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US presidential hopeful Romney says can’t divorce Pakistan, backs tougher aid conditions Says Pakistan has been anything but an ally WASHINGTON special correspondenT
HITe House hopeful Mitt Romney on Tuesday said he would maintain drone strikes in Pakistan if he defeated President Barack Obama and would impose conditions on aid to the nuclear-armed nation. At the two men’s final debate before November 6 elections, Romney largely embraced Obama’s positions on Pakistan and in a departure from his frequent criticism, said he did not blame Obama for troubled ties between the nations. Romney voiced concern about the Haqqani network, a militant group in Afghanistan that US officials have linked to Pakistan, and worried over the power of Pakistan’s InterServices Intelligence. “It’s a nation that’s not like others and it does not have a civilian leadership that is calling the shots there,” Romney said. Asked by moderator Bob Schieffer if the United States should “divorce” Pakistan, Romney supported continued ties but in line with legislation approved by Congress, called for more conditions on US assistance. “No, it’s not time to divorce a nation on earth that has 100 nuclear weapons and is on the way to double that at some point, a nation that has serious threats from terrorist groups within its nation,” Romney remarked. Romney said they had to stay involved with Pakistan for a basic reason: “They have nuclear weapons. We don’t want them to fall into the hands of terrorists. We’re going to have to work with the people of Pakistan.” Continued on page 04
PPP seeks apology from Sharifs for 1990 poll fraud ISLAMABAD Tayyab Hussain
Senior Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader and Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira on Tuesday sought an apology from PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif for allegedly receiving funding from the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) to “steal” his party’s mandate in 1990 election. Addressing a hurriedlycalled press conference, Kaira said the doors to poll rigging had been closed forever and challenged the PML-N leadership to try rigging the polls if it did not believe so. “Today the doors to polls rigging have closed and no one can win elections on basis of false propaganda and agencies’ support,” he asserted. Kaira’s assertions came following consecutive media interactions by PML-N leaders in wake of the Asghar Khan case verdict, in which the SC asked the government to recover money from politicians who received bribes from the ISI back in 1990. Asked why former PP chairperson Benazir Bhutto had conferred Tamgha-e-Jamhooriat on General (r) Mirza Aslam Beg if a conspiracy was being hatched against her government in late 1980s by him, the information minister said the award had been conferred upon the military as an institution, adding that the medal should be placed in the GHQ instead of Beg’s residence. Continued on page 04
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Seven travellers kidnapped in Balochistan
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It’s on Google: Pervaiz Elahi died in 2008!
QUETTA: Unidentified gunmen on Tuesday kidnapped seven passengers of a van from the Bolan area of Balochistan. According to media reports, the van was heading towards Sibbi from Quetta. It was ambushed by armed men at a place called Dhadar. The attackers disembarked the driver and six passengers, took them hostage, and disappeared into the mountains. No one had claimed responsibility for the abduction so far. online
Pakistan rejects ‘baseless’ Indian blame on cross-border terrorism ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Tuesday rejected India’s allegations that it was helping terrorists’ infiltration into India, saying such accusations were not helpful in creating a conducive environment necessary for improving bilateral relations. Responding to media reports about Indian home minister’s remarks that “Pakistan is helping terrorists to infiltrate into India,” Foreign Office Spokesman Moazzam Khan said, “We totally reject these allegations and insinuations. They are totally baseless and unfounded.” “Such unsubstantiated statements are not very helpful in creating a conducive environment necessary for improving the relationship between our two countries,” he said. sTaff reporT
Three FC men injured in blast, another bomb defused in Peshawar PESHAWAR: Three Frontier Corps (FC) personnel were injured in a blast on Tuesday while the police defused another bomb planted by the roadside. According to details, unidentified men planted a remotecontrolled bomb in a house that was under construction on Frontier Road in Badhber area. When it went off, three FC men deployed nearby were injured. The injured FC men were taken to Lady Reading Hospital for treatment. According to hospital sources, their condition was stable. The police and other law enforcement personnel cordoned off the area and started investigation. Some sources claimed that the explosive material was stored in a room of the house. sTaff reporT
ISLAMABAD: A glitch in Google’s record that declares Deputy Prime Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz elahi “dead” has annoyed the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q), which asked the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to take immediate legal action against the internet search giant. PML-Q spokesman Malik Mustafa said on Tuesday that the party reserved the right to sue Google. On the other hand, PTA officials showed complete ignorance on the issue. If “Chaudhry Pervaiz elahi” is searched on Google, a description window shows that the “current deputy prime minister” died in 2008. The PML-Q spokesman said the party had lodged a protest with Google through e-mail. He said that elahi was a popular leader of the country and was currently serving the people as deputy prime minister. “It is very much possible that some of his opponents had posted the ad on Google, mentioning his date of death to malign his reputation,” Mustafa said. The PTA officials, when contacted, refused to comment on the error, saying they did not know anything about the matter. The PTA chairman did not respond to phone calls or texts sent to his mobile phone. Google has not corrected the error until the filing of this report, despite the fact that the matter had been brought to its notice. online
FAISALABAD: Workers sharpen knives at a workshop on Tuesday as preparations are in full swing for the upcoming Eidul Azha. ONLINE
Abbottabad All stakeholders must Commission refutes ‘Pakistan can never accord approval be on board to end to drone operations from its territory’ Telegraph report war, Imran tells Karzai
ISLAMABAD: Calling a statement on drones being referred to the defence secretary totally false, a spokesman of the Ministry of Defence on Tuesday said Pakistan had always been against drone attacks and would not support any such activity. He said the defence secretary was being misquoted in the media. The government could never accord an approval for drone operations from its territory. Pakistan has been lodging protests with United States, officially against conducting the drone strikes. “We consider it a clear violation of international law and Pakistan’s sovereignty. Pakistan has very recently demanded the end of drone strikes during the US envoy’s visit to Pakistan,” he said. app
Prominent trader killed in Turbat TURBAT: Unidentified armed men shot dead a prominent trader Khalid Moosa Panghuri on Tuesday while he was sitting at his shop here. The incident spread panic and fear among the people, and shopkeepers closed their businesses in protest. A large number of people, shopkeepers and employees gathered in Turbat bazaar, and staged a strong protest against police over its failure to maintain law and order. Police took the dead body to a hospital for autopsy, and handed it over to the deceased’s heirs for burial. Turbat is one of the troubled districts where incidents of targeted killing and kidnapping are frequent. What is more distressing for the people is the fact that the killers escaped from the scene and could not be arrested. sTaff reporT
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In a letter to Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has said that each and every stakeholder must be brought on board in order to bring Afghanistan out of war. The PTI chief was replying to a letter by the Afghan president. He urged the two nations to carve out a joint strategy to end decade-long violence. Commenting on drone attacks, Imran wrote: “Innocent civilians are paying the price of drone attacks and militancy.” “People of Pakistan and Afghanistan must work together to eliminate poverty and illiteracy from the region,” said the PTI chief, adding, “PTI completely supports efforts of reconciliation in Afghanistan.” Imran also
thanked the Afghan president for his support for Malala Yousafzai. He also expressed grief over the lives lost in the decade-long war in Afghanistan.
ISLAMABAD: The Inquiry Commission on Abbottabad Operation on Tuesday refuted British media reports that the commission had cleared the Pakistan government and the military establishment of involvement in protection of the al Qaeda chief, saying no report had yet been presented to the government and all assertions regarding the contents of the report were concocted. Quoting a senior government official, the Daily Telegraph had said that “no one else in the town knew the world’s most wanted man had taken up residence there”. It cleared the Pakistan government and military establishment of involvement, a verdict that would prompt accusations of a cover-up and infuriate Western diplomats. According to a press release issued on Tuesday, the commission said all the news regarding submission of report to the government, its contents and recommendations were “concocted, baseless and without substance” as the report was yet to be presented. The commission therefore, clarified its position that no such report was revealed to the press, the statement said. online
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‘Corruption, mismanagement responsible for power crisis’ ISLAMABAD
ePRA has held corruption and mismanagement in the power sector responsible for the energy crisis and increase in electricity tariff in
the country. Briefing the energy committee during a meeting at the Parliament House on Tuesday, NePRA officials said inactive and irregular functioning of the majority of the power plants was the main reason in the skyrocketing electricity tariff. The committee was also informed that despite repeated requests to cease the operation of these plants, the government had not responded positively, and was rather trying to regenerate the faulty
plants, instead of operating new ones. Ministry of Water and Power Additional Secretary Himayatullah Khan informed the committee that current electricity shortfall amounted to 2,031MWs, causing five hours of load shedding. The committee members expressed strong chagrin over what they termed a wrong statement of the water and power officials, since cities like, Hyderabad, Sukkur, and Sanghar were being subjected to 10 to 12 hours of load shedding daily. Khan also said the ministry had developed a monitoring system in cooperation with the power distributor companies and held several interactive sessions which remained helpful to reduce system losses. Khan admitted that there were many leakages in the distribution system. He
said “our tariff is not able to complete the generation cost and more power we generate more amount we lose”. The ministry officials informed the committee that a lack of gas had forced closures of eight power plants, adding that despite the fact that furnace oil produced electricity at Rs 22 per unit, consumers were being charged Rs 8 per unit. NePRA member Khawaja Nadeem told the committee that during the last six months Rs 69 billion were paid to purchase oil for power plants and if these plants were run with gas then Rs 138 billion could be saved every year. Meanwhile, WAPDA officials said they had so far not succeeded in rescuing WAPDA’s eight abducted employees from Gomal Zam dam, adding that the abductors had also killed one of the abducted.
Malala shooting message has resonated with Pakistan: US WASHINGTON special correspondenT
BHC orders police raids to recover abducted doctor as strike continues QUETTA: The Balochistan High Court (BHC) on Tuesday directed police to conduct raids across the province to recover a kidnapped doctor, Dr Saeed Ahmed. A divisional bench of the BHC took a suo motu on the issue. BHC Chief Justice Qazi Faez essa said Dr Ahmed’s abduction was shameful. The court asked the CCPO to conduct raids across the province and approach the court in case of any hurdle. The court also stated that the provincial government had failed to protect the public. Meanwhile, doctors’ strike in government hospitals of Quetta continued on Tuesday. Patients have been suffering from the continued suspension of OPD and other services in government facilities but the doctors are adamant in continuing their strike until Dr Ahmed was found. On Monday, the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) had called a general body meeting and decided to continue the strike. agencies
The anti-terror message from the shooting of Malala Yousafzai has clearly resonated with Pakistan, said the U.S. State Department in the backdrop of the nation’s unprecedented show of solidarity with the teenaged girls’ rights activist and her cause for education. Spokesman Mark Toner said the message emanating from the Taliban attack against the schoolgirl in Swat could not have been clearer and that it has strengthened the Pakistanis’ resolve. “When you’re talking about the right of young girls to receive an education and the fact that these individuals, these terrorists, are looking to wipe out
or stop these girls from access to education, access to their very basic rights. I think it was a clear message to the Pakistani people, one that’s clearly resonated with them, and I think it strengthened their resolve,” Toner remarked. The 14-year-old Ms Yousafzai is now under advanced treatment in Birmingham, UK after the incident and initial treatment in Pakistan. The Taliban attack - which has been reportedly traced back to militant leader Mullah Fazlullah, who is hiding in Kunar area of Afghanistan - drew strong condemnation from the Pakistani leadership and galvanized the Pakistani society and political mainstream behind the girls’ right to an education in the militancy-hit areas.
nusrat bhutto remembered on first death anniversary ISLAMABAD
He first death anniversary of Begum Nusrat Bhutto was observed on Tuesday. Quran Khawani was held at her mausoleum in Garhi Khuda Bukhsh and other places. A special prayer ceremony was also held at the Presidency. President Asif Ali Zardari and a number of federal ministers and parliamentarians attended the ceremony. Addressing a gathering in Garhi Khuda Bukhah‚ Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah said Nusrat Bhutto’s services for strengthening democracy would be remembered for long. Shah laid floral wreaths at the grave of Nusrat Bhutto and graves of other members of Bhutto family. A delegation of the MQM, led by Sindh Minister Abdul Hafeez Khan, also laid floral wreath at Nusrat Bhutto’s grave. In Punjab‚ prayers were held at the Governor’s House in Lahore. The executive body of the PPP Punjab also offered fateha for the eternal peace of the departed soul. Speaking at a seminar in Muzaffarabad‚ AJK
Prime Minister Chaudhry Abdul Majid said the Bhutto family had rendered valuable sacrifices for the uplift‚ prosperity and progress of the nation
and country. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa‚ Quran Khawani was held at the PPP’s Secretariat in Peshawar.
Musharraf to contest election from Chitral ISLAMABAD: Former president General (r) Pervez Musharraf has decided to contest the upcoming election from Chitral, All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) Secretary General Barrister Saif announced on Tuesday. Saif said the APML chief would formally announce his decision to contest the election from Chitral on Wednesday (today) through a video-link address to the elders of Chitral. Saif said the former president had rendered great services to the people of Chitral, and development projects worth Rs 5 billion had been initiated during his tenure. He said the people of Chitral had invited the former president to contest the forthcoming election from their area. online
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Kaira said what had been depicted by the court verdict was just a minor chapter of the condemnable propaganda, as various other characters and their wrongdoings were yet to be exposed. The minister said the court verdict had proven Benazir Bhutto right, as all her statements were proving correct, including the theft of the people’s mandate. He said though the people’s mandate was robbed in 1990, those responsible were strangely calling it propaganda. Referring to the statement by PML-N’s Opposition Leader Nisar Ali Khan, Kaira said some people were demanding a judicial or UN commission, while others claimed accepting the verdict but rejected a probe by the FIA. “I am surprised over the statements of PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif and others demanding establishment of a commission or investigation by the United Nations. It was the Supreme Court, not the government that asked the FIA to investigate the matter,” the information minister said. Kaira also cited a statement by Benazir Bhutto in which she talked of threats from spy agencies of killing her jailed husband in case she did not accept the then government. He said the robbery of people’s mandate had been proven by the court verdict, but the status of the government formed on basis of rigging was yet to be decided. He said the Islami Jamhoori Ittehad (IJI) was formed in 1986 when an army-led cell started gathering likeminded people and Gen (r) Hameed Gul formed the IJI after death of Ziaul Haq. The information ministers said the PPP’s political adversaries had been coming to power using false propaganda and unconstitutional tactics, but the PPP always banked on the people’s mandate despite all conspiracies. He said after former president Ghulam Ishaq Khan toppled BB’s government, then chief justice of Lahore High Court Rafiq Tarar ratified Khan’s decision and the judge was later awarded the presidential slot for the deed. The minister also quoted news items of 1990s containing BB’s statements on establishment of a cell at the President’s House to rig the poll, which was proved later when the IJI won 105 seats with several of them getting 100 percent turnout. Kaira also mentioned a white paper issued by Benazir Bhutto containing the tactics used to rig the polls and clarified that the PPP had nothing to do with Asghar Khan’s petition, as it was moved by Khan himself. Citing PPP’s apology to the people of Balochistan, Kaira said his party leadership tendered an apology for mistakes committed by others. To a question, he said action against elements involved in misusing the public money would be taken according to the constitution and law. About Younus Habib, Kaira said Nawaz had granted him the license of Mehran Bank as a gift to hatch a conspiracy against the PPP. He regretted that the government formed as a consequence of the rigged elections instituted cases against Benazir and Asif Ali Zardari. To another question, he said the president was neutral and it was not fair to expect that he would be nonpolitical, saying, “The president is part of the parliament, which is product of the political and democratic process.” Kaira said even the incumbent PPP prime minister was neutral in his approach and the government released funds to opposition MPs on equal basis, besides giving them full respect. He said it was the PML-N that ushered politics of turncoats in the country, adding that the party was still running a provincial government of turncoats.
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MaKKaH: bosnian Muslim pilgrim senad Hadzic, 47, who left last december on pilgrimage to Makkah by foot, walks in the holy city on Tuesday. AFP
‘Cliffhanger’ US election US brushes aside Afghan criticism awaits as debates wrap up WASHINGTON afp
ITH the debate season now over, the US presidential race is neckand-neck and could boil down to the “ground game” effort to get out the vote in just a clutch of swing states, experts say. President Barack Obama laid into Mitt Romney’s foreign policy as “wrong and reckless” in Monday night’s final debate, but the Republican challenger did nothing to disqualify himself as a plausible commander-in-chief. Political analysts agreed that with the more pressing issue being the state of the US economy and their rival plans to revive it, the slugging match on national security probably did little to budge the election needle. Romney’s play-it-safe debate strategy of towing more to Obama’s line than he had on the campaign trail reinforced this, Charles Franklin, co-founder of Pollster.com and professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison,
told AFP. “I don’t think you heard much tonight that suggests fundamental differences in either military strategy or policy,” he said. “And so, in matching positions there, you take the foreign policy issues off the table.” All eyes are now on nine or 10 swing states, particularly Florida, Ohio and Virginia, which offer the largest number of electoral college votes in the quest for the magic number of 270 that guarantees victory. Since trouncing Obama in the first presidential debate on October 3, polls show that Romney has surged into the lead in Florida and caught up with the president in Virginia, but he still trails in all-important Ohio. “I think we are, at the moment, close enough that you could imagine a cliffhanger that comes down to a single state’s electoral votes,” said Franklin. Dotty Lynch, professor of Public Communication at American University, told AFP that we can expect an already exhaustive ad blitz in the crucial battlegrounds
to intensify in the final two weeks of campaigning. “The advertising is going to be extremely heavy and very targeted towards specific groups, women voters, blue-collar (working class) voters,” Lynch said. But the emphasis will also turn to the “ground game” as Obama’s Democrats and Romney’s Republicans focus greater attention on their street-by-street drive to get supporters to the polls on November 6. “We’re really down to both sides mobilizing whatever resources they have to get their voters to the polls, to go as much as they still can in the last two weeks door-to-door,” said George Washington University professor Christopher Arterton. “Oftentimes, it is the person talking to somebody that they know, or somebody in their neighborhood or somebody very similarly situated that can have a decisive influence on whether that person votes in the first place, and how that person votes,” Arterton told AFP.
WASHINGTON: Brushing aside Afghan criticism of US Special envoy Marc Grossman’s statement reaffirming internationally recognized status of Durand Line as the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan, the State Department Tuesday said its policy on the issue remains unchanged. The State Department firmly stood by Ambassador Grossman’s articulation of US position on Durand Line. “Our policy on this has not changed. It was correctly stated by Ambassador Grossman that we see this as
the internationally recognized boundary,” State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said. She was asked to comment on Kabul’s reported rejection of a statement made by US Special Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan Ambassador Grossman during his visit to Kabul, where he said Washington believes 2640 km long Durand Line is the internationally recognized boundary. The spokesperson said she was not aware of Afghanistan registering any protest with the US on the issue. SPEcIAL cORRESPONdENT
Taliban kill 10 Afghan security personnel HERAT: Ten Afghan security personnel have been killed in a bloody battle with Taliban insurgents in the western province of Herat, officials said on Tuesday. Five police officers were among the dead, including the police chief of Obe district, where the battle took place on Monday afternoon, regional police spokesman Noor Khan Nikzad told AFP. Nikzad said the gunfight erupted at noon when the Taliban attacked a police convoy and lasted several hours. Najeebullah Ahmadi, the Obe district governor, said five police and five soldiers were killed in the battle. Three Taliban insurgents including a commander were also killed, he said. AFP
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He said what happened in Pakistan would have a major impact on the success in Afghanistan, adding that Pakistan’s role was very important for stability in Afghanistan. Although both men spoke at length of the dangers of Iran going nuclear, the turmoil in Libya and Syria, and contentious issues with China, it was Pakistan and its combustible mix of nuclear weapons and home-grown terrorism, and its fallout on Afghanistan, the US withdrawal from there and on the neighbourhood, that seemed to worry them most. There was clearly no love for Pakistan – just concern, distrust, and a vague sense of bringing about a course-correction in the country that Romney spoke about. President Obama set the tone when he bragged about killing bin Laden and mocked Romney for saying in
2008 that the US should ask Pakistan for permission to hunt him. President Barack Obama said the US would have never killed al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden if he had to seek permission from Pakistan, indicating the sheer lack of trust he had with the Pakistani leadership. Obama said he had delivered what he had promised on al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden. Romney too said at one point that Pakistan had been anything but an ally. Although Romney said he was against “divorcing” Pakistan and was for “rebuilding” the relationship, he minced no words in support of Obama’s policy on drones. “I believe we should use any and all means necessary to take out people who pose a threat to us and our friends around the world. I support that entirely and feel the president was right to up the usage of that technology and believe that we should continue to use it,” he said.
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Cavalry comments galloped online as a shot by President Barack Obama about “horses and bayonets” became the most talked about moment of the final presidential debate on Twitter. Online sparring between supporters of Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney spiked during Monday’s debate after Romney derisively remarked that “our Navy is smaller now than (at) any time since 1917.” Obama countered that Romney didn’t understand the modern military, saying “we also have fewer horses and bayonets” to laughter from the audience. “We have these things called aircraft carriers where
planes land on them. We have these ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines,” he said, adding that analyzing military capabilities was not “a game of Battleship.” The exchange quickly trended on Twitter as #horsesandbayonets and within minutes of the debate’s close a CavalrymenForRomney.com website featured a forlorn warrior on horseback holding a Romney banner on a pike. “So much sass I was not ready to handle,” one online comment read. “OMG, that’s a double burn.” Obama’s shot echoed at Tumblr.com where artists posted cartoons and playfully doctored images poking fun at a Romney military based on outdated equipment like horses. A freshly-launched “Horses and Bayonets” page at Facebook
with a charging US cavalry photo bore the mocking message: “I stand with Mitt Romney. We must buy more horses and bayonets to strengthen our military.” The Facebook page racked up more than 3,500 “likes” shortly after launch. Obama’s “horses and bayonets” barb caused Twitter message volume during the debate to hit a peak of 105,767 tweets, according to the popular San Francisco-based micro-blogging service. “While it was a busy evening with several events competing for viewers’ attention, the political conversation on Twitter remained strong, with 6.5 million tweets sent about the 90minute debate,” the firm said in a blog post.
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pesHaWar: protesters shout slogans against any military offensive in the tribal areas on Tuesday. INP
Experts urge textbook reforms to cure rising religious intolerance ISLAMABAD
exTBOOKS used in country’s schools these days are rife with factual errors, bias and hate towards a number of religious groups and nations, a development which is only fuelling intolerance and extremism in the society. Given that the increasing extremism poses an existential threat to Pakistan, the government, civil society, education experts and citizens need to contribute to a serious process of curriculum and textbook reforms to help combat the growing levels of intolerance and violence towards minority groups in the society. During a roundtable discussion on curriculum development and textbook reform organised by the Jinnah Institute in collaboration with the National
Punjab govt being run by a criminal, says Wattoo
Commission for Justice and Peace (NCJP) in Islamabad, participants highlighted the need for curriculum and textbook reform to achieve a tolerant and peaceful Pakistan. Raza Rumi, Director of Policy and Programmes at the Jinnah Institute, opened the discussion, pointing out that cooperation between all stakeholders in the education sector was required to achieve better policy outcome and the Jinnah Institute roundtable was an effort towards that. “We need to find a balance between the civil society and government initiatives so that important and innovative solutions to curriculum-related issues can be implemented,” Rumi said. NCJP executive Director Peter Jacob shared the commission’s report on biases in textbooks and highlighted examples of hate material in Pakistani textbooks and how such material not only negatively im-
PPP Central Punjab President Mian Manzoor Wattoo on Tuesday said the Punjab government was being run by a criminal. Talking to reporters, he said he appealed to Shahbaz Sharif to accept the court ruling in the Asghar Khan case and resign from the seat of chief minister. “The Supreme Court has given a clear order in the Asghar Khan case and everyone should accept it,” he said. Wattoo noted that the Sharif brothers advised the PPP to implement the court orders. “The PPP has respected the orders of the apex court and disqualification of Yousaf Raza Gilani is an example, now Sharifs should follow suit,” Wattoo said. He said he would try to reconcile with the displeased workers of the PPP, adding that there was no disagreement with Imtiaz Safdar Waraich, the former PPP central Punjab chief. Wattoo added that every PPP worker would be treated justly.
parliamentary leader in National Assembly, spoke about the damage caused to Pakistani minds by an education system that taught them a falsified version of history. “When students come out of this system and independently look at the world, their minds are struck by the contradictions. Many reject both, then, and become part of a confused generation,” Rizvi said, adding that he would pursue the matter with the education minister in Sindh, where his party was a member of the coalition government. Samson Sharaf of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) detailed the persecution of non-Muslim Pakistanis over two decades and how Christians and Hindus, the largest non-Muslim communities in the country, had been discriminated against and deprived of opportunities to live as citizens of Pakistan through a flawed and biased education system.
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pacted the minds of the majority Muslim students but also harmed the education and growth of non-Muslim students. Participants also highlighted how religion of many non-Muslim students – Christians, Sikhs, Hindus and Muslims from the nonmajority sects – was ignored while highlighting the majority faith. Mirza Ashraf, a senior official of the Punjab provincial government’s textbook board, outlined the process of commissioning, writing and approving textbooks. Participants felt the need for devising policy and advocacy interventions for correcting hate material and stressed that a concerted effort needed to be made to review the subtle messages in educational materials with respect to minorities’ and women’s rights, and the freedom of religion and speech. Haider Abbas Rizvi, MQM’s deputy
Pakistan Muslim League-Zia chief Ijaz-ul-Haq decided on Tuesday that he was joining Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), DawnNews reported. Ijaz, son of former military dictator Zia-ul-Haq, said that he would formally announce his decision in a few days after meeting with PMLN chief Nawaz Sharif. He said that he took this decision because he wanted alliance of the Muslim League. Adding that, he said that he was always part of the Muslim League and will always be. Ijaz remained federal minister for Labour, Manpower and overseas Pakistanis from 1997- 1999 in Nawaz Sharif’s government. He stepped down from the post following differences with Sharif, who was overthrown shortly afterwards by General Pervez Musharraf in 1999. Forming his own PML splinter faction, Zia-ul-Haq, Ijaz was elected to the National Assembly for a record fourth time in the 2002 general election. Initially allying himself with Musharraf’s PML-Q party, he was appointed federal minister for religious affairs. He lost for the first time in the 2008 general election, and resigned from the PML-Q in February 2010. His revived PML-Zia upset the Pakistan People’s Party in Bahawalnagar for Member of the Provincial Assembly in March 2010.
After reviving the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) sans former ally Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Fazlur Rehman is now focusing on mustering the support of influential politicians from various regions of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). As a latest example, Fazl won the support of former federal and provincial minister Khawaja Mohammad Khan Hoti, who belongs to the influential Nawabzadgaan of the Hoti family in Mardan. Over the last decade, Hoti has been hopping parties without permanently settling into one. Before joining the JUI-F, he had pledged allegiance to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan, and was nominated as the party’s central senior vice president. However, he failed to adjust in the party, and announced resignation in August this year. Prior to joining the PTI, Hoti stayed in the Awami National Party (ANP) for a couple of years, and won the 2008 election to the National Assembly on ANP’s ticket. He was inducted in the federal cabinet, but later entered into rifts with the party’s central and provincial leadership. He remained a dissident before completing one year in ANP’s parliamentary party. Nonetheless, he remained at-
tached to the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) for two years, and was twice elected on its ticket to the provincial assembly and became a minister before promoting to the rank of PPP’s provincial president. He was ousted from the PPP in early 2003. Though terms and conditions between Hoti and Fazl are yet to be made public, but sources said that Hoti was demanding JUI-F tickets for one national and two provincial assembly seats – one each for himself, his son, and his brother-in-law – in their native town Mardan. On all three constituencies, the Nawabzadgaan would face no other than ANP candidates, including KP Chief Minister Amir Haider Khan Hoti. Whatever may be the outcome of the upcoming general elections, but Fazl has made his party capable of giving tough time to the ANP and the PPP by taking Hoti on board. At the same time, Fazl’s decision could force three main parties – ANP, PPP and the JI – of entering into an alliance or seat-to-seat adjustment, mainly in order to counter the JUI-F. elsewhere in the province, Fazl could face problems in his native southern districts, after the PPP’s decision to nominate Anwar Saifullah Khan as its provincial president. In addition, Faisal Karim Khan Kundi is also reluctant to leave open the field for Fazl in his native Dera Ismael Khan district.
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CTP chalk out traffic plan for Eidul Azha RAWALPINDI app
Rawalpindi City Traffic Police (CTP) has chalked out a comprehensive traffic plan for eidul Azha. According to the plan, an increased number of traffic wardens would be deployed in main areas to prevent traffic jams, especially before and after eidul-Azha prayers. A control room has been set up at the Traffic Police Headquarters to monitor the situation. Chief Traffic Officer (CTO) Superintendent Police Ishtiaq Hussain told APP that efforts would be made to control traffic on city roads, especially near mosques, Imambarghas, eid congregations and other important places. He said that one-wheelers would be dealt with according to the law. Those found one-wheeling would be sent behind bars under Section 99/A. He requested parents to come forward and play their role in curbing the activity, as one wheeling, rash and negligent driving were main causes of fatal accidents. All traffic officers and wardens have also been directed to remain present at their duty points so that no traffic jam could be witnessed, he added. He said that parking vehicles near mosques, Imambargahs and other religious places would not be allowed. According to the plan, traffic police officers have been directed to keep a vigilant eye on suspicious vehicles. Strict action in accordance to the law had also been ordered against vehicles with tinted glasses or without number plates.
Restaurants fined for serving sheesha ISLAMABAD: District government Islamabad, in an operation to ensure the implementation of a ban on sheesha smoking, fined three restaurants owners in the federal capital. According to sources, Assistant Commissioner (Saddar) Waqas Rasheed, during a raid on different cafes, hotels and restaurants in F11, F-10 and e-11 sectors, fined owners of three restaurants and hotels for selling sheesha and confiscated 23 sheesha pipes. The restaurants and hotels, which were fined, include Café Black, Candy Shop and eshwaili Restaurant. District administration had directed owners of hotels and restaurants not to offer sheesha to customers, otherwise legal action would be taken against them. inp
caMels anyone? camels being paraded through the city to attract potential buyers on Tuesday. INP
Police arrest five outlaws, including lady drug pusher
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Islamabad Police had arrested five outlaws from various areas of the city and recovered one pistol with ammunition, 1,320 grams of hashish and a car from their possession, a police spokesman said on Tuesday. Following directions of IGP Bani Amin Khan and SSP Yasin Farooq, Islamabad Police had arrested five outlaws from various areas of the city. Sub-Inspector Muhammad Aslam from Golra police station arrested a lady drug pusher Zareena Bibi and recovered 1,020 grams of hashish. Assistant Sub-Inspector Shakeel Ahmad of Aabpara police arrested Shehzad Boota for stealing electricity. ASI Manzoor elahi of ACLC recovered a Corolla car (LxA-4216) which had been found tempered. Sub-Inspector Muhammad Ishaq from Bhara Kahu police station recovered a 30-bore pistol with five bullets, during patrolling, from Ibrar Hussain. SI Shafique Ahmad of Sabzi Mandi police recovered 300 grams of hashish from a culprit Shaban Ali. Cases had been registered against the nabbed persons and further investigation is underway.
In a crackdown, 291 government vehicles were taken back from Capital Development Authority (CDA) officers and board members, as they were allowed to keep only one vehicle. According to sources, CDA Chairman Tahir Shahbaz had banned the use of more than one vehicle and had directed officers to return extra vehicles to CDA. Because of the ban, the chairman took back 291vehicles from the authority’s officers. Sources said that the annual expenditure on repairs and fuel of 134 double cabin vehicles recovered was Rs 67.3 million. Now the vehicles would be in common use and employees of the civic authority would be able to use them when needed.
Around 455 people killed, 2,800 injured in recent floods: NDMA ISLAMABAD app
According to National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Chairman Zafar Iqbal, over five million people had been affected by floods. Around 455 people had been killed and 2,884 had sustained injuries. Talking to a private news channel, he said that a total of 466,026 houses had been damaged as a result of the recent floods. Around 275,023 houses had been completely razed and 191,003 were partially destroyed in flood hit areas. He said that as many as 14,370 villages had been inundated in recent floods. Around 121,992 acres of standing crops had been damaged. NDMA had helped flood hit people by mobilizing its own resources. NDMA had established 441 relief camps to provide basic amenities of life to 266,037 marooned people. Due to the
recent rains, over 5,056,489 persons had been affected, he added. He said that NDMA had distributed 42,630 tents and 220,995 food packs. Around 42,250 packs had been distributed in Balochistan, 161,245 in Sindh, and 17,500 in Punjab. He said that a total of 275,000 houses and shops had been destroyed, 235,831 houses in Sindh, 25,442 in Punjab, 8,626 in Balochistan, 4,392 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 1,243 in Azad Kashmir and 70 in Gilgit-Baltistan. A total of 155,662 houses and shops had been damaged partially in flood-hit areas of the country, including 132,282 in Sindh, 16,440 in Punjab, 4,289 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 1,564 in Balochistan, 1,017 in AJK and 70 in Gilgit- Baltistan. everything was in place, including vaccines to fight malaria and even snake bites. There had been several deaths due to snake-bites in the previous floods, he added.
iHc orders local bodies elections in islamabad ISLAMABAD sTaff reporT
Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday ordered the government to hold local bodies’ elections in the federal capital within the next six months. A one-judge bench headed by Justice Anwarul Haq Qadri on Tuesday heard a petition regarding the local bodies’ elections in the capital, with advocates Babar Awan and Kaukab Iqbal representing each side. After hearing arguments from both sides, the court ordered the federal government to hold local bodies’ polls in Islamabad in the next six months. This case had been filed about six months ago, with the petitioners pleading that the common man was being deprived of his basic rights because local government elections were not being held. The petitioners further argued that because municipal elections had not been held for several years, people in the city’s outskirts faced a lot of problems.
Suspicious purse found at airport ISLAMABAD inp
The bomb disposal squad cleared a suspicious purse recovered from Islamabad International Airport on Tuesday. According to details, an unattended purse was found in the domestic lounge of the airport. This created panic and the lounge was immediately evacuated. The bomb disposal squad (BDS), after a brief search, cleared the purse as only makeup and s few other things were recovered. However, some sources claimed that there were explosives in the purse, but the airport administration did not disclose the recovery of explosive material.
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Reflecting on Pakistan’s role Prices of fruits and vegetables decrease on United Nations Day ISLAMABAD
S United Nations (UN) Day will be celebrated around the world, it is important not to forget the role and sacrifices made by Pakistan Army in United Nations Peacekeeping Missions all over the world. Pakistan’s commitment to promoting international peace and prosperity stems from the vision of its founding father, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Pakistan’s journey with UN Peacekeeping Operations began in 1960 when it deployed its first ever contingent in United Nations Operations in Congo (ONUC). Pakistan has so far contributed 1,44,711 troops in 41 Missions spread
Prices of most fruits and vegetables have decreased in weekly bazaars however the price of tomatoes has registered an increase. According to a rate list issued by Capital Development Authority Directorate of Municipal Administration, the price of tomatoes has increased. The current price of tomatoes is Rs 60 per kg, potatoes are being sold for Rs 80 to Rs 170 per five kg, onions for Rs 230 per five kg, lady fingers at Rs 44 per kg,
over 23 countries in almost all continents of the world, and has remained one of the largest troops contributing countries consistently for many years. Pakistani peacekeepers are currently deployed in Congo, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Darfur, Western Sahara, east Timor and Haiti, helping to bring
brinjal for Rs 12 per kg, cauliflower for Rs 24 per kg, cabbage for Rs 24 per kg, green peppers for Rs 72 per kg, green chillies are being sold for Rs 60 per kg, black eye beans for Rs 30 per kg, turnips for Rs 26 per kg, cucumber for Rs 40 per kg, peas for Rs 124 per kg, bitter gourd for Rs 30 per kg, radishes for Rs 20 per kg and carrots are available for Rs 40. According to the rate list, apples were available for Rs 40 to 80 per kg, bananas for Rs 25 to Rs 50 per dozen, guavas were available for Rs 100, grapes for Rs 120 to 170 per kg and dates for Rs 100 to 200 per kg.
stability and peace. Troops deployed in UN missions engage in tasks like protecting civilians, providing health care and medical facilities, building roads and infrastructure, assisting in conducting elections and providing logistics and aviation support.
cda takes measures to change workplace culture ISLAMABAD KasHif abbasi
The Capital Development Authority (CDA) initiated measures to change its workplace culture and awarded appreciation certificates to officers and employees. CDA Chairman Tahir Shahbaz awarded certificates to different officers and called them ‘Rising Stars’ for their performance in the computerisation of land and estate management records of the authority. During the certificate distribution ceremony held at the CDA headquarters on Tuesday, the chairman said that it was time to change the entire working culture of CDA. He said that hardworking officers of CDA would be appreciated and awarded certificates for outstanding performance to help inculcate a positive attitude to resolve issues promptly. estate Member Shaista Sohail told the chairman that the computerisation of land records, including commercial, residential and agro-farming plots had been initiated. She said that progress reports would be submitted to the chairman everyday. She further said that the purpose of computerisation of all records was to make the process of documentation of land related issues more transparent, un-forgeable, convenient and time saving.
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AKISTAN has faced a rising food crisis for the last three years, and global price hikes could worsen the situation, according to a report by IRIN. “Given the predictions for lower global production of cereal crops this year, there is likely to be a global hike in prices that will affect Pakistan,” said Amjad Jamal, spokesperson for the UN World Food Programme (WFP) in Pakistan. “Due to the massive floods of 2010 followed by further flooding in 2011, rising food prices, energy shortages and continuing conflict in parts of the country, the food security situation has worsened since 2009.” WFP notes in its market survey for August that wheat prices in Pakistan have only gone up slightly, poultry prices have increased significantly, and gram pulse prices have risen 55 percent in a year. Water shortages in some areas are also affecting food production: “A lack of water this year has affected the maize and cotton seed crop, used as animal feed, and the 2012 monsoon has brought low rainfall [affecting vegetable prices],” explained Muhammad Ibrahim Mughul, chairman of the Agri Forum of Pakistan which represents farmers. High food prices are driving more people to seek food handouts from charitable organisations. “There is a vast growth in the numbers that turn up at our free feeding centres - I would say a 40 percent increase this year alone and each year since 2009 or so,” Anwar Kazmi,
spokesman for the edhi Foundation, told IRIN from Karachi. The charitable Foundation, the largest in the country, provides free food to thousands daily. “Due to inflation even the middle class now come to us to get food,” Kazmi said. The cost of food items rose by 9.8 percent between March 2011 and March 2012 while nonfood items went up 11.5 percent over the same period, according to the Consumer Price Index maintained by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics. The poor have been hit hardest. even if food is available in the markets, not everyone can afford it. “The poor’s purchasing power is already low and they may not be able to meet their dietary needs, or may have to reduce spending on other essential needs such as health and education,” WFP’s Jamal told IRIN. IDPs FARE BADLY: Among the poorest of the poor are internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas. According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), there is a funding gap of $21 million for food security operations in these areas for the rest of the year, affecting 1.2 million IDPs. Another vulnerable group are the three million Afghan refugees. The Washington-based International Food Policy Research Institute, in its 2011 Global Hunger Index said the hunger situation in Pakistan remained “alarming”. The index is based on three factors: malnutrition, child underweight levels and child mortality. The index also notes that hunger in Pakistan has
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Egypt court defers fate of constitution CAIRO
N egyptian court meant to rule on Tuesday on the fate of an Islamist-dominated panel has instead referred the case to a superior court which has already expressed its opposition to the draft charter. The case has widened a rift between the ruling Islamists and secular-leaning opponents over the role of religion in the text that led to skirmishes this month during rival rallies in Cairo. In a brief court session, a judge with the Supreme Administrative Court said he had decided to refer the case to the constitutional court, which has said it opposes provisions in the draft charter regulating the judiciary. "Down with the Constituent Assembly," chanted a dozen opponents of the assembly after the judge read his deci-
slammed by human rights groups as failing to secure key freedoms. Some articles, including those defining the powers of the judiciary and the role of the army, have not been made available to the public. Other contentious topics include the role of religion, the status of women and the scope of freedom of expression and faith. Article 2 of the draft constitution states that "Islam is the religion of the State, Arabic is its official language and the principles of Islamic Sharia form the main source of legislation." Ultraconservative Islamists had asked to replace "the principles of Sharia" by "the rulings of Sharia" or even just "Sharia." The article has been at the centre of debates because it opens many avenues for the interpretation of Sharia. Mona Makram ebeid, a veteran politician who pulled out of the first assembly, said the text "fails to protect the rights of women and the character of a
sion. No date was set for the verdict on the constitutionality of the 100-member Constituent Assembly in charge of writing the constitution, amid a power struggle between the judiciary and Islamist President Mohamed Morsi. The Assembly is being challenged over the mechanism with which its members were chosen. It is the second Constituent Assembly formed since the uprising that toppled president Hosni Mubarak last year, after an Islamist-dominated panel was dissolved in April for failing to represent all segments of society. "A constitution is made to last," former Chief Justice Ahmed Medhat elmaraghy recently told AFP. It "should have been made up of legal experts, but this did not happen." "It has been dominated by the Islamists, but the constitution has to be a matter of national consensus." The panel released a draft constitution earlier this month that was
civil state." "What is unbelievable is that all the mistakes of the first assembly are present in the second one." Last week, egypt's highest court criticised the panel, saying some of its proposals put the court back under the authority of the president. "The proposed text gives the president the right to appoint the chairman and members of the court," said court chairman Maher al-Beheiry, adding that this allows the president to interfere in its work. "Last year we finally got an amendment that does not allow the president to name the chairman and members of the court without the approval of its general assembly." The criticism came amid tension between Morsi and the judiciary, after he failed last week to remove public prosecutor Abdel Meguid Mahmud. Mahmud refused to step down after Morsi ordered his removal to allay public anger over acquittals of officials from Mubarak's ousted regime.
indonesia shuts christian, buddhist places of worship JAKARTA afp
Authorities in Indonesia's only province that uses Islamic sharia laws said Tuesday they had closed some Christian places of worship and Buddhist temples following pressure from hardliners. The closures in Aceh, on the northern tip of Sumatra island, came after complaints from the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), and are the latest sign of growing religious intolerance in Muslim-majority Indonesia. Illiza Sa'aduddin Djamal, deputy mayor of provincial capital Banda Aceh where the closures took place, said the official reason was that the nine Christian sites and six Buddhist temples did not have permits. But she told AFP that they were shut last week after complaints from the FPI and that "there had been some tension before we took a decision." "We do not want any security trouble in Banda Aceh because of these illegal activities." The FPI presents itself as an enforcer of morals and Islamic laws and sometimes accompanies police in some parts of the country on violent raids on bars and brothels. Nico Tarigan, who led Christian services at a two-storey house until its closure last week, said the FPI had attacked the building in June and sent text message threats. "What we've done was simply a religious activity. It's only once a week and lasts not more than two hours," he told AFP. "They threatened through phone messages that if we continued to hold a Sunday service, they would ruin our places of worship," he said. Theophilus Bela, chairman of NGO Christian Communication Forum, said that he had urged the central government in Jakarta to intervene. But the interior ministry signalled it would not step in, with a spokesman saying that "there's no closure at all as those houses of worship have no permit yet".
Syrians burn Jordan camp tents in protest AMMAN afp
A group of angry Syrians set fire to their tents in protest at "bad living conditions" at the Zaatari desert refugee camp in northern Jordan, a leading charity said on Tuesday. "A number of Syrian refugees torched 20 tents last night, protesting bad living conditions in Zaatari and demanding the authorities replace tents with caravans," said Zayed Hammad, head of the Ketab and Sunna Society, a charity that helps hundreds of thousands of Syrians in the kingdom. "Police did not make any arrests and no one was hurt. I think Syrian regime supporters did this in an attempt to create riots inside the camp," Hammad told AFP. There are 5,000 tents and 350 caravans in Zaatari, which houses 37,000 refugees, he said. But Anmar Hmud, a government spokesman for Syrian refugee affairs, said without elaborating that "one tent caught fire because of some children who were playing." Riots and clashes erupted at the camp earlier in October and have occurred several times in the past two months as Syrian refugees repeatedly complain of bad conditions, dust and lack of electricity. Jordan says more than 200,000 Syrian refugees have crossed into its territory since the conflict in neighbouring Syria erupted in March last year.
qatari emir enters gaza on landmark visit Tripoli: lebanese soldiers deploy in the bab al-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen neighbourhoods where clashes are taking place between sunni and alawites in the northern city of Tripoli. lebanese troops deployed across the country as more sectarian violence erupted, stoking fresh fears after a top security official was killed in a bombing blamed on neighbouring syria. AFP
Baghdad anti-Shia attacks kill at least eight BAGHDAD afp
A car bomb and mortar attacks against predominantly Shia neighbourhoods in north Baghdad killed at least eight people Tuesday, days before the Muslim holiday of eid. The attacks, which also wounded at least a dozen people and damaged nearby cars and houses, struck the Chikouk and Shuala neighbourhoods at around 6:45 am (0345 GMT), days after deadly violence targeted another mostly-Shia district in the north of the capital. Multiple mortars struck Chikouk while a car bomb detonated in Shuala, an interior ministry official said, putting the overall toll from the attacks at nine dead and 12 wounded. A medical source said eight people were killed and 25 wounded, with
three dead in new wave of myanmar communal clashes YANGON: At least three people have been killed in a fresh outbreak of communal violence between Muslim Rohingya and Buddhists in Myanmar's western Rakhine state, a local official said on Tuesday. The clashes laid bare festering tensions between the two communities after widespread violence in June left dozens dead, tens of thousands displaced and prompted rights groups to warn of a humanitarian crisis. "We got the information that three people, an ethnic Rakhine man and two Muslim women, were killed at Pandeinkone village during yesterday's (Monday's) clashes," Hla Thein, Rakhine state chief justice told AFP. "It's difficult to control the situation," he said, adding that there was no information on the number of wounded. Hundreds of homes were also torched in the unrest that affected two neighbouring villages, he said, while police said an overnight curfew failed to prevent violence continuing for a second day. "The conflict between the two communities is happening again this morning. About 50 houses were burnt down this morning at a village in Mrauk U town," a police official said requesting anonymity. More than 50,000 Muslims and up to 10,000 Buddhists are thought to be displaced across Rakhine state, where people from both communities were forced to flee as mobs torched entire villages in June's flare-up. afp
women and children among the casualties. The medic warned that the toll could rise. Conflicting casualty figures are common in the chaotic aftermath of violence in Iraq. In Shuala, the car bomb badly damaged a wall of one house and shattered windows in nearby homes and cars, an AFP journalist said. Security forces cordoned off the site of the attack, and barred reporters from filming or taking photographs. "We were sleeping, and my daughter and son were preparing to go to school when the bomb went off," said Abu Ali the owner of the house that was worst hit by the car bomb. "Thank God no one was in the kitchen, and no one in our family was badly hurt," he added, clad in a traditional Arab robe, or dishdasha. "Now, we are bringing the materials -- we have to rebuild the room."
Both neighbourhoods struck are majority Shiite, while Chikouk is home to a camp for internally displaced persons, mostly Shia Muslims who fled largely Sunni areas during the worst of Iraq's confessional violence in 2006 and 2007. The attacks come after 12 people were killed in nationwide violence on Saturday, with the deadliest incidents then also targeting a Shia area of north Baghdad. The latest violence comes ahead of Friday's eid al-Adha holiday. The days leading up to the annual holiday are often marked by a spike in violence. Killings and assault are down sharply across Iraq from their peak in 2006 and 2007, but attacks are still common, especially in Baghdad and Mosul. At least 250 people have been killed as a result of unrest in each of the past four months.
Qatari emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani crossed into the Gaza Strip on Tuesday in the first visit by a head of state since the Islamist Hamas movement took over in 2007. Live images broadcast on Al-Jazeera satellite television showed the Qatari leader embracing Gaza's Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniya after crossing into the Palestinian enclave from the egyptian Sinai. After Palestinian and Qatari national anthems were played, the emir walked down a red carpet shaking hands with top Hamas officials. earlier the emir, who is travelling with his wife Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, landed at el-Arish airport in the egyptian Sinai and was flown by helicopter to the Rafah crossing. He entered Gaza at the head of a delegation which also includes Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem al-Thani. They were greeted by Haniya and his cabinet, as well as by Salah al-Aruri, a senior member of the Islamist movement's exiled leadership. The visit marks the second to the tiny coastal territory by Sheikh Hamad.
China fires back at US presidential candidates BEIJING afp
Beijing urged the US presidential candidates on Tuesday to refrain from inflaming tensions with China after President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney vowed to get tough with the Asian giant. Both men vowed to be firm on China at their final presidential debate in Florida on Monday with Romney reeling off a list of alleged Chinese trade violations. "US politicians no matter from what party should view China's development in an objective and rational light and should do more for China-US mutual trust and cooperation," foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei said following the debate. "The sound and steady development of China-US relations serve the fundamental
interests of both countries and both peoples, it is also conducive to regional and world peace, stability and prosperity." During the debate, Romney repeated his vow that, if elected, he would declare China to be a currency manipulator on his first day in office, charging that Beijing has kept its yuan artificially low to flood the market with cheap exports. "They're taking jobs. They're stealing our intellectual property, our patents, our designs, our technology, hacking into our computers, counterfeiting our goods," Romney said. But despite the tough talk, he discounted the possibility of provoking a trade war with Beijing should he win the November 6 vote. Obama pledged cooperation with the rising power despite numerous trade dis-
agreements and a gaping US trade deficit with China -- which stood at nearly $300 billion last year. "China's an adversary and also a potential partner in the international community if it's following the rules," Obama said at the debate in Boca Raton. China's state press lashed out at the anti-China tone of the discussions. "Willing or not, Democratic or Republican, the next US president shall have to tone down his get-tough-on-China rhetoric made along the campaign trail," xinhua news agency said in a commentary. It added: "Both US presidential candidates vowed at their third and last debate... that they would press Beijing to 'play by the rules' in shaping their bilateral ties. "However, their definition of 'rules of the road' is primarily pro-American."
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abbottabad commision back where we started from
fter spending a year and a half and missing several deadlines, the five-member Abbottabad Commission avowedly submitted its report to the government last week. The Pakistani media has, however, been kept in the dark about the contents of the report. Whatever little one knows about its contents is through foreign press, in this case the British newspaper The Telegraph. The commission has reportedly exonerated the government, intelligence agencies and army of any shortcoming vis a vis the presence of Bin Laden in the high security cantonment city and of the successful operation by the US Navy SeALs. A senior government source told The Telegraph correspondent that they would find few answers in the commission’s report. “At the end of the day it really doesn’t tell us much more than we already knew.” For many the Abbottabad Commission has been a thorough disappointment. It wasted much time on unrelated matters like queries regarding why so many visas were issued to the US nationals. This rightly prompted the question whether OBL had entered Pakistan on a valid visa. The commission issued calls to unconcerned people including Pakistans High Commissioner in London for no rhyme or reason. The commission spent more time considering infringements of Pakistan’s sovereignty by the US SeALs than probing how they managed to sneak into the town, completed their mission successfully in 40 minutes, and returned safely to their base. After all the presence of the chief of the Al-Qaeda on Pakistani soil was itself an infringement of the country’s sovereignty. The issue of how it was made possible was equally important. If the security agencies were really performing their duties satisfactorily, how could the most wanted man in the world, whose pictures were flashed for years on international media, manage to stay in the country, safely travelling with his large family from place to place, finally landing in the vicinity of Kakul Academy and remain undetected all this time? There is a need on the part of the government to urgently make the report public. Unless this is done people would have to rely on stories in the foreign media and on hearsay to draw conclusions and express views. There are already comments in the Western media suggesting that the report is just a cover up. It was a bad decision by ZAB and the governments that took over after him to keep the Hammod-ur-Rehman Commission Report classified. It was finally carried by an Indian journal in August 2000, subsequently leading a Pakistani daily to publish it the day after. Hopefully this would not happen this time.
Mighty obvious By Syed Hassan Belal Zaidi
Third eye By M J Akbar
he english writer G K Chesterton famously dismissed journalism as saying ‘Lord Jones is dead’ to those who had no idea that Lord Jones was alive. But journalists do become a trifle more useful when they find out what precisely Lord Jones has been up to, particularly if Lady Jones has been caught with her hand in the charity cash box. Lord Salman Khurshid, doubly ennobled by an old stint at Oxford, dislikes bad news as much as any mere mortal; but he truly hates the messenger. Threats are the default position of those who have forgotten the difference between authority and authoritarianism. When the dust of bluster at his press conference on 14 October had settled down, Lord Salman had a simple message for Aajtak, the news channel which broke the story that made him front page news: ‘Off with your head!’ But pesky reporters know how to keep their heads, even when all around them others are losing their cool. Such Lords like to believe that nasty journalists are impelled by malice. The primary motivation is rather less dramatic, if more dangerous: curiosity. Curiosity is a basic and rewarding human virtue, the inspiration for both the introvert in the laboratory as well as the extrovert searching through the topography of an arctic pole. It is entirely appropriate that NASA named its Mars robot Curiosity. It is also the primary reason why citizens read newspapers and watch television. Yes, curiosity does occasionally kill the cat, and there are occasions when a journalist working the ledge leans too far, loses his balance and lands in a mess. But for every fatal mistake there are 99 success stories. The expose of Salman Khurshid was an excellent example of journalists doing their
job, untroubled by fear of revenge. Perhaps Salman Khurshid should be more worried by his real friends in politics rather than imagined foes in journalism. His senior Cabinet colleague and partner on the UP election campaign, Beni Prasad Verma, a man who has clearly seen money arrive and depart, raised a piquant question: why would someone so senior in government think of stealing a mere Rs 71 lakhs? It is a very good question. When talk of corruption under the present government swirls into hundreds of thousands of crores, why pick up petty cash? Khurshid is not a junior official in a minor Union territory; he is the Union Minister for Law, with an Oxford degree. But the curious do have a different way of looking at facts. How do you measure the depth of an iceberg unless you have done due diligence on the tip? The Congress seems to have adopted two techniques to deflect bad news: bluff and aggression, as in Khurshid’s case; and self-pity, laced with threats against media and officials, as in the case of Robert Vadra. Perhaps the nadir came when Digvijay Singh made the preposterous suggestion that families of the powerful should be kept outside the corruption debate. It did bring to mind the fact that Vadra is not the only model for a son-in-law. Jawaharlal Nehru had a son-in-law as well. His name was Feroze Gandhi, and it is his surname that is being used by the most powerful ruling family in the country. Feroze was husband of Indira and a Member of Parliament at a time when Jawaharlal’s personal power was unquestioned. Feroze did not seek to enrich himself with sordid land deals, encouraged by a kindly wife wearing a beatific smile, while the prime minister pretended that nothing had hap-
pened. One the other hand, Feroze Gandhi as MP exposed one of the major financial scandals in the Nehru government. By today’s standards, of course, the amount of money involved was pitiable. There are many in the establishment who believe that news can be suppressed, and that if no one knows the story, it has not happened. You can shield information up to a point, but not beyond it. The oldest and most revered Indian epic, Ramayana, poses a question that it does not quite answer: how did a dhobi in Ayodhya know that there were rumours about Sita in Lanka? News travels, and never faster than when by word of mouth. The Lord of India did not threaten the dhobi, even when he knew the dhobi was wrong, because he understood that the credibility of his throne lay in his ability to eliminate both apprehension and misapprehension with reason and evidence. That dhobi is nameless. But he cannot be eliminated from history because he questioned power, and then went back to washing clothes. India is greater than its governments. India has produced an astonishing citizens’ revolution to challenge the passage of power into the grasp of pygmies. each crisis point produces the hitherto unknown revolutionary who takes a national mission forward. Ashok Khemka, the Haryana IAS officer who further exposed Vadra’s land deals in Haryana, has just joined a growing list of heroes who believe that if they do their honest duty, our nation will be safe. The columnist is editor of The Sunday Guardian, published from Delhi, India on Sunday, published from London and Editorial Director, India Today and Headlines Today.
Idiocracy We are one of the few countries that hate the us with a vengeance, yet persist on calling ourselves ‘allies’
etween Barack Hussein Obama and Willard Mitt Romney, the latter is the last person you’d think has anything in common with a stereotypical Muslim. But given the fact that if he were to win Indecision 2012 and then croak, the White House would have a first, second and third lady: he is very much in the Muslim vein of things. If you do not know what this means, congratulations; you know even less about the most irrelevant US presidential election in recent history than I do. Comparing Obama’s first outing to this, his re-election bid, would be like comparing an IndiaPakistan cricket match to a Norwich-Swansea football match: it would sound just plain dumb. It is a foregone conclusion that the incumbent has about as much interest in this race as a beaver would have in the Greek financial crisis. Relying heavily on the “I killed Osama” card is a mistake that the Obama camp is surely making. Or so the numbers say. To be fair, the money bagsMormon tag team are worthy opponents. Money may not buy happiness, but it does get one a decent shot at winning a popular
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election. Ask any Pakistani MNA. However, what is surprising is that Pakistani politics is not being overrun by analogies and parallels to the US presidential race. There are no wordplays around the “Yes we can” tagline, and the promise of change, having been successfully hijacked by Imran Khan, is the furthest thing from people’s minds right now. Critics of my viewpoint may say that Pakistan has a lot riding on the elections, and will further argue that any ‘excitement’ among Pakistanis (or the lack thereof) is irrelevant in the greater scheme of things because this is, after all, the US presidential elections and not the local body polls in Karachi. But it is interesting how people are no longer asking each other, “Did you watch the town hall last night?” The facts are quite simple. Obama has abandoned his tall claims of ‘change we could possibly at one time have believed in’ and is counting on his successes and the weakness of the GOP to lead him to an easy victory. even CNN is not doing the complicated electoral college projections that were staple fare ahead of the 2008 elections. Add to that a lacklustre round of debates on abstract is-
sues between two unimpressive candidates and this officially becomes a snoozefest. From a purely Pakistani perspective, there is not going to be a change. Romney overtly endorsed Obama’s rocky relationship with our fair backwater, going so far as to say that he “understands” the incumbent’s frustration with its most unwilling of allies. This, unfortunately, is true. We are, for better or for worse, one of the few countries that hate the United States with a vengeance, yet persist on calling ourselves ‘allies’. Being in the same list as Saudi Arabia isn’t really something to be proud of. On everything from drone attacks and economic aid to travel restrictions and broader diplo-
matic relations, both candidates seem to be reading from the same playbook. Gone are the days when Clinton and Bush had polarizing views and approaches to dealing with Pakistan. Washington today has even less context about Islamabad and the things it does than any of their predecessors. And this is not without reason. The only way to achieve nuance is through continued engagement at a peerto-peer level. However, the US is increasingly treating Pakistan as an academic anomaly, something which is to be studied, not engaged with. Most of the folks up in DC would much rather ask academics what to do with Pakistan rather than asking Pakistanis. And to be fair, we should give them a dose of their own medicine.
obama was toothless when it came to tension in the subcontinent and from the looks of things romney is going to be more of the same, only more overtly pro-india.
I hope you understand that my lack of grasp (or rather, an unwillingness to grasp) the bigger picture in the case of Indecision 2012 stems not from ignorance but indifference. The picture is not changing, only the frame. Come November, we’re just gonna have another guy who refuses to come to Pakistan because of “security concerns” and will probably be making the pilgrimage to Delhi three or more times during the course of his term. Obama was toothless when it came to tension in the subcontinent and from the looks of things Romney is going to be more of the same, only more overtly pro-India. He already has his eyes on our “100 plus” nuclear weapons stockpile and has made it clear that he’s still not convinced that the democratically elected civilians are fully in charge of things. Given the state of the idiocracy, I don’t think we should get our hopes up. It’s not even a question of the lesser evil. More like the lesser dumbass. And that’s not good. Follow @mightyobvious on Twitter for more incoherence in 140 characters or less
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Our standards There is a standard for all jobs and responsibilities. A certain person with certain qualifications is fit to be a teacher, or an administrator or an accountant. A certain person with such skills is supposed to be engine driver or a bus driver. A certain person with certain number of hours or years of experience is supposed to be a pilot of an aircraft. In most cases we make no compromises. There are normally maximum and minimum limits. Police report is usually a part of prequalification. But it is amazing that we have no standards fixed to be an MNA or MPA or Senator in our country. These legislators are supposed to make laws, amend constitution, reframe legal network, represent Pakistan abroad, get a seat in the cabinet, debate on threats to the country, and discuss broad outline of foreign policy and alliances. Instead, most of what we get to see on TV is sick and uneducated people. Above all, they are not accountable to anyone for anything. This dichotomy is funny. Why can’t eCP reframe and publish prequalification charter? Why can’t eCP verify each fact at the very outset? Why can’t we get to know their assets before and after elections and have them verified and audited? Why can’t we check their nationalities? In other words, why can’t we evolve a proper system of eligibility for high offices? If we start doing this, 50 percent of the problems in our country will be over in one day. The remaining 50 percent will get solved when we have able-minded and serious legislators for five-year tenure. AMJAD H MIRZA Lahore
Poverty strikes Sargodha: ‘Sumaira, 6, was aspirant of new cloth for eid. The poor father was not able to afford and after some arguments with his wife he left the home, while the mother strangulated Sumaira’. Sumaira was anxious to be seen in her new clothes like her friends, no money was father’s majboori, in all probability the mother suffered from poverty-stricken extremist attitude. Z A KAZMI Karachi
the anti-drone campaign The recently concluded ‘peace march’ to tribal areas by cricketerturned-politician Imran Khan was aimed to put a halt on the nine-year-old US drone campaign in Waziristan region. An anti-drone group CODePINK that includes 32 Americans also joined Imran Khan’s convoy in Pakistan to protest the civilian deaths that occur in the aerial strikes against Taliban fighters – calling the attacks “barbaric assassinations”. Reacting on the drone attacks, Marion Birch, director of MeDACT, an NGO, believes that drones are not only unacceptable from a human, moral and legal point of view, they are traumatising families and
damaging the chances of peace. Nonetheless, the US remains oblivious from all these protests/demonstrations and continues its policy of dealing terrorism with military means only by sending drones on hapless citizens. Drone attacks in Pakistan’s tribal areas are one of the contentious issues in the current challenges between Pakistan and the US. Those living under drones have to face constant worry that a deadly strike may be fired at any moment, inflicting deep-rooted feeling of helplessness coupled with an inability to protect themselves from this menace. As the drones are capable of striking the same target again and again,
therefore, its presence terrorizes men, women, and children, giving rise to anxiety and psychological trauma among civilian communities. The daily routine life have been grossly disturbed, children are scared to go to schools, whereas residents prefer to remain inside their homes for countless hours. The families are apprehensive to gather at funerals for innocent people erroneously killed in earlier drone strikes. The NGOs involved in humanitarian relief and rescue efforts had to delay assistance by many hours. The main objective of the anti-war groups is to throw a spotlight on the US drone attacks strategy, which Pakistan
oppose as violations of the country’s sovereignty that often kill civilians. In light of serious concerns, Washington must conduct a fundamental re-evaluation of current targeted killing practices, taking into account all available evidence as well as the concerns of various stakeholders of the area. The US must recognize how inhumane and counterproductive the drones are. Besides, violating the code of ethic encourages countries to replicate US practices, it makes Americans vulnerable. That alone is reason enough to rethink the drone throwing policy. IMRAN SAEED Islamabad
the nlc scam
President Zardari’s speech
manzoor Watto in Punjab
AS a part of the on-going cleansing drive initiated by the media to unearth unholy doing in the civil society, even some scams such as, Pakistan Steel Mill’s Rs 22 billion scam, NICL case, corruption in Pakistan International Airlines and Pakistan Railways, Hajj corruption case, NATO containers’ case, rental power projects and the ephedrine quota case, have been made public. More recently, a stage is set against Maj Gen Khalid Zaheer, Lt Gen Khalid Munir and Lt Gen Afzal Muzzafar for their involvement in the National Logistic Cell (NLC) scandal in 2008. Better late, then never. It goes to the army’s credit that instead of hushing the scandal up, it ordered investigations and recording of the Summary of evidence (Soe). All the three general officers are facing court martial after being recalled into service. However, the obstructionists are creating misperceptions about the good offices of armed forces. They opined that Pakistan Army will hush up to save the sacred cow. Nonetheless, by court martialing the accused officers, the army has dispelled all the bickering and speculations engulfing the country. The case is sub judice, while GHQ is evaluating evidences of the case. As the new standard of corruption has gnawed at the innards of Pakistani civility, it has also penetrated inside the iron-clad defenses of the Pakistan armed forces. Resultantly, a few, at the very top, have faltered and fallen prey to greed. To what extent has much-admired image of Pakistan’s armed forces – as a highly disciplined, honest, responsible and professional body, turned into abyss? The defenders of Pakistan’s frontiers take pride in boasting that the service in Pakistan armed forces is not merely a job, but it is a profession that demands sacrifice of their lives for the sake of their motherland. Any harm to them will invariably inflict a heavy blow to the sovereignty of the country. If we as civilians do not respect the institution of military, we ought not to complain if we are not adequately defended from our adversaries in the war. And, if we really want to condemn corruption, then the civil society will have to relegate the recognition of corruption, only to be followed by the military culture – inviting a cultural change in the society. MOHSIN MIRZA Islamabad
One should not be much surprised by the president Zardari’s speech of 21 Oct wherein he expressed his hopelessness in forging a consensus with opposition parties on a military operation in North Waziristan. Just a few days back, the ruling party tried to table a resolution in the parliament to get consent on North Waziristan operation but had to back out as opposition parties were not ready to support the same. He regretted the increased polarization in the society which has heavily affected the war on religious militancy. One example is murder of Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer whose murderer was later garlanded by lawyers. The government couldn’t get any prominent lawyer to pursue the murder case on behalf of deceased governor’s family, while a former Chief Justice of Lahore High Court offered his services to defend the governor’s murderer. Take the case of attempted murder of Malala YousifZai; after reluctantly condemning the brutal attack, several mainstream political-religious leaders started confusing an already disjointed nation – some were of the opinion that it’s work of American agents as no Muslim Jihadi can do this, some questioned why so much focus on Malala, why not other girls killed in attacks, some started linking it with drone attacks. Taking such distorted stand, they were in a way supporting the militants. Yes, there is polarization in the society which is divided among religious, ultra-religious and liberal people. Yes several of ultra-religious militants are armed to the teeth ready to kill anyone, and then there are people whose inaction or silence is in a way supporting the militants. But should we assume that we have entered in a street with dead end and militancy is our way of life. It is duty of all the liberal forces in Pakistan, be it PPP, ANP or MQM, and civil society not to surrender for fear of life. If Pakistan has to survive, we have to defeat the evil forces of dark, otherwise sacrifices of 40,000 civilians and military personnel will go waste. Yesterday it was Salmaan Taseer, today it is Malala, tomorrow it could be any party leader as militants lump all the liberal and right-wing parties as agents of the West. Time is running out; if we don’t agree to take the job, someone else will do on our behalf. And in return we will get only regrets. MASOOD KHAN Jubail, Saudi Arabia
How right was Javed Hashmi, a politician who has been fighting against the establishment and a staunch supporter of democracy in Pakistan, when he said that in order to understand Zardari, one must have a PhD in politics. By nominating Mian Manzoor Watto the president of PPP for central Punjab and Tanvir Kaira as the general secretary, a veteran political matchmaker and a new generation jiyala of PPP, Asif Zardari has sought a balance to achieve his ultimate objective of retaking the central Punjab from Sharif brothers, who have been ruling the largest province, with 62 percent of total population and has a key role in army, establishment, bureaucracy and judiciary. Mr Watto was received by a large number of PPP worker when he arrived at Lahore the other day. While addressing the party workers, he demanded that Sharif brothers should resign on moral grounds from politics after the Supreme Court verdict as both brothers received money from the ISI to stop the PPP from coming into power in 1990. Mr Watto also criticised CM Punjab’s mega Lahore Rapid Bus Transit Project costing about 75 billion rupees which is not going to solve the public transport problem of the city. Mr Watto said that this amount should have been used to repair the roads in all the districts of Punjab which were in deplorable conditions. He asked the PPP workers to trust him. Although he had only joined the PPP five years ago, he would win the next elections for PPP to form its government in Punjab. The students of politics and political analysts know that Punjab politics is based on castes, personal contacts and horse trading. Mr Watto is a master of making allies and satisfying the needs of candidates of rural Punjab. He has been the speaker of Punjab Assembly and the chief minister Punjab and knows the worth of each politician in Punjab. Mr Zardari, by appointing Mr Watto and making alliance with the PML-Q, has divided the Muslim Leagues. The politics of ideology is no more important than winning the elections. With Imran Khan’s PTI losing popularity due to his ambiguous stand against the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Taliban, the election of 2013 is becoming a real political battle for Takht-e-Punjab. S T HUSSAIN Lahore
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12 ajay Devgn now charges Rs 1 crore per day
jAy Devgn has reportedly increased his price to rs. 1 crore rupees per day. The 43-yearold actor, who is on cloud nine these days after the astonishing success of his latest comedy Bol Bachchan, demanded rs. 7 crore from a leading producer-director who wants Devgn for a 7-day shooting for a cameo. “I was told he would charge me rs. 7 crores, 1 crore per day. That’s Ajay’s new price range. He doesn’t charge for the entire film. He now takes home his remuneration on a day-to-day basis,” the director-producer said. courTesy HT
KARACHI: Models presenting creations by Pakistani designers on the second day of the Pakistan Fashion Week. AFP
‘Paranormal activity 4’ tops n america box oﬃce
orror flick “Paranormal Activity 4” opened atop the North American box office this weekend, while political thriller “Argo” held onto second place, industry figures showed Monday. The fourth installment in the found-footage franchise raked in $29 million to lead the top 10, while several other pre-Halloween spooky movies also did well, according to box office tracker Exhibitor relations. Ben Affleck’s “Argo,” which earned $16.4 million, tells the true story of how a CIA agent managed to rescue six Americans who had escaped the embassy in Tehran in 1979 and taken shelter at the Canadian ambassador’s residence. Last week’s top earner “Taken 2” — Liam Neeson’s return as ex-CIA agent Bryan Mills — was pushed down to the number three spot, earning $13.3 million in its third weekend. In fourth place was animated comedy “Hotel Transylvania,” in which monsters become Dracula’s guests, with $13 million in ticket sales. afp
Pakistani film Josh screens at the
14th Mumbai Film Festival
OSH, english Title “Against The Grain” is the only Pakistani film to be showcased at the 14th Mumbai Film Fest this year, making it the first fiction film in five years to make it to one of the region’s most prestigious film festivals. Josh is the brainchild of Iram Parveen Bilal, a Pakistani film maker who dedicated the last 4 years of her life to working on her debut feature film. “Josh is a story of what happens when you find your world turned upside down and you want to take control of your life again,” said Iram Parveen Bilal, who is currently in Mumbai for the world premiere of her film. “What happens when you want your life to be much bigger than yourself and about others. It is a story of hope, of trying, of redemption. It is a story of the youth, of Pakistan, of the pain, the pleasure and the spirit of unity and independence. Ultimately, if I were to pick one thing, it is about “never giving up”.” Josh, which is already creating waves both in Pakistan and across the border, was recently mentioned in Hollywood’s Variety and IndieWire for being one of only 2 fiction films to be granted the prestigious Women In Film Finishing Fund. The film has also been mentored by Oscar nominated Hany Abu Assad.
The film has a stellar cast, with some of the most talented and renowned actors and actresses starring in it. Describing the casting process, Iram Parveen Bilal said: “We begun the casting process a year and a half before the shoot. Numerous meetings, call back and interviews led us to a cast that I think outdid anything I could have written and directed for this film. They are amazing and especially as an ensemble with the killer talented Aamina Sheikh at the helm,” said the young director, who hopes to lock distribution deals for this film both in Pakistan and internationally. Aamina Sheikh, who is one of the most visible faces of stardom in Pakistan, has made her presence felt through captivating roles in TV, film and modeling stints. In this film, she plays the role of Fatima, a committed schoolteacher living the cosmopolitan high life in Karachi, who is devastated when her nanny, Nusrat, inexplicably disappears. Though her friends and family beg her not to disturb the status quo and confront the powerful feudals in Nusrat’s village, Fatima travels there to investigate. Will the trials and tribulations deter Fatima’s resolve? Will the quest challenge an already complicated romantic relationship? What all shall Fatima have to sacrifice in the search for answers?
`Great expectations` James Franco dating role stunned Helena AShlEy BENSoN? bonham Carter no more action for Speilberg?
E is credited for big-budget sci-fi and adventure movies like “jaws” and the “Indiana jones” franchise, but filmmaker Steven Speilberg wants to turn his back to the action genre for now. The oscar-winning filmmaker insists he has no interest in directing another highoctane blockbuster anytime soon, reports contactmusic.com. His latest movie “Lincoln”, about former US president Abraham Lincoln, has no big action sequences or special effects. The director revealed on TV show “60 Minutes” that that’s the reason why he was attracted to the project. “I knew I could do the action in my sleep at this point in my career. In my life, the action doesn’t hold any... it doesn’t attract me anymore,” said Speilberg. courTesy TT
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Actress Helena Bonham Carter says she was stunned when she was offered the role of Miss Havisham in a film adaptation of Charles Dickens` classic ‘Great expectations’. The 45-year-old said she had reservations when she was approached by the film`s director, Mike Newell, because she thought she was too young to play the bitter spinster, reported BBC online. “My first reaction was, `Am I that old?`... (Newell) said if you go back to the the book and work out the mathematics she is only 56. I said `Yeah but I`m 45`, and he said it spans from age 27 to 56 - and I thought what an original idea,” she said. The coming of age novel, set in the early to mid 19th century, depicts the growth and personal development of an orphan named Pip. Miss Havisham, an iconic character in english literature, is depicted as a bitter, old spinster, who is always dressed in a decaying wedding gown after being ditched by her lover on her wedding day. neWs desK
‘127 Hours’ star James Franco is reportedly dating model-actress Ashley Benson. The 34-year-old actor began romancing the ‘Pretty Little Liars’ beauty last month and the pair are smitten with each other, reported New York Post online. “They have been seeing each other for a little over a month, but things are going well,” a source said. Last year, Franco split from his long-term girlfriend Ahna O`Reilly after dating for five years. He said that the long-distance had become too much for them as he was studying english at Yale University, in New Haven, Connecticut, while she stayed in Los Angeles. “That relationship lasted about four or five years. We`d been living together in LA then I came to New York to go to school for two years. Then I signed up for more school at Yale. I think that was it for her,” he had said. The Hollywood star also said that he didn`t have much luck with girls when he was growing up because he was so shy. “I think girls liked me, but I was awkward, shy and emotionally immature, so I didn`t have a ton of girlfriends. I had short-term relationships and always got dumped, I think because I was too slow for them,” he added. neWs desK
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bhansali and KJo back to being friends?
oT many people know filmmakers Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Karan johar have always made it a point to watch each other’s films, come what may. And while this may not be a big deal for Karan who watches a majority of new releases, for Sanjay, who hardly ever watches movies, making the trip to a suburban theatre to see Karan’s latest film was no mean feat. on Saturday afternoon, a day after Karan’s Student of the year hit theatres, onlookers at this multiplex were surprised to see Sanjay and Karan, directors who’ve otherwise never missed an opportunity to take pot shots at each other, greet and hug each other warmly. Apparently, Sanjay was there at the multiplex to catch a show of SoTy. And Karan was theatre-hopping the same day to check out the audience’ response to his film. An eyewitness told ToI, “Karan was very touched to see the reclusive Sanjay at the theatre watching his film. They met very warmly and spoke about Student of the year.” neWs desK
I will tie the knot when Salman Khan does: neha Dhupia
CTReS S Neha Dhupia, who was appreciated for her confident performance in ‘I M 24’ is raring to be seen on the marquee once again in ‘Rush’. WHAT IS SPEcIAL ABOUT YOUR NEW FILM WITH EMRAAN HASHMI, ‘RUSH’? The film is a story of Sam, who is a crime reporter. He goes through a lot of ups and downs in his career. The character I play is named Liza who is completely responsible for the
ups and downs in Sam’s life. She works for a media tycoon and knows her job really well. Liza has the ability to use her mind and body to achieve whatever she wants to. The best thing is that she does in the film is to hire Sam to work as a crime reporter. The movie shows how far emraan’s character Sam is used by those above him for their selfish motives and how far Sam is able to resist the temptations. Basically, our film is about sensationalising. We are trying to demarcate news and sensationalism through this film. We have raised a question on media’s accountability by way of ‘Rush’. YOU DID A LOT OF cOMMERcIAL FILMS WHEN YOU ENTERED BOLLYWOOD. BUT IN THE LAST FEW YEARS YOU WERE SEEN DOING A LOT OF OFF-BEAT FILMS AS WELL SUcH AS ‘I M 24’ ETcETERA. SO, IS THAT A DELIBERATE STEP TO cHANGE YOUR IMAGE TO A NON-cOMMERcIAL HEROINE? IF YES, THEN WHY? No, there is no deliberate step from my end. Whether the audience reacts or not is entirely up
to them. I am not a brooding actor who sits at home and plans the next role she would do. I don’t have a line of producers and directors standing outside my home. I have to choose the best among the scripts that I get. And if I am inclined towards those scripts then it is just like any another phase in my life. I am enjoying doing cool and idealistic films. Now, I have a film like ‘Rush’ which is extremely dear to me and after that I have to shoot for ‘Ungli’. YOU ARE vISIBLE AT A LOT OF EvENTS, BASHES AND BRAND PROMOTIONS THESE DAYS MORE THAN EvER. DOES THAT HELP IN STAYING IN NEWS IN THE ABSENcE OF A GOOD FILM ROLE? Well, if you are not a newsmaker then nobody is going to pay you to come to an event or hire you. If you are consequential enough to sell a product, then clearly you are doing something right. So, there is nothing wrong in being at an event. WHEN cAN WE SEE NEHA DHUPIA TYING THE kNOT? Tying the knot! (Laughs) When Salman (Khan) does. neWs desK
Lindsay Lohan escapes demi Moore wants spiritual prosecution in recent healer to cope her divorce hit-and-run case Lindsay Lohan, who was accused of clipping a man with her car outside a New York nightclub, will not be facing any charges for the accident, it has been revealed. The 26-year-old actress had been due to make her first court appearance in the case on Tuesday, but the Manhattan district attorney’s office said that there is no court date scheduled at any point regarding her case, Fox News reported. Lohan’s publicist Steve Honig said the allegations proved to be “a big nothing,” as he’d said from the start. The ‘Mean Girls’ star was arrested on a charge of leaving an accident scene. Restaurant worker Jose Rodriguez said that her Porsche hurt his knee in the hit and run accident last month. Grainy surveillance footage released by the police showed Lohan’s car turning as Rodriguez passed. Blurring to conceal witnesses’ faces partially obscured the accident scene. neWs desK
She has been unable to get her life back on track since toyboy Ashton cheated with a San Diego party girl less than half her age in September last year. The actress has tried everything. She has sought advice from MICHAeL JACKSON’s former spiritual guru Deepak Chopra and she has partied in nightclubs with a young showbiz crowd including Zac efron. She has even hit the laughing gas. That sorry episode in January infamously ended up with Demi in hospital and then rehab after collapsing, high on nitrous oxide. Her search for happiness has now reached Mexico, where she found a supernatural healer who she is convinced can save her. And a pal of the Ghost star revealed: “Demi is desperate and will try anything to be happy again. “She started seeing a spiritual healer from Mexico who has been trying to help her get over the
aamir Khan refuses Rs 150 crore deal; goes the social way
f there is anyone apart from Salman Khan in Bollywood to actively indulge in social campaigning, it’s his dear friend and contemporary Aamir Khan. The ‘perfectionist’ star of Hindi cinema, who was recently honoured for his social programme ‘Satyamev jayate’ by the National Commission for Scheduled Castes, has apparently refused to accept a whopping rs 150 crore endorsement deal. Talking to a tabloid, a source said, “Aamir is now going for a complete image makeover and wants to go the social way. He wants to get involved with social causes only.” Even the actor confirmed the news and said, “I have cancelled all my endorsement deals.” And reportedly, Aamir has started work for the second season of his super-hit TV show ‘Satyamev jayate’. The actor is currently on Haj pilgrimage with his mother. neWs desK
heartbreak and suffering. “She’s been flying her into LA for meetings and it’s already costing her a fortune. She’s now thinking of moving her from Mexico to Los Angeles so she can see her at all times.” Demi’s recovery has not been helped by the fact Ashton moved on from their six-year marriage so quickly with actress MILA KUNIS. neWs desK
Wedding was `magical` for Justin Timberlake
or justin Timberlake, his marriage ceremony with actress jessica Biel was “magical”. “It was magical,” Timberlake, 31, told People magazine in an exclusive interview. “It was an unforgettable evening,” he added. They tied the knot friday at the Borgo Egnazia resort in Puglia, Italy, in the presence of close friends and family. “It was a fantasy,” said Biel. Italy happened to be a special location for the couple partly because of their love for its food and wine. It served as the perfect backdrop for the festivities. A day before the wedding, the couple hosted a party for guests who hung out around open fires and dined on fresh-made cheese, local olives and wine. The night before, the group celebrated at a beach where they watched fireworks and listened to live music. neWs desK
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Infotainment 14 Fresh Windows 8, but where’s the start button? Male beluga whale mimics human speech
ANy of the familiar signposts from PCs of yore are gone in Microsoft’s new software, Windows 8, like the Start button for getting to programs and the drop-down menus that list their functions. It took Mr. McCarthy several minutes just to figure out how to compose an e-mail message in Windows 8, which has a stripped-down look and on-screen buttons that at times resemble the runic assembly instructions for Ikea furniture. “It made me feel like the biggest amateur computer user ever,” said Mr. McCarthy, 59, a copywriter in New york. Windows, which has more than a billion users around the world, is getting a radical makeover, a rare move for a product with such vast reach. The new design is likely to cause some head-scratching for those who buy the latest machines when Windows 8 goes on sale this Friday. To Microsoft and early fans of Windows 8, the software is a fresh, bold reinvention of the operating system for an era of touch-
over 1000 Android apps leak personal info, banking details: Study
Millions of people across the globe are using ‘vulnerable’ Android apps, which are leaking users’ personal data, a new research has said. The new study, which tested the 13,500 most popular free apps from the Google Play Store, found that 1074, almost eight per cent, used incorrect or inadequate coding. Researchers at the Leibniz University of Hannover and the Philipps University of Marburg, both in Germany, tried to hack a sample of 100 of the vulnerable apps. According to the Brisbane Times, they could easily exploit 41, of which there are at least 39.5 million users worldwide. “We could gather bank account information, payment credentials for PayPal, American express and others,” the study said. “Facebook, email and cloud storage credentials and messages were leaked, access to IP cameras was gained and control channels for apps and remote servers could be subverted,” it added. According to the report, the researchers used a Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone running on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) to carry out the tests. The researchers created a fake Wi-Fi hot spot and mounted an attack that spied on data sent and received by the apps. They were able to capture log-in details for online banking, social media, email services and corporate networks, and even disable security software, the report said. neWs desK
screen devices like the iPad, which are reshaping computing. Microsoft needs the software to succeed so it can restore some of its fading relevance after years of watching the likes of Apple and Google outflank it in the mobile market. To its detractors, though, Windows 8 is a renovation gone wrong, one that will needlessly force people to relearn how they use a device every bit as common as a microwave oven. Mr. Ludwig said Microsoft’s strategy was risky, but it had to do something to improve its chances in the mobile business: “Doing nothing was a strategy that was sure to fail.” Little about the new Windows will look familiar to those who have used older versions. The Start screen, a kind of main menu, is dominated by a colorful grid of rectangles and squares that users can tap with a finger or click with a mouse to start applications. Many of these so-called live tiles constantly flicker with new information piped in from the Internet, like news headlines and Facebook photos. What is harder to find are many of the conventions
that have been a part of PCs since most people began using them, like the strip of icons at the bottom of the screen for jumping between applications. The mail and calendar programs are starkly minimalist. It is as if an automaker hid the speedometer, turn signals and gear shift in its cars, and told drivers to tap their dashboards to reveal those functions. There is a more conventional “desktop” mode for running Microsoft Office and older programs, though there is no way to permanently switch to it. Microsoft is convinced that most people will quickly become accustomed to Windows 8. But to help ease the transition, the software offers tutorials when it is first started up. And Microsoft is spending more than $500 million on a marketing campaign that is partly intended to familiarize people with the new design. Mr. Harris said the company needed to modernize Windows for the way people use computers today: “We’re not surprised people have a strong reaction to it.” neWs desK
Stop press! Superman quits Daily Planet Journalism is no longer a job for Superman. His alter ego Clark Kent is quitting the Daily Planet, the Metropolis newspaper where he’s worked since the first Superman comics were published in the 1940s, the USA Today newspaper said Monday. The plot twist — prompted by the Daily Planet’s takeover by a media conglomerate — is one of many to appear in the new edition of Superman that goes on sale Wednesday in both digital and hard-copy forms. “Why am I the one sounding like a grizzled ink-stained wretch who believes news should be about, I don’t know, news?” says the Man of Steel, according to a leaked panel that appeared on the Newsarama.com website. “This is really what happens when a 27-year-old guy is behind a desk and he has to take instruction from a larger conglomerate with concerns that aren’t really his own,” new Superman writer Scott Lobdell told USA Today. There was no immediate confirmation from Superman publisher DC Comics, itself part of the Time Warner multimedia empire, but Lobdell posted a link to the USA Today article on his Twitter account. afp
scheme along with several of the electronic devices that had been used in university admission exams and in job application tests. The criminal organisers bribed teachers or education officials to get the questions shortly before the tests, and
Aeroplane turned into kindergarten in Georgia
man has created a top flight playschool in Rustavi, Georgia out of a retired Yakovlev 42 plane. Headmaster Gari Chapidze brought the old plane from Tbilisi airport for an unspecified sum and arranged for it to be transported to Rustavi. The refurbishment took several months and Mr Chapidze says he was concerned at first that people would not take to the idea, but the unique playpen has become a hit with the parents too. Staff hope that in addition to being a fun place full of knobs to turn and buttons to push, playing on the aircraft will help children develop technically. The kindergarten currently has 20 children, but many more have been added to the waiting list since the arrival of the aircraft. courTesy TT
Bangladesh exam answers sent to students’ ‘watches’ exam cheats in Bangladesh have been caught receiving answers on mobile phones disguised as wrist watches, police said on Tuesday after busting a criminal racket in Dhaka. Officers paraded ten hand-cuffed masterminds behind the
T could be the muffled sound of singing in the shower or that sing-songy indecipherable voice from the Muppets’ Swedish Chef. Surprisingly, scientists said the audio they captured was a whale imitating people. In fact, the whale song sounded so eerily human that divers initially thought it was a human voice. Handlers at the National Marine Mammal Foundation in San Diego heard mumbling in 1984 coming from a tank containing whales and dolphins that sounded like two people chatting far away. It wasn’t until one day, after a diver surfaced from the tank and asked, “Who told me to get out?” did researchers realize the garble came from a captive male Beluga whale. For several years, they recorded its spontaneous sounds while it was underwater and when it surfaced. The study is not the first time a whale has sounded human. Scientists who have studied sounds of white whales in the wild sometimes heard what sounded like shouting children. Caretakers at the Vancouver Aquarium in Canada previously said they heard one of the white whales say its name. agencies
then sent the answers via text message to students inside the exam hall, police said. “A student in a test for a top university or recruitment to a bank or government office would get answers through this hi-tech device after paying 120,000 taka ($1,500) or more,” deputy police commissioner Moshiur Rahman told AFP. The gang leaders told police they had brought 120 pieces of the tailor-made device from China and has been renting them out since 2009. “Many teachers and officials are on their payroll. Once they get the test papers, experts would solve the questions in minutes and then send them to clients,” he said. Mobile phones are banned in exam halls in Bangladesh, but watches are allowed. afp
Japan teachers fined for sneaky smoking
IVe teachers in Japan who sneaked off school grounds for a crafty cigarette in between lessons have been hit with hefty fines, officials said Tuesday. education board bosses docked up to 500,000 yen ($6,300) from each of the five after they were caught smoking outside school gates during the working day. The five, who all work in the western city of Osaka, fell foul of a 2008 diktat by then-prefectural governor Toru Hashimoto, who imposed a total ban on lighting-up at all schools run by the authority. Smoking is still commonplace in Japanese bars and restaurants, unlike in many other developed countries. But there are by-laws banning tobacco on streets, on railway platforms and at busstops. While cigarette packets carry mandatory warnings of the health risks and there are public information campaigns, they are not as prominent as in other rich countries and the percentage of Japanese who smoke is comparatively high. afp
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South Africa says no to change in tour by Pakistan Pakistan Premier league in may: Ashraf LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Zaka Ashraf has announced that the Pakistan Premier League (PPL) will be take place in May, 2013. A meeting of the PCB was held here to discuss the PPL and according
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RICKeT South Africa has turned down Pakistan's request to change the dates of its tour of the republic so as not to clash with the first Pakistan Premier League next March. The Pakistan Cricket Board asked the CSA to bring forward the tour of South Africa, which begins on Jan. 25 and ends on March 24, spokesman Nadeem Sarwar said on Tuesday. "We requested them to change the itinerary so that we could expand the window of our premier league," Sarwar said. "CSA said it is not possible now since the tickets of the series are sold out. We understand their position and we are comfortable with that." Pakistan is scheduled to play three tests, two Twenty20s and five one-day internationals during its two-month tour of
South Africa. Pakistan is planning to organize a Twenty20 league in March similar to the leagues in england, Australia, South Africa, India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. The PCB is also hoping to lure foreign players to build confidence in playing in Pakistan, where no major teams have toured since the deadly attack on the Sri Lanka team convoy in 2009 in Lahore. The PCB's premier league plans have yet to be revealed. It faces a squeeze in time not only because of the South Africa tour but also because the Indian Premier League starts in early April. A provincial minister successfully hosted two exhibition Twenty20s between an International World xI of retired players from West Indies, Sri Lanka and South Africa and the Pakistan All Stars in Karachi last weekend. Crowds of more than 32,000 attended the games at National Stadium.
to sources the event will last for 15 days. Zaka Ashraf informed the media that the league would be successful if international players take part in it, adding that several cricketers had been contacted already. Ashraf also hoped
that international cricket would return to Pakistan soon. In all 30 matches between five teams will be played during the tournament and each team will be allowed to acquire three international players. sTaff reporT
abbOttabad: chairman Pakistan cricket board, chaudhry Zaka ashraf and members of the bOg visiting the abbottabad cricket Stadium.
lHc declares POa Pcb request cannot pinpoint election illegal Zimbabwe to reschedule retirement yet: Warne bilateral series LAHORE
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Pakistan put back their tour to Zimbabwe, scheduled for December, to next year as it clashes with the limited over series against arch-rivals India. "We have written to the Zimbabwe cricket board to put off the tour to next year as the dates were clashing with our tour to India," a Pakistan Cricket Board official told AFP. Pakistan was due to tour Zimbabwe for two Tests, three one-day and two Twenty20 matches from early December. India have invited Pakistan for a three one-day and two Twenty20 match series starting from December 25 -- the first bilateral series between the two countries since 2007. India had stalled all bilateral cricket with Pakistan in the wake of the November 2008 attacks on its commercial hub Mumbai, attacks which killed 166 people. New Delhi blamed the attacks on militants based in Pakistan and refused to send its team to Pakistan a month after the Mumbai attacks. Since then India have played Pakistan in multi-national events only, the two recent matches were played in the World Cup in Mohali last year and the World Twenty20 Super eights match in Colombo earlier this month.
Australian cricket legend Shane Warne Tuesday said he could not say when he would finally retire, as he prepares to captain a domestic Twenty20 team five years after leaving the international scene. The 43-year-old leg-spinner announced his retirement in 2007, only to return as captain and coach of the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for four years, winning the inaugural tournament in 2008. Warne appeared to bring down the curtain on his stellar, two-decade cricket career at the IPL in May 2011, but went on to join the Australian Twenty20 team Melbourne Stars for the Big Bash League's inaugural season the same year and has continued playing with them. "I have to never say 'never' because in 2007 I said I'd never play cricket again," Warne told reporters in Melbourne. "But 18 months later the IPL came up, so that was something that interested me, to captain/coach and do it the way I always thought it should be done." Warne, who remains Australia's highest ever wicket-taker with 708 Test scalps, said each time he thought he might have played for the last time, another competition came along that sparked his interest. "I do love cricket, I'm passionate about the game and if I can help Australian cricket in any way, shape or form then I will," he said. Warne re-
turned to training on Tuesday ahead of the BBL, which will kick off on December 7 when the Melbourne Stars play the Melbourne Renegades.
Lahore High Court Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial on Tuesday declared elections of the Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) illegal except for the post of president. The chief justice further held that the POA, if so inclined might conduct fresh elections for the remaining seats. The chief justice passed the order on a petition filed by Nadeem Aftab Sindhu through his counsel Munawar-us- Salam and Usman Sahi challenging appointments made by the newly elected president of Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) on various offices. The petitioner had argued that he had filed nomination papers for the slot of general secretary in POA elections held on February 4 but he was not allowed to enter the election meeting. The petitioner maintained that after the announcement of election for the office of president,the entire election process was declared to be over and it was learnt that the president announced his panel for the remaining seats who would take charge as office-bearers without going through the election process, the counsel said. The petitioner's counsel contended that the election was conducted in a clandestine manner against principles of natural justice and rules of the International Olympic Committee. He prayed the court that the action of not holding election for the remaining seats be declared illegal and appointments made by the president also be declared null and void. However, the POA contended that the petitioner was present during the election. The court after hearing the arguments of both parties today allowed the petition and declared the election illegal except for the office of president.
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International standard floodlights will be installed at Lahore City Cricket Association ground to develop a new culture of night cricket in the city. “Night cricket has become quite popular and people like to watch it at their leisure time and that is the reason we are in the process to equip the arena with latest lights to start a new era of night cricket in Lahore,”said President, LCCA, Khawaja Nadim Ahmed here on Tuesday. He said Karachi is the only city of Pakistan which is having three to four grounds where night cricket is being played and it has been observed
that a large gathering turns up whenever a night cricket matches is organized. “Our aim is to develop cricket and to equip LCCA grounds with lights is a part of our endeavor to introduce a new culture of night cricket for clubs and recreational cricket including T-20 matches during summer and Ramadan.” LCCA chief said he floated the idea of lights at a meeting with the former prime minister Mian Nawaz Sharif who liked it and asked him to discuss it with the Punjab Chief Minister, Mohammad Shahbaz Sharif, a keen lover of sports . “Punjab Government is financing this project and we have having regular meetings on it with Hamza Shahbaz
Sharif who is taking extra ordinary interest to help out LCCA on this project and we are thankful to all of them for patronizing Lahore’s cricket to provide a night cricket facility for the players as well as lovers of the game ,”said Khawaja Nadim himself a former first club cricketer. He said the Punjab Government will be providing Rs thirty million for the installation of the lights and LCCA has shortlisted the most suitable international firm for executing the project . “Hopefully the lights will be installed within two months and we can start night cricket in December this year ,”he said adding “ We will evolve a system to provide ground to our clubs
and our teams to get much needed practice of night cricket which will help them to perform up to a required standard whenever they play cricket under lights “. Kh Nadim disclosed that Pakistan Cricket Board will be providing financial assistance to build a new pavilion at the LCCA ground erasing the existing building . “ “The present regime of LCCA is determined to make LCCA ground, an international standard facility where state of the art cricket facilities are available under one roof and we have taken a number of decisions to revamp Lahore’s cricket and to make LCCA a role model regional cricket body,” he concluded
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Sydney Sixers win four out of four in CL T20 DURBAN cricinfo
YDNeY Sixers, with Shane Watson, were the most impressive side of the Champions League Twenty20, winning three out of three matches. Today they were without Watson for the first time, and though they weren't as powerful with the bat, their bowling and fielding skills were sharp enough to win their fourth consecutive game comprehensively, and send the defending champions Mumbai Indians home without a victory. Sydney's batsmen weren't able to impose themselves on a pitch with bounce that was steep and spongy. Only three of the top seven batsmen made it out of single digits for Sydney: Michael Lumb's 28 was full of mistimed pulls but gave the innings a satisfactory start, Nic Maddinson's 27 was at breakneck speed and attempted to blaze his team out of trouble, and Steve Smith's run-a-ball 41 was a repair job that did not grow into more. A target of 137 might have been easier to achieve against most other teams but Sydney's pace attack and their exceptional fielding never let Mumbai stage a breakaway. The margin of victory was only 12 in the end, but the game was lost long before that. Mumbai scored 20 futile runs off the
final over. Mumbai opened with Dwayne Smith and Sachin Tendulkar and they struggled to get going against Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins. The ball seamed and bounced under lights and Mumbai cobbled together 30 for 0 after six overs. Just when they had begun to gain momentum, with Smith and Tendulkar clearing the boundary, Moises Henriques removed both within four balls in the ninth over, leaving Mumbai 53 for 2. Rohit Sharma began to repair the chase but he was run out by a direct hit from Cummins. Rohit vented anger at being sent back by Dinesh Karthik, who had dropped the ball at his feet and taken a few steps down the pitch. Karthik was also run out later, as he was forced to run around a back-pedaling Henriques and was caught short by McCullum's direct hit. Thereafter, Mumbai simply went through the motions. Sydney's innings had a start that was worse than Mumbai's after Brad Haddin chose to bat. They had been 33 for 0 but slumped to 40 for 3. Maddinson began an audacious counterattack by upper cutting his first ball, off Lasith Malinga no less, over the keeper for six. He swept the left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha twice to the leg-side boundary and then smashed the ball into the second tier beyond long-on. While Smith was
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durban: Sydney Sixers celebrate the win during a champions league t20 (clt20) against mumbai indians at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead. AFP steadying the innings, Maddinson went about giving it momentum, until he was caught short by a direct hit from Malinga at point. Henriques was done in by a Harbhajan Singh arm-ball, and Sydney had lost two wickets for one run. Their hopes for a Smith-propelled finish ended in the 18th over, when Malinga beat a cheeky paddle and hit
the stumps. McCullum, playing for Watson, was the fourth person to make a double-digit score and he led them to 136. It was below-par for this surface, but enough for Sydney's crack bowling attack. ScORES: Sydney Sixers 136 for 7 (Smith 41, Munaf 2-17) beat Mumbai Indians 124 for 8 (Cummins 216) by 12 runs.
One of the best held Guinness events: deaves
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Guinness World Record adjudicator Gareth Deaves has praised the organization of Guinness record breaking events during the ongoing Punjab Youth
and Sport Festival. “It was a memorable experience to be part of such big gatherings. It were the best ever organized events for Guinness World Records which I have seen as an adjudicator during an event and its credit goes to Punjab Government and Sports Board Punjab,” he said before his departure to eng-
land here on Tuesday. He said it was an amazing feeling to experience that high standard organizational facilities for attempting GWR and he was very much impressed with the handling of all the events, specially the big ones including singing of Pakistan’s national anthem and formation of the flag. “I have attended a number of record breaking events but the way Punjab Government organized the events it showed a lot of discipline and keenness on part of the gatherings on the occasion of making new records,” he said. Gareth gave credit to the youth of Punjab for getting Pakistan into GRW by demonstrating higher exhibition of skills and talent and said it was the result of their hard work and commitment which put their country into record book for establishing as many as eleven new marks in different fields. “It was a very impressive show on part of Pakistani youth and it is good to see that Pakistani youth created number of records in a very well behaved and disciplined manner,” said the GWR adjudicator. “Punjab youth is full of talent and it was a life time experience to see big gatherings singing national anthem and forming national flag,” he said He further added: “If they keep doing hard work in a similar wan they can do a lot more in future for bringing good name for their country.” He said the creation of records has created a new image of Pakistani people who are keen to do wonders in different fields and tasks. Gareth said GWR team is very impressed to see the enthusiasm of the people of Pakistan and he was glad to see the interest of people to attempt create new records for GWR.
The Annual Swimming Gala of Forman Christian College (A Chartered University) was held on Tuesday at the College Pool. There was a huge participation of the faculty and students. The Rector Forman Christian College (A Chartered University) Dr. James A. Tebbe was the Chief Guest on this occasion who distributed the medals and certificates among the winners. The secretary Prof. Babar Kamil and Chairman Prof. Safdar Ali Mirza Sports Association presented the souvenir to the Chief Guest. In this swimming Gala, other than traditional Swimming events included the gymkhana event in view of the students interest. Farukh Butt was declared the Best Swimmer. The details of results are annexed herewith. 50m candle race: Junaid mizari & Warda, imran & Shabnam, 50m thread the needle race: taseer & anila, imran & Shabnam, Sardar & ghanva 50m Soft drink race: baker & ghanva, Hamza & aqsa, ali Hamza & Shabnam 50m balloon race: Hamza & anila, Jabraan & ghanva, faraz Safdar & Shabnam 25m under Water race: farukh butt, Jabraan, faraz 50m freestyle: m. awais Junaid 33.89, taseer raza, faizan ali 100m free Style: farukh butt 1.19.54, taseer raza, m. awais Junaid 50m back Stroke: farukh butt 43.24, Junaid mizari, taseer raza 100m back Stroke: Junaid mizari 1.46.04, taseerraza, m. faizan ali 50m breast Stroke: taseer raza 43.61, m. faizan ali, m. awais Junaid 100m breast Stroke: farukh butt 1.45.93, taseer raza, m. faizan ali 25m butterfly: faizan ali 16.15, farukh butt, taseer raza 50m butterfly: farukh butt 32.31, m. awais Junaid, m. faizan ali 100m individual medley: farukh butt 1.33.53, m. awais Junaid, m. faizan ali best Swimmer: farukh butt while second best Swimmer taseer raza
Zidane ‘headbutt’ statue angers officials PARIS afp
A row is simmering over a giant bronze sculpture depicting French footballer Zinedine Zidane's infamous headbutt on Italian defender Marco Materazzi in the 2006 World Cup final, which has been placed outside the Pompidou Arts Centre in Paris. The fivemetre tall statue is the work of French, Algerian-born artist Adel Abdessemed, who is being honoured by the Pompidou with a retrospective on his work from October to January. But its prominent display outside the popular centre has angered the national association of local French football officials who claim that it is not the image of Zidane, who retired after the 2006 World Cup final, that should be promoted. "By choosing this provocative image, the artist has deliberately opted to ignore all your talents and all the postitive emotions that you were able to share with the people of our country," the officials wrote in an open letter to Zidane.
UEFA will come down hard if racism proved: Platini PARIS afp
UeFA president Michel Platini hinted Tuesday that european football's governing body would come down hard on Serbia if claims that several england under-21 players were subjected to racist abuse there are proven. "We'll collate all the reports, we have the television pictures, the disciplinary committee is already on it," Platini said on the sidelines of a euro 2016 organising com-
mittee meeting here. "But we have already dished out a yellow card to Serbia (for previous instances of trouble). "Racism is a problem that affects us massively. We're fighting it, and that's what I replied to the British prime minister, who wrote to me." england Under-21s' 1-0 victory over Serbia in Krusevac last week, which saw them qualify for next year's european Championship in Israel, was overshadowed by apparent racism from the stands towards england full-back Danny Rose. The Serbian federation (FSS) issued a statement "absolutely" denying there was any racism at all and branding the england players' behaviour "vulgar". UeFA charged both the english and Serbian associations for the improper conduct of their players, and the Serbs for
Witsel finding his feet at feuding Zenit SAINT PETERBURG: Zenit St Peterburg's 40-million-euro rookie Axel Witsel insisted Tuesday he was settling into his new life in Russia, despite a recent internal fued in the club after his big-money signing. Zenit's September signing of Brazilian striker Hulk for a reported 60 million euros and Witsel's arrival sparked a salary dispute among the other players with Russian national captain Igor Denisov dropping into Zenit's youth squad. But Witsel believes he is starting to gel with his teammates. "Though I haven't spent much time in Saint Petersburg, I'm already playing well with my new teammates," insisted the midfielder, who joined the reigning Russian champions from Portuguese giants Benfica. "Our mutual understanding is growing day by day. Besides, I noticed that my personal skills are also on the rise here in Zenit." Witsel, who missed a clear scoring chance in Saturday's 1-0 home win against Kuban Krasnodar, is confident he will soon get on the scoresheet as the club look to move up from their current fourth place in the league table. "It was a good shot and I was a couple of inches shorter than needed to score. It's a pity but I believe I will open my scoring account in Zenit pretty soon." Meanwhile, the 23-year-old also said that he was enjoying some new adventures in his adopted city including the Russian banya -- a hot sauna and freezing plunge pool -- as well as ice hockey. "The Russian baths are great! Super! I really love it," Witsel said. "The ice hockey match beween the local team and the visitors Ufa was really fascinating. I think I will attend ice hockey matches here together with my teammates on a regular basis." afp "alleged racist chanting" by fans. Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron was said to have been "appalled" at the scenes from the
match in Krusevac. Cameron wanted "tough sanctions" against Serbian football if racism is proven, according to a spokesman.
The UeFA disciplinary committee will meet on November 22 to decide what, if any, punishment needs to be meted out.
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SHangHai: World number one golfer rory mcilroy of northern ireland (l) and martin Kaymer of germany (r) play table tennis at a media event for the bmW Shanghai masters. AFP
Kenya's two-time Olympic 3,000m steeplechase champion ezekiel Kemboi walked out of court a free man on Tuesday after assault charges were dropped by his accuser, his lawyer said. Kemboi, 30, had been accused of assaulting and causing bodily harm to a woman, Anne Njeri, following drinks together late in June in his hometown of eldoret, some 300 kilometres (200 miles) west of the Kenyan capital. However, Njeri dropped all charges on Tuesday, as the case was due to be heard before court. "The girl said she had made a personal decision to drop the charges," said Kemboi's lawyer Michael Chemwok. "She had experienced a lot of suffering to herself and her family, who had felt ostracised from the community after bringing up the case against their track hero." Kemboi, who is also a police officer, might now seek legal action against the woman as he had suffered legal and financial repercussions arising from the case, Chemwok said, repeating allegations she had been part of a kidnap ring. "We knew that the lady had no case to prove, because she was part of a wider conspiracy to kidnap Kemboi before the Olympics and demand a ransom for his release," Chemwok claimed. The athlete, who denied all the charges, was bailed in time to participate in the London Olympics, where he won the 3,000m steeplechase gold medal, becoming the first Kenyan to take two Olympic titles in the event, which he also won at the 2004 Games. He is also a two-time world champion.
tour wins evaporate from armstrong twitter profile LOS ANGELES afp
Lance Armstrong, stripped of seven Tour de France titles and cast into cycling oblivion on Monday, apparently acknowledged the decision on Twitter. The phrase "7-time Tour de France winner" evaporated from Armstrong's profile on his @lancearmstrong feed on the social networking site, hours after the International Cycling Union said it would back the far-reaching doping charges against him. Now Armstrong's profile describes him as: "Raising my 5 kids. Fighting Cancer. Swim, bike, run and golf whenever I can." It's a change from the "Father of 5 amazing kids, 7-time Tour de France winner, full time cancer fighter, part time triathlete" formerly posted.
Ryder cup heroes reunited on fun day at BMW Masters SHANGHAI afp
Jose Maria Olazabal was reunited with his Ryder Cup heroes on a fun-filled Tuesday before the serious action begins at the $7 million inaugural BMW Masters in at Lake Malaren on Thursday. Olazabal and 11 of the 12 members of Team europe came together for the first time since the dramatic defeat of the United States in Chicago. Inspirational captain Olazabal was joined by Nicolas Colsaerts, Luke Donald, Peter Hanson, Martin Kaymer, Paul Lawrie, Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell, Francesco Molinari, Ian Poulter, Justin Rose and Lee Westwood, who will all be competing in
China this week. The team, with only Sergio Garcia absent, shared stories of their historic comeback in the Singles at Medinah Country Club to defeat the United States 14 1/2-13 1/2 and retain the Ryder Cup. englishman Poulter, europe's talisman who won four points out of four admitted that he still was pumped up by events at Medinah. "It was very special," he said on Tuesday. "I think everybody as a team bonded very well. That Sunday will go down in history. So
to get us all back together again, all but one, it's great. "It's great to see everybody again and to get back into some normality." It wasn't such as normal day for German Kaymer, whose crucial point in the singles kept the Ryder Cup in european hands, and world number one Rory McIlroy who tried their hand at China's unofficial national sport table tennis, alongside the 18th green at Lake Malaren. Their opponent was former world number one from Germany, Timo Boll, who impressed the golfers with his
skill. China's number one golfer Wu Ashun also took part in the fun knockabout. "We had a table tennis table in the team room at the Ryder Cup," said McIlroy. "So we've had a bit of practice. "I've played a bit of tennis but this is very different and the spin he (Timo Boll) puts on the ball is incredible. It was almost impossible to return." McIlroy gained a modicum of revenge for being taught a lesson on the ping-pong table when he triumphed in a fun nearest the pin chipping contest, again involving Boll, Kaymer and Wu. "Yeah, I felt a lot more comfortable with a club in my hand," joked double major winner McIlroy.
Federal agents crucial in snaring Armstrong: UCI GENEVA afp
As world cycling chiefs look to a future after Lance Armstrong, one man was singled out for special praise by the International Cycling Union (UCI): special agent Jeff Novitzky. Novitzky was already known in the world of sport for an investigation into American sprint queen Marion Jones, who despite regular testing during a glittering Olympic gold-winning career never once tested positive. Novitzky's evidence on the athletics star would unveil an elaborate doping programme run by Victor Conte's BALCO laboratory, and it proved likewise with Armstrong. When Novitzky was asked to invetigate claims that Armstrong's US Postal team had used millions of dollars of public money on a systematic doping programme, he went at it with the same gusto. He racked up thousands of air miles interviewing dozens of people known to have frequented Armstrong, who on Monday was sensationally stripped of all his results since 1998 by the UCI. Despite his findings not being used in the federal court case against the American, who has always vehemently denied doping, the evidence
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gleaned did not go to waste. It found its way to the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), whose president Travis Tygart launched a similar, single-minded quest for the truth that would lead to the downfall of the world's most celebrated cyclist. The USADA's recently-published, damning report said Armstrong helped orchestrate the most sophisticated doping programme in the history of sport. The UCI ratified the USADA's findings Monday, agreeing that Armstrong should suffer the disgrace of losing all his results since 1998, including all seven of his Tour de France wins. Although the USADA will take much of the credit, UCI president Pat McQuaid believes Novitzky and the threat of criminal proceedings against many of those who testified against Armstrong was key. "We tested Armstrong
over 200 times and he was always negative, we tested the other riders many times and they were negative. Not only the UCI, but also USADA," McQuaid told AFP. "Bear in mind that this report has not emerged thanks to a UCI or USADA investigation. It's Jeff Novitzky, a federal investigator, who collected all that information for the file. "It proves the use of having police involved in anti-doping investigation," the Irishman added. Since Armstrong's last yellow jersey win in 2005, tests for banned drugs have improved significantly. The UCI now also boasts the blood passport programme, which charts and compares blood samples from riders over time, pinpoints significant changes and targets the rider with specific testing
in the event of suspect parameters. Despite not being without its critics, it has snared many riders who did not test positive and is now considered a significant deterrent. Such measures did not exist in Armstrong's heyday. In the end it took the threat of being perjured in court for many former associates of Armstrong to speak up about his and their own doping past. "Remember, none of these guys, the witnesses, volunteered to come forward. They were subpoenaed by police and told to sit down and talk," said McQuaid. On Friday the UCI will discuss possible changes in the sport aimed at eradicating even the temptation to cheat. As McQuaid brushed off suggestions he should resign for the UCI's failure to expose Armstrong's cheating, which took place in his predecessor's (Hein Verbruggen) reign, he admitted it would not have broken down had the federal agents not been around. "I am grateful to USADA for what they have achieved. But they haven't achieved any more than the UCI could have achieved on their own," he said. "They needed the support of the federal agents to do it, and that's evident."
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Li Na looks to make more history ISTANBUL afp
IONeeRING Li Na aims to make more tennis history by becoming the oldest leading player in the game as well as the first super-rich player from communist China. Li, 30, secured her financial future and sought to extend her career soon after famously becoming the first Chinese player to win a Grand Slam title at the French Open last year. Now with the support of a renowned Belgian coach and a wellknown American entrepreneur she has created a highly knowledgeable team around her which could see her last till her mid-thirties. She should also make many tens of millions of dollars more than she expected. Whether these ground-breaking achievements would help trigger a change of Chinese zeitgeist, thus enabling compatriot players to follow Li's uniquely independent path, is now a contentious issue. She was therefore carefully evasive when asked about money but very forthright about the influence of Carlos Rodriguez, who coached Justine Henin to seven Grand Slam titles and is now helping to prolong Li's top level career. "He has changed a lot," Li said. "And the first two days I hated it all because I had to change all the things from long ago. "So, first two days I always fight not against Carlos, I was fighting against myself! But after one or two weeks I was getting better and better." Though they have still only been together for two months, Li thinks Rodriguez is a significant reason why she
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found the extra push to snatch the last place at the WTA Championships starting here on Tuesday. Already the first Chinese player ever to take part in the women's tour's flagship event, Li is now one of the elite eight qualifiers for the second successive year. "It was like so many people say after Carlos came to my team, the change was unbelievable," she said. "I really have to say he's doing a good job. "I was also happy to have him because I think he is a positive person and gives a lot of positive things for all the team. He make me training a little bit for strength in the mind, not only for tennis. "So I think if I can stay healthy on court I can play another two or three years, for sure." If Li is right it would keep her on tour until she is 34. She may also have gained mental strength from the enterprise of Max eisenbud, who helped make Maria Sharapova become the world's highest paid female athlete and recently nego-
tiated a three-year deal for Li reportedly worth $48 million. Tossed a question about the likely effects of this wealth, Li wisely decided against catching the political hot potato, instead hinting at its effect upon the longevity of her career. "You know I would like to say that after my birthday - I mean most like every second of the tournament - I was always asked 'when you ready for retire?'" she said. "Right now I am feeling healthy. I can still run around the court. I can still play good tennis. "I never think about when I should retire, because right now I really enjoy my tennis life. I will enjoy every second of every day." This attitude suggests that Li, who is fed up with being 'retired' by the media, will continue for some time, generating a yet higher profile both for herself and for a pragmatic People's Republic of China.
Bernard Tomic was badly beaten in the first round for a third straight tournament, with the Australian number one shunted out of the Swiss Indoors 6-0, 6-2 on Tuesday by Mikhail Youzhny. Tomic, who just turned 20, has not won a match since the second round in Bangkok one month ago after losing early in Tokyo and Shanghai. The 48th-ranked Tomic lost serve five times in the rout and managed only one ace as the experienced Russian sixth seed took just 56 minutes to wrap up his ticket to the secound round. Matthew ebden however saved the day for Aussie pride with his defeat of Romanian Victor Hanescu 6-3, 7-6 (7/3). ebden, ranked 115, never faced a break point against the lucky loser from qualifying as he won in just under 90 minutes. The Australian will have a chance for revenge on Friday as he faces Tomic's conqueror Youzhny. ebden is bidding for his third quarterfinal in a year after Atlanta in July and 2011 Shanghai.
PUnjAB YOUTH FeSTivAl 2012
Lahore, Faisalabad moving neck and neck
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Lahore and Faisalabad are going neck and neck in the Provincial Level of the Punjab Youth Festival 2012 here on Tuesday. Faisalabad which was dominating the activity saw Lahore coming even with them on the day. In girls basketball Lahore beat Sargodha 48-21 to take on Rawalpindi in the final and in university level final Lahore has reached the title match while the other finalist will be decided today (Wednesday). In college cricket, Lahore
and Sargodha will meet in the final and similarly Lahore will take on the winner of the Multan and Faisalabad semi-final. In college table tennis, Lahore defeated Faisalabad 3-0 and in badminton Lahore moved past Faisalabad. Lahore university team defeated Sargodha for a place in the final. In Badminton school level competitions, Lahore was declared first while Sahiwal got second position. At college level, Lahore achieved first and Faisalabad attained second position whereas at university level, Lahore beat Sargodha to maintained itâ€™s supremacy while Sar-
godha got second position. In boxing, 55 kgs, Ali Ahmed of Lahroe beat Asghar Ali of Gujranwala, Naveedullah Sargodha beat Roman Multan. In 65 kgs Ashfaq Sahiwal beat Abdur Rehman Lahore, Mohammad Asif of Gujranwala beat Asif Mughal Multan. In 75 kgs Mohammad Irfan Faisalabad beat Waqas Ahmed Lahore and Aftab Multan beat Shoaib Sargodha. In general public football, Dera Ghazi Khan outplayed Rawalpindi 3-1 and Bahawalpur edged out Sahiwal 3-2 and both the matches were decided on penalty kicks. The semi-final and final of
the Rugby Sevens will be played today at Defence Stadium. In blind cricket, Bahawalpur beat Sargodha, Rawalpindi defeated Faisalabad, Sahiwal thrashed Multan and Gujranwala beat Lahore. In Architecture, the Architecture department bagged first position. Usman and Haseeb made a building model. Healthy baby competition, winners of nine divisions took part in which Mohammad Musa of Gujranwala was the winner while Lahoreâ€™s Rana Faisal was second and Larab Zahra of Multan was third. Ms Zakiya Shahnawaz was the
chief guest and gave the prizes to the winners. Meanwhile the students of engineering University displayed their talent by making remote control machines and robots while fine arts models were also put on display. In girls hockey, Lahore beat Sargodha while Bahawalpur beat Faisalabad 3-0. In tug of war of schools, Rawalpindi beat Lahore. In college finalGujranwala defeated Multan 2-0 while University of Lahore moved past Sargodha 2-0. University of Lahore prevailed over other divisions in athletics.
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ECP decides against Malik’s disqualification ISLAMABAD sTaff reporT
He election Commission on Tuesday decided not to disqualify Interior Minister Rehman Malik as a legislator. election Commission Secretary Afzal Khan said that no further proceedings will be conducted against Malik. Khan said the decision was taken during a meeting of the eCP, chaired by Chief election Commissioner Fakhruddin G ebrahim, following a reference sent by Deputy Chairman Senate Sabir Baloch regarding Malik’s disqualification. The reference states that there was no question of Malik’s disqualification. Last month, the Supreme Court had disqualified 11 members of parliament and provincial assemblies, for holding dual nationalities — forbidden for lawmakers by Pakistani law — but had spared Mr Malik, leaving the ball in the Senate chairman’s
court to file a reference against him to the election Commission within 30 days deciding on his disqualification. The only sentence the minister received was a court observation that he could not be considered sagacious, righteous, honest and ameen. earlier on Tuesday, Malik also filed a review petition against the SC’s sentence. Malik said that the case was taken up against him on the request of an absconder and proclaimed offender Syed Mahmood Akhtar Naqvi. Malik also said that neither was he issued a notice, nor was he given the chance to be heard in court. He said after he had resigned from the Senate, Naqvi’s application should not have been heard by the court. The interior minister said he was not issued a notice, nor was he heard in the court, which was a violation of the law and that the decision of withdrawing perks was “unlawful”. The review petition was filed under Article 188.
Dr Asim resigns from Senate seat ISLAMABAD: Adviser to the Prime Minister on Petroleum Dr Asim Hussain tendered resignation from his Senate seat on Tuesday. Although the reasons behind his resignation could not be ascertained immediately, sources say the adviser resigned from the Upper House seat due to unconfirmed reports over his dual nationality. On September 20, the Supreme Court ruled that 11 lawmakers holding dual nationalities were not eligible to hold any public offices and declared all such lawmakers disqualified. It ordered the disqualified lawmakers to return the amount spent on their salaries and perks. Acting Senate Chairman Sabir Baloch accepted Dr Asim’s resignation, sources said. STAFF REPORT
President fails to woo AnP over SPlgO
bengHaZi: libyan girls wear traditional outfits during celebrations to mark the first anniversary of the country’s ‘liberation’ from the regime of ousted leader Moamer gaddafi on Tuesday. AFP
no reservations over FiA probe, says Khawaja Asif LAHORE sTaff reporT
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Khwaja Muhammad Asif said on Tuesday that his party completely accepted the Supreme Court’s verdict on Asghar Khan case, and that it was not calling for a new commission to probe disbursement of funds among politicians in the 1990 elections. Reacting to a statement by National Assembly Opposition Leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan that the PML-N accepted the SC’s verdict but did not trust the probe carried out by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), Asif said the statement given by Nisar reflected his
Cell phones may drop dead again as malik warns of eid terrorism Interior minister says cell phone service to shut for limited time in areas vulnerable to terror attacks
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personal view, and not party’s policy. He said the PML-N fully accepts the verdict as well as the probe carried out in lieu of the petition filed in 1996 by Air Marshal (r) Asghar Khan against doling out of funds by secret agencies to influence the 1990 polls.
Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Tuesday said there was threat of terrorism in major cities of the country during eidul Azha festivities and if deemed necessary, cellular mobile services would be shut for a limited time with the consultation of the provinces. Talking to reporters in Islamabad after chairing a high-level meeting, Malik said mobiles phone services would be closed down for a limited time in areas threatened by terrorists. In this connection, Malik said directives would be issued separately. The interior ministry said 90 percent of the general public appreciated the government’s earlier decision to close down mobiles phone services during festivals wherever a threat was felt. He said there would be a
complete ban on the collection of skins of sacrificial animals by defunct organisations during eidul Azha. Malik said he had already written to the provincial chief secretaries‚ home secretaries and inspectors general of police in this connection. He said no one would be allowed to collect hides of sacrificial animals forcefully and strict action would be taken against such elements. He said that use of loud speakers would also been prohibited. The interior minister added that the PML-N used FIA for its agendas during its tenures, but it was strange why the party was dead set against investigation by the very institution in the Asghar Khan case. “They are ridiculing SC’s orders,” he said. Malik said Nawaz had become the prime minister by obtaining funds through illegal
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means, and he should now respect the courts and bid adieu to politics. “Mian Sahab should tour Raiwind and write books,” Malik said. He challenged Opposition Leader Nisar Ali Khan to a debate anywhere over the Asghar Khan case. The minister said the PML-N leaders did not trust anyone except themselves and they were trying to divert attention away from the Asghar Khan case. Malik praised the role of the media in curbing terrorism, saying it should continue with its positive contribution. The interior minister said security would be provided to all congregations on eid day. Commenting on the attack on Malala, the minister said important headway had been made in the investigation and the probe had entered a decisive phase. Editor: Arif Nizami
President Asif Ali Zardari has failed to convince angry coalition partner ANP over the issue of Sindh People’s Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO). Sources said President Asif Ali Zardari not only took the ANP chief Asfandyar Wali Khan with his delegation to UN General Assembly in New York, but also tried his best there to convince him on the issuance of local bodies system in Sindh. All efforts of the president to convince Asfandyar Wali went in vain. However, the ANP chief put the whole matter in the party leadership’s hands regarding a final decision on LG system in Sindh. A few days ago, ANP leaders Senator Haji Adeel and Senator Afrasiab Khattak met the president and rejected the request by Zardari. The sources further said that two days ago, Interior Minister Rehman Malik also made efforts to convince the ANP during a meeting with Senator Zahid Khan, however, his effort also proved unfruitful. Senator Zahid Khan said the decision of the ANP regarding LG system in Sindh was final and the party would remain determined upon its decision.
Three killed as shells hit houses in miranshah MIRANSHAH online
At least three people were killed on Tuesday when mortar shells fell on houses in North Waziristan, officials said. Security officials said the casualties took place in Miranshah, the headquarters of the agency, where terrorists attacked a checkpost. Officials said security forces retaliated against the militant attack during which few mortar shells landed on nearby houses, killing three people and injuring nine others, including women and children. Local people and army troops moved the injured to Miranshah hospital for treatment, the officials added.