed to get free and raise the alarm, but the attackers had about six hours to make good their es-



cape. Reports said the terrorists were disguised in Gilgit Scouts’ uniforms. They hired the services of two local guides, one of who was martyred and the other was in custody and being interrogated. The deputy commissioner of Diamir district said a manhunt was under way involving both police and military, on the ground and in the air. GB Chief Minister Mehdi Shah and Deputy Inspector of Police (DIG) Ali Sher confirmed the tragic incident. In all, 51 mountaineers from eighteen countries were scaling the Nanga Parbat. Eleven of them in the base camp were killed, while others on their way to scale the peak escaped the attack. DIG Ali Sher said five tourists were from Ukraine, three from China and one from Russia. A Pakistani guide was also


killed in the attack. Identity of the 11th killed person was yet to be determined. The official said that second guide survived the attack and was being interrogated. He said the area had been cordoned off and efforts were underway to arrest the terrorists. Separately, bodies of nine slain tourists were shifted to Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences, Islamabad for autopsy. The bodies were shifted through a C-130 military aircraft at the Chaklala Airbase. Meanwhile, 25 tour guides have been arrested in GB on Sunday in connection with the attack. Security forces also detained two witnesses for questioning. Banned terrorist outfit Tehreek-eTaliban Pakistan claimed responsibility for the killing, saying it had created a new wing to attack foreigners to avenge US drone strikes.

Spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan telephoned foreign media to inform that the killings were intended to avenge the death of TTP warlord Waliur Rehman in a US drone strike last month. "We did it and we claim responsibility for this attack," Ehsan said in the call from an undisclosed location. "One of our factions, Junoodul Hafsa, did it. It is to avenge the killing of Maulvi Waliur Rehman," he said. "We want to convey to the world that this is our reply to US drone attacks," he added. Rehman died on May 29 in a US drone attack on a house in North Waziristan, the most notorious Taliban and al-Qaeda stronghold in Pakistan along the Afghan border. Separately, GB CM Mehdi Shah constituted a police team to probe the killings. According to senior officials, DIG Ali Sher has been appointed head of the team. The Interior Ministry announced later on Sunday that a senior minister of Pakistan would go to China and Ukraine as a mark of respect along with the bodies of the slain mountaineers.

China asks Pakistan to guarantee safety of its Citizens

ISLAMABAD: Rescue workers move bodies of tourist killed in terrorist attack in Gilgit-Baltistan at PIMS. INP

Monitoring Desk

CaBinet to disCuss law and order today

China on Sunday asked the Pakistani government to “guarantee the safety and legitimate rights of Chinese citizens in Pakistan” as it condemned the attack on foreign tourists in GilgitBaltistan, a private TV channel quoted Chinese news agency Xinhua as saying. “The Foreign Ministry on Sunday strongly condemned a violent attack…that resulted in 11 deaths, including those of several Chinese tourists,” Xinhua reported. The Chinese news report claimed only two Chinese nationals were killed in the incident. The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman’s office said the Chinese embassy in Pakistan was in close contact with Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry, Interior Ministry and military to further verify information related to the incident. The embassy further requested Pakistan to make all efforts to take care of the survivors, apprehend the gunmen behind the attack and guarantee the safety of Chinese citizens in Pakistan.


Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has convened a meeting of the federal cabinet in Islamabad today (Monday). The meeting, chaired by the prime minister will review the overall security situation in the country, particularly in view of the killing of foreign tourists in GilgitBaltistan on Sunday. The minister of water and power will brief the meeting about the power crisis in the country. Some key national issues will also come under discussion during the meeting.


Stunned by brazen terrorist attack on foreign nationals in Gilgit-Baltistan on Sunday, Pakistan has strongly condemned the gory incident and assured the native states of killed tourists and the rest of international community that all possible steps would be taken to arrest the culprits and bring them to justice. Pakistan’s foreign policy managers reached out to Chinese and Ukrainian diplomats in Islamabad and extended them firm assurance that no effort

would be spared to nab those involved in the heinous crime. According to diplomatic sources, Pakistani authorities were virtually stunned by the terrorist attack on foreign tourists at the base camp of Nanga Parbat Mountain in the remote area of Gilgit-Baltistan province but soon instructions were issued to the Foreign Ministry to contact the relevant diplomatic missions and offer deep condolences over the unfortunate incident. “The missions of China and Ukraine expressed gratitude to Pakistani diplomats for the expression of sorrow but they also asked for all the required measures to arrest the culprits,” said a diplomatic source seeking anonymity. He said that Pakistani foreign policy managers assured them of all possible action against the terrorists and said that government functionaries in Is-

lamabad had already launched a thorough inquiry into the incident. The source said that the embassy of US and some other diplomatic missions also contacted the foreign office officials to inquire about the gruesome act of terror in the famous tourist region. Another source said that all aspects of the incident would be thoroughly investigated including the possible attempt by ‘foreign elements’ to damage the ties between Pakistan, China and Ukraine. “The investigators are not ruling out involvement of foreign hand at this stage and that too would be investigated along with all other aspects,” he said asking not to be named. A statement, meanwhile, issued by the Foreign Office said, “The Government of Pakistan strongly condemns the terrorist attack on tourists in the Northern Areas of Pakistan in which nine tourists and a Pakistani guide were murdered last night. The government of Pakistan expresses its

deep sense of shock and grief on this brutal act of terrorism, and extends its sympathy to the families of the victims. Those who have committed this heinous crime seem to be attempting to disrupt the growing relations of Pakistan with China and other friendly countries,” it said. The statement said, “The prime minister of Pakistan has condemned these inhuman and cruel acts, ordered to conduct thorough investigation, and apprehend the culprits to bring them to justice.” “The special assistant to the Prime Minister of foreign affairs spoke to the ambassadors of China and Ukraine today and condoled on the death of the tourists hailing from China and Ukraine,” it said. “The Foreign Secretary also called the Ambassadors of China and Ukraine to express condolences on behalf of the government of Pakistan,” the statement said.

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Monday, 24 June, 2013

govt to Pay off rs 370B of CirCular deBt By June 30: dar Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Sunday reaffirmed the government’s resolve to eliminating the vicious circular debt by announcing to pay it off by August 12. Speaking on the floor of the National Assembly, Dar said the total amount of circular debt stood at Rs 508 billion as of May 31 and vowed to pay off Rs 370 billion by June 30 to partially settle the private sector dues. “The entire circular debt will be cleared by August 12,” he pledged. He said his government will look right into the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) eye while negotiating a loan deal with it. “No dictation will be taken from it (IMF),” he added. The finance minister said the people will be taken into confidence over the agreement with the IMF. He said the details of the pact reached with the IMF will also be made available on the Finance Ministry’s website. MONItOrINg Desk

imf, Pakistan offiCials to meet today ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan government and the International Monitory Fund (IMF) mission will hold policy-level negotiations under the Post Programme Monitoring today (Monday). According to details, a team of economic experts will participate in negotiations under the supervision of Finance Minister Ishaq Dar while Jeffrey Franks, head of IMF mission, will lead his team. Sources said the IMF mission has held meetings with provincial finance ministers during their visit to Lahore and Karachi, where the issues of provincial budget and taxation system of provinces under National Finance Commission Award (NFC) after the 18th Amendment have been discussed with them. The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) chairman, along with his team, will brief the IMF mission on tax recoveries in the country, the sources added. ONLINe



HE National Assembly on Sunday passed a unanimous resolution to condemn the killing of nine foreigner and two local climbers in Gilgit-Baltistan. Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan termed the attack an aggression against state. During budgetary session, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Deputy Parliamentary Leader Shah Mahmood Qureshi tabled a resolution denouncing the terrorist act. The resolution’s draft demanded that the government take action against anti-state elements and steps should be introduced to enhance capacity of intelligence agencies. It said further the incident was conducted to defame and insult Pakistan internationally and would make the country unsecure for the tourists. To a call attention notice by Awami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad regarding problems of overseas Pakistanis and human resource development


related to work permit and visa for Saudi Arabia and other Islamic countries‚ Overseas Pakistanis Minister Pir Sadruddin Rashidi urged for the improvement in policies regarding labour. “We cannot fight with the labour laws of the other countries especially of those countries where Kingdom rules,” he added. “Indians are not facing such issues because of their strong and efficient policies when we compare it with Pakistan,” noted the minister. Earlier‚ giving a policy statement on the GB incident‚ Chaudhary Nisar said the chief secretary and inspector general of GB have been suspended for their failure in providing security to the tourists. Giving details of the incident, he said the terrorists were wearing uniforms of Gilgit Scout, who attacked around 1am at Fairy Meadows base camp, killing three Chinese, five Ukrainians and one Russian. He said, “One Chinese tourist was rescued safely.” The minister said security agencies quickly responded to the incident and were cooperating with the civil administration in tracing the culprits, informing

the House, “Initial reports say some clue has been found.” He noted that strict identity checking of military personnel while entering the red zones would be conducted. “Even those who targeted GHQ were also clad in the military uniforms,” he added. He said it came to his knowledge that many high ranking officers of Gilgit Baltistan spend most of their time in Islamabad instead of performing duties in their area. He said there is need that security institutions should not react to every incident but become proactive to stop terrorist acts before these occur. He said Prime Minister intends to call All Parties Conference and he wants that National Assembly hold debate and give suggestions for preparation of a national security policy. "I want parliament to take ownership of the security policy and there should be a system of accountability." He said he is getting 100 percent support from the heads of security forces and they have agreed to each and every step being taken by the government. He referred to remarks of chief of the army staff during a meeting that army would follow policies set by political leadership. Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party Chairman Mahmood Khan Achakzai proposed the House to write letters expressing sympathies with bereaved families of foreigners.

RAWALPINDI: Ambulances carrying the bodies of foreigners who were killed in Gilgit approach PIMS Hospital in Islamabad. ONLINe

sartaJ denies rift with fatemi

LAHORE: Sartaj Aziz, adviser to the prime minister on national security and foreign affairs, has denied that there is any "infighting" between him and Special Assistant to Prime Minister for Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi. He said in a statement that he and Fatemi had known each other for a long time and since taking office have developed very good personal relations. He said they were working as a team to meet the geopolitical challenges facing the country under the able guidance of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. stAFF rePOrt


President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif were among he national leaders who strongly condemned the attack on foreign tourists in Fairy Meadows area of Diamer, Gilgit Baltistan which resulted in death of 10 foreign tourists from various countries. Expressing his deep shock and sorrow over the unfortunate incident, President Zardari said such acts of barbarity would not be tolerated and urged the authorities concerned to take stern action against perpetrators of the heinous crime. Expressing sympathies with the bereaved families, the president said the government and people of Pakistan shared the grief and sorrow with the bereaved families at this hour of distress and assured that every possible action would be taken to nab the culprits in-

volved in the heinous act and bring them to justice. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif termed the act a heinous crime, adding that Pakistan would be turned into a safe country for foreigners. The prime minister said such acts of cruelty and inhumanity would not be tolerated and every effort would be made to make Pakistan a safe place for tourists. Expressing his sympathies with the bereaved families, the prime minister said the people and government of Pakistan stood by them in the hour of huge distress. PTI leader Javed Hashmi, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, MQM chief Altaf Hussain, JI chief Munawar Hasan, Sindh Governor Ishratul Ebad, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Engineer Shaukatullah, Shia Ulema Council chief Allama Sajid Naqvi, AJK Prime Minister Chaudhry Abdul Majeed, Jamaat-e-Islami chief Munawwar Hassan and others also condemned the killings. Governor of Gilgit Baltistan Pir Karam Ali Shah said foreign elements might have been involved in tourists’ killing in peaceful Gilgit region. Shah vowed to take all possible measures for the safety of tourists in Gilgit-Baltistan, which is famous

for its natural beauty. Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Pervaiz Rashid strongly condemned the killing of foreign climbers and their Pakistani guides in a terror attack at Nanga-Parbat base camp. The minister expressed deep shock and sorrow over the unfortunate incident and sympathised with the bereaved families. The government and the people of Pakistan shared the grief of the bereaved families in this hour of distress, he added. He said the terrorists wanted to destabilise the peace process and tarnish the country's image. Minister for Industries and Production Ghulam Murtaza Khan Jatoi also condemned the killings of foreign and local tourists in Gilgit-Baltistan. The minister expressed his deep shock and sorrow over the unfortunate incident and sympathised with the bereaved families. In his condolence message, PTI leader Hashmi expressed deep shock and sorrow over the unfortunate incident and sympathised with the bereaved families. He said the Pakistani nation shared the grief of the bereaved families in this hour of distress.

Jamaat-e-Islami chief Syed Munawar Hasan and JI Secretary General Liaqat Baloch also strongly condemned the killing of tourists in Gilgit. In a joint statement on Sunday, they said recurring terrorist activities in the country were a matter of deep concern. They urged the government to review the foreign and domestic policies of the country keeping in view the nation's accepted principles. The MQM chief strongly condemned the attack, saying the incident was highly condemnable both for the loss of lives and for the bad reputation it had earned for Pakistan in the world community. In a statement issued by the MQM on Sunday, Altaf urged the local authorities to take necessary measures to apprehend the culprits and urged the government to provide special security to foreign tourists. Calling the incident inhuman, tragic and shocking, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Engineer Shaukatullah condemned the killings. In a condolence message, the governor said the malicious action of the culprits involved in the heinous crime had indeed shocked every patriotic citizen of the country.

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Burney likely to be sindh governor or adviser to Pm ISLAMABAD: Former human rights minister Ansar Burney is likely to be the new Sindh governor or adviser to the prime minister on human rights. According to a press statement issued on Sunday, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif after consultation with Burney is likely to announce his name as an independent and non-political governor of Sindh within the next two to three weeks. In recognition of Burney’s historical services for peace and human rights he may also be appointed as adviser to the PM on human rights matters, sources said further. In case of change of the Sindh governor in coming days, sources disclosed that Ansar Burney is so far the most probable candidate for the slot. Burney is the recipient of Sitar-e-Imtiaz and Hilal-eImtiaz. In 2005, the US State Department declared Ansar Burney as ‘hero’ in the field of human rights (anti-human trafficking and anti-slavery hero). ONLINe

7 troops among 53 killed in afghanistan clashes CHARIKAR/KABUL: Forty-six fighters have been killed in the Shinwari district of central Parwan province of Afghanistan over the past 24 hours, an official said on Sunday. The Taliban, however, rejected the claim as false. At least 46 insurgents were killed and seven others wounded late on Saturday night when security forces shelled Nishtar Shahar area, where the Taliban were holding a meeting, the governor’s spokeswoman, Roshna Khalid, said. The Parwan police chief confirmed the operation, saying the militants had suffered heavy casualties. But Brig Gen Abdur Rahman Sarjang stopped short of giving casualty figures, indicating the ongoing offensive could be extended to Siahgard district. He also acknowledged the loss of an Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier in the incident. On the other hand, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid spurned the official claim as baseless. He said nine ANA troops had been killed and many others wounded. Mujahid added only six fighters had been killed and five others wounded in clashes with security personnel in Farah and Parwan provinces. Last week, residents kept the Parwan-Bamyan highway closed for three days to protest increasing insecurity in Siahgard district. The road blockade was lifted after assurances from officials that effective measures would be taken to improve the situation. In Kabul, the Ministry of Defence announced six troops had been killed and five others injured in different parts of the country. The fatalities resulted from guerrilla attacks and bombings in Nangarhar, Parwan, Kandahar, Maidan Wardak, Paktia and Helmand provinces. INP

Protests held against lesCo Residents of Guldasht Colony of Lahore on Sunday protested against LESCO authorities over prolonged load shedding and broke into Nawan Kot sub-division office, destroying valuables worth thousands of rupees. The protesters said they were facing electricity shut down for the last two days but LESCO officials did not take any notice. Report said angry residents entered the Nawan Kot sub division office and broke valuables and destroyed record. In another report, residents of Ghausia Colony also protested against LESCO officials. The residents said their area transformer was not working for the last few days. They blocked the Walton Road and demanded LESCO high-ups transfer Cantt EX-EN and SDO.hero). MONItOrINg Desk

kerry seeks indian role on afghanistan, Climate neW DeLHi AgeNcIes


S Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday urged a greater role for India on Afghanistan and climate change as he sought to revive stuttering cooperation between the world’s two largest democracies. On his first visit to India as the top US diplomat, Kerry tried a few words in Hindi, pressed his hands in a traditional namaste greeting and quoted Mark Twain who said “the diverse land is the sole country all people want to see”. Kerry firmly supported an involvement in

Afghanistan for India, which is desperate to avoid a return of the Taliban once US troops leave but whose aid and diplomacy are viewed with suspicion by mutual neighbour Pakistan. Kerry said India had a “central role” in ensuring free elections due in April next year in Afghanistan. A week after a false start in US dialogue with the Taliban, Kerry acknowledged that a final settlement “may be long in coming”. “We should and must work together to support an inclusive, legitimate democratic process that helps the Afghan people unify around a new leader who will build on the economic and social gains achieved under

President (Hamid) Karzai,” Kerry said. Kerry, who will meet the Indian leadership today (Monday), devoted most of his speech to climate change in what his aides said was a signal that the scourge will be a top priority for him as secretary of state, much as it was when he was a senator. “Here in India, the home of so much of the history of science, we must recognise that today the science of climate change is screaming at us for action,” Kerry said. After expressing his condolences for the victims of devastating floods in northern India, Kerry said that “it appears as if, in many ways, in many places,

Mother Nature is telling us to heed the warnings”. “Yours is already one of the most severely affected nations – and unfortunately, the worst consequences of the climate crisis will confront people who are least capable of coping with them,” Kerry added. Kerry’s trip comes as critics say the US-India relationship has fallen into a funk, with ties cordial but not near the level envisioned nearly 20 years ago when the democracies began to reconcile from Cold War estrangement. US businesses accuse India of reneging on agreements to open its economy – an issue on which Kerry again pressed New Delhi – while India has

been suspicious of attempts in the US Congress to curb visas for high-tech workers. Climate change is one area where the two have open disagreements, with India a leader among developing nations that resist a binding international accord on grounds that wealthy countries bear historic responsibility for the problem. Kerry argued that action on climate change would benefit the Indian economy by addressing the growing economy’s need for power. Trying to underscore Kerry’s message, the United States announced a $100 million partnership with the private sector to invest in clean energy in India.

one killed, 6 injured in na approves rs 183.36b grant for kurram agency blast cabinet division kUrrAM AgenCY/WAsHAk AgeNcIes

A man on Sunday was killed and five others were injured after a bomb ripped through their vehicle near Sateen check post. Lower Kurram Agency Assistant Political Agent Abdul Ghafoor said that a vehicle was on the way from Central Kurram to Sada Bazaar when the bomb planted in it exploded and blew it up near Sateen check post. The injured people were shifted to Sada Civil

Hospital. Four persons, Iqbal Hussain, Haji Shabbir Hussain, Mujahid Hussain and Baqir Hussain, residents of Mali Khel village of Upper Kurram Agency, went to Karkhana Camp to attend wedding of their friend. Some unidentified people installed a time bomb on their car that went off when they were returning home. Resultantly, Iqbal, the driver of the car, died on the spot, while others sustained injuries. The body of the driver was shifted to Parachinar, while the

injured were moved to the hospital in Saddar and Hangu. Separately, a driver has been killed and two Levies officials were injured after unidentified gunmen opened fire on their vehicle in Kharan. Levies officials said their team was on a routine patrol in Tehsil Basima in District Washak of Balochistan, when they came under attack. The wounded personnel have been shifted to the local hospital. Levies personnel cordoned off the area and starting a search operation.

6 insurgents killed in dera Bugti: fc QUettA sHAHZADA ZULFIQAr

Six insurgents were killed in Sui area of Dera Bugti, some 450km south-east of Quetta on Sunday, FC officials said. According to officials, several miscreants attacked an FC check post in Mat area of Sui Tehsil in Dera Bugti, but escaped after paramilitary forces retaliated. “After being chased by FC personnel, these miscreants were surrounded in Drugin seasonal Nullah and all six, including their

commander, Sooper Bugti were killed in the wake of crossfire that continued for many hours,” they said. Two Kalashnikov rifles, 13 rifles and 30 kg of explosives were recovered from them, the officials claimed. When contacted, Balochistan Home and Tribal Affairs Secretary Akbar Hussain Durrani confirmed the incident and said that no one was either arrested or got injured as all miscreants were killed in the encounter. Meanwhile, Sher Muhammad Bugti, the spokesman of Baloch Republican Party (BRP), rejected

the claim of paramilitary forces that the men were killed in an encounter. He said all men were innocent Bugti tribesmen, adding that seven others also received bullet injuries when security forces attacked a house in Mat Sonari area when they were asleep. “These Bugti tribesmen gathered along with others to offer condolence over the third day of the death of an old man,” he claimed, adding that it was the part of Baloch genocide that was continued for more than decade.


The National Assembly on Sunday approved 19 demands for grants of Rs 183.36 billion for the Cabinet Division and its attached departments with majority of votes while rejecting all cut motions presented by the opposition. The demands were presented by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in the House while the opposition members submitted about 119 cut motions. Opening the debate on cut motions, Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaf (PTI) leader Ghulam Sarwar Khan stressed the need for making the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) an independent institution to ensure equitable justice for all. He said the anti-corruption departments should be disbanded as they were doing nothing except corruption and victimising people. He alleged that the Capital Development Authority (CDA) had become one of the main centres of corruption, where plots were provided to the bureaucrats and politicians while the common people were ignored. Dr Azra urged the government not to

change the name of Income Support Programme as the previous government was running many projects under this programme to facilitate the poor segments of the society. She said that the programme included Waseel-eHaq, Waseel-e-Taleem and Benazir Youth Support Programme, which had been supporting the low income people. Sheikh Salahuddin said that the government should make a comprehensive drug control policy, besides ensuring proper training to the Cabinet Division employees. He said that the Prime Minister’s Inspection Commission, which he claimed was unnecessary, should be abolished. Likewise, irrelevant departments that have been put under the Cabinet Division, should be transferred to their respective ministries to enhance their performance, he added. He said that the CDA’s budget was more than that of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), while its employees were just working for their department instead of resolving the issues of Islamabad residents.

opposition fiercely criticises Balochistan Budget QUettA sHAHZADA ZULFIQAr

Opposition in Balochistan Assembly, comprising mostly of Jamiat Ulema Islam-Fazl (JUIF), staged a walkout against lack of development schemes in budget papers on Sunday. The proceedings of Balochistan Assembly started with Speaker Jan Muhammad Jamali in the chair. On directives of the chair, provincial ministers Nawab Mohammad Khan Shahwani and Abdur Rahim Ziaratwal and PML-Q leader Shiekh Jaffar Mandokhail brought the opposition members back in the house in the wake of assurances.

Leader of the house Dr Abdul Malik Baloch said the budget had been prepared after consultations with all coalition parties and the government would take criticism from opposition positively to rectify its mistakes. He said coalition partners worked round the clock to prepare the budget and deserved appreciation in this connection. Initiating the budget speech, Wasay strongly criticised the government on the budget saying it was tantamount to betraying the people of Balochistan. He further said their unconditional support to the incumbent government was a message to Islamabad and other forces that

criticised representatives of Balochistan for never getting united on a single issue. He said that the previous government had resolved a lot of constraints and difficulties in its tenure due to which the incumbent government could now work smoothly, adding that Balochistan’s budget increased from Rs 50 billion to Rs 198 billion because of the previous government’s efforts. Wasay said the previous ruling coalition fought a war with the federation and the people were enjoying the fruits in the form of the NFC Award. Balochistan was now free of overdraft and debts, due to which the government announced 15 percent rise

in the salaries of employees, he said. He said the Raisani-led government protected resources of Balochistan, adding that in 1993 the government had struck a deal over Reko Diq project on throw away prices but the outgoing government fought a legal battle and remained victorious. Referring to the federal budget, the opposition leader said the federal government stopped payment of an annual installment of Rs 10 billion to Balochistan in arrears of the NFC award. He said the Balochistan government should seriously take up this issue with the federal government. He further said the federal

government had discontinued power subsidy to agricultural tube wells in Balochistan and farmers in the province were not in a position to pay bills. “The government must ask the federal government to restore subsidy on tube-wells,” he stressed. Taking the floor, Manzoor Kakar of Pakhtunkhawa Millii Awami Party (PkMAP) said in the prevailing situation, a friendly budget was not possible. He said education and health sectors were given special focus which was an appreciable step while the salaries of government employees had also been increased by 15 percent.

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to be observed with religious zeal

Monday, 24 June, 2013 ISLAMABAD: Shab-e-Barat, the holy night of fortune and forgiveness, will be observed on June 24 with religious fervour across the country. To mark the holy night, Muslims across the country illuminate mosques, decorate their houses and pray to Allah Almighty for His blessings upon them. Filled with virtues Muslims stay awake the entire night praying and asking for forgiveness of sins and good fortune. Many people spend the night at mosques for prayers and meditation while others fast during the day and offer `nawafil’, at night. Various religious

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Capital Development Authority (CDA) has launched a 45 days vigorous campaign against the sellers of substandard food items and adulterators. CDA Health Officer Dr Hassan Arooj, who is supervising the campaign, said the main aim of the campaign is to ensure the provision of pure food items to the people before the advent of the holy month of Ramadan. He said, the team was checking restaurant kitchens, bakeries, sweet shops and vendors. On Saturday the team sealed Hafiz Bakers situated in G-8/4 due to unhygienic conditions in the kitchen and use of substandard oil. He said an average of 2500 per year challans are being issued to various vendors and 2000 samples are being collected for checking of substandard edible items. Responding to a question, he said if anybody caught selling substandard items a fine ranging from Rs 500 to Rs 5,000 will be levied upon them. A draft Bill had been sent to Parliament’s Standing Committee for Human Rights in 2012 suggesting amendments in Pure Food Ordinance 1960 and ensuring severe punishments for food adulterators. He also said the vendors were using plastic and chemically treated containers to store drinking water. Dr Arooj issued immediate orders to replace them with stainless steel water tanks, for safe storage of drinking water. He remarked that plastic water containers were banned worldwide being harmful for health. Some of the vendors wrap hot food in polythene. When polythene interacts with hot food, it releases toxins, which causes cancer. Furthermore, he said he would ensure the vaccination of vendors against contagious diseases, and if met with resistance challans will be served and fines will be imposed on them. Chicken sellers have also been asked to use face-masks in order to avoid danger of transmission of bird diseases to humans. CDA health officer told vendors to cover edibles with glass frames. He warned the food vendors selling cooked food, fruit chaat, tea and chicken to follow the instructions of the CDA.

programmes are scheduled to be shown on television following Shab-e-Barat. Religious scholars have narrated their views regarding the virtue of praying, worshipping, and fasting on this night. “It is the night of accountability for all Muslims where their past performance is reviewed in the light of the teachings of Holy Quran and Sunnah”. The prayers during this night carry great importance and value for the Muslims to renew their pledge to lead lives according to the teachings of the prescribed by Quran and Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). City district government has taken strict measures for the preparation and sale of different inflammable items such as firecrackers and any show of fireworks. Violators will be apprehended and cases will be registered against them. It is to be mentioned that firecrackers are not only a waste of money but also, cause serious air pollution. They create great disturbance for those who pass the night in meditation and worship, holding milads, making zikr, and other religious rituals to mark the occasion with due solemnity. People on this occasion also visit the graves of their relatives and offer fateha for their beloved departed souls. The government has issued directives for fool proof security arrangements on the occasion to avoid any untoward incident. stAFF rePOrt

pakistani researchers where shall i to move 26 steps up park my car? the ladder isLAMABAD APP

Pakistan has witnessed an impressive 50 percent increase in the number of research publications during the last two years, rising from 3,939 to 6,200 in the higher education sector of Pakistan. This has been the second highest increase worldwide. Scimago, the world’s leading research database, forecast that if the current research trend from Pakistan continues, then by 2018, Pakistan will move ahead 26 notches in world ranking, from 43 to 27. For the first time ever, the country will cross Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand in Asia, said the HEC spokesman. “Today Pakistan is publishing more research papers per person than India, the spokesman said. He said the number of PhD faculty at our public universities has also increased by almost 50 percent, from 4,203 to 6,067 in just the last 2 years alone. He observed that this was the result of the HEC PhD scholars that have started returning back and joining universities. These scholars are being selected for pursuing studies at leading universities of the academically advanced countries through a well-defined open, transparent and merit based mechanism. About 10 to 15 scholars are completing their PhDs every week and are being placed by HEC at the universities under Interim Placement of Fresh PhDs Programme (IPFP). Other HEC incentives include a 0.5 million research grant to every returning scholar. Currently, there are hundreds of fresh foreign PhDs currently inducted by HEC into various universities across the country, he added. The number of PhD students enrolled at the

universities has increased by over 40 percent in just the last one year, from 6,937 to 9,858 students, while over 28,122 students are registered for M.Phil/MS, up from 16,960, an increase of 65 percent in just two years. The increase in the number of PhDs awarded is again very similar, from 628 to 927 in the last 3 years, and will surge exponentially in the future as more PhD faculty and students join the universities. Commenting on these developments, HEC Chairperson Dr. Javaid R. Leghari said that universities are the single most important producers of knowledge and research that leads to innovation and entrepreneurship. By introducing innovation, creativity and interdisciplinary research as a vital component of teaching, and with knowledge exchange programs, the university contributes more directly to the economy and the society than many other institutions in the country. Leghari said HEC is encouraging research and ensuring proper utilization of the manpower being trained in fields relevant to the socio-economic development of Pakistan. In this regard, HEC has identified and prioritized energy, water resources, environment, food security and other important socio-economic issues related to Pakistan. Dr Leghari was of the view that with increased budget allocations for higher education sector and encouragement by new democratic government, Pakistan will win more laurels in the higher education at international level.


Islamabad, the only ‘well-planned’ city of Pakistan, now presents a different picture where its parking spaces have been encroached upon by car showroom owners. Chaos is seen in some commercial areas of the federal capital including G-8 Markaz and Karachi Company owing to a lack of parking spaces. Spaces designated for parking lots in the commercial areas, during the planning of the capital, have now been turned into car showrooms by their owners. CDA is playing the role of a silent spectator. The situation is not only creating troubles for the customers who visit the markets on their vehicles but also putting a question mark on the performance and writ of the CDA. Shoppers at Karachi Company and G-8 Markaz, while talking to INP, said that they have to park their cars on the roadsides away from the shops to the mercy of car lifters. Wondering why the officials of concerned directorate of the civic authority were not taking any action against the encroachers, they said that it is not possible that CDA higher officials are unaware of the violations. They alleged that the car showroom owners were filling the pockets of CDA officials for not taking action against the encroachments in G-8 Markaz and Karachi Company. Asghar Ali, a student who came to Karachi Company on motorcycle to buy a book, talking to INP, said that he parked his motorbike in the parking lot where many cars were parked. “When I returned, a car showroom owner was furious that I had parked my motorcycle within the limits of his showroom,” He also complained of the owner’s misbehavior towards him. The shoppers demanded the ministry of Capital Development and Administration and the chairman CDA to take notice of the highhandedness of the car showroom owners and to get the parking spaces vacated as soon as possible.

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FORSAKEN: Faisal Road presents a deserted image on a hot summer afternoon. sAjjAD ALI

seven Pakistani universities in toP 250 isLAMABAD



I C E Chancellors of different universities hailed the ranking of Pakistani universities among the top world universities and pledged to further improve quality of education in the universities, taking Pakistan’s higher education sector to new heights. University of the Punjab ViceChancellor Prof. Dr. Mujahid Kamran termed this international recognition of higher education sector as an outcome of decade long reforms of HEC which has changed the culture of Pakistani universities. The incentives to the faculty and researchers and appointment of capable vice chancellors through merit based approach have hugely

contributed to this success. He also recognized the contribution of leadership of HEC which never compromised on quality of education and took new initiatives to bring these universities at par with international standards. Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Masoom Yasinzai said, “This is the result of hard work and the passion we poured into the university with support of HEC to deliver world class education in the country.” “We feel proud that we are in ranking list, which carries over 3,000 varsities,” University of Agriculture Faisalabad Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Iqrar Khan said. However, it is most important that we sustain the ranking we attained, the vice chancellor added. With the continuous support and patronage, Pakistani universities

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can win more laurels at the international level, he added. HEC Chairman Dr Javaid R Leghari said ranking of Pakistani universities is a proof that the quality of universities in the last three years has significantly improved and Pakistan has now become a world player in higher education sector. “With our hard work and with the support of the new democratic government, hopefully at least 10 Pakistani Universities will join the ranks of the leading universities of the world within the next couple of years”, he remarked. According to Quacquarelli Symonds World Universities Rankings 2013, three Pakistani universities including University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) 142, Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (UAAR) 152 and Quaid-

17 sheesha smokers arrested rAWALPinDi APP


The Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA), in a bid to revive serious theatre in the country, staged the play “Ik Khab Sa Lagta Hai” at its auditorium for the second consecutive day, Sunday. The play, written by Bakht Yar Ahmed, was aimed at educating audience on social issues, which mostly go unnoticed and create problems in day to day life. Excellent performances were given by renowned artists Muhammad Qavi Khan, Javeria, Qureshi, Salahuddin, Shama, Adil and Asim Subhani, conveying the message effectively to the general public. The play revolves around a well educated character that is sensible and sensitive to his surroundings. He is leading a lonely life having failed two times in marriage. With only five characters, the play captured the attention of its audience as it highlighted a common social issue. Talking to APP, PNCA Director General Tauqeer Nasir said the Council endeavoured to make the capital city a cultural face of the country promoting visual and performing arts among the masses.

i-Azam University Islamabad (QAU) 172, are now among the Top 200 World universities in the disciplines of agriculture and forestry. While seven universities have won its place in the list of top 250 Asian Universities. Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) UK is the world’s most renowned and prestigious ranking agency. According to its ranking for 2013, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad (QAU) 119, National University of Science and Technology, Islamabad (NUST) 120, Aga Khan University, Karachi (AKU) 152, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore (LUMS) 191-200, and University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore (UET), University of Karachi and University of the Punjab, Lahore 201-250 respectively, are now in top 250 Asian Universities.

City’s New Town police raided sheesha centers and arrested 17 sheesha smokers on Sunday. According to a spokesman of the Rawalpindi Police, the arrested have been identified as Kamran, Riaz, Irfan, Shujah, Talah, Zahoor, Qasim, Umar, Saad, Faizan, Mazhar, Asad, Haris, Irslan, Shehzor, Saad Mir and others. The police also recovered eight hookahs and other items. The police have been taking action against sheesha centres and smokers on special instructions of City Police Officer, Rawalpindi. Moreover, Police seized 2,480 grams of charas, 19 bottles of liquor, five 30-bore pistols with 19 rounds and one 9 mm pistol with three rounds from the possession of the accused in a separate operation in the city. Saddar Wah Police arrested Khalid on recovery of 13 bottles of liquor. New Town Police held Ashfaq and seized three liquor bottles. Gujar Khan Police apprehended Tariq with three bottles of liquor. Other accused were netted for having illegal weapons, drugs and liquor.

Cda Chairman for immediate ComPletion of ProJeCts isLAMABAD ONLINe

The newly appointed CDA Chairman, Nadeem Hassan Asif has directed for quick completion of all developmental projects, speaking at a briefing at CDA headquarters on Saturday. During the briefing, delivered by member engineer Sanaullah Zaman, the chairman expressed strong resolve of CDA to provide all necessary assistance for citizens of the federal capital. On the occasion, he also assured permanent fixing of the water issue as well as development of new sectors due to increase in population.

toxiC gas kills three rAWALPinDi INP

Three persons including two brothers died after inhailing toxic gas inside a well in a village near Chakri Road in Rawalpindi on Saturday night. Rescue sources said on Sunday that three persons entered an old well for its repair in village Chahan in the jurisdiction of Chauntra Police Station. They expired due to expulsion of toxic gas inside the well. The two brothers were identified as Kabir and Junaid and the third as their brother-in-law Nadeem. The rescue team recovered all three dead bodies from the well and transferred them to the hospital.

ISLAMABAD: Lt Gen Muhammad Ahsan Mahmood, HI(M) Chairman POF Board giving away POF Chairman Trophy and cash prize to Nasir Iqbal the winner of Pakistan International Squash Circuit-II 2013 played at POF Jahangir Khan Squash Complex Wah Cantt. pr

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Bad weather hits india flood resCue oPerations goVinDgHAt


RAMALLAH: Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas on Sunday formally accepted the resignation of his newlyinstalled prime minister Rami Hamdallah after just over two weeks on the job, a senior source said. “President Abbas has accepted the resignation of Hamdallah after he refused to work with two deputies,” he said, speaking on condition of anonymity. AgeNcIes

malaysia deClares emergenCy as indonesia smoke Pollution thiCkens KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia declared a state of emergency in two parts of the southern state of Johor on Sunday, as smoke from land-clearing fires in Indonesia pushed air pollution above the level considered hazardous. The illegal burning of forests and other land on Indonesia’s Sumatra island, to the west of peninsular Malaysia and Singapore, to clear space for palm oil plantations is a chronic problem during the JuneSeptember dry season. The “haze” caused by fires in Riau province on Sumatra has also shrouded neighbouring Singapore but air quality in the city state improved over the weekend after reaching hazardous levels. “Prime Minister Najib Razak has agreed to declare emergency status in Muar and Ledang with immediate effect,” Malaysian Natural Resources and Environment Minister G. Palanivel said in a Facebook post. Palanivel said the air pollution index in the two districts had exceeded 750. A reading above 300 indicates that air pollution is hazardous. APP


AD weather hampered rescue operations Sunday in northern India where up to 1,000 people are feared to have died in landslides and flash floods that have left pilgrims and tourists stranded without food or water for days. So far 557 bodies have been found after torrential rains struck the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand on June 15, flooding the Ganges river and devastating the region known as the “Land of the Gods” for its revered Hindu shrines. Some 15,000 people were still stranded in remote areas with the full extent of the loss of life only likely to emerge after flood waters recede and rescue workers reach isolated areas, officials said. “The death toll could be more than 750 — maybe around 1,000,” Uttarakhand chief minister Vijay Bahuguna said in the state capital Dehradun. In Govindghat, a small town on the route to the Sikh holy site of Hemkund, army personnel built temporary bridges by stringing ropes across river banks to help civilians cross safely. Raging rivers have swept away houses, buildings and entire villages in the state, which was packed with travellers in what is a peak tourist season. Dozens of helicopters and thousands of soldiers have been deployed to help those trapped across the state, including many residents whose houses have been damaged.

Around 120 bodies have been recovered from the Kedarnath temple complex and more were feared to be lying in nearby jungle where tourists took refuge after hotels and other buildings collapsed in the deluge. Nishi Shrivastava, 30, recounted with horror how she had to virtually “navigate” among dead bodies strewn near the Kedarnath temple site. “Bodies were lying everywhere. It was worse than a nightmare. I had lost all hope of seeing my family members again,” she said before boarding a bus in Dehradun to go back home to Agra in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh state.

unidentified diplomats escorting former us intelligence operative: Wikileaks

deadly shootout mars alBania vote TIRANA: One man was killed and three people were wounded in an apparently politically motivated shooting in Albania on Sunday during a crucial vote that could determine whether one of Europe’s poorest countries has a chance of joining the EU. The shootout in the northern town of Lac “might be related to the vote,” police spokeswoman Alma Katragjini said without elaborating. The dead man was a 53-year old leftist opposition activist, said a source close to the Socialist-led coalition of former Tirana mayor Edi Rama, but this could not be independently confirmed. The source also said that one of the wounded was a candidate from the ruling Democratic party of conservative Prime Minister Sali Berisha, who is seeking his third mandate to lead Albania after eight years in power. Fears had been running high that vote disputes between supporters of Berisha and Rama could erupt into violence and around 6,000 police were on duty on Sunday to try to keep the peace. Accusations of votebuying and electoral roll irregularities were flying ahead of the election, raising concerns of a repeat of the 2009 polls which descended into a political crisis. AgeNcIes

Air relief operations resumed partly in the areas of Harsil and Dharasu after being suspended on Sunday morning due to rain and overcast conditions, Indian Air Force spokeswoman Priya Joshi said. For thousands of stranded people, it has been a grim battle of survival against the odds, an army rescue worker who did not want to be named said. “They have been stuck for more than five days without food or water. Temperatures have been dipping sharply in the night but they do not have any shelter,” he said. Some survivors complained they had been exploited by locals eager to profit

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Unidentified diplomats are escorting former US intelligence operative Edward Snowden in his bid to secure political asylum in a country yet to be disclosed, whistleblowing website WikiLeaks said on Sunday. “Mr Edward Snowden, the American whistleblower who exposed evidence of a global surveillance regime conducted by US and UK intelligence agencies, has left Hong Kong legally,” WikiLeaks said in a

statement. “He is bound for a democratic nation via a safe route for the purposes of asylum, and is being escorted by diplomats and legal advisors from WikiLeaks.” “Snowden today voluntarily left Hong Kong for a third country through legal and normal means,” a Hong Kong government spokesman had said earlier in a press statement. The statement added that Hong Kong had “not obtained adequate information”to handle a provisional arrest warrant for Snowden issued by the United

States. Moreover Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman said on Sunday that he was unaware of the location or plans of former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. The South China Morning Post reported that Snowden had left Hong Kong on a flight for Moscow and that his final destination may be Ecuador or Iceland. Asked whether Snowden was en route to Moscow and whether he had ask for asylum, Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said he did not know. A Russian Foreign Ministry official declined immediate comment. Peskov said earlier this month that Russia would consider granting Snowden asylum if he were to ask for it and proKremlin lawmakers supported the idea, but there has been no indication the fugitive American has done so. US authorities have charged Snowden with theft of US government property, unauthorised communication of national defence information and wilful communication of classified communications intelligence to an unauthorised person, with the latter two charges falling under the US Espionage Act. The United States had asked Hong Kong, a special administrative region of China, to send him home. The US administration had filed espionage charges against Edward Snowden.

from their misery. Shri Purushottam, a 50year-old from Maharashtra, cried inconsolably as he recalled the moments when his 10-year-old son lay lifeless in his arms. “He died of sheer hunger and thirst. I kept pleading for help. Some villagers said they could arrange for him to be air-lifted if I gave them 35,000 rupees ($520). “I agreed but they took my son away and abandoned him later on,” he said. The disaster relief force was meanwhile planning to deploy unmanned drones to locate survivors in remote areas that remained inaccessible, the NDTV news network said.

three killed in damasCus BomBing: watChdog

DAMASCUS: A suicide attack on Sunday hit the northern Damascus district of Rukn al-Din, the Syrian state broadcaster reported while a watchdog said three people were killed in the attack. “A terrorist suicide explosion... hit the Rukn al-Din neighbourhood of Damascus. There are reports of victims,” state television said although it did not provide a toll. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said three people killed in the explosion, but it did not specify what had caused the blast. The Britain-based group also said security forces deployed en masse in the district and closed off several roads in the area. Rukn al-Din adjoins the flashpoint Barzeh district, scene of fierce fighting pitting rebels against troops after the army recently escalated its efforts to crush the insurgency around Damascus. Regime forces shelled Barzeh on Sunday and clashed with rebels, the Observatory said, adding that there were several casualties. AgeNcIes

wall CollaPse kills 12 sudanese haJ aPPliCants: state tv KHARTOUM: Twelve Sudanese were killed on Sunday when a wall collapsed as they waited to submit their applications for the annual hajj pilgrimage, official TV said. The accident happened in Gedaref town southeast of the capital Khartoum, Sudan TV reported. A witness, Ahmed Hashim, said that the victims were crushed by the exterior brick wall, a type of fence, which suddenly collapsed outside a government office. “A group of people had come to submit their applications for the haj,”said Hashim, a shopkeeper near the accident site. It was not immediately clear why the wall collapsed. AgeNcIes

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saudi govt gives three months to Pakistani labourers to get legalised isLAMABAD ONLINe

Minister for Overseas Pakistanis Pir Sadruddin Shah Rashdi has informed the National Assembly that Saudi Arabia has given three months to Pakistani labourers to get themselves legalised. To a calling attention notice moved by Sheikh Rashid regarding problems of the overseas Pakistanis relating to work permit and visa in Saudi Arabia‚ the minister said Saudi labour laws were very strict and “we cannot fight their laws”. He said the Pakistan Ambassador was in touch with the Saudi interior minister and “our foreign ministry will extend all out support to Pakistani labourers there”. Rashdi said Pakistani labourers sent through overseas promoters were also registered with the Pakistani mission.

HYDERABAD: Supporters of MQM protesting outside the press club against the targeted killing of their leaders and workers in Karachi. INP

farooq sattar urges immediate national anti-terrorism policy isLAMABAD

sherpao demands special package for kP’s economic revitalisation PesHAWAr ONLINe


AUMI Watan Party Chairman Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao has demanded special package for economic revitalisation of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Addressing a QWP delegation led by Mutawakil Khan Advocate of Shangla at Peshawar, the chairman said the province had been badly affected due to extremism and floods which had severely damaged the infrastructure. The delegation of party leaders

also spoke on the occasion, reposing full confidence in the leadership of party chairman. Aftab Sherpao lauded the services of the QWP workers in Shangla district who stood by the party through thick and thin, declaring them to be the real asset of the party that would be utilised to make the party more effective and vibrant across the province. He also assured the delegation to solve the problems of the locality on priority basis. The QWP chairman resented that the extremism and floods had totally

haj applicants asked to withdraw voluntarily ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Religious Affairs has asked feeble and successful Haj applicants, who have already performed pilgrimage in previous years, to voluntarily withdraw their application by July 10. A ministry official said due to expansion work at the Holy Ka’bah and Masjide Nabvi, the space for ‘Tawaaf’ had been squeezed from 48,000 to only 22,000 pilgrims per hour. He said applicants, who wanted to withdraw their application, should contact their relevant banks or the ministry’s computer cell till July 10. He assured that the ministry would send these applicants for Haj next year without any formalities, subject to non-withdrawal of their expenses. The official said anticipating problems for pilgrims due to squeezed space, the Saudi government had already cut quota of domestic pilgrims by 50 percent and that of all countries by 20 percent. Consequently, the Haj quota of Pakistan has also been reduced to 143,368 from 179,210, he added. The official said the previous government of Pakistan had already completed the booking process of 179,210 pilgrims in March. The ministry is now in a fix for it had to drop around 36,000 successful Haj applicants. For the purpose, the ministry is also contemplating to hold a draw, besides reducing the number of Haj contingents, including medical mission and ‘khuddam’, he added. The Ministry of Religious Affairs will endure over Rs 930.60 million in losses due to the cut in the current year's Haj quota of the country. A cut will be imposed equally on private and government schemes, the official said. APP

destroyed the infrastructure, including bridges, roads and schools, in Malakand Division, which had brought the whole life to a standstill. He paid tribute to the people of Malakand for facing the whole situation bravely and playing a positive role for the uplift of the country. Contending that the people of the area should not be ignored and their sacrifices should be honoured, Sherpao said the inclusion of the special package for Malakand was part of agreement with the PTI at the time of the formation of government in the province.

He urged the federal government and international community to ensure their positive contribution towards this noble purpose, while underlining the need for the establishment a trust to cater to the needs of those affected by extremism. Sherpao deplored that great injustice meted out to most of the districts in province, while a specific district was favoured; warning that such disparity in the distribution of the resources would be done away with in future. He said every area would be allocated resources on equitable basis to end the injustice of the past.


Former envoy to the United States and the United Kingdom Maleeha Lodhi on Sunday said the country had been fighting extremist forces on its territory for more than a decade but the threat had intensified in recent years because Pakistan “lacks consistency” in the counter-militancy approach. “It is responding and reacting when a certain crisis takes place in a certain part of Pakistan rather than having a coherent consistent approach. We have seen a very erratic inconsistent and a firefighting approach. This must change if Pakistan is to overcome this challenge,” Lodhi told Voice of America (VOA) while commenting on the killings of foreign climbers and two of their local guides at a base camp of one of the world’s

highest mountains on Sunday. According to the VOA report, authorities and locals believe killings are not the work of ordinary criminals, and the gunmen must have trained and planned the attack for months because the area is accessible to only climbers, local guides and Pakistani troops. “The incident took place at the western base camp of the Nanga Parbat. The elevation where this happened is about 4,000 meters. It is a quite high area and a wild area. There is no population around [and] no villages. Obviously, they [attackers] are

trained people. They have been doing this planning for months, for years may be,” said regional expert Amjad Ayub, who is also the president of Private Tour Operators Association. Ayub told VOA that this was the first-ever incident in the region in which foreign climbers were attacked, and he feared it was likely to damage tourism, causing millions of dollars in losses to Pakistan. He demanded authorities take immediate steps to bring the culprits to justice to protect the only industry providing livelihood to the underdeveloped region. “The economy of Gilgit-Baltistan is totally based on the tourism. And such incidents mean that you are going to kill economically the whole area,” said the expert. Pakistan has witnessed an unusual rise in militant and sectarian attacks across the country in recent weeks. Officials blame local Taliban extremists for being behind most of the deadly violence. Since taking charge after last month’s national elections, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government says it is working on “war-footing” to devise a national counter-militancy strategy, blaming the former ruling coalition for not addressing the issue during its five-year term.


MQM’s parliamentary leader, Farooq Sattar, strongly condemning the wave of terrorism, engulfing country, has demanded an immediate National policy over the morbidity Talking to media on Sunday outside Parliament House, he said that, “Terrorism is no longer a provincial matter, but is rather a national issue “he stated, adding that the wave of terrorism was a deliberate part to punish MQM’s electoral victory. He stressed on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to concentrate on nationwide terrorism, instead of focusing merely on Punjab, and also lambasted banned outfits Tehreek-e-Taliban and Jandullah for tainting Islamic norms. Stressing on government to take imminent steps of formulating a consensus policy, he has urged the PM to take all stakeholders and political parties onboard. He strongly condemned the brutal murder of three MPAs of MQM, and pleaded of interior minister to ensure the safety of citizens and national assets.

five of a family slaughtered toBA tek singH INP

Five members of a family were murdered in Rajana village of Toba Tek Singh, late Saturday night. Police said the accused barged into a house in village Rajana Chak 264. They tied arms of the victims and cut their throats. The deceased include Javed, his wife Tahira, two sons, Ali Hassan, eight, Mohsin, six, and a four-year-old daughter. Police shifted the bodies for post mortem and started further investigation. Meanwhile, police arrested Munawar Bibi, wife of the alleged killer Imran, and launched a search operation to arrest him.

heC to verify degrees of mPs untill 24th isLAMABAD APP

Higher Education Commission (HEC) Head Office in Islamabad would facilitate parliamentarians who contested general elections in 2008 with unverified degrees for verification till June 24 during office hours. This facilitation comes in pursuance of Supreme Court judgments dated April 01, 2013 and June 19, 2013 and as announced in public notices dated April 02, 2013, April 05, 2013 and June 22 and 23, 2012. The relevant list is available on HEC’s website, said a news release issued on Sunday. Parliamentarians are required to submit original degrees, original SSC/HSSC or equivalence certificates and a copy of their Computerised National Identity Card, per standard operating procedures for degree verification.

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ISITORS from 'high risk' countries, including Pakistan, will have to put up a £3,000 cash bond to enter Britain. The money will be kept by the government if visitors do not return home by the time their visas expire. A pilot scheme, introduced by British Home Secretary Theresa May, will target hundreds of people coming to Britain on six-month visit visas from India, Pakistan, Nigeria, Ghana, Sri

Lanka and Bangladesh. The countries have been picked for their high number of visa applications and what the government sees as relatively high levels of immigration abuse and fraud, reports The Sunday Times. The bonds, to be introduced from November, will only apply to non-EU migrants. “This is the next step in making sure our immigration system is more selective, bringing down net migration from the hundreds of thousands to the tens of thousands while still welcoming the brightest and the best to Britain,”

Theresa May told The Sunday Times. “In the long run, we’re interested in a system of bonds that deters overstaying and recovers costs if a foreign national has used our public services.” A second scheme will cover countries such as Kenya, the newspaper reports, which are considered to be lower-risk because immigration officials have fewer doubts about migrants' plans to return home. According to government figures, about million people are granted visas to enter Britain every year. Last year 296,000 people from India were granted

six-month visas, as were 101,000 from Nigeria, 53,000 from Pakistan and 14,000 apiece from Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Secretary May's plan, will be later expanded to cover thousands of visa applicants and extended to work and student permits as well as tourists. The home secretary also plans to reduce annual net migration to under 100,000 by 2015. Official figures earlier this year showed that the government’s squeeze on entrants from outside the EU had pushed immigration into Britain to its lowest level in nearly a decade. The

number coming to live in Britain fell by 74,000 in the 12 months to June last year as curbs on students and workers from outside Europe began to bite. The bonds could face criticism for not targeting the ‘white Commonwealth’, The Sunday Times suggested, while Canada rejected a similar scheme on grounds of discrimination against immigrants. Keith Vaz, the Labour chairman of the UK Commons Home Affairs Committee, has previously warned that such bonds will “antagonise settled communities in Britain and enrage our allies such as India”.

former kP igP embezzled rs 35m: Pew isLAMABAD ONLINe

QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch speaks on point of order during the session of Balochistan Assembly presided by Speaker Mir Jam Muhammad Jamali on Sunday. ONLINe

indian clerics seek tO caMPaiGn FOr POliO vaccinatiOn in Pakistan LUCknoW INP

Amid reports of killing of several polio campaigners in Pakistan, especially in the Taliban-affected areas, clerics from the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, have offered to spread awareness about the benefits of vaccination in that region. The Rotary Ulema Committee, which has helped in eradicating misconceptions related to polio vaccination in UP to a large extent, has proposed to the Rotary International that it can campaign in Taliban affected areas of Pakistan. Executive member of the committee, Khalid Rashid Farangi Mahali was quoted as saying by PTI that during a meeting between Rotary Chairman Bob Scott and the clerics last month, concerns were expressed over attacks on polio campaign volunteers in various parts of Pakistan specially Taliban strongholds. "During the meeting we proposed that members of Ulama Committee wanted to remove

misconceptions in Pakistan and were willing to go there," he said. Mahali said on the proposal, the office-bearers of Rotary said they would talk to the Pakistan government in this regard, though no reply has been received so far. "Spreading awareness on polio vaccination in Taliban dominated area of Pakistan can be risky thing, but effort should be made for a noble cause," he said, adding that the committee would want to repeat UP's 2006 success story in that country. "We will inform the clerics there that children's health was the responsibility of their parents and that the religions had paid attention to this," he added. According to reports, the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and other terrorist organisations strongly opposing polio vaccination, calling it to be a US conspiracy to make Pakistani children impotent. Mahali said doctors in Pakistan will also be contacted and credibility of polio vaccine would be established so as to instill faith in the people.

Atheist seeking US citizenship told to convert to Christianity Monitoring Desk Margaret Doughty, an atheist and permanent US resident for over 30 years, was told by immigration authorities this month that she has until Friday to officially join a church that forbids violence or her application for naturalised citizenship will be rejected. Doughty received the ultimatum after stating on her application that she objected to the pledge to bear arms in defense of the nation due to her moral opposition to war. According to a letter to US Citizenship and Immigration Services by the American Humanist Association on Doughty's behalf, officials responded by telling her that she needed to prove that her status as a conscientious objector was due to religious beliefs. They reportedly told her she'd need to document that she was "a member in good standing" of a nonviolent religious organisation or be denied citizenship at her June 21 hearing. A note on official church stationary would suffice, they said. Doughty's reasoning was perfectly valid, atheist groups have argued in response to the rejection threat. The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter to Citizenship and Immigration Services, calling the government request "illegal and unconstitutional."

"It is shocking that USCIS officers would not be aware that a nonreligious yet deeply held belief would be sufficient to attain this exemption," Andrew L Seidel, a staff attorney at Freedom From Religion Foundation, wrote after laying out a list of Supreme Court tests that suggest a rejection would be unusual and improper. "This is a longstanding part of our law and every USCIS officer should receive training on this exemption. Either the officers in Houston are inept, or they are deliberately discriminating against nonreligious applicants for naturalization." The American Humanist Association later followed suit, urging the agency to back down or face litigation. A petition supporting Doughty's quest for citizenship has also been launched at Daily Kos. As Raw Story reports, Doughty took to Facebook this week to thank people for their support. “Over the past two days not only good friends but people I don’t even know have sent notes of support,” she wrote. “They are people with a wide range of beliefs, beliefs that I respect Christians, Muslims, Jews, Atheists, Agnostics and others. I think that is part of what has always appealed to me about America -– that people of all beliefs can live together accepting and respecting each other and working together for the common good.”

The Pakistan Economy Watch (PEW) on Sunday said a former inspector general of police in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa embezzled funds provided by international community to battle terror. American and Australian government granted Rs 35 million to police for peace initiatives through mediation, reconciliation, alternative dispute resolution and de-radicalization which were wasted, said Dr Murtaza Mughal, PEW president. He said that third-party independent evaluation ordered by USAID and AUSAID revealed that nothing was done on ground and all documents regarding activities and expenses were bogus. All the record presented before the auditors was found fabricated which failed the initiative to reduce crimes and disputes in the target areas thus misappropriating the money of American and Australian taxpayers, he said. Dr Murtaza Mughal said NGOs involved in the deal were blacklisted while no action could be initiated against the police official who enjoyed full backing of the ANP. A lot of damage to life and property of masses and security forces could have been averted if the money earmarked for reconciliation was not siphoned off, he said. Dr Mughal said no action had been initiated against the culprit despite the fact that ANP was no longer in the power, increasing mistrust among foreign donors.

security tightened in Punjab jails LAHore APP

In the wake of the blast near Karachi Central Jail Saturday night, security cover in and around all 32 jails across Punjab was beefed up. Punjab Prisons Inspector General (IG) Mian Farooq Nazeer said on Sunday that following special directives of the Punjab chief minister (CM), foolproof security arrangements were made at all jails throughout the province with deployment of special contingents equipped with sophisticated weapons. He said modern network of metal detectors, screening machines and close circuit television sets had also been made functional to check smuggling of illegal items and contrabands inside jail premises, besides arms and ammunition. He said all jail superintendents had been directed to submit their security inspection report daily to their respective DIG and IG failing which, strict action would be taken. He said according to the new security plan, no visitors would be allowed to enter jail premises without an original identity card. Nazeer said data of all visitors would be maintained daily and there would be no meeting at all with any prisoner after the schedule time. He further said in case of any security lapse, the superintendent would be held responsible. He went on to say he would visit jails personally to monitor security arrangements besides checking the quality of food and conditions of hospitals.

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People aren't either wicked or noble. They're like chef's salads, with good things and bad things chopped and mixed together in a vinaigrette of confusion and conflict. –Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler)


COMMENT Monday, 24 June, 2013

attack on foreign tourists Tourist economy under threat as federal govt priorities lie elsewhere

widowed willows and ma-in-laws Never has Pakistan cricket been so bed-ridden


EN foreign tourists and one native guide were shot dead in an attack in a resort in Gilgit-Baltistan late on Saturday night. The five Ukrainians, three Chinese and one Russian were hoping to scale the Nanga Parbat peak, one of the key attractions to foreign mountaineers in Pakistan’s troubled north, where the tourism industry was on its way to revival after the Taliban takeover of Swat in 2009. While the federal Interior Minister Ch Nisar Ali Khan told the National Assembly that “it was an attack on Pakistan”, he again refused to name the group responsible for this act. While confusion hovered for a while as to who the perpetrator was, the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chose to lift the veil over who had done it. The TTP spokesman told AFP that the killings were “by its new wing, Junood ul-Hifsa, set up to attack foreigners to avenge US drone strikes”. This attack was intended specifically “to avenge the drone strike that killed the TTP’s second-in-command Waliur Rehman” on May 29. The drone strike on Rehman had come at a time when the Pakistan government had declared its priority for talks, and Rehman was considered amongst the few TTP leaders that favoured talking over militancy. The attack has recreated a sense of fear and raised calls for the government to identify and target those who were behind it. The fact that the gunmen were dressed as paramilitary forces points to a serious security lapse and the infiltration of militants in an area not known to sympathize with the TTP militancy. But it must be remembered that no one was held responsible for the attacks on Shias in the area too. The interior minister’s response has been to suspend the Gilgit-Baltistan chief secretary and inspector general police, but this only appears like a kneejerk response. The real questions the interior minister needs to be asked are: where is the much-promised National Security Policy that he spoke of again and why is he still speaking of “security agencies and intelligence agencies not coordinating”? Do they not fall under his and the federal government’s purview? With incidents of terrorism on the rise, the apparent aloofness of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government is raising questions. Why indeed was the prime minister with the Punjab chief minister to announce that that the Punjab police would be re-organised like the Turkish police, instead of dealing with the security threat? Surely, the prime minister and interior minister are also aware that 377 people have been killed over the last 42 days in Karachi, including Saturday’s attack on a jail in Karachi. The interior ministry has a central role to play in weeding out the issue of terrorism. Quetta, Bannu, Bajaur, Peshawar and now Gilgit-Baltistan have seen major terrorist attacks. Now that the budget is set to be passed, the cabinet must turn to the issue of the rising terrorism. Resolutions in the National Assembly are going to do nothing, unless a unified response is articulated. The much-touted National Security Policy is needed – and soon.

the turkish lure Remodelling Punjab police force


HE PML-N leadership’s obsession with everything not Pakistani, except for perhaps Pakistani cuisine, seems to grow by the day. It seems the Sharifs either do not trust the indigenous solutions or find them incompetent. Either case makes their preference of the foreign solution over a local one prone to criticism, and rightly so. The newest gem puts everything else to shame: it has been decided in a high-level meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, that our very own Punjab police force will be re-organised on the pattern of Turkish police force. While the step has its merits and will certainly find its takers, not because it could improve our police system but because our police’s performance puts them right at the last rung of the ladder and that people are fed up of them. The problem of making our police more disciplined and efficient is not that of how it is organised, it is a problem of how it is managed and how lacunas in law governing police operations, management, postings and transfers have been left, intentionally, to help political and bureaucratic forces intervene and influence, often to their own agendas. Policing is more of a public service but where as many as 760 police officials were appointed at security duty of the Sharif family only three months ago, and at a time when they didn’t even have a government at the Centre, how can one expect that the process to reinvent police in Punjab will be carried out for the betterment of the public? It seems the irony that all this is being done in the name of good governance hasn’t yet dawned on them. Comparison of our police force with any professional police force is ludicrous. Take Turkey for example: it has a budget of over $7.5bn per year for a police force of 200,000 personnel whereas Punjab police gets a meagre $0.75bn for 177,000 personnel. Theirs is used to police a total of 60 million people while ours has to police around 100 million people in Punjab. Their well-established democratic traditions allowed them to arrest 40 army generals for plotting a coup, a feat none of our civil law enforcement agencies can even contemplate. Thiers is a police force trained mainly to manage a peaceful nation, ours would have to be trained to handle terrorist, extremist, sectarian, ethnic and hate-spewing religious outfits, hardened criminals and of course the white collar crime that is so rampant here yet goes mainly undetected by our police. Yes, our police force needs to improve but no foreign solution can offer us what we need. We need indigenous solutions that resonate well with the province’s economic situation, end the notorious thana culture, stop political and bureaucratic influence on police and provide them modern technology if we want them to compete with any reasonably advance professional police force.

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AN Botham – or quite simply Beefy – called for suspending Pakistan from international cricket following the match-fixing controversy that broke during Pakistan team’s ill-fated English tour in 2010. Beefy was being, well, beefy. Many of us saw in that kneejerk reaction the villain who had once suggested Pakistan was the place to send your mother-in-law to – with a one-way ticket. To be honest, it got our patriotic nerve in a twist then, especially since this South Asian nation was pretty decent when he proffered the cheek. Aamer Sohail, the former opener, wasted little time in reminding him where to send his (Beefy’s) ma-in-law when Wasim Akram induced a tantalizing edge from his bat and Pakistan trounced England in the final of the 1992 World Cup. Now, with the nightmare that the land of the less-than-pure is today, Beefy may have a point. All those who have suffered immeasurably at the hands of their ma-in-laws, would probably find themselves in agreement! Seriously though, Pakistan cricket lies in a shambles. In more than three decades of following the sport, I have never seen the spirit sag to the extent you see now. Sure enough, we have seen greater turmoil, on and off the pitch, but it is difficult to recall another time when the cupboard was so bare. We seem to have even run out of talent – at least the kind that has been associated with Pakistan cricket ever since the country first burst on the international map in 1952 as a full Test member – it still remains the only team ever to have beaten England on its maiden tour to the Old Blighty. How and why have we reached

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the sorry pass we have? Sure enough, the major contributing factor in the slow death has been the militant attack on the visiting Sri Lankan team more than four years ago, which led to the international isolation of Pakistan as a host. There is no fool-proof formula to either prevent or fight such dark forces from wreaking havoc – Pakistan was extremely fortunate that not only did the visitors survive to tell the tale, but their government and people only chose to count their blessings and even empathize with Islamabad. There is no guarantee the obscurantist elements would not attack our way of life – cricket akin to a second religion in this part of the world – again, if tomorrow, by some stroke of luck, international cricket were to resume in Pakistan. But where we have self-destructed is in our subsequent actions even if we were to set aside the criminal negligence shown by the authorities to intelligence reports two months prior to the episode at Liberty Market roundabout, which had warned of precisely the kind of attack that eventually took place. Ijaz Butt, related to Ahmed Mukhtar, the PPP’s then-defence minister, was made the chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board. If ever there was a walking disaster – a septuagenarian who was hard of hearing, had trouble remembering things, and could barely walk straight – it was him. When mercifully, his term expired in 2011, President Asif Zardari, the Board’s patron-in-chief, decided to continue reading the literal meaning of patronizing by appointing his close friend, Zaka Ashraf of Zarai Taraqiyati Bank Ltd, in his stead. Ashraf is currently suspended by the Islamabad High Court from office following his ‘dubious’ anointment as the first ‘elected’ chairman of the PCB under the new constitution that finally, saw the light of day thanks to the International Cricket Council’s mandatory requirement of democratizing cricket boards by June-end 2013. Be it the previous Butt of all boards or the one headed by the ambitious-but-now-beleaguered Ashraf, Pakistan cricket is a rudderless ship lost in a turbulent storm. If the ship is Titanic, it is only thanks to the overbearing officials and hangers-on, with no boy on the burning deck in sight. But that, you can argue with perfect logic, has typically been the story of Pakistan cricket. Where it

has taken an unprecedented turn for the worst is in the cast on display. Never has a Pakistani team lacked so much in motivation, heart or form. They made heavy weather of winning against Scotland and nearly lost to Ireland before the annihilation at the just-concluded Champions Trophy. In recent times, they have appeared to merely reach the park and go through the motions of being in a contest – read that as ‘con’ test – and, utterly failed. When someone like Misbah-ulHaq Khan Niazi – any resemblance to the last two names with a certain Imran is purely coincidental – assumes the halo of a saviour, you know your cricket is little more than a floating rafter. This is not to belittle Misbah, who Heaven knows, has endured his share of the strife and then some, but still thrust his bat-and-pad forward like there was no tomorrow, but yours truly humbly assumes you get the drift. Consider. The combined total of the Flashy Farhat, the Harried Hafeez, the Mirza-ed Malik and the Atrocious Akmal in 11 innings at the Champions Trophy was 90 – still 6 short of Misbah’s messianic, if lonely, vigil against the West Indies! According to unconfirmed reports, Misbah was watching Life of Pi just before he walked out to bat, which is the nearest thing any team member took to self-motivation. Well almost! But imagine the crossroads Pakistan cricket has reached: it wants to dispense with the aforementioned four villains as well as give the golden handshake to Misbah’s stewardship, but so thin is the upper deck that they are forced to lump with mediocrity. The bumbling Hafeez, whose feet get Fevicoled in the face of ace pace, insists on – wait till you hear this – opening the batting! Regardless of his rather widowed willow, he still fancies getting the captaincy in the ODI and Test formats, next. So short is Pakistan cricket on ideas that the only alternative being bandied about is returning to Shahid “genome-mapping defying” Afridi, who believes life is one big McChicken fried in PCB papparoti. If that happens – not for nothing are we suckers for nostalgia – there would be a meal ticket, not necessarily a meal. Fry your heart out! The writer is Editor Pique Magazine based in Islamabad. He can be reached at

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why we must build kalabagh dam Now that Kalabagh dam is being put on the back burner, it is important to remind the people that there is no other dam which can substitute for it. It is only through the left bank canal at KBD that north Punjab can get any water from any dam on the Indus. What will be the future of agriculture in Pakistan if the biggest tract of cropland in the country is deprived of the water from any dam on the Indus, the only river on which dams can be built? North Punjab cannot survive just on Mangla dam. Punjab is the bread basket of the country and depriving Punjab of water will hurt the whole country. The Indian Punjab although much smaller than our Punjab is supplying food grain to the whole of India, because it is getting ample water and almost free electricity. This is only the first of the many arguments which shows that no other dam can be a substitute for Kalabagh dam. ENGR KHURSHID ANWER Lahore

Cheating the public SECP has allowed the Wateen company to de-list and buy back all their shares, which are only at 40% of their original value. Thus Wateen ends up taking away 60% of all the Pakistani investors savings, while giving back no profit or benefit to the investor. Interestingly Warid is now offering a special “Dhamaal Dhamaka Offer”, where they plan to give out daily gifts of 1 lakh, weekly gifts of 5 lakhs, free fuel for one year offer and a grand prize of one Crore rupees. The Supreme Court of Pakistan had told all telecom companies to stop offering such prizes, as there is never any audit done or any winners announced at the end, showing signs of cheating the public. There is no authority that can check such false advertisement, after the advertisements are already been shown, or even to audit Warid and the prize winners of the scheme. SHAHRYAR KHAN BASEER Peshawar

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Monday, 24 June, 2013

the genie unleashed A Afghan settlement, TTP and Syria

right of the right BJP is moving away from secularism and towards hardliner Hindutava

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OLITICS in India may not be the same again. The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) has charged the agenda. It has introduced pure communalism to the soft Hindutava that prevailed so far. By appointing the hardliner Narendra Modi, Gujarat Chief Minister, the panel chief for the 2014 parliament election, the party has dropped every bit of ambiguity over secularism. It is stark Hinduism for all to see. Apparently, the old leadership resisted the decision. Tall L K Advani had even submitted his resignation from all the posts he held in the party. Yet the irresponsible younger cadre was in no mood to accommodate the sober point of view. For them, a sharper communal politics was the minimum. Advani had reportedly warned behind the walls that Modi was not a proper person for India. The atmosphere may become even bitter when the BJP propagates the Hindu Rashtriya openly. True, the concept goes against the very grain of the constitution which wanted the country a secular democratic republic. But the BJP has found no benefit from it. In the future, the very word, secularism, will come under different interpretations. Parties, however parochial in outlook, will claim to be secular. Therefore, Modi’s acceptance speech was understandably vehement against the Congress, the largest political party which has come to be associated with secularism. He wants the party to disappear from the scene so that there is no confusion between the BJP, a Hindu outfit, and the Congress, with secular credentials. This may or may not happen but the BJP has embarked upon the task of wiping the slate clean with no mention of secularism whatso-

ever. Since independence, even long before it, the freedom struggle was based on the idea of an independent India which would know no difference on the basis of community or caste. The leaders immersed in that struggle agreed to India’s partition but not to the thesis that the religion could be mixed with politics. Secularism is thus the corner stone of the structure that India has tried to raise after partition. It has not been an ideal effort. Yet it has kept the country together, with no recurring example of communal divide. In the process, the nation has also come to recognise the distance between the communal forces and the secular elements. It has resulted into a healthy development: secular political parties have generally kept away from the BJP to stall its installation at the Centre. The induction of Modi may not defeat the process. But it will definitely confuse the Hindus who, leave some apart, are animated with cosmopolitan thoughts. They stopped the BJP winning in the last two parliamentary election because when the time for casting votes came, they put their weight behind the liberal forces which has kept the country more or less midway neither left or right. The danger of its going right has increased now. RSS, which has initiated and supported Modi sees in him someone nearer to their ideology of Hindutava and anti-Muslim. Real Modi was, however, exposed when he blessed the massacre of Muslims in Gujarat a decade ago. Not a word of regret even after years only underlines his antiMuslim thinking. How can India have a person like him as the Prime Minister? The repercussions of such a person at the helm of BJP, not possessing even a semblance of liberalism, can be dangerous. Obsessed with driving a wedge between Hindus and Muslims, he can vitiate the young mind. Liberalism or idealism already receding to the background, bigotism and extremism will go to allocate what is left of the composite culture. When I was India’s High Commissioner at London, Prime Minister Margret Thatcher asked me the secret of India staying together for centuries. I told her that we did not believe

that the country was divided into black and white. We believed that there was a vast grey area. We went on expanding that area. That was our secularism. The idea kept the nation together. She was reportedly impressed by my explanation and she told this to Soviet President Gorbachev. He sent a delegation to India to study the strength of grey area, secularism. Modi will make black further bleak and shut every opening for the grey area to expand. In the last few decades, the BJP has purveyed the impression that it is looking for a space that will give it an image of being right of Right, that of pro-Hindu but not of extremist. Modi will stop such an ideology developing. It will be saffron all the way. The BJP has foolishly come to realise that it would have to sharpen difference with the Muslims to look different. It believes that if there is any time to play the Hindu card, it is now. This is a wrong thinking, leaving no space for even small gestures for conciliation. Advani’s presence evokes hope. The greatest benefit of Modi’s importance will be to the Congress. Not that it is intrinsically secular but it has the reputation of being so. The Muslim electorate, nearly 15 percent, will move towards the Congress and adversely affect large parties like of Mulayam Singh’s Samajwadi party, which has a large Muslim following in UP. The party’s image is also secular. The Congress will gain because the next election is not that of state assembly but of Parliament. The Muslims know the importance. The National Democratic Alliance (NDA), the BJP’s allies, may still part company with the party. The real loss is that of the Indian nation. At a time when it looks that the various elements have found their identity within the country, Modi’s image of parochialism comes in the open. The idea of India will be jeopardised. It is a pity that the country will be unsettling when it is settling down to an ideology which may not be purely secular but does not disturb people of different faiths to live a life of their own in their own way.

The greatest benefit of Modi’s importance will be to the Congress. Not that it is intrinsically secular but it has the reputation of being so.

The writer is a senior Indian journalist.

S the new government in Pakistan settles in, Afghan reconciliation appears to be picking pace. The opening of the Taliban political office in Doha marks a new phase. On the other hand, in the aftermath of the death of TTP deputy Wali-ur-Rehman, a fresh wave of terror is also unfolding in earnest as the politicians talk of peace with the militant/extremist organisation. If the promised TTP revenge ArIF ANsAr attacks were not enough, the recent events of Balochistan reflect on the multidimensional nature of the threat faced by Pakistan. Irrespective of its grandeur vision, PML-N government will not be able to achieve much without stabilising the security situation. Economics and trade simply do not work when people are being blown to oblivion. With two PTI members of KPK parliament already dead, its future prospects do not look bright unless something dramatically different is adopted. It’s not that previous governments did not attempt peace with the TTP. However, each one of these peace deals failed. The real question is what would be different about any fresh initiative. Previous attempts were made while the NATO forces were still persisting with a kinetic approach in Afghanistan and political solution was nowhere in sight. Now, they have admitted that the final solution to the conflict would have to be a negotiated one. One of the most puzzling elements of the Afghan quagmire has to do with the nature of ties between Afghan Taliban and TTP. While the Afghan Taliban had primarily been focused on targeting the coalition forces in Afghanistan, there is no doubt they have benefited from the support it gets from the TTP. However, now that Afghan Taliban have a seat at the negotiation table, how will this impact TTP? In a previous assessment, the debilitating impact of this change on TTP was noted: they are likely to feel cornered. Over time, as the settlement talks progress further in Afghanistan, the nature and direction of the ties between Afghan Taliban and TTP, would be revealed further. Like Afghan Taliban, the TTP also accepts Mullah Omar as their Amirul-Mominin. Will TTP obey a potential call from Mullah Omar to lay down their arms, as the justification for jihad evaporates with the planned American/NATO withdrawal from Afghanistan? Furthermore, under pressure from Pakistan, will Afghan Taliban reciprocate a possible TTP call for assistance and safe havens in Afghanistan? And, what happens if Afghan Taliban responds in negative to the TTP’s call. Another dimension of the fresh peace talks with the TTP will involve the response from other Jihadi and sectarian organisations. Will they continue to lend support to the TTP or break with it, as the clause of foreign occupation of Afghanistan dissipates? These groups involve India oriented outfits and other sectarian groups that are the cause of havoc in Balochistan, Karachi, and parts of KPK. While the above amalgamation of militant groups may have helped out Afghan Taliban, their sources of inspiration are believed to be broader and may not be tamed with the calming of Afghan conflict. The sentiments of these groups would be critical to watch in the aftermath of the calls for Jihad against Shiites in Syria, which are emanating from eminent Sunni scholars of the Arab world. Increasing attacks against Shiites in Pakistan would be a dangerous trend in this direction. Secondly, it would be important to see if militants belonging to such groups are making their way to Syria. There are reports that such migration has also already started from places like Egypt, Jordan and North Africa, and at an unprecedented pace. In the past, certain countries often facilitated or hampered such migration of militants. After all, this push and pull resulted in the formation of Al Qaeda. In the past, one of the motives to get rid of such extreme elements was to make them a problem for someone else. But, the challenge reverberated when the fighters that survived the Afghan jihad, returned home. They came to be known as the Arab Afghans and were the source of crosspollinating the lessons they had learned locally. In essence, the Afghan Jihad unleashed the genie out of the bottle. While Hosni Mubarak kept a tight lid on such ideologues, under pressure from his constituency, Mohammed Mursi also joined in the call for Jihad in Syria against Assad regime. He declared last week, “Sunni blood isn’t cheap.” Thus the question becomes, what reaction can be expected to these Sunni Arab calls for jihad from the AfPak region, and how will this impact the negotiations with TTP and Afghan settlement. Will the South Asian Islamic militants cause havoc locally or migrate to locations where the action is taking place. Will they focus on triggering a jihad with Hind, or will the Afghan conflict morph in to another front of a larger Shiite-Sunni battle, especially if the settlement proves to be elusive? There are unconfirmed reports that some of the websites belonging to these militant groups are already relaying coverage of events in the Levant. Longer the Afghan settlement drags out and the Syrian conflicts worsens, the distinction between groups with local agenda and ones with regional and global aims, will become increasingly meaningless. The question may arise, however, regarding the benefit of driving the focus of these militant groups towards Middle East, so as to calm the neighbourhood for the time being. But, that is how we arrived at the present predicament. It appears that the genie that left the bottle will never be encapsulated again. The writer is chief analyst at PoliTact, a Washington based futurist advisory firm ( and and can be reached at

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A arts Monday, 24 June, 2013

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fit A LiLo spotted smoking at Malibu rehab centre Lindsay Lohan was spotted smoking a cigarette on her balcony at the Cliffside Malibu Rehab Centre, California. The troubled actress was pictured for the very first time since she entered her obligatory 90-day sentence in the treatment facility, the New York Daily News reported. In one of the images, the Hollywood star, who was seen wearing a red plaid shirt, looked quite content as she talked to her pals. NeWs Desk

Will Smith not starring in ‘independence day 2’ Will Smith will not be reprising his role in the sequel of the action film 'Independence Day.' According to Director Roland Emmerich, the actor is too expensive. Emmerich has confirmed to the New York Daily News that the second installment of the 1996 movie, which skyrocketed the Hollywood star's career, will not have Smith. Emmerich asserted that half of the people are from the original film and the other half are new. 'Independence Day 2' is set for a July 3, 2015 release. NeWs Desk

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CTRESS Scarlett Johansson stays in shape through martial arts training and eating multiple small meals a day. The 28-year-old has been working hard to get back into shape to play Scarlett Widow in the superhero flick "Avengers Assemble", and so, she is resorting to martial arts. "Scarlett really got into martial arts. She has also logged a lot of time toning her muscles in the gym. She likes to mix up her workouts with circuits and resistance training," quoted a source as saying. Johansson has also changed her diet. "She's a grazer. She will have between six and eight small meals a day," the source added.

Jolie thanks pitt WITH EXPENSIVE GIFT Actress Angelina Jolie has reportedly gifted a platinum vintage Tiffany watch to fiance Brad Pitt to thank him for showering love and support on her and their children. The watch, which is said to be worth $30,000, was given by Jolie, 38, along with their kids Maddox, eleven, Pax, nine, Zahara, eight, Shiloh, six, and four-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne, reports "The kids were excited to pick something for their dad. Angie said Brad had been so supportive over the past few months. The watch was a way to say thank you," a source said. NeWs Desk

Sonam’s biggest critic turns admirer post ‘Raanjhanaa’ neWs Desk Sonam Kapoor perhaps couldn't have asked for more with "Raanjhanaa"! She says her father, actor Anil Kapoor, who is usually her biggest critic, gave her the biggest compliment for her performance in the romantic saga. "The biggest compliment for me was when my dad saw the film...and usually he is my biggest critic....He told me, 'There is not one false moment from you'," the 28-year-old said at a launch. "Obviously, he doesn't say anything beyond that," she said, adding how her father then went on about her film's co-star Dhanush. "Raanjhanaa" marks Dhanush's entry into Bollywood. He plays Kundan in the movie and Sonam essays his love interest Zoya. Released Friday, the Anand L. Rai directorial is said to be amassing a good response at the box office.

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A lot of people ask me when I do a stunt, 'Jackie, are you scared?' Of course I'm scared. I'm not Superman. –Jackie Chan

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2,730 Calories Before heart attaCk neWs Desk


AMES Gandolfini gobbled a large fried meal worth 2,730 calorie, before washing it down with at least eight alcoholic drinks, just hours before he succumbed to a fatal heart attack. James ordered back-to-back portions of fried prawns with mayonnaise chilli sauce and a large portion of foie gras for his last meal with his 13-year-old son, Michael, the Mirror reported. He also downed two rounds of pina colada, each with two rum chasers on the side, followed by two beers. A source at the Boscolo Exedra Roma hotel's outdoor restaurant said that nearly everything that the actor ordered was fried. Michael found James collapsed in their hotel room, just three hours after the father-son duo had their meal on Wednesday night. Registered nutritionist Dr Carina Norris said that the meal would have added up to around 2,730 calories and the average amount that is needed by a man is about 2,500 for the whole day.

Samuel quit drugs & alcohol for successful career

A Case Western Reserve University English instructor has brought out the creators of Superman, Jerry Siegel, the writer, and Joe Shuster, the comic artist, from near obscurity in a new biography. 'Super Boys: The Amazing Adventures of Jerry Siegel and Joe ShusterThe Creators of Superman,' which has been released to coincide with the 75th anniversary of Superman's creation. Brad Ricca said that Superman's lasting

appeal is that it is a story about the American myth of goodness overpowering evil. It took seven years after Superman's creation before DC Comics bought the rights to him. Lone Ranger and Tarzan were popular on the radio, but the superhero concept was too new for comic publishers to embrace. As Hitler came to power, people needed a savior like Superman. Ricca invested years of research, during which he also produced the

Ranveer has no time for himself Samuel L Jackson has revealed that winning battle with drugs and alcohol has helped him reach where he is today. The 64-year-old actor told the Mirror that he believes those days preserved him in a strange sort of way. He asserted that all experiences culminate in making a person, who he/she is. Jackson - a veteran of more than 140 films confessed that he even performed on stage and screen, when he was high but no one noticed. However, when his wife and daughter found him unconscious on the kitchen floor, a wrap of cocaine at his side, he knew that he had taken himself dangerously close to the edge. NeWs Desk

Kim and Kanye ‘getting hitched’ Kim Kardashian and beau Kanye West are reportedly ready to tie the knot after he proposed to her, just days after they welcomed their new daughter, North West. The 'Keeping with the Kardashian' star has apparently accepted the rapper's offer and the new parents are preparing for a September wedding in Paris, the Sun reported. Although the 36-year-old singer has yet to give Kardashian an engagement ring, he has already splurged on a 'push present', which is a 500,000pound rare black and tiger-stripe diamond ring, to mark the birth of their baby girl. A source told the publication that West has spent half a million on a ring as a push present and had it designed months ago in preparation. NeWs Desk

Appreciating co-actor Sonakshi Sinha's managerial skills, Ranveer Singh says he hardly has time for himself. "It is very off balance right now. It is completely skewed one way. I don't have much of a personal life. You promote one shoot all night. There really isn't any time right now for personal life," Ranveer said while promoting his forthcoming movie "Lootera". "I think it's all right because we are in our late twenties...we need to consolidate a career that's just taken off," said Ranveer. The actor, who has been seen in films like "Band Baaja Baaraat" and "Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl,” next stars in "Lootera", directed by Vikramaditya Motwane, opposite Sonakshi. The film is scheduled for release July 5. The heart-throb praised Sonakshi for committing to multiple projects a year and said he learns the art of dealing with work pressure from her. "We work double shifts, something I am very new to, which Sonakshi does all the time. She is such a busy actor. She has five releases a year...she makes so many movies a year. She’s one of the busiest actors in the business. I learn from her how to tackle the load of your professional life," said the 27year-old. "I try and take out some time for friends and family to rejuvenate and recharge myself so that I can tackle work afresh but yes the sole priority in my life right now is my career," added Ranveer. NeWs Desk

award-winning documentary, "Last Son," in 2010. His curiosity to learn more about Superman's creators sent him searching library archives in Cleveland and New York. He read old Glenville High newspapers and yearbooks, police records, legal documents and other sources. He discovered some of the creators' first collaborations were filled with teenage angst about looks, girls and the desire to be popular. NeWs Desk

JOHNNY DEPP surprises fans Actor Johnny Depp surprised his fans at a special advance screening of his film "The Lone Ranger" in Oklahoma. The 50-year-old actor stunned members of the American Indian tribal community, Comanche Nation, by showing up at the red carpet event with social activist LaDonna Harris, who is his adopted Comanche mother, reports Depp worked closely with the community to make his role as Tonto in the controversial film as authentic as possible. "I'm proud to show this film to the Comanche Nation and members of the Indian Nations first," Depp said at the screening. "It really does feel like home after being here last year. It's good to be back. The Comanche people really welcomed me into their nation," he added. The actor signed hundreds of autographs for fans. The movie's producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski were also present on the occasion. NeWs Desk

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infotainment Monday, 24 June, 2013



revolutionised CommuniCation If the telegraph is like oldschool email, then this is like old-school telegraph: The BBC takes a look at a system of distance communication developed by a French inventor in the late 1790s that seems crude by today's standards but was ingenious in its day. Claude Chappe's telegraph—historians generally think the word came about to describe his brainchild—made it possible to send messages from Paris to the farthest-flung parts of the country in a matter of hours instead of days. The military made the most use of it, with Napoleon expanding it greatly after taking power. Chappe's invention came along before the advent of the Morse Code and electronic telegraphy, so how did it work? Laboriously. Messages would be delivered from one post to the next via semaphore—a contraption on the roof had a central beam and two arms that could be manipulated into various shapes, and those shapes could be translated into words via code book. Someone in the next post down the line, about 6 miles away, would use a telescope to capture the code and pass it along. At its peak, the system covered more than 3,000 miles with more than 530 stations. But it quickly faded into obscurity when Samuel Morse had a brainchild of his own in the 1840s. "On the long trek to the Internet, it is an overlooked—but significant—early step," writes Hugh Schofield. NeWs Desk

The limits of my language are the limits of my world. –Ludwig Wittgenstein

huawei: 'apple is now slipping. we want to be higher than them'


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ONDON’S Camden Roundhouse used to house a giant turntable for trains steaming in to and out of the capital – since it was reinvented as an arts venue, it therefore made an appropriate site for one of China’s largest companies to mount its own bid to turn toward a new direction. Not content with being the maker of much of the infrastructure behind the internet, Huawei wants to be one of the world’s three biggest mobile phone brands by the end of 2015. For its first major consumer launch last week journalists were flown in from South Africa, Europe and beyond to witness the kind of event usually hosted by Apple or Samsung. Chief executive Richard Yu stood on stage to announce the Huawei Ascend P6 – the world’s thinnest smartphone – and to issue a clear statement of intent. The company has the ambition, simply put, to make the best smartphone in the world and to sell it for less than Apple or Samsung. If that sounds like hubris, no lesser figure than Sir Charles Dunstone, chief executive of Carphone Warehouse, says Huawei’s a force to be reckoned with: “I think it’d be hard to displace Samsung and Apple. But with products like these priced like they are, I think Huawei has very credible aims. “There’s a lot of people vying to be in

the top three and they’ve got to take these products incredibly seriously. It’s an amazing line-up backed by the most enormous research and development.” With no vested interest in seeing Huawei displace a Sony, an LG or a BlackBerry, Sir Charles adds: “If you were anyone else, you should be scared.” Yu himself doesn’t appear scared of anybody – he talks freely not only about

Huawei’s line-up, but also about the complex politics that have at times threatened to engulf the company. There could be no more palpable demonstration that secretive Huawei is trying, admittedly slowly, to open up. When he sees my Samsung Galaxy S4 on the desk, Yu is blunt: “We want to provide the best, most beautiful, slimmest smartphone – this one’s much thicker.”

Picking up on criticisms about the Samsung build quality he says simply: “We’re not made of plastic.” Huawei claims Samsung – the biggest smartphone maker in the world – has built its success on hyperbole and enormous advertising spend. “In the high tier, if you have huge money to spend on marketing and branding, like Samsung, then everyone will buy that,” he says. “We don’t have so much money to do marketing and branding so we have to make our products better. The best smartphone in the past was from Nokia, then from Apple, then from Samsung. And who is number one? The industry is so dynamic – no matter how successful you are, if you’re currently number one, doesn’t mean tomorrow you’ll be number one “Samsung, they have such huge money – if you invest in marketing and branding then people will always buy no matter how good the products are. The Samsung Galaxy S4 is just a so-so smartphone.” While it’s Samsung that has all the momentum, it’s Apple that has set the pace for “cool” – the factor Huawei badly needs if it is to truly compete. Never lacking in ambition, Yu thinks he’s got Apple in his sights as well. “In its latest update, Apple makes the phone extremely simple to use,” he says. “But if we are just learning from them we can’t catch up, because they are now slipping. We want to go higher than them.”

secrets of ancient rome's amazing concrete neWs Desk The ancient Romans were so skilled at making concrete that breakwaters poured more than 2,000 years ago are still doing fine. The modern stuff? Give it 50 years before it starts eroding in seawater. Now, however, scientists think they've figured out how the Romans did it— and the findings could make today's concrete not only much stronger but more environmentally friendly, reports Bloomberg Businessweek. The Roman formula involves a combination of volcanic ash and lime that modern concrete

lacks, and it uses a different "glue" to hold the components of concrete together, say researchers at the Berkeley Lab. (The resulting compound is "calcium-aluminum-silicatehydrate" for the technicalminded.) An example of the Roman ingenuity: “For underwater structures, lime and volcanic ash were mixed to form mortar, and this mortar and volcanic tuff were packed into wooden forms," say the researchers. "The seawater instantly triggered a hot chemical reaction. The lime was hydrated—incorporating water molecules into

its structure—and reacted with the ash to cement the whole mixture together.” What's more, the Romans used less lime and baked it at lower temperatures, meaning the process was greener because it released less carbon into the atmosphere, says By contrast, today's process is a big source of industry pollution. Says a Berkeley scientist: "The question remains, can we translate the principles from ancient Rome to the production of modern concrete? I think that is what is so exciting about this new area of research."

'LOST CITY' FOUND IN MEXICO neWs Desk Just a week after news broke of a "lost city" discovered in Cambodia, archaeologists have uncovered an ancient Mayan city among the dense foliage of the Mexican jungle. The team has dubbed it Chactun (meaning red or large rock), and says it's one of the largest to be found in the Yucatan's central lowlands. The numbers behind that claim: The 54-acre site would have once housed as many as 40,000 people, and evidence of 15 pyramids—one 75 feet tall—has been identified there. But the ruins don't end with those structures, LiveScience reports. The remains of plazas, homes, altars, inscribed stone slabs, and ball courts were found; the ball courts in particular indicate it was a prominent city, though one that met its end around 1000 AD, the team leader tells Reuters. The search team first stumbled upon Chactun by way of aerial photographs taken 15 years ago; hacking their way through 10 miles of jungle took three weeks. The archaeologists spent six weeks exploring its secrets, and hope the find will offer clues on relationships between Maya cities—the closest known was 16 miles away.

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The free kick should not have been conceded on my (far) post, but I didn’t see the ball leave Neymar’s foot – Gianluigi Buffon

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fawad given dose of reality BristoL

Monday, 24 June, 2013

khawaja creeps closer to test recall

sPorts Desk Even if recent scores of 51, eight, a duck, 29 not out and six for Australia A do not suggest it, Usman Khawaja is slipping closer to a Test match recall in the Ashes series, more than 18 months after his last appearance. The misadventures of others are helping. David Warner is pondering his behaviour and also a possible move down the order. Shane Watson is searching himself for a way to score runs again. Phillip Hughes is trying to repair confidence battered first in India and again during the Champions Trophy. And Michael Clarke just wants his back to stay supple. All the while Khawaja’s standing as the longtime reserve and sound preparation with Australia A is edging him closer to the XI, his inclusion to arrive perhaps as early as the first Test of the series at Trent Bridge. Of the selected Ashes batsmen, only Ed Cowan via Nottinghamshire and Chris Rogers at Middlesex can happily say they are in better touch. This will be no surprise to those who have seen Khawaja at his best, whether it was standing up memorably to Dale Steyn in Johannesburg in November 2011, or sculpting a Sheffield Shield century of rare quality for Queensland on a Bellerive pitch that looked more likely to be a tennis court last summer. But it will represent a triumph of sorts for Khawaja, who has battled issues of perception, scheduling and punitive team justice since his last Test, against New Zealand in Hobart. “I’m extremely hungry,” Khawaja said. “I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t thought about it before. Every time you go out and play for any team you want to strive to do your best and obviously playing for Australia is the pinnacle for anyone.





AWAD Ahmed provided the single most thrilling moment of Australia A’s tighter-than-it-shouldhave-been victory over Gloucestershire when he clasped a blinding catch at mid-on to account for a stubborn Gareth Roderick. Unfortunately for Ahmed, it was also the most telling contribution he made to the last match before Australia’s selectors decided whether or not to add him to the Ashes squad that assembles in Taunton on Monday. Match figures of 31.2-9-100-1 for Ahmed told a story almost as barren as the tourists’ second innings fade for 111, against a Division Two team that their captain Michael Klinger conceded was still learning how to play “hard first-class cricket”. There were mitigating factors against the success of legspin in the match, cold temperatures keeping hands cold and an icy wind testing Ahmed’s command of length and pace. Ashton Agar’s left-arm spin fared rather better, though their relative tallies of overs suggested the 19-year-old was not being quite so closely observed by the selectors John Inverarity, Rod Marsh and Mickey Arthur. Ahmed’s best was eyecatching, several leg breaks fizzing past

groping bats and some googlies misread as comprehensively by Matthew Wade as they were by the Gloucestershire batsmen. But a tally of two wickets from as many matches on the Australia A tour is the first significant reverse Ahmed has suffered since making his state debut for Victoria last summer and quickly factoring into the calculations of selectors, administrators, marketeers and ultimately Federal politicians, who passed legislation to expedite his application for citizenship last week. Questions about Ahmed’s readiness for an Ashes promotion were chief among those raised by the first long-form match played by an Australian team in England this year. Steve Smith, the stand-in captain while Brad Haddin rested, could thank his pace bowling triumvirate of Ryan Harris, Jackson Bird and the fastrising Chadd Sayers for ensuring the tour would conclude with three victories out of three, but the tourists were placed under considerable pressure before getting there. On the second evening Dan Christian had taken the initiative well away from the bowlers, inflicting particular punishment on Ahmed. He would only add another six runs to his overnight total before the persisting Harris coaxed an outside edge behind, but after Benny Howell was pinned lbw first ball, a series

of partnerships down the order had Gloucestershire creeping alarmingly close to their target, Ahmed’s catch notwithstanding. The last pair of Liam Norwell and Tom Smith had scrounged 36 together by the time Sayers claimed a deserved eighth wicket for the match, granting Wade his fifth catch among 23 byes, the morning session extended by an extra half hour for the taking of the final wicket proving a nervous 30 minutes for a team that had seemed in such command on the first day, declaring after a mere 58 overs then rounding up five early wickets. From there they had to fight the match out. Gloucestershire’s ability to fight toe-to-toe with a conglomerate of Australia’s best young players plus a sprinkling of Ashes tourists provided some disquieting evidence to back up the observation of the former England captain Andrew Strauss about what his side had witnessed down under in 201011. “We were surprised at the quality of some of the state sides,” Strauss told the Sunday Times. “Australia used to have a conveyor belt of talent but it was noticeable they were a long way behind where they had been four years previously.” On the evidence of this match there is still a lot of catching up to do, for Ahmed and Australia.

india’s fielding has benefitted from playing in iPl: Yusuf Pathan sPorts Desk With India making it to the final of Champions Trophy, hard-hitting batsman Yusuf Pathan today said he was pleased with the way the team has performed as a unit in England. “The team is performing well and individually also the boys have done well. I feel proud that the team is doing well especially, as it is not two three players who are doing well, they are performing as a unit. I hope it continues the same way,” Pathan told reporters here at the gaming centre ‘Smaaash’. The Baroda player also praised Shikhar Dhawan, who has amassed 332 runs so far, for his performance in the tournament. “Shikhar Dhawan has been impressive, he is batting really well,” he said. On the opening partnership of Rohit Sharma and Dhawan, he said, “They are playing really well. The way Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag or Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir shared a good opening partnership, the same way. I hope they too play well and

play for a long time.” Asked about the team’s fielding in the Champions Trophy, Pathan said, “We are playing a lot of cricket. In IPL, you have coaches coming from different countries, so obviously we have learnt a lot from them. Cricket has benefited from these things.” The 30-year old said sharing the dressing room with senior India cricketer Sachin Tendulkar was an achievement. “Obviously the presence of someone like Sachin Tendulkar, as a player and a person, is nice in the dressing room. We youngsters learn a lot from him. He is our idol. Sharing the dressing room with him

was an achievement for us,” he said. The all-rounder added that the title ‘Master Blaster’ cannot be bestowed on anyone else except Tendulkar as it is hard to replicate his feats. “After him no blaster can be born. What he has done for cricket I don’t think anyone else can do it. You can’t call anyone else a blaster. The dedication he has given to cricket, nobody else can show it,” Pathan said adding that both he and his brother Irfan Pathan wanted to play like Tendulkar. The out-of-favour Indian player, who had a decent performance in the recentlyconcluded IPL, said he is training hard for making a comeback. “The team is playing right now but I use to the time to work on my cricket. For me the IPL was very satisfying. Okay, we [Kolkata Knight Riders] didn’t qualify, but for me it was quite satisfying. My job is to play good cricket. Wherever I play cricket, I try to focus on my performance and my game. If I think about other things, I won’t be able to play cricket.

sethi to manage PCB’s affairs LAHore AgeNcIes

Najam Sethi, a senior journalist and former caretaker chief minister of Punjab, has been named the interim chairman of the PCB by the government of Pakistan. Zaka Ashraf, who was elected as chairman in the first week of May, was suspended from the post by the Islamabad High Court on May 28 due to questions raised over legality of the election. “I have been asked by the prime minister [Nawaz Sharif] to fill in, in the PCB role, for an interim period,” Sethi told reporters in Lahore. “My immediate task will be to cover the ICC meeting and facilitate the selection committee for the selection of the squad for the West Indies tour.” The Islamabad High Court had later upheld Ashraf’s suspension and ordered the Pakistan inter-provincial coordination committee to name an interim chairman to represent the board at the ICC’s annual general meeting in England, which is scheduled for June 25 to 29. Sethi will take over as chairman with immediate effect - from Monday. He will leave for London, for the ICC meeting, on Tuesday with PCB COO Subhan Ahmed.

WI DROP SARWAN, SL MAKE TWO CHANGES sPorts Desk Sri Lanka’s cricket selectors on Sunday made two changes to their Champions Trophy squad for a triangular one-day series in the West Indies starting this week. Batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan is out with with a calf injury suffered in Thursday’s Champions Trophy semi-final defeat to India, while all-rounder Thisara Perera was dropped from the 15-member squad to play against India and the West Indies. Sri Lanka Cricket said Dilshan would take four to six weeks to recover, and called up Upul Tharanga as his replacement. Twenty20 specialist Ajantha Mendis took Perera’s slot. Meanwhile, batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan has been dropped from the West Indies squad for the first half of the triseries involving India and Sri Lanka, which begins on June 28. Fast bowler Jason

Holder was also left out of the 13-man squad that was named, on Saturday, for the Jamaica leg of the tournament. There were no other changes made to the squad that played the Champions Trophy in England. Wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin, who was suspended for two ODIs for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct when he claimed a catch off Misbah-ul-Haq during the Champions Trophy game against Pakistan, will be available to play. Sarwan had been recalled to the West Indies team after a contentious 18 months away from the game - during which he claimed to have been hurt “mentally and emotionally” by national team’s coaching regime - for the limited-overs tour of Australia earlier this year. Since then, apart from a century against Zimbabwe at home, he totalled 40 runs in seven matches. In the Champions Trophy, he scored 1 against Pakistan and 1 against India. West Indies failed to qualify for the

Champions Trophy’s semi-finals. They were off to a good start in the tournament, beating Pakistan in a low-scoring thriller, but were then beaten by India and tied a rain-hit must-win game against South Africa, as a result of which South Africa progressed to the knockouts on net run rate. The teams play two games each in Jamaica in the tri-series, with West Indies scheduled to take on Sri Lanka at Sabina Park in the tournament opener on June 28, before playing India on June 30. The tournament then shifts to Port of Spain. SRI LANKAN SqUAD: Angelo Mathews (captain), Dinesh Chandimal (vice-captain), Kusal Janith, Upul Tharanga, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Lahiru Thirimanne, Jeevan Mendis, Lasith Malinga, Shaminda Eranga, Nuwan Kulasekara, Dilhara Lokuhetti, Rangana Herath, Sachithra Senanayake and Ajantha Mendis.

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I felt confident that I won – Seth Mitchell



Monday, 24 June, 2013

deals likely for swing duo

india win rain struck final scOreBOArD

sPorts Desk The next lot of contracted players will be the first selected since national coach Mike Hesson took charge. Tim Southee and Trent Boult are expected to be the main winners when New Zealand Cricket reveals its 2013-14 national contracts list in the next fortnight. Despite the country’s inadequate test batting, the pair have brought confusion to bear on opposition top orders, using swing and guile with the ball. Mitchell McClenaghan is another thought to be on the move with what will be his first contract after strong performances in limited overs cricket. Coach Mike Hesson has suggested he could move to the test ranks before long. Expect incumbent test pace bowler Neil Wagner also to come into contention for a centralised deal after his consistency at test level. As many as six of the annual 20 names are expected to change as Hesson’s selection influence takes hold. Hesson is closing in on a year in charge of the national side he was appointed on July 20 - but came to the role after the previous selection panel had already settled this year’s contract selections. The current deals cease on July 31. Jacob Oram opted out of his NZC contract in December but Daniel Flynn, Chris Martin, Tarun Nethula, Rob Nicol and Kruger van Wyk are likely to miss the cut. James Franklin will be marginal after a disappointing England one-day international series and Champions Trophy. His performances in this week’s two Twenty20s against England could be more important than anyone’s. Hamish Rutherford, Tom Latham and Corey Anderson seem certain to be picked while the value of Colin Munro, Grant Elliott, Andrew Ellis and Peter Fulton will be debated. Recent players who will struggle to make the top 20 include Bruce Martin, Jimmy Neesham and Luke Ronchi. Jesse Ryder is set to remain on the periphery. While the International Cricket Council’s tours programme is subject to change, New Zealand is listed for 11 tests, 21 ODIs, six T20s and a World T20 in Bangladesh. However, there will still be an emphasis on ODIs leading up to the 2015 World Cup at home. Like it or not, the contracts will reflect this. India, for example, are understood to be in talks to drop one of their three tests which is an irritant to them playing in Asia Cup ODIs.



the scoring rate before they realised, and lost wickets in panic. It was a punchy partnership of 47 off 33 between Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja that rescued India from 66 for 5 after 13 overs and gave them a fighting chance. Kohli scored 43 off 34, and Jadeja 33 off 25. Ravi Bopara was England's unexpected hero, getting the ball to stop on the batsmen and running away with figures of 4-1-20-3. You can't take away from England, who were out of their comfort zone themselves, playing a 20-over game with at least three players who won't make it to their Twenty20 side. They bowled well given the circumstance. They were accurate despite patchy fielding, maximising the effect of the spongy bounce, and Bopara was the biggest beneficiary of India's panic with wickets of Shikhar Dhawan, Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni, who was out for his first ODI duck since October 2010. The game finally began at 4.20pm only to be


NDIAN bowlers exhibited a clinical effort with the ball to defend a modest total against England at Edgbaston today. The spinners did the job for MS Dhoni. R Ashwin, in particular, was excellent with the ball. England did all the right things with the ball, but couldn't do it with the bat. In cloudy conditions, India found a way to win this match and ICC Champions Trophy. Earlier, in surreal developments, the ICC - who hadn't considered it fit to have a reserve day for the final - added 75 minutes to the rainy day to accommodate 20 overs in the farcical Champions Trophy final. The toss happened on time, which England won to get the first use of the ball, but play began only six hours later. India's innings was interrupted twice, the batsmen fell behind in

interrupted in the sixth over. By then, Rohit Sharma had been bowled by one from Stuart Broad that seamed in. This break lasted two minutes, and Shikhar Dhawan came out to upper-cut the first ball - both feet in air - for a six over third man. However, a longer break arrived soon after which they threw the balls to James Tredwell and Bopara. Bopara got Dhawan with a slower ball, which the batsman seemed to have picked but was undone by the further slowness off the pitch. Tredwell took the catch at short cover, not his last off the bowling of Bopara. With India 50 for 2 in the ninth over, the time had come for the untested middle order to deliver. However, they didn't have any time to get in. Dinesh Karthik fell slogging Tredwell, and in the 13th over - a maiden - Bopara got both Raina and Dhoni with balls dug in short. Raina pulled him straight to mid-on, and Tredwell caught Dhoni at third man. India were in serious need of

INDIA 9 rg sharma b Broad 31 s Dhawan c tredwell b Bopara 43 V kohli c Bopara b Anderson kD karthik c Morgan b tredwell 6 sk raina c cook b Bopara 1 Ms Dhoni*† c tredwell b Bopara 0 33 rA jadeja not out 1 r Ashwin run out (Bell) B kumar not out 1 eXtrAs (w 4) 4 tOtAL 129 DID NOt BAt I sharma, Ut yadav FALL OF WIckets 1-19 (rg sharma, 3.5 ov), 2-50 (Dhawan, 8.2 ov), 3-64 (karthik, 11.1 ov), 4-66 (raina, 12.2 ov), 5-66 (Dhoni, 12.6 ov), 6-113 (kohli, 18.3 ov), 7-119 (Ashwin, 19.2 ov) BOWLINg jM Anderson 4-0-24-1, scj Broad 4-0-26-1, tt Bresnan 4-034-0, jc tredwell 4-0-25-1, rs Bopara 4-1-20-3 eNgLAND AN cook* c Ashwin b yadav 2 13 Ir Bell st †Dhoni b jadeja 20 IjL trott st †Dhoni b Ashwin 7 je root c I sharma b Ashwin ejg Morgan c Ashwin b I sharma 33 30 rs Bopara c Ashwin b I sharma jc Buttler† b jadeja 0 tt Bresnan run out (rg sharma/†Dhoni) 2 7 scj Broad not out jc tredwell not out 5 5 eXtrAs (lb 1, w 4) 124 tOtAL DID NOt BAt jM Anderson FALL OF WIckets 1-3 (cook, 1.5 ov), 2-28 (trott, 5.1 ov), 340 (root, 7.4 ov), 4-46 (Bell, 8.4 ov), 5-110 (Morgan, 17.3 ov), 6-110 (Bopara, 17.4 ov), 7-112 (Buttler, 18.2 ov), 8-113 (Bresnan, 18.4 ov) BOWLINg B kumar 3-0-19-0, Ut yadav 2-0-10-1, rA jadeja 4-0-24-2, r Ashwin 4-1-15-2, I sharma 4-0-36-2, sk raina 3-0-19-0 Match details toss england, who chose to field series India won the 2013 Icc champions trophy Player of the match rA jadeja (India) Player of the series s Dhawan (India) Umpires HDPk Dharmasena (sri Lanka) and rj tucker (Australia) tV umpire BNj Oxenford (Australia) Match referee rs Madugalle (sri Lanka) reserve umpire Aleem Dar (Pakistan)

firefighting, which Kohli and Jadeja provided. They called for the batting Powerplay in the 16th over, and took 20 off those two overs to take them to 106 after 17.

Odds shorten on champions trophy repeat sPorts Desk The 2013 Champions Trophy has been deemed such a success that it appears highly likely that the competition will be repeated. The ICC had originally decided to replace the competition with a Test Championship and the 2013 tournament would be the last one. But after excellent crowds and interest from around the world, the ICC are reconsidering that decision and will discuss their options at their annual conference, from June 25-29 in London. The ICC remain keen to promote Test cricket and feel a Test Championship would complement the World T20 and the World Cup and ensure there was a high-profile competition for each of the three formats of the game. While continuing the Champions Trophy would mean there were two global 50-over

events, it is now thought there is sufficient difference between the Champions Trophy and the World Cup and sufficient interest from broadcasters for both to survive. The Test Championship is pencilled into the Future Tours Programme (FTP) for a three-week window in June 2017 in the UK. But the concept in its present guise is compromised by the fact that it would involve just four teams - the top four teams in the Test rankings - and would feature only three games: two semi-finals and a final. As such, it would be of less relevance and interest to those nations not participating and may be less attractive to broadcasters. There is little scope in the FTP for a longer event or a change in venue. The ICC privately acknowledges that, even if the event was held successfully in 2017, there is a concern over its sustainability. Among their issues

is the possibility that one of the key nations in terms of broadcast revenues, most obviously India, might not always be ranked among the top four Test nations, while there is also a concern that, outside the UK, games between neutral countries may not be well supported. The ICC is keen to avoid a situation where its flagship Test event is played in nearempty stadiums. While the final of the 2013 Champions Trophy is threatened by poor weather, 12 of the 15 games will have had sell-out crowds (defined as a minimum 95% of the ground capacity) with the multicultural population of the UK helping guarantee enthusiastic audiences at most games. Sensible ticket pricing has also played a part. The Champions Trophy has, for much of its existence, been unloved. But the short, sharp format involving only the top eight sides playing for only 18 days in which nearly every game has a

consequence has captured the imagination of the cricket-watching public. By contrast, the 2011 World Cup lasted six weeks and featured some tediously one-sided encounters. There is a chance that the 2013 trophy may have to be shared as rain threatens to intervene in the final. Such is the frenetic international schedule it was deemed impossible to allocate reserve days. England and New Zealand, for example, play a T20 on Tuesday, just two days after the Champions Trophy final, while Australia being their Ashes preparations in earnest on Wednesday when they start a four-day match against Somerset. Whatever its faults, the strengths of the Champions Trophy format have been apparent over the last couple of weeks and, as the details of a Test Championship are considered in more detail, the Trophy has arguably never appeared so attractive.

BANGLADESH HOSTING OF WORLD T20 IN DOUBT sPorts Desk The World T20 tournament could be moved from Bangladesh due to concerns at the country’s lack of adequate facilities. ESPNcricinfo understands that Sri Lanka and South Africa are potential alternative venues although discussions have yet to reach the official stage. An ICC official inspected the stadiums recently and is understood to have been underwhelmed by the results. The situation is now scheduled to be discussed at the ICC’s annual conference in London later this week with insiders suggesting that concerns are such that a decision to move the tournament is one of the options to be discussed. The men’s and women’s World T20 is scheduled to be played in four venues in Bangladesh between March 16 and April 6

next year. The stadiums in Mirpur and Chittagong are deemed perfectly acceptable for international cricket, but work on the facilities at the stadium in Sylhet, which was built last year - remains incomplete, and construction at the new stadium in Cox’s Bazar, home of the world’s longest natural sandy beach, is still underway. BCB president Nazmul Hassan has this week vented his frustration about the slowness of work on the two unfinished grounds. The latest phase of work in the Sylhet Stadium began on June 7, and the BCB estimates that the four-storied pavilion will be completed by the time the ICC inspection team returns in September. There is a plan to host a couple of ODIs when New Zealand are touring in October. But the National Sports Council, the sports regulator in Bangladesh and also the custodian of all sporting venues, have said

that it would only be ready by November and that outfield drainage work will be delayed until after the World Twenty20s. As for the Cox’s Bazar stadium, it is being built from scratch on a patch of land that was once a golf course. While Sri Lanka cricket chief executive Ashley de Silva indicated that there had been no contact as yet between his board and the ICC, he did suggest that the country would be ready to host the tournament if required, even though it would mean that Sri Lanka could end up hosting World Twenty20 twice in 18 months. The most recent edition of the World Twenty20, which ended last October, was also held in Sri Lanka. “There has been no communication between SLC and ICC on that topic,” de Silva told ESPNcricinfo. “We have the facilities to host it, but I don’t know if it

will crop up at the meeting this week.” South Africa have made similar noises. The other school of thought in Bangladesh questions whether the ICC might be more concerned about the country’s political situation, especially when a national election is scheduled to be held in early 2014. When they officially launched the tournament in April this year, it was at the end of month-long unrest in many parts of the country and immediately after a daylong general strike in Dhaka. The tournament is slated to be Bangladesh’s fourth ICC event after hosting the 1998 ICC Knockout, the 2004 Under-19s World Cup and co-hosting the 2011 World Cup. But Hassan and the board’s acting CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury will have a lot of assurances to give to keep the event in Bangladesh.

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I’m really happy with the performance and the goal, but I wouldn’t have been man of the match without the help of my team-mates – Neymar

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sPorts Desk A referee has admitted to making a mistake in awarding Italy’s second goal during their 4-2 defeat to Brazil at the Confederations Cup. Giorgio Chiellini’s goal was allowed to stand even though referee Ravshan Irmatov appeared to have blown for a penalty in Italy’s favour seconds earlier. Brazil angrily protested the goal, which made the score 3-2 to Brazil and brought Italy back into the match. The Uzbek official later confirmed he had whistled for a penalty, FIFA said. “He admitted he made a mistake with regards to the incident penalty-goal,” FIFA spokesman Pekka Odriozola said. “(It was) a technical mistake, he has also admitted that, once you blow the whistle you have stopped play, you cannot give the advantage. “He doesn’t want to give make excuses, but he explained what the situation was like for him,” said Odriozola. “It was very quick, while he was blowing (for the penalty), out of the corner of his eye, he saw the goal could be scored, (then) the goal was scored. He was thinking quickly and he did not want to give any excuses.” Odriozola could not say whether the referee would be sent home from the tournament

higuain talks at ‘advanced stage’

loPez sees off simon to CaPture eastBourne title Spain’s Feliciano Lopez won the men’s title at Eastbourne, beating second seed Gilles Simon 7-6(2) 6-7(5) 6-0 in a dress rehearsal for their first-round meeting at Wimbledon next week. Left-hander Lopez also received a warning for taking too much time to serve at the start of the second set as he waited, puffing out his bearded cheeks in frustration, for the wind to subside. The unseeded Lopez, whose early season was disrupted by injuries, raced 3-0 ahead in the deciding set. Simon saved five breakpoints in game four before putting a forehand in the net to concede another break and spent the rest of the match berating himself loudly. Luck, too, was against the Frenchman and after saving two championship points in the sixth game he slipped on the grass as he raced in to try to save a third. Lopez raised a laugh when he eagerly grabbed the winner’s trophy from the presentation table before realising that he should wait for the formal handover and putting it back with an embarrassed smile. “I hope we can make a better show at Wimbledon,” he said. “Today conditions were so tough and we did our best but it was so windy.” sPOrts Desk

sharapova slams serena over personal life sPorts Desk

sPorts Desk Gonzalo Higuain’s father has alerted Juventus that “nothing has yet been signed” with Arsenal, but talks are at an “advanced stage”. Higuain Sr played down suggestions that personal terms, worth a reported £130,000-per week, have already been agreed, but said the two parties are close to reaching a deal. Arsenal are ready to pay a club record fee in the region of £22 million for the Real Madrid striker, who is also coveted by the Serie A champions. “Nothing has yet been signed, but I can assure the negotiations between the clubs are at an advanced stage,” Jorge Higuain told La Repubblica. “We will not agree any contract before the clubs reach a deal on the transfer. I am sure Arsenal made a big offer, as have Juventus.”

no Barcelona contact: silva agent sPorts Desk The agent of Paris Saint-Germain defender Thiago Silva has revealed that there has been “no official contact” between his client and Barcelona. The Brazilian centre-back has been heavily linked with a move to Camp Nou this summer, with reports in the Spanish press on Saturday insisting that the club were in South America to watch the 28year-old at the Confederations Cup. But the player’s representative has claimed that his client will stay in the French capital. “There has been no official contact,” Paulo Tonietto told Le Journal du Dimanche.


HE dust has barely settled since their French Open final scrap but Maria Sharapova fired the first volley at Wimbledon title rival Serena Williams on Saturday, taking aim at the American’s personal life. Sharapova was responding to comments from Williams in a Rolling Stone interview in which she criticised an “anonymous” player widely believed to be the Russian, and appeared to refer to her boyfriend Grigor Dimitrov as “the guy with a black heart”. Sharapova said of the remarks: “As for myself, or whether it was about somebody else, nothing personal, you know. “At the end of the day, we have a tremendous amount of respect for what we do on the court. I just think she should be talking about her accomplishments, her achievements, rather than everything else that’s just getting attention and controversy. “If she wants to talk about something personal, maybe she should talk about her relationship and her boyfriend that was married and is getting a divorce and has kids. “Talk about other things, but not draw attention to other things. She has so much in her life, many positives, and I think that’s what it should be about.” Sharapova also added to criticism of Williams over controversial comments on a high-profile teenage rape case in Ohio. “Obviously I have a

tremendous amount of respect for Serena and what she’s achieved on the court. You can never take anything away from that,” 2004 Wimbledon champion Sharapova told reporters. “I was definitely sad to hear what she had to say about the whole case.” Williams has since apologised after quotes attributed to her suggested the victim had been drunk. Williams beat Sharapova 6-4 6-4 in the French Open final earlier this month, and is favourite to win her sixth Wimbledon title. The defending champion is set to hold her pretournament press conference on Sunday. SeReNA APOLOgISeS TO SHARAPOVA OVeR bOyFRIeND bARb: Serena Williams launched a charm offensive on Sunday as she sought to broker a truce with Maria Sharapova and calm the storm surrounding comments

she made about a rape victim. On the eve of Wimbledon, where she is defending champion, the pretournament focus has been on an interview she gave to Rolling Stone magazine that touched on a high-profile teenage rape case in Ohio and brought her into conflict with her Russian rival Sharapova. The piece included an account of a private conversation between Serena and her sister Venus that the reporter interpreted as an attack on Sharapova’s relationship with Bulgarian player Grigor Dimitrov. Sharapova, soundly beaten by Serena in the French Open final earlier this month, hit back on Saturday telling the world number one to keep her nose out of other people’s business, adding an edge to the women’s competition at the grasscourt slam.

“I made it a point to reach out to Maria because she was inadvertently brought into the situation by assumptions made by the reporter,” a smiling Williams told reporters. “I personally talked to Maria at the player party, incidentally. I said, look, I want to personally apologise to you if you are offended by being brought into my situation. I want to take this moment to just pour myself, be open, say I’m very sorry for this whole situation... “I’m the first person to reach out to individuals and people if I feel that something may have hurt them or something may have been misconstrued.” The controversial interview quoted Serena as talking about a “a top-five player who is now in love”. It added: “She begins every interview with ‘I’m so happy. I’m so lucky’ - it’s so boring. She’s still not going to be invited to the cool parties. And, hey, if she wants to be with the guy with a black heart, go for it’.” While Serena did not deny making the comments, she was clearly angry that her private words had ended up in print. “I’ve been spoiled dealing with professionalism here in the tennis world. I’m used to dealing with professional reporters... not writing or commenting on a private conversation that I may have or listening in or eavesdropping and then reporting on it. “I was involved in a private conversation that he even wrote in the article that he said he was listening to. I take full blame and responsibility for that because I’ve been in the business for years and years and I should always in a way have my guard up.”

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I have been waiting for Spain for a year. Revenge is a dish best served cold – Mario Balotelli



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RNIE Els completed a wire-to-wire victory at the BMW International Open in Munich, finishing one shot clear of playing partner

santaromita wins italian road title

Thomas Bjorn. The South African led after the first and second rounds before Alexander Levy of France and Sweden’s Alex Noren pulled level with Els after Saturday’s third round. But the four-time Major champion submitted another strong card at the conclusion of a consistent event-wide performance and his 69 was enough to clinch the title with the likes of Levy, Noren and England’s Matthew Baldwin unable to keep up when it mattered most. “It’s great to get my name on this wonderful trophy,” Els said. “It’s been a while [since I’ve gone wire-to-wire]. “It’s been wonderful, I’ve had a great week in Germany. “I’ve gone a long time trying to win this golf tournament. I really had it going, and then I did make it tough for myself!” Denmark’s Bjorn continued the recent trend of Els’ partner on the day stepping up their efforts, and after a fantastic 65 round on Saturday shot him into contention, he then matched Els for a 69 card and second place. “Thomas was playing great until 14,

and I was watching the kid [Levy],” Els added. “He looked like he was staying strong, he has a great game, but he stumbled a bit coming in. I just tried to stay with the basics and it worked.” Levy finished third at 16 under following a closing 71, one shot ahead of Noren, Bernd Wiesberger and Martin Kaymer. Sergio Garcia crept into the top 10 with a 69 round of his own, completing a strong weekend display having almost failed to make the cut. He was tied for seventh with Wen-yi Huang and Darren Fichardt. And despite Baldwin falling away with a final-round 74, two Brits hit 69s

to finish in the top 10 - John Parry and Paul Waring, They were joined on a total of 13 under by Henrik Stenson and Robert-Jan Derksen. FINAL LeADeRbOARD - TOP 10 270 ernie els (South Africa) 63 69 69 69 271 thomas Bjorn (denmark) 68 69 65 69 272 Alexander levy (France) 65 68 68 71 273 Bernd Wiesberger (Austria) 66 68 71 68 - Martin Kaymer (Germany) 64 71 69 69 - Alexander noren (Sweden) 64 71 66 72 274 huang Wenyi (China) 71 69 69 65 - darren Fichardt (South Africa) 70 66 69 69 - Sergio Garcia (Spain) 71 69 65 69 275 henrik Stenson (Sweden) 68 69 71 67 - robert-Jan derksen (netherlands) 64 72 70 69 - John parry (Britain) 67 72 67 69 - paul Waring (Britain) 66 73 67 69

Watson retains share of lead at Travelers sPorts Desk

sPorts Desk Ivan Santaromita edged out Michele Scarponi and Davide Rebellin to win the Italian road race championship on Saturday. All three had been part of a five-man break on the hilly 229km course from Male along with Alessandro De Marchi and Simon Stortoni. But BMC Racing’s Santaromita went on to cross the line after an uphill finish at Fondo ahead of Lampre-Merida’s Scarponi and CCC-Polsat’s Rebellin. For the second time in history – the previous instance being Massimo Podenzana’s win in 1994 – the Italian championships were combined with the Trofeo Melinda. “It’s been years that I’ve dreamed of this tricolor jersey,” Santaromita said after claiming the flowers. “Two hundred meters from the line I gave everything I had.” Results 1. Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC racing team 6:14:48 2. Michele Scarponi (Ita) lampre-Merida 3. davide rebellin (Ita) CCC polsat polkowice 4. Alessandro de Marchi (Ita) Cannondale pro Cycling 0:00:20 5. rinaldo nocentini (Ita) Ag2r la Mondiale 0:00:26 6. Matteo rabottini (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia 0:00:30 7. Simone Stortoni (Ita) lampre-Merida 0:00:39 8. enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana pro team 0:00:42 9. damiano Caruso (Ita) Cannondale pro Cycling 0:00:48 10. Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-dCM pro Cycling team 0:00:51

Bubba Watson shares the lead after round three of the Travelers Championship despite dropping three shots in the last six holes. The American, chasing his first PGA Tour win since he captured last year’s Masters, stumbled with bogeys at the 13th, 15th and 17th holes to finish with a round of even-par 70. Watson will go into the final round at 10-under par, tied for the lead with his countryman Charley Hoffman and Canadian Graham DeLaet, on a heavily congested leader board that included England’s newly-crowned U.S. Open champion Justin Rose. “I hit some shots today that were really good, some quality shots but got a couple bad breaks here and there but that’s golf,” Watson told reporters. “At the end of the day I still have a chance on Sunday and that’s what we are always looking for on the weeks we are playing.” Hoffman, who opened the tournament with a stunning 61 but fell

back with a second round 73, carded a 66 while DeLaet signed for a 65, matching the best round of the day, as he chases his maiden PGA Tour win. American Chris Stroud (66) and Australian Nick O’Hern (68) were tied for fourth, just one shot off the lead, while American Ken Duke was alone in sixth after a 65. Justin Rose was among a bunch of players in the next group at minus seven,

after he shot a second successive 68. At the end of the day, 18 players were within four strokes of the lead, setting the stage for a grandstand finish. Watson, who won his first PGA Tour title at the 2010 Travelers, came out fast with three birdies in his first six holes, before running into trouble in the stretch and getting distracted by spectators. “I’m sitting here with another chance to win,” Watson said.

sPorts Desk Thailand’s Pariya Junhasavasdikul survived a few nervous moments in the closing stages but held on to secure a second Asian Tour title with a one-stroke victory at the Selangor Masters in Malaysia on Sunday. Pariya offset five birdies with four bogeys in his one-under-par 70 final round to finish on nine-under 275 for the tournament, held at the challenging Seri Selangor Golf Club. India’s Anirban Lahiri posted a closing three-under-par 68 to finish second while South Korea’s Baek Seuk-hyun, who was leading at the 15th hole, shared third with Thailand’s Namchok Tantipokhakul after a late collapse. Pariya’s maiden Asian Tour title came at the Taiwan Masters in 2010 and the 29-year-old Thai said the closing stretch of holes had tested his composure to the limit. “I’m still shaking right now. I can’t describe the feeling. Walking down the last three holes, there was tremendous pressure,” Pariya told reporters. As Lahiri waited in the clubhouse a shot behind him, the Thai found a moment of calm as he stood over his final putt. “I didn’t think about it too much. It was a downhill putt and all I had to do was to put a good stroke in. Luckily, I didn’t feel any pressure then. I kept to the routine and got it over with,” Pariya said after completing a wire-to-wire victory. “It is difficult to convey exactly how much pressure you feel to lead by one shot from the first round to the last. Last night, I couldn’t sleep. I started thinking what would happen if I won. And then it dawned on me that I hadn’t won yet. “I reminded myself that I still had to play 18 holes and it took the pressure off a bit.” Baek, who was in the final group with Pariya, slipped out of contention with a double bogey on the 16th and another dropped shot on the next. “I got tired and felt under pressure from the 15th. I couldn’t hit the ball properly,” the Thailand-based Korean said. Defending champion Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand closed with his best round of the week, a one-under-par 70, but could only finish in a tie for 46th on eight-over for the tournament.

armitstead retains national road race title ahead of trott and king sPorts Desk Lizzie Armitstead beat off the challenge of Olympic team pursuit champions Laura Trott and Dani King to retain the Women’s National Road Race Championship title she first won in 2011 in Glasgow. Armitstead, Trott and King were the leading three going into the final 14km lap of eight, but the Olympic road race silver medallist from London 2012 was not to be denied again. Having had to settle for second place behind Sharon Laws last year, Armitstead, riding for Dolmans-Boels, attacked at the back of the course to build a 10-second

lead in Glasgow. Armitstead was all alone heading into the park for the final time, well ahead of Trott and King, and rode home for her second senior career Women’s National Road Race Championship title. And, while Armitstead was an assured winner, the battle for second went down to the wire between Olympic team pursuit champions from London 2012 Trott and King. Trott, who also claimed omnium gold on the track at London 2012, edged out team-mate King in a sprint finish while another Wiggle Honda rider Jo Rowsell came home fourth.

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Monday, 24 June, 2013

talks in Jeopardy after afghans question taliBan office


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FGHANISTAN’S government on Sunday said it awaited a “full explanation” from Qatar on how the Taliban managed to open their office in Qatar raised the militant group’s flag and used its formal name from the years it ruled the country. Still, the Afghan Foreign Ministry said Afghanistan remained willing to send a peace delegation to Doha to negotiate with the Taliban once it had its explanation, as well as assurances that the office would be nothing more than a forum for talks and not used for political purposes. ‘’The Afghan government remains fully committed to pursue a process of peace negotiations with the armed opposition, including the Taliban, but within the confines of the conditions and the principles and the assurances that we have estab-

lished,’’ a ministry spokesman said. The Taliban office opened last Tuesday in a ceremony broadcast on live television, accompanied by a simultaneous announcement that US officials would begin formal talks with the Taliban. But the Taliban’s use of their old flag and a sign bearing the name “Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan”, which the movement used during its five-year rule that ended in 2001, provoked outrage across Afghanistan. President Hamid Karzai reacted sharply, suspending negotiations with the US over what presence international forces may keep in Afghanistan after 2014 and demanded the offending sign and flag be removed. The Taliban have complied after the Qatari government intervened. The US and Qataris said the Taliban had agreed on the pre-approved name but violated the pact at the ribbon cutting ceremony. Taliban denial: However, Taliban

spokesman Muhammad Naeem said the use of the flag and name was nothing beyond what was planned. ‘’The statement which states that by using the name and raising the flag, the Islamic Emirate somehow violated an agreement... is completely false,’’ Naeem said in an English-language statement. “The raising of the flag and the use of the name of Islamic Emirate were done with the agreement of the Qatari government,” Naeem said. He also responded to reported remarks by US Secretary of State John Kerry that the militant group had signed a pact with the US on the use of the office. “No such agreement has been signed, nor does such an agreement exist, although documents have been exchanged between the Islamic Emirate and the Qatari government regarding conditions of the office,” Naeem said. On Saturday, Taliban spokesman Shaheen Suhail suggested the Taliban were willing to move ahead

with the peace talks, despite ‘’anger’’ among some members over the removal of the name and the lowering of the flag. But the Afghan ministry spokesman said they were waiting for a full explanation from Washington and guarantees the Taliban would not attempt to revert to its formal name again. ‘’We need an explanation about how this happened, why this happened, who made this happen, and then for the office and its terms of reference to be brought back into full compliance with the written assurances given to the Afghan government prior to the establishment of the office,’’ he said. He also suggested that after ‘’initial contacts’’ between the Taliban and the United States, the Afghan government expected to lead official peace talks and would push to move them to Afghanistan. ‘’Official negotiations in the context of the peace process will have to be, and can only take place, between the (Afghan)

High Peace Council on the one hand and the authorized representatives of the Taliban on the other,’’ he said. The Taliban also rejected reports that they might cancel the peace talks altogether. Citing a New York Times story that quoted an unnamed rebel official saying the insurgents were determined to keep the office’s sign and flag that triggered fury in Kabul, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the “Taliban official” quoted by the paper did not represent the movement’s views. “(The Taliban) has its own spokespersons who provide information to the media,” Mujahid said in a statement. “Anyone except the spokespersons giving information, it would not be (information) from the Islamic Emirate.” US Secretary of State John Kerry, on a visit to Qatar on Saturday, warned that Washington could call on the Taliban to close the office if the rebels failed to live up to their side of peace efforts.

na speaker slaps Ban on gunmen’s entry into parliament lodges isLAMABAD INP

National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq on Sunday imposed a ban on the entry of gunmen into the premises of the Parliament Lodges. The speaker issued the directives after women parliamentarians lodged a strong protest about presence of gunmen in a large number in the lodges. Women lawmakers objected that these gunmen roamed around in the Parliament Lodges frequently and that they had no idea whether these men were associated with any lawmakers or not. The speaker directed parliamentarians to keep their gunmen outside the premises of the parliament lodges.

attacks kill at least 7 people in iraq BAgHDAD AgeNcIes

rAWALPINIDI: Passengers await a delayed train at the railway station on sunday. NNI

afghan foreign ministry summons pak envoy over attack on iBrahimkhel kABUL NNI

The Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Sunday summoned the Pakistani ambassador in Kabul and asked him to ensure that the perpetrators of last week’s attack on an Afghan diplomat in Islamabad were detained and brought to justice. Naqeebullah Ibrahimkhel, the third secretary at the Afghan embassy in Islamabad, was shot and injured in the heart of the city on Wednesday. He was shot in the leg while walking from a cluster of shops to his house. Addressing a news conference in Kabul, the Foreign Ministry spokesman said they had handed a demarche to Pakistan’s acting ambassador Jan Bahadur. Jan Musazai said Bahadur had been asked to tell Pakistani authorities to arrest the attackers at the earliest possible. “We want the Pakistan government to boost security for Afghan diplomats there.” The diplomat, currently recovering in hospital, is in stable condition, according to Musazai, who called for Islamabad to take effective steps to arrest the assailants.

Royalty is Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s right: Siraj PesHAWAr APP

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Minister for Finance Sirajul Haq on Sunday said provincial royalty was KP’s right and said opposition and treasury benches would act in unison if the right was denied. The finance minister while winding up his speech on the budget in the assembly said the government had presented a tax-free budget, adding that non-development expenditures had been decreased by 15 percent while expenditures of the chief minister and governor had also been slashed by 50 percent. He said 983 projects had been included in the budget out of which 609 were initiated by the previous government. The projects were approved keeping in view their people-friendly nature, he added. He said concerted efforts were underway to improve existing lifestyle of masses

and establishment of peace. Haq termed corruption as the root cause of mayhem, adding that elimination of this menace would help free Pakistan from the burden of foreign loans. He said funds from the federal government to the province had also been misused. He further said problems of minorities would be solved since they would be treated equally as Pakistanis. He said protection of minority rights was our national and religious obligation. The finance minister said salaries of government employees had been increased in the provincial budget by 15 percent, directly benefiting about four million families. Haq also said parity of education

meant same facilities would be ensured for students of cities and remote areas, adding that a monitoring system would be established for achieving the objective. He highlighted the significance of education saying that healthy and congenial environment cannot be established without giving priority to education sector. He said KP was a major contributor to power generation, adding that the province could generate 2,500 MW of electricity if the federal government extended cooperation. He said the federation would furnish Rs 84 billion to KP which would usher the province into a new phase of progress and prosperity.

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Suicide bombers and a gunman assaulted a police station in northern Iraq on Sunday, one of several attacks across the country that left seven dead. They were the latest incidents in a wave of violence that has claimed more than 2,000 lives since the start of April. Militants, building on Sunni discontent with the Shiite-led government, appear to have grown stronger in central and northern Iraq. The commander of the army’s 12th Division, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Khalaf, said the assault on the police station near the town of Hawija started with a gunman on foot opening fire on the guards. A suicide bomber with an explosives-laden belt then blew himself up in the reception area and a suicide car bomber rammed his vehicle into the building, Khalaf added. Three policemen were killed and five others wounded. Hawija, a former insurgent stronghold, is about 240 kilometers north of Baghdad. The predominantly Sunni town and surrounding areas have been tense since April when Iraqi security forces launched a deadly crackdown on a Sunni protest there in which 23 people including three soldiers died. In the nearby city of Tuz Khormato, 210 kilometers north of Baghdad, two parked car bombs went off in the early morning in a residential area, killing one civilian and wounding 27 others, a police officer said. Also Sunday, a mortar round hit a motel in central Baghdad, killing three civilians and wounding nine others, police added. Two medical officials confirmed the casualty figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorised to release information.

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