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at least 26 reported dead in aJK, over 800 properties destroyed Nullahs in Sialkot, Wazirabad overflow, inundate 50 villages, standing crops MUZAFFARABAD/SIALKOT
lASH floods and landslides triggered by heavy rain killed at least 26 people and destroyed hundreds of houses in the country’s north on Thursday, officials said. Azad Jammu Kashmir Prime Minister Chaudhry Abdul Majeed said at least 17 people were killed and nine others injured in six districts since Monday. “Some 685 houses and 125 shops have been damaged and roads washed away,” he said, adding that a request had been made to the federal government for financial help. Irshad Bhatti, a spokesman for the country’s National Disaster Management Authority, said the extent of the damage was still being assessed. The majority of the deaths in Kashmir came when buildings collapsed due to the rains, and a further nine people died in flooding in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, officials said. Adnan Khan, a KP official, said he feared the death toll could rise. “Dozens of families have suffered and their houses have been destroyed, several people are still missing” Khan said. Weather officials are predicting heavy rain in the next three days and rescue teams are closely monitoring the situation,
Bhatti said. In Sialkot, flooding in Nullah Dek and Wazirabad’s Nullah Palkhu inundated over 50 villages. Heavy rains in Sialkot and Narowal, which started on Tuesday night, caused Nullah Dek to overflow. The flood water inundated 50 villages and submerged standing crop across hundreds of acres of land. Irrigation officials in Sialkot said 5,000 cusecs of water was passing through Nullah Dek, adding that traffic on the Narowal-Pasroor Road had been suspended. low-lying areas in Narowal have also been submerged by flood water. In Wazirabad, rains that lashed the area for almost eight hours, caused Nullah Palkhu to overflow. Standing crops were submerged by flood water while residents of nearby localities began moving to safer places. According to irrigation officials, 736 cusecs of water was passing through Nullah Palkhu and it was feared that the water level would rise. In Rawalpindi, three people were killed in Kotli Satyan when a wall collapsed due to heavy rain. Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf expressed grief over the loss of life by flash floods in various parts of the country, as he directed the Federal Flood Commission, Ministry of Water and Power and National
PESHAWAR: A girl carries a stove frame as she wades through floodwater in Aza Kheil village, some 40 kms from the provincial capital, on Thursday. afp Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) to closely monitor the situation across the country and keep him updated. The PM directed that river banks must be reinforced to avert any threat in case of overflows. He also directed all federal and
provincial authorities to remain alert and enhance coordination as well as exchange regular information so that a rapid response could be given in case of an emergency. Ashraf also called for thorough checking and updating of the early warning sys-
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foreign and local militants moving to safe havens along pak-afghan border PESHAWAR SHAmim SHAHid
As media reports pour in regarding a possible military action in the restive tribal area of North Waziristan Agency, foreign and local militants present in the region are mulling ways to escape the assault,
Pakistan Today has learnt. Sources told Pakistan Today that amidst the uncertain situation, Hafiz Gul Bahadar, considered the most influential among the militants, has so far remained silent. However, some of his supporters and colleagues are in contact with each other
for evolving a strategy. Maulana Sadiq Noor invited his fellows for a meeting at Khatti Keley near Mirali on Wednesday. Details of the meeting could not be obtained, but sources said it focused on the proposed military action in North Waziristan Agency. Noor is considered an active militant figure in the Mirali region and is amongst the confidential aides of Hafiz Gul Bahadar. At the same time, Bahadar is in good working relationship with the government through the political administration and officials of intelligence agencies. Even Noor is getting the lion’s share in the huge amount allocated for construction of roads and other infrastructure. Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan spokesman Ihsanullah Ihsan has not only opposed the proposed military action, but even warned of stern resistance. Ihsan said, “The armed forces will be welcomed in North Waziristan by suicide bombers.” Still Bahadar has remained mum. Bahadar is not part of the TTP and looks to avoid confrontation with the government. It has been learnt that Bahadar was in contact with the government and struggling to block the proposed military action. In this respect, he enjoys the support and backing of certain religious parties, including Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl, who have strongly opposed the proposed offensive against
militants not only in North Waziristan, but throughout the Tribal Areas. Even before a final decision on the action, a large number of militants have moved to safer areas, including South Waziristan, Kurram Agency and Orakzai Agency. Some of the militants are moving to the border and other no-man’s areas close to Afghanistan, where they enjoy support and sanctuaries. Almost all top figures of the Haqqani Network have shifted to safe places during and before Ramadan. Some of them crossed over to Afghanistan, while some have moved to less populated areas in the Potohar region of Punjab, where the Haqqani family owns well-protected houses and accommodations. Tribal sources said al Qaeda fugitives had already moved towards Syria, where the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and US-led allies are forcing Syria’s Bashar Al Assad to resign. These fugitives would now play a key role in mass movements against Assad and would even get involved in terrorist and other violent acts. However, local tribesmen are carefully monitoring the situation. A majority of influential and affluent families have already abandoned homes and shifted to Peshawar, Islamabad and other main cities and towns, while others are forced to play silent spectators to whatever might unfold in the area.
tem so that it could be utilized to warn the people living near rivers and nullahs across the country in time. He directed NDMA to increase the level of preparedness and review the existing stock of material required for operations.
Balochistan situation unsatisfactory: SC QUETTA OnlinE
The Supreme Court has expressed its discontent and annoyance over the poor law and order, abductions for ransom, forced disappearances and unrestrained display of weapons across Balochistan. Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Thursday conducted suo motu hearing in the case of abduction of Dr Ghulam Rasool in his Balochistan High Court chamber. The case was pursued by Balochistan High Court Bar Association President Zahoor Shahwani and the Balochistan High Court Bar Association vice president. Balochistan Advocate General Amanullah, provincial secretary for interior and FATA Naseebullah Baazai and IG Balochistan Umer Khattab were present n the court. During the hearing, Baazai presented a report about the steps taken by the government for the recovery of Dr Ghulam Rasool. However, the chief justice expressed dissatisfaction over the report and rejected it. Continued on page 04
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Someone in Pakistan knew of bin laden’s presence: Haqqani
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SEAL from bin Laden raid pens first-hand account NEW YORK: The first eye witness account by one of the US Navy SEAls in the unit that killed Osama bin laden will be published later this year, less than two months before the US presidential election. The publication, due for the politically charged date of September 11, 2001, is likely to be a sensation. Dutton, an imprint of Penguin, said that “No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account Of The Mission That Killed Osama Bin laden” is written by one of the SEAls who entered the al Qaeda founder’s hideout in May 2011 “and was present at his death.” The writer, identified by the pseudonym Mark Owen, is said to have left the military and is the veteran of 13 consecutive combat deployments, culminating with the Operation Neptune Spear in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The book is co-written with Kevin Maurer, a US journalist. In the book, Owen says, he wants “to set the record straight about one of the most important missions in US military history. ‘No Easy Day’ is the story of ‘the guys,’ the human toll we pay, and the sacrifices we make to do this dirty job.” The cover of the book, already advertised on Amazon shows the ghostly figure of a soldier holding an assault rifle. The killing of bin laden, who managed to evade US forces for a decade after ordering the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, is seen by some as Obama’s biggest achievement in office. However, the president has come under fire from some former CIA and special forces members who accuse him of leaking confidential details of missions in order to boost his ratings. Republican challenger Mitt Romney and his supporters have also repeatedly accused Obama of seeking political gain from the military’s exploits. With little information about what Owen’s book will reveal — including whether or not it will include the SEAl’s opinion on his former commander in chief — it was not clear whether the publication would hurt or help the Obama campaign. AFP
Militants ambush police van, kill all three cops on board PESHAWAR: At least three policemen were killed after unidentified militants ambushed a police van at Gotaki Hangu on Thursday morning. Police sources said that the three cops were on a routine patrol in their van. In the Gotaki area, a group of unidentified militants ambushed the vehicle and opened indiscriminate fire on the policemen. All three on board were killed on the spot. The dead were identified as Head Constable Mazhar Shah, Constables Tahir and driver Jehanzeb, who belonged to Nowshehra, while the former two belonged to different areas of Hangu district. STAFF REPORT
Couple killed and hung from a tree CHAKWAL: A runaway couple from Chakwal was murdered and their bodies were later hanged on a tree on Thursday. Afzal Pathan, from the Maswal area that comes under the jurisdiction of Dhadial Police Station, had married Malik Mazhar Hussain’s daughter Salma. The couple had eloped to Mardan. A kidnapping case was registered in the Dhadial Police Station. On the occasion of Eid, Akhtar’s family contacted the couple over the phone and assured them that they will be forgiven if they return. A day before Eid, the couple returned to the village, where they were shot and killed. Their bodies were hanged on a tree. The police shifted the bodies to a nearby hospital and initiated an investigation. AgEnciES
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Parliamentary dialogue to strengthen Indo-Pak ties: Lok Sabha speaker NEW DELHI nni
Indian lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar has praised the fact that India and Pakistan are neighbors, calling it a “great fortune” that favors each other. She was speaking to a Pakistani delegation visiting India from August 23 to 24 as part of the fourth round of India-Pakistan Parliamentarians Dialogue. “Our relationship goes back in history through civilizational bonds and beyond,” she said. While welcoming the delegation to India, the speaker said that 42 political parties were represented in the Indian parliament, which shows the national consensus in India that the people of India want a stronger and peaceful relationship with the people of Pakistan. She appreciated the PIlDAT initiative to bring MPs of both countries to the dialogue table, and said that parliamentary-level engagement would lead the two countries to peaceful resolution of all bilateral issues. The MPs from both sides discussed the opportunities of deepening ties between the two countries, specifically focusing on the issues of visa regime, the role of media, education and local government. The MPs also discussed the developments in the official Indo-Pak dialogue. On the second day of the dialogue on August 24, the MPs will discuss opportunities for collaboration in the area of health, while also developing recommendations on the future scope of the MPs’ dialogue.
Abducted doctor recovered but doctors’ strike still continues QUETTA
ROTESTING doctors in Balochistan decided to continue their strike in all government hospitals throughout the province till all their demands were met, including reimbursement of ransom amount from the government kitty and arrest of culprits involved in the kidnapping and targeted killing of doctors. However they announced that all private hospitals and clinics would remain open. This decision were taken by doctors in the general body meeting of Pakistan Medical Association Balochistan chapter on Thursday in the Sandeman hospital and was presided by Dr. Sultan Tareen. The meeting reviewed the situation in detail, after the release of senior psychiatrist
Dr. Ghulam Rasool. Dr. Ghulam Rasool was abducted on August 1 by unknown men and was released on August 17, following the payment of a ransom amount of Rs 50 million. PMA had announced a strike over his abduction and suspended emergency services for 24 hours twice in all hospitals all over the province. However after the release of their colleague, they continued their strike in government hospitals demanding the arrest of abductors, but announced to resume their ‘business’ in private hospitals and clinics. The general body prepared a four point charter of demands to be present to the provincial government and decided to continue their strike in government hospitals till their demands were met. These included reimbursement of the ransom amount from government proffers to the abducted doctors who had paid their captors to release them, security for all doctors inside and
outside the hospitals, apprehension of the kidnappers of Dr. Ghulam and Dr. Deen Mohammad Baloch and culprits involved in targeted killings of doctors in the province. It had been clarified at the meeting that during the strike, no doctor would attend OPDs (Outdoor Patient Departments) and general wards throughout the province. However, it decided, the doctors will be available in emergency units. Due to the doctors’ three week long strike in government hospitals, the difficulties of the general public have increased manifold, as over 90% of the population from remote areas goes to government hospitals to get free treatment as well as medicines. long queues of people including those from interior Balochistan were witnessed in government hospitals. Majority of them had to return home in disappointment after spending hours hoping that doctors would attend them.
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British tabloids banned from publishing Harry’s naked pictures Expanding the path to recovery
Warner braces for Pakistan spin challenge
Vagaries of weather: It’s being predictably unpredictable.
comment Aziz-ud-din Ahmad says; No country for minorities: We are an increasingly intolerant society.
Kunwar Khuldune Shahid says; Approaching MFN: India, Pakistan banking on each other?
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SWAT: Traffic remained jammed on the main Swat road on the fourth day of Eid as tourists thronged the hill station in large numbers. ONLiNe
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Islamabad Christians afraid after blasphemy arrest ISLAMABAD
week after a young Christian girl was arrested on blasphemy charges in a poor suburb of Islamabad, her fellow believers fear they may have celebrated their last service in the area. Mehrabad, on the outskirts of the Pakistani capital, has been home to a Christian community for 20 years, and less than a year ago Muslims helped them build a simple church. But last Thursday local Muslims erupted in fury after Rimsha, a young Christian girl who reportedly suffers from Down’s Syndrome, was accused of burning pages from a children’s religious instruction book containing verses from the Holy Quran. Neighbours accused her of blasphemy, a grave crime in the Islamic republic, where 97 percent of the population is Muslim and the tiny Christian minority has long suffered poverty and discrimination. The imam of the local mosque heard of the incident on the same day and led a furious crowd of dozens of Muslims to the girl’s family home, witnesses said. Police intervened and took Rimsha, who is aged between 11 and 16, into custody
for 14 days on blasphemy charges. Memories are still fresh of an incident in 2009 in Gojra, also in Punjab province, when young Muslim radicals burned around 40 Christian houses, killing seven, after a rumour that a page from the Koran had been desecrated during a wedding. last Thursday’s events sent a chill wind of fear through the 500 Christian families who live in Mehrabad, where motorbike tracks furrow the puddle-dotted streets between monochrome concrete houses. “Some people ran away straight after the incident because they were afraid the Muslims would react like they did in Gojra,” said Rafaqet
Masih, 42, whose wife and five children fled the area. There were few indications that tensions were about to erupt in Mehrabad, where barely seven months ago Muslims helped the local Christians build their church, a small nondescript building tucked away in a maze of streets. Believers were given permission to hold services in the building — which bears no visible clue that it is a house of worship — only on Sundays. But music coming from inside during services began to annoy Muslims praying at the same time, locals said, and a week before the incident involving Rimsha they demanded it
be closed. The Christians have continued to meet but did not hold a service on Sunday to avoid stoking tensions while trying to reach a negotiated solution to the crisis. In the meantime they fear for the future. “If we can’t pray here anymore, we’ll have to leave the area,” Ashraf Masih told AFP at the door of his modest home. Some Muslims were keen to distance themselves from the fury surrounding Rimsha and demands for the Christians to leave. The Christians rent their homes — and the building they use as a church — from Muslim landlords, who would lose out in the event of an exodus. “I don’t want them to leave,” said Mohamed Mehtab Awan, a Muslim who rents around 30 rundown shacks to Christians. Malik Amjad, the owner of Rimsha’s family home, agreed. Rimsha’s case has prompted concern from Western governments and anger from rights groups, who say the blasphemy law is abused in personal disputes and should be reformed. Under the law, insulting the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) is punishable by death and burning a sacred text by life imprisonment, but the government has resisted pressure to change it and religious groups defend it fiercely.
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when Pakistan closed nAto supply routes in november, arms smugglers lost access to one of the easiest sources of materiel NEWS DESK
The reopening of two key NATO supply routes last month not only eased the diplomatic tension between Pakistan and the United States, but benefited a third party as well: Pakistan’s black-market businesses, the Christian Science Monitor reported. Pakistan’s active black markets, which stretch from the southern port city of Karachi to northwestern Peshawar, and from the southwestern city of Quetta to the northern tribal belt, used to be flooded with US-made goods, from flak jackets to M-4 rifles, soda, and cigarettes. Then, a few months ago, the underground economy, which largely depends on the NATO supply trucks for supplies, dried up. The thousands of Pakistanis who depended on it for income and cheap supplies were hit hard. “Our business had really gone down [due to closure of NATO supply routes]. But, thank God, things have been settled down, and we are going to reactivate our business,” an arms dealer from Quetta told the Monitor. The arms dealer, who goes by the name “Kaka” (which means “older brother” in Pashtu), says he’s seen the prices of USmade weapons and other military equipment shoot up because they’ve become so difficult to get. “Not only the M-4 rifle, but prices of other military equipment like communication devices, small pistols, night vision goggles, binoculars, caps, and flak jackets have
also gone up,” says Kaka whose clientele includes both Taliban and anti-Taliban buyers – both of which prefer US-made equipment. With fewer goods to sell and higher prices for the equipment he does have in stock, there have been fewer buyers, and Kaka says it has been difficult to make ends meet the past few months. However, prices – and thus business – are likely to normalize now that the two sides have inked an agreement to reopen routes, which are used to transport 70 percent of non-lethal NATO supplies into Afghanistan. “Good days are back,” says a smiling Kaka, who wears a traditional Pashtun turban, his hair in long strands. How Pakistan’s black market economy works Figures about the actual size of Pakistan’s black market or underground economy vary, but the Federal Board of Revenue said this week that it had grown to more than half the size of the formal economy, according to a researcher. Karachi-based economist Shahid Hassan Siddiqui says that more than 50 percent of Pakistan’s total economy depends on the black market. “Pakistan is one of a very few countries where government actually facilitates black economy through laws, which has brought the country’s tax to GDP ratio lowest in the world,” says Dr. Siddiqui. According to intelligence sources, almost 70 percent to 75 percent of US-made weapons in Pakistan make their way into
the black market through Afghan smugglers who buy these weapons from Afghan soldiers and policemen. The remaining 25 percent of illegal items are sold by different local militant groups who also use the NATO supply routes to transport them. Coordinated attacks on NATO convoys within Pakistan by militant groups feed the black markets. Close nexus? Security analysts believe that in many cases militants and crew members of NATO containers have a close nexus. “Militants, in many cases, get away with military-related equipment before burning the containers, and leave non-military related commodities, like food stuff, soft drinks, mineral-water bottles, office equipment, spare parts of vehicles, boots, jackets, cigarettes, etc., for the crew members, who later sell them in the black market,” says Ikram Sehgal, a Karachi-based security analyst. Pakistan’s National Accountability Bureau, on the directives of the Supreme Court, recently initiated a probe to investigate how during the past five years hundreds of NATO containers, which began their journey from Karachi Port, never reached their destination. And even supplies that do make it to their destination in Afghanistan are not immune. Mr. Sehgal says a good number of weapons are stolen from Afghan Army depots, where the Afghan National Army looks the other way.
These are then shipped to Pakistan where they can be sold and purchased easily. Darra Adamkhel, commonly known as “Pakistan’s arms bazaar” and located 20 miles south of Peshawar, attracts lovers of US-made weapons, where not only the original weapons, but their replicas prepared in local nonconventional arms factories, are available. A walk in the market Walking in the dust-bowed streets of Sohrab Ghot, a shanty town located in Karachi’s northern suburb, and dominated
by Pashtuns and Afghan refugees, Pepsi or Coke is sold by the case for 15 cents per can. In a legal market, the soft drink can’t be found for less than 50 cents. Everything from American shoes to American cigarettes to water are easily available at the famous light House market of southern Karachi, despite the fact that most of the shop owners there do not have the proper import licenses required to prove that such foreign goods sold here are legal. “You don’t have to place an order to a US company,” Sehgal says. “Everything is available here.”
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He remarked that not a single one of the kidnapped people had been recovered through the efforts of the government, and either their relatives had to pay heavy ransom or the influence of tribes made the recovery possible. The chief justice said being a resident of Balochistan, he was well aware of the fact that kidnappers and anti-social elements were unbridled here and there was nothing like law and order prevalent in the province. He said no one was above the law no matter how influential he was, adding that nobody would be allowed to take law in their hand. The chief justice ordered Baazai and the IGP to take action against unregistered vehicles and display of weapons across the province. Justice Chaudhry said protection of public life and property should be ensured at all costs and indiscriminate action must be taken against criminals in Balochistan. He directed launching search operations and crackdowns against criminals involved in sabotaging peace of the province and killing innocent citizens and destroying their properties. The hearing was later adjourned until September 3.
India’s nuclear safety report warns of Fukushima-like disaster NEW DELHI
NDIAN national auditor’s report on India’s nuclear safety has raised concerns over a weak regulatory body, Indian media reported on Thursday. In its report on the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board’s (AERB) performance audit, the Comptroller and Auditor General has warned a Fukushima or Chernobyl-like disaster if the nuclear safety issue is not addressed by the government. The AERB, which supervises safety issues at India’s 22 running nuclear plants, has no power to make rules, enforce compliance or impose penalty in cases of nuclear safety oversight. It can impose a fine of maximum Rs. 500 as a deterrent in cases. The report says, “The legal status of the
AERB continued to be that of an authority subordinate to the Central Government, with powers delegated to it by the latter.” The national auditor said there was an urgent need for the government to bolster the status of AERB if it was to qualify as an independent regulator in a sector which was likely to become increasingly important in meeting the country’s energy needs. The auditor also pulled up the nuclear regulator for failing to prepare any safety policy for the country even after three decades of its existence. “Out of the 168 standards, codes and guides identified by AERB for development under various thematic areas, 27 safety documents still remained to be developed...,” said the report which was tabled in Parliament on Wednesday. The report said without the legal status, the AERB neither has the authority for framing or revising rules relating to nuclear and
radiation safety nor can it decide on the quantum of penalties leave alone imposing them. The report said off-site emergency exercises highlighted the inadequate emergency preparedness to deal with situations involving radiological effects from a nuclear power plant which may extend to public areas. “Further, AERB was not empowered to secure compliance of corrective measures suggested by it,” the audit report said. It was found that the approach road to the plant site of Tarapur Atomic Power Station was highly congested, which would pose serious problems in dealing with any future emergency, it said. The report said there was no legislative framework for decommissioning of nuclear power plants and the AERB did not have any mandate except prescribing of codes, guides and safety manuals on decommissioning.
“Even after the lapse of 13 years from the issue of the Safety Manual by AERB, none of the nuclear power plants in the country, including those operating for 30 years, and those which had been shut down, had any decommissioning plan,” it said. The report pointed out that the International Atomic Energy Agency had recognized the need for independence for regulatory bodies and a number of countries such as Australia, Canada, France, Pakistan and the US have conferred legal status to their respective bodies. The government has introduced the Nuclear Safety Regulatory Authority (Bill), which seeks to provide statutory status to the nuclear regulator, in Parliament last year. The AERB was constituted through an executive order in 1983 and reports to the Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC).
74 indian defense personnel held in Pakistan since 1971: minister NEW DELHI OnlinE
The Indian government has said that as many as 74 Indian defense personnel, including 54 prisoners of wars, are in Pakistani jails since 1971. According to a report by Press Trust of India on Thursday, Minister of State for External Affairs E Ahamed told the Rajya Sabha, that another 314 Indians are also in jails in Pakistan. “As on August 16, 2012, as many as 233 Indian civilian prisoners, 81 Indian fishermen and 74 missing defense personnel, including 54 PoWs, are believed to be in Pakistani jails,” Ahamed said.
‘Kashmiri militant’ killed in nwA drone strike NEWS DESK Kashmiri militant leader ‘Engineer’ Ahsan Aziz was among those killed in a US drone strike in the restive North Waziristan tribal region last week, media reports quoted his father as saying on Thursday. Abdul Aziz, a former militant commander, was quoted by Geo News as saying that his son Ahsan Aziz was killed along with his wife in a US drone strike in North Waziristan Agency on August 18. Aziz said his son had moved with his wife to Waziristan in 2002 to participate in the jihad in Afghanistan. Funeral prayers in absentia for Ahsan Aziz and his wife were offered at the cricket stadium in Mirpur in Azad Kashmir, according to the reports. The prayers, led by former Jamaat-e-Islami chief Qazi Hussain Ahmed, were attended by Hizb-ul-Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin and leaders of the Hurriyat Conference and Jamaat-e-Islami. Six militants were killed when a CIA-operated drone targeted a compound and a vehicle in Shawal area of North Waziristan on August 18. At the time, security officials had told the media that the drone had targeted a militant hideout where supporters of Taliban commander Hafiz Gul Bahadur had gathered.
KARAcHi: A policeman arrests a protester during a demonstration against forced eviction from government flats in Shadman area of the provincial capital on Thursday. ONLiNe
US reacts cautiously to Kabul’s foreign hand claim on ‘insider attacks’ WASHINGTON SPEciAl cORRESPOndEnT
Reacting cautiously to Kabul’s claim that foreign intelligence services were mainly responsible for the “insider attacks” by Afghan uniformed personnel against their US mentors, American top general General John Allen has said he would need to look at Afghan intelligence to say anything definitively on the issue. The commander of US forces in Afghanistan
said he would look into all reasons that may have caused ‘insider attacks’ by uniformed Afghan police and soldiers on American forces. Speaking with reporters via a video conference from Afghanistan, General Allen held the Taliban responsible for about 25 percent of all the so called green-on-blue attacks against US forces. “The reasons for these attacks are very complex, and we are going to look at all of the reasons,” Allen told
reporters at a Pentagon briefing Thursday. The four star general was asked if he would buy the conclusions by President Hamid Karzai’s office on Wednesday that foreign intelligence services’ brainwashing of the Afghan security recruits were the main reasons for “insider attacks.” “I am looking forward to Afghanistan providing us with the intelligence that permits them to come to that conclusion, so that we can un-
derstand how they have drawn that conclusion and we could add that into our analysis,” Allen said “But we will wait for me to make a definitive statement on that issue until we have seen their intelligence,” in that regard, he added. On Wednesday, American media reports said cited the US officials as saying that the United States had no information suggesting that the insider attacks were the work of foreign intelligence services.
Prepaid Sims not being blocked immediately ISLAMABAD inP
Prepaid SIMs (Subscriber Identity Modules) would not be blocked immediately across the country and a meeting would be held next week to discuss the issue, Interior Ministry sources said on Thursday. On Tuesday, Interior Minister Rehman Malik had said that the government was considering shutting prepaid mobile SIMs issued on fake documents, as they were used in terrorist attacks. On Chand Raat and during Eid prayers, the government suspended mobile phone services in lahore, Karachi, Multan and Quetta due to terror threats. Sources said that all stakeholders would attend the meeting, which would decide whether to block the SIMs step by step, or to regularize them.
Maulana Azad’s family alleges ISI harassment Continued FRom page 19
While we were about to enter the park, we were asked by ISI sleuths (in civilian clothes) who had been following us right from Wagah border all these days without our knowledge, to divert our three-wheeler towards the Sarwar Road Police Station.” Ahmed said his family was told at the police station that they had entered a “prohibited” area, despite his wife’s protest that
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they were only tourists and there was no notice board to ward them off. “But the officers had sinister designs and had already readied papers to lock us up. The fact remains that even if some tourist goes to the amusement park unknowingly, he lands in the hands of the ISI only to be put behind bars indefinitely. Time and again, while grilling us, the officers kept repeating that Pakistani tourists received even worse treatment at the
hands of Indian agencies, but I kept denying that,” so said Ahmed. “Our passports, visas and other papers were picked up by the policemen” from our abode in Aitchison College, he said. “The ISI spies had plotted impeccably to snare us. Our arrest documents had been prepared and passports and other papers confiscated. We were deeply shaken.” But Ahmed said help came through the college bursar, a retired army man. His as-
surance to ISI officials of the family being mere tourists was not enough, so Ahmed said he had to call the editor of a Pakistani English daily. He and his family were released after five hours “after tendering a written apology”. “While going back to Delhi, customs officials teamed with five ISI officers grilled us for three hours, ransacked our bags and gave our camera, our cellphones,
wallets and external hard disc a thorough going-over. Even medicines and my shaving kit weren’t spared. All the while, I remained worried that something would be planted in our luggage to make a case for arresting us,” he said. The writer said he “heaved a sigh of relief after we got out of the clutches of these ISI megalomaniacs. Having crossed over to the Indian side, the sight of Sikh customs officers came as a big relief”.
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News 05 BRA claims responsibility for target killings in Balochistan QUETTA AgEnciES
Banned Baloch Republican Army (BRA) has accepted responsibility for various target killing attacks in the province. Spokesman of the banned outfit Sarbaz Baloch informed agencies via satellite phone, from an unknown location, that BRA was responsible for blowing up vehicles carrying security forces by a remote controlled bomb on the 2nd day of Eid on Saryab road. As a result of this attack nine security personnel were killed while 15 sustained severe injuries and two vehicles were destroyed. He also claimed that the outfit Baloch Sarmacharo had attacked a security forces torture cell in Dera Bugti and destroyed part of the cell. Several personnel were killed and injured in this attack. The Frontier Corps spokesperson claimed that no such incident had occurred and no torture cell was found in Dera Bugti. “The militants are lying and only want to get attention,” he said.
ZiARAT: People dance on drum beat to celebrate Eidul Fitr. iNp
Someone in Pakistan knew of bin Laden’s presence: Haqqani WASHINGTON
N I T E D States and Pakistan should stop pretending that they are allies and amicably “divorce,” Pakistan’s former ambassador to Washington said on Wednesday, citing unrealistic expectations that Islamabad will sever its links to extremists. “If in 65 years, you haven’t been able to find sufficient common ground to live together, and you had three separations and four reaffirmations of marriage,
then maybe the better way is to find friendship outside the marital bond,” Hussain Haqqani said, addressing the Center for the National Interest, a Washington think tank. He said that Pakistan’s military needed to be under greater civilian control, adding that Pakistan’s national interests are defined “by generals, not by civilian leaders.” The depths of the strained US-Pakistan relationship have come into full public view ever since US unilaterally staged a raid to kill Osama bin laden last year. Haqqani was ambassador at
the time. He repeatedly said that someone in Pakistan knew of bin laden’s presence, even though he stopped short of blaming Pakistan’s principal intelligence agency, the Inter Services Intelligence directorate (ISI). “I still think a full proper investigation on the Pakistani side is needed to find out how Osama bin laden lived in Pakistan and who supported him — within or outside the government,” he said, “I really do not know (who helped bin laden). All I am saying is that somebody knew.” He said it was just as unrealistic for
Pakistanis to think that the United States would side with Pakistan by launching war on India as it was for the United States to think Pakistan would give up its nuclear weapons or sever ties with extremists. Describing his vision for a post-alliance future for the United States and Pakistan, Haqqani appeared to downplay US security concerns. He said that Pakistan’s eight-month shut-off of ground supply lines for NATO forces in Afghanistan showed the United States it could rely on more costly routes to the North.
Karzai extends Eid greetings to Ashraf ISLAMABAD AgEnciES
Afghan President Hamid Karzai telephoned Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Thursday and extended Eid greetings. Both leaders reiterated their resolve to work for peace and stability in the region. Pervez told Karzai that his government was firmly committed to a peaceful, stable and prosperous Afghanistan. He thanked the Afghan President for his call and extended Eid greetings to him. He also conveyed his government’s desire to further strengthen their existing brotherly relations. Emphasizing enhanced interaction between the two countries in days to come, Pervez said he was looking forward to meeting Karzai in the near future.
11 farmers end lives in India AHMEDABAD OnlinE
Drought in Gujarat, western Indian state, has started taking its toll on farmers as 11 farmers in Saurashtra region alone have committed suicide in one month, even as the Narendra Modi government remains in denial, Indian media reported on Thursday. “In seven districts of the region, almost 80% crop has failed. Very few farmers have irrigation facilities to sustain their crops without rains. Narmada canals have not been built in the interiors,” said Ramnikbhai Patel, a farmer from Babra in Amreli district. He says, the cotton crop in his 15 acre farm dried, which pushed him to cultivate jowar for fodder. Of those who committed suicide, four each belonged to Amreli and Rajkot districts, two to Jamnagar and one to Junagadh. “Saurashtra is, however, the worst hit because crops
have already failed and, fodder and drinking water, too, are not available,” a senior secretary in the state government said. Gujarat BJP president RC Faldu does not agree. “I don’t think farmers are committing suicide because of the state government’s action or lack of it,” he said. Agriculture minister Dilip Sanghani echoed similar sentiments. Meanwhile, junior home minister Praful Patel has reportedly instructed the police to not mention “crop failure as the reason for farmer suicides”. The Congress has called this approach insensitive. “Despite our constant demand, this shameless government is not doing anything to ease the situation,” said Gujarat leader of opposition and MlA from Bhavnagar Shaktisinh Gohil. “This government works only for certain industrialists.” He announced Rs 1 lakh aid for each of the 11 families.
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pml-n blames GB govt for sectarian violence ISLAMABAD STAFF REPORT
manufacturers tell PAc that re-conditioned cars were like cancer to them ISLAM ABAD APP
HE auto manufactures on Thursday told the sub-committee of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that the import of re-conditioned vehicles was cancer for auto industry. The PAC sub-committee met here under the chairmanship of Hamid Yar Hiraj to discuss and prepare a policy for reduction of prices to affordable level for the general public, including deletion programme related to manufacturing of cars, buses, tractors and motorcycles. Hamid Yar Hiraj said auto manufacturers got premium (extra money) on every new vehicle, which was totally illegal and unjustified. He said the government and its attached departments bought 50 per cent of the newly manufactured vehicles and added that there should be no compromise on the quality of vehicles.
The committee said that in the past policies were prepared for individuals, not for the nation, which was unfortunate. The committee directed the Ministry of Commerce to prepare recommendations for a new auto policy, which should be acceptable to every stakeholder, within 15 days. The commerce secretary told the committee that the duty structure for the new vehicles should be revised because duty structure on imported re-conditioned vehicles was affordable for consumers rather than the new ones. An official from the Atlas Honda Company told the committee that 1.7 million motorbike s we re be ing manufacture d annually in the country at an average cost of Rs 40,000. He said that Pakistan exported motorbikes to Afghanistan and Bangladesh, which was a turning point. He said that a total of one 100 manufacturers were manufacturing motorbikes in the country. They import only engine while all other
parts were manufactured in the country, he said and added that the government policies should be implemented in true spirit. An official from the Honda Atlas Cars (Pakistan) limited said that the government received Rs 1 million tax on a Rs 2.1 million Honda car. He said that the company on the directive of the government invested Rs 3 billion to enhance its production from 30,000 to 50,000 vehicles annually in 2006. He said that Honda launched its new model globally after six years and added that except engine and transmission whole parts of the vehicles were manufactured locally. He said that consumers bought 700,000 cars annually, including 155,000 new ones and the rest re-conditioned cars imported from different countries. He said that there was no age limit fixed for the vehicles in Pakistan whereas in Japan every vehicle had to acquire fitness certificate after 3 years.
Pakistan Muslim league-Nawaz has held ministers for Kashmir Affairs, interior and Gilgit-Baltistan chief minister responsible for killing of innocent people and sectarian tension in Gilgit-Baltistan. Addressing a press conference here on Thursday, PMlN’s Chief Coordinator for Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir Mohammad Siddiqul Farooq said if immediate remedial measures had been taken after the lolo Sir top incident, additional losses and sectarian tension could have been avoided. He accused the Kashmir Affairs Minister and Chief Minister, Gilgit-Baltistan for not taking steps for implementation of the Mosque Regulation Act adopted by the legislative Assembly on May 24. He said the PMl-N President Nawaz Sharif was seriously concerned over the deteriorating situation in the area and has issued special direction to GB President Hafeezur Rehman. He pointed out that on the direction of Nawaz, the PMl-N has played special role for sectarian harmony in Gilgit-Baltistan. However he criticized the government for creating hurdles in the attempts of the PMl-N to bring peace and order. In reply to a question, Farooq said he had been continuously drawing attention of the ministry and the GB government to deal with terrorism and sectarian tension. However due to its inefficiency or to divert attention of the people from its failures, the federal and GB governments had not been paying attention towards their moral and constitutional obligations, he said. Farooq said so far 200 innocent people had lost their lives in sectarian tension but the local leadership was more interested in saving the government rather than the lives of the poor masses. He said all the religio-political and social society must take notice of the criminal attitude of the provincial government. He hoped that the print and electronic media would show greater responsibility in reporting the events in Gilgit-Baltistan. To another question, the chief coordinator said the PMl-N considers GB as collective home of Sunni, Shias, Ismailis, Noor Bakhshi and Ahle-e-Hadith and it was but natural that there must be harmony among them. He pointed out that all schools of thought played their collective role for independence from Dogra Raj. He said people of Gilgit-Baltistan believe that there was need for unity among them for economic and social development of the area.
ex-Dsp’s son kills boy after sexual abuse ISLAMABAD: A son of a former DSP and his two accomplices allegedly kidnapped and killed an ASI’s son after abusing him sexually. According to details, son of retired DSP Chaudhry Taj and his two friends kidnapped Kashif son of an ASI serving in Islamabad police. The kidnappers sexually abused the boy and killed him to hide the crime. The police recovered the body and arrested the accused who admitted the crime during interrogation. A case has been registered against the DSP’s son while raids are being conducted to arrest his two accomplices. inP
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Says Prepaid Sims will be blocked in phases and final decision to be taken after consulting all stakeholders, experts ISLAMABAD APP
Interior Minister Rehman Malik has announced to constitute a seven-member interfaith council to create religious tolerance and harmony among different sects and ensure durable peace in the country. Talking to journalists after meeting a delegation of ulema from different schools of thought, he said the interfaith council had already been constituted in the federal capital while such councils would be formed in the provinces soon. The councils would have representation of ulema from all schools of thought while one of the members would be selected as
chairman, he said. Rehman Malik condemned killing of innocent people at Babu Ser near Gilgit and said such people had no religion. He said there was no clash between Shia and Sunni while a third force was involved in pitting different sects against each other to destabilise and weaken the country. He said the government had the responsibility for protecting the lives and property of the people and all-out efforts would be made for their security. He said it had been decided to provide security escorts to passenger vehicles, travelling on Karakoram Highway. He said Islamabad police would provide escorts to these vehicles up to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa where the KP police would take responsibil-
ity for their protection. He urged terrorists to surrender and work for the welfare and progress of the country. The minister said a lot of prepaid sims issued on fake documents were used in terrorist attacks. Around 75 percent terrorist activities were being done through mobile phones. He added all the authorities concerned would be consulted to block such prepaid subscriber identification modules (SIMs) to foil nefarious designs of terrorists. Such mobile SIMs were also used in extortion activities. “It is being considered to block needless prepaid SIMs in various phases. The final decision, however, will be made with the consultation of all stakeholders and experts,” he maintained.
Commenting on the Kamra Airbase attack, Malik said law-enforcement agencies and the Punjab police were investigating the matter. He said: “At present, information cannot be shared with media as it will hamper the investigation process.” The minister appreciated the performance of Islamabad police on the occasion of Eid and said they had sacrificed their lives for the better future of the nation. He thanked ulema for extending cooperation in maintaining law and order in the country, adding law and order situation had improved in Balochistan due to the steps taken by the government.
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Islamabad 07 Control rooms monitoring flood situation in Rawal Town RAWALPINDI
HE special control rooms established to monitor possible flood situation in Nullah leh have been put on high alert to cope with any emergency situation. According to the TMA sources, a special control room to monitor all arrangements and flood situation of Nullah leh set up in the TMA building
is working round the clock and monitoring the situation. A special monitoring committee under the supervision of Town Municipal Officer (TMO) Rawal Town Chaudhary liquat Ali with other members, including Wasiq Ullah Qureshi, Tahir Mahmood Khan, Iftikhar Ahmed Raja, Toseef Ahmed Malik and Tariq Aziz Bhatti, is reviewing the possible flood threat situation of Nullah leh and all necessary steps for the protection of the citizens would be taken.
The Rawal Town administrator had also constituted a relief committee comprising Shehzad Gohar, Inayat Hussain, Pervaiz Iqbal Mughal and Manzoor Ahmed while Zia Ullah, Imran Shaker, Nadeem Ahmed Cheema and Muhammad Ejaz are working as the heads of four sectors of the city while four flood centres in Commercial Market, Mukha Singh, Peerwadhai and Bunni had also been set up to cope with any flood situation and for a quick response in case of any untoward incident during monsoon season.
Slum dwellers blame CDA for lack of facilities
The slum dwellers (katchi abadis) in the federal capital, mostly inhabited by sanitary workers, are without basic civic facilities. These abadis are clusters of mud houses having no potable water, no proper drainage system, dilapidated streets and poor sanitation. These slums are located in sectors F-6/1, F-6/2, F-7/4, G-7/1, G-7/2, G7/3, I-9, G-8/4 and I-10/3. Most of these katchi abadies are located on the banks of streams in the city. Talking to APP, the slum dwellers said solid waste dumped into the stream and dead trees not only polluted the water but also blocked its flow creating problems for them, especially in monsoon. They said the streams were full of solid waste as a large number of illegal sewerage connections ended in it. The slum dwellers said stinking smell emanating from water of streams turned into sewerage nullahs had made their life miserable, as the polluted water was a breeding ground for a number of insects spreading deadly diseases. A slum dweller said the residents of katchi abadis were facing various problems due to negligence of the CDA. Sahbaz Masih, a sanitary worker, said he earned a meager amount, which was not sufficient to feed even a small family. “I want to send my kids to school, but it is unthinkable for me,” he said, adding I have no option except to live in the slum area to make both ends meet. When contacted, a CDA official said a meeting of senior planners and government representatives would be held to finalise plans to uplift katchi abadis. “The residents must join hands with the CDA to make the capital a clean city. No municipality of the world can succeed in keeping the city clean without the cooperation of its residents. Therefore, the residents of the capital should cooperate with the CDA,” he said. He also stated that their focus was on removing garbage heaps, construction material and other eyesores which were ruining the capital’s beauty.
Inter Part-I students allowed to reappear in Chemistry paper ISLAMABAD inP
On persistent complaints of parents and students, the Federal Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education, Islamabad, has decided to give another chance to the students of Chemistry Paper Part-I to improve their position. According to the parents and students, several questions in the paper were out of course. The decision was taken at a meeting of the BISE Committee constituted by the chairperson of the Federal Board on Thursday. The committee considered different options and finally agreed that under the existing law, the students of Chemistry Paper-one should be given another chance to improve their position by appearing in the supplementary examination 2012. An announcement by the board said all the students who were interested in improving their position in Intermediate Part-I could benefit from this opportunity.
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Syria army recaptures Aleppo heart as fighting rages DAMASCUS
H E Syrian army recaptured three Christian neighbourhoods in the historic heart of Aleppo from rebels Thursday but fierce clashes continued in other parts of the main northern city, residents said. loyalists forces also battled rebels in Damascus, shelling districts and storming houses, after launching a ferocious assault to try to reinforce its hold on the capital, activists said. The West stepped up the pressure on President Bashar al-Assad’s government, with Britain joining the United
States in warning it against using its chemical weapons in a conflict that shows no sign of ending after more than 17 months of bloodshed. Washington is also ramping up its military presence in the region, dispatching a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to deal with “threats” from Iran and the turmoil in Syria. Aleppo residents spoke of heavy exchanges in the heart of the city during the army’s offensive to recapture neighbourhoods seized by the rebels at the weekend. “We have had the worst two days of our lives,” said Sonia, the wife of a wealthy businessman in the northern city told AFP.
“If our house weren’t built like a fortress, we’d all be dead. The entrance is very badly damaged.” Rebels had seized control of three Christian quarters of the Old City of Aleppo during the weekend, including Jdeide and Telal, once frequented by tourists for their restaurants and handicraft shops. The rebel Free Syrian Army had also seized the nearby neighbourhood of Sulamaniyeh, most of whose inhabitants are Armenian Christians. The neighbourhood is home to some ancient monasteries and a cathedral of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church. “Battles on Monday and Tuesday were very violent, and they lasted for
many long hours before the army managed to expel the rebels,” a resident of the neighbourhood told AFP by telephone. “After cleansing the area, hundreds of residents of the districts of Telal and Sulamaniyeh took to the streets to celebrate and express their support for the army,” he added. After the rebels’ expulsion, residents set up “popular committees” to prevent their return, another resident told AFP. Communities like those in the heart of Aleppo are among those in which support for Assad’s government and suspicion of the rebels runs highest. But in the southern belt of Damascus, where fighting also raged on Thurs-
day, opposition to the government runs high. “Parts of Damascus look like Gaza, with the army deployed on the outside, setting up major checkpoints, but unable to get in,” said a Damascus resident and opposition activist who identified herself as Samara. “Fear is everywhere,” Samara told AFP via Skype. “Most people in the violence-stricken areas are stuck in their homes.” The army shelled the south Damascus district of Al-Hajar Al-Aswad, scene of bitter fighting last month, as well as the town of Daraya, on the capital’s outskirts, for a second day in a row, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
Iran leader calls for ‘economy of resistance’ TEHRAN AFP
Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told the government Thursday to adopt an “economy of resistance” to confront crippling sanctions slapped by the West on Tehran over its nuclear drive. “The arrogant powers are pulling their weight to force Iran to back down (on its stances) and the government should invalidate these illusions by using the nation’s full potentials,” Khamenei said. He called for an “economy of resistance” to confront a slew of Western oil and financial sanctions, saying this “is the only way to pursue progress in the country.” “In this kind of economy the nation’s progress is preserved and vulnerability of the economy against the enemies plots is decreased,” Khamenei said during a meeting with cabinet members and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. During his speech Khamenei did not specifically mentioned sanctions nor Iran’s controversial nuclear drive. But his comments comes as several Iranian officials, who had long minimised the effect on the sanctions, acknowledged in recent weeks that the punitive measures have had a negative impact on the country’s economy.
Tibetan monk tortured and imprisoned BEIJING AFP
A Tibetan monk was beaten, tortured and imprisoned after his arrest in an area that has become a flashpoint for a wave of protests against Chinese rule, a press freedom group said on Thursday. Yonten Gyatso, a senior monk and human rights activist in the restive Aba county, in China’s southwestern Sichuan province, was sentenced to seven years in prison for spreading information about protests in Tibet, according to Reporters without Borders. The monk was sentenced on June 18 by Aba Intermediate People’s Court, but his family and the news organization that he contributes to only heard about it on Wednesday, the group said. He is accused of sharing photographs and information about the self-immolation of Tenzin Wangmo, who last October became the first woman to set herself alight as part of the wave of protests, it added. Yonten Gyatso was arrested at Khashi Gyephel Samtenling monastery in Aba County on October 18, before being taken to a detention centre in Chengdu, the Sichuan provincial capital, the group said. The organisation claimed he was beaten and tortured by officers from the local State Secrets Bureau. Nearly 50 ethnic Tibetans, many of them monks and nuns, have set themselves on fire in the local area to protest at what they say is religious repression. Many Tibetans in China accuse the government of enacting religious repression and eroding their culture, as the country’s majority Han ethnic group increasingly moves into historically Tibetan areas.
PATHEin: Flood-affected children row an inner tube past partially-submerged houses at a village outside Pathein, in the irrawaddy delta region of myanmar. afp
Isaac could become hurricane before reaching Haiti MIAMI AFP
Tropical Storm Isaac barreled toward the Dominican Republic and Haiti Thursday with forecasters predicting it could soon turn into a hurricane that hits Hispaniola and then Guantanamo Bay, Cuba over the weekend. Hurricane conditions are expected as early as Friday over parts of Hispaniola, the Caribbean island shared by Haiti and the Dominican Republic, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said. Haiti is particularly vulnerable because thousands of people still live in makeshift homes two years after an earthquake devastated the capital Port-au-Prince and killed an estimated 250,000 people. The storm was on track to make landfall Saturday in Guantanamo, the site of the US naval base and prison that houses the alleged 9/11 plotters and other detainees from the US “war on terror.” Several hundred people were evacuated from the base on Thursday, and legal proceedings against the 9/11 plotters were postponed as the base buckled down for the storm. “We sandbag anything we know where there is a flooding risk,” sergeant Jessica Brown told AFP as she
led a team of roughly 10 young men in the stifling tropical heat at Guantanamo. Donning a white construction helmet and shielding his eyes with sunglasses, lieutenant David Moore monitored the hoisting of a landing craft by an enormous crane at the base port,. “This is in preparation for the expected storm. We take the watercraft we can from the water and secure them on land,” he said. “They could damage themselves or damage the piers.” At 1200 GMT, Isaac’s center was about 360 kilometers (225 miles) south-east of San Juan, Puerto Rico, the Miami-based NHC reported. The storm packed maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers (40 miles) an hour, and was moving towards the north-west at a speed of 21 kilometers (13 miles) and hour. A hurricane warning was in effect for the southern coast of the Dominican Republic to the border with Haiti. “Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion,” the NHC said. On the forecast track, Isaac’s center should pass to the south of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Thursday, and approach the Dominican Republic late Thursday and
Friday. “Strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Isaac could become a hurricane on Friday before it reaches Hispaniola,” the NHC said. On its current path, Isaac would strike Hispaniola near the southern border of Haiti and the Dominican Republic, crossing the island on Saturday, reaching Cuba between Saturday and Sunday, then reaching Florida on Monday and Tuesday. Starting Monday, Republican delegates from around the country will be in Tampa for four days for the US Republican National Convention to formally nominate former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney to challenge President Barack Obama in the November 6 election. Meteorologists, however, caution that it is too early to accurately predict Isaac’s path. A hurricane warning was in effect for all of Haiti as well as for most of the southern coast of the Dominican Republic. Isaac was expected to dump up to 20 inches (51 centimeters) of rain over the island, possibly spelling disaster for the 400,000 Haitians still huddled in makeshift after the nation’s devastating 2010 earthquake. “These rains could cause lifethreatening flash floods and mudslides,” the NHC warned.
Saudi columnist sparks furore with prostitution comments RIYADH: A Saudi columnist has triggered a furore in the ultra-conservative kingdom after he wrote on micro-blogging website Twitter that some Saudi women were working as prostitutes in Dubai. Dubai, in the neighbouring United Arab Emirates, is the most liberal city in the Gulf and hundreds of thousands of Saudis flock there for holidays or weekend breaks. “Some Saudi women are working as prostitutes in Dubai,” tweeted Mohammed al-Sheikh, who also writes a column in the Al-Jazeera newspaper. His comments last week have sparked a storm of protest on Twitter, particularly from conservative Muslims, with some calling for an apology and others demanding that he be prosecuted. An influential cleric active on Twitter, Sheikh Nasser al-Omar, said: “Whoever insults a Muslim must be judged according to sharia (Islamic law). Who is he to insult women of a pure country?” Another preacher, Ghazi al-Shammari, announced that he would go to Dubai next week “to provide evidence of these lies.” Sheikh responded by saying that his remarks had been misinterpreted but has refused to apologise. For millions of Saudis, social networks are a rare bubble of freedom in the kingdom, with more than 100,000 people active on Twitter and 4.5 million Facebook users. In February, a young Saudi journalist, Hamza Kashgari, had to flee the country after having made remarks on Twitter that were deemed blasphemous and earned him death threats. He was arrested in Malaysia and sent back to Saudi Arabia, where he has been detained. He later published a poem on Twitter expressing his repentance. AFP
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he predictions of more than normal early monsoons failed while areas in Sindh like Thar faced severe drought. Heavy rains which had lashed the catchment areas days earlier have now entered KP, AJK and upper Punjab. The Federal Flood Commission has issued warnings of flood in Indus, Ravi and Chenab. About half a dozen people have been swept away by the floods while over two dozen have been killed in accidents caused by heavy rains. A spokesman for National Disaster Management Authority has said the death toll may rise as survey teams have reported more deaths but are still assessing the extent of damages. The change in weather occurs at a time when the federal and the provincial governments are busy preparing for the next elections. The political parties are preoccupied with public meetings, talks between leaders and attempts at wooing supporters of the rival parties. There is a need now on the part of the federal and provincial governments to prepare for the emergency. To start with, they should put the provincial chapters of the NDMA and the related government departments on high alert. Hopefully, the rains and the floods would remain within normal limits and whatever material losses have been suffered by the rain affected population would be shared, if not fully compensated, by the governments concerned. However, while hoping for the best one has to be prepared for the worst. This is all the more crucial at a time when elections are approaching. Any neglect on the part of the administration could result in major casualties, large scale displacement, failure to control epidemics and worsening of problems associated with rehabilitation. The performance of the ruling parties during the 2010 floods, and in the case of Sindh during the 2011 rains also, was widely considered to be unsatisfactory. A repetition of the same would have consequences for the electoral fortunes of the PPP and PMl(N). The changing weather patterns caused by the warming of the planet are having a global impact. Areas which had remained mostly dry are getting heavy rainfall while there is drought like conditions in rain fed areas. India expects 15 percent less monsoon rains this year which would badly affect its rice crop. There is a need under the circumstances for an understanding between the regional countries so that they are better able to deal with the twin menaces of drought and flooding. This may not bring under control the caprices of nature but would enable the countries to better deal with their dangerous after effects.
By Aziz-ud-Din Ahmad
he arrest of 11 year old Rifta Masih accused of blasphemy is yet another example of the widespread intolerance in the country. That the girl suffered from Down Syndrome was considered irrelevant by the police. The blasphemy law introduced by Zia has provided a handle to zealots to persecute members of the minority communities. The law is based on the unrealistic presumption that there are people in this country who are out to malign the Holy Prophet and desecrate the Quran. In a country with 95 percent Muslims, this is simply inconceivable. People have been falsely accused of blasphemy for a number of reasons. Property disputes, professional jealousy or political differences have led innocent people to be labeled as blasphemers. The mere accusation is enough to serve as a death warrant. Numerous people have been killed without being given the chance to defend themselves in a court. An entire Christian village was burnt down in Gojra simply on the instigation of a cleric who said a Christian woman had consigned pages of Koran to fire. Despite the minorities being the major victim of the accusations, numerous Muslims have also been wrongly accused and made to face mob justice. A Jamaa-e-Islami activist was killed in Gujranwala and his dead body dragged in the streets. A factory owner in lahore was killed because he threw aside a calendar bearing Quranic verses. A businessman was arrested because he dropped a visiting card with a Muslim name. A deranged man accused of sacrilege was mercilessly beaten and burnt alive by a mob in South Punjab. There is no tolerance for minorities. An Ahmadi or a Shia can be killed by banned outfits which continue to function under new names. In 2010, 94 Ahmadis were gunned down when two of their places of worship were attacked by terrorists simultaneously. Shias continue to be another target. Hundreds of them have died in Karachi, Quetta, Gilgit and Fata since 2008 in attacks on their religious processions and imam bargahs. The targeting of the Hazaras in Quetta is being conducted with such eerie regularity that it amounts to ethnic cleansing. Despite scores of Hindus from Sindh and Quetta leaving Pakistan recently, the govern-
ment continues to deny that they have left the country for good. The claim has been exposed by the erstwhile Indian home minister Chidambaram that 764 Pakistanis were given Indian citizenship during the past three years. The minorities have served Pakistan in all vital spheres of life including education, administration, health, and defence. But such is the level of intolerance that the establishment is not willing to own people like Nobel laureate Dr Abdus Salam who helped and guided numerous Pakistani scientists at the International Center for Theoretical Physics. The minorities see no future for themselves in Pakistan. There is a trend among them to migrate. The less educated seek new pastures through illegal channels and face risks. The highly educated migrate to through legal channels. Pakistan is thus being deprived of some of its brilliant citizens. While religious minorities are the principal target of intolerance in Pakistan, the phenomenon is in fact multi-dimensional. There is hardly any section of society free from the malaise. The political parties are tainted with the phenomenon. It is widely understood that some of the target killings in Karachi are motivated by political rivalry. One can notice intolerance in the tone of the media anchors and in newspaper opinion pieces. Intolerance has permeated down from the elite to the streets. Vigilante actions are on the increase. Instead of being handed over to police, the criminal is sometime handed down mob justice. Reports have frequently appeared regarding thieves having been publicly lynched. Intolerance in Pakistan is a multi-dimensional phenomenon which is capable of consuming the society. Politicians have supported the backward thinking for short term political gains ignoring the long term consequences. Ahmadis were declared non-Muslims to appease the Mullahs who later on were on the forefront of the anti-Bhutto movement. Zia associated himself with the extremist streak to seek legitimacy. He further bolstered extremism by making laws that are
still used to persecute the minorities. He authorized the ISI to create organizations which employed terrorist tactics against ethnic or sectarian rivals. He changed the army’s motto to Jihad fi Sabil lillah and encouraged radical tendencies in the armed forces. Under him, the security agencies trained extremist elements and encouraged the religious seminaries to inculcate militancy and sectarian extremism among their students. He welcomed private funding from Saudi Arabia for opening a chain of Salafist seminaries propagating communal hatred and incited animosity against the West. Zia brought about changes in educational curriculum to produce a radicalized generation. The books taught that Hindus are the enemies of Pakistan and India is a deceitful and permanent antagonist. Religious parties and their allies like the PMl-N even now threaten to whip up public sentiment if any attempt is made to rescind or modify the religious laws that militate against the minorities. Musharraf promised to modify the blasphemy laws but compromised with the religious parties on keeping the laws intact. He also allowed the extremist organizations to work under new names The PPP which claims of doing a lot for the minorities has retained the blasphemy laws on the statute book during its third tenure also. It is not willing to risk even a few votes for the sake of the minorities. The Supreme Court has preferred to look the other way as minorities go through one pogrom after another. Quite a few journalists associated with the print and electronic media believe in the lies contained in the text books they read as students. Most consider India an eternal enemy, justify the actions of the militants and consider minorities as second-rate citizens. This explains why intolerance continues to spread and corrode national unity. The writer is a former academic and a political analyst.
approaching MfN india, Pakistan banking on each other?
By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
BP (State Bank of Pakistan) Governor Yaseen Anwar announced on Friday that as a result of their discussion with RBI (Reserve Bank of India), both India and Pakistan have agreed upon granting banking licenses to a couple of banks from each country. SBI (State Bank of India) and BOI (Bank of India) would be opening their branches in Pakistan soon – after their licenses are approved in a few months’ time – while NBP (National Bank of Pakistan) and UBl (United Bank limited) would be doing the reciprocation
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from our neck of the woods. This timely banking back-scratching has come after Mian Mohammad Mansha, the richest man in Pakistan and the chairman of Nishat Group, had showcased his desire to ensure that MCB Bank enters the Indian banking arena, with three branches in Delhi, Amritsar and Mumbai being the target of the tycoon. In an interview with The Economic Times last month, Mansha also revealed that United Bank and Habib Bank were also planning their respective raids in India. The current year has been atypically harmonious on the banking front – and on the trade front in general – as far as Indo-Pak ties are concerned. With Pakistan promising in March to ease out the negative trade list – which has been reduced to 1,209 items – with India by the end of this year; India formally allowing FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) this month and gradually removing the NTBs (Non-Trade Barriers); the opening of a second trade gate in April which quadrupled the number of trucks crossing the border; groups like Godrej and Nishat showing their interest in establishing op-
erations in Pakistan and India respectively; and now this banking love-in – 2012 has seen fiscal amity forestall political enmity, even if temporarily. The banking symbiosis bodes well for not only the banking sector of the two countries, the respective economies, the wife of Mohammad Mansha (whose Nishat linen would in all probability accompany MCB in Indian markets), but most importantly it would ease up the transition towards Pakistan granting the much heralded MFN (Most Favored Nation) status to India by the end of this year. New Delhi had granted the MFN status to Islamabad all the way back in 1996, and it has taken 16 years of cynicism, political antagonism and downright dillydallying before Pakistan is slowly coming to the realization of the massive economic potential of the Indian market. Islamabad switched to a negative trade list in March this year, following Anand Sharma’s – the Indian commerce minister – visit to Pakistan, in which our businessmen tried desperately to grill the minister into submission, but to no avail. The main cause of skepticism for our
industrialists with regards to MFN has been the fact that it would result in a massive influx of Indian goods in our market, which would be ‘far superior in quality’. The claim that we can’t compete with the Indian goods has been the clamor of our entrepreneurs for 16 long years now, and maybe just maybe, when our goods are thrown in at the deep end and actually face some competition, the disparity in quality might finally be bridged. Here’s a stat – courtesy former SBP Governor Ishrat Hussain – for you: if Pakistan manages to capture merely one percent of India’s middleclass market (of 300 million people), its bilateral trade would multiply five times. India, on the contrary, would need to delve into 10 percent of its counterpart (of 30 million people) to achieve a similar boost. Our bilateral trade is already heavily skewed towards India and if anything we don’t have much to lose really. Out of a total of $1,053 worth of trade between India and Pakistan last year, our imports constituted 81.67% of the number ($860 million), while the exports were a meager 18.33% ($193 million). Therefore, grant-
ing MFN – a move that seems to be on the brink of realization at the tail end of this year, if the recent chain of events are anything to go by – would eventually help us somewhat flatten out the tilted trade numbers not only with India, but with other countries as well. Or of course we could continue our indirect trade via Dubai, and continue to waste precious time, money and energy and keep on justifying the pointless exercise on the basis of political disagreements. Economic cooperation does not mean that we’d have to compromise on our political disagreements. Russia and Norway continued bilateral trade for four decades even though they had border disputes, and there’s no reason why India and Pakistan can’t do the same. Just like making a mélange out of religion and politics can be detrimental for the harmony of the state, failure in separating commerce and politics can hinder the prosperity of the nation – something we ought to have figured out by now. The writer is a staff member and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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credibility? what credibility? The ministers of this government have lost their credibility and no member of the public is ready to believe their statements. ‘There will be no load shedding from Dec 31, 2010’; the load shedding multiplied manifold and there seems to be no respite in foreseeable future. ‘The law and order situation in Karachi is completely in control’; 10 killings per day, if not more, is now a routine. ‘There is prosperity in the country’; more people are being pushed below the poverty line and the economic crisis is escalating. ‘There is complete sectarian harmony’; the killing of Shias in Balochistan or Pakhtunkhawa at regular intervals has become a routine matter at the hands of terrorists. ‘Minorities are enjoying complete protection’; thousands of Hindus who were residing in Pakistan since generation are now migrating to India. To secure ourselves we have to close down mobile services even on Eid and parks have to close down at 9 pm depriving them of the few recreational spaces they do have. ‘Pakistan nukes are safe’ is yet another big statement by our ministries of defence and foreign affairs. Can we really believe? AMJAD H MIRZA Lahore
water conservation Forty percent of the total supply in water-starved Singapore comes from rainwater. Every drop is collected in a 7,000 km network of drains, canals, rivers, storm-water collection ponds and reservoirs. But in water-deficient Pakistan where per capita per annum availability of water has dropped from 5000 to 1200 cubic meters (barely above the water-scarce level of 1000 cm), we are allowing millions of acre feet of water to escape to the sea. 100 maf, to be precise, in the last two years. The same water that could be stored for irrigation and power generation as well as to create a reserve for regulated monthly supply to the delta for year round protection. ENGR KHURSHID ANWER Lahore
Pakistan’s holiday hankering A country like Pakistan which is facing a severe economic crisis, straining under galloping inflation and a debilitating budget deficit cannot afford to extend shutdowns for days to observe religious festivities, mourning death of politicians, or on other pretexts. Malaysia is a Muslim majority country, which during past three decades has progressed from an underdeveloped nation to a major financial center in the Far East through sheer hard work and a leadership which focused on developing human resources by investment on education and health.
law and order is strictly maintained and no individual, however powerful, can get away with a crime or even a minor violation of law. This Eid-ul-Fitr occurred on Sunday 19 August in Malaysia. There was only one official holiday for Eid and since it occurred on Sunday, all government offices, banks, airline offices etc opened on Monday for business as usual. The only exception was the PIA office which was closed and so was the Pakistani embassy. Unfortunately, Pakistanis try to emulate the lives of oil-rich Arab countries, observing extended religious holidays. Malaysian Muslims are as devout,
quack attack It was shocking to note an aggrieved father observing hunger strike on the auspicious day of Eid -ul-Fitr (August 20).This was to highlight his ordeal to the authorities concerned. Unfortunately, he had lost his only son at the hands of a quack doctor some time back in Kandiaro. The devastated father Jahangir Shah, who comes from a common family background, was shown in a report made by a Sindhi TV channel. But, sadly this episode was not covered by the national electronic media as well as English language press. Even though it is to be expected that the other TV channels would have also picked up this event for coverage in their transmissions. It may not be out of place to mention here that mostly our media is less attentive to the sufferings of rural society and sometimes, the impression is created that they totally neglect the rural society which constitutes about 75 percent of country’s population. The population in rural areas does not resort to street agitation, and vandalism, as is done in urban centers so the authorities conveniently ignore their pains. This creates in them a sense of deep alienation and deprivation. I hereby appeal to the apex courts to kindly look into the incident. Also, I would urge the Chief Secretary of Sindh to call to account the District Administration for being indifferent to the complainant. In the past such kinds of incidents have been covered in the editorials, but under the circumstances, there is need to take a fresh look into the foregoing matter. Mushroom growth of quacks across the province/country, must be checked with a firm hand. M JAVED Naushahroferoze
mind your language The new emerging political party PTI is struggling to expand its vote bank. For this, it is holding various public meetings much before the general elections, the date for which is yet to be announced. As goes the history of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insafs’ mass rallies, the previous ones, no doubt were
if not more, than Pakistani Muslims; yet there has never been sectarian strife in this country. Pakistan unfortunately, in utter disregard of the Quaid’s vision, has degenerated into a country addicted to holidays, corruption, nepotism and poor governance. Just imagine, the president declared a public holiday to mourn the death of his mother-in-law who died in isolation in Dubai. In the past there have been other inexcusable decisions to declare holidays such as Pakistan winning a cricket match against India during Zia’s tenure. A politician in exile is
helpful in bettering the PTI's public image. But the last one held at Rawalpindi on August 13, has unfortunately left a considerable bad effect on its image and undine much of the progress that they made in the previously held rallies. This was because of filthy language used by Sheikh Rashid in the said public meeting which was held under the banner of PTI, or with its collaboration. Unfortunately, social etiquette does not permit us to quote his words here. This is not the first time he has lost his mind. In the past also, he had frequently used such objectionable language against his opponents in public meetings. And even against the CJ himself, whom he was beseeching for action. The presence of Imran Khan on the stage has created an impression that he gave his tacit approval to the name calling. When he held the podium, he could have immediately dissociated himself from obnoxious remarks made by Sheikh Rashid. I had chance to attend a public meeting of Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto (ZAB), before he came to power, where late Mir Rasool Bux Talpur, out of emotions made scathing remarks against PPP opponents. When ZAB came to the dais, he without hesitation tempered the remarks made by his colleagues and tried to dispel the bad blood created. Such irresponsible behavior of political leaders would cause further polarization in society and they must put a check on their sharp tongues. The Election Commission of Pakistan should take notice of bad behavior of few individuals seriously so that when the general elections are held in the upcoming months, they take place in a cordial environment, no untoward incident takes place and the transition of power takes place smoothly. It is only when we adhere to democratic norms and principles and civil behaviour that democracy will be strengthened. S BUKHARI Karachi
An intolerant society Some people spot a minor girl 'moving suspiciously' in a rural area near Islamabad while carrying a plastic shopper. They later found some burnt pages of Noorani Qaida (a book to learn the basics of the Quranic script) in the shopper. All this
murdered in london and Karachi is shut down for days and over 50 innocent citizens killed in cold blooded target killings. Is it not enough that all kinds of violence (killings, protests, terrorist attacks) bring public life to a halt every now and then? Or do we need more holidays to bring everything to a standstill in utter disregard of its social and economic impact. If we are to progress, we need to work hard. For that, we need to learn to take fewer holidays. MIR TASSADAQ Lahore
was sufficient for the following events to unroll: girl is accused of blasphemy, she is badly beaten, her family flees the area for safety, the police registers a case and the girl is arrested, a large crowd gathers outside the police station, they want to set the girl on fire, crowd cordones off the police station and blocks the nearby highway, fearing for the girl's life (and their own lives as well) the police produces the girl in a court who sends her off to Adiyala jail on judicial remand, police and court actions infuriate the protesters who scuffle with police and damage the nearby public and private property. During the initial investigation, the Christian girl aged 11 was unable to answer the questions and the poor girl suffered from Down syndrome. It points to the extent of intolerance in our society that such a young child with a learning disability can be subjected to such atrocious behaviour on a meaningless pretext. Can we not say that the blasphemy related amendment that Zia introduced in Pakistan's constitution has made the whole nation suffer from a Down-like syndrome? Can we justify that we are sane people and not the monsters the outside world portrays us to be? How can we reject such stereotyping as prejudiced when our country which was created itself to safeguard the rights of a minority – refuses to extends such injustice to its own minorities. MASOOD KHAN Saudi Arabia
giving coverage to Pak heroes I don’t know how and what makes the news channels decide what to give coverage and what not to coverage. Whatever their criteria, they need to get their priorities a little in order. They often give coverage to trivial news events and often ignore important stuff that ought to get coverage It would be better if Pakistani channels also air any news and reports regarding Pakistani heroes. Recently on 20th August Nishan-i-Haider laurelled Shaheed Rashid Minhas death anniversary passed but no Pakistani channels aired any reports regarding this. Only social media (online media) was the place where some news regarding Rashid Minhas death anniversary was highlighted MUBASHIR MAHMOOD Karachi
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12 Brangelina’s daughter to make her movie debut
raD Pitt and angelina Jolie’s four-year-old daughter has landed her first film role. Vivienne Jolie-Pitt set to follow in her parents’ footsteps after angelina helped her get her first acting gig, playing her on-screen daughter in ‘Maleficent’. The tot will play Princess aurora, the daughter of ange’s character in the film, in a reworking of the fairytale Sleeping beauty. The mumof-six thought her youngest would be ideal for the role and persuaded bosses to sign her. “ange thought it would be a fun experience for her and Viv to share, and Viv is a natural,” the Sun quoted her as saying. “The other kids are now nagging ange and brad to land them roles,” the source added. nEWS dESK
pattinson ‘not interested’ in talking to kristen
OberT Pattinson has “no interest” in talking to ex-girlfriend Kristen Stewart, even though she want wants to try and sort things out with him. The ‘Twilight Saga’ actor was left devastated after discovering his partner of four years had cheated on him with her ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ director rupert Sanders and sources say he doesn’t want anything to do with her. a source said told website HollywoodLife.com: “Kristen is definitely still in love with rob and is going through the motions of a break-up. She really wants him back but rob is not interested in talking to her right now and that is certainly making things difficult for the plans on doing any press together for when ‘Twilight’ comes out. “Chances of them being in the same room is highly unlikely. They are going to have the timing of interviews timed out to prevent awkward encounters.” after finding out about Kristen’s cheating, robert moved out of their Los angeles home. nEWS dESK
h’wood shocked by Top Gun director’s death johnny Depp set to be the highest paid actor again
aif Johnny Depp is set to earn one of his biggest pay packets yet following his split from Vanessa Paradis that will send him flying back to the top of the actors’ pay league. The superstar will do a fifth Pirates Of The Caribbean film and is set to make around 60 million pounds from the latest instalment of the blockbuster franchise.The massive pay packet comes as he is due to start giving out funds towards supporting his two children and his former girlfriend – who he was with for 14 years but never married. The job was reportedly one that was carefully considered so that the screen star’s worth doesn’t decrease.”Johnny is being very careful he does not sign on for too many films,” a movie source revealed to The Sun newspaper.”He doesn’t want to ruin his career with overexposure like John Travolta or Nic Cage did.” “This huge deal for Pirates means he will be able to pick his other roles very carefully on the strength of their script rather than their salary,” the source added. nEWS dESK
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IlMMAKERS and fans were in shock Monday after learning that Tony Scott, director of action thrillers Top Gun and Days of Thunder, had jumped to his death from a California bridge. Police and the US Coast Guard pulled the 68-year-old Scott’s body out of the water near the Vincent Thomas Bridge over los Angeles Harbor on Sunday, the lA County coroner’s office said. The los Angeles police department has opened an investigation and an autopsy was conducted Monday, said lA county coroner’s office spokesman Ed Winter. The findings were not released, pending results of toxicology tests. ABC News had reported that Scott had been diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer, but Winter said he could not confirm or deny the report, adding that the examination of Scott’s brain could not be completed on Monday. Celebrity news website TMZ then reported that Scott’s widow, actress Donna Wilson, told investigators that rumors her husband suffered from a brain tumor were “absolutely false” and that he did not suffer from any serious illness. Investigators found a suicide note in
his office, the los Angeles Times reported. Its contents have not been revealed. A witness saw Scott climb over a fence on the bridge and jump into the water, according to lieutenant Joseph Bale of the coroner’s office. Other witnesses said they later saw Scott’s shoes floating in the water. Authorities summoned divers and a helicopter in a bid to find Scott’s body in the port’s murky waters and recovered it at approximately 3:00 pm, four hours after he jumped, Bale said. Scott was the younger brother of fellow film director Ridley Scott, the maker of Oscar-winning movies like Gladiator and Black Hawk Down as well as other hits like Blade Runner. The family confirmed Scott’s death, but offered no further details. “I can confirm that Tony Scott has indeed passed away,” the late director’s spokeswoman, Katherine Rowe, told reporters. “The family asks that their privacy be respected at this time.” Scott, who was born in Britain in 1944, made his mark in the mid-1980s when he directed Top Gun, an action-filled blockbuster about elite navy pilots featuring then-rising star Tom Cruise. nEWS dESK
F anyone doubts that the royal family still rules in the United Kingdom...just ask the newspaper editors who have been asked not to go to press with photos of naked Prince Harry in their pages. Clarence House has specifically requested that British publications not print or post the pictures of the 27-year-old’s royal bum online due to the implied privacy violation that occurred when a visitor to Harry’s las Vegas hotel suite snapped a couple of cell phone pictures. WAIT...CAN THEY DO THAT? Not legally, but even the notoriously raunchy london tabloids are laying off. “The royal family can ask to deny the right of the photos being published, but it’s more of the British media self-policing and being afraid to print them,” Rory Carroll, U.S. West Coast correspondent for The Guardian, tells E! News. “In this climate, with the leveson Inquiry [into press ethics], there’s been so much focus on the media, especially the tabloids and their excesses, like the hacking scandal—it’s made everyone much more skittish.” The family, which has confirmed that the cheeky pics were indeed of Harry enjoying a “private holiday” in Vegas, is said to have made the blackout request to the Press Complaints Commission, citing the third clause of the PCC Editor’s Code of Practice: “It is
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13 One-On-One with
DUlT star-turnedBollywood actor, Sunny leone, gets talking about the hypocrisy in society and the kind of questions that are posed to her constantly...
ISN’T WORKINg IN MAINSTREAM HINDI CINEMA A DIFFERENT BALL gAME ALTOgETHER? Absolutely. When I was offered my debut film, I knew that the brand was known by the audience and they would be intrigued enough to want to watch the movie. But their response towards me has been amazing. SO WHAT WOuLD YOu ATTRIBuTE THIS POPuLARITY TO? I think people are very curious about me. They’ve seen me in Bigg Boss and know my work. So, they want to see me in person. They want to understand me... they want to see how I look up close and personal. PEOPLE ARE ALSO HYPOCRITICAL — WHILE ONE HALF OF THE POLITICAL SPECTRuM WANTED THE POSTERS OF YOuR FILM REMOvED, WHILE THE OTHER HALF WANTS YOu TO ATTEND THEIR EvENTS. You know, people are hypocritical everywhere. Every society has double standards. As far as these incidents go, there are always going to be negative people around who try to bring you down. But if you know who you are as an individual, these things won’t bother you. Many people criticized my film, but there are many more who are going and watching it.
YOu RECENTLY SAID YOu ONLY HAvE SEx WITH YOuR HuSBAND. IS THERE A NEED TO CONSTANTLY ANSWER SuCH quERIES? Well, a lot of people have preconceived notions of who I am — an adult film actor, reality star and movie actor. People think I have worked with many people in my career as an adult film actor. I haven’t and I don’t! I rarely work with multiple people in the adult film industry. I know it’s hard to believe, but in 12 years, I have done next to nothing when compared to the stuff that people actually do! I think it’s important for me to make such statements as people are curious.
Sridevi to grace madam Tussauds?
OLLYWOOD actress Sridevi who recently turned 49, will reportedly have her wax statue at London’s Madame Tussauds. buzz has it that she’ll be joining the likes of big b, aishwarya rai, Salman Khan, Hrithik roshan, Shah rukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit and Kareena Kapoor, reports celebrity blog Missmalini.com. “Our spy says there’s major buzz going on behind-the-scenes. We should probably expect an announcement soon – perhaps during the release of her comeback film, english Vinglish,” reports the website. The celebrity blogger Miss Malini goes on to add that Sridevi’s husband boney Kapoor is excited about the development and wants the statue to resemble his wife as closely as possible. nEWS dESK
MANY SAY YOuR MOvIE WAS A LET-DOWN BECAuSE YOu HAvEN’T ExPOSED MuCH... We have a different set of rules in India. There is a Censor Board we have to answer to, whose rules are pretty strict. There is an adult film industry everywhere. But I did this movie knowing it is mainstream Hindi cinema. I’m sorry for letting them down by not exposing (laughs). But hey! They bought the tickets, so I want to thank them! PEOPLE ExPECT THAT YOuR BACKgROuND WILL ALSO SPILL ONTO THE SCREEN WHILE DOINg MAINSTREAM CINEMA. I’m from a different industry and country. It’s just my first film. But I know it’s going to take a long time for people to change their perception of me. Right now, I have this burning desire in me as an actor to convert my critics. I can act and I want to prove it to those who feel I can’t. I have left my past behind and I am looking forward to a new career. cOuRTESy TOi
Ranbir inspired by grandfather’s style
eMeMber raj Kapoor’s legendary roles as a happy-go-lucky tramp in awara (1951) and Shree 420 (1955)? He had apparently taken inspiration from Hollywood great, Charlie Chaplin, to play these characters, sporting the now-famous illfitting trousers and floppy hat. and now, 57 years later, his grandson ranbir Kapoor has taken pointers from his late grandfather for his next film.ranbir’s look in his upcoming barfi! is an instant reminder of the late Kapoor’s Chaplinesque avatar, complete with a thin moustache, umbrella and hat. in anurag basu’s film, the actor plays barfi — a simpleton, who is deaf and mute and always has a prank up his sleeve. “When anurag was designing barfi’s look, he wanted a very innocent and loveable appearance. He instantly thought of Kapoor sir in awara and Shree 420 and his look was also believed to be a take on Chaplin’s. but since we have already seen Kapoor sir in indian cinema, the audience would connect to him. Plus, ranbir’s familial connection with Kapoor sir made it all the more special,” says an insider close to the project. When contacted, basu confirms the news saying, “ranbir plays a lovable character, someone you adore and who leaves a lasting impression on your mind and heart. nEWS dESK
British tabloids banned from publishing
hARRy’S NAkeD pICTuReS unacceptable to photograph individuals in private places without their consent.” (The PCC is not a legal body, but a regulatory agency.) “I think we’re seeing more restraint from the press than we would have seen a few years ago,” Carroll said. “Five or 10 years ago, there would have been a gleeful rush on the part of many newspapers to splash these photos on their pages. And the fact that they’ve been hesitating reflects the climate of questions and a bit of
uncertainty to what they can and cannot get away with, what the public would or would not accept.” last year, a hacking scandal brought down the century-old, News Corp-owned News of the World and led to the arrests of several top staffers. Though the company denied it, there was also speculation that the controversy prompted Rupert Murdoch to step down from the boards of the U.K.’s NI Group, Times Newspaper Holdings and News Corp Investments. Not that the technically voluntary embargo means that ladies and gents in the U.K. are out of luck if they want to see Prince Harry’s bare backside—so long as they don’t just read newspapers or only peruse British websites, that is. The royal ban “has zero impact in terms of keeping a cap on the news,” Carroll confirmed. “There’s no way to stop a story like this. The genie is out of the bottle and Buckingham Palace is aware of that. I don’t see what they can gain by keeping these stories out of the British press. For the Brits in london or Edinburgh, TMZ is just one click away.” “If the public wants to see them, they’ve seen them already,” he added. “I think there’s two things the papers are weighing here—one is the effect of publishing them on their reputation. Sec-
ondly, they’re weighing how many more copies they would sell by publishing the photos. I’m sure that’s been the question that’s dominating.” The bottom line vs. royal anger over exposing Harry’s bottom? Hmm... Because so many people can see the photos online for free, “the opportunity is lost to publish the photos exclusively,” Carroll said. “If the photos were exclusive, I think [the papers] would have done so. But now the commission of publishing the photos is minor, so they aren’t willing to taint their reputation.” He noted that the relative amount of restraint the British press has been showing lately harkens back to the days following the death of Harry’s mum, Princess Diana, who was killed in a car crash while her driver was fleeing paparazzi. “When Diana died,” Carroll said, “the tabloid press was very defensive because paparazzi were blamed for having precipitated the car crash. There was a lot of hostility towards the media. Tabloid editors were saying, ‘Never again will we dabble our fingers in the stuff of other people’s souls.’ It was a kinder, gentler period of pursuing celebrities and stalking families with paps. “And I think that period lasted about five minutes.” nEWS dESK
Tom Cruise, katie holmes divorce finalized
aTie Holmes’ divorce from her estranged husband Tom Cruise is officially complete. The 33-year-old actress split from Cruise in June and after less than two weeks, papers were filed and the couple agreed on a settlement. according to e! News, a New York City judge approved the terms of annulment on Monday. Holmes has been awarded primary legal and physical custody of the former couple’s six-year-old daughter Suri. Cruise has reportedly been granted “generous” visitation rights, Stuff.co.nz reported. The settlement is said to contain stringent rules on how the child will be raised and what religious beliefs she will be exposed to. Cruise’s Scientology religion is widely rumoured to have been one of the reasons the former couple’s relationship broke down. Holmes and Cruise were married for five years before the breakdown of their relationship. nEWS dESK
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Infotainment 14 Four amazing senses we never knew we had VERY attempt to prove that humans have some kind of telepathic sixth sense has failed. But we still shouldn’t sell ourselves short — we have all sorts of “extra” senses that we either never use or don’t notice when we do. And some of them come pretty close to mind reading. For instance...
We can smell people’s personalities and emotions In a perfect world, you’d never judge someone until you got to know their personality inside and out — you know, the whole thing about judging a book by its cover. This is not a perfect world, however — this is a world where sometimes we need to judge the intentions of a stranger in a split second. Thankfully, evolution has given us all sorts of tools for doing it, whether we know it or not. See, there is a reason you can get a feel for some people before they even say a word: Part of it is the way they smell. We’re talking about subconscious signals you didn’t even know were coming from your nose. Researchers actually conducted a study where they asked participants to wear the same shirt every night for three consecutive nights, and during the study they weren’t allowed to use soap, deodorant or anything that could mask their natural smell. Afterward, they made another group smell these shirts, and then asked them to guess which personality traits its wearers had most: dominance, neuroticism or extroversion. Incredibly, the accuracy rate was just as high as when the same participants were asked to gauge people’s personalities from watching a video of them. That’s right — your body odour is just as indicative of who you are as your speech or mannerisms. But it goes further than that. Researchers are discovering that each person’s individual smell is so unique that it’s almost like a fingerprint, unique enough that it could serve as
japanese Customs try to return seized wartime assets Customs officials in Japan appealed for the owners of bank notes, stock certificates and foreign currency seized by occupying forces at the end of World War II to come forward. After nearly seven decades, around 870,000 items confiscated by customs under on the orders of the Allied Forces were still being kept while they wait for some 268,000 legal owners to claim them. Occupiers, led by US General Douglas MacArthur, who controlled Japan until 1952, limited inflows of assets amid fears of hyperinflation and economic chaos if the flood of returnees brought with them large amounts of liquid assets. Hundreds of thousands of Japanese came back to their defeated country when the Imperial Japanese Army was ejected from China, the Korean peninsula and other parts of the empire. Those that returned had stock certificates, wills, deposit books, Japanese cash and foreign currency temporarily seized on arrival. In 1953, after inflation fears subsided, the Japanese government began returning the items to their owners, but “we are still holding nearly 870,000 items as their owners have yet to pick them up,” said a customs official. “We hope all the belongings will be returned to their owners as soon as possible,” the official said, adding that customs is technically required to keep them “indefinitely” until their owners claim them. No value was given for the assets still being held, although many items, including currency issued by the Dutch East Indies or Imperial Japan will now be worthless. AFP
a really unpleasant alternative to DNA analysis. Or maybe we could just sniff the suspects and see which one seems the most nervous. Yeah, your nose can do that, too — researchers did another study where they strapped a bunch of gauze pads to participants’ armpits to collect their sweat while they watched horror movies. Then they taped the fear-sweat-soaked gauze under the noses of a second set of participants. Those subjects were then shown pictures of faces with completely blank expressions, and scientists found that people exposed to the “fear” sweat were more likely to guess that the expressionless faces were fearful.
Some of us can see impossible colours Here’s a challenge for you: Try to imagine a new colour. One that you’ve never seen before. Just straight invent one. Can’t do it, right? You probably figure it’s because you’ve already seen all the colours that are possible. Well, prepare to have your mind blown — there are lots of new colours out there, we just don’t ordinarily have the ability to see them, so describing them to you would be like trying to describe sight to a blind person. And we say you can’t ordinarily see them, because science has figured out a way. In their incessant quest to break reality in ever more interesting ways, scientists successfully managed to show some people a “bluish yellow” colour. We don’t mean green. We can’t really show you what we mean, because the way our eyes work is that when we see blue, the parts of the eye that detect yellow switch off, and vice versa. So it’s not supposed to be possible to see a true mix of blue and yellow. Green is something else, the closest thing your brain can offer when you show it something that gets it all confused. If you think we’re just messing with you, there’s an example of one such impossible colour that most people can perceive without playing
complicated tricks on their brain. We call it pink. Pink is an unholy mixture of red and violet that doesn’t appear on the rainbow any more than bluish yellow does. Seeing pink is basically the colour equivalent of seeing ghosts. And then, most amazingly, there are the very rare people who are born with the ability to see this world of new colours that the rest of us can’t even imagine. These people are called tetrachromats, because they have four cones in their eyes instead of three like the rest of us. Each cone is responsible for seeing about 100 shades, so for us normal folk, that’s about a million colours. But for tetrachromats? They see a hundred million colours. We should be thankful that it’s rare, since it would make art class harder than AP history.
Men can sense ovulation Researchers wanted to find out whether men could detect when women were more fertile. It turns out that not only can men sense when women are ovulating, but they subconsciously change their behaviour to adapt to it. It’s not as creepy as it sounds. When a woman is ovulating, she has very subtle changes in voice, scent and skin tone, all of which men pick up without even realizing it. To explore this, they paired 123 male participants with five women over different stages of their menstrual cycle. Each man had a one-on-one session with the woman. They were prompted with a picture depicting a certain scenario, like a child giving another a toy, and the woman was asked to describe the situation. The men were then asked to do the same thing. But what they found was that, when the women were less fertile, the men were more likely to be lazy and just copy what the woman said. But when the women were ovulating and thus more fertile, the men tended to shake it up a little and put more effort into their part.
Your eyes can “see” even after you go blind We’re not talking about the way the blind superhero Daredevil can “see” with sound. This is something different, and weirder. In one study, they put an old blind man in a maze and told him to find his way out on his own. And what happened? He completed the maze flawlessly. He could “see” the walls and twists and turns, because his retina had figured out how to bypass the broken visual cortex and send the information to the brain. He was still blind, but his eyes and brain had found a workaround. In another study, researchers put pictures of happy and sad people in front of blind people. And again, they found that the blind people were able to tell most of the time which faces were sad and which were happy. They couldn’t see the faces, but their brains knew what was in front of them. How? Well, for many blind people, there’s really nothing wrong with their eyes. The problem is usually with the visual cortex, the part of the brain that processes what the eyes see. It’s just like taking the film out of a camera and replacing it with spaghetti — the camera works fine, but it’s still useless to you. But what if somehow your body could find another way to send the information from the retina to the brain? It happens, and it’s called blindsight. Some blind people develop it and are able to have complete awareness of their surroundings, even if they believe that they don’t. nEWS dESK
Nepalese man bites snake in revenge attack
Nepalese farmer who was bitten by a venomous snake took revenge by sinking his teeth into the reptile and killing it, police said on Thursday. Mohamed Salmo Miya was farming near his village 200 kilometres (125 miles) southeast of Kathmandu when he encountered the deadly common cobra, district police chief Uma Prasad Chatrubedi told AFP. “A farmer in Bardanga village has killed a white cobra with his teeth out of anger,” he said. “The snake bit him while he was working in his paddy field on Tuesday evening and the man chased it and killed it.” Miya was treated at a local clinic and is recovering at home. “I was very angry after the snake bit into me. Then I followed the snake, grabbed it and bit it to death,” the 55-year-old told the Nepali-language Annapurna Post. “I could have killed it with a stick but I was mad with anger and wanted to take revenge. I killed it with my teeth.” Nepal has a wide variety of poisonous and nonvenomous snakes, which are particularly active during the summer monsoon, including the Indian rock python, which can grow up to 10 metres (33 feet) long, and the deadly king cobra. AFP
egyptian boy dodges airport security, boards plane
10-year-old Egyptian boy managed to sneak past security checkpoints at Cairo’s international airport and board a flight to Bahrain before getting caught, airport sources said on Thursday. A vigilant hostess of Gulf Air caught the boy before the Manama-bound aircraft took off, the sources added. The boy, who lives in a neighbourhood near the airport, was handed over to police. He explained that he had wanted to take an “up close look of the planes.” His father was summoned and reprimanded by police. It was unclear whether there would be any legal consequences for the boy’s actions. AFP
Woman tries to restore 19th century painting We’ve always imagined the work of an art restoration to be a painstaking process involving highly-trained individuals crammed in the basement of a museum, slaving over old texts and using many, many tiny paint brushes. We certainly did not picture an elderly volunteer sneaking around in a church, haphazardly painting over a classical image of Jesus until he resembled less the son of God and more a furry, sci-fi creature. But that seems to be exactly what happened to a fresco in Spain when an octogenarian decided to take art restoration into her own hands, according to Gawker, who came across the work on Reddit. The DIY project took place a couple of weeks ago at the church of Santuario de Misericordia in Borja, Spain, when an elderly woman reportedly took it upon herself to repair a fresco by 19th century Spanish artist Elias Garcia Martinez. Replacing nearly all of Martinez’s original brushstrokes, the woman’s
reimagination of Christ went horribly awry when she turned the detailed figure into what appears to be a featureless monster. The Independent reports that the amateur paint-job was discovered by the Centro de Estudios Borjanos, an archive of regional religious paintings in the same town as the church. They had recently received a donation from the granddaughter of the original fresco artist, Martinez, and decided to send someone to photograph the “Ecce Homo,” only to stumble upon the restoration nightmare. A photograph provided by The Telegraph shows how the painting appeared in 2010, with minimal white specks of paint missing from the fresco. But as the photographs above show, the painting was scrubbed into disrepair in July of this year, perhaps when the woman first decided the work needed refurbishment, and later painted beyond recognition. Borja’s culture councillor Juan Maria de Ojeda claims that the botched art repair was undertaken without permission, according to an article by El Pais. Though the elderly restorer turned herself into authorities and made it clear that the project was begun with “good intentions,” de Ojeda points out rather obviously that the “she had gotten out of hand.” The city council in Borja has contacted Martinez’s family, who have volunteered to donate a sketch of the work by the artist. The council is now trying to determine the materials used in the improvised restoration, recruiting a professional restorer to assess the damage on Monday, according to El Pais. nEWS dESK
Tattoo artist inks egg shells
ElEBRITY tattoo artist Scott Campbell is not used to confining himself to paper and canvases to create his art. But for a past exhibit at OHWOW Gallery in New York City, he’s gone even farther than inked skin, turning instead to ostrich eggs as the medium for his intricate designs. Titled “Noblesse Oblige,” the exhibit involves an array of mediums not often found in a tattoo parlour, including copper, graphite and uncut currency sheets. It was his ostrich egg designs that caught our eye though — a series of drawings rendered in graphite on the inside of delicate eggshells. Portraying dark images of snakes, insects and flowers, the artist contrasts his fragile medium with bold themes of birth and transformation that appear to hatch from the fragile oval structures. The title of the exhibit was taken from a French phrase that references the obligation associated with nobility. For Campbell, his reputation as a high-ranking tattoo artist is his tongue-in-cheek version of “noblesse oblige,” and so his exhibit was a chance for him to address the themes and images often associated with ink art. nEWS dESK
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Warner braces for Pakistan spin challenge D DUBAI AFP
ASHING Australian opener David Warner on Thursday said he and fellow batsmen were ready for Pakistan's spin challenge in their limited over series starting next week. The 25-year-old left-hander, who has made an impact with his aggressive strokeplay at international level, is bracing for Pakistan's successful spin trio led by Saeed Ajmal and backed up by Shahid Afridi and Mohammad Hafeez. Australia first face Afghanistan in a tune-up one-day in Sharjah on Saturday before taking on Pakistan in three one-day and as many Twenty20 internationals on dry and spinfriendly pitches in the United Arab Emirates. But Warner said Australians have prepared well. "We had a great camp in Darwin," Warner told reporters. "Some wickets there were turning. I think the boys definitely challenged themselves in that area and they got through pretty well." In January this year Pakistan routed the then world's best Test team England 3-0 here, with Ajmal and leftarm spinner Abdul Rehman sharing 43 wickets between them but England hit back by taking the one-day series 4-1 and T20s 2-1. Warner said facing Ajmal and Afridi will be a big challenge. "I haven't faced them before in turning conditions. I have faced both in a Twenty20 game in England where the ball wasn't turning much. I have faced Afridi in Australia but not in
turning conditions as yet so I am really looking forward to it. "We knew that in this series we are going to face a lot of spin bowling. We are looking forward for the challenge and now we see that as a bonus," said Warner of the series in which the first one-day will be in Sharjah on August 28. The second match is scheduled for Abu Dhabi (August 31) and the third in Sharjah (September 3). That will be followed by three Twenty20 matches in Dubai on September 5, 7 and 10. Warner hoped the series will provide good preparation for the World Twenty20 to be held in Sri lanka in September-October. "It is disappointing we cannot play in Pakistan but we are two teams who like facing each other. I am looking forward for the challenge which can be great," said Warner, who promised no let-ups against minnows Afghanistan. "We are playing for Australia which always takes teams seriously. Anytime we walk out there with the Australian cap on it is a thrill. We will treat it as another game for Australia." Warner warned Afghanistan can be a surprise package. "We know what Afghanistan is capable of over here. Everyone says that some of us struggle against spin bowling and we know that they might have some good spin bowlers as well. "We haven't got to see much of their footage. We are expecting a team that is jumping out of the skin to play against Australia. They are a type of a team that can bring anything into the table and we are looking forward to that challenge."
we can win without Pietersen, says cook
England one-day captain Alastair Cook has insisted that there is life after Kevin Pietersen, as his side aim to get revenge over South Africa without the controversial batsman. Pietersen will be absent again throughout the five-match one-day series, which starts in Cardiff on Friday, as the fall-out continues from the text message scandal that threatens to end his international career. The 32-year-old has been cast into exile after angering England captain Andrew Strauss and coach Andy Flower by sending texts to South African players that allegedly contained criticism of the duo. With South Africa-born Pietersen on the sidelines, England were beaten by the Proteas in the final Test at lord's earlier this week. Graeme Smith's team took over from England as the top ranked Test team thanks to their 2-0 series victory and they can rub salt into the wounds by taking the oneday honours as well. But Cook has led England to the top of the 50-over rankings on the back of 10 wins in 2012 and, although South Africa will go into the series full of confidence, the Essex opener believes Pietersen's absence won't damage their hopes.
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Merit only criteria to pick bowling coach: Chairman pCB LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Cahduahry Zaka Asrhaf said on Thursday that merit is the criteria for the selection of the bowling coach whose name will be announced shortly to improve the performance of the team. “We have only one consideration in our mind which is merit and the bowling coach is being selected under a similar arrangement,” said the PCB Chief while speaking at the unveiling of event logo of Pak-Australia cricket series here at National Cricket Academy. Bank Alfalah presents Cool and Cool Pak-Australia series in which three one day internationals and three T-20 games will be played from August 28 to September 10. Also present on the occasion were Subhan Ahmed, Chief Operating Officer PCB, Owais Ashraf, COO Cool and Cool, Adnan Anwar Khan, Group Head Retail Banak Alfalah, Usman Ishaq, Executive Director Zong and Naureed Awan and Rao Umer Hashim of TransMedia. Ch Zaka said the bowling coach is being selected through a laid down procedure and a committee is thoroughly monitoring the entire process to ensure that the most suitable professional be attached with the team management to lift the pace bowling department. “We just cannot select a coach if a former player announces his availability and willingness and everyone who so ever is has to go through a procedure in order to meet all the requirements,” he answered when his attention was drawn that Shoaib Akhtar is ready to serve Pak cricket in the role of a bowling coach. The PCB Chief said the performance of Pak U19 team in the World Jr Cricket
Cup will be ascertained after receiving report from the team management. “In the initial part of the tournament our team’s performance was quite good but then onward its failed to show consistency and could not achieve desired results in the event,” he said. He expressed the optimism that Pak team will show premier performance against Australia by putting collective
efforts and hard work. “The PCB is taking every measure to lift the overall performance of our team and hiring a bowling coach is also the part of similar efforts,” he added. He expressed his gratitude to the sponsors for supplementing PCB’s efforts for the development of the cricket. “We appreciate the support that we are receiving from Pakistan’s corporate sec-
tor.” The Chairman PCB said: "It gives me great pleasure to introduce the sponsors for the upcoming Pakistan vs Australia series being played in UAE later this month. We appreciate the support that we are receiving from Pakistan’s corporate sector and thank them for their sincere efforts. On behalf of PCB we thank our current sponsors Bank Al
lAHore: the Pcb, bank Alfalah, cool and cool, zong and transmedia officials during the unveiling of the logo for the Pakistan and Australia series. MUrTaza aLi
Falah, Cool and Cool, Zong and MMA for their participation in the upcoming series. I hope that fans would get to watch very entertaining contest. We wish Team Pakistan best of luck for the series." Adnan Anwar of Bank Alfalah said his organization has over a decade long association with PCB and Cricket and their prime objective of extending sponsorship is to patronage national cricket. “We will continue our association with cricket in years to come.” Subhan Ahmed, while answering a question said wicket keeper Zulqaranin Haider has been served a notice and to appear before PCB’s committee for his recent outburst on the selection committee and re-call of wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal and selection of Akmal brothers in the national team. “Cricket is the most popular sport in the country and we believe that corporate entities need to keep on investing in this sport to develop the game at the international and grass root level. This will considerably motivate young talent in our country to come forward and exhibit their cricketing skills and make us proud as a nation.” He further said that as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility Bank Alfalah has been committed to actively support sports and cricket in particular year on year since 2005 and will continue to sponsor cricketing series played by our national team. “He (Zulqarnain) comes under PCB code of conduct necessary proceedings are being initiated and he has been asked to strengthen his claims with the provision of evidences what so ever he has,” said PCB official and added: “The committee will probe the matter before finalizing its recommendations.”.
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Pujara boosts India with comeback ton HYDERABAD
HETESHWAR Pujara celebrated his comeback with a maiden century to help India post 307-5 on opening day of the first Test against New Zealand in Hyderabad on Thursday. The 24-year-old, who played his last Test in January 2011, cracked a solid 119 not out in India's first match after the retirement of veterans Rahul Dravid and VVS laxman. India were under pressure at 125-3 after losing experienced Virender Sehwag (47), Gautam Gambhir (22) and Sachin Tendulkar (19), but Pujara and Virat Kohli (58) propped up the innings with a 125-run stand for the fourth wicket. Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was unbeaten on 29 at stumps. Pujara, who replaced Dravid at number three, looked comfortable against both pace and spin during his 226-ball knock which contained one six and 15 fours. He played some aggressive shots after completing his half-century, hitting left-arm paceman Trent Boult for three fours in an over and smashing part-time spinner Kane Williamson over wide longon for the first six of the match. Pujara, playing only his fourth Test, reached his
indiA 1ST inningS: 22 g. gambhir c van Wyk b Boult 47 V. Sehwag c guptill b Bracewell c. Pujara not out 119 S. Tendulkar b Boult 19 V. Kohli c guptill b martin 58 S. Raina c van Wyk b Patel 3 mS dhoni not out 29 10 EXTRAS (b6, lb3, w1) 307 TOTAl (for five wickets; 87 overs) FAll of WicKETS: 1-49 (gambhir), 2-77 (Sehwag), 3-125 (Tendulkar), 4-250 (Kohli), 5-260 (Raina). BOWling: martin 18-2-60-1, Boult 16-2-63-2, Bracewell 10.4-1-53-1, Franklin 11.2-0-33-0 (w1), Patel 24-6-58-1, Williamson 7-0-31-0. TOSS: india, umPiRES: ian gould (Eng) and Steve davis (AuS), TV umPiRE: Vineet Kulkarni (ind), mATcH REFEREE: chris Broad (Eng)
hundred with a single to fine-leg off paceman James Franklin, much to the delight of nearly 15,000 spectators. The 23-yearold Kohli, playing his ninth Test, cracked eight fours in his fourth Test half-century before falling to a poor shot, caught at second slip by Martin Guptill while trying to cut paceman Chris Martin. He gave a chance on 46 when he edged off-spinner Jeetan Patel, but loneslip Ross Taylor failed to hold on to it. It went for a four, helping the Indian to reach his half-century. India lost one more wicket when Suresh Raina, who replaced laxman in the middle order, was
caught behind off Patel after making three. Boult had Gambhir caught behind and then got a big wicket when he bowled Tendulkar, who was playing his first Test after becoming a member of parliament. Tendulkar could only add seven more runs to his lunch score of 12 before he was suprised by a Boult delivery that came in sharply. He hit just two fours in his slow 62-ball innings. The world's leading scorer in both Tests and one-dayers with an unprecedented 100 international centuries, the 39-year-old Tendulkar was in April nominated to the upper house of parliament, the Rajya Sabha, for his contribution to the nation. Fast bowler Doug Bracewell was the other wicket-taker, having free-scoring opener Sehwag caught by Guptill at second slip. New Zealand earlier did not allow India to build a big partnership on a good batting track, removing both the openers in the morning and then dismissing Tendulkar in the afternoon. India put on 49 for the opening wicket after winning the toss when Boult dismissed Gambhir in the 10th over. The Indian opener hit four boundaries in his 36-ball knock. Sehwag cracked nine fours in his brisk 41-ball knock before he fell to a loose shot, caught in the slips while attempting to cut Bracewell.
HyderAbAd: indian cricketer cheteshwar Pujara celebrates after scoring a century (100 runs) during the opening day of the first test match between india and nz at the rajiv gandhi international cricket Stadium. afp
abidi’s ton helps pak women beat ireland nain abidi’s maiden century for pakistan S.PERvEZ QAISER
LAHORE STAFF REPORT
The Pakistan women cricket team defeated Ireland by 42 runs on D/l method in the Tri-Nation One Day series. The win came Pakistan’s way thanks to Nain Abidi’s century. Pakistan won the toss and opted to bat first which proved to be a wise decision as the women in green piled up a total of 254 runs for the loss of three wickets. Abidi registered her name in the record books as she became the first Pakistan woman to score a century against Ireland. Ireland had to chase a shortened target of 224 runs in 39 overs but only managed to make 181 for the loss of 8 wickets. Irish opener Shillington top scored with 66 while Sana Mir led the Pakistan bowling attack with two wickets. Pakistan will play Bangladesh in its second match.
Syeda Nain Fatima Abidi became the first Pakistani player to score a century in women's one day internationals. The right hand batswoman achieved this feat by making an unbeaten 101 off 129 balls with nine fours against Ireland women at Dublin on Tuesday (August 22). Pakistan's first century in women's one day internationals came in the 91st match. Mahewish Khan who made 69 off 72 balls with 10 fours against Netherlands women at Karachi on April 14,2001 held the previous record of highest individual score for Pakistan women in one day cricket. Nain Fatima's previous highest score was 54 against Sri lanka at Potchefstroom on October 10, 2010 and against Bangladesh at Dublin on August 20,2012. She made five of Pakistan's 17 half centuries in women's one dayers. Pakistan women made 254 for three in 50 overs in this match which was their third highest total after 277 for four in 50 overs against Netherlands at Fatullah on November 22,2011 and 258 for nine in 50 overs against Netherlands at Potchefstroom on October 9,2010. HigHEST ScORES FOR PAKiSTAn WOmEn'S in Odi: ScORE PlAyER OPPOnEnT VEnuE dATE 101 nain Abidi ireland dublin 22-08-2012 69 mahewish netherlands Karachi 14-04-2001 67* bismah bangladesh dublin 20-08-2012 67 Javeria Khan netherlands Fatullah 22-11-2011 66* bismah netherlands Fatullah 22-11-2011
india reach iCC U19 Cricket World Cup 2012 final LAHORE STAFF REPORT
Two-time former champion India defeated New Zealand by nine runs on Thursday in the second semi-final of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2012 to set-up Sunday’s final with defending champion Australia. Defending just 209 runs in front of ESPN STAR Sports’ HD cameras, India produced an outstanding bowling and fielding performance to restricted New Zealand to 200 for nine in 50 overs. India’s Baba Aparajith was declared player of the match after the youngster followed up his 61-ball 44 with figures of 10-1-29-1. While India will take on Australia at the Tony Ireland Stadium in Townsville in a match to be covered live by ESPN STAR Sports, New Zealand will play South Africa in the third-fourth position
play-off on Saturday at Endeavour Park. On Friday, the Plate Championship final will be played between Afghanistan and Sri lanka at Allan Border Field in Brisbane and will be watched by ICC President Alan Isaac. In the Super league, West Indies will meet England in the fifth-sixth position play-off while Pakistan will meet Bangladesh in the seventh-eighth position play-off. Put into bat, India appeared to be starting to peak just at the right time and looked comfortable with the new ball, managing to do what most other teams have failed in at Tony Ireland Stadium – not to lose early wickets. The New Zealanders were sharp in the field and Captain Will Young, quite possibly took the catch of the tournament, a onehanded dive at mid-wicket to dismiss Prashant Chopra (52, 104b, 5x4, 1x6) who was looking to settle himself at the crease.
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17 Sports russia drops high-speed rail plan for world cup MOSCOW AFP
Russia has dropped plans to extend its existing high-speed rail links to 2018 World Cup host cities because of budget constraints, a newspaper report said on Thursday. The highly publicised initiative had represented one of the planks of President Vladimir Putin's promise to use the football tournament to revitalise Russia's far-flung regions and gain long-term benefits from the costly event. The Vedomosti business daily cited several unnamed government officials as saying that spending on the rail extension programme was not included in the long-term programme of Russian Railways (RZD) or the next federal budget. Russia is currently trying to balance World Cup spending worth billions of dollars with more urgent construction demands for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi as well as the 2013 World University Games in Kazan.
torres â€˜offsideâ€™ goal seals chelsea comeback
Fernando Torres's controversial late goal proved decisive as Chelsea staged a second half recovery to secure a 4-2 Premier league victory over promoted Reading at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday. Torres converted from close range with nine minutes remaining -- but television replays showed the Spaniard was clearly in an offside position when he turned home Ashley Cole's cross. Visiting manager Brian McDermott was left incensed by the decision of referee lee Mason to award the goal that undid his side's previous excellent work. At that point Reading appeared to be on course to claim at least a point after goals from Pavel Pogrebnyak and Danny Guthrie -- helped by an error by Chelsea keeper Petr Cech -- had overturned Frank lampard's early penalty. Gary Cahill's long range shot had brought Chelsea level midway through the second half but the match was very much in the balance when Torres struck. Then, in the very final seconds, Branislav Ivanovic capped a breakaway to roll in the fourth goal after Reading keeper Adam Federici had gone forward.
Bolt mulls swapping sprinting for long jump LONDON AFP
Jamaica's Usain Bolt has said he is considering switching sprinting for long jump before the 2016 Rio Olympics. The world's fastest man, who claimed three gold medals at the london Olympics, dismissed rumours that he may retire before Rio but said he may compete in different events in four years' time. "It's just about making different goals, there's a lot of things I can do in the sport," Bolt told Britain's Sky News television channel. "My coach wants me to do 400 metres, I want to try long jump," said Bolt, who successfully defended his 2008 Beijing 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay titles in london this month. "I could always try to aim for the records again, so there's different things -- but after the season we'll decide what
we want to do and work on that next season." Bolt's flirtation with long jump comes a week after he claimed he was considering playing cricket in Australia's domestic Twenty20 Big Bash league. He played junior cricket before turning to the track and has long voiced a love for the game. The sprinter has also said he would happily play football for Manchester United, "if the money's right". If Bolt does switch to long jump, he would be following in the footsteps of US sprinter Carl lewis, who won the Olympic long jump title four times from 1984 to 1988 as well as four sprint golds. Bolt also brushed off speculation that he was planning to quit ahead of the Rio Games. "Yes, definitely I will be there (in Rio), as long as I'm fit and I'm ready," said the 26-year-old. "It'll be a little bit harder but I'm looking forward to it."
Woods, Mcilroy to square off at Barclays FARMINGDALE AFP
Golf's two biggest stars, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, will be grouped together for the first time ever in an official PGA Tour event during the opening two rounds of The Barclays. World number one McIlroy, fresh off a dominant victory at the PGA Championship 10 days ago, says he is looking forward to going head-to-head with his boyhood idol when the tournament begins on Thursday at the Bethpage course. "It really focuses you from the get-go, a pairing like that," McIlroy said Wednesday. "I'm looking forward to it. I really enjoy his company. I know we'll have a good time out there." Northern Irishman McIlroy and Woods aren't complete strangers on the golf course. They played in the same pairing for one round at Woods' Chevron World Challenge exhibition tournament two years ago and they spent three rounds together at the European Tour's Abu Dhabi Golf Championship earlier this year. But
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this time there are more bragging rights on the line -- Woods leads the FedEx Cup points standings and McIlroy's eight-shot victory at the PGA Championship saw him surpass luke Donald to take the number one ranking spot. "He's a great kid and it's great to be around him," Woods, who shared a high five with McIlroy at Wednesday's press conference, said. "What an amazing talent he really is. I just hope that
everyone just lets him grow and develop as a player because it's going to be fun to see over the next 20 years how this kid's career is going to pan out." American Woods has had a host of rivals over the years, including Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els and Vijay Singh but none of them have been able to keep pace with him over the long haul. There is also a chance that McIlroy, 23, and 13 years younger than Woods, could go head-to-
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head in the upcoming Ryder Cup. "Yeah, I'd love to go out there. I'd love Tiger to go out first and kick his (butt)," McIlroy said jokingly about the Ryder Cup. His PGA Championship win marked his second major victory by eight strokes, and he now has two majors at a younger age than Woods. Woods and McIlroy will be playing together during the opening two rounds of The Barclays because the event groups players based on their FedEx Cup standings -- Woods is in first place while McIlroy is currently third. Wednesday's high five indicated how cordial the pair's rivalry is. "I always wanted to be part of that conversation," Woods said of going up against the new world number one. "That's the neat thing about what Jack (Nicklaus) had done. He crossed generations, and when you're a part of that conversation for the better part of 25 years, that's saying something. "I was kind of hoping when I started off my career I'd be part of that conversation for that length of time."
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is relishing the prospect of having the Paralympics in london, with this year's edition promising to be the biggest and most high-profile yet. Some 4,200 athletes are scheduled to take part in the competition, which begins in the British capital on August 29 and runs until September 9, rounding off a summer of sport. IPC president Philip Craven, though, said there was not just a desire among the public to prolong the Olympics after a successful Games, particularly for the home nation, but also to see more topclass sport. "This will be my sixth Paralympics as president. It's not just because I'm back in my own country but everyone is so excited," said the 62year-old Briton, a five-time Paralympian in wheelchair basketball and swimming. "There's a fantastic buzz in the air, waiting for it to kick off and people talking about it," he told AFP in a phone interview from london. Part of that buzz comes from the previous Games in Beijing four years ago, where China set an impressive standard to follow, he added. "I think when (Chinese President) Hu Jintao in early 2006 declared that the Paralympics were equal to the Olympics they really were," Craven said. "We were very pleased with the way the Chinese took to Paralympic sport. They had programmes explaining the different sports and we had great coverage there. "But what (British host broadcaster) Channel 4 have done, they have taken a very fresh look at it, which has been exciting and ground-breaking, pushing those boundaries. Because it's brand new, even we at times have had to catch up." Channel 4, whose powerful Paralympics trailer "Meet the Superhumans" has won widespread praise, are planning what they say are an "unprecedented" 150 hours of rolling coverage on multiple platforms over the 12 days of competition. After the Olympics ended on August 12, the broadcaster even ran adverts cheekily saying: "Thanks for the warm-up."
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federer targets sixth US Open NEW YORK AFP
Roger Federer aims to cap his dramatic renaissance by becoming the first man in 87 years to win six US Open titles when the season's last Grand Slam event takes place from Monday. World number one Federer currently has five New York wins, a mark he shares with US legends Pete Sampras and Jimmy Connors, an equal-best performance in the Open era. But the last man to win six was Bill Tilden, who achieved the feat in the strictly amateur days of 1925 before finishing his career with seven in 1929. Having just turned 31, Federer is back at world number one thanks to a record-equalling seventh Wimbledon title, his 17th Grand Slam trophy. He was a silver medallist at the Olympics and has six tour titles in total this year, a statistic capped by a record fifth Cincinnati Masters last week where he swept past Novak Djokovic in the final. Federer won his five straight US Open titles between 2004 and 2008 but missed the chance of a sixth in 2009 when he lost a fiveset thriller to Ar-
Azarenka named top seed for uS open NEW YORK AFP
World No. 1 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, the reigning Australian Open champion, was named on Wednesday as top seed for the US Open women's tournament that begins Monday. World No. 2 Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland, who lost the Wimbledon final to 14-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams, was named the second seed for the fortnight on the Flushing Meadows hardcourts. Russian Maria Sharapova, who completed a career Grand Slam with her fourth major title at this year's French Open, was named the third seed while Williams, a three-time US Open winner, was named the fourth seed.
gentina's Juan Martin del Potro. Rafael Nadal, missing through injury this year, and Djokovic claimed the 2010 and 2011 editions. "Even though I reached almost all my goals already this year by securing a medal, winning Wimbledon, and getting back to world No. 1, it's important for me to push forward," said Federer. His record at the majors remains one of outstanding consistency -- he has reached the quarter-finals or better at 33 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments. "It's a completely different atmosphere in New York. The pressure is going to be different," said Federer, who has scores to settle over the next two weeks. Despite beating Djokovic in Cincinnati, to follow his win over the Serb in the semi-finals at Wimbledon, he is still pained by throwing away a two-sets to love lead and match point in the US Open semi-finals last year against the world number two. Djokovic, the Australian Open winner and defending champion in New York, is hitting form at the right time -- his runner-up spot in Cincinnati came on the back of a Toronto Masters triumph seven days earlier. The Serb, five years younger than Federer, is adamant that the key to beating the great Swiss is not to be cowed by his opponent's reputation.
Wozniacki, Kvitova advance in New Haven NEW HAvEN AFP
new HAven: caroline wozniacki of denmark returns a shot to Sofia Arvidsson of Sweden during the new Haven open at yale at the connecticut tennis center at yale. afp
Four-time reigning champ Caroline Wozniacki and second seed Petra Kvitova advanced to the quarter-finals of the WTA's New Haven Open on Wednesday with straight-set victories. Kvitova, last year's Wimbledon runner-up, easily defeated American Nicole Gibbs, 6-2, 6-4, to advance to Thursday's quarters. She will next face eighth-seeded Czech lucie Safarova, who crushed China's Zheng Jie, 6-4, 6-0. Former world number one Wozniacki, who is seeded third and seeking her fifth straight title at the event, improved to 19-0 lifetime in New Haven with a 7-6 (7/4), 6-2 victory over Sweden's Sofia Arvidsson. The hardcourt tournament, at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale University, is serving as a tune-up event for next week's US Open. Denmark's Wozniacki defeated Czech Petra Cetkovska in last year's New Haven final. Her quarter-final opponent on Thursday will be Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova. Sixth-seeded Cibulkova won 6-4, 6-1 over German Andrea Petkovic, who has battled injuries for most of the year. This was Petkovic's first tournament in nearly four months and only her fourth event of the season. She entered 2012 ranked 10th in the world. Petkovic says it is going to take some time to get her match conditioning back. "I'd play three or four good shots then miss horrible shots I'd never miss in a hundred years," Petkovic said.
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Jankovic advances to texas open semis
Serbia's Jelena Jankovic breezed past Romania's Sorana Cirstea 6-2, 6-1 in just over an hour to reach the semi-finals of the WTA Tour's Texas Open on Wednesday. The second-seeded Jankovic dominated Cirstea by winning 79 percent of her first-serve points to book a spot in the next round against qualifier Casey Dellacqua of Australia. The eighth-seeded Cirstea committed seven double faults and won just 19 percent of her second-serve points in the match played on the main stadium courts. Dellacqua also won her match in straight sets, beating Canada's Aleksandra Wozniak 6-4, 6-4. Dellacqua won 68 percent of her first-serve points and hammered two aces in the 67-minute match. In other action, Italy's Roberta Vinci, the third seed, eliminated Chanelle Scheepers of South Africa 7-6 (7/1), 6-2 to reach the semi-finals. Vinci next faces Bojana Jovanovski who was leading 6-4, 1-0 when China's Peng Shuai retired from their match early in the second set.
Serena slight favorite in wide open field NEW YORK AFP
Serena Williams earns the nod as a favorite heading into the US Open by virtue of her Olympic and Wimbledon titles, but the field of contenders is wide open entering the year's last Grand Slam event. The Flushing Meadows fortnight begins on Monday with Williams having had her 19-match win streak halted at Cincinnati, in her final Open hardcourt tuneup, by Angelique Kerber, the German who ousted Venus Williams at the Olympics. "I embrace being that," Serena Williams said of the favorite's role. "like at Wimbledon I wasn't the favorite and I was shocked. I actually got angry. So I don't know if it's better not to be a favorite or for me to be a favorite." The World No. 4, a 14time Grand Slam champion, was a shock loser to Australian Samantha Stosur in last year's US Open final, and is a favorite despite her 2008 triumph being her only US Open singles crown since 2002.
roddick crashes out of Winston-Salem event WINSTON-SALEM AFP
American Andy Roddick suffered a third-round loss Wednesday at the $550,000 ATP Tour's WinstonSalem Open, losing in straight sets to Belgium's Steve Darcis. Darcis, who made it to the third round of the london Olympics, outlasted fifth-seeded Roddick in a pair of tiebreak sets, 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (7/3) at the Wake Forest University facility. The 28-year-old Darcis, who is ranked 81st in the world, was the last player to make the cut for the main draw. "I didn't expect this when I came here; I wasn't playing well," said Darcis. "I've played two good first matches and now I have played well, serving well and trying to be aggressive when I could. Of
course, it is a good win before the US Open." He next faces secondseeded Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic, who advanced with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Finland's Jarkko Nieminen. The hardcourt tournament serves as a warm-up event for next week's US Open. Roddick, a former world No. 1 and ex-US Open champion, is struggling heading into the last Grand Slam of the year at Flushing Meadows. "I served okay, but I didn't return too well," said Roddick. "I didn't hit the ball clean and he played better when he had to. I wanted to play better here." He lost early at last week's Cincinnati Masters tournament, where he complained of back problems. He has now dropped three of his last four matches after winning
five straight, including a title in Atlanta. Fourth-seeded Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine moved into the quarter-finals with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Argentina's David Nalbandian. Seventh-seeded American Sam Querrey continued his run of good form with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Spaniard Feliciano lopez. Querrey will meet Dolgopolov in the quarter-finals on Thursday. uS STARS SEEK gRAND SLAM ANSWERS: American tennis, once the envy of the world, is now propped up by Serena and Venus Williams on the women's side and mired in the longest US Grand Slam men's singles title drought. As the US Open returns to the Flushing Meadows hardcourts for the US Open fortnight that starts on Monday, it has been nine years since
Andy Roddick won the US Open at age 21, taking the baton from Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi. But since then, Swiss legend Roger Federer has become a 17-time Grand Slam winner, Spain's Rafael Nadal has won 11 Slam crowns and Serbian Novak Djokovic has captured five, including four of the past seven and the 2011 US Open. "It's going to take some great tennis to crack those top three," Roddick said. "They are three of the best we've seen ever and they are certainly playing to it right now." Since Russian Marat Safin won the 2005 Australian Open, the only men's Slam singles title not won by the game's three current superstars was by Juan Martin de Potro of Argentina in a five-set upset of Federer in the 2009 US Open final.
winSton-SAlem: ( l-r) Andy roddick of the uSA shakes hands with Steve darcis of belgium after being defeated by darcis during the third round of the winston-Salem open at wake Forest university. afp
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pakistan summons uS envoy, lodges protest against drones ISLAMABAD AgEnciES
Pakistan on Thursday strongly protested against US drone strikes on its territory, calling the attacks “illegal” and a violation of international laws. In a brief statement, the Foreign Office said: “The US Embassy was today demarched on recent drone strikes in North Waziristan. A senior US diplomat was called to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and informed that the drone strikes were unlawful, against international law and a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty.” The statement further said that “such attacks were unacceptable.” The drones have struck at least four times in North Waziristan since August 18, reportedly killing some 20 suspected militants. Ten suspected militants were killed in two drone strikes in North Waziristan on August 19. Most of the attacks were carried out in the Shawal area.
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pakistan, uS warned India with use of nukes NEW DELHI
Pakistan, india Fms likely to approve liberalized visa regime next month ISLAMABAD SHAiq HuSSAin
Pakistan and India are likely to sign a vital pact on “liberalized Visa Regime” next month during the Indian Foreign Minister SM Krishna’s visit to Islamabad, expected in the second week of September. The Indian foreign minister and his Pakistani counterpart Hina Rabbani Khar will meet next month to review the ongoing Indo-Pak dialogue process and also set in motion the direction for the next rounds of talks. Under the ongoing peace process, the South Asian nuclear neighbors are discussing Kashmir, Siachen, Sir Creek, Wullar barrage and other conflicting matters with an aim to settle the disputes and normalize bilateral ties. Some media reports suggested recently that Krishna was likely to visit Islamabad on September 7, 8 and 9 but there has been no official announcement yet about the exact dates of Indian foreign minister’s trip. The diplomatic sources said besides Kashmir and other issues, the two foreign ministers were also likely to take up for discussions another important issue of proposed agreement on “liberalized Visa regime” between Islamabad and New Delhi. The two sides were expected to sign an accord in May this year in Islamabad during the talks of interior secretaries, but that was called off when Islamabad expressed the desire to go for the signatures and formalization of the agreement at a higher political level. “The talks between the foreign ministers are the suitable highest forum for the agreement on new and liberalized visa regime and Interior Minister Rehman Malik could join Foreign Minister Krishna and Khar at the signing ceremony,” said a source, seeking anonymity. The new visa regime, if implemented, would pave way for the issuing of multiple-entry and police reporting-free visas for businessmen. The businessmen from the two countries will also be allowed to visit five cities instead of three at present, while the elderly people and children would be exempted from police reporting. The source said “group tourist visas” would be issued for the first time to groups of 10-50 individuals. He said the group visit would be arranged by an approved operator or travel agent and the visa would be valid for 30 days and would not be extendable. He said families of individuals married to a national of the other country would be eligible for two-year, multiple entry visas. He said only one person would be able to report to police on behalf of the entire family.
SC declares Gilani’s Safe City project ‘illegal and invalid’ ISLAMABAD
HE Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday declared former prime minister Yousaf Raza Gilani’s approved Safe City Project for Islamabad and Peshawar “nontransparent, illegal and invalid”. A three-member SC bench headed by Justice Nasirul Mulk announced the detailed judgment. According to the verdict, the entire exercise of the project appeared to be farcical and it was a “classic case” of pleading the law to defeat the law. The SC asked National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Admiral (r) Fasih Bokhari to take legal action against the scam, which involves highranking government officials, including former premier Gilani, who was ousted from his office after he was found guilty of contempt by a Supreme Court bench. The project’s contract was approved on December 29, 2009, and included procurement of goods, equipment and services to establish a command center and network to counter terrorism, initially in Islamabad at a total cost of $124,719,018. The project, referred to as Islamabad Safe City Project, was proposed by the Interior Ministry, and its attached department National Database Regulatory Authority (NADRA). During the summer of 2009, Chinese Company M/s Hauwei Technology Company limited approached NADRA, offering to implement and ex-
ecute a comprehensive surveillance and monitoring system for security in Islamabad. NADRA claims to have informed its parent ministry regarding the offer made by the company. The NADRA chairman discussed with the interior secretary the possibility of obtaining a long-term loan from the Chinese government or the Export-Import Bank of China, whereupon the Economic Affairs Division was activated by the Interior Ministry for the allocation of a concessional loan from China. later, in January 2011, a citizen challenged the contract in the SC, alleging that the entire transaction had been carried out in an illegal and unlawful manner, and causing a huge loss to the national exchequer. The petitioner argued that a similar project was undertaken for Karachi in 2008-2009 at a total cost of $8 million. After several hearings, the court reserved its verdict on Thursday. The judgment, authored by Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed, said that the entire transaction was carried out in a “non-transparent manner”, and at an apparently inflated cost. The SC ordered the government to reinitiate the process for the procurement of the required equipment, software and services in a fair, just, rational and transparent manner, strictly in accordance with the provisions of the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) Ordinance, 2002, and the Public Procurement Rules, 2004. “Needless to say that the respondent company would be at the liberty to
participate in such de novo process of procurement,” the court order mentioned. “The contract dated 29 December, 2009, is illegal and invalid having been executed in violation of the mandatory provisions of the Public Procurement Rules, 2004, as the exemption there from purportedly granted under Rule 42 (c)(v) was based on extraneous and irrelevant reasons and therefore of no legal effect or consequence,” read the judgment. “In fact, it has been indicated to us that various other Chinese companies were in a position to offer similar goods and services. The entire market, both national and international, was never taped. There was admittedly no conscious application of mind at the time of the grant of the approval by the prime minister that Rule 5 or 14 or both were applicable to the transaction in question,” the order added. The court order further stated that even as per the report of the Planning Commission referred to in the summary to the prime minister dated June 7, 2010, the net present value of the project was $72 million, while the contract had been awarded for a total amount of $124.7 million. Furthermore, all government departments and relevant authorities other than the Interior Ministry repeatedly indicated that the cost of the project was at least three times higher than the value of the equipment being supplied. They added that the contract in question was executed on December 29, 2009, when the PC-I had not even been prepared.
Although Indian National Security Advisor Shiv Shanker Menon shied away from naming the countries that tried to threaten New Delhi with use of nuclear weapons on three separate occasions, the nuclear establishment here has revealed that Pakistan twice explicitly warned of using nuclear devices against India while the Americans implicitly threatened so as well during the 1971 IndiaPakistan war. Menon talked about nuclear blackmail at a global disarmament seminar on Tuesday. Top government sources said Pakistan warned to take first action with nuclear weapons against India in 1987 during a large scale Indian Army mobilization under then General K Sundarji for war game ‘Operation Brasstacks’ in the Rajasthan deserts. The war game conducted from November 1986 to March 1987, saw Pakistan Army and Air Force mobilization in response by then President Zia-ul-Haq, a report in Hindustan Times said. In an interview to journalist Kuldip Nayar in January 1987, Pak nuke scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan said, “Nobody can undo Pakistan... We are here to stay. Be clear that we shall use the bomb if our existence is threatened.” The warning, Indian officials say, was conveyed through diplomatic and other channels. The second time India was subjected to such leverage tactics was when then Pak PM Benazir Bhutto sent her foreign minister lt Gen Sahabzada Yaqub Khan to India on January 21, 1990 to pressurize New Delhi on Kashmir and related issues. With the Kashmiri separatist movement at its peak, Khan told his Indian counterpart IK Gujral that “war clouds would hover over the sub-continent if timely action was not taken.” While these two threats were direct, the US under Richard Nixon administration gave India an implicit threat by moving the USS Enterprise, world’s first nuclear- powered carrier, into Bay of Bengal on December 11, 1971 during the India-Pakistan war with collapse of Dhaka being imminent. India, however, did not budge.
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Azad’s grandnephew says he was almost arrested for no reason by iSi during his trip to lahore Says Pakistani authorities ‘hate indian muslims’
grandnephew of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad – a senior political leader of the Indian independence movement and an opponent of partition of India – has claimed that he was severely harassed and almost arrested for “no reason” by officials of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), during his visit to lahore in June this year. In an article carried by The Statesman, Firoz Bakht Ahmed, the visitor, wrote of an ordeal during his tour of lahore with his family in June, claiming that the Pakistani government, especially the military establishment, was extremely crit-
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ical of Muslims living in and loyal to India, saying as much that they were looked upon with utter hate and abhorrence. “It’s not only Pakistani Hindus who routinely narrate horror tales. Indian Muslims are terrorized too while on visits to Pakistan as tourists as they are generally taken to be RAW agents or spies. The problem with the Pakistani administration is that it can’t tolerate Hindus and more than them, pious Muslims who profess their loyalty to India. My family and I realized this to our dismay during our recent visit as tourists to lahore,” he wrote. Ahmed said Pakistanis were intolerant of Muslims who swore allegiance to India. “I implore Muslims of India never and Editor: Arif Nizami
ever to venture into Pakistan as tourists since there is no guarantee that they will return unless they are part of some government delegation. Pakistani authorities hate Indian Muslims and that is the truth,” the article said. He said his hounding started at Wagah while crossing into Pakistan. Reporting his ordeal, Ahmed said his children had insisted going to Joy land children’s amusement park in lahore Cantonment during their stay at Aitchison College during the lahore tour. “It so happened that on 9 June, 2012, the fifth day of our stay in lahore, the children wanted to go for rides at Joy land Park around 5pm. Continued FRom page 04
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